Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Stone Walls (A.M. Madden)

New Indie Book Release:
Stone Walls - A.M. Madden
Romantic Suspense (335 pages - March 2015)

Stone Walls is a stand-alone FBI based Romantic Suspense Novel. It's romantic, suspenseful, steamy, realistic, compelling, and has an awesome twist...

About the Book

Stone Walls (A.M. Madden)
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Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to become a cop.

Ella Parker is bright, beautiful, kind, and severely damaged as a result of one tragic night in her past. Having lived an idealistic life, that horrific night sent her pretty castle of cards crumbling down. Forced to start over, she leans on her best friend, Andrea Hensen, to help her move on. With Andrea’s help, Ella quickly settles into her new life in New York City. It’s a safe and comfortable existence, albeit very boring.

Their paths may have never crossed, if it hadn’t been for their meddling best friends. Rob and Andrea believe that Ben and Ella are soul mates that were meant to be together, a perfect match. There’s one slight problem. Ben and Ella want no part of this matchmaking scheme. Funny thing about fate, it’s inevitable.

Or is it?

Can a truth cause the possibility of a happily ever after to crash and burn? Ben and Ella learn that sometimes truth isn’t the best answer. Sometimes ignorance is most definitely bliss.

About the Author

Author A.M. Madden
Author A.M. Madden
A.M. Madden has achieved Amazon Best Selling status with her debut in contemporary romance, The Back-Up Series.

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.

A self proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. Using every free moment of her time while raising teen-age boys, A.M. Madden plans to continue writing, as it now become a second career.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Very Twisted Things (Ilsa Madden-Mills)

Very Twisted Things (Ilsa Madden-Mills)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: New Adult Romance / Contemporary Romance Very Twisted Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills.

Very Twisted Things is a standalone Briarcrest Academy book. A sassy violinist who lives next door. An obsessed rock star who watches her through binoculars. And one night when she bares it all. Life will never be the same in Tinseltown.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 286 pages - released in February 2015.

About the Book

Vital Rejects front guy Sebastian Tate never imagined his YouTube music video would go viral, sky-rocketing him to acting success in Hollywood. Okay, maybe he did. After all, he’s a cocky dude who knows he’s hot-as-hell, and it was only a matter of time before his stars aligned.

But life in Tinseltown is never what it seems.

After being cheated on, his only rule to falling in love is simple: Keep Calm and Don’t Do It. Spying on his mysterious new neighbor with binoculars seems innocent enough, but quickly escalates into an erotic game between two very unlikely people.

Twenty-year-old Violet St. Lyons is a world-renowned violinist who's lost her mojo on stage. She hides away in a Hollywood mansion, trying to find her way through her twisted past in order to make her future.

He’s the life of the party with girls chasing him down for his autograph. She’s the introvert with a potty mouth who doesn’t even know who he is.

When they meet, stars collide, sparks fly, and clothes come off. Yet, giving his heart to a girl isn’t Sebastian’s plan; falling for a guy who craves attention isn’t Violet’s.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy—Hollywood style—where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.

Very Twisted Things (Ilsa Madden-Mills)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This is the third book in the Briarcrest series and just like the first two books, it did not disappoint. The author nailed it once again. There's romance, sexy times, humor, angst, and snark, which I love. Can't wait for the next one! Five stars!" - Phoebe L. (Amazon)

- "There's romance, sexual tension, and plenty of heat written into such amazing books that will pull at your heart. You will fall in love with each character in each book and this one didn't disappoint. My heart broke for Sebastian and Violet knowing they were so broken but were able to repair each other's hearts. Ilsa never fails to amaze me with how well she writes because she is always so precise in her writing. You are pulled in and feel like you're a part of the story and feel like you're right there with them" - Julie Deaton

- "Very Twisted Things was amazing! I have been looking forward to Sebastian’s book ever since I met him in the previous books! You really feel everything that goes on between the characters and I loved every minute of it. This book had me laughing out loud during some scenes, and sad during others. lIsa has done another wonderful job![...]" - Jen (Amazon)

- "I wish this entire series could be a TV SERIES! I would totally watch it. Sebastian and Violet's story was emotional , I was scared, excited, nervous and of course happy.[...]" - Ivette Wanda

- "Ilsa Madden-Mills has gone and out done herself this time. I loved Very Bad Things, Very Wicked Things, and Very Wicked Beginnings but Very Twisted Things is so much more. This book can be read as a stand alone!!! I didn't think anyone could steal my heart away from Leo but Sebastian did!!! He's such a hottie and rock GOD but he has a heart of gold but just not sure if he wants to open it up to love or not." - Gina A. (Amazon)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She spends her days with two small kids, one neurotic cat, and one husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.

