Archive for January, 2014

Title: Love, International Style
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: Caridad Piniero, Nikki Logan, Cathy Perkins
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Pages: 500
Language: English
Format: Ebook
Love, International Style boxed 4-in-1 set These four tales of international love and intrigue will set your heart on fire this Valentine’s Day!
The Prince’s Gamble by Caridad Piñeiro
Prince Alexander Ivanov is scrambling to save his reputation and his livelihood. One of the Russian Nights Casino’s hostesses has disappeared, and his business is suddenly under investigation by the FBI for associations with the mob and money laundering. Special Agent Kathleen Martinez has no patience with rich, entitled aristocrats, especially one like Alexander Ivanov whom she believes is involved in the vicious human trafficking ring which she’d tried—and failed—to shut down two years earlier. With a second chance to bring him to justice, she goes undercover in the casino, but instead of facing the villain she expected, she finds herself battling a sizzling attraction to the man.Now, forced to work together to trace the source of the illegal activities, the danger—and the passion between them—grows out of control, and they slowly begin to realize the biggest danger isn’t to the casino, it’s to their lives…and to their hearts.
To Catch A Princess by Caridad Piñeiro
Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century! Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief…or trust the heart of her true love.
For Love or Money by Cathy Perkins
When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life suddenly takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, and stay one step ahead of her ex-fiancé to solve the case. Before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.
Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan
Veterinarian Clare Delaney is in Africa transporting endangered wild animals to a protected habitat when poachers intercept her convoy, taking Clare hostage along with her priceless cargo. Everything about Clare’s dangerously sexy captor, Simon DeVries, is steeped in deception. He lies about his real activities in Zambia and the fate of the animals; he keeps his efforts to rescue Clare a secret from his partners in crime; and he’s lying to everyone about his true identity as an undercover MI6 agent. The complex web threatens to unravel when the poachers unexpectedly change their plan and Simon is tasked with getting rid of their beautiful hostage—permanently.
Caridad was born in Havana, Cuba, and settled in the New York Metropolitan area. She attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. Caridad earned her juris doctor from St. John’s University and became the first female partner of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, an intellectual property firm in midtown Manhattan.
Cathy Perkins’ suspense writing lurks behind a financial geek day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflage, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her work-a-holic husband and a 75 pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy.
Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.
She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry.
Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.
Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.
Nikki debuted for Harlequin Enterprises (writing for the Romance line) in February 2010.

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Angeli Rounded (1) Title: Angeli

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Jody Wallace

Publisher: Entangled Ignite

Pages: 170

Language: English

Format: Ebook

Gregori’s last mission is to save Earth from the demons threatening to take control. He doesn’t care if he survives as long as he averts the impending apocalypse—until he meets Adelita, a human refugee, whose spirit and determination give him a renewed reason to fight. And live. He’s falling for her, despite the fact he’s told her nothing but lies and there can’t possibly be a future for them.

Adelita can hardly believe the archangel Gregori, sent to save mankind, has lost his faith and his edge. After he saves her from a demon attack, she vows to help him recover both by any means necessary. But can she keep her own faith when she learns the truth about who and what Gregori really is?


What Kind of Apocalypse Was That Again? PART 2

What happens in the days after the Chosen One fails to save the world? My latest novels, ANGELI (http://amzn.to/1ffyRPL), is a sci-fi adventure romance about the apocalypse, sexy fake angels, the Earth woman who finds out they’re fake but falls for one anyway, and a planet (ours!) in dire need of some saviors.

The type of apocalypse in ANGELI fluctuates. At first, it’s a religious-type apocalypse. The alien soldiers whose mission is to stop the hordes of entities that like to eat all the life on planets often tell a planet’s residents they’re beings that mesh with that planet’s cultural mythology. They don’t want to warp the destiny of that planet any more than they must.

But then, when the heroine, Adelita, finds out the angeli are big ole fakers, the apocalypse is revealed as a sci-fi-based apocalypse where interdimensional entities who aren’t affected by Earth’s weapons are attempting to Hoover up all life on the Earth like nasty, blobby black vaccuum cleaners.

So what kinds of apocalypse novels did I scratch off my list when I got the urge to write about the end of days? I covered several of them on my blog tour stop here (insert link), so here are a few more apocalypses you won’t be reading about from me. If you’re lucky.

