Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Rain Clouds and Waterfalls (Piper Templeton)

Rain Clouds and Waterfalls (Piper Templeton)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Novel told in short stories Rain Clouds and Waterfalls by Piper Templeton.

Rain Clouds and Waterfalls: Each short story is interconnected with the others, but they can be read as individually-contained short stories. The novel features slice of life stories inspired by The Beatles.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 266 pages - released in June 2014.

About the Book

A novel told in short stories, follow young protagonist Ellen as she narrates each story of love, loss, longing, friendship, and entrapment.

Inspired by the artistry of the Beatles, each story is framed by a Beatles song or actual Beatles event.

Follow Ellen's journey from 1976 to 1990: Her beloved brothers' disappearance from the family when she is 11, an event she carries with her throughout the whole book; her navigation through high school as she searches for friendship and love (and a musical instrument), loses her innocence in more ways than one, and is scarred by John's death; her challenges in the 1980s workplace as she confronts sexual harassment; her growth as a young woman taking charge of her life. Meet her friend, Joan, who Ellen thinks of affectionately as the "fool on the hill"; Kevin, the rich neighborhood boy whose façade betrays his reality; Perry, her dark, moody, and much older first love. Ellen injects insight, wisdom in hindsight, and humor into these slice of life stories.

Rain Clouds and Waterfalls (Piper Templeton)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] Whether or not you’re a Beatles fan, reading Ellen’s stories will give you some heart-warming moments and some heartache. She’s a character I really came to care about. " - E. Krane

- "This book features quick-reading chapters that give snapshots of Ellen's life as she grows from a school-aged girl into a young lady. She is forced to face the loss of a couple of people who are very important to her, and the reader is able to see how these losses continue to affect her as she matures. The author did a terrific job of interweaving Ellen's love of the Beatles into not only the chapter titles, but also the story itself.[...]" - Ann Omasta

- "Not all coming-of-age stories are quite as tender as Piper Templeton’s novel Rain Clouds and Waterfalls. To say Rain Clouds and Waterfalls is a tender story does not contradict the disturbing undercurrents that inform the ten chapters comprising this novel. On the contrary. The symbiotic relationship among story, character, action, and mood heighten a reader’s desire to finish this book in one sitting.[...]" - Sandra Squire Fluck

- "Templeton made a flawless choice in deciding to write this book in the short story format, because it is quite possibly the best way to have told Ellen's story. It makes the pace of the book enjoyable and the story engaging, and I found myself reading it in its entirety in one sitting. While the Beatles is a theme throughout the book, one does not have to be a fan in order to enjoy it.[...]" - Zacharie (Amazon)

- "[...] Each chapter in this book is dedicated to a song from the Beatles and the writing is simple, raw and touching. You feel close to Ellen and are drawn into her life and its ups and downs. It's a nice read and I would recommend it to everyone" - Nihar (Amazon)

About the Author

Piper Templeton was born in a New Orleans subdivision in 1964, one month after the Beatles arrived in America.

Her mother maintains that her alert newborn daughter took note of the cover of Look Magazine that featured the Fab Four, and it sparked a passion for the group that stays to this day.

A University of New Orleans liberal arts major, Piper pursues her passion for writing as she earns her living in the Louisiana Judiciary System.

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Rain Clouds and Waterfalls (Piper Templeton)

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Monday, September 01, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Love Discovered in New York (Danielle Allen)

New Indie Book Release:
Love Discovered in New York - Danielle Allen
Contemporary Romance (August 2014)

Love Discovered in New York is a sexy, contemporary romance novel about how past hurt can keep you from future love...if you let it.

"Danielle has done it again!! She has made me complete fall in love with her characters, I did not get enough Colton and Mya. This book is different from the other books she has written. It is a lot hotter. The connection between the characters is undeniable. The chemistry was smoking hot. If it was a paperback the pages would be on fire! [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Love Discovered in New York (Danielle Allen)
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Mya Washington is a rebel. Or at least, that’s what her family has always said. As the youngest of a set of triplets, she has always been the more rebellious of the three…even though she never considered herself a rebel.

Outspoken? Yes.

Rule Breaker? Sometimes.

Trouble Maker? Nev—occasionally.

Growing tired of being typecast and misunderstood, Mya moves to New York looking for a fresh start away from the life she grew up in and out of the shadow of her older sisters. Striking out on her own may have put a strain on the family dynamic, but it's the new beginning Mya was looking for.

But after the unexpected death of her mother, she is blindsided yet again by a wedding invitation she didn’t see coming. Her father’s upcoming marriage only cements the wall she’s put up around her heart. Because if her father could be such an utter disappointment, why should she even attempt to open up to any man?

Enter Colton Davis.

The eBook is on sale for a limited time - only 99 Cents!

