Friday, April 12, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Soul Dark - Chosen (E. L. Reedy & A. M. Wade)


New Indie Book Release:
Soul Dark: Chosen - E.L. Reedy & A. M. Wade
YA Contemporary Fantasy (236 Pages - April 2019)

Soul Dark: Chosen is a coming of age story, where Lukas, the main character, does not realize the neighbor girl is madly in love with him. His family is very old and filled with the warmth and love of farming families. He practices magic and serves and ancient Goddess, and though he doesn't realize it until the end, he is the pawn in an ancient game between two warring deities.

About the Book

Soul Dark - Chosen (E. L. Reedy & A. M. Wade)
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War is coming between Lukas’ Goddess and an ancient Demon Lord. But the death of his parents shakes his faith, and with the loss of his remaining family it is shattered. Blinded by rage, Lukas turns away from his friends and trains under a deceptive, yet formidable master to hone his magic and prevent the demon’s final objective--obliteration of all life on earth.

War begins! A forged weapon, Lukas rejoins his friends and sets after the Demon King. From a hidden crypt, where evil lies waiting, to the Iowa countryside, they battle to prevent the end of all they know. Lukas must overcome his doubts and allow the Light to work through him--to defeat both the foe of his Goddess and a new more familiar one.

Soul Dark: Chosen is a coming of age tale in the modern-day world when a war between ancient deities and demons culminates in a winner-takes-all battle that could determine the fate of all mankind.





About the Author

Author E.L. Reedy
Author E. L. Reedy
E.L. Reedy was born and raised in Iowa, where he devoured tomes of fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult novels as a child.

In his free time, he is an avid gamer (D&D and Pathfinder).

He has traveled the world as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and now lives in Iowa, where with his writing partner, he continues to pen works in the realms of Fantasy and Horror in the Young Adult Universe.


Author A M. Wade
Author A M. Wade
A. M. Wade was born the only girl in a family with five boys, she readily escaped into fantasy, sci-fi, and other fiction novels.

Having traveled through most of the US, she enjoys using scenery and characteristics of the different states in the story adventures she created for the little ones in her family.

Now, she writes sci-fi, fantasy and horror with a lifelong co-conspirator.



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and on Twitter: @keysmomma

Monday, April 08, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Midnight Black - The Purge (R.J. Eastwood)


Midnight Black - The Purge (R.J. Eastwood)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Suspense Thriller Midnight Black - The Purge by R.J. Eastwood.

Midnight Black - The Purge is about a man released from prison to a society on the verge of destructions and how he finds himself embroiled in a wild conspiracy.

The Book has been self-published via Media Entertainment, Inc. and is available as eBook, Audio-Book and Paperback - 258 pages - released in February 2019.



About the Book

DEA Agent Billy Russell executed a man for committing a heinous crime against him and is sentenced to 20 years hard labor.

Without explanation, he’s paroled 5 years early. An isolated nuclear attack has spread primal fear of a nuclear holocaust. Autocratic billionaires have convinced the world the only solution is to form a one-world government. Their self-serving, authoritarian, faulty economic policies lead to a populace living in poverty, crime, disease, and rampant drug addiction.

As a condition of his parole, Billy is assigned to a clandestine government assassination squad whose job is to eliminate political trouble makers. Billy is approached by dissidents planning to overthrow the authoritarian government. He joins them to end the demonic reign of tyranny only to become embroiled in the wildest conspiracy he could have ever imagined.

Midnight Black - The Purge (R.J. Eastwood)
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Review (Excerpt)

- "I found Midnight Black to be intelligently written, witty when it needed to be, with a finely crafted cast of characters - some likeable, some not so much - and an ending I never saw coming… and neither will you.” Highly recommended[...]" - Sean Murphy

- "What a great read. A compelling story that moves along at a suspenseful pace yet is so believable, it was scary. Once I began I had difficulty putting the book down. It was a real page turner with a great surprise ending. 5 stars" - (Amazon)

- "[...] powerful novel that will resonate; there are many parallels that reminded me of the world we presently inhabit. If you, like me, believe big business is getting too big, then this well-crafted story will remind you of what can happen when we don’t remain vigilant." - KDW (Amazon)

About the Author

Author R.J. Eastwood
Author R.J. Eastwood
Robert J. Emery writes under the pen name R.J. Eastwood. Over his long career as a member of the Directors Guild of America, he has written, produced, and directed both feature films and television programming and everything in between. His production work has garnered him over 75 industry awards along the way. To date, Mr. Emery has published seven books, four of which were nonfiction based on his Starz/Encore television series “The Directors.” His first novel (as Robert J. Emery) was chosen as one of the top five finalists in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards.

