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Well, 2018 was. . .fun?

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I had high hopes for 2018, as a mom, a wife, and an author.

And my to do list wasn’t grandiose by any means. I wanted to get at least one book published, work on a couple of short stories, clean up my To-Read List, organize the house a bit, and organize my family a little bit.

And yet here we are, a mere month away from the end of the year, and I haven’t even marked one item off of my 2018 Wish List.

But that’s not to say that I haven’t made accomplishments or learned anything from this year. I’ve learned quite a bit, and made some big steps towards completing a few of my goals.

I’ve spent the second half of the year really focused on Support Indie Authors. Err, at least, more focused than I was the first half of the year. While some of our members think that my inactivity on the forum is a sign that I’m not paying attention, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I spend the majority of my time answering emails, private messages, alpha reading, beta reading, and promoting our website.

In revamping the website and beginning to work more closely with some of our Premium Subscribers, I’ve learned something: I love mentoring authors.

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I love helping another author take their idea, polish it, and turn it into the beautiful work of art they envisioned when they were drafting it. I love getting excited with them as they see the progress they’ve made, and I enjoy discussing the intricate details and behind the scenes thought processes that they go through while creating it.

I almost love this more than creating my own work. I must admit that this could just be my high level of procrastination at work, but it’s been such a relief to focus on others’ work instead of my own.

That’s not to say that I haven’t written this year - I’m actually in the process of editing my final Rehab for Superheroes segment, and I have partial drafts of two short stories. And look! I’m actually writing a blog, ha ha.

So what’s next?

I try again. And then in 2020, I’ll try again, and again, and again. (and so forth and so on) And I’m going to refuse to feel guilty for it any longer. I am a busy mom. My children come first, and then my author children come second. My work typically falls to the bottom of a long long to do list. And I’m okay with that, because some day, even though it may be years from now, inspiration will strike again and I will be unable to stop writing.

In the last month that I have in 2018, I am going to try my hardest to get through the majority of my To Read list so that I can start fresh in 2019. And I want Michael (my current WIP) to be in the hands of one of the most gentlemanly ninja-editors I know.

And that’s it. End of to do list for the year.

I’d like to leave you with one final thought: take it easy on yourself. We live in a world that is so quick to judge, so quick to be negative, and so quick to look down on us. Don’t add your own judgments and negativity upon yourself. Build yourself up. Be your own cheerleader.

I was raised to be “realistic” about my abilities and taught to make rational goals instead of lofty ones. Don’t do that. Dream big. It’s okay. Take a little pride in yourself so that when you look in the mirror, you smile because you like who you are. Celebrate the accomplishments you’ve made, even if it is just that you survived 2018. Because I too, survived, and it’s been an impressive feat on my behalf.

Do I want to do better next year? Of course. But I’m proud of myself for making it this far without a mental breakdown.

Celebrate yourself. Have an extra drink; eat that extra slice of cake just this once. Be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished.

We were authors in 2018 and we will be authors in 2019, regardless of how much we write.

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The First Volume of the Thrice Nine Legends Saga is Finally Complete!

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After nearly twenty years since its conception, the first volume of the Thrice Nine Legends Saga is finally complete. Delve into NINE epic tales, spanning over 1000 years of history and 2000 pages, with death-defying characters and grimdark schemes, which frequently explore the darker side of humanity. Based on Slavic folklore and legend, Thrice Nine Legends will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

In celebration, the internationally, award-winning story and the first book in the saga, Anaerfell, is free wherever books are sold.

The Blood of Dragons: Book 1

2017 International Award-Winning Novel in Epic Fantasy

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Drast and Tyran might be considered a bit black-hearted, or even immoral. Drast is cunning but reckless, hunting for admiration. Tyran is calculating but tactless, searching for affection. When the two brothers set aside their ambitions to fulfill their father's desire for immortality, they readily discover many opportunities for redemption. Now, while wielding a powerful magic that drains their life, Drast and Tyran will embark on a maddening quest, facing skin-switchers, dragons, and the God of the Dead.


While the first ennead of books in Thrice Nine Legends can be read separate of one another, the following is the chronological reading order for full enjoyment. You can search for any of the books anywhere books are sold.

Anaerfell, The Blood of Dragons, Book 1

Warden of the Ash Tree

The Highborn Longwalker

Melkorka, The Kaelandur Series, Book 1

When Blood Falls

Dyndaer, The Kaelandur Series, Book 2

The Name of Death

Maharia, The Kaelandur Series, Book 3

Heshayol, The Blood of Dragons, Book 2

Readers may also choose to purchase the first volume, adding this awesome collection to their digital bookshelf.

Thrice Nine Legends Saga: Volume I

Despite the risk of destroying the Ash Tree and the world along with it, two brothers are sent by their scheming father to slaughter the god of death with hopes of living forever.

The first ennead of books in the Thrice Nine Legends Saga has been brought together into one awesome collection.

Inside you will find The Blood of Dragons Series, The Kaelandur Series, and the short stories in between that follow evil brothers, courageous slaves, and unique heroes in a unique fantasy world. Spanning thousands of years and thousands of pages, this dark tale will leave you breathless.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended Wichita State University where he received his master’s in social work with minors in psychology and sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.

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J.C. lives in the Midwest with his wife and two dogs and has an M.A. in English Literature. The first novel in his world, Blood and Bile, was released in 2017. Before completing junior high, J.C. had received his first box set of Dungeons & Dragons and devoured J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Since, he has been heavily influenced by a myriad of fantasy authors, such as Weis and Hickman, Robert Jordan, and Ed Greenwood.

New Release! Heshayol The Blood of Dragons Book 2

New Release! Heshayol The Blood of Dragons Book 2

They knew killing a dragon wasn’t going to be easy. Especially not one that was also a god. But they never expected to be punished so brutally, or for so long. Death is no escape when you’ve already slain the Horned God to the Netherworld.

Heshayol releases March 5th so get your Pre order for only $2.99 and for a limited time you can get the first book Anaerfell for only $.99.

The Call of Elespen Release!

Author/Illustrator Missy Sheldrake is proud to announce the upcoming release of Call of Elespen, the fifth and final book in her Keepers of the Wellsprings series.

This epic fantasy series tells the sweeping tale of a time when ruthless Sorcerers threatened the delicate balance of the Wellsprings--secret pools of magic revered and fiercely protected by fairy-kind for decades.

In Call of Elespen:

“Four offerings claimed. Two left. One, I can easily get. Ceras’lain. The other, Elespen. I don’t know much about that place. Only what I saw from the ship while I escaped from Sunteri. A jungle on either side of a wide river. A city I was forbidden to enter. Forbidden, even though I didn’t even realize it at the time…” -Tib, Dreamstalker, escaped slave

“They know our victory is nearing. They know we’re the Champions of Light. They’d rather keep us here, trapped in their lair, distracted from our quest to restore Brindelier and claim the Wellsprings.” -Flitt, fairy companion to Sir Azi Hammerfel

A vindictive Sorcerer King with a century-old grudge has spent decades gathering an army obsessed with claiming what their master feels he’s owed. Threatened by his dark dealings and sinister followers, will the Champions of Light succeed in claiming Brindelier’s Wellspring for the Dawn, or will its vast power fall forever into the hands of the unforgiving Dusk?

Who will triumph, Dawn or Dusk? Ally yourself with dragons, fairies, mages, knights, and muses in the epic conclusion to the Keepers of the Wellsprings series.

What reviewers are saying about the Keepers of the Wellsprings series:

“…this book had nice readability and should appeal to a wide range of audiences. Too often fantasy is written far too mature, or too childish. The author does a good job of not talking down to her audience, which leads to this readability range.” Fatho, Amazon Reviewer

Azaeli is an awesome young lady; one to watch in the role model stakes.” -T.L. Clark, Author

“…an enchanting read from start to finish.” J. Ortiz, Amazon Reviewer

“Epic, Epic, Epic, wow what an incredible book, story and entry to a fantasy realm. This has movie possibilities written all over it. Magnificent writing, adventure with good and evil and some that are in between the two. Dark forces and forces of light. It simply doesn't get any better.” -Kindle Reviewer

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About the Author:

Missy Sheldrake is an author/illustrator who has been conjuring images of fairies in one form or another for as long as she can remember. The wind in the trees and the rich scent of forest earth are her most treasured sources of inspiration, and on most mornings you will find her wandering the wooded paths of her neighborhood, dreaming of the next adventure she hopes to put to the page. She published her first novel, Call of Kythshire, in March of 2015 and intends to keep writing as long as the fairies in her dreams allow it.

Galleries of illustrations and excerpts from the Keepers of the Wellsprings series can be viewed on her website and blog.

