Friday, October 29, 2010

Jesi Lea Ryan-- Four Thousand Miles

Jesi Lea Ryan was born and raised in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, Iowa.  After graduating from Loras College with degrees in Creative Writing and Literature, she relocated to Madison, Wisconsin.  In addition to writing, she teaches creative writing workshops to teens through the University of Wisconsin Outreach Program, and has served as a creative writing mentor for the Young Scholars Program through the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth.  Her short story “Death of a Woman” has been published in the Detroit based literary magazine The FurnaceFour Thousand Miles is her first novel.

Product description:

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I think we all want to escape our lives at some time or another.  When things at work or in our family lives are on the rocks, we might wish we could chuck it all and run away.  For most of us, that is not a realistic option.  We have family and friendship ties, responsibilities and obligations.  The fun thing about Four Thousand Miles is that we can read about a woman who did it, who ran away and went on an adventure.  It’s genuine escapist literature!   

Q: Why did you go indie?
I actually have a publisher, DCL Publications.  However, they are small and all of the book promotion is up to me.  The book is only available in ebook format.  I’m hoping that if the sales are strong enough, the publisher will take it to print.  Cross your fingers for me!

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I read so much and such a wide variety, that it is hard for me to answer that question.  I enjoy reading the classics, particularly of the Victorian period.  I also read a lot of Urban Fantasy, Young Adult and contemporary literature.  Some of my favorite authors are TC Boyle, Richelle Mead, Oscar Wilde, Jodi Piccoult, Jane Austen and Kurt Vonnegut 

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tom Lichtenberg- Renegade Robot

I've been writing for many years and only recently started putting my books out there as free e-books. I've got a whole bunch of them; most are short novels, usually around 20,000 words. I tend to write fast and make everything up as I go along, so the stories often change radically from day to day, and sometimes end up far from where I thought they would go. The joy of writing, for me, is in the adventure of improvisation. Most of my books have elements of science fiction, mystery, satire, suspense, supernatural and more, but mostly I just think of them as stories.

Product Description:

'Renegade Robot' is my newest story. It's a light-hearted comic take on the myth of the 'Singularity', that event after which "nothing will ever be the same again". In these days of constant, well-funded hysteria, how could we distinguish a real Singularity (if and when it comes) from any other panicky 'headline of the day'? In 'Renegade Robot', our hero is a "robot exterminator", stamping out minor infestations of nuisance rogue robots, who gets caught up in a frantic news cycle.

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

'Renegade Robot' is free, short, and funny.

Q: Why did you go indie?

Indie e-books on the internet are a dream come true for me. I've never been interested in publishing for money, but always wanted to share my stories. I've also been inspired by the open-source software movement, and by the talented local musicians in my neighborhood who love to play together and just have a great time. I've always wished that art and culture would be more about community, and less about grabbing every penny you can find.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

I'm mostly partial to madly inventive humorists, absurdists and satirical writers of all ages, including Jorge Luis Borges, Philip K Dick, Stanislaw Lem, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Italo Calvino, Franz Kafka, Julio Cortazar and Macedonio Fernandez.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Starr Gardinier Reina--In The Name of Revenge

I am a paralegal of fourteen years for an estate planning and asset protection law firm in California. I am also an Executor Editor for Suspense Magazine as well as an editor for ARR Editing Services. I've also had the pleasure of co-hosting on Suspense Radio Live, where they interviews authors. When not working, I enjoy weaving tales of suspense, drama and crime.

My lastest novel "In the Name of Revenge", was just released in June 2010 and is of the crime/mystery genre. The second of that Ivanovich series is slated to be released February 1, 2011. I also have a novella and a novel published, namely Cruel Whispers and Cruel Past.

I am currently enrolled and actively seeking my bachelors in Literature/Creative Writing, which schooling will be completed April 2011. I am a member of Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter and nationally. I have won three ‘Best Speaker’ awards as well as ‘Best Evaluator’ at the Voice Ambassadors chapter of Toastmasters.

