Monday, April 12, 2021

New Indie Book Release: CARREFOUR (D.M. Buckley)

New Indie Book Release: 
CARREFOUR  - D.M. Buckley
Mystery (310 Pages - March 2021)


About the Book

CARREFOUR (D.M. Buckley)
Click to Read an Excerpt
When her weenie cousin asks for her help locating his lifelong, friend who has been abducted by some heavily armed, trigger-happy, two-bit punks, Lexi O’Malley reluctantly agrees and finds herself heading, once again, into a hotbed of danger.
 
Adding to her rotten luck, her old childhood antagonist, Nick Romano, calls and requests her assistance issuing a Summons and Complaint to a lowlife swindler that Mark, a P.I. with Romano Investigations, had failed to deliver.

As she attempts to find her cousin’s kidnapped friend and chase down the wily con artist she almost loses her life to the knife-wielding hustler, narrowly escapes a fiery explosion and exchanges wits with a bomb-making hired gun in this zany new adventure. 





About the Author

Author D.M. Buckley
Author D.M. Buckley

D.M. Buckley 
was born and raised, and still lives in Tampa Florida with her husband.

She is currently working hard on The Fifth Wheel, the next Lexi O'Malley adventure. 









Connect with D.M. Buckley via the Author's Website
and on Facebook


Sunday, April 04, 2021

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Friday, April 02, 2021

New Indie Book Release: The Zaragoza Chronicles - Beginnings (A.J. Ayeni)

New Indie Book Release: 
The Zaragoza Chronicles: Beginnings  - A.J. Ayeni
Dark Academia (452 Pages - February 2021)

The Zaragoza Chronicles: Beginnings  is about he richest family in the world who also controls the most powerful company. They offer a full scholarship to only two bright yet disadvantaged scholars from every country. Altruism or something else entirely? 


About the Book

The Zaragoza Chronicles - Beginnings (A.J. Ayeni)
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The year is 2040 and wealthy organizations have become the de-facto governments of the world dictating the public policy of many people’s lives.

One organization stands above the rest, the Zaragoza Consultancy Agency, born out of crises from World War II, no other company has reached their levels of success. 

Resulting in their family becoming the richest in the world, showcasing this obscene wealth each year by offering the all-inclusive Zaragoza New Beginnings Scholarship (ZNBS) to be used from college, until the end of each student’s professional career and a guaranteed job at the ZCA after their studies are completed.

The catch is, the ZNBS is only offered to two scholars from each country.

Their benevolence is not all what it seems, and the true stipulations of their generous scholarship is not the only murky thing about their family and the conglomerate they control.

For its prestige and glamour, no one who has received the ZNBS has been able to talk about it, or the mysterious orientation that is completed before it is awarded.

Until a rag-tag group of international scholars form the Zaragoza Resistance Coalition (ZRC) and attempt to unmask the shadowy company from the inside-out…



About the Author

Author A.J. Ayeni
Author A.J. Ayeni
A.J. Ayeni 
is a Nigerian-American neuroscience researcher turned novelist currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

After graduating Northeastern University with a psychology degree, he went on to earn a masters degree in neuroscience from City, University of London. After living in Singapore, he ultimately decided that his true passion was bringing all of his experiences together by writing fantastical stories ripe with social critiques. 

His debut novel and first entry into the series, The Zaragoza Chronicles: Beginnings is now available. Learn more at Ajaxwrites.com 


Connect with A.J. Ayeni via the Author's Goodreads-Page
and on Twitter: @ajax_writes


Monday, March 22, 2021

Indie Author Interview: Marcus Abston

Indie Author Interview with Marcus Abston - Author of the Historical Fiction Novel Bloodlines.

Marcus Abston is the author of Bloodlines (A Dying Truth Exposed, Book One). He is from the south side suburbs of Chicago. He has two degrees in zoology, loves the Olympic games, and is interested Native American history, especially regarding issues that have divided families. 

Interview with Marcus Abston

Author Marcus Abston
Author Marcus Abston
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News):
 
What is your (writing) background?
Marcus Abston: I’m actually a brand new author.  My only background with writing is writing my thesis. This forced me to learn from heavily experienced authors. 
 
