Tuesday, November 19, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Dangerous Game (L.P. Dover)


New Indie Book Release:
Dangerous Game - L.P. Dover
An Armed & Dangerous/Circle of Justice Crossover Novel
Romantic Suspense (350 Pages - November 2019)

Dangerous Game is a sexy, captivating story full of suspense that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L.P. Dover comes the crossover fans having been waiting for! Beloved characters from her Armed & Dangerous and Circle of Justice novels come together in this tantalizing new series!

"Ms. Dover's well penned words make it hard to pry your eyes away from the pages! With danger lurking and non-stop action on every page it often felt like I was watching a high octane action movie.[...]" - Reader Review


About the Book

Dangerous Game (L.P. Dover)
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For years, my family was on top.
Ruthless.
Respected.
Feared.

That all changed with the death of my father. As I moved into the position of power over the Corsino empire, enemies to the family tried to take over my city. They thought I would be weakened by my loss. They don’t know me.

My name is Dominic Corsino, and I have a ravenous appetite for money, power, and women. The last of which I pushed aside when Faith Hilliard, a close family friend, turned up in need of help. I’ve always wanted her, yet couldn’t bring myself to involve her in the dark savagery of my world. Now, she’s within my grasp once more. If I didn’t fear her running from my brutal truth, I would have already tasted her sweet temptation.

But the time for hesitation passes when a fighter in my underground ring is murdered. With my family name at stake, I can no longer hide who I am and what I’m capable of. It’s all coming down to a one winner-takes-all match. If I walk away with the prize, the threats against the Corsinos will be crushed. If I lose, our entire empire will crumble.

It’s a dangerous game … and I’m ready to play.




About the Author

Author L.P. Dover
Author L.P. Dover
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes, and has a passion for singing. Her youngest daughter, who she’s also written a children’s book with, expects a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her youngest daughter, but her favorite to write is romantic suspense. However, she has found a new passion in romantic comedy, especially involving sexy golfers. Who knew the sport could be so dirty and fun to write about.



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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Indie Author Interview: T. Reilly


Indie Author Interview with T. Reilly - Author of the Gothic Mystery Novel Grayscale.

T. Reilly is an American author drawn to the dark and surreal. His stories often blur the line between reality and invention, while digging deep into the gritty and vulnerable human condition. Reilly’s obsessive pursuit of character development and sense of the visual results in stories that are almost cinematic.

Interview with T. Reilly

Author T. Reilly
Author T. Reilly
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
T. Reilly: I consider myself an unknown author who is just being discovered by readers and that is an exciting experience. I spent years refining the craft. I took advantage of writers groups and organizations like the Philadelphia Writers Conference (PWC). I won a few awards for my short stories through PWC and was published in one of their anthologies.
And I spent a lot of my free time pursuing the traditional publishing route, but like many authors out there, didn’t fit in with an industry that focuses on genre and the safest bets for return on investment. I am not knocking the traditional route, there are great works given light through traditional publishing, but it accounts for a small number of interesting voices.
Today, we find a democratization of art. Independent musicians, independent filmmakers, and yes, independent authors have bigger forums via the web to be seen, heard and read.
So, here I am.

Who or what are your writing influences?
I have always tended to read work that has a darker feel. Something Wicked This Way Comes is an all-time favorite for me and I hold Ray Bradbury high on the influence list. Other classic writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Ernest Hemingway are constant reservoirs of influence. For modern writers, no other has influenced me more than Joyce Carol Oats.

"I thought about being a superhero [...]"

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Shortly after leaving the womb. There were moments growing up when I thought about being a superhero, or villain, gangster maybe, or stuntman. Writing is safer.

Please, describe your workspace.
There are two workspaces for me.
The first is a small office off my bedroom at the front of the house with two windows so I can watch the world unfold. The room is also packed with vinyl because music is a must to stimulate my brain.
The second is the outside world, usually coffeehouses, where I can people watch, another stimulation for the brain.

"The hardest, every draft that follows the first."

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Easiest, the first draft. That is when I am in love with the idea, the story, the characters. It’s freeing. No pressures to make perfect, just let it unfold.
The hardest, every draft that follows the first. Then, it becomes work.

"When the pen can’t move fast enough [...]"

