The Halley Branch is Released Today!

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Please take a closer look at this wonderful author’s new book.

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The-Halley-Branch-Front-600An evil 300 years in the making.  A trap set 150 years in the past….

Yes, today is the day!  It is here!  I wrote, and posted, the first chapter of The Halley Branch just a little under 3 years ago (about 20 days short!).  And now it is here!

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Recently published: Manual for a Murder by Goncalo J. Nunes Dias

Cover: Manual for a Murder
by Goncalo J. Nunes Dias

 

Synopsis (by Amazon)

Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.

 

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F 3VXTHL

https://www.kobo.com/es/en/ebo ok/manual-for-a-murder

https://www.goodreads.com/book /show/40662434

 

Genre(s): Suspense
Series: n.a.
Length: 122 pages
Release date: 2018-06-24

Excerpt:

“You know, Marina, I have worked in this profession for a long time, and I know that sometimes we think that the only solution is for someone to disappear, a mere accident, a murder, and, even though we know this idea is stupid and crazy, we are unable to see anything beyond that. It’s just like insects with light. On a summer’s night, we can watch these insects drawn to the light again and again. The insects know it will lead them nowhere – in fact, they can even get burnt and die – but it’s their nature. I think it’s called phototaxis, the internal substance that makes them attracted to the light. But I’m not sure; I’m no expert on animal fauna. But the point is that we humans also become obsessed when we cannot find a solution. We find ourselves in the deepest darkness, and when we see a light, even though we know that this light is a mirage, an illusion that will only harm us, we cannot stop thinking about it, and no matter how hard we try to forget about it, we cannot put it out of our minds; it keeps on coming back until we let it become the focus of actions. It was the light that blinded you, Ms Fonseca. And however much you thought you had committed the perfect crime, you did not. That is why you are here today.”

 

About the author

Gonçalo JN Dias was born in Lisbon in 1977, and graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain.

The Good Dictator I, was his first novel. It became the most downloaded book in Portuguese last April, on Amazon, and it has now a good English translation.

Before writing the second part of the Good Dictator, he’s now writing a crime fiction

Besides writing he is a fan of birdwatching, cork trees, movies and running.

Connect with the author

Website:  http://gjnd-books.blogspot.com/
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/goncalojnunesdias
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GoncaloJNDias

 

Additional information

Translator:  Timothy Came

Original title:  Manual de um Homicídio

Synopsis in Portuguese:

Marina, uma mulher de 38 anos com um relacionamento desgastado, apaixona-se por um colega de trabalho, casado e com um filho. Os dois têm uma relação tórrida. Um deles comete um assassinato.

Oscar, um polícia de homicídios, é encarregue do caso. É um homem dedicado ao seu trabalho e à sua família, que goza e brinca com as típicas series policiais norte-americanas.


Dear friends and readers,
As I did not read this book (yet), please consider this an introduction.
Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake. 🍀

 

Upcoming book release: The Sentinel’s Reign (Silent Sea Chronicles, #2) by Suzanne Rogerson

The Sentinel’s Reign – Silent Sea Chronicles Book 2

Cover: The Sentinel’s Reign
(Silent Sea Chronicles, #2)
by Suzanne Rogerson

 

>>> Release date 29th June 2018 <<<

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Blurb

The new Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.

This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.

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Author Bio

Photo: Suzanne Rogerson, author

 

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media links

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Chapter One Excerpt

The wind whipped at Tei’s cloak. She gathered it around her body and held it close, but the feel of her father’s magic was gone. All the magic had gone.

She opened her spirit to the island and felt the stark emptiness surrounding her. She turned and scanned the horizon in every direction. Nothing but dust and broken mountains stretched into the distance. Her soul ached to connect with another living being, but there was no one. Kalaya was a dead husk – a barren, dust-covered shell.

She screamed, her voice echoing in the nothingness. She looked down at herself; her boots were worn to scraps, her hands were thin and frail, the cloak threadbare and faded. Her body was wasting away but, despite her emaciated state, she knew death would be a long time coming.

Something on the ground caught her attention. Her dragging footprints covered the earth in every direction, criss-crossing the terrain in her never ceasing search for life…

Tei sat up in bed and glanced at the familiar interior of her dorm room. Her only dress lay discarded on the floor and her father’s cloak hung from a hook on the wall, still as pristine as the day he’d given it to her. Her hair was damp with sweat against her neck and her head pounded from drinking too much cider. The evening’s celebrations had been a release, but now the dream images marred the happiness of the Sentinel’s initiation ceremony.

Tei wondered why she’d had the nightmare at all when the new Sentinel had already connected with the island. They’d all witnessed her restore the magic; but more than that, she’d restored hope.

