Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Talion (Mary Maddox)


Talion (Mary Maddox)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Thriller (Paranormal Suspense) Talion by Mary Maddox.

Talion is a suspense thriller with some paranormal elements. The protagonist, Lu, sees spirits who are real to her but might or might not exist outside her mind. Their reality and motives are tested as Lu and her new friend Lisa become the target of a sadistic serial killer.

The Book has been self-published via Cantraip Press Ltd and is available as eBook and Paperback - 298 pages - released in January 2014 (eBook). The Book has received the Award: Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal Winner

About the Book

Meet Rad Sanders, the most terrifying serial killer you will ever encounter, in a thriller unlike any you have ever read...

Lu Jakes lives with her alcoholic father and abusive stepmother, Norlene, at Hidden Creek Lodge in the Utah mountains. When the beautiful Lisa is sent by her protective parents to stay at the lodge for the summer, Lu makes her first real friend - dangerously unaware that Lisa's is not the only new face at the resort.
Lisa has been followed by Rad Sanders, a sadistic killer who has plans for the girls - sick plans that will drag them and their families to the very brink of hell. Rad stalks Lu and Lisa, waiting for his moment, certain that his deadly plan cannot fail.

But unknown to Rad, Lu has a secret. She can see things that nobody else can see: the spirit Talion and his companions. But are these spirits real or a trick of the mind? And will Lu's special gift help her and Lisa as the killer closes in?

Talion (Mary Maddox)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "A gripping and relentless novel about desperate people in a desperate world [...] The impeccable prose of Mary Maddox makes it impossible to turn away from Rad, the brutal serial killer whose insatiable hunger threatens anyone who crosses his path, and Lu, the young teenage girl who is not what she appears to be, who possesses a power that may deliver unto Rad a reckoning beyond his imagination. This dark, but beautifully rendered novel is one you do not want to miss." - Roxane Gay (author of Ayiti and An Untamed State)

- "I’ve worked with enough fiction to spoil much of my reading; unless the author is a spellbinder I become distracted, listening to the writing machinery humming or clanking. In Talion, Mary Maddox pits a sadistic sociopath against two achingly vulnerable potential victims with an effortless narrative control that kept me wide-eyed, as anxious over the outcome as in my early glory days as a reader. Next time through, Mary, I’ll figure out how you did it." - Sherwood Kiraly (Author of Diminished Capacity and Big Babies)

- "The story is propelled by suspense, and made delicious by Maddox’s Ray Bradbury-like gift for deft, deep-shadowed description[...] Those last hundred pages just about turn themselves." - Dan Hagen (Charleston Times-Courier)

- "The boundaries of the noir with its mournful, gloomy and depressive elements are pushed almost to the edge of darkness[...] Maddox skillfully creates a shocking mix of the bleak atmospheric tones of the macabre with the supernatural, while holding onto the page-turning exhilaration of a real thriller[...] one haunting read that is sure to give you nightmares!" - Norm Goldman (Book Pleasures)


About the Author

Author Mary Maddox
Author Mary Maddox
Born in Soldier Summit, high in the mountains of Utah, Mary Maddox now lives in the Midwestern United States with her husband.

She enjoys reading, playing Scrabble, and riding her horse, Tucker. She graduated from Knox College with Honors in creative writing and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

She taught writing for many years at Eastern Illinois University. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals and has been honored with a Writer's Grant and a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. She is the author of the paranormal thriller Talion.




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Link to the Paperback Talion on Amazon with Excerpt

Link to the eBook Talion on Amazon with Excerpt

Talion (Mary Maddox)


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Cursed Love (t. h. snyder)


New Indie Book Release:
Cursed Love - t. h. snyder
Contemporary Adult Romance (288 pages - March 2014)

"T H Snyder blew me away with Cursed Love. I absolutely could not put this book down. Linc, Etty and Jo are amazing characters that pull you into the story and you can relate to what they are going through." - Reader Review

About the Book

Cursed Love (t. h. snyder)
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Lincoln Minzotto has the life everyone wants, yet he resents it.

He’s grown up as the youngest of three children to a wealthy congressman and successful lawyer. Pushed to his absolute excellence, Linc felt the real path for him was different than his parents’ hopes and dreams. On the most important night of his father’s reelection, Linc makes a choice that will lead to a lifetime of regret. Deciding to start a new life, he and his best friend, Daulton, purchase a rundown tattoo shop called Cursed Magic. While restoring Cursed Magic, Linc’s faith in life is put to the test in more ways than one. Faced with the horrors of the bleak, starless nights and the women that come and go, he decides to give up all together, until one fateful night with a stranger.

Will one night shape his future forever?

Can he turn the Curse he’s endured into a blessing even though all odds are against him?




About the Author

Author t. h. snyder
Author t. h. snyder
t. h. snyder is a 34 y/o single mom of 2 amazing kids. They live in Central PA were t. h. snyder works full time for a local business/technical school.

Writing wasn't something she ever thought she'd be doing, but here she is. t. h. snyder started reading like a nut after Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey. Since then she's read over 300(!) romance and paranormal books. In June of 2013 she decided to try her go at writing. She had a vision and went with it....hence Touch Me.