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When words appear like magic. When I am on a roll. When the pen can’t move fast enough or I can’t hit enough keys to keep up with them. The closest I have ever gotten to an out-of-body experience.

T, please tell us a little about your Gothic Mystery Novel Grayscale.
I call Grayscale a modern Gothic mystery, because it feels like a ghost story. Although, I wrote the story to be intentionally ambiguous. It is meant to be haunting, and mysterious, but what is actually happening is up to the reader’s interpretation, and I am fascinated by the various interpretations that readers have gifted back to me.

Grayscale (T. Reilly)
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The main character is a successful graphic novelist who creates under a pseudonym. He is a troubled being who either sees what others don’t or has self-proclaimed wakeful dreams that are nothing more than delusions. He is drawn into a mystery about a missing couple that seems to be tied to a story that goes back generations.

What inspired you to write the book?
The origins of Grayscale are actually a short story that I had written years ago called Porcelain Doll. The story won honorable mention, or third place, in the Literary Short Story category for the Philadelphia Writers Conference many years ago, and I spent years creating different versions of a more developed work, until finally Grayscale came to be.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
Earlier this year, I published a collection of short stories called Overcast. The work has a similar dark and surreal feel as Grayscale. And, Porcelain Doll is one of the stories.
I am currently collaborating with an illustrator on a children’s book that hopefully will be completed soon, but I will leave that one a secret until it is ready to face the world.

How can readers connect with you?
They can send me an email at my website, author-treilly.com. They can find me at Goodreads, Amazon, and Instagram @ t._reilly.

Thank you very much for the Interview, T.



About the Book Grayscale

Grayscale (T. Reilly)
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Quinton is a recluse with lifelong visions he calls wakeful dreams and is haunted by a moment from his past. An anonymous artist who, under the pseudonym Jay Walker, has seen success from two graphic novels and several ink sketches for contemporary magazines.

When he agrees to take on a new project about a missing couple, Quinton is hurled into a story that could span more than a century, or not.

Grayscale is a modern gothic mystery where the line between what is real and not is blurred.

- "[...] T. Reilly weaves a gothic tale of mystery and suspense, with hints of humor throughout. There is a thin line between reality and fantasy in the story, and sometimes you don't know which side you are on. Well written and a main character you can connect with and get behind, Grayscale is a type of book that you don't want to put down, and can't wait to get back to." - Reader Review




Links to the Book

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Condemnation (Kell Inkston)


New Indie Book Release:
Condemnation (Substation 7) - Kell Inkston
Fantasy / Thriller (351 Pages - October 2019)

Condemnation is a coming of age story mixed hand-in-hand with a massive conspiracy that completely encompasses the protagonist's society.

"Adevious arcane-punk adventure that reads like a good steam-punk and a mystery novel had a child. Highly recommended!" - Reader Review

About the Book

Condemnation (Kell Inkston)
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CONDEMNED TO THE DARK, WILL THE LIGHT'S LAST HOPE DESCEND INTO HELL?

Clare Aireneth has one week to write her entire thesis. As a student of the prestigious Royal Academy, her work on Magitech automatons needs to not only impress her professors, but also honor the legacy of her late mother - who practically wrote the book on humanity's mechanized companions.

Clare’s father is the kingdom's only Magitech substation rounds officer. From his weekly adjustments, he ensures the city's tens of thousands of machines are powered and operate as they should. The industrial automatons lurking below do the rest of the work for him.

To be caught down there is a crime punishable by life imprisonment, but again, Clare's thesis is due in a week and she's willing to take risks.

She'll soon regard this as a mistake.

Going underground into the substation system, Clare finds a discovery seeking to remain hidden at any cost. It has intelligence. It hunts. It can KILL. And Clare just slapped it across the face.

Welcome to Substation 7, an atmospheric, seeping fantasy thriller where the world is the lie, and that lie wants you dead.



About the Author

Author Kell Inkston
Author Kell Inkston

Kell Inkston is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and other things your parent might not approve of, but hey, the first taste's free, right? What's there to lose.

Kell's works are violent, crazy, and might leave you with a weirdly nice, almost satisfied feeling by the end of it all.

