Monday, May 29, 2017

DEFIANCE: Epic WWII Adult War Novel from A.L. Sowards


Title: Defiance 
Author: A.L. Sowards 
Release: Available Now!
Get it here: Amazon!


Synopsis

Eight years after immigrating to the United States, German-born Lukas Ley embodies the American dream: successful athlete, gorgeous girlfriend, loving family. But beneath the surface, eighteen-year-old Lukas is driven by ambition, resolved to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of the Nazi regime. Unfortunately, a failed physical throws his plans for flight school off course. Unlike his war-hero older brother, Lukas’s purpose is unclear. He can’t fly, and in the eyes of the military, he’s good for only one thing—the front lines. 

From the foxholes of war-ravaged Luxembourg to the devastation of an enormous German offensive, Lukas’s journey is fraught with peril. But when he’s taken as a prisoner of war, he realizes life is about to get much worse. In the enemy camp, Lukas is viewed as a German fighting for the wrong side. Ripped from the innocence of an idealistic youth, he becomes a man beaten by the horrors of war. Now his only hope of survival is to hold tightly to his faith in God and his love of family and home. But even if he manages to make it out alive, can he ever be whole again?

Sometimes survival is the ultimate act of Defiance.




About the Author 
A.L. Sowards grew up in Moses Lake, Washington, then came to Utah to attend BYU and ended up staying. Now she’s a busy mom with young kids, but she does her best to squeeze writing time in between naptime, stroller rides, and homework sessions. She enjoys reading, writing, learning about history, and eating chocolate, sometimes all at once. As an author, she is known for heart-pounding action, memorable characters, careful historical research, clean romance, and family-friendly language. Her novels include a Whitney Award winner and several Whitney finalists.

For more information, please visit her website, ALSowards.com 





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Monday, May 22, 2017

Charming Tale from Author Matthew Bonazzoli: Special Excerpt Included!


Title: Flea Biscuit Finds a Home 
Author: Matthew Bonazzoli 
Category: Children's 
Release: Available right HERE! 



About the Book
Flea Biscuit Finds a Home is a fully illustrated, 9,000-word novel for kids ages 8 and up.  
About the Story
     It’s winter in New England and a small abandoned kitten struggles through the snow. When he stumbles upon a large old house in the woods he’s hoping to find his forever home but instead begins his first big adventure.  
     In Flea Biscuit Finds a Home the little stray confronts bullying and adversity but also sees that kindness and friendship can come to those with a gentle heart. Flea Biscuit discovers that he has much to learn and that trying to grow up and find your purpose in life is hard work.



Note from Writing Belle: 

I (Summer) read Flea Biscuit Finds a Home and found it to be perfectly charming and sweet! I love children's books, and I really enjoyed thumbing through this book by Matthew. If you're looking for a fun, entertaining gift for your child (or any child!), try picking up this book.





Flea Biscuit Excerpt

Spike turned to Flea Biscuit.  “That is not done, Flea,” he spat.
“Why not?” asked Flea Biscuit.
“Because it isn’t!  I’ve heard of cats who act like you.  So-called house cats.  Fat and lazy do-nothings. Ever housebound and acting like loyal puppies! Pretenders, all of them! Is that what you are?  I won’t have a house cat under the same roof. Do you understand?” 
 “I guess so,” said Flea Biscuit, but he did not understand. “Am I a housecat?” he wondered. “I certainly never want to go outside again, and I’m not a good hunter either, so maybe I am a good companion?  Is it bad to want to be a good friend? Maybe Spike has just never known how to be a friend.”
Flea Biscuit turned to Spike with a look of pity in his eyes. Spike turned his back to him. He looked up at the man.
The man reached out his hand to Spike the same way as he once had to Flea Biscuit. But instead of allowing the man to touch him, he raised a paw and scratched at the man. The man jerked his hand back and laughed at Spike’s ferocity.
“Why did you scratch the man when he tried to touch you?” Flea Biscuit asked.
“Why would he touch me? He has no reason to. I have not taken ill.”
“He wanted to touch you because he likes you,” said Flea Biscuit.   “He wants to be friends with you.”
Spike seemed surprised.  “You are imagining things, Flea. I work for the man. He lets me stay here because I catch mice for him.”
“That is true,” agreed Flea Biscuit, “but he must also like you. Has he never tried to touch you before? Haven’t you ever had a friend?”
“We are cats,” said Spike. “We are solitary.  We do our jobs and keep to ourselves.  We do not have friends.”
“Old Tom in the woods is my friend,” said Flea Biscuit.  “The man is my friend. And maybe you and I can be friends.”  
“Ridiculous on all counts!” Clearly Spike was annoyed at the thought.

