Saturday, 28 February 2015

99 CENT BOOK FIND: Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski by Joanna Franklin Bell

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
From an award-winning author comes a novel about a 528-pound recluse. Meet Mona Jamborski, who hasn’t left her home in years and is slowly eating herself to death, with one foot in her past memories and another foot in her grave. Mona sees no future for herself until one day, someone knocks on her door and unwittingly leads her into a life-changing decision. Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski is a book filled with the wonders and heartbreaks of human relationships.

BOOK OF THE DAY: Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni by Mary Smith

by Mary Smith
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
Drunk Chickens and Burn Macaroni (subtitle) offers a remarkable insight into the lives of Afghan women both before and after Taliban’s rise to power. The reader is caught up in the day-to-day lives of women like Sharifa, Latifa and Marzia, sharing their problems, dramas, the tears and the laughter: whether enjoying a good gossip over tea and fresh nan, dealing with a husband’s desertion, battling to save the life of a one-year-old opium addict or learning how to deliver babies safely.

Mary Smith spent several years in Afghanistan working on a health project for women and children in both remote rural areas and in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Given the opportunity to participate more fully than most other foreigners in the lives of the women, many of whom became close friends, she has been able to present this unique portrayal of Afghan women – a portrayal very different from the one most often presented by the media.
 

AUTHOR BIO


Mary Smith was born on Islay, grew up in Dumfries & Galloway and worked for Oxfam in Lancashire for ten years. After this, she spent the next ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan, firstly for the Pakistan Leprosy Control Programme based in Karachi followed by establishing a mother and child health care project in the Hazara Jat region of Afghanistan and the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

After returning to Scotland she worked as a freelance journalist while writing her first book, Before The Taliban: Living with War, Hoping for Peace. This narrative non-fiction account of her time in Afghnaistan lets the reader meet some of the ordinary Afghan women and their families with whom Mary worked.

Her second book, No More Mulberries, also set in Afghanistan is her debut novel.

Mary's years in Afghanistan - often working in remote rural areas - allows her to bring a high degree of authenticity to her work.

Mary Smith is now a journalist with Dumfries & Galloway Life magazine while working on her second novel.

For more information on Mary's journalism, poetry and other projects visit her website at www.marysmith.co.uk
 

REVIEWS
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read - highly recommended 27 Dec. 2012
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With Afghanistan so much in the news - and likely to continue so - this is a must-read book which provides an insight into life for ordinary Afghan people, providing a different perspective from the one the media provide.

Mary Smith, author of Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women, spent several years working on health projects in Afghanistan and she takes the reader to small rural villages in remote areas, to refugee camps and to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Readers come to know the women, and their families, in a way no news headlines makes possible.
Despite the poverty, the hardships and the health problems, the women don't give in. The story of how the village women become health volunteers is inspiring. Along the way, there are tears, there is laughter and love and, despite all the problems they face, there is always hope.

Smith worked in Afghanistan until Taliban came to power. She later went back and the final chapters recount her return visit, meeting up with her old friends. It also provides a strong message as to why Taliban should not be allowed to return to power.

As for why the chickens were drunk - you'll have to read the book to find out.
 
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unsung Heroine - or Six 4 Mar. 2014
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Mary smith's book is a fascinating and absorbing read. Part memoir, part travelogue, part political opinion - really too difficult to pin into a category - it held my attention all the way through. The stories Mary relates about her time as a health instructor in Afghanistan would turn your hair grey if it hadn't already fallen out in astonishment.

The job of bringing understanding to people who are by no means stupid, but who are almost to a woman entirely uneducated, is massive. Mary smith and her colleagues, including some locals, approached it with humour, intelligence and outstanding courage. As a reader I was rooting for every sick baby, every woman held back by custom and every man who came to understand. It's a job that must be ongoing. There are no simplicities in aid work. Anne

 
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Friday, 27 February 2015

99 CENT BOOK FIND: Magic, Myth & Majesty (7 Fantasy Novels) by David Dalglish, Daniel Arenson, D.P. Prior et al.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
Find half-orcs, thieves, wizards, tested loyalties, magicked weapons, dragon wars and more in these first books of 7 popular series. No cliff-hangers!

Let the adventures begin...

WEIGHT OF BLOOD (The Half-Orcs) - David Dalglish
The struggles of two half-orc brothers will soon bathe the land of Dezrel in demon fire.

A LEGACY OF LIGHT (The Dragon War) - Daniel Arenson
A rebel band of dragon folk from the kingdom of Requiem face down the dark empire that's crushing them.

