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Comment by Book Buzz on February 8, 2013 at 10:26am

Available For Review - Contemporary Women's Fiction

Vindicating Vicky
by Ron Knight
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1477536636
Published: May 2012
Pages: 284
Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction

Young, beautiful Vicky Lester grew up oppressed in dismal, gruesome inner- city surroundings. She meets and befriends Stan, a lonely, kind man who encourages and helps her to strike out on her own and make a better life for herself. But Vicky is haunted by a horrific childhood secret, a trauma so deeply imbedded in her psyche that even she can’t confront it head on. Laden with dread and guilt, Vicky embarks on a memorable and promiscuous journey as if unwittingly acting out the playbook of her youth. Ultimately, emboldened by Stan, she struggles to overcome the memories she has hidden for so long. Will Vicky be able to find real love and a brighter future?

This deeply moving story also confronts us with the ageless, heart-wrenching question: Are individuals solely to blame for their actions, or is society?

For review copies contact:

Ron Knight

Comment by Book Buzz on February 8, 2013 at 10:26am

YA Fantasy Available For Review

Through the Portal
By Justin Dennis
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466311138
Pages: 248
Genre: YA Fantasy

When Jem and Oliver accidentally fall through a portal to another world just before their first year of high school, they quickly discover that all is not well here. The first person they meet, a creepy old man named Atychis, almost gets them killed by a ferocious, fire-breathing dragon. They’re only narrowly saved when Sierra, a shy farm girl from a nearby town, uses illegal magic to help them escape. Allowed to stay with her family while they try to figure out a way back home, Jem and Oliver begin to learn of magic and the Regime that is oppressing it.

It isn’t until the Regime kills a woman that the three kids realize they have to do something to stop the Regime from taking over completely. After being framed for a crime they didn’t commit and banished from the town, Jem, Oliver, and Sierra take off on an adventure across this strange world in an attempt to defeat the Regime. New creatures and new kinds of magic are around every corner, but so are dangers that could have them wishing they were back safe at home.

Through the Portal is approximately 104,000 words and is the first in a trilogy.

One of the unique characteristics within Through the Portal is the use of sylph, a physical manifestation of magic that allows the user to manipulate it however they need while exerting minimal energy. Sylph makes transportation available through sylphcycles and sylphquads, and is just one of the exciting new concepts explored in this magical and complex world.

For review copies contact:

Justin Dennis


Comment by Book Buzz on February 8, 2013 at 10:25am

Available For Review - A Psychic's Memoir

Living In The Psychic Realm
By Kay and Jethro E. Smith
ISBN: 978-1452539379
Pages: 192
Genre: New Age Memoir

This is the true life story through the eyes of eight-year-old Jethro, part Native American Indian, who is born with the psychic gift. He is forced to realize that not everyone sees and hears what he sees and hears when his gift becomes heightened after a near-death experience. It is both humorous and heartwarming as he attempts to reject the gift, then with the guidance and mentoring of his devout godmother learns to accept and embrace his potential to help others.

The battle between the light and dark energies is eye-opening to believers and non-believers alike. From the refreshing perspective of youth, it illuminates paradigms of traditional good vs. evil and helps clarify misconceptions of what it means to be psychic. The book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt “different” and an inspiration to develop one’s own intuitive senses.

Jethro’s story has been frequently likened to “Real Life Harry Potter.” It has an easy-to-read, unpretentious style yet addresses eternal life-concepts.

For review copies contact:

Jethro Smith

Comment by Harvee Lau on February 8, 2013 at 7:30am

Here are my comments on THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin, the current bestseller about the famous couple, Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 

Comment by Lynelle Clark on February 8, 2013 at 3:15am
An unusual young woman and fledgling journalist, Luna has various restrictive oddities, all of which prevent any kind of physical intimacy. Abusive parents take pleasure in Luna’s misery and isolation, yet Luna strives to make them proud, to finally earn their elusive love – something she craves almost as much as the painless touch of a lover.
When she learns of a tragic story involving the kidnap of baby Esta, she jumps at the chance to investigate, dragging her Shadows along for the ride within the murky depths of her mind.
Meanwhile, a dark stranger visits Luna’s dreams and stalks her reality. In lieu of the real thing, their intimate moments excite rather than terrify. Nestled within his presence, she begins to sense an urgent message of danger – a message she struggles to interpret, until they finally meet….
Her investigations lead Luna to a vibrant seaside town, hiding copycat aliens and an underworld of Supernaturals. Here, she comes face-to-face with her own, terrifying identity. Confronted with life-changing decisions and the harshest of truths, Luna questions her sanity, searching for logic, feeling deceived by both.
Is Luna trapped in a newfound supernatural world, or within her own delusions? And will anyone care enough to save her?
To find out more about this interesting book visit my blog and stand a chance to win a copy.

