The King Who Disappeared by Hank Quense

  • The King Who Disappeared
  • By Hank Quense
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2019
  • Genre: Fantasy

           Bohan, a king, is at war with Jerado, an evil wizard who controls four neighboring kingdoms.  Bohan, his wizard, Ansgar, and his guards are trapped in a cave by Jerado who magically seals the cave.  Ansgar casts a sleep spell on all of them. It will last until the cave is unsealed.
          More than 200 years later, an earthquake unseals the cave and frees Bohan.  While catching up on history, he learns Jerado is still alive and rules the country as dictator.  Bohan learns this from a sympathetic constable named Leticia.  After talking to Bohan and his guards, she recognizes him from school lessons as the King Who Disappeared. Bohan determines to go to the capital, Dun Hythe, and gain revenge.  Leticia promises to go with him to find out what happened to her father who was arrested and disappeared.
          Jerado learns that Bohan is still alive and headed to confront him. He tells Lithgow, his son, and Flavia, his daughter about Bohan.  Lithgow is the War Minister and Flavia the Minister of the Interior. They hate each other and each plans to succeed their father when he retires.
          Jerado orders Lithgow to use his soldiers to block and kill Bohan.  Flavia, who also has troops, decides to kill Bohan before Lithgow can.  Bohan and his guards, all heroes, brush past Flavia’s soldiers and route Lithgow’s.  Jerado now orders Lithgow’s troops to seal all the city’s gates and search everyone entering the city. 
          Meanwhile, the citizens in Dun Hythe are suffering from Jerado’s rule and from Flavia’s imposition of lower wages to raise profits for the many businesses she controls.  The wage restrictions impact on the Godmother’s bottom line.  She is the head of a crime family who controls all vice in the city.  She is also the head of the two largest and most powerful labor guilds, the teamsters and the dock workers. With Flavia’s wage restrictions in place, the citizenry does have any money to have fun in the Godmother’s saloons or gambling halls.  Also, the workers don’t make enough money to feed their families. 
          Jerado’s Treasurer, Maurice, learns a few of Jerado’s family secrets.  He knows how Flavia embezzles vast amounts of money from the contracts she gives out.  Maurice learns about Bohan and the attempts to kill him. These and a few other secrets ensure his early death if Jerado ever finds out what he knows.  Maurice meets with the Godmother and they agree to help each other for their mutual protection.
          Now close to Dun Hythe, Leticia agrees to enter the city and scout it out.  Hopefully, she can find a way for Bohan to enter the city.  She also wants to meet with the Godmother because her father was once a high-ranking official in the dock workers guild.  Leticia hopes the Godmother can find out where her father is.
          Within the city, rumors swirl about the reappearance of the King Who Disappeared.  The Godmother ignores the rumors and is stunned to learn from Leticia that Bohan is really alive and outside the city.  After a lively discussion, The Godmother agrees to smuggle Bohan into the city in return for a guarantee from Bohan for protection for her business.
          Bohan and his mates enter the city by boat in the middle of the night and meet with the Godmother and Maurice who tells Bohan the layout of the palace and how to sneak into it.  To make a distraction, the Godmother will call a city-wide general strike to coincide with Bohan’s attack on Jerado.
          Bohan and Ansgar sneak into the palace at night with Maurice in the lead.  Leaving Maurice behind, they advance into the living quarters and confront Jerado.  A confusing battle ensues as the two wizards throw spells at each other.  Using Ansgar’s spell as a distraction, Bohan gets close enough to Jerado to use his sword on the wizard thus gaining revenge.
          With Jerado out of the way, Bohan arrests Lithgow and Flavia, proclaims himself king and agrees to work with the Godmother, orders a wage increase for all the workers.
          Everyone is happy except Jerado’s children who must perform menial work for the rest of their lives.


Author Hank Quense

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.

