GOTCHA! Inside Trump’s 2020 Campaign

by Ed Weinberger

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Nine-time Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Ed. Weinberger, known for his work on such legendary comedies as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, and The Cosby Show, imagines an alternate Trump 2020 presidential campaign in this hilarious new novel.

In GOTCHA! Weinberger creates a chaotic world inhabited by America’s 45th President where cheating at golf is taken for granted; Fox anchors are valued advisors; and hydroxychloroquine is promoted as a COVID-19 cure.

Spanning the critical period from March 5, 2020 to January 24, 2021, GOTCHA! takes readers into Trump’s private world as he meets with his re-election committee, has a hush-hush dinner with Laura Ingraham, makes an angry early-morning call to Don, Jr., and asks Melania whether his bullet-proof vest makes him look fat. Trump tries to rush through a COVID-19 vaccine; attempts to build rapport with African Americans; and even gets away with shooting a protester on Fifth Avenue—an incident applauded by the NRA.

With an entertaining mix of fiction and satire, this provocative novel looks into the corrupt, three-ring-circus that is Washington in the new normal. 

REVIEW

The blurb for the book states that this is a work of fiction/satire. The legal statement about characters reinforces that by saying that said characters do not resemble anyone living or dead. Balderdash, hogwash, and utter nonsense. Okay, okay…I know that this is an entertaining, witty, spot-on take on an administration which should be, at the very least, caricatured in such a manner. (Editor’s note – the author of this review despises the current squatter in the White House, his criminal enterprise, and their enablers.) While reading Gotcha, I felt as if I was reading the actual notes of meetings or transcripts of phone calls that now reside in the Trump Presidential Library. (Editor’s note – that was satire of a hyperbolic nature.) In other words they sound just so damn real, that I found myself emitting negative comments and many naughty words as I was reading, adding to my limitless loathing. Personal feelings aside, I was really laughing my arse off. Kudos to the author for a page turning way to survive the dual pandemics we are experiencing..Covid-19 & #45. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fortress of Fury

(The Bernicia Chronicles #7)

by Matthew Harffy

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AD 647. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the seventh instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles.

War hangs heavy in the hot summer air as Penda of Mercia and his allies march into the north. Caught unawares, the Bernician forces are besieged within the great fortress of Bebbanburg.

It falls to Beobrand to mount the defence of the stronghold, but even while the battle rages, old and powerful enemies have mobilised against him, seeking vengeance for past events.

As the Mercian forces tighten their grip and unknown killers close in, Beobrand finds himself in a struggle with conflicting oaths and the dreadful pull of a forbidden love that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear.

With the future of Northumbria in jeopardy, will Beobrand be able to withstand the powers that beset him and find a path to victory against all the odds?

REVIEW

When a series reaches this many volumes, and the main character is pretty well known to those who have read the whole series, the need to keep the tale fresh and vibrant is a daunting task. Fortunately for us, my fellow followers of Beobrand, the author has met that challenge. Layers of depth have been added to not only our hero, but also the supporting cast. This episode thrusts Beobrand into situations that are complicated, seemingly unsolvable, and numerous. It is a twisting path with the obstacles of love, loyalty, honor, and oaths given, that the Lord of Ubbanford must follow, and somehow survive. Page turner? Ahh, that would be a yes. Best part? Beobrand will be back. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Last Light of the Sun

by Guy Gavriel Kay

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In his eagerly awaited new novel, Guy Gavriel Kay turns his gaze to the northlands, brilliantly evoking the Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic cultures of a turbulent age.

There is nothing soft or silken about the north. The lives of men and women are as challenging as the climate and lands in which they dwell. For generations, the Erlings of Vinmark have taken their dragon-prowed ships across the seas, raiding the lands of the Cyngael and Anglcyn peoples, leaving fire and death behind. But times change, even in the north, and in a tale woven with consummate artistry, people of all three cultures find the threads of their lives unexpectedly brought together…

Bern Thorkellson, punished for his father’s sins, commits an act of vengeance and desperation that brings him face-to-face, across the sea, with a past he’s been trying to leave behind.

In the Anglcyn lands of King Aeldred, the shrewd king, battling inner demons all the while, shores up his defenses with alliances and diplomacy-and with swords and arrows-while his exceptional, unpredictable sons and daughters pursue their own desires when battle comes and darkness falls in the woods.

