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Book Review The Goddess and the Great Beast

TG&TGBeyesslim2Title: The Goddess and the Great Beast

Author: Adrian Gross

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

The Goddess and the Great Beast is an intelligent, fast-paced thriller with a surprisingly diverse cast. Our hero, Vivian, feels nothing but boredom as he’s stationed in Baghdad during the second world war. When a smuggler invites him to a Babylonian ritual, he’s intriguing. At the ritual, he feels something stirring deep inside of him, and can’t figure whether it’s due to the drugs lavisly handed out beforehand, or to something darker and sinister.

When Ishtar, a terrifying Babylonian goddess, casts a spell on him, there’s nowhere in the Middle East he’s safe anymore. The goddess preys on him, and he begins suffering terrible nightmares.

Years later, back in the UK, he’s tried everything to forget the horrors he went through at the hands of the Babylonian goddess. But when she makes another appearance, this time in a local bar, his old fears resurface and a deadly game begins…

Vivian had a lot of personality, and a lot of flaws, which made him all the more relatable. The addition of ancient Babylonian culture was a definite bonus. A fast pace, and suspenseful from start to end.


Book Excerpt from “Burn”


The Book Gazette is hosting an excerpt today from a horror/thriller novel called “Burn“. Have fun reading!

Book Excerpt

Winston stood over his son’s bed and watched as Simon thrashed and grunted in his dream world.  The nightmares were getting worse and more frequent.  For Winston, there was a certain reassurance with these episodes, as if they proved that somewhere within him, Simon was facing the consequences of his actions.  But this deduction also presented a gruesome possibility.  For what severe behavior was Simon having to endure such a torturous punishment?

About Burn

Burn Front CoverTitle: Burn

Author: Danae Samson

Genre: Thriller, Horror

From the pen of Danae Samson, author of the terrifying debut, LAMENT HILL, comes her follow-up novel, BURN: The Casual Slaughters of Simon Green.

Violence comes to the small Californian college community of Riverhearst as a group of students and teachers are forced to confront a sociopathic killer targeting students.  But what is more frightening is that this killer appears to be one of their own…

Prepare to experience the neuroses and the casual slaughters of Simon Green.

Prepare to experience the horror of a town BURN!

Author Bio

DANAE SAMSON - AUTHOR OF BURN & LAMENT HILLBorn in Southern California and educated in Portland, Oregon, Danae Samson’s debut novel, Lament Hill, is a testament to her life on the west coast. Samson received her Bachelors and Masters degree from Portland State University and went on to teach English at four colleges in California and Washington. In 2011, Samson decided to pursue her writing full time and signed with Media Aria CDM in the spring of that year. In addition to the release of Lament Hill, Media Aria CDM will publish Samson’s second novel, Burn: The Casual Slaughters of Simon Green in 2013. Samson has recently finished her third novel, also a work of fiction, and has begun the construction of a fourth manuscript. Samson currently lives in Carlsbad, California.


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Book Excerpt and Giveaway Atlas


The Book Gazette is hosting an excerpt and giveaway today. Excerpt is from science fiction novel, “Atlas” by Isaac Hooke.

Giveaway details can be found at the bottom of the post. Giveaway is for a $25 Amazon Gift card, 3 paperback copies of “Atlas” and 3 ebook copies.

Book Excerpt

I remember standing there on the beach the first day, when the bay door opened and the mech stepped outside. This was the first time I’d seen a real life, modern ATLAS 5 outside of the netvids, or the simulator. It was a massive version of the ATLAS 1s we’d been porting around the base all this time. Three times the height of an ordinary man and ten times wider, it looked like a robot soldier, with arms, legs and a head. All metal–no cost-saving polycarbonate here. The head was a pinched version of a man’s. A red visor with two yellow glows made up the eye area. There was a red circle at the center of the bulky chest where the atomic core resided, beneath the cockpit. That’s right, no magnesium-ion batteries in this puppy.

I could see my reflection on that burnished armor, and the reflections of the trainees around me, and I saw the awe in all our eyes. I yearned to control it and feel its power.

