ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE OF LITERATURE OCT-NOV-DEC 2021 (Vol IV, Issue XXIV) | Article Published on: 26TH DEC 2022 | www.demodemagazine.com
'THE CRANES OF BLACKWELL' BY AUTHOR J.D. KELLNER
'THE BINDING TEMPEST' BY AUTHOR STEVEN RUDY
'A WICKED WIND - BOOK 2 OF THE ARCHANIUM CODEX' BY AUTHOR NICHOLAS MCINTIRE
'THE IMPOSTOR AND OTHER DARK TALES' BY AUTHOR MARLENA FRANK
'THE DROWNING' BY AUTHOR JONAS SAUL
'XONARYE' - BY AUTHOR SCOTT SHEPHERD
'HALE THE RISE OF THE GRIFFINS' BY AUTHOR J.K. NOBLE
'THE GIFT OF ABIRAMI' BY AUTHOR CLAUDIO ANUGRA
'USER BASED ON A TRUE STORY' BY AUTHOR FIVOS PANAYIOTOU
'EL LECHON CHONCHO' - BY AUTHOR JENNIFER S. SEGARRA
'SANTA'S NEW TEAM' BY AUTHOR TREVOR M.K. AIREY
1. 'THE CRANES OF BLACKWELL' - BY AUTHOR J.D. KELLNER
"J.D. Kellner is the author of The Cranes of Blackwell. His debut novel, The Cranes of Blackwell is the culmination of six years of long nights and loving support for his dream from his family."
Bergden and Alyssa Crane are dutiful citizens of the Regime living in the city of Blackwell. Under the ever-watching eye of the tyrannical Chancellor Kroft, the people of the city tirelessly just to make ends meet and avoid the ire of the Regime. Bergden, a Regime blackjack enforcer, and Alyssa, a faithful wife, and teacher, do what they can to provide for their son, James, even when it means sacrificing their very freedom to the Regime.
Bergden is a man scarred by war, and his only relief from his memories lay in the love of Alyssa. Each day he strays further from the Regime’s oppression from being a cog in the machine to openly sympathizing with those he was meant to oppress. The life of blackjack is not for the faint of heart.
After kissing his wife goodbye as he did every day, Bergden’s workday started like any other, but when Bergden is accused of treason, the Regime sets its sights on the Crane family. The Cranes must flee for their lives to escape the terrible reach of the Regime’s blackjacks. Bergden is absconded by his blackjack partner and friend, but Alyssa is not so lucky as she is arrested and faces a merciless interrogation by the Regime. With their lives turned upside down, Bergden and Alyssa become separated, leaving their life and their young son James behind to an unknown fate.
The Crane family, living in the iron grip of the brutal, unforgiving Regime, is torn asunder. The Cranes must overcome the impossible odds stacked against them and conquer their demons to be reunited as a family once more.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR J.D. KELLNER
Born in the small rural town of Kittanning (Pennsylvania, USA), J.D. found an affinity for science fiction and fantasy through the works of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and J.R.R Tolkien. Inspired by their words, J.D. started writing short stories about through the wilds of his imagination. Through these stories, J.D. began to build confidence in his writing.
Writing for pleasure took a backseat to the rigors of academia. As a history and classical studies major, J.D. wrote works rife with analysis and critical viewpoints of major historical events. Interpreting the words of others carried on through his graduate work in intelligence analysis culminating in 2010. Within a few years, his passion for fantasy and science fiction reemerged, and his journey to becoming a published author began. J.D. Kellner's affinity for science fiction and fantasy attracted him to the writing world.
In 2016, with the support of his family, J.D. was encouraged to explore through writing. Through every stumble and setback, the strength J.D. pulled from the love and passion around him gave him the chance to put pen to paper with unbound confidence. The first draft of The Cranes of Blackwell was completed eventually finding a home with Dark Brew Press
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2. 'THE BINDING TEMPEST' - BY AUTHOR STEVEN RUDY
"Steven Rudy is the author of The Binding Tempest (Book One of the Luminance Saga) published by MysticHawk Press LLC. Available from most online booksellers and Amazon"
They thought the war was over. That their days of fighting were behind them. That they had given enough, but when an oppressive empire falls, what comes from the ashes, is turmoil and treachery.
