Sunday, November 30, 2014

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume Two) by Mary Ann Bernal is on Amazon UK!


Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume Two) by Mary Ann Bernal is available on Amazon.UK

Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.” 


Madeline’s personal feelings clouds her judgment in Broken Promises where she must choose between love and obeying the law. When the guilty walk, a vigilante executes the criminals in Deception. Endgame finds a government researcher running for her life after discovering a horrific CIA secret in the isolated facility. A modern day Don Juan’s life is turned upside down in Malice when he is falsely accused of rape. In The Portrait, Holliday is obsessed with a formidable ancestor whose spirit wishes to possess her soul. 


                                                                           senseslost.com

My Review

Mary Ann Bernal’s second volume of Scribbler Tales is filled with stories of human nature at its finest and certainly at its worse. These pieces are sure to intrigue and inspire. The writing is flawless and the characters were all unique and yet life-like.  The author has a way with words and setting a scene that makes you feel that you are among the characters. Her stories bring you to another place and are always a good escape into the unknown.

Broken Promises is a story about Madeline who has romantic feelings for her boss Nathan. This is a great story of deceit. The turns had me emotionally involved. I was swept away into the drama.

In Deception what happens when a movie star is murdered will surprise you. Waiting for this killer to make a mistake. It’s just a matter of time. This is a mystery that I was hoping would be solved.
Endgame is a wildly entertaining story where nothing is as it seems. Grabbed my attention and held on until the end. This is a pretty incredible story.
In Malice Andrew seems to have a lot to offer. No problem getting the attention from the opposite sex. He loved the chase but grew tired of his conquest. Somehow to his misfortune.
The last story, The Portrait is a powerful read. Evil lurks! What will a woman do to preserve her dynasty? Great fun.

Quote from Endgame ~
"Sandy was running on pure adrenalin, her breathing was shallow and rapid as she edged closer to the road.  She was almost there, she could see the pavement and lights - car lights.  The car screeched to a halt as Sandy ran into the road, but the driver was not quick enough on the brakes, and she fell unconscious to the ground."

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume One)





Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.” 

In “Desperate Measures,” you will learn of human cloning experiments gone awry. “Forbidden Lore” beckons Arianna and Ethan into a haunted cemetery where you
will discover how they survive the night. Star-crossed lovers who refuse to accept the inevitable rise to a surprise ending in “Forever Lost.” In “The Hourglass,” the weakness of human character is exposed when Flair makes a covenant with the Devil. “Sail with Me” is a slice of life read about the confessions of a military brat who changes his life against all the odds. 


My Review

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories by Mary Ann Bernal, all dark, are written in such a way that you have to read more. The author crafts stories that pull her readers in. Wanting more but getting just enough. There is great skill that goes into her stories but she seems to write with ease. The words flow effortlessly. This is a smart collection that kept me guessing. Slices of life that no matter how far fetched feel authentic.

Desperate Measures is sharp. Hauntingly realistic. This is an interesting story about cloning. Quite chilling and entertainingly good.

Forbidden Lore is the story of Ethan and Arianna a married couple who met on 9 11. This is an intriguing story that kept me guessing and glued to the page. Nothing is as it seems and I was brought into the mystery that was Forbidden Lore.


Forever Lost is such a beautifully written, emotional tale that played out like scenes in a movie. There is love and there is deceit. This is a love story.

Sail with Me caught my attention. I love the conversational style of this story. Right in your face. A story of a military brat. This is Aaron’s story. A coming-of-age story of sorts. I was very touched.

In The Hourglass Flair knew her fate. She watched the hourglass knowing Death was at her feet. Flair held the secret from her husband Brice. This is a beautiful creative story that moved me.

Quote~

“Death’s laughter echoed sinisterly throughout the eerily still cave that rocked beneath the thunderous roar of nature’s wrath as the tempest raged outside.  Flair glared at her nemesis as she removed the dagger on Brice’s belt and flashed it before her amused opponent.”

Bio

I fell in love with medieval England after I read Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name but a few. Add to the mix Camelot and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
The Briton and the Dane novels are set in Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue, and complicated relationships during a time of war and conquest. Resource material such as book club discussion items, glossary of terms, period maps and character lists are available for download at http://www.maryannbernal.com.

To Purchase Mary Ann Bernal's novels, visit her author page at:
Amazon US
 Amazon France
 Amazon Germany
  Barnes and Noble

Links

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MKSP Black Friday/Cyber Monday Book Bash


It’s that time of the year again! 

