Thursday, May 31, 2012

Echoes by Jason Brant @jason_brant

Echoes

What if the thoughts in your head were not your own?

When Lieutenant Asher Benson suffered a traumatic brain injury while stationed in Iraq, his doctors warned him that the symptoms would be life altering. They had no idea. As Ash recovered, a never ending barrage of voices began echoing in his mind, effectively crippling his life. Mistakenly treated for PTSD, Ash was honorably discharged and now lives in self-imposed, drunken isolation.

Five years later, Ash is still struggling to rejoin society. His desperate, lonely existence is maintained by a meager disability check and gallons of alcohol. As he's finally learning to control his burden, and making progress with the girl next door, Ash is thrust back into a life he thought he'd left behind. When unidentified intelligence agents abduct him from his apartment, he is plunged into a world of espionage and assassinations.

A unique terrorist is operating on U.S. soil, and the government needs Ash, and the malady that has plagued him for half a decade, to find him.

At roughly 30,000 words, Echoes is an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning thriller with the pacing of The Terminator and the quirky characters of Carl Hiaasen.

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Slumber by Samantha Young @SYoungSFAuthor

Slumber

Slumber - A Romance

Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.

Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.

Wolfe Stovia.

The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.

At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…

Mature YA fantasy romance (for older readers).

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Buzz Words by Doug Lucas @GMTAPublishing

Buzz Words

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Most of us think we understand how police investigations work. We've seen them depicted on television so often we believe it's really only one or two hardnosed, lone wolf detectives who will shoot, punch or intimidate criminals as they investigate crimes and apply justice in their own way. The image fiction has imprinted on minds is one of fast paced, rough and tumble fearless officers who are always at odds with their bosses, politicians and the law. They also manage to solve every crime in the amount of time allotted for the shows time slot, normally in forty-five minutes or less after you remove the commercials.

Real life police work is not for the faint of heart, and it is work; mind numbing work that at times makes you feel more like a researcher with a weapon than a law enforcement specialist.

Those lone wolf fictional police officers would mostly be unsuccessful in real life for one single reason, lack of teamwork.

Law enforcement requires a dedicated team of people who possess many different specialized skill sets, all working towards a single goal, and the processing of evidence to aide an officer in making a solid arrest.

There are specialized segments of police work that are accomplished by shadow people. These are the ones who're given the artifacts of a crime and asked to find information to confirm facts or assist the efforts of investigators as they search for answers to who, what where when and most importantly why.

Shadow people must be just as dedicated, just as driven, and just as determined as the officers they work for. Their knowledge of the specialized area they work in must produce accurate evidence for the investigator to work with and also stand the test of our judicial system to be of any value.

C.W. Burwell was a shadow person. One who met all of the requirements officers seek when they need a staffer from the shadows to process forensic evidence. He's just as driven and dedicated as the men and women he worked for.

CW is also snoopy, very married and retired. Retirement allows him to pursue two goals that he has set for himself, much to the shock of his wife and their bank account.

In an effort to give something back not only for law enforcement, but to fill a personal goal of his own, he buys the equipment of his trade and sets up shop. He offers his skills to small departments in an effort to help them process some of their evidence quicker. He also wants to train one or two officers in his field to aide and assist those small departments.

This is the very thing that will force him to reopen an investigation that has haunted him and one of his friends. Cliff is a sworn law officer from a medium sized department and the holder of a cold case. No one in law enforcement, not the shadow people or sworn officers, wants to be responsible for leaving an icebox behind after they move on.

CW and Cliff have worked this cold case so many times; they know the box contents by heart. A chance encounter with two other cold cases and theirs launches a frantic search for a serial killer------a very successful sadistic killer--------one who's on a mission; a mission that brutally ends the lives of young girls---------only young girls who are relatives of policemen.

You are introduced to the shadow world of forensics and watch an investigation from the inside as it starts, builds and reaches a climax. You are allowed to sit with a shadow person for just a short time and work with him. You will feel the pressure, confusion and fatigue of an active, desperate race against time as the investigation starts, builds with each piece of information found and ends in the arrest phase.

The only person in any investigation who has all the facts is the lead investigator. You'll meet Marty D, the driving force in an investigation that is twenty-one years old, as she sorts through the fog of time to prevent another Star.

