Thursday, 22 June 2017

RASPUTIN'S LEGACY - THE ULTIMATE COVER REVEAL!

IT'S FINALLY HERE! 
Today I reveal the cover of the much anticipated book...
Rasputin's Legacy!!



ARE YOU READY??? 

Here is the perfect cover for a Spy Thrilling Historical Fiction book like Rasputin's Legacy. 






When Ronald Reagan sends West Point graduate and covert operator Atcho to execute a deadly mission, he finds himself deep in Siberia with no support. His foe is a Soviet general bent on a coup and gaining control of the USSR’s nuclear weaponry. At the back of Atcho’s mind is that the country he is sent to save is the same Superpower that helped enslave Cuba, his beloved birthplace.

Out of the gloom surrounding the murders of the brooding mystic Rasputin and the Russian royal family, emerges the evil that survived World War II. It fomented the Cold War and propelled their effects into the modern age. Atcho must avert their horrors, yet to be imagined on a global scale. 

In a style reflective of Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy, Book 2 of this Cold War series is sure to thrill, and if you have not read Curse The Moon, check out the back of this book for a sneak-peek of the story of how Atcho became Atcho.


WHAT LEGENDS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Carmine Zozzora, Producer of Die Hard with a Vengeance and Color of Night. "Pure Gold! Atcho grabs you at the beginning, and won't let go."
 
Bill Thompson, Editor of Stephen King's Carrie and John Grisham's The Firm. "With this page-turning thriller, Lee connects the brooding mystic Rasputin to the Cold War, traces his dark influence into the present, and makes it relevant to today's churning world events. Stunning!"
 
Lieutenant-General Rick Lynch (Retired), former Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division during the Surge in Iraq. "Clearly one of the best books of historical fiction I have ever read. Extremely entertaining and educational at the same time."
 
Joe Galloway, NYT Bestselling Author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young (adapted to a Mel Gibson movie) and We Are Soldiers Still. "Wow! The story is gripping and plausible, the warning real. A must read."
 
Kris "Tanto" Paronto, Hero of Benghazi, Bestselling Author of The Ranger Way. "Riveting! Lee Jackson takes you on a thrilling ride through the intrigue of the Soviet Union as it races toward its final days. Feel the fight of those reaching for freedom against the chaos brought on by Rasputin. Couldn't put it down."
 
D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review. "It takes a deft hand and clear mind to weave past and present events together in such a manner that several possible future paths become crystal clear, but the main strength of Rasputin's Legacy lies in its ability to introduce a cast of characters that swirl around Presidential politics and dangers without becoming confusing or overly complicated. Thriller readers who enjoy stories of espionage, subterfuge ... will find high-octane action throughout Rasputin's Legacy, with the special note that its exceptionally swift pace does not translate to an iota of confusion, and its conclusion is absolutely stunning.... (It) will keep readers guessing and on edge ... from start to finish.



THAT"S RIGHT!!! Pre-Order purchasers will receive these 4 BONUSES FREE!
  • Bonus 1:  The True Story Behind Atcho
  • Bonus 2:  SMACKDOWN - An Excerpt From a Work in Progress
  • Bonus 3:  Aleksey’s Account of Rasputin’s Murder
  • Bonus 4:  A Complimentary eBook of CURSE THE MOON*

* To receive your CURSE THE MOON eBook, email a copy of your purchase receipt to GetDigitalCurseTheMoon@gmail.com.


For those who purchase Paperbacks during the Pre-Order period, email a copy of your purchase receipt to GetDigitalCurseTheMoon@gmail.com. You’ll receive back all the bonuses in eBook form. 
If you would like your book autographed, tell us that in your email. We’ll provide back an address to which to send your copy. When sending, be sure to include pre-paid shipment materials to send the autographed book back to you.



