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The 2017 Diamond Book Awards Winner

Please join me as I congratulate and celebrate with this years Diamond Book Awards winner…

Anne Allen

Anne Allen’s, Echoes of Time was the book chosen by the DBA panel as 2017’s award winning book.

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.
All too soon Olive realises she has made a mistake.
Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-
but there’s a price to pay. . .

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…
Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.

Thrown together in a bid to find out what actually happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on?


It was a tough decision for the DBA panel this year as all three finalists were exception writers with exceptional works. The final outcome was very close and could have swung in any direction. The panel members read all three books before discussing and finally reaching an unanimous decision earlier this month. You can find out more about the three DBA finalists and their books here:

The Diamond Book Awards Finalists 2017

I owe a debt of gratitude to my diamonds… fellow DBA panel members: Cynthia Reyes, and the late Katherine Jackson (Rest in peace Kate.)

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Sad News

I just learned from Adrian, Kate’s husband that Kate, my dear friend and editor, and author of the blog: roughseasinthemed  died on Sunday 13th of August. 

Me. Trying to look studious and thoughtful …

I have known Kate for several years and she has been a brilliant editor and great contributor to both this blog through her editor’s column and The Diamond Book Awards. She loved her life in Gibraltar and Spain and loved her rescue dogs, and her garden where she grew a lot of her vegetables and other marvelous things. I will miss her blog posts, comments, and humour. My thoughts go out to her husband, Adrian. I am too saddened to say more but believe I speak for all of us when I say, Kate will be sorely missed.

 

 

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A Desolate Hour

Book Review

A Desolate Hour

Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . .
For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief —the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge?

Review: 

In my review of A Cold Tomorrow, Mae Clair’s second book in the Point Pleasant Series, I remember asking, ‘I wonder what else she gets up to while bunking it in the TNT?’ in reference to Clair’s research while visiting. I think I found my answer in A Desolate Hour… I honestly don’t think she came back, well… the same. (If you know what I mean.)

A Desolate Hour is the ideal solution to the mysteries of A Thousand Yesteryears. The story ties everything together as new prolific characters are thrown into the chaos on account of a thousand years old curse. Human, alien, mothman meet ancient spirits, witchcraft, and powerful relics as past meets present in this beautifully written finale to the Point Pleasant Series.

There is so much going on in this work, and the scenes are so breath-taking one barely has time to think before finding themselves wrapped up in something else as the story develops. It’s fantastically engrossing and Mae Clair’s skill for fusing historical events, myth, and fiction is second to none.

My favourite line from A Desolate Hour sums it up for me, ‘A desolate hour when a tear in time renders past and present as one.’

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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

Hear, Hear… Chris hits the nail on the head about leaving reviews. No one I know supports us authors more than Chris does… Check out his blog if you haven’t already folks!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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If not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it made…

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Book of the Month… Catling’s Bane

This month’s Book of the Month choice is Catling’s Bane which is the first book of D. Wallace Peach’s, The Rose Shield series.

While I am a huge fan of Diana’s fantasy works, she already has another three books published in this series which shows how far behind I am with my reading this year! If you missed my review of Catling’s Bane, you can find it below:

Review of Catling’s BanePurchase on Amazon

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

Diana is one of the most gifted fantasy weavers and storytellers I have read. she is also a great supporter of other indie authors. I have read most of her works and highly recommend them to any lovers of fantasy.

As a Book of the Month choice, Catling’s Bane can be found in my widget area where it will stay for a whole month. The widget provides a direct link to Amazon where folks can take advantage of their look inside feature and buy the book if they choose.

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Caboodle Countdown!

Say what?

Yeah, I know right? Lol

Here’s the deal folks…

My publisher, Wallace Publishing has set up a kindle countdown deal on my latest book:

Caboodle & The Whole Kit

Caboodle & The Whole Kit is filled with relaxing episodes of life, family, love & romance, faith, and even the odd, inadvertent run-ins with some quite unsavoury characters.

The wonderful collection of short stories, poetry, and songs has been grouped together to bring a variety of tales, some of which are based upon true events, people can easily relate to.

The whole kit is designed to ignite a mixture of emotions to bring smile, laughter, and moisture to the eyes.

There is something for everyone in Caboodle & The Whole Kit!


Countdown!

Here’s the details…

The countdown is set up for 6th August through to 13th August.

It is set up as follows:

6th August from 8am  – 99p
August 8th from 1pm – £1.99
August 10th from 6pm – £2.99
August 13th 12am – finish.
There is a countdown set up for you in the US too on the same dates and running to the same time schedule, only the times are in PST and not GMT.
Did they say August 6th-13th? Hang on, that means it starts… TOMORROW!!!
(Oh no! I’m still in my pajamas!)
Help me out and get your copy folks!

Amazon Universal Link

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Twenty-Four days

Book Review

Twenty-Four Days

In the latest Rowe-Delamagente thriller, the two unlikely partners have less than a month to stop a North Korean missile strike after hijackers steal nuclear warhead-armed submarines. If they don’t, the USS Bunker Hill, on a peaceful mission to observe a North Korean missile launch, will be in grave danger. Piece by piece, Rowe and Delamagente uncover a bizarre nexus between a man Rowe thought dead, a North Korean communications satellite America believes is weaponized, an ideologue that cares only about revenge, and the USS Bunker Hill (a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser) tasked with supervising the satellite launch. As the deadline looms, they call on the unusual skills of a quirky AI named Otto with the unique ability to track anything with a digital trail.

