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Witch-Hunter 5th Anniversary Sale

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5th Anniversary for The Witch-Hunter Trilogy 

It has been five years since the Witch-Hunter Trilogy was published in full, as The Shadow Falls brought this exciting adventure to an end.

This Urban/Low Fantasy is for fans of Buffy and Supernatural.

To celebrate this milestone, the whole trilogy will be on sale until the end of the month August 2019.

The Shadow Rises ~ FREE
The Shadow Reigns ~ $0.99 (normal price £3.99)
The Shadow Falls ~ $0.99 (normal price £3.99)


The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1)

When a new witch threat rises, only Hunter Astley can stop them… 

In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.

Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos.

As the only 7th generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop them… in any way he can.

Part one of the Witch-Hunter trilogy is Free to download from most ebook retailers.

This is a terrific series check out the prequels too about two very strong characters from the series ‘James’ & ‘Sophie’ I have the full collection in print and they are books I read over and over again.  I simply love them.

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About the author

My name is Kelly Sarah Marsden.

In the last ten years I have lived all over the UK; in London; Wales; Ireland.  But now I’m settled in my hometown of Doncaster, Yorkshire.

My first book: The Shadow Rises was published in January 2013.

The complete Witch-Hunter series is now available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online stores.

I currently work at a horse feed company; and train horses and riders in my spare time.

I’ve had a very interesting, changeable career to date.  I have been a horse-riding instructor; a cocktail waitress; and a professional stallion handler; amongst other things!

In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding, reading and writing… oh wait, that’s work again.

You can find Kelly at:

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‘Murder Now & Then’ New Cover

‘Murder Now and Then’ by Diana Jackson

This is a wonderful murder, mystery story and currently on special offer, but ONLY for one week. I read it back in 2015 and really enjoyed it. Check out my Goodreads bookreview.

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Goodreads Book Review (2015 cover edition)

MURDER, Now and Then: Murder Mystery 1919 to 2019MURDER, Now and Then: Murder Mystery 1919 to 2019 by Diana Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

I am generally not a fan of Murder/Mysteries. However, ‘Murder Now & Then’ with its slight historical theme, and being based around a rural community drew me in.

The story weaves together two murders which are separated by 100 years. The first murder in 1919 remains unsolved; will this be the case with the new murder? Are these two murders somehow connected?

The author has actually taken the 1919 murder from facts reported in ‘The Bedfordshire Times Newspaper’ (although the original names were replaced), to produce this page-turning work of fiction.

On May 9th 2019, in our not too distant future the second murder occurs. Bob Thomas of Pear Tree Farm is the victim and his wife Joanna, being found with the body, has been accused and arrested.

Inspector Norton of the local constabulary believes it an open & shut case, being close to retirement he wants this case to be tied up neatly before he leaves. However, there is no murder weapon and there appears to be no motive. Other intuitive police personnel believe there is more to the murder than meets the eye, therefore an intense, investigation gets underway.

No stone is left unturned; door to door interviews are carried out. Suspects are contacted from far and wide Bedfordshire to Jersey to Canada, these latter possibly with some distant family connection to the murdered girl Lucy of 1919.

The author talks very believably about the technologies of this not too distant future. Technologies not only used by the police but by family & inquisitive people wanting to know more about the 100yr old unsolved murder. This technology is called ‘Futurenet’, it has replaced our regular internet. This is where for me the story goes into a little bit of freaky SciFi, which I have to admit did sit realistically well within the text. ‘Big Brother’ (or someone else) is most certainly watching.

Characters

Characters in this novel are numerous but the author weaves them into the mystery and intrigue surprisingly well. Each person is described in detail, if not in their actual looks then in their personalities. The author makes you love, hate or become very suspicious of each and every character. The tale twists & turns, giving you cause to change your mind on someone you thought good, but then you may think is actually bad.

As the reader, we come to know the main suspect held in custody. The accused Joanna Thomas is the loving supportive wife of the most recent murder victim Robert Thomas. The pair appears to be pillars of the community, but of course the police have to investigate and discover this fact for themselves.

There is mention of a milk woman Fiona, so beautiful she could ‘…pose for Hello magazine.’ She collects the milk from the farm several days each week often smiling and giving a little friendly greeting to Bob, was there more to it than meets the eye? Did Fiona come back and murder Bob?