Lee Jackson is a bestselling, award-winning thriller author. He was an Infantry officer with a front row seat on world affairs, and spent 38 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. Book 1 of his Cold War Series, Curse The Moon was published in 5 countries. Book 2, Rasputin’s Legacy, is due to go on pre-order on June 28, and will be fully released by July 28. Curse The Moon follows Atcho, a counter-revolutionary leader in Cuba turned unwilling spy in the U.S. The odds he faces seem overwhelming as he must choose between saving the world from nuclear holocaust – or his daughter. In Rasputin’s Legacy, he faces a surreal challenge: he must save the country that enslaved his own, or deliver control of the Soviet nuclear apparatus into the hands of a maniac. Can he set aside his personal desire for revenge? Lee Jackson lives and works with his wife in Texas.
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The Cold War. A backdrop to betrayal. A playground to power. When his daughter is kidnapped, Cuban-born, West Point Graduate Atcho must be a sleeper agent to men he'd rather kill. Atcho's rise opens doors into US National Defense even as a seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray. His choice: save his daughter, or save he world from nuclear holocaust.

When the darkness of night is your only camouflage, you learn to Curse the Moon. Get your copy here now.
 


Curse The Moon is the first book in Lee Jackson’s Cold War Series. The sequel, Rasputin's Legacy, will be released in late-April 2017.

In the tradition of Robert Ludlum’s page-turner, The Bourne Identity, Atcho fights against overwhelming odds, bleeds when hurt, and won’t back down. Think: Jason Bourne meets Dr. Zhivago.

To experience the violent intrigue of Cold War Cuba and Russia vs. the United States, get Curse The Moon today.



Book & Press Guild Reviewer: Natasha Johnstone
Curse The Moon: Cold War Rising
Lee Jackson
Stonewall Publishers, LLC

RATED 4 GUILD STARS
This book was published in 5 countries, received numerous awards and is recommended reading in certain libraries all over! For this reason it qualified for a very covetous Press Guild Review! 
Atcho is known by many names but his only goal is to find his daughter who was kidnapped by a Russian General called Govorov. All he wants to do is find her and flee to the US where he was a former student at West Point when he was younger. His friend Juan convinces him to go to a secret meeting with members of the CIA who wanted their help to rise up against Castro and might help him find her.
In a cruel twist of fate, just as he hears of her release, he is thrown into the middle of the Cuban Revolution where actual events are true and based on fact. He leads the revolutionaries through the battle of the Bay of Pigs, but things don’t go as planned and he gets caught where he spends fourteen years in the Boniato prison. He is sent to the Isle of Pines prison for another five years. He goes from planning and training men for revolution to planning and training men to escape out of prison. Though, he did not escape it was not in vain as years later one of the prisoners he helped escape is responsible for his release. Just when he reunites with his daughter, who’s own story is gripping, he finds himself working for the very same General Govorov and the Soviet Union to once again keep his daughter save.
Curse The Moon is an action packed, deeply moving story about a man’s desperate struggle to reunite with his daughter amid political, social and personal change. It grips the reader from the starts as depicted in this excerpt from the first paragraph: ‘Atcho slouched against a wall, alone in a small plaza illuminated by the dim yellow light of a single streetlamp. His eyes probed the surrounding darkness. His fine, aristocratic features were hidden behind a week’s growth of unkempt beard, while his normally well-groomed hair fell in shaggy brown locks below his ears. Since state Security Police, commonly referred to as G-2, had never seen Atcho, at least not as himself, they knew him only by reputation. Tonight, they would be looking for his messenger. Atcho’s ears strained for the sounds of approach. His powerful frame ached to be released from its tense stance. “For Isabel,” he muttered.
From there, the mystery and intrigue incorporated into this action packed book by the ever present General Govorov in Atcho’s life ensures that the pages turn themselves!

But, there is more to this book than a thrilling personal story with a political backdrop. This remarkable book with very deep rooted plot lines portrays a very emotional story, which had a huge impact on me. The book integrates both the history of a country and a man, in an intelligent and gripping manner as well. In this beautifully written book, and in the ever changing landscape that is Atcho’s life, the only constant remains the moon as taken from this excerpt,  “You’re always there,” Atcho murmured to the moon. “It seems you are the only benign constant in my life.” His mind drifted. (sic)

The book is available at the following online stores:

Amazon


Monday, 19 June 2017

RASPUTIN'S LEGACY - THE PRE-REVEAL!

I am so excited to bring you a special preview of Author Lee Jackson's soon to be revealed cover!
 But it is more than the cover I am looking forward to revealing. This book has been the only book I've been looking forward to reading for the past 3 years!! Author Lee Jackson's first book in the series was so acclaimed and prestigious that it had earned him not only a Guild Review, but the highest marks I'd ever given in a Guild Review. 





