I have been a book reviewer for years. I have decided to review only indie authors. There are so many great books out there, and indie authors often get overlooked. I hope you will find your next favorite author here.
Altered Helix Altered Helix Series, Novella One by Stephanie Hansen Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too? The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria’s life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger. Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good. **Only .99 cents!**Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2Read
Stranded Coil Altered Helix Series, Novella 2
For Austria, travelling to the Stranded Coil means she gets to see someone she believed was lost. She’s able to do this because she’s an Altered Helix. But doing so takes her away from her first true love, Josh. Josh is working hard to keep their Haunted House family safe on Earth, but seems to fall in love with Austria more with every second they spend together. Austria and Josh face a devastating challenge, the mysterious appearance of Mutant Altered Helixes, and an enticingly dangerous answer to their questions. Impulsive, caring, and full of surprises, this teenage love against the odds is well on its way to breaking even…maybe. **Only .99 cents!** Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2Read
Paralleled Bond Altered Helix Series, Novella 3
When the only option left means losing someone you love, you have no options. How could you, how could you save one person you care about, when doing so would harm another? What if they weren’t even letting you choose but choosing for you? You’d have to intervene without letting them know, right? To be an Altered Helix and put others in danger is the new reality for Austria. Luckily someone’s there to catch her when she falls, Josh, and fall she does, in love that is. While witnessing her family being put in danger, Austria’s haunted house family grows. Now that Austria has found a way to defeat Mutant Altered Helixes after her, a dangerous stream of events occur to those around her. Just when the family has finally come together, could they be ruined? The amazing conclusion to the Altered Helix series, Paralleled Bond displays the results when polar opposites come together for the greater good. **Only .99 cents!**Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Books2Read
Stephanie Hansen’s short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Pinterest * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads
Fighting For Home Descendants of the Amazoi Book 1 by Kim Richards Genre: Historical Fantasy
In 300 B.C.—the Greco-Roman Age—tribes of warrior women thrived near the Black Sea. The area is now modern-day Turkey. The Greeks called them Amazoi (meaning Mankiller). Inspired by their story, Fighting for Home sings the tale of one tribe as they battle to save their way of life. Healing magic is real! Ilenea and Saphira, the wolf sisters, battle close to home with others of their generation. A healer priestess named Essla travels to a temple of Artemis at Anthela with her male slave, bringing a call to arms for the pending war. She meets and falls in love with a Roman General. Whatever the outcome, this war changes everyone. Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Apple * B&N * Kobo * Smashwords
Kim Richards is an author, editor, and book formatter. She writes horror, fantasy, science fiction, erotica, non-fiction, and children’s books under her name Kim Richards and two pseudonyms: Sharie Silva and Kim Bundy. Born and raised in Roswell, NM Kim now lives in Northern California where she is supervised by two cats and a small dog. She enjoys sewing, bellydancing, music, movies, and occasionally gardening. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads
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I don’t know about you all, but I have a hard time keeping up with what day it is. Time seems to pass more and more quickly as I get older. Well, here we are at the beginning of August 2020. It has been one crazy year so far. I hope you have been able to find time to do some reading along the way.
Here are some of the things happening in August.
Lots of new books reviews of course are coming. I have been amazed at the number of request that have been coming in. Lots of different genres, authors, and really great stories are ahead.
I will also be revamping the website a little bit with addition of several new sections. One section will highlight the Between The Pages webcast that I co-host with my friend Vickie Bley. It airs Thursday nights on https://www.facebook.com/SouthernPenBookshop page at 7:30 pm EST. Each Thursday we interview an indie author who has their books at The Southern Pen Bookshop in Monroe, GA. The Southern Pen carries only indie authors.
Another section will link to my other business, Creative Indie Author Services. I offer a number of services to Indie Authors as well as book related merchandise.
A third section will list some groups that I find useful as well as some I just enjoy.
I hope you will Join us this month. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
In this book Mikey, who is white, and Dejon, who is black discuss the events of 2020. From the pandemic, wearing masks, corrupt cops, racial unrest and looting. They agree that there are good and bad in all groups. It is a refreshing look at adult subjects from the prospective of a young person. The boys c0me to realize that change is needed and they can help make that change for future generations. This is an excellent book for our current times and events.
Little Black Girl is a wonderfully written and illustrated story that reminds young girls of their worth. The author references famous black women from Egyptian Queens to current pop culture icons like Oprah and Beyonce. This story encourages young girls to reach their potential and to always remember their worth.
Some secrets stay dead and buried. Some come back to haunt you.
