Sunday, May 1, 2022

Book review: Marooned by Andrew Williams.


 

Synopsis

My name is Bee Bee, well, at least that’s what everyone calls me, and I’m 15, nearly 16. The last year has been tough, and I’ve found myself on the Empress of Incognita, travelling through the stars toward a new life with my dad and step-mum. Or at least that’s what should be happening.

When the Empress hits a mine in deep space, things go from bad to worse. Not only are some of the other passengers a threat, once we leave the Empress and end up on ‘Arcadia’, we realise that its occupants, the Great Ones, are going to make life extremely difficult for all of us.

Find out how we get Marooned! 

Excerpt

I could immediately sense that Dad didn’t want me there cramping his style, but Ed Fyfield gave him a sharp look and said, “We need to get your documents sorted out.” The expression on Dad’s face suddenly changed, “Ah! Right. The documents.” As Ed Fyfield finally walked away, Dad gave me a nudge, tapped the side of his nose and said, “Don’t say anything to Mary about this, okay!” When I remained silent, Dad became more aggressive, “Okay?” I was tempted to ask for clarification. Did Dad mean about being told off for going into a restricted area, bribing Carl Whyler, or was he asking me to stay schtum about his alleged relationship with Suzanna Fyfield? When I didn't reply, Suzanna overcame her apparent dislike for my scars and went on a charm offensive. She gave me a winning smile, “I’m sure your Dad doesn’t want to worry your stepmother about any of this. Despite what my brother implied, your dad and I are just friends. You won’t say anything, will you, Bee Bee?” Falling under Suzanna’s spell, I nodded, “Okay. I won’t say anything.” “Promise.”

“Yeah!” Dad cracked a smile and patted me on one shoulder, “Thanks, Bee Bee. I appreciate it.” But once we’d left Carl Whyler and Suzanna Fyfield and began walking back to our apartment, Dad became more forceful, “You don’t say anything to Mary when we get back, right! If you do. I’ll make you regret it.” “I said I wouldn’t.” “Well, don’t!” Although I kept my promise, I felt very guilty. Deep down, I knew Dad was lying, and I didn’t want to be disloyal to Mary.

~*~

A few hours later, Dad took Mary and me to the recreation area, and I was amazed at how crowded it was. As some people were wearing ships colours, I guessed they were crew. The rest were passengers. Seeing us, Ed Fyfield unwound himself from an exercise machine, came to greet us and said, “Glad you could make it.” I expected him to take us straight to the shooting range, but instead, he led us to a side office. Glancing at Dad, Ed Fyfield opened one hand. It was the same action he’d used when confiscating Carl Whyler’s bribe. Dad responded by handing over a large envelope. Ed Fyfield retreated behind a cabinet.

As I could hear money being counted, I guessed that Dad had just handed over the last payment for our new identities. I heard a safe being opened, the money swapping for documents, and Ed Fyfield returned. However, before handing over our new IDs, Ed Fyfield told Dad to give him the forged documents that allowed us to board the Empress of Incognita. Once he was satisfied, he then presented us with our official IDs. 

When Dad started inspecting what he’d been given, Ed Fyfield said, “Don’t worry. They’ll pass muster, and once the ship reaches the Kepler-452 system, I will make sure that you and your family are well looked after. It’s all part of the service.”

When Dad nodded, Ed Fyfield then said, “Right! That’s that complete; I’ll take you down to the shooting range.” Once there, Dad introduced me to a rifle, showed me how to use it and then let me pump away at a target in a well-padded enclosure. Once I’d finished, Dad began instructing Mary on the art of gunmanship.

I sat down, but I wasn’t on my own for long because Chas Foony saw me, gave me a wave and came over. I was pleased to see him because there were very few people of my age on the Empress of Incognita, or if there were, they must have been in different suspension groups.

After slumping down beside me, Chas said, “So what are you doing here?” “Ed Fyfield invited us,” Chas replied. “And you?” “The same,” Chas said. He let out a slight laugh, “I think he uses the same invitation for everyone when he has documents to hand out to rat liners.”

