Sunday, 20 May 2012

Why I Wrote Losing the Hate

Losing the Hate, took me nearly seven years to write. And those years bought with them many of the terrifying memories form my childhood. The whole project flung my entire persona into a whirlwind of emotions; some good, and some not so pleasing.

I continued in the struggle and finished the manuscript; I wanted to offer hope to other voiceless victims existing rather than living in our societies the world over. The way I saw it, if my book gave one person, young or old, the strength to speak out about what they had endured, then my book was a wothwhile cause.

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The Devil and Edward Teach by Ken Preston

The Devil and Edward Teach
Ken Preston

London, 1714, and tragedy has struck for Abigail Rose. With her sister, and the mysterious young adventurer, Cornelius Wilde, she is sent to Nassau by her uncle. En route she is plunged into a dark, terrible adventure, where the price for her heart’s desire may be her soul itself.
Exciting, colourful and full of larger than life characters, The Devil and Edward Teach takes you on a seafaring voyage to the doors of Hell, as the notorious pirate Blackbeard meets his ultimate adversary.
5 Star review
The Devil and Edward Teach is pure escapism, and a great read. Ken Preston has managed to weave the atmosphere and details of the period into an almost tangible reality. From the filth and squalor of early 18th century London, to a vividly described battle at sea, the author captures it in a way that puts the reader in the midst of the action.
Of course, there are fair damsels, a gentleman adventurer, cutthroats, rogues, and the fearsome Blackbeard himself, but Mr. Preston has made them more than mere stereotypes, they're real and you believe in them. His portrayal of Edward Teach, in particular, is impressive and humanizes the legend.
At it's heart, this book is an adventure, a ripping yarn of the old school. It starts with a public hanging, moves on to a raging sea battle, and builds to a climax that the writers of the Pirates of The Caribbean movies would do well to take note of.
If you want to escape from the modern world and go on an adventure, buy this book.
Below are the links to Amazon UK and US

Saturday, 19 May 2012

BINGO Now Available In Paperback in the UK @ amazon

BINGO is now readily available in paperback in the UK for just £5 (introductory offer price).

”Bingo” is a dark tale about life on a 1970′s inner city council estate in South East London. Join Jason, (Jabba), as he returns to his childhood in a bid to find out the truth behind his best friend’s life.
Some of Bingo's Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars A Story That Will Stay With You, 2 Dec 2011

This review is from: BINGO (Kindle Edition)
I finished reading Bingo last night. It's left a deep impression on me. Joint authors, Claudia and Simon, have a way of drawing you into the story from the beginning.They take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions with a cast of characters that you will love or hate. You cannot help but love little Danny and his mate Jabba. You'll have sympathy for Bingo, the beloved pet of Danny. Danny's mum Bell does her best, but is fighting a losing battle with husband Joe, who is not Danny's father.But Bell has long term plans up her sleeve to get back at Joe who destroys everything around him. I'm not doing spoilers. I feel you should buy and read this compelling tale. You really won't regret it. :-)

5.0 out of 5 stars A Read That Pulls You In, 30 Nov 2011

This review is from: BINGO (Kindle Edition)
OMG! This story is awesome, digs into your subconscious, and makes you question the true motives of humanity. When I became aware Sye (along with Claudia) had written another book I had to get it and couldn't wait to read it. I thought his first novel 'Losing the Hate' was outstanding, but Bingo....'intense' is all I can say.

As soon as I downloaded the novel I was pulled into the story within the first page and refused to come out until I had finished. Sye and Claudia drag you through a myriad of emotions with their descriptive prose and the need to protect Danny from the adults around him is the strongest. But for the misguided belief of the mother, the child's life could have been so different. I recommend Bingo. It will be on my mind for a long time.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Losing the Hate is now on facebook

Hi all,

Just a quick on to say that Losing the Hate is now on Facebook. Please take the time to "like" the page and help spread the word.

Many Thanks


"TRINITY" by Patrick Fox

Patrick Fox

(Now Also Available in Paperback)

When Ben Rider finds his childhood imaginary friend, Trinity, in his kitchen, he knows something isn't right. Trinity hasn't changed a bit. He still has three personas: cowboy, pirate, and private eye. He still smells of chocolate, and he still has a habit of massaging his earlobe.

Ben is trying to keep his video game development business alive and finalise a deal with an American games publisher, while keeping his disintegrating marriage together. Now, with the reappearance of his imaginary friend, he has his sanity to worry about too.

Trinity claims he has come back to help Ben sort out his life and guide him to his destiny. But over the days that follow, Ben's life goes haywire, and it looks like he might meet his destiny sooner than he thinks. Thanks to Trinity, Ben will have a restaurant collapse on top of him, be seduced and later shot at by a Welsh femme fatale, meet someone else's imaginary friend, and lose both a wife and an ex-wife. But will he find his destiny, or is Trinity's real reason for returning, something else entirely?

