Monday, November 24, 2014

New Indie Book Release: His First His Second (A.D. Davies)

New Indie Book Release:
His First His Second - A.D. Davies
Crime Thriller (390 pages - November 2014)

His First His Second features a protagonist that is quite unusual for serial killer novels. She’s happy. So happy, she sometimes comes across as “perky” at inappropriate times. Admittedly, she forces herself to be happy, which signals a few universal human issues, such as self-image, self-confidence, and trust in the people around her. She sees it as refusing to compromise, though, a survival tool that keeps the darkness of her job at bay.

About the Book

His First His Second (A.D. Davies)
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Meet Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend. She’s nice. Too nice to be a police officer, if she’s honest.

She is also one of the most respected criminal analysts in the country, and finds herself in a cold northern town assigned to Donald Murphy’s team, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women—both strikingly similar in appearance. Now a third has been taken, and they have less than a week to chip away the secrets of a high-society family, and uncover the killer’s objective.

But Richard—the father of the latest victim—believes the police are not moving quickly enough, so launches a parallel investigation, utilizing skills honed in a dark past that is about to catch up with him.

As Richard’s secret actions hinder the police, Alicia remains in contact with him, and even starts to fall for his charms, forcing her into choices that will impact the rest of her life.

About the Author

Author A.D. Davies
Author A.D. Davies
A.D. Davies grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire. In high school his ambition was to be a writer of horror novels, although in adult life he became an avid fan of crime fiction.

After a long stint in an unsatisfying job, he attended the University of Leeds where he attained a degree in creative writing.

He is well-traveled, his favorite destinations being New Zealand and Vietnam, which have influenced his writing immensely, especially obvious in his novel Reflected Innocence, due for release March 2015.

For now, however, globe-trotting is taking a back-seat to raising his two children and writing, although he hopes to one day combine all three.

He now resides in Staffordshire, UK, with his wife and two children.

Connect with A.D. Davies via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @authoraddavies.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Zoey And The Nice Guy (Carter Ashby)

New Indie Book Release:
Zoey And The Nice Guy - Carter Ashby
New Adult Romance (300 pages - November 2014)

- "Really good and sometimes funny story that makes some of the bad get chased away with the good. Carter Ashby makes us laugh quite a bit with very clever wit in this book. We also get to cry when the bad things happen too. Serious love story for the serious reader! Well done!" - Reader Review

About the Book
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For Zoey Odell, the definition of family is her two best friends, Maya and Addy. So when Maya makes the decision to leave her abusive husband, Zoey is only too happy to lavish her with support and a temporary home. Unfortunately, taking in her best friend also means seeing more of that no good do-gooder, Kellen Bradley.

For Kellen, the definition of family has just been shattered. After finding out that his brother is an abusive monster, he can’t help but question himself and his parents. The one thing he knows for certain is that he’ll do anything to take care of his sister-in-law and her children. For them, he would walk into gunfire, pass through the flames of hell…even go head-to-head with Zoey Odell.

Zoey has no intention of letting him in, but Kellen is done taking her crap. Life has just gotten real and he’s more than ready to shed his nice-guy image. When he finally stands up to her, Zoey starts seeing him in a new light. As the attraction turns mutual, she finds it more and more difficult to hide behind her carefully formed walls. And Kellen is finding himself more and more driven to tear those walls down.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Phoenix (Wayne Marinovich)

New Indie Book Release:
Phoenix - Wayne Marinovich
Action Thriller (320 pages - July 2014)

Phoenix deals with the ever controversial subject of man’s influence on Climate change. What would happen in a post-catastrophe world, when powerful secret organizations make a play for the last available nuclear plants?

About the Book

Phoenix (Wayne Marinovich)
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It's 2028 and the world's major cities have been flooded by a three meter rise in sea-level following a catastrophic climate change event.

Kyle Gibbs escapes from a prison ship in a bid to track down members of the new global government responsible for him and his team's false incarceration. To succeed, he is forced to join and serve them. On their first mission, he is tasked to capture one of the last operational nuclear sites in France which is refusing to join the Global Government Collective.

