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  1. If you could meet any character from any book, who would you get to know? I would love to chat with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter; I feel as though she would have interesting stories and that we could relate to each other easily.
  2. We all have baggage. Real friends help you carry it. It’s 1983 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in the southwestern corner of the state, known as the Driftless Area. Ellis Sayre is different. He’s a twelve year old orphaned Native American. His adoptive parents lost a son a few years ago and welcomed him to deal with their grief. While stealing day-old bread for a friend in need, Ellis and his two best friends—George and Mason—witness a murder by a local kingpin. Authorities disagree with their story. They call it made up. The boys are trapped, worried for their lives, sending them on a flight to Grandad’s Bluff in La Crosse, WI, along the Mississippi River. Two peripheral stories about Ellis Abbot—a World War II veteran, and Two Right Feet—an orphaned Native American during early 1800’s, are entwined to unearth Ellis Sayre’s roots. They combine to tell the truth. - I really enjoyed this book, there was mystery, there was confusion, there were surprises and there was a heartwarming account of friendship and what it is to be there for someone. It's brilliant and especially cosy to read this time of year!
  3. So I have compiled together a list of amazing novels with brief summary in the video below. Let me know what you think about these novels Have you read any of them? have u seen the movie? Did you like them? thanks
  4. The Sweet Spot, by Anneli Lort, caught my eye recently, during the excitement of The Open Championship, and it's quick ascent into the top 10 of the sports fiction chart, but it is, undeniably, a romance novel. The Sweet Spot tells the tale of strong female lead, Olivia, who is recovering from an unhealthy relationship and an unforgiving heartache. She moves out of busy London to heal in the countryside, taking a career opportunity to ghostwrite a globally famous, golfing legend's autobiography, Sebastian. The setting of Appleton Vale is so beautifully described that this book could truly heal anybody's heartache with its idyllic nature, and the struggles of being in a new place and overcoming a bad relationship are well-portrayed. The characters of this romance novel are wonderfully developed, their quirks, histories, motives and weaknesses outlined early on. Sexy Sebastian is witty and alluring, providing Olivia exactly the distraction she needs, until his feelings for her begin to overcome them both. Whether you're interested in golf or not, I feel that the tension and competitive narrative of the book, as it develops, is a great pace changer and makes a great page-turner. I could not put the book down! If you're looking for a peaceful feel-good setting with a romantic twist, and like authors such as Jilly Cooper and Joanna Trollope, you'll love this! And, if you can't get enough, I hear it's a series and book 2 is on the way!
  5. An old and terrible threat comes back to haunt Mankind. A race of ancient aliens are hell-bent on dominating Earth and replacing humans with their own kind. An ageing but brilliant archaeologist makes a shocking discovery in modern Iraq. A secret meeting occurs between Vampire elders and the US President. Our modern day SAS hero Captain “Bullet Proof Pete” and childhood friend “Vinnie the Terminator” join forces with their American allies to defend Earth at all costs against the alien menace - but our hero is torn apart by guilt for leaving his wife and family. The US President stands alone - all seems lost. But then our hero turns up with important new information. They are joined by Vampire Demons Cassian and the magnetic Lucia – igniting a sense of new hope. Psychic Lucia joins our heroes in the cruel, guerrilla war against the aliens and informs them of a shocking revelation that changes everything. • IF YOU LOVE ALIEN BATTLES • IF YOU LOVE VAMPIRES • IF YOU LOVE FILMS LIKE THE AMAZING INDEPENDENCE DAY • THEN YOU WILL LOVE THIS NEW SCIENCE FICTION BOOK DOMINION FIRST BLOOD BY RICHARD MANN - OUT MAY 2017 https://richardmannblog.com/free-chapters
  6. Hopefully this is the right place to ask as there were not many other threads in relation to this. I really like history. I am going to read some non-fiction books (that can be interesting), but I have a feeling that Historical fictionbooks are more fun and gripping? More of a 'cant put it down' book collection as opposed to non-fiction (although I am most likely wrong). There are so many historical fiction books out there that look great (lots of reviews), such as 'Wars of the Roses' by Conn Iggulden, ones by Bernard Cornwell (more medieval). How does one find the great books to read, that are set in different eras? I have no knowledge of the good ones, so is there a list I can be recommended to read as I am new to this genre. Thanks you,! Costa