Missy can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Her books are available on Amazon.


In the epic conclusion of the Keepers of the Wellsprings series…

Fairies and dragons, mages and muses, Dreamstalker and knight band together in the name of the Dawn. Their quest: To seek the final two offerings required to unite the Allsource, to unite all Wellsprings, and to bring forth the Age of Kinship in the Known Lands.

When word reaches our heroes of the mysterious silence in Elespen, the location of one of the final required Wellsprings’ offerings, they must take quick action to seek out its cause. Faced with the ruthless Muse of Earth and her partner, the Muse of Darkness, Tib and Saesa band with a new ally to plunge into the lush, mysterious jungles of Elespen. Will they reach the Wellspring in time, or will the indigenous people of Elespen fall victim to the forces of Dusk?

Azi, Rian, and Flitt, meantime, have an even more serious threat to deal with. The forces of Dusk are rallying, backed by the most ruthless Sorcerers our heroes have faced yet. Called to delve into the depths of Sixledge, the lair of Dusk, they must face their enemy head-on to prevent their world from plunging forever into darkness.

The Keepers of the Wellsprings series has been called “An enchanting read from start to finish.”  Find out why—start the series today!

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Guest Blog by Missy Sheldrake

The Keepers of the Wellsprings Series

I’m excited to announce that the third book in the Keepers of the Wellsprings series, Call of Brindelier, is now available on Amazon! If you haven’t read the previous books yet, read on for a super-quick crash course.

When I started writing this series, I really wanted to tell a story that was rich with fantasy, but not overly dark or mired with war and violence. I wanted to show the light side of fantasy: the cheerful, magical, uplifting side which I always drink up whenever it emerges in a story, and which always seems to be so fleeting in fantasy tales. I wanted to tell a story that would capture the hearts of young and old alike. Don’t get me wrong, my books aren’t void of conflict and evil. They tell of uncomfortable moments. There is violence and wickedness, but it’s those moments in my stories which are the fleeting ones. In the pages of my books, you will find fairies, Mages, Paladins, Elves, Dreamwalkers, Princes and Princesses, and even dragons. You’ll travel through a world rich with magic and wonder.

In Call of Kythshire, you’ll learn all about Cerion, a seaside kingdom which has celebrated peace for over a century. You’ll meet His Majesty’s Elite, a guild that is the right hand adventuring team of King Tirnon Plethore, and you’ll join Azi Hammerfel, a young squire who has grown up within the guild’s halls, through disappointments and triumphs. By her side is Rian, her childhood friend, an Apprentice of the Mage Academy. You’ll meet Flit, a fairy from Kythshire, who is as tricky as any fairy you might imagine, but has a depth of character and a sense of purpose uncommon for a typical fairy. You’ll see her world unfold, and feel the evil threat of Sorcery that looms, waiting to destroy it. You’ll learn a little about the Wellsprings, but not too much, for their existence and workings are a well-protected secret. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Kythshire.)

In Call of Sunteri, you’ll meet the strong-willed slave boy, Tib, who makes his first appearance as he escapes from the grips of Sorcery in the desert continent of Sunteri. He has help crossing the vast oceans to reach Cerion, but he doesn’t realize it at first. A mysterious being speaks to his mind, controlling his thoughts and making suggestions to ensure his own survival. In the meantime, Azi has been given the task of escorting the Prince of Cerion and his wife-with-child to the lakeside Kordelya Castle as the prince faces suspicion and ridicule after the events of Call of Kythshire. But a darker force emerges from the Dreaming, whose wicked intent is to use any means necessary to escape its prison and claim the magic of the Wellsprings for his own. In this book, you’ll see the devastating effects of the overuse of magic, and what it does to the Wellsprings and the creatures who thrive around them. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Sunteri.)

In Call of Brindelier, a dark force looms, more powerful and destructive than any threat Azi and her guild have yet faced. You’ll follow Celli, a scrappy street fighter, as she is enticed into the grips of a powerful Sorcerer. You’ll watch Tib come into his own as he sneaks through the streets of Cerion, uncovering the darkness while also working on a mysterious project. You’ll follow Azi on a quest set by Princess Margary to find proof of Brindelier, a city in the clouds which is the key to all of the Wellsprings in the Known Lands. But Margy is not the only one interested in Brindelier. A dark force has been gathering, poised to claim it for their own. Control over the Wellsprings hangs in the balance. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Brindelier.)

This series is appropriate for all ages, but I recommend 13 and up due to some violent themes. There is no sex, swearing, or excessively graphic violence in the Keepers of the Wellsprings. Throughout the series, you’ll encounter daring sword fights, violent magical moments, and a few quick deaths.

Call of Brindelier, the third book in the Keepers of the Wellsprings series, is now available on Amazon.  This weekend, I’m offering book one of the series, Call of Kythshire, for free, and book two, Call of Sunteri, for just 99 cents. Click here to download your ebooks while they’re on sale!


The Blurb

Onward to Brindelier…
A selfish prince on trial for treason. A beloved princess hiding a talent for forbidden magic. The race between Dawn and Dusk to claim Brindelier, a hidden city in the clouds with a promise of ultimate control over the source of power in the Known Lands: The Wellsprings. Azi and Rian are back! The newly-betrothed couple once again find themselves drawn into the plots of fairy-kind, bestowed with gifts of new titles and strange, powerful abilities. A threat is revealed; one which Flitt insists is worse than anything they have yet faced. Is she referring to the gathering of Sorcerers who call themselves the Circle of Spires, or is a darker, more sinister force at play? Tib knows. He’s seen the might of the Dusk firsthand. The fates of Cerion, Kythshire, and all the Known Lands hang in the balance in the third installment of the Keepers of the Wellsprings series: Call of Brindelier.


Call of Brindelier Excerpts

EXCERPT ONE - AZI

“What is it exactly,” I pause and think hard, making every word count, “you really need me to do in regards to this rare purpose, which is so important you’d whisk me here against my will in the midst of a battle that could very well mean the end of peace in my kingdom and possibly the deaths of people I’m sworn to protect?”

“Whoa,” her eyes go wide as I come to a stop right in front of her. “That was brilliant. Really brilliant. Excellent question. See, you just had to focus, that’s all.”

“Flitt.” I press my hand to my brow. My head is starting to ache from frustration.

“Don’t hate me. I can’t answer it,” she says with a cute little shrug and an impish smile.

“What?” I can’t help it. I lunge at her. She’s too fast, though. She pushes off from the grass and flies up out of my reach. “So help me!” I shout up at her. “You’d better stay up there, I swear!” I glare up at her and then realize her mistake in putting distance between us. Instantly I think of Rian. I start to feel the shimmer around me and then she dives into me, pinning me to the ground.

“Don’t,” she pleads as she straddles my chest. She’s surprisingly heavy for a fairy. “I was just playing. Don’t go. I can’t answer it, but I can show you something else.”

“Get,” I shove at her, “off!”

“Uh uh,” she shakes her head. “You have to promise to stay. It’s important, Azi. Really important. World changing important. Things are happening that never should happen. Bad things. Wicked things. Worse than Sorcerers. Worse than Jacek. Really bad.” She leans over me with her hands on my shoulders and her rainbow-colored ponytails spill forward, tickling my face. “Really, really bad. Please. Do you promise?”

“Worse than Jacek?” I look up at her.

“You can’t answer a question with a—” she stops herself at my death glare. “Worse than Jacek,” she whispers. Her eyes sparkle with tears and change from blue to red to silver. This close I can see she has no pupils, just orbs of ever-changing light that shimmers softly and unpredictably. I’ve never seen them so clearly, never been so drawn to them.

“I promise,” I say, tempted by the familiar tingle of magic rising inside me. I want to see what she’s seen; I want to know what’s in a fairy’s mind. 

EXCERPT TWO – TIB

I want to be annoyed by the magic. I want to hate the excess of it. There’s no reason for it except to show off. I can’t help but admit it, though. It’s kind of impressive. 

When we reach the tower, the stone wall shifts and opens magically. Of course there aren’t any doors. Why would there be? Rian brushes his fingers along the stone as we go in. He’s really impressed. I bet he’s going to write it all down when this is over. Make a book of it for their ridiculous libraries.

Inside the tower, it’s dry and warm. The walls are adorned with colorful silks and tapestries. The circular entry is larger than I expected. It’s a little confusing. The energy is bright and overwhelming. It’s embedded in the stone. It pulses in the air. Power. Might. Majesty. Protection. Knowledge.

Otherwise, the place is dusty and full of cobwebs. Shelves and shelves of moldy books line the walls behind the coverings. Books and tubes and glass vials and stacked clay pots teeter and lean against each other. I sniff. Sea air. Must. Incense. Behind Rian, Shush blows out a wisp of fresh air that sends the white smoke swirling away.

