Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BREAKUP: Enduring divorce by Leo Averbach

Breakup is a brutally honest and surprising divorce memoir, written as a journal in real time. The narrative interweaves the story of Averbach's painful divorce with his therapy in a deeply-reflective, intimate manner, revealing how he changed and eventually came through his ordeal better for it.

With the advantage of hindsight, I can see that the breakup of my marriage inadvertently turned out to be a transformative experience for me. The upheaval, coming like a bolt from the blue and feeling like hell, jolted me back to life and forced me to begin afresh. Akin to a wake-up call, it shook me out of the fog I had been living in for years and liberated me in the process.

By presenting this account, I am expressing my belief that my story transcends my own experience. Although I am aware that the experience of crises varies enormously from person to person, I feel that this story offers ample food for thought and could impact on the lives of many people.

Leo Averbach was born and raised in South Africa, lived on a kibbutz in Israel for 5 years before moving to London. He was married for 20 years, fathered 3 children and then divorced. After he remarried, he returned to Israel and now lives in Jerusalem Hills, where he writes and runs a pottery studio. A few years ago, he decided to resurrect the journal chronicling the breakup of his marriage and recovery that became the basis for his book "Breakup: Enduring Divorce."

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Wardstone Trilgy by M. R. Mathias

The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilgy Book One)

Deemed one of the top 10 indie Fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic, and listed in the first ever Publishers Weekly Indie Select issue, this 235k word epic title was originally written in longhand in a Texas prison cell by M. R. Mathias.

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.

Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy! 

All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone. 

Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do? 

Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.

Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools (The Wardstone Trilgy Book Two)

Join Hyden Hawk Skyler, and some great new friends, on an adventurous quest, over land and sea, to find the Silver Skull of Zorellin.

Fight with Mikahl, Ironspike, and fierce King Jarrek as they try to free the enslaved people of Wildermont from King Ra'Gren and his Dakaneese Overlords.

Patrol the skies with Shaella, and her new black dragon, Vrot. With her father's spell books, and the Priests of Kraw, she decides to aid King Ra'Gren, while scheming to free her lover, Gerard, from the hellish Nethers.

Demonic love, valiant battles, and foolhardy heroics await readers in this 175k word (600+ page) continuation of the epic 'Wardstone Trilogy' that was written in a Texas prison cell, by author, M. R. Mathias.

The Wizard and the Warlord (The Wardstone Trilogy Book Three)

The Wizard and the Warlord - The Wardstone Trilogy-Book III is the gripping conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy that M. R. Mathias wrote in a Texas prison. This compelling volume brings the elves, dwarves, giants, and the dragons into the story again as our heroes, led by High King Mikahl and the great wizard Hyden Hawk, are forced to fight for the fate of the Kingdoms. This time, they do so against the terrible creature that Gerard Skyler has become, and the legions of demon-beasts that he commands.

This is the CONCLUSION to The Wardstone Trilogy. It has taken me several years and a lot of sleepless nights to complete this grand work. When I decided to become a writer I gave it my all, from the moment I put the inkpen to paper in prison, to the new epic I am halfway through writing now. I hope you like reading Wardstone as much as I enjoyed writing it and bringing it to fruition.

You may see some of these characters and locals again, but the story of Claret and mighty Ironspike comes to its magnificent end here. 

The jewel you see glowing in the ring in my authors photo isn't really a jewel at all. It is the crystallized tear of a real dragon. In my novel "The Royal Dragoneers" you might find the moment where this wonderfully magical tear drop fell from a green dragons eye. It hardened on its way down to land in a mess of troll corpses that the dragon was laying on.

My grandfather died before I was born, but the ring was given to me by my mother, after my grandmother recently died. My grandfather had apparently won it in a poker game near the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma sometime in the early 1900's.

It has been a boon, the magic of the teardrop, for it brought you here to me didn't it? Now treat yourself to something fantastic and try out the free sample of one of my novels. I hope you enjoy the journey. It will be spectacular. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Frederick Lee Brooke is the Author of Doing Max Vinyl and Zombie Candy

Doing Max Vinyl 

Max Vinyl is a recycling king in Chicago. When his environmentalist girlfriend catches him dumping old computer junk in Lake Michigan, Max gets a taste of her violent side. Even his ex-wife can't save him this time. Meanwhile two of Max Vinyl's brawny enforcers have provoked Annie Ogden, just back from four years in Iraq-bad idea! Doing Max Vinyl-guaranteed to make you laugh till you cry. 

