CQI magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s must read books
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In late 2017 CQ International, owners of CQI Magazine decided to publish a collection of recommended 'must read' books from indie authors and small press publishers. It was simply named 'The List â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CQI's must-read books for 2018'. The List reached readers in over ninety countries, introducing people to books they may have never known existed otherwise. CQI has now produced a new edition of The List, for 2019. Each book listed in The List is recommended by those who have read them; all of whom are associated with the indie publishing world. Several are authors, others are reviewers or editors. Some are cover designers and a few publishers. Each book is presented as equally as practicable, the front cover is shown, the official blurb occasionally edited as space permits, is given along with one or more 'buy' links.
The books are listed in random order, they are not classified by genre or category. We feel this encourages browsing through the entire inventory.
Honestly exhibited recommended reading for 2019.
THREE FLOORS UP An Electric Eclectic book by PAUL WHITE
CQI Magazine is an online, a free to read quarterly periodical published by CQ International, with a current readership of approximately 50 thousand and reaching 90 countries. Each quarter CQI magazine bases its main content on a ‘theme’. ‘A Summer of Sound’ is the August 2018 edition, and to round off the year the November edition is the ‘Horror Quarter‘. 2019 sees ‘Thrillers & suspense’ opening the year followed by some ‘Ghostly Paranormal Hauntings’ in May. If you author books, paint, create music, dance, sculpt, write poetry, blog, sing, dance, draw, make digital art, are a photographer, craft goods, products or design jewellery as an
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While the country heads into the Vietnam War, a small town anxiety overtakes her, as she desperately searches for the man of her dreams.
Marley focuses on her career as a physical therapist and meets her first
patient, Peter Rensen, son of a local ranch owner, who doesn’t wait long to propose marriage. Peter adores her and he’s a good man, but sparks are not flying for Marley. Longing for a family of her own, she eventually relents and says “I do.” She has every reason to say yes and only one to say no.
She meets that reason on her wedding day. His name is Warren, and he’s just
come back to town. From the first touch of his hand, Marley is infatuated, but her decision has already been made.
The accompanying anxiety of the war looms on, as Marley struggles with the intimate impact of the burgeoning uncertainties of these troubled times.
Torn between love and loyalty, Marley faces some of the toughest decisions of her life.
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Join your favorite Book Boyfriends, Jaromir Ragnarsson & the everwonderful Stein, nearly 400 years before the events of BloodMarked (The Fraktioneers #1) in this all new prequel novella! Cursed to live in the shadows, Jaromir Ragnarsson wanders the world, searching for a sign. What he finds wasn't exactly what he had in mind. Nearly four hundred-fifty years after a fateful meeting with a Wyrd woman changes his life, Jaromir is no longer alone. His adoptive son is the light of his long life, and he believes he will do anything to keep him safe. When that belief is tested, will he have the strength to do what is necessary? Even if, no matter what he chooses, he loses?
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Released in February 2018,
Dark words is one of those books we
should all read, one of those books we should keep on our bookshelves to be taken down and read again, re-read and re-read;
like reminiscing with an old friend, the one you can open up too, the one who will comfort you when you are feeling down, yet never ask for anything in return.
Dark words is that friend. The tales within ask questions of our personal vulnerabilities and humanity, making us think and question ourselves. The poetry touches the soul, sometimes softly, sometimes with the harsh bite of steel. But always deeply penetrating into our own dark interiors.
Available from Amazon
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According to a hundred-year-old legend, children disappeared in Seven Pines every year to never be found again. People suspected the old bakery in the woods was under the spell of evil forces and warned their children not to go near the old building. Best friends Albert and Timmy were mean bullies and nobody liked them. One day a group of children were fed up with the daily torture of name calling and pushing and shoving, dared them to go into the old building at night to see if it is really haunted. Albert accepted the dare and although Timmy had doubts, he went along with his best friend. What will they find in the old bakery? Is the legend true and they will disappear forever as many children did who had entered the building?
For teachers and parents, a literary enrichment kit is available for this book, created by Lorraine Carey, author and Literacy Specialist. The kit includes: List of comprehension questions from the story (story comprehension) Character analysis for Timmy, Albert or Donny (compare and contrast) Vocabulary word study and concept words (vocabulary)
Write a letter to the witch (letter writing) Do some research on Virginia and Seven Pines area (Geography target) Make a poster to announce the opening of the new bakery (art) Students write a script for readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatre (active participation) Request the literary enrichment kit via email: email@example.com
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I am Death. And I am hungry. And there you are, Unaware of my arrival. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn around.
