Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Indie Book Release: Perpetuating Trouble (Chris Orcutt)


New Indie Book Release:
Perpetuating Trouble - Chris Orcutt
Memoir / Humor (239 Pages - October 2017)

Perpetuating Trouble is an honest portrayal of the life of a full-time independent author. While others attempt to sell their success stories of fame and fortune, Orcutt chronicles the realities one writer's life away from the writing desk.

"[...] Orcutt is a tortured perfectionist who sees satisfaction as a form of surrender. Perpetuating Trouble is a testament to his torment and to his legitimacy as a Master Craftsman." - Reader Review

About the Book

Perpetuating Trouble (Chris Orcutt)
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"I avoided writers very carefully because they can perpetuate trouble as no one else can," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. In his humorous memoir Perpetuating Trouble, independent author Chris Orcutt debunks the myth that full-time writers are "livin' the dream." Orcutt reveals that the writing life is really one of crushing solitude, chronic dissatisfaction, mood swings and self-doubt, and where successes, when the come, are like diner mints--sweet, but short-lived.

Yet, Orcutt's deep love of language, his saintly wife, and his indomitable sense of humor keep him going. Whether picking up two female hitchhikers who later turn out to be aliens from another planet, or divesting himself of a hoard of tacky paintings, or using philosophy to get out of a traffic ticket, Orcutt finds the humor and the art in his trials. It's also a life of love and sadness, as he recounts a whirlwind love affair with a ravishing redhead, and the death of his beloved writing companion, his cat.

In the end, Orcutt discovers that to be a writer, he must be part adventurer, crusader, humorist, lover, philosopher, and, of course, troublemaker.




About the Author

Author Chris Orcutt
Author Chris Orcutt
Chris Orcutt has written professionally for over 25 years as a fiction writer, journalist, scriptwriter, playwright, technical writer and speechwriter.

He has also taught high school U.S. history and college writing. At Baruch College, City University of New York, Chris received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and as a newspaper reporter he received a New York Press Association award.

Chris is the author of the critically acclaimed DAKOTA STEVENS MYSTERY SERIES and his short story collection, THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, was selected by IndieReader as one of the Best Books of 2013. His modern pastoral novel, ONE HUNDRED MILES FROM MANHATTAN, was selected by IndieReader as a Best Book for 2014 and in a review of the novel Kirkus Reviews favorably compared Chris to Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Cheever.

Although Chris now lives in upstate New York, he was born in Maine and went to college in Boston and will forever be a citizen of Red Sox Nation.


Connect with Chris Orcutt via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @chrisorcutt

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Indie Book Release: Genesis II - A New Day, A New Beginning (Adrian P. Stubbs)


New Indie Book Release:
Genesis II: A New Day, A New Beginning - Adrian P. Stubbs
Science Fiction / Space Opera (324 Pages - August 2017)

Genesis II: A New Day, A New Beginning is an optimistic science fiction epic novel that shows the many ways humanity can overcome any obstacle. General Philip King’s love for his family will be with him through every challenge to come.


About the Book

Genesis II - A New Day, A New Beginning (Adrian P. Stubbs)
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In Keepers of the Gate: Defenders of the Free World, science fiction author Adrian P. Stubbs took the human race to the stars. Billions of humans traveled on Earth Arks to a point deep in space.

The Great Exodus was intended to save humanity from a cataclysmic event. The Nibiru mini–solar system was about to pass through the Earth’s solar system. Earth underwent violent physical changes as a result of the passage.

Now, in Genesis II, humanity is returning in a long-awaited homecoming. They must be careful. It isn’t the same planet as the one they left.

There are now two moons in the sky. The polar ice caps are gone, and there are no longer seasons. Humans may have survived a planetary apocalypse, but how do they rebuild on a world that seems so alien and new?

Helping humanity is a species of advanced aliens who are generous with their technology and knowledge. The planet isn’t the only thing evolving in this thoughtful science fiction saga. Humanity has always strived for a higher state of physical, emotional, and spiritual existence. It is now within their grasp, but are humans ready for the power this knowledge will impart?




About the Author

Author Adrian P. Stubbs
Author Adrian P. Stubbs
Adrian P. Stubbs is the author of Genesis II; The NSA Files, Code Name: Venusian in Black; and Keepers of the Gate: Defenders of the Free World.

Stubbs received two bachelor degrees, a master of science degree, and numerous IT professional certifications. He is an honor graduate of Norfolk State University and has worked in electronics engineering, information technology, and law enforcement.