When she's not crafting a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.

Ilsa loves to hear from readers and fellow authors.

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Link to the Paperback Very Twisted Things on Amazon with Excerpt

Link to the eBook Very Twisted Things on Amazon with Excerpt

Monday, March 02, 2015

Indie Author Interview: Ben Miller

Indie Author Interview with Ben Miller - Author of the Mystery / Thriller A Bustle in the Hedgerow.

Ben Miller was born in Franklin, Pennsylvania. Since completing residency training in Pediatrics, he has worked as a Pediatric Hospitalist and Diagnostic Specialist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Ben currently resides with his wife and two daughters in a suburb of Pittsburgh. He continues to work on his next novel while practicing and teaching pediatrics.

Interview with Ben Miller

Author Ben Miller
Author Ben Miller
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Ben Miller: I began writing screenplays when I was in middle school, and I began college as a Film Studies major. By my senior year, my inner pragmatist forced me to choose something a little more stable for a career, and I found my calling in medicine. I continued to write screenplays and stage plays throughout medical school and residency training when time permitted (which was rare, unfortunately). The concept of A Bustle in the Hedgerow also began as a screenplay, but I quickly discovered that it lent itself to novel format much more naturally.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I grew up on a steady diet of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. In my adult years, I have branched out a little more broadly; Mo Hayder, Steig Larsson, Gillian Flynn, John Irving, Dan Brown, and Wally Lamb all have prominent places on my bookshelf or in my Kindle. My all-time favorite books are The Stand by Stephen King, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, and I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. I try to emulate specific aspects of these influences in my writing: tone and theme from Mo Hayder, plot delivery from John Irving (though I am nowhere near his mastery), and pacing from Dan Brown.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first short screenplay in second grade on a manual typewriter. It was a mystery about a stolen bicycle... I think. I don't recall much of the details. I do remember that I consumed two full single-spaced pages with a fist-fight between the law man and the bad guy, and I think the entire story was seven pages long.

"[...] my biggest challenges is finding the time to write."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
Like just about every other independently published author, I work in a full-time job outside of the writing/publishing industry. Therefore, one of my biggest challenges is finding the time to write. I do the vast majority of my writing at night, when my wife and I are winding down after our children have gone to bed. I try to maintain some consistency to the schedule, such as 2 nights per week, but life sometimes dictates otherwise. I have found conclusively that the more consistent I am in keeping a schedule, the easier the writing process is.

"When my story surprises me."

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When my story surprises me. A handful of times I have had some really interesting-- and significant-- plot pieces come together without a prior intention. For example, in A Bustle in the Hedgerow, I needed to create a character in the Washington, DC police force who had some previous connection with the protagonist Jackson Byrne. It occurred to me to have their wives be friends from college, which seemed simple and banal enough to be believable and serve my purpose. Later, in the natural interactions between these two characters, this relationship became very important in developing a plot line. It fell into place quite organically, by just remaining true to the characters, but it provided a surprising and exciting rush.

A Bustle in the Hedgerow (Ben Miller)
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Ben, please tell us a little about your Mystery / Thriller A Bustle in the Hedgerow.
A Bustle in the Hedgerow revolves around two cases of child maltreatment in the mid-Atlantic: one occurring in the present time of the book, and the other unfolding via flashbacks from a year prior. The latter, a high-profile case of the abduction and murder of the daughter of a NFL star, has made FBI agent Jackson Byrne a household name. As he completes a tour supporting the true-crime book he published about the case, he gets approached by an old family friend to run for the U.S. Senate. Simultaneously, the current case begins to manifest: a killer dubbed as The Playground Predator has attacked two nine-year-old girls in Pennsylvania and Maryland, leaving behind mysterious clues comprised of phrases in foreign languages. Jack and his specialized FBI team at CASMIRC (Child Abduction and Serial Murder Information Resource Center) are called to investigate. Jack struggles to choose his calling, eventually committing to pursue the career in politics. However, it seems as though the Playground Predator targets Jack himself, and Jack cannot resist being continually pulled back into the case. A Bustle in the Hedgerow strives to tackle themes of ambition, fallibility, and family, while blurring the lines between good and evil and laying bare the true price of fame.

