23 January 2010

Gift Horse


Fiction novel set in competition and livery yard in Derbyshire, written by horse lover Polly Morten. A highly enjoyable novel tinted with romance and crime

The Plot
Sarah Hallam’s last term at University was wrecked by her conviction that she had a stalker, although nobody would take her seriously. After her finals, she takes refuge with her novelist cousin Paddy, who believes in both the stalker and Sarah’s fears. 

Sarah takes a temporary job as a groom at Swallowfield Grange, a competition and livery yard in Derbyshire, owned by glamorous event rider Gussie Stanton and her husband Oliver. Sarah’s job proves to be much more than a groom in many ways. The advent of Gussie’s handsome nephew, Tim Walters, and his string of event horses, upsets Sarah’s new found equilibrium, while Tim appears to barely notice her existence, until her safety is threatened, when he acts with uncharacteristic and surprising gallantry.

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Creating Adults NOT Raising Children by Brian Fox, Author and life coach


Author and life coach Brian Fox shares insight on why you should not be raising children but striving to create responsible adults.

About this book
When you have a child you are not only bringing a new life into the world, you are creating a whole new person. That person does not come already equipped to survive in life; they have to learn all they need to cope in the real world. Being a parent is much more than procreation; it is about helping this new person learn the skills and attitudes that will carry them through to the end of their days.

It is in childhood that we expect to be equipped with the tools and learn the basics that will last a lifetime. We expect our parents to teach us these fundamental things.

This book will offer a little insight into this world and will help you to understand various conditions that may affect children.

You are responsible for the kind adult your child will become. You are creating adults – not raising children, whether you realise it or not.


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Meditations From The Psalms


Devotional book based on the Psalms hugely inspiring and refreshing to the soul. Designed to lift the spirits and direct the thoughts towards God.

About this book
Hidden within the psalms are timeless lyrics of devotion, petition, angst and love for an unchanging, unfailing God. These devotionals, based on the psalms, lead the reader into a deeper contemplation of God's loving kindness, and can help renew a sense of awe and wonder at the majesty of God.

As you take a daily journey through the songs, prepare to be enriched through the psalmists' experiences of the undying mercies of God.

Perfect ‘daily bread’ or devotional.

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13 January 2010

To Blog or Not to Blog

Source: Bookhitch.com

...Author’s blogs are almost a medium unto themselves. They meld the journal of the personal author as well as the corporate message of a business. The combination of the two is certainly a challenge for many authors, because you have to be personable while selling yourself at the same time. You need to let the reader into your life, but only so much. So how do you tell where that fine line is? How do you begin?

First, make your entries personal. Think about what you want to write ahead of time. Don’t necessarily write about your book and only your book. For example, say your book was a critique of modern parenting. Instead of plugging the book every chance you get (which is just outright selling something and no one will read it), continue where your book left off. Talk about things you would have liked to include, current events, etc. The more you expand your scope, the more readers will be drawn back to your site and the more likely they are to recommend it to others. Be passionate about your subject, but try to remain focused.

Talk about your writing process. Treat it like a journal (without being too forthcoming). Fans and readers love to know inside information about their favorite authors, and it creates quite a bit for you to talk about besides re-writing your book. How did you research for this book? What was interesting about it? If you’re promoting upcoming publications, talk about your events and what you hope to accomplish. What is your purpose? What do you have to say?

Don’t forget to ask yourself: Is this something I would take the time to read myself? If the answer is no, you may need to rethink your strategy.

Second, encourage collaboration. A lot of sites that host blogs have communities or groups to join. This is a great way to encourage readers to your site, and a great way to take tips from fellow authors. Other bloggers love it when you link to their sites, and it encourages them to return the favor. The more places your domain name gets posted, the more traffic your site will get.

Third, encourage comments. Make sure there is contact information for someone to reach you. Setting up an alternate email address may be necessary, but never fear. Most search engines have free email (like Gmail or YahooMail) that require nothing more than an address and password. Don’t delete comments if you can help it. Criticism is just as helpful as praise sometimes, although you may want to look into a spam blocker (most hosting sites have them built in).....

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Read and Soar


Yomi Akinpelu launches new book ‘Read and Soar’ to encourage reading; highlight its benefits and life transforming qualities – her contribution to the 2008 National Year of Reading.

