Queenie’s Teapot by Carolyn Steele

A post-Brexit, post-Trump romp through the world of what-if…
In a world where democracy has been declared no longer fit for purpose, a cohort of randomly selected British Republic citizens receive their call to serve in parliament. As the strangers gather to learn their tasks for the next three years, the Cabinet Support Team try to fit jobs to skills—but Queenie can’t do nuffin’. Naturally she becomes head of state. Together the new government muddles through, tackling unrest on the streets and a spot of global bioterrorism in addition to their own journeys of self-discovery.

Targeted Audience: 21 – 80

Author Bio:
Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a proof reader, a patisseur and several other things, not all of them beginning with P. A trucker, for example. She began writing the day she decided to try and see the world…doing both just to find out if she could. When excerpts from her first travelogue were published by the Rough Guides she decided to keep on doing both. It made a change from teaching CPR to nightclub bouncers and designing wedding cakes.
Carolyn maintains that she is either multi-faceted or easily bored, depending on who is enquiring.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Queenie's Teapot is a combination of two ideas, one that's been rattling
around in my head for years and one that occurred to me in the queue to
check out of a grocery store. I've long maintained, mostly late at night
after too much to drink, that politics is self defeating in that the people
who want to run things are the last ones you should trust to do it. 'Make it
like jury service' I'd announce. 'Pick people at random, they couldn't do
any worse.' Then I watched a lovely older lady at the checkout one day,
chatting and joking with all her customers and I wondered what would happen
to her when the machines finally took over completely. So, the story is a
'what-if?' about a world where democracy has been dumped for random
selection, and our protagonist is, of course, a lovely old checkout chick
who was made redundant by a machine.

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Shadow Sanctuary by Inge H. Borg

BN-Sanctuary-FramedAttractive and successful, Monika Lenz has had it.
With the city. With her job. And with men.
A year alone in a Sierra Nevada mountain cabin should bring the fifty-year-old back on track. There will be beauty, and there will be peace and quiet. But there are also shadows that invade her sanctuary. Foreboding and relentless, they grasp at her and lure her soul deeper into its recesses.
Will the elusive Jack MacGreedy pull her back from the abyss she has created in her mind, and in her heart?

Targeted Audience: Adult (No adult language)

Author Bio:
Born and raised in Austria, Inge H. Borg completed her language studies in London and Paris. To continue her study of French (in a round-about way), she accepted a job at the French Embassy in Moscow. After Ms. Borg was transferred to the States, she worked on both coasts, and after several years of living in San Diego, she became a US citizen.

Ms. Borg now lives in a diversified lake community in Arkansas, where she continues to write historical and contemporary fiction. She also published a non-fiction book about her cat and its former shelter buddies. Her poetry has been published in over twenty anthologies and was chosen for professionally recorded readings. Her hobbies include world literature, opera, sailing and, of course, devising new plots for future novels.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The idea for this novella rattled around in my head for a long time under the title Mountain Meadows. Then, against my better judgment, I listened to general sentiment and named it Clouds of the Heart. I was also wrong in choosing a cover that clearly pandered to a different crowd. Under “readers also looked at…” the books that came up had muscles bulging, bosoms heaving, bodies thrashing…you get the idea. Those readers would be clearly disappointed with my protagonist’s journey into darkness (and probably impatient with my rather lyrical writing style).

I ditched Clouds and renamed the novella Shadow Sanctuary giving it a new cover; no heaving. Granted, both may appear esoteric to the casual reader, and I won’t get rich with it. But I am a lot happier to have my name associated with this one.

I feel that my decision “to pander or not to pander” is the right one. All I can hope for is that my readers will agree.

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