L. L. Dahl-Jensen

L. L. Dahl-Jensen is a successful career-woman, loving wife, and the dedicated mother of four wonderful, now grown children. With two new grandchildren a boy and a girl, she tries to spend as much time as she can enjoying their company. Being a soft-hearted animal lover, she has adopted many cats and will help any animal possible. The source of her creativity stems from a vivid recurring dream. After many sleepless nights and abrupt awakenings, a new journey began as she recalled and wrote her visions. Writing has now become a new passion.

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Rita Rita by L. L. Dahl-Jensen Is Screenplay Worthy.

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Josie finds herself in a tough spot and begins a deception that will have her fearing for her life while love threatens to engulf her. How can she ever get things back to normal without something disastrous happening? Then there is Rita, who has escaped a life in “The Mob” that threatens her very sanity. Watch her discover an inner strength she never knew she had. Can love find her, too? How these women meet and forge their future makes for page-turning drama. Their trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Book Review: Rita, Rita is a fast-paced story with strong characters in realistic settings. Mention-able characters include Josie who finds herself in an unusual situation, Tony who is just going about his life as usual, Rita who just wants to start over away from the mob and Susan who has memories that haunt her and unanswered questions.

An unusual family saga that transitions smoothly with twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged. This book holds something for everyone as there are good guys, bad guys, adventure and romance that stirs the heart.

L.L. Dahl-Jensen is a new up and coming author that writes with a great story telling style. Rita, Rita is the first book in this author’s trilogy and so we anticipate more great books in the future.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse Rita, Rita by L. L. Dahl – Jensen as a suspense drama with a romantic twist. Reviewed on November 26, 2014. Book provided by the author for review.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author L. L. Dahl-Jensen

L. L. Dahl-Jensen is a successful career-woman, loving wife, and the dedicated mother of four wonderful, now grown children. With two new grandchildren a boy and a girl, she tries to spend as much time as she can enjoying their company. Being a soft-hearted animal lover, she has adopted many cats and will help any animal possible. The source of her creativity stems from a vivid recurring dream. After many sleepless nights and abrupt awakenings, a new journey began as she recalled and wrote her visions. Writing has now become a new passion.

Interview Questions:

What makes you proud to be a writer from New Port Richey? I can’t say I’m proud but I’m very grateful to have been able to achieve what I have so far and can’t wait to do more.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I had a recurring dream and wrote it down. Later I read it to my mother and she thought it sounded like the beginning of a book or movie.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Once I had written the whole thing in first person, I rewrote it in third person. After reading it and getting some opinions from friends I decided to try to get it published.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? The only thing I can say is that my dad loved the gangster movies and we watched them together many times.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Not usually.  However I think I have for the current book I am working on right now.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? ‘Rita Rita’ is a suspense drama with a romantic twist. I love writing drama with all the twists and turns to keep the readers guessing and turning the pages.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Having my kids proud of me and talking about what their mother has done. Asp being on the radio on talk shows and I hope to do T.V. next.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I haven’t had a very long career so I can’t say

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Working with the publisher. Everyone at Authorhouse has been amazing especially a man named James Raven he was so helpful.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only thing I can say is all the rejection letters years ago but some were very helpful and gave constructive criticism.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep on working at it never give up and edit, edit, edit. Have a friend help that you trust as well.

Who is your favorite author? So many talented writers out there, I don’t really have a favorite.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? This is a first of a trilogy working on book two now.

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Amazon Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
I bet you going to love both of character in the book or at least either one of them for sure

By Prashant Kumar on May 9, 2015

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Twisted sometimes and sometimes full of surprises. Once you start reading this Rita Rita,it make you turn the page automatically, the characters in the story is so perfectly placed. The story of two different women and the way they deal with their lives is awesome. I personally liked Character RITA. You should really read this book, I bet you going to love either both characters in the book or at least either one of them for sure. Good Work!

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5.0 out of 5 stars
This is such a great read! From the first chapter you can’t put …

By David DeWeerd on May 18, 2015

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This is such a great read! From the first chapter you can’t put it down, you want to keep reading to find out what will happen. I highly recommend this book!

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars

By Stephen on July 29, 2014

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great product

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5.0 out of 5 stars
I love the plot of this book

By Tena McGuire on April 9, 2013

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The story line was great. sometimes had to reread some of the charters to keep them straight. But overall the story was very good. would like to see more stories from this author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Captivating read!

By RZ on July 4, 2015

Format: Paperback

Rita Rita is offered as a romance, but readers who like crime and suspense will enjoy the fast-moving plot. I found myself reading as fast as I could because the suspense keeps building as two women find themselves caught in a tangled web of gangsters and mystery.

Josie falls for the hired right-hand man, but is afraid to reach out to him for fear of revealing her true identity. Rita escapes for a secret “vacation” and meets her true love, but is in constant fear that the mob goons who constantly guard her might find her.

Rita Rita is set in a subculture of hard-drinking characters whose emotions and insecurity make them believable and human. Tony, a pivotal figure in the story, is a complex character who tries to juggle a legitimate construction business, his position in the mob doing illegal activity, and his love life.

The dilemmas faced by the characters spiral to an exciting juncture that leaves the reader wanting more. Can hardly wait for the next book in the trilogy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great suspense drama with a romantic twist!

By Cold Coffee on November 28, 2014

Format: Paperback

Rita, Rita is a fast-paced story with strong characters in realistic settings. Mentionable characters include Josie who finds herself in an unusual situation, Tony who is just going about his life as usual, Rita who just wants to start over away from the mob and Susan who has memories that haunt her and unanswered questions.

An unusual family saga that transitions smoothly with twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged. This book holds something for everyone as there are good guys, bad guys, adventure and romance that stirs the heart.

L.L. Dahl-Jensen is a new up and coming author that writes with a great story telling style. Rita, Rita is the first book in this author’s trilogy and so we anticipate more great books in the future.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse Rita, Rita by L. L. Dahl – Jensen as a suspense drama with a romantic twist. Reviewed on November 26, 2014. Book provided by the author for review.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
An author who is definitely going places

By Sara Knight on May 21, 2015

Format: Paperback

This is the first book I have read by L. L. Dahl-Jensen and I hope it won’t be the last. I read this book over 2 nights and when I finally went to sleep – it was the first thing I thought of the next morning. “Rita, Rita” is full of wonderful characters, especially Josie. Throw in “The Mob” and we have a great read. The author has created characters that are totally believable and completely relate-able to the reader. I loved the intrigue laced throughout the story as I couldn’t wait to see how the story ended. This is an author who is definitely going places. I would recommend this to anyone from mid-teen to adult who is looking for a can’t-put-it-down romantic drama.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this book!!

By John Montana on January 22, 2014

Format: Paperback

L.L. Dahl-Jensen keeps the action and plot moving forward, and the tension just keeps rising. You will keep holding your breath after each chapter as each eye-opening chapter unfolds. You begin to expect the nonstop, multilayered plot. and twists as the story line unfolds. This is a testament to L.L. Dahl-Jensen’s skills that he or she can keep everyone in place and blazing away without losing track of the ongoing plot. Great read!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars
book Rita Rita

By Cassie Marie on December 24, 2012

Format: Paperback

Very good book. I loved the story and the story line. I found it easy to relate to in a lot of ways. now will buy it and be one of the proud owners of such a wonderful and well written book. the author is wonderful and hugely talented. hope to read more from her in the future. I recommend everyone buy this book and read it, it’s a winner.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this book.

By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2016

Format: Paperback

From the first time I picked this up, I had a hard time putting it down. The storyline kept me intrigued and I cannot wait for the next one.

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Exciting and Easy to Read!!

By Kelly on April 9, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

L.L. Dahl-Jensen has created such a easy reading book. The story line even to the very end kept me guessing and turning the pages. I can’t wait to see what she will give us next. I would definitely encourage all my reader friends to get a copy of this.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story – Rita, Rita

By cats friend on December 26, 2012

Format: Paperback

This was an intriguing story from a first-time author. It was easy to follow, and hard to put down. I highly recommend it. I got involved in the story, and lost track of time. It’s part of a trilogy, so I’m anxious to read the second one when it’s finished.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars

By Wendy Tejada on January 22, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it!

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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Fun Read!

By Gale W. on December 19, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

The book starts out with action which grabs your interest. Fast paced great read. It held my interest and there was plenty of excitement and plot twists.

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4.0 out of 5 stars
Love a happy ending

By K Thompson on December 10, 2013

Format: Paperback

Good book for a first-time author. The story line was Interesting story with plenty of adventure. Looking forward to reading the next two books.

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Steve Shear

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler is author Steve Shear’s first published novel (L&L Dreamspell, 2011). It was awarded runner-up in the San Francisco Book Festival 2015.

Steve is happy to announce that The Trials of Adrian Wheeler has been optioned as a movie by EVW Entertainment (producer of the movie Break the Stage), and the screenplay has been written by Erik Wolter and Steve. EVWE is now looking for partners to produce the movie. Erik and Steve have collaborated on a sequel to the screenplay.

The Wild Rose Press published The Fountain of Youth, Steve’s second published novel, in May of 2017. It has received exceptional reviews, some of which appear on Amazon and Goodreads.

He and his wife, Susan, collaborated on The State vs. Max Cooper and The Steele Deal (published by ArtAge Publications), courtroom plays in which the audience serves as the jury. Both are being produced around the country.

In addition, Steve has four novels that have recently been completed: A trilogy including The First Coming, An Eye for an Eye, and Black Hearts & Hungry Bears and The Click, a Sci-Fi thriller. He has written screenplays on the first two and is presently collaborating with Erik Wolter on a screenplay based on The Click.

Steve also has been writing poetry for over fifteen years (a number of which have been published) and is also a portrait and figure artist and sculptor, having been represented by a number of galleries in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. He is presently represented by the Delta Gallery in Brentwood, California and on line by Vango Art. His work can be seen at his website, www.steveshear.net

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The Fountain Of Youth by Steve Shear Is Screenplay Worthy
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The Fountain Of Youth by Steve Shear

“Two generations of dementia are enough!”

Robert Glickman declares in his quest to die with dignity and the likelihood he will be next. To that end, he uses his grandson’s sixth grade quiz book, a locked away metal box, and a secret weapon that eventually comes back to haunt him.

In the meantime, he is embroiled in the lives of other residents: his neurotic sister, Essie who plots to steal his secret weapon for herself; beautiful Christina Abernathy, a retired psychotherapist he instantly falls in love with; Hester, a young server at the Fountain who suffers from progressive mutism; Boyle, a man of mystery with a questionable past for good or evil (Glickman isn’t sure which); and Boyle’s grandson, Santini, a troubled young man caught between the dope dealers he runs with and the FBI wanting to use him.

Will Glickman and Essie beat dementia? Can he win over Christina? And what about Hester, Boyle, and Boyle’s grandson?

Book Review: I found The Fountain Of Youth by Steve Shear most interesting because my grandparents managed a retirement home and nursing home. I grew up around these homes, associating with many of the older people who lived in both. When my father became disabled (car accident, my mother, father and I teenager) we moved into an apartment within the Retirement Home. I lived there until I graduated from high school and left home. This book brought back a lot of wonderful memories of the older people that I associated with in my youth. It also brought back memories of those I saw physically and mentally decline.

I love how the author draws the reader into the daily lives of the people who live at “The Fountain of Youth” and I love the title. As I said, I have already lived in an old folks’ home, so when I get old I want to go to a young folks’ home. The colorful characters who reside at “The Foundation of Youth” bring with them their past experiences, their lifelong stories, their strong personalities, human emotions. They exhibit an ability to adjust to their surroundings as they fight to stay in control of their physical and mental health with full knowledge that the road ahead is not what anyone would want for themselves or anyone else.

Main character Robert Glickman is acutely aware of his genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He has lost family and friends and he refuses to go quietly into this physical and mental hell. Adding a little romance can’t hurt. Robert did his best to encourage others through reading to them. Here is a good quote from Robert: “As I dropped down to LL2, it occurred to me that I no longer considered the lowest floor as Hades or the River Styx and when the elevator doors opened it didn’t seem as hot and oppressive. It was certainly quiet however. I stepped into the lounge and stared at the couch where O’Reilly and I read Gatsby. I could still see the crowd of patients in wheelchairs, on walkers, and sitting uncomfortably in those same gray folding chairs everyone purchases from Costco… Patients! I referred to them as patients, not residents. The word rolled off my lips without a bit of concern. Maybe I was reconciling myself to the future. Never!”

You probably know someone or even care for a loved one who is struggling with one or more diseases that cause dementia. As researchers work hard to find cures for these diseases, it is our job to stay informed of the latest advances in medications and assistance for end of life. Although fiction, I think this author has addressed these issues well.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse The Fountain Of Youth by Steve Shear. I give the book 5 stars because the author shows great compassion for those afflicted and this book addresses a difficult subject that affects missions of people, their family, friends and caregivers. I purchased this book from Kindle and the review was completed on October 12, 2017.

Message From The Author: When I was growing up, sharing a single bedroom with three brothers in a duplex on Dartmouth Avenue, my maternal grandmother, Mama, lived with us and had her own room. Often, she would babysit when our parents went out and we would play gin rummy, Mama and me. She cheated but I still won. Mama would also buy individual packets of sunflower seeds (we called them ‘polly’ seeds) from our uncle who lived upstairs. He was a pharmacist and even though she bought them wholesale, she sold them to us boys retail. Of course, we knew where she hid them so I’m afraid to say she got the short end of that deal. At the time I didn’t think she knew we were stealing them. At the time I was young and stupid.

When Mama was around nine-two my parents moved her to a nursing home. In those days you really didn’t want to visit a nursing home, but we did, every Sunday. During one visit, Mama introduced me to ‘Aunt’ Charlotte, her next-door neighbor at the home. “Mama,” I said, “She’s not my aunt.” But she stood her ground and insisted Charlotte was my aunt and I should greet her accordingly. Finally, while I was still arguing with her, she said, “Stevie, mit her money and no one to leave it to, she’s your aunt.” Again, I was young and stupid.

Thank the powers greater than us (if there are any), Mama did not live long in that nursing home (which she hated) and she died with the humor I grew up with. She was one of the reasons I wrote The Fountain of Youth. 

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Drama

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The Trials Of Adrian Wheeler by Steve Shear

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler has been optioned as a movie by a production studio in Los Angeles,
Filmed Imagination and Daniel Dreifuss (producer of the Academy Award nominated move, NO),
and the screenplay has been completed.

Marine Private Adrian Wheeler, accused of murdering Iraqi women and children, arrived home to face nothing less than: An unrelenting father who cajoled him into enlisting, PTSD, sexual Inadequacy, a sensational court-martial trial, a sister with HIV. He returned from Baghdad and the Iraq war disabled and disillusioned an amputee with a bad knee. His brother, John Mike, didn’t return at all. Both participated in a reconnaissance mission seeking proof Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, WMDs, a mission that tragically failed, a mission in which innocent women and children died along with John Mike and other combatants.

As the sole survivor, Adrian carried the details of that trauma deep within his subconscious, and often drank himself unconscious in hopes of hiding from the visitors who came in his sleep; his domineering father, a retired Vietnam veteran, and Rachael, the girl he left behind. In his mental state and physical condition, he did everything he could to avoid her—and the couch they first made love on before he lost his arm. Just when he began taking control of his life, Adrian was charged with the murder of all those women and children. But did he, do it? Could it have been John Mike? Or possibly an insurgent?

Adrian’s only hope was to get beyond his trauma and recall the terrible secret buried deep within the cellar of his psyche. That required Rabinowitz (a psychotherapist specializing in PTSD) and Angelo Benedetti (a renowned court-martial defense lawyer) to help him remember—and to convince the court he was innocent—whether he was or not.

Message From The Author: From the Author: When I started writing Adrian, the only thing I had in mind was a friend from my poetry critique group, a gentle soul with natural artistic creativity, who was ‘forced’ to join the Marines and fight in Vietnam for his country by his bombastic father. My friend had MS and other bad things after being exposed to Agent Orange. He died last year but not before he published several books of his poetry.

Actually, I had two other things in mind when I began thinking about Adrian. I had been against America invading Iraq and I blamed it on W, our president who made the decision to invade. I had just finished reading Vincent Bugliosi’s book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, and I wondered how many soldiers regretted their decisions to join up in the first place, like my friend. I’m not talking about those soldiers who died in battle (that’s bad enough), but those young men and women who came back (and are continuing to come back) from Iraq and Afghanistan–only to discover a battlefield far more relentless and infinitely more lonely. I am speaking about all those warriors who do battle every day in their mind’s eye, seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the loss of a limb, their own or a buddy’s–or who experience the last five minutes of their buddy’s life. There’s no special day just for them. There is no Veterans with PTSD day.

Its full name is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; at least that’s what we call it now. In the past it was battle fatigue and shell shock, but a rose by any other name is just as devastating I learned when I started the research on The Trials of Adrian Wheeler. When George W. Bush dropped his first bomb on Baghdad in March 2003, I was so upset I produced what I still consider my best work of art, a painting I entitled The Sisters of Baghdad which can be seen on my website, steveshear.net. Shortly thereafter I wrote a poem, The Bombing of Baghdad which appears at the beginning of Adrian. Around that time, I remember getting a haircut and ranting to my barber, Harold, about how terrible President Bush was. My barber was ultraconservative, although I didn’t know it at the time. His bald head (wouldn’t you know it) turned red, his eyes bulged and his lips quivered. My only thought at the time was to blurt out: “HAROLD, PUT DOWN THE SCISSORS!” Fortunately, I am still alive and Harold is still cutting hair, I assume.

By the time I finished writing Adrian and living in the skins of the characters, George Bush became a bit more than a footnote. The characters and the family dynamics took over, Adrian, Pa, Daisy, Esme, Rachael, Rabinowitz, Benedetti, and the others. Actually, characters like these along with what they do and say tend to get under your skin and go where you go whether it’s at the computer, on a long walk, brushing your teeth, or in my case playing Pickleball. That’s what happens during nineteen drafts and before you ever think about sending out your first query.

Steve is happy to say that The Trials of Adrian Wheeler has been optioned as a movie by a production studio in Los Angeles, Filmed Imagination and Daniel Dreifuss (producer of the Academy Award nominated move, NO), and the screenplay has been completed. Steve is also a published playwright, having co-authored with his wife, Susan, The State vs. Max Cooper and The Steele Deal, interactive courtroom dramas published by ArtAge Publications. You can learn more about Steve and his other endeavors (as a painter, sculptor, poet, and retired intellectual property attorney) at www.steveshear.net.

Genre: Law, Specialties, Military, Arts and Photography, Theater

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D. M. McGowan

“Author Dave McGowan has been a cowboy, forest fire fighter, heavy equipment operator, farmhand, gardener, road musician and businessman.

He now writes, and works as a commercial driver, in Northern British Columbia.”

The forgoing is the bio from the back of my three novels and one might conclude from this information that I was a poor employee … either lazy or didn’t know what I was doing … and was kicked off a lot of jobs.

You would be partially correct, at least in surmising that I don’t know what I am doing. As for my being a poor employee, you would have to ask my bosses … although I think I’ve managed to trick the one I have now.

Of course, when I had my own business my boss thought I was marvelous.

Truthfully, I’ve managed over the years to find employment regardless of my location or the problems that might exist with the economy. I enjoyed much of that experience at the time and am glad that I attained it.

I’ve also visited a good portion of North America and lived in several areas of Canada where I met some great people and enjoyed some wonderful country.

Speaking of great people, Karen and I are parents to four great people who have supplied eight grandchildren who show that improvements can be possible in each generation.

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Author D. M. McGowan Is A Great Western Story Teller. His Books Are Screenplay Worthy.

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The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan

In the west of the 1890s, Jake’s wife is raped and murdered, an image from which he attempts to escape and hide. When two thieves try to take what little he has left, Jake realizes he must face the past and solve his wife’s murder to truly escape the images in his head. But to find the killer, he discovers even more surprises …

Jake McTavish left his home in central Canada when he was in his early teens. After working ships on the Great Lakes, fishing Lake Winnipeg, feeding cattle south of Fort Garry, and shooting wolves on the prairies, he starts his own cattle operation in the foothills of the western mountains. Then he meets his life-long partner, Anna.

Jake and Anna were married three years when it all came crashing down. He came home to find his beautiful wife raped and murdered. In an attempt to escape the vision of his butchered wife and all that he lost, Jake runs deep into the mountains, where he spends three years trapping and panning gold.

When two outlaws attempt to rob him and leave him for dead, Jake finally comes out of the stupor he has lived in and begins to fight back. First he deals with the two thugs. Next he returns to his homestead to find his wife’s killer. Solving a murder after several years is no easy task, especially when it includes surprises he didn’t want to find.

After a variety of work experiences, D. M. McGowan has now returned to work as a commercial driver and lives near Mile “0” of the world-famous Alaska Highway. His books bring Canadian history to life. This is his fourth published book. Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/davidmmcgowan

Book Review: The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan is an 1800’s western pioneering era saga that combines exceptional story telling with an historical tale told by Peace Country pioneer John Brown.

Well-developed characters and true to life settings with descriptive writing put the reader into the story. The main character Jake McTavish stands alone in his empty cabin with his thoughts that he voiced to his blue tick hound, “Maybe I’ll just have t’shoot somebody. That way the government will have t’ feed us ‘til they punch my ticket and bury me.”

Life had been especially hard since the murder of his wife. For the fourth year he must continue his Peace River trek in British Columbia (1898) to take the furs that he had collected by canoe down to Ft. St John. This is an important ritual as Jake trades bails of skins for cash to pay for supplies and to repair equipment heading into the new season. Times were hard enough without the ambush that knocked him out cold and took most of everything that he had in his camp.

Just 11 years ago “in the spring of 1887 Jake became a wealthy saddle tramp. He only had fourteen Canadian dollars, two U.S. dollars and eighty six cents, but he was rich in other goods. He had four horses, a fine, double rigged saddle, a short barrelled Colt pistol, a Colt Navy .36 and a Winchester rifle. He also had a serviceable pack saddle, bed roll, enough food to last a month and the pack covered with two tarps.”

By 1889 Jake had spent two years with the Cambridge Cattle Company and had accumulated some money. With a deep yearning for something more and the passing of the Canadian Homestead Act, Jake chose three hundred and twenty isolated acres in the foothills north of the Rocky Mountains. In the fall of 1891 with 15 yearlings to sell he met Anna Porenski. When she married him he no longer felt driven, because he had it all. Anna was raised on a farm, so ranch life came easy to her and she enjoyed gardening. The only thing missing are children for fate has refused to grant Jake and wife Anna a baby. To end such dreams Anna is murdered and the responding Mounted Policeman comes close to accusing Jake.”

Travel with Jake McTavish on a journey to find Anna’s killer or killers.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan for the author’s incredible story telling of Jake McTavish. I invite you to also read: The Great Liquor War, Homesteader: Finding Sharon and Partners. D. M. McGowan tells us that Cattle Business is coming soon. I purchased this book from Kindle and this review was completed on December 20, 2015.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Murder

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The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan

The year is 1885. Hank James has been in Canada several months panning gold from a stream near Roswell, British Columbia. When he hears a prizefight will be held in town, he attends along with everyone for miles around. With a little help from the fight referee, he wins big betting on the fight. Having realized that the life of a miner isn’t nearly as romantic or rewarding as he expected, and with advice from the policeman who helped him win money on the fight, Hank goes to Farwell to haul freight with pack horses for contractors building the transcontinental railroad.

The railroad’s security, a detachment of North West Mounted Police, have maintained across the West that no liquor be allowed one mile on either side of the rail bed. Provincial authorities disagree. Hank James believes in honoring and repaying his debts, but that doesn’t mean he should be involved in a war between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted.

He and his partners have trouble enough running their freight business, they don’t need to be caught between competing policemen. They are already stuck between Canada’s transcontinental railroad people and the contractors doing the actual construction. While the police are fighting one another, who is looking for criminals, particularly those stealing Hank’s horses? Despite a variety of jobs, D.M. McGowan now works as a commercial driver and lives near Mile “0” of the world-famous Alaska Highway.

His stories bring Canadian history to life. “I believe in seeing morality and societal responsibility rewarded. Too much of today’s fiction seems to lead into the dark instead of the light.”

Book Review: The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan is a western pioneering era saga that combines great story telling, true-to-life cowboy experience with US and Canadian history combined with legends from the 1800’s.

