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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Intrepid Men of #eNovAaW~Spotlight Tour




Meet The Intrepid Men of #eNovAaW




Pete Barber

Born into a blue-collar family in Liverpool, England, Pete missed The Beatles but did go to The Cavern a few times. He immigrated to the US in the early 90s, and became a citizen. After twenty years in the corporate madhouse, Pete moved to Western North Carolina where he lives with a couple llamas, two spoiled dogs, a brace of cookie-eating goats, one ferocious cat, and a wonderful wife who thankfully understands his obsessive need to write fiction.





Joe B. Parr

Joe B. Parr is a North Texas based Mystery Suspense writer. As a native of the Fort Worth, TX area, his novels are crime dramas based in and around DFW. Residents of the area will enjoy the familiar sights and sounds. For others, he provides a virtual tour highlighting the area’s feel and diversity.

His current releases, The Victim and Stolen Innocence, are available in both paperback and ebook (Kindle) on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and selected independent book stores.

He writes entertaining fiction with an undercurrent of social commentary. His books address provocative issues by introducing characters who provide multiple perspectives so that the reader is driven to explore their own thoughts.

In The Victim, those issues include gangs, media stereotypes and the racial tensions within the community. In Stolen Innocence, he highlights the growing issue of Human Trafficking and its disproportional impact on immigrant and minority communities.





Mike Markel

Mike Markel writes the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series, which is set in the fictional small city of Rawlings, Montana, home of Central Montana State University. That university is somewhat like Boise State University, where Mike is a professor, but in Rawlings the weather is colder, the football team less successful, and the murder rate much, much higher.



Pete Barber


What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile?

I read and review about forty books each year for a book blog http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/, so I survive on an almost exclusive diet of indie and small press titles. Currently, I’m enjoying a post-apocalyptic thriller- The Reset, by Daniel Powell. Big Al—who runs the review site—has a list of fifteen hundred titles. No matter how fast we reviewers read, that number never seems to drop.
Recently, as an experiment, I picked up a compilation set of Stephen King novelettes. I wanted to be sure I wasn’t missing out by not reading in the mainstream. I enjoyed King’s stories, but I’m not missing out. I’ve found some absolute gems in Big Al’s list. I love the variety I find there, and many of the authors are first-timers.

NanoStrike was my debut novel, and I know how difficult it can be to find people to read and review a novel by a new writer. Reviews are an indie author’s lifeblood. I’m grateful for every one of the 150+ that NanoStrike has received, so I guess I feel I’m taking one for the indie team by reading indie books.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

Nope. Nada. Nothing. I start with an incident. In NanoStrike, it was a gas attack on a London subway train. In Love Poison, it was a woman locked in a bathroom stall trying to overcome an anxiety attack. My next novel starts with a stray rocket striking a trailer in a US Army camp in Southern Iraq. My opening chapter asks a lot of questions. The story becomes the answer.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

I guess there’s a piece of me or someone I know in every character I create. They have to be based in knowledge, and I have to empathize with them (even the bad guys), otherwise they won’t seem real. Incidentally, both NanoStrike and Love Poison feature a very nasty bad-guy (different guy, but equally nasty). After she finished reading NanoStrike, my wife looked at me in a strange way and asked, “Who the hell are you?”

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I've spent a lot of time knocking my head against hard objects trying to understand Donald Maass, and Dwight V. Swain, and many other writing experts when they insisted that I make it more difficult for my characters. Create tension. Create conflict.

I did. Yes, I did. But as I was throwing wrenches at the poor people populating my tale, concurrently, I was providing the tools to help them overcome the obstacles. Well, I've finally figured out that’s not the point those writing sages were making. If you've worked out the solution, the actions that place the characters in peril will seem flat, and their brilliant escape will be meh! But if you write your character into a cul-de-sac with eighty-foot walls, set in a valley, and then fracture the water main at the top of the hill during a freak power outage, you’ll have to invent a compelling plot to get them outta there.

So now, I try not to worry about my imaginary peeps. I just let them get into deep trouble. Once they’re well and truly stuck, then I l wander around the house bumping into doors and muttering to myself until I work out how to rescue them.

You see, if I don’t know how they’re going to overcome the dire situation I’m writing them into then neither will the reader. But if I know the solution ahead of time, I’d have to mislead my reader, tell them lies as I placed the character in jeopardy. And readers can see through lies.