About this book
‘Read & Soar’ is about the many benefits and joys of reading for adults and kids and how to get children to enjoy reading from an early age so they can achieve more at school. Research shows that a love of reading is more important for a child’s educational success than their family’s wealth or class. Between the covers of a book exists a sort of paradise, reading is able catapult you from your daily existence to a different world in the twinkling of an eye… Where will your reading adventure take you?

A Review by Delyth Humphreys, National Year of Reading 2008 Wales Coordinator
‘A truly inspirational book, full of very quotable quotes about books and reading. Very readable, it makes an ideal handbook for parents, with hints and tips on how to motivate children to read. It also considers ways in which reading empowers the individual and the benefits of reading to health and wellbeing. A treasure chest of ideas for those working with children and young people, it will ring many bells with professionals who seek to promote reading in all its aspects.’

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A Collection of Prayers and Poems


A collection of inspiring prayers and poems written to lift the spirits, encourage the heart and direct the thoughts towards God. This book will help those who are afraid to express themselves in prayer to begin to pray.

About this book
Life is a mystery. It's a journey we must embark on daily. Some days we take the right turns and other days, we don't. When we pray, we're asking God to guide and position us in the right direction; trusting Him, needing Him and accepting His instructions especially when the circumstances prove too difficult to handle on our own.

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The Two Lands


Professional watercolour artist Paul Purday, releases debut fantasy fiction novel.

The Plot
This is a complete two-part story of sixteen year-old Peter who enters a strange world and virtually straight away is involved in a fast-moving.

adventure to free the Land from increasing evil and darkness. Book One is complete in itself, but Book Two continues the story, when Peter is aware of a new deception and is caught up in a quest to find the Golden City, the route to which has been hitherto unachievable. He approaches the varied problems, not by overcoming them through force, but by the principal of non-violence which he learns with increasing depth from the great personages he meets in the Land."


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90 Minutes Is Not Enough


Football enthusiast Robert Mann, launches fictional book on football.

The Plot

Have you ever wondered if your local town's football team could make it in the Coca Cola League and how they would get on? "90 Minutes Is Not Enough" is the story of just that. Meet the players, manager and the somewhat unorthodox chairman of Redbourne Rovers as they go from the obscurity of non league football to the glory of being the winners of the first domestic final in England played at the new Wembley in their inaugural season in the league. Follow their progress in a breathtaking rollercoaster of a journey around the football grounds of England, spiced with a bit of romance, a lot of skulduggery and some very unexpected twists. Essentially though, it is all about the beautiful game and the dreams of success that are encompassed within it by every fan, player and manager involved with it.

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Wake Up and Smell the Reality - Not based on pie-in-the-sky ideas


Life Coach Brian Fox launches a self-help book firmly based on reality and not pie-in-the-sky ideas. Author shares from his life experience how anyone can change their life for good by making the right choices.

When it comes to self-help books, here is a unique one because it does not offer things that are simply not available to the average person. As the name suggests it is based on reality, and is aimed at real people who are interested in thinking critically about their lives and making the right choices in order to make things better for themselves within the world they live in.


This is not a book that provides you step-by-step instructions and tells you how to live your life; it is a book that offers insight and information into real people.

This is written in such a way that even the most die hard non-reader will find it easy to read, easy to understand and most importantly they will learn something from it. It flows like a conversation from beginning to end in plain and simple language that anyone will learn from.

For anyone who is interested in changing their lives, this book is a must read as all of the topics covered in this book simply make sense. There are no hidden morals and twisted messages, just simple and basic truths that everyone needs to know and can relate to.


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Who are the beast, false prophet and the antichrist? - Understanding the Last Days


This book explains the last book of the bible and answers many of these questions. The objective of this book is to enlighten the reader and sound a divine warning from God that the great tribulation is at hand. 

About this book
The seven seals and the seven trumpets enumerated in the book of Revelation, what do they mean? Who are the beast, false prophet and the antichrist? What is the significance or role of Israel in the end times? Will believers be raptured before the tribulation period described in the bible or will they have to undergo the great tribulation. Will the antichrist come from the European Union? These questions and more confront us as we read the book of Revelation and ponder upon the end times.
This book explains the last book of the bible and answers many of these questions. The objective of this book is to enlighten the reader and sound a divine warning from God that the great tribulation is at hand.

