Monday, June 18, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Flawed Machines (J. Tyler Copeland)


Flawed Machines (J. Tyler Copeland)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science Fiction / Fantasy Novel Flawed Machines by J. Tyler Copeland.

Flawed Machines is a fascinating story of purpose-driven people, time travel, and unexpected consequences when the former two collide. An underlying special quality of this book is the timeline of henosis and the inevitable control of the universe by artificial intelligence.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 262 pages - released in April 2018.


About the Book

It has been five years since Osmond Diaz’s return to Chun from his seemingly endless journey abroad. Now, Andres (his unique research assistant) and Osmond must find a new purpose as their extensive project has finally come to an end.

While refamiliarizing with the vibrant Chun region, trouble ensues from an eerie tech-infused cult, the Mounean Order, as they begin to trail every step Osmond and Andres take.

What the Mounean Order intends to do when they meet Osmond and Andres is nothing short of a mystery, so the two may need the help of friends and acquaintances Osmond hasn’t seen in years. The question remains, “What do they truly want?”

Flawed Machines (J. Tyler Copeland)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Flawed Machines is a beautiful creation of a Frankenstein tale influenced by Asimov's brilliantly contemplative, robotic scenery." - Reader Review


About the Author

Author J. Tyler Copeland
Author J. Tyler Copeland
J. Tyler Copeland is an emerging American author from the Charlotte metropolitan area. He was born in Bethesda, Maryland, though he spent most of his time in North Carolina, where he studied for an undergrad philosophy and political science degree.

Throughout his time at UNC-Charlotte, Tyler always managed to discuss life’s unanswered questions and values, thus he spent frequent time with the university philosophy club.

His science-fiction (SF) writing was heavily influenced by the late SF authority, Isaac Asimov, as well as the legendary SF tale by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.

With Flawed Machines, he hopes to reach an understanding of purpose that has often gone overlooked.





Links to the Author and the Book

Connect with the Author via Instagram

Connect with the Author on Twitter: @jtcope518

Link to the Paperback Flawed Machines on Amazon

Link to the eBook Flawed Machines on Amazon

Friday, June 15, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Orope -The White Snake (Guenevere Lee)


Orope -The White Snake (Guenevere Lee)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Historical Fantasy Novel Orope -The White Snake by Guenevere Lee.

Orope -The White Snake explores a world in decline, at the end of the Bronze Age, and the attempts by some to turn to the gods to stop the oncoming apocalypse.

The Book has been published via Morgan James Fiction and is available as eBook and Paperback - 286 pages - released in March 2018.


About the Book

The Whisperers of the Gods have seen the vision – the gods will destroy the world in a flood because people have corrupted and forgotten the old ways . Three are chosen, Tersh, Kareth, and Sha’di, to go out and warn the world: the gods must be appeased.

In Orope – the White Snake Tersh must leave her children and travel to Matawe, the kingdom in the mountains. She must also care for Kareth and keep him out of trouble. Kareth, told since birth that he is destined for greatness, has been expecting this moment. Certain that he is ready, he quickly discovers that his confidence and curiosity have a tendency to lead him into dangerous situations. Sha’di finds himself travelling alone to find the people of the jungle, the Petzuhallpa. The jungle seems like a paradise, until he discovers the darker rituals practiced within.

Samaki is a merchant who returns to Mahat to find his home destroyed, his father dead, and no one to buy his expensive cargo. With his first mate Tiyharqu, the merchant struggles to move forward after his entire world has been upended. The stories of these four travellers intersect and entwine with each other as they move towards their destinations. Guided by visions the Whisperers must use their wits to survive in these strange new lands that would rather use them as political pawns than listen to their warnings.