Amazon link (UK)

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About Patrick

I was born and brought up in Coventry in England. I now live in south Wales with my wife. Our children have both grown up and flown the nest, but they still continue to make us proud.
I worked in the computer games industry for over twenty years as an artist and games designer. My debut novel draws on my experience of the industry. I now work as a graphic artist/illustrator, working mainly on book cover, e-book cover design and illustrating children's books.
In my spare time, I'm a keen amateur detective, and can often be found searching for clues in the local bars and pubs.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Two great reviews for Losing the Hate

4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking., May 11, 2012

This review is from: Losing the Hate (Kindle Edition)
This is not the easiest book to review, but I will try to put into the best possible words why I think this book is a triumph.
Simon Palmers brave biography of sexual abuse, and the subsequent affect on his life is eloquently portrayed with a combination of engaging narrative and poetry. Behind the uncomfortable words, I see a perfectly balanced, sensitive person who is not only a talented writer, but someone who has cleverly looked at all the angles of his past and distilled it into a piece of writing that not only touches the heart, but challenges aspects of life that we would all sometimes, just rather ignore.
It is raw and honest; and for that alone this book deserves to be `out there.'

5.0 out of 5 stars A soul-wrenching and very important read., May 10, 2012

This review is from: Losing the Hate (Kindle Edition)
Soul-wrenching, and despite the unsettling content that brought my skin shuddering with every page, this work is interjected with some equally unsettling poems as beautiful as they are terrifying. Huge respect to Simon Palmer for putting pen to paper and creating an important book for those suffering the destructive force of child abuse.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Books by Keith Nichols

Keith's Bio

 Keith Nichols is a mad scientist living in the pacific northwest. He dabbles in just about everything from writing his books, to building rat rods, to astro-photography. Recently married he is working on his 8th novel and his 5th non fiction book.

Book Descriptions:
The Virginia X: in this adventure tale, two young men set off on a short expedition to get some pictures of a derelict ship and end up being entangled in a web of mafia trouble and intrigue.

How to Solve our Dependency on Oil: in this short essay Keith Nichols gives his thought on how to end our addiction to fossil fuels.

The Ghost Of Jack Woodford: This is the tale of my search for a forgotten American author from the first half of the past century. Jack Woodford wrote over 150 books, and is completely forgotten nowadays. I wanted to know why, and wanted to to know who he was and why he did what he did. These are the answers I found.

Nuramans Endgame: In this dark tale of lost loves and forgotten destinies, Keith Nichols explores the shadier side of life.

One Important Crucial Missing Detail: Keith Nichols says this is the strangest book he has ever written, being part humorous essay and part biography. A very personal tale, it follows his search for a missing key element in his life, which is eventually found but not in any way he had expected.

Keith's amazon author page, where you can find all the above books

Beads On A String by Ey Wade

Beads on a String-America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History

Creative non-fiction

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Barnes and Nobles:

About The Book:
History was written in more than Black & White and Beads on a String-America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History lauds loudly the accomplishments of all races that helped make America the great country it has become. America’s glorious multi-racial history is finally acknowledged and bound into one book.


The Purpose of This Book

As a homeschooling parent it came across the mind of my youngest daughter to ask about a history book which talks about all the races within its bounded pages. She is a born optimist and hates the way we as adults seem to enjoy racial profiling. I as the mother and her instructor in life wanted to give her what she wanted, but I could find none. So, as a home-school project we decided to write our own, Beads on a String-America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History.

America has had great contributors within every century working hard together and yet each race would like to pull out their certain pages and categorize them into their own history book. And we truly believe if someone has a problem with our choice they would have to deal with it or well, get over it. Our main focus is to try and eliminate the division of a great nation by a single line, the hyphenation.

America as a nation has many problems and yet what other country in the world can attest to the fact that people or dying to be here? There is a dream in their heart to be a part of this great nation and to live in the land of good and plenty as a member of one body. So why do we keep the line of separation as a constant reminder? The hyphenation: at tiny line which separates all races and the word American.

 Beads on a String- America’s Racially Intertwined Biographical History chooses not to be about a certain color, but about a certain nation, America.

It is time for America to let go of the past and heal itself.  The grieving period should have been over and the healing started. But every year, old wounds are torn open by the words Black History Month. Why don't we teach the children about America's History with everyone included? To me it seems as if only a few Black people are pulled out of the closet, dusted off the shelves and paraded in front of America as if to say, 'this one wasn't worthless', this one wasn't stupid'. Why is the ‘black’ in capital letters?  Is it to point out a person of color has a brain or is it to pronounce to the world we have pride? If there is so much pride in America for Native, African, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Iranian-Americans and other 'hyphened Americans, drop the hyphen and pull together and teach our children that every bead has a purpose and should be celebrated.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Bingo (A Sample)

A Sample From, "BINGO"


Claudia B. Modie


Simon Palmer




The houses were either boarded up or burnt out; the ones still occupied looked as if they should be condemned. Shopping trolleys littered the streets, almost like soldiers, guarding the smashed up cars joy riders had set fire to. Uncared for dogs roamed the streets, scavenging the over spilling dustbins in search of something to eat.

