Wednesday, December 02, 2020

New Indie Book Release: One for the Money (D. B. Borton)

New Indie Book Release:
One for the Money - D. B. Borton 
Mystery  (236 Pages - December 2020)

"ONE FOR THE MONEY is set in the mid-1980s and Cat's personae is one of a middle-aged, salty tongued woman who could give any sailor a run for his money in the language department. She's witty, sarcastic and an all 'round hoot. Where this novel shines is in the dialogue. This aspect alone is sufficient to recommend ONE FOR THE MONEY as a worthwhile and entertaining read." - Sandra Hardy


About the Book

One for the Money (D. B. Borton)
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After decades of marriage, motherhood, and grandmotherhood, Cat Caliban is looking for a new career. 

Tracking down killers seems a logical choice. So she sells her suburban house, buys an apartment building in a “transitional” neighborhood, and begins training to be a detective, only to discover a corpse in an upstairs apartment. 

What’s the connection between a dead homeless woman and the Golden Age of Hollywood silent movies? 

Cat races to discover it before the killer can strike again. In this first book of the popular Cat Caliban series, Cat assembles her colorful cast of helpers and neighborhood hangers-on.





About the Author


Author D. B. Borton
Author D. B. Borton

D. B. Borton
 is the author of two mystery series — the Cat Caliban series and the Gilda Liberty series — as well as the mysteries Smoke and Bayou City Burning and the comic sci-fi novel Second Coming

She is Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Wesleyan University.





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Monday, November 30, 2020

Featured Indie Book: I Am Auton (Chris Wright)


I Am Auton (Chris Wright)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Science-Fiction / Horror I Am Auton by Chris Wright.

I Am Auton is is Book 3 of the Survival Trilogy, where the multi-verse hides many secrets.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 408 pages - released in November 2020.





About the Book

Gina is on a routine assignment, tasked to take out a murderous warlord. All of a sudden, the world she thought she knew is pulled from underneath her feet. She had forgotten who she was, but reality hadn’t forgotten her, and a horrifying enemy is unleashed; one that sends her on a collision course with worlds that seem beyond her control. Soon, she is joined by her friends, friends she never knew she had, as the mysterious ‘Auton’ joins their final fight for survival.

The final of the 'Survival' trilogy takes the characters from the series into even deeper and darker worlds, worlds that are inhabited by creatures that would give the boogeyman nightmares. More epic in its scale than the previous two installments, this once again blurs the lines between Horror and Science-Fiction, as the fate of the characters reaches its finale.

I Am Auton once again flows at a furious pace, while still allowing time to get deep into the characters minds, as horror's that they never knew existed crawl out of dimensions that surround them. With situations that are as bizarre as they are varied, each character inhabits their own world, a world that eventually collides with the others. Book 3 is haunting and horrific in places, while at the same time being hopeful and poignant, as the characters battle to save each other.

I Am Auton (Chris Wright)
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About the Author

Author Chris Wright
Author Chris Wright
Chris Wright
, born and raised in Derbyshire, UK, is the author of Science Fiction and Horror, blurring the lines between what is real and what is imagined. 

His first novel, 'Survival' is a relentless journey into a nightmare world where reality preys upon people, and nothing is ever quite what it seems. He expanded his 'Survival' universe in the second book 'Fragments', where he took the story off into unusual directions, and where the very fabric of reality begins to fall apart. 

He has just published the final part of the trilogy, where he delves even deeper into the multiverse that his story is embedded in. With a host of future novels planned, he shows no sign of stopping. 

He is also the owner of Omni UK Publishing; set up to delve into the deep and mysterious, as well as the owner of the record label Omni Music UK.



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I Am Auton (Chris Wright)


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Featured Indie Book: Paper Stars Rewritten (Jennilynn Wyer)

 

Paper Stars Rewritten (Jennilynn Wyer)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Young Adult Romance Paper Stars Rewritten by Jennilynn Wyer.

Paper Stars Rewritten is the anticipated second book in the Fallen Brook series by Jennilynn Wyer. It continues Elizabeth’s love story after the earth-shattering events that took place in All Our Next Times.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 300 pages - released in November 2020.



About the Book

This is the story of a girl and three boys.
Elizabeth. Jayson. Julien. Ryder.
A princess and her three princes.
But this is not your typical love story.
Elizabeth’s choice changed everything.
It took one night to destroy it all.