Dr Edward William Pritchard was born in 1825, in Southsea, Hampshire, he was the son of a navy captain and came from a family with distinguished naval connections. On the surface, the doctor was well mannered and respectable. He was a kind and loving husband who adored his wife and family. Beneath that pleasant exterior, however, lurked a darkness that few would have guessed existed. He was a loathsome, arrogant man, a serial
adulterer, and a sociopathic liar who would go down in history as one of Britain's most evil killers. But, was the doctor innocent of such sinister crimes? What was his motive for murder? In a case that gripped the nation, reports suggest the possibility of even more victims. Based on historical records, and written creatively, this account closely examines the Pritchardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the sinister doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victims.
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Rupert is snatched off the street, by two men in a white van, on the day he is to propose to his girlfriend Carla. Confused by Rupert’s disappearance Carla, along with Rupert’s boss, George start to seek Rupert’s whereabouts. Becoming increasingly concerned George enlist the help of the police. Enter Sergeant Skinner. Rupert and Sergeant Skinners paths have crossed before. That past encounter had a dramatic, life changing effect on Skinner. The kidnapped Rupert learns he is to be taken to the General. It will be the General who holds Rupert’s fate in his hands.
Travelling with Rupert we learn of his past; his dysfunctional parents, of Aunt Carol, the Filipino nymphomaniac and Rupert’s intense love for Carla. Carla’s own tumultuous past is revealed; the sudden death of her father, her mother’s long and anguishing depression and Carla’s own emotional breakdown. George, Rupert’s employer has a hidden, dark background, but has that anything to do with Rupert’s disappearance?
All Rupert wants, is to return home and propose to Carla. Carla wants to find Rupert. The General wants to retire. George wants to live a life of luxury in Cyprus. Sargent Skinner wants to close his case.
The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is, a fast paced suspense thriller, laced with humorous happenstances and a romantic tale rolled into one amazing story. A story which will take you down dark alleyways of the past, before bringing you back into the glaring light of now. Above all The Abduction of Rupert Deville features the most important matter of all, the human condition. The hopes, dreams and fears, the self-doubts and uncertainties that lie within us all. The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is like no other story you have ever read
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On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the Queen's finest troubadour and Commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros. Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the Church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder-keg of medieval Narbonne. Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill's spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters leap off the page and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.
Anita Kovacevic say’s “This is a wonderful historical fiction series with excellent character development, intriguing political and personal plots, a myriad of well-researched and vivid depictions of historical places, customs and battles, making history more alive and vivid than ever. Its greatest strength are the characters; daring women leading countries or drawing on major strings from the shadows, exploring and using science when it was unthinkable for women to do so; chivalrous and conflicted
knights and warriors of all stations, religion and affiliation; minor characters who play major roles... As you witness the lives of the lead couple, Estela and Dragonetz, you will travel the world with them and you will be rooting for them all the way.”
Jimmy Kingston is the head of a Dublin crime family and has been his entire life. Nothing or nobody stands in the way of what he wants. He uses money and power to control all those around him, and when that isn’t enough, violence and intimidation work just as well. Jimmy’s empire is threatened when a gang, led by the Griffin brothers, decide to lay claim to the heart of his territory. Events soon escalate out of control and Jimmy enlists the services of The Ferryman, the most feared killer in the city. As Detective Adams tries to quell the rising tide of savagery, Jimmy Kingston sucks an innocent friend of his son’s into the shady world he inhabits. When betrayal and bloodlust are in the air, there is no joy in second place. It is win at all costs, or die trying.
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Life in the War Zone is NOT a WAR story. It is a collection of poignant, eye opening stories and articles, written primarily as fictional accounts, yet based on true experiences of people living and working in major war zones around the globe. It is about being trapped, about growing up, about living amongst the rubble, about fighting for survival and for life in areas of conflict. Each story and article has been formed from interviews, discussions, reports and dialogues from those directly involved and affected by conflict. Here, with ‘Life in the War Zone’, Paul has gently coaxed from the depths of people’s hearts the truth of how destructive and debilitating the effects of war are to individuals, families and entire communities. Each tale reflects true events; Paul has managed to elicit the emotions, the feelings and the inner anxieties of those whose accounts are represented here. Yet he has also found stories of great courage, of fortitude and resilience and of human spirit strewn amongst the detritus of war. Whilst these stories are particular to the individuals to whom they belong, the sad fact is, each recount could just as easily be told by so many.
This book may be finished, but sadly the strife continues.
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Multiple mass-poisonings at pilgrimage sites throughout Europe. Sophie Pearson, a successful artist, created paintings of the horrific events before they occurred. There are more sketches, implying other attacks are yet to take place. What does Sophie know? Who does she know? A serial killer, leaving dead bodies in five-star hotel rooms in the city of Amsterdam. James Edwards, multi-billionaire and founder of the ALA – the Atheist Liaison Association – has an alibi for the time of the poison attacks. But is it
a coincidence he’s in Amsterdam at the time the serial killer hit? It is up to Chief of Europol Dave Johnson and police consultant and psychic medium Ben Smit to figure out if both cases are connected. They must unravel the ties between past and present, or more lives will be lost. One thing is for certain – they won’t all make it to the finish line…
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“Her parents are dead. The government has failed her. Now she doesn’t even know who she is. Terza Blackstone is rescued by handsome Irishman Tristan Devlin and that begins the search for her true identity. When everything you thought was yours has been stolen from you, there’s only one thing to do.
