youtu.be/114FMORJmrc)I took the challenge and here is my response to GoIndieNow #SundayFunday: Before I was A Writer.
#GoIndieNow #SundayFunday...a new episode is up everybody! Please consider yourself tagged and I hope to see a bunch of you give it a go. (The original: https://youtu.be/114FMORJmrc)
To series or not to series, that is the question. We will explore all the thoughts that go into whether it really is a series you are writing or could it be a trilogy, a collection? Can books within your series stand on their own? Do they have a certain way they need to be constructed? Do they need to be completely planned out? Is there a trick to writing them? How do you even start one?
Last night I was delighted to host a panel that came at this from both sides, those who series and those who don't. Check out this epic debate on the merits of this concept.
My amazing panel of Authors:
Joe Compton (http://goindienow.com/)
Craig Gaydas (http://www.facebook.com/cgaydas/)
Sunshine Somerville (http://www.facebook.com/kynacoba/)
M. L. Spencer (http://www.facebook.com/MLSpencerAuthor/)
Christie Stratos (http://www.facebook.com/christiestratosauthor/)
"This is a wonderful story for the young #sci-fi fans out there"
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Nothing is better than a lovely scented candle and a book.
I like to burn Cinnamon Vanilla when I am writing about Gram and Mara. When I want to tap into the dark side of the Elemental magic, I found Lemon Ice chilled the air enough to embrace Snowystra's coolness. Envy took me to the shores of Brigid's Landing and Coastal Reef set the background to the romantic ocean scenes.
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It has been a while since I posted anything...not that I don't have much to share. Book 3 was published in March and I immediately dove into book 4, Envy. My dark magical tale is now in the hands of my editor. While I am waiting for her review and edits, Book 5 has come to life.
It seems the first four book in the series have been an alternating contrast of Light and Dark themes. Meg's Winter, the fifth book, in the series will be a combination. We will have to see where my muse takes us.
On May 21, 2017, I had another great opportunity to chat with a fantastic panel of Indie Authors. The Dark Side of Indie Publishing delved into the pros and cons of this journey we take as authors. Check it out...you might be surprised at some of my answers.
One of the greatest parts of being an indie author is the people we meet along the way. Joe Compton, creator of GoIndieNow, is not only a talented author but a dedicated supporter of all indie artists.
I am excited to say I was lucky enough to be listed at the Featured Indie Artist for June.
I am excited to be part of the May edition of CQ.
CQ Magazine May https://issuu.com/ramblingawaymagzine/docs/cqmagmay2016
I am thrilled that my second book in the Protectors of the Elemental Magic series is on Kindle pre-order and will arrive on 2/27/16. Mara has just begun her path to mastering her magic and there are plenty of bumps in the road along they way.
There is a world around us that most people don't take the time to see.
Mara Stone's world was shaken, but she is a fighter. Facing new adversaries, Mara is learning what it truly means to protect the magic. As she starts to rebuild her life, the web of her family's secrets continues to unravel. Mara is forced to face her fear of losing everything she holds dear.
She said that you would be a challenge to my children. I thought I had made the right choice when I selected Eliza. If only Mae had not interfered. But, enough of those sad thoughts, I think the two of you will be perfect replacements.
When Mara and Cole find themselves in the cold world of Snowstrum, they will have to choose either to be true to their promise to protect the magic, or to follow their desires. Magic may not be enough to free them from the icy fortress they are trapped in.
The cold water shocked me and I found it hard to catch my breath. Unable to see what had attacked me, I began to scramble to the shore with thoughts of running back to the forest to hide. I wasn't fast enough. A hand roughly caught my wrist. My instinct to run away instantly changed to self-preservation. My heart began to beat so hard I thought it would fly out of my chest and my mind kept telling me to survive. Fight! Fight! As I turned to confront the danger, I found myself face-to-face with Cole.
"Mar, calm down. It's me. Stop running. Who were you shouting at? There is no one here," he said. Pulling me into his arms, he held me tightly.
"He will try to kill them with or without you and he will fail," the voice whispered in my ear.
Jerking away from Cole, I returned to the position he had first found me. Holding my hands tightly over my ears, I tried to block out the hiss of the voice.
As he whispered to me, Cole began to stroke my hair. "It's okay, Mar. I am here. You are not alone."
