Saving Grace

The first of many articles talking about books from Mom’s Favorite Reads authors.

Glossologics

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A new feature on the blog: this article is in association with Mom’s Favorite Reads.

Mom’s Favorite Reads is an international community of readers and authors. Check out their web page above! Today’s author spotlight is on: Hannah Howe

Saving Grace

I expect you have all heard this expression at one time or another; it means “the thing that in some way mitigates all the negative points”. But where does it come from?

It’s actually quite simple to get to the origin of this phrase. But we like things to be a little more challenging. So, we are going to go first to the etymology of the word ‘grace’, and from there to the expression.

If you speak a Romance language, or even if you have just heard the Italian or Spanish words for ‘thank you’, then it may come as no surprise that ‘grace’ derives from Latin

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Stream One – Goylake Publishing

April 20, 2018

Bendideia Publishing is partnering with Goylake Publishing located in Wales.

Look to these pages for some great books. One in particular I’ll mention is The Hermit of Hisarya, by Hannah Howe.

Some people will stop at nothing in their pursuit of wealth and power. Indeed, the greedy will often resort to murder.

“You’ve been through a stressful time recently, ” my fiance, Dr Alan Storey said. “I’m off to Bulgaria to attend a psychology conference so why don’t you accompany me and we’ll throw in a holiday as well.”

Great idea, I thought. However, when I arrived in Bulgaria my inquisitive nature compelled me towards a mystery dating back to the Second World War. That mystery involved Emil Angelov, the Hermit of Hisarya. As I delved into the past I stirred up some ghosts, which led to murder and the prospect of spending the rest of my days in a Bulgarian gaol.

The Hermit of Hisarya – a story of corruption, of murder, of a woman and her seventy-year-old dream, offering proof that the past, the present and the future are all intrinsically entwined.

If you haven’t read the Sam Smith series, you can start with this one, or jump to the beginning. Each one is its own unique story, but Sam’s story progresses with each additional story.

You can find Hannah’s books here: https://www.amazon.com/Hannah-Howe/e/B00OK7E24E/

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Goylake Publishing is named after a stream. Our enterprise is built around sales, business and author partnership streams. Therefore, our blog posts are numbered streams 🙂 We hope you enjoy them.

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Business mastermind Daniela Jones established Goylake Publishing in 2010 to publish local history books and websites. Daniela has a university degree and a long experience of creating small businesses, founding her first company shortly after leaving university. Daniela still owns Goylake Publishing and oversees its business activities. In her spare time, Daniela competes in triathlons and this year she will participate in Ironman Wales.

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We love music at Goylake Publishing. Indeed, our author Hannah Howe loves music so much she teamed up with children’s author Denise McCabe to form a virtual group, The Screetchers. The Screetchers promise to ‘sing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order’ (!) Okay, we’ll admit, these authors can’t sing, but they can write. Check out their books for proof of that statement.

Over the past eight years Goylake Publishing has had the pleasure of working with many creative people. One of our creative collaborations involved Downwood Film Productions who made this promotional film for A History of Kenfig. A History of Kenfig sold over 1,000 copies on publication and is still a popular title, especially at gift times. Downwood make excellent local history films and we urge you to explore their titles.

To date, Goylake Publishing has published ten audio books with more to follow. This isn’t one of ours, but we played a minor part in the book’s development and are looking forward to listening to it.

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When Daniela Jones established Goylake Publishing in 2010 her initial aim was to sell 100 books in the first six months. Eight years and over 100,000 downloads later…

Through the power of the Internet, Goylake Publishing’s books have reached the number one position on Amazon’s charts in America and Australia, the top five in Brazil, Japan and Canada, the top ten in Britain, and the top twenty in France and the Netherlands.

Goylake Publishing, the local publisher with international reach.

Ronesa’s 2015 Excellence in Writing Awards: Top-Five Picks

December 26, 2015

Have you read a good indie book lately? No? Why not? Independent and small-publishers have produced books vastly superior to many of the Big Five super-hyped books. The difference why our books are not as widely read vs. the Big Five boils down to marketing and reviews. The Big Five has tons of money and lots of clout. Many places refuse to review indie books, without even giving this vast group of wonderful authors a chance. We have to scrounge for reviews and tout our own horns. I’ve read a lot of books this year, and none have been the “popular” ones. Here’s my list of favorite authors I’ve read this year. I’ve read so many that my selections are based on authors who are exceptional and ones I’ve read more than one of their books. So here goes, in order of when I discovered the writing of these fabulous authors.

 

Jana Petken

I LOVE all of Jana’s books. I’ll read anything further she writes, without looking at the book blurb. I’m a big historical fiction fan, and after reading The Errant Flock, I was hooked on Jana’s writing. She takes you back in time to whatever era she writes about. This particular book is set in 1491, in Valencia, Spain, during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. A quote from my review: “From beginning to end the author’s extensive research about how the people lived permeates the fine details of the story as well as the overall setting of the time.”