I have also won third place in a short story contest through Suspense Magazine with my story titled "Cut". I was co-chair and main coordinator for the West Coast Author Premiere, a weekend long event which was born to help authors from all over network, learn and share their work with the public. I have been instrumental in compiling authors and planning a local author event at Barnes and Noble in Ventura, California along with the store’s event manager.

I currently reside in Thousand Oaks, California with my husband Phillip.

Product description for "In the Name of Revenge": Crime/mystery:

Russian muscle Pavel Ivanovich lends his unique talent in serving Italian mob boss Carlo Mancini. Unfortunately, Carlo’s faith and trust is misplaced with Pavel. Believing Pavel to be a prized asset, Carlo forces him to date his more than spoiled daughter Teresa with the expectation of marriage. Roberto—always the odd man out with Carlo—is in love with Teresa and is less than happy with the situation. All the while Pavel works for Carlo he has a separate mission; to avenge his parents’ grisly murders. Will his own investigation and personal agenda of revenge get in the way for the job he does for the Mancini family? What happens when Carlo finds out that Pavel is not the trustworthy right-hand man he thinks he is?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
A: It's not your typical 'mob-based' book. Its plot encompasses the key character Pavel Ivanovich and his claim to revenge against an Italian mob boss. Many readers have commented that this novel is a page-turner and even the supporting characters are strong enough to stand on their own, but do not overshadow the protagonist.

Q: Why did you go indie?
A: In this economy, publishers have experienced a dramatic cut-back not only in who they are accepting as new authors, but are dropping some they've had for a while. Indie is allowing me to get my work out to the public. My goal has always been to weave a story that will capture the attention of the reader. It cannot do that if it's not available for reading; hence, indie.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
A: Nevada Barr, Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

A.P. Fuchs-- Zombie Fight Night

A.P. Fuchs is the author of many novels and short stories, most of which have been published. His most recent book, aside from this one, is Zombie Fight Night: Battles of the Dead, in which zombies fight such classic
monsters as werewolves, vampires, Bigfoot, and even go up against cool foes like pirates, ninjas, and . . . Bruce Lee.

A.P. Fuchs is also known for his superhero series, The Axiom-man Saga, and is the author of Blood of the Dead, the first novel in the shoot ’em up zombie trilogy, Undead World. He also edited the zombie anthologies
Dead Science and Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes: Zany Zombie Poetry for the Undead Head.

Product description:

In 2027 A.D., the Zombie Apocalypse took the world by storm and no one was prepared. Countless lives were lost as humanity battled to regain control of their planet. Eventually, they did, and out of the ashes of fallen civilization rose a new world, one bent on revenge against the hordes of the undead that took everything from them.

Enter Tony Sterpanko, entrepreneur extraordinaire who found a way to capitalize on humanity's thirst for vengeance against the zombie. He created Zombie Fight Night, a worldwide craze where the undead men and women who remained from the apocalypse faced off against people and beings that once existed on Earth or were existing for the first time.

It is ten years later and at Blood Bay Arena, fortunes are won and lost. Men are made millionaires over night. Others are not so lucky and find themselves broken and destitute.

Mick Chelsey is one such man: gambling addict, lousy husband and Zombie Fight Night fanatic.

Except now, in order to still watch the fights and try to win back all he's lost, he needs to bet fast and big otherwise death will come for him.

Let the battles begin.

Zombies fight Bigfoot, werewolves, vampires, Axiom-man, Bruce Lee, samurai, kickboxers, robots and more in this ode to blood-and-guts action from Blood of the Dead author, A.P. Fuchs.

You ready to get it on?

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

It's fast-paced, loaded with action, lots of dialogue and packed with undead fun. Plus, so far as I know, there's not a single zombie book out there like it.

Q: Why did you go indie?

