Sneak Peek: The Last Israelis

Today we have a sneak peek from the military thriller by author Noah Beck: The Last Israelis.

Struck by a medical emergency, Israel’s Prime Minister falls unconscious. Soon after, Iran acquires nuclear weapons and threatens to destroy the Jewish state. Israel’s “second-strike” answer is the Dolphin, a powerful submarine armed with nuclear-tipped missiles. But its crewmembers are ethnically diverse and ideologically divided – a microcosm of the complex Israeli society they defend, making for a suspense-filled ride aboard the Dolphin.

The pressures of submarine life, threats at sea, crewmember rivalries, psychological instabilities, and an unthinkable dilemma make conflict among the crewmembers inevitable as Armageddon approaches. How will they decide the toughest decision ever made by 35 men?

The Last Israelis is available from Amazon, Amazon UK, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble.

Here is an excerpt from The Last Israelis

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IU Reader Poll: What Makes You Say “Yes”

People choose the books they read for a reason. Multiple factors can be involved in that decision-making, but that doesn’t mean we give equal weight to all those factors.

More often than not, we use one consideration of many in reaching the decision to buy or pass on a book. Of all the things any given book has going on to lure you to choose it above others, what do you feel most often influences your choice?

When deciding to purchase a book, which single factor carries the most weight with you?

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Book Brief: Through Kestrel’s Eyes

Through Kestrel’s Eyes: Book Two of Earth’s Pendulum
by Yvonne Hertzberger
Genre: Old World, Epic Fantasy
Approximately 110,000 words

Through Kestrel’s Eyes, the sequel to Back From Chaos in the Earth’s Pendulum trilogy begins seventeen years later. The peace that followed the end of the Red Plague is shattered when the lords of Gharn and Leith are toppled by traitors, throwing the land into chaos.

Liannis, the goddess Earth’s seer, her apprenticeship interrupted by the death of her beloved mentor, must help restore the Balance. Until it is, Earth’s power is weakened, preventing Earth from sustaining the rains needed for good harvests. Drought and famine result.

Liannis battles self-doubt, the lure of forbidden romance and deep, personal loss as she faces tests that take her to the brink of her endurance.

But Earth sends a kestrel to befriend her that allows Liannis to ‘see’ with her eyes when her own do not tell her what she needs to know, and a vain, white horse to carry her, both with the ability to mind-speak.

The people with starve if Earth cannot heal from Chaos and the Balance cannot be restored. Time is short.

This book is available from Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

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Spotlight on…Non-fiction

Class is dismissed for this month. I won’t be telling you what you can do with your commas and semi-colons…

Instead, I’ll just round up some non-fiction books you might like to tuck into your ereader. Some people never read non-fiction, some never read anything but. Both groups are missing out. I can’t imagine not escaping into a good thriller/romance/fantasy/sci-fi, etc. At the same time—I will be honest here: non-fiction didn’t feature very highly on my reading list until the Kindle plopped into my life—I have found it’s a genre that has enriched my bookshelf.

I have three books to recommend to you, one of them by our own very lovely Carolyn Steele. The three are very different: one is sad, one is fun, and one is absolutely hilarious.


White Lilies in Autumn is about a young couple who tragically lose their very prematurely born baby. You’re probably thinking, well, yes, that’s really sad, but not exactly uncommon. True. However, this was not the only unhappy event in this young couple’s life. To say they had more than a lifetime’s tragedy in just a few short years is a little bit of an understatement. What astounds you, though, is the tenacity, loving bond between this two young people, and extraordinary unwavering faith. It’s a very humbling read. Continue reading “Spotlight on…Non-fiction”