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PRIMORDIAL DUST and giveaway with Sarah Daltry

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Book Info:

Title: Primordial Dust

Author: Sarah Daltry

Genre: Fantasy (Romance/YA)

READ THE FIRST CHAPTERS HERE!

 

A princess, trained to behave. An assassin, betrothed to her. A thief, whose eyes she dreams of at night. A kingdom at war, torn apart by the suppression of magic and truth, as well as family secrets that threaten to destroy decades of peace.

Questions of loyalty, of morality, and of free will culminate in a fantasy novel about forging one’s own path and choosing one’s own destiny.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBJUD1A

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LBJUD1A

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/primordial-dust/id882966210?mt=11

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Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/441741

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Trailer:

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Excerpt:

Alusia smiles wanly. “What happened in Kooram?” she asks.

“There was a party. We were dancing. Seamus and I were celebrating our engagement…” I pause, ashamed. He sits beside me, unaware of my role in this, oblivious to my own deception. “It was my fault.”

Seamus takes my hand. “Alondra, stop. You know this has nothing to do with you.”

“It has everything to do with her,” Alusia interrupts. “And her mother.”

“Look, although Alondra seems thankful for whatever you want to share with her, I don’t care what these secrets are. This is not her fault and she does not need you blaming her.” Seamus’s anger is new to me. I have been so amazed by his calm, his kindness; he is more like a Demorian now than I have ever seen him, and I have watched him cut a man’s throat.

Alusia sighs. “I do not mean to assign blame. But we can no longer pretend that this was a rogue attack, that these events have not culminated in bringing you here, that fate has not worked its magic to get this book into her hands.” She runs her fingers along the book on her lap.

“It’s fine,” I say. “But it was not fate. Maybe I did not make the only bad choices, but choices got us here. And I, for one, am tired of hearing about fate.”

“The attack,” Seamus continues. “It was sudden. A siren spell warned us before the mages were slaughtered. I don’t know how they breached the Demorian guard, but without the dying spell of an elder mage, no one would be sitting here right now with you.”

“So you ran?” Alusia asks.

“I don’t run,” I argue. “In fact, I am only here because someone kidnapped me in my sleep.”

“It was her father’s wish,” Seamus mumbles.

“The forces came quickly. We spread the word to meet in the caves and Kooram split into two groups: those who were running for the caves, and those who would stay behind. My parents were with those running, but I stayed. Ereditus, our commander, rallied the troops. Seamus was already by my side. My friend, Lormander…”

I stop and think of that moment. Sanara’s face, broken by the choice he was making, is etched into my memory. I watched her fingers slowly fall from his hand and the agony in her glance as she turned back to see him one last time tore me asunder. And now, somewhere, are they reunited? Did she lead everyone to Tallagut? Did he stay behind in the caves to face his death, remembering her kiss as the blade entered his heart? I choke on the images and tears rest on the precipice of my eyelids.

“We stayed,” I repeat. “There were so many of them. It was chaos. Smoke billowed from the streets, from our homes, from everything that was my childhood. I saw young boys, thinking they were brave, split in twain as the attackers stepped over the corpses, trailing death. What I remember most was the sound. The crash of swords, the screams of the fallen, the crackle of burning. The details are hazy. We left Kooram in ruins when we saw that we were outclassed. I walked through fields of carnage to the caves, only to wake on the other side, in a mirror world, yet untouched.”

“The king, he asked that we come here. He said you had the answers, the only weapon we could use against him,” Seamus adds. My shattered body sits beside him, but my mind and my soul are still with the dead.

“I am an old woman, and a forgotten mage,” Alusia says. “I am also the keeper of secrets and memories. I do not forge steel. My only weapon is knowledge. But that I have in abundance, and I believe it is time Alondra take her share.”

She rises from the dusty chair and approaches. I sense my hands as they lift to take the book she offers; the leather cover is hardened, but smooth to touch. I run my hand along the spine and trace the embossed seal.

“Please take this to your room. You will need time, and you will need privacy. When you are done, I will be waiting for your questions.”

 

Dream Cast:

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A princess of a kingdom lost in time and wrapped in secrets. Snarky and difficult, because life has always been easy, she is unprepared to be the leader she needs to be when her city falls.

