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Dear Author

REVIEW: Ebook Weekly: New Concepts Publishing Review

NCP began publishing in 1996. They sell ebooks and also offer some of their books in print.

They have several book categories:

  • Anthologies, Special Collections
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Fantasy and Fantasy Romance
  • HARMONY™ Romance, Multicultural, and Interracial Romance
  • Historicals: Medieval, Western, Regency, and Georgian
  • Historicals: Other Time Periods and Unusual Locales
  • Love Bites™ Short Stories (SENSUAL to CARNAL), including Short Story Themes and Holiday Themes
  • Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Werewolves and Shifters (Contemporary)
  • Time Travel
  • Thrillers, Mysteries, and Romantic Suspense
  • Science Fiction and Futuristic Romance

Their sensuality ratings are sweet, sensual, spicy and carnal.

BOOK LENGTH:

  • Full Novel = 90,000 words and up; 360 pages and up (double-spaced)
  • Mid Novel = 61,000-89,000 words; 244-356 pages (double-spaced)
  • Category = 40,000-60,000 words; 160-240 pages (double-spaced)
  • Novella = 20,000-39,000 words; 80-156 pages (double-spaced)

There is a link to an author information page with links to each individual author. Those author pages have covers for all the author's books at NCP. Some have pictures and bio information. Clicking on the title under each cover takes you to the book. There is information about length, price, sensuality level, cover art, ISBN number, price and rating warnings. There is also another link which will take you back to the author's other works.

NCP does have an email newsletter and does seek submissions from authors. They have a Sizzling Sellers page. You can create an account which keeps you from having to enter your personal information before each purchase. Your customer number is automatically set by NCP so remember to write it down.

Their home page has The Hot Box with information about a yahoo readers group, the newsletter which lists sales and special pricing, and a list of nation and world wide (there's a listing for Australia) booksellers who carry NCP books. It also lists hot new print and ebook romances.

They have links to their FAQ page, NCP news, current staff , contact (email and snail mail). There is also a link
to cover art galleries. When you click on a particular cover, it will link to sales information.

  • -Navigation- by author, new releases, new from last month, sizzling sellers, special features, upcoming releases, category. I did not find a search function.
  • -Excerpts- Extensive.
  • -Reviews-some books have short excerpts from reviews. I did not see a place for reader reviews or grades.
  • -Series- the one series I know of wasn’t listed as such and no information was on the individual book pages.
  • -Wordcount – books are rated by range.
  • -Wishlist- I did not see a place to store information about books I might be interested in buying per se but any book added to your cart will stay there even if you exit out of the site.. However, you have to remove it before making your final purchases. I guess you could buy what you wanted and then go back and add books you’re thinking about.
  • -Formats-Adobe, Lit, HTML, RTF. The FAQ page mentions that cover art comes with the lit and newer adobe formats but not with HTML or RTF. Buyers selecting those formats will need to click on the cover on the excerpt page and save it to their file.
  • -Bookshelf-I did not see any place where information about past purchases is stored. Nor any way to redownload past purchases.
  • -Payments-Credit card, electronic check or paypal. After payment, you will be taken to a screen with purchase information which you can print.
  • -Downloads-dl links are delivered via email. The email is sent immediately after the purchse and contains a link which must be cut and pasted into your browser. You need to save the file.
  • -Confirmation-by email immediately after purchase.
  • -Prices- seem to be in line for epublishers. I’ve seen better and I’ve seen a lot worse.
  • Irks- when you click on the “buy” button you will be taken to another screen. There you have to click on an “add to cart” button (which is very small) in order to put the book in your cart. It’s easy to miss this step. There is no opportunity to redownload. I did once have to contact customer service about a book which only of which was included in the dl link. The response was prompt and a link for the entire book was resent. I’m not sure if you could contact NCP in the event that your file was ever lost and get another dl link so backup your files.

Overall, I would give this publisher a B- grade.

~Jayne

Dear Author

REVIEW: The Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwell (aka Susannah Kells)

Dear Mr. Cornwell,

The Fallen AngelsLet me say that even though I give The Fallen Angels a B+, I doubt that many people will want to read this one once I’ve finished with this review. How’s that for a ringing endorsement?

