Thursday, September 30, 2010

Oathbreaker (A Faery Tale)

Oathbreaker
(A Faery Tale)
M.R. Mathias

 


Description:
This isn't your mothers faery tale. Oonzil Windlestraw, a pixie with a serious temper problem, befriends a wizard and his eagle familiar. The trio are forced into fantastic dramatic action when a human faery hunter nabs a fae girl with the intent of grinding her into pixie dust for profit. Plenty of pixie-fighting, eagle-riding action and excitment follow in this 30 page novelette.

Review:  
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Tale for All Ages, September 20, 2010
By  Suzanne P. Tyrpak "author" (Colorado) -
This review is from: Oathbreaker (A faery tale) (Kindle Edition)
From the beginning to the end, M R Mathias draws the reader into a world of wizards, faeries and pixies--seemingly without effort. Oathbreaker is a charming story suitable for the whole family. A sweet, quick read. 
 
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tracks and Horizons

Tracks and Horizons
26 Countries on a Motorcycle
Carlos A. Caggiani
Ed Caggiani 




About the book:
This is a nonfiction book originally written by my father, Carlos A. Caggiani, in Spanish as "Huellas y Horizontes". Working together with him, I recently translated it into English and added photographs, a map, a foreword, and a list of all cities visited. This is the true story of my father's two-year journey around the world on a motorcycle in the 1960's. It reads like a novel, full of action and drama, intermixed with real journal entries from his voyage.

Description:
From 1964 to 1966, Carlos Caggiani traveled to 26 countries on a 1947 Indian Chief motorcycle with hardly a penny to his name. At 24 years of age, he embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. He spent time with everyone from poor natives in the Andes mountains, to rich families in the United States. He crossed rivers without bridges, suffered famine, intense heat and cold, guided his motorcycle through rain and snow storms, rode on dirt and cobblestone roads, was chased by the FBI, was shot at in Bolivia during a revolutionary war, and had a serious accident due to a mechanical failure in Panama that left him hospitalized for 17 days. The experiences in this book demonstrate a human being's tenacity and triumph in the face of adversity, and shows that anything is possible. There is always something more just beyond the horizon...and as the horizon expands, our limits disappear. 

Reader Testimonials:
"What a great read! Tracks and Horizons is truly an amazing story, filled with unique adventures throughout the whole world..." - Reader, Darryl
"The restless spirit in all of us comes alive when encountering a story like this." - Reader, Rory
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Right Path
Debra L Martin
David W Small 





Description:
THE RIGHT PATH: Abraham "Ham" Jones, a cripple, and Zia Slate, a tomboy with an attitude, find themselves unlikely partners in this post-apocalyptic tale of survival. It is decades later since the world blew itself apart. Life is harsh, gangs rule the streets, the system cops keep the peace anyway they can. Being a kid in this world isn't easy, being a cripple is about the worst sentence handed down. Being a girl with no protection is only slightly better. 

Ham and Zia's lives are irrevocably changed when they meet a mysterious old man bearing gifts - a cane for Ham and a knife for Zia. But, nothing is as it seems. Everyone wants something and no good deed goes unpunished. Forced into a desperate encounter, they must fight for their lives when it's discovered they now have possession of two of the legendary memory weapons, the very weapons that ultimately destroyed the world.


Review:
Here's an excerpt from a recent review: 5 stars
"The last time I've seen an extraordinary example of the spectra of the human machine, from the darkest shade of cruelty to the lightest shade of kindness and charity, was when I saw the film 'Blindness' a few years ago. THE RIGHT PATH is a poetic start to an epic journey of reviving humanity. 
5 Stars across the board. If novelettes could be nominated for Oscars, this would be in the category."

Author Bio:
Deb and Dave began their writing career together in the Fall of 2006 when they were both looking for something new to read. Their habit of sharing books back and forth had led them both to like and read pretty much the same kinds of genre. Their favorites were fantasy and science fiction. While on the phone, Dave in CA and Deb in MA were lamenting the fact that there was nothing new to read -- fantasy novels at the time were all about dragons and elves. They wanted something different and the sentence was spoken....."We could write better than some of this stuff." Of course, the next sentence was, "Well, why don't we?" and that's how it all began.

