Eileen Bell – update on the third book in a series

Eileen Bell has been featured previously several times on Reading Recommendations, first in Jan. 2014 as part of The Apocalyptic Four, then with news about the first two books in her Marie Jenner Mystery series, here and here. She’s back now to tell us about the third book in this series, just being released.

Stalking the Dead
by E.C. Bell
Published by Tyche Books
Genre: Paranormal Mystery, 3rd in a series

Marie Jenner is going home.

When Marie’s slightly-more-than-boss, James Lavall, decides it is vital that he speak to her mother, face to face, about Marie and all her secrets, she follows him to Fort McMurray.

What Marie doesn’t realize is that her stalkery ex-boyfriend, Arnie Stillwell, has gone home, too. And he’s managed to get himself killed just about the time James rolled into town, making James “a person of interest” in the Stillwell murder investigation.

Marie’s going to have to figure out who really killed Arnie to get James off. She’s also going to have to figure out a safe way to move Arnie’s spirit on to the next plane of existence, because the last thing she needs is for him to go all stalkery on her now that he’s dead.

Murder can really put a kink in a Jenner family reunion.

Stalking the Dead is an entertaining mash up of a thrilling PI novel with a creepy ghost story set in the rough oil town of Fort McMurray. Genre-bending doesn’t get any better than this.”
Wayne Arthurson, Author of the Fall From Grace and other novels in the Leo Desroches crime series.

Where to purchase Eileen’s novel:
Ebook and Print:
Ebook only:
Tyche Books

Roy Dimond – an update on a new novel

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by Roy Dimond
Publisher: Untreed Reads

Genre: Mystery Novel/Non-Fiction

About the book: Agatha Christie, pawn or puppet-master?

For eleven days in December 1926, that was the question all of England was asking. Was she kidnapped, or possibly a pawn trapped in an international mystery? Or could she actually be the puppet-master, secretly manipulating an entire nation from behind her typewriter?

Did one of the most disciplined writing minds the world has ever known really just “black out,” only to somehow reappear eleven days later, feeble and disorientated at a spa hotel? And what really was written in her missing diary regarding those eleven mysterious days?

Through a weaving of facts and fiction, the adventure unfolds through the perspective of her governess, Charlotte “Carlo” Fisher. Having accepted the role of confidante to the great writer, and ignited by the receipt of a mysterious letter, Charlotte embarks on a sinister and harrowing quest.

In her exploits, Charlotte is aided by many of the famous and elite of the twentieth century. While Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his protégé, Ian Fleming, speed towards Istanbul on the Orient Express in search of Agatha’s diary, Charlotte discovers clues that dispatch her to Berlin where she stumbles into a world gone mad.
Mysterious societies emerge from the shadows, and it appears something dark is rising…



Published by Untreed Reads

Comments and reviews for Roy’s Book:
“Never heard of this spin before, really, really interesting.”
“Intriguing cover.”
“Love this book, great story.”
“Really an ultimate original concept… this is really, really special.”
“Tons of fans will want this.”
“Awesome wicked cool book… someone will turn it into a movie.”
“Thank you for having an original idea!” … … Webb Weaver Books Blog, Talk Radio, C. K. Webb

“With talk about a screenwriter creating a TV series with Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, I shouldn’t be surprised that someone thought about making Agatha Christie a fictional character as well… Silence and Circumstance, by Roy Dimond, could be the meta-mashup of the year. According to a Florida newspaper, Dimond has stuffed this thriller with every boldfaced name of the 1920s:”
“ Give Dimond credit: It’s a high-concept ‘what if’ that I’ve never seen before.”… Planet Peschel

“The style of the writing is a meandering, twisting and turning of the reader’s mind creating a great long mystery with its unraveling of clues and ultimate finale”… by Roses are Amber

“It’s the quintessential mystery – a mystery writer goes missing for 11 days.”
“Dimond turns to fiction and begins a lively romp through the literary salons of the time”
“Dimond’s vivid imagination”
“This book is entertaining.”… Jan DeGrass Arts and Entertainment Writer for The Coast Reporter

“It’s one of the best stories around.” Arthors’ Curtilage by Darmie Orem

“Mystery buffs will find very interesting.” Ann Everett

“Imagination is a wonderful thing. Roy Dimond has it.”
“It’s the kind of world Agatha Christie would create. Now Dimond has done it as well.”
“This is one journey you definitely want to take. You’ll be glad you did.”… Venture Galleries

Roy Dimond was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May, 2014.

Ursula Pflug

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? They Have To Take You In, a cross-genre anthology Ursula has edited.

Quick description: The anthology revolves around the theme of home and family. Family elicits our strongest emotional responses, whether joy and love, or rage and fear. 18 authors and nine poets explore the meaning of family in a variety of genres. Herein they tell the entire grumble of the story, sometimes in memoir, sometimes in fiction, sometimes in a poem, but never in the candy-coated dithyrambs that populate the pages of those ‘chicken soup for the soul’ books. This anthology is filled with serious truth, the kind that goes deep and heals from well within the wound.

Richard Grove at Hidden Brook Press is donating all royalties from sales to the Canadian Mental Health Associations’ The Dana Fund, a no-overhead fund applicants may use to meet pressing needs.

Robert Runté has contributed to this anthology. He is also featured on Reading Recommendations.


Brief biography:
Ursula Pflug is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, who has had her work published in Canada, the U.S and Great Britain. She has also written extensively for film, theatre, and television and lives in Peterborough Country, Canada.

Links to buy Ursula’s book:
Amazon – paperback

Ursula’s promo links:
Hidden Books Press
Ursula’s website

What are you working on now?
The UK’s PS Publishing has just released Harvesting the Moon, a collection of Ursula’s own stories.

Hunter S. Jones

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? September Again is the newest release, launched April 15, 2014. It is a dramatic, contemporary coming of age story with a blend of romance and poetry.

Quick description: According to Cherokee beliefs, opportunity will bless you twice.
September Again, second in the series, September Stories, is the follow up to the hugely popular indie sensation, September Ends. September Again finds Liz Snow Savage leaving England. She follows her daughter Zelda Savage back to America after Zelda’s betrayal of her. More drama ensues as Liz looks for meaning in life while Zelda finds her direction after the tragedy of losing Jack O. Savage, The Poet. Set mainly in Chattanooga, Tennessee, September Again chronicles the rhythm of life’s cycles. The ebb and flow of love unravel the mystery of Liz’s past. September Again allows a further glimpse into the intricate web of passion and desire which have entangled Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage for years. Will a chance encounter finally reveal the truth? What act will change the destiny of Liz and Zelda forever? The story of sin, salvation and redemption continues in Book 2 of the September Stories, told through a mosaic of prose with a smattering of poetry.

Magic happens when you least expect it.

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Brief biography:
Writer. Exile on Peachtree Street. Lover of all the finer things in life.

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.

October 2013 saw the launch of a novel collaboration, September Ends, contemporary fiction laced with romance, erotic and supernatural elements, bound by poetry. This novel is written with an anonymous English poet. September Ends has been labeled an “Indie Sensation” due the critical reception and international recognition the novel has received. The book has been downloaded in every Amazon domain on the planet. It has achieved #1 status on Amazon for World Literature, #1 in British Poetry and #1 in Contemporary Poetry.

The first installment of The Fortune Series, Fortune Calling, released in January 2014, is the story of Dallas Fortune, a musician from Nashville who has been dealt a bad hand by fate, but finds her way. It has been #1 on Amazon in Contemporary Fiction featuring Performing Arts and #1 in Contemporary Short Stories.

Look for the next September story, September Again, released on Amazon on April 15, 2014.

Links to buy Hunter’s book:
Amazon International Purchase Link

Hunter’s promo links:
You can connect with me at the following social media sites:
Expats Post
Blog – Exile on Peachtree Street

What are you working on now?
Right now? Right now I’m working on a blog for the upcoming Art Rocks Athens GA event which will celebrate the art that shaped the music of Athens GA in the 1970s-1980s.

Hunter’s reading recommendation:
Recently I’ve been enjoying MODS: The New Religion by Paul Anderson, released by Omnibus Press. It’s the story of the Mods from the 1960s – their music, fashion. Fantastic read. I discovered it in London at the London Book Fair. I highly recommend it.

Thank you very much for featuring me today!

Nancy Beattie

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Broken is psychological suspense. It is a compilation of three short stories and three poems.

Quick description:
Short Stories
The Bird: Held hostage by the intricacies of a disturbed mind, a patient will go to any length to secure the attention of her love interest.
The Queen: One of history’s most infamous Queen’s is given a voice. Her insidious evolution is revealed, as well as her current day strategy for the destruction of relationships.
Ensnared: Marilyn is torn between the desire to support her mentally ill brother, and the need to ensure the well-being of her family. She is determined to protect her son. But has she been focusing on the wrong family member?
In Pride, the vice is stripped away to reveal that it is only a shield; a form of protection from the realities of self.
Faced with difficult choices and uncomfortable circumstances, Resilience illustrates overcoming perceived annihilation through faith and acceptance.
Transformation explores the emotional journey from despair, through the rugged path of resistance, to wholeness.