In climate-ravaged Kenya, a group of warriors set off on an epic journey to forge new lives for themselves in Europe, fighting off rival gangs and brutal slave debt owners along the way, to reach the land they believe will change their lives for the better.

The two groups of fighting men are set on a collision course, facilitated by the mysterious resistance leader, Vargen, hell-bent on bringing the global government to its knees.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Featured Indie Book: The Evolved (KT Webb)

The Evolved (KT Webb)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Fantasy Novel The Evolved by KT Webb.

The Evolved is a cross genre novel that includes elements of mythology combined with historical fiction. The characters are regular people, they have quirks, habits, insecurities, and genuine feelings; they just also happen to have special abilities, prophecies, and they're meant to save the world.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon & CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 356 pages - released in October 2014.

About the Book

The prophecy reads:

"Five will remain. The orphan, the divided, the heart, and the brave. They will be the final hope of mankind, and through them, all life will evolve."

The world has changed since the Old Immortals first arrived. Centuries have passed, civilizations have come and gone. As time wore on, they realized their power was dwindling, and they were fading away. Each new generation grew stronger, until only a few Old Immortals remained.

The Evolved have been called together to usher in the new era. They are the five remaining descendants of the Old Immortals. They come from different walks of life, but find themselves united under a shared purpose; to help mankind move into the next phase.

The Evolved (KT Webb)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This is a very compelling story and kept me wanting more. It is a great book and I look forward to more books in the series!" - Lisa M. Manship

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Love Always (Sheena Binkley)

New Indie Book Release:
Love Always (Love, Life & Happiness) - Sheena Binkley
New Adult Romance (296 pages - November 2014)

Love Always is the fifth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series and the second story involving Riana and Shawn. The two have been through so much in their relationship; but a new issue surrounds them, wondering if they will be able to survive as a couple or will it tear them apart.

- "This is definitely a page turner. I must say I am sad to see this series end because I absolutely love it."- Reader Review

About the Book

Love Always (Sheena Binkley)
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From the first moment I'd laid eyes on Shawn Walker, I never thought he would be the love of my life. In the three years we have been together, we have been through so much, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else I would have wanted by my side. Now, we’re about to experience another event that has us both in shock. Will we be able to get through this one together, or will it end up destroying our relationship?

I never thought I would experience love again until Riana Robertson entered my life. The two of us have been through hell and back, but we’re still standing. Now that I've graduated Shaw and heading into the real world, I have a lot of responsibility, not just for myself, but for my growing family. With all of the issues surrounding Riana and me, will we slowly lose sight of the love we have for each other, or will it strengthen us as a couple?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Images Eternal (Toni Decker)

Images Eternal (Toni Decker)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: New Adult Paranormal Romance Images Eternal by Toni Decker.

Images Eternal draws from myths of Immortality in a new way and the cultural folklore of the Romani, introducing you to the realm of Guardians and the supernatural charges they protect. Intertwining music and photography with an urban fantasy twist, the story draws you into a world that is real, yet other-worldly at the same time.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 276 pages - released in September 2014.

About the Book

The blood of a Guardian, the heart of an artist, no one can hide the truth from Amanda Hayworth. Focusing her visions through her camera lens, she reveals secrets no one plans to expose, even her own. To protect herself, Mandy hides her ability in plain sight, photographing local bands and showcasing the dramatic images on her website. Most bands beg for a feature article. But the new lead singer of one particular up and coming band isn't like anyone she’s ever met. Lucien entangles her with his mystery and makes Mandy want things she’s never wanted before—strings.

Lucien Solvak has to impress an influential music blogger whose promotion could skyrocket his new band to stardom or flush them straight into the gutters. But the moment Mandy aims her camera his direction, he fears the images will expose his ties to the immortal he’s sworn to protect and destroy his one chance to live out his musical dream. Hiding from her camera is tough enough. Denying his growing feelings becomes an impossible feat, forcing Lucien to choose between oaths as a Guardian, his rock-star dreams, and the girl he wants.