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
C.S. Lewis, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Suzanne Collins, Rebecca Roanhorse, and T.D. Jakes are some of my favorite writers. I’m not sure if my writing style has really been influenced by any of them. However, some of my stories including the second book to Bloodlines will focus around life choices so in that case T.D. Jakes and C. S. Lewis are influencers. 
 
"[...] to create stories that talked about American history that isn’t taught"

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I never planned to be an author.  As I got into graduate school a piece of me wanted to create stories that talked about American history that isn’t taught, and I also wanted to help teenagers and adults with making life choices. 
 
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Bloodlines (A Dying Truth Exposed, Book One) is my first story. 

"I can’t always write when it’s quiet [...]"
 
Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
I listen to music normally without lyrics.  I can’t always write when it’s quiet because there is so much ruining through my mind I can’t focus.  I do better when I have to ignore something or use music to trigger emotions.  I listen to some R&B songs to fully flush out scenes that may be intimate to some degree, and other styles of music to help me go deep into their world.   
 
Please, describe your desk/workplace.
It’s very structured though most times my writing is done on my laptop on my lap. 

"The hardest for me personally is showing and not telling."
 
What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
The easiest thing for me putting the story’s timeline together, and creating different personalities of the characters.  The hardest for me personally is showing and not telling.  It’s real adjust for me because I’m used to writing in a scientific manner. 

"I always like to pull people into the story[...]"
 
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The thought that my stories may connect people, and also encourage others.  I always like to pull people into the story to the point they question what their own actions would be if they were in the story.

Marcus, please tell us a little about your Historical Fiction Novel BLOODLINES (A Dying Truth Exposed).
My story focuses on the genealogy of a family with an African American and Native American background.  The patriarch of the family realizes that the young adults of the family have nearly forgotten everything they’ve been taught.  To educate his family and to reinforce the importance of remembering the past he leads them into the story of Annabelle.  Annabelle was born a slave on the Brown plantation.  As a child she befriends her Master’s daughters, and becomes the best friend of the youngest daughter Judy Mays.  After Judy Mays becomes married circumstances force Annabelle to run away, and attempt to escape to the north.  Now brings in her legacy and her fight to stay a free young woman, but is there anywhere safe for her in this period?

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)
Click to Read an Excerpt
 
What inspired you to write the book?
I wanted to tell a story that reflected the relationships between African Americans and Native Americans in the 1800s.  It’s rarely talked about in American history, and there is a massive cultural disconnect with many individuals with this background.  Much of the disconnect was caused by societal pressures, and the story touches on this issue.

"[...] Christianity from the perspectives of minorities in this era."
 
Who do you see as your target audience?
People who are interested in historical fiction, genealogy, Native American history, African American history, and even Christianity from the perspectives of minorities in this era.  
 
What makes your book special?
My book will put pieces together a lot of families with an African American and Native American background are unable to do. My book will also show unexpected friendships are some of the greatest a person could ever have.
 
How would you describe the success of your self-published books so far?
I would describe my book as a success because I was able to have it published. Because I’m new I’ll have to wait and see how the story changes. 

"Be patient, have fun, and follow your own path [...]"
 
Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Be patient, have fun, and follow your own path because you have your own unique story to tell. 
 
Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes I am working on a Series.  Bloodlines will be a series, and I will have three other series that will also come out as well.  
 
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?
I believe bookstores will still exist.  There some people that want something physical to hold onto, and an ebook isn’t good enough for them. 
 
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An iPad is my choice. 
 
Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m not a full-time writer.  I actually teach biology and human anatomy & physiology.  I spend my time reading, doing extreme workouts, spending time with loved ones, writing, watching movies, or watching anime.  
 
How can readers connect with you?
Reader can email me through my website or at marcuscabston@gmail.com  

Thank you very much for the Interview, Marcus.



About the Book Bloodlines 

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)
A grandfather confronted with the fact that his family is woefully ignorant about their own lineage and legacy is determined to educate them. So begins the tale of his great-great-grandmother, Annabelle.

Annabelle was a slave born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi and raised as a house servant thanks to the plantation master's daughters having a fondness for her. The youngest daughter protects her as best she can from the wrath of the cruel master and his wife, but then marries and leaves the plantation. Unable to bear the master's heinous acts against her any longer, the teenaged slave girl escapes north to be free.

But is anywhere really safe for a runaway slave girl in the 1800s? Her journey is only the beginning of a legacy.



