Posts Tagged With: Author Blog-in

Author Blog-in, Final Day: The Happenstance Marshal by Michael O’Gara

Hey everyone today’s the day the author blog-in starts. My book “The Happenstance Marshal” will be released in print on Amazon and major retailers this upcoming week. To enter to win a copy please go to my website by clicking on my websites Current Contest page
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About “The Happenstance Marshal”

Millie’s Life Lesson #1 – When life gives you lemons set out to save a town and get the badge and a gun you’ve always wanted.

Millie’s life presently sucks but she has not let things beat her down and they are about to change. It’s bad enough Millie is subjected to prejudice but then she loses her job and her best friend. Given the economic problems of the City of Safe Haven Harbor, Millie’s prospects don’t look good. The City is broke, business is bad, and everyone’s struggling but a new reform Council has been elected to get to the bottom of the mess. They’ve hired a real hunk as the new city manager and if Millie thinks her life is complicated now she has no idea what’s around the corner. Millie will be thrown into the midst of mystery, sexual temptation, adventure and misadventure, as well as life threatening danger. Through it all she will learn she has a natural talent that will change her life and open the door to her dreams.

To purchase an eBook copy go to Amazon Kindle or Smashwords for other major e-Readers.

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Author Blog-in day 4

Comment on this post for an entry to WIN a free print copy of the first book in the series, Serial Date.

Free kindle book day on January 19th.

DV Berkom Books

Hey everybody!

Serial DateToday is the first day of the Author Blog-In!  I’m featuring my latest release, Bad Traffick, and will give away a print copy of the first book in the series, Serial Date, to one of the commenters on this blog! Stop back often, as each day I will post another participating author’s book. The blog-in runs through January 21st, so be sure to leave a comment on any of the blog-in articles posted here during that time to win!

BAD TRAFFICK, A Leine Basso Novel
Bad Traffick is the second book in the Leine Basso Series, and was picked as one of 5 BloodWrites Best Indie Picks for 2012 :
Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn’t commit and required to stay in L.A., ex-assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles…

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Author Blog-in Day 3: The Presidents Club by FC Etier

How “The Presidents Club” happened

     My first novel, The Tourist Killer, was nearing completion.
     The characters had taken me to places not imagined in the beginning.
     As the story lines for several of the characters were beginning to converge, one of them, Julian Thibaut, decided to visit a quiet little bar for a drink and some thought.

     He met a man who knew of a great place that would fill the bill.
     His new friend had on a name tag, but it wasn’t his. The tag read, “Ted.”
     The wearer explained, “I borrowed this from another guy I work with. I forgot mine today. My name’s Abe, another President.”
     When he said that, a light bulb went off for me.
     When the two men arrived at the Louisville Tavern, they met a group of retirees that all had first names in common with previous U.S. Presidents.  In addition to the aforementioned Abraham/Abe, the other members of The Presidents Club: George, Thomas, Woodrow, Franklin, Ulysses, and Ronald. The group included a teacher, general surgeon, minister, retail manager, chiropractor, college professor, and a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, all retired.
     The Presidents Club debuted on Sunday, January 6, 2012 as a free weekly serial on the web site of my publisher, Venture Galleries. We were stunned to have received over one thousand readers for the first chapter.
     Please accept this invitation to join us on Sunday, January 13, forChapter Two. Venture Galleries will archive every chapter, so if you miss one, it will be easy to catch up. Eventually, The Presidents Club will be available as both an e-book and a trade paperback.

Here’s the pitch:  A group of retirees and the ex-FBI agent hired to protect them face danger as they investigate a murder and uncover the source of ultimate government power.

Genre: a thinking readers’ thriller — enough action to keep the pages turning and enough information to get to know the characters not only by the information given about them, but how and with whom they interact.

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Author Blog-in Day 2

Today is my book’s day on the Blog-in! Please visit these great sites to see Compulsively Writing Fiction there:

http://michael-ogara.blogspot.com/

http://dvberkom.wordpress.com/

http://etierphotography.blogspot.com/

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Author Blog-in: Compulsively Writing Fiction

Compulsively Writing Fiction

Compulsively Writing  Fiction:

My experiences in Self-publishing in 2011

by Kate Policani

This is a FREE ebook

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102331

On Kobo

For Nook

I began my self-publishing journey in 2011, writing my first novel and working through the processes of publishing myself on CreateSpace and other publishers. This free ebook is the compilation of my experiences and discoveries from my blog. I have reorganized them and added some clarification to make a comprehensive view of and instruction for self publishing in this, the rise of the digital book movement.
This book is crafted to help all of you new self-publishers to live your dream and publish your book!

