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Monday, July 30, 2012

Featured Ebook : INZARED Queen of the Elephant Riders by L.Leander

Ebook : INZARED Queen of the Elephant Riders
Genre : YA /Contemporary Fiction/Historical Fiction
Author : L.Leander
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Reviews : Multiple 5stars  
Blurb :  Bertha Maude Anderson has no inkling of how famous she will become. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the year 1843.  She is sixteen years old, hates her name and the hill community she was born into and yearns to explore what lies beyond the small ramshackle farm she has grown up on.  

Often forgetting to do her chores and putting the old plow horse, Aggie, in danger by trying to do tricks on her instead of plowing, Bertha is often chastised by her Ma and called a “lollygagger.”  Close to her brother Ezra, but misunderstood by her parents, her world changes forever when an opportunity arises and she is enticed to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus.  Her name is changed to INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders and the young girl discovers her true calling while learning to live with the nomadic Gypsies.  

From the hatred shown by some of the performers to the love she finds along the way, Inzared finds herself immersed in the rich folklore and customs of the misconceived performers who make up the show.  Her one constant is Cecil, the elephant, and together they form a bond that no one can break while they learn to perform amazing tricks together, becoming the headline act for the circus.  

Inzared finds herself lured into the world of the Gypsies while clinging to her own roots and trying to break free of the chains that keep her from her destiny.  Inzared and Paytre, the elephant trainer, fall in love and plan for their future as the troupe wends its way through the pre-Civil War south.  Someone is trying to sabotage the Romanoff Brothers Circus and Cecil may be in danger. Together, the two lovers search for answers as to who may be the culprit.  Lileth, the trapeze artist, hates Inzared and is spiteful at every turn, thinking she has taken Paytre away from her.  Vadoma, the old Gypsy fortune-teller, teaches Inzared her craft, although she admonishes the girl to be wary, that danger lurks nearby.  

Mala, Inzared’s friend and part of the famous “Zelenka Bareback Riders” resolutely protects and stands by her and Shandor and Udo Romanoff, owners of the circus, reluctantly give her the sought-after position of elephant rider in the show.  Inzared learns Gypsy customs, and finds the people she has grown to love misjudged by her own kind, even as she tries to become one of the colorful tribe.  Finding life on the road no easier than on the farm, Inzared is ridden with guilt for running away and young woman wonders if she should go back to her family or continue on her unpredictable journey with the Gypsy Circus she has come to call home.    

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An adventure for everyone July 5, 2012
By C Karpenko
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Wow! This excites both the senses and the emotions. I became one with the circus and Inzared and love the historical detail. This story of a courageous young girl is an inspiration as well as an exciting ride though the many turns in her life. Buy a ticket. You won't regret it.

Beautifully crafted story July 2, 2012
By judylou
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Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders, is a beautifully crafted historical tale from the 1800s. Author L. Leander has done her research well, and the story of a young Appalachian girl who feels compelled to leave her family and run off to join the Gypsy Circus captured me from the first pages. The characterizations are strong, the dialogue rings true, and Leander has successfully captured an atmosphere of gypsy intrigue, romance and mystery. I love strong female characters and Inzared is that in spades. A great debut from a new author, you'll like this one.

Inzared Has Something For Everyone July 1, 2012
By Brian Beam
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Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders is a wonderful debut release from L. Leander. The story follows Bertha Maude Anderson, a girl who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the 1800s. She is unsure of her place in the world, feeling she wants more than her small town home in Appalachia. When a gypsy circus comes through her town, she falls in love with the lifestyle the gypsy troupe leads--as well as being intrigued by a young man named Paytre and his elephant, Cecil--and finds herself convinced to leave her home and family behind to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus as Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. The story is told from Inzared's point of view as she assimilates into they gypsy culture, finds love, uncovers a mystery that threatens the circus and the well-being of its performers and animals, and settles into her namesake as Queen of the Elephant Riders.

L.Leander has done an excellent job of accurately capturing the time period and the gypsy culture and you are truly pulled into the world of a travelling gypsy circus in the 1800s. The characters are very likable and realistic with dialogue that feels natural and fits the characters well. You really get to know the characters and connect with them. The story has a little bit of everything you could want in a book: romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and comedy. This is truly a book that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, no matter your typical genre preference.

