Monday, February 28, 2011

Bookaday: Love Lust and Petty Crime by Harclubs Bartag

Love Lust and Petty CrimeLove Lust and Petty Crime - Humor


Follow Emmet on his journey from unemployed sponger to crack insurance consultant. A politically
incorrect tale of sex, crime, and bureaucracy.

Emmet Storch was an unemployed sponger who thought he had no calling in life. All that changed when he landed a job in the call centre at the monolithic Star Insurance where, from the very first day, he was magnificent. It was as if the very essence of insurance ran through his veins and he and his telephone were as one. Irate policyholders found comfort in his soothing words; recalcitrant contractors became polite and respectful. It would have been perfect if not for his lecherous and treacherous hormones.

A humorous look at love and lust in the iAge, where consumerism runs rampant and integrity can go and get stuffed.

Purchase Info: You can get it at Amazon

Author Info: Harclubs Bartag
To be honest, my name is not Harclubs Bartag and I suppose putting this stuff here makes the whole idea of a pen name look a little silly. But I've always wanted a secret identity (yes, yes, I know) and the name has a story. It comes from a time when the Australian public was grappling with a new wave of continental European immigrants, and I was in my first year of High School. The teacher was reading the class list out loud and the first name was 'Harclubs Bartag'. When no one responded, she continued on until the end of the list. My name was not called out, and I put two and two together.
'Um, Miss,' I said, raising my hand. 'My name is Hercules, not Harclubs.'
She obviously thought I was taking the piss. 'Don't be silly, Harclubs,' she said. 'What sort of a cruel parent would name their child Hercules?'

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Look What I Found!

I was Googling Into the Shadows, just to see if anything special showed up that I hadn't seen and lo and behold I stumbled across this:

It is a lovely review by Katherine Lee that I hadn't seen before. I feel like she really understood me and the book. *Awesome*!

This will stick with me for awhile! Thanks, Katherine, for making my day, or month even!

Bookaday: Future Useless by W.A. Patterson

Future UselessFuture Useless - Science Fiction/ Literary Science Fiction

Synopsis: Lissa knew Carl Gussman as an “artifact,” Dead almost 1000 years, unemployable, and unable to adapt to the future, until he disappeared over a century ago. Now Lissa is getting to know again the man she only thought she knew before through his journals. He's been alone for over a century, looking for the thing that could harm them all. Now she has to find Carl before it's too late!

Purchase Info: Available at: Amazon and at Smashwords.

Author Info: W. A. Patterson is an independent writer from Kansas. He has a family and friends and a computer in which he is busy at work on his next book.

Contact Info: Website is at, and facebook page is at:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: Oh, New York...

I opened the trusty mailbox today to find a letter addressed to me. I noticed it had a New York postmark and I looked at it like it was from outer space. I haven't had mail from New York in ages, since the last time I queried Into the Shadows and Sol and Luna (a picture book I wrote), I believe. I queried for The Green last summer, but that was all done by email.

So what on earth could this be? I tore open the envelope while still standing out in the driveway in the snow. 

It was a rejection.

Bookaday: Decisions by R. Doug Wicker

DecisionsDecisions - Murder Mystery

Synopsis: Donovan Grant lost his mind, his wife, and his career. Now he may be losing even more. Lately, and with distressing regularity, he’s been finding himself standing over dead people while holding the murder weapon. Even worse, he’s his own prime suspect. And that new woman in his life? She may be next on his list . . . that’s if he’s not on hers.

Purchase Info: Amazon ( Barnes & Noble (

Author Info: R. Doug Wicker

Contact Info: Blog ( Facebook Page ( Amazon Author Central Page (

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bookaday: The Hawk And His Boy by Christopher Bunn

The Hawk And His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy)The Hawk And His Boy - Epic Fantasy

Summary: One night in the city of Hearne, a young thief named Jute is instructed to break into a wizard's house and steal an old wooden box. It sounds like a straightforward job. Climb down the chimney, creep through the house, find the thing and get out fast. Unbeknownst to the boy, however, the box contains the knife that killed the Wind. Overcome with curiosity, Jute opens the box and sets off a chain of events that soon has him on the run from the wizard, his old masters in the Thieves Guild, and their client, who happens to be the Lord of Darkness himself. On his odyssey of escape, Jute is aided by an unlikely assortment of friends, including a guilt-ridden assassin, a reluctant wizard, and a hawk who just might be able to teach him how to fly. But the Darkness will do anything to find Jute, even if it means plunging the whole land into war.

