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 

Synopsis: 



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

THE TUDOR TRILOGY: INTERVIEW with BESTSELLING AUTHOR TONY RICHES

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 tonyriches.com and his popular blog, The Writing Desk and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches.




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Monday, July 17, 2017

ROBERT THORNHILL: WALT WILLIAMS MYSTERY/COMEDY NOVELS



Title: Lady Justice and the Sting 
Series: A Walt Williams Mystery/Comedy Novel 
Author: Robert Thornhill
Release: Available HERE!

Synopsis:

In Lady Justice And The Sting, a holistic physician is murdered and Walt becomes entangled in the high-powered world of pharmaceutical giants and corrupt politicians.
The Kansas City Police Department and the FBI join forces and Walt goes undercover in a 'sting' operation in order to expose those involved in this tangled web of intrigue, and in doing so, becomes the target of a vicious assassin.
Maggie, Ox, Willie, Mary and all your favorite characters are back to help Walt bring the criminals to justice in the most unorthodox ways.
Another dead-serious mystery with hilarious twists.




Title: Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders
Series: A Walt Williams Mystery/Comedy Novel 
Author: Robert Thornhill

Release: Available HERE!

Synopsis: 

Members of the Midtown Book Club are found murdered.
It is just the beginning of a series of deaths that lead Walt and Ox into the twisted world of a serial killer.
In the late 1960's, the Zodiac Killer claimed to have killed 37 people and was never caught --- the perfect crime.
Oscar Roach, dreamed of being the next serial killer to commit the perfect crime.
He left a calling card with each of his victims --- a mystery novel, resting in their blood-soaked hands.
The media dubbed him 'The Librarian'.
Walt and the Kansas City Police are baffled by the cunning of this vicious killer and fear that he has indeed committed the perfect crime.
Or did he?
Walt and his wacky senior cohorts prove, once again, that life goes on in spite of the carnage around them.
The perfect blend of murder, mayhem and merriment.


Title: 
Lady Justice and The Conspiracy
Series: A Walt Williams Mystery/Comedy Novel 
Author: Robert Thornhill
Release: Available HERE

Synopsis: 

Are we being poisoned? 
Those fluffy white trails crisscrossing the sky --- some say they are simply water vapor frozen into crystals. Others say they are deadly chemicals, some of which are for military defense, and others to control the weather and the world’s food supply.
Are the chemtrails really part of a clandestine government conspiracy? Four people believe so, and claim they have proof, but each of their lives comes to a tragic and mysterious end before they can offer their proof to the world.
Join Private Investigator, Walt Williams, as he searches for the truth and looks for clues to explain the untimely deaths.




Title: Lady Justice and the Ghost Whisperer
Series: A Walt Williams Mystery/Comedy Novel 
Author: Robert Thornhill
Release: Available HERE

Synopsis: 

What do a Confederate soldier who died on the field of battle, a woman who was driven from her home by the ravages of the Civil War, and a man who perished in a turn-of-the-century asylum have in common?
They all contact private investigator, Walt Williams. 
A bizarre series of events surrounding these paranormal visits culminate in the discovery of a terrorist plot to detonate bombs at a crowded festival.
Once again, Lady Justice pairs Walt with forces from beyond the veil to solve mysteries hidden for decades and bring evil-doers to justice.




Title: Lady Justice and the Cat
Series: A Walt Williams Mystery/Comedy Novel 
Author: Robert Thornhill
Release: Available HERE!

Synopsis: 

A treasure hunter is murdered and his discovery is stolen.
Members of a terrorist cell who have plans for a devastating attack, recognize Sara Savage, a retired CIA operative, kidnap her, and hold her for ransom.
And who does Lady Justice send to help private investigator Walt Williams save the day?
Clarence the Cat!
Walt forms an uneasy alliance with the feline crime fighter to solve the mysteries and bring the bad guys to justice.
It’s a laugh a minute as Walt spars with his new furry partner and the forces of evil.





About the Author (from Amazon.com)
Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in seven short years has penned twenty-six novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.

Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders, Lady Justice and the Vet and Lady Justice and the Pharaoh's Curse won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring of 2013, Summer of 2013, Spring of 2014 and Fall of 2014 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.

Many of Walt's adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert's real life.

Although Robert holds a master's in psychology, he has never taken a course in writing and has never learned to type. All 37 of his published books were typed with one finger and a thumb!

His wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. 
He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri.

Visit him on the Web at: http://BooksByBob.com




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Monday, July 10, 2017

THE BREEDLING & THE CITY IN THE GARDEN: Kimberlee Ann Bastian


The Breedling and the City in the Garden
The Element Odysseys : Book One
By: Kimberlee Ann Bastian

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Synopsis:
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret. 
He chose defiance.
Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.
Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden, learning that survival sometimes outweighs choice.

About the Author 
Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with her debut novel THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN. The second book THE BREEDLING AND THE TRICKSTER is due out September 2017. 

 When she is not in her writer's room or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture.




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