Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Richard I Levine


Indie Author Interview with Richard I Levine - Author of the Action/Adventure Ray Silver Trilogy.

From the time of youth Richard I Levine is a native New Yorker who grew up in the shadows of Yankee Stadium. "I fondly remember the days of sneaking into the Stadium through the bleacher seat entrance to watch Maris and Mantle play, sipping egg cream sodas at the corner candy store and playing (surviving) Bronx style sidewalk games until mom called out from our fourth floor apartment window that dinner was getting cold."
After working in the auto parts business for several years and a one year wanderlust trip that took him coast to coast and back again, this one time volunteer firemen, auxiliary police officer and bartender eventually returned to school to become a chiropractor.
He lives, maintains an active wellness-based practice, and continues to write in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (although he confesses to a strong desire to dig his toes into the warm white sands of Lanikai while sipping on an ice-cold Pipeline Porter and munching on fresh Mahi Mahi Poke).

Interview with Richard I Levine

Author Richard I Levine
Author Richard I Levine
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Richard I Levine: Outside of having indie published three novels since 2012 I really have none. When I was in high school and college I took some creative writing courses and played around with writing poetry and song lyrics but I never took myself seriously. When I wrote my first book Eye of the Redeemer I had never intended it to become a novel. It started as a simple way to entertain myself because I had become bored to death of television. It wasn’t until the characters started coming to life and a coherent storyline began to develop that I decided to continue on. At no time, however, was I writing with the thought of having it published. But once I had the finished product I said, why not?

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who and what are your writing influences?
I’m a history buff and I like biographical accounts. I also love historical fiction. Last year I read Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken which chronicled the true ordeal of American Olympian Louis Zamparini and what he went through surviving for weeks in a raft after his plane crashed into the Pacific and then as a prisoner of the Japanese during the second world war. I think it’s great that Angelina Jolie is bringing that story to the big screen. My all time favorite book is a science fiction tale called Earth Abides by George R. Stewart. I first read it when I was a teenager and I think I read it a dozen times since then. Being an introvert, I was intrigued by the events and challenges that the protagonist, Isherwood Williams, had to face in a world in which almost all of the population had succumbed to some sort of virus. Back in the 80s I read a lot of Joseph Wambaugh and Stephen King. I also like W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy. The Genres are different but the writing styles of each of those authors easily captured my attention. I often felt as if they had written specifically for me.

"I wrote it for me [...]"

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Ever since I was a kid I had always been writing something at one time or another. Because of a lack of discipline, focus, intent, whatever, I can come up with a number of excuses as to why I never saw a project thru to completion or why I never took my writing to that next level. Perhaps it was out of a fear of being judged. But when I finished Eye of the Redeemer, just knowing that I wrote it for me, I really didn’t care if someone liked it or not. Don’t get me wrong, praise is a wonderful thing. It gets the juices flowing just like a good piece of dark chocolate or when reading a Lelani Black novel. And having my first two books be finalists in the 2012 and 2013 Indie Reader Discovery Awards Competition were unexpected surprises that had me on cloud nine.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I had a writing assignment in my eleventh grade English class. It was a short story and we were told to write about something in the classroom. It had to be a narrative without disclosing what the object was. If the story was read in class then the audience was tasked with figuring it out. The teacher simply said “let your imagination run wild, take us on a journey we’ve never been on before”. So I turned to my right and I saw Vicky Gottron, and yes, she was beautiful. And as ordered, I let my imagination run wild. Wouldn’t you know that my story got picked to be the first one and the teacher herself did the honors. I was embarrassed while she fanned herself and blushed as she read the piece. The girls in class were swooning as well, but not Vicky. She somehow figured out that she was the protagonist. And although she threatened to have her boyfriend meet me after school, she did ask for a copy.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I never force anything. It’s either there or it isn’t. I guess when you’re an Indie author you have the luxury of walking away from the computer because there’s no agent reminding you of a deadline. When I sit down to write the first thing I do is put on music. In “Redeemer” a number of the scenes were influenced by what was coming out of the iPod. When Leigh Anne was at a critical time in her life and she had made the decision to move on, I was listening to the title track from the movie An Unfinished Life. When the protagonist Ray Silver was searching the terrorist ship while he and the guys he was with were in a fierce battle I was listening to some of the songs from the movies Pearl Harbor ,The Last Of The Mohicans, or the Patriot. Tender moments between Ray and Leigh Anne were influenced by Mindy Smith’s One Moment More. I listened to a whole host of similar tunes while writing the sequel Beyond Redemption. The battle scenes in my third book, The Last Angel In Hell, were created with the aid of Hans Zimmer’s music from Blackhawk Down and his original score in the Call of Duty gaming series. Another aid that I used for book three was to watch a lot of real footage from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But whenever I sit down to write I’ll always start off by reading what I wrote the night before. As I’m doing that, I find that I’m adding descriptions, adding to the dialogue, or even cutting out passages that seem way too wordy or even out of place. I never allow myself to be married to anything that I’ve written. In “Redeemer” as well as the other books there were excellent exchanges between characters that I was really proud of. But as each story progressed I realized that the content of those conversations were irrelevant and I ended up deleting them. I’ve tried story-boarding but that process hasn’t worked for me. I tried to do that in the first two books and when the manuscripts were finished I looked back at the storyboards and saw that the finished product were very different.

