Monday, 25 July 2016

99 CENTS: Finding Love In All The Right Places: Romance Bundle by SJ, McCoy, SJ Miller, Lilian Roberts and others


12 fan-favorite romance novels from best-selling and award-winning authors in one bundle!


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Ten Guilty Men by Daniel Campbell and Sean Campbell





An anonymous tip leads DCI Morton to a detached house in Richmond where he finds the body of Ellis DeLange, celebrity photographer and socialite extraordinaire.

Morton must investigate the details of Ellis' private life while keeping the baying mob of journalists out front away from the investigation, dealing with Ellis' highly secretive celebrity friends and trying to answer the one question that keeps on nagging at him: who called in the anonymous tip?

The investigation takes a bizarre turn when a key witness reveals she saw a man fleeing from the crime scene in the dead of night - without any clothes on.

Ten Guilty Men is the third novel in the DCI Morton series.




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99 CENTS: Cleaver Square by Sean Campbell and Daniel Campbell



The bleakest winter on record and a gruesome discovery bring DCI David Morton to the Hackney Marshes in search of a clue, any clue, as to the identity of a dead child found near the Old River Lea.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Morton’s long suffering wife Sarah comes to the conclusion that her man has been doing more than work during his late nights at the office. As he closes in on the mystery of the boy’s identity his life begins to crumble and a terrible wrong is done to someone he loves.

With all of London watching, Morton’s impeccable ethics will be tested to their limit as he is forced to choose between doing what is right and what is legal.



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FREE : Dead on Demand by Daniel Campbell and Sean Campbell




He had the perfect life. Now he'll kill to get it back.

A career man, Edwin Murphy has always put more effort into his work than his family. Everything changes for Edwin when his wife files for divorce. On the brink of losing his home, his job and his little girl, Edwin orchestrates an intricate plan to eliminate his wife and regain his former lifestyle.

The police are baffled when bodies begin to appear all over London with no apparent connection between them. Inspector David Morton must think outside the box as he investigates the deadly web of deceit behind the murders.


(Approximately 80,000 words. Not suitable for children due to violent themes.)
 


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Sunday, 24 July 2016

FREE : May Contain Spies by J.A. Cipriano






Abby Banks is your typical sixteen-year-old girl, except that her entire life has been one big lie. Kidnapped as a young girl and fostered by a government agency as collateral, Abby never knew she was important… until her mom’s terrorist organization unleashes a devastating attack on the facility.

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99 CENTS: The Gun Trial by Dale E. Manolakas



☆NEW RELEASE BY TOP SELLING LEGAL THRILLER AUTHOR☆

 Guns fire and lives shatter. Media wars and violence drive a legally pivotal, riveting trial against gun sellers. A Dartmouth student’s death triggers the treacherous and deadly legal fight for justice. Only the small Los Angeles firm of Kraus & White will litigate the difficult, cutting-edge case against the gun establishment, corporate oligarchs, and hostile media. Amidst internal strife at Krause & White, the lead trial lawyer Sophia Christopoulos and her colleagues battle parochialism and danger in Bakersfield, litigate against well-financed and corrupt opposing counsel, and overcome treachery violence and death. Fighting for her life and her firm’s survival, Sophia takes the case to its climactic trial in hostile Kern County, California. Scandal and treachery are compounded by demonstrations, deaths, and the ratings-hungry media. Racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic tensions fuel the already volatile mix. The dramatic conclusion only serves to emphasize the ubiquity and difficulty of gun violence and guns themselves in America.

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INTERVIEW: Dale Manolakas

Flurries Unlimited (FU) was lucky enough to chat with Dale Manolakas (DM), author of several fabulous legal thrillers about her work, Ray Bradbury and acting, amongst other things.  This is what we discussed:
FU:  You have an impressive education as well as extensive legal experience. It's obvious why you write legal thrillers, but what led you away from the legal profession to writing fiction?

DM: I still do legal work (once a lawyer always a lawyer), but I write fiction and especially legal thrillers because I can expose the inner workings, injustices, and inequities in the justice system. My novels are based on actual legal cases, scenarios, and lives. I create plots and characters to engage my readership. I do extensive research and through many multi-faceted colorful characters, I enjoy immersing my readers in worlds they would otherwise never know. And I always choose to write about issues that are or have been significant to me.