“Rat liners?” Chas shook his head, “You’re very naive, you know that, Bee Bee. Or maybe it was the bang on the head that made you that way.” The comment annoyed me slightly, and I half regretted telling Chas about the car crash.  Referring to my accident as a bang on the head was flippant in the extreme, but I let it pass. Instead, I said, “Go on. Educate me, Chas. What’s a rat liner?”

“The Earth security authorities unofficially refer to the likes of my parents and your Dad as rats,” Chas replied, “The escape routes used by rats are ratlines.”

“Why do they call them rats?”


Marooned by Andrew Williams | Goodreads

Amazon.com: Marooned: A Prequel to the Arcadia's Children Series

Marooned: A Prequel to the Arcadia's Children Series | Reedsy Discovery

 



Review

“Eventually, we were told that the Empress of Incognita was heading towards an unknown semi-Earth type planet. Someone dubbed it Arcadia, and the name stuck.”

The goal sounded easy enough, but as with all good stories, once twists were added, it changed the objective. Suspense, greed, power, and control became part of the story, and you have a page-turner.

The recent addition of the Arcadia series was marked with these human behaviours, but only unity and one young man’s ability to listen could save the day. 

Being in space on a ship would have been perfect for most people. But for Bee Bee and his fellow travellers, it was an entirely different thing. 

Bee Bee (James) Kinfrank was a typical teenager that asked a lot of questions, to everyone’s chagrin. Left disfigured after a gruesome accident, the scare in his face didn’t make him a favourite. But this was also the reason for him to connect with people on differently, which made him in the end more acceptable, even a leader in his ‘tribe’. 

His father was a genuine piece of work which showed his true colors at the end. And Mary was his only support when things really became difficult, even though she was only his step mum. 

To be stuck into deep space without knowing if you would be saved created all sorts of problems and soon to be sixteen-year-old Bee Bee had to grow up. 

Not only were there an enemy in the wormholes, but there were enemies inside. And he had to listen to the inner voice for guidance. 

Lack of space, oxygen and food added to the tension as the depilated ship tried to stay on course. 

This is the prequel to the Arcadia series and because I have read most of it, I struggled to understand where the new characters fit into the bigger plotline. But in the author’s typical writing style it became clear, and it was worth the read. It gives the reader a better understanding of where it had all begun. 

Chas Foony knew too much but was a good informant/friend to Bee Bee. Then there was the Whiston family—the bain in everyone’s life that caused havoc wherever he and his gang of misfits went. Charl Whyler was thrusted into a leadership position and way over his head. Mary became Bee Bee’s support and protector while he became her purpose for being in the ‘tribe’.

The fast-paced plot quickly takes you from one suspenseful scenario to another while the group tries to survive. First on the ship, then on the new planet, where more twists made for adventurous moments. 

When an alien appeared on the ship, killing everyone on its path, it left Bee Bee a strange message. This was where the story escalated and became very interesting. With flashbacks from Mars and his mother’s death, you could sense the building tension.  

Especially the secretive ‘Great Ones’ no one knew about except for Bee Bee and his dreams. A force that added an additional layer of tension to the entire plot.  

“The Great Ones were sent to this planet for security reasons. This planet is far from the rest of our culture. Under our laws, execution is not possible. So sending them here seemed a sensible solution; they were banished to repent for their war crimes.”

These parasite creatures or beings controlled the new planet, and the survival game has stepped up a notched. Adding more drama, mystery, and suspense. Especially when Suzanne Flyfield stepped into the picture. 

Except for a few grammar problems, this was a good read that every science fiction reader would enjoy. The story touches on primal behaviours and how humans would cope when put in a strange environment where the only aim is to survive. Not only as a human, but as a race. 

The character of Bee Bee became the centre of their survival, which made this a good plotline. In the end, his own struggles and how he had to overcome it were woven into the many layers and a race was saved.  

 


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Book Blast and Review: They called Him Marvin by Roger Stark. Excerpt and Rafflecopter Giveaway is available.