Orope -The White Snake (Guenevere Lee)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Very beautiful descriptions, interesting characters. A little violent. The time period is well researched and feels real. Love the maps." - B. Thornton

- "As a fantasy/sci-fi fan and history lover, I found Orope refreshing since it’s placed in a fantastical bronze age in the already saturated market of medieval-fantasy novels.
The book’s world was heavily influenced by both Ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian American people [...]"
- Noel Sayar

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Reversed - A Memoir (Lois Letchford)


New Indie Book Release:
Reversed: A Memoir - Lois Letchford
Non-Fiction Memoir (285 Pages - March 2018)

Reversed: A Memoir illustrates how easily children can fall into the educational abyss, and why we must understand that not all children learn the same way. Readers will laugh and cry, cheering for those often sidelined in our society. Nothing is impossible when one digs deep, and looks at students through a new lens.

"Read this book and you'll be challenged by questions about traditional teaching methods, measures of success and failure and what shapes how we view ourselves." - Reader Review


About the Book

Reversed - A Memoir (Lois Letchford)
Click to Read an Excerpt
A journey from “the worst child in 20 years of teaching,” to Ph.D., Oxford University.

When Lois Letchford learns her son has been diagnosed with a low IQ at the end of grade one, she refuses to give up on his future. Testing showed Nicholas had no spatial awareness, limited concentration, and could only read ten words; he is labeled "learning disabled," a designation considered more derogatory than "dyslexia."

The world of education is quick to cast him aside. Lois begins working with him one-on-one. What happens next is a journey--spanning three continents, unique teaching experiments, never-ending battles with the school system, a mother's discovery of her own learning blocks, and a bond fueled by the desire to rid Nicholas of the "disabled" label.

Reversed is a memoir of profound determination that follows the highs and lows of overcoming impossible odds, turning one woman into a passionate teacher for children who have been left behind.




Monday, June 11, 2018

Featured Indie Book: A u 7 9 - A Tracker Novel (Anita Dickason)


A u 7 9 - A Tracker Novel (Anita Dickason)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Thriller / Suspense A u 7 9 - A Tracker Novel by Anita Dickason.

A u 7 9 - A Tracker Novel: While the plot and characters of A u 7 9 are fictional, it is based on fact. In 2015, the State of Texas Legislature approved a new bill that set in motion a series of events.

The Book has been published via Mystic Circle Books and is available as eBook and Paperback - 314 pages - released in May 2018.


About the Book

What links the two largest Texas Universities to the disappearance of Laredo ATF agent, Stuart Dyson? When the investigation stalls, FBI Tracker Adrian Dillard is sent to Texas, and he’s not greeted with open arms.

Plagued by resentment from local agents, his uncanny intuition kicks into high gear when every lead ends with a dead body. Who knows more than they are telling? Is the missing agent an unwitting victim, or a deadly mastermind? And who is staying one step ahead of him?

Dyson’s fiancée, Homicide Detective Tracy Harlowe, may have the answers, but she’s not talking. The secrets the impetuous detective is hiding could very well get her killed.

A chilling discovery puts Homeland Security on high alert. Pressure mounts as the President demands answers. When Tracy disappears, Adrian knows he’s running out of time. There’s only one question left.

Who dies next?

A u 7 9 - A Tracker Novel (Anita Dickason)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] It is mystery. It is intrigue. It is interesting. It is well crafted. It is impressive. It is apt. It is everything a fast-paced investigative thriller should be Five stars for A u 7 9, perhaps a little something more for that clever title." - David Gunner

- "Anita is a new author for me, and I'm so glad I bought this book! What a great suspense/mystery. Dead ends everywhere, and time is running out to figure out what needs to be done. Fantastic story.[...]" - D.Y. Danis

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Slay the Dragon (Laura A. Zubulake)


Slay the Dragon (Laura A. Zubulake)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Political Fiction / Suspense Slay the Dragon by Laura A. Zubulake.

Slay the Dragon is a topical, provocative political suspense story about corruption and crime, the causes and consequences of the opioid crisis, truth and justice, and what is perceived as right versus wrong.
Slay the Dragon was a FINALIST in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for New Fiction.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 288 pages - released in March 2018.


About the Book

César Rosada is on a crusade. Descended from generations of coffee farmers, the former professional athlete turned politician is determined to improve life for the working class of his country.

