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We are proud to announce the upcoming release of the anticipated psychological thriller, Dreams, which will hit bookshelves on December 6, 2022. Written by C. D. Fox, a prolific writer and Headteacher. Readers can preorder copies on our websites and everywhere books are sold.

        Synopsis:

Hugo Swann, the son of an eminent psychiatrist, is a shy social misfit in his first term at Oxford University. With a new girlfriend and new experiences, things are looking up until a series of strange dreams start plaguing him. When his father offers psychiatric treatment to a mysterious woman with a troubled past, Hugo’s dreams begin to worsen. Before long, their paths will cross, but as Hugo tries to help the woman, he finds himself in need of psychiatric assessment. As catastrophe looms, it’s down to Alice, Hugo’s brilliant girlfriend, to find the answers. But will he want to learn the truth of what she discovers?

Dreams: when the reality is worse than a nightmare.

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Editorial Review

Dreams is a portrait of humanity’s greatest downfall: the hubris of intellect over emotion. It questions the ability of its characters to escape this hamartia, from friendship to family, sex to love, and blood to water. Whilst logic pulls one way, Fox’s characters greedily pursue courses of action that can only lead to devastation. Whether pursuing an impossible love or sating despicable cravings, Dreams leaves no stone unturned in its quest for the truth.

Lily Laycock

*****

The Afflicted will satisfy people’s thirst for science fiction horror. The recurring melancholic memories from a genetic engineer, Dr John Simmons’ past, only spur him into a more profound commitment to his work. The story blends his tragic past, and progressive future as the author leads the reader further into the plot. Reminiscence for John was replaced with dread as he realised the effects his scientific experiment may have on the country.

Andy Strutt laced the story with suspense as it unfolds with drastic consequences for well-devised characters. A gripping tale of how greed and jealousy can become the root of a plot so evil it causes characters to abuse their power and cross the line of innate human behaviour. A thrilling read to keep you on the edge of your seat as the page-turning.

‘The Afflicted’ is available worldwide.

5* Amazon Review:

If, like me, your guilty pleasure is curling up with a juicy novel containing enough gore to tease your dark side and a clever plot to keep you guessing, then ‘The Afflicted’ should definitely be on top of your wish list.

 

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Filmon Trout sits in his home, shut off from the outside world. One Halloween night, he finds love in a nearby cemetery. But what Filmon doesn’t know is that his newly found love interest isn’t human.

Months later, they become parents of two unconventional but lovable boys, soon emerging as an adventure-loving family seeking to survive amid a serial killer, a corrupt CIA agent, and an evil Hollywood executive.

But the Trout family isn’t a typical little family…

T. Hudson Roberts is a first-time author who loves to make people laugh. An avid piano player, he’s keen to share the adventures of Fred and Headley with the world.

My Headless Son and His Head Baby Brother is available now.

Editorial Review:

T. Hudson Roberts is an upcoming American author who zooms in on a new perspective of fantasy genre using humour. Filmon Trout is the main protagonist who wants to keep his family safe. One reason this novel is comedic is the irony and naivety presented through Filmon’s character, and his cluelessness at all the signs Roberts presented to the readers. A hilarious read and without realising it, one can become so invested in the family’s adventures that one would end up rooting for them, even though one probably shouldn’t. Unconventional or not, this family goes through real-life issues everyone can relate to; If you want a light-hearted fantasy read that will leave you laughing, read this book.

 

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*****

 

 

Tall in the face of Adversity tells the story of S J Briggs. A man who grew up in humble beginnings within a military family. He endured years of child abuse from his schoolteacher and Peter Righton, founder of PIE, Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1970s.

Briggs enlisted in the army, was wounded in action, lived homeless in London, built a business and finally faced his abuser in courts forty years after the incident.

Brutally honest, Brigg’s unbiased account will bring tears to the eyes of readers. It is a tale about the incredible bravery of a soldier and the scars he bore for years as a child abused by people that should have protected him. 

Tall in the Face of Adversity is available from 30 November 2020.

