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In one day, I saw three negative opinions about indie “authors”. (I use quotes here as these opinions implied indies are not actually authors.) One was a blog post and the other two were strings of tweets on Twitter.

They were of the mind that all writers who self publish completely, utterly, and in all other ways suck. They gave “proof”. (I use quotes here as my opinion implies that what they offered was not actually proof.)

Their “proof” (there are those pesky, sarcastic quotes again) is as follows…in a nutty, nutty nutshell:

  • If indie authors could write a decent book, they would be picked up by a traditional publisher. Period. Full stop. End of story.
  • “Real” authors (who are traditionally published) think indie authors suck, too. So there!
  • Indie authors are mucking up the world! Pigs are flying! Hell is freezing over!
  • Indie authors are so bad…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – Music, Language, Honey, Books and Humour

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We got back from the UK on Thursday night and it was a terrific two weeks away. The weather was wonderful until the last couple of days, but we had been keeping an eye on the four storm fronts coming up from the south. These days forecasts are very accurate and we saw that Tuesday when we were due to catch our ferry was going to have waves over 20ft high.. We had a flexible ticket so moved our booking to Thursday which looked like the calmest day of the week. As it happened we crossed in the only four hour window of calm which has to be the luck of the Irish.

It was great to be in the company of a dog again, and Miss Ellie is well used to us as a family. The break and spending a lot off time unplugged did us both good and…

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Romance – The Good Mistress


Mila Ali’s fiance Warren is killed in a corporate plane crash. Grief wraps around her heart and soul – cushioning her to the outside world and the reality that is now her life. Warren had been many things to her: friend, lover, and even a part-time savior. After spending too many years working too many hours for a large corporation, Mila was able to let go and love Warren, even at the expense of losing her traditional Somalian father’s favor.

Nothing could have prepared her for such a devastating loss, yet the fragile bubble she has built around her heart is shattered when Mila comes face to face with Blake Baldwin – billionaire, womanizer, Warren’s boss…and the owner of that fateful airplane.

Blake Baldwin is too handsome for words, with a body that could melt hearts and a piercing stare that cut through Mila’s every defense. The encounter seems to ignite a fascination in the enigmatic billionaire, one that sends him to the beautiful Somalian’s door again and again….

Mila is not looking for love – been there, done that, but Blake will not rest until Mila Ali is his. He thrusts her into a frenzy of confusion, deception, and passion. Blake just may be the bandage Mila’s wounded heart and neglected body needs, or he could be the biggest heartbreak of all.

Contains mature themes.

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Amarie Avant

Mother of two. Wife of one alpha. And alpha to his alpha.
Lover of thrills and enticingly sexy chills.

Amarie attended Azusa Pacific University graduate program. She has received two Bachelors and a Masters in Counseling. Beware anytime you open an Amarie Avant novel: It is is not your ordinary love story…

 

 

 

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Fantasy – Dragon Keepers Series


Dragon Keepers is the first novel in the high fantasy debut series by C Patt.
Dragons have long been hunting for knowledge. In addition to coveting vast wealth they also watch over the best minds civilization has to offer. People from far and wide make the treacherous journey to view and add to the libraries of the Royal Court of Atlantis.

Born dragons Celestra Rose and her sister Attatraxia both hold enough music to shift into human form. Both are being trained to one day day take over their mothers place in the Royal Court as Dragon Keepers.
In other lands dragons are hunted to near extinction, or haunted and chained as slaves, putting their species at war with mankind. On their island, they have groomed over time the humans to believe that they can be trained, but only by the most talented of magicians. The Dragon Keepers ensure the safely and well being of the island, protecting it from all who seek to conquer it.

Follow the sister’s on their journey as they learn the complexities of diplomacy and courtship. Only one may remain as Keeper, and the rivalry between the two dragons would be challenged enough for Celestra Rose, only to find that their are humans who wish for her downfall as well.

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The Stone and the Pilgrim (1) – Steve Tanham

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Sun in Gemini

Late Friday afternoon, 14th September. A group of travellers arrive in Bamburgh, Northumberland. Their intention is to invoke a landscape.

The meeting place is one of the hotels in the village of Bamburgh, but the first destination is that liminal place: the beach – and what a beautiful place it is…

The beach here sits between two worlds, yet is part of both. The huge and dominating presence of Bamburgh Castle to the west, and the pure white line of the sea’s breaking surf to the east. A shaded charcoal sky offsets the bright landscape, giving a perfect light for photography.

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Bethany has been acting as parental guardian for her younger sister ever since the death of their parents in a car accident. She tries hard to make Christmas a special as she can for her sister. But when her sister meets a man online who wants to meet her over the holiday, Bethany puts her foot down. Her sister shows her rebellious side and disappears. Now former police detective from Boulder is looking for the couple and suspects that the Christmas Killer from Boulder might have set his sights on their small town.

THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS series:
• IN THE NICK OF TIME by Susette Williams
• GABRIEL’S SECRET by Alexa Verde
• GUARDING CANDY KANE by V.B. Tenery
• MURDER: UP ON THE ROOFTOP by Tina Dee
• JOY IN JEOPARDY by Lynette Sowell
• HOLLY IN HIDING by P. Creeden
• STARR WITNESS by Susette Williams
• NOELLE ON THE RUN by Alexa Verde
• GOLDEN BELLES ARE WRINGING by Gina Conroy
• DEATH BY FIGGY PUDDING by Tina Dee
• DANGER FOR GLORIA by Lynette Sowell
• MERRY WITHOUT MALICE by P. Creeden

 

Writers are excellent listeners…

So you want to write a book...

SO YOU (1)

To write honestly, to write emotionally and profoundly, you must be a good listener. You can only create multi-dimensional characters if you understand the multitude of dimensions human beings are made of. If you’ve seen below the surface. Heard their most personal stories and witnessed their private thought processes.

I don’t share people’s secrets in my writing. But, I harness their experiences in my own way, taking the emotions and consequent actions I’ve witnessed and recreating new characters and situations to apply them to, helping me create more genuine, more relatable stories.

I’ve been blessed with an extraordinary life. In my thirty-plus years, I’ve experienced more than most. Much of which has been heartache. Loss. And abuse. I’ve witnessed first-hand the damage of addictions and mental illness. I’ve become familiar with death and grief. I’ve been practicing since childhood. But, I’ve also traveled the world. I’ve driven across this country…

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