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Learn to See Your Book The Way An Editor Does

2013-06-26 :: Bill Thompson

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Writers have a love-hate relationship with editors and editing. The value of good editing is obvious, but it’s not something most writers look forward to doing, or having someone else do. While editing is integral to the writing process, its role is often misunderstood. So, what if editing could make writing less stressful and more enjoyable? What if it could help you write sharper, more compelling prose? Now “The Editor’s Eye” by book coach and editor Stacy Ennis shows you how editing can help you write your best book. She takes you through the ins and outs of the often bewildering book-editing process. And as you begin to understand how writing and editing complement each other, you’ll become more confident as a writer, finish your book faster, and move toward the ultimate goal: publication. More below the media player. Listen to Stacy Ennis The Indie Author Life As Stacy Ennis told us in our interview, a good editor is like a coach or cheerleader for her author. Stacy’s blog contains a lot of “coaching” for authors, too, including a recent post she calls “5 Ways to Buck the Writing Blues.” Sometimes, she says, you just get stuck, discouraged, or bored. [...]Similar Posts:The 17-Year-Old Who Must Save the Human RaceThe Ghost and Mr. TrafficCan a Patient’s Silence Kill the Doctor?A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?

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Two People, Looking For Something More…

2013-06-25 :: Bill Thompson

Alexandra Daniels is forty-something and hard-working, in and out of her home. But her life has been plodding along at a snail’s pace, and she’s longing for excitement. In Linda Bolton‘s debut novel “Take 2″ Alexandra wins a trip to her favorite talk show in New York, the “Veronica Becker Show,” and it just so happens Derek Dunbar, the actor of her dreams, is a guest on the show. Is Alex’s life about to change? Derek Dunbar is Scottish, and a hunk. Every woman in America drools over him. He has his pick of women – but stinks at relationships. At forty, is he longing for a more meaningful relationship? Does he even know how to have one? Is he willing to make the effort or will it just be too complicated? More below the media player. Listen to Linda Bolton The Indie Author Life In “Take 2″ Linda Bolton explores the nuances of trying to remain sexy and attractive while aging – and looking for someone who is doing the same. So, do you have realistic expectations? That’s the title of a recent blog post by Linda Bolton: I’ll pick on men first. They’re easiest – sorry guys. From [...]Similar Posts:Using The “Flow” That You Thought Only the…Homeless But Not HopelessOne Family’s Story of Coming to AmericaFalling Hard for the Girl of His DreamsWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?

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A Troubled Teen Discovers His Hidden Power

2013-06-24 :: Bill Thompson

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father. Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his so-called “family.” Until he learns by accident that he isn’t as alone in the world as he thought. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington, D.C. In “The Photo Traveler” by Arthur Gonzalez, Gavin travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents. But then he learns that they — and he — are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. More below the media player. Listen to Arthur Gonzalez The Indie Author Life On the website for “The Photo Traveler,” Arthur Gonzalez reveals the backstory: How did you come up with the idea for the Photo Traveler? The grandmother to one of the most special people in my life had passed away. He was looking [...]Similar Posts:Will It Take a Miracle To Restore This Friendship?A Suicide, A Homecoming, and TerrorCan She Get Her Son Back – From Her Own Parents?Candidly, He’s Cautiously OptimisticThis Girl Is One Elf You Don’t Wanna Mess With

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What We Can All Learn From a College Rowing Team

2013-06-23 :: Bill Thompson

Success, in an organization and in life, is not a solo effort. It’s created through working together, working in sync with colleagues, clients, and valued friends or family. Through this reciprocity, small ideas grow into big plans, local efforts have a global impact, and productive managers become great leaders. It’s the power of leading without a title and getting greater results through coordinated efforts. In his new book “Working in Sync,” Whitney Mitchell tells the stories of eleven highly successful professionals who learned the principles of connection and teamwork on the Dartmouth class of ’86 crew – which he coached. After a twenty-fifth team reunion, Whit wanted to find out the secret to their successes. He conducted months of one-on-one interviews, uncovering outstanding insights on life, business, and success. And he saw a direct connection to his executive coaching clients. More below the media player. Listen to Whitney Mitchell The Indie Author Life Why do some teams succeed in turning around while others flounder and fail? Here’s a portion of what Whit Mitchell said recently: Q: How does one effectively engage and motivate employees to “jump on board” with organizational change and to row in the same direction? Whit: If [...]Similar Posts:Life, Love, and Business in HollywoodDon’t Let Hollywood Kill Your DreamTwo People, Looking For Something More…For Romance Click Any KeyMaking Sure Your Success Builds Wealth

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Private Eye Goes Out on a Limb to Solve This Case

2013-06-20 :: Bill Thompson

Brigid Kildare is not your typical hard boiled private eye. But she doesn’t pretend to be. No matrimonial. no child custody, no bodyguard or surveillance work, no process serving. Brigid is strictly data. Asset searches, background searches, computer security, pre-employment screening. Basically any type of records research is what she deals in. And you really couldn’t expect anything else. After all, your average five-foot-tall, blue-eyed blonde is rarely the person you would send out after a bail jumper. Oh, and there’s that whole one leg thing – ADA aside, most people don’t think of an amputee as the go-to person for a security job. But in Kate Eileen Shannon‘s mystery “Social Insecurity,” professional PI Brigid Kildare turns amateur sleuth when old ladies in the Federal Hill area of Providence start to go missing, and she can’t get the police to believe her. Brigid, along with an odd cast of friends and family, solves the mystery – but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be.  More below the media player. Listen to Kate Eileen [...]Similar Posts:A Doctor Becomes an Unwitting KillerDear Mom (And Dear Dad)It Takes a Texas Girl to Nail This London Serial KillerProf. Henry Fell’s “Coming of Middle Age”…A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old Girl

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Using The “Flow” That You Thought Only the Creatives Had

2013-06-19 :: Bill Thompson

To those who experience life as struggle, hard work, and constant effort, the concept of “effortlessness” may seem incomprehensible. But is it, really? Stop and think about a time when you could work on a project for hours. Perhaps you were fixing a car, baking a cake, or creating a make-believe story for a child. Did you lose track of time? Did you even forget that you were hungry? You may have been experiencing the flow of effortlessness. The experience of effortlessness is for everyone, including those holding fast to the idea that this sort of flow belongs only to “creative” people. Linda Smarzik‘s book “The Mind of Thuse!!” is a guide describing the neuroscience, philosophy, and new thought behind the process of creativity that can lead us into this sublime state of effortlessness. More below the media player. Listen to Linda Smarzik The Indie Author Life What inspired Linda Smarzik to pursue The Thuse? As is explained on her website, it was in 1999, during a trek in the Nepal Himalayas… On the second evening of her journey, she experienced such intense altitude sickness that she was told to immediately return down the mountain to the next lodge, two [...]Similar Posts:Two People, Looking For Something More…Paranoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?Learn to See Your Book The Way An Editor DoesNot A Vanity Website for Not-Vanity BooksCan She Get Her Son Back – From Her Own Parents?

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Can She Get Her Son Back – From Her Own Parents?

2013-06-18 :: Bill Thompson

Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son, even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin. In Theresa Rizzo‘s novel “He Belongs to Me” Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’ve raised. Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost. But now, five years later, Catherine is back, asking for his help to regain custody of their son – custody he thought she had. Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal? More below the media player. Listen to Theresa Rizzo The Indie Author Life Now here’s a grateful author. This, from Theresa Rizzo’s website: I’ve finaled in many writing contests and even won a few. I’ve been privileged to travel to wonderful, interesting places like Maui, Seattle, San Diego, Crested Butte, Nashville, and more to attend writing [...]Similar Posts:The Secret That Haunts A Presidential HopefulComing to Grips With The Reality of ChangeUsing The “Flow” That You Thought Only the…A Troubled Teen Discovers His Hidden PowerLearn to See Your Book The Way An Editor Does

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Something Spicy to Cleanse Your Palate

2013-06-17 :: Bill Thompson

Booze, sex, and good times. What more could you ask for, from a memoir? “Letters To Young Chong” by Melanie Moore is much like the pickled ginger on a sushi plate. As a reader, sometimes you need something spicy to cleanse your palate between complex books. That is what you will find here. “Letters To Young Chong” is based on the friendship that developed between Melanie Moore .. and Melissa Moore; no relation at all. In school they were often confused for twins, or sometimes mistaken for the same person. Melanie was sure she would hate that name-stealing girl for all of time. But she finally got over it and now says she could not imagine life without her. More below the media player. Listen to Melanie Moore The Indie Author Life Melanie Moore’s blog is a great place to find more of the same kind of stories that are in “Letters to Young Chong.” Here’s one recent entry: It is no secret in my group of friends that I can burn water. I can also cause you to spend a not so delightful afternoon in the bathroom. People who know me well will tell you that you’ll want to [...]Similar Posts:Trapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?Will It Take a Miracle To Restore This Friendship?Homeless But Not HopelessDear Mom (And Dear Dad)Soul Food For Lone Wolves and Wild Women

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Something Is Wiping the Galaxy Clean of Humans

2013-06-16 :: Bill Thompson

Earth lies in ruins, destroyed by an unknown enemy. Humanity flees their burning homeworld, seeking a safe place to hide before they can be hunted down and eradicated. In Andrew Saxsma‘s space opera “Lonely Moon” Alliance Captain Michael Hane watches helplessly while his wife and unborn child fall victim to the random slaughter of Earth. Now, with time running out for him and all of Earth’s survivors, he is burdened by the last bits of humanity to find a way to stop this menace before it wipes the galaxy clean of every last human being. Listen to Andrew Saxsma The Indie Author LifeSimilar Posts:Where Magic is as Common as TechnologyThe 17-Year-Old Who Must Save the Human RaceWar, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and RunicsParanoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?Stand By Her Man? Not Any More.

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Meet Malcolm Tully, Reluctant Cult Leader

2013-06-13 :: Bill Thompson

Malcolm Tully, the young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, would never dream of joining a religious cult, let alone leading one. But when he starts a discussion group to liven up Saturday nights at the shop, events quickly spiral out of control. Kathleen Maher‘s book “Diary of a Heretic” is a comic novel about the outlandish rise and fall of Religion Without Rules, a spiritual movement with Malcolm as reluctant leader and Carlos, his pastry chef, as instigator and financial mastermind. Malcolm discovers his hidden talents for charismatic preaching and money begins to flow in. But as the movement outgrows the pastry shop and sprouts international ambitions, the foundations are wobbling. Malcolm’s diary entries during the wild ride swing with his moods: from panic at being thrust onstage, to exultation as he gains confidence, to dark eroticism as his love/hate relationship with Carlos becomes physical, and ultimately to peace as the cult begins its inevitable collapse. More below the media player. Listen to Kathleen Maher The Indie Author Life Do indie authors let their kids read their works-in-progress? Kathleen Maher recently posted on Facebook, “Keeping The Kids Safe From My Writing”: During the years in which my [...]Similar Posts:It’s Not Snooping – Read This…Inside The Mind of a Serial KillerParanoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?Have You Met Any Indie Authors Recently?Barb Stark, Psychologist, Who Doesn’t Believe in…

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Paranoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?

2013-06-12 :: Bill Thompson

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers, making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn’t so bad after all. In T.M. Franklin‘s novel “More” Ava is now a young college student, and meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics. But in reality Caleb has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core. … because Caleb isn’t quite what he seems. In fact, he’s not entirely human, and he’s not the only one. Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets — secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she’s not actually normal. She’s not even just special. She’s a little bit more. More below the media player. Listen to T.M. Franklin The Indie Author Life Yes, indie authors get book events, too! T.M. Franklin wrote recently about hers: I had an amazing time at Barnes & Noble this past weekend. I had a [...]Similar Posts:A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlThe 17-Year-Old Who Must Save the Human RaceHomeless But Not HopelessUsing The “Flow” That You Thought Only the…Meet Malcolm Tully, Reluctant Cult Leader

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One Family’s Holocaust Survival Story

2013-06-11 :: Bill Thompson

Seventy years after the fact, the Holocaust continues to challenge us. No matter how many books are written, movies produced, or oral histories collected, the sweeping scale and sheer malevolence of the Final Solution elude our grasp. Gene Klein was born in Czechoslovakia in 1928. In 1944, at the age of 16, he and his family were deported to Auschwitz. The Kleins were aboard one of the very first trains of this mass deportation. Shortly afterwards, he was transferred to a slave labor camp in Poland. Now Gene Klein’s daughter, Dr. Jill Klein, tells her father’s story in a book called “We Got the Water.” It’s the remarkable account of how four members of her father’s family – Gene, his two sisters, and their mother – all survived the Holocaust. More below the media player. Listen to Jill Klein The Indie Author Life Hot water came from the showerheads, so we got washed, and afterward we went into another room where we got grey shift dresses like long shirts, made of stiff cotton… They gave us men’s socks, all kinds of men’s and women’s underwear… We were laughing when we saw those fantastic, ridiculous underwear. Instead of laughing, we should [...]Similar Posts:Will It Take a Miracle To Restore This Friendship?Guaranteed: You Won’t Read Another Book Like This All…The Unique Courage of One MotherA Father’s Only True Legacy: LiesSomething Spicy to Cleanse Your Palate

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Why The Indie Author Fear of Skype?

2013-06-11

What if we had a magic way to speak to someone who is hundreds or thousands of miles away? We do. It’s called the telephone. Now what if we had a magic way to speak to that person, but with sound so crisp and clear it was like that person was sitting right here in the same room? We do. It’s called Skype. So why do some indie authors fight it? Virtually all of the indie author interviews you hear on The Bookcast are conducted via Skype. It would be just as easy to simply pick up a regular phone and call, but why? So I could get inferior audio quality, while paying for the privilege? (Did I mention Skype calls are free?) Skype provides extraordinary audio quality, free. What’s not to like? (Disclaimer: no disclaimer is necessary. I have absolutely zero financial interest in Skype.) The overwhelming majority of indie authors get it, and enthusiastically embrace Skype. But I just finished trading emails with a publicist whose client did not have Skype and did not want it. Now, considering the recent revelation that the NSA has access to Skype conversations, I suppose a principled stand of avoiding Skype could [...]Similar Posts:Why I’m So Enthusiastic About the Indie Authors I…The Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…We Have “Traveller” WinnersWho Will Be The Next Indie Author We Recognize For…Meet The Voice of The Bookcast

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It Takes a Texas Girl to Nail This London Serial Killer

2013-06-10 :: Bill Thompson

No one expected Jennifer Jeffries to survive the physical and emotional trauma she experienced – not the doctors, not the London serial killer who chose her for his seventh victim, not the Scotland Yard detective who desperately needed her to testify against her attacker. No one expected this young, petite Texan to overcome her fears – not her witness protection team, nor the tough ex-special-forces sergeant in charge of them. And, in Naomi Kryske‘s mystery “The Witness,” no one expected Jenny’s character and courage to blossom – not the defense barristers who sought to discredit her testimony and not even Jenny herself, who had to battle pain and panic to rediscover hope and love. More below the media player. Listen to Naomi Kryske The Indie Author Life As you heard in our interview, Naomi took some inspiration from real-life tragedies to form the emotional foundation for this book. She explains in detail, on her website: Hurricane Katrina, in August, 2005, changed everything. The devastation was widespread, with entire communities obliterated and her home flooded, torn, and unlivable. Her shock, despair, and traumatic stress gave her insight into what the victim in her detective story would suffer. Hence her detective story [...]Similar Posts:Private Eye Goes Out on a Limb to Solve This CaseTechnology Turned Homicidal‘American Psycho’ Meets ‘Sex & the…Teen Buddies Face Adult TrialsUsing The “Flow” That You Thought Only the…

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Homeless But Not Hopeless

2013-06-09 :: Bill Thompson

Frank Barnes is content living on the streets of Atlanta. A soup kitchen and a makeshift shanty sure beat his days as a POW in Vietnam. But Chloe Roberts can’t handle the eviction that sends her into the hell of homelessness. With no family or friends to turn to, Chloe and her children are sucked into the traumatic world of night shelters and dangerous predators. In the Marsha Cornelius novel “Losing It All,” when they bump into each other at the soup kitchen, Frank offers Chloe a glimmer of hope that she can pull her life back together. And she rekindles his lost sense of self-worth by taking his mind off his own problems. But they will not meet again until Frank is riding high as a working man, and Chloe has hit rock bottom. By helping Chloe rebuild her broken life, Frank banishes the demons from his own past. Unfortunately, the past comes strolling back into their lives, threatening to destroy the happiness they have finally found. More below the media player. Listen to Marsha Cornelius The Indie Author Life In a recent guest post on “A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book…” Marsha wrote about POV: WHY [...]Similar Posts:A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlParanoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?If She Fails, All Humankind Suffers the ConsequencesJealousy and Obsession, With a Paranormal TwistSomething Spicy to Cleanse Your Palate

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Will It Take a Miracle To Restore This Friendship?