Paul Thomas is the son of Joanna & Bob. He believes his father to be living in the dark ages when it comes to farming. It is true, Bob dislikes change but Paul was able to encourage him to move to a new technology involving computers. This innovative technology allows the cows themselves to choose when they want to be milked. Bob sees this as a ‘trendy hobby’ so he allows his organic herd of Jersey cows to be milked by robotics. However, his regular Friesians are still milked in the old fashioned parlour. Paul & his dad often argue over this and Bob knows that Paul does not wish to take over the farm in his place. Bob has even got to wondering if the cowman John Cookham a very loyal and capable farmhand, might just be the one to take over in some way.

A very prominent character of the story is the housekeeper for Pear Tree Farm and several other properties around the village, Helen Carter; she cycles between jobs on her trusty little bicycle. Recently Helen lost her 21yr old daughter Kirsty to leukaemia, at first I sympathised with this woman but there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger upon. Helen is at times secretive, and although people of the village speculated, no one ever knew the identity of Kirsty’s father. She tries to get her life back into some kind of routine and even gets involved in raising money for leukaemia, but she isn’t ready for that, not quite yet.

“A chance coincidence though had brought another purpose to her otherwise fruitless life, when she was placing flowers at her daughter’s grave. She had noticed a gravestone, a cross as it happened, of a young girl who had died at the same age as her daughter, at 21 years, but what was surprising was that the date of her death was nearly 100 years ago. Feeling an affinity to the girl, whose name was Lucille Vardon, Helen decided to make it her quest to try to solve the mystery of her early death. Not having the mega speed access to the Futurnet, she frequently took herself off to the records office in Bedford” (Snippet from the book)

It was natural progression that leads Helen to attend an IT course, and with the help of some local lads she sets up a website to learn more about the 100yr old murder.

Anna Beret from Jersey in the Channel Islands is another of the books main characters; she is studying Ornithology at Cambridge.

“It had all begun when her aunt died a year ago and in her will she had left Anna a box of books. Not just any books mind, they were her great-great-grandfather’s collection and also his travel log – a painstakingly accurate record of birds he had witnessed first-hand in his travels, all beautifully hand drawn and labelled with care…” (Snippet from the book)

Along with the books there were also scrolls of aged letters written between 1914 & 1918 from Lucille Vardon. The letters had been addressed to Anna’s great-great-grandmother who is believed to have been Lucy’s cousin. Anna’s interest is stirred and she wishes to do a little detective work of her own, to discover why they stopped so abruptly in May 1919. On her return to the mainland Anna visits Bedfordshire staying in a friendly little B & B. Often borrowing the landlady’s bicycle she takes herself into the countryside with her trusty binoculars for a little twitching (bird watching). Anna is mentioned lots in the story she even becomes a suspect and the police chase after her tracking her down in Cambridge then following her over to Jersey. Is she the murderer, a revenge killing for that of her very distant relative Lucy?

Even Peter Thomas & his wife, the parents of Bob are questioned. Peter does not come across as a very amiable man; some of his actions towards Joanna are rather abhorrent. I disliked him from the start.

In Part 3 new characters are introduced; James Bouchard is in Canada his mother Elizabeth has been nagging him to do some research into the family’s history. She has done a great deal herself but has found the latest Futurenet technology rather frightening. James becomes hooked and begins to delve into the family’s dark secret which seems to be somehow linked with Lucille Vardon.

Keith Regmund is also drawn into research after his 13yr old son Toby has a piece of holiday homework, an English essay about his family history. Being an army man Keith turns the project into a military operation. Toby learns about his heritage, how his ancestors were involved in the North Africa Conflict and the Normandy Day Landings. Toby is excited by all this and he rushes off to set about doing further research and getting it down on paper. Meanwhile Keith,

“…was relieved that his son hand not delved further into the past and found the family’s brush with scandal in World War One when his great grandfather had been accused of murder.” (Snippet from the book)

Finally, the main investigating team consist of DC Cathy Peterson and DS Tony Brown, both these characters are very easy to relate too. Cathy especially is a very warm, caring, sympathetic policewoman. Being very intuitive she in no way believes that Joanna could have killed her husband. All are trained to watch for facial expressions and body language, and Joanna’s body does not read like a guilty persons. The pair goes above and beyond their duty, to discover the true murderer. Here also we have a little love interest between Tony & Cathy however, they are both married to the force and are wary of beginning a full blown relationship.