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All Jacked Up by L.A. Tripp @LATripp2818

All Jacked Up (All Jacked Up Series)

A good life. You know...a nice home, dependable vehicle and, if fate smiles kindly, a good looking woman. Not picky, just a comfortable existence with a decent job that you don't hate. Is that too much to ask? For Jack, it is. Can he overcome psychotic co-workers, a boss that covers the truth, and falling on the wrong side of the fence? Not to mention interfering parents, trying to climb the rat-race ladder, and a girl that knows a little too much about him. It all adds up to sleepless nights and a can of beans for his one meal per day. How will Jack get out of this? Reader beware: This has a cliff-hanger ending.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Dead Love Longer by Scott Nicholson @eScottNicholson

The Dead Love Longer
(Original print title: Transparent Lovers)

Private investigator Richard Steele must solve his most difficult case ever—his own murder—while caught between women on both sides of the grave. His lover Lee is tangled up in the mess he left behind, and his dead ex-wife Diana has been waiting on the other side for her chance at revenge.

In a race against time as his spirit slips away, Richard confronts his many, many failings and faces a power beyond his understanding--love. His only weapon is faith, and he's running out of bullets.

It's going to be a hell of a final showdown.

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The Real Night of the Living Dead by Mark L. Kramer

The Real Night of the Living Dead (Dead Memories Series, Book One)

During the night of March 21st, 1951, many people died at Philadelphia State Hospital...Some more than once.

What started out as a simple medical experiment on an early spring evening turns the legendary mental hospital in Philadelphia into a breeding ground for the living dead. Veimer Stanton, an attendant at Byberry that night, tells his story of the events which took place.
Trapped in the center of the outbreak, Veimer decides to journey across the dangerous campus, through the increasing number of the undead, to save his girlfriend, a nurse, who may or may not have become a victim of the flesh eating maniacs. With the help of a few staff members and patients wanting to survive another day, Veimer struggles to fight his way to the other side, to his lover. Will he make it in time to rescue her before it's too late? 

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Versim by Curtis Hox @CurtisHox

Versim

Harken Cole is a highly trained Entertainment Specialist. He immerses into rendered worlds called Rend-Vs to play the hero, the villain--whatever his bosses want. To fulfill a promise to a dead friend, Hark illegally jumps into Collides, a twenty-first century Rend-V, and realizes something's not right. The host of Collides is in danger, and Hark must protect her. Hark soon learns that controversial director Miesha Preston plans to flip peaceful Collides into a horror Rend-V. If Hark can't protect the host, while still fulfilling his promise, everyone immersed will die.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

The M-16 Agenda by James P. Wilcox @m16agenda

The M-16 Agenda

A man is not apt to forget the instant he becomes a killer; that one fateful instant when he takes another's life. It would not matter that Jack Granger has killed, all soldiers train to kill, except that he is the Democratic nominee in the presidential election of 2020. Having secured the nomination as Governor of Missouri and on the strength of his M-16 Agenda, his political platform developed in the killing sands of Iraq, Jack is days away from the White House when the situation in Iraq and in Washington D.C. changes everything. Now it is a race against time, and his own past, as he makes a last ditch effort to save his bid for the presidency, and possibly the world.

From the war torn battlegrounds of Iraq to the halls of power in Washington D.C., M-16 Agenda follows one man's rise to the heights of political power, as he struggles to live up to the promises he made to his fellow soldiers, his family, and himself.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bach to God by Emily Nolan

Bach to God

This eBook is about Robert Baker's life, our story together, and my family's search for answers about CJD.In 2001, my father passed away of a mysterious disease called Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD). He was a cancer researcher and an environmental scientist who was trying to help the world and save countless lives. After he died there was no investigation into his death, by either the police or the media, not even a coronial or OH&S inquiry. I often felt very alone and alienated by the world. This was when I decided to start writing my father’s biography, and I found that delving into his life and holding onto his memory was a comfort to me. This book is about my father's life and achievements, how we dealt with his untimely death, and how a father and daughter's relationship changed in it's final days. This book is also for other people & families who have been affected by CJD. My book aims to help inform about the basics of CJD, but more importantly about dealing with the effects from a personal viewpoint.