The Hawk And His Boy is the first book of The Tormay Trilogy. The trilogy continues with The Shadow At The Gate, and concludes with The Wicked Day.

Purchase for $2.99 at

Christopher Bunn lives and works on a farm in central coast California. He's worked on six of the seven continents. He's done construction in the Amazon, relief work in Ethiopia and Thailand, TV production in Scotland and Australia, animation in Chicago, cooked in Switzerland, demolition in Hawaii and, of course, farmed in California. He writes in his non-existent spare time.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: Launch Day Strategies

So far at DarkSide Publishing, we've had two book releases, with two quite different results.

In November, without DarkSide (it wasn't created just yet!), I decided to do a social media blast for the release of Into the Shadows. I called it a Facebook/blogsplash (discovered through awesome UK author, Talli Roland).  I had some nice numbers, I have quite a few followers on Facebook and had a growing blog following. Over 100 people posted links for me on their Facebook page and blog. I gave away 8 copies as well. I posted some nice numbers, averaging to one ebook a day for the first month, although 20 ebooks were sold on November 1st alone.

My main hope was by getting a lot of people to purchase on the first day that the ranking on Amazon would go up, making the book more visible. We didn't manage to do that with only 20 sales, but it was a great effort. I was pleased with the results. Between paperbacks and ebooks, I sold a grand total of 93 copies the first month, the majority of which were paperbacks sold to family and friends vs. ebook sales. Sales of paperbacks went down after that and ebooks stayed steady in December, but started to pick up in January and took off in February.

Fellow DarkSide author Megg Jensen is trying a different approach for her release: a big, huge contest. With an amazing Grand Prize - your choice of a Nook or a Kindle, or an equivalent sum in gift cards from Amazon or B&N. According to her contest, Megg has sold 50 books in the first 2 weeks Anathema has been out, before the contest was even announced. I believe that her giveaway will actually reach more people than my 'splash' did, because frankly, who doesn't want a free Nook or Kindle? She's had quite a few people enter already and I think that will continue to grow as word spreads about the contest between now and March 11th. (Haven't entered the contest yet? Click here.) 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bookaday: Regression by Kathy Bell

Regression (Book One: Infinion Series)Regression (Book One of the Infinion Series) - YA

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Adya Jordan swears that before her head injury she was a forty-year-old mother of six. Are her memories just a figment of her imagination, or has the world really taken a turn for the worse? All technology is controlled by just one company, and the computers in this new 1985 are nothing like she remembers. She confronts the leaders of megacorp Three Eleven, sure they know more about her predicament than she does, and discovers that although they have twenty-six years to save the world, all they really need is her.

Purchase Info: Kindle | Nook | Smashwords | Print | Sample

Author Info: Kathy Bell is a Canadian high school science teacher and bulldog breeder who squeezes in writing late and night and when her high-school sweetheart husband manages to coax all four kids out the door.

 Find Kathy online: Twitter | Facebook | Blogging | Email

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Guest Post On The Inner Bean

I've got a guest post today on Jennifer Hudock's awesome blog, The Inner Bean! I wrote about DarkSide Publishing this time out. Look for it at the top of the page in the featured articles. I'll also include the direct link, but be sure to check out the rest of her website. She's got lots of cool stuff up there.

Thanks for hosting me, Jenny!