Stubbs lives in the Atlanta metropolitan area with his family.



Connect with Adrian P. Stubbs via the Author's Facebook Page
and on Twitter: @Sarge256

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

3 Tips to Indie SUCCESS from 3 Successful Authors


Asking successful Indie Authors:
3 TIPS TO SUCCESS FROM 3 SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS

Indie Author Tip
We’re a few years into the rocket ship that is independent publishing, so most of us have read countless articles and books on the ‘how to’ and ‘what not to’ and ‘try this’ types of tutelages. The Indie Author has become a successful one-man and one-woman show. We’re educated in the fields of production and marketing. So of course many of these tips and articles have proven effective! But because our industry has grown with so many success stories out there, we can now start asking deeper questions on the motivation that has driven these successful authors.
As cover designer, illustrator and writer I’ve worked with countless independent authors and publishers. On this journey with them all I’ve seen some authors enjoy incredible achievements.
However, how do we measure an author’s success? Is it the amount of books sold, awards won – or is it the mere fact that so many authors have to overcome various challenges to complete a book, or even series?

‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.

In my humble opinion, I would say it’s all of the above. ‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.
It has been my privilege to work with these three authors, from diverse genres, who have gone onto publishing numerous books, won awards and even kick-started a whole product range!
So I asked them this question: “How did you go from ‘Wanting to write a book’ to now having published and doing so much more?”
All three answered generously (and authentically), and it’s my honor to share their insights with all authors out there, new or established. Each of these answers resonate with me, and I KNOW every author will find an echoing thought and driving inspiration.


HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

A.J. CULEY -Young Adult and Children’s Book Author
(@ajculey)

Tweet-worthy: “It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.” – A.J. Culey

Author A.J. Culey
Author A.J. Culey
I think for much of my life I was waiting for the stars to align – for me to have the energy, the time, the inspiration AND the motivation all in the same moment. This is how years passed with plenty of ideas and tons of story starts but no finishes. Eventually I realized the stars would never align, at least not perfectly, for me to ever feel like this was the one moment I had to write. And that was my big lesson – realizing the moment had always been and always would be now.

So I started taking classes and I joined writers’ communities and I began to take my writing seriously. I think that's the big thing. We have to take ourselves seriously, as artists, as writers, as creative thinkers. And in that process of taking myself, my craft and my dreams seriously, one book led to another and another until one day I woke to the realization that I was an award-winning author with twelve published books in three different genres and several more on the way.

But to say “I woke” to that realization is to somehow imply that it just happened, which really isn’t the case at all. The truth is I invested the time and money in developing my career. I focused on the goal, invested financially in amazing book covers and illustrations, not to mention promotions, and committed my time to writing quality stories. I just plain did the hard work. And I think the big thing for me moving forward is to keep doing that hard work. I can’t stop to rest on my laurels. I have to constantly work at developing my craft and reaching for that next great story.

It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Indie Author Interview: Christopher Reamy


Indie Author Interview with Christopher Reamy - Author of the (Dark) Fantasy Novel Dreams of Hegemony.

Christopher Reamy has been writing works of fiction since he was a child, becoming a nationally published author at the age of 9, with the poem “In the Cold and In the Night”. He is also a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, earning such honors as “Honor Guardsman of The Year,” and “Non-Commissioned Officer of The Year”.

Interview with Christopher Reamy

Author Christopher Reamy
Author Christopher Reamy
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): How would you describe your writing style?
Christopher Reamy: I think my writing style can be summed up best as dark and emotional. I find despair a fascinating fissure that must be navigated with the most delicate of sensitivities, forcing each character to rise above the obstacles set before them, or plunge head long into its depths, lost forever. I love to explore how people deal with loss. But I also enjoy the triumph, the will to persevere, the drive to succeed, and above all else, the passion and love that spurns them on through various trials unspeakable. I like to explore, “What is that ONE thing that we cling to in times of pain or adversity?” For each person it may be different. And for each character I write, it is no exception.