Kell enjoys cooking for its spouse and family, bird watching, running with frequent breaks, and doing anything possible to take care of its two unbelievably-stupid dogs.



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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Backlash (Gary L Ivey)


Backlash (Gary L Ivey)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Political Fiction Backlash by Gary L Ivey.

Backlash is about the interplay and conflict between business, government, the media and activists, and how unintended consequences can affect common people. Backlash will be appreciated by all who love freedom and the power of the free market economy to lift people out of poverty, and all who dislike the detrimental effect when government threatens the freedom of “we the people.”

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 380 pages - released in October 2017.


About the Book

When young CEO Jacqueline James and her company, Axiom Oil, take on environmental radicals, the media and all of Washington, DC, the drama is bound to be explosive.

A conspiriacy of activists and politicians threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people, so Jacqueline finds herself in the midst of a national controversy.

To save her company, her employees and her stockholders, she must launch a daring response called “Operation Backlash.”

Backlash (Gary L Ivey)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Backlash was enjoyable to read on a variety of levels.... Author meticulously conducted his research for his book, reminding me of a well-developed Grisham-like novel [...]" - Amazon Review

- "So pertinent to what is going on today in America, but not so political that you can't relate to the characters and get caught up in the emotion of the story.[...]" - Amazon Review

- "Backlash...was fabulous!!! I was so intrigued by the plot...environmental terrorists, murder, politics, moral integrity, a female heroine, hard-core work ethics and a splash of love.[...]" - Amazon Review


About the Author


Gary L Ivey wrote Backlash while living in Georgia but has since moved to the state of Hawaii to be near children and grandchildren.

He is originally from Oklahoma and has also lived in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. His father worked as a middle manager in a large oil company for 31 years and received a pension check every month until his death in 2018. Though not claiming to be an expert, Ivey grew up learning more about the oil business and its place in the national economy than he even realized and without really trying.

His belief in the importance of the free market economy to the free people of the United States led him to write Backlash.

An entrepreneur himself, together with his wife of 45 years, he has owned a web development company for 20 years. Before that, he owned a video production business and before that worked as a magazine editor and pastor.




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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Featured Indie Book: The Last Word (Timothy Moonlight)


The Last Word (Timothy Moonlight)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Techno-Thriller The Last Word by Timothy Moonlight.

The Last Word is about a mysterious tech empire that has something churning within its depths. The founder of the company is dead, and his daughter, now in danger, must discover the truth. A group of friends must do all they can to uncover this dark secret before it's too late.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 305 pages - released in August 2019.


About the Book

Jack Bigsby is the founder of InfiniTech, a billion-dollar, innovative tech company--and now he’s dead.

In the shadows of this empire, rapid changes are taking place, while even the most senior-level employees are blind to them. A top-secret initiative birthed from the most wicked of humanity is spoiling the once virtuous empire. Jack’s daughter, Claire, is in a firestorm of danger, and the corporation now has plans for her too.

With a host of strong characters, some set on discovering the truth and reclaiming InfiniTech and some set on altering the world forever at any cost, Timothy Moonlight’s debut novel will keep you turning the pages until the most frightening of realities have come true.

The Last Word, a unique thriller twisted with mystery, will truly leave the reader with chills, while whispering, “I never saw it coming.”

The Last Word (Timothy Moonlight)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "A fast paced hard to put down book that keeps you turning the pages to find out the next twist in the novel. Once you think you have it figured out you turn the page only to find out your assumption was wrong. Not to be missed by a first time author who writes like an established novelist. After reading this advanced copy of the book I expect this book to be a top seller." - Lanita Milligan

- "I could not put this down you just want to see what happens next. I hope you continue to write more sitting on the edge of your seat novels. Enjoyed every minute of reading this.[...]" - Lori Dunn

- "Wow! What an intense story where you don't know who you can trust because pretty much everyone except for Claire is suspicious. The futuristic technology created by Moonlight is smart and imaginative, things born of nightmares really.[...]" - Energy Rae

- "[...] The pace of the story was steady, and the literature was descriptive. The story also had a sense of loss due to Claire losing her father. The emotions that were written about her feelings and how she was dealing with it were expressed spectacularly. I recommend this book to people who like to read technology-driven thrillers riddled with mystery." - S. J. Main


About the Author

Author Timothy Moonlight
Author Timothy Moonlight
Timothy Moonlight is a mystery/suspense author who wrote his first novel when he was a teenager.
Before college, he started a second novel, but his full-time job and dedication to a degree held him back from completing it. He sat on both of these novels for more than two decades. While his life has been filled with accomplishments, he has always maintained the desire to become a published author.

