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#TuesdayBookBlog BACKSTORIES by Simon Van Der Velde (@SimonVdVwriter ) Engaging, clever, informative, and beautifully crafted #RBRT #shortstories

Hi all:

I bring you a book that resists easy classification. It is a collection of short stories (sort of), non-fiction biographies (sort of), and also a quiz/challenge for the reader. Rosie never fails in her selection of reading material, that’s for sure.

Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde

Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde 

Can you find the famous person hidden in every story? And once found, can you understand them?

‘Ingenious idea, brilliantly executed’ – Daily Mirror

Backstories – ‘the stand-out most original book of the year’ – is a collection of stories each told from the point of view of one of my personal heroes, (or villains) back when they were just another Jew or black, or queer – back when they were nobody. Bullied, assaulted or psychologically abused, their road to redemption was never easy, and for some there would be no redemption, only a descent into evil.

These are the stories of people you know. The settings are mostly 60’s and 70’s UK and USA, the driving themes are inclusion and social justice – but the real key to these stories is that I withhold the protagonists’ identities. This means that your job is to find them – leading to that Eureka moment when you realise who’s mind you’ve been inhabiting for the last twenty minutes.

I should also add that this is a book that operates on two levels. Yes, there’s the game of identifying the mystery activist or actor, singer or murderer, but there is then the more serious business of trying to understand them. This in turn leads to the challenge of overlaying what you now know about these famous people onto what you thought you knew – not to mention the inherent challenge to your moral compass.

These are people you know, but not as you know them. Peel back the mask and see.

This book is dedicated to the victims of violent crime, the struggle against discrimination in all its forms and making the world a better place for our children. That is why 30% of all profits will be shared between Stop Hate UK, The North East Autism Society and Friends of the Earth.

Simon Van der Velde January, 2021

Backstories is published by Smoke & Mirrors Press.

MY BACKSTORIES QUEST

“Whatever happened to, all of the heroes?” The Stranglers 1977

was twelve years old when I first heard this song and although there was something in the feral tone that grabbed me, I didn’t really understand it. I do now. I get the angst and the loss and the emptiness, which is why, in Backstories, I aim to answer the question.

I’m not interested in simplistic tabloid truths. They clung on too long, drank too much, lost their looks and their charm and generally reminded us that we’re all getting older. That’s not what I want from my heroes.

What I want is to find the spark, to dig down into their pain, their passions and their imperfections, and show you our heroes as they truly are.

So join me on my quest. Let’s bypass the obvious, the tedious, and the dull, and brave the deeper, darker paths where the treasures can be found – and together we’ll uncover the fears and doubts that made our heroes what they were and perhaps catch a glimpse of ourselves along the way.

Whatever happened to all of the heroes? They turned out to be human beings, in all their diverse glory.

Simon Van der Velde January, 2021 

https://www.amazon.com/Backstories-Simon-Van-Velde-ebook/dp/B08R7P65Y3/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Backstories-Simon-Van-Velde-ebook/dp/B08R7P65Y3/

https://www.amazon.es/Backstories-Simon-Van-Velde-ebook/dp/B08R7P65Y3/

Author Simon Van Der Velde

About the author: 

Simon Van der Velde has worked variously as a barman, laborer, teacher, caterer and lawyer, as well as traveling throughout Europe and South America collecting characters for his award-winning stories. Since completing a creative writing M.A. (with distinction) in 2010, Simon’s work has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including; The Yeovil Literary Prize, (twice), The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Frome Prize, and The Harry Bowling Prize – establishing him as one of the UK’s foremost short-story writers.

Simon now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with his wife, labradoodle and two tyrannical children.

https://www.amazon.com/Simon-Van-Der-Velde/e/B08SKCFFNY/

 My review:

I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (author, check here if you are interested in getting your book reviewed) and thank her and the author for this opportunity.

I enjoy short stories, but recently I have not read as many as I used to, preferring to read novels that build up more slowly and give you the opportunity to get to know the characters and see how they evolve over time. So this was a bit of an unusual choice for me, but I kept reading intriguing reviews of this book, and after checking it out, I had to read the whole thing. And it was worth it.