Patty was mourning the death of her beloved Great Aunt Belle, or “Ring a Ding, as she called her. As the only living family member, she became the heir to the family farm and the surprising contents. Patty never expected to inherit two ghosts, and family secrets that had long been buried. In a town where everyone knows everything about their neighbors, murder, moonshine, and mystery threatens her happiness with William. Will Patty and William be able to solve the mystery and put the spirits to rest or will Clarisse and Morton drive them away? This cozy mystery will have you thinking twice about opening closed doors.
To me anytime is a good time to read. Summer is here and some folks are headed to the lake or the mountains or the beach to relax. Why not take along a great book to read while you are relaxing? Some of my personal favorites will be listed below. Check out the review page for more information on what the book is about. Although I am calling them “red hot reads” they are not all romance or sizzle. There might be something here for everyone. They are listed in no particular order.
Love Me True by Melissa Crosby
Crimson Dreams by Georgiana Fields
Cold Fear by Rick Mofina
Sorrow Wood by Raymond Atkins
Bertha by Mike Ragland
Madam May by Janet Hogan Chapman
Jaybird’s Song by Kathy Wilson Florence
Protecting Melissa by Mary Marvella
Fireworks in Jubilee by Linda Joyce, Melissa Klein, Rachel Jones
Finding Faith in Maryville Tennessee by Julia Lynch
Help me welcome our first guest blogger, Author Lorelai Watson. Lorelai published her first book earlier this year and we are delighted to showcase her on our blog to kick off July. Here is Lorelai’s story about becoming an author.
Word of Encouragement
People love a good origins story. Whether we’re curious
about the humble beginnings of a headline-making entrepreneur, or even our
favorite superhero, we often clamor to see the metamorphosis of others. But
what is it about origin stories that we love?
For me, I think it’s easier to identify with this person who started out
like a regular person just like me. There’s hope in the universal message that
we all have the ability to pursue our passions and do something
I have been an author for a whole four months. I am unknown,
and far from best-selling or award-winning. But for this shy, generally
introverted writer, I find that there’s an edge of cool-ness that accompanies
being a published author. In short, people suddenly find you infinitely more
interesting than they did before. One of the questions I’ve gotten more than
one is this – how did you get started? When did you start writing?
And thus, my origin story as an author begins. I remember
rather clearly the day that my second-grade teacher Mrs. Harrison told us that
our next assignment in language arts would be to write (wait for it… it’s
exciting) our own story. Now, as a
teacher, looking back on this, this lesson had no grand hook, bells or whistles
to enrapture my attention, as we’re often taught to do in college, but she had
my undivided attention. For one, I was already a complete book nerd. I blame my
parents. They read to me every night, and gave in to my demands to read the
same story a million times over. Now maybe our writing education had not been
as complex as it is today, but I honestly think it was the first time it
occurred to me that I could write my very own story.
There were no subjects or prompts given, just freedom.
I spent an entire day wondering what to write, looking at
the illustrated writing process poster above the wall. I spend an inordinate
amount of time staring at the “brainstorming” frame, so much that I could
probably redraw the little blonde boy with glasses and a blue sweater, propped
up on his desk as he imagined the perfect story. After speaking with a friend
who seemed to be making much better progress than me, we started throwing ideas
around, and suddenly the story began to unfold in my mind. I worked hard on
that story, writing a whole page and a half (this feels big when you’re in
second grade) and what ensued was an amazingly plagiarized mashup between ‘The Goonies’ and a Goosebumps book I
had read earlier that year.
There is no other way to say it, but writing was – and
remains — magical. It found its way straight to my heart and there it has
resided for twenty-two years. I imagine it always will. But I think we all know
that our passions must be tended to, no matter how deeply rooted they may be. My
passion for writing might have been eventually squelched by age or other
interests had another form of magic not occurred. I can’t remember why, but my
mother picked me up early from school one day, and she walked into my
classroom. Mrs. Harrison walked me over and told my mother all about my story.
Now this was pretty exciting, and I remember being so proud, but what came out
of her mouth next was something that has stuck with me for the rest of
“She’s going to be an author one day.”
That’s it. Simple, not eloquent, but so incredibly life
changing. Just a word of encouragement was enough to inspire an eight-year-old
girl to keep writing. I was lucky enough to have supportive parents, friends
and other teachers who kept giving those words of encouragement throughout my
life, and I convinced that without them, I never would have kept writing, much
less fulfilled the dream of publishing.
so, I leave you with a challenge. Know that your words have power, and seek
ways to leave a genuine word of encouragement here and there. You never know
how it could change a life.
Please follow Lorelai Watson on her social media accounts and be sure to click the link below for a free copy of her book from July 1st – 5th.