Three-Ways ~ NanoStrike ~ Stolen Innocence


Books by Pete Barber
NanoStrike
Love Poison


Books by Joe B. Parr
The Detective Jake Hunter Series
Stolen Innocence, Book 2


Books by Mike Markel
Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery
Deviations, Volume 2
The Broken Saint, Volume 3
Three-Ways, Volume 4




So what or who is #eNovAaW?

eNovel Authors at Work is a group of indie authors who believe in paying it forward…

We are dedicated to helping one another to understand the challenges facing writers in the digital universe.

Everything we discover will find its way into these pages, to help authors and readers alike to navigate the ever-changing world of books.

Our goal is all about THE BOOK. We help each other to get our books noticed and expand our audiences. Indie Publishing is constantly changing, and we do our best stay informed.

Our members can participate in individual and group promotions.

Whether an author has published one book or ten, success requires diligence, dedication, and focus. We don’t know all the answers, but we are learning who to ask, who to listen to, and how best to use the tools available to sell BOOKS.

While we respect an author’s choice in what he or she writes, we do not promote erotica, gratuitous sex, or violence.

Right here is where you can subscribe to our newsletter (at the top of the sidebar on any page). eNovel Authors will only land in your mailbox when a good book is free 99 cents or a special deal . Now and again we’ll tell you about a new release, a blog hop, or a book we discovered that made us laugh or cry or dream.



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Leather and Lace by Jessie Evans


Synopsis:
 July 13, 2014
A sexy, swoony romance from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jessie Evans.

Cowboy bikers, fireworks, and romance, oh my...

Wild girl, Mia Sherman, has a secret--she isn't as fearless as she pretends. Descended from Lonesome Point, Texas's founding family, Mia grew up hearing tales of an old Irish curse that had followed the Shermans to America. At age twenty-four, Mia is still terrified of the stories, because they aren't stories. They are a warning about what will happen if Mia allows love and romance into her life. The curse struck Mia's grandmother and her great-great-whatever grandmother, and Mia knows she could be next. The first-born daughter of every generation is cursed to lose her husband on her wedding night, which is one of the many reasons Mia has sworn off relationships.

Until the fateful day Sawyer Kane rides his Harley into her life ...

Rancher turned restoration expert, Sawyer Kane, can't believe his luck when the feisty owner of the lingerie shop next to his hotel turns out to be the curator of his latest project, a ghost town he's been sent to restore. He's looking forward to long, hot days talking history, and hotter nights with Mia, but the redhead with the killer smile seems determined to keep him at a friendly distance. But when a dangerous man from Mia's past arrives in town, Sawyer finds himself drawn into her inner circle, and into the legend of Lonesome Point itself.

Can true love conquer all, even a centuries-old curse? Mia and Sawyer may be the first to find out. 

Sami's review:
Amelia (Mia) has been the victim of domestic abuse which causes her to flee home to Lonesome Point. Here she has family and friends to help her get over her ordeal and the chance to build a life again. She runs a lingerie shop and is up to pulling pranks just like the old days. It’s her way of letting her hair loose and having a little fun in a sleepy little town. While trying to not get caught on her during her latest stunt she runs smack dab into one hell of a handsome man and the sparks fly! Lonesome Point also has a ghost town that her grandmother is trying to rebuild to bring in more tourists. Sawyer is in Lonesome Point on business. He is hoping to win the bid to restore the old ghost town to its former glory. When he gets run over by a fiery read head who blows his mind with a kiss he is even more determined to stick around. Mia is hesitant to trust Sawyer and Sawyer has his own demons from the past hounding him as well. Aside from past experience Mia is terrifies of the curse that seems to haunt the first born women of her family? Will Mia be able to let down her guard enough to give Sawyer a chance? Will Sawyer be able to do the same? Will the ghost from their pasts keep these two from being happy? Or will a more earthly demon tear them apart before they can find their happiness? Will they become just another statistic of the old ghost town of Lonesome Point?