I've always gone indie. I've been at this since 2004 (technically 2003, but those were my subsidy publishing days and, well, we won't go there). My attitude was, and still is, I wasn't going to wait for someone to make me successful. I was going to make myself successful, my rules, my way. Plus, of course, a little naivety--like most newbies have--in turn helped me realize how much I love the book production side of things. Did I know everything from the start? No way. Was I immediately kicking literary butt? Not a chance. Did I get punched down to the curb a few times? Still got the scars. But you know what? I'm glad I did. As a result of hard work and God's blessing, my company--through which I publish myself and others--has now inked three mass market reprint deals, two being handled by Simon and Schuster, the other being handled by Source Books. We just signed a TV/film management deal with Hughes Capital Entertainment and already are getting Coscom's books ready for TV, film and video game adaptation plus another cool thing that I can't talk about yet.

Going indie wasn't about aggrogance or anything. I'm an entrepenuer. I'm very hands-on. Is it hard work? You betchya. Is it rewarding? All the way. Do I plan on changing my ways and going traditional at some point? Yes and no. No, in that I will always be independent in my creating and publishing. Yes, in that if I can form partnerships with other firms that'll take my independent creations and those of my authors to new heights, I will sign on to those partnerships.

I do want to take this moment to point out to those reading this--and especially newbie writers--that you shouldn't get caught up in the eBook hype and go indie because it looks good from where you're at. Do your research. Talk to those who are indie, both successful and not so successful. Learn, learn, learn first. Please do. Like I'm making known these days around the Net, self-publishing isn't just "upload and go." Not real self-publishing anyway. End rant.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

As a publisher, unfortunately my leisure book time is next to none. Any outside reading I do is all comics and graphic novels, and I'm digging it. Been a superhero nut all my life. But in terms of book-books, I will side with my team of authors because they are who I read more than any others out there, guys like Keith Gouveia, Lorne Dixon, Eric S. Brown, Paul A. Freeman, Gina Ranalli, W. Bill Czolgosz, Frank Dirscherl, Ryan C. Thomas and Adam Rann.

Link to web site or blog or Amazon/Smashwords

Zombie Fight Night:

Magic Man Plus 15 Tales of Terror:

Blood of the Dead:


General A.P. Fuchs at Amazon Kindle link:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Darcia Helle-- No Justice

Darcia Helle is the author of six published novels. She writes in the suspense genre and is currently working on the third book in an ongoing series. An admitted book and music addict, her collection of both threatens to take over her home. She enjoys interacting with readers, as well as fellow indie authors, which led her to create All those with a passion for books are welcome to join.


How far would you go to right a wrong?

For Michael Sykora, killing started as blind rage. Then it became something he's good at. To most of those who know him, Michael is a software designer, a smart but average guy with a workaholic nature. To a chosen few, Michael is a part-time hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals.

Michael has managed to keep his two personas separate. Until now. When Nicki, a close friend, gets into trouble, Michael steps in to help. Having lost his fiance to a brutal crime, Michael will do whatever necessary to keep from losing another woman in his life.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Michael Sykora was an average guy living an average life until tragedy struck. Losing his fiancé to a brutal rape and murder changed his perspective of the world. He saw injustice everywhere. Why should a rapist or child molester be allowed to serve a few years in prison, then, upon release, rape again? That is, if he is even found guilty to begin with. I think we can all relate to those feelings and might even root for the guy who is enacting his own form of justice.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I tried the mainstream route, writing those dreaded query letters to countless agents. The process is incredibly frustrating. Initially, going indie was something I?d intended as a stepping stone while I continued my search for an agent. However, I?ve come to love the indie world, the authors I network with, the readers, and the freedom to create and distribute what I want, when I want.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Way back when I first began writing within the suspense genre, my favorites were authors like John Sanford and Tami Hoag. I still enjoy their work, though I now read a lot more indie authors. A few of my newfound favorites within my genre include Stacy Juba, RJ McDonnell, Jane Kennedy Sutton, Sam Hilliard, and Libby Fischer Hellmann.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

LM Pruitt-- Shades of Gray

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of Shades of Gray: A Jude Magdalyn Novel, available on Kindle and through in September, and Shades of Desire, available in November. She is currently at work on New Moon Rising, a new series featuring Cari Gravier.

