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10 Tips on Self-Publishing by Indie Authors and Books

10 Tips on Self-Publishing


Indie Authors and Books

Over my journey though, I have learned lessons as to what an author should or should not do while self-publishing and wanted to share some of those tips.

Take the tips for what you will. Use them to help you, or toss them to the side like an unread book.

I offer the tips here for anyone that wants to use them to help them in their self-publishing journey. Not every tip will fit every author, but in a general sense they apply to all self-published authors.

Many authors start out the self-publishing journey with very little insight as to where they are heading. Authors contemplate whether they should publish strictly in eBook format or paperback format. Some contemplate self-publishing in both formats.

Each option has pros and cons which much be considered prior to self-publishing that first book.

The pros and cons listed below will be focused on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords (three major self-publishing platforms) as I am most familiar with these three companies.

Pros Associated with both eBook and Paperback Options

  •    Easy to modify content and upload a new version.
  •    Easy to change cover art and upload revised artwork.
  •    User friendly interface for uploading your manuscript and cover art.
  •    Book sales reports – There may be a delay in updating until the buyers credit card clears the bank.
  •    Digital marketing through social media networks.
  •    Sell price is easily changed through any of the major retailers.


eBook Pros

  •    Ability to send free digital copies to help increase word of mouth marketing.
  •    Ability to provide free digital copies of books to Read 2 Review groups on Facebook, Goodreads, and other social media networks.
  •    No overhead cost once the eBook is edited and cover art has been created.
  •    Target a community that seldom reads traditional paper books.


Paperback Pros

  •    Ability to attend author book signings to market your book in local book stores.
  •    Qualified to conduct giveaways of physical copies of your book on Goodreads (must join the author program on Goodreads)
  •    Ability to market you book on your own website with minimal setup.
  •    Target a community that does not use digital readers.
  •    Ability to place your book on consignment in local bookstores.


eBook Cons

  •    Impression that you are not fully established if your book is only in eBook format.
  •    No physical copy of your book to provide autographed copies for giveaways.


Paperback Cons

  •    Overhead cost is increased due to maintaining physical copies to sell through your website and for author book signings.
  •    Profit per book is minimal due to cost of self-publishing through print on demand services.
  •    Books must be printed prior to shipping to customers. Slows down delivery process once the book is purchased.

Now that we have covered some of the pros and cons (of which I only named a few of each) let’s focus on getting your book ready for printing.

Tip #1

Have someone else read your book.

Writing my book was the most rewarding part of the process for me. I took the time to put what I thought was what readers wanted to hear into something that they could take with them and read on the bus, in an airplane, or waiting for their kids to get out of school.

I gave the book to my wife to read. She looked at me funny a few times and asked me, “Did you know you did……?” Sometimes I replied yes, and other times I went back into the book and made changes.

The romance novel I wrote was more of an erotic novel and eventually ended up being a paranormal thriller. My wife let me know that I didn’t write romance well, and I didn’t want to publish an erotic book.

What I got in the end though was a book that I was truly proud of and was even mild enough that my parents could read it, but wild enough that it would attract readers New Adult and older.

Just so everyone is tracking…..my wife butchered the first two versions of my book.

If possible, find a few people that are “not” friends or family to read your book. Family and friends can be so polite when they read your book. You do not want people that are going to be polite to you. You want people that will give you no crap, down to earth, realistic and constructive criticism. Don’t let someone just tell you it was great or that it sucked. Get them to tell you what was great and what sucked so you know what needs to stay and what needs to change.

This is where the beta read or manuscript critique comes in. I will refer to both terms simply as a critique from here forward. By providing a digital copy of your book for critique you will get an honest assessment of your work. There are companies that will critique your manuscript for free while others will charge for this service.

Take the suggestions from the critique as a way to help you develop your book into the next true bestseller.

Tip #2

Make an investment in your book.

Hire a Copyeditor and a Content Editor to assist you in preparing your book for readers. Many authors make common mistakes in the writing process such as typing the same word twice in a row, misspelling commonly misspelled words, or minor mistakes in punctuation.

Copyediting is probably one of the most important phases in preparing a book to be published. Many readers will lose interest in a book quickly if they are always stumbling across typos and poor punctuation. Depending on the Copyeditor, you may get your word document back with the changes made to spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation. Then again you may get your word document back with notes attached throughout the document and the choice be left to you to change the mistakes or leave them. Copyediting should include two full reads of your book; even the best editors are going to miss a few misspelled words or some poor punctuation.

