Author Peter Darman (Grantham, Lincolnshire-United Kingdom)

In a former life I used to be a research officer with the British Defence Intelligence Staff, compiling reports on the military capacity of the Warsaw Pact.

But then I decided to enter the world of mainstream publishing, and for the last 20 years I have been writing military history books.

You can find out more about me and my writing by taking a look at my website: www.peterdarman.com

Featured Book: Usurper (Parthian Chronicles Book 7) by Peter Darman

Doting father? Man of peace?

These things are not you, Pacorus.

Have you not heard of the hydra? Cut off one of its heads and two more will replace it. You defeat one enemy and another springs forth to torment you, just as the gods torment you with endless strife.

After the defeat of Mark Antony Pacorus has returned to the city of Dura to prepare for a happier campaign: the wedding of his daughter to a prince of a kingdom on the eastern frontier of the Parthian Empire.

Pacorus and his family and friends travel to the east to attend the wedding of Princess Isabella, but old scores need to be settled and a new power is rising beyond the Indus that will threaten the empire itself. Can Pacorus and the surviving Companions can save the empire and the reign of the young, duplicitous king of kings from the barbarian hordes in the east?

‘Usurper’ followers on from ‘Sons of the Citadel’.

A map of the Parthian Empire can be found on the maps page of my website: www.petedarman.com

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Author Geoff Nelder (Northwest England-Chester, UK)

Geoff-Nelder1Geoff Nelder is a freelance writer living in Chester, UK.

A former high school teacher of geography and information technology, he has had non-fiction books published on microclimates in the UK along with several articles in academic journals such as Weather, Geographical Magazine and the Times Educational Supplement. Geoff is a part-time journalist contributing humorous travel accounts to Cycling World.

He has had short stories published and won a commendation for a story in the Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition. He won first prize in the Cafe Doom short story competition in 2005. Besides his 2005 released humour novel, Escaping Reality, published by Brambling Books, he won an award for mystery thriller, Hot Air, published by a Dutch Arts Academy in 2009, and a Science Fiction block buster, ARIA: Left Luggage is published by LL-Publications. Double Dragon Publishing published Geoff’s Exit, Pursued by a Bee science fiction in 2008. An urban fantasy, Xaghra’s Revenge is in the hands of the Rebecca Pratt Literary Agency.

Geoff has worked for publisher BeWrite Books and for Adventure Books of Seattle. He has been a freelance editor of novels and short stories for several years. Geoff is the 2009 & 2012 short-fiction judge for the Whittaker Prize.

Featured Book: ARIA: Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 1) by Geoff Nelder

ARIA-Left-Luggage-Volume-1-by-Geoff-NelderAlien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia Today, Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks in the desert town of Rosamond, all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack had caught an amnesia bug, and it’s infectious. Imagine the ramifications: The passengers arrive home, infecting family; some shop en route infecting everyone they meet. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. All shut down in weeks. One man, Ryder Nape, realizes what’s going on, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded valley, hiding from the amnesia bug?

“Geoff Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.” — Jon Courtenay Grimwood “Geoff Nelder’s ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in science fiction–the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.” —Brad Linaweaver Robert J. Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project.” “ARIA has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.” —Mike Resnick

ARIA Voted best science fiction novel of 2012

Book Review: Let me answer the first question that came to my mind when the book ‘ARIA: Left Luggage’ arrived. The word ARIA has its roots in Italian meaning air.

Science Fiction as a genre literally is in a world of its own because human beings are obsessed with how to destroy or alter all of humanity by a single threat. It is rare that we find an author who can approach this kind of fiction from a new perspective, but Geoff Nelder has a truly unique concept.

As the first chapter begins the reader is introduced to Nelder’s large cast of characters like Vlad, Jena, Dan, Abdul and Antonio. His quantity of characters almost overwhelms the reader at first, but each has a role to play in this ordeal. The variety of solid, believable interpersonal relationships like the between Ryder Nape and his fiancée Teresa are essential as the world is threatened with massive memory loss by an alien virus. ARIA begs the intriguing question that as people lose their memories what is so important to their lives they must make a note of it to read when they wake up each morning?

The year is 2015 and there is never a dull moment as the reader joins the crew of “the shuttle, Marimar, in orbit approaching the International Space Station” and follows the science at the Dryden Space Laboratories at Edwards Air Force Base in California and the NASA Goddard Labs in Maryland. Travels to London and to the Anafon Valley in North Wales. Follow the viral repercussions to the Chester Zoo in UK, Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and to Banff National Park in Canada.

The author caused this reader to ask how the world would handle such a virus if brought back to Earth from an exploratory mission, who on earth might be immune, and what secrets could NASA and WHO be keeping from us? That is what good science fiction does. It captures the readers’ imagination and takes us to places that we believe are impossible, but somewhere in the dark corners of our minds we recognize that there is a slim probability.

Theodocia McLean endorses ARIA: Left Luggage – by Geoff Nelder (volume one in the ARIA series) as a science fiction, action filled fiction that has already won the coveted Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for best science Fiction novel of 2012. Please consider purchasing and reading the whole ARIA series (available at Amazon): ARIA: Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 1), ARIA: Returning Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 2) and ARIA: Abandoned Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 3). I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on September 26, 2014.

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Author Hywela Lyn (Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire-United Kingdom)

Hywela Lyn spent most of her life in Wales and the beautiful countryside and legends inspired her to write. Although she now lives in a small village in England, she is very proud of her Welsh heritage and background. Her pen name is a combination of her first two names. ‘Hywela’ is Welsh and her first name but she has always been called by her second Christian name, Lyn. She enjoys weaving romantic tales of the future, and distant, mysterious worlds, stories she hopes will truly take you ‘out of this world’and beyond.

‘Starquest’, a futuristic romance, ‘Children of the Mist’ which features some of the same characters, and ‘Beloved Enemy’ which concludes the series, are available in print or on Kindle. They can each be read as a ‘stand alone’ novel, although together they form the ‘Destiny Trilogy.’ ‘Beloved Enemy’ was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association RoNA Awards 2017 and nominated for the RONE Awards 2017

Hywela Lyn’s fantasy novella ‘Dancing With Fate’ is also available now as an E-book on Kindle, and in print.

She is crazy about all animals, especially horses and is married to Dave, with an animal family of two horses, a ‘feral’ stable cat and an adopted terrier called Choccy. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Chiltern Writers.

Author’s note: If you enjoy reading any of my books thank you – and it would mean a great deal to me if you could give me your opinion and leave a short review. Not only will this let me know what you feel about my writing in general, but potential readers will also value your feedback. I would also love to hear from you and you can email me at Hywelalyn@hywelalyn.co.uk

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Featured Book: Beloved Enemy (The Destiny Trilogy Book 3)

Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction,  Romantic Suspense

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