In the Fall of 2017, he published the science fiction adventure “The Autopsy of Planet Earth.” It was awarded the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award for Science Fiction, the 2018 Book Talk Radio Book of the Year, and the 2017 Authors Circle First Place Award for Fiction.

When not writing, Mr. Emery can be found in the kitchen creating and preparing sumptuous Italian meals. He credits his culinary expertise to his Sicilian mother, who took the time to teach him to cook.

Visit Mr. Emery’s author web site to learn more about his background as a writer/director in the entertainment industry as well as his book writing. He enjoys hearing from readers and encourages them to connect with him through his (where there is an email address) as well as his social media sites.




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Midnight Black - The Purge (R.J. Eastwood)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Midnight Black - The Purge (R.J. Eastwood)


New Indie Book Release:
Midnight Black: The Purge - R.J. Eastwood
Suspense Thriller (218 Pages - March 2019)

Midnight Black: The Purge is about a man released from prison to a society on the verge of destructions and how he finds himself embroiled in a wild conspiracy.

About the Book

Midnight Black -The Purge (R.J.  Eastwood)
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DEA Agent Billy Russell executed a man for committing a heinous crime against him and is sentenced to 20 years hard labor.

Without explanation, he’s paroled 5 years early. An isolated nuclear attack has spread primal fear of a nuclear holocaust. Autocratic billionaires have convinced the world the only solution is to form a one-world government. Their self-serving, authoritarian, faulty economic policies lead to a populace living in poverty, crime, disease, and rampant drug addiction.

As a condition of his parole, Billy is assigned to a clandestine government assassination squad whose job is to eliminate political trouble makers. Billy is approached by dissidents planning to overthrow the authoritarian government. He joins them to end the demonic reign of tyranny only to become embroiled in the wildest conspiracy he could have ever imagined.





About the Author

Author R.J. Eastwood
Author R.J. Eastwood
Robert J. Emery writes under the pen name R.J. Eastwood. Over his long career as a member of the Directors Guild of America, he has written, produced, and directed both feature films and television programming and everything in between. His production work has garnered him over 75 industry awards along the way. To date, Mr. Emery has published seven books, four of which were nonfiction based on his Starz/Encore television series “The Directors.” His first novel (as Robert J. Emery) was chosen as one of the top five finalists in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards.

In the Fall of 2017, he published the science fiction adventure “The Autopsy of Planet Earth.” It was awarded the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award for Science Fiction, the 2018 Book Talk Radio Book of the Year, and the 2017 Authors Circle First Place Award for Fiction.

When not writing, Mr. Emery can be found in the kitchen creating and preparing sumptuous Italian meals. He credits his culinary expertise to his Sicilian mother, who took the time to teach him to cook.

Visit Mr. Emery’s author web site to learn more about his background as a writer/director in the entertainment industry as well as his book writing. He enjoys hearing from readers and encourages them to connect with him through his (where there is an email address) as well as his social media sites.


Connect with R.J. Eastwood via the Author's Website
and via eMail: media8@verizon.net

Monday, March 18, 2019

New Indie Book Release: The Road Home - Mackenzie's Redemption (Hilary Smith)


New Indie Book Release:
The Road Home: Mackenzie's Redemption - Hilary Smith
Contemporary Women's Fiction (218 Pages - March 2019)

The Road Home: Mackenzie's Redemption touches on spirituality. The Coleman children are all believers of Jesus Christ however for different reasons they have lost touch with the Lord. In this installment Mackenzie’s faith is tested. Everything she has tried has failed...

About the Book

The Road Home - Mackenzie's Redemption (Hilary Smith)
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It has been two years since Lucy’s disappearance.

The search for Lucy and the daughter he’s never met is on. The more Damien learns about Lucy and her dealings the more he realizes he didn’t really know his wife. Damien is faced with a choice to find them or let them go. Will he make the right choice, for the right reason?