Links to the Book

Link to the Paperback Bloodlines on Amazon

Link to the eBook Bloodlines on Amazon

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Indie Author Interview: Douglas Cole

Indie Author Interview with Douglas Cole - Author of the Drama/Crime/Literature Novel The White Field.

Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry, a novella called Ghost, and The White Field, a novel. His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as many journals, such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poetry International, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Louisiana Literature and Slipstream. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net and received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington.

Interview with Douglas Cole

Author Douglas Cole
Author Douglas Cole
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News):
 
What is your (writing) background?
Douglas Cole: Minimalist. I was told I might have dyslexia when I was a kid. That stuck with me, so I never thought I had the wiring for it. But it got a hook into me anyway…
 
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences? 
Alphabetically…I like the weird, coincidental-but-it’s-true nature of Paul Auster’s books, Borges, definitely, the writer dreaming god dreaming the writer. Braverman for her raw poetry. Bukowski for that voice and the humor…no time for metaphor! Carver because each story is several shots of whiskey. Delillo seemed to find his own code form of poetry. James Dickey, Joan Didion, Joy Harjo, Jim Harrison, James Joyce, Jack Kerouac, Jack London, Malcolm Lowry, Cormac McCarthy, Herman Melville, Octavio Paz, J.D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, Sam Shepard, Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, Nathaniel West, Elie Wiesel, Oscar Wilde…and I’m leaving out some that I can’t see from here right now…

"[...] writing was always going to be something I’d do for myself"
 
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
In early high school I had an inkling that writing was always going to be something I’d do for myself, as a means of meditation and prayer if nothing else.
 
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I was a junior in high school. I wrote it for an English class. We had two student teachers from UC Berkeley: a young woman and a broken-down, Columbo type of guy, though I think he was pretty young, too. He got the flu that semester and one eye was swollen and red for a while. 
I wrote a story, and the editor of the newspaper’s girlfriend was in my class and gave him the story and he published it with the title “The Saddest Story You Ever Heard.” I didn’t give it that title. It was about hanging out with a kid in my neighborhood, and we’re riding bikes and make a jump out of bricks and plywood, and we’re carrying more bricks out to make the ramp higher and his brother throws a wrench at him. He was fairly hurt, but he was lucky that it only hit him in the hand. I guess it was a pretty good shot. Their mom, a big woman, grabs the brother and starts slamming his head into the wall. I left around that moment. That’s the story I wrote. It was just something that happened. I didn’t make it up.

"[...] a lot of ideas come when I walk."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?
Every day. I like the morning. Although that’s not the only time. I bring a small notepad when I walk because a lot of ideas come when I walk. Sometimes I’ll hold them all, instead, in my head. I make it a kind of exercise. A discipline. To hold the different ideas in my head and sometimes in a certain order, though they don’t always come back that way, and then write when I get home. It’s like I went hunting and came back with my shoulders loaded with these ideas and I drop them on the table and feel immense relief. And of course night has it’s own magic. Twilight and night. The veil seems to thin, or something. 
 
Please, describe your desk/workplace.
I’ve just started using one again after…a lot of years. I’ve mostly just used kitchen counters, couches. Nothing permanent. In fact I found myself making sure to keep cycling or circling away from a designated spot. It had to come with me where I had to go. Anything else felt like a luxury. And why is that bad? I had a beautiful desk once, just a piece of plywood on two file cabinets. Worked great. Now I’m using a little black Ikea desk, sometimes, mostly because I also teach and during the pandemic I set up a spot for teaching and found myself using it for writing, too. But still, I think of the kitchen. By the back door. It’s better when the door is open. Not much going on in the alleyway. It rains a lot here. I like that. 

"Writing with a pen on paper. It’s so free. Really, you can do anything."
 
What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
Writing with a pen on paper. It’s so free. Really, you can do anything. Throw things into a notebook. It’s like being a kid in school forever. And I like sifting through for gold, stuff that I might type. If it gets typed, it’s going to stick around a bit longer, but it’s still raw. There are no guarantees. But it’s still pretty easy. Still just fun. No judgment. The world is your oyster. The universe in a drop of ink. Then comes the slash and burn, ruthless as a conqueror. Soft hearted for your beauties. They make you weep. Forgetting time. Back stiffening up. The hard part is balance, a sort of Bushido of writing, physical strength that inter-circulates with mental vibrancy. But that’s not really even hard. I mean, like someone said, I never worked hard except on a poem. 
 
