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Spotlight for The Spirit of The Age by David Melville Edwards

The Spirit Of The Age is a satirical metaphysical literary contemporary fantasy mystery.
Non-halal and non-kosher sacred cow slaughter is the order of the day as Probationary Police Constable Skandi Khan, transplanted from
famously decaying multi-cultural Hounslow, cuts a swathe through rural Dorset, grappling with a crime wave whilst struggling to get her
arranged marriage back on track.
It’s idyllic rural touristy Jurassic Dorset as you have never seen her before. Monumental statues disappear, and bodies turn up in the ocean.
There’s murder, mystery, mermaids, music, Muslims, marriages, mages, mayhem and mirth, all served up with lashings of sex and cricket.
Praise from readers:
★★★★★ – “One of the most unique novels I’ve read in years. Hugely
imaginative, very entertaining, and has plenty of humor to boot.”
★★★★★ – A beautifully crafted tale that forces the reader to face the
stark realities of country life in modern Britain one minute, then

suspend belief in reality the next. Thoroughly enjoyable reading.”

The Spirit of the Age Excerpt

“You know, you’ve never written a single poem for me. I’ve obviously
been too easy!”
“A sin of omission soon remedied. Watch and be amazed!” James focused
intently on his laptop screen, and typed rapidly.

The sun bursts through the gloomy banks of cloud
And all is bathed in glorious golden light,
The sky a canvas framed by trees whose might
Is dwarfed by shafts of sunshine now allowed
To tear fierce rents in the purple shroud.
The sunbeams bear angels they burn so bright
Though no prophets wait for them to alight
By quiet waters whose reflections crowd
The rippling river, its ducks and moored boats
Scarcely moving. The church appears to mourn
The short grass carpet munched by cows ignoring
The walkers amongst them, bare-armed without coats
Who stand admiring an image of dawn
Though suffused with the colours of evening.

Your peasant hovel stands where once the monks
Set off across the causeway to the church,
Plainsong inspiring floods that can’t besmirch
Their feet, because the ditches and the chunks
Of stone stand proud, now screened by gnarled trunks
Of trees, whose leaves and branches give a perch
To silent birds, above us as we lurch
From embrace to warm embrace, like chipmunks
Snuggling up against autumnal chills such
Are finally banished in your kitchen.
I traced your hourglass form. What folly this,
I see your face transfigured by my touch
A blazing fire flared up to enrich
My heart; yet still I left your lingering kiss.

“There you are; not one but two poems in your honour!” He beamed at her.
Sireen examined them suspiciously. “Do they rhyme and scan?”
“Oh yes”, said James, feigning a confidence that he did not feel.
“They are Petrarchian Sonnets. Ten syllables per line De-Dah De-Dah
De-Dah De-Dah De-Dah, rhyming scheme ABBAABBACDECDE. And to paraphrase
Dorothy Parker, ‘If you say my verse don’t scan, then I get me another
woman’. And if you doubt that I wrote them, see if you can find them
on the Internet”
Sireen entered a couple of searches, and they turned up blank. So she
had a closer look at the verses themselves. Certainly, she doubted
that Byron or Shelley would have rhymed ‘trunks’ with ‘chipmunks’. And
Fondlesham Abbey was just up the road, which would explain the
reference to monks. But there were definitely no cows in the
churchyard, and no rippling rivers anywhere hereabouts; she’d have
found them on her bicycle rides. Realisation dawned, and she picked up
a cushion, and whacked him.
“Ouch, gerrorff!” said James, shielding his face with his forearms.
“You wrote these for somebody else!” she accused, and whacked him again.

