Saturday, 25 June 2016

FREE : The Taste of Fear by Jeremy Bates







In the jungle, no one can hear you scream.

American movie star Scarlett Cox and her husband, hotel tycoon Salvador Brazza, head to Africa to get away and resuscitate their ailing marriage. When robbed of their money and passports, they seek help from the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on the very day Al Qaeda chooses to bomb it. In an eyeblink they are taken hostage and whisked across the border deep into the Congo, one of the last truly wild places left on earth.

Battling terrorists, deadly wildlife, and cannibalistic rebels, Scarlett and Sal must find a way to survive in a violent, primeval world. And the only person who may be able to save them is the assassin sent to kill them.


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Friday, 24 June 2016

FREE : The Catalyst by Chris Reher



It's no easy tour of duty for Lt. Nova Whiteside when her interstellar transport is taken by pirates and she is then tagged for termination. Could it have something to do with the mysterious alien they were transporting? Having gone from merely MIA to technically AWOL, any chance of escape leaves her no choice but to rely on Sethran Kada, a former lover, for help.

Unfortunately, she realizes that they are now on opposite sides of an escalating war between the Commonwealth Union of Planets and an increasingly dangerous rebel organization.

In trying to find who is threatening her life, they discover a plot to destroy a distant planet - a world inhabited by creatures that are the key to Nova's survival - and a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the Union Commonwealth.

Can Nova go beyond her strict military training to cooperate with people whom she is sworn to destroy?

"The characterizations are solid, the writing is crisp and fluid, and all of the questions posed within the story are answered. Reher is a great storyteller, and you know they know this from the confidence exhibited in the book."

"What a fascinating imagination Chris Reher has! ... descriptions of all the other worldly beings was a fun mind exercise along with rather exciting adventures. Read it! It is worth the time!"

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The House by P.M. Prior




It was meant to be a place of safety. Their home. Her sanctuary.

When Prue Bridgewater first glimpses the abandoned old house, it's love at first sight. Her husband Ray is not so sure.

The property has been neglected for decades, and Ray can’t help wondering why. But with Prue on the brink of a nervous breakdown, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her sane, even if it means he has to live there.

Once ensconced in their new home, Prue begins fixing up the place while Ray is away at work. And then a series of disturbing discoveries makes her fear she's losing her mind.

She hears things and sees people who couldn’t possibly be there, and she can’t shake the feeling she’s being watched.

As Prue’s hold on reality begins to disintegrate, along with her marriage, she struggles to tell truth from delusion. But things go from bad to worse, and soon not just her sanity, but her survival hinges upon the long-buried secrets of THE HOUSE.

This is a novella of approximately 27,287 words


 
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FREE: Sora's Quest by T. L. Shreffler



Sora Fallcrest never expected to be kidnapped! Plunged from her sheltered life into the company of thieves, mercenaries and assassins, she discovers her Cat’s Eye necklace is a powerful, ancient artifact. Now she must use her necklace to defeat an evil sorcerer. Join Sora on a coming-of-age adventure through a magical world rich in forgotten lore and unknown peril.



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99 CENTS: The Advocate by Teresa Burrell






For Sabre Orin Brown, life is good; she has it all...or would have, if only she could solve the mysterious disappearance of her brother. The search for her brother and her career as a juvenile court attorney collide when she defends a nine-year-old whose father will go to any length to obtain custody.

Sabre finds herself immersed in a case with too many unanswered questions. Her quest for the truth takes her coast to coast and five years into the past. Confronted with mysterious clues and strange occurrences, Sabre is threatened by someone wanting to make her suffer the unbearable anguish of losing
everything--including her life.

As Sabre's passion to find the answers intensifies, she discovers a twisted history of desperation, deceit, and revenge. And she discovers how obscure and treacherous the truth can be.


