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A World War 2 Trilogy

By FRED NATH (Novelist and Neurosurgeon)

Guest Writers

Each month, I'm featuring a recently published author's work right here!

2016 

SJA TURNEY

Simon Turney is an excellent and prolific writer of Roman fiction. His Legionary series is very successful. Gripping stuff to be honest! This series is different but still packs a punch and fans of Roman historical novels won’t be disappointed.

Fast, pacey and slick, this story of treason and plots mixed with well-written and choreographed action will have you on the edge of your seat, desperately turning the pages.


Click on the image to go to Amazon and buy it!


Highly recommended.

2012

September / October

Kirsty Clark

Here's a romantic book I really enjoyed reading, though ''taint ma thang'.

Maybe it's because I'm reminded of my days in Scotland or maybe it's the emotional content or the accents, I don't know. Whay I do know is this is a great book - recommended!

Ella always knew that Mr Right was out there somewhere. And when she looks out of the window of her student flat and sees Sergeant Scotty Andrews on the parade ground, she knows she’s found him. In just a few weeks her life is transformed.


But how will Ella adapt to the reality of a soldier’s life when Scotty is posted to Bosnia?


Love and duty, life and death are on a collision course in this tragedy for our times.




About the Author

Kirsty Clark is a teacher of English, and is a lifelong champion of the marginalized and undervalued in literature and in real life.

August

(Repeated because it's a terrific Read)

This excellent Roman fiction is at the top of Amazon's bestseller list under the 'War' heading. It's a damned good read too!

Gordon Doherty

STRATEGOS

When the falcon has flown, the mountain lion will charge from the east, and all Byzantium will quake. Only one man can save the empire . . . the Haga!

1046 AD. The Byzantine Empire teeters on full-blown war with the Seljuk Sultanate. In the borderlands of Eastern Anatolia, a land riven with bloodshed and doubt, young Apion's life is shattered in one swift and brutal Seljuk night raid. Only the benevolence of Mansur, a Seljuk farmer, offers him a second chance of happiness.

Yet a hunger for revenge burns in Apion's soul, and he is drawn down a dark path that leads him right into the heart of a conflict that will echo through the ages. (Click on image to buy on Amazon!)

Gordon is a Scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction.

His love of history was piqued during spells living and working close to both Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall, sites of rich history winding back through thousands of years. The later Roman Empire and Byzantium hold a particular fascination for Gordon.

He lists many authors amongst his influences, including: Simon Scarrow, David Gemmell, Sam Barone, Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, Ben Kane & Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Gordon also enjoys reading and writing sci-fi and black comedy.

His Legionary series is set in the Eastern Roman Empire circa 376 AD and follows the adventures of the border legions as the empire begins to waver under the relentless crush of barbarians from the east and the north.

His Strategos series is set around the build up to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 AD and follows the dark and troubled life of a Byzantine general in a land riven with bloodshed and doubt.

All of Gordon's novels are available from good online stores as a paperback or an eBook.

Happy reading!

www.gordondoherty.co.uk

June

Anne Lyken-Garner

Anne is a freelance writer. She's widely published on the Internet and elsewhere, and writes mainly on subjects of family, relationships, frugal living and lifestyle. She's a long time blogger and editor for an online magazine.

Anne is also a co-founder of the writer's co-operative, Year Zero. Her book, 'SUNDAY'S CHILD' is an excellent and moving read. Highly recommended. As an actress she's also appeared in Dr Who!

Sunday's Child tells of the harrowing systematic abuse of a little girl by her grandmother, while giving the reader a glimpse of the political and cultural climate of 1980's Guyana.

In a desperate economic crisis, Guyana is forced to resort to food and energy rationing. Acclaimed author Anne Lyken-Garner's tale picks up on the humorous aspects that the young girl experiences while forced to spend hours in food lines, simultaneously unfolding the sadness and desperation that is her everyday life.

A soldier in Jonestown, where more than nine hundred people committed mass suicide, the young girl's uncle tells her of the dead bodies he's seen - but she doesn't mention the one that she herself has witnessed. When she loses the one person in her life who cares for her - and tries to save her - she knows in her heart that her life is about to end...

MAY

Laura Jarratt

A truly excellent Young Adult book from an excellent writer!