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An Icy Step to Oblivion


Robert Mann launches fictional novel relating to environmental issues.
The Plot
The story is set in England 30 years into the future; but it is an England vastly changed due to global warming. The polar ice caps have melted, causing vast areas of the coast line to be flooded. To compound the problem, temperatures have plummeted creating incredible hardship for all.
The story plots the fear, struggle and bravery of three close families and the local Vicar in a small town in the New Forest; as their faith and beliefs are tested to the full by the release of the incarcerated demonic Gorgones from ancient Greek times. The friends must save their town and the multitudes; who inadvertently are ready to take an icy step to oblivion.
The conflict between good and evil ensues, with possible tragic and doomsday consequences; culminating in a nail biting ending.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ


This book contains sufficient detail for the reader to form a good understanding of the last book of the Bible. Scholarly arguments about interpreting the text have been left out and only the clearest possible interpretation is given.

About this book
This book was originally given as a series of studies by the author during his time as Pastor of Sharon Full Gospel Church, Pontypool.

Readers will find this book is easy to read and understand. Although not intended as a technical commentary, it contains sufficient detail for the reader to form a good understanding of the last book of the Bible. Scholarly arguments about interpreting the text have been left out and only the clearest possible interpretation is given.


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The Heart of a Shepherd


Muyiwa Oguntoyinbo, the author of inspirational book on leadership.
“A simple, yet profound book from a man with a shepherd’s heart. This book will strike a chord with every true leader and transform every aspiring leader who is careful to obey the truths therein. A must read for all who desire to be God’s kind of leader”

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Is it God’s will to heal the sick - The Wholesome Truth about Healing


Is it always God’s will to heal the sick, why are some healed while others are not? Proficient author Yomi Akinpelu tackles the most difficult questions surrounding the subject of healing. If you have ever wondered about the role of faith and prayer in healing this book is a must read.

About this book
This book is for those who have questions and need answers. The Wholesome Truth about Healing was initiated as a result of a question; “Does God desire perfect health for all? If He does, why are some healed and others not healed”? The subject of these pages will always be poignantly up-to-date because sickness and disease are a fact of life, and Scripture is the highest ‘court of appeal’, where our thinking and faith must be fully anchored. Evidence from medical research showing that prayer plays a role in healing, and real life testimonies of God’s healing power are superbly woven together with scriptural evidence to present a convincing case for healing.


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9 January 2010

Driving - A Skill for Life


A practical aid for instructors and learners –


About this book
This booklet has been written to aid the development and progression of becoming a qualified driver from the cockpit drill stage to passing the practical test and beyond.
The booklet is directed toward the learner driver and their tutor.
A tutor can be anyone who is over 21 and has a full driving licence for 3 years or more
The majority of learners are taught to drive by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) which means that after passing various tests the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) are satisfied that this person can teach learners and can charge for the tuition.
A learner can also enhance their training by practicing with a parent or friend in conjunction with professional lessons as the old adage says ‘practice makes perfect’.
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Chasin’ That Carrot


Author Avril Dalziel Saunders releases a new fictional novel set in Glasgow in the late 1960s. The story traces the life of a young couple as they struggle to survive in hard times. The hardships and humour of Glasgow folk in this era come into their own in this book.

The Plot
It is 1969, James and Linda Alexander start married life with everything against them; she is pregnant, money is tight and they rent a room and kitchen in Glasgow’s east end.

Things are difficult, work is scant in Glasgow and James and Linda have a toddler son with another one on the way, they decide to move down south to ‘Chase that Carrot’. Work is plentiful and wages are good in the London area, but there are no houses for rent. James roughs it in a rented room and Linda stays on in Glasgow. Weeks before the birth, James finds an apartment in Weybridge, Linda bids a tearful farewell to her parents and joins her husband.

Homesick on New Year’s Eve, they set off for Glasgow. Disaster strikes and they spend the night in a cell in Carlisle Police Station. Another time they attend a family wedding, but on the return journey they are involved in a nasty accident on the A74.
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Reigning in Life: The authority and sufficiency of scripture


Christian author Michael Taylor releases a thought provoking and inspirational book on the authority and sufficiency of scripture. In a world where the authority of God’s word is continually questioned and challenged Michael Taylor boldly affirms in this book that Scripture is the FINAL authority by which we must live and align our lives.