The dust has settled, and Mackenzie has a sense of normalcy. Until one night away from Samuel she runs into an old flame. In the city of sin. Las Vegas. Several months later he tracks her down. Kamil Lucas wants more than Mackenzie’s body. In a past life Mackenzie was a computer hacker. It’s this skill that Kamil needs now. However, he recognizes another need and plans to exploit Mackenzie.

After a random coupling with Kamil, Mackenzie realizes she’s gone too far. In a half effort to contain the situation she confesses to Samuel. However, Kamil isn’t done, and he convinces Mackenzie to do one last job: hacking three banks in one night.

Before Mackenzie can complete the job, she’s hit with another surprise: She’s pregnant. Is this the end for Samuel and Mackenzie? Can Mackenzie savage her marriage and her soul through the love of Jesus Christ? Has she learned enough to trust in the Lord, or will she lose everything she worked so hard to build?




About the Author

Author Hilary Smith
Author Hilary Smith
Hilary Smith was born in Cincinnati Ohio, to James and Jeannine Smith. Growing up the family moved from project housing developments to project housing developments. In 1992 her second-grade teacher challenged her to elevate above her upbringing and to use her imagination to see beyond what she was surrounded by.

Hilary graduated with a GED from Cincinnati Public School and attended Cincinnati State Technical Community College. Where she attempted to study business but soon discovered, although she excelled in the classes, she had no real interest in making it a lifelong career. Instead, she focused on liberal art classes such as History and Literature. Using what she learned, she began to outline the plot of her first novel Saving Lucy.

Hilary is single and lives in a small apartment in Kentucky not far from her family that still resides in Cincinnati. Hilary works in retail by night, and by day she is a writer.
She is currently working on her next novel.



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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Death’s Strife (Anthony Chesterfield)


Death’s Strife (Anthony Chesterfield)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Historical Fiction Death’s Strife by Anthony Chesterfield.

Death’s Strife challenges the reader to look at life and death as fully personified entities in their own right with their own fears, hopes, wants and desires. It forces the reader to obscure those abstract concepts of life and death with reality while taking them on a journey through historical fiction interlaced with familial drama.

The Book has been self-published via Xlibris and is available as eBook and Paperback - 256 pages - released in December 2018.



About the Book

Death’s Strife pits father (Life) against son (Death) for control of Earth’s people and their very existence.

Father and son have been entrenched in a vicious battle for souls since the beginning of time, but neither is able to achieve victory over the other.

Encouraged by the devious Lilith to assume human form and end their eternal vendetta, the two beings travel to Earth with a plan to meet in 1939. Set in Spain at the dawn of the Cuban War of Independence and ending in the middle of the Second World War, the ever-shifting political climate is fertile ground for Death to thrive.

However, this time of upheaval exposes Death as not only a stark being to fear but also a sympathetic creature.

Death’s Strife (Anthony Chesterfield)
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Review (Excerpt)

- "Amazing book by amazing writer [...] Great read !" - Kenneth Jaffe


About the Author

Author Anthony Chesterfield
Author Anthony Chesterfield

Anthony Chesterfield is a social worker specializing in end-of-life care.

He considers death to be the greatest unknown for many.

He has worked at venues such as Bellevue Hospital, and Calvary Hospital and appreciates all the patients and their families have taught him.

Anthony Chesterfield lives in New York with his wife and children.






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Death’s Strife (Anthony Chesterfield)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Featured Indie Book: The Desire Card (Lee Matthew Goldberg)


The Desire Card (Lee Matthew Goldberg)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Mystery / Thriller The Desire Card by Lee Matthew Goldberg.

The Desire Card is about Harrison Stockton who finds out he needs a liver transplant but is far down on the donor list. When he contacts the Desire Card, the right price for his desire turns out to be more menacing than he could ever imagine.

The Book has been published via Fahrenheit Press and is available as eBook and Paperback - 309 pages - released in February 2019.



About the Book

Any wish fulfilled for the right price.

That's the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients - but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine. Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live. Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he'd ever have to face.

When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what's right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn't always enough to get everything he desires.