Who are your favorite writers, and who or what are your writing influences?
Without a doubt my favorite writer of all time is Edgar Allan Poe. I began reading him from a very young age, and I find him to be a master of literature. He is without a doubt my biggest influence, as I began writing poems almost exclusively from my youth. All of which where dark in tone. I also love Stephen King. I always thought that I would grow up and be a horror writer because of those influences, however, I feel that I enjoy writing many different genres from Fantasy, to realistic fiction, to anything in between. Now, one day I will do a horror novel. But I have a great imagination, and right now I like my sleep, so that is on hold for the time being. But when I decide to go forward with it, there is no doubt in my mind, it`s going to be fun.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer from as early as 6 or 7 when I would gather with my cousins and tell them stories that I would make up on the spot. We would sit in a circle and I would create adventures involving each family member and they really enjoyed them, and I enjoyed their excitement and enthusiasm for my tales. I later moved to poetry, something I am still passionate about, but it has been a long time anyone has read a poem from me outside of my wife.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first published poem was called “In the cold and in the night”, I wrote it when I was 8 years old. I remember my teachers reading the poems I would write during class in my black and white notebook, and recoiling at what this little 8 year old had written. To me, I was just writing fun, albeit macabre, stories I found interesting. My first poem was about a depressed man who`s wife had left him, pacing back and forth on the shore of a lake in the chill of late fall. He kills himself with a gunshot to the temple, and his body is pulled into the waters. As time went by his body was frozen under the surface, his lifeless corpse staring upward through the ice. If I was a teacher and an 8 year old wrote something like that, I would be a little shaken too, haha.

"My writing process always consists of an idea first."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
My writing process always consists of an idea first. An idea that I find intriguing, or new, or a twist on a trope that hasn’t been quite explored in that way. Most of the time for me, the ending always comes first. And it usually consist of, “Wow, wouldn’t it bee cool if…”, Or “Oh my goodness, that would be crazy!” My first book “Dreams of Hegemony” is the exception. I wrote it not knowing where it was going, and let interesting ideas and plot twist decide what characters would like or die, and what events would transpire due to how the story was flowing. I didn’t lock down the ending until about 70% of the book was complete. For the other two books I am currently writing, I have very distinct plot, and chapter outlines with events and how they transpire. Actually, I am currently writing a dystopian realistic fiction that has the final chapter already written, because the ending was genesis of the story.

Dreams of Hegemony (Christopher Reamy)
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Please, describe your desk/workplace.
I have a desk and workplace in a small room upstairs. However, I usually don’t use it unless I am stressed out or pressed for time and need complete isolation. I am nocturnal by nature, and LOVE to be up at night. So, I usually write on the kitchen table or in the living room when my family is asleep. There is nothing better for me, than the silence of night to focus and write.

"Bringing your characters to life through conversation [...]"

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Indie Book Release: When a Stranger Comes... (Karen S. Bell)


New Indie Book Release:
When a Stranger Comes... - Karen S. Bell
Psychological Thriller (249 Pages - September 2017)

When a Stranger Comes... is an allegory for the evil lurking in our midst. The social decay of modern society with its excessive greed, the ignorance of our political leaders, and our indifference toward the survival of all species from the effects of climate change are perhaps brought forth by the darkest forces of human nature.


About the Book

When a Stranger Comes... (Karen S. Bell)
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Satisfying one's greed can come at a devilishly high cost.

Achieving what you crave can also bring the terrifying fear of losing it. For Alexa Wainwright, this truth has become her nightmare. Born Gladys Lipschitz, the daughter of an unwed Soviet-era Jewish immigrant, she was beyond thrilled and amazed when her debut novel, A Foregone Conclusion, soared to number one on the bestseller's list and became an international sensation. The accompanying fame and riches were beyond her expectations. Unfortunately, her subsequent work has yet to achieve the same reception by critics and readers. Yes, they have sold well based on her name recognition, but she dreads the possibility of becoming a mid-list author forgotten and ignored.

She vows to do whatever it takes to attain the heady ego-stroking success of her debut. But is she really?

Witnessing an out-of-the-blue lightning bolt whose giant tendrils spread over the blue sky and city streets below her loft window, Alexa doesn't realize just how this vow will be tested as she's magically transported to an alternate reality. In this universe, the characters from her books are given the breath of life and she meets publisher, King Blakemore, who just might be the Devil himself. At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. But all too soon, Alexa realizes she's trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. For starters, she finds herself in an iron-clad book contract that changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole.

Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence.



Tuesday, September 05, 2017

New Indie Book Release: Play Room (L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughlin)


New Indie Book Release:
Play Room - L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughlin
Contemporary Romance (262 Pages - September 2017)

Play Room: A Society X Novel is a steamy story about two people who explore their inner fantasies and fall in love.

