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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:


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.


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


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


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



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

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
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:

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

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Reviews: "From My Cold Undead Hand" (Marie Marshall) and "The Family Pool" (Lyz Russo)

Two more of our books have recently been reviewed:

Roughseasinthemed's Reviews >

From My Cold, Undead Hand

From My Cold, Undead Hand by Marie Marshall
From My Cold, Undead Hand byMarie Marshall
Roughseasinthemed's review
Aug 31, 2016

really liked it
I will confess, I was not impressed with the start of this book. Too busy, rushed, and my head was swirling with the action. What's the classic advice? Slow down on the action, speed up the slow parts.

But, when our vampire-hunting heroine, Chevonne, starts to includes extracts from the chronicles of a nineteenth century vampire hunter, the story improves no end.

Chevonne's character is well-drawn and so is the character of her predecessor, Anna Lund, the supposed author of the chronicles. While we don't get so much insight into the other secondary characters, some of them play a pivotal and dramatic role in the plot, affecting Chevonne's future in the vampire-hunting Resistance.

The setting is futuristic, ie some time further on in the 21st century than the present day, so vampire-hunting has moved on somewhat from just wooden stakes and garlic, and the Resistance members have fancy weapons. Even the vampires use guns too.

What makes the book interesting, the deeper you get into it, are the unexpected twists to the plot, and the build-up to the climax. I was totally taken by surprise. From a book that starts with a Buffy-type clone, kicking and killing vampires in high school, the story takes a totally different turn.

It was well worth sticking with past the first couple of chapters. And, a pretty rare occurrence, I started off thinking I'd struggle to give it three stars, and ended up thinking it easily merited four. It's imaginative, unpredictable, well written, with some nice contrasts and similarities between the past and the present vampire hunters.

Chevonne isn't perfect, and makes some prize mistakes. Through her perspective we come to realise that the whole vampire issue is much bigger, more organised and far more dangerous than it originally appeared to be.

The ending? Nicely contrived, and like Chevonne thought, the last significant kill (dock) seemed too easy. But at least it gives the author an opportunity for a sequel. It did however, tie the story up neatly without leaving the reader hanging over the cliff.

 A vampire story with an interesting kick. It's a short book, with few typos, and recommended to anyone who likes vampire tales.


The Family Pool

by Lyz Russo Fiction - Short Story 29 Pages Reviewed on 08/29/2016

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Mary Jenkinson’s marriage to John Adams was more than she bargained for. The Family Pool by Lyz Russo is an excellent short story of family drama, mystery, and intrigue. Mary found out that once you married into the Adams family, all that glittered was not gold. Even though John appeared to be the man of her dreams, his family legacy held a deep dark secret. On the outside the family possessed wealth, but on the inside there were rules and regulations that all family members obeyed in order to maintain their lifestyles. The family ruler and patriarch, Uncle Daniel, called all the shots in the family, from where the members would live to that of the in-laws. Mary reveals to the family, by mistake, that she's pregnant and begins to wonder upon this announcement what all the whispers and disdain are about. What Mary did not realize is that by her being pregnant she was violating the family's laws of order.

I enjoyed reading The Family Pool by Lyz Russo because not only was it a great story, but Lyz was able to deliver the story, plot, and ending all within this short read. If Alfred Hitchcock was alive, I believe that The Family Pool by Lyz Russo would be one of the stories that he would chose for his mini movie series collections. If you do not like the original ending, Lyz has offered an alternative ending that you may enjoy. I personally liked the original ending because it added an element of suspense to the story. However, the alternative ending can be used as a sequel. If you like family drama, mystery, and suspense tales, get a copy of The Family Pool by Lyz Russo. I am sure that you will enjoy it.

  Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"The Mystery of the Solar Wind" and "The Assassin" (by Lyz Russo), Reviewed!