*****

A KILLER ON THE PROWL

PC Patrick is a typical cop whose duties mostly revolve around pandering to the city’s takers, who cost the government a small fortune in state benefits. When they start to die, Pat—a vocal opponent of scroungers and their self-entitled mindset—is the name in the frame for their downfall. Strongly suspecting that a new colleague, PC Kyle Aston, is behind the deaths, Pat comes under fire from the force, is arrested and placed in custody.

A DEADLY ENEMY

What follows is a battle of wits, as mysterious men in dark vans pursue Pat and his family. And as Pat draws ever closer to revealing the truth about what’s going on, an altogether different, far more shocking truth emerges that threatens the very fabric of society.

Review:

Mark Sexton’s debut novel complies significantly with one of Mark Twain’s best pieces of advice ‘write what you know’. As a former police officer, his insightful remarks on the force’s daily performance make this procedural raw and allows readers to see how rough on the edges certain aspects are. Plot-wise the promise of this novel is riveting, and it will keep you guessing to the last pages — Page-Turner, gritty, realistic, and lots of action.

camilla kg, phd candidate in english literature, editor/professor of 19th century literature

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A twisty, interesting, and utterly riveting tale, I Felt Him Die will captivate readers with a penchant for mystery. Written by prolific author David J Bailey, the story opened with an elderly woman walking into the police station to announce that someone had killed her husband.

After some probing by the desk sergeant who initially didn’t believe the woman, the police began an investigation. But the plot thickens and spirals out of control. The plot deftly reveals multiple murders, thuggery, kidnap, and a worldwide drug organisation. David wrote with such conviction, and as the story progresses, the twists and unfolding drama come together scarily and unexpectedly.

 I Felt Him Die is available for sale worldwide.

Review:

I Felt Him Die is a slow-burning novel that unboxes mysteries of complex lives that start with a death

fatha hassan

*****

 

 

 

Pictures of Anna is a story of people caught up in the tide of world-defining events, fighting for love, peace, and, ultimately, their human rights.

The predicament of those who sought a safe harbour in World War II, and ended up once again being the focus of suspicion and hostility, is a subject that is lacking in the annals of fiction set in the 20th century. Pictures of Anna is a novel that helps to redress the balance.

This novel focuses on love, trust, and the sacrifice of two lovers caught in the cruelty of war. Interweaving gritty prose which feels uncomfortable with a different, more sensitive, human component that shines through. Author Sam Martin has combined these elements seamlessly to give a well-rounded view of the war on the home front. We can not miss the claustrophobic, tense atmosphere in this delicate work of fiction.

Pictures of Anna is an exploration of fate, the meaning of existence, and the strength of human relationships in times of great stress. It depicts the horrors inflicted by humans upon each other and the fragile sense of security of those times in such a way they will stay with the reader long after the book has closed.

It is a tragic love story. But perhaps its real tragedy is that a lot of the things it exposes—intolerance; paranoia, blind prejudice; the gross invasion of civil liberties; and a disregard for human dignity—have never gone away. They’ve only re-surfaced in a different form.—Pictures of Anna plays in May 1940. Its message is more relevant than ever today.

The novel is available for sale worldwide.

5* Amazon Review:

I read this book and couldn’t put it down. It’s sad, hopeful, uplifting and just one of the best books out now. It’s a World War 2 story, and it’s reminiscent of what’s happening now in Europe and the UK. It’s also a love story. It tells a story that people haven’t read before about the war. I’m glad I read it.

book lover

*****

 

 

Marga Jann is a French-American architect whose work has appeared in many art and architecture publications. She has written a semi-autobiographical novel titled The Architect: Four Countries, Four Faces. 

Her writing provides a rare insight into the mind of an erudite scholar. It revealed her polymath attributes amidst terrifying ordeals as she travels to different parts of the world through a quartet of academic assignments, but more was at stake than her professorial mission. 

Written in free-flowing prose, the author deftly draws the reader into her arduous journeys. She reveals her entanglement in a dangerous and diplomatically sensitive battle between MI6/CIA operatives and Saudi Intelligence—a narrative she daringly recounts in this first part of a riveting trilogy.