FU: According to your bio, Ray Bradbury's friendship was a major influence over your writing.  Can you explain a little how this friendship came about and how he mentored you?

DM: I met Ray Bradbury through a dear friend who like Ray has now sadly passed. I am a SAG-AFTRA member and also belong to Actors Equity for stage actors. I performed in many of Ray’s plays over the years. He came to rehearsals and to see the performances. At intermission, he talked about his life, the inspiration for his works, and his great love of the theatre. He said he did not choose to pursue acting because of the politics involved in that career choice. Instead, he wrote. I spent many hours at his home in Cheviot Hills just talking about everyday things like pets, gardens, and raccoons. Of course, we also discussed the theatre. And we reviewed our writing projects together with enthusiasm. He mentored me with humor and skill. His book Zen in the Art of Writing is a bible to me.

FU:  You've written so four books so far.  Which is your favourite and why?

DM: My favorite is my latest legal thriller The Gun Trial in which a Yale student’s death triggers a treacherous and deadly legal fight for justice. Somehow it seems the last book I have written is always my favorite.

However, the choice is hard because all my books are so different and I love each one for its uniqueness. Lethal Lawyers depicts big firm legal practice warts and all. It should be required reading for law students with that career goal who think passing the bar is their last hurdle because it is actually the first and the easiest. Hollywood Plays for Keeps uniquely explores the small theatre acting world in Hollywood which took the place of the studio system training ground of earlier years for actors aspiring to film careers. I think all aspiring actors should read it too. Death Sets Sail looks at the world of transatlantic cruises. It skewers corporate cruise lines and pokes fun at mystery writers trying to solve actual crimes as bodies accumulate during an awards voyage.
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FU:  Even though characters drive the story, they say that every character has some of the author in him/her.  Which of your characters is most like you?  In what way?

DM: In order to write any character I have to become that person. Thus, every character I write is me during the creative process. I observe, judge, decide, and create the emotions of everyone in my books. Of necessity there is a piece of me in each of my characters, and I would hate to offend any of them by naming one as my favorite.

FU: So what is on the horizon?  What are your new projects? When is your next new release?
DM: My new release The Gun Trial is on Amazon preorder now and will be out on April 20, 2016. After that I have a draft of The Divorce Lawyer ready to finalize and edit. Hopefully, it will launch in 2016 too. It is based on an actual case and is for mature audiences. It proves that someone who embodies pure evil can put on a suit, practice law, be a pillar of the community, and hide his crimes for years. After that, I have already planned my next project, a legal thriller centering on the United States Supreme Court.

FU:  Sounds intriguing!  Thank you so much for chatting with us.



The House by P.M. Prior




It was meant to be a place of safety. Their home. Her sanctuary.

When Prue Bridgewater first glimpses the abandoned old house, it's love at first sight. Her husband Ray is not so sure.

The property has been neglected for decades, and Ray can’t help wondering why. But with Prue on the brink of a nervous breakdown, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her sane, even if it means he has to live there.

Once ensconced in their new home, Prue begins fixing up the place while Ray is away at work. And then a series of disturbing discoveries makes her fear she's losing her mind.

She hears things and sees people who couldn’t possibly be there, and she can’t shake the feeling she’s being watched.

As Prue’s hold on reality begins to disintegrate, along with her marriage, she struggles to tell truth from delusion. But things go from bad to worse, and soon not just her sanity, but her survival hinges upon the long-buried secrets of THE HOUSE.

This is a novella of approximately 27,287 words


 
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FREE: A Stolen Rose by Amy Corwin





A forty-year-old mystery may bring two lonely people together or tear them apart, forever.

When the Earl of Wraysbury rescues a young woman from a carriage accident, he can't resist her laughing eyes and wry sense of humor, even though their families have been locked in a feud for generations.

Anemone may be achingly lonely but she's loyal to her family. When she wakes up after an accident in the strong arms of a handsome stranger, she's immediately drawn to him, and appalled  when  she discovers he's her family's sworn enemy, the Earl of Wraysbury.

Neither Anemone nor the earl is prepared for the flaring attraction they feel, or for the escalation of the war between their families when a 40-year-old mystery triggers accusations of murder. Loyalty and the threat of a dangerous duel are destined to tear the lonely lovers apart unless they are willing to defy their families and take a chance on love


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99 CENTS: No More Mulberries by Mary Smith



Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather.  

