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Support needed for this baby whose mum has cancer

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This is a post requesting help but its not asking for a donation for a random stranger with no returns. This is an author asking you to buy his book in order that the proceeds go to fund the cancer treatment that his friend needs.

I’ve bought my copy, hope you do too. Let us see if we as a community can ensure this little baby gets to keep him mum.

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This post has been taken from a group I’m in on Facebook by Mark Dawson

Emma Johns is the wife of my son’s godfather and has been battling with breast cancer for five years. In the middle of her gruelling treatment she found out that she was pregnant (the chemotherapy was supposed to make her infertile but, to her surprise, it didn’t).

And then, in December, she gave birth to her own little miracle: baby Phoenix.

Emma’s condition is worsening…

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New Novel For Women: Cracks In The Glass

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Cracks in the Glass Actual Book Cover

It’s a big deal and a risky business when you decide to switch genres, especially when you’ve become a successful author of fantasy. Still, I don’t wish to be seen as a one-trick-pony and my creative side has been banging its fists inside my head for a while, trying to release new and exciting ideas.  I’ve a whole treasure trove of characters, plots and storylines stored away inside my head, just waiting to be let loose amongst you, and I think Cracks in the Glass is the perfect starter.

I believe creativity should never be shackled, and because of this, I strongly feel that no author should be stuck inside a box, their writing-wings clipped.  Sure, most readers like an author because of the stories they tell, but sometimes I think it’s nice for an author to show themselves in a different light, especially when they feel compelled to do…

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Friday: The Thirteenth Question with Rainne Atkins

Originally posted on Adventures in Indie Publishing  by mdellert.
(February 5, 2016)

Rainne Atkins, a self-described ‘Army Brat,’ grandmother of six, and book reviewer, recently granted me the privilege of an interview.

MED: Rainne, thanks for joining me. Please tell me, given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

RA: An easy one for starters. I ‘fell in love’ with David Bowie when I was 13 and have been a fan of his music ever since.

MED: I’ve always loved Bowie’s music myself. Please accept my condolences on the recent passing of David Bowie, that must have been hard for you, as it was on all of us.

Tell me, when did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

RA: I’m a very emotional person, so it doesn’t take much to make me cry!

The last time I cried by myself was when I read ‘Cutting through the fog‘ on Paul White’s blog.

MED: Where are you from?

RA: I currently live in a village on the outskirts of Lancaster, UK, but was born in Aldershot and from there lived in several places in England as my Dad was in the Royal Engineers.

MED: Please share a little about yourself: What are your favorite flowers? What is your education and family life like?

RA: I’ve been married to Brian for 25 years, I have 3 children all of whom have flown the nest and I’ve been blessed with 4 grandsons and 2 grand-daughters, ranging in age from 1 month to 12 years.

I don’t work because I suffer from anxiety and depression and also because Brian has a number of health problems and I need to be there for him.

MED: Please tell us, what are the Top 5 books you read in 2015?

RA: This is a hard one!! How on earth do I choose only 5 ?!?!

  • The Exiled – Scott Borgman
  • …Before You Leap – Les Lynam
  • Kissing Demons – Jen Winters
  • Souls of the Never – C.J. Rutherford
  • Storm Portal – Michael R. Stern

There are so many more I could add to this list though!

MED: And please, what are the Top 5 books you want to read in the New Year (2016)?

RA: I have a to-read list that will see me well into the New Year, and I’m always adding to it.

From that list the 5 I am most looking forward to reading are:

  • Travel Glasses – Chess Desalls
  • The Distant Sound of Violence – Jason Greensides
  • Miriam’s Hex – Paul White
  • Scroll – DB Nielson
  • Continuation & Infinity – Scott Borgman

Yes I know I cheated on the last one 🙂

MED: Oh, you’re a crafty one. But I’ll let you get away with cheating just this one time. 😉 How long they have been reviewing or blogging? What inspired you to review your first (or latest) book / write your first blog?

RA: I started blogging in May this year, full of great ideas of what I was going to blog about, though when it came to it I dried up and had only managed a couple of posts when I stumbled on the #IndieRoar Challenge.

I didn’t know what an Indie Author was up until then, and the only reviews I left were a couple of lines for books I’d won on Goodreads.

After ‘talking’ to some of the Indie Authors I realised how important it was for readers to post reviews of their books, so I started leaving them for every book I read. I think the reviews I post now are more detailed and much better than my earlier ones.

MED: What book are you reading now?

RA: This changes from day to day, but at this moment in time I have two books on the go. On my kindle I’m reading a book from my ‘to-review’ list – The Betrayal of Ka by Shea R Oliver.

I’m also reading a paperback copy of Too Dark for Television by Patrick Elliot.

MED: As a book reviewer, do you have any advice for writers?

RA: Gosh, not really! I think writers are awesome, I couldn’t write a book if my life depended on it.

I guess if anything I would say,

“Keep writing, don’t give up… and please check your spelling ;)”

MED: How long have you been a member of Author Promo Co-Op / #IndieBooksBeSeen?

RA: I’ve been a member of IBBS for 6 months and APC for 5 months

MED: What do you like most about being a member of Author Promo Co-Op / #IndieBooksBeSeen?

