Author Interview with Jaqueline Davis @jaclyndavis01

Today I’m happy to be sharing an awesome author interview with author Jaqueline Davis! Jaqueline is the author of the Bedlam Series as well as the standalone novel ‘A Christmas Tour’. Make sure you check out her books as well as her interview below!

Author Interview

Interview about her newest book The Christmas Tour:

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

I loved writing a Christmas story with a happy ending! Reading Christmas books is something I look forward to all year. It is one of my favorite genres, and I was thrilled to write one. The books I previously wrote were historical fiction with suspense, action, and not always happy endings. Writing The Christmas Tour was a change of pace for me.

How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I support authors on whatever route they take to publication (traditional, self, indie, etc.). Regarding ebooks and print books, I tend to read books primarily that are printed. I just love the smell of books, how they feel in my hands, how I can see how far I’ve read by using a bookmark. That said, I sometimes envy fellow travelers on airplanes who only have a lightweight e-reader in their hands, while I’m lugging heavy books with me! 🙂

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I have a full-time day job and write as a hobby. My focus and time are split among many things, and this affects my writing in that it gets interrupted pretty quickly. I write when I can squeeze it in. I’m a quick writer when I do have time to write because I tend to think through my writing in my mind very thoroughly before sitting down in front of a computer. I am able to “write” in my mind while driving or eating my lunch and then sit down at a later time to actually put words on paper.

What inspired you to write your book?

I was inspired to write The Christmas Tour when I visited a historic building that was being renovated to be turned into a bed and breakfast. It was beautiful! It felt like it had a hundred stories to tell. I left that place feeling like I had the setting to a story. I had wanted to write a Christmas story for some time, so my mind started racing with ideas. The town that this bed and breakfast is in holds annual Christmas events every year, so I decided to incorporate those into the plot, and before I knew it, the book was being written. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion? To me, books are a place to escape. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed, books help calm me. When I’m sad, books can distract me. Books serve a purpose in this world, and I’m honored I get to play a part by writing them.

Synopsis

The Christmas Tour

Penny Lark doesn’t know where Fort Wayne, Indiana, is, nor does she care. As long as its asnews reporter job is a stepping stone to her dream career – morning news anchor in New York City – she’s fine spending a little time in this sleepy small town. But not too much time. With her eyes on the prize, she has never stayed anywhere longer than six months, and she plans on making her stop in Fort Wayne even shorter.
Nolan Ash, born and raised in Fort Wayne, has made a reality of his late father’s dream of opening a bed and breakfast in charming downtown. In honor of his father’s love for the holidays, Nolan offers an annual Christmas Tour of Fort Wayne out of his inn, one that highlights the town’s Christmas displays and festive events. The Tour soon becomes a regional sensation, one that grabs the attention of the town’s newest reporter.
When Penny decides to run a month-long story on Nolan’s Tour as a guest in his bed and breakfast, Nolan must face that which he resents the most: reporters, who in his eyes are the most selfish people on earth and were a contributing factor in his family’s demise after his father’s death. Penny, in turn, must face Christmas, a dreaded holiday thanks to her own father, and pretend to love it as much as the town’s inn owner.
Can Nolan and Penny face what they despise this Christmas, if only for their careers’ sakes? And can they ever find a way to get along? Follow Nolan and Penny on their journey of discovering forgiveness, love, and new perspectives this holiday season.

 

Disorder

azKatherine Whittemore has been shielded her entire life from the haunts of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the notorious asylum of Victorian London. The daughter of one of Bethlem’s doctors, Kat was kept from madness until urged by her father to visit the hospital as a distraction from her household duties. It is at Bethlem that Kat falls for her father’s best friend and colleague, Dr. James Blair, even though many in her household warn against him. He has secrets, dark ones, and soon Kat discovers he’s not the only one.

Visiting Bethlem forever changes Kat’s life and what she believed to be true. Kat suspects that something is amiss in her home, the house she must now try to save. Not even her relationship with James is enough to quell this suspicion, especially as those around her begin acting erratically. As Kat prepares for a Christmas Ball at the insane asylum where her father once worked, she can’t help but wonder if her household may mirror Bethlem in ways she hadn’t before imagined.