When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where once she and her first husband had been so happy, Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

Her husband, too, must deal with issues from his own past – from being shunned by childhood friends when he contracted leprosy to the loss of his first love.


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INTERVIEW: Mary Smith

Flurries Unlimited (FU) had the wonderful opportunity to chat with talented author Mary Smith (MS) about her work, travels and creative use of wallpaper trimmings in writing. Here is what we discussed:


FU:  It's obvious from your bio what inspires your writing as an adult.  How did the jump from non-fiction to fiction come about?  

MS:  It was partly because I realised not everyone reads non-fiction and I hoped to attract different readers. I was playing a ‘what if?’ game – what if a Scotswoman was married to an Afghan and they lived in Afghanistan? What problems might they face? What, if anything, could they do to resolve them? I wanted to explore those issues in a novel and also use it as a way of letting readers learn more about ordinary, everyday life in Afghanistan. 

FU:  How did you go from working for a UK charity to living and working in Afghanistan and Pakistan?


MS: While I was working for Oxfam I went on holiday to Pakistan. I have to say Pakistan wasn’t a destination on my places to visit list but the opportunity came up when a friend’s wife and sister were going home to Karachi to visit family and invited me along. I fell in love with Karachi the night we arrived – sitting in the compound in the dark because there was a power cut and seeing the sky ablaze with stars and the genuine warmth of the people welcoming a total stranger to their home. While I was there I visited a leprosy project which Oxfam helped to support. I spent three days seeing all aspects of the work from the hospital to the outreach social and income generating projects and I was totally bowled over by all I saw. I was asked to take on the job of setting up their health education department. I loved my job with Oxfam and it wasn’t an easy decision but I knew if I turned it down I’d always regret it and wonder what I would have missed. I signed a contract for three years – though it was ten years before I returned home.

FU:  You've written several books.  Which is your favourite and why?


MS: Tough question! I’m very fond of Drunk Chickens and Burn Macaroni (the memoir) because writing it meant I could remember all the amazing times I had and the wonderful women who became my friends – and I know from readers they enjoy feeling they have really met these women and their families. However, the novel, No More Mulberries is probably my favourite because I think as well as providing an insight to life in Afghanistan it gave me the chance to tell a good story. And, actually, people ask me what Miriam and Iqbal are doing now so they must feel as real as the people in the memoir.

FU:  So what kind of stories did you as a little girl write on wallpaper trimmings?


MS: I think I probably plagiarised Enid Blyton! She was my favourite author for many years. I’m constantly meeting other writers whose love of books stemmed from reading Blyton as children. My stories were about secret gangs meeting in dens. And the mother in them would always supply endless buns and lemonade. And I vaguely remember one about a poor orphan girl who had to make her way in the world.

FU:   They say that every fictional character has some of the author in him/her. Which of your characters is most like you?  In what way?


MS:  I’d love to be more like Miriam. I think there are some elements of me in her – the urge to travel, to work abroad – but she is a far nicer person than I am – much more tolerant. I’m definitely not like Dr Jeannine who epitomises the worst kind of foreigner who thinks they know best in everything and don’t bother to understand anything of the culture. She is based on a person I met and I rather enjoyed writing her character. 

FU:  So what is on the horizon?  What are your new projects? When is your next new release?


MS:  I have several projects on the go at the moment, including a second local history book, Castle Douglas Through Time, which will be published next spring. I’ve also started to turn my blog My Dad is a Goldfish, about caring for my father through his dementia, into a book. I’d hoped to have it released before the end of this year but I think spring 2017 might be more realistic. And then the follow up to let people know what Miriam and Iqbal are doing now.  I started it but am letting it rest for the moment since a new character popped up and seems to be demanding that it’s her story – so maybe it will be.

FU:  Thank you so much for chatting with us.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

99 CENTS: Destroyer (The Void Wraith Trilogy Book 1) by Chris Fox


Mankind’s outer colonies are disappearing. Without warning. Without a trace. Fleet command chalks the attacks up to pirates, but Captain Dryker of the UFC Johnston isn’t buying it.

Defying command, he leads his misfit crew into hostile territory in search of answers. They encounter the mythical Void Wraith, an unstoppable legend whispered by the first race. After 26,000 years the Void Wraith have returned to begin the next Eradication. Their technology is superior, their motives unclear.

