3 February 2017

Going Against the Grain | The Creator's Diet Explained

Genre: Dietetics and nutrition, Diets and dieting

The array of highly processed and refined food options created to appeal to our senses coupled with our hectic lifestyles, have resulted in a massive shift from consuming a wholesome diet. A real mind-set change is necessary to go against the grain and take charge of our diets and lives.
What we eat ultimately determines how well we function, consequently it is of uttermost importance that we feed on the best foods for our health.
This book encourages the reader to regain control of their lives by applying seven simple dietary and lifestyle principles. The Creator’s Diet Explained simplifies healthy eating and explains the basics in food and dietary principles. In this edition you will discover the following:
• The seven foundational principles of The Creator’s Diet
• The role of a healthy diet in helping to maintain health
• Many practical tips, meal options and much more...

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“Wholesome food for thought” …publishedbestsellers.com

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20 January 2017

A review of 'In all Probability: A collection of short stories'

This collection of 30 short tales packs in so much its hard to know where to start. Each tale packs a lot in with plenty of implied and hinted backstories and endings that let you build on the teaser style writing that Morris uses. Because of this, these stories don't feel anywhere near as short as they are and before you know it you have been pulled into Morris' world in all its strange, scary, odd and unsettling glory. Morris's writing flows as well as ever and will appeal to all types of reader (unless you really don't like short stories, but even then you should try these to see how well they can be done). I was particularly fond of It's An Ill Wind and Dead Eye, and was somewhat amused by Progress and Better Late Than Never. A few of the tales were also quite touching, especially Swan Song which I think definitely ranks in one of my favourites. A great collection, proven by the fact that I read the lot in one evening...oops.

Sam's review, Dec 30, 2016
Genre: Fiction: Short Stories

6 January 2017

The Five Facets of Murder - A Sparkling Page-Turner

Genre: Fiction: Crime Detective Mystery

The Percival diamond disappears when twins, William and Elsie Percival, are children. Not too long afterwards, their parents die. They  unearth a trunk in the attic; the contents: the secret to the Percival diamond, and set out to find out what happened to it. Mary, their cousin, whom the siblings have not seen in many years, may be able to unlock the mystery and so a house party is organised in her honour.
The party guests that arrive at Oakmere Hall are a mixed bunch. Death also pays a visit, bringing Inspector Thomas and his bumbling sidekick Constable Turner up to the estate to try to unravel the enigma.

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"A jewel of a novel, shimmering with intrigue and suspense."

"I couldn’t put it down, and I didn't guess the murderer either!"
…Francis Gershwin, Office Manager.

"Compelling mixture of chills … with threads of humour running through it."
…George Long, Librarian.

"All the elements of the 1930s murder mysteries are captured in this story."
…Polly Stroud, Nurse.

"Brilliant whodunit with laugh-out-loud moments. I love this author’s style."
…Janet Morgan

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18 December 2016

Can the Passivity of the Protagonist Spoil the Perception of Your Book

I decided to raise a very interesting topic that, in most cases, is typical to novice authors, but sometimes peculiar to both advanced and world-known writers.

Yes, today I’m going to talk about the passivity of the protagonist. That is the hero that has no will and acts at the behest of others. So why does this phenomenon take place in literary works, and how does it affect the success of the book? Finally, how to deal with it?
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to recognize the passivity of the protagonist. Very often, the author manages to skillfully mask it behind a series of plot events and conflicts that distract the attention of the reader. And if the writer knows his or her stuff well, the unsophisticated public may not even suspect that the character doesn’t have any influence on the storyline.

Well, the eye of the critic will always notice that kind of mistake. So what lies at the core of the passivity that spoils the whole story? I believe that’s the inability of the hero to affect things that happen around him. The protagonist may have some goals and interests, but if events develop by themselves, he becomes passive.

The main thing that distinguishes active from passive is actions. If the character makes decisions and acts, he’s active. But if these actions are the reaction to events happening around, then, no doubt, he’s passive.

