Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti (Olivia Wildenstein)


New Indie Book Release:
Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti - Olivia Wildenstein
Young Adult Fiction (318 pages - April 2015)

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is a gorgeous debut novel that will resonate with the thoughtful fans of John Green’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars.

- "You don't have to be a young adult to enjoy this tale of friendship in difficult circumstances. It will appeal to readers of any age. The characters are attractive and the story keeps you turning the pages! It's a fast-paced, emotional tale which will warm your heart. [...] Highly recommended." - Reader Review

About the Book

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti (Olivia Wildenstein)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Cora Matthews, the principal’s gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer’s type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn’t return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together by the most unlikely intermediary: her eight-year-old brother, Jaime.

Duke learns Jaime has brain cancer and little chance of long-term survival. He admires the kid’s plucky positivity and wild imagination and offers to write a story about Jaime’s make-believe superheroes. So begins an epic tale—that of Ghostboy, Chameleon, and the Duke of Graffiti—and a deep friendship between Duke and Jaime.

Despite their outward differences, Cora and Duke bond over their affection for Jaime, but unintended betrayal and Jaime’s advancing disease threaten to derail their blossoming romance before it can truly take root.




About the Author

Author Olivia Wildenstein
Author Olivia Wildenstein

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father and a Swedish mother. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone.), baking up a storm, and attempting not to arrive late at her children’s school.

Wildenstein lives with her husband and two children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.


Connect with Olivia Wildenstein via the Author's Website
and on Facebook.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Self-Editing? Do Not Try This at Home!


Author Tip
A successful writing career requires a skilled support system, beginning with a strong editor. Indie authors face high standards, because they must prove themselves twice: to readers and to the industry at large. Good form and polish go hand in hand with engaging and well-developed content. A book edited to perfection will not only reach a greater number of readers, but it will also have a better chance of being taken seriously by the literary world. More important, it adds validity and quality to the entire industry of self-publishing.

Your sister, best friend, and members of your writing group are not editors. Chances are that they don’t have an online subscription to The Chicago Manual of Style, and they haven’t heard of the OWL at Purdue or the AP Stylebook. And I’ll bet they’ve never had an anxiety attack over a comma. They love your work because it’s yours; they are happy to tell you what works in your book, but they don’t want to tell you what doesn’t.

Every writer needs an editor. 

Hire an editor. Every writer needs an editor. Writers are much too close to their work to be able to see where it might benefit from a bit of judicious pruning or tweaking or excision.

Why you need an editor? Your book deserves a fresh set of eyes, honesty, and helpful suggestions. No one likes to rewrite, but with the help of a good editor, it is not as onerous as it sounds.

Hiring an editor is the best investment you can make for your work and its success. Flattery is nice, but insight and attention to detail will boost your potential for sales and help build a burgeoning following.

Reasons to Hire a Great Editor

Why you need a Great Editor...
I cannot overstate the importance of hiring an experienced editor to polish your work before you submit it, whether to an agent, a client, or a publish-on-demand company. Editors are trained to be able to spot problems on every level: grammar, typos, word use, syntax, style, consistency.

A beautiful cover is essential—it’s the flirtation, the come-hither—but the beauty of what’s inside (as with people) is what makes readers fall in love.

Self-Editing—Ten Suggestions
  1. Read everything you can find about self-editing, but don’t believe everything you read!
  2. Go for it, but only to polish the manuscript before you pay a professional editor.
  3. Don’t trust spell check, auto grammar check, or the thesaurus.
  4. Know your characters inside out. Make them multifaceted, memorable, and believable.
  5. Don’t let adjectives and adverbs do the heavy lifting for weak nouns and verbs.
  6. Cut suddenly, very, thought to himself (who else would he be thinking to?), shrugged her shoulders (what else is shruggable?).
  7. Dialogue must be sharper, cleaner, and smarter than real-life speech. Delete um, well, you know—all those noisemakers we fill our conversations with.
  8. Go from A to D. Today’s readers are savvy enough to infer steps B and C. In other words, we know that to open a door, someone has to get up, walk across the room, go to the door, and turn the knob. Spare us.
  9. Show yourself that you have what it takes to be an author: keep your mind open to new ideas.
  10. Hire an editor.