Flea Biscuit let out a sigh. “The man is your friend, Spike.  You just don’t want to accept it.”


About the Author 
Native New Englander Matthew Bonazzoli is a writer, musician and all around cat lover.    While Flea Biscuit Finds a Home is his first novel he has been writing and recording music for more than 30 years.  He has released 8 full length albums and currently plays with The Bonazzoli Band.
Flea Biscuit, Spike and Cheeto are all actual cats he has rescued and welcomed into his big old house, where they share many adventures together.

Visit Matthew on his Official Website.









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Monday, May 15, 2017

Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban: Two Moon Princess and The King & The Stone


The King in the Stone
by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Synopsis: 

A full moon, a silver key,
and the forbidden passion of two young lovers
will bring hope to a defeated kingdom
and, through their sorrow, deliver a king
who will change its fate

Sent back in time through a portal the full moon opens,
Julian and Andrea, two lovers from a parallel universe, are
caught in opposite sides of the battle between the last
Spanish stronghold and the Arabian invaders. A battle for
survival that will determine the fate of a kingdom and
demand of them the ultimate sacrifice: As the Arabs close
on the mountains, Julián makes a decision that will break
Andrea’s heart and change them forever.


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Before The King in the Stone, there was the Two Moon Princess!

Synopsis: 

A Spanish Princess.
An American Boy.
A King set on revenge.
An unrequited love
and a disturbing family secret
bring a world to the brink of War.
Two Moon Princess is a coming of age story with a touch of romance that takes place in a mythical world in which the medieval kingdoms of Spain are still fighting each other, a world of warrior kings in which girls are not supposed to speak their minds.


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Exclusive Excerpt from TWO MOON PRINCESS