Master Koda Select Publishing is holding their annual MKSP Black Friday/Cyber Monday Book Bash. More than 35 authors giving books for 1.99 or less for this event only! Checkout fantastic titles here: 



You will also be given the chance to win a $100 gift card by entering this rafflecopter once a day from Nov 28th to Dec 1st!

All my books will be discounted to 99¢ for the event... and so many more!



There will be games and prizes so you don't want to miss out on this fun event going on Friday, Novemeber 28 - Monday, December 2.










Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brilliant Books Inspires Young Readers! My Interview with Mark Barry


Mark Barry  otherwise known as Wiz Green joins me today. I wanted him to talk about a children’s literacy project that he has been working on called Brilliant Books. This wonderful project is funded by the U.K. Big Lottery Fund.


Since we can’t can’t sit down together for high tea in some fancy London restaurant I have to settle for this interview here on my blog. My dream is for that to happen. Of course the talented historical fiction writer, Mary Ann Bernal is invited too. We might have to fight over the sweets though I am sure there will be enough for all.
Mark Barry is the the king of blogs in my opinion. His posts will blow you away. On his website The Wizard’s Cauldron, he does fabulous interviews with authors and other creative people. Mark has a great mind and it appears in his books. His novels are far from ordinary. I call him brilliant but he is far too modest for that tittle.
He is the author of The Night Porter, Carla and Ultra-Violence among other works of contemporary fiction and the proprietor of Green Wizard Publishing, a company dedicated to publishing innovative, independent writing.

I have come to love and admire this man and hearing that he was involved in something so meaning added to my admiration.

BP:  Mark, please tell us about Brilliant Books.

MB: Once upon a time, my colleague, Phil Pidluznyj, and me, who run Empleo Community Interest Company were bemoaning the apparent lack of interest in reading amongst children in the inner cities; working class kids, normal kids, particularly boys, and so we contacted the Big Lottery Fund with a proposal to encourage reading and they decided to fund us. 

That proposal is Brilliant Books. Here is how it works. Successful people visit a group of around twenty youngsters in schools, identified by teachers as reluctant readers and then give a talk. We buy important books from the person’s childhood and lots more recent stuff for the kids to take home. Then, in the second half of the session, the kids break up into small groups and work with specialist mentors. The work they create is collected into an anthology they can keep forever. We give out our first Brilliant Books anthology to nineteen completers of the first project next Wednesday in front of 500 of their peers. 

It’s about role modelling. The hosts we’ve invited include a top romance writer (Georgia Rose), a brilliant robotics designer, a music journalist, a top PR professional and an MP, Chris Leslie, who opened the programme. 

                                                                              Georgia Rose

We have John Collins opening the next course in January. John is the leader of Nottingham City Council, which is like the Mayor of the OC, Brenda, so we’re buzzing about that. He’s a serious player and the kids will see that to get where he is, the top of the greasy pole, you need to read – you need to have the imagination that comes from reading fiction, something that John is going to confirm.

                                                         Phil Pidluznyj and Mrs. Pearce

BP: That sounds pretty darn amazing. It's so good of you all to give your time and efforts to such a noble cause. I love it! So I want to know what inspired you to get involved in children’s books?

MB: I love reading, Brenda, as you know, and it disturbs me when kids prefer video games. Did you know in one game, Grand Theft Auto, there is an option for a player to beat a prostitute to death with a baseball bat? What’s all that about, Brenda? Tell me what moral framework allows that to happen? Its an obscenity. And please. Don’t give me the standard game company answer about GTA is an 18 plus game. I’ve seen eight year olds play it. When I saw my then stepson carry out that virtual activity, I immediately stopped him and I was shocked at the psychopathic tendencies of the designer of that game. I wrote a letter to Rock Star Games. Obviously, I got no reply. 

A great kids writer like Roald Dahl, whose imagination was equally dark, would never have resorted to that horror and he created a cornucopia of work which uplifted the imagination of so many kids and it hurts to see him ignored by large swathes of people in favour of these violent video games. It’s no wonder, Brenda, that our two nations have problems with young people and violence and it doesn’t take too much imagination on our behalf to see that children have been brutalized and desensitized to death and aggression by these video games. So, there’s another reason I got involved. I want to help…I need to deal with this. Books are positive and clever. I wrote about the differences between books and video games on my Inkspokes interview, which your readers may like to read. 


BP: That is an exceptional interview. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

MB: I am a natural intervener, Brenda. I am always shocked to see so many people just saying, well, gee, its, like, what little Johnny wants to do, so, like, totally let him play the games and stuff.  I’m having none of that. I’m in like Flynn.

