Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pages of Promises - Stephen James Price

Stephen James Price was born and raised in New York , but has lived in the deep south (or within a two hour drive of it) for more than half of his life. Although he claims to be northern by birth and southern by choice, he has never said “ya’ll” and even finds it difficult to write.

He currently lives in central Arkansas in a haunted house on “The Hill,” the Price family compound. His hobbies include reading, writing, photography and telling “Grandpa’s Lies.”

Stephen James Price is the owner of Generation Next Publications.

Q: What will readers like about your book?

This is a collection of short stories that covers everything from dark fantasy to coming-of-age stories, from humorous tales, to my own little twists on your favorite monsters. I like to think this collection has something for everyone. It has been professionally edited and formatted and has a cover that was created by one of the best cover men in the industry.

Q: Why did you go indie?

With the changes that we're seeing in the publishing industry and the rapid growth of e-readers, I felt it would be ridiculous to do it any other way. Mainstream publishers aren't attacking the e-reader market as aggressively as many of the indie authors. I consider myself lucky to be at the forefront of this exploding paradigm shift in book publishing.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Not to be too cliche, but Stephen King, Bentley Little, Scott Nicholson, Brian Keene, Douglas Clegg and dozens of other dark fiction (read horror) have all influenced me greatly.

Pages of Promises at Amazon:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Inferno (Destroyers, Book Two) - Holly Hook

Holly Hook is also the author of Tempest (Destroyers, Book One) and Rita Morse and the Sinister Shadow.  She is currently co-authoring an adult urban fantasy and writing a standalone young adult comedy. 

Product description:
Destroyers, Book Two  (Sequel to Tempest)
Ever since becoming leader of the human hurricanes called Tempests, 16-year-old Janelle is overdue for a vacation. But the trip to Hawaii quickly presents its own problems when she meets Kenna, a local sophomore who makes the volcano start rumbling when she's nearby. So when Kenna gets kidnapped, Janelle has to find her before catastrophes can start.  If she doesn’t, it could mean the end of civilization as we know it, and the death of everyone she loves.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?:  It borrows from a mythology that to my knowledge, no one has written about before.  I had people say they enjoyed the originality in Tempest, and this book has that as well, along with deeper character development.

Q: Why did you go indie?:  Originally, it was to build a reader platform, but I like having full control over my books.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?:  I don't really have a specific favorite, as I read a wide range of young adult novels.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Black Waters - Maija Barnett

I live in Massachusetts, and I'm a stay-at-home mom and former, though soon to be returning, English teacher. I have two young daughters. When I'm not taking care of them, I try and spend as much time as possible writing.

Product description:
Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after “the change” took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.
But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of Cape Cod, her carefully controlled life slips into chaos. Hiding in the water until the killer's gone is a must. Getting spotted by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling in love with him. That definitely wasn't part of the plan.
Combine all this with the mysterious mermaid box Abby receives as a postmortem birthday gift from her dad, and she's pulled even deeper into the world of shades and monsters. Once the full force of Abby's deadly siren powers are revealed, the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
My hope is that readers enjoy my characters and pretty much just get swept up in the story. I know that's what I'm looking for when I read a book like this. I remember staying up all night to finish the Harry Potter and Twilight books, so that's sort of the feeling I'm going for.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I really like the control you have when you self-publish a book. You get to work on the cover, edit your manuscript, and promote yourself. It's all a little daunting, but it's also very exciting. I considered trying the more traditional route, but I really think that indie publishing is the next big movement in the publishing industry, and I wanted to be a part of it.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Stephanie Meyers, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Amanda Hocking


Friday, August 26, 2011

That Doesn't Happen in the Movies - Renee Pawlish

Renée Pawlish was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she's not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries and thrillers. She also has some middle grade novels waiting to be published.

Renée loves to travel and has visited numerous countries around the world. She has also spent many summer days at her parents' cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.