You know early on, from the color of the inappropriate bra in the opening scene, that Zombie Candy is going to be a black comedy. Most people could sympathize with the male obsession for sex and zombie movies, but who would put up with a husband who doused every dish with cilantro? 

Frederick Lee Brooke serves up another literary treat with this bizarre and comical tale of love and betrayal. Candace Roach enlists her best friend Annie Ogden (our favorite sleuth from Doing Max Vinyl) to find out what her husband is really up to on his weekly business trips – but their home-cooked aversion therapy gets out of hand and hurtles along an astonishing highway of the undead.

Weaving elements of mystery, horror and romance in a story that starts in Chicago and ends in a quaint medieval town in sun-drenched Tuscany, Zombie Candy transcends any single genre. 

Home for good from Iraq but unsure about her future, Annie Ogden isn't your typical woman sleuth. Her best friend, Candace Roach – gourmet cooking instructor, owner of a house in Tuscany – isn't your typical wronged woman either. Candace teaches gourmet cooking, and loves nothing more than orchestrating a four-course meal full of flavorful surprises and artistic touches. A selection of her recipes is found in an appendix to the book.

But with each shocking discovery in the investigation of her husband, the friendship between Candace and Annie is further put to the test. Candace ultimately takes matters into her own hands and, in an elaborate ruse, stages a nightmarish zombie drama in which her husband plays the starring role. 

In the words of Emma Calin, author of Knockout, A Passionate Police Romance: "This book has all the ingredients of a perfect noir comedy – well formed characters, international locations,  a fast moving plot with no brakes, and of course zombies. Revenge is a dish best served cold – and as a betrayed wife, master chef and cookery instructor, Candace cooks up the perfect recipe for the ultimate gazpacho." Amazon.com

I was an early reader and decided to become a writer before hitting high school. An affinity for learning languages led to my spending a year in Germany during college, then a year in France a few years later, as a teaching assistant in a lycée. Teaching agreed with me. There followed a 20-year career in the language school business, first as a teacher, then as school manager and salesman of language training. A few years ago I started writing again and in early 2011 finished my first novel, Doing Max Vinyl. I enjoyed writing it so much that I quit my job at the language school in order to devote all my time to writing my second book, a sequel to Doing Max Vinyl. Nowadays you'll find me writing and revising day and night, when I'm not saying hello on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter for the latest news.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Sugar Divorce by Suzanna Stinnett


This is the story of my recent experience losing weight and gaining muscle by maintaining a healthy relationship with my blood sugar and my insulin.I was completely frustrated by the loss of control I felt around my weight. I’m blown away at the success I’ve had in just a few weeks, and I want to share how I did it.

When I say sugar, I mean not just refined sugar but all foods that convert quickly to sugar. Maybe you’ve heard of “slow carb” (not “low-carb”). That’s another way of looking at how to eat to feel satisfied, keep your weight down, and maintain energy. Slow carb is good.

"I LOVE THIS BOOK ! I am so happy with my progress." Susan Goins, Ormond Beach, Florida

"Suzanna's book gave me the same feeling as when I read "Julie and Julia"! Her writing is friendly and personal - like your best friend writing to you, and encouraging you to come along for the ride." Heather Noell

"This very engagingly written book will help you to understand how managing your insulin by ditching the refined sugar and eating "slow carbs" and plenty of healthy protein and good fats will help you find your body again. Especially recommended for those of us in the over 50 group." Nutritionist, Diane Fischler of San Rafael, CA

"It's all a great prescription for life and Suzanna brings it to us with candor, humility and humor. Thank you Suzanna!" From Lori of Lori's Latest on Amazon Reviews

Today, people interested in fitness after fifty are benefiting from all the tools used by younger fit-conscious people. But there's one element that may play the biggest role in whether you are on the road to being strong & lean, or headed in the opposite direction as you age. That one thing is insulin -- and your sugar intake is the overriding factor in your insulin levels. Insulin is the agent that programs your body to hold onto every particle of fat, or to burn fat for energy. Your sugar intake is running the stop-and-go lights on your insulin.