"I have seen countless children affected by abuse [...]"

What inspired you to write the book?
In my day job, I work as a Hospitalist Pediatrician, meaning I take care of children during an acute illness that results in hospitalization. When people who know about my job encounter my novel, they often-- if not always-- ask, "As a pediatrician, how can you write about someone who kills small children? Isn't that incredibly creepy?" My typical response is, "Well... yes. Yes it is." With some additional background, though, it makes more sense. Plus, once people have read through the book, they understand the motivation.
I have seen countless children affected by abuse and/or neglect, and, as a result, I have witnessed several of the short-comings of our child-protection laws and their implementation. I wanted to address these issues in a real way through a fictional story. This novel, while meant to be primarily a source of entertainment, then also serves as an advocacy piece to try to affect change.

"Every parent, grandparent, teacher, doctor, and politician should read this book."

Who do you see as your target audience and where can we buy the book?
I hope anyone who enjoys a riveting mystery/thriller would find this book a worthwhile read. One of my test-readers, a lifelong friend, said, "Every parent, grandparent, teacher, doctor, and politician should read this book." I happen to agree, but we're probably both a little biased.
It is available on Amazon.com in paperback and e-book formats.

What makes your book special?
I like to think that it offers more "bang for your buck" than many mystery/thrillers in that it encompasses two mysteries in one, both equally compelling. It also offers a strong take-home message striving for change for the greater good.
In addition, I tried to create three-dimensional characters, with their own strengths and foibles. I have always been drawn to stories with a flawed protagonist and a memorable yet realistic villain, and I hope I achieved both of those here.

How would you describe the success of your book so far?
I have been pleasantly overwhelmed with the critical support thus far, especially from unbiased sources. Without a doubt the biggest highlight came from Kirkus Reviews, who featured their review of A Bustle in the Hedgerow in their February 2014 print issue, an honor bestowed on only about 8% of independently published works that they review.
Commercially, it has surpassed by initial realistic goal in number of books sold, but I have yet to realize my dream of landing on a bestseller list! I hope to someday be able to write full-time, so I still have a lot of work to do.

How long did it take it to write the book?
I worked through the main concept, structure, and character development off-and-on for about nine years. It took me 21 months to finish the initial draft, and the editing process took about another nine months.

"[The] step of pre-writing was crucial."

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
To be honest, as a relative neophyte I don't feel qualified to offer much advice. However, I would like to pass along something from a very successful and reputable source that I found helpful.
I initially struggled (for about nine years-- see above) with putting together all the fine details of my story. I thought that this step of pre-writing was crucial. However, I found that many of my pre-conceived notions about how the story would unfold changed as I got into the process of writing, and then again as I solicited feedback from test-readers.
It was around this time that I came across this quote from George R.R. Martin:
“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if they have planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have. They find out as it grows.”
I have subsequently found that I fit the mold of a "gardener" more so than an "architect," so I am now much more comfortable going into the writing process with planning about broad topics and major plot points without the need to have all the minor details ironed out.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
My current project is called The Piper, and it is a sequel to A Bustle in the Hedgerow. It picks up about five months later. Jackson Byrne, his family, and his CASMIRC team are still recovering from the Playground Predator ordeal when a new case surfaces from Boston: young mothers are being attacked near their homes and their infant children kidnapped. The perpetrator earns the nickname The Piper after the child-stealing Pied Piper legend from fourteenth-century Germany. Jack must split his time between Boston and Virginia, as the trial of The Playground Predator is soon to begin. Through a number of twists and turns, both Jack and his investigative team, chiefly sidekick Heath Reilly, get pulled into a murky scene of murder and child abduction that goes deeper than anyone could have imagined.

Do you have a timeline for when The Piper might be available?
I have just finished my initial draft. It has to go through the editing process, which I have ramped up substantially this time around. I hope to have it available by the fall of 2015.