Steal it all back. What do gypsies, the Witness Protection Program, a drug cartel, and a young girl running for her life have in common?” Advanced Reviews for “Stolen Gypsy” “A real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. Imagine waking up to find out you weren’t who you thought you were. ” Kathy Broggy “Fascinating. Mind-blowing plot twists. I was up all night reading, unable to set the book down” Michelle Martin “I learned so much about gypsies and their traditions. Best part was the action scenes and the Feds. The part when the drug cartel shows up was so well written I could smell the smoking guns.” Nick LeBlanc “…it’s fantastic! I totally loved it! So much was stolen from her, but… she stole her life back again! Terza’s life starts to peel away, and an array of shattering truths rise up from a past, she hardly realised she’d had. With the help of a handsome Irish hunk Tristan, Terza faces off with ruthless drug cartels, mysterious Romany gypsy gangs, the local police and the FBI, all the time fighting to get back the life that was stolen from her. ” Michelle Medhat, Author “Connected: The Calling” and “The Shift”
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1995, Japan struggles with a severe economic crisis. Xavier Douterloigne, the son of a Belgian diplomat, returns to Hiroshima, where he spent his youth, to come to terms with the death of his sister. Inspector Takeda finds a deformed baby lying dead at the foot of the Peace Monument, a reminder of Hiroshima's war history. A Yakuza-lord, rumored to be the incarnation of the Japanese demon Rokurobei, mercilessly defends his criminal empire against his daughter Mitsuko, whom he considers insane. And the punk author Reizo, obsessed by the ultra-nationalistic ideals of his literary idol Mishima, recoils at nothing to write the novel that will "overturn Japan's foundations".... Hiroshimaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indelible war-past simmers in the background of this ultra-noir novel. Clandestine experiments conducted by Japanese Secret Service Unit 731 during WWII are unveiled and leave a sinister stain on the reputation of the imperial family and Japanese society.
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I have called this book Teardrops & White Doves for it contains poems of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traumas, trials, tribulations, joyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, happiness and questions. All matters which touch each and every one of our lives at some point in
time. The Teardrops represent the pain, the fear, the sadness and the uncertainties we all hold within our souls. The White Doves are the romances, the passions, the love, and the sensual moments we share. The Face on the cover symbolises our eternal search for understanding through wisdom. Eyes searching for answers, an innocence challenged. Introspection. Tears of both unhappiness and joy. Find Teardrops & White Doves here, all regions, anywhere in the world
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Jim Toomey was already a successful drummer when he became a part of a new group, The Tourists, in the late seventies. He formed the group with Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Peet Coombes and Eddie Chin. From their early beginnings in London, finding their sound and their voice, through their success, their recordings, TV appearances, and their tours across the world, this is the story of The Tourists, told by the man sitting behind the drums. In a series of anecdotes and tales of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey, we gain insight into the inner workings of a successful band; the fun and success, but also the work, the creativity, the pressures of seemingly endless tours, the good and the bad sides of the business, and the all too familiar trajectory of a band which sowed the seeds of music which endure 40 years later.
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Roy delivers on the edge of your seat storytelling with rough edges, crooked cops and a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is never quite extinguished. — Tom Vater, co–founder of Crime Wave Press.
Her Name Is Mercie is a fast furious ride into an inferno of the highest tension you are likely to encounter this year. Where noir meets thriller, toss a coin. Dive in. And unplug your phones, pcs tablets and keep reading deeper and deeper, until the final pages. — Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising.
Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.
Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn't care anymore
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Welcome to the Dark Realm. A delicious realm of darkness where the residents trade in the mundane for choice cuts of fear and dread. This collection of meaty tidbits will have you screaming for more. Included in this collection are such juicy titles as: PENANCE' Deep within the bowels of an ancient convent, Sister Elizabeta is praying for forgiveness while the Council of Elders plan a horrifying punishment for her. A BITE FROM THE DARK REALM, A strange race of carniverous creatures takes up residence in a suburban London
supermarket. SPEAK NO EVIL, A deaf woman takes her revenge on a philandering boyfriend. These and other tales await you in the Dark Realm.