Those first drafts were certainly nothing to write home about. With authors in two different locations, there was lots of repetition which was good in a weird way. At least, they were on the same page about their writing. After many cross-country visits and too many edits to count, their first novel was born, Quest for Nobility, Book 1 of the RULE OF OTHARIA trilogy.

With the book finally finished, their own quest to find an agent started. Although they got many "excellent" rejections, no offer of representation happened. Fast forward just shy of 4 years later, they have decided to take control of their books and become Indie authors. Books 1 and 2 of the RULE OF OTHARIA series is now available for sale and a series of novellas in the DARK FUTURE series are also available for sale.

Deb and Dave are currently working on a new fantasy novel and hope to have it finished by 2011.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

News and All That Other Good Stuff

Hello everyone!  I've decided to take today for myself.  I haven't made any blog posts besides book listings or contest announcements since August 2nd.

Well, today I have news about my work.  Suzanna Burke interviewed me for her blog and it's available today.  If you are interested you can check it out at:  Soooz Says Stuff

She asked a few questions that really made me think. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Jobless Recovery, Second Edition

Jobless Recovery, Second Edition 
L.C. Evans

Dave Griffin thinks he has it made--beautiful girlfriend, computer programming job, and all the benefits that come with middle class life in America. Then Dave's employer callously decides to replace American computer programmers with a combination of offshore and imported labor in order to increase company profits. Now Dave is out on the street and can't find even a minimum wage job. But Dave still believes in the system. All he has to do is bring the problem to the attention of the media and the people in Washington to get results. But his agitating only deepens his trouble.
Meanwhile, Dave's friend Joe Tremaine, a former FBI agent who lost his job after suffering a devastating head injury, is struggling to pay for his medicine and help his daughter. Cynical Joe knows better than to trust anyone in Washington or in corporate America. He embroils Dave in his fraudulent money-making schemes, and when Joe decides to educate the powerful senator who has been the driving factor in eliminating American jobs, his plan goes terribly wrong. Dave is the only one who can help, but helping will force him to choose who and what he cares for. Can an unemployed computer jockey manage to keep Joe-and himself--out of jail? Or will the oddly-shaped bundle in the back of Joe's truck spell big trouble
for both of them?
 
Reviews:
“Jobless Recovery will push all your buttons as it tells a story that is too close to reality for many of us. It was a real think piece for me and I recommend the book highly.”--Sandy Nathan, award-winning author of Numenon and former Economic Analyst, Santa Clara County, California


"A brutally honest look at corporate America's flaws and desperate people caught in the middle, Jobless Recovery is a masterful, gripping piece of fiction that rings true with every word. Candid, suspenseful and moving. Jobless Recovery was a very enjoyable read, one of the best novels I've read in a while. I think it would make an awesome movie." --Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author




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Friday, September 24, 2010

Current Giveaways, September 24th, 2010

Current Giveaways, September 24th, 2010

If you have something you'd like listed please contact me at authorjcphelps@yahoo.com
Also, if you have any thing to add to this post please comment!  We would all love to hear what you think of any of the books posted, if you've already read them or read some of the authors other work. 
 
Author Hosted Giveaways!
Imogen Rose, author of Portal and Equilibrium, is running a contest.
**Last Chance**
Giveaway: Mousepad
Mousepad
To enter: click "like" or leave comment on Portal Facebook site
Drawing: 09/24/10
 
 
Fan Club Organizer giveaway: 
Please message me with your Fan Club link or details to enter.
Contest ends: 10/01/10





Blog Giveaways!
Click on the blog name to be redirected to that blog to enter.

 



Haunted Computer Books is hosting a Kindle giveaway and also has a "Pandora's Box" full of ebooks that will be given away as well.













PORTAL giveaway (all kinds of great goodies!) on Alex Bennett's blog (end 10/17):



Goodreads Giveaways!