The Desire Card (Lee Matthew Goldberg)
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Review (Excerpt)

- "Goldberg does it again with a thrilling novel about greed, gluttony, lust and ultimately, karma. The Desire Card starts with a frantic chase through Central Park and introduces the reader to our antihero Harrison, a mess of a man, worn out by the rat race and his own terrible choices.[...]" - Kathryn Bedrosian

- "[...] This is about control, forgiveness, power, fate, uncertainty and one man named Harrison what only wanted to be free and needed someone in his life but when you Desire something so badly and sell yourself to the notion that one phone call can get you anything you want, think twice before you pick up the phone and press send. Some fates and some desires make cost you a heavy price. Will Harrison ever be free?" - Samfreene (Amazon)


About the Author

Author Lee Matthew Goldberg
Author Lee Matthew Goldberg
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels SLOW DOWN, THE MENTOR, and THE DESIRE CARD.

He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com).

He lives in New York City.




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The Desire Card (Lee Matthew Goldberg)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Status: MISSING (D. W. Maroney)


New Indie Book Release:
Status: MISSING - D. W. Maroney
Thriller (306 Pages - March 2019)

Status: MISSING is based on real-life events with a little bit of conspiracy theory and high-tech speculation woven in to create a plausible explanation for the unexplainable, raising the question, could it be done?

About the Book

Status: MISSING (D. W. Maroney)
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No one believed it was possible to commandeer an airliner in flight from a land-based location, then Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean, giving rise to The Drone Theory among U.S. intelligence agencies. Since that fateful flight, dozens of other airliners have gone missing without a trace. Is it coincidence? Or is there something sinister at work?

The Drone Theory Taskforce has one directive: Determine whether U.S. Top Secret technology—lost when a CIA drone went down in Iran—is being used to hijack airliners in flight, and if so, recover the technology.

Air Force Intelligence Officer Major Megan Sloan doesn’t believe in coincidences. She’s determined to get her hands on the technology and the person(s) responsible for this current reign of terror.

When a U.S. Government jet carrying top-level officials to Guam is rerouted mid-flight to Pyongyang, The Drone Theory shifts from supposition to cold, hard reality. The stakes have never been higher. Will they locate the source of the signals controlling the aircraft? Will Major Sloan be in time to recover the technology and return control of the plane to the flight crew before the incident escalates into World War III?




About the Author

Author D. W. Maroney
Author D. W. Maroney
As a young student living in the suburbs of Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination D. W. Maroney grew up on a steady diet of conspiracy theories. To this day, D.W. still loves a good mystery and believes the truth of any event lies somewhere between the eyewitness accounts and the historical retelling.

D.W. admits to being the only student who paid attention when the school librarian explained the use of the card catalog and other research materials. Where others saw only tedium, D.W. saw clues that would lead to fascinating facts hidden within the tomes and periodicals lining the shelves. During downtime, D.W. enjoys sorting through piles of musty old papers, scouring the depths of the internet, and looking for the one thing everyone else has overlooked.

D.W Maroney is a USA Today Best-selling author of genre fiction, and is a member of The Authors Guild, Liberty State Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.


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and on Twitter: @DWMaroney

Sunday, March 10, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Déjà Vu (Karen Janowsky)


New Indie Book Release:
Déjà Vu (The Persistence of Memory) - Karen Janowsky
Fantasy / Romance (200 Pages - February 2019)

Déjà Vu (The Persistence of Memory) focuses on the characters. As the plot deepens, and things become more dangerous for the main characters, they face challenges to their sense of who they are, and to their relationship. This series begins as a slow-burn romance.

About the Book

Déjà Vu (Karen Janowsky)
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When superheroes fall in love, anything can happen.

Daniel Hecht doesn’t belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he’s out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called “Lionheart” and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher.

Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she’s from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened. They are falling in love, but there’s something they’re sure they need to remember, and it’s keeping them apart.

The key to saving the world may begin with the act of remembering.



About the Author

Author Karen Janowsky
Author Karen Janowsky
Karen Janowsky has loved superheroes and ancient mythology since the first time she saw the Super Friends on television in 1970’s.

Because flying an invisible jet was never a viable career option, and because running around in a cape, swimsuit, and bright red boots is not socially acceptable for adults, she teaches yoga and writing at the College of Southern Maryland.