I had never read anything by the author, although he has been writing for a while and his short stories have earned him a variety of awards and accolades, but I suspect this won’t be the last of his books I read, and he is already preparing the second volume of Backstories for publication.

It is a bit difficult to talk about this book in any detail without giving too much away. The author explains his goals and what the book is about quite clearly in his description, so I won’t go over it again. I am not sure that I would describe it as a collection of short stories. Some are biographical vignettes, moments in somebody’s life (or their backstories, if we like), where something momentous happened, or is about to happen (in some cases), while others fit in more easily with the standard understanding of a short story containing a full narrative. In some ways, I guess it is the reader’s job to complete the story, by guessing who the protagonist is and understanding how that snippet fits in with the rest of the person’s life, how significant or important it might be, and how much it reveals of what we know happened next to the person.

In some cases, we see a famous person (some are musicians, some important historical figures, some sports personalities, some less-than-savoury characters…) as children or very young adults, and the author cleverly creates a picture of who they were and how that relates to whom they will become. Sometimes, we see somebody on the verge of doing something that would change things forever, and at others, we get an inkling of what things might have been like if something hadn’t happened or circumstances had been different. One of the stories illustrated perfectly a quandary I’ve had for years about a historical figure as if the author had read my mind, but I’ll keep my peace about it as well.

There are 14 stories, tightly written, some in the first and some in the third person, and they move quickly, the style of writing easy but at the same time adapted to the personality, the era, and the location of the individual portrayed by each. Most of them are told from the point of view of the famous person, although there are some in which we see them reflected through somebody else’s eyes. It is very difficult to stop reading the stories, especially if you enjoy guessing games or quizzes, as one gets gripped by what is happening at the time and also hooked on trying to find who the person is. If you want to know how well I got on, yes, I guessed all of them (although in one of the cases I had only a passing acquaintance with the character, and I ended up checking to make sure), and some had me scratching my head until the very end or changing my mind several times as I read, while others I suspected from early on.

I enjoyed them all, in different ways (some because I felt the build-up of the situation, others because the story itself was moving and/or inspiring, some because I loved the protagonists, and some because they chilled me to the bone), and I think most readers will find some that work better for them than others, particularly if they admire some of the protagonists, but there isn’t a bad one in the lot. These are not sanitized and clean stories, and readers must be warned that they will find all kinds of violence, abuse, prejudice… depicted in its pages. The author has explained his reasoning behind his choices, and a percentage of the book’s earnings will go to good causes, so this is more than justified, in my opinion.

I recommend this highly enjoyable collection to anybody who loves quizzes, who has ever wondered what happened before historical figures or famous people became who they are, and particularly to those who prefer their reading short, crisp, and based on facts rather than fancy. And, if you like the formula, don’t forget that there is a second book coming your way soon.

Thanks to Rosie and her team for their support, thanks to the author for his book, and thanks to all of you for reading, liking, sharing, commenting, and for always being there. Keep safe and always keep smiling!

 

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#IndiegoGo Campaign Anna & Modern Day Slavery by Magda Olchawska (@twopeoplemovie) A great and important #film that needs your support

Hi all:

Today I bring you a different type of post. Although I have talked about movies before, today I have the pleasure of bringing you a filmmaker, and one I have known for a few years.

Filmmaker Magda Olchawska

Magda M. Olchawska was one of the first people I met on Twitter. She has written children’s books and was one of the first people whose advice caught my attention. In fact, I started blogging because that was one of her suggestions, so if you want to blame anybody, now you know who it should be.

She made a great book trailer for my first book, The Man Who Never Was (it’s still a great book trailer although as I’ve changed the cover since it is more of a trip down memory lane for me. In case you want to check it, it is here) and we have kept in touch.

I have followed with interest her film project. She has been working on Anna & Modern Day Slavery and it has been through sheer determination and talent that she has managed to make it come true. Now she is running an IndiegoGo campaign to help distribute the film and I when I asked her if she would tell us something about her project, she kindly agreed to write a guest feature for my blog.

And here, I leave you with Magda:

I always wanted to make films, ever since I can remember I was glued to our black and white TV watching old Hollywood classics and dreaming of being part of the onscreen magic.

When I was old enough to choose I became totally obsessed with independent films with social themes.