A gang of youths, the oldest looking no more than eleven, threw stones at an unfortunate cat, as it dared to prowl past them.

            “I can’t believe the state of this hellhole, I mean, it wasn’t exactly posh or anything when I lived here, but this, this is just awful. How can people live like this?” he pulled the two-seater sports car over and killed the engine.

“Here it is then,” he exclaimed, pointing towards a dilapidated house, “Number 47, the place I lived for the first 17 years of my life.”

The woman in the passenger seat, the man’s wife, looked towards the hovel of a home. Bed sheets hung crookedly at the downstairs windows, while the glazing upstairs was all but gone. Illegible graffiti added local clarity to the property, which was obviously being used as a crack den. The rotting corpse of a roast chicken sat in pride of place on the overgrown pathway.

“My god . . .  its making me feel unclean just looking at it!”

“Yeah, just think, if it wasn’t for that morning at school all those years ago, I could’ve  . . .  probably would’ve ended up in a dump like that. Sticking needles in me arm and drinking bleach I expect.” 

The two of them continued to stare in utter disbelief at their surroundings, the awkward silence disturbed by the sudden shrill of the woman’s mobile phone, “Janice Pickering, can I help?”

The man looked on, as his wife listened intently to what the caller was saying, until a haggard looking woman caught his eye.

            She seemed to stroll along the litter-strewn path oblivious to her surroundings, in a world of her own.

Although she was weighed down with shopping bags, it appeared her struggle had more to do with her legs than with what she was carrying.  On hearing the car door slam, she looked up to see a hefty middle-aged man coming towards her.

 “Get away from me you lump of fuckin’ shit!” she screeched, fear filling the lines of her weather beaten face.

“It’s ok . . . I’m not gonna hurt you . . . Bell, it is Bell isn’t it?”

The woman looked totally bemused, “What? Who are you?”

“Honestly, I’m not gonna hurt you . . . my names Jason, Jason Pickering,” he said, cautiously moving closer.

The old woman remained bemused, until, quite suddenly, the penny dropped, “Jabba?”

Jason grinned, “Yup, it’s me, Jabba.” His eyes welled with tears as he held out his arms. Bell moved quickly, her bags falling to the ground, the contents spilling out onto the already littered pavement.

She threw her bony arms around his neck and hugged him as if life depended on it, “Oh my Jabba, you came back . . . you always said you would.”

Once she released her grip and looked up into his face, her hand made a tremendous slapping sound as it connected with his cheek, “That’s for leaving it so long you little bastard!”

You can download the full story via amazon priced at £0.99 & $0.99

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Monday, 7 May 2012

It Was Always Ants

Self Harming and Me
*Self harming is NOT the answer, whether in the short term, or for any longer periods. I'm of the opinion that talking about things is by far the best option. It is NOT my intention to advise people to harm themselves. I'm simply speaking of why I did it, and how it made me feel.*

I began to harm myself on a daily basis, while staying in a local authority home. (Although I had experimented with it before this).
The only way i can describe the feelings inside of me at that time, is to say it was like having thousands of starving ants crawling beneath my skin. It felt like i was being eaten alive, and the only way to ease this horrible sensation was to cut myself. I used all manner of implements, anything really, from razor blades to broken beer bottles. When my blood flowed, the feeling was one of utter relief. All of the hurt and anger was released from my body by the pain of the cutting, and it actually made me feel happy.
I remember hacking rather than cutting myself on one particular occassion in the middle of a shopping centre. I had been having an absolute nightmare of a day, and hated myself for just existing. I remember looking at my reflection in the shop windows, and really loathing the person which was looking back at me.
I made four of five wounds with a great deal of force, and although it wasn't my intention, I cut through the muscles of my forearm. The pain was astronomical, and I'd never seen such a huge amount of blood; my blood. But it felt good. it felt good to have so much physical pain, and the ants beneath my skin vanished, albeit only for a short while.
The end result was being taken to theatre at the local hospital, and recieving just over 200 stitches, including internally.
I'm pleased to say that I don't use this method any longer, but I have to be honest; it is, and always will be just below the surface. It used to play such a major part of my world, that i don't think it will ever leave me, but these days they are just thoughts rather than actions.
I have come into contact with many people in my life; people who are ready to label self harmers as crazies, foolish people who cut themselves for attention. Well I'm here to tell them in no uncertain terms that they're very very wrong.
When I look at my many scars, I see them as my survival marks. For I know, without any shadow of a doubt, that had I not ever done those things, i would more than likely be dead now.
However . . .
If you are experiencing feelings of self harming, please, don't. Speak to someone, anyone, they are only a free phone call away.