Comment by Richard Lee Byers on February 7, 2013 at 8:01pm

I contributed a guest blog post to the Fantasist Enterprises site on the subject of authorial inspiration. Check it out:

Comment by Douglas Boren on February 7, 2013 at 7:49pm

Hey, folks, I am launching a new venture that I hope will be a good thing for everybody.  Beginning in the next six weeks or so, I will be publishing an E-zine!  I call it The Alexander Chronicle. This will be a bi-monthly e-zine featuring this remarkable family that I write about in my books, and their incredible life challenging situations.  Each of the books will be represented, with news pertaining to them, including regular excerpts and news items not found anywhere else!

There will also be new stories or vignettes portraying characters from each of the books with never before seen material, and you get it first! Think of them as “deleted scenes” from a movie. How about photos?  See what some of the people and places looked like from each and all of the stories. How about videos? There will be links to those, too.

But perhaps the most fun of all are the free prize give aways!  Just by subscribing, you become eligible for drawings for a wide assortment of prizes, including free books, gift cards, and more! 

As a special promotion to get this off the ground, I will give not one, but three prizes to a randomly drawn winners for the first issue. They will be a print copy of each of my so far published books.  That’s a $50 value worth of free prizes.  Anyone who subscribes is automatically registered for the drawing, every month.

I’m hoping for lots of subscribers!  Have your friends subscribe as well.  The more the better.

What have you got to lose?  Simply message me your name and email address, or email me directly at Rest assured your name and email will not be sold or used in any other way.

Comment by Rosanna Leo on February 7, 2013 at 7:28pm


Review from Night Owl Reviews: "Rosanna Leo breathes life into a fantastic myth and makes it so believable you cannot help but be swept away....I love the rollercoaster of emotions this story had me on, from laughter to tears of joy and sorrow. I am a complete sucker for a great mythology based plotline and this one was fun. This is a great by the pool read. Warning: You might get caught up in all the fantasy!"


Conservator Maia Douglas is an expert on ancient Greece and its mythology. She would never tell anyone at the museum where she works, but she's always had a secret crush on the mythical Eryx, Greek god of love. There is nothing she loves more than to tend to her favorite statue of him, and her nighttime dreams are filled with luscious images of Eryx making love to her. One day, the peace at Maia's beloved museum is shattered when a new director arrives. A man who looks exactly like her image of Eryx. As Maia watches, he manages to upset her ordered museum world, at the same time he inflames her with unwanted desire. Maia does not know that her new boss is actually the god Eryx, disguised as a mortal so he may work in antiquities. Although he is the god of love, he has forsaken his sexual nature because of a curse that has killed any woman he's dared to love. Though he fights it, Eryx is drawn to Maia with a force he's never experienced in a thousand years. But can he convince her of his true identity? And can he protect her from a vengeful goddess who seeks her destruction?

Comment by Neil D Ostroff on February 7, 2013 at 4:08pm

This sponsorship worked!

The KFD sponsorship for IMAGINATION on Tuesday did fairly well and once again eclipsed all my other marketing efforts in return dollars to spent ratio. I got below the 5,000 rank for a bit on Amazon and sales did increase dramatically for a few hours. As usual, I would recommend KFD as a top return.


I’ve slowed marketing efforts on my other nine novels to focus more on the four-book dystopian series I’m working on. It seems no matter how hard I try to focus on marketing, I always quickly return to the creative process of the novel writing art form.


I envy those authors who have personal publicists who handle all the drudgery involved in getting your name out there. How nice would it be to focus solely on writing? I’m not complaining however, the internet has provided the average writer with worlds of exposure at the click of a mouse. The only problem is that world is getting more crowded.


I do have a few more sponsorships this month and I expect to see some good results, but then I think I’m going to stop spending money on them for a while. The whole sponsorship process has been polluted by writers who have more money than talent and can buy up all the sponsorship space. The result is that readers aren’t taking the ads seriously anymore because they’ve been burned by bad stories.


I believe this to be true because I’ve seen my results from paid sponsorships dwindle over the past two years. A well-placed sponsorship used to sell hundreds if not thousands of copies, now I think readers are way more wary of what’s being touted as the ‘day’s best read’, ‘or book of the day’.


I still believe the best way to hit it big is by word of mouth and the luck of going viral, but I also think the secret lies in posting long samples of your work on as many sites as possible. There’s no need to try and convince someone to buy your book when they’ve got several sample chapters already in front of them and are enjoying what they’re reading. I always end my sample chapters with a simple note and link to purchase the book. I find this much more effective than spending good money on ad space consumed by “vanity” writers.

Comment by Diana Rubino on February 7, 2013 at 12:43pm

Hi All, if you like to read medical thrillers, I'm hosting Lawrence Gold, MD on my blog today.


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