 

 

Infirmity

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Katherine Whittemore, a girl who has just discovered seemingly horrifying secrets about herself, has fled her home and the man who loves her, Dr. James Blair. She now turns alone to Seven Dials, the slums of Victorian London, where those with nothing go to try to survive. The Dials welcomes her as it does any other: with the slap of pain, suffering, and violence that has been known to kill its inhabitants. Kat summons the strength to face these obstacles alongside some friends she encounters along the way, but many don’t outlive the treacherous Dials.

Meanwhile, James suffers in the wake of Kat’s absence, questioning his role as a doctor of the mad at Victorian London’s asylum Bethlem Royal Hospital, until he receives an unexpected arrival from his past. Elizabeth, whom he was destined to marry as a young man, appears in the midst of his grief, bringing with her the joy and comfort he’d felt while young. Torn between searching for Kat and rekindling an old flame, James must now choose between the love of his life and the love of his youth.

Set against the perilous backdrop of both Seven Dials and Bethlem Royal Hospital, Infirmity addresses the power of love, including loving oneself, in the midst of all difficulties and realities. Join Kat on her journey of discovering if she has the power to love all parts of her life, including those she has run from in Infirmity, the harrowing sequel to Disorder in the Bedlam Series.

 

Escape

awSean McGuire has finally returned home to Dublin, Ireland, after years of undercover work in London for the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Surrounded by fellow comrades in his homeland, he relishes in this new-found family and submits to his leader’s authority without hesitation. That is, until he’s assigned a new leader, someone he wasn’t expecting: a woman. And not just any woman; someone who’s a sharp-shooter and willing to give extreme orders.

Meanwhile, Katherine Whittemore, the woman Sean loved while in London, embraces her new life in Birmingham, England. Married to the residential physician at Yardley Green Road Sanitorium, she spends her days caring for her father whose health is finally improving. Her life seems to be a dream realized until Mr. Bertram Snead, the man who had once tried to kill her, is up for parole, and Katherine and her family find they must return to London for his hearing.

It’s been seven years since Sean left Katherine in London, yet the city beckons them to return, and they both heed its calling. As Sean devotes his energy to helping the Brotherhood pull off a prison escape at Clerkenwell House of Detention, Katherine arrives at the same prison to put the past to rest. What does London have in store for the two of them?

Join Katherine on her journey back to London to face both her fearsome and adventurous past in this thrilling final book of the Bedlam Series.

Author Spotlight: Suzanna J. Linton @suzannalin

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Today I am happy to be bringing you an author spotlight with author Suzanna J. Linton!! Suzanna is the author of the Stories of the Lorst book series as well as the Lands of Sun and Stone series. Both series look incredibly interesting and I just adore all of the covers! Make sure you check out the books down below and you can follow Suzanna on her twitter @suzannalin her WebsiteFacebook or Instagram!

Synopsis

Stories of Lorst

Clara, Book 1

Sold into slavery as a child, and rendered mute by the horrors she suffered, Clara’s life qrextends no further than the castle kitchens and their garden. Those who know about her just think of her as the dull mute girl who may be a little soft in the head, not knowing that she carries within herself a precious gift: the ability to see the future. This is a gift she keeps secret, though, for fear of persecution.

However, a vision prompts her to prevent a murder, shoving her not only into the intrigues and gilded life of the nobility, but also into a civil war brewing in her country. As events unfold, and she is drawn deeper into the conflict, she meets an old friend, makes a new one, and begins to unearth secrets better left buried.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more.

 Clara is such an amazing character. She overcomes so much and becomes such a powerful force to be reckoned with. I loved that no matter what came her way, she always does what she feels is right in her heart and fights for those she loves.  – Tequila Rose

Clara’s Return, Book 2

Clara, lost and disillusioned from the civil war, hopes to discover answers about her qtlineage and abilities in the quiet village of Bluebell, where she once lived before being sold into slavery. However, as she and the Captain of the Royal Guard make their journey, a new threat to the kingdom arises in the form of a traitor.

Patiently brewing since the fall of the sorceror-king Marduk, there are careful plans now coming to fruition. Riots break out, a giant is sighted, and double agents quietly take their places. King Emmerich’s struggles with his new role and his ever-present nightmares leave him feeling inadequate to the task. What he needs most is Clara.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more.

