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Indie Saturday – Author Katella Stegmann on “The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf” Series

October 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Katella Stegmann featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her coming-of-age YA paranormal series – The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf.

Katella Stegmann writes :

Hey, you’ve never met me and this is crazy, but here’s my series … so read it maybe.

Now that you eternally hate me for getting that tune stuck in your head how about I introduce myself?

My name is Katella Stegmann. I’m a dreamer, a weirdo, and everything else most artists are known for. Writing has been a part of my life since the day I was born. I was a toddler when I wrote my first masterpiece about a group of superheroes banding together to save their city from an evil super villain bent on world destruction. I thought the tale was exceptionally good. My mother, however, was displeased with the scribbles of permanent marker I had left all over the wall.

I was a devious little child, always finding ways to be a menace to society. The one thing that seemed to qualm my thirst for trouble was writing. It has been as much a part of my life as anything else. It is etched into my soul. Through the years I have learned how to mold my words intricately into zany antics of tales of action, adventure, humor, and love. I truly can not remember a time in my life that I was not dreaming in some capacity. I have spent years perfecting my craft and take pride in the fact that I am an abstract artist who enjoys painting pictures with words.

My novels have always been about more than just one element. I’ve always believed that philosophy, character development, and plot are all equally important. I think that there is a balance of a perfect amount of love and strife in a good story. It was the great philosopher Empedocles that said, “At one time through love all things come together into one, at another time, through strife’s hatred, they are borne each of them apart.” There is both comedy and tragedy in my stories. I lean on humor, though, because I think that laughter is important. I don’t take myself or my writing too seriously, and I’ve been told that shines through in my stories.

I was sixteen when I wrote The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf. While other kids my age were dutifully taking notes in class about the fall of the Roman Empire I was engulfed in a world where a group of not so ordinary kids were protecting their town from rabid evil-doers. Imagine a world filled with secrets, corruption, and a wacky pack of werewolves who spend their time playing dare or dare and placing ridiculous bets with one another, all the while fighting crime and protecting innocent people. Trust me when I say that it’s not your average superhero team.

The first book, “An American Werewolf in Idaho” follows young Cassie Hill in her quest to find a place to belong in the world while she stumbles through her destiny to protect her small Idaho town from a band of evil werewolves led by an ancient angry wolf who has a vendetta against her. And as if her life isn’t complicated enough, Cassie also has to deal with the struggles of that awkward feeling of falling in love for the first time. Her love life is more than complicated, seeing as how she has to keep secrets from her admirer, the new kid in town, Jackson Tucker, who has a few secrets of his own.

As the series progresses in the second book, “A Tale of Two Shih Tzus” the reader watches the secrets and lies of the two lovers unfold. As our young protagonist uncovers those secrets she has to waver through difficult decisions about life, love, and family. She struggles with the internal battle in her brain and her heart while dealing with the impending battle on the horizon.

In the third book, “The Labrador of the Rings” the reader is taken on a fast paced action adventure where Cassie seeks to overcome the hurdles that are presented to her. She learns the true meaning of love, sacrifice, and loyalty.

In the fourth and final novel, “The War of the Werewolves” the journey comes to a close. The reader witnesses children become adults as the characters they have grown to love prepare to fight the battle of their lives. Good and evil are going to have it out. Who will be left standing?

The series has humorous undertones of government control, individuality, and battles between the sexes. It tackles cultural differences and discrimination in a language that young minds can understand. The novels were based on that (call me old fashioned) notion that beauty lies within the soul. Age, race, and gender are all meaningless because when it comes to being human we are all the same. Yeah, I’m a hippie. Aren’t most writers?

It took me ten years to publish this series. Ten years to perfect my story to my liking. Ten years to overcome my fear of putting my writing in the public’s eye. I have to give credit where credit is due. I have a lot of followers and supporters on fanfiction sites online. Without them I never would have been brave enough to jump into sharing my work. I have been a writer my entire life, but without my fans I never would have become an author. I count myself as lucky, because the fans that I have are great. And I hope to build my fan-base even more over the years. I like making new friends. I’m also one to take constructive criticism. I think it helps me grow as an author. So if you have any questions, don’t be shy! Speak up. If it’s one thing I’ve learned through this whole experience is that you should never be afraid to ask questions.