Tabitha's Review..
This book had me rolling around and laughing so hard I had tears. What a fabulous and fresh read with a twist. The bantering between Mia and Sawyer was fabulous. Mia is a sweet girl full of sass. She is a determined woman who knows exactly what she wants. Sawyer who is in Lonesome Point to bid on a job happens to come across Mia and the most surprising way a kiss. The passion and heat that comes from that kiss is electrifying for them both. Not wanting to be gung-ho and fall for Sawyer, Mia tries to guard her heart.Sawyer tries to keep his focus on the job he came to do but everywhere he turns he is near Mia. Both have history's of stalkers and both are starting to fall hard for one another. Will their worlds be torn apart from a ghost in the past? Will they both be able to learn to trust and love again? A great cowboy book with lots of great humor.

Buy links:

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary romances she loves to read.
She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.
When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.
Learn more at www.jessieevansauthor.com.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Emerge into Forever Cover Reveal


Emerge into Forever (The Shifting Series, Book 3)
Not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 due to underage drinking, sexual content and adult language.
She escaped the doubt, and he embraced the moment.  Shifting apart then shifting together. Could they finally emerge into forever?
One secret broke his trust, which led to both of their heartbreak. They both learned that sometimes love just isn't enough. Until now.
Nothing with them had ever been simple and coming home to right his wrong would be no different. Josh was prepared to say or do anything to fix his mistake and mend what he had broken between them. He wasn't expecting to find out his worst nightmare had come true. As usual, though, not everything is as it seemed.
Riley was slowly spiraling into a dark hold of loneliness and despair without Josh. Rebuilding walls he had once broken down, pushing away everyone around her. One self-destructive mistake left her unguarded and vulnerable causing her past to slam into her present with painful force. Destroyed by Josh's assumptions then given hope by his reassurance, she climbs out of the dark and back into his arms. 
Enough was enough and communication was key. No longer hiding behind walls and past screw-ups, they fight like hell for what they want. One another. Always wanting more.
Apart they are a mess, but together they are music.



Author Bio:
Once upon a time in the boot of Louisiana, a young girl made a mess of things and began writing dark poetry to cope. She often found herself day dreaming, creating stories in a far away land that didn't exist and was always out of her reach. Her mission was to move on, find love and a reason to believe in the beautiful things in life. She didn't expect to be counting her blessings daily for all that she has found since then.  Her once dark poetry became colorful and bright?it became music. She found purpose and her make believe stories slowly vanished away. Her poetry also sat in the backseat as more important things took priority. However, life can catapult you in the blink of an eye. A long forgotten coping mechanism of writing would once again become her escape. This time, though, she realized that this escape where she created stories was not a curse, but a gift. Embracing her vice, she breathes life into her characters and poetically weaves together stories for readers to enjoy.  She is no longer the young girl who feared the unknown, but is stronger and has faith that beautiful things will always be in reach. She is married to her best friend, and is a mom to three beautiful daughters who are her favorite cheerleaders. She is excited to have the opportunity to share her love of writing with readers. The stories are fictional, but they are real to her. She has always felt things passionately and this new journey as an author is no different. She is no longer looking back, but looking ahead to this amazing adventure with all of you. She invites you to connect with her if you desire to do so.


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The Intrepid Men of# eNovAaW~ Spotlight Tour




Meet The Intrepid Men of #eNovAaW



Mike Markel

Mike Markel writes the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series, which is set in the fictional small city of Rawlings, Montana, home of Central Montana State University. That university is somewhat like Boise State University, where Mike is a professor, but in Rawlings the weather is colder, the football team less successful, and the murder rate much, much higher.

Facebook Fan Page ~ Facebook Friend Page ~ Twitter ~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ Website ~ eMail: mmarkel@boisestate.edu


Pete Barber

Born into a blue-collar family in Liverpool, England, Pete missed The Beatles but did go to The Cavern a few times. He immigrated to the US in the early 90s, and became a citizen. After twenty years in the corporate madhouse, Pete moved to Western North Carolina where he lives with a couple llamas, two spoiled dogs, a brace of cookie-eating goats, one ferocious cat, and a wonderful wife who thankfully understands his obsessive need to write fiction.





Joe B. Parr

Joe B. Parr is a North Texas based Mystery Suspense writer. As a native of the Fort Worth, TX area, his novels are crime dramas based in and around DFW. Residents of the area will enjoy the familiar sights and sounds. For others, he provides a virtual tour highlighting the area’s feel and diversity.

His current releases, The Victim and Stolen Innocence, are available in both paperback and ebook (Kindle) on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and selected independent book stores.

