Friday, January 19, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)


Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Memoir / True Story Please Don't Ask Me Why by Jill Billeter.

Please Don't Ask Me Why is a Journey to Mental Wellness. This true story will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and, most important, it will give you hope that there is a road to recovery from mental illness.

The Book has been self-published via Potomac Creek Publishing, LLC and is available as eBook - 170 pages - released in December 2017.


About the Book

Jill awakens in the mental health unit of Norfolk General hospital to the realization that she has failed once again to end her own life. To her way of thinking, it was unfortunate that the EMTs had managed to revive her from the overdose of powerful prescription drugs she had swallowed the night before. Her call to the suicide hotline would be considered by some a cry for help, but she just didn’t want to die alone.

How did it come to this? What has led her into this house of mirrors? How will she find her way out? Follow Jill’s journey into a world of counselors, doctors, hospitals, and psycho-pharmaceuticals and, ultimately, to the therapist who saves her.

Please Don’t Ask Me Why is a powerful tale of one woman’s fight against the forces of depression and a tribute to the man who taught her the artful tools for her survival.

Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Jill Billeter’s memoir, Please Don't Ask Me Why, is an insightful look into the everyday struggles a person has with mental illness, their struggle with friends and family’s reactions to the disease, and an inside look at how the mental health system works. This memoir will make you feel a wide array of emotions but most of all it will leave you inspired." - wvsinatag (Amazon)

- "Authentic and specific, funny and sad, yet with no trace of self pity. Jill Billeters story is important in so many ways. If you or a loved one have ever suffered depression or any other mental health issue I urge you to read this book. Enlightening and genuine." - Kellie Walsh


About the Author

Author Jill Billeter
Author Jill Billeter
Jill Billeter is an educator, a wife, and a mother of four. Her typical, middle class lifestyle and experiences, from childhood on, would be easily recognizable and familiar to many, but her struggles with depression and suicidality and her search for help ensnared and entangled her in the complex web of the American mental health system.

Jill highly values education whether it be formal or self-taught, and she admires those who use their knowledge and wisdom for the betterment of themselves and others. She finds human beings intriguing and devotes an enormous amount of time and energy trying to understand the actions and behaviors of people around her. She has learned much from listening to others and asking questions for which she could find no satisfactory answer in herself.

Writing has been a passion and an outlet for Jill since child-hood. Retelling this story took many years and much encouragement from her best friend and supporter, her husband, Terry. The thought that it might shed some light for others seeking their own path through the confusing and often frightening construct of the behavioral health world convinced Jill to make it a public recounting.




Links to the Author and the Book

Link to the Author's Website

Connect with the Author via Facebook

Link to the eBook Please Don't Ask Me Why on Amazon

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Twisted Threads (Kaylin McFarren)


New Indie Book Release:
Twisted Threads - Kaylin McFarren
Erotic / Psychological Thriller (370 pages - November 2017)

Twisted Threads is about Akira Hamada, a beautiful Japanese geisha, failed at killing Kaito Mitsui two years ago — the same yakuza gang leader who destroyed her lover and forced her to become an assassin.
5-STAR Stand-Alone Psychological Thriller.

- "Readers will want to follow this book all the way to the end and should have no problem doing so after being gripped by its memorable characters and suspenseful storytelling. Whether you're new to this series or just getting started, this book will leave an impression and keep the audience guessing all the way until Akira's final showdown." - Reader Review


About the Book

Twisted Threads (Kaylin McFarren)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Akira Hamada is driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her greatest enemy--Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day.

When Mitsui hears that his sister's murderer will be on the cruise ship Starfish, he immediately tasks Akira with eliminating the man once and for all. This is what Akira has trained for, but a series of strange events on the ship tests her resolve and shows her a way to redemption.

Devon Lyons, on the other hand, has nothing to do with assassins. He's merely accompanying his aunt and uncle, Sara and Paul Lyons, on a free cruise. Little does he know that the two are the true targets of the charming Japanese tourist he has just met!