Our ATLAS Warfare instructor came forward. “Welcome to the Atomic-powered, all-Terrain Land Assault Supersuit you’ve been dreaming about, children. Otherwise known as the ATLAS. Let me introduce you. Over a thousand hydraulically actuated joints with closed-loop positions and force control. On-board hydraulic pump and thermal management. Crash protection. Jump jets. Head-mounted sensor package with built in LIDAR, night vision, flash vision, zoom and other augmented reality perception boosts that smoothly integrate with your Implants. Modular wrists accept 3rd party hands–when you’re looking to throw a party put a couple of serpents in one and a twin M2A1 in the other.” He grinned widely. “The ATLAS 5. The war machine of your dreams. And your enemy’s nightmares.”

About Atlas

ATLAS_Cover-five-hundred-by-six-hundredTitle: Atlas

Author: Isaac Hooke

Genre: Military Science Fiction

Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase “one-man-army.”

When Special Warfare Command orders MOTH Team Seven on a covert operation 8,000 light-years beyond the furthest reaches of explored space, Rade realizes he’s signed up for more than he bargained for…

Author Bio

0B29DE19-765F-48BF-BCE5-613BFD2BCCAAIsaac Hooke is the author of the upcoming military science fiction novel, ATLAS. His experimental genre-bending action novel THE FOREVER GATE was an Amazon #1 bestseller in both the science fiction and fantasy categories when it was released in May 2013.

When Isaac isn’t writing, publishing, and blogging, he’s busy cycling and taking pictures in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

He’s been writing since 1997, and he has a degree in Engineering Physics.

You can follow Isaac on Twitter @IsaacHooke and his website


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Release Day Party The Emperor’s New Clothes


The Book Gazette is  happy to celebrate the release day party today for “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a scifi M/M romance novel.

You can buy your copy from Amazon or Smashwords!


About the Book

rboxTitle: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Author: Aldous Mercer

Genre: SciFi M/M Romance

Imperial Agent Royce Ree needs to pull off the biggest heist the Universe has ever seen, or it’s bye-bye cushy government job, hello cleaning toilets in a dive-bar on Baga-V.

To succeed, he will need help from the last person he’d ever ask: his ex.



Royce has a simple mission: steal some tech from the newly-discovered civilization of Baldessh. But Royce thinks HQ’s mission specifications are utterly stupid. So he disobeys a direct order, and goes to steal the tech his own way.

“The Empire has survived wars, supernovae, democracy, and the collapse of a neighborhood universe. Let us hope it survives the good intentions of Agent Royce Ree.”
– Author unknown (personal communication to the Emperor) 


Royce’s primary mission has been abandoned in the chaos of Baldessh’s hostile takeover by a third party. Now his only objective is to get himself, and his fellow “agent” off-planet as fast as possible. Unfortunately for Royce, nobody is quite ready for him to leave just yet.

“”I find it curious that the agent was not rescued before the comms-blockade, Spymaster.”
“Imperial Intelligence is not in a habit of rescuing AWOL agents, Councillor. Apprehend and prosecute, yes, but not rescue.”
“I suppose both of us must wait. For…evidence.”
“Would you mind waiting somewhere other than my office? Only, we can’t all be Councillors, Councillor, and I have real work to do.”
-Conversation, Imperial Intelligence Headquarters, Trinity Prime


Royce now has three days to rescue 40,000 space marines, and he’s just been told that the tech he came to Baldessh for doesn’t actually exist. He also has some real problems—his co-agent’s time is running out, and somewhere, far away, traitors are plotting to start a war that will engulf the entire Universe in flames.

Hope, however, can sometimes be found in the darkest of places. Like ventilation ducts.

“ “Every pre-FTL civilization we know of has alcohol. I mean, imagine being stuck to a single planet, wasting decades just crossing your own solar system! Who wouldn’t invent vodka?”
-Gaste Trade Cartel Sales Representative (Conversation overheard at spaceport dive-bar, Gomo-Prime) 


Royce has been betrayed, Baldessh’s burgeoning rebellion is going to be crushed, and all the animals are going to be exterminated. But Royce is smiling. Because Royce, like always, has a Plan.

“ “An Imperial Agent cultivates paranoia the way an Imperial Gardener cultivates prize-winning rosebushes.”
-Master Mess-Remeier,”The Nature of Empire: Volume 7”, 1st Edition


It looks like things are going to be OK for everyone except Royce and his ex. Looks can be deceiving—there are plots within plots, and Royce’s true test awaits him at the edge of Imperial Space.