About this book
From the very beginning, the battle between good and evil has been a battle for the truth. The serpent, in the Garden of Eden, began his temptation by questioning the truthfulness of God’s instruction; “Indeed, has God said you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1, 4-5). And this has been his tactic ever since - casting doubt on the straightforward revelation of God.
We are living in a time when the sufficiency of scripture is under assault. The move to psychology as a necessary component in solving man’s problems suggests that the Bible in itself is not enough. The search for methods, techniques, strategies used by the world’s economies and businesses to apply in building the church all seem to imply that scripture itself is not sufficient for the life, growth and expansion of the church. When the church has to design its ministry around non-biblical things, it has abandoned its confidence in the word of God and thus has brought reproach upon God who Himself affirms the absolute sufficiency of His word.


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Territory of Uncertainty: A collection of short stories and profiles


Author releases collection of short stories based on his travels and adventures – Territory of Uncertainty by Stephen Owens.

About this book
‘Territory of Uncertainty’ is a collection of longer and shorter stories, and a series of ‘Unreliable Country Profiles’. The stories are written in the first person and this may give the impression that they are autobiographical but they are not. Undeniably they each contain elements of truth.
The opening story, ‘Asansol’, may appear disconcertingly odd. Mr. A is a complex composite character, but he is my starting point, a person who really did come into my railway compartment in India and said only one word – Asansol. This was a place I’d never heard of, and I’ve never been there, though I must have passed through it on the train.
The various introductions provide me with an opportunity outside the context of the stories, but their inclusion is an essential part of the book – like short worthy detours on a long enjoyable journey.
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8 January 2010

Sweet Dreams


New author Roberta Downs releases a romantic action packed mystery thriller fiction set in Glasgow inner city and the Swiss Alps 

The Plot
The deputy head teacher of a Glasgow inner city school, Paul Tanner, has been murdered!

Kate Farnham, a colleague, discovers him dead in his Clydeside flat―he has been shot through the head. The Chief Inspector, Dan O'Donnovan, investigating the homicide, is determined to leave no stone unturned. He can be ruthlessly incisive when dealing with suspects.

When Kate leaves Glasgow to live in her grandfather's farmhouse in Switzerland, a maelstrom of crime and violence follow her. Old friends visit and new friendships are forged, but the shadow of Paul Tanner and who murdered him, seems to haunt her. Though Kate's involvement with the victim was limited, she now finds herself drawn deeper into the whole mystery surrounding Tanner's demise......

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The Kipper Patrol


Author Louise Wilkinson launches an insightful new book about the history of the formation of 608 squadron Auxiliary Air Force and Thornaby Aerodrome.

About this book
Thornaby, 1930, saw the formation of 608 squadron Auxiliary Air Force. Remembered by some veterans as “the kipper patrol,” their job as part of Coastal Command, involved protecting shipping convoys, looking for submarines and defending the northern supply routes. Although their role was never seen as glamorous and never received national glory, nonetheless, they played a significant part in the defence of the United Kingdom. This book tells the story of young pilots such as Geoffrey Ambler, Geoffrey Shaw, William Appleby-Brown and Peter Vaux, and airmen such as Albert Guy, Harold Coppick and Syd Buckle, and considers how their lives were dramatically changed with the onset of the Second World War, which saw them cease to be part-timers and become full time members of the Royal Air Force....
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The Spider's Banquet


In this stylish story written in the classic tradition of British detective fiction, the author intrigues, informs and entertains in equal measure.

The Plot
A young woman goes to an isolated Warwickshire monastery to visit her brother, who is a monk there. Her sister drops her off at the door. The girl meets her brother in the parlour; they say goodbye and part; and she is never seen again. A search of the buildings and grounds finally reveals her body buried in a shallow grave in the monastery cemetery. The monks, however, have a cast-iron alibi: they were all in chapel at the time of her death. Then the abbot receives a mysterious telephone-call. A man’s voice threatens to hand evidence of the murder to the police – and so incriminate one of the monks - unless the monastery puts up for public auction its most treasured possession, a unique mediaeval manuscript, and donates the proceeds to charity. Is this blackmail or a hoax? As the events unfold, .......Find out more: The Spider's Banquet


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All Bagged Up


This is one man’s account of suffering the debilitating UC for 10 years before undergoing stoma surgery for a permanent ileostomy. This book is a ‘Must Read’ for people associated with a stoma. There is a better life out there. It’s a matter of finding it.

