Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bob Moore: No Hero - Tom Andry

Author Bio:
Tom Andry is the Associate Editor of and host of the AV Rant podcast. He’s been writing mostly reviews but has lately returned to his prose roots. He has written many unpublished short stories, poems, and a few screenplays that may still be produced. He’s the father of three boys affectionately nicknamed Punkalicious, Captain Evil, and Neo. He’s happily married and currently resides in Perth, Australia. His background is in drama, creative writing, and research psychology which basically means his kids are in for a pretty rough time. His wife, Tanel, doesn’t have it so easy either.

Product description:

Super powered humans started appearing 30 years ago. Now, they are everywhere. Bob Moore, Private Eye, dares to investigate those who could incinerate him with a thought. When he is called to help a super from his past, however, he'll be pushed to his limit. When supers and the police think there is no crime, can he get to the truth? Will he want to for the man that destroyed his marriage?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
So for I've gotten very positive reviews about the story, characters, and pacing. Readers have found the setting unique enough to be interesting but familiar enough to be comfortable. The characters have been engaging and the story believable, even in an unbelievable world. 

Q: Why did you go indie?
Bob Moore: No Hero is my first book. One of the main reasons I didn't finish a novel before was dealing with the gatekeepers. With eBooks, that gatekeeper was gone. I couldn't put it off any longer and went for it.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I have lots of favorite authors but I haven't read many in the superhero novel genre. I think the author that most writes characters like Bob is Steven Brust but his character, Vlad, is much more powerful.

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Eternal Sunset - Sèphera Girón

Bio: Sèphera Girón has over 15 published books in various genres including horror and erotica. In 2009, she won a "Marty" in the Established Literary Category from the Mississauga Arts Council as well as a "Silver Hammer" from the Horror Writers Association.

Product description: Vanessa is a college student who is growing into her witchy powers. She finds an ancient spell book that leads her on a blood-drenched quest for eternal life.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? Vanessa is a strong and nasty heroine. There are many tropes in this book including vampire, werewolf, witches, mermaids, eternal life, among others.

Q: Why did you go indie? This particular book doesn't easily fit into any specific genre. It's horror, dark fantasy, in a case like that, indie is good niche.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Stephen King and Clive Barker

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Besserwisser: A Novel - Steve Anderson


Steve Anderson's novels mix crime, history, mystery, noir and humor, usually involving a determined underdog stuck between two worlds. He lives in Portland, Ore.

Product description:

Munich, 1990: American expat slacker Gordy Ford poses as a top Hitler scholar, all to impress a girl. Stuck in his scam, Gordy soon thinks he's stumbled onto a shocking historical discovery that's made him the target of a wannabe Neo-Nazi and shady Russian mafia. There's dark and dry humor, a rowdy plot, and imposters exposed despite their best efforts.  

"Confederacy of Dunces but set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Besserwisser is a comical adventure that will keep you guessing."
— The LL Book Review 

"An offbeat, dark comedy with a touch of suspense and I found myself quickly engaged ... if you lean toward literate, witty writers, you may well enjoy this." — Amazon 5-star review 

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Hopefully they'll like that it's built like a mystery thriller but turned on its head with the quirky, subtle humor. And the Munich setting — it's both endearing and cursed, like my main character Gordy. 

Q: Why did you go indie?
After years of writing and near misses with agents and publishers, I found myself with manuscripts in a drawer that really wanted out. The books made me do it and self-publishing finally let me.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
As a humorous novel this is different than what I usually write, so any author who does straight mysteries and thrillers but tries funny too. Graham GreenePatricia Highsmith, Elmore LeonardGary Shteyngart, Michael Chabon. They make the hardest thing ever look easy.  

Besserwisser: A Novel
Humor, satire, mystery/thriller

Soul Quest - Amy Mauerer Jones

Short Bio for Amy Jones
I am a 1993 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education.  I have seventeen years of experience in education and currently teach Dance and Theater Arts to high school students in southeastern North Carolina. Dancing, acting and writing are all forms of communication.  Each form requires exceptional creativity and passion to inspire and impress an audience.  I have enjoyed a passion for reading, writing, and the arts since I was a child.  As an adult I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to share my passion for the arts with children.  It only seems appropriate that delving into the world of teen fiction would be the next logical step in my life.