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Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard @Lars_Gu

Lethal Circuit (A Michael Chase Thriller #1)


LETHAL CIRCUIT takes the reader on a street-level journey through  the Chinese countryside where nothing is what it seems. Hidden in a perfect world of emerald-green limestone karsts and bucolic rivers is an advanced energy technology that could prevent a disaster. It could also change the world. But only if it can be found. If it can't, the results will be unthinkable. Michael's friends are eight thousand miles away, but his enemies are everywhere. To even have a chance of finding what he's looking for, Michael will need to join forces with a beautiful, but deadly MI6 agent. He'll need to remain calm, he'll need to improvise, but most importantly, he'll also need to ask himself a question. Who can he trust in a world where nothing is what it seems? And if the answer is nobody, he'll need to live, or more likely die, with the result.

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H.E.R.O. - Metamorphosis by Kevin Rau @kevin_rau

H.E.R.O. - Metamorphosis

Although raised by single metahuman parents, Stephanie, Rael, and Lance weren’t prepared for the sudden and shocking event that thrust them into a night of upheaval as they cope with their metamorphosis into superhumans. The meteor shower that altered the heroes also mutated many others in Metrocity, causing a scene of chaos at Iron Cross General Hospital as Lance and Stephanie are captured by law enforcement, and Rael must free them.

The friends join the Homeland Extraordinary Response Organization (H.E.R.O.), and seek to stop a mutant named Shrinker as she gathers new supers to build an army of bloodthirsty mutants in her plan to cause anarchy. Her evil squad kidnaps normal humans to feed those mutants, and it becomes a race against time to find the anarchists before they murder the people.

While searching for the villain's base of operations, the group must learn their powers and overcome the problems associated with telepathy, a strong blood thirst, and strength capable of crushing steel under one’s fingers. They also begin to take part as heroes in the city, and discover that having powers is not as easy as it appears - in heroic actions or in normal life.

H.E.R.O. – Metamorphosis is the first novel in a growing series of action-based superhero novels based on the Metrocity division of H.E.R.O. It acts as the introductory novel to the supers and how three of the main characters fight crime and deal with disasters in the city. The novel leads the way into the H.E.R.O. series as a growing roster of H.E.R.O. agents take part in various events and disasters.

Please visit the author’s website for more information on characters, and pictures and small biographies of many of the characters in the H.E.R.O. series. (http://www.kevinrau.com) H.E.R.O. – Metamorphosis is a full-length novel of approximately 122,000 words. An preview is included of the first five chapters of H.E.R.O. – New Markets as a bonus.

The ongoing series currently consists of these novels (as of early 2012):
H.E.R.O. - Metamorphosis
H.E.R.O. - New Markets
H.E.R.O. - Rise and Fall
H.E.R.O. - Dark Research
H.E.R.O. - Horde
H.E.R.O. - Paragon
H.E.R.O. - Illustrated Guide (behind-the-scenes book w/pictures of characters, doesn't fit into a specific order in the series)
H.E.R.O. Shorts - Gatecrasher
H.E.R.O. Shorts - Silverlash
H.E.R.O. - Gene Front (coming soon)

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Miss World by Randi Black @Ms_Randi_Black

Miss World

It's 1993. Kimmy Ho's never really been happy (and thinks her life sucks). She's not really good at anything - or at least, that's what her mother says. But music makes her feel better, and gives her something to live for.

Then, she gets raped on the day Kurt Cobain's found dead. And her life begins to suck even more.

From his death comes her cross-dressing imaginary friend Joey, and her budding romance with Walter, the skinny kid from special-ed.  Walter shows her love and the ability to feel pleasure again,  but even he can't make everything better.  Not when he also awakens a lust for violence and revenge that she never knew she had inside her. 

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The Relationship Shoppe by Susan Paulson Clark ‏@susanpclark

The Relationship Shoppe: A Novel

Marian Sheffield longs to climb out of the pits, but before she can transform her career and romantic life, she must contend with the indiscretions of Belle, her business partner and best friend. Along the way, Marian learns the difference between a crush on her guy friend and the very real advances of her company’s investor—and how to apply the relationship advice she promotes in her own bookstore.

HAVE YOU EVER:
- Felt as if your life has fallen apart?
- Questioned why it had?
- Resolved to turn things around?
- Refused to give up when everyone around discouraged you?
- Been betrayed by a friend?
- Fallen in love with someone who doesn’t love you back?
- Ignored the person who is right for you?

