Monthly Archives: July 2014

Copyright Infringement: A Warning to all Authors

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I would like to share a letter sent to me by a fellow independent author, who wishes to remain anonymous, about a website claiming to be promoting independent authors, when in reality it appears that they are offering free downloads of the work of dozens of us.

If you are an author, independent or otherwise, I urge you to read this letter and investigate the site yourself. Find out if your work is posted there and take appropriate action to have it removed, or, at the very least, make sure you are willing to grant permission to the site owners to list your work.

Making money as an independent author is difficult enough without pirating sites giving our work away under false pretenses AND without our permission.

Please share, tweet or reblog this post in order to spread the word through the independent author community and, hopefully, put some pressure…

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Review of ‘The Demeter Code’ by Russell Brooks

The Demeter CodeThe Demeter Code by Russell Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another action packed story involving CIA Operatives, Ridley Fox and Dr Nita Parris. The story begins with Dr Parris in a hotel in Washington attempting to move Timothy Weyland into witness protection. Meanwhile Ridley Fox is in France, having taken on the identity of David Conlon a mercenary. Both Fox and Parris are ably assisted by super hacker Dewan, who keeps in touch with both of them by earpieces. It becomes a race against time to prevent a catastrophic event, which could wipe out the entire USA. As with Brooks’ previous thriller, Pandora’s Succession, the Demeter Code is again packed with technical detail, and needs to be read in large chunks so as to keep up with the complicated plot. The idea of the story is both clever and terrifying. Brooks has managed to create an excellent thriller, which leaves readers imagining a ‘what if it could really happen?

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Review of ‘Going Home Alone’ by Justin P Lambert

Going Home AloneGoing Home Alone by Justin P Lambert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Derrick is struggling to come to terms with the death of his beloved wife Reena. Following the funeral, Tim, an old friend of Reena’s contacts Derrick to say that he has Reena’s will. Derrick is mystified, he didn’t realise that Reena had written a will. He goes over to Tim’s to collect it and Tim hands over a package wrapped in brown paper. Derrick doesn’t want to open it in front of Tim so takes it home. He unwraps the package to find a pair of sunglasses, a camera,a journal and a yellow three-ring binder. It is Reena’s special way to help her husband come to terms with his loss, but what do all these items mean? You need to read this story to find out!

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Review of ‘The Strategist’ – A Thriller by John Hardy Bell

The Strategist - A ThrillerThe Strategist – A Thriller by John Hardy Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gripping read, right from the first chapter. I was hooked. Camille is heading home after leaving the FBI, a career that she had loved until something traumatic happened, which she was unable to come to terms with. We find out what it was later on in the story. She feels a failure. What will people think of her? What will her father think of her? The best part of returning home would be spending time with her friend of many years, Julie, but sadly it was not to be. We already know from the first chapter that Julie has a terrifying secret, but she is murdered before she can tell Camille about it. Instead, she leaves instructions for her friend to carry out in the event of her death. Not satisfied with the way the investigation is going, Camille is drawn into the case. Her FBI training kicks in as she delves deeper and deeper into the homicide. The characters are real, the reader can’t help but be drawn in. The story keeps you guessing right to the end. Not at all predictable. I thoroughly recommend this book

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