Leaving sugar is not a little thing. Not when it's been your friend, companion, deep counsel, doctor, healer, stimulant and brain food. In his latest blockbuster book, "The 4-Hour Body," Tim Ferriss proposes a new relationship to sugar. When a person realizes a dangerous addiction, the customary "healthy" response is to end the relationship. But that doesn't really end it, does it? Once an addict, always an addict? This journey is one of coming into a new relationship. Amazon

Suzanna Stinnett was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in the flat midwestern plains around bison, rattlesnakes and boulders. She wrote songs before she wrote stories. A long time resident of the coastal hills north of San Francisco, California, she now writes serial fiction set in the Bay area ("Cherry Tales") and offers a variety of e-books which can be found on Kindle. Suzanna is the founder of Bay Area Bloggers Society, ePub Clubs and Reclamation Arts.

The Sugar Divorce and two hundred other indie published ebooks are included in the IAN Christmas Kindle Fire Giveaway! For contest info and to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 CLICK HERE

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Covert Element - A James Becker Thriller by John L. Betcher

Former military intelligence operative, James “Beck” Becker and his CIA code-cracking wife, Beth, have retired to Beck’s hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota. Their retirement has already proven more exhilarating than they’d expected.

But they could never have anticipated the new source of crime and intrigue in their small community. A Mexican drug cartel has set up shop a few miles down the road. And they’re not just selling. The new meth production facility is the largest north of the Rio Grande. 

To complicate matters further, Terry “Bull” Red Feather’s former comrade-in-arms has come to visit. And he’s on a mission. His decades-long assault on the cartels is coming to a head. His plan is to blow up the drug plant . . . if he can find it. He wants Bull to help.

The Beckers’ challenge? To dismantle cartel operations before a full-blown drug war breaks out in Red Wing. Amazon/Kindle 

SILVER MEDAL - 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards.

“I loved this book, I couldn't put my Kindle down! I can't wait to read more of this author's works. This book was so intriguing and suspenseful and best of all WELL WRITTEN.” Amazon Review. 

“An intelligent thriller that weaves the echoes of recent events into a lively narrative. Plotted deftly, this is a recommended read for all who appreciate stories in the vein of Clancy and Flynn.” Ryne D. Pearson, Bestselling Author of Simple Simon (which became the movie, Mercury Rising)

“This is a well-plotted and exceptionally written and researched thriller. Betcher tells a convincing story and yet manages to keep the violence and coarse language to a minimum and thus ensures a wide and satisfied audience. All the players are brought together as Betcher builds momentum and suspense for a satisfying ending that will leave you entertained and excited for the next episode. The book stands alone well, but I dare you to read this one without needing to quickly purchase The Missing Element (book 1) and The 19th Element (book 2). Highly Recommended. READERS CHOICE REVIEWS.

“This novel tells a complicated tale of revenge that comes to those who wait.” Marty Dodge for Book Pleasures.

“Follow the potential life of one Mexican-American individual who dedicated his life to eliminating the Drug Cartels. John Betcher's choice to use this character is intriguing, allowing us to see into the heart of many Mexicans who are just as concerned, and maybe even more so, about the influence of drugs in the United States and throughout the world. I commend John for this effort and look forward to future important books in this series. Highly recommended.” GA Bixler for REVIEWERS ROUNDUP. 

Amazon Bestselling Author, John L. Betcher, holds a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. He has practiced law for more than twenty-five years in the Mississippi River community of Red Wing, Minnesota. Mr. Betcher has published an award-winning series of "Becker" suspense/thriller novels. The first four are THE 19TH ELEMENT, THE MISSING ELEMENT, THE COVERT ELEMENT, and THE EXILED ELEMENT. He has also authored the award-winning spiritual phenomenon, A HIGHER COURT.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Summoned: Book One of the The Elemental by Susan Leigh Noble


At the age of four, Lina discovered she could start fires with a mere thought – a trait which had died out long ago. Cautioned by her telepathic cat, Tosh, she kept this Elemental power a secret to avoid being an outcast. That was easy to do growing up in the remote grasslands of Zena. 

