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Endorsement for THE NIGHT OF THE ELEVENTH SUN - February 24, 2017 @ 28

January 27, 2017 Ani Johnson The Book Bag (UK)

The word “Neanderthal” has become equated with people deemed to have a backward attitude and outlook. But what do we know of the original Neanderthals from over 200,000 years ago? Here American author Steven Burgauer melds the knowledge of anthropologists, archaeologists and historians with the story of Strong Arms, his family and their struggle to survive, in a very effective and informative way.

This time last year I hadn’t heard of Steven. Now I’ve had the privilege of reading three of his vastly differing offerings: the adaptation of a WWII veteran's D-Day diaries in The Road to War, his alternative history thriller Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou and now this opportunity to follow a group of Neanderthals through a year of triumphs and terror. This is definitely the best as this fact/fiction combination is where Steven’s talents shine.

There’s no question that this will appeal to fans of Jean Auel’s cave tribe novels and yet Steven’s approach is slightly different from Jean’s. Steven actually classes this as science fiction despite its lack of futuristic elements. This label in this case is meant in its purest sense simply because, rather than being what we have equated with the genre, this is fiction with science. If it was on our TV screens it would be docudrama as Steven tells the story of Strong Arms, Brown Curls and their children, frequently breaking away to fill us in on modern experts’ discoveries about that part of our shared past.

Among the expected features, like a belief system tied into and explaining natural phenomena, there are surprises. For instance Neanderthal language was far from a series of grunts; their daily parlance included tenses, adjectives and verbs. It was more simplistic than we’re used to though, demonstrated by Steven not only in the literal nature of people’s names but also his take on terms that may have been used such as “knees up” as a noun for those more intimate moments. Once we Brits have stopped sniggering about its cultural connections with Mother Brown, we realise that Steven has invented a phrase that makes a lot of sense.

By the way, there are graphic moments but all in the context of the story and research. To be honest, as a reviewer, I’ve read much more graphic than this. It just may not be a book you’d want to give your youngsters without reading through it yourself first.

We also witness life’s milestones like the initiation ceremonies after which pubescent girls and 11-ish-year-old boys become adults. (In fact the age for boys — 11 suns — provides the book’s title.) We’re also shown the devices employed to make life easier like my favourite, the history rope. (It may be low tech, but it’s ingenious!)

Understandably there are dangers that lurk in the daily tasks as well as the special fears and perils that haunt our hero as he tries to keep his family safe. There’s that moment when our hearts are thumping almost as loudly as Strong Arms when we realise the connotations of coming across another tribe.

Although the fictionalised sections are Strong Arm’s (third person) narrative, for me the way that Steven steps through the forth wall to reveal and explain the research brings the book alive. The facts are presented in an accessible way making sense of ideas that “civilisation” has abandoned. Things like polygamy are, on the whole, shunned by modern society but at that time it was totally understandable with sound anthropological and biological reasoning.

Steven has filled a hole in this history buff’s knowledge that I didn’t realise existed. Indeed, this form of writing that appeals simultaneously to fact and fiction readers is definitely Steven’s metier and I look forward to more of his brand of science fiction.

(A big thank you goes to the publisher for providing us with a copy for review.)

Further Reading: If you enjoyed this, feel free to peruse Steven’s back catalogue. If you enjoy the early history vibe of this and Jean Auel’s work, while yearning for it to be mixed with a bit of fantasy, we also heartily recommend The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall) by Adrian Tchaikovsky or perhaps straight Neanderthal-era fiction in Song Hunter by Sally Prue. (Please ignore the Teen label for this one if you’re an adult reader – brilliant fiction is brilliant fiction.)

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_Night_of_The_Eleventh_Sun_by_Steven_Burgauer




Endorsement for The Grandfather Paradox - February 22, 2017 @ 28

“ . . . a rip-roaring science fiction adventure story that will resonate with SF readers on multiple levels, The Grandfather Paradox proves another highly enjoyable read from Burgauer and is strongly recommended.”
— BookViral, John Reese, February 6, 2017

A Highly Original Time Travelling Science Fiction Novel

As with any popular genre, science fiction has its share of clichés and anything relating to time travel is certainly one of them. Far too often novels with time travelling themes seem cobbled together from half-baked ideas with overly complicated plots so it’s always refreshing to come across something a little different. Burgauer always brings a certain zeal and element of social commentary to his novels and though The Grandfather Paradox is a step change from previous works this is still very much in evidence along with his ability to create a strong visual contrast between his futuristic characters and their incongruous settings. Particularly notable is the way in which he has weaved Mormon beliefs into the tapestry of his narrative and the consideration he has given as to how these beliefs might change in a future science fiction world setting. This is one of the softer elements, along with the inclusion of historical figures such as Mark Twain, that distinguishes Burgauer’s novel from harder Science Fiction and in doing so makes it highly relatable without becoming overly embroiled in the contradictions of time travel.

Simply telling a rip-roaring science fiction adventure story that will resonate with SF readers on multiple levels, The Grandfather Paradox proves another highly enjoyable read from Burgauer and is strongly recommended.

http://www.bookviral.com/the-grandfather-paradox-a-tim/4593590569




Endorsement for The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure - February 20, 2017 @ 28

Excellent read, nice change




Endorsement for How I Made $3,200,000 From My Hobby - February 18, 2017 @ 28

"How I Made $3,200,000 from My Hobby is a sharp, witty debut from a deeply talented and engaging humorist.
"A funny and engaging voice."

- Self-Publishing Review




Endorsement for The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure - February 17, 2017 @ 28

"An extravagantly imagined and beautifully written Holmes story” -- Lee Child, NY Bestselling Author of the 'Reacher' series




Endorsement for The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure -

"The Vatican Cameos" was selected as the Book of the Week on Dec. 25, 2016.



christine-gabriel:

What a cold, tired day! A book and a hot cup of tea sound simply delightful!





Endorsement for Crimson Forest -

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award program is designed to encourage students in Ohio to read literature critically, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in young adult literature programs, and to commend authors of such literature.

The Buckeyes are one of the only state reader's choice awards in which students get to nominate the titles as well as vote on the final winners. The only adults who may submit nominations or votes are teachers and librarians who are representing a group of students from their school or library. This allows the Buckeyes to be truly a student-chosen award in all aspects.




Endorsement for The Right Wrong Number - February 15, 2017 @ 28

“Jim Nesbitt serves up another raunchy slice of Texas-style revenge and redemption in his latest hard-boiled thriller, THE RIGHT WRONG NUMBER, featuring his scarred and guilt-ridden Dallas PI, Ed Earl Burch. In Burch, Nesbitt has created a colorful, authentic and deeply-flawed character who is nobody’s idea of a hero but also turns out to be nobody’s fool.”
– Robert Ward, author of CATTLE ANNIE AND LITTLE BRITCHES, RED BAKER and THE BEST, BAD DREAM; writer-producer on HILL STREET BLUES and MIAMI VICE




Endorsement for The Year of Uh - February 13, 2017 @ 28

In Jud Widing's debut novel, The Year of Uh, love is brand new. It celebrates the seasons of romance through the eyes of Nur DeDernberg; a fresh out of teenage student from Africa who's come to learn English at The Crabshoe School For The Language of English, but stays for the joyful and jarring journey of a first love in the brilliant city of Boston. The story is an amalgam of boy meets girl, first-time freedom meets unfamiliar family, communication meets concrete wall, and a first kiss everyone wishes they'd had. It reminds you, and continues to long after you've finished reading, how comfortable it feels to live in your own language, and know you're able to say exactly how you feel, even if you choose not to. While language is a struggle for Nur, Widing faces no challenges in executing a dance of humor and heart through his love of words. The narrator's voice is like a Mexican dessert: spicy, sweet, and incredibly rich. As Nur is tossed and turned around in her new home, Boston blooms in beautiful detail, as does Widing's love for it, allowing you to experience of one of America's most charismatic cities through new, nervous, and eager eyes. Characters like Deidre, Nur's younger sister, practice sarcasm as a way of life, and while Nur is rarely amused, you can't fight a grin off your face. It's a trip in more ways than one, and the ending is a satisfying surprise, as I know it was for Nur. Since finishing The Year of Uh, I've missed Nur a great deal, and look forward to seeing her again as I begin my second read. This is a miraculous introduction to an exciting and inventive new author, and I'm greatly looking forward to watching the Jud Widing collection take a strong seat on my bookshelf.




Endorsement for Rites of Heirdron -

A beautiful blend of sci-fi and fantasy, Rites of Heirdron by Newland Moon is the kind of opening readers would want for a series that is engaging and entertaining. Zrahnz is a character readers will love, a bastard prince, scorned and derided as the “unclaimed,” and one destined to save his people and restore the health of his planet. These are turbulent times, with neighboring powers conniving to create havoc on his world. He will have to understand a shady past, discover a prophecy that has been long forgotten, and find the right allies if he's to be recognized as the legitimate ruler of his world. But first he must be healed from a disturbing illness and understand why he is irresistibly drawn to the Earthling, Itanya, and why she has such a powerful effect on him.

The entertainment in this epic tale is huge. I enjoy stories that start in the midst of action and Rites of Heirdron is one such book. It begins with a serious training activity and the reader gets a feel of the agony the protagonist goes through. Zrahnz’s plea to Raydren to stay with him already suggests that the conflict would be huge, and it turns out to be so. The plot is woven with intricacies, with a cast of solid characters littered across the beautiful setting, a plot infused with intense action.

The idea that the protagonist gets treated like an outcast is captivating, a perfect allusion to the biblical image of the rejected stone that became the cornerstone. Newland Moon has the gift of integrating strong themes like love and friendship, loyalty, faith, and redemption into a beautiful story in a seamless manner. The writing is flawless, crisp and tight, with vivid descriptions that capture the intense action excellently. You’ll be pulled in and it will be hard to take your eyes off the characters.

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite




Endorsement for The Grandfather Paradox - February 9, 2017 @ 28

“an interesting and intriguing work . . . that will keep many reading straight through to the very end. Author Steven Burgauer clearly has an extremely creative mind, and a great ability with world creation, a skill that is paramount in the genre of science fiction. His writing is clear and his characters are vividly drawn.”
— Readers Favorite, January 26, 2017, Tracy A. Fischer

In an interesting and intriguing work by author Steven Burgauer, The Grandfather Paradox is a book that will keep many reading straight through to the very end. Follow the story of protagonist Andu Nehrengel as he careens from the 25th century through history, including to the American Civil War, where he and his band of female clone companions visit the horrendous Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862, meet Mark Twain, and join the Confederacy. When they return to Mars and the 25th century, Andu needs to prepare himself to fight off the ferocious bird-beasts ready to make them their next prey. Will what they learned in the past help them in their present? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I enjoyed The Grandfather Paradox. Author Steven Burgauer clearly has an extremely creative mind, and a great ability with world creation, a skill that is paramount in the genre of science fiction. His writing is clear and his characters are vividly drawn. I certainly enjoyed his descriptions of the environments in the future as well as those that took place during the time of the American Civil War. While there were areas in the book where the author seems to wander a bit from the main story line, most readers who enjoy science fiction will find the overall read to be one that is well worth it.

I am pleased to be able to recommend this book, and will certainly look into reading more from author Steven Burgauer when I am able to do so!

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-grandfather-paradox




Endorsement for The Grandfather Paradox - February 8, 2017 @ 28

“ . . . readers who like hard science in their science fiction are rewarded . . . Burgauer weaves everything together in a complex tapestry of actual history along with speculative science fiction. The result is a very engaging, often philosophical epic crammed to the gills with twists and turns that span both centuries and light years. Highly recommended.”
— Dr. Wesley Britton for BookPleasures.com, January 27, 2017

Video Book Trailer — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO1PwyFffBk

In 2016, I had the pleasure of reviewing two of Steven Burgauer’s novels: the World War II set Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou and the story of a Neanderthal family in The Night of the Eleventh Sun. Both books were very different in both style and substance. And neither is really comparable to the achievement of The Grandfather Paradox.

For one matter, both of Burgauer’s previous stories were fairly well locked into specific places and times. Not so The Grandfather Paradox. While the book’s subtitle signals a time travel adventure, it takes some time, as it were, for this element of the story to be introduced. In fact, the book is really two books sandwiched together.

The book opens with Andu Nehrengel captaining a spaceship exploring a remote part of the galaxy. Then his crew mutinies and forces him off the ship in a small runabout which crash-lands on an alien planet. There, Andu has to survive attacks by large carnivorous alien bird-beasts before he meets three beautiful female human clones who are also marooned on the planet. Andu learns the clones are the lone survivors of a Mormon ship that had been set out to find a new home for the church. On the clones’ ship, Andu learns much more which leads him and one of the beautiful clones to leap through both space and time to, in part, find the gene that will correct a deadly virus Andu is carrying.

Along the way, readers who like hard science in their science fiction are rewarded with in-depth theoretical discussions that make cloning, time travel, and space exploration understandable and plausible. For some, perhaps the physics lessons might seem to bog down the story. For me, I felt I was being educated while going along with the fantastic and very unpredictable events. After all, the whole thing starts lightyears from earth before taking us to a steamboat on the Mississippi River where a young Mark Twain becomes a central character. Then Burgauer takes us to the 1862 battle of Shiloh where Andu searches for the ancestor with the untainted genetics he needs.

Part two of the book is very much centered on Henry Morgan’s — the name Andu uses in 1861 — friendship with Twain as Burgauer pretty much retells the 19th century author’s early biography, lifting whole passages from Twain’s writings, especially Life on the Mississippi. While the book remains very descriptive and detailed, everything is far different from what came before. But Burgauer weaves everything together in a complex tapestry of actual history along with speculative science fiction.

The book’s title comes from a concept argued as far back as 1931 about any historical inconsistencies that might occur if someone went back in time and killed their own grandparent, ostensibly resulting in the demise of the time traveler. The entire idea of time travel has been debated logically as to what implications might arise from any changes to known chronology, and a good overview of the literature and debates on the “grandparent paradox” can be found at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandfather_paradox

Of course, Burgauer’s take isn’t to kill anyone in the past but rather to get uncorrupted DNA from an ancestor to save one of his descendants. The result is a very engaging, often philosophical epic crammed to the gills with twists and turns that span both centuries and light years. Highly recommended.

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/14603710-book-review-the-grandfather-paradox-a-time-travel-story

https://www.amazon.com/Grandfather-Paradox-time-travel-story/dp/1542454476

Publisher: Battleground Press
Published: January 17, 2017
ISBN: 978-1542454476
ASIN: B01MR40744




Endorsement for Rites of Heirdron - February 7, 2017 @ 28

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Rites of Heirdron is Book 1 of a powerful fantasy telling of a prince betrayed, a planet laid to waste, and a series of political alliances and special interests that don't bode well for the world. It's a recommended pick for readers of military sci-fi and stories that embrace interplanetary conflicts and political systems.

A young bastard prince is tasked with putting together clues about how his world has been broken and how a shattered people can be put back together again - but like Humpty Dumpty, the task seems impossible, with pieces widely scattered and no clear template for restoration in sight.

If this sounds like a typical one-dimensional fantasy, be advised that Rites of Heirdron is far more complex than a simple plot overview could provide; and this is because it juxtaposes many different concerns and interests as well as different methods of problem-solving and viewing the world.

What happens when left-brain thinking, for example, encounters information beyond its ability to analyze? The clash between linear beliefs and thinking processes and the type of perception that comes from accepting a bit of magic and psychic influence on the world makes for one of the many engrossing sub-plots in Rites of Heirdron: "In most cases, the pursuit of knowledge is paramount. However, in dealings of faith, trust in those who’ve come before you. Greater men have forfeited their lives pursuing that which is forbidden. Your analytical mind is in conflict with your faith."

