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About Kate Policani

Hello, my name is Kate and I am a compulsive fiction writer. I have a passion for story. Real or fiction, across genres, I write, read, watch, and listen to stories. Every story holds deeper meaning and lessons to learn. I write to expand ideas and connect readers to my stories and their deeper messages. Through my stories I explore the common themes of life and push the boundaries of my own perceptions. I would love to take my readers on a journey to explore life’s questions and find still more questions to ask. A Seattle mom of three and therefore a coffee addict, I write my books over a hot mocha in the rainy season (Fall-Winter-Spring) and an iced mocha during the six weeks of summer. Every journal I own begins with a few days of my life and then some hastily-scrawled record of whatever story takes over. I think about my stories in bed as I drift off to sleep. I often wake in the middle of the night with a writing idea. I have scrawled story notes on the backs of my grocery lists wadded up in my purse. My writing ideas even have their own email address. Story grows everywhere from the music we hear to the people we encounter. Will you take a journey into story with me?

New Review: Doom & Gloom and Kindle Countdown Deal

Doom & Gloom

by Monica Shaughnessy

Genre: Children, Science Fiction, Action

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/doom-gloom-by-monica-shaughnessy/

Synopsis:

Dane Winter has never, ever been afraid of the dark.

As the richest kid in Winterville, he lives in a mansion, owns tons of gadgets, and gets $1,200 a week in allowance. In fact, he has everything a twelve-year-old could want, except his freedom. Born with a rare sun allergy, Dane is forced to spend his days in the gloom of Winter Mansion, hiding from deadly UV rays. But everything changes the day his parents give him a solar protection suit.

Using this spectacular new gift, Dane explores the town his ancestors built and finds all is not well with Winterville. The evil Mad Dogs are on the move, and they’re planning their biggest caper yet. Intent on stopping them, Dane dons his suit, teams up with his klutzy gal pal, Jinx Bellamy, and resurrects their childhood superhero team of Doom & Gloom. Though he soon finds saving the day is a whole lot harder than it looks in comic books. Full of sci-fi fun and dazzling swordplay, Doom & Gloom delivers for action/adventure lovers, ages 9+.
Doom & Gloom is now on a Kindle Countdown Deal for $0.99 this weekend until Dec. 26! Grab it while the deal is on!
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Lessons Learned from Broken Characters

The final book for the Awesome Indies Discovery!

Laurie Boris

file5721279006391I’m a bit different from some authors. Instead of outlining and building a character from scratch, I let one fall into my head. I follow him or her around as we find the story together. So sometimes (oh, who am I kidding; it happens nearly all the time) I get to work with characters who are a little broken, a little damaged, or who don’t always make the choices I want them to.

This means I often hear the same comment from my early readers: I wanted to SLAP her!

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New Review: INFECTED by James Schannep

 

INFECTED

by James Schannep

Genre: Horror, Zombie, Action

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/infected-by-james-schannep/

Synopsis:

3 Unique Storylines. Over 50 Possible Endings. Just one question… Will YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Everyone has their plan; what they’d do to survive if and when the zombies come. Now you can see how you’d hold up against the legions of undead–without needing to call the CDC because crazed bath salts users are trying to eat your face off.

Here’s how it works: You, Dear Reader, are the main character of this story. Live, die, and rise again based solely on the merit of your own choices. Each link represents a choice, and there’s no going back, so choose wisely.

Fans of The Walking Dead or George Romero’s Living Dead series can now live their own apocalyptic adventure. Like the gamebooks popular in the 1980s-90s (Choose Your Own Adventure, Give Yourself Goosebumps, etc), this is a series where you choose how to progress through the book. Unlike any others, this is the first series designed specifically for adults. And as an ebook, you simply click your choice and the story flows forward for you. No flipping pages.

Get INFECTED!

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From the author:

This is my first published book and the beginning of the Click Your Poison series, a collection of gambooks where YOU are the main character, crafted specifically for an adult audience. Whether you remember other pick-your-path books as a kid, are addicted to pop culture and videogames, or just love zombies, I hope you enjoy INFECTED. If you do —  please leave a review and tell your friends; it really does help. And if you still can’t get enough, I’d love to hear from you on twitter, facebook, or jamesschannep.com.

Thanks for your interest in INFECTED… and good luck.
-James Schannep

Author site: www.jamesschannep.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CYPbooks

Twitter: @ClickYourPoison and @JamesSchannep

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White Chalk – Fiction with a Social Conscience

White Chalk – Fiction with a Social Conscience.

Read my review here.

This week, my erotic romance Sugar & Salt released and I’ve been having oodles of fun posting reviews and talking about erotica with readers.  But in the mix, I don’t want to forget the Literary Fiction novel that came out in July.  Not that long ago in the scheme of publishing.

WCFinalCoverChelle isn’t 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.