“ “I’m sorry, sir, your payment didn’t go through.”
“What! Why?”
“There is a hold on your accounts, pending a Deadbeat Investigation.”
“I’m the Procurement Officer for the entire Kovan Fleet, woman!”
“Yes, sir, I recognized your uniform. But I’m afraid your job description has nothing to do with this conversation.”
“The hell it doesn’t! What are my soldiers going to do if you don’t sell to us?”
“Respectfully, sir, that’s not my problem.”
“We’re in the middle of an invasion!”
“I’m very sorry to hear that. Perhaps your soldiers could target a facility that manufactures the toilet paper you need?”
–Transcript, Kovan Flagship: “Comms exchange between Fleet Procurement and Gaste Cartel Customer Service.”

ROYCE REE #6: ON THE TAKE is coming out in 2014.

Author Bio

A native of Toronto, Aldous Mercer enjoys martinis and relaxing on the beac-ha! No.

Aldous Mercer is a workaholic with a penchant for numerical mind games and caffeinated beverages. He uses his degree in Engineering to ensure that none of the spaceships in his books have cubic pressure-vessels. In real life he always annotates Engineering Drawings in Iambic Tetrameter.

Aldous can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Gmail.





Book Excerpt The Unknown Mother


The Book Gazette hosts an excerpt today from “The Unknown Mother”, a novel by Dielle Ciesco. The novel is currently touring with Enchanted Book Promotions. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

Over the next few weeks, Matrina introduced me to many new kinds of music. She said that music was my true teacher and that by listening, I would be better informed and forever changed by what I heard.

Most people understand the power of music to varying degrees. We seek its companionship in our automobiles, we plug into our devices and zone out, and we spend millions of dollars on vinyl, CDs, MP3s, concerts, and stereo equipment. Music plays in elevators, grocery stores, and over our phones when we’re on hold. It takes on as big a role in movies as the actors. It’s everywhere. Music has been a wonderful entertainment and release for us all. For many of us, it’s also helped us turn within and deepen our understanding of ourselves.

“Today’s lesson,” Matrina said as she drove through traffic, “is to help you turn within and deepen your understanding of yourself.”

“Where are we going?” She’d persuaded me to go on another mysterious adventure in her convertible, but this time the top was up so we could talk.

“Child,” she tutted, “do you always need to know your destination?” She shook her head, then continued, somehow managing not to answer my question. “Music is a vehicle, just like a car or airplane, except the vehicle of music travels around, through, and within dimensions where cars and planes are simply too dense to travel.”

“Listening to music definitely helps me escape.”

“I’m talking about something much more important than escape. Get inside the music, become the music, and you can journey here, there, and everywhere in a flash, all at once. Because of music’s ability to dance as it does—so free of earthly limits—and because of its ability to carry us, music is the key to a doorway you are only just now discovering. Music is the portal to the next world—one we create with our every thought, belief, and dream, with every word we speak and action we take.”

“You make it sound so incredible. Music can do all that?”

The red light we were approaching turned green.

“And more! We know it soothes the savage beast. It really does carry the potential to heal our limited perceptions. For one thing, music is free of semantic constrictions. We listen and the mind is freed—not funneled into dense symbols and concepts.”

“I don’t know what I would do without it, myself. I know I need music just as much as I need air and food and water.”

“It’s that basic. Yet it’s so much more. When we embrace the healing potential within music, we discover our potential for doing amazing things. These things won’t come just to a select few, but to everyone willing to open his mind to strange and unfamiliar concepts. Music, sweet music, will carry us into the next world.”

“Okay, music is everywhere, sure. Music can heal. I believe that. But I haven’t heard of any Star Trek-like teleportations going on through music. Not even at a Phish concert. If you say it can happen, though, I’d like to believe it. How does it work?”

“You have to take your experience with music to the next level. You have to begin to work with music consciously as a tool for awakening your unlimited potential.”

The Unknown Mother

bookcoverTitle: The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with The Goddess of Sound

Author: Dielle Ciesco

Genre: Metaphysical / Inspirational Fiction

It isn’t every day that one meets a goddess, let alone a Matrika or being that presides over the sounds of language. It is said such deities can bring us complete liberation. Will that prove true for a struggling vocalist named Wrenne when a mysterious woman appears and offers to help her find her True Voice? This beguiling and eccentric teacher guides us all on a deep and powerful journey through 10 mystical gates of sound, sharing great insights, secrets, and profound wisdom about the power of letters, words, and our very own voice to transform the world around us.