One More Reason to Hire an Editor

I’m organized, at least in the digital realm (I wouldn’t let you see my desk, but my desktop is out of Architectural Digest). I will whip your manuscript into runway condition before I let you take a step down that red carpet toward publication. Looks do matter. Turns out, neatness counts.



About the Editor

Victoria Wright (Bookmark Services)
Editor Victoria Wright
At Bookmark Services, I provide a wide array of editing services to writers of every level of skill and experience, writing in virtually every area of focus: fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, business, and academic. My projects have included novels, memoirs, biographies, doctoral dissertations, textbooks, grant proposals, manuscript proposals, and marketing and promotional materials for entrepreneurs, artists, health-care professionals, et al. Check-out my website to see, in detail, what I can do for you.

I live with my son and too many cats in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, where I have been a full-time editor and occasional writer for over twenty years. My clients have been published in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Several of my short humorous essays were published in the Women’s Times, I had an essay included in Midlife Clarity: Epiphanies from Grown-Up Girls, from Beyond Words Publishing, and my award-winning flash fiction was featured on Women on Writing. For more information, find me on LinkedIn, on Twitter @bookmarkwoman, and of course my website, Bookmark Services.

But Wait! There’s More

It is my mission to perform surgery—but with a scalpel, not a chainsaw. It is my mission to make your book ready for prime time by keeping the best and the beautiful and smoothing the rough spots. Above all, it is my mission to honor and keep your voice and your vision and allow them to shine.
Before you upload that book, take advantage of my offer for a FREE SAMPLE EDIT today. CLICK HERE. And now.


Friday, April 24, 2015

New Indie Book Release: HEAT - Master Chefs - Heat Series (Kailin Gow)


New Indie Book Release:
Heat Series - Kailin Gow
New Adult Contemporary Romance / Erotic Suspense (150 pages - April 2015)

The HEAT Series is about Bobby Cummings, an American bad boy from New York who gets a scholarship to study cooking in Paris France's prestigious International Culinary Institute, where he meets the talented young protégé and Institute instructor Lilly Cooke, a girl of 20 whose talent was discovered at a French convent.

About the Book

HEAT - Master Chefs - Heat Series (Kailin Gow)
Click to Read an Excerpt
From the author of the Master Chefs Series, PULSE Series, DESIRE Series, SESSIONS, Barely Legal, The Blue Room Series, Saving You Saving Me, and the Protege Series, comes...HEAT!

Bobby Cummings went to Paris to study at the same international culinary institute as his sister Taryn Cummings. Instead of taking it seriously as she did, he wanted to sample all the goods in Paris, especially the pretty girls there. Why not? He was 19 and the world was his oyster. He wanted to be just like Errol King, a Master Chef, who taught at the Institute and was a notorious bad boy chef.

The only thing was someone was going to walk into his life and put a wrench into his plans...someone with eyes like violets and hair like chocolate silk, and a smoldering passion that consumes him whenever they're together.

He didn't think she would be his type at all. He didn't think he would be hot for Lily, his teacher at the Culinary Institute. Now what would Taryn think? What would Errol think?

Whatever they thought...there's one thing he knew for certain, things with Lily and at the Institute had just gotten heated.




All Books of the HEAT Series are 
on sale for a limited time: only 99 Cents!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Featured Indie Book: The Outlaw River Wilde (Mike Walters)


The Outlaw River Wilde (Mike Walters)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science-Fiction / Suspense Novel The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters.

The Outlaw River Wilde is a fun novel to read. Likeable characters, quick pace, and a fun story. The book will make you laugh in spots and cringe in others. The author intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest, primarily his birth state of Oregon.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 320 pages - released in March 2015.


