Some Great Books To Read This St Patrick’s Day

Liz Schaffalitzky

 

St Patrick’s day is a big holiday in Ireland, and as we’re an Irish company we thought we’d mark the occasion with some book recommendations.

 

There’s something for everyone here, so sit back, put on some Enya, and have a read!

 

How about trying the luck of the Irish?  Click pause on the video to decide which book to read!

 


Fiction Selections

In Love’s Time by Lilian White

 

In Love's Time by [White, Lilian ]Sweeping through the 1800s, through the despair of poverty and the glory of hopethrough shepherding on a croft, through the atmosphere of Fort Worth and Texas to war-torn France and Europe, from modern Brisbane to heady New York City, In Love’s Time is as ageless as the aborigines’ dreamtime; it takes you from tragedy to the triumph that occurs when fortes fortuna juvat (fortune favors the brave).

For Catrine Stewart, it a time of discovery and intrigue. . .

This novel has the capability of changing readers’ viewpoints because of its dynamics, its family focus and universal appeal.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Finding Forever by Amanda J Evans

 

Liz PaFinding Forever by [Evans, Amanda J]rker thought she’d found her forever the moment she said “I do”, but fate had other ideas. Waking up with a tattered wedding dress and her dead husband in her arms was not the way she planned her honeymoon. Distraught, she promises she will follow him. Death wasn’t taking forever away from her.

Of course, she hadn’t planned on being rescued by pirates, or the fact that Charles’ body would be left to rot on the beach.

When Liz meets John, he becomes her only hope, her chance to bring Charles’ body home, but there’s something more. Why does he look at her with such pity? Why does he agree to help her, when no one else will? Why won’t anyone believe that Charles exists?

 

Available now on Amazon!


Love Potions by Michelle M Pillow

 

Love Potions (Warlocks MacGregor Book 1) by [Pillow, Michelle M.]Erik MacGregor is from a clan of ancient Scottish warlocks. He isn’t looking for love. After centuries, it’s not even a consideration…until he moves in next door to Lydia Barratt. It’s clear that the shy beauty wants nothing to do with him, but he’s drawn to her and determined to win her over.

The last thing Lydia Barratt needs is a demanding Scottish man meddling in her private life. Just because he’s gorgeous and totally rocks a kilt doesn’t mean she’s going to fall for his seductive manner.

But Erik won’t give up and just as Lydia lets her guard down, his sister decides to get involved. Her little love potion prank goes terribly wrong, making Lydia the target of his sudden embarrassingly obsessive behavior. They’ll have to find a way to pull Erik out of the spell fast when it becomes clear that Lydia has more than a lovesick warlock to worry about.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Christian by L Ann Marie

 

Christian (The Protectors Book 1) by [Marie, L. Ann]A continuation of the MC and Princes of Prophecy Series.

Contemplating ending the constant barrage of death and destruction he’s seen his whole life brings Christian closer to his family. With Dakota’s help, Christian learns and uses his ancestors to control and manage his visions and abilities. However, gaining peace for the first time in his life still leaves him lonely. With all he’s been gifted, the ability to be touched is not among them.

Dean thought using her ability to help the police find a killer was a good thing, until she realized she was now the hunted. After losing her parents in an explosion meant for her, she finds her way to the Princes and a man that not only protects and understands her, but can hold her too.
Christian has his work cut out for him. Showing Dean, the Princes and the MC what all-in means isn’t easy when it’s wrapped around ‘freaky kid’ abilities.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Showdown at Crossings by M K Theodoratus

 

Showdown at Crossings by [Theodoratus, M. K.]When strange lowlanders move to Crossings to raise guard dogs, they shatter Ebe Brown’s comfortable life. As a child, Old Ebe trained to be a mage but failed. He had convinced himself he was content to live out his days in his quiet isolated mountain town.

The “dog farmers” destroy his peace with their vandalism and bullying of the local inhabitants. Few dared stand against their terrorism. One such person is his friend and mentor Old Nance. But when she is attacked and killed by the group for her interference, Ebe must make the decision to avenge her death and redeem himself in the process.

With only the help of Nance’s mage dogs, Ebe must face the demons alone. But does he have what it takes to take them down?

 

Available now on Amazon!


Conall:  The Place of Blood – Rinn-Iru by David H Millar

 

Conall: The Place of Blood - Rinn-Iru by [Millar, David H.]Conall Mac Gabhann is content with his apprenticeship to the local blacksmith. Content, that is, until his family is slaughtered in their home.

Two men share responsibility for the massacre: a mad Irish king and a dissolute Roman. Conall will have his vengeance on both, or die in the attempt.

Accompanied by his childhood friend Brion ó Cathasaigh and the veteran warrior Fearghal ó Maoilriain, Conall’s hunt takes him northward through unfriendly kingdoms and treacherous bogs to a confrontation beyond the ancient earthworks of the Black Pig’s Dyke.

Along the way, Conall will gather an army, and come to the attention of the aes sidhe. An apprentice blacksmith could become a king with their help—if he so desires.

 

Available now on Amazon!


No Quarter: Dominium by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor

 

No Quarter: Dominium - Volume 1: An Adventurous Historical Romance (No Quarter- Dominium) by [Evans, MJL, O'Connor, GM]Against the political stage of 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica, the unswerving Atia Crisp is thrust into the world of bondage, violence, beauty and love. Shipwrecked and sold into slavery with her sister Livia, the pair are soon separated and Atia is used as a pawn in a card game.

Captivated by her beauty, Atia is swiftly liberated by sugar merchant, Capitaine la Roche (also known as the pirate, Gator Gar), whose past is stained with blood and grief. La Roche works with a network of friends and allies including local strumpet, Cherry Banks, Theodore Binge the card shark and the kindly, medication-loving Dr. Strangewayes.

This is volume 1 of 6 in the No Quarter series.

 

 

Available now on Amazon!


No Quarter: Wenches by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor

 

No Quarter: Wenches - Volume 1 by [Evans, MJL, O'Connor, GM]The adventures from No Quarter: Dominium continue with wenches!

In 1689, Atia Crisp finds herself imprisoned in the wickedest city on earth, Port Royal, Jamaica, while the refugees from Strangewayes’ plantation in the Blue Mountains are on the run and seeking a new home, deep in the Caribbean. Captain Jean-Paul la Roche must get them to safety and find a way to liberate the woman he loves while waging a war against the English with the pirate Laurens de Graaf.

While besieged people suffer and starve, a group of women form a secret and illegal society deep from within the bowels of the city called: WENCH. A network that deals with smugglers, merchants, cutthroats and thieves. Dragged into the struggle for supremacy of the Caribbean, the women are divided and find themselves engulfed in bloodshed. The pirates of Port Royal and former enemies may be their only hope of escape.

 

Available now on Amazon!


If I Saw You Dancing by Jessa Chase

 

If I Saw You Dancing (Love in Madelia Book 2) by [Chase, Jessa]Claire Weaver came from one of the wealthiest families in Madelia, groomed from a young age to be a professional ballerina. When her teenage heart fell for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, her parents uprooted her and moved to the other side of the country.She returned to Madelia as an adult, opening a dance studio and enjoying small town living.

Daniel McAllister was living the soldier’s dream, travelling to distant lands, immersing himself in new cultures. When a devastating injury lands him stateside again, in the small town he hated as a child, his world fell apart.

Sparks fly when Daniel and Claire are thrown together again, using his design smarts and her imagination to build a beautiful parade float for the town’s Lavender Day parade.

Is a relationship possible even after all these years? Will Claire’s parents interfere once more when they discover she’s seeing that McAllister boy again?

 

Available now on Amazon!


Skylar Robbins:  The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels by Carrie Cross

 

Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels (Skylar Robbins mysteries Book 2) by [Cross, Carrie]A deserted mansion perches on a steep hillside, overlooking a rocky canyon. Tattered curtains hang behind broken windows, and a turret stretches toward the sky. Three years ago the wealthy owner disappeared suddenly, leaving behind a house full of secrets: A mysterious note, tantalizing clues, a hidden floor, one piece of a treasure map, and a missing fortune in diamonds.

