Friday, May 29, 2015

Indie Author Interview: Ben Willoughby


Indie Author Interview with Ben Willoughby - Author of the Fantasy Novel Gods on the Mountain.

Ben Willoughby found at a very young age the love for reading. At the age of 12, he found a passion for writing. In his late 20's, he decided to pursue publishing many of the ideas and concepts he had developed over the years. He currently lives in the southeastern United States, with his loving wife and young daughter. When not writing or reading, he spends his spare time sketching and smoking his pipe.

Interview with Ben Willoughby

Author Ben Willoughby
Author Ben Willoughby
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Ben Willoughby: I started writing things when I was about 12 or so, just for fun. It stemmed from my love for reading, and my desire to create worlds like a lot of the people I enjoyed. I found that writing was a nice way to be creative, and let story ideas flow. I never published anything in my teenage years, but I didn't care; I just wanted to write and enjoy it.
When I was in college, I went for a Minor in Creative Writing. I almost got it, but my college forced me to take a science class in place of a math class I had tested out of, so I ended up being one class short of the degree. I wanted to take an extra class in my final quarter, but my academic advisers wouldn't let me.

Who are your favorite writers, and who or what are your writing influences?
When I was a kid, I really got into HG Wells and his most well known Sci-Fi works. That led me to become a voracious reader, and Wells is still one of my favorite writers. I also read a lot of Agatha Christie throughout high school, as well as the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Shakespeare, and AE Van Vogt.
When I became an adult, I really got into the works of Victor Hugo. I found that I admired the way he was able to develop characters well – even characters that existed for only a few pages. If there was a janitor who appeared in one part of a chapter, Hugo made sure you never forgot him. I also got into George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, because I loved his world building and how he made the world of Westeros feel so real by adding in little details about their culture and heritage.
An honorable mention has to be RA Salvatore for getting me into fantasy. It used to be that I could never get into fantasy books, but after reading some of his popular Drizzt Do'urden novels, I was hooked into the genre. I loved the way Salvatore did his characters, and how he built the world around him (even if it was, technically, pre-built for him). Without Salvatore, I wouldn't have gone on to read Tolkien, or even start writing in the fantasy genre.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
As soon as I started writing, actually! I had other passions, and chose to pursue those instead, so the act of writing professionally didn't come until fairly recently for me. I don't mind, though – my other skills and hobbies have granted me a sustainable income to support my family, while I venture into the writing world and attempt to gain a wide enough audience for myself.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. It was actually an anthology of Christmas-themed stories for an elementary school project. They weren't like any of the other stories: in one, the elves went on strike, so Santa becomes a monster and eats them all; in another Rudolph encounters a Snow Raptor who wants to play with him, but the reindeer is later eaten by a Snow T-Rex; you get the idea. My parents were shocked by it, and started to call me a young Stephen King. They started expecting that every story I wrote involved a lot of death and destruction.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
Oftentimes, my stories start as a series of ideas floating around my head. I'll have the vague idea of a kind of hero in this part of my brain, while over here in the opposite end I'll have a cool idea for a climactic duel. These ideas bounce around, until one day they suddenly all come together.
When that happens, I sit down and write out a synopsis. I write down character names, location names, and brief descriptions for each. I then write out a simple summary of the story, so that I know where I'm going and what I intend to do. I know a lot of writers discourage writing a synopsis because it can limit you, but my synopses tend to be more a guideline than canon; I permit myself the ability to stray from the synopsis if I get a new idea, or I want to add something.
With that done, I get down to writing!

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
I do a lot of writing on my laptop computer, using LibreOffice, which is a free writing software. Because of this, I tend to work wherever I have time to write. A lot of my writing is done in bed, before I go to sleep. Believe it or not, my wife doesn't mind because she says the sound of me typing actually comforts her. The living room and even my workplace have become my writing spots as well.