I’ve rambled long enough. Stop browsing the interwebs and get back to work or pay attention in school you naughty, naughty children! I’ll end simply by saying that if you’re into fast talking werewolves with wicked humor, non-sparkly vampires, and a whole lot of laughter then I urge you to check my books out. If not, that’s cool, too. I’ll just take comfort in the fact that you’ll be singing Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” all day. You’re welcome.

You can keep up with my books online on facebook (sorry, kids. I have not yet had time to build a real website for the series!)

Or my facebook page:

Or the twitter:



But be forewarned…I suck at the tweeting. I’m twitter stupid and have yet to really figure out how it works.

Katella Stegmann’s The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf series are all available on Amazon in Kindle format.

You can also check out Katella Stegmann’s Amazon Author’s page for more info!


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Indie Saturday – Author Matt Posner on his “School of the Ages” Series

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Matt Posner featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for his magical fantasy series School of the Ages (Of a planned five,  three of the books from the series are already out: The Ghost in the Crystal, Level Three’s Dream and The War Against Love)

Matt Posner writes:

Hello. I’m Matt Posner, writer, teacher, and Dean of School of the Ages, American’s greatest magic school. Thanks for hosting me on indie Saturday.

I released the third book of the School of the Ages series in August 2012. Although I began to publish these books in 2010, I have actually been working on the series since 2002, so it is now ten years since the whole thing started, and I am now much older, now an independent author in the United States (I have a publisher in India), and I am working within the context of decisions I made ten years ago.

It was so different then. I was under forty, I was a yeshiva high school teacher, there was a new hole in the Manhattan skyline, and my greatest longing in the literary firmament was more Harry Potter. So different. These books were always intended to be about young people growing up, but I know that in 2002 I could not predict the ways they would grow, even more than I could do so for myself as I moved from a callow man not long out of graduate school and not long transplanted to this daunting city called New York, to whatever sort of man I am now, which is not for me to say. I think I am still shocked when people talk to me like an adult and a professional; I still feel like my teen characters a lot of the time!

School of the Ages is a magic school on a hidden island in New York Harbor. The students come from New York City and other places in the world and they are very multicultural. Half of the school consists of Chasidic Jews studying Cabala. The magic is mostly invisible, and based on meditation and inner focus.

The world is our own world, full of real-world places and events. There is no whimsy and more darkness than humor, but on the other hand, there are no prophecies, no “chosen ones,” no “dark lords” to take over the world. That has been done too much lately; I for one need a break from it. Instead, in my stories, teenagers are growing up, as teenagers do, dealing with their feelings and their increasing ability to cope with the world, as well as their recognition of how hard that can be.

The War Against Love, which is the third School of the Ages book, was inspired by my desire to work with very grand epic themes. They are in the title. War is one, and love is the other. Thus the book has two plotlines that run parallel for the majority of the book.

In one plotline, my protagonist Simon and his allies are forced to grow up too fast when a group of nasty wizards from Europe begin to attack them as part of a mortal struggle against their teacher, Dr. Archer, and School of the Ages itself. Simon is fifteen when he has decided that he is ready to kill an enemy. In a lot of fantasy literature, killing people is a routine fact of survival, but Simon grew up peacefully in Bayside, Queens and has never had to contemplate the consequences of taking life, what it means emotionally or spiritually. Yet at the same time that he has these doubts, he is also looking at enemies who have performed heinous acts of violence and with whom there is no possibility to reason or reconcile. And he decides to sacrifice a part of himself to do what has to be done. The book follows the consequences of this decision.

In the other plotline, Simon has been grieving for over a year (throughout the second book of the series, in which he is pretty much an emotional zombie) about the loss of someone he loved, when that grief is challenged by meeting Ana, the daughter of the Arch-mage of Prague, a girl who represents an escape from that grief and a chance for emotional renewal. But she is not the easiest person to deal with and he does not know if he can ever gain her affection. And even if he does, there is still this war going on, and being in love raises the stakes. Should he put aside the commitment he made, and focus only on his intense motivation to win Ana’s heart? Or continue the battle, knowing how much greater the stakes are are when he has something he wants to come home to?