To date she's published 6 books and an anthology: The Touch Series (NA Romance), Pierced Love (YA Romance), Cursed Love, Cursed #1 (Erotic Romance), My Dirty Little Valentine. She loves the journey she's started and can't wait to see where this goes.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Seven Beyond (Stella Atrium)


Seven Beyond (Stella Atrium)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science-Fiction / Fantasy Seven Beyond by Stella Atrium.

"Combining the journey for a new place to call home with the emotion of true friendship, Seven Beyond is an involving, metaphysical, and emotional saga, and documents Stella Atrium as an original and talented writer of science fiction fantasy." - Reader Review

The Book has been self-published via Bookbaby and is available as eBook - 280 pages - released in February 2014.

About the Book

Dr. Christopher Meenins is 800 years old and doesn’t remember his past.

Accompanying him on a journey of discovery are the powerful Lady Drasher Tasgneganz, the pedantic Dr. Virgil Grammario, the mysterious—and possibly alien—Linda Deemer. Christopher is haunted by memories of alien places and of a race called the Longists. The group travels to the one place on Earth the Longists might reappear: a remote abbey inhabited by an order of nuns known for their mystical insights and quality brandy.

Memories of David Shanklen—once Meenins’ patient and perhaps also his mentor—trouble Christopher’s dreams. Shanklen claimed that he was kept prisoner in an alien zoo maintained by the Longists. Through Shanklen, Christopher must confront the secrets of his past to find the New Restingplace of the Dead. The travelers exchange stories during his quest à la The Canterbury Tales, and the discovery of the resting place grows out of their long friendships.

Seven Beyond (Stella Atrium)
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Monday, April 21, 2014

New Indie Book Release: The Jade Bone Jar (William E. Wallace)


New Indie Book Release:
The Jade Bone Jar - William E. Wallace
Mystery (Private Eye) (300 pages - March 2014)

The Jade Bone Jar: A war profiteer, a missing girl and a precious antiquity: Mickey Lynch, private eye, is up to his armpits in intrigue and murder in 1947 Oakland, California. The Story explores the wholesale theft of personal property from Japanese-American citizens.

About the Book

The Jade Bone Jar (William E. Wallace)
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The time: 1947

The place: Oakland, California

While checking the background of a millionaire tapped for a White House job, Lynch, a former U.S. Marine and Honolulu cop, discovers a real estate scam, political corruption, drugs and treason. As his investigation proceeds, he learns one reason why 127,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up and imprisoned on the U.S. West Coast during the war, and uncovers a plot to wipe out the African-American blues and jazz scene in Bohemian West Oakland.

The object that ties these threads together is a 600-year-old funerary urn made of precious gemstone: the Jade Bone Jar!





Monday, April 21, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Docket No. 76 (Arita M. L. Bohannan)


Docket No. 76 (Arita M. L. Bohannan)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Legal Thriller Docket No. 76 by Arita M. L. Bohannan.

Docket No. 76 is a courtroom thriller (set in New Orleans) that takes unusual twists. While it is heart wrenching many chapters, it may change your perspective on what one considers justice.

The Book has been self-published via AuthorHouse and is available as eBook, Hardcover, and Paperback - 175 pages - released in January 2014.


About the Book

Have you ever come face-to-face with the person who hurt you most in your life?

That’s exactly what happens to Sandra Morgan, a young and beautiful assistant district attorney. She comes face-to-face with the man who abused her when she was a child when he is on trial in the New Orleans Criminal Court—and Morgan is the prosecutor.

A shocking courtroom decision consumes her as she battles with her inner demons in an effort to seek the revenge to which she feels entitled. But after the trial of her life, is there really a winner?

Docket No. 76 (Arita M. L. Bohannan)
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Tainted Pictures (Sarah Robinson)


New Indie Book Release:
Tainted Pictures (The Photographer Trilogy) - Sarah Robinson
Romantic Suspense (300 pages - April 2014)

Tainted Pictures is the second book in The Photographer Trilogy (Tainted Bodies is the first). This series has taken over a huge fan based due to the detailed and strong writing, the creative story line, and the nonstop twists and turns to the story. It's got romance and love but also crime and suspense.

“I was greatly anticipating this book, and it did NOT disappoint!! I fell even more in love with Derrick and I did not think that that was possible. This book was jammed packed with suspense, and romance. It picked up right where Tainted Bodies left off. I could not put this book down once I started it [...]” - Reader Review


About the Book

Tainted Pictures (Sarah Robinson)
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Kate Jackson had no idea who she was until she met Derrick Kane and their whirlwind romance turned out to be the everything she needed to build a future and heal her past.

But a shocking crime leads Kate to uncover the work of an extremely dangerous serial killer, notoriously called “The Photographer” due to his penance for taking pictures of his victims.

Derrick continues to work to gain back Kate’s trust and to find The Photographer as Kate builds new friendships and finds new skills.

Can she catch The Photographer and learn to trust Derrick again?





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Keith Hirshland


Indie Author Interview with Keith Hirshland - Author of the TV Memoir Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat).

