Friday, February 22, 2019

Indie Author Interview: Maria Elena Martinez


Indie Author Interview with Maria Elena Martinez - Author of the Suspense / Thriller Novel Never Knew.

Maria Elena Martinez lives in Coral Gables, Florida and cares for her Cuban mother, who is disabled. When Maria Elena is not behind the computer, her time is spent with her mother and the rest of the not so small family. Her Shichon dog, Minnie, keeps her active and entertained. A cup of Cuban coffee is a must at least once a day. And, following her dream to be a writer was inspired by her father, who was a lover of literature, classic movies, and music.

Interview with Maria Elena Martinez

Author Maria Elena Martinez
Author Maria Elena Martinez
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Maria Elena Martinez: I have been writing since high school when my passion started to develop. I have a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and have taken several courses in creative writing.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
Right now I am a huge fan of Willow Rose’s suspense, horror, and thriller novels. I read almost anything by her. My favorite is the Emma Frost Series. However, I also enjoy classic writers like Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since high school.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I’ve written many stories over the years but I do remember that when I started to write, my novels were in a different genre than what I write now. I was into horror and ghost stories back then.

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
My routine is to write in the early morning and in the evening since I spend the day taking care of my mother.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
I have a desk in front of a window that faces towards the front of the house. That way I can see what is going on outside and don’t feel enclosed in a room.

"I let my characters tell me what they want [...]"

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Writing isn’t easy especially since I don’t outline or plan what I am going to write. I let my characters tell me what they want so the hardest part is after the first draft and fixing all the inconsistencies into a believable story.

"I enjoy doing the research  [...]"

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy doing the research and a putting it all together into the story.

Maria, please tell us a little about your Suspense Novel Never Knew.
Never Knew is a novel that was originally written in my twenties and has been revised and rewritten many times but when it was picked up again, I realized that all those stories about Lexi could be turned into a series. That’s how this novel became what it is now.

Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)
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What inspired you to write the book?
I’ve always wanted to write a book but it wasn’t until my goddaughter, Chanel Cleeton, published her first novel that I began to believe that I could do the same. My inspiration came from her.

Who do you see as your target audience?
I imagine my target audience to be women in their thirties who are mothers and are working that need a little distraction at the end of the day with a story that isn’t too intense but holds their interest with a little romance and plenty of intrigue.

What makes your book special?
I consider my novel a cozy suspense. It’s not a genre but it’s how I classify what I write since there isn’t blood and gore or too much romance. It’s a mild dose of adventure.

How would you describe the success of your self-published books so far?
I think the novel is doing well but could be doing better.

"[...] concentrate on getting their first draft on paper first then revise and edit"

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
I feel it’s important for a writer to concentrate on getting their first draft on paper first then revise and edit as many times as possible. However don’t ever publish anything without a professional edit and revising what has been done. There’s nothing worse than realizing there’s a mistake in your novel that shouldn’t be there.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes. I am currently working on the second book in the Lexi Series. Never Knew is the first book in the series. There are also other projects in the works but nothing concrete yet.

"[...] the book market will increase."

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 feel the book market will increase. I don’t think major stores will be around but there will be many independent stores. The market for books isn’t going away. It’s just changing for the interest of the reader.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet for when I read in bed and use the laptop when I’m at my desk. Reading at my desk is easier because I’m not tempted to fall asleep and can also switch between writing and reading when necessary.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do not have a day job. I spend my days taking care of my mother, who is disabled. I revolve my schedule for writing around her.

How can readers connect with you?
I would like readers to connect with me on Twitter. It’s my preferred social media. You can find me at Ma_EMartinez. I also have Facebook and Instagram.


Thank you very much for the Interview, Maria.



About the Book Never Knew

Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)
Lexi has given up her career as an illustrator to run grandpa Candelario’s hotel because he has gone missing and is believed to be dead.

Lexi believes she can trust Mark, her grandfather’s accountant and an old friend from elementary school. Staying in contact hasn’t been easy but he always sent her messages through her grandfather.

However, Mark might not be the person she remembers.

Lexi needs to start trusting the right people in order to keep herself safe in this suspense about friendship.