Skin Deep

Ugly people don't have feelings. They're not like everyone else. They don't notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn't hurt them. They're not like real people. Or that's what I used to think. Before I learned...After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan's a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn't believe her; he can't imagine why this place shouldn't be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna. But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found...

About the Author

Laura Jarratt was born in Salford and has lived all over the UK. Although her favourite subject was English, she accidentally studied Science at university. She finally settled in rural Cheshire, where she is owned by a ginger cat with no tail. By day, she works in education because it's never boring and by night, she writes for young adults because they're the most interesting people in the world.

APRIL

This excellent Roman fiction is at the top of Amazon's bestseller list under the 'War'. It's a damned good read too!

Gordon Doherty

STRATEGOS

When the falcon has flown, the mountain lion will charge from the east, and all Byzantium will quake. Only one man can save the empire . . . the Haga!

1046 AD. The Byzantine Empire teeters on full-blown war with the Seljuk Sultanate. In the borderlands of Eastern Anatolia, a land riven with bloodshed and doubt, young Apion's life is shattered in one swift and brutal Seljuk night raid. Only the benevolence of Mansur, a Seljuk farmer, offers him a second chance of happiness.

Yet a hunger for revenge burns in Apion's soul, and he is drawn down a dark path that leads him right into the heart of a conflict that will echo through the ages. (Click on image to buy on Amazon!)

Gordon is a Scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction.

His love of history was piqued during spells living and working close to both Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall, sites of rich history winding back through thousands of years. The later Roman Empire and Byzantium hold a particular fascination for Gordon.

He lists many authors amongst his influences, including: Simon Scarrow, David Gemmell, Sam Barone, Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, Ben Kane & Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Gordon also enjoys reading and writing sci-fi and black comedy.

His Legionary series is set in the Eastern Roman Empire circa 376 AD and follows the adventures of the border legions as the empire begins to waver under the relentless crush of barbarians from the east and the north.

His Strategos series is set around the build up to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 AD and follows the dark and troubled life of a Byzantine general in a land riven with bloodshed and doubt.

All of Gordon's novels are available from good online stores as a paperback or an eBook.

Happy reading!

March

Heikki Hietala

Tulagi Hotel

I first came across this book as it went up the ranks in Authonomy. It's an engaging, well-written story and well worth the read.

Now published by Pfoxmoor Ltd.

You can buy it from Amazon.com for a little over $4.

Also at: Book Depository

World War II has given Jack McGuire the chance to escape the confines of the Midwest and the family farm. An ace U.S. Navy fighter pilot, he risks his life each day with his squadron in the South Pacific theatre. For him, there's calm and camaraderie up there in the cockpit. But when the war ends, Jack struggles to find his place in civilian society


Turning his back on his home, family and inheritance, he returns to the Solomon Islands. Here he builds a hotel on the same island paradise he flew over in his years of combat.


But when Kay Wheeler, the widow of his wartime best friend and wingman, comes to visit the island, Jack's orderly world is disrupted. He is forced to consider whether there's room enough for two in his reinvented life.

Tulagi Hotel has its origins in the author's lifelong interest in military history and popular culture. Hietala has accumulated a large library of books on World War 2, and assisted in editing and translating of a pictorial history of the Finnish Air Force 1928-1945.

Historical Novels Review 2011: "A great read."

Heikki began writing Tulagi Hotel in 1996, but research and background work -- not to mention everyday life -- meant slow progress for many years. The first complete version was ready in 2007, and in September 2008 a refined version was uploaded onto the HarperCollins website, Authonomy. Tulagi Hotel reached #15 among some seven thousand books.

Besides this novel, Hietala has written short stories, some of which have appeared in anthologies, ezines and literary websites, such as Emprise Review. He is a member of Year Zero Writers, an non-conventional convention of unconventional authors, and is currently discussing the publication of a collection of his short stories. A second book is being worked on, in the hope of not waiting another 14 years for it. Some of the short stories are available at his website.

February

Sheila Mary Taylor

Sheila's book is a gripping legal thriller that rose to the top of Authonomy, into the top 100 on the Amazon charts and it's an excellent read. Highly recommended.

A lawyer, a murderer and a policeman – caught in a tangled web of love, loss, terror and intrigue.