Stranger in the Mirror

Hi all,
Today's subject is how the abuse changed me as a child, and how it made me feel. Once again, it has not been taken from, Losing the Hate.
Stranger in the Mirror
My earliest memories are of Mum and Dad. I have no recollection of my real mother, or the problems I faced as a baby.
Due to my natural mother's drug abuse, i was born with one leg shorter than the other, and the doctor's told my foster parents' that it would be very unlikely if I'd ever walk properly.
There are quite vague visions in my head of having to wear a special boot to bed, but it's all very cloudy.
At the age of four the authority decided that it wasn't in my best interest to be reunited with my mother, and so I was put up for adoption. I was unaware that my foster parents' were soon to become my real parents.
The adoption was complete in 1972, and the following six years were some of the best in my life.
We had two weeks holiday every year, and Christmas' were just the greatest. Every member of the family treated me as if I'd always been around, and the love which I recieved was unconditional.
After the abuse began, I went from being a happy-go-lucky child to an angry brat. There was no inbetween; it was like the tranformation occurred instantly. I swore at everyone, smashed things, and even began stealing from my mother's rent tin.
It was as if there was a demon living inside of me, and with each new day, it seemed to grow. My body started to feel like it was going to explode, and each time I looked at myself in the mirror; there was a stranger staring back at me, and I hated him.
My skin crawled, my head pounded, and I detested every aspect of the world around me. As much as I hated myself, I felt a compulsion to lash out at my parents, and the hatred that i had for myself, soon spread towards them too. And yet their only crime was to love me.
All of the negative emotions i was experiencing merged into one, and the more thay bubbled away, the more angry I became. The memories of the holidays we used to share as a family were locked away behind lost doors which my mind had placed out of my reach. The days out in the lorry with my dad during school holidays were over; days that I used to enjoy so much.
These feelings followed me everywhere, and their wieght on my shoulders was a burden I carried alone.
The predators that abused me had not only destroyed me, but my family too, and those years were never recaptured again.
I'm pleased to say that, as I grew older, I did repair the pain and hurt I had caused my parents, but it wouldn't be until many years later that they would find out about the abuse.
Nowdays, I'm really quite vain, and the stranger in the mirror no longer stare back at me.
Cheers Guys an' Gals

A Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships by Jess C. Scott & Matt Posner

Hi All,
I want to share a letter I received from my friend and fellow author, Matt Posner, (below).

Matt and I first became friends when he chose to review my book, Losing the Hate. He is a credited writer, and it gives me great pleasure to share his latest work with you all; a work which, I believe, is of great importance, given the climate in which we all live in.

many thanks
Simon P

Hi Sye,
Thanks for giving me a chance to appear on your blog to talkabout Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships. Since reading and reviewing Losingthe Hate was how I got to know you, I know you care deeply about the healthof teenagers and you have written your powerful memoir in order to give them(and adult survivors of abuse) strength in difficult times.  Jess and I have also written because we care.I'm a teacher and see teens in emotional and sexual difficulty as part of mydaily work, while Jess writes about sex and relationships and hears fromreaders every day who make connections between her writing and their own lives.We want to make a difference for these young people.
Our goal with this book was to guide teens to a betterunderstanding of their bodies and their feelings and to cut through medianonsense, cultural myths and the shrouds of mystery covering certain topics togive them a mature view.
There are all sorts of confusing and painful feelings thatteens have when they are new to dating and forming romantic and emotionalbonds. I think about all the misunderstandings and mistakes that I faced when Ifirst fell in love at age fourteen (which did not go well) and I wish I had hadaccess to the kind of advice that this book contains, when it seemed like all Ihad was a bunch of nonsense written in the early 60s showing people dressedlike characters from Leave it to Beaver.
Jess and I both understand that teen sexuality happens, andwe want to give  our readers the chanceto get what sex is really about and how to do it in the most healthful waypossible. That doesn't mean we encourage teen sex -- we absolutely don't -- buteven if they don't have sex, teens still need to know what it should and shouldnot be like when the right time comes.
We enjoyed the process of working on this book. There was apositive vibe at every point, not only because it felt so good to be sharing ourknowledge and thoughts, but because it was the first real collaboration foreither of us. Knowing someone else believes in what you're doing and is teamingwith you to make it work is a great feeling.  Jess and I have compatible styles, and weshare the fact that we began to write seriously when we were young. I canconfidently say that she writes with much more confidence and professionalism now than I did at her age.
Here's a link to a sample on my website:
Here's Jess's page on the same material (her website isawesome):

UK Amazon link

US Amazon link

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Two Books by Lynne North

About Lynne and Her Books
I live in the north west of England and work as a data analyst for one of the local Health  Authorities. I have been a prolific reader all my life, and for many years have  spent the majority of my free time writing. As well as being educated up to  degree level, I have completed courses and received diplomas from ‘The Writing  School Ltd’ and ‘The Academy of Children’s Writers.
My aim in life has always been to write, and I‘ve had a sideline of freelance  writing for more years than I like to admit to having lived. This has mainly  involved published articles in such magazines as ‘Prediction’. I have also  completed two children’s novels, published by YouWriteOn in conjunction with  Legend Press in December’08. Both books were also released on Kindle in 2011. I am currently working on a fantasy novel for  adults,  another very different children’s humorous fantasy, and a macabre Twist in the Tale Anthology.