Thirteen-year-old sleuth Skylar Robbins moves into the mansion with her parents and embarks on a new and dangerous mission. Armed with her detective kit, and with the support of her BFF Alexa and a team of secret agents, Skylar sets out to decipher the clues and find the diamonds. Can she outwit a gang of aggressive bikers and find the hidden jewels before they do? Or will the perils of middle school–like battling ruthless bully Emelyn Peters for the attention of class hottie Dustin Coles–get in her way?

Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels is an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Children’s Detective Books, and was voted Book-of-the-Month by LASR readers.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Matchmaker Abduction: Aliens in Kilts, Abduction 1 by Donna McDonald

 

Matchmaker Abduction: Aliens In Kilts, Abduction 1 by [McDonald, Donna]True love is said to defy time, but can it survive space, aliens, and being abducted? Angus MacNamara and Erin O’Shea are about to find out.

The big blue planet that most call  Earth desperately needs matchmakers. There is only one small—okay, BIG—problem. No one wants the alien dating service job… No one. The original matchmakers are dead, and much worse, their DNA is no longer viable for cloning.

Solution? Go back in time to some of Earth’s other—thankfully slower spinning—versions, and retrieve the alternates of the one couple in any universe who seems able to do the job.

Far easier said than done though, especially when the alternates are anything but a loving couple, and both are none too pleased to be thrown into the future.

What does oil and water create? Salad dressing or a real mess of aliens, humans, and matchmaking fun!

 

Available now on Amazon!


The Celtic Contract by Jeanie Martin

 

The Celtic Contract (Kilts Book 1) by [Martin, Jeanie]Claire Regan is on a mission, and no one—not even sexy “bad boy” Liam Donahue –is going to get in her way. But when she’s forced to sign a contract that puts her in direct contact with Liam and his musical group, Kilts, all bets are off.

When Irish singer and star Liam Donahue meets reclusive Claire Regan, he uses every trick in his arsenal to win her love. And when she’s threatened by an enemy from her past, he’ll stop at nothing to save her—even from herself.

Strongly recommended to fans of hot Irish guys, Irish musicians, Ireland, chick lit and romantic suspense.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Reflections by Clifton Kenny

 

Reflections by [Kenny, Clifton]In 1974, Shane Sullivan is a quiet, gangly teen in the suburbs of Boston who discovers he can explore the ancestral memories of a person’s lineage. Confused and frightened, his pursuit of this supernatural ability takes him down a dark and unexpected road of history long forgotten —or rewritten by historians.

With the aid of his two friends, Jimmer and Paige, he contemplates a more ruthless version of the reality he thought he knew. Shane finds himself on a shocking journey into a celestial world of truth that puts him face-to-face with his own destiny.

Filled with ghostly, historic discoveries of good versus evil, Reflections is a faithful, mystical tale about one teen’s unique coming of age.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Tangle of Thorns:  An Eva Thorn Novel by Lorel Clayton

 

Tangle of Thornes: An Eva Thorne Novel by [Clayton, Lorel]When Eva’s brother is murdered in a city of rude elves and matriarchal dwarves where humans have no rights, she is forced to investigate the crime herself. What she discovers brings her up against a powerful slave-trading cartel, dark gods, and—worst of all—her twin sister. Both her family and the elven authorities want her hushed. She has no money and no magic of her own with which to combat them, but she does have an illegally-freed slave, a senile nanny, and an ex-almost-boyfriend on her side. Even when she nearly loses her job and almost loses her head in a sword fight on the same night, she isn’t deterred. It’s when the nanny goes missing that she really starts to worry.

Femme fatale turns hard-boiled investigator in this first Eva Thorne novel. Set in a fantasy world where magic and machines can’t stand against the God of Death, humans are on the run from the god’s invasion. Highcrowne is the only refuge, but that means living in the Outskirts of an ancient city ruled by Avian mages, indifferent dwarves, and elves who’d prefer to see humans as their slaves. No one wants her kind in Highcrowne and there are plenty who would be happy to see her brother dead. There are too many motives and not enough time to unravel them, because other people are dying … and Eva is fast running out of vacation time.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Hooks & Eyes: Part 1 of The Ambition & Destiny Series by VL McBeath

 

Hooks & Eyes: Part 1 of The Ambition & Destiny Series by [McBeath, VL]England 1846: Widowed with two small children, Mary Jackson fears for the future. Moving to the town of Birmingham, she hopes to put her troubled past behind her.

Mr Wetherby craves respectability. His only priority is growing his hooks and eyes business, and he’ll stop at nothing to get his own way.

When their paths cross, Mr Wetherby is not prepared for the impact Mary has on him. He longs to know the real woman, but there are things from her past she’s determined to keep hidden. As their relationship grows, someone is watching … ready to reveal her biggest secret. Can Mary overcome the betrayal? Or is she about to lose the only hope she has of a secure future?

A captivating family saga of love, loss and betrayal.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Young Again … and Again … and Again by Chuck Van Soye

 

Young Again .... and Again ... and Again by [Van Soye, Chuck]Clay and Jennie Evans, an aged couple celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary on a trip to Florida, stumble into a mythical reality and are reborn as teenagers overnight. Their immediate joy soon turns to confusion as they are forced to deal with an unbelieving world. Help eventually comes along from members of a secret society, ultimately leading them into the adventure of their lives within a remote African village. Dodging death while preserving Kenyan native life, the couple returns months later to their Alabama home where they uncover the science behind their newfound youth, potentially leading all humanity to longer healthier life.

“A science-fiction fantasy written with the wonderment we used to love in those classic pulp magazines … yet as up-to-date as modern-day hydrogeology!” H. L. Osterman, editor of Time Travel and Other Science Fiction Journeys.

 

Available now on Amazon!


The Englands Book 1: Sophie Lost and Found by Rebecca Winkler

 

THE ENGLANDS BOOK ONE: SOPHIE Lost and Found by [Winkler, Rebecca]After an accident took the life of Sophie Winters’ first husband Brian and she finds herself alone in Nashville, Sophie moves back to Amalfi, Italy where she was born to start her life over. Her intent is to hopefully find true love someday, and have a large family. Jamie England is the catalyst to her happiness.

Her father, indifferent to her since she was born, left her an unknown inheritance that makes Sophie a billionaire, but Jamie had no idea what he is to become when he marries Sophie. Their priority becomes safety, to protect them and their children against Jamie’s vengeful and greedy ex-wife, Candace; palpable threats from within their circle of employees; and dangerous persons lurking on the outside fringe of their lives, planning to commit murder and kidnapping. Sophie transforms from a young widow, with no family and a history filled with family secrets including her real identity, to a strong woman who survives the worst of tragedies.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Stay With Me by Sheryl Wright

 

Four women are about to embark on an emotional voyage that will be the ultimate test of love and loyalty. Will it end in smooth sailing-or leave four hearts hopelessly adrift?

Despite dealing with family dynamics that can be one tent short of a circus, the future looks bright for Tyler Marsh and Georgie DiNamico. Deeply in love, the two are also deeply committed to the success of the DiNamico-Phipps Company of DynaTech, a leading marine engineering firm headquartered in Buffalo, NY.

Georgie’s steady recovery from the head injury she suffered in Afghanistan and the company’s survival from a hostile takeover attempt, means the couple can finally concentrate on planning their wedding. Until an unseen event propels their relationship into turbulent waters.

Lori Phipps, the President of the company’s Dyna Craft Yachts division is a master boat builder – and a master player when it comes to loving women. Until she crosses paths with someone unlike anyone she’s ever met before. Unfortunately, Lori’s past is about to catch up with her in the very slinky form of a not-so-casual hook-up.

 

Available now on Amazon!


Becoming The Wolf by R H Neil

 

Becoming The Wolf: A White Wolf Justice Thriller by [Neil, R.H.]Who is JD Ward?

