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Earthlink: Impact – New Sci Fi series.

New Release – on Kindle only initially, as part of an experiment, more on that in another post on another day…

Earthlink: Impact.

Sci fi, with a troubled teenager, aliens and spaceships.

Earthlink: ImpactAmazon UK: 5 Star Review: What if they are up there, monitoring us, and the planet? What if the planet has grown, developed, become conscious in some way? What if just one person could hear that consciousness in pain? What if that one person had just crashed a stolen car after a night of drink and drugs?

Sage is eighteen years old and, ever since she can remember, there’s been a voice in her head. She’ll tell you that she doesn’t hear voices, they don’t tell her to do anything. It’s just a single voice, and it doesn’t speak, it screams. She hears an unending scream as if the voice is someone in constant agonising pain.

She’s been told she’s hallucinating. She’s spent time in psychiatric care and on strong drugs that cut her off from her feelings, and she hates all of it.

But she’s not hallucinating, the voice is all too real and Sage has been watched for years in the hope that she’s not the only one who can hear. When Sage puts her life in danger, and it’s clear that she is unique, intervention is necessary.

Earthlink is the new sci fi series from Sarah Barnard, and book 2; Earthlink: Safe Havens, is in progress and planned for release soon.

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Happy, Belated, Birthday To Me!

It’s that time of year again. The blessed day that I was born so many, many years ago. On such a blessed day could their be any more wonderful celebration than another book release and give away! I think not.

Now “Ash of Ambitions” is available on Amazon.com and, thanks to KDP Select, this time I’m able to give away free copies to all my kindle using readers. I’m super excited! Follow the links and be sure to grab yourself a copy of the book while it’s still free because like my birthday, this kind of awesomeness only comes around once a year for a very limited time.

Rin Tyler is the mysterious, well off, oldest daughter of the Tyler family. The next best thing to a rich, reclusive uncle – or so her four siblings think.

Ash is the code name of a Cleaner, a person called in to remove trace evidence crime scenes for those on the wrong side of the law, with a particular love of fire. Cool, capable and detached to a fault – or so the people she works with think.

When the two sides of the same woman’s personality collide it can only end in flames…

Ash of Ambitions” now on Amazon. Oh, and if anyone wants to give me a present – I’d love to hear what you think of the book! Please post your reviews!

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The Unscheduled Stops – Release Day

I’ve made it to Release Day!  The Unscheduled Stops anthology is now available for download on Smashwords.  The e-book is free until Dec. 31, 2011.

View the video trailer on Youtube – The Unscheduled Stops – Trailer.

Take a look at the webpage

How would you like to win an 11X17 photographic print of the original, untitled, wrap-around cover design, signed by artist Dave J. Ford and myself?  Here’s how you do it…

This is a writing challenge.  In less than 350 words, introduce a character to me by describing ONLY their hands.  Writers will often give descriptions of a character’s body or facial structure.  We nearly always describe their eyes, but rarely have I seen a characters hands mentioned or decribed.  Place your entry in the comments below until December 5, 2011.  I will then post the entries on my fanpage for two days.  My fans will chose the winner by “liking” the entries. The entry with the most likes by midnight on December 7th (E.S.T.), will win the print.  Good Luck!! (If you’d like to see a copy of the print, you can view it HERE.

Now, back to the book.  The anthology is 5 pieces of poetry/prose and six short stories. Here is a breakdown of the short stories:

Daisy’s Love at War – 2892 words
An 84 year old widow living with dementia, Daisy Patterson struggles with reality, fantasy and memory.  She was a war-bride and a writer in her youth.  One of her caregivers is about to discover there’s more to Daisy than anyone thought.

No Cookies Today – 720 words
An errand, a bag of cookies and a temper tantrum; the things that can change our perspective can be so unusual.

Thief’s Moon – 2608 words (erotic-romance)
A cat burglar and a lawyer with a shared past.  Love and passion can change everything.

Chance – 1300 words
Even when your heart is brittle, sometimes love is worth the risk.

A Startling Character – 981 words
A writer goes to a cafe to find a subject for a character study, but who is studying who?

Moving On – 1224 words
The end of a marriage is painful. What comes after is even harder.

I hope you enjoy your journey to The Unscheduled Stops with me.