 

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A trained assassin tasked with keeping his own city, and all the cities of the kingdom, safe. Betrothed to Alondra for diplomatic reasons. Much kinder than his profession reveals.

 

laylaLayla:

A young girl trained to be an assassin, sent to kill the son of the king. Her hopes rest on succeeding in her quest, because if she fails, there is no alternative but death.

 

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The mysterious man who captures Alondra’s heart on a night before the world fell apart. His eyes whispered secrets, but they may be secrets that led to the ruin of everything she held dear.

 

About the Author:

 

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking the internet for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden’s Fall series, Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story, and the six book New Adult Flowering series, including Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, Blue Rose, Star of Bethlehem, Orange Blossom, and Ambrosia.

Social Media Links:

Website:http://sarahdaltry.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahDaltry

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SarahDaltry

 

Top Ten:

Sarah’s Favorite Fantasy Movies:

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. Labyrinth
  3. The Neverending Story
  4. Brave
  5. The Wizard of Oz
  6. Shrek
  7. Pan’s Labyrinth
  8. Harry Potter (all of them)
  9. Bridge to Terabithia
  10. Mirrormask

 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

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Misconceptions about the Romance Genre with Alexi Lawless

A friend of mine said, “I just can’t read that Fifty Shades stuff.” And given the enormous success of that series, I get where she’s coming from, but it’s unfair to paint the genre as just that when it’s really so much more diverse and multi-layered.

Whether it’s a result of the lack of filters with self-publishing or the fact that Romance is the highest-selling segment in fiction right now, the genre has become so multi-faceted, there’s really something there for everyone (even men). Gone are the days where historical, Danielle Steele and Harlequin were the only visible heavyweights. You have a really interesting grouping of romances dedicated to rockers, fighters, cowboys, military, multicultural, triangles, Erotica, Young Adult, Teen, Mystery, Suspense, and the list goes on and on.

One of the biggest misconceptions about today’s romance genre is that it’s just for women. I think Complicated Creatures – and many books in the romance genre – have a broader appeal. It always bothered me that stories slotted into genres already seem destined to be gender or sexual orientation – specific. I want to write for the broadest audience possible. You might not like every scene, but I want you to love the cumulative effect of the story and fall in love with the characters. That’s the key to success in my mind.
Where Does Complicated Creatures Fit into the Romance Genre?  

I don’t think my book can be easily slotted into one genre besides the fact that it’s a work of fiction. It doesn’t belong in straight Romance. It’s not entirely Action/Suspense, and it doesn’t sit in Military fiction either. I like to think of it as just “damn good fiction.

I haven’t read many others that I think resemble my work, but a few recent ones have really impressed me and encouraged me to think outside the “traditional romance” box.

For starters, Karina Halle only recently came onto my radar. I readOn Every Street stuck in a house out in the Mojave Desert and literally could not put that thing down. The whole “Sins & Needles” series was a real eye-opener for how the whole Romance genre was evolving. Her characters are seriously flawed, but with the kind of personalities you can completely root for. My favorite character had to be Javier, he was so filthy good. Writing like hers really encourages me–I feel like there’s a broader appetite for smart characters, stressful situations and moral gray zones.

Tarryn Fisher blew the top of my head off with The Opportunist. I wept at the end of it before promptly getting up and hurling my Kindle across the room, I was so furious. That’s some damn good, dark & twisty writing. I enjoy how unafraid Ms. Fisher is to address how ugly human nature is as well as how selfish love can really be, and yet still manage to wrap that up in a tantalizing, gorgeous romance of a story.

Truthfully though, I haven’t read many books that manage to combine action, suspense, romance and erotica all in a single book like Complicated Creaturesdoes. If you have recommendations, please please send them along. Writing is a lonely haul sometimes, and it always helps to have good companions.

About the author.  

Alexi LAWLESS.

Corporate Runaway. Novelist. Wanderer. Bourbon Drinker.  

Alexi LAWLESS has been a closeted writer for thirty-odd years—from way back when she was banging out stories on a Commodore 64 to her years writing the corporate strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. But it was two years ago, laid up after foot surgery, that she started to seriously consider whether it was time to come out as the novelist she’d always wanted to be.