DEFENDER (The Sanctuary) - Robert J. Crane
Someone is stealing weapons of unlimited power, and only Sanctuary stands between the world of Arkaria and total destruction.

SWORD OF THE ARCHON (Shader) - D.P. Prior
The deadliest warrior of his generation, Deacon Shader must win Archon's Sword to battle a powerful, ancient enemy that threatens Creation.

THE DARK CITADEL (The Dark Citadel) - Michael Wallace
A slave boy and a young queen lead alliances of spies, servants and merchants to stave off the encroaching armies of a dark wizard.

THE WHITE TREE (The Cycle of Arawn) - Edward W. Robertson
The followers of the death god Arawn march from the shadows, and a young student of magic must assassinate the leader or see his homeland fall.

RAVENWOOD (Tanyth Fairport Adventures) - Nathan Lowell
When shamanistic healer Tanyth Fairport stops by to help a small village, she discovers you're never too old to make a bad decision.

99 CENT BOOK FIND: Surviving The Evacuation by Frank Tayell

Available for JUST 99 CENTS is Surviving The Evacuation, Book 1: London  by Frank Tayell (Click for UK, Australia, Canada  or India purchase).  Why not grab a copy now?





BOOK DESCRIPTION
An Amazon UK Post-Apocalyptic #1 & Amazon.com British Horror #1 (74,000 words)

From the reviews:
“Even the Doomsday Preppers didn't have a chance in this book!”, “The best zombie novel I've read this year”, “Excellent”, "Brilliant", "Great!", “A cut above the rest”, “Thrilling zombie novel”, “Fantastic read”, “A breath of fresh air”, “Very British take on the Zombie genre”, “Such a good read I want more”, “A great addition to the genre”.

Synopsis:
The world we know came to an end with a broadcast from a shopping mall in New York. People were attacked, infected and died. Then they came back. No one is safe from the undead.

As nations fell, as anarchy and civil war took grip across the globe, Britain was quarantined. The press was nationalised. The phone networks were blocked. Martial law, curfews, rationing, it wasn't enough. An evacuation was planned. Everyone had to leave the inland towns, cities and villages and head to one of the defensive enclaves being established around the coast.

Bill Wright broke his leg on the day of the outbreak. His only contacts with the outside world are Jennifer Masterton MP, now a Minister in the Emergency Cabinet, and Sholto, a political fixer from the US who is tracking the outbreak. Unable to join the evacuation, Bill watched from his window as the streets filled with refugees, he watched as the streets emptied once more. He watched as they filled up again, this time with the undead. Then the power went out.

His is trapped. He is alone. He is running out of food and water. He knows that to reach the safety of the enclaves he will have to venture out into the wasteland that once was England. On that journey he will ultimately discover an horrific truth.

This is the first volume of his journal. The second volume, Wasteland, and the final volume, Family, are out now.

BARGAIN BOOK: Forget the Stock Market by Allan Scheeringa

We are happy to announce as a BARGAIN BOOK: Forget the Stock Market and Residential Real Estate 5 Simple but Profitable Investments You Could Own in 24 Hours by Allan Scheeringa (Click for UK, Australia, Canada or India purchase).  Why not grab a copy today?




BOOK DESCRIPTION
Here are five of the 99 investment vehicles we write about. Finance Feast specializes in bringing all asset-types to the investor so they can make better choices, choosing not just between stocks and residential real estate, but from the whole universe of lucrative options.

In this guide, we report on five assets with the least amount of learning-time and setup. All of these require just a day of research. Within one day you could make a phone call and own any of these five exciting assets. Your likelihood of success is much more certain than throwing darts at the stock market dart board.

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Notes - The easiest way to invest in real estate. You don't have to ever visit a property or clean up after tenants. No one talks about these, so the average investor is spending countless unnecessary hours finding properties and managing them.

Forex - Trading foreign currencies is smart and easy. Start small and increase as you get the feel. Very good returns are available with experience.

Firearm Collecting is easy if you stick with the most rare pieces. Other tips insure your success.
A Whiskey Collection will bring surprising gains if the vintage is rare and of high quality, and the holding period is sufficient.

Millionaires don't invest in rental houses and common stocks. If you want to be one of the wealthy, you have to invest like them.

At the end of each chapter, there is a link to a bonus chapter. It's about a type of real estate investment that requires very little maintenance. It's not something you can own by tomorrow, but with daily income and an extraordinary exit strategy, this one deserves your serious consideration.