Content Editors look for consistency in the plot and storyline while focusing on character development and overall readability of the story. Content Editors take notes on each chapter as they go through and compare the transition the main characters in the book make as they progress through the book. No matter how talented an author is, there will always be something that can be changed in the book. You may have written a perfect book, but you need to swap two chapters to maintain consistency or flow of the story. It could be as simple as swapping two paragraphs, but normally there are more drastic changes that need to be made.

Want to go the extra mile? Hire yourself a service that provided Copyediting and Content Editing as a combined package. This costs a little more, but can save you months of pre-publishing time by utilizing one source for all edits.

Prior to utilizing the services of a Copyeditor or Content Editor, ask them to provide you a sample of their work. If possible ask them to edit the first 10 pages of your book. This is normally 3000 words or less in double spaced 12 point Times New Roman font, but will give you an idea of the quality of service they provide.

Tip #3

Make another investment in your book.

Cover art sells books. Yes, what is inside the book is going to keep a reader wanting more. What if they never pick the book up though? A reader needs to look at the cover of the book and know that they want to read the book before they ever touch it. This is even more important with eBooks as the free sample portion at the beginning of the eBook is so short. With physical copies of books they can flip through and read small samples from various places in the book.

Take the time to research reputable cover artists. Find a cover artist that has designed other covers and find one that matches the style for your book. You don’t want to have a cover that does not match the story of your book. Just because a cover artist made a great romance book cover does not mean that they can create a great fantasy book cover. Hire the cover artist that fits the style of your book.

Tip #4

Better get to Blogging.

Start your author blog and get to work. Readers and fans are hard to come by if you do not take the time to find them. Join a social media group for authors and ask for advice in launching your book.

Post regular updates on your blog as you are writing your book andput excerpts on the blog so readers get a taste of what they can expect.

Pay a few dollars and get your own domain name from one of the many website servers out there. WordPress, Weebly, and Blogger are three of the more popular blog services. Webs.com also provides free websites or the option to pay for your own domain name.

Keep in contact with your readers and fans and ensure they don’t get bored. The last thing you want is for your readers to get bored and wander off prior to your book release date.

Make sure you keep your fans up to date on when to expect your book.

As you get closer to your scheduled launch date you may find a good time to run giveaways for ARC copies of your book, even if it is only in digital form.

The longer you are blogging about your books, the easier it will be for others to find you (or stumble onto you) when using search engines like Google and Bing. Search Engine Optimization starts early when you build your blog and can help you out immensely once you make your book available to readers. (not going into SEO details here)

Tip #5

Reviews are a must.

Some readers will not purchase a book unless it seems fully established and has had twenty or more reviews. Well how are you going to get reviews if you can’t get anyone to buy the book?

Utilize Goodreads Giveaways for physical copies of your book. Goodreads has a massive reader base that is constantly searching for new books to read. Though the purpose is to help authors get reviews, only a small percentage of the readers that win your book will write a review. Every review counts though. For one of my books I have given away over three hundred copies in paperback and digital formats, though I have only received around 15 reviews up to this date for that particular book. Those 15 reviews added up though, and they were enough to get some other readers to purchase the book.

You can also use Facebook to set up events and giveaway physical or digital copies of your book. Be cautious though about sending too many messages in Facebook as some of their policies could land you in Facebook jail for something as unintentional as sending a friend request to someone you don’t know.

Reach a fan base and the reviews will come. To get those reviews though, you are going to need to give away some free books. Do not think of the free books as money that you lost, consider them an investment.

Don’t worry if you get a couple of bad reviews, unless of course most of your reviews are bad. Readers will focus on the majority of your reviews to see what other readers think. If you have ten 5 Star reviews, six 4 Star reviews, a couple 3 Star reviews, and a few 1 and 2 Star reviews, then don’t sweat it. Not everyone that reads your book is going to think it is great and some may even hate your writing style. Consider the reviews that get posted as constructive criticism and evaluate if you could have done something differently.

Tip #6

Book pricing counts as much as the cover art does.

Price in today’s economy is probably more important than ever. I have talked to many eBook readers that will not pay more than $3.99 (USD) for any eBook unless it is from and established author that they have read books from before. Pricing on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords allow you to easily change the price of your books to see if you are able to sell more productively at a different price. At $3.99 (USD) I may make more money per book sell, but at $2.99 (USD) I may sell many more books and in the long term make more money and build a bigger fan base. Some authors make bundles by selling their book for just $0.99 (USD) because if the sheer volume in book sales.

I know of one author that has the first book in one of his paranormal series listed for free at all times for the digital version. He promotes the heck out of his free book and readers come back to buy his other books after reading the first. Technically he doesn’t make any money on the first book, but his free book promotion leads to greater sales for his other books.