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will book stores disappear like record stores disappeared?
I think large-scale book stores will continue to dwindle. I think e-books will eventually take over the majority of book sales, likely within the next decade. However, I don't think book stores will go away completely, just like record stores haven't. There is a growing legion of audiophiles out there who are supporting a renaissance of sorts in the record industry. In fact, I've read that more vinyl records are produced today than any time in the last 15 years. I think bibliophiles will perform a similar feat in the book industry. While I personally prefer e-books, I don't think the physical hardcover or paperback versions will ever go away, and I think this is a good thing.

How can readers connect with you?
The best way is through my website www.benmillerbooks.com. I also have a Twitter account @benmillerbooks.

Thank you very much for the Interview, Ben.

About the Book A Bustle in the Hedgerow

A Bustle in the Hedgerow (Ben Miller)
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The strangled body of a 9-year-old girl is discovered behind a hedgerow bordering her school playground in York, Pennsylvania. The local authorities’ only clue lies in a scrap of paper left in her front pocket, with a short phrase printed on it in an unfamiliar language.

Jackson Byrne, an FBI agent who specializes in investigating crimes against children, has just completed a book tour promoting his best-seller about solving his most recent high-profile case—the abduction and murder of a celebrity’s young daughter. Unexpectedly, Jack receives an invitation from an old family friend and powerful political insider urging him to run for the U.S. Senate. At the same time, his FBI division learns of the murder of another child with a similar mysterious message, launching them into a search for a serial killer given the moniker The Playground Predator. As Jack becomes torn between his excitement about a new career and others’ expectations of a celebrated investigator, he must also continue to deal with demons from his past.

While Jack’s devoted wife, a sycophantic young FBI colleague, and an ambitious and attractive female reporter all try to influence his path, none of them pulls the strings as effectively as the enigmatic Randall, the psychologically disturbed but brilliant Playground Predator himself, who orchestrates his own master plan, eventually dragging Jack into an inevitable showdown.

- "Well developed plot, suspenseful, page turner. I read it on a plane and was disappointed when I came to my destination and had to put it down. Good discussion of the controversies in child abuse and inconsistencies in governmental agencies. " - Reader Review

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Tips to Evolve as Author and to Find More Readers

The game has changed, and so must you.

Author Tip
We’re well into 2015 and the year is booming with new authors and books. Already my schedule is filled with authors pushing out manuscripts and setting publication dates with cover design briefs. I can honestly say I am overjoyed to experience this level of professionalism among authors!

So imagine my surprise recently when I heard that there are still readers out there who do not know HOW to find or choose indie books. This was very concerning as by now indie publishing should be a norm. Right?

I was having a chat with copywriters who work for big marketing companies when the topic of eBooks came up. One of the copywriters is an avid reader, and had just made the big leap from her beloved printed books to a Kindle she’d received for Christmas. I of course asked her if she’d read any indie books lately. And she said – no.

Why not?

Turns out, she really wants to support Indies – but didn’t know how to find an indie author she’d like in a sea of hundreds of thousands. Then, she asked me how to find indie authors she’d like.

And that’s when I realized something: HOW do you reach that new eBook reader, who wants to find your book? It is clear that just Tweeting and Facebooking is not enough anymore. These are excellent tools, but, Indies need to branch out.

Being an indie in 2015 and going onward is fantastic. We have access to potentially 1 billion readers out there thanks to smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Social media has made marketing so much easier and we literally have a global market at our finger tips.

Authors should not shrivel away from ‘statistics’ but rather embrace this new phase in the indie publishing industry. This is how business works. Trends come and go. Stats rise and fall. Right now authors need to switch-on their business idea lamps.

The vital part of navigating towards successful marketing – starts with the author’s own evolution and idea expansion:

1. Release your book on more than one platform
Avoid limiting your own audience! There is a whole world out there with space for your book. If you’re sticking to just (for example) Kindle, you’re missing out on Kobo, B&N, iBooks, Smashwords, audiobooks, Oyster and a whole bunch of libraries that want to offer indie books on their shelves. Remember that even if you have a handful of sales per e-reader – the numbers still add up!

2. Quality book = word of mouth
This is a marketing tip you will find everywhere – because it is truly powerful. It is up to YOU as author to make sure you write a book that appeals to people’s emotional experience. This includes presenting a book with a fantastic cover, clean edited manuscript and a great ending befitting the story. Your reader, having been moved by your creation, will tell every other reader he or she knows about your book on every possible social media platform, and even at the dinner table.