                                                               Dr. Paul Beardsley of Disney
BP: I couldn't agree with you more. I am not a mom but I can relate. I could see it in eleven year old Rex, my boyfriend's grandson. Getting him to read would be like pulling teeth. Quite literally! He and other kids spend so much time playing mindless video games that they have no interst in reading or playing outside. It's really sad. 
So Mark, where would you like to go with Brilliant Books?

MB: Hard core schools. That school off the Michelle Pfieffer film “Dangerous Minds”. Fenn Street. Grange Hill. I want to address those fourteen year old kids who haven’t read a book since Huey Lewis and the News. If ever. I want to get in there and preach and evangelise and change minds. I want to talk books, Brenda. Lord of the Flies, War Horse, the dark horror of Roald Dahl, Of Mice and Men, even the work of Anthony Horowitz, Sebastian Faulk’s new James Bond adventures, Charlie Higson. And then I want to get them writing about their lives. A cathartic exercise. Relationships, rivalries, families, pressures. Growing up. And I want them to read from the anthology we all create. This is personal, btw. I know Phil wants to work with eleven year olds in two other Nottingham schools first and I’m working on the bid for that. I’ve got time. I would also like to deliver Brilliant Books in the US, if you know any rich geezers who’d like to fund it. 

I know you and “Bo” will put us up if there’s a school close by  ha ha. You can even come and teach your brilliant Faction and Memoir stuff, Brenda. 

BP: Oh, without a doubt Mark. We will set you up. ;-)
Rich geezers? Ha. Too funny. I think you are the only one who has ever called my work faction. See how brilliant you are? Love it!
So how has the response been thus far?

MB: Well, fifteen out of the nineteen kids stayed every session of the whole eight weeks and we completed the anthology, which is fantastic. Some lovely work from the pupils. When we told them that last time was the last session, some were genuinely upset. We began to lose a couple toward the end to the rival attractions of football (soccer, which is a plague in this country for many traditional activities, including cricket), and a couple of girls point blank didn’t want to do attend any more (we don’t know why as yet), but at the same time, several hard core reluctant readers produced some exciting stuff for us and took books home for the first time ever. It’s been a definite success as far as I am concerned. These kids performed miracles and that was down to Phil, Shellie and Anona who worked with the kids every week and the guests whose enthusiasm was palpable and transmitted brilliantly. The response of all my friends, including you, Nelson at Inkspokes who interviewed me last week, all the Monday Bloggers, and our friends Rebecca, Terry, Georgia and Emma have been incredible. I think there is a huge need for a project like this. A project to show that reading is the business, an exciting way a young person can spend their time instead of yet another session on COD or FIFA. A world without readers would be a mechanical world, Brenda, a world without warmth and imagination. I can’t imagine anything worse – we all need to get behind inititatives like this.

                                                                  Shellie working with the kids

BP: That is so wonderful. Totally inspiring and motivating! What can people do to help you with your mission?

MB: Get behind your local school. Do something similar. Talk to the Governors. We’ll talk to anyone who wants to on e-mail. We’ll advise. We’ll help with the funding applications. We’ll even franchise the marketing and the name, Brilliant Books, which is fantastic – Phil’s invention. I’ll help with the final product. 

You can also buy a copy of the anthology for your bookshelf here. The profits (approximately a pound/a dollar fifty) will go to buy more stuff for the kids of Seely. 

BP: Thank you so much for joining me today. You are all doing such a fantasic thing for kids and our future. You have my blessing. For sure.


The Scribes Of Seely Anthology on Amazon


Brilliant Books can be found at the Brilliant Books Blog.
You may also connect with Mark Barry via Twitter and The Wizard’s Cauldron blog and learn more about his books via his Amazon author’s page.






Red Hunter (Blood Hunters Book One) by Jennifer Loiske is now on Amazon.com

The hunt is not over! 

The story of Samantha Green (Blood Hunters Book One)continues in this fast-paced, utterly absorbing new series. Red Hunter, book one of the Blood Hunters series, takes up the story where the Immortal Blood series ended, yet is a complete stand-alone series that does not require prior knowledge of the Immortal Blood series. 

For a second, Samantha, ‘Sam’, Green thought she could finally put her past behind her and concentrate on the future. She thought she was being given a second chance and that something exciting was looming ahead. But with a past like hers, she really couldn’t have a future until those wanting to kill her were dead, or even then… 

Nothing in Sam’s new life is what it seems. She’s being tossed around with the evil twins Alexander and Benjamin, the drool-worthy fighters assigned to take her vampire instincts to a whole new level. Dane and Sam … their relationship can only be described as complicated. In an epic way. And Kieran, sweet, blue-eyed servant, friend, and something like a little brother to Sam, is drawn into the middle of a game that the lunatic master vampires are steering arbitrarily. 

