Friday, December 9, 2016

Shelley Young – THE BATTLE OF EIGLEXX - 4-BOOK BOXED SET is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

Today the HBS Author's Spotlight is showcasing Shelley Young's boxset: THE BATTLE OF EIGLEXX. Four full length Science Fiction & Fantasy novels. These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Authors for the Kindle at Amazon.

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THE BATTLE OF EIGLEXX

4-BOOK BOXED SET


Author: Shelley Young

AVAILABLE at Amazon


Four books. An entire series that has it all: alien invasion, alien abduction, man versus alien species, revenge, betrayal, apocalypse, post-apocalypse, Armageddon, and a pinch of steamy romance. One low price on Kindle preorder. Good reading that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat.

No one is prepared when the invasion occurs. It happens from the ground and the sky at the same time from the aliens living with us and those that have newly arrived. Within minutes, militaries bases in every country are destroyed, and so are major bridges. These aliens have taken over our electricity. We no longer have cell phones or means of communication. Our government leaders are running like everyone else. Humanity is being slaughtered in large numbers. Where are our loved ones? Are they still alive? Where have all of the children gone?

We have become the hunted and there’s no place safe to hide.

The aliens didn’t come alone. They brought plants and animals from their planet as deadly as they are to change our world to look how they want it to be. Some of us are turning against each other. Earth is first thrown back into the Dark Ages. Soon wild forests thrive in our abandoned cities, deserts and even the ocean. If that isn’t bad enough, some of the aliens are also turning against each other, releasing amongst the rest of humanity a new breed of species that all you can do when you see them is scream and run. Still, some of us refuse to give up. This is our planet, and we intend on getting it back any way we can. The good thing is an esper by the name of Ericka Martin has seen the future. She knows the secret for us all to win. Together we are strong, and we have something to teach any alien who come to our planet in an attempt to claim it as their own; and that lesson is there’s another species in the galaxies to reckon with, and that species is known as Man.

The Battle of Eiglexx. Let the war begin, and may Man live to brag about it for all eternity.


Author Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Historical, Mainstream, Erotica

Website: Shelley Young - Amazon International Bestselling Author
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Author Description:
Shelley Young is an Amazon International Bestseller in crime, romance and suspense. Compared often as a mash-up of two of the best thriller and erotica authors, her thriller, suspense and mystery novels have been downloaded from Canada to Australia in eBook form. A book club favorite, each of her novels were nominated as best Indie book of 2014 in its genre. The author of the Dardian Dreshaj novels, who fans have dubbed its leading character as 'a man all men dream of being and all women want to love,' she's also a writer of mystery, as well as historical. Look for her historical series scheduled to be released in 2016 and two more crime thrillers scheduled for release in the first part of 2015.

Dardian Dreshaj has lived twelve years solely during the night. A handsome, Albanian immigrant who loves as passionately as he kills, he IS the highest paid contract killer in America.

Bad doctor, good nurse is a lethal combination. For Dr. Andreus Solomon Tell, who has a temperament as dark as his well-kept secret, it's no wonder women are falling head-over-heels dead in the small town of Plain Dealing where he lives. Is he a murderer? Can he be tamed? Is his persuasive mannerism potent enough to fool everyone around him?

If you enjoy novels of crime, investigations and a touch of heat levels four and five erotica, novels with characters you can't help falling for and cheering for them every step of the way, you'll love the writings of this author. She currently resides in So California with her family.



THE BABISIAN BOX

Book one of The Battle of Eiglexx.


Author: Shelley Young

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Two truths were discovered.

1. They’ve always been amongst us.
2. Our government did keep them a secret.

A simple mission: find a family lost in the wilderness of Blue Trees Mountain.

Nine people prepared for the mission, but soon after it began two wilderness guides, one county police officer, three Army soldiers, the son of a gambler with a high I.Q., one contracted aviator specialist and a famous esper discover the secret the American government has kept secret for years. Fearing the secret, running is all they can think about. The only problem is there’s nowhere to escape.

It’s not a simple alien invasion. It’s well-thought out and not too many people saw it coming.

The Babisian race proves within minutes they’re stronger, more powerful and possibly more intelligent. But there’s one good thing in Earth’s horizon. Someone has already prepared and that someone is responsible for it all. And he’s not alone. Ericka Martin can see the future and what she sees may be the only help for the survival of the human race. Callum Horn is seventeen, angry and fearless. Farzad Emir has one huge score to settle.