2013-06-06 :: Bill Thompson

Mae McBride and Heidi Foster were the very best of friends. Tied at the hip from early elementary school, their relationship was the stuff of storybooks, legendary even, in the minds of their high school classmates. Unshakable. That is, until Mae’s father died while saving Heidi’s life. In Jeffrey Blount‘s novel “Hating Heidi Foster” Mae blames Heidi. She blames her father for putting Heidi ahead of her. She blames her friends for taking Heidi’s side. She begins to unravel amid that blame and her uncontrollable and atypical anger. At the same time Heidi is beset by guilt, falls into depression and stops eating properly; wasting away physically and emotionally while waiting for Mae to let her back into the friendship she misses so dearly. What could possibly bring these two old friends back to each other? A miracle? “Hating Heidi Foster” is a young adult novel about the place of honor true friendships hold in our lives. It is about suffering and loss and the ethics of grief. It is about a deep and painful conflict, the bright light of selflessness and sacrifice and the love that rights the ship and carries us safely to port. More below the media [...]Similar Posts:Teen Buddies Face Adult TrialsParanoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?The Unique Courage of One MotherOne Family’s Holocaust Survival StoryA Body in The Basement – Of Course He’s the…

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Soul Food For Lone Wolves and Wild Women

2013-06-05 :: Bill Thompson

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is an award-winning former reporter for both the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star whose articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Working Mother, Orion and many others. During her Sun Times years, she sat desk to desk with mentor and friend, the late Roger Ebert, and traveled with, interviewed and reviewed rockers like Kiss, Queen, the Who, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. She also interviewed film stars like John Travolta, Kirk Douglas, Richard Pryor and the then-unknown cast of Star Wars – and dated Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once. And then one day … she walked away from all of it. And never looked back. Her book “The Keka Collection,” a compilation of Open Salon blog posts, is both a remembrance of those wild years and a reflection on the new life she found in the Southwest. She married a prominent Hopi artist and became a PR consultant for the Hopi Tribal government and public school administrator before moving to Tucson, where the adventure continues. More below the media player. Listen to Cynthia Dagnal-Myron The Indie Author Life Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is better known to millions online as Keka. It was that community, she says, that inspired her to produce [...]Similar Posts:Homeless But Not HopelessA (Princess) Penny’s Worth of TroubleShe Wanted to Kill Him – But Fell in Love InsteadHow to Write Mom’s StoryA Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His Daddy

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For Romance Click Any Key

2013-06-04 :: Bill Thompson

The epistolary novel has been popular for over 500 years, maybe because everyone secretly loves to read other people’s mail. Lisa Becker‘s 2011 romantic hit “Click” is an epistolary novel for the twenty-first century, a romantic chick lit story told entirely in the emails of the nearing-30-and-still-single Renee and her circle of friends. Now Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan are back, as “Double Click” picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soulmates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley’s judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, “Double Click” answers these questions and more. More below the media player. Listen to Lisa Becker The Indie Author Life Much of “Click” was based on Lisa Becker’s own experience of cyberdating. How close to reality was it? She recently wrote on CupidsPulse.com: You’ve heard of the movie Four Wedding and a Funeral? Well, the story of how I met my husband online is Four Dates and a Wedding. Those online dates yielded some valuable lessons, which I’m happy to share in order to help other [...]Similar Posts:The End of the World, Brought To You By The New KidJust Your Friendly Neighborhood VampireLife, Love, and Business in HollywoodThen a Stunning, Leggy Blonde Walks In…Would You Stash the Body to Save the Party?

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The 17-Year-Old Who Must Save the Human Race

2013-06-03 :: Bill Thompson

What has been hidden for thousands of years is about to surface in a small town in New England. The impact on this rural village is ageless, but only the chosen time travelers know what is happening, the reason it is happening, and how to control the outcome. Jordana Lizama‘s novel “Sophia: Within” is more than a story of reincarnation. This is a story that never ended following the reign of the Greek gods. The Men of Ages have walked the Earth unnoticed since the time of Greek mythology and have kept their ancient war alive by transporting the lead warrior in a most unusual time machine. There is only one way to stop the cataclysmic demise of the human race and Sophia is the answer. But Sophia is a teenage girl faced with many human and nonhuman desires that create a tortuous path from antiquity to the present day. Only time will tell if Sophia, Alec and the world are ready to accept the mission that has been passed down for many generations. Love conquers all. Or, so it seems. More below the media player. Listen to Jordana Lizama The Indie Author Life In a recent interview with Bibliophilic [...]Similar Posts:Greek Myth Brought to New LifeParanoid? Or is Someone Really Out to Get Her?A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlThe Ghost and Mr. TrafficA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They Forge

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Life, Love, and Business in Hollywood

2013-06-02 :: Bill Thompson

When her screenplay gets accepted to a local L.A. film festival, twenty-three-year-old Rylie Cates heads to Tinseltown, where she is thrust into the spotlight as her career takes off, in Jessica Lave‘s novel “Quiet on the Set.” As Rylie struggles to live up to her newfound success, she meets the people who will become her friends, her guides to the city and the movie business, and ultimately, her “L.A. family.” Despite her best intentions, however, deciphering the politics surrounding her new career proves difficult, and Rylie unwittingly makes a few enemies on her path to success. Confronted by scheming studio executives, philandering movie stars, and the perpetual lure of the bottle, Rylie relies on her new friendships to help her navigate life, love, and business in Hollywood. More below the media player. Listen to Jessica Lave The Indie Author Life Do readers demand a “happy ending”? Jessica Lave writes that her endings are less about fitting into some prefab mold and more about .. well, life: My stories aren’t about a happy ending or an ideal picture. They’re about the good days and bad days that everybody has and how we get through them, with kind words, hugs, arguments, comedy, [...]Similar Posts:A Professional Tour Guide’s Best Hollywood StoriesA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeDon’t Let Hollywood Kill Your DreamFor Romance Click Any KeyInside A Successful Writer’s Imagination

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We Have “Traveller” Winners

2013-06-02

Congratulations to Manish Kumar and S.B., winners of our giveaway of Garrett Addison’s novel “The Traveller.” Garrett’s offbeat story of a businessman who looks for a way to exact revenge on a boss-from-hell is the most recent winner of The Bookcast “Book of Exceptional Quality” distinction.Similar Posts:“The Traveller”- A Book of Exceptional QualityWe Have WinnersBook of Exceptional Quality GiveawayThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…Who Will Be The Next Indie Author We Recognize For…

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Jealousy and Obsession, With a Paranormal Twist

2013-05-30 :: Bill Thompson

Sixteen-year-old Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she is sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it – her family, her friends, and possibly her soul. Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But In the YA novel “Untethered” by Katie Hayoz, everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control. “Untethered” explores the intoxicating, and dangerous, world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. More below the media player. Listen to Katie Hayoz The Indie Author Life No good critique goes unpunished? In a recent blog post, Katie Hayoz avers that “Critiquing: Nice Gets You Nowhere”: Ten years ago I handed a woman in my critiquing group a short story I wrote involving an Alpine farm and a [...]Similar Posts:Inside A Successful Writer’s ImaginationWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?If She Fails, All Humankind Suffers the ConsequencesComing to Grips With The Reality of ChangeThis Thief Steals Her Way Almost to Death

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Coming to Grips With The Reality of Change

2013-05-29 :: Bill Thompson

Louise Palmer is a settled-down woman, who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies. So when her husband, Clay, announces his intention to quit his job and move to Florida, Louise’s life is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties, in Bette Lee Crosby‘s novel “What Matters Most.” Torn between Clay’s desire for “the good life” and the lifelong friendships of her quilting club, Louise struggles with what to do – until her best friend suggests a scheme to thwart the move. Before she discovers the truth of what matters most, a marriage will be tested, family relationships will fall apart and the friendships Louise tried to hold onto will change dramatically, More below the media player. Listen to Bette Lee Crosby The Indie Author Life At its best, fiction requires the reader to confront difficult questions. In Bette Lee Crosby’s novel, the question is: WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU? This is perhaps an ambiguous question and, while it seems simple on the surface, it has as many different answers as there are stars in the sky. At first blush people will most often answer my family, my church, [...]Similar Posts:A Teen’s Life – College, Family .. ShapeshiftingOne Family’s Story of Coming to AmericaJealousy and Obsession, With a Paranormal TwistA Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His DaddyBattle of Good Vs. Evil, With Christian Undertones

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Would You Stash the Body to Save the Party?

2013-05-28 :: Bill Thompson

What do you do when you find your grandfather dead half an hour before your cousin’s wedding? Well, you can hide him in his bed and tell everyone he didn’t feel like coming. Beate Boeker‘s new mystery “Delayed Death” is set in Florence, Italy, where Carlina finds her grandfather dead on the day of her cousin Emma’s wedding. She decides to hide the body until after the ceremony. However, as it turns out, her grandfather was poisoned, and she now becomes the attractive Inspector’s prime suspect in his death. In order to clear her name she’ll have to find the real killer. And on top of that, Carlina has to manage her boisterous family, and her luxurious lingerie store called Temptation, a juggling act that creates many hilarious situations. More below the media player. Listen to Beate Boeker The Indie Author Life Beate Boeker’s first language is not English, it’s German. So why does she write in English… . . . and not in my mother language, German. Looking for help with my writing, I noticed a big writing culture in the US, but none to speak of in Germany. I’m only speaking romance writing here, of course! Romance writers [...]Similar Posts:Keep on Truckin’, MamaA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeCandidly, He’s Cautiously OptimisticA Father’s Only True Legacy: LiesCan a Patient’s Silence Kill the Doctor?

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If She Fails, All Humankind Suffers the Consequences

2013-05-21 :: Bill Thompson

Naomi Witherspoon lives in interesting times. First she was seized by a Lakota goddess at the winter solstice. Then, as her relationships with her friends fissured, Naomi tapped a wellspring of strength – her own Native American heritage. May 22 Is ‘Annealed’ Book Launch Day Now, pregnant and due any day, she must conduct the mediation of her life. Will she succeed? Or will it all go up in smoke? It’s the final volume in the Pipe Woman Chronicles – Lynne Cantwell‘s novel “Annealed.” More below the media player. The Indie Author Life Ebooks are changing more than just how readers consume books; they’re changing how authors market and promote them, if Lynne Cantwell’s experience is any indicator. As she wrote in a recent blog post: There’s always a moment in any live event — interview, public speaking engagement, whatever — when I feel like I’ve lost the plot. So, of course, I had one during my talk on e-publishing in Indianapolis last weekend. Toward the end of the discussion, someone in the audience asked me whether I ever did any book signings or talked to book clubs, or did any other promotional events. And I confessed that I do [...]Similar Posts:Ride the Indie Author Wave At The BookcastGiving Indie Authors Their DueA Personal Note from Bill ThompsonInside A Successful Writer’s ImaginationGreek Myth Brought to New Life

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One Family’s Story of Coming to America

2013-05-19 :: Bill Thompson

Confession is good for the soul, even after the soul has been claimed. The novel “Forty Years in a Day” by Mona Rodriguez begins in Italy, 1900. After years of torment and neglect, Victoria and her four small children emigrate to Hell’s Kitchen, New York, to escape her alcoholic, abusive husband. On the day they leave, he tragically dies, but she doesn’t learn of his death for several years — it’s a secret that puts many lives on hold. Quickly, they realize America’s streets are not paved with gold, and the limits of human faith and stamina are tested time and again. Poverty, illness, death, kidnapping, and the reign of organized crime are just some of the crosses they bear. Now, Victoria’s eldest son, Vincenzo, is the sole surviving member of the family, and he shares a gut-wrenching account of their lives with his daughter Clare during a visit to Ellis Island on his 90th birthday. He explains how his life, and the lives of his siblings, have been secretly intertwined with an infamous Irish mob boss. And he ends his unsettling disclosure with a monumental request that leaves Clare speechless. More below the media player. Listen to Mona Rodriguez [...]Similar Posts:Can a Patient’s Silence Kill the Doctor?Coming to Grips With The Reality of ChangeInside A Successful Writer’s ImaginationFalling Hard for the Girl of His DreamsStuck On a Prison Planet With a Killer

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Book of Exceptional Quality Giveaway

2013-05-18

Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a Kindle ebook copy of Garrett Addison’s novel “The Traveller,” the latest winner of The Bookcast “Book of Exceptional Quality” award. Just click on “Giveaways” at the top of this page.Similar Posts:“The Traveller”- A Book of Exceptional QualityWe Have “Traveller” WinnersThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…We Have WinnersWho Will Be The Next Indie Author We Recognize For…

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Candidly, He’s Cautiously Optimistic

2013-05-16 :: Bill Thompson

How is the American spirit holding up in these difficult times? Peter Funt, syndicated columnist and host of TV’s “Candid Camera,” looks beyond the headlines to find out. In his book “Cautiously Optimistic,” a collection of six dozen essays, Funt uses a light but penetrating touch to take the nation’s temperature. Funt’s canvas is very much like the real world we deal with every day. Sure, Americans are concerned about taxes, education and crime. But we also care about mobile apps that talk back to us, Paul McCartney’s hairdo, and raccoons that destroy our lawns. In “Cautiously Optimistic,” Peter Funt finds the good, the bad and the occasionally hilarious. These essays are designed to make you think, but also to smile. More below the media player. Listen to Peter Funt The Indie Author Life Peter Funt’s association with “Candid Camera” really did begin when he was just three, as he writes in an essay on the official “Candid Camera” website called “Things My Father Taught Me“: When I was three years old my father taught me how to swing a baseball bat. He also taught me how to hide a microphone in a shoeshine box. When I was 16 my father [...]Similar Posts:A Father’s Only True Legacy: LiesOne Family’s Story of Coming to AmericaWould You Stash the Body to Save the Party?This is Not How Childbirth is Supposed To GoFive Moons Craving a Hero

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Stuck On a Prison Planet With a Killer

2013-05-15 :: Bill Thompson

Sam Sinclair thought this was just another run-of-the-mill job. As a freelance law enforcement operative, his job is to find the target and deliver them into the hands of the Galactic Law Enforcement Agency. When his agency contacts asked him to find Professor Kluvak Nembier, who they believed had murdered nine of his co-workers on a secluded archaeological dig on Agrillia 3, he fully expected to have the job done quickly. Finding the Professor was the easy part. And, in Merita King‘s space opera “Floxham Island,” delivering his prisoner to Floxham Island Prison should spell the end of the job for Sam, and some much needed time off. But once he and his companions find themselves stranded on the strangely deserted prison planet, and discover the horror that has recently taken place there, it soon becomes his worst nightmare. Facing the horrors that lurk in the dark – while avoiding those that dwell in the light – Sam discovers that a new killer is amongst them. As their numbers dwindle, Sam races to find the killer and secure the lives of those still surviving amidst the terror that is Floxham Island. More below the media player. Listen to Merita King [...]Similar Posts:A Girlfriend! A Girlfriend! My Kingdom for a Girlfriend!Fiona Debuts With a BangOne Family’s Story of Coming to AmericaGreek Myth Brought to New LifeBattle of Good Vs. Evil, With Christian Undertones

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Battle of Good Vs. Evil, With Christian Undertones