Armed with a laptop and an around-the-world ticket, she quit the corporate scene and set out to see if her passion for writing was more than a pipe-dream. Less than a year later, Alexi’s debuting her first published novel, Complicated Creatures: Part One, with the second book due out this summer. And while you may catch her sipping a drink in Miami Beach, you’re more likely to find her indulging her nomadic tendencies somewhere in Latin America or Southeast Asia.bv

Interested in following Alexi?  You can stalk her here at: AlexiLAWLESS.com.

LAWLESS Links

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Amazon profile: http://www.amazon.com/Alexi-Lawless/e/B00JXYT5FA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Complicated Creatures Part One is the debut of a five-part series

  • Part One, which is available now.
  • Novella 1.5, which will hopefully be ready sometime in July to people who sign up on my website.
  • Part Two, which will be available at the end of the summer.
  • Novella 2.5, which will come out in the fall.
  • The Prequel to Complicated Creatures which will be a full-length YA story about Sam when she goes to college, available around Christmas/New Year’s. And finally…
  • Part Three, the conclusion to the Complicated Creatures series, available this time next year.

 

 

 

 

 

What happens when curiosity becomes obsession?

From author Alexi LAWLESS, the first part in a provocative romantic suspense series…

Luck is Jack Roman’s middle name— and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious S. Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he’s immediately drawn to her, a striking, elusive woman who transitions seamlessly from wood-paneled board rooms to high-stakes, high-risk rescue operations in the most dangerous parts of the world.

Intrigued by her self-possession, aroused by her incredible passion, and disarmed by a vulnerability she cannot hide, Jack pursues her into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past. An entire world is revealed to Jack, where living for pleasure becomes fighting for survival. And the only woman he wants may be the one he cannot have…

COMPLICATED CREATURES is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine erotic romance that will leave you wondering: Do you really want to know everything about the one you love?

To read an Excerpt, scroll back up to the book cover and click on “Look Inside

Note to the Reader: Complicated Creaturesis the first ebook in a series of erotic romantic-suspense fiction. It is recommended for readers 18+ for mature content… these are not your mother’s romance novels

“A Stellar Read!” – Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

“Alluring, Suspenseful & Compelling…”

“Sharp, Lush and Vivid Writing Style”

 

 

A GUITAR WITH TOO MANY STRINGS

 
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A Heroine interviews her author ~ TAKING COURAGE

On release day for TAKING COURAGE, the heroine, Janna asked me why I hadn’t let her interview me. You see, I let Lydia, the heroine from the first Love Project series interview me. I couldn’t possibly ever say no to either of these two ladies. Let the fun begin.

Hi everyone, I’m Janna, the heroine of TAKING COURAGE. All right, SJ, first question. You gave me a taste for Simon in the first pages of our story and then you made him despise me. How could you do this to me? 

Yikes, I guess you’re not going to pull any punches. Well, you weren’t ready for Simon in those first pages. You had yourself so worried you’d mess up that you forgot to be honest, not only with yourself but with Simon too. To be fair, Simon wasn’t ready for you either.

Okay, that I can understand. Next question. Did you have to make me his Project Manager on my first day at a new job? That was a risky bet, don’t you think? I could have been fired. 

It was a risk I had to take. Simon needed to see all of you and not just the sub that had lied to him. I also needed for you to see another side to Simon and not just the Dom that was mad at you. Plus, you didn’t get fired, did you?

No, we got lucky. I had no idea what I was getting myself into though. 

I did and I knew you were ready. I knew you had the courage to handle it all. Sometimes it’s best to just go for it. As Simon would say, “It was sink or swim time.”

So true and thank you, SJ. I’ll be forever thankful that you wrote my story. I’d ask you some more questions, but I’m late for my date. See you later, SJ. Don’t forget to write Gina’s story next. I need to know what’s really going on with her. 

You’re welcome, Janna. I’ll always be here for you. Have a great time and don’t worry. I’m writing Gina’s story now. She’s full of surprises.

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Janna’s ready to make over her life and get out from under the controlling thumb of her father. She doesn’t want another failed arranged marriage. She’s ready to do whatever it takes for the career she wants, enter the lifestyle she craves, and to earn the trust and love of the man that has captured her heart, but heartbreak and career hiccups seem to be her destiny.