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99 CENTS: The Adventures of Captain Patty: Captain Patty and the Nameless Navigator by Erin Cruey



After being lost at sea, British naval officer Charles Wellington and his daughter, Samantha, are rescued by a mysterious pirate captain who is anything but your typical swashbuckler. Clever, loyal, extravagant...and maybe a little odd. Not much is known about Captain "Patty" Peterson except a name, an obsession, and that he is the most wanted pirate in North American waters. Except he's not wanted by the navy. He's wanted by other pirates. Life with Captain Patty promises much in return. Chases on the high seas, battles with a vengeful sea monster, and the vow of a rival pirate to find the man who escaped him. Charles and Samantha hoped for a rescue, but they may get an adventure instead.



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INTERVIEW: Erin Cruey

Flurries Unlimited (FU) had the great opportunity to sit down for a one on one with romance and middle grade author and master chef, Erin Cruey (EC) about her work and adventures in baking. Here's what we discussed:

FU: So what is the story behind the bit in your bio about world's greatest apple muffins that don't crumble?

EC: Oh boy! Well, let's just say I have a history of bad cooking. Cookies ended up as cake, pizza defied gravity in the oven, and I somehow managed to make steamed broccoli taste like it was soaked in vinegar. Needless to say that didn't go over very well with my or my family's stomachs, so I set out in learning how to cook. It took a decade...maybe a little more...but I eventually started getting better, and one of the first things I could make (that didn't burn) was my apple muffins! They're pretty tasty, but they still come out a little crumbly sometimes. I'm working on fixing that.

FU:  With all the different genres to choose from, what inspired you to write romance and then jump to middle grade adventure?


EC:
The Ripple Affair was the first story I ever wrote, and it became a romance by accident. I was never a romance reader or writer, and as I was putting the story together, I noticed that the relationship between Edward and Antoinette seemed to take center stage, and it really took off after adding Emmerich and making it a love triangle. I found that romance was a fun genre to write in after all, and even though I was unfamiliar with it, I thought it would be a fun challenge to stretch my comfort zone and write a story in a genre I never wrote in before. That being said, adventure stories are my true passion, and so jumping to middle grade books with The Adventures of Captain Patty is me celebrating my roots. I'm a huge fan of stories that twist and turn and are full of excitement, and I wanted to write tales that reflected that.

FU:  You've written so many books. Which is your favourite and why?


EC:
That's a tough one, because I love all my books. If I had to choose between them, though, I'd say "Reign of Change". There's a lot that goes on in that story, and some of my favorite scenes of anything I've written are in there. I love that the character of Edward really starts to grow in this story, and you see his greatest transformation. He turns away from his past and moves forward to the future, finding his faith and forgiveness in a simple church sanctuary.

FU: They say that every character has some of the author in him/her. Which of your characters is most like you? In what way?


EC:
I created a fun personality quiz entitled "Which Character from 'The Ripple Affair' are you?" I get Emmerich every time I take it, so I guess that means I'm an emotional science geek who is in love with someone I can't have. (That may or may not be accurate, ha!) Really, though, I identify with Bernie a lot. She's feisty, intellectual, funny, and is very loyal to the people she loves, and those are traits I see in myself. Also, I'm a woman who has alopecia areata, and my struggle with hair loss and having to wear wigs, etc., was something I wanted to share through Bernie. We don't always see characters who have that, nor do we see the heartache and strength that can come about with it because it is so rarely talked about, and Bernie is a character that I hope can become an inspiration to others- male or female- who struggle with hair loss.

FU:   So what is on the horizon? What are your new projects? When is your next new release?


EC:
Book Four of "The Ripple Affair" Series will be the first new release coming out during the summer. It will be entitled "Heart of Deceit" and will have everyone's favorite sassy princess, Bernie, taking the lead. A lot happens in this book, not only with Bernie but with Edward as well, so I think it's going to be a mix of comedy, drama, and adventure that will make it an exciting read. There also may be a new romance starting up! As for The Adventures of Captain Patty Series, my readers will be happy to know that the sequel is also coming out during the summer! It will be entitled "Captain Patty and the Boston Buccaneer", and I have to say that this one is my favorite. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say the adventure gets a bit more serious as we find out just who Bateau really is and how that can mean trouble for Captain Patty and her crew. There's still plenty of comedy, though, and with the story being told through Reuben's point of view, you know it's going to be a treat!

