Indie Pride

I’ve been involved in the Indie Author scene for over two years now. During that time I’ve met some wonderful people and talented writers. To celebrate Indie Pride Day I’d like to highlight three of those fine authors—K.K. Allen, Chess Desalls, and C.L. Schneider—three sirens of words who will draw you deep into the shores of their worlds. Read them. You’ll love them as much as I do!

K.K. Allen

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K.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road.

 

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In the Summer Solstice trilogy, is a  realistic story that incorporats supernatural elements in a unique way, to entertain readers with a bit of suspense, a progressive romance, and an exciting new mythology.

 

On Indie Pride Day the Summer Solstice series (The Summer Solstice Enchanted, The Equinox, and The Descendants) is now available as a complete trilogy—a great deal at only 6.99!

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Her upcoming New Adult Romance UP IN THE TREEHOUSE, IS SET TO RELEASE ON JULY 19, 2016.

 

 

 

Aren’t these great teasers?

Her short story, Soaring, is available for FREE on Amazon

Buy KK’s book’s HERE

You can connect with K.K. on her website, Facebook, Twitter and say hello to her via email

Join K.K. Allen’s Newsletter List for New release & other book news, Giveaways & Event updates, Exclusive Cover Reveals and Sneak Peeks and Other exciting info!

Chess Desalls

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Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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A YA fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. Read Calla and Valcas’ full story in this collection of the first three books in The Call to Search Everywhen! More than 600 pages of YA time travel adventure inside the pages of the following full-length novels: TRAVEL GLASSES (Book 1), INSIGHT KINDLING (Book 2), and TIME FOR THE LOST (Book 3)— only $5.99 for the set.

 

Buy the set on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Amazon UK, Apple UK, Goodreads

Chess has several FREE stories available for free through Amazon and on her website

Connect with Chess on her WebsiteFacebook, Twitter, Instagram and her  Blog

Sign up for Chess’s Newsletter to to get special announcements, new release info, and a free frabble e-card! What is a Frabble? Find out when you confirm your subscription.

C. L. Schneider

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Born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river, C. L. Schneider grew up in a house of avid readers and overflowing bookshelves. Her first full-length novel took shape in high school, on an old typewriter in her parent’s living room. Currently residing in New York’s Hudson Valley Region with her husband and two sons, she spends her days torturing characters, overdosing on coffee, and waiting for the zombie apocalypse. C. L. Schneider writes epic and urban fantasy for adults, as well as the occasional sci-fi or post-apocalyptic story.  Her trilogy, The Crown of Stones, is an adult epic fantasy that follows the trails of Ian Troy, a man born with an addiction to magic.

In celebration, of Indie Pride Day all three books in The Crown of Stones Trilogy will be on Kindle Countdown for .99—for ONE DAY ONLY!

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Follow the story of Ian Troy’s adventures, as he unlocks the mysteries of The Crown of Stones all the way through the ruin of his past to the final installment where he discovers the secrets of the ancient Shinree and the fate of all Mirra’kelan.

13459624_1301012826580042_1473907317_nJourney into a dark world of magic, addiction, obsession, war, deception, love, and loss—nearly 1500 pages of adult epic fantasy—for less than a cup of coffee!

To purchase The Crown of Stones in paperback and Kindle, visit C. L. Schneider’s Amazon Author page.

Connect with C. L.  on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+. She loves to talk about books, zombies, coffee, the ups and downs of writing, or whatever random topic pops into your head.

Visit her Website where you can follow her journey as a self-published author on her blog, “Heading Down The Yellow Brick Road.”

Subscribe to C. L, Schneider’s Newsletter for periodic updates on blog posts,  upcoming appearances, sales, book reviews, excerpts, announcements, and teasers.

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It’s A Mystery!

What’s the mystery?

Why The Neil Marshall Mysteries of course!

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It’s my 20th year anniversary in publishing this month and a marvelous press out of New Orleans has picked up the entire series to re-release them. Beginning with the first two books.

Come help me celebrate on June 25th here in your comfy clothes and enjoy the virtual cheer and party hearty!

We’re here to have fun and celebrate. Valerie, my wife, will start the day off at 9:00am CST. We’re getting a surprise visit during that hour from my new publisher and I’m posting at 1:00 PM CST for a Q & A and to share some fun facts, and we plan on ending it at 9:00 pm with a BANG.

Three giveaways!

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This is our All-Star Author lineup:

Please note that ALL times are for CST…that’s Texas time folks!