Another facet (picking just one of many) is the prince's love for a special woman who is one of many in his harem: an unusual love which defies the rules. The story of their evolving romance is just one of the threads that links the story with diverse pieces of personal and political intrigue.

No light affair, Rites of Heirdron's dual focus on changing worlds and hearts moves deftly from personal to political realms, incorporates a quest that could change everything, and tasks its characters with growth and purpose beyond their familiar upbringings. It's a recommended pick for readers who like their sci-fi spiced with more than light romance, but who want that romance wrapped in the heavier cloak of sacrifice, duty, and life-changing decisions.




Endorsement for The Final Reconciliation - February 6, 2017 @ 28

"The Final Reconciliation is a brilliant tale of metal and mythos fiction told with a wonderful voice. Keisling has nailed it, and I personally can't wait to read more from him. If you like music (especially metal or rock) and mythos fiction, then you'll love this story."




Endorsement for The Final Reconciliation - February 6, 2017 @ 28

"My year has started out unusually strong, but I think it's a safe bet to say The Final Reconciliation will be one of my favorites of the year. I highly recommend it especially if you love music and horror."




Endorsement for The Final Reconciliation - February 6, 2017 @ 28

“Wow! Todd Keisling does not disappoint. Ever since I heard this book was coming out, I’ve been anticipating a killer story and you know what, Todd delivered!”




Endorsement for The Final Reconciliation - February 6, 2017 @ 28

“‘The Final Reconciliation’ is, in my eyes, the perfect novella. Expertly paced and crafted, Keisling chooses show, don’t tell early on in the story to suggest of the horrors that lie in wait for the band.”




Endorsement for Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou - February 6, 2017 @ 28

“ . . . a novel for those who love non-fiction . . . ”
— December 13, 2016, The Book Bag (UK), Ani Johnson

A sudden death in New Orleans’ red light district, the invention of a more effective US military landing craft with a big future, a crime family with links back to occupied Sicily and two Germans lurking suspiciously in America’s southern states. All these are connected and, as World War II hots up across a fortnight in 1942, the links become more obvious as well as more dangerous.

American author Steven Burgauer informed, scared and touched our hearts when he brought us The Road To War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture, the diaries of an American officer trapped in France after D Day. That time out, in order to add emotional depth to factual memoirs, he fictionalised it slightly. This time he does it the other way around by treating us to the fictional story of a Nazi plot in the Deep South’s bayous while adding some encyclopaedic facts.

Pretty soon we begin to realise that it’s the facts that take precedence, but that’s not a complaint. The way Steven writes makes this book different: a novel for those who love non-fiction. On the way there are some unforgettable characters, who together provide a broad gateway to the history of two weeks during 1942, within post-Pearl Harbour period of the conflict.

For instance via Kentucky Rose and her colleagues we learn not just about the harsh lifestyle of black prostitutes but the barbaric realities of being black in 1940s America. Their brothel owner and pimp Nico Carolla treats them better than most but this can be a lethal way to earn money.

Nico himself is rather interesting. As a real life American with a finger in a racquet flavoured pie or two and links to crime families in the Sicilian old country, he is of special interest to American intelligence and the FBI, bringing as much benefit as it does danger.

There are other real people peppered throughout piquing our interest, not all of them as famous as the wartime leaders we’re allowed to observe. As Exhibit A I offer you Andrew Jackson Higgins, designer/creator of the Higgins landing craft. Although landing craft in general have been around for a while, there is always room for improvement, especially as the marines approach the Pacific Island landings and the accompanying hazards.

Yes, we definitely travel and not just to the Pacific Islands. In fact we travel as widely in geography as we do in facts. We take in places like Bletchley Park and its code breakers, along with the Navajo code breakers back in the States, as well as picking up factoid nuggets like the existence of ‘The Green Book.’ This particular directory listed the places that black Americans of the era are safe to frequent. Oh and be prepared to smile when you discover what the US marines used to keep their gun nozzles dry. (Some of you are probably ahead of me on that one!)

By the time the novel’s panoramic plot builds to its crescendo we’ve developed an almost Pavolvian response. The plot is one that draws us in once we’re used to the patois and dialect of the south, but there are other things to think about than storyline and pacing. It doesn’t take long for us to realise that conversational cues like ‘What do you mean?’ and ‘What’s that?’ signal a thorough and fascinating explanation that’ll ensure we come away with our history appetites happily sated.

(Grateful thanks to the author for providing us with a copy for review.)

Further Reading: If this appeals, we definitely recommend Burgauer’s The Road to War. If you’d like to read more of the marines, try The Suicide Run by William Styron.

REVIEW
http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Nazi_Saboteurs_on_the_Bayou_by_Steven_Burgauer

PROFILE
http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Category:Steven_Burgauer

INTERVIEW
http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_Interview:_Bookbag_Talks_To_Steven_Burgauer




Endorsement for Elkmont - February 4, 2017 @ 28

Five-star reader reviews for "Elkmont," a genre-bending murder mystery available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon:

"Joey Ledford has written a page-turner with plenty of twists, turns, false dead ends and geographic and cultural history to please. He takes you deep into the Great Smokies and East Tennessee -- including to infamous Brushy Mountain State Prison ... for key ingredients to his mystery and mystic mixture."

"Even better than [his first book] Speed Trap. Bocock's investigations have more twists and turns than a mountain road. Ledford has the makings of a classic series."

"Speed Trap got me hooked. Could not put [Elkmont] down."




Endorsement for Jesus and Magdalene -

Silver Medal in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Award




Endorsement for The Hunted Tribe - February 3, 2017 @ 28

“Gray delivers suspense throughout...the exposition also offers engaging character development. The teens’ dynamic is likewise solid. Equally appealing back story and characters make a sequel to this novel about an animal spirit something to look forward to.”




Endorsement for The Hunted Tribe -

Second Place on Young Adult Books




Endorsement for Vitamin C: The Healing Workbook -

Vitamin C Healing for the Mind, Body and Soul won 2nd Place in the Self Help/Medicine category in the First Annual Pittsburgh Book Award Ceremony sponsored by The Author's Zone.




Endorsement for Magical Eyes -


J. Lynn Else:

I’ll be moderating the Historical Fiction group for the upcoming event: Brains2Books on Goodreads.  Be sure to check us out!  We’ve got a lot of great authors and activities during that time including cover wars, live readings, etc.





Endorsement for THE NIGHT OF THE ELEVENTH SUN - January 30, 2017 @ 31

“ . . . a fascinating tale that takes readers deep into the prehistoric ages. I felt like I was watching versus reading the words. Steven Burgauer has a way of breathing life onto his pages. His characters are three-dimensional. Clans and their order of living, eating, as well as relationships were stunning. I felt every emotion.”
— Urban Book Reviews, January 21, 2017, Danielle Urban

5 stars out of 5 — It was amazing!

The Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer is a fascinating tale. Takes readers deep into the prehistoric ages. The cavemen. Reading these pages, I got a glimpse into the lives of these cavemen and their cultures. The reality of life and hardships was realistic. I felt like I was watching versus reading the words. Steven Burgauer has a way of breathing life onto his pages. His characters are three-dimensional. Clans and their order of living, eating, as well as relationships were stunning. I felt every emotion. Stress, frustration, loss, grief, and love. Plus, lust. Death and life go hand-in-hand inside this book. Overall, I enjoyed following along. The Night of the Eleventh Sun is a must read for all.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1887410728
https://urbanbookreviewsrus.wordpress.com




Endorsement for The Grandfather Paradox - January 26, 2017 @ 31

First, watch the short video book trailer, then read the review . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO1PwyFffBk

In this brilliant new science fiction adventure, veteran storyteller Steven Burgauer weaves an intricate narrative bristling with technological insights and historical detail.

And, along the way, he spins a good old-fashioned space opera about a stranded trio of female clones, a man with a mission rooted in the past, and a sweeping journey across time and space to put an end to a genetic curse.

In the opening pages of this tale, Captain Andu Nehrengel, the victim of a mutiny in deep space, finds his way to a nearby planet to discover giant, carnivorous parrot-beasts and — astonishingly — human footprints close by. He follows these footprints and winds up as the prisoner of three gorgeous female clones — the sole surviving members of an expeditionary band of Mormons dispatched from Earth more than two centuries earlier to establish a new colony.

Things progress in a satisfactory manner — at least for Nehrengel. The trio has never seen a man before and — well, let’s just say they are delighted to finally meet one. However, on a trip back to recover batteries from his downed ship, the bird-beasts attack and kill two of the triplets before Capt. Nehrengel can lay waste to the avian attackers.

Heartbroken and now alone, the surviving clone — named Prime Alpha — cozies up to Nehrengel and agrees to go with him on a trip back in time to try and change history.

But before you say: “Been there, done that on a million time-travel stories before,” hang on. This one delves deep into uncharted fictional waters for one of the most imaginative plot twists we’ve seen in years.

After acquiring a space-worthy ship, Nehrengel and his lovely new friend set their sights on a place Prime Alpha has never seen — the storied home world she has only read about: Terra. Soon the lovely blue-white ball is growing in their forward viewscreen — Planet Earth, circa 1861.

In Part 2 of this exciting adventure, Nehrengel and Prime Alpha — now going by the name of Margaret — find that they have miscalculated a key component of their journey and must adjust their plans to contact the object of their trip — Nehrengel’s great-great-granduncle Byron Matthewson — and correct a calamitous wrinkle in the fabric of time.

Along the way, they sail on a riverboat, discover that Alpha/Margaret can put her telepathic powers to profitable use in a friendly game of poker, meet an American writer of some fame — Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain — and become embroiled in the terrible conflict that was the American Civil War.

“It has been said that war is the continuation of politics by other means. This was unquestionably the case with the American War Between the States. Not for another five hundred years — not until the Great War — would more American blood be spilled for less reason.”

Some passages of this novel are purely poetic in their power to convey a sense of scene to the reader. Nowhere is this power more clearly on display than in the section in which Andu — playing the part of a Union soldier in search of his kinsman — gets caught up in the fray:

“Shiloh was a battle fought on a rough, wooded plateau. It was a battle fought up and down and along the ridges of deep gullies and sloping hills. One fought amid thick underbrush and heavy timber. A battle saved only at the eleventh hour by reinforcements. A battle so potent in its results it very likely changed the entire course of the war.”

Can they do it? Can they alter time to suit their purposes and survive all the adventures they encounter? Pack your things and tag along as Andu, Alpha/Margaret and the venerable Sam Clemens get themselves into one seemingly inextricable situation after another on the way to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.

Five stars to The Grandfather Paradox. It’s a saga worth savoring, from beginning to end.

http://publishersdailyreviews.com/grandfather-paradox-time-travel-story-steven-burgauer/

https://donsloanauthor.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/the-grandfather-paradox-a-time-travel-story-by-steven-burgauer/

http://www.theindieview.com/latest-indie-reviews-from-around-the-web/

— Publishers Daily Reviews, January 21, 2017




Endorsement for The Fool’s Truth - January 25, 2017 @ 31

“The Fool’s Truth by Loretta Marion of Bristol is a mystery/thriller with a touch of romance. When Cordelia flees her abusive husband, taking her toddler daughter with her, she is aided by old friend (maybe more?) Ramon Alvarez. But her trip north is interrupted in Murphy, Maine, where she has car trouble. This is one of those books where you don’t want to give too much away. All of the characters have a touch of mystery or hidden pasts, except the sleazy English tabloid journalist, now the editor of the Murphy newspaper, who is just what he seems.

Each chapter is introduced with an apropos quote from the teachings of Buddha, Sherlock Holmes stories, Shakespeare or authors commenting on journalism. The plot clips right along and you’re not quite sure what will happen next. It’s a very enjoyable read.”

Lynda Rego, East Bay Life, East Bay Newspapers, November 2016




Endorsement for Kinell! - January 22, 2017 @ 31

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Endorsement for The Fool’s Truth - January 20, 2017 @ 31

“Deftly paced and richly imagined, The Fool’s Truth combines elements of traditional mystery and romantic suspense. With its evocative setting deep in the Maine woods and its intriguing cast of well-developed characters, Loretta Marion’s tale of old love, present danger, and small town secrets will capture the reader. Fans of Barbara Michaels and Kate Morton—take note!”
Rosie Genova, National Bestselling Author of The Italian Kitchen Mysteries (NAL/Penguin)




Endorsement for The Fool’s Truth -

The Hungry Monster Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and The Hungry Monster is proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.



Aaron-Michael Hall:

Getting stocked up for the coming conventions. 2017 is going to be a busy year!





Endorsement for The Rise of Nazil - January 19, 2017 @ 31

I have to ask myself an obvious question after reading “The Rise of Nazil” by Aaron Michael Hall: Why did I like it so much? I usually ask myself that question after really enjoying a book or movie. As an engineer and manager, I spend a lot of time in the real world, so when I’m especially taken with a work of fiction it often provides an insight to examine it to better understand how and why it grabbed me. So, as an engineer, I'm going to briefly break down this adventure fantasy by a relatively unknown author and try to understand what just happened. For me, anyway, the most useful method is to examine plot, characters, and dialogue, and try to see why they work (or not) and how they work together.

So, starting with the plot, it kind of fits into the boy-meets-girl thing, but it gets past that right away. After a short prologue involving a group of divine beings called the Guardians discussing past events in the land of Faelondul, we meet a beautiful human woman named Brahanu who is lost in a storm, injured, and horrified to find herself near Nazil. Nazil is the capital city of a cruel and arrogantly xenophobic race whose ruler, the Zaxson, is a particularly unpleasant fellow who extracts tribute from the human villages in the land while enslaving and abusing the humans. The Nazilian culture views the humans as savages and any humans captured near the city are tortured horribly. Brahanu has the very good fortune of being discovered by Pentanimir. He is First Chosen, the leader and champion of the elite palace guards of Nazil, whose motto is “Honor Above All.” Pentanimir is smitten by Brahanu's beauty. Torn between duty and love, he makes the difficult choice to escort the injured girl to safety to a mysterious secret village rather than taking her prisoner. As he prepares for the journey, we meet his younger brother Danimore, who is also a member of the guard. The plot moves from Brahanu's flight to scenes inside the citadel of the city, where we encounter some of the human slaves, including Hushar and Zeta and start to learn of the cruel ways of the Nazilian slave-masters. The plot continues to advance between Brahanu and Pentanimir's adventures – and some epic love-making along the way – and developments in the city and in Cazaal, Brahanu's village. The author deftly introduces a number of new and intriguing characters through the unpredictable plot turns: the evil uncle Oxilon, the sadistic Zaxson with his son and daughter, and Brahanu's family in Cazaal and her betrothed, Itai. As Pentanimir and Brahanu journey together, he begins to experience doubts regarding Nazil and what he has taken for granted about humans and Nazilians. The human and the Nazilian warrior fall deeply in love and although they reach the mysterious village of Bandari and meet even more fascinating and inter-related characters, they find they must make the difficult choice to separate in order to … well; I don't want to spoil it for other readers. By the time I got this far in the story I was hooked. The plot pulled me rapidly through a very exciting battle with the Guardians and Nazilians, and a final climactic attack on the citadel itself. There were places in the story where I literally had to stop for a moment and catch my breath. So, in short, the plot has at least a little of just about everything that makes for a good story: love, courage, adventure, betrayal, battles, and struggles with honor and duty and virtue. It's all tied together with unpredictable twists and turns that really kept me turning pages.

Okay, characters. Aaron Michael Hall has written a story that almost compares to some of Charles Dickens' novels in terms of the number of characters and the extent to which they are inter-related. In this sense, the plot and characters work together very well: the plot's twists and turns reveal not only the characters themselves but bring out surprising connections among them. In addition, just as in the best of Tolkien, some of the characters are not human at all. We meet warrior giants in exile, and have to rejoice with them when one of the humans from Bandari helps them overcome their ancient failures in serving the Guardians. In a flashback, we meet Pentanimir's father Manifir and learn more about Nazil and its gods and culture as well as a greater understanding of what motivates the First Chosen. We experience the selfless, heroic love of Itai for Brahanu. In all, the characters are revealed as very human and believable, all with failings and weaknesses, most with virtue and interesting personalities. I found myself connecting with almost all of the good guys at different times in the story, and getting downright angry at some of the more evil ones.

