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Book Excerpt The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature

Book Excerpt

Tallis should have been more attentive to watch for birds or deer, but she could not help but brood and be distracted by her own thoughts and worries. Thankfully, Donovan could not sleep, either.

Joining his cousin, he gently bumped her shoulder as a way of greeting.

Tallis glanced at him. “It’s not fair, cousin.”

Donovan nodded. “No, it’s not.”

“I thought that coming out here … I thought I’d finally have answers and figure out who I was. But now I don’t think I want to know. I don’t think I’m going to like what we find. I just want to go home and pretend like none of this happened. I’d even marry Henrik if it meant we could all just go back to the way it was.”

“Oh, come now, you’d be bored stiff if you married Henrik and stayed in Kincardine.”

“Maybe, but I didn’t want this.”

“I know, Tally. But the world is not obligated to care about what you or I want. I’m sorry it happened to you, but, well, if it helps, I think you’ll be able to handle it. Whatever it is.”

“But I don’t want to handle it. I just want to be normal.”

“Aye, but being normal is so dull.”

“So what? I’d rather be boring than hated and feared and treated as an outcast.”

“But this way, we’ll get to be a hero, Tallis. People would kill for the opportunity to save their country.”

“I don’t want to be their hero. I don’t want to be anyone’s hero. I just wanted the chance to be like everyone else. I wanted someone to protect me just this once. I don’t need someone to shelter me, but it’d be nice to be protected all the same. Don’t I deserve it? Strong or not, I want someone to hold me and tell me it will be all right.”

Donovan draped his arm around his cousin’s shoulder and gave her a gentle hug. “I know, Tally. And maybe one day you’ll find someone who will be able to hold you and make you feel safe and secure no matter what. But for now we have to keep going. We have to keep fighting.”

Tallis gritted her teeth. “Aye, you’re right. Thank you, Donovan. What would I do without you?”

Donovan chuckled. “Curl in a ball and try and hide, most likely.”

Tallis rolled her eyes. “Oh, right, I forgot all about running and hiding. Is that still an option?” They laughed together and passed the rest of the night in silence.

About the Book

Title: The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature

Author: C.E. Clayton

Genre: Fantasy

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn’t like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends. But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis’s name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.


Author Bio

C.E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, where she attended the University of Southern California (Fight On!) for both her Bachelors and Masters, and then worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts ranging from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first love—writing—and hasn’t stopped. She is now the author of “The Monster of Selkirk” series and her horror short stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she’s not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans, constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, social media presence, and newsletter, can be found on her website: https://www.ceclayton.com/

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Book Trailer: Your Bridal Style

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About the Book

Your wedding day is possibly the most important day of your life, and your wedding dress may be the most important garment you will ever wear. Why not take control of the entire process of planning your ideal wedding – one that is fun, intimate and uniquely your own?

In Your Bridal Style, award-winning bridal designer Rani St. Pucchi shares her expert advice on everything a bride needs to create a truly unforgettable day, including:

How to define your personal style based on your specific body type.

Different wedding silhouettes and what is suitable for different venues
and ceremonies.

A helpful timeline for planning your wedding.

Do’s and don’ts for wedding dress shopping.

Tips on choosing fabrics, colors, accessories and other finishing touches.

How to avoid common wedding day mishaps.

A FAQs section which answers 53 of your most pressing questions.

Strategies for the photo shoot, and so much more.

This engaging, beautifully illustrated book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. With this book in hand, any bride-to-be can design and create the wedding of her dreams.


Author Bio

Rani St. Pucchi, a trendsetting fashion designer whose expertise has been recognized in such media outlets as Entertainment Tonight, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Knot, works to help women define the style that flatters them the most – no matter what their age or stage of life, or what their body type is.



Author website: http://ranistpucchi.com/


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New Release: Leadership Wisdom


About the Book

51ejw0ncsBL._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Leadership Wisdom

Author: Bob Vanourek

Genre: Nonfiction

Discover the timeless, inspiring wisdom of leadership from the sage masters of literature and other outstanding leaders written over the centuries right up to the present day.
Bob has selected over 70 poems, prose or speech passages, and curious verse, each with an insightful leadership message. He combines these pearls with bite-sized chunks of engaging commentary from his own vast leadership experience.
Then he closes each entry with practical applications that each reader can use immediately.
You’ll hear from an amazing array of poets, presidents, prime ministers, political leaders, social activists, soldiers, educators, journalists, business leaders, the Bible, religious leaders from many faiths, Native Americans, a lyricist, and relatively unknown authors.
This treasure of wisdom will activate your creative right-brain and then challenge your logical left-brain. The Foreword written by noted leadership authorities, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, captures it well:
“This is an inspiring book … an informative and practical book … a book full of the author’s personal reflections, which stimulates you to think deeply … an antidote to the hubris of know-it-all executives and authors … a fast-read book; however, read it slowly, and savor it to the last drop. This book will surprise you with its insights and simple truths. This book is a treasure…”
You’ll want to give copies to people you care about.

