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Two knights track down a dangerous monster lurking beneath Pnarakon, the City of Masks.
As they prepare themselves to spring their ambush on the beast, little they know that they are about to be dragged in the middle of an insidious conspiracy which threatens to shake the entirety of the Structure. 

In a claustrophobic world where food and space are precious commodities and sunlight is only a distant memory, a Warrior, a Scion, and a Scholar will struggle through the echoes of fear and desperation resonating in the rusted-out corridors of an endless labyrinth.
Pulled into a vortex of political machinations, war, and madness, these lost souls will attempt to find a way out of the dreaded maze of steel and paranoid delusions upon which the Structure is built, as their sanity is constantly tested by vile betrayals, twisted sorcery, and eldritch horrors of forgotten times...

What's the story about? If you like dark steampunk settings, you'll find plenty of that here.
If you like accurate and deep world-building, that's also in here.
If you like cosmic horrors, ancient aliens, sorcery, claustrophobic underground ruins, you'll find them here.
If you like mystery, political intrigue, and hard moral choices, that's also part of the package.
If you like accurate historical combat, battle strategy, and world-shaking plots, I've got you covered as well.

Handsome, clever, if not yet rich, Philip Clarke finds himself drawn by the cool beauty of Mei Li, lawyer and colleague, yet at the same time is unable to relinquish his weekly visit to the near-by shanty-town and the waiting arms of the fishing village woman who offers exquisite and unexpected pleasure. His simple ambition is to continue to enjoy the heady gratifications of both, without undue self-reflection. But paradise comes at a cost. And, just as the stories of love and the fulfillment of desire he tells himself become complicated, the tranquility of his island home is, he slowly understands, anything but immune to the world beyond its borders.

The book set in present day Asia, but its reach is much wider than that. The double context of the book is the newly assertive China on the global stage, and the environmental catastrophe that is engulfing the region. The story is premised on a deal to sell bottled water to China from Australia; the central character is a member of the Hong Kong firm that brokers that deal. He is a British expat, something of an innocent abroad, and does not understand until very late in the piece that he is being set up as a patsy in a corrupt and potentially lethal scam between the Australian based exporters and the Chinese distributors. The novel follows his life, loves, and many misunderstandings through the first half of 2015, to the point when, for the first time, there was a vote on democratic reform in Hong Kong.

I attach a synopsis; in essence, it follows the perceptions and failures of the lead character, and in the way that, belatedly, he realises that behind the commonplaces of the everyday he has been witness to a crime, and that as a result is in real danger. And although set in the greater Chinese region, his world, it turns out, is not unlike ours, as it is one where expediency trumps principle, where the outcomes of global migration are uncertain, and the possibilities of love as intoxicating as they are troubled.

At The Academy for Girls, there is one girl who holds the key to social acceptance in her hands. Katrina. When sixteen-year-old Ricey Kennedy arrives at The Academy, she is instantly branded a non-Academy Girl. Nobody dares to make an enemy of Katrina, and so the class either join in her mission to destroy, or stay silent.

Day after day, the verbal abuse crushes Ricey’s self esteem until she can’t take it anymore; the honey-coated barbs, the loneliness, the constant feeling that she is worthless. But then Ricey starts babysitting for Jessica Fox’s children. Jessica soon becomes a friend and mentor figure to Ricey. At the same time Ricey meets the charming Tom Wilson at Peter’s Plums fruit store. Tom is fascinated by the shy, smart Ricey who is completely clueless around boys, forever blushing, and has no idea how adorable she is. He is determined to show her how to have some fun. Ricey and Tom’s relationship slowly blossoms (with several hitches—induced by the jealous Katrina—along the way).

As Ricey’s confidence grows, Jessica and Tom encourage Ricey to stop repeating Katrina’s words in her head. To believe in herself. To stand up to Katrina.

Fear is the omnipresent narrator of Bullied. He sweeps in and out of the story, confronting the characters, who remain clueless to his existence. He dares them to face their fears and fight him, while at the same time rooting for them to overcome him.

Bullied intertwines tragedy with humor throughout the book while relaying a positive and powerful message for teens.

You can purchase Bullied via Amazon.

Alex is a poetic young Londoner believing in true love, writing romantic letters and enjoying long late night philosophical discussions with friends on the meaning of life or the existence of God. Anna, the girl living in Lebanon whom he grew to be very fond of through a long-distance correspondence, appears to be something else. She embodies everything that he conjured up in a perfect woman, while she sometimes remains surprisingly cold and volatile in her e-mail responses. Is she truly the woman who he could love forever or is there more to her personality than just a sweet and gentle heart?