9:00 — Opening ceremony and introduction
10:00 — Les Lynam
11:00 — Barabra Chioffi
12:00 — C.A. Hoaks
12:30 — Terry West
1:00 –Tim Hemlin
2:00 — Ann Swann
3:00 — K.K. Allen
4:00 — Jenny Burke
5:00 –Alex Carey
6:00 — Lizabeth Scott
6:30 — Lili Mahoney
7:00 — James Reid
8:00 — Chess Desalls
9:00 — Closing ceremony and giveaway announcements!

 

For the Red Hot Summer Giveaway, click on the image below:

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Let The Christmas Story Hop Begin

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Funny how the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. After rounding the corner at Thanksgiving to head into the Christmas season, my plans did a complete one-eighty and nothing has gone as I thought it would. This unexpected turn of events in the form of a family emergency did two things. First, I have a half-written Christmas story that remains half-written. I’d intended to share it in the blog. Maybe next year. And second, like most people during this season, I grow pensive, reflecting not only on my current circumstances but also how I arrived at them. Perhaps this year I’ve been a bit more contemplative than usual.

What better time to ponder life’s persistent problems than while running? Well, for me anyway. Today while logging my five and mulling over this blog it struck me how many young families have moved into the area. I saw toy and diaper boxes set out for Saturday morning recycling, and I wondered what Christmas morning was going to be like at that house or that one. Tired parents from staying up late to finish wrapping gifts and stuffing stockings? Wide-eyed, over-anxious kids ready for the day to begin at 5AM? Yes, that’s the way it was for Valerie and me when our children were young.

I also thought today about my own childhood, and one particular Christmas came to mind. To set the scene, I grew up in a small New England town where we didn’t lock the doors at night. The milkman still made deliveries, and if we weren’t home he would open the kitchen door, walk in, and put the milk in the refrigerator. So it sounded perfectly reasonable to me that Santa used our front door, since we didn’t have a fireplace.

On this Christmas Eve I was about five or six. My brother and I were in the habit of following my father around when he finished work, keeping him company when he changed from his work clothes. This night was no different, as he encouraged us to go upstairs with him, except that lo and behold when we came back downstairs, the front door was wide open to the frosty winter night. My mother came in from the kitchen where she’d been making dinner and asked what all the commotion had been. Wouldn’t you know, Santa had already visited us. My brother and I were flabbergasted. Santa came to us first? Wow!

When I was older I learned that my father’s family celebrated on Christmas Eve, and while my mother was a traditional Christmas Day person, he’d talked her into having stockings, gifts, and a big dinner on Christmas Eve that year. A small thing, but isn’t it the small things that make the big events special? And this year, despite all the unpreparedness, will be special too.

Merry Christmas, y’all. Now go read some good stories!

Terry West ~ Cecil and Bubba Meet Santa

Denice Garreau ~ Solstice Moon Spell

K.K. Allen ~ Arctic Winter Masquerade Ball (an excerpt from The Descendants, a Summer Solstice Novel by K.K. Allen)

John TM Herres ~ The Slaying Song

Ann Swann ~ Winter

JMD Reid – The Grotesque’s Favorite Season

EM Kaplan ~ Slay bells Ring, A Josie Tucker Story

Lizabeth Scott ~ Christmas Dreams

Lynette Creswell ~ Skullduggery in Elftown

Chess Desalls ~ Yellow Snow Cones

Merritt Kelly ~ Dani’s Prayer

JV Carr ~ Everyday Miracles

 

The World Book Blog Tour

The World Book Blog Tour is an invitation to share not only an author’s work but also the work of other authors/writers. Then the idea is to pass it on in hopes of authors reaching authors and readers across the globe. Thanks to all of you who jumped on board to participate in the fun.

Thanks to J.V. Carr, author of Username: Bladen and Patty Cakes and the Stolen Ball, both published through Westbow Press, for adding me to the tour. Ms. Carr, who has a degree in psychology, has six children and hosts four exchange students from whom to draw inspiration for her work. As she says herself, she feels “inspired to share the beauty of life and the importance of education and entertainment through children’s books.” More about J.V. Carr can be found at http://jvcarrwriterauthor.com/

These are the question posed by the World Book Blog Tour:

What am I working on?

Right now I’m in the planning stages for a sequel to my dystopian-clifi The Wastelanders, published by Reputation Books and available at Amazon. I actually picture two more books. As with most second acts, the next novel will be darker and place the main characters in peril before giving way to hope and redemption in the third book. Along the same lines, I am preparing to send out a related short story that introduces a new character to The Wastelanders.