About the Book

Who of us, at one time or another, hasn't wondered if we’re alone in the universe? Mitch Wilde never had until a failed attempt at pulling an arrow out of his best friend Jack’s shoulder began a string of strange and unexpected events in the small Pacific Northwest Town of Outlaw River.

When Native Americans start vanishing throughout the country and re-appearing in strange places on horseback, Mitch is challenged in ways he never dreamed. In addition, who are the uninvited strangers ransacking some of their homes? Added to this, Jack has taken to odd nocturnal treks. The local sheriff releases hostility he has held against Mitch since high school and something—nobody wants to call them UFOs—has just crashed into several surrounding lakes.

Can Mitch keep himself out of jail? Can Mitch figure out what the strange entities emerging from the lake are and why? Can Mitch protect the beautiful life he and his wife Mabey worked so hard to create? Finally, can Mitch help his eccentric neighbor save the residents of Outlaw River before it's too late?

The Outlaw River Wilde (Mike Walters)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "I thoroughly enjoyed this book by this new author and cannot wait to read more from him. For me, it’s simple: a good book makes you want to keep turning pages. Outlaw River Wilde easily falls into this category. The pace is just right and the characters are wonderful. [...]" - James Sanchez

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Aegis Incursion (S.S.Segran)


New Indie Book Release:
Aegis Incursion - S.S.Segran
Teen/Young Adult Action-Adventure, Sci-Fi (426 pages - March 2015)

- "Unique and compelling! With non-stop action, adventure and intrigue, Aegis Incursion will appeal to fans of Maze Runner, Percy Jackson and Hunger Games." - Reader Review

About the Book

Aegis Incursion (S.S.Segran)
Click to Read an Excerpt
On a bright July morning in 1948, a B-29 Superfortress flying a top-secret research mission over Nevada crashes into the calm waters of Lake Mead and sinks, remaining lost for half a century.

It has been nearly a year since five friends - Jag, Kody, Mariah, Tegan and Aari - mysteriously reappeared in a small town in Yukon several weeks after their small plane went down in Northern Canada. All were found in good health but with no recollection of what happened to them after the crash.

A baffling contagion is spreading across the bread-basket of North America destroying vital crops. As this dark shadow marches across the globe, widespread famine and riots bring desperate nations to the brink of war.

These seemingly unrelated events set the stage for a battle between the forces of darkness and those destined to become the 'bearers of light'. From ravaged fields in the Great Plains to clandestine installations around the world, the Aegis League must race against time to save humanity.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Disciplining the Director's Daughter - Hollywood After Dark - Act One (Maggie Carpenter)


New Indie Book Release:
Disciplining the Director's Daughter: Hollywood After Dark: Act One - Maggie Carpenter
Contemporary Adult Romance (175 pages - April 2015)

Hollywood After Dark: Act One is a sizzling, roller-coaster romance between a Hollywood executive who is the Director of Motion Picture Development for a major, independent production company, and the spoiled daughter of celebrated, Oscar-winning director.


About the Book

Disciplining the Director's Daughter - Hollywood After Dark - Act One (Maggie Carpenter)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Jessica Hartman is the indulged daughter of an Oscar-winning director, and having just graduated from an elite show biz college she is eager to start her career. On the last day of school she’s delighted to find Zach Taylor waiting for her in the parking lot. Zach is the head of Motion Picture Development for a highly successful independent production company, Titan Pictures, but Zach is more than a potential employer; he is a man for whom Jessica carries a flame.

Hopeful he’s there to talk about a job, to her shock and utter embarrassment he casually offers to spank her. The conversation that follows completely rattles her and she becomes completely flustered. Concerned about her driving in such a state, he jumps into her car, refusing to let her leave until she calms down.

So starts this sizzling story about a Dominant who finds himself inexplicably drawn to a young woman desperately in need of discipline, and her intense attraction to the strong-willed, Clark Kent look-a-like, who knows just how to handle her.