  7. -Firstly, I just want to say Hello . I am new here and I thought it would be best to introduce myself in my first ever post, as the 'Please Introduce Yourself thread' is no longer working! -Secondly, as my topic title mentions the term non-fiction, I apologize if this is the wrong forum to ask my question, as it's about fiction and non-fiction, so I was not quite sure where to post my thread. *So I apologize if this first post by me looks really boring to and long to read. I just wanted to write some brief info about me and books/ interest in history, before I got to my question. But that is why the headings are in bold, so you can skip to certain parts if you would like! . * Background info about me and books/history (the boring part basically): I have always loved History. Growing up watching documentaries, listening to stories told by people, and reading small parts about history here and there, it's always been something I have been fascinated about (I occasionally do that now) . And I have always loved reading, but as I have recently emerged out of the teenage world, and moved into the young adult (uni student) world, my taste in books has also developed. I used to read fictional books, primarily spy books such as the 'Alex Rider' series by Anthony Horowitz or the 'Cherub' series, by Robert Muchamore. But I have never read history books!!, Maybe because they would have been quite difficult to fully understand and read at a young age/throughout teenage years? Or maybe because I just was not interested in buying historical books then? Who knows, but I know now that I am wanting to take interest in reading about History! The Issue: Last October I purchased my very first Hisorical book. I was trying to find a gereral book about WW1, so I could learn about that, but soon realised from research that it would be impossible to find suck a book, (unless there would need to be a HUGE book telling me about the whole of WW1). So I had to find specific parts of the war to read about. (Not sure if I should mention the book name as it might offend people, you will see why). The book I bought is about a specific battle during WW1. Now I thought I was buying a book that would interest me a lot, I would learn lots from it and it would make me want to learn about that battle, but it has't. It has been quite boring if I am going to be honest! (no disrespect about the subject of the book I am reading). It quite nice to read, but I am reading it more now so I can finish it and start a new one. The book is not what I thought it was going to be, and from reading the blurb, it had interested me into buying it. The book talks about really specific things about this battle, and goes into quite a lot of detail about things that do not really interest me. Maybe that was my mistake, maybe all historical non-fiction books are detailing something down to the very core; something that I dont find interesting, something that goes on and on about 1 specific thing instead of detailing bits here and there. Or maybe it was this certain book.? The Question: Are all historical non-fiction books like this (talks about really specific things in lots of detail) or was it this specific book that I picked up? Should I buy another historical non-fiction book (such as one about Tsar Nicholas as I am interested in learning about his family/reign). Or should I switch to historical fiction books; something that talks about history, yet also has a gripping story that is interesting to read? E.g 'The Last Kingdom Series' has thousand of positive Amazon reviews which is crazy! Are there more like this but for different eras? Or just find a non-fiction book about e.g Rome, or Medieval Japan. Thank you very much Regards, (do I put regards here? haha) Costa
  8. Hello all, I'm the author of the Remaker Series, a book series I started back in college. My first book Mark of the Remaker was released last January. I've just gotten through finishing the second book and I'm now in the editing phase of the project. To put it humorously and enthusiastically: It’s a science fiction fantasy book series. Think of it as Lord of the Rings meets Steampunk (a sci-fi genre), with a dash of Star Wars (minus the whole galaxy and spaceship bit), and peppered with Pirates of the Caribbean (with a few unknowns. Nothing poisonous…maybe). It's available on Amazon in both physical and digital formats. If you do find the the book to your taste, and you wish to follow me and the series, I have a Facebook group you can join. Just type in "Remaker Series" in the search box, apply, and I'll add you. I hope you will enjoy the series and if you wish to write a review for it, please do so on Amazon.
  9. My fantasy Ebook 'Secret Code of Magicians' is going free from 20th Feb to 24th February, 2015 Though it is the 3rd volume in the series, 'Magical Ventures of Loli and Lenny,' yet it can be read independently from the first volume and second volume Available at Amazon.co.uk - Please use the link at the top of the page. Also at Amazon.com - Please use the link at the bottom of the page. “Magical Ventures of Loli and Lenny,” is a fantasy series for children and middle grade. Packed with adventure and mystery this series will keep the young readers hooked as they follow the two young protagonists on their magical missions for planet earth.
  10. Hello everyone, I've recently joined and am hoping to have a good read of the forum over the next few weeks and get to know some of you. However my first post here is to alert anyone who's interested in philosophical fiction, or even slightly bizarre but meaningful fiction :-D that I am the author of 'Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage,' available on Amazon as both an ebook and paperback. It's an adventure story akin to 'Alice in Wonderland,' but for grown-ups, and with meaning. :-D Incidentally, if anyone wants to write a review (which doesn't have to be long or particularly detailed, but must be honest) then I'll happily provide a free copy of the book in whatever digital format suits you best. Ok, that's it from me for now - just a brief introductory post. Jackie.