As always, these themes for Simon are accompanied by similar content for the supporting cast. I am a big fan of dramatic foils and echoing motifs, and so the book looks at many romances troubled by war and strife, including Goldberry and her slimy boyfriend William breaking up over a perceived infidelity, the usually cute and goofy couple of elementalists Robbie and Avery strained by the arrival of an enemy from her past, and the consequences of Dr. Archer’s own relationship history.

So what kept me going as I was writing this book? I think I was drawn mainly by the desire to write the kind of book I would want to read. This has been my favorite book ever since I began drafting it, because I have poured into it the best cast of characters I could, including lots of horrendous foes human and monstrous, and lots of true heroism and intense tragedy. I wanted to hit all the notes with this book that perhaps books by other authors have not hit when I wanted them to. I can remember a moment of great cinematic excitement from 1999 that represents the feeling I was going for. When I was first seeing X-Men 2, I was really struck by the scene in which Wolverine leaps from the second floor landing and attacks the men invading the school. The audience in the theater where I was cheered wildly. That was what they wanted to see, their hero being a hero in the style they had always longed for on screen. I want this whole book to provide that feeling. I want my readers to be thinking, “Yeah, that’s perfect. The heroes have real courage, the villains get what’s coming to them, it’s just what I wanted, and I will remember this part for a long time.”

That being said, you will also leave The War Against Love with a sense of loss. War produces tragedy, in real life of course, and also in fiction.

All my books are available for Kindle, and many for Nook. The School of the Ages series has three books so far of a planned five. Start with The Ghost in the Crystal, and then Level Three’s Dream. Then you may wish to dip into the two short story books, Tales of Christmas Magic and Sara Ghost, which are Kindle exclusives. And then there is The War Against Love. Book four, Simon Myth, is set for next year, and book five, The Wonderful Carol, is tentatively for 2014.

Matt Posner is a writer and teacher from New York City. Originally from Miami, FL, Matt lives in Queens with Julie, his wife of more than ten years, and works in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Matt teaches high school English, with a fondness for special education students, and teaches world civilizations at Metropolitan College of New York.

His interests include magic and the paranormal, literature, movies, history and culture, visual arts, world music, religion, photography, and professional wrestling history.

You can check out Matt Posner’s Amazon Author’s page for more info!

To learn more about Matt, follow Matt on his official website: schooloftheages, Twitter: @schooloftheages and Facebook: schooloftheages. Drop by and say hi!


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Indie Saturday – Author Corey Guerra on “The Dragon’s Eye”

September 22, 2012 1 comment

Today, we have author Corey Guerra featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for his fantasy novel The Dragon’s Eye.

“The story takes place in the land of Fael-wen, a land with humans, elves, magic, and of course, dragons. Hundreds of years ago, during The Great War, The Dragon’s Eye was used to help rid the land of evil. Believed to be lost, The Dragon’s Eye has since become legend.”

Corey Guerra writes on how he wrote his book:

It all started in a bar.

It’s amazing how a story forms for a writer. If you polled writers I’m sure you’d find a vast amount of answers as to how their book was formed, or what was their starting point. For some it could have been a character they wanted to see develop, or it may have been a theme they wanted to get across to the reader. For me it was two characters in a bar.

I grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons as a kid and many of our quests always started in a bar when someone would approach our characters and ask us if we wanted to go on a quest. It just seemed like a natural place to start. So when I was in high school and wanted to write my own book, it was where I started my book; two characters in a bar who are suddenly thrust into the story. It’s amazing how much of that has changed.

I have always been driven by snippets when I write. When I have I line a character says, or the detailed action of a sword fight, or how a person feels at a certain point in the story I want to try to incorporate that into the book any way I can. I feel that many times those small scenes are what people remember the most about a book. No one remembers every detail of The Hobbit, but there a certain scenes and lines that everyone knows. When I wrote The Dragon’s Eye I wanted to include as many memorable lines or scenes as I could.

This of course can prove to be problematic as I found out. If you try to force a line or plot point that doesn’t fit you end up with a crappy story. I think this is what took me so long to write my first book. I became attached to certain items I wanted to include, and like a square peg in a round hole, I tried to squeeze it in to no avail. It was once I took a step back to see the whole picture that it became easier.