Ellaria Moonstone, an alchemist, and a hero of the Great War has spent the last forty years trying to rebuild. An emissary for the Scholar’s Guild, her life’s work has been in establishing universities throughout the world. But as a former general that led the resistance in overthrowing the Sagean Empire, she has watched as all she fought for has slowly eroded away and with it, her faith in the republic. Now in her mid-fifties, her singular focus has been to protect all knowledge for future generations.
When Ellaria is suspiciously requested to attend a meeting in the capital city of Adalon, she quickly realizes something is amiss and the main governing body the Coalition of Nations may be compromised. When the Peace King of the Free Cities goes missing the plot to overthrow the tenuous republic takes shape, and Ellaria becomes convinced that the entity manipulating the fragile government is in servitude to a new Sagean Emperor. A Luminary with the powers to control energy.
The Binding Tempest is the beginning of an immense saga, of magic, alchemy, airships, and ancient mysteries. A new epic Sci-Fi and Fantasy series that is a classic High Fantasy Adventure injected with Steampunk science. For fans of The Wheel of Time series, Shadow and Bone, and the Stormlight Archives.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR STEVEN RUDY
Steven Rudy has wandered around decrepit & dying buildings, investigated old churches, and abandoned gold mills, all while working on historical projects throughout Colorado. After almost two decades in the field of architecture, where he also designed award-winning custom homes and commercial buildings, Steven chose to finally pen his debut novel.
When quarantine hit the United States in 2020, and most of his architectural projects were put on hold, Steven decided to channel his creative energy into writing a book. For roughly a decade prior a fantasy novel had slowly taken shape in his mind and the time had come to see it realized. Inspired by the ideas of energy and unknown forces that connect people, The Binding Tempest is a delve into adult fantasy and science fiction that’s equally influenced by a classic fantasy like The Wheel of Time and adventure films like Indiana Jones.
Steven lives in Colorado with his wife and three kids. He is an avid fan of film and literature. His favourite novels are East of Eden, The Sun Also Rises, and The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He goes to every Bob Dylan concert within five hundred miles, and he doesn’t function until after his morning coffee. Now that he has written his first novel he can’t wait to work on more
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3. 'A WICKED WIND - BOOK 2 OF THE ARCHANIUM
CODEX' - BY AUTHOR NICHOLAS MCINTIRE
"A Wicked Wind, written by Author Nicholas McIntire, is epic fantasy at its best. A worthy and almost impossible to put down the second book in the Archanium Codex saga series."
As the aftershocks of Kalinor’s fall radiate through the realm of Ilyar, Prince Jonas Belgi finds himself fighting a very different war. As he battles for his very soul, powerful forces are in motion to remove him from the world entirely, lest the contradictory magic burning within him engulf the entire world in a conflagration that no one, not even his beloved Hunter Aleksei Drago, could hope to survive.
Even as Jonas begins the impossible task of escaping his prison, the Lord Captain is caught up in a savage civil war. As the fractured remnants of the Legions attempt to regroup, seeking refuge from the hordes of rebel soldiers hot on their trail, Aleksei is confronted by a new nemesis, a creature at once invisible and indestructible.
Aleksei must be constantly vigilant for the howling wind that stalks him, waiting to catch him off-guard, thus forfeiting both his and Jonas’s lives. Aleksei is torn between his need to find Jonas and commanding the last remnant of the Legion against the Zra-Uul’s rebellion, with its overwhelming numbers and scores of powerful and destructive Magi under the Demon Bael’s command.
Having to choose between his heart and his homeland, Aleksei attempts to accomplish the impossible, while always listening for the wind. A Wicked Wind.
A WICKED WIND continues the complex characters, action and event-filled plot, and vivid worldbuilding begun in The Hunter’s Gambit.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR NICHOLAS MCINTIRE
Critically acclaimed author Nicholas McIntire has been writing fantasy since he was 8 years old. The bones of the Archanium Codex were first created when he was 16, and in the past 20 years, he has taken that initially simple idea and crafted it into a fully realized world, finished the sequel, earned three degrees one in Eastern European Studies, two in Nursing), and lived life to the fullest.
Nicholas wrote his first 1,000-page fantasy novel when he was twelve. Driven to write each night, he would bolt to his room immediately after dinner, shut his door and then pound, yes, pound on his computer keyboard till midnight. It was like a fever that could only be cooled with the pouring out of words, characters, and stories.
