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Featured Author – George M. Nagle

In the September spotlight from Mystery Authors International is George M. Nagle and his debut novel – The Life We Lead:Ascending – which is available to purchase now. There’s a trailer on YouTube that will give you an instant feel for the story. You can see it here.

What’s not to love about spies, romance, drug cartels and the like. The young protagonist, James, has been heralded as a mix between Bond & Holmes. It has to be good to receive that kind of accolade.

This is just the first in a series of what should be three books. At 425 pages, it is the shortest of the series and really the introduction to James, the group, Carissa and a whole cast of others.  The Life We Lead follows the life of James, the main character as he battles criminal syndicates while trying to have a normal life.  It is inspired by real life events, however, names, places, timelines and such have all been altered.  This story has been 25 years in the making and certainly won’t disappoint with an incredible ending to the series.  This series is based in reality of spying so the far-fetched gadgets and such like those found in James Bond won’t be appearing. It is a spy novel has lots of twists in turns that can make you laugh, cry, feel the characters outrage and even love.  The subtitle to the book is a clue to why it ends where it does too.

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It’s a great cover, don’t you agree? Fancy a snippet? Of course you do.

Chapter 03 – [context:  James and Daen capture Nikolias after Petior has been abducted.]

“You are our prisoner, but you are a captive of whatever group you…” Daen began, but Nikolias cut him off.

“What makes you think I want to leave?” growled Nikolias.

“When you help us, your bosses will not be too happy with you. You and your cousin will need to leave to survive,” replied Daen.

“So he says,” Nikolias said curtly, with a head gesture towards James.

“What did he say? Why did he just do that?” asked James.

“Sounds like he doesn’t feel the need for our help. It seems he doesn’t want to, or have a reason to leave,” Daen replied, a puzzled look on his face.

“I am no traitor, and I will die to help our fraternity and country. I am loyal and believe in things, unlike you American dogs,” Nikolias stated in English.

James bowed his head, closed his eyes, and rubbed his left temple for a moment with his left hand. He dragged it down his face before speaking again.

“Okay, tell us what the fraternity’s cause is. What’s so special about it that you’re willing to risk your life, your cousin’s life, because someone felt I disrespected them near a train?” asked James.

Nikolias laughed. “We know you’re looking for drugs. You feel drugs are not disrespectful and destroying. You think we do not know that is why you are here? We see you peoples, and how you treat us. You all deserve death for your exploits on us, and our children.”

Check out the full blurb – I’m sure this will have you one-clicking in no time:

The DEA, FBI, and CIA have failed for years to bring down the Spara family, who control the world’s largest drug cartel. A secret society of spies whose members are under the age of 25 will try to succeed where the government has failed.

At only 21 years old, James is the most skillful member of this society. His new target is the Spara family. Through their relationship with Russia, the Sparas are the largest distributor of heroin in the world.  While beginning his investigation in Russia, James inadvertently saves the life of a former KBG officer who has a connection to the Tan family. This connection leads James farther into the heart of the criminal cartel.  However, the Tans have a dark secret of their own, which could jeopardize James’s perfect record and his tenure as a spy as he struggles to do what is right while protecting his family, friends and the love of his life.

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George is the 3rd of 6 children and grew up in western Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, his MSc in Biology and his MBA in Marketing and Management from Duquesne University. He is also a Master 5th degree black belt in the art of Taekwondo with Young Brothers in Pittsburgh. He currently in a global marketing and strategy professional in science industries. He also has one son, Matthew.

Follow him and his series at any or all of these sites:

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER  

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

GOODREADS AUTHOR PAGE

SMASHWORDS AUTHOR PAGE

Don’t forget to leave a review afterwards – reviews keep authors writing – and you’ll want to read the rest of this series, I’m sure.

Good luck with sales, George, and your push for those bestseller lists.

 

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A Dare, A Ouija board and A Riddle

Something spooky this way comes … but you’re going to have to wait until September 1st for this treat. Sorry, but it’ll be worth the wait, because this week’s featured author is none other than Lynette Ferreira.

Here’s a little insider info about this very talented author, with a whole shelf of books waiting to welcome you.

Lynette writes predominantly supernatural fiction and most of her stories address social issues. Her stories always have threads of first love, really cute boys, kissing and all the drama. Her stories “will touch you and sometimes even make you cry“.

Her first indie book, My Recycled Soul (Recycled Souls) hit #89 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list in August 2010. In that year, Lynette also entered her manuscript in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards where it was chosen from 5,000 entries as one of the Top 250 in the competition. My Recycled Soul can often be found in the Top 10 Most Wished for Young Adult Books on Amazon in the Christian Science Fiction category.