**Last Chance**
Portal by Imogen Rose

Giveaway dates: Aug 23-Sep 25, 2010
1 copy available, 591 people requesting
Countries available: US, CA, and GB and AU




Come Find Me Two Years Ago...

Six words that propelled ice hockey playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension.

She suddenly found herself in the past. In one moment she went from being an ice hockey playing teenager in New Jersey to a glamorous cheerleader in California. She found herself transported from a happy life with her dad, Dillard, to a new, strange one living with her mother whom she hates. Apparently it's a life she's always lived in.

Everyone knows her as Arizona Darley, but she isn't. She is Arizona Stevens.

As she struggles to find answers she is certain of one thing- that her mother Olivia, a brilliant physicist, is somehow responsible. .

PORTAL is the story of the repercussions of Olivia Darley's attempt at creating a perfect world for herself and her children. Arizona's quest for answers threatens to undermine the seemingly perfect world that her mother has so carefully constructed.

PORTAL is the first book of the Portal Chronicles. Fans of time travel, romance, and the supernatural will enjoy Arizona's quest for answers.







**Last Chance**
Brand new signed copy from the author. The giveaway is for the old cover, not the one shown here. But it is still the same great book.

Giveaway dates: Aug 29-Sep 28, 2010
1 copy available, 267 people requesting
Countries available: US 

Khalida is a five thousand year old vampire. As technology and national security become more prominent, it becomes harder and harder for her to hide her secret from the world. In order to remain undetected by humans, she creates a network of people whose only job is to hide her identity.

But these aren't just any group of people. They are the best of the best, brought to her by chance; tied to her by a bond stronger than any she's ever known before. Being discovered by the human world isn't Khalida's only concern, however. She has made enemies in the vampire world.

When she makes a mistake that exposes her to those who want to take revenge on her, she is tossed into a whirlwind of death and destruction. She has to find out who is killing the humans who have become her family, and save those who remain.

Khalida has spent her entire life trying to protect the people she loves, but ultimately, she will have to decide between the ghosts of her past and the people who have put their lives on the line for her. Her decision may haunt her for the rest of her life.








 
**Last Chance**
Logos 
Cheryl Anne Gardner





Giveaway dates: Sep 09-Sep 30, 2010
1 copy available, 181 people requesting
Countries available: US and CA  

In all Chaos, there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order.

Now, imagine if the Horsemen were already among us, and imagine if the Fourth had a name.

This is the story of an immortal soul. It is the story of a lot that had been cast, a story of heartbreak, pain, and acceptance, and ultimately, it is a story of redemption through love.

From war ravaged 9BC Germania to modern day London, it is the story of three people whose lives will be forever changed by faith and fate . . . This is her story. her name is Selena, and she is the sword in the Shadows.





**Last Chance**
Giveaway dates: Sep 15-Sep 30, 2010
1 copy available, 204 people requesting
Countries available: US, CA, GB, and AU





Meet Alexis Stanton, a 5' 4" petite young woman with a yen for adventure. She grew up as a tomboy wishing she could have all the adventures boys could have. She has since decided that being a boy instead of a girl has its advantages, but being a woman is much better. Raised in a family with money, she was able to pick and choose her education. She has been schooled in everything from being a lady to courses with Special Forces instructors. Her desire for adventure and her boredom with her current employment and a strange 'Help Wanted' ad causes her to quit. She finds that job she could 'just die for'... and it looks like she just might!








Smashwords Giveaways!

M.R. Mathias, author of The Sword and the Dragon, is giving away a fantasy Novella at Smashwords.



"The First Dragoneer" is the first installment of the Dragoneer Saga. 
 click here to get your free copy of The First Dragoneer and enter the coupon code ZQ99Y until October 31st.

M.R. Mathias writes:
"The Royal Dragoneers" releases in mid Oct. and this free Novella is my only real promotion for it!

Also FREE:  "The Blood of Coldfrost" (A Wardstone Short)   click here to get your free copy of  "The Blood of Coldfrost"    No coupon needed for this one!










 The Adventurion by M.R. Mathias is free at Smashwords until October 31st with the coupon code:  NJ46X



Discounted Items!