Many more 1,000-page books poured out of his need to tell the urgent stories of his characters. He learned his craft through practicing it. He was capable enough at 16 to have a book published. He had a top New York literary agent at 22. He wasn’t happy. So, he started over.
He started over because he had a new, beautifully complicated, and truly epic story to tell. A huge story is driven by characters so real you just know you can reach out and touch them. And at its center is the Archanium, a new and fascinating system of magic, that drives this classic fantasy epic adventure.
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4. 'THE IMPOSTOR AND OTHER DARK TALES' - BY AUTHOR MARLENA FRANK
"The Impostor And Other Dark Tales' written by Author Marlena Frank is an amazing book where the beautiful and the bizarre exist side by side in a collection of fantastic and strange tales."
The beautiful and the bizarre Something watches from the corner of the room, peeking through a crack, existing within an impossible space—what does it want? The ghost of a lover returns at the end of a lifetime, carrying a dark secret—what will she say?
A woman struggling with identity finds herself in the arms of a dangerous woman with a mysterious curse —what will she find?
The beautiful and the bizarre exist side by side in this collection of fantastic and strange tales by prolific short story author, Marlena Frank. From dark fantasy stories of sharp-toothed mermaids and bewitched sorceresses to horror stories with ferocious bird beasts and golden-eyed monsters that live in the peripheral of human existence, these stories bring to life the creatures that haunt the nightmare world.
From heart-rending to heart-pounding, these tales will linger long after reading them.
Having written fantasy and horror short fiction professionally for over ten years, The Impostor and Other Dark Tales is the first time Marlena Frank has collected her favourite short fiction into a single collection, along with additional stories which contain some of her most surreal ideas yet. Divided into tales of dark fantasy and shifting to horror stories that give way to nightmares, the tales explore the darker side of love, the beauty in the unusual, and the power and pain of denial. Candace says, 'This was the perfect little collection that I needed. Wonderful writing, dark tales with creative twists.'
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR MARLENA FRANK
Marlena Frank is the author of books and novellas that span genres from young adult fantasy to horror. She also sometimes dabbles in weird westerns and noir mysteries. Her work is known for being diverse, immersive, emotional, and character-driven. Her debut novel, Stolen Book 1 of the Stolen series, has hit then Amazon bestseller charts multiple times. She is a hybrid author with one foot in the small press world and another foot in the indie publishing world, which she is slowly learning to navigate.
In addition to novels, Marlena has also written fantasy and horror short stories since 2010. Several have been included in notable anthologies such as Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Not Your Average Monster Volume 2, and The Sirens Call issue #29. Many of these tales can be found collected in her latest release: The Impostor and Other Dark Tales, which is incidentally her first self-published full-length book.
Her upcoming series, the Wolves of Kanta, begins in March 2022. The She-Wolf of Kanta is a re-release of the acclaimed 2018 novella. It will be expanded into a five-book series following Mercy Pinkerton, the daughter of a werewolf hunter, and her journey to realizing her true strengths and path in life. Book one in the series, The She-Wolf of Kanta, is currently available to preorder.
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5. 'THE DROWNING' - BY AUTHOR JONAS SAUL
"The Drowning' written by Author Jonas Saul captures you from the first page. This book has a very different storyline than the Sarah Roberts series but just as wonderful. Jonas Saul is the author of over forty novels. He's a speaker at conferences and engagements worldwide."
Darius Shaw is a security guard working the night shift in the small town of Shadow Bay, New York. When he finds two bodies in the pool of the local recreation center, he calls 911, but he’s not the only one as the operator has received multiple calls for drowning victims in the last thirty minutes. Within hours, over a dozen bodies are found in pools, bathtubs, and the lake—all apparent victims of violence as the bodies have bite marks and bruising.
Then Darius comes across a journal that belonged to one of the victims, which includes startling information on a decades-old cold case. While he attempts to investigate on his own, people continue to die—some by just walking into the lake to drown.
The police chief calls in the FBI for assistance, and they immediately lock down the town, effectively trapping everyone inside, along with whatever is killing them. With the lockdown in full effect, people are still drowning, leaving the authorities to question who—or what—is killing the people of Shadow Bay. The Drowning is an insane glimpse at the town of Shadow Bay over twenty-four hours—when Hell came to visit.