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
For me, it's easy to write. I can just sit down and do it. I can also type 120+ words per minute, which leads me to be pretty productive. Sometimes I start projects just to explore, and end up writing a good bit before I set it aside to get to later.
The hardest part is striving to make your writing work. I try to avoid too many tropes or cliches, and I want to try to give readers something that won't make them feel like they're just going through the motions of the genre. I've had to put ideas on hold because I didn't know where to take the story that wouldn't seem too obvious or overused.

"[...] I enjoy the editing process."

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As strange as it may sound, I enjoy the editing process. It's not that I enjoy editing more than writing, but seeing the change in my work became fascinating for me. I really liked sending my work to beta-readers, listening to their suggestions, and changing things to fix issues in the storyline. I really liked fixing typos and awkward sentences to make the narrative flow better. Watching my work go from a rough draft into a finished product was like watching a child mature into adulthood.
An unfortunate thing about a lot of indie publishing is that authors don't seek out that kind of help, and they don't try to put that much effort into the pre-production of their work. As a result, you have so many indie books riddled with spelling errors and incomprehensible language. My first experiences with editors and beta-readers taught me just how important it is to seek out the voice of others to refine your writing.

Ben, please tell us a little about your Epic Fantasy Novel Gods on the Mountain.
Gods on the Mountain takes place on the fictional continent of Calambria. Dwarf tribes have mysteriously disappeared, and merchants are being pushed away from the mountains. The International Guilds Commission, a powerful mercantile entity in the world, seeks the help of the Order of Magi, from the humans, and the Sisterhood of Dagger Maidens, from the elves, to investigate the matter. The two respective choices are Edmund, an Enchanter, and Diane, a Dagger Maiden. Together, they attempt to solve the mystery of what is going on in the mountains, and seek to undo the wrong.
The title comes from three “gods” which have some part in the story: a true god (the Almighty); a false god (the antagonist); and supposed gods (the dragons).

Gods on the Mountain (Ben Willoughby)
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What inspired you to write the book?
Edmund and Diane were two characters I had created in high school, and were featured in a series of manga-style comics. When I decided to write a fantasy book, I thought I could take them and rework their characters to make them more real and less cartoony.
I'm also a fan of world building, and the various populations, nations, and cultures of Calambria had been rolling around in my head, and I wanted a chance to flesh them out on paper. I'm a history nut (especially military history), so this level of world building is, for me, almost as fun as the writing itself. Some mighty say I got a wee bit carried away.

"[...] for those who love fantasy" 

Who do you see as your target audience and where can we buy the book?
I wrote Gods on the Mountain for those who love fantasy, and want to enjoy a good adventure yarn. One of my beta-readers was a person who read a lot of pulp fantasy books, but who thought I went above and beyond what a lot of them did. I wanted a book where people could enter a fantasy world, but at the same time see different elements explored.
The book can be bought on Amazon, in print and Kindle format (see links below).

"[...] mix spirituality in with the 'magic' of the world."

What makes your book special?
I use a lot of fantasy conventions in the books (elves, dwarfs, dragons, ogres, etc.), but at the same time, I wanted to write a fantasy world that would stand out a little more above the usual trends in the genre. So, my dwarfs aren't Scottish ale guzzlers, and my elves aren't adamant magic users. In fact, the dwarfs I based largely off medieval Japanese society, and the elves are one of the most technologically advanced races in Calambria. I also made the dwarf religion involve the worship of dragons, which becomes especially important in the last third of the story.
I've also tried to mix spirituality in with the “magic” of the world. In Calambria, “magic” isn't inherited by blood (like you see in Harry Potter) nor is it taught to pupils (like you see in a lot of fantasy worlds), but it's gifted by the Almighty, the monotheistic deity of the world. This leads into serious moral issues involving those who use these powers for bad, which becomes a motif of the book.

How would you describe the success of your book so far?
It's gotten a bit of attention, and has had a consistent sale of at least one unit every other day. I never write anything expecting it to make me rich, so the fact that it's gotten that much neither surprises nor disappoints me.