Product Description:
This Doesn't Happen In The Movies is a rollicking ride.  Witty, intrepid Reed Ferguson, a wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction, needs a paying client to prove his career choice to himself and his parents. The customer shows up at his downtown Denver office in the form of Amanda Ghering, a rich, attractive, but unhappily married woman. She hires Reed to find her missing husband, but it doesn't take long before Reed realizes that all is not as it seems. Follow Reed as he solves crimes akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.
What will e-readers like about your book?
This book is funny, think Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and you will keep guessing until the last page.  You won't be able to put this book down.
Why did you go indie?
I kept getting told (especially with my book Nephilim Genesis of Evil) that the agent liked the writing, but didn't know if the book would sell.  I finally decided that I knew I had really good books so I would try self-publishing.  Nephilim sold well as a trade paperback, and now I'm jumping into the ebook world.
Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Dennis Lehane, Mary Willis Walker, Robert Crais


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Caretakers - Shauna Nosler

SHORT BIOShauna Nosler was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in and around Oregon’s Willamette Valley and just like one of the main characters in The Caretakers, she knows first hand what it’s like to spend carefree summers in and out of friends back doors, swimming holes and relatively minor mischief.  Shauna studied economics, although admittedly she only signed up for the major because there was a cute guy in her ECON201 class, at the University of Oregon where she toiled with short story writing on the woes and wonders of sorority life.  Eventually, she moved cross country with her husband where she began freelancing for regionally based magazines and newspapers.  They now live in Indianapolis with their three children and chocolate lab, Norm (yes, from Cheers - Cliff lives down the street).  The Caretakers is her first published novel.
SHORT DESCRIPTION1972, one year before the Roe v. Wade decision … IF ever there were a case for justifiable homicide, this, would most certainly be one.  Jasper was only a few months away from graduating with honors from the University of Washington’s Law School, so he knew more than the average about the legal justification for killing another human being.  When he first learned about this type of defense, he had thought it outrageous.  But now, here he was, trying desperately to recall all that he could about how to validate the killing of this man.  Because now, he was going to need to know.  Now he was the one that needed a reasonable explanation to murder the son-of-a-bitch that did this to his sister. 

1987, three young children playing together at their Aunt’s estate where Jasper’s daughter, the bold and insightful ten year old Caroline and her eleven year old cousin Mitchell, a self-described book worm with passion for the military and indifference towards everything else, discover a small cross planted along banks of the river where they swim; a cross that bears the date March 24, 1972.  Later, Mitch reveals that he has seen that same cross somewhere else before, and the two cousins begin their year long speculation over the cross’ origin and significance of the date scratched into the wood.

1988, Caroline is at her father’s law firm where she sees a back and white photo of a young woman standing amongst a large group of people holding signs that say “ROE”.  As she looks closer and reads the encryption, she becomes curious and wonder’s if she was named after this woman- because all of her friends shorten her name to its middle syllable and call her Rho.  

The Caretakers, is not another story of right vs. wrong or good vs. evil, but one of devotion vs. obligation and protection vs. abandonment.  This is a story about the internal struggle that one faces when deciding to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, regardless of consequence, or holding onto a secret forever in order to spare someone else unnecessary anguish.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It’s contemporary.  It touches on relationships, family, and social justice issues.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I sent an email to Amanda Hocking and her story/suggestions all pointed me to the indie route.  And, after receiving a number of, “Good writing but not me”, responses from big publishing houses and literary agents, I opted to take my fate into my own hands.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Truth be known, my favorite authors generally fall in other categories – Philippa Gregory, Tatiana Rosnay and I’m still a Michael Crichton fan.  Oh, Jenna Blum … she’s my favorite within my genre.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Devil To Pay - Maria Zannini

Bio: Maria Zannini used to save the world from bad advertising, but now she spends her time wrangling chickens, and fighting for a piece of the bed against dogs of epic proportions. Occasionally, she writes novels. 

Product description: THE DEVIL TO PAY is a contemporary romance with its own mythology behind Heaven and Hell. The Afterlife is not what you think it is. It is the first book of a series called ‘Second Chances’.

Blurb: The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and bad tequila. Shannon McKee finds herself at the end of her rope, and in a fit of despair, she bargains her soul.

Shannon’s offer is accepted immediately by two men who couldn’t be more different from one another. Yet they share a bond and an affection for the stubborn Miss McKee that even they don’t understand.

When Heaven and Hell demand their payment, Shannon has no choice but to submit. No matter who gets her soul, she’s not getting out of this alive.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? Readers who enjoy stories about the paranormal and the Afterlife will like THE DEVIL TO PAY. Here we have lustful angels and demons, magical realism, and ultimate sacrifice.