Product description: Liv Glyn is torn between two worlds, Earth, her home and Arcadia, a world unknown. Never the less, duty calls for Liv and her companions of Spirit Laith, Brayan and Meena, to take action. What ensues is a supernatural showdown at Forest Hills High, corpses mysteriously surface in the Hudson and a Valentine's Day Dance turns into a murder investigation. A quest to save humanity begins.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? Teenagers will relate to the day - in and day - out drama of Liv and her companions of Spirit.  The characters in Soul Quest are very much like people teens already know. They were created using aspects of teenagers I know personally and interact with everyday (I’m a teacher).  On the flip side, these teens have special powers like shape shifting, using their mind to set things on fire or breathing under water. I think it would be exciting to know and become friends with Liv and her companions. My hope is that teens will feel as if they are there with them in the story, along for the adventure.

Q: Why did you go indie?
It felt right and made the most sense to me. The world of indie writing is taking the world by storm.  I couldn’t believe how many self published authors existed before I bought my Kindle.  They have websites and blogs and you can exchange ideas with them online on the kindleboards.  It’s so amazing and overwhelming I couldn’t help but be lured in.  It feels like a revolution of sorts for the writing industry and I’m all for pressing forward into the future.  I teach the future so my actions need to head in the same direction. 

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Michelle Zink  


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chasing the Ghost -- Bob Mayer

Thriller: Chasing The Ghost

Bio: NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has over 40 books published. Bob graduated from West Point and served in the military as a Special Forces A-Team leader and a teacher at the JFK Special Warfare Center & School.  He’s been published across an array of genres and his next trilogy, coming on 12 April 2011, is about West Point and the Civil War.

Product description: Chasing The GhostHorace Chase now wears two hats as a Federal counter-terrorism liaison to the local police department in Boulder, Colorado where he becomes embroiled in two seemingly un-related cases. Working as a detective with Boulder PD he chases a death, this one the apparent rape/murder of Rachel Stevens, an upscale housewife attending night classes at the University of Colorado. And with his counter-terrorism team he is embroiled in a series of killings involving a militia group, a rogue ex-Special Forces officer, a psychopathic ex-CIA contract mercenary, and ruthless drug runners.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?  It introduces them to my thrillers at .99.  I have a bunch of other thrillers on Kindle and my latest book is a great way to get a taste.  I also have the bestselling Atlantis and Area 51 series which are Michael Crichton type science thrillers.

Q: Why did you go indie?  After 20 years and 45 books in traditional publishing, I realized the business is changing much faster than the Big 6 publishers are.  I prefer to be on the leading edge, rather than sucking dust.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in the suspense, mystery, horror, and thriller fields?  Lee ChildsJames RollinsElizabeth George

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Not Just For Breakfast Anymore, PV Lundqvist

Bio: PV Lundqvist is a writer and father living in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He loves his kids, pet pigs and baseball--in that order. You can follow him on twitter (pvlundqvist), or read his blog (

Product description:Benny wants a pet-a dog or a cat. You know, the kind of pet every else has. But other kids don't have his mom. She likes to do things differently. So Benny doesn't know what to expect when he first opens the pet carrier. Certainly not that his neighbors will want to kick his family out of town-he just got here! And he was just about to make the baseball team, too. Will he fight for his pet or back down?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I'll quote Don Blankenship, Top Amazon Reviewer. He wrote that Not Just For Breakfast Anymore has a “Strong plot, good and believable characters, crisp prose and a story line that moves; what more could you want in a book?”
Q: Why did you go indie?
No one stands between me and the reader. I've had such wonderful feedback from people who've read my book who otherwise would never have had the chance.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Gantos, Korman, Kinney, and of course the great Jerry Spinelli.

Get it on Amazon.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Blood Trail - Brad Preston

Product Description:

Bonnie and Clyde should have never killed the old man. They thought no one would care - he was just some recluse living in the woods - and they needed his cabin so they could hide out and wait for the heat to die down. But someone was watching. Someone who knows the old man and calls the cabin home. And he's been killing his whole life. A relentless game of cat-and-mouse is about to begin as the hunters become the hunted and the path to retribution becomes twisted and tangled. A shade of grey colors the forest as allegiances are broken and lies unmasked.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It's a 'lost in the woods with bad guys, more bad guys, bad girls, killer dogs, bowhunters, knife wielding nutcases, and gun tote'n villains' suspense thriller. All the ingredients for a messy good time.