  11. Forgive this preamble to announcing my book release and thanks for bearing with me. In 2004 the novelist Tony Saint lamented, in the Telegraph, that he was not even the fifth best novelist in Waverton after his first novel had failed to reach the shortlist of the annual Waverton Good Read Award. Never heard of the WGRA? You are not alone. A little history, then. A family doctor in the village of La Cadière d’Azure, France, decided it might give his patients something to think about beyond their ailments if he got them all reading and voting on the latest novels. So Le Prix De La Cadière d’Azure was born and, although the prize is now discontinued, it inspired enterprising people from the village of Waverton (pop. 2000) in Cheshire to do the same. Publishers are invited to send debut novels by British authors to be read by dozens of villagers who create a long list, then a short list and then – voila – the winner. It’s one of the few literary prizes run by readers and is now in its eleventh year. Previous winners have included Mark Haddon for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Maria Lewycka for A History of Tractors in Ukrainian, and Tom Rob Smith for Child 44. There are also one or two winning authors that you’ve never heard of like … ahem … myself. The Waverton win came (a cheque and a splendid dinner – thank-you, Waverton) and went but then calamity: my publisher ceased trading and my literary agent changed career. I just hope it wasn’t all my fault. Despite the below-the-national-radar win and the collapse of my marketing and publishing support, I was delighted that out there, beyond the baying of the city, the steady readers of rural England had liked my novel. They say that the British comedian Norman Wisdom was big in Albania when he was unknown elsewhere and I like to think that I was once big in Waverton. I had no time in any case to think about the lack of national interest because in the villages of my home patch it was all bouquets and elderflower champagne. Deep in rural Rutland, in mink-and-manure Manton, villagers filled the village hall for my author talk and in Kibworth in Leicestershire the effervescent owner of the Kibworth Bookshop corralled locals into the pub for a book group evening over gin and beer. In tiny Arnesby, where thatch is as rampant as roses, I fielded questions that good family folk really want to know from an author, such as what his mother thinks of the swearing in his novel. In book groups in Knighton, a village long ago swallowed up by Leicester, we drank glass after glass of wine until we’d all forgotten why we were sitting there with a novel on our laps. In Woodhouse Eves, retirement village for philosophers it seemed, I was probably out of my depth. Nevertheless, I was flattered and grateful for those evenings with readers. Which finally leads me to say that my second novel, Fortunate, set in a Midlands town and in Zimbabwe, is now out. I’m conscious of the fact that it is just one of well over 100,000 books to be published this year in the UK but I will be more than happy to be big in a village - any village – once again. Thanks for reading. www.andrewjhsharp.co.uk ‘Unputdownable. An outstanding novel of love, courage and dangerous intrigue.’ Margaret Kaine.
  12. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/06/self-publishing-showcase-linda-gillard Interesting article on self publishing. My favourite book by Linda Gillard is A Lifetime Burning. I discovered her when she gave an author talk at a Bookcrossing meetup in Oxford. Because she is a cross genre writer publishers found her difficult to fit into one of their slots and dropped her. She decided to self publish and is doing very well thank you! I was disappointed when her books moved to Kindle as I don't read ebooks, but I have now discovered that she is in paperback once again. I have just ordered House of Silence ( through BGO of course)!
  13. Hello from the Backwoods!!! Backwoods is the author of Unremembered, Off Grid, Stronghold (coming soon!) and This Land We Call Home (writing in progress). I look forward to sharing my stories and becoming one of your favorite storytellers. Unremembered After a fatal crash, Ethan Wolfe must survive the wilderness to evade capture. He flees to Colorado to seek asylum with friends, only to find them facing an evil beyond imagination. A twisted dream and a shocking premonition leave him wondering if they face the evil, or are the cause of it. Off Grid Johnny & Rae Lynn Tapper find safety in solitude, hidden deep within the shelter of the Rocky Mountains. Terrorists have taken away the country they once knew, and they survive, secluded and alone, by living off the land. They live wild new lives in a wild new world, among the wild animals of the vast Colorado wilderness. There are no phones. There is no power. There are few people. They are completely 'Off Grid'. Find Unremembered, Off Grid, and other titles from Backwoods at: http://booksbybackwoods.weebly.com/ My books are available in paperback and multiple formats of e-books (epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt, etc.) Links for various readers and suppliers are available on my website. Thank you kindly, ~Backwoods~
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