In July 2018, he finally put that desire into action and began penning a new novel, The Last Word. With the ability to self-publish now readily available to any author, he wrote the first draft and began the editing process and hired an editor. Between the two of them, they went through the novel thirteen times, making revisions. He is now dedicating all of his free time to writing his next novel and making a go at a writing career.

He firmly believes in multiple twists in his stories, some of which he hopes his fans never see coming. He is also passionate about developing strong, relatable characters with whom his fans can’t help but fall in love.




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Link to the Paperback The Last Word on Amazon

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Featured Indie Book: Her Blackened Soul (Isra Sravenheart)


Her Blackened Soul (Isra Sravenheart)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Dark Fantasy Novel Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart.

Her Blackened Soul is about darkness. The inner darkness that we all face at some time in life and the substance that comes with it when we face that darkness. Sometimes the darkness is embraced, other times it is feared. Lady Isra doesn't fear it and maybe that is what makes her quite the foe at first when we first meet her however later her commitment to that is truly tested when love comes knocking.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 224 pages - released in January 2017.


About the Book

“They say once you go dark, you don't go back. That remains true for me.”

“I'm Lady Isra, the most ferocious villain in the land or so I hear. The people say a lot about me. They say I am heartless, cold and wicked. But they don't know what made me this way. I lost love becoming trapped in the throes of darkness."

“I'm isolated in this world. I've taken the power of a dragon. I've cast a spell upon myself so that only those who possess the ability of magic can feast their eyes upon me.”

“But now I've met him. This magnificent being. He's a raven. I can't help but admire him. Astrid, now what a handsome fellow. I don't know where he will take me but I'm curious to step into his claws."

A witch drawn to the dark world that's only going to go darker. A tale of magic and romance. Perfect for fans of fairy tales and Disney.

Her Blackened Soul (Isra Sravenheart)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "A deliciously wicked tale. Lady Isra of the Dark weaves a magical fantasy-spell of a story. Loved the atmosphere it envelops you in! " - Reader Review

- "Caught my attention from the very beginning. Fun ride. 5 star review. Very well written. Enjoyed the read." - Amazon Review

- "Wonderfully dark and intense, this author really fed me the story!" - Paul Bunyun

- "[...] She captures a young man from a neighboring village and devotes herself to making his life miserable as her slave. If he had any hope of escaping, she has taken that away. The story is about a dark soul. You hope that something will good will happen to change Isra's heart." - Georganne Lynch


About the Author

Isra Sravenheart, USA Today bestselling lives in a fantasy world while writing elements of life and love into her books.

Digging in the dark fantasy realm, her preferred area is creating villains that have hearts but she loves a good hero/ heroine.

Dragons, witches and ravens are her forte!




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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

New Indie Book Release: The Last Word (Timothy Moonlight)


New Indie Book Release:
The Last Word - Timothy Moonlight
Techno-Thriller (305 Pages - August 2019)

The Last Word is about a mysterious tech empire that has something churning within its depths. The founder of the company is dead, and his daughter, now in danger, must discover the truth. A group of friends must do all they can to uncover this dark secret before it's too late.

"Wow! What an intense story where you don't know who you can trust because pretty much everyone except for Claire is suspicious. The futuristic technology created by Moonlight is smart and imaginative, things born of nightmares really." - Reader Review

About the Book

The Last Word (Timothy Moonlight)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Jack Bigsby is the founder of InfiniTech, a billion-dollar, innovative tech company--and now he’s dead.

In the shadows of this empire, rapid changes are taking place, while even the most senior-level employees are blind to them. A top-secret initiative birthed from the most wicked of humanity is spoiling the once virtuous empire. Jack’s daughter, Claire, is in a firestorm of danger, and the corporation now has plans for her too.

