Book Spotlight: Like Clockwork by Ali Abbas




Steampunk/Anti-Romance/Gothic Suspense
Date Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Transmundane Press

Commander Raymond Burntwood of the Royal Navy has returned to England where he meets the reclusive heiress Lady Ariana Grayhart. After the scandal of a night spent dancing together, Ariana returns home to Northumberland. Raymond’s superiors—seeking information about Ariana’s father—dispatch the commander under the cover of courting the heiress.

All is not as it seems in the Grayhart household. Captain Grayhart is an invalid, the servants maintain a monkish silence, and secrets are layered upon secrets. Everyone has their own agenda, from Raymond's friend and confidante Du Bois, to the family lawyer Sir Berwick, and Ariana herself.

In the midst of it all, Raymond must unravel the truth of Captain Grayhart's decline and save Ariana's reputation and fortune. In doing so, he learns dark secrets about himself that could tear his world apart.


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I hurried back up the aisle, looking for a break in the foliage where I could step across, but the wall of green was impenetrable. My boots clattered on the stone floor, and I almost lost my footing as I came around the corner. I caught a glimpse of a figure turning past a small forest of bare poles standing in tall thin pots.
            More carefully now, I followed, watching the occasional pools of standing water and mossy patches on the uneven flags. I turned down the same space that the figure had gone and gagged. The stench was foul. I buried my nose in the elbow of my coat and stumbled backwards. My heel caught on one of the tall pots. I grabbed at the pole to catch my balance, but it swayed away under my weight and snapped. I fell heavily on the floor, a length of cane in my hand and the other canes clattering against each other in mock applause.
            I stood gingerly, wincing against the sharp pain of a blossoming bruise. The intake of the foul miasma hit me like a blow. I took a few cautious steps, using the length of cane as a walking stick.
            We had taken a pirate laden with slaves and bound for Port of Spain once. The Thame had stumbled on him by chance on the high seas, and did some damage before a long chase commenced. The pirates had given up looking after their cargo for some days by the time we finally overcame them and boarded the ship.
            In the hold, we had found a hundred souls dead, and only a handful alive. They were barely recognisable as men in their filth and malnutrition, packed into the darkness with death. We took the survivors on board and burned the shattered remains of the ship with its grisly contents. Some nights the smell of that hold haunted me. And now, I had found it once more in a stuffy corner of this oppressive glasshouse.
            My mind reeled between the present and past. Before me, a row of corpses slowly decayed into the boards of a ship’s hold. I doubled over and retched up scalding bile. I spat to clear my mouth and squeezed my eyes shut against the vision. Minutes passed before I dared to look up again.
            Before me were rows upon rows of noxious-looking fungi. They grew in shallow trays of straw-flecked manure, distended stems rising to lopsided caps. The sickly dark-yellow colour was deeply unwholesome, similar to the lantern lit bodies of the dead slaves. The fungi varied from six inches to a foot tall, and the mature ones seemed to be the same across.
            At least eight tables laden were with these trays. Oozing stems showed some had been recently harvested. I reached out my hand in horrified fascination. Something in their vile shape called out to be squeezed. Two soft footsteps fell behind me, and a strong hand gripped my wrist.


About the Author


Ali Abbas is a writer, photographer, and carpenter from London. He has travelled widely but still lives in the suburb where he was born. It's hard to explain what he does for a living, the common term is Policy Wonk.

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Book Spotlight: Flowers on the Wall by Mary J. Williams


Contemporary Romance
Date Published: August 2016
Publisher: Brook Publications

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WHAT IS MUSIC WITHOUT SOME HART?

Ryder Hart
Rock God
Brother
Protector
Wounded Soul

Quinn Abernathy
Photographer
Daughter
Healer of Souls

Ryder Hart came up the hard way. From his childhood, to scratching his way to the top of the charts. Every moment was a struggle. Now that he's made it, nothing is taking him down. Not even a secret so dark it invades his dreams and haunts his waking hours.