"to edit, [...] edit again, then edit some more, etc." 

How long did it take it to write the book?
It actually only took me about three months to write. It probably took another three months or so (I forget how long exactly) to edit, send to beta-readers, edit again, then edit some more, etc. I actually ended up pushing the release date back at least twice.

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Read a lot, and absorb the techniques you see other writers doing. How do they describe a certain scene? How do they handle an action sequence? How do they handle touchy subject matter? Obviously you don't want to plagiarize people, but you should study and learn from other authors, and take what you thinks works and incorporate it into your own writing.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I have a few projects in the works right now, actually. I have a sequel to Gods on the Mountain, involving the further adventures of Edmund and Diane; I've already written out the synopsis and have gotten a start on it. I've also written a semi-sequel to Gods on the Mountain that will involve Valens and Caius, two minor characters from the book, and which will be released as a free novella.
I also have a horror novelette entitled Raw Head which I hope to have released within a month; it's unrelated to the world of Gods on the Mountain, but I wrote it because I wanted to explore the horror genre.

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will book stores disappear like record stores disappeared?
How the industry is affected by technological changes really depends on the business decisions made by companies. People thought Barnes & Noble would be gone after eBooks first came out, but Barnes & Noble adjusted and found ways to inspire people to still visit their stores and buy tangible books. Contrast this with, say, Blockbuster, which didn't adjust quickly enough to the rise of Netflix or Redbox, and when they did adjust they made poor, non sequitor decisions; as a result, Blockbuster went bye-bye.
There are also still local mom-and-pop bookstores that have survived the growth of eBooks, and I would highly encourage that authors visit and support those.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle app on my iPad that I use a lot, especially for my personal study. However, the backlight and the temptation to visit my iPad's other apps proved detrimental for my writing. I've recently purchased a Kindle 4 from eBay, and it's awesome. I haven't read this much in a while.

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a full-time father; that often takes up my time, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I also do some drawing, and I smoke my pipe or enjoy a good cigar.

"I love hearing from readers and authors alike."

How can readers connect with you?
I'm on Twitter at BenWilloughby84. Feel free to follow and interact with me – I promise you won't get anything automated! You can also email me at benwilloughby84@gmail.com, which I check throughout the day fairly regularly. I love hearing from readers and authors alike.

Thank you very much for the Interview, Ben.



About the Book Gods on the Mountain

Gods on the Mountain (Ben Willoughby)
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In the mountains of Calambria, the dwarf tribes have disappeared, and merchants have been expelled.

Two are assigned to investigate this mystery: Edmund, a human and Magi, gifted with the ability to utilize the elements; and Diane, an elf and Dagger Maiden, who excels in close combat.

As they attempt to uncover what has happened, they unearth betrayal and secrets not only from outside the continent, but from within as well.

Soon they will discover a plot with dangers that go well beyond the mountains.

Gods on the Mountain takes on the subject of spirituality in a culture, and look at it from a fresh light in a fantasy setting, treating it both realistically and respectfully.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Dead by Morning (Kayla Krantz)


Dead by Morning (Kayla Krantz)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Psychological Horror Novel Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz.

Dead by Morning (Rituals of the Night) is a dark horror novel centered around the students of a high school in Ohio. The novel can be viewed as a mix between the 1988 movie Heathers, and The Nightmare on Elm Street series.

The Book has been self-published via CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 408 pages - released in May 2015.


About the Book

Everyone has their problems in high school; pessimistic high school senior, Luna Ketz, is no exception. She is the obsession of the most popular boy at school, Chance Welfrey. Though many girls would kill to be in her position, Luna cannot help but feel that something is deeply wrong with him. When the town of Lima, Ohio is turned upside down by the mysterious ritualistic deaths of two cheerleaders, Luna’s life quickly becomes entangled in a web of lies and murders spun by the least suspected person in town.