The main character Hank James was born in Canada and migrated south into the US with his family after the Civil War. Hank’s father headed towards Oregon in search of a farmstead while protecting his family from raids by outlaws and Indians. They made it as far as Kansas to find that the land was too dry to farm so pushed on to Oregon to find the land was too wet. With Mother Nature as their biggest obstacle and many mouths to feed young Hank James set out on his own. He settled down with his own gold mine claim near Rossland, British Columbia in 1984.

Hank wasn’t afraid of hard work, but he wanted more out of life than to eke out a living on his claim. With tenacity Hank took advantage of the Transcanada Railroad, found some partners and started his own freight business. Life should be good, but where there is industry, technology, commerce and economy, there are criminals.

In all my reviews I quote a passage so readers can get a feel for the authors writing style. I quote from page 37.

“It didn’t take a detective to know that the horse thief had played a little joke on the Provincial Police. Constable Art Hubbard was over six feet tall and probably ten pounds lighter than the one eighty mentioned in the description. Not only was he a long way from round, he was also clean shaven.

I gave Constable Hubbard my story, ending with the recovery of the bay gelding and the description I had from Miller. “An’ the fella called himself Art Hubbard,” I added.

The Constable’s expression didn’t change. He worked his chew around into one cheek and sent a stream of tobacco juice into the waste basket. “Feller with a sense o’ humor,” he noted, and then added. “It’ll be one ‘o Bulldog Kelley’s outfit. They work out o’ some of the illegal saloons t’ be found back in the bush. We catch one or two of ‘em every now an’ then, but we can’t get Kelley, an’ he’s the head o’ the snake. I can think of one or two that might fit your description, but not a one that had a full beard. An’ this fella’s probably shaved by now.”

I wrote out my story, signed it, and returned to work.”

Between the horse thieves, authority over liquor sales and a war between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted Hank is he in over his head? Only time will tell if he makes the right choices and will he win the heart and loyalty of Sharon Dalton?

Saddle up your horse, holster your gun and join a rugged western cast of characters that will take you back to the reality and the legends of the Wild West.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan for the nuggets of history told within a great story of human experience in the Wild West. I purchased this book from Kindle and this review was completed on August 11, 2015.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Westerns

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Homesteader: Finding Sharon by D. M. McGowan

Staking a claim to a homestead in the rugged, untamed Canadian frontier of the 1880’s was hard enough. But when someone tries to run roughshod over the “nesters,” a man has to take a stand. There is more than bad weather for Hank James to contend with as he rides in search of the land of his dreams and the woman of his heart. Portis Martin, manager of a large cattle company, has no use for the small homesteaders that have begun to pepper the area…and he isn’t afraid of using every dirty trick he knows to run them out. And Portis had been doing a pretty good job of it-until Hank James and his partner arrive on the stage. The dreams of early homesteaders were not always strong enough to see them through adversity, but with Hank James on their side, the people might just find a way of uniting for the common good and building a dream that can endure.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Western with a focus on Canada.

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Partners by D. M. McGowen

Thomas Brash is trying to escape but knows he never will. Pursuing him is the memory of the family he lost to cholera. Perhaps he believes that traveling alone in a wild, dangerous land will end all his memories; there is no doubt he wishes to be alone. Whatever his intentions the appearance of Frank Clement and the circumstances of that meeting upset those plans. Brash views Clement as an uneducated child who requires fatherly protection and guidance. Clement views Brash as a tenderfoot and cannot understand how anyone who knows so little could live so long. These two loners are joined by others and they all become partners. Having achieved relative sanctuary and surrounded by civilization their wilderness past comes back to haunt them.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Western with a focus on Canada.

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Sabri G. Bebawi Ph.D.

Sabri Bebawi, born in 1956 in Fayoum, Egypt. He attended law school at Cairo University. He left Egypt for the United Kingdom. Oxford University invited him during the fourth and last year of Law School. He never returned to Egypt. A few years later, after living and working as a journalist in England, Italy, France, and Cyprus, he took political refuge in the United States. He has been teaching ESL, English, Journalism, and graduate Educational Technology courses. He studied for more graduate work at UCLA and got a PhD degree in Philosophy, English Education and Distance Learning from Capella University.

Although English is his third language, Bebawi has published many articles, books, and essays on eclectic topics. It has always been his ambition to write novels. This is his second try; his first has been successful; God on Trial has won several awards including a British Literary Award in 2015. That English is a third language to Bebawi, writing a novel has always been preoccupying and challenging.

As a child, Sabri Bebawi struggled to make sense of the world and of human nature. He knew of the human condition. As he grew older, and studied law, and the “not so holy” books, he developed a more pragmatic and sensible stance; the world became just a mirage, an illusion and a mere phantasm. Bebawi waits for that to come day when religions, conformity, capitalism, republicanism, and corrupt governments are eradicated. He believes in John Lennon’s immortal lyrics, “Imagine.”

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Divine Comedy by Sabri Bebawi

“Divine Comedy” is a comical take on life’s medical and personal challenges. Though it is based on a one man’s real life, it is in the form of fiction since the fine line between real life and fiction is very thin and can often be crossed.

Pacific Book Review: What is reality and what is fiction? Do any of us really know in the end? This is something which the author, and in turn the reader, ponders throughout this novel by Sabri Bebawi titled Divine Comedy. How can one man face so many medical obstacles in a single lifetime? Can one man have such fervent love affairs with so many exotic women and yet never seem to really find true love? Life is, after all, a Divine Comedy. As the author wrote, “There are only two ways to react to life’s trials and tribulations: either to become frustrated, bitter, angry and feeling sorrow, or to see all as events as comical and, somewhat, wacky.”

Bebawi does a great job of reiterating his book’s theme throughout the novel. There is no doubt left upon the readers of this book exactly what the author set out to accomplish through his unique style of storytelling. The revolving mention of Divine Comedy is interwoven in almost every chapter; showing life can be full of twists, turns and upside downs, as well as times of beauty and love. This point was well articulated throughout the storytelling of the book.

As an uncommon angle throughout the story, the narrator has a wondering eye along with an enticing way with the ladies, leaving me wondering what void the character was trying to fill. I believe this humanized the character in a great way and showed great restraint. I believe what outwardly was shown as a strength was indeed something which many would look upon as a great weakness.

On the surface this book is easy to read, however to grasp the connectedness of the writing is a bit more challenging, requiring to slow down at times to absorb the deeper meaning of the story. While the words and overall thoughts flowed well, the reader needs to allow for the theme to be revealed, otherwise one may find something in the story missing. I believe the rhythm of this author is uniquely different than all others I have experienced. The reveal of the story is only the beginning of the journey; thus the strength in his writing is accomplished with the addition of allowing time for mulling over the underlying irony of the character’s awareness, affording the philosophical undercurrent to rise from just the reading of the words.

The author did a excellent job of reminding us of the ever-changing nature of our world. Bebawi threaded a similar situation repeatedly, although the ailments and the faces changed. The ability to be true to a theme while still introducing new challenges and ideas allow Bebawi to truly master the writing of this book.

Bebawi leaves the readers to decide what is factual and what is fictional within the book. It makes for the reader to always wonder about the threads of reality which is exactly the point of Divine Comedy. Overall, I found Divine Comedy by Sabri Bebawi to be a charming, unique story, full of adventure and emotion, with a creative edge for storytelling.

Book Review: Divine Comedy by Sabri Bebawi is a short, but intense read. The story is a stormy one told by the main character named Alexandre Akpors. Alexander shares with the reader on an intimate level his life from the age thirty-five to well into his late fifties.

As a woman, I found this book hard to read, but I am very glad that I read to the end. This book is for adults and I suggest you lay your own personal and world views aside, so you can read with an open mind. I personally do not agree with the religious, political and economic views of Alexander, but my heart and mind listened to his story. We all have a story to tell, ours is factual and this story, I will leave it up to you to determine.

This is perhaps the most important quote that I can share from the book: “The divine comedy is life, and life is a divine comedy; therefore, there is no ceasing. I continued to look at every day’s affairs as a form of divine comedy and to smile at all things, whether they were positive or negative; I saw them merely as the divine comedy of human existence. As the great Dante wrote, “There is no greater sorrow than to be mindful of the happy time in misery.” I am relentlessly mindful. I am continuously aware. Again, as the great Charles Dickens wrote in his masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” All is just the same except our mindfulness of the happy time when desolation strikes. I, Alexandre Akpors, have been here and there, at times stretching the fine line between fiction and reality and at other times jumping the line altogether. I have done this so often that I normally have no idea which side I am living on: fiction or nonfiction.”

My assessment of the character: He is self-indulged primarily due to his life experiences and has a narrow view of how others live and think. I have not walked in his shoes, but the very fact that he uses the word “Divine” over and over gives me hope that through it all, he will come to the truth when he finds himself at the end of his life’s journey.

About the author: Sabri George Bebawi was born in Egypt in 1956. He is well-educated, an avid reader and is a professor of English. He has acquired training in journalism, teachers training, and educational technology. His first novel, God on Trial, has won many awards, including a British literary award in 2015. This is an important quote about the author, “Bebawi waits for that certain-to-come day when all religions, conformity, capitalism, republicanism, and inhumanity are eradicated. He wishes America well, though it appears to him that it is a little too late; evil forces have possessed America, and no one knows how.”

I reiterate, I do not agree with the character’s views, but I am happy that I read ‘Divine Comedy’ all the way to the end. I came away with a profound sense of gratitude for the blessings in my own life. I have to admit that my emotions were all over the place as I read Alexandre Akpors’ story. Personally, I conclude that this story is told with brutal honesty. Fact or Fiction, I will leave it up to you to decide.

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse Divine Comedy by Sabri Bebawi as a personal tragedy which the character refers to as “Divine Comedy”. I give this book 5 stars because the character Alexandre Akpors is brutally honest. If you are reading this, it is because you live in a country that affords you the freedom to do so. Freedom must be protected at all cost. I purchased this book from Kindle and this review was completed on October 18, 2017.

Genre: Short Read, Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction

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Nikki Broadwell

Message From Author: I want to take a moment here to explain why I write Celtic fantasy romance, paranormal mystery romance and paranormal historical fiction. Writing allows me to explore in depth the the things I care about, such as animals, and the environment. My books are not what you would call literature, and yet they are not mere entertainment either. They are humorous at times, sad at times and page-turners that take the reader into a world separate from this one. I do not write to market, I write from my heart.

I grew up an ‘Army brat’, living in several states as well as Germany during my formative years. But it was the time I spent in Virginia on a 400-acre farm that set the imaginative stage for my first books, and probably all those that have come after. I received a B.A. in English and Art from Sonoma State University and later studied Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. I’ve had several careers over the years, all in the creative field. First a greeting card business and later watercolors and then painting on silk which went on for twenty years. But as soon as I put pen to paper, (or I should say fingertips to a keyboard) I was hooked.

I couldn’t stop writing if I tried–it is the heart and soul of me now. I am still astounded by how my characters lead me on, taking me down meandering paths where I hadn’t planned to go. The muse sits on my shoulder most days, and when she’s absent I flounder and realize I need a break. I love all things magic, including the Tarot, the runes, divination of all kinds, ghosts, clairvoyance, astral travel–you name it. Magic is all around us if only we open our eyes to it.

I lived in the Pacific Northwest for sixteen years before moving to the desert southwest with my husband, a cat and a dog. The move was hard because I left family behind, but Arizona is a wonderful place to be and the weather, at least in the winter, is delightful!

In my spare time I do yoga, hike, garden, and enjoy the bird and animal life that abound in the desert. Check my blog http://jalapenosandjavelina.blogspot.com for tales of close encounters with rattlesnakes, coyotes and javelina! And if you want more writing related info, go to http://www.niksblog-authorinprogress.blogspot.com

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Just Another Desert Sunset (Desert Series Book One) by Nikki Broadwell

Book One In The Paranormal Romance Desert Series.

Coyote yearns to be human but when his wish is granted he discovers that the shaman left out one tiny detail–as soon as he falls asleep he will always return to animal form.

Meeting the human female Sara further complicates Coyote’s life as he is drawn to her in a way he can’t explain. Ignoring Raven’s warnings that he should stick with his own kind, Coyote-man finds himself heading to Sara’s house at odd times, her essence impossible to ignore.

When a cruel trick of fate separates them, Coyote seeks council from a Navajo man who promises to help. Will this man trick him like the other shaman or can he be trusted? Walking the spirit trail brings answers but not to the questions he asked.

What will happen if Sara learns the truth? Will she turn away from this strange-looking man with the yellow eyes who seems like he comes from a different planet?

Book Review: “There was once a coyote who wanted to become a man, but before he could be granted his wish the shaman asked him for three things.”

Just Another Desert Sunset is a provocative paranormal romance that begs the reader to recognize the fine line between humans and animals in a mystical realm that honors Native Americans traditions and beliefs.

This face paced well written story takes place in Arizona where Author Nikki Broadwell uses the beauty of both sky and land with desert creatures that crawl, area birds fly and furry animals that hunt. Nikki weaves spell binding rituals with humans that are going about their lives unaware of the clash of cultures that exists as a fine line ready to tear the very fabric of time and space.

Well-developed characters live in a modern world that collide with a spiritual world were a coyote leaves his familiar pack in search of a way to become a human man. His deepest desire is to see, hear, feel and make love to Sarah who overwhelms his senses with her fragrances and beauty which brings confusion and longing in his spirit. Shape-shifting is not new to literature, but it is new to coyote when his warm, four footed fury body shifts into a Native American man named Istaga with yellow eyes, long braids and smooth, hairless skin.

I quote a passage where romance bridges instinct. “Coyote woke with a start, staring down at the woman curled up next to him. She looked serene and peaceful, a slight smile curling up the corners of her mouth. He wanted to stay as he was, wanted her to know him as animal as well as man, but it was too soon—too early for her to find out the truth. If she woke now he couldn’t imagine how she would react seeing a wild beast lying next to her. He thought of the night before and how he had longed to turn into his coyote form but had managed to control the urge. How he wished his visions would come to pass—that they could change together from human to animal while they mated. When he moved away she moaned in her sleep, reaching for him, but he was already loping into the underbrush, searching for their breakfast.

When Sara woke, Istaga was gone, nothing left to indicate he’d ever been there. She had a moment of panic, wondering if she’d dreamed the entire scenario, but then she felt the sand in her hair, the sore muscles in her shoulders and hips and smiled to herself. There had been no exchange of the usual endearments between them but somehow the episode felt profound and deeper than any sex she’d ever experienced. Except for the first time with Istaga, she thought to herself, chuckling. Hopefully he had only gone to relieve himself and would be back soon. The thought of him disappearing from her life again was too painful to bear.”

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse Just Another Desert Sunset by Nikki Broadwell as a delightful paranormal romance that intertwines human and animal nature in its purest form. Nikki currently has 10 books within 4 series, two Kindle Gift sets and a new book coming out early in 2016. I purchased and reviewed from a Kindle. This review was completed on November 23, 2015.

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Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story (Desert Series Book Two) by Nikki Broadwell

Sara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby are not what they seem. All three can shift into coyotes. When the Predator Masters arrive and hunt coyotes for sport Istaga turns into a snarling replica of himself, insisting they travel far into the mountains to warn other coyotes and keep out of danger. But before that can happen Sara’s former husband, Raleigh, steals their baby girl and discovers exactly what she is.

When Istaga shifts into a coyote and nearly kills Raleigh, someone manages to get the entire surreal scene on his camera phone. From that moment on Sara and Istaga are thrown into turmoil, their lives and that of their shape-shifting baby placed in grave danger. With hunters and cops searching for them they head for the hills.

What will it take to free themselves from Raleigh?

Can their love survive?

Book Review: Excellent storytelling will draw you into this must read series. If you love animals and want to protect their environment, this tantalizing paranormal sci-fi romance will take you across the fine line between humans and animals in a mystical realm that honors Native Americans and exposes the dark side of human nature.

Coyote Sunrise is book two (Just Another Desert Sunset-Book One) in the series where the reader is drawn into the life of Sara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby (Kaliska) who shift from the human world into the treacherous world of coyotes. Although a series, each book stands alone as Author Nikki Broadwell masterfully writes a complete saga from beginning to end with expert knowledge of the Tucson Arizona Desert, Coyotes, American Indian Traditions and the mission of the Predator Masters Hunting Group who hunt to kill predators, especially Coyotes with the blessing of the United States Government.

Descriptive writing brings the reader not only into the story but into the desert environment with the glory of sunrises and sunsets, the birds of the air and the creatures of the land with raw dangers that are inherit in the life cycle of coyotes. Istaga along with his wife Sara is determined to “keep these hunters from laying waste to all predators”. I am careful not to spoil the story for the reader, but I always quote a passage so you can experience the authors writing style.

Once she was away from town she shifted, knowing it would take less time on four legs. The moon was up, spreading silver light across the pale desert landscape and seeming to light her way. Her belly was empty and she was anxious to see her pup and her mate, but other than that her mind was on the pungent scents riding the cool night air and the other animals roaming and trying to stay out of sight. In the distance she heard sirens, a sound that never failed to make her heart beat faster.

Her anxiety began to taper once she reached the river and swam across. There was no light from the fire when she worked her way up the steep cliff face toward their cave. Her coyote mind pictured raw meat instead of cooked, her mouth filling with saliva. But as she approached the cave she stopped to listen. There were no sounds coming from within. Before she processed the thought she was standing on two legs, alarm filling her body with adrenaline. Ducking her head under the overhanging lip of the cave she entered dark space. There was no one there.”

So check your DNA and keep turning the pages as the dialog and storyline is keenly in Nikki’s realm of imagination and sphere of time. I encourage to read Coyote Sunrise as I now wait for the next story in this series to take shape in Nikki’s mind.

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story by Nikki Broadwell as a tale of courage and survival. Coyote Sunrise is Nikki’s eleventh novel and follows Just Another Desert Sunset that shares a place and time where Nikki and her husband call home. I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 6, 2016.

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A. K. Taylor

A. K. Taylor is an award winning YA fantasy/science fiction adventure writer who has been writing novels since age 16. Taylor also draws her characters and maps of the worlds she created sense then. Before this she began loving writing at age 8 and a natural world builder.

She grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned about nature. She enjoys hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections.

She also has interest in music, Native American history and heritage, Egyptian history, and the natural sciences. A.K. Taylor has been writing and drawing since the age of 16. A.K. Taylor has graduated from the University of Georgia with a biology degree, and she shares an interest in herpetology with her husband.

Now she is a compulsive blogger and a genre hopper, but her first love will always be fantasy!

In 2013 she founded Soaring Eagle Publicity. Visit www.soaringeaglepublicity.com to see what it’s all about.

Connect with her on her author site and blog at www.backwoodsauthor.com

Occupations: MG/YA fantasy/sci-fi author (now award winning), beekeeper, amateur herpetologist, scientist, artist, marksman, blogger, outdoor sportsman, and animal lover. Musician and instrumentalist who played the French horn since middle school.

Interesting facts: I love the animals that most people hate. I LOVE snakes. Snakes need love too, but I don’t cuddle with the venomous ones, BTW, so you won’t see my life story on “Fatal Attractions”. Most people hate bees (not the same thing as wasps and hornets), but they aren’t as easy to hold and pet since they are too easy to squash and they sting.  I love them enough so that they will make honey.

Chocoholic and action addict. Big Vin Diesel fan. I have a lot of favorite movies: Star Wars, Dirty Harry, Legend…I’ll stop there. Did I mention I was an action addict? I don’t like being bored.

I began my writing career young at sweet 16 that began with my debut novel Neiko’s Five Land Adventure. Instead of a car, I wanted my own computer, but didn’t happen till I bought my own about five years later. I started out on my parents’ ancient slow computer. I received my first rejection slip when I was 21, but it was a blessing in disguise. I chose the indie way instead!

Graduate of UGA with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Total science nerd. I love all science besides biology; chemistry is my fave. I hate political science, but that’s not science–I don’t even think it’s a pseudoscience.

  • Owner and CEO of Soaring Eagle Publications LLC
  • Blog Coordinator for YAPC
  • Owner and Publicist at Soaring Eagle Publicity
  • CEO and Publisher at Soaring Eagle Books
  • For savvy tips, tools, and resources for new and aspiring (sometimes established) authors, check out my other blog Newbie Authors Guide
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  • PT Book Reviewer and avid reader when I have time to read between it all. Not a fan of Romance but I love action!

Why is it called this? There is more than one AK Taylor out there, but as far as she knows she’s the only one from the backwoods, and the backwoods makes up her life!

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Bloody Klondike Gold: A Randi Braveheart Mystery Short Story by A. K. Taylor

A summer trip to the Klondike can be deadly…

Randi and her friend go to the Mineral Creek mining claim in the Klondike to visit her father during the mining season. Sabotage, theft, and a death threat turn wilderness summer fun and normal mining operations into a fight for survival…

Bloody Klondike Gold is an introductory short story to the new Randi Braveheart Mystery Series by award winning Teen/YA author A.K. Taylor! Stay tuned for the first installment To Catch a Catfish coming in 2017.

Lovers of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries will enjoy this new series with a gutsy, tomboy heroine from the bayous of Lousiana!

Book Review: Short stories are to an avid reader like chocolate to sweet tooth. Bloody Klondike Gold by A. K. Taylor is a short Story introduction to the Randi Braveheart action suspense mystery thriller series.

Two teenage friends, Randi and Brittany drive the long 2, 700 mile trek from San Francisco to southeast Alaska. Randi’s father, William Wallace Braveheart was already on location as his reputation for finding gold at any location made him a valuable asset.

Mining communities are tight knit as the environment, equipment and the mining processes inherit dangers make mining for Gold a driving force with the claim crews but also a draw for the darker side of human nature.

The summer starts out as an adventurous vacation with Randi dreaming of fishing in cool streams to a mining community’s worst nightmare.

If you enjoyed Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries then I invite you to read ‘Bloody Klondike Gold’ to prepare for ‘To Catch A Catfish’ scheduled for release in 2017. If this short story is any indication of what is to come with ‘To Catch A Catfish’ then prepare yourself for an action packed, suspense mystery thriller.

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse Bloody Klondike Gold: A Randi Braveheart Mystery Short Story as the introduction to A. K. Taylor’s new action suspense mystery thriller series coming soon. I bought this book in a Kindle and the review was completed on September 23, 2016.

Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Fantasy

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Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K. Taylor

Overview:

When being stuck in the past has a whole new meaning…

What if your worst enemy sent you on a one-way ticket to the past? Worse, later he shows up and tries to play match-maker with a dominant historical figure while all of history and the future on the line? Survival is just one problem, but then add your friends into the mix…

Following an intense battle between the Indians and the Crackedskulls, Neiko and her comrades enjoy victory while her enemies suffer a crushing defeat. Victory is short lived for Neiko when Francesco pays her a visit at her home and sends her away in order to collect on his threat of revenge. She is banished into the ancient world of ancient Egypt during the reign of Ramesses II the Great on a one way ticket.

Lost and trapped in this ancient world, it doesn’t take very long for trouble to find her. Taken by a rich man, she is reunited with three her friends that had been missing, and an eleven-year-old mystery is finally solved, but one of Neiko’s friends is still unaccounted for. After escaping from the rich man and journeying to Thebes, Neiko and her comrades have actually jumped from the pan and into the fire.

Things go horribly awry when Pharaoh finds out about Neiko and becomes infatuated with her. Francesco comes to Egypt on orders to bring her back, but he has other plans. Can Neiko and her friends thwart Francesco, return to the 21st century, and escape from the past and one of the greatest kings that ever lived?

If you love the action, adventure, and time travel intrigue of Back to the Future and Time Machine (except without the time machine) and modern Native Americans in ancient Egypt, but the story of the Ten Commandments and the Prince of Egypt in reverse with a battle of wills and the motives of passion from Pharaoh, you’ll love Escape from Ancient Egypt!

Genre: Fiction

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  • Finalist: Wisebear Digital Book Awards
  • Winner of the Bronze Medal Award and Best in YA Historical Fantasy in the 2013 Wisebear Book Awards!
  • Winner of the UP Authors Approved Award for the 2013 Fiction Challenge!

Praise for Escape from Ancient Egypt:

“Neiko has the potential for becoming a literary role model for young girls. The Escape From Ancient Egypt storyline is good conceptually with lots of action and we did find ourselves anxiously wanting to know how the author resolved Neiko’s dilemna. Taylor also does a nice job of drawing the reader into the fictional world of ancient Egypt literally with her fantastic artwork interspersed throughout the novel.” By Wisebear Books

“An exciting and action packed book from start to finish. This is the story of a young girl who travels between different times and places, and leads a life in each. Neiko finds herself in some scary and challenging situations in each place, and the book has a good amount of suspense as the reader awaits her next move. The writing is fantastical and highly imaginative, without being too far-fetched that the reader will lose interest.” By Biblio Phanatic 5 Stars

“There is never a dull moment, and the book is punctuated with wonderful illustrations which break up the chapters. It reminds me of those books you read as a kid where you had to choose the ending and second guess what was coming.”  By N Bookwitch 5 Stars

Book Review: Escape From Ancient Egypt by A. K. Taylor is book two in the Neiko Adventure series. Although penned as a series, each book stands alone with action adventure all its own.  ‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ is for those young adult readers who enjoy time travel to ancient Egypt with a Native American Indian twist.

