Thursday, May 06, 2021

New Indie Book Release: The Prophecy of Freialen (Ashlee Lynn)

New Indie Book Release: 
The Prophecy of Freialen - Ashlee Lynn
Fantasy (103 Pages - May 2021)

The Prophecy of Freialen follows the story of a Demigod named Freialen. Her father is the Norse God, Odin. She leaves Asgard to fulfill her destiny and find her fated mates. Challenges immediately follow, and she does whatever it takes to overcome them.  


About the Book

The Prophecy of Freialen (Ashlee Lynn)
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For Freialen, life just got more complicated.

Born into a magical world, Freialen never understood how chaotic her life was about to become.
Being both the daughter of Odin, a Norse God, and having a mother with powerful witch bloodlines.
Freialen was destined for greatness.

Only now, she must leave Asgard, the only home she has ever known, and embark on a dangerous journey to gain her true powers and the destiny that awaits her with her fated mates.

To make matters worse, a battle is brewing and causing unexpected enemies. Desperate to find her mates and her powers, Freialen will stop at nothing to succeed.




About the Author

Author Ashlee Lynn
Author Ashlee Lynn
Ashlee Lynn 
is from Southern California, but spent a couple years in Germany. She is a mother of a rather 'spicy' 8-year-old girl, who keeps her days busy and heart full. 

When she is not writing, she can be found; reading, cooking, watching movies or spending time with her family and fur babies. She is on the blog team for Rabid Readers Book Blog. 

She is always a reader first and foremost, who loves to connect with other reading fans. 

She encourages you to interact with her about books you've read and recommend, thoughts and reactions about her book(s) or maybe just to swap pictures of pets. 

Connect with Ashlee Lynn via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @AuthorAshleeL

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

New Indie Book Release: There Will Your Heart Be (Susan Marie Graham)

New Indie Book Release: 
There Will Your Heart Be - Susan Marie Graham
New Adult Historical Christian Fiction (410 Pages - March 2021)

There Will Your Heart Be is set against a backdrop of WW2, it's an exploration of the topic of forgiveness from three points of view. First, can you forgive someone who's done something heinous to you? Second, can you forgive someone who's hurt someone you love? And third, can you forgive yourself?


About the Book

There Will Your Heart Be (Susan Marie Graham)
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A New-Adult love story about redemption and the power of God's grace.

It's 1944. All Annalaura wants is to get through college, marry Eddie, and settle into a "normal" life. But World War 2 is ablaze, and Eddie is sent overseas. 

Annalaura takes a break from missing him by attending a New Year's Eve celebration, and her life is forever altered when she suffers a physical assault.

Now, with a broken spirit and an unwanted pregnancy, all she can do is go away. She leaves her life, her family, and Eddie behind. It's better for them that way, isn't it?

Annalaura is left starting her life over, on her own, separated from everything she loves.  And she almost thinks she can make it. Until she's confronted with Jesus' command to forgive when her attacker resurfaces, looking for absolution. But is it possible to forgive the unforgivable? Annalaura doesn't think so. Instead, she sets out to remake herself and seize the opportunity for revenge.




About the Author

Author Susan Marie Graham
Author Susan Marie Graham

Susan Marie Graham
 left a corporate career to pursue writing. 

She writes about Christian characters for Christians in the New Adult category, although this story would be at home in Young Adult and Women's fiction.

She lives in Tennessee with her husband and cat. There Will Your Heart Be is the author's debut novel. 

Currently writing a series based on The Fruit of the Spirit.


Connect with Susan Marie Graham at the Author's Website
and via eMail

Sunday, May 02, 2021

New Indie Book Release: Confidentiality (Pete Wilke)

New Indie Book Release: 
Confidentiality - Pete Wilke
Legal Thriller (394 Pages - April 2021)

Confidentiality is about a complex civil court case involving the Central California vineyard/wine market, involving three different law firms, one fantastically corrupt defendant, and a flawed but likeable protagonist struggling to balance family, health & profession in the midst of the chaos.  