It took me a little while to get used to the dialogue. Hall uses some unusual constructions and speaking styles to set Faelondul apart from our world. For example, there are not contractions in the dialogue. Once I accepted this as being consistent with the fantasy world the author was creating, I found it very natural and enjoyable. The way the characters speak often provides very good insights into their natures. Hall often employs a very unique usage which I found fascinating and delightful.

To summarize, the major elements of the story – plot, characters, and dialogue – all worked very well together to establish a very believable and compelling adventure. I found myself cheering for the heroes and righteously indignant with the villains. The author has a powerful style of writing and the story was consistent and well-edited throughout. It was a fast, fun read and I'm looking forward to more installments from Aaron Michael Hall.




Endorsement for THE NIGHT OF THE ELEVENTH SUN - January 12, 2017 @ 31

“A powerful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel, The Night of the Eleventh Sun, is a clear indication of Burgauer’s ability to bring a distinctive voice to multiple genres. Deserving of a broad readership it is highly recommended.”
— BookViral, January 6, 2017

A powerful and imaginary re-creation of our past which uses history for its inspiration, The Night of the Eleventh Sun proves a gripping read from start to finish. Few authors could have pulled this off so well, but Burgauer has an undeniable passion for accuracy and an enviable knack for capturing pivotal moments. Without representing primitive man as being unduly savage he creates characters with whom his readers are able to feel a sense of kinship by exploring the baser traits that make us truly human and in particular our overriding need to survive and protect the ones we love. The question for many readers will be whether they can make their own leap of imagination whilst Burgauer’s story is at its most affecting when it demonstrates bursts of ingenuity from his beetle-browed characters. Deftly rendered, it’s through them that he poignantly reminds us of our primaeval past and our long trek towards civilisation with the focus on emotional and tactical evolution which is the subtext to his narrative. On this level it’s a unique achievement and whilst being something of a step change for Burgauer should none the less be well received by his readers.

A powerful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel, The Night of the Eleventh Sun, is a clear indication of Burgauer’s ability to bring a distinctive voice to multiple genres. Deserving of a broad readership it is highly recommended.

http://www.bookviral.com/the-night-of-the-eleventh-sun/4593460369




Endorsement for Jesus and Magdalene -

Silver Medal.




Endorsement for Jesus and Magdalene - January 9, 2017 @ 31

"The language that author João Cerqueira uses is beautiful. For a reader looking for something heavier, thought-provoking and requiring footnotes, you cannot go wrong with Jesus and Magdalene."
The Hungry Monster Book Review




Endorsement for THE NIGHT OF THE ELEVENTH SUN - January 8, 2017 @ 31

5 stars out of 5
“Most refreshing story of this era. Shows the struggle to survive and how hard life changes the dynamics of a group. This has been far more entertaining than the Clan of the cave bear. This is one book I have already recommended to friends.”
— Allen Lawrence, GoodReads Reviewer, December 28, 2016




Endorsement for Songs From Richmond Avenue - January 7, 2017 @ 31

"Urban fatalism at its best with a lot of self-deprecating laughs along the way for anyone who's ever frequented any bar, not just dive bars and certainly not just in Houston. Kind of like reading Bukowski if Bukowski had bothered with punctuation." -- Amazon reader

"Pretty much a laugh riot with a fair amount edge and social commentary thrown in to boot. Excellent debut, sir!" -- Amazon reader

"I found myself liking this book a lot by the time I had finished. In fact, I wished it hadn’t ended which is kind of unusual for me. There’s more going on here than drunks and laughs, though there are plenty of those. Songs from Richmond is oddly poignant at times. Thankfully not too much so. This is skilled story telling done in a surprising fresh way. I suggest reading." Harry Powell, Goodreads

"A good debut novel by a professional journalist I had the good fortune to work with for a number of years. Yeah, that's my disclaimer, I do know Michael Reed, or Mike as I knew him back in the day. But as a former professional myself, I can be unbiased, and if I thought the book sucked, I'd have no problem saying that. No, Michael has a flair for the descriptive paragraph, and having been in one or two seedy Richmond Avenue bars in my day, I can say with conviction that yes, you do indeed tend to run into some real characters there. And speaking of characters, Songs From Richmond Avenue has some unforgettable ones, and the book will take you for a pretty wild ride with them. The book made me smile and laugh a number of times. Buy it!" GRW56, Amazon Reader




Endorsement for The Game Changer - January 7, 2017 @ 31

The Game Changer by Dave Droge is the story of Henk van Wijnen-Swarttouw. He is a Dutchman who is a very accomplished businessman and entrepreneur. Henk finds himself being investigated for bad business practices and tax evasion. Julia, Henk's daughter, has just graduated high school and plans to take a year off before furthering her education. Julia is an artist and has a passion for "green" living. This does not exactly fit in with the way her father does business.

Henk becomes obsessed with Julia's art and the things she is trying to accomplish. His wife becomes alarmed and decides she needs to do something to remedy what she saw as a problem. Will she succeed with the intervention??

The Game Changer not only tells Henk's and Julia's story, but those of several other families that are directly and indirectly tied to Henk's family. There is where Droge shows his writing skills - there are several themes and angles for the reader to delve into.

Very well written- from page one Droge keeps the reader engaged and enthralled.

Read this one!!




Endorsement for The Forgotten: Aten’s Last Queen -

The HNS seeks to support writers of new historical fiction by the Historical Novel Society Awards.



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Endorsement for The Spirit Trap - January 3, 2017 @ 31

" A haunting tale that will grip the older reader as well as the young adult. It carries you through the different timeframes with elegant ease. Fascinating. Well written and mind opening. Such a refreshing change from vampires." Judy Hall, author of The Crystal Bibles.



J. Lynn Else:

It was very exciting to get my first box of “Heir of the Heretic” yesterday.  I’m all set for a couple belated Christmas gifts and my upcoming Goodreads giveaway.  Check Goodreads out starting tomorrow to enter!!





Endorsement for THE NIGHT OF THE ELEVENTH SUN - December 28, 2016 @ 31

“A marvelous blend of fact and fiction. Much more could be said of this excellent piece of historical fiction, but suffice to say, it roundly deserves five stars for its unique ability to entertain as well as inform. You will never look upon the cavemen in museum dioramas in quite the same way again. Indeed, Burgauer’s vivid portrayal of day-to-day life back then — complete with bouts of anxiety, somnambulism, and even eroticism — make this novel breathe with an uncannily contemporary touch of reality.”
— Publishers Daily Reviews, December 15, 2016

Transport yourself back 40,000 years, and watch a life-and-death drama unfold.

Strong Arms, and his mate Brown Curls, are waiting patiently for a huge antler-animal to grow weak so they can finally kill it. It’s been two days since the big beast fell into a glacial depression, fashioned into a trap by the pair. Its legs have been crushed by boulders rolled down on it earlier by Brown Curls.

Brutal hunting technique? Very much so. But it’s just another day for these Stone Age Neanderthals, who are trying to survive and bring back food to their ravenous clan.

Through the talented touch of author Steven Burgauer, the reader is transported across the eons to walk the Neolithic landscape in search of daily sustenance for Strong Arms’ clan.

Indeed, Burgauer’s vivid portrayal of day-to-day life back then — complete with bouts of anxiety, somnambulism, and even eroticism — make this novel breathe with an uncannily contemporary touch of reality.

“Neanderthals were not the stumbling, stupid brutes moderns once pictured them as being,” Burgauer asserts. “Give a Neanderthal man a shave and a bath and dress him up in a coat and tie and you wouldn’t notice him on a crowded platform waiting for a train.”

This story is skillfully woven among fascinating — and plentiful — anthropological nuggets and ancient history. But don’t think it’s just a dry recitation of facts and figures drawn from a dusty textbook.

Strong Arms and his clan practically leap off the page and into your imagination as they battle wolves during important tribal events, such as the chieftain’s eleven-year-old son’s coming-of-age ceremony — the Night of the Eleventh Sun.

In a different kind of struggle, Wide Smiles, the fourteen-year-old daughter, must battle her emerging sexuality to keep from going “knees-up” with her cousin, Long Legs. Hormones rage — little different than in present day — and the instinctual, though taboo, urge to mate with a kinsman is hard to overcome.

As the mild European summer passes, however, the family unit is distracted from its dilemma of breeding stock scarcity. There are ritualistic rites to perform, honoring the all-powerful Nature God, and even an occasional musical celebration, performed with hollow bird-bone flutes and turtle-shell drums.

Still other little-known historical notes emerge. For example, it was not unusual for cannibalism to occur every now and then, savoring such delicacies as the sacred brains and livers of deceased clan officials. And children, especially those belonging to important clan members were almost never buried. Instead, their tiny bodies were placed with great reverence in cave wall niches and carefully sealed.

“It was believed that the Spirit of the one who had died would fly to the Nature God on the wings of a hawk or an eagle, only to return later in the guise of a son or a grandson.”

Much more could be said of this excellent piece of historical fiction, but suffice to say, it roundly deserves five stars for its unique ability to entertain as well as inform. You will never look upon the cavemen in museum dioramas in quite the same way again.

Well done, Mr. Burgauer. Another masterwork of writing, at once inventive and illuminating.

http://publishersdailyreviews.com/night-eleventh-sun-steven-burgauer/
http://justfreeandbargainbooks.com/night-eleventh-sun-steven-burgauer-review/
http://www.theindieview.com/latest-indie-reviews-from-around-the-web/
https://donsloanauthor.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/the-night-of-the-eleventh-sun-by-steven-burgauer/




Endorsement for Obsidian Son - December 28, 2016 @ 31

You can't go wrong with this series. It's fun, exciting, and makes magical characters seem perfectly normal in todays world. The characters come to life and you become so immersed in their stories that you can't wait to devour the next one. Nate Temple is snarky, smart, handsome, and flawed- the perfect wizard. Great fun, I highly recommend!




Endorsement for The Fool’s Truth -

Honorable Mention Fiction Category - 2016 New England Book festival




Endorsement for Obsidian Son - December 27, 2016 @ 31

I cannot recommend this series highly enough, the magic, the twists and turns, add in the sarcasm of the main character, mythological creatures and storybook characters seen in a whole new light. This leads to a series of books leading you begging for more, and the type of grief that you can only feel for a book series as each episode ends, that a highly skilled writer can bring. This is a world I would love to live in, I mean how many main characters can cow tip the Minotaur!




Endorsement for Obsidian Son - December 27, 2016 @ 31

The Nate Temple series is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat, interspersed with sarcasm and laughter. Obsidian Son grabbed me from the first few pages and carried me through with unexpected twists and turns to the very end. If you are a fan of the paranormal, including a bit of every species then you don't want to miss this series by Shayne Silvers..




Endorsement for Plane Walker -

Plane Walker was awarded the Fiver Star Readers Favorite badge after two separate reviewers gave it a perfect rating and a positive review.




Endorsement for Obsidian Son - December 24, 2016 @ 31

I love how Shayne brings together so many mythological stories in this series! He has a unique quality to his writing style, that's awesome! You are always on the edge of your seat, and then feel like you fall off it when a huge twist hits in the story! I highly recommend checking this series out!




Endorsement for Chemistry - December 21, 2016 @ 31

Fantastic to read a book with such a strong teenage female lead.




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Endorsement for Flatlander - December 14, 2016 @ 31

From the Blue Ink Review (November 2016): "Oliver Kranichfeld's shelf-bending debut novel, Flatlander: Book One, is an extraordinarily entertaining fusion of speculative fiction, adventure fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction, and regional folklore. There is much to love here: The diverse cast of characters is brilliantly developed and authentic,the pacing brisk, the overall description vivid and fully immersive, and there's an undeniable philosophical thread woven into the narrative tapestry. Flatlander is essentially an Everyman on a journey of self-discovery, struggling to find his identity in the roots of Vermont culture. Illustrated throughout by artist Sam Balling, this novel is, above all else, a literary love letter to theGreen Mountain State: "This is a beautiful land," writes the author. "... This whole place, in fact, is like something out of a dream."A storytelling tour de force, Flatlander should appeal to fantasy fans and anyone with ties toVermont. Maple syrup and a sturdy pair of boots not included."




Endorsement for THE NIGHT OF THE ELEVENTH SUN - December 9, 2016 @ 31

4 stars out of 5

“ . . . the author has quite cleverly interweaved his narrative with a science lens to help us make sense of the Neanderthal’s actions . . . so the tag of science fiction/fantasy stands in this enjoyable tale.”
— December 9, 2016, “The Book Reviewers”

The Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer

Existence as a Neanderthal is explored through the life of a clan leader: hunting, family problems, a declining clan, mysterious strangers and keeping the spirits happy are just some of the issues facing Strong Arms in this enjoyable tale.

A typical science fiction book will project you so many years into the future and wow you with all that has been achieved or dismay you with the awfulness that is our possible destiny. Not so for Steven Burgauer’s latest book, The Night of the Eleventh Sun, which takes us back to the dawn of our time.

But it is not us that are his focus; we are a mere bit part in this tale. Rather it is our rival hominid species, the Neanderthal, that takes centre stage. Hold on a minute, I hear you utter, does that not make it historical fiction rather than sci-fi? Well, possibly, but the author has quite cleverly interweaved his narrative with a science lens to help us make sense of the Neanderthal’s actions. Clearly much of the science resides in the theoretical realm; ideas are pieced together from fragmented clues collected by decades of patient anthropological endeavours, so the tag of science fiction/fantasy stands.

Initially there is a simplicity to the narrative that leads you to think that this might be pitched at a younger audience, but don’t be fooled. Once the voracious sex lives of the Neanderthals are covered you know that this is definitely not for children! It is clear from what we learn about the everyday lives of the clan that their lives were similar to our own clan ancestors: use of tools for hunting and preparation, plants for healing, creativity, abstract thinking and philosophising. However, there is a question mark forever lurking whilst you read: why didn’t they endure? The clan in the story is one in decline, weakened by infighting, high infant mortality and threats from other, more successful and “different” clans. Any, or all of these reasons may explain the Neanderthal’s demise, but it is too easy to dismiss them as a species that wasn’t “fit” enough to survive; partly as they continue to exist genetically within many of us but also, as the book demonstrates well, we have much still to learn about their cultural legacy.

http://thebookreviewers.com/night-eleventh-sun-steven-burgauer/




Endorsement for Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou - December 9, 2016 @ 31

“A rich and complex plot that’s as compelling as it is entertaining. Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou proves a wholly enjoyable read and one that is highly recommended.”
— BookViral, December 4, 2016

Far too many World War II novels try to deliver excitement through an abundance of action and adventure, but Burgauer restrains himself from going too far and in doing so has penned an absorbing and intelligent read that engages from the start. Perhaps more impressive though is the fact that whilst the premise underpinning Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou promises much, it actually delivers far more. It certainly isn’t a prototypical World War II novel as Burgauer takes us beyond a conventional pseudo-historical slant of pivotal events to instead embrace a more clandestine and thought-provoking perspective. Intertwining an eclectic mix of historic persons who are well-conceived and finely-tuned to the story, its setting, and its locale, he weaves a rich and complex plot that is as compelling as it is entertaining and accessible. As a military adventure it’s an exciting one laden with double-crossing and unexpected adversities that take us into the world of wartime intrigue. It might be a relatively quick read but Burgauer has a fine eye for detail when it comes to setting up plot and characters, with the payback being a novel that captures the spirit and exuberance of a James Bond movie.

