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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 Amazon.com.

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: 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!

BIO

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 Redtash.com 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!

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.

Guidelines

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.

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

Robin Waldrop Interview and Book Giveaway!

This week we’re joined by author Robin Waldrop, who is busy making the blog circuit to promote the latest novel in her Blood Moon series, Shadow of the Blood Moon. Robin tells us about her favorite legends and how they inspire her writing and also talks a bit about the best way to market your books. And keep reading after the interview for details on how to enter and win e-book copies of not ONE, but BOTH books in this series!

Hi Robin! Thanks for joining us this week. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, and author of YA/Urban Fantasy paranormal novels. TIES TO THE BLOOD MOON is book 1 in my series and is available on all digital sites, and also print and audio as well. SHADOW OF THE BLOOD MOON is my current release and the second book in the BLOOD MOON series. 

Your Ties to the Blood Moon series explores a world of fairy tales, myths and legends. Tell us about your top five favorite fairy tales or legends.

I have such a twisted mind, my top five are as follows from least to most favorite: The Legend of Spooky Hollow, The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs, Bloody Mary, The Hook, The Killer in the Back Seat. These are all legends I grew up with, and I am sure most of us did. I can remember growing up in Ohio, a bunch of us kids would load up in four or five cars and cruise out to Spooky Hollow road where we would go ghost hunting…lol.

How much did you draw on these tales for your novels? How did you spin them to make them fit into your own world?

I didn’t per se use them in my novels, but it just goes to show you how twisted my mind can be. Needless to say, I am extremely afraid of the dark.

Do you have any advice for authors stepping into the self-publishing arena regarding marketing? What’s worked best for you, and what has proven to be a waste of time?

All I can say is SOCIAL NETWORKS! I never paid much attention to Twitter until releasing this series. I could see a major hike in sales after tweeting just a few times. Facebook is also a valuable tool. I have about 3500 friends, which comes in handy when you’re trying to spread the word. It is a lot of work, though. Don’t just use these and other social sites for your benefit. You’ve got to help out fellow authors by spreading the word for them, too. Also, if you book is free or bellow three dollars, make use of sites such as Pixel of Ink, Kindle Daily Nation, and others. Most are free and have submission forms. Just remember, it’s best to seek out these sites as soon as you have a solid release date for your novel.

How much time and energy would you suggest new authors spend on marketing versus simply writing and getting the next book out there?

I don’t know if I have the right answer or not. I do know volume sells, but you also have to let readers know you are there. I would say 75/25, writing/marketing. It’s also extremely important to start the next novel soon after you finish whatever you are currently writing. Always keep writing.

To learn more about Robin Waldrop and check out more of her work, visit her at these links:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4823084.Robin_P_Waldrop
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robinsauthorpage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Robinpwaldrop
Blog: http://www.robinpwaldrop.blogspot.com/

Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster. Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.

Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?

Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?

Buy Shadow of the Blood Moon on Amazon or get it on Smashwords.

OR! Get it AND its predecessor, Ties to the Blood Moon, right here for FREE! To enter to win both books, just leave a comment here telling us about YOUR favorite fairytale or legend. You can also earn additional entries by 1) linking to this post from your blog or website (just leave a link here in the comments to the page you linked from); 2) sharing this post on Facebook (again, leave a link here to your Facebook timeline to show us that you shared it); and/or 3) tweeting a link to this post on Twitter (include #BloodMoonGiveaway in your tweet to be sure it gets tracked). You can earn up to four entries!

You have until midnight on September 28th to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen from the entries and announced here on Saturday, September 29th, at which time Robin will also be notified that we have a winner. The timing and method of prize delivery is up to her.

Indie Author Spotlight: Todd Russell on Horror, Halloween, NaNoWriMo and Other Scary Things

This week I’m hosting my last IWU blog tour guest until NaNoWriMo is out of the way. As appropriate for Halloween, my guest this week is indie horror novelist Todd Russell, author of Fresh Flesh, the first entry in his Fresh series.

Indie Author Spotlight: Julia Crane

Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she’s spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

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