“A great book. Fast paced, action-packed, and filled with intense, well-imagined characters and some swoon-worthy romances and unrequited love. The cherry on the top is the quiet, kick-butt-take-names protagonist, Clara who makes her first appearance in the prior book of the series. While these could be read as stand-alones since the antagonist in each book is different, but the story about the antagonists and their reasoning is explained more thoroughly if read as a pair, which I’d recommend. The ending is left open for a third book, and I could hope for nothing less!” — Cady, Amazon and Goodreads user

Secret Burdens, Book 3

Jarrett failed everyone close to him. In disgrace, he resigned his position as Captain of qythe Royal Guard and entered self-imposed exile in Lorst’s Eastern Forests. As a common soldier, he fought the remainder of the sorcerer Marduk’s monsters.

However, after an assassination attempt leaves her bedridden, Clara summons Jarrett back to the capital city of Bertrand. Over his protests, she appoints him Captain of the Seer’s Guard. Though both her parents and her ability to see the future are restored to her, neither of these things can help her find her would-be killer. There’s also a greater threat on the horizon she must face and she needs someone she can trust.

Jarrett searches for both Clara’s enemies and his sense of honor. However, his investigations threaten to expose secrets that could ruin them all and shake the Lorst to the core.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more.

“Third book in the Lorst series, Secret Burdens, did not disappoint. Suzanna J. Linton has created a cast of amazing characters that you care and root for. The emotion in her writing is real. You celebrate and mourn along with them. This third book has secrets around every turn and you lose track or whose trust worthy. If you have already started the Stories of Lorst series than this is a must read that you don’t want to miss.” — Amanda Lavoie, Once Upon a Book Dream

Calculated Magic, Book 3.5

quBruin, exiled to Arvent, starts life over as a simple charm-seller. That is, until he learns of Emmerich’s plan to meet Precene in a historic summit of kings.

In this game of secrets and alliances, the one wildcard is Galeen. The small coastal kingdom is dying under the stranglehold of Tier. The actions of the Crown Prince Gentius could be the difference between peace and war. Bruin decides to go to Gentius and offer his services in the hope of preventing disaster. However, only smugglers can pass through Tier’s blockade. He buys passage on one such ship for himself and his newly acquired apprentice.

During the voyage, Bruin discovers the ship carries precious cargo stolen from Lorst. It’s destined for persons unknown—a person that might be Gentius. Caught out in the ocean with nowhere to go, Bruin must choose between what is convenient for his mission and what is right.

Lands of Sun and Stone Series

Willows of Fate, Book 1

All her life, Desdemona has seen things others haven’t. Dragons, knights, dwarves, kids qiwith three eyes. Heeding her mother’s advice, she keeps silent about this and struggles through life, pretending everything is normal.

At her mother’s death, Desdemona returns to a home haunted with memories but she is determined to not be shaken from what little normalcy she has. However, when her brother is murdered and she uncovers a family secret, Desdemona realizes that there is more to what she sees. Perhaps a whole other world, one that’s willing to kill to have her as its own.

Available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more.

“The Land of Sun was a magical place filled with interesting characters.” ~ Amazon reviewer

“I’m hoping to see more adventures of Desdemona in the future and more of Ms. Linton’s captivating style!” ~ Amazon reviewer

About the Author

Suzanna J. Linton was born in Charleston, SC but grew up in rural Orangeburg County. qe.jpgAt age eight, she tried to read The Secret Garden by herself. After following her mother around for a day, asking questions about the Yorkshire accent, she gave up, but that didn’t deter her in developing a deep appreciation for books and the worlds to which they open.

Her appreciation for storytelling, however, was born from her family. There isn’t much entertainment in the middle of nowhere, and her father enthralled his children with stories about the mythical “Possum Brown”. His friends also told tales, but not all of the were the sort for little ears. Linton snuck out of her bedroom late at night in order to hear those.

In 2002, she attended the summer program at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where she refined her poetry and wrote her first decent short story. In 2003, Suzanna began attending Francis Marion University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in English.

Today, she continues to live in South Carolina with her husband and their assorted pets. She self-published her first novel, Clara, in 2013.

 

Sample Blog Posts:

Finishing a Novel: One Writer’s Refection

Fan Fiction: Is It Really Publishing’s Savior?