TWO MOON PRINCESS by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

I woke up at the sound of hooves. “At ease!” A deep authoritarian voice said and then added sharply, “Does she know?” After a short answer I couldn’t hear, the newcomer continued. “We cannot take any risks. She has to stay now. Bring her to me!”
Hurried footsteps approached my tent, and a soldier came in. After cutting the rope that bound my ankles, he dragged me to my feet and ordered me out. Shivering in the cold air, I stumbled on my uncertain legs along a line of tents covered in dew until we reached a bigger one with the king’s standard above. Upon saluting the guards who flanked the entrance, the soldier lifted the door flap and pushed me inside.
“Kneel!” he ordered.
My head raised in defiance, I stepped forward. “I am Princess Andrea de Montemaior. I will kneel to no one,” I said to the shadows inside.
The rasping sound of a quill against vellum that came from the back of the tent stopped brusquely, and silence froze around me like a living presence.
I blinked repeatedly until the shapes coalesced into forms. Looking through my squinting eyes I saw a man dressed in black sitting behind a trestle table covered with books and papers. His dark face, was tense and sharp as if chiseled in stone and deep creases ran along his forehead. He didn’t look at all like the gentle lover I remembered staring longingly into Rosa’s eyes. And yet, despite his plain soldier clothes and his disheveled hair, there was such an arrogance in the way he looked at me that even before he spoke I knew without a doubt, he was the king.
His eyes two burning points of fire aimed at mine, Don Julián rose from his chair. As if following an order I had not heard, the soldier by my side got up and left. The king moved around the table and came toward me.
“Who are you and what do you want?” he said, his voice sharp and cold as a naked blade. “You have two minutes to convince me you are worth my time.”
His tone was not the soft pleading one I remembered from when he was making love to my sister, but cold and unfriendly. A voice you obey. It took all my will to resist the urge to comply.
“I have already told you. I am Princess Andrea of the House of Montemaior. I have come to you as a messenger. Unless you treat me with the respect I deserve, I refuse to talk.”
Don Julián stared at me with his dark impenetrable eyes. Then he unsheathed his sword and with a swift movement of his arm, cut the rope that tied my hands.
“You may proceed now, Princess,” he said with a quick bow, his voice so cold and unyielding that I shivered.
Fighting the desire to rub my wrists, as I did not want to give him the satisfaction of showing weakness, I searched my mind for the speech I had so carefully prepared for the occasion. But Don Julián was staring at me so openly, so shamelessly, that suddenly I became painfully aware of my appearance. Aware that in my page outfit, now dirty and wrinkled after three nights of sleeping in it, not to mention my recent fall in the river, I looked anything but royal.
“Sire,” I started, my voice surprisingly calm. “I have come to offer you a way to win back Princess Rosa without a battle. If you agree to postpone the confrontation with my father, I will help you get to her so you can again win her favor. I give you my word that Don Juan will be—gone by then.”
“You came to offer me Princess Rosa back?” Don Julián repeated without bothering to disguise his amusement. “And what made you think I would want her now, Princess?”
“Because you are in love with her.”
Don Julián started laughing. But there was no merriment in his laugh. It was a false, contrived, and somehow sad noise, so unexpected it made me wonder about his sanity. Finally he stopped, and looking at me as if I were the crazy one, he asked, “Have you ever heard of a marriage of convenience, Princess?”
And as the meaning of his question that was not a question, sunk in me I started shaking. “But then . . . ” I stopped. What I wanted to say but couldn’t was that then the war was inevitable, that because of me people would die. Again, like the day at the arch when I had seen the huge wave of water roaring toward me, I was paralyzed by fear. And this time John was not there to rescue me.



About the Author
A native of Spain, Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban has combined the scientific knowledge gathered during the studies that led to her Ph.D. in Biology and ten years of research with her life long love of writing and languages into a freelance career as an editor and translator in the Life Sciences, Biotechnology and Medical fields.
She is also a fiction and non-fiction writer and editor/translator. She has published four books with Chelsea House on drugs and diseases, and three fiction books: two young adult historical fiction novels: Two Moon Princess (Tanglewood Press) and The King in the Stone, and the paranormal romance Immortal Love (Crimson Romance), and its Spanish version, Bécquer eterno.

You can visit Carmen on her website or on Facebook.





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Monday, May 8, 2017

FOREVER ME: A Teen Story Inspired by True Events (With Author Thomas Amo!)




Title: Forever Me 
Author: Thomas Amo 
Release: Available Now! 

Synopsis:

~ Inspired by true events ~

Hannah Richards isn't your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashion, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, and classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her father, the town sheriff, and her two best friends, Lauren and Haylee, Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life, as an "Eastie."

After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the "Stilettos" at school, and a series of misunderstandings with her friends, Hannah is forced to re-invent herself. She quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls?

Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy, and rage that are now waiting for her around every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the "Stilettos"?








Background on Forever Me 


In 2010 I was approached by a film producer friend of mine asking me if I had anything new I was working on, as he was searching for a new project. At the time I didn't. But the very next morning, I was about to leave home when I saw a segment on morning television about a group of high school girls in Texas who had began an organization called, "Redefining Beautiful." Their objective was to get girls to go one day a week without makeup. To understand that you didn't need makeup to be beautiful. I had the entire concept in my head, including the ending. I pitched the idea to my friend the next day, which he loved and said he was on board.

 As I began developing the screenplay, the topic of bullying began to take the center spotlight of the story, and like every good author, I let the characters tell me their story. 50 pages into the screenplay, I realized there was just way too much story to tell, and I called my producer friend and said, I have to write this as a book, then I can write the screenplay. With his blessing I forged ahead and wrote what has been my favorite book so far. I have to give thanks to those girls and their mission, for if it had not been for them, Forever ME would have never happened. 