Slowly, she begins to learn of an elaborate plot that endangers not only herself but everyone she loves as well. When Luna figures out who is behind the killings, things make a turn for the bizarre when she is contacted by a friend she has not heard from in years.

It is then that she realizes that she is very much in danger, but although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.

Dead by Morning (Kayla Krantz)
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About the Author

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Rangers - Silver-Star Seduction (Ciana Stone)


New Indie Book Release:
Rangers: Silver-Star Seduction - Ciana Stone
Paranormal Romance (188 pages - May 2015)

Rangers: Silver-Star Seduction is a paranormal romance two book Box-Set featuring Texas Rangers.

The Box-Set is on sale for a limited time: Only 99 Cents!


About the Book

Rangers - Silver-Star Seduction (Ciana Stone)
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A two book box set featuring sexy men who wear the Silver Star of the Texas Rangers.

Meet Zeb and Kane, Texas Rangers who live by a code of justice. They're no stranger to passion but love? That's just not in the cards as far as they can see.

Funny how life often dishes you up a plate of something you didn't expect. Only these men are being served something way out of the ordinary. Women who inspire lust and love with near lethal force - and the dangers that follow them.

Come join Zeb and Kade as they discover that love is kin to justice - sometimes you have to fight for it. And hope you don't have to die for it.

Book One: Zeb

Zebediah Childress would rather eat a bullet than go back to Calder County. He’d escaped it when he was eighteen and there was nothing there he wanted any part of.
Then he knocked on the door of the Hale house and Willa Hale opened it. He was immediately attracted. He'd have to be of a whole other sexual orientation not to find her sexy as homemade sin. So maybe there'd be some perks to being in Calder County for a while.

It wasn't like he was going to fall in love, after all. Zeb wasn't the marrying kind. He was first and foremost a Texas Ranger, a lawman. Everything else came second. Besides, he wasn't looking for love. Or a woman who wasn't quite normal. He didn't object to getting her between the sheets, but that was as far as it'd ever go.

At least that's what he thought. Life sometimes presents you with what you didn’t know you wanted most of all.

The test would be staying alive to claim it.

Book Two: Kade

When Cia Whitehorse walks into Kade Lawson’s office and announces she’s been assigned to help with a serial killer investigation, he’s damn sure he’s never met a federal agent as sexy.

Cia takes one look at Kade and makes up her mind that she’s going to have him in her bed. She might not be interested in love, but sex is definitely right up her alley and Kade looks like the kind of man who can give her just what she wants.

Kade is more than willing to deliver what Cia needs. She gets to him. Tough and sexy, with an unspoken promise in her eyes that says she’ll rock his world. But that look is covering something. And Kade’s a sucker for a mystery.
The problem is, solving the mystery of Cia Whitehorse comes with a price and this price just might be lethal.




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Sandbox (Kim Pemberton)


New Indie Book Release:
Sandbox: A Novel - Kim Pemberton
Contemporary Fiction / Adult Romance (278 pages - April 2015)

Sandbox is the story of one man’s desire to live and love unfettered in New York City—and how that desire threatens to ruin both him and the women he loves.

- "Definitely two thumbs up. Kim Pemberton is a great new and upcoming author with a good vision and flare for storytelling. I hope to see her come out with more books in the future. Glad I gave this book a chance and you should too. I have recommended this book to friends and will to other people as well." - Reader Review


About the Book

Sandbox (Kim Pemberton)
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When Frenchman Baru Masort sits down on a Paris city bench next to a distraught but beautiful woman, he’s too overcome with desire to realize that she might just be the ticket to America he’s been dreaming of.

After only one night of explosive love-making, Baru and American Tamika White decide to throw caution to the wind and get married so that Baru can return with his new lady to her home in the Bronx.

