Friday, October 31, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Pizza & Promises (Sophia Bar-Lev)


Pizza & Promises (Sophia Bar-Lev)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Women's Fiction / Boomer Fiction Pizza & Promises by Sophia Bar-Lev.

Pizza & Promises is a humorous novel as well as insightful look at the lives of four retired women from different parts of the world who settle in Tuscany and develop an enriching & complex friendship.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 250 pages - released in October 2014.


About the Book

This novel continues the story of the adventures and experiences of four women from around the world who choose Tuscany as their retirement haven.

Frequently humorous, sometimes deeply moving and at other times, heart-wrenching, you will be charmed and challenged by these women who defy stereotypes, ignore supposed age limitations and leave you wishing they lived next door!

PIZZA & PROMISES is the second of Sophia Bar-Lev's series of novels set in Tuscany.

Pizza & Promises (Sophia Bar-Lev)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] Pizza and Promises has a great, heart-warming and gut-wrenching story that is backdropped in picturesque Tuscany. Reading the novel is like a really nice vacation to meet your old friends whom you’re so fond of and whose stories you can’t wait to hear. Anyone looking for a good read will certainly enjoy what Sophia Bar-Lev has to offer in Pizza and Promises" - L B Lazarte

- "Pizza and Promises is a novel about a group of friends in Tuscany—they see each other through tough times and good times, and by the end of the novel you’re left with the fuzzy feeling that you’ve made some new friends, as well.[...] Recommended to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction about female friendship, in the tradition of the Ladybug Farm series." - L. Laskie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Toe Up to 10K (Steven Fujita)


Toe Up to 10K (Steven Fujita)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Health / Fitness Book Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury by Steven Fujita.

Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury is a compelling and inspirational story. The book contains examples of issues caused by spinal cord injury, and strategies the author used to combat those issues.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and Bookbaby and is available as eBook and Paperback - 153 pages - released in September 2014.


About the Book

In 2012, the author was stricken with meningitis and four days later, lapsed into semi-consciousness.

When he regained full consciousness, he could not speak, breathe independently, control bodily functions, nor move his legs. His spinal cord was damaged at the T4 level.

Toe Up to 10K takes the reader on a journey of recovery from the spinal cord injury, from ICU, to wheelchair to the regained ability to walk.

It is not only a journey of determination and hard work, but of positive attitude, of drawing inspiration, and of gratitude towards those around the author: his family, his friends, co-workers, and medical professionals.

Toe Up to 10K (Steven Fujita)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This book was really hard to put down. It's the compelling story of Steven Fujita's recovery from meningitis. The first few chapters were very detailed from his first headache to the downward spiral that left him clinging to life in the ICU. The author goes into such detail about his recovery, you really get a sense of the pain and strength it took to get to where he is today. He offers his story and resources at the back of the book that he found helpful." - Pricilla Benton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Indie Author Interview: Brian Ray


Indie Author Interview with Brian Ray - Author of the Business Non-Fiction Revelations Incorporated - The Disturbing Truth of the Business World & Workplace Culture.

Brian Ray is a Business and Management Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the field. He has worked with several of the largest companies in the world on multiple projects and assignments, from the basic Project level all the way up to Executive level. Currently he is also a contributing writer/blogger to - The CEO Magazine.

Interview with Brian Ray

Author Brian Ray
Author Brian Ray
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Brian Ray: When I was younger I would dabble in various types of storytelling, but this never ventured beyond the compositions and term papers that were required in various English classes for school. Then, in the first several years of my business career, I wrote technical and training manuals for the courses I was teaching at the various companies where I was also consulting.
Over time those and other continuing business experiences led to the inspiration to begin writing non-fiction books and articles.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
Classic novels have always been my favorite. My favorite authors would be Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
It actually was known to me at a very young age, probably about 8 or 9, that at some point I would be writing professionally. It just took time for everything to come together at the right moment for it to become viable.

