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Author @JustinBog tours SANDCASTLE and OTHER STORIES

Good friend and author, Justin Bog is touring his newly re-released book, SANDCASTLE and OTHER STORIES. It has a brand new look since Booktrope recently republished it, and it’s gorgeous!

Find out more about Justin’s blog stops and follow him on his tour for reviews and interviews.

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The Complete Edition of Justin Bog’s First Collection of Dark Psychological Suspense Tales. An award‐winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories reveals twisted secrets that are mined like plutonium. These twelve literary tales are nothing short of an adventure through a roiling sea of emotion. With authenticity and eloquence, author Justin Bog holds a provocative and compelling mirror on the human condition.

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Find Justin at all his virtual homes

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Website and Blog | Twitter @justinbog | Facebook

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Justin was originally interviewed here June 2012.

Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest on Fidalgo Island. Justin was Editor and Pop Culture Correspondent for In Classic Style. He is an experimental cook, a lawn mower, and master to two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling, and two barn cats, Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt’n.

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Author @FaithMortimer releases A BRUTAL TRADE

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Author Faith Mortimer is having a launch party for her new book, A Brutal Trade.

I’m happy to contribute a couple of FREE BOOKS to her party, as are many other authors, so please drop by Facebook for your chance to win!

You can learn more about A Brutal Trade below. Congratulations Faith, on your latest book!

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Even on a small island the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…

It began like any normal day in Cyprus…except it wasn’t…the body of a woman brutally murdered and discovered in a shallow grave changes all that.

It is only days later when amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and old flame, Chief Superintendent Adam Lovell discover a second female victim…only this time the discovery is even more chilling and shocks the island inhabitants.

Joining forces with local policeman, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades, the three embark on a journey which takes them to the fringes of humanity. Disturbing secrets are unearthed. They are on the hunt for killers who will stop at nothing in their hunt for one vital woman.

As the bodies mount up, the detectives ask themselves one question. What is the reason for the women’s deaths and their horrific mutilations?

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Diana finds herself exposed to great danger…in the sights of a lethal individual who’ll put a stop to her meddling. Each move could be deadly… vicious in its outcome…can the team bring a halt to this brutal trade?

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Amazon US author page | Amazon UK author page

Website | Facebook Author Page | Twitter @FaithMortimer 

Faith Mortimer is a British author dividing her time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 she has been fortunate enough to turn her hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, says she dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, and spent many hours writing short stories which she subsequently read to her younger sisters (probably under pressure, she added!). Faith was born in Manchester, England & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.

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Author @RBWood has a new story in TALES OF MAGIC AND MISERY

Dark urban fantasy author and good friend, R.B. Wood, (Richard, whom I adore) has a new short story in a book recently published.

He is also the creator and host of The WORD COUNT PODCAST, a show I participate in regularly.

Tales of Magic and Misery is affiliated with Ragnarok Publications, who will publish Richard’s Arcana Chronicles series. Its co-owner and editor-in-chief Tim Marquitz authored this book with numerous other writers, RB included. If you want to learn more, visit Richard’s blog post here.

R.B is also the author of The Prodigal’s Foole, available from Amazon. Many of his fans have been waiting for the sequel, so I know he’s just teasing us with his latest story, but hey … he’s worth waiting for. ;)

In the meantime, pick up your copy of Tales of Magic and Misery and enjoy!

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Tales of Magic and Misery features 19 short stories spanning Tim’s career and includes stories in the Demon Squad world plus early works of horror and dark fantasy. Also included are several rare stories as well as one unreleased and a two-chapter sneak preview of the forthcoming Tales of the Prodigy novel and the first chapter of Clandestine Daze, Eyes Deep.

As a bonus, Tales of Magic and Misery will include stories from a number of other authors, giving readers a peek into new worlds. Alongside a never before released story by C.L. Werner ToMM includes: Armand Rosamilia, Nathaniel Connors, Adrian Collins, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, R.B. Wood, N.X. Sharps, Daniel Weaver, Amanda Shore, Glenn Hefley, Chris Garrett, GR Matthews, and J. Cameron McClain.