In 2011, Lynette entered When we Love (The Great Divide) in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and again was chosen as one of the Top 250 stories from 5,000 entries.

For me, creative expression is as important as breathing.

Since 2008, Lynette has released more than 20 fiction books, one of which is a collection of bestselling and popular Flash Fiction, The Dark, Dark House.

In 2016, Lynette founded Bellatrix Books, where she helps fellow self-published authors to turn their amazing stories into good-looking books. Here she utilizes skills she acquired from working as a personal assistant in an international financial environment for most of her adult life.

I always seek truth and meaning, and I try to live my life in line with my values.

She also worked as a shoulder to cry on at a Youth Group once and she loves connecting with young people, listening with a sympathetic ear to their real worries and stresses, providing a safe place to discuss their issues which she will never ever share with anyone or anywhere. She could not be more honoured to be a sounding board for all the hurt, sadness and often exhilarating happiness of living in the modern world.

I think there’s room for everyone at the table, and I love to learn what makes people tick.

Since she was young she moved around a lot and has not yet found the place she can call home. She currently lives in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Lynette does not really like the cold, is afraid of what might be hiding in the dark, and loves anything in, on or smothered with chocolate.

The book I’m dying for you all to read is The Girl in Room 13.

As part of her initiation, as a new arrival at boarding school, she has to accept a dare. Unfortunately, Alison’s dare requires her to go into the dreaded room thirteen on the anniversary of Lily’s death. It is rumoured, Lily, the girl who used to reside in the room killed herself on the thirteenth of February, the day before Valentine’s Day. When Alison goes into the room, alone and afraid, armed with only an Ouija Board, the dead girl gives her a riddle, which leads Alison on a journey of discovery to find out what really happened to Lily. What dark secrets is the girl in room thirteen hiding?

It’s available to pre-order here

I know waiting is hard, but as the saying goes “everything good comes to he who waits”.

But, if you really want to try some of Lynette’s other works, then I can recommend both  The Otherworld and ForNever series. Check out her website for more details, there is so much more there can I can squeeze into one post.

You can connect with Lynette at any or all of these sites.

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
Goodreads
Pinterest

Don’t forget to snag your copy of The Girl In Room 13!

Why you should travel to the darker side of fiction

I admit, it’s not something I usually read. The very thought brings me out in a rash. I could never watch a horror movie after The Birds (and that was eons ago)
That was until I read a short story by a good friend of mine:

Meet DM Wolfenden

Now, it’s clear she has a ‘different’ view of what makes a great read – she was horrified (pun intended) when I didn’t know who HP Lovecraft** was. (Even Googling the man and his works freaked me out!)
Evidently, on that point we can agree to disagree.

But, this lady knows how to tell a good story.

Twisted? Often.    Chilling? For sure.    Dark? Always.

DM Wolfenden is a British author, who loves to write about the darker side of life, she describes her writing as a little dark with a lot of heart. From vampires to poetry, serial killers to people looking for love, full length novels to short stories there is something for everyone one and with prices starting as little as 99c, her stories won’t break the bank.

The first story I read of hers was Carly. To this  day, it is still one of the best short stories I’ve read. Here’s a snippet:

After he laid me down, he washed my wounds with disinfectant, he put plasters on almost every little scratch. He kissed each plaster.” She pulled the scrunchie out of her hair, and put it around her wrist. Absentmindedly, she scratched her head.

“He kept going on about how much he loved me, how he didn’t want to hurt me, but I needed to be punished. Something about the stars and the signs, how they meant we were to be together. I had to promise not to try and leave him again.” Her hand went to her pocket, and she took comfort in knowing the pictures were still there.

“He fed me soup. He even gave the dog some, but only after I pleaded with him. I asked about Lisa again.” She stared into Vanessa’s cold eyes. “He said, not to worry about her, she’s with Nessie now.”

Vanessa’s face paled. “He said Nessie? What did that mean?”

Carly pursed her lips and shrugged her shoulders. “Don’t know. Wouldn’t tell me.”

Vanessa closed her eyes for a few seconds.

This story has a sinister undertone, but also a heart-tugging backstory. It’s a clever suspense tale and – I promise you – you won’t see that twist coming.

If you follow it up with The Box, Then I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Read on …

The hospital smells hit me the moment I stepped inside, like sour disinfectant. Why do they all smell like this? The corridors seemed to go on for miles, and my head spun in the harsh light. Each step I took felt like I was walking through the gates of hell. Did I really want to do this? No, but I had to!

A nurse stopped me when I entered the ward.

“I’m sorry, but visiting hours are over. You will have to come back tomorrow.” Her face was quite firm.