Jude Magdalyn Henries has what some-okay, many-would call an unconventional life. Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, teenage runaway, fake tarot-card reader-there's very little about Jude that's normal. Jude plays hard, which means she has to work at least semi-hard, but when she accepts an invitation to do a private tarot reading, "unconventional" takes on a whole new meaning.
Almost nothing shocks Jude anymore, but when she finds out that she's the last in a line of matriarchal leaders of a magical group, shock is definitely what she feels. The Covenant has been waiting for Jude to come into her power for the last twenty-five years. Then there's the war between vampire factions for the city of New Orleans. Jude and the Covenant must choose a side, and choose it fast. In the end, the fate of the city hinges on one final battle from roof top to Bourbon Street to the bottom of the Mississippi River.

What will readers like about your book?
Shades of Gray is written from the perspective of a woman that's not that different from most of us. Maybe her background is a little crazy, but she likes to drink and party and curse like a sailor as much as the next guy-or rather girl. Jude is that girl that everyone is shocked by and at the same time they wouldn't turn down an invitation to head to the local dive bar with her. In short, she's fun, compelling, and people won't want to stop reading just to see what she'll say next.

Why did you go indie?
I actually addressed this topic on my blog earlier this month. I love tradition, but I also love innovation. The advent of e-readers such as the Kindle and the Nook have allowed for more affordable publishing which in turn is allowing for a wider audience. My books are available in both paperback (through and Kindle formatting, a nod to both tradition and innovation. The decision to go indie was also influenced by a tighter economy-agents and publishers aren't going to be as likely to take a risk as they were in earlier decades. While I understand this, I believe in the work I've produced and the story I've told. Going indie is the best way to get that story out there.

Who are your favorite authors in the genre?
Do I have to pick? Off the top of my head, I'd say Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Vincent, Patricia Briggs, and Charlaine Harris.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Susan Bischoff- Hush Money

I’m just a girl who wants superhero romance! Is that so much to ask? Why must it always be a tragedy? Why does Angel walk away? Why does Spike—what did happen to Spike? Why did Wonder Woman go back home after the end of Season 1 and WWII, then come back, work with Steve Trevor’s grandson, and still not hook up? Seriously! And let’s not even talk about Superman Returns, ok? Let’s. Just. Not.
Product Description:
They call their abilities Talents, and that’s what they call themselves as well. Talents are people born with supernatural powers, feared by the population at large. Possession of an “unregistered ability” has become illegal, and those who are discovered are forcibly removed to government-run research facilities. They do not return.

And so the Talents try, as best they can, to keep their abilities secret–some more successfully than others. For some, keeping that secret begins to define who they are. That’s where Hush Money begins…

Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone. Those are the rules to live by for seventeen-year-old Joss. She spent years as an outsider, hoping to hide what she is, until the new girl, Kat, decides she’s friend material. Kat doesn’t realize her mistake when she stands up for Joss against Marco, a guy who’s been giving Joss a hard time since freshman year. Joss is horrified when these heroics lead to the reveal of Kat’s Talent. Now she has an unasked-for best friend, who is the victim of an extortion plot by the school bully, who used to like Joss. And if all that weren’t complicated enough, Dylan, Joss’s long-time crush, is finally starting to talk to her. But as Marco’s best friend, can Dylan be trusted at all? Can Joss keep her secret and still save her friend? And what’s more important, staying safe or doing what’s right?
Hush Money is a YA Paranormal Romance of approximately 50,000 words.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
What I wanted to give you in Hush Money was a well-paced read that pulls you into Joss’s world, into her life. I think you’ll root for her as she finds her way through the complications of the story, because I think a lot of people can identify with things she goes through. I hope you’ll be charmed by Dylan as his interest in Joss and her problems helps him grow as a person. You’ll hate Marco. You should. He’s a dick. I think you’ll do some laughing, roll your eyes a few times, possibly growl, and say, “Yep, been there, done that too…only, you know, without the superpower thing.”