Along for the ride is Anna Lee Pickford, a nervous young starlet who has found solace and support from regular trips over Zach’s very competent knee, and Angelo Frattiano, a hunky actor who is an old-fashioned take charge Italian in search of true love. Glimpses of the dark side of Hollywood, and a drug-addicted vengeful former employee of Titan Pictures, add drama and suspense to this tantalizingly torrid tale.

With the glamor and intrigue of show business as the backdrop, at its core, Disciplining the Director’s Daughter is a blazing story of a romantic, artful seduction by a delicious Dominant, and the riveting submission of a young woman who pushes past her pride to surrender to the man who has stolen her heart.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Indie Book Release: The Silver Locket (Sophia Bar-Lev)


New Indie Book Release:
The Silver Locket - Sophia Bar-Lev
Contemporary Women's Fiction (272 pages - April 2015)

The Silver Locket based on the true story of an adopted baby during World War II. The Silver Locket is an intriguing and fascinating story of deception and denial, heartbreak and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

- "I had a hard time putting it down! [...] it was fascinating to read a story intertwined with real history happening around the characters. The reality of life and the beauty that came from it brought me to happy tears by the end. You will love this storyteller." - Reader Review

About the Book

The Silver Locket (Sophia Bar-Lev)
Click to Read an Excerpt

War was raging in Europe and the Pacific but in a small town in New England, two young women were waging their own personal battles.

Thrown together by sheer happenstance, their lives will be entwined for decades to come. And a baby girl will group up, the product of a secret that must not be told...ever!

Can beauty arise out of ashes? Can anything good emerge from brutal beginnings?

Adopting a child is not for the weak at heart. Being adopted isn't either.




Monday, April 20, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Metamorphosis (Isabella MacLeod)


New Indie Book Release:
Metamorphosis - Isabella MacLeod
Adult Romance (254 pages - March 2015)

Metamorphosis deals with a very controversial subject matter. [...] a complete unraveling of a woman on all levels, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, and physically. She has to deal with horrific, surreal changes in her body, ultimate betrayal by her husband - she re-discovers herself and her inner strength.

About the Book

Metamorphosis (Isabella MacLeod)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Metamorphosis delves into the rather unusual life of Miranda MacLeod, who has had a touch of the supernatural surrounding her since a childhood. Miranda was leading a relatively normal life in an upper middle-class neighborhood as a mother, wife, and nurse.

When her marriage begins to disintegrate, she becomes romantically involved with a mysterious American who recently moved from California and specializes in information technology in a high-end company. She is drawn to this man like no one else before. Her world is then turned upside down, and she is thrown into total chaos. She begins to experience terrifying physical transformations throughout her body. These experiences tear her apart physically, psychologically, and emotionally, reaching to the very core of her being. Everything unravels-her marriage, career, love, and self-as she battles to keep her own sanity and hold her family together. She moves through surreal experiences that are right out of the twilight zone.

Miranda also explores her own reawakened sexuality during all this chaos by looking for love in all the wrong places. Her search for a cure also takes her alone halfway around the world. The more Miranda searches for the truth, the further down the rabbit hole she goes.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Indie Book Release: The Flames Of Guilt (Becky S. Vickery)


New Indie Book Release:
The Flames Of Guilt - Becky S. Vickery
Fantasy (326 pages - March 2015)

- "I started reading and did not want to put it down, for every time I thought I could quit reading a new twist would happen [...] The characters seem to come alive while reading about them, and they are forever letting you see more of their personalities as you continue to read." - Reader Review

About the Book

The Flames Of Guilt (Becky S. Vickery)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Prince Michael is a wealthy nobleman from the Kingdom of Light. After the tragic loss of his wife and son in childbirth, a prophetess tells Michael that he is meant to be with another - with the mysterious "bearer of the Flames of Guilt".