"[...] start writing down everything that comes to mind."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
No, I really do not have a routine. When inspiration strikes, I simply run over to the computer and start writing down everything that comes to mind.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy comes from simply being able to help and inspire people with the knowledge and direction they need to create positive experiences for themselves.
This in turn then helps them create more positive environments for the world at large, moving everyone forward in the best possible ways.

Brian, please tell us a little about your Business Non-Fiction Book Revelations Incorporated.
This book exposes the "Sociopathic Beast" that is the business world itself. The illusions, toxicity, and realities of business that universities and training courses are too afraid to cover, and that the media largely ignores or glosses over.
Universities, Business schools, and Corporate training courses can all provide any budding entrepreneur, business student or professional with sound theory; but the toxic realities and illusions perpetuated by the business world are often swept under the classroom’s carpet, or are ignored entirely. Many companies’ efforts to hide and manipulate the truth is directly responsible for the majority of problematic issues that business professionals face on a daily basis. This gripping new book tells the truth of what really goes on in business world. It is an attempt to wake up the wider world in general to the fact that things must be done differently.

Revelations Incorporated (Brian Ray)
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Indie Book Release: All Good Deeds (Stacy Green)


New Indie Book Release:
All Good Deeds (A Lucy Kendall Thriller) - Stacy Green
Thriller (310 pages - September 2014)

All Good Deeds is a story about a former Child Protective Worker turned private investigator and vigilante killer of pedophiles. It's the first in a five part series, with the next book coming this Christmas.

"All Good Deeds is an exciting blend of richly developed characters, a plot full of unpredictable and gripping twists, and a story that will stay with you long past the last pages. Be prepared to stay up all night reading." - Reader Review

About the Book

All Good Deeds (Stacy Green)
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Lucy Kendall doesn't believe she's a serial killer. She simply eradicates the worst of society and brings justice to the innocent-the children she failed to protect during her decade in Child Protective Services.

A missing child sets off a chain of events linked to a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy's past. Her chosen path is terrifying-but the search for the missing child pulls her into web of evil and malice beyond her darkest imagination.

Lucy is jaded and desperate, but will her desperate race for justice prevent her from seeing the truth?

Packed with suspense, All Good Deeds is a dark psychological thriller with a finely crafted mystery that takes readers into the deepest recesses of the human psyche.




Monday, October 27, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Forgiving Gia (Gina Whitney)

New Indie Book Release:
Forgiving Gia - Gina Whitney
Contemporary Adult Romance (203 pages - October 2014)

"Every now and then a book comes along that just steals your breath away. I got two this year, Saving Abel and Forgiving Gia. It's the culmination of the story, the music, the drugs, sex and rock n roll ... it's orgasmic and electric. Gina Whitney makes me feel alive! YES! [...] Gina Whitney has done it again with another story worthy of gluing me to my Kindle!" - Reader Review

About the Book

Forgiving Gia (Gina Whitney)
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Abel Gunner is a rock-star with legendary skills both in and out of the bedroom.

He swore he wouldn't fall for another woman after being schemed and manipulated by an ex-lover. He kept that vow until he met Gia Mastro. The Dom inside of him awoke the moment he set eyes upon the submissive beauty. His dark soul hungered for her submission and affection. The deep connection they share leaves him desperate for something he never expected – her love. Her pain brings him the pleasure he craves. Her smile calms the beast that rages within him. Gia loves Abel more than life itself, but Abel is disillusioned by love and wrecks Gia in the process. Her life hangs in the balance. His life depends on forgiving her.

This couple must face many truths.

Is love enough to overcome the damage that dwells within? Gia’s experiences with love have been nil until meeting the infamous bad-boy rocker, Abel Gunner. Swept up in a mind-bending, Dom/submissive love affair, she’s forced to make decisions that both help and hurt their relationship. They both have to face their demons before they can embrace a future together. In the end, they’re faced with two choices: Fight for their love, or die with their demons.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Featured Indie Book : One Night in Tehran (Luana Ehrlich)


One Night in Tehran (Luana Ehrlich)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Christian Mystery / Suspense One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich.