He writes entertaining fiction with an undercurrent of social commentary. His books address provocative issues by introducing characters who provide multiple perspectives so that the reader is driven to explore their own thoughts.

In The Victim, those issues include gangs, media stereotypes and the racial tensions within the community. In Stolen Innocence, he highlights the growing issue of Human Trafficking and its disproportional impact on immigrant and minority communities.







Mike Markel


What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile?

I’m reading Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis, the British novelist. Even though he produces the most incendiary prose now written in English, I don’t always love his books. His satire is so astringent that sometimes it’s difficult for me to like any of his characters. But Lionel Asbo, about a young British lout who wins the lottery, and his bookish nephew, is, I think, a real breakthrough. It’s being described as a modern Great Expectations, and so far I agree. I’m loving it.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

Yes, I do. Because I write mysteries in which three or more people could have done the initial murder, my plots are quite intricate. I always have follow-up crimes, too, that occur when my detectives begin to tighten the noose. Therefore, I have to orchestrate the action down to the day and hour. Sometimes I have to revise the outline when I think of something better, but I can’t just let the story take me where it will or I’ll end up in a ditch.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

Yes and no. My protagonist, the extremely flawed Detective Karen Seagate, derives a lot of her dysfunctional personality from me. And the poor woman talks a lot like me. But I made her a female because I wanted to be sure she couldn’t become me. She’s got enough problems of her own.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

This might sound stupid, but I would start with this question: Why do you want to write? If the answer is to become famous or rich, that probably won’t happen. If it is to share your story, that’s somewhat less unlikely, but still not all that likely. In fact, if you can be happy without writing, that would probably be best. Figure out another way to make money or become famous or fill your time.

Being a writer is, in some important ways, unwise. You sit in a chair all day, cutting off the circulation to your legs, making sentences and paragraphs that clearly are not very good--at least until many drafts later, and even then there’s no guarantee. Then--this is the worst thing about it--you ask people to give you something really valuable. I don’t mean a few bucks; I mean a few hours.

When I read a writer announcing a new book with words like “Exciting news: my new novel is now available,” I wonder if he or she realizes that while it might in fact be very exciting for the writer, in what universe is it likely to be exciting for the reader? With many hundreds of thousands of new books appearing, and most of them not very good or at least not to the reader’s taste, the writer is pushing a boulder up a very steep hill.

Let me be clear: I’m not talking about all those other writers out there, but not myself. I’m talking about me, too. Why should anyone care if I’m publishing a new novel? I think it’s good, just like every other author does about his or her new book. But do I think everyone ought to think it’s good, too, or that it’s worth a few bucks and a few hours? I’ve written too much to be that naive.
So, long story short (“Too late,” Dorothy Parker famously said), if you write and ask people to read it, you’re setting yourself up for a world of hurt.

But I’ll end with one other small comment. I love to write. It makes me happy. And when I get positive comments from readers, which I do surprisingly often, I’m very glad that they, for one reason or another, gave me a few hours and thought my book was not horrible.


Three-Ways ~ NanoStrike ~ Stolen Innocence


Books by Mike Markel
Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery
Deviations, Volume 2
The Broken Saint, Volume 3
Three-Ways, Volume 4


Books by Pete Barber
NanoStrike
Love Poison


Books by Joe B. Parr
The Detective Jake Hunter Series
Stolen Innocence, Book 2




So what or who is #eNovAaW?

eNovel Authors at Work is a group of indie authors who believe in paying it forward…

We are dedicated to helping one another to understand the challenges facing writers in the digital universe.

Everything we discover will find its way into these pages, to help authors and readers alike to navigate the ever-changing world of books.

Our goal is all about THE BOOK. We help each other to get our books noticed and expand our audiences. Indie Publishing is constantly changing, and we do our best stay informed.

Our members can participate in individual and group promotions.

Whether an author has published one book or ten, success requires diligence, dedication, and focus. We don’t know all the answers, but we are learning who to ask, who to listen to, and how best to use the tools available to sell BOOKS.

While we respect an author’s choice in what he or she writes, we do not promote erotica, gratuitous sex, or violence.

Right here is where you can subscribe to our newsletter (at the top of the sidebar on any page). eNovel Authors will only land in your mailbox when a good book is free 99 cents or a special deal . Now and again we’ll tell you about a new release, a blog hop, or a book we discovered that made us laugh or cry or dream.



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