This is a tiny snippet of the cover's title. Just wait till you see the rest of the cover and get to pre-order this fantastic book! 


When Ronald Reagan sends West Point graduate and covert operator Atcho to execute a deadly mission, he finds himself deep in Siberia with no support. His foe is a Soviet general bent on a coup and gaining control of the USSR’s nuclear weaponry. At the back of Atcho’s mind is that the country he is sent to save is the same Superpower that helped enslave Cuba, his beloved birthplace.

Out of the gloom surrounding the murders of the brooding mystic Rasputin and the Russian royal family, emerges the evil that survived World War II. It fomented the Cold War and propelled their effects into the modern age. Atcho must avert their horrors, yet to be imagined on a global scale.

In a style reflective of Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy, Book 2 of this Cold War series is sure to thrill, and if you have not read Curse The Moon, check out the back of this book for a sneak-peek of the story of how Atcho became Atcho.


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“Wow! The story is gripping and plausible, the warning real. A must read.” Joe Galloway, NYT Bestselling Author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young (adapted to a Mel Gibson movie) and We Are Soldiers Still.





Lee Jackson is a bestselling, award-winning thriller author. He was an Infantry officer with a front row seat on world affairs, and spent 38 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. Book 1 of his Cold War Series, Curse The Moon was published in 5 countries. Book 2, Rasputin’s Legacy, is due to go on pre-order on June 28, and will be fully released by July 28. Curse The Moon follows Atcho, a counter-revolutionary leader in Cuba turned unwilling spy in the U.S. The odds he faces seem overwhelming as he must choose between saving the world from nuclear holocaust – or his daughter. In Rasputin’s Legacy, he faces a surreal challenge: he must save the country that enslaved his own, or deliver control of the Soviet nuclear apparatus into the hands of a maniac. Can he set aside his personal desire for revenge? Lee Jackson lives and works with his wife in Texas.











The Cold War. A backdrop to betrayal. A playground to power. When his daughter is kidnapped, Cuban-born, West Point Graduate Atcho must be a sleeper agent to men he'd rather kill. Atcho's rise opens doors into US National Defense even as a seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray. His choice: save his daughter, or save he world from nuclear holocaust.

When the darkness of night is your only camouflage, you learn to Curse the Moon. Get your copy here now.
 


Curse The Moon is the first book in Lee Jackson’s Cold War Series. The sequel, Rasputin's Legacy, will be released in late-April 2017.

In the tradition of Robert Ludlum’s page-turner, The Bourne Identity, Atcho fights against overwhelming odds, bleeds when hurt, and won’t back down. Think: Jason Bourne meets Dr. Zhivago.

To experience the violent intrigue of Cold War Cuba and Russia vs. the United States, get Curse The Moon today.



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

WHAT IS A BOOK?

I have been in the publishing industry for a long time, as both a publisher and an author. So naturally, I often get asked questions about publishing. The one question I get the most, refers to a book's size. You see...there seems to be a lot of confusion about what the correct term is for various books of various sizes. Terms?
Uh-huh, you see many publishers will tell an author that they had written a book, when in fact they had written a short prose. Or Authors think they had written a novel, when in fact it was a novella.



Let me explain it to you this way;

The 5 main types of Literature are:
1) Prose
2) Poetry
3) Drama
4) Non-Fiction
5) Graphic Novels. (Not the SNVL, LGBT, M/M, BDSM kind) but actual Picture Comic Books.

The other types of literature includes, Media (like phamplets, etc.) Fables, Folklore, and Oral or Audio literature. But these forms of literature rarely cause contention.