Review: This is an astonishing naval thriller with strong characters, a truly believable plot, and gripping scenes. It takes specialist knowledge and research along with clever writing skills to pull off a story like Twenty-four Days.

I would be fooling myself if I pretended to have fully grasped all the technical details presented in this work… I didn’t. However, that only enticed me to read on because it clearly demonstrated, Murray’s technical background and depth of research… I especially love it when a writer puts their whole into a work and it shows.

This is the second in the series, The first being, To Hunt A Sub. This time two nuclear subs go missing and it’s up to Zeke and Kali to save the world…

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Indie Author Friday: Kevin Cooper #IndieAuthor #ShortStories #ContemporaryFiction

Thanks you Teri, for this fabulous interview and presentation over on your blog. I’m very happy and feel truly honoured!

Books and Such

Kevin Cooper is well-known to many of us because, in addition to being an indie author, he’s also a wonderful supporter of other indies on his blog.  If you’re a fan of short stories, as Kevin says – “There’s something for everyone in Caboodle andThe Whole Kit!”

Caboodle & The Whole Kit is filled with relaxing episodes of life, family, love & romance, faith, and even the odd, inadvertent run-ins with some quite unsavoury characters.

The wonderful collection of short stories, poetry, and songs has been grouped together to bring a variety of tales, some of which are based upon true events, people can easily relate to.

The whole kit is designed to ignite a mixture of emotions to bring smile, laughter, and moisture to the eyes.

There is something for everyone in Caboodle & The Whole Kit!

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Diamond Book Awards Finalists for 2017.

Well folks, the time has arrived for the announcement of the three finalists nominated for the Diamond Book Awards 2017… Please join me as I congratulate our finalists! Please feel free to support them by checking their works out on Amazon, up-voting their reviews, and if you haven’t already, buy their books… You’ll be glad you did.

It was a very tough decision as all the books entered for the competition this year were brilliantly penned and made excellent memorable reads. However, after many Mm’s & Ah’s along with scrutinizing my reviews, I finally made my decision by choosing the books which seemed to stand out that little bit more.

Of the three books nominated, I would be very hard put to decide which should receive the Diamond Book Award this year. For this reason, as well as to avoid bias,  I have a panel of at least three people (including myself) who differ widely in their favour of genre and approach to vote on the three books after careful deliberation.

Anyway, so I don’t bore you to death with too much about me and DBA detail, here are the three finalists (in no particular order) who have been nominated!

You don’t wake up expecting to die.

Katie is thirty-two, single, and works in advertising. She’s also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to… wherever she’s supposed to be.

And whoever she’s supposed to be with.

Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?

My Review on Amazon

Helen Jones was born in the UK, then lived in both Canada and Australia before returning to England several years ago. She has worked as a freelance writer for the past ten years, runs her own blog and has contributed guest posts to others, including the Bloomsbury Writers & Artists site.


 

 

The epic journey of Catherine Merit Matthews continues in N. E. Brown’s fifth book of her Galveston, 1900, Indignities series. Twenty-six year old Catherine Merit Matthews is beautiful, confident, newly married, and mother to four children. Although life appears to be perfect, old memories and scars from the past continue to haunt her. Her new husband, Trent Matthews, knows she is hiding shocking secrets from her past, and is greatly concerned now that she is pregnant with their first biological child.
Coping with the everyday struggles of life in the early 1900’s is not easy, especially since Trent’s job as an oil scout causes him to travel often gone weeks at a time. Catherine, the only doctor in the small town of Rosenberg, hires a French couple to assist in caring for her family. But all is not as it should be.
Without warning, two trusted friends turn their backs on Catherine’s family and even her husband cannot protect her from these unscrupulous people. Three months after their son is born, a tragedy surfaces when he is taken during the night while she and Trent are celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Galveston. As Trent joins forces with the Texas Rangers in the pursuit of their son, it cracks open a vast baby-selling scheme that will impact the lives of many people. Catherine’s faith is sorely tested. Will she find her baby? Alive?

My Review on Amazon

After a successful career in real estate, N. E. Brown retired and began pursuing her passion for writing. Being a native Texan, Ms. Brown’s love of Texas history inspires her to create true-to-life fictional characters from the past.
She has written and published seven novels.


 

Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.
All too soon Olive realises she has made a mistake.
Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-
but there’s a price to pay. . .

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…
Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.

Thrown together in a bid to find out what actually happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on?

My Review on Amazon

By profession Anne Allen was a psychotherapist who long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters, her first novel, was published in 2012. It was awarded Silver(Adult Fiction) in TheWishingShelfAwards 2012. Echoes of Time, came out in August 2016 and has been granted a ChillWithABookAward.

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Book of the Month… The Best Advice So Far

My latest choice for Book of the Month is Eric Tyler’s, The Best Advice So Far! If you missed my review of This most excellent work, you simply must read it. Here’s the link:

The Best Advice So Far… Book Review

Erik is a wonderful person and a very charismatic figure in the world of blogging, writing, and mentorship. He is a creative force who loves life and people in his own very special way. He is in fact one of the kindest men I’ve come to know through the blogging world.

A direct link to The Best Advice So Far on Amazon can be found in the widget section of this blog where it will remain for a whole month. It can also be accessed by clicking on the book cover above.

Join me as I congratulate Erik for this wonderful achievement!

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