Please join us Friday for Awesome Indies Discovery 1! This Discovery is a special event for authors whose books have been certified by the Awesome Indies, a site dedicated to…read more
Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/white-chalk-by-pavarti-k-tyler/
Chelle isn’t what most people consider a typical 13-year-old girl—she doesn’t laugh with friends, play sports, or hang out at the mall after school. Instead, she navigates a world well beyond her years.
Life in Dawson, ND spins on as she grasps at people, pleading for someone to save her—to return her to the simple childhood of unicorns on her bedroom wall and stories on her father’s knee.
When Troy Christiansen walks into her life, Chelle is desperate to believe his arrival will be her salvation. So much so, she forgets to save herself. After experiencing a tragedy at school, her world begins to crack, causing a deeper scar in her already fragile psyche.
Follow Chelle’s twisted tale of modern adolescence, as she travels down the rabbit hole into a reality none of us wants to admit actually exists.
About the Author
Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry at several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.
Bay Harbor wasn’t a picture postcard town. The war was an awkward memory, its trenches returning some to the small Florida gulfport, though not the men they used to be. What Bay Harbor’s residents hadn’t expected was the change and tragedy the soldiers would bring home. No one loved Bay Harbor more than twelve year old Anna Lee Owens, daughter of the deputy sheriff. A livewire too observant of Bay Harbor’s secrets, she indulged in death tours, dreamed of lighthouses, and worshiped the tragic Tyler Rose. She played rascal with Tyler’s cousin T. J. at his father’s funeral home, and longed for the grace of the mercurial Lola. Among the tide of soldiers and unexpected travellers, Anna Lee’s youth teeters precariously; Hilton Fields returns to Bay Harbor. Her father’s best friend, he ignites cataclysmic changes leading to an act of heartbreaking betrayal that changes the course of their lives forever.
About the Author
Write about what you know, what you love–that’s why Ruth Coe Chambers writes about Florida. So that time and distance would not steal the memories of her home town, Port St. Joe, she created The Chinaberry Album to secure its place in history. In addition to stand-alone works such as The Chinaberry Album, its sequel Heat Lightning, two prize winning plays, and other upcoming surprises, her work has garnered accolades in literary competitions and has appeared in print, online magazines, and essay anthologies. She continues her writing, immersively exploring the sandy, salty fabric of Florida.
Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/bluff-by-susan-yanguas/
What do a nearsighted massage therapist, a rookie detective called “Fish,” a weekly poker game, and an endangered cougar have in common? Murder, it turns out!
Myopic Abby Ford is the only “eyewitness” to the murder of a local environmentalist. She can’t identify the killer, but he can identify her — forcing her to stay one step ahead of his hired goons. When the lead detective also becomes her bodyguard after an attempt on her life, their growing attraction only complicates matters. But what neither suspects is that the killer has an inside edge very close to home…
Set in a suburb of Baltimore, Bluff introduces a cast of quirky and endearing characters that will have you looking forward to the rest of this “crime lite” series.
About the Author:
Susan Yanguas is a writer/editor for a U.S. government agency where she also teaches writing workshops. She is a tireless crusader against the use of nouns as verbs and other atrocities in bureaucratic writing. When not at her day job, Susan writes fiction and creative non-fiction, paints, and does Reiki energy work. She lives in Maryland with two very needy cats.
Find out more about Susans books on her website: https://susanyanguas.wordpress.com
While many of you gorgeous babies plunge into National Novel Writing Month, I will embark on my own “National Novel Finishing Month”! The Stray remains open on my task bar for (mostly) daily work. I’m not sure if I can finish this month but I definitely hope to complete it before the year ends.
Also, The Disenchanted Pet sits on metaphorical blocks for an overhaul! My darling first book deserves the touch of all the knowledge I have learned over these two years since its publication. It feels fitting to work on the series books together, and I find I discover many insights to share between them.
Sorry to say it, but The Stray will not appear on Kindle as soon as I finish it. I will be searching for a most excellent literary agent to help me take the book to traditional publishers. If you know somebody or are somebody, give me a holler!
Did I scare you?
I’ve been working on cover designs to update Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. This is the winner of this round. What do you think? Any suggestions?
Is it an improvement over the original cover? (I love this cover but I’m told it looks too Middle Grade instead of New Adult)
Today I’m joining the The Awesome Indies Magical Mystery Tour, hosted by the Awesome Indies. From the 27th to the 30th September you’ll have the chance to pick up some special offers or win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the tour, including mine.
