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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Levant Fever: True stories from #Syria's underground. #memoir

Wajdy Mustafa

Levant Fever is a memoir from the political underground darkness of Assad’s Syria. 
Seen through the eyes of a boy growing into a man, in the middle of feverish historic events. 
Not widely understood, or told before in the West but at the roots of the current conflicts. The narrative grips the reader with its honesty, brutality and beauty. 
The author describes his own journey, reflections and life stories told to him whilst he was held without trial for 14 years, as a political prisoner in several prisons. 
These included Palmyra, noted by Amnesty International as one of the most oppressive prisons in the world. 
The work is an enthralling and informative mosaic reflecting the colours, sects, religions, politics, legends and geography of the Levant. 
The journey spans the areas deserts, coastline, mountains and forests. It speaks of family, friendship, love, hope, fear, torture, hiding and escaping. 
A truly human tale of a life well lived, a life of conscience, courage and endurance and ultimately one of triumph of the human spirit.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Black Friday Kindle Sale! #blackfriday #cheapbooks #bookdeals #freebie


Imprisoned for brutal crimes against his wardens, Fly became an unwilling experiment and was transported, with other criminals, to a hostile planet. 
Full of mutiny, anger and a desire for revenge the experiment was never going to be successful and Fly became the only survivor when the craft crashed.
Then the human ship arrived -- and Jenny.

 With a malfunctioning spacecraft she was in for a fight for her life, but her problems were only just beginning when her crewmates abandon her on Eden.
Jenny's on her own... or so she thinks. 

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‘I’m scared’, Fly had said. He was never scared. He was her hero. Her rugged hero made up from all the romance books she’d read. Big, bold and beautiful—in an alien kind of way.
Jenny's from Earth. Fly's from Itor. By a quirk of fate they met. She tamed him and they fell in love. They live idyllic lives in a protected corner of the world away from the wolf-like people and savage tribes of Neanderthals, and when Jenny discovers she’s pregnant they feel things can’t get any more perfect.

 But things are changing outside their little kingdom. The wolf-people are disbanding and someone, or something, appears to be hunting the Neanderthals. Fly makes provisions to protect all that’s dear to him, but then he just doesn’t return home. Jenny knows he’s alive somewhere, but alone with her baby daughter, is she equipped to deal with the new horror that awaits her?

This sequel will have you turning the pages wondering if happy ever afters are possible in this conclusion to Eden. 

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She's losing her job.
She's losing her boyfriend.
She can only afford to eat spaghetti hoops on toast.
She's called Charlie... or Charlotte, or ginger, ginge, Duracell,
Yet with all these odds against her, she pushes forward to
take the lead story on her paper at London Core.

 Shame no one knows. Shame she's the office general assistant and not a real journalist.
Shame it's on missing prostitutes and Charlie thinks pretending to be a 'tart
with a heart' will get her that story.
She doesn't just get a story.
She becomes the starring role.
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‘Cinders’ Valerie Anthrope has two ugly conditions holding her back: insomnia and paranoia. 
Her fairy godmother is overbearing Ellen Semple, who interferes in all aspects of Valerie’s life. 
Prince Charming is the delectable Lex Kendal who relentlessly pursues Valerie. 
The glass slipper is Boots the cat. A furry friend that Valerie loses and must find before happiness can squish her ugly ‘sisters’.

This version is darker than the average fairy-tale—just like The Brothers Grimm intended.
Tissues are a must! 
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Monday, 23 November 2015

Darwin's Delusion: A Great "Scientific" Joke #nonfiction

 Jianyi Zhang

The Darwinian Theory of Evolution is probably the most contentious scientific theory in the human history. Supporters revere it as the most magnificent and beautiful of theories. That being said, only a very small handful of people truly understand the meaning of Darwinism and neo-Darwinism as well as what they encompass. The majority of people only have scant knowledge of the theories, having only heard about them during biology classes, via mainstream media or through accolades from the scientific community. Consequently, they blindly believe whatever others say.


The purpose of this book is to enlighten readers to the fact that Darwinism is not the great theory it is made out to be. Rather, it is a lie – compounded by fantasy, imagination and contradictions. This theory has already been disproved by science in the succeeding century, but due to the mainstream scientific community’s sophistry and play on semantics, it has become entrenched as a flawless theory when it is in reality, a false science.