The Babisian Box. Because of it humans are no longer the most dominant on their planet, but a selected species to be dominated.



THE RISE OF THE EIGLEXX

Book two in The Battle of Eiglexx series


Author: Shelley Young

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Captured during the Battle of Missoula, and the Ceremony of the Bond now complete, Ericka must rely on her physical capabilities if she wants to live long enough to return to her ever-growing, rag-tag army of human survivors.

The Babisianx are moving forward in their goal of complete domination.

Humans aren’t allowing the lack of electricity, running gas and water stop them from fighting back. Earth is theirs, and they’re doing all they can to get her back, only to discover the Babisianx hadn’t come to Earth alone. They brought other alien species with them, and some of these species want nothing more than to sink their teeth into human flesh.

But humans have something that King Sammo has ignored, and that’s a strong will to survive and the strength to never give up. Known as the Spirit of Eiglexx, it rises as human survivors get primitive in their defenses against the aliens.

Ericka soon discovers that living amongst the enemy has it rewards. America has a secret, and that secret can blow the aliens out of our world. Now all she has to do is somehow get that secret back to her army, and the key to making this happen may be in the one person she least expect.

Prince Hamut is the most powerful of the Babisianx, and the same person she’s been given to as a mate. Will he help her achieve her goal or is his bond with the King of Babis stronger than anyone suspects?



THE BIRTH OF A CORSAI

Book three in The Battle of Eiglexx series


Author: Shelley Young

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Earth has been under Babisian domination an entire year. Ericka’s rag-tag army has finally gotten her back, but the Ericka Martin that had been taken from them by the Babisianx isn’t the Ericka that’s been returned.

Genetic alterations can be seen in her physical appearance, along with something that is growing inside her stomach. Fearful they may have made the wrong choice by getting her back, many inside her growing army want nothing more than to be rid of her. The decision becomes more complex when it’s discovered that undead species are living outside of Blue Trees – zombie aliens and humans with far too much intelligence and strength than they should have. Farzad, Callum, Szwedko, Ace and James would rather keep Ericka with them and take their chances on what she gives birth to. It’s then a decision is made, and that decision is none other than bring in the most powerful Babisian of them all: Prince Hamut.

The discovery of undead species also takes the King of Babis off guard. None of King Sammo’s plans in conquering Earth has gone as they should, and now he knows why. One of the species he has brought to Earth with him has turned against him to help Ericka and her army win the war and end Babisian domination forever. But why worry about this when he discovers that something deadlier than Babisianx will be born when Ericka gives birth?



THE EWA 8: DOMINATION TERMINATED

Fourth and last book of The Battle of Eiglexx series


Author: Shelley Young

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For six years, Earth has belonged to the aliens. No one knows where the children are. All of them had been taken during the invasion. Our beautiful planet no longer looks the same, because the aliens in charge have turned it into wastelands and vast, deadly forests. The aliens aren’t the only species that are dangerous. The plants and other alien species they have brought with them can kill man just as easily. Earth’s surviving population has nowhere to hide; those that can find themselves thrown back into the Dark Ages. With no electricity, running water or gas, or the Internet, humans are forced to hunt for each meal. Every hour of the day pictox in the sky are watching.

One woman plans on changing it all.

And her name is Ericka Martin.

For five years, she and her army seemed to have vanished. The rulers of Sammo’s New Terra, as Earth is now called, believe she’s dead. Every attempt to find her has failed. That is until she’s seen running down the center of an abandoned street alongside one of the aliens released on New Terra to live amongst the rest of humanity. Not only is she alive, her rag-tag army has grown, and in their possession are alien species and weapons that can bring Domination to an end.

But Sammo, King of the Babisianx and the ruler over New Terra, has no fear. He, too, has an army, and it, too, has grown. Both armies face each other in one of New Terra’s many abandoned cities. Ericka finds her army is outnumbered a thousand to one. But she has seen this moment in a vision before the Babisianx arrived.

It is the Battle of the Eiglexx; aliens versus man. Armed with a FDR rifle and an EDS sword, she charges her enemies with one intention: independence. Because Earth is ours, and the aliens can’t have it anymore. It’s time to get things back to the way they were, and she has the one thing to ensure our victory.

The EWA 8.

May the best species win, because freedom is worth dying for.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gillian Jackson - An Author Interview at the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Gillian Jackson. This English author writes Mystery Novels, Non-fiction books and Short Stories.



Author Genre: Mystery,Non-fiction,Short Stories

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Author Description:
I am something of an accidental author, having only begun my writing career after I turned fifty, which only goes to prove that you are never too old to follow your dream!

Combining an interest in psychology and therapeutic counselling with my new found passion for writing, I have created books which often deal with difficult contemporary issues but written with sensitivity and from a positive perspective. My first full length novel, ‘The Counsellor’ introduces Maggie Sayer, a therapeutic counsellor, and follows Maggie’s own story alongside the problems of three of her clients. Having trained in counselling myself, I include techniques which I have found powerful and interesting in the hope that my readers will find them interesting too. There are three more ‘Maggie’ novels with another on the way; more details are given on the ‘My Books’ page. ‘Abduction’ became my next project (no prizes for guessing the plot) and ‘A Measure of Time’ both full length novels. A non-fiction book and a compilation of short stories complete my current portfolio.


SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: Ask Laura. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

‘Ask Laura’ has only recently been released and so my next project is barely more than an idea and a few scribbled notes. It will be another full length novel and simultaneously features the story of a little girl and a young woman, characters which will hopefully tug at the readers’ heartstrings! This one will probably be completed by the summer of 2017 in good time for holiday reading.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? How did you build your following in your niche? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

Social media is a great tool to get my work out into the world and connect with readers. I regularly tweet ‘teasers’ for my books and also love interaction with readers and other authors. My readers provide great feedback on my novels and their recommendations help to build new followers and this contributes to the success of my writing. I use hash tags to align myself to like-minded people, a tool which also lets people know who I am and where my writing is coming from. An example of this is the wonderful ‘Clean Indie Reads’ #CR4U which tells readers that my books are free of graphic material, even though I write about some gritty contemporary issues. I also follow and have followers with whom I share other interests, mostly cats and other creatures. The same is true of Facebook, watching all those cute animal clips is a great distraction to work!

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I have had the privilege to speak at many ladies meetings, particularly the WI (women’s institute) here in the UK. The response from such speaking engagements is so encouraging and I’ve even been described on one of their web-sites as the WI’s favourite author which is quite an honour! So far these engagements have been centred around the north east of England, close to home. I love to meet readers and prospective readers and particularly enjoy the question and answer sessions at the end of each of my talks. The enthusiasm I am welcomed with is always encouraging and I am amazed at how many people I meet who have always wanted to write. It’s part of my ‘talk’ to encourage writing and I have met and helped budding authors to take that first step, whatever their time of life. My passion for writing is something I love to share and I’ve even had the opportunity to visit schools during ‘book week’ to talk about my work and encourage the next generation to develop their skills and express their ideas through the written word.

You have great covers. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

Choosing a book cover is exciting, though not always easy. I often think I could spend as much time on the cover as on the book itself! My approach to the ‘packaging’ of each book is certainly hands-on. Finding the right image to convey what the book is about can be tricky but once I’ve found what I’m looking for I pass it on to my talented son, who does an excellent job of adding text and/or colour. If it’s been a struggle to choose the image, I do consult friends and family, (my support network,) to ask for their opinions. As with the book itself, feedback on the cover is also appreciated.

You have written a novella called The First Snow of Winter. Can you tell us if it had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work? Do you feel short reads are a product of our tablets and smart phone age?

The novella ‘The First Snow of Winter’ is a recent publication in the romance genre, something quite different for me. It’s a story I started a few years ago and never finished until last summer. It was offered as an eBook to test the market and also readers reactions to a genre I don’t usually write. The jury is still out, although it has been selling steadily and feedback so far is very positive. I did actually love writing this and romance may be something I’ll revisit in the future, who knows? Short reads are ideal for e-readers and tablets and the novella (at about 100 pages) is a good read, in-between a short story and a novel. Hopefully ‘The First Snow’ will introduce my work to new readers as well as being enjoyed by my regular followers.

You have written an Anthology of 24 Short Stories called: Mr. Pinkerton. (see below) Can you tell us if they had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work? How did rolling out the Chronicles in sections work out vs. the response to the complete set?

When I began to write it was in the short story genre. I sold several short stories to women’s magazines before eventually compiling ‘Mr Pinkerton’. These stories are fun to write and hopefully fun to read as well. There are 24 stories of several genres, each one short enough to read on a journey or during a coffee break. There are a few crime stories, (including the perfect way to kill your husband,) romance and humour, all to be taken with a pinch of salt! Although they do give a flavour of my work, it seems that people buy the short stories after reading one of my novels rather than the other way round. The title story ‘Mr Pinkerton’ is a humorous story which an editor once refused because she thought it was too far-fetched. It is, however, one of the few stories based on an actual event rather than a product of my imagination. Truth really is stranger than fiction! I also love to write children’s stories, many of which are filed away in cyber space due to the fact that I am certainly no artist, and the stories need illustrating to bring them to life.