Secrets define them. Lucien’s bind him to silence; Mandy’s bring her nothing but pain and disappointment. Only when they focus on what’s behind the images can they embrace their secrets for what they are—truth.

Images Eternal (Toni Decker)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] this story was compelling and intriguing I was enthralled from the start. The story is brilliantly written and moves at the perfect pace. It's highly descriptive where it needs to be yet allowing the reader room for their own interpretation where it matters" - Sharon Carpenter

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Untainted (Sarah Robinson)

New Indie Book Release:
Untainted (The Photographer) - Sarah Robinson
Romantic Suspense (November 2014)

Untainted is the gripping conclusion to the Amazon Bestselling romantic suspense series, The Photographer Trilogy.

- "This book is raw, gut-wrenching, nerve-racking, and most importantly empowering!"- Reader Review

About the Book

Untainted (Sarah Robinson)
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The infamous serial killer, known as the Photographer, is gone, but this time he has taken someone with him. Even though everyone finally knows his identity, he is still two steps ahead of them.

Someone is dead. Someone is missing. Kate Jackson is one of those two. Derrick Kane finds himself teaming up with Annie, Kate's younger sister, in a desperate search for any clues that could lead them to the answers they need.

Little did they realize that they would find a lot more than they had bargained for. Every dirty secret from the past comes to light, and they are faced with the ultimate test of true love, and true heartbreak.

When an innocent life is on the line, the cost of justice could be more than love can afford. Not everyone makes it to the end of their love story.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Adam Dreece

Indie Author Interview with Adam Dreece - Author of the Science-Fiction/Steampunk Series The Yellow Hoods.

Adam Dreece is a young adult author who layers his work for the mature reader. His new series, The Yellow Hoods, has struck a cord with readers of all ages, and has been called refreshing, unique, thought provoking and a fun, wild ride.

Interview with Adam Dreece

Author Adam Dreece
Author Adam Dreece
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Adam Dreece: In April this year, I released my first book after 25+ years of writing short stories I shared with only friends and family. I'm not a writer by profession or education, but I've loved writing since high school.
As a dyslexic, it had its challenges, particularly at first. Getting angry with one's self when you've read something seven times and it words that are completely wrong, doesn't do you any good.
It took me a long time to develop a writing process that would allow me to be productive and successful. These days, as I write a draft, then make sure I do my 3 revisions, and then it's up to the editor to highlight where I still don't make sense.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
George Orwell and Aldous Huxley always jump to mind. Brave New World really hit me when I was a teen, then contrasting that with 1984, and then reading Animal Farm, added to that line of thinking.
Some non-fiction authors that come to mind are Seth Godin, Patrick Lencioni and Malcolm Gladwell I also have really enjoyed. Each has a particular way of bringing interesting information across in a narrative with a particular style.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I knew writing was a part of me in high school, but whenever I made friends with people who wrote, they considered themselves writers but not me. Often I was told that my stories hit an emotional mark, that it was vivid but it was not really literary stuff. I was taking computer science and philosophy at university, and not liberal arts or English, and it was amazing how quickly that would play into it.
Every now and then I'd get excited about my writing, I'd distribute it to friends and I'd get great responses everyone, and then I'd stop, giving the right of way to my technical career. But a bad appendix situation, which gave rise to 15 months of horrific scar pain, followed on by being hit with severe asthma, got me to start thinking about life differently.
For three years I wrote and revised a personal memoir covering my life and rebuilding myself. In November last year, I decided to put it aside. I had planned to publish it after another round of editing but I realized I wasn't at a skill level I wanted to be at to make it as poignant as it could be. On November 28th, in a discussion with my wife, I stated how the experience had made me see that I truly wanted to go after being a real, full time author. So I set myself a goal that within 5 years I wanted to be financially replacing my full time job, and focused exclusively on writing.
My daughter gave me the nudge for The Yellow Hoods, and she is my muse. Pretty much every scene is read to hear, and must meet with her approval. It's a great father/daughter experience.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in Grade 6, I believe it was called the Assassin's Day. Somewhere in my 'memory boxes' I've still got it I think. My English teacher was really impressed with it, and it was my first piece of writing that I got an A on (I think it was an A). I still remember the cover, a good old skull & crossbones printed out on a dot matrix printer.
My parents read the story and hated it. They required me to write 'nice stories' afterwards, so the next one I wrote was about a teddy bear walking along a river. I got a terrible grade, my teacher pulled me aside and asked me what was going on, and my parents struggled to find a middle ground.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
It usually starts with a couple of scenes that are disconnected, playing out in my head. It's like I've sneaked into a movie theater for a moment and seen something, a couple of times, and then from there I try to figure out what's the story being told. After walking around with it and feeling that I can't let it go (the first litmus test), I start making some notes.
I randomly fill in the scenes, rearrange them, drop them, create new ones until I feel that I can see the tale trying to be told. That's when I start trying out timelines, which is a classic fish-bone diagram. I draw a line which is time, and then I draw lines from that with notes about what took place then or what 'should have happened here'.
Once I see that timeline, it really starts coming together. I fill in the blanks and once I'm done that first draft, I'm ready for my 3 rounds of revision. Upon revision, I add in descriptions, find the missing scenes, and overall, tend to add to the word count by about 10-15%.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
Right now, it's my kitchen table. After dinner, I take the monitor off the hutch and put things back. Soon my youngest will be ready to share a room with my older son, and I'll have an official office in the house. I'm eagerly looking forward to it.

