Thursday, December 26, 2013

Free Download this Ebook to your Kindle this New Year - Dec 27 thru Dec 29, 2013

Dear readers,

FREE DOWNLOAD : Dec 27, Dec 28 and Dec 29, 2013 from Amazon Kindle Stores worldwide. A gift idea, an interesting, short and good read at your leisure during New Year celebrations with family and friends.

Amazon Kindle : http://www.amazon.com/12-Precious-Anecdotes-From-Life-ebook/dp/B0087OXSS2




Ebook : 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life

Genre : Fiction - inspirational short story collection, Family & relationships

US/ India Amazon Kindle : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087OXSS2

UK Amazon Kindle : http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0087OXSS2

Germany Amazon Kindle : http://www.amazon.de/dp/B0087OXSS2

Reviews : 4-5 stars, 18  


Blurb :  Life is a gift. It's for one to decide how to best utilize it. 12 short stories highlighting life changing and decisive moments of 12 fictional characters brought together by a common friend in their life. Did they get a second chance at life? Tales of adventures and expectations from life, tales of inspiration, love and support and tales of life changing moments cherished and tenderly collated through these 12 short, fictional stories.

View all reviews for this Ebook at Amazon.com (Click this link)

Some customer reviews for this Ebook have been posted here from Amazon for your reference - 
 
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and quick Read, October 23, 2012
the book 12 Precious Anecdotes From Life by Payal Roy is a book of short stories that are connected by the characters within it. though this book is not dramatic or flashy it is a wonderful read. Each story is a look at a moment in time and is written so that not only do the characters learn something about them self and life but you as the reader looking in also get to come away with a lesson or two. i have to say also this was one of those books that for me was what i consider to be a quick read under two hours from start to finish.Over all a good book and worth a little of your time to go read and enjoy. Two thumbs up for this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, December 30, 2012
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I found this short book to be a delight. It was interesting to see how the characters interrelated to one another and the truths behind the stories can not be denied.

The truths should be kept in the forefront of all our minds and live in our hearts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Life's Lessons, October 28, 2012
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This is a pleasant, refreshing collection of twelve short stories, each carrying a message on how to live a better life; how to appreciate life; and how to be a better person. I think everybody, young and old, can take something away from this collection. A very lovely book.

Carole McKee, Author
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Monday, September 23, 2013

PDMI Publishing LLC presents collage of 6 Top Selling Books and Best Reads

Today blog Wonderworld is most privileged to present you PDMI Publishing LLC from USA who have brought with them a brilliant reading basket full of best book titles across different genres you love to read. Let's learn more about the work PDMI does for authors and readers alike, and the vibrant collection of book titles published or soon to be released by PDMI Publishing exclusively for your reading entertainment!

Q. What is PDMI Publishing and how are authors benefited by your work?
PDMI Publishing, LLC is a small but growing independent press located in Alabama, USA.  We pride ourselves in being a very personal publisher that works to build a team around an author so that each and every book is the very best it can be.  Our authors, illustrators and editors, formatting and graphics designers form a close knit group prepared to cross-promote, critique and provide ongoing support during the publishing journey.  

Q. Where can interested authors and readers contact your team?
Here are the direct links to our website for authors as well as readers to contact us:
Authors, please reach us at : http://us.pdmipublishing.com/ 
PDMI bookstore : http://mystore.pdmipublishing.com/ 



PDMI Publishing would like to introduce six published book titles as seen in this month’s collage. Please stop by and check out the topselling books at PDMI's publishing store!  

This beautiful collage of 6 top selling books is presented to you by Victoria Adams and her very talented team at PDMI Publishing, LLC who sincerely support authors in their book publishing and consultations.


Top Sellers available at PDMI Publishing store
These books look really really interesting! Friends, let's learn something more about these top selling books and their authors. Let's find out what their stories are about! 


CHARMEINE by author Emily Guido 
Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publisher : PDMI Publishing LLC
Blurb : The first book of Emily Guido’s Light-Bearer Series and written for mid to early teens.“Can a romance develop between a Hellish Vampire Blood-Hunter and a Heavenly Light-Bearer?”