Akira knows that either Sara or Paul is the killer but doesn't know which one. She hopes seducing the handsome Devon will lead to better intel, but she is surprised to find herself trusting him. And soon, the pair finds themselves fighting for their lives on the high seas.




About the Author

Author Kaylin McFarren
Author Kaylin McFarren
Kaylin McFarren has received more than forty national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious Golden Heart Award nomination for Flaherty’s Crossing - a book she and her oldest daughter, Kristina McMorris, co-authored in 2008.

Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular Threads action/adventure romance series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission.

When she’s not traveling or spoiling her pups and three grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation - a non-profit focused on cancer research, care and treatment at hospitals throughout Oregon.



Connect with Kaylin McFarren via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @4kaylin.

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)


New Indie Book Release:
Please Don't Ask Me Why - Jill Billeter
Memoir (170 pages - December 2017)

Please Don't Ask Me Why is a Journey to Mental Wellness. This true story will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and, most important, it will give you hope that there is a road to recovery from mental illness.


About the Book

Please Don't Ask Me Why (Jill Billeter)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Jill awakens in the mental health unit of Norfolk General hospital to the realization that she has failed once again to end her own life. To her way of thinking, it was unfortunate that the EMTs had managed to revive her from the overdose of powerful prescription drugs she had swallowed the night before. Her call to the suicide hotline would be considered by some a cry for help, but she just didn’t want to die alone.

How did it come to this? What has led her into this house of mirrors? How will she find her way out? Follow Jill’s journey into a world of counselors, doctors, hospitals, and psycho-pharmaceuticals and, ultimately, to the therapist who saves her.

Please Don’t Ask Me Why is a powerful tale of one woman’s fight against the forces of depression and a tribute to the man who taught her the artful tools for her survival.




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Warlord of the Forgotten Age (Charles E. Yallowitz)


New Indie Book Release:
Warlord of the Forgotten Age - Charles E. Yallowitz
Epic Fantasy / Sword & Sorcery (380 pages - December 2017)

Warlord of the Forgotten Age is the epic conclusion of the Legends of Windemere fantasy series. The book focuses on the final battle between the champions and the evil Baron Kernaghan. All of the heroes reveal that they are still afraid even though they are determined to fight a man who terrifies the gods. The goal of this volume is to give closure to the characters, readers, and the author.

- "[...] a top notch fantasy novel. The author has an excellent grasp of the elements that all good high fantasy books should entail. His world is rich, descriptive and filled with dazzling sights that have not been visited time and again. He utilizes more than just the common senses that we typically see in characters, and that made this a pretty mind blowing experience. [...]" - Reader Review


About the Book

Warlord of the Forgotten Age (Charles E. Yallowitz)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Whether in darkness or light, every path inevitably comes to an end.

As Gabriel, the Destiny God, determined centuries ago, his chosen will face Baron Kernaghan for the fate of Windemere. Through many victories and losses, the champions have stood together and prepared for this great battle. Now that the Baron’s influence stirs those with evil hearts, they have run out of time and must travel to Shayd. Yet, there are more secrets for them to uncover before entering a battle where the only way to survive is surpassing limits and putting everything they have on the line. Through it all, Gabriel’s statement that he made them destined to fight, but winning was not set in stone rings in their minds.

Will the champions usher in an Age of Heroes or become the sacrifices for an Age of Darkness?



Saturday, January 06, 2018

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.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Indie Author Interview: Wanda Adams Fischer


Indie Author Interview with Wanda Adams Fischer - Author of the Sports Fiction Novel Empty Seats.

Wanda Adams Fischer has loved baseball since she was eight years old. She's parlayed that into her first novel, which is not necessarily about her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. When she's not writing, she's listening to folk music for her show on WAMC public radio, "The Hudson River Sampler," which she's done since 1982.

