To Live Out Loud by Paulette Mahurin


The magnificent Paulette has released another cracker – this one about the Dreyfus affair in 1895. It’s fabulous!

Originally posted on The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:

My latest novel is out and I’m thrilled to share it with all my family and friends. All profits are going to help rescue dogs from kill shelters. Below is a brief synopsis and some of the first reviews on Amazon.

To Live Out Loud FRONT PROMO copy


In 1895, France was torn asunder by a scandal that rocked the nation and divided the country. An innocent Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment on a desolate island. The news that could exonerate him was leaked to the press, but was suppressed by the military. Anyone who sought to reopen the Dreyfus court-martial became victimized and persecuted and was considered an enemy of the state. Émile Zola, a popular journalist, determined to bring the truth to light, undertook the challenge to publicaly expose the facts surrounding the military cover-up. This is the story of Zola’s battle to help Alfred Dreyfus reclaim his…

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Get scared for a great cause! AHG 3: Bound by Blood is now available.


Out now: a horror anthology for a good cause: The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. This charity benefits military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

Originally posted on Enter "The Sity":

I’m very proud that my writing is able to help the important charity – The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. This charity benefits military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Since 2000, the Fund has successfully executed several major programs providing substantial support to the military community:
*Grants to families of fallen heroes.
*Center for the Intrepid providing advanced physical rehabilitation care to American service members.
*National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) providing research, diagnosis and treatment for traumatic brain injury and psychological health affecting military families.

My short story “Road Trip” is one of 28 stories in the horror anthology At Hell’s Gates 3: Bound by Blood. All of the authors donated their stories (free-of-charge) to be in this book and to help this cause. 100% of all proceeds go to the IFHF charity.

Pick up your copy today!
Amazon US:
Amazon UK:…/…/B012BA6W9O

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Free Book Promo


Interesting free book

Originally posted on Kev's Great Indie Authors:

Starting July 31st and on through August 4th folks!

(Kev starts jumping up and down in excitement, but Pat tells him to get off the bed)

As a precursor to my upcoming 99c/99p Special on Miedo “Afraid” which starts on the 7th of July, I am giving away, Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear, absolutely free on Amazon for five days starting tomorrow!

Free Kindle Book!



For blurbs, reviews, trailers and more, check out my Miedo Page!

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“In Search of a Revolution” reviewed by the Historical Novel Society

I love this cover.  It's great.In Search of a Revolution”  has been honoured with a review by the Historical Novel Society.

Here is the link to the full review, followed by a small excerpt:

I was drawn to this book by the setting – I have read some Finnish folklore, and a little about contemporary Finland, but there are huge gaps in my knowledge of recent Finnish history. In that respect, the story is excellent. It traces the fortunes of Finland through the eyes of four representative individuals, spanning the turbulent years from 1917 to the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. During this time, Finns took up opposing political sides in the twentieth century clash between Soviet communism and right wing fascism. The nation’s wounds were slow to heal.

Although the author says he tried to avoid “a fictionalised retelling of history”, I felt the presentation of history was actually the author’s strongest skill…

Although I didn’t get top marks for all parts of the book, I am very pleased with the positive points of the review.

Many thanks!


In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.

Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the pJK002olitical landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.

Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

Woman of the week: Judith Barrow and her new release: Living in the Shadows

Author Judith BarrowOver the last week I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about a very talented writer and a wonderful woman: Judith Barrow.

So I’ve decided to crown her Woman of the Week!download (3)

Check out some of her memories here:

Here she is as  interview guest on my blog a while ago.

Here is her contribution to womens health week:
Living in the Shadows by Judith Barrow

And this is her new book:

Living in the Shadows which concludes her amazing trilogy.

Here is an article on Judith’s blog about the inspiration behind it :

I’ve got the book at home and can’t wait to get a chance to read it.




Find the Book on Amazon US and UK

Connect with Judith on her blog 

SEAL of a MONK releases by Eden Baylee for #LeiCrimeKW


New Release: Can’t wait to get my hands on this one :-)

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My second novella for the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds launches today!

SEAL of a Monk brings back my main character, Lainey Lee from A Snake in Paradise, with a completely different storyline.

Along with my book are five others that are part of this second wave for the series, based on the books of bestselling author, Toby Neal.

The Shell Seeker by Christine Nolfi

Torn Roots by Scott Bury

Money Makes it Deadlier by Julie C. Gilbert

Coffee and Kukui Nuts by A.J. Llewellyn

Princess Eyes Part 1 and Part 2 by Lucas Kana

Please check out all the books in the series so far

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Huge thanks to the designer of all my covers – JBGraphics who also designed a new website for me in time for the launch.