Simon’s still recovering after his last submissive lied her way into his life. He’s not ready for Janna and how she pushes against his prejudices. He needs to decide if he’s willing to lose her or if he’ll fight for her love and submission.

 

He pulled her closer. No longer was there any question what Janna desired. Her first scene sealed it forever. The evening could have gone a hundred different ways, but Simon was put in her path and everything turned out better than she dreamed.

She owed him.

Her head crept up enough to allow her a peek through her eyelashes. He was handsome in a stern sort of way. His flat nose had a bump along one side, like maybe it had been broken a few times. He was probably a fighter.

Would he fight for me?

The idea blasted her system with heat. She didn’t want to move from his side, but she’d have to. She’d have to go home. Her dream turned off, and dread filled her from within.

The fact she couldn’t remember earlier now flashed through her thoughts. She’d forgotten to mention she’d never scened before. Unease rolled around her belly.

Be open and honest. She’d broken the cardinal rule. She had to apologize to Master Simon, but then he’d never want to see her again, not after she told him the truth. It was the first item on her list of things to communicate. How had she’d forgotten such a detail?

Tomorrow, she’d planned to run back home. She wouldn’t see him again anyway. The heat in her body turned to ice. Tears threaten to escape like the nagging truth trying to break free. She lowered her head and huddled underneath the false cocoon.

“Look at me, pet.”

He knew. She was a cheat, and he knew. Her push of courage had gotten her through the door, but it couldn’t keep her here, not any longer. It was time to face the consequences. She told herself to remember the Simon from the scene, her first ever scene. He would always be her first Dom. She would try not to remember the Dom that was about to dismiss her.

 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND TAKING COURAGE:

 

Evernight Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

All Romance eBooks | BookStrand | Smashwords | iTunes

 

SJ's Bio PicS.J. MAYLEE BIO:  

S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.

When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.

As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.

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Taking Courage (Love Projects #2) 

by: S.J. Maylee  Genre: Erotic Romance with D/s

ISBN: 978-1-77130-875-5

Never give up with JoAnne Myers

For as long as I can remember, I have had an artistic flare-whether that be for writing, painting, sewing or drawing. I recall as a child how much I enjoyed drawing. The writing came later. My seventh grade English teacher was Mrs. Henderson-a young mother and wife. She gave us a writing assignment and after gifting me with an A+ told me I should consider writing as a career. She meant as a journalist. I did not take her advise and become a journalist (one of my many misgivings). My mind went toward other things as many young girls dream of-a husband, home, and family of my own. I put my love for writing and painting on hold for years.  I unfortunately married a man who like my mother never encouraged me to be artistic. It was not until my children were grown and I no longer had a husband, that I went back to my first love-art.  I got a late start, but always encouraged my children and others to partake of artistic endeavors.  I now have six books under contract with two publishing houses. So my words to you all, is that no matter what road you choose, never forget your passion, and always keep it close to heart.  Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from enjoying your natural talents.  You might need to put art on a temporary hold, but never ever give up.

The Crime of the Century– May 1, 2014 Reviewer Brittany Hale from BTS Magazine

REVIEW: 4.5 Stars 

Written in third-person omniscient the narrator tells the story of two missing teens, their murder and the effect it has on their small town. Well written and researched, The Crime of the Century, is an engrossing fictional true crime novel.

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/non-fiction/the-crime-of-the-century-a-shocking-true-story

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Murder Most Foul

BTS Magazine-December 2013 Issue 17- Reviewer Marie Haney

REVIEW: 5 ***** 

Murder Most Foul introduces us to Walker Harmon, an FBI Agent that’s sent out to solve gruesome crimes. The author recreates the scenes with dramatic fashion, adding characters that are so realistic; it feels like you’re living the moment right along with them. She is a wonderful storyteller, paying attention to every intricate detail and leaving you hanging onto every word. If you’re a fan of crime thrillers, this book will definitely not disappoint!  

www.melange-books.com/authors/joannemyers/MMF.html 

http://www.lulu.com/shop/joanne-myers/murder-most-foul/paperback/product-21183493.html

Wicked Intentions- A paranormal anthology

Reviewed May 2014 by Linda Tonis Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

REVIEW 5***** 

This was a very interesting collection of short stories and all had a touch of the paranormal. Overall, this is a book well worth reading.