Before I went to film school I already was a big admirer of Ken Loach and Krzysztof Kieslowski and decided that I wanted to make films that are not only entertaining but films with substance, ones that matter.

It shouldn’t then be surprising that I made a film about sex and human trafficking. However, six years ago when I decided to follow my dream and make a feature film by crowdfunding the entire production budget on IndieGoGo I had a completely different project in mind. I wanted to make a romantic comedy with social aspect (the main character was a human rights activist working in refugee camps). But once I met Lynn Robertson, a human rights activist fighting on behalf of trafficking victims my vision had changed. Lynn’s dedication and work inspired me to write a script that could help raise awareness about sex and human trafficking as well as some funding for small charities helping trafficking victims get their lives back, which is extremely difficult and requires not only strong support from various people but also strong will and determination.

From the very start, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. However, within 6 months I had the script, cast, and crew ready and just enough funding to make a micro-budget film.

A still from the film

We shot the entire film in Poland on locations (my parent’s house was used as our main location) on $14000 budget within 9 days. My cast & crew came from nine different countries and four continents. It was a real group effort to make that story come to life. I was both pleased and surprised that everything came together at the same time and I was able to go into production within such a short period of time.

The production wasn’t trouble free but nothing major to make us shut down. We did struggle on daily basis with money and time. We simply didn’t have enough of both and as a compromise, I had to let go of quite a few scenes, which required from us to move locations and it’s always a huge logistic challenge.

Within those 9 days, we worked around the clock, got 6 hours sleep a night and pulled one 24-hour shooting day (by the end of that day it was just 4 people standing).

When I think back to that shoot I know it was wonderfully crazy, stretching our creative limitations to the limits.

But we did manage to not only survive this crazy shooting schedule but also in the process we made an important film that I truly hope will help people understand human trafficking, become more aware of this despicable crime against humanity and possibly be inspired to help trafficking victims.

Once I was done with the production I moved to the next stage of making a film, called “post-production”, which includes: editing, sound and music design and mix as well as color correction. That stage took me 4 years to complete. During that time, I honestly can say I had serious doubts whether this film was going to be finished. I encountered many technical problems from sound to editing that I didn’t even realize could have happened when I started dreaming this project into reality. I worked slowly but systematically every day and every summer holiday when my son was away with his grandparents.

I met a lot of people during this journey that helped me or supported me along the way.

Finally, in June/July 2015 I was ready to send the film off to sound and music mix as well as color correction. While the sound designer/composer and colorist were working on making my film even more amazing I ran another IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding for the post-production phase of my very long adventure.

Another still from the film

Anna & Modern Day Slavery was ready in January 2016 and after almost a year of unsuccessful film festival submissions, I was approached by a sales agent from Germany. We signed 6-months contract, which meant that for 6 months I couldn’t do anything with the film while the sales agent was trying to sell Anna to various European TV stations. Unfortunately, both festivals and the TV stations couldn’t find spots for Anna apparently ‘cos of the film’s unusual timing, which is 66 minutes.

Yes, I set off to make 80-90 min. long film. However, in order to make it at all, I needed to compromise somewhere along the way and I compromised by cut some of the scenes from the script.

Now I’m running one more and my last IndiegoGo campaign for this project to raise funding for charities helping trafficking victims.

The campaign will end on October 19th. And 50% all of the funds are going to go to small charities.

Please do check out my camping and if you have any questions do email me at magda(at)magdaolchawska.com

If you would like to find out more about crowdfunding download my e-book “How I Run Successful IndieGoGo Campaign to Make a Feature Film” e-book

If you are interested in learning how to make a micro-budget film check out my e-book How I Made My First Feature Film on $14000

These are the links where you can check Magda’s work and her campaign:

Link to the IndieGoGo campaign page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anna-and-modern-day-slavery-watch-the-film/x/59090#/

https://magdaolchawska.com/

And here you can check the video for the campaign:

Here Magda explains the process:

Thanks very much to Magda for her guest post, for explaining how you went about creating the film, and for informing us about her campaign, thanks to all of you for reading and watching, and remember to like, share, comment, click and CONTRIBUTE! It’s for a great cause!

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#Mother’sDayBlogTour Today Daisy Banks (@DaisyBanks16). December Roses dedicated to our parent’s support

Hi all:

Those who follow me might remember that a few weeks back I shared a post about a collection of books for Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day Magic, and information about one of the authors who’d kindly offered me the opportunity to share not only the collection but also interviews with several of the authors. Tamara Ferguson, a fantastic author and a great supported of fellow indie writers, was featured in the first post, here.

Today, I have the pleasure to remind  you about that great collection and to introduce you to Daisy Banks, one of the UK authors taking part in the collection.

Ah, and don’t forget that 10% of the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Towards Research.

And without any more blah, blah, here it goes:

Mother’s day Magic…

with love

Mother's Day Magic

 

Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.

10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research. 

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Scribed

Inktera (formally Page Foundry)

Tolino

Author Daisy Banks
Author Daisy Banks

AN INTERVIEW WITH Daisy Banks One of the Authors FROM MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC

The Story I’ve Contributed Is

December Roses by Daisy Banks
December Roses by Daisy Banks

December Roses 

A present-day gift of flowers sets off delightful memories for Jean. The recollections of the day love first bloomed and trust overcame a frightening challenge are carved deep in her heart.

What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?

My story is based on the true experience of my mother and her recollections of the day she and my father took their first important step closer to marriage. The magic is that I have been given the time to collect her memories and put them into a story for others to read. 

How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?

My research has been through conversations with my mother, as she is in her eighties and rather frail these talks have had to fit into her daily routine as much as possible. I have found her memories a delight and evidence of the very different world she grew up and lived in. I hope I have done this part of her story justice. 

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

I’d expected a peaceful progress with the characters in this story as it is semi biographical but no, there were one or two twists I hadn’t anticipated. Primarily the way my grandmother turned out on the page. In this story she seems quite a difficult person. I never found her so, as my grandmother she was fiercely protective, loving, and always partisan in her support for all I did. However, her relationship with my mother had a different quality. She seems almost unfeeling at times. My mom has no explanation for that but I do wonder if some of the reluctance to see my mother and father marry didn’t come from earlier experiences. Gran grew up and married in an era where contraception was almost nonexistent and women still frequently died in childbirth. In her youth she lived through a time where married women had to give up their jobs and become housewives by government decree, leaving them and her without independent income. She also lived through all the hardships of the Second World War. Although she probably never explained her worries and fears to my mother I do wonder if that is why Gran was so set against an early wedding for her daughter. 

Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?

Often when I finish a story it is hard to let go of characters but with this story being based on truth I don’t have to let go. I might well go on to write more of the romance between Jean and Jack and some of their early married life. There are some very amusing and poignant tales from their time together I’d love to share. 

What writer has been your biggest inspiration?

I find it hard to name one. I have loved books and stories of all sorts since I first learned to read. I’ve read all kinds of genres and many different authors and enjoyed almost all of them. I fell in love with the world of Tolkien at a young age and still return to his work as some people do to comfort food. I like some of the classics and I love Fielding’s stories. I think each and every book I read is like a personal gift to me and I therefore would love to say thank you to all writers. 

What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?

This has to be one very important teacher I had in my secondary school. Her influence lifted me out of what might well be described as a mundane and inadequate education into something more. She encouraged my love of history and my academic progress by circumnavigating the rules in a system that had already consigned me to the bin by the time I was eleven. I achieved more and higher level qualifications than my peers because of her skill in teaching and her interest. This allowed me to go on to a sixth form college, and then later to gain qualifications to teach. I was the first person in my family to follow that pathway and without her I wouldn’t have done it.

How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?

I spend quite a bit of time finding the right names for characters. I check out name meanings in several languages and see if there is something that fits with the character. I like names with additional meanings that reinforce qualities a character may have.

I have changed names once or twice but that’s unusual for me. In my story Marked for Magic the heroine begins life with the childhood name of Nin, but once she gains her true strength she becomes Tara, and that name means strong along with other things.

Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?