About this book
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease are serious bowel conditions that affect many people of all ages throughout the world today.
This is one man’s account of suffering the debilitating UC for 10 years before undergoing stoma surgery for a permanent ileostomy.
Pain, humiliation, loss of dignity and anger were all part of the author’s life prior to being told he would need surgery for a colostomy. Hardly had this begun to sink in before, the operation was changed to a permanent ileostomy leading to further psychological issues.

This is an honest account of how Grahame Howard survived the 10 years of UC and coped with the knowledge that stoma surgery was inevitable. Grahame’s Christian faith was the mainstay in his survival and played a big part in his recovery, especially receiving a healing miracle while in hospital.

The book is autobiographical in style but also gives the reader tips on what to expect prior to surgery and how to live with a stoma and the many psychological battles attached to this...


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The Lifer


Author releases detective murder mystery fiction about a man convicted of a murder he did not commit and how he finds love and justice in the unlikeliest of places. A delightful cameo of the personal life of the investigating detective and his progress from murder investigation to meeting the woman of his dreams. 

The Plot
Bert Simpson’s life is a kaleidoscope of ups and devastating downs. A happy life at the beginning to the heartbreak that was to accompany him for the greater part of his adulthood.

Trouble starts when his mother’s illness causes Bert to be sent to live with his Grandmother. She dies in 1939 and war breaks out in the same year.

Bert travels back to his hometown where his Grandmother looks after the whole family. War escalates and Bert is sent as an evacuee to Devon. Finishing school he returns to his hometown and once again picks-up on old childhood friendships.....Find out more: The Lifer


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Today The Garden Blooms.


Author releases novel about deceit, cheating, marital conflict and resulting tragedy in the life of a married couple.

The Plot
From Wales to England to Africa to Ireland, ‘Today the Garden Blooms’ tells the story of Robert, Mary, and her reluctant lover.

She was single minded and usually got what she wanted, whatever the cost. Other people’s feelings were secondary to her determination to control events.
Her marriage to Robert was falling apart by the time they went to Zambia. It was a last attempt at saviour, one that would lead to cheating and lies, and eventually tragedy…

Today The Garden Blooms.


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No Longer At Home


Author releases intriguing new novel inspired by true immigration stories and experiences.

The Plot
Some people say there is no place like home… What if in your home you no longer feel at home; the sun no longer shines, the rain no longer falls as it used to; you are persecuted - you are judged not by your qualification and competence but by the ethnic group you hail from, the people you know, the language you speak, or the political party you support? What if the situation becomes unbearable and you manage to escape to some other place you thought was safe? What if this new place turns not to be a refuge? Where then are you at home?

No Longer At Home


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Private Lives


Author releases intriguing new novel about flashbacks to the battle of Britain and Napoleonic wars.

The Plot
One man three lives two wars and a terrorist plot spread over three centuries. New York industrialist Charlie Parker tries to dismiss flashbacks to his earlier lives as a rifleman in the Napoleonic wars and a RAF pilot in the 1940 Battle of Britain as mental aberrations. Right now he needs to concentrate on why his youngest daughter has been abducted by Al-Qa’ida terrorists. She was kidnapped a few weeks before the family Trust Company is holding its Centenary Celebration at Carnegie Hall. There has to be a link but so far the security forces have been unable to come up with an answer. But no-matter how he tries to ignore them the flashbacks increase in intensity until he finds himself living past and present almost simultaneously. Determined to discover once and for all if any proof exists that might verify these aberrations, he flies to England to explore the area where the last life took place.

Private Lives


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Injera and Chips


Author releases new book about his experience as a VSO volunteer in Ethiopia.

About this book
Volunteering to work in a developing country is an experience most people never have. I associated Ethiopia with famine, and drought, and poverty. People do live in primitive conditions and earn very little, but almost all the people I met were happy and thirsty for knowledge. They were proud of their culture and history, and unlike people from other African countries I have worked in, didn’t blame the White Westerners for their problems. They welcomed foreigners, accepting our help and valuing our contribution.

What started out as a newsletter I was sending to twenty friends and family, grew to a distribution list of nearly one hundred, including other volunteers. I was persuaded to write this book by some of them who thought it ‘amusingly interesting’. I wasn’t convinced, but decided to write the story behind the ‘amusements’, the real story as I saw it…including the amusements!