Reluctantly, he takes the advice to heart, but as the years pass, Michael fails to find his intended. Losing all hope that the prophecy will be fulfilled, the prince becomes depressed and lonely.

But then one day, he pays a visit to the neighboring Kingdom of Gloom, and encounters the beautiful but notorious Princess Evangeline. She has the reputation for being a liar, thief, and murderer, but as he is sucked into the world of Gloom by circumstances beyond his control, Michael finds himself both horrified and intrigued.

Gloom is a place where the sun never shines, and daggers are drawn without discretion. But the enigmatic Evangeline both attracts and repels him, and as he follows the path to his destiny, he finds that life is not at all exactly what one might expect it to be.



Friday, April 17, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Dare 2 Believe (D.H. Aire)

New Indie Book Release:
Dare 2 Believe - D.H. Aire
Urban Fantasy (250 pages - March 2015)

Dare 2 Believe is not your typical urban fantasy. Dare is an action adventure, a twist on meta fiction, a blend of fantasy and science fiction, and a satire.

About the Book

Dare 2 Believe (D.H. Aire)
Click to Read an Excerpt
I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for any of my fans to turn into elves, dwarves, trolls, shape changers, or sword wielding women bodyguards.

How was I to know that allowing readers to become the spirit behind their favorite characters in my fantasy series – about a distant world where magic defeated science – would, well, literally bring about the end of the world as we know it.

Well, that just means that those who Dare 2 Believe like you and I, and other fans, young and old, okay, formerly old, may be our only hope against the rising evil that schemes to destroy us.

I just fear it may already be too late.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Fat Girl (K.L. Montgomery)


New Indie Book Release:
Fat Girl - K.L. Montgomery
Women's Fiction / Romance (372 pages - April 2015)

Claire Sterling is on a mission to reclaim the word "fat." Come along! Fat Girl is funny and emotional, sometimes on the same page. It addresses size-ism, eating disorders and fat shaming as well.

- "This book is more than a story about one women's struggle with being over weight. It touches on aspects that can relate to single mothers, divorcees, daughters, people with weight concerns, and the list goes on." - Reader Review


About the Book

Fat Girl (K.L. Montgomery)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Claire Sterling wants a new body to go along with her new life.

She's used to roller coasters. Her weight has been on one for years, and now her entire life is flying off the track.

Divorcing in the wake of her husband's affair, moving back home to the Delaware beaches, landing her dream writing gig, braving the online dating world, and facing the big 4-0 are enough to make anyone's head spin.

Claire believes it's the perfect time to reinvent herself despite her greatest fear: that she's destined to be a fat girl forever.






Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Indie Book Release: The Outlaw River Wilde (Mike Walters)


New Indie Book Release:
The Outlaw River Wilde - Mike Walters
Science-Fiction / Suspense (320 pages - March 2015)

The Outlaw River Wilde is a fun novel to read. Likeable characters, quick pace, and a fun story. The book will make you laugh in spots and cringe in others. The author intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest, primarily his birth state of Oregon.


About the Book

The Outlaw River Wilde (Mike Walters)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Who of us, at one time or another, hasn't wondered if we’re alone in the universe? Mitch Wilde never had until a failed attempt at pulling an arrow out of his best friend Jack’s shoulder began a string of strange and unexpected events in the small Pacific Northwest Town of Outlaw River.

When Native Americans start vanishing throughout the country and re-appearing in strange places on horseback, Mitch is challenged in ways he never dreamed. In addition, who are the uninvited strangers ransacking some of their homes? Added to this, Jack has taken to odd nocturnal treks. The local sheriff releases hostility he has held against Mitch since high school and something—nobody wants to call them UFOs—has just crashed into several surrounding lakes.

Can Mitch keep himself out of jail? Can Mitch figure out what the strange entities emerging from the lake are and why? Can Mitch protect the beautiful life he and his wife Mabey worked so hard to create? Finally, can Mitch help his eccentric neighbor save the residents of Outlaw River before it's too late?