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovery, zoning out and in, watching it shrink like bacon sizzling in a pan, cutting it into diamond clarity. 

The White Field (Douglas Cole)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Douglas, please tell us a little about your Drama / Crime Novel The White Field.
It’s not really a crime novel. I mean, it is. But it isn’t. It’s a dream meditation on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. It’s an account of the Bardo. It’s a meta-thing like a Twilight Zone but morphed and jazzed-out, meaning it’s not a horror story, even though some bad things happen. But what would a character think, waking up in a book?

"[...] the plot made itself like a landing strip in the middle of nowhere."
 
What inspired you to write the book?
Escape! The need to escape. And the land. The edges of civilization, the outskirts of cities where workers wait for buses and bring their lunches in metal pails. Everyone as young as they are has a rough past. Then I backtracked and the plot made itself like a landing strip in the middle of nowhere. I hung my life on the props, brought my friends in for cameos.  
 
Who do you see as your target audience?
Um…lit kids in high school getting sparked by a strange story that looks like a familiar world but shifts and bends and isn’t quite stable but in a good way like on a roller coaster you get queasy and your heart jumps up into your throat. It’s a little dose of an alternate version as real as the version you think is real. And it’s an honest claim from the underclass that the story is not dead end only, not obscurity, scholars in sweat shops listening for a sympathetic vibration. The target audience…it seems like they’re a little bit in the future or way in the past, and yet everything is happening right now. 
 
What makes your book special?
I hope it has the unique stamp of my voice and style. I hope the way it sounds, the language, is on a high order but also like someone telling you their story simple and true. I’m exploring something in it, and I hope that what I am exploring rings a truth for others. 
 
How did you come to work with the publisher you did?
I had an agent circulating the manuscript, but then he sort of lost interest. Then I had another agent who was just starting to shop it around, but he took a job in a publishing house. He said he wanted to publish it, but it kept getting delayed, so I started querying independent presses and received a lot of positive interest and got to pick out of several offers. I published with Touchpoint because they looked like a solid press with diverse writers and genres. 

"Read…a lot. Write. Just write."
 
Can you give some advice for other Authors regarding the writing process?
Read…a lot. Write. Just write. Live your life and report ye well and true. Have fun. 
 
Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I have several irons in the fire. Nothing to report, yet. Well…a children’s book I’m working on with a cool artist…I can admit that one. 
 
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?
I don’t see the come-back of the blockbuster bookstore. But books themselves are a beautiful artform with the distinct strength of being accessible without technology, really, beyond printing them. So, when the smoke clears and people come crawling out of their shelters, books will still be around, just don’t drop your glasses!
 
What is your e-reading device of choice?
If I e-read I use a cellphone.

"[...] I’m always learning as a writer"
 
Do you write full-time or do you have a day job? When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also teach, and I know some writers feel teaching takes away from time to write, which can be true if you have to moonlight to make up or the low wages of most teaching gigs, but I find teaching a perfect complement to writing. And I’m always learning as a writer, so teaching keeps me honest.
 
How can readers connect with you?
I have a website: https://douglastcole.com/ and Facebook 

Thank you very much for the Interview, Douglas.



About the Book The White Field 

The White Field (Douglas Cole)
Click to Read an Excerpt
The White Field is a fast-paced journey of a man, Tom, fresh out of prison and trying desperately to rebuild his life. But he is caught by mysterious, unseen forces beyond his knowledge or control.

After his release from prison, he is dropped back into the world in the wastelands of the city. In the menial work afforded the underclass, he begins his new life among characters at the edges of society, dwellers of the netherworld such as Raphael, a former cop from Mexicali singing Spanish arias in the mists of the industrial night among drug addicts and crooked cops; Tony, a stoner scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge of history based solely on the intricate study of rock and roll; and Larry, the bloated, abusive manager trapped as much as his workers in a world of tedium and repetition and machines. 

Think, The Three Stooges on acid. Unable to reconnect with what’s left of his family, Tom embarks on a criminal path more harrowing than the one that led him to prison in the first place. Lured in by the nefarious, Thane, he slips into a plan that will leave him with no way back. And with no place left in this world to go but prison, he makes one last run for freedom. 