Her stories and poems have been featured in several anthologies and literary magazines since 1991.

She received her master’s degree in English from Florida State University.


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and on Twitter: @KarenJanowsky

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Indie Author Interview: O. Ryan Hussain


Indie Author Interview with O. Ryan Hussain - Author of the Political Satire The Outlandish and the Ego.

O. Ryan Hussain is the new voice of comedic fiction and satire. The characters featured in his debut novel, The Outlandish and the Ego, are vibrant creations from a true genius. There is currently nobody better at blending truth, comedy and dirty fun.

Interview with O. Ryan Hussain

Author O. Ryan Hussain
Author O. Ryan Hussain
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
O. Ryan Hussain: From a pretty young age I knew that I was going to be a life-long captive of the written word. I first attempted to write a book at age 8 — a biography of Mark McGwire. If I only knew the unauthorized story on that one. But later in life I wanted to be a journalist in the same vein as Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson, keeping the New Journalism movement going. I went to college and majored in journalism and later wrote for papers, magazines and websites.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
This is always a question that has to get split in half. My favorite writer is not the most important writer of my life, which would be Jack Kerouac. If I had never read On the Road I might have been relegated to a career as a technical writer. But Kerouac and his soul-blistering prose didn’t just open my eyes, it peeled my eyelids off and showed me how you could bend the rules of narrative and prose to fit your own identity. I loved every word of that book. Every. Single. One. When I finished the last page of the book it was like a lightning bolt hit my spine. I was changed forever.
My favorite writer is Hunter Thompson. What can I say? I love deviant humor and that man had it mastered. But it wasn’t just his wit that endeared me to his work, but he was also such a thoughtful and prescient observer of our world. I really admire that about him. He always saw around corners to find the truths that most couldn’t. We owe him a debt for that.

"Stories are what make us all feel connected with one another"

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Stories are what make us all feel connected with one another — despite all the reasons we shouldn’t feel connected or want to know a single God damn detail about anyone else. I realized that pretty early on in life, and just wanted to add to the storytelling membrane.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one that I can remember was about my first golden retriever, Astro. Something tells me it wasn’t that good.

"I organize a story in my head [...]"

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
Routines are best spent on dance teams. I organize a story in my head, try to organize that story in a form of an outline, and when I write, I try to crank as hard as I can on whatever creative levers are available to me at that time.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
Probably sounds crazy but I don’t have a desk at my place. I just use the trusted two-piece setup of a laptop and a pillow beneath it. Outside of that, I write on paper quite a bit. I wrote the first draft of my first novel, The Outlandish and the Ego, in about 13 or 14 pocket sized journals.

"[...]  taking all the chaos going on inside my brain [...]"

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
The hardest thing about writing, for me at least, is taking all the chaos going on inside my brain — the garage rock, paint drippings, techno thumps, salty emotion bombs — and funneling it onto a blank page daring me to fill it. In the oddest ways imaginable, that’s also the easiest thing about writing.

The Outlandish and the Ego (O. Ryan Hussain)
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O. Ryan, please tell us a little about your Political Satire The Outlandish and the Ego.
The Outlandish and the Ego, at its core, is a comedy. There are definitely political angles to this — half the plot is about the most outrageous presidential election you can imagine — but really, this book is supposed to make you laugh at the madness we see in the headlines daily. But it’s not all about politics. The other half of the plot follows two, truly sweet but haunted fellows — Samuel and Roger, as they run from demon gnomes and try to solve the riddle of “The Signal.”
The book is a lot of things, really. It’s an episode of South Park meets a Cheap Trick concert. The characters are absurd takes on real people, but in so doing, they highlight our most human traits — good and bad. I really just wanted to answer the question: what’s the real difference between the social elite and everybody else? And in that answer, all the opportunity to mock everything in our society that needs to be mocked was presented. And I took it.

The book essentially features two main characters — Samuel and the Aide. Is one a “bad guy” and the other a “good guy?”
In a traditional sense, Samuel is the protagonist and the Aide is the antagonist. But with the Aide, even though he does so many despicable things, he’s at the mercy of a lot of outside forces like the Brethren — an evil secret society. And while we watch him deal with those forces, you can start to identify with him a little, as scary as that may be.

