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The Pussers Cook Book contains the most popular and loved traditional dishes from the Royal Navy’s Galleys. Woven between the recipes are facts and tid-bits about the food, the cooks and general life aboard ship. Along with the recipes, this book aims to preserve a segment of British history that is fading, all too quickly, into the grey sea-mists of oblivion.

 

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About the Author

Paul White a multi-genre author of fiction, semi-fiction and non-fictional works. He has published books ranging from children’s stories to tales of crime and violence, from personal accounts of the worlds war zones to emotive poetry books and the humorous side of military social History to twisted tales of both magic and gremlins

A common topic running through many of his stories is that of life, of love, happiness, laughter, anger, anguish, fear, uncertainty, pain and loss. All the common denominators of the most important matter of all, the human condition.

He is the founder of CQI Magazine, writer of the blogs, Ramblings from a Writers Mind (writing about writing for writers) and Wild Geese, the independent traveller’s blog.

He created Electric Eclectic books. Books designed as introductory works, novelettes, for readers to find some great indie authors, with low-cost, high-quality books. Prequels, paralleled and backstories due soon.

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Noemie’s Journey

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Is proud to announce the release of her newest novel
Noémie’s Journey

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Love is waiting around the next curve…but trouble is never far behind.

Desperate to shake memories that stalk him like feral beasts, Richard Winters points his motorcycle toward the highway and twists the throttle—destination anywhere but New York. By the time he puts his kickstand down, he’s in Summitville, North Carolina, where, with a few annoying exceptions, one being an outlaw MC, he’s left alone.

Except there’s one woman who catches his notice and resurrects the protective instinct that cost him everything once before. A woman with stunning green eyes that haunt his dreams, and facing prejudice that makes him want to rise to her defense. But that would mean doing the last thing he wants to do—lower his guard.

Noémie Bellerose has heard times are changing, but in 1968 North Carolina, she and her younger brother are second-class citizens. The new bartender in town is temptation on two wheels, but in what world could the two of them connect? Not this one.

Despite their best intentions to avoid trouble, trouble finds them both—and so does an attraction that won’t be denied. But can love bloom where it is planted, or will they be forced to resort to desperate measures…before hate cuts them down?

 

Screen Shot 2018-09-04 at 10.31.51About the Author:

 Amazon Bestselling author, Victoria Saccenti picked up pencil and paper the moment her childhood book heroes started conversing with her. Sounds a little crazy, but there’s no rhyme or reason for inspiration. Back then, she wrote one-act plays and short fairy tales for simple amusement. Today–many…many moons later–her playful stories have grown into family sagas and retro and contemporary romances with an edge. An avid people watcher, she explores in her novels the twists and turns of human interaction, the many facets of love, and all possible happy endings.
Victoria lived overseas and traveled the world for thirty years, and she brings that experience and sense of adventure to her stories. She enjoys taking her reader on a private journey from America to Europe to Southeast Asia and back around.
Central Florida is home. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. But if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores.

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INTERVIEW

-What made you want to be a writer?

My writing journey began decades ago.  I plunged into the adventure-filled pages of Emilio Salgari’s Tigers of Malaysia and my imagination awakened.  I started writing juvenile fantasies, kept a diary, progressed to short stories, then finally took on the big project, full-length novels.

-How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

Read, read, and read some more. That is the main advice given by every major author. As other works expand the knowledge and style base. We’re exposed to new and different worlds when we read.

-Which character do you identify with most in your novel?

This may sound crazy, but I don’t identify with one specific character. I love and identify with all of them. When they speak to me, I listen.

-Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

I don’t like to tell anyone how or what to think. I only present events, choices, and possibilities. The characters come up to the proverbial crossroad and learn from their mistakes. In the exchange I can only hope the readers take something of value.

-Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

I hide out in my silent cave. LOL I can’t write with music. If I do, my mind wanders away, gets lost in the notes and I lose the connection to the character(s).

-What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

 My cave is an organized chaos. I have all sorts of necessary goodies. Affectionate notes from my dear hubby, photographs of dear friends, my special notebook, things like that.

 -What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.

The biggest challenge was to gather the courage to put your work “out there” exposing your soul to the public.

-When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?

I have a wonderful set of friends.

-How do you market your book?

Social media platforms are a great way to spread the word. I also advertise via Internet publications. Plus, I have a terrific VA.

-Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

Yes, readers regularly contact me. Their compliments are extremely rewarding.

-Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

I send the manuscript to two fantastic Beta readers. My editor is also a wonderful barometer/critic.

-Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.

My very first book signing took place in San Antonio, Texas, at the lovely Menger Hotel. I was a nervous wreck and didn’t know what to expect, or how many books to bring. Authors decorated the packed room with colorful pullout and table banners. Logo’s, quotes, and character images where everywhere. My table partner was sweet and funny. She was probably as nervous as I was, since that was her first event as well. The happy cacophony of laughter and conversation and the scent of fresh popcorn are indelibly etched in the memory bank. Who knew that would be offered at the door? I also remember the aroma of chocolate. I had swag Hershey’s bites spread out on my table. I have a feeling the bites had a lot to do with the readers stopping by. They might have sold a book or two. Hershey’s bites rule!   

-What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?

Reading is my favorite pastime.

 -Tell us your favorite novel?

 I’ll take a different tack. My favorite writer is Dorothy Dunnett. I love her series The Lymond Chronicles and House of Niccolò. The best historical fiction books ever written, in my humble opinion.

-What kind of advice can you give to other aspiring authors?

Hire a good editor. Editors are worth their weight in gold.

 -Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?

Please stop by. You can find me at:

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PROLOGUE

Mount Vernon, New York. April 1968

Dickey entered his apartment, and before he could flip the light switch, the memories—feral beasts lying in wait—pounced from every direction.

Damn it. Stop. Stop. He stabbed his fingers into his face, but the self-inflicted pain had no effect on the barrage of angry whispers circling him. Taunting him, they grew louder…intensified to a roar of screams and jeers.  

He’d done everything to break the pattern, had changed his routine, rearranged the sequence and time of his actions and nothing worked. As soon as he was alone, the scene and participants came to life, clawing at him whether he played music, listened to the radio, or watched TV. No distraction, no entertainment on earth could end the torment or silence the voices. No. They pulled him, yanked him back to the moment…the god-awful moment.

No more.

It was late, close to midnight, and still he reached for the phone—a pathetic jerk, a slave of the past. He loathed the lack of control, the outright weakness the call would reveal.

“Hey, Skip. Sorry to wake you.”

“Hmmm…yeah. Dickey?”

“Got a moment, pal?”

“Shoot. I’m awake now.”

“You once offered to buy my share of the business. Are you still interested in going solo?”

“It was a passing interest. But…why bring it up now?”

“Because I’m getting out of Dodge. I refuse to spend another hour in this state. I’m done. Finito.”

“Hold on, man. Vivian again? It’s been years.”

“I can’t shake it. I see her…them… No more.”

“What about that sweet young thing? She likes you.”

“And she was getting too clingy. I don’t do girlfriends. Mind’s made up.”

“Wait, Dickey—”

“Nah, I’m packing. I’ll head west or maybe south. Not sure. When I stop, wherever I stop, I’ll call. Hopefully, a drastic change will do the trick. And Skip, when you see that girl, please tell her I wish her the best.”

He dropped the phone on the cradle and swept through his place, tossing a few rolled items into the smallest duffel he owned. He didn’t need much. He’d tear into the road, travel light and long with a single purpose in mind: leave good old Dickey behind and forgotten. Hello world, meet Richard Winters.

In a few strides, he closed the door to his last home in New York, mounted his bike, and, with a deep rumble, sped into the night.

Ill or fair, he’d meet the wind head-on.


 

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Author Spotlight – Guest Six – Em Taylor

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 10.05.54USA Today bestselling author Em Taylor writes Regency Romance and has dabbled in the contemporary and paranormal subgenres of romance too. But she can’t resist the lure of the ballrooms of Mayfair and the country houses of the aristocracy in the early 19th Century for long.
Born and raised in the central belt of Scotland, Em has tried her hand at nursing, retail and teaching Religious Education. It wasn’t until she found she enjoyed writing Star Trek Voyager fan fiction that she decided to try writing her own characters. She still indulges her love of film and TV by crewing at conventions around the UK. She also enjoys playing the recorder, reading, walking and hopes one day to finish a knitting project with all the wool she has stashed in her house.
Em is author of  ten books and we’ll look at one of them.
Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 10.11.45As the clock in White’s hallway chimes midnight on St Nicholas’ Day morning, Lord Nicholas, Viscount Eastden makes a stupid wager. Somewhat foxed, he agrees to a wager which states that he can marry the spinster sister of the Earl of Thornwich by Christmas eve.  If Thornwich wins the wager and Eastden fails in his quest to marry her, he will get ten thousand pounds and vice versa.
Having grown up on neighbouring estates, Nicholas can’t figure out why a nice girl like Gabriella failed for so many seasons on the marriage mart. Gabriella appreciates the viscount’s honesty when he explains the wager. Knowing the dire straits of her family’s finances and her brother’s addiction to gambling, it seems that marriage to Nick may be the only option.
But can she overcome his cruel words from their childhood when he taunted her about the strawberry birthmark on her face which blights her appearance?
After such a rocky start, can the Spirit of Christmas find its way into the lives of Nick, Gabriella and their families or will injury and grievances from the past keep them apart forever? Content Warning: This book is not a sweet romance. It contains sex scenes. If such content is not to your taste or offends you, please do not upset yourself by purchasing this book. Thank you.