One will lose everything.
One will get a second chance.
One will have to choose.
Pick a side. Are you Team Jayson, Team Julien, or Team Ryder?

Ryder.

It has always been the four us – me, Elizabeth, Jayson, and Julien. We grew up together. Shared our lives together. We were best friends. We were a family. Until we weren’t. Until my best friend betrayed me.

Let me back up to the beginning. I have loved Elizabeth since I was nine years old. From the moment she smiled at me and teased me. Elizabeth was everything I ever wanted but couldn’t have because my best friends, Jayson and Julien, were in love with her too. So I was relegated to watch from the sidelines, stuck in the role of best friend, as the girl I loved gave her heart to someone else.

But I loved her enough to let her go because loving her meant I would sacrifice what I wanted for her to find happiness – even if it wasn’t with me. Then one horrific night changed everything, and Elizabeth was gone. Taken from us. Taken from me.

It’s been over a year since Jayson, Julien, and I last saw her. Every day has been a struggle without her, and all we want, all we wish for, is to have her back. What is the old adage? Be careful what you wish for.

What happens when life offers you a second chance at love? Am I selfish enough to take it? Strong enough to survive when it all comes crashing back down around me?

I thought I knew how our stories would end. I couldn't have been more wrong. All I know is - our stories can be rewritten.

Paper Stars Rewritten (Jennilynn Wyer)
Click to Read an Excerpt


Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This is one of the best series I have ever read! [...]" - Cadi Zimmermann

- "Jennilynn Wyer did a good job on this story, the plot was written well, it was packed with several emotions, it was a strong addition to the series. Ryder, Elizabeth, Jayson and Julien's journey hasn't been the easiest, they've had their ups and downs but they were strong. [...]"  - Danni Marlowe

- "I’m so invested in these characters that I need to remind myself I’m not at school with them [...]" - Texas Girl Amazon

- "The book is a good small town romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry." - Kimberly (Amazon)

About the Author

Author Jennilynn Wyer
Author Jennilynn Wyer
Jennilynn Wyer is an author of mature High School & Young Adult, New Adult & College, and Contemporary Romantic Fiction. She lives with her family in the Gulf States, is married to a Brit, and you can usually find her in her favorite reading spot, e-reader in hand, with the latest romance novel.

She is an active educator, researcher, and environmental scientist who enjoys lecturing, teaching, and sharing her love of science with students and the public when she is not writing her next romance novel.

She is the author of the Fallen Brook series. ALL OUR NEXT TIMES (Book 1) has been described as "the ultimate combination of romance, complex relationships and a thriller all rolled into one story" (Lisa, GoodReads), "a gorgeous story about how life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to, but if we’re willing, we can still make it a great life" (ABW), and an "impressive...fantastic imaginary story" (ARW). PAPER STARS REWRITTEN (Book 2) will release November 17, 2020 with BROKEN BUTTERFLY (Book 3) set to slated for June 1, 2021, followed by her new standalone novel THAT GIRL expected to release November 2021.



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Thursday, November 26, 2020

New Indie Book Release: Cute For A Black Girl (Amy Watkins)

New Indie Book Release:
Cute For A Black Girl - Amy Watkins 
Contemporary Fiction  (157 Pages - October 2020)

Cute For A Black Girl is a coming of age story that follows Chloe Wilcox, a beautiful young lady with a traumatic early childhood who gets adopted by a wealthy lawyer and transfers to a primarily White school. 


About the Book

Cute For A Black Girl (Amy Watkins)
Click to Read an Excerpt


Though her beginnings were rough, Chloe is a beautiful, smart and talented girl with a promising future. 

She was adopted by Mr. Wilcox, a wealthy lawyer who is supportive of Chloe’s dreams and she is surrounded by loving family and friends. 

So how does this bright young girl end up unconscious in the ER? 

Foul play is suspected and a group of unlikely associates are unifying in an attempt to discover the truth.








About the Author



Author Amy Watkins
Author Amy Watkins
Amy Watkins
 is a Washington, D.C. native who received an undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University and a medical degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

She served in the US Navy for eight years. She currently works as a family medicine physician for the Navy. She identifies as a Nondenominational Christian and is an active member in her church in which she volunteers with the dance and flag ministries. 

She is also a strong supporter of equality for all, coexistence, and eliminating prejudice ideology. She currently resides in Virginia with five children, her lifetime partner, and an adopted dog. 

