Thursday, December 15, 2011

Featured Book - A Fleet in Being: The Austro-Hungarian Navy in WWI

A Fleet in Being:
The Austro-Hungarian Navy in WWI
Russell Phillips


The Kaiserliche und K├Ânigliche Kriegsmarine -- The Austro-Hungarian Navy -- was in at the beginning of World War I when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie lay in state abord its flagship, and at the end when it dissolved along with the empire that commanded it. During the war, this small but powerful "fleet in being" forced the Allies to maintain a blockade of the Otranto Straits. German and Austro-Hungarian u-boats ran riot elsewhere in the Mediterranean even though the capital ships almost never left port.

Illustrated with thirty photographs and drawings, this book provides a comprehensive and detailed listing of the ships that made up the KuK Kriegsmarine, its operations, and the unique problems this unusual fleet faced, from contentious dueling parliaments to ships built by landlocked Hungary. 
About the author:

Born and brought up in a mining village in South Yorkshire, Russell Phillips has lived and worked in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cumbria and Staffordshire. His articles have been published in Television Magazine, Miniature Wargames, Wargames Illustrated and the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers' Journal. He currently lives in Stoke on Trent with his wife and son.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Playing Catch Up & New Covers

I haven't posted here for a while.  I've been having computer problems and I still don't have access to my iPhoto.  That sucks because we got some pictures of the recent lunar eclipse.

But, I do have some book submissions coming up in the next couple of days and some exciting news.  I'm taking today for the news because I didn't post first thing this morning and want to give the up coming books a full days worth of blog time.

So... Some of you might know that I've been waiting for new covers.  Well... I got them!  Most of you probably already know this because I've Facebooked the heck out of them.

Here they are!

These are just the front covers.  The backs are just as awesome and I love that they all look very similar so you can tell they are a series. 

I haven't put together an omnibus yet but think I will do it sometime near the beginning of next year.  Next year... It never fails to make me think that's a long time from whenever I say it, but it's less than a month away.

Also, I will be joining three other authors for a book signing this Thursday (December 15th) at the Sturgis Public Library from 5PM to 7PM.  The other authors are:
Jorie Jertson

Dianna Young

Sandra Brannan

Monday, November 21, 2011

First Real Snow for Winter 2011

We've had a little snow here and there since Halloween but nothing that stuck until the 19th.  I got my cold butt out into the weather and took a few pictures.  If you go to my Facebook page you've probably already seen them, but I thought I'd share here, too.

That's the weather update.

I've still been writing for NaNo.  I'm keeping up fairly well, but still have a long way to go with the story.  Hopefully, I'll FINALLY finish the fourth book in the series.  I know there are a few people out there who want another and if I could just get this one out I could maybe work on something new.  That would be fun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Featured Book - Inferno (Destroyers, Book Two) by Holly Hook

(Destroyers, Book Two)
Holly Hook

 Ever since becoming leader of the human hurricanes called Tempests, 16-year-old Janelle is overdue for a vacation. But the trip to Hawaii quickly presents its own problems when she meets Kenna, a local sophomore who makes the volcano start rumbling when she's nearby. So when Kenna gets kidnapped, Janelle has to find her before catastrophes can start.  If she doesn’t, it could mean the end of civilization as we know it, and the death of everyone she loves.

Connect with the author at her site 
Holly Hook is also the author of Tempest (Destroyers, Book One) and Rita Morse and the Sinister Shadow.  She is currently co-authoring an adult urban fantasy and writing a standalone young adult comedy. 

The author is hosting a giveaway for paperback versions of Tempest and Inferno.  The contest ends on Dec. 1st and can be found here:

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Featured Audio Book - Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention
Jeannette Scollard 


This story chronicles how a problematic marriage between a desperate bride and an obstinate king slowly transformed into a great love affair, the remarkable legacy of which was the launch of the Age of Discovery.
Philippa of Lancaster, older sister of Britain's King Henry IV, hungered for her own power and influence when she married King Joao of Portugal, a stubborn former priest. Although assisted by Philippa's father in salvaging Portugal's future as an independent country, Joao refused to share the same castle as his bride. Then, to their great mutual surprise, Philippa and Joao discovered they were a match made in heaven. Their awkward marriage of convenience blossomed into a wonderful love affair. They raised a stellar family and launched Portugal's ascent into its Golden Age.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Release - Creative Spirit

Creative Spirit
Scott Nicholson


When artists gather at a remote Appalachian estate for a retreat, they are unaware that their energy is feeding something unwholesome. Sculptor Mason Jackson and dying parapsychologist Anna Galloway must uncover the dark secrets of Korban Manor before their spirits are trapped forever.
A modern Gothic thriller

After parapsychologist Anna Galloway is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, which is now an artist's retreat in the remote Appalachian Mountains. Drawn both by the ghost stories surrounding the manor and her own sense of destiny, Anna signs up for the retreat.

Sculptor Mason Jackson has come to Korban Manor to make a final, all-or-nothing attempt at success before giving up his dreams. When he becomes obsessed with carving Ephram Korban's form out of wood, he questions his motivation but is swept up in a creative frenzy unlike any he has ever known.

Sylva Hartley is an old mountain witchwoman who is connected to Ephram Korban both before and after his death. Her knowledge of Appalachian folk spells and potions has bound her to the manor in a deeper and darker way. Sylva harbors a family secret that refuses to stay slumbering in its grave.

The manor itself has secrets, with fires that blaze constantly in the hearths, portraits of Korban in every room, and deceptive mirrors on the walls. The house's brooding atmosphere affects the creative visions of the visiting artists. A mysterious woman in white calls to Anna from the forest, while Mason is driven by the whispers of an unseen critic. With an October blue moon looming, both the living and the dead learn the true power of their dreams.

It's a power that Korban craves for himself, because he walks a shadowy land where passions burn cold and even the ghosts are haunted. The author's preferred DRM-free edition of the 2004 U.S. paperback release THE MANOR.
  Note:  Creative Spirit at Amazon is currently the screenplay edition - the novel release date is currently scheduled for December 1st.  However it is live at Amazon UK

 Click here to buy from Amazon UK

Click below to buy the Screenplay from Amazon for Kindle