Friday, March 23, 2018

New Indie Book Release: The Guardians of Eastgate (Sherry Leclerc)

New Indie Book Release:
The Guardians of Eastgate - Sherry Leclerc
Fantasy (Action & Adventure) (240 Pages - February 2018)

The Guardians of Eastgate is about a world divided, whose different peoples must come together to stand against a dark force that threatens them all. The story follows the main character’s journey as she gathers allies and battles evil.

- "[...] I loved traveling with Maelona on her journey and can hardly wait to meet the next champion. You will be sure to enjoy this book if you enjoy magic, sword & sorcery, action. adventure, and romance." - Reader Review

About the Book

The Guardians of Eastgate (Sherry Leclerc)
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Sterrenvar is a fantastical, magical realm divided by differences, where the humans, sorcerers, and numerous shifter species keep mostly to their own kind.

When a group of seers are warned through visions of an evil, dark sorcerer intent on ruling the realm, seer champion Maelona Sima must set out for Eastgate to defend a magical keystone that can help protect the realm.

Along the way, she must gain allies and convince the differing peoples of the realm to stand together as one to save their world from its biggest threat in three-thousand years.

About the Author

Author Sherry Leclerc
Author Sherry Leclerc

Sherry Leclerc is a science fiction and fantasy fanatic who lives in magical realms where swords and sorcery, action and adventure, seers, shifters and sorcerers abound.

A teacher and mom by day, and an avid reader and writer by night, Sherry has a B.A. in Language and Literature as well as a B.Ed.

She also has a third dan black belt in Taekwondo, which comes in handy for writing realistic fight scenes.

Connect with Sherry Leclerc via the Facebook
and on Twitter: @sleclercauthor

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Mark of the Gods (Cynthia S. Crawford)

New Indie Book Release:
Mark of the Gods - Cynthia S. Crawford
YA Paranormal Romance (369 Pages - February 2018)

Mark of the Gods is a fast-paced paranormal romance with a gritty but vulnerable main character and a truly dangerous but lovable love interest.

- "I love it. As I was reading, it felt as if the author put a large amount of effort into the research behind the Anunnaki lore while still being able to weave an engaging story. I love it when an author brings ancient mythology [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Mark of the Gods (Cynthia S. Crawford)
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Marked with a strange glowing tattoo from early childhood, Livvy Benson is locked in a mental institute while she fights the ramblings of a serial killer in her head.

When Aleks, literally the guy from her dreams, shows up to break her out, she is introduced to a secret world populated by young people, fancy cars, and lots of money.

It all seems too good to be true.

But their world is full of secrets, and when she learns what her mark means and what they want from her, she has to decide whether to flee the madness or stay and embrace what she is.

About the Author

Author Cynthia S. Crawford
Author Cynthia S. Crawford

Cynthia S. Crawford lives in Madison, Alabama with her husband, three kids, and a menagerie of furry things. Her writing is aided by the driving needs of two cats to sit on her, on the computer, and especially in front of the computer screen, but occasionally they do offer some great ideas.

She loves all things geek: scifi, paranormal, Stargate, X-Files, Star Wars, Star Trek (yes, both). This is not a comprehensive list. The wilder the imagination, the more intriguing.

When she's not writing, she's often found staring at walls and furniture as she cooks up things in her mind, a hazardous pastime that often leaves her family frustrated as she "checks out" of conversations to chase dreams. She also dabbles in drawing, painting, sewing cosplay costumes, crafting things for the home, and cooking.

Connect with Cynthia S. Crawford via the Author's Website
and on Facebook

Monday, March 12, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Al Ravien's Night (H.M. Jones)

New Indie Book Release:
Al Ravien's Night - H.M. Jones
YA Science-Fiction (185 Pages - February 2018)

Al Ravien's Night is a Dystopian Sci-Fi young adult novel about a teen, his robo-monkey, an A.I. named Genie and a runaway heiress who take on a tyrant to save their city.

About the Book

Al Ravien's Night (H.M. Jones)
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Al Ravien is a street-smart teen who knows how to dodge a bullet, a necessary skill for a member of the underground society, Troll Front.

Troll Front's mission is to overthrow the corporate giant, Gentek. When Al and his robo monkey steal a priceless chip from Gentek, he knows that the Troll Front will finally see him for the man he is. And he is a man, despite the body he was born in.