A farm boy with combat experience as an Army combat tracker.
A rookie police officer, burdened to solve a cold case that’s haunted him since childhood.
And a reluctant vigilante known as The White Wolf: A fierce guardian of justice who uses Cincinnati’s forgotten underground-abandoned since the 1920’s-to wreak havoc on the city’s most violent criminals.

As The White Wolf, JD Ward is pulled back into a world every bit as deadly as the one he’d left behind in the military. He finds himself hunted by a homicidal clan, a street gang, and a federal task force, forcing him to step out of the shadows to save Cincinnati from a cunning plan of revenge and total devastation. And the conspiracy turns out to be more treacherous than JD could have imagined, and more savage than he may be able to survive.

 

Available now on Amazon!


False Gods (The Sentinel Book 2) by Yolanda Ramos

 

False Gods (The Sentinel Book 2) by [Ramos, Yolanda]A monstrous evil stalks Cormac in his new role as the Seventh Sentinel. His prime objective is to find and secure supernatural weapons of mass destruction left behind after the Great Flood by the Watchers and their offspring, the Nephilim.

Cormac and his paladins travel to Africa to safeguard his family, battling fiends of awesome proportions along the way and discovering entities that are the stuff of legends and beyond comprehension. The rogue sentinels will do anything to stop or distract Cormac from his sacred quest. The stakes are high on both sides. Life or Death? Hellfire or Heaven?

Cormac must also come to terms with his own personal demons and find the strength of will to resist the temptations that lie in wait for him, while his private life takes a turn for the worse.

 

Available now on Amazon!


 Self-Help Selections

 

I’m Uncomfortable In My Own Skin by Amy Khan

I'm Uncomfortable In My Own Skin by [Khan, Amy]

A short read, this book was created for teens and young adults, having issues or questioning their gender/sexuality.

“This book was a good read for people who are spirtual or looking for a better connection with God. Lot of great passages and connections from the bible to everyday life. Good buy!”   5 star review on Amazon

 

 

 

Available now on Amazon!


Raising Fatherless Sons: Happy & Successful Without a Father by Jovani AM Miguel

 

This book is not only focused on fatherless sons but also fatherless daughters who are raised by a single mother/father. Jovani appreciates single mothers and fathers who have decided to raise and parent their children on their own. In this book, single parents are encouraged in the process of raising their children, even though it might not be easy. Furthermore, new perspectives are given on single-parent households.

Fatherlessness is an epidemic: more and more children are raised without their father. Others experience fatherlessness, even though they have been raised by both parents.

This book is an inspiration and motivation for you and your children to stand firm and carry on during hard times. It is also for households with a father/mother who is physically present in the house but emotionally absent, and it is for people who are going through hardship, so they can get strength from it.

Available now on Amazon!

Boucher impresses with debut novel

Lionel Boucher

 

If you’ve been inspired by the movie Titanic then you’ll definitely fall in love with the heart-warming story of The Obstacle. It is described as a gripping drama and a poignant love story, but what put this book above all others is the message it promotes about the ‘true’ nature of love. Yes, this could be the eagerly anticipated romance novel to come along in some time. And, with the way in which it tackles issues affecting parenthood, difference in status, family problems and poverty faced by so many, it is not hard to see why this book is interesting, and sure to please millions of readers.

In his debut novel, Boucher tells the story of a young woman who is a member of an aristocratic family and falls in love with a middle class man with nothing except dreams. Because of a decision made by her strict father, the young lovers are separated. Against all odds, however, they find a way to get back together. But when she accidentally meets a rich Italian restaurant owner who also happens to be a notorious crime boss, all hell breaks loose and they are soon forced to confront their biggest fear and at the same time fight the temptation that put their long-term relationship to the challenge.

Except for the sensational, romantic tale and movingly tragic events, the book is a look at two seemingly different worlds which tackles head-on the ever debating issue of the existence of true love in a materialistic world. The Obstacle will provide a forum for people to discuss their feelings about wealth, poverty, status , and everlasting love. The manner in which the books deals with all these aspects is enough to inspire each and everyone to rise above life’s obstacles.

Although the subject matter is serious and dramatic, the book is kept from being morose by delightfully romantic moments.

The Obstacle could be one of the best romantic books of our time and the fact that it’s receiving rave reviews, ensures that this is powerful reading material. Although The Obstacle written by the debut South African author Lionel Boucher focused most of the time describing the main characters’ powerful love affair – after a few chapters, the plot thickens and the readers’ attention will be grabbed in such a way that they won’t be able to put the book down. Each follow up chapter is suspenseful and outstanding.

Set In New York, Boucher picked two neighborhoods to depict the extreme difference in the finances of the two lovers. Christine lives in the affluent Long Island neighborhood while Frank live in The Bronx.

Boucher always felt he could write a successful book, but unless he really needed to do it, he would not given it one hundred percent. The catalyst that finally prompted the author to put pen to paper was the blockbuster movie Titanic. ‘After seeing Titanic,’ he says, ‘I was so fascinated by how the film portrays true love that I had to write a love story with a similar background, but with more profundity. I wanted to give it a shot. And I did.’

He also said that the book became his biggest challenge because he didn’t want to create just a good love story that would be of interesting reading, but one that would reside with readers for years to come. In other words, a book that would give people a fresh view of the ‘true’ nature of love.

Boucher creates some happy and even funny moments that keep the book from becoming maudlin, even though the final chapters will certainly bring a number of readers to tears. And most importantly, he has made us one with Frank and Christine, feeling the beat of their hearts as they experience the kind of love we all dream about, but seldom find.

The Obstacle is currently available on Amazon as an e-book. For readers who wants to purchase a hard copy, orders can be made at Amazon or your local library and bookshop.

About the Author

Lionel Boucher began writing The Obstacle in 1999, but because of a very competitive market, he struggled to find success with the publication of it. With determination and hard work, the long-shelved manuscript has now been published to the delight of his fans. His book is described by some as a gripping drama and a poignant love story that breathes new life into the genre that make this no ordinary love story. Boucher’s reply was: “The book is not really philosophical. It’s merely a work of fiction. I don’t know how my readers perceive it, but I do know that while doing research for my book, I was giving myself a liberal education.”

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1975, Boucher was forced to drop out of school due to an acute respiratory infection. Determined to get educated, however, he completed his senior year by enrolling at a correspondence college, where he earned his high school diploma. He then studied hotel management while working in the industry as a part-time waiter and bartender.

His talent certainly isn’t limited to writing, though. This seasoned author can also sing, write songs, and act. Music is really his number-one creative passion. But he’d never do it professionally as he has had to go through two critical nose and throat operations that badly affected both his voice and his self-confidence. He reluctantly gave up his music career.

Feeling that he was born for the entertainment industry, he next tried acting and in 1997 joined the Sanderson Drama School. Since that time, he has performed in several plays, including at the prestigious Grahamstown National Arts Festival, where he made his first television appearance. He was also one of the key decision makers of the school and the directors relied on his brilliant creative abilities to help organize forthcoming shows. But just as his acting career was beginning to flourish, problems intervened again as the school closed down due to unforeseen circumstances. After that, he tried out at a few smaller drama schools, but none of them were as successful as Sanderson. Lionel then tried his hand at modeling, and once had the opportunity to meet Giano Franco, the man who discovered Charlize Theron. But that did not turn out very well at all.

Discouraged and broke, Lionel left Port Elizabeth and ended up in Johannesburg where he hoped to find out if he had any luck there by going for auditions for television commercials and soaps. Johannesburg is the entertainment center of South Africa, the mini-Hollywood, as many call it, but it’s mainly where black people live and because of the government’s new policy of black empowerment, he ended up with no luck at all.  Discouraged and on the verge of giving up his artistic dream, he returned to Port Elizabeth, where he did all kinds of odd jobs.