Amazon Store : http://www.amazon.com/Charmeine-Light-Bearer-Series-Volume-1/dp/0615694195/

VAMPIRE SYNDROME (Book1) by author Daven Anderson
Genre : Young Adult version
Publisher : PDMI Publishing LLC

Blurb : Certainly a different twist for the vampire genre when a Special Olympics champion finds himself forever changed and drawn into the conflict between our own beloved earthly vampires and a space-alien race of “Pures.” 


To be Released : DECEPTION PEAK by author Dianne Lynn Gardner
Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher : PDMI Publishing LLC

Blurb : Available in early October, this is Dianne Gardener’s opening to a wonderful, family-friendly fantasy, the Saga of Ian’s Realm.  It all starts when Ian and his father accidentally enter the Realm through a role playing game on his father’s computer.  The magic goes beyond the story line as Dianne’s fine art illustrations create a world you’ll want to spend time in. 

Reedited and remastered for re-release by PDMI. Check out Dianne’s website for news about releases, music written for the series, award winning trailers and more!  Visit the author's blog to learn more about this novel at : http://dragontargeseries.blogspot.com/  


 

UPLIFTING ONE LIFE AT A TIME by author Mary Banos
Genre : Non Fiction, Positivity and Inspirational
Publisher : PDMI Publishing LLC

Blurb : One of our nonfiction publications, Mary Banos uses her own life experiences to help others learn ways to guide themselves to a more fulfilling future.  “Regardless of your past, regardless of your obstacles, and regardless of what other people think – you can create your own path, and reach your goals and dreams in life.”  Recently re-edited and soon to be re-released by PDMI Publishing.

Amazon Store : http://www.amazon.com/Uplifting-One-Life-Time-Encouragement/dp/0615773303/ 


New Release : WAITING FOR SANTA by author Great King, illustrated by Dane Eichinger
Genre : Children's Books
Publisher : Tari Books 

Blurb : “Trying hard to stay awake, on Christmas Eve, a little girl begins to wonder what Santa might bring her--- and just how he gets all around the world to deliver all of those present in one night?”
Amazon Stores : http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Santa-Greta-King/dp/0615850561/ 



Soon to be Released : WIGGLE WORM'S SHAPE ADVENTURE by authors Kathy and Karen Sills; Illustrations by Virgina Lori Jennings
Genre :  Children's Books
Publisher : PDMI Publishing LLC

Blurb :  As experienced teachers, Kathy and Karen know how to make learning an adventure.  This adorable book is scheduled to be released in October.
 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Collage - Top picks from HALL OF FAME - treat for book lovers

A big hello to everyone!

Today Literary Flairs brings forth top book features (selected from a great bunch of books featured here) spotlighted in this blog. If you're interested to read the summary and a few excerpts from these books, please browse the HALL OF FAME blog  and you would be directed to their spotlights.  Have a great read and browsing through Literary Flairs!




Monday, July 15, 2013

Special spotlight : International action thriller School of the Assassins by W.K. Blais

Dear readers, today's spotlight is about a popular International action thriller titled School of the Assassins by the well known author W. K. Blais whose articles have been featured notably in The Los Angeles Times Magazine amongst many other popular reading journals and newspapers.. So, if you want a cracking edge of the seat read filled with intrigue, action, thrills and mystery, then this is the book for you!

Best-selling thriller author Brad Meltzer recommends, "Support first time novelists: School of the Assassins". (source : School of the Assassins - Amazon Book Page )

Let us read a few thoughts about this book School of the Assassins that author W. K. Blais has shared with us today.



Author W. K. Blais                                    School of the Assassins at Amazon


Connect with author W. K. Blais

W.K. Blais’ website: www.wkblais.com


Amazon author site: www.amazon.com/author/wkblais
  
Follow author on Twitter : @wkblais

Author's Facebook page :  https://www.facebook.com/wkblais

Author's Bio : W.K. Blais grew up in Los Angeles. An Air Force veteran, Honor Guard member and captain of her flight in Officer Training School, she used the G.I. Bill to earn a degree in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer for the Department of Defense. Her early novels, White Trash and Croutons, were published under the pen name Katie Carothers by an imprint of Red Hen Press in 1995 and taught in literature classes at UCLA and four community colleges. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Oxygen, Senior, L.A. Fitness and Hearing Health. An avid marine aquarium hobbyist, she lives with her husband Roger in Los Angeles and enjoys salmon fishing in Alaska.