The words “Democrat” and “Republican” never show up in this book — why?
I’ve been waiting for someone to notice that. Look, at this point, we’re all totally kidding ourselves if we think the two parties are all that much different. The vast majority of elected officials are bought. They vote on and advocate for policy that isn’t central to who they are or why they first got into politics — they largely act based on the motivations of their largest funders — which tend to be very corporate and have corporate agendas. We’re finally starting to see a progressive movement working to remove that element, but it’s going to take a lot of work and time. So rather than just be frustrated by what’s been happening, I’d rather just satirize it.

"[...] you’ve been compared to some pretty big-name authors"

So, the Aide and his President are neither Republican or Democrat?
Oh, they definitely belong to one of those parties. I suppose the ugliness is in the eye of the beholder.

The reviews for The Outlandish and the Ego have been very positive, and in them you’ve been compared to some pretty big-name authors. Writers like Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, Ken Kesey and Chuck Palahniuk. When you read those comparisons what comes to mind?
All the comparisons to authors with legendary acclaim are flattering. But most of the time I’m sort of baffled as to how they arrived at that comparison. A few of the names I’ve seen mentioned I’ve never even read. But I’m not going to turn the comparisons down!

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
It’s still in the early stages but it has the potential to be something very special – not just to me but I think could embody a lot for my generation. It won’t be as cartoony as The Outlandish and the Ego. It will certainly pick its spots for humor, but it won’t be a major driver. This is going to be an existential book — looking at absurdism in 2019. I can’t really say too much more other than it will explore the thin line between identity, madness and dreams.

How can readers connect with you?
Readers can find me on Twitter. @ORyanHussain

Thank you very much for the Interview, Ryan.



About the Book The Outlandish and the Ego

The Outlandish and the Ego (O. Ryan Hussain)
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The Outlandish and the Ego is the first in a new genre of literature: political erotica. This wild and comical satire follows two parallel stories that ultimately converge and blend into a new American reality.

One side of The Outlandish and the Ego plays out with the Aide, who relentlessly seeks to maintain his power as he maneuvers his president for reelection. The Aide's ruthless appetite for victory comes to life in the form of wife swapping, partnering with a corporation hungry for war, endless slandering, and so much more. But in order to win, the Aide must survive an evil secret society-the Brethren.

The other half of The Outlandish and the Ego finds Samuel and Roger: two wild derelicts who are running from demon gnomes that nobody else can see or understand. In order to satisfy the gnomes' demands, Samuel and Roger must solve the riddle of "the signal." The two twisting plotlines crash into each other as the fate of the Aide, Samuel, Roger, and the Brethren come to an unexpected and hilarious close.

- "[...] The author’s narrative is really inventive and unique, and the satiric dialogues are very refreshing. The Outlandish and The Ego is definitely one of the most pleasant and fun reads I’ve come across in quite a bit." - Reader Review




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Friday, March 08, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Death’s Strife (Anthony Chesterfield)


New Indie Book Release:
Death’s Strife - Anthony Chesterfield
Historical Fiction (256 Pages - December 2018)

Death’s Strife challenges the reader to look at life and death as fully personified entities in their own right with their own fears, hopes, wants and desires. It forces the reader to obscure those abstract concepts of life and death with reality while taking them on a journey through historical fiction interlaced with familial drama.


About the Book

Death’s Strife (Anthony Chesterfield)
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Death’s Strife pits father (Life) against son (Death) for control of Earth’s people and their very existence.

Father and son have been entrenched in a vicious battle for souls since the beginning of time, but neither is able to achieve victory over the other.

Encouraged by the devious Lilith to assume human form and end their eternal vendetta, the two beings travel to Earth with a plan to meet in 1939. Set in Spain at the dawn of the Cuban War of Independence and ending in the middle of the Second World War, the ever-shifting political climate is fertile ground for Death to thrive.

However, this time of upheaval exposes Death as not only a stark being to fear but also a sympathetic creature.






About the Author

Author Anthony Chesterfield
Author Anthony Chesterfield
Anthony Chesterfield is a social worker specializing in end-of-life care.

He considers death to be the greatest unknown for many.

He has worked at venues such as Bellevue Hospital, and Calvary Hospital and appreciates all the patients and their families have taught him.

Anthony Chesterfield lives in New York with his wife and children.





