Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Finding Tomorrow (Savannah Stewart)

New Indie Book Release:
Finding Tomorrow - Savannah Stewart
Contemporary / Emotional Romance (258 Pages - August 2018)

Finding Tomorrow: touches base on losing someone close to your heart. Throughout the pages you feel the grief that Terra feels. You follow her on the journey of finding where she belongs in the world after such a devastating loss, along with the heart clenching moments of trying to love again.

- "Emotional upheaval of loss and pain. It's a journey through finding those tomorrows when life obliterates happiness and leaves sorrow in its wake! It's gut wrenching, it's tear inducing [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Finding Tomorrow (Savannah Stewart)
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Have you ever had the feeling that the world was moving on without you? That no matter what, you’re frozen in place while your entire life becomes a wildfire that burns everything you love to ash?

That’s the recurring nightmare I’d been living.

One punch after the other knocked me off my feet. As I stumbled to get back up again, life tossed me a curveball I never saw coming. One that rocked me to my core.

For so long I’d been consumed by the darkest parts of heartache and devastation. It was a feeling I couldn’t shake. Like the eye of the storm was about to swallow me whole and all I could do was float in the abyss until it consumed me.

But one fateful encounter could change all of that, couldn’t it?

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Featured Indie Book: The Legendary Warslinger - The Haunted City (Ty'Ron W. C. Robinson II)

The Legendary Warslinger - The Haunted City (Ty'Ron W. C. Robinson II)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Dark Fantasy / Science-Fiction The Legendary Warslinger: The Haunted City by Ty'Ron W. C. Robinson II.

The Legendary Warslinger: The Haunted City is a mixture of genres spirituality intertwined. A group of holy knights who protect those from the malevolent entities roaming within and without the worlds.

The Book has been published via Ingram Spark and is available as Hardcover and Paperback - 300 pages - released in March 2018.

About the Book

The Legendary Warslinger follows Randolph Henrich, a legendary Warslinger of the Heptad who is on his quest to discover and reach the mythical realm called The Haunted City.

On his journey, he encounters both allies and foes who will do whatever's possible to bring Henrich's journey to error.

The Legendary Warslinger - The Haunted City (Ty'Ron W. C. Robinson II)
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Friday, August 03, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Virtue and Vengeance - Empire of Cinders (M. A. Liguori)

Virtue and Vengeance - Empire of Cinders (M. A. Liguori)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Epic Fantasy Virtue and Vengeance: Empire of Cinders by M. A. Liguori.

Virtue and Vengeance: Empire of Cinders is a gritty fantasy novel focused on the struggle for power in a troubled empire. The reader will find complex world-building, multi-dimensional characters, unexpected twists, and plenty of conflict, betrayal, lust, and deadly intrigue to go around.

The Book has been published via Hydra Publications and is available as eBook and Paperback - 502 pages - released in February 2018.

About the Book

The capital city of the Anirian Empire simmers with unrest. The emperor stands as the last scion of the imperial dynasty, but at sixteen, the boy is powerless against an oppressive regent who seeks to tighten his hold on the throne. As sides are drawn and conspiracies are set into motion, six individuals emerge to carve a foothold for their own ambitions...

A self-exiled warrior fueled by vengeance. A lowborn courtesan driven to rule. A once powerful general turned reclusive cripple. A gifted strategist intent on treachery. An idle hero and his honor-bound brother. Six individuals in a whirlwind of conflict, deception, lust, and murderous intrigue. Six individuals and only one can raise the four-century-old empire out of the ashes of collapse.

The magic of the cloudfalls will show the way...