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spoon by Maria Herb and Dana Hay @SpoonOrders

SPOON: Soup, Stew & Chowder Recipes (Spring/Summer) (Cooking in Season #1)

Spoon: Soup, Chowder, & Stew Recipes (Spring/Summer) offers 25 delicious recipes that are easy-to-prepare, healthy meals that are also full-flavoured and delicious. With their seasonal approach, Maria Herb and Dana Hay provide you with recipes featuring fresh, local ingredients. Maria's and Dana's company SPOON sold soups at the local farmers' markets, using ingredients from the farmers there. Customers returned weekly to stock up on fresh soups, chowders, and stews. This SPOON cookbook collection contains favourites from the market, as well as many new recipes. Cooking with foods that are in season helps to keep your grocery bill down, and you can take advantage of the selection at your local farmers' market! Most of the recipes in this book can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, and will leave you enough to freeze the extra for another time.

This book is a collection of delicious, healthy, and easy-to-prepare SPOON recipes for spring and summer.

Recipes:

  • Mixed Spring Greens Soup with Goat Cheese
  • Newfoundland Golden Seafood Chowder
  • Fresh Pea Soup with Crispy Prosciutto
  • Hedgehog Mushroom Stew with Hazelnuts
  • Coconut Carrot Soup
  • Chicken Blanquette with White Button Mushrooms and Arugula
  • Ants-on-a-Log Celery Soup
  • Greek Minted Lamb Stew
  • White Asparagus Consomm√©
  • North African Chicken and Apricot Stew
  • Spring Onion Soup with Emmenthaler Gratin
  • Thai Spring Chicken Soup
  • Soupe au Pistou
  • Creamy Artichoke Soup
  • Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices
  • Velvety Asparagus Soup
  • Portuguese Clam Stew
  • Hedgehog Mushroom Sauce with Pasta
  • Garlic Scape Soup
  • Japanese Prawn and Noodle Soup
  • Hearty Asparagus Vegetable Soup
  • Chinese Egg Drop Soup
  • Minted Pea Soup with Spinach
  • Blood Orange Sabayon
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Soup with Basil
In addition to the recipes, Spoon: Soup, Chowder, & Stew Recipes (Spring/Summer) contains:
  • Recipes for Homemade Stock: Vegetable, Chicken, Beef, Shellfish and Fish
  • Soup-making Basics
  • 5 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Pesticides & Other Toxins
  • Charts of Seasonal Produce
  • Glossary of Cooking Terms
  • Conversion Tables
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Murder For Comfort by John L. Work @WORK949

Murder For Comfort (The Detective J.D. Welch Novels)

J.D. WELCH returns for an encore in the second of the series of three novels - a murder suspense thriller.

Our detective has been paged out to look into the disappearance of SHEILA McCOWELL, a divorced mother of two daughters who is inexplicably absent from her job. When two picnickers discover her horribly beaten dead body, her disappearance becomes a front-page homicide investigation.

Sheila's ex-husband, JIM McCOWELL, the successful owner of a major contruction company, is the initial suspect. He divorced Sheila after eighteen years of marriage to pursue an affair with MARNIE SULLIVAN, a beautiful personal fitness trainer who is twenty-three years younger than he is.

Welch has just one lead from an astonishingly clean crime scene - a cryptic email from someone whose existence has been a closely guarded secret.

The pressure is on Welch to find the killer.

When the body of JIMMIE SLAIKOVITCH, a drifter with a crack cocaine habit and a prison record, turns up in a remote area of Park County - and Jim McCowell is shot to death during a business trip to Chicago - Park County Detective STEVE REILLY, Chicago Homicide Detective FRANK STANLEY and Detective J.D. Welch have to team up to discover who's responsible for the murders,

Written with the technical authenticity of an experienced law-enforcement officer's background, there's violence, romance, intrigue, conspiracy, and a plot filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the end. 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Man in the Mountain by Doug Lucas @GMTALITERARY

The Man in the Mountain

For most of us, we have mental pictures of just what and how our favorite authors live. Their lives must be far richer and more interesting than ours, because they have the ability to engage our minds and thrill our souls with their visions of what life was, is or could be.

These word smiths can hold our imaginations in a vise grip with the grace and skill they weave action, love, adventure, and science fiction genres into a whole cloth we can clad ourselves in for an hour or a life time.

This magic cloth allows us to escape our own truth and absorb realities that thrill, intrigue or titillate us. At times authors can: relieve boredom, fear or want, and offer the grace of comfort to our mundane day to day existence. Most at one time or another has sought the company of our favorite author's work to do some or all of those things.