They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark


They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark 

Publisher: Silver Star (September 21, 2021 Category: Historical Romance, WW2, Family Saga, Based on a True Story 

Tour dates: April 25-June 24, 2022 

ISBN: 978-0578855288 

Available in Print and ebook, 320 pages

They Called Him Marvin





Description They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark

They were just kids, barely not teenagers, madly in love and wanting to be a family, but WW2 and a B29 got in their way. Three hundred ten days before Pearl Harbor, buck private Dean Sherman innocently went to church with a new friend in Salt Lake City. From that moment, the unsuspecting soldier travelled a remarkable, heroic path, falling in love, graduating from demanding training to become a B29 pilot, conceiving a son and entering the China, Burma and India theater of the WW2. He chronicled his story with letters home to his bride Connie that he met on that fateful Sunday, blind to the fact that fifteen hundred seventy-five days after their meeting, a Japanese swordsman would end his life. His crew, a gaggle of Corporals that dubbed themselves the Corporealizes, four officers and a tech Sargent, adventured their way across the globe. Flying the “Aluminum Trail” also called the Hump through the Himalayas, site of the most dangerous flying in the world. Landing in China to refuel and then fly on to places like Manchuria, Rangoon or even the most southern parts of Japan to drop 500 pounders. Each mission had its challenges, minus fifty degree weather in Mukden, or Japanese fighters firing away at them, a close encounter of the wrong kind, nearly missing a collision with another B29 while flying in clouds, seeing friends downed and lost because of “mechanicals,” the constant threat of running out of fuel and their greatest fear, engine fire. Transferred to the Mariana Islands, he and his crew were shot down over Nagoya, Japan as part of Mission 174, captured and declared war criminals. Connie’s letters reveal life for a brand new mother whose husband is declared MIA. The agony for both of them, he in a Japanese prison, declared a war criminal, and she just not knowing why his letters stopped coming. 

Review 

I received an ARC copy from the touring host for an honest review. They called him Marvin is based on true events about private Dean Sherman's life later, 1st Lieutenant Dean Sherman. A respected instructor, commander and friend on the B-29 Superfortress during World War 11. It's a story about bravery and courage that's told with tedious effort to make it an entertaining read. The in-depth knowledge from this man's experience is truly remarkable. The easy flow with which it was written made it worthwhile. An excellent read for every World War 11 reader and historical lover. The letters written between Dean and Connie adds a human quality you don't find often in war-books. Through these letters, we were not only privy to their thoughts, but learned more about the war and what it did to couples. Like being the fly against the wall scenario. Dean Sherman was a young man, with a great love for one woman, God, and a strong patriotic sense that really set him apart. It was these characteristics that caused his swift promotions. He never lost touch with his comrades and remained loyal to the very end. The B-29 Superfortress was no one's toy and once Sherman set his eyes on this enormous machine, he was sold. With a wingspan of 144 feet, it must have been quite intimidating to fly, but he and his team made it sound easy. Once they were shot down, their bravery could even be seen in the war camps, so much that the Japanese were impressed with Sherman, the man. Hence the reason Roger Stark wrote the book. This book can be classified in various genres. It is tragic and moving at the same time. Knowing what we know about the war, you know the end, but reading reliving it through the love this man shared for his wife, you stand in awe of the magnitude but loss of it all. Truly a remarkable book with lots of detail imbedded to give the reader a thorough view of the happenings during that time. Getting to know the characters an emotional insight with a deeper understanding. Definitely a must read.