And in the valleys and shrouded hills of the Cyngael, whose voices carry music even as they feud and raid amongst each other, violence and love become deeply interwoven when the dragon ships come and Alun ab Owyn, chasing an enemy in the night, glimpses strange lights gleaming above forest pools.

Making brilliant use of saga, song and chronicle, Kay brings to life an unforgettable world balanced on the knife-edge of change in The Last Light of the Sun.

REVIEW

This is the 7th book by Mr. Kay that I have read, as I slowly make my way through his magnificent portfolio of prose, and once again I am in awe of his storytelling. A saga invoking the Celtic, Saxon, Gaelic, Norse world of Alfred the Great, the author splices in bits from the other parts of his magnificent world, adding even more depth to this multi-layered tale (a horse from Al-Rassan, manuscripts from Sarantium, etc.). Plumbing down to the souls of his characters, literally in some cases, the range of emotions expressed throughout the pages caused this reader to often pause and exclaim, “Holy Jad, Guy”, that was brilliant. I can only offer this to my peeps and fellow travelers, if you haven’t read any Guy Gavriel Kay, you need to rectify that soon. 😊 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Simon Turney / Gordon Doherty : Sons of Rome (Review)

Sons of Rome by Simon Turney & Gordon Doherty

About the book

Four Emperors. Two Friends. One Destiny.

As twilight descends on the 3rd century AD, the Roman Empire is but a shadow of its former self. Decades of usurping emperors, splinter kingdoms and savage wars have left the people beleaguered, the armies weary and the future uncertain. And into this chaos Emperor Diocletian steps, reforming the succession to allow for not one emperor to rule the world, but four.

Meanwhile, two boys share a chance meeting in the great city of Treverorum as Diocletian’s dream is announced to the imperial court. Throughout the years that follow, they share heartbreak and glory as that dream sours and the empire endures an era of tyranny and dread. Their lives are inextricably linked, their destinies ever-converging as they rise through Rome’s savage stations, to the zenith of empire. For Constantine and Maxentius, the purple robes beckon…

About the authors

Simon Turney is the author of the Marius’ Mules and Praetorian series, as well as The Damned Emperor series for Orion and Tales of the Empire series for Canelo. He is based in Yorkshire.

Gordon Doherty is the author of the Legionary and Strategos series, and wrote the Assassin’s Creed tie-in novel Odyssey. He is based in Scotland.

Pre-order link

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gfhvIr

Follow Simon

Twitter: @SJATurney

Instagram: @simonturney_aka_sjaturney

Website: http://simonturney.com/

Follow Gordon

Twitter: @GordonDoherty

Instagram: @gordon.doherty

Website: https://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/

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Blog Tour Hashtag

#SonsofRome

REVIEW

For years I’ve been hearing and reading from these two authors about this combining of their talents. That they would be producing a spectacular, earth shaking, literary masterpiece.(Editor’s note – a bit of hyperbole in that last sentence,) For years I waited, curiously excited, anticipation running rampant…for years I hungered for news of this tome of the ages, and with every passing week, my expectations grew…the bar has been raised. When the long awaited tale finally made its way to my Kindle, I expected to be overwhelmed by it….and I was. A riveting tale from start to finish, the sheer scope and drama that arises from the forming of a Tetrarchy to rule the vast Roman Empire, sets the scene for tragic decisions and betrayals. (Editor’s note – finish? This tale ain’t finished yet.😊 ) Seamlessly put together, the chapters lure the reader to keep turning the pages from the view of Maxentius to the view of Constantine. It was a complicated time in Rome’s history, and the goal of assuring a peaceful succession of emperors, was a rousing failure. The characters are an interesting display of differences, though there are similarities especially the cruelties of Diocletian and Galerius, but in the end they all crave power – some coming to that reality sooner than others. This tale not only relies on the historical records, but the scarcity of those records, oftentimes conflicting to boot, offers the creative mind a chance to mine the possibilities, creating credible results. Simon and Gordon are masters at that and the blending of their talents is an obvious success. (Editor’s note – Simon and Gordon – sounds like a 60’s Pop Duo.😊) My only issue with Sons of Rome is that it took so long to come out…I mean it’s not as if the authors have other projects they are pursuing. So, on with book 2, please. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Editor’s note – I have it on good authority that the two authors are as busy as beavers in a virgin birch forest working on many projects.)

His Castilian Hawk

(The Castilian Saga #1)

by Anna Belfrage

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Twitter Handles: @abelfrageauthor @maryanneyarde

Hashtags: #newrelease #medieval #HistoricalFiction #HisCastilianHawk #CoffeePotBookClub

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For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale.

Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control.

Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply.

Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes and by covetous Edith who has warmed Robert’s bed for years.

Robert’s new wife may be young and innocent, but he is soon to discover that not only is she spirited and proud, she is also brave. Because when Wales lies gasping and Edward I exacts terrible justice on the last prince and his children, Noor is determined to save at least one member of the House of Aberffraw from the English king.

Will years of ingrained service have Robert standing with his king or will he follow his heart and protect his wife, his beautiful and fierce Castilian hawk?

REVIEW

An arranged marriage, agreed to only for the land and prestige….a long time lover to appease….a relentless King and his pursuit for Welsh domination. There’s a lot on Robert FitzStephan’s plate. Caught between his loyalty to his King and a life risking circumstance at home courtesy of Noor, his force of nature wife, it’s a constant balancing act on a knife’s edge, and that is what keeps the pages turning; keeps the readers on the edge of their seats. Caught between a wife and an old lover who is, well let’s just say she is mightily put out at the situation; more balancing required, and more edge of the seat reading.

The author has put together an amazing cast of characters, and thrust them into a rather exciting tale. All emotions are on display, every facet of life in that turbulent period fill the pages, drawing the reader in. I am looking forward to the next chapter – what will Noor do next? 😊 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anna Belfrage

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. 

More recently, Anna has published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. While she loved stepping out of her comfort zone (and will likely do so again ) she is delighted to be back in medieval times in her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love.  

Website: www.annabelfrage.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/abelfrageauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annabelfrageauthor/

Amazon Author Page: http://Author.to/ABG

Drake – Tudor Corsair

(The Elizabethan Series Book 1)

By Tony Riches

Twitter Handles: @tonyriches @maryanneyarde

Hashtags: #HistoricalFiction  #SirFrancisDrake #CoffeePotBookClub

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1564

Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.

Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.

Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hind and attacking the Spanish fleet.

King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder and orders an armada to threaten the future of England.

REVIEW

An engaging tale of discovery and survival on the high seas, Drake navigates the sometimes turbulent oceans, and the always tricky life at the court of a Tudor Queen. Loaded with action, and characters alive with the time, the tale is much like a Letter of Marque carrying warship as it transports the reader along the story lines…primed for engagement, tacking into the wind, changing course with the twists and plot surprises. It was a perilous occupation, hunting for treasure in uncharted waters with a price on your head, and the author has provided an entertaining, page turning look at one of history’s heroes of that turbulent age. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the Author

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. Tony’s other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess, Brandon – Tudor Knight and The Secret Diary Of Eleanor Cobham. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website tonyriches.com and his blog, The Writing Desk and find him on  Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches

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A Korean War Odyssey

by Tom Gormley

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A Korean War Odyssey is the story of the Korean War, a soldier’s journey through it until he disappears and the author’s efforts to locate and return him home. It is told through the alternating perspectives of a refugee farmer fleeing the advancing North Koreans and a private on occupational duty in Japan suddenly thrust into a “police action.” The war wages with the soldier discovering that the North Koreans are better armed, better trained and ruthless. The soldier disappears and the story changes to the efforts taken by the author to locate and bring the soldier home over 65 years later.

REVIEW

A touching tale of “The Forgotten War” that not only tugs at the heartstrings, but also delivers a concise look at the early days of the conflict, and the struggle to find and reclaim the body of one of the many MIA’s. Well researched, the author shows how those early days caught everyone off guard including the American military. I especially enjoyed (and found to be extremely helpful and moving) the story of the refugee farmer trying to outpace the invading North Korean army. His perseverance in the face of so much adversity is simply marvelous, as is the perseverance of the author in his search for the truth. A page turning read awaits you, my fellow reader. 4⭐⭐⭐⭐

Britannia World’s End

(The Last of the Romans #2)

by Derek Birks

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454 AD.

Even after years of Roman rule, Britannia is a conflicted and largely untamed land.

Disgraced Imperial Officer, Dux Ambrosius Aurelianus, flees to its shores seeking sanctuary in the land of his deceased mother. His years of loyal service to the emperor count for nothing now. He must carve out a new life beyond the empire.

Accompanying Ambrosius is a disparate group of fellow refugees: Inga, a freed Saxon slave, his bucellarii – warriors sworn to him – and the surviving members of his estranged family.

The burden of command weighs heavy on his shoulders, for when he lands in the country, winter is fast approaching.

But the weather is not the only thing inhospitable towards the newcomers.

