Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"The Nepali Flat," by Gordon Alexander

Adventure-seekers will love this story of a hilarious Himalayan trek!

The Nepali Flat, by Gordon Alexander
286 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 12 reviews

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its the next best thing compared to going on the trek yourself. Gordon is honest and hilarious, and shares in intimate details things one might forget in these trips. The challenges, exhilaration, frustrations, laughs, pictures, the wonderful guides, it just all comes together beautifully. I am glad Gordon took the time to write this in the way that he did! " -- Amazon Reviewer

Join Gordon Alexander in Nepal as he drags his ‘heavy ass’ over the Himalayas in this hilarious, adventure-soaked account of the Three Passes Trek, culminating in a visit to Everest Base Camp.

Together with guide Subash and porter Nima, Gordon tackles high passes in excess of 5400 metres (17700ft) and explains how high altitude affects a mildly-overweight road builder from sea level in the tropics. Each part of the journey brings new challenges including sub-freezing temperatures, almost falling into a crevasse, and alarmingly warm beer. Along the way he discovers the local Kukri Rum, traverses glaciers, interacts with eccentric and curious characters, and takes in the most beautiful views on the planet (pictures included).

10% of the profits from this book go to the continued rebuilding effort in Nepal, following the devastating earthquake in April, 2015. More information on www.gordonalexander.org.



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Meet the Author


Born in the mid-1980s in Australia’s Top End, Gordon was plucked from his home at the age of 12 by his chicken-farming father and began moving around the world, from England to Saudi Arabia, Scotland, back to England, Jordan, Bahrain, before heading home to Australia at the age of 24 to reclaim his Aussie identity. He spent four years at boarding school in Scotland, partook in a brief yet unspectacular stint at the University of London, studying Arabic, before transferring to the University of Jordan to continue learning the language. Six months later he gained his first professional writing experience working as a sports journalist for Bahrain Tribune, a daily broadsheet newspaper in the Gulf. Gordon has travelled to nearly 30 countries in his lifetime, and will not rest until he has ticked every single one of them off his list. On his return to Australia, he attempted to hitchhike from Brisbane to Darwin, merely to see if it was possible, but hit Townsville where they didn’t like the look of his beard. He slept for three nights in the same spot, cosily nestled between a railway track and a main highway, being awoken intermittently by road trains and train trains. On the fourth day a man picked him up and offered him a job scooping dead barramundi out of a man-made dam. They had perished after heavy fog had suffocated all the fish on the farm. For days he toiled until the last, rotting fish had been removed. So impressed was the farmer with Gordon’s fish removing skills, that he offered him a job as a house relocator, picking houses up and moving them to different parts of the country. He accepted and spent the next year travelling Queensland extensively, rolling around under houses with spiders, snakes and toads. When the boss wouldn’t let him eat lunch one day, working in the aptly named Gordonvale, he cracked the shits and moved home to Darwin, literally found work in about 4 hours, and has been in the same job ever since, being paid to build roads and travel the Northern Territory from end to end. Gordon’s love of writing has never ceased following his exposure to it almost a decade ago, and has written of his adventures in remote areas of Australia, providing honest insight into some deeply troubled Aboriginal communities. In March 2014 he travelled to Nepal and was determined to write a travel book concerning the ‘Three Passes Trek’, which he eventually completed in February 2016. The book is called The Nepali Flat and it’s pretty good.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Discovery Day! (Tuesday, July 26)

It's Book Discovery Day! Twice a week we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!

Book Discovery - newly-published and overlooked books!
Liberty (Two Democracies: Revolution Book 1), by Alasdair Shaw
Special Pre-Order price!
Struggling with newfound sentience and desperately trying to repair itself, The Indescribable Joy of Destruction is a ship trying to find a new home. In a galaxy torn apart by generations of civil war, that isn't an easy task. Tired of being used as a killing machine, it has a huge decision to make: hide and save itself, or help other artificial intelligences achieve freedom. Unable to make the decision alone, it revives the sole human aboard - the enemy officer who crippled it.

Commander Olivia Johnson wakes to find herself in the infirmary of a strange vessel. Her nightmares deepen when she discovers it is the ship that attacked her destroyer. Even as she recovers from her physical...
                     
Heirs to the Throne (The Last King of Legend Book 1), by R. F. Steinhauer
Thirteen year old twin brothers Jack and Thomas Darren were unaware that magic and gods were real. Or that their world was a fabrication, created by those in the True World of Mythil as an exile called the Banishment. Or that Death was their Great Uncle, and all their suffering had served a purpose. Or that in the True World they were heirs to a legendary line of unbelievable power, and their coming, long prophesied, portends the Ending.