After graduating from Swarthmore College with Honors, Marga Jann got her M. Arch from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. At Columbia, she won a Kinne Fellowship for travel abroad and a Lowenfish Prize for the best terminal design project. Marga was a research scholar at the École Nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA)-UP6, Paris; she holds an MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (Architecture and Engineering) from the University of Cambridge and has been the recipient of several Fulbright grants.

She is a Professor and chair of Architectural Engineering at The American University of Kurdistan. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Jann works as a licensed, registered architect (Hawaii, New York, and the EU) with her own firm, Poetic License. Marga is an author, artist, parent, and professor.

Her new book, a semi-autobiographical novel, The Architect: Four Countries, Four Faces, is available worldwide.

5* Star Amazon Review:

Marga writes readably about a cross-cultural, professional experience in a variety of contexts. Architecture seems to allow for much more imaginative creativity than engineering. I should never have become an engineer.

kindle customer

******

 

‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’ Oscar Wilde.

The quote from Oscar Wilde is what prompted versatile author Seyi David to write ‘A Liar In Heaven and Other Stories.’ It is a collection of short stories which will hit the shelves in 2023. David used juxtaposition throughout the plots in the stories. Treading between the bizarre to the surreal, readers are in for a fast ride. A Liar in Heaven and Other Stories will tug at heartstrings and question the purpose of life.

 

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Fast-paced and action-packed, Cydonia: Rise of the Fallen is an interesting, well-rounded supernatural thriller following an epic struggle between good and evil, between mortals and demons.

David’s writing will enthral from the first page, where the drama begins without a preamble. From the Vatican to Washington and London to Ethiopia, Cydonia is full of gripping twists and turns. It unites individual tales of friendship, romance, betrayal, and redemption through an overarching battle against supernatural forces intent on anarchy and destruction.

The author skilfully brings together a colourful cast of characters to create an intricate web of intriguing stories, gradually unravelling throughout the novel. The varied themes and styles of these interconnected stories drive the book forwards, continually providing new and exciting aspects to engage the reader while adding depth to the main plotline.

Highly dramatic and sensationalised, Cydonia takes the reader to a world far removed from reality and immerses them in the supernatural. By combining the grounding familiarity of humans with unearthly demons, David deftly guides the reader through the conflicts and struggles Aaron and his comrades faced in their mission to avert disaster and ultimately to save the earth.

The novel is available worldwide.

5* Amazon Review:

David’s writing is fluid, without pretence, and it captivated me from the very first page. The drama begins with full force as the author transports me into a whirlwind adventure; crisscrossing between countries. From the Vatican to Washington and London to Ethiopia, to Rome and Somalia, I was on the edge of my seat, wondering where the story would end. Cydonia is full of gripping twists and turns. Intriguing tales of friendship, romance, betrayal, and redemption are united through an overarching battle against supernatural forces, intent on anarchy and destruction.

book lover
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Imagine a world where the supernatural reigned supreme and humans were helplessly rooted in darkness. A world where darkness reigns with gay impunity while evil spreads its tentacles unabashed. A world where darkness threatens all as powers beyond the comprehension of man threatens to eliminate all we know and hold dear.

In such a world, the only game left for all is survival, except maybe, there are some chosen people somewhere, hiding beyond the darkness, that can fight and liberate all.

Jezreel, a mighty angel saddled with the responsibility of preventing the impending doom, chose three people to help salvage the destiny of humanity.

Michael, a gullible British scientist. Sharon, a quirky floundering young woman whose entire life is shrouded in mystery and a sword-wielding believer, David, whose faith must endure the test of adversity. Would they succeed? Can love overcome darkness and eliminate the spirit of the power of the air, and can love work its magic on a vengeful soul intent on revenge? Can love conquer all? 

‘The Feet of Darkness’ is available worldwide.

5* Amazon Review:

I saw the preview of this book and ordered it the same day as I could not wait to see the full story. An exceptional book, loads of suspense, and an incredible storyline. ‘The Feet of Darkness’ combines the whole idea of the supernatural and the normal everyday life. The writer did a brilliant job of making it current, and that way, I could relate it to current happenings. It also cuts across the globe in setting, so you can relate to it wherever you are. Very imaginative writing and I would say it is a must-read for anyone who likes a spark in their reading!

 

stella alhassan