About the Book

Confidentiality (Pete Wilke)
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Robert Sinclair, Esq. has some version of it all: the Holmby Hills mansion, a cherry Austin Healey rag-top; a four-year-old son who adores him, and a gorgeous wife (who doesn’t). There’s at least one good friend, a boat he occasionally sleeps on, and his private law practice, managed by the capable and comedic (by her own estimation) Florence Bull. “It’s a wonderful world,” he likes to say, but there are problems; his, at the moment, are three-fold: 

One: His marriage to that gorgeous wife is on the rocks; Two: a lingering head injury has ratcheted up, untimely because, Three: Robert is neck-deep in the most complex civil case of his career, defending the fantastically corrupt Phil Pearson, whose acts of fraud, manipulation, and potentially murder have destroyed a huge segment of the Central California table grape vineyard market. Of course, a new and inappropriate relationship with opposing counsel helps tip his life into a teetering pile of chaos.

This irreverent legal drama by writer and longtime attorney, Pete Wilke, explores the ephemeral meaning of its title, with a slate of colorful characters who drive a narrative that’s compelling from a legal standpoint, provocative from a psychological one, and as wildly entertaining and unpredictable as the roller coaster ride that is Robert Sinclair’s life.



About the Author

Author Pete Wilke
Author Pete Wilke
Pete Wilke 
is a long-time Los Angeles-area attorney specializing in securities, private placement, and investor documentation, particularly for emerging businesses, and independent film production and its many ancillary elements.

He is also a writer and producer; his original musical, Country the Musical, was produced to critical acclaim (LA Times, etc.) at Santa Ana’s Crazy Horse Steakhouse & Saloon in 1999, and later for a taped production (in 2000) at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. All twenty of the soundtrack songs (music and lyrics written by Pete), were recorded in both Nashville and Los Angeles, and can be heard by accessing the Music Page on the show’s website, or by clicking over to the show’s SoundCloud page. Given resurgent interest, new production opportunities for this evergreen work are being explored.

A solo singer/songwriter in his own right, he wrote, produced, and performed a 12-song album titled, Down From Montana, which was recorded in Nashville with some of the city’s finest players and producers. The project has been enthusiastically received by listeners across the country, including Montana radio stations, and can be accessed on YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

When he decided take another creative leap—this time in “novel” form—he conjured up a story that taps his estimable legal expertise, his appreciation for irreverent humor, as well as his unique storytelling voice. It’s a complex, sexy, suspenseful read, and he hopes you enjoy it as much as he did writing it.

Pete lives with his wife, author/singer Lorraine Devon Wilke, Author of the 5-STAR Bestseller 'After The Sucker Punch, in Playa del Rey, CA; his two grown children, Jennie Wilke Willens and Dillon Wilke, and their families, nearby. 

Connect with Pete Wilke via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @PeteWilke1

Monday, April 19, 2021

Featured Indie Book: The Darkest Gift (Len Handeland)

The Darkest Gift (Len Handeland)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Paranormal Vampire Novel The Darkest Gift by Len Handeland.

The Darkest Gift is a dynamic, enthralling tale of love, jealousy, rage, and the Supernatural.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 498 pages - released in April 2021.




About the Book

When a self-loathing Gay man—Jack, meets an elegant yet incredibly mysterious Laurent Richelieu, he thinks his stroke of bad luck with men and women has come to an end. Or is it the beginning of a nightmare?

As the two begin their courtship—Jack encounters horrifying experiences involving paranormal experiences, vampirism, and possible reincarnation, making him question his sanity. The more time Jack spends with his mysterious European love interest, the more revealed about the dark secret awaiting Jack. 

Are they destined to be together? —does Laurent honestly care for Jack? Or is there a much more sinister plot involved?

The Darkest Gift (Len Handeland)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] it is a page turner. Great character development and detail, peppered with riveting passion. A must pool side read for 2021!" - Pennypincher (Amazon)


About the Author

Growing up, Len Handeland  always enjoyed writing, starting in elementary school and upward; whenever a book report was due, the other classmates groaned, but not Len; he enjoyed researching whatever subject he reported on; he also enjoyed composing the words. 