Bookaday: Payroll by Alain Gomez

PayrollPayroll - Western Romance Novella

Synopsis: Jimmy Cochran thought that he had left his rough past behind him. But Ralph McCormick, the brother of the man he killed, didn't forget... or forgive... so easily. Jimmy knows he should just hightail it out of town to avoid getting into trouble. That is until Ralph puts the woman he loves into danger...

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Author Info: Alain Gomez lives in San Diego and has been writing since she was sixteen. Though she works in the field of music, Alain has continued to pursue her passion for writing as an independent author.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Bookaday: Is It Just Me? Or Is Everyone A Little Nuts? by Judi Coltman

Is it Just Me or Is Everyone a Little Nuts?Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts! - Humor

Synopsis: Through a series of humorous essays, stories and sketches, Judi Coltman draws upon everyday life experiences, noting the absurdity of even a simple conversation. Listed as one of Amazon's Hot new Releases as well as a position of #3 in Humor, Coltman offers up her version of adult scouting: Cougar Scouts - complete with uniform, badges and a canteen full of cosmos as well as her unique parenting skills for which her children are not amused. A wonderful read by beach or in the tub.

Purchase: Amazon on Kindle for $2.99


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bookaday: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters by Barbara Silkstone

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-QuartersThe Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters - Comedy Mystery


A murder by beheading sends Alice Harte, reluctant real estate broker for thugs, running into the arms of Nigel Channing, a charming British con man.

This urban fantasy is set in Miami and London. Fans of Stephanie Plum will cheer for Alice as she watches her back in attempting to keep her head, while being stalked by Nigel's daft ex-wife and inept, but dangerous mobsters. Alice's world is filled with memorable characters strangely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. She's guided through her dangerous adventure by her own Cheshire Cat.

Nigel, a chubby John Cleese with serious dress-code problems, whisks Alice to England. Alice sees him as her White Rabbit rescuer. The plot trips along at a cracking pace with Alice flinging zingers like a drive-by shooter.

After Alice discovers a gangster's freshly beheaded body in his Miami mansion, she launches a desperate self-defense in a kangaroo court. The main witness against her is Algy Green, a bumbling cockney swindler who super-glues his bat wing ears to his head and commits perjury for theme park tickets. But in the middle of the trial a small piece of evidence opens her eyes.

Purchase Info:
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

Author Info:
When you’re a freelance writer with a quirky sense of humor, being in the right place at the right time helps a lot. If I just stand still for five minutes… wham! Something funny and worth writing about will happen to me. I’ve accidentally sky dived, been elected president of the Japan American Society (I’m not Japanese), been stalked by crazies, and ran off with a real life White Rabbit.

I’m a single mother, living on the edge in South Florida. My background includes parochial school, commercial real estate, public speaking, teaching, and church administration. My writing history is equally as diverse. I started an underground newspaper in grade school and was threatened with excommunication by the nuns. After being published in the horror genre, I was fortunate enough to take part in writing workshops with Stephen King, Robert B. Parker, and James Michener.

I enjoy doing playful things with language, blending two distinct words to create a new word. If I’m laughing out loud when I’m writing, then I know I’ve hit the mark. I’m working on Wendy & the Lost Boys right now. I laugh so loud while I’m writing that the neighborhood committee has asked me to move.

For six years I traveled the United States listening to men reveal their darkest secrets for my book, The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men & One Woman. When I was finished with my adventure, I realized the only man I should have interviewed was Lewis Carroll, unfortunately he was long gone. So I set out to pay homage to his logic by re-telling Alice in Wonderland in a contemporary setting. The result is The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters ~ a comedy thriller that takes place between Miami and London.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bookaday: Hard Day's Knight by John Hartness

Hard Day's KnightHard Day's Knight - Urban Fantasy/Vampire

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ASIN - B004GB17G0
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Children are missing.

The police are stumped.

Halloween is coming, with an ancient evil on the horizon.

The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, NC. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to keep a young client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined.

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil into the world, and enlist the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.

