Monday, 24 November 2014

Book Tour & Excerpt: BOB BY TEGON MAUS



BOB
BY
TEGON MAUS


Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing 
Published:  5 September 2014
Genre:  Soft Science Fiction
Available:  eBook  approx 165 pages


After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away… at least it was... until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime.

 Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement.   After helping her to escape she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from.   

His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers.   The only thing he knows for certain… the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide…. “IS BELT.”


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EXCERPT


He seized the spike, yanking it from his body, 

throwing it at her; the woman, having gotten to her 

feet, removed the second nail and braced for another 

assault on Carl, her hands bleeding freely.   

Bob now stood next to her, ready for a signal to 

charge.

"She's not what you think, mate.  She's not human.  

Believe me, on my mother's grave, she's a monster," 

Carl said, his right hand clutching his fresh wound, 

his left outstretched, as if holding them at bay. 

"I'm as human as anyone here," she shouted 

defensively, looking from side to side between Bob and 

Fred.  She bounced from foot to foot, shifting her 

weight and then lunged at Carl again.  

Everyone screamed.

The two became a tangle of legs and arms until 

Carl wrapped his enormous hand around her neck. 

I had to do something and almost without thinking, 

my hand found a cold piece of metal as I rummaged about 

the shelves for a weapon.  

The piece of metal turned out to be a pipe wrench.  I 

grabbed it with both hands and swung it as if all our 

lives depended on it.  It made a loud, metallic crack 

as it encountered the back of Carl's head and he fell 

to the floor like a sack of potatoes. 

Bob stood over him, eyeing him closely before 

looking to me.  He snapped his fingers twice and 

pointed to Fred without a word. 

It took me a moment to understand his meaning but 

the blood flowing from the back of Carl's head brought 

me to full understanding.  

I pushed my hand into my pocket, retrieving a 

fifty handing it over to Fred.  

He beamed in return, kissing the bill before 

shoving it into his pocket. 

"He's still alive," the woman said with 

disappointment, straddling his body.  She clutched the 

spike in her dripping hand as if trying to decide 

whether to stab Carl again or not.

My mind flashed with images of being found after 

breaking and entering, standing over an unconscious and 

bleeding Carl.  And if that weren't enough...  a woman 

had been nailed to a table.  All of which had begun to 

fill me with panic. 

"We have to go," I pronounced, turning for the 

stairs. 

Fred was way ahead of me, already halfway up as I 

reached the first step at the bottom.

"I need salt," the woman said flatly.  The nail 

slipped from her hand, falling to the floor with a loud 

clank. 

"We need to go," I demanded.

"And I need salt," she insisted, turning to face 

me.  

I truly saw her for the first time.  Her clothes 

were torn and blood stained, ragged looking.  She 

appeared compact, fit, almost muscular really.  Her 

strawberry red hair hung just above her shoulders, 

framing her face in an alluring way.  Something about 

her green eyes drew me, held me.  They made me feel as 

if she could see into my very soul.  Beyond that, she 

seemed ordinary, attractive but little more than 

average...  

"Emma Greenwood." 

"What?" I asked, stopping where I stood.

"You were going to ask my name," she answered, 

making her way to the steps. 

"No I wasn't," I lied. 

"Yes, you were," she insisted, pushing roughly 

past me. 

Once we reached the main level, we were greeted by 

the sound of Fred rifling through the cabinets, 

throwing pots and pans everywhere, littering the floor.  

Emma made a beeline to Fred.

"Salt... there has to be some here, somewhere... 

there has to be," she said, joining Fred in his 

destruction of the kitchen.  There was an edge of panic 

in her voice.  Her eyes had begun to take on a wild, 

desperate appearance as her search had taken on an air 

of all out urgency.

She emptied cabinet after cabinet to the floor.

"Dude," Fred said at last, excitedly holding a 

blue salt box over his head.

Emma grabbed it as if it were about to explode, 

pouring it onto her wounds and then down her throat.  

To my surprise, she swallowed it without choking 

or coughing, almost emptying the container. 

"How I needed that," she said happily.  "Let's 

go," she commanded, slamming the empty box on the 

counter.  

We ran like thieves into the night, and to think 

about it, if freeing a woman nailed to a table was 

stealing, then I suppose we were. 

No one ran faster than Fred, no one.  He ran like 

a track star, hurtling over rocks, bushes, fallen logs 

as if we were being chased by dogs, bears or lions or 

whatever the hell lived in the woods that could 

possibly be worse.  

Emma ran a close second, staying right on Fred's 

heels. 