But Al's life is complicated when the disc turns out to be a rogue A.I., and a runaway Gentek heiress, Yasmina, runs away with his heart.

When the Troll Front is imprisoned and Yasmina taken by Gentek tyrant, Killigan James Jr., Al enlists the help of the A.I., G.E.N.I.E, to change the destiny of the downtrodden of Tekton.

About the Author

Author H.M. Jones
Author H.M. Jones
H.M. Jones is a Pacific Northwest award-winning author.

Her adult dark fantasy book, Monochrome, won the NIEA finalist award and the B.R.A.G medallion. Its prequel, Fade to Blue, was just released.

H.M. spends her time making art, going to cons, writing books, running, and hanging out with her kids, husband, chickens, dog and cat.

She would write whether or not anyone read her work, but likes when people pick up her work and enjoy it.

Connect with H.M. Jones via the Author's Website
and on Facebook

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Daring - The Candomble Guard (Danielle Bellwood)

New Indie Book Release:
Daring (The Candomble Guard) - Danielle Bellwood
Science Fiction / Dystopian (477 Pages - January 2018)

Daring (The Candomble Guard) is a dystopian love story that is filled with action, adventure, and intrigue. Readers compare this amazing Dystopian Science-Fiction novel to books like The Hunger Games and Divergent.

- "This book is a great read. It captivates you from the very beginning. Once you start this book you won’t be able to put it down. It has everything that makes a great story action, romance, and above all else loyalty! [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Daring - The Candomble Guard (Danielle Bellwood)
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Daring follows Dari Nguyen, a captain in the guard.

Dari has devoted her whole life to the guard at the expense of everything else.

But, when a handsome new initiate shows up for training, she is forced to choose between duty and honor or the only man she’s ever loved.

Friday, March 09, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Letting Go of Holding On (D. Duquette)

New Indie Book Release:
Letting Go of Holding On - D. Duquette
Women's Fiction (222 Pages - February 2018)

Letting Go of Holding On is incredibly raw. With twists and turns at every corner, every chapter is unpredictable. Readers will find themselves completely engrossed by the first chapter. You’re living life through these character’s eyes as if it’s your own and you’re right there on their roller-coaster of emotions.

- "The characters and experiences are so relatable, you feel as if you're living life through their eyes, experiencing every emotion with them. I really enjoyed how each chapter was from an alternate point of view, giving an interesting perspective on moments of heartbreak, perseverance, and joy[...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Letting Go of Holding On (D. Duquette)
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April had the perfect family, children that loved her and a husband that adored her. Happy and grateful for the life they built together, one bad decision turns her world upside down.

Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she receives a letter that threatens to change life as she knows it, once again. Follow this incredible mother through her raw experiences with trauma. Admire the way she copes with her pain. Laugh with her humor and cry with her sorrow.

This powerful story will surely tug at your heartstrings.

Friday, March 02, 2018

3 Tips to Indie SUCCESS from 3 Successful Authors

Asking successful Indie 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.


A.J. CULEY -Young Adult and Children’s Book Author

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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Indie Author Interview: RJ Plant

Indie Author Interview with RJ Plant - Author of the Science-Fiction Thriller Rise and Run.

RJ Plant is a Birmingham, AL native and recent Williamsburg, VA transplant. After playing the famed "Struggling College Student" game, she came away from the University of Alabama at Birmingham holding a BA in English with a Creative Writing concentration and a Professional Writing minor.

Interview with RJ Plant

Author RJ Plant
Author RJ Plant
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): How would you describe your writing background?
RJ Plant: I spent my years in college working toward an English degree with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in professional writing. For my senior capstone, I interned at Highlands Publications, mainly helping with one of the magazines. Shortly after I graduated, Highlands signed me on full time to their newest magazine, Modern WorkTruck Solutions. I spent three years there, and also did a few freelance gigs on the side. My passion for writing has always edged more toward the creative, though. I knew I wanted to write fiction from a pretty young age. I think it was when I won an award at a Young Authors Conference that I decided writing fiction was for me. My first finished novel actually started life as a short story in one of my college creative writing classes. It had received such a positive response that I wanted to turn it into a trilogy.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
Adrian McKinty is a huge influence for me. I picked up one of his books (Dead I Well May Be) in a bargain bin at Barnes N Noble and have picked up every one of his books since. He's one of those writers who can put out a book about anything and I'll read it. Simon R. Green is another of those authors, as is Kelley Armstrong. I've also been completely absorbed by Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan novels.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
That first award I received in third grade definitely got me started on the path. I had a few years when I fell out of love with reading, but around 6th grade I became an avid reader. The more I read, the more I wanted to tell stories. It was such a driving force for me that when I started college, there was no question of what I'd be going for and the creative writing concentration was a huge part of that.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. There was a girl, a cat, and a unicorn. That's about all I remember of it. I think I was reading Into the Land of the Unicorns at that time, so that may have inspired it.