Q: Why did you go indie?
With the state of the brick n mortar bookstores seemingly crumbling more and more each day, digital print seems to be the most advantageous way to reach readers.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Elmore Leanord, Lawrence Sanders

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The House of Fists - Scott Crowder

There is nothing sacred in Harlis Hocker’s life, only brutal squalor; roaches and dirt and the hate that drives him to be free of it all. 
There is nothing enviable in Otis Hazelrigg’s life, just the fear and the loneliness and the desperation that push him to escape. 
These cousins, chained together by poverty, happen upon something one hot summer morning that neither finds himself willing to surrender to the other. 
Harlis sees in this new-found thing a way to break the bonds of his poverty, even if Otis has to suffer. 
If Otis defies Harlis, though, he could regain the pieces of himself he lost so long ago to that final misplaced thundering gunshot. 
The thing they happen upon that morning is, after all, the body of a murdered child.

Bio: I live just outside Raleigh, North Carolina. I've only been published once, in last fall's edition of Flashquake online magazine, but I hope it's the start of something long term. I'm happily married, and I'm the father to two beautiful little girls, ages five and two, who will never be allowed to date boys, drive in a car that is transporting boys or is heading to a place where boys are present, or wear clothing not approved by an Amish spinster in front of boys. I love horror movies, rhythmic noise, peanut butter, and the Munsters, not necessarily in that order. Please feel free to contact me if you want; I'd love to hear what you thought of the book. My e-mail address is zombieapocalypse at Thanks for reading.
Product description:

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It's very brutal in its violence, both physical and emotional, but the brutality sits side by side with what I hope are moments of real beauty. It's very succinct and vivid, the characters ring true, and while at first glance it seems tragic, the story is ultimately about redemption.

Q: Why did you go indie?
Simply put, I'm unwilling to let a publisher whose only concern is sales dictate whether or not I can be a decent, successful writer; I'd like the opportunity to decide that for myself. I'm really looking forward to tossing my hat into the e-publishing ring.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
My favorite authors cross genres: Clive Barker, China Mieville, Douglas Clegg, Robert McCammon, Neil Gaiman

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Excuse Me Miss - Phillip Thomas Duck

Eight calls...

From an unfamiliar number...

For rape survivor and "infidelity photographer" Terri Welker the question is far greater than should she answer. The question is: What should she do now that she has been found? Run again? Or stay and fight for the new life she has created photographing cheating spouses for James Boston Investigations?

The breathtaking continuation of the Excuse Me, Miss Series

Praise for EXCUSE ME MISS:

The unusual premise, great characters, and intriguing plot made this a fun, highly enjoyable read. I really can't wait to find out what happens next.
---The Romance Reviews---

This is a sexy suspense short fiction novella that has an interesting premise. Mr. Duck has created a strong, but vulnerable, woman who needs to face her past and get on with her future.
---Eclectic Reviews---

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April - A.P. Fuchs (writing as Peter Fox)

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

April is a love story, one that was written to make a statement about love and how one person can change you forever. It's very much a bittersweet tale that tugs at the heartstrings, and is ideal for fans of love stories by Nicholas Spark, James Patterson and Erich Segal.

The short version of the synopsis is as follows:

Some moments come along and your world--your life--changes. Something shifts inside and everything’s the same yet somehow different. Sometimes someone comes into your life and helps you to breathe for the first time, to think with clarity and to give you truth and joy. Her name is April, and Joseph Bailey will never be the same.

Q: Why did you go indie?

I had an agent for April--and this was back in 2003, mind you--but as things changed for her, she ended up dissolving her agency, so I had this book that I knew was special but it had no place to go. Since by that time I was already self-publishing, I figured I'd just add it to the mix as well. Since I already had some horror stuff out under my usual name, A.P. Fuchs, I wanted to keep my "non-dark" stuff separate, and so Peter Fox was born to take care of that for me.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

For love stories, I like the ones listed above (Sparks, Patterson, Segal). The difference between a love story and a romance is, so far as I've read/gathered, romance seems more about love within a fantasy or ideal, where as love stories tend to be more about love in real life, with its ups and downs, good times and bad.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords

April Amazon Kindle Link: Right Here

April Smashwords Link: Right Here

I can be followed on Twitter @ap_fuchs

And I blog daily at

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Three Sisters - Helen Smith

Bio: Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She's the author of Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector, as well as plays and children's books.