“Master’s downstairs,” Loren says. His voice echoes up into the rafters and a passage opens up across the entryway. It glows with a merry orange light to welcome us. 

The stairway down is lined with glass walls as thick as my arm. Loren takes this for granted. He jogs off down the steps without a glance, but Rian and I can’t help but stop and stare. Through the glass, a world stretches out before us. The depths of the ocean. The surf plunges above, bubbling and churning. 

Waves scoop up the sandy seaweed bottom and push it down again. It’s like a field. A drifting, rhythmic meadow. Colorful fish swim past in schools of red, orange, and yellow. Creatures like I’ve never seen cling to bright pink and green stones. They wave long tendrils with the motion of the sea. Shells of every color catch the light of the spiral staircase which shines through the glass.
I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s simple. Pure. Beautiful. I had no idea there was a world like this under the ocean. I can’t tear my eyes away. I press my hand to the glass as a dolphin races past us, chasing a group of purple fish with long, flowing fins. It’s not just the sight of it that interests me. It’s the simplicity of it. There’s no magic out there. Not in the sense I’ve known it. It’s perfect all on its own.

EXCERPT THREE - CELLI

I nod my agreement and he smiles at me. I want him to keep smiling. I want to be his favorite. I never want to make him scowl.

“This is Dub,” he says after a long pause. It takes me a moment to realize there’s someone else here. He’s been lurking against the wall all this time. He steps out of the shadows as Quenson introduces him.

He’s in his twenties, maybe, lean and strong, and dressed all in leathers like me, except they’re black. His face is coarse with whiskers, and one eye is covered with a patch. The most remarkable thing about him, though, are all the knives. I can count at least a dozen strapped to his torso, his belt, his arms, and his legs. I wonder how many others he’s concealing.

His one good eye looks me over like Quenson did. Except when he does it, it makes me uncomfortable. I square my shoulders and cross my arms and raise my chin, trying to seem bigger. Tougher. He smirks, but doesn’t say a word.

“Go.” Quenson says.

Before I have time to think, Dub leaps at me, his knives flashing. He swings and I duck and roll away. He throws a blade, and I somersault and narrowly dodge the attack. His knife clatters and skids across the floor. I tumble to grab it and another one of his blades slices my sleeve as it whizzes past. I don’t know why, but this guy is serious. He means to kill me.

With Dub’s knife tight in my grip, I charge him. He’s nearly twice my size but I don’t care. If he wants to kill me, I’m going to make it difficult. He’s ready for my attack though. As I swing to stab him, he sheaths a knife and grabs my arm, twisting it painfully behind my back. He’s strong, but I’m a fighter. I elbow him hard in the ribs and kick him between the legs until he doubles over. That makes him loosen his grip on my arm, so I spin and punch him hard in the face. His nose cracks and he curses.

Quenson’s laughter somewhere to the side of the room is a musical sound that echoes up to the high-domed ceiling and back down again. It reminds me of how much I want to please him. It makes me fight harder.

Dub is furious. I punch his jaw and he growls and grabs my wrist again. With his free hand, he draws another knife from his endless supply. He overpowers me and shoves me against the wall, pressing my hand against the stone. His good eye is dark with madness. He raises the knife. He’s going to drive it through my hand, pin me to the stone with it.

I struggle to break free. I kick and swing and squirm, but he’s too strong. He thrusts the blade forward. I can’t escape him. He’s won. I brace myself for the strike and gasp as his empty fist smashes into my hand.

“Enough,” Quenson says. 

Dub growls in frustration and throws my hand down. I open my eyes in disbelief to see the Sorcerer standing several paces away, holding Dub’s knife between his thumb and forefinger with a look of disgust.

“Such rudimentary, primitive things,” Quenson scoffs as Dub retrieves the weapon and shoves it into a sheath at his thigh. He wipes at the blood that trickles from his lip and sneers at me.


About the Author

Missy Sheldrake is an author/illustrator who has been conjuring images of fairies in one form or another since she was very young.

The wind in the trees and the rich scent of forest earth are her most treasured sources of inspiration, and on most mornings you will find her wandering the wooded paths, dreaming of the next adventure she hopes to put to the page.

Missy was born in Connecticut and attended Western Connecticut State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Art with a concentration in painting and illustration. Even then, in her free time, she was writing. She moved to Northern Virginia several years ago and lives there now, on the outskirts of Washington D.C., with her true love and their son. She published her first novel, Call of Kythshire, in March of 2015 and intends to keep writing as long as the fairies allow it.


The Hawkhurst Saga Release

By Joshua Robertson

NOW AVAILABLE

Released May 7, 2016

Joshua Robertson has recently released The Hawkhurst Saga, the compilation of three, consecutive short stories: A Midwinter Sellsword, Gladiators and Thieves, and Ashes to Ashes.

You can receive the first book in the series for free by signing up for his Newsletter.


The Story

Ten years ago, Argus Gunther escaped Hawkhurst, thinking he had left behind a desolate life and a forsaken name. Though, when he is lured back to complete a contract, Argus discovers he can't bury the past so easily. Pulled instantly into Hawkhurst's daunting political games, Argus is forced to navigate through his nightmares. Now, while in search for his freedom, he must decide whether or not there are worse fates than death.


An Excerpt

“Nothing in Hawkhurst is close,” Argus said. His words were honest. The city was built in layers, from top to bottom, from rich to poor, from free man to slave. It would take several hours to walk from one end to the other.

“Then we have plenty of time to talk. Maybe you could tell me of the Eadfel. My friends and I speak about it often in Galoroth.” 

Argus scratched his bald head. It was hard for him to believe she had any friends as much as she talked.

“I’d rather walk in silence.”

“Indulge me, Mr. Gunther.”

Argus swallowed, feeling as though he were at the mercy of a spoiled brat who had never had a good spanking. It was difficult to simply argue with such a person without cutting out their tongue.

Unfortunately, killing her was not part of the plan. He yielded. “The *Eadfel *is the name for the political estrangement or interrelation that occurs between the leading families in the city.”

“Any simpleton could tell me that. Is it not a game?”

Argus winced. “If games end in poverty, slavery, or death, then yes—it is a game.”

Astrid crooned, a bounce in her step, “It sounds horridly delightful.”



Some Bio Information

Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended Wichita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys and ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.


Did Someone Say Free and $.99 Books?

SIAFBB Event

It is once again time for a Support Indie Authors Free & Bargain Book event, previously known as the Book Blast. After a fantastic 2015, we’re looking forward to an even better 2016. Our first event of the year will be this Friday, April 1st and no, we are not fooling. We are offering more than 65 free and 99 cent books by forty plus talented authors. This year, you can find the books at events.supportindieauthors.com  so mark your calendars and save the pranks for later!
 
As is our tradition, we have asked each of the authors to participate in a short interview so you can better get to know them. Below are just some of the featured authors as well as links to read the rest of the interviews. As always, thank you for continuing to #SupportIndieAuthors!


Christina McMullen

What is your name?

Christina McMullen 

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Class clown

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

In a word: Vampires. The Eyes of The Sun and Dissonant put a scientifically plausible spin on the (oft romanticized) bloodsucking scourge of New Orleans while offering a huge dose of action. Past Life Strife puts the vamps squarely back into the supernatural/paranormal category, but in the unglamorous setting of an economically defunct Midwestern town.

Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

"My best prank isn't even that clever, but I've gotten away with it 99% of the time that I've pulled it. On April first, when one of my poor coworkers got up to leave their desk, I would flip the screen using the control+alt+arrow down shortcut. Only once did anyone come back, see what happened, and correct it themselves. For the rest, what happened next depended on whether I was in good with the IT department or not. I would act just as baffled as my coworker and then go to look it up on my own computer. After a few minutes of making them squirm, I would tell them that they have the apres fille virus. It's French, obviously. Usually after letting them stress a bit, I would affect the worst accent and tell them 'Happy apre fille's day' and fix it. However, sometimes I would have them call IT and tell the tech that they had the apres fille virus. The hardest part was keeping a straight face."

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

This is tough because the cast of the Discordant series is full of prankable folks. I'd love to see Bogie finally get one over on Desmond, but I'm not sure if the retaliation would be worth it. But assuming Des doesn't figure out who did it, I can see Bogie swapping out the Pixie Glitter repellant with Pixie pheromones. So instead of being immune to glitter bombing by supernatural ravers, the muscle-bound giant Warrior would have dozens of these demonic Rainbow Brite wannabes trying to hump his leg.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://mcmullenwrites.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mcmullenwrites
Facebook: http://facebook.com/mcmullenwrites


Melissa Jensen

What is your name?

