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SCAM

SCAM! by Stevie Turner

Winner of the 2021 Electric Eclectic Novella Prize

Lauren West and Ben Hughes are saving frantically for their forthcoming marriage and mortgage deposit. When Lauren sees an advert online from a firm of brokers extolling the profits to be gained by buying and selling Bitcoins, she is interested enough to pursue it further.

Lauren clicks on the advert. She is soon contacted by Paul Cash, a knowledgeable stockbroker whom Lauren trusts straight away. He is affable, plausible, and seemed genuinely interested in her welfare. Lauren looks forward to making enough money to be able to surprise Ben and bring the date of their wedding forward, and also to put a deposit down on their ideal house.

 What could possibly go wrong?

An Electric Eclectic book, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing

UK, https://amzn.to/3uRK74W

USA & Internationalhttp://getbook.at/scam

BIO

Stevie Turner is a British author of romantic suspense, humour, paranormal stories, and women’s fiction family dramas.

She is a cancer survivor and lives in the same picturesque Suffolk village she and her husband Sam moved to in 1991 with their two boys. Her boys are now grown, and she and Sam have 5 lovely grandchildren.

Stevie Turner’s debut novel ‘Mind Games’ was self-published in October 2013 and took her 30 years to write.  Stevie now had the writing bug big time!

Her serious suspense/ thriller ‘A House Without Windows, won a New Apple Book Award in 2014, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015.

The screenplay ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won Stevie a silver award in the 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival.

Now SCAM! championed the EE Novella Fiction Prize.

There’s no break from the supernatural even at Christmas

A Winning Novella From The Electric Eclectic Writing Contest

Below Torrential Hill

It’s Christmas, and strange occurrences are plaguing the small town of Torrential Hill: a supernatural comet, undead insects, exploding streetlights, and a presence luring people into the woods. But when the mother of Tristen—a wistful, fatherless sixteen-year-old boy—hears voices from the kitchen sink, all he can think of is running away. Desperate to be freed of her sorrow, Tristen runs to the place holding his last childhood memory; beckoned by a voice in the woods, only to return to his father’s death site. Are these woods the source of his mother’s despair and the town’s supernatural occurrences? Do these woods somehow contain the cure to his own spiraling sanity?

Meet The Author

Jonathan Koven grew up on Long Island, NY, embraced by tree-speak, tide’s rush, and the love and support of his family. He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from American University works as a technical writer and is Toho Journal’s head fiction editor and workshop coordinator. He lives in Philadelphia with his best friend and future wife Delana, and cats Peanut Butter and Keebler.

Order here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JR1Z9MH

Where to find Jonathan Koven

It’s A Virtual World We Are Now Living In.

Come and celebrate multi-award-winning, bestselling author, Maria Elena’s new release, virtually.
She’s hosting her first virtual launch party and is inviting everyone to tune in and watch. There will be live readings and a few surprises along the way. So please show your support for her first virtual book launch.

Just click the going button



You can pre-order her latest novel, Hanging Softly In The Night, right now on Amazon for just 99c



New York Police Department’s Sixteenth Precinct in Manhattan is under siege by the flu, and Detective Nick Larson and his partner, Detective Victor Sacco, are up to their armpits with work overload.
The captain’s cigar is seriously chewed and everyone is working around the clock. To complicate matters, on a personal level, things aren’t going smoothly, either. Laura Howard, the woman Nick loves, is also having issues with a psycho twin sister who is doing everything to ruin Laura’s business and her life.
Then Nick’s captain assigns a new case, a suicide.
From the moment Nick steps on scene, however, something doesn’t feel quite right, especially when, upon investigating the case further, the supposed suicide looks more and more like a homicide. Immediately, Nick’s instincts kick into gear, but rev into overdrive when similar, questionable suicides pop up around the area. And with the way things had been going lately, it would just be Nick’s luck to have a serial killer on the loose.

And to celebrate her new release her other award-winning books are on offer ( for a limited time)

The Book of Hours 99c

Mirror Mirror 99c

The Fish Tank and Other Stories

Free download of this award-winning epic romance.

An empty seat and a love that can withstand the trials of fate…

When Raquelita Muro takes the empty seat on the bus to avoid sitting beside her mother, she doesn’t expect to find the love of her life. But as the hours pass by on the journey from Texas to Florida, Raquelita knows that Matthew Buchanan is the one for her.

Except fate, the US Military, and an interfering mother stand between the young lovers and their destiny.

Exchanging letters in secret is their only hope as Matthew ships off to Vietnam and Raquelita and her family make a new life for themselves in Florida. And when tragedy strikes they will each be brought to the edge of what they can survive.

The course of true love never did run smooth, but will Matthew and Raquelita find each other again when half a world and an ocean of pain stand between them?

“The timeframe of this novel encompasses the Vietnam War, and Matthew will experience hardships that threaten his happiness with Raquelita. The subject is handled with respect and lends another level of emotion to this engaging book.

Ms. Saccenti writes beautifully. “They sat in silence, each immersed in the other. Words would only be superfluous. And as Raquelita and Matthew reposed, the wizened old oak, with its ancient, shading limbs, enclosed the lovers within its benevolent protection for a long, long, while.”