Everything needed to be perfect, grammar, spelling, and accuracy on whatever topic. Later in life Len enrolled in several creative writing groups, striving to fine-tune his writing skills. 

This is Len's debut novel, which seems to be off to a beautiful start.



Links to the Author & the Book 

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Link to the Paperback The Darkest Gift on Amazon

Link to the eBook The Darkest Gift on Amazon

The Darkest Gift (Len Handeland)


Monday, April 12, 2021

New Indie Book Release: CARREFOUR (D.M. Buckley)

New Indie Book Release: 
CARREFOUR  - D.M. Buckley
Mystery (310 Pages - March 2021)


About the Book

CARREFOUR (D.M. Buckley)
Click to Read an Excerpt
When her weenie cousin asks for her help locating his lifelong, friend who has been abducted by some heavily armed, trigger-happy, two-bit punks, Lexi O’Malley reluctantly agrees and finds herself heading, once again, into a hotbed of danger.
 
Adding to her rotten luck, her old childhood antagonist, Nick Romano, calls and requests her assistance issuing a Summons and Complaint to a lowlife swindler that Mark, a P.I. with Romano Investigations, had failed to deliver.

As she attempts to find her cousin’s kidnapped friend and chase down the wily con artist she almost loses her life to the knife-wielding hustler, narrowly escapes a fiery explosion and exchanges wits with a bomb-making hired gun in this zany new adventure. 





About the Author

Author D.M. Buckley
Author D.M. Buckley

D.M. Buckley 
was born and raised, and still lives in Tampa Florida with her husband.

She is currently working hard on The Fifth Wheel, the next Lexi O'Malley adventure. 









Connect with D.M. Buckley via the Author's Website
and on Facebook


Sunday, April 04, 2021

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Friday, April 02, 2021

New Indie Book Release: The Zaragoza Chronicles - Beginnings (A.J. Ayeni)

New Indie Book Release: 
The Zaragoza Chronicles: Beginnings  - A.J. Ayeni
Dark Academia (452 Pages - February 2021)

The Zaragoza Chronicles: Beginnings  is about he richest family in the world who also controls the most powerful company. They offer a full scholarship to only two bright yet disadvantaged scholars from every country. Altruism or something else entirely? 


About the Book

The Zaragoza Chronicles - Beginnings (A.J. Ayeni)
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The year is 2040 and wealthy organizations have become the de-facto governments of the world dictating the public policy of many people’s lives.

One organization stands above the rest, the Zaragoza Consultancy Agency, born out of crises from World War II, no other company has reached their levels of success. 

Resulting in their family becoming the richest in the world, showcasing this obscene wealth each year by offering the all-inclusive Zaragoza New Beginnings Scholarship (ZNBS) to be used from college, until the end of each student’s professional career and a guaranteed job at the ZCA after their studies are completed.

The catch is, the ZNBS is only offered to two scholars from each country.

Their benevolence is not all what it seems, and the true stipulations of their generous scholarship is not the only murky thing about their family and the conglomerate they control.

For its prestige and glamour, no one who has received the ZNBS has been able to talk about it, or the mysterious orientation that is completed before it is awarded.

Until a rag-tag group of international scholars form the Zaragoza Resistance Coalition (ZRC) and attempt to unmask the shadowy company from the inside-out…



About the Author

Author A.J. Ayeni
Author A.J. Ayeni
A.J. Ayeni 
is a Nigerian-American neuroscience researcher turned novelist currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

After graduating Northeastern University with a psychology degree, he went on to earn a masters degree in neuroscience from City, University of London. After living in Singapore, he ultimately decided that his true passion was bringing all of his experiences together by writing fantastical stories ripe with social critiques. 

His debut novel and first entry into the series, The Zaragoza Chronicles: Beginnings is now available. Learn more at Ajaxwrites.com 


Connect with A.J. Ayeni via the Author's Goodreads-Page
and on Twitter: @ajax_writes


Monday, March 22, 2021

Indie Author Interview: Marcus Abston

Indie Author Interview with Marcus Abston - Author of the Historical Fiction Novel Bloodlines.