Humanity cannot stop them. Not without help. Captain Dryker’s only hope is to forge an alliance with mankind’s greatest enemy, the savage Tigris.

One maverick captain, an unlikely crew, and an aging vessel are all that stand between humanity and the Eradication.

“It’s like Battlestar Galactica and Mass Effect had a baby, and that baby was raised by Starcraft. I read this book in one sitting, and immediately looked for the next.”- The author’s totally biased friend.



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FREE : A Charming Crime (Magical Cures Mystery Series) by Tonya Kappes







 Bubble... Bubble...

June Heal has nothing to lose when she relocates her homeopathic cure shop, A Dose of Darla, from the flea market booth in her home town, to a quaint shop in the cozy but unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky. Or so it seems.

Cures and trouble...

Whispering Falls has a lot of secrets. From talking snow globes to whispering animals not to mention a few sprinkles of fairy dust, June realizes Whispering Falls is more magical than she thought. . .literally.

Magic stirs...

June discovers she was born into a family of psychics, and her homeopathic cures truly are magical. Unfortunately, they are not magical enough to save her from being the number one murder suspect when a member of the community that she had just had a disagreement with shows up face down in the lake with June’s lucky charm in the victim’s grasp.

And troubles double...

Add to that an attraction to her high school best friend, Sheriff Oscar Park and Mr. Prince Charming, her cat, is stealing charms from Belle’s Baubles, June is forced to clear her name in more ways than murder. After all, they don’t have cauldrons in jail.




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99 CENTS: Mirrored Hearts: Sealed by Fire by Ann Marie Bryan



When life takes unexpected twists and secrets are laid bare - remember to breathe.

Larry Kanate and his wife, Rozene, would be considered a modern day power couple. Years in the making, they have managed to keep love alive while supporting each other’s dreams.

Their undeniable love connection is unshakeable… seemingly unbreakable, until Larry discovers his wife’s crushing secret. As their picture-perfect world falls apart, she does everything in her power to get away from her past sin, but he is bent on never letting her forget it, all the while keeping his “little secret” close to his heart.

When Larry’s day of reckoning comes, will fear hold him hostage or will he be completely honest with himself and God? Will their marriage be strong enough to survive mirrored secrets? Will their faith help them to handle the ultimate solution – a marriage sealed by fire?


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INTERVIEW: Mary Smith

Flurries Unlimited (FU) had the wonderful opportunity to chat with talented author Mary Smith (MS) about her work, travels and creative use of wallpaper trimmings in writing. Here is what we discussed:


FU:  It's obvious from your bio what inspires your writing as an adult.  How did the jump from non-fiction to fiction come about?  

MS:  It was partly because I realised not everyone reads non-fiction and I hoped to attract different readers. I was playing a ‘what if?’ game – what if a Scotswoman was married to an Afghan and they lived in Afghanistan? What problems might they face? What, if anything, could they do to resolve them? I wanted to explore those issues in a novel and also use it as a way of letting readers learn more about ordinary, everyday life in Afghanistan. 

FU:  How did you go from working for a UK charity to living and working in Afghanistan and Pakistan?


MS: While I was working for Oxfam I went on holiday to Pakistan. I have to say Pakistan wasn’t a destination on my places to visit list but the opportunity came up when a friend’s wife and sister were going home to Karachi to visit family and invited me along. I fell in love with Karachi the night we arrived – sitting in the compound in the dark because there was a power cut and seeing the sky ablaze with stars and the genuine warmth of the people welcoming a total stranger to their home. While I was there I visited a leprosy project which Oxfam helped to support. I spent three days seeing all aspects of the work from the hospital to the outreach social and income generating projects and I was totally bowled over by all I saw. I was asked to take on the job of setting up their health education department. I loved my job with Oxfam and it wasn’t an easy decision but I knew if I turned it down I’d always regret it and wonder what I would have missed. I signed a contract for three years – though it was ten years before I returned home.

FU:  You've written several books.  Which is your favourite and why?


MS: Tough question! I’m very fond of Drunk Chickens and Burn Macaroni (the memoir) because writing it meant I could remember all the amazing times I had and the wonderful women who became my friends – and I know from readers they enjoy feeling they have really met these women and their families. However, the novel, No More Mulberries is probably my favourite because I think as well as providing an insight to life in Afghanistan it gave me the chance to tell a good story. And, actually, people ask me what Miriam and Iqbal are doing now so they must feel as real as the people in the memoir.