Another free ebook coming soon: Compulsively Writing More Fiction: My Continued Self-publishing Adventures in 2012

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Author Blog-in Starts Tomorrow!

Sign up before it’s too late!

The author blog-in is starting tomorrow! Sign up now to get in on the action. Feel free to share the page with your author friends too. Spread the word and widen our audience about our wonderful books!

All the information is here: https://katepolicani.com/author-blog-in/

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Last Author Blog-in this Friday

Five more Days!

The author blog-in is less than one week away! To get your choice of days, please sign up now. Feel free to share the page with your author friends too. Spread the word and widen our audience about our wonderful books!

All the information is here: https://katepolicani.com/author-blog-in/

Also be sure to check out Author Blog-in’s new look! Discover Authors starts in February with the same easy format and more benefits.

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Author Blog-in last day: Juli D Revezzo

Once again I am participating in Kate Policani’s Author blog-in.

House of Cards

I wrote this originally for a horror zine that I’m fond of but it ended up being too long for her. I showed it to another, pagan, editor I know and she suggested a whole new theme that made the story what it is today. So, yes,I’m glad I showed it to someone else. :) I hope you all will like it.

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Nobleand Smashwords

House of Cards

 

Can you gamble with Fate?

A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate–a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he thwart his fate, one worse than the guillotine?

Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Mythic. $.99

Find out more about House of Cards:

HoC’s page on Kindleboards, here.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Author Blog-in: Home to Stay by June McCullough

This week I am participating in Kate Policani’s Author Blog-In. Over the next week I will publish different posts about other author’s novels. If you are looking for your next read, or perhaps a gift for someone, make sure you visit this site throughout the week to see if something catches your interest. Something like

Home to Stay

With the weather getting colder and the busy season about to descend upon us, don’t forget to put an evening aside just for you. Get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, or a glass of wine and escape with this contemporary romance that will take you to a ranch just outside Calgary, Canada.

Synopsis

Although she has never stopped referring to Aces Corral as her home, it has been two years since Diana Crawford has stepped foot on the ranch. Her decision to return home was made just as abruptly as her decision to leave, but as Diana’s car pulls into the long driveway, she knows it is time once again to build the family ranch into a successful business. Little does she know that waiting for her return is a man determined to change everything.

Coming home is emotional for Diana. She is thrilled to reunite with her elderly next-door neighbours, Len and Dot Mackenzie, who are the closest thing to family she has left. But when she meets their nephew for the first time, his captivating eyes and quiet strength hypnotize her. There is no mistaking the attraction, and it is not long before Barry Daniels lassoes her heart. As Diana works on reconciling her past, she knows she has a lot to learn about running a business and when Diana finds evidence of a betrayal that could destroy everything she has worked for; she is desperate to find a way to expose the scheme.

In this contemporary cowboy romance, a woman on the fringes of finding her own inner strength must expose a web of deceit before she loses everything she has ever loved.

Excerpt

“I better go. Think about what I said. There’s something between us and I don’t think we should deny it. I’m willing to take a chance and I want to know if you are, too, but I don’t want you to answer right now.”

He walked over to the door, opened it, and turned back to face her. “It would be sad if we never took a chance and ended up missing out on one of the best things to happen to either of us. You can let me know tomorrow at the barbeque.”

With that, he shut the door and was gone. Diana stood at the counter for a long time after. The feelings he stirred in her both excited her and scared her. Her mind was swimming as she slid her back down the cupboard, until she was sitting on the kitchen floor.

What am I going to do? Should I back off and play it safe, so I won’t be sorry? Or will I be sorry if I play it safe?

Reader’s Comments
You feel like you are right in the tale with the way she describes the characters and their way of life. S.O.
You need to do a sequel to this. C.M.
A “feel good” book that we could use more of! M.H.

Grab a Copy Now!

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Author Blog-in: My day!

Please visit my book on these wonderful sites:

http://blog.seditionbook.com/?p=175

http://jmccullough.authorsxpress.com/2012/11/20/amputeddy-goes-back-to-school-by-jean-boelter-and-kate-policani

http://julidrevezzo.com/2012/11/20/amputeddy-goes-back-to-school-by-jean-boelter-and-kate-policani/

 

 

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Author Blog-in: Sedition by Tom Abrahams

SEDITION is what you might call a new style political thriller.

Sedition. A Political Thriller

As international bestselling author Marc Cameron wrote, Sedition is a “thinking person’s thriller.  If you are a lover of details, you will enjoy this book.”