He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

Hank’s Amazon Author Page:


The blog tour for THE KING WHO DISAPPEARED by Hank Quense is underway. This tour will run from April 8th through April 19th, 2019. Posts will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews, excerpts, and a tour-wide giveaway. Review ARC copies will be available in epub and PDF formats. HTML posts for the tour will also be provided.

You can still Sign Up HERE to be a part of this exciting tour.

Monday, April 8 – Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post & Spotlight
Tuesday, April 9 –
Wednesday, April 10 –
Thursday, April 11 – Hearts & Scribbles – Spotlight
Friday, April 12 – Baroness’ Book Trove – Review
Monday, April 15 – A Holland Reads – Spotlight
Tuesday, April 16 –
Wednesday, April 17 – Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight
Thursday, April 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review
Friday, April 19 – Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight
JBronder Book Reviews – Review

Innocence Lost by Sherilyn Decter

* Book 1 of The Bootleggers’ Chronicles
* By Sherilyn Decter
* Publication Date: February 21, 2019
* Genre: Literature Historical Women’s Crime Fiction

In a city of bootleggers and crime, one woman must rely on a long-dead lawman to hunt down justice…

Philadelphia, 1924. Maggie Barnes doesn’t have much left. After the death of her husband, she finds herself all alone to care for her young son and look after their rundown house. As if that weren’t bad enough, Prohibition has turned her neighborhood into a bootlegger’s playground. To keep the shoddy roof over their heads, she has no choice but to take on boarders with criminal ties…

When her son’s friend disappears, Maggie suspects the worst. And local politicians and police don’t seem to have any interest in an investigation. With a child’s life on the line, Maggie takes the case and risks angering the enemy living right under her nose…
Maggie’s one advantage may be her oldest tenant: the ghost of a Victorian-era cop. With his help, can she find justice in a lawless city?

Innocence Lost is the first novel in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles, a series of historical fiction tales. If you like headstrong heroines, Prohibition-era criminal underworlds, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.

Check out INNOCENCE LOST on bookfunnel and the Media Page on the author’s website. INNOCENCE LOST is also available for pre-buy on Amazon.


The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear. To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:



I blog tour is now underway for INNOCENCE LOST by Sherilyn Decter, a Literature Historical Women’s Crime Fiction novel. This tour will run from February 25th to March 1st, 2019. Posts will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews, and excerpts. There will also be a tour giveaway. Review copies will be available in eBook formats, with a very few limited paperback copies. HTML posts for the tour will also be provided.

You can still sign up HERE to be a part of this fascinating tour. Bloggers, please note there is a tour featuring the second book in The Bootleggers’ Chronicles, TASTING THE APPLE, which you can sign up for HERE.

Monday, Feb. 25 – What Is That Book About – Spotlight
Juneta @ WritersGambit – Guest Post & Excerpt
Mythical Books – Excerpt
The Story of a Writer – Excerpt
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews – Q & A
Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – A Smile And A Gun – Interview

Thursday, Feb. 28 – Book Reviews by Pat Garcia – Review
Hank Quense’s Blog – Excerpt
No Genre Left Behind – Excerpt

Friday, March 1 – Carole’s Book Corner – Spotlight
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt & Spotlight
Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt

Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China Tour

Author Sherry Ellis was on tour through Oct. 31 with MC Book Tours featuring her book, BUBBA AND SQUIRT’S BIG DIG TO CHINA, released Sept. 4th by Dancing Lemur Press LLC.

by Sherry Ellis

◊ Genre: Juvenile Fiction
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Paperback: 94 pages
◊ ISBN-10: 1939844509
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1939844507


          Squirt doesn’t believe Bubba can dig a hole to China. But when the hole swallows them, the kids find themselves in Xi’an, China, surrounded by Terracotta Warriors.
          It gets worse when the ghost of the first emperor of China appears. He tells them they can’t go home until they find his missing pi. The kids don’t know where to begin until they meet a girl and her grandmother who promise to help find the pendant.
          Soon they realize they are being followed. And they are no closer to finding the missing pi. Will Bubba and Squirt ever make it back home?

