Meet Derek Barton

Screen Shot 2019-06-08 at 09.43.41Genre: Fantasy

The city of Wyvernshield is under siege. A horde of beasts in the thousands threaten utter destruction.

Taihven, an untested sorcerer prince has one chance to save his country and family.

Can he count on his untapped powers from the Chaos Realm? Will he uncover their true enemy from the past in time? Does he DARE become the king they need?


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Who is Derek Barton?

I met Derek in a Facebook group where writer’s trade services. In my case I needed a proof reader and Derek helped me out twice. We eventually became Facebook friends, although it occured to me I rarely see any of his posts. I went to check and he does post and I am also following him. Facebook does that sometimes, it doesn’t show you everyone. So I used the drop down box and selected ‘see first’ instead of default.

So we haven’t actually spoken much except on Messenger and he always seems like a thoroughly nice chap. Friendly, helpful and polite.  So I thought I would blog about his books to share them with you.

He was born in northeast Indiana in 1970. He calls himself the typical introvert kid; closer to books than people, but grew up with a fascination for horror novels (Stephen King, Dean Koontz) and medieval fantasy (Piers Anthony, R.A Salvatore).

In 1996, he moved out to Phoenix, Arizona to find his own path. He married in 2012 and has three children, and still finding time to write fantasy and crime novels.

I have the first Elude book on my Kindle and will one day get around to reading it because I enjoy crime stories.

So if you are looking for a new author, it is working checking Derek out.

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A Glutton For Punishment

60327234_293245704897584_3377219427220062208_nGenre: Horror






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This is an Electric Eclectic Book, and a novelette especially if you want a quick read or are looking to find new authors. The book is being officially launched on the Electric Eclectic Facebook page on 20th May. You’re welcome to join us.

Karen’s Book Buzz Review

Oh this book!

I was reading a story in one of the author’s short story collections –  Choice Cuts and came across a story called Happy Religious Observance. Although I’ve read a few from this author before, it suddenly stuck me how imaginative he is. How he comes up with his ideas, I just don’t know. All his stories are clever, but now and again one of them is sheer genius. This book is one of them.

A Glutton for Punishment tells of a future where it is a crime to be fat. The story seems  plausible as the author picks up on things in our every day society. Lynda is the main character and she is in denial about her weight (aren’t we all!) until she is sent to Fat Camp, but this isn’t the Fat Camps we know. This is a internment camp.

I liked Lynda; she grows in confidence and becomes stronger. Due to circumstances she loses weight and even meets a man. Being the romantic person I am, I had hopes. Then I remembered: This is Michael J. Elliott.  He doesn’t do romance, he does horror, and I knew I was in for a bumpy ride.

I’m not going to give you any kind of clue as to what happens, but I’ll warn you – it’s chilling to the core. I’m still shaking at the thought, and it’s really the stuff of nightmares. Very cleverly thought out and crafted.

This is the genius of Michael J. Elliott.

As always, if you read it, I would love to hear what you think as well.


Welcome to the Star Shepard BLOG HOP TOUR

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Please get yourself comfortable as we take a daily tour through these fabulous blogs. Each blog you visit will entertain you with exclusive articles and excerpts from this fantastic new book. Get an insight into the character’s head with interviews and profile images. Then hunt down the hidden word that will get you one step closer to the $10 Amazon Gift Card.

You are here to celebrate the release of Star Shepard, book one of the space western series, Shepherd of Light, by R.R.Virdi.

Star Shepherd knows a raw deal when he sees one. And he’s got the worst one in the galaxy: to deliver a mysterious package to a rebellion to change the scales of power in favor of the common man. As he meets with an old friend to seek much-needed help, he draws the attention of a genocidal admiral willing to destroy entire worlds if it means catching Star Shepherd.

Will Star survive the chase and bring hope to the rebellion, or deliver a gift into the hands of a worse power, tipping the galaxy into further chaos?


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Don’t forget to visit all the blogs and collect the 10 hidden words for your chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
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Electric Eclectic Links Page

Who are Electric Eclectic?

They are a brand of books offering something a little different. They are novelettes featuring many different authors and genres. All books are one price £1/$1/€1.

Put Electric Eclectic Books in Amazon, Goodreads, or Google, or any search engine, and you will find them. Best place is to visit the website.

You can also download the app and have instant access to quick reads, free stories, and links to buy.

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They have a lovely array gifts, including mugs, phone covers, bags.

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An exclusive magazine offering high quality articles.

