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!

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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

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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.

 

Author Showcase: R.J Furness

Hi everyone, today I am really excited to share with you a bit of a showcase for author R.J Furness as well as an interview that he has very kindly provided and allowed me to share today!

All about the Author

R. J. Furness has been passionate about great stories since he was able to read. At an early age, he would frequently create new characters, worlds, and creatures, then write crazy tales all about them. However, until now, he has always kept those ideas completely secret. After having a lifelong interest in animals, music, and anything spawned from pure imagination, R.J.’s first love are now his wife and children. Over time, he has also developed an overwhelming desire for mugs of tea and good biscuits to dunk. He lives in Southport, England, with his family, a dog and several fish, chickens and quails.

dissent: RENEGADESOrgo Runners: The First RunOrgo Runners Glider AttackOrgo Runners: Legend Of The OrgoORGO RUNNERS: Skull Cavern (a spooky mini-adventure)Orgo Runners: SeacrawlerMorrigan: a dissent story

Check him out on:

Goodreads  Instagram   Amazon   Twitter  Facebook  Website

Author Interview

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?

The answer to this isn’t as straight-forward as the question. I’d argue that I’m a full-time writer, in the sense that I don’t have a full-time paid job. However, I’m a stay-at-home-parent, and our three children have complex special needs. By that, I mean they all have a few conditions that create a variety of challenges in their lives. As a result, they have many, many hospital appointments. Likewise, there are regular meetings at schools, and other such commitments, which we need to attend. It became evident a long time ago, that someone would need to give up work to facilitate the needs of our children. At the time, my wife Emma was at the start of a great career, so common sense told us that it should be me to remain at home full-time.

Having said all that, there are days when the children are all at school and there are fewer appointments to attend. I decided to use these irregular moments to start writing, because it’s always been something I wanted to do.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In the most literal sense, this happened before I can remember. I can recall many occasions, at very young ages, where I thought about how much I wanted to write.

What books have influenced you?

Where do I begin? Books have influenced me throughout my life. When I was younger, I first remember reading C.S Lewis’ Narnia books, and I adored the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling too. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner was also something that captured my imagination. I was introduced to that one through school. Other books carved into my childhood memories, include Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, and Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings.

As I got older, I read a variety of books, comics and graphic novels. At the time, I was more of a Marvel fan, and a huge lover of anything X-Men. Novels I enjoyed, included many different genres, from S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders to science fiction epics like Dune. I also became quite the horror fan too—reading many books by Stephen King and James Herbert, amongst others.

More recently, I relish any opportunity to explore the work of new authors through my Kindle. Indie authors are some of my favourites too. There is something about them telling the stories they want to tell—exactly how they want to tell them. Most indie authors really listen to their readers in my experience as well. L.L. Mcneil’s Moroda is a particular favourite of mine, and I adore The Changing Tide by K.A. Dowling. Likewise, I’ve read many books by Lacey London and Bella Forrest. I’m currently reading and loving Room 119 by T.F. Lince too.

I could go on (and on), but my point is, I have read so many books, from many different genres. All those books will have influenced me in some way. I think it is fair to say, that the writers of those books have also influenced me more than I could ever explain.

What inspired you to write your book?

So. Many. Things!

I have to say, that primarily—my family inspire me more than anything else in the world. My wife (Emma), and our children, have been so supportive. The feelings I get when they read my books can’t be explained either. I love sitting down with my children and talking about the “dissent” world, or the adventures of the “Orgo Runners”. They are such special moments. Also, I ask my children to give me ideas for “Orgo Runners”. My family are so involved and continue to inspire me.

However, I find inspiration everywhere. Where the “dissent” story is concerned, I found myself drawing a lot of inspiration from the world around me. There are many things that concern me about our world, and some of those things influenced different parts of the story. As there is more of this story yet to tell, I will leave that there for now though.

Other inspiration generally comes from great storytelling. I have already outlined many book influences, but great storytelling comes in many different forms. T.V. shows and movies are obviously included in the things that feed my imagination, but music and dance are also important.

Sticking with T.V. and movies though, there are so many that have inspired me over time. Star Wars and Jurassic Park are the biggest two for me. Needless to say, I will always be a huge admirer of both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I have blogged in the past about my reasons for this, but overall movies like these make imaginary worlds and creatures come to life. How great is that? Last year alone, there were so many amazing movies that I saw with my family too. Wonder Woman and The Greatest Showman top the list though for me—they were both mind-blowingly great!

In fact, there are so many T.V. shows, movies, and even theatre shows that have inspired me over the years. I could waffle on forever. To keep it simple, I love to escape into new worlds and get to know new characters. I always have done! One of my guilty pleasures is when characters capture my attention, at the same time as there being a plot that makes me curious. In the beginning, the T.V. show Lost did this splendidly for me.