The book starts out with a wonderful map drawing of Egypt Ca 1300 BC drawn by author. The seven photo illustrations were produced by a separate artist. Her book cover design is by Mallory Rock.

In chapter one, Neiko (main character) emerges from a portal and makes a log entry concerning Hawote, a “hidden land that coexisted with the United States, Canada, and Mexico”.

Forty-three chapters reveal realistic characters, imaginative fantasy with action suspense drama, easy to follow dialog that will keep the reader engaged anticipating the next carefully placed photo that brings visual enhancement to the story.

In order to give you the reader a feel for the author’s writing style, I quote a passage from chapter three and share a description of the illustration photo in this chapter.

“Neiko’s vision turned from the green light to the world spinning around her in dizzying speed. Neiko wasn’t moving, but she felt like she was in freefall—like someone had cut the cable from an elevator, and she was plummeting with it. Descending in what—space and time? The evergreen and colorful deciduous vegetation of the Hawote woodlands changed to a desert with a river with some greenery and palms nearby. The cool autumn air of Hawote in October transformed into stifling, searing, dry heat. Pyramids, sphinxes, and strange statues spun around her after her house, porch, and front yard disappeared within the vortex. It was nighttime in Hawote, but the sun rose and set as time flew by— from west to east—backwards. Beneath her bare feet the wood from her front porch turned to nothing then into hot, soft sand.

Neiko’s world stopped spinning, and the sun was high in the sky. Neiko watched the sun to be sure it didn’t move again. Wherever she ended up, she guessed the time must be about high noon there judging by the sun’s position in the sky after a few moments of observation. The heat was intense, and she discovered she must be somewhere far from home. “Where?” was the ultimate question.”

There is a photo of an Indian within this script. “The man chattered in a language she didn’t understand—God knows what he was saying to her. He thrust at her a fine scarab necklace. Neiko looked at him puzzled with her right eyebrow raised. The language didn’t sound like Arabic since she watched a lot of action movies. Neiko put up her hands and shook her head and signed “map” and “phone” and spoke the words in every language that she knew of but got nowhere.”

As you can see Neiko is far from home. You must become a detective yourself and read this book to find out how and why Neiko travels through time? What mystery involves Neiko and some of her friends? How does a Native American girl fit into ancient Egypt culture and what is a girl to do when the Pharaoh takes a romantic interest? What will it take to get Neiko out of the past and back home?

‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ was the finalist in the ‘Wisebear Digital Book Awards’, winner of the ‘Bronze Medal Award’,  ‘Best in YA Historical Fantasy in the 2013 Wisebear Book Awards’ and Winner of the ‘UP Authors Approved Award for the 2013 Fiction Challenge’.

I invite you to read the first book in this series titled ‘Neiko’s Five Land Adventure’ and ‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ as both books stand alone with their own adventure.

I, Theodocia Mclean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K. Taylor. I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle. The review was completed on September 8, 2016.

Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Fantasy

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Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 1) by A. K. Taylor

Overview:

What if the fate of two worlds were in the hands of one person: you?

The childhood secret of a troubled teen warrior is used against her by her enemies. It turns out what Neiko imagined is real, and she becomes trapped in the same world she imagined by an otherworldly evil that is worse than the devil. Getting home is the least of her problems.

The Indians and the Cracked skulls are locked in the turmoil of a war that has raged for centuries, and it is presently in a stalemate. Her enemies, Raven and Bloodhawk, have come up with a scheme to take her down, but in doing so they inadvertently open the door to another universe and to an otherworldly evil. Neiko later finds out that a land she thought she had only imagined is actually real and the dark being is not a figment of her childhood imagination-he is terrifyingly real and she faces him for the first time. To make matters worse, it is now in her world and he has evil plans especially for her.

After several standoffs with the malevolent Ramses the Dark Pharaoh in Hawote, she is trapped in Qari by his strange and powerful magic. Trapped in another universe in a place that is not exactly the way she imagined it, and she must somehow find a way to teleport home. That is easier said than done; the odds are overwhelmingly against her and her scorpion-cobra companion as they must travel to find the answer and help but at the same time avoid Ramses’ allies, traps, and tricks. Can she come back home and turn the tables on her enemies?

If you love the hidden worlds and magic of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, travel to other worlds like Warriors of Virtue and The Never-ending Story, and a strong female protagonist with a bow (only that she’s Native American and a nerd at heart who doesn’t want to completely grow up!) like the Hunger Games, you will love Neiko’s Five Land Adventure!

Genre: Fiction

Awards:

  • Winner of the 2012 Indie Reader Approved Award
  • Nominated as “A Great Book for Kids” by fantasy and science fiction reviewer CC Cole

Praise for Neiko’s Five Land Adventure:

“Plenty of action and inspired imagination.” By Wulfstan Top 100 Reviewer

“From the first word, Taylor delivers a fresh, vibrant tale of two different worlds.” By Steven Knight Book review and author of “Born of Blood”

“An imaginative journey that is that is much of an adventure for the reader as it is for Neiko.” By CC Cole Book Reviewer and author of the Gastar Series

“A great middle school or read to me book with tons of adventure and characters.” By Paper Mustang Book Reviewer

“A fantastical twist to the childhood game of Cowboys and Indians and a wonderful coming of age story.” By Indie Reader Reviewer

“Neiko’s five land adventure is a gripping young adult fantasy tale. You get an exceptional feel for the protagonist, Neiko, as you travel through the rich worlds between reality and imaginary (well not really imaginary as Neiko soon finds out!) alongside her and her cohorts (I particularly liked Quickstrike)” by Michael Dadich, Award Winning Author of the Silver Sphere

Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Fantasy

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Amazon Reviews For Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K. Taylor

0 out of 5 starsNeiko is loved by many and has the support and loyalty of …
By S. J. Mainon November 23, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Neiko is an Indian Admiral and a strong warrior girl of Hawote, the hidden land that coexisted with the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There are seven tribes in this story. Neiko is loved by many and has the support and loyalty of her own tribe, and her allies are willing to die for her. The Crackedskulls, Prince Bloodhawk, Raven, and Francesco are all enemies of the Hawote. Many wars have been fought between them for the right to rule the land.

Francesco has visions of becoming the Pharoah of Hawote. His plan entails changing the timeline by eliminating Neiko from the present and poisoning the Bloodhawks and the Ravens. He obtains a crystal stone that gives him the ability to go anywhere he desires or to send someone else to the past, present, or the future. Francesco finds an opportunity to confront Neiko and sends her to Egypt, about three thousand years in the past, during the reign of Ramesses the Great.

What intrigues me is that once Neiko finds herself in this ordeal, she does not panic at all. In fact, she continues along on her merry way and tries to find her friends who have been missing for the past eleven years. She and her friends have to find a way to return to the year 2001 and set things straight for the last time. On their journey, they are captured, enslaved, forced to fight, to marry, and many more wondrous things.

I like the plot of the story and all the action that went with it. The pace was good enough to carry the reader into wanting to know more. It is an excellent choice for kids to read and to enjoy. The way the warrior men supported and protected Neiko after being abandoned for eleven years was admirable. Their bond was unyielding, and Neiko was never treated differently for being a woman. They saw her as a warrior and loved her for who she was.

This book was very hard for me to review as I really do not like to address the hard work of an author in such a way. However, since I have promised myself to be sincere and truthful, I would like to also mention the parts that I did not enjoy.

There is an overwhelming load of characters and names in this book. So many, that I was beginning to wonder how many more are going to be introduced? Having not read book one also did not help. There was a severe lack of backstory and that is a great weakness for this book.

I can’t remember the last time I saw picture illustrations in a novel. A note to authors, if you plan to do such a thing, then make the images big enough to see. In this book they were small, and I could barely understand what it was supposed to display.

This story, in my opinion, is a good young adult book but not a good historical fiction book. There are tiny ancient facts, references, and back-story and in fact, what did exist was quite comical. If you are buying this for a kid, then it is okay, but anyone that has some knowledge on Ancient Egypt will find this book lacking many basic details.

In summary, I would recommend this book for children and young adults only. It has just enough excitement and action to keep the young mind wondering and wanting to know more.

Written by Jeyran Main

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Fun and engaging adventure
By TFL Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 19, 2016
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I love this book for its portrayal of strong female characters. The book draws on some historical facts and information, so we encourage our young readers to continue learning as they engage in a real fun way of doing so. Any intrigue to entice further knowledge and understanding is a good thing. That being said, the story is original and bound to impress. The main character Neiko is transported from her home in a native American tribe, to the distant past in Ancient Egypt. Here she fights against the repressions of society at the time, and we see how she overcomes some dangerous situations. The book is exciting and packed with a vernacular that will appeal to older teens.

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Back to the Future with Indiana Jones and the Prince of Egypt meets young Native American Indian girl named Neiko
By Cold Coffee on September 8, 2016
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Escape From Ancient Egypt by A. K. Taylor is book two in the Neiko Adventure series. Although penned as a series, each book stands alone with action adventure all its own. ‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ is for those young adult readers who enjoy time travel to ancient Egypt with a Native American Indian twist.

The book starts out with a wonderful map drawing of Egypt Ca 1300 BC drawn by author. The seven photo illustrations were produced by a separate artist. Her book cover design is by Mallory Rock.

In chapter one, Neiko (main character) emerges from a portal and makes a log entry concerning Hawote, a “hidden land that coexisted with the United States, Canada, and Mexico”.

Forty-three chapters reveal realistic characters, imaginative fantasy with action suspense drama, easy to follow dialog that will keep the reader engaged anticipating the next carefully placed photo that brings visual enhancement to the story.

In order to give you the reader a feel for the author’s writing style, I quote a passage from chapter three and share a description of the illustration photo in this chapter.

“Neiko’s vision turned from the green light to the world spinning around her in dizzying speed. Neiko wasn’t moving, but she felt like she was in freefall—like someone had cut the cable from an elevator, and she was plummeting with it. Descending in what—space and time? The evergreen and colorful deciduous vegetation of the Hawote woodlands changed to a desert with a river with some greenery and palms nearby. The cool autumn air of Hawote in October transformed into stifling, searing, dry heat. Pyramids, sphinxes, and strange statues spun around her after her house, porch, and front yard disappeared within the vortex. It was nighttime in Hawote, but the sun rose and set as time flew by— from west to east—backwards. Beneath her bare feet the wood from her front porch turned to nothing then into hot, soft sand.

Neiko’s world stopped spinning, and the sun was high in the sky. Neiko watched the sun to be sure it didn’t move again. Wherever she ended up, she guessed the time must be about high noon there judging by the sun’s position in the sky after a few moments of observation. The heat was intense, and she discovered she must be somewhere far from home. “Where?” was the ultimate question.”

There is a photo of an Indian within this script. “The man chattered in a language she didn’t understand—God knows what he was saying to her. He thrust at her a fine scarab necklace. Neiko looked at him puzzled with her right eyebrow raised. The language didn’t sound like Arabic since she watched a lot of action movies. Neiko put up her hands and shook her head and signed “map” and “phone” and spoke the words in every language that she knew of but got nowhere.”

As you can see Neiko is far from home. You must become a detective yourself and read this book to find out how and why Neiko travels through time? What mystery involves Neiko and some of her friends? How does a Native American girl fit into ancient Egypt culture and what is a girl to do when the Pharaoh takes a romantic interest? What will it take to get Neiko out of the past and back home?

‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ was the finalist in the ‘Wisebear Digital Book Awards’, winner of the ‘Bronze Medal Award’, ‘Best in YA Historical Fantasy in the 2013 Wisebear Book Awards’ and Winner of the ‘UP Authors Approved Award for the 2013 Fiction Challenge’.

I invite you to read the first book in this series titled ‘Neiko’s Five Land Adventure’ and ‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ as both books stand alone with their own adventure.

Cold Coffee Press/Cafe endorses Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K. Taylor. I reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on September 8, 2016.

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Enjoyable book.
By Emma on September 11, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Escape from Ancient Egypt is probably best suited for the young adult and teenager audience, but I still really enjoyed it from start to finish. It wasn’t just a great fantasy novel, it also taught me things I didn’t know before, about the Ancient Egyptian way of life, and the Pharaoh Ramesses II. The writing style was simple, but still had plenty of impact, with scenes and moods being well described, and the characters are 3-dimensional. I also really appreciated the illustrations in the book, as it really helped stir up the imagination, as well as visualizing the plot and characters.

The plot of a Native American girl being sent back in time to Ancient Egypt, might seem a little bit out there, but, it really did make for an exciting and unique novel, with a final conclusion that definitely makes you wanting more. I will be eagerly waiting for future books in the series by A.K. Taylor.

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5.0 out of 5 starsA thoroughly enjoyable read
By Michelle Geist on April 23, 2016
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This book has a really original plot idea. It uses the concept of time travel to transport the main character, Neiko, through different lands. Her life gets turned upside down by an evil and intricate story surrounding a powerful Pharaoh. Neikos is a strong and interesting leading character that I think young girls will be able to relate to. Some of the content is better suited to older teens and young adults. The use of illustrations, and facts about historical figures help to support the believability of the plot, and I hope this style of writing is carried on in further adventures with Neiko. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Indians in Egypt?
By lynne on March 1, 2016
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I had not read the first book in this series, but it didn’t take me long to feel comfortable with the story and the characters. The idea of Native American Indians running around ancient Egypt, in the time of Ramses II, was a little hard to accept, but if you’re going to accept the idea of time travel, these things happen. I found the writing was exciting and captured my imagination, and the characters were sympathetic and well portrayed. I especially liked the character of Ramsses, and found his pride and belief in his own invincibility to be quite amusing. The outcome of the book was thrillingly written, and leaves one wanting more.

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2.0 out of 5 starsDon’t waste your money or your time on this one.
By NfRtB on November 28, 2016
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Part of the rambling description states “If you love the action, adventure, and time travel intrigue of Back to the Future and Time Machine (except without the time machine) and modern 21st century Native Americans in ancient Egypt, but the story of the Ten Commandments and the Prince of Egypt in reverse with a battle of wills and the motives of passion from Pharaoh, and the comic relief of The Big Bang Theory, you’ll love Escape from Ancient Egypt!”

Paragraph-long sentences aside, “Escape From Ancient Egypt” was none of the things to which it was compared. The synopsis and cover of this book made me nostalgic for the adventure stories I read as a kid. I went into this with a great deal of excitement expecting grand escapades, dastardly villains, and maybe a little romance for good measure.

Five pages in and I was so turned off by the stilted voice, typos, and run-on sentences that it was a struggle to choke down the rest of the novel. This may be brutal, but I find myself seriously wondering how Ms. Taylor is an “award-winning author” with work like this. There were even typos in the description and author bio on Amazon.

In addition to the editorial problems, it was painfully clear that Ms. Taylor knew nothing about ancient Egyptian or Native American history, culture, etc. Her characters are inconsistent, flat, and quite honestly, boring. There were issues with plot flow that added to the struggle of reading “Escape From Ancient Egypt”.

A last, and perhaps somewhat minor, note: the concept of love was presented in such a way that I would be VERY reluctant to let any young adult I know read this book. Obsession and control do not equal love in any healthy capacity!

Bottom line: Just pick a different book.

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2.0 out of 5 starsI really excited to review this book but after reading it was really disappointed. It was clear that the author know nothing …
By Darlene Holt on September 27, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

I received an electronic copy of “Escape from Ancient Egypt” by A.K. Taylor in exchange for an honest review. I really excited to review this book but after reading it was really disappointed. It was clear that the author know nothing about ancient Egyptian culture, history, society, biography, etc. She didn’t seem to have a particularly good grasp on Native American cultures either, perhaps the first book is better in that regard but I haven’t read it, nor have interest too after reading this one. There were just too many inaccuracies for the story to be believable. Perhaps someone without a cultural studies background could enjoy it more. The book also had some consistency issues and some character flaws that hindered the flow and believability. The references to “love” were disturbing. The reading level appeared geared to the YA crowd but calling obsession and control love is potentially dangerous for that age level.

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Wise Bear Books Reviews Escape From Ancient Egypt by A.K. Taylor — 3.5 Paws!
By WiseBearMedia on April 18, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

Escape From Ancient Egypt by A.K. Taylor is an ambitious book with some important messages, but also some structure challenges. It’s important to note we are evaluating Escape From Ancient Egypt as a stand-alone novel, despite it being the second book in the Neiko Adventure Series, as we have not read the series’ first installment. However, we have some basic knowledge of the first book as well as a cursory understanding of the plot and characters.

The author attempts to bring readers up to speed in the first chapter as Neiko updates her personal journal–we read as she writes. This is a good idea in theory, but there is a level of complexity to the author’s fantasy which makes this background information difficult to fully comprehend in a few digital pages. This makes the novel’s beginning a little confusing as there are a lot of characters and plot lines to explain. It takes a few chapters for readers to get their bearings, but stick with it as it does get easier.

While this book is written for young teens and up, the subject matter at times is far too mature for its intended audience. There is also an imbalance between the youthful tone of the writing and the seriousness of the content. Readers observe Neiko experience a range of emotions as she is transported back in time against her will to Egypt during the reign of Ramasses.

The novel’s villain, Francesco, has schemed to remove Neiko from her position of power and authority within the hidden Hawote tribal community by secretly sending her to ancient Egypt using a magic crystal. When other leaders within the community discover where Neiko is, Francesco is commanded to bring her back. He returns to ancient Egypt not to rescue Neiko and her warrior buddies, but to ensure her permanent place 3,000 years in the past as an Egyptian slave. He also aims to become Ramasses’ advisor and confidant. Francesco’s goal is to learn from the great Pharaoh and then return to his own time to gain control of the seven tribes, and that can’t happen if Neiko is around.

Francesco’s plan seems to be going well–almost too well as Ramasses becomes obsessed with 21-year-old Neiko. The Pharaoh is determined to not only marry Neiko, but also to appoint her to be his Great Wife ahead of Nefeteri and other unnamed wives. The “great honor” brings with it the threat of immediate death to her in the event of Ramasses’ own untimely passing. Apparently it was common in Egyptian culture for a great wife to be either buried alive or killed once her husband had gone the way of all the earth–a sobering thought at any age.

To say that Neiko is resistant to all that is going on around her without her knowledge or consent is a gross understatement, and yet many of her efforts to change her circumstances don’t seem logical and perhaps a bit immature and repetitive. Neiko is essentially being abused mentally and emotionally by her fictional captor husband whose primary goal in the context of this storyline is to make Neiko love him. This doesn’t seem to be appropriate subject matter for a young teen girl audience, given the adult ages of Neiko and we assume the much older Ramasses.

While Neiko won’t give Ramasses the time of day despite their shotgun wedding of sorts, an odd union between her and Nefeteri develops. Neiko’s de facto sister wife is sympathetic toward her. The women are more comrades than rivals. This is a nice surprise and effective as it would have been easier to pit the two women against each other, but then again, our protagonist has enough on her plate with Ramasses.

The Escape From Ancient Egypt storyline is good conceptually with lots of action and we did find ourselves anxiously wanting to know how the author resolved Neiko’s dilemna. Taylor also does a nice job of drawing the reader into the fictional world of ancient Egypt literally with her fantastic artwork interspersed throughout the novel.

Our recommendation for this book would be for an older teen audience. That said, there is a fair amount of slang and unorthodox dialog that is better suited for a middle school or elementary age audience, hence the structure and balance issues we referenced at the beginning of this review.

As a digital work, this book exceeds all primary requirements for a good reader experience. What’s great about digital publishing is the opportunity to resolve editing, dialog, and character issues for subsequent book release updates.

Neiko has tremendous potential as a literary role model for young girls as she can teach through her fictional examples how to take control of their own lives, but it has to be in context with the appropriate story for the right age group. In that respect, we look forward to future installments of the Neiko Adventure Series.

This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.

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4.0 out of 5 starsGood But Can Be Better
By Quality Reads UK Book Club on April 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition

Did the book description relate to the story? Not really. This book is part of series and the description doesn’t provide as much information as I would have liked.

How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book? I liked the opening sequence. But overall both opening and sequences appeared cluttered. It’s as if the author tried to do too much with too many characters all at the same time.

Who was your favourite character and why? Neiko, I guess. As much as I appreciated the insight into the first book in the series, I think Neiko’s character development was a little too weak. It was expected that you know her. If you haven’t read the first book, you don’t know her and it’s hard to connect with the main character in this book.

What were the main relationships explored in this book? I think it was Neiko relationships with the people around her. It must be noted, the writing style seems fresh and young but the topic and situation seems well beyond Neiko’s years. It worked in some sections and it didn’t in other bits.

Was this book worth reading? I think if the structure is polished a bit more, I would definitely recommend this book to my other book club members.

Disclosure – I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.

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Amazon Reviews For Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 1) by A. K. Taylor

Imaginary Worlds Collide With Reality
By Cold Coffee on October 20, 2016
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I can’t begin to imagine A. K. Taylor as a young girl writing fascinating fantasy tales like Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (Neiko Adventure Saga Book One). Granted as an adult the author has revised this teen writing project and added the wisdom and balance of being a grown, educated and married woman.

Take a moment and think back to your childhood bedroom. Recall your favorite toys, the ones you played with the most and the ones that caused you some discomfort in the dark. Now imagine your bedroom transformed into a fantasy land were you were called upon to battle for the good and defeat evil between reality and imaginary. What if you found out those imaginary worlds and the people/creatures in it were real and you became trapped there? Some things you imagined were incorrect. What would you do?

Neiko’s has one foot in reality and the other where she is Captain Neiko Kidd, commanding officer of the Desert Storm Falcons a hidden world that coexists with the known one. These woodland warriors battle with the Crackedskulls and it has to be done before supper.

I always like to share a quote from each book that I review, not to spoil, but to engage. Now imagine yourself back as a teen trying to communicate with your mom and see if it would go something like this:

“Well, here goes nothing,” said Neiko as she walked down the hall. She was trying to measure up what to say to her mother about what happened. She sat down at the table and waited for her mom to hand her dinner. They prayed, and after they finished, Neiko began eating.
“I wonder where your daddy is,” her mom said, trying to break the silence.
“I don’t know, probably got held up at LP again,” Neiko replied with a mouth full of cabbage.
“Is there something on your mind? You’re awfully quiet.”
“Yeah, um—did you hear anything strange—like in my room… like metal hitting the wall or something?”
“No, why?”
“I was just wondering because a couple of strange things happened a few minutes ago.”
“Like what?”
“Well—like…um—I was playing with Ramses, and when he hit the wall he clanged, and then I tried to bring him in the toy box; I missed, and he hit the side and said ‘Ow’.”
“Who is Ramses?”
“One of my toys—the guy with the shiny armor.”
“Amanda,” she groaned in an aggravated manner, then said gently, “Oh—yeah— well… that’s nice, dear.”
“Mom, I ain’t makin’ this up. It really happened.”
“That’s really using your imagination. Did this happen during a battle?”
“No! This wasn’t pretend—this was real. Like in real life,” Neiko stammered.
“Oh, well, that’s a really nice joke—”
“I’m not joking—and I haven’t even laughed about it. If I was joking, then I would be laughing my head off.”
“Has he ever done this before?” “No.”
“Did he come with any special real-life sounds or anything?”
“No, he was just a plain toy. I’ve had him for a long time, and I’ve played with him a million times, and it’s never happened before—never mind, let’s talk about something else.”
The question begs to be answered, would your Mom believe you? What if your real or imaginary friends reveled in the fact that your Mom just didn’t understand.

I encourage teens and young adults to read ‘Neiko’s Five Land Adventure’ and learn from a peer that you must have courage and the strength to face the odds and fight for what you believe. Teens will enjoy this book and perhaps it will encourage them to write about their toys and action figures that seem to at times, take on a life of their own.

This book was winner of the ‘2012 Indie Reader Approved Award’ and this book was nominated as “A Great Book for Kids” by fantasy and science fiction reviewer CC Cole

Author A. K. Taylor created the Map of Hawote/Georgia and the Map of Qari and has been writing and drawing since the age of sixteen. She worked with another artist to create the 23 black and white photos that help bring the story to life IN THE Sixty-five chapters. There are also letters and an amazing log titled “Neiko’s Log” at the end of this book which details, people, places and events. This log will help young readers as this series continues.

