Every Saturday ALLi will tell the world about our members' latest book launches, news, awards, freebies, workshops and updates on the writing life and take a look at the projects and businesses of our partner members.
Crime Fiction Readers; ebook (Kindle)
Kindle edition of Special now available for pre-order before official release date of 23/03/15 for only 99p / 99c.
“Great writing, great characters. No punches pulled in this novel!” Sheila Quigley
“A thumping debut from a barnstorming new talent.” Danny King
“A Brit-Grit gem” Nick Quantrill
The pre-order offer only applies to the publisher website (via my site) and not Amazon.
Pre-Order Blind Influence Debut Novel
Thriller/Suspense/Esponiage Readers; Paperback and eBook Pre-Order launch
Sexy attorney Nicole Charbonneau feels content with her career as a star at a powerful law firm in Washington, DC.
She is blind to the circumstances which place her at the center of a web of deceit, murder, power plays and conspiracies. Across the ocean, British Agent Sean Adkins is tracking a cold-blooded assassin known as the Serpent.
Sean will stop at nothing to get revenge, which includes setting a trap. Robert Jenkins, a powerful young senator, obtains evidence regarding who hired the Serpent.
Will the senator reveal to the public all he knows?
Exclusive Pre-order. Save 15% off paperback. Save 44% off eBook
Also, there is a quirky little Playbuzz quiz that I've created–would love any help to get it going viral. The quiz is called “Which Blind Influence Character are you?”
E-BOOK and PRINT RELEASES
The Late Bloomers Series: Wild Rose
Contemporary Romance Readers, Women 40+ ebook and print
Fall in love with The Late Bloomers, a series about five 40-something women who each choose adventure, travel, and love when they reach a crossroads in life. These seasoned women are ready to take on the world, starting with Book 1: Wild Rose.
Rose Quinn is having a very bad summer. First her 19-year-old daughter left home to backpack across Europe instead of going to college. Then a woman she loved like a mother died of a heart attack, making her feel like an orphan all over again. And in just a few weeks her best friend will be moving to New York City.
For a single mother who’s always had someone else to take care of, Rose is finally wondering how to take care of herself.
Handsome Mateo Romero is a transplanted Spaniard running a restaurant on Lake Como in Italy. When Mateo hires Rose’s daughter for a summer job and gives her a free place to stay, Rose immediately suspects the worst. She won’t let her daughter make the same mistake she did at that age, so Rose flies to Italy to confront Mateo.
What Rose finds instead is a secret she didn’t suspect and a challenge to everything she’s ever thought about love and the illusion of control.
Rose’s daughter doesn’t need saving, but can Rose save herself?”
An Architect's Guide to Construction – Tales from the Trenches Book 1
Building designers and builder; students and young practitioners of design and construction; ebook
After more than 35 years “in the trenches” as an architect, specialist consultant and quality director for a large North American construction company, Brian Palmquist has written An Architect’s Guide to Construction to share a wealth of knowledge and experience about the construction phase of building projects.
Considering both consultant and contractor perspectives, he uses 70 true tales to illustrate many of those moments in the building construction phase that confound and confuse designers, builders and their clients.
He proposes practical solutions in straightforward language and illustrations targeted to students, interns and young practitioners as well as to experienced professionals.
The Happy Agent – Finding Harmony with a Thriving Realty Career and an Enriched Personal Life
Real estate professionals and anyone interested in buying or selling realty; print and e-book
A must-read for anyone contemplating a realty career and the perfect antidote for those seeking a more productive, less stressful direction for their realty business. As a veteran broker, Ross has produced an easy-read digest of the extensive experience, knowledge and philosophy that have blessed him with a 40+ year career in a business that notably decries a high attrition rate.
Sensitively written with wit and a pinch of whimsy, The Happy Agent touches on a few esoteric concepts supported by forward-thinking scientific, philosophical or spiritual leaders. Though designed as a guiding compass with practical advice on growing a thriving, sustainable practice, it may also nudge you down a new path of self-discovery towards achieving an enriched, harmonious life of love, joy and abundance.” ”
“An inspiring and candid tale of one man's journey to success as a real estate agent and achieving inner freedom. This book is sure to ignite the passion and holds the key to unlocking the power that lies within us all.” Gina Ceci, Real Estate Lawyer
“Very smooth and therapeutic read. I found myself reflecting on how the philosophies shared in this book could be applied to enhance my own business and personal life. Great way to give your career a check-up from the neck up. A must read for new and experienced agents alike!” Rui Alves, Broker/Manager iPro Realty Ltd.
Sound Is Not Enough: Captioning as Universal Design
Businesses, media producers, event organizers, educators, employers; print and ebook
Do you want to increase your audience for your podcasts, videos, live events? Businesses, website owners, audio and video producers, media owners, event organizers, those considering careers in captioning and interpreting, and anyone interested in improving communication and information access will find this book useful and enlightening.
It dispels common myths about deaf and hard-of-hearing people, describes author's personal experiences with deafness, and shares some examples of quality captioning for various types of aural information that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of hearing abilities.
