THE TWO is an eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards Nominee!

Yep, read that title again so you can join me in freaking out.
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Go to the eFestival of Words website for the full list. You’ll find THE TWO under “Best Contemporary/Urban Fantasy” along with some other great books that are very worth checking out.

Thanks so much to the person who nominated THE TWO. Since ballots are kept anonymous I’ll probably never know who you are, but you rock. It’s such an honor to be recognized from inside the indie community.

Recommended Indie Reads: Intercontinental Moves, Interdimensional Travel

I got tagged again with the Four Q&As about my WIP blog hop, so instead of repeat the same questions and answers, I’m going to promote two great indie writers.

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Rosemary Whittaker is a British born author. She is an English teacher by profession. Since leaving university she has lived and worked in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and twice in Denmark. Her husband works in biodiversity informatics (cataloging all living species on earth) and this has entailed many moves. They have five children so the moves have been extra challenging.
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Her real love has always been writing and she has written several novels, variously set in the countries in which she has lived. She also writes for children. All her novels are available on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk.

Her recent novels, a set of four, all take the theme of British women who move, by choice or circumstance, to one of the four countries mentioned above. THE CINNAMON SNAIL is set in Denmark, where Rosemary currently lives.

The Copenhagen Post Publisher’s Corner: Review of ‘The Cinnamon Snail’

Rosemary’s Website | Rosemary’s Books on Amazon

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Jason Gurley is a writer I recently found. His book ELEANOR was released on June 27, but I received an early copy from his website.

I’m about 80% through ELEANOR, and devouring it. It’s a lovingly crafted book, a story I can recommend wholeheartedly even though I haven’t finished it. It’s a perfect example of why I love indie fiction, and why I’m so glad this book never found a traditional publisher. ELEANOR hasn’t been forced into any mold. It’s a story that takes its time to build, to immerse you, to wiggle in deeply so you can’t shake it off.

If you like magical realism, and exploring the barrier between life and the afterlife, you might want to check this one out.

Jason’s Website | Jason’s Books on Amazon

The Alignment on Indies Unlimited

Today THE ALIGNMENT is featured on Indies Unlimited, a source for high-quality indie books. The feature is permanent, so even if you’re not reading this the day I posted you can still link to it here.

They also have a Bookstore with so many great finds I blame them for adding pages to my TBR list. You’ll see THE ALIGNMENT on the first page of the Platinum Club.

If you’re hesitant to browse independent books because, let’s face it, there’s a lot to wade through before you get to the good ones, Indies Unlimited is a great place to start.

ShelfBuzz

In January, my book made it onto a site called ShelfBuzz, where books are chosen solely for their covers.

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Handpicked Free Kindle Books Judged by Their Covers

 

I didn’t know it was there until yesterday, when someone sent me a link without explaining what it was. I click, scroll down, and whoa! Pretty cool. Thanks, ShelfBuzz! I love being judged by my cover!

“Baboon Fart Story” Screen Captures

If you missed Baboon Fart Story’s short run of publication on Amazon, here’s a few screen captures frozen in time. I still had it open when someone took it down this morning, so I made these crude images. If I have time I’ll make a PDF or something later. Too busy now.

The background of this is here: “Baboon Fart Story” Is Now An Actual Thing

And again, thanks Chuck Wendig, and Phronk, for the laugh.

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When I hastily posted these pics this morning I expected to be sharing my little space here with a few people from Chuck Wendig’s blog. I didn’t realize I’d have to elbow my way through a rowdy horde. You people are kind of creeping me out. But hey, while you’re here…

Phronk, author of Baboon Fart Story, has sent me more reviews he managed to capture before someone at Amazon hit DELETE. See below.

Also, if you want a copy of Baboon Fart Story it’s now up for free on Chuck Wendig’s blog. Download a copy. The interior will surprise you. I expected a big ol’ chunk of text with the word repeated and no real formatting…but no. Get yourself a copy, read, and enjoy.

I’m still amazed at what can happen on the internet in a matter of 24 hours.

Here they are. Amazon reviews of Baboon Fart Story by Phronk.

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Tangible

Two months have passed yet I’m still not over it: four years of mental grind has taken tangible form. This box arrived last November.

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Opening this box is my favorite part of the publishing process and must be one of the most rewarding moments of being a writer.

It’s like being handed your newborn baby for the first time. The car keys to your dream car. A college diploma. The hard work to achieve this prize is over. You’ve dusted off your hands and opened a new door. And there’s a sprawl of endless possibilities right at your feet.

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Author Interview on Indie Author Land

Head over to Indie Author Land for my author interview that went live today.

Indie-Author-LandAnd while you’re there, be sure to check out their other interviews and the page of free and discounted books. You might find something you like!

Now here’s an update on book two for the mob outside my house carrying torches and chanting something about book one? And cliffhangers? And something involving a pair of pliers and my fingernails?

Sunday night I started working at 9:30 PM and worked for four hours straight. When I checked the clock at midnight, I decided I needed to wrap it up (my alarm clock goes off at an agonizing 5:55 AM). I took a “few” minutes “wrapping it up” that ended up being a full hour and a half. (What?! LOL)

But! The great news is I got 25 pages farther! All worth it! :)

I was able to do a bit more since then, bringing my book two progress to…

Progress of THE TWO
First Draft: Complete (126,180 words)
My revisions: In progress (33.8% complete)
Professional editing: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Cover art: Not started