Melissa 

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Class clown

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

Well, The Toymaker is a fantasy adventure with just a touch of science fiction, about a girl's determination to find her family, and a man's unique ability to bring life to the inanimate.

Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

I've never really played a prank on anyone or had a prank played on me, but I come from a family of jokers with a dry wit and a wry sense of humor. In fact, we're so good at holding a straight face while kidding that most of our chuckles comes from the fact the the recipient of our kidding actually believed us, even if what was just said was completely unbelievable.

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

Probably Stevie, since he'd be more gullible but he has more of a sense of humor than his creator. If I played a prank on Ren he'd just have a heart attack.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: https://majmedia.wordpress.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MAJPublishing/677362675634870


T.R. Briar

What is your name?

T.R. Briar

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Class clown

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

My book, Seven Origins, is book two in the Realm Wraith series, but it is more of a prequel to the first book, going into the past lives of the protagonist throughout history.

Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

Most of my pranks involved putting rubber replicas of things you don't want to find in your briefcase/purse into briefcases/purses. Spiders, frogs, snakes, etc.

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

Well, if I did the snakes in the briefcase thing on Levi Mercer (the son of the protagonist in Realm Wraith) he would probably have a complete nuclear meltdown. Never a good idea to prank somebody with a crippling phobia.

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: http://www.invertedworlds.com/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Briarsan


Neven Carr

What is your name?

Neven Carr

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

FORGOTTEN is a mystery/thriller involving a young woman, Claudia Cabriati. Fear and the bitter stench of death have haunted Claudia for much of her life, along with odd dreams, puzzling cards and the bone-chilling sensation of being watched. When a vaguely familiar woman possessing secret knowledge about Claudia’s family is murdered, it sets off a string of horrifying events including the brutal murder of a mysterious man and the shocking revelations of family skeletons better left buried. 

Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

"When I first moved to the city, I unfortunately was involved in a series of traffic accidents; nothing serious and none of which were my fault. However, the teachers where I worked saw it as a great opportunity to play pranks on me. One morning the phone rang. The caller was a female Constable from one of the city’s police stations. She told me I was being charged for the latest accident and I needed to come to the station to be fingerprinted etc. I was sick with fear, apologising, saying it wasn't my fault. Until I heard the giggles exploding from the other end of the phone. Yes, it was April Fool’s and old gullible me got sucked in again. "

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

"I would have Claudia play a prank on her best friend, Mel. Mel is always trying to hook Claudia up with a hot guy and Claudia gets quite annoyed about it. So while they are at a bar or hotel, Claudia pretends that she was just talking to a guy who has shown unbelievable interest in Mel, thinks she’s sexy and can’t wait to meet her. The flattered Mel approaches him, all fluttery eyes and coy smiles. Of course, the man doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Mel is as fiery as her mass of red curls. She wouldn't handle the prank at all well. Claudia should run… and run fast! "

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: https://nevencarr.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nevencarr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nevencarr
Other: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NevenCarr


CB Archer

What is your name?

CB Archer 

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

Vambrace is a little different: It is a story about Keaton Clarke, who is playing a video game, and the story is set almost completely inside that video game. This is a tale of the greatest revenge, the utmost personal growth, the biggest of mysteries, and... butts, lots and lots of butts!

Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

"This one time I went into a 711. The first people I ran into were a couple picking out chips. When the man suggested a flavour the woman yanked on his leash, and the man fell to the ground. The woman said ""Not Salt and Vinegar worm! They make me gassy!"" The man was then whipped with the woman's riding crop. I hurried past them and ended up in candy. A group of three teens came into the store. One ran to candy and grabbed every package of Skittles and screamed ""Oh my God! Skittles! You can't find these anywhere!"" He then went to buy the entire armful. The other teenage boy bought $100 worth of phone cards, all in $1 increments to different phone companies. The girl filled up three extra large slurpees (without lids), bought a newspaper, and then threw everything into her backpack, and left, as the slurpee oozed out the back. I went to buy my regulation purchase and a white man walked in and stood behind me in line, dressed as a Native American Chief - feather headdress, moccasins, a open leather vest, the whole lot. He asked me a question, but was talking like John Wayne. I asked the woman at the counter if I was on Candid Camera. She said I was not. I am pretty sure she was playing a prank on me and that I was in fact on Candid Camera."

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

I think I would pick on Anders, my protagonist from Breakers of the Code. I would change his keyboard to automatically change his modest baked good curse words to become actual naughty curse words. He would change all the way up to Blush Shade #6 (the highest of the shades!)

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Website: www.annalsofgentalia.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cb_archer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/CB-Archer/100006197627949


GG Atcheson

What is your name?

GG Atcheson

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

"The Legacy: Fate: An alien crashes on Earth, discovers a new breed of humans, and enlists their help to save the planet. The Legacy: Destiny: Something ancient and evil lurks under the beautiful city of Los Angeles, and it is waiting for the right opportunity to take over the world."

Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

"When I was a young newly wed, I would often take the public transport to go to my hubby's work and meet him there. Then we would both go home together. One sunny day, after arriving in the parking lot, I felt the urge to hide in the trunk of our car. We had a mini Honda back then so think a very tiny micro version of a Honda CR-V. When my husband came out of work and sat in the car, he didn't see me as I stayed well hidden. On the way home, I was wondering if I should tell him I was there or just wait until we arrived when he hit the breaks hard and swore calling the other driver, the 'C' word and going on and on about how all women should stay away from the steering wheel. I sprang up like a jack-in-the-box and said, ""Didn't you promise me you wouldn't call women drivers that name anymore?"" His head turned towards the rear view mirror. All I saw was a pair of huge eyes looking back at me. The car shook a little from let to right then it stopped at a red light. ""Caught you, didn't I?"" I said. It seems I traumatized the poor man though. He told me that after that day, he took on a new routine and checked the trunk and the back seats before sitting in the car. He also told me that he thought twice before saying anything anymore to any drivers because he always feared I would magically appear in his mirror. "

Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GGAtcheson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GGAtcheson/ 


Andrew Neff

What is your name?

Andrew Neff

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?

Ha-ha! You said butt!

Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.

"What would life be like if your mind was hijacked by a company of clairvoyant stalkers? Danny is ensnared in a telepathic world, where mind games run incessantly, ranging from playful bantering to invasive insidious programs. Could Danny fall in love with an adversary in such an aberrant relationship or has he been hoodwinked?"

Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.

"Odd that I wrote a novel filled with pranks, but I can’t recall being on either side in the real world. However, I could tell one of my favorites: Someone I know well, fried some corned beef hash for his step kids. After they left the room with their plates, he swapped the label from a can of dog food and placed it over the corn beef hash can and set it in visible sight next to the frying pan. When the kids returned to the kitchen they almost barfed."

Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?

This is rather complicated, how can you prank a mind reader? Danny has a very long list of grievances against the Mind Game Company - fuel for reciprocation, but most of all, he’d go after Jack. First, he’d have to find a chink in their system


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INCOMING TRANSMISSION


***And now, a brief message from your Supreme Overlord***


For those of you wondering who on earth I am and are raising your eyebrows at the Supreme Overlord reference, my name is Ann Livi Andrews and I run Support for Indie Authors, SIA for short (no relation to the Australian singer). What started as a small idea in January 2015 has quickly turned into a vast wealth of support, encouragement, resources, etc for Indie Authors.

We have now grown to 5,000+ members and having outgrown Goodreads, we began our own website (www.supportindieauthors.com) dedicated to helping Indie Authors be the best they can be. We are now 13 Moderators strong and have put in countless hours to ensure an organized and well managed group.

Sure sure, Ann,” you might say. “But what’s with the blog post?

Right – to the point.

We are about to undergo a major transformation on the Goodreads' side of the equation. We just celebrated our First Birthday, or First Anniversary, whichever way you’d like to look at it, and with over 5,000 members, I’m sure you can imagine just how many folders, topics, and comments we have to sort through on a daily basis.

In addition, with this many topics to sort through,  it becomes difficult for our members to find the answers they’re looking for to questions that have already been posted. We receive a lot of “Do you know where that one post that the one guy posted a few days ago is?” queries from our members.

So here’s the deal: tons and tons of posts are going to be deleted.

BUT DON’T PANIC.

We’re compiling all of them into an easy to read and easy to search PDF that you’ll be able to download from our website. (For free, of course) This will be updated on a semi regular basis (as often as I or my other moderators can – I don’t pay them, you know – at least not yet.)

In addition, we’re going to be posting a new set of rules in response to some of the criticisms and . . .um. . .how shall I put this. . .harassment that we’ve received. The majority of you are super amazing members and we're grateful for your participation and the respect that you show one another. Unfortunately, a handful of people haven't been quite as understanding.