Virtue and Vengeance - Empire of Cinders (M. A. Liguori)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "I usually put a book down and never pick it up again. Not the case with Virtue and Vengeance. Each time I picked it up it became more and more of an interesting story, all the way to the end! Love the way the author was so well descriptive throughout the story. Very well written. A lot of characters. The story has twist and turns but easy to read and easy to follow the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I hope the author has plans for more stories in the future. I am definitely a fan!" - Pam (Amazon)

- "This is an impressive under-taking with complex world-building and a cast of intricate characters with various motivations. There is plenty of action and adventure, and lots of blood and violence. The story is compelling and interesting." - Amazon Review

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Quest of the Brokenhearted (Charles E. Yallowitz)

New Indie Book Release:
Quest of the Brokenhearted - Charles E. Yallowitz
Fantasy Adventure (217 pages - July 2018)

Quest of the Brokenhearted is a spin-off of the Legends of Windemere series. It takes place two years after the final battle between the champions and Baron Kernaghan and follows Kira Grasdon. It focuses on a character who is not a noble hero. Kira has been emotionally battered to the point where she openly admits that she no longer cares if she lives or dies.

About the Book

Quest of the Brokenhearted (Charles E. Yallowitz)
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As Windemere moves forward, a broken spirit falls into the shadows.

Two years have passed since Luke Callindor was lost during the champions’ battle against Baron Kernaghan. Many mourn the loss, but none have been hurt more than the fiancĂ©e he left behind, Kira Grasdon. Plagued by grief and determined to prove he is alive, she has sacrificed her business, her reputation, and her hope.

Surviving on the streets of Gaia, she has become an emotional husk of her former self. It is only by chance that Kira crosses paths with an old friend and learns of a path, which will either end her suffering or revive her shattered soul. As the rumors state, hundreds of adventurers have flocked to Lacarsis and none have returned.

Will Kira meet her death in the City of Evil or will she thrive among the monsters?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Love in the Time of Surfing (Amy Waeschle)

New Indie Book Release:
Love in the Time of Surfing - Amy Waeschle
Suspense (222 Pages - June 2018)

Love in the Time of Surfing explores an emotionally charged landscape of love, loss, and survival - and the risks one woman will take to save a fallen family member.

"What an awesome page turner! It felt like you were a true part of the suspenseful adventure in this story. Well written and a truly fun read. Can't wait for more from this author." - Reader Review

About the Book

Love in the Time of Surfing (Amy Waeschle)
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When volcano seismologist Dr. Cassidy Kincaid wraps up her field season on Costa Rica’s most active volcano, she heads to the beach for a rare treat: five days of surfing and relaxation. But a call from a family member forces a change in plans. Cassidy’s miscreant stepbrother, Reeve, has gone missing in the nearby town of Tamarindo.

The last thing Cassidy needs is a risky adventure, especially one involving Reeve. The last time she saw him, a police officer was shoving him into a patrol car. However, Cassidy discovers that Reeve had called her on the night he was last seen. Had it been a desperate cry for help?

Driven by guilt, Cassidy vows to find Reeve, and embarks on a journey that will lead her into the underbelly of the Latin American surfing world. A place of deceit and darkness, of oppression and terror. Though what she learns about Reeve will surprise her, the journey comes at a terrible price, threatening everything she’s come to trust about herself, love, and her fiancĂ©’s recent death.

With surf scenes from Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s best waves, Love in the Time of Surfing delivers a gripping and heartbreaking story about the lengths we are willing to go to save our family, and how the choices we make have the power to either redeem or destroy us.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Indie Author Interview: Jourdyn Kelly

Indie Author Interview with Jourdyn Kelly - Author of the (Lesbian) Contemporary Romance Becoming.

Jourdyn Kelly has been in Houston, Texas, writing novels and designing websites since 2009. She loves being captivated by books that lead her into different, exotic places, and through impossible scenarios. She loves being able to become someone else for a time. Reading has always inspired Jourdyn to bring her own characters out to play.