Please describe your desk/workplace.
I have two places that I like to write. During the day when I’m at my real job I’ll sit at my desk during the lunch hour and review/edit a passage I did the evening before. My writing environment at home is still a work in progress. I sit at simple writing desk that has my laptop, a bowl filled with sand from Hawaii, some lucky bamboo, a few pictures of my kids, and a coaster to place an ice-cold Pipeline Porter. The room itself is filled with majesty palms, white bird of paradise, and mass cane.

"You’re going to win fans and you’re going to make some people very mad."

What do you find easiest about writing? What’s the hardest?
As I write, I’ve found that as long as I’m in the mindset that I’m simply writing to entertain myself then my imagination is free to be expressed without reservation. When that happens, if I’m working with a character or with several characters, it seems as if they come alive. There have been many times during the writing of Eye of the Redeemer, as well as the other two books and still now as I currently work on my newest project that the characters actually take over and influence the direction of the story. There have been a number of times where I’ve completed a long section of dialogue and felt as if I wasn’t even involved in the conversation. The hardest part comes when I second guess what I’ve written with questions such as “will this be believable?” or “Will this be offensive?” When that happens, then the creativity turns off. I’ve had friends, who’ve read all three books and have loved them, or at least that’s what they tell me to my face (laughing), but then say things like “Ya, know, if you really want to sell more books you should try to be more politically correct.” Sorry, but that’s just not me and I’m not going to compromise. You’re going to win fans and you’re going to make some people very mad. That’s life.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I never really thought about that before…I don’t think there’s any one specific thing. The whole process from starting with a blank page to typing the figurative “the end” to holding the first copy that comes off the press…the whole thing is a roller coaster thrill ride with ups and downs, but in the end as the color returns to your knuckles you can’t wait to go around again.

The Last Angel In Hell (Richard I Levine)
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Richard, please tell us about your just released Action/adventure novel, The Last Angel In Hell and the Ray Silver Trilogy.
The Last Angel in Hell is the third book in the Ray Silver series and as Beyond Redemption was the sequel to Eye of the Redeemer, The Last Angel is the sequel to Beyond Redemption. First I think it’s important to get to know Ray. In doing so you get to understand his mindset and his motivation and then hopefully the reader becomes his advocate. The way each book is written allows you to start with either one and you still get a feel for who he is ( although book one does provide the most details of this character) Ray is, for all intents and purposes, the average guy next door-- maybe a little below average. He admits he’s not a Hollywood action hero hunk and he’s certainly had more than his share of self-inflicted injuries whenever he uses hand tools. But he works hard, wants to enjoy his life and most importantly he wants to be a provider for and a protector of his family. He has his flaws like all of us. He hates hypocrites yet there’s a bit of hypocrisy in himself as well. But where most people will solve the world’s problems with boisterous bravado at a social gathering of like-minded friends (or in this day and age by posting something about it on Facebook—as I’ve been known to do), Ray’s an activist and he’s the type of guy who will take subtle action steps within the community by writing an op-ed piece , by speaking his mind at a city council meeting, or by giving lectures at his clinic, things like that. But when something or someone crosses the line and the welfare of his family is threatened, that’s when we see the Ray Silver that I think each one of us wishes we could become.
Coming on the heels of Beyond Redemption (which Kirkus Reviews described as a political thriller --thank you, Kirkus) Ray promises to his young wife Leigh Anne that he’s ready to hang up the cape and focus his energies on his natural healthcare clinic and living the laid-back Hawaiian family life that he promised her. Unfortunately his past involvement with the NSA proves a deadly obstacle that may be too hard to overcome. Especially since Ray holds a secret that could damage the President. Now he’s got some difficult choices to make and lives, possibly his own, hang in the balance.