There is some explicit sex in this book, so please go forewarned.

Q: Why did you go indie? I have several books published with Carina Press and Samhain Publishing. And this one too was headed for an anthology when I decided to take a gamble and see how it would do on its own. It also gave me a chance to design my own cover—something I’ve always wanted to do.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Angela Knight and Karen Marie Moning.

Follow me on my blog where I talk about homesteading, writing, and the supernatural. http://mariazannini.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 22, 2011

Proud Pant - Gregory G. Allen

Bio: I have been in the entertainment business for over twenty years as an actor, director, writer, and composer. I’ve had several short stories published and have had numerous musicals I’ve written produced on stage. I moved from Texas to New York in the late 80s and spent several summer touring the country as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, but writing instead of performing won out in the end. Proud Pants is my first novelette memoir and I have a novel coming out in the fall: Well With My Soul.

Product description:
Proud Pants: An Unconventional Memoir
A man recalls his life of addiction, abandonment, and anger as he faces death at the age of thirty-four. Told through the voice of one man, but written through the words of his brother - this memoir novelette describes the troubled life who was rejected by one woman at an early age but found solace in another.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? People are relating to this book on many levels. The love of family. The pain of addiction. The agony of dying. But also shows redemption of a tortured soul.

Q: Why did you go indie? I wanted to get this book out prior to my novel and after years of pounding the pavement attempting to get a big publisher with the upcoming novel, the power of Indie made sense. The control an author has working with an indie publisher as well as the camaraderie in the community.  

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Augusten Burroughs  call me strange – but when it comes to memoir, I’ve always loved Ann Frank

Links  www.ggallen.net

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blood Passage - Michael J. McCann

Title: Blood Passage
Author: Michael J. McCann
Publisher: The Plaid Raccoon Press
ISBN-10: 0987708708
ISBN-13: 978-0987708700
Pages: 250

Bio: Michael J. McCann lives and writes in Oxford Station, ON. He's married and has one son. A former editor, he spent 15 years with Canada Customs. Mike is the author of Blood Passage, a Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel, and The Ghost Man, a supernatural thriller.

Product Description: Experienced criminal investigators Donaghue and Stainer wrestle with their disbelief when a little boy claims that he remembers the men who killed him in his previous life.

What will e-readers like about your book? Fans of police procedurals will enjoy the realistic descriptions of homicide investigation, based on extensive research of criminal investigation techniques and Maryland law. Fans looking for something a little different will be intrigued by the metaphysical questions raised by little Taylor Chan and the idea of past life memories, inspired by the research of Dr. Jim B. Tucker of the University of Virginia and his book Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives (2005).

Why did you go indie? When you can't find an open door the natural impulse is to create your own, so I did. I'm very stoked by the burgeoning e-book universe and the possibilities it holds. Can you believe what's happening here? It's amazing.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Lee Child, Georges Simenon (the Maigret series), John Mortimer (the Rumpole series), Ross Macdonald. I have to mention John Grisham, although he is technically in a different genre, because I greatly admire his writing.

Buy the e-book at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/72770
Buy the paperback at: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Passage-Michael-J-McCann/dp/0987708708/

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Lonely Mile - Allan Leverone

Allan Leverone is a three-time Derringer Award finalist and a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee for his short fiction. His second thriller, THE LONELY MILE, was published in July, 2011 by StoneHouse Ink, following up his well-received debut, FINAL VECTOR, from Medallion Press. He has been hailed by bestselling author Vincent Zandri as "the successor to Michael Crichton," and bestselling author Scott Nicholson says, "Allan Leverone delivers a taut crime drama full of twists and consipracy."

Product description:
When struggling hardware store owner Bill Ferguson stumbles upon a kidnapping in progress, he does what we all like to believe we would do - he steps in an breaks up the crime, saving a young girl from a horrific fate.
The perpetrator, a serial kidnapper/murderer known as the I-90 Killer, escapes and vows revenge, focusing his twisted obsession on Ferguson's own family. When Bill's daughter disappears soon after, the frantic father forms an uneasy alliance with the beautiful FBI investigator leading the search for the I-90 Killer.
But there are forces at play which go much deeper than Ferguson realizes, and the danger may go far beyond one kidnapped girl. Bill Ferguson knows he must risk everything to save his child - the question is, will he be too late?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
This is a fast-paced thriller with believable, sympathetic characters which will keep you turning the pages right to the final sentence.