Poets entice us to spend an hour On Walden's Pond, historians teach us the lessons of The Rise and Fall of The Roman Empire, theologians interpret The Last Days of Christ for us, and humorist show us The Redneck Dictionary is really us as others see us.

We think we know these word smiths, those tellers of tales who will join, entertain and instruct us with the turn of a page or the touch of a screen. To one degree or another, we are what we read and what we read depends on the author who engages our mind.

But what would happen if a group of people found themselves in a real life web of entanglement and relied to one degree or another on their favorite author?

Would those solutions rendered in print, meet their needs or fail without aiding them as they sought solutions to their own drama?

Another small question might concern some of our favorite authors, would they meet our mental image of who they really are?

I invite you to spend some time with me and explore these questions, as you touch the screen or turn the page.

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Wrecked by Elle Casey @ElleCasey

Wrecked

(The 2nd edition of this book was published May 22, 2012 to address minor editing issues mentioned by readers. If you previously purchased a copy, you may email Amazon for a new FREE copy of the 2nd edition.)
High Seas and High Adventure from the author of The Changlings, War of the Fae.
If you liked The Breakfast Club and The Swiss Family Robinson, you'll love WRECKED!


An ill-fated Caribbean cruise and four teenagers: a nerd, a jock, a mouse, and a beauty queen...an island, a treehouse, some nefarious interlopers...life and death...fear and loathing...love and laughter.



Follow Jonathan, Kevin, Candi and Sarah as they find their typical high school lives and their worlds totally WRECKED. 

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Now I Lay Thee Down to Sleep by Felix Cruz @FelixCruzwriter

Now I Lay Thee Down to Sleep

A HEARTBROKEN HUSBAND. A FRANTIC FATHER. A HORRIFYING RIDE INTO THE MIND OF A KILLER.

This horror tale revolves around two fathers, John Roberts, a Philadelphia police officer, and Frank Bower, owner of a car repair shop.

After learning that his wife is cheating on him, John is left heartbroken. Then his life takes a devastating turn when the unfaithful woman turns up dead days later. The unstable police officer vows to track down and punish the murderer. His search leads him to Frank, but as his sanity continues to slip, then discovering that he is a suspect in his wife’s murder, John finds it harder and harder to seek out his revenge.

Will John get the man who killed his wife before the authorities do? Is Frank the killer, or was it John himself? And will these series of events prevent John from moving on and living a normal life with his four year old son?

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Meany by Peazy Monellon

Meany

Six year old Jenny Barnes wakes up from night terrors only to find out that ghosts are real and there’s no such thing as safe.

She lives in a two hundred year old farmhouse with her large family, but they’re not alone. There’s a malevolent presence up in the attic and the forest surrounding the farm is alive with folks who just won't stay dead. Worse is the fact that the cattle have developed a taste for murder and are threatening to stampede. Well…that, and the fact that it seems her own father is trying to kill her.

All Jenny wants is a childhood--a few moments playing in the sunny yard with her sisters. To get one, all she'll have to do is survive.

And as Eddie, the one farmhand who’s on her side notes, “this old place is going over.”

Will anyone get out of there alive?
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Diva by Susan A. Fleet

DIVA (A Frank Renzi novel)


Sexual obsession drives this riveting novel of psychological suspense. Beautiful, talented and ambitious, Belinda wants to be a star. But fame can be dangerous.

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Agent James McDougal in the Chilean Jungle by Michael Rohde

Agent James McDougal in the Chilean Jungle (Blue Scorpion)

Chilean Jungle introduces the world to Agent James McDougal and the Assassins Intelligence Agency. Agent McDougal teams up with a rogue vigilante who goes by the codename, “Blue Scorpion,” a sexy, dangerous assassin who operates by her own rules. Together, they must take down criminal mastermind Vicente Moreland deep in the Chilean jungle before he can complete his evil plan. This is the first book in this series.

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Lost In Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel @StaceyJoyNetzel

Lost In Italy

The best laid plans...

Halli Sanders spent two years planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Her itinerary did not include being stranded by her siblings, kidnapped by a sexy American movie star, dodging bullets, or fleeing criminals in a car chase around Lake Como. And that's just in the first three hours.

...often go awry.

Trent Tomlin put his movie career on hold to investigate his brother's murder-ruled-suicide at his Italian villa. He's closing in on the suspects when an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop helping him. The killers will stop at nothing to get the evidence--including holding Halli's family as collateral.

Life's a little different unscripted.

Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. But how can he keep the evidence from the murderers to get justice for his brother and friend without betraying Halli and her family?

Visit the author's website: http://staceyjoynetzel.blogspot.com/
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Books: Tips, Stories, & Advice on Writing, Publishing, & Promoting by Dan Poynter @DanPoynter

Books: Tips, Stories, & Advice on Writing, Publishing, & Promoting

Here is a Gift for the Writer Within or The Writer in Your Life

Scores of successful, published authors reveal the inside secrets to their achievement.

You will discover:
• 38 Tips on how to write
• 11 Tips on why you should write
• 4 Tips on why your writing project should be a book
• 21 Tips on what to write
• 7 Tips on doing research
• 9 Tips for building your book
• 3 Tips on Copyright
• 10 Tips for finding the right agent or publisher
• 6 Tips on book promotion
• And much, much more.

Dan Poynter has turned thousands of professionals and writers into authors; his shelves are overflowing with their books. He is the author of more than 125 books and hundreds of other information products. The media come to Dan because he is the leading authority on how to write, publish, and promote books.

The demand for books is increasing but the market is changing. These tips from successful authors will show you how to get your work into print.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hiren's Magical Adventure by Kathleen Patel ‏ @KathleenPatel1

Hiren's Magical Adventure (Magical Adventures)

Amazon.com- UK:  http://amzn.to/JtiBzB

'This newly revised and edited version of Hiren's Magical Adventure' is the first in the 'Magical Adventure' saga. A tween to young adult, paranormal, mystery, the charming fable unfolds in in India. Hiren visits his grandparents for the summer. Nothing could have prepared him for this strange world filled with magic and mystery. He encounters exotic creatures, a forbidden jungle, and a ghost that haunts the eerie palace. He meets a mysterious girl who leads him closer to the secrets. He finds himself facing life-threatening danger in his quest to solve the family mystery.

Visit the author's blog: http://anirishpatel.blogspot.com/
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Suddenly a Spy by Heather Huffman @Heathers_mark

Suddenly a Spy

On her wedding day, Veronica Sinclair thinks she has it all: the loving family, the Vera Wang dress, the hunky husband. But then a mysterious and beautiful woman shows up at the reception, suggesting Veronica's new hubby isn't exactly who he says he is. As if that weren't enough, Veronica and Richard must flee gunmen in the middle of their honeymoon, convincing Veronica she got more than she bargained for when she said, "I do."

Thrown into a world of espionage, seduction, and human trafficking, Veronica must fight for the life and husband she thought she had - and she must discover whether they are the life and husband she truly wants.

Don't miss Heather Huffman's other books: "Throwaway", "Ties that Bind", "Jailbird", "Ring of Fire", and the newly-released "Tumbleweed", the long awaited prequel to Throwaway!

Visit the author's website: www.heatherhuffman.net  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Heathers_mark


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Interview with Emma Calin @EmmaCalin

The Digital Ink Spot interviewed Emma Calin, an author and poet who resides between The U.K. and France with her sexy French lover, Gilles.

The Digital Ink Spot: Tell the readers a little something about Knockout!
Emma Calin: Knockout! is an unusual book in that it sits across several genres - on one hand it is a full-on passionate romance but equally, it is a suspense thriller dealing with police investigations into match fixing and corruption in professional sport. Anna Leyton has worked her way up to Detective Inspector and has been posted to Interpol. While investigating international Internet gambling and the attempts of mobsters to fix the results of sporting events, Anna unwittingly becomes passionately and romantically involved with Freddie LaSalle, one of the world's top class boxers who will be fighting for the cruiser weight championship. He is a suspect in the investigation. She knows she should walk away from their relationship. She knows it can mean nothing but trouble. but she can't leave him. Her heart refuses to go. For too long, she has needed love in her love, and, with Freddie, she has found it. However, neither Freddie nor Anna has told each other the whole truth and their lies and deception form shaky foundations which are doomed to collapse - can their love survive the cataclysmic events unfolding around them? It transpires that Freddie has been offered ten million dollars by the mob to lose the championship fight. It's a big payday, a once-in-a-lifetime payday. And Anna is caught in the tangled web of her own conscience. Freddie, she believes, is the key to helping her unravel the mob's illegal and sometimes deadly ties with boxing. But her love won't let Anna ruin his life. She is in a quandary, and the mafia begins to fear that Freddie may keep his side of the deal. They need leverage. They kidnap Anna, demand that Freddie throw the match to save her life, and she becomes the focal point of a frantic battle triggered by Interpol and the FBI to take down the mob.