- "Of course, things get more complicated when her old friend and her boyfriend don’t seem to get along too well. Could Mark be in love with her? And what kind of secrets were they hiding? Who was she in love with? Both? Neither? That whole war of the roses between them was just crazy! [...] This was an enjoyable read." - Sandra's Book Reviews




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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Webley and The World Machine (Zachary Paul Chopchinski)


Webley and The World Machine (Zachary Paul Chopchinski)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science Fiction / Fantasy / Steampunk Novel Webley and The World Machine by Zachary Paul Chopchinski.

Webley and The World Machine is a deep dive into the steampunk realm of the World Machine. Imagine, if Earth was kept alive by a fully mechanical city in the center of the planet that keeps the Earth spinning and and heated. Follow Adal and Arija as they embark on an adventure unlike any other and break everything in the process.

The Book has been self-published via Books & Bow Ties Publishing and CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 406 pages - released in January 2018.


About the Book

A Hidden World.

Two Best Friends Trying To Survive.

And A Giant Mechanical Spider

Let The War Begin...


When Adal and Arija stumble upon an elevator hidden deep in a cave, the result is life changing. But to save the world, they'll have to leave their normal lives behind.

When they accidentally start a fierce civil war, can Adal and Arija survive long enough to set things right?

Or will everyone they love pay the price?

You'll love this adventure with its fantastic beasts, wonderful machines and thrilling twists.

Webley and The World Machine features two snarky eighteen-year-olds, a dwarf-like giant and a whole slew of odd robotic creatures. It's Sucker Punch meets Wild Wild West, and if you love sassy characters, you need this series in your life.

Warning: the characters in this series have minds of their own and enjoy swearing and generally getting into trouble

Webley and The World Machine (Zachary Paul Chopchinski)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "I was familiar with steampunk before this book, but this way first steampunk novel and wow! It was absolutely spectacular.[...]" - Jennifer Zamboni

- "[...] Each of the characters have such fun and entertaining personalities, which makes for pages and pages of hilarious banter. Adal can't keep quiet if his life depends on it, Arija always bests the boys, Webley is so mysterious, Cog is so alive, Kip peeves me, Fausto is full of lost potential, and Creepy Daddy Longlegs is my favorite. So stop reading reviews and just read the book already - it's a good one!" - Jennifer L. (Amazon)

- "[...] They walk for hours and come upon a cave where Adal suddenly disappears into a wall. Arija follows him and so starts their journey into Webleys world and their grand adventure into the World Machine. I love Ya/steampunk/fantasy but this takes you into a wild wonderful New way of looking at this Genre. I so look forward to the further adventures of Adal and Arija !" - D.H. Rose

- "As I settled in for a nice traditional old century Steampunk story, I was quickly thwarted when I discovered that Webley is not traditional, but... it is fantastic. Magical, intriguing and fun in all the right ways! You will Love this story!" - Bklovingangel82 (Amazon)



About the Author

Author Zachary Paul Chopchinski
Author Zachary Paul Chopchinski

Zachary Paul Chopchinski is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer and spends his days trying not to kill himself with lethal levels of caffeine.

Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he can be found working, writing and procrastinating.

Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast), and the Hall of Doors Series, a cross worlds adventure with snarky yet loveable characters.





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Link to the Paperback Webley and The World Machine on Amazon

Link to the eBook Webley and The World Machine on Amazon

Webley and The World Machine (Zachary Paul Chopchinski)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Retrospect (Bryan DeMinico)


New Indie Book Release:
Retrospect - Bryan DeMinico
Science-Fiction Thriller (362 Pages - January 2019)

Retrospect takes place in a unique future galactic setting. A subtle political and sociological backdrop adds intrigue throughout the story. Racial tensions are examined, as well as political issues seen in today's news now projected into the author's fantastic Science-Fiction world.


About the Book

Retrospect (Bryan DeMinico)
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In the year 3421, human, novus, and alien races coexist.

At the heart of this existence, the United Planetary Congress forms the foundation of political theater.

The Galactic Interpol Society must now investigate RETROSPECT, a set of stolen codes capable of crippling a newly developed artificial earth planet.