Ray Silver Trilogy
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What inspired you to write the Ray Silver trilogy?
Just like with my first novel Eye Of The Redeemer, I didn’t set out to write a book. I was just entertaining myself because I was bored with television and at the time, my half-hearted effort to find a novel that could penetrate the barriers of my attention deficit had been unsuccessful. Not that there aren’t tons of great Indie novels out there, I just didn’t know they existed at the time I began this journey. The thing that inspired me to write the sequel, Beyond Redemption, as well as The Last Angel In Hell was the desire to see what happens to Ray and the others as each book has loose threads that need to be resolved.

"Action, adventure, romance, intrigue, conspiracy, internal struggle. Ray is a guy who I think people can relate to."

Who do you see as your target audience?
All three books have a little bit of everything that a wide demographic would be able to relate to: Action, adventure, romance, intrigue, conspiracy, internal struggle. Ray is a guy who I think people can relate to. He’s an ordinary guy. He can be klutzy but he’s genuine. He has a moral and ethical code that he lives by and we see that he also has flaws. I mentioned earlier that he does have a little bit of hypocrisy in him as I think we all do. In Ray’s case he’s owns a multidisciplinary natural health care practice and yet he enjoys a good cigar and an ice cold beer. People like him and they want to see him get the girl at the end of the story.

How would you describe the success of the trilogy so far?
I still have my day job.

How long did it take you to write the books?
On average from the very first sentence to actual release the process for each book was about twelve months. The latest book that I’m working on will definitely take a bit longer.

"[...] five drafts later it was ready to be edited."

Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
I’ve only been writing since 2011 and after three complete novels I still consider myself a newbie at this whole thing and I’ve got a great deal to learn. If I can pass along anything it would be to have patience. Enjoy the writing process, take your time with it and know that what you first put down will probably not look the same by the time you are ready for publishing. Just write. Get it down on paper (or computer) and then worry about cleaning it up. When I completed Eye Of The Redeemer a friend congratulated me on the quickness with which I completed my “first draft”. I laughed at him. Well, five drafts later It was ready to be edited.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m currently working on a whole new Ray Silver adventure. It takes place three years after The Last Angel in Hell and Ray now finds himself in a new war with corrupt politicians and the pharmaceutical industry. The back drop of the story comes right out of today’s headlines of falsified research data, whistle-blowers, cover-ups, payoffs and the industry insiders who are working at the FDA and how dangerous drugs are fast-tracked into the market place.

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will bookstores disappear like record stores disappeared?
I hope to God that physical books don’t disappear. If small Indie book stores go the way of record stores or small town barbershops then we will lose one more piece of Americana. I really think that these big box stores and all this internet shopping, while convenient, are just more ways that we are alienating ourselves from our neighbors. And yet, I rely on websites like Amazon to sell my books. I have a kindle that I received as a present a few Christmas’ ago and I’m downloading books onto it, and I will take it along on the plane but I have a hard time using it. Not because I’m electronically challenged but because I just love the feel of a book in my hands. I like being able to feel actual pages with my finger tips and having the satisfaction and the sense of accomplishment when I close the rear cover at the end of a good novel. And besides, if you get really mad at a something you just read in a book, it’s too expensive to throw an e-reader across the room.

"In my real life I’m a chiropractor, just like Ray Silver."

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you’re not writing how do you spend your time?
In my real life I’m a chiropractor, just like Ray Silver. However it is now in my five year plan to retire from practice in order to devote more time to writing as well as other pursuits. Now that I’m single I want to get out and do more things such as biking, hiking, kayaking etc. oh and uh…looking for my own Leigh Anne McMillen.

How do readers connect with you?
I’m on twitter @richardilevine and I have a facebook page called Richard I Levine—fiction novelist. Feel free to stop by, leave a message and tell me what you think of the books.