Praise They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark

“This was an amazing book. This isn't a look at war through rose colored glasses, but one that shows the reader what life was like for people from many backgrounds. A soldier, his love left behind on the home front, and those that were considered the enemy at the time. This was an intimate story that doesn't focus only on the war, and pulls the reader in quickly and easily. Historical fiction lovers, those with an interest in war history, and anyone just looking to take a few steps back in time will greatly enjoy reading this.”- Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review “The fact that the premise for this book started with the story that Marvin told and then the letters from Dean and Connie shows how much research Roger Stark put into writing this book. I love how he revolves all of the events around the dates of the letters. The letters give the reader a reprieve from the atrocities of war and show the humanity of the soldiers fighting. There are some parts of the war that are shared that are so vivid and so horrifying - both on the part of the Japanese and on the part of the Americans. It is so heart-wrenching to think that these young (barely) men were out in those situations. My almost-93-year-old grandpa, whose name is Marvin and who served in the Korean War, also read this book, and he really liked the story. For anyone who likes to read books based on wars or just history in general, I definitely recommend this one. It is also a love story that unfolds and is eye-opening to horrors that were experienced.”-Heather, 2 Many Books, 2 Little Time “Told in prose with diary-style sections of narration as well as central figure 1st Lt Dean Harold Sherman’s own personal correspondence, this is a beautiful tale of enduring romance and the heroism of those who fought and flew during the latter part of World War Two during the United States’ conflict with Japan. What results is a touching family saga that also foreshadows the great horrors and sacrifices of life in war. Author Roger Stark has crafted an emotive work with plenty of historical richness, pathos, and heart to offer readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the heartfelt presentation of the unshakeable bond between Dean and Connie, both through the curation of their own words to one another and the contextual gap-filling which Stark achieves with facts, but also emotionally sensitive additions and details. Overall, I would highly recommend They Called Him Marvin to fans of accurate wartime accounts and for enthusiasts of World War Two reports.”- K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite

About Roger StarkThey Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark

Roger Stark, by his own admission, is a reluctant writer. But there are stories that demand to be told. When we hear them, we must pick up our pen, lest we forget and the stories be lost. Six years ago, in a quiet conversation with his friend, Marvin, he learned the tragic story of his father, a WW2 B-29 Airplane Commander, shot down over Nagoya, Japan, just months before the end of the war. The telling of the story that evening by this half orphan was so moving and full of emotion, it compelled Roger to ask if he could write the story. The result being “They Called Him Marvin.” Roger Stark’s life has been profoundly touched in so many ways by being part of documenting this sacred story. He prays that we never forget, as a people, the depth of sacrifice that was made by ordinary people like Marvin and his father and mother on our behalf. 

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Excerpt: 

10 December 1944, The Same Damn Movie … In Puerto Rico the crew was quite happy to watch the new release The Lady Takes a Chance starring John Wayne and Jean Arthur. Coincidently when they reached British Guiana the same movie was featured. Not to be deterred the crew again enjoyed the film. When they got to Brazil and it was again the featured picture show, some murmuring occurred. The Corporalies, were feeling cheated. When they found the movie would be playing at their fourth stop also they complained to Dean. “Sir, ain’t the Army got any other movies?” “We know the lines better than the actors.” “We know John Wayne is going to eat the lamb chops because Jean Arthur cooked them for him even tho he is a beef man.” “Maybe there will be something new at our next stop,” was the consolation Dean offered. After crossing the Atlantic The Corporalies showed signs of giving up on the movies. But in Khartoum The Corporalies forced into the NCO Club by the searing heat and therefore ‘forced‘ to drink cold beer all day had a terrible yearning, near evening, for a movie. “Howell, go see what’s playing at the movies tonight.” ordered his fellow Corporalies. By virtue of being the youngest Howell was often the brunt of such requests especially after three or four beers. He had given up protesting that he was the same rank as them. In fact as the Central Gunner, he was in charge of the other gunners in combat, but as the youngest of four boys at home he felt a strange comfort in re-playing the role with his combat brothers. “And damn it, don’t come back if it is The Lady Takes a Chance.” Of course he discovered that The Lady was indeed tonights special feature. On the way back to the NCO Club with the sad news that John Wayne was again eating those lamb chops even here on the edge of the Nile Rivers, he met his Airplane Commander. “Sir, they are playing that same damn movie here, oh sorry sir, that same John Wayne movie is playing here. We are sick of it, Sir, ain’t the Army got any other movies?” “Evan, the reason that movie shows up everywhere we go, is that we have been tasked with delivering it to our final destination while allowing each layover airfield to use it.” Howell stared at his Airplane Commander as his cognitive impaired brain tried to process. The light finally came on for him, a bit dim, but it came on. “Oh, Sir, I see Sir, I’ll tell the boys.” And off he wandered, not in the direction of the boys, but in the direction of his bunk, taking his comrades threat to not return with bad news seriously.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Calling all Book Reviewers and Authors

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As an author I am always searching for ways to get my book out there and getting reviews. 