When criminal lawyer Julia Grant interviews Sam Smith who has been charged with a vicious murder, she feels a strange connection to him.

Has she met him before? Does he hold a key to her lost childhood memories?

He feels a connection too. “Julia, you are the only one who can help me,” he pleads.

Is it the same connection? Does he know something she cannot recall?

When he is duly convicted despite her best efforts, he suddenly turns on her in the courtroom and threatens that one day he will make sure to wreak his revenge on her.

But why?

What has she ever done to him?

(Click here)

January


Dani J Caile

Dani says:After experiencing life at many levels both in the UK and the world, Dani decided to put pen to paper, exercising the old brain cells. Over the years, Dani thought many times of this possibility, but only now has it come into fruition. Website: (http://djc.yolasite.com/).

Take a devilish romp through a world of death, where souls pay for experiences, monkeys are the hosts, and God is the service provider.

God (Reginald) has been in control for millenia. With His staff of hundreds, and millions of souls passing through to experience the delights of physicality, his reign has become complacent. His servants, Satan and Lucifer, jump at the chance to take what they see as rightfully theirs.

The Grim Reaper, or Graham Reader as he calls himself, has been doing his job of transporting souls ever since he can remember, to gain his wings. But he has become tainted by the actions of the monkeys living on the planet. Unbeknown to him, a plan is afoot to change the status quo of 'up above' and 'down below', where he is a linchpin to both interested parties.

I recommend this book that I came across on Authonmy. It is fresh, amusing and entirely original.

Availlable from Create space:

https://www.createspace.com/3731273

Give it a try - you won't be sorry!

(Click here)

September:

JAKE BARTON

Jake:

During the course of an unconventional life, touched by wanderlust, involving much movement around the globe, he has been a labourer in a steel-works, taught English and History, been a work-study engineer, a restaurateur, civil servant, Nightclub bouncer, antique dealer, owned a small French vineyard.

Catch him on Wordpress.

The book:

This excellent thriller needs no real introduction from me! Jake's first published book reached the heights of Authonomy prior to publication. It's a gripping, harrowing read. Thoroughly convincing, it never loses it's narrative trajectory. Number 99 in the Amazon Kindle bestseller list, (been much higher) this book is strongly recommended. All you kindle fans should try it!

One reader wrote:"…impossible to put down. Great characters, excellent plot, multi-dimensional. Already looking forward to the sequel."

(Click here or on book to go there!)

August:

Chad Hautmann

Chad, (who is also published by Fingerpress) has produced a stunning novel in 'Magic and Grace'.

His previous book 'Billie's ghost, published by Penguin is available here.

Magic and Grace is a focus on a small part of the life of a writer with one successful novel, an adopted Chinese daughter, a divorce and a drink problem who who lives in Naples, Florida. Not my usual read this, but like John Irving, Chad has produced a book filled with real-life characters and situations real people could be facing, ranging from a mother under threat of arrest for grand theft auto and a Christian extremist movement who wish to shame and blame him for being normal.

I really enjoyed this - it's a quick easy read.

Buy this book. At times it will bring emotions from the well-springs of your heart; at others, it will make you laugh out loud. A stunning read from a superb writer.

You can find my Amazon review Here.

You can also buy the book from 'Fingerpress'.

April:



Joanne Ellis

Australia's answer to Patricia Cornwell!

'Spoilt' is an already best-selling published thriller, a stunning read and highly recommended. Jo is an excellent writer.

Give this book a go!

SPOILT

Spoilt spent a week in the US top ten in the Kindle bestsellers list, with two days at #1. It peaked at #2 in the UK and spent over a month in the top 20. Within a week it was considered a 'bestseller'. Currently it is still just in the top 2o in the UK and 1oo in US.

RELEASED IN JULY 2010 BY NIGHT PUBLISHING

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LINK


Passion. Envy. Love. Murder.

One way or another, everyone is spoilt.


A sadistic serial killer is stalking the streets, carving his hate into the bodies of beautiful, young women.


The murders are stirring up bad memories for Detective Lucas Hudson, as he struggles to remain focused - juggling the horrors of today with horrors from the past.


When Chelsea Summerville's best friend goes missing, she's unwillingly dragged into the race to stop the killer.

As Lucas and Chelsea find happiness together, Chelsea becomes the hunter rather than the hunter.