Plagued by troubles, Ambrosius faces opponents among both the native Britons and Saxon settlers. He discovers that no-one in Britannia – least of all, the High King, Vortigern – still fears the soldiers of the decaying empire.

When those he loves are savagely abducted and betrayal divides his company, Ambrosius is left with only a handful of his bucellarii. Though heavily outnumbered and unfamiliar with the land, Ambrosius remains undaunted.

Pitted against powerful opponents, the Roman will need new allies if he is to free the hostages and make Britannia his home.

There will be blood.

REVIEW

Well now, that was as exciting as it gets, my fellow readers. But, then again, the author does seem to relish in getting his characters into a boatload (or in this case a Roman villa-load) of trouble. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, he does such an excellent job at keeping me turning those digital pages. A plan to live in peace as far from Rome’s faltering empire as possible is an admirable one, though I’m sure Ambrosius and company would rather have found it without all the stress, turmoil, and blood. Fast paced action, surprising twists of fate, formidable foes, and a nice docile puppy make this tale hard to put down. Oh, and the betrayal of a family member still needs to be sorted out, so my guess is that the author will be putting Ambrosius through another boatload of trouble in the next episode. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Northern Throne (Warrior Druid of Britain Chronicles, #3)

by Steven A. McKay

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AD431, Spring
Bellicus the Druid and his friend Duro, a former Roman centurion, have suffered a great deal in recent years but, for them, things are about to get much worse.

Britain is changing. The Romans have gone and warriors from many different places seek to fill the void the legions left behind. In the south, the Saxons’ expansion seems unstoppable despite the efforts of the warlord Arthur, while north of Hadrian’s Wall various kings and chieftains are always looking to extend their borders.
In Dun Breatann, capital of Alt Clota, Bellicus believes the disparate tribes must put aside their differences, become allies, and face the Saxon threat together, under one High King. Or High Queen…
Small-minded men do not always look at the bigger picture though, and when Bellicus and Duro seek to form a pact with an old enemy events take a shocking and terrible turn that will leave the companions changed forever.
This third volume in the Warrior Druid of Britain Chronicles is packed with adventure, battles, triumph, and tears, and at the end of it a new course will be set for Bellicus.
But at what cost?

REVIEW

One thing you can say for certain about post-Roman Britain – there’s a whole lot of conflict, and a choice of enemies to face. The Picts, the Dalriadans, the Saxons, they all want control – Bellicus and Duro have their hands full in this emotionally charged tale. Amidst the turmoil of those conflicts, the author has also included some mental challenges – even the imposing Bellicus is not immune to doubts – his vulnerabilities are a nice touch, makes the giant Druid a bit more human. Trust, loyalty, friendship, failure…all of these things plus physical pain are some of the issues confronting him and Duro.

Another thing you can say for certain is that the author has produced another page turning episode. Plenty of action, believable characters, and a story line full of surprises, this series just keeps getting better…. and there’s more on the horizon. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Day of the Wolf (Erik Haraldsson Book 3)

by C.R. May

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York – Spring 952

After four years in exile Erik Bloodaxe retakes the city, and while his enemies regroup beyond the borders of the kingdom he marshals his army and waits.

As summer wanes the storm breaks. An alliance of Scots, Britons and English sweep down from the North, but Erik moves faster. Seizing the day, his armies outmanoeuvre the invaders and crush them utterly.

With the ancient borders of Northumbria restored Erik strikes again, ravaging the land of Alba and hounding its king to the grave.

But Erik’s triumphs are an opportunity for others too, and as Bloodaxe plans a kingdom of the North and begins to dream of an empire of all Britain they are laying plans of their own.

In an epic tale of war and betrayal, The Day of the Wolf concludes the story of Erik Haraldsson, the last king of Northumbria and most renowned Viking of his age.

REVIEW

By this time, my fellow readers, you will have noticed that Erik Haraldsson (Bloodaxe) is a certifiable force of nature. Determined to see the prophecy of his 5 crowns come true, as well as perhaps going beyond the seer’s words, Erik marches to the sounds of steel and shields, a modern sailor’s “damn the torpedoes-full speed ahead” mentality. His character, indeed the whole cast of the tale, are fully immersed in this period…the author gleaning and reaping what facts are available from the time, applying his creative ability to carve out a plausible rendition of Erik’s saga. While I’ve enjoyed the first two books of the trilogy, the third one raised the bar a tad…evidence of an author who is growing in their craft. I am looking forward to what he creates next. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