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Indie Author Spotlight: Nichelle Rae

Author Nichelle RaeToday the Indie Spotlight falls on fantasy author Nichelle Rae!

Nichelle Rae, fantasy’s newest author, was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her love for writing began when she was 14 years old and she wrote short stories about meeting her favorite music group at that age. She received so much praise and complements on her writing ability that it quickly became a passion of hers. Throughout the years she has gotten much praise from peers, professors, and professional author’s she’s had a chance to work with about her writing and her ability to put emotions into text.

The White Warrior Series is her debut fantasy series she’s publishing as an independent author which will consist of seven books total. Nichelle already has begun three more fantasy series that she hopes to publish in the future after The White Warrior Series.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?

This is a slightly complicated question. I always enjoyed writing from the day I realized people loved my work. But writing was always just something I enjoyed doing, nothing I really considered as career option. It’s taken years of praise and complements from a variety of people, peers and professionals, on my writing abilities to think it might be something worth pursuing more seriously. The moment I really made the decision to be a published author, was right after I sent out a sample of The White Warrior series to some close friends of mine. I was just looking for some critiques but the resulting excitement, and overwhelming praise really lit the fire for me to go after this; even if only to get my book out to these close friends of mine who suddenly wanted it so badly.

I guess there wasn’t really a defining moment of when I decided I wanted to be a writer, it’s just something I’ve always done and enjoyed.

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?

The easiest thing about writing, for me, is my characters. They come to me so easily it’s sort of frightening. I understand them immediately when I start a new story. I know how they will respond to situations and progress the story along with their reactions. This might sound super weird but I sort of build a relationship with them while I write. I come to care about them as people. I worry about them when they enter a situation that seems to be too much for them, and I’m relieved when they come out the other side of said situations. I legitimately fall in love with every character I create. I cry if they die and rejoice when something good happens.

The hardest thing about writing is marketing your work. It’s difficult to get the word out and have people listen. Fellow authors are usually concerned with getting their own writing out that they can’t pay much attention to other authors. On the same token, the general public isn’t going to listen to a nobody debut novelist. It’s hard to be heard.

Talk a little about your debut novel “Only a Glow”.

Only A Glow Cover“Only A Glow” starts the journey of Azrel, Rabryn, and Ortheldo across their land in hopes to save it from another age of the evil Shadow God’s rule. Azrel’s journey however, isn’t just across the land she lives in, but it’s a journey of healing and self-discovery that she needs to take.

It’s a journey of accepting who she is and to do something great with it. The end of the book isn’t just about whether she wins or loses the battle to save her world (though that’s still a huge part,) but also to see if she can overcome her own self-hatred and become everything she was born to be. Or to see if she will fail and destroy herself, thus the world becomes destroyed with her. It’s also interesting to see how she overcomes some obstacles and how she often fails at overcoming others.

How would you describe the success of your book so far?

Surprising! I’ve gotten some really stellar reviews in my email, in Facebook messages, on Amazon and Smashwords! I average about 3 – 5 downloads every day on Smashwords. It’s slow going but I was prepared for that. I understand that it takes a while for an unknown author to get on the radar, if I’m meant to be on the radar at all. If not, well, I love writing and I’m going to keep doing it because life doesn’t make sense if I’m not writing. Being successful at what I love to do would just be a bonus. I’m not doing it for the success; I’m doing it because it’s what I love. I will get all 7 of my books in this series out whether the world wants them or not, because I want them.

Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?

First, and the most important advice I can give from my limited experience as an indie author is this: While you’re writing your book and getting it ready to publish, find as many bloggers in your genre (even some that are not in your genre) as you can and become fast friends with them. Bloggers ARE the marketing tool for independent authors! You cannot get the word out about your book without them. Blog shop and blog shop a lot.

Second, when self-publishing a book you have got to read up on what is needed and required. Do your homework. That is the best advice I can give. Don’t jump into this blind. You could save yourself a lot of time and hiccups/issues. When I started going full force with getting this book out, I did it in 5 months, which is pretty good timing I think considering everything that needed to get done…which was a lot!

