She left in the night

What happened to Alissa? Maria can’t find an answer to that question. Years have passed since she met Alissa and Simone for the first time: on a party weekend in Turkey. Looking back to that trip, so many things just seemed off. Did she get involved with the Mafia? Did her new acquaintance try to sell her to other men? Who was the girl sleeping in her bed? Who was the man, waiting for her outside the hotel? Based on true events, Maria travels back to Turkey to find out why her friend disappeared.

Meet V.M. Hill

Cruising the Mediterranean

A shared passion for exploration. The Mediterranean trip of their dreams.
There’s no better time for adventure than right now.


Enthusiastic explorers Al and Sunny Lockwood treasure the challenge and excitement of travel. From train rides through the Smokies to campouts in Yellowstone, they’ve documented their travel adventures to critical acclaim. With retirement, they expand their horizons and ship off for a new adventure in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Come along with Al and Sunny as they experience the dazzling beauty of the Greek Isles, the mouthwatering delights of Italian cuisine, the unique calls to prayer chanted from Istanbul’s minarets.

You’ll hold your breath riding the sky-high Acropolis lift, marvel at the lacework canals of Venice, and lose yourself in the rich wares and aromas of the Grand Bazaar.

Their daily excursions will expand your mind and deepen your understanding as you find yourself immersed in the Mediterranean’s vibrant array of cultures and history.

In Cruising the Mediterranean you’ll discover:
– Personal reflections, insights and humor
– Intriguing facts about Mediterranean history, landmarks and cultures
– Tips for pacing your daily outings to conserve energy and maintain interest
– Ways to adopt an adventuresome spirit so that obstacles or disappointments
don’t ruin your pleasure
– The emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual benefits of travel and much,
much more!

Cruising the Mediterranean is a breathtaking travelogue for explorers who refuse to let
aging limit their adventures.

If you like warm personal stories, cultural journeys, and actionable tips for planning your own cruise adventure, then you’ll love Al and Sunny Lockwood’s inspirational memoir capturing the heart of the Mediterranean.

Buy Cruising the Mediterranean today and join them on a timeless, unforgettable journey!


Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood

Al and Sunny Lockwood met after he’d retired from engineering and she’d retired from daily newspaper reporting. They spent much of their time exploring California, Al with his camera and Sunny with her notebook and pen. But a serious car wreck changed their lives.

In 2012, while they waited at a red light, a driver paying more attention to her phone than her driving, slammed into them at 60 miles per hour. The collision totaled both cars and filled the Lockwood’s summer with doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, and endless wrangling with insurance companies.

The wreck also woke them up to the reality that life is fragile and there’s no guarantee you’ll have it for long. “We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams for some day in the future,” Sunny says. “We’ve made ‘someday’ today.”

Their first dream cruise was through the Panama Canal.

Then Al and Sunny visited Amsterdam and cruised the Mediterranean, stopping at Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, and various Greek islands.

Together Al and Sunny have visited more than 30 countries.

“We write to encourage people to make their travel dreams come true,” Sunny says. “We want our readers to know that travel enhances health and enriches life. So step out of your everyday routine and take a chance on adventure and fun.”

Into Africa a Personal Journey

A remarkable and intriguing story about a journey to the land of Blackwood’s ancestors. Into Africa a Personal Journey, begins in Nigeria with exposure to the tight control by the military that causes Blackwood to experience fear as never before. Her journey continues to take her on an exploration of a new mysterious world where she experiences joy and wonderment as she shares in the lives of family members, friends and new acquaintances. “A fresh and engaging memoir that spans continents and decades. “a reader review

Meet Yvonne Blackwood

Yvonne Blackwood is the author of three adult non-fiction book―Into Africa a Personal Journey, Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? and Into Africa the Return. She has published three children’s picture books—Nosey Charlie Comes to Town, Nosey Charlie Goes to Court, and Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener! She is an award-winning short-story writer, columnist, and retired banker. Yvonne has contributed to several anthologies including Human Kindness, Canadian Voices, and WordScape. She has published articles in More of Our Canada, InTouch, Adelaide, and Green Prints magazines. As a columnist, she wrote columns for The Toronto Star, Pride News Magazine and The African Connection.