Agent Jonah, one of the society’s top-priority agents, must immerse himself within the violent political shadows surrounding RETROSPECT while fighting off novus terrorists, a rogue galactic agent, and a powerful political figure.

It's James Bond meets the future - Agent Jonah must save Planet Atlas from an evil politician's plot to use RETROSPECT.






About the Author

Author Bryan DeMinico
Author Bryan DeMinico
Bryan DeMinico is an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate who served two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A born Floridian, he played trumpet in the Broward Community College jazz band and was a P'an Ku literary arts magazine staff member, beginning catalysts for his creative side.

After nearly 10 years in the United States Army as an Armor Officer, he transitioned into civilian life.

Continuing his love for writing and creativity, he set forth a personal journey to complete his first novel.


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and on Facebook

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Jake's Redemption (Jamie Schulz)


>Jake's Redemption (Jamie Schulz)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: (Western) Dystopian Romance Jake's Redemption by Jamie Schulz.

Jake's Redemption is a story about characters who’ve survived war, global destruction, and the restart of civilization, only to end up living in an oppressive reversed society. They struggle to overcome the harsh rules in order to be together permanently before their enemy can tear them apart.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 425 pages - released in February 2019.


About the Book

In a broken world, he faced a future full of pain. Will one daring woman be his last chance for love… before time runs out?

Jake Nichols longs for the life men lived before war destroyed everything and women enslaved them. When fate forces a temporary reprieve from imprisonment, escape becomes his primary objective. Until his new captor sparks hope, and something far more passionate, in his lonely heart.

After giving up on romance, Monica Avery dedicated herself to sheltering unfortunate souls from a harsh new society. But then destiny delivered a desperate man to her doorstep. A man she soon discovers she cannot ignore and would do anything to save.

Will Monica be able to free Jake from the vicious woman who wants to break him? Or will Jake be forced to leave Monica behind to save himself?

Jake's Redemption (Jamie Schulz)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Schulz pens a grand mix of storytelling within Jake's Redemption. It's like fantasy meets cowboy meets romance. I enjoyed the premise of the story and how it played out. It is not always easy to blend genres, but Schulz does it remarkably. The hint of dystopian brings the Jake to Monica's doorstep, and things evolve from there. The story has a great deal of tormented souls and romance, and surviving the obstacles. Schulz certainly can write a good story. I look forward to reading more by this new author.[...]" - Amy's Bookshelf

- "This is a REALLY good story. I flew through it and whenever I had to put it down, I could not wait to pick it back up again. From beginning to end, I was completely engrossed." - MB Saul

- "[...] This is an emotionally charged story of a dark future where it does not seem females learned their lessons from the past. If you are looking for an extremely well written new story that is different from the norm, I can definitely recommend this book to you. I am anxiously waiting for the next book in this proposed six book series!" - Avonna (Amazon)

- "Dark and Gritty [...] full-length prequel in Jamie Schulz’ post-apocalyptic, dystopian, erotic romance series focusing on a world controlled and ruled by women." - Sandy S. (Amazon)



About the Author

Author Jamie Schulz
Author Jamie Schulz
Jamie Schulz lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family, her husband, and their fur babies. Writing has always been a big a part of her life, and she hopes to one day reach the best sellers lists.

Cowboys, ice cream, and reading almost any kind of romance are among her (not so) secret loves. To her, every one of her stories, no matter how dark, must have a happy ending, and she strives to make them impossible to put down until you get there.

She balances her free time between reading her favorite romance authors - in genres ranging from erotica and dark romance to sweet historicals and contemporary romance - and spending time with her family.




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Link to the Paperback Jake's Redemption on Amazon

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Jake's Redemption (Jamie Schulz)

Friday, February 15, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Stolen Time (Jenn Lees)


New Indie Book Release:
Stolen Time (Community Chronicles) - Jenn Lees
Dystopian Time Travel / Romance (315 Pages - January 2019)

Stolen Time is set in a dystopian near-future where time travel is possible and survival, resourcefulness and love are tested.


About the Book

Stolen Time (Jenn Lees)
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The stock market crashes, surpassing the dive of 2008, and continues to slide. The world descends into a dystopian chaos as banks close, homes are repossessed, jobs are lost, and companies fold.