David Melville Edwards Author Bio

David Melville Edwards boasts a Cabinet Minister for a cousin, and as a sister-in-law he has a woman who used to entertain Princess Margaret when she sloped off for discreet weekends with Roddy Llewellyn, so only the REALLY posh wouldn’t consider him posh, but as the grandson of a miner at University he realised that he wasn’t. Whilst by some accounts he wasted three years wasted, he had at least the wit to recognise that there were Old Etonians more ready to overlook his comparatively humble background than he was their lives of privilege.
After University, a Management Training Course beckoned. At one place he was accused of being a Trotskyite infiltrator, whilst he turned down the opportunity to participate in the collapse of the British car industry after being told his job would consist of ‘Taking a document from A, making notes and passing it on to C. Actually, the document could probably go straight from A to C, but you’ve got to start somewhere’. Finally offered gainful employment by someone who talked sense, he learned how to stand with a clipboard and stopwatch whilst watching other people working, and to bore for England on the subject of corrugated fibreboard containers (sorry, cardboard boxes).
But now the boot was on the other foot. In a satanic mill at England’s periphery David Melville Edwards was the posh interloper. One evening he was called in to see the Shift Manager, who brandished a page excised from a glossy magazine showing a woman having sex with a dog. It had been pinned up inside the locker of the girlfriend of a fellow caver, a woman who had hated him on sight, consumed by a rage so visceral she could scarcely say a civil word in response to simple work-related questions. On finding the picture, she had marched off to Management and accused David Melville Edwards of putting it there. When asked how the locker could have been opened (the clue is in the name) the Shift Manager responded ‘But aarrhh, you visit London at weekends’. However, there were good times, and he tried his hand at writing poetry.
Told by his erst-while cloth-cap boss there was no future for him motivating cloth-caps, he left cardboard box manufacturing for computing, and found his metier. He looks relatively impressive amidst scenes of chaos, so he’s spent most of the intervening decades being parachuted in to small-scale Information Technology disasters round the world. Thirty thousand re-deployed employees about not to be paid at the end of the month? The Christmas peak, and only 24 hours in every day? Robots running amok in a robot warehouse? The office of the future staying there? Banking systems taking tea-breaks? Prison systems, council systems, housing systems, probation systems, police systems, accounting systems? All on his C.V., all great fun in hindsight, and sometimes at the time. Going in to work at weekends wearing a Batman T-shirt, and feeling like a super-hero …
He learned to write writing software.You’re taught to break things down into manageable pieces, but at the heart of every computer system there is always something large and over-arching that you have to keep sight of; the reason why it was decided to automate it in the first place. So likewise novels. Chapter by chapter within the the overall structure of the plot.
After three score years, the world has changed out of all recognition. Yet the UK’s rulers are still a patrician clique harbouring delusions of grandeur. It’s a funny old world, changing yet changeless, and David Melville Edwards hopes to long continue having fun fantasizing about it.
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Spotlight For Mistaken Identity Crisis, A Braxton Campus Mystery, by James J. Cudney

 

Mistaken Identity Crisis
(Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney

About the Book


Mistaken Identity Crisis (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Creativia (June 30, 2019)
Digital Edition, 260 pages
ASIN: B07Q6YSTPN

A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. A string of jewelry thefts continues to puzzle the sheriff, given they’re remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old case, back when Gabriel vanished one stormy night.

When a missing ruby, and a body, are discovered at the campus, Kellan must investigate the killer’s motive to protect his brother. As if the latest murder isn’t enough to keep him busy, Kellan partners with April to end the Castigliano and Vargas crime family feud. What really happened to Francesca while all those postcards showed up in Braxton?

The mafia world is more calculating than Kellan realized. If he wants to move forward, he’ll have to make a few ruthless sacrifices. And as the summer heat begins to settle in Wharton County, a couple more surprises are also in store.

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

List of Books
Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)
Father Figure (April 2018)
Braxton Campus Mysteries
Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)
Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)
Flower Power Trip – #3 (March 2019)
MistakenIdentity Crisis – #4 (June 2019)

Websites & Blog
Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/
Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Social Media Links
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Spotlight For A Crafter Hooks a Killer, A Handcrafted Mystery, by Holly Quinn

A Crafter Hooks a Killer:
A Handcrafted Mystery
by Holly Quinn

About the Book


A Crafter Hooks a Killer: A Handcrafted Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 11, 2019)
Hardcover 274 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643850121
ISBN-13: 978-1643850122
Digital ASIN: B07MGS1XDW

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?

Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in idyllic Heartsford, Wisconsin, running her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft when one early June day, bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson visits Heartsford. Captivated by Community Craft, Jane devotes a chapter in her new book, Behind the Seams, to the store. Sammy is honored, though satisfaction quickly turns to shock when she finds Jane strangled to death—her cold hands clutching a copy of her most recently published book, with the words “THE END” raggedly scratched into the cover.

Heavens to Etsy! Not only must Sammy contend with the author’s inauspicious demise, she has to untie some knotty details from her own past. It turns out Kate’s death was not what it seemed, and instead somehow hooked to Jane Johnson’s demise. Handsome Detective Liam Nash is on the “skein”, more than happy to see the shop owner again, if less than enamored by her sleuthing interventions. But this was Sammy’s best friend—she has to know.

Fortunately, Sammy has a “lace” in the hole. As a child, she formed the S.H.E. detective team with her cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie. Having already reconstituted their partnership, the S.H.E. team searches for a pattern behind the latest death. As the case starts to unravel, will Sammy and team be able to sidestep Liam quick enough to stitch together the clues?

About the Author

Holly Quinn has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her second Handcrafted mystery. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com

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Spotlight For Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes by Janis Thornton

Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes
by Janis Thornton

About the Book


Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (June 12, 2019)
Print Length: 267 pages
ASIN: B07PRV6VZC

Elated by Annie’s response, Johnny caved to his impulse and pressed his mouth to her sweet lips, sparking a surge of electricity that ricocheted through his entire body, and for one glorious moment swept him up in a wave of emotion that meteorically whisked him to the edge of the universe, past swirling spirals of brightly burning stars — white dwarfs, red giants, entire galaxies. Caught in the rapture, he shed his cocoon of darkness and experienced the light — the wonderful, warm, life-affirming light. He reveled in it, felt alive. He almost believed he was. Almost.

* * *

West Coast journalist Annie Sinclair’s career, not to mention her love life, has been on the skids far too long, when she returns to Logan Point, her small, Indiana hometown. She’s back to make amends with her elderly father, and to delve into the 25-year-old, unsolved murder of her high school classmate for a writing gig with a national tabloid.

Annie’s plans soon go awry, and her mettle is tested — first when her father warns her against digging into the past; and again, when she meets the Logan Point Ledger’s handsome, but exasperating, new editor; and again still, when she reconnects with her first love, who clearly wants to rekindle what once was.

But Annie’s most arduous test appears in the form of the earthbound spirit of a boy she once knew — the boy with the azure eyes accused of the murder she is looking into. He needs her to prove his innocence, so he can break the ties that bind him to the darkness. In exchange, he will set Annie free to realize that the love she yearns for is just within her reach … if only she will open her heart.

About the Author

Janis Thornton is the author of a true crime/oral history/memoir, Too Good a Girl, as well as two cozy mysteries, Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies and Dead Air & Double Dares. She also is the author of two local history books and contributor to Undeniably Indiana. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, and the Indianapolis Writers Center. She lives in her Indiana hometown in the same house where she grew up.

Author Links

Website: www.janis-thornton.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janisthorntonauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JanisThornton
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6482161.Janis_Thornton

Purchase Link
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Spotlight For Death by Dissertation, A Cassandra Sato Mystery, by Kelly Brakenhoff

Death by Dissertation
(Cassandra Sato)
by Kelly Brakenhoff

About the Book


Death by Dissertation (Cassandra Sato)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Nebraska
Emerald Prairie Press (April 17, 2019)
Paperback: 355 pages
ISBN-10: 1733742409
ISBN-13: 978-1733742405
Digital ASIN: B07PKRD658

Ambitious Cassandra Sato traded her life in Hawai’i for a dream position as Student Affairs VP at Morton College in tiny Carson, Nebraska. She expected the Midwestern church casseroles, land-locked cornfields, and face-freezing winters would be her biggest challenges, but it’s her job that’s rapidly becoming a nightmare.