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Scrambling For Release

Sinead MacDughlas

Two days and a few hours; that’s all that stands between me and becoming a published author. Oh, and preparing the release packages! Oh, and getting the special surprises together for the two book clubs and two blogs helping me promote the release! Oh, and checking into the sites, recommended to me, that offer services for distributing press releases for indie authors. Oh, and…you get the idea.

See, this is another part of why I decided to release an anthology before I finish and publish my novel. When I’d finished writing, and began reading more about the steps to publication, I finally had to admit I have NO CLUE how to go about it. Usually, I’m a fast study. I read, I practice, I implement; that’s my way of learning. The problem is, there’s so much to learn and absorb. A year ago I had next to no idea what a forum was, html could have stood for “how to marinate liver” for all I knew, and don’t even get me started on how little I knew about blogging. So, although I’ve stumbled a few times along the way, at least I’ve made a sketchy map to follow when I publish the novel. I’m confident I’m about to publish some of my best work, to date, in this anthology. With a professionally designed cover around it, and a skilled editor behind it, I know this book is ready. It’s the author who’s close to hyperventilating. The all important question, “Will the readers like it?”.

This is my gift to the people who’ve supported me from the beginning, and those who’ve jumped on board since. The Unscheduled Stops is my way of thanking them and a chance to increase their numbers. If there is anything I would change, though, it isn’t the writing. Nor is it the lessons I’ve learned or the wonderful people I’ve met along the way. The only thing I would change, I believe, is to make the time between finishing the writing and releasing the book longer. I should have found more outlets for announcing the release. Perhaps I should have given myself a little more time to broaden the launching platform. (Note to self: Do not release a book less than 6 weeks after it’s complete.)

Ready or not, The Unscheduled Stops goes live on Monday, November 28, 2011. I’ll be back then to post the release announcement, along with a surprise or two. Check in that day and see what mischief I’m up to.

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Special Educational Needs – Getting Started With Statements

Please give a warm welcome to our very first Guest poster, Tania Tirraoro….

This year so far, I’ve started writing two fiction novels. Got to ten thousand words with one, then left it to sit. Another one, which I will soon be taking up again, got to just a thousand. Why did I stop the second? Because I woke up one morning and knew I had to write a book to help parents with special needs children get the educational support they required.

Getting Started With StatementsIt was a bolt from the blue and then again, it wasn’t. I have maintained a special educational needs site http://www.specialneedsjungle.co.uk since 2008. It has lots of advice to help parents but, that morning, I just knew I had to take it further and write a comprehensive guide to setting out a child’s needs in a methodical way to give the parent the best chance of securing help from the Local Education Authority (LEA).

Parenting is tough. It’s even more difficult when, when your child has a ‘hidden’ disability such as Asperger Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or ADHD. Strangers are happy to judge you, teachers are ready to label the child lazy or thick or just plain badly behaved. Daily Mail readers are all too willing to stick the boot into parents of ADHD kids – of course, they’re all just bad parents who reach for the Ritalin and the Disability Living Allowance before you can say ‘firm discipline’. Continue reading

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Diana Rivers, sleuth, does it Again!

Diana Rivers does it Again!

STOP PRESS!

What is it with this female? Not being content enough after having a hectic and exciting time solving, The Assassin’s Village murder and mystery in Cyprus, she decided to take a holiday in lush tropical Malaysia with her husband, Steve. (He’s her long-suffering, patient soul-mate and lover.)

The pair checked into their country plantation hotel, luxurious and peaceful, the perfect place to relax and unwind you might think. All is going well until she is asked to take a look at some private memoirs in the possession of the hotel owner, the mysterious Miss Chalcot…

…At first Diana hesitates. After all she is on holiday and both she and Steve deserve a rest…but not for long. Miss Chalcot whets Diana’s appetite for mystery when she hints at past events; skirmishes with insurgent terrorists, illicit love and were certain deaths, murder or misadventure?

Diana meets, Children of The Plantation; a spooky child, a family saga set in 1950’s and 1960’s Malaysia leading to the present , mystery, unrequited love, unexplained deaths, and illicit sex – what more can our heroine ask for?

Children Of The Plantation

Prologue

Opening the kitchen door, she spotted a vixen standing near the refuse bin. Hermione clapped her hands, and it shot through the hedge at the bottom of the garden.

Hermione’s heart was thudding in her breast as she considered what next to do. Casting a look around, she gave thanks that the clouds scudding overhead made it a dark night. This had to be done in complete privacy.