I huffed along a distant third as best I could as 

Bob pushed me from behind.  I wasn't built for running, 

let alone running at night in the woods over every 

piece of crap nature had thrown on the ground.  

Behind us, the sound of angry voices and the 

treating whine of truck engines drifted through the 

trees. 

As expected, Fred was the first to reach the car, 

pounding on its roof repeatedly shouting at us in 

Russian.

Emma began to hammer on the top of the car, 

shouting in Russian as well, rushing me along.

Bob removed his keys, pressing the alarm release as he 

sprinted pass me again, jumping behind the wheel.  Fred 

jumped in next to him with cat like reflexes.

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About Tegon Maus



I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else... devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn't friendly, I just wasn't "people orientated". Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

 The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can't remember what it was about... something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing. It wasn't a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. 

My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. "Be as detailed as you can," we were told.I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it's making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn't be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of "it could happen" very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

I have consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and I have been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Website: http://www.tegonmaus.com/#!

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http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Maus_Tegon/ 

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Buy 'Bob':

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Amazon UK

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Smashwords

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Praise for Tegon Maus's 'Bob'


"After twenty seven years in the business, who wouldn’t want an exclusive story, especially when “It’s the BIG one?” The one which answers questions which has been asked my millions.

“Are there really aliens out there, and have they ever visited Earth?”

Well, journalist Peter Anderson is given the opportunity to find the answers to these questions, a journalists dream. However first he must travel to Payson, Arizona and interview Professor Donald Thorpe, luckily the doorman at the hotel has a ‘friend’ who can drive him. Meet 
Dimitri Rurik Petrova otherwise known as Bob!

The Professor says he has proof that the lights in the sky are real, and, what Peter sees that day, changes his life forever.

Soon, Peter and Bob find themselves rescuing Emma, a beautiful woman they discover being horribly tortured in a basement. Then the fun begins as we discover the answers to many questions. If you’ve always wondered about those lights in the desert, if little green men have visited earth, and if spaceships exist the answers could be here….

Whether or not you believe the outcome, there is no denying that you will have great fun reading this very enjoyable science fiction story. It has all the essential components, good characters, a great plot and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, right up until the end."- 

Susan Keefe, Book Reviews by Susan Keefe

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"This is a cute science fiction piece that can't be put down until the last "cousin" is discovered. Bob is so zany and endearing one can't help but to love him in spite of his nefarious ways. 
This adventure moves very quickly, so one must keep on their toes to keep up with the action. This novel starts off as the typical lights in the sky story, but quickly morphs into an entirely unique tale of good and evil and the reader is kept on the edge of their seat waiting to see what happens next. The end is completely unexpected but completely hilarious. Anyone into sci-fi or comedy would enjoy this delightful little 
gem that is worth reading again and again."- Belinda Wilson, Amazon Reviewer

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT BY SUSAN BUCHANAN


I am the next stop on this tour - here are my thoughts on this festive feel good story .......


THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
BY
SUSAN BUCHANAN


Published:  27 Nov 2013
Pages:  163  (ebook)



Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it. 
Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing. 
Eighty-two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her? 
Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year. 
Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season? 
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed? 




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The Christmas Spirit is my first festive read this year and this lovely feel good story has definitely put me in a Christmassy mood and ready for the coming Yuletide season.

When Natalie arrives in a little village near Loch Lomond in Scotland she knew who needed her help the most and, as she baked her delicious Christmas cakes in the Sugar and Spice Bakery her plans for them started to take shape.

None of them were looking forward to Christmas this year..............

I thought the author really developed each character well for such a short story and I enjoyed it very much.  Warm-hearted, cheerful and up-beat, this is the perfect holiday read to put you in the Christmas Spirit.


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About the Author

Susan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015.



Sunday, 16 November 2014

Book Review: THE TESTAMENT OF VIDA TREMAYNE BY SARAH VINCENT


My Thoughts on this wonderfully written psychological thriller ......


