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A witty and acerbic novel for our times about corporate greed, the hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy and their unintended consequences on every day people

Monday, April 15th, 2019
The
Umbrella Men
by
Keith Carter
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction
 
 
A
witty and acerbic novel for our times about corporate greed, the
hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy and
their unintended consequences on everyday people.
Finance,
environmentalism, rare-earth mining and human frailties collide in a
complex of flawed motives. We follow Peter Mount, the self-made Chief
Executive of a London-based rare-earth mining company as he and his
business are buffeted by crisis-torn Royal Bank of Scotland and by
his own actions, real and imagined. Meanwhile in Oregon, Amy Tate and
her group of local environmental activists do their contradictory
part to undermine a component of the green economy, unwittingly
super-charged by the Chinese state. The repercussions of events in
pristine Oregon are felt in the corporate and financial corridors of
New York and London with drastic consequences. This is a deeply
involving novel about the current workings of capitalism,
miscommunication, causes and unexpected effects, love and survival.

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Keith
Iain Carter was born in Scotland in March 1959, second son of Marian
van Westendorp and Ralph Carter. He attended a variety of bog
standard state schools in northern England and in 1978 went up to
Cambridge to read Economics, taking a First in 1981 when he was
elected a Scholar – too late to enjoy the privilege of walking on
the grass.
Other
than corporate annual reports, he has not previously been published,
unless you count a letter printed in Business Week deploring the
widespread use of the word ‘wannabe’ and this quote in Investors
Chronicle: “I used to be a banker, then I went straight”.
As
an investment banker Keith worked for three now-disgraced
institutions – he denies that any causation is associated with this
correlation – Lloyds, Drexel Burnham Lambert and NatWest (RBS). A
corporate financier, he ended up by specialising in pharmaceuticals
and, in 1998, was part of a team acquiring a small vaccine business
from GSK. As CEO he took the company public in 2004. Since 2010
Keith has worked as a business consultant to healthcare companies and
as a writer, which he prefers.
Keith
lives in London, Yorkshire and aboard a boat currently in Greece. He
is a French-speaking Europhile who also loves America, travel,
politics and economics, reading and writing, music, sailing of all
kinds and food and drink.
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Even with the help from ghosts and a jaguar Summer is out of her depth

Friday, August 24th, 2018
Murder
in Plain Sight
Summer
McCloud Book 1
by
Nikki Broadwell
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery 
 
Like
Stephanie Plum?

 

 

Just
add ghosts and stir!

 

 

Summer
is an amateur sleuth with the hots for a cop on the local police
force. And Jerry is on her trail, but not because he wants her
body.

 

 

Summer
is a suspect in a murder investigation.

 

 

When
Summer dons a wig and sunglasses and disappears, her best friend,
Agnes, is worried–will Summer end up being another
victim?

 

 

Meanwhile
Jerry is seen on the news asking her to turn herself in.

 

 

Will
she heed his warning?

 

 

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out in this fast-paced sexy and humorous thriller by picking up a
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Note
to readers: If you are a stickler for police procedures or read a lot
of hard-boiled murder mysteries, this might not be the book for you!

 

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Saffron
and Seaweed
Summer
McCloud book 2
 
Summer
and Jerry’s romantic weekend takes a dark turn when they discover
the body of a young woman in the surf. 

 

 

When
the local police deny the crime and the newspaper prints nothing,
Jerry and Summer realize they are on their own. But they have no idea
how deep they will have to dig to find out the truth. The murder is
only a thread in a web of lies that extends to the furthest reaches
of political office.

 

 

Are
Summer’s visions to be the only clues? Jerry doesn’t think so,
his focus on good old-fashioned detective work, but when he doubts
her psychic abilities the trust between them begins to crumble.

 

 

As
the days pass, Jerry and Summer come to understand that not only
their relationship, but their very lives are in jeopardy.

 

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Black
and White and Red All Over
Summer
McCloud Book 3
 
A
terrible school shooting has the entire sleepy town of Ames in an
uproar. Who would do such a thing, and why can’t the witnesses
remember any details about the shooter? 