Why is it called the Magical Mystery Tour? Because it highlights the magical and mysterious qualities of some of the books listed on the Awesome Indies. Also, there’s a chapter of a mystery at each blog, and a tour for you to take and read the full story. Inside the scenes you will find the key you need to enter the Giveaway for an Amazon gift card. (First prize is a $25 card, second prize is $15 and third prizes is a $10 card.)
All you have to do is start at the Awesome Indies, follow the links from blog to blog, read the story and pick up the clue to the mystery key to enter the draw when you get back to the Awesome Indies. While you’re at each blog, read about the author’s book and enter their giveaway or pick up their special offer.
If you haven’t started the tour, pop over to the Awesome Indies and start now: http://wp.me/p3HF9i-1wW
If you’re on the Magical Mystery Tour already, then read on …
Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/restoration-by-elaine-d-walsh/
With a signed death warrant and final appeals running out, Tess Olsen anticipates the execution of the man her mother deserted her family for thirteen years ago. Randall Wright s death will expel his disturbing legacy and return her mother to her; it s as simple as that, or so she believes. But Wright robbed her life of more than just her mother and like a splinter slowly and painfully working its way to the surface, those stolen pieces begin emerging.
Working as an art conservator in New York City, Tess keeps an emotional distance from co-workers. She has no close ties since isolating herself during her teen years when the tale of Wright s crimes, trial, and marriage to her mother was published in a Pulitzer Prize winning article. She yearns for the family she had and is unable to accept who they are now.
Tess is dating Ben Elliot, an art critic for the New York Times. The relationship both intrigues and unnerves her. Unlike men she s dated in the past, he is more interested in her than her physical attributes and any sex she can offer. Although drawn to Ben, she is more comfortable with men like Kenyon LeMere, a brazen artist Ben introduces her to who has a reputation for translating his sexual liaisons into art.
Restoration chronicles Tess Olsen s challenge to restore her life, relationships, and dreams back to the promise they held before Randall Wright.
About the Author:
Amazon Breakthrough Award Contest – Quarter finalist, Honorable Mention at the 2012 Southern California Book Festival and Winner of the Chairman’s Award for Excellence,
Nimitz Highway and River Street is an intersection on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This is where she impatiently came out of the womb ready to start on her personal history.
She grew up in upstate New York against the backdrop of the flowering women’s rights movement with different ideas from her mother as to what her life as a woman should be. In college, she majored in psychology with the intent of being a “death & dying” counselor. This would be her paying job while she wrote the next great American novel. Plan B kicked in and she graduated with a B.A. in English, packed her car, and upset her parents by moving to Florida in search of her destiny.
Without ever having taken one business course, she created her own brand and became a successful business executive by day and women’s fiction writer by night. So far, she has lived a Lifetime Movie Network life, a mixture of extraordinary, ordinary, mundane, and terrifying, providing her great inspiration and fanning her creative flame.
Her father imbued in her a strong sense of family. He brought to life the words unconditional love.
From her mother, she gained an appreciation for the complexities of relationships and richness in life one finds exploring and experiencing everything from a recipe, to a historical site, to lunch with friends, or a glass of wine. Her mother was a collector of experiences. They journeyed together and grew as individuals and as mother-daughter. Elaine shared her mother’s journeys battling cancer, as her mother survived one and succumbed to another. In one of their last soulful conversations before her mother died, she told Elaine she was glad Elaine also had a daughter and hoped she would enjoy her own daughter as much as her mother enjoyed Elaine.
The most powerful influences in her life and her stories come from being a daughter, mother, friend, and soul mate. But as a successful women’s fiction writer, does this surprise anyone?
Read my review here: http://katepolicani.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php
On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her. So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. Decades later, the family is lured back to Cuba by the promise of untold riches. But pursuing those riches brings danger as well as opportunity, and ultimately, Francesca’s family must confront the lethal consequences of their choices. From the troubled streets of Havana to the mean streets of Chicago, HAVANA LOST reveals the true cost of chasing power instead of love. HAVANA LOST is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s tenth novel and third thriller that explores how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. The novel is a testament to Hellmann’s gift for authentic historical detail as well as her talent for writing compulsively readable thrillers.
About the Author:
Anthony-nominated author Libby Fischer Hellmann writes “Compulsively Readable Thrillers.” With ten novels and twenty short stories published, she has also written suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy. At the core of all her stories, however, is always a crime or the possibility of one.