Prose is divided into different types.
a) Novels - Fiction novels are over 80 000 words or over 350 pages long, especially if they are geared towards adults. It doesn't matter what genre they fall under... these are real books. Anything less is a short prose and cannot be classified as a book. The only time a publisher will tell you that your 50 000 odd words are considered a book, is when they are trying to cut costs in pre-pub work or printing. Having said that, the only exception to the rule will be Young Adult Fiction Novels. They may consist of 55 000 words or can be up to 150 pages long, since let's face it, teens have short attention spans. More than 55K words and they'll complain that you have written a Tome.

b) Novella - anything below the above is considered a Novella or Short Story, thus it is not classified a book. So next time an author tells you they have published hundreds of books, ask them about the word count. or number of pages. Any one can knock out a 150 page Novella a month.

c) Anti-novels - When an author strays from the norm in terms of plot structure, character portrayal and point of view, and the protagonist's actions contradict that which is considered normal in society, then that book is an anti-novel. My best modern day example is the literary genius of Ian Hudson.

d) Manifesto - any written declaration by a person, group, or party detailing their motives or opinions is a manifesto. These days we know them as Mission Statements or Political proclamations, but many authors have opted to write Manifestos when they have more to say about a particular subject that they are passionate about.

e) Belles-Lettres - These are light, entertaining and sophisticated writings normally in the form of essays, but poetry as well.  Valued for the aesthetic sense rather than the information they contain, The most famous for writing Belle-Lettres is the legendary Paulo Coelho.

f) Diaries. Though diaries are personal narratives that depict events from a certain timeline, they are considered a type of Prose. They fall under Prose rather than Non-fiction, because non-fiction books are close to between 75K and 110K words long depending on whether or not they are Autobiographies/ Memoirs, Historical Biographies, Academic handbooks, Journalism, Travelogues, Manuals or Self-help books.




There you have it.

Monday, 1 May 2017

HEAR YE! HEAR YE! IT'S THE BARBARIAN'S PLAYLIST

Maggie Carpenter shares her fantastic music and inspirational playlist for Her Barbarian Master. 
May it inspire you! 
BUT FIRST...
HER BARBARIAN MASTER 
OVER 150 SIZZLING SUSPENSE-FILLED PAGES!
That's right! And I read them all in one sitting. Filled with action and suspense you also get to relive a classic Romeo and Juliet romance of a long gone era. 
The beautiful and intelligent Serenity doesn't follow the rules! When she lands up in the clutches of Killian, The Barbarian, their attraction is unexpected. Soon they are inseparable. But rival tribes bring them to the brink of war, a traitor is on the loose, and Killian is forced to make hard choices for the survival of his clan. 
Gripping doesn't begin to describe this book! I give it FIVE FAT BELLIED STARS!




Barbarians roar through a sleepy village, settling in a battered castle that overlooks the tiny town. A free-spirited, flaxen-haired young woman named Serenity sneaks into their forbidden gardens.

The leader's son, Killian, throws her over his shoulder and carries her into his chambers. What she endures is not just a spanking, but another form of chastisement that leaves her breathless. Serenity, however, possesses a defiant soul, and when the discipline is over she rails at him, then storms away.

Killian cannot believe it. Haunted by her brazenness and beauty he arranges for her return. Disaster strikes. During her visit a rival clan launches a surprise attack. The compound is under siege. Serenity is trapped.

The dire circumstances throw them together! Their smoldering chemistry flames to life, but as they surrender to their carnal heat, they unearth a diabolical plot, one that threatens not just their lives, but their future, and the future of the entire clan.

Can Killian protect a willful young woman, while trying to uncover a traitor and save his tribe?

Maggie Carpenter has created engaging characters, an action-packed story, and a thrilling romance. Get lost in the world of ancient earth, where barbarians rule with their physical might, follow enduring rituals, and protect what's theirs with fierce determination. Pick up this riveting romance today.

