Connect with R.B. Wood

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R. B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy. His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012. Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years. Along with his writing passion, R. B. is host of The Word Count Podcast – a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.

R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, two cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.

RB was originally interviewed on my blog Oct 30, 2011.

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Pre-order TRANSCRIBER by @LarryEnright #NewRelease

Friend and author, Larry Enright releases Transcriber June 1st, but you can pre-order it now! What this means is Amazon will automatically push the book to your device on release date. Simple!

You can learn more about Larry from an interview I did with him August 2011.

As well, here was my review of his previous book, The Blacker Death.

Now let’s find out more about Larry’s latest, sounds like another great one!

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Be sure to ADD it to your Goodreads shelf too!

Soon to be released in paperback and other online retailers

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At the bend in the stream on a bristlecone pine, where sage grows wild in fields of mustard and clover, blooms a rose. On a vine wound round the ancient trunk, it waits for the journey to begin in a place far from the stream where the scent of the rose is but a fragrance on the wind and a promise for tomorrow.

With these words, Transcriber begins. It is the saga of Benton Doud, a talented young man of little aspiration. It is the tale of his encounter with Jonas White, a sightless, bitter old novelist who has hired Doud to transcribe his final work for him. It is the story of Doud’s chance encounter with a mysterious and beautiful woman named Mary, whose parting gift to him of a rose becomes both his vision and his quest.

Doud’s journey takes him to the town of Wenborn, a place out of time where people cling to the old ways and harbor the old superstitions, and where the reclusive Jonas White lives in opulence and solitude. Doud meets many unusual people in the town and at the White Estate, and makes many good friends behind the walls that shelter them from the outside world. But as Doud struggles to please an unpleasable old man, he discovers behind the façade an ancient evil that must be faced if good is to survive.

Transcriber is a story of timeless love and unnatural hate, of all-encompassing good and all-consuming evil, of the things we can see and those we cannot. It is a panoptic vision of a world both natural and supernatural, where life lays out the path and we choose to walk it or not.

Connect with Larry

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Larry Enright is the son of Irish immigrants, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Kenyon College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. in Philosophy and minors in Art and English Literature.

After college, he moved to the East Coast where he filled his life with many careers including teacher, professional musician, computer programmer, and researcher. He wrote his first novel in 1980, and penned two more “bookend efforts” before “Four Years from Home,” was published in 2010. That book went on to be a top 100 U.S. Kindle best seller for three consecutive weeks and a category best seller for nine months. He has since written “A King in a Court of Fools,” a serial novel read by thousands online weekly for over a year until published in book form, “Buffalo Nickel Christmas,” a Christmas fantasy set in the 1950s, “12|21|12,” a short piece of alternative science fiction, “A Cape May Diamond,” a story of mystery and redemption, “The Adventures of Walter Stickle,” a 3-book series of science fiction about an ordinary man with extraordinary adventures, “The Blacker Death,” a thriller that pits one man against the mob and a deadly disease, and “Transcriber,” a story of timeless love and unnatural hate.

Larry lives on a small farm with his wife, two sons, and a lifetime of ideas.

Find him at larryenright.com.


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Author @ChristineNolfi releases HEAVENSCRIBE – Part 1

Author Christine Nolfi has released her latest book! I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with her on the Lei Crime Series launch on Kindle Worlds, where she wrote best-selling novella, The Shell Keeper.

Please help me welcome Christine and learn more about Heavenscribe, Part 1. 

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Do you believe in angels? Wonder if your hunches have a deeper meaning than you imagine?

Bestselling author Christine Nolfi has just released Heavenscribe: Part One, a story celebrating female wisdom:

Zobie Marsh hides the fearsome talent of prophecy. Young, poor and grieving the loss of her beloved Black Gram, she leaves home suddenly to avoid the advances of her mother’s latest boyfriend. Her decision to travel to South Carolina sets in motion Heavenscribe, a spiritual transformation devised by angels to aid a dying world.