4) Kung Fu apocalypse. After the kung fu movie with the secret subliminal suggestions is released and viewed by nearly everyone in the world, all residents start speaking with their lips moving one way while the sound comes out a couple seconds later. This causes mass confusion and a communication breakdown. People also develop a deadly tendency to break into street fights while barefoot. Jackie Chan becomes World Dictator, aided by his second in command Chuck Norris.

5) Sharktoctopocalypse. I decided not to write this one because nobody can pronounce it, but it would have had something to do with floods, painfully bad dialogue, rubber suits, and eight armed monsters with big teeth.

Oh, and a really horrible one is the….

6) Allen apocalypse. Often misspelled as “alien” apocalypse, even though every Allen knows there’s no such thing as aliens, this horrible event occurs because everyone forgets who they are due to a mind-altering comet or something, I don’t know, but anyway, when they come to, they all think their name is Allen. This causes mass confusion, wars, fisticuffs, jealousy, love triangles with Allen, Allen and Allen, battles with wrenches (Allen wrenches of course), the rise and fall of Allen, TX, as a global power, and the destruction of the internet. Also, everyone only wants to wear polyester pants.

If you’d like to see some more of my discarded apocalypse ideas, please follow along on my ANGELI (http://amzn.to/1ffyRPL) blog tour! You can find a list of all the tour dates at: http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2014/01/20/virtual-book-tour-pump-up-your-book-presents-angeli-virtual-book-publicity-tour/

Jody Wallace

Author, Cat Person, Amigurumist of the Apocalypse

http://www.jodywallace.com * http://www.meankitty.com


Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time because there was always something new to learn and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 cats. One of her many alter egos is “The Grammar Wench”, which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot.

Ms. Wallace’s approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. Her dream is to be moderately well-paid for this service. She is active in RWA and occasionally conducts writing workshops. Among topics she’s been known to cover are training sessions for contest judges (she coordinated her local RWA chapter contest for many years), point of view, dialogue punctuation and creativity enhancement.


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Hungry GhostsReview by Victoria Dougherty

I admit – I’m reading this series out of order.  I’ve just finished Hungry Ghosts and have only started its predecessor, Everyone Burns.  But that should be a clue.  If I don’t like the dish, I don’t go back for seconds.

And I liked Hungry Ghosts.  A lot.

First, it’s very, very well written.  Meaning it is well-crafted and has a strong voice.  So many books these days have only one or the other and those can be enjoyable, too – the way a beauty contestant can make a great date even if she’s dumb as a stone.

But Hungry Ghosts is the runway model who went to Harvard.  And she knows how to have a good time to top it off – you know what I mean?

The story centers around an ex-pat Englishman named David Braddock who lives on an island off Thailand.  Braddock’s got a lot going on.  He’s feeling emotionally ravaged by guilt over his wife’s death, has several sometime girlfriends who want either one thing or another, an unrequited love, some Thai gangsters on his tail, and a homicidal maniac bent on revenge.  All of these somehow collide at his agency (he’s a P.I. with a partner and a half: a pushy, whip-smart Thai woman and her newborn baby), even when he’s not investigating.

David is a magnetic, complex character whose flaws we forgive, and against our better judgment perhaps, whose best traits we exalt.  He’s surrounded by a motley crew of friends, enemies, and anything in between.  Nobody is eccentric and quirky simply for the reason of being eccentric and quirky, either.  These are real people (or at least they feel real) and the author (John Dolan) writes with the voice of an experienced traveler – world weary, uncharted, but chasing the dragon of the next new adventure nonetheless.  He explains a magical culture in plain, rational language instead of getting all woo-woo on us – although he does get woo-woo on us.  Still, as a reader, I didn’t mind.  But I’m like that.

So, go out and get Hungry Ghosts and its sibling, Everyone Burns, if you haven’t already.  It’s worth your time and money and then some.  And it’s a great way to feel like you’ve been to Thailand without have to get frisked at the airport and sit for twenty hours sandwiched between two nightly steak eaters from Atlanta.

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In Retrospect

Former elite operative Merit Rafi suffered during her imprisonment at the end of a devastating war, but the ultimate torment is being forced to investigate a murder she would gladly have committed herself.

The year is 3324. In the region once known as Turkey, the Rasakans have attacked the technologically superior Oku. The war is a stalemate until the Oku commander, General Zane, abruptly surrenders.