The first book of The Black Knight Chronicles has been compared to Kevin Smith, Christopher Moore and Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files. A new twist on the contemporary vampire novel, these characters are sure to capture readers and have them staying up late to see what happens next.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Bookaday: Sylvianna by Keryl Raist

SylviannaSylvianna - Contemporary Fantasy

Sarah Metz just got to Sylvianna College. She went in search of a biology degree. She found a group of wizards on the run from their past. They remember her. She doesn't remember them. Over the next year, she'll help them fight off the creatures trying to kill them, fall back into love with the man who used to be her husband, break the heart of her best friend while doing it, and maybe, if they're very, very lucky, not remember who she used to be.

Sylvianna is a modern day fantasy with a scorching hot romance and a deeply layered plot. Angels, demons, magic, sword fights, free will, destiny, and true love all weave into a complex tale of the search for redemption.

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Author Info:
Keryl Raist is a part-time writer, part-time blogger, part-time book reviewer, and full-time mom. When not balancing babies with books, she likes to sleep. She lives in Charleston, SC, with two little boys; the "Number One, All-Star, Son-In-Law Of The Year Champion" (according to a discerning panel of her mom and mom's best friends); and a remarkably unflusterable cat.

Contact Info:
or KerylRaist on or Keryl Raist on Goodreads

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bookaday: Spring Blossom by Jill Metcalf

Spring BlossomSpring Blossom - Historical Romance

A Heart-warming Romance from the Heart of America
For every flowering blossom of spring, a heart discovers true love...

Maggie... As a spirited girl of fifteen, she fell head over heels in love with a handsome stranger...a love she was too young to understand.

Hunter... Part Indian, and all gentleman, he was touched by young Maggie's charms and secretly vowed to ask for her hand when she was of marrying age.

He did return to her years later - only to find the shattering truth that had scarred her heart... For Maggie had turned her back on love and not even the caring embrace of her sisters and father could ease the dark secret that tarnished her spirit. Until Hunter's gentle touch turned the future into a promise of love fulfilled, turned her sorrow into the sunshine warmth of home and hearth...and a love that would flourish with the passing of the seasons.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: Too Legit...Hey Hey

At this time last year, epublishing wasn't a thought that ever crossed my mind. Ever. I did belong to the masses that thought that self-publishing was a bad word, a badge of shame to be worn by those not good enough to make it.

I have to admit, even in November when I first started, I was a little hesitant to explain my publishing situation. People would say, 'oh, I hear you have a book published', and I would tell them that it was only epublished. In the few months since November, I have a new-found confidence. And it's not just because I've been lucky to sell a few books.

It's from watching everybody else.

Bookaday: The Rose of Par Kluhnd: A Fairy Tale by Linda Ash

Rose of Par Kluhnd: A Fairy TaleThe Rose of Par Kluhnd: A Fairy Tale - Young Adult Fantasy

Rose isn't sure she wants to be captain of her soccer team, much less queen of a strange place - that's about to be overrun by invaders. When Rose slips into a strange world where her grandmother may have been a queen, she only wants to get home. But when enemies seek her out, finding a way home may be the least of Rose's worries... and then, there's that empty throne waiting, possibly, for her.

Purchasing Info: 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bookaday: Angel Fire: The First Book of Fallen Angels by Valmore Daniels

Angel Fire: The First Book of Fallen AngelsAngel Fire: The First Book of Fallen Angels - Fantasy

My name is Darcy Anderson, and I am cursed with a dark power: Whenever my life is in danger, something inside me summons elemental fire to protect me. I cannot control this.

One night, I was attacked in my home. The raged out of control. I survived the inferno, but my house burned to the ground - with my parents inside.

I was at a loss to explain to the courts what happened, and so they sent me to prison for ten years for manslaughter.

Now I'm out on parole, and all I want is to return to my home town and rebuild my life; but the man who attacked me is back to finish the job he started.

I can sense the power in me growing. If I can't control it, it will control me and destroy everything - and everyone - I love.

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Author Info
In true nomadic spirit, Valmore Daniels has lived on the coasts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, and dozens of points in between.