Author Jonas Saul manages to hold your breath right until the penultimate chapter, mixing in multiple points of view from some seriously damaged yet very realistic people. This is an extremely well-crafted book with a host of mysterious characters, a WhoDunIt or WhatDunIt mystery with a quick pace, great conflict, very real dialogue, and characters you will love and hate.
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Love it as all is writing he uses fact and keep the readers wanting more. Can't wait for his new boom. - Joyce Juzkiw (Reviewed in the United States)
A well-crafted Mystery with a Killer Pace! Something is killing people in Shadow Bay. And in a gruesome way: death through drowning, preceded by a bizarre event for each victim. Jonas Saul manages to hold your breath right until the penultimate chapter. - Richard M. Cook (Reviewed in the United States)
THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR JONAS SAUL
Jonas Saul is the bestselling author of the Sarah Roberts Series and has written and published over forty thrillers. After selling more than two million books, he signed with the Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management.
Jonas has often outranked Stephen King and Dean Koontz on Amazon during the past decade. He's also a freelance editor who works for several publishers, and he regularly gets invited to be a guest speaker, teacher, and workshop presenter at international writing conferences around the world. "Sarah Roberts is one in a million. If you're her friend, she'll crawl through Hell to protect you. If you're her enemy, she'll send you there." – Reviewer
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6. 'XONARYE' - BY AUTHOR SCOTT SHEPHERD
"Xonarye' - Xonarye to Rise Again written by Author Scott Shepherd is an exciting adventure mystery novel that will keep you guessing whether it is fact or fiction. The book tells a story of a country called Xonarye that Leaf has never heard of."
The story starts in a place that not many of you have heard of, a small country town called Naracoorte. You are likely thinking, Where? How do I even pronounce the name? Well, in the south of Australia, in the epicenter of marsupial megafauna, we find Leaf, a young apprentice builder, who discovers an old book, hidden on the inside of a wall. Little does he know that this book will not only change the next couple of days, but it will also change the course of his life. The book has details on a country that Leaf has never heard of; Xonarye. This book leaves Leaf questioning if it is fact or fiction, unable to verify sources on this mysterious land, he recruits his two best mates, Summo and Spence. Summo, the smart-arse salesman, and Spence, the logical-thinking farmer, team up with Leaf to follow the clues hidden in the mysterious book.
Unlike most adventures, quests, or journeys that started a long time ago—or the old catchphrase “Once upon a time”— this story starts now, in the modern world of 2019. If you want to know something, you have technology at your fingertips, ready to spit out any information that you desire. However, what if something isn’t available on a search engine? I am not talking about some small detail like what a random celebrity’s pet’s name was—something much larger, far more important, and unique. Your brain is churning over wondering what on earth this mysterious information might be. This secret has a lot to do with the earth. In fact, the earth is hiding it and not many people know of this existence.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR SCOTT SHEPHERD
S.H.S. is Author Scott pen name, his initials. He is what you would call your quintessential country 37- year-old Aussie bloke. He grew up in the country town of Naracoorte, in the South of Australia, which might provoke small-town mental influences. But his own unique experiences have given him a different insight which he hopes influences his style of writing. He also has the honor of having two beautiful daughters aged 12 and 15, who have been a big inspiration in writing and publishing Xonarye. A driving force in writing this book has been to show his daughters, that there is a place where dreams come alive.
His book is a journey, to show courage in the truth, most importantly when the message resonates within oneself. This resembles his own journey, where he has strived in his personal and professional life to honor his family and be true to his mates. What he knows is that everyone has their own strengths, and it’s only when we put our mind to something, and work together with our mates, can we come up with the goods.
He hasn't had the luxury to travel abroad (yet), so this is only the start of the adventure. He loves geography and worldwide sport, and he has been able to incorporate this into the story of Xonarye. Releasing this book after many years of manifesting the idea created the only country starting with the letter X. And he named it Xonarye.
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7. 'HALE THE RISE OF THE GRIFFINS' - BY AUTHOR J.K. NOBLE
"J.K. Noble introduces memorable characters and makes them unforgettable by writing traits that distinguish each character and their role in the story... Hale, Bayo, Felix, Greon, Ellionna, Robin, and Rioma will stay with readers after they turn over the last page of this engaging story."