2013-05-14 :: Bill Thompson

If a priest is attacked and turned into a vampire did he have a choice? If your parents were demons are you damned to Hell? Virgo Furs is an agent of the Council of the United Underworld Coalition. And in Scott Dorsey‘s fantasy “Son of a Succubus,” he finds himself asking those same questions while on a hit-list, and faces the prospect of being murdered by vampire assassins or executed by the Council for a murder he was framed for. Ultimately he battles his way through Hell, becomes the caretaker of Eden, and must endure being assaulted with the truth in Heaven to find the answers he needs to save everyone on Earth. Redemption is for the asking. More below the media player. Listen to Scott Dorsey The Indie Author Life From Scott Dorsey’s website: As the author explains, his use of Christianity was a deliberate attempt to give readers something different. “Most fantasy novels will not use Christianity as the religion of the story. What if the creatures of the Underworld believed in Jesus? Is it possible for vampires or other creatures to be forgiven? If so, what about mankind?” asks Dorsey. Continuing, “No matter what kind of things [...]Similar Posts:A Girlfriend! A Girlfriend! My Kingdom for a Girlfriend!Forced To Grow Up (Finally)Coming to Grips With The Reality of ChangeStuck On a Prison Planet With a KillerWar, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and Runics

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Keep on Truckin’, Mama

2013-05-13 :: Bill Thompson

What happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to drive eighteen-wheelers across North America, instead of just dreaming about it? Ask Carolyn Steele. She did it, and wrote about it, in her book “Trucking in English.” From early training, when it becomes apparent that negotiating eighteen wheels and thirteen gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in, this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker. Carolyn learns how to hit a moose correctly, and how to be hijacked. She is almost arrested in Baltimore Docks and survives a terrifying winter tour of The Rockies. Nothing goes well, but that’s why there’s a book. More below the media player. Listen to Carolyn Steele The Indie Author Life But How Did it Start? Carolyn Steele answers her own question, on her blog TruckingTales.com: Trucking as a way to see the continent seemed like a good idea at the time. To this lady trucker it seemed funnier and more interesting than you’d imagine. As the trucking tales kept coming, it became clear that there had to be writing about trucking, the trucking blog, the trucking podcast and the book about trucking. You could [...]Similar Posts:They’re Literally Pawns in a Twisted GameWould You Stash the Body to Save the Party?What Got This (Good) Dad ArrestedCan a Patient’s Silence Kill the Doctor?If She Fails, All Humankind Suffers the Consequences

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“The Traveller”- A Book of Exceptional Quality

2013-05-12

We are delighted to announce the second winner of The Bookcast’s “Book of Exceptional Quality” honor, spotlighting the very best indie authors. It’s Garrett Addison’s adventure-revenge novel ‘The Traveller.” See our review here, and click here to enter to win a free ebook copy of “The Traveller.” Addison describes himself as “a forty something Australian novelist, and also a geek, husband, father, cub scout leader and struggling marathon runner.” “The Traveller” is the story of a competent but not brilliant businessman, whose abilities suddenly take a preternatural uptick on his latest business trip. Emboldened by a feeling he can do no wrong, our narrator decides to seize the opportunity for a “final solution” that will rid him of the boss-bitch who has been making his life hell. The book’s tagline is, “Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself … because nothing lasts forever.”Similar Posts:Book of Exceptional Quality GiveawayThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…We Have WinnersSometimes Revenge Really Is SweetWho Will Be The Next Indie Author We Recognize For…

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A Body in The Basement – Of Course He’s the Suspect

2013-05-10 :: Bill Thompson

When private financial investigator Seamus McCree returns to Cincinnati after a routine business trip, he discovers that his home has become a crime scene. A brutal murder has occurred in his basement. The victim, an acquaintance from a previous corporate investigation, has endured bullets to both of his ankles, knees and elbows before the final shot to his forehead that put him out of his misery. But no one has seen an “IRA six pack” victim since The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Now, in James M. Jackson‘s mystery “Bad Policy,” Seamus McCree becomes the primary “person of interest” in the case. He’ll need his talent for logic and hard work to prove his innocence. Soon he uncovers a trail that leads back to his Boston roots, and a poisonous family feud dating from the divorce of Boston’s Irish mafia and the Provisional IRA in the 1970s. As the body count climbs, all trails seem to lead back to him, and Seamus is forced to go underground to find out who is framing him – and why – before he becomes the next victim. More below the media player. Listen to James M. Jackson The Indie Author Life [...]Similar Posts:Escaped Slave Finds Freedom. Or Does He?Will Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?The End of the World, Brought To You By The New KidAn Ancient Celtic Evil ThreatensSometimes Revenge Really Is Sweet

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Inside A Successful Writer’s Imagination

2013-05-08 :: Bill Thompson

Christy Potter is a Midwesterner who moved to New York almost 20 years ago – she calls herself a “displaced hayseed” – to pursue a career as a journalist and creative writer. Her love of talking to people is second only to her love of writing. And all of that comes through in her book”The World is My Oyster But I Didn’t Know How to Cook.” It’s a compendium of humorous and thought-provoking essays on New York, Kansas (where she’s from), childhood, books, infertility, good days, bad days, and life in general, as well as interviews she’s done with well-known writers like Janet Evanovich and Lois Lowry. There are also a couple of short stories tossed in, just for a little variety. Christy’s book is a diverse collection of the style and voice her longtime readers have come to know and love. More below the media player. Listen to Christy Potter The Indie Author Life Someone asked Christy Potter at a recent booksigning if it’s at all scary to put her book out there for the world to read, knowing there are those who may not like it, and may not be shy about saying so. In a recent blog [...]Similar Posts:An Appetite for AdventureA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeHow to Write Mom’s StoryA Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlCan a Patient’s Silence Kill the Doctor?

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Who Will Be The Next Indie Author We Recognize For Excellence?

2013-05-07

We’ve got another big announcement coming, of interest to indie authors and their readers alike. If you’ve been visiting The Bookcast for any length of time, you know the overall level of excellence of the books and indie authors we feature. I take seriously the responsibility that many indie authors asked me to assume when I launched The Bookcast in fall 2011 – they asked me to be an arbiter, a curator, someone who could help sort the best from the rest. Luckily the task of finding high quality books by indie authors has been easier than I anticipated. They, indeed, are finding me, and in growing numbers. It soon became apparent that while the overall level of excellence is strong, a few books really stood out, and it was time to give those books and their authors special recognition. That’s why we launched The Bookcast Book of Exceptional Quality designation. Our first winner was Christopher Ryan, for his gritty police procedural “City of Woe.” (Read our review here, and listen to our interview with Chris here.) Now we are ready to name our next winner. Next week we will draw your attention to another author whose book is particularly [...]Similar Posts:We Have WinnersThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…“The Traveller”- A Book of Exceptional QualityIndie Author Update – MayRejection – It’s No Joy For Me, Either

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A Pair of Eyes Becomes a Deadly Obsession

2013-05-06 :: Bill Thompson

A mild-mannered introvert named Horace Gray was always on a schedule, a routine. Every day like the one before.. And part of Horace’s routine was a morning visit to the automat around the corner from the office where he wrote reports no one would ever read for an insurance company. Then, in Cristina Martin‘s psychological thriller “The Automat” Horace becomes obsessively enamored with a woman who stares at him from behind the automat wall. And from there he slowly descends into madness. “The Automat” explores the dark side of human nature and the innate desire to be loved. It’s a story of unexpected change in the routine of a simple life, of obsession, guilt, and the consequences of betrayal. More below the media player. Listen to Cristina Martin The Indie Author Life Had to go Google “automat,” didn’t you? According to Wikipedia: Originally, the machines in U.S. automats took only nickels.[1] In the original format, a cashier would sit in a change booth in the center of the restaurant, behind a wide marble counter with five to eight rounded depressions in it. The diner would insert the required number of coins in a machine and then lift a window, which [...]Similar Posts:Terrified, Lost In The Woods – With a GhostThey’re Literally Pawns in a Twisted GameA Teen’s Life – College, Family .. ShapeshiftingGuaranteed: You Won’t Read Another Book Like This All…A Romantic Tale To Bring Your Hanky For

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A Father’s Only True Legacy: Lies

2013-05-06 :: Bill Thompson

Washington, D.C. lawyer Breecie Lemay has been called to the aid of her father, who has suffered a debilitating stroke. But not long after her arrival, she makes a startling discovery at her father’s home. She fears the gun she has found hidden in a secret compartment in her father’s staircase is the same weapon used to kill her mother years ago. In search of the truth, she’s thrust into a world of her father’s only true legacy – lies. In Lala Corriere‘s suspense thriller “Widow’s Row” warnings become death threats because Breecie now knows too much. But .. she knows nothing. She can trust no one. More below the media player. Listen to Lala Corriere The Indie Author Life The late Sidney Sheldon is the seventh best selling fiction writer of all time. And he liked Lala Corriere’s writing: [Her writing is] “Provocative and fast-paced, with vivid descriptions and skillfully crafted dialogue. Real page-turners.”Similar Posts:A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeDear Mom (And Dear Dad)Sometimes Revenge Really Is SweetShe Wanted to Kill Him – But Fell in Love InsteadPrice, McBain, Move Over. Ryan Owns NYC Now

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Indie Author Update – May

2013-05-04

The Bookcast is proud of the indie authors we introduce you to. In this, the first of what will be monthly updates, we’d like to bring you up to date on what some of them are doing. First an announcement. We’re ready to name our next “Book of Exceptional Quality” winner. Watch for it this coming week; we’ll make a big splash out of it, to be sure. Christopher Ryan, winner of the first Book of Exceptional Quality award, was the subject of a recent article on NorthJersey.com While earning his MA in English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University in Newark, Ryan’s fifth draft of “City of Woe” — which was his master’s thesis — received the Rutgers University English Award for Highest Distinction in Literary Studies. Despite this accolade, Ryan was still not satisfied with his work — coming to the conclusion it was too lengthy for a first novel. He rewrote the novel until convinced it could be read at a “lightning pace.” Read the complete article here. There’s a new interview by Roxana Arama on Rewriting History, in which Jack Remick – who we talked to in February about his book Gabriela and the Widow – [...]Similar Posts:We Have WinnersThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…Who Will Be The Next Indie Author We Recognize For…“The Traveller”- A Book of Exceptional QualityA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They Forge

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Can a Patient’s Silence Kill the Doctor?

2013-05-02 :: Bill Thompson

A respected physician in Cordoba, Spain, receives a mysterious phone call – a request to attend to the ailing daughter of a wealthy but secretive family in Madrid. What seems to be a routine house call quickly turns into a disturbing labyrinth of intrigue and mystery, and a fight for the girl’s life, in Birgitte Rasine‘s novel “Verse in Arabic.” The outcome of the battle will impact the doctor – and the journalist interviewing him – in ways neither imagined. Set against the unstable political climate of General Franco’s Spain in the 1940s, and based on a bizarre real-life incident that remains unsolved to this day, “Verse in Arabic” twists medical ethics and psychosocial tyranny into a cord that pulls at your heart from both ends. More below the media player. Listen to Birgitte Rasine The Indie Author Life A writer must write. But what is she to do if writing means, well, writing? As in, cursive penmanship on a pad of paper? In a recent blog post Birgitte Rasine tells of her visit to the Caribbean island of Providencia – and her decision to leave all 21st century writers’ tools behind: I wrote everywhere. In the airport, on the [...]Similar Posts:Inside A Successful Writer’s ImaginationA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeWar, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and RunicsWhat a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahA Life Told Via Facebook Updates

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Sometimes Revenge Really Is Sweet

2013-05-01 :: Bill Thompson

Sometimes to get the measure of your life you just need a break from being yourself. In Garrett Addison‘s novel “The Traveller” a family man struggling in his pursuit of a work-life balance embarks on yet another trip at the whims of his tyrannical bitch of a boss. But on this trip he is a world apart from his usual self. Suddenly confident, capable and unafraid of his manager, reclaiming his life becomes less about corporate advancement and satisfying his ego than outright revenge on his boss. With nothing but success in his wake, and seemingly limitless potential at his disposal, being coerced to work with his nemesis in a remote corner of the world provides the opportunity for not just a confrontation, but a final solution to what he sees as the bane of his life. Succeed or fail, either way this trip will be the making of him. Or the end of him. More below the media player. Listen to Garrett Addison The Indie Author Life Authors have heroes, too. For Garrett Addison, one such figure is the bestselling Lee Child, creator of the Jack Reacher series of mystery-thrillers. Thoughts that I stalked him are absolutely untrue, but [...]Similar Posts:A Father’s Only True Legacy: LiesA Body in The Basement – Of Course He’s the…Will Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?Hidden Masters vs Unspeakable Evil, A Tag Team MatchThey Warned Her He Would Be Trouble. But a Killer?

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Barb Stark, Psychologist, Who Doesn’t Believe in Witches

2013-04-30 :: Bill Thompson

Psychologist Barb Stark’s dapper Atlanta lawyer, Eldee Dupree, is being sued. So despite a heavy workload at her practice back in Duncan, Tennessee, Barb decides to sit in on a couple of depositions to help Eldee — and also to spend a few relaxing days at her Atlanta estate. Soon, though, in Margaret Koch‘s suspense mystery “Cauldron,” Barb finds herself deep in a national forest staring at burned bodies — and dodging bullets on the streets of Atlanta. And her irritating ex in-laws, the prominent Starks of Atlanta, have been up to their eyeballs for decades in the murder plots. Back in Duncan, meanwhile, a new patient suffering from panic attacks begins therapy. She’s convinced that she’s about to be killed by occult forces. And, oh yes – she happens to be a witch herself. More below the media player. Listen to Margaret Koch The Indie Author Life Who’s on first, what’s on second … Margaret Koch said recently on Facebook that…. I’ve been asked by several people to post the order of the books in my series. Here it is: Blonde Joke (book one), Camp Soul (book two), Song of the Monster (book three), Power in the Blood (book [...]Similar Posts:The Bookcast Is HereHer Superpower – From GodA Suicide, A Homecoming, and TerrorShould I Have Agreed to This Interview?A Life Told Via Facebook Updates

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A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old Girl

2013-04-29 :: Bill Thompson

Dangerous obsessions abound when a former assassin and a homicide detective race the clock to find a missing girl before she’s lost forever. After being identified as a “person of interest” in three cold case murders she didn’t commit, ex-assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier, who believes he is the target of kidnappers. Now, in D.V. Berkom‘s suspense thriller “Bad Traffick,” Leine has her hands full trying to protect the headstrong celebrity while at the same time fighting her desire for Detective Santiago Jensen; a game she knows she can’t win. Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister, and confessing that her 12-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted by sex-traffickers. She’s desperate to get Mara back, and hoping that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her. Leine discovers that Mara escaped, but is now alone on the streets of Los Angeles. The traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to the powerful client who bought her for his twisted ends. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever. More below the media [...]Similar Posts:Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove DeadlyTrapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?Inside A Successful Writer’s ImaginationWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?War, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and Runics

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A Battle for Survival On a Hostile Planet

2013-04-28 :: Bill Thompson

Vokhtah is not a gentle planet. Ravaged by twin suns, it tests all living things in the battle for survival, but none moreso than the iVokh. Intelligent and clever with their hands, the iVokh (literally meaning ‘small Vokh’) live in eyries under the protection of their huge, winged cousins, the Vokh. But when the Vokh battle each other, the first casualties are always the small creatures who serve them. In A.C. Flory‘s fantasy “Vokhtah” the only place on the whole planet where iVokh can truly be safe is in the Settlement, an eyrie ruled by the Guild of Healers rather than a Vokh. Yet even there, change is coming, and not for the better. Thanks to the healers’ obsession with abominations, even the Settlement may soon become a battleground. As one of the few healers not terrified of abominations, the Blue is determined to save the Guild from itself. It leaves the safety of the Settlement with a caravan of Traders, intent on manipulating the Vokh into dealing with the abomination themselves. And time is running short, for both the Blue and the Settlement. More below the media player. Listen to A.C. Flory The Indie Author Life Seven Things About [...]Similar Posts:An Ancient Celtic Evil ThreatensThis Thief Steals Her Way Almost to DeathA Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlFinally a YA Novel Written By a Real YAHer Superpower – From God

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Finally a YA Novel Written By a Real YA