200 Letters is her debut novel and is the recipient of a 2020 Readers' Favorite Award. Cute For a Black Girl is her second novel which was released on October 21, 2020. 



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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Featured Indie Book: Errors of Omission (Mukund Gnanadesikan)

  

rrors of Omission (Mukund Gnanadesikan)Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Psychological Fiction Novel Errors of Omission by Mukund Gnanadesikan.

Errors of Omission is a humanist contemporary fiction. It centers around the intersecting lives of Raj Patel, an ascending doctor, and Irina Petrova, an aspiring Russian vocalist. This novel intends to provoke the reader into considering the possible life stories of those individuals they may have previously chosen to ignore. 

The Book has been self-published via Adelaide Books and is available as Paperback - 2340 pages - released in November 2020.



About the Book

Two people from disparate backgrounds are thrown together by circumstance when new ER physician Dr. Raj Patel and homeless aspiring singer Irina Petrova unexpectedly cross paths.

Fleeing the Russian sex trade, Irina lands in New York with her father. When her brittle health takes a turn for the worse, she is rushed to the hospital where Raj admits her to the intensive care unit. Raj is calm in the face of illness, accustomed to seeing trauma from afar, but he unravels when he sees his parents die in the same ICU after a car crash.

With Irina’s health improving, she returns to life on the streets with her father, never expecting to see the doctor again. But after Raj falls into a catastrophic depressive spiral, his promising future crumbles. Rendered homeless, he and Irina find each other once again. Afflicted with the memory of mutual tragedies, they find comfort in each other as they struggle with grief, trauma, and falling from grace. Together they discover the healing power of love in the face of trauma and loss.

rrors of Omission (Mukund Gnanadesikan)
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About the Author

Author Mukund Gnanadesikan
Author Mukund Gnanadesikan

Mukund Gnanadesikan's 
poetry and short stories have been published in Ayaskala, The Bangalore Review, Calliope on the Web, The Cape Rock, Cathexis Northwest, Meniscus Literary Journal, Blood and Thunder, Kreaxxxion Review, New Verse News, Saccharine Poetry, Dreams Walking, and Praxis, among others. 

He is a proud alumnus of Princeton University, and practices psychiatry in Napa, CA.





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rrors of Omission (Mukund Gnanadesikan)

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Featured Indie Book: New Dominion (C.G. Harrris)

 

New Dominion (C.G. Harrris)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Urban Fantasy Novel New Dominion by C.G. Harrris.

New Dominion is the second book in the action-packed Judas Files urban fantasy series. It's for readers who like snarky characters, witty banter, and apocalyptic antics

The Book has been self-published via Hot Chocolate Press and is available as Audiobook, eBook, and Paperback - 258 pages - released in May 2020.



About the Book

Underworld double agent Gabe Gantry can’t stop screwing up. But trying to commit covert good deeds from inside Hell is a devilishly tricky balancing act. Especially when his latest agency gig sends him Topside for something suspiciously non-Satanic.

Being a double agent in the Underworld is never simple, but a gig that doesn’t involve preventing the next apocalypse would be a breath of fresh air. But Gabe knows better. There has to be a catch. 

If this unlikely hero can’t figure it out before disaster strikes, facing the wrath of Hell will be the least of his worries…

New Dominion (C.G. Harrris)
Click to Read an Excerpt


Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Gabe is a snarky wheeler-dealer from Level Nine, the frozen lowest level of Hell. In the first book of this series, The Nine, Gabe snags a cushy job from Judas Iscariot that allows him to travel into the living world [...]" - Pat Stoltey

- "With lots of inventive action and wry, dark humor, New Dominion had me rooting for Gabe and awaiting the next book in the series."  - Jenny Writes 

- "The Judas Files books are filled with action, humor, and wit. New Dominion is no exception. Gabe, the main character on this journey, is fun to watch and hear--you never know what he's going to say next. " - Windy Lynn Harris

- "Thank you to this independent author for hitting it out of the park." - S. Williams (Amazon)

About the Author

Author C.G. Harrris
Author C.G. Harrris
C.G. Harrris 
is an award winning science-fiction and fantasy author from Colorado who draws inspiration from favorites, Jim Butcher, Richard Kadrey and Brandon Sanderson. 

For nearly a decade, Harris has escaped the humdrum of the real world by creating fictional characters and made-up realities. 

When not writing, Harris enjoys sipping scotch while watching the twisted humor of Drunk History. Seeing our past through the bottom of a whisky glass is more entertaining than reading a dusty textbook.