Discovering the truth about Anna leads Alex on the road to self-discovery shrouded by an intensely personal struggle and painful emotions that bring about the most joyful and darkest moments in Alex’s soul. This book serves as a rational voice to any reader trying to make sense of his or her own emotional circumstances.

A Beautiful Life is a tale told through the eyes of a young man who may not have all the answers to human existence, but learns valuable lessons on how to deal with the adversities of life in his pursuit of happiness. He, like you, still has much to offer the world no matter the struggle.

-Alex!!! What’s up?

-What’s up with you Anna?

-With me? Well... hey wait, why are you calling me at 7:00 am?

-I just saw your text, so I called... I couldn’t resist. I wanted to know what you needed.

-Ah okay… cool. I didn’t need anything… but since you called I will tell you a story.

-Tell me Anna...

-Okay. Well... I realized something. I was thinking… and I realized that I was destined to a life of pain.

-Why Anna?

-I discovered that love has only two consequences.

-What are they?

-It’s simple Alex. Love either dies or love kills you.

- Anna! Is this true?

-Yes Alex. It’s true.

-So what should I do? What will you do?

-Do you really want to know?

-Yes Anna. I do. Tell me.


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About the Author
Alexander Payne is a contributing author to BrAG – Blackridge Advisory Group Inc. Brag is a partnership of authors, consultants, lecturers, keynote speakers and much more. You can check it out at or connect to Alex on Goodreads.

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Which genre did you used to completely avoid reading that you now enjoy? Or vice versa?

I very recently got into a mystery kick. While I love mystery movies and TV, it wasn't something I thought much of reading. I was one of the few in my friends group growing up that didn't get into The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew.  My reading moods usually pointed me in the fantasy or adventure direction. About a year ago I picked up Kendra Elliot's Hidden novel, part of Bone Secrets series, and fell in love with the author and all of her work. (Review of Hidden). I wouldn't call myself a mystery connoisseur, but it was a positive introduction to a genre I wasn't familiar with and has added more books to the TBR pile.

On the other end of the spectrum, I used read a lot of the new adult romance. This was for a couple of reasons; they were typically short, fun, fluffy, and easy to get carried away with for an afternoon. I've somewhat burnt myself out on those for a while. With the NA explosion in the indie scene I was reviewing handfulls at a time over a week or two and as much as I enjoyed it, it exhausted the genre.

Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.

Awarded Book of the Year by Just Reviews.
Awarded Best Historical Fiction of 2016 by Colleen's Book Reviews.

Andrew Joyce is the recipient of the 2013 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Western for his novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.

The Hunter, legendary assassin of Voramis, has a purpose: protect Hailen, the boy he rescued from a demon in Malandria.

He joins a caravan in the hope of safe passage across the Advanat Desert. Yet he cannot outrun his enemies: the Illusionist Cleric on a holy mission to capture him, the bloodthirsty raiders out for blood and gold, and the Abiarazi, demons who masquerade as humans.

Every step north reveals who he was before becoming the Hunter, unlocking the truth about the woman who haunts his memories.

Author/Professional Freelance Writer

Morgan is a dreamer, change maker and art lover. She is a feisty, slightly preachy, romantic feminist full of contradictions and insecurities. Morgan uncovers a world where women have the power, and where magic is no longer just a figment of her wild imagination. Sounds like a dream, but it may, in fact, turn into a nightmare.

The world of the Ahe'ey challenges and subverts her views about gender, genes, and nature versus nurture.

The strong and uninvited chemistry between her and the dashing Gabriel makes matters even more complicated. His stunning looks keep short-circuiting her rational mind.

Cal Winter: Junkie. Murderer. Winner of the Military Cross for Gallantry. Penniless and desperate, Cal Winter is coerced into working for a band of freelance paramilitaries known as The Firm. After a decade of deniable killing, he plots revenge. Armed with a secret file of The Firm’s dirtiest secrets, Winter returns to London. There he discovers the organisation has evolved into something even worse…Winter assembles a careworn team of The Firm’s cast-offs and misfits. Their enemy: a ruthless warrior elite, information warfare specialists battle-honed in the West’s ‘Forever Wars’.

From Iceland to the City of London, to the lonely marshes of England’s southern coast, Winter must stop The Firm. Not just to save the country he once scorned, but to fulfill his vow to be a better man.

About the Author

Dominic Adler was born, bred and worked in the parts of London you don’t read about in tour guides. He is the author of two bestselling Cal Winter novels - The Ninth Circle and The Devil’s Work. 

MAY 4th, 2017

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