Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Please say hello to the illustrious Jackie Gamber

Book Synopsis Reclamation: The exciting conclusion of the Leland Dragon Series!

Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.

All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.

Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.

Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.

War is here.

The stakes?

Perhaps the whole world.

About the Author: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

Twitter: @jackiegamber

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Monday, February 24, 2014

We proudly present Eric Garrison!

Book Synopsis Sinking Down: Poor Little Ghoul

Paranormal investigators Brett and Liz find themselves back in over their heads when a forest hunt for a roadkill-eating creature offers up a little surprise. Back home with their ghoulish house guest, it becomes clear there’s more to this investigation than either of them thought. Worse than that, Brett's own fate is linked to the little ghoul's.

So it's back out on the road, with plenty of time for pit stops with a greedy ex, a convention of ghost hunters, partying with fake vampires, and even drinking and fighting alongside good ole Uncle Gonzo. But as the investigation goes deeper, and unseen connections come to light, Brett finds there’s much more at stake than getting through a rough patch with Liz.

A rescue mission. A race for a cure. New friends and old adversaries. Unbreakable bonds and supernatural danger. It’s going to be a wild ride. Can the friends save the nearly undead tween? Can she and Brett stop themselves from ...Sinking Down?

Sinking Down is the 2nd Book in the Road Ghosts Trilogy!

About the Author: Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and four cats. He also enjoys gaming and homebrewing beer.

Seventh Star Press published the first of his Road Ghosts trilogy, Four 'til Late, in July of 2013. Sinking Down was released in December of 2013, with the final title to appear in 2014.

Eric's novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. This book reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon's Kindle store during a promotion in July 2013.

Eric's short story, "Drag Show" appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine and Volume 2 of that magazine's anthology series. His flash piece, "Dark Reflection", appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. He's competed twice in the Iron Writer Challenge with two 500-word flash pieces, "Killer Cure" and "Moby Me".

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Twitter: @erichris

Saturday, February 22, 2014

GUEST POST! I love them and you will love this guy!

Doubts of a self-publisher

Every few months, while sitting alone by my eye-burning monitor late at night and typing out word after word of ideas streaming from my mind, I ask myself 'why'.
Why am I writing this stuff down? Why do I research so extensively? Who will read the results? What good will it all do? Will my small group of loyal readers like what I write? Will anyone understand it? Should I even bother?
As my good friend Eponymous Rox (author of B.O.T.)  wrote to me once, "With your wily work [Dani], I tend to focus on what's in parentheses. (I also think you are very misunderstood...and possibly always have been.)". So true.
Life as a self-publisher is tough, with low sales, few free downloads, fewer reviews, and less friends replying to your pleas for assistance as they become more and more irritated with your requests. Saying this, whatever success you do achieve is due to them and a handful of your writing peers who acknowledge your work. And waking up to yet another 'glowing' review or remark from a new admirer makes your day. To know that you've touched someone's life in a positive way always brings a little happiness.
But is this enough? Are the hours of time-consuming finger bashing all worth a smile from a stranger? Other than spending time writing, I try to live a responsible life as a husband, lover, father and primary school teacher, but I was never one for conformity, needing some release from stress and angst - 'Wave of Mutilation' by the Pixies is my ringtone, though I can never hear it if someone calls - and so for myself, some form of creativity is a ’must’. I was never any good at music and my drawing ability stopped at the age of 10, so, writing it is.
But self-publishing is much more than just writing, it's self-marketing too, something I never planned for. What makes this part even worse is watching other less scrupulous and less talented self-publishers get ahead with paid marketing, tons of sales, reviews and offers coming their way. Congratulations to them, but they're doing no one any favours, destroying the reputation of self-publishers with their unedited clones of well-known books and condemning other writers like myself to the empty depths of Amazon!
...oh, the doubts of a self-publisher. The days when a writer could hide away and create novels are gone, unless you're JK Rowling or Dan Brown. Is it now the case that you need to die to be ’found’, like Larsson? It's a bit extreme, it cuts your chance of increasing your portfolio by 100%, and it certainly is not foolproof.
So why oh why do I still write? I guess it could be because that...

·      There are some people who enjoy my writing, and to imagine that I've just made them smile once again or allowed them to forget about the troubles in their lives while reading my work makes me want to write more.

·      It gives the creative self-destructive side of myself an outlet so that I can continue to be the responsible person that I am (???) and not watch my life fall apart around me, like in the old days.

·      There is still a one inch chance of hope that one day someone somewhere will notice my work and take it on, put it in the shops for the public to see and sell the m***** out of it.

...so, I guess there's one more to finish...
A big thank you to Violet for allowing me to guest post J

'Dani's Shorts', 'Dani's Shorts 2' and 'TDX2' are available on Smashwords for free.

Dani J Caile's other ebooks and paperbacks are available on Amazon.

If you'd like to try 'The Iron Writer' Challenge, visit...

Dani also posts every now and again on his blog, more so when he’s procrastinating.

'How to build a castle in seven easy steps' will be available on Amazon soon.