Thank you very much for the Interview, Richard.



About the Book The Last Angel In Hell

The Last Angel In Hell (Richard I Levine)
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THE LAST ANGEL IN HELL is the third book in the Dr. Ray Silver action adventure saga. In book one, (Indie Reader Discovery Award finalist EYE OF THE REDEEMER) we meet this average Joe chiropractor in a story that explores the age old values of honesty, integrity, honor, courage, and morality. But in his midlife crisis search to make sense of his life and validate his existence, Ray gets suspended from his job, becomes the love interest of two beautiful women, and finds himself on a 60 year-old naval relic sailing for the Philippines—an accidental key player in a CIA operation to stop a terror group from unleashing a nuclear holocaust.

It is during this mission in the jungles of Luzon Ray spies two CIA agents meeting with a contact who looks like his brother Frank—a former Navy SEAL thought to have been killed many years before. In book two (5-star Kirkus reviewed BEYOND REDEMPTION), Ray’s search for his brother continues, even as his new wife encourages him to surrender to the simplicity of their Hawaiian family life. But his innocent search is not so innocent and he’s not the only one interested in the outcome. Red flags arise at the CIA, NSA, and with powerful San Francisco congresswomen Francine Manetti—preoccupied with Frank and a package of documents he supposedly had…documents, if in the wrong hands, could derail Manetti’s quest to become the most powerful woman in America. Ray and his family soon learn how far reaching and painful the effects of a vindictive power-hungry congresswoman can be. Francine Manetti also learns how far Ray will go to protect his family.

THE LAST ANGEL IN HELL finds Ray physically and emotionally spent as he tries to recover from two back-to-back life threatening adventures he never imagined could ever happen to someone like him. His progress is slow but steady and as he tries to finally enjoy the warmth of the white sands of Lanikai and a laid-back family life with his beautiful young wife, Leigh Anne, and their twin baby girls, he continues to struggle with the guilt of having been the catalyst for attacks on his loved ones. Just when Ray thinks he’ll be ok, his past involvement with the NSA comes back to haunt him—especially since he holds a secret that could damage the president. Because of that secret his two eldest children are being used as pawns in a cloak and dagger war being waged by two NSA advisors competing for the top post in president Jack Walkers National Security council. Will Ray abandon the promise he made to Leigh Anne and allow himself to be drawn in to the fray? If he honors his promise to her will his children become collateral damage? If he jumps back in will it cost him his marriage? Will it cost him his life?

"Dr. Levine finishes this trio of novels with a bang! Action-packed and thought provoking! I want to see the movies!!!"- Reader Review



Links to the Books

Link to the eBook Eye Of The Redeemer with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to the eBook Beyond Redemption with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to the eBook The Last Angel In Hell with Excerpt on Amazon

Ray Silver Trilogy
Ray Silver Trilogy


Monday, July 28, 2014

New Indie Book Release: A Fighter's Desire (L.P. Dover)


New Indie Book Release:
A Fighter's Desire - L.P. Dover
New Adult Romance (350 pages - July 2014)

A Fighter's Desire shows you the ins and outs of the fighting world and how fighters live their lives. They're crazy, fun loving, and complete alpha males that take what they want, when they want it. There's also some light suspense involved and lots of fighting. It's written in two parts, with the first being in two different point of views from the second.

This New Release is on sale for a limited time for 99 Cents! (Click here!)


About the Book

A Fighter's Desire (L.P. Dover)
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Two is always better than one.

Knowing a fighter’s desires and needs are one thing, but actually experiencing them is another. A Fighter’s Desire gives you not one, but two stories full of hardcore passion, angst, and action that’ll leave you breathless and aching for more.

Part One: Ryley and Camden Jameson, well-known MMA fighters and identical twins, were just as aggressive and passionate in the bed as they were in the ring. They loved a good fight, and that’s exactly what they got when they met Ashleigh Warren. The brothers had a habit of sharing things—including women—and she happened to be the only one they truly craved. However, the problem was getting her to agree to their proposition. It was one she couldn’t refuse, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy to win. Nonetheless, she sure as hell was going to enjoy it.