3. Be patient as a creator. Be a storyteller

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Untamed (Ciana Stone)

Untamed (Ciana Stone)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Romance Untamed by Ciana Stone.

Untamed is a three book set of romance tales with paranormal elements that follow the life and love of three brothers, all ranchers in Florida who don't believe love is in the cards for them.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook - 325 pages - released in January 2015.

About the Book

The men of the Marsh family have spent their lives riding hard, in and out of the saddle.
None of them have any plans on settling down. Falling in love just isn’t for them. Or so they thought.

Book One: Feels Like the First Time
When Clint Marsh pulls a woman from an overturned semi on a county road in Florida, he expects only to do a good deed then get back on his motorcycle and head home.
It doesn’t quite work out that way. The woman turns out to be Lily Ridenger, his first love, and the one woman who has the ability to turn his thoughts to sin with a single look. She’s in need of a place to stay and he has room to spare. So what if they have unfinished business between them? So what if there are still unresolved feelings? Chances are they’ll hook up, have sex hot enough to start a fire and go their separate ways. At least that’s what Clint thought…

He thought wrong.

Book Two: When You Least Expect It
Cam Marsh figured he was following in his older brother, Colton’s footsteps. A confirmed bachelor. Not that he had anything against settling down. He’d just never met a woman he wanted to settle down with.
Then out of the blue the first girl he ever loved shows up next door. Ellie Whitehorse has inherited her father’s ranch, such as it is, and seeing her brings back feelings he’d all but forgotten, along with inspiring some new ones. Maybe he and Ellie will hook up again, relive old times and have some good times together. Nothing serious.

Or so he thought.

Book Three: Colton’s Memory
When Colton Marsh gets a call about a classic car that’s broken down near the belly dancing school run by his best friend’s mother, he figures he’ll get the car up and running, collect his pay and then head on back to his ranch to start mowing the southern pasture.
Wrong. Memory Wells lights a fire of lust inside him stronger than anything he’s ever experienced, and she makes it quite clear that she’s as hot for him as he is for her. So when her car has to be towed to his shop for repairs and she accepts his offer for a ride back to the bed and breakfast, Colton figures he just might get lucky.

Lucky doesn’t even touch what’s in store for Colton.

Untamed (Ciana Stone)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "I absolutely loved this series. Three hot stories with wonderful endings. Once I started reading this book i couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to reading more books by you. This series has NO cliffhangers." - Shyla Wright

- "This was a terrific series! Loved these three brothers and their ladies, who each have a secret to discover!" - Debbie Watson

- "I really enjoyed reading Untamed boxed set by author Ciana Stone. The heroes in the stories are sexy brothers, two of them are reunited with their first love and the third brother, destiny intervenes. The author injected some paranormal elements which added some excitement and suspense into the stories." - P. Phan (Amazon)

- "Loved it." - Paula Whiteside

- "Three hot heroes, three heroines needing to be saved...heartwarrming contemporary stories with a sprinkling of magic, well worth the read!" - Ann (Amazon)

About the Author

Author Ciana Stone
Author Ciana Stone
Ciana Stone lives in Florida with the love of her life. When asked for more information, she will confirm the following facts:

Ciana is:
1. Female
2. Happily married with two fantastic children and four amazing grandchildren
3. An artist and photographer
4. Loves animals of the warm and fuzzy variety but reptiles give her a major case of the creeping willies
5. Loves playing disc golf
6. Is hooked on video games and Left 4 Dead (and L4D2) are her favorite games.
7. Loves to bike, run, yoga and weight training and looks forward to her daily workouts
8. Is a fan of television shows like Justified, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom and The Blacklist
9. Likes operating power tools
10. Likes all types of music and always has the sound system turned on.
11. Loves to hear from readers

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Link to the eBook Untamed on Amazon with Excerpt

Friday, February 27, 2015

New Indie Book Release: The Green Line Divide - Romance, Travel, and Turmoils (Z Vally)

New Indie Book Release:
The Green Line Divide - Romance, Travel, and Turmoils - Z Vally
Romantic Comedy (195 pages - January 2015)

The Green Line Divide encounters readers with people from various parts of the world, including exotic destinations like Cyprus and the Greek island of Rhodes. And follow a young woman named Alexis as she struggles with gamophobia and tries to come to terms with her independence, relationships, and the future. Romance, humor, and drama abound in this fast-paced, playful novel—and so, too, do questions and surprises.