All of that, and so much more, makes me want to inspire others through my own stories too.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Unexpected interruptions. I’m quite busy with my day-to-day commitments, and although appointments are planned, other things occur without warning. On several occasions, I’ve found myself in a wonderful writing flow, and then received an urgent call or email. I’m then thrown into ‘real-life’ issues that suck me out of my story. The bigger the challenge, the longer it can take me to centre myself and get absorbed back into a flow. To resolve this, I find that music helps me to reconnect with characters.

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

I don’t see them as a versus at all.

If you know that you have a story to tell—tell it.

If you like the work of certain authors—read their books.

Perhaps you just like to read—then do so.

All these things can be done in whatever way works for you!

That’s my opinion anyway.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

I haven’t yet, but who knows whether that may seem like a good idea in the future. Recently, I read an interview with J.K. Rowling where she explained her reasons for doing this. As I read it, those reasons made sense.

Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?

**Thinks carefully about this answer**

I am only at the start of my own book writing in journey in many ways. By that, I mean I am only just beginning to publish my work. Having said that, recently I have read so many blog posts, tweets and articles about authors ‘running their ideas passed publishers and agents,’ to see if they are good ideas. In my mind, if you have a story to tell—tell it! There will be people out there who want to read what you’ve written. They’re could be lots of those people too. At this stage, I’m still working on ways to find those people who may enjoy the “dissent” stories. But I know they exist, and I’ve already met a fair few in one way or another.

In short…

Write your story, and get it published in whatever way works for you.

 

Author Showcase – Brysen Mann – The Xeno Manifesto

Hi Everyone, today I will be showcasing debut author Brysen Mann and his newly published novel ‘The Xeno Manifesto’.

Brysen has been kind enough to provide not only an excerpt from his book but an interview as well. ‘The Xeno Manifesto’ is also looking for reviewers at the moment so if you would like a chance to review it make sure you get in contact with Brysen at brysenmann@gmail.com.

You can also find him:

https://www.instagram.com/brysenmann/

https://twitter.com/brysen_mann

Synopsis:

Deputy Frank Smirnov wants a peaceful life but fate has chosen a different path. He could never have imagined a course that not only gives him insight to his past but to the true origins of the human race. NSA Agent Zachariah Allmass’ job is to eliminate those who know too much, and those “Beings” with powers untold that have elected to remain hidden for all these millenniums, now possess evidence he needs for his true employer, the Committee. But Allmass has an agenda of his own.
Meanwhile, Roman Petrov is a violent man who puts his retirement on temporary hiatus after being left with collateral damage that leaves him no choice but to eliminate the “thorn in his side”.

When these men’s worlds collide, secrets that were never meant to be exposed will shake the very foundation of mankind’s existence

EXCERPT:

They weave their way through the trees for a half hour when they notice the woods have gone silent. They stop…there’s not a sound…it’s getting creepy. Then…the snap of branches echo in the eerie silence of the night and suddenly…the sounds of stones falling near them. Something is tossing rocks in their direction. More branches breaking and Bo is barking and going crazy. They turn on their flashlights illuminating the trees and bushes…the sounds of snapping wood continue and they can now see small rocks being thrown in their direction.

“Hey…who’s out there?” Frank yells wishing he had his weapon.

Then…quiet.

“Maybe we should head back to camp?” Adam asks nervously.

“Good idea.”

The noise of another branch breaks, a rock falls close to their feet, and Bo yelps at something out in the dark.

“Let’s get out of here.” Frank pushes Adam in the direction of their tent.

They run, almost stumbling along the way; they both lose their flashlights, knocked out of their grasps as they try to dodge trees and small branches whip their faces as they try to find the light of their camp fire. They are closer than they thought and must have been wandering in a circle.

They’re both panting for air when they get there. They look at one another and start laughing.

“Holy cow, that scared the crap out of me,” Adam says between breaths.

Frank hates to admit it, but he’s feeling the same way.

Bo starts barking again and the loud snap of a branch breaking can be heard…the sound is close. A larger stone hits the ground and rolls toward the fire pit. Bo is going nuts, sounds of twigs crunching under footsteps…nearer now.

Then…a figure emerges from the black of the night into the light of their fire.

If you would like to read more make sure to visit the website http://www.brysenmann.com/

Author Interview:

What inspired you to write your book?

I had a story tell, one that I felt was important to get out there. I have never written before or felt the need, until now. It was time to share my narrative.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

 The toughest part was making sure everything tied in. The Xeno Manifesto has a lot of twists and turns and my tale does not end with this first book.