About the Author

Author Danielle Allen
Author Danielle Allen
Danielle Allen is a married author, event planner and teacher. She enjoys music, movies, and traveling. Although she has limited singing ability, karaoke with her best friends is one of her favorite pastimes.

With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, Danielle Allen has a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

As an author, she combines an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. Danielle Allen’s goal is to give the reader a peek into someone else’s life, getting lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. Her ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with the reader long after the book has been put down.

Connect with Danielle Allen via Facebook
and Twitter: @XOXO_DAllen.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Unhinged (Timberlyn Scott)

New Indie Book Release:
Unhinged - Timberlyn Scott
Contemporary / New Adult Romance (183 pages - August 2014)

"I absolutely LOVED this story. I was hooked right from the beginning... The characters just seem to leap off the page to me. I have read a lot of books and sometimes the characters interactions seem forced but not in this story. Every sentence had me anxiously reading on to determine what was going to happen next. I can't wait to tell people about this new author I discovered!" - Reader Review

About the Book

Unhinged (Timberlyn Scott)
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Have you ever met that someone who steals your breath with just a look? That someone you can’t stop thinking about, no matter how hard you try?

I have.

I met her in a dream. Never would I have expected her to step right into my reality, though.

But she did.

Although I can’t explain why, Payton Fowler makes me want things I never imagined I could have. She soothes the chaos in my head. But she doesn’t know who I really am, and she doesn’t see the darkness that lives inside of me.

She’s supposed to be off limits to me. But that’s not a problem because I’ve perfected the art of breaking the rules.

My name is Sebastian Trovato and this is the story of how I met the woman who unhinges me.

About the Author

Author Timberlyn Scott
Author Timberlyn Scott

Timberlyn Scott is the alter ego of New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards.

Thanks to a significant difference in writing style, Nicole decided to bring Timberlyn to life in order to publish a more contemporary style of romance.

Connect with Timberlyn Scott via the Author's Website
and Twitter: @TimberlynScott.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Julia Ibbotson

Indie Author Interview with Julia Ibbotson - Author of the Contemporary Romance Novel Drumbeats.

Julia Ibbotson is the award-winning author of The Old Rectory and is an author and academic. She and her husband have four children and live in a renovated Victorian rectory in the heart of the English countryside. She just released Drumbeats - a story of a teenager growing into the adult world.

Interview with Julia Ibbotson

Author Julia Ibbotson
Author Julia Ibbotson
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Julia Ibbotson: I have always written but got side-tracked with my career as a school teacher then university lecturer. As an academic I have written many papers and texts, but I returned to creative writing a few years ago when I had a little more time, and wrote a memoir/recipe book called The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen, about renovating our Victorian rectory in the heart of the English countryside and about food that feeds the soul. I loved writing it so I have now published the first novel of a trilogy called Drumbeats, and am currently writing the second in the series. I also have a children’s book called S.C.A.R.S due out this autumn which is about a troubled boy who slips through a tear in the fabric of the universe to become a knight in a fantasy universe in medieval England. I’m now focusing on writing three days a week and for the university two days.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I would love to be able to write as well as Kate Atkinson (Life after Life is one of this year’s favorites), Jodi Picoult (The Storyteller is another favorite) or Tracy Chevalier (The Girl with the Pearl Earring). They all create a vivid sense of time and place, with wonderful narrative structures. I love books that make the reader think about the human condition, and I hope that I do the same in my own writing. I like to not only read a good story but also feel that I’ve learned something too.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
As soon as I could hold a pencil in my tiny hand! But it wasn’t until I had earned a reasonably good living and developed a name for myself in my paid career that I felt I could make time and space for really focusing on a new writing career and take the leap of faith that may not make any money!

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Goodness, yes! It was a short novel about farms, horses and dogs which were my passions at the age of 10. Then I wrote the first brief draft of what was much later to become the basis of S.C.A.R.S.

"I don’t really set a target number of words; I just carry on until I have to stop"

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Indie Book Release: The Gray Horizon (M. Kircher)

New Indie Book Release:
The Gray Horizon (The Horizons Trilogy) - M. Kircher
YA Paranormal Dystopian (386 pages - August 2014)

The Gray Horizon is a YA dystopian novel with the emphasis on putting everything back together — a rebirth of the human race and the planet.

"I couldn't put it down! Such a powerful book! M. Kircher has an amazing writing style that captivates the reader from page one! This story paints an intense picture of life with and without love. Open the first page and begin to read, you'll be so glad you did!" - Reader Review

About the Book

The Gray Horizon (M. Kircher)
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What does it mean to be brave? 