The catalyst that finally prompted him to write a novel was the blockbuster movie Titanic. “After seeing Titanic,” he says, “I was so fascinated by how the film portrays true love that I had to write a love story with a similar background, but with more profundity. I wanted to give it a shot. And I did.”

Initially, he wrote a screenplay and sent it to DreamWorks in Los Angeles. But because of company-imposed submission policies, they declined to read his screenplay.

But he had a story that needed to be told, so he decided to write a novel. He knew that the new direction he wanted to take would be a huge challenge because he had no idea how to write a novel. After taking a short writing course, he was able to master the craft. Another challenge he had to face was the language, as English is his second tongue.

Asked why he chose an American setting for his first novel, Boucher draws an analogy with his failed music career. “If I had the chance to be a singer-songwriter, I’d always be second best if I stayed in South Africa. I would need to go to America to find out if I was really any good to be truly successful. It’s the same with fiction. You have to find the biggest league in the world, and then get in there and compete.”

Having an American editor, he believes, has helped. It has also meant a lot of research on geography and the American culture. “It was a rough road of doubts and insecurities, full of hard work and perseverance,” he recalls.

Many times, due to a lack of resources and endless rejections from literary agents and publishers, he felt like giving up, but he always got the strength to carry on by visualizing the new life he had marked for himself and the satisfaction of knowing that, despite all the misfortunes in his life, he would reach his dream. When he’s not writing, Boucher enjoys exercising, watching movies, and having barbecue with friends. He’s currently writing his second novel.

 Read what satisfied readers say!

The Obstacle, Boucher’s first novel, and what an excellent effort!’ –The Writing School

 The Obstacle has the ability to grab and hold your attention. There is no question but that it will shoot into the top ten’ – Christian Martin, South Africa’s former Provincial Minister of Public Works

‘An entirely absorbing novel. In all respects an outstanding love story’ E.Wise, Librarian

‘This is probably the best romantic book I have ever read…it kept me glued to every page’ – Monique Van der Linden, Third Year Student at the University of South Africa for Bed (bachelors of education)

 ‘Sure to be a blockbuster. Boucher has concocted an amazing tale’ – Jesse February, WIM: Woman International Master in Chess

‘A deeply moving story that brought me to tears in the end, then also, so realistic to my own experience, the message it promotes about the power of love through the whole tragedy is invaluable. This is a must-read book for women who had been disappointed in love and seeks new meaning in’ – Felicity Williams, Entrepreneur

 

Books You Should Definitely Read This Women’s Day

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With International Women’s Day just around the corner we at BooksGoSocial have curated a list of great books to celebrate and support female authors.

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So shed your winter skin and break out one of these excellent reads.

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 Quantum Lace by Bella St John

Once upon a time… Sounds like a simple enough way to start a story – and particularly a story about time travel, but what does it mean, ‘once upon a time’? What is time?

Clocks can tell us what time it is, but they cannot tell us what time is!  
The story of time travel you are about to read, while a work of fiction, is largely based on real science, real people and real events.
Where fact leaves off and fiction begins is for you to decide.
“Intriguing! I have never heard anyone presentsuch a compelling notion of how time travel could ACTUALLY work. Makes me want to test it for myself.”
Jonathan McTaggart

.The Enchanted Swans by Christy Nicholas

In pre-Celtic Ireland, Fionnuala was a fae princess, born to a life of luxury. She knew her duty and loved her family. She missed her mother, who died in childbirth when Fionnuala was but ten years old. Still, she had hopes and dreams of love and a full life.

All her dreams were stolen from her, ripped away in a torrent of envy and magic.

Now she must care for her three brothers while learning to live under an evil curse. Will she find a way to break the spell, or would they remain swans, tethered to three places for nine hundred years?

Available now on Amazon!.


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The Six and the Crystals of Ialana by Katlynn Brooke

Mutant creatures, a Reptilian Dragon King, and a mysterious shape shifter… For fans of epic fantasy, the first book in the Ialana Series delivers a thrilling and fast-paced adventure saga.

The quest, 500 years in the making to find and restore the lost crystals of Ialana, unites six young people who, along with a seventh between the ages of 15-21, were all born with a secret buried deep within.

Guided by a shared dream, they leave the only homes they have ever known and set out on a life-altering quest through a maze of mountain caves and tunnels where they encounter insidious creatures, but none so dangerous, perhaps, as one of their very own.

Available now on Amazon!


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 The Long Road Home by Carolyn M. Bowen

Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents. She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians. S

he was also unaware that a half brother she knew nothing of was about to enter her life. Her situation was getting precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.

Available now on Amazon!

 


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Old Baggage: It’s Never Too Late for a New Beginning by Toni Kief

It took most of her life, but Elizabeth Donovan has finally had enough. Years of a difficult marriage, she has finally fought back. She had no choice but to leave the life behind and face the secret from her youth.

The old life doesn’t want to let go, as she stumbles into the mystery that involves her deeper than she ever could imagine.

Old Baggage is the overdue coming of age for a woman learning to stand on her own..

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La Vita by Don Arsenault

1920. Assunta and her young daughters, Marietta and Maddalena, leave their mountain commune in the Gran Sasso of Italy and begin their journey to the promised better life in America where Camillo, her long-absent husband and father of the girls, waits for them.

The story takes us from the confusion of their departure in Antwerp, the crossing of the Atlantic in steerage, their detainment on Ellis Island, to the mountains of northern New Hampshire where, after the birth of two more children, their better life is cut short by Camillo’s death.

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Hot Lemon and Honey by Catherine DeVrye

‘Information in this book can lead you on the road to success.’ So commented the late Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to conquer Everest:

This book is for you if:

  • You want to reach your personal summit of success; however you define it in your own heart
  • You sometimes make mountains out of molehills
  • You want better balance between your professional and personal life
  • You need a boost of common sense, perspective and inspiration in times of change

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 TouchStone for play by Sydney Jamesson

Charismatic and sexy Ayden Stone is a multi-talented media mogul by day and playboy by night, seducing and discarding women, seeking only sexual pleasure without commitment. He is looking for the love of his life, but is settling for stand-ins—then Fate intervenes.

A chance meeting with shy school teacher Elizabeth Parker triggers a passionate reaction in him that he cannot explain. Unable to help himself, he is drawn to her by a kind of gravitational force.

Up close, he recognises her charm and beauty and is consumed by the idea that they have met before.

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Palette of Secrets by Joan Fallon

Nancy Miller, a well-known artist, is approaching the end of her life.

She has been persuaded by her agent to publish her memoirs, and Ana agrees to help, but the task is more difficult than either of them ever imagined.

Talking about her life brings back memories that Nancy would rather forget, and it soon becomes obvious to Ana that there is a terrible secret in Nancy’s past which, if revealed could ruin her reputation and devastate her family.

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 Her Other Family by Edward Dreyfus

HER OTHER FAMILY tells the story of Marianna Bolton, a young, married, LA woman who, after learning that she was adopted by the man she thought to be her father, sets out to find her birth father. She discovers that he is the son of a mafia capo and has a large family on the east coast.

She is caught in a moral and psychological dilemma: should she leave her husband of five years and the comfortable life they created, to become a part of the exciting, though immoral life of la famiglia?

Why after living a law-and-order life, would she even consider giving it all up to become a member of an organized crime family?

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.Soul of a Warrior by Denna Holm

A handsome blond stranger shows up at Kimi Wicker’s place of work claiming to be her mate. But he also claims to be from another world. She does what any sane woman would do in her situation.

She runs.

Tagging along are her two best friends and a feisty tabby cat. No one could anticipate the second stranger showing up, one with a completely different agenda.

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Adirondacks Artemis by D. L. Luke

Author D.L. Luke vividly portrays the intriguing tale of one of life’s greatest fears-being lost in the wilderness. In Adirondacks, Artemis faces not only her present fears but fears for the future with only her dog and past experiences to guide her through her lonely introspection, her strengths, and weaknesses.

