The Ghost Years
Fiction , Reviews / March 11, 2018

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Sometimes our simplest wishes can be the most difficult to attain. The Ghost Years is brutally honest and jarring, from it’s immersive beginning right through to it’s startling, unpredictable conclusion. It’s a young man’s attempt to pick up the pieces and start over only to be presented with greater obstacles than he could ever have envisioned. He is taken to unimaginable and devastating places, both physically and mentally. How much control does he really have over his fate? The Ghost Years goes deep beneath the surface through unflinching plot twists and hauntingly poetic prose.   REVIEW A Masterclass in Storytelling  By Piaras on 11 March, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews) Author Mutch Katsonga weaves an outstanding and noteworthy tale of drug addiction and homelessness, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a compelling story of despair and hope in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a relatively fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The emotion is accomplished in the delivery of exciting and titillating prose. From wildish…

Pause;: Forging a Strong Mind During Wavering Times
Fiction , Reviews / March 7, 2018

  BOOK DESCRIPTION In this irresistible compilation of short stories, Jan Per writes 27 stories of women who were pushed to their limit in different circumstances, using the events of their lives to illuminate ours. Considering – and celebrating – everything from family, marriage, motherhood, travel, friendship, and all the strength that hardship brings, Jan Per says for us here what we wish we could have said ourselves. Jan Per uses stories of women to explore what matters to most of them at different ages and stages.   REVIEWS Very inspiring stories. By Mandy Bruce March 1, 2018 (Amazon) This book contains a lot of wisdom and inspiration, particularly pertinent to women. Many beautifully written stories that captivate the reader from the first words. I highly recommend it.  

WOWF, nyaaargh, ker-BINGG!
Comedy , Fiction , Reviews / March 7, 2018

  BOOK DESCRIPTION How do you make your own aquarium pet using a dried pig’s ear and bodybuilder’s protein shake? Was St. Pestival a vegetarian? Can you fly a Mercedes-Benz? Who was Baboonistotle? The answers to all these questions and many more await you in ‘WOWF, nyaaargh, ker-BING!’, the first collection of correspondence between Richard Bhindi-Carstairs and an unsuspecting world. Part-time Cumbrian beetle supremo, music promoter and P.A. to the CEO of one of Silicon Valley’s largest Tech giants, Bhindi-Carstairs allegedly also runs a small engineering firm in Gloucestershire. He devotes his time to setting up crackpot business projects with foreign partners, pestering television companies with ideas for new series and generally making a nuisance of himself via email, letter and commercial ‘online chat’ facilities. Born in Mumbai to a Canadian father and Indian mother, at the age of 53 Bhindi-Carstairs is a co-founder of the Tewkesbury branch of the Hmenji-na-Boku Association and owns the fourth-largest collection of Belgian yoghurt-pot lids in the UK.   REVIEWS Highly recommended! By Piaras on 9 March 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews) In a field crowded with disappointing books, what a pleasure it was to read WOWF, nyaaargh, ker-BINGG! by Richard Bhindi-Carstairs and be introduced…

Model Confusion: A Guide to Models Used by Business Analysts (Carnsa Development Series)
Fiction , Reviews / March 6, 2018

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Perhaps you just want to get an idea of the deliverables which a business analyst (BA) might use in a project? Perhaps you want a quick overview in your lunch break or daily commute? This is the first short semi-fictional story from the Carnsa Development Series, starring Claudia Carnsa, an enthusiastic business analyst. Spoiler alert: models are not exclusive to the business analyst role. This book introduces popular models which a BA may use to support a project or business. In this story Claudia must select and explain BA models to an audience with a very short attention span. The idea is that you will get enough detail to be comfortable if you encounter them in the future by using examples you can relate to.     ABOUT THE AUTHOR Chris Lewis is an experienced business analyst who tries to keep up with the latest tools and techniques. Chris has a variety of technology experience and qualifications, which include business analysis, Agile methodology and project management. Chris attempts to support and share best practice in a fun and relatable way.