Interview with Jourdyn Kelly

Author Jourdyn Kelly
Author Jourdyn Kelly
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Jourdyn Kelly: I published my first book in 2013 and now have 9 published books. I've always had a vivid imagination. I think it's a product of not having an idea childhood. When you're faced with harsh realities as a child, you tend to create your own world. I've just learned to hone that skill and create books from it.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
My favorite author will continue to be Nora Roberts. But as the years progress, so do my tastes and influences. I read more lesbian fiction now than I did before. There are SO many great writers in that genre that should be as well known as Nora. Melissa Brayden, Ali Vali, Radclyffe, Carsen Taite. Those are some of the more known writers in the genre and for good reason. But there are many indie writers that are just as awesome.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Kids always play dress up and pretend to be what they want to be when they grow up. Princesses, fire fighters, police, cowboy, singer, etc. I was a little different. My family was in the printing business, so there were always pads of invoices, order forms, etc. laying around. I would put those things in a briefcase and walk around as though I owned a big business. I would sit at a desk and fill out order forms, "send" out invoices. As time went by, I never really changed from the idea of sitting behind a desk and writing on paper. I merely changed what I was writing. My mind is more creative than it is analytical. When I became a teenager, I began writing stories and lyrics. I think that's when I figured out that I didn't ONLY want to be an entrepreneur, I wanted to create the product I would be selling.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wish I did. But no. In second grade I wrote a story about a boy in my class and used words no second grader should use. I got in trouble for that. Big time. But I don't remember what it actually said.

"When I write, I sit down and write."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I know that a lot of writers have a process. From whiteboards, to index cards, to outlining everything. I don't work like that. For me, that takes out the spontaneity of writing. That's not to say it's not great for someone else. Just not for me. When I write, I sit down and write. Whatever the character tells me, I write down. I don't live by any certain rules like when I should write, where I should write, how many words I should write. Life tends to get in the way. I'd rather not plan and be disappointed. But just write when the time is right for me and enjoy it. If it becomes too much of a "job" I won't want to do it. That's a main reason I like being self-published.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
My lap is my desk. I don't like being confined to one particular place to write. Again, it's all about the spontaneity and creativeness. That being said, I do the bulk of my writing in bed.

"Readers cannot read your mind."

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

New Indie Book Release: Dawn of the Shaman (Cait Ashwood)

New Indie Book Release:
Dawn of the Shaman - Cait Ashwood
Epic Fantasy (366 Pages - July 2018)

Dawn of the Shaman follows the story of Tozall, a primitive human with the misfortune of being born blind, and his journey toward becoming a Shaman.

"The writing, as expected from a Cait Ashwood novel, is compelling and rich. The characters, even the minor ones, have depth and complexity, with distinct personalities and 'voices'.[...] Dawn of the Shaman is an exciting, emotional, beautifully crafted story [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Dawn of the Shaman (Cait Ashwood)
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It takes a blind man to see the truth.

Tozall should have died shortly after birth, thanks to the sightless blue eyes staring out of his cherubic face. His tribe has no use for disabled burdens, but the Rocs they hold sacred feel differently about the boy. Remanded into the care of the tribe's shaman, his future is far from assured.

His affinity with the Espiriti, the guardian spirits of the tribes, earns him not only the enmity of his own chieftain, Dhurc, but the jealousy of shamans from rival tribes. When his mentor is incapacitated, there's no one left to defend him when Dhurc leads the troublesome upstart into the wilderness and abandons him in the dead of winter.

Will Tozall's spirit friends be enough to save him, or will he die as unwanted as he was born?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Indie Author Interview: John Egenes

Indie Author Interview with John Egenes - Author of the Travel Adventure Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America.

John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, a cab driver, and a hobo, among other things. He travels his life as a highway, viewing it through a windshield full of squashed bugs. These days he makes his home in New Zealand.

Interview with John Egenes

Author John Egenes
Author John Egenes
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
John Egenes: I’m mostly a songwriter but have written in various genres that are mostly short-form things like blogs, poems, academic book chapters and conference papers. ‘Man & Horse’ is the first long form thing I’ve written, except of course for my doctoral thesis.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
This question is always a tough one to answer because there are so many writers and books that I love. I’m partial to those who can carry me along with their prose, no matter what the storyline is like; writers like Tim Winton, Ivan Doig, Leif Enger, Mark Helprin, Jane Smiley, Annie Proulx. And great storytellers like Steinbeck and Kerouac, and others like Neal Stephenson, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Patrick deWitt… the list goes on and on.