But love at first sight soon turns to jealousy, drunkenness, and suspicion on the other side of the pond. Alone in a strange country, Baru turns to internet dating sites to satiate the sexual and emotional appetites Tamika once fed.

When he meets Kaliyah Summers, their attraction builds until it borders on an obsession that threatens to turn Baru into the kind of man he never thought he’d become.



Monday, May 25, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Waking Charley Vaughan (Elle Botz)


New Indie Book Release:
Waking Charley Vaughan - Elle Botz
YA Romance / Women's Fiction (210 pages - May 2015)

Waking Charley Vaughan is a fun, light-hearted story about a young woman who has to find her voice and learn to stand her own ground.

- "Wonderful read. Charley Vaughn is a strong character but it takes time and lessons in life for her to come to that realization. She tries to please everyone - giving them what they want to create a happy environment. As the story progresses Charley "wakes up" and finds her true self, gains confidence and autonomy." - Reader Review


About the Book

Waking Charley Vaughan (Elle Botz)
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It took years for Charley to build a life she was happy about.

Unfortunately, it only took a moment to send it all crumbling down around her.

She was finally free from the clutches of her overbearing mother, engaged to an ambitious and gorgeous guy, and was months away from opening her own bakery: a lifelong dream come true. All until a humiliating and heartbreaking discovery changed everything.

Can the night that destroyed her perfect life also hold the key to building an even better one?





Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Indie Book Release: My Life According To My Destiny (Vanny Vorng)


New Indie Book Release:
My Life According To My Destiny - Vanny Vorng
Memoir / Autobiography (318 pages - March 2015)

My Life According To My Destiny is a personal memoir of the author's experiences in Cambodia under the multiple regime changes and my families struggles and success in leaving the country and arriving in America.

About the Book

My Life According To My Destiny (Vanny Vorng)
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My Life According To My Destiny, a memoir written by Vanny Vorng a survivor of the Killing Fields of Cambodia, is a story about a man from his childhood up to the present time. It entails his struggles to survive many brutal events in Cambodia from the Coup d’Etat of 1970, the fall of the Khmer Republic in 1975, and the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

The Khmer Rouge Communist Party of Cambodia purged the cities and countryside of intellectuals, rival politicians, monks and teachers. The extremeness of this group leads to a country that has no religion, no free market, no schools, no families, and a closed border. Citizens attempt to hide their old lives from ears outside the walls while food becomes dangerously scarce in the so called Agrarian Utopia. The new party in charge invents ways of making families disappear.

It describes the events of each conflict as they unfold, where each time he somehow manages to survive the ordeal to tell the story. After the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in 1979, he found a way to provide for his family’s needs. Vanny and his family realized they would be better off leaving the land they called home for so many years. He led his family and friends to the refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines.

After that, Vanny and his family were transported to America to start a new life. Upon arriving in America he managed to work hard at his job while attending school.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Lydia's Secret (Ditter Kellen)


Lydia's Secret (Ditter Kellen)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Paranormal Romance Novel Lydia's Secret by Ditter Kellen.

Lydia's Secret is full of heart wrenching moments, laughter and scorching hot romance. The twists, turns and surprises will keep you emotional as Roman and Lydia burn the pages with passion and suspense.

The Book has been self-published via DK Media and is available as eBook - 151 pages - released in May 2015.


About the Book

Lydia's Hughes is not what she seems.

Her days are spent in never ending torment until one night in a dark alley a stranger changes her life forever.

Sexy as sin and shrouded in mystery, Roman Castillo inserts himself into Lydia's life only to find he's not the only one with untold secrets.

Lydia's Secret (Ditter Kellen)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] I LOVE this book. Ditter Kellen has done it again, she has written another AMAZING book. Ditter has a way for making you guess what is going to happen in her books and this one is no different. I found myself truly wanting to know more about each character and wanting the story to go on and on." - Kelsey23 (Amazon)

- "This is a book that has you thinking you know what will happen when suddenly your world is rocked, in more ways than one. This author knows how to write a story that keeps the reader wanting more and I will definitely be reading another book by Ditter Kellen in the future." - Loni Maxfield

Friday, May 22, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Another Sunset (Jason Zandri)


Another Sunset (Jason Zandri)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Literary Fiction / Contemporary Fiction Another Sunset by Jason Zandri.