Marcus Abston is the author of Bloodlines (A Dying Truth Exposed, Book One). He is from the south side suburbs of Chicago. He has two degrees in zoology, loves the Olympic games, and is interested Native American history, especially regarding issues that have divided families. 

Interview with Marcus Abston

Author Marcus Abston
Author Marcus Abston
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News):
 
What is your (writing) background?
Marcus Abston: I’m actually a brand new author.  My only background with writing is writing my thesis. This forced me to learn from heavily experienced authors. 
 
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
C.S. Lewis, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Suzanne Collins, Rebecca Roanhorse, and T.D. Jakes are some of my favorite writers. I’m not sure if my writing style has really been influenced by any of them. However, some of my stories including the second book to Bloodlines will focus around life choices so in that case T.D. Jakes and C. S. Lewis are influencers. 
 
"[...] to create stories that talked about American history that isn’t taught"

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I never planned to be an author.  As I got into graduate school a piece of me wanted to create stories that talked about American history that isn’t taught, and I also wanted to help teenagers and adults with making life choices. 
 
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Bloodlines (A Dying Truth Exposed, Book One) is my first story. 

"I can’t always write when it’s quiet [...]"
 
Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I listen to music normally without lyrics.  I can’t always write when it’s quiet because there is so much ruining through my mind I can’t focus.  I do better when I have to ignore something or use music to trigger emotions.  I listen to some R&B songs to fully flush out scenes that may be intimate to some degree, and other styles of music to help me go deep into their world.   
 
Please, describe your desk/workplace.
It’s very structured though most times my writing is done on my laptop on my lap. 

"The hardest for me personally is showing and not telling."
 
What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
The easiest thing for me putting the story’s timeline together, and creating different personalities of the characters.  The hardest for me personally is showing and not telling.  It’s real adjust for me because I’m used to writing in a scientific manner. 

"I always like to pull people into the story[...]"
 
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The thought that my stories may connect people, and also encourage others.  I always like to pull people into the story to the point they question what their own actions would be if they were in the story.

Marcus, please tell us a little about your Historical Fiction Novel BLOODLINES (A Dying Truth Exposed).
My story focuses on the genealogy of a family with an African American and Native American background.  The patriarch of the family realizes that the young adults of the family have nearly forgotten everything they’ve been taught.  To educate his family and to reinforce the importance of remembering the past he leads them into the story of Annabelle.  Annabelle was born a slave on the Brown plantation.  As a child she befriends her Master’s daughters, and becomes the best friend of the youngest daughter Judy Mays.  After Judy Mays becomes married circumstances force Annabelle to run away, and attempt to escape to the north.  Now brings in her legacy and her fight to stay a free young woman, but is there anywhere safe for her in this period?

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)
Click to Read an Excerpt
 
What inspired you to write the book?
I wanted to tell a story that reflected the relationships between African Americans and Native Americans in the 1800s.  It’s rarely talked about in American history, and there is a massive cultural disconnect with many individuals with this background.  Much of the disconnect was caused by societal pressures, and the story touches on this issue.

"[...] Christianity from the perspectives of minorities in this era."
 
Who do you see as your target audience?
People who are interested in historical fiction, genealogy, Native American history, African American history, and even Christianity from the perspectives of minorities in this era.  
 
What makes your book special?
My book will put pieces together a lot of families with an African American and Native American background are unable to do. My book will also show unexpected friendships are some of the greatest a person could ever have.
 
How would you describe the success of your self-published books so far?
I would describe my book as a success because I was able to have it published. Because I’m new I’ll have to wait and see how the story changes. 

"Be patient, have fun, and follow your own path [...]"
 
Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Be patient, have fun, and follow your own path because you have your own unique story to tell. 
 
Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes I am working on a Series.  Bloodlines will be a series, and I will have three other series that will also come out as well.  
 
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?
I believe bookstores will still exist.  There some people that want something physical to hold onto, and an ebook isn’t good enough for them. 
 
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An iPad is my choice. 
 
Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m not a full-time writer.  I actually teach biology and human anatomy & physiology.  I spend my time reading, doing extreme workouts, spending time with loved ones, writing, watching movies, or watching anime.  
 