"Welcome to the Play Room. Another delicious destination inside the sexy walls of Society X!" - Reader Review

About the Book

Play Room (L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughlin)
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The rules of Society X are simple... break them and you're out.

Rule #1 - No names
It doesn't matter if you want to know, it's forbidden.

Rule #2 - No exchanging numbers
It doesn't matter if you want to call, it's forbidden.

Rule #3 - Everything is to remain strictly anonymous.
It doesn't matter if you want to tell, it's forbidden.

Whatever your desire.
Whatever your fetish.
The Play Room is the place to go.


For Alexandria Miller, it’s a chance to express herself, to embrace her hidden passions.
For Kai Robicheau, being in the club brings out who he truly is.

What happens in the Play Room will have you aching for more...



Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Featured Indie Book: The Healer's Curse (J. P. Doyle)


The Healer's Curse (J. P. Doyle)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Supernatural/Medical Thriller The Healer's Curse by J. P. Doyle.

The Healer's Curse is about Alex Trent who finds out that he has developed the ability to heal anyone's diseases and injuries just by touching them. This novel is a new supernatural thriller - with a medical twist. The Healer's Curse will appeal to readers who like strong female protagonists.

The Book has been self-published via Innofiction Books and is available as eBook and Paperback - 332 pages - released in July 2017.


About the Book

Alex Trent was as shocked as everyone else when he found out that he could heal with the touch of his hand.
He thought that he was on the fast track to fame and fortune, just for the simple act of touching others.

He is about to find out how wrong he is.

Alex will be forced into a bizarre game of medical Russian roulette that will threaten not only his life, but those around him.

And that's just the beginning of his problems.

As Alex is being pursued by powerful people who want to use him for their own ends, he must stay one step ahead of them. Alex must find out how to get rid of The Healer's Curse before it crosses a line — a line where not even his own healing ability can save him.

The Healer's Curse (J. P. Doyle)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "The Healer's Curse is a fast paced thriller with some unexpected twists and turns. As a fellow health care worker, I appreciated the accuracy of the underlying medical themes. I especially enjoyed the loyal friendship between the main character, Alex and his childhood buddy Cyan. I'm looking forward to reading more from Mr. Doyle." - Mary D. (Amazon)

- "J.P. Doyle has a way with storytelling and the perfect approach to keep his readers engaged in this book. It was hard to put the book down. Can't wait until the next." - Gregory Mitchell

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Featured Indie Book: A Burning in The Darkness (A P McGrath)


A Burning in The Darkness (A P McGrath)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Mystery/Thriller/Crime/Romance Novel A Burning in The Darkness by A P McGrath.

A Burning in The Darkness is a compelling crime drama and poignant love story about a virtuous man who confronts the painful legacy of his war torn childhood to make the world a better place.

The Book has been self-published via Troubadour and is available as eBook - 253 pages - released in April 2017.


About the Book

The devoted Michael Kieh is wrongfully convicted of murder at one of the world’s busiest airports where he is a full time faith representative.

A series of brief encounters with a soul mate has eased his loneliness, but ultimately he chooses to protect a young witness who could prove his innocence. As a boy, Michael witnessed appalling abuses of power, including the killing of a missionary priest who refused to betray young Michael.

But there was a first love that he left behind in the brutal confusion of war.

When she and Michael cross paths once more, they battle to prove his innocence in a foreign, hostile country.

A Burning in The Darkness (A P McGrath)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] There are many twists and turns at times it seems like a kitten had fun with the yarn and it is all a jumble of string and you cannot see your way through the mess...but it will not stay this way. Enjoy and try to set a time limit if it is during a work week or you will be losing sleep." - Martha Speller

- "[...] Given the investigation and negativity that follow Michael, I found myself rooting for him in this area. The fact that someone took a chance on him during a time of crisis in his life was endearing to me, and part of why I enjoyed this book as much as I did." - Pam (Amazon)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Indie Book Release: The Piper (Ben Miller)


New Indie Book Release:
The Piper - Ben Miller
Thriller (266 Pages - June 2017)

The Piper is a fast-paced Thriller with legal twists along with the struggles of an FBI agent who becomes personally embroiled in the child abduction case and a high-profile trial.

“[...] Fans of investigative mysteries who seek solid psychological depth as it reviews family interactions and relationships will find The Piper provides a compelling, absorbing story right up to its unexpected conclusion."" - Reader Review


About the Book

The Piper (Ben Miller)
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In Boston an assailant immobilizes a sleep-deprived young mother, blinds her with a black hood, and steals her infant son. When a second abduction occurs in an identical fashion, the media dubs this terrifying perpetrator "The Piper" after the Pied Piper of Northern European folk legend.