After a desperate escape attempt from his kidnapper, sixteen-year-old Hale is thrust into the brutal world of magic that his sister had tried to protect him from. Here, in the violent Land of Griffins, Hale learns he is anything but normal. He is in fact a griffin who has pretty amazing talents. As Hale grows close to the Griffin Leader, Bayo, he can't deny their connection. However, Hale is unaware of the dark plans Bayo has in store for him....as well as who they truly are to one another.
In Hale: The Rise of the Griffins, readers discover a diverse fantasy world with four unique nations and cultures. The novel is broken into short stories that follow a different set in the cast bringing the reader into fun adventures in every chapter. This unique magic system is unlike anything in fantasy literature today. Hale: The Rise of the Griffins is an anti-chosen one story that addresses loss, manipulation, good and bad family relationships, finding one’s path, and dealing with one’s mistakes.
Hale: The Rise of the Griffins by J.K. Noble is a magical tale that follows a sophisticated protagonist, a sixteen-year-old boy who unwittingly discovers that he is more than human, a reality his sister has fought to prevent him from discovering. Pulled into a world of mystery and magic, he undertakes an exciting journey into uncovering his real nature and mission.
This book follows a sophisticated protagonist, a sixteen-year-old boy who unwittingly discovers that he is more than human, a reality his sister has fought to prevent him from discovering. Pulled into a world of mystery and magic, he undertakes an exciting journey into uncovering his real nature and mission.
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"Twisty and filled with adventure... J.K. Noble introduces memorable characters and makes them unforgettable by writing traits that distinguish each character and their role in the story will stay with readers after they turn over the last page of this engaging story. The author uses magic and originality in world-building to create a wonderful reading experience. This is a fascinating story that will pull in any fan of unique and original writing in the urban fantasy genre. From the nuanced characters to the mesmerizing prose, from the unexpected plot twists to the robust conflict, J.K. Noble weaves a yarn that has solid grips on the reader.". - Matthew Novak, The Book Commentary.
THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR J.K. NOBLE
J.K. Noble grew up and resides in the Big Apple, where fantastical inspiration lives among the bright lights and colorful people. She envisions unique mythological creatures majestically roaming bustling streets and skimming the skies between skyscrapers. Absorbingtyftaynttyaysyy stories in awe of the great magic each possess, Noble soon learned that she too holds the same power as the mystic writers of old. Finally, Noble awakens in her debut novel, Hale: The Rise of the Griffins, but her imagination does not end there!
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8. 'THE GIFT OF ABIRAMI' - BY AUTHOR CLAUDIO ANUGRA
“The Gift of Abirami” penned by the author Claudio Anugra will inspire the readers to find their purpose in life. The story is set in India in the 80s. The main character, Leo, finds that because of money, status and career there is no time for self-discovery."
As he disembarks in Bombay, in the early eighties in search of some answers to his troubled life back home Leo gets caught by an unscrupulous mob who manages to take most of his savings while having him hooked on hard drugs.
When he realizes how low he has fallen, he escapes to Goa where, having joined with a crowd of parties, drugs, and easy life, he finally discovers a place in the hills where he finds the strength to clean himself, leaving him with a dark hole in his heart.
He travels to Kerala where he meets Michelle, a beautiful young woman. After some passionate time, they decide to travel together. Soon Leo’s aloofness becomes too heavy for Michelle’s light nature. They are slowly drifting apart.
Once in Pondicherry, Michelle is drawn to Alan, a well-articulated and spiritual teacher. Their attraction doesn’t escape Leo’s and as he is slowly taken back by his inner demons, he receives a mysterious calling to go to a sacred mountain nearby.
Dueling between his relationship and the call, Leo finally reaches the mountain where a deep realization occurs. He is no longer the same person that walked up the mountain and from the depth of his dark shadow emerges a profound gift he now can share.
This book isn’t just a story, but an awakening call to realize that in the depths of despair and sense of inadequacy lies the potential to find our true gift and purpose. A journey of self-discovery, realization, and coming out of complete darkness is what Claudio Anugra takes us on through his book The Gift of Abirami.