Keith Hirshland is the son of a local television broadcast icon and a thirty-year, Emmy Award-winning veteran of the television industry. His experience has taken him all across the country, covering sport’s most famous athletes and television’s most interesting and charismatic personalities.

Interview with Keith Hirshland

Author Keith Hirshland
Author Keith Hirshland
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Keith Hirshland: I was a journalism major in college and like many wanted to write "the great American novel" but ended up working in television. I wrote all of the copy for my sportscasts and feature stories when I was on air and wrote thousands of teases, bumpers and features once I started working in network sports television.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I love Nelson DeMille, Stuart Woods, Michael Connolly and Terry Pratchett to name just a few. I buy and devour everything they write. I think my three favorite books of all time are Pratchett's Thief of Time, Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin and The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I read quite a bit and feel like I am influenced in some way, shape or form by each book I pick up. There are so many talented writers in this world.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Looking back I think I knew in high school that I wanted to be a "storyteller". I tried my hand at short stories, song lyrics, school newspaper articles and more. I didn't think of it as writing but always thought of it as telling a story. I also feel that my work as a sports television producer is all about being a story teller. It's not on paper, it's on a TV screen but it's telling a story about a sports event nonetheless.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Other than school assignments I believe the first story I ever wrote was a short story about a young man with the ability to control his own dreams and in the process of discovering how he does it finds that he can enter and control other people's dreams as well. I wrote it, hated it and forgot about it. Then a few years later a Dennis Quaid movie titled Dreamscape came out about a guy who could enter people's dreams. Oh well.

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Savior (Anthony Caplan)


New Indie Book Release:
Savior - Anthony Caplan
Thriller (308 pages - April 2014)

Savior is about a father and son who stumble into the secret world of the Santos Muertos, a crime cartel bent on global domination. The son must find his father and keep the secret of the Chocomal, the ancient Mayan code underlying the creation of matter in the universe, from falling into the wrong hands. A story of sacrifice and love.

“Set in a dystopian near-future, Savior is genre-breaking reading at its best . . . a fascinating combination of high adventure and interpersonal relationships that keep Savior an exciting, unpredictable read right up to its emotionally charged (and satisfying) conclusion.” - Midwest Book Review


About the Book

Savior (Anthony Caplan)
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Al and Ricky, father and son, plan a surfing getaway in Guatemala, the perfect place to bond and reconnect after the death of Mary, the woman who held their lives together. But the Santos Muertos are taking over Guatemala, and when the gang discovers that Ricky has the Chocomal, the Mayan tablet which carries the secret code they need to take over the world with their fearsome Resonator, all hell breaks loose.

An unwilling hero, all-American teenager Ricky must find and rescue his father and in the process save us all from utter destruction.

Will he learn how to be a real man along the way?





Friday, April 18, 2014

New Indie Book Release: The Box of Death (Matt Grawitch)


New Indie Book Release:
The Box of Death (The Three Wizards Chronicles) - Matt Grawitch
Young Adult / Mid-Grade Fantasy (354 pages - April 2014)

The Box of Death is the second in the Three Wizards Chronicles that began as bedtime stories for the author's daughters. Unlike many fantasy books, some of the main protagonists are teenage girls and this series bounces back and forth between the natural world (our world) and the Realm of Magic.


About the Book

The Box of Death (Matt Grawitch)
The Box of Death is an artifact that allows creatures from the abyss to freely enter the natural world – our world – and Malo has control of it. To work, it requires seven magical fragments, but Malo possesses only six of them. It is up to Nikko, Summer, Jolie, and Reece to stop him from locating the seventh and final fragment. If the Wizards of Light Magic fail, the natural world will be overrun by hellhounds, zombies, skeletons, and other even more powerful creatures.

And what will happen to Balthazar, the Sentinels, and the next Wizard of Lightning?

What role will they play in the battle to come?

Will they be consumed by the power of the Box of Death?



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie (Barbara Griffin Villemez)


Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie (Barbara Griffin Villemez)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Thriller Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie by Barbara Griffin Villemez.

Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie is a story about a woman's transformation from a narcissistic, money hungry female to a caring and loving woman. Along the way she kills a few people. It is a thriller, but it is also about transformation and has a metaphysical twist at the end.

The Book has been published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 196 pages - released in January 2014.


About the Book

Alison Andrews is beautiful and broke.

She hopes to find a husband with money on the Internet. She connects with Roberto Rubio, a wealthy Cuban business man. Alison moves to Miami and into Rubio's large mansion. Life is good until she comes home from shopping one day and finds him dead with a bullet hole in his forehead. She feels her life of wealth and privilege is over.

Then she discovers that Rubio was involved with the Cuban Mafia and now they are after Alison. The Miami-Dade Police detective, Owen Bradley becomes a protector and so does FBI agent Gonzalez. Why does the head of the Cuban Mafia, Carlos Esposito, want Alison dead and will do anything to kill her, even running over the FBI and the Miami-Dade Police?

An edge of the seat story with a surprise ending.

Dead Sugar Daddies Don't Lie (Barbara Griffin Villemez)
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