Gertie Gets it Right (eventually) is a children's humorous fantasynovel aimed at the eight years of age to young teen market.

            Gertie Grimthorpe comes from a longline of witches. Unfortunately, she hasn't really got the hang of it. Being blondehaired, blue eyed and free of warts isn't much of an advantage.
            Try as she might, Gertie's spellsfall flat. She manages to give her bat-headed umbrella the ability to talk, butthen wishes she hadn’t when all he does is complain and insult people. Even findingan owl to be her Familiar doesn't help. Then again, he is extremelyshortsighted…
            Gertie is sent to The Academy to improveher spell casting skills. She soon has a best friend in the form of BerthaBobbit, a big girl, with a matching appetite.
            Add to that a Moat Monster with aflatulence problem, the weirdest array of witch's Familiars possible, and awarlock determined to ruin Gertie's chances of success, and the story unfolds.
            Not to mention the demon...

Zac's Destiny is a children's sword and sorcery fantasy novel aimed atthe nine years of age to mid teen market.

            Zacis a fifteen year old stable boy whose life is turned upside down when he findshimself in the midst of demons, magic and a perilous quest. The land aroundAlbemerle castle is under attack, and the only hope of survival for Zac and thepeople he loves is to find the great wizard, Aldric.
            Menhave already died trying.
            Strangedreams mark the beginning of Zac’s life changing events. Armed with a magicsword, ring and crystal, he sets out with a group of soldiers to find Aldric.Demon attack almost ends Zac’s quest as soon as it begins.
            Zacrefuses to give up, and soon finds himself accompanied by unusual travellingcompanions. Many dangers bar their way. Only Zac’s determination and theunexpected help he receives can make it possible to find and free Aldric, andreturn for the final battle to save the land…

Sarah's Secret by Danielle Bienvenu

Author Bio:

At 25 Miss Bienvenu is a professional author (Against All Odds: The Ruby Princess, 2004 paper back), (countless E-readers) and poet (Le Beau Coeur- The Beautiful Heart, 2009 paper back). She wrote her debut novel, \"Against All Odds: The Ruby Princess\", at 14 years old. She published it at 17. She became a professional model in print and on runway at 10. Danielle became a professional actress at 12; doing commercials and acting in a pilot series with Haley Duff and Shelley Duvall. She\'s won many international pageants and has been dancing from an early age, winning awards for her choreography and dancing; performing internationally. At 18 she received her Coat of Arms from France.
Danielle began song writing at the age of 6 and writing stories at 10. She is a graduate from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and minors in French and Writing. Danielle is fluent in French as well as English. She is also a seasoned missionary. She enjoys playing guitar to her own beat, dancing in grocery store aisles and singing whenever the urge strikes. Danielle often travels with pen in hand.
Danielle currently resides in Texas where she teaches French. She lives with her two dogs: Annabelle and Toby. She is also a member of Faith Writers, an online forum for Christian writers. She is best known for her mystery and psychological thrillers, romance novels, poetic symbolism, and works against social injustices.


Against All Odds: The Ruby Princess- novel & e-reader

Danielle Fairbanks is a normal teenager. That is, until she discovers a secret in France. Suddenly, Danielle's entire life is changing before her eyes. Thanks to an ancient prophecy,she now has to worry about being killed by extremists... and falling for Prince Riley.
Nicole Pearson also embarks on a secretive adventure while volunteering at Cummings Castle in England. She manages to turn heads... and not just Prince James'! However, Nicole soon realizes she is not welcome there.
With God working in their lives and through eachother, Prince James, Nicole, Prince Riley and Danielle overcome the greatest obstacle of all... themselves.

Le Beau Coeur~ The Beautiful Heart-novel

Le Beau Coeur means "The Beautiful Heart". It is a collection of poetry and lyrics. As Miss Bienvenu writes, "This collection is the product of childish nature, pure rubbish, and daydreams. It is the outcome of countless tears, heart breaks, and 22 years worth of growing pains. It is the product of numerous travels around the world".

Running From My Shadow -e-book

Collin Flannigan married the love of his life. Then tragedy struck and took her from him. After years of believing her to be dead, Collin now learns that the love he went so long without might be alive after all. But with a child on the way and a vindictive wife, Collin might lose his love. A psychological thriller and page turner, Bienvenu captivates the very essence of intrigue and mystery.

My Brother's Keeper -e-book

Bryce Kelley spent his entire life being shielded by his twin brother Brayden. Now that Brayden is dead, Bryce is left to fend for himself and his mother in the absence of his best friend and twin. Everyone is convinced that Brayden committed suicide but Bryce is determined to vindicate his brother and prove that it wasn't suicide at all but murder. Bryce will stop at nothing to find his brother's killer. Bryce quickly learns that clearing his brother's name could be deadly and he'll need all the help he can get from a sketchy girl that is linked to his brother's killer.