Interview with Wanda Adams Fischer

Author Wanda Adams Fischer
Author Wanda Adams Fischer
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): How would you describe your writing background?
Wanda Adams Fischer: I was first a journalism major, then switched to English when journalism wasn't available in college (I had to finish my degree at night while working full-time). I spent most of my nearly 40-year professional career in public relations/marketing/media relations, although I made a few side trips into radio broadcast journalism. Prior to writing this novel, I hadn't attempted to write fiction since I was in the ninth grade--and that was a long time ago. I've taken a few writing workshops since I retired, most notably one with Martha Frankel in Woodstock, and she introduced me to Kitty Sheehan, who edited this novel.
When I was 15, I thought I wanted to be a sportswriter. Back then, options for women in sports-writing were slim. One day, after a game at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the then-California Angels, I had a chance encounter with Rick Reichardt, who was then an outfields for the Angels, and told him of my plans. He cautioned me at the time that it would be a very difficult career path, given potential attitudes of professional athletes at the time. I replayed that "little movie" in my head, and, several days later, I wrote him a letter, thanking him for that advice, which changed my entire perspective on what I wanted to do with my life. I think, had I not taken his advice, I would have lost my love for sports. I did not have a thick enough skin to break that glass ceiling.

Who are your favorite writers, and who or what are your writing influences?
My favorite writers include Edwin O'Connor, Anne LaMotte, Willa Cather, Grantland Rice, Delores Kearns Goodwin, Sinclair Lewis, Robert Frost, and John Millington Synge. One of my favorite books is Edwin O'Connor's "The Edge of Sadness." Another is Willa Cather's "My Antonia." I also loved LaMotte's "Bird by Bird." I enjoy reading plays as well, and am interested in Irish literature, including plays and the short stories of Frank O'Connor.
I'm a singer and occasional songwriter. I study song lyrics as literature. When selecting music for my long-running folk music show, I need to find compelling lyrics in order to make songs fit together. If I cannot distinguish lyrics because songs are too overproduced (in my opinion), I often pass by that song in favor of something else in which the lyrics and meaning are crystal-clear. That's the only way I can put together a cohesive radio program.

"I've been writing since I was in the second grade."

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I've been writing since I was in the second grade. That's when I wrote my first letter to the editor! I don't know how good it was, or if it was even published, but I can remember putting it into an envelope and placing a two-cent (yes, that's how long ago it was) stamp on it, and stretching to get it into a mailbox. I wrote for my high school literary magazine and have written letters to the editor for as long as I can remember. I wrote for my high school yearbook and have written both professionally for my job in PR and what I would call "recreationally" for my own fun for years.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I make every effort to write two hours per day, more when baseball's not in season. Yes, I confess, I am a baseball addict. I watch baseball on TV, and I go to minor league baseball games, so I do take notes about baseball to use in my writing. Now, in the off-season, I write more than two hours per day, except on Saturday, which is the day I do my radio show every week. I'm in my 70th year of life on this earth, so I need to preserve my energy for the radio show on Saturday.
Mostly I write at home with a laptop on my lap. Sometimes, if my house gets too chaotic (e.g., if we have workers at the house or if the grandchildren are visiting), I go to the library and write there. After having worked in a busy newsroom years ago, I can write just about anywhere. I need more quiet when I'm proofreading than when I'm writing. My desk/workplace is basically anywhere I have a laptop and anytime I have time. This comes from days in which I had to eek out a little time here or there to get things done. In radio, I've always been surrounded by clocks, ticking off not only minutes but also seconds, and I've learned to make those seconds count.

"The greatest joy of writing for me is creating characters [...]"

Thursday, December 21, 2017

New Indie Book Release: Empty Seats (Wanda Adams Fischer)


New Indie Book Release:
Empty Seats - Wanda Adams Fischer
Sports Fiction (260 Pages - October 2017)

Empty Seats is about the coming-of-age experience of three very different young men who come from widely divergent background together in the competitive world of baseball, a heartwarming story with a bit of Christmas magic, history, and romance all rolled into one 5-Star Novel.

"The stories of the individuals who are the main characters in the book are compelling and lead the reader into an adventure that will make this book one that you cannot put down as you delve further into the lives of the 3 main characters [...] you don't have to love baseball to enjoy this book." - Reader Review


About the Book

Empty Seats (Wanda Adams Fischer)
Click to Read an Excerpt

They were all stars in their hometowns.

Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they'd be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball.

Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they're often faced with split-second decisions.

Not always on the baseball diamond.







Sunday, December 17, 2017

New Indie Book Release: It Must've Been the Mistletoe (L. P. Dover)


New Indie Book Release:
It Must've Been the Mistletoe - L.P. Dover
Contemporary (Holiday) Romance (247 Pages - December 2017)

It Must've Been the Mistletoe a heartwarming story with a bit of Christmas magic, history, and romance all rolled into one 5-Star Novel.

"A little history, a bit of mystery and the magic of mistletoe. This delightful story ties together the past and the present in a big bow of heartfelt Christmas spirit and joy of the season. It Must've Been the Mistletoe has all the elements of the best Hallmark movies." - Reader Review


About the Book

It Must've Been the Mistletoe (L. P. Dover)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Finding your soul mate is a dream Adeline Hamilton thought was just that… a dream. After several failed relationships, she realizes she’s not capable of falling in love. The only passion she’s ever had is teaching U.S. History at the local high school.

A week before Christmas, Adeline is all set for her best friend’s wedding, even though she dreads having to go to it alone. But when she’s given a Christmas wish that could change her future forever, she’s whisked away to the past, to a completely different place and time. It’s also when she meets him, William Blair, the man who steals her heart.

As their relationship grows, Adeline realizes that true love does exist. What she doesn’t know is that her wish can’t last forever, that soon she’ll have to leave the past behind. Will Adeline and William find their way back to each other? Or will their love have to stay where it all began... in 1865?

With mistletoe and Christmas magic, anything’s possible.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

New Indie Book Release: The American Pearl (Peter Gilboy)


New Indie Book Release:
The American Pearl - Peter Gilboy
Thriller (420 Pages - December 2017)

The American Pearl is about an American woman left behind in Vietnam and is trying to leave the country. However... the government doesn't want her to come home.

"This is a captivating story that brings together, in a seamless manner, elements of different genres into a well-accomplished novel. I had the feeling of navigating between different genres without being distracted. The story has great psychological and emotional depth, with characters that are so wonderfully explored, action that grows in intensity, and characters that are memorable. " - Reader Review


About the Book

The American Pearl (Peter Gilboy)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Why they still won't let her come home.

THE AMERICAN PEARL tells the 2006 story of QUINTYN AMES, a troubled government researcher who--on his honeymoon--inadvertently discovers that a female soldier left behind at the end of America's most notorious war, may be still alive and held.

PATRICIA PAVLIK has been fighting her own war for the last 34 years--fighting to stay alive and still trying to come home.

Both action filled and gut wrenching, AMES' pursuit of the truth brings him face-to-face with his own lies, as he is determined to find out why the government doesn't want her to come home; and then, against all odds, he fights to bring her back.




Friday, December 15, 2017

New Indie Book Release: The End of the Beginning (Zachary Eichholz)


New Indie Book Release:
The End of the Beginning - Zachary Eichholz
Science Fiction / Climate Fiction (524 Pages - July 2017)

The End of the Beginning shows a world on the brink but not lost. There is still hope to be found which is something that is hard to come by in todays world, especially when it comes to environmental and social issues.

"Zachary Eichholz's debut novel has it all: nonstop action, engaging discourse, and a storyline that stays with you long after the book is finished. This is a must read for anyone interested in science fiction and climate change. Moreover, its timeliness (the end of the beginning) is spot on." - Reader Review


About the Book

The End of the Beginning (Zachary Eichholz)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Tragedy. Death. Loss.