Bel Petersen seems to have it all: ample means, a loving marriage and a rewarding family life. But she’s suffered through a year of unexpected deaths, and near-constant nightmares that portend the downfall of civilization. Now she’s visiting Health Presbyterian daily as Milly battles a relentless bone cancer sure to end their decades-long friendship in a matter of weeks.

One evening as Bel unlocks her car in the hospital’s parking lot, four ambulances stream toward the Emergency entrance. There’s been a horrific traffic accident. She’s shocked to discover one of the victims didn’t make it into an ambulance—and he’s bleeding out in the passenger seat of a high school student’s car. Bel sends the student running to the hospital for help, and tends to the grievously injured man.

His dying words will lead her to Zobie, and reveal the spiritual awakening they must undertake together. If they fail, The Dimming will consume every human soul on the planet.

Early reviewers say:

It is almost impossible to put her novels down once you begin reading them. In HeavenScribe: Part One, she has stepped out of her normal genre and taken us successfully into the world of magical reality. The story, the characters, the magical realism grabbed me from the very beginning and I can’t wait to read more. I highly recommend this book.”

“This is a thought provoking book that will grab you from the very beginning and have you wanting more. It will have you believing angels are real and we see them every day.”

“Christine Nolfi is a master storyteller of the highest caliber. This series is much different from her previous books. This book deals with magical realism, Mother Earth and angels. It is well thought out and flows effortlessly throughout. I must admit that this book truly made me feel closer to God and the wonderful complexities of Earth.”

Christine will release Heavenscribe: Part Two on May 26th.

For a limited time, download Heavenscribe: Part One for 99-cents on:

Amazon | iTunes | B&N | Kobo

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Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists her books as “highly recommended” and her novels have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Look for her new series, Heavenscribe. Chat with her on Twitter at @christinenolfi and visit her at www.christinenolfi.com.

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The #LeiCrimeKW authors tour in JUNE

I’m happy to announce I’m on a virtual book tour with the seven other authors who launched the Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds!

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If you’re not familiar with Lei Crime, read my launch day blog about the best-selling series based on the books by Toby Neal.

Lei Crime was also mentioned in the latest The Fussy Librarian newsletter.

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing the book tour, and as a commenter to any of the blogs that host us, you are eligible to win a $30 Amazon gift certificate!

As a blog host, you can win a $20 Amazon gift certificate, so sign up if there are any remaining spots!

Below is the tour schedule. We look forward to spending June with you!

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June 1 – 5 ~ YA/Suspense

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Never Again by Julie C. Gilbert

Fireweed Trail by Craig Hansen

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June 8 – 12 ~ Mystery/Suspense

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Hidden Poppies by M.L. Doyle

Saddle Road by J.L. Oakley

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June 15 – 19 ~ Magical Realism & Action

Christine and emily

The Shell Keeper by Christine Nolfi

Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman

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June 22 – 26 ~ Mystery/Suspense

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Half Moon Girls by Corinne O’Flynn

A Snake in Paradise by Eden Baylee

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Pre-order THE GAMBLERS by Christoph Fischer #newrelease (@cffbooks)

Author Christoph Fischer has a new book coming out!

I am very proud to announce Christoph’s upcoming book, which is available June 1st. You can PRE-ORDER it now, and it will be automatically sent to you on release date!

Easy to do, and I can’t wait to read this one when it arrives!

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Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.
He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today.
He completed a historical “Three Nations Trilogy” in 2013, comprising of “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, “Sebastian” and “The Black Eagle Inn.”
In May 2014 he published his first contemporary novel “Time To Let Go” in May.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Christoph was interviewed on my blog February 7, 2014.

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Author @DarciaHelle releases ELI’S COMING

Eli’s Coming is the first book in the Chasing The Night series by author Darcia Helle, released earlier this week. I’ve interviewed Darcia on my blog before, and she’s a terrific suspense writer.

Please help me in congratulating her on her latest book!

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Eli’s dark legacy holds murder as his rite of passage. They say his ability is a gift. He calls it a curse. A life of violence and heartache leaves him with nothing left to fight for.

Or so he thinks.

Amanda steals his heart, but love makes him vulnerable. He must give her up or accept who he is and fight.