Tip #7

Market your book. You do not need to tweet constantly or post repeatedly about your book every day of the week, but it doesn’t hurt to tweet and post to Facebook either. Target your readers by researching popular trends that can help you focus on people who would be interested in your genre of book.

Some authors market their book through free online advertising agencies like FreeAd and Craigslist which allow you to advertise to multiple cities around the word at the same time. This is a good way to get the name of your book out there, but is more viable for physical copies of the book. Be careful though as the category “Boats” is just above “Books” and can get your advertisement flagged for removal.

Another form of marketing is author interviews and book features. There are services that offer author interviews and book features then post the interviews and features on their website so others can see them. The interviews are a good way for readers to meet the author without the author going out to look for more fans. The author is utilizing the fan base of the blogger or website owner that listed their interview or book feature to help build their own fan base.

Tip #8

Write your next book.

Don’t stop writing once you publish your first book. Get working on your second book and start publicizing it on your blog. Put excerpts on your blog just like you did with your first book. Hopefully by this time you have built a small fan base and they are talking about your first book to their friends.

Again, keep them interested in your upcoming novel by providing them snippets and excerpts to read.

Tip #9

Find some friends.

No, not the friends you go out drinking with (though they are good too). What you want are friends that have worked in the self-publishing business. Talk to them and find out what worked for them and what didn’t work as they started out in self-publishing.

There are several groups that have years of self-publishing experience and are able to help new authors in the process of self-publishing their first novel.

Tip #10

Don’t get discouraged about book sales.

Stay motivated and keep working towards your goals. Some authors want to be the next New York Times #1 Bestseller. Some authors want to make a living from their writing. Some authors just want to publish a book that fans enjoy reading.

Stay motivated and keep working at writing the story you want to write. Don’t try to write the perfect novel, or you may never publish it. Just keep at it, and give the best you have.

I am now four hours into writing this set of what started out to be “5 Helpful Tips to Self-Publishing” and I am finally to the resources portions.

My wife tells me on occasion that I talk too much. I guess you could say that carries over into my writing as well at times.

I have not been paid to list the following links. I take no credit for their good work. I take no blame for their piss pore work.

I am simply listing some sources that you as a self-published author can look at to see if they fit what you need to finish your book, or to rework it and republish it as a better work of art.

Some of the companies/people below may offer more than one service to authors.

Self-Publishing Platforms

Amazon for Kindle: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin

Barnes and Noble for Nook: http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home

Smashwords (all eBook formats): http://www.smashwords.com

Amazon CreateSpace for Paperbacks: https://www.createspace.com/Login.do

Author Social Media Groups

Author’s Social Media Support Group: http://asmsgbooks.wordpress.com/

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/

Indie Author Book Promotion Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/571135069563269/

Editing Services

Once Upon A Time Editing Services: www.onceuponatimeediting.com

Helen’s Editing and Proofreading Services: helenmoule@hotmail.co.uk

The Wordsmith, Inc: www.proofeditcheck.com

Amalgam Consulting: http://www.amalgamconsulting.com

Cover Art

Shannon McRoberts: http://www.shannonmcroberts.com

Bull Art Media: ray@bullart.com.au

J.C. Harker: http://www.thinksentient.com/covers/

Book Reviews

Independent Book Reviews: http://www.ibreviews.co.uk/

Author Interviews

Armchair Interviews: http://www.armchairinterviews.com/

Indie Authors and Books Interviews: http://www.indieauthorsandbooks.com

For more resources stop by the Indie Authors and Books Website and check out our resources page. The list of resources grows almost daily and provides numerous links for self-published authors.

Feel free to check out our web store in regards to the services we provide in house.

Best of luck in your self-publishing journey and we wish you the best from Indie Authors and Books.

Written by: David at Indie Authors and Books



Indie Authors and Books

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Red Surf by Tracy Sharp

Red Surf


Tracy Sharp

“Red Surf”

Private Investigator Leah Ryan is on a much needed vacation. A week in Bass Bay, Maine. Nothing but sun, sand and relaxation. No missing people. No murder. No stress.

But an hour into her vacation, Leah almost swims into a dead girl. Shark bites on the victim indicate a horrific shark attack, but closer inspection of the remains suggest that sharks aren’t the only predators in Bass Bay.

As the bodies of more young women wash up on the beach, Leah is about to find out that murder doesn’t take a vacation.

Red Surf is the 4rth in the Leah Ryan thriller series, and mixes humor with nail biting suspense.


Red Surf

Purchase Links

Amazon US Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Surf-Leah-Ryan-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00LNM8X5S/ref=la_B0057OZVMQ_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405531445&sr=1-7

Amazon US Paperback: Paperback to follow in the near future.