This is the question Caden must answer as he accompanies Thea, Ben, Rain, and Naomi back out under the dark clouds of the canopy, to rescue Viv from the deadly shadows and save a shattered Earth from the brink of destruction. Caden’s lazy, arrogant nature is tested as the group draws closer to finding Viv, forcing him to confront his inner demons and admit his feelings for Thea—even as their relationship is threatened by her ever-growing connection to Ben.

Will Caden discover his true potential? Or, when the group uncovers a devastating secret and faces a betrayal that has the power to turn the tide in the war with the shadows, will he abandon his friends and go back to a life of never-ending darkness?

Find it out in The Gray Horizon, the exciting, action-packed sequel to The War Inside.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Wisconsin Vamp (Scott Burtness)

Wisconsin Vamp (Scott Burtness)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Horror-Comedy Novel Wisconsin Vamp by Scott Burtness.

Wisconsin Vamp doesn’t seek to reinvent the vampire genre. Instead, it looks at it through the bottom of a beer bottle after a night of bowling. For lovers of comedy and readers who want a fresh take on the vampire genre!

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 298 pages - released in January 2014.

About the Book

"Midwestern nice” is hard to pull off when you’re a bloodthirsty monster.

Poor Herb isn’t even sure how he got vamped. One day, it's same old, same old. Cooking at Ronnie's, bowling with the guys, drinking at Steinknockers and pining for Lois, the prettiest waitress in Trappersville. The next, things start getting weird. With no one to guide him, Herb fumbles into his newfound abilities, courting disaster with each bumbling step. Sure, there are some perks. The local stripper wants him, he can do this whammy mind-control thing, and he is getting a lot better at bowling. But he can’t drink beer, the bodies are piling up, and his best friend Dallas is getting suspicious. When Herb and Dallas go for the same girl, keeping his dark secret becomes the least of Herb's concerns.

Booze, billiards, bake sales, babes, bowling, bar fights, blood and karaoke. Who would’ve thought that being undead would make life so interesting?

Wisconsin Vamp (Scott Burtness)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] The main character strikes me as just your average type of guy, except he's a vampire. The book centers around him, a beer-drinking vampire that drives a Pinto. The plot was well-rounded, and Wisconsin Vamp definitely gives a reader a fresh look at a popular genre. This is a great book to take to the beach." - Carey January

- "I found myself totally engrossed in this book about a small-town restaurant cook turned vampire by the end of the first chapter. I read the entire book within two days because I had to find out what was going to happen to Wisconsin Vamp Herb, a.k.a. Herby to his friends. The author has a talent for creating descriptive phrases. [...] I recommend this book to anyone who loves quirky, humorous books with a paranormal slant." - C. Gerber

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Featured Indie Book: His Wicked Games (Ember Casey)

His Wicked Games (Ember Casey)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Romance His Wicked Games by Ember Casey.

His Wicked Games is a twist on the "girl meets billionaire" romance. Beyond its fairy-tale inspiration, it also has a dash of mystery, a good dose of humor, and (naturally) plenty of heat!

The Book has been self-published via Amazon, CreateSpace, B&N, and Others and is available as eBook and Paperback - 236 pages - released in June 2013.

About the Book

Trapped with a billionaire in his mysterious mansion... Can she beat him at his own game?

Lily Frazer would do anything to save the Frazer Center for the Arts--even take on the infamous billionaire Calder Cunningham. When Lily breaks onto the Cunningham estate, she only wants to find and reason with Calder. (All right, all right, she wants to punch him in the face, too, but that's Plan B.) As it turns out, the arrogant billionaire is willing to give her the money he promised, but there's a catch: she must win it from him.

And the games he has in mind aren't exactly... innocent.

Lily isn't about to give up the money without a fight (or let some haughty bastard seduce her), but she quickly discovers that there might be more to the brooding Calder than she initially perceived. As their games of cat and mouse become increasingly intense, she suddenly finds herself confused by her own emotions. Can she deny her attraction long enough to win the money she needs?

A contemporary, steamy take on Beauty and the Beast, His Wicked Games is a tale of devilish deeds, wild passions, and wicked romance.

His Wicked Games (Ember Casey)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] The ending of this book will make you feel....well just read it you will see. It was very detailed in every way and a delicious read! I say it's a MUST READ! Ember Casey deserves more than 5 stars that's for sure!" - Jessica Call

- "[...] It was full of fun, sexual tension, steamy love scenes, and heart wrenching discoveries after what Lily thought was a mere romp in the sack. I can't wait to read about Lily and Calder's relationship in the next book! Not that there was a cliffhanger... but there is room for a real relationship to develop between the couple... and I know it will be even better than ever!" - Nina (Amazon)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Ivory Wild (Lady Elizabeth Tullos)

New Indie Book Release:
Ivory Wild - Lady Elizabeth Tullos
Action / Adventure (194 pages - July 2014)

Ivory Wild is an high-action novel full of adventure, that highlights the current problems that Africa faces on a daily basis. Events in the book are taken from actual headlines of newspapers and online news from Africa and around the world such as, hundreds of young girls being kidnapped at one time with no laws in place to protect them.