Will he escape?



Links to the Book

Link to the Audiobook The White Field on Amazon

Link to the Paperback The White Field on Amazon

Link to the eBook The White Field on Amazon

Monday, March 15, 2021

New Indie Book Release: Just for Kicks (Tracy Solheim)

New Indie Book Release: 
Just for Kicks - Tracy Solheim
Contemporary Romance / Sports Romance (319 Pages - March 2021)

Just for Kicks is a fun, flirty romantic comedy. It's a stand-alone Sports Romance and contains characters readers will recognize from the author's Out of Bounds series.


About the Book

It was supposed to be just for kicks...

Just for Kicks (Tracy Solheim)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Andi Larsen learned early on there is no such thing as fairy godmothers. A childhood spent in foster care will do that to a girl. She’s working her way through night school and is on the cusp of establishing her own business without help from anyone, thank you very much. But when her deadbeat ex steals her identity, amassing a staggering debt in her name, her fairy godmother appears in the guise of a spunky, Fireball whisky-wielding septuagenarian. The older woman’s solution for Andi? Tie the knot with a kilt-wearing, moody jock whose legs look sexier in a skirt than hers do.

Declan Fletcher never intended to be a place-kicker for a professional football team. But fate had other plans. Exiled from his beloved Scotland a decade ago, Dex is now a superstar athlete known throughout the league as the “Man with the Million Dollar Leg.” But when a mix-up in his immigration paperwork threatens to send him home before the season begins, he’ll do anything to avoid deportation and facing his greatest mistake. Even if it means marrying a pink-haired waif of a lass with eyes that seem to see everything he’s determined to keep hidden. 

A grumpy cat, nosy teammates, and a sizzling sexual attraction make their marriage of convenience anything but convenient.




About the Author

Author Tracy Solheim
Author Tracy Solheim
USA Today bestselling author Tracy Solheim writes books with shirtless men on the cover. 

Some of them are actually best-sellers. The books, not the men. 

When she's not writing, she's practicing her curling... bottles of wine, that is. She's been known to cook dinner but no more than two nights in a row. Most days, she'd rather be reading, which to her is just necessary research. 

She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and a neurotic Labrador retriever. Her two adult children visit but not often enough. (See the note above about cooking.) 

Check out her new football romance series, featuring the Milwaukee Growlers--shirtless, of course!


Connect with Tracy Solheim via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @TracyKSolheim


Saturday, March 13, 2021

Featured Indie Book: Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Historical Fiction Novel BLOODLINES (A Dying Truth Exposed) by Marcus Abston.

BLOODLINES (A Dying Truth Exposed) focuses on the struggles of African Americans and Native Americans in the 1800s, and how they were connected as different communities. The story also explores the importance of knowing your family history, and hits on key issues not often talked about in U.S. history. This recommended novel allows readers to explore the perspectives of African Americans and Native Americans during this era.

The Book has been self-published via Chas Novels and is available as eBook - 356 pages - released in March 2021.



About the Book

A grandfather confronted with the fact that his family is woefully ignorant about their own lineage and legacy is determined to educate them. 

So begins the tale of his great-great-grandmother, Annabelle.

Annabelle was a slave born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi and raised as a house servant thanks to the plantation master's daughters having a fondness for her. The youngest daughter protects her as best she can from the wrath of the cruel master and his wife, but then marries and leaves the plantation. Unable to bear the master's heinous acts against her any longer, the teenaged slave girl escapes north to be free.

But is anywhere really safe for a runaway slave girl in the 1800s? Her journey is only the beginning of a legacy.

Bloodlines (Marcus Abston)
Click to Read an Excerpt


About the Author

Author Marcus Abston
Author Marcus Abston
Marcus Abston
 is the author of Bloodlines (A Dying Truth Exposed, Book One)

He is from the south side suburbs of Chicago. He has two degrees in zoology, loves the Olympic games, and is interested Native American history, especially regarding issues that have divided families. 

He is a descendent of two Native American tribes. Some of the stories he enjoys creating focus on parts of history rarely talked about and revolve around genealogy and interracial relationships, particularly between African American and Native American communities that cause us to reflect on the choices we make especially in our teenage and young adult years. This focus is to help young adults see the bigger picture earlier in their lives. 