Check it out here and let me know what you think!

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Voting Countdown: Last day to vote for’s 50 Self-Publshed Books Worth Reading

CK8D7mcWUAA5LD6Today is the last day of voting for the finals of’s
50 self-published books worth reading. Me and several friends of mine are nominated. If you have a moment to spare we’d appreciate your support. Remember you can vote up to three times per category…

Nominees are in each Category:

Anna Celeste Burke Love a Foot Above the Ground11817189_10152843596117132_2087876032367331340_n
Sarah-Jane Butfield Our Frugal Summer
Abby VanDiver Bed and Breakfast Bedlam

Linda Watkins Return to Monteguas Island

Before Time by Xuneira J.
Jackie Williams : SIlence of Scandal
Lynn Cooper Cupcake Cutie
Dianne Harmann Murder In Cottage 6
Stefania Mattana: Pull The Trigger
Jinx Schwartz: Just Needs Killing
The Healer
 by me

Lucinda E Clark: Amie, an African adventure
At the End of the Line by Kathryn Longino
Little Big Boy by Max Power
Spilt Milk by Deborah Kassidy
In Search of a Revolution by me

Thank you :-)

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Interview with historical novelist Jana Petken, author of “The Errant Flock”


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25925567Last week I came across a particularly good book of historical fiction about the Spanish Inquisition:
“The Errant Flock” by Jana Petken. I immediately had to re-blog one of Jana’s blog posts about the book here.

I invited her to come on my blog for an interview and luckily she kindly agreed. Before we start, here is what some of the reviewers had to say about her book:


Author Jana Petken has accomplished something remarkable with this book. She’s taken the dark and uncomfortable subject of the Spanish Inquisition and turned it into an engrossing masterpiece. The rich details of the period, and the attention to historical accuracy enhance the reader’s experience.” 

“This is quite a dark tale about the Spanish Inquisition and I must say: a book with a brilliant title. In the Spain of 1491 a lot of people are errant in all of its meanings. The superstitions around perceiving a male heir, the contemporary views on monarchy, religion, race and status – this is a welcome reminder of how dark those ages were.
Well researched and with interesting details and characters, descriptive settings and powerful prose this is a gripping and harrowing tale of Kings and Jews, the mighty and the poor. The author spares us no detail when it comes to torture and violence – authentic and contextual.
What makes this so special is that the story and characters feel real; not constructed or used to make a point. Sensitive, empathetic and skilfully done. “

Welcome Jana. Please tell us: How did you come to writing? jana-petken

After an accident on board an aeroplane, I lost the use of my arms and hands. After 3 operations at the neck, it was suggested that I use a computer to try and get feeling back. It worked, and whilst I was typing away, I began to imagine a story. That story was my first novel, The Guardian of Secrets 222,000 words long. Now that’s a lot of typing.

How did you come up with your stories?

As a historical fiction writer, I am drawn to a subject and time period first. Then I wrap a story around the event/place. The stories usually unfold without being planned or thought out. Strange but true.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favourite?

My favourite character is, Joseph Dobbs, from The Guardian of Secrets. He is a villain, a narcissist, murdering scum of the earth, a gambler, and a drunk. But he was the most fun character I have ever written, and probably the one that has received the most comments from readers.  Having said that, I think each book I’ve written has produced memorable characters, in my eyes.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

I guess you could say I am a mixture between Mercy Carver, from The Mercy Carver Series, and Maria, from The Guardian of Secrets. They are both strong women, who have had their share of ups and downs. They are fighters and so am I.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?7271860

I don’t have a formula, as far as the writing process goes. The plot comes in the spur of the moment, as I’m writing and the sub plots come from my desire to twist and turn the story. It’s all very spontaneous.

What is your main reason for writing?

Being able to travel back in time and meet interesting people along the way.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

I don’t manage very well, to be honest. I get so engrossed with the writing I forget there are other books of mine needing attention. Marketing is the hardest part of the publishing business for me. I find American authors much more “out there” and willing to put themselves in the spotlight. I would much prefer someone else to market and promote my books, but that’s just not feasible for me, at the moment.

Tell us one odd thing about you and one really mundane thing.

I find it very difficult to settle in one place. I am always looking for new adventures. I never stay in the same house for very long. I am mundane. I do tend to watch a bit too much TV…but it is so good!

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

I am very passionate about my writing. My books are dark, emotional, and, hopefully intriguing. I have been called a ‘gritty’ writer by the major reviewers. I guess that sums up my books.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

The highs are having control as to when a book is published, the cover design, the editor, and the pricing. The lows are, having to do everything by myself, not being very adept on the computer, and not having enough marketing power behind me.

