Free KDP Select book


My book, Where Dreams and Visions Live, an anthology of stories, poems, and essays about dreams and visions, will be FREE May 15-19, 2017.

You should get this one as it’s packed with great writing from several authors from all over the world. Lots of bang for your buck (except you won’t actually have to spend anything).

Go here on those dates to download your free copy, and as always, try to write even a short review on Amazon. Thanks, you’re the best ❤

Supportive Saturday! Check inside for links to book deals and worthwhile reads.


 

I’ve declared today Supportive Saturday. Borrowing from a private Facebook group I belong to, I’m sharing links for other authors.

Free e-book, a highschool novel about bullying.  http://amzn.to/2n0sYCK, Caged by Elisa Dane.

Novel debut, teen novel about social issues http://amzn.to/2nD5YI8, Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay.

Mailing list (mine) including a free sci fi story upon joining.  http://eepurl.com/bmKaL5

Free publishing book https://goo.gl/UQpeVg Guerilla Publishing by Derek Murphy

20 Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy books in boxed set for .99! It would take me a year to read all these. http://amzn.to/2mGw649 Myths & Legends collected by Margo Bond Collins.

Victoria Otieno Hefty says If anyone has a book that is targeted at moms, new mothers, or pregnant woman, she would be happy to promote on her blog Philly Baby Bump.

Follow this guy https://www.facebook.com/GMsherwin44/ and watch for his new horror series debut release Immortalis to be featured soon.

Enter to win a Kindle here and novels about food to read on it! https://twitter.com/ElenGhulam/status/837694125965103104

UPDATE:

A giveaway on Sunday 3/19/17 only, at https://m.facebook.com/elizabethashworth/ and you can follow her at @elizashworth on Twitter.

Lucidium: Rise of the Dragons, Coming March 31. Just 99 cents right now. http://amzn.to/2mVqJ1F

Free KDP children’s book http://amzn.to/2nmfvWH

 

I may just add to this through the week, or consider doing it on additional Saturdays! Hope you enjoy, leave comments and follow the other authors. And let me know what 1 line I can add for you. Teamwork rocks!!

Free and discounted books for my subscribers!


Your ship has just come in . . .

And it’s loaded with books!

First: I have my Filled With the Holy Spirit on Instafreebie for free HERE.

Next, all my books are now .99 HERE (so of course it would be silly to pay for the Holy Spirit book when it is free, above).

Finally, all my books are in KDP Select, which means they are eligible for lending and FREE for Kindle Unlimited users HERE.

If you had your eye on one or more, be my guest. I just ask that you review any of my books that you take home. Not a requirement, just asking. Thanks if you do.

More books coming soon!


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Book Review: The Steps


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Buy “The Steps

The Steps by Iveta Redliha is a thriller story. I have not read anything by a Latvian author before but I have read a few Russian novels and enjoyed them similarly.

The way that Redliha weaves together the story of several interlocking lives is masterful. I began to figure out the secrets each life held, but not entirely until the end, and even then there was a major part I could not have guessed. The characters are complex and interesting and there are no holes in the plot that I could see.

Essentially, the story is of a young free spirited woman who contracts to be a surrogate mother for a childless couple, to earn money to change her life. Whether you’ll take the side of Leonora, Kurt, Nelly, or Greta is up to you. All display an unsavory side each in their own way. It’s exciting to enjoy their escapades vicariously in this story of what can happen when things don’t go as planned.

Book Review: Immortal Shadow


 

Immortal Shadow by Anderson Atlas is a short novel about life on another planet. An earth person is kidnapped and taken there to help them learn about earth technology. The main character is called Jibbawk and he is a Shadic. There are many, many different types of creatures in this book and they are called out by name and not always described, so you must use your imagination. The Shadics are apparently 9 feet tall and according to the picture on the cover look something like a crow with red beady eyes. Quite frightening! Frightening, and indeed Jibbawk is ruthless to the extreme. He will kill at a moment’s notice or no notice. He appears to have more positive emotions whatsoever. This is made even more serious by the fact that he is a leader of his planet and sadistically enjoys ultimate power.
Anderson Atlas’ story is very creative. Interesting that he has created all these alternative animals and creatures that populate the planet. It would have been nice, though, to have more description of these creatures and their personalities. But Immortal Shadow is well written with a tight story line. Look for more from Atlas.

Could You Escape the Countess?


Medieval on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Blood-Historical-Countess-Real-Life-ebook/dp/B018WJX1GK

Buy a copy here.

Have you heard of Countess Bathory? In the 1500s she murdered her servant girls to harvest their blood as a beauty treatment. Today, she would be called a deranged and brutal serial killer. In the 1500s, she was royalty and could do with her servants as she pleased. Read the story of what could have happened in Medieval Blood.

Did she torture her victims? Her very first episode stemmed from her ill treatment of a servant girl, beating the girl until she bled, splashing her blood on the countess’ face.  Did she mean to kill them or only to take a bit of their blood? Did she even bathe in their blood, or, worse, drink her fill of its warm, salty richness? Was she indeed the forerunner of the vampires reputed to originate in Eastern Europe? How was she discovered and how many did she kill…and how did she do it? If you like a horror story you will love Medieval Blood.

Please consider leaving a review on Amazon if you liked Medieval Blood. Medieval Blood…it’s the vintage that matters.

Guest Post: on Writing


Authors: Let’s not accessorize our nouns and objects. Okay?

(This blog first appeared on Southern Writers Magazine, Suite T, online.)