Another Sunset is one of those books that once you start to read it you will be intrigued until the very end. The story is very well written with just the right amount of drama and suspense that keeps you captivated as you turn every page.

The Book has been self-published via Booklocker.com and is available as eBook and Paperback - 346 pages - released in November 2014.


About the Book

David is a kind drifter with a hidden past who arrives in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents as they welcome and befriend him.

He becomes close to a protective, single mother who is raising her daughter as best she can. She keeps her grounded while encouraging her to reach for the stars. He decides to help her precocious daughter, who thinks more of others than herself, and excites and energizes the whole town in the process.

The local reporter unravels the mystery of his travels and discovers why he is on his journey. Then, fate takes a critical turn, and their lives are never the same again.

“I don’t regret the things I've done, I regret the things I didn't do when I had the chance. You can change the world with one random act of kindness at a time." – David

Another Sunset (Jason Zandri)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "What an amazing story! I was really engaged with it as it continually builds up. It starts off introducing you to the characters who come across as very real everyday people. As you read more about them you really feel like they are people you know. As the story evolves you begin to think you know where it is headed and then it takes subtle turns you’re not expecting. [...]" - Janio Jackson

- "A dream,a life, the world around us, the people we meet - this is a book that follows all those aspects in a great and enjoyable fictional work. Another Sunset is that kind of novel that sticks - not because of the thrill or mystery or romance, but because it is simply about life and what comes with it - the past, the present and the future.[...]" - Agatha Miller

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Tombstones and Tiaras - Box-Set (Angie Fox, Ann Charles, Christiana Miller, Tonya Kappes)


New Indie Book Release:
Tombstones and Tiaras - Angie Fox, Ann Charles, Christiana Miller, Tonya Kappes
Paranormal Mystery Box-Set/Collection (808 Pages - April 2015)

Tombstones and Tiaras - Box-Set features shifters, sorcerers, witches and wizards, ghost whispers, angels, demons, fairies, and more in this once in a lifetime box set. From bestselling and award-winning paranormal mystery authors, Angie Fox, Ann Charles, Christiana Miller, and Tonya Kappes. Escape into a world of magic, mischief, danger, and evil along with some romance.

This Collection is on sale for a limited time: only 99 Cents

About the Collection

Tombstones and Tiaras - Box-Set (Angie Fox, Ann Charles, Christiana Miller, Tonya Kappes)
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This fine collection includes these full-length Novels:

Angie Fox, The Accidental Demon Slayer (Biker Witches Mystery)
Straight-laced preschool teacher, Lizzie Brown, never lies, never cusses, and doesn't really care much for surprises. When her long lost Grandma Gertie shows up on her doorstep on a neon pink Harley Davidson wearing a "Kiss My Asphalt" t-shirt and hauling a carpet bag full of Smuckers jars filled with road kill magic, Lizzie doesn't think her life could get any stranger. That is, until her hyper-active terrier starts talking and an ancient demon decides to kill her from his perch on the back of her toilet.

Ann Charles, Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood)
Irony is having a big ol' fiesta and Violet Parker is the piƱata. Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet's daughter could be next. Short on time and long on worry, she's desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. But with her jerkoff co-worker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending creepy love poems, and a sexy-as-hell stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood's dearly departed.

Christiana Miller, Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead (The Toad Witch Mysteries)
A little magic can go a long way--to really screwing up a girl's life! When Mara's tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She is one pissed-off old ghost and she blames Mara's magical meddling for her untimely death.

