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.
On Friday 19 September I am publishing my first novel A Face Not Seen.
Martin Russell spends his last coins on a bus ride out of the city with barely enough motivation to face the future. Then a chance incident near his home triggers a sequence of positive opportunities for him. His life, unexpectedly, could not be better.
That is, until the phone call informing him his friend Hannah has disappeared, and people's lives will now change forever.
And who can be trusted?
Why are their intertwined stories entitled A Face Not Seen? For the answer to that question, you would have to ask Xenon. But that is a problem, because no-one in their right mind ever questions Xenon…
Shadows of the Lost Child, my second novel, is out on Thursday 18 September, and until then, on pre-order on Amazon.
It’s a ghost story, and a tragedy, that happened over a century ago. And a mystery – can you solve it?
The full catalogue for the Indie Author Fair on November 16th can now be read online at ISSUU. We have forty fantastic authors coming from as far away as Spain, Switzerland and Scotland to demonstrate all that is best in Indie Author Publishing.
Come and browse our pop-up bookshop while enjoying afternoon tea and cake.
We'll have author readings, children's story time, and authors and sponsors loaning themselves out as a Human Reference Library to anyone curious about Indie Publishing.
The Indie Author Fair is part of the Chorleywood Lit Fest and will take place in the British Legion Hall, Common Road, Chorleywood from 2-5pm on Sunday 16th November.
Samantha Warren releases her most recent book, Blood & Dust, on September 30th, with amazing new cover art from zombie artist Rob Sacchetto.
The sequel to Massacre at Lonesome Ridge, it follows the plight of the Lonesome Ridge survivors, both the dead and the undead, as they attempt to survive in this new world.
Inspirational Book ‘Dyslexia: Time for Talent Wins Honourable Mention Award
An inspirational book about empowering children and adults to deal with dyslexia has been hailed with numerous accolades since its launch earlier this year – and it’s now been awarded an Honourable Mention in the Readers’ Favourite International Book Awards 2014. Dyslexia: Time For Talent (The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Children) received glowing reviews and excellent endorsements from education and publishing experts when it was released, and has now cemented its status as one of the premier books on youth dyslexia currently on the market with the highly coveted award.
Debut author Carolina Fröhlich, who wrote the book after many years working as an educational consultant, is thrilled her helpful and moving guide has been received so well by readers and critics alike. After suffering from dyslexia herself throughout her life, Fröhlich has dedicated much of her career to helping parents and children deal with the difficult ‘condition’, and is now reaping the rewards of her commitment.
I published my first book Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction earlier this summer.
It was the year when global economies continued to plummet despite analysts’ predictions of a turnaround.
It was the year when the Kuwaiti National Assembly consisted of the largest Islamic contingent in more than two decades.
It was the month when the price of oil plunged to twenty dollars a barrel.
It was the month when the Emir of Kuwait dissolved the National Assembly for the thirteenth time in fifteen years.
It was the day when the head of the Islamic majority of the Assembly hired an assassin and the CIA intercepted intelligence about a new wave of terrorist attacks.
It was the day that would change the face of the Middle East forever.
It was May 15, 2021.
I've released the fourth book in The Liberty Series, aptly entitled Four Wishes.
Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father—and a secret desire to find love at last. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky has married the man of her dreams, but yearns to grow closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.
Welcome to Book Four of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in surprising ways.
The books of The Liberty Series serve as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, Second Chance Grill and The Impossible Wish. Future releases coming soon. Amazon Barnes & Noble
Building a Profile on BBC Radio
ALLi's blog editor Debbie Young, who writes fiction and non-fiction, has been steadily building a strong relationship with her local radio station, culminating in two guest appearances in less than two weeks.
First, she was invited to join host Chris Baxter as part of a three-person panel discussing current affairs. She'd previously been on his show last autumn when the show was broadcast from the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The following week, attracted by Debbie's Twitter profile (@DebbieYoungBN), in which she describes herself as “indie author with a butterfly mind”, broadcaster Anna King invited her into the studio for a solo interview defining and discussing what it means to have a butterfly mind!
“Although neither of these latest appearances were specifically to do with my books, being on the radio is still a useful profile-raising activity and a refreshing alternative to networking via social media,” says Debbie. “You never quite know what's going to come of it, but this time another panelist, who makes business videos, was keen to talk about his own self-publishing ambitions, and I'm sure he's going to be a really useful person to know!”