Can Lucas shake off his demons and save the woman he loves, or will everything he holds dear be spoilt? 

March:



Richard Pierce

I first came across Richard's writing on Authonomy. He is currently agented by the Ampersand Agency. The reason he has a good agent is simply because his writing is superb. I've read the first half of 'Dead Men' and I can tell you, when it's published you must, MUST get a copy. It is superbly written and apart from the technical aspects the story it is gripping and pulls you in. It is a page-turner though gentle in it's inception.

Once it is out in the shops, look out for this stunning book.

Here's the link to the website:

DEAD MEN

By Richard Pierce

Synopsis:

Birdie Bowers is a girl with a dead man’s name. Her parents were obsessed with the death of her namesake on his way back from the South Pole in 1912, and have passed that obsession on to her. Almost a hundred years after his death, she is determined to discover what really happened.

Adam is bored. He has no life to talk of. But then he meets Birdie. And falls in love with her. She persuades him to travel to Antarctica with him. There, they discover that the published records of the Scott and Amundsen expeditions are not a true record of the events of 1912.

Here is what Peter Buckman of The Ampersand Agency has to say about

DEAD MEN:

This is an inventive, original, and totally absorbing novel about love, obsession, life and death, which begins with the finding of Captain Scott’s body in the Antarctic in 1912, and ends in the same place nearly 100 years later.

February's Writer:

N. Gemini Sasson

Gemi, a superb hisorical fiction writer, has written and published four books so far.

She is one of the most talented authors of historical fiction I saw on Authonomy when I hung out there. My favourite book of hers is

'Isabeau'

A stunning story about Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer. Highly recommended.

Here's the short synopsis:

The marriage of Isabella of France and Edward II of England in 1308 is a union meant to secure lasting peace between the two most powerful countries in Christendom. For years, Isabella is a loyal wife, who repeatedly salvages her husband’s kingship, even as she endures his neglect. When she finally speaks out against Edward's favorite, Hugh Despenser, her income, lands and children are taken from her. In an age when women are not supposed to openly defy their husbands, Isabella vows to get her children back and have her revenge on Despenser – no matter what the cost.

Imprisoned in the Tower of London for leading a rebellion against King Edward, Mortimer escapes with Isabella’s help and finds refuge in the French court. But when Isabella arrives in Paris to negotiate a peace treaty, it is a temptation the ambitious Mortimer cannot resist. Not only does he become the leader of Isabella’s mercenary forces, but also her conspirator and her lover. 

Historical Novel Review Blog -"This riveting story sweeps the reader into the turbulence of 14th century England, Scotland, and France with passion and detailed historical fact . . . N. Gemini Sasson breathed life into the woman known as the She-Wolf and portrayed her with sensitivity and great humanity."

http://ngeminisasson.com/isabeau.htm

The paperback and Kindle versions are available on Amazon here:

Gemi has also completed a trilogy about Robert the Bruce which is no less riveting and as superbly written than Isabeau.

The first part of book one of that trilogy (The Crown in the Heather) can be reached here

January's writer:

Paul House

Book: Harbour

Three cultures collide—the end of an Empire.

Half a world away from the Nazi menace, Hong Kong stands at the crossroads of East and West – proud colony of the Tai-Pan and the triad, of Tao-ism and traders, of the outsider and the half-caste.

But just as Britain and Europe are threatened by Hitler, so Japan is advancing relentlessly on Hong Kong. As war is declared and hostilities gather pace, this flawed, glittering society, forgotten and abandoned by its colonial masters, is turned upside down. Privilege and power, honour and chicanery, self-interest, fatalism and opportunism all collide.

As these worlds fragment, a love story emerges to defy convention and culture.

I'm recommending this book because the writer really can write in a gripping compulsive style that pulls you into the story and keeps you locked into it until the very last page!,

Reviews:

Amazon reviews (all 5 star):

"Lumbricus" says:

"Well researched facts and locations add to the engrossing and totally absorbing"

Simon Betterton says:

"An inimitable style, a great voice, an intriguing plot, and all in all a really enjoyable read".

Sample Chapters available here:

http://www.paul-house.com/chapter.asp?id=107&projid=20

Available from:

The Book Depository

and

Amazon

Highly recommended!

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