He hopes to fascinate your minds, to educate, to make you think about your family, and make you reflect on your own choices in life. 

God’s greatest commandment is to love each other.





Links to the Author & the Book 

Connect with the Author via the Author's Website

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Monday, March 08, 2021

Featured Indie Book: The White Field (Douglas Cole)

The White Field (Douglas Cole)


Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Drama/Crime/Literature Novel The White Field by Douglas Cole.

The White Field asks the question: does society really rehabilitate? Or forgive? Or offer those who have suffered incarceration any way back into the world.

The Book has been self-published via TouchPoint Press and is available as eBook, Paperback, and Audiobook - 184 pages - released in September 2020.



About the Book

The White Field is a fast-paced journey of a man, Tom, fresh out of prison and trying desperately to rebuild his life. But he is caught by mysterious, unseen forces beyond his knowledge or control. 

After his release from prison, he is dropped back into the world in the wastelands of the city. In the menial work afforded the underclass, he begins his new life among characters at the edges of society, dwellers of the netherworld such as Raphael, a former cop from Mexicali singing Spanish arias in the mists of the industrial night among drug addicts and crooked cops; Tony, a stoner scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge of history based solely on the intricate study of rock and roll; and Larry, the bloated, abusive manager trapped as much as his workers in a world of tedium and repetition and machines. 

Think, The Three Stooges on acid. Unable to reconnect with what’s left of his family, Tom embarks on a criminal path more harrowing than the one that led him to prison in the first place. Lured in by the nefarious, Thane, he slips into a plan that will leave him with no way back. And with no place left in this world to go but prison, he makes one last run for freedom. 

Will he escape?

The White Field (Douglas Cole)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Author Douglas Cole paints a vivid picture with his poetic and perceptive prose. The story kept me on edge, as I anxiously rooted for the conflicted protagonist to overcome his demons and temptations. A nice blend of hard-knock realism and spiritual mysticism, with numerous colorful characters. Highly recommended." - Jeffrey Campbell

- "There s a realism and a spiritualism here that summons John Updike s classic Rabbit, Run. Rarely will a reader find the grittiness and beauty intertwined so compellingly."  - Mark Spencer, Author of several books including Ghost Walking and Trespassers

- "If you enjoy Le Carre and Hemingway, Douglas Cole's novel, The White Field, will engage your mind and your heart. Here is writing that carries the awake reader into new terrain and taps on the soul for this journey into the self." - Jeff Kamen, Award winning journalist and documentary producer for NPR, NBC, CBS, ABC, and author of Warrior Pups

- "With a poet’s ear, [Cole] records the pulse of a work-a-day life’s tedium and, cogently, that of his narrator who dares to escape it." - Dennis Must, author of Hush Now Don’t Explain


About the Author

Author Douglas Cole
Author Douglas Cole

Douglas Cole
 has published six collections of poetry, a novella called Ghost, and The White Field, a novel. 

His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as many journals, such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poetry International, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Louisiana Literature and Slipstream. 

He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net and received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. 

He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington. 





Links to the Author & the Book 

Connect with the Author via the Author's Website

Connect with the Author on Facebook

Link to the Audiobook The White Field on Amazon

Link to the Paperback The White Field on Amazon

Link to the eBook The White Field on Amazon

The White Field (Douglas Cole)

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

New Indie Book Release: You Don't Want To Get Married (Latesha Kellam)

New Indie Book Release: 
You Don't Want To Get Married - Latesha Kellam
Romance (210 Pages - December 2020)

You Don't Want To Get Married is a romance novel about the ups and down of a budding romance. The book follows two lovers throughout their relationship journey.


About the Book

You Don't Want To Get Married (Latesha Kellam)
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Jasmine finally has the chance to work at her dream job after finally completing her Master's Degree in Information Technology. 

She is currently living in Massachusetts but the job is in Virginia. She is struggling to keep her relationship alive with Denzel while achieving her career goals. She loves Denzel, but their relationship has its issues. 

She can't help but wonder if it is time to move on. Denzel refuses to let Jasmine go. She keeps trying to move on with her life without him. Their passion for each other is undeniable. He is convinced she is the love of his life. Denzel desperately wants to prove to Jasmine how much she means to him. Denzel makes a bold move. He is determined to keep Jasmine in his life at all costs. 