Quinn Abernathy's hunger for success is no less than Ryder's. If she wants to succeed in the highly competitive world of photography, she can't let anything, or anyone, get in her way. Until Ryder. He makes her long for more than she ever thought possible.

Music is Ryder's life. There isn't room for a woman like Quinn Abernathy.

A woman who asks for nothing but wants it all.

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Other Books in the Hart Of Rock And Roll Series:





Hart Of Rock And Roll, Book 2
Published: September 2016

Dalton Shaw was on the verge of success when he made a mistake that could have ruined his life forever. He was one of the lucky ones. A prison sentence wasn't the end. His friends stood by him. Waited. Together, they rode to the top of the charts becoming one of the most successful rock bands in the world.

Dalton thought he had left his bad boy past behind him. Unfortunately, small towns--and the people in them--have long memories. Especially when there are secrets nobody wants dug up.

Returning to Midas, Arizona was the last thing Dalton wanted. Given no choice, he is determined to find the truth once and for all. What he didn't expect to find was a woman like Colleen McNamara.
Prison changes a man. It's inevitable. Can she live with that?

Colleen had one goal. Getting out of Midas as soon as humanly possible. Meeting Dalton Shaw didn't change her dreams. He was a distraction. A bit of fun. She wasn't looking to fall for the blue eyed charmer. But fate--and love--have a way of sneaking up on an unsuspecting heart. It wasn't long before Colleen was willing to put herself at risk if it means protecting Dalton from those who want to use him for their own ends--or ruin him trying.

Danger follows Dalton and Colleen as they search for the truth.

Will they make it out of Midas in one piece?

Will they discover in time that love is the most powerful weapon of all?


Hart Of Rock And Roll, Book 3
Published: October 2016

Ashe Mathison has always been the even keeled member of The Ryder Hart Band.

Unlike his friends, he had a stable childhood. Pampered and loved, he grew up wanting for nothing—except the chance to follow his true passion. Music. In order to follow his dream, Ash had to walk away from his family with nothing but a few dollars in his pocket, a guitar slung over his back, and a driving ambition to be the best.

Ten years later, Ashe has it all. Fame. Wealth. And a tight group of people he can count on to have his back—no matter what.

Mending the break with his family had always seemed like an impossible task. But when an opportunity arises, Ashe knows it might be the only chance he will ever get. It's a risk he has to take.
Belle Richards seems to have the perfect life. With a well-paying job and a handsome fiancé her family loves, what else could she ask for? How about love? Or passion. Both are missing from Belle's life. Only one man ever stirred her heart. Unfortunately, he never knew she was alive.

THE BOY NEXT DOOR IS NOW A ROCK STAR

A chance encounter between Belle and Ashe stirs up unexpected feelings they can't control. For Belle, it was meant to be a one night stand. For Ashe, it felt like more. In the morning, when he reached for her, she was gone. Imagine his surprise when he returns home and finds out the woman he can't get out of his mind is engaged to be married.

For Ashe and Belle, passion, once tasted, is impossible to ignore. But is that all there is? Can they have a future when their lives are so different?

An unexpected threat to Belle's life changes everything. Ashe has found the love of his life—and will not let anybody keep them apart.


Hart Of Rock And Roll, Book 4
Published: December 2016

Zoe Hart knows who she is. Sister, friend. And badass lead guitar player for The Ryder Hart Band. A childhood filled with all-to-real monsters and the uncertainty of foster homes left her no choice but to grow up fast. To survive she built a wall that over time had gotten taller—thicker. She didn't let in anybody but her closest friends. And even they didn't know all her secrets. She doesn't need a man in her life to make it better. She doesn't need a man. Period. Especially a cocky, charming rock God who is used to women falling at his feet.

Smith Carson had known Zoe Hart since she was teenager. Pretty. Amusingly snarky. She was more of a girl than a woman. While he admired her as a musician, he always thought of her as Ryder Hart's little sister. In other words, hands off. When that changed, he wasn't certain. All he knew was that one day—in what seemed like a blink of the eye—she was all grown up. Breathtakingly gorgeous. Along with an outer maturity, her snarky tongue had turned from amusing to acid sharp. If Smith wanted Zoe—and he did—it was going to take more than some charm and a smile to win her.