Connect with Anthony Chesterfield via eMail: prizelpeter@gmail.com
and on Facebook

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

New Indie Book Release:The Desire Card (Lee Matthew Goldberg)


New Indie Book Release:
The Desire Card - Lee Matthew Goldberg
Mystery / Thriller (309 Pages - February 2019)

The Desire Card is about Harrison Stockton who finds out he needs a liver transplant but is far down on the donor list. When he contacts the Desire Card, the right price for his desire turns out to be more menacing than he could ever imagine.

About the Book

The Desire Card (Lee Matthew Goldberg)
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Any wish fulfilled for the right price.

That's the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients - but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine. Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live. Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he'd ever have to face.

When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what's right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn't always enough to get everything he desires.




About the Author

Author Lee Matthew Goldberg
Author Lee Matthew Goldberg
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels SLOW DOWN, THE MENTOR, and THE DESIRE CARD.

He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com).

He lives in New York City.


Connect with Lee Matthew Goldberg via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @LeeMatthewG

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Indie Author Interview: Frank Kennedy


Indie Author Interview with Frank Kennedy - Author of the Young Adult Science Fiction Adventure The Last Everything.

Frank Kennedy has been writing fiction for thirty years, focusing primarily on science fiction and young adult. Previously a journalist and now a middle-school English teacher, Kennedy has envisioned being a full-time novelist since childhood.

Interview with Frank Kennedy

Author Frank Kennedy
Author Frank Kennedy
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Frank Kennedy: I’ve been concocting stories since I was a kid. I took a variety of creative writing classes in college and set a long term goal to become a published novelist. Although I had a number of close calls with agents and editors in the traditional publishing industry, I never made the right connection. However, I spent many years in writing retreats with outstanding, best-selling authors, from Terry Brooks (fantasy) to Susan Wiggs (romance). Some of my best friends were found at this retreats.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
Stephen King and J.R.R. Tolkien made the greatest impressions. The Stand by King introduced me to the big-canvas story, and I was utterly gobsmacked by the expansive vision. Of course, The Lord of the Rings is the seminal work for me (and countless other writers, no doubt).

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Before I hit puberty.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Possibly. Although I don’t remind the title, I was in 7th grade, and it involved the rings of Saturn as well as a ship going into “space warp.” I remember this story because we were asked to read some of our work aloud, and the teacher’s confusion about a “space warp” drew many giggles from the class. An embarrassing moment, but to this day, I blame her. (And yes, I can do this because I am a teacher now, and I wouldn’t openly dismiss a student’s work like that.)

"[...] arrive organically as a series of disconnected images [...]"

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
Although it has evolved over the years, my ideas almost always arrive organically as a series of disconnected images - sometimes from dreams - that fascinate me. I don’t know what they mean, and I usually allow them to mill around in my head for a good bit before putting them to paper. After that, all the usual prelim routines - character-mapping, outlining, world-building.

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
My home office has wallpaper original to the room, circa 1990. The stencil design features waterfowl, creating a room that looks like it should probably be in a hunting lodge. It’s quite cozy. My dog spends many hours underneath my desk curled at my feet while I’m writing.

"[...] the world-building can be the trickiest."

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
There’s nothing easy about this. Once it becomes easy, the results will be dreadful. However, I can maintain strong, steady momentum if I have a firm grasp on story, character, and the world. Since I write so much science fiction, the world-building can be the trickiest. I don’t want it to seem derivative (“Fire proton torpedoes!”) but it must feel real and lived-in.

"[...] creation is the highest form of learning"

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It’s a remarkable outlet for creativity and it keeps my brain firing on all cylinders. I tell my students that creation is the highest form of learning - nothing you do requires as many skill sets. As I grow older, I need to see that I can kick this imagination into gear on a moment’s notice and have fun with wherever it takes me.

Frank, please tell us a little about your Young Adult Science Fiction Adventure The Last Everything.
When I first conceived of this story about 15 years ago, I wanted to blend the real-time adrenalin of the TV series 24 with a story suitable for a young adult audience. Over the years (and many drafts), elements have changed in terms of the title itself, character motivation, and the ultimate stakes, but the central figures of the story - the three teens Jamie, Sammie, and Michael - have remained the same. This is about more than a story of three teens flung into a dark, deadly run for their lives. It’s about how they can survive the secrets that threaten to tear them apart - in the world they know and beyond.