About the Book

The Green Line Divide - Romance, Travel, and Turmoils (Z Vally)
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Alexis is smart, sexy, and enthusiastic—but, like most people, she’s got a few things holding her back in life. And if she’s to ever move forward, she’s got to confront them—head on.

From failing her school exams and dealing with her father’s illness to being mistaken for a celebrity and avoiding serious relationships at any cost, Alexis’s life is riddled with complications and concerns, some harrowing and others absolutely hilarious. When she meets a svelte Swede named Sven, Alexis’s life becomes even more complicated, and her fear of commitment becomes more pronounced, placing her at a pivotal point:

Can she overcome her fears and get married? Or will she search for any excuse to keep from walking down the aisle?

The Green Line Divide: Romance, Travel, and Turmoils follows Alexis’s trials and tribulations in life, love, and relationships, set against a Mediterranean backdrop rich with travel and culture. A truly touching, laugh-out-loud novel, it is sure to appeal to readers with a wide variety of interests, including tourism, international history, personal growth, and stories of relationship drama.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Featured Indie Book: She Writes Love... (Sandi Lynn)

She Writes Love... (Sandi Lynn)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Romance She Writes Love... by Sandi Lynn.

She Writes Love... is about healing and learning to live life and love again after the death of a spouse.

The Book has been self-published via Sandi Lynn Romance and is available as eBook and Paperback - 270 pages - released in January 2015.

About the Book

Two lives, two losses, and one meeting that changed their lives forever. Learning to move on and to love again isn’t always easy.

The circle of life. It’s something we all know about but are never truly prepared for the unexpected. The unexpected that comes out of nowhere. No warning, no heads up, nothing. Just God giving us pure bliss and happiness and then taking it away in the blink of an eye. When you think of people dying, you think of the old who have fully lived their lives. You don’t think about the younger people who have just begun to build their futures, nor do you think about the children that have just begun to live. It’s cruel and it’s unwanted. It leaves us devastated and to the point where we feel we can’t go on. It leaves a hole, an empty space in our hearts that stays with us until we heal. We all heal eventually, right? As the days go on and the years pass by, we never forget the ones we lost and we never forget the pain they left behind. But we do manage to feel somewhat normal again – maybe not completely – but we have no choice. For me, losing my husband to a massive heart attack on our one-year wedding anniversary, and at the age of twenty-seven, was something I didn’t think I could ever heal from. The emptiness, the loneliness, the numbness, and the need just to get through the day was overwhelming.
My name is Paisley Logan and this is my story.

She Writes Love... (Sandi Lynn)
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Life. Full of surprises, disappointments, and heartache. It’s strange how we live life with certainty. We’re certain that we’ll find the love of our life, get married, have children, and live happily ever after. No one is ever prepared when a life-threatening illness hits. We’re so busy living our daily lives that we don’t think about such things. I was na├»ve until my wife was diagnosed with cervical cancer and passed away less than a year later. I was angry. She was the love of my life and we’d only been married five years. We wanted to start a family, and it was when she had trouble getting pregnant that she was diagnosed. I’d never lost anyone before. I’d never experienced death. I felt like God was playing a cruel joke on me. How could he bring her into my life and then take her away so young. Even the best laid plans in life get altered. Mine did. Everyone kept telling me that time would heal all wounds, but this was a wound that would never fully be healed. Trying to get back to the normalcy of life was exhausting, so I didn’t try anymore.
My name is Ben Preston and this is my story.

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "She Writes Love, was exceptional!!! I have read so many of Sandi Lynn's books and loved them all, but I have never read anything that has touched me so emotionally. Paisley, looses her husband 1 year after a blissful marriage, one there anniversary. Paisley is trying to live life the best way she can, but it's apparent that she is losing the battle. Until she meets Ben.[...]" - De Reese Robinson

- "This was a beautiful story, two people brought together in their grief; both having lost the love of their lives, their first loves.[...] Sandi, you wrote about this sad real life situation with the heartfelt love and compassion that after death, life does indeed continue on. Great book I loved it." - Julie Kirby

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Indie Author Interview: Kelly Miles

Indie Author Interview with Kelly Miles - Author of the Contemporary Romance (YA/New Adult) Montana Sky.