Author Spotlight – Guest Five – Victoria Johns

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 10.01.17.pngVictoria Johns is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary and new adult novels. She enjoys sharing a happily ever after and believes that it’s every good girl’s dream to experience a steamy one.
Growing up in North West England in a large family surrounded by love and support she found her Prince Charming many years ago and enjoys living the life they’ve made with their son.
She’s always had a creative imagination and decided that some of the stories bubbling in her head needed to be shared, so she’s created this pen name to give them their freedom to be loved by others. When she’s not writing she’s overdosing on crisps, Rosé wine and trashy TV. Author of the popular Soul Sister and Soul Mate series
She has ten books, all withe intriguing titles. So we shall look at the first one.

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When you’re a woman on the run the last thing you need is a complication.
A complication that can unravel and expose your secrets, one that can undo the new life you’re trying to build.
A complication in the form of an irresistible, tattooed guy, that brings out feelings and emotions that are as frightening as the things you’re running from.

When you’re a guy with a deadly job the last you thing you need is danger landing at your doorstep. Especially when that danger is a beautiful, sexy woman, begging to be protected, with a sack full of troubles hot on her heels.

He felt duty bound to protect her.
She felt obliged to resist.
Together they feel compelled to survive, but can they put it all on the line and expose themselves to have the one thing they want more than anything?
Each other.

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Author Spotlight – Guest Four – Meg Geri

Have you ever wondered how to write a novel in thirty days?
 Well, Megan Gwyneth Geri tells you how.
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“This is one nifty, handy dandy guide for anyone who wants to write a novel. From genre selection, plotting a story and developing characters, to getting the words on paper finding inspiration and getting unstuck, this book will take you through it all. If that isn’t enough, the author includes access to printable worksheets, as well as daily communications via email for the first 28 days. If you’ve wanted to write a work of fiction but have no idea where to start or how to get organized, this is the book for you. It will take you through the process step by step to finally give life to that story idea you have. The book alone is worth the price, but the additional worksheets and support from the author are invaluable.”

This book walks you step by step through planning your novel to writing your novel. It even has a section to read about where things will go wrong and what to do when they do.

This is more than just a book about writing, this is a book about surviving the writing process.

“Megg’s “Write a Novel in 30 Days” got me excited to get writing! Chalk full of tips and tricks of how to get your month of writing off to a great start, and motivation to keep you moving through the rough patches (you know there will be some…) I can’t wait to get started! Is it November yet?!”
“I love the practical ways, activities, and interaction that this book offers. You inspire me to write, and you make me want to do more in life and follow my dreams.”
“Megg’s book is truly inspiring – I have never wanted to write a book but am inspired to share my story in some way with others around me. The book is real, true and gets to the heart of the highs and lows of writing. Even sharing tips that can be applied not just in writing but everyday life too.”
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Author Spotlight – Guest Three – Kerry Watts

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Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 17.02.43Meet Pict Publishing author Kerry Watts who was born and grew up in a small town in the East of Scotland.

It took twenty years for her to pluck up the courage to finally share her scribbles with the paying public.

She is always writing and carries a little notebook and pen with her wherever she goes because at her age ideas need to be captured before they disappear.
Kerry specialises in crime fiction because she enjoys pushing the boundaries of what it is to be human. The nature versus nurture debate fascinates her. She loves to put her characters in impossible situations just to see what happens. Her experience as a psychiatric nurse heavily influences her writing.

When she’s not writing she loves to spend time following her other passions – dogs, particularly rescue mutts and horse racing. The sight of a thoroughbred race horse at full stretch has been known to move her to tears, not just lump in the throat stuff but full on blubbing. And for that she is unashamed. One day she’s going to buy a race horse and call him Dexter King.