With this in mind, we are going to be a little stricter in the future, to keep things safe for everyone. These rules will be straight to the point with no room for imaginative interpretation. With so many members, we’re going to have to toughen our defenses in order to maintain an organized and peaceful environment. We want to keep this forum and our group just as awesome as it’s been for the past year.

So there you have it. Changes are a-coming. But we’re still the same fun-loving Mods that we always have been. The Fun Folder won’t be disappearing. We’ll still be joking around etc. Just remember to keep it respectful and you won’t wake up to a cut-in-half bookmark lying on the pillow next to you.

As always, if you have any questions, or you feel that you have an issue with me or one of my Mods, please send me a message about it. Despite my tyrannical title, I am actually all about resolving conflicts. A happy and content army is one who can conquer many.


***End Transmission - Resume your regular routine***


Thanksgiving Blog Post

Why the SIA Mods are Thankful for SIA


What I like the most about this fabulous group is that we can all be ourselves. There's no need to wear a mask, unless it's Halloween of course. We can ask questions and expect honest answers without the complimentary snarky replies that too often plague other groups. And not only there's always someone ready to help but it's probably the most well-behaved group on the planet! I'm dead serious. So what more can a moderator ask?  

-GG Atcheson-


This group has helped me a ton. Seriously, I don't know about the rest of you all, but when I first stumbled across this group, I was floudering. Trying to find a way to get the word out about my books, without breaking any of the unwritten "rules" of publishing.
Needless to say, I managed to break almost all of them anyways.

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But that's okay! This group has been like a rock under my feet, keeping me steadied on the right course. I've met lots of new authors, and read some amazing books.

Ann was my first friend from here, the one who started it all. I asked her one day if she would like help with the group, and then BOOM! it exploded.

So my first Goodreads friend was made in this group, the first of many in a long line now. I welcome them all, because it's the people in our lives that keep the world going round. I welcome new friends, and hope you all find your own here.

-Riley Amos Westbrook-


"The SIA has provided me a safe place to meet individuals I can relate to, who understand all that encompasses being an indie author, from its good points, to its struggles and through this group I’ve been able to learn so many things about being indie, things I didn’t know before.

If I ever have worries, come into difficult situations in regards to being an author, or just want to chat with like minded people, I have somewhere to go."

-BB Wynter-


"Being a member of Support for Indie Authors is giving me a chance to see a positive community grow. I joined when we were still in the lower hundreds of members and now it has grown to nearly four thousand! It's wonderful to see a community of people come together to
be supportive and offer one another advice and guidance, especially when the main goal is a positive one - to get more great books out there!

Without Support for Indie Authors I would likely not have found the books of some of my current favorite authors. Back when I was younger and was only dreaming of being an author, I used to have visions of one day meeting my literary heroes and having dinner with them. But, now I communicate with some of my current favorite authors almost on a daily basis!

I have learned that the myth that Indie Authors can't write a decent book is unfounded and ridiculous. I've read some wonderful and amazing books by members of this group."

-Dwayne Fry-


"I confess that I joined Goodreads as another place to promote my first book.  I soon  joined a group, “Sci-Fi, fantasy and speculative Indie Authors Review.”   Where I discussed my book cover, blurb and free sample with other authors, in a “better reads” project.  I actually stumbled into SIA by following another author’s comment in a group thread and I joined the group just to “put my tuppence in.”

I haven’t looked back.  I quickly found a whole  community of self published authors, sharing their experience, talking about writing, editing, publishing and promoting.  All things that while exciting, the new author can find intimidating, if not overwhelming. 

The content in the threads within the group was varied.  One day there would be a thread discussing that ‘unease’ I felt, facing the dark material that came out of my own head in parts of my book.  The next there would be a thread discussing British English versus American English and not just ‘grey’ or ‘gray,’ ‘colour’ or ‘color,’ but nuances in the local understanding of the word.  Then people would share experiences of paid adverstising or goodread giveaways and so it continued.  

Of course as you share with people over the net you build friends.  These may be ‘internet friends,’ physically a world apart, but there is value in that for a lone author.

SIA is a site where you can discuss problems that you are having, problems that may lie in store for you and problems you can avoid. What more could a beginning author ask for?

Thank you SIA.  Thank you SIA members."

- Anthony Deeney -


"Why am I grateful for the SIA? Why wouldn't I be? Being a full time indie author is tough. At times it can be overwhelming. And more often than not, it's lonely work. Having an amazing resource like this group is not something I can take for granted.

Yes, I am constantly amazed by the wealth of knowledge our contributors are willing to share with one another. Nothing makes me happier than knowing something I added helped someone else. But some days... Some days I just need that reminder that I am *not* alone. That others out there share the same joys as well as the same frustrations that I do.

That, more than anything, is what I am grateful for. The virtual 'break room' where I can go when I need to stop being alone in my own head. I won't say that you guys keep me sane (I am an author, after all), but you contribute to my well-being."

- Christina McMullen -


So much has happened in so short a time, it’s hard to really put it in perspective.  Since February of this year, I’ve been a part of something much bigger than myself. As a lifelong loner who avoided groups and group activities like a bagful of angry bees, this is all very new to me. 

With the world of publishing seeming like a veritable minefield of negativity and rejection, I struck out solo, with guitar and katana in hand, hoping the trek would lead to treasure and not get me killed in the process. 

So imagine my surprise when a stray comment on somebody’s Twitter leads me to make a connection with someone who would go on to change everything. You see, this lady had a few interesting books under her belt, which she’d managed to write while having a family, no less. She had a plan, a wild and crazy-in-that-raccoon-left-out-in-the-sun kind of endeavour. Not only was she going to start a posse of fellow wanderers, but darn-tootin’ she was gonna hitch up those wagons and start a caravan off to Authortown.

Eyeing the road ahead and thinking she was just a bit ambitious, I asked her what that was going to be. 

“It’s going to be a safe place,” she said, “somewhere where all the people like us could find support and encouragement.”

“Ain’t no such place,” I said, to which she smiled. 

“That’s because I’m going to put together a team to build it,” she said, “you want in?”

I spin the chamber on my Self-Defence Mechanism ~ the revolver I call Cynicism. 

“Are you sure you want to do this?” 

You could fall flat on your face. And I don’t want to make that trip.

“It’s not going to be easy, I know. But I think it could make a difference. Who knows how many other wanderers are out there. This could be their home. A place for them to share their stories. To laugh and cry and grow. Maybe one day, we could put up signs, build a railroad to our town. Then the world would come to us. Because we’d have the best tall tales to tell.”
I squint at her.  She really believes it. But do I? 

I look out at the desert. Mighty lonely out there for a Cowboy-Ninja, even with my Cynicism. All it does is keep me from caring, from trying. It’s an excuse.

So I holster it. 

And bring out my katana. It gleams in the sunlight and sends a sliver across her face. It’s polished and clean, the handle bears my initials: V.M.

“V.M. Sawh,” I put my hand out, which she shakes, “pleased to meet ya. How can I help?”
That was almost 1 year ago. 

I sit back in my chair, overlooking the town that many hands built. There are other sheriffs here too: a Wizard named Fry, a Bouncing Artist named BB, a Strongman named Riley, and a Cranky Killbot named Christina. Every day they manage to make me smile. And they are there to guide me home anytime I feel like I’m back out in the desert, hopelessly lost. They are some of the most interesting people I have ever met. They too came to help build the town and manage the people.

The bustling streets are full of eager authors, walking, skipping or dancing by. Some have thunderclouds over their heads, some - rainbows. Each tells a story that makes me feel. Every now and then, I lend a helping hand, when it’s asked for, sometimes when it’s not.  The people, these writers, pick themselves up out of the mud and dust. They persevere. They grow. I learn from them all the time and I think I’m a better man for it.

Railroad’s built now and I’m damned proud of it.. We’ve got people hopping on the train, leaving the town for bigger and better things. New visitors are arriving every day, booking rooms and asking to stay. Everyone is welcome. We’ve got a sign up at the entrance to town: Support Indie Authors.

Even though sometimes I linger in the shadows, and barely make my presence known, I know all I have to do is reach out and say hello, to know I’m no longer alone.

And that’s why I’m thankful to be a part of the S.I.A.

- V.M. Sawh - 


I'm not even sure how to follow that up. Comment below if you want to pressure VM and the other SIA mods to continue with this chapter series on the SIA Mod's Western Journey. 

As for me, there are a lot of reasons why I'm thankful for the SIA. There are far too many for me to list them all out, so instead, I'll just focus on the one big point. 

SIA is a place where thousands of individuals strive to eradicate negativity. 