An insatiable thirst for new experiences has led him to work in several fields, including legal research, elderly care, oil & gas administration, web design, government service, human resources, and retail business management.

His enthusiasm for travel is only surpassed by his passion for telling tall tales.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Bookaday: Learn Me Good by John Pearson

Learn Me GoodLearn Me Good - Humor

Jack Woodson was a thermal design engineer for four years until he was laid off from his job. Now, as a teacher, he faces new challenges. Conference calls have been replaced with parent conferences. Product testing has given way to standardized testing. Instead of business cards, Jack now passes out report cards. The only thing that hasn't changed noticeably is the maturity level of the people surrounding him all day. Learn Me Good is a hilarious first-person account, inspired by real life experiences. Through a series of emails to Fred Bommerson, his buddy who still works at Heat Pumps Unlimited, Jack chronicles a year-in-the-life of a brand new teacher. With subject lines such as "Irritable Vowel Syndrome," "In math class, no one can hear you scream," and "I love the smell of Lysol in the morning," Jack writes each email with a dash of sarcasm and plenty of irreverent wit.

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Author Info:
John Pearson was born just outside of Washington, DC, but moved to Texas as quickly as he could. Growing up with a passion for science, math, and calculator watches, he obtained engineering degrees and basketball (watching) accolades from Duke University and Texas A&M. His first job out of college was designing small solid-state heat pumps, where his cubicle simply was not big enough to contain him. When the engineering market went sour, he decided to try his hand as a teacher, and he has been a 3rd grade math teacher ever since.

When he's not teaching, he's reading, blogging, or making YouTube videos like "Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem."

Learn Me Good was born of the baptism-by-fire nature of Pearson's first year as a teacher.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Adventures in Epublishing: Post-99 Cents and New Author Numbers

Post-99 Cents
I posted Into the Shadows as a promo at 99 cents/86 pence for 17 days (Jan 21- Feb 6-7) and like many authors, was a little concerned that perhaps putting the price back up to its original $2.99 would result in a sales crash. But as we were releasing a new book from DarkSide Publishing this week, and the promo was intended to add readers for our label and get the word out, so I changed it back. It had, however, the opposite effect. Numbers have stayed steady.

Bookaday: Across the Galaxy by Heather Hildenbrand

Across the GalaxyAcross the Galaxy - YA Fantasy

Most teenage girls have teenaged problems, like what to wear to prom and did I remember to shave my legs before gym? Seventeen year old Alina has all those problems, and a whole lot more. The list does tend to get longer when you’re an alien. An alien empress, to be exact.

Number one on Alina’s problem list is her desire to fit in and feel accepted, without having to hide any part of her true self; something she’s never quite been able to do on Earth. Also on that list are the Shadows, a race of dark and ugly monsters that attacked her home planet ten years ago, killing her parents, and still searching for her now, to wipe out the last survivor of the royal family. Luckily, she has Peter to protect her and keep her hidden, until the day they might return. Naturally, he’s more than a little over-protective and highly dedicated to training the future empress he’s been charged with raising.

A moonlit walk in the forest changes everything. She is discovered, by more than one being from her galaxy, and has to run for her life with a Shadow close on her trail. Her new protector – a talking wolf – whisks her and Peter to the safety of his planet, to regroup and maybe figure out a way to destroy the shadows. Unfortunately, Alina soon finds she’s only traded one danger for another.

$2.99 on Amazon's Kindle store

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bookaday: Stilettos No More...and Other Delinquent Thoughts by Diana Estill

Stilettos No More
Stilettos No More . . . and Other Delinquent Thoughts - Humor
Author Diana Estill shares her wacky views on the years between mini-skirts and “Mee-maw” panties. Warning about the hazards of high heels and lamenting over the fashion persistence of thong panties, Estill skewers anti-aging rhetoric as she declares 50 is not the new 40 “without the help of Botox, a plastic surgeon, or Photoshop.”

