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LionheART Publishing House offers fiction titles by Karen Perkins, as well as offering publishing services such as copy-editing, proofreading, cover design and formatting.

'As writers we are wordsmiths, creating a world, characters and story through language, and punctuation is one of the tools of language. To ignore it, except for rare exceptions, to me is like Monet painting with the wrong colours, or Michelangelo attempting to sculpt using a hammer when a chisel is needed.

Words are what we do, language is our medium and punctuation our tool. When I write, I want to take my readers to my world, to join my characters on their journey, to experience their challenges, traumas, desires. I want them to take this journey with me, without noticing the individual words, full stops or commas. I want them to lose themselves in the story, not in the mechanics of it, and this will only happen if all the elements are right.'
-- Karen Perkins

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The LionheART Guide to Editing US Edition
By Karen Perkins
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Nonfiction
The LionheART Guide to Editing Fiction US Edition is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to editing fiction in Word 2010.
The LionheART Guide to Editing UK Edition
By Karen Perkins
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,170. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Nonfiction
The LionheART Guide to Editing Fiction UK Edition is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to editing fiction in Word 2010.
Ill Wind and Dead Reckoning
By Karen Perkins
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 166,940. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Ill Wind and Dead Reckoning are the first two books of the bestselling Valkyrie Series and are historical adventures of piracy, love and revenge in the Caribbean in the seventeenth century.
The LionheART Guide to Formatting
By Karen Perkins
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,750. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Nonfiction
The LionheART Guide to Formatting is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to formatting e-books and paperbacks in Word 2010.
Thores-Cross
By Karen Perkins
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,950. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
A haunting novel set in the North Yorkshire Moors about isolation, superstition and persecution. Thores-Cross follows the stories of Emma, a present day writer, and Jennet, an eighteenth century witch.
Africa Has A Future
By Peter Mutanda
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,500. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Nonfiction
Africa Has a Future. Many challenges lie ahead but there is a way forward. This book explores the problems and possible solutions facing Africa today. "This book is a valuable contribution to the discourse" The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu "This book helps us engage with the question 'how did we get here in the first place?'" Dr Julius Mugwagwa, The Open University
The Meerkats Come To Dinner
By Karen Perkins
Series: African Folktales. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
The Squirrels invite their old friends the Meerkats for dinner. The Meerkats have to cross a river full of hungry crocodiles, but then find those naughty Squirrels have played yet another trick on them. What do they do about it and how do they teach their old friends a lesson?
Rabbit and Elephant's Tug Of War
By Karen Perkins
Series: African Folktales. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Somebody is stealing Mrs Rabbit's pumpkins! Who could it be, and how does Mrs Rabbit teach the thief a lesson? 'Rabbit and Elephant's Tug Of War' is the first book in the African Folktales for Children Series. This traditional tale from Africa has been passed from generation to generation through song and dance and has now been adapted into a picture book for many more generations to enjoy.
The Meerkats Come To Dinner
By Peter Mutanda
Series: African Folktales. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
The Squirrels invite their old friends the Meerkats for dinner. The Meerkats have to cross a river full of hungry crocodiles, but then find those naughty Squirrels have played yet another trick on them. What do they do about it and how do they teach their old friends a lesson?
Rabbit and Elephant's Tug Of War
By Peter Mutanda
Series: African Folktales. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Somebody is stealing Mrs Rabbit's pumpkins! Who could it be, and how does Mrs Rabbit teach the thief a lesson? 'Rabbit and Elephant's Tug Of War' is the first book in the African Folktales for Children Series. This traditional tale from Africa has been passed from generation to generation through song and dance and has now been adapted into a picture book for many more generations to enjoy.
Verses For The Next Generation
By Peter Mutanda
Series: Universoul, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Challenging, thought-provoking and moving, these poems were inspired by the author's day to day life experiences, from his humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to living in the USA and Europe.
Silent Voice
By Peter Mutanda
Series: Universoul, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Challenging, thought-provoking and moving, these poems were inspired by the author's day to day life experiences, from his humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to living in the USA and Europe.
Missives From Within
By Peter Mutanda
Series: Universoul, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Challenging, thought-provoking and moving, these poems were inspired by the author's day to day life experiences, from his humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to living in the USA and Europe.
Epistles Of Poetic Purity
By Peter Mutanda
Series: Universoul, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Challenging, thought-provoking and moving, these poems were inspired by the author's day to day life experiences, from his humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to living in the USA and Europe.
A Nonentity With Identity
By Peter Mutanda
Series: Universoul, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
Challenging, thought-provoking and moving, these poems were inspired by the author's day to day life experiences, from his humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to living in the USA and Europe.
Dead Reckoning
By Karen Perkins
Series: Valkyrie, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,500. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
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Dead Reckoning is an historical adventure of piracy, love and revenge in the Caribbean in the Seventeenth Century and is the second book in the Valkyrie Series by Karen Perkins. Dead Reckoning was long-listed in the 2011 Mslexia Novel Competition
UniverSoul Reflections
By Peter Mutanda
Series: Universoul. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,000. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012 by LionheART Publishing House. Category: Fiction
'UniverSoul Reflections' is a collection of five previously published works: 'A Nonentity With Identity', 'Epistles of Poetic Purity', 'Missives From Within', 'Silent Voice' and 'Verses For The Next Generation' and also includes six previously unpublished poems.


