Monday, August 14, 2017

THE SUN THEY CALLED THE MOON: New Novel from Joseph Persia

Title: The Sun They Called The Moon 
Author: Joseph Persia
Release: Available HERE!


Richard Michaels is a sharp, motivated, young political activist living in Seattle. But when he is informed in a meeting of political activists that he must accept that the peace movement has depleted all observed peaceful methods of change and he has to accept more radical means of change, which leads him into an immediate crisis of conscience as he risks ostracism. He must make his way through inner and outer battles for the peace he fought for so hard for while witnessing escalating violence. He finds himself hiding from the authorities in order to preserve both his life and his conscience that governs both his actions and thoughts.

After a highly charged meeting, he decides to leave behind the peace movement and the new rising violence in it. He goes on the run and ultimately winds up unknown, unidentified, and out of the sight of the authorities. However teaching in a small New England seaside town, he still can not run away from himself and what he believes to be true. Richard has highly charged encounters with a Mother Superior more than a decade his senior and with his gifted students more than a decade his junior. But Richard befriends a nun in training along with some of his gifted students and while passing through, he gradually wins their trust and admiration. 

During the year, they are together at the campus of a private coeducational school, their confrontational relationships develop into powerful forces that all are reluctant to alter. When Richard encounters a strange priest, he learns that the true nature of reality may not be what it seems.

About Joseph Persia
Born in a small town in Rhode Island, writer Joseph Persia (who wrote his first 500 page manuscript while still in high school) was always interested in written words. However,  he did not take notice until he had entered college in Boston and was the first freshman to be  invited into a study program were he studied and wrote under the mentoring of  a published poet.

However, after college he was called back to Rhode Island because of a family emergency and his direction was forced to change.  The budding writer (who never lost his passion for the written word or to live near the sea) years later decided to pursue the written language, [and] pitch his prose atop a synthesis of  confessional folk stories with a twist.

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Monday, August 7, 2017


Title: Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play 
Author: Ellen Mansoor Collier 


Before Las Vegas, Galveston, Texas was called the “Sin City of the Southwest.” Real-life rival gangs fight over booze and bars during Prohibition in this soft-boiled Jazz Age mystery, inspired by actual events. Jasmine Cross, a 21-year-old society reporter, feels caught between two clashing cultures: the seedy speakeasy underworld and the snooty social circles she covers in the Galveston Gazette. After a big-shot banker with a hidden past collapses at the Oasis—a speakeasy secretly owned by her black-sheep half-brother, Sammy Cook—Jazz suspects foul play. Was it an accident or a mob hit? Soon handsome young Prohibition Agent James Burton raids the Oasis, threatening to shut it down if Sammy doesn’t cooperate. Suspicious, he pursues Jazz, hoping for information and more, but despite her mixed feelings she refuses to rat on Sammy. As turf wars escalate between the Downtown and Beach gangs, Sammy is accused of murder. To find the killer, Jazz must risk her life and career, exposing the dark side of Galveston’s glittering society.

Be sure to pick up the entire series! Flappers has also been newly revised, so even if you've read it before, it's worth checking out again to see what's new! 


From the Novel: 

All heads turned as I looked up to see Prohibition Agent James Burton parade through the newsroom in my direction like the new sheriff in town—badge, hat, holster gun and all....

He was hard to ignore: All six feet-plus of golden skin and hair, he towered over my desk.

“I need to ask you a few questions. Can we talk in private?”

“What for?” I adjusted my cloche, acting nonchalant.

“Police business.” Burton scanned the hushed room. “You don’t mind discussing it here, out in public?”

He had a point. Did I want the whole staff listening in on my personal conversation? He probably wanted to ask about Sammy, who was no one else’s business.

“Let’s go outside.” Head down, I followed him past a leering Hank, feeling like a naughty kid going to the principal’s office.

Outside, I felt safe among the throng of people and automobiles passing by in a rush. 

“How was lunch?” In broad daylight, Prohibition Agent James Burton didn’t seem quite as menacing or intimidating. A group of nosy reporters peered out the newsroom, ogling us like we were a penny arcade peep show.

“Fine.” I crossed my arms, partly to cover my growling stomach.

“Sorry to barge in.” He tugged on his hat. “But I had to get your attention. You wouldn’t give me the time of day the other night.”

“Can you blame me? A raid isn’t exactly the best way to meet new people.”

