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Thursday, October 4, 2018

A lovely review for "The Morrigan" (author: Lyz Russo), by Colleen Chesebro, Fairy Whisperer

Thank you Colleen, for this wonderful review on Goodreads.


Reviewer Colleen Chesebro
In book five, "The Morrigan," the entire crew of the Solar Wind is back, along with some new and fascinating space entities. Dana, an alien from the planet New Dome, remains aboard the ship flaunting her agenda with Captain Radomir Lascek. Little has changed in that department and Perdita remains the key to protecting humankind from Dana’s malevolence.

But that's only the beginning of this saga. Hang on... the Solar Wind is in danger and it's up to the pirate assassin, Federi, and his wife, the lovely genetic engineer/musician, Paean, to save the day.

As the Solar Wind undertakes another trip into space there are rumors of a hidden treasure that beckons to the captain and the crew.  Dana, Empress of New Dome leads the expedition into deep space. The problem is, she's not exactly an ally and secretly wants the treasure for herself.

It doesn't take long for the crew to figure out there are some strange things going on inside the ship. Peculiar visitors have boarded the ship causing havoc with the crew. To make matters worse, the space crawlers seem to be multiplying. Some of the aliens take to impersonating the crew and when Paean wakes up one morning to spot Federi's old girlfriend in his arms, she's had it! You can be sure the fireworks between Federi and Paean will be explosive.

Then, there's the problem with the Solar Wind. The ship appears to have become sentient and personally involves itself with the evil entity, "The Morrigan," leading the crew into further danger.

There were many twists and turns in this story and the end totally surprised me. The writing and the dialog are crisp and engaging. I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning and "The Morrigan," tops my list for fun speculative fiction. There is something here for everyone. If you love science fiction, romance, fantasy, mysteries, and high octane action, you have found your next series to read. Did I mention pirates?

Keeping a series fresh and interesting illustrates the writing expertise of the author. Lyz Russo has woven an entertaining futuristic tale around the two characters that propel the story forward, Federi and Paean. There's an age difference here, and I can't wait to see if these two have what it takes to stay married. Only time will tell.

The author gifted me a copy of this book. I enjoyed it so much, I had to review it.

MY RATING:
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
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The Morrigan is the fifth book in the Solar Wind series.



Monday, October 1, 2018

Immy and other stories

Focus on Children's Books:

While we are setting up shop here in Ireland, we are placing additional focus on children's stories.

Delightfully, Immy and the Dragon by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble and Amanda Fieldgate, has just been reformatted and proof copies are on hand.

Immy was originally a multimedia creation (and still is, but this is for now on hold).



She is now available in paperback, soft booklets, or in a collective.

A good close-up look at our Pink Wish Ice Cream, by Andrea Kaczmarek and Eva Kuenzel, reveals that the booklet is great! 





More of our children's books include Tabika 1 and 2 and the entire Magic Circle Saga series by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble.





Many of these books are being overhauled with newer covers, and there are further children's books in the pipeline.  We can't say too much yet.


... Watch this space for surprises!





Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Blue Between by Annemarie Luck

They say that some people can see the blue connections of light 

...between those who love each other. Mothers, fathers and their children; brothers, sisters, aunts; grandparents; and those who may not even have met yet in this life but have a connection that precedes being born; those who are meant to be together.

(Borrowed, with permission and not verbatim, from Linda Goodman.)




The Blue Between

by Annemarie Luck



A PLAYGROUND in Knysna, South Africa
A wooden swing. A Polaroid camera.

Andricia, heartbrokenEARTBROKEN on her eighteenth birthday.

Sebastian, an introverted twelve-year-old boy
from London who FALLS for her on sight — and
cannot forget her, even into adulthood.

For years he returns to the place of their meeting,
hoping to see her again.

LITTLE DOES HE KNOW SHE IS
CLOSER THAN HE THINKS






This glorious love story, Debut Novel of Annemarie Luck, is sure to pull all the relevant heart strings.  With a tangled knot of intriguing backstories, and a beautiful honesty in the emotional interchange, it keeps the reader glued to the page. Will Andricia and Sebastian eventually be allowed to be together?

"The Blue Between" is one of a number of novels that are hot off the printing press in Durban.

Launch dates and online availability will be announced soon.



Thursday, July 19, 2018

Split Decision goes on Smashwords

As part of our program towards convenience and ease of access, we now have a version of Split Decision available on Smashwords

Easy to download; beautifully clean ebook available in just about every imaginable format; and at only $4.95. For those of you who are really curious to peek into this fast-moving, emotion-packed book, there is a preview available.

Here is the link:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/879434


 


The Smashwords edition precedes a very exciting development - the launch of the first South African print of the book.