With a host of strong characters, some set on discovering the truth and reclaiming InfiniTech and some set on altering the world forever at any cost, Timothy Moonlight’s debut novel will keep you turning the pages until the most frightening of realities have come true.

The Last Word, a unique thriller twisted with mystery, will truly leave the reader with chills, while whispering, “I never saw it coming.”




About the Author

Author Timothy Moonlight
Author Timothy Moonlight
Timothy Moonlight is a mystery/suspense author who wrote his first novel when he was a teenager.
Before college, he started a second novel, but his full-time job and dedication to a degree held him back from completing it. He sat on both of these novels for more than two decades. While his life has been filled with accomplishments, he has always maintained the desire to become a published author.

In July 2018, he finally put that desire into action and began penning a new novel, The Last Word. With the ability to self-publish now readily available to any author, he wrote the first draft and began the editing process and hired an editor. Between the two of them, they went through the novel thirteen times, making revisions. He is now dedicating all of his free time to writing his next novel and making a go at a writing career.

He firmly believes in multiple twists in his stories, some of which he hopes his fans never see coming. He is also passionate about developing strong, relatable characters with whom his fans can’t help but fall in love.


Connect with Timothy Moonlight via the Author's Website
and on Facebook

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Featured Indie Book: The Phoenix Embryo (Jeanne Marcella)


The Phoenix Embryo (Jeanne Marcella)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Dark Fantasy Novel The Phoenix Embryo by Jeanne Marcella.

The Phoenix Embryo is a gritty dark fantasy for mature readers who enjoy mystery, suspense, tragedy, warrior priests and phoenix gods. It is a coming of age story filled with betrayal, grief, and hope. This is book 1 of the Seasons of the Phoenix saga, an LGBTQ fantasy fiction.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 400 pages - released in January 2018.




About the Book

Twelve-and-a-half-year-old Acanthus Breese and his yellow-robed peers have survived without an adult presence for seven years. They’ve scavenged. Endured madness, starvation, and murder after the adults imprisoned and abandoned them without a backward glance. They’ve clawed their way to civilization and questionable sanity at the guidance of one of their own.

Thirteen-year-old Edward Dasheel is a direct descendant of the goddess Staritti and the red phoenix god, Dasheel. Because of Edward’s love and leadership, Acanthus and the other boys know that despite their regretful crime of harming Staritti and driving her away, hope for redemption remains.

Acanthus knows Edward better than anyone; he knows Edward hides dark secrets about their exile, the adults, and specifically about him. So it is terrifying when suddenly the adults return, pushing themselves back into their lives. What do they want after all these years? And why?

The Phoenix Embryo (Jeanne Marcella)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "The uniqueness of the phoenix races and the worldbuilding. Of Acanthus Breese's journey to discover who, and what he is. In the first book, the reader is kept in the dark almost as much as Acanthus is. Much of the plot unfolds as Acanthus learns it throughout the novel. [...]" - Reader Review

- "[...] The girls and kids who don't toe the line disappear and are assumed dead. The adults treat the kids like they are monsters, inflict various psychological tortures on them, and do not allow them knowledge. The boys form a culture, with love bonds (hence the hair beading, it is a bonding ritual) and a form of government. So Acanthus opens the book by finding himself [...]" - Amazon Review



About the Author

Granted unlimited access to books at a very early age via the library, Jeanne Marcella quickly acquired a fondness for creating her own stories through word and drawing.

Her wild imagination was further fueled by working in libraries and bookstores throughout her life. She writes fantasy that dives into quests and the grit of living. Her style is eclectic and eccentric. Stories move outside-the-box and embody the fantastic as fantasy was meant to be consumed. Her darker sagas are not for the faint of heart; they burrow deeper into exploring that idea of fantastic and push boundaries.

Nearly all her characters are LGBTQIA+ (gay/queer), but that does not define who they are or the goals they struggle to reach.

Jeanne was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.




Links to the Book

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Link to the Paperback The Phoenix Embryo on Amazon

Link to the eBook The Phoenix Embryo on Amazon

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Featured Indie Book: The Demon Lord of California (Jeanne Marcella)


The Demon Lord of California (Jeanne Marcella)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Novel The Demon Lord of California by Jeanne Marcella.