In The Dragon’s Eye, the main protagonist is Makayla, a druid who discovers she is more important that she could have ever imagined. What really drives the story is how she evolves and copes with her newfound destiny. The way the other characters and the setting weaves with her is what makes the story so fun. Then it became easier to have some of my scenes and lines into the story without taking away from the overall theme of the book.

Corey Guerra was born in Milford Massachusetts in 1977. He has been an avid fan of fantasy and medieval fiction all his life. He began writing the basis for what became The Dragon’s Eye back in 2001. After building the continent of Fael-wen and it’s rich history, his first book was born.

The Dragon’s Eye by Corey Guerra is available on Amazon in Kindle format.

You can also check out Corey Guerra’s Amazon Author’s page for more info!

To learn more about Corey, follow Cory on his official website/blog: thedragonseye and Facebook: The-Dragons-Eye. Drop by and say hi!


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Indie Saturday – Author Scott J. Robinson on “The Brightest Light” @skywordz

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Scott J. Robinson featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for his original “crystal-punk” action fantasy novel The Brightest Light.

Scott J. Robinson writes:

At some point in their career, every writer will be asked, “Where do you get your ideas?”

Sometimes, for some writers, the answer is easy. (The idea shop on Main Street.) Other times, not so much.

Of course, the main problem is that there is no one answer. At least I assume there isn’t. There isn’t for me. And normally (again, for me) it isn’t even about one idea. For me it takes a collision of ideas to make a story happen.

With my series, Tribes of the Hakahei, I wanted to know what circumstances would be required to allow all (or a lot of) the myths, legends and ancient mysteries of earth to be real. Elves and dwarves, Machu Picchu, religion, Robin Hood, Easter Island and a lot of other things. And once that collided with an idea I had for a fantasy story about twenty years ago (or, at least, the characters), the Tribes of the Hakahei was born.

With my latest story, The Brightest Light, it started with the setting. I had a vision (it sounds mystical, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t) of flying islands. Like all single ideas, it didn’t go anywhere. It just stayed in my subconscious, dashing around in circles and trying to run into things.

It wasn’t until I thought of the Hakahei that the collision occurred and things started happening. The earlier story has fantasy characters playing in a science fiction world– what if I could do something similar in reverse? What if I could make a science fiction story in a fantasy setting?

Each of the flying islands became a world with a different culture and a different feel. I started using steam punk technology– that interesting stuff on the cusp between fantasy and science fiction.

But simplicity was important. I had spent about a decade with Tribes of the Hakahei in one way or another, and was still working on it. That is a four book series with six point-of-view characters from six different civilisations. There are a couple of dozen minor characters. There are aliens. There are other universes. There’s strange technology and weaponry. There are all sorts of things.

I wanted something I could write relatively quickly to clear my palette (to get ready for more of the Hakahei at the time).

So, in the end, I toned the ‘different worlds’ aspect. I also decided against the steam punk and invented the entirely new genre of crystal punk. (It’s about to take off, I know it is.) Crystal technology is more about magic than science so I didn’t need to do any research at all.

I threw in some flintlock weaponry and a bit of a McGuffin and let the action roll. And the action does roll. There are gun fights and knife fights and chases through… Well there are all type of chases through all types of places.

The Brightest Light was a lot of fun to write and hopefully it is also a lot of fun to read. There may be a sequel at some point, but for now it stands as it is– short and easy and ready for action.

I’ve been writing Science Fiction and fantasy novels for as long as I can remember. When I was 11 years old, I wrote an 11 chapter, 11 page novel about exploring our solar system. It was typed up and bound (well stapled) and ended uptravelling around to a lot of schools in the hands of a very impressed District Inspector of Schools (or something similar).

I spent a lot of time starting things I didn’t finish. That changed when, aged 20, I decided to start writing and not stop until I had finished a novel. 19 days later, I had Dramoon. It is the type of novel you’d expect from someone that age and I still have it on my computer somewhere.