The Kindness of Strangers by J.A. Titus is currently on sale at Amazon for only 99¢.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Logos

Logos
Cheryl Anne Gardner



Logos - Lit Fic, Paranormal
Description:
In all Chaos, there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order. Now, imagine if the Horsemen were already among us, and imagine if the Fourth had a name. This is the story of an immortal soul. It is the story of a lot that had been cast, a story of heartbreak, pain, and acceptance, and ultimately, it is a story of redemption through love. From war ravaged 9BC Germania to modern day London, it is the story of three people, whose lives will be forever changed by faith and fate . . . This is her story; her name is Selena, and she is the sword in the Shadows.

Author Bio:
Cheryl Anne Gardner is a writer of dark, often disturbing literary novellas. She is an advocate for independent film, music, and books, and when at all possible prefers to read and review out-of-the-mainstream indie published works, foreign translations, and a bit of philosophy. Her love of literature began at an early age with Bram Stoker's Dracula. Captivated by the Gothic and Dark Romantic stylings of Poe, Lovecraft, Kafka, and de Sade, her passion for the macabre manifests itself throughout her own work to this day. She lives with her husband and ferrets on the east coast USA, is an enthusiastic gardener, and her weekly blog column titled "Thoughts on The Craft" can be found at The Pod People Indie Book Review and Commentary site: PodPeep.Blogspot where she is a contributing editor, reviewer, and columnist.

Connect with the Author
Cheryl Anne Gardner's author website:  The Twisted Knickers
Find her at Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.a.gardner


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flaming Dove

Flaming Dove
Daniel Arenson


ASIN: B004089EPA



Description:

Outcast from Hell. Banished from Heaven. Lost on Earth. 

The battle of Armageddon was finally fought... and ended with no clear victor. Upon the mountain, the armies of Hell and Heaven beat each other into a bloody, uneasy standstill, leaving the Earth in ruins. Armageddon should have ended with Heaven winning, ushering in an era of peace. That's what the prophecies said. Instead, the two armies--one of angels, one of demons--hunker down in the scorched planet, lick their wounds, and gear up for a prolonged war with no end in sight. 

In this chaos of warring armies and ruined landscapes, Laila doesn't want to take sides. Her mother was an angel, her father a demon; she is outcast from both camps. And yet both armies need her, for with her mixed blood, Laila can become the ultimate spy... or ultimate soldier. As the armies of Heaven and Hell pursue her, Laila's only war is within her heart--a struggle between her demonic and heavenly blood.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale

An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale
Valmore Daniels
 
About the Book:
Valmore Daniels uses a fantasy setting to explore various themes such as courage, loyalty, betrayal, overcoming disabilities, and how to deal with growing up, while at the same time delivering a well-written, highly entertaining journey back to our the imaginary worlds of our childhood.

Written primarily for the young adult audience, An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale can be enjoyed by fantasy-lovers of all ages.
 
Description:
A darkness has settled across the Five Sundered Lands - an evil Sorceress has found one of the ancient artifacts, a Shard of Nelvin, and is using that power to enslave every mythical creature in the Lands.

It is up to Leif, a young human boy dying of cancer, to overcome his illness and become the hero who will find the remaining lost shards.

With a band of unlikely friends, Leif must overcome impossible obstacles, solve unsolvable puzzles, and travel through treacherous new worlds in his quest to defeat the Sorceress and reunite the Lands.
 
Reader Testimonials:
"Fun book!" -- Reader, Debra

"This is charming. All the elements are there for a wonderful tale and you have delivered them with skill and imagination." -- Reader, Beval

"Great mystical mystery here. Well written, great descriptions and intriguing storyline." -- Reader, Otto

"You've created a wonderful world of fantasy species that makes the reader smile. A beautiful cover adds to the enchantment! Great job!" -- Reader, Elizabeth
 
Promotions: 
 An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale is on sale for $.99 until next Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010.
 