"Oh this is a delightful book. I loved it. The story line is gripping and held me from the start. The character are outstanding and so well suited for this book.Charlotte is amazing and genuine. [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Ivory Wild (Lady Elizabeth Tullos)
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Charlotte Durach must survive the African wild and centuries-old, human violence to save her fiancé, protect endangered elephants and escape being sold into slavery or... worse.

A beautiful and brilliant, 2nd grade educator, Charlotte struggles to believe she is worthy of her fiancé, Zoologist, Quinn McRae, fifth born son of a mega-wealthy and highly respected West Texas ranching family and determined to overcome a paralyzing fear of large animals, the result of a cattle-roundup accident that took her grandfather's life, she embarks on an environmental mission to Lake Chad, Africa with Catholic Relief Services to experience the wildlife...from afar.

Quinn, traveling to Chad with the same group, leaves Lake Chad and Charlotte to study the endangered elephants near Zakouma National Park, where he is kidnapped by the ruthless ivory poacher Abukar Kabadi.

Horrified when she sees first-hand the atrocity of ivory poaching, the senseless slaughter of elephants for nothing more than greed, Charlotte wages a one-woman war against Abukar Kabadi for Quinn’s survival and to protect the elephants.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Indie Book Release: The Other Side of Someday (Carey Heywood)

New Indie Book Release:
The Other Side of Someday - Carey Heywood
Contemporary Romance (320 pages - July 2014)

The Other Side of Someday follows what happens to Courtney Grayson after a decidedly terrible day. She learns that even when things seem to be at their worst, a simple kindness may blossom into unexpected possibilities.

"More than incredible and better than fabulous... Thank you Carey for another page turner." - Reader Review

About the Book

The Other Side of Someday (Carey Heywood)
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Falling in love?

Courtney Grayson has been there, done that.

Men, who needs them? Love wasn’t everything she thought it would be. This time around, she’s doing things differently. She hasn’t sworn off men for good; she just isn’t interested in settling. Trusting someone with her heart again? Someday, but not today.

Falling in love?

Sorry, Clay Bradshaw is not the guy for you.

He’s never been in love and he doesn’t see it happening. Hooking up can be fun, but more often than not, women are a distraction he doesn’t need. He’s a busy man, and doesn’t have time to date, let alone fall in love. Will someone ever change that? There’s always a chance, someday.

Life doesn’t always go as planned, and love may find them both on the other side of someday.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Featured Indie Book: One Chance, One Moment (Judith Kohnen)

One Chance, One Moment (Judith Kohnen)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Romance Novel One Chance, One Moment by Judith Kohnen.

One Chance, One Moment is a humorous, surprising and deeply emotional story of love found by two special people – love built on chances one must sometimes take, but sometimes give as well. Each moment becomes nourished by the faith of one woman, and eventually, by the dream of one man.

One Chance, One Moment has won the Summer 2014 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Romance.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon, CreateSpace, and B&N and is available as eBook and Paperback - 368 pages - released in June 2014.

About the Book

Renowned singer/musician Garry Danzlo has decided to live a life of seclusion after a debilitating accident destroys his musical career. Guilt-ridden and stubborn, he wants no part of the holistic nurse his sister has hired to rehabilitate him. He’s determined to get rid of her; she’s determined to stay.

Spunky, fun-loving Amanda Fields, widowed after a loveless marriage, is on a mission for love. More than anything in the world, she wants to adopt an eight-year-old, wheelchair-bound boy named Robbie. When her chance arrives that will provide her with sufficient funds for the adoption, there’s nothing to stop her from accomplishing the temporary job in Colorado. But what she has to contend with is far more than just a difficult patient. Unexpected obstacles are suddenly out of her control. The least of her worries is falling for yet another man who doesn’t love her back.

One Chance, One Moment (Judith Kohnen)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Kohnen shrewdly incorporates a multitude of plot points to create narrative momentum. Amid the drama that surrounds the lovers, Kohnen keeps her storyline light by interweaving many scenes filled with comical conversational banter -- which creates an incessant tension between Garry and Amanda, amorously delectable love scenes, and juxtaposing these lighter sides with the diabolical plans to keep them apart ...ONE CHANCE, ONE MOMENT is a creative, light-hearted yet riveting story that is not your ordinary love story, and is destined to be a romantic classic" - Anita Lock

- "This book was AMAZING! I was absolutely consumed by it and couldn't put it down until I finished! It made me laugh with its quirky, witty humor as well as cry with its tender, romantic moments. It inspires one to take chances in life and love and to move forward with hope and faith. It's definitely a MUST READ!" - Alexis Wingfield