Product description: It's bonfire night in London. Emily has been invited to a party in the big house at the end of her street by the new owners, whom she has never met. Emily's dog Jessie has recently died so Emily is feeling a little raw and emotional. How could she know, as she left her house that evening, that she was making an appointment with death?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Three Sisters is a fun, fast read. It has plenty of humour in it, it's well-written, it has some interesting characters for readers to fall in love with - and it's only 99 cents.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I wanted to write a new cozy mystery series especially for the Kindle, publishing several novella-length 'episodes' every year and making them available as cheaply as possible. I couldn't do that through a traditional publisher. Going indie is the only way to do this.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I love Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Helen Smith's blog is here.

Buy Three Sisters at Amazon.

Isabel - Karen Rosario

I am a housewife who recently learnt how to iron. I like eavesdropping on strangers, starry nights, and wearing my red shoes.
I am particularly inspired by this quote from John Bayley: 'The great conventional character must be created out of love; out of our delight in the existence of another person.' I believe that what is unseen is far more real than what is seen and I try to write stories with this eternal perspective. I like beautiful things, things that point to God and his goodness and love.

Product description:

Somewhere, in the middle of a fallen island, Isabel and her creator are falling in love…

The Isle of Somnus is governed by Scholars and Scientists proud of their commitment to ‘completely proven fact’. When Isabel sees a unicorn she finds herself utterly alone, doubting everything she has ever believed. After running away from school she becomes fixated with a mysterious Island across the ocean. If only she had a spoon she would dig a hole, pour the sea into it, and run away.

Then she meets Michael. He is neither a Scholar nor a Scientist and he agrees to help Isabel find a spoon.

In actual fact, Michael is a lost school boy who arrived unwittingly on the Isle of Somnus after falling into a coma. Although his pledge to help Isabel is noble, his life becomes increasingly at stake the longer he stays on Somnus. Isabel has no idea Michael is only dreaming her, and falling in love only adds to their danger.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

Anyone who dreams of flying will like my story. It is an enchanting tale that appeals to children and adults who have not fully grown up. Of Isabel, one reader remarked: ‘…she reminds me of Madeline, Alice, a whole host of strong heroines, girls that throw down their books, and do not listen to the Scholars and Scientists, girls that follow their hearts..’

Q: Why did you go indie?

I got quite a lot of support from fellow writers on Authonomy and loads of them were doing it, so I followed and jumped off the cliff!

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

C.S Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and the guy who wrote The Little Prince

Link to Book on Amazon.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts!, Judi Coltman

Book: Is It Just Me? or Is Everyone a Little Nuts!
Author: Judi Coltman

Raised in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Judi Coltman grew up in a female heavy household with an urban sense of "normal."

Coltman attended Michigan State University, majoring in Journalism until a professor requested she switch majors - "Apparently making a story better with added features isn't acceptable in the news world," Coltman laments.
With a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, Coltman has written for local, regional and national publications.  
Most recently, Coltman has been writing a weekly blog called, "My Life in a Nutshell," from where her book material was born.
Coltman lives in northern Illinois and is working on her second book.

Ereaders, actually all readers, who like to laugh will enjoy this book.  A series of humorous stories and essays reveal the human in humor as we marry, parent and age -- often against our will.  Solutions to the dreaded chin hair, what to do with a bag of pot, and how to get creative when telling your child about the facts of life, are offered as well as some thoughtful pieces on parenting and the utter honesty in that we probably don't know what we are doing, but what they heck - it works.  

Initially, I went indie because the time frame from impetus to publication is so much faster than traditional methods, however, clearly there is a greater amount of freedom in the process and I feel totally in control of my projects.  I love it.

In the humor genre, I adore Erma Bombeck, but I write in several so I need to include Patricia Cornwell, John Irving and Mother Goose.

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The Undertaker, William F. Brown

Bio:   William F. Brown lives in Columbus , Ohio .  As Vice President of the real estate subsidiary of a Fortune 500 corporation, he traveled widely in the US and abroad.  A native of Chicago , he earned a BA in History and Russian Area Studies and a graduate degree from the University of Illinois .  He is the author of two published suspense novels. Thursday at Noon is a Joan Kahn Book published by St. Martin ’s Press in hardback, paper, and various foreign editions, reviewed in The New Yorker and other places.  The Allah Conspiracy was published by Beaufort Books.  He has two other novels out with publishers, plus The Undertaker, his first attempt at EPUB.  In addition to the five novels, he has written four screenplays. 

What Readers Will Like:  This is a fun-read suspense novel, a 'swimming pool' or beach book that has some horror, humor, and a touch of romance thrown in.  Can't beat that mix.
Why Indie?  The industry is changing.  Publishers are so risk averse that they won't even take a chance on published writers who might be 'mid-list.'  So screw 'em.  I'd rather have my work read and see if I can develop my own market.  