That's it in a nutshell. Planet Earth is a highly negative place. Sure there are areas where you can go and smile, joke, and laugh, where dreams and ambitions are still encouraged, and can openly show warmth and affection towards others, but they are becoming few and far between. Even at family gatherings it seems near impossible to be yourself and feel accepted.

So that's what I set out to create. A place where you can be you and not be afraid of the consequences (unless of course, "you" is a highly negative and vindictive critical personae who likes to berate others).  Support Indie Authors is a place where you can ask questions, seek advice, and have friendly and constructive  interactions with other indie authors. We encourage you to dream big, take risks, laugh with others about mistakes that we've all made, and grow as an author. 

So thank you. You're brave, encouraging, kind, and are working to become the best author you can be. We couldn't do any of this without you. 

- Ann Livi Andrews - 

Support for Indie Authors Code of Conduct

The world is full of opinionated people. Everyone has their own ideas of what should be and what shouldn’t be. And those opinions stray into every possible topic ranging from politics to religions to (wait for it) the world of self published authors. 

Yes, even us Indie Authors are subjected to a variety of personal opinions. From our covers and titles to our blurbs, plot, and formatting, everyone seems to think that they have a better way to do it - a way that could solve all of our “problems.”

These personal opinions come up often within our quickly growing support group. In fact, the majority of our time as moderators is spent ensuring that conversations stay positive and constructive. As such, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the word “Support.”

At SIA, we use the term solely with a positive spin. We view being an Indie Author as an exciting adventure. Consider yourselves the chivalrous do-gooder off to save a world from certain doom. SIA is the strange wizard with the long white beard saying “It’s dangerous to go alone, take this. . .” We want you to have the resources you need WHEN you need them (not after you’ve already published three books and are looking back wishing you knew then what you know now.) We’re not the stingy salesman charging you an arm and a leg for a magic formula that will make you an overnight success. We’re not the weird enchantress who only speaks in riddles. 

Confused yet? Just give me a minute - it’s been a long week. 

We want to help you. That’s why we’ve continued to build up Support for Indie Authors and are currently working on expanding to other forms of social media as well as to our own website. So let’s look at what is helpful and what is not helpful:
 

Please don’t mistake my tone for anger. Why is it that we assume (not just on this particular topic) that the entire world must like and dislike what we like and dislike? Just because you’re not fond a cover doesn’t mean that someone else won’t think it’s amazing. 

Please try to remember as you scroll through our topics and discussions that we are a support group. We are here to offer resources, tips, advice, and above all, encouragement. We’re a Support Group in all senses of the term. Being an Indie Author is tough work. There are blood, sweat, and tears involved. We’re here to offer you a tissue, a cup of tea (or coffee or vodka or wine), and share some funny cat pictures with you so you can get out a good chuckle every once in a while. 

The world is a tough place guys - we all need funny cat pics once in a while. Try to remember that each author’s book is just as important to them as your book is to you. Treat it with the respect that you’d want someone to treat your book with. 

Dog Days Interviews

Hi folks! It's time for another Support Indie Authors sponsored book promotion!
Because of the success of the Fourth of July promotion, we'll be offering several opportunities to discover your new favorite read throughout the year. This time around, we have over thirty authors offering cheap and free eBooks on a variety of platforms and we've extended the sales period to three whole days! All of the books being offered will either be free or just $0.99. Each day of the sale will have something new, so make sure to check back Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Not only that, but we've made it easier for everyone by linking all of the books on one easy to remember website: So, since there's so much being offered, I've decided to use this space to let you get to know a little about the authors who are participating, what they write, and where you can find out more about them. So, without further ado, here are the Dashing Devils who write the Drabbles to Decimate the Doldrums:
Charles Edward Hash Hello, Charles! Tell us a little about yourself!
I've always liked to explore the darker, grittier side of life, travelling vicariously to places that hide from the daylight. I'm generally a cheerful, happy person that opens an internal portal to the dark side of humanity when I write. I don't believe 'the good old days' ever existed. What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Nascent Decay, Blood in the Water, Promises of Eden, Transcendence, The Nightmare Virus: Slow Burn and Desperation. What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
A wide variety of genres and styles propped up with a spine of horror. Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
I strive for realistic characters with flaws and failings that generate moral conflicts, and then place them into an unreal environment. Misdirection and theatrics, along with drama and tension; some broken rules as well. I try to write with a flashlight in the fog, illuminating sporadic fragments until the whole is revealed. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a stray mutt. Probably old and mangy too. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/The.Goddess.of.Decay
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DecayingGoddess

Ann Livi Andrews Hello, Ann! Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a mother first, Supreme Overlord second, and a writer third. It's my dream to see Indie Authors looked upon fondly and respectfully instead of as "watering down the system." Above all, I want to get my stories written down so that my children can enjoy them in the future. What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Jack (Book 2 of Rehab for Superheroes)
Em (Book 3 of Rehab for Superheroes)
Dakota (Book 4 of Rehab for Superheroes) What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Superhero Fiction, Graphic Novels Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
My Rehab for Superheroes series is about the not so glamorous lives of people endowed with special abilities. All they want is to live out their lives peacefully, but one man is doing everything he can to stop that from happening. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A Saint Bernard. Right. Probably a Pomeranian or a Shih Tzu. I look small, but I will ferociously defend what's precious to me. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.annliviandrews.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnLiviAndrews
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnLiviAndrews

Cory Abernathy Hello, Cory! Tell us a little about yourself!
Cory Abernathy recently published his first novel, 'Ogden', set in his home town in Illinois. His varied writing interests include thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is currently working on his second novel to be published in 2016.Cory's writing style is fast-paced and he enjoys providing multiple perspectives throughout his novels. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Ogden What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Horror/Dystopian Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Cory's writing style is fast-paced and he enjoys providing multiple perspectives throughout his novels. Most stories affect multiple people and he really tries to provide viewpoints from several characters as the story progresses. Cory's book, 'Ogden', is a quick read with an intense climax. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Definitely a Siberian Husky & German Shepard mix; just like my own dog, Indy, who appears in this novel. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: twitter.com/Cory_Abernathy

CB Archer Hello, CB! Tell us a little about yourself!
Creator of the Annals of Gentalia video game world, and purveyor of fine Elfrotica. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Breakers of the Code (Book 1 of the Anders' Quest Series) What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Elfrotica. (Funny & lighthearted Fantasy themed Erotica) Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A spunky pantsless elf, a deeply penetrating plot full of hard choices, recklessly geeky video game humour, Male/Male situations, and vigorous monster banging! Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would like to be Fenrir, the wolf that has an epic battle with Odin at Ragnarök. I mean, have you seen Odin? He has a badass eyepatch, a legendary spear, and abs that go on for eons. Who wouldn't want to bite off a piece of that? Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cb_archer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annalsofgentalia
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13984980.C_B_Archer

Ellison Blackburn Hello, Ellison! Tell us a little about yourself!
A writer of fiction, sideline poet, and collector of vintage thingamabobs, Ellison Blackburn is also the internationally published author of Regeneration X and scribbler of current work-in-progress, Progeny, book two of the Regeneration Chronicles. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Regeneration X (Regeneration Chronicles #1) What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Science Fiction / Medical Fiction / Visionary Fiction Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Regeneration X is a story about having choices and dealing with the consequences; creating new memories and letting others fade; and making sacrifices in pursuit of happiness. At one time or another, you've probably said or thought, "In hindsight, ..." So, what happens when 'To have been' becomes something that can be changed? Journey with Charlotte her on a quest, and you'll be asking, "If I could change the past, would I?" Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Dog children are often very similar to their human parents, therefore I would be a Schnauzer. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ellisonblackburn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellisonblackburn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ellis_blackburn

S. L. Bynum Hello, S.L.! Tell us a little about yourself!
S. L. Bynum is 26, and her dream has been to become a novelist since she was sixteen. Besides books, she loves dancing, warm weather, and desserts. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her family. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Grim Crush What genre or genres would best describe your work?
YA paranormal romance Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A sweet romance that shows how love can transcend the boundary between life and death. The female lead is a feisty grim reaper, and the male lead is a sexy Native American. There is also an unexpected twist at the end that will be explored further in the sequel! Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A Shih Tzu, they're so cute and cuddly! Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerSLBynum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorSLBynum?_rdr=p
Website- http://slbynum.wix.com/author