FU:  Thank you so much for chatting with us.

FREE: He said, She said, "Murder" by Jeramy Gates


Newlyweds Joe and Tanja Shepherd have given up their careers to start a detective agency. Unfortunately, business is slow, their mortgage is past due, and Tanja is pregnant. Then Sheriff Diekmann comes up with a proposition: He’ll pay them to investigate an old unsolved murder.


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FREE: Rebels by Scott and Judith Powell



Completed Series:

The world is on fire. From the ashes like a phoenix rises a new America, one that will save it all. Under one condition; absolute and complete surrender.
The world complies without question. Those who don’t are destroyed. It is in this world, John is born. His very name is treason.


If the New America, now known to everyone as the State, knew what John was, they’d kill him, but instead they give him a gift.

1. Rebels
2. Rebellion
3. Revolution 




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Thursday, 23 June 2016

99 CENTS: Azurite by Megan Dent Nagle






There is magic in the earth.

It is a volatile force, forged from the energy of our planet’s birth and instilled into the spirit of every living being. It is what binds the world together–constant and unchanging, simply existing, unable to be created or destroyed.
Our progenitors named it Ithillium.

In the beginning, there were those who could maneuver Ithillium–sorcerers who Bonded to it. Used it. But now their legacy only survives by the grace of their legends. There are those who believe sorcerers still exist, but fear of persecution subdues them into silence.

And there are those, the anomalies, who are ignorant to the truth, but by their very existence prove what should have been told from the beginning. The last heir to the Samarian throne, Zora Winnser, is one of these people.

Resented by her Queen mother and denied her right of ascension by an archaic law, Zora is exiled to Cara, the southern most country in the Realm. It is these trials, and the appearance of an unlikely companion, that forces Zora to face the truth about herself, her abilities, and the world as she knows it.

Back home, an ancient foe looms on Samaria’s horizon, threatening to exploit the very heart of their wealth–the mines. Embittered with secrets of her own, Queen Evangeline foolishly leads Samaria into certain demise, through a war they cannot win. Throughout the country mutiny is unleashed, loyalties are tested, and all faith in Evangeline is lost.

In order to combat the evil invading her country, Zora must embrace her new identity as a wielder of Ithillium. But in a world where history is rewritten to accommodate an ideal, where lies become truth and truth become lies, will her country accept her back for what she was? Or hate her for what she has become.

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FREE: Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliott




Mr. Darcy's younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after... 

The year is 1814, and it's springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love. 

Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy's fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana's domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana's fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart--and rely on her courage, for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp.

Georgiana Darcy's Diary is Book 1 of the Pride and Prejudice Chronicles and is approximately 67,000 words in length.


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99 CENTS: Formaldehyde by Aven Kelly




Wildness was in Jack's veins. It coursed through him as naturally as his own blood - a part of him that was never meant to be tamed. And as a result, never was.

Octavian had grown to accept Jack's absolute wildness and embrace it as his own. Something about doing literally anything you wanted, when you wanted came with a certain freedom. Their lives were all about freedom. Freedom from blame. Freedom from punishment. And the ultimate freedom: Freedom from death.

Being vampires had been the next logical step in their wildening, something as natural as being born, but it lent itself to certain rules and regulations such as secrecy and professionalism - traits that neither of them greatly possessed.

The problem - the very wildness they embraced. Things fall apart quickly when you don't have rules or regiment in a game of life and death, and things soon spiral out of even Jack's usually heavy handed control... especially when two humans join the happy band for their own rewildening.