Inspiration: What Helps Me Write

Introverts: A Guide for Extroverts

MFA Programs and the Alternatives: A Consideration

When We Betray the Trust of Those We Love

Quitting My Day Job to Live the Dream

The Novels I Loved Growing Up

Interview on Book-Delight.com

On Writing

 

Contact Information for Review Copies, Guest Posts, and Interviews:

Suzanna J. Linton

linton.suzanna@gmail.com

 

Author Spotlight with Janeen G! @janeenmg25

Today I am happy to be able to share with you Indie Author Janeen G and some of her awesome work, Janeen has a collection of books available with her latest ‘The Dance of Faith’ available on Wattpad as well as writings on her blog My Young World

The Dance of Faith

Synopsis

“The Dance of Faith” is a literary journey based on the words of life and one’s own rhythm to finding love and peace. In this poetry novel, the emotional words are strung together to form sounds, images, and ideas that might be too complex or abstract to describe directly to the human eye.

This novel will transform the way you will express your emotions to the ones you love and how you can explain your lust for life. Lets dance in this faith of life itself…

 

About the Author

Janeen is an author and writer of love poems, erotic fiction, and fantasy short stories. 14702273_1214914098571456_8321554543378276739_nShe writes with her emotions and fantasy is her passion. Writing has always been her escape from the real world. She wants to share her imaginations with the world. She enjoys reading, nature, binge watching her favorite TV show and sharing her real-life stories on her blog. She is a mother of four beautiful children and she is committed to her husband of 10+ years. She currently resides in Orlando, FL but she was raised in New York City.

Five Star Reviews

This is a hauntingly beautiful piece of writing. I re-read her work a couple of time. This writer shoots from the heart. Interested in reading more of her work.

This book describes a tender kind of erotica, a love that transcends the typical “I love you” and focuses deeply in the bedroom to describe the intimacy between two people behind closed doors. It deeply professes a love grander than anything solely bound to materialism. It allows the reader to explore feelings where they can use their imagination to understand the topics of love, passion, and desire being discussed. Great for the erotica and sensual poetry or book fans!

I think what I love most about this book is that it’s so real. Janeen weaves a poetic journey through real life relationship ups and downs. It feels like I’m reading parts of my life and my own relationships. It’s moving, raw, open, and very well written. I loved this!!!

Stephen Ainley Guest Post

Hi everyone and welcome today to a special guest post from author Stephen Ainley to talk about his book Dennis Bisskit and The Man From Paris With the Very Large Head!!  Don’t you just love that title!

Dennis Bisskit and the Man From Paris with the Very Large Head

by, Stephen Ainley

Hi, from sunny Western Australia. This book is a sequel to, The Dennis Bisskit Adventures, and I am just finishing a third and possibly last in the series (but who knows.) Funnily enough, although I have lived in Australia for 40 years, just about everything I write seems to be set in England, in the ‘50s, ’60s and ‘70s. My first novel, the Dennis Bisskit Adventures was released in the U.K. in 2017 and told the story of a young lad growing up in Dudley (west midlands) My main aim in writing is primarily to make people laugh. In the first book, this is achieved through a series of adventures that happen to Dennis between the ages of ten to twenty years old. School-life, holidays, the Scouts, first jobs at a department store and then a hotel and ending with Dennis and best mate, Stinky joining the army in the ‘60s.

Dennis Bisskit and the Man From Paris with the Very Large Head was published recently. It follows on from the first book and tells how the boys leave the army and become Dudley’s finest (and only) Private Investigators, in the late 1960s. This book is still mainly humourous but also develops into an exciting crime story. It always helps if you have read the first in a series, but it’s not essential in this case.

My Website/Blog is all things Dennis, plus other silliness.

https://theworldofdennis.com/

Purchase books

Amazon

Book 1 getbook.at/1952

Book 2 getbook.at/1969

Synopsis

Dennis Bisskit and The Man From Paris With the Very Large Head

1969 – Man is about to set foot upon the moon. Meanwhile, momentous events are also taking place in the West Midlands. Weddings, funerals, hereditary hair loss, M. J. K. Smith’s cricket bat, a missing masterpiece; dastardly deeds are taking place, above and below the streets of Birmingham. The police are baffled. This looks like a job for Dudley’s finest, Bisskit and Blackshaw – private investigators. Yes, the boys are back. Older, but none the wiser in Dennis Bisskit and the Man from Paris with the Very Large Head.