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Smashwords book reviews by LionheART Publishing House

  • Bravo's Veil on Dec. 06, 2012
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    A dual timeline book, 'Bravo's Veil' follows the story of two brothers, Paul and David who were separated in 1939 when the older brother, Paul, was evacuated to Penzance in World War 2. He never came home, and nearly 60 years on David decides to act on his feeling that the story he was told about Paul's death is untrue. What follows is a story full of intrigue, spies, double and triple crossing, with great characters, action and an emotive representation of how the evacuations affected everyone involved. Highly recommended. Karen Perkins https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KarenPerkins
  • In the Spirit of Love on Jan. 07, 2013
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    150 years ago, Lady Olivia Kent and Lord Richard Abbotsford are lovers, but she is betrothed to another, Lord Worthington, who – with an eye on her fortune – will not set her free. Fast forward to the present and Richard is a ghost haunting the Kent Estate - once Olivia's home, now a hotel. Claire and Holly are visiting England, and are very excited to be staying there. But immediately on their arrival, they join a tour of the old stately home and Claire is terrified by a man's touch and voice – though there is nobody there. We, the reader, know that Richard has recognised her as the reincarnation of Richard's lost love, Olivia Kent, but Claire has no idea. This is a traditional ghost story with a twist, expertly told. Debbie McClure tells her readers just enough to instill a sense of suspense and the desire to know what happened to Richard and Olivia. Her characters, both past and present, are well-drawn and the build-up to the haunting is plausible and well-paced. Mysteries soon unfold as it transpires Worthington was murdered after arguing with Richard Abbotsford, who disappeared the same night. Exactly one year later, Olivia also disappeared though took no belongings with her. Richard is blamed for the murder yet cannot remember anything; and if Olivia ran off to join him why is he haunting her old home and why did she leave everything behind? Abbotsford appears to Claire on her first evening at Kent Estate, and talks to her as Olivia. She is disbelieving, shocked and incredulous. In the morning she believes the encounter a dream, and we feel Abbotsford's frustration as he tries to get through to her. The interaction between the 150 year old ghost and the modern woman is well done with great attention paid to the differences in language: both UK/US and modern/historical. Debbie McClure also successfully highlights how attitudes and behaviours have changed as the two main characters repeatedly clash as they get to know each other. This is an intriguing murder-mystery, ghost and love story and a very enjoyable read that was difficult to put down, and I'm looking forward to book two.
  • Back Channel: The Kennedy Years on Nov. 03, 2013
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    Deep, thought-provoking, shocking in places, the narrative is a little boastful in places yet in many others, very humble; which lends authenticity to what is a fascinating and gripping personal account of intrigue and political manoeuvring and shenanigans of life at the very highest US political level. Back Channel gives a unique perspective on KGB assassins, embassy socials, Lubyanka prison, the Cuban missile crisis, the jungles of Vietnam, Dr. Martin Luther King, nuclear testing and a murderous Vice President with an eye on the Oval Office. Flashes of humour and wit , together with a well-placed sense of irony, are not overdone and help to provide a thoroughly informative yet entertaining read. Highly recommended.
  • Makoti Enters the Kraal on Nov. 07, 2013
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    An absorbing, emotional and chilling tale of African mythology and the practice of witchcraft, Makoti Enters the Kraal is also a fascinating account of makoti, exploring the life and culture of African family life and will keep you gripped until the last page. Ndiwe is newly married to Akha, but soon realises something is terribly wrong with her new family. The family’s cat, Madevana, appears all-knowing and sinister, and the women in the family behave unkindly and bizarrely, especially where the kraal is concerned - a place that Ndiwe is forbidden to enter. The only saving grace is Ndiwe’s love for her Akha, but even he has strange habits. For example, leaving their bed in the middle of the night to go outside to the kraal. Add to this, rumour, strange rituals and a disembodied voice, and Ndiwe realises she is in terrible danger. Highly recommended, and I very much look forward to Phangisile Mtshali’s next books. I am hooked.