Q: Why did you go indie?
Three reasons: Control, control and control. The people at StoneHouse Ink have what I believe is a good grip on the changing state of the publishing world, and have demonstrated proven sales results with the success of authors Vincent Zandri and Aaron Patterson.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
If we're talking crime fiction, I'll go with Vincent Zandri, Dave Zeltserman, Sophie Littlefield, Lawrence Block, Lee Child, Joseph Finder and about a thousand other unbelievable authors.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ragnar the Murderer - Lily Byrne

I was born in the Midlands of England and now live with my husband and child in the South. I have had a varied career working in banks, libraries, charities and for the last 10 years, secondary and further education. I always ignored the desire to write, thinking it wasn’t a valid career but can’t ignore it anymore. I have had several factual articles published and this has given me the confidence to publish some of my fiction.

Product description:
'Ragnar the Murderer'
914 AD. A tale of love and treachery. When the youthful Dane, Ragnar, falls in love with Aelfwyn, the Angle, there is bound to be trouble as Aelfwyn is already promised by duty to man of her own village. And their passionate love affair is a secret which will cannot be hidden for long. Then Ragnar finds himself charged with murder. Has he been framed?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It is a passionate romance, with sex and violence, and a crime to be solved. Readers can relate to the characters as they face very modern dilemmas although the story is set in the 10th century.

Q: Why did you go indie?
Because I already have books published by my indie publisher (Night Publishing) under my real name Catherine Chisnall and they took a fancy to my historical romance novels.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

This is my first historical romance, so I don't know any. I am more of a writer than a reader to be honest.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Rumpel - Eileen Cruz Coleman

Bio: Eileen Cruz Coleman was born in Washington, D.C.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in European History.

Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals both online and in print.

She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Product description:

Why did Rumpelstiltskin want a baby? What was he going to do with it once he got it? What was his childhood like? What was his world like? Who were the people in his life? How could he spin straw into gold?

Rumpel is the dark and quirky retelling of the Brothers Grimm Rumpelstiltskin which answers all of these questions and more.

While Rumpelstiltskin forged ahead with his plan, a battle between his world and another world was brewing, and a forbidden romance between a prince and a common girl was being tested. In the end, the spinning wheel will determine the fates of everyone.

Book Description:

When a ship carrying sick and desperate people from the Kingdom of Niaps arrives on the island of Rodavlas in search of a lost gold-spinning wheel which the Niapsons believe rightfully belongs to them and on which their very existence depends, the island inhabitants--spirits, trolls, mermaids, fallen angels and humans--are thrust into a course of events during which some will become allies and others will turn against their own.

And Elizabeth Miller must accept her connection to the newcomers and use her secret skill to defend her unborn child from a vengeful troll, Rumpel, who blames her and her father Franz Miller, for the deaths of his son and wife.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I first heard the story of Rumpelstiltskin when I was seven years old. I remember sitting in "circle time" while my teacher read the story. When she got to the end, I felt that there had to be more to the story. I honestly thought she had read us a shortened version and that the longer version was out there somewhere! From that day on, the story of Rumpelstiltskin fascinated me. I wanted to know why he wanted a baby. What was he going to do with it once he got it? Who were the people in his life? What was his world like? What was his childhood like? All of these questions led me to write Rumpel which is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. In keeping with the original Brothers Grimm Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpel is dark and at times disturbing, yet it also has a light and quirky element to it in that it is told from the point of view of many different characters all of which play an integral part of the story and how it unfolds. We also get to know Rumpelstiltskin as a child, then as a young man, and finally as a broken hearted adult.

Q: Why did you go indie?
When my previous literary agent was not able to sell Rumpel to traditional publishers, I thought long and hard about what to do with Rumpel. With the advent of e-publishing, I decided to publish Rumpel on Amazon Kindle and let readers decide its fate.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Stephen King, Ann Rice, and Isabel Allende.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jaguar Sees: The Lacquer Box - Ann Simon

As a preschooler, I scribbled on yellow legal pads and hoped that it would  magically transform into wonderful stories.  I've been a teacher and technical writer and have published stories and poems.  We lived in Moscow for two years where Jaguar was born.  I currently write real words and live with my husband Steve and Elaine the Psycho Cat in Virginia. 