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The stories Within the Invisible Pentacle may, at first glance, seem a rather eclectic collection, but there are several underlying unifying principles employed
in their careful selection. The titles all have a feminine association as does each story's individual focus, whether direct or implicit. These stories explore the depths of human character, the quintessence disposition of living and of life itself. Questions we shy from, the ones we are afraid to ask ourselves are unearthed, revealed and brought screaming into the daylight of recognition. The prevailing factor is, they are written with consideration for our fragile human disposition, the fears, the dreams and wishes, the uncertainties and self-doubts we all carry inside ourselves, the human element of love, of life and of survival. This is a collection of poignant, emotive, yet entertaining stories everyone should read, at least once.
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A prophecy declares a small child will decide the victory between two countries paralyzed by war... An old man sells magical patches on the ruined streets of Hagra-Dis when a
small, one-armed girl begs him to fix her doll. An Imperial missile blast kills the little girl, Meesha, but Var patches her back to life, and they flee marauding storm troopers. Imperial High Command unleashes Ulan, a formidable assassin and mystic who chases the Patch Man and his ragged band of followers through a labyrinth peopled with powerful beings and monsters. Both the pursued and pursuers find themselves in life or death situations when they encounter the Greeter, a mysterious being who controls the entrance to parallel worlds populating the labyrinth. It is in these domains they discover clues to end the warâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with little Meesha as the secret key to ultimate victory and peace.
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"In trouble again - and a long way from home - " Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attache who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms. Maier follows Julia's trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane,
where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file's author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.
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For as long as he could remember, Detective Charles Street wanted to be a police officer, moreover, a detective. He wanted to be knee-deep in the action, working the biggest cases, and reaping the biggest rewards. But he didn’t think when his dream job came calling that it
would ever turn into his nightmare. For as long as he could remember, Jack Casey just wanted to be free, his own man to do what he pleased, when he pleased. He too craved action, and when his dream life came calling, he didn’t think he would meet anyone who was his equal, and definitely didn’t think he would ever have difficulty leaving behind the world he loathed and mocked. Amongst The Killing documents both of their stories, told in their own words, as the moments unfolded when their paths first crossed and their lives intersected. How could two men, with two different philosophies, be so different and yet so connected? As the ultimate cat and mouse game unfolds, each has to deal separately with the other’s decisions and the effects they have in turning their lives sideways and upside-down. Will one of them crack? Will one of them succeed? Ultimately, the journey may mean more than the game, and show both of them the outcome neither was ever expecting.
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Sometimes a book comes along which is just that 'little bit different.' So it is, with 'The Rabbit Joke' Take another look at the cover, is says 'as told by Fat Boy Pop's' What is The Rabbit Joke and who is Fat Boy Pops?
The Rabbit Joke is a children's book, which has been written for adults to read aloud to children. Divided into distinct chapters, the book can be read in several sessions, which makes it an ideal evening read, or as a bedtime story. Of course, any competent reader can enjoy the tale of Fluffybunny, joining with him in his quest to find food, to save his warren and Pinky Paws, from starvation during a harsh winter. The Rabbit Joke is an evolution of a story the author, Paul White, told many times as an after-dinner Joke, his legendary, notorious 'Rabbit Joke'. Paul has since developed and changed the story to become a captivating children's tale, written as a gift to his granddaughter, then aged four, who affectionately called him 'Fat Boy Pop's'. The Rabbit Joke is an exclusive edition book, an 'oversized' hardback, prefect bound, glossy, full colour, fully illustrated and is ONLY available directly from the authors printers. The Rabbit Joke is only available from the author, using this link,
https://www.peecho.com/print/en/263512 The Rabbit Joke makes the perfect present, a most thoughtful gift.
Ronoven, a demon dreaming of an escape from Hell, finds an excuse for an extended vacation on Earth, where he pretends to be a young drifter called Ben. Everything is going great – until he meets Chris. This unassuming teacher
is using an assumed identity, too. Cursed with immortality and named in a prophecy Ben thought was fake, Chris becomes an unlikely friend. Together the two of them discover the main subject of the prophecy, Mal, a young woman not only fathered by an angel, but also the last in the direct line of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Mal learns her true identity but is determined not to be forced into a corner by circumstances or some ancient scrap of paper. Falling in love was never part of Ben’s plan, but together he and Mal are drawn into conflict that could destroy them. Slippery ancient gods, as well as angels and their fallen siblings bring to bear all of their power to force Mal to their side. With the help of a small band of allies, Mal tries to shake free of the cage of prophecy and end Hell’s hold on Ben. Will any of them find the future they desire? UK https://amzn.to/2Ot5phf USA https://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Arbitratus-Trilogy-Jessica-Flaherty/ dp/1681604469/
"There's no way this book can be easily described - well written and fascinating subject matter is only the beginning. It could easily become a
huge hit and also has all the hallmarks of a Noir classic." -- Lissa Pelzer, Author & Crime Critic
A STORY ABOUT FAMILY, BETRAYAL AND BELONGING - AND HOW HARD WE FIGHT TO PROTECT THOSE WE LOVE. In Saigon, a grief-stricken young American mother switches her dead child for a Vietnamese street kid. Then she returns to the US. Good and bad. Life and death. Some choices aren't black and white
She remarries and starts to feel safe until she gets a note: 'I know what you did'. Can she save her daughter from her dark secret?
