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.


Connect with D. W. Maroney via the Author's Facebook Page
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)
Click to Read an Excerpt
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




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Sunday, March 03, 2019

Just Released: TOP 50 Best Indie Books - Readers' Choice - MARCH 2019

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Sunday, March 03, 2019

Indie Author Interview: Tanya Goodwin


Indie Author Interview with Tanya Goodwin - Author of the Suspense Novel Code Pink.

Tanya Goodwin writes suspense with a twist of medicine, medical romance, and mystery. Her experiences as a physician are reflected in her characters and in her stories. Tanya is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed her specialty training as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Tampa, Florida.

Interview with Tanya Goodwin

Author Tanya Goodwin
Author Tanya Goodwin
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Tanya Goodwin: I have been writing medical suspense, police procedurals with romantic elements, medical romance, and mystery during the last seven years. I joined Romance Writers of America (RWA) in 2007, and shortly thereafter, Mystery Writers of America (MWA), and Sisters in Crime.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
As an avid fan of medical suspense, thrillers, and police procedurals/detective series, my favorite authors are: Tess Gerritsen—anything she has written but favorites are Harvest, The Bone Garden, The Surgeon; Robin Cook, another physician author of medical thrillers; Janet Evanovich and her humorous, romantic suspense Stephanie Plum series, and JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts) and her Detective Eve Dallas futuristic police procedurals with romantic elements.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Other than being a writer for my medical school newspaper decades ago, I began reading Janet Evanovich’s books and was so inspired by her, that I began to write, and write, and write, and read and read and read. Then I joined RWA.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first book, the first in the Dr. Tara Ross series, If Memory Serves, took me the longest to write, with multiple revisions. It was published in 2013.

"When I’m on deadline to submit to my editor, anything goes!"

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I do my best writing in the morning when my mind is rested and ready to go, but I have written in the afternoon and evenings if my morning has been otherwise busy with physician duties or other life events. When I’m on deadline to submit to my editor, anything goes!

Please, describe your desk/workplace.
I mainly write at the dining room table, even though I do have a desk that is rather messy! When I lived in New York, I enjoyed writing on my deck in the summer, but now that I live in Florida, I enjoy writing on my back porch.

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Writing is challenging. I don’t believe there is anything easy about it. Writing requires actually sitting down to do it, formulating a plot, developing characters, and then there are multiple revisions, and deadlines. Deep down, you have to love writing, because despite all the above, that’s what keeps you going on good, and not so good days.

"My greatest joy is when a reader really enjoys my books."

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is when a reader really enjoys my books.

Tanya, please tell us a little about your Dr. Tara Ross Series and the Book Code Pink.
The first Dr. Tara Ross series, If Memory Serves, was inspired by sleep deprived days during my OB/GYN training. The second, The Embalmer, came about after I was on an OB assignment (as a travelling doctor) in an office that was formerly a turn-of-the- century funeral home with an attached building for embalming. A Craig’s List medical student killer inspired Brush With Death, and Code Pink touches on illegal immigration at the US/Mexican border, specifically MS-13 gang members and those they recruit.

Code Pink (Tanya Goodwin)
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What inspired you to write the book?
The hot button topic of illegal immigration at the US/Mexican border was the kernal.

Who do you see as your target audience?
Mostly women twenty-five and up enjoy my books as well as those in the medical field. I do have a male readership that particularly like police procedurals. My protagonists include a woman OB/GYN, Dr. Tara Ross, and her homicide commander husband, Jeffrey Corrigan. Because of my female and male characters, my books satisfy both women and men. Due to some graphic details and raw language, I do not recommend readers less than eighteen to read my series.

"[...] the reader bonds with my protagonists"

What makes your book special?
Code Pink is part of a series, and the reader bonds with my protagonists, returning characters, and new ones in each book.

How would you describe the success of your self-published books so far?
Self-published books, and I prefer to use the terminology, independent-authored books are now in a very competitive and crowded field. More traditionally published authors are publishing independently, or are hybrid authors. Audio books are also increasing. It is imperative that independent authors have a professional book cover, and a good editor. Price point has always been an issue. Independent authors work hard for many years and should be rewarded financially.
I am among the independent authors who struggle with these challenges. My success increases with each novel and novella I write. I have a wonderful cover artist and the best editor.
Am I a millionaire author? No, at least not yet! But I am rich in my ideas.

"Write, write, and write."

Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Write, write, and write. Then revise, revise, and revise. Join a writer organization. Read what you like, and some that you may not choose otherwise. There is always something to be learned from each book, good and bad.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on the 5th Dr. Tara Ross series - Cold Case - hopefully out fall/winter 2019.

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?
It’s hard to predict. I hope all channels where readers can connect with books continue to exist. But like everything else, most people buy online.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use both Kindle and iBooks.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I would love to write full-time and that may happen in the next few years. At this time, I’m still practicing as a travelling OB/GYN. In my free time, I enjoy my two dogs, a five-year old-retriever mix and our latest edition, a Papillion puppy.