This is L.Leander's debut novel, but from the quality of the writing, you would never guess it. Inzared is wonderfully written, plotted, and edited. Once I had started it, it was a challenge just to put it down. If this is only the beginning of what she has to offer, I can't wait to see what's next!

Great Read, June 28, 2012
By S Von hoffmann
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This review is from: INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Kindle Edition)
This book grabbed me from the moment I picked it up. Wonderful story, beautifully written and grabs you right off the bat.

Awesome story!, June 28, 2012
By ps25
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This review is from: INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Kindle Edition)
If you love historical fiction (as I do!) you will love this new book by L. Leander. Set in the 1800's, it tells the story of a young Appalachian girl who joins a gypsy circus. Adventure, Mystery, Intrigue, Romance, History.. this one has it all!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Featured Ebook : Reconstructing Eve by Lisa Hilleren

Genre :  Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction/Transformational Fiction
Author : Lisa Hilleren
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ISBN: 9780985641382

Reviews : Multiple 5stars 
Blurb : Imagine you’re forty-four, you live in Jersey, your name is Eve--and a shiny red apple (in the form of thirty-one year old Aidan Wharton) has just been dropped in your lap. Do you resist the temptation, or go for it?
Eve Merritt used to believe that being the perfect daughter, perfect wife, and perfect mom was her ticket to living happily-ever-after. When the good girl routine doesn’t pay off as expected, Eve vows that from now on, she’s having her apple and her Eden, too!
But right from the start, there’s trouble in paradise. Eve finds herself falling hard for Aidan, but with her family in an uproar over their affair, and a stalker from Aidan’s past bedeviling them, it will take all of Eve’s courage to overcome the decades’ old conditioning of putting everyone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of her own.

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(The book received Four 5-star and One 4-Star review from Readers Favorite. The excerpt below came from one of the other 5-star reviews.)
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite – 5 Stars! 
"Reconstructing Eve" is a book that all women, mothers, wives, daughters and aunts should read. It is a great guide for thinking about how to become the “real you”. 
Eve is a forty-four year old divorced woman. Aidan is the thirty-one year old who has loved her most of his life. Eve has always believed that she had to do everything right and be the perfect daughter, wife and mother. As Eve and Aiden fall in love they are faced with a myriad of disasters. 
A stalker who is trying to ruin Eve’s car, home and life, Will, the ex-husband who realized he has made the worst mistake of his life and is trying desperately to win Eve back, a daughter who does not approve of Mom dating a younger man or refusing to try and reconcile with Dad, business problems, and so much more. Through it all we the readers watch as Eve follows her convictions to become a strong, self confident woman and speak out for what she believes in. 
"Reconstructing Eve" is a wonderful fictional story with a strong message to all women who are tired of following the rules and want to take control of their lives. Lisa Hilleren has written a book that will have you hooked from the very first page through the twists and turns happening until the very last page. 
"Reconstructing Eve" is a warm, fuzzy, real and scary story that will have you emotionally attached to each and every character. This is a five star story written by a five star author. I hope every woman will read this book. I guarantee they will be so glad they did.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Featured Ebook : Bread Machine Sourdough by Tom Nichol


Genre :  Cooking-baking, Food 

Author :  Tom Nichol

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ISBN: 978-1-105-90840-8  digital (ePUB) format

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Blurb : Putting the power and convenience of today's bread machines together with the tangy flavor and chewy texture of real sourdough bread is easier than you think! Written for both beginners and experienced bread machine users, this book shows you how to make both basic and artisan sourdough loaves you'll be proud to serve to your family and friends. Advice on starting and caring for sourdough starters, choosing a bread machine if you don't already have one, the ingredients used in sourdough baking, and a list of sources of sourdough baking supplies, are all included. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at making sourdough bread, but have to rely on a bread machine because of space or physical limitations, this book is for you!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Featured Ebook : Wrong Place Wrong Time by David P Perlmutter

Genre :  Non fiction-Action, Adventure
Author : David P Perlmutter
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Reviews : Multiple 5stars 

Blurb : Having lost everything, I leave memories of a London police cell behind me and head for Spain with its promise of adventure and fun. Little do I know that I’m about to be thrust into the most terrifying time of my life. Wrong Place Wrong Time is a gripping true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one way ticket to hell.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