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A captivating page-turner! Claudio's first-hand experience with life in India shows through the accurate and very realistic characters and settings depicted throughout a story that never ceases to leave the reader wanting to know what comes next. This is a story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and gives hope to all who've searched and struggled to find meaning and purpose in their lives! - Louis (Reviewed in Canada)
THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR CLAUDIO ANUGRA
Raised in Italy until the age of five, Claudio was taken to Belgium, where he ended up in various boarding schools for most of his childhood. The separation from his father turned him into a rebel against any form of institution, including schools. As a young adult, without any interest for a career, he traveled to India, where he got the chance to experience a world rich in mysticism and spirituality. His life turned on itself and later on, he settled in Australia eager to start a new life. Perhaps because of a lack of true deepening in his new-found purpose, his deep demons resurfaced and he ended up crushed and having to finally face the consequences of his troubles. Writing The Gift of Abirami and sharing it is a return to the source – a cleansing and a redemption. Claudio now spends time between Bali and his beloved India.
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9. 'USER BASED ON A TRUE STORY' - BY AUTHOR FIVOS PANAYIOTOU
"Fivos Panayiotou, Australian Author. Fivos works with the elderly, and is a dedicated uncle, family man, and man of God. He hopes that sharing his journey in his debut novel, USER, will help other victims of domestic abuse."
Brondo Violaris was just a good little Greek church boy who grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne in a traditional Greek family full of loving, but dominant women. On the morning of January 15, his thirtieth birthday, he had decided to kill himself because he suffered from depression and low self-esteem, and thought he was just a loser with nothing left to live for. Everyone else had great careers, big houses, flash cars, and marriages by the time they were thirty, while Brondo still lived at home with his grandmother Yaya and Uncle, barely able to hold down a job or get a date. That was until he met and fell for the beautiful, confident Sheena Baxter, who, like him, had come from a family of diabolical dysfunction. He thought he'd won the lottery; life was finally giving him a chance at love. There was just one problem. Sheena Baxter was married. To a gangsta.
This is Fivos Panayiotou's debut novel and work of truth, based on his shocking real-life story.
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Congratulations on your fabulous novel. I loved the read, was fantastic and gripping at the same time. 10 out of 10 stars. - Kazza Field (Reviewed in Melbourne, Australia)
A Brilliant read Highly recommended. Wonderful and well-written, you will be surprised how good it is. So go out and read this book !! - Anna Nouli (Reviewed in Melbourne, Australia)
'USER', What a captivating read. It had me intrigued and wanting to know more. I look forward to your next book and many more. - Rosa Carrafa (Reviewed in Melbourne, Australia)
THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR FIVOS PANAYIOTOU
Author Fivos Panayiotou grew up on the outskirts of Melbourne in the 80s in a traditional Greek family. As a first-generation born of Australian Greek heritage hailing from Cyprus, he was raised in the multicultural area of Brunswick and ate meat pies, and was a devout fan of Carlton football club like any normal kid in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
He has a particular interest in working with the elderly in aged care and is a dedicated uncle, family man, and man of God. He is a survivor of domestic violence and a strong advocate against psychological abuse and wishes to speak out on this largely unrecognized aspect of men's mental health. Fivos is currently at work on his second novel, due for publication in 2021.
In his first book USER, we follow Brondo Violaris, leaving the safety of his traditional Greek family to find love and moving to regional Victoria to start a new life, in which we are led on a trail of toxic love and deception. This is a true account of the psychological and emotional abuse he endured for years at the hands of his partner and her family.
He is also the author of 'Beyond the Ruins'. In 1986, twelve years after Cyprus saw the invasion of the Turks in 1974, displacing hundreds of thousands of Cypriots as they commandeered the North.
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10. 'EL LECHON CHONCHO' - BY AUTHOR JENNIFER S. SEGARRA
"Jennifer S. Segarra is a children's book author. Look for her upcoming book El Lechón Choncho, otherwise known as Choncho the Pig (2021) to be followed up with El Lechón Choncho makes new friends (2021)."
El Lechon Choncho is a giant pinkish-white pig with large ears that stand straight up. He is as big as a truck. But not only is he large, but he is also sweet, smart, brave, and practically the funniest pig you could ever meet! Set in the backdrop of the beautiful sights of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. You find life on the farm with Hilda and her family along with some pretty interesting animals found there.