Letting his touch calm the screams inside me, I lowered my defenses and carefully released my hands from my ears. The voice was no longer whispering to me. Throwing myself into Cole's tall, muscular body, I wrapped my arms tightly around his neck.
"Don't let me...don't let me become that person," I said through my tears. "I am not that person. Don't let me become that person. Don't let them turn you into a person like them. We can't—"
Her baby is gone, the only means of following her destroyed. Eva is left on
Earth with Madden and her friends, and a gaping hole in her heart.
There is no time to take stock. The ARC Council is shattered, several members
dead or disappeared. Decisions need to be made. This is far from the end. As
demons start to find their way onto earth in ever increasing numbers, Eva is
given an ultimatum: sacrifice herself, or sacrifice her daughter Nina.
With Madden, Gila, Swanson and numerous allies, Eva must find a way to
reach her daughter before it is too late…
Born and raised in Bristol, England, Matthew W Harrill is an international award-winning horror
author. His series, 'The ARC Chronicles' consists of Hellbounce (which has received acclaim at
the Halloween Book Festival, the London Book Festival and most recently the 2015 International
Book Awards), Hellborne and the final book of the series, Hellbeast is imminent.
In addition to his mentor David Farland (The Runelords, The Courtship of Princess Leia [as Dave
Wolverton]), Matt is always thankful to know the British author Juliet E McKenna, who has helped
him countless times. He is a fan of fantasy, loving Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' series. He
also has a lot of time for the truly bizarre horror of H P Lovecraft, citing this as an influence on his
work. He also cites the fictional author 'Hank Moody' as an influence.
Matthew has worked as a labourer, a barman, a cleaner, a joiners mate. In addition he has
dabbled in commercial insurance and has for the past 12 years implemented share plans for
When not working, Matthew enjoys tennis with his son, watching movies and television series
such as Supernatural and Grimm, blogging and cookery.
Contact the Author:
Amazon.com author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00M0D7UWQ
Goodreads.com author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8288084.Matthew_W_Harrill
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Matthew.W.Harrill.Author?fref=ts
Official Website: www.matthewharrill.com
It’s here! Dark, gritty psychological thriller The Phoenix Project undergoes a makeover in the brand new Booktrope edition. Completely re-edited and re-designed, don’t miss this stunning cover by the talented Amalia Chitulescu.
The book will be available to buy soon from a wide range of digital and paperback distributors.
Author: D.M. Cain
Title: The Phoenix Project
Genre: Psychological thriller/Dark thriller/Dystopian
Book Content: Occasional adult language, graphic violence, and mild sexual content.
Original Cover Design from the first edition
How can you fight to the death, when you’ve given up on life?
A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice...
A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting re-released novel, The Phoenix Project.
Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.
In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.
Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?
‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.
D.M. Cain Biography
D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released two full length novels: The Phoenix Project - a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series – 'The Shield of Soren' and a novella to accompany it.
D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors.
Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/XevZH
Very cool review of Remember at
Today, James Quinn was kind enough to stop by my blog to share his fantastic book.
A short scene from the new spy thriller – A Game For Assassins
Introducing the anti-hero/spy Jack “Gorilla” Grant.
Gioradze snorted. “Fuck you. Torture me all you want. You think this is the first time I’ve been tied to a chair and tortured.”
“Probably not,” said Gorilla. “But this isn’t the first time I’ve tied someone to a chair and interrogated them either, so on that score we are equal.” He was thinking of his time spent with the forger in Belgium. But the one thing that Gorilla was positive of was that, unlike the forger, this killer would not be walking away safely and with a suitcase full of cash.
In his role as faux KGB interrogator Gorilla had decided to use that oldest and most dangerous of tactics first; honesty. Honesty to the subject, honesty about his potential fate, honesty leaves the subject with no place to hide and no manoeuvring room. It spells it out for him in stark detail. You are here. I am here. These are the facts.
“I won’t tell you a thing you Russian pig,” said Gioradze, as the anger started to rise in him.
Gorilla frowned. “Oh, I believe that you believe that. But there is one thing that I can tell you from experience and that is everyone talks, everyone has a breaking point. You just have to find the correct leverage. For some its pain, some people can’t handle pain. However, in your case I think that you are such a tough man that you could withstand it, of that I have no doubt.”