For parents: The author grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections. She has her degree from University of Georgia with a biology degree. I think she is a good role model for teens and young adults.

Theodocia McLean endorses Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 1) by A. K. Taylor and encourage teens and young adults to read Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (Book One), Escape from Ancient Egypt (Book Two), The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide and her latest book title Bloody Klondike Gold. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on October 20, 2016.

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a true adventure!
By Michael reviews on August 15, 2011
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Neiko’s five land adventure is a gripping young adult fantasy tale. You get an exceptional feel for the protagonist, Neiko, as you travel through the rich worlds between reality and imaginary(well not really imaginary as Neiko soon finds out!) alongside her and her cohorts(I particulary liked Quickstrike). The Attack Pack are a colorful and heroic band of super warriors that are enjoyable to learn about as the saga unfolds. The antagonists, from Raven, Bloodhawk, and Franceso to the otherworldly and sinister Ramses Sisper-Bijou are fierce and well thought out adversaries. As the story travels from the world of Hawote to Quari, the author strikes an excellent balance between fear, ferocious battles and humour and the book is full of action. The ending leaves you wanting more and I am looking forward to the next Neiko adventure. If you enjoy young adult fantasy, give this book a read!

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Interesting fantasy from a young writers viewpoint
By Wulfstan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
Format: Paperback

Amanda (A.K.) Taylor was 16 when she started writing this fascinating fantasy. Today she’s a little older, but she went back, polished it up and got it published. It’s amazing. It is exactly the sort of fantasy that I would have written when I was about that age- with my favorite toys (those with real character!) coming to life and there also being an exciting secret hidden life for me.

I had toys, much like the protagonist does, which I had imbued with much backstory and character. I imagined a secret life for myself (where I was the hero of course) parallel to my real life (which wasn’t very exciting, although honestly not at all bad).

Now, in this present case our hero is a teenaged girl “Captain Neiko Kidd” but she’s pretty much a tomboy. It’s a real blast from the past, and I imagine if any of my teenaged fantasy-world scribbles had survived, they’d read quite a bit like this.

It’s not great literature or even great fantasy (remember, she was only 16!). But it’s not supposed to be. It’s a fun fantasy that tweens and younger teens (who don’t like all that “mushy stuff”) will enjoy, and one that adult readers can look back on with quite a bit of Proustian remembrances.

Plenty of action, and an inspired imagination, indeed.

I rcvd a copy for review.

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Neiko’s Five Land Adventure is an interesting fantasy about strength, courage and the will to always fight for what you believe
By Children’s Book Reviewer on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback

Amanda Katherine Hawk is no ordinary teenager. In fact, there is nothing ordinary about her at all. She lives a double life that no one suspects. To her friends at school and even to her parents, she is just a high school senior ready to get out and go to college, playing in the band, hanging out with friends and going to church. However, the other life she leads is in no way that simple.

She is Captain Neiko Kidd, the commanding officer of the Desert Storm Falcons, an organization of woodland warriors. She is friends with most of the other Indian tribes who were on the same side. There biggest enemy was with the Crackedskulls, a band of bloodthirsty savages ruled by Raven and his son, Bloodhawk, who are half bird. What makes things worse is Bloodhawk’s obsession to have Neiko as his wife. Many attempts had been made to capture her, but each one failed. Neiko is a target that is hard to defeat.

Becoming more powerful within the Desert Storm Falcons, being promoted to Admiral, Neiko was becoming almost invincible. But Raven finds a mole in the tight knit group who would gladly betray her so Raven and Bloodhawk could defeat the seven tribes and rule everything.

But to find Neiko’s weakness was going to be tough, but then it was remembered that Neiko still liked to play with toys–plastic toy Egyptian pharaohs, to be more precise. She had created her own world with her toy soldiers. Being well versed in dark magic, Raven put a spell on Neiko’s favorite toy, Ramses. But just like all magic, it can backfire. It does when several of Neiko’s toys grow and become real, kidnapping her and taking her into her own imaginary world with their own take over agenda. What will happen to Neiko during her travels in finding salvation?

This story has many different twists and turns that will capture the reader’s attention. Children who love reading fantasy will love the adventure and the world A.K. Taylor creates using powerful Egyptian Pharoahs, half bird creatures, and battles. What is most interesting is how she created a world for an ordinary teenager with Indian background to fight in, learn from, and come into her own.

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First rate fantasy
By Alice M. Dinizo on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback

With a brisk, appealing, organized style of writing, author Taylor gives readers from fifth grade up to adulthood a fabulous, well-paced fastasy set in the state of Georgia, which, in this story, is actually part of a hidden world called Hawote. Eighteen years old Amanda Hawke has a secret life. Her mother accuses her of playing with toys, but Amanda has a purpose in her collection of action figures. She is Captain Neiko Kidd who fights with her Desert Storm Falcons against the dreaded Crackedskulls. Fighting off dangerous opposing forces, Neiko and her sidekick Quickstrike the scorpion go on a quest into a parallel world to save her hidden world and its Native American tribes, the Black Antlers. Neiko and Quickstrike meet up with figures from ancient history and mythology such as Ajax, Genghis Khan, Hannibal and ultimately long ago Egyptian royalty in the form of brothers Mense, Tut, Ru, and the all-powerful Ramses who has his own plans for Neiko. Wonderful full page black and white illustrations accompany the text. Neiko is a wonderful, outspoken teenage protagonist who holds her own as a character throughout the book. This is a wonderful addition to any fantasy collection and its price makes it very affordable and appealing to readers..

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A journey into a new adventure awaits you.
By Steven Knight on August 19, 2011
Format: Paperback

Do you remember as a child playing hide and seek with a group of friends? It’s a fun and exciting game with simple, easy to follow rules. It is this simplistic form of entertainment that the younger generation craves. It is this style of entertainment that new author A.K. Taylor has captured in her debut novel “Neiko’s Five Land Adventure.”

A teenage girl from Loganville, Georgia is known as Amanda Hawk. In this world that is; in Qari she is known as Captain Neiko Kidd. Her and her group, the Desert Storm Falcons, battle against their archenemies – the Crackedskulls. The feud runs deep as these two tribes battle. Raven and Bloodhawk, the leaders of the Crackskulls, are determined to eliminate Neiko. With her out of the way they can rule the remaining lands.

What do they have in store for Neiko? How will she defeat their evil plan? Who can she trust?
From the first word, A.K. Taylor delivers a fresh, vibrant tale of two different worlds. With each passing page, it is virtually impossible not to be absorbed into Neiko’s trials and adventures. The more you read the further you get sucked into the Five Land.

The strength of “Neiko’s Five Land Adventure” lies in the simplistic approach and ease of storytelling. The characters are endearing, easy to connect with, and can be related too. This novel is for those who enjoy the smooth pace, action and thrills of a fantasy adventure.

Author A.K. Taylor’s debut novel is sure to capture the imagination of young readers. This is an ideal book to ignite a pre-teen or teenager’s passion for reading.

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IndieReader Review
By Amy Edelman on June 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Editio

Author A.K Taylor paints a vivid and intricate picture of a world in which young girls are empowered and able to meet the challenges that life throws at them.

Amanda Hawk is an eighteen year old girl from Loganville, Georgia who becomes brave warrior Captain Neiko Kidd in the make-believe land of Quari, where she leads her action figures against the evil Crackedskulls. Amanda takes on the mission of saving her hidden world despite meeting opposition from Raven and Bloodhawk, her mortal enemies.

a girl who lives, the world of average people and the world of native inhabitants of the American continent, Indians.

The dialogue between the characters is quite believable, and the descriptions of the two worlds in which Amanda inhabits–Loganville and Quari–are quite detailed. While Neiko’s Five Land Adventure is classified in the YA genre, the introduction of mythical and historical characters–including Genghis Khan and Ramses–add more edge to the plot, making it an interesting read for adults.

Taylor weaves a great tale of honor, strength and how belief in one’s self will pull you through. Neiko’s Five Land Adventure is a wonderful coming of age story and a fantastical twist to the childhood game of Cowboys and Indians.

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Are you into fantasy?
By Indie Frei on April 5, 2011
Format: Paperback

Are you into fantasy?
Then this book is a must for you! Amanda, a shy young teenage girl, is living her secret life as Neiko in Hawote, a hidden dangerous world. Neiko is responsible to protect Hawote and as a warrior she goes through risky fights and is confronted with various enemies until she learns …
I will not give more details!
A.K. Taylor did something extraordinary with writing this story: Neiko’s Five Land Adventure is a book which can encourage teenage girls to take their lives in their hands. This book can help them to try things which they usually wouldn’t dare to think about. Neiko is a model of courage and power and she can easily be a model for all shy young teenage girls.
Accurate and precise descriptions of the main characters, the different lands, the landscapes, the tribes etc. and lively dialogues make it to a pleasure to follow the author through the story. In addition the book is provided with beautiful black and white illustrations; the reader is missing nothing.
This book has the power to transport you to another world!

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Great middle school read
By Sue Owen on October 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition

This is a great middle school or read to me book with tons of adventure and lots of characters to associate with. I loved the story line and I think for the most part the author handled the different worlds that Neiko was a part of pretty well. I did find myself lost a few times but the fact that the author used different names for the two worlds helped a lot.

However, that also led to some confusion trying to keep the characters identified. For a middle school book, there seemed to be a lot of `main’ characters and it was hard sometimes to keep them straight.

I loved the pictures and the illustrator should get extra kudos for the portrayal of the author’s vision. I read the descriptions of the characters and saw the pictures were so exact they almost leapt out of the pages. Great job.

My recommendation on this book would be to cut down a bit on the host of main characters. If I, as an adult, got confused, I can’t imagine how a 12 or 15 year old would be able to keep track of who was whom. I did love the story line and once I stopped trying to memorize the names of those not specifically interacting with Neiko I got along better with the cast.

The story line was easy to follow, however and the adventure definitely worth the read. I look forward to reading other books by this author and in this series

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Neiko’s Five Land Adventure By A.K. Taylor
By Martha Bryce on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback

Neiko’s Five Land Adventure By A.K. Taylor was an adequate book. The start was weak and a bit confusing as we try to sort out exactly who the characters are and what their roles are. It’s rather implausible that a 16 year old young woman would still be so deeply entrenched in the life and fantasy of her toys. This book would appeal to a 4-6 grade range but there are so many wonderful books for this group that I believe that Neiko’s Five Land Adventure would be overlooked. It is wonderful to have a book for this age group with a very strong female protagonist and the drawings are quite good. Once the characters were established and we could distinguish between the real world of Amanda Hawk and the fantasy adventure world of Captain Neiko Kidd, the story line and action were better but to compare this book to Harry Potter, or even the Indian in the Cupboard is a bad idea. I will read the next book or two to see if the author continues to develop her talent and writing skill.

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Drawn in to Neiko’s Great Adventure
By Timothy M. Holland on April 29, 2011
Format: Paperback

Not knowing what to expect from “Neiko’s Five Land Adventure” I was very pleasantly surprised. Author A.K Taylor does a tremendous job of drawing the reader into the fantasy world of Amanda Hawk aka Captain Neiko Kidd. Follow our heroine Neiko as she fights enemies from other lands and another world. Be taken in by the good and evil forces of Hawote and Qari. See how Neiko and her comrades The Desert Storm Falcons fight off the evil Crackedskulls. And experience the wrath and terror of Ramses the Dark Pharaoh.
Full of plot twists and turns Neiko’s Five Land Adventure” will keep you riveted throughout. It will have you rooting for Neiko and wondering what will happen to her next. And how she will conquer it.
A great read for children and adults. And Taylor’s illustrations help to enhance the story immensely.
“Neiko’s Five Land Adventure” is imagination at it’s best.

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Imaginative Journey
By C.C.Cole on June 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition

“Neiko’s Five Land Adventure” is an imaginative journey that is as much of an adventure for the reader as it is for the lead character, Neiko. Imagination leads to reality as Neiko transcends from playing a game with action figures to a world where the figures come to life. The author entwines the story with Native American and Egyptian historical elements adding amazing creativity to Neiko’s journey. While the story is light, danger still exists, which make this story an excellent read for young audiences. I highly recommend this story to anyone who pretended to be in alternative worlds as kids. Though the large cast of characters makes for a bit of confusion, this does not take away from this excellent, well-written story. Congratulations, four stars!

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Fun Fantasy for Tweens
By ParaYourNormal on August 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition

Reviewed by Gabryyl Pierce, PYN Team

Amanda Taylor was 16 when she started writing this fun fantasy that tweens will enjoy. The start was a bit confusing but overall the story contained plenty of action and imagination.

Featuring a strong female protagonist (the Real World Amanda Hawk who becomes the Fantasy World Captain Neiko Kidd) who fights enemies from other lands and even another world, “Neiko’s Five Land Adventure” is full of plot twists that will keep you riveted throughout.

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AK Taylor writes unique stories with perfect character interaction and a plot that drives forward to …
By Ron Knight on July 16, 2014
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“AK Taylor writes unique stories with perfect character interaction and a plot that drives forward to a terrific ending in which the reader won’t ever forget.” ~ MCS Film Review Team

Peter Darley

Peter Darley (P.D. to his friends) is a British novelist, whose professional history is in show business.

He is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art, and he studied television drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA.)

His television credits include guest-starring roles is UK productions such as BBC’s Crime Ltd, Stanley’s Dragon for ITV, The Bill, and Sky One’s Dream Team, and numerous TV commercials. He has also worked as a model, presenter, and voice-over artiste for ten years, and has acted as an agent for several variety acts.

His lifelong admiration of heroes, and love of roller-coaster-style thrills have been a huge influence on his writings.

He is a keen athlete and lives in rural England.

Peter loves to hear from his readers. Please visit his action thriller website: http://www.peterdarleyactionthrillerauthor.com/

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Hold On-Season 1 (Action Thriller) by Peter Darley
Amazon # 1 Best Selling Trilogy

Corporate secretary, Belinda Reese, finds herself trapped in an inferno when her office building is attacked by apparent terrorists. However, she is rescued by mysterious interloper, Brandon Drake, an AWOL soldier. Using an advanced, experimental aircraft, he flees with her to his hidden cabin in the mountains of Aspen. There she learns his story – he’s a man on a mission to thwart a corrupt, government conspiracy.

Brandon and Belinda’s feelings for one another soon deepen. When they attempt to flee from America, they discover that now, Belinda too, has become a target of the conspiracy. A nightmare is unleashed upon them as the police, assassins, and government agencies drive them into relentless perils. Brandon’s combat training and stolen weaponry are challenged to the limit in the face of overwhelming odds; a devastating, reality-shaking discovery further hampering his plight.

Shocking twists and cliffhangers take the two lovers on a journey through the first installment in this high-tech action, romantic thriller series.

Book Review: Author Peter Darley takes an amazing approach to his ‘Hold On’ Romantic Suspense Thriller Series. ‘Hold On’ is book one in the adult series and it is FREE to all readers who crave action, mystery, conspiracies, romance, science fiction and heart stopping thrills.

The author’s approach may be unorthodox, but it might be genius because after reading ‘Hold On’ I am convinced that you will want to purchase the next books in his trilogy.

Forty seven intense chapters introduce you to his two main characters Brandon (an AWOL soldier) and Belinda Reese (a corporate secretary for Carringby Enterprises). This book is set up in an easy to follow format with chapters that remind me of my favorite TV series episodes. I guess this is why the author lists his books as Season 1, 2, 3, etc. Well-developed characters along with a fast paced persuasive story line will keep you turning the page.

I personally love thrillers! My heart races and my mind turns to my favorite TV Heroes Steven Seagal and Bruce Willis as I find myself searching for clues that will allow me to accept Brandon Drake as the new empowered hero that brings his own experience, skills and gismos into a world filled with conspiracy and terrorism.

Let’s begin as Brandon Drake as he sits on the edge of his sofa. His thoughts beg him to stay in the comfort of this room where it is safe. Heroes never play it safe now do they?

The sign of a skilled action thriller writer is the ability to draw the reader into the action while offering a softer, more romantic interlude when action creates an adrenalin rush, death that may or may not be cheated, and an afterglow of pure animal attraction. Let me tease you with this quote: “The aircraft landed outside a wooden cabin deep within the snow-covered mountains. Belinda’s safety harness automatically detached itself and retracted into the seat. The side door slid upward, and she noticed they’d landed directly against the porch of the cabin. “I didn’t want you to be knee-deep in snow,” he said. Shaking, she reached out and eased herself onto the porch. “It’s dryer this way.” The stranger climbed across the passenger’s side to join her. She assumed he was trying to put her at ease by acting nonchalant. He walked across the porch and inserted a key into the cabin door. Belinda considered the sight somewhat bizarre—a tall, muscular man in black combat fatigues, and a sleek helmet with a reflective visor, acting so normal. She was instantly drawn to the vision before her. The moonlight shone down onto a valley of snow, creating a calming, hypnotic, purple-blue effect. It was a contender for the most beautiful sight she had ever seen, and such a dramatic contrast to that which had led her to it. He pushed the door open and stepped inside. “You’d better come in or you’re gonna freeze.” She turned around and cautiously followed him into the living room. Nothing about the interior registered with her.”

Are they safe in the Cabin? Will Belinda let her guard down? Is there more to Brandon than first impressions? Can life ever be normal again? Can you define normal?

I, Theodocia McLean endorse Hold On: Season 1 by Peter Darley. Careful, once read, you might just purchase Go: Hold On Season 2, Run: Hold On Season 3 and Hold On: Tomorrow (A Futuristic Action Thriller). I read and reviewed this book from Kindle. This review was completed on July 26, 2017.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Conspiracies, Romance, Science Fiction

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Go: Hold On Season 2 (Action Thriller) by Peter Darley

Season Two in the Hold On! Trilogy – (An Action Thriller Series)

Brandon Drake has escaped from Leavenworth, aided by a new player who has entered the game. Tyler Faraday is the heir to an empire—and Brandon’s long-lost brother.

Brandon is finally reunited with his lover, Belinda, but he is no longer the man she once knew. Haunted by memories of a life that never happened, he succumbs to the lure of alcohol.

They head for Nevada to find Brandon and Tyler’s sister, Emily; a nun who has recently absconded from her convent. However, they soon discover Emily has been kidnapped by a human trafficking kingpin called Sapphire.

Their mission to rescue Emily propels them headlong into conflicts with road hijackers, the police, the army, a rogue faction of Homeland Security, and merciless killers, with Brandon’s alcohol dependency placing them in further jeopardy.

The most explosive action in the series so far unfolds, as they search for the only one alive who knows Sapphire’s location—a former captive known only as Siren.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Romance

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Run: Hold On Season 3 (Action Thriller) by Peter Darley

Season Three in the Hold On! Trilogy – (An Action Thriller Series).

The world believes Brandon Drake is dead, but he awakens in a secret government complex believing it to be 2012. The last four years of his life have been erased from his conscious mind. Only his true, malevolent self, The Scorpion, remains.

He soon finds himself dispatched on an assassination mission, but the mission fails as he is struck down by a debilitating pain in his head.

Before long, he discovers he’s been duped, and that four years have passed since his last memory. A bloodbath ensues as he escapes from the complex and sets out to find the truth about his missing years. He learns of a woman named Belinda Reese and associates her with his terrible pain. To be strong enough to destroy those who betrayed him, he sets out to kill Belinda, leaving a trail of death and destruction in his wake.

However, a mysterious figure wearing a black helmet appears to him in the darkness. He is the true cause of Drake’s pain: an adversary who identifies himself only—as The Interceptor.

Past, present, and future collide as the Hold On! Trilogy reaches its jaw-dropping conclusion.

CAUTION: This entry contains violent and adult themes.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, War & Military

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The Hold On: Three Book Trilogy Set (Action Thriller) by Peter Darley

The Amazon # 1 Bestselling Action Thriller Series

Hold On: Season 1

When corporate secretary, Belinda Reese, is rescued from an inferno by A.W.O.L. soldier, Brandon Drake, her life changes in a heartbeat. As their relationship grows, they find themselves running for their lives from a corrupt, governmental conspiracy. A nightmare is unleashed upon them as the police, assassins, and government agencies drive them into relentless perils. Brandon’s combat training and stolen weaponry are challenged to the limit in the face of overwhelming odds, with a devastating, reality-shaking discovery further hampering his plight.

Shocking twists and cliffhangers take the two lovers on a journey through the first installment in this high-tech action, romantic thriller series.

Go: Hold On Season 2

Brandon Drake has escaped from Leavenworth, aided by a new player who has entered the game. Tyler Faraday is the heir to an empire—and Brandon’s long-lost brother.

Brandon is finally reunited with his lover, Belinda, but he is no longer the man she once knew. Haunted by memories of a life that never happened, he succumbs to the lure of alcohol.

They head for Nevada to find Brandon and Tyler’s sister, Emily; a nun who has recently absconded from her convent. However, they soon discover Emily has been kidnapped by a human trafficking kingpin called Sapphire.

Their mission to rescue Emily propels them headlong into conflicts with road hijackers, the police, the army, a rogue faction of Homeland Security, and merciless killers, with Brandon’s alcohol dependency placing them in further jeopardy.

The most explosive action in the series so far unfolds, as they search for the only one alive who knows Sapphire’s location—a former captive known only as Siren.

Run: Hold On Season 3

Brandon Drake is believed to be dead, but he awakens in a secret government complex, with the last four years of his life erased from his conscious mind. Only his true, malevolent self, The Scorpion, remains.

He is dispatched on an assassination mission, but the mission fails as he is struck down by a debilitating pain in his head.

Before long, he discovers he’s been duped, and a bloodbath ensues when he escapes from the complex. He learns of a woman named Belinda Reese and associates her with his terrible pain. To be strong enough to destroy those who betrayed him, he sets out to kill Belinda, leaving a trail of death and destruction in his wake.

However, a mysterious figure, who appears to him in the darkness wearing a black helmet, is the true cause of his pain: an adversary who identifies himself only—as The Interceptor.

Past, present, and future collide as the Hold On! Trilogy reaches its jaw-dropping conclusion.

CAUTION: This series sometimes contains violent and adult scenes, and the occasional use of profanity.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense

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Hold On: Tomorrow (A Futuristic Action Thriller) by Peter Darley

A Futuristic Action Thriller – Hold On! Returns For One, Stand-Alone, Epic Event.

The year is 2042. Twenty-six-years after the events in the Hold On! Trilogy, devastating earthquakes and tsunamis are striking in the most unlikely locations. Scientists have no explanation for the phenomenon.

Brandon Drake, Jr., (B.J.) a rookie government agent, courageously ‘borrows’ the INT-Nine, an advanced prototype suit of armor in order to rescue his childhood sweetheart, Heather Addison. Their lives change forever as B.J. becomes the new Interceptor. However, tragedy strikes when the armor fails during a rescue.

While the world adores him, B.J is forced to become a fugitive when Congress orders Project: Interceptor closed down. His life is complicated further by his mother’s belief that he isn’t just his father’s son – but his father reborn.

With The Interceptor on the run, new bonds are made and new heroes arise. To save the world from annihilation, they must join forces to discover the meaning of the mysterious abbreviation – C.O.T.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Superheroes, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Romance

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C. G. Haberman

C. G. Haberman was born and raised in south-central Nebraska. For ten years he taught the biological sciences in two Nebraska high schools. He left education to take a position with the Nebraska environmental agency and over the next ten years moved through the ranks. His positions took him throughout Nebraska while working on surface and groundwater quality issues, wetlands, and a uranium mining proposal.

After Nebraska, C. G. worked in Washington and South Dakota, expanding his environmental work into the areas of enforcement, air quality and hazardous and solid waste. Before retiring he returned to teach for ten more years as a community college instructor and as an adjunct at a liberal arts college in Hastings, Nebraska. Using his education and experience, he involved students by presenting real-life issues through Problem-Based Learning and hands-on field experiences.

C. G. Haberman’s CJ Hand Novels Are Screenplay Worthy

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Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1) by Mr. C. G. Haberman

The pall of death hangs over two distinctly different valleys separated by eighteen-hundred miles. One a modest, unknown channel drained by a small cool-water stream and the other a magnificent gorge carved by a roaring river that separates two states. Unknown to a man, tormented by loss and intensifying anger, both valleys hold his fate. A bloody mist suddenly fills a truck cab. It is not the shot but the seconds after that begins change for criminal investigator CJ Hand. Beset with his recent loss and pent-up anger he takes leave from a tangled bureaucratic mess. Trying to find self-worth he agrees to help friends by probing the accidental drowning of a friend’s son. The image of an uncomplicated investigation is quickly shattered. CJ encounters a maze of deadly circles surrounding the death. He begins unwinding hidden tentacles of political power and personal greed gripping Elm Creek valley. Affecting his personal life are two intellectual and intuitive women who help him come to grips with what he has been running from, or toward, for a decade. DEADLY CIRCLES is a fast-paced novel exposing the ugly underbelly of insidious criminal activity.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel is a fast moving fiction crime mystery that enchants the reader with breath taking descriptive beauty with possible environmental struggles within the Great Plains of the USA.