By Michael Hicks Thompson

Do people talk like they read? I don’t think so. An interesting thing about us humans: when we talk, we tend to embellish our stories with adverbs … just to add more excitement.

Well, maybe you don’t, but the good storytellers do it! We all remember Mark Twain’s, “Why let facts get in the way of a good story.” While he was referring to the written word, I’d like to use it in context of verbal storytelling, if you don’t mind.

Let’s say you’re an introvert, and don’t like to tell stories, but you like to write them. The premise is still true for you.

Yes, there’s a premise here: We don’t read like we talk.

And that premise leads to a principle: Don’t write like people talk, unless you’re writing dialogue. That’s where it counts to write like people talk.Here’s an example:

I was editing my sixth novel, when I came upon this sentence:

Still, that note in Andrew Dawkins’s clinched hand led to an investigation nobody ever expected.

I was reading aloud from the entire ms, to determine if the sound of each word matched my intent. I came to that sentence and, after vocalizing it, felt that I’d added an unnecessary word—the adverb, ever.

I had embellished a noun many readers would have taken offense at because of my unsubstantial opinion that nobody could have ever expected it. You see, the embellishment was merely my opinion. I dropped the adverb, and this is the result:

Still, that note in Andrew Dawkins’s clinched hand led to an investigation nobody expected.

Ahh, the difference is subtle, no? Only one word removed. But when I read the version with the adverb in it, I encountered an icky feeling in my gut that I (the author) can’t be trusted. “How could I know everything? How could I be certain that nobody ever expected it?”

Subconsciously, many readers will have the same reaction: Not sure I’d trust this author, they’ll think.

Here’s another example:

She was in deep denial.

The sentence actually comes from the same manuscript. After reading it aloud, I decided to drop the word, deep. It’s only important that my reader know she was in denial. My reader will not believe that I knew she was in deep denial. See the trust factor?

A reader who thinks, I can’t trust this author is likely also thinking, I’ll be closing this book. These are death words to an author.

Nobody likes death. So, let’s keep our readers away from embellishments. They need to trust us.

Ahh, but wait! Just as in life, there’s a season and a reason for everything, right? Here’s a noun in need of help:

I don’t ever want to interview her again, I thoughtslipping into my car.

But this adverb, ever, is factual, not an opinion. The narrator of this story feels very strongly about not wanting to interview this woman again. That’s a fact, in the narrator’s mind. When it’s factual, it’s really not embellishment at all, is it? The sentence, without the adverb, would fall flat on its face, would it not?

Moral of this story? If readers don’t trust you, the author, they’ll drop you faster than a verb.

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MT

Michael Thompson was a successful ad agency owner, winning numerous national and international awards. After selling his firm in 2011, Michael turned his attention to full-time writing.

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Buy ‘The Rector: A Christian Murder Mystery (The Solo Ladies Bible Study Group)”

His latest novel is The Rector, available on Amazon in print, on Audio Book, and Kindle. Combine a suspenseful murder mystery with theology and that’s The Rector. “High stars for a Christian mystery that reads like a thriller.”~~ H.S. Dale, author. Two graphic novels on the life of David from the Old Testament–DAVID–The Illustrated Novel came first(Volume 2-won first place BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL and BEST INTERIOR DESIGN2012, from USA Book’s INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS. Volume 1 won the Silver IPPY for Graphic Novels in 2011 from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.) Next was a sci-fi thriller (CLOUDS ABOVE) that was serialized in a monthly magazine for a year. (Out in book in 2016.) Michael writes Christian novels that entertain, intrigue, and shine a light on his Jesus. He’s a member of the ACFW, Mystery Writers of America, The International Crime Writers Association, and the Southern Writers Association.

Visit his website, www.michaelthompsonauthor.com to learn more.

Book Review: Eyewitness


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Buy Eyewitness

Eyewitness by Christian author Eugene M. Koon is a departure from the typical thriller story. A newsroom jumps to life with the news of hostages and gunmen at the local bus station. They send a crew to the scene and the worst happens; there are grave injuries of the news crew, and then one of them is even taken hostage along with the daughter of yet another staff member. God is at work calling the shots as the devil begs for leniency, his minions attempt to gather souls to their side, and hostages are switched out. Watch how God’s purpose is served even when the situation appears to be a lost cause.

Especially intriguing to me was the conversation and appearance of angels behind the scenes, and the observed answers to prayer.  Koon makes the spirit world come to life with realistic dialogue and convincing scenarios. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Book Review: Amie, an African Adventure


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Buy “Amie: An African Adventure”

by Lucinda Clarke
This was a terrifying thriller story of a young couple who went to Africa for the husband’s job. He was to start a new factory to provide fresh water. While there, his wife found other Americans in a sort of country club, and learned about having servants, as this was expected of them since whites were considered extremely wealthy. Americans could afford a maid for very little money, and it aided the poor blacks and gave them a home as well. Amie did her part with charity work at a local school and against experienced advice even considered adopting a child. But suddenly, disaster struck. Rebel forces attacked and she was taken prisoner while she rushed around trying to find her friends and husband. Her story of what happened next will expand your world view and give you insight into how others live.

You will be shocked and scared as you find out what may go on in countries other than the USA, in war time. I kept wondering if this was a true story since it is so well written. It is in fact a novel, but Clarke has lived in other countries including Africa and so she tells a convincing tale. She is a skilled storyteller and has created a very likable character in Amie, though her friends and family back home don’t understand how she can deal with the cultural differences. “Amie” will make you think and perhaps even change your own thinking and behavior. There is room for a sequel as not all the loose ends are wrapped up by the end of the story. If there is, I would love to read it.