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Orphaned as a young child and growing up alone in the forest, Delina lives a life of isolation; her only companion a sabre-toothed panther. Her strange eyes frighten those she occasionally encounters, so she keeps to herself, until a young, wounded warrior ends up at her doorstep. As she nurses him back to health, she discovers she is more than just a young woman with unusual eyes, she is a dragonblood, destined to become the ruler of Almar.
Now hunted by the dark sorcerer who murdered her father, usurped his throne, and killed all her kin, she must find out how she can release the essence of the dragon inside her to defeat him. Everything depends upon her willingness to embrace her legacy and reclaim the Dragon Throne.
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These books are a compilation of many short and not so short stories. The ideas and inspiration are many and as varied as each of the individual tales themselves. Although the basis of all the stories in this collection are about committing crime,
or being involved in acts of violence, the real story is that of the people involved, why and how they came to be in this position. Are they the perpetrators or the victims? The innocent caught in the crossfire, or is there more to their presence than meets the eye? Maybe they are willing participants, or have they been forced, or coerced into taking part? Or perhaps circumstance has colluded to force their actions?
The stories in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tales
Crime & Violenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;
collection have underlying
factors, deeper meanings, twists and stings to savour and enjoy as they look deeper into the human psyche, the mind and spirits of those involved.
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When Callie Taylor died, she expected to go to heaven—or maybe hell. Instead, when she was murdered in Dallas by some jerk with a knife and a bad-mommy complex, she went to Alabama. Now she’s seen another murder, and she can’t just let it go; she must find a way to make sure the police figure out who really killed Molly McClatchy before an innocent man goes to prison, all the while trying to
determine how and why she woke up dead in Alabama.
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"Andy Rausch has written a tight, taut crime thriller that'll have you on the edge of your seat. I can see my father's [novelist Elmore Leonard] influence in his prose." -- Peter Leonard, novelist, Voices of the Dead RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is a unique collection of quirky, Tarantinoesque crime novellas, representing three very different subgenres. In the first story, "Easy-Peezy," a band of elderly Old West bank robbers return to their wicked ways robbing banks in the 1930s John Dillinger era. The second story, "Riding Shotgun," is a bitter tale about a man pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to take up arms to protect those he loves. The third tale, "$crilla," is an urban crime fantasy in which a fledgling hip-hop group kidnaps a record mogul in the hopes of finally making the kind of loot they've always dreamed of. "A fun ride with unpredictable characters." -- Charles Matthau, director, Freaky Deaky UK https://amzn.to/2OrznC1 USA https://www.amazon.com/Riding-Shotgun-Other-American-Cruelties/ dp/9881493838/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0? _encoding=UTF8&qid=1537139741&sr=1-1
Fritz Russell has disappeared into the portal, leaving an impossible trail, and both the history and future have changed.
Undaunted, Ashley Gilbert enters the portal to search for Fritz, and bring him home. Ash discovers that Fritz has not only changed history, but has crossed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bridgesâ&#x20AC;? that connect parallel universes.
Not only must he find Fritz, but first they must undo the changes Fritz has caused. Loyalty and
friendship will be tested, and they are both about to discover that disrupting the flow of time comes with a heavy price.
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Just over a year ago, I was having a conversation with some other veterans, ex-Royal Navy Sailors. The subject soon turned, as it so often does, to food. All serving and ex-military personnel will tell you how important is a good, hearty meal. Food is the mainstay, a necessity in keeping the spirits up; especially when you are away from home for a length of time. Mealtimes are sociable occasion, a time to share stories and tales, to catch-up with mates and comrades, to bounce ideas, hopes, dreams and wishes for the future off old friends. This is one reason why so many military personnel carry with them a like, a fondness of certain foods, of certain dishes, often giving them strange names which civilians find unfathomable. I could find recipes books from the American Navy, even one written by an Australian sailor. Yet I could not find a single book which housed the main, the regular, the most popular and well-known dishes from the Royal Navy. I decided it was about time such a book existed. So, I wrote one! Hence 'The Pussers Cook Book'
Along with Twenty-two traditional recipes for food from the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's, are a few insights into things such as Limers, Grog and Khai. This book confirms historical facts and dispels some myths that 'Jack & Jenny' believed true. The Pussers Cook Book finishes with a round of observations from 'Jolly Jack Tar' himself, on memories of the places he could once find 'Big eats' after a 'run ashore'. If you are a serving member of the armed forces, particularly Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS, Fleet Air Arm or Royal Fleet Auxiliary, or if a family member once served and is now a veteran, then The Pussers Cook Book is a must to own yourself, or as a gift to someone you love. The Pussers Cook Book is more than a simple book, it is a book of memories, a historical record of military social life and it is a legacy. One which can be cooked, smelt and savoured, bringing those loved and missed dishes, along with fond memories, back to life once again in a way no other book could possibly manage to do.