SPANISH FOR TRAVELERS: EASY SPANISH

The goal of this book is to provide essential Spanish Travel Phrases every traveler needs to know, and some basic Spanish grammar rules. It is useful to learn Spanish phrases which can be useful in different situations as you travel. The travel bug, once caught, is hard to get out of our system. But deep down we know that we don’t understand the locals well – or maybe not at all. Could it be important to be able to converse with those in authority? English, at best, is a second language in those parts of the world, spoken by a few. Group travel is fine, but to rely on the group leader to always be at hand to explain restricts one’s freedom. It feels great to be independent! Learning Spanish can help you communicate with locals. It is especially important to be able to speak Spanish if you plan a trip to a Spanish speaking country. You will find that natives will respect you more if you at least appear to be trying to learn and speak their language. Even though most Spanish speaking people can speak English (even a little), you may come across several who have no English skills at all. This is a key reason for learning how to speak Spanish. It will go a long way toward making your trip more enjoyable. Spanish is native to Spain of course; but the Spanish explorers travelled around. So, you can be sure that South America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and even the Philippines are all quite proficient in this lovely language. The dialects differ from place to place, even within the same country, and the influence of Spanish may even be heard in Arabic, Portuguese, Tagalong, and other world languages. Spanish is an easy language to learn, thanks to its consistency of vowel sounds and relatively simple syntax. There are no tonal elements as exist in the Asian languages – another big plus for Spanish learners. Some Spanish words do vary in meaning from country to country, but it is more a cultural difference than a linguistic difference. For instance, a “tortilla” is always pronounced the same way, but in Mexico it is a corn or flour wrap for meat or beans. In Puerto Rico it is the equivalent of an American omelette. Just as foods may vary, so does the meaning of certain words taken in or out of context.

Meet Daniel Estruga

Author Bio: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3ADaniel+Estruga&s=relevancerank&text=Daniel+Estruga&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1 Email: [email protected]

Murder at the Wedding: A Sri Lankan Mystery Book 2

Set in rural in Sri Lanka, this story follows the efforts of two female sleuths as they race against the clock to unearth another killer. Embodying all the elements of a cozy mystery this tale will appeal to those who enjoy a light-hearted, fast-paced read with contemporary social issues, memorable characters, and a unique setting. 15 guests… 1 victim… What do you do when a Murder Mystery Party Game goes tragically wrong? When the guests are due to depart in 48 hours? When a killer is lurking in the background? This is the dilemma faced by amateur sleuths Kiyama Fernando and Vinodhini Dias. Three months after the initial events of Book 1, Kiyama Fernando, an English teacher from Colombo, has settled in to small-town life with her best friend while attempting to escape a failed marriage. Hoping to enjoy a short vacation, they participate in an event that turns out to be more than they bargained for…

Meet Nadishka Aloysius

Nadishka Aloysius is a teacher, actor, author, and book reviewer. Being a teacher of Drama and English Language with 20 years’ experience, and a mother of two sons who love story time, she finds inspiration in the little everyday details of life. Although all her books are based in her home country of Sri Lanka they are generic enough for an international audience.

The Body in the Paddy Field

Enjoy a cozy mystery set in a small town in Sri Lanka discounted for a limited time only Kiyama Fernando, an English teacher from Colombo, is fleeing a failed marriage. She visits her good friend Vinodhini Dias in a small town far away from her troubles. But, little does she know that trouble is about to come knocking soon enough… When the body of a local teacher is found abandoned in a paddy field and her friend becomes the prime suspect in his murder Kiyama concludes that the only way to help her friend, is to solve the murder before the police. As their investigation leads them from a paddy field, to a rubber plantation, a gambling den, and a school the two friends realise nothing is as it seems. Will they uncover the killer before Vinodhini is taken away in handcuffs? Can they decipher friend from foe? Will the secrets they unearth lead them to an early grave? The cast of quirky characters include a crafty money lender, a vociferous cook, and a handsome landowner.

Meet Nadishka Aloysius

Nadishka Aloysius is a teacher, actor, author, and book reviewer. Being a teacher of Drama and English Language with 20 years’ experience, and a mother of two sons who love story time, she finds inspiration in the little everyday details of life. Although all her books are based in her home country of Sri Lanka they are generic enough for an international audience.

