Launch Day for The Black Banner by loveahappyending author Helen Hart

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The Black Banner by Helen Hart

‘Gold and Glory!’ The pirates took up the chant. ‘Gold and Glory! Gold and Glory!’ Instantly our men surged from their hiding places, weapons primed… Between snatches of smoke and billowing sulphurous fumes I caught glimpses of fighting… Musket shot whistled through the air and splintered the deck timbers. A dozen pirates became two dozen, and then three as Logan’s men massed on the deck…

1719, and the high seas are plagued by the lawless. Pirates rule the crystal waters of the Caribbean, hunting heavily-laden merchant ships with savage ferocity. Entire crews are condemned to die beneath a cutlass blade unless they swear allegiance to the black banner.

Penniless Becky Baxter (13) is determined to escape a life of poverty. Cropping her hair and dressing in breeches, Becky leaves the backstreets of Bristol far behind to embark on a new life of adventure and fortune on the high seas. But when the ship she’s sailing on is captured by pirates, Becky faces a stark choice: join the pirates, or pay with her life…

Publisher: SilverWood Originals (an imprint of SilverWood Books)
Length: 240 pages
Language: English
Print: ISBN 978-1-906236-46-5

Amazon (UK) paperback (buy): for £7.99
Amazon (UK) Kindle (buy): for £3.58
Amazon (US) paperback (buy): for $14.00
Amazon (US) Kindle (buy): for $5.00
Author website (buy):

Book Review – Gunther the Underwater Elephant written and illustrated by Ginger Nielson

I recently had the opportunity to read fellow 4RV Publishing author, Ginger Nielson’s, delightful children’s picture book Gunther the Underwater Elephant.

Written for children from ages 4-8, this story tells about a young elephant who discovers that he can swim underwater by using his trunk as a snorkel.

One day while swimming, he gets separated from his family and ends up out of the jungle river and in the ocean where he befriends some other creatures who help him find his way back home.

Each page is filled with colourful illustrations that will fascinate curious children and keep them enchanted from the turn of the first page to the closing of the cover at the end.

Gunther the Underwater Elephant can be purchased from the 4RV Publishing Catalogue during the Christmas sale (ends December 5) for $11.55 US. It can also be purchased from for $12.47 US, for $16.21 CDN, and on for £9.03. Gunther is also available through Barnes & Noble currently retailing at $11.51 US.

Launch Day for Dear Dee by loveahappyending author Sue Uden

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Dear Dee by Sue Uden

John wants retribution for his daughter’s broken life.  And he wants to fix it.  Nickii, his wife, wants for the pain of this quest to stop threatening his health.  All Jackie wants is for a miracle rewind to take her back to being a young mother living with her husband and children.

Set in the 1980s, Dear Dee is a story of a family struggling to come to terms with living with mental illness.  It highlights in part how a family in need of help and advice could fall through the net of care and support.  At times sad, but also uplifting and, hopefully, raising the odd smile the book tells how they eventually find a sense of peace after tragedy.

Paperback:  195 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 9781848971479
Classification: Fiction
Publisher : Olympia Publishers

Dear Dee can be purchased from for £6.29 and from for $11.99 US.

Launch day for Rebels of Theta by author Vickie Adair

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Rebels of Theta by Vickie Adair

Rebels of Theta, Book One in the Gods of Arth Trilogy, is Vickie Adair’s first science-fiction novel.

Under the two suns of the planet Theta, where food is a more precious commodity than life, the native inhabitants live and work submissive to the invading Seraphs and the Thetan Church. After a traumatizing event, Kara, a young Thetan girl, questions the legitimacy of the Seraphs and the honesty of the Church. She makes a horrifying discovery at the Seraph camp, putting her life is in danger. Finding unexpected help from Wer, the outcast, she and some of her people rebel against the Seraphs and even against some of their own people dedicated to Church law, unleashing the human struggle with the question of “faith.” And to complicate matters, she falls in love.