What is your advice to new writers?

Be patient. Don’t forget that if you don’t tell people about your work, they might not find you in that big Amazon jungle. Always have your book edited and never be afraid to ask for advice from other authors.

What is your favourite book?

The Pillars of The Earth.

What makes you laugh?

My dog, and just about anyone who possesses a sense of humour…Oh, and The Big Bang Series. I laugh easily and loudly.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

My music. IPod with battery charger.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Henry Cavill from the Man of Steel movie. I want to ply him with wine and convince him to play the lead role in all my books, should they become movies. Apart from that, he’s so good to look at.

Hot or cold?


Salty or sweet?

Salty. I am addicted to crisps and nuts.

Tell us about your other books?

The Guardian of Secrets is an epic sized tome. It is a historical family saga. It has something for everyone. It’s suspenseful, a war story, revenge, murder, and of course, a bit of romance. The Mercy Carver Series: Dark Shadows and Blood Moon are sweeping historical romances with a twist of war and revenge. Mercy Carver is a great character, who gets involved with some very dangerous people, with devastating consequences. The Errant Flock was a fascinating and disturbing book to write, but I loved every minute of that journey.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

“Everybody Hurts, Sometime” R.E.M lol.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

I handle it very well, if it is constructive. I have improved elements of my writing because of constructive criticism. I find the trolls hard to comprehend. I don’t understand why they rate a book 1* before they have read it. I have found that some of them write in my genre. Instead of supporting other authors, they set out to destroy the competition. At first I was really hurt but now I am quietly getting on with my business and leaving them to theirs.

Find the Book on Amazon US and Amazon UK

Connect with Jan via her blog
via twitter @AuthoJana

About this author jana-petken

I lived out my childhood days in, Denia on the east coast of Spain, and have after a long adventure returned there to live on a permanent basis.I joined the (British) Royal Navy at the age of seventeen. I was a leading naval police woman.After the navy, I went to work for a travel company as an overseas representative. Seasons in the Balearic Islands, followed by the Canary Islands, and North Africa, awakened my interest in “people studying.”

I found a new career as a cabin crew member for British Airways, which allowed me to travel extensively to every corner of the world, at least two or three times. I have never been to New Zealand – a pity, or to Iran, which would have been an eye opener.

Unfortunately, I had an accident on board a flight. The aircraft, a 747 was flying at 39,000 feet above Africa when it was caught in clear air turbulence. As the plane dropped my body flew upward causing my head to hit the cabin’s ceiling. I have had three major operations on my spinal cord and am now retired.

Nice to meet you all x



How to Hashtag Blog Tweets.


Wise words about hashtags by hughsviewsandnews :-)

Originally posted on Hugh's Views & News:

Howdy folks, it’s me, it’s me, Ronovanee. Okay, so it’s Ronovan, but Ronovan didn’t rhyme. Hugh is letting me hijack his blog for a moment. Just don’t tell him I did it, cause he doesn’t know I snuck in. Remember, everything that follows are my opinions and not Hugh’s, so if you disagree, it’s all on me. OOOooooOOo I rhymed that one for real, oh what a thrill. o,O (All images created by me. My apologies in advance.)

I want to start off by saying blogging isn’t a game of numbers for me. I know for some it is and you can tell who those people are. They are the sad people that belittle others who do things because they believe in them instead of doing them for gaining followers and views. In the words of the masochistic dog to the flea, “Bite me”.

What is Hashtagging?

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In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support- “You’re Not Alone”


Have I mentioned that twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support? I probably did. Here are some more facts that you probably didn’t know and more reasons to buy even multiple copies. Just read the captions and look at the pictures!

[100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The anthology is themed on relationships and includes tales from urban fantasy to stories that bring tears to the eye. You’ll find the book on your Amazon via these links:]


There are a lot of things you can do with this book:

Open a book group

Open a book group

Read the stories to your pet

Read the stories to your pet

Get a copy for everyone in the house

Get a copy for everyone in the house

Get a copy for everyone in the house

Get a copy for everyone in the house

They are handy as door-stoppers

They are handy as door-stoppers

Handy if you're small and are seated at a table for tall people

Handy if you’re small and are seated at a table for tall people

They are handy if you need to get to the cookie jar

They are handy if you need to get to the cookie jar

They won't go off in the fridge - I tried

They won’t go off in the fridge – I tried

A good alternative to midnight munchies

A good alternative to midnight munchies

Greta approves

Greta approves

Molly approves

Molly approves

Go on - it is for charity!

Go on – it is for charity!

You’ll find the book on your Amazon  via these links:

You’ll find the Facebook page here:

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton



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