Women readers; ebook and print
Loving Harry is a novel about two women in love with the same deeply flawed man. It is the story of how each woman, in her turn, manages to make a new life for herself despite everything. At the heart of the story are secrets that Harry has been hiding from them and that they have been hiding from him.
FREE from Apple iBooks.
Review by Debs Jenkins, editor of NativeSpain.com
Loving Harry – the story of two fascinating women, with Harry as their connection. The novel moves seamlessly between the UK & Spain and takes us on a journey, over 20+ years in the lives of these two successful women who love Harry. A moving tale of love affairs, marriage, sorrow, desertion, secrets, career changes and death.
There are many “Harrys” here in the south of Spain, hiding from baggage, debts or family; making a new life for them; wiping the slate clean. But perhaps we can never really escape from ourselves…
An Unknown Woman
ebook and print
After collaborating with ALLi members to produce the box-set Outside the Box: Women Writing Women, award winning author Jane Davis is celebrating the launch of her sixth novel, An Unknown Woman.
She says, “This book was always intended to be personal, but it became very real when life appeared to imitate art. After taking the decision to rid myself of personal baggage, it was my intention to explore how our identities are bound up in material possessions.
What happens if we lose everything we own? In February 2014 – three months after I started writing the novel – I had my answer. My sister lost her house to flooding. Everything she owned was washed away.” The shape of the book changed.
I just adored it!‘ Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels
The End of the Road
Literary Fiction readers; paperback
The End of the Road is now available in paperback as well as an ebook.
It is a novel about family relationships, friendship, betrayal and deception.
The wise, we are told, forgive but do not forget. But is forgiveness ever really possible when some things are impossible to forget?
Last Piece of Me – New Release & Radio Interview
For readers who love engrossing books that will take them on an intimate and personal journey (and Literary/Contemporary Fiction fans!); Ebook and Print.
Happy to announce that I've just published my second novel, Last Piece of Me, in ebook and print.
It's a prequel to my debut, Finding Arun, but it can be read as a standalone book too.
Read sample chapters on my website, and I will be talking all about its theme of motherhood on BBC London 94.9FM tomorrow (Mother's Day in the UK!) between 6-8pm (link to listen online on my website).
Three lives. Two women. One last chance for happiness.
Catherine has a high-flying medical career, a doting husband and a beautiful home in London. Yet none of these things matter without the baby that she is desperately longing for.
Five thousand miles away in rural India, Kalpana has nothing but the clothes on her back.
When their worlds become intertwined, an unexpected discovery offers the chance to transform both women’s lives forever. Kalpana has something that Catherine wants, and Catherine can give Kalpana everything she needs, but how much is each willing to sacrifice for happiness?
The long-awaited prequel to Finding Arun, Last Piece of Me is an intimate and emotional page-turner exploring whether the means can ever justify the ends.
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
An angry young girl desperate to rescue her best friend. A sexy cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves. A delusional doctor bent on annihilation.
When Ruby Iyer's best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the mysterious Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay.
As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?
AWARDS / GIVE AWAYS
Adult readers; ebook and print
Having already been awarded both Awesome Indie and IndieBRAG awards, my book Actress has now been shortlisted for the Wishing Shelf awards in the Adult Fiction category.
The novel tells the story of a young actress who is already successful in popular terms, starring in a television soap, but wants to stretch herself and in so doing find out who she really is and what she wants.
As she rehearses for a stage debut in London, she enters a competition to win the starring role in a major film of a popular novel … but at the same time she's intrigued by a hard-hitting screenplay about the fighting in Afghanistan. Will she win the competition – and, in the end, does she want to?
Adults ebook and print book
I'm delighted to announce that Patchwork Man has been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, just before the final book in the trilogy comes out on the 13th April; what timing!
The sequel, Patchwork People is also free on Kindle the 15th and 16th March here and also as a Goodreads print copy giveaway here between the between the 11th and 18th March.
NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fouled: Indies Unlimited Series on Predatory Publishers
All authors and writers; on-line
We at Indies Unlimited have a mission – to inform, support, promote and assist Indie authors. To that end, for the month of March, Indies Unlimited is publishing a series of posts aimed at disclosing the names, methods and scams of vanity publishers.
We are doing this in part by sharing the experiences of authors who have been taken in by them. Other articles, such as the one posted there today by David Gaughrin, offer suggestions on how to avoid these traps, or how unhappy authors can deal with them most effectively.
There are some posts already on the site with many comments indicating how helpful and needed it is. We even have a post by one of ALLi's advisors, David Gaughrin.
I've launched an online forum called The Self-Publishing Hub, specifically dedicated to self-publishing.
I find there to be a couple of good, solid forums out there about self-publishing but not a central one.
The ones on Absolute Write and Kindleboards are sort of afterthoughts as opposed to a single meeting place.
The Self-Publishing Hub – An online forum dedicated to self-publishers internationally.
Come on by, meet some new people, and start a conversation!
Here’s the latest for indie authors and publishers who want to make a brand in the enhanced ePub3 market:
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If you are a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors and you would like to showcase your work on our ALLi Showcase, please send it to [email protected] to reach me no later than the Thursday proceeding the Saturday you would like it published.