Since then I’ve done a lot more writing and imporved accordingly. For many years I was a member of the Vision Writing group in Brisbane along with people such as Trent Jamieson, Marianne DePierres, Cory Daniels and Dirk Flintheart.

I live in Woodford, a small town just out of Brisbane, with my wife and three great kids (my wife is great too) and intend to write for a long time to come.


The Brightest Light by Scott J. Robinson is available on Amazon in Kindle format.

You can also check out Scott J. Robinson’s Amazon Author’s page for more info!

To learn more about Scott, follow Scott on his official website:, blog: Wonders Never Cease, Facebook page: The Space Between, and Twitter: @skywordz. Drop by and say hi!

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Indie Saturday – Author Kate Avery Ellison on “The Curse Girl” @Katiewriting

September 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Kate Avery Ellison featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her YA fantasy novel The Curse Girl (a retelling of the classic tale of the Beauty and the Beast.)

Kate Avery Ellison writes:

The Importance of the Right Setting

Setting is a vital element to story. Perhaps we all know the familiar refrain “it was a dark and stormy night,” the old opening line that sets the stage for a Gothic tale of love and loss, or a horror story designed to send chills down the reader’s spine. This opening is renowned for being cliché yes. But the cliché demonstrates an underlying principle—setting furthers theme and tone and boosts the story itself. “It was a dark and stormy night” is probably not going to introduce a romantic comedy. Setting matters. The author carefully chooses the setting for their story, because the setting informs everything else. Tone, characters, even plot.

In the Harry Potter series, the wizard school of Hogwarts is a place of whimsy and magic. Descriptions of talking pictures, nearly-headless ghosts, and doors that must be tickled to open are details that transport the reader on a journey of wonder. I remember reading the first book as a child, and the setting was so vivid and whimsical that I felt every bit as enthralled as if I were Harry myself. In George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, the cold, desolate north where the Starks live mirrors their bravery and rugged determination. In contrast, the warmer, more luxurious capital where the Lannisters live subtly highlights their indulgence and selfishness.

In my dystopian-fantasy series The Frost Chronicles, setting plays a very important role. The story takes place in a frozen world populated by monsters, where inhabitants must band together for their own survival and live in a rigidly-constructed world of rules.

Without the setting, there is no story.

In my young adult fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, The Curse Girl, the main setting takes place in an old, cursed house. Magic whispers in the walls at night. The rooms rearrange themselves at random. Everything is old, dusty, and broken. And Will, the master of the house, is emotionally broken, too. He’s the prisoner of a terrible curse, and he is running out of time to lift this curse before it dooms him forever. And the setting is terrifying—and Bee, the protagonist, is terrified by it.

As the story progresses, the setting changes along with the characters. Of course, I can’t be too specific about how the setting changes—spoilers! To find that out, you’ll have to read the book.

Without the challenges and problems of the cursed house in The Curse Girl, the plot would change completely. Without the harsh Frost, The Frost Chronicles would be a very different story.

Setting is a vital part of every story. So think about it. What is the setting for your favorite novel, and how would the story be different if the setting changed?

I blog about stories and life at My YA paranormal romance The Curse Girl features a determined young woman and a beastly boy who must work together to break a curse. My short story collection, Once Upon a Beanstalk, is a funny collection of mashed up fairy tales. My newest book, Frost (The Frost Chronicles #1), is a creepy YA fantasy with dystopian elements!

You can also follow me on Twitter!

The Curse Girl by Kate Avery Ellison is available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats. It’s also sold on Barnes & Noble.

You can also check out Kate Avery Ellison’s Amazon Author’s page for more info!

To learn more about Kate, follow Kate on her official website/blog: thesouthernscrawl, Goodreads page: Kate_Avery_Ellison, and Twitter: @Katiewriting. Drop by and say hi to her!


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Indie Saturday – Author Sheenah Freitas on “The Chosen (Zincian Legend, Book 1)”

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, we have author Sheenah Freitas featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her YA high fantasy novel The Chosen (Zincian Legend, Book 1).

Sheenah Freitas writes:

It’s September and I’m here to kick off fantasy month for Indie Saturday!