Where?  You can get it at Amazon and soon at Sony, Barnes, Kobo, and all the others.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know, Barry Maz

Bio - my name is Barry Maz, and I am the author of the Got A Ukulele blog.  I've been hooked on playing the ukulele for some years now, and recently decided to start blogging and writing about it.  I am based in the UK.

Book - What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know

Product Description -
A guide to ukulele beginners, written specifically FOR beginners.

Concerned at the lack of answers to obvious ukulele questions for those just starting out, and the prescriptive nature of the tuition books, I started a blog, and now a book that aims to redress the balance.

This guide provides concise, no-nonsense answers to the obvious questions that the tuition books miss.

With chapters dealing from everything, from ukulele sizes, prices and strings to how to grow your nails. Also includes reference section and a very helpful glossary explaining those weird and wonderful terms that may baffle a beginner.

The book is aimed at being read in conjunction with other tuition, to provide some balance, and empower the new uke player without making them feel restricted by rules. 
Q What will e readers like about your book?  The book is written as a companion piece to traditional teaching methods.  It deals with the questions many new players come across but the tutor books fail to cover.
Q. Why did you go indie?  The area of interest for my book is niche, and suspect that If I had tried to push for a more traditional publishing route, I would lose control of some of the content
Q Who are your favourite authors in this genre? - There aren't any - there are a host of very good tutor books on the market, but to the best of my knowledge, there is no other book that covers the issues that I cover!
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Class Collision: Fall From Grace - Annette Mackey

Annette Mackey, B.A. Music: “I love to write. Whether it’s music or stories, I’ve never been bored because my brain is always working a mile a minute. There is so little time to get everything done! If only I could write as fast as I think.”

Product description: Class Collision: Fall From Grace: YA Historical Fiction, transitioning into adult fiction.

Born to wealth and privilege, ten-year-old David, arguably the most spoiled, obnoxious kid alive, finds his greatest enjoyment tormenting the maid. That is... until he is kidnapped for ransom and left for dead. Thrown into a world he knows nothing about, he spends the next several years in an orphanage where his claims to fame and fortune only fuel years of torment. Finally, he escapes, hoping to make it back home. Instead, he meets Linda. Having lived among boys for so long, he doesn’t know how to handle his feelings for her. She is both irritating and intoxicating. Not that it matters. With looks like hers, every boy in the county is chasing her, and David, with his scraggly clothes and long hair doesn’t stand a chance. Then, when circumstances push them together, they both find that sometimes, people aren’t always what they seem. Set during the Great Depression, Class Collision: Fall From Grace will transport you to a simpler time, filled with heartache and unexpected love.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
The price. Not to mention that it's hard to put down, so luckily, you can take your e-reader anywhere.

Q: Why did you go indie?
There's such an upheaval taking place in the publishing industry right now. It used to be that an author could send out query letters, and if their work was halfway decent, find a publisher. The Internet has totally changed everything. Nonfiction books are being replaced by websites at an alarming rate, plunging even the strongest publishing companies into a panicked frenzy. They’re losing revenue and they’re scared, which translates into fewer opportunities for writers via traditional routes. Add to that, the exciting new era in indie publishing, and the decision was really very simple. I could either work for years trying to break into an industry that may or may not collapse, or I could write now, publish now. That's what I decided to do.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Robin McKinley, Dawn Cook

Buy it from Amazon 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Love of a Stone Mason, Christa Polkinson

Christa Polkinhorn, originally from Switzerland, lives and works as writer and translator in Santa Monica, California. She divides her time between the United States and Switzerland and has strong ties to both countries. She has a degree in English with a minor in German and French literature. Her poems have appeared in various poetry magazines. She is the author of Path of Fire, a collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press. Love of a Stonemason is her first novel.

Love of a Stonemason
: Love of a Stonemason is a story about the struggle of two artists with their past, their family, their creativity, and their love for each other. Told from the point of view of Karla, it depicts the world through her painter’s sensibility. It takes the reader on a journey full of sights, smells, tastes, and sounds from the south of Switzerland to Italy and the Peruvian Andes.

1) What about your book might appeal to readers?

Love of a Stonemason is a story of love, art, and relationships with a global appeal. It takes place in three different countries and on two continents with diverse cultural backgrounds. The core of the novel, however, is love in its many forms: passion, compassion, and forgiveness. It’s a rich tapestry of sensuous details and intense feelings. The language is accessible and vivid.