All About Stephen

Stephen was born at a very young age, in Birmingham, U.K. As a youth his hobbies were; knocking on people’s front doors and running away, tying girls’ shoelaces together while they weren’t looking, and playing conkers. Strangely enough, they remain his hobbies till this day. Stephen served in the British Airborne in the ‘70s and has the aches and pains to prove it. He moved to Australia in the late ‘70s in search of sunshine and is now sick of the sight of it.

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Sometimes people ask me what the most challenging thing about writing humor is.

What’s funny? Everyone has a different opinion. You just have to write what you find funny and hope for the best. I test my stories out on two age groups, my wife and my Rockstar grandson. If they both laugh, that’s good enough for me. I think Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. have a similar sense of humour but wasn’t sure what the rest of the world would make of Dennis, so was delighted to get this review, from Canadian, Book blogger, Leanard Tillerman.

5 Star Reviews

The Dennis Bisskit Adventures

There can be little doubt that we live in an age of rapid technological advancements. The world seems smaller and more connected than ever before. In such an environment, there is an ongoing battle to gain the often fleeting interest of the people within this society. This can be a difficult task in a world which is frequently characterized by the need for instant gratification. Television, video games, social media and the Internet have become constant staples and sources of entertainment in this culture. Not that there is anything particularly wrong with that mind you. As the saying goes…”it is what it is.”

However, when something comes along that transports us back into an age which is characterized by different priorities and needs, it is like a breath of fresh air. That is exactly what Stephen Ainley does in his novel, The Dennis Bisskit Adventures. If you love a wholesome and heartwarming story which is saturated with humor, then this novel needs to be put on your “To Be Read” list “tout suite!” The novel follows the life and escapades of the loveable, albeit very accident prone Dennis Bisskit. Born just after the Second World War ended, we are able to see young Dennis grow up in the 1950’s and 60’s and transform from an innocent and bungling boy, to a young man in his own right. In order to show this progression, the author puts together a series of Dennis’s significant life events, from the painful awkwardness of early school life to joining the Staffordshire Regiment and fighting in Uganda. In between the reader is treated to a number of hilarious adventures. From Dennis trying to set a new world record for running the mile (my personal favorite), to the tribulations at his first real job in a department store. The very humorous escapades clearly reveal a young boy’s unique and poignant journey into manhood. Did I mention that this book is thoroughly funny? The various scenarios which Dennis finds himself in are truly gut splitting. However, it is not just the actual incidents which are comical. Indeed, it is a mixture of the well laid out story scenes, perfectly described setting and solid character development by the author which makes it all work. If Dennis was not such a likable, optimistic and good natured character, the humor would fall flat as a pancake.

As readers we find ourselves constantly laughing with Dennis, not actually at him. The ability to pull this off is no easy feat and the author manages it masterfully. In regards to character development, there are a number of very interesting and well developed characters in the novel. Aside from Dennis, the supporting characters such as his family, Stinky, Mrs. Ricketts and Sergeant Plunkett are developed with intricate care. They are all colorful, comical and entertaining in their own right. The reader cannot help but engage with and relate to the characters in the book. Also, they all solidly support the overall theme which is “the coming of age.” This serious theme is frequently presented in the story in a unique and comical manner. The setting for this story takes place in a different era, over 70 years ago. Life was much different then. Having recently seen the end of World War 2, it was a society focused upon simply living and rebuilding lives. Modern day technology and luxuries were not part of this world. However, that is not to say that things were unpleasant or tedious. They were just different. Many people would say it was a more wholesome time consisting of far less distraction. Stephen Ainley aptly captures such an atmosphere in his novel. It is like we virtually travel back in time to a different age and experience these adventures with Dennis. For those of us in the mature stage of our lives, such as myself, it is a very welcome trip and is fondly embraced.

Overall I would recommend this book for almost any age from Teen and up. There is something in it for everyone. Nevertheless, I would also say it holds something quite special for those readers who are a bit older. If you are looking for a story which is extremely well written, then The Dennis Bisskit Adventures is a perfect choice. It is hilarious, poignant, and at times, a bit sad. The writing has a beautiful flow to it and ties everything together in an exceptional and descriptive manner.