Amazon UK Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Surf-Leah-Ryan-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00LNM8X5S/ref=la_B0057OZVMQ_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405531804&sr=1-9

“Red Surf – An Excerpt”
Private Investigator Leah Ryan is on a much needed vacation. A week in Bass Bay, Maine. Nothing but sun, sand and relaxation. No missing people. No murder. No stress.

But an hour into her vacation, Leah almost swims into a dead girl. Shark bites on the victim indicate a horrific shark attack, but closer inspection of the remains suggest that sharks aren’t the only predators in Bass Bay.

As the bodies of more young women wash up on the beach, Leah is about to find out that murder doesn’t take a vacation.

Red Surf is the 4rth in the Leah Ryan thriller series, and mixes humor with nail biting suspense.


About the Author

Tracy Sharp grew up in a small mining town in Northern Ontario, Canada, where there wasn’t much to do except dress warmly and write stories to entertain herself.

She is fond of horror movies, thrilling novels, bellowing out her favorite songs in the car, iced coffee, flamethrowers and Slinkies.

She lives in Upstate NY with her family

You can visit Tracy at her website, at http://www.tracysharp.net


Amazon Author Pages

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Sharp/e/B0057OZVMQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tracy-Sharp/e/B0057OZVMQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Contact Info

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/mstracysharp
Goodread’s Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3167970.Tracy_Sharp
Author Website: http://www.tracysharp.net

The Ghost of Calico Acres by Bonnie Turner

The Ghost of Calico Acres
Bonnie Turner


A psychological ghost story: Haunting memories lurk in the shadows of this mysterious walk from the past.

When Dr. Marc St. Clair inherits his eccentric aunt Miriam’s old Victorian house at Calico Acres, in southwestern Wisconsin, her Last Will and Testament states that he and his invalid wife, Summer, must live there for one year before they can own it. Despite the fact that the house is rumored to be haunted, Marc falls in love with it and accepts Miriam’s generous offer … against Summer’s wishes. But after a disastrous honeymoon, and a riding accident that left his beautiful wife confined to a wheelchair—bitter and full of self-pity—he believes that for their marriage to work, they must move away from her meddling parents.

Summer hates the spooky house on sight when they arrive at Calico Acres with their housekeeper, Josephina, on a cold, snowy January day. As unexplained events occur throughout the year, Summer, Josephina, and even their gossipy neighbors try to make Marc give up his insane idea of owning the house. But Marc is determined to stay. He desperately wants the house and feels a strong connection with his late aunt, although he had never met the woman and his family never discussed her except to say she was crazy.

Dr. Marc searches the house for details of Miriam’s life, while his wife is forced to confront secrets from her own past. He must discover who or what is haunting Calico Acres before the year is up, or risk losing his inheritance, the woman he loves, and perhaps even his mind. Little does he realize how close he is to losing all three.


The Ghost of Calico Acres

Purchase links

Amazon US Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HB6LNU2

Amazon US Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Calico-Acres-Bonnie-Turner/dp/1304733866/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Amazon UK Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HB6LNU2?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Amazon UK Paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Calico-Acres-Bonnie-Turner/dp/1304733866/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Barnes and Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ghost-of-calico-acres-bonnie-turner/1117759830?ean=2940045520270

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/387937


“The Ghost of Calico Acres – An Excerpt”

It was love at first sight as Dr. Marc St. Clair caressed a hand-carved post on the front porch of the Victorian-Gothic house and scanned the panoramic view of Lafayette County, in southwestern Wisconsin. Resplendent in the sunlight that October morning, 1978, Calico Acres was more than a plot of land with an old house, barn and silos attached; it had been home to an ancestor Marc had never met, but whose vibrations he sensed all around him. He turned with a smile to the realtor, Robert Jablonski.

“It’s hard to believe this place is a hundred years old.” He gestured to the countryside, its patchwork of farms dotting the landscape with brilliant fall colors of crimson, gold, russet, and all shades of green. “What a gorgeous view. And just smell that fresh air. Ahhh!”

The realtor returned the smile. “Yes, it’s a great location. The house is a little drab on the outside right now, but I could sell the place instantly if not for your great-aunt’s will.”

“Whoever built this house intended it to last,” Marc said, “and the inside is in perfect condition.”

Jablonski opened a small notebook. “Well, Dr. St. Clair, if you’ve decided, let’s go back to the office and make the final arrangements. Your aunt’s attorney’s due there in about an hour.”

There was nothing to decide, for Marc’s mind was already made up.

“I’d be a fool if I said I didn’t want it. Of course I do.”

The realtor closed the notebook with a snap and returned it to his jacket’s inside breast pocket.
“Do you remember Mrs. Van Dyck at all?” he asked.