Deciding the dream was just a residue of the past, she untangled herself from the covers and got up from the bed. But she couldn’t shake the feeling of foreboding as she washed her face and dressed in her usual travel attire. She hung up the dress she’d worn the previous evening, pulled her father’s cloak around her shoulders, and, invoking the concealing spell, she slipped from the room.

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Connectedness by Sandra Danby – The Picasso Link

My second novel Connectedness tells the story of an English art student studying for a year in Spain, and how what happens to her influences the rest of her life. In truth the choice of Málaga, in southern Andalucía, was a pragmatic one. We spend part of our year in the countryside west of Málaga, which made research easy and gave me a reason for frequent visits to its museums and beaches. From there it was a short leap to making Pablo Picasso, who was born in the city, an artistic inspiration for Justine Tree.

Justine arrives in the city in 1982 during the transition from dictatorship. General Franco had died seven years earlier and democratic elections were taking place. It was a time of huge change and opportunity, but still of poverty and tradition. The city today is transformed, now an art destination with museums including the Museo Picasso, Museo Casa Natal [Picasso’s Birthplace and gallery], Centre Pompidou, CAC [Centro de Arte Contemporáneo], Museo Ruso, Museo de Málaga, Museo Carmen Thyssen, Museo Jorge Rando, Museo Revello de Toro and the Museo del Vidrio y Cristal. The city has popular walking tours visiting landmarks in Picasso’s life and historic locations such as the Alcazaba fortress and Castle of Gibralfaro. Not to be missed is the Tapas Route around the best bars.

Living an hour’s drive away from the city gave me the opportunity to visit throughout the year, gauging the climate as experienced by Justine. I walked the streets and beaches she walked, I watched the people and ate the food. She arrives in September when temperatures can reach 28°C/82°F. The coldest month is January when it can still be as warm as 17°C/63°F; very different from her childhood in Northern England when in January it is more likely to be 4°C/39°F. Throughout the novel I used my experience of living in Spain to inform Justine’s story and add realistic detail; speaking the language, exploring the food, the customs, the culture. You can read more about my life in Spain at my ‘Notes on a Spanish Valley’ blog.

 

About ‘Connectedness’

TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, ARTIST JUSTINE TREE HAS IT ALL… BUT SHE ALWAYS HAS A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY EVERYTHING

Justine’s art sells around the world, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in Yorkshire where she decides to confront her past. She asks journalist Rose Haldane to find the baby she gave away when she was an art student, but only when Rose starts to ask difficult questions does Justine truly understand what she must face.

Is Justine strong enough to admit the secrets and lies of her past? To speak aloud the deeds she has hidden for 27 years, the real inspiration for her work that sells for millions of pounds. Could the truth trash her artistic reputation? Does Justine care more about her daughter, or her art? And what will she do if her daughter hates her?

This tale of art, adoption, romance and loss moves between now and the Eighties, from London’s art world to the bleak isolated cliffs of East Yorkshire and the hot orange blossom streets of Málaga, Spain.

A family mystery for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Lucinda Riley, Tracy Rees and Rachel Hore.

 

About the ‘Identity Detective’ series

Rose Haldane reunites the people lost through adoption. The stories you don’t see on television shows. The difficult cases. The people who cannot be found, who are thought lost forever. Each book in the ‘Identity Detective’ series considers the viewpoint of one person trapped in this horrible dilemma. In the first book of the series, Ignoring Gravity, it is Rose’s experience we follow as an adult discovering she was adopted as a baby. Connectedness is the story of a birth mother and her longing to see her baby again. Sweet Joy, the third novel, will tell the story of a baby abandoned during The Blitz.

 

Author Bio

Sandra Danby is a proud Yorkshire woman, tennis nut and tea drinker. She believes a walk on the beach will cure most ills. Unlike Rose Haldane, the identity detective in her two novels, Ignoring Gravity and Connectedness, Sandra is not adopted.

 

Author Links

Connectedness’ at Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2q6qy5Z

Ignoring Gravity’ at Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1oCrxHd

Author website:  http://www.sandradanby.com/

Notes on a Spanish Valley blog:  https://notesonaspanishvalley.com

Twitter:  @SandraDanby

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

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6563021.Sandra_Danby

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/sandradan1/

Photos [all © Sandra Danby]:

Book cover:  Connectedness by Sandra Danby

 

Photo:  Sandra Danby, author
© Sandra Danby

 

Photo:  Málaga – Picasso’s birthplace
© Sandra Danby

 

Photo:  Málaga – Centre Pompidou
© Sandra Danby

 

Photo:  Málaga – Museo Picasso, entrance
© Sandra Danby

 

Photo:  Málaga – view from the Alcazaba
© Sandra Danby

 

Corridors of Time by Vinay Krishnan @b00kr3vi3ws #BookBlitz

About the Book:

Corridors of Time tracks the story of a sensitive young man who grows from carefree childhood to eventful manhood – one who stumbles before learning to stride through those dark and dense passages.