“I have to see my dad. He called me, and said they were going to operate on him in the morning. What does he need an operation for?” I kept my voice purposefully low, I don’t know why.

“What’s his name, love?” Somehow, she looked ten years younger as her face softened. She walked behind the nurse’s station.

“Philip Doves.” I replied and wrapped my arms around my stomach. Just saying his name made me feel sick, and want to run away.

But, I kid you not, there’s more to come. Wolfie’s most recent publication is a beautiful story that will have you laughing and crying – until it hurts. Winters Day is a Rom Com (yes, from the Mistress of Dark Fiction!!) and therefore, of course, there has to be an evil antagonist lurking not too deeply below the surface.  Check this out:

She stood in the living room. There was blood on the chair nearest her, her blood. The side table lay smashed on the floor. In the carpet shards of glass sparkled like diamonds as the winter sun shone through the window. She jumped when Peter touched her arms.

“Why don’t you go and have a soak in the bath? I’ll clean up.”

She nodded.

She lay down in the warm water, bubbles encasing her, the smell of vanilla and coconut filling the room. Her emotions went wild. She silently cried as the anger, sadness, fear, then finally relief flooded through her.

See! I told you so.

But, the best is yet to come.

DM Wolfenden is offering a free copy (direct to kindle) of each of these stories to the first people who head over to her Facebook page and Like and leave a comment saying where they have seen this offer.

Tell her “Twinnie” sent you 🙂

Click here for her Author Page on Facebook or to follow her on Amazon UK  or US.

I still haven’t told you about Bernie & the Beast, another fantastic short story with some very foreboding moments. Not forgetting her debut novel Behind Blue Eyes,which is the most original vampire story you’ll ever read.

If I were you, I’d head over to Facebook and Amazon and get to know DM Wolfenden better.

Rumour tells me she’s working on an awesome Zombie novel next. Shush …. you didn’t hear it from me (okay, so yeah, she scares me a little!)

**Yeah, I got his name wrong first time round – I called him Lovelace. Proves my point – I had – have – no idea who this man is? It is a man, right? 🙂

 

Meet Mr Memoir

It takes a skillful wordsmith to tell a personal story with integrity, wit and honesty. My friend and author Rod Baker has such a talent.
I’ve been reading excerpts of his soon-to-be-released book “Um, where is Belize?” and I can guarantee there is indeed a treat in store for readers.

If you’re not familiar with Rod’s work, let me tell you a little about the main man (in his own words):

I grew up in small town England. Like many teens I was bored with life and decided to leave home and go to sea. At age sixteen, I joined the British merchant navy as a deck hand. It wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, but then nothing ever is. My first book, Constant Traveller R8011768, is about those adventures.

In 1968, aged 21, I immigrated to Canada and worked as a mate on a tugboat. The tugboat sank and was run over by a barge in the Haida Gwai islands. I decided to change careers and worked as a shipwright, businessman, College instructor, and CEO for mental health organizations.

I could never decide what to be. Now retired, I am trying my hand as a writer. I live in Lions Bay, British Columbia with my partner, Anna, and dog Fargo, who takes me for walks between bouts of writing.

You can read more about Rod’s experiences on the high seas in the 1960s in his book “The Constant Traveller – R801168”

 Reviews so far call it:

“a captivating story from start to finish”

“a damn good read”

“round the world on a merchant ship at 16”

“an excellent debut book”

and my particular favourite, “The first part of a remarkable life.” You can get a copy here

But that’s not all Mr Memoir has to offer. Oh no. siree! Book number 2  tells the story of his life running a boat repair shop.  “I need my yacht by Friday” is an apt title for the story that covers twenty years.

As a recent immigrant to Canada, I had completed an apprenticeship as a shipwright and found a good paying job in the shipyard, which allowed me to buy a three-bedroom house house for my growing family. Three weeks before Christmas, the foreman at the shipyard gave me one hour’s notice that I was laid off. I found piecemeal work to help pay the mortgage — then decided to go into business repairing boats. I rented a large warehouse, brought a chair from home, made a desk from a door and bought a brown manila envelope to put receipts in. I Need My Yacht by Friday, is the story of what happened next.

Reviews confirm that this is more than just a boat book. If you like messing about on boats or just want a great read about the challenges of setting up a business, then this is the book for you.

Get it here

To follow Rod’s progress with his next memoir, you can track him down on his website here.

You can be sure of an entertaining, funny, mind-boggling read. Sometimes, you’ll never believe it’s not fiction!

Thanks, Rod, for letting me share your writer’s life here.

Wishing you lots of success with many, many more books.