Artemis and her dog are left deserted and alone with winter approaching, in the Adirondacks, with only a prayer and a hope for survival. Real and imaginary fears cloud Artemis’s judgment, but not her desire to reach the county road and safety.

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That Melvin Bray by Margaret McBride

A heartfelt story about friendship, hope, and forgiveness: two childhood friends, Maggie and Lizzy, seek self-discovery and personal healing. They ultimately find inspiration after searching to reveal the reasons for Maggie’s lifelong tendencies toward self-denial as the “great pretender”

A courageous book which stirs the soul, this novel demonstrates that the written word is far from silent. This journey of healing undoubtedly leaves a lasting impression, as it not only provides divine inspiration to accept life’s disappointments but also recognition of the compelling power of forgiveness. After all, if the heart truly forgives, there is nothing to forget.

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One Perfect Love by Maryann Miller

Fans of ONE SMALL VICTORY can finally discover if Jenny and Steve can find true love together.

They both want, and need, that special someone in their lives, and the memories of the electricity that sparked between them two years ago are still strong for both of them. They couldn’t act on that chemistry because of professional boundaries that had to be respected between a police detective and a civilian working as a confidential informant, not to mention the emotional wounds they both were experiencing. But the wounds have healed, as much as deep wounds can, and they believe they are ready now. Jenny has gone back to being a mother and flower-shop owner and no longer works for the drug task force.

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Beltway Betrayers by Taylor Marsh

There’s a secret. 
A woman is heard whimpering in a parking garage.
A dark side to the powerfully rich is exposed.
And Alex Gantry is at the center of it all.
After several frightening events that shook Alex’s world, things have settled down.
So it seems…

Elite life coach, Alex Gantry, is enjoying her new life in the Washington, D.C. Beltway. T.J. Gale, who’s part greenpreneur, part leader of a quick-strike unit of former military and intelligence professionals, has set her heart aflame.

Alex and T.J. are in love. Enter Jett Spence, a man who once was part of T.J.’s world but who is now an unknown, because no one can tell whose side he’s on.

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Cooks, Crooks and a Corpse by Maria Grazia Swan

Can’t resist lighthearted comedy dressed with a little mystery that never takes you down a dark road?

Good, because that’s what you get when you put two hot Italian imports together. Meet the hot pink Fiat 500 and its owner, real estate agent Monica Baker.

Now stir in a dead body, a caterer about to lose her license, a real estate office coming off the rails, a goofy Great Dane, and a lively heroine who can’t help falling for the brooding bad boy. This is the world of Monica Baker: a high-speed mystery with a serving of mischief and a side of laughs.

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My Perfect Life at Cornish Cottage by S J Crabb

A deliciously romantic and humorous read about love, loss and starting again.

Sophie Bailey is your typical yummy mummy. She lives in a small village where life is all coffee mornings and party plan.

You may think she has the perfect life – she certainly did until she woke up one morning and her husband dropped a life changing bomb into the mix. Maybe I should let her explain.

A bittersweet love story that will have you laughing out loud before crying into your latte. When life explodes around you who can you really count on?

This is a story of shattered dreams and broken promises. When life deals you a hard blow you have no choice but to carry on. Throw in a mad dose of humour and you can get through anything. Can’t you?

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Healing Bear by Amber Belmont

Are some people too broken to love?

When the rudest man she’s ever met storms up to Abi Palmer’s stand at a wedding fayre, it’s hate at first sight. There’s absolutely no way she’d ever do anything for Nathan or his family. So what if he’s tall, dark and alpha? She’s had more than her fill of shifter ego.

But when she’s forced to spend more time with him, she gets to see a different side to Nathan, a softer, gentler side. Abi wonders whether she can heal this broken bear’s wounds.

Will Nathan be able to melt her heart or is it just another one of his games?

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Calling All Women: From Glass Slipper to Glass Ceiling by Cristina Carballo-Perelman M.D

The author challenges today’s woman to become empowered in this compelling and dynamic book.

Why have women not achieved equality in socio-economic, educational opportunities, voting and health? Why do men still outnumber women in positions of power? How can we change these perceptions and realities forever and create a new world for future generations?

A MUST read for women!

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Before the Darkness by Annette Creswell

In pre-World War Two London, Penny works as a maternity nurse at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Happy in her work and with two really good friends and several doctor suitors, little does she realise how her life will be changed by a chance lunch-time encounter.

Who is the ruggedly handsome man who helps her? And how will their lives entwine as the war clouds gather?

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Alone by Laura Burke

The killer is terrified that everyone they meet will somehow know what happened, will know their shame. And so, they pave the nation’s seminars with the corpses of physicians, believing only the deaths of their tormentors will finally set them free of their debilitating fear of humiliation.

Detective Masson and Tara finally find themselves alone together for a long deserved vacation in sunny Miami. During their first night, they cross paths with a physician attending a seminar in their hotel who feared she was being stalked. Her fear weighs on their minds and tarnishes their efforts to enjoy their vacation. Immediately upon returning home to Chicago, Masson receives a call from FBI Agent Wright.

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Beyond Death: The Afterlife Series Book 1 by Deb McEwan

A DEAD WOMAN’S STORY

“With so many supernatural tales on the shelves it’s hard to find something genuinely original yet Beyond Death fits the description well, with author Deb McEwan bringing a distinctive new voice to this ever popular genre.” Book Viral

What really happens when we die? Claire Sylvester is about to find out.
In her strange new world Claire watches the secret lives of those she loves unravel, while deciding who deserves to be saved.

And more than she knows depends on her actions, and those of her unlikely partner.
‘Beyond Death’, a fast-paced paranormal thriller of life, death, deceit and danger.

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The Band 4: The Air We Breathe by Marguerite Nardone Gruen

Marguerite is on holiday in London, finally free after 27 years of feeling like a hostage to her strict and overbearing parents. Also in London, and struggling with his thoughts of freedom, is Chase Martin―one fourth of the most successful band on the planet―who knows that freedom can only come at the expense of his band-mates.

They come from completely different worlds, but when those worlds collide―on a rainy night in a small coffee shop―nothing will ever be the same again. Before ever laying eyes on him, his pain and anxiety somehow reaches her, and she feels moved to alleviate it… to offer comfort, which he desperately needs.

After years of performing with his band-mates, they are closer than brothers. They are a part of one another, and the compulsion he is feeling to separate from them, is tearing him apart.

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The Naked Nymph in the Dark Flicker by Ray Dyson

Rachel Ann Maddon is about to become America’s next great movie star. Adored by the camera, loved by her public, beautiful Rachel Ann has it all, including a dark secret from her past that threatens to blow up her promising future when her mentor and lover—a man old enough to be her father—turns up dead. Did he fall or was he pushed? Or did the bullet in him do the job? Either way, a homicide investigation will be deadly publicity for Rachel Ann and her family.

Rachel Ann’s movie studio switches into high gear to protect her teetering career, but then Neil Brand, the studio’s security chief, uncovers a blackmail scheme over illicit sex films that threatens other major motion picture stars. As the heat builds, the rich and powerful scramble to get out from under.

That’s when the bodies begin to pile up.

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Relentless Alien Eyes by Nina Hann

Byron wondered why the beautiful Margaux seemed so different? What is it that makes her so special and alluring. Why can’t he stop thinking about her?

A mysterious loner, she had already made it clear that she was not interested in romance, but that did not deter him from trying to pursue her. Eventually, the star-crossed lovers fall deeply in love only to be separated by a chance encounter with a blinding, white light from above. Several years later, they cross paths with each other.

And yet, Margaux, still traumatized and confused by her memories of the huge, dark eyes, made it all the more difficult for Byron to rekindle their love, a love that never really faded with time. As Margaux and Byron grew closer together, they soon found themselves haunted by the inexplicable secrets of their past. Secrets that will ultimately change their lives.

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Lick-it Man by Camille Carida

After a radioactive lollipop turns Beaver Sparker into LICK-IT MAN, women all across the globe are empowered with “enlightened orgasms” and men have the perfect role model.

