Monthly Archives: July 2015

Indie Author P.H. Solomon Guests On Beyond The Cover

Have you heard the big news? Indie author P.H. Solomon has agreed to be my special guest on Beyond The Cover airing live at 12 noon CST on Saturday, August 8th. P.H. will drop by for a thirty minute chat about his books, his writing process, personal experiences as a published author, and whatever else crosses his mind.

Those who wish to participate in the program may do so by posting questions and comments for my guest via Twitter, using #RRBCBeyondTheCover. Whether you’re a Rave Reviews Book Club member or simply a fan of talented indie authors, you are invited to tune in for what will certainly be a fun time.

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Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Kregen the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.

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P.H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd on large computers called servers. Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. His the first book of a fantasy series, The Bow of Destiny is due for release on 9/30. He has additionally published a short story e-book entitled, The Black Bag, and is working on the remaining books of the Bow of Hart Saga, the second of which should be ready in early 2016.

Links:

P.H. Solomon on Twitter: @ph_solomon

P.H. Solomon’s Website: Archer’s Aim

Info on The Bow Of Destiny

Info on The Black Bag

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Meet Indie Author Jason Zandri

Greetings, dear readers. It is my pleasure to once again take part in a 4 Wills Blog Tour. This time around, my special guest is none other than indie author Jason Zandri. Please give Jason a warm welcome.

Take it away, Jason…

 

 

One of my favorite things when talking about “Another Sunset” is telling people the story about how I wrote it in six weeks over the summer of 2014. 99,000 plus words and 350 plus pages – six weeks.

Of course, editing it came afterwards and took nearly the same amount of time, but that main draft of the book really did happen from the last week of July to the first week of September.

The whole story really starts thirty some odd years ago in high school. I loved my Creative Writing class but I hated many of the writing assignments. Some were forced topics and I didn’t feel comfortable writing them. Imagine a football player in a tutu. Some assignments just didn’t work for me and they shook my confidence. I know it was skill building and stretching (now that I am 46) but as a 15 year old kid, with little family support, it took the wind out of me more often than not and the character building aspect didn’t correctly offset the “trauma”.

When I was out of high school I left writing behind me and I took a shot at professional radio, trying to be an on-air personality (among other things). I made more money flipping burgers and making pizzas. Time marched on, the car needed work and the rent was due, so I moved on to other things that actually earned me a moderate living.

I wanted to get back to writing regularly somehow. I always kept my appetite whet by writing “letters to the editor” for the local newspaper (they even gave me an op-ed column twice a month for a couple of years) and I wrote on my many blogs (local news and events, technology tutorials, and so on). These were all mainly hobby related mainly and I made very little if any money from them, but like any hobby that you love to engage in, you generally never do.

In the end, I always hoped that I would get back to writing a story and getting it published. The ones I wanted to write, many were already “finished” in my head.

Then “Fifty Shades of Grey” came out. Many of the issues in the book series from the detractors’ points of view included the layout, storyline, grammar, and the incomplete editing. All the nitpicky stuff I was worried about in my own finished product, yet despite those major issues, the book series sold hundreds of millions of copies.

I meant to sit down to catch up as soon as my kids left for Poland (they go away the end of June through the end of August every year) but catching up on things at home, enjoying that first couple of weeks around the house like Al Bundy with no Peggy, threw me all off schedule.

Eventually, I decided to get serious and figured the best way to do that was to stay out of the house. This way I wasn’t distracted by the lawn, the garage, the lawn chair out in the yard…

I have ownership in a timeshare that was opening up a location in New York City three blocks from where I work. I decided since the family was gone and I had ownership to leverage, I decided to spend time there instead of wasting it on the train going back and forth to an empty house.

I found this awesome bar at 515 Third Avenue in New York City, (aptly named “Bar 515”), which had just enough ambient noise to keep me actively working, without getting burned out.   It was conducive to writing and the beers were only four bucks, too! Really?  In New York City?  You had me at “Hello.”

So, there I sat, (like I am this summer righting posts for this blog tour), each Monday thru Thursday night after work, getting this story out of my head that had been there for at least fifteen years. Six weeks, and probably 100 or so beers later, “Another Sunset” was complete.

Six weeks, and probably 100 or so beers later, “Another Sunset” was done.

I’m not yet selling millions of copies; heck, I am not even selling thousands of copies (yet), but I am a published author and that is more than I was at this time last year.

I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

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About Another Sunset

David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.

 

Another Sunset Reviews – http://amzn.to/1RHrdES

“The author has a nice way of weaving together a touching story that definitely tugged at those heartstrings”
http://www.amazon.com/review/RE23H0HC4YBXY/

 

“Endearing characters, well-paced dialogue, and valuable lessons…all the components of fantastic book”
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3KETK9GVPLVIV

 

“Instead of the fast pace of stories that tell too much, too soon, Another Sunset moved its pace along with detail that helped really form its characters. It gave plenty of time to delve into the story and not be able to fully discern where the story was going (which I like – I don’t like to be able to script out what’s going to happen! Surprise me!)”
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3DJBKJG5DVFM1/

 

Another Sunset – Three Chapter Excerpt – http://www.zandri.net/PDF/Another_Sunset_8_9_15.pdf

 

 