The Georgian was breathing heavily now, gulping in a huge lungful of air, mentally bracing himself for what was about to come.
The assassination of a Caribbean dictator….The “hit” on a traitor in Beirut……The brutal murder of a young CIA officer behind the Iron Curtain…..So begins the game……
It is 1964, the height of the Cold War, and British Intelligence is riding high with its top double agent network: Constellation.
But in the secret war fought across Europe the enemy is never far away and soon the agents of Constellation are targeted by an unknown team of assassins. In desperation British Intelligence sends in their best agent to protect the network and hunt down the killers.
About the Author
James Quinn spent 15 years in the secret world of covert operations, undercover investigations and international security before turning his hand to writing.
He is trained in hand to hand combat and in the use of a variety of weaponry including small edged weapons, Japanese Swords and Hunting Bows. He is also a crack pistol shot for CQB (Close Quarter Battle) and many of his experiences he has incorporated into his works of fiction.
He lives in the United Kingdom and travels extensively around the globe.
For more information, check out the James Quinn Website
Buy The Book
Free with Kindle Unlimited
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VQORC0K/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VQORC0K/
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00VQORC0K/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00VQORC0K/
Connect with James Quinn
Twitter # Ape101Quinn
IndieRoar Challenge - Day 9 You scream. I scream. We all scream for...your 5 all-time favorite Indie books! #IndieRoar
Today's challenge is to share our 5 indie authors that get our heart pumping. I am not a popularity contest kind of girl. There are so many talented indie authors but the first 5 that came to mind will make my quick list. If you are not on my list, it is not from lack of interest or excitement in your story!
C.L. Schneider's The Crown of Stone series
A twist on the way I thought of magic. Check out more about C.L Schneider here.
Michael J. Elliott's - Mr. Westacott's Christmas
This story haunted me for days. For more of Michael J Elliott's work.
Christina McMullen's Kind of Like Life
Or as I call my daily torture -- torture because I just want to dive into the world of Renee and find out what is reality in her new home. The main character speaks to me!
Find out more about Christina McMullen here.
Today's #IndieRoar Challenge is to share you love of Indie Authors. My niece and I were busy making signs and my nephew jumped on the bandwagon of calling out our love of Indie!
Follow us as we spread the love...
Why in the world would anyone write a book anymore? In the words of a wise woman, "What are they nuts!"
I have been talking with the new author friends and I find the same story from all. We all are passionate about our book(s) and want the world to love our story as much as we do. We have dove into the rapid waters of indie publishing and are eagerly grabbing onto new ideas to market ourselves.
But many ask what is the answer? What is the secret to success? What do we need to do to spread the word. A very wise man recently told me that there is no easy answer. There is dedication to our craft and patience.
So until the magic answer appears, we carry on:
We delete and retype
We give up
We cry "I am brillant!"
We giveaway our words
We war (the cover variety)
We band together (Awethors & Indie Books Be Seen)
And most importantly,we just WRITE. Never forget the reason why we put our words to paper.....the story.
First, my dream of publishing my book came true in the form of an ebook.
I was then told I need paper! I wasn't sure I could make that happen but I pushed back all the fear I had and went for it. I soon was able to hold my book in my hand.
Now my ultimate dream of following in the footsteps of Jennifer Estep and Gail Carriger and creating an audiobook is close at hand. A way to bring my story to life for others.
Where do I go from here? Well, I've only just begun.
I have been tagged by Joe Compton to do the page 7, 7 lines of my latest work.
This is a rough unedited excerpt from Exigency: Protectors of the Elemental Magic (Book 2):
Not sure where I was I stopped and called out, "Air, please blow away this fog and let me see where I am."
Sitting down, I waited while the moist vapor slowly drifted away showing me that I was on the rocky shore of Sparrow Lake. Sitting down, I wrapped my arms around my legs and gently began to rock myself. How did I get so far from home? I felt as if I was losing a connection with reality. I kept telling myself that if I just listened to my heart everything would be as planned. As I questioned my recent behavior and my faith that the Goddess would guide me, I heard a crackling sound behind me. Turning to the direction of the noise, I saw a shadow quickly dart through the treeline.
I am nominating James Quinn, J.b. Taylor, Michelle Diana Lowe, Sunshine Somerville, Jay Norry, Chrissy P. Moon and Anesa Miller to do the same.