Dennis Bisskit and the Man from Paris with the Very Large Head

Having read Stephen Ainsley’s debut novel ‘Dennis Bisskit’ I was very much looking forward to his second novel, Dennis Bisskit and the Man from Paris with the Very Large Head.’ The amusing title, although long, gives insight into the amusing rhetoric within this book. The characters of Dennis and Stinky are so loveable; I was rooting for their success throughout the story. Without giving away any spoilers, I can say ‘The boys are back in Dudley.’ This hilarious story is a real page turner, full of amusing incidents that made me chuckle until the very end. I look forward to reading more tales of Dennis Bisskit in the future.

Chris Donlan’s Debut Novel – Visionaries!

Today I’m really excited to showcase the debut novel Visionaries by Chris Donlan! As well as having a look at the book I have a bit about Chris as well as some of the already awesome 5 Star Reviews!

Visionaries is not your typical SciFi adventure, like star wars or some other kind of ‘alien shoot em up’. It blends action, history, intrigue, conspiracy and above all a hope for humanity in the present day. It has very strong female characters and will appeal to adult readers of a wide range of genres. 

This is a book that is currently available on Amazon (paperback and ebook) as well as being free on Kindle Unlimited. (I am really loving my Kindle Unlimited at the moment)

Interested readers can also visit Chris’s website and order a signed/dedicated copy. They can also read the opening 10 chapters, get an insight into how the novel came to be created and get a glimpse into the work in progress on the sequel, called Planetary Union. A third novel currently entitled The Magdalene Years will complete the trilogy.

https://www.visionariesthenovel.com/

Purchase Here

I have to say that I really love the cover for this and it sounds like a really interesting SciFi book, with the added bonus of being the first in a trilogy!

Synopsis

An immortal race of people called the Xethanti are plagued by an evil criminal underclass known as the PiruNostram.

The civilisations of neighbouring galaxies live in fear for their lives. Janithillon can put an end to it all, but he has to overcome Nemesis, the PiruNostram’s fiercest gang leader.

​His incredible journey will eventually bring him to our world in the present day, where he will meet Magdalene, who has been living and roaming amongst humanity for 2000 years. Together they will change everything we ever knew about ourselves just so they can bring a change to the way of life on their home world. This amazing story is fraught with hidden dangers and conspiracies from each side of the universe.

If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘What would an alien race make of what we have achieved here on Earth’ or ‘Are we alone in the universe’ then immerse yourself into Visionaries to discover some answers.    

Visionaries is part of a planned trilogy of gripping, thought provoking and ingenious novels which invite the reader to explore amazing civilisations which have influenced humanity’s development  as well as reflecting on our failings and weaknesses, affording us all with hope in the face of despair.

5 Star Reviews

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The book is written in an excellent way with perfectly balanced action keeping readers in unceasing tension. It is apparent that the writer put immense effort into preparing the background information for the book since it demonstrates the detailed knowledge of our civilisation’s history. What is more, it reflects weaknesses and strong points of people as the inhabitants of the blue planet.  My take on the book is that it sends a deeper message than an ordinary interplanetary story, but I will leave it for you to decide yourselves.

Fantastic work from Chris! I would definitely recommend the book to read.   

Just excellent!! A masterful combination of no-nonsense science and a well-paced narrative, which while keeping the reader turning the pages at a furious pace, also explores some deep historical and cultural themes.  The author has managed to create and introduce the reader to a complete intergalactic society equipped with some of the very contemporary issues which we find mirrored in our own. The detailed descriptions, a story line which strays elegantly into historical and in some cases philosophical themes and the twists and turns in the plot leading to an ending that I wasn’t expecting make for a very good read.

The only bad thing about this is that the sequels aren’t out yet. Get this and read it, you won’t regret it.

I attended a function where Chris read a few passages from this book, and before he had finished reading I had jumped on the amazon website and purchased the kindle version of this book. As an avid sci-fi and fantasy book reader (Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett etc.) I found it difficult to put my kindle down until I had read the complete book. Chris has obviously put a great deal of effort into making the plot seem as plausible as possible, and the way it ties in with current and past events is great. If I have one criticism it is that the story hooked me so much and then it was over. Hurry up and get those two more books published Chris, as soon as they are available for pre-order I will purchase.

Absolutely brilliant, couldn’t put it down can’t wait for next book, the whole book is explained in a way everyone can understand I normally won’t read sy fi but this is quite believable. A must read.

All About Chris

I originally hand wrote the essence of my first novel back in 1976, as you would back then when desktops, laptops or notepads weren’t even invented and frankly that’s as far as I got with it at the time.