Author Bio

This book was fun to write. There are too many books out there now with some new leadership model, some fable about fictitious characters, or some pithy leadership quotes without much in the way of how to apply them to your life. I wanted to write a different book about leadership.

I have been a student of leadership and poetry my whole life. I love good literature and have found keen insights into the human condition from the master writers of history.

So, why not look to the poets, prose writers, and famous speeches of history to see what the masters have already said about leadership? The answers we need today are all there. It’s been said before, and said very well. But how many people today are reading great literature or poetry? Not many, I fear.

So, I’ve made it easy for you the reader. I’ve selected over 70 poems, prose passages, excerpts from great speeches, song lyrics, or what I call “curious verse,” each with a leadership message that resonates with me. I place those passages on the left page of the open book. Then on the right page I tell you a bit about the author and context. Then I offer my commentary on the passage, drawing on my experiences, good and bad, in leading many companies, as well as the wisdom of the true leadership gurus of our time. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I close with some practical applications that you, the reader, can use immediately to take this pearl of wisdom and apply to your own life. The result is a powerful combination of left and right-brain thinking.

I sent a draft of the manuscript to some tough, seasoned leaders and experts whom I respect and asked them to give me their candid feedback. I was humbled by their words:
“inspiring” “informative” “practical” “a treasure” “engaging”
“thought provoking” “superb” “enlightening”
“brilliant” “simply genius” “a delight to read” “a must read”
“a treasury of leadership wisdom” “a breakthrough”
“timeless wisdom” “heartfelt” “I loved it”

I hope and trust that you will enjoy the compendium of leadership wisdom I have gathered here. Good luck and Godspeed on your leadership quest.


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Guest Post Trapped on Draconica


I’m hosting a guest post today by Dan Wright, author of fantasy “Trapped on Draconica” about his editing process. Enjoy! I’ll leave the word to Dan Wright now.

Guest Post

I love writing. I wouldn’t be putting out novels if I didn’t enjoy it. That pretty much goes without saying.

What I don’t like though – is the editing process.

Editing for me is like going to the dentist – a frightening concept and sometimes painful, but at necessary evil. Because just like going to the dentist is necessary to make sure your teeth stay healthy, editing is important for making your book look pleasant to read.

Now I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a good editor. In fact I have lost count of the amount of times I have looked back over something I’ve written and thought “What was I thinking?” I think the problem with me is, when I was writing (and this is something that I’ve been told about in the past) is that I write TOO much too often. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – after all, when you write, you want to make sure the reader understands what you’re trying to portray. But at the same time you don’t want them to be bored doing so. And this is sometimes I trap I find myself falling into. Often I’ll put in sentences that are just overly long and boring, adding nothing to the scene in question. Or sometimes they’ll just be nonsensical and strange.

So here is how I tend to go through my writing and editing process when putting together a novel. Seeing as I just recently got into painting models for my tabletop war gaming hobby, I decided to set this out as if painting a model.

Step 1 – the basecoat: Just write the story as I think it should go. Don’t worry about grammatical errors at this point, just putting down the foundation of the story. Just like you would put down the basic colours on your model so that you can colour over them.

Step 2 – second coating: After I finish the basecoat, I go through and try to remove any obvious mistakes – just like you would when painting. What I look for here, other than spelling errors, is the sentence structures. Are they giving enough info? Not enough? Does it contradict anything that’s already been set out? And more importantly, is this sentence too long? This is a perfect opportunity to trim down any overly long sentences and try to make them flow better. After all, short sentences will often be easier to digest than long ones. Also, if I have any new ideas for the story then this may or may not be a good time to see how they come across and whether they work.

Step 3 – the shading: Looking over the page to make sure my story to make sure the finer details are obvious. For example, if I use a certain word too much (like ‘said’ for example) are there other words I can use. This is where I use the website Rhymezone. It has a lot of great words to use for writers and even alternate words that you can use in your works. Adds a bit of variety to the story.