The Gilded Mirror- short story e-book

Anne Davenport is a stranger in a foreign land. An immigrant from Austria alienated from her family, she must learn to survive however she can even if that means becoming a maid. Dreams of returning to Austria collide with her employer Lord Birkshire and she has no one to turn to. Through unwarranted cruelty and social injustice Anne learns to spread her wings and fly.

He's Mental; That's Why! -short story e-book

Sadie Lynn Reeves wants out of her life. She wants to see the world instead of her dead end home town and she doesn't want anyone getting in the way of her dream. Then comes Jackson Monroe who works his way into her life and tears down her walls. The trouble is it may be too late. Sometimes time has its own plans.

Escaping Lila -short story e-book

Some people die before their time. Others die long before their body does. Lila McGillis could feel it before it happened. Bienvenu wraps up a nouveau roman style in a tight little package that keeps you guessing to the very end.

The Elopement -short story e-book

Irish Maggie Crawford had her perfect life planned for her. Then she met Charles Labbe. His handsome French blood wasn't exactly what her rich parents had in mind. Shy, awkward Maggie takes her life into her own hands. But when it comes to going against the grain will she defy her parents demands and choose love even if it means leaving everything she knows behind?

Roberts, Dana, 21 -short story e-book

Dana Roberts was a regular college student until a car accident stole her memory. Dana struggles to reclaim her memory and sense of identity but nothing is what it seems. The therapist, doctors, her family and friends are all keeping secrets from her and Dana is determined to find out the truth about who she is. She just didn't know it would be so devistating. Dana turns desparate breaking into buildings and chasing after the truth that lands her in the hospital again. Sometimes the truth is better forgotten but once it's reclaimed can never be undone.

The Life of Virginia Wargenheimer -short story e-book

Virginia attracts trouble wherever she goes whether it's with the Girl Scouts, her high school teachers, the trombone or boys. All she wants is to work at Greasy Cheesey's,get rid of a few pimples and disown her freakish family. Seriously. Bienvenu brings another comedy to the table that will leave you rolling.

Changing Stripes -short story e-book

An abstract piece on racism, Bienvenu showcases a White girl and an Hispanic boy parted by the waters of racism. They are torn apart by the world around them and left to face the harsh truth that the world doesn't see people for who they are, only the color of their skin.

The Right Kind of Perfect -short story e-book

Fifteen year old Tessa Smithers has anything but the perfect life and things only get worse once she is accused of being a bird killer. Suddenly the entire town has turned upside down and the only thing they can agree on is she's guilty. Has everyone lost their mind or is it just her? Bienvenu writes a sensational teenage comedy that will leave you laughing until you cry.

Once In A Lifetime -e-book

Most people don't fall in love at thirteen years old. Best friends Kate Bryans and Anderson Beckett did. Circumstances beyond their control tore their young world apart. Now fifteen years later Kate is engaged and ready to move on with her life. After a string of boyfriends she's prompted to tie up lose ends. She just didn't think they would lead her to the now famous songwriter from her past. Suddenly she is confronted by everything she once wanted. Kate must now choose between her first love and the man standing at the altar.

Taming of the Free Spirit -short story e-book

Marie Johnson is perfectly content running in fields and picking wild flowers until her family informs her that she is to be married to Joseph Clemmins, a perfect tart if there ever was one. Will Joseph force her to become someone else or will Marie be allowed to remain the free spirit she was meant to be and learn to love one another?

Sarah's Secret -e-book

Sarah Marshall was molested as a young girl. Betrayed by her parents, she runs away to start a new life. Now as a successful social worker with Child Protection Services Sarah vows to save as many young lives as she can. She'll soon learn that she must face her past or her past will face her.
Sergeant Elijah Ryan joined the United States army when his parents died. He's angry with a God he doesn't even know. It's kill or be killed in the desert and he simply wants to get out alive. That was before he received a letter from a woman would would lead him to the answers he was searching for.
Bienvenu brings the haunting realitites of war and the struggle to overcome one's past that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.

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Author of Against All Odds: The Ruby Princess, Le Beau Coeur, Running From My Shadow, My Brother's Keeper, He's Mental, That's Why!, The Gilded Mirror, The Elopement, Changing Stripes, The Right Kind of Perfect, The Life of Virginia Wargenheimer, Escaping Lila, Once In A Lifetime, Taming of the Free Spirit, Roberts, Dana, 21; and Sarah's Secret.

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

HYBRID:The Rh- Factor by Claudia B. Modie

Hybrid: The Rh- Factor
Claudia B. Modie

Download thre first book in this amazing series . . . you will not be dissapointed !