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New Dominion (C.G. Harrris)

Monday, November 23, 2020

New Indie Book Release: The Secrets of Riverbottom Road (C. G. Haberman)

New Indie Book Release:
The Secrets of Riverbottom Road - C. G. Haberman 
Literary Mystery  (362 Pages - November 2020)

The Secrets of Riverbottom Road is a Mystery Tragedy arising from social and familial issues. It comes as close to realism, but maintains the fictional intent revolving around the main theme of familial dysfunction.


About the Book

The Secrets of Riverbottom Road (C. G. Haberman)
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For Jack Wiley, a respected writer, hell begins during a contentious meeting with his new supervisor. The hellfire continues with an emotionally charged trip to his hometown, where battering and bettering change him but does not prepare him for the fateful night that nearly destroys him.

From the moment Jack leaves his home in Loveland, Colorado, the odd feelings begin. His emotions of anger, annoyance, contempt, and sadness ebb and flow until he reaches his first stop in Kansas, where he begins to feel at home after thirty years away. The next day, as Jack descends into the river valley south of Lohfton, Nebraska, nostalgia grips him. The latent images of friends and adversaries come into focus as he leans against his vehicle parked at the highway and Riverbottom Road intersection.

In the next four days, Jack is welcomed, buffeted, denigrated, wined, dined, and humbled. Each day builds strength and love for his family, friends and unlocking the secrets of Riverbottom Road. The last night explodes with a fury that leaves him at the mercy of the reliable, decisive friends in his life.



About the Author


Author C. G. Haberman
Author C. G. Haberman
C. G. Haberman has self-published eight novels since 2012. He began his writing after retiring from the academic and environmental worlds. 

All of his books spiral from experiences in the classroom or dealing with challenging environmental issues. When asked by his daughter what he would do while caregiving for his wife suffering from dementia-Alzheimer's Disease, he started writing fiction.

All the novels take place in the Great Plains, where people work and play hard.  His latest (the ninth) book, The Secrets of Riverbotton Road, tackles social and familial issues.



Connect with C. G. Haberman via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @cghaberman


Saturday, November 21, 2020

New Indie Book Release: The Trafficking Murders (Brian O’Hare)

New Indie Book Release:
The Trafficking Murders - Brian O’Hare 
Mystery / Thriller  (308 Pages - October 2020)

The Trafficking Murders is a murders mystery thriller with the second-biggest international crime as a general background – human trafficking. 

“Thought-provoking, emotional, and gut-wrenching. An exceptional crime-thriller and a must-read for any thriller lover.” - Reader Review

About the Book

The Trafficking Murders (Brian O’Hare)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Lin Hui and Cheung Mingzhu win scholarships to study at Queen’s University in Belfast. Alina Balauru departs a poor farm in Romania for well-paid work in Northern Ireland. Three lives harbouring long-cherished dreams. Three lives headed for tragedy.  
 
Sheehan and his Serious Crimes Unit discover the body of one of the young women in the garden of an upmarket residence. 

Confronted with violent Chinese racketeers, brutal human-traffickers and a fiendishly clever killer called The Shadow, they are baffled by a case that seems to lead in two entirely different directions. 

Can they find out who The Shadow is in time to save the other two victims? 






About the Author


Author Brian O’Hare
Author Brian O’Hare
Brian O’Hare,
 MA, Ph.D., is a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. He is married, has three children, ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild. He plays golf three times a week and does a lot of voluntary work. Any writing he has previously done was academic. He had a liver disease since childhood which resulted in his taking early retirement a number of years ago. In 2002 he had a liver transplant but is strong and healthy now. He continued to do academic writing well into his retirement. 

Brian O’Hare has also written a number of fiction novels. His first was Fallen Men, a contemporary novel set in Ireland, which won Top Medalist Honors in the General Fiction Category of the prestigious New Apple Awards for Excellence in Literature. 
 
 He is currently writing the award-winning The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries Series, full-length detective novels set in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Five books in the series have been written so far: The Doom Murders; The 11:05 Murders; The Coven Murders; The Dark Web Murders; and, The Trafficking Murders (just published.)  The first four have all won awards. 


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Friday, November 20, 2020

New Indie Book Release: I Am Auton (Chris Wright)

New Indie Book Release:
I Am Auton (Survival) - Chris Wright
Science Fiction / Horror (408 Pages - November 2020)

I Am Auton is is Book 3 of the Survival Trilogy, where the multi-verse hides many secrets.