2) Why did you go indie?

I sent out about twenty queries, trying to find an agent. That’s not many, I know. The general response was “bad economy, we prefer to stick with our established authors, not for us, etc. etc.” - or no answer at all. Then I found authors who went into self-publishing. I came across websites such as Smashwords and Amazon Kindle. Since I have some background in computers, I wanted to play around with formatting an ebook, and before I knew it, I was all excited. I am in the process of creating a paperback copy for Amazon’s CreateSpace.

The biggest problem about self-publishing is, of course, distribution and getting your book noticed. Since my only other full-size publication is a small volume of poetry, I am practically an unknown author. I am working on a second novel, so perhaps, with time, more readers will find me. Self-publishing is an experiment for me. Struggling to find an audience can be a challenge and can get you down occasionally. But so can trying to find an agent or a publisher. All in all, I haven’t regretted the path I chose. I love the fact of having control of all aspects of my book. I have my own business as a freelance translator and I like to be independent and do things my own way.

3) Who are your favorite writers?

That’s a difficult question. I am an avid reader and I read across all genres and books as diverse as Harry Potter and James Joyce (his early works) as well as Swiss, German, French, Swedish and Spanish authors. Here are a few of my favorite authors, but that’s just a minute sample. I love Joanne Harris, Olaf Olafsson, Ann Patchett, Gabriel García Márquez, Audrey Niffenegger, Orhan Pamuk, Scott Nicholson (he also edited my novel), Donna Leon, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Martin Suter, Urs Widmer, Milena Moser, Alex Capus, Max Frisch, . . . and many more.


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Pages of Promises - Stephen James Price

Stephen James Price was born and raised in New York , but has lived in the deep south (or within a two hour drive of it) for more than half of his life. Although he claims to be northern by birth and southern by choice, he has never said “ya’ll” and even finds it difficult to write.

He currently lives in central Arkansas in a haunted house on “The Hill,” the Price family compound. His hobbies include reading, writing, photography and telling “Grandpa’s Lies.”

Stephen James Price is the owner of Generation Next Publications.

Q: What will readers like about your book?

This is a collection of short stories that covers everything from dark fantasy to coming-of-age stories, from humorous tales, to my own little twists on your favorite monsters. I like to think this collection has something for everyone. It has been professionally edited and formatted and has a cover that was created by one of the best cover men in the industry.

Q: Why did you go indie?

With the changes that we're seeing in the publishing industry and the rapid growth of e-readers, I felt it would be ridiculous to do it any other way. Mainstream publishers aren't attacking the e-reader market as aggressively as many of the indie authors. I consider myself lucky to be at the forefront of this exploding paradigm shift in book publishing.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Not to be too cliche, but Stephen King, Bentley Little, Scott Nicholson, Brian Keene, Douglas Clegg and dozens of other dark fiction (read horror) have all influenced me greatly.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lethal Play - Loretta Giacoletto

Loretta Giacoletto divides her time between the St. Louis area and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks where she writes novels and short fiction while her husband fishes for bass and crappie. Her two published novels, LETHAL PLAY and FAMILY DECEPTIONS are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they must take responsibility for having created.  Her short stories have appeared in many publications including Damned in Dixie, Hell in the Hearland, The MacGuffin, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Scruffy Dog Review, Allegory  and Literary Mama, which nominated her story "Tom" for Dzanc's 2010 Best of The Web.

Product description:
In LETHAL PLAY newly widowed Francesca Canelli would do anything to help her 15-year-old son Matt realize the dreams he once shared with his dad. Financially strapped and emotionally devastated, Francesca accepts a sexual proposition from a soccer coach who promises to secure Matt a starting position on his premier St. Louis team. Their bargain quickly sours when the coach abuses Francesca, demeans Matt, and threatens to renege on the deal. The coach with more enemies than friends soon winds up dead, his battered and naked body hanging from a goalpost crossbar. Francesca soon becomes the prime suspect. Now she's playing games with the detectives, her vulnerability fading as she fights to keep herself out of jail and her family intact. But then Francesca discovers she’s not the only person who really knows what happened that night the coach died. She has no choice but to strike a new bargain but will this one resolve her growing problems?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book:
The dark humor, dysfunctional family, and wacky characters.

Q: Why did you go indie?
After years of playing the waiting game, I decided to take charge of my writing career—a decision I don’t regret making.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
P. D. James and Carl Haissen.

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