Product description
Claire Milton lives in Moscow with her husband, Jack Bowden, a scientist working in support of the Nuclear Threat Reduction treaty.  On the plane returning to Russia from the States, she is restive and hopes to calm herself with a type of meditative trance, a Shamanic journey.  But rather than experiencing a soothing interlude, she and her Spirit Animal, Jaguar, are attacked by gruesome animals, and Claire awakens, shaken to find bloody scratches on her arm.  

Back in Moscow, Claire buys a lacquer box at the craft market.  Out of nowhere, dangerous men appear, threatening and pursuing her.  Why are they after the box?  And why do they remind her so strongly of the creatures in her Journey?

When Claire joins Jack on a business trip to Irkutsk, she discovers that the box carries the secrets of a tactical nuclear weapons smuggling ring.  When Jack and Claire become separated, the only thing Claire has to rely on is Jaguar, and Jaguar isn't even real – or is she?  And, real or not, will her help be enough?

What will e-readers like about your book?  Readers will like the fast pace of Jaguar Sees and enjoy experiencing life in the exotic settings of Moscow and Siberia.  It’s fun to speculate what it would be like if Sprit Animals came to life. 

Why did I go Indie?  While I got a lot of positive feedback from organized publishing, Jaguar is a unique novel, not readily categorized.  Meanwhile, I was thinking about a sequel.  I was ready to get Jaguar out there.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre?  As far as I know, there aren't any other authors in my genre.  I've combined the most ancient of spiritual practices, Shamanism, with the most modern of weapons, tactical nuclear weapons and wrapped them together in a thriller.  I'd love to read other books with a similar bent.

Link to Jaguar at the Kindle store:  Amazon
Link to my Blog:  www.annsannotations.blogspot.com  

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Saints Go Dying - Erik Hanberg

Bio: Erik lives in Tacoma, Washington, with his wife Mary. He has been writing in a variety of forms for years. From novels to plays to his blog, he’s always working on something.

Product description:

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? The Saints Go Dying is just plain fun. A computer hacker turned detective is hunting a serial killer. Against him is an unscrupulous reality TV show and a member of his own department, who doesn't know the hacker she's tailing is in the office next door.

Q: Why did you go indie? I wanted to share my book quickly and easily. I wanted to directly meet people who read the book over Twitter and email.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Tana French, Reginald Hill, and John Dunning write some fantastic mysteries. Love them!

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords:  Amazon and Smashwords

Erik Hanberg

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Vampire Way - Derek Clendening

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
     Readers will enjoy what I hope is an honest take on teenagers and growing up. Multiple social issues are covered in this book and I hope I have done those who live with them proud.

Q: Why did you go indie?

     Really, it’s because it’s more possible to do it now than ever before. I also like the ability to have control over my own work and to write about what inspires me and what I feel is substantial as opposed to trying to write for what publishers deem to be marketable.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Stephen King, Peter Straub, Rio Youers and Joe Hill.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords


Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Road Trip Dialogues - Jass Richards

Bio:  Jass Richards has an M.A. in Philosophy and is (therefore?) a sit-down comic.  This Will Not Look Good on My Resume is part fiction and, alas, part memoir.  It reportedly made her formatter snort root beer out her nose.  Richards has just received an Arts Council grant to work on The Blasphemy Tour, the sequel to The Road Trip Dialogues.

Product description:
Rev and Dylan are intelligent, sensitive, idealistic, enthusiastic, and – utter failures. When they reconnect twenty years after teacher’s college, Rev is en route to Montreal to see the fireworks festival. (Something with great social and political import.) (Oh shut up. I tried. For twenty years. So fuck it.). Dylan goes along for the ride. (Typical.)

Along the way, they attend a student protest. Against student debt. Sponsored by a car dealership. Understandably, ‘Where did we go wrong?’ becomes ‘What the hell is wrong with the world??’

They spend much of their time in Montreal hopelessly stoned. And looking after cats they can’t find. …

The Road Trip Dialogues is a coming of age story.  For those in their forties.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
The fascinating dialogue.  And the funny shit.