Step 4 – the second opinion: Here I will give it to a second pair of eyes for them to see what I may have missed. In this case, my mum. She will go over it with a fine tooth comb and tell me of any errors she thinks might need to be changed or corrected.

Step 5 – the final touches: After she has gone over it, I make ONE final read through of it myself, making sure everything is as it should be. Here I will try and clear out as many of the tiny errors as possibly so that I make it as easy to read as it can be.

Once this is all done, I know the book is ready to be published.

Of course, there are other things I do in between this – such as asking my friends if they can beta read it and give opinions on the story. I have a friend that is very good at this and his feedback has helped me amend the stories accordingly where I think they need to be amended. So things like that are extremely useful.

Editing is a long and sometimes boring process – but it IS necessary. No one wants to read a book full of typos and long winded sentences. And no writer that cares about their work would ever dream of putting a book with these in them out to the general public – not intentionally anyway. Even if you’re only doing writing as a hobby, you should still put the same attention into your work as if you were trying to make a living out of it. Ask your friends and family if they will have a look over it, get a fresh pair of eyes on it. It will help you in the long run, trust me.

About the Book

TOD Updated Cover EbookTitle: Trapped on Draconica

Author: Dan Wright

Genre: Fantasy

Barely into his teens, Ben Anthony has not had it easy. With his father in prison, his mother struggling to keep him under control and his friends little more than criminals in the making, Ben is already on a self-destructive path. But his life is about to get much worse.

Teleported to the world where dragons once ruled, Ben finds himself the target of the malign Baalarian Empire – of which Emperor Gothon seeks to capture him for reasons yet unknown. Teaming with warrior Princess Daniar Dragonkin, her altruistic sister Erowin and the revenge seeking Leonidan Prince Kalak, Ben sets out on a reluctant quest to find his way home. And thus begins his incredible adventure…

Author Bio

Dan Author Pic 2Dan lives in the United Kingdom – born in the historic town of Canterbury, Kent. He picked up a love of Fantasy stories after reading such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and numerous Roald Dahl novels.

His biggest influences are Douglas Adams, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joss Whedon, H.P Lovecraft, Hiromu Arakawa and George R R Martin. He is highly influenced by Anime, Video Games and Comic books. He has also written a fan parody series on YouTube called Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron.

As well as writing, Dan plays guitar in a metal band. He likes all kinds of music—but he mainly listens to rock and metal, rap, some pop music and also film and video game scores. He also loves Disney and Pixar movies—often finding himself singing along to the tunes, or crying manly tears!

He is also a slave to his cat, who takes up a lot of his time when he isn’t at work or writing!

To learn more about Dan and the world of Draconica, visit the following places:

Blog: http://pandragondan.weebly.com

Draconica Website: http://draconicaseries.weebly.com

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

Twitter: @PandaDanWright

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Release Blitz Trapped


About the Book

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00009]Title: Trapped

Author: Alison Aimes

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Release Date: March 1st 2016

Publisher: Indie Published

Print Length: 239 pages

Format: Paperback and Digital

Print ISBN: 978-0-996-4683-1-2

Digital ISBN: 978-0-9964683-0-5

HIS PLANET. HIS RULES… Trapped by Alison Aimes is an action-packed, sexy sci-fi that takes you to the brink of oblivion on a planet where only the strong survive. When Bella West crash lands on penal planet Dragath25, the only thing standing between her and a mass of brutal criminals is one of their own, a ruthless loner known only as 673. But what starts out as a desperate trade based on protection and raw lust soon blossoms into a scorching need that will push them both to the edge. A tale of unbridled desire, stunning sacrifice, and unwavering love, Trapped is the first book in The Condemned Series.

Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious penal planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight grueling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.

But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise savior or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.

Author Bio

© 2015 | Kristina Sherk Photography | www.Kristinasherk.comAlison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy sci fi romance series the Condemned as well as the sizzling contemporary romance Billionaires’ Revenge series. A sci fi fanatic with a PhD in Modern History, she’s an all over the map kind of woman whose always had a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and her dog. When not in front of the computer, she can be found hanging with family and friends, hiking, trying to turn herself into a pretzel through yoga, listening to a fabulous TED talk, or, last but not least, sitting on the couch imagining her characters’ next great adventures.

Alison can be found on line at www.alisonaimes.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook/alisonaimes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alisonaimes

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Guest Post Naked Reverse


Today I’m hosting Michael Boylan on my blog, author of literary fiction “Naked Reverse”. He’ll talk about his editing process. I’ll leave the word to him now.