"I must have read it 20+ times and going through the editing process before shipping it to a professional editor."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
For Rise and Run, I had no routine. I was trying to write it while going to college and working two jobs. That book was a ten year labor of love. Once it was completely written, I must have read it 20+ times going through the editing process before shipping it to a professional editor. With the new book I'm working on, Commonality Sanctum, my process is a lot more refined. I write every day, even if it's only a page or two. If I get stuck, or get board, I practice the violin, then go back to writing. That usually helps.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
Small. I have an antique secretary desk that holds my laptop and the monitor it's plugged into, wireless keyboard and mouse, a cup of pens, a lamp, and a bunch of really random things. I even have a little Isuzu stress truck that I can squeeze on if need be, a nod to my days with Highlands.

"The more obsessed with a topic I am, the easier it is to write about it."

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Featured Indie Book: The Autopsy of Planet Earth (R.J. Eastwood)

The Autopsy of Planet Earth (R.J. Eastwood)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science-Fiction Novel The Autopsy of Planet Earth by R.J. Eastwood.

The Autopsy of Planet Earth is an entirely different take on what first contact with aliens might be like in reality as well as delving into why some government officials would try to cover-up such an event. Even though the story takes place in the future, much of the book incorporates what is presently happening in our world...

The Book has been self-published via Bookbaby and is available as eBook and Paperback - 533 pages - released in September 2017.

About the Book

The year is wherever your imagination takes you.

A single extraterrestrial arrives on Planet Earth claiming his race created mankind only to have abandoned them early in their evolution.

The Alien, known only as Legna, has returned to reverse mankind’s downward spiral by transitioning humans to a new dynamic of peace, harmony, and balance. Gabriel Ferro, Chief of Staff to the United States President, and Dr. Catherine Blake, are unwittingly drawn into a world beyond their wildest imaginations, a world beyond Earth, beyond the Milky Way—the first humans to go where no humans have gone before.

Will the arrival of a mystifying extraterrestrial save Earth from the destruction of the natural world, caused by the very society that relies on it for survival? Can the missteps of antiquity, blindly repeated time and time again, be reversed?

The Autopsy of Planet Earth (R.J. Eastwood)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] The author tells the story at a fast pace - like a Dan Brown novel. Yet, this story is more thought provoking, in my opinion. It provokes thinking about concepts we seldom think about, yet these concepts, in my opinion, seem essential to a well-balanced life philosophy. For example, one of my favorite concepts brought out was the alien's answer to the question on who the creator was and the nature of religions -- it was more of a matter of when the creatures become the creator. Finally, I found I was expecting the unexpected when I read this book, and I am following this author now. He is an excellent writer with an excellent mind. Very well done!" - Don S. (Amazon)

- "[...] This sweeping novel is a must read and deserves 5-stars." - Brahna M. Pastorini

- "This is a must-read! The book is filled with surprises, and I could hardly put it down! I have never read a Sci-Fi story, and this was a tremendous start for me. You will be completely enveloped with the turn of every page, and you will want MORE! Excellent writing, I cannot wait for the next creation!" - Ms. Barlow (Amazon)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Rise and Run (RJ Plant)

Rise and Run (RJ Plant)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science-Fiction / Thriller Rise and Run by RJ Plant.

Rise and Run is a Broken Man novel. It's fun (dark at times), action packed, but it's also setting the stage for what comes next. Rise and Run explores the relationship between brothers and between father and son.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook - 277 pages - released in February 2018.

About the Book

Felix and Conor Quinn are brothers at odds. After starting life as a less-than-ethical government experiment, the brothers now share the same body. When their adoptive father, illegal trades mogul Rian Connell, receives a tip that his niece is in danger, he sends Felix to track her down. The assignment brings up bad memories for Felix. It also threatens to bring Conor’s dark secrets to light—secrets that necessitate the manufacture of a drug to suppress his genome.