“No,” Marc replied. “In fact, my family never discussed her, except to imply she was crazy.”
Jablonski’s formality cracked and he laughed outright.

“Eccentric,” he said. “She lived out her remaining years in this house without so much as a caretaker or maid, although I recall she owned a couple of cats.”

“Tell me about the will again,” Marc said.

Jablonski spoke in a deep, self-assured voice. “It’s very simple, actually. Miriam leaves you her estate, provided you and your wife live here for one year, with all the original furniture, and if you move out sooner, the house goes to the church for an orphanage.”

“What’s the catch?”

“What do you mean?”

“Why the games? Why didn’t she leave it to me outright? There must be something else.”

“Of course there is,” Jablonski said, half smiling. “They say the house is haunted.”

Marc, still dizzy with excitement, threw back his head and laughed.

“Haunted? You’ve got to be kidding. Nobody believes in haunted houses.”

“It’s just a rumor,” the agent returned. “Probably your aunt heard about it, too, and decided to test you. If you don’t believe in ghosts anyway—”

Marc touched Jablonski’s shoulder briefly and smiled. “Even if I did, it wouldn’t matter. This is the best offer of my entire life. Of course it isn’t haunted. It’s too beautiful to be haunted.”


About the Author

Bonnie Turner—one of the few remaining members of the Greatest Generation—was born on Halloween in Independence, Missouri, at the height of the Great Depression.

Currently residing in Wisconsin, she is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. Her interests are many and varied, including astronomy, geography, history, yoga, philosophy, psychology, metaphysics and parapsychology. She’s a self-educated jack-of-all-trades, a Mensa *almost*, a classical music and jazz fusion aficionado.

Turner’s favorite authors include: Mark Twain, James A. Michener, poets Robert Service and Edgar A. Guest. Some favorite books: Giants in the Earth (O.E. Rolvaag), Steamboat Gothic (Frances Parkinson Keyes), Chesapeake (Michener), the epic poem, The Odyssey of Homer, and Harvest Home (Thomas Tryon). Favorite genres: historical fiction, young-adult fiction, literary fiction, humor, Americana, mainstream, commercial—almost anything except violent, gory tales.

Turner learned to read in first grade from the famed “Dick and Jane” readers. Many years later, her first novel for children (The Haunted Igloo) was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991. After that book was published, she visited grade schools with a life-size, handmade Inuit doll, encouraging students to keep reading and writing—and offering polar bear hugs along with her autograph.

Amazon Author Pages

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Bonnie-Turner/e/B001K8VV4K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bonnie-Turner/e/B001K8VV4K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Contact info

Webpage: http://my.athenet.net/~aurorawolf

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonnie-Turner-Shaping-the-Spirit/315081997495?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

Goodread’s Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/737823.Bonnie_Turner

Goodread’s Blog: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/737823.Bonnie_Turner/blog

Redemption by Andrew Laurie

Redemption by Andrew Laurie


‘All stories need a hero. Sadly, I’m no hero. Now in my mid-thirties, I have a string of failed romances behind me, matched only by a series of poor financial investments. I’ve been in the same rented flat in East London for nearly ten years. I drink too much, smoke too much and I like a flutter on the horses….

The story of my early thirties was of my fall from grace. The drink, the women, the debts. The fast life style. The exit from The Guardian. Back to Hartford with a whimper, no more national profile, no more glory. Accepting a role as Deputy Editor in a team you can count on one hand, working for the Hartford Gazette, the best (and only) newspaper in Hartford. It’s the story you will hear now. A fall from glory and a redemption, of sorts.’

Drinker, smoker, mild drug abuser: not yet forty, journalist Rob Stanford has already seen better days. Spurned by the woman he loves, can he salvage some self-respect by solving the murder of his best friend?

‘A fast paced thriller which will leave you gasping for breath.’

‘Trainspotting meets Get Carter: Never have cigarettes and alcohol tasted so good.’

Redemption can be purchased via Amazon.




About the Author

Andrew Laurie was born in East London. After graduating from Art College, he took a series of roles in film and television, specialising in art design and choreography. Since 2007 he has worked extensively on film production across the United States and Europe. He continues to maintain strong links with East London. Andrew can be contacted at andrewlaurie99@gmail.com

5 Stars for The Rodeo of Doom by Miguel Lasala

The Rodeo of Doom by Miguel Lasala

The Rodeo of Doom is a fast paced in your face novel.

To set the scene, the year is 2384 and Henry is a professor at a local college. He isnt on his first career either as he has led several lives due to a drug called EP14. Years ago, the secret to the drug was unlocked but the secret died when one of his friends finally passed away. The drug was not only an age extender, but also a cure all for just about anything that ailed the body.