 

 

When
Summer has a visit from a ghost she’s left wondering…could
someone long dead actually heft an assault rifle?

 

 

Along
with the furor over the murders, Summer is falling for Jerry again,
despite his obvious deranged state of mind. Add to that the upcoming
wedding between Sam and Agnes, and include a smattering of ghosts and
possible psychopaths to the guest list, and you have a recipe for
disaster.

 

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Finlay’s
Folly
Summer
McCloud Book 4
 
Summer
is in Scotland doing an errand for a ghost. But when she comes face
to face with her distant past her world turns upside down. 

 

 

Finlay
Ross McCloud, a ghost in the Ames graveyard, has sent her on this
fool’s errand, his facts confused. And when Summer discovers the
truth she’s already in over her head.

 

 

Will
she succumb to the charms of the handsome highlander she can picture
running across the moors in a kilt, or will she pull herself away
before it’s too late?

 

 

Find
out in this fast-paced romantic tale of love and loss.

 

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The
Night of the Jaguar
Summer
McCloud Book 5
 
A
honeymoon without a husband is not so fun.

 

 

Akumal
is beautiful, but without Jerry, Summer’s hopes of sunbathing,
margaritas, and rolling around in bed together, are ruined.

 

 

But
it’s the dead body in the cenote that clinches it. Jerry is working
on a case that he never mentioned, and Summer is left out– that is
until she decides to do a little sleuthing herself.

 

 

Even
with the help from ghosts and a jaguar Summer is out of her depth.
And when her life is put in in danger it is up to Jerry to save her.
Will he make it in time?

 

 

Find
out by reading this fast-paced supernatural thriller.

 

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I
graduated with a BA in art and English from Sonoma State University
in California. I’ve been an avid reader since I first learned how and
a writer from my early teenage years on. I’ve had several art related
businesses, including greeting cards and more recently a silk
painting business. When I began to write in earnest I put aside the
art, concentrating only on the writing.

 

 

I’ve
traveled a lot over the years, finding inspiration wherever I go.
Scotland holds a special place in my heart, hence the setting for
“The Moonstone”. I had to make a 4th trip there to do
research as I was putting the book together!

 

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What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence…

Saturday, July 14th, 2018


Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

 

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There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? 
 
What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?
 

 

“Queen Mary’s Daughter” presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.

 

Snippet:
As the wind picked up, blowing her deep red, unruly curls helter-skelter over her face, Mary Elizabeth’s eyes focused on her hands. She stretched out the left hand, revealing the old ring that sat on her baby finger. It was a tiny ring and it only fit on the one finger. At the same time Gran bestowed the heirloom gift on her granddaughter, she had shared her story of the ring, at least as much as she was willing to share. The ring had been in the family for generations and only the firstborn daughter of the firstborn daughter (and so on and so on) could wear it. The ring was her connection to a past she wasn’t sure she believed in, a past that had been shared from one generation to the next. Or was there more? Was there a story her grandmother never managed to share?
What would she find at Loch Leven Castle? The clues had to be there. But the boy said it was mostly ruins, crumbled walls and tumbled stones, except for the tower. Queen Mary’s tower. What could she possibly unearth to collaborate Gran’s story? And she only had two weeks to do it. She couldn’t afford more time away from work. Even though it was a poorly paid entry level job, she didn’t want to risk losing it.
A glow emanated from the ring on her outstretched hand. She felt a warmth spread up her arms. The wind picked up, violently tossing her hair in every direction, swishing her coat ends like laundry hanging loosely on a clothesline. She faced into the wind, allowing its vicious impact to draw her forward. She took a step, then another, until she felt the cold wet of the lapping waves of the loch splash over her feet. The water was cold; it jolted her back to reality. What was she doing walking into the loch? What was the strong pulse pulling her forward? She allowed her eyes to glance out across the loch, now almost obliterated by the darkened storm that raged all around her.
“Miss.” She heard a voice from behind her as the power continued to drag her into the loch. “Miss!” A hand gripped her arm, yanking her back toward the dry shore. “Miss!” The hands tightened their hold as she tried to pull away, tried to return to the loch. A scream pierced the air. She didn’t know where the scream originated. It sounded like it came from across the water.
It also sounded like it came from deep within herself.
Another scream and everything went black.