Did you know that “Abracadabra” comes from the Aramaic…” abraq ad habra”, which literally translates to “I will create as I speak”? The message of The Unknown Mother is to reawaken people to this truth and to that which we habitually take for granted…the power of the voice. When we bring our awareness to our voice and learn to express it in new ways, with impeccability, we rediscover our true message. Voice is the key to unlocking our power and magnificence. The Unknown Mother is an adventure for lovers of word, sound, and voice taking the reader into these heart of sonic mysteries. This isn’t standard knowledge; this is a gift for our times.

Author Bio

Dielle in MimizanDielle Ciesco specializes in the transformational power of the voice to heal and connect us with our own Divinity. She is passionate about every Voice, be it the one we use everyday to communicate, the ones we hear inside our heads, the silent voice of wisdom, voices raised in song, or the ones that call us to awaken. The creator of Vocal Toning Meditation, Transformational Voicework, and Toning for Peace, she is a featured improvisational vocalist on the TLC series with Visionary Music, creators of DNA Activation music, as well as on the Bliss of Being with Richard Shulman and the Pure Heart Ensemble. With over 18 years experience as a performer, teacher and healing facilitator, Dielle blends her experiences in vocal toning, sacred sound, meditation, Toltec & Bon shamanism, multidimensional music, Reiki Tummo, coaching, and teaching to assist clients in discovering a deeper connection to their inner truth and wisdom. She teaches workshops, writes, sings, makes art, and works one-on-one with clients. The Unknown Mother is her first book.


Book Excerpt from Matt Monroe and The Secret Society


The Book Gazette is hosting an excerpt from MG fantasy novel “Matt Monroe and The Secret Society”. We hope you enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

The clouds parted, and the moon shone through again, making it easier to find the rest of their clothes. As Matt zipped up his shorts, something exploded near the pavilion.

            “Shake a leg, girls,” Chad yelled.

            Matt groaned. “What a clown.”

            Zach snickered and nodded. “But you have to admit—he’s loads of fun.”

            “He’s cool one minute, and an idiot the next. Right now, he’s an idiot.”

            Zach placed his baseball cap firmly on his head. “That’s Chad.”

            What was that?

            Something moved near the pond, maybe a hundred feet from them. As they watched, it stopped and stood motionless, as if trying to blend into the background. The intruder was husky and humanoid in appearance. It had two long arms and legs, and its body was covered in shaggy hair.

            Zach whispered, “Do you see it?”

            “Don’t move. Maybe it doesn’t see us.”

            The bright moonlight lit the pavilion. Matt saw that the older boys were also watching the tall beast.

            Zach started to breathe deeply. “I’m going to crap myself.”

            Matt grabbed Zach tightly. “Slow down your breathing or you’re going to pass out.”

            A pulsating, red globe appeared from behind the tall bank of trees near the pavilion. It swooped over the boys, and a white beacon of light seemed to disintegrate the large creature. The globe traveled rapidly over the pond, soaring toward Latrobe.

            Matt stared at where the intruder had been standing. “What the heck just happened?”

            “Beats me,” Zach said, standing there with his right leg shaking wildly.

            “Now, that was bigfoot!”

            Zach agreed.

            The globe returned from the west. It swooped down and flew right for the boys. They took off running toward the pavilion. The globe flashed a white beacon, and two of the Bigfoot creatures appeared on the ball field. The creatures galloped across the field, chasing Matt and Zach.

Matt Monroe and The Secret Society

cvrTitle: Matt Monroe and The Secret Society

Author:  Edward Torba

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Mystery

Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is the first book in a series about a fourteen-year-old boy and his friends. In this first installment, Matt puts aside his fears as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure with an extraordinary ending. The second book in the series, Matt Monroe and The Haunted House, continues the story of these courage young teens.

Author Bio

  01 Edward Torba graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a B.S. degree in biology in 1973 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1977. He has been a general dentist for more than thirty-six years, practicing in Latrobe [Derry Township], Pennsylvania. His lifelong hobby has been writing. Publications to his credit: The Magic Trip and Boys Club Guide to Youth Football.

            Dr. Torba enjoys travel and reading when he has the time. He also has a great passion for gardening. His favorite author is Charles Dickens; one of his life goals is to pen a best selling novel that would be worthy of Dickens.