Each book I have self-published is a constant battle to get the ball rolling. Sometimes I become discouraged because of the lack of response or reviewers dropping me. 

The writing business is not kind or fair and to stay positive is not always possible. We spend a great deal of money to write, polish, then publish it and the only validation we have is when readers buy the book and hopefully leave a review. 

As a reviewer, I understand the responsibility of being consistent and trustworthy. Because of this I am basically fully booked for this year. 

But in my search, I came across this group on Facebook and have started to join the promos and read the case studies provided. You must be a member to read them but worthwhile to do so.  

Evan Gow, the owner of the group is a hands-on fellow that really helps authors to become noticed in a world where it is a constant fight for recognition. 

Here is one case study I found very useful and there are links for reviewers where you can request a copy and become part of the team. 


My newest book, Love at War, is also there. Have a look.  

Their enemies tried to outsmart them. Obedience their only defence.
Whisked to picturesque Valletta, a lonely nurse met her soul connection. It set the bar in a stirring plot of spiritual and physical survival as a determined warlord in Africa and a cunning wife in America trapped them. The healing sands of Iraq, their only hope.
Passionate about her work, war-torn South Sudan offered Sonia Main peace. When a man from her past confronted her once more, she had a choice to make. A choice that would influence her life.
Could Sonia let go of the past and see a new future?
Would her dreams continue to haunt her? Or would the warm sun of Africa burn away her fears?
Curt McGee was a man bound by honour and duty. It took him away from home for long periods of time.
Caught in infidelity, Curt's wife’s thinking left him astounded, shocked even. His children prey to an unthinkable enemy.
Would he get beyond his wife's betrayal?
Could he save his children?
What decisions should he make?
Co-workers devised a plan: book a flight to enjoy a weekend in Malta. An island in the Mediterranean Sea that offered tranquillity and peace to weary souls.
Here, two worlds connect, and the result would change them both for eternity.
Meeting by chance, love confronted them, a love so great that they could not deny it. But time played a trick and demanded a price. A price so high that it would strip them of everything before they could experience the joy of a future.
Obedience was better than sacrifice, revealed the pages of the Holy Book. Would they yield or follow their own way?
They could not run or hide from the onslaught. Their enemies' attacks growing in intensity. Crafty tricks added to the confusion, their fears real. It stripped them of their hopes and dreams. They could only go one way.
When Tau Gbadamosi met Sonia, he had a tough time understanding his feelings. War ravished his country. The enormous plight for help too great for one man or one fight. Faced with loyalty, he had to decide. A decision that would cost him. Would he fail the test?
Africa's hopes and dreams burned brightly in the harsh African sun. Poverty and lack the driving force for many ‘do-gooders’. It left the continent in a starving grip. But when a warlord sets his sight on the Red Cross nurse, all hell broke loose. No one could stand in his way.
Only God could stop him.
Lover of my soul
Oh, my Sovereign Lord,
I bless your Holy name.
Your Kingdom is eternal
Your words are priceless as pearls.
Your favour is beyond any riches.
Oh Lord, my Father,
Perfect is your timing.