About the Book

I Am Auton (Chris Wright)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Gina is on a routine assignment, tasked to take out a murderous warlord. All of a sudden, the world she thought she knew is pulled from underneath her feet. She had forgotten who she was, but reality hadn’t forgotten her, and a horrifying enemy is unleashed; one that sends her on a collision course with worlds that seem beyond her control. Soon, she is joined by her friends, friends she never knew she had, as the mysterious ‘Auton’ joins their final fight for survival.

The final of the 'Survival' trilogy takes the characters from the series into even deeper and darker worlds, worlds that are inhabited by creatures that would give the boogeyman nightmares. More epic in its scale than the previous two installments, this once again blurs the lines between Horror and Science-Fiction, as the fate of the characters reaches its finale.

I Am Auton once again flows at a furious pace, while still allowing time to get deep into the characters minds, as horror's that they never knew existed crawl out of dimensions that surround them. With situations that are as bizarre as they are varied, each character inhabits their own world, a world that eventually collides with the others. Book 3 is haunting and horrific in places, while at the same time being hopeful and poignant, as the characters battle to save each other.




About the Author


Author Chris Wright
Author Chris Wright
Chris Wright, born and raised in Derbyshire, UK, is the author of Science Fiction and Horror, blurring the lines between what is real and what is imagined. 

His first novel, 'Survival' is a relentless journey into a nightmare world where reality preys upon people, and nothing is ever quite what it seems. He expanded his 'Survival' universe in the second book 'Fragments', where he took the story off into unusual directions, and where the very fabric of reality begins to fall apart. 

He has just published the final part of the trilogy, where he delves even deeper into the multiverse that his story is embedded in. With a host of future novels planned, he shows no sign of stopping. 

He is also the owner of Omni UK Publishing; set up to delve into the deep and mysterious, as well as the owner of the record label Omni Music UK.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

New Indie Book Release: Paper Stars Rewritten (Jennilynn Wyer)

New Indie Book Release:
Paper Stars Rewritten (Fallen Brook) - Jennilynn Wyer
Young Adult Romance (300 Pages - November 2020)

Paper Stars Rewritten is the anticipated second book in the Fallen Brook series by Jennilynn Wyer. It continues Elizabeth’s love story after the earth-shattering events that took place in All Our Next Times.

“My heart was racing and I felt like I was right there with Liz. It evokes a lot of emotion.” - Reader Review

About the Book

Paper Stars Rewritten (Jennilynn Wyer)
Click to Read an Excerpt
This is the story of a girl and three boys.
Elizabeth. Jayson. Julien. Ryder.
A princess and her three princes.
But this is not your typical love story.
Elizabeth’s choice changed everything.
It took one night to destroy it all.

One will lose everything.
One will get a second chance.
One will have to choose.
Pick a side. Are you Team Jayson, Team Julien, or Team Ryder?

Ryder.

It has always been the four us – me, Elizabeth, Jayson, and Julien. We grew up together. Shared our lives together. We were best friends. We were a family. Until we weren’t. Until my best friend betrayed me.

Let me back up to the beginning. I have loved Elizabeth since I was nine years old. From the moment she smiled at me and teased me. Elizabeth was everything I ever wanted but couldn’t have because my best friends, Jayson and Julien, were in love with her too. So I was relegated to watch from the sidelines, stuck in the role of best friend, as the girl I loved gave her heart to someone else.

But I loved her enough to let her go because loving her meant I would sacrifice what I wanted for her to find happiness – even if it wasn’t with me. Then one horrific night changed everything, and Elizabeth was gone. Taken from us. Taken from me.

It’s been over a year since Jayson, Julien, and I last saw her. Every day has been a struggle without her, and all we want, all we wish for, is to have her back. What is the old adage? Be careful what you wish for.

What happens when life offers you a second chance at love? Am I selfish enough to take it? Strong enough to survive when it all comes crashing back down around me?

I thought I knew how our stories would end. I couldn't have been more wrong. All I know is - our stories can be rewritten.





About the Author


Author Jennilynn Wyer
Jennilynn Wyer  is an author of mature High School & Young Adult, New Adult & College, and Contemporary Romantic Fiction. She lives with her family in the Gulf States, is married to a Brit, and you can usually find her in her favorite reading spot, e-reader in hand, with the latest romance novel.