Janice Croom Hello, Janice! Tell us a little about yourself!
Janice Croom is the author of the Kadence MacBride Mysteries. Toni Morrison said, "If there's a book you want to read and it hasn't been written, you must write it." Janice has written the books she's always wanted to read and hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she's enjoyed writing them. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Death of an Idiot Boss What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Amateur sleuth murder mystery Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Kadence MacBride is smashing the glass ceiling with her size ten pumps until she's waylaid by murder. Death of an Idiot Boss is a humorous character driven mystery. If you like an amateur sleuth with attitude, you'll love Kadence MacBride. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
If I were a dog, I'd an Old English Sheepdog not because I'm from the UK. I'm not despite being a huge fan of the BBC, Dr. Who and Death in Paradise being two of my absolute favorites. I'd be an Old English Sheepdog because they're noted for their alertness and agility. As an indie author I have to be constantly alert to changes in the marketplace and agile enough to change as the market does. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.janicecroom.com
Facebook: http://bit.ly/Janice_Croom_books_facebook

Dwayne Fry Hello, Dwayne! Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm a forty-eight year old Iowa native. I wrote my first book at the age of eleven, but did not truly get interested in writing until I was in my early twenties. I am Independently published as I do not believe any publishing house would be overly interested in my quirky stories. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Happy Clown Burger, Volume One What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Humor / satire / flash fiction Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Seventeen tales about Happy Clown Burger, each story being exactly one thousand words long. The tales look at the humorous side of fast food, sometimes from the customer's point of view, sometimes from the workers'. A few of the stories are just downright weird. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A bulldog Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8471544.Dwayne_Fry
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dwayne.fry.author?ref=hl

Anna Eleonora Haglund Hellström (A.E. Hellstorm) Hello, A.E.! Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and a Norwegian father. Parts of my childhood were spent in Portugal and Greece, before my husband and I moved to Canada in 2005. Ever since I learnt how to write, I've been writing the stories that visit me whenever they see a chance, but it's not until now that I actually manage to finish them. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
In the Hands of the Unknown, the first book in the series of The Field Researchers of the Golden Fleece Society. What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
A mix between horror, urban fantasy, and relationship drama. Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
We get to follow Miriam; FBI-agent and Field Researcher of the secretive Golden Fleece Society, on a murder investigation that takes her and her colleagues into a world of supernatural weirdness and danger. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a rescue dog; a mutt, with lots of Golden Retriever in the mix. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
FB page about the Field Researchers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448159125340507/?fref=ts
Website: http://www.hellhagproductions.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/Noarenne

Bill Jacks Hello, Bill! Tell us a little about yourself!
Bill Jacks is a writer of humor-fiction that might be deemed "satire," were it a bit classier or in some way appropriate. Prior to a career in words, Bill earned money as an artist and nearly starved to death. He is a basset hound enthusiast and aficionado of flannel. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Confederate Chipmunks & Carny Cooter What genre or genres would best describe your work?
humor/fiction Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A reader can expect something a bit shorter than usual; short, but filled to capacity, jam-packed and vacuum sealed with the same amount of consideration a sane person might lend to a girthy novel. A reader can expect to be overwhelmed, caught unawares by the gooey absurdity which pumps without cease directly into and all over their face—a wacky swamp bukkake. But most importantly—assuming a sense of humor is present—a reader can expect to laugh, violently, to the effect of bowel movement or hernia, god willing. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a basset hound, obviously—the resemblance is uncanny. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: twitter.com/AuthorJacks
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010134121190

Andreas Laurencius Hello, Andreas! Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm a medical doctor. I have a dream. That dream is your dream too. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Genesis What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Literary Fiction, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic. Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
The meaning of life. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A golden retriever. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: www.andreaslaurencius.com (coming soon)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreas.laurencius
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/andreaslaurencius

Virginia McClain Hello, Virginia! Tell us a little about yourself!
Virginia loves to travel, practice martial arts, and spend as much of her time playing in the wilderness as she can. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Rain on a Summer's Afternoon: A Collection of Short Stories What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Mixed! Fantasy, action/adventure, humor, suspense... Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Dark, sometimes humorous fantasy in which women kick a lot of ass. These short stories are a bite sized introduction to my work. If you like them you might enjoy my full length works, the first of which is available now: Blade's Edge. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A mutt with traces of husky, german shepherd, and likely a dash of wolf. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
website: http://virginiamcclain.com
twitter: http://twitter.com/gwendamned
facebook: http://facebook.com/virginiamcclainauthor

Christina McMullen Hello, Christina! Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm a science fiction and urban fantasy author who may or may not be a robot. When I'm not writing, I'm reading and supporting other fabulous indie authors, experimenting with vegan cooking, and enjoying art and travel. I currently live in Texas with my husband and three mutts. What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Going Green, Kind of Like Life, The Eyes of The Sun, Dissonant, Past Life Strife, Splitsville, & You Wish (the last three being part of the series Rise of the Discordant) What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Humor & Satire, Young Adult, and often all of those at once. Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Nearly all of my books, regardless of genre, involve me putting my own unique spin on a known theme. Everything I write has a hint of humor, including my heavier works, so expect an unexpected chuckle or two. But most of all, remember that I don't like to be fenced in by expectations. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
One that sheds quite a bit. I've been compared to an Afghan Hound on more than one occasion, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Blog: mcmullenwrites.blogspot.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mcmullenwrites
Twitter:https://twitter.com/mcmullenwrites

Maurice G. Miller Hello, Maurice! Tell us a little about yourself!
Maurice has been involved in the creative arts since his teenage years, mostly as a musician. The artistic role models that he has come to admire were those authors, musicians, and philosophers that wrote the books, poetry, lyrics, and music that touched and moved the souls of generations. Counted among his favorites authors are J.D. Salinger, Earnest Hemingway, Dante Alighieri, and Kahlil Gibran. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
The Budapest Experiment What genre or genres would best describe your work?
International Thriller Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
The Budapest Experiment is set in 1991, during the dawn of the Post-Communist era in Hungary. The plot follows an adventurous American entrepreneur, as he is seduced by the Russian Mob into the "darker side" of Budapest's business landscape during a period of tumultuous change. This captivating thriller weaves business, politics, seduction, power, and religion into a compelling tale of international intrigue. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Doberman Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mauricegmiller
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Jbkxel
Google +: http://bit.ly/1N1Jmdv

D.E. Morris Hello, D.E.! Tell us a little about yourself!
D.E. Morris has been a sci-fi junkie and geek his whole life, and has an admitted obsession for Doctor Who. He published "Aliens in the Gift Shop" in 2013, and it has received excellent reviews on Amazon. Current influences include Douglas Adams and Steven Moffat. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Aliens and the Race to Earth What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Sci-Fi / Adventure Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Ancient aliens, a terrifying weapon, and Earth caught in the crosshairs. Adventure and humor mix to create an exciting story with hostile aliens, strange planets, and the surprising origin of a famous Earth landmark. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Jack Russell terrier, no hesitation. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: www.authordemorris.com
Twitter: twitter.com/author_demorris
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/demorris

Andrew Neff Hello, Andrew! Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm generally playful and amiable. I love most forms of creativity including 2D and 3D art, music composition, and creative writing. I'm also interested in advances in science and technology, the potential of how it affects us, both the positive and negative implications. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
The Mind Game Company - The Players What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Contemporary fiction, soft & hard sci-fi, mystery, romance Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
You will experience a multifaceted world of telepathy. Prattling mind stalkers and a reluctantly exposed and challenged captive, looking for answers. Engaging dialog, revealing programs and mind games, ranging from insidious to playful bantering. Aberrant romance and more. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Comfy Chair Dog – a Siberian Husky if you need to know with a smudge of whipped cream on my snout and an empty pie pan I nudged under my recliner. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13160940.Andrew_Neff
Amazon author profile: http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Neff/e/B00SDF66Q6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Douglas Schwartz Hello, Douglas! Tell us a little about yourself!
Doug works in the software industry, but would love to one day solely focus on his two favorite pastimes: writing absurd fiction and designing tabletop games. His wife and two kids support his dreams. Won't you? What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Checkered Scissors
Pickled Bananas and Other Schwartz Stories What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Absurd fantasy Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A light read overflowing with creative imagery and an intelligent sense of humor. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Doug would be a talking dog that wears pants. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.checkeredscissors.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckerScissors
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CheckeredScissors

Susan Stafford Hello, Susan! Tell us a little about yourself!
Had a great childhood growing up in Key West, Fl & going barefoot must of the time. I currently live in Central Florida & have to wear shoes every day as I work in the court system. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Trouble in the Keys What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Mystery Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
My books take place in the Florida Keys & involve two female leads who own The Dream Shop & Daydream Spa. Entertaining beach reads?? Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
If I were a dog I'd be a mutt that loves to swim Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/521888.Susan_Stafford
Amazon Author Profile:http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Stafford/e/B00IU1NMGU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1439238808&sr=8-2-spell