Stumped by these mysterious kidnappings--with no witnesses, no leads, no ransom, and no sign of the missing babies--local authorities reach out to Special Agent Jackson Byrne and his FBI team specializing in child abduction. As Jack becomes embroiled in the child abduction case, he tries to prepare himself and his anxiety-riddled family for the trial of his most sensationalized criminal ever, the Playground Predator.

Through themes of loss and grief, retribution and repentance, The Piper follows both the Playground Predator trial and the Piper's infant abductions as each story fervently races to its unforgettable climax.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Indie Book Release: Western Song (Leigh Podgorski)


New Indie Book Release:
Western Song - Leigh Podgorski
Contemporary Western Romance (237 Pages - June 2017)

Western Song is a multicultural love story. The themes developed are not only romance, but the age old story of what our beloved country stands for, what immigrants throughout our nation's history have sought since our founding, and what our Native brothers and sisters have fought for: freedom.

“A moving, thought-provoking read [...] beautifully written [...] Highly recommend for fans of literary western & romantic fiction. [The novel] didn't just focus on the 'romance' but also dealt with issues such as hate and bigotry, love, loss, loneliness, and family. " - Reader Review


About the Book

Western Song (Leigh Podgorski)
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A timeless love story filled with rich unique characters played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride.

As she discovers the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.

Western Song details the every day life in a small mountain Wyoming town, the good, the bad, and the ugly, as it also details the spectacular and extraordinary. Readers and Reviewers have expressed their delight at getting to know these various characters, at being able to get inside their heads and to get to know the lives they lead.




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Indie Book Release: Summer's Song (Allie Boniface)


New Indie Book Release:
Summer's Song (Pine Point) - Allie Boniface
Contemporary Romance (243 Pages - August 2017)

Summer's Song is a small-town, contemporary romance that combines romance with a little bit of suspense too! What makes Summer's Song particularly enjoyable is that this romance was wrapped in mystery and tied with intrigue!

“[...] engrossing story about hidden pasts, lost memories, and finding love despite everything else. Summer is a complex character who you will grow to care about. Damian, the protector, is compelling I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A wonderful read." - Reader Review


About the Book

Summer's Song (Allie Boniface)
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Summer is back in Pine Point to settle her estranged father’s estate and be rid of the half-renovated mansion she’s inherited. What she doesn’t expect is to find the house occupied by a hunky handyman reluctant to talk about his past.

Damian has been hiding his mother and sister from a brutal stalker, but now the refuge they live in is about to be sold out from under them by a woman who quickly steals Damian’s heart.

But the past won’t remain buried. Summer has to face her memories and could lose the man she loves, and maybe even her life.






Thursday, August 17, 2017

Featured Indie Book: Last Seen (J.L. Doucette)


Last Seen (J.L. Doucette)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Sports Romance Last Seen by J.L. Doucette.

Last Seen is a Five Star Dr. Pepper Hunt Mystery and introduces Psychologist and Police Consultant Dr. Pepper Hunt, who is struggling to deal with the murder of her husband and leaves the private practice they shared and relocates to Wyoming.

The Book has been self-published via She Writes Press and is available as eBook and Paperback - 330 pages - released in May 2017.


About the Book

What happens when a therapist who wants to bury the past treats a reporter who want to dig it up?

After her psychiatrist husband is murdered in their Cambridge office, forensic psychologist Dr. Pepper Hunt heads to rural Sweetwater County, Wyoming, to escape her flashbacks and trauma. When one of her patients, Kimi Benally, goes missing after a therapy session, Pepper is caught up in another crime.

As she follows the trail of her patients obsession, she risks becoming the next victim of the past.

Last Seen (J.L. Doucette)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Last Seen is a tantalizing psychological thriller in which J. L. Doucette masterfully weaves a chilling plot around a cast of complex, well-drawn characters led by psychologist, Dr. Pepper Hunt, a woman running from her own nightmare past. As the tiny Wyoming town searches its frigid horizons for a missing local woman, Dr. Hunt and Detective Antelope spark some warmth in an investigation all their own. A suspenseful ride that will keep you turning pages to the very end!" - Michelle Cox

- "I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the characters and thought they were well-developed in this story. I even learned some interesting facts about that part of the country. I hope to see more from J.L. Doucette." - D. Lomme