A recovering news junkie, Libby is a transplant from Washington, D.C., where, she says, “When you’re sitting around the dinner table gossiping about the neighbors, you’re talking politics.” Armed with a Masters Degree in Film Production from New York University, and a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career in broadcast news. She began as an assistant film editor at NBC News in New York, but moved back to DC where she worked with Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer at N-PACT, the public affairs production arm of PBS. When Watergate broke, she was re-trained as an assistant director and helped produce PBS’s night-time broadcasts of the hearings.
In 1978, Libby moved to Chicago to work at Burson-Marsteller, the large public relations firm, staying until 1985 when she founded Fischer Hellmann Communications. Currently, when not writing, she conducts speaker training programs in platform speaking, presentation skills, media training, and crisis communications. Additionally, Libby also writes and produces videos.
Her first novel, AN EYE FOR MURDER, which features Ellie Foreman, a video producer and single mother, was released in 2002. Publishers Weekly called it a “masterful blend of politics, history, and suspense,” and it was nominated for several awards. That was followed by three more entries in the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24.”
A few years later, Libby introduced her second series featuring hard-boiled Chicago PI Georgia Davis, which Chicago Tribune describes as, “a new no-nonsense detective …. tough and smart enough to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money.” There are three books in that series so far: EASY INNOCENCE (2008) and DOUBLEBACK (2009), which was selected as a Great Lakes Booksellers’ Association “2009 Great Read,” and TOXICITY (2011), a police procedural ebook thriller that became the prequel to the Georgia Davis series.
SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, (December, 2010) is a standalone thriller that goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago. Publishers Weekly describes it as “top-rate” and says, “A jazzy fusion of past and present, Hellman’s insightful, politically charged whodunit explores a fascinating period in American history.” It was short-listed for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of 2010 in the suspense/thriller category. Her most recent stand-alone, A BITTER VEIL, which PW calls “meticulously researched and fast-paced”, was released in April, 2012. It’s set in revolutionary Iran during the shah’s overthrow and rise of the Islamic Republic. And her latest thriller, HAVANA LOST, spans tree generations of the same family and is set largely in Cuba.
Libby has also edited a highly acclaimed crime fiction anthology, CHICAGO BLUES (October, 2007). In May, 2010, she published a collection of her own short stories called NICE GIRL DOES NOIR. In 2005-2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3,400 plus member organization committed to strengthening the voice of female mystery writers.
Visit Libby at http://libbyhellmann.com
Don’t miss out on the final day of the Awesome Indies Grand Opening Party! Win a free Kindle!
Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/ariels-dream-by-tahlia-newland/
Dream remnants usually fade, but not this one.
A shadow escapes from Ariel’s dream and stalks her in the real world. No matter how she tries to shake it off, it always returns. Even a mysterious old man and a boy bathed in light can’t keep its chill breath at bay. Like the fear that called it, the only way to defeat the shadow is to face it.
Ariel’s Dream is a prequel short story to the award-winning Diamond Peak Series. It includes the first two chapters of book one, Lethal Inheritance. This book is Awesome Indies Approved.
About the Author:
Award winning author, Tahlia Newland writes contemporary fantasy and magical realism with a metaphysical twist.
When not reading or writing you may find her being an extremely casual high school teacher or making decorative masks.
Tahlia is a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts, with over 20 years experience in scripting and performing in Visual Theatre and Theater in Education
She had studied philosophy & meditation for many years, lives in an Australian rainforest and loves cats, but she doesn’t have one because they eat native birds.
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Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/incubus-by-jennifer-quintenz/
Braedyn Murphy used to think nothing important ever happened in her sleepy town of Puerto Escondido. But that was before she learned she was a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Now Braedyn fights to protect humanity from the Lilitu – the beautiful, souls-stealing daughters of Lilith.
As she fights the Lilitu, Braedyn must also fight her growing love for her boyfriend Lucas – because even a simple kiss could end his life. Their only ray of hope is an angel’s offer to make Braedyn human, but it’s an offer she can’t accept until the world is safe from the Lilitu.
Braedyn knows she’s a key player in this ancient war… but she’s not ready to believe she just might be humanity’s best hope of surviving the final battle for Earth
About the author:
Jennifer Quintenz is a film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
Jennifer’s website: http://jenniferquintenz.com/
Jennifer on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferQuintenz
Jennifer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jennq
Jennifer on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5926932
Jennifer on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0084929JO