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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 peopleMonday, April 15th, 2019
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.
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.
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 â€“ too late to enjoy the privilege of walking on
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 â€˜wannabeâ€™ and this quote in Investors
Chronicle: â€œI used to be a banker, then I went straightâ€.
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.
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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in Plain Sight
McCloud Book 1
add ghosts and stir!
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
is a suspect in a murder investigation.
Summer dons a wig and sunglasses and disappears, her best friend,
Agnes, is worried–will Summer end up being another
Jerry is seen on the news asking her to turn herself in.
she heed his warning?
out in this fast-paced sexy and humorous thriller by picking up a
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!
McCloud book 2
and Jerryâ€™s romantic weekend takes a dark turn when they discover
the body of a young woman in the surf.Â
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.
Summerâ€™s visions to be the only clues? Jerry doesnâ€™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.
the days pass, Jerry and Summer come to understand that not only
their relationship, but their very lives are in jeopardy.
and White and Red All Over
McCloud Book 3
terrible school shooting has the entire sleepy town of Ames in an
uproar. Who would do such a thing, and why canâ€™t the witnesses
remember any details about the shooter?Â
Summer has a visit from a ghost sheâ€™s left wondering…could
someone long dead actually heft an assault rifle?
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
McCloud Book 4
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.Â
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.
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?
out in this fast-paced romantic tale of love and loss.
Night of the Jaguar
McCloud Book 5
honeymoon without a husband is not so fun.
is beautiful, but without Jerry, Summer’s hopes of sunbathing,
margaritas, and rolling around in bed together, are ruined.
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.
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?
out by reading this fast-paced supernatural thriller.
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.
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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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 aÂ dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle asÂ foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones.Renegades–foiled in their attempt to kidnap theÂ princess–steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere andÂ Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more
danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions comeÂ crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight intoÂ reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make theÂ ultimate sacrifice?”
Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-HeartÂ to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in theseÂ worlds-Ancient Egypt, Medieval Wales, and coming soon, a hair-raising adventureÂ through ancient worlds in search of 5 rare Phoenix Feathers.
Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other; inÂ 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England,Â Wales, and Scotland; and in 2016, we spent a week in Iceland. We’ve alsoÂ traveled to Mexico, Jamaica, and Aruba. Our next big adventure will be toÂ Greece and Italy.
- When did you start writing and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become as author?
Iâ€™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 wasnâ€™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.
- 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-survivedâ€”both of which were saved from destruction by Poseidon when he destroyed Atlantisâ€”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.
- What is your favorite writing snack?
- 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 Iâ€™m a picky eater. Thereâ€™s very little food from Medieval times that I would eat.
- 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.
- Whatâ€™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 worldsâ€”whose literature I taught–that Iâ€™ve read and written about. Weâ€™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 weâ€™ll go?
- What do you fear most?
Losing those I care for most. Weâ€™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.
- 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?
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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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-fiancÃ©â€™s betrayal and overwhelmed by her clingy
mother, Allie rents the first available house she can find. But on the very first
night, Allieâ€™s peace is violated by an unexpected intruder who breaks into the
house while sheâ€™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, Allieâ€™s
suspicions of the man growâ€”even as she finds herself attracted to him. But is
Ethan Smith merely a magazine freelancer on assignmentâ€”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?
Â The next book in the series is available next week!Â
Make sure to check it out on Author Kimberley Montpetit Amazon page!
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 walkâ€”maybe even runâ€”down the aisle
of the church and into Sean Carterâ€™s waiting arms.
fat red marker and made an X on the calendar.
whispered as she capped the pen and tossed it inside a packing box.Â
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.
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.
stress and family behind.
Jason finds out about his secret child and emotions explodeÂ out of him. His relationship couldn’t be more fragile with May,Â than it is now.
He’s about to learn, itâ€™s not just May’s family whoÂ knew about little Dolly.
Is there no one who didn’t know?
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Kristal McKerrington has Â been a published professional author since 2010. She is Â currently signed at Gilbert Literacy Agency and with several publishers.Â Kristal has worked with ReemVision Â and even appeared on TMZ a few times. She is the nationwide author with Marie’s World.Â KristalÂ lives in Scotland, believers in a free Scotland.Â She loves Viking myths and history. Kristal is a Â huge reader in her spare time. She is the co-creator of the genre wrestling romance with Joe E Legend. Kristal wroteÂ a comedy novel which comes out in 2015 with Firefly & Wisp Publishing. Kristal isÂ good friends with Mohombi who has supported her novel Marie’s World going nationwide in the UK and has been released nationwide in the US. She hasÂ receivedÂ support from Sony Music and other big promoters, celebrities.
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 friendâ€™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.
â€œWhy May?â€ 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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