Now eighteen, she had no plans to leave her beloved homeland. So when a strange urge compels her to travel north to an unknown destination, Lina resists this unnatural feeling. But her plans to stay in Zena are taken out of her control when she is kidnapped by gypsies and wakes in a foreign land. The desire to travel north is as strong as ever. She fears she will have no choice but to give into the compulsion. When a raging fire prevents her return home, she realizes she must find out once and for all what or who is summoning her. 

On her journey, Lina befriends an odd assortment of allies. Together they battle mystical creatures and unnatural forces despite the fact that such magic had died out over 800 years ago. Lina reluctantly begins to use her innate Elemental power as she becomes more certain that someone is using magic against her. When she discovers the shocking truth, it will change her life in ways she could never imagine. Amazon

Susan Leigh Noble has always loved to read. She has been writing since childhood – anything from poetry, short stories, news articles and finally full length fantasy novels. She has always loved dragons, magic and cats so it is no wonder she put them all together in her “The Elemental” trilogy. When she isn’t writing, Susan is an active volunteer in her neighborhood and at her children’s’ schools. She lives with her husband and two children in Texas.

Summoned and two hundred other indie published ebooks are included in the IAN Christmas Kindle Fire Giveaway! For contest info and to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 CLICK HERE

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Full Frontal Stupidity by Barry Parham


"Parham is at the very top echelon of American humorists, equal to Dave Barry or David Sedaris on their best day." Linton Robinson (Editor, My Funny Valentine)

Humor columnist Barry Parham is back, launching his latest salvo of hilarious, thought-provoking, take-no-prisoners observations. 

on being single...

"Single guys buy milk in small, manageable doses, as if they were bringing home work, or morals. It would never cross a single guy's mind to buy an entire gallon of anything, much less some expiring liquid that can mutate into something that smells like Detroit looks."

on auto racing...

"I'm the first to admit that racing takes talent ... not to mention bravery. But, there's bravery involved in putting your hand on a hot stove, too. Sadly, though, after you're done with the stove, there's nothing much left but discipline, and learning to write with your other hand." 

on politics...

"Contestant #3 was unable to make it, but he did swing by and vote 'Present' so we would validate his parking, and he would like to remind our studio audience that was for showing up before he was against it." 

Includes these award-winning stories!

Skirts vs. Skins
Scenes From a Maul

Award-winning humorist Barry Parham relentlessly documents the humorous facets and foibles of our shared human condition, and has been sharing his irreverent observations for some time, through humor columns, essays and short stories. 

Parham's first book, the 2009 sleeper, "Why I Hate Straws," has received numerous awards. "Why I Hate Straws" is an eclectic compilation of observations about life on Planet Earth. 

His "what's wrong with this picture?" commentaries run the gamut of topics from family, to politics, to dating (or not dating) and even ferrets. From the frustrations of trying to save the planet, one light bulb at a time, to analyzing the inane concepts that define daily television advertising, these brisk, bite-sized stories will strike a chord with anyone who grew up in (or in spite of) American culture. 

Includes the award-winning stories "Going Green, Seeing Red" and "Driving
Miss Conception."

In October 2010, Barry published "Sorry, We Can't Use Funny," another award-winning collection of general-topic satire and humor, and the more targeted "Blush: Politics and other unnatural acts."

Parham is an honors graduate of the University of Georgia, a music fanatic and a self-described eco-narcissist. 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bone Dressing by Michelle Brooks

Young adult Fantasy

Time is running out … the Dark that's been chasing Syd for many lifetimes has finally caught up with her …

Sydney Roberdeau lost her parents as a young girl. Waiting for her life to start and the freedom that will come with her eighteenth birthday, Syd spends much of her time haunting the local cemetery. It is there, stretched out among the dead, that she feels most alive, most at home. Until one rainy night when Beau, Sarah and T.J. crash her ghostly sanctuary, appearing out of nowhere, turning her already inside-out world one degree past upside down.

Syd must now revisit past lives, dressing in the bodies of her previous selves … bone dressing. Her only chance to outrun the evil breathing down her neck is to face her own worst nightmares and her strongest desires. But if she can’t stay out of trouble in this life, how can she possibly fix mistakes from past lives? And just how many lives has she lived, loved and lost? What is Syd exactly, and what will she risk for the life of a man she doesn’t remember, the man she spent a lifetime with, the man she loves? Everything … including her very own life?

Bone Dressing, the first in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau on an adventure that transcends life itself.

Michelle I. Brooks was born in the pre-dawn hours of a crisp February morning in 1966 in a little one-bedroom apartment behind the Alabama Theater in Montrose in the heart of Houston. She first saw the world as Brian Westworth Brooks until her grandmother informed Michelle’s mother that the number of protruding body parts had been drastically miscalculated, that her grandchild was a she, not a he. As it turned out, Michelle’s mother had been much too busy counting fingers and toes to bother with other jiggly bits. So, Brian Westworth became Wendy Lynn, another fine name which served Michelle well for all of two days. Upon signing the birth certificate, Michelle’s father surreptitiously changed her name one last time, ultimately introducing the world to Michelle Irene Brooks, one little girl big enough to have already lived the lives of three.

While being totally Texan and living in or near Montrose the majority of her life, Michelle has traveled the world and lived a life rich with love, laughter, heartache and adventure. She came into the world seeing it through different eyes and carries with her to this day a rich, unique perspective of the life breathing all around her and within her.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II by John E. Nevola

Would you like to thank a soldier and help a military family?  Read on!  

The Last Jump is a war story, a mystery, a love tale, and a tribute to the people who won World War II. Fact and fiction intermix seamlessly to unravel a secret passionately guarded by four aging soldiers. The reader is transported back in time to an imperfect America, with all is incredible virtues and vexing shortcomings, struggling with racial and gender issues while fighting for its very survival. It was a time when Americans stood shoulder to shoulder to free the world from tyranny. It celebrates the spirit and courage of ordinary citizens pitted against the militaristic regimes of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. It was a time when the sons of presidents and senators served, fought, suffered and died alongside average Americans and famous celebrities. 

J.P. Kilroy, a middle-aged divorced journalist, regrets ignoring his mother's  deathbed request. Even her last letter, which told of the existence of a mysterious family secret, did not motivate him to reconcile with the father who left  them 30 years ago. When he receives an invitation from the White House to attend a Medal of Honor awards ceremony for African-Americans, he also discovers his estranged father recently passed away.
Was the secret now lost forever?  

Kilroy also discovers that four aging veterans,  the only links to the past, not only know the secret but swore an oath never to reveal it. They are the free-spirited Sky Johnson, a rough and tumble paratrooper, Frank West, the studious company commander, Harley Tidrick, Omaha Beach veteran and cousin of his father's best wartime buddy, and Lincoln Abraham, the only living black honoree at the ceremony.

With the aid of Cynthia Powers, an alluring Army press liaison, Kilroy accepts the challenge to cajole the veterans into revealing the mystery. Their conversations take him back in time to a country in grave danger but a country as united as never before or since. But the old warriors stubbornly resist until the last one passes on and Kilroy's hopes are dashed. But one reaches from beyond the grave to identify the only other person who has the answer and Kilroy races death to reach her. And a shocking conclusion awaits him, if only he can get there in time!

A portion of the proceeds are donated to assist families of the fallen.


"A great book. It lit a lot of lights for me!"
-- S/Sgt Richard "Red" Falvey, WWII veteran of Normandy, Holland and the Battle of the Bulge. 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

"An amazing job and a tremendous effort by a talented writer."
-- Lt. Col. James "Maggie" Megellas, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne Division, Author of All The Way To Berlin.

"This is a really, really good book...it reminded me of Herman Wouk's second book, War and Remembrance."
--John Austin, host of "The Book Club" - WTAN 1340 Radio, Tampa.

"...the first romantic military history...ever written that should have "all women should read" stamped on the cover. Men too. A good movie candidate."
-- Rob Flournoy, Book Reviewer, The Military Writer's Society of America

"Secrets remain secrets for a reason. The Last Jump, focusing on gender and racial issues throughout the War, is a riveting and touching novel about the greatest generation."
-- Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI )


John E. Nevola makes his literary debut with The Last Jump, a historical novel based on United States Army airborne operations in Europe during World War II. The study of this conflict has been the author's lifelong passion and he weaves a compelling tale of courage and sacrifice set in a historically accurate backdrop in an extraordinary time in American history.

He is a United States Army veteran and a member of the Military Writers Society of America. Born in New York City, he is a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and the College of Aeronautics. Nevola resides in Mount Olive, New Jersey with his wife Josephine. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II and two hundred other indie published ebooks are included in the IAN Christmas Kindle Fire Giveaway! For contest info and to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 CLICK HERE

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Deadly Consequences is a Suspense Novel by Lori Gordon

The Sam Black series of suspense novels feature the detectives of the fictional major crimes unit working out of 18th Precinct… the Gold Coast...where the rich and fabulous live...and die.

Nothing good ever happens on Saturday nights. Not in a city the size of Chicago, and not for the detectives of the 18th Precinct. Detective Sam Black and partner Alec Winters respond to a chilling call. A dead body’s been discovered near the lagoon in Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the city’s largest tourist attractions. The Superintendent of police and Mayor are screaming for a quick resolution before the media creates a frenzy. 

Sharp twists and unexpected turns force the detectives to put personal animosity aside when another girl goes missing. With the suspect pool quickly eroding, Sam follows a hunch that leads her to the killer’s lair and brings her face to face with a mad man determined to make her his next victim.

Lori Gordon has created stories since childhood. In recent years she has displayed notable diversity as an author, penning fantasy, science fiction, family novels, and thrillers. She had had short stories published in a variety of anthologies, and is currently working on her second thriller. Lori has taken turns in sales, as a marketing executive and entrepreneur and is now focusing on her writing. She has lived all of her life in Chicago and has an avid interest in gardening.

Deadly Consequences and two hundreds other indie published ebooks are included in the IAN Christmas Kindle Fire Giveaway! For contest info and to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 CLICK HERE

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Overload is a Suspense Thriller by Thomas Rowe Drinkard

Terrorists are coming into the United States across the Southern Borders. They’re being assisted by the drug cartels and others. When the fanatics begin suicide bombings in shopping malls, one man forges the clues into links that form an escalating chain of terror. 

The enigmatic Frost, a former Special Operations soldier, knows that soon, Americans will be confronted by a weapon of mass destruction—aimed at its heartland business and trading center—Chicago. 

Only he and his team stand between the terrorists and the death of thousands.

"Overload will have you flying through the pages. Expect twists, turns and plenty of surprises. This is a well crafted thriller that deserves your attention if you are a fan of suspense-thrillers."-Richard L. Weatherly, author

"Overload is a suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, anticipating turning the next page so you can find out what will happen."-Marion M. Dollar  

Thomas Rowe Drinkard was born and reared in Alabama.  He graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in English.  At graduation, he was commissioned an Army second lieutenant. Within two years he completed parachute school and was selected for the U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets).

After his active duty, he found his way into teaching and writing in the securities exam preparation business. Many of his articles and texts are currently in use.

"Tom is now a full-time writer/ part-time editor. He is the author of Piety and Murder, Where There Were No Innocents and the novellas, V Trooper - First Mission and Second Mission.  He is also the author of a chapbook of Vietnam poetry, Finding the Way Home.

Overload and two hundred other indie published ebooks are included in the IAN Christmas Kindle Fire Giveaway! For contest info and to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 CLICK HERE

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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Last of the Seals is a Mystery Novel by Greg Messel

THE LAST OF THE SEALS: Book 1 in the Sam Slater mystery series

The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together.  Sam's best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried.  Then a young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach. Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.


Greg Messel  grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol. “Deadly Plunge” is his fifth novel and is the second in a new series of Sam Slater mystery novels. Greg has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper. 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

C.L.R. Dougherty: The IAN Interview

Charles Dougherty and his wife have been cruising full-time aboard their sailboat since 2000.  They have been exploring the Eastern Caribbean since 2004, and most of his books are set in that part of the world.  The beauty of the open sea and the islands provide a captivating backdrop for his thrillers, and the quirky characters that populate his books are mostly inspired by the islanders and yachting folks among whom he lives.

He wrote quite a bit of fiction before publishing Deception in Savannah, his first novel.  Most of his earlier fiction works took the form of business plans, written to secure funding for projects and startup ventures during his corporate and consulting work.  He has also published Dungda de Islan', a nonfiction book about the experiences he and his wife have had while cruising the Caribbean aboard their yacht, Play Actor.  Bluewater Killer and Bluewater Vengeance are the first two books in the Bluewater Thriller series; Bluewater Voodoo is the third.

IAN. Please tell us about your latest book

CD. Bluewater Voodoo is part of the story of Dani Berger, a strong-willed, capable young woman who owns and sails Vengeance, a small luxury charter yacht in the Caribbean.  In Bluewater Voodoo, Dani and her business partner, who is the first mate and chef aboard Vengeance, are struggling with their roles in the business and in life.  Trouble begins when their charter guests, a couple of academics studying Voodoo and its influence on the culture of the islands, run afoul of a shady character on the lovely French island of Martinique.

Their guests uncover rumors of a real-life zombie and trace the unfortunate creature to a group of illegal refugees from Haiti who are living and working in Martinique.  The spiritual leader of the refugees has reluctantly used his skills to turn a problem visitor into a mindless slave.  The academics chartering Vengeance want to exploit the zombie craze to fund their legitimate research, but the agents of an unfriendly government have a more nefarious plan for the Voodoo priest and his creature.

Their paths converge, and Vengeance and her crew are caught in the middle.  Neither the government agents nor the academics reckon on the reaction of Dani and her partner, Liz.   Dani discovers the value of trading on her femininity and Liz learns to take care of herself in dangerous circumstances.

Bluewater Voodoo is the third book in the Bluewater Thriller series. 

IAN. How long did it take to write the Bluewater Voodoo?
CD. It took about three months to write and edit the book, although years of my life went into absorbing the background information that gives the reader such a strong sense of what life is like in the Caribbean yachting world.

IAN. What inspired you to write Bluewater Voodoo?
CD.   People who go to sea for extended periods in small boats are a bit different from the rest of the crowd.  To thrive in that environment requires self reliance; all of the safety nets that are provided by modern society are absent – medical, social services, police and fire departments, tow trucks, and even grocery stores are scarce compared to what most folks are used to.  How well you live depends directly on how willing you are to step up to new challenges.  On the other hand, most of the people we meet understand the importance of helping each other and the satisfaction of meeting their own needs.  It occurred to me that a series of thrillers set in such an environment offered interesting possibilities in terms of describing character traits and interactions.

Voodoo is a belief system that exists in the Caribbean islands, and the origin of zombies is rooted in that belief structure.  I became curious about the how and why of real-life zombies – they exist, or have, recently – not as the monsters of pop culture, but as victims of some seemingly evil practitioners of Voodoo.  I dealt with this in a recent blog post, and there are a couple of easily found references there.

For more information, see http://www.clrdougherty.com/2012/08/bluewater-voodoo-zombies-voodoo-and.html.  I decided that it would be fun to explore the topic of zombies in the context of a thriller that didn’t focus on zombies or a zombie apocalypse.

IAN. Talk about the writing process.
CD.  I usually write about 3,000 words in the middle of the day, and then take a break.  In the early evening, I read the last 12,000 words that I have written – 3 to 4 days of work – and mark it up.  I begin each day’s writing session by incorporating the markups into my manuscript, and the current day’s work flows from that.  I call it my rolling rewrite process.  By the time I finish the first draft, it has been rewritten 3 or 4 times.

IAN. Did you use an outline or do you just wing the first draft?
CD.  I start by writing the opening – about 500 to 2,000 words.  Then I write 3 or 4 sentences describing what happens in the next couple of chapters. Each day when I finish writing, I write a synopsis of the next 2 or 3 chapters. I have a rough idea of the story line in my head when I start, but it inevitably evolves as I write.  Outlining doesn’t work for me.

IAN. How is Bluewater Voodoo different from others in your genre?
CD.  I think the thing that sets my books apart is the sense of place and the corroborative detail that I put into them.  That comes from writing about places and things that I know intimately, and readers and reviewers consistently comment that you can smell the salt air, feel the breeze and spray, or taste the food as you meet the local people.

IAN. Is Bluewater Voodoo published in print, e-book or both?
CD. Both.

IAN. What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
CD. I want them to enjoy the story, and I want to instill a longing to visit the wonderful part of the world where my books are set.

IAN. Where can we go to buy Bluewater Voodoo?
CD.  All of my titles are available as e-Books from Amazon.  They are available in paperback from Amazon and all of the other online bookstores, as well as by special order from local bookstores.