As Minister of Finance, César is committed to righting decades of corruption, crime, and misguided economic policies, and defending progress made in the fight against the illegal drug trade. He anticipates resistance from those with money, power, and vested interests. However, he now confronts a burgeoning challenge—America’s opioid epidemic. This deadly crisis poses more than the usual conflict between law enforcement and organized crime.

It is a complex and insidious challenge with pervasive and deep-rooted origins. César’s adversaries intent on maintaining the status quo conspire and threaten everything for which he has worked. The stakes are high—a reversion to the days when drug syndicates rule, politicians collude and profit, and the people remain hopelessly trapped in a cycle of poverty.

César is conflicted, but must decide on a course of action. Weighing choices between what is perceived as right versus wrong, he pursues a path that for some is morally ambiguous.

Slay the Dragon (Laura A. Zubulake)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] This political and crime thriller is better than I could have ever imagined. Zubulake is a fantastic author and has the ability to make a book, regardless of the number of pages, pass quickly! Wonderful read!" - Brandi Perry

- "Laura A. Zubulake weaves crime investigation, corruption, and social ills into the story of a man's gritty fight to defend his values and the lives that matter to him. [...] The conflict is developed at multiple levels, from the protagonist's struggle to reconcile his position with his core values, to the opposition he faces from his peers, and then there is the social plague of opioids. [...] The characters are believable, the plot intelligently done, and the prose exquisite. [...] The story is deft and balanced, as entertaining as it is thought-provoking." - R. Oserio

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)


Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Romantic Suspense Novel Never Knew by Maria Elena Martinez.

Never Knew is a Romance Novel not only about love but there is some suspense as a mystery unfolds.

The Book has been published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 186 pages - released in April 2018.




About the Book

Never Knew is a romantic suspense about Lexi-Anne Wineberry, who just inherited her grandfather’s hotel in Coral Gables, Florida with her brother, Jaxton Wineberry.

Being an attorney, her brother prefers to sell the business.

Lexi-Anne wants to try to be a hotel owner but knows nothing about running a hotel. She thinks that by relying on her employees and using the internet she can make it work. Only someone has other plans for and the company.

Lexi-Anne isn’t the most ideal victim though. She has the support and trust of her family and long-time boyfriend to help her accomplish whatever it is she wants.

Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Orope -The White Snake (Guenevere Lee)


New Indie Book Release:
Orope -The White Snake - Guenevere Lee
Historical Fantasy (286 Pages - March 2018)

Orope -The White Snake explores a world in decline, at the end of the Bronze Age, and the attempts by some to turn to the gods to stop the oncoming apocalypse.

"Very beautiful descriptions, interesting characters. A little violent. The time period is well researched and feels real. Love the maps." - Reader Review


About the Book

Orope -The White Snake (Guinevere Lee)
Click to Read an Excerpt
The Whisperers of the Gods have seen the vision – the gods will destroy the world in a flood because people have corrupted and forgotten the old ways . Three are chosen, Tersh, Kareth, and Sha’di, to go out and warn the world: the gods must be appeased.

In Orope – the White Snake Tersh must leave her children and travel to Matawe, the kingdom in the mountains. She must also care for Kareth and keep him out of trouble. Kareth, told since birth that he is destined for greatness, has been expecting this moment. Certain that he is ready, he quickly discovers that his confidence and curiosity have a tendency to lead him into dangerous situations. Sha’di finds himself travelling alone to find the people of the jungle, the Petzuhallpa. The jungle seems like a paradise, until he discovers the darker rituals practiced within.

Samaki is a merchant who returns to Mahat to find his home destroyed, his father dead, and no one to buy his expensive cargo. With his first mate Tiyharqu, the merchant struggles to move forward after his entire world has been upended. The stories of these four travellers intersect and entwine with each other as they move towards their destinations. Guided by visions the Whisperers must use their wits to survive in these strange new lands that would rather use them as political pawns than listen to their warnings.



Monday, June 04, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Master of Hounds (C.Steven Manley)


New Indie Book Release:
Master of Hounds - C.Steven Manley
Dark Urban Fantasy (380 Pages - May 2018)

Master of Hounds is a dark urban fantasy with a thriller twist - filled with magic, monsters, secret societies, and dark conspiracies.