How can readers connect with you?
Readers can connect with me by visiting my website, www.tanyagoodwin.com and joining my newsletter. They can also find me on Goodreads and at my Amazon author page.

Thank you very much for the Interview, Tanya.



About the Book Code Pink

Code Pink (Tanya Goodwin)
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When OB Dr. Tara Ross secretly delivers a New York senator’s granddaughter in suburban Brewster Medical Center, all goes smoothly until the baby becomes ill, necessitating her admission to the neonatal intensive care nursery. Complicating her granddaughter’s guarded condition, a violent gang threatens the senator’s life for her stance on illegal immigration that directly impacts the gang’s recruitment pool.

Captain Jeffrey Corrigan, former head of a NYPD homicide squad, and now captain of the Brewster PD, and Tara’s devoted husband, would rather be solving a nail-biting case rather than spending his and his squad’s time mixing it up with the glut of media arriving once the birth of senator’s grand daughter is leaked to the press, but once he’s notified of the threat aimed at the senator’s life, he springs into action to protect her. Confident he has a safe hiding place for the senator, Jeffrey and his longtime sidekick and now lieutenant, Mike Price, embark on a conjoined sting with the FBI and ICE to uproot the gang’s Long Island nest. Their main target is the notorious machete- yielding gang leader.

But when the operation nets member’s of his gang, the leader vows revenge and orders the kidnapping of the senator’s granddaughter to smoke out the senator and to capture Jeffrey in retaliation for the loss of his men.

Unable to reconcile with the missing, sick baby she delivered and with Jeffrey and Mike’s dangerous mission to take down the ruthless gang leader, Tara and her policewoman daughter, Abbie, risk stumbling into gang territory.

It’s a showdown to the death when the gang leader demands the ultimate payback.




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Saturday, March 02, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Theme Song Panic (C.K. Larsen)


Theme Song Panic (C.K. Larsen)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Young Adult Urban Fantasy Theme Song Panic by C.K. Larsen.

Theme Song Panic is about a college gamer guy plagued by a musical curse. So, any restaurants, grocery stores, or even passing ice cream trucks can create a dangerous magical anomaly.
Now, the ancient gods have found him and want the power for themselves. Dax must figure out how to transform his curse into a gift before he becomes something more deadly than the demons clawing at his door.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 322 pages - released in October 2018.



About the Book

Prowling the edge of shadows, drenched in a writhing nightmare, lies Dax’s greatest fear: Music. If only suffering from Melophobia was the worst thing happening to him, then he’d be okay, right? Nope, not a chance.

Dax remains in constant battle while utilizing every tool possible to keep his musical curse at bay, but earplugs and noise-canceling headphones can only go so far. His mortal enemies, the restaurants, grocery stores, and even ice cream trucks, are dangerous almost to the level of a noob in a first-person shooter game. Even a chiming ringtone could unleash potentially violent magic on the world around him.

He and his best friend, Teddy, are the only ones who know the truth, that is until they find themselves face-to-face with the ancient gods who want his power back. Despite the only deities he’s ever faced coming from video games, Dax chooses to fight against the odds and the lack of resources in an otherwise magicless world, save for himself. Unfortunately, he has spent a better part of his life avoiding his curse and cannot control the power. And even if he can, the catatonic fear from his melophobia could send him back to the place more terrifying than a zombie-infested mansion, a correctional institute, better known as, the Grayhill Asylum.

With help from a local coven and an investigative police officer, Dax learns more about his power and its link to his past, revealing him to be their last hope in a world void of enchantment. He must either prepare to fight and risk his sanity and the lives of those closest to him. Or, enlist their help, which could make him more of a threat than the ancient ones they now face.

Theme Song Panic (C.K. Larsen)
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Review (Excerpt)

- "Wow!! The book kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat!! Great job to the author for being so creative!! A very fun read!!" - Amazon


About the Author

Author C.K. Larsen
Author C.K. Larsen
When not clicking away on a keyboard, C.K. Larsen enjoys hiding under the shadows of pine trees and slaying dragons with amazing sneak attacks on Skyrim. This avid gamer and uber anime fan channel her hobbies into her novels, letting them fuel crazy adventures and wild characters that wreak all sorts of havoc.

She has been a writer and artist since her childhood. Every paper, worksheet, or sketchpad she owned (or not) always housed numerous drawings and short stories that captivated her through the mundane hours of the day. It wasn’t until middle school that the writing bug hit hard, and she started out writing her own fan fiction. C.K. continued her artistic talents through high school but struggled with her path in college.

After realizing her love of writing, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English in 2015 with a focus in Creative Writing. Along her journey, one of her short stories, Night Mother, won the Fiction Short Story category from 2016 On My Own Time Awards with the DFW Business Council of Arts. In 2017, her manuscript placed as a Finalist in the SFF category of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript contest. Her novel, Theme Song Panic, was published in October of 2018 and released as her debut novel in the YA Urban Fantasy genre.




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Theme Song Panic (C.K. Larsen)