No, Jack and Thomas Darren knew none of these things. But soon they would. And finding themselves at the heart of an apocalyptic war, each must choose to which side they belong. For in the end only one can rule the Eternal Throne

Heirs to the Throne is the first book in The Last Ki...
                     
The White Dragon: A Claire-Agon Dragon Book (Dragon Series 4), by Salvador Mercer
The Red Dragon is available for pre-order, release date scheduled for October 11.                 

A thousand years ago, on the world of Claire-Agon, a war raged between men and dragons.

Culminating a life's worth of work, Eric finally has his mercenary group,The Hunt, recognized by the royal realms of Agon. His first mission: to find the scourge of Highstone Pass. The encounter changes his life forever.

Near death, accused of treason, and thought insane by his fellow mercenary leaders, Eric finds himself manipulated as a pawn, caught between the mighty realms of Ulatha and Kesh. Facing a destitut...
                     
Trouble and Treats (A Chocolate Centered Cozy Mystery Book 6), by Cindy Bell
Ally and Charlotte Sweet are excited to provide some of Charlotte’s delicious chocolate brownies and other chocolate treats for a yard sale that is being held by a regular customer of ‘Charlotte’s Chocolate Heaven’.

But their focus changes when Ally discovers a dead body. Although everything points towards an accident, Ally and Charlotte believe that foul play was involved. While the cause of death is still being determined Charlotte and Ally, with a little help from hunky Detective Luke Elm look into the death. With the help of their chocolate loving customers and their cat, Peaches and pot-bellied pig, Arnold, they try to find out the truth. The suspects are piling up and Charlotte and Ally land up in trouble, but th...
                     
Any Given Sundae (Australian Amateur Sleuth Book 5), by Morgana Best
A fun cozy mystery!
Sibyl Potts has finally been awarded her long-awaited property settlement, and her ex-husband has been sentenced for her attempted murder. Yet just as all seems well in her world, the body of one of Cressida’s boarders is found in her cottage next to a half eaten ice cream sundae. When all the evidence points to Sibyl as the culprit, how will she solve the crime and prove her innocence?
All Morgana Best books are clean cozy mysteries.
This is a cozy mystery. It is a clean read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
#1 Best-selling Cozy Mystery author, Morgana Best, lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia. She is owned by several animals: one highly demanding, rescued cat, and ...
                     
All you need is love: And a big handbag, by Julie Hodgson
When the most bookish, clumsy geek manages to bag the most handsome,
beautiful man on campus – the man that all the other girls would happily
have thrown their Kappa Kappa Delta sisters under the bus for – then it
can’t end well. But Maggie has beaten the odds and is ten years into her
marriage with Jack. However, the pages in the book of fairytales are
beginning to smolder and burn as she starts to question his fidelity.

Forced into action by her suspicions, and hindered by her over-sexed
mother and under-brained friend, Maggie embarks on a search for truth.
What she finds, however, is an adventure that throws her directly into
the claws of danger and will make her...
                     
The Reluctant Adventures of Fletcher Connolly on the Interstellar Railroad Vol. 2: Intergalactic Bogtrotter, by Felix R. Savage
Some things call for a little payback …
Fletcher Connolly had more to lose than he thought. After the destruction of the Skint Idjit, Fletch and the Idjit's crew face something far worse than the Butterfly-zillas of Suckass. In debt to Goldman Sachs to the tune of $50 million in cash, Fletch is willing to do just about anything to settle the balance.
But when he is forced to swallow his pride and takes their new ship--the Intergalactic Bogtrotter--under the hiring hand of his greedy, piratical uncle, the situation spirals from desperate to outright lethal.
Hit by a surprise attack and flung off the Interstellar Railroad into deep space, they find themselves dead-lined on a rogue planet. With...
                     
The 15-Minute Writer: How To Write Your Book In Only 15 Minutes A Day, by Jennifer Blanchard
This short, interactive book will teach you a simple method you can use to write your book--and build a writing habit--in only 15 minutes a day. Perfect for busy writers or writers who are easily distracted or who want a better way to make consistent progress with their writing.

Includes write ups from 15-minute writers who swear by the method. Also covers mindset, getting into a writing flow, how to clear mental clutter so you can focus during your writing session, and more....