She is an active educator, researcher, and environmental scientist who enjoys lecturing, teaching, and sharing her love of science with students and the public when she is not writing her next romance novel.

She is the author of the Fallen Brook series. ALL OUR NEXT TIMES (Book 1) has been described as "the ultimate combination of romance, complex relationships and a thriller all rolled into one story" (Lisa, GoodReads), "a gorgeous story about how life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to, but if we’re willing, we can still make it a great life" (ABW), and an "impressive...fantastic imaginary story" (ARW). PAPER STARS REWRITTEN (Book 2) will release November 17, 2020 with BROKEN BUTTERFLY (Book 3) set to slated for June 1, 2021, followed by her new standalone novel THAT GIRL expected to release November 2021.

Connect with Jennilynn Wyer via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @JennilynnWyer


Monday, November 02, 2020

Featured Indie Book: All Our Next Times (Jennilynn Wyer)

 

All Our Next Times (Jennilynn Wyer)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Young Adult Romance All Our Next Times by Jennilynn Wyer.

All Our Next Times is a mature High School / Young Adult / College / Contemporary Romance Novel that chronicles Elizabeth's love story and spans decades. A Roller-Coaster Ride! You think you know what happens, but like life, things can change in the blink of an eye. Enjoy!

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 295 pages - released in July 2020.



About the Book

This is the story of a girl and three boys.
Elizabeth. Jayson. Julien. Ryder.
A princess and her three princes.
Four forever loves.

But this is not your typical love story.

One boy will claim her.
One boy will hold her heart.
One boy will stand by her.
All three will love her.

But what happens when love is not enough to stop four lives from shattering into a million broken pieces?

Choose a side. Are you Team Jayson, Team Julien, or Team Ryder?

Elizabeth.

I have known and loved Jayson, Julien, and Ryder since I was a little girl. We grew up together. Shared our lives together. They were my family. My forevers. My choice changed everything. But what if I made a mistake?

I thought I knew how my love story would end. I couldn't have been more wrong.

All Our Next Times (Jennilynn Wyer)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This book had me hooked. The storyline is very well thought out and the characters are well developed. This book has the ultimate combination of romance, complex relationships and a thriller all rolled into one story." - Lisa (Amazon)

- "The characters are all very relatable. I felt a connection to them. This book is both a thriller and a romance, with one surprise after another. I’m hooked!"  - TexasGirl (Amazon)

- "This book was well written, entertaining and perfectly captured teen romance and angst. The twist at the end took me completely by surprise and had me on the edge of my seat. Anxiously awaiting book two!" - Amazon

- "Could NOT put this down! What a ride! 5 stars!" - Nichole (Amazon)

About the Author

Author Jennilynn Wyer
Author Jennilynn Wyer
Jennilynn Wyer is an author of mature High School & Young Adult, New Adult & College, and Contemporary Romantic Fiction. She lives with her family in the Gulf States, is married to a Brit, and you can usually find her in her favorite reading spot, e-reader in hand, with the latest romance novel.

She is an active educator, researcher, and environmental scientist who enjoys lecturing, teaching, and sharing her love of science with students and the public when she is not writing her next romance novel.

She is the author of the Fallen Brook series. ALL OUR NEXT TIMES (Book 1) has been described as "the ultimate combination of romance, complex relationships and a thriller all rolled into one story" (Lisa, GoodReads), "a gorgeous story about how life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to, but if we’re willing, we can still make it a great life" (ABW), and an "impressive...fantastic imaginary story" (ARW). 





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Connect with the Author on Twitter: @JennilynnWyer

Link to the Paperback All Our Next Times on Amazon

Link to the eBook All Our Next Times on Amazon

All Our Next Times (Jennilynn Wyer)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Indie Author Interview: K.M. Woods

Indie Author Interview with K.M. Woods - Author of the Historical Fiction (War and Military) Novel A Whistle on the Waves.

K.M. Woods is the writer of the Civil War novel A Whistle on the Waves and the short story The Trouble With Dead Terriers. He lives in Austin, Texas. 

