Re-Blog This! Indie Author Interview Collection

The Dichotomous Author

Today I am rolling out my new series, Re-Blog This! where I will concentrate on re-blogging interviews or promotions in an effort to further promote hard working authors. Today, I am going to concentrate on reblogging some interviews of some very awesome indie authors. I will post the links here, so feel free to read the interviews and get to know some amazing authors!

Lu Whitley

The first interview is with the lovely Lu Whitley who is extremely active in promoting indie authors and has recently become a friend. She has her book BloodMarked out on Amazon right now and it will be on sale for 99 cents August 7th – 11th. Mistral Dawn sat down with her recently.

The book link is

http://www.amazon.com/BloodMarked-Fraktioneers-Book-Lu-Whitley-ebook/dp/B00U5BQA58/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438356219&sr=1-1&keywords=bloodmarked

Check out the interview at: http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/lu-whitley-interviewed-by-mistral-dawn.html?zx=69a8351935c06718

Lu also did an interview with Scribbling Owlet. Check out what she reads, what she doesn’t, and who her character…

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#FreeIndieFriday: Dry Land

Yes, I agree. Everyone deserves a shot at being #1 once in a while. Thanks to the generosity of my friends at APC and IBBS, who very kindly assisted me via blog tours, tweets, and post shares, I got that chance. I am more than glad to help someone else feel that very special feeling. Please help Jenn out by sharing, tweeting, or, even better, downloading her free book this weekend.

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This week, I was inspired to start a new post category by Author Jennifer Anne Seidler. While I believe no author should have to give their hard work away for free, this isn?t a perfect world. And if an author chooses to offer their books for free, then I?m going to try my damndest to move as many of those books and get them as close to the Amazon #1 spot as possible. Who?s with me?

So meet Jennifer Anne Seidler and her debut novel, Dry Land, which will be FREE 7/31 ? 8/2!!!

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Gabriel, Path of Angels Book 4

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Gabriel cover picThe end is in sight.

To stop Uriel from freeing Lucifer, Gabriel and his brothers must fall and go to Hell. It is a sacrifice Gabriel is not entirely ready to make. Will he fight alongside his brothers or forge his own path? There is only one choice.

Alexander doesn’t want to help Uriel nor does he trust him, but the angel has promised him a better life. He swore to protect Charlie, and he’ll do whatever it takes. When he meets the archangels and learns the depth of Uriel’s lies, he understands the true meaning of sacrifice. If there’s any hope of stopping Lucifer from being freed, Alexander, Charlie, Zephyr and Lake will have to get to Hell and help Gabriel and his brothers in the fight against Uriel.

The path is finally ending, but the price may be too high.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZPM94B4
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25723479-gabriel

My Review…

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TalkBooks Interview with Chess Desalls

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SBW TalkBooks honored me by choosing Travel Glasses as it’s July group read. Last night, we had a live Q&A about the book and writing in general. It was a lot of fun! The following is a writeup of the event, which will be cross-posted on author Marjorie Bicknell Johnson’s blog.

TalkBooks Summary

Travel Glasses is a YA time travel fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. This is the first novel in the series, The Call to Search Everywhen.

When Travel Glasses begins, Calla Winston’ mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, she equates technology with pain and prefers being hidden and friendless.

Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. She travels with him to others’…

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Mid-Week Review: Ask Me Again by Theresa Hodge

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Hello Reader! Tessa Belladonna is out this week, so I get the opportunity to show off and recommend the first African-American romance I ever read! Theresa Hodgeis a prolific author with quite a few serials under her belt and I have to say, I am glad I got a start with her!
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This contemporary African-American romance will take you on a whirlwind of emotions and surprises. The brisk narrative will keep you on your toes and the cliff-hanger end will make you want to read the next one. While the editing needed some work, the story was engaging and the characters were sympathetic. This is a second-chance romance that made me want to throw it at the wall for the ending. But if you like fast-pace second chance romance, this one is a must-read!

Blurb:

It took twelve long years for Alyssa Darden to come home. A place she promised…

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Every Last Breath Release Blitz= Excerpt and Giveaway! @JLArmentrout

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The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s

Dark Elements Series…Who Will She Choose?

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Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Don’t miss the conclusion to this stunning Young Adult Paranormal series filled with danger and romance published by HarlequinTEEN.

Grab your copy today!

Amazon ** Barnes and Noble ** iBooks ** IndieBound ** Kobo ** BAM

9780373211142_prd_proof_FCEVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

Some loves will last ‘til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to…

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Presenting a Special Guest-CE Vance

Good evening, and please join me in welcoming a special guest. Meet CE Vance, author of How Maxwell Grover Stole My House.

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C.E. Vance is an avid reader and proud Indie author. Aside from dreaming up fantastical tales for her books, she also enjoys writing poetry and short stories. She loves all types of literature, but has a soft spot for children’s fantasy. “How Maxwell Grover Stole My House” is her debut novel and is the initial book in a trilogy for middle-grade readers. She happily resides with her husband and four children in Utah.

Additionally, Vance is also a fantastic supporter of indie authors via organizations such as IndieBooksBeSeen, Author Promo Co-op, and Get Down with the Awethors.

How Maxwell Grover Stole My House.

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Currently on sale at Amazon, How Maxwell Grover Stole My House tells the story of a ten-year-old boy who enlists his best friend’s help to try to figure out why a vindictive neighbor is trying to make his life a living hell.