White Chalk, is a very personal story for me.  While it’s not autobiographical and I am not Chelle, I could have been.  So could you.  So could the kid sitting on the bus next to you on your way to work tomorrow morning.  The thing is, we never know what someone’s like is like behind the walls of their mind.  It takes very little to change the trajectory of a life.  A teacher who takes a special interest in a troubled child can save them, point them in a new direction, or take advantage and shatter their understanding of love.

Rachel Thompson, Award-Winning Author of Broken Pieces

Tyler combines shades of ‘Lolita’ and ‘Catcher in the Rye’ in a completely new way, drawing you in with poignant characterizations. ‘White Chalk’ goes deep into teenage angst with understanding and clarity. Savor, share, and use this poignant book as a primer on the brutal effects of abuse, neglect, and self-esteem.

Buy it now

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo ~

And as a thank you, if you pick up a copy of White Chalk, I’ll send you a free ebook of Two Moons of Sera, my Fantasy Romance. Just email me confirmation of your purchase (PavartiDevi @ gmail)

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New Review: Waning Moon

Waning Moon

by PJ Sharon

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/waning-moon-by-pj-sharon/

Synopsis

In the year 2057, in a post-apocalyptic world where a polar shift threatens the survivors of a widespread pandemic with extinction, sixteen-year-old genetically enhanced Lily Carmichael has more immediate problems. Her uncle is dying of cancer and her healing abilities are ineffective against the blood ties that bind them. In order to find a cure, Lily must leave the protection of her quiet town and journey to the trading city of Albany, all while avoiding the Industry, an agency that would like nothing better than to study and exploit her abilities.

Seventeen-year-old Will Callahan has been searching for his father since severe storms blasted through the Midwest, killing his mother and sister. When he learns that his father may be in the city, he catches a ride with Lily, a girl who has come to his rescue more than once. As the two embark on a dangerous journey, the tension between them grows. But the secrets Will’s keeping could put Lily in far more danger than traveling to the city with him, and if he was any kind of man, he would have told her to run the minute she found him.

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About the Author

PJ Sharon is the award winning author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including Molly finalist, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, FAB Five finalist, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award for literary fiction, and the 2012 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.

PJ is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One, took the runner-up spot in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards for the YA Category and is a finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award for Excellence. WESTERN DESERT, Book Two in the trilogy is now available!

Writing romantic fiction since 2006 and following her destiny to write stories that give teen readers and beyond a hopefully ever after end,  PJ is a member of  RWA, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

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Awesome Indies Discovery: Waterspell, a Fantasy by Deborah J. Lightfoot

The next book in the Discovery:

The Wisewoman

The Awesome Indies Discovery begins today and runs through December 14. Featured are eight simply awesome writers whose books have met high standards of quality and been approved for the Awesome Indies lists. I am pleased and proud to be in such distinguished company. Now here is my contribution to the tour. I’m also giving away review copies of the complete Waterspell trilogy.

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WATERSPELL
by
Deborah J. Lightfoot

Magic, mystery, murder, and romance …
The Waterspell Trilogy:
An intricate save-the-world fantasy adventure with complex characters, cosmic calamities, and the gothic sensibilities of Jane Eyre

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I wrote much of Waterspell while living in the tropics in a house that was open to the breezes of soft summer nights. Often I worked late, gripped by a writer’s high, my fingers flying over the keyboard while the world slept. Vaguely I would catch the hoots of owls and the fragrances of…

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Awesome Indies Discovery 1: Violence and Ambiguity in Talion | Ancient Children

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Awesome Indies Discovery Book Tour | Ancient Children

Awesome Indies Discovery Book Tour | Ancient Children.

Discover Authors

Talion is part of the Awesome Indies Discovery  blog tour that begins today and continues through December 14. Ancient Children will  feature a new book every day except December 10, when Talion will be featured on the other blogs. (It’s featured here today.)  Come back every day for excellent fiction, great deals, and exciting giveaways. You can find out more about the tour at Discover Authors.

I’m giving away an ebook copy of Talion to the first 10 readers who ask to be added to my newsletter mailing list. Find out more about the upcoming publication of the sequel, Daemon SeerJust contact me by clickinghere. I’ll need your name and email address. And be sure to let me know whether you want the Kindle book or the ePub version.

Talion will be featured by The Fussy Librarian on Saturday, December 7. Stop by and sign up for your personalized ebook recommendations.

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Awesome Indies Discovery 1: The Diamond Peak Series

THE MIND-BLOWING FINALE TO THE DIAMOND PEAK FANTASY SERIES IS OUT NOW! – Tahlia Newland: author & editor.

My review of Lethal Inheritance

My review of Stalking Shadows

My review of Demon’s Grip

My review of Eternal Destiny

THE MIND-BLOWING FINALE TO THE DIAMOND PEAK FANTASY SERIES IS OUT NOW!