Interview with K.M. Woods

Author K.M. Woods
Author K.M. Woods
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
K.M. Woods: I've been drawn to writing fiction as early as sixth grade. I remember writing "my first novel" on the bus my seventh-grade year on a tiny spiral notepad that I'd pass off to other kids on the bus to see what they thought. I started taking writing seriously near the end of college when I took a playwriting class and noticed that my work was pretty weird in comparison to my classmates, weird but interesting, and I found their critiques inspiring. So ten-minute plays transformed to feature-length, and once they were, I'd hold public workshops at local theatres in New Orleans. It surprised me that these readings would draw crowds, and surprised me more that they seemed to enjoy the work, but what I fell in love with was the process of actually sitting down and letting these wacky stories take up large hours of my day as I jotted them down. Writing novels, in particular, opened up this landscape because I never felt constrained by the number of pages or by using only dialogue and stage directions. Prose opened a doorway. It's difficult to say there's much background because such a limited amount of writing actually makes it to public readers, but I write every day. I couldn't imagine life not being able to.  
 
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
This has changed so much over the years, but Dostoyevsky is an author whose work leaves me in awe no matter how many times I read it. The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment are both in my top ten favorite books. Othello is my favorite play, and while the brilliance in Shakespeare's poetic's is obvious, his element that I think transcends simple day to day writing is how effective his work is in brewing catharsis. You really 'feel' for his characters throughout the play all the way until their unfortunate end. Love, love, love his tragedies. J.D. Salinger, likely no surprise, was a huge influence of mine, as was Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. These guys I think brought the American fiction landscape where it is today, especially Salinger who took Hemingway's matter of fact prose and made it slightly more casual, more conversational. Who else but Jane Austin? To Kill a Mockingbird was also one of my favorite books since high school. Ian McEwan and Jonathan Letham, as a modern-day guys, are two of my favorites. Letham goes against the grain, and his characters are always interesting. McEwan is brilliant at giving you slices of life, regardless of the magnitude of the situation. He'll make you feel as though you're reading about someone you know, or yourself. 

"Being an author always made sense to me from a young age."
 
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a young boy. The older people in your life are always poking around, asking what you want to do with your life. Being an author always made sense to me from a young age. It was always my backup if I never made it to the NFL. 
 
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. Total rip off of Harry Potter, except my main character had more of a traditional rebellious side to him. He often got in fights and used profanity. 

"Once it's finished, I wait six weeks [...]"
 
Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I wake up. Make coffee. Drink my first cup while reading a book, just to kind of get my mind ready for words. Then I write. During the drafting process, I write the first draft in pen on a yellow notepad. Once it's finished, I wait six weeks, work on something else. Then I type the draft out, print it, and do edits in pen. Once that's finished, I use the marked type draft as a guide while I write the next by hand again. I put it away for six weeks, work on something else. Then I come back, type it out again, edit by hand again, then type another draft. Usually, at this point, its ready for an editor, or a pair of eyes, but I've redrafted after as well. Depends on the book. 
 
Please, describe your desk/workplace.
Back in New York, it was always a coffee shop, so I carried my desk around with me in a bag. Now it's my kitchen table in Texas. Typically it consists of whatever book I'm reading, three or four notepads, and whatever loose pages have fallen out of them, my laptop, four or five pens, and a cup of coffee. All this stuff is sprawled out with little order or organization. It has to all be cleared before dinner which is about a six-minute process.  

"The hardest part is writer's block which usually comes [...]"
 
What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
I don't find there's much that is easy about writing. It's easiest when it's fun, but it's not fun unless it's challenging, so I'm always striving to dig deeper into it if it feels too easy. Ideally, that flow state where you're so focused that the words keep coming seamlessly as though you're breathing is the ideal mental headspace to be in, but I'd struggle to say that this makes writing easy, for that state is so difficult to reach. 
The hardest part is writer's block which usually comes after you finish something. I dread the day after I finish a draft because the empty page just stares at you and spits doubts in your face. Nothing feels right on those days. The words you tend to write make you think that you should have gone into a different field. The doubt, and refusing to let it stop you, is the most difficult part. 

"It gives me purpose and a purpose that gives me everything."
 
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creation. Bringing something into the world that wasn't there before. That whole process makes me feel like I'm refusing to waste my life. It gives me purpose and a purpose that gives me everything. Not just joy, but my individuality. Allows me to love more fiercely, and to care, and to strive to be better in every way. To me, writing is a joy at all times, whether good, bad, or ugly. Writing gives me joy, and the most joyous part is being able to create.  
 