How can readers connect with you?
Reader can email me through my website or at marcuscabston@gmail.com  

Thank you very much for the Interview, Marcus.



About the Book Bloodlines 

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)
A grandfather confronted with the fact that his family is woefully ignorant about their own lineage and legacy is determined to educate them. So begins the tale of his great-great-grandmother, Annabelle.

Annabelle was a slave born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi and raised as a house servant thanks to the plantation master's daughters having a fondness for her. The youngest daughter protects her as best she can from the wrath of the cruel master and his wife, but then marries and leaves the plantation. Unable to bear the master's heinous acts against her any longer, the teenaged slave girl escapes north to be free.

But is anywhere really safe for a runaway slave girl in the 1800s? Her journey is only the beginning of a legacy.



Links to the Book

Link to the Paperback Bloodlines on Amazon

Link to the eBook Bloodlines on Amazon

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Indie Author Interview: Douglas Cole

Indie Author Interview with Douglas Cole - Author of the Drama/Crime/Literature Novel The White Field.

Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry, a novella called Ghost, and The White Field, a novel. His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as many journals, such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poetry International, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Louisiana Literature and Slipstream. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net and received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington.

Interview with Douglas Cole

Author Douglas Cole
Author Douglas Cole
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News):
 
What is your (writing) background?
Douglas Cole: Minimalist. I was told I might have dyslexia when I was a kid. That stuck with me, so I never thought I had the wiring for it. But it got a hook into me anyway…
 
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences? 
Alphabetically…I like the weird, coincidental-but-it’s-true nature of Paul Auster’s books, Borges, definitely, the writer dreaming god dreaming the writer. Braverman for her raw poetry. Bukowski for that voice and the humor…no time for metaphor! Carver because each story is several shots of whiskey. Delillo seemed to find his own code form of poetry. James Dickey, Joan Didion, Joy Harjo, Jim Harrison, James Joyce, Jack Kerouac, Jack London, Malcolm Lowry, Cormac McCarthy, Herman Melville, Octavio Paz, J.D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, Sam Shepard, Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, Nathaniel West, Elie Wiesel, Oscar Wilde…and I’m leaving out some that I can’t see from here right now…

"[...] writing was always going to be something I’d do for myself"
 
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
In early high school I had an inkling that writing was always going to be something I’d do for myself, as a means of meditation and prayer if nothing else.
 
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I was a junior in high school. I wrote it for an English class. We had two student teachers from UC Berkeley: a young woman and a broken-down, Columbo type of guy, though I think he was pretty young, too. He got the flu that semester and one eye was swollen and red for a while. 
I wrote a story, and the editor of the newspaper’s girlfriend was in my class and gave him the story and he published it with the title “The Saddest Story You Ever Heard.” I didn’t give it that title. It was about hanging out with a kid in my neighborhood, and we’re riding bikes and make a jump out of bricks and plywood, and we’re carrying more bricks out to make the ramp higher and his brother throws a wrench at him. He was fairly hurt, but he was lucky that it only hit him in the hand. I guess it was a pretty good shot. Their mom, a big woman, grabs the brother and starts slamming his head into the wall. I left around that moment. That’s the story I wrote. It was just something that happened. I didn’t make it up.

"[...] a lot of ideas come when I walk."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
Every day. I like the morning. Although that’s not the only time. I bring a small notepad when I walk because a lot of ideas come when I walk. Sometimes I’ll hold them all, instead, in my head. I make it a kind of exercise. A discipline. To hold the different ideas in my head and sometimes in a certain order, though they don’t always come back that way, and then write when I get home. It’s like I went hunting and came back with my shoulders loaded with these ideas and I drop them on the table and feel immense relief. And of course night has it’s own magic. Twilight and night. The veil seems to thin, or something. 
 