"C. Steven Manley spins a pretty darned good tale about the darkness of evil and the powers of magic and mysticism. [...] I enjoyed the book because it was a good story and the author didn't let me down at the end." - Reader Review


About the Book

Master of Hounds (C.Steven Manley)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Clint Mercer is about to get a crash course in magic.

After he barely survives an attack on the hospital where he works, Clint is quickly recruited by the brilliant but often unstable wizard, Arlo Dandridge.

Working on behalf of the mysterious Pickman Institute, the two men soon find themselves in a race to recover an ancient relic of deadly power before a centuries old warlock and his cult of militant followers can beat them to it.

With the lives of an entire city on the line, failure is not an option.







Saturday, June 02, 2018

New Indie Book Release: A u 7 9 - A Tracker Novel (Anita Dickason)


New Indie Book Release:
A u 7 9 : A Tracker Novel - Anita Dickason
Thriller / Suspense (314 Pages - May 2018)

A u 7 9: While the plot and characters of A u 7 9 are fictional, it is based on fact. In 2015, the State of Texas Legislature approved a new bill that set in motion a series of events.

"Riveting action thriller. Terrific dialogue, amazing intrigue and intense action keep you turning pages. Spirals to an explosive conclusion. Well-written. Excellent story!" - Reader Review


About the Book

A u 7 9 - A Tracker Novel (Anita Dickason)
Click to Read an Excerpt
What links the two largest Texas Universities to the disappearance of Laredo ATF agent, Stuart Dyson? When the investigation stalls, FBI Tracker Adrian Dillard is sent to Texas, and he’s not greeted with open arms.

Plagued by resentment from local agents, his uncanny intuition kicks into high gear when every lead ends with a dead body. Who knows more than they are telling? Is the missing agent an unwitting victim, or a deadly mastermind? And who is staying one step ahead of him?

Dyson’s fiancée, Homicide Detective Tracy Harlowe, may have the answers, but she’s not talking. The secrets the impetuous detective is hiding could very well get her killed.

A chilling discovery puts Homeland Security on high alert. Pressure mounts as the President demands answers. When Tracy disappears, Adrian knows he’s running out of time. There’s only one question left.

Who dies next?



Friday, June 01, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Slay the Dragon (Laura A. Zubulake)


New Indie Book Release:
Slay the Dragon - Laura A. Zubulake
Political Fiction / Suspense (288 Pages - March 2018)

Slay the Dragon provides readers the essential ingredients for a page-turner of a suspense novel- tension, conspiracy, corruption, crime, a conflicted protagonist, intriguing villains, interwoven plot and sub-plots, and a lush tropical setting.
Slay the Dragon was a FINALIST in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for New Fiction.

"Slay the Dragon by Laura A. Zubulake hooks you in immediately [...] The plot was superbly executed with the perfect mix of suspense and tension. The characters were gritty and true to life. [...] I highly recommend this superb piece of writing." - Reader Review


About the Book

Slay the Dragon (Laura A. Zubulake)
Click to Read an Excerpt
César Rosada is on a crusade. Descended from generations of coffee farmers, the former professional athlete turned politician is determined to improve life for the working class of his country.

As Minister of Finance, César is committed to righting decades of corruption, crime, and misguided economic policies, and defending progress made in the fight against the illegal drug trade. He anticipates resistance from those with money, power, and vested interests. However, he now confronts a burgeoning challenge—America’s opioid epidemic. This deadly crisis poses more than the usual conflict between law enforcement and organized crime.

It is a complex and insidious challenge with pervasive and deep-rooted origins. César’s adversaries intent on maintaining the status quo conspire and threaten everything for which he has worked. The stakes are high—a reversion to the days when drug syndicates rule, politicians collude and profit, and the people remain hopelessly trapped in a cycle of poverty.

César is conflicted, but must decide on a course of action. Weighing choices between what is perceived as right versus wrong, he pursues a path that for some is morally ambiguous.


