NEW RELEASE: Mary Pat Hyland

oniondomes_cover_300x456TITLE: In the Shadows of the Onion Domes

PRICE: $2.99 / £1.92 / EUR 2,68

GENRE: Short Stories, Humor, Literary

SYNOPSIS:

By the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers in New York’s Southern Tier lies a verdant valley called the Triple Cities.

The shoe factories that originally drew thousands of immigrants from across Europe have long moved on.

What remains are the distinct ethnic flavors of a gritty community determined to overcome economic woes, adapt to the rapid changes in society and find true meaning in life.

Consider these eighteen stories as pages ripped from a sketchbook. Some are quick studies; others are more detailed portraits inspired by observed characters, whispered gossip, overheard conversations and the local lore of the residents whose neighborhoods are framed by the gilded Orthodox Church domes that span this valley.

You’ll find that each tale has its own tone: some are humorous or poignant, others are surprising and haunting.

newcoverportrait2_750x1000AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://www.marypathyland.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marypathyland

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cailinAolain

Blog: http://www.marypathyland.com/thehylander/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1282032.Mary_Pat_Hyland

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SHARE: Curious words of the past

Paul Anthony Jones wrote a fun column for the Huffington Post about twenty-six now obscure words that he found in Noah Webster’s first dictionary.  Here are a couple I found especially fun:

JACKPUDDING (n.)
A jackpudding is a “merry-andrew” or “a zany” according to Webster — in other words, a joker who acts the fool to make other people laugh.

MAFFLE (v.)
To stammer or stumble on your words. To faffel means the same thing.

XEROPHAGY (n.)
Xerophagy is “the eating of dry meats,” according to Webster, who described the practice as “a sort of fast among the primitive Christians.” In all, he listed just 13 words under X in his dictionary – which is 13 more than Samuel Johnson, who instead stated that “X is a letter which, though found in Saxon words, begins no word in the English language.”

hFinally! Margaret Sullivan of the New York Times has written a column calling for the media to treat Amazon and Hachette equally in their dispute. She says their fight is a tale of digital disruption.

This is a very important read for all indie authors!

COVER REVEAL: Mary Pat Hyland

oniondomes_cover_300x456Title: In the Shadows of the Onion Domes

Genre: Short stories, literary fiction

Theme: This is a collection of short stories prompted by observations of characters, overheard conversations, gossip, and community lore from the Triples Cities in New York’s Southern Tier. The area was a beacon for blue collar immigrants in the 20th century, and their ethnicity adds the spice to these melting pot tales.

Publication Date: Fall 2014

NEW RELEASE: Melissa Smith

untanglemyhearteBOOK TITLE: Untangle My Heart

PRICE: $2.99

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SYNOPSIS: Four people, minus two relationships, equals one perfect pair.

When a chance mix up tosses everything into the air, everyone is caught off guard. The only thing you can do then is stand back and wait for things to settle so you can untangle the mess.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23006040-untangle-my-heart

AUTHOR LINKS

Blog: http://melissasmithbooks.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Melissa.Smith.Books

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Melissa__Smith_

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4484603.Melissa_A_Smith

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon:: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVE55XA https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MVE55XA
Kobo:: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/untangle-my-heart-1
Smashwords:: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469732
iTunes:: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id912450845
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GIVEAWAY:: Stop here to participate in a giveaway in celebration of the book’s publication. https://www.facebook.com/Melissa.Smith.Books/app_228910107186452

NEW RELEASE: Gerry McCullough

The_Seanachie_2_front_covereBOOK TITLE: The Seanachie 2: Norah on the Beach and other stories

PRICE: 99p / 99c

GENRE: Irish Short Stories, Humour

SYNOPSIS:

The second collection of twelve humorous Irish short stories featuring Old Seamus, the Seanachie – a lovable rogue from the fictional Donegal village of Ardnakil – whose amusing yarns and escapades are narrated by his old friend and regular visitor, Jamie. These stories were first published in the popular Irish weekly magazine from Wexford, Ireland’s Own.

A Seanachie is an Irish storyteller and Seamus is a great example of a storyteller. His storytelling covers many eras of recent Irish history – from his own childhood to modern times, and he often manages to get up to great antics in his attempts to help his friends out. The fire is lit and the smell of burning turf fills the air, the Guinness is cold, his pipe is going and Seamus is ready to tell another few yarns!

These stories involve a billy goat, a horse race, a kitten and a giant cucumber. There’s a wedding, a birthday and a white Christmas – a mixed up present, that leads to another wedding, and a rescue by the wrong man, who turns out to be the right one in the end! Romance, humour, intrigue and a glimpse into Irish life as once used to be.

Seamus is as crafty as they come, is not averse to ‘taking the law into his own hands’, can keep a secret for many years and is a willing nemesis to any who wish harm to the innocent. Seamus O’Hare, Donegal’s answer to Robin Hood!

Gerry_pod_logoAUTHOR BIO: Gerry McCullough, born and brought up in North Belfast, is an award winning short story writer with a distinguished reputation. She has had nearly seventy short stories published, broadcast, or collected in anthologies, and around thirty poems published in various magazines. In 2005 her story Primroses won the Cuirt Award (Galway Arts Festival) and she has won, been short listed, and been commended in a number of other literary competitions since.

Gerry graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy, and followed this with an MA in English Literature, also from Queen’s. She now lives in Conlig just outside Bangor, Northern Ireland. She is married to singer-songwriter, writer and radio presenter Raymond McCullough, and has four children.