Giving herself a mental shake, she crossed the damp grass to the shed and picked up a spade. A clod of earth still clung to the sharp blade from where she had been digging in her vegetable patch earlier that afternoon. It seemed such a long time ago now. She paused, still not completely certain she was doing the right thing. Making up her mind, she walked over to the newly turned earth.

Children of The Plantation

The air smelt fresh after the rain shower, and a light breeze blew the mixed garden scents her way while she dug. The hole was to be small but deep, especially as she had just driven the fox off. Satisfied, she stood back and peered down into the soft loamy material, a sorry place for such a pathetic bundle.

Sick at heart, but knowing they had no choice, Hermione laid down her spade and walked back into the kitchen. She picked up the tightly wrapped package and carried it outside; it weighed no more than a couple of pounds as she gently laid it down into the hole.

Covering it with fresh earth, she scattered pebbles around and knelt on the grass. Had there been any other choice? Whatever were they going to tell him when the time came?

About the Book.Children of The Plantation will be first published as an eBook and later as a paperback by Topsails Charter. As a special lead-in price (eBook) and a Thank You to my friends and followers it will be offered to you first for $0.99c for the first month. All I ask is (when you’ve bought your copy) if you have the time to please write me a fair review. Thanks!

Faith Mortimer

About the Author.

Faith Mortimer was born in England. Her father was in the Royal Air Force and from the tender age of five, Faith learned the meaning of travel and living in different parts of our beautiful world. Faith now spends her time between England and Cyprus where she lives with her husband. She’s filled her life with different careers, Registered nurse, entrepreneur and writer. She loves the outdoors, acting and writing. She has written two other bestselling novels and a short story collection. Visit Faith Mortimer’s website http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com/for more information.

 

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Equinox.

September 23rd will be Autumn Equinox, the day when light and dark are in perfect balance. This is also the day when events in the final book in the Portal series, Child of the Portal, begin. It’s the date of the first major character death and the beginning of the end.

Today is Launch day for the Paperback edition of Child of the Portal. Keep reading for a chance to win a copy.

Excerpt.

Child of the PortalKate and Lily sat drinking tea in Lily’s kitchen. Winter was starting to set in properly and there was frost on the ground most mornings.

“You’ve had your hair cut,” Lily observed, feeling the need to break the silence that surrounded them in the kitchen.

“Yes. I had it done the other day,” Kate confirmed, her hair still long but trimmed shorter than it had been, falling now only to rest on her shoulders instead of flowing down her back.

“It looks good.” The compliment fell easily from Lily’s lips. She smiled and it radiated the simple sincerity behind her few words. Continue reading

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A King in a Court of Fools – new in humorous fiction

Title: A King in a Court of Fools

 Author: Larry Enright (author of the best seller, Four Years from Home)

 Release date: First published as a serial novel from April 2011 through August 2011. Paperback and eBook release – 09/10/2011

Purchase information: Available in eBook for 99¢ and paperback for $10.95. Click for details to Purchase or sample A King in a Court of Fools.

 Genre: Humorous Fiction, nostalgia, coming of age.

 Length: 44,000 words

 Appropriate for ages: 10 to 91

Synopsis: A King in a Court of Fools begins with a book — The Book of Tom — a journal writing assignment from Tom Ryan’s sixth-grade teacher, Sister Jeanne Lorette. That’s what she called it anyway. Tom called it punishment. In it, he chronicles the adventures of the Caswell Gang, a group of siblings and friends with two things in common — their love of adventure and their allegiance to Tom, their king.

The 1950s book was misplaced a long time ago, and all the children have since grown up, but Tom’s youngest brother, Harry still remembers it and retells for us one of its many stories in a nostalgic, heartwarming, and humorous way that brings the 1950s to life. The serial published weekly and now available in book form, was followed by thousands and received an overwhelming positive response. It appeals to children and adults alike and will have you wishing for adventure, too.

About the book: A King in a Court of Fools, originally published as a serial novel, is Larry Enright’s second published work. Read by thousands each week, it is humorous, nostalgic fiction about kids growing up in the 1950s and has been already enjoyed by ages ten through ninety-one. It is available in both eBook and paperback from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Click for details to Purchase or sample A King in a Court of Fools.

About the author: Larry Enright was born to Irish Catholic first-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh. After college, he moved to the Philadelphia area where for the past 40 years he has filled his life with many careers including musician, teacher, programmer, researcher, and writer. He has written three other novels, including the best-selling Four Years from Home. Visit Larry Enright’s site.

 

 

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