2013-04-25 :: Bill Thompson

What would happen if you lost all your dreams? Fourteen-year-old Sara dreams of nothing but becoming a famous runner. But when a tragedy at a race causes her to lose everything, things might just change, in 13-year-old indie author Lily Saki‘s novel “Strive.” Sara is forced to face a future in a wheelchair. Not even her best friend, Dylan can help her overcome the fear of emptiness and loss. Things get better, though, when a scientist uses Sara to experiment with his new invention for the disabled, the “Electronic Walking Pants.” And when she meets a group of girls, her life turns around. Suddenly, change seems like a good thing. More below the media player. Listen to Lily Saki The Indie Author Life Lily Saki may be only 13, but she is a self-confident young woman with a bright literary future. In a recent interview with Aron Joice, Lily demonstrated her aplomb: You have already had a book signing and “Alien Attack” is now in schools. Do your peers treat you any differently? They don’t treat me that differently in school. I think that’s because I don’t really show to them that I have changed in any way. I’m the [...]Similar Posts:The End of the World, Brought To You By The New KidForced To Grow Up (Finally)A Battle for Survival On a Hostile PlanetFalling Hard for the Girl of His DreamsHer Superpower – From God

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An Ancient Celtic Evil Threatens

2013-04-24 :: Bill Thompson

Passion, betrayal, malevolence, and magic conjured from the depths of ancient Irish legends come to life in the new R. Rose novel “Desires.” It’s the story of Elean, who was created by the ancient Celtic god Dagda and gifted with a spark of his daughter’s soul. Eléan is given the task of living in the mortal realm while being relentlessly hunted in a deadly desire for Otherworldly vengeance. She must control her legacy and save the immortal soul that lives within her. Liam and James, meanwhile, have been friends, brothers, since they were children. Now the Otherworld is coming for Elean, a woman they both love and would die to protect. Will it destroy them, or will they find the strength to fight what’s coming? Greagoir must be the vessel for a Battle Goddess’s uncontrollable lust and killing rage. Elean is the key to his freedom. All that stands in his way are two mortal warriors gifted by a goddess and a young woman’s desire to survive. More below the media player. Listen to R. Rose The Indie Author Life Roxanna Rose knows that the ancient Northern Ireland legends can be a little daunting at first, especially if you are [...]Similar Posts:A Battle for Survival On a Hostile PlanetAn Adventure Story for the AgesThe Epic (Epic!) Story of a Magical Land in JeopardyA Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlStealing The Box Was The Easy Part

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Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove Deadly

2013-04-23 :: Bill Thompson

TJ is a good kid caught up in some strange events. After being paired with Navi, the exotic and beautiful new girl in school on a class project, TJ dumps his arguably psychotic girlfriend Stacey. For that class project, he and Navi choose an obsession of TJ’s: the “Smiling Jack murders,” an unsolved string of serial killings from forty years ago. But as they begin their project, someone who doesn’t want the original case solved begins killing again, to try to scare the teens off. The question, in the thriller “Smiling Jack” by Michael Chambers, is, can TJ and his new friend find the old killer before the new one gets to them? More below the media player. Listen to Michael Chambers The Indie Author Life If you have written a book, and it’s published, and people are buying it, reading it, and commenting on it, are you an “author”? Most would agree: of course you are. But Michael Chambers is not yet sure he’s comfortable with that mantle, as he wrote in a recent blog post: Maybe it’s the small-town, down-home in me, but I have a very hard time referring to myself as an “author;” the word conjures [...]Similar Posts:A (Princess) Penny’s Worth of TroubleA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeA Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?Should This Woman Kill Her Mother-in-Law?

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Star-Crossed (and Border-Crossed) Lovers

2013-04-22 :: Bill Thompson

It begins with a perilous journey to seek a better life. Alan Larson‘s suspense thriller “Mexizona” then adds a spark, that builds to an unquenchable flame, for two star-crossed lovers torn apart by the values and prejudices of their family and friends. “Mexizona” is a story set amidst the current Arizona – Mexico border crisis. The book takes on the cultural, political and social challenges surrounding the immigration debate, while bringing them all to a personal level that no dry congressional debate can touch. More below the media player. Listen to Alan Larson The Indie Author Life According to Wikipedia, “Romeo and Juliet” may be the most-filmed play of all time: The play has been widely adapted for TV and film. In 1960, Peter Ustinov’s cold-war stage parody, Romanoff and Juliet was filmed.[128] The 1961 film of West Side Story—set among New York gangs–featured the Jets as white youths, equivalent to Shakespeare’s Montagues, while the Sharks, equivalent to the Capulets, are Puerto Rican.[181] The 1994 film The Punk uses both the rough plot outline of Romeo and Juliet and names many of the characters in ways that reflect the characters in the play. In 2006, Disney’s High School Musical made [...]Similar Posts:They’re Literally Pawns in a Twisted GameIf You’re Dead And You Know It, Clap Your HandsHow Our Brain-Stories Can Run Our LivesA Romantic Tale To Bring Your Hanky ForA Teen’s Life – College, Family .. Shapeshifting

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Should This Woman Kill Her Mother-in-Law?

2013-04-21 :: Bill Thompson

When pneumonia lands Estelle Trager unconscious in the emergency room, her son Adam, and Liza, the thirty-three-year-old daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, learn of some significant tumors. It was a secret Estelle had intended to take to her grave.Similar Posts:Trapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove DeadlyForced To Grow Up (Finally)A Deadly Race Is On To Save A 12-Year-Old GirlWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?

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They’re Literally Pawns in a Twisted Game

2013-04-18 :: Bill Thompson

Carolyn Ainsworth is drawn into a twisted game of English chess, which places her in a delicate situation. Does finding out the truth about her family merit destroying all that she has known? The Queen’s Gambit is a precise chess maneuver that calculates key positions upon the board. In Kristen Kindoll‘s novel “Queen’s Autumn Gambit,” in order to play, Carolyn must accept the terms of the inheritance. The other beneficiary, Luca Caldwell, is maneuvered to participate in this archaic game of alliances. Their forced partnership begins on opposite sides. As they progress, they discover mounting secrets about both of their families. What starts out in conflict, they unite with one common purpose to discover who has been manipulating them. As the autumn leaves fall from the trees, Carolyn and Luca find themselves embroiled in the mounting lies. They begin to question if they are the players or merely pieces in a greater scheme. More below the media player. Listen to Kristen Kindoll The Indie Author Life The Queen’s .. what? According to Wikipedia, The Queen’s Gambit is one of the oldest known chess openings. It was mentioned in the Göttingen manuscript of 1490 and was later analysed by masters such [...]Similar Posts:An Ancient Celtic Evil ThreatensStar-Crossed (and Border-Crossed) LoversIn Johnson, Ohio a Star is BoredA Teen’s Life – College, Family .. ShapeshiftingSolving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove Deadly

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Forced To Grow Up (Finally)

2013-04-17 :: Bill Thompson

Paige Scott is done in. Done for. Done with it. Having spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding within the walls of her relationships with men, Paige is now prepared to live out her empty days in her crumbling marriage to David Davenport. David has other plans, however. And in Gaelen VanDenbergh‘s novel “Running Against Traffic” David flings Paige into a remote, impoverished world, in stark contrast to the wealthy cosmopolitan one that was all she knew. Here she is forced to face the betrayals of her past and learn, for the first time, how to care for herself, and for others. Hilarity and tragedy, addictions, unexpected friendships, and Paige’s discovery of running and the relief it brings propel her on her journey toward the mending of a broken spirit, and learning how to truly live. Step by step, mile by mile. More below the media player. Listen to Gaelen VanDenbergh The Indie Author Life In a recent interview with the blog “When a Woman Wrongs a Man,” Gaelen VanDenbergh was asked if she shares any traits with her heroine, Paige Scott: Since your lead protagonist is a female does she have any [...]Similar Posts:Finally a YA Novel Written By a Real YAWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?Unexpected Relationships Transform Two LivesShould This Woman Kill Her Mother-in-Law?A Battle for Survival On a Hostile Planet

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Her Superpower – From God

2013-04-16 :: Bill Thompson

After graduating high school in the small town of Brunswick, Georgia, Kimberly Hamilton prays that her future in Atlanta will bring something interesting and not-so-perfect. Moments after graduation, Kim finds herself at the crossroads of life and eternity. But accepting God’s offer to continue her life on earth leaves her body capable of things she’s only seen in movies. In C.S.R. Calloway‘s fantasy adventure “Peculiar, INC” Discovering several similarly powered individuals, some mysterious and some malevolent, Kim and her friends set out, from the streets of Atlanta to the skies above Annapolis, to discover what it means to be blessed, cursed, or maybe just…peculiar. More below the media player. Listen to C.S.R. CallowaySimilar Posts:Trapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?A Child Learns to Pay It ForwardFinally a YA Novel Written By a Real YAWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?A Battle for Survival On a Hostile Planet

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Trapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?

2013-04-15 :: Bill Thompson

Beautiful wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car one night while walking home, and is left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself back in her own bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well. Then, in Melissa Pearl‘s novel “Betwixt” things take a turn for the weird when Nicole discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her broken and bruised body is lying in the forest, while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded. Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car beat Dale there and finish Nicole off before anyone finds out? More below the media player. Listen to Melissa Pearl The Indie Author Life Even someone like Melissa Pearl, who gets rave reader [...]Similar Posts:Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove DeadlyA Hitman’s Last ChanceShould This Woman Kill Her Mother-in-Law?Who Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?It’ll Take All Her Power to Defeat This Demon

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It’ll Take All Her Power to Defeat This Demon

2013-04-14 :: Bill Thompson

Dr. Marie Bartek is struggling. She is trying to learn how to gain control over the new psychic abilities she encounters while attending a veterinary conference in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In Robin Murphy‘s mystery “Secret of The Big Easy,” these recent visions prompt Marie to work with local police back home in South Carolina, along with members of the Sullivan’s Island Paranormal Society, or SIPS, to help solve a succession of heinous satanic murders. And Marie is fighting a demon that is bent on taking over her mind. Can Marie and the SIPS team help the police before they lose one of their own? More below the media player. Listen to Robin Murphy The Indie Author Life So much of the author’s job is to present enough detail to put the reader in the moment – the sights, the sounds, the aromas. And in “Secret of the Big Easy” in particular, Robin Murphy explores the concept of “triggers,” which can be those same sights, sounds, and aromas, that make us recall something from our past. In a recent blog post, Robin reveals the triggers she met not long ago, just watching an old movie on TV: I [...]Similar Posts:Sweet Revenge. And Irony. And Humor. And Sarcasm.Are They Evil? Or Do They Just Not Understand?Trapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove DeadlyShould This Woman Kill Her Mother-in-Law?

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Why I’m So Enthusiastic About the Indie Authors I Interview

2013-04-13

I got a curious question the other day. “Why do you gush over your authors?” a visitor to The Bookcast wanted to know. I hadn’t really thought of it in those terms. When I’m doing an interview it doesn’t feel like I’m “gushing,” although now I suppose I’ll be more self-aware. To my ear I’m simply praising the authors I interview for the fine work they’ve produced, and telling them – and you – what I liked about their books. Has that become “gushing”? The indie authors I choose to interview on The Bookcast are those whose books stand out. Their work compares favorably with books by more mainstream authors in their genre, their writing is compelling, and reading their books is fun. Oh, look. I’m gushing again. They are talented, hardworking, sometimes almost preternaturally prolific, and a lot of fun to talk to. They are people I want you to meet, and their books are books I think you will enjoy reading. Gush, gush, gush, I suppose there is one more reason I may appear to be too solicitous. It’s called being polite. The authors I interview are on The Bookcast at my invitation; they are guests in my [...]Similar Posts:How to Get Me to Like Your BookRejection – It’s No Joy For Me, EitherThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…Big News ComingWe’ve Hit 100!

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A Hitman’s Last Chance

2013-04-11 :: Bill Thompson

Imagine creating the perfect drug – all of the highs, none of the lows. No side effects, no painful physical withdrawal, no drawbacks. Or are there? Iain Cosgrove‘s thriller “The Storm Protocol ” takes us deep into the Louisiana bayou, Thomas Eugene O’Neill, a.k.a The Street, is an Irish immigrant mob enforcer, waiting patiently with his gun amidst the sweltering heat of a southern storm. His employers, Italian American druglords Guido and Ernesto Mancini, have a guaranteed formula to create the perfect narcotic and Thomas knows too much. But he is also not alone. Detective Charles Roussel, ex hot-shot city lawyer turned small town Louisiana lawman, and Dale Foster, unorthodox New York DEA agent, are also set on paths that will lead them to the same inevitable destination; Ireland. And for Thomas, the middle-aged hit man, all roads seem to lead back to Cork; the city of his birth, and to the ghosts of his past. More below the media player. Listen to Iain Cosgrove The Indie Author Life In a recent blog post on Goodreads, Iain Cosgrove ruminates on “What makes a work timeless?” Is it the quality of the writing that makes it timeless? Is it the lack [...]Similar Posts:Trapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?Are They Evil? Or Do They Just Not Understand?Who Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?The Ghost and Mr. TrafficSordid Past Haunts Supermodel

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Who Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?

2013-04-10 :: Bill Thompson

Aspen Falls, Colorado harbors secrets. Secrets within a community. Secrets within a family. In Peg Brantley‘s thriller “The Missings,” Detective Chase Waters faces the task of finding out who is killing young men and women whose horribly mutilated bodies are turning up all over town Are those mutilated bodies the result of a cult .. or commerce? Detective Waters finds himself working the most interesting case of his career, but it’s also one that comes closer to home than he could ever imagine. More below the media player. Listen to Peg Brantley The Indie Author Life On her blog Peg Brantley wrote recently about self-publishing, allowing that when she was starting to write, she “never would have considered self-publishing .. I was going to be traditionally published and agented.” After eight years, however, she relented and allowed herself to join the indie author life – with the promise to herself that she would “do it right.” And she offers other writers the benefit of her earned wisdom: Write your first draft. (I love, love, love that Anne Lamott gave me permission to write a shitty first draft. Sometimes I forget that it really is okay, but that doesn’t mean she [...]Similar Posts:A Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His DaddyRide the Indie Author Wave At The BookcastWhat a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahTrapped Between Life and Death – What Will She Do?Forced To Grow Up (Finally)

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How Our Brain-Stories Can Run Our Lives

2013-04-04 :: Bill Thompson

Who’s telling the story of your life, you or your brain? Searching for reasons her promising life had crumbled into obsessive thoughts and deep depression, Karen Lawrence uncovered an enigmatic past filled with deception, religious fanaticism and abuse. Now in her book “What My Heart Saw,” Karen merges fragments of childhood memory, current scientific research and insights gleaned from practicing mindfulness.to produce a deeply personal account of how our brain-stories can run our lives without our conscious awareness. Her persistent belief that she was not, in fact, doomed to a life of coping with mental illness is a poignant example of what science now knows — yes, we can change our stories, and yes, we can heal our brains. More below the media player. Listen to Karen Lawrence The Indie Author Life What was the turning point for Karen Lawrence, in her desperate quest for answers about her memory, her past? On a page on her website, Karen writes: Years of emotional but unproductive excavation began to take a turn in 2007 when Karen visits family and attends her 30th high school reunion. Listening to an intuitive prompt that arises while practicing mindfulness, Karen rediscovers a journal written in her [...]Similar Posts:Forced To Grow Up (Finally)The Astonishing Power – In An Old SuitcaseA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeA Child Learns to Pay It ForwardGreek Myth Brought to New Life

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Meet The Voice of The Bookcast

2013-04-01 :: Bill Thompson

You hear her every time you listen to an interview on The Bookcast ….. And now, in response to requests we’ve been getting for more details about our “voice,” we’d like to introducer her to you. Our announcer’s name is Krystal Woody. And she and I go way back. I mean, WAY back. Krissie is my daughter, and has had a front-row seat to my nearly-30-year, nearly 10-thousand-interview career of interviewing authors. I asked her if she would mind if I interviewed her. And she graciously agreed. Listen to Krystal Woody As you’ll hear in our interview, Krissie has a very successful YouTube channel called “Krissie Speaks.” Here’s one of her video commentaries:Similar Posts:A Personal Note from Bill ThompsonWhy I’m So Enthusiastic About the Indie Authors I…A Big Week AheadWe’ve Hit 100!Big News Coming

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A Child Learns to Pay It Forward