Now, with the last of the EP14 known to be in existence, he may live to be the oldest person ever. The trouble starts when a woman he is sleeping with passes out on college grounds. He pulls a vial from his pocket and she is miraculously healed. The problem was, someone saw him pour the fluid from the vial into the woman’s mouth. That’s when the rumors started, and word got back to the mob about what he possessed.

He is given an option to take a payoff for the EP14 and does just that, well mostly anyways.

This is where the action starts, and doesn’t stop again till the end of the book. Join Henry and his friends as the battle wits against the mob, try to get his stolen car back, and make pornographic movies.

If you want excitement, then you will find it here.

5 out of 5 Stars. A great read.

I would recommend this book to readers 18 and older due to some language and sexual content.

The Rodeo of Doom can be purchased via Amazon.

Review by: David at Indie Authors and Books

Major Airlines Announce New Perks for All Classes

Major Airlines Announce New Perks for All Classes

Major airline companies merged on a joint venture to bring new entertainment to flights over three hours announced a spokesperson earlier today. “It’s been in the works for years, we just didn’t know how to bring it to our customers in a cost effective manner.”

The big fuss is just what music lovers and frequent flyers have been asking for. Thousands of people treat themselves every night while relaxing with friends and enjoying music. Why shouldn’t they be able to treat themselves while crapped into an airplane for several long hours?

A pilot that requested to remain anonymous stated, “We’ve been doing it for years in the cockpit. Good thing for autopilot or who knows what could have happened.” He further stated, “It’s the only reason I’ve stayed a pilot for so many years.”

Starting in June, the first in flight karaoke systems will be ready for use on international flights, followed shortly after with availability on flights within the Continental United States for all flights over three hours.

With the upgrade of airline entertainment systems, which included digital movies and pay per view channels, the addition of karaoke was sure to happen sooner or later. Instead of listening to the passenger next to you snore while you watch yet another out dated children’s movie, you can now sing like the stars.

Not to worry though if you don’t want to participate; just don’t tune into the karaoke channel on the airplane’s intercom system.

Some kinks are still being worked out for the new karaoke entertainment feature, such as the sleeping passenger next to you being woke up when you bust into the intro to Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil” or the chorus to Janis Joplin’s “Piece of my Heart”. Rumor has it, that a restroom on each aircraft has been modified into a soundproof karaoke both.

Should customers be prepared to pay for this new in flight feature? Our sources say “No.”

Have you been putting off that international flight because you knew how boring it was going to be to fly across the Atlantic; no more boring international flights. Book your flight now in preparation for the launch of in flight karaoke starting in June 2014. Finally, you can take a trip to England or Paris that is worth your time. The fun starts at 30,000 feet. The mile high club just got even better.

A Kiss So Deadly by Mary Reason Theriot

A Kiss So Deadly
Mary Reason Theriot

A Kiss So Deadly


Before building the Marquette Plantation, Pierre and Geneviève Marquette lived in a small home with the other Acadians in Nova Scotia. They were forced from their home as was others that traveled with them. It took Pierre years to build Geneviève the perfect home when they finally made it to Louisiana. Life had been hard, but they had each other and their children. Unfortunately, Geneviève only got to live in it for a short while before her unfortunate passing. Yellow fever hit the area with a vengeance taking many lives, including hers.

Ever since her passing Geneviève has wandered the plantation and watched her family grow. Genevieve is so proud of her decedents. Despite the ravages of war, storms and hard times, this plantation did maintain many of their traditions as well as their French language. She beams with pride as Bridgette strives to educate people of their unique cultural identity forged by some four centuries of turbulent history.

Marquette Plantation is the image of everything graceful and lovely in the Deep South. In the serene moonlight, a low ground fog swirls as a light breeze rolls off of the bayou. Spanish moss drips from the ancient oak trees reminding her of the lace curtains she just purchased.

The silver mist curls its way around the courtyard. She can hear the moans of the poor lost souls that are trapped in the mist. The moon has a ring around it promising rain soon. The misty halo creates an eerie glow across the earth, bathing the area in a pale light.

Lately, she is afraid to wander the grounds. The beauty of the night seems to have been taken from her. All that seems to remain in this place she loves for so long is death and evil. If only she could see where the evil lurks, she could warn someone. But no, all she can do is sense its presence. She can hear its raspy breath and smell the fetid odor that comes from its flesh and blood.

She must warn Bridgette of the evil that lurks these grounds before it is too late.

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About the Author

I am a multi-genre author with twenty-five published books. I have found that writing is great therapy for my own personal fight against MS. Being a Louisiana native I wanted to write books about places in Louisiana that would piqué interest in my beautiful and unique state. My books take place in my home state and draw the reader in with the diverse culture, characters, and locations. It is my hope that my readers not only enjoy the books I have written, but also develop a desire to experience the unique culture that only Louisiana has to offer!