“I think we got off on the wrong foot.” Burton stuck his hands in his pockets, jingling some change. “Perhaps we can talk over dinner, instead of standing out here on the sidewalk?”

Was he serious? “Dinner? Just like that?” I snapped my fingers. “You waltz in as if you owned the place—like you did at the Oasis—and expect me to dine out with you, a total stranger, because of your badge? You’ve got a lot of nerve, mister.”

“I wouldn’t be a Prohibition agent if I didn’t.” He looked smug. “How about tonight?”

“Tonight? I usually work late.”

“Every night? Don’t they let you off for good behavior?”

“For starters, I hardly know you and what I do know, I don’t like at all.” I squinted in the sun. “And I don’t appreciate the way you bullied us at the Oasis that night. I thought people were innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.”  I wasn’t usually so bold and blunt with strangers, especially lawmen. Maybe it was his youth, or maybe I’d finally found my moxie.

“You must mean Sammy. Fair enough.” He held up his hands. “If it makes you feel any better, my gun wasn’t loaded that night.”

“Small comfort now, after you scared everyone half to death.”

The art covers and links to buy the rest of the series are listed below, starting with the sequel, Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets!
(Ellen’s Jazz Age mysteries are available @ regional hotels, gift shops and book stores, as well as Barnes & Noble.)

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About the Author 
Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer and editor whose articles, essays and short stories have been published in a variety of national magazines. During college summers, she worked as a reporter for a Houston community newspaper and as a cocktail waitress, both jobs providing background experience for her Jazz Age mysteries. 

A flapper at heart, she's worked as a magazine editor/writer, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism and served on UTmost, the college magazine and as president of WICI (Women in Communications). 

Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play is her first novel, published in 2012, followed by the sequel, Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets, released in 2013. Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns, the third book in the trilogy, came out in May 2014, followed by Vamps, Villains and Vaudeville in 2015.

Collier lives in Houston with her husband and Chow mutts, and visits Galveston whenever possible. 
In her fantasy life, she’s a real-life flapper and journalist who splurges on Art Deco purses and compacts when she’s not investigating crime and corruption. 

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Friday, July 28, 2017

RUNNING WITH WOLVES: Historical Fiction from Summer Lane

Title: Running with Wolves
Author: Summer Lane 
Series: Standalone 
Release Date: September 22, 2017 


Alaska, 1898 

“They always come back,” she whispers. “Always.”
He spilled their blood. Now, she’s out for revenge.
Jenna Renee is a woman wronged. When her adoptive parents are brutally murdered by an outlaw named Conroy Parker and his gang of thugs, they take everything from her: her family, her happiness, and her money.
Determined to bring Conroy and his boys to justice, she hires a gruff but dangerous gun-slinging trapper and guide, Jeremiah Black, to help her hunt Conroy down.
But there is more to Alaska than meets the eye.

The cold touch of the arctic winter is dangerous, and the corruption of Conroy Parker and his comrades runs deep. The tundra is unforgiving, and so are the wolves. Nothing is as at seems.
If the wilderness doesn’t kill Jenna, the pack will. Revenge comes with a price, and so does love. There will be no mercy….only the hunt.
A romantic adventure from #1 bestselling author Summer Lane, set amidst the gritty and awe-inspiring setting of Alaska during the last great Gold Rush.

Q&A with Summer Lane! (Yours truly!) 

How did the idea of Running with Wolves come about? 

Quite simply, it was one of those stories that jumped into my head. I have loved wolves and Alaska and the adventure of the wilderness since I was a toddler. I used to watch Balto once a week, for years. I have been obsessed with dogs and wolves since before I can remember. As an adult, my interest in dog training and dog-sledding intensified and became something I researched and learned about as a hobby. This love became the basis for the story of Running with Wolves. 

When will the book release? 
We are aiming for a September 22 release. 

This is your first fictional departure in 5 years from the apocalyptic world you have created. How does that feel? 
Amazing! Wolves is right in my wheelhouse, because it's all about survival, the wilderness and overcoming incredible odds. The difference is that there is no apocalypse: just the barren arctic winter of Alaska. There is no Omega: just the wolf pack and robbers and corrupt mining companies. It's in the vein of an old western, with a fun twist. Plus, it's a romance, so that's really entertaining for me to write. I'm not leaving the apocalypse behind (Collapse's spin-off, Resurrection, will be available in 2018), but it's refreshing to take my work in a new direction. Change is good. 