Will Jasmine take the opportunity to start her life over or will she give Denzel the chance to prove his love for her? 

Will Denzel and Jasmine get their happy ending?



About the Author

Author Latesha Kellam
Author Latesha Kellam

Latesha Kellam 
is a romance author who writes books inspired by her life experiences. 

She published her debut novel, The Match Disaster in the beginning of 2020. 

Her first novel received glowing reviews and she has since been working on her trilogy titled, "You Don't Want...".  

She is definitely an author with many fascinating stories to tell.


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Monday, March 01, 2021

Featured Indie Book: The Mass of Men (Rachel K. Wentz)

The Mass of Men (Rachel K. Wentz)Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Action/Adventure Novel The Mass of Men by Rachel K. Wentz.

The Mass of Men explores the conflicts and bonds among a group of firefighter cadets. The Mass of Men went on to win a silver medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Awards. 

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 274 pages - released in October 2013.



About the Book

How are firefighters made? What does it take to enter a burning building and risk your life to save another? The cadets of Class #64 are about to find out.

Under the stern supervision of their instructors, the students struggle against the relentless pace of their training. As each makes the transition from novice to professional, the relationships they develop take on dimensions of their own.

Sam is headstrong and driven, but as the only female in the group, she has the added burden of fitting in. Her situation is further complicated by the deep platonic bond she shares with a fellow cadet and an evolving connection with their commanding officer.

Ty grew up under the heavy hand of an abusive father. But he comes into his own at the academy, in large part because of the friendship he shares with Sam and the mentoring he receives from a most unlikely source.

The Mass of Men (Rachel K. Wentz)
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And Matt Daniels serves as a rigid disciplinarian over the cadets and staff, yet everything changes when he allows himself the emotional freedom to bond with his students.

Sam, Ty, and Daniels must now navigate an emotional triangle, all the while being bound by the rank structure that defines them.

The Mass of Men takes the reader inside the grueling training of firefighters, revealing the drama, humor, and intensity of an academy. The punishing physical demands are only part of the challenge as the cadets overcome fears and wrestle with conflict, knowing they will one day be responsible for the lives of others.


Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Reading Mass of Men--an intense, multifaceted novel of firefighter recruit training--I felt as if I were there with the cadets and their instructors, especially with three major characters whose personal stories highlight the challenge and excitement of firefighting. [...]" - K. Russell

- "Looking for that perfect summer read, well look no further. Mass of Men takes you into the life of the brave men and women at the fire fighting academy. Wentz does a great job developing the characters and the relationships forged through their training. Can't wait for the next book to see what happens in the next phase of their journey as firefighters."  - Twinzzmom (Amazon)

- "This book was very well written and totally engrossing to read. The characters were very realistic, although some were very endearing and others were not. Very engaging story." - Howard (Amazon)


About the Author

Author Rachel K. Wentz
Author Rachel K. Wentz
Rachel K. Wentz
 is a former firefighter/paramedic who retired early from the Orlando Fire Department to pursue a PhD in anthropology at Florida State University. 

There, she specialized in bioarcheology and the analysis of human remains, with foci on ancient disease and population health. 

Her research has been featured on the History Channel, the Weather Channel, and numerous radio and television shows. 

She is the author of six other books, all nonfiction. The Mass of Men is her first novel.




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The Mass of Men (Rachel K. Wentz)

Friday, February 05, 2021

Featured Indie Book: Waking Up in Medellin (Kathryn Lane)

Waking Up in Medellin (Kathryn Lane)Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Mystery Novel Waking Up in Medellin by Kathryn Lane.

Waking Up in Medellin is as hard to put down as an unscratched lottery ticket. Nikki Garcia is the accountant version of James Bond. The story is set in Medellin, Colombia, and moves at lightning speed toward an explosive finish. As a comparison, Grisham comes to mind.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback - 272 pages - released in February 2020.


About the Book

Nikki Garcia, an American woman, arrives in Medellin, Colombia to investigate allegations of fraud against the General Manager of Amazonia Steel, a local affiliate of the multi-national corporation where she works. 

In her ensuing investigative work, she connects two accidental deaths at the Company to a much darker plot involving the man under investigation. 