The world is turned upside-down and with it the life of young Scottish nurse, Caitlin Murray. She awaited bright prospects, now just surviving is her number one issue.

During the ensuing violence a handsome, capable, and brave military-type stranger takes her to safety. Scott Campbell knows a lot about her… and her apparent destiny.

Can Caitlin trust this guy who seems the only safe option in the violence and chaos? Should she stay with Scott and believe his outlandish claims of time travel and her own fate as a leader in a very different world?

Scott is prepared to protect Caitlin and ensure she survives to their future, mentoring her to be the resourceful, skilled, and passionate leader he knows her to be.

Hidden away in Glencoe with Scott in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, danger and hardship await Caitlin. She’ll be hardened by loss and softened by love.

But is Scott telling Caitlin the whole truth?




About the Author

Author Jenn Lees
Author Jenn Lees
Jenn Lees writes time travel in dystopian future Earth and beautiful but damaged fantasy worlds in the midst of conflict. Where heroes blissfully ignorant of their potential, rise to the challenges before them.

An Australian writer, she has travelled extensively and lived on three continents. Scotland remains her source of inspiration. She loves walking through a forest and climbing a mountain to experience the view.

Her only disappointment in life is that time travel is not possible...apparently.

Her first book in the Community Chronicles series, an eBook novella, The Crash (2019), sets the scene for the dystopian future Jenn writes of.

She lives in rural Victoria, Australia with her husband Frank. Their five adult children are scattered around the globe.


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and on Facebook

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)


Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)

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

Never Knew is about Lexi, who quits her job as an illustrator to go run her grandfather's hotel but her new career choice doesn't go as planned. It's full of intrigue, love, murder, lies, and so much more...

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 264 pages - released in January 2019.



About the Book

Lexi has given up her career as an illustrator to run grandpa Candelario’s hotel because he has gone missing and is believed to be dead.

Lexi believes she can trust Mark, her grandfather’s accountant and an old friend from elementary school. Staying in contact hasn’t been easy but he always sent her messages through her grandfather.

However, Mark might not be the person she remembers.

Lexi needs to start trusting the right people in order to keep herself safe in this suspense about friendship.

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

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Of course, things get more complicated when her old friend and her boyfriend don’t seem to get along too well. Could Mark be in love with her? And what kind of secrets were they hiding? Who was she in love with? Both? Neither? That whole war of the roses between them was just crazy! [...] This was an enjoyable read." - Sandra's Book Reviews


About the Author

Author Maria Elena Martinez
Author Maria Elena Martinez
Maria Elena Martinez lives in Coral Gables, Florida and cares for her Cuban mother, who is disabled.

When Maria Elena is not behind the computer, her time is spent with her mother and the rest of the not so small family. Her Shichon dog, Minnie, keeps her active and entertained. A cup of Cuban coffee is a must at least once a day. And, following her dream to be a writer was inspired by her father, who was a lover of literature, classic movies, and music.

Maria's Favorite Quote: "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe





Links to the Author & the Book

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Link to the Paperback Never Knew on Amazon

Link to the eBook Never Knew on Amazon

Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America (John Egenes)


Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America (John Egenes)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Biography / Memoir Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America by John Egenes.

Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America: In 1974 John Egenes rode his young horse across the United States. The story of a young man coming to terms with himself, and how a little Quarter Horse named Gizmo showed the way. Ride with them as they make their incredible journey across an America that no longer exists.

The Book has been self-published via Delta Vee Publishing and is available as eBook and Paperback - 290 pages - released in August 2017.


About the Book

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible.

With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America.

Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself.

Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse's ears.

Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America (John Egenes)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "My pal Daniel Boling (songwriter and singer) posted about this on Facebook. Bought it on Kindle, now buying hard copies for two friends. A great adventure story with snakes, scorpions, human predators, an extraordinary friendship between the author and a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding and America. The lovely thing about the written word is the chance it gives readers to vicariously experience such stuff!" - P. W. Peterson

- "A must read! I love stories of long journeys, and this one works for me. It's a tale of adventure and a kind of coming of age that could maybe only happen in 1974 - and perhaps only be written now. The world has moved on and we have changed. The author looks back on this rich journey across his native America with the perspective of time, exploring his early life, from learning to be alone to the growing impetus to to take on such a momentous ride and beyond. [...]" - Lindsey Shields

- "[...] As a serious distance rider I really appreciated the skill it took to get through and details that a horseman would appreciate, like that Gizmo wore a double 00 shoe, and the make of his saddle, details that we care about. It was very comforting to read his accounts of being in my shoes, sharing such a huge chunk of our lives with a horse and just to feel someone else understood how close the bond can be. Thank you for this book. It is a gem." - Angie (Amazon)

- "[...] His writing reminded me of James Herriot, who in his books, likewise showed respect for both the people and the animals he encountered. I also appreciated that the writer did not include details on sexual encounters and swear words were minimal. Anyone who ever imagined taking off on a horse for parts unknown, outdoor lovers, or even people like me who prefer to read about adventures rather than take off on them, would enjoy this book." - Jadaros (Amazon)



About the Author

Author John Egenes
Author John Egenes

John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, a university lecturer, and a hobo, among other things.

His life is a highway that he views through a windshield full of squashed bugs.

These days he makes his home in New Zealand.






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Link to the Paperback Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America on Amazon

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Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America (John Egenes)

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Spiral Into Darkness (Joseph Lewis)


Spiral Into Darkness (Joseph Lewis)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Psychological Thriller Spiral Into Darkness by Joseph Lewis.

Spiral Into Darkness: The depth of characters is an important feature in Lewis' writing. Like James Patterson (Alex Cross) and John Sanford (Lucas Davenport), he carries the characters forward from one book to the next into another adventure. In Spiral Into Darkness, Lewis explores three themes: Is a serial killer born or made? Is a family born or made? Is one's sexuality born or made?

The Book has been self-published via Black Rose Writing and is available as eBook and Paperback - 365 pages - released in January 2019.


About the Book

He blends in.

He is successful, intelligent and methodical.

He has a list and has murdered eight on it so far.

There is no discernable pattern. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind.

Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.

Spiral Into Darkness (Joseph Lewis)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Great book. Thrilling mystery with an underlying psychological theme. Lots of action, suspense, twists, and a focus on protecting your own. Recommend reading all of books by this author first to understand the characters best. There are a few graphic parts [...]" - Justin Birckbichler

- "[...] Lewis keeps some sort of equilibrium as the reader finds that for all the disquieting depravity there is equal and opposite love between and among the unlikely. While reading, I was conflicted: the novel was difficult to read, yet hard to put down—but well worth the struggle!" - Theresa (Amazon)

- " did enjoy the characters in the investigative team and their working relationships, and the suspense elements of the story were intriguing and kept me guessing. I think this would be a good read for those who are as interested in psychology as they are in crime thrillers [...]" - Steph Warren



About the Author

Author Joseph Lewis
Author Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis has been in education for forty-two years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and now as an administrator. He uses his psychology and counseling background and his knowledge and fondness for kids in crafting his characters and dialogue. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC.

Lewis has published four books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives (August 2014) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives (November 2014) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives (March 2015) Book Two of the Trilogy; and Splintered Lives (November 2015) Book Three of the Trilogy. His fifth novel, Caught in a Web debuted April 2018 from Black Rose Writing and was named a PenCraft Literary Award Winner. Spiral Into Darkness launched January 2019.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married for twenty-six years and counting to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily, and they now reside in Virginia.




Links to the Author & the Book

Connect with the Author on the Author's Website

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Link to the Paperback Spiral Into Darkness on Amazon

Link to the eBook Spiral Into Darkness on Amazon

Spiral Into Darkness (Joseph Lewis)

Monday, February 04, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Never Knew (Maria Elena Martinez)


New Indie Book Release:
Never Knew - Maria Elena Martinez
Suspense / Thriller (264 Pages - January 2019)

Never Knew is about Lexi, who quits her job as an illustrator to go run her grandfather's hotel but her new career choice doesn't go as planned. It's full of intrigue, love, murder, lies, and so much more...


About the Book

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

Lexi has given up her career as an illustrator to run grandpa Candelario’s hotel because he has gone missing and is believed to be dead.