Injera and Chips


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The Flame Lily Weeps


This unique autobiography describes the life of a white Zimbabwean growing up in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.
It reveals and elucidate the perspectives and truth of poignant issues in the country’s transition from a British colony to an independent, one-party state, giving an insight into the build up to the political and economic anarchy that has thrown Zimbabwe into a financial abyss and that transformed a one time flourishing country into a land ravaged by hunger, disease and poverty.

The Flame Lily Weeps


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Deadlier Than The Male


Author, F. Maddox releases a detective mystery fiction about unrestrained greed, over-ambition and the consequences

The Plot
Peter Milton had always promised himself he would never again live in poverty, as he had done as a child. That promise became an obsession, so great, it took over his life. He robs and cheats to climb the social ladder, riding roughshod over anyone who gets in his way. He warms his way into the affections of the Managing Director’s only daughter, Katherine, whom he marries, purely to get his hands on the business. His mission is achieved, when Katherine’s father dies. He cheats on her at every opportunity. Katharine sets a trap, springing it with perfect timing, causing him to be incarcerated, humiliated and lose all his ill gotten gains....

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God's master plan: unlocking the mystery of the seven feasts of Israel


Michael Taylor brings to the study of Biblical prophecy and eschatology a maturity that is rare among contemporary work on the subject. This book is a straightforward exploration of God's master plan as revealed in the Seven Feasts. Covered topics includes, the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ, pre-tribulation or post-tribulation, pre-millennial or post-millennial.

About this book

The Rapture and The Second Coming of Christ – are they the same event or are they different events? Is the second coming pre-tribulation or post-tribulation, pre-millennial or post-millennial? These questions and many more occupy an important place in the speculations of the philosophers and theologians. Yet God's own word commands us to know the signs of the times, to remain watchful and to be ready.

Every book of the New Testament points us to the return of Christ and urges us to live in such a way as to be always ready for that return; (Matt.16:27); (Rev.1:7). This same lively expectation of Christ's return should mark the church of Jesus Christ today. The Church must live in the light of this expectation....
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Star Chamber


This stunning and startling novel from the pen of A L James looks into the world of street crime and how it affects all in the community and asks – Is this what it is going to take to keep our streets and youths safe.

The Plot
The more they talked about youth crime and the spate of gun and knife killings in their area, the more frustrated and helpless Terry, Barrington and Jerry; three long time friends feel. They realise that the ‘authorities’ are only paying lip service to these problems. Just like them, it is the topic of conversations, but it seems that everyone is waiting for someone else to act.

Barrington, the Prosecuting Lawyer, sees this first hand in his practice as so many are let off with simple smack on the wrists. He begins to realise that something more radical needs to be done to protect the community.

Terry, the youth worker, becomes more and more frustrated as his efforts to ‘save’ young people in the community continue to fail amidst the fear of crime. The unprovoked attack on one of his charges forces him to re-consider his methods....Find out more: Star Chamber


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From Coconuts to Condors


A book on unforgettable travel adventures during a trip to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.

An extract from this book

"They’re going to throw those!” David said urgently. Carol was just assuring him that he was worrying unnecessarily when the first stones came hurtling across at the party. Our official City Guide immediately retaliated by picking up cobble stones himself and hurling them back at the youths…”

...This was just one of many unexpected incidents, such as having to sleep in a blood-spattered hotel room or being served a meal of inedible Ilama meat followed by fizzy fruit salad, that made this trip to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia so unforgettable.

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Depression and Psychological Time


This is the first book for a number of years on the psychological impact of Time on affective disorder, and as such offers something new to add to counsellors' and therapists' approaches to finding a possible cause of and resolution to patients' psychological health.

About this book
Understanding the very nature of Time has captivated Marek for numerous years, whether it is Time in a science, temporal, philosophical or, as explored here, a psychological context.
His interest began when, as a small child, he dismantled the only clock in his parents' home to see how it worked and was amazed to discover that Time 'still happened' even though its physical manifestation - the clock - no longer did. It demonstrated to his young mind that Time was both an external entity and an inner sense.... Find out more: Depression and Psychological Time


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Lyrics and Limericks


This book is a collection of song lyrics and limericks. It is primarily a light-hearted look at the worlds of song writing and poetry. But it is much more than that. It is also a patchwork quilt of interviews, autobiography and mythology.