I have some wonderful critique partners who help me with my writing. They are all published authors and I depend on them to hammer me if I make mistakes. We have worked together for a while and I trust their opinions on my stories. I am deeply grateful for the time and effort they put in to help me improve my work.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first ever stories were recorded not written as I was too young to have learned to write. My parents had a reel to reel tape recorder and I told it my tales. I still remember the one about kittens. I must have been about four years old. The next lot of stories came after I’d learned to write. In primary school I wrote a lot of stories and plays.

Secondary education didn’t call much for stories though I did write some and authored the school play for two years running. I wrote a shed load of very poor quality poetry in my teens and then education crushed the stories. From the time I was eighteen I didn’t write anything but essays until I left college. Once I began work all my energies went into my job, and a little later my marriage and after that my two children.

When I became ill and could no longer work I fumbled my way back into writing. The first stories astonished me as they poured out, but they were learning pieces. Some wonderful people helped me to develop and with their assistance I learned a lot but I still have so much more to learn.

 What might we be surprised to know about you?

While at college I once performed with a small dance troop and for one performance we danced the Can-Can. We wore full Can-Can costume and put in all shrieks, screams, cartwheels, and splits for the dance. It was an entertaining evening.

FROM THE AUTHOR

December Roses is dedicated to my parents and I have to say there were times when writing it that I got very emotional. Not for the frustration I sometimes feel with a story if it doesn’t go the way I want, but for the sheer innocence of my parents when they met and those days in 1950’s England. Those post war years were a time when ordinary people struggled to afford luxuries like afternoon tea and ice cream, and they lived with rationing of things we take for granted. I know my mother experienced real fear in a difficult situation, and yet in our modern world it would be one simply solved. My discussions with my mother about the story led to some very amusing conversations and I am very thankful to have experienced that with her.

Sadly, my father passed away some years ago and I couldn’t include him in the chat sessions about the story, but of course, I did discuss it with him in my thoughts. I am certain Dad would approve of the motivation behind my writing the tale and he would probably laugh about the mention of his first camera. I have a tiny photograph of him from those days of his National Service where he is in his army uniform and I’ve tried to hold that image for his character on the page.

About the Author:

Daisy Banks writes romances ranging from sweetly tender through to sexily spicy tales in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. From Victorian devotion to a werewolf passion, a rogue and a courtesan, a clumsy fairy and a saucy ghost, you can discover a different world with Daisy in each of her stories.

Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing. There are also some rare occasions she makes a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.

Links

Blog http://daisybanks.wordpress.com/

Twitter @DaisyBanks16

Facebook http://on.fb.me/18iRC35

Pinterest http://bit.ly/16sF1XG

 

Daisy Banks is the author of:

Serving the Serpent

Christmas Carols

Marked for Magic

To Eternity

A Perfect Match

Timeless

Valentine Wishes

A Gentleman’s Folly

Your Heart My Soul

Fiona’s Wish

A Matter of Some Scandal

 

Daisy Banks writes a regular quarterly story in the Sexy to Go compilations.

Daisy's books

 

There are five free copies of each of these books available as prizes.

There is also a free read, Keep the Fire Burning, for all who would like it.

Keep the Fire Burning by Daisy Banks
Keep the Fire Burning by Daisy Banks

Links to Mother’s Day Magic:

Amazon (international):

Working Link: http://www.mybook.to/MothersDayMagic

iTunes

USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1077026791

UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id1077026791

CAN: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/id1077026791

AUs: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/id1077026791

NZL: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/id1077026791

Barnes and Noble

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940152738933

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=9781524222727

And a reminder of all the writers participating in this anthology:

The fabulous line up of Mother's Day Magic
The fabulous line up of Mother’s Day Magic

Thanks so much to Tamara Ferguson for alerting me to this wonderful anthology, to Daisy Banks for being my guest today, and thanks to all mothers and to you all for reading. And remember, today it’s the first of April… Take it easy and have a laugh. And of course, like, share, comment and CLICK!