 Bubba and Squirt available at:

Amazon US   *   Amazon UK   *   Amazon CA   *   Barnes & Noble  *  BAM   * iTunes   *   Kobo

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis, her husband, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact with Sherry on:

Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads * Blog
Website * Amazon Author Page

Posts consisted of Q&As, guest posts, reviews, features, and/or excerpts. In addition, every blog participating were able to post the tour-wide giveaway. The author is giving away five (5) autographed print copies of the book open to all. An HTML post will also be provided to tour participants for their convenience. Books are available to review in Mobi, ePub and pdf formats.

Oct. 1 –
Oct. 2 –
Oct. 3 –
Oct. 4 –
Oct. 5 – Writers’ Gambit – Guest Post & Feature
Oct. 8 – The Story of a Writer – Excerpt
Oct. 9 –
Oct. 10 – Bookworm for Kids – Excerpt
Oct. 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review
Oct. 12 – Write With Fey – Guest Post
Oct. 15 – Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post
Oct. 16 –
Oct. 17 – Julie Flanders – Feature & Excerpt
Oct. 18 –
Oct. 19 – Storey Book Reviews – Excerpt
Oct. 22 – Writers and Authors – Guest Post
Literary Rambles – Interview
Oct. 23 –
Oct. 24 – JBronderBookReviews – Review
Oct. 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – Feature
Oct. 26 –
Oct. 29 –
Oct. 30 – Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt
Oct. 31 – Thoughts in Progress –  Review


Queen Moxie by Hank Quense Blog Tour

  • File Size: 4861 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing (February 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0775W1NWP

          In this humorous tale, it is now ten years since Moxie became Queen of Usca in south-west Britain. A tribe of Picts shatters her peaceful reign by migrating from the north and occupying territory just outside her border.
Moxie decides to build a fort to help control the wild Picts. To her surprise, she discovers that the fort has been built on land claimed by the forest fairies. Oberon, the King of the fairies, destroys the fort using magic.
Moxie threatens Oberon with military might. Oberon threatens Moxie with magic. To counter Oberon, Moxie asks Camelot to send Merlin to help her out and Arthur agrees.
Once Merlin arrives, Moxie demands that he confront Oberon and use magic spells to defeat the Fairy King. Merlin isn’t thrilled by the request. Moxie wants him to cast field magic spells, a type of spell casting that Merlin has never been able to master.
The Picts hear about the fort and decide Moxie has become hostile. They determine to attack rather than wait for Moxie to attack them.
Meanwhile, Moxie’s only child, the ten-year-old daughter, Aethelwine, decides she won’t be the next queen, leaving Moxie without an heir.
Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table, has been exiled by Arthur for insulting all the nobles with his songs and is staying in Moxie’s castle. He is working on a play to be staged in Stonehenge. Tristan hopes the play will end his exile since it praises King Arthur and Camelot
Faced with threats from the fairies and the Picts, Moxie decides to take on the fairies. Merlin tells Moxie and Oberon they are both idiots for fighting each other when the real threat comes from the Picts who will be able to conquer both after they fight a battle and are weakened by casualties.
Moxie and Oberon agree to a treaty and combine forces to confront the Picts who have been reinforced by boatloads of warriors.
Can Moxie and Oberon convince the Picts to back down?
And what about Aethelwine?
Is Tristan’s play any good?


Author Hank Quense

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories. 

He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a third Moxie novel that takes place in the Camelot era.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

Hank’s Amazon Author Page:


There’s still time to join the fun of sharing author Hank Quense’s QUEEN MOXIE, the third installment in his Princess Moxie series, with your readers. The blog tour will run from January 22, 2018, through February 20, 2018, (excluding weekends).