99 CENT BOOK FIND: Survive The Day by H.J. Lawson

Available for JUST 99 CENTS is Survive The Day: War Kids Thriller Series 2 by H.J. Lawson (Click for UK, Australia, Canada or India purchase).  Why not grab a copy before it goes back to full price?




BOOK DESCRIPTION
Jada and her friends have been living in America for over a year now. At school she blends in with the other children, but she knows that she is different. They didn’t have to kill for their freedom.

The memories of her past haunt her each time Gerard takes her to visit someone from her father’s list as they try to find out where he is being held. But what they don’t realize is they would have been safer in Syria… A hidden enemy is attacking America from the inside, and no one is safe…

Annabel dreams of a happier life. One with a normal family instead of one that chooses heroin and the Wild Boar Riders biker over her. The only person she can trust is Brandon, another person living on the streets. They bond over their hatred towards Troy, a pimp and drug dealer who takes great pleasure in ruining lives. 


As the passion grows between Brandon and Annabel, so does the chaos in New York City as it is now under attack. They are forced to flee to an unknown hideout beneath the heart of the City.

Ethan is scarred by his father’s death. He has spent his entire life planning for revenge.
…And the day has finally come...

Read what others are saying about this young adult War Kids Thriller Series:

I was totally absorbed in this read that I lost track of time. I finished reading this at 3Am! This second book lived up to my expectation of more action-packed scenes. There should be film adaptation from this book! I know I will be having that book hangover from this read for days....
This is a highly recommending read to anyone especially those who wants an adrenaline rush of a book. ~ Goodreads

I definitely wasn't expecting the new war and how apocalyptic the story became. ~ Goodreads

It was great, I 'm looking forward to read part 3!!! ~ Goodreads
 

99 CENT BOOK FIND: WWIV - Kids at War by E.A. Lake

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
Almost six years since an unknown event plunged the world into darkness, humanity continues to crumble. Times have worsened as the remaining fuel and valuable resources – fresh food and water – are long gone. Chances of recovery have all but disappeared; chances of survival seem grim.

In a plan so backward, so unlikely to have any success, the militia of the Milwaukee area take a young nun, five teens, and a set of five “special packages” into the barren farmland of south-central Wisconsin. There, with little more than themselves for support, they are to live, to grow, and perhaps even prosper. Or maybe the militia has just removed a problem they chose not to deal with.

With the help of new – yet strange – friends, their journey begins. But trouble finds them, even against their greatest hopes and fervent prayers. Worse, the militia has purchased help from a drunken recluse who may prove to be their greatest trouble of all.


The second book of our greatest war, our battle for survival, begins: WWIV – Kids at War.

99 CENT BOOK FIND: Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski by Joanna Franklin Bell

Available for JUST 99 CENTS is Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski by Joanna Franklin Bell  (Click for UK, Australia, Canada or India purchase).  Why not grab a copy before it goes back to full price?




BOOK DESCRIPTION
From an award-winning author comes a novel about a 528-pound recluse. Meet Mona Jamborski, who hasn’t left her home in years and is slowly eating herself to death, with one foot in her past memories and another foot in her grave. Mona sees no future for herself until one day, someone knocks on her door and unwittingly leads her into a life-changing decision. Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski is a book filled with the wonders and heartbreaks of human relationships.

99 CENT BOOK FIND: A Bit of Heaven on Earth by Lauren Linwood

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
When Gavin of Ashgrove and his closest friend are captured in a fierce battle during the Hundred Years’ War, their captors demand a hefty ransom from their fathers for their return. Robert is quickly set free, but Gavin’s father refuses to pay for his son’s release, leaving him to rot in a squalid French prison. Aided by a sympathetic priest, he escapes and returns home to England, only to find he has been proclaimed a bastard and disinherited.

With nowhere to turn Gavin journeys to Kentwood, where he fostered as a boy, hoping Lord Aldred will take him on as a knight in his guard. The old warrior is close to death, but he soon realizes Gavin is his son. Aldred plots to have Gavin inherit Kentwood and marry his much younger wife, Elizabeth, a famed and opinionated beauty who remains a virgin after a decade of marriage.

Will the king recognize Lord Aldred’s first request of a marriage between Elizabeth and Robert, uniting Robert’s estate with Kentwood—or will the temperamental Edward reward Aldred’s years of service and honor a dying man’s final request?