It was going to be another 40 years before I finally got around to scratching back through my memory of the story and began to type it using Word on my laptop. The first 10 chapters emerged quite quickly, but it was sometime before the other 18 were formulated to the standard I was striving for.
With the hindsight of life’s experiences and the amazing research capacity with the Internet, I was able to hone and polish the raw story into something much more appealing and readable – well I hope I have anyway!

It took me around 2 years to completely finish the novel and finally bring it to fruition as the published article you can see today; which is not surprising when you consider that I was and still am, holding down a full-time job as a consultant for a software house.

I’m very grateful to my partner, Jane as a much needed and helpful adviser and critic and to several friends who read the inaugural drafts and provided me with useful feedback which enabled me to refine and craft the story as I went along.

One of the most inspiring things for me to have come out of the process of writing Visionaries was the realisation that I could develop the story into a trilogy, by inventing a prequel as a means of exploring more about one of the key characters, as well as developing a sequel so that the readers can get a chance to see what happens next.

I hope to have both of these novels ready over the course of 2018/19 so please keep an eye on my profile for more details. You can also follow developments by visiting my website www.visionariesthenovel.com

If SciFi is your thing definitely have a look and check it out!

Author Showcase – Holly Willow!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! Today I am really excited to bring you an author showcase with Holly Willow and her book ‘Love by Chance’! This looks like a really great book just in time for Valentine’s day and I just love the simplicity of the cover!

What happens on a Greek island, stays on a Greek island…

Having just ended a long-term relationship with a man who was perfect on paper but not right for her, Emily isn’t eager to start a new one. She’s on vacation on a Greek island. All she wants to do is relax and have some fun. And she wouldn’t mind having a summer fling with the gorgeous Englishman she bumps into. The only problem is that he wants more than a vacation romance. Now Emily has to decide if she’s ready to take a chance on love again.

Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/LoveByChance Love By Chance will be available at a “Valentine Special” discount price for $/£ 0.99 on most online vendor sites, including Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Kobo. 

All about the Five Star Reviews

This is one of the most delightfully charming books I have read. I lost myself in the story from the start. I believe readers will fall in love with Emily and Liam, as I did, along with all the other characters who are so real you feel you want to invite them to your dinner table. Emily’s honesty about herself as she grows and explores her new world are particularly refreshing and Liam melts your heart.

Love By Chance falls in between the categories of women’s fiction and chick lit. It’s also a great beach read. If you want to take a vacation but can’t get away, run away to an island in the Mediterranean with Emily. I highly recommend it!

All about the Author

First things first: Emma, thank you so much for welcoming me to your corner of the world wide web. As a fairly new and self-published writer, I need all the help I can get spreading the word about my books.

As a child, I loved books. Escaping into magical worlds far from reality was my favorite pastime. That didn’t change when I grew up. Books and the characters in them have been some of my best friends for as long as I can remember. And I’ve been writing stories since I was nine years old. But I didn’t publish any of them until last year.

I have two passions in life: writing and traveling. Thanks to my parents, I grew up on the move, bouncing from one country to the next. I’ve lived in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the West Indies. Now, as an adult, I still have an insatiable wanderlust, a deep desire to see more of the world and experience all it has to offer.

I tend to write stories that are set in locations I have visited or would like to visit one day. Last year, I self-published three books simultaneously. Postcard From Paris was the first full-length novel I wrote. Soon after I finished it, I started working on Love By Chance and One Little Lie. They’re all complete stand-alone stories but they share a theme: finding out what you want in life and working up the courage to try and make it happen. Oh, and there’s romance too of course.

I write in bed, wearing my most comfortable pajamas, with the laptop parked on a pillow in front of me. Typically, I write two hours per night. On good nights, I get a lot of writing done during those two hours. On bad nights, I manage merely a few paragraphs. Bad (writing) nights happen. The most important thing is to start over the next night and give it my best shot again.

Links

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/hollywillow

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/hollywillow

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HWAuthor

Postcard From Paris: http://viewbook.at/PFP

Love By Chance: http://viewbook.at/LBC

Holly Willow has lived her life on the move since her early childhood. She grew up in stables in the Middle East and South East Asia, surrounded by horses, philandering polo players, and wonderfully oversharing expatriate housewives. Currently, she’s bouncing around Europe. Growing up, if she wasn’t on horseback, she had her nose in a book. Characters in novels were her best friends. And ultimately she started creating her own. 