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

 I am shooting for full-time. This story is already in my head, like a memory you could say. 🙂 It’s just a matter of putting it on paper in a manner that the reader will find interesting and be drawn into the story and hopefully give them reason to pause, reflect and discuss.

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

 I believe if there is a demand for either versions of a book (ebook or print), then fill that demand but I do believe the printed word is coming back strong. There is something to be said about physically handling a book, the smell of the paper and ink and the feel as you turn a page. For me, I would have looked at a publishing house as an option but with a story such as mine, it is impossible to get a feel of the book in the first 4 or 5 chapters which is all any agent or publishing house requests. Therfore, for me, self-publishing was the only route to go.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book? 

There is a lot of me in the main characters of The Xeno Manifesto and that being said, there was a lot of soul searching in the process. I most enjoyed developing  these characters and re-creating the dialogue.

 

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

 

Anything is possible…

Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?

 

 I believe you have to write a good story, accept criticism and push to have the book reviewed by as many individuals as possible and let it be judged for what it’s worth, good or bad…hopefully mine will be received with great enthusiasm.

Author Showcase – Sari Taurez

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Showcase!! Today we will be focusing on Sari Taurez and her debut book Bubblegum!

Buy at Amazon (currently 99 cents and free on Kindle Unlimited): http://amzn.to/2gpMdSo

All About Bubblegum:

Tiana is your typical pampered young blonde with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder.

After Tiana is cut off from her family’s riches, she takes advantage of her talents andBubblegum becomes a killer for hire. It’s a lucrative business in her country, where a call to the police can amount to a lifetime of debt.

Her first client: Julia, a lower-class IT genius, lesbian, and devout Catholic. When the orphanage Julia volunteers at is targeted by the infamous brothel-owner Bobby Nails, Tiana is excited to take the job. But when she discovers Bobby Nails has a full army of mercenaries at his disposal, Tiana wonders if she may be in over her head.

Tiana and Julia face an unexpected adventure as they seek vengeance against the elusive Nails. Along the way they are joined by Ruby, a pyromaniac ex-prostitute who catches Julia’s eye, and William, a mysterious acrobatic fugitive searching for his daughter.

In the end, will they be enough to stop Nails and the chaos he has created?

All about the 5 Star Reviews:

“A wonderful cast of unique, flawed and diverse characters. LGBT superheroes. Non-stop action, from the first damn page.” – Travis West, “Travis Reads”

“It’s so refreshing to read a thoroughly awful leading lady. I mean that! There are next to no redeeming qualities in Tiana and I love it! How often do you get a twisted, edgy guy who has no redemption arc? Well here you’ve got a high-heel loving rich girl with a hot pink gun named Bubblegum who is willing to sell out just about anyone for a buck. Simply delightful, I tell you.” – Nina Scribbles, “Looseleaf Reviews”

“Bubblegum is unlike any other book you’ll ever read. It has action, explosions, positive LGBT representation, diversity, death, blood, gore, and so much more.” – Megan, “Under the Book Cover”

All about Sari:

Sari Taurez lives in Arizona with her wife, daughter, cat and two dogs. In her free time she crochets, paints, collects Star Trek action figures, and plays video games.

A film school graduate, Sari strives to make every novel feel like an action movie.

Sari is an advocate for LGBT rights, and strives to create thrilling adventures with LGBT characters.

This is definitely one to look out for and its available now!

Author Spotlight – Karl Holton

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Spotlight. Today we will be focusing on author Karl Holton and his debut novel ‘The Weight of Shadows’. Now I have actually just finished this book and was more than a little impressed! It’s definitely one to watch out for!

Goodreads Book Synopsis

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the The Weight of Shadows (Shadow Series, #1)light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.

A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.

The two need each other.

But they have no idea how much.

Getting to know Karl

Karl was born and grew up in London, England. He is a chartered accountant and worked in the financial markets sector for over thirty years. For years he was carrying around stories in his head so he decided to start writing. His first book is the ‘The Weight of Shadows’ that was published in July 2017. It is the first in a series of books in the crime thriller genre.

He now lives in Surrey, England with his wife and two children.

Some early reviews of ‘The Weight of Shadows’

Elaine Emmerick / The Hybrid Nation – 5 stars

“The ending is absolutely spine-tingling!” ”a story that is intense and heart-pounding!”

Bookgirl Sulagna – 5 stars

“every chapter ended with a cliffhanger”

“irresistible book, impossible to put down.”

Topaz17 – 5 stars

“a thrilling story and keeps you guessing”

Links related to Karl Holton

You can buy ‘The Weight of Shadows’ on Amazon.com here and on every other Amazon website.

You can find out more about Karl or follow/’like’/subscribe to see what is happening here:

Website/Blog = http://karlholton.com

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