Please, describe your desk/workplace.
I’ve just started using one again after…a lot of years. I’ve mostly just used kitchen counters, couches. Nothing permanent. In fact I found myself making sure to keep cycling or circling away from a designated spot. It had to come with me where I had to go. Anything else felt like a luxury. And why is that bad? I had a beautiful desk once, just a piece of plywood on two file cabinets. Worked great. Now I’m using a little black Ikea desk, sometimes, mostly because I also teach and during the pandemic I set up a spot for teaching and found myself using it for writing, too. But still, I think of the kitchen. By the back door. It’s better when the door is open. Not much going on in the alleyway. It rains a lot here. I like that. 

"Writing with a pen on paper. It’s so free. Really, you can do anything."
 
What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Writing with a pen on paper. It’s so free. Really, you can do anything. Throw things into a notebook. It’s like being a kid in school forever. And I like sifting through for gold, stuff that I might type. If it gets typed, it’s going to stick around a bit longer, but it’s still raw. There are no guarantees. But it’s still pretty easy. Still just fun. No judgment. The world is your oyster. The universe in a drop of ink. Then comes the slash and burn, ruthless as a conqueror. Soft hearted for your beauties. They make you weep. Forgetting time. Back stiffening up. The hard part is balance, a sort of Bushido of writing, physical strength that inter-circulates with mental vibrancy. But that’s not really even hard. I mean, like someone said, I never worked hard except on a poem. 
 
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovery, zoning out and in, watching it shrink like bacon sizzling in a pan, cutting it into diamond clarity. 

The White Field (Douglas Cole)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Douglas, please tell us a little about your Drama / Crime Novel The White Field.
It’s not really a crime novel. I mean, it is. But it isn’t. It’s a dream meditation on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. It’s an account of the Bardo. It’s a meta-thing like a Twilight Zone but morphed and jazzed-out, meaning it’s not a horror story, even though some bad things happen. But what would a character think, waking up in a book?

"[...] the plot made itself like a landing strip in the middle of nowhere."
 
What inspired you to write the book?
Escape! The need to escape. And the land. The edges of civilization, the outskirts of cities where workers wait for buses and bring their lunches in metal pails. Everyone as young as they are has a rough past. Then I backtracked and the plot made itself like a landing strip in the middle of nowhere. I hung my life on the props, brought my friends in for cameos.  
 
Who do you see as your target audience?
Um…lit kids in high school getting sparked by a strange story that looks like a familiar world but shifts and bends and isn’t quite stable but in a good way like on a roller coaster you get queasy and your heart jumps up into your throat. It’s a little dose of an alternate version as real as the version you think is real. And it’s an honest claim from the underclass that the story is not dead end only, not obscurity, scholars in sweat shops listening for a sympathetic vibration. The target audience…it seems like they’re a little bit in the future or way in the past, and yet everything is happening right now. 
 
What makes your book special?
I hope it has the unique stamp of my voice and style. I hope the way it sounds, the language, is on a high order but also like someone telling you their story simple and true. I’m exploring something in it, and I hope that what I am exploring rings a truth for others. 
 
How did you come to work with the publisher you did?
I had an agent circulating the manuscript, but then he sort of lost interest. Then I had another agent who was just starting to shop it around, but he took a job in a publishing house. He said he wanted to publish it, but it kept getting delayed, so I started querying independent presses and received a lot of positive interest and got to pick out of several offers. I published with Touchpoint because they looked like a solid press with diverse writers and genres. 

"Read…a lot. Write. Just write."
 
Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Read…a lot. Write. Just write. Live your life and report ye well and true. Have fun. 
 
Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I have several irons in the fire. Nothing to report, yet. Well…a children’s book I’m working on with a cool artist…I can admit that one. 
 
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?
I don’t see the come-back of the blockbuster bookstore. But books themselves are a beautiful artform with the distinct strength of being accessible without technology, really, beyond printing them. So, when the smoke clears and people come crawling out of their shelters, books will still be around, just don’t drop your glasses!
 
What is your e-reading device of choice?
If I e-read I use a cellphone.

"[...] I’m always learning as a writer"
 
Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also teach, and I know some writers feel teaching takes away from time to write, which can be true if you have to moonlight to make up or the low wages of most teaching gigs, but I find teaching a perfect complement to writing. And I’m always learning as a writer, so teaching keeps me honest.
 