The Errant Flock by Jana Petken2015 Excellence in Writing

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Jana Petken’s Amazon author page for all her books, including Guardian of Secrets and the Mercer Carver series: http://www.amazon.com/Jana-Petken/e/B00I2WAUVC/

Or visit her website: www.janapetkenauthor.com

 

C.N. Lesley

What brought my attention to C.N.’s writing was the word “Avalon.” As well as being a historical fiction fan, I read whatever I can about King Arthur, whether it’s historical or fantasy. C.N. takes gives the Arthur legend a new twist: sci-fi. This Shadow series of books (Shadow over Avalon and Sword of Shadows) is set far into the future. I’ve only read two of them because, alas, the third book has not yet been published. I’m eagerly waiting for its release. A quote from my review: “ ‘Sword of Shadows’ is more than a sci-fi rendition of the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, however. It has a deeper meaning about how our lives are destroyed by the gods we let rule our lives–whether it is technology or otherwise.”

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Check out C.N. Lesley’s Amazon author page for all her Shadow series books, as well as others, including “Darkspire Reaches”: http://www.amazon.com/C.N-Lesley/e/B00HTV3GV8/

Or visit her website: http://cnlesley.com/

 

Hannah Howe

Love a good detective story? Then you’ll want to dive into Hannah’s Sam Smith series. You’ll love enquiry agent Samantha Smith. She’s perfect in her imperfections. Abused as a child and even more so as a wife, Sam lacks confidence in herself, except when it comes to solving crimes. In that respect, she dives head first, or sometimes “foot-in-mouth” first into her work. You’ll love this spunky, petite woman, bent on improving the world and her own self. The books in the Sam Smith series have deeper meaning than pure entertainment. Be it prostitution, eugenics, drug abuse, insanity, or other social issues, the books delve into the human psyche. (And The Hermit of Hisarya takes place in Bulgaria, so I HAD to read that one.)

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Check out Hannah Howe’s Amazon author page for all the books in the Sam Smith series: http://www.amazon.com/Hannah-Howe/e/B00OK7E24E/

Or visit her website: http://hannah-howe.com

 

Mansel Jones

It was a tossup which of Mansel’s books to include here. Since I’ve already discussed Arthur above, I opted to write about Tangwstyl: A Medieval Mystery instead. Nope, I can’t pronounce “Tangwstyl” either, but that doesn’t distract from reading the book. This is another historical fiction masterpiece. The setting is Kenfig (in Wales) in 1399. It weaves the story around a prophecy about Tangwstyl, the daughter of the future “Arthur.” (Okay, so it does have a slight Arthurian theme.) The story doesn’t have a lot to do with Tangwstyl. Her birth is rather the catalyst that eventually leads to an uprising. The book covers a span of eight days, but they are packed with historical fact and depict the struggle against the Church and unjust kings.

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Check out Mansel Jones’ Amazon author page for all his other books, including “Pendragon”: http://www.amazon.com/Mansel-Jones/e/B0044RKLZO/

Or visit his website: http://jonesthebook.com/

 

Ellie Midwood

Set in Germany during WWII, The Girl from Berlin series is told from the perspective of a fictional woman who becomes Nazi Ernst Kaltenbrunner’s mistress. The problem is that he hates Jews, and she has hidden from the world the fact that she is a Jew. To appreciate this series of books, you have to be able to distance yourself from the Nazi atrocities, and look at the events from a more historical aspect. What is the other side of Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the one that a woman who loved him would see? What can you make of his proclamation of innocence of atrocities at the Nuremberg trials? These books attempt to answer those questions.

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Check out Ellie Midwood’s books on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Berlin-Standartenf%C3%BChrers-Wife-ebook/dp/B015BNZWNK/

http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Berlin-Gruppenf%C3%BChrers-Mistress-ebook/dp/B016FTEU14/

http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Berlin-War-Criminals-Widow-ebook/dp/B018L3WM6C/

 

April Adams

I know. I said my top-five picks, but here’s a bonus look at my favorite series of books I read in 2014. “The Legends of Runes” trilogy is a fantasy. The world needs a savior. Will this role fall to the battered woman who can’t recall who she is, but finds herself in a magical place? From my review of Shattered, the first book in the series: “This fantasy has your traditional gathering of elves, gnomes, and such, but it has a religious twist that makes it fall along the lines of C.S. Lewis stories. The world building includes lands where the elements reign supreme: wind, fire, water and earth.”

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Check out April Adam’s Amazon author page for all her books in “The Legends of Rune” trilogy: http://www.amazon.com/April-Adams/e/B00CHRCD8G/

Or visit her website: www.writerapriladams.com