Resisting Smith had been easy when Zoe thought he was a shallow, narcissistic pretty boy. The attraction was there, but that was all. Smith didn't try to hide his intentions. He wanted Zoe. To her surprise—as she got to know him—she found herself wanting him back. Before she knew what was happening, he snuck underneath her well-constructed walls. Smith was on a path to her heart—something Zoe hadn't thought possible.

It was tempting. Smith was tempting. But secrets—no matter how well buried—have a way of digging their way to the surface. Demons—both emotional and real—have haunted Zoe most her life. It's time to face them once and for all.

Can Zoe find a way to open her heart to what Smith is offering? Or will the past destroy what she wants the most? Love.


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Book Spotlight: Heaven's Oasis by Jeff W Horton

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Romantic Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Christian Fiction
Date Published:  November 2016

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Claire is dead.

She’s been the love of Kevin Foster’s life for as long as he can remember; his soulmate, and his best friend.

Before she dies, Claire, an archaeologist, goes on an expedition to the Middle East and comes across evidence supporting the existence of a biblical, antediluvian site the ancients called Heaven’s Oasis, and that certain ancient artifacts can lead her to it. Claire believes that finding this site will help prove the Bible's veracity, and provide indisputable evidence of God's existence.

Following her unexpected death Claire's expeditions become public knowledge, and the subsequent assaults against her reputation from the scientific community and the media are both brutal and relentless.

Furious at the public ridicule and to prove she was right, Kevin decides to pick up where Claire left off in her search and to finish what she started. He’s willing to sacrifice everything, even his life, to restore her reputation and to honor her memory.

A billionaire arms dealer named Kain Masterson has also been searching for the Oasis, however, intending to keep what he finds for himself. The deadly competition soon becomes a struggle just to stay alive in the race to find the artifacts, follow the clues, and ultimately to find Heaven’s Oasis.


About the Author

Jeff W. Horton was an Information technology professional for twenty-five years before deciding to pursue his lifelong dream of being a writer. Since becoming an author and screenwriter of family-friendly fiction, Jeff has written two screenplays and eight published novels in several genres including apocalyptic-fiction, science-fiction, religious fantasy, and romance thrillers.

His current list of works includes:

    Heaven's Oasis
    New Beginnings
    Frontiers
    Cybersp@ce
    The Last Prophet
    The Way of Nacor
    The Dark Age
    The Great Collapse

When he's not penning his next novel, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, going to church, and reading.  Among his favorite authors are many immediately recognizable names including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells,Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, Ted Dekker, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.


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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Kyle by Natalie Decker

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Title: Kyle
Author: Natalie Decker
Genre: NA Romance

Kyle Issac is a player in the biggest of ways. He’s not into relationships. Fun is all he wants, but one night with his sister’s best friend changed him in ways he can’t explain. Maybe because she was the only girl who turned him on and then shot him down. Maybe because she’s off limits in a way that has him wanting more of her. He’s not sure but something definitely changed and now he’s looking for another chance to even the scoreboard. He’s got one summer to do it. Emily Emerson is not a relationship type girl like her best friend Madison Issac. 

However after her newest fling gone wrong, she’s starting to realize the fun carefree way Em is lost. Maybe a relationship is the kind of thing she needs to get herself out of this funk. But Kyle Issac, her forever crush is not going to be it. The longest he’s dated a girl was a weekend tops. How can she find someone though if Kyle is always there butting in? So, she turned him down three times, she figured he’d get over it and move on. Apparently not. With wants and doubts confusing her, one question remains: Does Kyle really want her or is she just another game for him to win?

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Natalie Decker is the author of the bestselling YA series RIVAL LOVE and NA Scandalous Boys Series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Avid reader of everything. She’s a huge Denver Broncos fan, loves football, and fuzzy blankets. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and misses her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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