Can Sam survive or is she only a pawn in a delusional game that no one can win? Can she beat her enemies at their own game without losing herself on the way? And what happens when she is introduced to the Hunter society? 



My Review

“I just don’t know if we’re too broken to be fixed.”

Red Hunter by Jennifer Loiske

What I like the most is Jennifer Loiske’s writing is her right to the point delivery. She does not waste words but hand selects them to fit the content ever so perfectly.

I am a great fan of everything and anything that this author has written. That being said, I have come to enjoy the hot vampires with their indescribable good looks and edgy attitudes.

I love the main characters demeanor followed by her fragile exterior. She is many things. Complicated and other worldly. And yet I relate to her so perfectly. She is everything I strive to be an more. Well, leaving out the blood sucking. I would pass on that aspect. Just a personal preference. 

There is power in the writing and this book, Red Hunter is no exception. Jennifer Loiske calls it as it is. I love a strong female lead and maybe that is what draws me in. These books have something special and whether you like a blood thirsty demon or not, I highly recommend checking these books out yourself. Can’t imagine a better escape. Not even James Bond can hold a candle to the irresistible Dane.


                                             Demon Girl by OnTheEdgeXD
Quote ~


“Dane was so quiet and I wondered what was going on inside of his head. Did he regret coming with me or was he happy here? Okay, him being happy right now was probably a lost hope since even I couldn’t actually say I was happy. Not when my future lay wide open and I wasn’t sure if that was so good thing. I decided to push my luck and carefully slid my fingers between his. He didn’t pull his hand away, which was a small victory, so I pushed a bit more and leaned my head on his shoulder. He froze, but let me stay there.”


Bio

Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town at the southwest coast. She is a workaholic Teen/Young Adult author, a lover of dark fantasy, teen movies, chips and candies and warm sunny days. Jennifer is a huge supporter of a charity work and a big part of her royalties goes to charity, too. Mainly to help families with epileptic children but also to the epilepsy units in the hospitals.
More about Jennifer: www.roguehouse.net



Links
Red Hunter on Amazon
US
UK

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume Two) by Mary Ann Bernal is available on Amazon.com


Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume Two) by Mary Ann Bernal 

Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.” 


Madeline’s personal feelings clouds her judgment in Broken Promises where she must choose between love and obeying the law. When the guilty walk, a vigilante executes the criminals in Deception. Endgame finds a government researcher running for her life after discovering a horrific CIA secret in the isolated facility. A modern day Don Juan’s life is turned upside down in Malice when he is falsely accused of rape. In The Portrait, Holliday is obsessed with a formidable ancestor whose spirit wishes to possess her soul. 



         Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958)  Portrait of a Woman 1905

My Review

Mary Ann Bernal’s second volume of Scribbler Tales is filled with stories of human nature at its finest and certainly at its worse. These pieces are sure to intrigue and inspire. The writing is flawless and the characters were all unique and yet life-like.  The author has a way with words and setting a scene that makes you feel that you are among the characters. Her stories bring you to another place and are always a good escape into the unknown.

Broken Promises is a story about Madeline who has romantic feelings for her boss Nathan. This is a great story of deceit. The turns had me emotionally involved. I was swept away into the drama.

In Deception what happens when a movie star is murdered will surprise you. Waiting for this killer to make a mistake. It’s just a matter of time. This is a mystery that I was hoping would be solved.
Endgame is a wildly entertaining story where nothing is as it seems. Grabbed my attention and held on until the end. This is a pretty incredible story.
In Malice Andrew seems to have a lot to offer. No problem getting the attention from the opposite sex. He loved the chase but grew tired of his conquest. Somehow to his misfortune.
The last story, The Portrait is a powerful read. Evil lurks! What will a woman do to preserve her dynasty? Great fun.

Quote from Endgame ~
"Sandy was running on pure adrenalin, her breathing was shallow and rapid as she edged closer to the road.  She was almost there, she could see the pavement and lights - car lights.  The car screeched to a halt as Sandy ran into the road, but the driver was not quick enough on the brakes, and she fell unconscious to the ground."

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume One)





Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.” 