The Digital Ink Spot: What inspired you to write your book?
Emma Calin: I was inspired to write Knockout! because although I love reading about passion and romance, I sometimes find the background stories, motivations and settings of traditional romances unbelievable and fantastical. I wanted to set the love interest in my novel in a real-life situation with believable characters whose actions are lead by their strengths and flaws and to introduce dilemmas to really challenge their relationship.

The Digital Ink Spot: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Emma Calin: One of the things I learned from writing this book was how difficult (but stimulating!) it would be to write the intimate love scenes in the best way I could. It is very hard to find a balance between the out and out gynecological and the much reviled 'purple' prose. I wanted the sex to be passionate and romantic and set within the context of a loving relationship and for it be neither embarrassing nor comical. And I definitely wanted it to be beautiful and tender. So far I have had only positive feedback from readers, so I'm hoping that I struck the right tone.

The Digital Ink Spot: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Emma Calin: I have always loved stories - as a child I was an avid reader and always had my nose in a book and would get hold of books any way I could. One of my earliest delights was going round second-hand book shops and picking up cheap books from the boxes outside on the pavement - the bargain books that were no longer fashionable. I would often buy one without knowing what it was about, it just felt so good to get something containing so many words for so little. I loved radio plays, cinema, the theatre, opera, poetry, TV soaps - any story about human relationships in any form. I have written numerous poems, short stories and articles which have been published over the years and I've won a few writing competitions. My work was often hard to categorize, I always tried to write the best stories I could - without trying to fit to a formula - which readers seemed to enjoy, but publishers often could not fit them in their standard 'genre' slots. The advent of the digital book and self-publishing has given me the opportunity to finally get my work out to the readers at large - and I have found that they love a good story and do not care if it contains crime, suspense, tension, love and romance in one package.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can readers expect from you in the future?
Emma Calin: I wrote Knockout! as a story for a big audience and I have learned a lot from it and very much want to stick with stories containing a large element of romance at their core. Love and relationships are what human life is about - particularly in a world that seems to totally focused on money, economics and the day to day drudge of work, Whatever you are in life, there will always be love and relationships in some form. Most readers of romantic fiction are looking for more passion than their day to day lives actually contain and it is a tremendous pleasure to me to bring sexual passion out of the closet and put it in the kitchen!

Visit the author's website: http://www.emmacalin.com/
The Author's blog: http://www.emmacalin.blogspot.co.uk
The Author's facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/Knockout.Romance.Novel
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The Author's twitter handle: @EmmaCalin

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Destiny of Shaitan by Laxmi Hariharan @laxmi

The Destiny of Shaitan

Epic fantasy kindle bestseller, "The Destiny of Shaitan is mind-blowing, dark, humorous, and clever. It took me on a powerful journey inwards, which was a surprise, as I'm not generally drawn to Sci-Fi or Fantasy. I love the scene where the planet is covered with water and Yudi rescues Tiina. It's core message is unity. I believe it will appeal to people across all ages." - Sonia Ducie Dip.CSN.AIN, Numerologist, Author of eleven Numerology books.

Partially set in a futuristic Bombay, The Destiny of Shaitan is a coming of age story, painted against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.

When Tiina accompanies Yudi on a mission to save the universe from the ruthless Shaitan, she seeks more than the end of the tyrant; she seeks herself. Driven by greed and fear for his own survival, Shaitan bulldozes his way through the galaxy, destroying everything in his path.  Tiina wants Yudi to destroy Shaitan, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Shaitan being killed by his son. But she finds that Yudi is hesitant to do so. The final showdown between Tiina, Yudi, and Shaitan has unexpected consequences, for Shaitan will do anything in his power to win the fight.  The stakes are high and the combatants determined. Will Shaitan's ultimate destiny be fulfilled?

Visit the author's website: www.laxmihariharan.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor
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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown by Claire Ridgway @AnneBoleynFiles

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown

During the spring of 1536 in Tudor England, events conspire to bring down Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England. The coup against the Queen results in the brutal executions of six innocent people - Anne Boleyn herself, her brother, and four courtiers - and the rise of a new Queen.