That is all retired U.S. Air Force para-rescuer Captain William Emerson has ever known. Both nature and man have controlled his life, and taken all he thought he was. Reduced to a shattered shell, William is ready to end it all when, after years of isolation, he is unexpectedly approached with a chance to begin anew. With Earth’s ecological systems nearing collapse, society finds within itself one final gamble to find its hope for a better future in the form of a new United Nations organization, called UNIRO, designed to rescue and rehabilitate the planet and its people. Swept back into the business of saving others under this new organization, William must first learn how to save himself in a new position that sees him struggle to become a leader again. As he trains and rebuilds his life within UNIRO, he finds strength through friendship, inspiration, and sheer human will, realizing he is not alone on his endeavors of recovery.

But UNIRO is not the only organization preparing to fight for change. A new sect of terrorist, formed from the inaction and corruption of an unjust system that serves only the powerful few, rises from the shadows of desperation and take matters of change into their own genocidal hands. Attack after attack begins to challenge the budding UNIRO and brings the planet closer to the brink. William is thrown back into chaos as suspicions of allegiances arise from within his own ranks and terror finds its way into the very heart of civilization’s final hope for survival.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Indie Book Release: Brain Damage (J.A. St. Thomas)


New Indie Book Release:
Brain Damage - J.A. St. Thomas
Young Adult Horror / LGBT (274 Pages - November 2017)

Brain Damage is a YA Horror with a strong LGBT main character that explores themes of grief and loss both psychologically and supernaturally. Brain Damage blends the sometimes irrational and always very real fear of the unknown and unexplainable with the bottomless numbness of loss and grief.


About the Book

Brain Damage (J.A. St. Thomas)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Desmond Linc thinks turning sixteen sucks. Usually sixteen means parties (trouble), cars (terrifying) and girls (umm, no). To Des, sixteen means the third anniversary of his brother’s death and the car accident that damaged his brain and left a dead space the doctors couldn’t explain.

When his best friend insists they attend the first big party of the summer to mark the occasion, he grudgingly obliges. Mistake. Des wakes the next morning with a black hole in his memory the size of an eighteen-wheeler, snuggled up to the most popular girl in school. Totally cool if he was straight and she wasn’t dead—brutally murdered.

There’s a depraved monster in town preying on teenagers and Des is an unwilling spectator. The space in his brain isn’t dead anymore. It’s a doorway to the afterlife, and the dead come telling secrets and lies and wielding accusations like scythes.

With escalating hallucinations and bodies piling up, Des can’t tell if his visions are really a connection to the dead or manifestations of his own guilt. The dead seek vengeance and they’ve chosen Des as their vessel and champion. Armed with a questionable team of ghostbusters, Desmond must find a way to quiet the increasingly volatile ghosts in his head and uncover a killer before another classmate dies.



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Featured Indie Book: Mirror Me (Tara St. Pierre)


Mirror Me (Tara St. Pierre)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: YA Paranormal Fantasy Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre.

Mirror Me is about a girl who can't get over something that happened a year earlier. She's punished for it, but then she starts having bizarre experiences reminding her of the event.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon & Others and is available as eBook and Paperback - 278 pages - released in July 2017.


About the Book

Hannah McCauley doesn’t look at herself in the mirror anymore.

After a rebellious past, she now attends a strict private school in a new town, where her recently divorced mother has put her on social lockdown. No driving. No bad grades. No skipping classes. No unapproved friends. No makeup. No boys. And the subject of her best friend from her old school is definitely forbidden.

Hannah is being punished for something that happened a year earlier, something that she would like to put behind her. But strange occurrences frighten her, and she’s accused of breaking rules and doing other terrible things without any recollection of them. No one believes her, so she starts distrusting everything, even her own reflection.

Is she being haunted by her past? Stalked by someone with a grudge? Or is it all in her head? If she doesn’t figure out what’s happening fast, her existence could end up irreparably shattered.

Mirror Me (Tara St. Pierre)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] Tara's writing is amazing. She knows how to draw in a reader, and holds them until they've finished the story. Fantastic read." - Haddie H. (Amazon)

- "[...] This book is suspenseful and gripping (but never in a horror type way, just in a fun page-turning way), it is heartfelt and poignant, and it is most definitely worthy of every one of the five stars I've rated it. Want something that will keep you reading way past your bedtime? This is the one." - Siouxshi (Amazon)