A Case Study at Story Origin


Posted by Marilyn Pike on the Facebook group by request of Evan Gow, this is an article I wrote about the effectiveness of gaining book reviews through StoryOrigin. 
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Very happy with StoryOrigin for gaining both book reviews and newsletter subscribers, I’m writing this article to describe my experience with book reviews. The stats provided below occurred with very little effort on my part. I plan to return to working on gaining more book reviews in the near future. As you can see, so far I’ve been most successful in gaining reviews for the books in my YA Paranormal Mystery / YA Urban Fantasy series.
MY REVIEW COPY STATISTICS:
Mission Critical: Journey to the Red Planet (Science Fiction novelette):
- Review copies requested from readers through StoryOrigin, approved by me: 4.
- Book reviews from those readers: 1. (That reader posted a 5-star review on Goodreads and BookBub.)
The Other (Science Fiction novel):
- Review copies requested from readers through StoryOrigin, approved by me: 5.
- Book reviews from those readers: 0.
Blood and Ashes (Paranormal Romance novel):
- Reviews requested from readers through StoryOrigin, approved by me: 5.
- Book reviews from those readers: 2. (No links were provided to reviews posted online. However, one 3-star review in which the reader said they would read more of my books and one 4-star review were posted on StoryOrigin.)
Shade (Book #1 in YA Paranormal Mystery / YA Urban Fantasy Series):
- Reviews requested from readers through StoryOrigin, approved by me: 43.
- Book reviews from those readers: 18 (ten 5-star reviews, four 4-star reviews, three 3-star reviews, and one 2-star review, with one of the 4-star reviews posted only on StoryOrigin).
Shade and the Skinwalkers (Book #2 in YA Paranormal Mystery / YA Urban Fantasy Series):
- Reviews requested from readers through StoryOrigin, approved by me: 40.
- Book reviews from those readers: 14 (nine 5-star reviews, four 4-star reviews, and one 3-star review, with one of the 4-star reviews posted only on StoryOrigin).
Shade and the Castle by the Sea (Book #3 in YA Paranormal Mystery / YA Urban Fantasy Series):
- Reviews requested from readers through StoryOrigin, approved by me: 31.
- Book reviews from those readers: 10 (six 5-star reviews and four 4-star reviews, with one of the 4-star reviews posted only on StoryOrigin).
Shade and the Pure-Blood Faeries (Book #4 in YA Paranormal Mystery / YA Urban Fantasy Series):
- Reviews requested from readers through StoryOrigin, approved by me: 30.
- Book reviews from those readers: 10 (seven 5-star reviews, one 4-star review, and two 3-star reviews, with the 4-star review posted only on StoryOrigin).
HOW I SENT TRAFFIC TO THE REVIEW PAGES:
The most exciting services offered by StoryOrigin are the multi-author promotions that authors set up for participants to gain book reviews, book sales and newsletter subscribers. So far, I’ve actively participated in 26 of these promotions: 6 for gaining book reviews, 9 for gaining book sales, and 11 for gaining newsletter subscribers. As you can see, I gained 54 book reviews through only 6 promotions on StoryOrigin. After that, I focused more on the promotions designed to gain newsletter subscribers, but I plan to return to book review promotions in the near future. After I sign up for a book promotion, I announce it on my scheduled date in the following places: my newsletter where I have over 8,000 subscribers, on Facebook, Twitter and my Goodreads blog. That’s it. It’s pretty easy. All the authors in a promotion promoting at the same time is what leads to its success. I especially recommend joining promotions run by established authors, especially those who are strict about requiring all participants to share the promotions with their followers.
MY PROCESS FOR VETTING REVIEWERS:
I only accept reviewers who provide links in their StoryOrigin background information to their review pages on at least one of the following: Amazon and other bookstore sites, BookBub, Goodreads, etc. If someone requests a book but hasn’t provided any proof that they post reviews online, I don’t approve them out of caution they may only be looking for free books. I’d also be hesitant to accept anyone who consistently posts negative book reviews, although I’ve never been approached by anyone who does that.
MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT MANAGING MY REVIEW COPIES THROUGH STORY ORIGIN:
It’s so easy! I used to send out hundreds of Advanced Review Copies of my books to ARC teams. That was a LOT of work. On StoryOrigin, I just post my books, then take part in book promotions. This works well, as there are always a lot of book promotions taking place.

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Acts is a sequel to the gospel of Luke, written by Luke between 70-90 AD, in Rome. It is a historical narrative of the first-century Christian church from 33 to 60 AD. It is an action-packed, fast-moving, Hollywood-style narrative on the adventures of Peter, Paul and others. You will see how the gospel traveled from Jerusalem to Samaria, Lydda, Joppa, Caesarea Maritima, Damascus, Antioch Syria, Cyprus, Lystra, Iconium, Derbe, Antioch Pisidia, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, etc. to Rome. You will see the amazing miracles and hear the amazing sermons and testimonies of Peter and Paul. You will come across many “first” in Acts, e.g. birth of the first-century Christian church, first miracle, first sermon, first Christian martyr, first Christian burial, first Gentile convert, first European Christian convert, Antioch, the city where disciples were first called Christians, etc. You will read about Paul’s first, second, and third missionary journeys, mobbed at Jerusalem, jailed at Caesarea Maritima, shipwrecked at Malta, and jailed in Rome. This is a Christ centred, Holy Spirit-enabled, exciting, life-changing book.