Sunday, May 27, 2018

3 Tips to Indie SUCCESS from 3 Successful Authors


Asking successful Indie Authors:
3 TIPS TO SUCCESS FROM 3 SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS

Indie Author Tip
We’re a few years into the rocket ship that is independent publishing, so most of us have read countless articles and books on the ‘how to’ and ‘what not to’ and ‘try this’ types of tutelages. The Indie Author has become a successful one-man and one-woman show. We’re educated in the fields of production and marketing. So of course many of these tips and articles have proven effective! But because our industry has grown with so many success stories out there, we can now start asking deeper questions on the motivation that has driven these successful authors.
As cover designer, illustrator and writer I’ve worked with countless independent authors and publishers. On this journey with them all I’ve seen some authors enjoy incredible achievements.
However, how do we measure an author’s success? Is it the amount of books sold, awards won – or is it the mere fact that so many authors have to overcome various challenges to complete a book, or even series?

‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.

In my humble opinion, I would say it’s all of the above. ‘Success’ is NOT just one thing. Its many things.
It has been my privilege to work with these three authors, from diverse genres, who have gone onto publishing numerous books, won awards and even kick-started a whole product range!
So I asked them this question: “How did you go from ‘Wanting to write a book’ to now having published and doing so much more?”
All three answered generously (and authentically), and it’s my honor to share their insights with all authors out there, new or established. Each of these answers resonate with me, and I KNOW every author will find an echoing thought and driving inspiration.


HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

A.J. CULEY -Young Adult and Children’s Book Author
(@ajculey)

Tweet-worthy: “It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.” – A.J. Culey

Author A.J. Culey
Author A.J. Culey
I think for much of my life I was waiting for the stars to align – for me to have the energy, the time, the inspiration AND the motivation all in the same moment. This is how years passed with plenty of ideas and tons of story starts but no finishes. Eventually I realized the stars would never align, at least not perfectly, for me to ever feel like this was the one moment I had to write. And that was my big lesson – realizing the moment had always been and always would be now.

So I started taking classes and I joined writers’ communities and I began to take my writing seriously. I think that's the big thing. We have to take ourselves seriously, as artists, as writers, as creative thinkers. And in that process of taking myself, my craft and my dreams seriously, one book led to another and another until one day I woke to the realization that I was an award-winning author with twelve published books in three different genres and several more on the way.

But to say “I woke” to that realization is to somehow imply that it just happened, which really isn’t the case at all. The truth is I invested the time and money in developing my career. I focused on the goal, invested financially in amazing book covers and illustrations, not to mention promotions, and committed my time to writing quality stories. I just plain did the hard work. And I think the big thing for me moving forward is to keep doing that hard work. I can’t stop to rest on my laurels. I have to constantly work at developing my craft and reaching for that next great story.

It’s not about reaching the peak. It’s about the journey to get there and then the journey to the next one.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Fighting Destiny (Amelia Hutchins)


Fighting Destiny (Amelia Hutchins)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins.

Fighting Destiny is a fast pace read that leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat. It includes a mystery that will leave readers guessing as to what comes next. For fans of fast past paranormal romances - the story features an alpha male and sassy female who brings him to his knees.

The Book has been published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 452 pages - released in June 2013.

Today: FREE for Kindle. Click HERE.


About the Book

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae - beautiful, magical, deadly and a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?
Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, leads to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times and my friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those golden eyes seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

Fighting Destiny (Amelia Hutchins)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] This isn't where vampires sparkle and witches fly are sweet and pretty. There are parts of it that are meant for adult eyes. There are parts in the series that made me want to cry and laugh and say Damn I want to be like her(Syn). It is a book that can capture your mind and spirit and let your imagination run wild with the descriptive detail in it." - Rose Lintz

- "This book had me HOOKED after the first chapter. It's hot.. and I mean HOT - on fire, melt the world into a smoldering puddle hot. A less clique (and less annoying) fifty shades of grey with a paranormal twist. THE FAE. Seriously. Hole yourself up once you buy this because you'll devour the entire series in a few days. I love Synthia!! She is the perfect heroine. She's kicks ass and takes names - I love a strong female lead that doesn't need a man, and Amelia Hutchins delivers!" - Hayley Bradshaw