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‘The Dark Dozen’ #CharityBookBlitz for a very good cause. We need a heart! (@BPICPromos)

 

The Dark Dozen: Stories for Scarborough
by Travis Luedke, C.N. Lesley, Danielle DeVor, Maer Wilson, Steven Ramirez, Jody A. Kessler, Louann Carroll, Ross G. Homer, M. Joseph Murphy, Robert P. Wills, Karenne Griffin, and Allan B. Anderson
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Release Date: December 2, 2015

 

 

 

***SPECIAL NOTE: SAVE A LIFE, BUY A BOOK*** 

This fund-raising anthology of Horror and Sci-Fi short stories was created to benefit Altoine Scarborough, a man in desperate need of a heart transplant. The stories, cover art, formatting, editing and compilation were all donated. Every penny of the royalties we receive will go to Al’s GOFUNDME project. (MW)

Vampires to ghosts to monsters—and futures we won’t want to see come true—fill this collection of dark stories that are sure to give you chills. This stellar, fan-favorite group, which includes award-winning and best-selling authors, brings a unique voice to some familiar and not-so-familiar creatures. Join Travis Luedke, C.N. Lesley, Danielle DeVor, Maer Wilson, Steven Ramirez, Jody A. Kessler, Louann Carroll, Ross G, Homer, M. Joseph Murphy, Robert P. Wills, Karenne Griffin, and Allan B. Anderson for a trip into the Darkness.

BROWN THE RECLUSE by Steven Ramirez – Ted Brown is a man slipping away from reality. Long estranged from his family and living in Seattle, he works at a job he no longer values and lately appears to be losing his memory. But when he discovers a spider in his apartment, that’s when things get really interesting.

THE RAID by Maer Wilson – Gamers are often loyal to their teammates. When Aelan and her friends tackle an evil dragon, that loyalty goes far beyond what anyone expects.

THE BONES by Danielle DeVor – Sometimes, things leave a residue, like the smell left behind when toast is burned. When a medical student brings a skeleton home to study, her child’s life will never be the same.

THE WHISPERING by Karenne Griffin – The small village of Gorland is horrified as their children kill themselves in what appear to be suicide pacts. But there is much more going on and only one child has the key.

THE DIARY OF A MADMAN by Robert P. Wills – Just because others don’t see the ghosts, doesn’t mean they aren’t real.

THE CALL: AN ANGEL FALLS NOVELLA by Jody A. Kessler – Professional shaman and cranky, anti-social ghost hunter, Chris Abeyta, finds spirits and helps them cross over to the afterlife. In his latest case, he and Juliana Crowson find the ghost of a girl trapped by time and a heart-wrenching tale of a camping trip gone terribly wrong.

THE FOUNDLINGS: JENNY’S TALE by Louann Carroll – Technology meets morality when Jenny loses her only friend. Terrified and alone she must choose between reentering the world or living the rest of her life in the dark.

MUMANS by Ross G. Homer – He found love in the most unlikely place. But could he keep the love he found?

A TALE OF TWO QUEENS AND A FROZEN HEART by Allan B. Anderson – Reily, an experienced troubleshooter, is hired to find two teams who have gone missing in a frozen wasteland. But even his skills may not be enough to survive what he discovers.

THE VAMPIRE AND THE VALIANT WARRIOR by M. Joseph Murphy – A noble thief in search of ancient treasure stumbles upon the den of a sadistic vampire.

HELL IS NEVER FULL by C.N. Lesley – When the seed of hate is sown it puts forth shoots of malice that bear flowers of evil. Time has no meaning for revenge.

DREAMS OF NIGHTLIFE LAS VEGAS by Travis Luedke – An author has an unexpected encounter with one of his most dangerous – and sexy – creations.

For more information about Al’s situation or to donate directly to his GoFundMe project, please check out these links below:

Any support to help save Al’s life will be deeply appreciated.
Al’s GOFUNDME Page – https://www.gofundme.com/l1911s
Al’s Facebook Page – WE HEART AL – https://www.facebook.com/We-Heart-Al-611995988938764/
Amazon – THE DARK DOZEN – http://goo.gl/H8lsPo

To read more about Al’s story and how this anthology came about, visit Maer Wilson’s website.

 

 

 

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Guest Author Jo Robinson. Africa, blogging, imagination and sagas.

Hi all:

As you know on Fridays I bring you guest authors and/or literary novelties. I’ve known Jo Robinson for a while, but recently we’ve been interacting more through her fantastic blog, where she shares everything, from her adventures in health, post offices and moving across countries, to humorous videos, and also the posts of many others. Jo is generous in the extreme and she has helped me meet many other bloggers that might otherwise have passed me by. And she’s a great writer, so I thought she more than deserved a visit to my blog.