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paints.

my photo apr 2011When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com 

Available Books by JoAnne:

Murder Most Foul-a detective mystery

Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology

Wicked Intentions-a paranormal mystery anthology

The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime

Poems about Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Upcoming Releases:

Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology

Flagitious-a detective mystery novella anthology

Contact JoAnne:

Email joannetucker98@yahoo.com

Regency – Women’s Restricted Lives with Gina Danna

Today, women have a multitude of careers to choose from. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, business executives, sales and so much more. But it is the 21st century. So what did women do to live in the time of the Regency, c. 1816? Were any of these career paths of today open to women then? NO.

Ladies of the Regency expected to get married, preferably to a man of higher status. As wives, their responsibilities were to beget the heir to the title, continuing the male family line and if possible, she should birth a “spare” or two, in case the first born son died. Other than that, she was expected to be the perfect wife and hostess for her husband. If he chose to stray from the marriage bed and have a mistress, no one blinked an eye. Everything was discreetly done, including her irritation of being thrown aside or her celebration of no longer submitting as a brood mare. She ran the house, in charge of the servants, menus, galas, the children and any other domestic issues.

As wife, she was taken care of for the rest of her life.

For those from lower classes, the world was harsh. They expected to marry, knowing their existence rested on the man’s decisions and income. Some women did work to supplement the family’s income but these were not easy jobs. On top of running the house, she had to raise the children, school them if she had time (and the education herself), sew, cook, and anything else that needed to make the home run. If she took jobs, it were hardly any better. She could do someone else’s laundry, mending, cooking or worse, work in the up and coming factory system, textiles the top of the line in demanding workers. Slow, repetitive and underpaying jobs on top of her wifely duties.

Some women were midwives, taking care of the pregnant women, understanding how a woman’s body worked over what male physicians knew. But midwifery was as high as she could accomplish in medicine, nothing more.

Of course, selling their bodies always was an option.

Frankly, women’s choices were slim to none in careers and to even consider practicing medicine was off the table.

But what if a country physician, a widower, left with a young daughter to raise and needing to keep an eye on her, to protect her from the ‘wolves’, dragged her with him. And by doing so, taught this girl medicine because she was with him and assisted him? And after his death, what if she needed to find an income and quick, only to discover no one believed her claims to be able to medically help people or that no one would hire her without references because she arrived in London alone?

Arabella soon found a way to use her skills but only as The Wicked Bargain.

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TheWickedBargain-GDanna-LGThe Wicked Bargain – available June 19, 2014

 London 1816  

Haunted by a past as a sex slave, nobleman Ethan Warth returns to England as a male courtesan for rich matrons and runs a brothel for wealthy lords. Arabella Covington appears on his door, trained in the medical arts but unable to practice because of her gender. He hires her to care for his ladies but her inquisitive nature and beauty make him desire to teach her the world of seduction.  

Ethan, however, never counted on falling in love…

 

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gina Danna has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.

Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.

ON THE EDGE OF INSANITY ~ Memoir of an abuse victim

I look back now over the last 19 years or so and wonder how I have overcome such ordeals and have become this new person.  Back then, I was suffering with a mental breakdown, a single mum of 2 children aged 3 and 6 years.  The breakdown was caused by my childhood, having been sexually abused by 3 people, one being my father.

I think the bleakest time going through regression therapy, was when I was sectioned for a stay in a psychiatric hospital for 3 months.  The first month in intensive care. Psychotic to say the least!  Arriving at the hospital, I was assessed by a psychiatrist.  I was then thrown into a padded cell.  Given medication, my head reeling I realised just how poorly I was.

Coming round from a deep sleep, I began to worry about the children who were then 11 and 15 years.  I was informed that social services had checked on them and that they had a good friend of mine looking after them until I was discharged. Money however was an issue; so to make ends meet I had to give up smoking. In a psychiatrist unit this was extremely difficult!

Christmas came and I had served my time. Back home. There was nothing but financial problems.  I had no job, a mortgage in arrears, 2 children to feed and debts of £9,000! No Christmas presents. A very frugal Christmas.

Gradually, after 5 months rest, I managed to get a job as a factory operative. Bit by bit I managed to become debt free.