Guest Post

On editing. The British humorist P.G. Wodehouse once wryly commented that any true writer knows that once he has written a draft that the work was golden and not to be disturbed ever again! Well, there certainly is a feeling of relief when one finishes a draft of some manuscript. It is often a long process and has caused some anxiety in the activity. Why shouldn’t it be viewed as perfect?

This is something we all feel but then again we all know that every artifact needs to be reviewed and thought about over and over again. In my novel The Extinction of Desire (originally completed in 1990, but not published until 2007) I went through 37 drafts over 17 years before I felt it was ready for publication. That may be an extreme case.

But time needs to pass by so that our eyes see the manuscript anew. Sometimes (as in the case of The Extinction of Desire) I will throw out a series of re-writes (e.g., drafts #11-16) and go back to draft #10. For Naked Reverse I finished the first draft in 1982. That’s a span of 34 years! I only went through 14 drafts, but I took considerable time between each draft. I wanted to get my message right: one sometimes has to leave his comfort zone of life when s/he is becoming stale. This is necessary even if the risks are high. In Naked Reverse the stakes are life and death.

Then there are the key scenes that convey a large part of the story’s message. In Naked Reverse there is one central scene towards the three-quarter mark that my readers have told me stays with them. I went over this particular scene at least 50 times reading aloud to myself and at poetry readings that I give every 10 months or so. Getting audience reaction is great for insight on how you are communicating. We do not live in a bell jar.

I believe in editing. First, on the level of one’s composition, and second, working with copy-editors and proof readers. One must never fall back into the P.G. Wodehouse attitude (even though he was making fun). One must not take the other extreme that it can never be perfect so that one throws the whole thing away. Instead, think of a carpenter working on a table. S/he has to get all the joints correct. The wood must be properly prepared (planed, sanded, and stained). One should fiddle with the final product awhile, but then give it up. Just like having a child, there comes a time when you have to let it go out into the world.

I’ve just let Naked Reverse out into the world. If you have any questions or comments, visit my website: michaelboylan.net and post a comment. I’ll reply back to you.

About the Book

NR_cv_HRTitle: Naked Reverse

Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Adventure

There’s a secret back door to the Ivory Tower. Follow college professor Andrew Viam through that secret passageway as he goes on an Odyssey into the real world full of love and violence. Will he survive? This is an open question. He falls for a woman, but then she’s running away from a boyfriend who’s into Organized Crime and wants her back. From the tough city streets of Chicago to the wild woods of Wisconsin, Andrew will have to call on new resources if he wants to make it alive to next term. It’s a summer break he’d never experienced—and hopefully never will again.

Author Bio

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 29 books and over 130 articles in literature and philosophy. He has delivered invited lectures in 14 countries on 5 continents. He is a lifetime fellow of the British Arts Trust in Reigate, Surrey.


Website: http://michaelboylan.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelboylan22207

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelboylan60

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Cover Reveal Last Dance of the Roses


About the Book


Title: Last Dance of the Roses

Author: CS Patra

Genre: Romance

Rose Xu had two passions in her life. One was her boyfriend of many years, Blake Chen, a talented pianist and her constant support. The other was dance. She grew up dancing from a young age and vowed that she would never stop dancing. Despite injuries and mental issues, she told herself that she would always be the prima ballerina. Unfortunately, one incident in her past tends to haunt her. It’s an incident that Blake knows about as well and he’s sworn to protect her at all costs.

Then one night, everything changes for both of them. That one moment is enough for Rose to realize what she’s been doing. It’s enough for her to want to give up everything that she’s worked hard for. It’s also enough for her to push away everything she loves including her two passions. Her decisions cost her a lot of things including Blake. However, her mind has been made up. She is going to perform the final dance of her life.

Author Bio

CS Patra is the author of several book series. They include but are not limited to The Reaper’s Apprentices, Operation: Genome, Cirque Macabre, Portman’s Creamery mysteries, The Patterns & Parallels Saga, Ghosts of Burning Inn, and Flavors of Love. She loves to dabble in different genres and loves to cross over. Her personal favorite thing is write about female characters in different situations.

Although she does work during the day, most of her nights are taking up by writing. Currently, she lives in North Carolina with her family. She loves ladybugs, yellow roses, movies, book signings, mysteries, watching old Youtube videos, ghost stories, gossip, music, people making her fanart, museums, ice cream, and being a wisecrack though not all in that order. Writing and peacocks hit the top of her list though.

Feel free to contact CS Patra on Twitter @ CyberPeacock.
You can also check out her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/citharapatra/
And browse her blog: cspatrawork.blogspot.com


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