Finally, do your book your way! Get advice and ideas from people and successful authors but ultimately do your book how you want it done. Your uniqueness will make your book stand out and it will truly be your own. Make sure you are happy with it, not that anyone else is happy with it, because it’s your book, no one else’s. You have to live with it and look at it forever, so make sure you love what you’re seeing.

How can readers connect with you?

I am a huge Twitter nerd and I’m ashamed to admit it. I’m on every single day. Follow me Twitter and we can chat. You can also contact me via my website or you can just email me at Thank you so much!


Thanks, Nichelle, and best of luck with your newest book!

If you are an indie author and you’d like to the Indie Author Spotlight to shine on you, click here to read the submission guidelines!

Other Writer Wednesday: Indie Spotlight on Christopher Nuttall

This week’s Indie Spotlight falls on Christopher Nuttall’s science fiction series, The Empire’s Corps.

You Should Never Speak Truth To Power…

The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting…

Well, apart from the bandits infesting the countryside, an insurgency that threatens to topple the Empire’s loose control over Avalon, and a corrupt civil government more interested in what it can extort from the population than fighting a war. The Marines rapidly find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of political and economic chaos, fighting to preserve Avalon before the competing factions tear the world apart. They’re Marines; if anyone can do it, they can.

The battle to save the Empire starts here.

No Worse Enemy (The Empire’s Corps)

Six months ago, Colonel Edward Stalker and his Marines were abandoned on Avalon, left to fend for themselves as the Empire withdrew from the Rim. Since then, Avalon has been isolated from the settled universe…until now.

As a mysterious pirate organisation attempts to take over Avalon, the Marines find themselves struggling against a shadowy figure with dreams of power, while a young civilian is kidnapped and press-ganged into a pirate crew. They’re fighting to preserve something of the Empire’s order in the wake of its departure, but the pirates appear to have far greater resources and a plan that seems unstoppable.

The Empire is gone. What will take its place?


Both of these books, as well as other books by Christopher Nuttall, are available for the Kindle on

Learn more about Christopher and check out free samples of his work at The Chrishanger, and while you’re at it, be sure to check out Chris’s blog and Like his Facebook page!

Other Writer Wednesday Open Thread – with CORGIS!

Well, I thought I had a spotlight author lined up for today, but he never gave me his info. So here are some corgis pulling a tiny sleigh.

Corgi Sleigh

And while we’re at it, go ahead and have an open pimp thread.

Other Writer Wednesday: Indie Spotlight on Athanasios

This week the spotlight shines on Athanasios, dark fantasy author and fellow Holiday Blog Hop participant. Click here to visit his Hop giveaway page — and be sure to enter my giveaway if you haven’t done so already!


Athanasios works in Montreal as a graphic/video artist, illustrator & writer in dvd production & film. He has been crafting Predatory Ethics: weaving in factual & rumoured history for over ten years.

Athanasios has been interested in religion & faith since childhood. This led to studying a bewildering variety of beliefs from pagan, wicca, judaism, christianity, islam, to hindu, buddhism, shinto, luciferianism & much more. The interest created its own momentum & brought Mad Gods. It was followed by Commitment and then I Am Eternal.

All three are part of the Predatory Ethics saga and in 2012-2013, In Whom To Trust and I Am Eternal 2: Vampires and Indians will continue Predatory Ethics.

Other Writer Wednesday Indie Spotlight: Juli D. Revezzo

This week, the Indie Author Spotlight shines on supernatural fantasy author Juli D. Revezzo. Juli has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century, in love of which she received a Bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of South Florida. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network. Learn more by visiting Juli’s website, and follow her on Twitter.

The Artist’s Inheritance

Trouble only a witch can solve…

Settling into a new home, Caitlin notices changes coming over her husband. When nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking–Caitlin knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair her husband’s carving, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces–the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Armed with a handful of allies–a coven of helpful witches–she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

Available for the Kindle and in paperback.


House of Cards

You can’t escape Fate….

A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate–a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he thwart his fate, one worse than the guillotine?

Currently available for the Kindle.


Other Writer Wednesday: Special Guest Ron Vitale

This week the indie spotlight falls on fantasy author Ron Vitale, who shares with us a lovely and touching post on the power of allowing vulnerability into your writing.

