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Comment by Evan Ostryzniuk on March 10, 2013 at 11:59am

Good day to you all!

I am pleased to announce that my second novel - Of Fathers and Sons: Geoffrey Hotspur and the Este Inheritance - came out on March 7.

Italy 1395. The Este lands are vulnerable. The death of the Marquis of Ferrara, Alberto d'Este, has left his eleven-year-old son, Niccolo, as sole direct heir. Though born out of wedlock, the pope himself has legitimized Niccolo’s birth, but in an age when grea lords ruled by sword as much as by law, having a boy lead the family can be a sign of weakness.

Made unhappy by the father, some Este vassals want to humble the son, and they see their opportunity in Niccolo’s insecure minority rule. Championing their cause is the head of a reduced branch of the Este clan who is not only a famous condottiere, but also a captain of the ambitious lord of Milan. Fearing that the defeat of Niccolo will lead to a shift in the already fragile balance of power in favor of the over mighty Milan, the city-states of Florence, Venice and Padua have combined to try and keep the Este inheritance in the boy’s hands.

Of Fathers and Sons is the second book in the English Free Company series set in the late Middle Ages. The Company is led by the skilled but reckless Geoffrey Hotspur, an orphan-squire and ward of the mighty Duke of Lancaster, whose driving ambition is to become a knight. Before Henry won his miraculous victory at Agincourt, before the Borgias became infamous, before Constantinople fell to the Turks, there was Geoffrey Hotspur, a man as tall as Charlemagne and possessing a sword that rivaled Excalibur.

Geoffrey and Niccolo are confronted by the same questions: How can an orphan find his place in a society informed by patriarchal relations? For how long must a son follow the wishes of his father? When does the boy become the man?

Anyone who enjoys the stories of Bernard Cornwall and Jan Guillou will  find more than an echo of their exuberant prose and lively characters in   Of Fathers and Sons: Geoffrey Hotspur and the Este Inheritance. Supported with extensive research done by a professional historian, Of Fathers and Sons utilizes true personages and events to weave a vivid tapestry of this exciting time.

About the author

Evan Ostryzniuk was born and raised in Canada. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A. in History and Modern Languages and an M.A. in History, Evan crossed the ocean to do post-graduate work at the University of Cambridge, concluding four years of research with a doctoral thesis on the Russian Revolution. He then found his way to Eastern Europe, where he took up positions as a magazine editor, university lecturer and analyst in the financial services sector before rising in the ranks of the publishing industry to become Editor-in-Chief of a popular weekly. Evan currently resides in Kyiv, Ukraine near a large candy factory. He travels extensively, including to the locations of his novels.

Book details:

Publication date: March 7, 2013

Word count: 128,000

Genre: historical fiction, war, action & adventure

Available From: Knox Robinson Publishing

Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-9084831-5-7

Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-9084831-6-4

Comment by Randy Turner on March 10, 2013 at 11:06am

For the next four days, I am offering free copies of the e-book, Scars from the Tornado: One Year at Joplin East Middle School. The book features first person accounts written by me and by the students at Joplin East Middle School, where I teach eighth grade English, covering our experiences during the May 22, 2011, Joplin Tornado, which killed 161 people and destroyed our building, and our first year in a warehouse school. I would like to make sure that the experiences of these wonderful young people are never forgotten, so please pass the word about these free books. Thank you.

Comment by Book Buzz on March 10, 2013 at 10:57am

To Probe A Beating Heart
by John B. Wren
Publisher: John B. Wren; 2 edition
ISBN: 978-0988937109
Published: March 2013
Pages: 302
Genre: Psychological Thrillers
Format available for review: Kindle

In the autumn of 1991, a young girl disappears from a Cleveland Heights, Ohio neighborhood. She was last seen talking to a man as the clouds opened and a rain began. Th e only witness is an elderly woman whose description of the possible kidnapper could fit any number of people. As police, friends and family search the immediate area for Annette, she is taken farther away and becomes one of the predator’s early victims.

Over the course of the next several years, along the interstate 90 corridor between Toledo, Ohio, and Albany, New York, a number of young girls disappear without a trace. Jim McLarry, Annette’s cousin and a rookie cop with the Cleveland Heights police force, pursues his own investigation of the missing girls in hopes of finding his cousin. As he feeds information to the detectives assigned to the case, McLarry demonstrates his ability as an investigator.

Years earlier, a boy, born and raised in difficult circumstances, determined that he will kill his adoptive mother and sister. Each summer a new victim is another rehearsal for his intended goal. As he plans and executes his annual killings, he leaves virtually no clues. Only little mistakes, the dogged determination of the Cleveland Heights cop and the intervention of Annette’s extended family, the Clan, lead to Averell’s downfall.

To Probe a Beating Heart is a fictional, but realistic study in the creation of a killer. The monster that Averell has become must be stopped and if the authorities cannot make that happen, the Clan will.