RUNNING WITH WOLVES, coming September 2017. 

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Monday, July 24, 2017


HENRY – Book Three of The Tudor Trilogy
by Tony Riches

New on Amazon UK  Amazon US and Amazon AU

The final book in the best-selling historical fiction Tudor Trilogy, this is the story, based on actual events, of Henry Tudor, who changes the history of England forever.

Bosworth 1485: After victory against King Richard III, Henry Tudor becomes King of England. Rebels and pretenders plot to seize his throne. The barons resent his plans to curb their power and he wonders who he can trust. He hopes to unite Lancaster and York through marriage to the beautiful Elizabeth of York.
With help from his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, he learns to keep a fragile peace. He chooses a Spanish Princess, Catherine of Aragon, as a wife for his son Prince Arthur. His daughters will marry the King of Scotland and the son of the Emperor of Rome. It seems his prayers are answered, then disaster strikes and Henry must ensure the future of the Tudors.

Interview with Tony Riches 

Where did the idea for writing the Tudor trilogy come from?
I began looking into the life of Owen Tudor, the Welsh servant who married a queen, and was surprised to discover his amazing story.  As my research progressed I began to collect fascinating details of the lives of Owen’s sons, Edmund and Jasper. I realised that if I planned it as a trilogy, Henry Tudor would be born in the first book, come of age in the second and become King of England in the final book.

Why do you think this is the first full-length novel about Henry Tudor?
Everyone from Shakespeare to Alison Weir has written about Henry, but this trilogy is the first time his full story has been told through historical fiction. Even at the Bosworth re-enactment you would hardly believe Henry was victorious, as ‘Ricardians’ outnumber Tudor supporters by more than ten to one. Schools and TV historians can’t wait to get on to Henry VIII and his six wives, and Henry has too often been dismissed as the ‘miserly’ king. The truth is, as so often the case, far more complex and his story deserves to be told.

What surprised you about the ‘real’ Henry Tudor?
Far from being ‘miserly’ I found Henry loved gambling with cards and dice and lost huge sums more often than he won. He also kept detailed records of who he’d played against (which included his wife, Elizabeth of York) and how much he’d lost. As well as lions and other dangerous animals, which he kept at the Tower of London, he kept a pet monkey, thought to be a marmoset, in his private chambers. (One day he discovered it had torn up his detailed diary, so there is a gap in his meticulous records.) I’m certain he loved Elizabeth of York but when the pretender Perkin Warbeck was finally captured, Henry was so enamoured of Warbeck’s wife, Lady Katheryn Gordon, he kept them both in his household – but wouldn’t let them sleep together. He also bought Lady Katheryn expensive dresses and she became a close companion and confidante, even after Henry had her husband executed!

What did you find most difficult about the research for this book?
Henry escaped to exile in Brittany at the age of fourteen and remained there until he sailed to take the throne with his invasion fleet at the age of twenty-eight. I struggled to understand how he spent those formative years (often described as ‘uneventful’) so decided to follow in his footsteps, all the way from Pembroke Castle to the remote Forteresse de Largo√ęt, deep in the forest outside the town of Elven in Brittany. 

Amazingly, I was able to climb the Dungeon Tower through a dark high stairway lit only by small window openings. Henry Tudor’s rooms were full of cobwebs and signs in French warned of a danger of falling masonry, but this first hand research really helped me understand what Henry’s life there might have been like. Although it was called the ‘dungeon tower’, in subsequent research I discovered intriguing details at the National Library of Wales which suggest Henry Tudor enjoyed more freedom at this time than is generally imagined. The papers claim that, ‘by a Breton lady’, Henry Tudor fathered a son, Roland Velville, whom he knighted after coming to the throne.

What will you write next, now you’ve completed the Tudor trilogy?
I’ve moved on one generation of Tudors for each of the past three years, so thought it would be interesting to write about the life of Henry’s daughter Mary Tudor. Reputed to be a great beauty, Mary was only eighteen when she became Queen of France, married off by her brother Henry VIII to the fifty-two-year-old King Louis XII. I’m also looking forward to writing about her womanising second husband, one of the last true Tudor knights and Henry VIII’s lifelong friend, Charles Brandon. The Tudor trilogy may be completed – but the story of the Tudors continues!

About the Author

Tony Riches is a full time author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the fifteenth century, with a particular interest in the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. For more information about Tony’s other books please visit his website and his popular blog, The Writing Desk and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches.

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