Here she is!

Author Jo Robinson
Author Jo Robinson

I was born in the windy city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but consider myself a citizen of the world. I live with my husband Angus, a dog with an odd sense of humour, four birds, and some chickens.

My stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. I also write science fiction / fantasy books. Shadow People is the first in the Lapillus series.

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-C-Robinson/405248799532723

Blog: http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW/

 

The Visitation. Short Story
The Visitation. Short Story

The Visitation (Short Story)

Tony had often thought that all of humanity was a blight on the face of this planet. And now he knew that he had been right all along.

http://www.amazon.com/Visitation-Jo-Robinson-ebook/dp/B009DX4JDY/

Fly Birdie. A short story.
Fly Birdie. A short story.

Fly Birdie (Short Story)

Hannah’s life has given her no reason to be anything but bitter and afraid. She tries to hold on to her sanity as her life spirals further into superstition and dread, until a small averted tragedy leads to the melting of her heart, and teaches her how to love.

A Short Story.

http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Birdie-Jo-Robinson-ebook/dp/B009GDHVUE/

Plight of the Rhino
Plight of the Rhino

Jo participated in this anthology for a great cause.

Plight of the Rhino: A Wildlife Anthology by Springbok Publications

Plight of the Rhino is the first wildlife anthology by Springbok Publications.

The stories and poems, written by international writers, depict wildlife in all its glory. The book will take you on a journey across continents and introduce you to some iconic as well as lesser known wildlife species. These heartfelt stories recognise the joys of the animal kingdom and the heartache of poaching and extinction, facing our wildlife today.

We will donate a minimum of £1 from the sale of each book to Save the Rhino International. To find out more about its rhino conservation work please visit www.savetherhino.org

Stories and Poems by: Teresa Ashby, Chris Brown, Liz Cox, Jean Dawson, Kirsty Ferry, Teresa Fouché, Elizabeth Glanville, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Amanda James, Sandra Jensen, Elizabeth Koufidou, Elaine McKenna, Dulcinea Norton-Smith, Emma Louise Oram, Christine Parmenter, Rebecca Raisin, Paula RC Readman, Jo Robinson, Gill Sainsbury, Holly Stacey, Amos van der Merwe, Tanja Vermaak, Stephen Wade, Matthew Glenn Ward All contributors kindly waived their fees for this worthy cause. Let’s save the rhino!

http://www.amazon.com/Plight-Springbok-Publications-Wildlife-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00H2XDHD0/

African Me & Satellite TV
African Me & Satellite TV

African Me & Satellite TV

For many years Suzette has managed very well to live her life without actually taking part in it, avoiding any possibility of pain by very carefully ignoring reality. Until something happens. Something so terrible that she has no choice but to abandon her cocoon of safety.
After the brutal beating of an elderly domestic worker, Suzette takes her in, and sets off a chain of events that leads to devastating heartbreak. And an unexpected hero changes everything. Finally finding her voice, she speaks out, and her world explodes, culminating in the death of a very special man.
On her path to make amends, she discovers the story of his life, connects with the people of his past, and finds the chance to fully live her life once again if that’s what she chooses to.

http://www.amazon.com/African-Me-Satellite-TV-Robinson-ebook/dp/B00F5640UK/

Shadow People 1. The Finding
Shadow People 1. The Finding

Shadow People 1 (The Finding)

After Natalie and Gabe discover a hidden room, they are hurled across time and space, and find themselves on Lapillus, a beautiful world made up of precious gems. But they soon realise that Lapillus is home to an ancient evil when they are attacked by the demonic wraiths of the Nefandus.
They find themselves thrown together with a group of beings vastly different to them in this lifetime, but closely connected through the aeons. They realise that the prophesies of all have come to fruition, and that without their intervention the fate of the universe is at stake.
With the guidance of the angelic Gluri and the help of the mysterious sentient spacecraft, the Vimana, the race is on to find out what the Nefandus want, and prevent evil from winning the battle of all time.

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-People-Finding-Jo-Robinson-ebook/dp/B00BCL91EC/

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