The main character, CJ Hand was born in Hand County, South Dakota. As a criminal investigator CJ Hand takes the reader on a vivid pictorial trip down the winding rural roads of Nebraska into the small towns where life and love among other things thrive with a cast of over 40 characters. The dialog flows very smooth and this reviewer can visualize this book series becoming an excellent made for TV series.

Enjoy the descriptive beauty of the landscapes and relate with the rural folks going about their daily lives. Just keep in mind that nothing is perfect and even here there festers a quiet under tone of mystery, personal and political greed, crime and an unexplained death.

Haberman weaves a tale that keeps the reader turning the pages with descriptive artistry like in this quote: “A breeze whispered through the pine and cedar trees as he entered the small acreage. Colored lichens dotted gravestones and the stately old trees. He moved from grave to grave reading the inscriptions. Several large round, prairie-hay bales rested in the warm autumnal sunshine in the east half of the cemetery, devoid of headstones. CJ squatted down, grasped a handful of loose hay, examined the dried vegetation, and rolled it between his palms. The earthy, redolent grass brought a melancholy rush. The death of a friend’s son brought him here and a tragic farm accident united him with the woman he loved. He stood in the earthly solitude, stillness within him. A wind gust interrupted the moment. An important task lay ahead.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1) and you can follow this book up with Mill Creek Malice (Volume 2) as the series continues to unfold under the mastery of author C. G. Haberman. I purchased ‘Deadly Circles’ in Kindle and this review was completed on December 5, 2014.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Spies & Politics, Assassinations, Crime Fiction

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Mill Creek Malice: C. G. Haberman (Volume 2) by C. G. Haberman

The animal stench triggers Dawn’s gag reflex. The constant grinding of stone on stone irritably attacks her frayed nerves, and abruptly stops. Odd scratching sounds echo in her half-conscious state. She pulls herself into a sitting position and stares at a cage door. She gasps at the thing peering into her eyes.

A year before CJ Hand arrives as the new instructor at Loess Hills Community College the former professor inexplicably disappears. With the case going cold local law enforcement officers seek help. Investigators run into problems with the strange case involving native plants, and seek CJ’s expertise.

CJ is thrust into a world of pharmaceutical collusion when he finds the rare plant in question, but he also discovers an old ammunition box. When he opens it a nightmare begins. A geocache note inside written in a riddle, places him in the grip of matching wits with a killer. Key to the investigation, and the game, are–a small reptilian creature and the rare plant.

The new General Education Dean adds to CJ’s mental and physical anguish, suggesting the violation of his teaching contract. The summer class begins in two weeks and CJ has a choice to make: stop his part in the investigation or resign from his contract.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Spies & Politics, Assassinations, Crime Fiction

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Dead Man’s Run: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 3) by C. G. Haberman

For CJ Hand, the corral bathed in the morning sunlight is a false sign of the day to come. Minutes after starting his run up Deadman Road, a dense fog shrouds the canyon. In the heavy, gray mist a hushed purr from the road bend behind him forces CJ to take cover in the stand of ponderosa pine and cottonwoods. He waits for the danger to pass. An hour later he stares at a dead man, blood covering the understory of brown pine needles and yellowing cottonwood leaves. The second death lay in front of CJ. The mountain lion is the focus of the first death, but the local County Sheriff realizes something other a mountain lion lurks in Dead Man’s Canyon. CJ Hand and Tom Thies join the county sheriff, investigating the deaths. A Black Hills mining geologist who traveled to the Nebraska Pine Ridge is the key. The first dead man might be the answer. What they find hints at far-reaching impacts for the area and the United States.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Spies & Politics, Assassinations, Crime Fiction

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Lake of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 4) by C G Haberman

Two teenage boys on a deer hunt in northwest Iowa watch as a trophy buck flees before either can release an arrow. Something in the crumbling cellar frightened the animal. Curious to know what disturbed the deer they open the shelter door and hell erupts. The sudden failure of an outstanding student, his fiancée’s new job opportunities, and a personnel action weigh on CJ Hand. His daughter calls with news of his former wife. A disturbing past leads him back to Lincoln, Nebraska to confront demons. At semester’s end on an icy and snowy morning, his life would change once again. Dr. Trisha Baker becomes the hunter with the intent to destroy a predator. The revenge is for her friends and herself, and to erase the painful memory of losing her fiancé.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Spies & Politics, Assassinations, Crime Fiction

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: ‘Lake Of Lies’ is just one of four, hard to put down, CJ Hand Mystery Novels written by C. G.Haberman.

Main character CJ Hand uses his love for, comfort of and the serenity of the back roads from Iowa to South Dakota to capture its breathtaking beauty through his camera photo lens which illustrates lessons that he shares with his ecology and botany students.

Intuitive moments and detailed memories have become part of his life since working for the Department of Justice. While forcing himself to move forward, CJ’s past is never far behind. The news hits him hard when the parole board releases Tom Vaughn and he knows someone must warn Tom’s wife Donette to stay alert.

A call from his daughter Meaghan stirs some of the personal demons that haunt him. A trip down memory lane brings him back to the lake where he and his wife Marnie had spent countless, glorious hours together. He sits and stares out across the lake to the shoreline where the shadows still hold remnants of ice and watches as several boys cast their fishing lines into the cold water with hopes of catching a catfish. The ring of his cell phone brings him back to the present.

His life with his fiancée Dee, his many influential friends and co-workers find their world mostly centered on the Mill Creek State University and the surrounding communities. CJ reluctantly confides in psychologist Dr. Adriane Peterson. Like all psychologists she asks a lot of questions, like “You said there were other students, especially female nontraditional students with sudden grade drops, correct?” He nodded. “The question is: why the focus on Tammy Day?”

Two boys brave the frigid temperature at the southern edge of an abandoned farmstead in hopes to “get the biggest damn buck you ever did see.” Hiding in silence they hold their bows taught with arrows when the approaching deer notice something and their heightened awareness and instincts cause them to bolt. Understandably upset the boys strike out on a new hunt for the source of the hunting debacle and what they discover makes them gag.

It is more than Dr. Trisha Baker who works at Mill Creek State University in the Psychology Center can stand. She sets out to seek revenge for her fiancé, friends and most importantly to “destroy a predator”.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse ‘Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel’ by C. G. Haberman. Each book in this crime, fiction, mystery series stand alone. I also have the privilege of reading and reviewing ‘Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1)’. Dead Man’s Run and Mill Creek Malice are a couple more novels in the CJ Hand series.

I encourage you to read these four CJ Hand Novels sold in both print and e-book. Enjoy the written mastery of author C. G Haberman. I purchased ‘Lake Of Lies’ in Kindle and this review was completed on February 25, 2015.

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The 100th Meridian Murders (A CJ Hand Novel Book 5) by C. G. Haberman

After proving his reputation as the top sharpshooter in the world, Ivan Talcott settles in China. Here, he plans to achieve his goal of becoming a multimillionaire by the age of forty. Suddenly, and without warning, he’s told to leave China, and never return. Undaunted, he will aim for his goal in the USA.

While on a hunting trip Nebraska, the sharpshooter agrees to proposal that will fulfill his goal. The hunt becomes his final challenge before he begins a new life. The result of his grisly kills uncovers dark secrets long hidden in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

CJ Hand returns to Lincoln, Nebraska after surviving a brutal attack that left him a battered man. His wife, Dee, encourages him to complete a doctoral degree and form the Great Plains Consulting firm. This new challenge, they hope, will lead him away from a turbulent path to a stable life.

His company gets the boost it needs when he signs a contract for work along the 100th meridian. The study leads him to the deadly path he left years before. The discoveries, while using drones, leads his field and office crew into a threatening, dark world. The people he admires, and to whom he owes his success, return to help. They again face the evil they once thought erased.

The peaceful, rural prairie holds secrets that turns violent. The deadly hunt begins, spilling blood across the western United States.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: For those of us following criminal investigator CJ Hand, this is what we have been waiting for, and you won’t be disappointed with ‘The 100th Meridian Murders: Volume Five by C. G. Haberman.

Realistic characters, descriptive writing that transport you to the Mid-West, USA, and a well-constructed mystery will keep you engaged all the way to the end of the 60th chapter.

Let me begin by telling you that character Ivan Talcott has studied people well for years and blends into each crowd with ease. He is a business man by degree with a life goal of “building an empire of wealth without government interference”. His professional skills as the top sharpshooter in the world help him secure funds to offshore accounts and keep him on track to become a millionaire by age forty. Called back to the US from China, he accepts a proposal.

Investigator CJ Hand who now suffers from PTSD after recovering from being beaten nearly to death and left to die three years ago returns to Lincoln, Nebraska. His wife Dee stands by his side and encourages him to completes his doctoral degree. He is challenged by his entrepreneurial spirit to form his own consulting firm. One of his first consulting contracts leads him into familiar territory that he thought he had left behind when a man in Keya Paha County finds a human skeleton.

An environment activist group that stumbles into the 100th meridian study wants to know who or what group sponsored the study?

Like any good mystery, it is the readers job to relate to one or more of the characters. Join CJ Hand as crime comes in a secretive fury like the tornadoes that thunder across the Great Plains of the US.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse ‘The 100th Meridian Murders’ by C. G. Haberman. I purchased this book in Kindle and this review was completed on August 7, 2017.

I encourage you to read: Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1), Mill Creek Malice: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 2), Dead Man’s Run: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 3), Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 4) and The 100th Meridian Murders: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 5) by C. G. Haberman

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Spies & Politics, Assassinations, Crime Fiction

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The Naturalists: A Historic Novel
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Where is Nebraska? The measure lies in locating Chicago and Denver, then calculating the midpoint between the two. There exists land called the Rainwater Basin. To find the remains of the best basins requires a calling, the calling to understand the startling dependency of life. In the heart of the United States the last of the Hayman lineage, Chance Hayman, experiences the nibbling erosion and decimation of this North American keystone. The Naturalist begins in the 1820s with a minister full of desire to serve his God. Reverend Abner Hayman is not the normal German Reformed minister. His ministerial sincerity and verve excites his Pennsylvania congregation. As with many successful men he will gain fame and follow a path fraught with temptation, deception, and loss. His path across the rapidly expanding nation leads him to Illinois. There he loses a son to a calling of his own. John Hayman does not scorn the country know as the Great American Desert. Abner Hayman’s son finds a land that fills his spiritual yearning, a land of grass and marshes that is unyielding, but teems with life and promise. It is this young man, the naturalist, who finds love of life, land, and women who is the taproot for the future Hayman families who fight to save the rainwater basins from extinction.

Book Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime, History

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The Naturalists A Historic Novel of the Hayman Family:
Volume 2 by C. G. Haberman

Gripped by a spiritual call, John Hayman found the land of his dreams. The land tested him, but he learned to live with it and survived to foster a land ethic. In the second volume of The Naturalists, the new era of John’s three sons unfolds and they are as diverse as the land. The youngest, Henry, focuses on what his father dreamed about: a peaceful land covered with grass and marshes. As more people settle the area, Henry faces changing land use that gives little thought to the effects. His life is not without personal heartaches and devastating emotional discoveries. Over the first half of the 20th century, he and his youngest son, Jacob, follow the path recorded in journals that have become the focus for future Hayman naturalists. A deep family unrest threatens to forever change the Haymans and the land on which they thrive. Out of this turmoil, Jacob emerges to face the trying task of altering the path that threatens the Rainwater Basin and his family. Will Jacob’s son inherit a tranquil path to the 21st Century?

Book Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime, History

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Clayton Graham was born and raised in Stockport, near Manchester UK. He graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Salford University in 1966 having attained a Student Apprenticeship with English Electric Aviation.

He settled in Victoria, Australia in 1982. He is a retired aerospace engineer who enjoyed working in the field of efficient lightweight structures and watching them fly around the world. He has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within the universe we know and love. He loves the ‘old school’ science fiction written by authors such as HG Wells, Jules Verne and John Wyndham.

Milijun is his debut novel, but there are further adventures to come.

Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world and is a member of Australian Geographic.

When he is not writing, walking, travelling, or gardening, Clayton enjoys fine food with family, friends and five energetic grandchildren.

milijun by Claton Graham Is ScreenPlay Worthy.

It is Australia in 2179.

On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility.

Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm.

What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible.

All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …

Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.

How It Came to Be: Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So I decided to oblige them.

The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility).

The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion?

Above all, Milijun explores the question what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It’s a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course, we are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of theUnited States.

In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. We cannot relax on Earth forever, ignorant of our cosmic surroundings, idling our time away, creating a mirage of prosperity, which appears to create an equally ferocious misery.

Writing Milijun was a labour of love. It was not easy, but neither was it hard. Science Fiction is a love of mine, has been since I was a teenager, escaping to new worlds in the back streets of Stockport, England, where I grew up as a child. Halcyon days, when education and school milk were free, and summers were real summers. We didn’t have much, but we had enough.

Milijun my debut novel, and for me the realisation of a dream.

Book Review: Mankind has always had a fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient Egyptian carvings all the way to milijun by Clayton Graham.

This well written novel explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth.

It is earth’s exploration and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.

It is my intent to share a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “It was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminium shacks spread out before her.

She dropped to the ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her thirst then nibbled at a foul tasting energy bar as she thought through her next move.”

I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.

Milijun is a striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse ‘milijun’ a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. I reviewed this book from a Kindle format and my review was completed on April 9, 2016.

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By MayMoggie on September 29, 2017

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This exciting science fiction book started off action packed, and stayed that way right through to the end. It reminded me somehow of the writings of Michael Crichton, whose work I love. I could see this story on a big screen in my mind throughout. The aliens were really unusual and believable, and the characters were well developed and captivating. At all times, I was never entirely sure where this book was going until it got there. A powerful read.

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By LaylaM1

“Milijun” by Clayton Graham is hands down one of the most original and well-crafted sci-fi/thriller novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the world-building and exotic locales (Australian outback), and his attention to detail, especially with the characters and the aliens. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ minds but the places they are, and it was a fun, addicting escape from reality. This novel covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum and it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, and I was surprised at the twist. Really enjoyed watching the maternal relationship with Laura and Jason play out, and thought the rest of the supporting cast was terrific as well – especially Janice and Naomi. Enjoyed the landscape of Australia (and Milijun) and felt like I was watching a movie most of the time, the descriptions were so vivid and clear. An epic literary feat, to be certain, well written and with quick paced prose and a believable plot, for being so fantastical. It makes you think, and maybe in ways you don’t want to! Lol. But honestly I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise to fans of science fiction/drama/thrillers with philosophical elements. Suitable for mature teens on up.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Whole new meaning to the term bats in the belfry
By Cold Coffee on April 9, 2016
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Mankind has always had a fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient Egyptian carvings all the way to milijun by Clayton Graham.
This well written novel explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth.
It is earth’s exploration and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.

It is my intent to share a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story.
“It was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminium shacks spread out before her.
She dropped to the ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her thirst then nibbled at a foul tasting energy bar as she thought through her next move.”

I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.
Milijun is a striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.
Cold Coffee Press/Cafe endorses milijun a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. We were given this book in a Kindle/PDF format for review. The review was completed on April 9, 2016.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alien Book
By Ross Davis on December 1, 2016
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We’ve all read or watched the story about how the aliens come to Earth, invade, and because they are just like the humans in too many ways, lose. This one, though it hasn’t ended because it is only the first book, seems to take a different position. This is the first alien species that comes to Earth and has powers or abilities beyond what humans can do or protect themselves from. As someone who doesn’t read science fiction too often and also doesn’t enjoy them too often either, I was intrigued the entire story and couldn’t put it down once I started it. I wouldn’t only recommend this for science fiction fans but also for any reader of any genre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
By emily carpenter on September 22, 2017
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Creative and thrilling.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘He had seen nothing like it on Earth. And this was his discovery, his stamp on lunar exploration!‘
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 20, 2016
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Australian author Clayton Graham, born and raised in Stockport, near Manchester UK, earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Salford University attaining a Student Apprenticeship with English Electric Aviation. He moved to Victoria, Australia in 1982 and worked as an aerospace engineer, working in the field of efficient lightweight structures and watching them fly around the world. He interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within the universe we know and love gave entrance to his debut novel MILIJUN. Clayton offers his thoughts about his new book, thoughts that aid the reader in full enjoyment of the story – ‘Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So I decided to oblige them. The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility). The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion? Above all, Milijun explores the question what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It’s a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course. We are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States. In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. We cannot relax on Earth forever, ignorant of our cosmic surroundings, idling our time away, creating a mirage of prosperity, which appears to create an equally ferocious misery.’

For this reader this is one of the more sensitive, caring and penetrating Sci-Fi novels before the public – less interested in the bizarre psychedelic manifestations of thinking beyond our galaxy and instead encouraging us to expand our concepts of what will doubtless one day be discovery.

The synopsis is inviting – ‘It is Australia in 2179. On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility. Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm. What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible. All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike. Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.’

Clayton’s way with words and his descriptions of both place and characters in this distant and strange encounter and world are painted with elegance and authority. He leaves us with not a ‘what if’ attitude but with a ‘when?’, and that is the make of a fine science fiction author. Grady Harp, November 16

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully Exciting Sci-Fi Adventure!!
By Cheri Clay on December 6, 2016
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“Dust settled and the moon bathed the scene in quietude as if wishing not to remember the violence and invasion that had so abruptly occurred and just as swiftly vanished.”

Aliens have invaded earth as Laura and her fourteen-year-old son, Jason are embarking on a relaxing camping trip. As lights flash in the distance only within seconds seem to be upon the mother and son. Demanding that Jason doesn’t share with anyone the pictures that he took of the invasion, as she just wishes to forget it ever happened. However, that all changes when the next day Jason goes to the camp tourist center and uses the workstations to get a better look at his photos, he is abducted by an alien who has taken control of a ranger’s body. Laura rescues her son only to find themselves on the run from the police, military and aliens, not knowing whose body has been invaded and just who can they trust…

Alien invasion stories are nothing new, however, this one is unique by keeping the story fresh, fast-paced and exciting without the usual predictability of most sci-fi fantasies. The amazing plot has not only blown me away, but the characters are outstanding in depth and realism. I was captivated by Laura’s strength, as she had to dig deep within herself to find the courage and fortitude to not only save herself and Jason, but others who are depending on her too. Powerfully exciting sci-fi adventure that is sure to quicken the heart more than once. Excellent read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical alien invasion story
By Sanjin on November 26, 2016
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There are not many sci-fi books that I can recommend to those who love sci-fi and to those who have no interest in it whatsoever. This book threads the line between sci-fi and thought-provoking story about humanity and love masterfully so I can recommend it to anyone with clean conscience.
Alien invasion in this book is not typical like we often see in movies, the aliens are actually really interesting here and their method of infiltrating Earth is both original and frightening. I love that the focus of the story is on female character, and also a mother, there are not many strong mother figures in sci-fi literature. The spiritual tones here are also well done, they are excellently nuanced so they are not preachy at all, just another welcome layer to the story.
I am positively surprised by Milijun, I expected some by-the-numbers story about alien invasion that has been told a million times, but I actually love what the author did with it. Excellent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Idea – Alien Sci-fi
By Archie on November 22, 2016
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“Milijun”, is a great enlightening a different angle to alien invasion on earth. The plot is new and shows author’s creativity and imagination at its height. The setting is in the future in Australia in 2179, when Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth with the goal to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind. Jason is chosen by the alien and abducted by the swarm and Laura, her mother goes above and beyond to save her son, herself and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike.
A story of “mother and son”, the believable characters, their personal struggle, advanced technology, action and danger are all elements that make this interesting plot. The story idea is fresh, intriguing and not it’s different than any other sci-fi fictions out there simply because it’s new and not just based on the legacy theme of describing aliens as fantasy or cruel invaders. All in all a great original idea!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, not your typical alien story!
By Chelsey McQuitty on November 29, 2016
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Ever since I was a kid, I have loved stories about aliens. Wondering about what it would be like to experience guests from another planet has always inspired me to pick up stories on invasions and what-not. However, more recently, it seems like all of the alien books seem to only have action in mind. Aliens invade, a fight ensues, one side blows up the other. This novel isn’t run of the mill like this though. The aliens are very clever in their invasion and they don’t rely on guns or explosions to make their presence known in our little world. The human characters are also quite fascinating too. I think anyone who wants a story that is a little bit different will love this book. The writing flows well and the development of the plot and characters are excellent. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a book that is both smart and entertaining.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Milijun- A Fresh Concept on Alien Story
By Sheryl on November 22, 2016
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Milijun is a fantastic alien story with a totally fresh concept. After reading many alien novels I have more or less come to accept the standard format that any alien book would follow, but the book managed to surprise me. Of course the aliens were not very different from humans and they have been creatively portrayed, but there are many new concepts explored such as interbreeding, and the manner the aliens come to earth. Milijun in Italian means one million, and, in the story it is the name of a city where the central characters Laura and her son Jason take refuge from the aliens.
The story is faced paced and filled with action. Each page is a dread as well as a delight to read. The climax is in the ending with scope for a sequel. Milijun is a very interesting book and every science fiction lover must have it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic futuristic tale of alien invasion
By horrorgirldonna on December 16, 2016
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This book was highly addictive! Set Australia in the year 2179, we meet Laura and her son, Jason who witness an alien visitation. These otherworldly visitors have a plan and that is to impregnate human females with a strange hybrid human / alien creature, with Jason serving as a type of genetic go-between. After a string of failed attempts to apprehend this alien interlopers, Jason is then abducted by the aliens—who have turned out not to be nearly as friendly as initially thought. But then again, neither are their human counterparts.

This was a fast-paced book with terrific characters. I especially appreciated the mother and son relationship and Laura’s determination to save her child. Plus, I thought author Clayton Graham did a great job creating a futuristic Australia. He offered us a fantastic new world, while at the same time managing to retain some familiarity which kept me from becoming distanced from the story and the characters. The technology and science fiction aspect of the novel was also written in a way that kept me engrossed (I’m not a reader of overly technical science fiction). Great storytelling, overall and an ending that could lead to another installment (*fingers crossed)

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Surprisingly Insightful and Prophetic
By Veritas Vincit on December 19, 2016
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A book that digs deep into the human psyche and comes out on the other side with exceptional insight…. that is a sci-fi, futuristic, alien-packed book that I can get behind. I think the most interesting thing about this tale of interstellar contact in the Australian outback is the amount of world-building that was required. By couching the plot about 150 years in the future, author Clayton Graham had to essentially create the future of our species. Oddly enough, the same fears and failings that we struggle with now are present in these characters. The timelessness of this book hinges on the philosophical aspects; this is more than a book about aliens trying to experiment on humans and seeing whether inter-species contact will be peaceful… it is a book about human nature, our behavior to one another, and our ambitions for the future. Traveling to other stars is now a reality, and in the next century, we could see many of the projected organizations and events that are detailed in this book from Graham. It was clever from start to finish, and no detail was left overlooked. A thoroughly impressive contribution to the genre, and a mind-bending experience for those already eager for the future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Take On Alien Invasion
By Cassandra on December 1, 2016
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The idea of aliens is always such a fascinating concept, partly because we have no frame of reference for what reality could possibly be. Perhaps what fascinated me the most about this particular story was that it doesn’t conform to the normal rules of the genre. Yes, it is a story of alien invasion and with that comes some clichés. But, despite that, the story is also very unique and there are some interesting angles and implications that aren’t normally considered in this genre.