Kelly Miles lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching sports, listening to music and going to concerts.

Interview with Kelly Miles

Author Kelly Miles
Author Kelly Miles
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Kelly Miles: I am a fairly new indie author, with my first novel being published in June 2014. I have written several short stories and one other full novel, but have not pursued publishing them as of yet.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Becoming a writer had never been on my radar. I was more than content and happy with being a stay-at-home mom of two boys. In November 2004, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, at the young age of 26. It was then that I began journaling for my doctors, which in turn became a need to write to get out the frustrations I was dealing with. It slowly developed from there. I wrote my first novel, “Silver Lake” (currently not published), and it became an addiction. Montana Sky came soon after, and there are currently two more books in the works, set to be released respectively in the Spring/Summer of 2015, and the final one in 2016.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, “Silver Lake”. It was my first attempt at becoming an author. I never pursued publishing, as I knew it needed a lot of work. It is put up for a “someday” project.

"I write as the mood strikes"

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
In general, I do not have a writing routine. I write as the mood strikes, which is daily, and depending on what is going on in my day-to-day life, may or may not be written as perfectly as I would like. I journal constantly; keeping a spiral notebook with me at all times to jot down ideas as they come to me. Most of the time, I have a storyline in my mind ahead of time and can work through as I go along. Occasionally, what I have intended to write takes a drastic turn, but I think that makes it even more interesting and fun.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
My desk is a mess!!! There’s my computer, of course, along with pages and pages of first drafts to be edited. There are pens and pencils scattered about, and usually one or two stuck in my hair! It is complete and total chaos, and no one would ever be able to look at it and think I was organized, but I know where everything is. I think there is a certain amount of madness that goes along with being a writer. Where the rest of my home is immaculate and in order, my desk is the complete opposite, and that’s just how I like it.

"You cannot please everyone all of the time."

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Black Rose (Alex Lukeman)

New Indie Book Release:
Black Rose (The Project) - Alex Lukeman
Thriller, Action/Adventure (295 pages - January 2015)

Black Rose features strong male and female protagonists working against the odds to stop some really bad people, with the constant threat of injury or violent death hanging over their heads. The books deal with real world threats, using a bit of fictional license. They are carefully researched so that weapons, science, etc. is as accurate as possible. Readers say that The Project series seems too believable at times.

About the Book

Black Rose (Alex Lukeman)
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A lethal plague resurrected from the bones of the dead is stolen from a secret biological warfare lab hidden in the mountains of North Korea. There's no cure and it's one hundred percent fatal. If it gets loose, millions will die. The men who have it want to reduce the world's population and bring down the global economy as part of a plan to establish world dominance.

Nick Carter and Selena Connor of the Project are up against their old nemesis, a centuries old conspiracy called AEON. This time, Director Elizabeth Harker is determined to eliminate AEON once and for all. It's touch and go as events build toward the final confrontation, with no certainty that things will turn out well. Along the way, dark secrets from Selena's past come to light. The Project team takes on another dangerous mission, with no guarantee that any of them will survive.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Camden's Redemption (L.P. Dover)

New Indie Book Release:
Camden's Redemption (Gloves Off) - L.P. Dover
Romantic Suspense (274 pages - February 2015)

Camden's Redemption is all about a scarred fighter who made the wrong decisions in life, but is now trying to redeem himself. Only now he has enemies who want to destroy him. He finds love for the first time and those enemies will do whatever it takes to take it away from him. He finally realizes what it means to put everything on the line for love.

About the Book

Camden's Redemption (L.P. Dover)
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Competing to be the best, but always never good enough, Camden Jameson lost his way.
He turned to the Dark Side, betraying everyone. Including those who now want him dead. Now he's on the run, and forced to hide . . . but he's not alone.

Undercover agent, Brooklyn Avery has been assigned to his case, to stay in the shadows and protect him. But all of that changes when she falls for the scarred fighter. And he with her.

Unfortunately, Camden still has a price to pay for his sins.

Lives will be lost.

And a dark, hidden secret will be revealed. Camden finally learns what it means to put everything on the line.