So, what makes a fantasy a fantasy? Like all literature, it has characters, plot, and setting. But unlike all literature, fantasy has a myriad of creatures that we can only dream about: elves, dragons, goblins, orcs, and even witches. Fantasy has been told for generations in the form of fairy tales, legends, and myths. So it’s no wonder that fantasy has captured the imagination of countless people throughout the years.

When I set out to write The Chosen, I wanted to re-create the epic tales of myth. Mythology has always fascinated me and there was something remarkable about the hero’s journey. All of the trials, all of the loss, and the victories really resonated with me. They were what made the hero a true hero at the end. But even more than that, I was fascinated with the gods.

Before I began work, I realized that I wanted to recreate those epic mythological quests. Initially I wanted to use the Greek gods, but then I stopped. I realized that I didn’t want to re-create another Greek tale; I wanted to create something that paid homage to Homer and Virgil. So I decided that the best thing to do would be to create my own mythology from the ground up.

I studied many different mythologies and religions to see if I could find something to use for the basis of my mythology. I knew, that like the Greeks, I wanted a pantheon of gods to oversee my fantasy world but how did they get there? Have they always been there since the beginning or like the Greek gods, or did they, too, have a beginning? It took some time (and a History channel documentary) for me to realize that Gnosticism was what I was looking for. I began to write down events and back story to help flesh out the mythology of my world and once I was done and saw what I had accomplished, I decided it was time to bring in my characters.

When it came time to build my characters and the actual adventure that would revolve around the mythology that I had built, I looked to anime. There are many shows in anime that pertain to some sort of quest and though it might be the most mundane quest ever, it’s the characters that draw you in and keep you glued to the show. It was that quality that I was looking for. I wanted a group of four characters that, despite everything, would be there for each other at the end of the day.

The result of my research and planning is something that I’m really proud of and I hope that readers enjoy it when they read it. As my debut novel, I learned a lot of the dos and don’ts of writing and it’s been a real treat creating something that I love that might even inspire someone to pick up a pen and starting writing something for themselves.

Thanks for having me, and readers: thank you for taking the time to read this post. Have a wonderful day!

A neek at heart, Sheenah Freitas has a love for the whimsical and the magical. She looks to animated Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films for inspiration because of their innovative twists on fairytales, strong story structures, and character studies. When not writing, you might find her in a forest where she’s yet to find any enchanted castles.

The Chosen (Zincian Legend, Book 1) by Sheenah Freitas (Paper Crane Books) is available at Amazon in Kindle and Paperback formats.

Book two The Number (Zincian Legend Trilogy, Book 2) is also out on Amazon!

You can also check out Sheenah’s Amazon Author’s page for a listing of her other books!

To learn more about Sheenah, follow  Sheenah on her official website/blog:, Facebook page: Sheenah-Freitas, and Twitter: @sheenahfreitas. Drop by and say hi to her!


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4th Update on ‘Indie Saturday’ – Calling On Indie / Self Published Authors!

August 30, 2012 13 comments

Hi all! So it’s been eight months since we started this feature on the blog – the ‘Indie Saturday‘ – where we have an *indie author guest post each Saturday and introduce their books to us! It’s gone really well so far and we’ve had some really interesting guest posts! Why did we start this new feature? Well, we really enjoy reading authors’ notes (foreword/afterword) on their books and the regular authors’ posts on the Kindle Editors’ Blog, so we thought we’d give a venue for *indie authors to do so on RandomizeME too.

To keep things interesting, we’ve make sure that each month, the books  generally fall under the same theme. We’ve gone through Christmas, Coming-of-Age, Romantic comedies, Historical Fiction, Inspirational/Religious/Christian, Cozy Mysteries, Children’s Books, Science Fiction, and we’ve just finished up with Thrillers this August!

And here’s the planned themes for the coming months of 2012 (please get in touch with us if you are interested in being featured):

  • September – Fantasy (5 saturdays – all slots filled)
  • October – Supernaturals – Vampires, Shifters, Weres, Demons, Angels, Elves, etc etc (4 saturdays)
  • November – Catch-Up month – we’ll be inviting some authors who have offered to guest post before but could not be accommodated (4 saturdays)

our definition of an indie author = self published (incl those with backlist or out-out-print books) or those aligned with a small publisher

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