Every Wednesday 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.
This just-released espionage tale follows the dangerous path of dashing reporter Ryan Lemmon as he infiltrates the dark underbelly of 1930's Berlin just as Hitler gains a stranglehold on the German nation. Ryan then takes up with beautiful Erika Breitling, whose relationship with a sadistic and powerful Nazi leads to a desperate pursuit across the Third Reich. The fugitives carry stolen intelligence which can save uncounted lives, but the Gestapo is hot on their trail, bringing with it torture and death.
“The novel is rife with historical intrigue and captures the flavor of mid-century Europe…a keen eye for detail, which will be a delight for Europhiles and World War II buffs alike. An intriguing early WWII spy yarn set in a well-researched, authentic Germany.” – Kirkus Reviews.
The historical suspense thriller is inspired by the contemporary journals of the author's late father, who reported on that decade of turmoil in Nazi Germany, risked his life to rescue friends in need, and went undercover for the United States government during World War II.
Please link to Amazon US. The book is available in both trade paperback and Kindle editions.
On Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving, M. Ruth Myers will be talking about the third book in her Maggie Sullivan mystery series and chatting with readers from 4-6 p.m. at Blue Jacket Books in Xenia, OH.
It's part of the independent bookstore's alternative to the shopping mall frenzy. The address is 30 S. Detroit St., Xenia, Ohio. More info at 937-376-3522.
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn's second novel The Piano Player's Son has just been published. Over eighty people crowded into the launch venue to help Lindsay celebrate. ALLi members, Jo Phillips and Debbie Young, were there helping to make it a wonderful occasion.
‘Family is all-important to Isabel. Her parents have an idyllic marriage, and she has tried hard to create one for herself. However, all pretence is shattered when her husband leaves her. On top of this her father dies, leaving Isabel devastated. Then her mother confides in her: behind her parents’ apparently happy marriage was a secret kept for more than three decades. Isabel is staggered by the revelation.
Against a back-drop of events that will devastate all their lives and amongst a maelstrom of emotion, breakdown, loss and competing claims, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn weaves a careful and detailed story of how fragile people negotiate or fail to negotiate challenges and crises; keep secrets, fall apart or try to recover a sense of integrity in the midst of human mess. ‘
Lindsay's first novel Unravelling won the Chapter One Promotions Book Award and the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award, and came second in the International Rubery Book Award in 2011, and was ALLi book of the month in May this year.
In the run up to the publication of The Piano Player's Son, Lindsay was writer in residence with the English Symphony Orchestra and wrote a series of flash fiction based on the story of Noah's Ark to complement the ESO's productions of Britten's Noye's Fludde in Gloucester and Worcester. You can read the flashes on the ESO website.
Natalie Buske Thomas is celebrating the new release of audio book Project Scarecrow voiced by talented Kirk Hanley of The Second City world famous comedy theatre.
Serena Wilcox struggles to stay one step ahead of the grandfather paradox in futuristic America, where time travel is now possible. Time travel technology is classified as top secret Project Scarecrow, but Project Scarecrow is compromised. Serena and her crew are hired by the Godel Solution Institute to catch the mystery villains before history is maliciously altered. [thriller, mystery, wry humor, sci-fi, cyberpunk]
Visit the Project Scarecrow book page to view the trailer and enter a giveaway to win two free copies.
Visit the audio book page to listen to a sample.
I have a one of my books on a free promotion this week . Book one of my Phantom Lives series Collier will be free the 20th thru the 22nd .
Here is the normal Amazon link. It’s usually 2.99 and I am currently writing book three of the series which will be out early next year.
I also have a novella that is always free. Marcella, vampire Mage. A taste of my YA series Royal Blood Chronicles.
ALLi member speaks at the Writing West Midlands Writers' Toolkit 2013
On Saturday 23 November Fiona Joseph will be speaking at a Birmingham conference panel discussion on ‘Alternative Models of Publishing'.