Bestselling Amazon author Steven Konkoly called it a “tightly written, suspenseful thriller from start to finish.”

And the Kindle Book Review recommends it for “its intensity, realism and overall sense of urgency.”

It reads like a cross between a movie and a historical novel.  And it’s my first book:

The President of The United States is dead. There is no Vice President to take 
his place.

As the nation slips into a constitutional crisis, a small group of 
disenfranchised neo-patriots conspire to violently seize power. They have the 
will. They already have someone on the inside. And they have the explosives.

SEDITION navigates the thin line between good versus evil and 
patriot versus traitor, proving there’s always a reason behind treason.

I’m a lifelong political reporter who finally decided to trade the daily turn of soundbites and highlights for an in-depth, well-researched relevant narrative.

SEDITION is not a typical blow ‘em up, shoot ‘em down tale of suspense.  Instead, it is heavy on art, history, and detail a la Clancy, Baldacci, or le Carre.

Please see the website http://seditionbook.com for more about the story, an excerpt of the opening pages, and more about me.  You’ll also find links to artwork, photographs of locations, and downloadable documents mentioned in the story.

It’s available at Amazon, iBooks, B&N.com, and CreateSpace.

 

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Author Blog-in Last Day!

Thank you!

A big round of applause for all our great viewers and especially for the wonderful books! Today is our last day of the October Blog-in. Please visit my book on these fantastic blogs:

http://tahlianewland.com/2012/10/18/coming-soon-dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic-a-great-new-fantasy-by-kate-policani/

http://seanmacuisdin.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/october-author-blog-in-kate-policani/

http://themrsgraff.blogspot.com/2012/10/author-blog-in-kate-policani.html

http://thehighsthelowstheinbetweens.wordpress.com/new-books/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/

http://hayleylinfield.webs.com/apps/blog/show/19411169-kate-policani-s-don-t-judge-a-book-by-its-magic-

If you have a book and a blog, you are invited to join us for the November Blog-in! Read all about it here: https://katepolicani.com/author-blog-in/

 

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Author Blog-in: The Truth about Dandelions


Author Blog-in

The Truth about Dandelions.

 Posted by hlinfield on October 12, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Today I would like to tell anyone who might be reading this blog about my recently released novel, The Truth about Dandelions.  I am an award winning author (recently taking first place in the Alice Munro Short Story Competition) with a long list of essay and short story publications.  This is my debut novel:

Mara isn’t a slut; she just can’t find what she wants. She wants to forget her mother’s death, her father’s hypocrisy, and the plane crash that follows her. As a child she couldn’t understand why the grass never got cut, and now as she gropes her way through university life, all those weeds, those dandelions, have stayed with her, haunting her dreams.

She can’t see a way out of her dark hole until she gets hit by a car on an Ottawa street and starts spending time with Jack, the guy behind the wheel. Kind, thoughtful, and a virgin – he’s the last person she’d ever expected to fall for.

As she opens up to Jack, the wounds she’d been trying to ignore surface, and she’s forced to finally choose between running from or facing the past that’s been haunting her all her life. Through nights out looking for release to the ultimate event that forces her to face herself, Mara finally learns the truth about dandelions.

(cover design by David Morris Photography: http://www.davidphoto.ca/)

You will not like this book if:

– you hate classic literature, particularly Charlotte Bronte

– you hate Richard Dawkins or people who criticize organized religion

– you get uncomfortable hearing about the brutal side of life

You WILL like this book if:

– you like questioning why people act they way they do

– you can hold two opposing views in your mind at the same time and not explode

– you can watch a person make mistake after mistake and still give them another chance

You can read the first 10% of The Truth about Dandelions for free on Amazon (link below).

It is now on sale for 99 cents starting on October 15, but only until October 31.   DON’T WAIT!

Download your copy at:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/167710

http://www.amazon.com/The-Truth-About-Dandelions-ebook/dp/B008A3JVQI

And if you don’t already have an e-reader, join the 21st century and GET ONE!!

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Author Blog-in: Moments Collide by Angela Graff

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be participating in an Author Blog-in, courtesy of Kate Policani, and her wonderful efforts to showcase indie authors, and help each other gain more exposure and a larger potential fan-base.

Today I’ll be featuring my book.

My book, Moments Collide, is available here on Amazon and CreateSpace, and more information can be learned about my writing on my Facebook Page, or this blog.

Moments Collide is the story told by Felix LaPage, a young man with huge musical aspirations.  Growing up, Felix developed a love of music, and with his cello, worked his way through school to try and become a musical success.