Tonya Kappes, A Charming Crime (Magical Cures Mystery Series)
June Heal thinks she has nothing to lose when she relocates her homeopathic cure shop, A Dose of Darla, to the cozy little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky. But Whispering Falls has a lot of secrets. From talking snow globes to whispering animals, June realizes the town is more magical than she thought... literally. June soon discovers she was born into a family of psychics, and her homeopathic cures truly are magical--just not magical enough to save her from being the number one suspect when a corpse is found in the lake, clutching June's lucky charm.




Tombstones and Tiaras - Box-Set (Angie Fox, Ann Charles, Christiana Miller, Tonya Kappes)
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"You will not want to put this collection down. It was enjoyable going from one book to the other and having them all flow off each other so well." - Reader Review

"I loved every one of these books. All four are great authors and that makes four great books." - Reader Review

"These were all good books. Introduced me to some new authors but not necessarily any I have to add to my "must read" list." - Reader Review

"Highly recommend to each and everyone one of you to go get this book and then pick up more books from these authors." - Reader Review

"I really enjoyed getting to know 3 more authors. I've been reading Ann Charles for a while and LOVE her books but the others are new to me. I've purchased another book from each of them since I enjoyed the ones in this set. This set is a great way to [...discover new authors]." - Reader Review

Grab these Four Amazing Paranormal/Mystery Novels now for only 99 cents. This box-set/collection is only available for a limited time.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Gods on the Mountain (Ben Willoughby)


New Indie Book Release:
Gods on the Mountain - Ben Willoughby
Fantasy (381 pages - April 2015)

Gods on the Mountain takes on the subject of spirituality in a culture, and look at it from a fresh light in a fantasy setting, treating it both realistically and respectfully.


About the Book

Gods on the Mountain (Ben Willoughby)
Click to Read an Excerpt

In the mountains of Calambria, the dwarf tribes have disappeared, and merchants have been expelled.

Two are assigned to investigate this mystery: Edmund, a human and Magi, gifted with the ability to utilize the elements; and Diane, an elf and Dagger Maiden, who excels in close combat.

As they attempt to uncover what has happened, they unearth betrayal and secrets not only from outside the continent, but from within as well.

Soon they will discover a plot with dangers that go well beyond the mountains.






Monday, May 18, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Layers Trilogy Box-Set (Lacey Silks)


New Indie Book Release:
Layers Trilogy Box-Set - Lacey Silks
Adult Romance / Suspense (692 pages - April 2015)

Layers Trilogy Box-Set contains four full length novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Follow Julian and Tristan Cross, brothers and private investigators, and their cousin Gabriel Silver, as they work together to keep the women they love safe and satisfied.

This Box-Set is on sale for a limited time!


About the Book

Layers Trilogy Box-Set (Lacey Silks)
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Four full length novels from a USA Today Bestselling Author are included in this Box-Set.

DAZZLED BY SILVER (prequel)
He's not ready to commit.
She's looking for a fling.
Will their no strings attached motto stand in the way of finding true love?

Private Investigator, Gabriel Silver is healing from a deadly loss and avoids relationships of any kind. When he agrees to help a friend who's tangled up with drug dealers he has no idea the job will change his life.
Samantha Connor is recovering from a terrible relationship. She's on the prowl for a hot hook-up, with no strings attached. When she meets Gabriel, she thinks she's found the perfect man. But Gabriel turns out to be more than meets the eye. Soon, she's knee-deep in his latest case and on the run with Gabriel and her sexy friend Kendra. As they plot to trap the drug dealers, Sam and Gabe begin a thrilling game of cat and mouse. With growing feelings, danger at every turn and seduction on the table, anything can happen. Can they both let go of their shattered pasts long enough to find true love?

LAYERS DEEP (BOOK 1)
He needs her to save a friend.
She needs him to plan her revenge.
Their pasts scar them Layers Deep.
Their passion distracts them...
...and distractions can be fatal.