Part Two: Fighting temptation isn’t easy when you’re constantly around the one person you’ve desired more than any other. Gabriella Reynolds was warned by her brother, MMA Heavyweight Champion Matt Reynolds, to stay away from his friends; they only wanted one thing, and in the end they’d break her heart. She heard it, but the desire to have the one man she couldn’t led her down the forbidden path to pursue him; he also happens to be one of her brother’s best friends. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, and he’s afraid she’ll want more than what he can give her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes. They have no choice but to keep their time a secret, and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.




About the Author

Author L. P. Dover
Author L. P. Dover
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.



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Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Destructive Release (L.U. Ann)


New Indie Book Release:
Destructive Release - L.U. Ann
True Story / Biography (276 pages - May 2014)

Destructive Release is the third and final book in A Destructive Novel Series and picks up where Destructive Choices left off. A Destructive Novel is a series of three books based on the Author's life. They deal with heavy life issues and will have the reader begging for a happily ever after.

"[...] I highly recommend you read this so you can read all about the rest of Lacey's story. Its phenomenal! The author has once again did an amazing job. I praise her so hard for not only living thru all of this, but sharing her story and life with the world!! Amazing! 5 out of 5 stars. " - Reader Review


About the Book

Destructive Release (L.U. Ann)
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A single grain of sand produces a beautiful pearl. How can something so precious come from something so painful?

Grief-stricken, Lacey realizes reality has caught up to her.

Her silence has kept her trapped as if she was a frightened little girl. When Lacey finally speaks up, what she unburies will forever haunt her.
The choices she makes only seem to hurt those she loves. When Lacey tries to stand up for herself, she faces a choice. A choice she will be forced to live with for the rest of her life.

If life hands you more grief than happiness, and the guilt of letting someone down consumes you, what will it take to move on?

When sorrow threatens to drown her, will Lacey triumph over her inner demons to discover her own pearl?



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Featured Indie Book: The Dream King's Courier - Payback (Patrice Sikora)


The Dream King's Courier - Payback (Patrice Sikora)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Fantasy Novel The Dream King's Courier: Payback by Patrice Sikora.

"Wonderful read! A fantasy in a modern world that you can relate to. Gwen - the Dream King's Courier - is an emotionally and physically strong character whois the heroine at the heart of this tale! I particularly liked the way the tension built until the conclusion [...]" - Reader Review

The Book has been published via CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 340 pages - released in April 2014.


About the Book

Animal Control Officer and single mother Gwen Revmore has no use for the gods. They’ve never answered any of her prayers—even after a tragic accident leaves her husband dead, and her young son gravely injured.

But after her estranged grandfather shows up at the hospital to urge her to try one more time to save the boy, Gwen decides there’s nothing left to lose. She asks Nathao, the powerful King of Dreams, for help, and he agrees to save Sam—but like most favors, the help will come at a price.

King Nathao needs to replace an employee killed in an attack on his lands, and he promises to save Gwen’s son if she agrees to take on that very important job of Courier. Gwen will work closely with Nathao’s other staff, including her grandfather, and serve as the King’s public face for his congregations around the world. She will also be his official emissary to other gods.

Gwen soon finds herself caught in a dangerous conflict as Nathao and rival god Bayel struggle for followers and power. In a world where gods are created and shaped by human belief, these beings will stop at nothing to gain more worshippers—regardless of who is caught in the crossfire.

The Dream King's Courier - Payback (Patrice Sikora)
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Indie Book Release: What Happens Tomorrow (Elle Michaels)


New Indie Book Release:
What Happens Tomorrow - Elle Michaels
Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction (276 pages - May 2014)

What Happens Tomorrow is a story about love, forgiveness and second chances.

"This book was heartwarming and also sad at times. Passion, love, pain, sorrow, happiness are just a few of the emotions going on during this story. It is story about moving on, loving again, and finding happiness after a devastating loss. The characters were great and the story really tugged at my heartstrings.[...]" - Reader Review


About the Book

What Happens Tomorrow (Elle Michaels)
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No one knows what happens tomorrow...

When Brooke Adams suffers the unimaginable, she knows her heart will never be whole again. Faced with the choice of giving in to her grief, or fighting to regain a resemblance to the life she once knew, she chooses to fight.