Sure to be met with approval by Burgauer’s followers, Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou proves a wholly enjoyable read and one that is highly recommended.

http://www.bookviral.com/nazi-saboteurs-on-the-bayou/4593247975




Endorsement for Silenced Justice -

Best Author 2016 Crime Masters




Endorsement for Blue Vision - December 2, 2016 @ 31

I love sci fi and romance. I enjoyed Blue Vision. The writing was good, the concept was great and the little twists that Marie Lavender put in throughout the book kept me guessing. Plus, I got a happy little epilogue at the end which always makes me happy.

Brooke wants to get away from things for a while and heads to Montana and a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Enter Collin…an alien. Yep, folks. Collin is a sexy, snarky alien with secrets. The chemistry between these two was great!

Blue Vision has a lot to offer…aliens, romance, chemistry, secrets and danger. It’s a wild ride you will definitely enjoy! - Que Sara Sera Book Blog




Endorsement for Blue Vision - December 2, 2016 @ 31

By Amy's Bookshelf Reviews on November 15, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Brook is from earth, and Colin is from Endhivar and the connection is beyond chemistry. The story is well written and is very intense. The story takes the reader on a journey to another world, and there is a great deal of suspense, as there is someone lurking in the dark. The fate of two worlds are at stake, and this story keeps the reader on the edge of the seat, waiting to turn to the next page.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews




Endorsement for To Swim Beneath the Earth -

E-books brought to the attention of indieBRAG, LLC are subjected to a rigorous selection process. This entails an initial screening to ensure that the author’s work meets certain minimum standards of quality and content. If it passes this preliminary assessment, it is then read by a selected group of members drawn from our global reader team. In both the initial screening phase and, if appropriate, the subsequent group evaluation phase, each book is judged against a comprehensive list of relevant literary criteria.




Endorsement for Atmosphere: We Don’t Orbit but Fall the Same - November 28, 2016 @ 30

I really enjoyed this book




Endorsement for Outside the Limelight - November 21, 2016 @ 30

“A lovely and engaging tale of sibling rivalry in the high-stakes dance world.”
– Kirkus Reviews (Starred review; a Kirkus Indie Books of the Month Selection)"Balanchine said dance is music made visible; Terez Mertes Rose’s Outside the Limelight is dance made readable. She reveals both the beauty of ballet and its pain in a compelling, deftly written novel that unfolds like a series of perfectly executed chaîné turns. Not to be missed!"
-- Tasha Alexander, NYT bestselling author of A Terrible Beauty

"Outside the Limelight sweeps us backstage, through the wings, past the dressing rooms, and into the lives of its dancers, where we see them up close, flawed and beautiful."
-- Adrienne Sharp, bestselling author of The True Memoirs of Little K and White Swan, Black Swan

"From the theater's spotlights and shadows comes a nuanced drama of pain and beauty without one false note. I didn't want it to end!"
-- Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy

"Outside the Limelight pulls readers into the lives of two sisters, both professional ballerinas. Through their challenges, obstacles and triumphs we are reminded that life is a complicated yet wondrous journey, and that love--artistic, romantic and familial--is one of the strongest forces of all."
-- Zippora Karz, former soloist, New York City Ballet, author of The Sugarless Plum and Ballerina Dreams

"Readers will relish this fresh, enlightened insider's look at two talented dancer sisters beset by professional rivalry & bound by love. This glowing novel is full of heart. Enchanting."
-- Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

“In Outside the Limelight, Terez Mertes Rose once again manages to perfectly capture the ethereal beauty of the ballet. It’s a story as rich, heartbreaking and uplifting as any ballet masterwork, with characters who stay with you long after the final act.”
-- Lauren E. Rico, author of Reverie and Rhapsody




Endorsement for Outside the Limelight -

Selected among the submissions to Kirkus Indie Review for Sept-Oct 2016.




Endorsement for Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou - November 21, 2016 @ 30

Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou — Historical Fiction by Steven Burgauer
Reviewed By Dr. Wesley Britton of Bookpleasures.com
November 21, 2016

Publisher: BATTLEGROUND PRESS; 1 edition (November 11, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0692808124
ISBN-13: 978-0692808122

Don’t let the rather misleading title of Steven Burgauer’s new World War II novel fool you. Yes, there’s a ring of Nazi spies plotting to blow up a boat building factory in New Orleans. But the scope of the book reaches far beyond Louisiana and involves many more characters and situations than the small band of unlucky German agents.

The various settings indeed center on New Orleans where Andrew Jackson Higgins, an actual historical figure who in reality did what is described in the novel, is building landing craft for the allies, especially boats that can travel in shallow water, land safely on shores and beaches, and return to the water by a simple change to the propellers. But we also spend much time in New Orleans bordellos and meet mixed-blood prostitutes, some keenly interested in Haitian voodoo with helpful connections for the U.S. government. These connections include Sicilian mob families who provide helpful intelligence on the German and Italian defenses of Sicily where an allied invasion is planned using the Higgins boats.

We also spend considerable time with Navajo code-talkers before we spend even more time in bloody South Pacific island hopping by U.S. forces. We go to London and visit British intelligence where one Commander Ian Fleming makes several appearances. Burgauer throws in scenes in Cuba, an amphibious invasion by a U.S. squad in Tunisia, as well as a number of U.S. locations described in many a soldier’s backstory.

In short, a lot of moving parts keep this story going with so much rich detail providing every page with verisimilitude, notably in the settings and multi-cultural panorama of the mixed-blood women, soldiers and officers, Mafia bosses and henchmen, and the Navajo code-talkers. Considerable research is demonstrated from street slang to military technology which, admittedly, often slows the flow in order to get in historical descriptions from World War I battles to engineering specs for Higgin’s boats. Sometimes, these bits are a tad repetitious, as when Burgauer makes sure all readers know what the acronym, SNAFU, stands for.

While the title isn’t the best choice for what this book includes and some passages can easily be skimmed, Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou is for World War II buffs, those who like historical fiction in general, fans of New Orleans legends and lore, and readers who like espionage yarns spun out with an epic sweep. In other words, it’s a book for a wide variety of readers.

Reviewer Dr. Wesley Britton: Dr. Britton is the author of four books on espionage in literature and the media. Starting in fall 2015, his new four-book science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, will debut via BearManor Media. For seven years, he was co-host of online radio’s Dave White Presents where he contributed interviews with a host of entertainment insiders. Dr. Britton teaches English at Harrisburg Area Community College.




Endorsement for Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou - November 21, 2016 @ 30

It is 2 a.m. on July 30, 1942, and Heinrich von Brockdorff lies dead in a French Quarter whore’s bed.

It’s a quiet start to a saga that spreads from Mahogany Hall in New Orleans to the war-torn islands of the South Pacific and beyond. For von Brockdorff is no ordinary “john.” He is — or was — a strategically placed German spy on American soil.

This is a sweeping story of heroism and heartache, bravery and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the cataclysmic events forever remembered as World War Two.

On July 31, 1942, one day after von Brockdorff dies, his grandson stands sweltering in a sandy foxhole on the tropical island of Fiji. U.S. Marine PFC Russell Brock never knew his grandfather — and he certainly doesn’t know his grandfather is dead. He has other things on his mind — such as how to survive the upcoming amphibious assault on heavily fortified Japanese positions.

He will be jumping off the steel-reinforced front ramp of a specially made Higgins boat — also known as an LCVP — Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel. Coincidentally, the shallow-draft landing craft was made in New Orleans, the scene of his grandfather’s untimely demise.

In a series of cunningly wrought vignettes, author Steven Burgauer pulls together far-flung people, places and events to tell — through fascinating historical side notes and fiction-based-on-fact — the story surrounding the humble LCVP’s genesis and its crucial role in winning the war.

Interwoven with this central thread are the lives and deeds of many colorful characters: crime boss Nico Carolla; luckless prostitute Kentucky Rose; Andrew Jackson Higgins, namesake of the landing craft; PFC Stanley Whitehorse, one of several Navajo Indians vital to developing a war-winning, unbreakable code; Sebastian Grimm, a young captain in the Waffen-SS, and many others.

Of particular note is the author’s gift for dialect in dialogue, often using it to paint compelling word pictures of people and places in the Deep South:

“He had crooked toes. Dey peeped out of shufflin’ shoes. His trousers was all torn an’ tattered. He wore an old frockcoat. It be all threadbare and smellin’ like burnt cinders.”

Central to the loosely connected stories is the ingenious development of the LCVP, from a small plywood craft capable of carrying only a few dozen men to one that was built entirely of steel, and which could carry many more men or entire pieces of mechanized equipment, including tanks.

The author painstakingly details how Higgins and his dedicated team designed and mass-produced the boats, guarded by both U.S. Marines and a deadly cadre of New Orleans Mafiosi.

It’s a unique arrangement with the mobsters that eventually reaches as far as Sicily and Tunis, where Nico Carolla’s family members, aided by local community residents and fishermen, help the Allies harry and defeat fascist forces on their native land.

Readers are treated to history lessons at every turn in this outstanding read that blends fictional characters with real-life war heroes. Even famed spy novelist Ian Fleming takes a turn in the story, dispensing unique diversionary tactics to be used against the enemy in novel ways.

But what of von Brockdorff and PFC Brock? And, more importantly, what becomes of the tattered Nazi codebook found sewn into von Brockdorff’s shirt lining? What secret does it carry that is central to the future of the war — and perhaps the entire world?

These characters come to life for the reader as they pass through the pages and into the imagination. Nico gets a life-changing surprise and barely survives a rival mob hit. U.S. Marines firefight their way across several islands, exchanging precious blood for mere feet of Japanese-held soil. And the Navajo code-talkers call down a rain of artillery shells on the so-called “Sons of Nippon,” each Native American zealously guarded by heavily armed Marine sergeants.

There is so much more in this book that cannot be detailed here. Suffice to say that fans of both meticulously researched history and little-known wartime events will enjoy it tremendously.

Five stars to Steven Burgauer and his tale of historical World War Two fiction. May we never again need to live through such a terrible conflict.
— November 20, 2016, Publishers Daily Reviews




Endorsement for Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou - November 21, 2016 @ 30

“In a war that rips apart entire worlds, who can truly be the winner? Add a dash of romance to the intrigue for a solid World War II thriller that’s intricate, frighteningly realistic, and hard to put down.”
— Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review, December 2016

Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou comes with an intriguing author disclaimer: that the CIA and U.S. Department of Defense continue to deny that the events outlined in this book ever happened — which makes it all the more intriguing a piece of fiction that skirts the line between factual history and a thriller.

The story centers around an event that took place in 1942. It is not set in the usual military battlefields of Europe or the Pacific but in New Orleans, where the Higgins boat landing craft key to military operations in the Pacific is being manufactured.

A fictional Nazi plot to disrupt the manufacture of these boats involves world arenas as disparate as New Orleans, San Diego, North Africa, and beyond. Winding this series of events into a short, two-week period may seem ambitious, but in this case it serves to heighten tension, condense the action, and results in a terse story that excels in detailing a tightly-crafted series of events where no word is wasted.

From a half-drunk aristocratic German’s death in a brothel and the discovery of a book that holds a map of the naval facilities nearby (indicating he might be a spy, to other German presences in America and the forces they represent), chapters unfold with the staccato precision of an intrigue and adventure saga spiced by Louisiana dialect and military encounters alike.

It’s a desperate race for all sides as time runs out, and readers will find themselves immersed in the desperate search for a hidden book that involves death and individuals who come from disparate backgrounds: “Deputy Marshal Nolan Greeley was new to the Gulf Coast area. His previous assignment had been in the Colorado Rockies, not far from where he grew up, the oldest son of German immigrants. His parents and kin still spoke the language at home. So did he. But that job in the mountains had gone south on him when he kept showing up in the field half-drunk. So the U.S. Marshal Service transferred him down here, to the Gulf Coast District. For the moment, Greeley rented a home from a woman he met in a local bar his first week on the job, a ramshackle house near New Orleans on the so-called ‘German Coast.’ If he screwed this up, the Gulf Coast would be Greeley’s last stop before a forced retirement.”

An important strength to this story lies in Steven Burgauer’s ability to not just describe a scene, but to take readers aboard ships and land alike for a kind of action that translates well to “you are there” impacts: “Now the big guns onboard the taskforce ships let go a salvo. The cruiser USS San Juan (CL-54), the destroyers Monssen and Buchanan. The sound blew away the last vestiges of sleep. Brock was instantly awake and alert. Now came the deadly symphony of artillery. Booming cannon fire. Banks of deadly rockets. Shells launched from armored tanks on deck. All from a menagerie of Navy ships positioned in and around the LSTs in the sea. “CRA-A-ACK!” Again from the San Juan. Sixteen, five-inch guns. Sixteen, one-point-one-inch guns. The ship heeled over following each discharge from its big guns.”

This attention to detail embraces characters, plot, subplots, and different settings, lending an authentic and riveting feel to events. From boat contracts and naval forces to sabotage efforts, genuine World War II history is deftly woven into the story line to the point where it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. In a war that rips apart entire worlds, who can truly be the winner? Add a dash of romance to the intrigue for a solid World War II thriller that’s intricate, frighteningly realistic, and hard to put down.




Endorsement for The Taste of Air - November 19, 2016 @ 30

This is a gem of a read! Gail Cleare's ability to subtly take the reader through subtle twists and turns is mesmerizing. Yet she manages to keep the surface happenings seem completely normal. Love this book and want more from Gail Cleare.




Endorsement for Creole Moon The Betrayal - November 18, 2016 @ 30



Endorsement for Creole Moon The Betrayal -

Runner UP in the Great Southwest Book festival; member of table of honors, trip to Los Angles, CA to receive my plaque and gold seals; One year listing on the great southwest book festival's website.




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Endorsement for Heir of Thunder - November 16, 2016 @ 30

Heir of Thunder is packed full of adventure, romance, intrigue, suspense and fun! I couldn't put the book down - it is so fast-paced and well written. I can't wait for the next in the series!



Jim Nesbitt:

Just found out THE LAST SECOND CHANCE has been named an Underground Book Reviews TOP PICK, thanks to reviewer Anita Lock’s nomination, making it eligible for UBR’s Novel of The Year competition. Many thanks, Anita and the UBR posse. And the clock is still ticking on the Nov. 14-21 Kindle Countdown Deal…amazon.com/author/jimnesbitt





Endorsement for Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou - November 14, 2016 @ 30

4 stars out of 5

“The Book Reviewers,” a division of Full Media Ltd. (UK)
November 8, 2016

Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou by Steven Burgauer

“An engaging, slow-burning wartime thriller with an epic feel and a large cast of characters.”

New Orleans might seem an unexpected location for a thriller set in World War II, but in Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou we discover that the city is home not only to a boat-building company vital to the Allies, but also to German-American Nazi sympathizers: a volatile combination. However, the wider implications of the events that ensue cause ripples throughout the US and UK military, as well as within the New Orleans branch of the Mafia and beyond. Although the book depicts a number of real-life characters, the statement at the start of the book seems to imply that the events within it happened, but are not acknowledged by any of the relevant authorities — which of course makes it all the more intriguing.

The action is centred around New Orleans, and paints a very vivid picture of the city and the lives and livelihoods of those who lived there during World War II. I have not been to New Orleans, but I feel very much as if I dropped in there for a while in the oppressive heat of late summer 1942! We also find ourselves in other parts of the world, among codebreakers in the UK and US Marines in the South Pacific. It took me a while to realise the links between some of the characters and locations, but all is revealed in good time.

The story is peppered liberally with ‘ripping yarns’ and incidental background knowledge. Characters often share stories and information about the events of World War II up to 1942, as well more general history. These digressions make for a longer narrative and at times interrupt the flow of the story, but they are ultimately relevant and often interesting.