Posts will consist of mainly of reviews, but there four excerpts and two interviews (one with the author and one with Queen Moxie) also available. All participating blogs will be able to post the tour-wide giveaway (prizes courtesy of the author). The giveaway will consist of 5 eBook copies of QUEEN MOXIE, and 2 eBook copies of PRINCESS MOXIE, a 2-book boxed set. Post material (including an HTML) will also be provided. Books are available to review in ePub, Mobi or PDF formats.

To sign up for this tour, click HERE!

Jan. 22 – Joylene Nowell Butlerreview  feature
Jan. 23 – Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang – excerpt
Jan. 24 – Thoughts in Progress – feature
Jan. 25 – Writer’s Gambit – excerpt
Jan. 26 – Bound 2 Escape – excerpt
Jan. 29 –
Jan. 30 – Reviews by Crystal – review
Jan. 31 –
Feb. 1 –
Feb. 2 –
Feb. 5 – Thoughts in Progress – review
Rockin’ Book Reviews – excerpt
Feb. 6 –
Feb. 7 –
Feb. 8 –
Feb. 9 –
Feb. 12 –
Feb. 13 – Book Reviews by Pat Garcia – review
Feb. 14 –
Feb. 15 –
Feb. 16 –
Feb. 19 –
Feb. 20 –

Maski & Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries

Author Joylene Nowell Butler won the IPPY Silver Medal with Broken But Not Dead. Once only available in print, the book receives a fresh new cover and title for readers to enjoy and is now available in eBook format. Maski: Broken But Not Dead is the prequel to Joylene’s 2016 release, Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries, which is now available in audio format.

Maski: Broken But Not Dead
◊ By Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Psychological Thriller

◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
◊ eBook ISBN 9781939844385

To the Breaking Point…

When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.

          However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?
          Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.

Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries
◊ By Joylene Nowell Butler
◊ Psychological Thriller
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC

A murder enveloped in pain and mystery…

                   When Canada’s retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife’s unsolved murder. The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice-indict his prime suspect, the dead minister’s horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him…

The audio version of Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries is available through Audible and Amazon. Click on the links to hear an audio sample of the book.

I’m organizing a week-long tour for Maski: Broken But Not Dead and Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries. The tour will run from June 26 through June 30, 2017. Posts can consist of reviews, guest posts, Q&As, and a feature. There will also be a tour-wide giveaway provided by the publisher. Review copies will be available in all eBook formats for Maski: Broken But Not Dead (no print copies are available) and in audio format for Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries (no print copies are available).

Sign up below!

Author Joylene Nowell Butler

Joylene, Métis, is the author of Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and Break Time. She and her husband and their two cats reside in Canada for the summers and Nayarit, Mexico, for the winters. They believe life should be an adventure.

For more on Joylene and her writing, visit her website and blog, as well as connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.

Comments on Maski: Broken But Not Dead:

“A psychological thriller filled with suspense, action and drama…” – John Bell, 93.1CFIS-FM: Prince George, BC

“Riveting and beautifully written. You won’t be able to set it down.” Judith S. Avila, author

Check the calendar below and sign up to participate.

June 26 – Random Thoughts – Excerpt
Dreams, Goals and Adventure – Feature
Thoughts in Progress – Feature

June 27 – Mythical Books – Guest Post

June 28 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Excerpt & Feature
JBronder Book Reviews – Feature

June 29 – Hank’s Blog – Excerpt

June 30 – Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt
Pat Garcia Book Reviews – Review of Maski
Deal Sharing Aunt – Guest Post


Dreams, Goals and Adventure by Michael D. Ditton

Dreams, Goals, and Adventure is a series of personal stories, the ups and downs of someone who inspires to reach all of the dreams set forth and how sometimes a life event creates a situation requiring a major adjustment. It is stories others will be able to relate to with the life adventures each and every one of them have experienced, both good and challenging

◊ Paperback: 148 pages
◊ Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
◊ Publisher: BalboaPress (October 19, 2015)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1504335880
◊ ISBN13: 978-1504335881

From broke to retired in ten years . . .

