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Thriller Spotlight: The Barbed Crown by Rick Jones @RIKSTER7033


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Action /Adventure, Thriller


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The Vatican Knights Book 13

Release Date: 10/1/2017

In Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943, a place where ashes rain down on a daily basis to cover the ground with a mantle of gray, a rebel force of Jews band together in a fight for survival.

A young Jewish woman from Warsaw and an SS guard lean on one another inside the death camp where violence is the norm with brutal slayings and summary executions occurring daily. The stacks are constantly smoking, bodies are swinging from the gallows for days on end, and murder becomes a sport.

But as time moves on and a relationship grows to the point where two people learn what they are capable of, Frederic Becher, an SS guard who falls in love with a Jewish girl, lays the groundwork for the creation of one of the most formidable forces in the world—the juggernaut that would eventually become the Vatican Knights.

This is an Origins novel.

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About the Author:

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Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a television series from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL, THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT, TARGETED KILLING and SINNERS AND SAINTS); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Action Book Spotlight: Sinners and Saints by Rick Jones @rikster7033


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Sinners and Saints Book

The Vatican Knights Book 12

Release Date: 7/18/2017

In Geneva, a highly valued product with the power to cause major destruction is stolen from The CERN.

Eighty kilometers from the Austrian border, a young girl becomes the key that controls the will of the man with the power to create and destroy.

In the mountainous regions of Switzerland, a hostile force from a pariah regime attempts to extract a scientist from a fast-moving train.

Kimball Hayden, lead commander of the Vatican Knights has been asked by the Vatican to retrieve a mysterious guest from Zurich and escort him to Rome by train. Onboard the train, Kimball finds himself unwittingly caught up in the mix of an operation known as Scepter’s Rule. Even though the mysterious stranger tries to direct him, Kimball has an agenda of his own. Now, with the lives of more than 400 innocent people onboard the express, Kimball Hayden must become a sinner or a saint to achieve the means, and in the process must choose between damnation and salvation.

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About the Author:

rick jones

Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fulltime. He is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knight series (THE VATICAN KNIGHTS (soon to be a television series from Amber Entertainment), SHEPHERD ONE, THE ISCARIOT AGENDA, PANDORA’S ARK, THE BRIDGE OF BONES, CROSSES TO BEAR, THE LOST CATHEDRAL, DARK ADVENT, CABAL, THE GOLGOTHA PURSUIT, TARGETED KILLING and SINNERS AND SAINTS); the psychological thriller, FAMILIAR STRANGER; and the bestselling action/adventure series, The Eden Saga (THE CRYPTS OF EDEN, THE MENAGERIE and THE THRONES OF EDEN); and CITY BENEATH THE SEA.

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Historical Adventure Book: Exodus Lost by S.C. Compton


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Genres: History, Adventure

Exodus Lost reopens cold cases from antiquity and applies cutting-edge science, classical scholarship, and tenacity to solve them. The adventure begins with Aztec and Mayan chronicles of an epic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. By mapping the details within these texts, the author tracks down their lost homeland and corroborates the local traditions of an ocean-crossing long before Columbus. This discovery leads to new insights into the origins of Mexican and Western civilizations, the Bible (including new archaeological evidence for two major biblical events), the alphabet, and much more. Enter a world of exploration and discovery, mystery and revelation. Whether your passion is archaeology or religion, history or simply a great adventure, Exodus Lost delivers. Beautifully illustrated with 126 photos, maps, and engravings.

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 S. C. Compton has been fascinated with ancient civilizations since childhood adventures living in the rainforests of Peru with his grandparents and exploring Incan ruins in the nearby Andes. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities cum laude from Shimer College, a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Literature from Northwestern University, and studied at Oxford University and in Switzerland at L’Abri. Compton dedicated 14 years to the research and writing of Exodus Lost, including travels to archaeological sites in Egypt, Mexico, Greece, Israel, and Turkey and to relevant museum and library holdings across Mexico, Europe, and America. He currently edits academic journals in the fields of history and literature for Oxford University Press.


YA Fiction Feature and Author Interview: Pirate Princess by Catherine Banks @catherineebanks


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YA Fiction, YA Action/Adventure


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As the daughter of the Pirate King, Tilia Swanson has an unusual upbringing learning skills that aren’t often available for women. As the heir apparent for the Kingdom of Crilan, her skills set her apart as she is trained by the best in the land and taught to harness her magic. However, piracy is in her blood, and draws danger to her in the way that treasure draws pirates. Some treasures are more valuable than others. Will this lesson be learned in time or will the betrayal of those around her be her undoing?

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“You aren’t going to force me into an arranged marriage, are you?” I asked them.

Esmeralda looked like I had smacked her. “Of course not!”

“We haven’t done arranged marriages in a century,” Jared said.

I exhaled. “Well, my dad wasn’t sure and told me to be prepared just in case.”

“Does your dad do arranged marriages?” Esmeralda asked.

I shook my head. “No.”

“Well you don’t have to worry about that,” Jared said, “We aren’t going to force you to do anything.”

“Except not be a pirate,” I fake pouted.

Esmeralda laughed. “Except that.”

“Well, I guess I’m okay with that. Most pirates don’t have very long careers anyways,” I said.

“Speaking of marriage,” Esmeralda said, moving her horse closer to mine. “Technically we are supposed to have a ball for your seventeenth birthday so that all of the available men can come so you can start looking for a suitor.”

“WHAT?” I asked in an almost scream.

“You don’t want a boyfriend?” Faxon asked.

I blushed and said, “I just didn’t know it was a formal thing and, uh, hadn’t really thought about it yet.” That was a lie. I thought about boys like every teenage girl did, but my options were slim at the Capitol.

“Well, it’s a tradition and I thought I would let you know now that we’ll be having it while we are in Markleville,” Esmeralda said.

“I don’t have a dress,” I said, hoping that would cancel the plans until we returned home, “I didn’t bring one.”

“That’s fine. I will have one made for you,” Jared offered.

How generous. Ugh. “But if I find a guy I like in Markleville, I won’t even be able to see him when we return to the Capitol,” I said.

“That is where the true romance is supposed to begin,” Esmeralda said with a smile. “They have to try to keep you interested with letters and poems and gifts.”

“It’s very tedious,” Jared said.

“Only because you had to find others to write poems for you,” Faxon said.

“I knew you didn’t write that poem!” Esmeralda said with a triumphant shout.

“I’m going to skin you, Faxon,” Jared growled.

“It’s time she learned the truth,” Faxon said.

“I already knew,” Esmeralda said, “I just never had confirmation.”

“How did you know?” Jared asked.

“You haven’t written me a poem once since then. Every other guy who wrote me a poem continued to write them, not just one,” she said honestly.

“Who else wrote you poems?” Jared asked with crossed arms jealously.

“Yes, I’m really looking forward to this,” I muttered.

Griffin laughed.

“Not every man is like him,” Faxon said defensively.

“I can’t believe you helped him,” Esmeralda said.

“I’m a good friend,” he said with a shrug, “it’s a curse.”


About the Author:

Catherine banks

Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novel Daughter of Lions. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full length novel at the age of fifteen. Catherine is a Northern California native and has lived within a twenty mile radius her entire life. She plans to travel to as many places as possible in her thirties to make up for her lack of traveling experience. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who blessed her with two amazing children. After her full time job she reads books, plays video games and watches a lot of anime shows and movies with her family to relax.

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Interview with Catherine Banks:

When did you start to have a love for books? I’ve had a deep passion for books since I was a child. Both of my parents are avid readers and allowed me to stay up half an hour past my bedtime only if I was reading.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager? As a child, Misty of Chincoteague. As a teenager, The Hobbit.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer? In high school Anne Rice was very popular, but I wasn’t a huge vampire fan and instead had a deep love of werewolves. Since there were hardly any werewolf novels at the time, I decided to write my own.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you? Lyrics from songs, a vineyard, and even scenery have all inspired me and given me something to write about.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Pirate Princess has been my favorite book to write so far because it is so much fun and there is so much action that I didn’t want to stop writing it.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to? One of my favorites is Marin from my Little Death Bringer Series. She’s tough, kind, and a person that I would love to hang out with if she were real. Faxon is a character I think many of my readers will like because he is dark, mysterious, and yet funny, loyal, and protective.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career? My greatest moment has been seeing my name/book listed under a complete stranger’s top 5. It’s unreal and so amazing to see.
What can readers expect from you next? I’m working on book two of the Pirate Princess Series as well as book three of the Little Death Bringer Series. There are a few other projects that are new and not part of any other series, but those won’t be available until next year at least.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most? Readers of fantasy, young adult, action/adventure, and romance will love my books.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies? I can’t list a couple favorite books, but I can tell you that my favorite adult book series is the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews and my favorite young adult book series currently is the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. My favorite television shows list would take up a lot of time, but my current favorites are: Firefly, One Punch Man, One Piece, Game of Thrones, and Phineas & Ferb. My favorite movies are: Princess Bride, Army of Darkness, Godzilla, Tales from Earthsea, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Rustler’s Rhapsody.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about? Can I meet a team and meet the couple who makes up Ilona Andrews? I would talk about their knowledge of mythology and religions. They are so knowledgeable and it’s amazing.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under? Video Games, reading, writing, working, children, video games, anime, Netflix.

What is your favorite place to visit? Pismo Beach, CA.

What words do you live by? “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

Anything else you’d like to share with readers? Thank you for reading and giving my books a chance! I am eternally grateful and if you ever want to talk to me, please feel free to send me a message!

Thanks for letting us interview you, Catherine!


Young Adult Fiction Feature: Ndura. Son of the forest. by Javier Salazar Calle @Jsalazarcalle


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Young Adult Fiction


ndura

Chosen as best young adult fiction novel for 2014 in Spain!

When a common normal person, anyone of us, suddenly finds himself or herself in a life-and-death situation in the middle of the forest, would he or she know how to survive?

This is the simple dilemma that is offered to the protagonist of our story, who, returning from a relaxing holiday in Namibia on a typical photographic safari, is involved in an unexpected extreme survival situation in the Ituri forest, in the Republic of Congo in Africa when the plane he was in gets shot down by rebels. A place where Nature is not the only enemy and where survival is not the only problem.

A classic scented adventure which makes this book the perfect place to escape reality and feel within you, the anguish and despair of the hero while facing the challenges he is presented with. This book smoothly blends emotion and tension when faced with the challenge to survive, but also the psychological degradation of the protagonist throughout the story and an in-depth study on the environment, the animals, the plants as well as the people, that the author carried out. It also teaches us that our perception of where our limits lie are usually wrong, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

This novel comes highly recommended.

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About the Author:

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Javier Salazar Calle was born in Madrid on July 29, 1976. He is majored in Business Administration and Computer Engineering and has always worked in the banking world. When he was younger he mostly wrote short stories, but later moved on to the world of micro-stories, several of whom , including some poems , have been published in various contests.

“Ndura. Son of the forest” is his first book (voted best young adult fiction for 2014), his second book was “Use LinkedIn as if you were an expert” and he has just published his thrid book “Sumalee. Stories of Trakaul”, a drama one with detective and romantic plots.

He is characterized by the versatility of the topics he addresses and by the prior meticulous investigation labor he carries out before writing his books.

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Javier Salazar Calle nació en Madrid el 29 de julio de 1976. Licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas e Ingeniero Informático, siempre ha trabajado en temas relacionados con la banca. De joven se dedicó a escribir sobre todo relatos cortos, pero pronto pasó al mundo de los microrrelatos, varios de los cuales, incluidas algunas poesías, han sido publicados en diversos concursos.

“Ndura. Hijo de la selva” es su primer libro (elegida mejor novela juvenil de 2014 por el periódico El Economista), el segundo es “Usa LinkedIn como si fueras un experto” y acaba de publicar su tercero, “Sumalee. Historias de Trakaul”, un drama con tintes policíacos y románticos.

Se caracteriza por la versatilidad de las temáticas que trata y por la cuidadosa labor de documentación previa que hace en sus obras.