Episode 12: The Tethering by Megan O’Russell (PG)

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Welcome to episode 12 of the Indies’ Reading Block Podcast!

Megan O’Russell is thrilled to have published her premier novel THE TETHERING with Silence in the Library Publishing. Originally from New York, Megan is a professional actress who spends her time traveling the country for different shows. When not on stage or writing, Megan spends time with her beloved ukelele and her wonderful husband.

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance. Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

You can find THE TETHERING on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in both ebook and paperback form. The sequel, THE SIREN’S REALM, will be available on April 29.

If you’d like to learn more about Megan, you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter and Facebook

Our next episode will air on May 1 and will feature an excerpt from a YA paranormal novel by D.B. Nielsen.

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Where’s Sunstone?!

Sunstone by Holly BarboI’ve received comments and tweets asking about the whereabouts of SUNSTONE. We promised it would be out yesterday. We had hoped it would be out yesterday. Holly and I (the publisher) have slaved away for the past month with little to no sleep, trying our hardest to get the book done on time. Unfortunately, the problem is out of our hands.

On March 30, I put the final touches to the ebook file and uploaded it immediately to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) to be distributed through Amazon/Kindle. The time when I hit submit was 8:05 p.m. EST.

For those of you who don’t know: The Kindle team takes a few hours to review the book files and sets it free. They say it can take up to 12 hours. I thought even if it did take that long, then we were still looking at it going live at around 8 a.m. EST. Plenty of time, right? I’ve uploaded a number of books and the average time was more like 4-6 hours.

8 a.m. came and went. And then it was noon. And still no SUNSTONE. Why was this happening? We weren’t sure. Holly contacted customer service on her end, I attempted to email them on my hand. And then when I awoke this morning, I received this email:

Hello,

I’m very sorry for any frustration this issue has caused.

We’ll need a little time to look into publishing issue. I’ve reached out to our technical issue to investigate this issue.

We’ll contact you with more information by the end of the day on April 8, 2015.

Thanks for your patience.

Not exactly what I wanted to hear. April 8?! Really?! I’ve sent them another email about it, hoping to get this whole situation expedited, because, quite frankly this is ridiculous. We can’t do much unfortunately because it would appear this is an Amazon glitch/error. I sincerely apologize for the wait.

We would love for all Amazon buyers to be patient a bit longer until this hiccup is fixed because each sale on Amazon helps boost our rank and gets more eyes on the book, especially when a new release happens. But if you can’t wait for the book, you can purchase it on Smashwords. We’ll also be opening up a direct sales page in the next day or two.

Thanks so much for your patience!

Episode 11: The Brubury Tales by Frank Mundo (PG)

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Welcome to episode 11 of the Indies’ Reading Block Podcast!

Frank Mundo has a BA in English from UCLA, where he also completed the Creative Writing Program. His stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in dozens of journals, magazines, and anthologies in print and online. Frank is the author of the award-winnng novel in verse, THE BRUBURY TALES (the foreword was written by bestselling author and critic Carolyn See).

An ambitious homage to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, THE BRUBURY TALES takes Chaucer’s story and frame to Los Angeles just after the riots in 1992, where seven security guards on the graveyard shift swap tales in an impromptu storytelling competition for Christmas vacation time. Written entirely in rhyming versee, the tales themselves are poetic updates of classic stories by Dostoevsky, Dickens, Boccaccio, O Henry, Twain, Gilman, Crane, Saki, Anderson, Bierce, and even Khayyam’s Rubaiyat.

You can find THE BRUBURY TALES on Amazon in both ebook and paperback form. There’s also a new illustrated version of THE BRUBURY TALES which is also available on Amazon.

If you’d like to learn more about Frank, you can follow him on Twitter at and Facebook.

Our next episode will air on April 15 and will feature an excerpt from a YA fantasy novel by Megan O’ Russell

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Episode 10: The Graduate I’m Proud Of and Only I Can by Morgan Straughan Comnick (G)

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Welcome to episode 10 of the Indies’ Reading Block Podcast!

Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

Her poems, “Even I Can” and “The Graduate I’m Proud Of,” are both featured in her short story and poetry collection, A SWEET, LITTLE DREAM.

In her first poem, “The Graduate I’m Proud Of,” Morgan wrote it for her now husband Derrick to congratulate him for graduating.

In her second poem, “Even I Can,” Morgan wrote it during her senior year. The poem helped boost her confidence in her writing skills and won second place in her school’s annual poetry cafe.

You can find both poems in Morgan’s collection, A SWEET, LITTLE DREAM.

If you’d like to learn more about Morgan, you can visit her website at: morganscomnick.com. You can also find her at Twitter at twitter.com/MorganSComnick and Pinterest at pinterest.com/morganscomnick/

Our next episode will air on April 1 and will feature an excerpt from a novel in verse by Frank Mundo.

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Cover Reveal: Sunstone

Holly Barbo’s next novel doesn’t take place on the planet of Ose. Nor does this world have the rural lifestyle that Ose was most known for. There are no psychics. No talking animals. This novel takes place on a moon in an early Industrial Age-like setting and features mechanical objects and steam cars. That’s right. Holly wrote a steampunk novel. And it’s slated for release on March 31, 2015.

Official Blurb:
Before there was a history, the sun goddess Navora visited a moon within her realm that held primitive ocean life. She dipped her staff of power into the primordial sea and stirred. Pleased with what she had wrought, she departed, not at all troubled that a divine spark had touched two small dying sea creatures.

As centuries pass, life on the moon develops into a geothermal steam-powered industrial age. A triumvirate of politicians, banks and corporations bring strain and suffering to the masses they rule over. Unbeknownst to the people of the moon, there may be help. With the gears of time evermoving and trouble spiraling to a crisis point, can three individuals and a handful of fossils prevent a violent revolution?