          Returning home from Desert Storm, I found myself mentally and financially bankrupt. Newly divorced, I had no job, no help, and no hope. My reasons to live were gone. At the lowest point in my life, I fell back on simple truths from my childhood: hard work gets results, and it’s okay to dream. And dream I did, setting goals that launched me from poverty to a life I could not have imagined. And you can do it, too.

          Dreams, Goals, and Adventure will inspire you to dream big, work toward your goals, and live your life as an adventure every day.

* Don’t be afraid to dream.
* Don’t accept “no” as an answer.
* Remove “can’t” from your vocabulary.
* Small goals are stepping stones to much larger goals.
* Learn how to spring forward from failure.
* Know you will have to adjust.
* Live life as an adventure.

Michael Ditton is an entrepreneur, personal development coach, and student of life. In addition to helping others realize their dreams, he can be found sailing or traveling in search of new adventures.

“When met by unexpected challenges, embrace them wholeheartedly as opportunities for adventure and education.”

I developed Goal-Setting Basics to help others interested in learning how to set goals. In my twenties, I had to gather these valuable bits of information a piece at a time. This site offers you an array of information, tools, and resources to help you in identifying, setting, and accomplishing your goals, whatever they might be. In these tools are free worksheets and examples to help you succeed. You will find Goal-Setting Basics is your single source for all of your goal-setting needs.

Financial Independence means having control over your time without worrying about the ability to pay your bills” … So many think they have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life, that is so far from the truth … Let me show you how.

Author Michael D. Ditton

I was a dreamer from an early age. To this day I believe anyone can do whatever they choose to put their mind to.

I didn’t go from eight years old to semi-retired in the length of one sentence. Nor was it easy. But I did follow a simple, time-honored process.

I was in my twenties before I fully understood the true importance of goal setting. After that, I was able to be more focused, see where I wanted to be, how I was going to get there, notice when I needed to make adjustments, and had the satisfaction of reaching goals. I enjoyed the benefits of reaching a goal and putting a big, fat check mark on my list.

Here’s how those goals paid off:

At 8, sold vegetables door to door from my little red wagon
Age 13, supervisor, World’s Fare Hamburgers
Age 15, assistant manager trainee, Pizza Hut
Age 16, assistant manager, Round Table Pizza
Age 18, began a 20-year commitment with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant and Desert Storm veteran. Over my service career, I became a leader and was recognized and awarded for my achievements and outstanding service.
Age 20, found my true calling as a sales professional
Age 31, began a successful career in real estate and real estate investments
Age 36, semi-retired
Age 37, owned and operated several companies
Age 41, semi-retired, sold everything and sailed south on my 45’ sailboat

Although I found success at a very early age, I became painfully aware of how quickly it can all be taken away. In 1991, after I returned from Desert Storm, I found myself bankrupt, mentally, physically and financially and divorced.

It was the lowest point in my life. Four years later, I had clawed my way back to even, and started to build from there. Two years after that, following my roadmap of goals, I reached my first level of financial independence. The rest is history.

For more on Michael, you can connect with him at the following sites:

“Your experiences are so extra-ordinary and you’re fascinating to listen to. Your speaking style is humble and respectful of both your role as a speaker and of your audience, as one would expect after hearing of what you were trained to do. If others would open their lives to adventure as you have they would love their life even more.”     ~Jim Cathcart, author of the bestsellers: The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling.  CEO of 

May 22Writers and Authors – Guest Post
Defending the Pen – Feature
Mythical Books – Guest Post

May 23Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang – Feature
Bound 2 Escape – Excerpt

May 24Fabulous and Burnette – Feature & Excerpt

May 25Joylene Nowell Butler, Suspense Author – Review & Feature
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview
What Is That Book About – Excerpt

May 26A Blue Stocking’s Place – Feature

May 29Year of the Book – Feature

May 30Hank Quense’s Blog – Feature

May 31The Bookworm Chronicles – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt

June 1Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post

June 2Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt