Once Upon A Time Editing Services

Once Upon A Time Editing

Providing affordable Copyediting and Manuscript Critique services for a fraction of the cost compared to large Copyediting Companies.

Check out their website and make up your own mind.

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10 Tips on Self-Publishing by Indie Authors and Books

10 Tips on Self-Publishing

by

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

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5 Star Review for The Chains of War by Dean F. Wilson

The Chains of War is the third book in The Children of Telm Trilogy. The story begins immediately following the conclusion in book two and puts you right into the midst of adventure and battle with all of your favorite characters.

For readers of the first two books, book three takes you to the final epic conclusion between the gods Agon and Corrias. As epic as the battle is though, the battles our heroes endure are just as epic.

As always, the author does a splendid job of blending world building, action scenes, and plot shifts as the story developes. The dialogue was superb and made the reader feel closer what was happening around the unique characters in the story.

Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of action, adventure, battle, and more in this superbly written novel.

5 out of 5 Stars. An epic fantasy story for reads of all ages.

I would recommend this book to all fans of the fantasy genre.

The Chains of War: Book Three of The Children of Telm can be purchased via Amazon.

Book Review of Killing Secrets by K.L. Doctor

Killing Secrets
by
K.L Doctor

Killing Secrets is a romantic suspense full of twists and turns as you progress through the plot. The story follows Rachel as she tries to stay away from her ex-husband who is being released from prison. Rachel quickly departs with her daughter Amanda and runs off to Denver.

Rachel quickly meets a man named Patrick once she gets to Denver and they become attracted to each other. Neither want anything to do with a romantic relationship, but this changes as the story progresses. Rachel obviously has her own reservations coming from a marriage to an abusive husband. Patrick on the other hand still grieves the loss of his unborn child and his wife that took her own life.

Besides the suspense of trying to stay hidden from her ex-husband, more trouble lurks in Denver as a serial killer stalks the streets. Can Rachel stay clear of both as she seeks to live a life of anonymity and safety?

The story is well written and edited. If you like romantic suspense novels, you are going to love this book.

5 out of 5 stars.
Killing Secrets (Thorne’s Thorns Book 1) can be purchased via Amazon.

Reviewed by David at IAB

The Compass Key – The Legends of Windemere Book 5 by Charles Yallowitz

Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key

by

Charles Yallowitz

The Compass Key

Swords will clash and spells will fly in the newest adventure of young warrior Luke Callindor, Nyx the magic-flinging caster, and their friends.

With Sari captured by their enemies, the champions of Windemere are determined to get her back and destroy the Lich’s castle. Little do they realize, their battles in the Caster Swamp are only the beginning of this adventure. Trinity and her Chaos Elves have invaded the city of Gaia in search of a relic called the Compass Key. Rumored to be the key to rescuing Sari from a magical island, our heroes are in a race to find the mysterious artifact.

Which side will claim the Compass Key? And, what will our heroes do when they’re faced with an enemy whose evil power overshadows anything they have ever faced?

An Excerpt from “The Compass Key – To The Death”

“I’m a master swordsman like you. More importantly, I’ve killed before,” Kayn causally mentions. He steps into Luke’s attack to knee the half-elf in the gut. “You’re terrified to take a human life.”

“I’ve killed before,” Luke declares, his voice quivering slightly.

The black-haired man sighs as he walks forward, swinging the bastard sword with both hands and pounding away at Luke’s defenses. He pushes the half-elf toward the end of the drawbridge before switching to one hand and moving his sword with more precision. Luke is barely able to block the attacks and receives a deep slash across his arm. Kayn turns his blade as he swings back, bashing the bastard sword into Luke’s saber and driving the saber’s hilt into the side of Luke’s head. The half-elf collapses to the ground, immediately rolling toward the other warrior to avoid the next attack. Kayn falls to his knees, giving Luke enough time to get out of reach and scramble to his feet.

“This is pathetic,” Kayn claims, spitting in the half-elf’s face. “Can’t you see that I’m playing with you?”

“I’ve killed before.”

“Sari told me everything,” the gypsy states with a cruel smile. He licks his lips at the sight of pain and shock on Luke’s face. “You have slain beasts and destroyed undead. Even orcs are easy to rationalize because of their history and appearance. Yet, you’ve never taken the life of a civilized race. Your blades have never tasted the blood of man, elf, dwarf, or the others. It’s entirely different.”

“I never had a reason, but that doesn’t mean I’m scared. You talk like you’re a killer, but you’re only a gypsy with a magic sword.”

Kayn laughs maniacally and makes a quick motion toward Luke, who immediately leaps away. “You ever wonder how I settled with the thieves guild of Hero’s Gate? I killed them all, so they didn’t try to get in my way again. That was before I met my new master. They were loose ends that could have blamed Sari for the disbandment and gone after her. I had no qualms about killing them and leaving their bodies to rot in the tunnels.”

Feigning boredom, the forest tracker rolls his eyes. “So, you’re a heartless killer. That doesn’t scare me.”

Kayn charges and tackles the half-elf, pinning the half-elf to the ground. Luke struggles to push against the bastard sword, its keen edge a few inches above his throat. He catches his breath when Kayn slowly presses his knee into his gut. It becomes hard to breathe with the pressure growing under his lungs.

“You’re never going to win if you avoid killing others,” Kayn whispers. The gypsy presses the palm of his hand against his own blade, cutting his callused skin to put more pressure on his enemy. “A warrior needs to become numb to taking a life if they want to survive.”

“Then I should start by killing you.”

Purchase links

Amazon US Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Compass-Key-Legends-Windemere-Book-ebook/dp/B00MIB4KQE/
Amazon US Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4937350
Amazon UK Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Compass-Key-Legends-Windemere-Book-ebook/dp/B00MIB4KQE/

Amazon Author Page

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA/

Contact Info

Blog: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/CharlesYallowitz
Goodread’s Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz

About the Author

 Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

Interview with Indie Author Leila Lacey

Interview with Indie Author Leila Lacey

Leila Lacey

 

{IAB} Welcome, Leila. It is good to have you here for an interview today and to be able to give readers some insight on you as a person, not just a name on the cover of a book. Will you please tell us a little about yourself, like where you are from and how you started your writing career?

{Liela} I was born in Chicago, IL. But I was raised in St. Paul, MN
I have always had a thing for books, even as a kid. I knew that I would love to write a book when I was 10 but never felt I could because I thought it was way too hard to break into the literary world. About a year ago, my best friend brought to my knowledge a web page called Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). This web page challenges writers each November to write a novel in 30 days. I signed up for it and the rest is history, I guess you could say.

{IAB} I have experienced writer’s block in the past. Have you experienced writer’s block as well?

{Liela} Yes, I have. I do not think any serious writer/author could say they have never had writer’s block or as I like to say ‘verbal constipation’.

{IAB} How did you manage to overcome your writer’s block?

{Liela} I usually walk away and let the characters call me back to the story or I go back and read what I have already written and see if it gives me a little help with moving forward. I wish I could say that I never panic. I do sometimes think, ‘What if I do not have anything else to say?’ But as soon as I calm down, I am fine.

{IAB} Writing for many authors is a way to pass the time or a hobby. Do you write as a hobby or do you write full time as a means to provide an income for you and/or your family?

{Liela} A little of both I do work. But my books are also a source of income for my family. When I am writing, I don’t think about how much money can be made with each book, I think, ‘Would I want to read this? What would I think of this plot twist?’ I am an avid reader and like to think that I have good judgment on a book as a reader.

{IAB} Some writers use a pen name to publish their novels, is this the case you for?

{Liela} Yes, I chose to use a pen name to keep me, as a writer, separate from my private life and relationships. Plus, I have never really cared for my birth name and Leila is a name I always liked as a kid. I figured if you are going to pursue your dreams, you might as well do it with the name you always dreamed of having.

{IAB} Since you use a pen name to publish your novels, do your close friends and family know you write and do they know your pen name?

{Liela} Yes, my close friends and family do know that I write and they know the pen name I use. I do not have many so it would be hard for me to keep that from them. Plus, I am enjoying this journey so much I have been like a little kid in a candy shop.

{IAB} Most writers have been influenced by other authors through the years. Can you tell us the author or set of authors that influenced you the most for your particular genre?

{Liela} I don’t know that I can say one particular author has influenced me. I have total respect for all writers. I think Harlequin would get the credit for my decision to do romance. I spent many summers as a kid reading Harlequin romance books. They were always like an escape for me. Like anyone else who is a true reader, I have my favorite authors but that list is longer than my arm.

{IAB} If you could pick one of your books to be made into a movie, which book would you pick? Who do you envision playing the major roles in the movie?

{Liela} I have written a couple of book series so I cannot say that it would be ONE book. The series that I would love to see made into a movie would be the Curvy Goddess series. The women in these books are a joy to write and I admire them a great deal. As far as for the major roles, the women I see Jill Scott, Lisa Raye, Taraj P. Henson and Wendy Robinson; for the men I see Idris Elba, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine. OMG, I would love to see that movie!

{IAB} Do you currently have any works in progress? Can you tell us what the book is about and when readers can expect to find it available in ebook or paperback?

{Liela} Yes, I do have a book in progress; as a matter of fact, I have three in progress right now. I try to keep three books going on mostly so that if I get stuck on one particular couple, I can focus on another. They do talk too much sometimes. LOL

Phoenix Rising is one of the books I am working on and I hope to have that to the readers by late September or early October. It is the third book in the Curvy Goddess series. I am also working on Love’s Legacy, which is the final installment to the Legacy series. I hope to have that out to readers by August 25th.

{IAB} Where can readers find your books?
{Liela} I am on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords and Kobo I will give the links to Amazon Books only 
Dr. Blacks Patient: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JXXGDLA

Southern Charm: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KB34PDO

Loving Logan: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KXJVFTI

Shelby’s Awakening: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LS4X1XA

FWB: Friends With Benefits: http://www.amazon.com/FWB-Friends-Benefits-Leila-Lacey-ebook/dp/B00LK5U7ZW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406663560&sr=1-1&keywords=fwb+friends+with+benefits
More Than Friends: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M6AM7C6

{IAB} Where can your fans find information on you and your books on the internet?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leilaslace
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Leila-Lacey/e/B00K82W080/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Author page with list of all my books
Official Website: http://www.leilalaceyromance.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/leilalacey1

{IAB} Is there anything else you would like to say for your fans and readers before we conclude the interview?
{Liela} I would like to say thank you to all of my readers, fans and supporters. I am humbled every day by this whole experience of writing and publishing books that people want to read and look forward to reading. This is one of my dreams come true and I am so glad that they are with me in this journey.

{IAB} Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes my interview with Leila Lacey. Thank you for sitting down with me and conducting this interview. I wish you the best of luck in your writing career and hope readers will enjoy your books for years to come.

Red Surf by Tracy Sharp

Red Surf

by

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

 

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The Ghost of Calico Acres by Bonnie Turner

The Ghost of Calico Acres
by
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

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“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.

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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.

 

Redemption

 

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