Thank you to Roughseasinthemed for these two great reviews on Goodreads, of the "Solar Wind" series by Lyz Russo:

Roughseasinthemed's Reviews 

The Mystery of the Solar Wind

The Mystery of the Solar Wind by Lyz Russo
The Mystery of the Solar Wind by Lyz Russo (Goodreads Author)
Roughseasinthemed's review
Aug 27, 2016
really liked it
I really enjoyed this imaginative, creative, futuristic pirate story. But it's so much more than just a pirate story: dark governmental controlling forces, relationships, genetics, and a total sense of adventure. Russo's characters are great and totally credible. I was surprised how long it was, and there were very few errors for such a long book, so I just dove right in and enjoyed the ride, or, sail.

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Roughseasinthemed's Reviews 

The Assassin

The Assassin by Lyz Russo
The Assassin (Solar Wind #2) byLyz Russo(Goodreads Author)
Roughseasinthemed's review
Aug 27, 2016
really liked it
This was a fantastic sequel to The Mystery of the Solar Wind. Action-packed may be a cliché but this book was full of action, emotion and nail-biting moments. Loved it from start to finish. Our favourite characters develop more, and happy endings for good people don't always win out so there is gritty realism.

Why not five stars? Well, if you are going to write in Spanish, it's a good idea to get it right. There were errors. And, there was some repetitive phrasing that should have been tightened up. And some silly little proofing errors. Understandable in a long book. Also, I got lost with the assassination targets. The numbers seemed to change. What happened to the ones in Hong Kong? Otherwise, it was a top notch read, recommended.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review for the 8-author shortstory compilation, 'Mercury Silver'

Thank you, Nikki Mason of Bestchicklit, for your sweet review of P'kaboo's 'Mercury Silver' :

What they say:
A quirky compilation of short-stories by 8 individualistic authors with very differing styles. Enjoy!

What we say – review by Nikki Mason:

This is a wonderfully eclectic mix of short stories including fairy stories, modern fables and touchingly emotional pieces. If you’re the sort of person who prefers a box of assorted truffles over a bar of dairy milk – this is for you.

For me the stand out stories were Betwixt and Between by Lucy P Naylor, which was disturbing but delightful and charmingly written and Going Home by Lyz Russo, a chilling little tale that uses the short story genre to its full potential. Both had the air of the supernatural about them, which appealed to my gothic tastes. Having said that, all the stories have an air of magic and mystery, even if it’s just the funny little circumstances that life can throw up.

An easy book to dip in and out of and a crazy mix of writing styles, Mercury Silver is totally worth a punt.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Reviewed: "Freedom Fighter" (Solar Wind 3)

Thank you, Colleen from Silver Threading, for this lovely review of "Freedom Fighter", the third in the "Solar Wind" series by P'kaboo author Lyz Russo. 


In her review Colleen focuses on the teenage relationships in the story, one of the main themes of "Freedom Fighter", inbetween freak waves, terrorist attacks and flying UFOs.


 I have to tell you all, I am hopelessly in love with this series. The characters have found their way into my heart. I feel pained every time I come to the end of another exciting installment because I want to know more! I think I must have some gypsy blood running through my veins!


What happens next? I’m dying to find out!  

Freedom Fighter finds Captain Radomir Lascek up to his neck in negotiations with the Unicate and other warring factions as he tries to carve out a peaceful treaty to the new world order that has taken over the earth. So much so, that he has no choice but to make his daughter, Rushka Donegal, the captain of the Solar Wind.  


There are currently a few give-away copies of "Freedom Fighter" available at Smashwords: 



Friday, May 20, 2016

Reviews: "From my Cold, Undead Hand"; "Pink Wish Ice Cream"; "The Assassin"

Three P'kaboo books received great new reviews in the past time:

From My Cold, Undead Hand  (by Marie Marshall)

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/from-my-cold-undead-handReviewed by for Readers' Favorite

From My Cold Undead Hand (Where the Vampires Are, Volume 1) by Marie Marshall is the first book in what promises to be a thrilling, interesting take on vampire legend and lore. Chevonne Kusnetsov is a teenager living in the near-distant future, a world that you will recognize but it is subtly different from our own. Chevonne is like any other normal teenager - she goes to school, has friends, has a mother who worries about her, stays home alone after school reading books, but her "job" is not the job of normal teenagers - she researches and kills vampires. This isn't a Buffy the Vampire Slayer world, where the vampires are all beautiful, but our world where the vampires just want you dead. Chevonne is a Resistance fighter, and she's out to save mankind.