There are a lot of characters to become acquainted with and initially it feels as if there are almost too many to keep track of, but this changes as the story goes on. The book is peopled with boat builders, members of the Mafia, codebreakers, prostitutes, spies, marines — including Navajo code-talkers — and German-American New Orleanians. They are generally portrayed deftly, and mingle very successfully with the real-life characters. The non-fictional characters, such as Andrew Jackson Higgins, Chester Nez and Ian Fleming, and their roles in World War II, have been researched well and give the story additional weight.

I really enjoyed this well-realised, thought-provoking thriller and its varied cast of characters, as well as the fact that it offers an unusual angle on World War II. It feels very cinematic at times, and had me thinking about which actors I would pick for the main roles. And my knowledge of military slang has definitely improved, to boot!

Sarah Nisbet

Summary: Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou is an engaging, slow-burning wartime thriller with an epic feel and a large cast of characters.

Author’s website: https://sites.google.com/site/stevenburgauer/

http://thebookreviewers.com/nazi-saboteurs-bayou-steven-burgauer/




Endorsement for Releasing the Demons - November 12, 2016 @ 30

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Endorsement for Releasing the Demons - November 12, 2016 @ 30

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Endorsement for Releasing the Demons -

2016 PRISM Award Winner in Dark Paranormal and Finalist in Best First Book



Bill Kieffer:

The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim is now a Pitch Perfect Pick!





Endorsement for The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture - October 23, 2016 @ 31

This story is a very moving account of one our brave fighting men in World War II. This is one of the remarkable reads about a remarkable and humble man and done in a most respectful manner by a man who knew Capt. Frodsham. Our children need to know about these men and can learn about this man here in this book. Great story...




Endorsement for The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture - October 21, 2016 @ 31

It’s a little after 8 a.m., June 13, 1944, and Lt. William C. Frodsham, Jr. is in the fight of his life.
Eight days earlier, he and his platoon had waded ashore on Dog Green Beach along with thousands of other determined G.I.s. during the famous D-Day invasion. Then, they had slogged 12 miles into the Normandy countryside under withering enemy fire.
Now, Frodsham and his men are pinned down and outnumbered among the hedgerows, waging a brave and bloody battle against equally determined German forces.
It’s an action-packed start to this excellent first-person narrative about one man’s harrowing — and sometimes humorous — experiences in World War II.
Well-told in an almost cinematic style, this tale draws the reader immediately back to that unforgettable time when America — and its young men and women — were thrown into a global conflict whose outcome was perilously uncertain.
In large part, however, the book, which is largely based on Frodsham’s personal diary, is full of anecdotes and fascinating stories that will surely appeal to anyone who has spent time in the military. Indeed, much of it rivals Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues in its ability to enthrall the reader.
Flash back to December 7, 1941. Frodsham has kissed his girl goodbye, along with his family, and shipped off to Fort Dix, NJ — the first of several Army posts where he is taught to be a soldier.
What follows is a highly entertaining account of what it was like to be in the U.S. Army back in the early days of the war. Frodsham excels in every posting, and is soon on his way to OCS — Officer Candidate School.
But his journey is not without its share of off-base adventures — like the 24-hour AWOL Christmas trip to a friend’s home, and the brief but victorious alley confrontation in which he and a ranking middleweight sergeant dispatch four paratroopers intent on getting them kicked out of OCS.
Time passes and Frodsham seeks — and wins — the hand of his beloved Connie, and they are married in a full-blown regimental ceremony on May 22, 1943 at Fort Leonard Wood in rural Missouri.
Their precious time together is brief, however, as he ships out to England in October aboard the newly refitted SS Mauritania. The five-day voyage is uneventful — except for two exciting days wallowing through 50-foot ocean swells — and he lands at Liverpool along with thousands of his shipmates.
Endless days of drills and preparation for the Normandy invasion are interspersed with fascinating stories of Frodsham’s fraternization with the Brits — and inspiring insights into how this remarkable island nation not only survived the Blitzkriegs, but found humor and hard-won conviviality in its neighborhood pubs each night.
Then, D-day arrives, and it finds Frodsham floating with his men just off the Normandy coast. It’s a hellish scene that confronts them as they wade ashore. Body parts litter the beach, but Frodsham and his platoon forge ahead, intent on their mission to make it to the village of Isigny and hold it until relieved.
In trying to get there, however, murderous crossfire by German machine guns costs the soldiers dearly in terms of dead and injured. By the time they finally cross one field bordered by six-foot hedgerows, Frodsham wonders to himself:
“If the enemy (is) going to surrender France only one hundred feet at a time, this (is) going to make for a very long war.”
Finally, they come upon a German force larger than their own, and, after a furious firefight, Frodsham orders his men to lay down their arms. They become prisoners of war, and the remaining pages detail the hardships, pain, and debilitating slow starvation inflicted upon the troops.
Still, Frodsham and his fellow detainees find opportunity for gaiety even in a Gulag. A theatre group sprouts up, and even a camp newspaper, The Oflag 64 Item. Still, starvation is a constant companion. Frodsham, like most of his fellow POWs, loses more than 60 pounds while in captivity.
I won’t reveal the book’s surprising and satisfying ending. Suffice to say, celebration of the War’s final actions is sweet for Frodsham — who at many times during a forced wintertime march from Poland by his captors, fleeing the advance of Russian liberators, lay huddled against cattle for simple warmth during the long, frozen nights.
This memoir is a saga of celebration and hardship, heroism and tragedy, set against the sweeping backdrop of the twentieth century’s most important worldwide conflict.
Yet it carries with it a tone and craftsmanship at once imminently readable and startlingly personal. The author has written a masterpiece of first-person narrative gleaned purely from Frodsham’s meticulous diary and equally exhaustive research that often puts the reader squarely in the middle of war-torn France and into the very hearts and souls of the valiant men and women who secured the peace we now enjoy.
Five-plus unequivocal stars to The Road to War. It’s an extraordinary read that everyone should enjoy.
— October 20, 2016, Publishers Daily Reviews
http://publishersdailyreviews.com/road-war-steven-burgauer/
http://sites.google.com/site/stevenburgauer/the-road-to-war/reviews
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/384410.Steven_Burgauer
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4 stars out of 5

“The Book Reviewers,” a division of Full Media Ltd. (UK)
October 28, 2016

The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture by Steven Burgauer

Historical novel based on the diaries and autobiography of an American officer in WWII which details the remarkable courage and resilience he demonstrated in combat and capture.

William Frodsham was just one of the many thousands of young American citizens to enlist for military duty after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Unlike the vast majority of those men and women, William, years after the conflict, gathered his notes and his memories to write a detailed account of those years. Author Steven Burgauer has shaped these writings into a very readable historical novel, structured in diary form.

The opening pitches us straight into the intense fighting which followed the D-Day landings. We learn straightaway that William is a courageous soldier and an excellent leader of his platoon despite the impossible situation in which they find themselves. From here we are taken back in time to the beginning of the war and his immediate decision to fight for the country he clearly loves. The first part of the book focuses on ‘duty and drill’ which aptly describes the many months that William spends in the U.S. in basic and then officer training.

Now a 2nd lieutenant, he is posted to Cornwall, England, to train and lead a platoon in preparation for the invasion of France. Throughout William keeps up a commentary of the various duties that he is assigned and of the difficulties he faced. Although there are times when you feel like you are reading a list of events, names and places, there is always historical interest as well as numerous personal anecdotes that give a clear picture of life in the U.S Army.

From the prologue, we know that William had decided not to write about his feelings and doubtless the horrors that he saw and participated in were forever with him and just too much to express with words. Although this is quite understandable, the consequence is that you never seem to get to know him as a man — you gain an understanding of his character and his qualities, but the reader is rarely allowed more than a few glimpses inside, limiting the depth of engagement with the book. That said, the combat scenes and the brutal deprivation of his time as a prisoner of war are well written, making some of the horrors of war all too real. Indeed, the awfulness of his final combat duties when freed and then seconded by the Russians are chilling.
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“An intimate and often daunting portrait of one man’s life-changing confrontation with war, The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture is highly recommended.”
— November 11, 2016, BookViral Reviews

A commendably engrossing portrait of how one soldier coped with his experiences in World War II. Burgauer has delivered a rare and humanising biography that provokes much reflection. His passion for accuracy is evident in every chapter as he captures the haphazard chances of life and the unanticipated twists of fate, without smoothing them down. Captain William C. Frodsham, Jr. was a real person caught up in events that were indifferent to him, a courageous man who never stopped giving his very best. Burgauer doesn’t hype or aggrandize the detailed richness of his story, but diligently conveys the extremes and cold harsh realities of men at war whilst maintaining the self-effacing honesty of Frodsham’s words. As a human story with an emotional intensity it has no need for conventional or dramatic order. It’s undeniably harrowing at times, particularly in recounting the traumas of imprisonment behind enemy lines but on another level it celebrates the endurance and resilience of soldiers at war lest we ever forget the sacrifices so many have made.

http://www.bookviral.com/the-road-to-war-duty-drill/4593131319




Endorsement for The Dead Have Secrets -

Peer group of Independent Authors.




Endorsement for Dragon - October 12, 2016 @ 31

I read Dragon (A History of Purga Novel) by Rustin Petrae. Conspiracy is afoot, and Prince Rone finds himself pursued by the equivalent of a drone as he flies, and crashes. But an enemy chief's lovely daughter Keiara finds him and helps him so that he survives, albeit with a lost leg. Through her he learns that much of what he has been told about her people the Terraqouis is false; they don't eat people, in fact they are vegetarians. (There's something I like about this.) The two are falling in love, but he must return to save his kingdom from a vicious revolution, and there are complications and mischief galore. What intrigues me is the way Rone's technological folk have microscopic robots called nanos that are marvelously proficient at quickly making things, ranging from guns to shelters, while the Terra can shift to animal forms, such a flying birds. While I feel that a competent copy-editor could help the text, I appreciate the quality of imagination that is on display as these two cultures interact. I did not see the relevance of the title, as dragons were not in evidence, until the end, when it became astonishingly relevant. This is worth reading.




Endorsement for Roc - October 12, 2016 @ 31

I read Roc by Rustin Petrae. This is the sequel to Dragon, which I reviewed here in 2012. The third novel will be Basilisk. It's really a single story told in segments. The background is a planetary war fomented by the evil Blak, causing two otherwise compatible kingdoms to try savagely to destroy each other. One has nanos, marvelous microscopic robots that can rapidly combine to form just about any tool or machine they are programmed to, sort of like 3D printers on steroids. The other can shape change, and has close connection to nature, so that plants, animals, birds and insects can do battle with devastating effect. At the center is a love story, the two being from enemy kingdoms. They become key players, and it turns out that they are more than just people, they are historically prophesied saviors, the Dragon and the Roc, if they can get their acts together before they get obliterated. If you like inventive violence, there's a lot of it here, with imaginative use of unusual weapons.




Endorsement for A Secondhand Life -

First place in Psychological Suspense category for the 2016 New Apple Literary eBook Awards




Endorsement for A Wizard’s Forge - October 8, 2016 @ 31

A.M. Justice crafts a well-paced, riveting story with her "A Wizard's Forge." The lead went through painful trials to find her truest self, and the result is one amazing tale.




Endorsement for Bloodwalker - October 6, 2016 @ 31

YA horror novelist Cain (Soul Cutter) steps right up to the center ring in this captivating shocker of children disappearing after the circus comes to town. While touring present-day Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania, Rurik, the lightning-scarred security chief and former strongman of the Zorka Cyrka circus, investigates the disappearances and mediates conflict when the insular Skomori folk hold a wedding at the circus. One of the brides, Sylvie, plagued by misfortune (including an arranged marriage to a man whose abusive and philandering ways are condoned by Skomori culture) and forbidden to use her skills as a bloodwalker (one who prepares corpses for burial), uncovers the remains of a child in a circus trailer and becomes a target for the killer. Using their unusual talents, first separately and then together, Sylvie and Rurik uncover the circus’s horrifying secret and put to rest the curse that haunts both their peoples. Cain immerses the reader in the working life of a struggling circus and in the daily chores of a fascinating, albeit fictional, Slavic folkway. A series of rising threats overextends the climax, but the likability of the protagonists is enough to keep readers going. (Oct.)
- Publishers Weekly

“L.X. Cain’s Bloodwalker is a dark, suspenseful thrill-ride that blends white-knuckle horror with a gripping murder mystery. Cain takes readers on tour with a traveling circus of terror in a fantastic story filled with eclectic characters, unusual suspects, and plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing. I enjoyed Bloodwalker from beginning to end. Fresh, original, and a frightening fun read. Highly recommended!”
—Brian Moreland, author of Blood Sacrifices and Dead of Winter

"This fluent thriller is a must for aficionados of the Big Tent noir subgenre. Where entertainment is dangerous.”
---Geoff Nelder, award-winning author of sci-fi series ARIA and other sci-fi and thriller novels




Endorsement for Mr. Magic - October 5, 2016 @ 31

"Eccentricity at its finest in a detective story and proof that a flawed protagonist can still earn sympathy."

KIRKUS REVIEW

A publicist for a crime tour drums up business by hiring a mercy killer, but his murderous employee may be choosing his own victims in this thriller.

Former investigative journalist Brinker hasn’t found much work since losing his newspaper job, having accused his boss of bribing cops over a reputed DUI. His newest gig entails public relations for Pennsylvania funeral home owner and local coroner Frank Mabry’s Seen of the Crime, a tour of murder sites. A lack of sensational murders has kept business down, but Brinker’s doctor, Timothy Jolley, has an idea: spruce up the tour by paying someone to kill terminal patients. The doctor will bankroll it, and Brinker can clear his debt, courtesy of a lawsuit relating to that DUI allegation. Seen of the Crime sees more tourists, but Brinker soon will have to stop a commissioned serial killer who may no longer be using Jolley’s victim list. The novel is a detective story with a darkly humorous twist; Brinker’s unquestionably responsible for the killing spree, but most of it is as much a mystery to him as it is to readers. He, for one, hires the murderer (dubbed Angel, for Angel of Death) through pal Stanislaw Niemoczynski and doesn’t know Angel’s true identity. There’s likewise a sinister pattern to the later, seemingly random murders, something that Brinker will have to unravel. He’s essentially the detective, and he’s a tad shadier than the shadiest of cinematic gumshoes. Not only does he know about the murders beforehand, Brinker also repeatedly beds various women with emotional detachment and prints and intends to sell I SHOT THE SHERIFF T-shirts, corresponding to a recent victim. Despite this, the protagonist remains likable, particularly because his firing from the newspaper was unjust and he cares for his ailing grandmother. And he’s still the hero, in a prime position to thwart the murders, even if it means becoming the unhinged killer’s next target. The story is somber but self-assured, like a film noir with a stylized, shadowy atmosphere. Widmer (Riding with the Blues, 2015, etc.) rounds out Brinker by outfitting him with snazzy dialogue: Mabry rejects upping revenue with crime re-enactments, noting that the tour’s “authentic,” to which Brinker coolly responds, “So is bankruptcy.”

Eccentricity at its finest in a detective story and proof that a flawed protagonist can still earn sympathy.




Endorsement for Battle Rattle -

Made it into the bestseller category for Prime Reading in October.




Endorsement for Code Name: Scarlet - October 5, 2016 @ 31

Code Name: Scarlet is a book that is just about impossible to put down. Unless an emergency of some sort happened, I kept reading until I was finished. Very enjoyable and satisfying - all the way through.




Endorsement for Battle Rattle -

Selected by Big Al of Big Al's Books and Pals as his Indie Pick of the Month for August 2016.




Endorsement for Battle Rattle - October 4, 2016 @ 31

Battle Rattle is a valuable entry into the war-prose cannon and we can only hope that Jennings keeps writing.




Endorsement for Battle Rattle - October 4, 2016 @ 31

If you're looking for a breezy read to escape the world for a few hours, this isn't the book for you, but if you're willing to bite off something more weighty and intense, this is a great choice.