Tristan Cross is battling emotional demons from the past. He lives in a world where trust is earned, loyalties are tested, and love is impossible. That is, until he meets Allie Green - the only woman who can help him find a kidnapped friend. All he has to do is persuade her to work for Cross Enterprises, his top investigations firm. Allie Green is a rookie cop seeking revenge and willing to sell her soul to get it. When an opportunity to use Tristan Cross presents itself so does the time for payback. As her vengeance boils her blood she can’t keep her mind off her new boss and Allie finds it difficult to keep her employment professional. With the mouth watering Tristan Cross distracting her, she struggles to prioritize an undercover job she’s been assigned and her hunger for revenge. And when you’re ready to give up your life to save someone else, distractions can be fatal.

LAYERS PEELED (BOOK 2)
New life binds them,
Past ghosts haunt her,
Fresh secrets distract him,
...and history repeats itself.

Allie, a rookie cop hired and desired by a private investigator, is about to knock the wind out of Tristan with the biggest news of her life... right after she recovers from the announcement that he just fired her. Tristan, owner of Cross Enterprises, has a few surprises for Allie as well. While the couple deals with their predicament, romance blooms and ghosts from Allie's past haunt her, slowly calculating the timing of their return. With new assignments distracting Tristan, fate has stacked deck against them. Can Allie and Tristan peel away their protective layers for long enough to see the danger brewing at their doorstep? If they don't work together, trusting and sharing information, it may be too late.

LAYERS OFF (BOOK 3)
She’s gone through hell and back.
He’s kept a secret that could send her there again.
And they’re trying to find their way to each other.

Rescued by the man she loves, Kendra Knight struggles to recover from a month-long captivity. Memories of her imprisonment as a sex slave haunt her as she battles withdrawal from drug addiction and fights to put a dreadful past behind her. With the help of her new friends, Allie and Laura, Kendra begins to question who she is, and Julian Cross’ true intentions for her future. Julian Cross, owner of a top investigations firm, has kept a secret from the woman he loves since the day he met Kendra. He watched her grow from a teen to a woman and fall in love with his brother Tristan, only to be broken into pieces in the end. Now, he vows to stand by her until she’s well, so he can tell her the dismal truth about her past. Will the truth finally set Kendra free or send her back to the drug infused pit of hell?




About the Author

Author Lacey SIlks
Author Lacey SIlks
USA Today Bestseller and Author of Erotic Romance, Lacey Silks writes her stories from life experiences, dreams and fantasies. She likes a pinkish shade on a woman’s cheeks, men with large feet and sexy lingerie, especially when it’s torn off the body. Her favorite piece of clothing is a birthday suit.

When she’s not thinking about writing steamy stories, which is a rare occasion, Lacey enjoys camping and skiing with her family (not at the same time of course).

She’s a happily married wife blessed with two kids who adore going to the library. She’s an early bird by nature, but loves the nightly adventures with her hubby which provide good content for her books.


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Pianist in a Bordello (Mike C. Erickson)


Pianist in a Bordello (Mike C. Erickson)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Humor and Satire (Fiction) Pianist in a Bordello by Mike C. Erickson.

Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises. Are voters really ready for the whole truth? Are you?

The Book has been self-published via Tri-Rhyme Publications and is available as eBook and Paperback - 284 pages - released in January 2015.


About the Book

What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth?

Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.

And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhaus Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.

He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each shaped and defined the man he’s become.

Pianist in a Bordello (Mike C. Erickson)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This is one of the best books I've read in the past year -- very engaging, funny, and educational. It really hits its stride about 1/3 of the way through and keeps your attention until the very end. I found myself staying up late each night simply because I couldn't put it down. I was sincerely impressed that this was the author's first novel [...]" - Shawn Gogia

- "Do not be fooled about the political overtone though, because there is an ample amount of romance and humor to take you from the beginning to the end of the book. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys good reading." - Lennette (Amazon)