About this book

In the ‘Land of Song and Literature’ that is Wales, what could be more natural than writing music and poetry? So this book is a collection of song lyrics and limericks. It is primarily a light-hearted look at the worlds of song writing and poetry. But it is much more than that. It is also a patchwork quilt of interviews, autobiography and mythology. Each lyric and set of limericks is preceded by prose, related (sometimes tenuously) to the reason for writing the verse. The lyrics were not written as poems, they are verses divorced from their musical settings....
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Short Stories - Volume One


This collection of unique little gems will expose every emotion on the rollercoaster which you are about to ride.

..How would YOU write to God for clarification on matters of the utmost urgency? Find out how Moses might have done it.

..Dry your eyes after the tragic story of Liz when she finds the father she never knew and hold your breath as an almost perfect insurance scam comes disastrously unstuck in the most unexpected way.
..Shake your head at Mike's naiveté in dealing with a stranger in black, and share with Dave his hidden guilt when Tommy Watkinson returns to talk to his son Paul.
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A Death Twice Avenged


In this work of detective fiction, Julius Falconer delights his readers yet again with a deliciously teasing and ingenious plot, laced with comments on life, the universe and everything – and that, of course, includes revenge.

The Plot
From the top of the stairs, a little girl of five overhears an argument in the sitting-room below, between her father and a late-night visitor. Frightened and uncertain she dared not descend the staircase but sat trembling at the top, unable to return to bed. Her father is killed. She did not see the killer and cannot remember clearly the content of the conversation, but she remembers the killer’s voice....
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6 January 2010

A Time to Prey

A gripping fictional detective page-turner with a tightly-woven, deft and thought-provoking plot that will keep you guessing right till the end. In this story written in the classic tradition of British detective fiction, the adept Julius Falconer entertains, informs and intrigues his readers in equal measure.

The Plot
On the morning following the feast of St Giles, 1 September 1966, the Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend Giles Wyndham-Brookes, is found slumped and lifeless in his study at Hartlebury Castle, his official residence. The doors and windows are securely locked from the inside, and on his desk is a fifteenth-century book (in Middle French and Gothic script) which he could not read. He had seemingly tripped on an edge of carpet and hit his head on the fender; but there is a distinct whiff of murder in the air. The immediate suspects are the members of his household: his wife, the chaplain, the secretary, the housekeeper, his almoner and the archdeacon of Worcester. Others, including a woman found casting spells in the castle grounds, a young Italian lurking at night in the bishop’s chapel and a suggested unknown late-night visitor, appear in the course of the investigation. Inspector Wickfield and his sergeant embark on a roller-coaster tour of the Anglican Church in a search for motive and for a cunning killer. There are forays into Naples, relics, assassination, locked-room mysteries, the cult of the saints, wicca and blue moons.

Follow the inspector if you dare – but hold on to your hats! In this latest offering from the pen of the adept Julius Falconer, you will be instructed, entertained and intrigued in equal measure.

This book is due to be released before the end of January 2010. Find out more: A Time to Prey.

What is hanging on your branch?

An inspiring Christian book full of sound biblical teaching and wisdom relevant and pertinent for today’s Christian.

About this book
Everyone goes through challenges in life. Life throws all and sundry unexpected trials. The hard knocks of life can press us down and the pressures of life may squeeze us from every side. What is your reaction to the struggles and conflicts that you face in life, what is your attitude to opposition, pain, disappointment or adversity?

Some of us blow our top and lash out on all around us; others take it in their stride and bury it beneath the surface only to erupt later on. Our reactions to the pressures of life sometimes cause us trouble or embarrassment later or affect those around us negatively. It doesn’t have to be this way; there is another way, God’s way.

What is hanging on your branch is a book designed to aid you in growing and maturing in Christ. Through life's ups and downs you can yield to the Holy Spirit instead of succumbing to the flesh. You can allow the Holy Spirit to produce and exhibit His fruit through you. It is possible to live a life free of bitterness, hatred, un-forgiveness, resentment, anxiety and fear. It is possible to overflow with so much love, joy, goodness, kindness etc. that others will be drawn to Christ through us, just because you behave differently. God has designed and desires that we bring forth good fruit consistently even under the most intense pressure, it is actually through our trials that we are pruned and produce more fruit.