Endorsement for Battle Rattle -

This is a list chosen by amazon editors for the best books of the year so far. Battle Rattle was selected as one of the best Kindle Singles of 2016 so far.




Endorsement for Fifth Columnist - September 30, 2016 @ 30

Frank Westworth breaks so much new ground in style, content, pace with his writing that he becomes an instant must-read. Once you are involved with his intense characterisation and powerful plots, you too will be hooked and desperate for his next publication.
This book is characteristic of Frank Westworth's art; the credibility infused in the pages is so powerful that a whole world of reality is opened up for the reader.




Endorsement for Visions Through A Glass, Darkly - September 28, 2016 @ 30

"Aboulafia has a gift and this book is it!" (5 stars)

Cat Shannon - Amazon




Endorsement for Visions Through A Glass, Darkly - September 28, 2016 @ 30

"...written in a way that will have you up late telling yourself 'just one more page' until the very end. Reading the book felt like part suspense, part horror, and part comic book all wrapped up in one and Aboulafia did an outstanding job at blending these viewpoints together...you won't be able to put this one down!" (4 stars)

Stuart - Amazon




Endorsement for Visions Through A Glass, Darkly - September 28, 2016 @ 30

"...a very unique way of telling a story...written to give you nightmares.

Boundless Book Reviews




Endorsement for Visions Through A Glass, Darkly - September 28, 2016 @ 30

"..this one stands out...masterfully executed." (4 stars)

Kristi-Amazon




Endorsement for Flank Street -

Books bearing the pure gold Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence for Outstanding Independent Fiction are our top books. They have been reviewed by three or more editors who have agreed that these books are outstanding in their genre.

What makes a book worthy of the Seal of Excellence? It’s those that have something extra. Perhaps a strong voice, a new or bold approach, or just a great, well-written story. It’s hard to be specific about the exact qualities, but reviewers know a Seal-worthy book when they read it.




Endorsement for The Taste of Air - September 27, 2016 @ 30

"In The Taste of Air, Cleare deftly explores the consequence of our choices, even those made with the best of intentions. A family saga bridging decades and filled with shocking revelations, hope and love, you won't be able put this book down."
~Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew You and The Vanishing Year




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Endorsement for Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things -

2016 Gold Medal Winner for YA Paranormal for Reader's Favorite




Endorsement for The Flight of the Griffin -

The Flight of the Griffin was longlisted in the 2013 Times/ChickenHouse Children's literary awards.




Endorsement for Patriarch Run - September 20, 2016 @ 30

"Patriarch Run accomplishes something few thrillers have achieved: it gets the guns right, and it gets the psychology of the gunfight right. Benjamin Dancer writes the gunfight scenes with a realism seldom seen in fiction.” - LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN, author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society and On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace




Endorsement for Patriarch Run - September 20, 2016 @ 30

"Truly marvelous. Patriarch Run is a breathless thriller disguising a heart of pure poetry; a literary meditation clutching a straight razor behind its back. Bold, beautifully written, and surprising page-by-page, this is one of the most assured debuts I've ever read. Benjamin Dancer is the real thing." -MARCUS SAKEY, bestselling author of The Brilliance Trilogy




Endorsement for Tupelo Honey - September 19, 2016 @ 30

Set in Mississippi in the 1970s, author Lis Anna-Langston has penned a story which is touching and insightful. Main character Tupelo Honey is an 11 year old with an absentee junkie-mom, a loving grandma called Marmalade and slightly ‘off’ uncle Randall. She is a smart, savvy child who faces more challenges at her young age than most will see in a lifetime. As all of us do, Tupelo Honey craves a feeling of being wanted. Loved. This is a need which is supposed to be lavished on us as youngster by our parents, but never knowing her dad and a mom not interested in parenting leaves a void in her young life.

Interestingly, mom introduces a boyfriend into the picture who ends up being a blessing. Nash, a low level drug dealer initially made my own mom-hairs on the arm rise, but Anna-Langston uses him to show normalcy and love the way a parent should behave. I enjoyed this unexpected character twist and appreciated the fact that the author shows the reader appearances can be deceiving.

My other favorite thing about this novel is the feeling of nostalgia it offers. I found myself smiling at my own childhood fondness for bologna sandwiches with mayonnaise. Our world of gluten free ancient grain whole wheat bread with organic mustard and sprouts is just not the same as Wonder Bread and Kraft Mayo. Anna-Langston does not punch us in the face with the fact this is set in the 70s, but there are enough mentions to bring that time period to life.

This is a can’t-put-it-down page turner. Despite my feelings of guilt that the author likely spent thousands of hours writing, and I’m whipping through it like a tornado, I read this in two days. And my emo was high through most of it. I cannot praise enough a book which makes the reader feel all range of emotions – sadness, laughter, joy, relief…. To be completely honest it took three days to finish the book. I had just 20 or so pages left to go at 2am, but I forced myself to stop. I knew my heart needed to see the end during the light of day and not while I laid awake processing the ache of this character.

I don’t keep every book I read because I don’t have shelf space and I won’t waste precious reading time going back to re-read something which was not wonderful. “Tupelo Honey” gets my highest recommendation when I tell you this one sits in pride of place on my bookshelf to be picked up again and again in the years to come.




Endorsement for Dark Fey: The Reviled -

2016 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards Fantasy CATEGORY OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:




Endorsement for The Last Day of Captain Lincoln - September 19, 2016 @ 30

Book review by Chocolate n Waffles blog.




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First Place Winner of Dante Rossetti Young Adult Awards




Endorsement for A post with the ID $book does not exist. - September 19, 2016 @ 30

Set in Mississippi in the 1970s, author Lis Anna-Langston has penned a story which is touching and insightful. Main character Tupelo Honey is an 11 year old with an absentee junkie-mom, a loving grandma called Marmalade and slightly ‘off’ uncle Randall. She is a smart, savvy child who faces more challenges at her young age than most will see in a lifetime. As all of us do, Tupelo Honey craves a feeling of being wanted. Loved. This is a need which is supposed to be lavished on us as youngster by our parents, but never knowing her dad and a mom not interested in parenting leaves a void in her young life.

Interestingly, mom introduces a boyfriend into the picture who ends up being a blessing. Nash, a low level drug dealer initially made my own mom-hairs on the arm rise, but Anna-Langston uses him to show normalcy and love the way a parent should behave. I enjoyed this unexpected character twist and appreciated the fact that the author shows the reader appearances can be deceiving.

My other favorite thing about this novel is the feeling of nostalgia it offers. I found myself smiling at my own childhood fondness for bologna sandwiches with mayonnaise. Our world of gluten free ancient grain whole wheat bread with organic mustard and sprouts is just not the same as Wonder Bread and Kraft Mayo. Anna-Langston does not punch us in the face with the fact this is set in the 70s, but there are enough mentions to bring that time period to life.

This is a can’t-put-it-down page turner. Despite my feelings of guilt that the author likely spent thousands of hours writing, and I’m whipping through it like a tornado, I read this in two days. And my emo was high through most of it. I cannot praise enough a book which makes the reader feel all range of emotions – sadness, laughter, joy, relief…. To be completely honest it took three days to finish the book. I had just 20 or so pages left to go at 2am, but I forced myself to stop. I knew my heart needed to see the end during the light of day and not while I laid awake processing the ache of this character.

I don’t keep every book I read because I don’t have shelf space and I won’t waste precious reading time going back to re-read something which was not wonderful. “Tupelo Honey” gets my highest recommendation when I tell you this one sits in pride of place on my bookshelf to be picked up again and again in the years to come.




Endorsement for Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things -

2016 Reader's Choice Gold Medal for YA Paranormal




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Finalist in the Novel Category




Endorsement for Beyond The Screen Door - September 15, 2016 @ 30

Beyond the Screen Door by Julia Diana Robertson tells the sad and, at times, intriguing story of Nora Lee Sutter. Nora Lee is special and has the ability to see people that others cannot. Raised in a house with an abusive father, her mother does all she can to protect Nora Lee, even when she is pregnant and subject to his rage. An ominous message to Nora Lee from her unborn brother and a warning not to leave Betsy’s house is ignored, resulting in the tragic death of her unborn brother. Now, her only sense of a normal life comes from the family of her best friend, Joanne. Joanne is one of four girls in her family and walks to her own beat. While her father finds no harm in it, it drives her mother crazy. As both Nora Lee and Joanne grow, life changes for the good and bad. Nora Lee’s father leaves and her mother finds new hope for life. Joanne cuts her hair and starts dressing like her father while learning to work at his garage – feeling more comfortable in her skin than she ever had. Close as both girls are feelings, curiosity and experiences test their friendship and question what limits or barriers there may be and if they should be crossed. Growing up is tough. Growing up when you see ghosts and question who you really are makes it even tougher. At the end of the day, no matter what side of the screen door you stand on, you can never truly be sure what is happening on the other side.

Robertson weaves a tale that encompasses both the supernatural and coming of age in a way that makes for a very interesting story. The story lines for both take turns as the main part of the story and seamlessly switch places so that you don’t miss a beat with what is going on with the characters in the book. Some subject matter is intense, which leads me to recommend this book for young adult readers that are a bit older. However, Beyond the Screen Door is a book that will leave readers wondering why and wanting more.



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Endorsement for Visions Through A Glass, Darkly - September 15, 2016 @ 30

"...not for the faint of heart or easily spooked... starts to build at a slow simmer, leading to a full-on boil that is quite exciting. The way (the author) uses language to create emotion and describe scenery is impressive, and the characters are believable and well developed with several interesting transitions...the editing was nearly flawless...I had goose bumps throughout. Addicting reading and I look forward to more from Aboulafia." (4.5 stars)

Laura Clarke | Goodreads




Endorsement for Visions Through A Glass, Darkly - September 15, 2016 @ 30

"...a gripping book...the author builds the suspense throughout the pages."
(4 stars)

Shannon Luster - Amazon




Endorsement for Visions Through A Glass, Darkly - September 15, 2016 @ 30

"This book grabs readers by the shoulders and refuses to let go. It is a mind-thrilling suspenseful thrill ride of a tale, where it's difficult to know what to expect next. Readers will find themselves flipping through the pages in anticipation, only to be blown away by the result. This is a fantastic read."

Jennifer Weiss | US Review of Books




Endorsement for Mommies who Murder - September 12, 2016 @ 30

This five book series is an easy to use compilation that is sure to stimulate the thought processes for criminal justice practitioners and students looking for topical research with cited source materials. This set ranges from intimate crime from within the family unit to serial offenders and provides introductory materials from which to build upon.
The first book in this series: From birth to death: Mommies who Murder, highlights what can be described as the most heinous crimes imaginable. The author presents 35 cases organized similarly, with crime stats first (names, dates, types of weapons, the reported claims made, sentence received, etc.) followed by a summary of the events, and closing each case with cited sources drawn primarily from the Internet.
While this material cannot be the sole source for a research project, it can inform the reader into developing a credible review of the literature to further their research.
Patrick E. Burke, Jr. MSCJ (Master of Science, Criminal Justice)




Endorsement for Lord of the Book Covers -

Winner of best book cover for 2015 at Completely Novel.




UBR Assistant Editor is watching The Last Great American Magic - September 5, 2016 @ 30



Endorsement for A Secondhand Life -

First place winner in the thriller category for the Reader's Choice Book Award Contest




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Angela's Apple (now known as AS WINGS UNFURL) was voted best pre-published sci-fi novel of 2014 at the Florida Writers Association RPLA awards.




Endorsement for Toru -

"The seventh annual eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment. The eLit Awards are an industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry."




Endorsement for Toru -

"The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers...The judges of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are all actively involved in the indie book publishing industry, and range from literary agents to editors. The judges also include publishing executives, book reviewers, writing teachers, successful published authors, and experts in the various areas of judging including book design."




Endorsement for Toru -

eLIT Awards: "The seventh annual eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment. The eLit Awards are an industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry."
Next Generation Indie Book Awards: "The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers...The judges of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are all actively involved in the indie book publishing industry, and range from literary agents to editors. The judges also include publishing executives, book reviewers, writing teachers, successful published authors, and experts in the various areas of judging including book design"




Endorsement for The Ultimate Inferior Beings -

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards are judged by panels of 'intended readers', rather than expert judges or social media polls. Childrens' books are judged by primary school children, teenage fiction by secondary school students, and adult book by a couple of book clubs.




Endorsement for How NOT To Be An American High School GIrl in the 70s - August 19, 2016 @ 31

Hot NOT To Be...is like my favorite kind of treat; both sweet and salty. Ms. Spencer Choate takes us for a stroll down the High School halls of our past, complete with gum on our shoes. With perfect pitch she recalls the anguish of trying to fit in to someone else's circle, when you're still trying to figure out what to do with your own long legs and bony elbows.
Ms.Spencer Choate opens the dusty yearbooks stored away on closet shelves filled with stories attached to names and faces in black and white. Some are tender, some memories are bitter on the back of the tongue, but all are told with charming, self deprecating humor. The sort of kindness one affords the offenders of our past when seen through the prism of time. She handles the retelling of even difficult scenarios with a steady hand, never tripping over into maudlin. Other pieces will have you laughing out loud.
Grab your own copy and settle down for sweet trip back in time. School's In.




Endorsement for Jesus and Magdalene - August 16, 2016 @ 31

This endorsment is for my novel The Tragedy of Fidel Castro.




Endorsement for Jesus and Magdalene -

The International Latino Book Awards occurred on June 27th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis as part of the American Library Association 2015 Conference. Over the last 17 years the Int'l Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Amongst this year's 246 honorees were well known authors like Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, F. Isabel Campoy, Edna Iturralde, all of whom are past ILBA Award Winners. Other honorees include Carlos Santana, Shelia E, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz. Winners were from across the USA and from 17 countries outside the USA.




Gail Spencer Choate is watching Paper Castles - August 16, 2016 @ 31



Endorsement for A post with the ID $book does not exist. - August 12, 2016 @ 31

This was a great read (actually read it twice). A new kind of science fiction, deliberately paced, thoughtful, deep characters and interesting existential dilemmas. The story is set in the future aboard a starship and follows Captain Lincoln through the last day of his life. I think any fan of science fiction would enjoy this.




Endorsement for A post with the ID $book does not exist. - August 11, 2016 @ 31

The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is a 107 page novella that sets out with a very specific goal. To make you feel. It accomplishes it admirably. Well-written and poignant, the novella takes you through the last day of the 80 year old former starship captain. He knows it will be his last day, and he is determined to face it with dignity. At the same time, he is human and he rails against the idea of dying. It just proves that even when you know it's for a reason - even when you know it'll be an easy passing - man is not meant to go gentle into that good night.

I don't know what I was expecting when I opened up this book. A quick science fiction read about death in the future, probably. Regardless, read a novella about an old man that brought me to near-tears more than once was not it. Captain Lincoln is so very human, and the observations the author makes are so very true that everything resonates within your soul. The fact that it's set on a space-ship, and you can totally understand the logistics behind his death, just add a touch of the surreal and the serious to the whole thing.

Overall, this is definitely a book I will go back to read more than once. I'm giving it a top rating for that fact. It's not the type of book you rave about, just because of the nature, but it's one you quietly recommend to those that you know would appreciate it. I absolutely loved the end, adored the characters, and thought the whole thing was amazingly well-executed. Anyone who can make me feel something for an 80 year old man is doing something right. I highly recommend you giving it a look.