Marshall does a fantastic job with creating an alternate world for us, where the action happens at a breakneck pace. From using technology that isn't developed yet, to using weapons not designed yet, to using language and phrases not spoken yet, she creates a universe that is strangely familiar to us, yet it's a place where you have to watch your back or you'll be dead. Vampires aren't glamorous, it isn't romantic to meet a vampire in the alley behind the school, and they most certainly don't sparkle. Marshall also does a remarkable job of tying in the classic vampire novel, Dracula, but makes you believe that it's all real. This is a book that will leave you breathless for more!

Where to buy this book:
P'kaboo pdf ebook (Paypal)
Amazon Paperback / Kindle

Pink Wish Ice Cream (by Andrea Kaczmarek) 

Reviewed by Jean Brown (on Reader's Favourites):

This is a gentle and engaging story and an excellent resource for teachers of younger children to use in the classroom as well as parents at home.

The story begins with a clear explanation of the witches to set the context plus, when reading the book to children, they can join in the fun by coming up with ideas for pink objects!
There is a carefully crafted build-up so that the children are quickly ‘hooked’ wanting to know what the children are going to wish for and whether or not their wishes will be granted. The text also engages with the children asking them questions linked to recognising good manners – a lovely way to help children learn good manners.

Finally, the children are asked to think about what they would wish for which again could lead to lots of discussion linked to thinking of others before yourself.

I wonder what Mrs Polly Pink-Witches’ friends (Mrs Scarlett Red-Witch and Mrs Marigold Yellow-Witch) are going to be famous for? More food for thought for the children!

Jean Brown
Where to buy this book:
P'kaboo pdf ebook (Paypal)
Amazon Paperback / Kindle Fixed-Layout Children's Ebook

"The Assassin" (Solar Wind 2) (by Lyz Russo)

Reviewed by Colleen Chesebro from Silver Threading:

The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows...

Captain Radomir Lascek and his band of unruly pirates, sailing upon his ship, the Solar Wind, continue to hide from the Unicate and their evil associates. However, there is more at stake now. Two data capsules in the Captain's possession explain that the Rebellion is on a similar path as the Unicate, and both forces could spell the end of the world if the Captain doesn't act soon.

When the Captain's secret station in Antarctica is attacked, he is forced to take matters into his own hands. He employs Federi, the part-time gypsy chef/master assassin and Paean, a ship's musician and budding genetic scientist to embark on a mission to assassinate as many of the top Unicate Officials as they can. Reluctantly, Federi teaches Paean the art of killing, something the fifteen-year-old finds to be a necessary evil in this futuristic world they are forced to survive in.

Struggling to deal with the burgeoning feelings he has for Paean, Federi confronts the "killing animal" that dwells within his heart. He knows he has the soul of an assassin. His greatest fear is that he will lose the love and admiration from the young girl, a certain loss he knows he could not endure.

As the story unfolds the reader discovers Federi and Paean share a type of gypsy intuition, a mystical connection that belongs only to them. This psychic ability blossoms into a deep love between the two, even though Federi is much older than Paean. This is gypsy love at its finest, and I was bewitched by the touching love story that drew me deeper into the adventure.

The book is long but filled with so much intrigue and suspense you gladly read on to unravel the various mysteries that are part of the whole adventure aboard the Solar Wind. For me, this book delves deeper into the characters and gives you a glimpse into the mechanics of their personalities. I like these pirates. Their humanity speaks to me. I can't wait to dive into the third book in the series, Freedom Fighter. Stay tuned…

My Rating:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 4
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 Where to buy this book:
P'kaboo pdf ebook / paperback (Paypal)
Amazon Paperback / Kindle
Smashwords ebook

We thank our reviewers for their time, trouble, and wonderful reviews!