The end result is a fascinating and engaging story, one that forces readers to think about the implications of life beyond this planet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien interaction at its best
By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2016
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Milijun is a science fiction novel with a difference. This tale of the love between a mother and son, Laura and Jason Sinclair, which is severely challenged by witnessing aliens infiltrating Earth defences is full of action and surprising twists. In addition to the conventional mother and son relationship, the concepts of life as we know it are seriously challenged. Whilst the reactions of the authorities are instantly recognisable, and unfortunately parallel those taken with international conflicts on our own planet, the flow of the story concentrates on the more mystical aspects of the universe, and the possibilities which may be present if only we had a more spiritual mindset.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a rollicking good adventure, a roller-coaster of the hunted and the prey, parry and thrust among the increasingly hostile Australian Outback. It smoothly switches between moments of jeopardy and quiet moments of contemplation. But above all, it is a tale of survival in a world which has been turned upside down by the influx of technologies which are definitely not in the public domain. A good read and one to set you thinking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced sci-fi adventure
By Sdan12 on November 26, 2016
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The year is 2179 and Laura Sinclair is on holiday with her 14 year old son, Jason. The Australia they are living in is very different from the Australia of today and I enjoyed the changes. Their peaceful holiday is interrupted by the arrival of an alien race. The consequences of this are devastating, and the story revolves around Laura and Jason simply trying to survive as they discover more about the aliens. This is a well-conceived plot, with credible characters. It will keep you gripped from the very first page.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion from Outerspace
By Kingston levin on June 21, 2017
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Milijun Review by Mark Kingston Levin, PhD
Milijun, written by Clayton Graham, is a thrilling imaginative science fiction story that takes place in Australia in 2179, many years after a catastrophic war. This novel is very well written with many back-stabbing characters and aliens everywhere the lovable Sinclair family turns. Mother Laura and her teenage son Jason go on vacation in their recreational vehicle (RV) to explore the Australian outback. They both witness aliens descending to Earth as they approach the RV campsite.
The extraterrestrials attempt to form a relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as an unwilling genetic link in a grotesque inter-species experiment involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos to determine the potential species compatibility. Laura is hopeful she can forget the conflict and return to her vacation with her son.
Unabashed conflicts continue in a mysterious suspense filled adventure between the covert Australian Milijun researchers and the military that severely tests Jason and his mother. Laura rises-up with immense courage to rescue her son. The events that follow change the future of both worlds.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great futuristic science fiction novel
By JC in GA on February 3, 2017
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A great sci-fi read! It draws the reader in right away with the discovery of alien life hiding in a cave on the moon. There is a considerable amount of suspense and I instantly found myself rooting for Simon Cordell, hoping he would survive his ordeal. Does he? Read the book to find out.

The main draw for me, however, when we’re talking science fiction, is the world-building. I love this, especially in futuristic fiction. It was fascinating to read about Australia in the wake of what nearly turned out to be humanity’s final war. I was intensely curious to find out what life was like in Northern Australia, and wanted to know more of the history of how the country split into two parts. And the Milijun compound was so full of mysteries I just had to keep reading to find out what was going on.

Oh, and there are aliens. Did I mention that? So on top of everything else we add in the mystery of how they arrived on earth and what they want now that they are here. And does Milijun have something to do with all of it? Again, read the book to find out. It’s a fascinating story with lots of suspense and surprising twists and turns.

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5.0 out of 5 stars where love prevails, to modern technology in such an interesting …
By King Macachoron August 28, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Milijun was masterfully crafted by an ingenious writer. Graham Clayton blends family matters, where love prevails, to modern technology in such an interesting way that makes you continue reading it from chapter to chapter. You will love Laura, the main character for her tenacity and will power to face all the challenges that she was confronted with. I enjoyed it myself. Buy it and you will enjoy it, too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great science fiction
By JD on August 24, 2017
Format: Paperback

The standout feature of this book for me is the author’s descriptive abilities, even when tackling strange beings. The story was involving from the first page and, as a fan of science fiction, I enjoyed this book a great deal. The book has some nice twists and turns, and is easy to follow. There is a nice sense of adventure, and Clayton Graham gives the reader a nice dose of characterization, as well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-imagined, thought-provoking tale
By R Coulson on August 14, 2017
Format: Paperback

This story began a bit slowly, and I’d thought a 4-star rating would ensue, but the tale gathered pace, and it’s ingenuity and complexity enthralled me. It’s well imagined, the characters are easy to relate to, and the settings are well described. A thought-provoking look at alien-human interaction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alien invasion from a unique perspective
By JennlyT on August 13, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

It is the year 2179. Man has successfully harnessed the surface of the moon for mining and research. In one such cave, miner Simon Cordell stumbles across an interesting anomaly seemingly embedded in the cave walls. Possibly hundreds of never before seen beings are nestled in this lunar cavern. Soon after reporting this strange possible alien life form and obtaining a specimen for research, the entire lunar research facility falls prey to a massacre with Simon the only survivor. Simon needs to get to the main lunar base with the lifeform intact or risk being blamed for the slaughter of his colleagues.

At the same time on the Nullarbor in Western Australia, Laura and Jason Sinclair are en route to a much needed camping vacation. On the final leg of their journey, Jason photographs a curious formation in the night sky. When he attempts to view his discovery closer at the ranger station, he is abducted. Laura frantically searches for her son and is able to recover him but in the process, finds herself and Jason implicated in several murders by the local police officer who, also seems to be acting very strangely.

Now on the run, prime suspects of a double murder Laura and Jason find themselves tirelessly hunted, not sure who to trust. Finding possible allies in a strange underground complex of scientific researchers Laura and Jason, with their assistance, attempt to work with a local military unit to prove their innocence while at the same time attempting to convince those in charge of a possible alien invasion. Throughout their trials, Laura and Jason find themselves traveling all over Australia and beyond in this unique take on alien encounters and interactions.

Milijun, is the first novel by author Clayton Graham and I for one hope it is not his last. Having read only a handful of science fiction novels where aliens were the focus, I must say that Milijun tackled this from a very interesting angle. What if the alien invasion wasn’t meant for domination, but for another reason entirely? What if the alien lifeforms weren’t acting in aggression, but in defense of human actions?

Considering technological advancements currently and in the future created by Graham it makes the reader ponder if there is more out there than just us. In Graham’s world, we see a depth of technological advancements within the military and the Miljun center that speaks to the advancing technology of the future. At the same time, there is talk of a last “Great Conflict” that has yet again divided the world and the country of Australia specifically which goes to show that for the more things change, the more they stay the same. As the narrative progresses and story lines come together it becomes apparent that Jason and Laura may play a much bigger role in the survival of the human race than they had ever imagined. While the story does leave a few loose ends, it is more of a thought provoker than it is a cliffhanger but still leaves the reader curious to learn what happens next with Jason, Laura,the other survivors and the Earth.

If you like Science Fiction, alien invasion and futuristic reads, Milijun is a definite recommend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars  An alien invasion classic
By Oisin Muldowney on May 24, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

This is a classic alien invasion book. The aliens can take over humans, which means the book is full of tense, enjoyable scenes where you are on edge and wondering if an alien is present. It’s a thriller and a fast-paced action novel. The speculative ideas in it are really strong too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I literally couldn’t put the thing down!
By M. Addison on March 28, 2017
Format: Paperback

I was wary of reading this book, only because it’s so far out of my comfort zone of contemporary New and Young adult romance. But doing reviews for my own blog has caused me to branch out some, and I’m so glad that I did. I literally couldn’t put the thing down! It was so enticing, and I just had to know what happened next!

First of all, this book was phenomenally edited and written. There was so much thought and detail put into it, I had very vivid images in my mind while I read and I love when an author can do that to me. Especially in reading a genre like science fiction. I think it’s so funny I picked this one, and an audio book, to review within a close time frame – both science fiction and very strange reads.

Aliens. I was completely drawn into this story, and Laura is my new spirit animal! Such a strong mother/son bond as they face these very strange events happening in their life. I was in awe of the strength Laura, and she really pulled on my heart strings. The characters are so well developed, and the world Graham created is so appealing. A very authentic story.

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Excellent
By Barnsey’s Bookson March 4, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

After a subterranean chamber of hibernating aliens is accidentally unearthed on the moon; Laura and teenage son Jason unwittingly become embroiled in plot to breed hybrid alien-human children. Laura and Jason flee to the safety of Milijun, a secretive facility in the Australian outback. Laura soon becomes aware that all is not what it seems….

One thing is certain – Laura will stop at nothing to save her son from the extraterrestrials’ grasp.

WOW, what an amazing book from author Clayton Graham. It was excellent and genuinely captured my imagination. The writing was superb and it hurtled along at a thrilling pace. This is a prime example of how to write an outstanding debut novel and I can’t wait to read more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!  Highly  Recommend you read this!
By Denise Lucas on November 24, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

Milijun, written by Clayton Graham, was a very well written and thought out story about space life, aliens, and Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and had trouble putting it down. The writer did an amazing job on being descriptive to the point I was able to picture every detail in my mind, but not to the point where it was overbearing. It was the perfect amount of description, and the writing flowed smoothly, even with the jumps in location though out the book. This novel takes space travel, aliens, alien invasion, and survival and puts it all together. The majestic descriptions of the aliens in this novel, were definitely different than what the mainstream use in how they look and operate. I love how imaginative the author was to come up with every part of this story, and how the aliens look, act, react and survive. If you enjoy reading about alien sci-fi, I highly recommend that you read this novel. This was one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read, and look forward to reading more from this author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fresh and original novel…
By R.R Parker on November 19, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

First of all I have to say that I love sci-fi as a genre. Having said that, however, I have read and watched many stories which are just too “out there”. This is not the case with this novel, milijun, however, which gets everything exactly right. It tells the story of an alien “interaction” not abduction or invasion or total warfare or anything like that. There was a real human element to the story and we really feel for Laura and Jason as they face their own personal struggles within the story. What I loved too was a fresh perspective of characters. The “mother and son” viewpoint is not something we often see in books or movies, especially in recent years. Perhaps it id down to the author’s career choice and experience, but I really feel like I have just enjoyed a truly fresh and original novel from author Clayton Graham. I would look out for more by him in the future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars  A fantastic read from start to finish
By UsedtobeCranky on April 26, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

Science fiction isn’t my usual genre since every time I read them I end up feeling rather common and lacking much needed brain cells, especially when the story takes you into quantum physics and the likes.

When I picked up Milijun, I was a bit uneasy and thought I would get disoriented early on and end up getting bored with the book. Instead, I found myself pleasantly surprised by how well-written and readable Milijun was. Yes, the ever present “big-science-words” were there but everything had been explained and elaborated in such a way that even younger readers could understand it (although younger readers will probably understand it better than me!)

The story centered on Laura and her son, Jason who were on a holiday to the Australian outbacks. The world had gone through another great war and conflicts, and we are facing a new world set in the future. While driving up to their destination, mother and son chanced upon a strange sight in the sky which resembled a flock of birds yet obviously something they had never seen before.

Jason took photos and captured images that were so alien in nature they must be not of this earth. In doing so, he unwittingly became the “First Seen” on the planet by the aliens. The next events forced the two to run for their lives with hopes of finding refuge somewhere safe…only they found the town of Milijun.

What followed reminded me of The X-Files and Star Trek.

Page after page flew by and I found myself drawn more and more into the story. The world building is amazing. The story fast paced and well-defined. Although I didn’t finish the book in one sitting as I normally do when I fall in love with a story, Milijun is something that needed to be pondered. Stepping away from it helped me figure out a few crucial things only to find myself diving back into the story for more.

Secrets were revealed and the book ended without a cliffhanger. But what an ending it was! If ever aliens come for a visit, I hope to God I won’t be the First Seen or else the future of mankind will be so bleak and hopeless!

There is an epilogue which closed up loops with the characters as well as opened up new questions leading to a follow-on story. Methinks I wouldn’t mind so much picking up another sci-fi book by Clayton Graham.

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COPY OF FIVE STAR REVIEWS – BARNES AND NOBLE

By Bella Readz

I definitely enjoyed this book. I’m not exactly sure how you would describe it (mystery? Science fiction? Suspense? Action? Thriller? Drama? All the above??), but it was very good. I won’t rehash the plot (that is what the book description is for), but in my opinion this is one of those books that really is so much more than what the blurb can convey. It was surprisingly complex and visionary and managed to keep me complete engaged from the beginning to the end. I noticed that Graham avoided the common rookie mistake of “telling” instead of “showing” which was a huge relief (especially in Fantasy/sci-fi where authors so often feel the need to ‘describe’ everything to death), and I felt a part of the action the entire time, starting with the opening pages where we get right to it. He wastes no time setting the tone for the rest of the book with authentic narrative and dialogue with the characters. In addition, Graham does an amazing job with the believable world-building and for the most part the pacing was spot on and kept me engaged throughout. Was surprised at a few things, and the ending definitely makes me want to read the next one when it is available. Recommend to mature readers of Sci-Fi, mystery and suspense.

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By Kayleee KS

Make no mistake, “Milijun” is definitely a compelling read, and one that will appeal to a wide range of readers due to its far-reaching and relevant plotlines in a unique blend of ‘otherworldliness’ right here on Earth, loaded with action, danger, life, and drama and suspense. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow but then it picked up and flowed well. One thing I particularly liked was how we really felt like we were part of the story as it unfolded, instead of it just being “told” to us, on the outside looking in.. Great supporting characters who really added a layer of depth to the story and I felt that even though there were some familiar tropes here (necessary for a sci/fi like this), Graham does a wonderful job of keeping it fresh and profound. We feel like we are a part of the story and I recommend for fans of sci/fi and literary fiction who’d like a new twist on the genre.

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

Milijun by Clayton Graham is the story of a mother who is fighting for her son and for all the lost women. The novel is set in the future, our protagonist Laura Sinclair is living in Australia with her son, Jason. Their life is not perfect, but it is not bad either. Their lives were changed when they witnessed an alien race land on earth. The aliens come in peace, or so it seems. They want to have a good relationship with the humans; however, things change dramatically when Laura’s son Jason is chosen to be the genetic link between the two races.

Even more horrific, many human females are chosen to be impregnated with alien embryos to create a hybrid species. When the aliens kidnap Jason, things go downhill for everyone. No one was expecting a revolt, especially from Laura. She was just a woman, but when her son’s life was threatened, she rose above it all and fought for her son and the women who were the target of cruel men and aliens.

This very well written novel is all about female empowerment and tells us that there is a hero within us. We are the fairer sex and yet we are just as strong as our male counterparts. What is horrifying is the fact that I can clearly see something like this happening. Clayton Graham portrayed the very essence of fear, despair, and dread. Your heart will be racing, your hands will be sweating, and you will get a pure adrenalin rush by just reading this novel and visualizing the story. This is the coolest sci-fi novel I have read in years!

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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

In a highly engaging and engrossing new read by author Clayton Graham, Milijun is a story that you simply won’t want to put down once you’ve started reading it! Taking place in Australia in the year 2179, the story follows the lives of mother and son, Laura and Jason Sinclair. One moonlit night, they witness aliens descend to Earth, and become part of what appears to be the first real interaction between human and alien lives. A rather intimate part of the relationship is that Jason is chosen to be a genetic link in a test of impregnating human women with alien/human hybrid embryos. Jason is eventually kidnapped, and Laura is tried as far as any human could be in the effort to rescue her son. Will she get her son back, and will the interactions between aliens and humans be positive or negative? You’ll need to read Milijun to find out!

I very much enjoyed Milijun, other than the fact that it kept me reading way past my bedtime! Author Clayton Graham has done a fantastic job in creating a setting that is both futuristic and realistic, not always an easy task. His characterizations are superb, and readers will find themselves connecting with, relating to, and truly caring about the characters, especially Laura and Jason. If those aren’t hallmarks of a great author, I’m not sure what are. Any reader who enjoys a good work of science fiction, or who is looking for a great read in general, should absolutely read Milijun. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from author Clayton Graham as soon as I possibly can!

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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers’ Favorite

Milijun by Clayton Graham involves an alien invasion, the Australian Outback, and a reluctant but more than capable female lead…what’s not to like? The story is set in the future (the year 2179, to be exact) and follows Laura Sinclair and her son, Jason, who are living in the Australian Outback. On one fateful evening, they witness a once-in-a-lifetime event, aliens coming to Earth! At first, it seems like this might be a peaceful encounter, the aliens don’t seem hostile, and the Australian Defense Force, lead by Major General Sebastian Ord, is taking it in their stride. The aliens want to forge a link with mankind and it involves Laura’s son, Jason. Things soon get dicey though, and the aliens and the military collide. Laura’s son is taken and she must summon the courage and fight that she never thought possible. She must become a survivor and rescue her son against all odds. She proves, without a doubt, that a mother’s love knows no bounds.

I really enjoyed Milijun and thought it was a unique and refreshing take on the alien invasion story line. The author quickly sets up the world and the plot takes off, taking readers on a highly suspenseful and entertaining ride. I really like Laura and, being a mother myself, I identified with her on her relentless quest to save her son. The aliens were well done and the author was very descriptive regarding them, so I could really picture in my mind how they looked and sounded. I recommend Milijun by Clayton Graham to all fans of the science fiction genre.

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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

In a creatively written new book with a very unique premise, Milijun by author Clayton Graham explores a world in which true alien contact has been made with humans and the repercussions of just such contact. Protagonists Laura and Jason Sinclair, a mother and son duo, witness aliens coming to earth one night in Australia in 2179. After an experimental trial is begun in which hybrid embryos are implanted in human women, and in which Jason has become a genetic link, the continued involvement of humans and aliens seems inevitable. But when Jason is abducted by an alien swarm, and both the Australian Defence Force, and the head of the reclusive research facility, Milijun, seem to have ulterior motives for both him and the pregnant women, Laura realizes that it might be up to her to save them all, and maybe mankind as a whole.

I loved Milijun. This book was surprising, intriguing, and kept me reading obsessively throughout. Author Clayton Graham has done a great job in creating a read that is different from most in the science fiction genre, and even a prolific reader like myself was surprised. Any person who likes science fiction will love Milijun. I can very confidently recommend this book most highly, and I hope that author Clayton Graham is already hard at work on his next novel of this style. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for it, and am certain that any reader who picks up Milijun will do the same!

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By Steffy C

This book seems to have something of everything…… seriously. Action, drama, mystery, science, humor, suspense, creative and standard sci-fi and fantasy elements…… but I thought Clayton Graham tied it all together nicely in just such compelling, emotionally and intellectually engaging way. I was impressed by the seamless narrative transitions, and while I’m not usually a fan of so much ‘tech-speak’, it didn’t bother me here much as I liked Mr. Graham’s creative word-play and liked how he was showing us the tech he refers to as opposed to just giving an annoying telling-info dump (so prevalent in science fiction I have found!). The characters’ conversations really helped to advance the storyline (wasn’t just needless filler chit chat). Always found myself reading for longer than I planned to, as there was never a good place to just “stop”, especially the last quarter or so. Fun characters, enjoyed the leads (especially Laura, Jason and Janice, but Ord was great in his way too) but thought the others were great as well (even the ‘bad’ ones). This novel will have wide ranging appeal– it is intelligent and complex enough and written with enough substance and finesse to please fans of sci fi, fantasy and suspense thrillers who appreciate classy, polished, literary writing. Recommend.

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By Sam Ryan

Just a heads up…when starting “Milijun” make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! (and it’s a pretty long book!)The book starts off with an intriguing beginning that established the ‘sci/fi-other-worldly’ existence, and the solid world building just keeps going from there. The main characters are so well-developed and fully realized, I feel like I know them personally. I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard… but that just made the book even more amazing. Totally unlike anything I’ve read before and I read a lot. I could see this having cross-genre appeal so even if aliens/fantasy isn’t your thing, the terrific scene-building, suspenseful and thought-provoking plot, and engaging, authentic characters will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Recommend.

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By K Matthews

I really liked this book, “Milijun” by Clayton Graham. I thought it was excellently-written with flawless editing (so rare!!) and pulled me in with interesting opening to the satisfying, bittersweet ending… for now (there is a sequel book coming, thank goodness!) It is a pretty long book and not a ‘quick and easy beach read’ – nor would you want it to be. There are too many interesting and important concepts at play here that a lesser author would have glossed over, but Graham takes his time in carefully developing these complex plotlines in such a way that we just do not want to stop reading, even late into the night. I have to comment on Mr. Graham’s writing style—it is, for lack of a better word, simply beautiful. So effortlessly lovely and I found myself completely lost in this story night after night. And the plot wasn’t contrived or predictable, thank goodness, as is often the case in alien sci/fi’s (they all seem to follow the same generic formula, it seems). But not here. The characters were genuine and fully fleshed out, and I appreciated that the author took risks and really thought outside the box here. Was very creative and had almost a philosophical element that made it more intelligent and stand out from the crowd … Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book and I can’t wait to read the next one!

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By Jenna Brewster

“Milijun” is an excellent novel that captured my interest from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go! Clayton Graham is a hugely talented writer who knows how to grab and keep our attention! Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and bizarre event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… unique and powerful…. Had a very ‘literary’ quality, especially for a sci-fi book, which may or may not work for some readers, but I absolutely loved it. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ hearts and heads (especially Laura, who I LOVED) experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future…He has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters with a strong, mysterious plot that keeps you guessing and invested throughout, and this world he has created here is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Happy to see there is a follow up in the works!

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By LaylaM1

okay, wow. “Milijun” by Clayton Graham is hands down one of the most original and well-crafted sci-fi/thriller novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the world-building and exotic locales (Australian outback), and his attention to detail, especially with the characters and the aliens. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ minds but the places they are, and it was a fun, addicting escape from reality. This novel covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum and it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, and I was surprised at the twist. Really enjoyed watching the maternal relationship with Laura and Jason play out, and thought the rest of the supporting cast was terrific as well – especially Janice and Naomi. Enjoyed the landscape of Australia (and Milijun) and felt like I was watching a movie most of the time, the descriptions were so vivid and clear. An epic literary feat, to be certain, well written and with quick paced prose and a believable plot, for being so fantastical. It makes you think, and maybe in ways you don’t want to! Lol. But honestly I was really impressed and would recommend this book with the highest of praise to fans of science fiction/drama/thrillers with philosophical elements. Suitable for mature teens on up.

Charles E. Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere’ is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.

His Entire Legends of Windemere Fantascy Series Is Screenplay Worthy.

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Start Reading The ‘Legends of Windemere’ Today!

Dedication: To everyone who enters Windemere
and leaves their mark upon its soul.

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Path Of The Traitors (Legends Of Windemere Book 14) by Charles E. Yallowitz

Hated and distrusted, Queen Trinity must leave the shadows and reach for redemption.

With their final battle on the horizon, the champions are faced with a long-lost piece of the prophecy. Unable to search for the crests that are rumored to be the key to survival, they must turn to a band of their former enemies for help. Sinister desires and hopes for redemption collide as Queen Trinity of the Chaos Elves leads the hunt and struggles to keep her companions on the path of heroism. Monsters, traps, mysteries, and their own pasts will rise up to stand in the way of these people who have spent their entire lives committing sins. Throughout it all, another old enemy is lurking in the shadows and determined to claim her own delicious prize.

By the end of their journey, those who survive will learn that being a hero is more than simply stepping into the light.

Book Review: For all of you who follow Legends of Windemere, join Baron Kernaghan as he looks out ‘over the Chaos Void’ as the demons hide from his “palpable rage”.

Never wanting to spoil the story, let me whet your appetite with this quote: “Trinity wakes up expecting to see Altia or Quail, but is met by the long tongue of a cow that covers her face in slobber. Not wanting to scare the animal, she slowly sits up and looks around the animal cart for anyone who can answer her questions. Touching her neck, she finds an aching mark that is in the shape of a hand and immediately remembers every detail of her fight with Aeriel. Wanting to make sure everything works correctly, Trinity carefully moves each limb, presses around her torso, and whispers the alphabet. Satisfied that her mind and body are intact, she tries to stand and quickly collapses due to a pin and needle sensation in her legs. Dragging herself to a chair, she pulls herself up and gently massages her numb extremities. Hearing a snort to her right, she turns in time to get licked in the face by a horse. Spitting out a piece of damp hay, the chaos elf remains seated and blankly stares at the wall.

“Kellia Solomon sends her thanks and regards,” Tzefira announces as she steps out of a large stall. Tightening her blue bandana, the mercenary tosses a scroll to Trinity and goes back to brushing a beautiful stallion. “That’s a peace treaty for you to sign if the champions are victorious. It’s the best she can do right now without her father’s permission. Sad to hear about the Duke. Hope he recovers, but we all have to make way for the future at some point. People like us never last forever.”

Is a treaty possible?

I encourage those of you who have never read books one though fourteen of this series to jump in because Windemere will leave a mark on your soul. To us who follow Author Charles Yallowitz, he is working on the next book titled ‘Warlord of the Forgotten Age’ which will bring this original fantasy series to a conclusion.

Note to movie directors and investors who are on the search for the next fantasy to light up the silver screen or create a cult like following for a TV series, look no further than Legend of Windemere.. It will be worth your investment.