Q: Why did you go indie?
There’s a notion out there: if you can’t stand to wear pantyhose and heels, you shouldn’t set out to work for a company which requires that dress code. At least at this point in my life, I don’t see a good fit between the traditional publishing system and the way I want to work. I don’t want it subject to someone else’s schedule, or shaped at the whim of a committee. Nor do I want my books, or my readers, encumbered by DRM. Ownership and control are important to me.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I love fellow Teen Paranormal Romance indies Stacey Benefiel and Imogen Rose.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

R.E. Dinlocker-- The United Hates of America

R.E. Dinlocker lived in and written about Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Haiti, Shanghai and the US. My novels are The Missionary Position, about Angela Benedetto’s adventures in Irian Jaya, My Enemy, My Friend, about a love affair during the Iranian Revolution, Something Came Up about a young man’s search for himself hitchhiking across the US, Shanghai’dabout a Chinese/Israeli plot originating in 1930’s Shanghai, Maiden Shanghai, about Shanghai’s Green Gang’s
covert aid to China’s Xinjiang Seperatists and Laidback & Co. about an athletic team in Jakarta, Indonesia.  I have written published articles for Channel East Magazine, West-East Magazine, Media Magazine, Asian Hotel and Catering Magazine,, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

After years of writing strange stories in foreign countries, I quit and return to Ft. Lauderdale.  My associate at The Picayune, Mary Saint-Baptiste, influences me to write one last story. 

Two Christian ministers, who hate each other, have joined forces to attack
common enemies. To cover their actions, the ministers enlist the help of an
Arab/Haitian restaurateur they think they can use as a scapegoat if their plan
goes wrong.  Their plan angers the gods who decide to take time from their Poker
Challenge to get involved and teach them a lesson in brotherhood.

When federal officials arrest the restaurateur as a possible terrorist, Akili
Al-Tiamat, actually an incarnation of the Babylonian Goddess of Chaos, flees to
Haiti.  My colleague Mary, now possessed bythe Voodoo Goddess Ayida-Wedo,
persuades me follow.  We witness strange ceremonies, alliances made and plans

Upon returning to the US, the Department of Homeland Security arrests Akili
Al-Tiamat.  The ministers free her and again under Mary’s influence, I get my
media contacts to come to her aid.  When Akili Al-Tiamat becomes a media
darling, she reveals her own plan to the ministers.
God’s Will?

The United Hates of America satirizes the radicalization of religion in the
United States and the influence of an increasingly entertainment oriented press
along lines drawn by Kurt Vonnegut and Hunter S. Thompson.  Going indie has
given me a worldwide audience even countries where my books would not be
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Cherish D'Angelo-- Lancelot's Lady

When romance author Cherish D'Angelo is not busy relaxing in her hot tub, sipping champagne, eating chocolate-covered strawberries or plotting romantic suspense with scintillating sensuality, she is ruthlessly killing people off in her thrillers as bestselling Canadian suspense author, Cheryl Kaye Tardif.

A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.

“Breathtaking...A page turner in the best possible sense.”  Gail Bowen, author of the award-winning Joanne Kilbourn series

 Cherish D'Angelo has got that mythical “voice” down to a fine art.   Jennifer L. Hart, author of River Rats

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

With Lancelot's Lady, readers will be swept away to a beautiful tropical island in the Bahamas, a perfect escape from the "everyday". They'll be privy to Rhianna's innermost fears and Jonathan's deepest regrets. They'll cringe in terror when a blackmailing, sadistic private investigator, Winston Chambers, threatens everything. Above all, readers will enjoy the sensual romantic journey between Rhianna and Jonathan, and they'll cherish the romance.