 
Links to author Valmore Daniels:
http://www.ValmoreDaniels.com
 
 
 
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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Splendor of Antiquity

The Splendor of Antiquity
Cheryl Anne Gardner 





Description:
Blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy, can faith and science unite to save two desolate hearts. Can love triumph over deceit, and can a man and a woman put history aside and rediscover just how deep their bond lies. Antiquity follows French Archaeologists Joliette Deneauve and Olivier Botton as they grapple with the mystic implications of a discovery hidden deep within the Siberian mountains. As Joliette pursues her obsession, she becomes bewitched by the spirit of a long dead God-King, and torn with despair, her grip on reality is tested.  As Joliette attempts to decipher the incantations of a strange burial rite, painful memories from her own past begin to overcome her, and her faith in Botton is tested. Will she learn to trust him again, trust in her own heart, or will they slip farther away from one another, into the abyss and beyond?

Author Bio:
Cheryl Anne Gardner is a writer of dark, often disturbing literary novellas. She is an advocate for independent film, music, and books, and when at all possible prefers to read and review out-of-the-mainstream indie published works, foreign translations, and a bit of philosophy. Her love of literature began at an early age with Bram Stoker's Dracula. Captivated by the Gothic and Dark Romantic stylings of Poe, Lovecraft, Kafka, and de Sade, her passion for the macabre manifests itself throughout her own work to this day. She lives with her husband and ferrets on the east coast USA, is an enthusiastic gardener, and her weekly blog column titled "Thoughts on The Craft" can be found at The Pod People Indie Book Review and Commentary site: PodPeep.Blogspot where she is a contributing editor, reviewer, and columnist.

Connect with the Author
Cheryl Anne Gardner's author website:  The Twisted Knickers
Find her at Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.a.gardner

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Complete Kitten Care

Complete Kitten Care
Amy D. Shojai



 Description
COMPLETE KITTEN CARE: This is it--the one book you need when you're ready to add a new kitten to your household. The award-winning 1st Edition has been revised and updated for this Kindle Edition with the latest care and behavior information. The book offers a veritable "Kitten 101" packed with feline facts on...
  • choosing, training, and communicating with your kitten
  • the personalities of different breeds
  • pedigreed versus shelter kittens
  • introducing a kitten to other family members and pets
  • understanding feline behavior
  • food and grooming considerations
  • common medical concerns
  • living a long and happy life with your kittens as they grow into adulthood
  • cat legends, myths, and fun facts
  • plus an updated list of kitten and cat resources: HOT LINKS to the best kitten Web sites, cat associations, magazines, and pet product stores

Amy Shojai offers book giveaways every month to subscribers to her PET PEEVES E-newsletter.  Click here to subscribe and get entered to win!

You can find author Amy Shojai online at any of these places:
 

Reviews
"What baby expert Dr. Benjamin Spock did for people, kitten expert Amy Shojai has done for cats....Everthing you need to know to begin a blissful life with your kitty." --Ed Sayres, President, ASPCA
 
"A wealth of information for first-time kitten owners. Amy Shojai shows you how to enjoy kittenhood."
--Pam Johnson-Bennett, feline behaviorist and author of Think Like a Cat
 
"When you purchase a kitten, there should be four requirements by law: food, water dish, litter box, and this book."
--Steve Dale, Pet Central Radio Host and Syndicated Newspaper Columnist
"Finally there's an informative, fun-filled guide to help us raise the best cats possible…filled with practical solutions, delightful stories, and the latest in kitten-care research."
--Bob Walker and Frances Mooney, Authors of The Cats' House and Cats into Everything
"Covers kitten selection and care issues from A to Z…[a] thorough guide to getting your new baby off on the right paw."
--Carol Nelson Douglas, Author of the Midnight Louie Mysteries

 
Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant and author of 23 pet care books on Aging Dogs, Aging Cats, Cutting-Edge Pet Medicine, Pet Behavior, First Aid, Pit Bulls and more. She hosts her own radio program Pet Peeves, and is an expert on Animal Planet's DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Amy shares her home with a German shepherd and Siamese wannabe who keep her in line!
 
Living Better, Loving Longer...With Complete Care!

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