"I like to write because I’m a fanatic reader."

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
(laughs) That’s a loaded question. It could mean that either I wanted to write for a living, or that I simply wanted to write. The latter is true, though making a living at it seems to be more of an option these days. I’ve liked writing things since I was old enough to write… But moreso, since I was old enough to read. I like to write because I’m a fanatic reader. And I don’t think there’s such a thing as a good writer who doesn’t read a lot. Reading is the real key. A person who doesn’t read will have nothing to say.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmmm... the first entire story would have been when I was about seven or eight years old. I wrote a story about two young boys who run away from home and hitchhike to the ocean. The story wasn’t located in any specific place. All I knew was that the ocean was far away, and they hitchhiked to it. I think that’s about as far as I got with it.

"I’ve learned that you should just sit down and start writing as many times per week as you can."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Becoming (Jourdyn Kelly)

Becoming (Jourdyn Kelly)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: (Lesbian) Contemporary Romance Becoming by Jourdyn Kelly.

Becoming (LA Lovers) is a hot & spicy lesbian romance from the author who brought us Fifty Shades of Pink. This novel is intended for 18+ audience due to mature content.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 320 pages - released in July 2018.

About the Book

Can a Dominant allow herself to be dominated? Can a woman who defies authority allow herself to submit? Will love come out on top in the end?

You met Rebecca and Cass in Fifty Shades of Pink. Now get Rebecca's perspective of their first meeting and see her journey to BECOMING Mistress.

Rebecca Cuinn lost control of her life once before, and she spent many years learning how to take it back. As Mistress and owner of an exclusive BDSM club, Rebecca now had control by the balls. She wasn’t about to lose it again by falling in love. Unfortunately, her heart wasn’t playing by Rebecca’s rules. She always was a sucker for androgynous, sexy women. But did the one that threatened to make her break all her rules have to be so young?

Cass Giles defied authority. So, when she was dragged to a BDSM sex club for a bachelorette party, she refused to let go of her judgments and have fun. No way she would submit to someone who’s sole purpose was to hurt you. Just wasn’t her scene. That is until that “scene” included the mysterious Mistress. Now Cass was willingly breaking the rules just for a taste of Mistress’s punishment. But it wasn’t just Mistress she wanted. She wanted the woman underneath the mask. And she would do everything she could to prove they were meant to be.

Becoming (Jourdyn Kelly)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This is not your average love story, but I still found it to be a really sweet one. The characters have interesting storylines that engrossed me from the start. Ms. Kelly has a way with words that manages to bring out my emotions every time. If you love the LA Lovers series, Becoming does not disappoint!" - Lisa Holt

- "[...] It was interesting to see how Cass reacted at first to the introduction of some submission to the Mistress and how she grew to like it. The characters are very strong in Becoming. I loved it so much that I reread it over already. It’s definitely a great book to check out and I highly recommend it." - Terry (Amazon)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Indie Book Release: STEELE (Kelly Gendron)

New Indie Book Release:
STEELE (Daring the Kane Brothers) - Kelly Gendron
Contemporary Romance (220 Pages - July 2018)

STEELE: USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Breaking the Declan Brothers Series, now brings you Daring the Kane Brothers Series! STEELE is a standalone novel featuring the shameless, sexy, and daring brothers who will make you blush all over!

About the Book

STEELE (Kelly Gendron)
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She dared me to take her on, and that’s exactly what I plan to do

I'm no stranger to daring things
However, there are a few stunts even I'm smart enough not to try
Jaylyn Rigsby is one of them
But when the raven-haired beauty
The insurance company sent to oversee my stunts
Dared me to take her on, well, now..
Challenge accepted ~ Steele

My next assignment has a reputation of cutting through the red tape to get what he wants
But I'm good at my job
Steele Kane isn't going to get whatever he wants
Even, if one of the things he wants is me
Case closed ~ Jaylyn

Will Jaylyn be the first to tame this overbearing stuntman, or will Steele hold out and get what he wants?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Tribute - The Cleaners (Chris Knoblaugh)

Tribute - The Cleaners (Chris Knoblaugh)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: YA Horror Novel Tribute - The Cleaners by Chris Knoblaugh.