Go read and enjoy.



Sunday, May 27, 2018

GDPR and cookies (how ironic)

Dear Valued Visitors to P'kaboo and this blog.

Google wishes to alert you that they use cookies on this (and every other) blog.  P'kaboo wishes to alert you that these are Google's cookies, and that P'kaboo doesn't use any cookies of our own.

In the light of the new privacy laws of Europe, it is time to review our privacy policy - and discover that we have been compliant from the start.

This policy is also available on our "About" page.



Privacy Policy

P'kaboo does not mine personal data. (Notice? No cookies!) We only keep enough personal data on authors and customers to enable proper business functioning between us and them - no more, no less. We never did, and never will, sell your personal data to third parties. This has been our policy from the outset.

All your data that we have access to, you supply to us knowingly. There are no hidden agendas.

Your rights

1. You have a right to be "forgotten".

The Internet never forgets? The new EU privacy laws have put paid to that. You have a right (which you had with us always, anyway) to request all your data to be deleted from our records.

Alternatively, you can tell us which parts of your personal data we ought to delete.

2. You have a right to know where your data is kept and who has access.

If we have any data on you at all, it's kept on a secure computer; only our in-house team has access, and on a need-to-know basis only. If you didn't give us any, we don't have data on you.

3. You can limit our usage of your data.

But we don't do anything with your data anyway, other than complete the business transaction you requested.

4. To get any communication not directly relating to the topic at hand, you need to opt in.

We would like to send our authors communication on opportunities, and our readers information on launches, new releases etc - but now we need you to allow us to keep using your email address for this. So if you want to be kept informed, please send us an email with your permission.

5. Anonymity and pseudonymity

In dealing with us, you don't need the name on your birth register - just a "username", a pseudonym. We might need your real delivery address though, else your order might end up in Fairyland.

Monday, March 26, 2018

A glowing endorsement for Carmen Capuano's "Split Decision"







 When an author get endorsed by a broadcaster, that can only mean good news!

P'kaboo author Carmen Capuano has received another accolade for her riveting novel "Split Decision.  This time, from Jack Woodward, sports commentator and former Ashton Villa TV broadcaster.

Bookseeker Agency reports on this:

“Reading ‘Split Decision’ is the best decision you can make.”



Jack Woodward
Jack Woodward 200Recently broadcaster Jack Woodward came across a copy of Carmen Capuano‘s novel Split Decision. Here’s what he had to say about it.

I thought this was a compelling and enthralling read, from beginning to end. We’ve all had ‘sliding doors’ moments in our lives ( though not many with quite such dramatic consequences I hope! ), and the two parallel stories were superbly and sensitively told.

 Lots of surprises, twists and turns along the way and excellent use of language to convey the emotions, also covering a range of issues, from friendship to family, loyalty to jealousy.

 For the whole book to be based on a time period of less than 24 hours was a challenge but it worked well, written in such an intelligent way that flitting between the two narratives is in no way confusing for the reader, it actually helps build the suspense.

I’m one of those people who likes to read a couple of chapters a night but I just couldn’t put this one down and had to keep going right through to the nail biting finale. Riveting and remarkable, this author really knows how to get you right on the edge of your seat.

 In fact, reading Split Decision is the best decision you can make.


The book is available at this link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Split-Decision-Carmen-Capuano/dp/0994673426/1

P'kaboo South Africa is currently printing the book in paperback.

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bookseeker Literary Agency


Our associates in Scotland, the Bookseeker Agency, never seem to pause from book-centred activities.

https://bookseekeragency.com/

In their "Bookshelf", they present a handful of our favourite titles.

https://bookseekeragency.com/bookshop/

They also feature our favourite editor and by now, go-to person for the South African part of P'kaboo.

https://bookseekeragency.com/2014/05/24/leslie-noble-a-professional-editor-for-your-manuscript/

And in their updates, they tell what our favourite agent, Paul Thompson, has been up to.  A varied schedule!

https://bookseekeragency.com/2018/01/27/lose-like-a-human-premiers-at-the-university-of-edinburgh/

 

Thank you Bookseeker for everything you are doing for us!



Saturday, February 24, 2018

Carmen Capuano Author: Tamworth Literary Festival

carmen capuano author: Tamworth Literary Festival: I'm really looking forward to attending Tamworth Literary Festival on Saturday, 3rd March, and also on Tuesday, 6th March. Please check ...


Please follow the link to view the blog of our dynamic author Carmen Capuano.


Carmen is the author of "Split Decision", a riveting novel about first love, disillusionment and crime; as well as a series of novels called "The Owners", among other works. She has recently become quite a favourite among reviewers.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thank you, Colleen Chesebro, for the great review of "Raider"


And thank you, Bookseeker Agency, for reblogging it. 

