“The Ninth Step” – Our first book from an Icelandic author – And what a belter!

Ingvi Þór Kormáksson is an award winning author based in Reykjavik and his book  “The Ninth Step” is a story about Egill and an unnamed narrator, two men who knew each other as teens.  Their paths cross once again when Egill confides in his old friend years later. Recent events in Egill’s life are weighing heavily upon his heart and his story is fraught with revenge, forgiveness, and a series of mysterious deaths.9781912505555

His book is already receiving good reviews in the UK and received the following accolades in his home country:

“Ingvi Þór Kormaksson’s book, The Ninth Step, deals with murder, violence, and revenge, as well as the reality of life in Iceland and intertwining fates.”

Morgunblaðið, daily newspaper

 “Exciting story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
Stundin magazine

“It’s an exciting revenge story with an unexpected ending.”

Vikan magazine

“An exciting and well-told story that grabs a hold of the reader. The plot threads diverge widely and as the story progresses, it becomes clear that perhaps very little is what it seems.”

-Edda Jóhannsdóttir, Journalist

“An enjoyable and rather peculiar story.”

-Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir, Literary Scholar

“A good story and well-written.”

-Marteinn Þórsson, Film Director

To purchase this masterpiece:

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Poetics – Book Of 100 Poems – Glynn Sinclare

Introducing the new poetry book from Glynn Sinclare, Poetics – Book Of 100 Poems, writen by Glynn Sinclare and illustrated by Limmerick based artists as well as some of Glynn’s own works.

Book Synopsis:

I am very proud of the fact that I am a Limerick Poet and Author of the Emigrants,9781912505265 written under my “nom de plume”Glynn Sinclare.
Three Limerick Artist all lived at one time or another on Farranshone (my road) in Limerick City. Each of them gave permission to add a copy of their painting in black and white to go with one of my poems.
Kate Hennessy, a Classmate of mine at the Salesian Convent. The nuns were the first to discover her talent. Her work can be found at Kate Hennessy Fineartamerica.com
Myra Rielly, a renowned Limerick Artist. Her work can be purchased at fineartamerica.com
Joyce Shee, who floats between the Burren County Clare and Limerick City. Her art can be found Joyce Shee Russellgallery.net
Filipino artist Marichit S Garcia. A catalogue of her art project number 348.64-5 can be found at Brooklyn Art Library.
I am very grateful to them all.
The painting on the cover is by Joyce Shee, her interpretation of a photo she once saw, I fell in love with it. It stirs memories of a date. Going to the cinema on a rainy Limerick night, passing the railing of my grandfathers house in Pery Square.
These poems are dredged from some spaces deep within my brain and heart.

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John Maris – My Encounter with The Great Train Robbery: 55 Years Later, Man Who Discovered Robbers’ Secret Hideout Releases Memoir

Author John Maris’ ‘My Encounter with The Great Train Robbery – How I became a Marked Man’ tells the story of a fifty-year life in the wake of an unexpected yet profound discovery. Maris was the man who found the “Great Train Robbers’” secret hideout, 9781912505227spiraling his life into one of death threats, unwanted global fame and an eventual wrongful perjury charge. This is his story…told with uninhibited honesty.

This is a story of an alert member of the public who had his life and that of his family changed having notified the police of the whereabouts of the hideout of the Great Train Robbers. Within days his notoriety had spread worldwide and this began years of constant pressure, physical threats to him and his family, trauma and anxiety.

He had to take precautions at work in the hope of preventing an attack whilst working alone. Because of his careful detail in the evidence which he gave at the trial he was subjected to an attempt to frame him on a charge of perjury. Eventually he pondered the question, If a similar situation arose, would he act in the same way?

 “Life was simply never the same afterwards,” explains Maris. “What started as me reporting some strange behaviour on Leatherslade Farm to the Police descended into an endless barrage of threats. In fact, I was unable to leave my house without a wooden truncheon, that I felt I had to carry for protection.”

Continuing, “Of course, then the trial came, and I found myself being framed on a charge of perjury. It’s been an interesting five decades since that fateful day, and this is the first time I’ve told the story with such raw honesty and detail. It’s going to answer a lot of questions about my life, and those of the men who were responsible for the most fascinating crime in modern history.”