2013-03-31 :: Bill Thompson

Fourth-grader — almost fifth — Shelby Summers lives four houses down from Mr. T. Shelby’s mom and dad, and Mrs. T, are very active, but when Mr. T becomes sick with cancer he wants to do something to give back to his community. And Shelby will be the perfect person to help him!Similar Posts:Who Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?How Our Brain-Stories Can Run Our LivesA Hitman’s Last ChanceTwenty Years Later He’s Back. But Why?This is Not How Childbirth is Supposed To Go

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What a Long, Strange Journey, To Find The Music

2013-03-28 :: Bill Thompson

For generations, the Folken have lived in total isolation. A self-contained society, they worship Bluegrass music and the legendary banjo picking of Jesus. For the Folken, the outside world inspires fear, not curiosity. In William Hrdina‘s novel “Agharta,” Sarah Throckmartin is a typical 12-year old, living a typical Folken life — until her runaway dog, an old grudge, and a false prophecy combine to exile her and her brother Eddie from the Folken and everything they know. Together, Sarah and Eddie travel out into the wider world, discovering new genres of music at every turn. Making friends — and enemies – along the way, brother and sister find themselves drawn into a dangerous quest to find music’s source, a mystical city known as… AGHARTA. More below the media player. Listen to William Hrdina The Indie Author Life Do authors pay attention to reviews? How about reviews of other books? Or movies, or restaurants? William Hrdina admits, on his blog, that…. I’m sorta fascinated by the way we let reviews influence our decisions. For example, I really HATED the book of Life of Pi (can’t say how I feel about the movie- haven’t seen it yet). Yet, it garners huge critical [...]Similar Posts:Yes, The Governor Deserved To Die. True Story.Are They Evil? Or Do They Just Not Understand?War, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and RunicsA Life Told Via Facebook UpdatesDeath, Prison, and a Son’s Desperate Search For…

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Don’t Let Hollywood Kill Your Dream

2013-03-27 :: Bill Thompson

In 1999, T.R. Locke was a successful college administrator and real estate investor in Chicago who had dreams of pursuing his lifelong passion of screenwriting. The following year he wrote a screenplay that nearly won the Chesterfield Film Festival Writer’s Film Project sponsored by Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Pictures. Within weeks he was flying out to Hollywood for meetings with agents and negotiating deals with producers to buy his screenplay. Fired up by this initial success, he moved his family to Hollywood. Within two years, he had a literary agent and manager and his writing had been praised by everyone from readers to producers to the Presidents of Columbia and Universal Pictures. He even got acting jobs. But then …. Well, his book “What I Wish I Knew Before I Moved to Hollywood ” is a fun, honest and entertaining look at how it all went to hell in a handbasket. Luckily for us the book is not just about how it went wrong, but why and what he learned from it all. More below the media player. Listen to T.R. Locke The Indie Author Life According to the bio page on his website, T. R. Locke’s first [...]Similar Posts:A Professional Tour Guide’s Best Hollywood StoriesWhat a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahGiving Indie Authors Their DueIn Johnson, Ohio a Star is BoredSweet Revenge. And Irony. And Humor. And Sarcasm.

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Unusual Partnership, Unlikely Couple

2013-03-26 :: Bill Thompson

Maitland “Mai” Fisher is a spy because her parents died as spies. She has a legacy to fulfill, and she intends to do that by maintaining her principles. What may conflict with that is the fact she believes in achieving justice by any means. Alexei N. Bukharin defected from the Soviet Union because the Communist system caused the death of his young first wife. He is also a member of an internal cabal whose aim is to bring down the Soviet Union from within, and with the help of the United Nations Intelligence Directorate. In Phyllis Anne Duncan‘s collection of stories “Spy Flash,” Mai and Alexei make an unusual partnership — and an unlikely couple. From the deserts of Egypt, to Parisian markets, to the Balkans, “Spy Flash” gives you brief glimpses (both personal and professional) into the lives of these two covert operatives. More below the media player. Listen to Phyllis Anne Duncan The Indie Author Life Can’t get enough Mai and Alexei? There’s plenty more in the works from Phyllis Anne Duncan, according to a post on her blog, called “Works in Progress“: Book One, End Times: A botched raid on a religious compound stockpiling guns leads the [...]Similar Posts:A Life Told Via Facebook UpdatesWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?War, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and RunicsWhat a Long, Strange Journey, To Find The MusicThis Thief Steals Her Way Almost to Death

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Her Long Wait for Justice

2013-03-25 :: Bill Thompson

“Look at me and I’ll kill you!” Those are the words Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf heard as she entered her bedroom on the morning of August 21, 1988. An unknown assailant had climbed onto the balcony and entered a sliding glass door, waitingfor her in the dark. When he grabbed her and pulled something tight around her throat, Jennifer was sure her life was over. Assaulted and raped, Jennifer lived through every woman’s worst nightmare. Having never seen her assailant’s face, she was sure he would never be caught. She spent two decades wondering who and where he was, and when he would strike again. Finding this rapist would take 20 years and the tireless efforts of an investigator who refused to let her case go unsolved. Jennifer now writes about her ordeal and the years of waiting for justice with the candor and fortitude that helped her survive, in a book called “One Voice Raised.” More below the media player. Listen to Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf The Indie Author Life In our interview, Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf described how confronting the man who raped her, in a courtroom, returned the power to her. It’s a point she made earlier, writing on The Huffington Post. Jennifer [...]Similar Posts:What a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahThe Ghost and Mr. TrafficA Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His DaddyGreek Myth Brought to New LifeWar, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and Runics

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We Have Winners

2013-03-24

Congratulations to Christina Jenkins and Candy Korman, winners of our giveaway of Christopher Ryan’s novel “City of Woe.” Chris’s hardboiled New York police thriller with a paranormal twist is the first recipient of The Bookcast “Book of Exceptional Quality” distinction.Similar Posts:The Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…Rejection – It’s No Joy For Me, EitherPrice, McBain, Move Over. Ryan Owns NYC NowA Big Week AheadIndie Authors – They’re Not Your Father’s…

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A Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His Daddy

2013-03-24 :: Bill Thompson

A stolen bag of cheese puffs. A battered Aerosmith cassette. A quest to write the baddest rap of all time. Todd Jenkins, formerly a server at Cracker Barrel, will investigate these and other mysteries in his journey to seek out his real father: “Family Matters” star Reginald VelJohnson. In Robert Chatham‘s novella “Noisome Beasts,” Todd’s journey will lead him to disgusting all-you-can-eat buffets, morality conventions, and a horrific future featuring terrifying robots. Todd and his best friend Edgar embark on a terrifying adventure across the American midwest, into darkest nightmares and brightest dreams. More below the media player. Listen to Robert Chatham The Indie Author Life Secrets revealed! In a recent blog post Robert Chatham says he’s been fielding a lot of questions from book clubs. So he offers some answers: I am Todd. Rebecca is definitely Edgar. I used to really like Wilson Phillips and Phil Collins. When I think back on it, I wonder what was wrong with my parents. Why did they let me do that? I am the worst on road trips, because, like Todd, I have to go to the bathroom frequently. The More You Know! The truck stop is a real place where I [...]Similar Posts:Conspiracy. Assassination Plot. Intrepid Reporter. Go!Five Moons Craving a HeroWho Is The Serial Killer of Aspen Falls?What a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahStealing The Box Was The Easy Part

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Three Things I Don’t Understand About the Indie Author World

2013-03-22

In the year and a half that The Bookcast has been online, finding and bringing you some of the best indie author books, I’ve learned many things about the indie author life, but there are a few things I just can’t figure out, things that are illogical, counterintuitive, and sometimes downright self-injurious. 1. I don’t understand why some authors don’t have blogs. Or, in some cases, even a basic website. I get that it’s hard, time-consuming work to write a book, and that maintaining a blog can be a drain on your time and imagination. But like it or not this is the world we live in, and in this world a vibrant online presence is a necessary tool in your self-promotion toolbox. The author who can’t, or won’t, make the effort to establish that online presence has put himself at a competitive disadvantage right out of the gate. Now let me talk about websites that purport to serve indie authors. 2. I don’t understand why some blogs and websites call what they do “interviews.” In reality they’re more like surveys – or job applications. Often the most substantive question put to an author is, “Tell us about your current [...]Similar Posts:Why I Don’t Charge Authors to be InterviewedAuthors, What’s Up With Your Websites?Rejection – It’s No Joy For Me, EitherHow to Get Me to Like Your BookHave You Met Any Indie Authors Recently?

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A Life Told Via Facebook Updates

2013-03-21 :: Bill Thompson

In the world of social media “status updates” where “friends” can follow your every move, how is Madeline supposed to get out of the hole she’s created? In Emily Craven‘s novel “The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire” Madeline has achieved her dream – acceptance into world-famous photographer Jason I’Anson’s exclusive college in New York. Like many people of her generation who travel overseas, she turns to Facebook as a means of passing on news and keeping in touch with family and friends. But her move from sleepy Adelaide to New York City doesn’t exactly turn out as she expected. From her first meeting with her chain-smoking, club-crazy housemate and his superhero Mexican chameleon, Duncan, she knew she was in for an interesting time. Add an abusive umbrella, pizza deliveries to porn sets, and being pulled in by the FBI for questioning and things move from the interesting to the ridiculous. More below the media player. Listen to Emily Craven The Indie Author Life Emily Craven is also author of a book for writers called “E-Book Revolution.” In a recent post on the book’s companion blog, Em shared ideas on how to balance writing, marketing – and life: I [...]Similar Posts:She’s Trying, Very Hard, to Live – Happily Ever…War, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and RunicsA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeWhat a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahGreek Myth Brought to New Life

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Why Settle For Just One Career?

2013-03-20 :: Bill Thompson

Are you … Disenchanted with your current job? Contemplating a career change? Considering a “dream” gig? Experiencing mid-life frustrations? Planning to continue working in your later years whether you “want to” or “have to”? Larry Portzline‘s book “Follow Your Enthusiasm: How 12 Ordinary Men Discovered Extraordinary Encore Careers,” by Larry Portzline, features a dozen fascinating men of varying ages and backgrounds who launched satisfying second careers, some of them much later in life. Each of the book’s 12 chapters is a first-person narrative of the guys’ own heartfelt stories, exploring their life experiences and challenges, and how these factors led them to pursue successful “encores.” “Follow Your Enthusiasm” is an informative, inspirational, easy-to-read and highly relatable account of 12 men, from all walks of life, who discovered brand new beginnings no matter how old they were. More below the media player. Listen to Larry Portzline The Indie Author Life One of the dozen “encore” men whose story is told in Larry Portzline’s book is Gid Pool, who became a standup comedian at age 61. Here’s Gid Pool at McCurdy’s Comedy Club:Similar Posts:Guaranteed: You Won’t Read Another Book Like This All…The Treasure Hunt That Will Change Her LifeAn Adventure Story for the AgesWar, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and RunicsA Life Told Via Facebook Updates

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War, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and Runics

2013-03-19 :: Bill Thompson

Rule #1: Stay the Udlast away from the Dragons.Rule #2: Defy the Council or die trying.Where does it end? Over a generation ago, the Council ordered the systematic extermination of the magic wielding Runic race. A few Dragonics refused to participate and instead demanded justice. But their call to defiance came too late; no Runics survived. Now, in A. Wrighton‘s fantasy “Defiance: Dragonics & Runics Part I,” those against the Council’s oppressive reign have long since been cast out to the fringes of society, their numbers and determination dwindling. Alaister Paine, commander of the Rogue Dragonics, leads the Resistance with little hope of success. Until he deciphers one of his predecessor’s logs. Within the cryptic text, Alaister learns that one Runic — a girl of untold power — was hidden from the Council’s grasp. Find the girl, and the Rogues will finally be able to enact a long lost Prophecy to bring freedom back to Solera. Trouble is .. they are not the only ones searching for the last Soleran Runic. More below the media player. Listen to A. Wrighton The Indie Author Life Early in our interview, A.W. makes reference to “anchoring,” a crucial skill for writers of fantasy. [...]Similar Posts:A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeA Life Told Via Facebook UpdatesShe Wanted to Kill Him – But Fell in Love InsteadWhat a Long, Strange Journey, To Find The MusicGreek Myth Brought to New Life

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The Ghost and Mr. Traffic

2013-03-18 :: Bill Thompson

Greg is a reclusive overnight radio traffic reporter in Washington, DC, who has spent his life in fear, avoiding anything that might shatter his tenuous grasp on what is normal. It turns out, Greg has no idea what it really means to be afraid. In the new Eric Thomas thriller “DRT (A Ghost Story)” Greg witnesses a horrifying fatal crash, a crash he believes he had a hand in causing. Greg soon begins to see the ghost of the dead driver. The strain becomes unbearable as Greg attempts to determine why the ghost has sought him out, what it wants from him, and whether any of what is happening is even real. “DRT” is the story of one man’s struggle to maintain his sanity. More below the media player. Listen to Eric Thomas The Indie Author Life In a blog post titled “Salvation Through Editing,” Eric Thomas explains how “DRT (A Ghost Story”) evolved, and how it became a better book: In my latest book, DRT, the editing saved it. I wrote the story in between drafts of “Fall of the Citizens,” giving myself something to do so that I could leave Citizens alone in my closet for a while. [...]Similar Posts:Are They Evil? Or Do They Just Not Understand?What a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahTerrified, Lost In The Woods – With a GhostIs No One Left Who Knows Compassion Anymore?A Death That Changes Many Young Lives

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What a Pain It Is, Being a Messiah

2013-03-17 :: Bill Thompson

Magic!Prophecies!Cultists!Demons!…. and Oliver?? Oliver Kirkle had a normal life — until prophecies got in the way. In Eric Guindon‘s debut novel “The Reluctant Messiah” a multitude of cults, each with its own interpretation of the prophecies, think Oliver is their messiah. And unfortunately for Oliver, that’s about the only thing they agree on. “The Reluctant Messiah” is a dark comedy about a clueless supposed messiah trying to understand his true destiny. More below the media player. Listen to Eric Guindon The Indie Author Life In a recent blog post Eric Guindon confessed his long journey into novel writing. After long avoiding the leap, Guindon explains what happened to prompt him to write actively as he does now. That something, he says, was NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month: I learnt about it from Neil Gaiman’s blog (which I heartily recommend following). I was reading entries there and saw this mention of a thing with a weird name. I clicked the link and there began the real journey. Nanowrimo challenged me to write, and write a lot. The contest concept made it a challenge and made it fun to see if I could do it. I wrote a book and worked [...]Similar Posts:The Ghost and Mr. TrafficAre They Evil? Or Do They Just Not Understand?Her Long Wait for JusticeA Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His DaddyA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They Forge

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Conspiracy. Assassination Plot. Intrepid Reporter. Go!

2013-03-14 :: Bill Thompson

Former San Francisco Congressman Andrew Harper is a frontrunner to be the next Governor of California. Harper is also openly gay, and his candidacy has sent shockwaves through the political and religious establishment. Meanwhile, in Robert Lowe‘s thriller “Divine Fury,” reporter Enzo Lee is cajoled into leaving his comfortable niche covering fluffy features for the San Francisco News to cover the historic Harper campaign. Then campaign events are mysteriously and dangerously disrupted. But finding the culprits takes a back seat when it’s discovered that a troubled war veteran armed with guns and explosives has begun a violent journey from small-town Montana to the City by the Bay. When Lee becomes a target he must dodge attempts on his own life while trying to expose the conspiracy — and foil an assassination plot. More below the media player. Listen to Robert Lowe The Indie Author Life Inspired by so many real-life scenes, Robert Lowe decided to share many of them on his website, on a page he calls “Real-life scenes from Divine Fury“:Similar Posts:A Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His DaddyWhere Magic is as Common as TechnologyThe Ghost and Mr. TrafficA (Princess) Penny’s Worth of TroubleFive Moons Craving a Hero

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The Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional Quality”

2013-03-13

Like you, we love good writing. A smartly-written sentence, a descriptive paragraph that makes me forget for a moment where I am, the end-of-a-chapter that all but forces me to keep reading — all of these are bliss for readers. The mission of The Bookcast, since its inception, has been to introduce you to indie authors who are producing this kind of compelling writing. And sometimes we find a book that is exceptionally good. Introducing The Bookcast’s “Book of Exceptional Quality” Honor That is why we are delighted to announce The Bookcast’s “Book of Exceptional Quality” honor, to draw attention to the very best indie authors. The first recipient of this designation is Christopher Ryan‘s hardboiled New York police thriller “City of Woe.” See our review here, and click here to enter to win a free ebook copy of “City of Woe.” We anticipate naming a “Book of Exceptional Quality” at irregular intervals, likely about once or twice a month. It is not an award that authors compete for. There are no entry forms or fees. It is certainly not for sale. The “Book of Exceptional Quality” is our way of saying, while all of the indie author books featured [...]Similar Posts:Rejection – It’s No Joy For Me, EitherIndie Authors – They’re Not Your Father’s…A Big Week AheadHow to Get Me to Like Your BookWe’ve Hit 100!