However, that’s not the whole story.  While working toward his musical dreams, Felix met a woman who would change the course of his life, but not necessarily in a good way.  With this woman, Rayne, Felix learns that not everyone is kind or selfless.  Struggling through Rayne’s verbal and emotional abuse, Felix also must face getting over her multiple affairs.

It’s one night, on a long train-ride home, where Felix meets a young woman who shows him a different path, a path that could lead to his own personal happiness, free of struggle and pain.  It’s up to Felix, however, to choose whether or not he’s meant to walk the painful path with Rayne, or a path that allows him to be free.

Below is a short excerpt from the book.  The book is available on the Kindle Library, which I highly encourage people to check it out.  Any and all reviews are highly appreciated.  Please enjoy the small bit of my story.  Much love to all the readers and writers out there.  Thanks for checking out my blog!

Note: this excerpt has had the language edited to keep it to a G rating for other bloggers.  Please note that the actual text in the book consists of adult language.  Thank you! 

As I approached my door, my phone began to ring again, the bells piercing through my thoughts in an extremely unpleasant way.  I was not surprised to see Rayne’s number and this time I answered it.
“Hello?”
“Uhg, Felix,” she hissed at me.  “What have you been doing all day that you couldn’t answer my calls?”
“Oh, I was just busy,” I said, my voice oddly calm.  “I did want to tell you, though; I had a visitor last night around midnight.”
“What kind of visitor?” she asked, her voice heavy with suspicion.
“Well, it was your friend Richard, actually.  Before I go on, Rayne, is there anything you want to tell me?  Anything at all?”
“Um… no,” she said.  Her voice was suddenly small and scared.  “Why?”
“Oh I don’t know,” I said, and the hard edge began to form around my words.  “I thought maybe you’d like to confess to cheating before I call you out on it.”
“Felix,” she cried.  “Is that what he said?  He said he and I slept together?!  I told you that he was going to try and pull this when I left!  I told you he was in love with me!”
“He had pictures of the two of you… YOU CARELESS PERSON!”  My voice went from calm to rage in a nanosecond.  Fury rushed through me and I couldn’t stop screaming.  “HE HAD PICTURES OF YOU AND HIM FROM THE SECURITY CAMERA, YOU DIRTY, DISGUSTING, LYING…!  SO TELL ME AGAIN THAT HE’S LYING, RAYNE!  TELL ME AGAIN!”
She was sobbing now, hysterically, and I didn’t care.  She blubbered on behind her sobs, words that I didn’t understand.  I caught an “I’m so sorry”, “made a huge mistake”, “went too far”, but none of it mattered.  She was a liar, she was unfaithful, and above all she put me at risk because she didn’t bother to tell me the truth.
“Do you realize that I have to get tested now, Rayne?!” I shouted at her.  I was still outside, not caring who heard me.  I was pacing the grass, kicking around the towels that Richard had left out in the rain.  “Do you realize that I could be infected with something because you slept around and didn’t bother to care about who you affected?!  Are you proud of yourself, Rayne?  Is this something you’re proud of!?  Are you happy now, with what you did?  Was he worth it?!”
“Felix, please,” she begged, her sobs still punctuating every syllable.
“No, shut up.  You don’t get to talk to me.  You don’t get to say my name.  You don’t get to ask me for anything.  When we get home you and I will discuss the end of our relationship, and at least this long drive you have ahead of you will give you time to reflect on whether or not losing an upright, honest man was worth your little fest with some dirty piece of junk.  Good bye, Rayne.”
With that, I hung up.  I was shaking, and my neighbor was outside staring at me.  He gave me an ‘I’m sorry, man’ smile and went back inside as I opened my front door and walked in.  My adrenaline was pumping and part of me wished she was there right now so I could keep screaming.
Screaming, however, was not going to make it better.  Even in my state of mind I knew that, and the two hours it took her to get home allowed me to be calm.  I was sitting on the couch when she walked in.  Her face was white and she looked petrified.  She set her keys down and started to sit next to me so I stood up and walked across the room.
The pictures were now on top of the TV, still unopened, and I threw them to her.  “Enjoy the show,” I said as she opened the folder and pulled out the stack.  I took care not to look at them but it was clear by her face that whatever the cameras captured was pretty graphic.
“I had no idea there was a camera,” she said.
“Well lucky for me then, isn’t it, or I might have never known,” I bit.
“Felix, if you’ll just listen to me for a minute-”
“Rayne, you don’t get to talk,” I snapped at her, my temper perilously close to shooting off.  “You’re going to sit there, keep your mouth shut, and listen to what I have to say.”
Tears streamed down her cheeks and she let out a little sob, but she knew I had her.  I would have felt sorry for how I was treating her if for one moment I thought her tears were because she felt bad for what she had done.  Unfortunately, for both of us, I knew she was only upset because she’d been caught.  She’d been caught in such a way that she couldn’t talk her way out of it.
“Rayne, I can’t afford this place on my own yet, so I can’t kick you out.  I was already speaking with the office but because of your credit they won’t let me off the lease so I can move out to a place I can afford, so for now, you get to move out of our bedroom and sleep in the second bedroom.  You and I will split bills down the middle, and you will carry the weight of the extra finances until I can afford to buy myself a car– a problem I wouldn’t have if you hadn’t insisted I sell my car to buy you a ring which you threw in my face just weeks later.”
“We’re both going to get tested, which you’re paying for, and if we need any treatments, you’ll also pay for those.  You won’t talk to me, you won’t touch me, you won’t look at me.  You won’t be spending any time with me, and if you ask me for anything, literally anything, I will spit in your face.  Do I make myself clear?”
With tears pouring down her face, make-up smeared, looking devastated, hurt and on the verge of hysterics, she nodded.  “I’m so sorry,” she breathed from beneath her tears.  “I love you, Felix, I really do.”
“Don’t ever say that to me again,” I hissed at her, my temper boiling, my face going red and hot.  “Don’t you ever dare!”
“But I do!” she cried in defense.
“I don’t care if you think you do, Rayne!” I bellowed.  “Your sick, sick mind has no idea what love is!  You have no idea what selflessness, love, or compassion are.  You don’t get to use those words to me.  You gave away that right when you opened your legs and let that slime-ball in!  If I hear you say anything like that to me again so help me you will not like what happens.”
“Felix,” she wept, “what can I do to make it better?”
“Nothing,” I hissed, leveling my finger in her face.  “Nothing, Rayne.  It’s over.  You disgust me.  I can barely look at you right now without vomiting all over the floor.  You cheated on me and you lied about it!  You spat on everything that I thought was true about our relationship.  Five years, Rayne.  Five!  You have no respect for anyone or anything and believe me if I could kick you out right now I would.  I would not hesitate for a moment.”
At that point I was done.  I didn’t feel like she’d had enough, but I was done listening to her sobbing, because it was all self-serving.  If she had cared she wouldn’t have done it.  If it was a one-time affair I might have believed she was sorry, but they had been screwing for months, and she had been hiding and lying and there was no excuse.  There was no forgiveness for that.
I turned and went to my room, shutting the door and wishing desperately that we had a working lock.  She gave me some space until around ten that night when she knocked timidly asking for her things.  I grabbed a handful of clothes, not paying attention to what I had in my hands, and her pillow, and shoved them at her.  I didn’t look at her and didn’t give her a second to speak.
I shut the door again and flopped down on the bed, letting out a heavy sigh.  I wanted out so badly, but I was stuck.  I didn’t know how to make it work so she could be gone and that was the part that was killing me.
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Author Blog-in: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