About the Author 
Thomas Amo has spent the majority of his life in some form of show business. From the time he was seventeen he signed on as an actor at the Palace Theatre in Northern California, where artists, and co-stars, Jeremy Renner, and Grant-Lee Phillips began their acting careers as well. Having worked in every facet of theatre, from actor, stage-manager, producer, director to playwright, Thomas has always had a deep love for writing. 
In 2000 he released his first novel, the 1920's era romance, "Silence". Since then, he's written in genres such as comedy, horror, and young adult. In 2012, he  "Forever ME" a young adult novel dealing with the subject of bullying. Since that time he has moved behind the microphone and is a radio host on the indie station, Radio Rock 92.6 The Blitz. His show the Morning Brew airs, Mon-Fri 9-11am PT. Thomas makes his home with his wife Ashton and their two dogs, Rommel and Riley.  




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Monday, May 1, 2017

IRAQI ICICLE: A Funny, Adventurous Story by Bernie Dowling

“Readers will appreciate the author's ability to render colorful characters and understated witty prose.”

– Publishers Weekly

Title: Iraqi Icicle 
Author: Bernie Dowling 

Release: 
Available Now at: AmazoniTunesBarnes & NobleKobo, and Inktera!

Official Synopsis:

The fix is in, the bodies are piling up, and they’re racing in this comedy crime novel.
A dead actress, a dead gambler and that’s for starters.
With murder following his every step, determined under-achiever Steele Hill is tangled in layers of intrigue and deviousness.
The reluctant detective is dragged from his cozy 1980s zone of the racetrack, the rock-music pub and his favorite band in the world, the Go-Betweens.
Steele Hill roars up the Australian streets of Brisbane and the Gold Coast trying to survive clashes with deadly blondes, cops, and crims.
Anybody wise-cracking Hill meets is in danger.
One ally is a reclusive teenage maths whiz, channeling Hendrix, and tapping into forbidden U.S. military software and magic mushrooms.

Leaping off the shoulders of Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Iraqi Icicle is a wild and hilarious 403-page ride through the murky worlds of gambling, drugs, politics and rock’n’roll.


Excerpt 

Mooney did the talking. ‘It’s like this, Hill. You’re a clown and a pest.’ He arced his arm proprietorially over the city. ‘We’ve got people out there who are murdering and maiming, robbing and pillaging.’
‘Maybe you should tighten up your police recruitment procedures.’ Sometimes I have no control over my mouth.
‘That sort of smart comment is what I’m on about,’ said Mooney. ‘You’re too lazy to work and too gutless to break and enter like an honest grub crim.’
Eloquent man that Mooney, he must have kissed the Blarney Stone.
‘Then you go stuffing up our day of grub-catching by killing (name).’
Mooney stopped talking and looked hard at me. I returned a blank look. He grabbed a handful of my shirt, twisted it and thumped me in the chest.
‘Hey!’ he shouted, while he pushed me back and forth.
I know he meant nothing by it; it was just a copper’s way of emphasising a point. He thumped me in the chest again. ‘Hey!’ the sergeant repeated.
Me, I still looked blankly at him. Schmidt intervened, grabbing hold of Mooney’s wrist. ‘Hang on, Frank.’
Oh Buddha, I thought, not this good cop, bad cop stuff. Yes it was.
‘Hang on nothing; I’m gunna throw this bloke right off this mountain.’ 




About the Author 
Bernie Dowling is an Australian humorist working in the fields of journalism, fiction and non-fiction.
He wrote the award-winning humorous column My Shout for more than a decade.
His first novel Iraqi Icicle is in its third edition in hardback, paperback and as an eBook.
The author's other books include O Lorde about the pop singer and 7 Shouts, based on his newspaper columns.
Dowling is the author of plays and is a boutique publisher.
His website is www.bentbananabooks.com





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