The Bakarian Rebellion

THE BAKARIAN REBELLION

Published: To be published on 18th February 2018 as an e-Book
Novel Length: approx 153,000 words, 339 pagesThe Bakarian Rebellion - Cover 01 (1600x2560).

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Both Dave Jackson and Michael Allen, two of the best fighter pilots in the Confederation, are hiding a secret that is directly affecting the war against the Rebellion.

Both pilots are living a lie, behaving in a way that is contrary to their beliefs and loyalty. Dave acts in an arrogant, rebellious, and insubordinate manner, a means to fulfilling his duty: His secret. Michael acts the loyal citizen, aiming to succeed, gain promotion and a good reputation in Confed, but what is his secret.

Dave is suffering psychological stress far more than his friend for two reasons: He knows his friend’s secret, which is tearing him apart, because he views it as a betrayal of their friendship. His ‘acting’ is preventing him from being who he really needs to be, but what really lies behind his behaviour. Will Dave buckle under the pressure when events take a turn for the worst, or will he fulfil what is expected of him when his loyalty is put to the ultimate test?

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Lady Arabella

Published: December 2014
Lady Arabella 06bLength: approx 14,900 words
Genre: Fiction, General, Paranormal.
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Dr.s William and Eloise Cairnby embark on an historical research visit to Bouchart abbey, hoping to uncover more of the truth behind its demise. Following a freak storm lasting two days, a forgotten large communal grave situated in the abbey grounds was uncovered by a landslide. After helping to recover the skeletal remains of countless bodies, William ventures into the abbey and encounters Lady Arabella, who takes him somewhere he thought it was impossible to go. Can he survive the shock and fulfil Lady Arabella’s hopes for eternal rest?

Bunny on a Bike by Bev Spicer

Bunny on a Bike

Blurb

Carol and Bev have no idea about what they want to do for a living.  They see an advert for Playboy croupiers, and, with a typical lack of forethought, decide to apply.   After parading in bikinis and completing gruelling maths tests, (with a certain amount of cheating), they get the job.

They do four weeks training at Victor Lownes’ mansion in Tring, where there is free-flowing champagne and a well-stocked juke box.  They are commandeered to be photographed with Victor on his return from hospital, and are invited to attend one of his weekend parties, where they meet Peter Cook and Kenny Lynch (Bev has him confused with Kenny Everett!).

They encounter unscrupulous landlords and exact a savage revenge.  They deal blackjack to all kinds of punters, fend off lecherous pit bosses and almost fall in love. They get into all kinds of trouble and come out unscathed.

Bunny on a Bike gives the reader an amusing insight into life inside the casino and being young in 80s London.

Along the way, Bev and Carol make us laugh with their very different attitudes to life.  One thing is sure – they will be friends forever.

Bunny On A Bike by Bev Spicer

An Entertaining Read.

Bunny on a Bike is a very humourous memoir of Bev and her friend Carol as they embark on a short journey into the world of Playboy as croupiers in one of London’s casinos.

Bev’s description of the characters and the situations they found themselves in, made them appear all the more real, and by the end of the book, you felt as if you knew them personally. Having been a teenager in the 80’s, it was like stepping back in time.

It’s a shame Bev left before geting her bunny outifit. I would love to have read about the reaction of people seeing her and Carol cycling to work dressed as Playboy Bunnies!

If you like an entertaining light read, then I recommend this book. I loved it, but wish it had been longer!

This review was originally posted on Goodreads under my alternative pen name ‘Sam Clark’

 I rate this book 4 STARS

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Island of Heartache

Published: November 2012
Originally released under the pen name ‘Sam Clark’
Novel Length: approx 53,680 words.
Genre: Fiction, General, DramaIsland of Heartache 06
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The relationship between Henry Downing and his wife, Christine, was suffering due to her selfish attitude and her reluctance to accept his work responsibilities, which were part of this job as Senior Production Manger. This was exacerbated when Henry told her he was to lead a team of 14 on a business trip to America and Australia, and that it would be for at least two months. Continue reading

Saskia Book Tour: ‘The Tegan Cave’ by Inge-Lise Goss

Welcome to the Saskia Book Tour of ‘The Tegan Cave’ by Inge-Lise Goss

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The Tegan Cave
Tegan Cave CoverAfter running from her boyfriend’s powerful organized crime family, Sara Jones starts a new life in a new town. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people she suspects is a spider cult. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust?

 

Genre: Dark Fantasy with Paranormal Elements
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An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein: A Review

An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’

I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers.

Blurb
An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

Mark E Leim - An Emerging Threat

The Review: An Enjoyable Read

There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver,  a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.

For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.

I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.

I rate this book 4 STARS

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An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein

An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’

I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers

The Blurb

An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

Mark E Leim - An Emerging Threat

The Review: An Enjoyable Read.

There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver,  a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.

For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.

I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.

I rate this book 4 STARS

Where to find the Book
Goodreads
eBook
Amazon UK 
Amazon US
Paperback
Createspace