“A Kiss So Deadly – An Excerpt”
Chapter 5

Her heart pounded in her chest as she strained to hear the noise once again. Fear almost completely paralyzed her. Someone was following her; she was positive. She heard the footsteps behind her. They echoed in the soundless night. The streets were usually bursting with life, but tonight they were devoid of movement, except for the haunting footsteps.
It was extremely dark out tonight. Even the moon was hidden. The afternoon had been hot and muggy, but the night air had a chill to it. A fog rolled in from the bayou.
There was the noise again. Someone was definitely walking behind her. She looked around hoping to see someone else out on the street. There was not another living soul around though. She picked up her pace. Perhaps when she rounded the corner there would be some sign of life. As she walked along the old historic area, she took in her surroundings. It amazed her how many times she has walked this area and never once noticed how creepy it actually was at night.
She heard the footsteps again and looked back. For a moment, she thought she saw a man not far from her, but he seemed to have vanished into thin air. She heard rumors that on foggy nights, such as this, the restless souls came out to wander the earth. A shiver snaked down her spine. Ghost or not she didn’t like being spooked. She was almost home.
Jackson Street was right around the corner. She could hear the faint sounds of life from here. Traffic whizzed by and music drifted through the night air. Once she rounded this corner, she was home free. She won’t have to worry about the footsteps that seemed to be stalking her every move. She picked up her pace once again, ready to be home.
She heard the noise again. When she turned around once more, a man was standing right behind her. She went to scream, but he acted quickly to muffle any noise she made. He pulled her close to his body, dragging her into the shadows. She tried to fight back, but whatever drug he had on the rag acted fast. Her world went black.
He glided the boat along the bayou and brought his newest prey to the cabin. He stumbled upon this cabin hunting one day. From the look of the old cabin, it had not been used in years, but was still structurally sound. It was almost completely overgrown. Inside was an old bed as well as an old moonshine still. The bayou wasn’t far from the cabin, but was hidden enough where you wouldn’t find it unless you knew its location.
It was the perfect place to perform his wildest desires. Here he could hide his true nature from the town. No one suspected what he was truly like. He had become quite good at living a double life. He thought of what was about to come and a rush of excitement built inside of him.
He pushed the door to the cabin open and bolted the lock. He dropped the unconscious girl onto the bed and quickly restrained her.
Outside the small window, silvery moonlight illuminated the landscape. Shadows danced across the room as the wind blew.
Bailey woke slowly, unable to focus on her surroundings. Darkness surrounded her. There was a smell of mustiness in the air. She blinked several times attempting to clear the fog from her mind. She tried to sit up and panic started to set in. Her arms and legs were restrained.
She heard movement on the side of her. She waited in stunned horror. She began to scream when a voice stopped her, “You can scream if you must, but there is no one to hear you.”
Tears flowed down her face as a sense of foreboding swept across her. She knew her time on earth had come to an end.
He looked into the young woman’s eyes and a thrill ran through him. Her eyes clearly showed the fear she felt as well as the bewilderment. A wicked smile formed across his face. He was so glad he found this place. Here, he did not have to hurry.


Once again, he was sated. The monster lurking inside of him was fed. He followed the path leading to the cisterns. A sliver of moonlight filtered through the trees. A small bead of sweat formed across his forehead even though it was cool out tonight.
Over the years, he managed to keep his existence here hidden. He hid his tracks well. Now that the owners were dead, he wondered what plans the daughter had for the old plantation. He may be able to offer her a substantial sum of money and purchase the place from her. This would keep his secret hidden forever.
Once the girl was in the cistern, he walked back to the small cabin to make sure it was secure until his next visit. Tonight went smoothly, the whole adventure effortless.
Before making his way back to the bayou, he decided to check on Bridgette Marquette. Lately, the monster inside of him demanded more of him. However, he must take it slow so that his appetite wasn’t discovered. That wouldn’t do at all. In the next few days, he would ask Bridgette Marquette about selling this place to him, then he could go on, indefinitely, with his plans.
On his way to Marquette Plantation, the rush hit him. Each conquest brought him a high that was better than any drug could give you.
He found the perfect vantage point to watch Bridgette as she prepared for bed. A sinister smile formed across his face as he stared out into the night. She was an extremely attractive woman. Maybe, if he couldn’t convince her to sell the plantation, he could romance her. If he swept her off her feet and married her, then he could live here, as well. It wouldn’t be hard to continue his hobbies right under her nose. All it would entail was a small amount of sedatives in her drink right before bed and she would never know he left.
He strolled leisurely along the bayou as he thought about his options. He was so deep in concentration that the buzzing of the mosquitoes went completely unnoticed. He headed back to his vehicle. Nights like this were the very reason he did not drive a flashy car. He didn’t want to stand out. He doubted the girl would be missed. He overheard her tell a waitress that she had no family and was only here for a vacation. She was the perfect prey.
The street light near where he parked his car gave the area an ethereal glow. The orange incandescence of the light reflected off the puddles of rain. He studied the area for a few minutes before unlocking his car. As usual, no one was out at this hour.