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We’ve Hit 100!

2013-03-10

One hundred is a significant number. There are 100 years in a century, 100 U.S. Senators, and a score of 100 on a test usually means an A+. And now 100 is a milestone for The Bookcast. Last Friday, with the posting of our interview with Nancy Madore, The Bookcast has now presented 100 indie author interviews. That is 100 introductions we’ve made to new and exciting writers of thrillers, sci-fi/fantasy, short stories, memoirs, even a western. We’ve helped you find scores of new authors, and maybe even new genres. The Bookcast’s “100th” is not the same as a 100th birthday or a 100th anniversary, but it is neverthelss a meaningful milestone for us, and for you. I’m proud of what The Bookcast has accomplished since its launch in fall 2011. The hundreds of hours of effort that have gone into those interviews pales, though, alongside the thousands of hours these talented authors have labored over their books. And while I have expeienced a number of surprises large and small since launching The Bookcast, the one thing that does not surprise me is that there is a deep enough supply of indie authors to let me reach 100 interviews this [...]Similar Posts:A Big Week AheadBig News ComingThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…A Personal Note from Bill ThompsonHow to Get Me to Like Your Book

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A Big Week Ahead

2013-03-09

Good friends love to share good news. And we have two announcements coming this next week to The Bookcast that we’re eager to tell you about: On Monday, we’re going to pass along word of a significant milestone The Bookcast has reached. And on Thursday, we’re taking the wraps off a major new effort by The Bookcast to highlight the very best work by indie authors. Come on by on both days so we can share our exciting news with you. And don’t forget to share!Similar Posts:We’ve Hit 100!Big News ComingThe Bookcast Presents “Books of Exceptional…The Bookcast Is HereAuthors, What’s Up With Your Websites?

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Erotica Author Turns to Historical Fiction – and Finds a Demoness

2013-03-07 :: Bill Thompson

As CEO of her own thriving company, Nadia Adeire is flush with success. But a secret society, dating back to the Essenes, believes Nadia to be one of the ancient “djinn” – the notorious demoness of Hebrew legend, Lilith. What’s more, they have reason to believe that she’s plotting a catastrophic attack on the world. In Nancy Madore‘s historical, science fiction thriller “The Hidden Ones” Nadia is snatched from her “perfect” life and caught in a maze linking a present day disaster and the ancient legends of the djinn. The only way out is to retrace the steps of her deceased grandmother, Helene. The deeper Nadia delves into the past the harder it will be for her to emerge unscathed. But it’s the only way to stop this impending disaster that was set in motion five thousand years ago. More below the media player. Listen to Nancy Madore The Indie Author Life It’s easy to see why Nancy Madore is hooked in history and its mysteries. Here’s what she wrote a while back in a blog post called “Angels and Nephilim and Djinn, Oh My”: If you go back in history about five thousand years, you can’t help but notice [...]Similar Posts:We’ve Hit 100!Twenty Years Later He’s Back. But Why?Greek Myth Brought to New LifeAn Adventure Story for the AgesWar, Holocaust, Rebellion – and Dragons and Runics

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A Girlfriend! A Girlfriend! My Kingdom for a Girlfriend!

2013-03-06 :: Bill Thompson

Can a man who throws his dates in a dungeon find a girlfriend? Scott Bartlett‘s novel “Royal Flush” is the humorous tale of a man known only as The King. As his Kingdom careens toward catastrophe, he cruises seedy taverns looking for likely maidens. The King’s incompetence and weakness for beautiful women drag him deeper and deeper into trouble. He is even portrayed as a cross-dresser by the Kingdom Crier (the Kingdom’s most popular tabloid). Shortly after, The King must defend his castle against a siege, with only his royal fiddler – while, of course, attempting to steal his royal fiddler’s girlfriend. More below the media player. Listen to Scott Bartlett The Indie Author Life Love audio books? Scott Bartlett has a deal for you! He’s offering a free audiobook of Part One of “Royal Flush” free to anyone who subscribes to his newsletter (aptly titled “News In a Letter”). Full details here.Similar Posts:Fear No Evil in The “Valley of the Shadows”Erotica Author Turns to Historical Fiction – and FindsGuaranteed: You Won’t Read Another Book Like This All…Fiona Debuts With a BangA Love Story Across the Centuries

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Guaranteed: You Won’t Read Another Book Like This All Year

2013-03-05 :: Bill Thompson

Daniel Donatelli refers to his new book as “random bits of enjoyable writing.” We think you’ll find it’s a lot deeper than that. “Oh, Title!” is a unique collection of non-fiction essays, short stories, and more. A literary yawp; a hundred thousand words; a compelling, sundry collection. “Oh, Title!” is a one of a kind book. At times a humorous memoir of the author-be-damned, at times a compilation of eclectic fiction, this strange book is almost always one page away from turning into something else. As Dan puts it, “You’ll grip it tensely, then you’ll put it down to laugh, then you’ll tuck it under your arm while you look up a wonderful new word — but always you’ll go to it with affection.” More below the media player. Listen to Daniel Donatelli The Indie Author Life WTF is up with Dan Donatelli’s language? As he explainsL For someone who has read libraries of books in his life, and who listens to long lectures on linguistics while exercising, I use “bad words” an awful lot. In my defense, recently I heard of a study where they discovered that using bad words might actually help people deal with pain. In the [...]Similar Posts:The Bookcast Is HereWhat a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahA Ninth Century Test for a Young PriestSaved By An Angel. Oh, Wait…Have You Met Any Indie Authors Recently?

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Twenty Years Later He’s Back. But Why?

2013-03-04 :: Bill Thompson

Twenty years ago, when he was a boy, Rick Murray left town after his father was arrested by the State Police for trying to murder Rick’s best friend, Dan Reilly. Now in Jennie Coughlin‘s novel “All That Is Necessary” Rick is back in Exeter, Massachusetts, and Dan must grapple with Rick’s return, and the memories that come with him. As childhood memories run headlong into the reality of what actually happened that summer twenty years ago both men must adjust to the idea that things weren’t as simple as they seemed back then. “All That Is Necessary” explores the collision between past and present, between memory and reality, and between two former friends whose lives changed one summer. More below the media player. Listen to Jennie Coughlin The Indie Author Life If you’ve finished All That Is Necessary and cursed the ending, Jennie Coughlin has encouraging news, as she noted in a recent blog post…. … you’ll be glad to know that my travel time to Indy this week was mostly spent brainstorming how the various threads of the plots will fit together. I even surprised myself by finding out a piece of information about one character I had only [...]Similar Posts:Small Town, Big IntrigueErotica Author Turns to Historical Fiction – and FindsWhat a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahThe Ghost and Mr. TrafficCan a Life Not Lived Yet Save The One She Has Now?

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The Absurd Diary of a Gay Beauty Junkie

2013-03-03 :: Bill Thompson

For a number of years, Harvey Helms kept a diary – the story of a young gay man who accidentally ends up as one of the very first male beauty advisors selling behind a department store cosmetic counter in the south. Now in his memoir called “blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie,” Harvey introduces us to she-dragons, man drama, lipstick, Tammy Faye Baker, Senator Jesse Helms, plus more than a large dose of gay-man craziness Always through a humorous lens, “blush” examines the relentles – once nearly-fatal – bullying he has endured, as well as the not-so-pretty side of the cosmetic industry. A man behind the cosmetic counter is seen as the norm today, but when Harvey started it was more like he was part of a freak show, vividly conveyed in the first chapter of his book, which Harvey calls “I’m the Revlon Girl.” “blush” also gives an in-depth look at growing up gay in an intolerant world and being authentically yourself against all odds. More below the media player. Listen to Harvey Helms The Indie Author Life Harvey Helms is a columnist for BettyConfidential.com, and in a recent column called “Harvey Writes a Book” [...]Similar Posts:Inside The Mind of a Serial KillerWhat a Pain It Is, Being a MessiahThe Secret That Haunts A Presidential HopefulTeen Buddies Face Adult TrialsConspiracy. Assassination Plot. Intrepid Reporter. Go!

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An Adventure Story for the Ages

2013-02-28 :: Bill Thompson

For Mattie O’Reilly, who was eleven and just a frizzy red-haired fifth grader, magic wasn’t even a remote possibility. Not in the basement of Sears in Hackensack, New Jersey anyway. But October 10, 1968, would end very differently than it began. In “Mattie Spyglass and the 8 Magic Stones,” the debut adventure novel by Shoba Sreenivasan, a mysterious antique spyglass chooses Mattie as its mistress, and hurls Mattie and her friends Eddie and Geeta, and old Mr. Herman Biddle, across the treacherous eight precious stones pursued by the evil Uri Gneezy. And what they will witness on their journey will open their eyes to threats large and small. From her own childhood, Shoba says she can recall “the feeling of wonder, of new places and new experiences, the possibility of the impossible, the ancient stories of the great battles between good and evil that run like sounds of an endless stream over stones … eight magic stones. More below the media player. Listen to Shoba Sreenivasan The Indie Author Life Publishers Weekly certain likes “Mattie Spyglass and the 8 Magic Stones”: Mattie and her friends are catapulted through the years in an attempt to destroy the spyglass before it can [...]Similar Posts:Where Magic is as Common as TechnologyThe Epic (Epic!) Story of a Magical Land in JeopardyTwenty Years Later He’s Back. But Why?Erotica Author Turns to Historical Fiction – and FindsThis Girl Is One Elf You Don’t Wanna Mess With

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Prof. Henry Fell’s “Coming of Middle Age” Story

2013-02-27 :: Bill Thompson

Oxford fellow and John Milton expert Professor Henry Fell suffers from panic attacks and a gnawing fear that what he doubtfully refers to as his existence is much more out of his control than he realizes… In Ryan Asmussen‘s debut novel “The Englishman and the Butterfly” Professor Fell has just arrived in Boston on an academic fellowship, when he meets a variety of people who, in one way or another, expose him to true love, true death, and true poetry. The cast includes the lovely and sharp-tongued Julia Collins, a Ph.D. candidate struggling to survive in a male-dominated world; fellow Brit Professor Geoffrey Hearne, one of the University’s most popular and colorful lecturers; .and the rather less-than-popular, equally British, Professor Christopher Moberley, whose vast bulk contains the darkest of secrets. A “coming of middle-age” story, a metaphysical parable, a glimpse into literature from the inside-out, “The Englishman and the Butterfly” is a tragicomic look at the differences between imagining a life, performing one, and becoming enlightened to the possibility that there is more to life than meets a reader’s eye. More below the media player. Listen to Ryan Asmussen The Indie Author Life This, from Shannon McCloskey Allain’s review of [...]Similar Posts:An Appetite for AdventureA Dead Ranch Hand, a Silver Picture Frame, and a CursePrice, McBain, Move Over. Ryan Owns NYC NowAn Ancient Evil Is On The RiseA Romantic Tale To Bring Your Hanky For

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Where Magic is as Common as Technology

2013-02-26 :: Bill Thompson

In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. But his latest case – in Andrew Kirschbaum‘s novel “Monday and the Counterfeit Corpse” – takes him far away from the streets he knows and into a far-off magical land where all the rules are different and the slightest misstep might mean disaster. Zack must face down immortal goblin warriors, aristocratic thieves, and all the other arrogant and powerful lords of the land to find out which one of them is a murderer. The clock is ticking and if Zack doesn’t figure it all out in time it’ll be more than just his own neck on the line this time. More below the media player. Listen to Andrew Kirschbaum The Indie Author Life As you heard in our interview with Andy Kirschbaum, one of his literary influences was the late Robert B. Parker. It would appear that one of Andy’s fans, Shelleyrae, agrees: Monday has the air of a cynical, tough guy ‘gumshoe’, and his personality merges surprisingly well such a fantastical environment. Quick witted, handy with his fists and willing to take risks he doesn’t back [...]Similar Posts:A Big Week AheadThe Epic (Epic!) Story of a Magical Land in JeopardyThis Girl Is One Elf You Don’t Wanna Mess WithWill Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?This Thief Steals Her Way Almost to Death

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Teen Buddies Face Adult Trials

2013-02-25 :: Bill Thompson

How do you mend a broken friendship? For Lance Parker and Daniel McAllister, the answer is simple – road trip. In Randy Richardson‘s coming-of-age story “Cheeseland” the shock and grief of a friend’s suicide creates a gulf between the two suburban Chicago high school seniors. A trip to Wisconsin should be just the ticket to come to terms with the trauma that has pulled them apart. The journey of recovery is filled with comical twists as the two teens navigate Cheeseland, a place that blurs the line between adolescence and adulthood. The journey of recovery turns into a journey of discovery, as secrets are revealed and the ugly truth behind their friend’s death unfolds. Now, thirty years later, the secrets they buried have come back to haunt them. Told in two parts, the novel’s long and winding road comes full circle when these two friends must finally confront their past and come to grips with their present lives. But is it too late to heal old wounds? Cheeseland is a novel about loyalty, friendship and the self-destructive nature of secret-keeping and unresolved anger. More below the media player. Listen to Randy Richardson The Indie Author Life Did you ever wonder [...]Similar Posts:Twenty Years Later He’s Back. But Why?A Reporter Gets Far More Than He Bargained ForThe Open, Terrifying Road After CollegeWill Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?Where Magic is as Common as Technology

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Veteran Writer Takes on American Culture

2013-02-24 :: Bill Thompson

For the last four decades or so, Mathias Freese has been jousting with American culture. His essay collection “This Moobius Strip of Ifs” is a mixture of the author’s reminiscences, insights, observations, and criticism, the book examines the use and misuse of psychotherapy, childhood trauma, complicated family relationships, his frustration as a teacher, and the enduring value of tenaciously writing through it all. Freese scathingly describes the conditioning society imposes upon artists and awakened souls, skewering where he can and applauding those who refuse to compromise and conform The profound visceral truths in this book will speak to anyone who endeavors to be completely alive and aware. More below the media player. Listen to Mathias Freese The Indie Author Life What does Matt Freese mean, when he refers to this “Mobius strip” of ifs? What is a Mobius strip? “A one-sided surface that is constructed from a rectangle by holding one end fixed, rotating the opposite end through 180 degrees, and joining it to the first end…” (merriam-webster.com). As reviewer Allizabetgh Collins goes on to explain, in a receent review: Unfortunately, I still wasn’t sure why it was the tile of the book, until I found this definition: “a Möbius [...]Similar Posts:In Johnson, Ohio a Star is BoredThe 11-Year-Old Witness to An ApocalypsePrice, McBain, Move Over. Ryan Owns NYC NowA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeHelping the Follicly Challenged Come to Acceptance

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Big News Coming

2013-02-23

I’ve got some big news to tell you. But not yet. How was that for a teaser? In just a few days I will be sharing with you two announcements about The Bookcast Each, in its own way, is a reflection of the progress The Bookcast has made in the year and a half or so since we launched. Our passion, since the beginning, has been to introduce outstanding indie author talent to the readers who are eager to find them. We have featured scores of interviews with the authors of some very impressive and memorable works – thrillers, mysteries, romances, fantasies, young adult novels, and coming of age stories. We have also introduced you to some moving, poignant, funny, and inspiring nonfiction. Our annoucements, in early March, will move The Bookcast into its next, exciting, phase of growth. Are you an indie author with a recent book out? Click here to request your invitation for an interview with The Bookcast.Similar Posts:The Bookcast Is HereRejection – It’s No Joy For Me, EitherHow to Get Me to Like Your BookHave You Met Any Indie Authors Recently?Great Summer Indie Reads