***Warning: this book contains explicit drug abuse, sexual assault, and gratuitous foul language***


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99 CENTS: A Lullaby of Virtues by Bienvenido Jr Buten


Syringa: My name is Syringa Vidanoche. With my violin Nochi, I can create Silver fire that belches poisonous smoke. Thanks to his song, I managed to survive the last war. Earn my title as Reaper of Songs. But in Virtuesprings, freedom is impossible without power. Just ask all the children who didn’t survive the war….

Yarrow: I go by Yarrow Virtuesong. My nameless violin allows me to create healing fire. Thanks to my ancestors lust for power, the world thinks I plot, but I just have reapers on me. In Virtuesprings, without power, song parchments to buy some, or a phoenix to burn all who oppose me, I am hopeless. Death bound.

As general of kin Vidanoche, sixteen-year-old Syringa struggles to gain respect from a lineage ruled by men. As one of the last surviving member of kin Virtuesong, Yarrow struggles to connect with Symphonist around him.

A dual pov short story filled with phoenixes, survival, and a touch of romance.

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FREE: He said, She said, "Murder" by Jeramy Gates


Newlyweds Joe and Tanja Shepherd have given up their careers to start a detective agency. Unfortunately, business is slow, their mortgage is past due, and Tanja is pregnant. Then Sheriff Diekmann comes up with a proposition: He’ll pay them to investigate an old unsolved murder.


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99 CENTS: In Search of Lady Ayahuasca by Zach Zimmerman



After dropping out of the University of Southern California and moving to Peru, twenty-one-year-old author Zach Zimmerman soon discovers that he no longer possesses any money. If he were normal, this is precisely the time when he would beg his parents for a flight home and return to school and/or get a job. Zach is not normal. Instead, he decides to board a one-way cargo ship heading deep into the Amazon rainforest. His goal: Search for signs of Lady Ayahuasca, the mythical “spirit of the jungle,” and determine whether or not she, in fact, exists.

As it turns out, Zach’s ill-conceived quest into perhaps the deadliest and most unpredictable region of the plant becomes, well, deadly and unpredictable. In this unfiltered, 93-page journal, the young author's guile and self-deprecatory humor will bring you to the edge of your seat as he confronts tarantulas, alligators, shamans, pretty Chinese girls, jungle guides who try to kill him, and much more, all in a search to find a spirit he doesn't actually believe in, and his insightful stream of consciousness regarding the nature of skepticism and spirituality will have you reflecting inward as you laugh outward.



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FREE: Human Again: A Dystopian Sci-Fi Novel by Moran Chaim



Roy, an Israeli soldier awakens after being cryo-frozen for 300 years. He finds himself in an underground shelter-city that protects him from the unbearable climate above, there's a war coming and no one to trust.


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INTERVIEW: Moran Chaim

Flurries Unlimited (FU) caught up with former military man turned author, Moran Chaim (MC), to talk about his first novel (Human Again), his work and what it's like to be a new author.  This is what we discussed: 

FU:  There are so many different genres to choose from, what inspired you to write post-apocalyptic fiction?

MC: In short, I just watched the news and imagined it 100 times worse. But really, there's been so much political turmoil in Israel in the past 5 years, and with everything that happened with ISIS. I felt like I had to digest all these experiences in the only way I know how - writing. There's not much else you can do as a single individual VS the world's politics. At the time, I was fascinated by the fact that while ISIS and Israel-Hamas fights are being covered by news outlets all over the news, the actually issue that can destroy modern society, the climate change, isn't getting covered as much if any. The reason, in my view, is that the climate change has no foreign accent and a beard. You can't report an enemy without a face and make it effective. I do feel that while terrorism is a major immediate concern, a climate crisis can be 100 times more devastating on a global scale. So I took those themes together, the immediate and the long term threats and combined them in one story that takes place in future Israel long after the climate crisis has stricken and society collapsed. There's no single apocalyptic event, just a series of wrong decisions and ignorance that lead to humanity destroying itself. I believe that my plot is more plausible that way. 

FU:  Being a former soldier in Israel must have given you a unique perspective on life.  In what ways do you think this affects your writing?