 

 

Author Showcase – Poulomi Sanyal

author showcase

Today I am really excited to be bringing you an author showcase for Author Poulomi Sanyal and her book ‘Colour Me Confounded’!

All about the book

Author Poulomi Sanyal draws upon her own experiences as a woman in the modern Colour Me Confoundedprofessional world to tell the stories of two women struggling with finding balance in their lives.

In the first of two stories, teenagers Rupa and Minerva think they will be friends forever. The two high school girls are virtually inseparable, despite their many differences. Years later, Rupa looks back on that relationship and the dramatic incident that ended their friendship. While she writes her memoir and travels the world, she comes to a realization about her connection with Minerva and the experiences they shared.

The second story centers on Ariana, a Canadian Iranian engineer. She is happy with her work in Toronto, but a friend’s surprise career move brings back old memories of a previous job in Montreal. She hated that job and felt isolated and unappreciated. There was one person, however, who made it worthwhile.

As both Ariana and Rupa look back on their pasts, they come to startling discoveries about their current lives. Will these insights lead the two to choose different paths—or just fill them with more regret?

All about the Author

Many years ago, there was a little girl who had prose and verse and dreams to share with the world around her. But something was missing; a platform. At age 12, she published her own children’s magazine, “Hello Kids”, featuring articles and poetry, jokes and puzzles, all created by herself and her contemporaries. Alas, her hard work had only found a meager audience amongst friends and family.

Who on earth wanted to invest in literature created by a bunch of children?

​Today she is an Engineering Professional with a Master’s Degree from a reputed Canadian University but her childhood voice, once restrained, still yearns for expression. To give this voice an expression, at long last come Poulomi’s poetry, short stories, and novels. They come in search of and providing fulfillment to her true personality; that of a poet, artist, and author.

‘I am a multi-genre writer (or you could say, genrefluid), focusing mostly on hard science-fiction, thrillers, contemporary/romance, short-fiction and poetry and I like to write diverse castes of characters with strong female leads. My writing is a little unconventional in the sense that I don’t use popular themes and tropes in my works. As an example, my upcoming science-fiction is a mash-up of scientific theories, archaeological elements, and ancient myths.’

‘My second novel, a sci-fi, action/adventure treasure hunt steeped in ancient myth is due for publication shortly (in a month or two). It’s based in some of my original research ideas when I was doing a Ph.D. in Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. I’m really excited about this book’

All about the 5 Star Reviews

 

Colour me confounded: A painting of confounded relationships nowadays
This book tells two stories. I liked both. The writer could rightly express the feelings of a good friend after a sudden shock from the unexpected break up from a very close friend, whom she had believed to be very close but later on to discover how wrong was she. This is true for both the stories. Although in the second one it’s not between two friends but between two colleagues instead, who happened to come very close during their duties together.

Colour Me Confounded literally left me dumbfounded. I could sense the emergence of an extremely talented new writer: Poulomi Sanyal. In her first book, how deftly Poulomi has painted the various aspects of human relationships and emotions through the two short novellas, is simply astounding.

Basically, both the stories hover around the main theme of two modern day women facing the challenges of the contemporary world and struggling to strike a balance between their dreams, aspirations and professional challenges on the one hand and love and friendship on the other. Her book keeps us riveted to the strolyline, following the joys and upheavals in the lives of Rupa and Ariana, the protagonists. As the stories progress, we marvel at the lucid language, often mingled with humorous undertones, with which the tumultuous personal relationships, professional struggles and emotional turbulences of Rupa and Ariana are depicted. The book reminds us of our own struggles and aspirations and keep us glued to the end. A very pleasurable and mesmerising read, indeed. Best wishes for the young writer and awaiting many more works of different flavors from her.

While reading this book, I envisioned myself sitting across a table from the author in a restaurant somewhere while she regaled me with a thinly veiled story from her life. Waiters and waitresses buzzed here and there as she spun a tale of relationships, work, travel and education. When she finished the first story, she had to go but handed me a written account of a second story written in third person. I remained at the restaurant and read the whole thing before paying the bill and going home.
The stories are written well, with no spelling or grammatical errors. I found it enjoyable, but wish the tales were a bit longer. There seemed to be more to the stories. Regardless, it made my bus rides to and from work go by quickly. A very nice first effort from a promising author.