FREE DOWNLOAD TODAY- July 19 : Ebook 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life

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Genre : Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories with drama, adventure and inspiration
Author : Payal Roy
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Reviews : Multiple 4.3-5stars 
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Blurb: This summer, take a journey into the fictitious world of 12 people who happen to cross their paths suddenly with a common friend in 12 different scenarios.
They share some riveting tales with their common friend, tales that reveal some precious secrets, that have changed their lives forever. Choices, hope, sorrow, doubt, faith , intrigue, drama and a lot more amongst the pages as the characters are unravelled one by one. What do they share and why do they share? To know, read this Free ebook today.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Featured Ebook : Empyreal Fate (A Llathalan Annal) by Rachel Hunter

Ebook : EMPYREAL FATE ( A Llathalan Annal)
Genre : Fantasy (epic romance)
Author : Rachel Hunter
Publisher: Hydra Publications
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ISBN (print): 978-0615638584
ASIN (Kindle eBook): B007WWB24W

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Reviews : Multiple 4.7 - 5stars 

Blurb :  Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption. The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of  the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. 

Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.
Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One.

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Gwen - 5 STARS-- "The beauty and grandeur of times now lost to us are rediscovered in Empyreal Fate, the first of what I hope is many in this fantasy saga. Empyreal Fate is a story of young love but more importantly, it is a story of sweeping passions. Hatred, revenge, and what it means to fight for the things that you treasure are among the themes explored in this tale.

Though the main characters are compelling, I found myself sympathizing with a few of the minor characters deeply as well because of the subtleties that they display throughout the course of events. Of them all, I admit to a special fondness for Drevan. While I can't say too much for fear of revealing plot details, I grew to understand his actions even while I didn't always agree with them. 

The character motivations fascinated me throughout Fate and I look forward to watching how they continue to change and intertwine as the saga continues.Another aspect of the novel that I particularly enjoyed was the language that Hunter employs throughout. She casts a magical spell, evoking the sense of her world without making it distant. She is clearly kin to Tolkien with the way that she employs thoughtful and creative use of language, magic, and detail. 

A beautiful look into another universe... I recommend you take a peek for yourself!" 

James - 5 STARS-- "Step into the age of Empyreal Fate where heart's desire and man's desire clash in epic proportions. It truly is a world of forbidden, yet necessary, love for without it the world cannot be whole. Both kingdoms, man and elf, have become rotten from the inside out. Each side feels this, knows this, but no one will admit to its existence. In an effort to find a mutual connection, Darrion and Amarya start down a path which can only end one way.

The book is very intriguing, drawing one into a story that is very much alive. It is told from several character point of views, giving further insight into the distinctive world as each sees it. Once it begins, it does not let up, but carries the reader though until the last words on the last page, and then leaves you desiring to know more. It is nice to know the author intends to continue the series, and I very much look forward to the next installment. If you like reading about new worlds, this is definitely a keeper!"

Beth - 5 STARS-- "Empyreal Fate is a story of the land of Llathala. Llathala is a land occupied by elf and human and they have a tenuous peace treaty which is slowly unraveling. War seem eminent, corruption from within both sides wish to rend this land apart for personal gain. Darrion, human son to a farmer's family runs across Amarya, elf princess, in the woods while hunting for food. Can Darrion and Amarya overcome the forbidden friendship, feeling of love, an evil possession and ultimately fight to save their people from the corruption that lies within.

Empyreal Fate truly is a wonderful story telling of a land created by Rachel Hunter's fantastic imagination. She utterly enwraps you into a totally new world that elves, fairies and humans live and fight for survival. I love the way she uses language to make you feel that you are in another time, era, or in this case world. Empyreal Fate had me from the Prologue till the end. Looking forward to reading more about this exciting new land Rachel Hunter has created. "

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Featured Ebook : Gods of the Machines by Gary Starta

Genre : Science Fiction, Mystery-Suspense.
Author : Gary Starta
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Reviews :  Multiple 4.5-5stars
Blurb: Gods of the Machines is a sci fi novel for readers who don't normally read the genre, mixed with romance, mystery, crime and suspense, it is fiction on the fringe of genre. A top ten finalist in 2010's Preditors and Editors Poll for science fiction, the novel addresses artificial intelligence and the quest to categorize its place in society.
Detective Sam Benson, a native New Yorker, is brash, opinionated and candid. Transplanted to work on Earth's first colonized planet, he envisions a relatively peaceful job. But Benson's ruthless nature might bring it to the brink of annihilation when a series of murders begins. He suspects a non-human is responsible-an android who once shared engrams with a psychopathic human. However, the detective doesn't know other non-humans once called his new world-theirs. And as Benson obsesses with making a case against the android, he is oblivious to their return and the reason why they consider machines to be their gods.