Today’s Christian is bombarded with a myriad of trials and trouble, therefore the subject of this book is relevant and pertinent to all. Whatever stage you are in your Christian walk, it is a good time to stop and check - what is hanging on your branch.

This book is due to be released before the end of January 2010. Find out more: What is hanging on your branch?

A Life transformed by Kindness

A touching inspiring fictional story with an imaginative plot. In this work of fiction, Joan Dean warms the heart of the readers with an original plot that is sure to keep you engrossed till the very end.

The Plot
Myra was just three when she was sent to live with an aunt and uncle and their children, who resented her presence and made her life a misery, so that she grew up seeing the world negatively. She worked hard in school and decided to train as a teacher. She successfully qualified and got a job as an art teacher, because this had been her best subject at school.

Myra was not a very successful teacher because of her negative attitude and her students had poor exam results because of this. When a young art teacher named Clare was appointed by the school, Myra became the head of the art department. Clare soon became concerned about her head of department and her negative mindset so she and her husband Richard set out to make a difference in Myra’s life.

Clare’s appointment to the art department of her school did not seem to be a life-changing event at the time it was made, but for Myra it eventually proved to be one.

This book is due to be released before the end of January 2010. Find out more: A Life transformed by Kindness

2 January 2010

Sustainable Development and Mining in Sierra Leone


Based on a PhD thesis, with a focus on Sierra Leone, this book explores the conflicts between pursuing mining activities to foster economic development and protecting the environment in which such activities take place. This study presents sustainable development as valuable recipe, by which mining ventures could be pursued as an economic imperative (to meet the needs of present and future generations), while protecting the environment and its components in the pursuit of such developments.


Priscilla Schwartz highlights the conflicts between activities to foster economic development and protecting the environment and recommends the policies needed to tackle the issues raised in this well researched book.

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Source: Dana Lynn Smith, the Book Marketing Maven, develops book marketing plans for nonfiction books. For more book marketing tips, visit the Book Marketing Maven blog and check out The Savvy Book Marketer Guides.

Sample Book Marketing Plan Outline

A book marketing plan is a blueprint for selling your book. Because there are many different ways to promote a book, and authors have limited time and budgets, it's important to put together a written book marketing plan and prioritize your book promotion tasks. A comprehensive book marketing plan would include timelines and budgets.

There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all book marketing plan. The best marketing plan for your book will depend on the type of book or information product you're selling, the audience, your budget and time constraints, and your skills and interests. A book marketing plan outlines the overall book sales strategy, covering items such as these:

* Your goals for the book
* Description of your book and competing products
* How your book will be packaged, priced, and distributed
* Description of your primary and secondary target audiences
* Characteristics, needs and wants of the target audiences
* How you will reach your target audiences and promote to them

Below is a sample book marketing plan outline, to give you some ideas of what to include in the marketing plan for your book.

1. Goals - why did you write this book, what are you trying to accomplish, what are your sales goals

2. Book Description - book synopsis, format, page count, ISBN, etc.

3. Features and Benefits - what the book covers and how it benefits readers

4. Competition - direct and indirect competitors and their characteristics

5. Author Platform - qualifications, prior media experience, speaking skills, social networks, blog readership

6. Target Audiences - primary and secondary audiences; their characteristics, wants and needs; where to reach them

7. Sales Channels - distributors, wholesalers, retail bookstores, online bookstores, direct sales, bulk sales, other channels

8. Finance - pricing, re-seller discounts, payment methods, order processing

9. Additional Revenue Sources - spin-off products, affiliate products, advertising, sponsorships

10. Online book promotion
* Author blog and website
* Ezines and email marketing
* Freemiums (free items like sample chapters or special reports)
* Relationship marketing
* Affiliate programs and joint ventures
* Article marketing
* Social networking and social media
* Amazon promotions
* Virtual book tours
* Bestseller campaigns
* Audio and video promotions
* Contests
* Online advertising

11. Traditional book promotion
* Testimonials and endorsements
* Book reviews
* News releases
* Radio and TV talk shows
* Book signings
* Award programs
* Speaking
* Advertising and direct mail
* Tradeshows, book fairs and festivals
* Book clubs


Source: Dana Lynn Smith, the Book Marketing Maven, develops book marketing plans for nonfiction books. For more book marketing tips check out The Savvy Book Marketer Guides.

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