Not ready to give up, Brooke starts a new life where no one knows her past. As she slowly puts the pieces of her life back together, Brooke meets her neighbor, Tyler Reynolds. Soon, he becomes her friend, her rock...

and her complicated constant.

Despite her best efforts, she finds herself falling for him, but what will happen if Tyler learns the truth about her past and realizes just how deep the damage is?

The risk might be too much...




Friday, July 25, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Toxic: Logan's Story (K. A. Robinson)


New Indie Book Release:
Toxic: Logan's Story (Torn) - K. A. Robinson
New Adult / Contemporary Romance (287 pages - May 2014)

Toxic: Logan's Story is Book four of the Torn Series, but this title can be read as a standalone.

"WOW!! K.A. Robinson did it again; she crafted an incredible, fast paced novel that keeps you hanging on to each page. Also, you need to be prepared to go on a roller coaster ride that will leave you breathless and emotionally wrung out. This book had me hooked from the first paragraph and held me captivated till the end. It had me frustrated, laughing, crying, frustrated again, and happily teary eyed." - Reader Review


About the Book

Toxic: Logan's Story (K. A. Robinson)
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True love is forever.

After years of chasing his best friend, Chloe, Logan finally managed to win her heart—or so he thought. His world crashes down around him when she confesses to cheating on him with a local rock star, Drake. Unable to let her go completely from his life, Logan reassumes his role of best friend while he watches Chloe find her happily ever after with another man. Each day, he sinks further and further into his depression, and the kind, caring Logan he once was dies. When Jade, a member of Drake’s band, inserts herself into his life, Logan never expects to fall for her. He’s too broken, too damaged.

Jade ran away from home when she was seventeen, desperate to escape her abusive stepfather and her controlling boyfriend, Mikey. The only regret she has is that she left behind her little sister, Bethaney. When Jade’s band, Breaking the Hunger, hits it big, she vows to go back to her hometown not only to reconnect with her little sister, but also to show her stepfather that she’s not worthless like he said.

The moment Jade saw Logan, she knew she wanted him. Unfortunately, he was with Chloe at the time. After his world falls apart, Jade steps in to comfort him, determined to bring back the Logan she once knew.

Sometimes, you find true love with the person you never least expect. Can Logan and Jade heal each other? Or will they forever be changed by their toxic pasts?



Friday, July 25, 2014

Featured Indie Book: True Colors (Krysten Lindsay Hager)


True Colors (Krysten Lindsay Hager)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Young Adult Fiction Novel True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager.

True Colors is about friendship, loyalty, frenemies, and being able to really be yourself with someone and have them like you for who you really are as a person.

The Book has been published via Astraea Press and is available as eBook - 245 pages - released in June 2014.


About the Book

Landry Albright gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition with her two best friends. She doesn't think she stands a chance, but she advances to the next level in the competition and her friends ignore her when they get cut.

Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut and includes Landry in her clique. Devon becomes the perfect best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition?
Landry hopes her big break could come at any moment, but soon sees there's much more to modeling than just getting your hair done and looking pretty. She begins missing out on being with new friends like Ashanti, a girl who truly has Landry's back. Landry also has the chance to have a boyfriend when she meets a boy named Vladi from another school.

Part of Landry wants to be famous (and have her hair look good for once), but part of her just wants to be accepted. She learns about friendships, being true to yourself, and that a good hair conditioner doesn't hurt.

True Colors (Krysten Lindsay Hager)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Embrace (Melissa Toppen)

New Indie Book Release:
Embrace (Two Hearts) - Melissa Toppen
Contemporary Romance - (400 pages - July 2014)

For fans of Contemporary and Adult Romance, with Embrace (Two Hearts) comes the next great love story, with strong characters and a believable story line. The characters are very easy to relate to. They are real everyday people facing real everyday conflicts and struggles.

About the Book

Embrace (Melissa Toppen)
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After losing her high school sweetheart in a tragic cliff diving accident five years ago, Grace Morgan had no interest in loving again. Deeming it better to not love then to risk losing anymore of herself, she closed herself off to the possibility of ever falling in love again. But all of that changed the moment she laid eyes on Zayne Evans.

Her older brother’s best friend, a successful entrepreneur and a known womanizer, Zayne is exactly the type of man that Grace needs to avoid and yet he is the only man that she wants.