The Demon Lord of California is the first book in an urban fantasy/paranormal series set in 1900s San Francisco Bay Area. At the forefront are phoenix, angels, and demons.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 242 pages - released in March 2019.




About the Book

How long will it take to fan the flames and enrage a phoenix? Start the countdown.

Stripped of his psychic powers, Calico Winghorse barely made it to 19th century Earth via his interdimensional portal. As a mixed-blood phoenix concealing himself in human form, he opens a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly licks his wounds. But the unique method of his escape has drawn the unwanted attention of Infinity Corporation.

Representing this angelic-run company is Agustín Chávez de la Cruz, the Demon Lord of California. Even though Agustín is the corporation’s heir, he finds himself demoted from his daily duties for a new assignment: take absolute control of the portal.

As Agustín formulates a more gracious avenue of acquiring Calico’s gateway, the demanding head of IC interferes, further complicating matters. From this unexpected interlude, Calico and Agustín realize they both wish to establish more than a mere business arrangement. So negotiations stumble along, all the while Calico ensures that the good people of the city are getting their fill of baked goods.
Yet due to Calico’s injuries, the portal remains vulnerable to the darker forces that want it at any cost. Agustín will have to push both his angelic heritage, and his own psychic powers to the very limits to mend someone who not only bears celestial blood, but who is also the god of space and time.

The Demon Lord of California (Jeanne Marcella)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "I throughly enjoyed this exquisite masterpiece! MC's Gus and Cal are devine, chemistry is abundant. The world building is exceptional, I literally couldn't stop reading. (And OMG when will book 2 be out?) This lady can write, you guys seriously need to pick this up and read in one sitting! [...]" - OldBookworm CB

- "[...] The characters were my favorite part of this book, with 2 main characters that were well developed as well as a plethora of supporting characters that also had interesting lives and character development, it was easy to get invested. The only thing I struggled with in getting to know the characters was their very interesting backgrounds and histories that we didn't get a lot of information on early on. I expect more development and backstory to be filled in in the sequel. Overall, an enjoyable read, and a great first foray into LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy." - Life's A Book

- "Enjoyable and intriguing. The author did a credible job in writing about the early 1900's with characters that both lived in our world, and their own. decent world building, and I enjoyed the ebb and flow of the book.[...]" - Spencer P.


About the Author

Granted unlimited access to books at a very early age via the library, Jeanne Marcella quickly acquired a fondness for creating her own stories through word and drawing.

Her wild imagination was further fueled by working in libraries and bookstores throughout her life. She writes fantasy that dives into quests and the grit of living. Her style is eclectic and eccentric. Stories move outside-the-box and embody the fantastic as fantasy was meant to be consumed. Her darker sagas are not for the faint of heart; they burrow deeper into exploring that idea of fantastic and push boundaries.

Nearly all her characters are LGBTQIA+ (gay/queer), but that does not define who they are or the goals they struggle to reach.

Jeanne was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.




Links to the Book

Connect with the Author via the Author's Website

Connect with the Author via on Twitter: @AForgeOfPhoenix

Link to the Paperback The Demon Lord of California on Amazon

Link to the eBook The Demon Lord of California on Amazon

Monday, August 05, 2019

Featured Indie Book: The Dark Secret of Votum (K.R. Sanford)


The Dark Secret of Votum (K.R. Sanford)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Paranormal Suspense Novel The Dark Secret of Votum by K.R. Sanford.

The Dark Secret of Votum is about Harley Nolan who must fight for her life with nothing more than her new gift as she finds herself submerged in a world she once knew to be pure myth.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 400 pages - released in March 2018.



About the Book

Run

It was only a whisper, but it was enough to rip Harley Nolan from her dreams. The room was dark. The fear overwhelming. The warning sent chills racing down her spine, urging her to leave her home in the middle of the night.

She should have listened.

The Dark Secret of Votum (K.R. Sanford)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Now it's too late. Harley is trapped, and they have no intention of letting her go. She is powerless against them, unable to escape her uncertain future. She can only obey, or suffer the consequences, and even then, she can't escape the torture.

That is until the night her captors mysteriously disappear—leaving Harley, and her fellow prisoners, to die.

Harley must now fight for her life with nothing more than her new gift as she finds herself submerged in a world she once knew to be pure myth.