How can readers connect with you?
I have a website: https://douglastcole.com/ and Facebook 

Thank you very much for the Interview, Douglas.



About the Book The White Field 

The White Field (Douglas Cole)
Click to Read an Excerpt
The White Field is a fast-paced journey of a man, Tom, fresh out of prison and trying desperately to rebuild his life. But he is caught by mysterious, unseen forces beyond his knowledge or control.

After his release from prison, he is dropped back into the world in the wastelands of the city. In the menial work afforded the underclass, he begins his new life among characters at the edges of society, dwellers of the netherworld such as Raphael, a former cop from Mexicali singing Spanish arias in the mists of the industrial night among drug addicts and crooked cops; Tony, a stoner scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge of history based solely on the intricate study of rock and roll; and Larry, the bloated, abusive manager trapped as much as his workers in a world of tedium and repetition and machines. 

Think, The Three Stooges on acid. Unable to reconnect with what’s left of his family, Tom embarks on a criminal path more harrowing than the one that led him to prison in the first place. Lured in by the nefarious, Thane, he slips into a plan that will leave him with no way back. And with no place left in this world to go but prison, he makes one last run for freedom. 

Will he escape?



Links to the Book

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Monday, March 15, 2021

New Indie Book Release: Just for Kicks (Tracy Solheim)

New Indie Book Release: 
Just for Kicks - Tracy Solheim
Contemporary Romance / Sports Romance (319 Pages - March 2021)

Just for Kicks is a fun, flirty romantic comedy. It's a stand-alone Sports Romance and contains characters readers will recognize from the author's Out of Bounds series.


About the Book

It was supposed to be just for kicks...

Just for Kicks (Tracy Solheim)
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Andi Larsen learned early on there is no such thing as fairy godmothers. A childhood spent in foster care will do that to a girl. She’s working her way through night school and is on the cusp of establishing her own business without help from anyone, thank you very much. But when her deadbeat ex steals her identity, amassing a staggering debt in her name, her fairy godmother appears in the guise of a spunky, Fireball whisky-wielding septuagenarian. The older woman’s solution for Andi? Tie the knot with a kilt-wearing, moody jock whose legs look sexier in a skirt than hers do.

Declan Fletcher never intended to be a place-kicker for a professional football team. But fate had other plans. Exiled from his beloved Scotland a decade ago, Dex is now a superstar athlete known throughout the league as the “Man with the Million Dollar Leg.” But when a mix-up in his immigration paperwork threatens to send him home before the season begins, he’ll do anything to avoid deportation and facing his greatest mistake. Even if it means marrying a pink-haired waif of a lass with eyes that seem to see everything he’s determined to keep hidden. 

A grumpy cat, nosy teammates, and a sizzling sexual attraction make their marriage of convenience anything but convenient.




About the Author

Author Tracy Solheim
Author Tracy Solheim
USA Today bestselling author Tracy Solheim writes books with shirtless men on the cover. 

Some of them are actually best-sellers. The books, not the men. 

When she's not writing, she's practicing her curling... bottles of wine, that is. She's been known to cook dinner but no more than two nights in a row. Most days, she'd rather be reading, which to her is just necessary research. 

She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and a neurotic Labrador retriever. Her two adult children visit but not often enough. (See the note above about cooking.) 

Check out her new football romance series, featuring the Milwaukee Growlers--shirtless, of course!


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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Featured Indie Book: Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Historical Fiction Novel BLOODLINES (A Dying Truth Exposed) by Marcus Abston.

BLOODLINES (A Dying Truth Exposed) focuses on the struggles of African Americans and Native Americans in the 1800s, and how they were connected as different communities. The story also explores the importance of knowing your family history, and hits on key issues not often talked about in U.S. history. This recommended novel allows readers to explore the perspectives of African Americans and Native Americans during this era.

The Book has been self-published via Chas Novels and is available as eBook - 356 pages - released in March 2021.



About the Book

A grandfather confronted with the fact that his family is woefully ignorant about their own lineage and legacy is determined to educate them. 