Lexi believes she can trust Mark, her grandfather’s accountant and an old friend from elementary school. Staying in contact hasn’t been easy but he always sent her messages through her grandfather.

However, Mark might not be the person she remembers.

Lexi needs to start trusting the right people in order to keep herself safe in this suspense about friendship.






About the Author

Author Maria Elena Martinez
Author Maria Elena Martinez
Maria Elena Martinez lives in Coral Gables, Florida and cares for her Cuban mother, who is disabled.

When Maria Elena is not behind the computer, her time is spent with her mother and the rest of the not so small family. Her Shichon dog, Minnie, keeps her active and entertained. A cup of Cuban coffee is a must at least once a day. And, following her dream to be a writer was inspired by her father, who was a lover of literature, classic movies, and music.

Maria's Favorite Quote: "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe



Connect with Maria Elena Martinez via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @Ma_EMartinez

Sunday, February 03, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Spiral Into Darkness (Joseph Lewis)


New Indie Book Release:
Spiral Into Darkness - Joseph Lewis
Psychological Thriller (365 Pages - January 2019)

Spiral Into Darkness is a psychological thriller with elements of suspense and police procedure thrown in. Three themes, each dealing with nature vs nurture, head for a collision at the ending.


About the Book

Spiral Into Darkness (Joseph Lewis)
Click to Read an Excerpt

He blends in.

He is successful, intelligent and methodical.

He has a list and has murdered eight on it so far.

There is no discernable pattern. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind.

Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.






About the Author

Author Joseph Lewis
Author Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis has been in education for forty-two years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and now as an administrator. He uses his psychology and counseling background and his knowledge and fondness for kids in crafting his characters and dialogue. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC.

Lewis has published four books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives (August 2014) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives (November 2014) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives (March 2015) Book Two of the Trilogy; and Splintered Lives (November 2015) Book Three of the Trilogy. His fifth novel, Caught in a Web debuted April 2018 from Black Rose Writing and was named a PenCraft Literary Award Winner. Spiral Into Darkness launched January 2019.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married for twenty-six years and counting to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily, and they now reside in Virginia.


Connect with Joseph Lewis via the Author's Facebook Page
and on Twitter: @JRLewisAuthor

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Voices from the Ledge (J T Fisher)


Voices from the Ledge (J T Fisher)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Women's Fiction Voices from the Ledge by J T Fisher.

Voices from the Ledge is like a daytime soap opera, where you can lose yourself in the troubles and successes of the characters, but at the same time be inspired by them enough to do some soul searching yourself.

The Book has been self-published via LifeRich Publishing and is available as eBook, Hardcover, and Paperback - 170 pages - released in December 2018.



About the Book

Have you ever felt so desperate or so depressed that you felt like giving up? Be honest.

Now, did you ever say to yourself, “I’m probably worth more dead than alive”?

Julie suffered from empty nest syndrome. She had been forced into early retirement while her husband had hit the pinnacle of his career. She was lost. What she didn’t know was that her desperation was normal.

But Julie had a plan. She was going to end her misery; however, in the execution of it, a remarkable thing happened. At a hotel, she met four women who were on a girls’ getaway. They had a very strange impact on her.

There’s a lot to chew on here, but with a good strong message and a unique outcome.

Voices from the Ledge (J T Fisher)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "It kept my interest. I liked the South Florida references. The characters were very real. I would recommend this book."


About the Author

Author J T Fisher
Author J T Fisher
With a degree in journalism and a minor in theater and having spent an adult career in the not-for-profit world in public relations and development, where she did a lot of speech writing and created a lot of marketing materials, J T Fisher has finally been able to pursue her passion for writing with a purpose other than one for which she was assigned.

She started out writing poetry and an empty nester blog to fill time that was previously spent tending to her husband and two children. As she wrote and gained followers, she decided to try writing pure fiction.

Judy feels that a lot of women, especially of her generation, have struggled with many fears, questions, and issues growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, and many still carry those fears coupled with the shame, embarrassment, and skeletons that affect the way they live their lives even today. She was one of them. She has found through her own life experiences that people often live vicariously through characters in fiction or in movies and television who face and conquer the same challenges they face in their own lives. She has chosen to write lighter fiction that deals with some of issues that people, mostly women, find it difficult to face or even talk about.