The Pussers Cook Book is full colour, fully illustrated and available in both Hardcover and Paperback.
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Vincent fidgeted as he waited in the ten-items-or-less lane, for he clearly had more than ten items in his dainty, little basket. As the line of impatient shoppers grew he was sure he’d be publicly humiliated for the sin of supermarket disobedience. The practice of stoning would resurface, only frozen Cornish-hens would be launched at his large frame instead of stones. If only he knew in a mere 7.34 minutes he’d be visiting the afterlife after being hit by a car, he would’ve checked his minor anxiety attack at the customer service counter. As Vincent’s spirit rose above the mayhem, so too, did each of his purchased items, as each of them triggered a remarkable and occasionally embarrassing memory of his past. He was forced to examine his current state of unhappiness as he awaited answers to the lingering questions: Would his life end in the parking lot of his favorite grocer? Would he be accurate in the belief that heaven was non-existent? Life in a Supermarket Basket contains elements of drama, suspense, romance and mystery, while narrated with sarcastic, comedic undertones by the protagonist, Vincent. It has elements of a Mitch Albom novel with touches of Augusten Burroughs-like humor. Each chapter is named after one of the grocery items, and begins with an illustration that foreshadows the events within the chapter. Life in a Supermarket Basket creates an environment completely relatable to a mainstream audience. Who hasn’t tried to sneak through the express lane with more items than allowed? Are heaven and the afterlife for real? And finally, we all have poignant food memories that piece our lives together like a puzzle.
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In a former life, JJ Stoner was a hard-faced military man. Now, discreetly and deniably, he resolves sticky situations for the British authorities. So when the Drug Squad can’t convict a particularly unpleasant pusher, Stoner is tasked with permanently solving the problem. But before he can deploy his very particular skill set, an old acquaintance steps out of the shadows and delivers disconcerting intelligence… Six Strings is a quick thriller, an hour’s intrigue and entertainment. It features characters from the JJ Stoner / Killing Sisters series. You don’t need to have read any of the other stories in the series: you can start right here if you like. As well as a complete, stand-alone short story, Six Strings includes an excerpt from The Corruption Of Chastity. There’s also a behind-the-scenes blog from author Frank Westworth, who shares some of the secrets of Stoner’s shady existence. Please note that Six Strings is intended for an adult audience and contains explicit violence.
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Max Kenworth, a former Delta Force officer and nuclear weapons expert, is tasked with stopping a major attack on US soil in this thrilling adventure. FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) has stolen a cache of man-portable nuclear devices from a secure American facility in Panama. The weapons end up in the hands of ex-special forces officer Bart Madison. With the help of ISIS, drug cartels, and a US senator, Bart is planning to use the devices to create an atrocity in the American heartland. Max is briefed on the situation by SOCOM (Special Operations Command) and teams up with FBI agent Gail Summers and Mossad agent Danya Mayer to find the weapons before they can be used against American citizens. The three will face opposition from both foreign enemies and so-called allies as they follow Bartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trail across the continental United States. Their foe is intelligent and well connected, but the three of them are determined to stop this terrorist before more lives are lost. Patrick Parker tackles todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important issues in this socio-political suspense
novel. He uses Six Minutes Early to explore the tension between intelligence agencies, holes in national security, and threats from around the world.
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DITS are the stories of Jacks escapades, antics and adventures experienced whilst sailing the oceans and visiting every port, in every far-flung corner, of the world. Dits are sailorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories, passed from one to another, regaled time and again. Each telling, stretching facts and inflating conflicts, magnifying Jack's stupidity, his bravado and amplifying his laughter. Dits are blunt, truthful and forthright. Often course, vulgar, full of profanities, sexually explicit, lewd, bawdy and ribald. Most of all, they are humorous, comical, whacky, whimsical and often sidesplittingly funny. (Especially, when you have been there.)
These tales are always entertaining, engaging, absorbing and compelling. The regaling of such, is mess deck theatre at its best. Some Dits simply tell a story, explain a situation or an event which occurred to the storyteller or, more often, his oppo. Others are shaggy dogs, black cats, or occurred while serving on the 'Massive'. Whichever they are, Dits are of social and historical importance. They define generations of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest seamen, the sailors of the British Royal Navy.