Q. What is so special about this book? What inspired you to write such a book? Is there any message for the readers out there through your book?

From the author's desk : I think that School of the Assassins provides a unique exploration of the multi-faceted effects of war profiteering and the unprecedented privatization of war through the perspective of a security contractor. As a military service vet and former Department of Defense engineer, these subjects have interested me for many years.

I like writing about the collision of social and cultural forces that at first glance might appear unrelated, then show the subtle interconnectedness. I’ve always been inspired by writers like Cormac McCarthy and James Lee Burke, and their work with social justice themes.


Fiction writers have a keen sense of characters. Twenty years ago, my sister brought home a new boyfriend, a South African Afrikaner and former mercenary in the Congo. I thought, wow! The relationship didn’t last, but I knew I would write a book based on his character.


When I started my research I had little knowledge of the extent of the terrible genocide plaguing the Afrikaner people in South Africa, the ongoing horrific murders of the Boer farmers. Above all else, I hope that School of the Assassins will create awareness of this travesty.

Interesting trivia regarding School of the Assassins:  
  
"My protagonist, Pieter Durant, was inspired by my sister’s boyfriend 20 years ago, who was a South African Afrikaner and former Congo mercenary.

When I wrote the book, I had little idea of the extent of the terrible and invisible genocide currently plaguing the South African Afrikaner population, in particular the Afrikaner (Boer) farmers. My greatest hope is that School of the Assassins will draw publicity about this travesty, now listed by Genocide Watch as Stage 6 in the 8 stages of genocide.  School of the Assassins is also a thematic exploration of the recent and unprecedented privatization of war."

Book Spotlight 

 
Ebook : SCHOOL OF THE ASSASSINS (A Novel)


Author :W.K.Blais

Genre : Fiction - Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Reviews : multiple 4.7 - 5 stars



Since this Ebook is in KDP Select, all Amazon Prime members can borrow this book for free! So, grab a free copy of this book through Prime anytime you want!

 
Synopsis :  Title: School of the Assassins


International action thriller



The Ghost Writer meets A History of Violence in this evocative thriller about a half-American, half-South African mercenary pitted against an international gauntlet of obstacles while seeking justice for his murdered and displaced family.

            When Pieter Durant’s widowed American mother is killed during an invasion of their South African farm by genocide fomenter Govan Seme, he vows to avenge her murder and recapture his farm. But his younger sister, Jessie, is about to leave for America to attend her freshman year at Princeton, and he must shoulder her tuition costs. The twenty-one-year-old farmer joins the exodus of South African mercenaries heading to Iraq in 2007 for lucrative private security jobs. When an injury forces a visit to Los Angeles three years later, to the home of his American relatives, Pieter shortly finds himself the catalyst of a crime-syndicate coup. The FBI sting that follows, along with the faith of his American lover—provide the unexpected keys that finally free him for his quest—and his most arduous challenge yet.
 
Editorial Review ( Amazon Link) : Best-selling thriller author Brad Meltzer recommends, "Support first time novelists: School of the Assassins".
Reviewers are saying: "Engrossing summer read. Hollywood blockbuster future."


Chapter Excerpt

PROLOGUE
 
The red King of Hearts, faded and bent, flicked in the breeze.

Pieter spotted it in the dead grasses along the side of the driveway as he and Jessie neared the old "bakkie", the utility truck favored by all the farmers. He reached down to snatch it up.

"Whose card?" he asked his sister as he hopped into the front seat.

            "Hmm," she murmured disinterestedly, flipping down the visor to check her makeup. The last long rays of the evening sun drenched the cab but in July, provided little warmth.

 "It's probably Thabo's. He and Robert were having a game on the porch yesterday."

Pieter tossed it onto the rear seat. He started the bakkie and swung around the circle, then headed down the dirt driveway that was bordered on each side by vast fields, left tilled and fallow, until the November planting season.