Gerry’s first novel, Belfast Girls, originally published by Night Publishing and now published by Precious Oil Publications, was a #1 bestseller on paid UK Kindle Literary Fiction. Belfast Girls is set mainly in the years after the ceasefires and the peace process, and is the story of three girls, friends since childhood, from different religious backgrounds, who remain friends in spite of this difference; and of their lives and loves.

Danger Danger, her second book, an Irish romantic thriller, was followed by a collection of 12 Irish short stories, The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus. Angel in Flight, featuring Angel Murphy, ‘a strong minded Belfast girl’, was published in June 2012. Angel in Belfast, the second Angel Murphy thriller, came out in June 2013. Gerry is also the author of a children’s book, Lady Molly & The Snapper, a time travel adventure set in Ireland and on the high seas, in which the brother and sister travel back to meet, among others, Cuchulain, St Patrick, Grainne the pirate, and victims of the Famine.

Johnny McClintock’s War, her latest book, published in August 2014 is set before, during and after the first world war and the twenties’ Irish troubles and focuses on a man’s inner struggle with his faith in the midst of outward conflict.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://www.gerrymccullough.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gerry.mccullough

https://www.facebook.com/gerrymcculloughirish

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gerry1098

Blog: http://gerrymccullough.blogspot.co.uk/

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Seanachie2

 

 

The Watchers Book 1:
Knight of Light

 

In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity.

Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.

The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural.

The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness.
Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions

About the Author

“My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles!

Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures.”

-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on AmazonDeirdra’s websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.

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NEW RELEASE: Gerry McCullough

JMW_front covereBOOK TITLE: Johnny McClintock’s War: One Man’s Struggle Against the Hammer Blows of Life

PRICE: £1.99 / $2.99

GENRE: Historical Fiction / Literary Fiction

SYNOPSIS: The story of one man’s struggle to maintain his faith in spite of everything life throws at him.

As the outbreak of the First World War looms closer, John Henry McClintock, a Northern Irish Protestant by upbringing, meets Rose Flanagan, a Catholic, at a gospel tent mission – and falls in love with her.

When Johnny enlists and sets off to fight in the war he finds himself surrounded by death and tragedy, which pushes his trust in God to the limit.

After more than five years absence he returns home to a bitter, war torn Ireland, where both he and Rose are seen as traitors to their own sides.

John Henry and Rose overcome all opposition and, finally, marry. But a few years later comes the hardest blow of all. Can John Henry still hang on to his faith in God?

 

AUTHOR BIO: Gerry McCullough, born and brought up in North Belfast, is an award winning short story writer with a distinguished reputation. She has had nearly seventy short stories published, broadcast, or collected in anthologies, and around thirty poems published in various magazines. In 2005 her story Primroses won the Cuirt Award (Galway Arts Festival) and she has won, been short listed, and been commended in a number of other literary competitions since.

Gerry graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy, and followed this with an MA in English Literature, also from Queen’s. She now lives in Conlig just outside Bangor, Northern Ireland. She is married to singer-songwriter, writer and radio presenter Raymond McCullough, and has four children.

Gerry’s first novel, Belfast Girls, originally published by Night Publishing and now published by Precious Oil Publications, was a #1 bestseller on paid UK Kindle Literary Fiction. Belfast Girls is set mainly in the years after the ceasefires and the peace process, and is the story of three girls, friends since childhood, from different religious backgrounds, who remain friends in spite of this difference; and of their lives and loves.

Danger Danger, her second book, an Irish romantic thriller, was followed by a collection of 12 Irish short stories, The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus. Angel in Flight, featuring Angel Murphy, ‘a strong minded Belfast girl’, was published in June 2012. Angel in Belfast, the second Angel Murphy thriller, came out in June 2013. Gerry is also the author of a children’s book, Lady Molly & The Snapper, a time travel adventure set in Ireland and on the high seas, in which the brother and sister travel back to meet, among others, Cuchulain, St Patrick, Grainne the pirate, and victims of the Famine.

Johnny McClintock’s War, her latest book, published in August 2014 is set before, during and after the first world war and the twenties’ Irish troubles and focuses on a man’s inner struggle with his faith in the midst of outward conflict.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://www.gerrymccullough.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gerry.mccullough

https://www.facebook.com/gerrymcculloughirish

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gerry1098

Blog: http://gerrymccullough.blogspot.co.uk/

 

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/JohnnyMcClintocksWar

SHARE: Thoughts on creativity

bookshelfMaria Popova has a great post on BrainPickings.org about Paul Cronin’s book of discussions with filmmaker Werner Herzog, A Guide for the Perplexed. Although Herzog’s focus is on film-making, his advice for leading a creative life applies to anyone in the the arts fields. When I read it, it sang to me of the struggles indie writers face.

Read the whole article HERE.

SHARE: Epic book cover fails

Um, this looks like a rejected cover for Lolita. A bit of art recycling going on?

Um, this looks like a rejected cover for Lolita. A bit of art recycling going on?

Here’s a good post found through Twitter today. The Guardian Books Blog has an amusing post on The five worst book covers ever. And yes, the examples they give are great examples of false (and often bizarre) advertising.

It highlights the importance for indies to be extra careful when selecting a cover for their books. Strive for eye-catching and original, but make sure the imagery matches the story. Many authors crowdsource opinions on design choices (at websites such as kindleboards.com) before selecting a cover. That’s a great idea.

So what’s the worst book cover you’ve ever seen?