Between your book writing, blogging, marketing, family and all the other things that can get in your way, how do you manage your time? Do you have a set schedule or do you sort of play it by ear?

Yes, life is busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I do try to be disciplined in my writing but working from home, procrastination does creep in. Ideally I like to write on a morning but in reality this doesn’t always work out. Inspiration doesn’t come to order and it is often in the middle of the night that I get ideas which have eluded me during the day. Such ideas simply have to be written down as by morning they are often gone.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

Five of my books are about Maggie Sayer, a therapeutic counsellor, with each book featuring different clients with very diverse issues. They are all stand-alone novels and the first in the series, ‘The Counsellor’ has been offered free to download as a way of introducing the series. (It’s currently on offer at 99c/99p.) It has been successful in widening my readership and is something I would try again. The only non-fiction book I have written is a self-help book, ‘Moving On From Victim to Survivor’ which is perma-free. This is very much a one off, written to help adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, an issue I am passionate about. It’s an easy to read book which has helped many survivors and I hope will remain free in order to continue to do so.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

I don’t have a reader list as such. Mostly, readers connect with me using social media or by leaving a comment on my website, which has a blog page for information about new releases and special offers.

Living in England creates a unique selling and marketing situation. Where is your biggest audience? Does marketing online help in this situation?

I live in the North East of England, a beautiful place close to some stunning countryside. My novels are mostly set in this area and many local readers connect with the setting. However, recently my books have been selling better in the US rather than the UK. Perhaps they too enjoy the very English countryside. Obviously, US readers come from online marketing as do most of my UK readers. I am continuingly grateful to everyone who buys and enjoys my books. Your feedback is invaluable and my writing career has blossomed more than I ever imagined it could.



Author's Book List
Ask Laura
An agony aunt should have all the answers, drawn from the experience of her own perfect life, right? With a loving husband, two point four beautiful children and a charming home which is always neat as a pin, right? Wrong!

Laura Green’s life is hurtling downhill fast. Her husband has left her and their three children for a younger woman. She has a teenage daughter who isn’t speaking to her, and a mother who is living on another planet.

Throw into the mix a pushy, unwanted admirer and a best friend who has moved several hundred miles away and Laura is close to breaking point. Just when she thinks life couldn’t possibly get any worse, the letters begin to arrive…


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Number 34 Appleton Close
What lengths will Carol Jacob’s go to in order to escape the poverty and shame of her family home to live the kind of life she has always dreamed of, and can she achieve her goal by marriage to an older, wealthy man? When Carol’s dream begins to unravel, counsellor Maggie Sayer does her best to help, but everything is not as it seems at number 34 Appleton Close.

Lindy Baker too has struggled in her formative years. Abandoned by a drunken mother and separated from a baby brother who was her world, she finds herself in a young offender’s institute for stealing food to survive life on the streets. Will her future be blighted by her poor start in life?

Maggie sees the potential in her young client, but can she take a step back from Lindy’s situation or will her instincts and emotions take over?


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The First Snow of Winter
Victoria Patterson is in love with Josh Harper and dares to hope that she has at last found her soul mate. With the perfect job as a nurse on the ICU unit in a Manchester hospital, her future looks rosy, but is Josh really the man for her?

Sarah Jamieson is a midwife in Edinburgh and happily married with two beautiful children. Her participation in the making of a television documentary, about maternity care in Edinburgh, resurrects painful memories of one of the worst times in her life.

One cold autumn evening, an extraordinary event stuns Victoria and changes the course of her life completely, eventually bringing the two women together and fulfilling the dreams of them both.


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A Measure of Time
What would your ‘bucket list’ be if you knew when you were going to die? When Helen Reid was diagnosed with terminal cancer, time suddenly became a precious commodity and something not to be wasted. Attempting to make the most of her few remaining months, Helen plans to travel to Canada and enjoy time with family and friends. But the past is drawing her back to the very worst period in her life, to an incident which even now, years later, brings shame and regret. Is it possible for her to make restitution for that awful event which has haunted her over the years? Revisiting her home town brings Helen into contact with people she would rather not meet again but her determination spurs her on to do what should have been done forty years ago and which will hopefully bring the peace Helen so desperately needs.