The first few articles in this book serve to introduce neo-Darwinism as well as analyze and evaluate the same, so that readers can grasp what this theory is all about. The Darwinian theoreticians often point out that their theory is supported by a vast amount of scientific evidence. In this book, the author illuminates us by dissecting this so-called modern scientific evidence and revealing it to be misleading, irrelevant and far-fetched.

A salient characteristic of a scientific theory is the inherent possibility to prove it to be false, also known as falsifiability. It follows then that a theory that is not falsifiable must be false science. Another reason why neo-Darwinism is perplexing is this – on the surface, it appears to be a scientific theory but in reality it is not falsifiable - it is merely a theory “masquerading” itself as science.

This book has also used several articles to analyze the harm and suffering inflicted on humanity as a consequence of the Darwinian theory and “Social Darwinism” (that derived from it). The Chinese are precisely the victims of this theory.

The first edition (Chinese) of this book was published in 2012 by Guangming Daily Press. In this English edition, 5 new articles and several illustrations were added, totaling 38 articles in all.

Check out this #fantasy fiction by Hayley Paige

 Alice: Queen of Hearts
 An Alice in Wonderland Novel (Lost in Wonderland)

Just one moment, as the leaves turned from green to red and the breeze carried on its back the cool embrace of Autumn, set in motion a life-changing spiralling effect…

 As Alice is drawn down the path paved for her by Red—Lord Overseer, Wonderland’s King of Hearts—her world begins to twist and change. The tranquillity of a simple life is left behind as she chooses to fall; a descent that seems never-ending but which takes her that little bit closer to the only real love she has ever known—and the life she has dared to dream.


But in Wonderland, nothing is as it seems.

As the earth tilts on its axis and Alice’s perspective becomes distorted and dizzying, she must face sacrificing everything she has ever known and face the Queen of Hearts with one objective: dethrone her. If she succeeds, the King of Hearts awaits. But if she fails, Alice could find herself lost in a world where everything is nonsense.

Friday, 20 November 2015

If you like #scifi #virus-fighting novels, check out this extract from Pale Highway

Excerpt from the book 
Pale Highway
Nicholas Conley

The patient had charcoal-black eyes, hard and cold, as if rounded chunks of volcanic rock had been shoved inside her eye sockets. Her skin possessed a sickly white pallor, as if it had been sucked dry of all its nutrients and hung up on a clothesline. Dark veins crawled over her body like wriggling snakes, pulsing with every unsteady heartbeat. Her mouth hung open, and a pockmarked grey tongue dangled uselessly over her lower lip. Her bedridden form emitted the stench of necrotic flesh. 

Glenda Alvarez was sixty-three years old, young compared to the other residents. Just last week, she’d had her hair permed and her nails manicured. The virus had hit fast.

It wouldn’t be long. She was just another unlucky victim of a plague that took no prisoners. She had all the symptoms of the toxicity passing through humanity, turning live bodies into black-eyed corpses. 

The Black Virus. And somehow… somehow, Gabriel Schist was supposed to stop it. 

The rain had stopped, but the moonlit ground was still covered in a glimmering sheen of moisture. Grimacing, Gabriel turned away from the open bedroom window, which was his lens to Glenda’s decline. He buttoned up his coat, hesitated, halfway unbuttoned it, then buttoned it up again. 

He hobbled over to the smoking gazebo and lowered himself into the seat. His legs were rickety, and a sharp pain shot through his knee. His lower back felt as if the nerves were being pinched by a steel clamp. 

He took out a pack of cigarettes and patted down his jacket for a lighter. It was in his inner pocket. When the flame sparked, he buried the smoke deep inside his chest, baking his lungs. His cigarette twitched unsteadily between two shaking fingers. Already, it was burning down, dissipating into nothing. Its tobacco-filled life was short and empty. It served one purpose, and then it died. 

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. 
He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. 
Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.
As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. 
Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?

Nicholas Conley's passion for storytelling began at an early age, prompted by a love of science fiction novels, comic books and horror movies. His upcoming novel Pale Highway is influenced by his experience working with Alzheimer's patients in a nursing home, a subject that he has also written about for publications such as Vox. When not busy writing, Nicholas spends his time reading, traveling to new places, and indulging in a lifelong coffee habit. 
In order to better establish himself on the planet Earth, Nicholas has currently made his home in New Hampshire. More information on Nicholas can be found on his website, www.NicholasConley.com.