 

Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 17.11.58.pngAddicted to Death is one such crime fiction. It is available in paperback, Kindle and on Kindle Unlimited.

Detective Sergeant Carol Murphy and Constable Donna Dixon have the most important case of their careers to crack: the deaths of two middle-class women who appear to have taken their own lives.

The deaths turn out to be staged, and more violent attacks soon take place. On the hunt for the killer, the investigators suspect that he is capable of hiding his inner monster behind a façade of a perfect family.

Determined to end the serial killer’s reign of terror, Carol and Donna search high and low for clues and leads. How much horror can the murderer unleash before his killing spree comes to an end?

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A Waiting Game, so many to choose from!

by Karen J Mossman

#freebooks #newbooks #newrelease #shortstories #poetry #books #pre-orders #authors #indieauthors #writing

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Preparing a book for publication after writing it, is a busy time for any writer. When I released my last book,  Joanna’s Destiny, I had lots of help promoting, and it was posted all over the place.
But pre-order sales were poor, despite a huge effort. It was suggested the price too high at 3.99. I thought it was fair for all the time I’d put it, except that doesn’t count. No one actually cares. Putting on my other hat as a reader, I realised it’s true. Do you think of the time the author spent writing the book? No. We just care for a great story.
I reduced the price to 1.99 and got 3 pre-orders. Still not great considering the book before that, my thriller The Truth Will Out, had 19 pre- orders. Yet, I consider Joanna’s Destiny my best book yet.
So having learnt a lesson, my new release is The Magic of Stories and is due out on 20th August. This time I have set the pre-order price to 99. There has been a lot of promotion already, and not just from me. It’s been available for over a week and each day I have been checking to see how many I have. Zilch. Nothing, a big fat zero.
Why? What is the problem with my books? Nothing. It’s isn’t just my books, others have said similar. Since Amazon opened the doors to self publishing, talented writers have filled the shelve and we have more choice than ever before. That’s not a bad thing, is it?
The market is literally flooded with books of every genre, all vying for readers. In a bid to outdo one another, the prices have dropped ridiculously low, and some choose to give their books away for free. This means readers come to expect free books. It seems sacrilege that so much is worth so little.
I’ve always been a big supporter of Don’t give away your books for nothing, although I’ve now discovered one way you should. Series. If you have a series of books, try giving the first one away for free. You are likely to get readers wanting more and will happily buy the next one.
I have Joanna’s Journey and now the sequel Joanna’s Destiny is available. I decided to run a promotion offering readers the chance to have Joanna’s Journey for free. Over two thousand people downloaded it. I’ve yet to see any sales of Joanna’s Destiny. but thinking about it as a reader, I often download books and don’t read them right away. Sometimes they can sit on my Kindle for a year. So I’m yet to see a result of that.
To write a full novel, you have to do it for love, not money and I think my days of blood, sweat and tears over big books are gone. If I earned a living from it, it would be different. So instead, I will be writing novellas for Electric Eclectic books. I have four books out under that brand another coming soon. It’s the way forward. I can enjoy my love of writing without slaving over it for months at a time. As a reader, I prefer a shorter book, and love nothing more than enjoying a complete story on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Electric Eclectic are idea for that.
Over the years I have written hundreds of short stories and poetry. Some made it into novels, novella’s or anthologies. Many were just sitting around doing nothin and that’s when I decided to put them all in one book. Although I am not a poet as such, I have dabbled over the years and had a heap of them lying around unused and unread. When I looked at them, they too were stories. That’s what makes this book a little different to the rest. The stories are in different formats, some as poetry, and others are as little as four lines long.
I took my inspiration from a book called Undressed by the wonderful author Karina Kantas. She gave brief explanation sin the form of an author’s notes telling the reader where her inspiration came from, where the story had appeared before, or whether it was a true story. I found that just as fascinating. So you’ll find that in my book too.
As a bonus, Karina is offering readers of The Magic of Stories Undressed for free, and details of how to get it are in the book.
It was a big relief this morning to log on and find I had one pre-order. Yay! Amongst the many hundred people who had seen in, somebody was tempted. So whoever you are, I thank you!
If you want to take a look at the books mentioned, then just follow these links.
The Magic of Stories is part of the Just Stories collection.
Joanna's Journey and Joanna's Destiny of part of The Decade Series. 
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