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Unforgettably Different! Painfully Real! History geek Jane Peterson just hit the refresh button on her life when, during a Civil War reenactment, she is thrust into a raging siege with brutal consequences. 2012 resets to 1862 amid the colorful, historic characters of Savannah, Georgia and bloodiest conflict in American history.
Jane's ghostly appearance is a bad omen to the doomed soldiers at Fort Pulaski. In a chilling twist of fate she is compelled to cross hostile enemy lines and seek shelter with strangers. Realizing the impact of her knowledge and horrors of Civil War medicine, Jane's dream of rescue becomes a deep desire to save others. In a story of good and evil, murder and intrigue, grave reality and the supernatural, she must face the grim truth that loving history and living it are two entirely different things.
Vanished on her 24th birthday without a trace! Med student Bryce McKenzie and Jane Peterson have shared a unique bond since childhood. But when exactly did she capture his heart? Refusing to accept Jane's death, Bryce vows never to give up on the girl he loves. With the help of Sophie Downing, the only witness to Jane's freak disappearance, he searches for the key to unlock an impossible mystery. UK https://amzn.to/2xn0mr3
Unlike the civilian nicknames we get labelled with, those our classmates called us at school, one's various work colleagues may apply to us from time to time or the ones our siblings find amusing, a military nickname has greater significance, it holds a value only fully comprehended by our contemporaries. Royal Naval nicknames are not chosen by the recipient, they are bestowed, irrevocably, by custom and tradition. Yet, each sailor soon becomes attached to their 'new' name, which grows into a large part of their identity, even influencing their character. It soon becomes the name which is spoken with pride in answer to the question "Who are you?" Here in 'The Andrew, Jack & Jenny,' I have researched the darkest bilges of doubt
and plumbed the deepest oceans of uncertainty to find the genuine and most academically accepted answers to the origins and history of these Royal Navy Nicknames. The result is a book with many factual acknowledgements, recognised accuracy and factsâ&#x20AC;Ś along with much speculation, conjecture, theories and hearsay, possibly as many as there were before my research began. Such is the complexity of the search for undeniable proof.
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50 Fabulous Tomatoes for Your Garden presents 50 favorites to plant and enjoy in your salads, sauces, and soups, or preserve by dehydrating or canning. The book includes a little background history on each heirloom or hybrid, a description of the tomatoes and their uses, and sources for seeds or plants. Full color images of each
tomato allow you to see what the tomato looks like, although your results may vary according to your garden and climate. A full how-to-grow section completes the book, with instructions on starting seeds indoors, preparing the garden, transplanting outdoors, and water and fertilizing instructions. Novice gardeners will find this information essential as they start growing their own favourite tomatoes. Among the essential hints, tips, and tomato growing knowledge shared in this book, is the little known fact that the "days to harvest" listed on the tomato package indicates the days after you plant your seedlings in the garden. Add six to eight weeks (42 to 56 days) to those days to find the full amount of time from when you plant the seeds to harvesting your first ripe tomato. The favourites described are old-time favs, such as 'Mortgage Lifter' and 'Cherokee Purple' as well as hybrids like 'Green Zebra,' 'Sun Sugar,' and 'Sub-Arctic Plenty.' Whether you prefer sweet cherry tomatoes, giant beefsteaks, or novelties like 'Reisetomate,' there's a tomato to suit your taste. UK https://amzn.to/2MFvp7r USA https://www.amazon.com/50-Fabulous-Tomatoes-Your-Garden-ebook/dp/ B01CRYKR86/
Escaping San Antonio after a terrorist attack is not enough; survivors are forced to face the undead! After a horrendous death, the infected rise up to devour the living. The nightmare of late night television becomes reality across the Lone Star state within a week. Liz Jameson's every attempt, to find her children, is fruitless until a single clue of their survival is found. All the while, with her protectors, two Viet Nam Vets that did their best to locate the soldiers that rescued Liz's daughters eventually could only ensure her safe arrival to her father, William Edmonds, at his Pine Springs Canyon hide-away. Matt Monroe faces his own
struggles in the midst of the apocalypse. He finds himself the guardian of nearly sixty people in addition to the Jameson girls. He and his men set up camp at a remote fishing camp in the Hill Country. The struggle is more than half of those survivors are children. Four VA Center survivors made their way out of San Antonio and to the safety of Utopia, a small rural community in the middle of nowhere west Texas. Steve Benton, Della Marshall and Zack Davis with three companions escape the small town when a corrupt Major and his men invade to set up a private fiefdom. Steve's band of survivors find temporary shelter in a remote hunting cabin when Steve develops a life-threatening infection. Amid the relief of Steve's recovery, they are forced to move on. Brian Jameson, Liz's husband, with a young recruit, Billy Walker, and a small group of survivors from San Antonio continue their trek west. When faced with the injustice of other, Brianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey to reunite with his family is interrupted.
