During the Festival of Death in Rome, four American art students go missing. One of the students is eventually found dead, horribly mutilated as if by wild beasts inside the Colosseum.
One year later, Nick Thorn is sent by the New Sanctuary to help the father of one of the missing students, a desperate man who is still looking for his daughter.
The New Sanctuary believes that Thorn has a psychic ability, a ‘special gift’ that could help him; Thorn however has always denied such a thing, claiming it to be pure nonsense and probably the product of an overactive imagination instigated by his drinking problem.
Shortly after Thorn arrives in Rome, the Festival of Death begins again and another of the missing students is gruesomely murdered. It is now a race against time to find the other two.
Can Thorn find and save the remaining two students or will Mania the Roman Goddess of Death succeed in devouring their souls and satisfy the blood lust of her followers?
“Richard Valanga writes about the Afterlife like nobody else today, he’s the 21st-century Dante of the North.” – Tony Barrell, The Sunday Times
“The author’s talent for writing engaging tales of the paranormal is second to none.”
“The author Richard Valanga writes like a poet and has a brilliant and impressive imagination to match.”
About the Author
Richard Valanga has penned six paranormal fantasy novels previously including:
The Wrong Reality
The Complex Trilogy (Complex Heaven, Complex Hell, Complex Shadows)
The Sunderland Vampire
These are some of the reviews Richard Valanga has received on Amazon with respect to his writing:
First for Blind Vision…
5 out of 5
Blindingly good book
This, the second book by Richard Valanga, I have read and it’s even better than his first, Complex Heaven. If, like me, you enjoy fantasy novels that you can’t put down then this author is for you.
The second is for Complex Heaven…
5 out of 5
Complex and gripping.
I read this book in two sittings, very difficult to put it down. The characters are well developed and the plot twists and turns as it snakes to a dramatic conclusion. I heard through the grapevine that there is a sequel coming soon, it can’t be too soon for me.
“Colosseum” by Richard Valangais available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:
Press/Media Contact Details:
New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064
Joshua Piecrust and His Alphabet of Rhymes
Do you like rhymes? I’ll bet you do – the sillier the better, too!
Joshua Piecrust’s Alphabet’s about as dotty as it gets! For here you might meet anything: hamsters dance, bananas sing; a courteous dragon (and it’s simply chilling what became of him!) An octopus? Well, count the legs! Find out where elephants lay their eggs!
Piecrust’s left some gaps for you to play at writing nonsense, too.
Grown-ups might want this book on loan: advise them, “Go and buy your own!” or else keep very careful track in case you never get it back!
About the Author:
In his time, Richard Evans has been an art student, has run a hostel for homeless men, slogged his way through 30 more-or-less overcast years of pen-pushing in an office, and now with inexpressible relief basks in the sunshine of retirement.
When not fully engaged in pottering harmlessly about, he writes nonsense in various forms, pretends to be a wood-carver, and meditates twice every day. Richard is the father of the internationally-known singer-songwriter, Emi Evans, and he lives with his Japanese wife in an old cottage in rural Dorset.
Excerpt from the book:
C ….is for Camels
Camels are humpy and lumpy and grumpy
and look on the world with disdain.
They sing in the bath if there’s nobody near
with a voice like a stomach in pain.
It’s pretty unwise to invite one to dinner
(that is, if you’ll take my advice).
They chew sideways, I fear, without closing their mouths
which is not, let’s be frank, very nice.
They have too many elbows and too many knees;
when they sit or lie down, without fail
they collapse in instalments with all of the grace
of a deck-chair confronting a gale,
while maintaining that same supercilious sneer
(a small but distressing detail).
Some camels have one hump and some have a pair –
why not add a few more at your leisure?
Arranged fore-and-aft or perhaps side-by-side,
with a head at each end for good measure.
Though their faces and figures give cause for concern,
though their manner lacks polish and fizz,
camels’ hearts are undoubtedly In The Right Place –
except we’re not sure where that is.
“Joshua Piecrust and his Alphabet of Rhymes” by Richard Evans is available in paperback from Amazon at:
Press/Media Contact Details:
Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060