Passages such as this are throughout the book and brought a smile to this lover of words. 5 stars.”

https://www.amazon.com/Destinys-Plan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B010361G4O

Watch this exciting excerpt from The Quest

I just uploaded a short reading from my second book of the YA fantasy duology, THE QUEST.
The Quest can be read as a stand-alone.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NNZJ2J1

THE QUEST FOR THE TRUTH BEGINS

When Haty notices a Tsinian crystal glowing, she knows she must stick to her word and return to her homeland as Thya. Knowing her kinsmen needed her, there was no hesitation. Even though there was more to lose than just her life.
Once more a prophecy informs the reader of oracles that only Thya could stop the war and save not just her people, but the rest of Enumac from Kovon’s psychotic plans.
Along with three other companions, Thya is sent on a perilous quest to locate a crystal eye which holds an evil known as the Dark Force.
The group is tried and tested throughout their journey by monsters, death and courage.
New friendships will be formed and other lost.
Thya’s power becomes stronger and a second will threatens to take over her mind body and soul.
A terrifying surprise waits for them in the city of Helkon.
Will they survive?
Will Thya return to Tsinia and for the final showdown with Kovon?
Find out by reading the thrilling concluding part of Illusional Reality.
Enjoy.

Rants
ILLUSTRATED BY KAYLA MATT

The Coin, now available as an audiobook

This award-winning international thriller is now available in audiobook format.

Listen to a chilling sample right now!

 

Whoever thought a coin could get you killed? 

A cunning killer trusted his secret was safe, an innocent woman holds the key to his destruction, and an intelligence officer must keep her alive before the madman can strike the fatal blow. 

When Gabriela Martinez finds a mysterious coin in the French Riviera, she is thrust into a struggle between governments, terrorists, and madmen, all seeking knowledge she doesn’t know she has. 

Richard Harrison, the intelligence officer assigned to protect Gabriela, has done all he can do to keep her safe. But when the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control, Richard must find a solution – if not, it may be too late for them both. 

Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love, and duty. Of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph.

https://www.amazon.com/The-Coin/dp/B086FHC6TZ

 

Introducing The Coin Audio Book. (1)

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Stories about strong women

SHORT STORIES OF STRONG WOMEN, EXILE, GHOSTS…AND A MURDER.

“I stopped cooking to take a quick glance at these three desperate women, attempting to get the coconut seeds at the right level to prevent detection of the treasure inside… They stood like a Greek chorus, ready to lament the fall of their Cuban Troy. Concentration furrowed their foreheads, their expressions telegraphic a readiness to wail their woes if no solution presented itself. My mother clapped her hands in satisfaction. “Martina, go get your skates.”

From the short story “Bubbles Don’t Bring Smiles”

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LAWLESS JUSTICE

Celebrating International Women’s Day with some strong tough women that won’t put up with any crap.
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The Two Are Finally United

 

Thya has such a hidden strength that even she doesn’t know about until she’s forced to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of others.

Follow her journey of love, heartache, strength and sacrifice.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

 

 

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Strength comes in all forms.

Happy International Women’s Day.
Celebrating the strength of women.

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WORLD BOOK DAY

Celebrating this special day with some awesome books. Take a look at these international authors and their books. With a mixture taste of writing styles and genres.

 

Take a look at her other books while you’re on Amazon.

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To celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY (1)

 

Take a look at Dr Wesley’s awesome books. Prices start at just 99c

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Celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY

 

Beloved Titanian is only 99c to downlaod and free with KU.
Download now and take a look at her other novels.

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Celebrate World Book Day by buying a book (1)

 

Maria says,

“Happy WORLD BOOK DAY. Take a look at my many books on Amazon.”

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Celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY By buying a book

Behind The Pen

Behind The Pen is my new YouTube show where I chat to writers about their journey, how they started, their success, books and future plans. It’s a real insight into how an author’s mind works.

Join me as I talk with Maria Elena Alonso Sierra multi-award-winning author.

Maria writes in the genres of short fiction, horror, thriller, romance and suspense.
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This is what we authors crave for!

 

Review by Paul White.

The Fish Tank & Other Stories

Marie Elena Alonso-Sierra

 

Two things.

One, I am a hard person to please when it comes to reading.

You see, I don’t much care for populist stories, they are all a bit same-old, same-old. They pander to the lowest common denominator in a sad and futile race for numbers.

I look for stories written from an interesting perspective, ones which touch the soul, stimulate the mind and provoke thought. Elements so often overlooked in favour of the mindless banality which tends to pass for entertainment.

Secondly, I rarely write reviews.

I think I have put pen to paper this way four times in as many years.

Therefore, it is not without reason I write this article, call it a review if you wish, about a book called The Fish Tank & other stories, written by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra.

I first came across this book whilst editing ‘The List’, an annual recommended reading list published by CQ International. The cover, designed by Scott Carpenter grabbed my attention, exactly as a good cover should.

A little later, I was asked by an author friend if I would read an ARC. I did, hence this rambling account.

I was intrigued by the first tale, Jerrys gift, which sort of sets the feeling for the entire book. I say ‘sort of’ because the ambience of each unfolding story moodily fluctuates while continuing the ambience of haunting hope interwoven with a lingering sadness of passing.

The title tale, the Fish Tank, brings to life the stark reality of the authors experience as a child leaving Castro’s Cuba for a life in exile.

After reading The Fish Tank, I understand Maria’s statement about writing these short stories, “I never suspected creating the short stories would tear at the scab protecting a deep wound I still harbour in my heart, one that will not quite properly heal.”

Each story is narrated beautifully; the well-paced revealing of the characters and their situations makes each tale a joy to read, easily flowing from start to the end.

Reading this book allowed me to glimpse into people’s personal and private lives, to live with them as they feared for what the next day, the next hour may bring and, I felt the subdued passion of hope, as the teasing dreams of a better future dangle tantalisingly a fingertip away.

As I said at the beginning, I am a hard person to please when it comes to reading, which is why I rarely write reviews.

Enough said.

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