About the Book

"The only thing I knew about Rh Negative blood was that I needed a shot after giving birth. At the time there was little explanation, other than, "your blood type."
In the seventies, I was still carrying a card in my wallet, which read, "This is an Rh- Female."
Having Rh- blood means you have no connection to the Rhesus Monkey, hence the negative Rh factor. Roughly 85% of the human population is genetically linked to this particular primate. I am in the 15% percent with no genetic similarities.
As an Rh- female, my body will reject the intrusion of any offspring without this necessary blood compatibilty. There are no instances in which this occurs in nature, unless there has been an attempt at cross-species breeding.
An individual with O negative blood is a Universal Donor, capable of giving blood to anyone, yet . . . can only receive O negative blood in return.

As it stands, those shots (rhogam) I was given, the shots still relied upon to this day, only fool the body into believing there's blood compatibility, but . . . what if there isn't?

It's the "What if?" factor that makes the best fiction . . . Isn't it?"

Blood is not necessarily thicker than water when a love triangle is orchestrated by extraterrestrials.

There are those who suspect individuals with Rh Negative Blood are the descendants of Ancient Astronauts , but throughout history a select few have had to learn the hard way . . .
When Olivia finds out she is pregnant, it forces Bobby into reliving his past, his own alien engineered birth. As he struggles to convince the young virgin to go through with the pregnancy, Olivia reconciles with the terrifying knowledge that she has been abducted and is now incubating what she views as a creature. But despite her apprehensions she cannot bring herself to terminate the pregnancy.

The Frank Diary of Ann

A Brief Bio of D J. Donaldson and her book

 I was born in Shoreham-by-Sea on the south coast of England.  I lived in West Sussex for most of my younger life with my parents and sister and later with my husband.  Two of my published novels are set in the area.

 I moved with my husband to North Lincolnshire about ten years ago.  I still like to get down to West Sussex, not only to visit my mother, sister and my two lovely nieces, but also to catch up with old friends.

 I started writing a couple of years ago after reading a novel written by a work colleague.  My first book ‘The Frank Diary of Anne’ is a humorous diary of a fourteen-year old girl, often described as a cross between a young Bridget Jones and a female Adrian Mole.  I then published a selection of short stories ‘Short’ which is a mixture of humorous and ‘twist in the tale’ type stories.  I am currently editing my second novel, ‘Lost in the Limelight.’

 I work full-time as a litigator for a firm of solicitors based in Yorkshire and am also in my last year of studying for a degree with the Open University.  Once my studies are completed, I hope to have more time to devote to writing.

 Do you remember what it was like being a teenager? Do you dare remind yourself?

 Join Anne in her journey as she learns about relationships, love, living with her divorcee mother and the struggle to live up to her friends’ rebellious image. Her diary provides the reader with either an entertaining philosophical view into the life of a modern schoolgirl - or the naive ramblings of a deluded (and over-protected), teenager.  You decide!

 Just some of the comments made by other writers about THE FRANK DIARY OF ANNE – AGED 14 on the YouWriteOn Website:-

 • I like Anne, she comes across as a sort of middle-class Vicky Pollard!

• A great story! It was warm, humorous and realistic.

 • The humour throughout is great, and your ability to make the ordinary new is a great skill.

 If you have anywhere near as much fun reading this as I did writing it then I've achieved my goal!!
 Link to purchase a kindle version of 'The Frank Diary of Anne' from Amazon:



 Since I started writing, I have written many short stories.  As people are often too busy to read an entire novel, I decided to bring together some of what I hope are the best ones to form this small anthology of short stories.  From quirky to humorous to dark, I hope there is something for everyone in there to enjoy.

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

A Proper Charlie by Louise Wise

A Proper Charlie by Louise Wise
Charlie watched as he fell back onto her settee, and then straddled his lap. Oh my God! What was she doing! She was having an out-of-body-experience, she thought. Only she wasn’t dead. She was alive. Very much so. She wriggled against him wonderingly and excitement flared in her body as his own rose to her teasing.

Charlie Wallis has everything a girl could wish for. A loving boyfriend, a nice flat and a fantastic job as a journalist for London Core. Trouble is, Charlie's boyfriend's a waster, her job title really reads 'clerk' and her flat, at the top of a high-rise, isn't that nice after all.  

Her new boss, Ben, is a huge bear of a man. A gentle giant, with chocolate brown eyes that hold a secret.  

While London Core investigates the murders of local prostitutes, Charlie wants in on the action, deciding that dressing as a hooker and walking the streets is good research 

Bumping into Ben was the last thing she expected.  

About Louise

Married, with four children, Louise Wise lives in England. She is a pharmacist technician by day, and a writer by night. She was educated in an ordinary state school and left without achieving much in the way of qualifications; you could say she was the result of a crap school. Hungry for knowledge she enrolled in an Adult Education centre and studied English, maths and creative writing.  Whereas other young girls asked for makeup and clothes for their birthdays, she asked for encyclopaedias!