Q: Why did you go indie?
Couldn't get a 'real' publisher to publish my stuff.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Susan Juby, Lisa Lutz, Dave Barry, Christopher Moore

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rift of Askrah - Benjamin Andrews

1. Bio: My name is Benjamin Andrews. I'm an avid reader who has always wanted to write since I was a young. I love getting lost in stories, and want to help others do the same with my own books.
2. Product Description: Rift of Askrah is the story of Nihlen Draven, heir to the throne of the nation of Draven. After being kidnapped though, everything changes. His homeland is subjugated by the neighboring nation of Rinh, and after escaping his captors, Nihlen must begin a life on the run. The world he thought he understood is now alien to him, as he must cope with the danger that haunts him around every turn. His only chance is to find a way to reclaim his stolen kingdom, understand new found abilities, and save himself and the rest of the world from an even greater danger as the forgotten past of a land called Askrah threatens to envelop the world, pushing a peaceful time into an age of danger and strife.
3. What will e-readerslike about your book?: I think readers will enjoy the fast paced movement of the story, and the original action. It isn't the standard story of magic and myth, but one that blends abilities similar to magic into a world that knows virtually nothing about them.
4. Why did you go indie?: I wanted to get my story out there, and retain creative freedom and control over the rights. Ultimately I just wanted to keep the story completely my own, so I could tell it as I believe it should be told.
5. Who are your favorite authors in your genre?: Robert Jordan, J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Paolini.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

SPA - B.F. Camis


I would like to believe that God intervenes, love lasts forever, governments care about their citizens, marriage is a lifelong commitment, people are loyal, charity is altruistic, wars are fought for noble causes, and history is an accurate portrayal of events... But that just hasn't been my experience.

Product description:

Product description:
Title: SPA                           
Release Date: June 11, 2011
Author: B.F. Camis
ISBN: 978-1463619398
Genre: Conspiratorial, Feminist, Thriller,
Cost: $13.33 (Trade Paperback); $2.99 (digital formats)
Availability: Available at most online book retailers.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

SPA is a book that you can not put down. You will read it, then you will go back and read what you have read, then you will continue reading it, then you will finish it and begin reading it again, then you will put it in your purse or office bag to have it to read later.

SPA is completely new and original, there have been no other similar books. It is conspiratorial, dystopian, empowering, critical, and at times highly erotic. It is the ultimate Orwellian vision of the insanity of female body image with layer upon layer of conspiracy and actual secret occult symbolism.

Think 'Eyes Wide Shut' meets '1984' - the author will probably be killed for this book.

Q: Why did you go indie?

Because the time to market is exponentially shorter and the royalties exponentially larger. The large publishing houses are dinosaurs and the ebook is the asteroid that wiped them out.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords:


Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/SPA-ebook/dp/B00579DZB0/

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Spa-B-F-Camis/dp/1463619391/

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71707

Saturday, August 6, 2011

i didn't mean it but i sort of did - kelsey rakes


kelsey rakes wrote her first story the night before she was born. it was a rather touching piece about deep sea fishing, and the ending was a real tearjerker. since then she has managed to do very little with her life except write short pieces of fiction that are 43% based in fact. kelsey studied english and spanish at the university of virginia, and now that she has graduated she plans to join the circus and write about the adventures that will ensue. her life is a constant work in progress.

Product description:

kelsey rakes never meant to write a book of poetry, but she sort of did. her first published collection is unabashed, uninhibited, unafraid, and unforgettable. she writes about death, sex, and mental disorders as readily as she writes about getting haircuts and sparkly tiaras. this volume was conceived after finally conquering her fear of sharks and of dying alone.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

many people think that poetry has to be obscure and ambiguous. my work firmly defies this stereotype by being direct and relatable. although the poems are short and easy to swallow, they capture the human experience and leave a lasting impression.  readers will see a little bit of themselves in every poem.