She'll be giving insights into taking control of the means of production, drawing on her experience of publishing her biography, BEATRICE The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune, through her own Foxwell Press imprint.
Also on the panel are writers Ian Billings and Greg Klerkx. The panel will be chaired by Ben Pearson, Policy Development Advisor for the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). Full conference programme .
Dan Holloway has just been featured in the leading rock and culture magazine The Quietus, only the second author to feature in their ‘All Tomorrow's Voices‘ column where he muses on such topics as self-publishing, a fascination with life's dark side, mainstream poetry, and which horror film best represents his artistic output.
He also has a new book out. Dreaming Spires, published under the pseudonym Dani Ko, is a work of literary erotica set in Oxford University.
Kayla Dyson was born and raised in poverty in North East London, but since she was a tiny girl she has followed her dream of getting to Oxford University and making her mark on the world. When the 18 year old Kayla travels to Oxford for interview, at first she is overwhelmed by the imposing gothic surroundings of Christ Church.
But her determination to rise above her upbringing means she soon feels at home, and a night time encounter in the lee of the city’s cathedral, as the sound of the organ crashes through the night, means that returning the following year to study promises more than the possibility of academic fulfillment.
BBC Radio Interview about New Charity Book
Following the launch last week of my new e-book raising funds for Type 1 Diabetes research, I now have available on my blog a recording of the interview I did on BBC Radio Gloucestershire (my local BBC Radio station) on World Diabetes Day:
I'm pleased to report I've already had four 5* reviews for this little e-book, of which all profits are going to the diabetes research charity JDRF.
If you've read and enjoyed the book, please consider leaving a review to help me raise its profile, which will help me reach more readers and raise more money for research. Coming To Terms With Type 1 Diabetes: One Family's Story of Life After Diagnosis is available as an e-book in all Amazon territories.
Thank you for your support.
I have a book launch online on Tuesday 26th of November for my new novel Afterwards, with a virtual gallery by artists I've asked to create something inspired by the word afterwards.
This week, Joanna Penn was announced as one of The Guardian Top 100 Culture Professionals in UK in the publishing and writing domain.
Nominated amongst industry luminaries like JK Rowling, Iain Banks, James Daunt and Caitlin Moran, Joanna won one of the coveted spots through a public vote.
Joanna writes best-selling thriller novels under J.F.Penn, including the recently released Desecration.
She's an international, professional speaker and her site, TheCreativePenn.com has also been voted one of the Top 10 blogs for writers three years running.
Author of the Rafferty & Llewellyn and Casey & Catt cozy police procedurals.
Palmistry Pointers For Writers (Palmistry Pointers series), ebook
Are you a writer? Not sure which path to follow? Palmistry Pointers For Writers will help to guide you to your true path as a writer. Are you up to writing an epic? Or should you concentrate on shorter work? Are facts your forte? Maybe non-fiction writing would better suit your talents. Are you cut out to be a writer at all? Or do your talents lie elsewhere?
Mystery novel Blood-Tied is now out as a paperback and e-book, published with partner member SilverWood Books.
A hidden crime, exposed after 60 years…
Esme Quentin is devastated when her sister Elizabeth is beaten unconscious, miles from her home. Two days later Esme discovers that Elizabeth has a secret past.
Desperate for answers which the comatose Elizabeth cannot give, Esme enlists the help of her friend Lucy to search for the truth, unaware of the dangerous path she is treading.
Together they unravel a tangle of bitterness, blackmail and dubious inheritance, and as the harrowing story is finally revealed, Esme stumbles upon evidence of a pitiful crime.Realising too late the menace she has unwittingly unleashed, Esme is caught up in a terrifying ordeal – one that will not only test her courage and sanity but force her to confront her perception of birth and family.
“A plot that keeps one turning the pages.” Lizzie Hayes
Three copies of Blood-Tied are available on Goodreads Giveaway until 2nd December, so still time to enter!
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 Friday preceding the Wednesday you would like it published.