One Night in Tehran (A Titus Ray Thriller) illustrates what happens when someone—unfamiliar with the gospel message—comes face-to-face with a Christian faith so powerful its followers are willing to lay down their lives to defend it.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 296 pages - released in August 2014.


About the Book

Days after his escape from Iran, he starts searching for answers. Meanwhile, an assassin begins his own search—for him.

Veteran CIA officer, Titus Ray—on the run from the Iranian secret police—finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians in Tehran. While urging Titus to become a believer in Jesus Christ, they manage to smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey.

Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. In a hot-tempered outburst, he delivers a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, and, as a result, the deputy forces Titus to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma.

Before leaving Langley, Virginia, Titus learns he’s been targeted by a Hezbollah assassin. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Norman, Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a local detective with an intriguing past, can be trusted with his secrets.

One Night in Tehran (Luana Ehrlich)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] I was captivated from beginning to end! Couldn't put it down once I started. Loved that a lot of it took place in my hometown. It was exciting and unpredictable! Very well written and a great read!" - Atom (Amazon)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Vanishing Dreams (Nicole Edwards)


New Indie Book Release:
Vanishing Dreams (Devil's Bend) - Nicole Edwards
Contemporary Romance (316 pages - October 2014)

Vanishing Dreams is Dalton and Katie's story. Dalton has lived the playboy lifestyle and is ready for a change. And he knows who he wants... Katie, the girl he can't get out of his mind and the woman of his dreams, if he could only make her see that. But Katie is distant for a reason... she has secrets... BIG ones!

"This is such an amazing read that I could not put it down. It has awesome and amazing characters and a story that does not quit. I would gladly recommend this book to everyone I know. This has to be read." - Reader Review

About the Book

Vanishing Dreams (Nicole Edwards)
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Dalton Calhoun hadn’t always planned on a life up on the big stage, beneath the bright lights, but that was where he found himself. A second chance of sorts. An opportunity that had come along after his real dreams vanished when he was eighteen years old. Although country music was more than he could’ve expected, he’d never dismissed the notion that there was still something missing.

When Dalton followed his buddy Cooper Krenshaw to Devil’s Bend, Texas, it didn’t take long before Dalton realized just what that was. But just because he has topped the country music charts, and made his fair share of women swoon, doesn’t mean that everything comes easy to him. And when he sets his sights on the black-haired, gray-eyed waitress at The Rusty Nail, Dalton realizes he might just have to work for what he wants.

Katie Clarren’s life has been a series of unfortunate events, starting from the time her mother left on her eighteenth birthday. Not exactly how she had planned to spend one of the major turning points in her young life. Nor had she planned to spend the next five years dealing with the fallout. Somewhere along the way, Katie adapted, doing exactly what she needed to do in order to survive. But Katie has secrets that even her closest friends don’t know. Secrets she has worked hard to protect.

Although she longs for handsome, charming, country music sensation, Dalton Calhoun, she knows that anything that starts between them can’t last. Too bad her heart doesn’t seem to be on the same page. Katie gives in to her love for Dalton, needing that human connection that has been missing for so long. But when it comes time to make the hard decisions, Katie forces herself to walk away from him. To protect her secrets, and him. The last thing she wants to do is hurt Dalton, no matter how much pain she has to endure in the process. She loves him.

Can the two of them overcome the secrets and lies? Can they look to the future and stop living in the past? Or will they keep dwelling on the dreams that vanished, not seeing what is right in front of them? Each other.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Shawndirea - Chronicles of Aetheaon (Leonard D. Hilley II)


Shawndirea - Chronicles of Aetheaon (Leonard D. Hilley II)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Fantasy Shawndirea - Chronicles of Aetheaon by Leonard D. Hilley II.

Shawndirea - Chronicles of Aetheaon is a fresh, original slant on Fantasy with elements of mystery/suspense. "Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings in a great Epic fantasy!"

The Book has been self-published via DeimosWeb Publishing and is available as eBook and Paperback - 565 pages - released in June 2014.


About the Book

Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons.

Devastated, Ben vows to take Shawndirea back to her realm, Aetheaon; but he discovers that doing so places their lives into immediate danger. To get to Aetheaon, they must pass through a portal rift deep inside the haunted cavern, Devils Den.

Once they cross the rift, Ben enters a world where mysteries, magic, betrayal, and power struggles await. He must adapt quickly or die because Aetheaon is filled with enchanted creatures and numerous races where chaos often dominates order. And since Shawndirea’s destined for the throne of Elvendale, opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from ever reaching her kingdom again. The faery's magic isn't enough to fully protect them, so he must trust other adventurers to aid them during their journey.

Shawndirea - Chronicles of Aetheaon (Leonard D. Hilley II)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This was amazing story I loved everything about it. It has faeries, elves, dwarves, humans, magic, adventure, mystery...its just a wonderful book to read the characters are well written as they work their way through the events thrown at them. [...]" - Jen (Amazon)

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Pizza & Promises (Sophia Bar-Lev)


New Indie Book Release:
Pizza & Promises - Sophia Bar-Lev
Contemporary Women's Fiction / Boomer Fiction (256 pages - October 2014)

Pizza & Promises is a humorous novel as well as insightful look at the lives of four retired women from different parts of the world who settle in Tuscany and develop an enriching & complex friendship.

"The blurb of the book actually hooked me in immediately! Female characters who defy stereotypes and take on the world by storm always fascinate me and make for extremely fun literary characters. And in this regard, Pizza and Promises by Sophia Bar-Lev didn’t disappoint." - Reader Review

About the Book

Pizza & Promises (Sophia Bar-Lev)
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This novel continues the story of the adventures and experiences of four women from around the world who choose Tuscany as their retirement haven.

Frequently humorous, sometimes deeply moving and at other times, heart-wrenching, you will be charmed and challenged by these women who defy stereotypes, ignore supposed age limitations and leave you wishing they lived next door!

PIZZA & PROMISES is the second of Sophia Bar-Lev's series of novels set in Tuscany.







Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Indie Book Release: Claimed by You (Melissa Toppen)


New Indie Book Release:
Claimed by You - Melissa Toppen
Contemporary New Adult Romance (350 pages - October 2014)

Claimed by You is a standalone novel for mature audiences. Claimed by You is a gripping, passionate tale of two people and their struggle to reclaim not only their lives, but the love they once found in each other.
Strong, passionate characters and believable story line, makes Claimed by You the perfect novel for anyone looking for a great romance book with some sizzle.

About the Book

Claimed by You (Melissa Toppen)
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Scarlett Ryan has done everything in her power to move beyond the pain of her past. But sometimes, the past finds a way back into the present....

For Scarlett, leaving home and moving to Maine directly after high school was her only option. Trapped by controlling, manipulative parents, she knew the only way she would ever be free was to leave California and never come back.

So when Scarlett agrees to fly across the country to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of her high school best friend, her plan is simple. Get in, get out. Should be easy enough.

What Scarlett doesn't expect is to come face to face with the first man she ever loved. The man who took her innocence and then broke her heart. The man, that to this day, no other man has been able to live up to.

But Scarlett has come too far to be derailed by the likes of Westin Carver. Commanding, beautiful, and full of charm, Westin has his sights set directly on the one girl he should have never let go. Determined to get her back, Scarlett finds herself in the middle of an emotional whirlwind that she can't seem to escape.

Do people ever really change?
Will she be able to forgive the past?
Can they find a way to be together no matter what the cost, or will their love once again be torn away by the power of lies and deceit?