About a year ago I stumbled across a TED talk by Brené Brown on the power of vulnerability and I knew that I had stumbled upon someone who truly understood what I had been trying to do with my life. Like many before me, I grew up in a dysfunctional family and discovered that through my writing I could create characters and worlds I could share with people. As new age and mystical as this might sound, I learned pretty quickly in life that in order to grow, I could either repeat the cycle of dysfunction that my family had taught me or I could embrace vulnerability and become authentic and live a life of worthiness. Writing, for me, is an act of being vulnerable.

Other Writer Wednesday Indie Spotlight: Troll Or Derby by Red Tash

It’s Other Writer Wednesday! This week, urban fantasy author Red Tash steps into the Indie Spotlight with her roller derby fairy tale (…awesome) Troll Or Derby. The official description:

In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she’s grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?

Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce hand-canned from her mama’s recipes await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y’all come, anytime. Learn more about Red Tash and her books at and Twitter.

Indie Spotlight: Fangirl by Jill Robi

The election has thrown off my whole week, so Other Writer Wednesday has become Other Writer Thursday this week. This week, the indie spotlight is on my good friend Jill Robi and her debut novel, Fangirl. The official description:

A groundbreaking novel of pop fic/chick lit, Jill Robi’s Fangirl is a fictionalized non-fiction, and a book that all fangirls should read.

A young woman named Khloe discovers the world of sci-fi and fantasy at conventions and meets the man of her dreams. The only trouble is, he’s a well known actor and inaccessible. With him on a platform and her amongst the crowd, will she be able to find love?

Good writers write what they know, and Jill knows fandom. She’s a regular at conventions and her intimate knowledge with this world shows in her writing. Fangirl is a must-read for fangirls and fanboys alike, convention-goers, and anyone who enjoys seeing stereotypes get demolished. Get the e-book here, or click here to get it in paperback.

Jill Robi is a Chicago native with a BA in Literary Arts from Columbia Chicago. She writes first and foremost for her own entertainment. By sharing her work with the world, she hopes to achieve the entertainment of others as well. Learn more about Jill at her website, read her blog, and don’t forget to like her Facebook page!

The Next Big Thing

Suspense author Jeremy Bates was kind enough to tag me for participation in this freeze-tag style blog hop that’s going around Authorville, which works like this: if you get tagged (see who I’ve tagged at the bottom of this post), just copy the following ten questions about your current work in progress and answer them over on your own blog, and then pay it forward by tagging five more authors by linking their blogs or websites at the bottom of your post and e-mailing them to let them know they’re it.

My own WIP is, as you most likely know already if you’ve been here any amount of time, Dominion of the Damned, of which I’ve got about fifteen chapters left to put a final polish on before releasing it into the wild. Without further ado…


Other Writer Wednesday: Call For Submissions

I’d like to start a new feature on my blog, designating Wednesdays for promoting other indie authors and their work. I’ll accept guest posts and book spotlights, and they’ll be scheduled in the order that I receive them. Guidelines are listed below.

The last Wednesday of each month, instead of posting a submission, I’ll simply host an open pimping thread where anyone with something to promote can leave a link to it in the comments.

Reviews & interviews–at least, those conducted by me–aren’t part of this. I simply don’t have the time to do them on anything resembling a regular basis.


Guest Posts

Maximum word count: 1,000 words. I try to run a family-friendly blog, so keep it clean. This isn’t the place to promote erotica or anything x-rated, and I reserve the right to use my best judgement as to whether something is appropriate for my audience. This blog is pretty eclectic and runs a gamut of topics, but try to tie it into any of the following topics: self-publishing advice & experiences, writing advice, the craft of writing, inspiration for your story, pop culture & fandom. Avoid political screeds, and be respectful of beliefs that differ from your own. This isn’t that kind of blog.

Include your byline, author bio, author photo, a link back to your blog, and purchasing links to the book that you’re currently promoting, along with a cover graphic.

Book Spotlight

Include your author photo and bio, your book’s description and cover (if you have a series, you can describe the whole series, but please choose only one cover image to represent it), links to purchase, and links to your blog and social networks.

Again, I reserve the right to use my best judgment as to whether your book is appropriate for my audience.


You can comment here, e-mail me, or PM me on Facebook with any questions. E-mail your submission to jmbauhaus @

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