To help with the investigation, she hires a former CIA operative to assist her. Nikki also meets a medical doctor she soon finds herself falling in love with until she is kidnapped and wonders if he is also part of the sinister plot threatening her life. 

Waking Up in Medellin (Kathryn Lane)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "Nikki Garcia, a corporate auditor, sent to audit a company in Columbia. Suspecting fraud Nikki is caught up in a dangerous investigation. She meets Eduardo, the first man she has been interested in since the death of her child and her subsequent divorce, but is he to be trusted? Danger and suspicious characters at every turn make this a very exciting read!" - Donna D. (Amazon)

- "Lane is an excellent writer, with a good sense of style. I was interested in the characters and kept wondering who was going to turn out to be the good guy and which the bad guy. I wasn't surprised with who turned out to be the good guy, but I was shocked with who turned out to be the bad guy [...]"  - Ron Beall

- "This novel was so intriguing - mystery, love, healing, all taking place in a foreign location.
This author obviously researched the politics, country law enforcement, and gave a comprehensive description of cartel operations. It kept me reading every day until finishing this book. [...]" - Duchee (Amazon)


About the Author


Author Kathryn Lane
Author Kathryn Lane
Kathryn Lane
, originally from Mexico, took the long road to becoming an author. She started work life as an artist in oil painting, but soon discovered that lead to a starving artist lifestyle. 

To earn a living, she became a certified public accountant and enjoyed a two-decade career in international finance with Johnson & Johnson. She started as an auditor, ferreting out fraud at affiliates around the world. Later she became CFO of Johnson & Johnson Mexico for five years, moved to Argentina, where she served as CFO of the local affiliate and was also given sub regional responsibilities. After five years in the Southern Cone, she was named to head the Latin America and Caribbean finance function.

Kathryn took an early retirement from corporate life to live out her dream of writing fiction. As an author of mystery and suspense novels, she draws deeply from her experiences growing up in a small town in Mexico as well as her work and travel in over ninety countries around the globe. In her youth, she lived in a story-centric culture where reality blended with the surreal in perfect harmony – a dichotomy that developed her ability to form mental images of characters and stories that spring to life. 

Kathryn loves the Arts and is a board member of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council. Kathryn and her husband, Bob Hurt, split their time between Texas and the mountains of northern New Mexico where she finds it inspiring to write. 




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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

New Indie Book Release: Beautiful Facade (Kathryn S Rose)

New Indie Book Release: 
Beautiful Facade - Kathryn S Rose
New Adult Contemporary Romance (304 Pages - February 2021)

Beautiful Facade is about a young woman who strives to overcome a painful event by creating the perception of a perfect life. However, when she reconnects with the boy, now man, who helped her endure her past, everything she has built for herself comes under threat. 


About the Book

Beautiful Facade (Kathryn S Rose)
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On the day that 16-year-old Winter Starling had her life and dreams shattered by a sexual assault, she meets Kai, a boy from her high school obsessed with music. They develop a deep friendship, which comes to an abrupt end when Kai unexpectedly has to leave. Winter has no idea why he went or any way to contact him.

Ten years pass, and Winter has constructed a new reality for herself. Now living in Melbourne, she has a successful career in advertising and is engaged to Liam King, a star player in Australian Rules Football. Winter has a perfect life.
 
During a night out, Winter runs into Kai, now the lead singer of 'The Stonevilles.' Winter and Kai rekindle their friendship, and to everyone around them, their attraction is evident. With Kai back in her life, Winter's past threatens to ruin her relationship with Liam and everything she has worked to achieve. But can she risk losing Kai a second time?

Emotional and edgy, Beautiful Facade is about love, loss, healing, self-discovery, and the messy battle between one's head and one's heart.



About the Author

Author Kathryn S Rose
Author Kathryn S Rose
Kathryn S Rose 
is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveler, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Facade, it has come into fruition.
 
Kathryn is interested in the study of human behavior and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, with a focus on Community studies and Welfare Work.
 
Since completing her studies, she has worked in several jobs, which have enhanced her understanding of social issues, human development, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these insights are reflected in her writing and give her inspiration.

Besides books, Kathryn has many other loves. She enjoys listening to live music, relaxing at the beach, embarking on random hiking adventures, and indulging in too much food and wine with family and friends.

When Kathryn and her family aren’t traipsing around the world, they can be found residing in Perth, Western Australia.


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