Mike Vavrinak Hello, Mike! Tell us a little about yourself!
Born in Youngstown Ohio in 1966, currently living in Lancaster with my beautiful wife Glaiza. Currently writing my second novel and, sadly, seem to be losing my battle against pizza, damn that cheesy goodness! What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Rebecca What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Paranormal horror novel about vampires. Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
My book is a vampire/horror novel, but the focus is more on the inter-personal relationships that developed between the characters over time. There is, of course, horror and blood and some erotica - it IS a vampire novel after all, but the overall story is one of emotional growth, or lack of it. The premise of the book to me was - when our dreams come true, why can't that be enough? Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be spoiled rotten, that's what dogs do. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.rebeccathenovel.com/

D. R. Oestreicher Hello, D.R.! Tell us a little about yourself!
I started as a Computer Science researcher when things like compilers, graphics, user interfaces, and even email, were mysterious and unsolved. Next, I moved to Silicon Valley to work on the bleeding edge of technology - software, hardware, and biotech. Finally in retirement I am a K-12 teacher, world traveler, and writer. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Plague of Equals What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Plague of Equals is a Science Thriller Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Plague of Equals is a multi-threaded story of a global plague that appears to target pregnant women causing miscarriages. This is a mystery of epidemiology and biology. Many of the people trying to solve the mystery are scientists, doing what scientists do: ignoring the politics and searching for the truth. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a mongrel agility dog, full of energy and joy, and always looking for a new challenge. After a tough trial, I'd always answer the question: "Never again, or faster next time?" with faster, much faster. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/D-R-Oestreicher/362821597224813
Twiter:https://twitter.com/d_r_oestreicher
Website: http://justcallitresearch.wordpress.com/

May Sage Hello, May! Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi, I'm May, twenty-something living in the middle of nowhere blablabla, what matters isn't me, it's what I write. And the answer to that is: Absolutely everything, from dystopia to romance and revisited fairytales. I've been writing stories since I was a little girl but it's only recently that I've decided to publish; I just grew tired of your general weak heroine and the usual plot girl-meets-boy-the-end so, I give you: And then. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
And then, I died. What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Romance and suspense. Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A kick ass heroine, an intelligent, three dimensional (and hot. Do I need to say hot?) businessman who needs a knight in shining armour a realistic. And then will surprise you, entertain you and if I did my job right, make you want to throw your kindle at a wall. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Ladies, please. I sooo am the black poodle from 101 Dalmatians. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/maysage.author

Riley Amos Westbrook and Sara Lynn Westbrook Hello, Riley and Sara! Tell us a little about yourselves!
Riley is an ex-Certified Nurses Assistant that was hurt on the job, and now writes to keep himself occupied.
Sara is the lovely woman who keeps him in line, while also translating Riley's ramblings into English. What books will you be offering for the promotion?
The False Titanbringer, a part of my Breath of the Titans series. I'm offering the entire collection in one work, so you're getting all three! What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
High Fantasy Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
An imagination filled journey following a half-dragon. You will conquer the Orc tribes, bringing them under your command. And you'll bring down the False Titanbringer! Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Easily a Bull Mastiff. Big and scary looking, but all fluffy on the inside. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter:https://twitter.com/donttouchmyshi1
Blog:RileyAmosWestbrook.wordpress.com
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/sonshinegreene

P.D. Workman Hello, P.D.! Tell us a little about yourself!
For as long as P. D. Workman can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure. After a number of false starts, she finally wrote her first complete novel at the age of twelve. It was full of fantastic ideas. It was the spring board for many stories over the next few years. Then, forty-some novels later, P.D. Workman finally decided to start publishing. What books will you be offering for the promotion? Tattooed Teardrops
Lion Within What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Tattooed Teardrops - Young Adult Contemporary
Lion Within - Literary Fiction/Psychological Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
I write riveting young adult and suspense fiction about mental illness, addiction, and abuse. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
When I was little, I had an imaginary basset hound, so let's go with that! Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://pdworkman.com
twitter: twitter.com/pdworkmanauthor
facebook: facebook.com/pdworkmanauthor

BB Wynter Hello, BB! Tell us a little about yourself!
I'm an author and illustrator currently residing under the grey, morose skies of England. At the moment, I'm immersing myself within paintings and sketches that give life to the realm of The Lament of Sky. I like to drink all kinds of tea and have a constant craving for honey. What book will you be offering for the promotion?
The Lament of Sky What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Dark Fantasy/Gothic/Epic Fantasy Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Gods, Monsters, Cabbage Fairies, Jester-Pirates, Glass Airships, Horror and Magic Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Ginger King Charles Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11296543.B_B_Wynter
Website: https://bbwynter.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bb_wynter

Erin Zarro Hello, Erin! Tell us a little about yourself!
Erin Zarro is an Indie novelist, fine art photographer, and lover of scary things. She decided she wanted to be a writer at a young age, and ended up studying journalism and photography in college. She works as an office manager, is married to her own Prince Charming, and is owned by a cat who she's convinced is actually a vampire. What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Fey Touched, book 1 of the Fey Touched series
Grave Touched, book 2 of the Fey Touched series What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Science fantasy Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A blend of sci-fi and fantasy. Romance, because love rocks, action, and twists. Also genetically engineered fey and ghosts that possess the living so they can have bodies. Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Definitely a German Shepherd. There is a German Shepherd in the Fey Touched books named Pixie (who's psychic and telepathic) and she is based on my favorite dog ever who is a German Shepherd. His name is Kipper and he's my boy. If I were a dog, I'd want to be just like him so we could play together. (Also? I have a hard time remembering how to spell "shepherd" and have to look it up like, a zillion times.) Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: twitter.com/ekendall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinZarro
Website: http://www.erinzarro.com

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An Author’s Journey (The Dream vs. The Reality)

Guest Blog by B.K. Raine

When I was 16, I wrote my first novel.  I taped myself reading it, and that tape made it into the hands of my first editor and mentor.  In my naiveté, I imagined I would be published before I graduated high school.  I would inevitably get a stack of rejection letters—every author does, right?—but eventually a publisher would snatch me up. Then I would embark on my nationwide book tour, culminating with an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show (She still had a last name back then).  I even had the outfit picked out I would wear to my launch party.  It may or may not have looked something like this: 

“Leave your pride at the door,” my mentor had said, “and I will teach you to write.” And for the next two years until I headed off to college, that’s what he did.  I don’t remember exactly when I began to suspect that first book had been little more than a 100,000 word creative writing lesson.  I revised and polished my first novel, Mice of the Maze, until it shined…but I never submitted it to any publisher for consideration, because I knew it was inherently flawed. I was just a kid with decent ideas when I started that manuscript.  I was a burgeoning author when I finished it. 

More than twenty years later, the only thing that remains of that first novel are the names of my characters and the twisted yearning between my protagonist and her vampire stalker. A friend who had the privilege of reading Mice of the Mace said of Blood Toy that my writing had never been stronger.  But better writing isn’t all that makes a better book.

My mentor recorded an interview with Piers Anthony called ‘Conversation with an Ogre’ in the mid-90’s (I may have the only VHS tape copy of it left in existence in my filing cabinet) wherein the author talked about the importance of life experience to good writing.  I was offended at the time I watched the interview at 16. My life experience was no less valid and powerful than an experienced author just because it was short!  And as for ‘writing what you know’, well, smarty pants, there are no such things as vampires or witches or werewolves, so if I’m writing fantasy, that doesn’t even apply.  Right?  Wrong.  

Try writing about relationships if you’ve never been in one. Friendships if you’ve had trouble making them. Being strong, when you’re the shy kid that gets picked on for being weird.  My version of tough-as-nails heroine was a bit of a poser, if I’m being honest. My protagonist is still as socially awkward as they come, but in adulthood, I finally became comfortable in my own skin.  I learned how to have confidence in myself, how to be strong even when I felt like giving up, and how to kick butt when necessary. By the time I hit my thirties, I had gained the life experiences I lacked when I was initially trying to write about them.  

That vision of becoming a published author I had when I was 16 is very different from the reality I see today, less than three weeks before Blood Toy’s launch. The book tour I planned…will be a blog tour.  My inevitable rejection letters come in the form of emails from potential ARC reviewers.  My launch party will be a celebratory dinner with family and a few close friends, as I write under a pen name to keep my creative and professional life separate.  And I’m afraid Blood Toy will never be Oprah's Book Club material. 

The publishing landscape is very different that it was twenty years ago.  Who could have imagined then that it would be possible to create an author platform and amass 1200 followers for it in less than 3 months? Or find dozens of editors, instantly read samples of their work (thank you Kindle Unlimited) and arrange to interview them all in days, sometimes hours?  To print a single copy of a debut novel?  But most importantly, who could have imagined the possibility of becoming a best selling author without the backing of a major publisher?  Today, with the indie publishing movement and the myriad self publishing tools at our disposal, it is a very real (if remote) possibility!