Author Camille Carida creates a hilarious, smart, and sexy laugh out loud full-color 65 page graphic novel.

Beautifully illustrated by Marvel and DC Comics artist Joe Quinones, this award-winning ebook is a playful and twisted comedic take on the superhero genre combining bawdy sexuality, tongue in cheek humor, and tinges of political satire.

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Beats Me: Love, Poetry, Censorship, from Chicago to Appalachia by Maryrose Carroll

BEATS ME is quintessentially a love story and a “fascinating account os some of the most vibrant, stormy and controversial times in American literature.”

Combining literary history with very personal drama I tell the tale of my husband, Paul Carroll, and his exploits with the censorship of his little magazine, Big Table, by The University of Chicago and the attempted censorship the U. S. Post Office in 1959. His stories, told to me nightly, progress like Scheherazade’s through the course of the last year of his life when he learns he is dying from cancer.

His wounded friendship with Allen Ginsberg evolves over the course of three decades. Allen is pivotal in the first publishing of excerpts of Naked Lunch in Big Table but dictatorial in his directions of how Paul should write his poetry.

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Hotline to Heaven by Darrell Bain

Darrell considers Hotline To Heaven one of his best books, and quite different from anything else he’s ever done. Humor, chicanery, sex, betrayal and romance, along with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. It has such a fun plot that it will even have you wondering who you should be cheering for, the rascally villain Ed Tanner, or the innocent young Violet.

“Bain’s characters march across the pages to his fast paced drumbeat to conquer and charm, despite their very human faults and foibles. Hotline to Heaven is a story peppered with the special wit and humor author Darrell Bain fans have come to expect, and spiced with the unexpected that is sure to have new readers joining the fan club.” — Charlene Austin, Writers and Readers Network.

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Georgina: Holocaust Survivor Stories from the Darkest Days of the Holocaust by Gabriella Kovac 

An Incredible True Story of Survival Audacity and Deception from the Darkest Days of the Holocaust. December 1944 whilst heavy snows fall over Budapest and soldiers battle for the streets,

Georgina a young Jewish woman, is nearly starving to death with her new born son. The battle outside is one of the most savage in the entire war. She knows that to go into the streets is virtually a death sentence or rape, but she must find food within the next few hours or her baby will certainly die. For Georgina there is no choice. Alone and completely vulnerable she heads out into the freezing cold.

Georgina My Mother’s Story is an incredible true story of one woman’s bravery and daring in Hungary during the Holocaust and through the brutal communist regime beyond. It’s the story of a carefree young woman thrust into the worst tragedy in human history- and emerging triumphant.

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My 18 Year Weight-loss Journey by Irina Dura

How I Finally Lost 35kg (77 Pounds) While Still Enjoying my Favorite Food!

This book is ideal for those that are struggling to lose weight and need motivation and inspiration from someone that understands the pain and frustration of dealing with obesity and weight-loss.

You will learn from my mistakes, what has and hasn’t worked for me, this alone will save you so much time, pain and frustration!

Learn about the simple strategy I use daily to re-start my metabolism each day and beat weight-loss plateaus. My strategy is not a diet it is a life-style and is designed to help build healthy habits for life.

Learn the first step I had to take which was crucial to my success and has to stay with me for life.

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Professional Performance 360 by Joseph Marcius

“You can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”-Napoleon Hill

The Professional Performance 360 Special Edition: Success authors and entrepreneurs in this book may be considered the offspring of those ambitious goals: Success and Achievement. In this compilation, they share their experiences (both successful as well as those to avoid) to help others better understand the prerequisites of success.

This careful selection of experts highlights the qualities that are required to achieve goals-regardless of their nature. The reader may note that it is no different mindset to set aspirations for lofty goals or down-to-earth ones. In fact, some experts need to work their way up to higher goals while others have a mindset to go for broke-and both make it work!

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Like I Used to Dance by Barbara Frances

“Our kids, my, my, Gracie, where did we go wrong? One marries God, another a Jew, and the last one, the devil!”

Texas, 1951. The Wolanskys—Grace, Bud and their three grown children—are a close-knit clan, deeply rooted in their rural community and traditional faith. On their orderly farm, life seems good and tomorrow always holds promise.

But under the surface, it’s a different story. Grace is beset by dark memories and nameless fears that she keeps secret even from Bud. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, fallen in love with a big-city Jewish girl. Youngest child Regina is trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive, alcoholic husband. Even “perfect” daughter Angela’s decision to become a nun takes an unforeseen turn.

And then Ceil Dollard breezes into town.

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My Main Mother by Barry Beckham

My Main Mother” is a novel about growing up. Without a father. With a mother who is beautiful, promiscuous, avidly ambitious. In a small town in Maine. In the human jungle of New York.

Growing up defiant and scared, happy and torn up. Growing up black. And growing up human. It is, quite simply, one of the most remarkable novels of the 1960s, and Barry Beckham’s first at age 25 to start his distinguished career.

“The scenes of Harlem, of how it feels to be a black getting a flat tire on Times Square, of encountering a homosexual in the Village, of street gangs and boarding houses, of the ironies of racism, are fantastically vivid and compelling.” -The New York Times

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In Love’s Time by Lilian White

Sweeping through the 1800s, through the despair of poverty and the glory of hope, through shepherding on a croft, through the atmosphere of Fort Worth and Texas to war-torn France and Europe, from modern Brisbane to heady New York City, In Love’s Time is as ageless as the aborigines’ dreamtime; it takes you from tragedy to the triumph that occurs when fortes fortuna juvat (fortune favors the brave).

For Catrine Stewart, it a time of discovery and intrigue…

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Our book selection for Valentine’s Day

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Brae MacKenzie: A Romance of Mythic Identity (Romances of Mythic Identity Book 1)

Brae MacKenzie, a successful San Francisco painter, is a woman who seems to have it all but who’s felt a sense of loss and longing since childhood. Her artistic passion hasn’t filled that void, and with the untimely death of her charismatic husband, the old pain resurges.

Brae’s father senses his daughter’s pain and before she embarks for an exhibit in England he hands her a family heirloom hidden away for years…a letter: “Since you are still among the living, your heart is not broken…follow the map,” Brae reads, “to Scotland.”

 

Arunoday (Boundaries Redefined Book 2)

As the ceremonies surrounding their engagement unfold, the future seems bright for Kirthi and Aditya. Together, they unearthed the corruption infecting Sharma Industries and found love.
But Kirthi is still a widow, and her remarriage flies in the face of Indian tradition.

Can their relationship survive protests, death threats, and an accident that threatens to destroy Aditya’s future?

 

 

In the Shadow of the Storm: The King’s Greatest Enemy #1

Adam de Guirande owes his lord, Roger Mortimer, much more than loyalty. He owes Lord Roger for his life and all his worldly goods, he owes him for his beautiful wife – even if Kit is not quite the woman Lord Roger thinks she is. So when Lord Roger rises in rebellion against the king, Adam has no choice but to ride with him – no matter what the ultimate cost may be. England in 1321 is a confusing place.

Edward II has been forced by his barons to exile his favourite, Hugh Despenser. The barons, led by the powerful Thomas of Lancaster, Roger Mortimer and Humphrey de Bohun, have reasons to believe they have finally tamed the king. But Edward is not about to take things lying down…

 

A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga Book 1)

‘A Rip in the Veil’ is the first book in The Graham Saga, Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

On a muggy August day in 2002 Alexandra Lind is inexplicably thrown several centuries backwards in time to 1658. Life will never be the same for Alex.

 

 

Hidden Shadows

Cassie Brighton, devastated by the death of her husband, flees to a remote homestead in the rugged Texas Hill Country. Alone in a ramshackle farmhouse steeped in family secrets, Cassie wages a battle of mind and heart as she struggles to overcome the sorrows of her past, begin anew, and confront the possibility of finding love again.