In 25 essays that lampoon everything from “thigh trimmers” to toe hairs, Stilettos No More milks hilarity from midlife. A husband who succumbs to QVC, forgets the grill until firemen arrive, and enters his second “headbanger” phase, thanks to iTunes, looms amid a cast of comical family characters.

For any woman who’s ever suffered a wardrobe challenge or wondered how not to become a senior stereotype, this book includes those answers: ditch the cardigan, skip the LASIK surgery, and hide the magnifying mirror. But more importantly, hang on to your sense of humor.

Purchase Information:
Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble (NOOKbooks)
Paperback (Amazon)

Author Info:
Diana Estill is the author of three humor books: Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life, a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist and an International Book Awards Winner in humor, and her latest, Stilettos No More. Previously she worked for 12 years as a journalist and humor columnist. Her columns have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Road & Travel, and other publications.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Bookaday: Pandora's Succession by Russell Brooks

Pandora's SuccessionPandora's Succession - Action/Thriller

Where would you hide if you learned the CDC and a major pharmaceutical company unleashed a hyperdeadly microbe on the human race?
CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancĂ©e’s killers—a weapons consortium called The Arms of Ares. When an informant leads him to an old bunker outside of Groznyy, Chechnya, Fox is captured, beaten, and left for dead. When the informant rescues him, Fox learns that his capture was no coincidence: someone had set him up—possibly another government agent. Fox barely escapes after learning that Ares has acquired a hyperdeadly microbe—called Pandora—that is believed to have wiped out ancient civilizations. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo where he discovers that people within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Japanese Intelligence want Pandora for themselves. The only person Fox can trust is a woman from his past who he nearly got killed.

Author’s Biography
Russell Brooks is a former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 and 200 metres. He has written several essays on his blog The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. He has also written the short story, To The Last Bite, and produced his own poetry/novel-themed show, The Russell Show, on YouTube. He currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

The Official Russell Brooks website

Pandora’s Succession is now available for $2.99US on,,, and Other locations TBA.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bookaday: Swallow by Tonya Plank

Swallow - General Fiction / Literary Fiction

Synopsis: Sophie Hegel is a shy New York lawyer from small-town Florence Arizona, known not for the Renaissance but for housing a large prison. She's just graduated from Yale Law School and landed her
first job when, one evening she feels a fist-like ball form at the base of her throat. Diagnosed with the psychological condition Globus Hystericus, this "fist-ball" wreaks havoc on her life, causing difficulty eating, speaking, and eventually breathing. With a cast of characters that includes a pornographer father, a sister with a knack for getting knocked up by denizens of the town pen, a tough-talking fashion maven, a painter of male nudes, an eccentric Sing Sing-residing client and a bevy of privileged Manhattan attorneys and judges, Swallow is a multiple award-winning novel about the distance that can separate fathers and daughters, and about a young woman's struggle to survive in a world of pedigreed professionals for which she has no preparation.

Purchase Info: Swallow is available at Amazon, in ebook form:
and print:

It's also available at Barnes & Noble:

and on Smashwords:

Author Info: Tonya Plank grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in History from Brown University, and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School - Newark.

She worked for many years as a NYC appellate-level criminal defense attorney. Also a competitive ballroom dancer, she writes the dance blog, Swan Lake Samba Girl, which has been lauded by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair and Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal and has been cited in those publications as well as the New York Times Arts Beat blog, the Washington Post, and

Her first novel, Swallow, won a gold medal for best regional fiction in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards, the gold medal for women's fiction in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards, and was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Her law review articles have been cited in numerous books and publications.

She currently lives in New York, where she is working on her second novel, a legal / urban drama.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bookaday: Failing Test by J.M. Pierce

Failing TestFailing Test - YA Contemporary Fantasy
You know him, but you can't remember his name. He is the one that is always there, in the background, all but invisible to those roaming the hallways. What if he had a secret? What if it was a secret that even he didn't know?

Test Davis has always been a blur to those around him. He's a shadow like a million other kids--not smart enough for the academic team, not beast enough for the football team, not extroverted enough for the drama crowd. In all things Test is just...not, which is why no one ever notices him.