His book can be purchased:

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ISBN 9781912505227



“Point of No Return” by Ethan Ross. Anti-Terrorist Thriller Uncovers SAS Operative’s Fierce Hidden Agenda…

Ethan Ross’s ‘Point of No Return’ is an intense, vivid and gripping thriller that is the result


of hundreds of hours of research into anti-terrorist military operations. While fiction, it reads like a documentary – as a British SAS soldier is tasked with forming an anti-terrorist taskforce. However, Jack Copeland has other ideas…

The systematic destruction of several key US diplomatic installations in the Middle East by a ruthless terrorist campaign and the kidnapping of Charles Perez, the US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, forced the President to act. Jack Copeland is former British SAS now employed by the Americans to spearhead the anti-terrorist group ‘Scorpion’. The rescue mission cost lives, and Copeland realised that he was losing the support of the very people who had placed him in this position.

He had a hidden agenda that he knew needed the support and approval of his Commander-in-Chief, the President of the USA; he also knew that in order for the plan to succeed, there was one other person to whom he needed to turn.

The story is based on the author’s vast experience in the military and personal security.

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ISBN 9781912505098

“Hindsights” by Oren Hammerquist is a fierce speculative thriller which embroils readers in sci-fi-led psychic world.

9781911090762American author, Oren Hammerquist’s ‘Hindsights’ is a speculative thriller and twists everything up into an adventure that will have readers reaching far for the actual truth. In this society, psychics and their work have become commonplace, yet one former child prodigy is struggling to the core to find his place in the world.

His book can be purchased:

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ISBN 9781911090762

Anthony Wayman releases “IGOR”, his well researched book about attitudes towards the Soviet Union

Wayman believes the portrayal of the Soviet Union during the Cold War period was usually unflattering yet, following the death of Joseph Stalin, the Cold War might not have been quite so cold had a more balanced approach been adopted in the West.

There was a genuine desire by the new administration for a better relationship. IGOR, an account of the experiences of a uniquely talented young Russian may serve to help illustrate this, though he recognises that some readers might dismiss it as implausible.



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How Should Your Book Be Laid Out?

We get a lot of people asking us how their book should be laid out, what is the order of things when it comes to the sections either side of the main text. Well, we have put together this guide to help you decided what goes where.

Some of the sections you will probably never use others will be essential to your work so don’t be worried that the list is so long, just pick those that are relevant to you, any questions you know were we are. . .

The following is for references will be referred to in the guide:

  • Leaf – What we publishers refer to as pages.
  • Recto – When a book is open and laying on its spine, this is the right-hand leaf. Always odd numbered.
  • Verso – When a book is open and laying on its spine, this is the left-hand leaf. Always even numbered.

Whilst these rules are not hard and fast they are the norm and we try to follow them where possible. The layout is broken down initially in the following way:

  • Front Matter – The pages at the beginning of the book before the text or body, we normally number these pages using roman numerals.
  • Text or Body – This is the main part of the book, your manuscript and will be traditionally numbered.
  • Back Matter – The pages at the end of the book that contain additional information such as references, appendices, glossaries and indices.

Each of these initial stages are then broken down further in to the elements that you would recognise, they are as follows:

Front Matter.

  1. Half Title Page – This is also called the Bastard title or a Fly title and is the first page you see when opening the books, it contains the book title nothing else, we don’t tend to use this page but skip straight to the Title Page
  2. Frontispiece – This is an illustration page that would normally be on the back of the Half Title Page facing the Title Page, again, as a rule we don’t tend to use this page.
  3. Title Page – This is normally our first Recto page and contains the title, subtitle, author and sometimes our detials. Other information that can be placed on the title page including the publisher’s location, the year of publication, or descriptive text about the book, illustrations are also common on title pages. We tend to place all our information on the copyright page.
  4. Copyright Page – This is normally our first Verso page of the book on the rear of the title page; this page carries the copyright notice, edition information, publication information, printing history, cataloguing data, legal notices, and the books ISBN or identification number. Rows of numbers are sometimes printed at the bottom of the page to indicate the year and number of the printing however we don’t use this method. Credits for design, production, editing and illustration are sometimes listed on the copyright page although we tend to add a note on the bottom of the title page.
  5. Dedication – This is as it suggests, a dedication, provided by you, the author, and tends to be someone dear to the author.
  6. Epigraph – This is a short quotation should you wish to add one, normally something profound but the individual being quoted must be referenced.
  7. Table Of Contents – This is as the name suggests, a contents page is less common in fiction works but may be used if your work includes unique chapter titles. A table of contents is never used if your chapters are only numbered (e.g., Chapter One, Chapter Two).
  8. List Of Figures – As the title suggests, this adheres to the same rules as above.
  9. List Of Tables – Again, same rules apply as the list of figures.
  10. Foreword – The foreword contains a statement about the book and is usually written by someone other than the author who is an expert or is widely known in the field of the book’s topic. A foreword is most commonly found in nonfiction works.
  11. Preface – Nearly always written by the author, the Preface often tells how the book came into being, and is often signed with the name, place and date, although this is not always the case.
  12. Acknowledgements – Used by the author to express their gratitude for help in the creation of the book.
  13. Introduction – Here the author explains the purposes and the goals of the work, and may also place the work in a context, as well as spell out the organisation and scope of the book.
  14. Prologue – Used mainly in a work of fiction to set out the scene for the story and is written in the voice of the character within the story.
  15. Second Half Title – We tend to use this to divide sections of the book and is always placed on the recto page.