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A Reporter Gets Far More Than He Bargained For

2013-02-21 :: Bill Thompson

When small-town reporter Tom Darden gets a chance to cover a major story, he thinks it’s his long overdue ticket to the big time. As the first newsman on the scene at a deadly bombing, Darden finds the hot scoop he’s always wanted – or does he? In David Darracott‘s thriller “Internatl Security,” once Darden actually investigates and unravels the frightening truth behind the attack, he realizes tough reporting comes at a heavy price – including putting his own life on the line. More below the media player. Listen to David Darracott The Indie Author Life In a recent interview with EmoryWire, the Emory University Alumni Association’s newsletter, David Darracott revealed the origin of “Internal Security”: “I remember the day I decided to write this book,” he recalls. “I was reading a novel by a very popular writer that was a government agent-thriller type story. Within the first pages, the protagonist shoots and kills two terrorism suspects in front of the President and praises himself for being such a patriot and man of action among all the weak-willed Washington types.” Darracott set the book aside, dwelling on the prone-to-violence comic book hero of so many popular novels. His creative vision [...]Similar Posts:Debut Thriller is a Race With EvilGreek Myth Brought to New LifeHelping the Follicly Challenged Come to AcceptanceA Suicide, A Homecoming, and TerrorStrap Yourself In and Meet “A Greater Monster”

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Finding the Offbeat and Absurd in the Ordinary

2013-02-21 :: Bill Thompson

With a cast of characters that includes a falling toddler, the manager of the last fast food joint in the world, the Devil and a talking dog Paul McCormack‘s short story collection “All the Lights That Have Shone” isn’t a book about answers, but about really interesting questions: What would you do if the world was ending? How do you say goodbye when there’s no one to say it to? What kind of person still drives a Plymouth Reliant? And, do you know the way to San Jose? More below the media player. Listen to Paul McCormack The Indie Author Life What are others saying about Paul McCormack’s short story collection? Here’s what Rick Watson, Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota, said recently: You get tricked by these stories, by the voices; by the way the sentences deliver themselves to your eyes, and ears. Someone is talking, someone you feel like you know, someone who is certainly not a threat, and suddenly you find yourself sitting with that someone, one of Paul’s people, in a nondescript caf�, a caf� that is interesting for its nothingness; and you are privy to Paul’s character– the character has a nice friendly, nonthreatening (which [...]Similar Posts:Five Moons Craving a HeroIs No One Left Who Knows Compassion Anymore?One Man’s Search for a New Life – On An AsteroidThe Epic (Epic!) Story of a Magical Land in JeopardyTechnology Turned Homicidal

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A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They Forge

2013-02-19 :: Bill Thompson

This is a story of chaos, revenge, and change. Death and love, love and sex, and sex and death. In Jack Remick‘s novel “Gabriela and The Widow” the young immigrant Gabriela seeks revenge for the destruction of her village. A dying old woman, The Widow, craves balance for the betrayals in her life. It is a book about mothers and daughters, a novel about women for women, but it is also a mythic recasting of the story of women before men. It is the story of how The Widow makes Gabriela in her own image and sets her free from her bloody past. And in the end, The Widow gives Gabriela the secret of immortality. More below the media player. Listen to Jack Remick The Indie Author Life As you heard Jack Remick say in our interview, he and fellow writer Robert J. Ray maintain a blog for writers called Bob and Jack’s Writing Blog. As they explain, one of the blog’s goal is: In our writing classes – nights, weekends, year-long courses, writer’s conferences – we encounter hungry writers. Everyday people dying to write. Starving people. People who love telling stories and who love hearing stories. In a matter [...]Similar Posts:Hidden Masters vs Unspeakable Evil, A Tag Team MatchFive Moons Craving a HeroDear Mom (And Dear Dad)Greek Myth Brought to New LifeHow to Write Mom’s Story

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Price, McBain, Move Over. Ryan Owns NYC Now

2013-02-18 :: Bill Thompson

What if Paul Farrington, a veteran fixer for a shady corporation, found himself targeted for elimination just as he was trying to finance his daughter’s Ivy League education? How far would he go to provide for his family and keep them safe? What if Detectives Frank Mallory and Alberto “Gunner” Gennaro were forced to play catchup with a killer, who may or may not be a demon, and who leaves trails of Dante-esque murders, each occurring further south in Manhattan and deeper into his version of The Inferno? And how could these situations be connected? As Christopher Ryan‘s novel “City of Woe” unfolds, how long can the detectives stick to strict police procedure when confronted with increasingly bizarre events? Especially once those events begin invading Mallory’s private life? And how does he find a balance between his rejection of the case’s alleged demonic elements and his strong desire to believe his dying father’s visions of long-dead relatives beckoning him to heaven? When must a detective reconsider what exists outside man’s law? More below the media player. Listen to Christopher Ryan The Indie Author Life Not long ago, Chris Ryan gave his first public talk on “City of Woe,” at his [...]Similar Posts:An Appetite for AdventureProf. Henry Fell’s “Coming of Middle Age”…An Ancient Evil Is On The RiseA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeA Reporter Gets Far More Than He Bargained For

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Greek Myth Brought to New Life

2013-02-17 :: Bill Thompson

Legend states that the Minotaur was confined to the Labyrinth, slain by Theseus and then laid to rest by thousands of years of Greek mythology. But the truth is far different. In David Gelber‘s book “Minotaur Revisited” read the Minotaur’s own words as he recounts his full life as god, king, warrior, matchmaker, midwife, monk, sage, father, mother, husband and, most of all, witness. The fierce Minotaur lived to see and be a part of the best and worst of humanity during a life spanning thousands of years. Part bull, part human, the Minotaur struggled to find his place in this world and, in the end, left his unique mark on history. More below the media player. Listen to David Gelber The Indie Author Life In a recent blog post titled “Writing and Religion,” David Gelber suggested he is considering dropping any religious themes or overtones from his books and stories. They’re “a turn off to many readers,” he says. Yet, he continues, “my problem is that I find it hard to write about anything apart from God.” In this book, Gelber says: “Minotaur Revisited” features the Minotaur of Greek mythology living through thousands of years of history, coming in [...]Similar Posts:Debut Thriller is a Race With EvilA Reporter Gets Far More Than He Bargained ForStrap Yourself In and Meet “A Greater Monster”A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeHelping the Follicly Challenged Come to Acceptance

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A Ninth Century Test for a Young Priest

2013-02-14 :: Bill Thompson

In ninth century Britain, chaos rules as kingdoms splinter, Vikings invade from all corners, and lives and fortunes are lost to those with the biggest sword and the smallest shreds of morality. When a young priest named Daniel witnesses a lone warrior save his village from savage raiders, he believes he’s seen a miracle, and he follows the reclusive warrior on his mysterious trek across the island, hoping to find his own path in this brutal and unforgiving world. In Kris Kramer‘s novel “Sanctuary” Daniel’s journey takes him to places he’d long since left, forcing him to face his past, along with dour dwarves, canny druids, and an army of Viking warriors. But it’s when he meets a captive woman with strange abilities amongst the ruins of humanity’s savage and unforgiving past that Daniel will face his true enemy, a powerful demon who waits for his dominion over man to be complete. More below the media player. Listen to Kris Kramer The Indie Author Life Kris Kramer has done extensive research into ninth century Britain. It was a dark and terrifying time. Wikipedia describes it thus: Britain experienced a great influx of Viking peoples in the 9th century as the [...]Similar Posts:This Girl Is One Elf You Don’t Wanna Mess WithFear No Evil in The “Valley of the Shadows”Teen Buddies Face Adult TrialsA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeJust Your Friendly Neighborhood Vampire

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In Johnson, Ohio a Star is Bored

2013-02-13 :: Bill Thompson

There’s nothing like the arrival of a Hollywood star to stir the passions of the people of the sleepy small town of Johnson, Ohio. During his stay with Johnson’s most physically appealing family, the star shakes up the lives of the reigning queen of the local theatre scene, her lawyer husband, and the couple’s handsome but sexually undecided son. Add a scandal at the husband’s law firm and a kidnapping with suicide demanded as ransom and you have what propels family members to New York City and Hollywood – and Gordon Osmond’s debut novel “Slipping on Stardust” to its shattering conclusion. More below the media player. Listen to Gordon Osmond The Indie Author Life High praise for Gordon Osmond’s “Slipping on Stardust” from David Menefee, writing at BookPleasures.com: Any author who has managed to run the gauntlet of hurdles outlaid for writing, proofing, releasing, and publicizing a work deserves kudos for stamina and perseverance, and authors daring to release a fiction novel in a year characterized by an unprecedented avalanche of new releases earns admiration for daring and optimism. If the finished first work manages to reveal well-defined characters, unfurl a plot that stays one step ahead of the reader, [...]Similar Posts:Veteran Writer Takes on American CultureGreek Myth Brought to New LifeA Reporter Gets Far More Than He Bargained ForA Dead Ranch Hand, a Silver Picture Frame, and a CurseHelping the Follicly Challenged Come to Acceptance

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Helping the Follicly Challenged Come to Acceptance

2013-02-12 :: Bill Thompson

David Stern is no ordinary bald guy. He’s a fully actualized bald man. Stern has gone through all five stages of grieving for his hair, and he’s now in a better place. If you or someone you know wants to join him there, “The Balding Handbook” will provide you with a road map. “The Balding Handbook” takes you beyond those embarrassing denial moments (hats, combovers, plugs, pieces), keeps you out of jail during that angry second stage, helps you construct a perfect offer to God while you bargain for your hair back, comforts you through the depths of balding depression, and brings you into the light. Of course, you’ll need sunscreen when you get there… More below the media player. Listen to David Stern The Indie Author Life How pervasive is baldness? From Dave Stern’s website www.thebaldinghandbook.com: Consider these sobering statistics. There are approximately 3,500,000,000 men living on earth today. Of those, approximately 500,000,000 have experienced the heartbreak of male pattern baldness. HALF A BILLION! That’s 8 Englands, over 1 1/2 United States and more than 800 Baltimores. Virtually everyone on earth has been touched in some way by this horrible malady. Oh, and check out Dave’s online petition to [...]Similar Posts:A Reporter Gets Far More Than He Bargained ForGreek Myth Brought to New LifeStrap Yourself In and Meet “A Greater Monster”In Johnson, Ohio a Star is BoredWill Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?

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A Doctor Becomes an Unwitting Killer

2013-02-11 :: Bill Thompson

On a chilly January morning, anesthesiologist Dr. Jenna Reiner makes her daily drive to St. Augustine Hospital, completely unaware that her life is about to change forever. One of the surgical scrub technicians in her hospital has been stealing syringes and infecting patients with hepatitis C. In Kate O’Reilley‘s thriller “It’s Nothing Personal,” Dr. Reiner administers anesthesia that morning unaware that she’s holding a murder weapon in her hand. She’ll soon find out that not only was her hospital at risk, but her entire life is about to be turned upside down.Similar Posts:Dear Mom (And Dear Dad)Will Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?The Epic (Epic!) Story of a Magical Land in JeopardyDeath, Prison, and a Son’s Desperate Search For…Technology Turned Homicidal

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Making Sure Your Success Builds Wealth

2013-02-10 :: Bill Thompson

An often overlooked secret to creating wealth as a business owner has little to do with actually running the business. Certainly, marketing, customer service, quality products, and more are required to make a business successful. But when it comes to creating real and lasting wealth, decisions regarding this key “secret” will have the greatest impact. As both a small business lender and a small business owner himself, Chris Hurn has a bird’s eye view of how businesses create wealth, as well as an in-the-trenches perspective on the tough decisions that must be made if a business is to go from good to great. In his book “The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth,” Chris Hurn explains the myriad of factors and variables involved in this significant wealth-creation strategy. Plenty of books describe how entrepreneurs can create more ideas or have happier employees. But no other business book outlines in such detail — or with such authority — how to actually develop the wealth behind the business. More below the media player. Listen to Chris Hurn The Indie Author Life In a recent appearance on Fox Business, Chris Hurn discusses why many small business owners and entrepeneurs are buying commercial real estate:Similar Posts:Why I Don’t Charge Authors to be InterviewedPrice, McBain, Move Over. Ryan Owns NYC NowA Doctor Becomes an Unwitting KillerThe Secret That Haunts A Presidential HopefulA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They Forge

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A Dead Ranch Hand, a Silver Picture Frame, and a Curse

2013-02-07 :: Bill Thompson

On a western cattle ranch in 1896, honest, hard-working, ranch hand Colter Barnett, having been wrongly accused of stealing a valuable silver picture frame, is gunned down in cold blood by his boss, wealthy landowner Henry McKenna. Later, when McKenna discovers the silver picture frame to be “under a pile of old rags” in his closet, he tries to hide his mistake by burying the object with the body of his victim. That’s when the curse begins, in Len Francis Monahan‘s book “Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers.” The story chronicles the adventures of the murder victim’s son, young Colt Barnett, a self-reliant orphan boy who goes on to work for Mrs. Helen McKenna, widow of murderous Henry and the new owner of the McKenna Ranch empire. Where will this relationship go? More below the media player. Listen to Len Francis Monahan The Indie Author Life The Seattle Post-Intelligencer likes Len Francis Monahan’s work: Len Francis Monahan has a unique style of writing that captures the heartwarming drama of familial love, the life and death struggles of running a cattle ranch in the early American West with a fictional coming-of-age story. In Rattlesnakes, Ghosts and Murderers, Len Francis Monahan’s writing is addictive, [...]Similar Posts:A Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeIn Johnson, Ohio a Star is BoredA Romantic Tale To Bring Your Hanky ForGreek Myth Brought to New LifeDeath, Prison, and a Son’s Desperate Search For…

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Death, Prison, and a Son’s Desperate Search For Answers

2013-02-06 :: Bill Thompson

All Ages have a living darkness. In some, it is long buried. In others, it lives and thrives. And then there is the darkness no one sees, the patient darkness that reveals itself only when all light fails. In an Age of fallen heroes, stolen princesses, and a city prison, the world balances upon the blades of haunted men. In S.M. White‘s dark fantasy “The Pale Hand of God,” behind the walls of the clergy-controlled prison city of Iban Su, Lainn Sevai endures. But after losing his father and brother, Lainn finds the determination to seek freedom, following in the footsteps of the man whose iron tutelage molded him into one of the fiercest warriors Iban Su has ever known. In the process he discovers his father’s terrible secret, and uncovers the thousand-year mystery as to why the prophesied End of Days never came to the world. And that sets in motion a terrible future. More below the media player. Listen to S.M. White The Indie Author Life A ninja? In an interview with Angella Graff at Indie Reviews, S.M. White was asked, “Tell us something unique about yourself you’d love your readers to know” … I put this up [...]Similar Posts:Should I Have Agreed to This Interview?Hidden Masters vs Unspeakable Evil, A Tag Team MatchWhy I Don’t Charge Authors to be InterviewedA Stunning Story of Two Women and the Bond They ForgeThe 11-Year-Old Witness to An Apocalypse

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Technology Turned Homicidal

2013-02-05 :: Bill Thompson

What is real? What does it mean to have a human identity, in an age when technology threatens to overtake everything we are? Here’s what is going on in Emerson Freedman‘s thriller “Killer App”… Jacob’s reality begins to unravel the moment he is hired to hunt down the Chairman’s lost property. As cryptic clues appear out of thin air and the bodies pile up, he realizes that finding the missing machine might be his last chance for salvation. Ben has been on the run for as long as he can remember. His last hope to finding answers flaps skinless against a worn brick wall. Now all he can do is run from the steel-bladed killers, heading for a safe haven that haunts his dreams. Finn and Victoria track the killer, hoping to find out what it wants, and where it is going. Their bickering turns sour as it becomes clear that they are London’s last hope. Thousands of innocent lives hang in the balance. And as the clock ticks down to midnight, hunters and hunted alike race to work out what is real in a world where even your own memory cannot be trusted. More below the media player. Listen [...]Similar Posts:‘American Psycho’ Meets ‘Sex & the…Will Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?The Epic (Epic!) Story of a Magical Land in JeopardyThis Guy’s No Killer – He’s a Regular…A Doctor Becomes an Unwitting Killer

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Will Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?