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“Gary Starta has his own style, and he is destined to be among the greatest names in science-fiction literature…his description of the characters and the environment of the new planet is so rich that he make us cheer for our heroes and participate in his fiction as if we were there, living the moment.” - Roberto Mattos - Books and Movie Reviews

“Gary Starta fleshes out his futuristic tale, Gods of the Machines, with a kind of robot romanticism. Starta's novel drew me in with both his ongoing dichotomy between robots and humans, and this subtle sexual tension between all of the male and female characters. It was like crime/science fiction…”- Monique Muro –

“This novel explores the relationship between man and machine as it sends chills up your spine, while introducing sizzling romance.”- Geraldine Ahearn – Geri’s Reviews

“Gods of Machines offers readers something from almost every popular genre. Characters that you love, hate, or really make you think. Sexual tension, romance, heroics, adventure, creatures, and science keep you turning the pages. The descriptive prose Starta pens is entertaining and wonderfully imaginative.”- Jennifer Chase – Award Winning Crime Author

“Occam's razor should never be accepted so quickly. ‘Gods of the Machines’ is a fun and hard to put down science fiction thriller, recommended.”- Midwest Book Review 

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Award Winning book : Gunnedah Hero by Clancy Tucker

Awards: Won two awards in the Australian National Literary Awards
Genre : Fiction, Young adult , Action -Adventure, Coming of Age
Author : Clancy Tucker
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ISBN :  978 0 646 56847 8 (Ebook) and 976 0 646 55733 5 (Paperback)
Reviews :  Multiple quality reviews

BLURB : Fourteen-year-old Gunnedah ‘Gunnie’ Danson has a 500-word assignment on drought. His late grandfather has left him a box containing a manuscript. It’s been written by Gunnie’s great-great-grandfather, Smokey ‘Gun’ Danson after his journey up the long paddock during a harsh drought as a fourteen-year-old drover in 1910. 

At the back of the manuscript is an envelope. It’s NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story. Gunnie spends the weekend at Wiralee Station; a cattle station that’s been in the family since 1848. There, he reads the awesome manuscript and learns of Smokey’s adventurous journey.

Gunnie overhears several secretive conversations. His snobby Aunty Kate wants to divorce his uncle and sell Wiralee Station. He finishes the manuscript and opens the mysterious envelope. Will it legally prevent his aunt from selling Wiralee Station? 


*** BUZZ WORDS MAGAZINE *** Top book review

“I loved It! I couldn’t put it down and it is full of wonderful characters; stories and sub-stories that are so interesting it’s like reading the Arabian nights. One story leads to another then another and it goes on, linking to something else just as extraordinary. The peripheral happenings are as magnetic as the main goings on. Fantastic! You’re on a winner. Good luck. It deserves to be noticed.”
“Gunnedah Hero is a book that will be remembered long after its reading. This is a perfectly crafted, exceptionally well-written book which has been self-published. It comes highly recommended by the reviewer.”  
Anastasia Gonis - Book Reviewer for ‘Buzz Words’ – January 2012.