But what happens when someone does notice him-- Nicole Paxton, a cheerleader, no less? What happens on the night that Test finds out there's nothing average about him and that a powerful gift has been hidden within, secretly waiting to be set free and alter his life forever? The question is, will that power save him and those he loves or tear them apart?

Author Info:
J.M. Pierce is a simple midwestern man with a creative side who has found writing as his primary outlet. He lives happily with his wife and two children in rural Kansas and finds happiness in a good cup of coffee, a Kansas sunrise, a good book, the sound of his daughter singing, his son's laughter, and his wife's eyes. Everything else is gravy.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This Makes My Day!

I really have to give a shout out and a thank you to Eleni at La Femme Readers, because while cruising my email today, I noticed that my book, Bloody Little Secrets had popped up on her site!

I was so surprised that people are already excited about my upcoming book. SO cool. I'm hoping to have the first chapter up for you all in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, check out the La Femme Readers blog:

I think I'll be smiling all week about this one!


Adventures in Epublishing: Pricing and Marketing Experiment Results

I ended my 99 cent experiment a little soon, after only 17-ish days. It was meant to be a promotion, although I did have grand plans after selling sometimes 7 copies a day that maybe I would leave it at 99 cents. But with a new book (Megg Jensen's Anathema) coming out at my DarkSide Publishing label this next week, we decided it might be good to end the promo and put the price back to $2.99 so that both books would be at the same price. I did think it might last 1 month, but Anathema was ready a little earlier than we thought.

Here is a sales break down from January 21-February 6/7 (Amazon took a little longer to change)

Into the Shadows
Total sold: 96 copies (60 at B&N) averaging 5 copies a day
Total earned: $34.81

Bookaday: The Eye of the Storm by William L.K.

The Eye of the Storm (The Stritonoly Chronicles)The Eye of the Storm - Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Eye of the Storm opens the Stritonoly Chronicles series in glorious style on Dmitri, son of the Czar of Stritonoly, driven insane by the forbidden poison of the slave-race Acidel sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events. A terrifying and eternal force stalks the forest nearby as a storm of epic proportions gathers over the Citadel.

Purchase Info: $2.39 at Amazon...Link:

Author Info: William L.K. lives in the suburbs of New York with his wife and two children. He began writing creatively as a teenager and has written and produced several successful plays and musicals in the NY area. William earned his B.A. and M.S. from Dowling College. He is currently a professional musician on the weekends and a science fiction/fantasy author during the week.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Bookaday: The View From Here by Rachel Howzell

The View from HereThe View From Here - Psychological Suspense

The View from Here focuses on the beauties and hardships of marriage; the betrayals and promises made between husbands and wives; and the grief of one woman haunted by secrets.

Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is slipping away. She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted. It doesn't help that her husband Truman spleunks and climbs, making her worry more with each adventure he takes. As the two grow apart, Nicole makes decisions that may ultimately shatter her fragile marriage.

Her life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, Truman disappears. No one -- not his diving instructor, not the Coast Guard -- can find him. Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?

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Author Info - Rachel Howzell is the author of The View from Here and A Quiet Storm. She is also a science writer at City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment institution. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bookaday: The Usurper by Cliff Ball

The UsurperThe Usurper - Thriller

Gary Jackson is raised to hate. Hate the United States, and everything it has ever stood for. His mission is to destroy the country from within, allying himself with America's enemies, and one very powerful and malevolent billionaire, to accomplish the deed. Once elected to the highest position in the land, Gary puts his lifelong goals to work, and puts the USA onto the path of ultimate destruction. He stops at nothing to rid the USA of his political and spiritual enemies, until a small group decide they've had enough, and they want to stop him. Will they succeed or will the United States be relegated to the dustbin of history?