2013-02-04 :: Bill Thompson

Corporate glass ceilings aren’t the only things meant to be broken, and when someone determined enough shatters the glass, watch out everyone below! In the new Alicia Hope novel “Glass Ceilings” ambitious career woman Verity Parker breaks through the glass ceiling of a multi-national mining corporation and snatches the job of CEO from the waiting hands of ruthless corporate nemesis Royce James. But she then finds herself in danger of losing more than just her tenuous hold on the job. Her love-scarred heart and even her life are at risk. A web of workplace mischief, treachery and sabotage entangles the rivals, and Royce, guilty of his own resentful duplicity against his new CEO, suddenly finds his life in her hands. Preoccupied with mounting professional barriers, Verity is almost unaware of the cracks beginning to form in the toughened glass protecting her wary heart. But then again, some things are meant to be broken… More below the media player. Listen to Alicia Hope The Indie Author Life As you heard in our interview with Alicia Hope, she pictures actual actors in the roles of her main characters… What do you think? Emily Blunt as Verity Parker? Gerard Butler as Royce James? [...]Similar Posts:This Girl Is One Elf You Don’t Wanna Mess WithEscaped Slave Finds Freedom. Or Does He?Technology Turned HomicidalTeen Heroine vs Pirate SpyThis Thief Steals Her Way Almost to Death

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The 11-Year-Old Witness to An Apocalypse

2013-02-03 :: Bill Thompson

Eleven-year-old Derek is a pretty typical kid from the smalll town of Strandlund Springs. His is a pretty normal life, until the day Derek discovers a strange haze emerging from the forest outside of town. Soon the haze spreads, ultimately covering the entire earth — and causing all surface water to evaporate. In Devin Smyth‘s thriller “The Emergence,” Derek and his family struggle as civil society breaks down around them. When his parents seek aid from a cult-like leader who is exploiting the desperate times, Derek runs away. With only his keen sense of direction and his pet cat to aid him, Derek tries to survive the hazards — both natural and man-made — that await him in that mysterious haze. More below the media player. Listen to Devin Smyth The Indie Author LifeSimilar Posts:Small Town, Big IntrigueDeath, Prison, and a Son’s Desperate Search For…The Treasure Hunt That Will Change Her LifeWill This Teenager Step Up and Save His World?Technology Turned Homicidal

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The Epic (Epic!) Story of a Magical Land in Jeopardy

2013-01-31 :: Bill Thompson

The world of “Maldene” is one of magic and ancient secrets, but also one that is under the dark shadow of a powerful wizard named Miro, whom even the gods are said to fear. Miro’s true goals are the stuff of centuries-long conjecture. Now in Mark Tierno‘s fantasy novel “Maldene,” a group of adventurers, led by Sabu and Eldar, are set on a path woven from the vision of a blind gypsy with golden skin. And they will find themselves caught up in an ages-old conflict against Miro. More below the media player. Listen to Mark Tierno The Indie Author Life What language do they speak on Maldene? Why, Maldenese, of course. Mark Tierno created the entire language, including its own alphabet, even a dictionary — As he wrote in a recent blog post at his website, www.maldene.com: Of course the question arises, why bother with this stuff at all? Flavor, my dear Human, flavor, atmosphere, and personality. The more of such details and personality a world has, the more real it seems when you read it. And it is that which can draw a reader in and never let him go. Give it a try and see if I’m [...]Similar Posts:Does He Really Want to Know The Family Secrets?The 11-Year-Old Witness to An ApocalypseAn Ancient Evil Is On The RiseThe Secret That Haunts A Presidential Hopeful‘American Psycho’ Meets ‘Sex & the…

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They Warned Her He Would Be Trouble. But a Killer?

2013-01-30 :: Bill Thompson

Armed with the wisdom of Carl Jung, and psychic intuition, California family therapist Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis spends a year looking for love, counseling a stalker and surviving a plot to kill her. Sarah has Louisiana Creole roots. She can hold her liquor and make a mean gumbo. She also has an aunt who talks to the dead and a mother who wants her married. In Myra Jolivet‘s mystery “Pushed Times, Chewing Pepper” Sarah’s life changes during a four-day reunion in Louisiana with her judgmental family, including her nemesis Cousin Stacy. It was the last place she expected to meet a man, but Michael’s perfect teeth and Armani-wearing buff-ness were irresistible. He was also visiting from the west coast — and even though Sarah’s Aunt Cat warns her that Michael is trouble, she refuses to listen and within months she and Michael are engaged. And then things get real complicated, leading to some amateur spy work, a plot for pride and revenge, and then — murder. There is a Creole expression, “pushed times make a monkey chew pepper.” It means that in difficult times, we do things that we ordinarily wouldn’t. More below the media player. Listen to Myra Jolivet The [...]Similar Posts:Terrified, Lost In The Woods – With a GhostDebut Thriller is a Race With EvilA (Princess) Penny’s Worth of TroubleShe Wanted to Kill Him – But Fell in Love InsteadThe Unique Courage of One Mother

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This Thief Steals Her Way Almost to Death

2013-01-29 :: Bill Thompson

Master thief Christmas “Crazy-Eyes” Parker has robbed and murdered a path from one end of the galaxy to the other, earning a solid living as a hired gun for the Galactic Coalition, the singular government controlling all planets inhabited by mankind. Now, in Kevin McCormick‘s book “A Voice in the Thunder,” an armored truck job goes sideways on the planet Eridan. Parker’s next move puts her at odds both with her government liaison, who betrays Parker thanks to a convincing religious experience, and her boss, a woman who is equal parts generous philanthropist and ruthless killer. And the package Parker stole off that armored truck threatens to forever alter what it means to be human. More below the media player. Listen to Kevin McCormick The Indie Author Life Most of the indie authors I know go into the writing process with a much keener appreciation for the enormity of their challenge than do many traditionally-published authors. Here’s a portion of a recent blog post by Kevin McCormick: I haven’t the slightest idea how most people decide whether or not to take a chance to an author they’ve never heard of. Hell, I don’t even know how I come to that [...]Similar Posts:A Death That Changes Many Young LivesWill This Teenager Step Up and Save His World?Teen Heroine vs Pirate SpyWill Ambition Get The Better of Verity Parker?If You’re Dead And You Know It, Clap Your Hands

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Two Sisters and the Impossible Escape

2013-01-28 :: Bill Thompson

Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister Evvie, her only family and entire world. Sydney holds a sliver of hope that they will be lawfully reunited, and that light will return to her desolate life. But she is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape Miles County so that she and Evvie can live full lives together. In Gabrielle Arrowsmith‘s dystopian young adult novel “Concealed in the Shadows” citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to anyone who crosses the electronic barrier. It would seem to be impossible to escape into the forgotten forests and cities of the past, but Sydney is determined to find a way, if she is denied guardianship of Evvie. More below the media player. Listen to Gabrielle Arrowsmith The Indie Author Life And see Gabrielle Arrowsmith’s book trailer:Similar Posts:Fear No Evil in The “Valley of the Shadows”She’s Trying, Very Hard, to Live – Happily Ever…Does He Really Want to Know The Family Secrets?One Man’s Search for a New Life – On An AsteroidSmall Town, Big Intrigue

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A Death That Changes Many Young Lives

2013-01-25 :: Bill Thompson

1983. Newborn MTV. Cabbage Patch Kids. President Reagan. A U.S. – Soviet Cold War that threatens to go “hot” at any moment. Against this backdrop three teenagers begin a year of painful change and turmoil after the sudden loss of one of their closest friends, in Kevin Sharp‘s book “After Dakota.” Dakota meant different things to Cameron, Bryce, and Claire. When she disappears in a plane crash, they each have to face their own mortality, along with the secrets they still carry about her. More below the media player. Listen to Kevin Sharp The Indie Author Life Kevin Sharp is also author of the prizewinning short story “2012.” An excerpt: You are 18 years old. In Amy’s bedroom, listening to Annie Lennox. The ice has made your earlobe numb. She lies on her back, silent beneath the artificial stars on the ceiling. The lamp, sheathed in red silk, highlights downy hair on her arms. You realize in hindsight that this is the type of memory one might refer back to when asked to name “A time you were truly happy.” In later retellings (to yourself primarily) you make yourself truly happy by lessening your soon-to-be sizzling agony, intense need to [...]Similar Posts:Will This Teenager Step Up and Save His World?This Thief Steals Her Way Almost to Death‘American Psycho’ Meets ‘Sex & the…The Secret That Haunts A Presidential HopefulDoes He Really Want to Know The Family Secrets?

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This is Not How Childbirth is Supposed To Go

2013-01-21 :: Bill Thompson

Premature birth remains the number-one killer of newborns in the United States. In fact, with about one in eight pregnancies resulting in premature birth each year, the U.S. has one of the worst records in the world, and certainly among developed nations. The statistics are not only appalling, but surprising, and many parents are shocked, frightened and confused as they attempt to navigate the world of the neonatal intensive care unit. Now comes a powerful and inspiring story about one woman’s experience with prematurity. Sola Olu‘s book, “The Summer Called Angel,” a memoir, began as Sola’s journal entries. It is a moving and detailed account of her thoughts and feelings at each step of her journey. “The Summer Called Angel” is a powerful tribute to parental love in the face of unexpected challenges. More below the media player. Listen to Sola Olu The Indie Author Life Sola Olu is a native of Nigeria, who worked for British Airways and visited the United States several times on vacation before eventually moving here after her marriage to her Illinois-based Nigerian husband. In an essay published at faithhopeandfiction.com, Sola wrote: I come from a “touchy-feely” nation; we give hugs and embraces to anyone [...]Similar Posts:Saved By An Angel. Oh, Wait…The Secret That Haunts A Presidential HopefulThe Knife Is Her Only ComfortWhat Got This (Good) Dad ArrestedThe Fate of the World in the Hands of Two Teenagers

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Sweet Revenge. And Irony. And Humor. And Sarcasm.

2013-01-17 :: Bill Thompson

Pryor Wright’s ultra-conservative radio show has millions of devout fans who are sure that the slurs and wild accusations fired at the liberal left prove him a true patriot. But in Robin Lamont‘s novel “Wright for America,” when his venomous rantings catch Maren Garrity’s twin brother in the crossfire, the struggling actress pursues her own style of justice. She enlists a troupe of fellow unemployed actors to teach Wright just how powerful words can be. More below the media player. Listen to Robin Lamont The Indie Author Life If you think you’ve heard of Robin Lamont, you’re right: ….I attended Carnegie-Mellon’s specialized drama program where I performed in and helped conceive the musical Godspell. I stayed with the show from its original Off Broadway run and went on to re-create my role in the film by Columbia Pictures. To my surprise and delight, my recording of “Day by Day” from the cast album became a hit on the Billboard charts, and the film version of the song still draws viewers from around the world. Later, I joined the Broadway cast of Grease, playing Sandy. And then I appeared in the Broadway production of Working, in which I sang James Taylor’s [...]Similar Posts:How to Get Your Song on the RadioA Professional Tour Guide’s Best Hollywood StoriesThe Mixed Blessing of Being One Soul in Two BodiesSmall Town, Big IntrigueWhat If This Was Really How It All Began?

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Terrified, Lost In The Woods – With a Ghost

2013-01-15 :: Bill Thompson

Somewhere in Algonquin Park, a three thousand square mile forest in northern Ontario, Canada, wanders fourteen-year-old Mary Elizabeth. Separated from her family during a weekend camping trip, M.E. must draw upon every ounce of strength and resolve to face the harsh landscape, wild animals and psychological battles that endanger her. In Brenda Murray‘s novel “The Haunting of M.E.” Mary Elizabeth’s journey through these woods takes her through some of the uncharted territory of her own soul — and ends with a haunting twist. More below the media player. Listen to Brenda Murray The Indie Author Life In our interview,  you heard Brenda mention the first draft of her story “The Haunting of M.E.” – scraps of paper she scribbled on while camping. On her blog, Brenda shows us those scribbles: This is a photo of the original outline that I wrote long hand by the light of a lantern on a few scraps of paper at our off-grid property near Algonquin Park. With no electricity, on the edge of a black lake and surrounded by Jack Pines I didn’t have to think too hard to imagine what it would be like to be lost in the woods. This story was [...]Similar Posts:She Was Lost, Now is Found. And Now Her Real Trouble…She Wanted to Kill Him – But Fell in Love InsteadCan a Life Not Lived Yet Save The One She Has Now?They Warned Her He Would Be Trouble. But a Killer?Dear Mom (And Dear Dad)

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Stand By Her Man? Not Any More.

2011-10-11

It has become an iconic image in American politics – the philandering husband, coming clean under the hot television lights, with his suffering but loyal wife by his side. Buy the book It makes you wonder. Why would a woman who knows her husband is …

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The Treasure Hunt That Will Change Her Life

2011-10-11

Birdie Kaminsky steals things for a living. And now Birdie is on her way to the little town of Liberty, Ohio where her plan is, she figures, to steal a treasure that’s been hidden since the Civil War. How does she know about it? Because Birdie has a…

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What Got This (Good) Dad Arrested

2011-10-11

As parents we’ve all done things from time to time that, if we’d taken a minute to think about it, we probably wouldn’t have done. Virtually every parent has, at some point, threatened to make their misbehaving kid walk home from church,…

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Then a Stunning, Leggy Blonde Walks In…

2011-10-11

A sexy blonde with a missing, and maybe dead, husband wants Reed Ferguson’s help in finding him. Reed is a private eye. Or will be as soon as he gets his first client, and this dame looks like she could be just the ticket. Oh, that’s not me ta…

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Does He Really Want to Know The Family Secrets?

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What do you know about your ancestors? You know what they look like, if you have photo albums. Perhaps they left some letters, maybe an old newspaper clipping. But what does that really tell you about them? Buy the book Imagine learning the truth about yo…

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Small Town, Big Intrigue

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Small towns in America aren’t always like Mayberry or River City or Lake Wobegon. Sometimes they’re like Exeter, Massachusetts, the setting of Jennie Coughlin‘s book “Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter.” Buy the book This is a t…

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Will This Teenager Step Up and Save His World?

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Sometime in the near future, a bright fourteen-year-old named Nick Lyons is trying to get back home – to the Lunar Colony from which he was brought to Earth a few years earlier by his parents. Buy the book Nick has it figured out. All he has to do i…

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A Kidnapping? Or Something Far Worse?

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Mallory Petersen is a private investigator in Des Moines, Iowa, whose caseload usually runs to the routine, even the mildly offbeat. But when a young mom named Cheryl McGee comes to her with a heartbreaking story, Mallory is drawn into a nightmare of a ca…

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Her “Addiction” Will Delight You

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Mina Kitchen is a forty-something single woman, a New Jersey native currently living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania — and true to her surname, Mina loves to cook. In fact, you could say Mina has a “catering disorder.” Buy the book We meet Mi…

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One Man’s Search for a New Life – On An Asteroid

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Have you ever wondered what it might feel like if the world just started moving too fast for you to keep up with it? You know that feeling – you think you can no longer handle the pace and the pressure. You’d love to escape the madness. Buy th…

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‘American Psycho’ Meets ‘Sex & the City’

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After years of sexual abuse, then the loss of his mother, then the loss of his faith and finally the loss of his one true love, David Howard finally cracks. Buy the book In S.C. Cunningham‘s intense thriller “The Penance List” David has …

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The Fate of the World in the Hands of Two Teenagers

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To others at his new high school, Kaden is a typical teenage boy. To her friends and teachers, Aren is a typical teenage girl. But neither is what they appear to be, in Charles Pulsipher‘s fantasy novel “The Crystal Bridge.” Kaden, we le…

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A Love Story Across the Centuries

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Over a hundred years ago, in a small town near the California coast, lived a young woman named Daphne Lindstrom. She was not only a beautiful woman, she was newly married to the most prominent citizen of Red Gap. Her strange disappearance created a local …

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The Knife Is Her Only Comfort

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A young and successful, but emotionally troubled artist in search of self-acceptance is at the heart of the new novel by Tiffany Lovering called “Alone.” Buy the book Willow is 23 years old, and has been cutting herself almost half her life, b…

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