Drawing on sixteenth century letters, eye witness accounts and chronicles, Claire Ridgway leads the reader through the sequence of chilling events one day at a time, telling the true story of Anne Boleyn's fall. The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown is presented in a diary format, allowing readers to dip in, look up a particular date, or read from start to finish. Special features include mini biographies of those involved, a timeline of events and full referencing.
  • Why was Anne Boleyn executed?
  • Who was responsible for Anne Boleyn's fall?
  • Was Anne Boleyn's execution a foregone conclusion and was she framed?
Claire Ridgway, creator of The Anne Boleyn Files website and best-selling author of The Anne Boleyn Collection, continues her mission to share the real truth about Anne Boleyn.

Visit the author's website: http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com
Visit the book website: http://www.thefallofanneboleyn.com
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Catherine Mists of Time by Romanie Brooke @romanieb

Catherine Mists of Time
U.K. Link

When Catherine and David Hammond move into their 18th century built dream house, Catherine couldn't be happier. That is, until strange events start to happen, blurring the timeline between the present and the past. When the past and present collide Catherine is drawn into a world far beyond her understanding, posing the question - is it possible to return to a life already lived?

Visit the author's website: http://www.romaniebrooke.com
Follow them on Twitter:  @romanieb

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Interview with Jack Devon

The Digital Ink Spot interviewed Jack Devon, a former British intelligence agent and subsequently a Reuters correspondent and editor. He has lived and worked in 40 countries and covered a dozen wars, including the Soviet and U.S. occupations of Afghanistan. He divides his time between Shropshire in England and south-east Asia where he teaches English. The D.I.S. ask Jack Devon about his book, To Kill A Stranger.

Visit the author's website:  www.jackdevon.co.uk


The Digital Ink Spot: Tell the readers a little something about To Kill A Stranger
Jack Devon: To Kill A Stranger is about a former soldier down on his luck. He's lost everything dear to him, and lives rough on London's streets. Harry is haunted by his past as a paratrooper, by atrocities in the Falklands War, for example. An old comrade offers him a good deal of money to work for a
covert organization as an assassin. He's a tough guy, but also very vulnerable.

The Digital Ink Spot: What inspired you to write your book?
Jack Devon: I used to walk and cycle around London a lot and I met quite a few homeless people; some of them were indeed former soldiers. I also gave talks at prisons in the UK and discovered there were inmates who'd been in the military, people who'd come unstuck and made mistakes on returning to civvie street. This gave me the idea.

This isn't my first book, incidentally. My first was non-fiction, an account of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and written under another name nearly thirty years ago.

The Digital Ink Spot: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Jack Devon: Writing is an itch that doesn't go away. It's cathartic, a release. It's not particularly sensible or financially speaking, a rational occupation. It's something one just has to do. A book is begun with immense optimism, but the result is inevitably unsatisfactory.

The Digital Ink Spot: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Jack Devon: I've always written. I wrote stories and plays at primary school and won short-story contests as a teenager. It's a basic instinct, one I don't fully understand.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can readers expect from you in the future?
Jack Devon: Another thriller, only better. It's written with the strong narrative pace of a thriller, but it's a satire. It's both hilarious and savage. Self-styled patriots won't like it. An agent and literary scout who's very
enthusiastic about it will start representation in a few weeks; she has a brief to find an indie publisher who loves it as much as we do.

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Little Sacrifices by Jamie Scott @expatdiaries

Little Sacrifices
U.K. version

“Fifty–five years has made me a Savannahian by inclination if not origin. Everyone who meets me hears the taffy pull drawl of a native and feels the Southern hospitality for which we are known. They are surprised to find that I was once a Yankee, so well have I acclimated. The process began when we moved, but will never really be complete. And I’d be lying if I said my conversion came easy…It was only when I looked around and didn’t see myself reflected back that the questioning began.”

When Duncan and Sarah Powell move with their daughter, May, to Savannah Georgia in 1947, they hope against hope that they’ll be welcomed. But they’re Yankees and worse, they’re civil rights advocates almost a decade too early.

At first May can pretend they’re the same as everyone else. It means keeping quiet when she knows she should speak up, but it’s worth the sacrifice to win friends.

Unfortunately her parents are soon putting their beliefs into action. And when they wake to find that they’re the only family on the block with a Ku Klux Klan cross blazing on their front lawn, the time comes for them to finally decide between what’s easy and what’s right.

Author's website: www.michelegorman.co.uk
Follow the author on Twitter: @expatdiaries

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