I continued with therapy until I fully recovered at the age of 59 years.  I to this day I marvel at my progress as only 6% actually recover from such an ordeal.

Through this treatment I have begun to have a burning desire to help others overcome similar experiences, and in my retirement I hope to achieve my goal.  I would also like to public speak to help inspire and motivate others in every walk of life. One key lesson I have learnt? It’s never too late to overcome ordeals.

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Valerie Smith is the author of On The Edge of Insanity. The book is a powerful autobiography which charts the author’s journey from abuse victim to abuse survivor. When she was a child she was abused by her father, her uncle and her next door neighbour and later in life went on to suffer a mental breakdown which led her to be sectioned three times and endure endless stays in hospital. According to the NSPCC, 70% of sexual abuse victims go on to abuse children in their adult life and Valerie’s biggest challenge was to overcome the desire to abuse her own son. With the support of psychiatric therapy she was able to do this, and has later gone on to tell her son about what she went through, and they now have a fantastic relationship. I’ve attached the press release for further information. 

Valerie Smith is 63 and now leads a normal life. She says she wouldn’t have been able to come through her ordeals if it wasn’t for the 19 years of psychiatric therapy that saved her. She dedicates her time to speaking out about her experiences, in order to help those going through a similar thing, and to help them realise they are not alone, and there is help available.

 

THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS and giveaway from Penguin

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“Those who live in the Glass house shouldn’t throw stones.”

With a newly wed wife and a successful architect career, things are looking up for Todd Clemons. But when eccentric millionaire Thomas Glass comes to the town of Brookside Village, Texas, Todd’s world is turned upside down and he discovers his business is more in demand than he bargained. Dangerously in demand. Forced to work for Mr. Glass against his will, Todd must complete the task at hand save himself and his new family or else this may be the last project of his life.

I was confused to see her there. She still had three days before coming back. “Baby.” I choked. “Sweetheart, I don’t kn—know what’s go—ing on” She sobbed between words. “I was trying to surprise y—you by showing up early. I hope you’re ok. Just please….pl–please do what the man says. He said every time you refuse …they will torture me a—and kill us both” She cried. “Starting now!” Thomas in the video exclaimed.

 Just before the video ended he smacked her across the side of her head with the gun. “You son of a bitch!“ I jumped up ready to rush him again. I had stopped in my tracks when he raised his gun. “Where is she? What did you do to her?!” I yelled. “Don’t worry she’s in safe hands as long as ya finish.” He answered calmly.

I felt helpless. I couldn’t believe my wife was in danger right along with me. She had nothing to do with this. She doesn’t deserve to be taken hostage. I took a few steps back as tears ran down my face. I had no choice. I scanned the room and spotted the pile of tools in the back corner. I walked over to them and knelt down. My tears had landed on the power drill as I picked it up from the pile. “Ok.” I started.

I wiped my face as I stood up. “I’ll finish it.” I said meekly. as I continued to look at the tools. Thomas was already standing. “Excellent!” he exclaimed. He turned and made his way out the door. “Well I’ll leave ya to it.”  He said as he entered the security key in the door. I sighed in defeat as I picked up a piece of wall panel. “Don’t worry sweetheart. I’ll get us outta here.” I mumbled as I began drilling.

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Born and raised in St Louis, MO Neils Williams is the son of an entrepreneur. He has been writing since a very young age creating deep worlds for his readers to jump into. In his free time he enjoys writing poems/music, watching reality tv and entertaining. Neils Williams now live in Las Vegas, NV and loves to hear from his readers. He can be contacted at pen2neils@yahoo.com

Milt Mays and THE GUIDE

 

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This book has a lot of my heart in it. Okay, not the serial killing doctor character, Roman, though he makes some good points. Roman embodies a lot of those evil doctor thoughts we physicians get after a bad day and one too many HMO administrators. Yet he goes way beyond thoughts. And the other doctor, Roman’s new partner, Jake, is the idealistic humanitarian opposite of Roman, what all doctors strive to be. And he gets the brunt of Roman’s wrath: cancer and the threat of killing his daughter, or worse. How do you give someone cancer? That’s a good trick.