Here is the official blurb:

What if every fear you ever had about your creepy next-door neighbor turned out to be true? 

10- year-old Zeke Langley has become the target of his nasty new neighbor, Maxwell Grover. For reasons known only to him, the unsavory stranger seems determined to make Zeke’s life miserable and force his family out of their home.

Inevitably, Zeke and his best friend Winks set out on a journey to discover what Grover is hiding. What they find sends them down a road they never imagined … and on a mission they may never return from.

Here are what some reviewers are saying about Maxwell Grover:

DM CAIN
I loved this book from start to finish! It was so exciting and every page had me gripped. The characters are fantastic – particularly the disgusting Maxwell Grover himself. As a teacher of 9-11 year olds, I imagine that every kid in my class would just adore this book, but it isn’t just for kids. The idea of a sadistic, bullying adult picking on kids is something everybody can be afraid of. It locks into something inside every one of us, and you just can’t help but root for the kids to come out on top.

Surprisingly, even though I knew the ending (it’s the title of the book for goodness sake!), I actually didn’t expect what happened! And I was definitely left wanting more so I can’t wait for book 2 to be released!
 
RYAN GUY
The name Maxwell Grover sounds harmless enough, right? Wrong. Maxwell Grover is the epitome of a grumpy old man– inside and out. If you’re expecting a heartwarming oh-he’s-just-a-lonely-and-misunderstood-man-who-needs-a-friend twist from this book, you won’t get it. The author’s descriptions of Maxwell are disgusting (in gross-out mid-grade appropriate ways) and a couple of times I regretted trying to eat lunch while reading a chapter.
The ten-year old protagonists acted their age which frequently frazzled my helicopter-parenting nerves . The children repeatedly antagonized Maxwell and invaded his personal space without understanding the potential danger they were placing themselves in. Multiple times I wanted to pull them aside and tell them to stop doing what they were doing because it wasn’t safe. I’ll admit it. I’m getting old.
Mid-grade readers will get a kick out of this one, as long as they can accept not all books have to have a happy ending. BTW, this is not a spoiler. You find out in the first chapter that things aren’t going to end well.
 
JOSE LUIS CRUZ
I bought this book for my nephew who is a struggling reader. I am amazed how both my nephew and I are enjoying the book. C.E. Vance has a natural ability to tell children’s stories and to tell them well. She used suspense, humor, and language in a way to evoke the most natural feelings in story-telling. I look forward to finishing this book with my nephew. Already we have enjoyed Vance’s uncanny ability for description and emphasis on unraveling the story. Thumbs way up!
 
JB
This book was amazing. It kept my interest from the very beginning. It really picked up after Zeke’s family moved to a new place and he befriends Winks. Their adventures went from harmless fun (who didn’t go toilet papering as a kid?) to, I can’t believe you did that and got away with it! …… This was this author’s first book and she is an amazingly talented author! She’s extremely descriptive and weaves a fabulous story. Again, the reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because I’m old-fashioned and like a happy ending that this just didn’t provide. I can’t wait for her next book, though. If it’s a sequel that gives me my happy ending, I will definitely be reading more from this author!
So if you’re looking for a fun read, check out How Maxwell Grover Stole My House. It’s on sale this week, so grab your copy today!
For U.K. Customers: http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Maxwell-Grover-Stole-House-ebook/dp/B00UP43C1K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438129312&sr=1-1&keywords=CE+VANCE

Author Spotlight-Javier Salazar Calle

A native of Spain, Javier Calle is fluent in English and speaks some Swahili. His novel Ndura: hijo de la selva was originally written in Spanish, published in Spain, and has won an award for young adult literature in Spain. I read the English version, Ndura: Son of the Forest, a survival thriller that will keep you turning the pages.

The protagonist, also named Javier, is traveling home from an adventure trip in Africa with his friends, Alex, and Juan, when the plane is shot down by guerillas. Javier is (presumably) the lone survivor of the crash, but finds himself stranded in the middle of the jungle with inadequate resources. He must use his brains, his instincts, and his few resources to survive.

Told in first person journal-style, Ndura gives a detailed account of Javier’s day-to day actions, which includes finding food, water and shelter, protecting himself from wild animals and insects, and trying to find his way back to civilization. It also includes-and this is one of my favorite parts-the range of emotions that Javier goes through: grief for the loss of his friends, homesickness, anger, survival guilt, pride at developing new survival skills, and gratitude and friendship towards the friendly tribe of Pymies who briefly host him. The plot is exciting and thrilling enough to keep you turning the pages, and Javier is a character you really start to care about.

Another one of my favorite parts was the fact that the author clearly put a lot of time and effort into doing research for this book. The reader will get to learn about various flora and fauna native to the African jungle, the culture and society of the Pygmies, and to a lesser extend, the state of political affairs in various African counties. Senor Calle  even includes a list of tips for surviving in the wild. I thought that was cool. The ending is completely unexpected and will leave you with a haunting mental image.

One caveat: The English translation is imperfect and awkward in places but is understandable. Please don’t let that keep you from enjoying this treat of a novel. Thank you, Senor Calle, for your contribution to the literary world.

To buy: http://www.amazon.com/Ndura-forest-Javier-Salazar-Calle-ebook/dp/B00WTKLYPY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1437335762&sr=1-1&keywords=Ndura%3A+son+of+the+forest

Here is the Spanish version: http://www.amazon.com/Ndura-Spanish-Javier-Salazar-Calle-ebook/dp/B00LPINOUY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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