IAN. Tell us about your next book or a work in progress. Is it a sequel or a stand alone?
CD.  I’m working on two books.  One is another nonfiction book about our experiences when we moved aboard our boat and left our comfortable lives ashore to explore the east coast of the U.S. from the water.  The other is a thriller, but it’s not a sequel to any of my previous books.  I wanted a break from the Bluewater Thriller series, so that I could return to it with a fresh perspective for the next book.  I’m missing those characters, now.  I look forward to finishing the two books I’m writing so that I can start the next Bluewater Thriller early next year.

IAN. Any other links or info you'd like to share?
CD. See my web page at www.clrdougherty.com.  I also have a sailing blog at http://voyagesoftheplayactor.blogspot.com, where I share a few details of our life afloat.

From Bluewater Killer, the first book in the series:

He drifted into consciousness, fighting it the whole way.  The harsh light of the sun burned through his eyelids.  He clamped them closed, in hopes that he would drift off again.  "Where am I?"  No one answered, but his instincts told him that it was nowhere good.  As he raised a hand to his throbbing head, he became aware of the corrosive vapors of jackiron rum wafting from his shirt.  Had he been drinking?  He couldn't believe that; he wasn't a drinker, but he felt hung over.  Moving his hand to the floor, he felt the surface beneath him -- hard, lumpy, and damp.  "Cobblestones?"  He forced his eyes open, a little bit at a time.  This caused his surroundings to roll past in surreal swirls.  His instincts were right.  He was nowhere good, and nowhere familiar, either.  Sunlight beamed from a hole, high up in one of the walls.  He turned his head, trying to look the other way, but instantly regretted the effects of the motion.  Overcome by nausea and retching painfully, he rolled onto his side to avoid choking.  As the waves of nausea receded, he took in the uneven stone floor stretching from his cheek to the iron bars comprising the wall opposite the one with the hole in it.  "Bars?"  He must be in a cell.  "Where am I?" he asked again.  Still, no one answered his questions.

Ignoring his body's protests, he forced himself to a sitting position.  He sat there for a moment, waiting for his surroundings to stop their circular motion.  He looked around and saw that he was alone; his immediate surroundings were deathly quiet.  In the distance, he could hear voices, raised in gospel song.  There was a subtle but still noticeable calypso undertone to the familiar music.  As he registered the rhythm, the notion that he was in the islands formed in his mind.  "I'm hung over and in jail, somewhere in the Caribbean," he said aloud.  "It's Sunday.  I need water and food."  Behind that raging thirst, he could feel his stomach growling.

He crawled over to the bars and pulled himself to a semi-erect position, holding on to stay upright as his vision swirled again.  "Got to be careful about moving my head so fast," he said, under his breath.  He looked out into a dim, rough-walled corridor, broken pieces of oyster shell visible in the construction.  "Definitely in the islands," he said.

"Hello," he called.  "Anybody there?"  He listened as the sound of his voice died in soft echoes.  Still grasping the vertical bars of his cell door, he shook it to make a noise and get someone's attention.  To his surprise, the door swung out into the corridor with a loud screech of rusty iron hinges.  He stumbled, shuffling to stay on his feet, as he followed the arc of the swinging door.  He paused, hanging on the door to regain his equilibrium.  After a few seconds of silence, he released his grip on the door and moved a little way into the corridor, taking in the empty cells to either side of his.

"Hey!" he yelled, rewarded by an increase in the throbbing pressure behind his forehead.  No one answered.  Leaning on the wall, he worked his way down the corridor toward what appeared to be an exit.  Reaching the end of the corridor, he peered through a narrow archway into a sort of waiting room.  It was dirty but neat, in that way unique to official spaces in small Caribbean countries.  There was a bench along one wall; along the opposite wall, there was a counter, with a window of scarred, yellowed Plexiglas, like the ticket booth at a defunct theater.  There was nobody behind the window.  He stumbled out into the empty waiting room.  Examining the room for a moment, he shook his sore head in confusion.  Still unsure of his footing, he stepped outside into the morning sunlight, expecting to encounter a policeman at any moment.  He was a little worried about how he would explain his accidental freedom if anybody challenged him.  As he staggered out of the door, he looked up and back over his shoulder, noticing the signboard hanging above the portal.  "Police," he read.