And here is the cover art! Cover was designed by JC Clarke.

Sunstone by Holly Barbo

Episode 9: Tangleroot by Jean Kilczer (R)

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Welcome to episode 9 of the Indies’ Reading Block Podcast!

Jean has been writing science fiction action adventure books for about twenty years. She first fell in love with scifi as a teenager and has never fallen out of it. Currently, she is an indie author with 11 books on Amazon and other sites. 8 of those stories are science fiction. 3 are a children’s fantasy trilogy. 6 are composed of a series: the Star Soujourner. Jean is currently working on a seventh for the series.

TANGLEROOT is the sixth book in the Star Sojurner series and pits astrobiologist, telepath, adventurer, and all-around adorable nice guy Jules Rammis against some Mafia bad guys and a race of aliens who don’t like to share. But not to worry. Ever-faithful Vegan Huff and Jules’s team is by his side, with crusty team leader Joe, Harlem-touch Chancey, and mild-mannered Southern medic Bat, all partaking of the adventure, and Jules’s love interest, the exotic Sophia Rella, who just refuses to stay at home and let the guys have all the fun.

Come along for the action-packed wild ride as Jules tackles “the family,” and Blackroot, an insidious alient plant/animal that spreads like wildfire, munches people for snacks, but has some pretty spectacular properties that can endow humans with a very long lifespan.

The story takes Jules from Earth to the distant planet Equus, and back again, as he pursues the spreading root system, and tries to stay a jump ahead of the Mafia bad guys who are pursing him.

If you’d like to learn more about Jean Kilczer, you can visit her website at: http://starsojourner.wordpress.com. You can also find her at Twitter at twitter.com/jeankilczer and Facebook at facebook.com/jean.kilczer

If you want to learn more about the narrator, Dan Wright you can visit him at his website at: http://pandragondan.co.uk. You can also find him on Twitter at twitter.com/PandaDanWright and Facebook at facebook.com/PandragonDanWright

Our next episode will air on March 15 and will feature a couple of poems from Morgan Straughan Comnick.

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New Release: Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince

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We officially signed Dan Wright to the press almost a year ago. He’s the author/creator of the Draconica series, a fantasy series that parallels the action and adventure in most anime/manga. Though Amanda Moonstone is a branch of the series, it has a more Disney/Pixar tone than Draconica.

AMANDA MOONSTONE: THE MISSING PRINCE is now available on Amazon and Smashwords for only $2.99. It will be available at other major ebook retailers within the next few weeks. The paperback copy will be available soon.

Add the book to your Goodreads shelves today!

One mistake can haunt a person forever and no one knows that more than Amanda Moonstone. In a time when people shun and fear magic, Amanda chooses to practice it. Her powers stem from the Dragon gems–mysterious jewels that allow her to manipulate and wield various elements. And one of them—the Blood gem—is the most powerful of them all and comes with a high price.

After losing everything, Amanda stumbles across a lost boy, who happens to be a Prince, of whom there is a large reward for his safe return. His reward will solve everything. But will it? Or is there more to life than just magic and money?

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Oh February. The month of love and chocolate and, usually, the last month of really cold weather. This month also marks the release of AMANDA MOONSTONE: THE MISSING PRINCE to our line-up and marks Dan Wright’s first Paper Crane Books novel. To celebrate, we decided to feature a quote from his short story “Death on Valentine’s Day,” which was featured in our holiday anthology, Recollection of Shared Days.

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Episode 8: A Tin of Honey by Holly Barbo (G)

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Welcome to episode 8 of the Indies’ Reading Block Podcast!

Holly Barbo’s world is shaped by her love of her family, the beauty of the natural world in Northwest Washington State and an irrepressible creative drive.

Living where the scenery is incredible with a rich abundance of wildlife “is so special and soothing that it feels like a quiet kind of magic,” according to Barbo. She is drawn to creating stories where there is just a bit of something unworldly, perhaps it is magic or psychic skills. Her stories are mostly in non-urban settings and usually have some focus on nature, building a discordant drama inside the peaceful frame.

A TIN OF HONEY is Holly’s first short story and takes place in an alternate timeline. Orphans are forced into slavery and kept in line with a specialized collar that shocks them if they do anything wrong. But a sweet treat might bring a group of orphans salvation.

A TIN OF HONEY will be featured in Holly’s upcoming short story collection, TENDRILS, which will be published later this year.

If you’d like to learn more about Holly Barbo, you can visit her website. You can also find her at Pinterest and Twitter and on Facebook.

Our next episode will air on March 1 and will feature an excerpt from a science fiction novel by Jean Kilczer.

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Cover Reveal: Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince

We’re happy to announce that our first novel from Dan Wright will be released on February 24, 2014! It’s been an interesting journey, full of magic and mayhem, and we can’t wait to release it to the world! We have a few books that will be up for pre-order very soon, this one included, so keep an eye out for a blog post about where to pre-order all of our upcoming books!

If you like Disney, Pixar, and a dash of anime adventure in your fantasies, then this book is going to be for you.

Official Blurb:
One mistake can haunt a person forever and no one knows that more than Amanda Moonstone. In a time when people shun and fear magic, Amanda chooses to practice it. Her powers stem from the Dragon gems–mysterious jewels that allow her to manipulate and wield various elements. And one of them—the Blood gem—is the most powerful of them all and comes with a high price.

After losing everything, Amanda stumbles across a lost boy, who happens to be a Prince, of whom there is a large reward for his safe return. His reward will solve everything. But will it? Or is there more to life than just magic and money?

Without further ado, here’s the cover art. Artwork was done by Kirsten Moody a.k.a. Snow the Wanderer.

Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince by Dan Wright