Will he risk stepping into the darkness that could consume him?

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Twitter @darciahelle | Amazon author page

Darcia Helle lives in a fictional world with a husband who is sometimes real. Their house is ruled by spoiled dogs and cats and the occasional dust bunny.

Suspense, random blood spatter and mismatched socks consume Darcia’s days. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative. Only then are the voices free to haunt someone else’s mind.

 Join Darcia in her fictional world via her website. The characters await you.
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Cover reveal for The Winter Creek Hunter by @CPBialois

I’m always happy to promote fantasy author, C.P. Bialois, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing last year on my blog. He has a novel releasing soon and he reveals the cover here!

Please learn more about C.P.’s upcoming work and connect to him on all his social networks.

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When a bounty hunter arrives looking for the Beast armed with silver bullets, Jay faces the proposition that he could be in the crosshairs as another, deadlier creature rises from the curse of the past.

The Winter Creek Hunter

Cover Art By R.J. Keith

About the author: Where do I begin? Well first I guess it’s only fair to say that CP Bialois isn’t my real name. It’s a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I’m just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves.

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For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Schwarzenegger in them.

I’d write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I’d just daydream about what I’d see myself as the hero of course. You can’t have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It’s just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick.

As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I’d read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics.

I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading “the cat fell down” really didn’t interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we’d go out he’d always spring for a couple of comic books for me.

While it wasn’t exactly the perfect beginning everything I’ve ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I’d like to share some of the ideas I’ve had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they’re always fun to write and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.

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STILL NOT NICE by author and award-winning editor Annetta Ribken (@netta50)

Seriously, with a look like that, you KNOW her writing is going to knock your socks off!

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Author, friend, and my fabulous editor Annetta Ribken released her new book, Still Not Nice or The Strange Planet Inside My Head last week. It’s a terrific collection of short stories, and the follow-up to Not Nice and Other Understatements – A Journal of Flash Fiction. With short fiction, she is one of the best in this genre.

Check out the video of her book and grab your copy on AMAZON!


From fantastical tales to razor-sharp observations, Still Not Nice or the Strange Planet Inside My Head is an eclectic collection of stories by award-winning editor and writer, Annetta Ribken. Continuing in the twisted tradition of Not Nice and Other Understatements, Ribken expands her world to reveal hard truths, side-splitting humor, and a peek into the odd and weird places in her brain. You’ll meet familiar people like Sally Mae Riddley and strangers like Kate Miller, who suffers from artist’s block. You’ll find one-hundred word “drabbles” to full short stories. Be prepared for the unexpected!

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A professional editor of over one hundred novels, Annetta Ribken has also been writing since a tender young age, when letters were chiseled on stone tablets. A precocious student, Annetta earned her Ph.D in the School of Hard Knocks, with honors, in the early Age of Disco. She lives and works just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena the Hun.

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Cover reveal for RISING FROM THE DARKNESS by @DABale1

I’m thrilled to reveal author D. A. Bale’s new cover for her upcoming release, RISING FROM THE DARKNESS, the third and final novel in the Deepest Darkness series.

It will be available for pre-order May 1st and officially on sale July 1st. You heard it here first!

Please learn more about Ms. Bale and her new book.

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It’s finally here – the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series.

Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing. Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity. But will it be enough for redemption? Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned?

Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI. It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape. No. He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat. That alone begs the question. Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game?

World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce with a former enemy collapses – all under President Durksen’s watch. Shadowed by the Elite’s constant and vigilant guard, Durksen must find a way out of the hole he dug for himself long ago. But can he accomplish it in time, or will the United States die like so many nations before it?

Explosions light up the night. Friend becomes foe. Sister against sister. Lives are lost. Sacrifices made. But in order to realize true freedom, evil must be defeated.

No matter the cost.

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Grab Ms. Bale’s other two books, and start reading the series now!

Running into the Darkness

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Piercing the Darkness

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Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale’s writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining…even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes “not so pretty” reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.

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Pre-order DAMSELFLY INN by @CameronGarriepy #newrelease on April 13th

The month of April sees the release of a book by one of my favorite authors—Cameron Garriepy. Her newest is the long-awaited Damselfly Inn: A Thornton Vermont Novel which comes out April 13th.

I’m writing this blog early to give you time to pick it up, now available by pre-order! 

Please learn more about Cameron’s upcoming novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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(Novel, Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction) The picturesque college town of Thornton, Vermont is the perfect place to open an inn. Or so Nan Grady thinks until a late summer storm drops a tree branch through her roof and local contractor Joss Fuller into her path.

Romance has been the last thing on her career-oriented mind, but Nan can’t deny the attraction between them. Nor can she deny the history between Joss and her most important guest: a sophisticated Manhattan academic.

And then there is the mysterious vandal targeting her home and livelihood.

As summer fades to autumn and Joss becomes a fixture around the Damselfly Inn, Nan navigates the joys and complications of life in her new home town. But when the vandalism becomes increasingly upsetting, threatening Nan and her guests, as well as her budding relationship with Joss, Nan questions her place in the town, at the inn, and in Joss’s heart.

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An Aries, a self-described shenaniganist, and an unabashed romantic, Caqmeron writes romantic fiction and genre-crossing short stories from the metro-Boston area, where she lives with her husband, son, and a poorly behaved pug.In the eighth grade, she wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and publishing her first novel included a BA in Music from Middlebury College, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry.Cameron’s adventures in flash fiction can be found on her blog. Formerly, I have been an editor at Write on Edge, and I am the founder of and senior editor at Bannerwing Books.

 Cameron was originally interviewed here March 15, 2013.

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A Profile of author Doreen Cox (@DCoxAuthor)

I met Doreen (Dody) Cox via a mutual author friend, Lisette Brodey. Her kind and spirited nature made it easy for us to become friends, and we have crossed paths regularly over the past months on various platforms.

Dody is a strong advocate for indie writers, and I am more than happy to give space to such a generous author.

Dody recently relaunched her memoir called Adventures in Mother-Sitting. She wrote about it via a blog on Lisette’s site. Find out what her experience was as a full-time caregiver to her mother, coping with dementia.

I encourage you to connect to Dody. She’s a lovely woman to have in your social network.

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For a daughter, at age 61, being called “mommy” by her own mother was a heart-wrenching experience. This happened to the author during the course of a three-year adventure as the full-time caregiver to her mother, much loved yet caught up in a downward spiral of physical, mental, and developmentally regressed disabilities.

Each day is an adventure because when dementia is present, the typical actions involved with daily care habits become unpredictable. The experience is also termed an adventure because of the surprising twists and turns of emotion that arose in the author, compelling her to recognize and face deep-seated fears and unwanted emotional reactions when her performance was not in accord with the spiritual vision that she had of herself. Moments of comic relief would save the author from the depths of despair during pill-taking and messy hygienic episodes, and her mother’s nighttime delusions. The mantra that kept the author going was an echo of her mother’s life-long response to any calamitous event: you can do what you have to do.

ADVENTURES IN MOTHER-SITTING is not just a chronicle about the dementia-induced antics of an independent, spirited mother as she approaches the time of her death. The book is also about a daughter’s journey through an emotional rollercoaster passage of grief that gets intermixed with surprising sweet instances of joyful connections with not only her childlike mother but, also, her innermost self. Throughout the book, the author portrays the ways in which the physical and mental needs of an old-age mother and the emotional, spiritual needs of a caregiver daughter lovingly serve each other and how the dementia serves them both.

The memoir depicts not only the role changes that occur in the relationship between a caregiver daughter and her beloved mother but, also, the more compassionate relationship that the daughter gains with herself as she learns to walk more honestly and gently with her fears, worries, and shortcomings.

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 Dody has also written a short story called A Sacred Journey.

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Escaping at night from her home into a nearby forest, Leah is expected by the animals that live there. Communicating via mind-speak, one animal with mystical powers and two others guide Leah to a sacred clearing wherein lies a magical moonstone. It is here that Leah will encounter someone from her past, a beloved whose presence initiates a sacred, everlasting ceremony.
Leah’s escape and trek is revealed in counterpoint to the experiences of four trackers who are continuously confounded by strange, unexplainable situations. Unbeknownst to them at the time, forest animals are creating subterfuge situations to thwart the trackers’ ability to find Leah and bring her home. When they find her at last, the trackers experience a life-changing event, one that bridges a gap between their beliefs about reality and their wonderings regarding the mysterious unknown.

A Sacred Journey is a short story that embodies four major themes that are central to my outlook on life: first, be willing to see everything and everyone around me with fresh eyes. Second, stay open-minded as to the element of mystery that exists in our world. Third, affirm the sacredness inherent in the time of dying—beyond specific religious views. These three themes are enfolded in threads of humor, the fourth theme.

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Born with a sense of wanderlust, Doreen (Dody) Cox had a somewhat convoluted career path, working in various business-related and mental health occupations. When dementia began to debilitate her mother, Dody resigned from her job as group counselor at an alternative school in order to take on an unforeseen endeavor: become her mother’s care bear. It was after her mother’s death that Dody’s path took another unexpected turn. She chose to honor her mother’s long-held wish: for her to write a book. ADVENTURES IN MOTHER-SITTING is Dody’s first publication, a memoir that emerged from the pages of her journal. Writing was a steadying outlet throughout the three years that dementia took her and her mother on an unpredictably tumultuous, yet heartwarming adventure.

Currently, Dody lives in her native Florida and works part-time, teaching a GED class comprised of multicultural adults in one of her favorite places: a library. She continues to write and has recently published A SACRED JOURNEY, a fictional story with themes relating to nature, spirituality, hope, and dignity in death.

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Christoph Fischer goes IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION #newrelease (@cffbooks)

Author Christoph Fischer strikes again!

I am very proud to announce Christoph’s newest book, which is available March 26th. You can PRE-ORDER In Search of a Revolution for only $2.99.

Read the synopsis, and wrap yourself in another great book by Mr. Fischer!

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In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.
Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.
Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today.
He completed a historical “Three Nations Trilogy” in 2013, comprising of “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, “Sebastian” and “The Black Eagle Inn.”
In May 2014 he published his first contemporary novel “Time To Let Go” in May.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Christoph was interviewed on my blog February 7, 2014.

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New Release ~ BREAKABLE THINGS by #poet @LorenKleinman

Congratulations to poet and friend, Loren Kleinman who is releasing a new book March 25th! I’ve met and heard Loren read in NYC, and she is terrific. I recommend her work without reservation.

Breakable Things is currently available for pre-order, so pick it up ahead of the crowd. Loren has kindly written a guest blog to give you a taste of her book. Enjoy!

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Five Ways of Seeing Breakable Things

1. It’s the hairline crack in a cup that I don’t see right away. The length of the split stretches down to the base of the wide expanse. I hold it in my hands and I’m in a sea of tea. I take a chance and sip from its lip. Waves drip down my chin.

2. Last night the wind howled, sounded like a helicopter breaking apart in the air. It’s wings held back by the wind reached out in pieces. Its breath was a shard that sliced against the pane.

It’s just one aspect of this apartment life: the split from the inside. But I’ve seen this before. The yolk splits on the plate, runs off the bread. I remember when I split the egg, slept in the atom at the center of my Mama’s belly. I split her, once in half, too.

3. I love the cracks in my skin, the small lines, a web at the edge of my mouth. Love the time it takes for things like this to happen: age.

4. Now, I’m just a Goblin fish caught in a net. I was sold for salmon filet. My face was hideous; my mouth, a shotgun.

The woman that cut my belly ripped my intestines with her knife.

I loved once, in pieces.

5. I look back at the cup. Its break lets the light in. I see more clearly now, through the split, this new shape against my hand. It’s reflection in the window, mixed in with the wind; all the burst pieces of its breath reshape this fracture. I can almost feel the breeze in my hands.

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Loren Kleinman is an American-born poet with roots in New Jersey. Her poetry explores the results of love and loss, and how both themes affect Loren_NYC-11an individual’s internal and external voice. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex (UK). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and was a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Prize finalist for poetry.

In 2003, Spire Press (NYC) published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz. Kleinman judged the literary entries for the book Alt-History: New Writing from Brighton published by QueenSpark Books (UK). She was also a contributing editor/writer for the Cancer Dancer by Patricia San Pedro. Kleinman is also a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews NYT bestselling indie authors. Many of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs released in 2014 (Winter Goose Publishing). She is the author of Indie Authors Naked (IndieReader Publishing, 2014), which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. She is also working on a literary romance novel, This Way to Forever.

Kleinman co-founded National Translation Month, a month long celebration on the craft of translation that publishes essays and poetry translations during February.

She has an author interview series on The Huffington Post Books community blogs section.

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TRIPTYCHS releases March 16 – Last chance to preorder for only #99cents

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Triptychs is the third book in the Mind’s Eye Series, and I have TWO stories in this anthology. The price will be $3.99 when it publishes March 16th, but it’s available now at only 99 cents. I hope you’ll pre-order it and save some money too. ;)

BUY LINKS: Amazon US | UK | Canada

The book combines visual art and the written word, and each photograph in the book inspired three different written pieces. Here are the pictures I had to work with and a bit about my stories.

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“Last Call” was inspired by this scenic photograph.

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Photo credit: Helle Gade

I found the picture quite cheerful, but on the day I was writing the story, I was not in a cheerful mood. As such, I twisted the image in my mind and created an ominous, mysterious tale about a woman who pursues sobriety. What happens to her is deliciously dark.

triptychs SWANS

Photo credit: Martin David Porter

“Swans” was inspired by the above photograph. I picked up on the swans in the picture and wrote a story about a young girl and her unique relationship with her parents. The story pays homage to Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling.” It’s not quite a fable, but it is different from anything else I’ve written.

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If you want to learn more about the Mind’s Eye Series, visit Darcia Helle’s website, and discover the other two books in the series.

Book 1: Persepctives

Book 2: Reflections

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On being part of the LEI CRIME world via @tobywneal and @KindleWorlds

Kindle Worlds is a new arm of Amazon where writers can develop stories within an established world of known characters. Included are TV shows, graphic novels/comics, and popular book series.

How does this involve me, you ask? Well … let me tell ya! :D

A short time ago, crime author, Toby Neal, asked if I would like to be part of her Lei Crime Kindle World. She is one of very few authors Amazon has asked to join the Kindle Worlds family. I’ve showcased Toby and her popular series on my blog before. Her books take place in Hawaii and include a host of characters supporting a feisty, female detective named Lei Texeira.

I’ve read several of her books and enjoy her style and storytelling, so I was thrilled to be asked to be part of Toby’s series. Along with other esteemed writers, I will be delivering a novella April 7th to kick off the Lei Crime Kindle World!

I’m excited, nervous, challenged, and all that good stuff, but most of all, I’m honored to be included in the Lei Crime Kindle World.

If you wish to know more, hop over and read Toby’s post: Lei Crime Kindle World coming soon!

You too, can enter the Lei Crime Series Kindle World if you’re able to meet the deadline!

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ELLA by Stephen Moran (@SMoran26) #psychological #thriller

I’m happy to announce the first book from author and friend, Stephen Moran. ELLA was released late last year.

One reviewer wrote “… If you’re looking for a dark, psychological read that’s tough to put down, purchase ELLA right away …”

Now how can I resist? ;)

Take a look and grab your copy.

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In an ordinary world, a girl doesn’t go from being a mental patient to a millionairess overnight. But it happens to Ella Thomas — a beautiful, 20-year-old writer with a dark secret. She flees her small hometown in Massachusetts and drives cross country to Las Vegas in search of adventure and material for her first novel. Stalked by an assassin and wanted by the FBI, she endures a hellish road trip to find the man who holds the key to her tale of abuse and murders. And to her heart.

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Stephen Moran was born in Rhode Island and lived in New England for decades before relocating to Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, two dogs and a cat. Ella, the first novel released from a fictional world, will be followed soon by many others.

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Coming Soon – TRIPTYCHS – An Anthology

*** Available for pre-order at 99 cents! ***

The price will go up to $3.99 when it publishes March 16th

BUY LINKS: Amazon US | UK | Canada

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I’m happy to announce I’m part of an upcoming anthology with some writers I’ve read and admire.

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Triptychs is the third book in the Mind’s Eye Series. The premise of the anthology was a unique and challenging one for me.

The book combines visual art and the written word. A photograph was given to three different writers, and each of us had to interpret the image and write either a story or a poem. Each photograph in the book, therefore inspired three different written pieces.

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As a teaser, I thought to give a bit of context for how my two stories came about. When Triptychs becomes available shortly, I will provide the BUY LINKS and make a more formal announcement. (See below for details of how to pre-order for only 99 cents).

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My story, “Last Call” was inspired by this scenic photograph.

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Photo credit: Helle Gade

I found the picture quite cheerful, but on the day I was writing the story, I was not in a particularly cheerful mood. As such, I twisted the image in my mind and created an ominous, mysterious tale about a woman who pursues sobriety.

Just when you thought it was safe to stop drinking … :)

triptychs SWANS

Photo credit: Martin David Porter

“Swans” was inspired by the above unusual photograph. I struggled with this picture for some time before I came up with the idea of a young girl and her unique relationship with her parents. The story pays homage to Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling.”

Despite my initial difficulty with the photograph, I think the tale turned out well, and I hope you’ll like it.

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If you want to learn more about the Mind’s Eye Series, visit Darcia Helle’s website, and discover the other two books in the series.

Book 1: Persepctives

Book 2: Reflections

Book 3: Triptychs – Available for pre-order at 99 cents

Publication date: March 16th for $3.99

Buy from Amazon US | UK | Canada

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Five stars for ALICE by @HefferonJoe #NewRelease #Review

I’m thrilled to announce a new release by author, Joe Hefferon. Alice is the second instalment of his Texas Trilogy. I introduced the series with his book, Scattergun back in October.

I just finished reading Alice, and I’m still catching my breath—that good. You can find my review below and on Amazon.

Both Scattergun and Alice are a steal at only 99 cents, so grab them. You’ll definitely want more.

flourishGritty, raw, well-crafted. ALICE is a great story

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With a narrative that is taut and fast-paced, author Joe Hefferon creates a formidable villain in his novella, ALICE, the second book in his Texas Trilogy.

Slate Canyon is described as a man with regrets the lifespan of a housefly, whose two best skills are killing and forgetting. Nothing is sacred to him, which makes his character both frightening and fascinating.

The book also sees the return of Captain Lamar McNelly from SCATTERGUN. He teams up with the likeable detective, Chucho Zarate. Together, they pool their unique skills to hunt down a killer.

ALICE is filled with numerous memorable turns of phrase. There are no clichés, no stereotypes. The prose is fresh and inspired. Horrific scenes tear at you but glue you to the page because they are written with such control. Even the minor characters are imbued with so much life that you will want to know more about them. ALICE is not just well-crafted; it is superb storytelling.

Mr. Hefferon is someone I greatly admire in the crime fiction genre. Read him. I cannot say enough about his talent.

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Detective Lieutenant Chucho Zarate picks up the molecules of a decaying corpse drifting on the midnight air of Christmas Eve. No one in the small church notices, but his nose never lies; he knows some poor bastard has met a violent demise.

What he doesn’t know is this murder will unlock an internal gate holding back a spree killer, soon to be set loose upon Southeast Texas.

As the bodies pile up and the frustration mounts, the governor orders in the Texas Rangers to end the madness, and Captain Lamar McNelly, the synesthetic lawman, leads the team.

Together, McNelly and Zarate find themselves in a race to catch a phantom, with the next victim just a happenstance away.

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A former police captain with a penchant for dark humor. Joe has a keen interest in what really motivates people and the secret lives behind the facades.

Joe was interviewed on my blog November 29, 2013.

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