Her first book, “A Life, Well . . . Lived!,” which she describes as a thinly veiled auto-biography, is intended to share the life Dana Gordon, a young lady who experienced and hid a lot of things that had happened to her but, through unusual circumstance, was able to see the error of her own ways and get the chance to live her entire life, all with the wisdom we only gain from age.

A subsequent title deals with male repression, in “Okay, So I Lied!” when Jill Kelly musters the strength to defy her father’s wishes without his knowledge to follow her own dreams. Unfortunately for Jill, she learns the hard way that lying her way through life is not a good solution to her problems. Honesty, she finds out in the end, would have been the best policy.

In “Voices from the Ledge,” released in December of 2018, Judy explores the sensitive yet very timely topic of suicide as her main character deals with empty nest syndrome coupled with depression, leading her to falsely believe she has no more worth or value. Meeting other women in what she thought was her journey to the end, she discovers that her life isn’t so bad after all, and her new-found friends have an eerie way of imparting that to her.

Judy’s ability to touch women and let them know that they are not alone… that other women have gone through and survived the same challenges and tragedies in life, make her light fiction uniquely approachable and loved.




Links to the Author & the Book

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Voices from the Ledge (J T Fisher)

Monday, January 28, 2019

New Indie Book Release: The Mutiny Girl (Karen S. Gordon)


New Indie Book Release:
The Mutiny Girl - Karen S. Gordon
Thriller / Mystery (351 Pages - January 2019)

The Mutiny Girl is a fictional mystery set in Miami, Florida and is inspired by the author's real world experience working at the Hotel Mutiny's private club during the era of the Cocaine Cowboys.


About the Book

The Mutiny Girl (Karen S. Gordon)
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Vance Courage is running out of ideas to shore up his failing Miami law practice. Pondering his options,his fugitive uncle shows up on his doorstep. The man needs a place to stay. Harboring him could land Courage behind bars. But how can he turn family away?

An instant message blinks on his tablet. What does a fellow ex-cop from twenty years ago want? An attractive woman from across town messages him on a dating app; she invites him to meet her at the Hotel Mutiny. What does he have to lose? It's a family friendly place these days... but has a sordid past.

Twenty years ago the hotel doubled as secret headquarters for the most notorious cocaine cartel in US history. His fugitive uncle is the indicted co-head of the defunct smuggling ring. The woman who cat-fished Courage online has ties to the hotel, too. So does his colleague who's obsessed with the unsolved murder of a beautiful hotel waitress.

As more characters from the past appear, a deadly conspiracy to salvage a fortune in hidden drug money emerges. It's too late for Courage to back out of the dangerous hunt. Taking chances is tough. But running out of them might be deadly.





About the Author

Author Karen S. Gordon
Author Karen S. Gordon
Karen S. Gordon was born in Burbank, California, the fourth of five children, and the only girl.

Her fascination with the twenty-six black and white symbols began when she embarked on her first major writing project at age three: to copy the entire Los Angeles phone directory into her older brothers' school notebooks.

She's led an eclectic life. Karen got her first job at age twelve as a groom for a top polo player in Los Angeles. She was shipped-off to a private boarding school in Scottsdale, and later worked as a dough-roller at a major pizza parlor chain while attending the University of Arizona. Later she moved to Coconut Grove, Florida to be closer to her father, a practicing psychoanalyst.

That's where he helped her get a job in 1979 when she unwittingly went to work at the Hotel Mutiny. The Mutiny Girl is inspired by her experiences working inside the hotel's luxury private club while it doubled as the epicenter of Miami’s multi-billion dollar cocaine trade.

Since 1982 Karen has made a living in the commercial film/video production business as an award-winning producer, writer and editor.

She is the author of an Action/Adventure/Mystery series, Gold & Courage. The first book, The Mutiny Girl, was released January 2019. The next installment, Scorpion Girl, will be published in 2020.

She lives in Texas with her rescue poodle-mashup, Dexter, and is an avid equestrian.




Connect with Karen S. Gordon via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @KarenSGordon_LA