Heroes

They come from all walks of life. Men and women in uniform, standing up to serve their country, banding in an untouchable brotherhood / sisterhood to protect its citizens.

Some will find both glory and pain, some find their purpose in life, but for so many, the war will never truly end.

Join these honorable men and women as we explore their journeys. These stories show what it means for them and their families when they make the brave decision to sign up to serve their country.

Home of the Brave contains stories of soldiers, airmen, marines, and seamen who defend us all from so many things. Most we will never even know about, that’s how incredible they truly are.

All proceeds from this set will be used to help the men, women and families of our Armed Forces.


Can love be found where Lily least expects it?

Lady Lily Merriweather has waited a long time for love to blossom. Through the death of her father, the loss of their fortune and their relocation to Bath, she has held steadfast in the opinion that true love will be found. Can she find it right beneath her nose?

Hugh Baxter was rather irritated when his father asked him to keep an eye on his deceased best friend's daughters. But Lady Lily soon becomes a close friend and ally, especially during the Bath season - a dangerous time for any unwed man. Fighting to follow the career he has always wanted, love is the last thing on his mind.

In the elegance and glamour of the Season, will Lily and Hugh realise that their feelings for one another are more than platonic?

Fans of Julia Quinn and Cheryl Bolen will love this romantic and charming regency romance.

Buy ‘Let Love Grow’ and fall in love with the Merriweather's today!


Logo t-shirts, glasses with frames two sizes too big,
and a hard-core love of music and ice cream.
That’s how I’d describe my best friend, Liam.
Back then, we were inseparable.

I took off to California with my new college boyfriend, Roger,
ready to get away from the dirt and cows in my podunk town
wanting to start a new life with him.

Fired, dumped, and evicted my life was reduced
to a box of cereal without any milk.
Nowhere to go except back home,
where I had left everything and everyone behind.

Athletic build, five o’ clock shadow and that
same of love of salted, caramel ice cream.
That’s how I’d describe Liam, six years later.
Except, he wasn’t my best friend anymore.




Synopsis:

I maybe a savage, but I will protect those who need it at any cost!

After shaking the Sheriff off the MC's tail, I find myself at the boarder with Sledge.

Little did I know when I woke up that morning that I would end up buying a girl for a Mexican Coyote.

When I learn how much danger she is actually in, I vow to protect her.

Plus, she's the one I've been looking for all my life, she makes me feel at home.

But my MC brother tell me who she really is, and the danger she brings to our motorcycle club, I'm torn.

It's a blow I wasn't expecting.

Her being here could mean the end of the Dark Angels MC.

If I let her go, she's as good as dead...

Follow Psych and Izzy in this Dark MC Romance. 'Broken Cracks' is book one in the MC Romance Club Series Dark Angels MC. If you want to come along for a fast, twisted action-packed ride that will get you hot, steamy, and leave you breathless, 1-Click NOW!


New Release / Nuwe Boek Vrystelling.


Ons wêreld sou 'n baie beter plek gewees het as ons beter verhoudings met mekaar kon handhaaf.

SKAKEL VAN 'N KETTING in die eerste boek in 'n reeks van twee, geskryf deur myself en verskeie ander skrywers wat uit hul eie ondervinding vertel hoe verhoudings met hulle ouers, hulself en ander hul lewe beïnvloed het.

Die boek kan by my bestel word vir R180 'n boek (koeriergelde uitgesluit) by lynelle@kreativcollectiv.com. Net beskikbaar in Suid Afrika.

Our world would have been a much better place if we could maintain better relationships with each other.

LINKING A CHAIN in the first book in a series of two, written by myself and several other writers who tell from their own experience how relationships with their parents, themselves and others have affected their lives.

(This book is only available in Afrikaans.)





Book review: Marooned by Andrew Williams.

  Synopsis My name is Bee Bee, well, at least that’s what everyone calls me, and I’m 15, nearly 16. The last year has been tough, and I’ve...