Text or Body

  1. Part Opening Page – We rarely have cause to use this page but both fiction and nonfiction books are sometimes divided into parts when there is a large conceptual, historical or structural logic that suggests these divisions, and the belief that reader will benefit from a meta-organisation.
  2. Second Half Title – Again, we rarely have cause to use these pages however if the frontmatter is lengthy, a second half title, identical to the first, can be added before the beginning of the text. The page following is usually blank but may contain an illustration or an epigraph.
  3. Chapter Opening Page – Most fiction and almost all nonfiction books are divided into chapters for the sake of organising the material to be covered. Chapter Opening pages and Part Opening pages may be a single right-hand recto page, or in some cases a spread consisting of a left, verso, and right-hand page. Statistically, if a spread opening is used, half the chapters (or parts) will generate a blank right hand page, and the author or publisher will have to work with the book designer to decide how to resolve these right-hand page blanks. We tend to use another method where the chapters flow using no blank pages.
  4. Chapter Text – Exactly as the name suggests, the meat of the book.
  5. Epilogue – Mostly used in Fiction is the ending piece of the book, usually in the voice of the author bringing closure to the book story line.
  6. Afterword – May be written by the author or another, and might deal with the origin of the book or seek to situate the work in some wider context.
  7. Conclusion – A brief summary of the salient arguments of the main work that attempts to give a sense of completeness to the work.

Back Matter

  1. Postscript – From the Latin post scriptum, “after the writing” meaning anything added as an addition or afterthought to the main body of the work. This, in our experience, is rarely used.
  2. Appendix or Addendum – A supplement to the main work and tends to be used more in non-fiction. An appendix might include source documents cited in the text, material that arose too late to be included in the main body of the work, or any of a number of other insertions.
  3. Chronology – In some works, particularly histories, a chronological list of events may be helpful for the reader. It may appear as an appendix, but can also appear in the frontmatter if the author considers it critical to the reader’s understanding of the work.
  4. Notes or Endnotes – These come after any appendices, and before the bibliography or list of references. The notes are typically divided by chapter to make them easier to locate.
  5. Glossary – A glossary comprises alphabetically arranged words and their definitions.
  6. Bibliography or References – Again normally found in non-fiction this is a list of source materials that are used or consulted in the preparation of a work or that are referred to in the text.
  7. Contributors – A work by many authors may demand a list of contributors, which should appear immediately before the index, although it is sometimes moved to the frontmatter. Contributor’s names should be listed alphabetically by last name, but appear in the form “First Name Last Name.” Information about each contributor may include brief biographical notes, academic affiliations, or previous publications.
  8. Illustration Credits – Again this is normally used where there are several contributors, we would normally use the title page to credit an individual illustrator.
  9. Index – An alphabetical listing that can be used for any of the following: people, places, events, concepts and works cited along with page numbers indicating where they can be found within the main body of the work.
  10. Errata – We have never needed to use this but it is normally used as a notice from the publisher of an error in the book, usually caused in the production process. These are not used to correct typographical errors or to insert additions or revisions. “It should be used only in extreme cases where errors severe enough to cause misunderstanding are detected too late to correct in the normal way but before the finished book is distributed.” (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. p. 33)
  11. Colophon – A brief notice at the end of a book usually describing the text typography, identifying the typeface by name along with a brief history. It may also credit the book’s designer and other persons or companies involved in its physical production.

This is an extensive list but includes all elements should they be required, most however are not normal in fiction writing and tend to be most relevant in non-fiction technical and informational works.

We hope this list has been of assistance to you, please feel free to add your comments below.