FU:  So what kind of stories did you as a little girl write on wallpaper trimmings?


MS: I think I probably plagiarised Enid Blyton! She was my favourite author for many years. I’m constantly meeting other writers whose love of books stemmed from reading Blyton as children. My stories were about secret gangs meeting in dens. And the mother in them would always supply endless buns and lemonade. And I vaguely remember one about a poor orphan girl who had to make her way in the world.

FU:   They say that every fictional character has some of the author in him/her. Which of your characters is most like you?  In what way?


MS:  I’d love to be more like Miriam. I think there are some elements of me in her – the urge to travel, to work abroad – but she is a far nicer person than I am – much more tolerant. I’m definitely not like Dr Jeannine who epitomises the worst kind of foreigner who thinks they know best in everything and don’t bother to understand anything of the culture. She is based on a person I met and I rather enjoyed writing her character. 

FU:  So what is on the horizon?  What are your new projects? When is your next new release?


MS:  I have several projects on the go at the moment, including a second local history book, Castle Douglas Through Time, which will be published next spring. I’ve also started to turn my blog My Dad is a Goldfish, about caring for my father through his dementia, into a book. I’d hoped to have it released before the end of this year but I think spring 2017 might be more realistic. And then the follow up to let people know what Miriam and Iqbal are doing now.  I started it but am letting it rest for the moment since a new character popped up and seems to be demanding that it’s her story – so maybe it will be.

FU:  Thank you so much for chatting with us.

99 CENTS: No More Mulberries by Mary Smith



Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather.  

When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where once she and her first husband had been so happy, Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

Her husband, too, must deal with issues from his own past – from being shunned by childhood friends when he contracted leprosy to the loss of his first love.


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INTERVIEW: Ann Marie Bryan

FU: There are so many different genres to choose from, what inspired you to write faith-based romance?

AMB: I believe that genre “beckoned” to me. I am a Christian and I enjoy reading romantic stories so it was a natural fit. My inspiration to write comes from God, my family, friends, readers and fellow authors. I desire to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places.

FU: Can you tell us a little bit more about your company, Victorious by Design?

AMB: Victorious By Design embodies all that I enjoy doing. We deliver top quality professional writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development programs and exceptional performing arts (dance) services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations. We are dedicated to providing innovative and comprehensive educational products and services to inspire, foster and promote continuous development and growth in individuals and organizations.

FU: How do you manage to juggle running it with your writing?

AMB: Thanks for asking this very important question. Truthfully, there is no easy answer to this question. For sure, we make time for the things we want to do and the things we love to do.

The short answer is that I have a great, small team that helps and a very supportive family. I schedule all my activities as best as I can. This includes my writing time. At this time, I am scheduled to write one book per year and there is a timeline for that. I must have my next book ready for the first round of editing by early fall if I am to make my release day which is usually sometime in February/March.

FU: You've written so many books. Which is your favourite and why?

AMB: I love each of my books for different reasons. However, I am a bit attached to “Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along” because it is loosely based on my own love story. My courtship and wedding were unforgettable so I knew that I had to use ‘Unforgettable’ in the title. I did not want it to appear as if I was just sitting around and waiting for my husband to turn up at my door. Hence, the rest of the title, ‘My Love Has Come Along.’

FU: They say that every character has some of the author in him/her. Which of your characters is most like you? In what way?

AMB: I am most like Annalisa in “Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along.” As I previously indicated, this novel was based in part on my personal experiences as I embarked on the journey from singleness to my amazing wedding day. I drew on some of my experiences, encounters, feelings, insights and interactions to give this fictional story life.



FU:  So what is on the horizon? What are your new projects? When is your next new release?


AMB: I am excited about my writing journey, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share with others. I believe in working together, the exchanging of ideas and sharing of resources, so I hope that my writing adventures take me all over the world to share at conferences, seminars and workshops.

Currently, I am writing the 3rd book in my “Encounters of the Heart” series. This novel will detail the story of Chandler Peynard. It will be released in early 2017.

FU: Thank you so much for talking to us. Any parting thoughts?

AMB: Stay victorious!
FU:  Great advice!