"Maybe we shouldn't go," he said, glancing back at the farmhouse in the rear mirror.

"She wanted us to go. Robert's staying, and some of the others. It's my last chance to say goodbye to my friends."

He opened the gate of the high electric fence with the remote. After following the narrow road for a few miles, he turned north onto the N1 highway toward Kroonstad. Along the way they silently passed farms that just five years ago had been well-kept, lush and abundant. Since the African National Congress took them over in the new land reform they had fallen into ruin, the fields dead or burned.

"Ready for Princeton, Miss Ivy League?" he said with a forced cheer to distract her.

She smiled, tucking a strand of blond hair into her brown wool cap. "I'm ready. New Jersey's so far away, though. I wish you and Mom would think about selling and moving to Amer—"

"You have to take this opportunity, Jess, but we're not leaving now! We won't be driven out." Then more gently he added, "We'll see you at Aunt Beth's in L.A. for Christmas, remember? That won't be long."

"I should have gone with you when you visited a few years ago," she said wistfully. "I don't know her. I don't know any of them."

"You were just a baba," he teased.

"I was eleven."

"Like I said… you'll have your chance soon. She's all right. She's a lot like Mom."

A grayish, diffused twilight had descended as they reached the quaint agricultural town of Kroonstad, lovely with its wide open parks and languid trees, and he exited off the highway. He followed sparse traffic along the shaded banks of the Vals River, graced with poplars and willows, for a mile before arriving at the apartment building.

He kept the motor running.

"You're not going? You're not going to my goodbye party?" she asked with disbelief. He reached over and gave her arm a playful shake.

"You're the star. What do they want to see me for? I'll be back to get you… about ten? I'll come up then."

She got out, and before slamming the door said, "Blimmin’ arse. You're going to get yourself killed."

Twenty minutes later he was negotiating the rocky gravel roads into the Maokeng Township, past rows of shacks, street vendors, broken-down old cars and heaps of trash. A tangled overload of electrical wires sprang from the trees, haphazardly connected to one sub-station in the area. Finally, he parked at the side of a tiny house with a red, corrugated tin roof and ochre plaster walls.

After pulling his black wool cap low over his forehead, he zipped up his parka and got out of the bakkie.

He knocked twice on the white steel door, with a good bolt lock, that he had purchased and hung himself. He waited, gazing around. Smoke drifted from open fires, carrying the mouth-watering smell of roasting lamb. A child yelled somewhere, followed by a mother's rapid Zulu scolding. Old Ben gave him a friendly wave from across the street and he waved back. Ben left the farm soon after Pieter's father died, eight years ago. Now he lived with his brother and played jazz at the shebeen, the local club. Three men huddled together motionless a block away, observing him.

Then the door opened and he ducked inside.

"I missed you," she said. In the dusky light her rich brown eyes were luminous with love, but held traces of sadness.

"Amehlo," he said softly, drawing her close against him. Her name meant "eyes", and it suited her. "I know."

            The only heat was from the small space furnace, but her smooth skin was warm inside her robe. She was the same girl he had played with as a child and grown up with. Now she was expected to treat him as an enemy because he was an Afrikaner farmer, a supposed intruder in her country that was just as much his, but she refused. And while the world remained dazzled by the achievements and possibilities of the Rainbow Nation, the silent genocide of the white farmers ticked up unnoticed, mostly unreported and denied.

            "Ubuntu." She whispered their shared greeting.

            Only through you can I be who I am. It was the old Buntu word embraced by Mandela as a basis for post-apartheid ethics, a dream that included humanity for all, community, sharing and hope.

            "Ubuntu," he answered emptily. The dream had gone bad, not just for the farmers driven out or murdered in their homes, but for loyal workers displaced as well. He held her close, and their passion was a brief oasis in the unrest sweeping South Africa, a simmering undercurrent gathering force by the day.

            Later, as he drove home with Jessie, she gazed through her window at the celestial sky. Spangled clusters and gaseous whorls of hot white stars shot through a hazy palette of midnight blue and deepest purples. To the west, the light had turned a coppery brown above a sliver of moon as bright as a halogen lamp.

            "I'm going to be homesick."