Louise Wise used her general love of romantic fiction and interest in astronomy to write her first book, Eden.  It was an experimental novel and was never meant to see the light of day! She had received many rejections, which stated that the novel was just too original for the current market. An agent took it on but failed to find a publisher for it, this urged Louise into believing in herself as a writer. Since then she believes she has found her niche with romantic comedy. A Proper Charlie was released last year, and Misanthrope will be launched in the autumn.

She also has a non-fiction eBook called So You Want an Author Platform.

DNA by Ey Wade

About "DNA":
On the night before a planned family vacation, Debney is inexplicably excluded. After a bitter argument with her mother at being barred from family vacations, especially one so close to her eighteenth birthday, Debney arranges a romantic dinner with her long time crush. During the chaos of dinner turned teen party, she learns of the death of her family. Yes, sometimes relationships in families end tragically. People leave; parents die, and lives change. But does it all have to bring out the skeletons in the closet?
Debney Nichole Armstrong thought she knew everything about her family. She knew her dad worked hard at everything, except building a relationship with his family. She knew her younger brothers were typical little kids, and she knew her mother, for some unknown reason, disliked her first born and only daughter.
What she really needed to know was did her mother contribute to the ‘accident’? Who is the man repeatedly mentioned in her mother’s journals? Where were the bodies of her ten year old twin brothers, and who is the father of the child she now carries? No matter what the answers are, Debney knows, nothing will ever be the same.

Ey's Bio
Ey’s motto: “I am a writer....a master of words. Like aknife, words should be handled carefully. They can cut deeply, the wound maynever heal, and the scar can remain for an eternity.”

Ey Wade is the single parent of three awesomeyoung women, whom she home-schooled into college and the grandmother, ‘Lovey’of a little boy. Ey likes to say of herself “Knowing me as a writer andauthor is like cracking an egg’s shell in the air and wondering how far thesplatter will spread.” She is currently the author of nine books written within various genres’. Ey considers herself to be a caged in frustratedauthor of thought provoking, mind bending eBooks, an occasional step-in parent,a fountain of knowledge, and ready to share.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A Must Read For Book Lovers

Mafia Messiah
   Joe Bagori

Mafia Messiah chronicles the life of a baby boomer with a made man for grandfather. The book has been hailed as "The Wonder Years" meets "The Godfather".
The reader learns about The New England La Cosa Nostra from the days of Prohibition to the recent past.
The reader gets a sense of the power that emanated from Raymond Patriarca's office, Coin-O-Matic, on Atwells Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Federal Hill in Rhode Island.
The FBI had wire taps and bugs in place to understand this organization. The grandfather had a special anointing being born on Christmas Day that allowed him to prevent his family from being corrupted by it, a miracle in itself.
The reader experiences a wide range of events from the assignations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King, to Muhammad Ali fighting on "The Wide World of Sports", all through the special prism of an Italian American family with Mafia ties and strong Christian values.
With strong parental figures our baby boomer is not only shielded from the dangers of organized crime but also shielded the dangers of life in general.
The book opens memory passages of the mind making each readers experience personal as they relate their own memories to the events and lessons of the book.


Joe Bagori, born in 1959, to second generation Italian American parents, in Providence Rhode Island.
The Italian American community of Federal Hill was his home during his early years. It was there that Joe began his appreciation for extended family, religious values, and good food. It was during those formative years that Joe also got to experience the close knit community that populated Federal Hill. It wasn't unusual to know your neighbors and storekeepers and expect welcoming grins when venturing outside. It wasn't unusual for neighbors to call themselves, "Pizans", something similar to cousin, meaning they came from the province in Italy.
Good food and a sense of belonging were not the only old world traditions that Federal Hill embraced. Federal Hill was home to the undisputed leader of New England Organized crime, and he had his office, "The Office", just a few doors down from Joe's home. Power emanated from that office and it influenced the population of not only the neighborhood, but the whole state, the New England region, and was the target of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
The Providence Journal reported spectacular crimes and punishments and invariably attributed them to "The Office". Joe would read these accounts as a paperboy. Joe would ask his mother about those Providence Journal articles and about "The Office" occupant, Raymond Patriarca, and he would be told the Journal was just prejudiced against Italians. Maybe the Providence Journal was reporting facts, and maybe they just did not understand the facts, so Joe was in search of them. As Joe learnt that his Grandfather was good friends with Raymond, Joe thought his mother's comments may have been prejudiced in themselves.
In other regards Joe was a typical Baby Boomer and Joe gives a unique perspective of growing up a Boomer in a world were an old world was trying to exist into a future that was born of the space race.
Joe's first book, "Mafia Messiah" is a fun read that will open memory passages of your mind making each readers experience unique.

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Other works:

Epiphany Blackjack "Strategy Squared" New Easy and fun card count system that gets you the edge. by Joe Bagori (Kindle Edition - Feb 21, 2011) - Kindle eBook
The Taoism of facebook by Joe Bagori (Kindle Edition - Nov 10, 2011) - Kindle eBook