99 CENT BOOK FIND: Drummer Boy: A Supernatural Thriller by Scott Nicholson

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
One misfit kid is all that stands between an Appalachian Mountain town and a chilling supernatural force.

DRUMMER BOY: A Supernatural Thriller

On an Appalachian Mountain ridge, young Vernon Ray Davis hears the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a cave known as “The Jangling Hole,” and the wind carries a whispered name. According to legend, the Hole is home to a group of Civil War soldiers buried by a long-ago avalanche. Everyone, especially Vernon Ray's dad, laughs at him...because he's different.

On the eve of an annual Civil War re-enactment, the town of Titusville prepares for a mock battle. But inside the Hole, disturbed spirits are rising from their dark slumber, and one of them is heading home.

And Vernon Ray stands between the battle lines of the living and the dead, caught between a world where he doesn't a belong and world from which he can never return...

Thursday, 26 February 2015

99 CENT BOOK FIND: The Girl From Long Guyland by Lara Reznik

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
-Includes Reading Group Discussion Questions-
Ranked the #1 spot in both Suspense and Contemporary Fiction, during it's Amazon kindle select promotional days.
MEMOIR MEETS THRILLER:

Laila Levin enjoys a successful marriage and a thriving career as an I.T. executive in Austin, Texas, but she can't quite shake her lifelong sense of not truly belonging anywhere.

When her company announces a major layoff, Laila finds herself caught between an unscrupulous CEO and her promiscuous boss. Then news of her college roommate's suicide stirs up a dark secret involving three devious friends from her past. One has betrayed a vow, another wants to rekindle their romance, and the third is out for revenge.

Suddenly for Laila, it's 1969 again. She's only seventeen, and she's left her sheltered home in Long Island for college in Connecticut. Amid protests of the Vietnam War, she's tempted by the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that rule her generation. Laila gets swept up in a deceptive love triangle with two older locals and initiated into their unethical hippie family. Too late she realizes her search to belong has led to tragedy.

Laila must now juggle the demands of her perplexed husband and her baby boomer past forcing her to make choices that endanger her survival and challenge her conscience.


She learns that the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.

FREE BOOK FIND: Sword of the Archon by D.P. Prior

FREE to download TODAY is Sword of the Archon (SHADER)  by D.P. Prior (Click here for UKAustralianCanadian or Indian download  Why not grab a copy now? 







BOOK DESCRIPTION
Deacon Shader has dreamt of the Sword of the Archon since a child, and now, as a veteran warrior, he is finally within reach of winning the holy blade in a tournament at the heart of the Templum's empire. 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, plague breaks out in the streets of Sarum, and a horde of undead rises from the sacred burial mounds of the Dreamers.

Prompted by a voice from the Abyss, the liche Dr. Cadman has discovered a piece of the mythical Statue of Eingana and corrupted its power, but worse than that, an ancient enemy has noticed and turns his eyes once more upon the Earth.

Those with understanding know all too well the threat that hangs over Creation and have taken great pains to ward against it.

Shader has been prepared for the coming conflict since the day he was born. A man of prayer, deeply troubled by a contradictory faith, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation. If only he can win the Archon's sword and come to terms with his own inner demons, he may be the last desperate hope of all the worlds.

BOOK REVIEW: Of Love and Vengeance by Louise Lyndon

Of Love and Vengeance by Louise Lyndon 
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REVIEW by Alysia Minott
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, because I have not read very many historical romances. Of Love and of Vengeance is a historical romance set during the Norman Conquest. I enjoyed the main characters which were Laila and Aymon.   In this book, the characters face every day problems like secrets, stereotypes, and trust issues.  The two characters in this book are married and must learn how to overcome all this to get to know each other better.  I think the bad guy in this book needs more depth, but overall all not a bad book.

* I received a copy of this book from Flurries of Words in exchange for an honest review*

BOOK DESCRIPTION
Forced to marry Lord Aymon to ensure her young nephew’s survival, English Lady Laila vows undying hatred for the Norman she holds responsible for the deaths of so many innocents. Discovering Aymon has committed an act of treason gives her the chance to seek vengeance he deserves. But can Laila let Aymon die at the hands of the king once she learns the truth?

A hardened Norman warrior, Lord Aymon has lived through atrocities no man ever should. With the invasion of England over, all he wants is a quiet life and a wife who will give him heirs and obey his every command. Instead, he finds himself wed to feisty and outspoken Laila. But when she learns the truth of his treasonous act, can Aymon count on her to keep his secret?