The story starts off with little Antonia and Anna not wanting to go to sleep. Their mother Hilda (adult version) promises to tell them the story of El Lechon Choncho if they plan to go to sleep right away. Once they are settled in their beds. You find yourself transporting back in time to when Hilda is a little girl on the farm and the everyday life with her charming pet pig.
Not only does he act like a dog to the delight of Hilda and her sisters, but every day becomes an adventure. He is the first one to greet them in the morning by sticking his head in the window to squeal “Good morning!” He also follows Hilda around in order to not miss out on any opportunity to be together. Given that everyone has specific chores on the farm, Hilda is tasked to take care of Choncho the pig. That is where their friendship began and stayed true to the end.
El Lechon Choncho is a wonderful story of a charming yet lovable pig that will bring a smile to your face and have a special place in your child's heart. Who would have thought a pig could be the best friend of a little girl?
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR JENNIFER S. SEGARRA
Jennifer Segarra, the author of the newly published children’s book, “El Lechón Choncho, otherwise known as Choncho the Pig,” has loved reading and writing stories since she was a little girl. It all began in 4th grade, when she was given her first assignment of writing an essay of a story in history in her own words. From that point on she was hooked. Nothing makes her happier, other than her husband and children, than sitting down and writing her thoughts, journaling, or reading a book.
One of her favorite memories as a child was hearing her mother tell bedtime stories of when she lived on her family farm in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Her favourite story was the one of el lechón Choncho, the lovable, kind, and extraordinary pet pig, and the relationship he had with her mother.
Apart from falling in love with stories of her family. She was a fan of books. A trip to the public library or school library always made her extremely happy. Judy Blume, Emily Bronte, and Jane Austen was just of few of the many authors whose books she loved and cherished. To write a book in her mind was always an accomplishment she thought would never happen. Until it did.
Her dream finally came true and her book was published. She has made it a point to push for early reading.
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11. 'SANTA'S NEW TEAM' - BY AUTHOR TREVOR M.K. AIREY
"Trevor M. K. Airey originally wrote Santa's New Team when his first son was just three months old. The story came to him in the middle of a sleepless night on Christmas Eve. Fast forward a few years and two more children later, Santa's New Team is now Airey's debut publication."
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, right? They're Santa's reindeer! And they've been pulling his sleigh for quite a long time...since 1823 to be exact. The time has come for Santa's team of reindeer to pass the torch of responsibility on to the next generation of reindeer, but who will they be?
Meet new members, Ruby, Pirin, Pacer, and Golden, along with Titan, Jubilee, and Digeridoo, too! Each member of Santa's new team brings something unique and special to the team. Together they have been chosen to take on the important task of guiding Santa's sleigh. There is just one problem: With so many talented reindeer, how will they decide who will lead the sleigh?
This story is a playful response to the world-renowned poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (more affectionately called ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas) by Clement C. Moore. This story makes a number of references to the original classic, while also acknowledging topics that are part of our society today. Santa's New Team will inspire the next generation of readers by sharing with them a story of perseverance, comradery, inclusion, and diversity while demonstrating that we are stronger together when we share our talents with one another and work as a team.
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Airey is currently in the process of planning out other books with similar modern takes on classic stories. He has aspirations to become one of the next great American Children’s Book Authors!
A new holiday favorite! My daughter loves the rhyming and cadence of the story. The pictures are bright and have so much to catch your kiddo's eye. - Teetz (Reviewed in the US)
Great book! This book has such a great story and beautiful, vibrant pictures! - Tiffany Owens (Reviewed in the United States)
THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR TREVOR M.K. AIREY
Trevor M. K. Airey is a graduate from the University of Washington and Gonzaga University in the United States. He originally wrote Santa’s New Team back in 2015 when his first son was just three months old. He had just finished the capstone for his Master’s Degree in Leadership. The story came to him in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Over the subsequent years, he would edit the story, read it to friends, and edit it some more. Until eventually he felt confident enough to pursue getting it published.
Team building and development is something Airey holds in high regard. This book highlights the evolution many teams go through and the value in their capabilities by coming together. Santa’s New team is now Airey’s debut publication. We hope you enjoy it! Airey lives in Washington with his wife, three children, and their Siberian husky.
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