Flavour with Benefits: France

Would you love to escape on a romantic journey? Your ticket is between the covers of the stunning Flavour with Benefits: France.Discover the world’s most popular travel destination:• Experience breathtaking France with over 100 original photographs.• Sail by limestone cliffs on a warm Mediterranean current.• Descend a glowing staircase to a wine cave filled with millions of bottles of champagne.Learn about women who changed the world• The Grande Dame of Champagne who couldn’t vote yet built an empire.• La mère (the mother) Brazier whose restaurants set new culinary standards.Food that doesn’t compromise flavour or health• Enjoy 50+ inspired recipes accompanied by stunning photographs.• Learn about food as medicine and a five-year-old girl.• Crave a dessert that reimagines: I’ll have what she’s having!Flavour with Benefits: France will inspire you to plan the trip of your dreams and indulge inflavours that deliver a pleasant surprise.Co-authors, Cathy Connally and Charley Best, are obsessed with developing new approaches toiconic flavours served with a side-dish of travel. Flavour with Benefits: France is the first bookin the series.


Meet Cathy Connally & Charley Best

Cathy Connally and Charley Best are world travelers who are obsessed with beautiful photography and are experts in maximizing flavour and health in their unique recipes. Take this journey with them to France and see some amazing sights, experience some beautiful food and meet some amazing women.

This is China – Misadventures in the Middle Kingdom Part 1: The North

Since leaving his job in the UK, journalist Alex Coverdale has spent over a decade working as an English teacher in China. During that time he has travelled the length and breadth of the country, seeing things he never thought he would see and doing things he never thought he would do, from digging for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert to eating snakes in Hunan Province, along the way finding himself in a series of awkward, often hilarious situations. This is his story.

Meet Alex Coverdale

Alex Coverdale is a London-based journalist, editor and dark fiction writer. When he writes about Asia he uses a pseudonym, rather than his real name, to protect the guilty as well as the innocent. And also because he doesn’t want his friends and family to know what he really gets up to when he travels.

My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City)

The very concept of New York City conjures up a wealth of emotions in many people. For writer Joanie Strulowitz, it has always been a place of magic: an enticing playground, a cascade of art, a wonderland of fascinating characters, a youth serum to keep her feeling forever young.

Believing herself to be a New Yorker who just happened to be born in Iowa, Strulowitz felt the tantalizing call of Manhattan from the time she was four, and eventually made her home there. In this love song to the City, she pays adoring tribute to the essence of Manhattan from its intense pace and the pounding excitement in the air to the funky charm and even the glittering pavement that provides a stage on which it all unfolds.

The City is her laboratory, her art studio, and the extraordinary inspiration for this collection of captivating vignettes. In each short but sublime piece, Strulowitz evokes the luminous ambiance that has lured artists and adventure seekers to the island metropolis for generations: enthralling chance encounters, the slightly terrifying exhilaration of first subway rides, the soothing clink of silverware in a favorite sidewalk cafe, the urge to break into song when discovering a perfect little boutique.

Anyone who has lived in New York City, played tourist there, or just dreamed of paying a visit will find something to love in this transcendent appreciation of the jewel-encrusted celebration of life and art that is Manhattan.


Meet Joanie Strulowitz

ALTHOUGH JOANIE STRULOWITZ is seasoned in numerous aspects of the arts and business, writing has always been her baby. While raising her two daughters in Iowa, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Years later, after finding her first apartment in Los Angeles, she discovered that–magnetically–the SCBWI offices were two blocks from her front door.
Originally from Iowa and later Chicago, Strulowitz moved to New York because, as she explains in My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City), “My soul has always lived there, and my body needs to catch up.”
With a memory that is largely emotive, she recalls almost every square inch of how she felt growing up. As an observer who always thought something was wrong with her because she didn’t fit in, she discovered that writing books, and being involved with all of the arts, help to make sense of life.
Now she seeks to be the voice she searched for, so the lessons she learned can help others to find the gifts in their differences–and to believe in themselves and their dreams.
Today you can find her (and her black turtleneck) in Los Angeles, writing a chapter on her grocery bag while walking home, or completing her YA fantasy novel during Pilates sessions.