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Abduction
At what point do you abandon hope?

An idyllic summer’s day, a children’s birthday party and a simple, innocent game of Hide and Seek.

What should be the happiest of occasions for the Bryson family turns into their worst nightmare as three year old Grace disappears from their own garden, devastating the family and changing their lives forever. But fourteen years later when her sister Elise sees a young woman in a department store she becomes convinced that it is Grace. How can Elise, heavily pregnant with her first child, convince her family and the police that she is not mistaken? Could Grace still be alive and if so, where has she been since disappearing, and what really happened on that summer afternoon fourteen years ago?


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Mr. Pinkerton - An Anthology of 24 Short Stories
A compilation of twenty four short stories in which you will find the many aspects of love, romantic, maternal, haunting and reflective. And there is humour, witty, tongue in cheek, or simply mischievous.

All stories are inspired by life, love, animals and chocolate. The perfect companion to tea and cake!


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The First Stone
Would winning over eight million pounds on the Lottery be your dream come true? It is for Jenny and Malcolm Grainger but their delight quickly turns into a nightmare when secrets from the past re-surface, resurrecting painful memories and provoking conflicting emotions within their family. Jenny struggles to accept what her husband has been hiding for over thirty years and with counsellor Maggie Sayer’s help begins to look at the issues from a different perspective.

For as long as she can remember, Alice has been intent on remaining single, a decision based on an unhappy childhood. There is however a vital piece of information not in her possession which may make her think again. How can she persuade her mother to reveal the truth and what will be the effect on Alice of learning this shocking secret? Alice embarks on a journey of healing and accepting the past in order to move confidently into the future.

Maggie’s involvement with these clients comes at a time when her own family need her more than ever as they are confronted with an insidious, heart breaking illness.


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Moving On... From Victim to Survivor
If you, or someone you know, has been subjected to sexual abuse in childhood then this book is for you. It has an easy to read format and is presented in a simple way, cutting through jargon to offer down to earth help and support.

Moving On From Victim to Survivor has been born out of the author’s personal experiences. It offers positive help and practical ideas for dealing with the trauma brought about by an abusive childhood. The text is purposely short with chapters which can, if desired, be dipped into rather than read from cover to cover. It is a guide to the journey of regaining your self-respect and love of life, in order to live your life as a whole person and finally shake off the shadows of the past.


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Pretence
For Rae Chapman the months before her wedding should be the happiest time of her life but the same troubling nightmare that disturbed her sleep in childhood has returned once more. Could something from the past be trying to re-surface? Are they only dreams, or long lost memories? Rae begins a journey to find out more about her past and discovers a family secret which throws her world into turmoil.

Lydia appears to have led a life of ease and privilege but now has a decision to make, one she has put off for nearly forty years and one which will shock her family and friends. As time is running out she turns to Maggie Sayer for help but is it already too late?

Linda thought she had escaped an oppressed life when her husband left, but has she simply exchanged one difficult situation for another and how can she support and protect her only child but still do the right thing?

As always, therapeutic counsellor Maggie Sayer seeks to give her best to these clients but is shocked by an unexpected turn of events in her friend’s life and finds that her support is needed much closer to home.


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Maggie's World
Ellie Graham wakes from a coma to a strangely different world than the one she remembers. Sarah is a newlywed whose fairytale romance and marriage is turning into a nightmare causing her to doubt her sanity. Ruth, desperately longing for a child of her own is sinking beneath the weight of a long kept secret.

Therapeutic counsellor Maggie Sayer is no stranger to grief herself and uses her skills to help these three young women. But Maggie’s own life has its complications too, her new husband is suffering from a degenerative illness and a past client returns to her door with problems she is unable to solve.

Maggie uses every possible approach to give the very best to her clients, but not every story can have a happy ending.


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The Counsellor
The unexpected death of Maggie Sayer’s husband shatters her perfect world. Struggling to make sense of her grief, it becomes evident that a complete change and a positive focus is the only thing which will help her to carry on with life.

Training as a therapeutic counsellor provides this focus, bringing her into contact with people who desperately need her help. Julie and her children are living in fear of an abusive husband, Janet is crumbling under the weight of a secret she has kept for over forty years, and Karen has never recovered from her mother’s violent death.

Maggie is drawn into her client’s problems as she seeks to empower them to move on with their lives. And then she is faced with her own ethical dilemma when she meets Peter…


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