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Book Excerpt from The Goddess and The Great Beast


The Book Gazette is happy to share an excerpt today from “The Goddess and The Great Beast”, a supernatural thriller by Adrian Gross. Enjoy.

Book Excerpt

‘Fuck off, Alistair, it’s my turn now!’

These were my father’s last words to me and for many years they were incomprehensible and frustrating. Firstly, my name is not Alistair. Second, it was impossible to know what he thought it was his turn for. And finally, for a man of his generation, whose coarsest previous exclamation had been ‘bloody wars’, the first word was such a complete shock that all I could do to mark his last moments alive was gape at him, open-mouthed, as the confusing sentence reverberated around my head.

Almost as soon as he had launched this explosive phrase he was gone. The eyes were vacant, the body limp, the final breath evaporated into the air.

Nearly twenty years later the following manuscript came into my possession. It was a yellowing folio hand-typed on an old fashioned typewriter by my father. Its discovery brought back vague memories of tap-tap-tapping behind a closed door, interspersed with occasional angry shouts and the sound of sheets of paper being crumpled up and hurled against the wall. It now seems likely that the literary endeavour which was causing him so much irritation was this one, a memoir of his experiences during and just after the Second World War.

I knew he had been in the desert during the war but, as he had always been extremely disinclined to talk about anything in his life prior to my birth, I had never pressed him on the details. As I was quite a late arrival, not making an appearance until he was almost fifty, by the time I was grown up enough to have developed an interest in family history it was too late to ask him anyway because he had died when I was only just out of my teens. By this time I had formed the opinion that, like so many of his generation, my father considered the past a closed book. Either through a desire to leave the horrors of warfare behind or resentment at a system that had failed to properly reward the heroes that had laid their lives on the line to rescue it from Nazi oblivion, he clearly felt the past was best left alone.

So it was with some surprise that I came upon this tale amongst the effects of a recently deceased uncle. As it happens, his name was Alistair, so perhaps he had been the intended recipient of my father’s final words. However, he had not been in attendance at the time and as far as I was aware the two of them hadn’t been in regular contact for many years. He wasn’t even my father’s brother, but my mother’s, so they wouldn’t necessarily have been close. Unhelpfully, of course, he was now dead too, so I couldn’t ask him about it either. It was curious that he had been in possession of this manuscript, though, along with a short note in my father’s vaguely art nouveau handwriting which read simply, ‘Hope this explains.’

When I was a child I always felt there was a shadow behind my father’s eyes, a barrier preventing something I could not understand from imposing itself on our lives. The shadow never dropped and it never went away. Even in death there was something behind those empty staring orbs that would not, or could not, release itself and reveal its secrets. It was never detrimental to our relationship and I was blessed with a happy childhood, but there was always the feeling of a dark secret lurking somewhere close at hand, constantly in attendance but never showing itself except, briefly and cryptically, on his death-bed.

Perhaps this manuscript goes some way towards explaining what precipitated that mysterious psychological cloud. Of course, it’s possible my father made the whole thing up as a kind of joke to posterity or a purely personal amusement to while away the hours of late middle age. But why bother? As far as I know he never made any attempt to publish this document and never even told anyone about its existence. He must have expected it to have been read at some time though, to have thought it worth writing down, so I am of the opinion that this is a faithful rendition of his experiences as he saw them. Experiences that he may not have been fully able to explain and that he struggled even to believe had actually happened, but nonetheless experiences that he couldn’t get out of his head other than by putting them down on paper. If they had happened to me, I think I would have needed some kind of therapy.

The story presented here then is a faithful transcript of the original typescript. I am in no position to either verify or dismiss the contents, so it is offered as it was found, as a curiosity.

As a great man once said, ‘There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy’.

We are all Horatio.

About The Book

TG&TGBeyesslim2Title: The Goddess and the Great Beast

Author: Adrian Gross

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

Author Bio

Author NorwayAdrian Gross is a British writer. Some bits of him used to be Irish and some others were once Hungarian. He lives close to Glastonbury and likes to bang his little heavy metal head whilst drinking chewy real ale!

He has endured many terrible jobs, including adrenaline-junkie motorcycle courier, record shop dude-with-bad-attitude, and air traffic control disaster limitation assistant.

When his aching bones and throbbing hangover allow, he plays football (soccer) and rides bicycles up and down the Mendip Hills.




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