Other top rated ‘GUNNEDAH HERO’ – REVIEWS

“There is much to learn and appreciate in this novel. There are references to bush lore, bush tucker and medicines, the wild life, the value of the Bulletin, the postal services, the country courts, all windows into life one hundred years ago. Though most names and some places are fictional, quite a few places are not and can be found via the Internet, including Gunnedah which still has its memorial to the murdered miners. There is a glossary of terms, a family tree in this absorbing family history, and a website for reader interaction. This is a valuable read for ages 10 and over, in fact for all ages. JDA” 
Book review in CBCA magazine, ‘Reading Time’, February 2012 Vol 56, No 1. John Adams – Book reviewer – CBCA - 
‘Clancy, what a great book. So typically Australian, a great bush story, of mateship, overcoming hardship, courage, love, and triumph. Never a dull moment, and makes you want to read on with every chapter. Full of compassion, and warm hearted moments, the reader is not infrequently in tears filled with real emotion.’  
Doctor Judith O’Malley-Ford, MBBS (Qld), MPH, JP (Qual), FRACGP, Author of ‘The Australian Medical Dictionary’.
 “Wow! What a story. I loved it. It wasn’t a book I would normally pick up to read, but it was a book I couldn’t put down. Smokey was my fave, I found that I didn’t keep reading to see what was in the envelope, I kept reading because loved being on the journey with Smokey. I want the sequel now haha. Fntastic, really. I came to work with bleary eyes on numerous occasions because I stayed up late to read, unable to put it down. Thanks so much for giving me a copy.’
Tammy Lovett, Editor, Alexandra Standard, Yea Chronicle.

 ‘I loved the story. I found the plot believable and the characters authentic. The structure of parallel narrators works well, particularly because both boys are a similar age and have the same standards or principles. You have the very successful formula of the kids showing just how capable they are in the absence of adults, plus a few “baddies” to test or push them a little further.’ 
Geri Coughlan – Head Librarian, Trinity College, Melbourne.
‘Clancy Tucker is a great writer and has produced a magnificent yarn for everyone to enjoy. A delightful story that had me hooked right from the start. Clancy’s way of writing takes you right into the pages of the book, making you feel very much part of it ... you will find that once you start reading, you will want to continue, without interruption, until you’ve reached the end. This is a heart warming, well written story that will transport you to another era and back again, bringing with it lessons you can use in your own life today. You won’t be disappointed ... it would make a great film. I would strongly recommend this book, it will leave an impression.’
Deb Cullen – UK author – book reviewer

‘Read Gunnedah Hero while I was away. I really appreciated the realism and the mammoth amount of research that must’ve gone into it. I also liked the way the book alternates between current day and 1910. Using naming the foal as a common thread throughout the current-day story was a master stroke. As Gunnie would say, love ya work. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. Wishing you every success with it.’
Vicki Tyley – author.
‘I’ve finished your book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found the story very believable. Have done a lot of bush camping over the years so could relate to the life. As to what was in the envelope? Well – proof that the property could not be sold as long as a family member was living on the property – BRILLIANT! Congratulations – it is a really good read.’
Jean Laws – editor ‘Eyes and Ears’.
‘It’s a beautiful story, Clancy, filled with likeable, enduring characters. It deserves to be in print. I loved the finish and how you wrapped it up. It all came together beautifully – and that goes for both periods. You’re an excellent storyteller so there was never any need to slash and burn. I LOVE the back and forth of the Gunnie / Smokey timeframes. I reckon it works really well and adds a truly original element to the story. It also works for the suspense – especially now Gunnie has the dilemma of his aunt’s phone call. It’s good to keep readers on edge and there’s no shortage of action and drama in your writing.’ 
Julie Jay, ‘Rebus Press’ – Editor & author.
“When I read this Gunnedah Hero, I think of you. I have a feeling that I read something so personal, so precious to the heart, so sentimental ... I haven't finished reading your story yet, but I want to tell you that I love this story and it should be read by the Australian in schools, and the citizen of the world like me and other young adults. You are a very proud Aussie. I love this.” 
Anchansiri Sriyananda – Bangkok, Thailand – former senior Thai diplomat.
‘This is a brilliant book in the ilk of ‘Diary of a Welsh Swagman’, a book my grandmother gave me as a girl, about a man walking the district I grew up in. This book showed, as does Smokey’s story, how tough life could be, and just how much could be achieved with very little.’
Jill Smith – Author ‘Dual Visions’ – book reviewer.

‘My local librarian complained to me that there are not enough books for boys. She said the libraries are always looking for a great adventure story that will appeal to the young male members. Well, she can’t go past this one. This is a wonderful coming of age story for boys ... it is cleverly written and is a heart warming and enjoyable read that will appeal to more than the child and young adult audience it is targeting. I became totally lost in the bush settings and the lives of the two main protagonists and felt like I was there with them. It has been favourably acclaimed by many notable people. You and your children will love this book. What makes a great historical novel for kids? This man has the key to that genre.’
Elaine Ouston – Author, editor and publisher – Morris Publishing Australia.