About the Author

Author K.R. Sanford
Author K.R. Sanford
K.R. Sanford has just begun her writing career, beginning with the Captivity series. Though she has loved writing stories, this is the first time she has committed herself to publishing to the public. There is no telling what the future holds, but for now she enjoys the company of her German Shepherd, J.D. and her amazing fiancé, who encourages her to do what she loves.

K.R. Sanford: "When danger is paramount, lives can be changed forever. There will be those who let the world fall into darkness, and there will be those who must fight, lest they fall with it. These worlds of myth and legend, of doom or victory, are just a simple story for me and you. To them it is much more. Death is knocking at their door. Hope is nothing more than something held onto when the end is near. Foes are disguised as friends, and families are torn apart. I can take you to these worlds and show you the despair they must overcome. How they will rise against the odds or fall into the abyss to be forgotten. All you must do is turn the pages, and I will show you."




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Saturday, July 27, 2019

New Indie Book Release: Wild Hare (Laura Koerber)


New Indie Book Release:
Wild Hare - Laura Koerber
Dystopia / Magical Realism (171 Pages - June 2019)

Wild Hare is about Bobby Fallon, the main character, who is half-human and half-wild hare forest spirit. When he has to raise money to get a friend out of jail, he inadvertently becomes an agent of change and chaos.

"Wild Hare is magical realism dystopian novel set against a backdrop of global climate change and political realities that are a logical extension of contemporary conservatism. The novel is not preachy, however. The tone is set by the first sentence, “The world is coming to an end, but my personal life is okay, I guess.” [...]" - Reader Review

About the Book

Wild Hare (Laura Koerber)
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It's 2032, the US is a one-party kleptocracy, and climate change has set the forests of Wisconsin on fire. In the small town of Bear Lake, the local police force, which has been privatized to an anti-immigrant militia, is hosting a visit from the area's Congressman as part of a national celebration of capitalism.

Bobby Fallon, a small time criminal and the owner of a funky resort, and is only half human. His mother was a forest spirit of the wild hare clan and the guardian of a remnant of old growth forest. Bobby inherited the responsibilities of guardianship along with his mother's special non-human attributes: He can fly, he can affect other people's thinking, and he can enter and leave at will "fairy time," or life in a different plain of existence.

Bobby leads a double life, sometimes mixing with the regular humans of Bear Lake but mostly hanging out with the water spirits and coyote tricksters of the woods. He knows that the whole planet is in trouble, and knows that disaster in the form of fire could come to his part of the world any day, but he tries to keep his focus on his own life and tend to his own business.

That changes when his best friend Arne is jailed for unpaid speeding tickets, and Bobby has to raise the money for bail. Using fair means and foul to raise the money, Bobby becomes, inadvertently, an agent of change and chaos beyond his own expectations.




About the Author

Author Laura Koerber
Author Laura Koerber
Laura Koerber is a writer and artist and lives with her husband and family of dogs on an island in Puget Sound. Her first book, The Dog Thief and Other Stories, was listed in Kirkus Review as one of the One Hundred Best Indy Publications of 2015. Since then, she has written two more novels and a nonfiction book.

The non-fiction book, I Once Was Lost but Now I'm Found, is an account of the rescue of 127 dogs from the notorious Olympic Animal Sanctuary, an effort that took a year and involved protests, assaults, arrests, and lawsuits before the dogs were finally liberated on Christmas Day.

Her second novel, Limbo, is a fantasy about a dead teenager who decides to throw a neighborhood block party for her small corner of the afterlife. Publisher's Weekly described Limbo as "a slow, captivating exploration of life, death, and the place of kindness and forgiveness in the salvation of the spirit."

Eclipse Dancer, her third novel, is the first in a planned quartet featuring interactions between nature spirits and ordinary life. The nature spirits are loosely based on a combination of Native American spirituality and the fairies of Northern European tradition. A winner of an honorable mention in the 2019 Readers' Views Literary contest, Eclipse Dancer earned this praise from reviewer S.L. Hoyte: "Combining elements of fantasy with hard-core human issues, many relevant in today’s world, Koerber takes the reader on a magical journey as down-to-earth as it is out-of-this-world...The author has an extraordinary talent for transporting the reader directly into her story. Her voice is distinct and rich with tones both inviting and unsettling at the same time. And, while the author excels at getting inside the heart and soul of her readers, the connection garnered by what remains unsaid is remarkable. The writing is descriptive and artistic, without being flowery or overdone, and leaving just enough room to incorporate snippets of one’s own imagination. Some things are just not taught and Koerber’s writing is one of those things–she has a gift."