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Cliff Ball is from Texas, The Usurper is his third novel. The other two published novels are, Out of Time and Shattered Earth. Cliff has a BA in English, and is a freelance copy-editor.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bookaday: Death Has A Name by Jerry Hanel

Death Has a Name (Brodie Wade)Death Has a Name - Paranormal

Together with Detective Phil Dawson, Brodie Wade -- a psychic detective -- must summon all of his will to go head-to-head with a spiritual force known as The Truth to solve the latest string of gruesome murders. It appears that Dominick Fredrickton -- the Midnight Killer -- has returned from the grave. Can they stop Death before he is unleashed from eternal bonds?

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Bookaday: One Hundred Open Houses by Consuelo Saah Baehr

One Hundred Open HousesOne Hundred Open Houses - Contemporary Women's Fiction

Synopsis: 100 Open Houses is about real estate and life. It’s about the whispers from the soul hole that we barely hear. Rebecca Haas, like all of us, is being tortured to death by the sameness of her life, her thoughts, her weight, the incessant self review of life choices, her indecision, her stalled writing career. Can a change of space really change her life and finally give her the authenticity she needs? Take this trip with Rebecca through all of the open houses and the lives lived in them – is one of them yours?

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Author Info: Consuelo Saah Baehr was born in El Salvador to French/Palestinian parents. At age five she joined her father and five uncles in Washington, D.C. where they ran the prestigious boutique department store, Jean Matou, a favorite of Bess Truman and Jackie Kennedy. Convent boarding schools came next and George Washington University. After college she began writing advertising copy for the Macy Corp. Marriage and three children followed and the writing was silent until a stunning Op-Ed piece in The New York Times brought a flurry of offers from book publishers. The result was the personal memoir, Report From The Heart (Simon & Schuster). Four novels followed: Best Friends (Delacorte/Dell); Nothing To Lose (Putnam's); Daughters (Delacorte/Dell) and 100 Open Houses soon to be a Kindle original.
Daughters, a historical family saga set in pre-war Jerusalem, has been translated into 15 languages. It was published as a Kindle book in late August.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bookaday: Sugar and Spice by Saffina Desforges

Sugar & SpiceSugar & Spice - Crime-Thriller  

When you've got two young children, and you think the unthinkable, where do you turn?

Sugar & Spice is a ground-breaking new crime-thriller set against the background of Britain’s fragmented criminal justice system, with the key protagonists the mother and partner of a murdered child.

Inspired by a news story of a man who begged a Judge to give him a longer sentence, because he knew he would harm another child if released without treatment, Sugar & Spice is meticulously researched, asking the questions society prefers not to have answered. At once disquieting and challenging, Sugar & Spice is car-crash reading.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A child fails to return home. As hours turn to days, all they can do is hope. Some children never come back...

The story opens when two boys find the severed arm of a missing child. For the distraught mother, Claire Meadows, and her partner Matt Burford, the arrest of local sex-offender Thomas Bristow seems to offer closure. But doubts soon emerge. The Met officers who “interview” Bristow are from the Gene Hunt school of policing, and the confession appears worthless when another child is killed while Bristow is on remand awaiting trial.

Driven by a mother’s need to know, Claire visits Bristow in prison. H presents a compelling defence, convincing Claire not only that he is innocent of harming her daughter, but that his previous convictions were not what they seemed.

Running parallel to this we meet Greg Randall, respectable accountant and utterly devoted father of six year old twins. But for Randall, the murder has brought to the fore private demons he has long been struggling to cope with:

Fearing he might one day lose control, Randall seeks counselling at a prestigious private clinic, licensed by the Home Office to treat sex-offenders. Randall’s struggle to balance his family life as he undergoes “therapy,” runs alongside the hunt for the child-killer, until eventually the two story-lines inexorably converge.

With the Police inquiry floundering, Matt and Claire embark on their own investigation, teaming up with a second-year psychology student and a fourteen year-old truant schoolboy to bring one man’s reign of terror to an end.

Warning: The research is meticulous, and the characters based on real-life studies.

This is a novel every parent should read.
But be warned: In Sugar & Spice not all things are nice...

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Author Info: Thirty-something, British crime/thriller writer.

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