Jake tries to fend off Roman by going on a backcountry fly fishing trip, something he’s always wanted to do, and now will be the last thing he does to save his daughter and to save himself. It takes place in Rocky Mountain National Park, a place dear to me, where I have guided, camped, and hiked with clients, friends and family. Enter unsuspecting Stony, the guide, finally recovered from Vietnam-induced PTSD and addictions. And what saved him? The wilderness, fly fishing, and a woman in Alaska who loved wolves. Stony, in many ways is a lone wolf who has reintegrated, yet has dangerous traits that are a match for Roman. But if he is forced to go back to killing like he did in Vietnam, Stony knows he may never come back to the real world. So, when he finds out Jake is being stalked by Roman, things start unraveling.

There are days in my work as a doctor for the Veterans Administration that I literally cry and have to compose myself after seeing what war has done to a patient before I can go to the next patient. And as a fly fishing guide I experienced those clients doing a trip as part of a lifelong wish, lying about their health so they can do this one last thing. These experiences drew the character of Stony and the situation he was put in with Jake. Only his was much worse with a serial killer to fend off, trying to save Jake and to prevent the serial killer from coming after Stony’s new love, someone very close to Jake.

I had never been on a real backcountry trip in a small tent before I wrote The Guide. I grew up in Colorado so I’d camped a lot, but closer to people. I’d never been to Alaska either. So, I did both to give the book a real life flavor. I hiked up the same trail Stony did, and camped and fished at 11,500 feet with my son. Then I went on a wilderness trip to Alaska, floating down thirty-five miles of a remote river with two buddies, seeing only one person for seven days. (Maybe if my buddies knew I’d written a book about a serial killing doctor, they might not have invited me!) I also used prior Yellowstone trips camping with my wife and blond Lab. We watched wolves and grizzlies and other animals in the Lamar River valley, some call the Serengeti of the US. I’d do that in the early morning and evening and fly fish in between.

The Guide also has a bit of CIA-type assassins and near future medicine fantasy in it, probably because I cut my teeth on those genres and I was stationed at a few security bases in Scotland in the Navy, and have known Seals, NSA, FBI and CIA patients and friends.

So, it was a fun book for me to write, and is based on facts that may seem fantastic, but are not only quite possible, but probably have already happened. It’s the same with my first book, Dan’s War, a thriller about how an OPEC member decides to end global warming by destroying world oil, and doing it in two weeks so we have to go green.

The sequel to The Guide is still in the hatching stage. First I’d like to publish the completed prequel and sequel to Dan’s War. The prequel, The Next Day, concerns post-9/11 bio-warfare and terrorism that almost destroyed the US, and gained mutant changelings. The sequel, Realfood, is a post-apocalyptic novel that ties in The Next Day and Dan’s War, showing how GMO foods can destroy the world, or save it.     

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After a disturbing experience serving in the military in Vietnam, Stony strives to overcome addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Emotionally scarred and trying to move on, Stony finds solace in fly fishing, Alaska’s vast wilderness and a woman, who he promises on her deathbed that he’ll always help people and never kill another man. But when Stony takes a new fly fishing client, Jake, deep into Rocky Mountain National Park, his vow is put to the test. A conniving doctor is out to get Jake, and it’s up to Stony to do anything it takes to protect him. 

 

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Much like the protagonist in his book, “The Guide,” author Milt Mays lives for the great outdoors. He grew up in Colorado and spent most of his adult life as a Navy doctor, caring for those at the forefront of many conflicts, including Vietnam.

Milt MaysMilt graduated from the Naval Academy and Creighton Medical School. His medical career included tours with the Marines, a Navy security
group in Scotland and now at the Veteran’s Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo. He has been a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park
and continues to ply those waters with a long stick and pieces of fur and feather.

His techno-thriller Dan’s War (2011, Telemachus Press) was a finalist at the 2009 Pikes Peak Writers contest. He has also written short stories, including “Thanksgiving with Riley” (Copaiba Press) and “The Dry-Land Farmer” (The Northwind Magazine). He is the author behind “Take the F…ing Fly,” an illustrated poem on the wisdoms and frustrations of fly fishing.

A new edition of his latest book, “The Guide,” comes out June 5, 2014. The book won first place at the 2011 Pikes Peak Writers contest.

Milt is married in Fort Collins, Colo., with three children and a grandson who will soon be learning the joys of flinging a fly.