I have received and read your book! I liked it and was touched. I will tell my publishers about it. The content is of course very Australian, but you never know.
Geri Brandjes, senior editor, The Netherlands, May 2012.

Thank you for your patience while I had your manuscript assessed. I really enjoyed the read, and was captivated by the characters you had created. It is a great story.  I have no doubt you will have success in placing this book outside of Australia. It’s a great story, and it’s written well. I personally enjoyed it.
Tina Chou, Peony Literary Agency, Shanghai, China
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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Featured Ebook : Brett Enters the Square Circle by David D. D'Aguanno

Ebook : BRETT ENTERS THE SQUARE CIRCLE A Brett Cornell Mystery#5
Genre : Comedy-Mystery
Author : David D. D'Aguanno
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Print ISBN :  978-1470105242

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Goodreads Reviews : 4.4 - 5 stars

BLURB : Where in the world is Stacey Ashton? 
Stacey herself told her employer that she was leaving for Philadelphia on personal business. But Melanie Foster suspects that the girl has run off to Florida with her husband instead, a suspicion which prompts her to hire someone to determine the young girl's true whereabouts so that she might exact revenge upon her for stealing her husband away from her.

Enter private detective and self-proclaimed unscrupulous bastard Brett Cornell who attempts to locate the girl, only to learn that she may actually have been murdered -- and that the murder took place a lot closer to home.

In this fifth Brett Cornell detective novel set in the late 1980s, Brett finds himself pitted against a group of particularly deceitful and unpredictable characters, not a single one of whom could be trusted to tell the truth about his or her involvement with the missing girl. At the same time, he is about to imperil those stunning Adonis-like features of his when he enters the boxing arena in a major bout that may very well turn out to be a life-changing experience for him, if only because the man he is about to fight has already severely beaten him in the past and has recently threatened to rob him of everything he ever valued -- including his girlfriend!

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BellaReadz review
Jun 05, 2012
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I read this book in one sitting and loved it! Brett is so funny, even if he is a total jerk and player :-) It reminded me of “The Naked Gun” movies in a way, and I could totally see this being a TV series or something. Although this book is one that is in the middle of a series (that I can tell), I was never once lost or confused, as the book and all its characters easily stand on their own. The main character Brett faces many challenges in this book “Brett enters the square circle,” and of course he knocks them all down (literally and figuratively) with his unique charm (or lack thereof) and style. 

This book was funny, but also had a few seriously moments as well. The dialogue reminded me of what you might here on a half hour sitcom – not entirely authentic, but not unbelievable, and it totally kept in tone with the book. Some of Brett’s one-liners had me laughing as I read along, and I think people will really get a kick out of this book. I know I did. I’m curious to read the rest of this series and see what capers my new friend Brett gets into next!

Claire's review
May 21, 12
bookshelves: ebook, comedy, detective, male-pov

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HA! This book was awesome. If it was a movie, I’d totally picture someone like Will Ferrall playing Brett (of course with fabulous blond hair and his thick blond mustache!). I really enjoyed the light tone and witty banter of this novel, but was also sucked into the action (the boxing match), and the mystery (what happened to Stacy Ashton?) At first I was kind of thrown by the narrative, as it seemed to sometimes ramble on without much direction or any sort of filter.

But once I got used to it and realized it was all just a part of Brett’s entertaining ‘stream of consciousness’, it helped me see him better as a whole. Totally funny moments and witty dialogue made this book a really fun and different type of read.

Jesse's review
May 25, 12
bookshelves: comedy, detective-mystery

4 of 5 stars false
There’s nothing I like more than reading of an MC who is a “legend in his own mind” for a snarky and comedic effect. What I like most about this novel is that while part of you is kind of laughing at Brett for his tawdry, over-the-top behavior and attitude, the other half of you is totally enjoying it and loving watching him get away with it! I literally laughed out loud at so many parts, but my favorite has to be when Bret was fighting with Melanie and he explains how trying to argue with him was like trying to argue with Descartes or Spinoza. That part cracked me up. 

I enjoyed the back-and-forth and fast pace of this book, but sometimes I felt it was weighed down by overly long sentences and paragraphs where much shorter, tighter ones would have done much in the way of streamlining the story’s narrative to better match the pace. All in all a delightful read, one that I think most people would enjoy.