I, (Theodocia McLean from Cold Coffee) endorse Path Of The Traitors (Legends of Windemere Book 14) by Charles E. Yallowitz. I purchased this book from Kindle on September 16, 2017. This review was completed on September 18, 2017

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Ritual Of The Lost Lamb (Legends Of Windemere Book 13)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Death is a blessing that the Baron is not ready to bestow upon his precious guest.

In the aftermath of the Baron’s attack, Luke Callindor has disappeared and the only clue is a psychic scream of agony that Dariana cannot ignore. Fearing that a journey to Shayd will start their final battle before they are ready, the champions have devised another way to rescue their friend. With permission from the gods, Nyx has begun the long-sealed Ritual of the Lost Lamb.

It is a complicated and exhausting spell, which is made even more difficult by a new enemy whose only goal is to make all of the Baron’s enemies suffer. It is a race against time where every passing minute brings Luke Callindor one step closer to a fate worse than oblivion.

Book Review: Let me begin where Author Charles E. Yallowitz starts and I quote: “The gods and goddesses of Windemere begin the unexpected council meeting with a flurry of heated arguments. It is no different than their normal gatherings, but they soon realize there is a blossoming strangeness to their surroundings. For some, it is merely that Ram the War God is not on his metallic throne, the stallion-headed primordial nowhere to be found on Ambervale.”

That quote should have stirred your restless Windemere soul as you have no doubt been waiting for book thirteen in this Legends If Windemere series titled ‘Ritual of the Lost Lamb’. I am so careful not to spoil the story for those of you who follow this series, but feel it is my task to bring your mind back to Windemere with the writing that you have come to appreciate and the main character that you know so well. I quote from chapter three.

“Delvin stares out the window at the bizarre landscape that has become a combination of the Chaos Void and an evergreen forest. He can hear the others snoring from wherever they decided to sleep since Nyx and Zephyr have been given the bed. All attempts to get out of the pocket cabin have been met with failure, but the warrior considers it a good sign that there have been no violent outbursts from the magic that has them trapped. The worst they have seen is a spell getting reflected off the door and bursting into a swarm of butterflies. He still sees one of the insects fluttering around the ceiling, the others having left through a crack in the window that is no longer there. Delvin takes a sip of his drink before attempting to use a fraction of his fount powers to probe the trap. As with the previous times, his energy is redirected to another target, which turns out to be Kira. The heiress shifts against the wall as the crimson line along her spine heats up and leaves a temporary burn mark on the wood.

“I do not believe we need to keep watch in here, but I assume it helps when one cannot sleep,” Timoran says as he joins his friend. The barbarian stands with his back to the window, his eyes locked on Nyx. “I am sure she is the key to getting out of here. Again the fire sprite takes everything on her shoulders and leaves little for the rest of us. This worries me because it is becoming more common.

The author’s cover creator creates these amazing the book covers where each one is its own snapshot of a legend theme within Windemere.

Besides reading, I have been noticing the movies scheduled to be released this summer and yawn. So many lack originality as film makers re-make old movies at great expense and try to motivate us to pay money to watch.

I challenge you movie directors and investors to look at this Legend of Windemere series as it is an original adult fantasy series that would garner global interest. I can assure you that it would be worth your time and money. I, (Theodocia McLean) endorse Ritual of the Lost Lamb (Legends of Windemere Book 13) by Charles E. Yallowitz. Each book in the Legends of Windemere series stands alone, so I invite you to read book one through book 13 so you will be ready for when book fourteen titled ‘Path of the Traitors’ comes out. I purchased this book from a Kindle format on May 16, 2017. This review was completed on May 17, 2017

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The Spirit Well (Legends Of Windemere Book 12)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Born from the light and darkness, Dariana can no longer avoid her fate.

The final corrupted temple stands between the champions and Baron Kernaghan having their great battle. Only one problem: the Compass Key refuses to work with Dariana, who long ago wiped all memories of the Spirit Well from her mind. Now, they are forced to follow a trail of clues that Dariana’s former self left behind centuries ago. It is a path that will lead the champions into a part of their friend’s past that could tear them all apart.

Will the bonds of friendship be stronger than the call of blood?

Book Review: Welcome back to the mystical world of Windemere where author Charles E. Yallowitz does an outstanding job transporting his readers from reality back into the story that in conjunction with all his stories will make the Legends Of Windemere famous.

Let’s begin where “Arthuru claims he will conquer Windemere and contain us on Ambervale unless the Law of Influence is revoked.”

The story opens with a barrage of questions and accusations has brought the raven-haired Nyx to the edge of her temper.

Join the champions in a city of criminals as they approach Pazel Laufeia (Mayor of Rodillen). Follow the clues that left centuries before. With Dariana’s memories Gone, Can Friendship Prevail?

Careful not to spoil the story for all you fans, let me quote one passage and like a puzzle piece, I will let you read and find out how and when it fits into the story.

“With a wide yawn, Delvin whistles and waves for his friends to join him near a mushroom- covered tree. He crosses his arms and leans against the old oak, making it clear that he is not moving until he gets to speak his mind. Kira grumbles and kicks at whatever is in front of her as she trudges back to the warrior, the impatient woman spinning her sabers. She is already starting to complain about the delay, but her venomous words are stopped when the brown-haired man tosses her the last of the cupcakes that Sari packed. The treat is skewered on the end of her blade and she quietly eats it, her lips and tongue coming dangerously close to the keen edge. Timoran is more appreciative of the break since the trio has been fruitlessly scouring the forest for the last five hours. The barbarian’s knees pop and his lower back aches as he stretches, which makes him consider that he is getting too old for the tedious part of adventuring. When they are all gathered around the tree, Delvin gestures for them to kneel and sit into an awkward huddle. With the warriors sweating in the unseasonal heat all day, the smell is distracting so they separate and give each other some space.

“Being the least skilled tracker here, I have a few questions,” Delvin says, picking at the leaves on a small branch. He plucks one that is covered in ants, the insects crawling around his hand until they drop to the ground. “Do ghosts make any noise when walking? Do they create tracks in the dirt? Can they break branches or scuff trees when they pass? Do ghosts leave any evidence that they have come through an area?”

“No,” his companions sheepishly answer in unison.

“Then how in all of Windemere are we tracking Luke?”

I invite you read The Spirit Well (Legends of Windemere Book 12) by Charles E. Yallowitz. Each book in the Legends of Windemere series stands alone, so I invite you to read book one through book 12 so you will be ready for when book thirteen titled ‘Ritual of the Lost Lamb’ comes out. Theodocia McLean endorses The Spirit Well (Legends of Windemere Book 12) by Charles E. Yallowitz. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on December 10, 2016.

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Charms Of The Feykin (Legends Of Windemere Book 11)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

To make a champion fall, one must wound their very soul.

Nyx is leading the charge to rescue Delvin and Sari, who have gone missing in the southern jungles of Windemere. Battling through the local predators, the champions are surprised when they reunite in the Feykin city of Rhundar. Instead of captives, the missing heroes have become the city’s rulers and are on the verge of starting a war with those that want to exterminate their new followers. Even with such a noble cause, Delvin and Sari have changed into brutal warlords that may kill each other and their friends long before they step onto the battlefield.

Have Delvin and Sari really changed for the worst or is there a greater threat pulling the champions’ strings?

Book Review:  Welcome to the jungles of Windemere where Delvin and Sari have gone missing.

Escape reality and enter into this mystical world where the author’s story telling will draw you into a fantasy world that you will never want to step out of.

The story opens with Baron Kernaghan surveying his kingdom from his balcony expecting visitors with gifts for his infant noble son.

Join Nyx in the jungle where the champions execute a plan to rescue Delvin and Sari. Without spoiling the story, let me draw you in with this quote.

“With Dariana meditating on a log and the others sleeping in a sealed tent, Luke keeps watch from the branches. The end of summer heat has forced him to shed his shirt and boots, the damp clothes left on the ground with his friends. Unlike the trees of his homeland’s forests, the jungle flora is denser and their levels are much more distinct. At first, the half-elf tried to stay in the highest branches, but he quickly realized that he could not react to any danger below. Now Luke remains hidden among the leaves of the lower canopy, his sound sight and Stiletto’s borrowed sense of smell working hard to decipher every noise. The warrior’s eyes are practically useless in the thick darkness, which puts his nerves on edge. Only a single shaft of red and yellow moonlight is coming through the trees due to a hole in the network of branches that will be closed within a week. Even with the constant threat of an attack, Luke is in awe of the jungle’s natural beauty. The vivid noises and scents of life are intoxicating, every piece of the tapestry making him want to wander blindly into the wilderness. His excitement sours when he senses a fist-sized spider that has snared a bat only a few feet above his head.

“So much for spending more time here,” Luke whispers, his dry throat quenched by a sip of water. Movement in the lower branches causes him to freeze, but he relaxes when a familiar voice curses under her breath. “Do I have to ask why you’re climbing a tree in the dark, big sister? You’re going to hurt yourself.”

“I can see in the dark,” Nyx declares as she inches around the vine-covered trunk. The channeler’s eyes have become yellow and cat-like, which matches the retractable claws that help her cling to the tree. “Transformation isn’t something I do a lot, but small things are easy. I decided to imitate a calico, which wasn’t a great idea. I went too far and gave myself a tail that keeps tickling my leg. Makes me think those fuzzy caterpillars we keep seeing are crawling up my skirt, but I’m too tired to fix it. Anyway, I couldn’t sleep and you’re the only one awake. Do you want to talk or sit quietly?”

Important questions to answer:

Will they find Delvin and Sari?

What surprises will they encounter?

What threats do the Champions face?

I invite you read ‘Charms of the Feykin’. Each book in the Legends of Windemere series stands alone, so I invite you to read book one through book 11 so you will be ready for book twelve where the final temple will be challenged in ‘The Spirit Well’. This 5 star book series is worthy of the silver screen.

Theodocia McLean endorses Charms of the Feykin (Legends of Windemere Book 11) by Charles E. Yallowitz. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on September 16, 2016.

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Legends Of Windemere: Book Nine And Ten

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The Mercenary Prince (Legends Of Windemere Book 9)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Delvin Cunningham has left the champions.

Lost to his tribe in the Yagervan Plains, fear and shame have kept the former Mercenary Prince away from his homeland. With his confidence crumbling, he has decided to return and bring closure to his past. Reuniting with his old friends, Delvin’s timing could not be worse as a deadly campaign is brewing within Yagervan’s borders. Dawn Fangs are on the march and these powerful vampires are determined to turn the entire region into a graveyard.

To protect his family, friends, and two homelands, Delvin will have to push his doubt away and become the cunning Mercenary Prince once again.

Book Review: Follow-up The Merchant of Nevra Coil with The Mercenary Prince as it rings in 2016 for Author Charles E. Yallowitz’s loyal fans yearning for another episode in the Legends of Windemere. True to form the reader will be drawn even deeper into this mystical world of Windemere where each character casts you under a unique spell.

Delvin, given the title Mercenary Prince struggles within his mind as he sets out on a rigorous journey that will bring him back home, reunite him with old friends and bring reconciliation from his past. The warrior within comes to life as he runs through Visindor Forest. He instinctively focuses on the sound of his boots hitting the ground and the rhythm puts his mind into a trance allowing him to ignore his aching body.

I quote the section below to whet your appetite without spoiling the story.

“The banyan tree sits among the maples and oaks, its horizontal branches with aerial prop roots giving it a unique appearance among the other plants. Delvin groans as he touches the smooth trunk with his forehead and he gladly lets the metal orbs fall to the ground. Songbirds flit through the treetops and fill his ears with a soothing song, which nearly causes the warrior to fall asleep. Tearing strips off his shirt, he binds his bleeding hands and massages his arms to prevent them from getting stiff. He spends the next hour lifting the orbs like weights, stretching his legs, and using a low branch to do pull-ups. A skunk wanders over while Delvin is hanging from the tree, forcing him to remain in the air until the animal waddles out of spraying range. Dropping to the ground, his knees buckle and the forest seems to spin haphazardly around him. Expecting to find a waterskin, he reaches for his side, but the warrior realizes he left it behind in his rush to clear his mind.

‘Guess it’s to the pond with me,’ he mutters as he gathers the orbs.

Delvin grabs a fig off the banyan tree as he jogs to the west where he knows a decent-sized pond can be found. As he moves through the forest, his mind wanders to thoughts of his friends who he hopes are still recovering in Nevra Coil. He is struck by a pang of guilt for not letting them know that he arrived at Hamilton Military Academy. The warrior can only imagine how angry at least one of them might be considering it has been over a week since he left the other champions. His thoughts continue down a path of worry, so he is caught by surprise when he comes to the pond and finds a slender figure with short, black hair at the shore. Delvin sees pointy ears and what he thinks is a red shirt, which causes him to skid to a stop and nearly crash into the woman. His battle-honed reflexes are the only thing that allows him to spin to the side and avoid a humiliating collision.”

Whether this is your first or the ninth book in this epic 5 Star Legends of Windemere fantasy series; you will become one with this mystical world and you will follow the path where The Hobbit and Dungeons and Dragons once took you. Join with me and the band of followers that hunger for Legends of Windemere.

Theodocia McLean endorses The Mercenary Prince (Legends of Windemere Book 9) by Charles E. Yallowitz as the author’s imagination brings legends to life. Purchase and read all nine books in this series from Amazon. I purchased and reviewed this book in a Kindle. This review was completed on January 11, 2016.

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Tribe Of The Snow Tiger (Legends Of Windemere Book 10)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Timoran Wrath has a shameful secret that is about to see the light of day.

The noble barbarian has always been a constant source of strength and wisdom for his beloved friends. His loyalty has been unwavering and they know that he would never hesitate to lay down his life for them. Even in their darkest hour, the champions know that Timoran will come through and fight to the bitter end. Now they must return the favor as he reunites with his tribe and willingly faces the executioner’s blade.

Is it possible that the honorable Timoran was nothing more than an illusion?

Book Review:  For all you loyal fans of the Legends of Windemere series, book ten titled Tribe of the Snow Tiger has just been released.

You will find yourself once again drawn into the imagination of the author who brings legends to life. I hope the following quotes will pull you back into the mystical world of Windemere.

The prologue finds: “Baron Arthuru Kernaghan rises from his throne and takes Trinity by the hand, she stares out at Shayd’s stony landscape, an emerald lightning storm in the distance mesmerizing her for several seconds. Groups of her people toiling in the dirt can be seen in every direction and the nearest ones risk a glance at their beloved queen.”

The story continues, “Delvin yawns and rubs at his eyes, his fingers lingering on the dark circles that have appeared after several days of exhausting travel. Glancing out the tavern window, he watches waves of heat rise off the river that cuts through the coastal city. “It looks like Queen Ionia called in a favor to get us a ship,” Delvin says as he picks up his shield. Seeing a scrap of pie left, he spears it with his fork and eats it before the groggy drite can stop him.”

Now home he can put worries to rest for a while: “Sitting cross-legged at the cliff’s edge, Timoran enjoys the peaceful evening that has enveloped his homeland. The snow has melted to reveal crisp grass and rocky patches of earth, which lead to the lower mountains. Being on the southernmost cliff of the curved range, the mellow warrior can see the vast expanse of wilderness to every side, except behind him where the encampment sits among the stones. The grunt of a bear rumbles over the mountains, the large predator a faint shadow among a collection of boulders atop a distant rise. A herd of caribou are grazing to the west, the cautious beasts close enough for him to make out their antlers in the crimson moonlight. Huddled on a lower cliff is a snow leopard and her cubs, the family feasting on a recent kill that threatens to topple over the edge. The other goats have already galloped along the sheer cliffs to seek refuge within the craggy walls, only the occasional bang of butting heads revealing their presence. After watching the calming display of brutal nature for several hours, Timoran finds himself happy to be home and his worries remain shoved to the back of his mind.”

What secrets are Timoran Wrath pushing to the back of his mind? How will this affect the champions?

Adventure consumes them: “Lightning strikes the earth and thunder rumbles, causing the travelers to sprint along the flooded path. Risking the use of her powers, Sari runs along the top of the water while Delvin sloshes behind and waves for her to slow down. They take the crumbling stairs in twos as another bolt hits the top of the ruin, the electricity absorbed by metal veins that run along the stone structure. Desperate to get out of the storm, the trio burst into the building and are met by a wave of sweltering heat. They find themselves in a chamber where the gentle echoes of the rain hitting the roof bounce from corner to corner. A small dais is in the back with a large sconce built into the wall, a piece of moldy wood still set in the metal holder. Two wide stairwells are built into the floor, their shadowy entrances flanking the doorway. Bones and other signs of animals living in the ruin can be found in the unfurnished room, but the champions can only see a few snakes and a small tortoise. If there is a predator calling this building home then it is either downstairs or out on a hunt. Either way, the travelers are too tired to go searching for a new refuge.”

I invite you to read Tribe of the Snow Tiger and see for yourself how they fit into Windemere?

If you are just beginning your journey into the Legends of Windemere and you love fantasy, author Charles E. Yallowitz’s imagination and great story telling will keep you engaged. I encourage you to purchase and read all ten books in this 5 Star Series.

Theodocia McLean endorses Tribe of the Snow Tiger (Legends of Windemere Book 10) by Charles E. Yallowitz. I purchased and received this book in a Kindle format. This review was completed on June 1, 2016.

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Legends Of Windemere: Book Seven And Eight

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Sleeper Of The Wildwood Fugue (Legends Of Windemere Book 7)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

The final champion stirs and reaches out to any who can hear her voice. Yet all who heed her call will disappear into the misty fugue.

Awakening their new ally is only the beginning as Luke, Nyx, and their friends head south to the desert city of Bor’daruk. Hunting for another temple once used to seal Baron Kernaghan, they are unaware that the game of destiny has changed. Out for blood and pain, Stephen is determined to make Luke wish he’d never set out to become a hero.

By the time the sun sets on Bor’daruk, minds will be shattered and the champions’ lives will be changed forever.

Book Review: Experience for the first time or continue reading as the ‘Legends Of Windemere’ captures your imagination as ‘Sleeper Of The Wildwood Fugue’ continues this epic fantasy with book 7 by Charles E. Yallowitz.

If you were mesmerized by the game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ or enjoyed reading ‘The Hobbit’ series you will not want to miss the mystical inhabitants of Windemere! Author Charles E. Yallowitz weaves an intriguing tale in a world where good and evil collide and is quite often underestimated.

Well defined characters who add depth, personality and the ability to draw the reader into the fantasy world of Windemere will hold your attention as the drama unfolds in this mystical place. The creative thought process of the author brings Windemere to life with fast paced descriptive intrigue. I quote two sections below to show the author’s writing style without spoiling the story.

“Several silent minutes after Gabriel disappears, Zaria lets out a musical sigh and merges with the mist. She weaves among the trees and cursed mortals, none of them noticing her presence. The goddess is near the edge of a clearing when a purple barrier appears and deflects her rapid approach. She returns to her solid form and gets as close to the powerful shield as she can. Sparks of magic burst from the glistening dome, leaving burn marks on her dress that she ignores. All of Zaria’s attention is on the canopy bed in the middle of the clearing where a cloaked form is sleeping.”

“Only a matter of days now, Dariana,” the goddess whispers, wiping a pristine tear from her cheek. “Only a matter of days.”

I invite you to start reading the Legends Of Windemere’ series today!

Theodocia McLean endorses ‘Sleeper Of The Wildwood Fugue’ (Legends Of Windemere Book 7) by Charles E. Yallowitz as an epic fantasy where the author’s imagination brings legends to life. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This reviews was completed on April 12, 2015.

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The Merchant Of Nevra Coil (Legends Of Windemere Book 8)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

When the mischievous and random Goddess of Chaos gets angry, all of Windemere becomes her plaything.

It all starts with a collection of toys that have taken the populace by storm. People of all races flood the marketplaces to gather figurines of the champions whose adventures are starting to spread across the land. Stemming from the flying city of Nevra Coil, these toys bring with them a terrible curse: Fame. Every town becomes a mob of fans that hound their new idols and the delay is bringing the world closer to the hands of Baron Kernaghan. Perhaps worst of all, the creator of these toys forgot to include a certain exiled deity who is now out to earn herself a figurine.

Who would have thought a bunch of toys could cause so much trouble and lead to the breaking of a champion’s confidence?

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Legends Of Windemere: Book Five And Six

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The Compass Key (Legends Of Windemere Book 5)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

The city of Gaia will be rocked by battles now that the Compass Key has awoken beneath her cobblestone streets.

From the Caster Swamp to the Island of Pallice, the race for the long lost relic has begun and only one side can claim victory. The Compass Key will open the path of destiny for Luke and his friends, but it may also awaken an ancient monster. With Queen Trinity and the chaos elves invading Gaia, every misstep will be costly and each battle will bring the weakened champions closer to exhaustion.

Each hero will need to draw from the depths of their soul to survive, but will it be enough when they face an enemy more sadistic than anything they have ever fought?

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Curse Of The Dark Wind (Legends Of Windemere Book 6)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

With every putrid belch, Gale Hollow spews more of the toxic Dark Wind into the winter-chilled breeze.

To control Nyx, Stephen has unleashed a sentient curse on Luke, her ‘little brother’. As the infected warrior battles against the Dark Wind coursing through his veins, his friends will do whatever it takes to keep him alive. Time is steadily running out and sacrifices will have to be made to prevent Stephen from removing two heroes of Windemere.

Luke’s courage and defiance have always seen him through his adventures, but where will he find strength when his own body fails him?

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Legends Of Windemere: Book Three And Four

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Allure Of The Gypsies (Legends Of Windemere Book 3)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Reeling from broken trust and a battered spirit, Luke leads his surviving friends to the town of Haven where his past will catch up with him.

While Luke faces his family and the woman he abandoned at the altar, his enemies have recruited a deadly ally. Kalam the vampire marches on Haven with an army of undead that will leave a hero at death’s door. To revive the fallen warrior, Luke and Nyx must plunge into the mountain lair of Kalam and steal his spellbook. Exhausted and lost within enemy territory, the pair are going to need the help of a gypsy girl named Sari who may be more trouble than her new friends expected.

Against a strong and experienced adversary, what will Luke and Nyx need to claim victory on the charred battlefield?

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Family Of The Tri-Rune (Legends Of Windemere Book 4)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

In Windemere, not every mistake disappears into the past. Some return with sharp teeth and ravenous appetites.

With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx returns to the city of Hero’s Gate to face her nightmares. Cursed by her accidental unleashing of the Genocide spell, the land has been invaded by threats that have plunged the people into misery. The deadliest of all are the Krypters, a new breed of undead born from Nyx’s corrupted magic. These terrifying creatures want to devour the flesh and spirit of their ‘mother’ and the only thing they fear is a solitary warrior named Timoran Wrath.

On a quest for redemption, how much will Nyx have to sacrifice to earn the peace she desperately desires?

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Legends Of Windemere: Book One And Two

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Beginning Of A Hero (Legends Of Windemere Book 1)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Every hero must take the first courageous step into adventure. For Luke Callindor, it’s more of a blind stumble.

Depending more on bravery than common sense, Luke sets out to protect a royal heir who is attending the prestigious Hamilton Military Academy. With a demonic assassin in the shadows, the determined warrior will have to think on his feet to defend his charge. If only he waited long enough to find out which student is the hidden noble.

With Luke’s dream on the horizon and a deadly enemy on his path, how will he transform from a reckless adventurer to a true hero of Windemere?

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Prodigy Of Rainbow Tower (Legends Of Windemere Book 2)
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Luke Callindor and his friends are about to learn that the life of an adventurer can be brutally unforgiving.

Hungering for another adventure, Luke agrees to escort the heir of Serab along the L’dandrin River and into the safety of Gods’ Voice. A deadly gauntlet of cunning traps and savage creatures lay before the young warrior and his companions. Lacking the powerful magic needed to combat his enemies, Luke’s survival and victory may be in the hands of his newest ally. That’s if the temperamental Nyx doesn’t set him on fire first.

Luke will bravely face everything that is thrown at him, but how can he defend himself when he’s ignorant of the truth behind his mission?

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Stand Alone Novels by Charles E. Yallowitz

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Bestiary Of Blatherhorn Vale
by Charles E. Yallowitz

Found in a battered notebook, these poems are the remnants of an expedition to the legendary Blatherhorn Vale. Cut off from human contact, the creatures of this mysterious land are nothing more than rumors. At this time, we cannot determine if these are true reports of unknown creatures or if they are the ramblings of a madman. You be the judge.

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Catalysts by Charles E. Yallowitz

When trapped in an elevator together, Jeffrey and Darla learn that misery doesn’t always love company. With the screams of death and chaos echoing from outside, they find themselves slowly slipping into a world of fear and darkness they may never recover from. All the while, something is terrorizing the convention outside and turning the guests and celebrities into psychotic monsters.