For review copies contact:

John B Wren

Comment by Book Buzz on March 10, 2013 at 10:57am

Ruins of the Mind: The Ancient Curse
by Craig A Wright
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1478710684
Published: March 2013
Pages: 328
Genre: Horror

The world has become a cold, hard place to live – a place where freedom is found only in the departure from living. Its people are enslaved by fear, suffering, and chaos, and even Mother Nature is at war with herself. Earth has become a giant graveyard of destruction, all thanks to an unspeakably evil curse. The beginning of the new world order started the moment Professor Goldsmith pushed off the gold marbled lid from a sarcophagus in a tomb hidden deep within the Sahara desert. An ancient curse was released upon mankind and all life on Earth, causing reality to crumble into chaos. Only the strong survive in this new world. But one man holds the key to free the future from the past, and his journey becomes a test of free will. Ruins of the Mind is his story – a sweeping saga of courage, love, loss, and pain.

For review copies contact:

Craig Wright

Comment by Book Buzz on March 10, 2013 at 10:57am

A Beautiful, Glittering Lie
by J. D. R. Hawkins
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1469771748
Published: March 2012
Pages: 204
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format available for review: print

This book was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. Half of America fights for the Confederate cause; the other, for unification. Rebel forces have already seized Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, a new Confederate president has been elected, and the Constitution has been revised. In northern Alabama, a farmer and father of three decides to enlist. For Hiram Summers, it is the end of everything he has ever known.

After Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment, he is quickly thrust into combat. His son, David, who must stay behind, searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. Meanwhile, Caroline—Hiram’s wife and David’s mother—struggles to keep up with the farm as her world revolves around the letters she receives from her husband, whom she misses dearly. As Hiram and his son discover the true meaning of war, they soon realize that their choices have torn their family apart.

In this historical tale, the naivete of a young country is tested, a father sacrifices everything to defend his home, and a young man longs for adventure—regardless of the perilous cost.

For review copies contact:

J. D. R. Hawkins

Comment by Richard Moran on March 10, 2013 at 1:59am

" Hi everyone!

My name is Richard Moran and I'm a brand new author in the world of novel writing. Let me just say that I have a wild, but great imagination and I always loved to tell stories. This goes back to Jr High School and my love for comic books, action movies and fantasy cartoons like Thundercats, He-Man, Ducktales, etc.

Besides going to college to study art, this is the one thing I want to just for the love of it! And I'm proud to say that my dream is coming true. My first novel is being released this week on 3-13-13!! I posted my trailer page on my book, The Angelites - Book One. If you want to take a look I'd love to hear your feedback! 

Take care everyone and good luck!!


Comment by Robin Leigh Morgan on March 10, 2013 at 12:01am

My debut YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled "I Kissed a Ghost" is a sweet story which will also appeal to preteens.  Don't take my word for it, read the review my book got from Micki Peluso on

The link to my book on Amazon is =

Comment by thawilsonMAG on March 9, 2013 at 3:09pm
Comment by Keta Diablo on March 9, 2013 at 1:22pm

Good Morning all!

HIS ALONE released an erotica BDSM Novella. WARNING: Explicit language and sex scenes

Here's the blurb:
Cleo has a problem. When she met Elliott, the maestro of Doms, eight months ago, he laid out the rules - no questions, no whining, and definitely no ties. But the lines blurred somewhere along the line and she crossed them. Now, she's in over her head with feelings for the beautiful man she shouldn't covet. For her own preservation, she must end their weekly sessions and eat her heart in the process. But her Dom has problems of his own. Has he stepped over the same hazy boundaries?
Bondage. Submission. Decadence.



Nook UK:



Thanks so much for reading, Keta 

Comment by Lorie Ham on March 9, 2013 at 1:05pm

Up in Kings River Life Magazine today we have a lot of St. Patrick's Day mystery fun & a lot of reviews & giveaways. We have a St. Patrick's Day mystery short story by C.A. Rowland

Some St. Patrick's Day mystery reading suggestions from Sharon Tucker

 And while not really a mystery short story, mystery writer Gail Farrelly shares a fun little St. Patrick's Day spoof with us

We also have a review of Naomi Hirahara's new mystery novel,"Strawberry Yellow" a chance to win a copy of the book & info on her upcoming booksigning in Redondo Beach

Also we have a review of Tina Whittle's latest mystery novel "Blood, Ash, and Bone," a guest post from Tina about her southern setting, & you can enter to win a copy of the book

If you are a dog lover you won't want to miss our review & giveaway of "Life With McDuff: Lessons I Learned From A Therapy Dog"

 Lastly, over on KRL Lite we have a review of Jenny Milchman's mystery novel "Cover of Snow" & a chance to win a copy of the book

Also don't miss our video interview with Amber Benson of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" fame about her new book & future projects

 Happy reading & happy St. Patrick's Day. One more St. Patrick's Day mystery short story coming later in the week


Lorie Ham



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