It’s 1792 Paris and the full horror of the French Revolution has finally broken. In one week, over 1000 of the hated aristos have been butchered in the prisons and the streets flow with blood. Three Englishmen and a gypsy groom, Gitan, have arrived at a prison searching for the fiancee of one of them, Toby Lazender. They find what is left of her and as his groom gathers her remains, Gitan learns about the horrible way in which she died. He also learns that it was on the direct orders of a man named Bertrand Marchenior, a member of the dreaded Paris Security and a secret member of a group called the Illuminati, ones who are dedicated to republicanism and the removal of monarchies and organized religion. They are ruthless, they are determined and they recruit Gitan to their ranks to act as a spy when he returns to England with Toby. But Gitan is already a spy, working for Toby who works for the English and their monster of a spy-master, Lord Paunceley. Let me pause to be sure readers have got all that.

Toby sends word to his family in England via Gitan that he is staying in France to help further the rebellion against the Revolution and to avenge his fiancee. His sister, Campion, is less than thrilled to learn this as their father is slowly dying, there is no other brother and if Toby dies without issue, their depraved cousin Julius will inherit the Earldom. Lazen is a great house of England and the estates are among the richest in the land. And unknown to the Lazen family, all of it is now under secret siege by the Fallen Angels, a secret group within the Illuminati whose job is to provide funds for their society. They know the old Earl is
dying, that Toby is vulnerable in France and so focus on gaining control of Campion who has been running the estates for her father for years. They hatch an evil plan to render Campion unmarriagable which is thwarted at the last second by Lord Lewis Culloden. Knowing that the estates must be secured in the event that Toby doesn’t return from France, Campion’s father and her French Uncle Achilles (her mother’s brother) urge Campion to marry Lewis, a steady man who appears to love her, even if Campion has fallen under the spell of Gitan, a man she knows little of and who she also knows is totally unsuited by his station in life to aspire to her hand. Still with me here?

Campion has been raised to do her duty by her family and so yields to family pressure to accept Lewis’s proposal. But she can’t keep her thoughts from turning to Gitan and wondering if he might be the man with whom she could find love, even if these thoughts for a servant shame her. The wedding approaches and she tries to abandon all thoughts of love in marriage and steel herself to marry without love and for the good of the Lazen family and estates. But a magical midnight meeting with Gitan begins to reveal to her just what kind of a man he really is and how much he loves her as well. He tells her she is in danger but that he will return to protect her when needed. But Campion’s hand is forced when her father dies suddenly and knowing that she has no choice, the wedding to Lewis takes place.

It is then that the horrific plot against Campion and the estates is revealed to her as she learns that her brother has died in France, the disgusting cousin Julius, who is under the control of the Fallen Angels, has inherited the Earldom and that people she thought her friends are actually in league against her. Campion rises to the occasion, fights back against her oppressors and gains a temporary respite but knows that as long as the Fallen Angels are still alive, she will never be free of their evil designs. Realizing that she must act as the bait to draw them all together, she journeys with Gitan to their meeting place in France at her mother’s family’s old estates and the final showdown with evil begins.

If Raphael Sabatini had written his novels portraying the true evils of the times, he could have written this book. It is more adventure at first and the romance really doesn’t begin to show until the second half. It also accurately depicts the decadence of the upperclasses, the nightmare of the French Revolution gone wrong, and the way the aristocracy was raised to believe themselves
better than the serving classes. Campion is ashamed that she has any feelings at all for a mere groom and has to slowly learn that not only is Gitan worthy of her, but that she is worthy of him. She reacts to the unexpected danger in her life very believably; not as a TSTL feisty idiot but as woman who has never been threatened and who has to draw on her inner strength and learn from her experiences to overcome her enemies. Gitan is a bit more of a mystery and we really only learn about him as Campion does. He’s not perfect but he is strong enough to be gentle when the occasion demands and he’s revealed as a man taking a huge risk when he, a gypsy and a servant, dares to risk all for the love of a Lady. And, thank you God, he doesn’t suddenly turn out to be a long lost Lord at the end of the book. He and Campion will really have to face the disapproval of society.

Now for the warnings. Let me reemphasize that this is not a book for everyone. It has graphic depiction of violence, especially violence against women. Readers might get ticked off at Campion for her early attitude against Gitan and the romance doesn’t truly begin til about half way through the book. The Fallen Angels is also the sequel to another book called A Crowning Mercy. If you stick with it, this is a rousing, bang up action adventure that I recommend with a B+.

~Jayne