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Brief biography:
I began my writing career in an effort to recapture something for myself, after being at home for a time, raising our two daughters. My love of all things psychology allows me to create work that explores the depths of the human psyche. I live outside Montreal with my husband, two daughters and one rather annoying cat.

Links to buy Nancy’s book:
Morning Rain Website

Nancy’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
A follow-up piece to the second short story in this compilation, The Queen. I’m also working on a degree in Counselling Psychology.

Nancy’s reading recommendation:
While creating fiction, I tend to read non-fiction. My current favorite is Boundaries, by Cloud & Townsend.

Frank Beltrano

I’m posting promotion for a “new” author to Reading Recommendations today, because I wanted to share information about a Canadian poet who has discovered a unique way to “publish” his work that does not involve either print or electronic books. But I’ll let him explain … “

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Poems visually presented as shadow-box art . . . entitled The Coffee Shop Mysteries

Quick description: In 2011, I won third place in the Coffee Shop Author Contest. My submission was a collection of poems written to the theme of coffee shop related sights, sounds, smells and experiences. After winning the contest I wanted to share with the regulars at the sponsoring coffee shop, The Black Walnut Bakery and Café in Wortley Village, London, Ontario, my poems about this place that we knew so well. Rather than just print off the poems on a computer and perhaps post them on the bulletin board I came up with a novel presentation. I gave the printed poems to a calligrapher who copied them in black ink onto wooden coffee stir sticks. I took burlap coffee bean bag material and covered the mats in black shadow-boxes with the colorful graphics-laden fabric. Then I mounted the lines of poetry to the burlap . . . out of those stir sticks and coffee bean bags came these poetic creations in shadow-boxes.


Brief biography:
Frank Beltrano has written a poem and folded it into a paper airplane that was found and read and liked. That summer men landed on the moon. More recently, he has had two poems “ride” the London, Ontario buses, had a poem printed on a postcard, had the same award winning poem printed on 1,000 posters. He has been published in journals, read poetry in bars, coffee shops, library basements and art galleries. Last year he erased his way to second place in Geist magazine, and for three years he has tasted the cold Atlantic ocean dripping off a fingertip in January at a poets’ getaway in New Jersey. This past July, with several other London Poets, he watched the sun set on Lake Huron again and again until he had to write a sonnet about it. Frank Beltrano puts a lot of himself into his writing, and nothing makes him happier than making art.

Links to buy Frank’s shadow boxes:
Patina Studios, Bayfield, Ontario

Frank’s promo links:
Contact Susan M. Toy
Frank Beltrano on YouTube

What are you working on now?
Two submissions for the Square Foot Exhibition at the Westland Gallery in Wortley Village, London, Ontario. Continually writing poems. Preparing a poetry manuscript to be work-shopped at the Murphy Writing Seminars in New Jersey in Jan. of 2015 and then sent out to publishers.

Frank’s reading recommendation:
Recently blown away by Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground, a novel written completely in pictograms. Check it out at MIT Press.
Also reading In Beauty Bright, a book of poetry by Gerald Stern, Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Wa Thong’o, Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette, Quiet by Susan Cain, and, and, and . . . I probably have too many books on the go.


And, on a personal note, not only do Frank and I share the experience of Coffee Shop Author, the writing contest I administered, but we also discovered we shared the same childhood pony! These photos were taken a couple of years apart as well as many miles (I was in Toronto and Frank was in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario), but it is most definitely the SAME pony!

As Frank said when he discovered we’d had similar pictures taken: “That pony sure did get around!”

Maria Savva – update on a new book

Previously, Maria Savva was featured on Reading Recommendations. Since that time, she has published a new book that she would like to tell you about in this update. Here’s Maria!

Far Away In Time

The new book is Far Away In Time – a collection of 8 short stories

A quick description: A mixed-genre collection of stories, including mystery/paranormal, fantasy, and dark fiction. When I came up with the title, Far Away In Time, it reminded me of the song, Echo Beach, by Martha and the Muffins. As that’s one of my favourite songs, when I realised that the title was also a line from the song, I decided to tweak a few of the stories so that there are links to that song. Music geeks might notice them. One thing, for example, is that there is a character whose job is an ‘office clerk’ 🙂

Updated bio:
Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practicing law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth collection of short stories. You can find out more about her work and where to purchase at her official website.

Other Links:
Facebook Page
UK Music Directory

What I’m working on:
A photo-inspired short story collection, in collaboration with other authors, and photographers. Editing my novel A Time to Tell for a second edition.