I’m also writing a young adult urban fantasy. When I was in my twenties, I worked for a high-end caterer in Houston, Texas. The whole time I was there we had a kitchen witch hanging from one of the air vents as a sign of good luck. I’d always wanted to write a story about a kitchen witch but could never make it work. Then last winter a librarian friend of mine suggested I try writing a young adult novel. For some reason the image of the kitchen witch returned and an idea took hold. It was further enhanced when I ran a 30K with my seventeen-year-old son, who ran alongside a young lady friend of his all pinked-out in her running gear, and I realized I had my two main characters. The novel is titled Son of a Kitchen Witch. I recently finished the first draft, which was pure fun to write. Now comes the hard part—the editing and revision.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The Wastelanders came about because of my concern for the environment. That doesn’t necessarily make me exclusive in this genre as most people who write clifi are trying to bring attention to climate change. Yet in my novel I also deal with power, political corruption and mass movements and cite often from that unique American blue-collar philosopher Eric Hoffer. I like stories that mine for feelings and explore complex themes. There’s nothing like being immersed in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina or Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove. Of course I also enjoy lighter reads. The young adult novel I’m now working on is less complicated than The Wastelanders in that it’s more direct. It’s a love story and a coming of age story that focuses on good versus evil, and I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent with those characters.

Why do I write what I do?

Life interests me. I enjoy learning new things and doing new things. I have a hard time sitting still, which might sound funny coming from a writer, but I consider writing a bit of a contact sport anyway because it challenges the mind. Besides writing, I am a runner, having completed a number of marathons, half-marathons, 25 and 30Ks. As I said, I’m also passionate about the environment and often blog about it. I trail run, fly-fish, and simply enjoy being outdoors. Because of this I feel it’s my duty, in the words of Dr. Jonas Salk, to be a good ancestor so future generations can also enjoy nature.

How does my writing process work?

For me, every day is an idea for a story and every person and everything within that day contains the seed of a story. Sometimes it’s in the big picture, such as climate change and drought, but often it’s in relationships. My characters inspire me. I know a story is working when they spring from the page and have a life of their own. For instance, the two main characters in the young adult urban fantasy I’m now working on seemingly stepped out of thin air and invited themselves into my life. It was as if they sat down in my study and said, “Here we are, Tim. Now what are you going to do with us?” The same happened with The Wastelanders. I knew the characters needed to be well-rounded, in that the antagonists couldn’t simply be cardboard representations of evil and the protagonists needed to have their flaws, but I didn’t expect to like the antagonists as much as I did, particularly the president’s manipulating, power-hungry wife. On the flipside, I couldn’t wait to write about each of the protagonist’s story line. Strangely, though, it wasn’t Joey, Bernie or the Bear but the young Time Witch who kicked the novel into another gear and raised it beyond what I had originally imagined.

Next stop on the World Book Blog Tour?

K.K. Allen is the author of The Summer Solstice Series. Her first novel, Summer Solstice: Enchanted is a wonderful coming of age paranormal urban fantasy that takes place in Apollo Beach, Florida. As I teach adolescents, I read a fair share of young adult novels, and Ms. Allen’s ranks up there with the best of them. The next book in the series, The Equinox, is not coming soon enough! In addition to writing urban fantasy, Ms. Allen also works in the Media Industry as a copywriter for websites and a scriptwriter for video productions. You can find her at http://www.kk-allen.com/, on Facebook and on Twitter @KKAllen_Author.

Lynette Creswell is the author of The Magic Trilogy, which includes Sinners of Magic, Betrayers of Magic and Defenders of Magic. The popular and gifted Ms. Creswell has created a fabulously rich world filled with intrigue, mystery and, of course, plenty of magic. She has also penned the light-hearted romance The Witching Hour. As she herself says, “For me, writing is like breathing fresh air, I cannot live without it and I hope my passion shows in my work.” Indeed, it does as demonstrated by the accolades Ms. Creswell has accumulated. Find her at http://lynetteecreswell.wordpress.com/, on Facebook and on Twitter @creswelllyn.

Chess Desalls is the author of the series Travel Glasses, the first book of which is The Call to Search Everywhen, now available on audio book, too. This delightful young adult time travel series will leave you wanting more. In fact I found her twist on time travel intriguing, her characters interesting and the plot tightly written. Toss in some mystery, romance, and a whole lot of adventure and you have a fun read. In addition to being a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, the talented Ms. Desalls is also a flutist and recordings of her work can be heard on her website http://www.chessdesalls.com/  Find her on Facebook and on Twitter as well @ChessDesalls.