The Last Everything (Frank Kennedy)
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What I hope is that my audience will build as the series The Impossible Future develops. The second book, The Risen Gods, will literally take off right where Last Everything ends (although each book has its own special arc). This series is a race against time against increasingly improbable odds, and I believe readers who find Last Everything satisfying will be surprised - well, shocked - at the direction the story takes beyond this opening stanza.
Readers who enjoy Last Everything and want to know about the universe that is entered in Book 2 should take a look at my novel The Father Unbound, which introduces the universe of the Collectorate. Its story, told over 50 years, sets the stage for the events that unfold in The Impossible Future series. It’s a different kind of novel, written more in the style of the classics (think: Asimov), but it’s the one I’m most proud of.

"[...] asking big questions about how far humans (in any universe) should go"

Who do you see as your target audience? (see the answer above)
Although The Last Everything is suitable for a young adult audience, the story is dark - and only gets darker and more intense as it advances. This is science fiction for a broad audience, asking big questions about how far humans (in any universe) should go in pursuit of ensuring their immortality.

What makes your book special?
As a reviewer on Amazon notes, Last Everything is best read in one sitting. It’s all about forward movement from the get-go.

How would you describe the success of your self-published books so far?
I only started this process several months ago, and I’m still learning the keys to success. Really, I only ratcheted up advertising and promotions since November. I’m seeing about 500 page reads a day on Amazon, which is small potatoes, but it’s steadily growing. And that’s OK - this is a marathon. I don’t expect to quit my day job anytime soon.

"Read, read, read. Write, rewrite, rewrite."

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Read, read, read. Write, rewrite, rewrite. Read some more. Write some more. Assume that most of the early stuff is garbage. Outline (use whatever format feels comfortable to you). Know the heck out of your primary characters and prepare to run your protagonist through the ringer. Easy stories are boring stories.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am currently writing The Risen Gods, the follow-up to Last Everything, with a goal to finish sometime this spring and publish by early summer.

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?
Book stores won’t vanish, but I think it’s inevitable that most physical books will be purchased online. We tend to think that the young generations want to read everything digitally, but I’m here to tell you that is not the case for books. Most of my students read more often from physical books than eBooks. Having said that, everything else they do is digital!

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am constantly juggling my time between the job (teaching tends to occupy about 50 hours a week), gardening, cooking, the occasional Netflix binge, and reading (I’m a news and sports junkie). My goal is to squeeze in at least 2 hours a day of meaningful writing time. Doesn’t always happen (and always my fault when it doesn’t).

How can readers connect with you?
I’d love for folks to stop by my website at frankkennedy.org and offer a comment on one of my blogs. Or, perhaps visit me on Facebook @frankkennedybooks. Just say high, like my page, offer some encouragement, and/or join my mailing list. By all means, follow me on Amazon. And please, pretty please: If you any of my works, leave a little review on Amazon. I’m not looking for 5-star glory; just a little honesty.

Thank you very much for the Interview, Frank.



About the Book The Last Everything

The Last Everything (Frank Kennedy)
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The Last Everything tells the last eight hours in the life of Jamie Sheridan, a 17-year-old on the run who discovers his life is more than just a lie - he was brought here from a different universe to serve an explosive purpose that is about to come to fruition.

Jamie, whose life in the small town of Albion, Alabama, already left him disillusioned, must now face the shocking reality that people he has known all his life are hunting him down, determined he must die before the clock ticks to zero.

Facing a new, seemingly hopeless reality, Jamie must rely on his only two friends - Sammie and Michael - and a new, dark entity preparing to be born within him.

This action-oriented story takes place almost entirely within eight hours but launches a four-book saga that ensnares two universes.

- "Take a ride, folks, with this pell-mell tale of a seventeen-year-old plunged into a nightmare of being hunted by his neighbors before discovering vast galactic forces at play, with his death destined. Kennedy, as ever, writes stylishly whilst pushing the story along at a frenetic pace. Probably best read in one sitting." - Reader Review




Link to the Book

Link to the Paperback The Last Everything on Amazon

Link to the eBook The Last Everything on Amazon