More pressing problems arise once Felix finds Kaitlyn. He soon realizes that Government Directive International (GDI)—one of the last governments of post-War 2042—has disturbing plans for him. By the time Felix realizes that Kaitlyn was only bait to lure him in, it’s already too late. GDI’s Agent-in-Charge doses Felix with a lethal, fast-acting virus, bringing Conor to the surface.

Rise and Run (RJ Plant)
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Immune to Felix’s virus thanks to his genomic difference, Conor must take up the mantle of uncovering the secrets of his past... before they get everyone around him killed. Every instinct tells Conor to run like hell, but in the end, his only choice may be to outsmart GDI.

Or bring the organization crashing down.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Indie Book Release: In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes (Abby Rosmarin)

New Indie Book Release:
In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes - Abby Rosmarin
Women's Fiction / Humor (290 Pages - February 2018)

In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes is a biting comedy about weddings, love, communication, and family. The book touches upon the subtle and all-too-real heartbreaks that happen when we attempt to protect those we love. The main character goes through obstacles that are familiar to every twenty-something struggling in the real world.

- "My Best Friend’s Wedding with a rainbow twist! From the first page, readers will be sucked into Nicole Winger's world. Smart, funny, new-grad Nicole wrestles with territory all too familiar to twenty-somethings [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes (Abby Rosmarin)
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It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.

She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancĂ©e at the altar?

As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.

Monday, February 05, 2018

New Indie Book Release: The Bruja (Michael Molisani)

New Indie Book Release:
The Bruja - Michael Molisani
Horror / Dark Fantasy (288 Pages - January 2018)

The Bruja will be unlike any take you've read before, it won't be found in the YA Fiction section, and it absolutely will not leave you sleeping comfortably. The Bruja is a dark fantasy/horror taking place in a post-apocalyptic setting where magic, ghosts, and dark creatures exist.

- "[...] There is a naturalness written into this story, you are aware that ghosts walk the streets and gods might just decide you are worth there attention, and it does not feel false or unusual. I quickly fell into this world and admire Maggi as a witch, a mother, and a leader. Read this book!" - Reader Review

About the Book

The Bruja (Michael Molisani)
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Decades have passed since the Collapse. Our world has twisted and twined into something unrecognizable. The ruination of civilization was compounded by a return of impossible powers, ancient myths and forgotten tales. Conjuring and cunning exist side by side and a dangerous, lascivious, new reality that is whispering its seductions to some whilst rending others apart.

When the world collapsed in on itself, a young witch named Maggi Lopez fled east with her partner and child. The mistakes she made in youth now serve to damn her as she races against the clock of her own mortality to save her son’s future; crossing magic-laden, ghost-infested, post-apocalyptic America in a riveting journey of redemption, sacrifice, and ancient gods.

At the end of her journey, the greatest horror she may need to face is herself.

Friday, February 02, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Midnight Secrets (Ditter Kellen)

New Indie Book Release:
Midnight Secrets - Ditter Kellen
Paranormal Romance (187 Pages - January 2018)

Midnight Secrets is full of angst, steam and draw dropping scenes, guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.

- "I commend Ditter on her ability to weave a paranormal fairytale in such a way that you forget that vampires and shifters aren't real. The characters have depth and personality and the storyline draws you in. Ditter Kellen's books are also a wonderful escape from reality. [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Midnight Secrets (Ditter Kellen)
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Simon Le Blanc is a two thousand-year-old, tall, dark and snarky vampire. Since the slaughtering of his family centuries before, he has spent his entire undead life avoiding his maker—and anything to do with love—at all costs. That is, until he meets Madison Wilson. No one can push his sarcastic buttons quite like the infuriating redhead. But when Simon’s maker sets her murderous sights on Madison, Simon vows to protect the fiery-haired beauty at all costs. Even if it means his life.

Madison Wilson is strong, efficient, and sassy as hell. Employed by a vampire, she’s been around enough supernatural creatures to know she wants no part of Simon Le Blanc. He’s sarcastic, sadistic, and sexy as sin. But when he risks his life to save her from a dark stranger, Madison quickly finds herself in his debt—and in his arms.

Now she’s in a predicament she has no control of. With her life and her heart on the line, Madison does the only thing she knows to do—run. But there’s nowhere she can hide from the blue-eyed vampire or the feelings he ignites within her.