 

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Renegades–steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves

Monday, March 5th, 2018

 

“Think before acting,” her father always warned.
But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has
not changed this.
When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones.Renegades–foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess–steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more
danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?”

 

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I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and
Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds-Ancient Egypt, Medieval Wales, and coming soon, a hair-raising adventure through ancient worlds in search of 5 rare Phoenix Feathers.
All of my books come with Free study guides and/or extensive
Back-of-the-Book materials.
My husband and I love to travel. In 2008, we spent three weeks in
Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other; in 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland; and in 2016, we spent a week in Iceland. We’ve also traveled to Mexico, Jamaica, and Aruba. Our next big adventure will be to Greece and Italy.

 

When I’m not writing or traveling, our 4 grandkids keep us busy.
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  1. When did you start writing and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become as author?

 

I’ve been writing for a long time; I wrote my first poem in eighth grade. My college years and my teaching career solidified my love of the ancient world and the times of King Arthur. It wasn’t until I retired from teaching literature and writing that I had the time to devote to my own tales which had roamed around in my head for years.

 

  1. Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us about it?

 

Yes and yes! I have started a new five book series Feathers of the Phoenix, and the first book The Atlantean Horse. Rose from Sons of the Sphinx will share the spotlight in this series with her cousin Jerome. Both of them have special abilities that they are struggling to live with and still be teenagers. The adventure revolves around an old prophecy that says one day when the five feathers of the Phoenix bird are reunited with a white stallion and one-who-survived—both of which were saved from destruction by Poseidon when he destroyed Atlantis—the lost island will rise again long enough for all three to return to their home. It will then disappear forever. Naturally there are those who want to be at the rising in order to steal the treasures rumored to be in that lost city.

 

  1. What is your favorite writing snack?

 

Red licorice.

 

  1. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose and why? What food would you serve?

 

I would love to sit with young Guinevere from my Guinevere trilogy, but I’m a picky eater. There’s very little food from Medieval times that I would eat.

 

  1. How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

 

I love spending time with our grandkids. We two boys, ages 9 & 4, and two girls, ages 2 & 1. They are a lively bunch and keep us running.

 

  1. What’s your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

 

Traveling. I want to visit those places in the ancient and medieval worlds—whose literature I taught–that I’ve read and written about. We’ve done Egypt, Wales, England, Iceland, but have a lot more to explore. Every other year we pick a destination and plan a 3-week trip. Due for the next one in 2018. Wonder where we’ll go?

 

  1. What do you fear most?

 

Losing those I care for most. We’ve had a lot of loses in our family in the past, and just in the last nine months, we have said goodbye to three.

 

  1. What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?

 

Ask yourself these questions:

 

What type of story do you want to write?

Who are you writing for?

How will your characters/plot appeal to readers?

Why do you want to write?

 

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Is Ethan Smith friend or foe? Enemy or lover?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

 

 

When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of
her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and
delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all
things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her
engineer husband and three sons.

 