(Book 1 of The Convergence series)

By Kate Policani

Genre: Fantasy

Mark the date on your calendar for Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic’s Virtual Release Party Oct 26th-28th!

Guest spots available! Please email katepolicani(at)gmail.com to join the party as a guest!

 

Here is what my editor Kathleen Firstenberg has to say about my upcoming book: http://kathleenfberg.webs.com/apps/blog/show/14688705-how-to-win-friends-and-influence-magicians

A review by the Bookworm Extraordinaire: http://www.thebookwormextraordinare.blogspot.com/2012/09/review-dont-judge-book-by-its-magic-by.html

Synopsis:

I’m a normal girl. I am. I love shoes, fragranced body care, and hair products. I love all the chick flicks that have come out in the theaters in the last 2 years (and a lot of the old ones) and I obsess about my wardrobe.  I respond positively to most of the marketing directed at females in my age group.

My name is Colleen Underhill, and the only abnormal thing about me is that I just discovered I am, or I transformed into, a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician.

My problem now is that I do NOT believe in magic. Well, I believe in it. I have seen it shoot out of my own hands, but I oppose it in a moral sense; no hexes, no spells, no incantations, no potions, no amulets, no tomes, no casting circles, no eye of newt, none of that. I have to be very clear because people pressure me about it. Whatever they say about “how it’s done,” this is a morality issue for me and I will not cave in to their pressure.

But what do I do now?

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045564-don-t-judge-a-book-by-its-magic

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