THE MIND-BLOWING FINALE TO THIS AWESOME  FANTASY SERIES IS OUT NOW!
Yes; it is quite literally mind-blowing.

Diamond Peak Series

Don’t miss out on the award-winning Diamond Peak Fantasy Series. Each book in this new adult contemporary fantasy has been awarded an AIA Seal of Excellence in Independent Fiction.  (That means it’s pretty good.) Book one has also been awarded a BRAG medallion for outstanding independent fiction.
Get the full series now and read some real magic.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE SERIES.

A beautifully written, exciting fantasy-adventure with vibrant description.” Krisi Keley, author of Mareritt.

“A most exemplary work, a real joy to read. The colour, depth and vitality of both the writing and the narrative is stunningly good: the exploration of motives, outlooks and hopes of the characters quite intoxicating. It ranks as a true work of literary accomplishment.” Clive S Johnson, AIA reviewer.

“In a new twist on fantasy, Tahlia puts characters in fantastical situations, but they are actually fighting everyday situations that have to do with hate, greed, envy, and the like, as Ariel and Nick fight demons that prey off your emotions. Her characters are rich in real life experiences, following on life’s journey of emotional ups and downs. I love the relationship between Nick and Ariel. It’s so pure with the promise of young love and the maturity to put it on hold while they fought the demons they were pitted against. In a race to save Ariel’s mother’s life, Ariel discovers who she is and what she is capable of. This is a gripping series that I would recommend to anyone. It has a great moral compass to encompass the ages.” Cynthia Shepp, editor/reviewer

“I can’t even begin to describe all of the action you’ll find in this highly imaginative journey. This is a fantastic depiction of a fight between good and evil.” Crazy Four Books. 

ABOUT THE SERIES.

Lethal InheritanceStalking ShadowsDemon’s Grip and Eternal Destinytake place in the hidden realm of Diamond Peak, a place that interfaces with the ‘real’ world, and is inhabited by demons and the Warriors who hunt them. Diamond Peak exists on a more subtle layer of reality than the one we normally see and can only be seen and entered by those who have refined their perception sufficiently to become attuned to its frequency.

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Inside, rocks move, reeds whisper, people fly and sadistic demons feed on and stir up negative emotions in their human prey. Warriors seek to climb the mountain and defeat the Master Demon who resides at the peak, because his death will free the world of all demons. To attain this goal however, the Warrior must pass through the territories of his bodyguards, the heads of the demon clans, and face their inner demons before they can subdue the outer ones.

The layers of meaning within this series are rich, the symbolism profound and the characters’ experiences, though cloaked in fantasy, are the journey we all take through life whether we know it or not. It is a journey of self discovery on the profoundest of levels. It is the journey to enlightenment.

These are no ordinary books. The magic within them is real. The powers of the characters are within your grasp and their success can be yours.

DP is calling

 Run  and Ariel’s Dream are prequel short stories to the series. They are FREE in all major ebook stores and includes chapter one and two of book one, Lethal InheritanceBook one is out in paperback and book two, Stalking Shadows, will be available in time for Christmas.

See all the books on my
Amazon author page
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Smashwords author page
Apple author page

SPECIAL OFFER.

If you buy book one before the 15th of December and send me a copy of the receipt. I will give you book 2 for free and enter you in a draw to win the full series.

Email your receipt to CP(at)centrepieceproductions(dot)com.  (The email address is written like this to avoid being picked up by spammers. Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with a period.)

 Thanks to Kate Policani for organising the Awesome Indies Discovery Tour of which this post is a part.

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Awesome Indies Discovery 1: Dream Student

The second Discovery book:

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Awesome Indies Discovery 1: Daimones

Awesome Indies Discovery book #1

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Awesome Indies Discovery 1: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

DJABBIM Cover New Audiobook

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

(Book 1 of The Convergence series)

By Kate Policani

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

The fabulous Awesome Indies have granted this book with the Seal of Approval. Since its last appearance on Discover Authors, my first Convergence series book has donned a new cover for ebooks and is Now available on Audiobook! 

Giveaway:

One comment on this post will win a code for a free audiobook at audible.com! Let me know what you think of the new cover and the audiobook reading.

The talented Heidi Baker has narrated the first book in The Convergence series. This tale features a lot of humor and loads of fun. As an added bonus, you can HEAR what all those crazy words sound like.

Hear a sample

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Awesome Indies Discovery 1 starts Friday

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

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New Review: White Chalk


White Chalk

By Pavarti K. Tyler

Genre: Literary Fiction, Coming-of-age

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/white-chalk-by-pavarti-k-tyler/

Synopsis

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.

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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.

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New Review: Heat Lightning

Heat Lightning

By Ruth Coe Chambers

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Read  my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/heat-lightning-by-ruth-coe-chambers/

Synopsis

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.

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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.

 

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