"The hardest part though, is getting the word out about one's books."

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Healed (Rebecca Brooke)

New Indie Book Release:
Healed (Forgiven) - Rebecca Brooke
New Adult Romance (242 pages - October 2014)

Healed a college romance about a couple who is engaged early, but tragedy strikes and they are left with question, whether their love is strong enough to heal their relationship.

- "[...] tugs at your heart strings and you definitely are rooting for Emily and Andrew!! [...] When tragedy strikes will their love be enough to keep them together? I highly recommend his book!"- Reader Review

About the Book

Healed (Rebecca Brooke)
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Emily Halliday and Andrew Bentley spent the last few years doing what every couple does. Meet, date, fall in love, and finally getting engaged. Life seemed pretty perfect. So what will they do when the unthinkable happens testing their relationship and everything they built together?

The fighter that she is, Emily does everything in her power to save what they once shared, but will it be enough? Can Andrew overcome his fear to love Emily the way he always has?

Can love heal everything?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Barbara Underwood

Indie Author Interview with Barbara Underwood - Author of the Fantasy Novel Rhuna - Keeper of Wisdom.

Barbara Underwood traveled extensively and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in subjects that held special appeal for her, namely ancient history, myths and legends (such as Atlantis, the builders of megaliths around the world), folklore (the belief that a god-like race gave mankind its technology), human psychology and the culture of other countries. What better subject for her first novel than to combine all these elements into one big adventure!

Interview with Barbara Underwood

Author Barbara Underwood
Author Barbara Underwood
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Barbara Underwood: Besides enjoying essays and writing projects at school, and then avidly writing to penpals all over the world for many years, I completed a correspondence course in writing some years ago. My tutor was a retired journalist and editor who gave me some valuable instruction.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
My current favourite authors and books aren’t my writing influence or inspiration – that is reserved for Thor Heyerdahl, whose books first opened up a whole new world of great mystery and wonder. He wrote about his travels to faraway places where he investigated megaliths and other stone structures that still baffle scientists and historians today. At some point while reading all his books, I felt that I wanted to do something similar. That was many years ago, and even though I still read such books, some of my current favourite books/authors are: Sarah Rayne, Charles Todd (Inspector Rutledge mysteries and now Bess Crawford) Preston and Child (The Pendergast books) and for something light and fun, I read Hamish Macbeth, by M.C. Beaton.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
As I just said, it was while reading all of Thor Heyerdahl’s books, quite a few years ago now.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a school project in 3rd class, and I still have it! Then, in 6th grade, we again wrote a story for a project with certain themes, and my teacher was quite impressed with my long short story.

"I read the last chapter I’ve written to help get me into the right mood"

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