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Some fantastic companion sites offer wonderful worlds where you can see, read, and learn so much. Give them a try!  Companion Sites




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Looking for a Weekend Read?

Weekends are great for settling down with a book, although sometimes we don’t have a lot of time. Play the Game is perfect, it can be read in one sitting.

I’m looking for shares, so if you can share this post, I’d be grateful.

Going on a first date is always daunting, and more so for Stella,

I was an idiot. Why would I ever agree to go to a posh hotel for dinner with a hot guy? Who was I kidding? Food! The thought of a hot meal made my stomach grumble. The last time I ate anything hot was payday in the work’s canteen.

Looking at the pile of clothes on the bed, I realised that each piece of clothing had been tried on and discarded, and now my wardrobe was bare. I couldn’t recall the last time I went on a date or bought something new.

It was awkward, as guys generally asked questions. I couldn’t tell anyone about my circumstances or my dad. Anyway, who’d believe me?

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Satisfying your Desire

Love Under fire #2


I’m still reading this mega volume of novels. Love Under Fire, and as it says on the first picture is twenty-one novels in one book.

I first blogged about it here, and this time, I haven’t read other books in between. I haven’t needed too.

Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire by Anna Celeste Burke, was the one I mentioned in the last blog. I wasn’t sure I was going to finish it, as I found it a little confusing. I did, and quite liked it by then, although I did find having so many characters a little confusing.

I also mentioned in my last blog about this book, that Lily had a lot of positive reviews on Amazon. I went back to look and couldn’t find the book. I then did a Google Search and came up with a blog about it. So I went to the buy links and checked out iTunes, Barnes and Nobel, and Kobo. It had gone. So as of the time of me writing it looks likes it has been pulled.

It is still on Goodreads, along with several reviews, so it did exist, honestly!! However, despite that, I shall continue with my review of the book. And more importantly, it looks like each of the novels are now available separately.

Karen’s Book Buzz Review

Having read the five novels from this book, I would still recommend it, if you can find a copy.

I finished Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire and it’s a good tale full of twists and turns. Personally I found it a little confusing with so many different characters. I had to keep going back to check who was who. Perhaps, though, it’s just me, because the storyline was all there and I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Next one was The Turning, and it said Book 1. I’m not a lover of series, that’s just me as a book blogger and writer, I always have a long reading list. As I reader, and previous to me doing this, I loved book series. Now I don’t want to start a book that may leave me hanging and feeling the need to have to buy a second one to find out what happened. So I left that one.

Next up was Margaret Daly’s Monster in My Closet. I really enjoyed this one. It was a simple storyline with not many characters. Girl has a secret, reader tries to guess from clues. Girl meets boy, romance blossoms. Love never runs smoothly with twists and turns before the end. It’s the second book I’ve read from this author and I like her nice easy style of writing. There was plenty of intrigue to keep me guessing and I whizzed through it because I literally couldn’t put it down, always wanting to know what happens next.

That story was a hard act to follow, as I turned the page to Two Hearts Under Fire by Tamara Ferguson. I’ve never read this author, but knew her name. She constantly tweets – in fact, she tweets one of my books regularly. When I changed the cover, I contacted her, thanked her for retweeting, and asked if she would change the it. She never did. I asked her again and then came to the conclusion she doesn’t do Twitter, it’s just one of those platforms that continually roll out tweets with no human intervention!

I’ve seen her name around Facebook too, so it was interesting to see what she writes. I was quite shocked. I’ve never seen such a prolific writer. She has loads of books and series. Wow! And if all of are of this calibre, she probably has a big following.

This was a great all action story that started out in Iraq with a soldier in combat. He then has to go on the run when he returns to the US, and takes a woman with him. Their romance, the twists, and the action made this another great read.

All in all, I’m really enjoying this book, and will continue with the next story, Running Horses by Suzanne Jenkins.

So no buy links today. After I’ve read some more stories, I will report back and perhaps by then Love Under Fire may make another reappearance. I hope so, anyway.

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The Lost Angel

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Eddy Kovakx robs the Lost Angel, Central City’s newest night club, owned by mob boss Victor Renetti. Pulling off the job was the easy part. Now, on the run with his partner’s broad, the sultry Kimmie Saint Clair, he also has an unstoppable PI on his trail. Jack Malone is in hot pursuit thanks to the sadistic mobster Victor, putting a price on his head. Can Eddy and Kimmie get away with the money and their lives? Or will Jack Malone get his mark? Danger, mystery, and adventure in the noir thriller.

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Reblogged from Between the Beats

Sometimes its great to feature someone else review of a book.

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