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The Hopeteller by Charles E. Yallowitz

Humanity has been driven into the wilderness by the ‘Invaders’. They have been forced to live as colonies in the wilderness where survival is a daily struggle. Hope becomes harder and harder to hold onto as the years pass.

Then one day, a young man tells a story to an injured friend and the Hopeteller is born. Unsure of the power of his words, he finds himself moving the colony with his fairy tales. He will see his people through death and fear as they continue to fight for survival.

Enjoy this novella that is part post-apocalyptic journal and part fairy tales.

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Crossing Bedlam by Charles E. Yallowitz

The United States of America has been crippled. Violently contained by a global military force and left without its leaders, the country has become shattered and chaotic. A decade has passed since the first strike and a new landscape has emerged where survival is more important than anything else. Who will uncover the truth behind the attack and revive this once great nation?

It certainly won’t be Cassidy and Lloyd since they couldn’t care less about that stuff. She is a young woman on a mission to honor her mother’s dying wish, which is to toss her ashes off the Golden Gate Bridge. He is an infamous serial killer she broke out of Rikers Island since hiring a bodyguard wasn’t working out. Not the perfect plan, but having an insane, oddly charming murder-junkie on your side is a plus in the Shattered States.

Bullets and swear words are going to fly as Cassidy and Lloyd travel coast to coast, facing one challenge after another . . . including Nebraska.

Genre: Rate R, Action & Adventure, Apocalyptic Action, Comedy Adventure

Book Review: Author Charles E. Yallowitz moves away from his usual epic fantasy novels to write this Apocalyptic Action Comedy Adventure. The Cover Design & Illustration is the creation of Jon Hunsinger.

Sixteen chapters of adventure where the characters are raw, rough and tough in a world where the United States is now under the control of a global military force where the borders are defined by a new meaning and the States are on their own.

Main character Cassidy is a young woman on a personal mission “tempted to draw her gun and make a stand, but she knows the prison guards are only doing their job.” She is among the escapees from Rikers’ Island. Even though they are all “Sadistic murderers and traitorous thieves though they may be, she broke them out for a reason.” “There is an air of tension and aggression that is growing stronger by the hour even though nobody has spoken since escaping Rikers Island.”

I quote Cassidy here, “Then you’re not going to like being out in the real world,” the young woman replies, her fingers tracing random designs on her mug’s condensation. Seeing the question on the tip of the man’s tongue, she runs her hands through her hair and taps at her forehead scar. “Money is useless in most of the Shattered States. That’s what the country is called now because every place has its own laws and systems. One of the few things that carries over the borders is bartering. For example, this meal is being paid for by a full set of silverware and two packages of pre-sliced pepperoni. It’s why we’re eating a full pie and can get another for the road. You’ll either figure things out or become a violent scavenger to survive. Everyone picks one way or the other at some point.”

Follow Cassidy and the others in this new world where law, order and survival take on a new meaning. “Standing at the street corner, Cassidy stares at the lakeshore building that is on the other side of a concrete clearing. A garden is in the center of the circular area, half of it an attempt at nurturing vegetables and the other an array of flowers. The distant structure is like nothing she has ever seen before with the more visible part a glass pyramid and a square tower on its backside. Blocky additions are on the right hand side of the building, which has been covered in vivid pictures that make Cassidy think the residents keep changing their minds about the decorations. Coming off the left and sitting on Lake Erie is a circular structure that is adorned with a patchwork of old concert posters. With the warm and calm weather, there are people fishing along the shore and in small boats, which are meticulously tethered to pylons to avoid floating away. Far in the distance, the outlines of military vessels can be seen waiting to stop anyone from trying to escape into Canada. Not wanting to dwell on darker times and how the rest of the world is going on without her, Cassidy turns her gaze back to their destination.”

If you like reading action adventure and epic fantasy tales, please read Crossing Bedlim and all the novels in Charles E. Yallowitz’s Legends Of Windemere series.

Theodocia McLean endorses Crossing Bedlam by Charles E. Yallowitz as a new Apocalyptic Action Comedy Adventure where violence and language create an adult reading experience. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on February 16, 2016.

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The Life & Times Of Ichabod Brooks by Charles E. Yallowitz

Enter the world of Windemere with 11 action adventure short stories featuring a man who is out to make an honest living.

Some heroes seek fame. Some seek fortune. Others simply want to save the world. Ichabod Brooks only wants to put food on the table for his family.

Known and respected as the man who can get any job done, Ichabod has seen his share of adventure. Most of which have been highly exaggerated by bards. Still, the man has his famous reputation for a reason. Whether it be climbing a temperamental mountain for eggs or escorting orphans to their new homes, Ichabod takes every job seriously and makes sure he is as prepared as he can be. Not that it helps since things always take a turn for the worse.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anthologies & Short Stories, Sword & Sorcery

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Ronald E. Yates

Ronald E. Yates is a former award-winning foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media.

He is the author of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy the first in a series of novels.  The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles, published in May 2016, is the second book in the series. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a global Economy.

Yates lived and worked as a foreign correspondent in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America where he covered several major stories including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975, the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing, and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador an Guatemala.

His work as a foreign correspondent resulted in three Pulitzer Prize nominations and several other awards, including the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; The Inter-American Press Association Award for coverage of South America; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting.

Yates is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He lives in Murrieta, California.

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Ronald Yates Billy Battles Trilogy Is Screenplay Worthy.

The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Trilogy Book Two) by Ronald E. Yates

Billy Battles is definitely not in Kansas anymore. 

As Book 2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy opens, Billy is far from his Kansas roots and his improbable journeys are just starting.

The year is 1894 and Billy is aboard the S S China sailing to the inscrutable Far East. Trouble is not far behind. He has met a mysterious and possibly dangerous German Baroness. He has locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea.

Later, he is embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina–which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. Then, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the brutal anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are only beginning.

As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries, and an assortment of vindictive and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present? The answers are just ahead.

One Special Book Review: You can’t help but be intrigued and fascinated by the intrepid, larger-than-life protagonist in Ronald Yates’ entertaining and thoughtful second book of his Finding Billy Battles trilogy. This time, you see how Billy’s tumultuous life begins to impact him in middle age as he seeks his next adventures to distract him from past grief and guilt. Yates has an effective way of revealing interesting details of exotic places during historic periods–this time primarily in the Orient of the late 19th and early 20th centuries–while weaving in a fascinating tale of a man in perpetual motion. One can’t help but find interesting parallels at Yates’ deft hand between Billy’s unrest and that of French Indochina and the Philippines during a time of conflict and pushback over European colonization. Ray Elliott, Author of, With the Silent Knowledge, Iwo Blasted Again, and Wild Hands Toward the Sky

Awards:
Three Pulitzer Prize nominations by the Chicago Tribune
The Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists
The Inter-American Press Association Tom Wallace Award for coverage of South America
Three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles is the sequel to Finding Billy Battles. I jumped right into this book without reading the first in this trilogy and found it to be a compelling story based on fact and expanded by narrative fiction.

Ted Sayles who is the great-grandson of Billy Battles inherits Billy’s journals and while writing this trilogy he stays very true to the language of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. While this book opens in 1894 with William (Billy) Battles heading for the Orient aboard the SS China it covers his time in the Far East, Latin America, and Europe.

It is aboard the SS China that Billy meets German Baroness Katharina von Schreiber. She is gorgeous and regal, far out of reach of a Kansas scribbler (journalist). Since you have probably read the book’s description I wrestle with what to share with you from this amazing story and journey that Billy Battles is about to embark on. So I have decided to quote this passage to whet your appetite. I quote:

“Katharina’s cabin was a bit larger than mine was, and like mine, its walls were covered with dark mahogany panels. In addition to the two overstuffed chairs and writing table, she also had a small dining table. That is where we settled, she on one side and me on the other.

“I’m sorry, I have nothing to offer you to drink.” Then she paused, stood up, and walked to her wardrobe where she produced a tear-shaped bottle of Glenglassaugh single malt Scotch whiskey and two heavy cut crystal glasses. “Except for this.”

She returned and placed the glasses on the table in front of us. “May I?” she asked, and then uncorking the bottle, she poured two fingers in each glass. “This was my late husband’s favorite.”

I shuddered imperceptibly at that remark but pulled the glass toward me anyway. Images of Katharina pushing Baron von Schreiber over a cliff or poisoning him with arsenic-laced Wiener schnitzel flooded my mind.

I forced those macabre thoughts out of my mind by focusing on the rich amber hue of the whiskey as I uneasily swirled the glass around and around in front of me.

What was I doing? I found myself thinking. Why was I in Katharina Schreiber’s cabin about to drink expensive single malt Scotch whiskey with a woman who had just admitted she had killed, but not murdered, her husband?”

Murder, mystery, intrigue, people, places and events that were intended to divert Billy’s attention from his past soon gets him embroiled in Katharina’s past, with the German government, not to mention Chinese and Malay pirates. Later on he finds himself perhaps the first American to be involved in the Anti-French insurgency in Indochina which will later be called Vietnam and involve America. War will not end there as he is forced into the Spanish-American War while in the Philippines.

Just as life takes many unexpected turns for Billy Battles so will your desire to keep turning the pages of this book to find out what is it about Billy Battles that causes him to try to escape his past, endure his new reality and find measured peace as he heads into the twilight of his life.

I invite you to read The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles as it is a journey worth your time. Be sure to read Finding Billy Battles (book one in this trilogy) while waiting for the author to write the final book in this amazing trilogy.

Author Ronald E. Yates life experience as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America gives him the authority with which he writes. It is important to point out he won “three Pulitzer Prize nominations and several other awards, including the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; The Inter-American Press Association Award for coverage of South America; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting. He is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He lives in Murrieta, California.”

I, Theodocia Mclean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Trilogy Book Two) by Ronald E. Yates. Ronald E. Yates is the author of the Finding Billy Battles (book one in this trilogy) and The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey Through Japan as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a global Economy. I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 17, 2016.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction, French, German, Action & Adventure, War & Military

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Finding Billy Battles (Trilogy Book One) by Ronald E. Yates

When a great-grandson inherits two aging trunks and a stack of meticulously detailed journals penned by his great-grandfather, he sets out to fulfill his great-grandfather’s last request: to tell the story of an incredible life replete with adventure, violence, and tragedy. The great-grandfather’s name is Billy Battles–a man often trapped and overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control.

For much of his 100-year-long life Billy is a man missing and largely unknown to his descendants. His great-grandson is about to change that. As he works his way through the aging journals and the other possessions he finds in the battered trunks he uncovers the truth about his mysterious great-grandfather–a man whose deeds and misdeeds propelled him on an extraordinary and perilous journey from the untamed American West to the inscrutable Far East, Latin America and Europe.

As he flips through the pages of the handwritten journals he learns of Billy’s surprising connections to the Spanish-American War, French Indochina, and revolutions in Mexico and other Latin American countries. But most of all he learns that in finding Billy Battles he has also found a long lost and astonishing link to the past.

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Most of my relatives are normal, boring people. They have interesting anecdotes and some cool experiences, but overall there is nothing that will make me sit back and listen to them for hours on end. Billy Battles is nothing like these people.

Apparently taken partially from a real life person, this tale is told through the great grandson of Billy Battles reading through the personal journals of his life as a young man, exploring the world and discovering himself.

Having studied history, the research involved in this book is striking and very thorough. The language, the details, the people and cultures, are very true to life, and I have to take my hat off to Ronald Yates. Yet the book doesn’t just rest on being factual. Through the journals, I got a very close look at Billy, and the people he met, which humanized several actual historical characters, without taking any undue liberties to make them fit a certain mold.

I read this book in a day and half the night, and I don’t regret the lost sleep.

Reviewed by Dan Clarke

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction, French, German, Action & Adventure, War & Military

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M. C. V. Egan

M. C. V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.

From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died. She spent her childhood in Mexico.

When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.

In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years.

In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish business people.

She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish. Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother.

Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject. She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift. Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths at http://www.thebridgeofdeaths.com.

M. C. V. Egan’s book Dealth Of A Sculptor In Hue, Shape and Color is Screenplay Worthy.

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Death Of A Sculptor In Hue, Shape and Color
by M. C. V. Egan

Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.

In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.

Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.

Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.

Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.

Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.

Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.

Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.

Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.

Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.

Book Review: Although the author has placed this book in the literary, contemporary fiction genre, I would go a step further and also list ‘Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color’ by M. C. V. Egan in the psychological crime fiction genre.

This book opens in a most unusual place. We the readers are participates in the funeral of renowned sculptor Bruce Jones. This beginning should have a psychological effect on any thinking reader as this is no ordinary funeral with the normal mourners. In fact the church pew normally reserved for the wife and children of the diseased is filled with Bruce Jones’ five legal wives.

Author M. C. V. Egan casts her characters well and introduces each wife to the reader in the same hue, shape and color that had attracted sculptor Bruce Jones to them. To spice things up a bit, Bruce Jones didn’t die of natural causes and it is Bruce’s daughter-in-law Sylvia who is the keeper of secrets.

All families have secrets, but few have the psychological dynamics of the six women who Bruce brought into the family and the eight children that were conceived by his artistic reflections. Not only is Scott (the private investor), Detective Jim Miller, family friends, in-laws drawn into the drama surrounding Bruce Jones death, but an international community that respects this man as a sculptor and art teacher. His legacy and fortune will touch more than a generation.

Once I read this novelette, my mind created scenarios to answer the many unanswered questions left behind. I invite you read ‘Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color’ by M.C.V. Egan. I wish there was a way for me to know, if you the reader come away with the same questions. I can only hope that this book is an introduction to a series where the characters that now live in my head will find their way back to a page where more psychological pieces will craft the completed puzzle with conclusions that will define this Sculptor as the real focus of his art. My mind created a scenario where the story would make a good ‘twilight zone’ episode (if expanded).

Once you have read ‘Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color’ by M.C.V. Egan, I invite you to read ‘Defined by Others’ and ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ as I have enjoyed these books too.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color by M.C.V. Egan. I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 11, 2017.

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Defined by Others by M. C. V. Egan - 2017 Group

Defined By Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1)
by M. C. V. Egan

A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past.

An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of their mutual acquaintances. In an attempt to run from her reality Anne gets engrossed in a game of “fun” and “flirtation” with her friend and fellow sufferer Connie at her side. Anne however did not read all the files and what to her is fun games turns into a deadly reality. It is no longer a game.

Life, death and not even a defining word can stop the reality of manipulation.

Book Review: Like so many in our mobile society, Anne had left her upper middle class town to live, work, travel, get married and have children away from her small town roots, family and friends. At age forty-seven Anne finds herself back in her hometown, where very little has changed. As bad as the small town rumor mill is, time has added a cyber aspect where it seems everyone ‘knows’ and this increases Anne’s pain, guilt, frustration, devastation and anger that her husband has left her for a ‘man’.

Anne prided herself in knowing just the right word for every situation. What word will come to mind after her high school friend Amanda dies? Amanda’s casket had just been lowered into the ground when Anne finds herself alone in an Attorney’s Office starring at Amanda’s final message on video. Almost in a trance, Anne leaves the office with the inheritance held tightly in her hands as questions swirl around in her head.

Connie whose marriage had also taken a bad turn, is a welcome old friend that makes herself at home in Anne’s childhood home. Connie and Anne reminisce, eat, drink, explore Anne’s mother’s secret room and slowly go through and digest the inheritance that Amanda has left.

Together Annie and Connie tap into what they call “our inner bitch” to deal with the cards that life had dealt them. Intrigued by a “game” that Amanda started and manipulated by the detailed instructions left by Amanda; this game engages them in “harmless” cyber fun that allows Annie and Connie to toy with the emotions and even love interests of mutual acquaintances.

If you could secretly know everything about your friends and neighbors, would you want to know?

If you could secretly manipulate those who had hurt you in the past, would you?

How far would you go?

Would you heed the message on the cover of this book? “If you share a secret it will no longer be a secret.^^^Keep your secrets safe.^^^Do not share your secrets.^^^.It will destroy you.^^^Secrets give power.”

I always quote a couple passages from the books that reads, so here goes.

P56 “power is great because it makes you the dominatrix. The psychological manipulator, which is the perfect description for what Amanda was.”

P150 “As we sat there judging and discussing our generation we were ridiculously oblivious to our own behavior. Apparently women often do not realize they are addicted until they are in a heap of trouble, and we were no exception.”

P151 “We were addicted to a variety of deceptions: love deception and sexual deception.”

You must read this book to see exactly what was included in the inheritance that Amanda gave Anne, what was involved in perusing Amanda’s game and what if any consequences, real or imagined in life and in cyberspace.

Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M.C.V. Egan is a well written Women’s Contemporary Fiction with realistic dialog between the characters and a twist of generational similarities and differences.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M.C.V. Egan which is Women’s Contemporary Fiction with realistic dialog and a twist of generational similarities and differences.

I hear rumors that ‘Climbing Up The Family Tree: Defined by Pedigree’ is next in the series. Meanwhile make sure you read The Bridge Of Deaths: A Love Story and A Mystery by M.C.V. Egan. I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle format. This review was completed on January 27, 2016.

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The Bridge Of Deaths: A Love Story and A Mystery
by M. C. V. Egan

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”

Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Book Review: M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ is unique because the author is driven by childhood memories, family stories and perhaps the spirit of her grandfather who died when an English aircraft (carrying 5) crashed on August 15, 1939. Her exhaustive research, passion for details and networking abilities brings this fiction (based on real events) to life from archives buried during the chaos of World War ll.

Characters like Bill, Maggie and Catalina draw us into their world with conversations and settings that bring the reader to the table, quenches the thirst for love at first sight romance and delves into a quest for knowledge that reaches into the paranormal realm that few of us would dare venture into.

If you like historical fiction (eliminating dry facts) the time frame and mystery behind this historical plane crash and family tragedy will keep you turning the page. The use of skype conversations was creative and the historical documentation such as the use of actual Western Union Telegrams validates the truth behind the fiction.

I personally would have loved to read more about the author’s family and especially her grandfather’s life and see more photos. Understandably this book is mystery based on a tragic historical event and is not a biography. After reading this well thought out, painstakingly researched fictional accounting of a historical event that few of us even know about, I only have one question. Where will M.C.V. Egan take us in a sequel and what nugget of information might be unearthed by the publication of this book?

The blending of facts with mysticism to arrive at the truth is a payoff even for a reader who holds a skeptical view of the paranormal, use of hypnosis and past-life regression.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ for the author’s nearly two decades of research, thirst for the truth and family bonds. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed in September 2014.

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A. Colin Wright

A. Colin Wright was born and raised in the county of Essex, England. After serving as a linguist in the British Royal Air Force, Wright attended Cambridge University where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 1964, he was appointed a professor of Russian at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He remained at Queen’s until his retirement in 1999 and still resides there today. Dr. Wright is married and has two grown sons.

In his fiction he is interested primarily in works dealing with the purpose and meaning of life. Thus he has a horror of post-modernism and simple, sentimental descriptions of everyday life, and has little interest in works dealing with specific problems. Religion in its broadest sense (but not that of specific churches or creeds) is obviously important to him. He tries above all to create a good story, with realistic characters who question established norms of behaviour, with particular reference to the sexual.

He acts and directs in the local theatre. With a love of languages (he speaks English, French, German, Russian and Italian, with a smattering of Spanish and Scots Gaelic), he is adamant about correct grammar in his writing. This unfortunately also makes him highly critical of others!

He also loves travel and has led various groups for Craig Travel in Toronto to Russia, Ukraine, China, South Africa, Southern India, Alaska and the islands of the North Atlantic.

Theatrical Credits:
Directing: (Domino Theatre, Kingston)
Ladies in Retirement (assistant director)
Shadowlands
The Importance of Being Ernest
The Night of the Iguana
The Freedom of the City
The Heiress

Acting:
The Troll King, Monsieur Ballon and two other roles, Peer Gynt
Malvolia, Twelfth Night
First Voice, Under Milk Wood
Rosenberg, Amadeus(Theatre 5 and Grand Theatre, Kingston)
Father Jack, Dancing at Lughnasa (Domino Theatre, Kingston)
Claude Amory, Black Coffee (Domino Theatre, Kingston)

Improbable Celebrations by A. Colin Wright Is A Screenplay In Printed Book.

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Three one-act comedies

George’s Funeral: Everything goes wrong at a funeral, including the appearance of the corpse’s ghost.

Jennifer’s Wedding: Things go awry at a wedding rehearsal with the result that two different couples (one of the same sex) are eventually married.

Nora’s Anniversary: Nora and Laurence are about to go to an anniversary party with their son, his partner, and Laurence’s former secretary, when Nora’s previous husband, Alan, long believed dead, turns up.

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse all of Mr. Wright’s work.

Genre: Preforming Arts, Screenplay, Comedy

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John J. Zelenski

John J. Zelenski is an award-winning author who has appeared on television, radio, and has been featured in numerous print articles as well as receiving high-profile reviews from the popular community.

Having been inspired, in part, to write his first novel Walker’s Vale, by his own paranormal experiences as a child, John has developed a keen understanding of the supernatural.

His second novel and prequel to Walker’s Vale – The Journal of Ezekiel Walker – continues with the saga of Walker’s Vale, with a future third installment presently in the works.

Walker’s Vale, the film will be released through Allegentsia Productions with filming scheduled to begin sometime in 2015.

John, along with his wife and two children, love to watch the seasons change in beautiful Northeast Pennsylvania.

Walker’s Vale – by John J. Zelenski Is Screenplay Worthy As One Production Company Is Working With Him.

James Cooper moved his family to Walker’s Vale, Pennsylvania, in search of the ideal life. What he got was the just opposite. As this small town’s eerie history is revealed and repeated, it’s clear the devil is in the details and he’s waiting for the Cooper’s young daughter. When the FBI come knocking at his door, James quickly realizes that his ideal life may come with a steeper price than he thought. This story of faith, deception, and horror will captivate readers as one man fights for his family’s safety and embarks on a journey toward redemption in this suspenseful supernatural thriller.

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On furlough from his World War ll Civilian Public Service Unit in the fall of 1945, a war weary Ezekiel Walker returns to his family farm in Walker’s Vale, Pennsylvania. Everything about him, the world and his beloved town of Walker’s Vale, which had been founded by his grandfather Noah Walker 90 years ago had changed.

The town was dwindling despite his parents’ devotion to their community and the small church that they shepherd. Soon it became evident to Ezekiel that the changes surrounding this small community of Walker’s Vale weren’t just material orientated, or caused by the residual effects of the war. The changes were far more troubling and sinister than anything he had ever encountered.

Unexplained supernatural events were unfolding that were drawing him into a battle unlike a human battle known to man. Ezekiel accounts in his journal “Aware of my own thoughts, I concluded that I was caught somewhere between reality and the fantastic—between light and dark, but not a part of either. I suddenly recalled the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness and remembered how he defeated Satan by quoting the Father’s Word.”

The growing conflict that confronts Ezekiel tests his core beliefs and shapes the depth of his faith after a man named Mr. Simon Tremblestone arrives in town.

I, Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorse ‘The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker’ by John J .Zelenski as a depictive fictional supernatural account of spiritual warfare. I read this book from a Kindle and this review was completed on March 3, 2015.

Back Of The Book Description: In the wake of light…evil waits. In the fall of 1945, just after Word War II, Ezekiel Walker has returned home on a furlough from his Civilian Public Service Unit. As Ezekiel tries to adjust back to life at the farm, strange and unexplainable events begin to occur at the homestead, and Ezekiel begins to experience visions and bizarre sightings. When a stranger suddenly arrives with promises to rebuild the small town of Walker’s Vale and befriend the young Ezekiel, a portal to the supernatural is opened and lives will never be the same.

“John paints a true landscape of the Christian experience in this prequel to his first book, Walker’s Vale. Within it he exposes the depravity of our enemy, Satan, who seeks to destroy Christians and the Church. However, we do not need despair, for our salvation is in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. John illustrates this perfectly through the experiences of Ezekiel Walker.” —Pastor Michael Frisbee, Liberty Gospel Ministries and Host of the Paranormal Christian Show

“John is very gifted in describing scenes in the spiritual realm with such visual detail that he makes you feel like you are actually witnessing the events described in the journal. This reads like an action movie as you are drawn directly into Ezekiel’s struggle with demonic forces.” —Les Carlsen, renowned vocalist for Christian Music Hall of Fame inductee and legendary Christian metal band, Bloodgood

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Introducing the Promo Trailer for book title ‘The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker’.
From author, John J. Zelenski, comes the prequel
(The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker)
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