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HMS Tiger—Chronicles of the last big cat is not only a unique historical
insight into the times of one of the Royal Navy's most loved ships, but a insight into the life and times of the Royal Naval sailors , the ships company who served on her from the 1950’s through to the 1980’s. The story of life aboard , the run’s ashore and the time spent at sea are their stories. The pictures, the photographs the jokes and details all belong to the men who proudly crewed “The best draft and most loved ship” of the Navy. This is military social history at its best, told by those ‘Who were there’.
Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.
This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s kidnapped by Jackson's men.
Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him to fall into a deadly trap. If they live through this disaster, they may never be the same again.
UK https://amzn.to/2Orqicp USA https://www.amazon.com/Tsunami-Crimes-Disaster-Book-ebook/dp/ B01MQL8PLF/
Australian Doctor Casey Tyler has been looking for an escape from the memories of her past for a long time so when she takes a 3-month contract working for International Medical Assist the void that's present in her soul is telling her that this is what she needs to fill it. Flying from one side of the world to another she is faced with a brutal war zone and an unexpected savior in more ways than one. Nathanial King has seen his share of brutality and war during his 10 years service in the Marines, so when a favor is called in by the CEO of IMA to protect a civilian medical team at an American base overseas he finds that his instinct to protect takes over his logic to turn it down, only he didn't know that a headstrong, mouthy Aussie doctor was going to give him more than he ever bargained for. And when a dangerous threat forces Nate to take Casey out of the way of harm and back to his home in the USA he suddenly realizes that he not only has to protect her from the threat on her life but Casey Tyler needs to be protected from herself. As he gets deeper into her soul he unearths a painful past something darker than he has ever seen before and now he fears he may need to protect himself from the need to own her body and soul. A beautiful powerful story of pain, forgiveness, and love. She was lost and he found her, but can he live with her secrets... UK https://amzn.to/2NrADbV
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Iconic is an 8â&#x20AC;? x 8â&#x20AC;? full colour, hardcover, perfect bound, glossy collectors edition, coffee table book, containing wonderful artwork from the artist Paul White. Paul has managed to captured these legendary musical maestros in portraiture of stunning clarity, each which lends itself to the artists own
personality. Accompanying each portrait is the artists biography, giving further insight into their life and times. Iconic is a truly unique book, ine that every music lover should own.
Daddy, I need a new game. Mommy, I don’t want to eat my veggies. Sometimes kids have trouble understanding what they need. It can be difficult for children to grasp the concept of how true needs and wants relate to them. That’s why I’ve written my Needs and Wants duet, to help little minds grab onto their true needs and wants. Meant for educational purposes, but still an enjoyable light and colorful read, Chip and Skip Need Each Other, explains the importance of having what you need. It follows Chip and Skip around their neighborhood, with all its diversity. You may also want to check out, What Does Joe Need?, to learn how needs and wants can be similar, but not the same. UK https://amzn.to/2xnGUuy USA https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MG1AT86/
Looking into the Abyss is an eclectic collection of short stories written by eleven authors from around the globe. They have joined together to help raise awareness of the plight the Rhinoceros face as they are inexorably edged towards total annihilation. Buy buying a copy of this book, you can join us in supporting the few remaining Rhinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as they are Looking into the Abyss of extinction. Thank you
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SHADOWS of EMOTION is an eclectic collection of poignant and emotive poems formed from the pen of the author, Paul White. Paul is known for his distinctive storytelling. In Shadows of Emotion he brings his exceptional and diverse talents as a wordsmith to the genre of expressive and touching poetry. Shadows of Emotion takes you on a journey that is sometimes as disquieting in its proportions as it is expressively heartrending.
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Sixteen years have passed since the death of Lord Egleaseon, the vampire lord who sought to be human again, defeated by the famous noble lord, Wolfgang. One day after cleansing the surrounding countryside of vampires, Wolfgang returns from his latest expedition only to be faced with the horrible reality that everything he held dear to his heart has been taken from him. His wife is dead, his home is burned, and his son is nowhere to be found. Only the smallest inclination leads him to believe his orphaned servant is
He is desperate and provoked, and will do anything to get his son back, even if it means journeying the path of darkness. Thus begins the story of Wolfgang.
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Electric Eclectic is the new way for readers to find their next great read and find new authors to follow.
Each Electric Eclectic book is a novelette written to give readers an insight to the authors writing and storytelling style, so it is easy to find those whose stories and narration you love the most. Electric Eclectic books are written by some of the best indie author in the world and are quality checked for wonderful storytelling. These ebook novelettes are available for downloading now from Amazon & other online stores. Electric Eclectic paperback pocketbooks will be obtainable to order online from early 2019. Electric Eclectic Pocketbooks have longer stories than Electric Eclectic ebooks, or contain several shorter works.
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