"Raider" is the fourth volume in the Solar Wind series.

‘The Solar Wind IV’ finds a place in the heart.


Reviewer Colleen Chesebro recently had the following to say about the fourth in the Solar Wind series by Lyz Russo:solar-wind-iv
Volume Four brings the pirate assassin, Federi, and his wife, the lovely genetic engineer/musician, Paean, back together at long last. When these two are apart, the Solar Wind never rides smooth on the waves beneath its bow. Something is off, though, and Federi’s gypsy intuition is pushed into overdrive to figure out what is wrong.

Suddenly, a new threat surfaces when Dana, an alien from the planet New Dome, arrives aboard the ship with an agenda all her own. The hauntingly beautiful Dana disrupts the newfound relationship between the Captain and Perdita when it is revealed that she is Rushka’s mother. Perdita is stunned and watches, filled with fury, as the Captain succumbs once again to Dana’s evil charms. Meanwhile, Rushka, pregnant with her first child remembers the cruelty she suffered at the hands of her alien mother when she was a young child.

And, if that wasn’t enough drama, mutant creatures are menacing the crew, threatening their very lives. The beings can’t be destroyed, and they regenerate themselves from a single living cell. They multiply into the thousands with only one thing on their mind – to kill. When one of the creatures attacks Federi, the team battles for his and their lives looking for solutions to save the world from certain destruction.

lyz-russo
Lyz Russo

Perdita is the key to protecting humankind from Dana’s malevolence. If they can save Federi, there is still hope…

I have been reading the Solar Wind Series for some time now, and I must say, I enjoyed Book IV, Raider, the best! The characters have long ago found a place in my heart. Once again, it is the relationship between Paean and Federi that steer the crew into new adventures. The addition of space travel and the ability to beam to any location in an instant added another layer of mystique to the plot.
Lyz Russo has created a science fiction series that continues to entertain and invite the reader into the world of the Solar Wind, and its crew. This futuristic pirate fantasy is one of my favorites!

Read more about Solar Wind IV here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Imminent release: 'Nix Romipen' by Lyz Russo (The Solar Wind series, Book 6)

This book is scheduled to be released on 1 November on Smashwords.

 For a preview, click here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/626032

Nix Romipen

Series: The Solar Wind By Lyz Russo
nixromipen-front2 
Romania. A place of harsh contrasts; dangerous and beautiful wilderness; a silent invisible people. This is where Federi was born; and this is where he takes Paean in their breakaway from the Solar Wind, their bid for freedom.

But Federi is hunting big game now. He is going after the Unicate, once and for all. The old gypsy curse of Falco is singing loudly in his blood, and he has to finish it. Whether it meets with Paean's approval or not. Too many have died; and despite Captain's politics, the Unicate still exerts its rule of terror in this remote, half-forgotten country.

As he goes after the Unicate, tracing the secret of the Hounds, something larger is tracing him, though. The trip of the Solar Wind into space has alerted some ancient forces. Federi and his best partner, Paean, trade places as he follows Captain back into space while she finds herself in the depths of a Unicate mound, with an unexpected ally, a Unicate "Other"...
For readers who loved the Solar Wind series, this sixth book closes off the first cycle.
We also would like to thank Roughseasinthemed, who has already posted a review of this book on Goodreads.

Here is her review:

Roughseasinthemed
Sep 13, 2016 Roughseasinthemed rated it "Really liked it" (4 stars)
This is another great read in the Solar Wind Series by Lyz Russo.

Although the sixth in the series, Russo manages to continue developing the original characters, introduces new ones, and adds unpredictable twists and turns to the plot.

Add to that, the location is always changing, on the earth, on the sea, in the air, in outer space. In Nix, Paean and Federi face their troubled pasts, visiting Paean's former home in the poor parts of Dublin, and Federi's homeland in Rumania and try to unravel further what the Unicate is up to as the pair realises their former neighbours' lives are at risk.

There is, as ever, plenty of tough action, and thoughtful, reflective moments, combined with some lively dialogue.

One aspect that stands out is, who are allies and who are enemies? Who can the crew trust when they meet new people, aliens, immortals, and 'Others'? But, the doubts and uncertainty just add to the suspense. I decided not to guess, just settled in to enjoy the read.

Russo continues to create a good story with every book and leaves us wanting to read more about the crew of the Solar Wind and their wonderful pirate captain Radomir Lascek. I'd join his ship!



nixromipen-front2To view this book, click here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/626032







sw-seriesFor the rest of the series, click here (first book is free). https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/24238

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