In Bt.
Fiction , Reviews / January 23, 2018

BOOK DESCRIPTION The story of the in-betweens starts off with a boy who meets three great loves in his journeys and learns how each love might influence him as a person lost in a beautiful yet cruel world. It then follows with the footsteps of a girl called Becky, a fleet-footed angel who traverses onto the stony paths in Essex following the misfortune that befell her mentor Mister Chase. Both protagonists eventually find each other in a time of great turmoil and they would have to find something magical together to fend off the threats of a lifetime.   REVIEWS There’s a lot here By S.H. David on January 15, 2018 (Amazon) In Bt. is the story of angels and the way they see the world. They have the unique ability to compare it to a decade ago, a lifetime ago, and even centuries ago. They have the ability to feel and fall in epic love, something that differs from many telling of angel lore. The main character is a man, Akira, whose inner voice reads a great deal like a Jedi master. I mean that, he observes and details a lot. If I had one critique of this book it’s…

Pride and Perpetration
Comedy , Fiction , Reviews / January 11, 2018

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Doing for Jane Austen what Malaria did for travel in Asia, Pride and Perpetration is a story that includes improbable adventures, a very odd druid, and a dinosaur called Fluff. In the year 2047, the world is laid waste. It is a frightening, post-apocalyptic land where existence is divided into a series of kingdoms ruled by dark magic. London is mostly in ruins, with a few ragged inhabitants, but no other city survives in this broken landscape. Commander Fitz Darcy is the leader of a team of elite mercenaries, hired to protect the treasures of a powerful—and somewhat unpleasant—sorcerer. A chance meeting with a dance troupe turns his stable world upside down, especially when he makes the acquaintance of Beth, a charismatic dancer and part-time paleontologist. She quickly dominates all his thoughts. When Fitz is wrongly accused of stealing a book of powerful magic from the sorcerer’s library, he has to flee the castle, along with Beth. Pursued across the ruins of England through caves and flying towns, Fitz and Beth must find their way to a mysterious White Wizard, who might be their only hope to protect them, and bring about the downfall of dark magic.…

Fiction , Humor , Reviews / December 30, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION “Hollywood, by definition, is a lie,” or so says “It Girl” wanna-be Alyssa Glenellen in “Exposure,” novelist Summer Fox’s steamy new send-up of Hollywood celebrity, tabloid media, and books about Hollywood celebrity and tabloid media. Frustrated fashion model Alyssa is on the fast track to become Sweetheart of the Paparazzi, traipsing through a Wonderland of narcissistic leading men, egocentric directors, cut-throat actresses, neurotic billionaires, and addicted sports heroes. Unfortunately, someone keeps threatening to strip, strap, strangle, gag, bag, host, slice, and dice her. What’s worse, she was caught by a photographer with a hole in her panties, and it’s splashed across the “Scene” page of the Los Angeles Times.     REVIEW A full blown, quirky page-turner that will leave you in stitches! By Piaras on 30 December 2017 for Emerald Book Reviews If you have that feeling in your gut that’s telling you Hollywood is your destination, have a read of this before you venture into the abyss! Exposure captures the delusionally ‘beautiful’ struggle of trying to make it in Tinsel Town; where narcissistic behavior is the norm, and attention seeking whoredom is the spiritual path to empty enlightenment. Having said that, this book is very funny!…

Chinese Pearl
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / December 29, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Author Patrick Aaron dips into his knowledge of early 1900s Nanking, China, to give readers Chinese Pearl, a well-crafted romantic adventure novel. Midwife Xiulan isn’t expecting her dream of raising her own child to come true when she’s summoned to help a mother give birth to a baby boy. When the boy’s birth is followed by an albino girl with white hair, the grandmother urges Xiulan to dispose of her into the sea. Xiulan refuses, instead saying she’ll take the child and raise her. The young Zhu’s looks aren’t the only thing unique about her. Her psychic ability draws customers to the family’s apothecary as mentor Mrs. Mah and her grandson Li help Zhu control and use her powers. But those powers draw the wrong attention when Nazi SS Captain Eckhart decides the young Zhu would be the perfect gift for his boss, Heinrich Himmler. It will be up to Kaminski brothers John and Ron, both China National Aviation Corporation pilots, to save their friends as the Japanese capture the city of Nanking. Not everything goes to plan, however, as they attempt to escape the nightmare that Nanking has become.   REVIEWS   One word: Perfection By…

What Lola Wants Lola Gets
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / December 15, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Erotic Lola Montez was the world’s most beautiful woman in the 19th century, and she knew it. There were many captivated by her sparkling blue eyes and midnight black hair. She was enamored by the stage, power and money. As a stage performer she managed to achieve all three as she danced her way through the lives of renowned men like Alexandre Dumas and Czar Nicholas of Russia until she eventually became the Duchess of Landsfeld. This historical fiction has been researched and written by the award-winning author, Dov Silverman, and edited by Leslie Fish. Inspired by Barbara Tuchman’s use of historical fiction to tell the truth, he sometimes extrapolated time and location about the most fascinating, intelligent and extraordinarily beautiful woman of her time. He believes Lola would have approved.   REVIEW   Fans of naughty historical fiction will love having a nibble on this one! By Piaras on 15th December 2017 (Emerald Book Reviews) Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and…

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