In Tribute - The Cleaners, the author successfully weaves both reality and the supernatural into a story that both adults and young adults will enjoy.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 216 pages - released in April 2018.

About the Book

When twelve-year-old Miguel’s gang member Papa makes promises to Santa Muerte in 2005 San Jose, someone in Miguel’s family loses a soul.

This time, Miguel's brother Juan was the target, but the trouble is Miguel won’t let Juan’s spirit go.

The resulting paranormal possession attracts demons, doppelgangers, and an ancient soul slayer from the depths of Hell — all of whom must be vanquished if Miguel is to live.

Miguel must choose to release his brother or lose yet another loved one, for the bargain was made with Santa Muerte and the price must be paid.

Tribute - The Cleaners (Chris Knoblaugh)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "I was riveted from the first page to the very end. This novel has a great cast of characters. As the novel progresses, it becomes harder and harder to tell who is good and who is evil. This book has everything: demons, murder, broken parents, broken teens, and religion. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages." - Linda Ulleseit

- "[...] I have thoroughly enjoyed this story about growing up on the mean streets, dealing with sofa-surfing, discarded needles, and homeless people, some who might be angels in disguise sometimes." - Mark Schultz

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Featured Indie Book: Obake Neko - Ghost Cat (David Michael Gillespie)

Obake Neko - Ghost Cat (David Michael Gillespie)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Historical Mystery/Thriller Obake Neko (Ghost Cat) by David Michael Gillespie.

Obake Neko (Ghost Cat) is a historical based fiction about one of Japan’s aircraft-carrier submarines at the end of WWII. It vanishes and years later, in Hawaii, a connection with a WWII Navy Vet causes trouble for his son, who must solve the problem of the missing sub – Obake Neko – to save his father.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 343 pages - released in June 2018.

About the Book

It begins with a disappearance...

In the waning days of World War II, the Obake Neko is the last surviving Sen-Toku—a huge secret aircraft-carrier submarine created by the Imperial Japanese Navy. As the war comes to an end, the Obake Neko sets sail back to Japan with a cargo of unimaginable value. In the chaos of Japanese surrender, the clandestine vessel and its crew vanish in the seas of the South Pacific.
Fifty-five years after the war’s end, former U.S. Navy pilot, Bud Brennan breaks into Pearl Harbor’s submarine museum in Hawaii. Bud’s son, Mike, is still raw from the death of his wife and grappling with a new career but still jumps in to help his dad.

But when Bud’s antics garner the attention of the Navy’s JAG, Mike realizes his father may possess knowledge about the near-mythical Obake Neko and its fabled cargo—knowledge that is also of great value to the Japanese Yakuza.

Now, Mike must scramble to learn the whole truth of his father’s decades-old connection with the legendary Japanese submarine and fight to defend his father from relentless military authorities and deadly Yakuza operatives.

Even decades later, the Obake Neko and its legendary cargo are still worth killing over.

Can Mike discover the truth and protect his dad before deadly assailants succeed in silencing Bud forever?

Obake Neko - Ghost Cat (David Michael Gillespie)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Rarely has a war story held such a high degree of mystery and spanned the time between a war veteran and his business-consulting son with such credibility and involvement. Mystery and intrigue – and a hefty dose of secrecy make this a tremendously interesting debut novel." - Grady Harp

- "[...] Worthy of an Asian James Bond thriller; 'Obake Nekoi will not disappoint anyone interested in mysteries, war novels, treasure stories, or even... criminal elements.
This is a pleasurable read, and one with good character development, and human understanding during times of trauma, war, and ...peace."
- Joseph R. Calamia