She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and
didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient
world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the
night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and
Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths
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After being left at the altar on her wedding day,
businesswoman Allie Strickland returns to her hometown to heal her broken heart.
But Heartland Cove County is a small town of Victorian homes and quirky,
gossiping citizens.
Grieving the trauma of her ex-fiancé’s betrayal and overwhelmed by her clingy
mother, Allie rents the first available house she can find. But on the very first
night, Allie’s peace is violated by an unexpected intruder who breaks into the
house while she’s taking a bubble bath. An intruder using an alias with old
ties to Heartland Cove.Forced by unusual circumstances to share the same rental house, Allie’s
suspicions of the man grow—even as she finds herself attracted to him. But is
Ethan Smith merely a magazine freelancer on assignment—or an undercover spy for
the mayor who wants to ruin the charming town by running a new highway through
for his own profit?Is Ethan Smith friend or foe? Enemy or lover?
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It was
the perfect day for a wedding. After months of trying on wedding gowns,
ordering invitations, and searching every bridal boutique in Toronto for the
perfect shoes, Allie Strickland was ready to walk—maybe even run—down the aisle
of the church and into Sean Carter’s waiting arms.
          That morning Allie had taken her big
fat red marker and made an X on the calendar.
“Mrs. Sean Carter, here I come,” she
whispered as she capped the pen and tossed it inside a packing box. 
During five years of dating, she and Sean had
gone through grad school together, first jobs, saving money, and now Sean was
climbing the ladder to become a partner with Learner & Associates Law Firm.
She sent a text to Sean and then stared out
the window in an effort to settle her nerves. With her brother Jake at the
wheel and the car full of her mother, her sister Erin, and best friend Marla on
their way to the Episcopal Church, Allie went over her luggage in the trunk,
packed for fun, sun, and the beach.
Three bikinis; red, black, and purple.
Slinky dresses for candlelit dinners.
Five pairs of shoes, including a pair of
running shoes.
Lingerie and toiletries.
She couldn’t wait to get on that plane to Bermuda tomorrow and leave work and
stress and family behind.
Seven perfect days with Sean. Finally,
finally, finally.
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Official Book Tour: Calling You Home: Remember Me

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Jason finds out about his secret child and emotions explode out of him. His relationship couldn’t be more fragile with May, than it is now.

He’s about to learn, it’s not just May’s family who knew about little Dolly.

Is there no one who didn’t know?

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Closing the door, Jason slipped the chain lock across. The thought of slamming his fist into the wooden door was very prominent. No matter how many hours past his anger and pain never seemed to ease. The beer he had seemed to just be like water, there was no kick in his gut or even hope in his chest. These were his usual responses to beer.

Turning his back towards the door he slid to the floor emotionally drained. He took the emotional beating time and time again. He believed he deserved it for pushing May towards College; away from him forever. Jason hated himself, his life and how it all turned out. He remembered the good Father saying. ‘No good deed goes unpunished’.

Pushing his hands through his hair, he tried to find some sort of strength left in him. The cold breeze coming in from the open Kitchen window by passed him and he allowed his sobs to not over take him. He listened to his best friend’s truck pulling away. This wasn’t Drew’s fault. He just wished for guidance on how to handle this. Right now if Drew was here then they would only end up fighting.

How did this child remain a secret from him?

Sitting on the floor he knew they all kept it from him. Arnold, May’s father knew all along and allowed seven years to pass without so much as a hint. His thoughts on family and the connection they all shared shattered. Jason could almost see the trust he once had for them rain down in glittering shards.

He wondered if May ever thought about him for a second. What this might do to him or their daughter?

Did she ever love him or was she looking to join the teen girl trend of having a kid before marriage; before commitment. So many questions tormented him and his lip quivered; his teeth tried to hold it still.

“Why May?” He half-heartedly shouted out. He muffled his shout with his hands and felt his soul reach out to Abby, to God. Jason didn’t have a clue on how Abby would have handled this, yet he could hear her advice surrounding him. Almost like she was still with him.

Jason hated how good she was at this. Abby would have had a cry and forgiven him; like she had done a hundred times before he broke her heart. She would tell him to stand by his child. Her mothering instincts got into every fibre of his being.

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Nikki Broadwell, Interview of the author of Gypsy’s Quest

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Nikki, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

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I wanted to wirte a book about my father’s experiences in prison camp during WW2, since I had his journals. Around the same time I attended a writing class. From then on I was hooked!

awesome. What makes you passionate about writing?

I’m not sure I can answer that. I guess it’s a way of expressing and researching issues and parts of life that I’m interested in. I certainly never expected to be obsessed (more…)