So begins the tale of his great-great-grandmother, Annabelle.

Annabelle was a slave born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi and raised as a house servant thanks to the plantation master's daughters having a fondness for her. The youngest daughter protects her as best she can from the wrath of the cruel master and his wife, but then marries and leaves the plantation. Unable to bear the master's heinous acts against her any longer, the teenaged slave girl escapes north to be free.

But is anywhere really safe for a runaway slave girl in the 1800s? Her journey is only the beginning of a legacy.

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)
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About the Author

Author Marcus Abston
Author Marcus Abston
Marcus Abston
 is the author of Bloodlines (A Dying Truth Exposed, Book One)

He is from the south side suburbs of Chicago. He has two degrees in zoology, loves the Olympic games, and is interested Native American history, especially regarding issues that have divided families. 

He is a descendent of two Native American tribes. Some of the stories he enjoys creating focus on parts of history rarely talked about and revolve around genealogy and interracial relationships, particularly between African American and Native American communities that cause us to reflect on the choices we make especially in our teenage and young adult years. This focus is to help young adults see the bigger picture earlier in their lives. 

He hopes to fascinate your minds, to educate, to make you think about your family, and make you reflect on your own choices in life. 

God’s greatest commandment is to love each other.





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Monday, March 08, 2021

Featured Indie Book: The White Field (Douglas Cole)

The White Field (Douglas Cole)


Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Drama/Crime/Literature Novel The White Field by Douglas Cole.

The White Field asks the question: does society really rehabilitate? Or forgive? Or offer those who have suffered incarceration any way back into the world.

The Book has been self-published via TouchPoint Press and is available as eBook, Paperback, and Audiobook - 184 pages - released in September 2020.



About the Book

The White Field is a fast-paced journey of a man, Tom, fresh out of prison and trying desperately to rebuild his life. But he is caught by mysterious, unseen forces beyond his knowledge or control. 

After his release from prison, he is dropped back into the world in the wastelands of the city. In the menial work afforded the underclass, he begins his new life among characters at the edges of society, dwellers of the netherworld such as Raphael, a former cop from Mexicali singing Spanish arias in the mists of the industrial night among drug addicts and crooked cops; Tony, a stoner scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge of history based solely on the intricate study of rock and roll; and Larry, the bloated, abusive manager trapped as much as his workers in a world of tedium and repetition and machines. 

Think, The Three Stooges on acid. Unable to reconnect with what’s left of his family, Tom embarks on a criminal path more harrowing than the one that led him to prison in the first place. Lured in by the nefarious, Thane, he slips into a plan that will leave him with no way back. And with no place left in this world to go but prison, he makes one last run for freedom. 

Will he escape?

The White Field (Douglas Cole)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Author Douglas Cole paints a vivid picture with his poetic and perceptive prose. The story kept me on edge, as I anxiously rooted for the conflicted protagonist to overcome his demons and temptations. A nice blend of hard-knock realism and spiritual mysticism, with numerous colorful characters. Highly recommended." - Jeffrey Campbell

- "There s a realism and a spiritualism here that summons John Updike s classic Rabbit, Run. Rarely will a reader find the grittiness and beauty intertwined so compellingly."  - Mark Spencer, Author of several books including Ghost Walking and Trespassers

- "If you enjoy Le Carre and Hemingway, Douglas Cole's novel, The White Field, will engage your mind and your heart. Here is writing that carries the awake reader into new terrain and taps on the soul for this journey into the self." - Jeff Kamen, Award winning journalist and documentary producer for NPR, NBC, CBS, ABC, and author of Warrior Pups

- "With a poet’s ear, [Cole] records the pulse of a work-a-day life’s tedium and, cogently, that of his narrator who dares to escape it." - Dennis Must, author of Hush Now Don’t Explain


About the Author

Author Douglas Cole
Author Douglas Cole

Douglas Cole
 has published six collections of poetry, a novella called Ghost, and The White Field, a novel. 

His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as many journals, such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poetry International, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Louisiana Literature and Slipstream. 

He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net and received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. 

He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington. 





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The White Field (Douglas Cole)