Chapter 6

Bridgette woke completely refreshed this morning. She thought more and more about that small cabin where her great, great grand-pere allegedly ran his bootlegging operation. Not having much on her plate this morning, this may be the perfect day to explore its location. Besides, it was a perfect day for a ride on her four wheeler. The sun shined bright and there was not a cloud in the sky.
After breakfast, she headed to the barn. Trepidation crawled over her when she saw the lock to the shed cut. Now why would someone want to do that? She opened the shed door and her heart sank. All four tires on the four-wheeler were slashed. This was the second time someone destroyed something on her property.
She picked up her cell phone and called Officer Richard. He had given her his number just in case she had any more trouble. He picked up on the second ring.
“Officer Richard, this is Bridgette Marquette. I hate to bother you first thing in the morning, but someone broke into the shed out back and slashed all four tires on the four-wheeler.”
“I’ll be out there in a little bit.”
“Thank you so much.”
As Bridgette walked back to the house, she tried to shake off the disappointment. She wanted to go riding and find that old cabin. Everything was almost ready for her to open the inn. Should she hold off opening up the inn until they figure out who was doing this? She shook her head in disgust. If she did that, then she was letting whoever did this win. It was more than likely someone trying to scare her off.
It was almost an hour later before Officer Richard arrived. “I’m sorry it took so long. I needed to let Sheriff Savoie know what happened, and then we had a morning meeting that I had to attend.”
Bridgette waved her hands in the air, “You are fine. There isn’t much that you can do anyway. I thought you should know since this is the second time something happened here in a few weeks.”
She escorted Officer Richard back to the shed, “This is how I found it this morning. It was easy to open the door with the lock having been cut.”
He inspected the damage before asking, “Can you think of anyone who may want to scare you off?”
She shook her head ruefully, “Not really. There are several people offering to buy the property since my parents’ passing, but my parents had the same offered when they were alive. They never mentioned anything about property damage to me.”
“We have had some complaints about Brett Gibson using strong-arm tactics with some people. He’s trying to buy as much property around here as he can.”
Bridgette replied, “He has made several attempts to purchase or lease the property from me, but he hasn’t tried anything unethical. He badgers me a lot, but Dad complained about his pestering, as well. Dad never mentioned any problems he had with the man.”
“Well if he starts to give you any problems, let me know. As far as the tires, I’ll let Cliff over at the Mobile station know that you need some new ones. He can send someone out here to take care of this for you.”
“Thanks Officer Richard. I appreciate all of your help.”
Officer Richard felt the heat crawl up his neck. Someone thanking him for doing his job was not something he often heard. If his wife saw him now, she would laugh at him. “It’s nothing. I am just doing my job.”

5 Star Review for Death Has A Daughter by Candice Burnett

Death Has A Daughter


Candice Burnett

5 out of 5 Stars

Death Has A Daughter is a great read that did well in holding my attention as I turned through the pages of the novel.

Cendall, is the only female Grim Reaper in history, and she has just taken first rank in her graduating class. Each graduating student is given a list of souls to collect upon graduation and the souls listed are based on where they placed during graduation. Cendall’s list is special though since she was first rank.

Her journey finds her searching for the soul a girl named Lacie. Cendall finds Lacie and quickly finds out that this girl is not just another soul to collect; she has powerful Guardians protecting her.

The interaction between the Reapers, who collect souls at vulnerable points, and the Guardians, who protect humans from death as long as possible has been tense ever since the world began. The interaction Cendall is getting ready to undergo though is quite different.

Cendall is immediately confronted by Trevor while searching for the vulnerable moment in Lacie’s life. It is then that Cendall finds out that Lacie is not just a normal little girl, but a prophecy of sorts. The Guardians seek to protect Lacie while Demons seek to drag her to the pits of hell. Where does Cendall fit into all of this though? She will find out soon enough.

There were a few minor typos and grammatical issues in the book.

5 out of 5 Stars. A well written young adult paranormal novel. I look forward to more books in the Death Has a Daughter Series.

Death has a Daughter (DHAD Series) can be purchased via Amazon.

Review by: David at Indie Authors and Books