Conclusion

All in all the story runs smoothly, I would have much preferred to read a printed copy as I was personally wishing to flick back and forth between the pages to check something out. The story is intriguing and therefore a real page turner, you always want to know where the story will go next, who will fall under the suspicions of the police?

The advanced technologies are not so far in the future as to be unbelievable. The police technology of just pressing a discreet little button, and taping a suspect’s remark without them noticing, is something that could well be introduced into our own world very soon.

For the romantics amongst you there are also a couple of little sexual encounters, for me they were not necessary. I believe there is enough going on in the story without it. However, that said the scenes are tastefully written and short enough to be passed by almost in the blink of an eye.

One other negative point for me and that was, I felt bereft of any conclusions regarding some of the characters, particularly those who attended ‘The Gathering’ (a little memorial to Lucille Vardon).

As I said previously a real page turner, a book I feel would appeal to many ages’ especially younger readers wanting to perhaps try a mystery for the first time.

Very Highly Recommended

Find out more about the author Diana Jackson HERE


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‘Feral Moon’ Book Release Party

‘Feral Moon’ – Book 2 in The Dark Woods Series

by Sherri A. Wingler

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Take a peek inside on Amazon ‘Look Inside’

On the weekend of Saturday 23rd March and Sunday 24th March 2019 the ‘Feral Moon’ Book Release Party will be in full swing over on Facebook. There will be visits from Indie Authors across the globe with an opportunity to maybe find yourself a new author to read. To celebrate there will be lots of fun, games and maybe a giveaway or two. Click the Book Party image below to take you to the party page. (Opens in a new tab)

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‘Crimson Moon’ Book 1 in the Dark Woods Series

by Sherri A. Wingler

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Take a peek inside on Amazon ‘Look Inside’

To celebrate the release of ‘Feral Moon’ the author has gifted  Book 1 ‘Crimson Moon’ as a FREEBIE for the weekend of the Party Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March 2019. Miss it and miss out. This book series is very highly recommended. If you like fairytales with a twist, then you with love this series. A young adult read, a fantasy version of the tale of Red Riding Hood & the Wolf.

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About the Author Sherri A. Wingler

Sherri Wingler is the author of ‘Wings of Darkness Book 1 of The Immortal Sorrows series. She lives and works (way more than full-time) in Indiana. She shares her home with her husband, Steve, way too many rescued kitty cats, two geriatric dogs, and a co-dependent Shih-Tzu named Spanky. (Without Spanky’s help, Wings of Darkness would have been finished much sooner!)

When she isn’t working in the real world, or writing stories to keep herself entertained, her spare time is spent raising money for her local Humane Society, in the hopes that she can save at least a few little critters.

Website https://sherriwingler.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorsherri.wingler

Twitter @wingler_sherri

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/l/B00JXT86FA


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Crimson Moon is FREE 3/21/19 – 3/24/19

Absolutely LOVE this book series and looking forward to the online release of ‘Feral Moon’. Very Highly Recommended. Online Party for Book 2  over on Facebook starting Saturday 23rd March 2019

Click HERE =>> ‘Feral Moon’

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Or take a peek over on Amazon ‘Crimson Moon’ Look Inside

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I’m celebrating the release of Feral Moon by making the first book in the Dark Woods series free for the next five days! I hope you love Crimson Moon as much as I do!

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Roses & Dreams #WorldBookovision

#WorldBookovision

It has been an absolute age since we held the #WorldBookovision over on the Roses & Dreams Facebook Page. I just want to remind you of some of the great Indie Authors who took part in the event. Many from here in the UK but some from across the globe.

Day 24 Top TenTop Ten Books in the 2018 #WorldBookovision

Here are the 🌟🌟TOP TEN🌟🌟 taken from the Facebook Insights **Most Reached & **Most Responses click on the image to enlarge (opens in a new window).