Q: Why did you go indie?

there isn't yet a niche for transgressive, semi-autobiographical poetry—so i made my own. self-publishing also allowed me to follow my own OCD writing rules, such as no even numbers or capital letters.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

my favourite poets include, among many others, jeffrey mcdaniel, greg orr, margaret atwood, and charles bukowski.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords

you can check me out or buy my book at www.kelseyrakes.com

it can also be found on amazon (paperback): http://www.amazon.com/didnt-mean-but-sort-did/dp/1607464691/

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Symphony of Blood - Adam Pepper


At times disturbing and grim, others raunchy and comical, Adam Pepper’s work is known for a unique blend of horror, suspense and speculative fiction.  Learn more about Adam at his website: www.AdamPepper.com

Product description:

Hank Mondale, a rough-around-the-edges P.I. with a small drinking problem and a large gambling problem, needs a break. With his landlord threatening eviction and his bookie threatening worse, things look bleak. Until real estate mogul Thomas Blake calls with an incredible story: a monster is trying to kill his daughter. Hank figures she's probably some whacked-out spoiled brat, but desperate, Hank takes the case to track down the supposed monster. It seems that people around Mackenzie Blake are disappearing. It's obviously no coincidence. Was Hank hired to unwittingly aid a wealthy murderess? Or is there really someone...or some thing, trying to kill Mackenzie Blake?

A symphony plays that only It can hear. But there will be a special performance, just for her.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

My book will appeal to fans of dark fiction for adults.  A fiercely loyal market that is consistently underserved, underappreciated and underestimated by the big guys in New York.

Q: Why did you go indie?

I spent over a decade pursuing the traditional publishing dream.  I wrote five novels, had two agents and accumulated hundreds of rejections but was unsuccessful.  I published in the small press and enjoyed it immensely, but I don’t think I’ll ever “break out” that way.  In the current marketplace, with hungry readers clamoring for inexpensive options, I see a great opportunity to connect with an audience that appreciates my work.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre

Clive Barker, Hubert Selby, Jr., Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Pallaniuk and Cormac McCarthy.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Equinox - MJ Preston

Why did you go indie?

I believe that the publishing industry, not unlike the music industry, is undergoing serious changes.  Artists are now able to take complete control of their craft and deliver it to the public without the obstruction of a middle man or the barrier outdated thinking.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Stephen King and Robert R McCammon were major writing influences for me, but writers outside my genre including Joseph Boyden, Tom Clancy and Graham Green have given me excellent models of how to deliver a story.

The Equinox
It has existed for centuries.

A dark curse held captive by ancient ritual, a creature of insatiable hunger possessing the ability to change shape at will. During spring and fall equinox it would break through the walls separating our worlds to feed.

Now it walks among us unrestrained and very hungry.

Banished from the Chocktee Nation and obsessed with vengeance, Daniel Blackbird has been chasing the “ Walker ” across North America for over 14 years. Bearing a scar from his first encounter, he feels the abomination's telepathic pull and is drawn in whatever direction it moves, but it always seems to be one step ahead of him.

Until now!

Over a thousand miles away residents of the prairie town of Thomasville are trying to come to terms with unspeakable crimes.

In a race against time, Blackbird sets out for the prairie town which, as the Equinox approaches, is destined to become a killing ground where cultures and worlds will collide.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Broken: a Paranormal Romance - David H. Burton

David H. Burton was born in Windsor, Ontario to parents that instilled in
him the love of the written word at a very young age. Throughout his
childhood, David read relentlessly, often into the wee hours of the morning.
When David isn't writing he enjoys spending time with his partner and three
boys: hiking, swimming, kayaking, biking, and reading. David has a great
fondness for Portuguese cuisine, good wine, and all things left of centre.
You can find David online at

Product description:
Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a
letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the
eldest child in each generation will die in their twenty-fifth year.  Three
days before her twenty-fourth birthday, a new love interest comes knocking,
and her first love has returned - neither men are what they seem, and
Katherine may have to choose between them. Three days before her
twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine must decide if this is all real, or if the
strange visions she's been having are just a figment of her imagination. The
race to unravel the mystery begins, and Katherine must solve it - for any
day after her birthday could be her last.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It's a great blend of mystery, suspense, fantasy, and romance. It's got a
little something for everyone. :)

Q: Why did you go indie?
My agent had submitted my first novel to forty editors and despite the
positive comments, none were willing to take it on. "Too risky," they said.
So I went out alone with it. I've enjoyed the amount of control I have over
things being independent, so I decided to keep putting books out on my own.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Easily Cathy Clamp and CT Adams.