Merit, a staunch member of the Oku resistance, fights on, but she and her comrades are soon captured. An uneasy peace ensues, but the Rasakans work secretly to gain control of the prized Oku time-travel technology. When Zane is murdered, the Rasakans exert their control over Merit, the last person on Earth capable of Forensic Retrospection.

Merit, though reinstated to her old job by the despised Rasakans, knows she is only a puppet. If she refuses to travel back in time to identify Zane’s killer, her family and colleagues will pay the price. But giving in to Rasakan coercion means giving them unimaginable power. She has only three days to make this morally wrenching choice; three days to change history.

As the preliminary investigation progresses, Merit uncovers evidence of a wider plot. How did the Rasakans defeat the technologically superior Oku? Why did the Oku surrender prematurely? How did the Rasakans discover her true identity? Merit realizes she will only find the answers by learning who killed the traitor, General Zane.

In Retrospect is a good old-fashioned whodunit set in a compelling post-apocalyptic future.

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Ellen Larson’s first story appeared in Yankee Magazine in 1971. She has sold stories to AHMM (Barry Award finalist) and Big Pulp and is the author of the NJ Mysteries, The Hatch and Brood of Time and Unfold the Evil, featuring a sleuthing reporter. Her current book is In Retrospect, a dystopian mystery (Carefully crafted whodunit -PW starred). Larson lived for seventeen years in Egypt, where she developed a love of different cultures. She is editor of the Poisoned Pencil, the YA mystery imprint. These days she lives in an off-grid cabin in upstate New York, enjoying the solitude.

Visit her at http://www.inretrospectbook.com

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On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination comes a new edition of the extraordinary time-travel thriller first published in 2003, now extensively revised and re-edited, and with a new Afterword from the authors.

On November 22, 1963, just hours after President Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President aboard Air Force One using JFK’s own Bible. Immediately afterward, the Bible disappeared. It has never been recovered. Today, its value would be beyond price.

In the year 2000, actress Cady Cuyler is recruited to return to 1963 for this Bible—while also discovering why her father disappeared in the same city, on the same tragic day. Finding frightening links between them will lead Cady to a far more perilous mission: to somehow prevent the President’s murder, with one unlikely ally: an ex-Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald.

Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition brings together an unlikely trio: a gallant president, the young patriot who risks his own life to save him, and the woman who knows their future, who is desperate to save them both.

History CAN be altered …

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Cutting It Down to Size

By Susan Sloate

     Compared to getting words down on paper in the first place, cutting what’s already there should be a snap, right? Didn’t Michelangelo say airily, “I just took a chisel and cut away everything that wasn’t David”?

Well, that sounds simple enough. You drop an extraneous phrase here, a flabby sentence there—and suddenly your manuscript is ten pages shorter and muscular. Nothing to it, right?


I hadn’t realized how much I needed to do it until I began a much-needed revision this summer on FORWARD TO CAMELOT, the 2003 time-travel thriller I co-authored with Kevin Finn. We both loved the book as originally written, but with a new edition about to be published (commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, which is the subject of our novel), we felt it was a good time to fix some of the usage and grammar errors that had slipped by us the first time, and especially to correct a couple of small historical errors that had bothered me for ten years.

That was the intention: make sure the quotation marks face the right way, check the history and turn in the book to our publisher.

Then Kevin and I began to realize there were other issues we wanted to address. What started as a simple fix became a line-by-line scrutiny, and what we eventually found were the words, sentences and even paragraphs we could cut to bring down the length. Our publisher, Drake Valley Press, explained gently that a book as long as the original version (almost 500 printed pages) would cost so much that we might not see any profit on it at all in paperback, and it could affect eBook sales as well. But if we could significantly reduce the word count, we would do a lot better. And besides, the narrative really did have its flabby moments. Keep the story, by all means—just make it, you know, a lot shorter and simpler.

I began to feel as though I had an “Everything Must Go!” sign on my computer screen.

While I began the historical fixes, Kevin began streamlining the manuscript, pulling out sections he felt could safely be cut or linked while maintaining the pace, the plot and the flavor of the original. While we both resisted cutting entire scenes—we cut only one full scene, albeit reluctantly—there were certain scenes that we also wanted to rewrite; we hadn’t got them right in 2003 and we had another chance now.

But when I finally saw Kevin’s long, meticulous (did I mention long?) document listing all the changes—which ran about 30 pages—I almost cried. Then began the bargain-with-your-partner phone calls: “Look, we can’t cut the hunt scene at the end.”

“But it’s ten pages; that’s way too long.”

“I’ll cut it down, if I can keep the gist of it.”

“You can have the gist. Just get rid of the gristle!”

“Did you realize you write everything twice?” Kevin asked me. “If you could cut it down to one telling, we could really cut through this manuscript.” By this time the word ‘cut’ or ‘slash’ made me queasy.

We argued, and we both agreed to less than what we wanted. Kevin let me keep the plot intact; I swallowed a good deal of bile and pride and slashed away at anything that wasn’t strictly necessary.

We cut the 488-page original manuscript to 382 pages, losing 25,000 words in the process. The word count was in the ballpark, and our publisher was relieved.

Did I enjoy the process? Not losing my favorite bits, no. But I did like examining a paragraph and finding the heart of it. It’s a process writers need to go through all the time—understand what we want to say and say it as effectively—and as simply—as we can. We can never afford to forget that part of our process, especially writers who become very successful, and whose editors then mysteriously evaporate (or more likely, are intimidated or overpowered by the author at that point).

I know I’ll do the same process from now on: I’ll look for stuff I’ve said twice and hack away at it, along with everything else the reader doesn’t absolutely need to know.

And maybe that snob Michelangelo was right: when you finish slashing with your machete, what you end up with looks a lot less like a flabby ‘before’ picture and a lot more like that glistening David in marble.

That alone makes it worthwhile.

Good luck with your own machete …


SUSAN SLOATE is the author of 20 previous books, including the recent bestseller Stealing Fire and Realizing You (with Ron Doades), for which she invented a new genre: the self-help novel. The original 2003 edition of Forward to Camelot became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in three literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.

Susan has also written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!, which won the silver medal in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and a screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns and founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston, SC.

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After beginning his career as a television news and sports writer-producer, KEVIN FINN moved on to screenwriting and has authored more than a dozen screenplays. He is a freelance script analyst and has worked for the prestigious American Film Institute Writer’s Workshop Program. He now produces promotional trailers, independent film projects including the 2012 documentary SETTING THE STAGE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and local content for Princeton Community Television.

His next novel, Banners Over Brooklyn, will be released in 2014.

For updates and more information about Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition, please visit http://susansloate.com.

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There is much written, rumored, told, and retold about Marilyn Monroe, but the most unusual and remarkable fact about her is this: In person as well in her films, she appeared to be outright luminous–enveloped by a glow, like a firefly in the dark.

Even Laurence Olivier, who costarred with Marilyn in the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, saw it. Though he seemed to dislike her intensely, he had to admit that, in all her scenes, she lit up the screen.

But exquisite as it can be, luminosity can be a kind of camouflage. It can hide the truth underneath.

What exactly was Marilyn illuminating in the atmosphere that surrounded her? Her beauty was certainly stunning, dazzling–blinding, even–but what did it hide?

Marilyn, more brilliant than many understood, knew well the difference between looking upon the light and seeing beyond the glow. Men do not see me, she said. They just lay their eyes on me.

Psychoanalyst and longtime woman’s biographer Dr. Alma Bond imagines, in detail, a several-year stretch during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Marilyn, an exceedingly fragile figure, submits to analysis on the couch of Manhattan psychoanalyst Dr. Darcy Dale and, following her return to Hollywood, corresponds with her.

Brilliantly, entertainingly, and movingly, Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch shows just what lay beneath Marilyn’s radiance. Dr. Dale, a fictional stand-in for the author, Dr. Bond, sees Marilyn Monroe as few ever have, both inside and out, and transfers those insights to readers. It’s impossible to imagine anyone providing a better, more complete, intimate, and unforgettable understanding of this truly remarkable, iconic, and even pivotal figure in film and sexual history.

My Thoughts: 

Like many people, I’ve been a fan of Marilyn Monroe all my life. Not only was she a luminously beautiful icon, but she also possessed an  innocent gentleness and vulnerability that comes across many of her movies and photographs in spite of her being a sex symbol. So when the author contacted me for a review, I readily agreed.

From the very first pages, I was instantly submerged. This is an usual book. It isn’t a memoir or a biography. Instead, it is a fictional account of Marilyn’s sessions with a “made-up” Manhattan psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale during the last seven years of her life. The author, Alma H. Bond, a biographer and psychoanalyst herself, brings into the book her own professional experience to make the sessions realistic and compelling.

Dr. Dale kind of stays in the background, allowing Marilyn to come fully to life, revealing a complex, sad, unbalanced, sensitive, naive and vulnerable–yet at times ruthless, egotistical, capricious and manipulative personality. Through their sessions, which mostly consist of Marilyn’s monologues, the star takes the reader on a journey from the time she was born to a schizophrenic mother, to the time she was sexually abused as a child by a foster parent, to her rise to the top and eventually her sudden suicide which shocked the world. We learn about the people who had pivotal roles in her life and career, her relationships with men, her abuse of alcohol and drugs, and her ultimately tragic, unbalanced emotions and desires.

The reader may not always like the Marilyn in this book, but I think the author has done an excellent job in portraying a complex character with both good and bad qualities. Ultimately, I think the star inspires pity, and I couldn’t help feeling sorry for her in spite of all the success she had in Hollywood. She is indeed an icon of beauty and femininity, but a tragic one at that.  I have read other fictional biographies by Bond in the past and this one seems to be just as well researched. On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Marilyn Monroe is one I can readily recommend.  

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Dreamer coverIs the Dreamer good or evil? As war looms between Britain and Argentina over the barren Falkland Islands, Major David Elliott is having nightmares. Long ago, in a dark jungle near Cambodia, he failed to do his duty. That duty was to execute a member of his team. David’s weakness eventually led to his team’s capture. Tortured by the Viet Cong, they revealed the dark secrets of the CIA’s Phoenix program. Forced to leave the service in disgrace, his men now live in the ‘darkness’. What do the dreams mean for them? David’s wife, Sonia, sees them as harbingers of evil things to come. A revolutionary in Argentina before the war, she escaped to America and became a citizen.

Now, Captain Alvarez, head of the Argentine Secret Police, wants her back. He devises a plan that lures her into returning to Argentina where she is imprisoned on Los Estados Island. Meanwhile, a mystical creature has summoned David and his former team to gather once more to honor the ‘covenant,’ a pact they made with each other when they believed their lives were coming to an end. Together, with an errant priest, Father Perez, they reluctantly agree to assault Los Estados and free Sonia. As they travel across Mexico, Central and South America, they encounter the CIA, Contras in Nicaragua, the M-19 narco-terrorist group and the United States Navy; while all along being shadowed by the mystical entity. Is the entity God or Satan? Will submitting to the will of the entity allow David and his men to stand in the light of men once again? Is the Dreamer good or evil? You decide.

Dreamer is a tale of redemption, honor, courage, belief in God and betrayal! If you enjoy military fiction, this book is for you.

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About the Author:

Phillip L. Davidson is an attorney who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Karen. He is a former infantry Captain who commanded a group of Cambodian and Vietnamese Kit Carson Scouts on a night ambush team in the Mekong Delta. Phil’s life in the military has provided him with a wealth of war stories.  He has used his creative insight to produce a military action adventure of epic proportions. Dreamer is a must read book. He is currently at work on a second novel.

Visit the author online at http://www.phildavidsonbooks.com/.


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Knight Blindness is the third installment in Karlsen’s The Knights in Time series. I have read the first two books and, as always, the author doesn’t disappoint.

The story begins at the Battle of Poitiers, France, in 1356. English knight Stephen Palmer charges into battle when he is suddenly struck by the enemy. In that instant, he plummets through time and when he wakes up, wounded and confused, he finds himself in a hospital in 2013. Not only that, but blind due to his wound. His manner of speaking, questions and claims force people to believe that he’s mad.

In a twist of fate, old friends of his who have also secretly traveled through time before, from earlier books, come to help. They assign him a tutor to help him adjust to the modern world: beautiful and warm-hearted Esme Crippen who, unfortunately, thinks Stephen adorable but also mad.

But unbeknown to Stephen, the man who struck him, French knight Roger Marchant, was also sucked into the vortex and ripped through time…and he has his own agenda and will stop at nothing to hunt his enemy down and bring him back to 1356.

This was a thoroughly entertaining and compelling read. Romance, adventure, intrigue, mystery and a touch of humor await you in Knight Blindness. With her close attention to historical detail, Karlsen brings the story to life. Stephen is a riveting hero, brave, loyal and stubborn, yet with a vulnerable, sensitive side; Esme is as sympathetic as heroines go, and I had fun watching their romance evolve. Roger is a character not many will like, but Karlsen gave him some redeeming qualities as well, making him a more complex and realistic villain. I should mention that although this is third in a series, it is also a standalone book, and the author does a good job in providing some light backstory that doesn’t get overwhelming. If you’re a fan of time-travel and historical romance, you’ll want to add this one to your shelf.

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My review was originally published in Blogcritics.

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Title: Will You Be My Friend?

Genre: Childrens

Author: Kim Heaton Ramsay

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 16

Language: English

ISBN – 978-1-47729-503-8
Marley Mouse wants to make some new friends. During Marley’s search she meets four kind creatures who are very different from her. Sweet Marley offers her friendship to each of them despite their differences and has lots of fun with her new friends.

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Kim Heaton Ramsay works in healthcare and has spent her career helping people. Will You Be My Friend? is Kim’s first illustrated children’s book. She lives near Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, to whom she has been married for 27 years. Kim has two grown children, a son and a daughter.

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geraldfreemanGerald Freeman left England at the age of 19, bored with his prospects and in search of something to do with the rest of his life. He hitched around Europe for  seven years, allowing fate to guide the way and he very soon realized there could never be enough years to do all the things he wanted. Gerry would like his writing to inspire people to go out and follow their dreams, instead of settling for a life that is under stimulating and does not allow them to reach their full potential. Gerald also expresses himself through sculpture, but the objective is the same: to meet and identify with people all over the planet and share experiences about the enigma of life.

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Kill Daddy. What was your inspiration for it?

A: After spending two years living with the African people in Kenya and Uganda, I returned to live and work in Portugal. I quickly discovered that people were genuinely interested in my journey and would ask me all the time the same question: What was Africa like? For some months, I tried my best to paraphrase a roller coaster of emotions and events into an intelligent and considered answer, and I just could not do the countries, or the people justice. I, therefore, decided that I had to tell the whole story. 

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist.

A: Well, I would say I have lived an interesting life. I travelled for many years, using my drum as a bag and hitch-hiking as my mode of transport. I saw so many crazy and wonderful things, and lived with so many different people that I have memories and stories to tell, for years to come. My life on the road taught me not to believe in coincidences, and I am a strong believer in our spirituality.

Q: How was your creative process like during the writing of this book and how long did it take you to complete it? Did you face any bumps along the way?

ImageA: Kill Daddy began as an adventure story, and it was great fun reliving all those crazy moments in Africa, even the ones which were horrific at the time. However, halfway through the book, I realized I was telling only half the story. The part which was missing was, why I went wandering around the world on my own, in the first place. It was boring to have to relive some of those moments I had spent years blocking out, but I have to be honest if I want others to value my work. It was written and rewritten over a period of two years. 

Q: How do you keep your narrative exciting throughout the creation of a novel?

A: I try not to have too many lulls and by combining different facets. For example, something exciting can happen, but also something exciting can be said, or heard, or implied and so on. I am becoming more skillful at this with practice. 

Q: Do you experience anxiety before sitting down to write? If yes, how do you handle it?

A: I have not suffered with this, so far. If I feel uninspired, I force myself to write one sentence and then it all comes flowing. 

Q: What is your writing schedule like and how do you balance it with your other work and family time?

A: I write during the day Mon-Fri and squeeze bits in over the weekends. I am lucky, in that my wife and I have found a good balance. 

Q: How do you define success?

A: I feel successful because I have found my soulmate, and because I am with the right woman, I feel that everything which follows is part of our destiny together. I also cannot look back and say I wish I had done things differently. Of course, there are isolated incidents I regret, but overall, I am happy with the path I chose. 

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers whose spouses or partners don’t support their dreams of becoming an author?

A: To be honest, I find it difficult to imagine any artist being able to live with someone who doesn’t support them, for very long. 

Q: George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Do you agree?

A: I completely agree that there is a force within you telling you to do what you do, and to ignore it would be like denying your true destiny, and life is much too important to me to do that. 

Q:  Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

A: I hope people can relate to the issues covered in my stories, and that they are inspired to live the lives they dream of. I also hope, I can raise awareness in certain areas, and perhaps even do some good.

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