MC:  I can't say exactly how it affected my life in that manner because that would be an amazing self-psychoanalysis that would liberate me from a lot of other bad character trait I have, but...I can say this - Enlisting at 18 is mandatory for all Israeli men and it does brings about adulthood pretty fast. You turn from a nice little teenager to a soldier and this gives you self control, discipline and a more mature and balanced perspective on life. It's not all fun an games, there's a price to pay. Especially in Israel. And it gets you thinking about what's important in life and what are your dreams. (You have to put them aside for 3 years) I didn't want to be a full on combat soldier and luckily I was drafted to the Navy. In the Navy I learned a lot of people and leadership skills, and I realized that I want to give back to the world somehow. It was there on a missile ship's mast that I realize that I don't want to be an engineer or a therapist (two of my options). I wanted to become a screenwriter. First, I realized that no matter what I'll create as an engineer, some one could exploit it and use it against humanity or just sell it for the masses with no actual benefit. Secondly, I couldn't treat all the people in the world as a therapist. But as a writer I could reach so many people and try to affect them with stories. I know it sounds pretentious and naive but I could see the destruction and narrow-mindedness of people and I didn't want to contribute to that. Long story short, I gave up trying to be a screenwriter 3 years ago and started writing short stories in order to prove myself I can write a novel. And now, 2 years after I started, my debut novel is out there. 

FU:  Given the indie publishing market is largely US-centric, how do you adapt to that bias as an Israeli author? Do you notice a difference in the feedback you get from US readers as opposed to Israeli readers?

MC: Not at all, I actually think it will be in my favor. I'm not trying to Americanize or universalize my story. I do it differently in my own style and that can be a great differentiation from US born writers. Many of the world's best authors kept their stories close to home and at the same time told stories that reached millions. Milan Kundera (my favorite) Roman Gary, Haruki Murakami, Gabriel García Márquez and so on. I do agree that marketing could get harder while living outside the US but that's what the internet is for. I trust the adult readers' curiosity to lead them to my novel and realize its uniqueness.

FU:  They say that every character has some of the author in him/her.  Which of your characters is most like you?  In what way?

MC: Usually I see myself as the main character. Which is Roy in this case, but of course my alter egos and silenced opinions fill other characters' mouths. Like Roy, I've participated in the second Israel-Lebanon war, but unlike him, I was a Navy soldier. Witnessing the political events in Israel I asked my self why the majority of the sane and educated didn't fight to change the political situation. At least half of the nation knew were heading a dead end but their lives were too comfortable to give up instead of protesting and causing mayhem. That's Including me of course. So I asked my self what would make me actually fight for a cause. I saw how the world is doing almost nothing to stop ISIS, how the climate change is left unattended, how economies collapse one after the other. And while everyone knows the world is going south no one is actually doing anything to change the course. So I had to imagine a world where things slowly crumbled out of neglecting, fear and ignorance and let my main character find it's way to win a war he cannot escape. Trust me, after he already died once, it was hard to find a cause strong enough to make him want to fight again, In my novel Roy is faced with the same situation, having to choose between the predictable comfortable life against being a militant again. He needs to choose if he sees the shelter city as a prison or a haven. I had to find the precise motivation for him, the same thing I'm still looking for in me.

FU:  So what is on the horizon?  What are your new projects? When is your next new release?

MC:  The second book of the Cryonemesis series is called Better Human. It's going to be a direct continuation of the first book. I'm currently working on it and I hope to release it sooner than later.

FU:  Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Basement by P.M. Prior



After a long day canvassing for witnesses, Special Agent Chapel just wants to spend her Friday evening at home, but her partner insists on one last interview.

It's a decision that turns her world upside down, and she finds herself trapped in a shadow-filled dungeon. If the stench is anything to go by, she isn't the first.

Bleeding from a life-threatening wound, and with only her training to keep her alive, Chapel will have to do the unthinkable if she is to survive The Basement...



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