Cover Artwork: Bostick, Charlene
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Third Coast Publishers LLP
Edition: 1ST edition (2011)
Language: English
Cover Price: $12.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9829498-4-9

Other authors had this to say about Rebels of Theta:

Rebels of Theta by Vickie Adair, book one of the Gods of Arth Trilogy, is a mind-blowing (and mind-touching!!) work of art, which will have you holding your breath from the first page to the last. You’ll feel a bond with the peaceful Thetans and share in their joy, their suffering, and also their loss. This amazing tale of a handful of men, women, and children overcoming incredible
adversity for the right to be treated as people, not savages, is truly heartwarming.

Lun Kikogne, author of Wars of Times

In Rebels of Theta, Vickie Adair delivers a great read, imaginative and fast-paced! Adair has woven a compelling story around the great question of “faith” and how tightly or loosely tied to it our evolution is. She sets up a triangle of opposing forces: the so-called gods, the liars, and the
innocents. These forces wrestle with the inevitable events that accompany humanity’s innate desire to evolve: political unrest, religious doubt, and war.

Kristina Mercier, author of An Agreement with Love

Vickie Adair has mastered the fear of a realistic future dystopian existence for human beings with her Science Fiction debut, Rebels of Theta. Oppression is certain. Fear is certain. The only points debatable are where trust is loyal and if your prayers can be heard in this captivating page-turning novel. You will feel the emotions of life and death as the fate of the Thetans knots
your stomach until the very last sentence.

Michelle Anderson Picarella, author of Livian

You can follow Vickie on Facebook, Twitter and read her Storyteller’s Blog. Visit her author page at

The paperback version of Rebels of Theta is available to pre-order from 3rd Coast Publishing for $9.95 US.

Guy Fawkes Night

Will you be going to any Guy Fawkes celebrations tonight? Huge bonfires, fireworks or the like? Or will you spend it tucked up inside your cozy houses? No matter your choosing, this commemmoration dates back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding explosives planted under the House of Lords. It was originally a celebration because the King had survived the attempt on his life.

Whatever your night will bring, have a good one!

Launch day for Orange Petals in a Storm by author Niamh Clune

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Orange Petals in a Storm by Niamh Clune

Orange Petals in a Storm: A spiritual, inspirational story to feed the soul. In Skyla’s world, we find shelter from every hazard and outlive the longest night.

Skyla McFee, a bedraggled and bruised eleven-year-old child, races through the rain-drenched streets of East London as though the hounds of hell were after her. From whom does she run? What becomes of her once she arrives there? This is a story about a wonderful child who endures great suffering at the hands of her stepfather’s family. Though she lives in a harsh reality, she evolves spiritually despite and because of the hurt she suffers. The magical way in which she transcends her unbearable life transports us into the hauntingly beautiful world of the imagination. Telling you that Skyla triumphs over her situation is not a spoiler – because as you get to know her, you realise there is no other way. She must triumph because of who she is.

Orange Petals in a Storm is available for the Kindle from for £0.86, for $0.99 US and at Smashwords for the Kindle and other devices for $0.99 US.

Orange Petals in a Storm is now available in paperback from for $9.99 US.



Launch Day for Strings Attached by author Mandy Baggot

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Strings Attached by Mandy Baggot

Between the past and the future there are always strings attached…..

Caterer George Fraser has a mission. She’s going to prove everyone wrong. Ambitious owner of catering firm Finger Food and blacksheep of her family, she’s determined to succeed in business where she’s so far failed in her personal life. Asked to cater for gorgeous rock star Quinn Blake’s after-show party, her life suddenly takes a turn for the dramatic.

Magnetically drawn together, George and Quinn embark on a relationship that no one must know about. But is Quinn everything he seems or is there more to his star life than he’s telling her?

Things hot up when George is invited to the wedding of the millennium and her integrity very soon becomes compromised. With celebrity obsessed colleague Marisa in the mix and her beloved Adam spending more time in her life, can George keep her secrets and hold on to her ambition, or will love finally get in the way?

Strings Attached is available at in paperback for £8.99 or for the Kindle for £2.18.

or at in paperback for $14.95 and for the Kindle $3.00.