Set in Bangalore – a city of paradoxes. of gardens and garbage heaps. of technology and traffic snarls. of friendly people and failing infrastructure. when bungalows had gardens and pavements were meant for pedestrians. this is a narrative of the human spirit.

Rohan, an idealistic young sports lover experiences rejection, dark dejection and isolation and hurtles down the path to self destruction.

Shyla, attractive and successful is everything his heart yearns for and his body desires, except, she is married!

Chandrika, simple and devoted fails to understand the man she loves.

The shuklas long for justice denied by the system.

And khalid fears nothing and no one …anymore.


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Read an Excerpt:

Chapter 1
 

The raw, earthly smell of the first drops of rain signaled the onset of the monsoon of 1962. Ten year old Rohan watched it from his window and inhaled deeply. He felt like he wanted to draw in as much as possible of this place that he loved so dearly. The rain had washed clean the gardens and roads of Bangalore. A city of sheer beauty, it was like a large painting suspended in time, being restored to its original brilliance with one masterly stroke. Bangalore with flower-laden trees, small lakes and numerous gardens was wonderful to behold. All was quiet, calm and serene.

But even his love for Bangalore could not match his passion for playing outdoors. His face registered dismay when the drizzle turned into a downpour and sheets of rain hid the verdant trees and the glitter of the rocks beyond the playing fields. He would lose valuable time waiting for the rain to subside to play cricket with his friends.

Drizzly weather or what his dad called ‘English weather’ never hampered him like a monsoon onslaught did. It was as familiar to him as the streets and their English names – Lloyds Road, Cline Road, Hutchins Road and Davis Road. The English had definitely made Bangalore into a ‘Little England’ and left behind a large community of Anglo Indians. A proud community of mixed cultures, they were concentrated in the northern part of the city called the ‘Cantt’ (short for Cantonment) along with a cosmopolitan mix of settlers from other states and countries.

The southern part, the original old Bangalore was known as the ‘City’ area. The Cantt area, extending from Richmond Town to Frazer Town, had spacious bungalows with servant’s quarters, private lawns and gardens. It was a township by itself, with lakes, gardens, theatres, restaurants, bars and exclusive clubs. The Cantt area was nothing without the Anglo-Indians whose exuberance and fun loving nature enhanced the charm of life in Bangalore. They lived for the day and never gave the morrow a thought. Romantic at heart, partying was their greatest pastime. A few couples, country liquor, lots to eat and they would dance till the stars drooped and went down under.

Rain, rain go away, come again another day,” Rohan whispered urgently, and was gratified to see the rain gradually stop. Now, he could go out to the beckoning playground and join his friends for a game of cricket, yet another legacy of the British.

“Ma, I am going to play”, he yelled.

“Come back on time, Rohan”, his mother warned. “Or you know how your father reacts!” Rohan ran out, looking back to wave to his mother at the door.

They were all there – Peter, Oscar, Roy, Philip, Akbar, Kiran, Akshay, Arun, Joe, Allan, Mahmud and Inder. The stumps were up, the teams chosen and the game was on. Cricket was an obsession with Rohan.

“Come on Rohan, we must win today”, urged Inder.

“What high hopes”, teased Oscar.

Peter always red in the face, yelled, “Oscar, shut your bloody mouth and start batting.”



Praises for the Book:

The book is simple in style and content, for often it is this simplicity that bewilders and rouses
Interest.
~ Shri S . Rajendra Babu, Former Chief Justice of India

The book has excellent literary craftsmanship, passion humour and adventure. Highly recommended.

~ Mr. Namboodiri, former Asst. Editor, Deccan Herald

This charming book about old Bangalore is written in a racy easy-to-read style.

~ Deccan Herald, Bangalore.


About the Author:

Vinay Krishnan describes himself as a ‘complete Bangalorean’. A student of Clarence High School, he graduated in Humanities from St Joseph’s College. Earning a diploma in Business Administration, he began his career at Usha International Ltd and rose to a position of Senior Sales manager. Vinay has now set up a construction firm of his own. He also writes and devotes his time to an NGO assisting people with disability. The city of his dreams, Bangalore, where he stays with his wife and daughter, continues to inspire and exasperate him. He can be reached at – vinaykrshnn@yahoo.com.