EXCERPT #1
Precursor To A Punishment

Serenity had been so focused on keeping her eyes to the ground and choosing her words carefully, she had neither seen nor heard the younger barbarians approach. She looked up, and what she saw made her catch her breath. He resembled his father, but his heavy features were handsome, not ghoulish.
“Killian. I didnt know you were here. This girl over my lap was attempting to steal,” Bastian declared. “A bare-bottom spanking is the least she deserves. I should take a leather strap to her backside.”
“Forgive me father, but I couldnt help but overhear the girls plight. If we were starving, I would enter a forbidden garden to find food.”
“Are you saying she shouldnt be punished?”
“No, she should. Everyone knows the rules, and this other village girl must be punished as well,” he added, gesturing towards Serenity. “She tried to interfere, and she was disrespectful. I heard everything. I was over there by the plum tree, but I dont think it right we bare them. Its their first mistake. If they try it again, then, yes, we should.”
Serenity bristled. The young barbarian had just admitted he would have stolen for his family, yet he was still insisting that Layla be spanked, and she should be too. Suddenly Bastians wise words about balance and harmony no longer mattered.
“Thats not fair, not fair at all,” she exclaimed. “You dont know what its like to suffer through a blight of pests. For some reason your plants dont fall victim to such things, and you have more than enough, and youre big and strong and you can hunt. We cant, and for you to be so nasty and pass such harsh judgement on us is wrong.”
The words had tumbled out of her without pause or thought, and as her eyes blazed up at him, then fell back on Bastian, she realized shed just sealed her fate.
“With your permission, father, I shall spank her. She is rude, and she doesnt know her place.”
“I agree,” Bastian said solemnly, nodding his head. “She must be taught a lesson.”
NO! I wont let you!”
Lunging forward Serenity grabbed Laylas wrist, yanking her off Bastians lap. It happened so quickly, and was so unexpected, it caught Bastian completely off guard. By the time he reacted and tried to catch her, they were both sprinting across the grounds towards the gate, but Serenity realized squeezing through the iron bars would slow them down, and might result in their capture.
“No, not the gate,” she panted, “we have to climb trees and jump over the wall. Lets split apart.”
“Youre right,” Layla breathlessly replied. “Ill take the apple tree, you take the orange.”
Serenity darted to the left, but as she did the muscles in her right leg fiercely protested. Ignoring the sharp pain, she tried to run faster, but she could feel her leg refusing her desperate request. Layla, taller and more athletic, had sprinted ahead and was almost at the apple tree. Serenity could hear heavy footsteps behind her, but her leg was badly cramping. Layla was now scampering up the trunk, and determined to beat her pursuer, Serenity pushed through the acute shard of pain, but she was suddenly being lifted off her feet. She let out a wail, then realized it wasnt Bastian who had her, but Bastians brawny son.
“PUT ME DOWN. PUT ME DOWN!”
With deft ease he threw her over his shoulder, then landed a swift stinging slap.
“Be quiet. I will be harder on you if you keep up that racket.”
“YOURE A BEAST AND A BRUTE,” she howled, paying no heed to his warning and beating her fists into his back.
She had meant every word, but she was also attempting to distract him. As he had lifted her, she had spied Layla throwing apples across the wall before climbing along the branch and dropping out of sight. A second hot smack hit her backside, and with Layla safely gone, all thought switched to her perilous plight.
“Spank her in the hall.”
Serenity couldn’t see Bastian, but his thick, gravelly voice was unmistakable.
“I would rather have privacy. Ill take her to my rooms.”
“Very well, but dont keep her too long. I dont want her family coming up here looking for her. Ive had enough of the villagers for one day.”
“Dont you dare take me anywhere,” Serenity shouted. “I demand you put me down!”

I wont father,” Killian replied, completely ignoring Serenitys outburst. “Just long enough to do what must be done.”








A BIT ABOUT MAGGIE


Award-winning and best-selling author Maggie Carpenter has published over fifty romance novels, and is the recipient of a number Spanking Romance Reviews awards spanning a variety of genres. Her readers describe her work as, romantic, funny, suspenseful, beyond a five-star read, exciting romance with a ton of surprises.
           
Her work includes a best-selling twelve-book contemporary cowboy series, Cowboys After Dark, (http://amzn.to/2ihCNtp), a warrior fantasy trilogy, Warriors After Dark, (http://amzn.to/2iE0cDa) contemporary love stories, and several Victorian romances. His Willful Bride was a #1 best-seller for several weeks and a BookBub Feature Deal. She is best known for her smart, witty, strong-willed women who  bring unexpected challenge, mystery and humor into the lives of passionate, dominant men.
           
Maggie has a history in show-business both in front of and behind the camera, but moved from Los Angeles to live in the Pacific Northwest to pursue her writing. She is an equine enthusiast who rides every day, and writes until the wee hours of the morning when her eyes close only because they must.
This author loves to hear from readers. You can contact her through her website: www.MaggieCarpenter.com. To sample her work for free, go to, www.3FreeBooks.com.





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