Books and links

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)
http://www.amazon.com/Before-Another-Sunset-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00T11GKYE

Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2)
http://www.amazon.com/Another-Sunset-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I Hero: The Beginning
http://www.amazon.com/I-Hero-Beginning-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I Hero: Nathan Returns
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64

As Life Goes: Elementary
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Goes-Elementary-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/  

 

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

 

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

 

 

 

Social Media links

Twitter – @GUNDERSTONE https://twitter.com/gunderstone/
Facebook Author page – https://www.facebook.com/jzandri
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonzandri
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/
Author blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

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ABOUT JASON ZANDRI

Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

“This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

Discover The Talents Of Indie Author Shelley Wilson

Another episode of RRBC’s Beyond The Cover has been archived. If you missed the live broadcast on 7/11/15, you can tune in at any time and listen to the talented indie author Shelley Wilson as she speaks about her book, Guardians of the Dead, writing, and life in general. Don’t forget to consult the RRBC Rave Waves Blog Talk Radio 2015 broadcasting schedule for program dates and times.

Meet Shelley Wilson

Shelley Wilson

Biography

Shelley Wilson’s love of fantasy began at the tender age of eight when she followed Enid Blyton up a Magical Faraway Tree.

Inspired by Blyton’s make believe world, Shelley began to create her stories, weaving tales around faeries, witches and dragons.

Writing has always been Shelley’s first love, but she has also enjoyed a variety of job roles along the way; from waitressing to sales and marketing and even working as a turkey plucker.

Shelley lives in the West Midlands, UK with her three teenage children, two fish and a dragon called Roger. She is at her happiest with a slice of pizza in one hand, a latte in the other and Game of Thrones on the TV. She would love to live in the Shire but fears her five foot ten inch height may cause problems. She is an obsessive list writer, huge social media addict and a full-time day dreamer.

 Guardians of the Dead
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When sixteen-year-old Amber Noble’s dreams begin to weave into her reality, she turns to the mysterious Connor for help. His links to the supernatural world uncover a chilling truth about her hometown and a pact that must be re-paid with blood. As her father alienates her, and the Guardians take her best friend, her true destiny unfolds, and she begins a quest that will see her past collide with her present. Drawn deeper into the world of witchcraft and faeries, it is only at the end of her journey that she realises how much she could lose.
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Links
Get your copy of: Guardians of the Dead today!
Visit Shelley’s blog at: ShelleyWilsonAuthor.com
Find and follow Shelley on Twitter at: @ShelleyWilson72
Listen to the archived show: Beyond The Cover w/ guest Shelley Wilson.

Meet the Authors of the Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Steampunk Bargain Books Facebook Event

Fans of Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Steampunk will not want to miss this event!

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I thought it would be a good idea to remind folk that on Saturday 18th July 5.00pm GMT and 12.00pm EDT – there is going to be an exclusive Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Steampunk Facebook Extravaganza!!  https://www.facebook.com/events/577034945770324/

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This will be a chance for readers to meet some writers, of whom I consider to be the best Indie authors in these genres. They will be part of a mass promotion to enable people to become familiar with their work. Books will be drastically reduced for one day only.

I can now officially reveal the authors taking part – in alphabetical order:

Jeffrey Cook

Jane Dougherty

Alesha Escobar

Devorah Fox

Samantha LaFantasie

Nicola McDonagh

Exciting stuff! So do not miss out on the chance of grabbing a bargain in your favourite genre, or best-selling, award winning author. At such low prices, you might even want to try out something new.

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Indie Author Bill Ward on RRBC’s BEYOND THE COVER!

Did you happen to catch my interview with indie author Bill Ward on Rave Reviews Book Club‘s Beyond The Cover? If not, don’t fret. The show has been archived and preserved for your listening convenience. Simply click on the link below and tune in to one of indie publishing’s best storytellers in the market today.

Bill Ward interview: RRBC Beyond The Cover!

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Bill Ward’s love of reading commenced at a very young age. He credits his Gran for encouraging his interest by regularly taking him to the local library after primary school. At boarding school, when the lights went out in his dormitory, he was often encouraged by the other boys to tell stories. English Literature was always his favourite school subject.

A long and successful career in IT saw him live and travel all over the world. With hindsight it was the start of his writing fiction but they were called business proposals in those days!

Having always enjoyed different cultures, the one life lesson Bill has learned is “wherever you go you will find good and bad people. This is not determined by colour, race, religion or country.”

Recently retired from the corporate world, Bill has finally fulfilled his lifelong ambition to become an author and has now written two thrillers, with the expectation of many more to follow.

Bill lives in Brighton, UK with his German partner and has seven daughters, a son, two horses, a dog and two cats! When he’s not writing he’s probably watching his football team West Brom, who he has now been watching for over fifty years!

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Trafficking by Bill Ward.

Trafficking is big business and those involved show no remorse, have no mercy, only a deadly intent to protect their income.

Afina is a young Romanian girl with high expectations when she arrives in Brighton but she has been tricked and there is no job, only a life as a sex slave.

Facing a desperate future, Afina tries to escape and a young female police officer, who comes to her aid, is stabbed.

Powell’s life has been torn apart for the second time and he is determined to find the man responsible for his daughter’s death.

Action, violence and sex abound in this taut thriller about one of today’s worst crimes.

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