The Alchemy Thief by R.A. Denny

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The Alchemy Thief takes us on a journey back to when pirates roamed the seas, and the Puritans preached the gospel to the Wampanoag Indians.

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But if she had gone back in time, could her actions change the future? Would people she knew never be born, or would she cease to exist? Had she just signed her death sentence with her words?

R.A. Denny. The Alchemy Thief ARC (Kindle Locations 1759-1760). UNKNOWN. Kindle Edition. 
Book Cover of The Alchemy Thief by R.A. Denny.

R.A. Denny has graduated with a law degree from Duke University. She loves history and being active with horseback riding, swimming, and kayaking. She has two sons, one grandson, and another grandchild due soon. 

The first Hobbit movies inspired her and her son challenged her to start writing. In the beginning, she still worked as a criminal prosecutor. But at night, she escaped to the Tzoladian Empire, an imaginary world she created in her writing. She completes this five-book fantasy series, Tales of Tzoladia, and started a new series.

The Alchemy Thief is the first book in the Pirates & Puritans series. It is a historical fiction novel involving time travel, and the author base it in New England and Morocco.

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The Edge of Cascadia by S.A. Sebuchi

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The Edge of Cascadia is a futuristic novel about survival after an apocalypse.

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It’s the “what if” questions that get me going.

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Book cover The Edge of Cascadia by S.A. Sebuchi.

S.A Sebuchi grew up in Washington and started writing at an early age. She studied at the University of Washington and earned a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas. The author, her husband and two children live on a five-acre property in the woods. She loves reading, writing, and living in her imagination.

The Edge of Cascadia is her first novel, now available for pre-order on Amazon. The expected publishing date is 3 August 2021. It is the first book of the Colony series, with the sequel currently in progress.

Whispering Meadow, is a book for middle-graders that the author is busy writing with her ten-year-old daughter.

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The Algorithm by William Knight

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The Algorithm is a psychological techno-thriller, with a hint of fantasy.

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I’m fascinated by science and tech; its potential, its problems, its misuse and most specifically how it affects people. And for all its enormous impact, we didn’t vote for it. It simply arrived when some giant firm said so. But there has never been a more relevant time to explore our relationship with technological progress and the benefits we have been sold.

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William Knight has written for publications like the Financial Times, BBC, and others. He has published three novels: The Donated, XYZ: Laugh-out-loud comedy-drama full of satire, cynicism and dry humour, and The Algorithm. His books focus on the impact of technology use on individuals and families, exploring this theme from various human angles. Although we should make the best use of the available technology, we also need to be aware of its impact on our health and sanity. 

He loves to hear from his readers, so feel free to contact him on social media through the links provided above. 

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This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin

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This Much Huxley Knows is an adult novel written from the perspective of a seven-year-old boy. I especially love Huxley’s word plays, and the author’s use of descriptive language.

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“An emotional story that will leave readers meditating on the life-saving magic of kindness.” –IndieReader

Gail Aldwin. This Much Huxley Knows (Kindle Locations 46-47). Black Rose Writing. Kindle Edition.
Book cover of This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin.

Gail Aldwin, a British writer, has worked in many countries like Australia, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and Spain. Gail also volunteered at a refugee centre in Bidibi, Uganda. She writes novels, short fiction, and poetry. But she is also part of 3-She, a group of women writers, creating short plays and comedy sketches.

Her short fiction collection Paisley Shirt was long-listed in the Saboteur Awards for 2018. And her debut novel, The String Games, was a finalist in the People’s Book Prize 2020 and became shortlisted in the Dorchester Literary Festival writing prize in 2020. Gail’s first children picture book Pandemonium, was published in December 2020. 

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The Cuts that Cure by Arthur Herbert

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The Cuts that Cure that cure shows the desperate measure a person can take if backed into a corner.

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Dark and deeply chilling, Herbert leads his tragic hero down a twisting trail through the underbelly of the Texas border. Memorable characters and vivid descriptions make this simmering suspense story a strong debut.

Joel Shulkin, MD, author of Adverse Effects.
Book cover The Cuts that Cure by Albert Herbert

Arthur Herbert grew up in a small town in Texas. He worked various jobs before going to medical school to train as a surgeon. The author then did a fellowship in critical care and trauma surgery.  He is still running a thriving practice. 

The Cuts that Cure is his first novel, published by White Bird Publishing in May 2021. He is already working on his second novel. He has also published two short stories: Sisters and Mister B’s Goodbye.

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Becoming Insane by Leyla Cardena

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Becoming Insane explores strange friendship. Two friends face different challenges, but when they get together, they feed off each other’s emotions and spirals into insanity.

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“As an adolescent, she considered herself an outsider and a tomboy, and found it difficult to fit in at school; instead, she found solace in old movies, furtive cigarettes and writing.”

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Leyla Cardena was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She didn’t have a happy childhood and remembered it as a time of feeling lost and helpless. After school, she works in administration and then joined a trust company while studying law at night. At twenty-three, she resigned from her job to follow her dream to become a writer.

Her battle against Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) gave her insight into this subject and the experience of receiving treatment, which she incorporated in her writing. Her first novel  Karmicalement Votre was published in French in 2013. She also published Existing Creatures, Living Dragons.

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Plane in the Lake by Neil Turner

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In the book Plane in the Lake, a Cessna 210N crashes into Lake Michigan. Powerful forces will do anything in their power to divert attention from the real culprit.

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“… immersed him in the worlds of Jerry Muskrat, Peter Rabbit, and their furry friends.” 

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Neil Turner fell in love with reading as a boy when he read books by authors like Beatrix Potter and Thornton Burgess. His parents were happy to listen to him reading them stories. Then he started writing, but it is only as an adult that he considered writing a book. After many courses, seminars, conferences, and failed manuscripts, he succeeded with the Tony Valenti Thriller Series.

Plane in the Lake  is book two in the series, following on A House on Liberty Street. Neil is planning to add another two books to this series by the end of 2021, with more to come. Join his exclusive Reader’s Club to get the free prequel to the series.

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One Kingdom Under Heaven by Alastair Luft

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In One Kingdom Under Heaven, an assassin sets out to kill the President of the People’s Republic of China. But after so many hardships to reach his target, why did he change his mind?

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This book tries to trick you into believing it’s a politician thriller, but it is so much more than that. A compelling social commentary set in the near future, ‘One Kingdom Under Heaven’ brings the darkest possibilities of contemporary politics into sharp relief. 

Laya V Smith, author of The Lumbermill
Book Cover: One Kingdom Under Heaven by Alastiar Luft.

One Kingdom Under Heaven is the third book by Canadian author Alastair Luft. He published his first book, The Battle Within, in 2017. Followed in 2019 by Jihadi Bride. He is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and often speaks at events.

His favourite topic is: 

“how violence begets violence, and the importance of discovering one’s passion.”

– Amazon Author Page

One Kindom Under Heaven is a political thriller set in the year 2029. It features China, a Navy Seal, and a murderous trek through the Taklamakan desert.  It spans April to December 2029 and gives us a possible view of our political feature post-Covid.

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Jihadi Bride by Alastair Luft

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In Jihadi Bride a young woman is conned to move to Syria and serve Islam, but her father will stop at nothing to bring her back.

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Alastair Luft is a Royal Military College graduate and Canadian Armed Forces Veteran.

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Book Cover Jihadi Bride by Alastair Luft

Alastair Luft stays in Canada with his wife and two daughters. He graduates from the Royal Military College and is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran. 

He publishes The Battle Within in 2017.  Jihadi Bride is his second novel. 

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Blood Dragon by Freddie P Peters

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Blood Dragon is the first book in the Nany Wu Series. She tries to find a missing tech genius, and solve multiple related murders.

I have received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.

Freddie Peters worked as a lawyer and investment banker, love the arts, supporting charity, and mentoring young professionals. She is French-born and writes in English.

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Freddie Peters was born in France but stayed in the Square Mile (City of London) for over 25 years. She started as a lawyer and then became an investment banker. Freddie loves art (visual, music, cinema, theatre, etc.) and supports various charities.

She writes not only to tell a story but also because she associates with George Orwell’s quote.

“When I sit down to write a book, I don’t say to myself I am going to produce a work of art. I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some facts to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”

George Orwell
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