A deaf student is dead and the investigation reveals a complicated trail of connections between campus food service, a local farmer’s beef, and the science lab’s cancer research. Together with her few allies, Cassandra must protect the students caught up in the entanglement.

Dealing with homesickness, vandalism, and a stalker, Cassandra is trapped in a public relations disaster that could cost her job, or more. No one said college was easy.

About the Author

Kelly Brakenhoff is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. As an American Sign Language Interpreter with more than twenty years of experience, Kelly’s worked in college classrooms for fifteen different majors. From traipsing across muddy farm fields to stomach-churning medical procedures, and stage interpreting for famous figures, Kelly’s community interpreting interactions number in the thousands. Unfortunately, once she’s stepped away from the job, she usually forgets 90% of what happened. Which helps her keep confidential information safe, but also makes it really hard to grocery shop for more than 5 items without a written list.

Kelly wants to live in a world filled with peace, love, and joy, where people who can hear learn enough sign language to include deaf people in everyday conversations and work. Where every deaf child has early access to language and books with characters like them, and dark chocolate is cheap and plentiful.

When she’s not interpreting or writing, you can find Kelly cheering for her favorite Husker teams or training for half-marathons because she really likes dessert.

Her first mystery, Death by Dissertation, released April 22, 2019.

Author Links

Website – http://kellybrakenhoff.com/

Amazon – Https://amazon.com/author/kellybrakenhoff

Twitter- https://twitter.com/inBrakenVille
Instagram – @kellybrak

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New Release: Write it Right: Tips for Authors by Mary Deal

Write It Right – Tips for Authors

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Learn how to polish your writing with a collection of extraordinary tips and numerous examples for making your prose leap off the page. Articles include information from preparing to write, the myriad details of how to write, edit and polish, all the way through to publishing and managing promotion and personal brand before and after the book is published. It’s incredible help for writers of both fiction and nonfiction.

While writing, you may have encountered myriad questions about imperfect areas that you stumble across in your composition. The thoroughly explained tips offered in Write it Right – Tips for Authors clarifies those worrisome issues instead of simply taking a chance they’ll be acceptable. This is a volume of writing aid that you will refer back to time and again.

Mary Deal, a native of Walnut Grove in California’s Sacramento River Delta, now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was Founder and past President of Kauai Writer’s Roundtable. She is an Amazon best-selling and multi-award-winning author and Pushcart Prize nominee. She is also an artist, photographer, and former editor of a print magazine and newspaper columnist. She is currently writing the third story in her Sara Mason Mystery series.

Her Books: She is the author of “Legacy of the Tropics,” an adventure trilogy taking place in both the Caribbean and Hawaii, “The Ka,” a paranormal Egyptian suspense, “River Bones – Sara Mason Mysteries Book One,” a thriller that takes place in her childhood hometown area, “Down to the Needle,” a thriller, taking place along the West coast,  and “The Howling Cliffs, Sara Mason Mysteries Book Two.” She has also published “Off Center in the Attic,” a collection of over-the-top short stories and flash fiction pieces. “Write It Right – Tips for Authors – The Big Book” is a mega-volume of writing instruction. “Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation” is another self-help nonfiction. Her latest novel is “Sea Cliff – A Love Story” and is her first foray in the romance genre.

Her Awards: River Bones was a winner in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition and a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Books Awards (NIEA). The Howling Cliffs won a Bronze in the Global eBook awards. Write It Right-Tips for Authors was a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA). Hypno-Scripts was a Finalist in both the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Book Awards (NIEA), as well as winning Silver in the Global eBook Awards. Down to the Needle won a Bronze in the Global eBook Awards. Her flash fiction short story, “The Last This I Do” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her first feature screenplay, Sea Storm, and short story, Chin Face, were a Finalists in a Moondance International Film Festival.