~ Lilyn G, (Sci-Fi & Scary)




Endorsement for Constant Guests - August 11, 2016 @ 31

“Nedelea's debut novel provides ample mystery, history, and some romance for a fast-reading and enjoyable tale.” THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS (July, 2016)




Endorsement for Constant Guests - August 11, 2016 @ 31

“Constant Guests is an imaginative ride effectively brimming with ideas, characters, and plotting.” INDIE READER (August, 2016)




Endorsement for Constant Guests - August 11, 2016 @ 31

Constant Guests by Patricia Nedelea is an ambitious genre-bending adventure through history with a surreal, yet fitting conclusion. FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS (July 2016)




Endorsement for Constant Guests - August 11, 2016 @ 31

"The writing is polished and reads smoothly. I was most impressed by the powerful plot lines and the seamless integration of different historic moments into an absorbing story." READERS’ FAVORITE (July, 2016)




Endorsement for Constant Guests - August 11, 2016 @ 31

"The author's craft and creativity (plus the glorious tarot card illustrations) are superb." BLUEINK REVIEW (June, 2016)




Endorsement for Constant Guests - August 11, 2016 @ 31

"A complex, engrossing archaeological thriller with a plot stretching over many eras." KIRKUS REVIEW (July, 2016)




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Endorsement for That Weekend in Albania - August 5, 2016 @ 31

But That Weekend in Albania offers up quite a bit more. Here, beyond the layers and varied tapestries of everyday life is an exploration of family dynamics, the little explored ups and downs of expatriate life melded with young and old perspectives on the history, politics and religion of the areas.
Carmen A. Pearson




Endorsement for The Reckoning - August 5, 2016 @ 31

"I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Reckoning' by Keith McArdle. He writes with energy and realism. As I became immersed in his book, it soon had me feeling like I was back in my days as a Special Forces soldier. It is a great adventure with very realistic and grave undertones. The narrative is pacey and the characters are fleshed out and believable. I look forward to future works by the author." - SGT Troy Simmonds (ret.) (Australian SASR 1996-2012)

"The Reckoning is the story of an Indonesian invasion of Australia, an eventuality that isn't that hard to swallow given current relations. The characters were perfect for their roles, complex enough to be interesting, but not overly burdened with Freudian analysis. There are some excellent character moments and some great one-liners. Aussie humour shines through the narrative. I really enjoyed this, and found it hard to put down." - Greg Barron author of Rotten Gods, Savage Tide & Lethal Sky




Endorsement for Driving on the Left -

Reader's Favorite awarded Driving on the Left 5 stars and a silver medal!!




Endorsement for Barnacle Brat (a dark comedy for grown-ups) -

The Readers' Choice Award for INDIE NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2016 as voted on Underground Book Reviews




Endorsement for Demon Within -

Gold badge and Winner awarded for best fantasy cover 2015.




Endorsement for The Faarian Chronicles: Exile - July 27, 2016 @ 31

“A timely, fun sci-fi series with a strong female protagonist. A blast for teens and adults alike.”
– G.G. Silverman, Author, Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress




Endorsement for The Faarian Chronicles: Exile - July 27, 2016 @ 31

“The world that Tully has created is an elaborate place full of action and heart. …an inspiring culture, terrifying creatures and an energizing battle of good versus evil.”
– The Entertainer (p.21)




Endorsement for Forest of Demons - July 27, 2016 @ 31

an awesome good book to read...
The writer pulls you into the story and you feel like you part of the book...
A definite page turner and a must read




Endorsement for Finding You (Conclusion of Agony of Being Me) - July 21, 2016 @ 31

Valentine does it again. I read both books Agony and Finding You. Compelling simply brilliant




Endorsement for Animal Magnet - July 16, 2016 @ 31

Animal Magnet opens with an ill-fated footman and his terrible story of madness, incest, and murder. He records his unintentionally entertaining woes in a letter to a local nobleman requesting intercession on his behalf. Poorly educated and uninformed of the world beyond his employer’s walls, the footman is charming, naive, and ultimately unsuccessful in gaining pardon. The narrative then jumps forward two generations to playwright Georges on his twenty-third birthday. Georges has just burned his life’s work, a play/parable about the government, and intends to commit suicide at the end of the evening. The script of his doings does not end as planned. And so it goes. Each bud on this family tree meets with an untimely and tragic end. The prophet in Vermont gets arrested by discontented followers and dies in prison. The dog-faced boy in Mexico succumbs to his malaise and commits suicide. The pharmacologist sheds the trappings of civilization and founds a cult of toad-lickers in the rainforest only to be a victim of forceful succession. And so on. Eventually, the family’s genes find their way to Reggie, a talking ape with an IQ of 130. And Reggie may be the most human of them all.

The draw of Animal Magnet is its outlandish characters and its narrative structure. Essentially, the book is a series of short stories threaded together by the family connection. Each one has a different structure and a different voice. Anderson wields a letter, play, manuscript, newspaper article, as well as the traditional story format, to tell of each character’s wild experience. And wild they are. Each section plumbs the depths of man’s animal nature, particularly his rampant sexuality. The experience is jarring at first, particularly before understanding the structure of the book, but worth the initial disorientation. The amusing anecdotes leave the reader wondering how civilized man truly can be.

--Manhattan Book Review




Endorsement for Finding You (Conclusion of Agony of Being Me) - July 14, 2016 @ 31

Bravo.. A brilliant writer.. Loved this..




Endorsement for Finding You (Conclusion of Agony of Being Me) - July 14, 2016 @ 31

Brilliant! Could not put it down!




Endorsement for Perdido River Bastard -

Perdido River Bastard by D. B. Patterson | 2015 Bronze Medal Winner (Fiction - Southern)

'D.B. Patterson paints an all too vivid portrait of the traumatic history of a family struggling to survive a curse of which “death is family,” in Perdido River Bastard. As Duddy Doogan struggles to discover what is behind each small clue along the road of his quest, he begins to uncover more and more of who he is and the meaning to his life. The color, aroma, sound and flavor of the old south is brilliantly displayed throughout this very well written book. Every character is real, as if they are not a part of fiction, but are truly alive and sitting in front of you as you turn each page. The depth of the twisted plot leaves only subtle clues as to where it is leading the reader along the way, making the entire story full of surprise turns in every new chapter. Perdido River Bastard is a brilliantly written novel that you simply won’t be able to put down from beginning to end. You will smell it, taste it, see it, feel it and live it as though it was your own family history.'

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite




Endorsement for Red-Line: The Shift (Volume One) -

Our mission is to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. The BRAG Medallion tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!




Endorsement for Second Chances -

Independent Book Awards




Endorsement for Second Chances -

The USA Regional Excellence Book Awards® contest is proudly sponsored by Smarketing LLC.™ a company established in 2007 by Ellen Reid, an entrepreneur who has guided countless authors in creating their own publishing companies and producing books of outstanding quality. With an eclectic background that spans business, advertising, sales, marketing and motion picture distribution, Ellen brings a remarkably broad view and depth of experience to her clients and her contests.

In addition to the USA Regional Excellence Book Awards®, Ellen is the President of the National Indie Excellence Awards and the Beverly Hills Book Awards, prominent contests recognizing and celebrating excellence in book publishing. She is also the author of the national award-winning Putting Your Best Book Forward: a Book Shepherd's Secrets to Producing Award-Winning Books that Sell, and was named Beverly Hills Premier Book Publishing Consultant an unprecedented six years running.




Endorsement for Drake and the Fliers - June 17, 2016 @ 30

I enjoyed this book. Allison Maruska writes with a no-wasted-words style, getting right to the action and adventure. I was intrigued on page 1 and it kept my interest straight through to the end. A terrific read for any age and another solid book from the author of the bestseller The Fourth Descendant.




Endorsement for Orphans of Tarnalin - June 16, 2016 @ 30

I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind staying up to the wee hours because they just can't put it down.
This book was suggested to me by a family member, and although I am not typically a fan of the fantasy genre, I decided to give it a try. Wow! Am I ever glad that I did! This story has something for everyone....action, adventure, love, magic, and more. An instant classic!




Endorsement for Orphans of Tarnalin - June 16, 2016 @ 30

This book captures all the well-loved elements of the fantasy genre. The characters are well-developed and readers become invested immediately. The imagery is extremely vivid and brings the story to life. The intricate plot moves along at a perfect pace. From sword fights to battlefields, deep forests to bustling cities, and everything in between, this book takes you on an epic journey you won't soon forget!




Endorsement for Orphans of Tarnalin - June 16, 2016 @ 30

Action packed; this book keeps you reading. Well loved characters, with strong relationships. Full of human interaction, raw love, deep friendships, and menacing enemies, that will keep the pages turning.




Endorsement for Orphans of Tarnalin - June 16, 2016 @ 30

Such a well written story, so interesting and woven together perfectly. I couldn't put the book down!




Endorsement for The Tree of Mindala -

This distinctive honor is awarded to self-published books that have passed the rigorous selection process that indieBRAG, LLC employs in their efforts to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves.




Endorsement for Bonds of Blood & Spirit: Loyalties - June 14, 2016 @ 30

A wolf shifter with a chip on her shoulder moves from Chicago to Philadelphia to work under a new alpha and her life is forever changed.

Regina Capalini has had it rough her whole life. Her Chicago pack isn't paradise, but it's all she knows--until she's dismissed and sent to work for Diego, a gruff Creole alpha with a surprisingly soft heart. They don't get off to a great start thanks to Regina's bad attitude, but it's not like she has much choice. If this doesn't work out, she's on her own. And wolf shifters do not do well on their own. So Regina settles in to make the best of things. She even hooks up with an hot guy. Things get a little overheated on Regina and Cole's first night together, leaving her with a connection she never bargained for. If this isn't bad enough, Cole's best friend Harry is the man she's been fantasizing about ever since the god-awful Philly traffic threw them together...literally.

A little awkward? Well, that's just the beginning. This potential love triangle turns into a desperate race to save a friend from certain death. Or worse.

Together, authors Dorchak and Kelly create a cast of unique characters, each one a believable mix of strengths and weaknesses. The heroes made me want to hit them at times. And the villains are so bad I didn't just want them to get what they deserved, I wanted it to hurt.

Oh, there's plenty of pain in these pages. Physical and emotional. The authors are hard on their characters. Regina, Cole, Harry, Diego and the others find their deepest wounds exposed, their understanding of the world and their places in it shattered, and their relationships (old and new) tested to the point that you can't see how some bonds will survive. There are scenes that were hard for me as a reader to bear. But the light, engaging writing style drew me in and held me as the plot turns grew sharper and the stakes rose higher.

I think what I loved most about LOYALTIES was watching a collection of lonely and somewhat lost spirits find each other and connect and grow into something bigger than any of them were on their own. There are no perfect resolution here--this isn't a fairy tale--but there is love, compassion, honor and determination. So as this motley family rushes headlong into the next chapter of their saga, you are compelled to run with them.




Endorsement for Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile -

Self-published authors (Indies) are invited to nominate their digital books. All ebooks brought to the attention of indieBRAG, LLC are subjected to a rigorous selection process. On average, only 10-15% of the books considered are awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion.




Endorsement for One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail - May 31, 2016 @ 31

"Kevin Breaux takes no prisoners! This is raw, funny, edgy, unapologetic and highly weird. Buckle up." -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Patient Zero and Kill Switch.




Endorsement for Tupelo Honey -

First Place WINNER of the Chanticleer Book Review Contest
Dante Rossetti YA Category




Endorsement for Of Fear and Faith - May 30, 2016 @ 31

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

Wow! In a great start to what promises to be a fantastic new series, Of Fear and Faith, the first book in the Death and Destiny Trilogy by author N.D. Jones, readers will be treated to a sexy read that is both exciting and full of all of the paranormal surprises that fans of this genre have come to love! Follow the story of the beautiful psychology professor, Sanura Williams, as she meets the very alluring special agent Assefa Berber. He's hunting a preternatural serial killer and needs her help. Her fear of an ancient prophecy makes her reluctant, but in the end, she assents and helps him. The couple battles some of the most dangerous creatures, the gods' first creation, and each step on their journey leads them closer to fulfilling the prophecy of becoming the Fire Witch and the Cat of Legend. But is that what Sanura wants? You'll have to read the book to find out.

I very much enjoyed Of Fear and Faith. Author N.D. Jones has done a great job at creating character that her readers will connect with quickly and will care about. Her story line has an instant hook and will keep readers obsessively reading from the start to the finish, unable to put the book down. In fact, the best piece of advice I have for readers, besides being sure to read Of Faith and Fear, is to set aside time to read the whole thing at once; you simply will not want to put it down. I am pleased to recommend this book, and will be eagerly waiting for author N.D. Jones' next book!




Endorsement for Vengeance Obtained - May 29, 2016 @ 31

"...The novel brims with a number of imaginative ideas and creatively fleshed-out historical back stories for the assorted immortal characters. There’s something admirably audacious about the number of seemingly disparate elements woven together here, from religious mythology to horror to even astrophysics...A dense novel filled with excellent elements..." - Kirkus Reviews




Endorsement for Tail & Trouble - May 24, 2016 @ 31



Endorsement for Tail & Trouble - May 24, 2016 @ 31



Endorsement for Epiphany Man - May 24, 2016 @ 31

I had a hard time putting this book down! The characters are so real, and I became invested in them. The story is inspiring and riveting. This is one of the best books I have read in a log time. Patterson definitely draws the readers in and holds them captive until the end.




Endorsement for The Chronocar -

An honor by the premiere Black Science Fiction online organization/




Endorsement for The Chronocar -

This is more of an honor than an award. I am an alum of IIT and part if the story takes place there. My novel is available for students to borrow at the Galvin Library, and a copy is part of the non-circulating archive along with the works of other more famous and notable alum.




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Endorsement for A Dusky Messenger (Seeking Mana – Tome 1) - May 16, 2016 @ 31

If you want to have a great historical experience with this exotic country
you must own this book !




Endorsement for Captivated By The Winter King -

First place in the erotic fantasy romance category.




Endorsement for The Rise of Nazil -



Endorsement for Tupelo Honey -

Tupelo Honey is a 2015 Finalist in the Faulkner competition




UBR Assistant Editor is watching The Dragon hunter and the Mage - May 4, 2016 @ 31



Endorsement for Shasha and Wally Watson Vs The Faker - May 2, 2016 @ 31

What a great detective story. I love a mystery and can't wait to read Shasha and Wally's next adventure.




Endorsement for Foxavier and Plinka - April 29, 2016 @ 30

"(Five Stars) A whimsical tale from an institute that would have Ken Kesey Cuckoo with jealousy.From the twisted (in the BEST way) mind of Scott Evans comes this soon to be classic tale of love and cookies."




UBR Assistant Editor is watching Sector 64: Ambush - April 28, 2016 @ 30



Endorsement for Trust No One - April 25, 2016 @ 30

From the very fist page,I knew this book was going to be brilliant.It was very well written and the unusual plot kept me pinned to my seat,wishing I could read faster to find out what was going to happen next.This is the story of the ultimate revenge and just when you think it can't get any more demented,it does.Fantastic read!!!




Endorsement for Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1) -

Finalist for Science Fiction in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards




Endorsement for Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1) -

Silver Medal for Science Fiction in the 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards




Endorsement for Sector 64: Ambush -

As reported by the Huffington Post, IndieReader named Sector 64: Ambush in its Best Books of 2014.

https://twitter.com/HuffPostBooks/status/543184983549313025




UBR Assistant Editor is watching Magic Times - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching Germination - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching The Devil’s Flower - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching Song of the Sea Spirit - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching Worlds Within Worlds - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching Alaana’s Way: The Calling - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching The Tenants of 7C - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching Prophecy - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching Daimones - April 18, 2016 @ 30



UBR Assistant Editor is watching Close to Destiny - April 18, 2016 @ 30



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Endorsement for Mystical Mountain Magic - April 17, 2016 @ 30

This book is an unbelievably inventive and plot twisty sort of epic fantasy that is at once peculiar, original, fresh, and fun.