K.M. , please tell us a little about your Historical (War/Military) Fiction Novel A Whistle on the Waves.
Sure. So A Whistle on the Waves follows a young man named Brady Gallagher. He and his best friend Shane are Irish immigrants who've come to the States to escape the Irish potato famine of the 1800's looking for a new life. The US of course is right in the midst of the Civil War, and being from the river town of Shannon, Brady and Shane migrate to the Union Navy as sailors. They find early on that most American's aren't fond of outsiders, and through Brady's perception, we observe their journey through the times ravaged by turmoil. But even in the war-torn land, do we see that Brady perhaps maybe his own worst enemy as he lets doubts, heartbreak, and alcohol consumption eat away at his soul. And this unfortunate descent into the confined type of hell inside Brady's mind can only be prevented by a lovely Creole woman named Gabrielle, who takes Brady into her cottage when he's just about hit rock bottom. 

A Whistle on the Waves (K.M. Woods)
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What inspired you to write the book?
The song, The Lakes of Pontchartrain. I heard it on the radio one morning and it evoked an immediate emotional response. I thought, 'I've gotta write that into a book.' 
 
Who do you see as your target audience?
That's a million-dollar question. I think a combination of young male readers and older men who are likely retired. 

"The first time you fall in love."
 
What makes your book special?
I'm not sure that's for me to decide, but in my mind, it's my first published novel. That's what feels special about it to me. It's like your first anything. The first time you kiss someone. The first time you have sex. The first time you fall in love. The first time you try a life-changing sandwich. You'll never forget it. It's your first time.  
 
How would you describe the success of your self-published books so far?
Better than expected with plenty of room to grow. 

"Write every day [...]"
 
Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Write every day, and if you don't, you're making excuses for yourself. If you make excuses not to write, you're not a writer. 
 
Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am. Let's say that I'm working on a series of books set in New Orleans during the height of the American Mafia. Fiction, of course. My main character is a young person, a bit of a rebel, who finds his entire world turned upside down, and this 'family' he's recently become a part of offers him the first true place of purpose he's ever known. Then they ask him to do something serious.  
 
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?
Before Covid-19, I  thought that while bookstores might take a punch, they would still be around in five to ten years. Post-Covid, I'm not so sure. My thought is that Amazon will have a competitor make its way into the online market that will somehow that will bring about a new vibrancy to selling books. And I also think that all the new research coming out about the devastating effects of social media will bring about a resurgence in reading. Unfortunately, I think upwards of 85% of this is going to happen online, and those small independent bookstores (the ones who have Everest before them) will become more novelty spots like record stores. To look at this positively though, there's always going to be a place for a book store or a record store, even if there's significantly less of them. Paper books will never die, though most of them will be sold online. 

"The world needs to read, no matter how - they must."
 
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a paper book guy. I like the weight of it in my hands and the stack of paper building up as you continue to turn the pages. I'll occasionally read audiobooks on long drives with the audible app, but I don't read e-books. That being said, I have nothing against them. If that's people's preferred method of reading, I'll proudly provide my books in that format so that you can buy them and enjoy them. The world needs to read, no matter how - they must. 

"[...] enjoy letting the New Orleans Saints give me a heart attack"
 
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 have a full-time job. I'm a craft bartender. I enjoy it, though I don't want to do it forever and one day I hope to be a full-time author. I enjoy cooking with my girl, running long distances, and drinking a fair amount of whisky. I'm also an NFL football junkie and enjoy letting the New Orleans Saints give me a heart attack on Sunday afternoons. 
 
How can readers connect with you?
The best way is through my website, though I have an author page on Facebook. K.M. Woods. I'm also on Instagram at kmwoods1. You can hear my episode of Christian McGahan's Maximum Effort Podcast wherever you listen to those.  


Thank you very much for the Interview, K.M..



About the Book A Whistle on the Waves 

A Whistle on the Waves (K.M. Woods)
Click to Read an Excerpt

War has a distinct way of crushing the human spirit, especially when the war is not your own.

Brady Gallagher and Shane Connell never knew they’d be sailors in the Union Navy. They only departed their native Ireland to escape the rot of famine, in search of a life they’d, once again, call prosperous. 

But the lands of America, shredded by the Civil War, offered a different reality. 

They will discover in their trials that friendship and love can drive hope, even in the most destitute of circumstances. 

Brady’s life changes forever when he meets a beautiful creole woman named Gabrielle.




Links to the Book

Link to the Paperback A Whistle on the Waves on Amazon

Link to the eBook A Whistle on the Waves on Amazon