18 November 2016

Poignant, page-turner reveals a deep side of beach-holiday India

Book Title: Lemon Seas
Genre: Fiction: Thriller/suspense, Adventure

Goa – this was the break Rich had looked forward to after a broken marriage and his
mother’s death. At last he could breathe again on a beach lined with palm trees. The discovery of the body of an Indian dancing girl as he arrives shatters his expectations and he’s quick not to get involved. Nina, the wild young singer in a band provides romantic distractions. Dinesh and Frank befriend him and all is going well. Until his world is turned upside down when interrogated by Lakshya, the local Police Chief, a clever, well-educated man who’s strong on accusations.
When other dancing girls go missing and another body is found, Rich is prime suspect. The heat is on and proving his innocence is not going to be easy – there’s only one thing for it: follow the trail through a tropical paradise of forests and beaches to find the truth. But can he trust those around him? Who can he count on when he goes on the run through the shadows of the underworld? The conflicts of death, a fiery romance and trying to chill become intertwined. Will he be able to stay alive long enough to expose the deceit and cover ups and enjoy this place of paradise?


'It's a gripping, moving and ultimately eye-opening story...’
Guy Russell, author and prize winning poet.

'Beardmore gets right to the heart of the stories he tells...' 
Judi Moore, author of Ice Cold Passion and other stories.

“Pacy, poignant, page-turner that packs a punch"

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4 November 2016

Questions That Will Help You to Choose a Topic for Writing a Book

New authors experience a lot of difficulties, and the very first of them is the inability to choose a topic. It may happen that you can’t come up with something really interesting and engaging even having a lot of knowledge in the field and a strong desire to create a masterpiece. At the same time, once you decide on the theme, the process goes on much faster.
To boost your writing, I’ve collected a list of essential questions that may significantly advance the selection of a topic.

#1 What is Your Favorite Kind of Books?

The books chosen by you for reading are the first and the most obvious source for topics! There is nothing wrong to cover the same topic as you are reading now although many beginners are afraid of expressing the thoughts of others instead of their own.
However, in non-fiction literature, it is practically impossible to say something new. Moreover, the reader does not buy the information about the problem – he buys your personal view on the issue and how to resolve it, wondering how you but no one else copes with the task.

#2 What do You Know and How Can You Help Readers?

Now it's time to organize your knowledge on the chosen topic.
Let’s imagine you’re a professional in book promotion. You know how to write, publish and promote books on both native and foreign online and offline bookstores. Each of the subtopics can be a topic for a book!
Set aside a detailed plan and start with two or three answers to the FAQ, so that the beginners can build their own model of writing and promotion while advanced writers take a fresh look at some of the things they have not paid enough attention to before.
Turn off your inner critic and write what you know and how it can help your readers. Upload your knowledge on the paper and get rid of shyness and shame. Record, think, disclose every thought, and deploy it as a rosebud.

14 October 2016

An enthralling detective thriller novel. Mr Carrick is laid to rest

It is August 1974. A respected teacher at a private girls’ school in rural Worcestershire, Adrian Carrick, physically attracted to one of the Sixth-Form leavers, discloses his feelings for her. Convinced that he has mishandled their final meeting, he writes her a letter of regret and then kills himself by leaping over the edge of a quarry. The coroner’s verdict is suicide while the balance of his mind is disturbed. Not all is as it appears, however, and Inspector Wickfield is called in to take a look. His investigation leads him to Venice, where Carrick seemingly led a double life as the owner of an art gallery which acted as a base for international crime, to St.Gallen and Bologna, to Hereford and Birmingham, to Pershore and the suburbs of Worcester, without significant success. A second murder adds increasing urgency to the case. Interleaved in the investigation are the members of Mr Carrick’s philosophy class, in particular the girl who had caught Carrick’s eye. The case is solved through two startling pieces of intuition, which confirm the inspector’s place at the top of his profession.

In Mr Carrick is Laid to Rest, Julius Falconer has again provided the discerning public with a tightly-woven, deft and thought-provoking novel in the best traditions of British detective fiction. It will defy your efforts to put it down, and Inspector Wickfield will take his place in the pantheon of greats.

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