“If you're an author who is comfortable speaking live on radio, I highly recommend befriending your local radio station. Local radio is all about being supportive and friendly, in the UK at least, and my experience has been entirely positive to date!”
Debbie's blogged about the experience on her author blog here.
Just Released: Beacon of Vengeance. Volume 2 of the award-winning series Corridor Of Darkness, A Novel of Nazi Germany
Available at a Kindle Countdown reduction in Great Britain and the US September 18-25.
In the summer of 1941 America edges closer to joining the Allied battle against Hitler’s victorious armies …but a dangerous spy game is already underway.
Reluctant former operative Ryan Lemmon disappears in Nazi-occupied France, a country riddled with corruption and deceit. Now working ostensibly to the State Department’s Special War Problems Division, Ryan has actually accepted a covert assignment for America’s newly centralized intelligence office under William “Wild Bill” Donovan. His official task– undermine German intelligence operations across Occupied Europe.
Beacon of Vengeance, the new thriller inspired by the author’s late father’s undercover life in Nazi Europe, is the second volume in the Corridor of Darkness trilogy. It is now available as a trade paperback at online retail outlets, and as an eBook for Kindle and Apple readers on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk.
Corridor of Darkness has been honored with the B.R.A.G Gold Medallion, the AIA Gold Seal of Excellence, the Compulsion Reads endorsement, and a Bronze Medal in the 2014 international Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Watch for audio book and hardcover editions of both novels coming this fall. Fulcrum of Malice, the final novel in the series, will appear in May 2015.
I am currently running a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to fund my second self-published book with SilverWood Books. My campaign runs until Tuesday 30th September 2014.
Following the huge success of her debut novel, ‘Girl Cop the life and loves of an officer on the beat,’ local Bath police officer Sandy Osborne is about to release the standalone sequel Girl Cop in Trouble.
“I’ve had a fantastic 18 months since the release of my first novel, which launched to record crowds in Waterstones in January 2013. I now have a diary of speaker events where I tell the story behind Girl Cop together with how I managed to get my book into print plus tips from my marketing strategy.
I was particularly excited to be invited to speak at both the Bristol and Bath Literature Festivals and will be appearing at the Bath Festival again next year. The feedback from my talks shows that there are many other people out there who have that book burning inside. My plight seems to strike a chord as I try to convey how I juggle my work and family whilst trying to find time to write!”
“Girl Cop in Trouble is due for release in mid-November and I am running a crowd funding Campaign with Kickstarter.
I'd like to submit my new novel, Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage, to be added to your showcase.
It's out in paperback and digital format online.
It was listed in Publishers Weekly under New Fiction at the end of July:
Roz Morris flew the ALLI flag this week at two events. Last Thursday she spoke at the Oldie Literary Lunch, hosted by the distinguished literary biographer Jeremy Lewis.
On Monday she was part of a panel at the annual conference of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders, answering questions about the new opportunities for working with indie authors. Her radio show ‘So You Want to Be a Writer' is currently airing on Surrey Hills Radio at 2pm on Wednesdays.
Her next novel revision masterclass for The Guardian is now taking bookings.
Jane Turley’s début collection of short stories A Modern Life is on offer between 16-22 Sept on a Kindle Countdown deal in the US.
A collection of thirteen contemporary stories for time-pressed readers, A Modern Life is a reflection on the challenges of living in the twenty-first century. Covering a multitude of topics including marriage, murder, child abduction, climate change, homosexuality and war, Jane’s collection also includes her distinctive slapstick-comedy tales and the first chapter of her novel, The Changing Room.
Jane has written for the BBC and literary e-zine The View from Here. She blogs at The Witty Ways of a Wayward Wife.
Nottingham Festival of Words is taking place from 13 to 19 October. Its theme is the Power of Words and culminates in a day of activity on Sunday 19th October in and around Nottingham’s Old Market Square.
On that day, Nottingham Writers’ Studio will also be holding an ‘open house’ from 12 to 8pm. If any ALLi members would like to use the opportunity to come along, join in some events, have a day out and arrange to meet up, they would be very welcome!
ALLi member Sarah Dale is doing the marketing for the Festival so will be busy on that day but very definitely there and is happy to help organise a meet up even if she won’t be able to sit still long enough to be fully present herself!
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 proceeding the Wednesday you would like it published.