Hidden Shadows by Linda Lucretia Shuler is the Winner for Original Soft Cover (Mass Market and Trade) Category in the 2016 WILLA Literary Competition, a finalist in the NERFA contest (National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards), sponsored by First Coast Romance Writers, for “Novel with Romantic Elements” and also a Finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award in the Western Romance category.

 

Trapped

“What’s happened? Why can’t I move… or even talk? Nothing works! Og, God! What’s happened to me?” A tragic surgical accident, resulting from an auto crash, leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren in “Locked-in Syndrome,” completely paralyzed, able to move only her eyes.

Jackee’s physical therapist, Kevin, seems more invested in her well-being than her husband, Phil, and teaches her to communicate by blinking her eyes. Soon she discovers she can sense others thoughts, but hides this talent from everyone but her young sons, not knowing whom she can trust.”

 

the One

Ethan Phillips is a successful hedge fund manager with the perfect wife. He’s convinced she is the only woman meant for him. However, his faith in her proves unfounded as he discovers her treachery has no limits. Inconsolable from his pain, he abandons love and relationships and believes he has become impervious to love’s reach.

Ethan discovers though, that a higher power and two extraordinary men would not allow him to abandon love so easily. He is then led on a journey of true connection, raw and unbridled passion, and a love beyond measure. But can Ethan trust this new path and is it too good to be true? Will this relationship disappear just like the first?

 

From Scratch

Maggie McKitrick loves everything about her new life in Gibson’s Run, Ohio—her charming bakery, her quirky customers, her distance from the past. Yes, she loves everything…except her new landlord. Police Chief Sean Taylor is like a piece of sand in an oyster—irritating, but with the promise of something beautiful.

Despite Maggie’s self-imposed man-fast, she wonders what kind of treasure she and the lawman could create together. Sean Taylor likes to keep the peace, but his new tenant is making it nearly impossible to keep anything on an even keel—including his heart.

 

Changing Faces

Allen and Elaine are graduate students in Nebraska, and love each other very much. Their life should be idyllic, but Elaine’s past includes rape, neglect, and abuse from those who should’ve loved her—but didn’t, because from childhood, Elaine identified as transgender. When Elaine tells Allen right before Christmas, he doesn’t know what to do.

He loves Elaine, loves her soul, has heard about transgender people before, but didn’t think Elaine was one of them—she looks and acts like anyone else. Now, she wants to become a man and is going to leave.

 

Miriamne the Magdala-The First Chapter in the Yeshua and Miri Novel Series

“The Yeshua and Miri Novel Series” is a historical-fiction novel series that follows Jesus and Mary Magdalene during the so called “missing years” and throughout their lives. The introductory novel, “Miriamne the Magdala”, explores the deeply personal relationship between twelve year old Miriamne and her long lost cousin Yeshua bar Joseph.

Their tale begins with an unexpected reunion of two Jewish Houses and goes on to explain how a family brought together by a seeming circumstance is ultimately tied together by Destiny. “

 

Once In Love With Lily

Fans of Emily Giffin will appreciate Once in Love with Lily, the fresh, romantic dramedy from Cathryn K.Thompson. If you could recapture the past, would it be worth risking the future? Lillian Josephson is a choreographer living in L.A. with her long-time husband, movie mogul C.S. George. She has settled into a comfortable, predictable, and fabulously wealthy lifestyle.

But Lillian’s carefully maintained equilibrium is upset when a desperate call from her brother lands her back on Broadway and brings her face to face with Tony, the one man she never expected to see again. Will this chance meeting unravel Lillian and the cloak of stability she pulls so tightly around her?

 

Secrets to Shine Through the Noise: GPS to Amplify Your Brand and Find the Path to the Life You Want

Author Akasha Lin Garnier presents Secrets to Shine through the Noise, A compelling journey from starving artist to mentorship, world travel, award-winning branding and a travel thriller series. In this cinematic guide, the author shares how to create an actionable plan and how to make a brand distinctive to rise above the noise.

 

 

Cannoli for the Cop Next Door: Corsco Family Series

Lily and Adrian are building the perfect life together. Lily works on transforming their home into a place of peace, love, and comfort for Adrian to return home to after his overseas deployment. She does her best to push away the nagging fear that haunts all military spouses waiting stateside.

Then she gets the call. Devastated and afraid, Lily has to fight for optimism in the days following Adrian’s death.

 

 

At That Moment (The Eyes of March) (Volume 1)

Cara Mears has a good life…simple, satisfying, and safe.
She owns a successful company, has loyal friends and a decent relationship, and has convinced herself that this is enough.This is a life she knows how to navigate.Enter Dylan Madigan, her long-time movie-star crush, devastatingly handsome, arrogant, and famous.

At that moment, everything changes. Their seductive and romantic journey begins, exposing their vulnerabilities, testing their resolve, and leaving them both emotionally naked.

 

 

Hotline To Heaven

Darrell considers Hotline To Heaven one of his best books, and quite different from anything else he’s ever done. Humor, chicanery, sex, betrayal and romance, along with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. It has such a fun plot that it will even have you wondering who you should be cheering for, the rascally villain Ed Tanner, or the innocent young Violet.

“Bain’s characters march across the pages to his fast paced drumbeat to conquer and charm, despite their very human faults and foibles. Hotline to Heaven is a story peppered with the special wit and humor author Darrell Bain fans have come to expect, and spiced with the unexpected that is sure to have new readers joining the fan club.” — Charlene Austin, Writers and Readers Network.

 

Edge of Yesterday (Edge Series Book 1)

Two of Scottish romance’s most loved authors have joined pens to write a thrilling new time travel series filled with passion, danger, and intrigue.

These never-before-published novels will sweep you to Scotland’s Highland Heatheredge, where magic is real, time is relevant, and there is no escape from desire…

 

 

The Cosmopolitan Islander

What if life as you know it was turned upside down? Would you still be the same person? When Chloe is forced to leave behind her cosmopolitan life in London to move to a small island in the Irish Sea, she is faced with a myriad of challenges.

How will she and her family adapt to island life? Will she find new friends? What about her career? Most importantly, will the love of Chloe and her husband survive their amorous adventures?

 

 

The Way To Her Heart

No amount of counseling can bring Josh Harris back to his old self.
After a tragedy that changed his life forever, eighteen-year-old Josh has lived in a year-long fog of medication and confusion.

It’s all he can do to not think about his dad—a culinary genius who raised him in the kitchen. Thankfully, Josh inherited his golden palate and sixth sense for cooking, which is the only thing that makes sense anymore.

 

 

Regency Romance: Lady Laura and the Captain (The Dowagers’ Pact Trilogy Book 1)

Who says you must be young and beautiful to find a suitable husband? Dowager Laura is still beautiful, even if she has aged. She still has a strong heart full of love and wants to share it with a good man.

She and her two dowager friends, Sarah and Deborah, make a pact to help each other find love, and the rules be dashed. She is a mother, a grandmother, a friend and a poet, but she is determined to be a wife once more.

 

 

Enchanting the Swan

Kirkus Reviews about “Enchanting”:  “A lively composition…In Schwartz’s (Some Women I Have Known, 2014 etc.) novel, a passion for music brings together a young couple, though they discover that the path to true love can hit quite a few dissonant notes.”

Starting at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, the novel swoons to Brussels, Geneva, the Swiss Alps, New York and Long Island in a whirlwind of deceit, jealousy and despair, and longing for redemption in music and love.

 

Soul of a Warrior (Immortal Warriors Book 1)

A handsome blond stranger shows up at Kimi Wicker’s place of work claiming to be her mate. But he also claims to be from another world. She does what any sane woman would do in her situation.

She runs. Tagging along are her two best friends and a feisty tabby cat. No one could anticipate the second stranger showing up, one with a completely different agenda.

 

 

Loving Bear

Should you ever date your boss? Jess Bevan doesn’t have time to worry if Mr Right will ever show up. She has enough to deal with studying, working, and helping her mom raise her kid brother.

Love and romance was never really her thing anyway. She couldn’t cope with the inevitable heartache.