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New Release: Creche Terrenium by K.C. Sprayberry

A galaxy under attack… youth out of control… extreme measures are called for… until the citizens are faced with impossible choices.

Good day and welcome to the release of Crèche Terrenium. This book was written many years ago, when I was first starting out in my writing career. I submitted it to Millennial Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine as a 5,000 word short story. This was during the days of snail mail submissions and waiting months on end to hear back from the editor in chief. To my surprise, I heard back rather quickly, about six weeks. Figuring they’d laughed and sent me a letter telling me that I should quit writing, I waited a couple of days before reading the bad news. Well, it wasn’t a contract to have the short story published in their magazine. What I did get was a letter telling me that the then editor in chief loved the concept of my short story and wanted me to develop it into a full book before resubmitting.

The full book was written, critiqued, edited, rewritten, etc. over a period of six months of sleepless nights and fingernail chewing days. I finally resubmitted the new story to the editor in chief per her request, only to hear back nearly immediately. The thin envelope pretty much told the story before I opened it.

Turns out while I was breathing life into this novel, the editor in chief had been replaced with someone else. That individual bluntly informed me that they were no longer interested in teen sci-fi books, as “teens didn’t read.” Who was I to argue? I knew the book was good. All I had to do was wait for the right time and place to present it to the world.

The time is now. The place is here. Enjoy!

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The Melane Galaxy has a problem, one that threatens their very existence. Led by a reporter, Susannah Tilotsen, the citizens demand a solution to their children terrorizing people. Yet, when Chairman Marcus Sterling institutes the Crèche system, Susannah feels deep shock and dismay.

The children will be taken from their parents and raised by a computer designed to educate and monitor them. No adults will have interaction with the youth of the galaxy. The overall goal is to create good citizens of the youths rather than out of control hooligans.

Is this solution good intentions by the leadership? What if a parent protests the loss of their child? What choice do they have?

Blurb

Youth out of control… Citizens demand a solution.

The Edict…

A law enacted to deal with recalcitrant children lays the blame on their parents. Only a computer can properly change The Melane Galaxy’s youth and turn them into good citizens. Chairman Sterling must force people to realize that parents aren’t right for raising children.

The Reporter…

Susannah Tilotsen discovers she’s being used by a government attempting to parent children. She soon realizes no one is safe from this new law. The loss of her beloved husband and her daughter being forcibly taken to Crèche Terrenium drives her to organize a group determined to stop this madness

The Boy…

Ripped from his loving home, Joey Dinaldo is taken to Crèche Terrenium after government troops find him living with his parents. He works hard to be a good citizen and obey the rules but soon discovers he can’t support a system designed to turn children into uncaring robots.

The Computer…

Master, the computer system that will raise these children, controls every second of their lives. Yet, there is no one to maintain the machine. The computer never thinks it needs to be repaired, even as the control it exerts slowly erodes. It is perfect, and fights to keep from being destroyed.

Rebels refuse to stop fighting until they have closed down the Crèche system and returned the children to their parents. Or find them a guardian. All of them are willing to do whatever it takes to end this madness… but at what cost?

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Excerpt

Black words on the creamy parchment in her hand numbed Susannah Tilotsen. Shivers racked her spine; fear deadened her fingertips. Her grip loosened and the document fluttered to her feet. The forty-something man in front of her caressed his silver-shot sable hair before spreading his hands. She watched the public façade take over as the benevolent leader of a fractious, crumbling galaxy smiled.  She knew better. His duplicitous expression sent chills up her spine.

She looked at the settlement she was reporting on to a galaxy awaiting a solution for a growing problem. The gray on gray buildings depressed her. The same hue was repeated in the walkways and latticed worked fences enclosing the twelve living areas. The children who soon call this place home would have no relief from the depressing shades of grey.

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About K.C. Sprayberry

Living a dream she’s had since she first discovered the magic of books. K.C. Sprayberry traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She’s been married to her soulmate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities.

A multi-genre author, K.C. Sprayberry is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.

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