‘Wings of Darkness’ by Sherri A. Wingler

‘Craggle Hill’ by E.A. Belle

‘Young Ebenezer’ by Rose English

‘Companion of Darkness’ by CJ Rutherford

‘The Winter Dog’ by M.C. Holliss

‘Where Did Your Heart Go?’ by Audrina Lane

‘Grace and the Ghost’ by Estelle Maher

‘It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas’ By Chris Turnbull

‘The Case of the Peculiar Portrait’ by T.G. Campbell

‘Little Pink Taxi’ by Marie Laval

Day 24 Wings Best Book

‘Wings of Darkness’ by Sherri A. Wingler was the favourite.

#AdventCalendar

Even after all this time you can still click the image of the calendar to open the link, then you can open the window and check out the book behind it. (Links in the window will still take you to the old party page).

2018 R & D Advent

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Day 08 Roses & Dreams #WorldBookovision

#WorldBookovision Day 08 and Week 02 Begins

Where is the time going, the days are whizzing by. The first week of December has flown. We have seen seven wonderful #Books and featured some amazing #IndieAuthors You can still click on the Advent Calendar below and look at those that have passed

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Click the image of the calendar to open the link, then you can open the window and check out the book behind it. (Links in the window will take you to the party page).

2018 R & D Advent

The weeks featured #IndieAuthors were :-

Day 01 Sherri A. Wingler

Day 02 Rose English

Day 03 Joshua Sutton

Day 04 Deb McEwan

Day 05 Chris Turnbull

Day 06 J.S. Burke

Day 07 Romella Jones

Week 01 #WorldBookovision Featured Books

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Don’t forget to #Share with your Book Lover Friends

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Cover Reveal ‘Bloody Ties’

Book Reveal

 

Title: Bloody Ties

Series: Bullets & Bloodlust

Authors: Claire Marta & Abrianna Denae

Release: Coming Soon

Genre: Dark/Mafia Paranormal

Add To Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39928585-bloody-ties

Cover Designer: Ampersand Book Covers

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Blurb:

Power. Prestige. Politics.

As heir to the coven over New York, Damien Rochester is ruthless and not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect his family.

While attending a masquerade hosted by a business associate he meets a masked woman who captivates him like no other.

Spoiled. Naïve. Alone.

The daughter of a rival coven leader, Ava Carr only wants one thing—freedom.

A rare night out has her crossing paths with the sexiest man she’s ever met. The brief encounter leaves them wanting more. One rash decision has them meeting once again—only this time it’s not so amicable.

Finding herself deep in enemy territory Ava’s lost in a world of politics and family ties. Her hard fought freedom and sanity are on the line. She needs to decide if Damien can be trusted or if this is a battle she has to conquer alone.

Damien finds himself in a complicated situation: burdened with the girl, he’s thrown into a war he’s not all that sure he can win. Or if she’s even worth fighting for.

Together the two could be a powerful force. But, tying themselves to one another might be just as deadly as facing their enemies alone.

***Due to strong language, violence, and explicit sexual interaction this book is recommended for readers 18 and up***.


About the Authors

Claire Marta

 

Claire Marta writes hot, suspenseful Paranormal romance. A native Brit, she live in Italy with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, she enjoys taking photos of her adoptive country, tries to stay fit with running and reads amazing books while being a stay at home mother.

 

Her other books include The Hunter Chronicles: Frostbite, Dark Desires, Claimed By Magic, The Serpent’s Kiss, Twitch.
The Ceasefire Series: The Devil You Know.

You can email her at Claire.marta@outlook.it

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/clairemartabooks/


Abrianna Denae

Abrianna Denae is a twenty-one-year-old author living in Northern California. An English major, she has always had a passion for writing. Deciding to sit down and write one of the many stories that had plagued her mind for years was the easy part—finding the time to do it was a different story. Caffeine is her best friend, and sleep is her worst enemy. A lover of books that make the reader feel something, she tries to incorporate as much of her real-world views and feelings into her stories as she can.

Abrianna spends way too much time on Facebook.

You can find her here: http://www.facebook.com/abridenae

You can also email her: authorabridenae@gmail.com

Other books written by Abrianna: Forever (Destroyed By Love, Book One)

Coming Soon: A Love Story

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