Zayne is the one person that can see through Grace’s façade. Grace is the one woman who is not blinded by Zayne’s looks, money, or his untouchable persona. They challenge each other in a way that neither has been challenged before.

But with their relationship already surrounded by secrecy and lies, Grace quickly realizes that if she wants any hope of a life with Zayne, she will need to be willing to risk everything to be with him...

(Book 2 in the Two Hearts Series)


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Rusty Blackwood


Indie Author Interview with Rusty Blackwood - Author of the Contemporary Romance Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary.

From the time of youth Rusty Blackwood has loved the Arts in their many forms, and is a graduate with honors in Interior Decorating & Design. Though she crosses genres with ease, Rusty's love for romance is celebrated in her exceptional romance novel Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary. Ten years in the making, this novel is truly a writer's dream, and a reader's paradise, proving that she truly does write words that will leave you breathless.

Interview with Rusty Blackwood

Author Rusty Blackwell
Author Rusty Blackwell
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Rusty Blackwood: I developed my love of writing while in elementary school, and I’ve carried that love ever since. However in the sixties, and this is unfortunate by way of career choices afforded women entering secondary school in that era, journalism, regardless of the different aspects of it, was not offered in the allotted course studies, so I had to choose a different route. However I continued to write whenever the opportunity presented itself and of course I, like so many others, kept a daily journal, but I was never professionally trained in the field of writing, yet I had always done well in English, had a great understanding of written word, and a unique way of expressing it which had been noticed and encouraged by my elementary teacher, the late Gladys Carroll. So I continued to write short stories and poetry as a hobby until 2001, when I decided to write in a professional sense and see where it could possibly take me.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
The majority of those whom I admire were primarily children’s authors, yet the scope of their work reached well beyond that of a child’s mind. I can remember reading Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’ at a very young age, and marveling at the concept of a story written through the mind and eyes of a horse. I liked Lucy Maude Montgomery who authored ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and many more in the ‘Anne’ oriented series, and the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series by Laura Ingalls-Wilder. Also, ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. They were all wonderful writers with tremendous stimulation for the mind. Favourite writers of adult work are, ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margret Mitchell, and ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë. I have to say I believe the Brontë sisters were far beyond their time with regard to graphic, sensuous expression that would have been considered not only risqué for the time, but quite scandalous. I love the work of Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, and I admired Jackie Collins for her boldness which in turn opened the door to so many more that would otherwise be considered crass. I also like ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett and of course ‘Love Story’ by Eric Segal, and ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks. And finally my very favorite author, Stephen King. Although I primarily love romance, I’m always blown away by the incredible mind of this phenomenal writer, whose inspiration and endless imagination never cease to amaze me. I find him a marvelous example of what can be accomplished by opening your mind to endless scope, and not be intimated in the least to follow where it is leading you.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve loved to write since the time of childhood, scribbling descriptions and ideas of whatever was engaging my mind at the moment; then creating a story about it when I got the chance. But it wasn’t until I was in my early fifties that the desire to write in a serious manner became a passion, and a desire I needed to fulfill.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I discuss this same question on my website in my three part audio-video series An Evening with Rusty Blackwood, and as I stated there, it’s hard to remember that far back. There would have been a ton of stories, but nothing that sticks in my mind as being any more special than the next, but it would have been about an animal, no doubt a horse, as I adored them; still do.

"I don’t believe in demanding a certain amount of words be written per day [...]"

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Beautifully Done (Riley Mackenzie)


New Indie Book Release:
Beautifully Done - Riley Mackenzie
Contemporary Romance (311 Pages - July 2014)

The Beautifully Awake Series --which includes Beautifully Awake (October 2013) and Beautifully Done (July 2014) --has been dubbed by fans as "Fifty Shades of Grey's Anatomy."

"It is a story about love and second chances, there are moments that will leave you breathless. We get to follow these two beautiful souls step by step as they learn to fall in love and learn all the tiny little things about each other. Of course, there are ups and downs like in any relationship and it is not a rushed thing. It is a wonderfully written story that will have you happy that you gave it a chance." - Reader Review

About the Book

Beautifully Done (Riley Mackenzie)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Diagnosis: Borrowed time
Treatment: Trust
Prognosis: Beautifully Done

Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman.

He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride. He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility.

When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it ... until it’s Beautifully Done.