Deceiver begins with the 'Wahooo!' of Skye, a settler to someplace unburdened with the history, greed or machinations of typical expansionist European empires, and his near-death ascension to the summit of Misty, the sentient mountain. Along with Misty, Skye also has the unique opportunity to meet Igneous, the forthright, yet cheerful caretaker beneath the mountains. He quickly gets a crash course in saving the world, and then literally gets a crash course in leaving Misty. Near death again, Skye needs to save the Anasazi village before their chief, Bending Tree, succumbs to his injuries.

Conflicts abound in Deceiver, both from without and on the mountain… eventually panhandlers come seeking Misty's riches while some malevolent force terrorizes Misty's inhabitants with sweet song and a rotten heart.

Chief among Deceiver's virtues is a beguiling ability to get the reader into the action from the word go. Using a somber, yet oddly hopeful and cheerful tone reminiscent of another generation, the author brings us to a world where hope is an endangered species, but the most important species of all, and where humor breaks out from unexpected places, like shafts of light on a cloudy day. Readers begin to feel the sort of Bradbury-like power of the author to evoke moods and emotions with seeming ease.

Characters are strongly written, beginning with Skye and proceeding on to the native Anasazi people, along with the naive yet wise, funny yet ages-old Igneous, and later Toby and Erikson, who play dual roles as villains and comedy relief, an interesting mix. Later, even Mariah and her caretakers each have their unique voices and culture.

This tale is brimming with magic in a loosely defined age of exploration world (though there is a pretty sweet map), and yet this is far from the traditional sword and sorcery tale. Deceiver begins with promise, delivers, and transforms into something else entirely in just a few hundred pages. Yet throughout, the same tones and subtext run just beneath the surface, binding three separate acts together into a strong unified whole. Another reviewer likened this to a Native American folk tale, and I'll echo that apt observation here.

If there are any critiques to be made about the book, the first is that it seems rather full of thick vocabulary and sentence structures for a YA audience. The second is that the book, as part of a trilogy, eschews a resolution to the climax. Though a minor resolution does occur, there doesn't seem enough of a recovery or 'falling action' or whatever one might call it. And while the Deceiver itself is undeniably a part of the book, and an important one, its role is only just ramping up by the end of the book.

The good news is that you don't have to wait for the continuation of the tale. Redeemer, book 2, is already available.




Endorsement for Mystical Mountain Magic -

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Endorsement for Mystical Mountain Magic - April 16, 2016 @ 30

By Awesome Indies Reviews on February 6, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This sequel to "Deceiver" carries us on a new path with Erickson the now vagrant ex-pirate. The living stone he tried to steal took his sanity and left him with nothing but booze to ease the maddening reality of his own evil. From the town of Pandemonium he becomes caught up unwillingly in the schemes of Razor, a truly evil man and servant of the Minstrel. Awake and fully manifested, the Minstrel now aims to attack the living mountain, Misty, and kill Hope. Razor plays an important role in her attack. On a trail of death and brutality, Erickson follows Razor toward Elysium and up the forbidden face of Misty. Can Mariah save Hope from the Minstrel, Razor, and all the forces the Minstrel has amassed? Will the natives nearby survive the battle? Will Erickson succumb to the evil inside him or rise above and embrace redemption?
I loved how this new approach embraced the character of Erickson. His terrible crimes and fantastic defeat in Deceiver fit the ending of the typical villain, but this book followed him after in a compassionate and truthful look at the vanquished monster. Without excusing any of his evils, Guy showed us Erickson’s broken, twisted heart and the wreck he became once his transgressions led him to utter defeat. I didn't know what would happen or where Erickson's journey could lead. The path he took and the changes it made in him captivated my interest and my sympathy.
The previous main characters had only a supporting role, more toward the end of the story this time, but their journey was no less fantastic. Guy surprised me more with how the story would unfold and what the characters would have to face. I began to see the allegory of it more toward the end and understand a bit of what the story represented.
Occasionally, I felt, the plot did wander a bit and lose focus, though not for too long. The light bouncing between characters contributed to my difficulty anticipating where the story meant to go. The ending meandered a bit more than I like, but offered a lot of wrap-up for all the characters.
Redeemer takes an imaginative and allegorical path through a fantastic world of talking beasts, black-hearted villains, destruction, and redemption. I felt both reluctant and satisfied at the end of this fantastic story of the Mountain of Misty.

I received this book free of charge from the author in return for an honest review.




Endorsement for Mystical Mountain Magic -

Awesome Indies .net scrutinizes books for professionalism in editing, Illustration, graphic design, formatting and story line. There are two levels to their awards: Awesome Indies 'Approved', and, Awesome Indies 'Seal of Excellence'. Mine was awarded their better of the two - Seal of Excellence.




Endorsement for Marred - April 16, 2016 @ 30

Sue Phillips Coletta is an author to watch. Her plotting, characters, and dialogue are brilliant. Marred captures you from the opening lines, building to a suspenseful and creative ending. This is not your typical suspense novel. Coletta takes the genre of crime thriller to a new level. If you want to read something both captivating and terrifying this is the book. Coletta is a gem of an author.




Endorsement for Broken Land - April 14, 2016 @ 30

THE RUNDOWN
On page one of John Biscello’s Broken Land he writes: “Anyway, if I had an office and it had been a rainy Tuesday, then a tragic blonde with legs like scissors strong enough to cut a flesh-and-blood man in half might have walked in… but that’s not the way this story begins.” This remarkably well-written novel is brimming with offbeat poetry.

Salvatore, the narrator, begins the story by taking on the case of his missing writer-friend, Jimmy. Jimmy calls Sal to tell him that he’s dead, and the bizarre phone call inspires Sal to investigate. He claims he’s not quite an investigative journalist, or a private eye, but simply calls himself “curious.” And so the story follows this curious narrator though New York on an unusual journey to find his friend.

Among the novel’s colorful characters are the mysterious and gorgeous Anna, a drunken dwarf named Hen, the street-smart hustler Rico, and Claire from Ghostwriters, Inc. who literally calls on ghosts to inspire writers. These characters are wonderfully original and each has an impact on Sal as he searches for answers.

This is such a unique novel. On the surface, it’s a smart, entertaining and witty story. Underneath, it’s like a peek inside a writer’s mind, revealing the mystical art of storytelling. There are a few scenes that seem random along the way, but once everything comes together, the reader realizes that every page has its purpose. Biscello’s muse has not failed him.

THE RECOMMENDATION
Broken Land is easy to recommend. Any reader looking for something out of the ordinary would likely enjoy it. At 158 pages, this quick read never lets up on intrigue. It would also be an excellent novel for aspiring writers to read. First, they can learn about solid writing from Biscello’s example, but they can also find inspiration from his clever message.




Endorsement for Quest for the Holey Snail -

My second novel, "Heads You Lose", was shortlisted for the Big Al's Books & Pals 2015 Readers' Choice Awards (Humour Category).




Endorsement for Bloodthorn Series - April 12, 2016 @ 30

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. I was able to instantly connect to ...
By Gundam_Phantomon March 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great read. I was able to instantly connect to the characters.




Endorsement for 8 Notes to a Nobody -

Its first edition, published under the title Bird Face by Port Yonder Press, received a Bronze in Category 15--Pre-teen Fiction, Mature Issues.




Endorsement for Crossing In Time - April 1, 2016 @ 30

One of only a dozen "Self-Publishing Stars of 2015" selected by Publishers Weekly (December 2015)




Endorsement for Crossing In Time - April 1, 2016 @ 30

Midwest Book Review ⭐️ Featured Pick




Endorsement for Crossing In Time - April 1, 2016 @ 30

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Endorsement for Crossing In Time - April 1, 2016 @ 30

Publishers Weekly ⭐️ Starred Review




Endorsement for Crossing In Time -

For over thirty years, the Colorado Gold contest for emerging writers has given commercial-fiction novelists the chance to get their work in front industry professionals.




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USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES
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Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors
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Endorsement for Crossing In Time -

Publishers Weekly’s second Starred Reviews Annual, in which we celebrate the best of the best: all the self-published books that received starred reviews in 2015.




Endorsement for The Last Second Chance - March 30, 2016 @ 31

“If Chandler’s noir was a neon sign in the LA sunset, Nesbitt’s noir is the Shiner Bock sign buzzing outside the last honky-tonk you’ll hit before the long drive to the next one. On the way you’ll pass towns with names like Crumley and Portis. Roll down the window; it’s a hot night. It’s a fast ride.”
– James Lileks, author of The Casablanca Tango, columnist for the National Review and Star Tribune of Minneapolis, creator of LILEKS.com




Endorsement for The Guardian, a Sword & Stilettos -

Category Medalist Winner: Fantasy - Medalist Honors




Endorsement for I’m Kita Duran - March 24, 2016 @ 31

"I was utterly charmed by this sparkling slice–of-Japanese-high-school-life story. It read like a Boys Love schoolboy manga crossed with a high school-oriented K-drama, like Dream High. Originally written as a web series, each chapter of this spirited novel captures an episodic adventure in the life of its lead character Kita Duran who has enrolled in a new school. A musically gifted teen of Japanese/French descent, Kita and his new friends encounter a number of challenges when they decide to form a music club in a high school that frowns upon nonacademic clubs. Vibrant, humorous, and well-balanced with slices of morality, light angst, and romance, I found this to be a playful and entertaining read..." - Alex Akira




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Endorsement for The Experiment of Dreams - February 24, 2016 @ 29

Book review by Indie Reader




Endorsement for The Experiment of Dreams - February 24, 2016 @ 29

Book review by the San Francisco Book Review




Endorsement for The Experiment of Dreams - February 24, 2016 @ 29

Review by Kirkus Reviews




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Endorsement for Blood Moon - February 11, 2016 @ 29

Just when you think you have it figured out, Angela Roquet throws a curve ball. Just like her other series, this taste of Spero Heights does not disappoint. Reluctant heroines and hero begrudgingly rise to the call of the full moon.




Endorsement for Black Sea Gods - February 5, 2016 @ 29

...It has a feel of the classics, tales where gods and goddesses are made human, and left to mingle with us lowly mortals, often as much for their own benefit as ours.

There is a strong Chinese influence here .... In terms of narrative, the different voices are as strong as they are unique, really adding a poetic flair to things that, again, hearkens back to the classics. Visually, it's a stunning read, with a significant amount of detail imbued in almost everything. It can be overwhelming at times, particularly in its most violent aspects, but in a way that makes you appreciate, rather than resent, the picture being painted.

Above all else, this is an epic fantasy that feels new . . . fresh . . . unique. It's not your typical swords and sorcery epic, but neither is it your traditional historical epic. I hesitate to make the comparison, as it's unfair to hold Braden to such lofty standards, but there's a taste of Guy Gavriel Kay here that promises a bright future.




Endorsement for Black Sea Gods - February 5, 2016 @ 29

"A thought-provoking read, Black Sea Gods is a little bit hard to get into, but once you do the trouble to get to know the characters and get into the story, it is quite addictive....The storyteller weaves an intricate and involved story, carrying different story lines with ease. The descriptions and conversations are well handled, and there are several memorable quotes that really attribute to the skill of the author. "




Endorsement for Black Sea Gods - February 5, 2016 @ 29

"This epic fantasy raises the bar for Historical Fantasy to new heights.

I usually know after reading the first paragraph whether or not I will like a book. With Black Sea Gods, I knew after the first sentence that the writing itself would be good. Well, I was wrong. It is GREAT!

Interestingly, there are two different story-lines: One follows the arduous journey of an intrepid people; the other, the Chronicles of Fu Xi, tells of the birth, death and re-birthing of the gods. The marvel is how the two are fused into an "Aha-moment."

...A resounding "Highly Recommended."




Endorsement for Barnacle Brat (a dark comedy for grown-ups) - February 2, 2016 @ 29

This laugh-out-loud dark comedy for adults only wins our 2015 Popular Choice award through social media voting.




Endorsement for Olga - February 2, 2016 @ 29

Selected as the Underground Book Reviews 2015 Novel of the Year." [A] novel that is so full of imagination and character that it was impossible to put down...OLGA by Ted Kelsey is a romp through a magical world that is slightly reminiscent of familiar fairytales, but entirely of its own. Don't miss Ted Kelsey's debut novel."




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Endorsement for Rising Tide -

The New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing were created in 2013 as a way to provide self-published and independent authors with a chance to showcase their work. New Apple's Annual Book Awards were established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung books fighting for their place within the publishing world. Medals and Official Selections are awarded to winners in 77 fiction and non-fiction categories as well as six E-Book categories and one designation for Audiobooks.

New Apple continues to provide resources for independent authors attempting to navigate the waters of self-publishing. In 2014, New Apple added Book Reviews and editing services as well as the introduction of tweet blasting book announcements and giveaways. In 2015, New Apple will launch their network of narrators and audio book producers for independent authors as well as two new book awards programs for genre specific titles.




Endorsement for Rising Tide -

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In addition to providing free reviews to authors who range from the first-time self-published author to seasoned professionals like James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks, we also host a respected annual international award contest to help authors obtain more recognition and exposure.

Book awards grab the attention of book stores, publishers, libraries, and readers, which can translate into increased sales. As an award winner, you will be able to add your Readers' Favorite award seal to your book and all other marketing materials, as well as identify your book as an "award-winning book" and you as an "award-winning author."




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Endorsement for Dream Killer -

Mike Baldwin was the first media member to ever be voted into his alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame -- Oklahoma Christian University Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 2015).




Endorsement for Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker Series Book 1) -

Readers' Favorite contestants range from first-time authors to New York Times bestsellers and celebrities!

Readers' Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. We have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, and have received the Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence awards from the Association of Independent Authors.

We are also very proud to be fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating). The BBB is very cautious when it comes to book award contests, as all authors should be, and as a result we are one of the very few book award contests to receive BBB accreditation.




Endorsement for Chasing Shadows -

The CYGNUS Awards writing competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction. The Cygnus Awards is a division of the Chanticleer Awards International Writing Competitions.




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Endorsement for Kybernos -

Bronze Medal; Category 5 = Adult Fiction
Although dated 2014 (the date of submission), the award was actually made in April 2015.
The awards are organised by Edward Trayer, a successful chilren's author who publishes under the pen-name Billy Bob Buttons.
The books are judged by one reader group in London and another in Sweden.

Kybernos was also a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014.




Endorsement for Ripples Through Time -

Literary Classics is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in literature. Through our AWARDS, BOOK REVIEWS, and SEAL OF APPROVAL PROGRAM, we help you sort through the many books in circulation today. It is our goal to help you select the finest books available. Additionally, our programs offer opportunities for publishers, authors and illustrators to receive recognition for providing excellence in literature.




Endorsement for Worlds Within Worlds -

Award given to books who merit the investment of reader's time and money, judged on a comprehensive list of criteria and whether or not the reviewers would recommend the book to their best friend.




Endorsement for Worlds Within Worlds -

Books bearing the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence have been reviewed by three or more Awesome Indies reviewers who have agreed that these books are outstanding in their genre.




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Endorsement for Developing Minds -

The Stargazer Literary Prizes writing competition recognizes life-changing fiction and nonfiction with prizes at a global level. Winners have demonstrated outstanding ability to courageously communicate pressing issues, provide insights into the human dilemma and inspire the spirit.




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Endorsement for The Promise of Fate -

Annual award for San Francisco writers.




Endorsement for Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile -

Historical Fiction Society: shortlisted for 2014 Indie Award for Best Historical Fiction




Endorsement for Stone and a Hard Place -

Awesome Indies reviews indie-published books and awards its "Awesome Indies Approved" seal to those that meet its criteria (shown here: http://awesomeindies.net/about/the-criteria/).




Endorsement for Impact -

Resurrect won the 2014 Epic eBook in the Action/Adventure category.




Endorsement for Exodus Conflict -

Finalist of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Books Award in the sci-fi/fantasy category