THE TESTAMENT OF VIDA TREMAYNE
BY
SARAH VINCENT


Publisher:  Three Hares Publishing
Published:   7 Nov 2014
Pages:   339  (ebook)



A lonely novelist, A devoted fan, A journal that speaks of unspeakable things…
Author Vida Tremayne lies silent in a hospital bed. The forces which brought about her terrifying decline are shrouded in mystery. Meanwhile, her estranged daughter Dory is forced to abandon her fast paced city life to be by her mother’s bedside. Dory is resentful. She hates the country and she and her mother were never exactly close. Luckily Vida already has a carer, the enigmatic Rhiannon Townsend. A long-standing fan of Vida’s, Rhiannon is happy to take care of the bedside vigil. Dory is free to resume her life. Or is she? Then she discovers her mother’s journal. Vida’s chilling testament reveals the trigger for her spiralling into madness. It also reveals the danger that still lurks close by. A danger that will call on Dory’s every reserve of courage if she’s to free her mother, and maybe in doing so, to free herself.
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The Testament of Vida Tremayne begins with Dory arriving at her mother's cottage to sort out her affairs.  Her mother Vida Tremayne, the award winning novelist, is in a catatonic state in hospital but there is no love lost between mother and daughter, Dory's been dreading this moment, she feels sick but why?  Already I'm intrigued and curious.  She's rarely visited the house on the isolated Shropshire-Welsh border since her mother moved there.  
She has a shock when she discovers someone living in the cottage, Rhiannon, who at first appears very willing and anxious to help Dory, who is herself relieved that she can share the burden with Rhiannon.  She resents her mother's breakdown, having to visit her, be away from her work and is only too happy for Rhiannon to take all the responsibility from her.
Vida's diary entries give us a real insight into her life and meeting Rhiannon, how lonely she was after her husband left her, how selfish and moody Dory was, how she seems to despise Vida.  I felt so sorry for her and really disliked Dory from the start.
But the crux of the story is what happened to Vida, what kind of terrible situation had shocked her so much to put her in a silent world in hospital?  The diary entries slowly build up a picture of Vida's life and mental state, how Rhiannon gains her trust, but can she really trust her or is she imagining situations?
I felt the whole story was compelling, the writing was so descriptive and brought the characters alive, the atmosphere was chilling in parts.  I changed my mind several times as to what I thought was happening.
Midway through the book I did wonder where it was going, what the writer was trying to say and my concentration did wane slightly but the plot picked up and the tension was eked out till the end.
Overall, a well-written atmospheric psychological thriller.
My thanks to the author, Sarah Vincent, for sending me this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Sarah Vincent has two grown up children and lives in the South Shropshire countryside with her husband and her Jack Russell terrier, Beryl. She writes in a converted coal shed at the back of the house. In the early days she juggled writing with various jobs as a care assistant, school dinner lady and museum guide. For the past twelve years she has worked as an editor for two leading Literary Consultancies. She also teaches Creative Writing online, and gets a buzz out of helping new writers achieve their goals. She loves world music, and visiting art galleries when she’s in town. Her greatest thrill though is going off-grid for a few days, and camping in remote places in her tiny caravan.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Book Review, Book Tour & Giveaway: KICKED TO THE CURB BY JOANNA CAMPBELL SLAN

Today I am the next stop on Joanna Campbell Slan's book tour for her new cosy mystery Kicked to the Curb.


KICKED TO THE CURB
BY
JOANNA CAMPBELL SLAN

Book 2 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series

Format:  ebook
Pages:  200


 Cara Mia Delgatto’s cup runneth over with worries. Her ex-husband is refusing to pay their son’s college tuition, her evil sister is pulling mean pranks, and her old boyfriend has broken her heart. And that’s just the personal stuff. She’s also concerned about keeping the cash register ringing at The Treasure Chest, her retail store specializing in upcycled, recycled, and repurposed décor items with a coastal theme. The media event that Cara plans turns nasty when reporter Kathy Simmons threatens to share unsavory details from the shopkeeper’s past. Things get really dicey when Kathy mysteriously disappears. Cara’s other problems seem trivial in comparison to…a murder investigation!

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The recycling store The Treasure Chest in Florida is Cara's baby, she bought it on impulse and she loves to turn trash into treasure.  But sales are a little slow and, to make customers more aware, she organises a media event where she has a slight altercation with local reporter Kathy .......... but when Kathy is found dead Cara becomes the main suspect.

I enjoyed this mystery very much, there was much more depth to it than some cosies I've read and, as a consequence, there was a shortage of lighter moments but this didn't spoil my enjoyment.

I liked Cara, she was determined and ambitious, and I liked her quirky store employees.  There was also the beginnings of a possible romance,  I also liked the alternate chapters, one featuring Cara and the other featuring Lou, the local Police Detective, each giving a different perspective to the mystery.

An entertaining read.

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About the Author

National Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Joanna Campbell Slan has penned 26 books, including the popular Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist). Her new series featuring Cara Mia Delgatto is a spin off from those books. Joanna writes about spunky women who get by with a little help from their friends. A crafting junkie, Joanna lives on a nearly deserted island in Florida with her dog, Jax, who is making a career out of stealing women’s lingerie.



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