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Friday, July 05, 2019

Featured Indie Book: The Alchemy of Noise (Lorraine Devon Wilke)


The Alchemy of Noise (Lorraine Devon Wilke)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Literary Fiction Novel The Alchemy of Noise by Lorraine Devon Wilke.

The Alchemy of Noise ventures beyond the humor and pathos of family drama explored so cleverly in her first two novels to dig deep into the politics of contemporary culture. At its heart a love story, it explores the complexity of race in a suspenseful drama driven by issues of privilege, prejudice, police profiling and legal entanglements, and the disparities in how those provocative themes impact the various and diverse characters involved.

The Book has been published via She Writes Press and is available as eBook and Paperback - 353 pages - released in April 2019.


About the Book

In a world so full of lonely people and broken hearts, Chris Hawkins, a black sound engineer from Chicago’s south side, and Sidonie Frame―white, suburban-raised, the head manager of one of the city’s most elite venues―meet by work-related happenstance and fall quickly in love, convinced that by that act alone they can inspire peace, joy, and happiness in the world around them. The world, however, has other ideas.

Unexpected reactions amongst family and friends on both sides of the racial divide create conflict.

Day-to-day tensions, police disruptions, and the microaggressions Chris persistently encounters as a black man in the gritty environs of Chicago become a cultural flashpoint, challenging Sidonie’s privileged worldview and Chris’s ability to translate unfolding events. After a random and gut-wrenching series of police encounters shakes their resilience, it’s the shattering circumstance of a violent arrest―one in which Chris is identified as a serial vandal and potential rapist―that sends their world into free fall.

He claims his innocence; she believes him. But forces pushing against them are many and oppressive. With a looming trial, the dissipating loyalties of key allies, and unforeseen twists triggering doubt and suspicion, Sidonie and Chris are driven to question what they really know of each other and just whom to trust, leading to a powerful and emotional conclusion.

The Alchemy of Noise (Lorraine Devon Wilke)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] At one point I threw the book across the room, as she lobbed another twist across the page. You'll have to read it to find out how it turns out. I can assure you, she delivers." - B. Tyler

- "The Alchemy of Noise is an honest, empathetic, and powerful look at racial tensions in modern America, explored through one interracial couple’s burgeoning relationship―and how it plays on the concerns and assumptions of their friends and families. The writing is excellent, the characters full and real and conflicted―just like life." - Laurie Boris

- "[...] At times Lorraine Devon Wilke's written word is a bit closer to reality than we would like to imagine. The violence against Chris Hawkins, just because he happens to be a young black man, is heart wrenching. The ugliness of racism (against Chris) rises up from the pages, not only on the streets of Chicago but in all facets of his life." - Patsy E.

- "Wilke’s prose is cautious and empathetic, probing at the edges of politeness, taboo, and uncomfortable truth. . . the directness and openness with which the author explores the topic, as well as its continuing relevance, make this a novel that will still read as daring to many." - Kirkus Reviews


About the Author

Author Lorraine Devon Wilke
Author Lorraine Devon Wilke
Lorraine Devon Wilke's writing resume includes over a decade as a political/cultural contributor to HuffPost and other popular media/news sites. Her articles have been globally disseminated, reprinted in books, articles, and academic tomes, and she continues to write cultural essays and commentary at her blog, www.rockpapermusic.com and select media sites. Her two previous novels, After the Sucker Punch and Hysterical Love, are awarded, well reviewed, and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and select bookstores. Her highly anticipated third novel, The Alchemy of Noise, was published in April 2019 by She Writes Press.

In addition to her writing, Lorraine works frequently as a singer/songwriter and actress, while her "semi-professional" hobby of photography has seen her work exhibited on many a gallery wall. Links to all her work, writing awards, and other details of her creative background can be found at www.lorrainedevonwilke.com.




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