Q: Why did you go indie?

I went indie back in 2003 with my first novel, Whale Song. I followed it with Divine Intervention (2004) and The River (2005). Then I did something everyone told me was impossible. I was picked up by a traditional publisher. Not only that, they took Whale Song, a previously self-published novel, which has received much movie interest.

When Lancelot's Lady made it to the semi-finals of Dorchester Publishing's "Next Best Celler" contest and then won an Editor's Choice Award from Textnovel, I knew I had to get it into the hands of readers who'd followed my journey with Lancelot's Lady. Publishing it myself as an ebook was a no-brainer. I've always been independent and am a shameless promoter.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Cherish's favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel and Iris Johansen; Cheryl's favorites are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, JD Robb and Rick Mofina.


Lancelot's Lady is available in ebook edition at Amazon's Kindle Store, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. Help Cherish celebrate by picking up a copy today and "Cherish the romance..."

You can learn more about Lancelot's Lady and Cherish D'Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at and Follow Cherish from September 27 to October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.

Leave a comment here, with email address, to be entered into the prize draws. You're guaranteed to receive at least 1 free ebook just for doing so. Plus, you'll be entered to win a Kobo ereader! Winners will be announced after October 10th.


L.C. Glazebrook: October Girls

L.C. Glazebrook is an art teacher in Batesville, IN. She was kicked out of Catholic School but doesn't take it personally. Crystal & Bone is the first book in the YA paranormal series October Girls.

October Girls: Crystal & Bone: Five days until Halloween and all hell is about to break loose.

And it’s all Crystal’s fault.

Momma warned her not to consort with the dead and tried to teach her the magic spells that would close the portal to the afterlife. But Crystal doesn’t want to be a trailer-trash witch like Momma. She has dreams of going to community college and escaping the Appalachian town of Parson’s Ford.

Her best friend Bone is only too happy to escape the afterlife and help Crystal break the rules. Bone died too young, and she’ll do whatever it takes to remain among the living.

Then a teen movie maker comes to Parson’s Ford, and he has a very special project in mind: a horror movie starring a real ghost. The kids who watch his movies turn into brainwashed zombies. And to totally complicate matters, Crystal thinks he’s kind of a hunk, and she’s afraid her boyfriend Pettigrew only loves her because of Momma’s magic spells.

Now it’s Halloween, the night when the portal to the afterlife is widest, and somebody’s been messing with Momma’s potions. The fate of the world is in Crystal’s hands, but she hasn’t been paying attention to her lessons. And a mysterious figure in the afterlife is urging Bone to stay loyal to her own kind instead of to Crystal.

The movie is rolling, the creatures are stirring, and the brainwashed teenagers are ready to welcome a new star from the other side of the grave.

Crystal and Bone must overcome drama queens, coffin cuties, and mangled magic if they want to remain best friends forever—but at this rate, forever may not last much longer.

What will eReaders like about your book?
I think it's fun and fresh and a little departure from the "bad-girl" urban fantasy genre. This is more like "trailer trash magic." A teen witch and her dead best friend have to save the world, but there are the usual complications of teenage life, like love spells, the unborn twin of James Dean, a gently oppressive mother, counselors, and creepy tentacle thingies that poke out of holes in the wall.

Why did you go indie?
I talked to a few writers and all the gloomy news about publishing made me decide I'd rather stay happy than worry about all that. This way I can keep having fun with the series and let it go wherever it wants. But I also had to make sure the book was in the best shape it could be in, so I had a number of people read it to catch errors.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I like playful, imaginative books like pop-up books, Tim Burton, Roald Dahl, Debi Gliori, and Lemony Snicket. I'll try anything fresh and strange.