In “Desperate Measures,” you will learn of human cloning experiments gone awry. “Forbidden Lore” beckons Arianna and Ethan into a haunted cemetery where you
will discover how they survive the night. Star-crossed lovers who refuse to accept the inevitable rise to a surprise ending in “Forever Lost.” In “The Hourglass,” the weakness of human character is exposed when Flair makes a covenant with the Devil. “Sail with Me” is a slice of life read about the confessions of a military brat who changes his life against all the odds. 


My Review

Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories by Mary Ann Bernal, all dark, are written in such a way that you have to read more. The author crafts stories that pull her readers in. Wanting more but getting just enough. There is great skill that goes into her stories but she seems to write with ease. The words flow effortlessly. This is a smart collection that kept me guessing. Slices of life that no matter how far fetched feel authentic.

Desperate Measures is sharp. Hauntingly realistic. This is an interesting story about cloning. Quite chilling and entertainingly good.

Forbidden Lore is the story of Ethan and Arianna a married couple who met on 9 11. This is an intriguing story that kept me guessing and glued to the page. Nothing is as it seems and I was brought into the mystery that was Forbidden Lore.


Forever Lost is such a beautifully written, emotional tale that played out like scenes in a movie. There is love and there is deceit. This is a love story.

Sail with Me caught my attention. I love the conversational style of this story. Right in your face. A story of a military brat. This is Aaron’s story. A coming-of-age story of sorts. I was very touched.

In The Hourglass Flair knew her fate. She watched the hourglass knowing Death was at her feet. Flair held the secret from her husband Brice. This is a beautiful creative story that moved me.

Quote~

“Death’s laughter echoed sinisterly throughout the eerily still cave that rocked beneath the thunderous roar of nature’s wrath as the tempest raged outside.  Flair glared at her nemesis as she removed the dagger on Brice’s belt and flashed it before her amused opponent.”

Bio

I fell in love with medieval England after I read Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name but a few. Add to the mix Camelot and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
The Briton and the Dane novels are set in Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue, and complicated relationships during a time of war and conquest. Resource material such as book club discussion items, glossary of terms, period maps and character lists are available for download at http://www.maryannbernal.com.

To Purchase Mary Ann Bernal's novels, visit her author page at:

  Amazon US
 Amazon UK
 Amazon France
 Amazon Germany
  Barnes and Noble

Links





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Scribbler Tales (Volume One) now available on Audible



 Narrated by Roberto Scarlato


 “Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.”


In Desperate Measures, Audrey learns of Paul’s duplicity when human cloning experiments go awry.  Forbidden Lore beckons Arianna and Ethan into a haunted cemetery where they are confronted by a gathering of witches with evil intent .  Adrian must challenge his father to marry Rina or suffer the fate of star-crossed lovers in Forever Lost.  In The Hourglass,Flair makes a covenant with the Devil to keep Brice alive.  Aaron reflects upon his childhood as a military brat in Sail with Me.

My review


Scribbler Tales: A Collection of Short Stories (Volume One) by Mary Ann Bernal, all dark, are written in such a way that you have to read more. The author crafts stories that pull her readers in. Wanting more but getting just enough. There is great skill that goes into her stories but she seems to write with ease. The words flow effortlessly. This is a smart collection that kept me guessing. Slices of life that no matter how far fetched feel authentic.

Desperate Measures is sharp. Hauntingly realistic. This is an interesting story about cloning. Quite chilling and entertainingly good.

Forbidden Lore is the story of Ethan and Arianna a married couple who met on 9 11. This is an intriguing story that kept me guessing and glued to the page. Nothing is as it seems and I was brought into the mystery that was Forbidden Lore.

Forever Lost is such a beautifully written, emotional tale that played out like scenes in a movie. There is love and there is deceit. This is a love story.

Sail with Me caught my attention. I love the conversational style of this story. Right in your face. A story of a military brat. This is Aaron’s story. A coming-of-age story of sorts. I was very touched.

In The Hourglass Flair knew her fate. She watched the hourglass knowing Death was at her feet. Flair held the secret from her husband Brice. This is a beautiful creative story that moved me.

Quote~


“Death’s laughter echoed sinisterly throughout the eerily still cave that rocked beneath the thunderous roar of nature’s wrath as the tempest raged outside. Flair glared at her nemesis as she removed the dagger on Brice’s belt and flashed it before her amused opponent.”



                                           Bio

I fell in love with medieval England after I read Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name but a few. Add to the mix Camelot and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
The Briton and the Dane novels are set in Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue, and complicated relationships during a time of war and conquest. Resource material such as book club discussion items, glossary of terms, period maps and character lists are available for download at http://www.maryannbernal.com.


Mary Ann is a New York “expat,” and currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska.