Monday, January 31, 2011

Interview in the DePaulia

So I hit the big time today with my first newspaper interview/article in the DePaul University (Chicago) student newspaper, The DePaulia! I figured it would be in the entertainment section, but it actually made it into the 'News' section. Thanks to Greg and the folks at the DePaulia for giving me the opportunity.

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Bookaday: Die Already by Kipp Poe Speicher

Die AlreadyDie Already - Short Story

Meet Horace, he has a very unusual gift or what you may consider a very grim curse anything and everything that dies in his presence dose not die. No matter how violent or brutal their death may be they do not die.

Die Already is the new tragic and disturbing love story.

Plus a bonus short excerpt by Tom Raimbault: Something Quite Perverse, From his book The Tree Goddess.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bookaday: The Summoner by Layton Green

The Summoner (The Dominic Grey Novels, No.1)The Summoner - Mystery/Suspense

A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe.

Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison.

What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a demagogic priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.


The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world’s most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned.

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Author Bio:
In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade (even though he still resents having cut his hair for that first interview). He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer, and the list goes downhill from there.

He has traveled to more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them, and has a burning desire to see every country, city, beach, moor, castle, cemetery, twisted street and far flung dot on the map. Religion and cults, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest. Combine the travel and the religion with fifteen years of Japanese Jujitsu training, and the Dominic Grey series was born.
Layton lives with his wife and son in Miami.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bookaday: Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder

Shifters of 2040 - Paranormal/SciFi Romance for purchase options. (Print, kindle and nook and lots more.)

Ami Blackwelder is a forbidden romance writer in the paranormal and historical romance genre. Growing up in Florida, she went to UCf and in 1997 received her BA in English and teaching credentials. She travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University;), her fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the country. Later, she achieved the Semi-Finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

About the Book:
“I’m pregnant. Her eyes peered over the edge of the cloth and confronted her mirrored reflection with that truth. I’m pregnant…by a SHIFTER. Oh, god!”

In “The Shifters of 2040,” Scientist Melissa Marn finds her world swirling on its axis with that one revelation. Shifters — a sentient alien species of light — look to Earth for refuge. In doing so, both shifters and humans are forced to confront prejudice, betrayal, adversity and oppression.

Methodical scientist, Melissa Marn, and her coworker, Dr. Bruce Wilder, conduct experiments on the shifters. Through her pregnancy, she becomes more compassionate and humane and finds herself defending the very species she’s supposed to eradicate. One of the hybrids, Diamond, falls in love with Keenan, a soldier trained to kill her. Between the four, the reader is led from conflict to resolution, from despair to hope, from loneliness to love.

Much of the book’s originality lies in the shifters, common characters in science fiction, but whose origins are rarely explained. In this series, their alien DNA allows them to metamorphose into not just wolves, but a variety of animals. As the plot unfolds, the shifters discover they can have children with humans — hybrids.

Strengths of the novel include the complex characters, its writing style of poetic prose and rich description, and the well developed, thought-provoking, yet highly entertaining plot.

This fast paced book will appeal to the young adult and adult market. It fits nicely into the paranormal romance and science fiction romance genres and would make a great movie, a captivating TV series and an intriguing video game.

Readers will enjoy the fresh approach and original concept of the world thirty years from now, and will find the characters come to life in their minds. This story will stay with them long after they read “The End.”

Shifter Evolutions Saga

Friday, January 28, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: What Have I Done?

I'm currently taking a grad class and our professor told us this week how one goes about getting published. According to her, we're supposed to query agents, wait patiently for months while they decide whether to take us or reject us (and reminds us that all agents and editors are reading merely to reject) and then wait some more while they sub to editors, and wait some more while the publishing house decides if it's worth their time, and then wait about 18 months for the book to come out in stores so you can get a $10K advance and earn 10% on hardcovers (2 bucks if your HC retails at $20) and 6% on paperback sales (60 cents if your PB retails at $10). And then she told us that most books that are published go out of print in the first 2 years and we all know most authors don't earn out their advance. Wow. So motivating. I'm surprised my classmates didn't just get up and leave class. She made it sound so hopeless, so unattainable. What's the point of getting this degree or working at your writing if the outlook is so bleak? But it's what you do, it's how you get published. That's what I always thought.

But then I started listening to others out in internetland a while ago. People like Joe Konrath. And I realized there was another option.

So what have I done? Have I ruined my chances with New York? Will I never see my book in hardcover on the shelves of my local Barnes & Noble?

Bookaday: The Royal Dragoneers by M.R. Mathias

The Royal Dragoneers: (The Dragoneers Saga Book One) (Dragoneer Saga)
The Royal Dragoneers - Fantasy

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Editorial Reviews

Mathias has created a great cast of characters... My favorite was Zah. She is a strong female, and she can kick some major butt. The other characters I loved were the dragons...seriously kept me on the edge of the seat.

--Michelle Goodreads Review

The action is fast and furious, and the novel has the author's trademark twists on the traditional storyline and keeps one guessing where it will go. It is a fun book that I heartily recommend.

--Fantasy Book Critic

An exciting step into a mythic world of awe-inspiring escapade, wild battles, exciting characters. Action is fast paced, satisfying in quantity and moves the reader at a brisk pace from page to page at a breathless tempo
--MJ Hollingshead Book Review


Hold on to your dragon! You're about to journey through a brave new world of hearty survivors straight into a dragon riding, troll fighting adventure for the ages.

After struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable, dragon infested Islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame the Mainland they have found.

But the Goblin King, an Ivory antlered demon called Gravelbone, has a different plan for the men who are invading his territory. He and his Nightshade are rallying the trolls to defend their lands.
With the help of the dragons, goblins, and orcs they plan on rendering the wall the humans have built useless, so that they can drive man back to the islands from where they came.

When stubborn King Blanchard finally accepts that the kingdom really is under attack it may be too late, and the only ones who can save the people on the Mainland have been locked away in the dungeon.

Join some brave young men and their mentor, a grizzled old King's Ranger, and a particularly clever young magic wielding woman, as they traverse the wild frontier, and sail to King's Island to warn the King of the warring trolls. Then hold on for your life as you tear through the pages, because the pure blooded dragons they have befriended have another plan all together.

This full length novel is 115,000+ words, well over 300 pages.  It was deemed one of the top 10 Indie Fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic and was featured in the first ever Indie Select Issue of Publishers Weekly.
Author Information:
The jewel you see glowing in the ring in my authors photo isn't really a jewel at all. It is the crystallized tear of a real dragon. In my novel "The Royal Dragoneers" you might find the moment where this wonderfully magical tear drop fell from a green dragons eye and hardened on its way down to land in a mess of troll corpses that the dragon was laying on.
My grandfather died before I was born, but the ring was given to me by my mother, after my grandmother recently died. My grandfather had apparently won the ring in a poker game near the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma sometime in the early 1900's.
It has been a boon, the magic of the teardrop, for it brought you here to me didn't it? Now treat yourself to something fantastic and try out the free sample of one of my novels. I hope you enjoy the journey. It will be spectacular.
Thanks, M.R. Mathias

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bookaday: The Chosen by John Hartness

The ChosenThe Chosen - Contemporary Fantasy

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What do you get when you mix a couple of immortals, a snotty archangel, the Father of Lies, a redneck street preacher and a couple of wiseass waitresses from Texas? You get a cross-country road trip to save the world, of course!

Adam (yeah THAT Adam) has been around for a long time, but even he's never seen anything like this. He has to gather his ex-girlfriend and his youngest daughter with his ex-wife (you remember Eve, right?) and his oldest surviving son (Cain) and get them across the country for a meeting with Archangel Michael and Lucifer to determine the fate of the world. Along the way there are strip clubs, cheap beer, expensive whiskey, biker bar fights, shotgun blasts in motel parking lots, sing-alongs in public parks and other wild adventures as our group of intrepid immortals and universal icons travel to save the world.

The Chosen is the first novel from award-winning poet John G. Hartness. A wild comic ride through biblical genre-bending, The Chosen is as funny as it is probing. With characters pulled from the pages of the Bible and from everyday life, The Chosen takes a hard look at what happens when the divine becomes the everyday.

Praise for The Chosen:

"It's deeply funny, very well written, both in terms of pacing and voice, and fast paced." - Asa C. Page

"The Chosen by John Hartness is an example of all that is good and joyful in fiction. I love this book. It's fast paced, very well voiced, and genuinely funny." - Keryl Raist

"What I will tell you is that this is a well written work that transcends genre. Its a great book that will keep you entertained on a flight with even a crying kid or two. Don't grab it when you can't sleep though. It will keep you going til the sunrise." - Ken Prevo

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bookaday: Free Books For Kindle by Chris Graham

Free books for Kindle: The secrets of how to get the world's greatest books for a radical priceFree Books for Kindle: The secrets of how to get the world's greatest books for a radical price! Non-Fiction

Everyone loves a freebie. And Kindle readers, like me and you, are no different. The great news is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of free books for your Kindle out there. Unfortunately the ebook revolution has spawned an avalanche of sites and other resources. Worse yet – some of the best of them are often beyond the reach of even the most seasoned Google searcher.

In my quest for the best Kindle free books – I've literally checked through hundreds of sites so that I could bring the best of them to you.

So save your brain some strain, save time and cash with my handy guide to free books for your Kindle: Great books at a radical price!

Purchase Info:
You can buy Free Books for Kindle: The secrets of how to get the world's greatest books for a radical price! at Amazon for 99c/86p

Author Info:
Chris Graham

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Win One of 4 Copies of Into the Shadows!

Please hop over to Kathy's blog, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and enter to win one of 4 copies of Into the Shadows that I'm giving away!  Be sure to check out the interview...Kathy had some very fun non-traditional questions to choose from!  You could win one paperback, or one of 3 ebook copies! Check out the blog for all the details.  Thanks to Kathy for having me and good luck!  Contest ends February 18th.

Bookaday: We Interrupt This Date by L.C. Evans

We Interrupt This DateWe Interrupt This Date - chick lit/romantic comedy

Since her divorce a year ago, Susan Caraway has gone through the motions of life. Now she is finally coming out of her shell. Just when she decides on a makeover and a new career, her family members decide she's crisis central. First there’s her sister DeLorean who has come back from California with a baby, a designer dog, and no prospects for child support or a job. As soon as DeLorean settles in at Susan’s home, Susan’s son Christian returns from college trailing what Susan’s mama refers to as “an androgynous little tart.” Then there’s Mama herself, a southern lady who wrote the book on bossy. A secret from Mama’s past threatens to unravel her own peace. But not before Mama hurts her ankle and has to move into Susan’s home with her babies—two Chihuahuas with attitude. Susan would like to start her new job as a ghost tour operator. She would like to renew her relationship with Jack Maxwell, a man from her past. But Jack isn’t going to stand in line behind her needy family.

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Author Info: L.C. Evans currently lives in North Carolina with her husband Bob, their three or four Chihuahuas, and a grandson, the Boy. When not writing, she suffers from occasional bewilderment over what kids like these days. Ask her what she said when the Boy asked for a skateboard that "shoots sparks" and goes up ramps "at about a hundred miles an hour." See her website: and her blog:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bookaday: The Crown Conspiracy by Michael Sullivan

The Crown Conspiracy: The Riyria RevelationsThe Crown Conspiracy - Fantasy

They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
There is no ancient evil to defeat, no orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time...Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out...and so begins this tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

Purchase Info: Kindle | Amazon | Nook | Signed Copies

Author Info:
Born in 1961 in Detroit, Michigan Michael Sullivan began his writing career when he was just ten-years-old. After falling in love with Lord of the Rings, he sat down at his sister's manual typewriter to create a similar tale and wrote seven novels in his youth. Serious writing began in 1985 as a creative outlet while raising his family in rural Vermont. Over the next ten years, he wrote six-novels in various genres from mystery to literary fiction but obtained no traction in the publishing world. Disheartened with the process, he quit writing for nearly ten years.

Michael's writing spark re-ignited in 2004 when he read Harry Potter with his dyslexic daughter. He fell in love with the story and decided to write something "just for fun" with no intention of publishing. Drawn to the concept of a multi-book series with an overarching story, he started what would later become the Riyria Revelations.

Finding the project compelling and rewarding, he sold his successful advertising agency in 2006 to pursue writing fulltime. He finished all six-books before seeking publication, allowing him to weave multiple story lines told as episodes, each containing its own conflict and resolution.

Signing with an independent press appealed to Michael's desire for greater creative control (Michael's artwork graces the cover of each novel), and accommodated his desire to publish the books on an aggressive one every six-month schedule. The first book, "The Crown Conspiracy", released in October 2008 quickly gained a following by both avid fantasy fans and those who traditionally avoided the genre. Crown's success is due in large part to an active on-line community with multiple review sites praising the work as a fast, fun read that returns to the hallmarks of conventional fantasy. The first printing sold out after fourteen months and a second print run produced in January 2010.

Michael currently lives in Virginia, just outside Washington DC, with his wife and three children. He is currently working on editing the last three books of the series and has plans for other non-Riyria novels once the series completes in April 2011.


2010 Fantasy Book Critic Top 12 Novels as of First Quarter (The Emerald Storm)
2010 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist (Avempartha)
2010 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist (Nyphron Rising)
2009 Winner of Book Spot Central's Fantasy Tournament of Books (Avempartha)
2009 Top 10 Books by Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews (The Riyria Revelations)
2009 National Indie Book Award Finalist (The Crown Conspiracy)
2008 ReaderViews Annual Literary Award Finalist (The Crown Conspiracy)
2007 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist (The Crown Conspiracy)


The Crown Conspiracy (October 2008)
Avempartha (April 2009)
Nyphron Rising (October 2009)
The Emerald Storm (April 2010)
Wintertide (October 2010)
Percepliquis* (April 2011)

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Michael's twitter: @author_sullivan
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Sunday, January 23, 2011


I meant to acknowledge this the other day, I hit 100 followers on Friday, and I'm now up to 105. I'd like to take this chance just to say thanks to everyone around the world that stops by and takes a read. Please feel free to leave comments as well, I think some of the conversations on here have been great and informational.

I'm so happy to share what I'm doing with epublishing, and I've heard people are finding it helpful. I know when I first started and even now, I love to read posts from people who know more than I do or have more experience. They have helped me so much! So thanks to them as well, they inspire me!

I'm also enjoying the Bookaday experience. I'm looking for more authors to participate (for free) and have dates available from mid-February on. Check out the Bookaday Bookstore for more info.

And stay tuned...there's lots more on deck for 2011, more articles about epubbing, my writing, friends' writing, and DarkSide Publishing.  I'm also looking for more authors willing to do guest posts or interviews! Feel free to email me at if you're interested.

Thanks again for everything! *hugs*

Bookaday: Bug Island by Robert Cordiner

Bug IslandBug Island - Middle Grade

They destroyed the mighty Mayan Empire. What hope for a few shipwrecked

A South American cruise. It should have been a once in a lifetime experience.
And it was. But not in the way they imagined. Barely surviving a horrific
shipwreck, the remaining passengers have to try and cope with finding food,
water, shelter, let alone the constant arguments. And then there are the bugs.

Not the sort that you squish and then get on with your day. Oh no. Toe biters,
pond skaters, assassin bugs and harvestmen that drop down on top of their
victims - all of these could be found in your garden. But on this lost island
they are all at least twenty times their normal size. Trapped on an island with
a six metre long giant centipede with armoured plates was not on the cruise
itinerary. Now all they want is to get off - without being squished!

"Anyone pack the bug spray?"

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bookaday: Corpse Whisperer by Chris Redding

Corpse WhispererCorpse Whisperer - Paranormal Suspense

A paramedic must solve a murder that hasn't happened. Grace Harmony talks to dead people then is rewound to prevent the murder. But this time someone is rewinding with her and changing things. She must figure out who and solve the murder before she turns 30 and loses her powers.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: Pricing and Marketing Experiment

As you may have read on here recently, I've started my own epublishing label with fellow author, Megg Jensen, called DarkSide Publishing. Her first novel, a YA fantasy called Anathema, will be out in the next month and I was trying to think of ways to help boost DarkSide's visibility in order to give her a better open than I had. Not that mine wasn't great, it's just you'd like to see each new book do better than the first. Our goal (along with publishing quality ebooks) with DarkSide Publishing is to encourage readers to read other titles we offer; the idea being if I sell a book, Megg will sell a book as well and vice versa. I've been wracking my brain on ways to bring in more readers before her book is released.

I've recently been reading a lot of KindleBoards posts regarding pricing and what the appropriate price for a new, unknown ebook author should be. I agree with many of the posters that $2.99 is a great price. It's inexpensive enough to bring in new readers, and still earns me about $2.00 a book. And while I've been pretty steady at a book a day at $2.99, if I'm trying to spread the word about DarkSide, my book, and Megg's book, a book a day isn't going to get our names out there to the masses as much as we'd like. I've observed some authors in a similar situation to mine (1 book, unknown author) selling extremely well with a lower price. Some are selling thousands. And while I'd love to make $2 a book and sell thousands, I'm not currently. I'm selling in the low tens, which I'm still quite proud of at only the third month in.

Bookaday: Torc of Moonlight: Special Edition by Linda Acaster

Torc of Moonlight : Special Edition (North York Moors Torc Trilogy)Torc of Moonlight : Special Edition - Book 1 in the North York Moors trilogy - Paranormal Thriller

How many believers does it need to keep an ancient religion alive?

When student Nick becomes obsessed with reclusive Alice, he starts seeing things he believes are figments of his imagination. She is determined to uncover the forgotten shrine to a Celtic fertility goddess, and to keep him at arm's length. Why do modern universities surround the North York Moors as once did mediaeval seats of learning? Derventio, Malton's Roman garrison, holds the key. Nick dismisses her theories as fantasy - until the trees crowd in and he realises that history is not always buried, and it’s not always dead.

How many believers does it need to keep an ancient religion alive?
Just one.
Is it you who tosses coins into a 'wishing' well?

Passion, betrayal, and Celtic revenge, set in UK university cities pressing the moors into the sea. All the place depicted exist.

Ebook 113,000 words includes bonus material: research articles, interview, opening of Book2 'The Bull At The Gate'

Available in paperback: Torc of Moonlight $13.99 / £7.99 starkly elegant prose, builds a powerful novel of possession... 5*
...darkly chilling read...5*
...writes the male viewpoint very well indeed, and her love scenes aren't half bad either... 4*

Purchase Info:
US Kindle $2.99

UK Kindle £2.18

I-Pad, Sony, Nook, etc

Author Info:
Linda Acaster is the author of a wide range of long and short genre fiction, including historical romance and crime. Her latest short fiction, Contribution to Mankind and other stories of the Dark, is a collection of ghost stories for chill winter nights. She lives in the UK, a stone's throw from an ancient, and venerated, spring. Be careful where you walk, and what you're walking on.

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Twitter: @lindaacaster

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bookaday: Bloated Goat by Manley Peterson

Bloated GoatBloated Goat - Humorous, Children's, Young Adult, Fantasy

Granny Hammy and her adopted grandson Cocky Doodle discover their friend Bloated Goat appears to be dead (very obvious from the little black Xs on his eyes). They set off on journey to take Bloated Goat back to his homeland for burial, but an infatuated skunk, sneaky rats, jewel thieves, a despondent wolf, and others have very different ideas for what to do with Bloated Goat.

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Author Info: Manley Peterson, first-time author, full-time father, and all-around good guy

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bookaday: Rubies and Other Gems - the Novel by Joyce DeBacco

Rubies and Other Gems - the NovelRubies and Other Gems – the Novel - Women’s Fiction/Time travel

Lily’s life is in the pits. Her husband dismisses her concerns, her children are rudderless, and she’s had a trying day in traffic. It's little wonder she seeks comfort in her dreams, unaware her grandmother’s rubies have transported her back through time to a safer, saner existence.

When she realizes her dream lover is a real man who lived and died years before she was born, her problems mount. Despite her fears that her marriage may not survive her unintentional infidelity, she’s entranced by the simpler nature of times gone by and can't resist going back, but only after imposing strict rules of conduct on herself.

When a miscalculation keeps her away longer than planned, she's confronted by an angry husband on her return. Aware she can't make amends and steer her children in the right direction unless she stays in the here and now, Lily vows to leave the past to the past. But in her attempt to take away the jewelry's power, she inadvertently sends herself back without her return ticket, the rubies.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: A Ranking and Reviews

When you post your ebooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, you are asked to include it in certain categories. I recently revised my categories, adding Love & Romance as one of them (you get to pick two) and left the other as Fantasy & Magic. While Into the Shadows is not a traditional romance, I would say it does fall into the category of paranormal action/romance, which of course is not a real category. I hoped that it would perhaps help with visibility and show up on more 'Customer's Who Bought This..." lists, being that it fits in with a lot of other books that are similar and are also listed under Love & Romance.

I lucked out the other day on the Kindle Users Forum in the UK ( and made a new friend, John White, head of a writer's group in Plymouth. I asked for their suggestions regarding sales in the UK, as so far I've had no success there. He purchased a copy to read and amazingly, Into the Shadows shot up the charts on Amazon UK. (Thanks John!)

I cut and pasted this directly from my Amazon UK page at 11:57 PM January 16th and remember, this was the result of ONE sale.  

# Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

* #46 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Literature > Love & Romance

Bookaday: One Insular Tahiti by Thea Atkinson

One Insular TahitiOne Insular Tahiti - Literary Fiction

Luke MacIsaac is dead but not restfully dead. What he needs is
to find a way out of the watery afterlife that swamps him with half
remembered horrors of a past so vivid he could be reliving it.

He can't let this happen.

This is when he notices Astrid, a newborn fighting for her life. She isn’t
supposed to survive her birth, but it occurs to Luke that if he wills her to
be his mother, he can escape the anguish of his supposed insular Tahiti. Now
all he has to do is wait.

But is the cost of his deliverance too great for Astrid? And what is the
connection between her and Luke's own past that has him battling memories of
a younger brother--memories that lead him to regret his choice, even if it
is too late.

One Insular Tahiti is a dark literary fiction tale of one’s souls search for

Author Info:
Thea Atkinson is a Canadian literary fiction writer who has been blessed
enough to see her work in some journals she's pretty proud of. She keeps a
blog at and a writers' facebook group called
Thea's writing page. She can be found at goodreads at:

Most of her work can be found on Amazon or Smashwords.

One Insular Tahiti regularly priced at 2.99 available at until
the holidays for $.99. It currently has a rating of 4.5 stars with five

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bookaday: Falling Star by Philip Chen

Falling StarFalling Star - techno-thriller

A techno-thriller, Falling Star is about the discovery of mysterious objects buried deep in the ocean and what happens when they wake up and start sending signals to outer space. Mike, pulled back into a clandestine world to assist in deciphering these messages, is attacked by gangs of ordinary Americans who want to kill him. On top of all this, Mike learns that a revered friend has died. Will the death of this friend mean that the secret of these enigmatic objects will remain buried in the silt and muck of the ocean bottom forever?

Since its publication as an eBook in August 2010, Falling Star has received fourteen extremely positive reviews. Many readers of this realistically written novel finish wondering if the novel is, in fact, a true story. A charter member of the National Book Critics Circle recently reviewed Falling Star. This reviewer, Alan Caruba, does not ordinarily review self-published novels and did so reluctantly because a former New York Times reporter referred the author to him. Mr. Caruba had the following to say about Falling Star:

It is rare when a novelist makes his debut with as powerful a novel as Philip Chen’s Falling Star ($15.25, available from, softcover and on Kindle). It begins in 1967 and concludes in the Oval Office in 1993. In between Chen introduces you to an array of characters, all of whom have unique talents, some of whom are U.S. Navy officers, some with the FBI, all devoted to the protection of their nation. They are a handful of people who know about mysterious entities far beneath the surface of the waters surrounding the U.S. Others are members of a rogue KGB unit, moles who lived among us, but whose mission ended when the former Soviet Union collapsed. This novel stands out for the way you are introduced not just to the characters, but the physical reality in which they live, the sights and even the smells. Slowly and then with increasing intensity, the mysteries are unraveled, the enemies identified, as life and death often hangs in the balance. Drawing on his own life as an ocean research engineer, attorney and banker, Chen brings an authenticity to the novel that provides a heart-pounding reality that forces you to ask “What if?” What if Earth was under observation by those from another planet that is circling a dying sun? What if they intended to colonize it? What if the year for this was 2013? If you read just one novel in 2011, make it Falling Star.

The author, Philip Chen, has had a career as an ocean research engineer, a trial attorney, and an investment banker. His biography has been included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World for years. This is his first novel. Falling Star was first copyrighted in 1991.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bookaday: The Crystal Facade by Debra L. Martin & David W. Small

The Crystal Facade (The Rule of Otharia series)THE CRYSTAL FACADE - Science Fiction

Royal Otharian twins Darius and Dyla Telkur have a big problem: they know too much. While fleeing from a telekinetic assassin in a failed coup to seize the Telkur throne, they defied a centuries old quarantine order and traveled to the strange planet called Earth where they made a shocking discovery that native Otharians are living and working on the forbidden planet. While there, the twins run afoul of a criminal overlord who bears a striking resemblance to their own beloved Grand Duke, the most powerful man on Otharia. Simply returning to their home world doesn't end the twins’ troubles, because there are people at home who know the secret too, a secret so powerful it could topple the hierarchy of the royalty itself.

When Dyla's dream visions of the London crime boss portend an imminent threat to her family, she has no choice but to secretly return to Earth and seek answers. Who is this crime boss, what’s his connection to Otharia and why does he look like the Grand Duke? What the twins don't realize is that they're walking into a conspiracy that involves a centuries old interplanetary diamond smuggling operation between the two planets. Crystals as they are called on Otharia fuel their PSI powers and controlling the flow of crystals is the ultimate power.

Assassins on both planets are on the move, and their target is the elimination of the Telkur twins. Everything is connected, but time is running out. Darius and Dyla must unravel the mystery and discover the identity of the malevolent mastermind trying to destroy them before Dyla's worst nightmare comes true.

Author Bio:
Debra L Martin writes with co-author, David L Small. They have been writing together since 2006. They are currently working on a fantasy that they hope to publish in 2011. Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 3 cats. David lives on the West Coast with his wife and daughter.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bookaday: The Naked Gardner by L.B. Geschwandtner

The Naked GardenerThe Naked Gardener - Mainstream Women’s Fiction

Artist Katelyn Cross loves Greg Mazur and he loves her. He wants to be married but a previous relationship that went sour has made Katelyn overly cautious about any permanent commitment. And what about Greg’s first wife? He lost her to cancer and Katelyn worries that he’s only looking for a replacement. What’s a girl to do? Canoe down a river with five gal pals, camp out, catch fish, talk about life and men. The problem is, a river can be as unpredictable as any relationship and just as hard to manage. On their last day, when the river turns wild, the women face the challenge of a lifetime and find that staying alive means saving themselves first while being open to help from a most unlikely source. As Katelyn navigates the raging water, she learns how to overcome her fear of change in a world where nothing stays the same. When Katelyn returns to her garden, she’ll face one more obstacle and the naked gardener will meet the real Greg Mazur.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: Introducing DarkSide Publishing

So I'm epublished.  Now what?

For the last few months, I've been wracking my brains with a couple of my fellow authors (including Megg Jensen) on something more we could do to set ourselves apart from the other indie authors out there.  Not that there's anything wrong with them, they're great!  But we wanted to find a niche, a home for us out there in the big unknown.  We thought a few times about starting our own publishing company.  We love books, we love writing, but then we worried that sifting through submissions might just take a little time, which we'd rather spend on writing.  And there was also the issues of start-up money, taxes, lawyers, and rejecting other writers.  None of those things sounded like any fun.  Nor were they practical.

The more we thought about it, the more we realized it was a dumb idea anyways.  We're indies and we don't need a traditional publishing set-up anymore.  Why would an author want to sign with us when they can do it themselves and keep all the money?  The investment isn't so huge anymore that the average person can't afford to pay for a great cover and some quality formatting.  (I'll probably spend $300 total on preparing Bloody Little Secrets for ebook pubbing this time...even less than Into the Shadows.)  So we took the idea of a traditional publishing company and tried to apply it to our current situation.  How can it work in today's ebook world and what can it do for us?

We came up with DarkSide Publishing.  It's not at all traditional.  We aren't publishing your books.  We're publishing ours.  Together.  We realized we do so much together already.  We check each others' covers and make suggestions, we troubleshoot, we beta read, we edit for each other, we lean on each other for most everything.  But when we went out as authors, we were totally alone, every author for themselves.  And that kinda sucked.  We have shared in the experience, and we wanted to keep that going.  That is what DarkSide Publishing is for us.  It is a hippy commune for writers without the naked dancing around the fire.  Or maybe it will, but that'll have to wait until summer.  Illinois winters aren't very conducive to naked dancing.

Bookaday: The Magic Bracelet by Laura Lond

The Magic BraceletThe Magic Bracelet - Fantasy, short story (middle grade and up) 

"I am a very unhappy man… Misrepresented and misunderstood," says the mysterious owner of the Dark Castle, greatly feared by all. Is it true? Can he be trusted? And is his magical gift a wonderful blessing or a dangerous trap? That's what Rogan, a careless wanderer and a gambler, has to find out.

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Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bookaday: Tempest by Holly A. Hook

Tempest - Young Adult Fantasy

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Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. That is, until she meets Gary, a boy her age with a birthmark exactly like hers. Gary’s attractive, brooding, and perfectly normal…except for the fact that he materialized out of a dangerous hurricane right in front of her. Janelle’s certain of only one thing. Gary’s mark—and hers, too—mean something, but he’s reluctant to tell her what.

At last she squeezes the truth from Gary about their markings. And the truth is utterly terrifying: Janelle and Gary are more connected to the destructive power of nature than she ever dreamed possible. And learning the truth about herself is only the start of her nightmare.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bookaday: My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond

My Sparkling MisfortuneMy Sparkling Misfortune - Middle Grade Fantasy

Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the main character of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a sparkling instead – “a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of “best interests” is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.

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Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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Big Reveal Wednesday! Bloody Little Secrets' Cover!

I completely realize that the release date for my upcoming YA vampire novel, Bloody Little Secrets, is in April/May and NOT in January, being that I still have to finish it (this weekend-ish, I'm hoping...fingers crossed!), but I happen to have the cover NOW!  Yay!  When I had my previous cover made, it took the artist a little while to create it and I was trying to get the book formatted at the same time, not realizing he also needs the file cover.  So this time I thought I was being smart and getting it done early, thinking I would get it in February so it would be ready for the formatter in March.  But Robin at Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. ( took care of my cover in less than a week!  Amazing!  In any case, I'm thrilled to have it and we can all ooo and ahh over it from now until April/March.  It's definitely motivating me to get finished.  Now only if I had some more time...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bookaday: The Venom of Vipers by K.C. May

The Venom of VipersThe Venom of Vipers - Science Fiction

A super-virus is wiping out the human population. Our only hope is a genetically-modified human that could beat it. Ryder wants to be more than a lab rat; he wants to be free. Katie wants him to save the world. Genetic purists want him dead.

This book is rated PG16

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Bookaday: eBully by Dave Conifer

eBullyeBully - YA

Vice Principal Steve Lukather is desperate. Just like last year, an internet bully is terrorizing one of his students at Lakeland Middle School. Last time it ended badly when the victim was found with two slashed wrists after an attempted suicide. This year, after a series of nasty computer messages and an indiscreet photograph of Carly Gillette spread through the student body Lukather knows it's happening again. This time he's determined to stop the bully in his tracks before Gillette ends up reaching for a razor blade.

Thirteen-year-old Scott Halifax has a juvy rap sheet that could peel wallpaper but he's just what Lukather needs -- a street-smart, tech-savvy kid with no roots. Lukather makes a deal with Halifax: go undercover as a student at Lakeland and nail the bully in return for a ticket out of the County Detention Center and a clean slate.

Once he's in at Lakeland Halifax teams up with Tom Seidel, the nerdy kid that everyone loves to hate. It isn't long before Scott, Tom and Carly’s best friend Lisa are working together. It takes a lot of hard work, some sly computer sleuthing and a little dumb luck before they expose the bully. And it’s the last person that anybody would have suspected.

eBully draws on recent headlines about cyber-bullying, including the need to update harassment and stalking laws to reflect new technologies.  

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available as an e-book on Amazon, BN and Smashwords.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Interviews and Press Releases

I was featured this last week on the DePaul English Grad blog:

And also on Kipp Poe Speicher's site:

As well as a shout out from Karen McQuestion!

Thanks guys!

Bookaday: Isle Royale by John Hamilton

Isle RoyaleIsle Royale - Young Adult Historical

What if your family was held hostage by killers? And what if your mom was in love with one of them? That’s the dilemma faced by Ian MacDougal, the 16-year-old son of a lighthouse keeper.

The year is 1924, at the height of Prohibition. The place: Isle Royale, a remote island on Lake Superior. Ian’s only friend is Sally Young, daughter of the assistant lightkeeper.

One storm-tossed night, French-Canadian smugglers arrive. The leader of the gang is Sean LeBeck, a former lover of Collene MacDougal—Ian’s mother. LeBeck is determined to rescue Collene from her dreary life and rekindle their old passion, whatever the cost.

During the storm, Ian and Sally escape, only to stumble upon a hidden cove, home of the last remaining members of the Coast Guard cutter Chippewa. A dark secret forced the crew to banish themselves in shame. Now, given one last chance at redemption, the ancient mariners and the kids set out on stormy Lake Superior to save the day.
Isle Royale is approximately 72,000 words.

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John Hamilton is a bestselling author of books for children and young adults. His work includes books on fantasy & folklore, the national parks, and pirates. Lewis & Clark: Adventures West (Sparrow Media Group) was named a finalist at the 17th Annual Minnesota Book Awards in 2005. He is a two-time Golden Duck Award winner for excellence in children’s science fiction literature. John can be found most summers hiking along Minnesota’s North Shore. He is also an award-winning photojournalist and nature photographer.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bookaday: Vampire by Day Werewolf by Night by Vianka Van Bokkem

Vampire by Day Werewolf by Night: Elina Jensen's Double CurseVampire by Day Werewolf by Night - young adult

Elina Jensen was cursed to walk as a vampire by day and as a werewolf by night when she was still inside her mother’s womb.

Elina had to deal not only with her double curse but with her attraction for Arian the 19 year old human boy, Kitchi the strong werewolf and Tristan the Romanian vampire!

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Author Info: Vianka Van Bokkem is a Paranormal/Fantasy/SciFi author of 16 books. She lives in Indiana with her son and husband.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: Social Media and Networking

I get the question from time to time, how I manage to make sales despite pretty much being unknown.  Clearly, I haven't joined the Thousand Book A Month Club, or even the Hundred Book A Month Club, for that matter.  In December I managed to gain entrance in the Thirty Book A Month Club (ebook sales only), I mean not that there is one, but IF there was, I'd be so in.  I have also managed to sell at least a book a day for the last few weeks.  Sometimes more, and I hope to see that increase.

What I've done is no big secret and I'm happy to share it with you, just like everything else I've tried.  I hope you can do the same and I hope your sales increase as well.  If you're just starting out and don't have a book out yet, even better.  Start now and you'll be ahead of the game. 

The BIG secret?  I'm extremely social.

No joke.  I like to talk.  A lot.  I like to talk to people, meet new people, make new friends, whatever.  And the internet has made that a whole lot easier for me.  I started making friends long before I had a book come out not only because it's fun, but because it also gives me a wider reaching audience.  Here are the five places I've made a home online which I think has helped me get my name and work out there a little better.

YA Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments)Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Ages: 14 & up
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Synopsis: In the third book of the Mortal Instruments series (which was originally billed a trilogy, but has now been upgraded to series) we find Clary in the Shadowhunter capital city of Alicante with all of her friends.  Valentine is raising an army of demons and plans to bring the Clave down, replacing it with himself as leader, naturally.  Simon is imprisoned by the Clave after accidentally ending up in Alicante, there is a new guy, Sebastian, who Clary feels funny about, and she is still pining for Jace in a very un-sisterly way. 

Bookaday: The New Wizard of Oz by Lacy Maran and Kevin Michael

The New Wizard Of OzThe New Wizard Of Oz - Romantic Comedy

Dorothy Gale is fifteen years removed from Oz and the last of her friends to get married. But Dorothy's long time boyfriend Peter is dragging his feet proposing. After a visit with Peter's wacky divorced parents, Dorothy sees behind the curtain to a failed proposal in Peter's past, making her worry he'll never pop the question. Enter John Timmins, an old friend with a perfect family who's ready to propose now, yet doesn't get Dorothy's heart racing. At a yellow brick crossroad, Dorothy is visited by the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion to help her decide: wait it out with the man she loves, or settle with a man she'll have to learn to love?

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Author info:  Lacy Maran & Kevin Michael enjoy cute cat videos, people riding unicycles, and making fun of celebrities. They write humorous books about classic literature charactures with a modern twist. They do not wear fanny packs, although have been known to put on Hawaiian shirts.

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