 

 

 

All the Broken Places: The Healing Edge – Book One

All of Cate’s problems are in her head. That may be her greatest strength. Cate Duncan is a promising young therapist, dedicated to her work. But after her mother’s suicide, she is seized by a paralyzing depression. To save her job, Cate agrees to enter a program with Dr. Angeline MacGregor, run by her stern son, Ben, and housed in a repurposed church.

Cate doesn’t quite understand what the program entails, but she soon learns that the skills she will develop there may not only help her learn how to cope with her own problems, but will also lead her to a much greater purpose.

 

 

Switchback (Racing Hearts Book 2)

Can love survive the thrill of the chase? Petite driver Susan James has to learn to trust her feelings, her man and her judgement. Her unfathomable co-driver, Conor, must separate himself from the desires which threaten to drown him, his career and his future.

Trust is a two way street but Sue is hiding something from him.

 

 

 

The Cruelty of Love

Kate Johnson has made it to mid-level management in the IT group of a pharmaceutical company. Her intelligence, technical competence and easy-going personality are among the keys to her success.

When Kate watches a television interview of one of her ex-boyfriends, her demons of over 30 years ago are awakened. Over the coming weeks, she cannot shake the resurrected feelings of betrayal and injustice, and vows to confront the men she once loved. She methodically conceives and carries out

 

 

The Last Valentine (Labyrinth of Love Letters)

When Olivia Villalobos finds a bloodstained love letter she endeavors to deliver it before Chief Inspector Sedeño finds it in her possession. A city along the southern coast of Puerto Rico emerges in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War.

Olivia, daughter of a drunkard police investigator who never knew the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, finds a bloodstained love letter in the hidden compartment of her father’s coat.

 

 

Bearly Awake: Providence Paranormal College Book One

A charmed life just turned into an avalanche of problems. Bobby Tremain’s the first in his family to have a shot at college, also the first to head north of Louisiana.

An early snow calls his Bear to hibernate a week before finals, but he needs to pass or he flunks out of Providence Paranormal College.

Tall, Dark & Deadly  (Agents of The Bureau Book 1)

Chloe Hunter can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Incarcerated by The Bureau after running amok for a century with a gang of vampires, grifting and terrorizing humanity, she’s ready to make up for her dark past. Luckily, when The Bureau would rather see her at the end of a wooden stake, in comes her new straight-laced boss, Ethan Raines who’s got other plans for the enthralling ex-con.

An enigmatic vampire who finds Chloe’s hybrid blood and sexy street prowess too irresistible to pass up, Ethan requests The Bureau to release her into his custody to protect the streets of New Orleans. Now, her debt to society is to punish other supernaturals who break the law and bring them to justice.

5 Book Industry Predictions for 2017

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We reached out to some of our industry friends for their thoughts on the key developments in the book market in  2017. .

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  1. Author Earnings estimates Amazon’s ebook sales grew by 4 percent in 2016. Traditional publishers are losing ebook market share to the non-traditional market of indie authors, small presses, and Amazon’s own house imprints.

 

Here is what one of our industry friends thinks about this development:

 

“Since November 2007, when Amazon.com introduced the Kindle, ebooks have taken a larger share of the book market each year. Some studies indicate the U.S. ebook market will exceed the size of the print book market in 2017. Publishers as well as Indie authors will need to be alert to new markets, new ebook reader devices, new ebook formats, new developments in technology, etc.

Several of today’s established small press publishing houses started as epublishers in 1998-2000. At that time we knew ebooks were the wave of the future. We had no idea it would require almost ten years for ebooks to take off.
For small presses and Indie authors who maintain high standards, have learned the business end of book publishing and who produce quality books, I feel the future is very bright indeed.”

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Lida E. Quillen, PublisherTwilight Times Books.

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2. More diversity:  African-American fiction gaining popularity, and most sales will be from indie authors and small presses.
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Here is what a small press from Africa thinks about this:

“I feel there will be an explosion of work coming from certain areas that some would previously have thought of as ‘minority’, not because of their numbers of GDP or anything like that – but because of their previously perceived roles in the industry. So, I’m referring to areas like Africa, Asia, etc. Over time, there has been a ‘quiet revolution of rebels’, if you like … previously, people have been dissatisfied but quiet when told in effect, “Your stories aren’t valid enough for a global audience to relate with”. 2017 is the year that many say, “I want to tell my own story and find my tribe whilst I’m at it.”

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The Fearless Storyteller House Emporium Ltd.

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3. Physical bookstores will continue to decline.

Bennett Coles, publisher at Promontory Press gave us his predictions for 2017:

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“I predict that ebook sales will remain at a steady percentage of overall book sales. I think they’ve found their “natural” portion of the marketplace. I predict that both Barnes & Noble and Chapters-Indigo (Canada’s major bookstore) will close 5% of their retail locations, and that Amazon’s retail bookstore presence will increase. I predict that there will be a few closures/buyouts of small presses, but in general the publishing world will remain stable.”

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Bennett Coles, Publisher, Promontory Press
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4. The Audiobook market will continue to grow.
Reagan Rothe, publisher at Black Rose Writing, gave us some feedback regarding audiobooks:
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“At Black Rose Writing, we’ve increased our audio narrator partnerships, as our audio sales have picked up quite a bit in the last quarter. Several titles that we have available in audio format received some strong marketing on Amazon and KDP, which snowballed into increased audio sales. We expect our audio and eBook sales to continue to grow due to our main focus on cost-effective marketing campaigns that typically show better results versus print efforts. Reading a physical copy of a book is still essential to many readers, and I feel there is a nice balance for all types of book formats.”
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5. The trend of authors supporting other authors will rise.
Laurence O’Bryan gave his views on the state of the industry and what is coming in 2017:
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“I expect author to author collaboration to be a key theme of 2017. With traditional publishers getting smarter in their marketing, using BookBub to sell the back lists at 99c being one example, indie authors need to look to their strengths. Collaboration is one of the most important strengths we have. The ability to change pricing, covers, descriptions and titles, when needed, is another.”
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Laurence O’Bryan, author and founder of BooksGoSocial.com.

Emma has a Dilemma! by Dana Wall & Amber Wall; Illustrations By Philip Orozco

Dana & Amber Wall

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Emma Has A Dilemma! makes learning fun. The Emma Series was created specifically to take a subject like grammar and make the ins and outs of learning it something to look forward to; rather than something to avoid.

emma4Although, the lessons are somewhat sophisticated, the writing and illustration with vibrant characters make it understandable for Children 4-8 years old. The repetition of reading the book will eventually have young children knowing grammar.

The characters are by far the best part of the book. Emma is an 8 year old tomboy who doesn’t really like school, but she’s always willing to listen to the whimsical Wizard Jake.  Wizard Jake is precious with his lined note paper cape, pencil with an A on top wand, and a dunce cap with a place to write letters.

They meet when Emma get an F on her first easy grammar exam about nouns and pronouns and as she is crying Wizard Jake appears to encourage her that this is an opportunity to really learn nouns and pronouns.

Jake is a genius at grammar and exactly what Emma needs to overcome her situation which could lead not only to detention, but disappointment from her parents. She listens to Jake and he uses his wonderful wand to create chalk boards in the sand for her to learn the difference between a noun and a pronoun. Emma finally figures out what she needs to do for her make up exam so the F won’t go on her permanent record.

emma2And only with hard work, dedication and a fantastic tutor, Emma is able to overcome her dilemma and turn that F into an A like the one on Wizard Jake’s wand. Although Emma can be negative, Wizard Jake is upbeat and believes in her.

The general tone of the book is upbeat even though Emma can be stubborn. And eventually during the Emma Series (a total of 4 books) Emma and Wizard Jake form a glorious friendship where two people from completely different worlds come together.

Emma Has A Dilemma! is unique because it takes something difficult like grammar and simplifies it in lyrical rhymes. And Wizard Jake and Emma are two vibrant and special allies.

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