RA: They are both friendly groups, and everyone has made me feel very welcome, like we are all part of one big family.

I love how everyone helps each other with all aspects of writing, publishing & promoting.

MED: What is your most treasured memory?

RA: My most treasured memory would be delivering my Grandson on the floor of my living room. 🙂 It was wonderful, although somewhat scary and is something I’ll never forget.

MED: How can we follow your book reviews? (links to blog, twitter, facebook, amazon author, and other pages)

RA: Reviews on:

Reviews of books I’ve read each month on:

Other links:

Rainne, thanks so much for taking the time to share a little about your life and your love of books with us. The Indie Author movement is grateful for your reviews and your unflagging support. Best of luck to you, Brian, and your wonderful brood of kids and grandkids!

 

New Release of Lu Whitley’s BloodLoss

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you in on some exciting news. Today, Lu Whitley’s BloodLoss is available! This novella is a prequel to the Fraktioneer Series. For those of you who read BloodMarked, this is a must read!

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Blurb:

Join your favorite Book Boyfriends, Jaromir Ragnarsson & the ever-wonderful Stein, nearly 400 years before the events of BloodMarked (The Fraktioneers #1) in this all new prequel novella! Cursed to live in the shadows, Jaromir Ragnarsson wanders the world, searching for a sign. What he finds wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. Nearly four hundred-fifty years after a fateful meeting with a Wyrd woman changes his life, Jaromir is no longer alone. His adoptive son is the light of his long life, and he believes he will do anything to keep him safe. When that belief is tested, will he have the…

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Heckled.

Organizing Chaos And Other Misadventures

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Heckled released late last night, a bit earlier than I had expected. But we got the cover design perfected, and then the editing went fast, and then Amazon went fast, and so, here we have it.

I am beyond excited.

This book means a lot to me, and I wanted to give you a little bit of insight as to how the idea for Heckled got started.

When the world lost Robin Williams, I cried. That week and the weeks shortly after, we saw a lot of things in the news and on social media referencing the end of the life of a man many of us had grown up knowing as Mork. There was such an outpouring of love and understanding by so many people.

There was also quite an outpouring of…something else.

Something mean-spirited and ugly. People who chose to view those who spend each day fighting mental…

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Make Wishes Come True

Reblogged from Scott A Borgman – Author

With the holiday fast approaching, while we’re all scrambling to put up decorations, preparing for parties with co-workers and friends, and getting ready to take trips to spend the holidays with family, there are others out there – children, who are fighting against life threatening illnesses.

The organization I’ve chosen to donate to this year was founded with these children in mind, to help make their wishes come true. In so doing, they’re helping these children feel better, both physically and emotionally. Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, just like the children who make them.

Life isn’t about what we can get, but what we can give. Our lives are not defined by what we have, they’re defined by what we do. I’ve taken part in www.extra-life.org to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, helped raise money for a new library facility near me, and donated books to two different libraries. Now, for this holiday season, with your help we can make wishes come true for children. That’s what the holidays are meant to be about, after all.

My latest release bundles all three books in my Exiled trilogy together into a single Collector’s Edition. In a way, it’s very fitting that it’s being released for the holiday season.
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Here is the book description:

 

The complete story:

The Exiled

David doesn’t believe in the devil or angels. But when he’s hunted by one and protected by the other, the veil is lifted, and David discovers that his beliefs don’t matter. He holds the key to Lucifer’s prison – and Lucifer will stop at nothing to get it.

The Exiled: Continuation

The story continues as the impossible is made possible, and Lucifer begins a new game of deception. When 22-year-old Kaly becomes his target, her normal life is shattered beyond belief. The veil lifts once more as Kaly discovers who she really is, and that some horrors and nightmares are real.

The Exiled: Infinity

The veil is torn away and nothing is held back as the ultimate battle for survival begins. Kaly faces off with Lucifer, which begins a journey that will test her beyond anything she’s ever imagined. While the angels fight to defend Heaven and the old gods battle for Olympus, humanity faces the Apocalypse. Every story needs an ending… and this one will last until Infinity.

 

The Exiled Trilogy is a Paranormal Romance that weaves an action-packed tale of honor, duty, deception, betrayal, desire, and love… while taking a hard, emotional look at humanity. It was meant to be written. Destined to be told. Even fiction has truth within it.

**Due to some language and sexual content (not explicit), it may not be suitable for anyone 17 and under**

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During the month of December, for every paperback copy of #TET that is bought directly from CreateSpace, the company that prints the book, $4 will be donated, and for every sale of it from Amazon (digital version included) $2 will be donated.

For Kindle Unlimited members, all of my books are available for you to read for free – the Tal’Avern Chronicles (YA Epic Fantasy) and the Exiled trilogy (Paranormal Romance – both in their individual books and bundled in the CE). As Amazon now pays authors whose books are in the program on a ‘per page read’ basis, you too can help make wishes come true… simply by reading my books. At least 50% of the profits I receive from pages read in December I will be donating. In all honesty, I’d love to bump that even higher, so the more books of mine that Kindle Unlimited members read, the higher I can raise that percentage.

If you need a gift for someone or even just want one for yourself, please consider picking up a copy of #TET. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member – read, read, read!! You’ll be doing so much more than just giving a gift or reading  books. You’ll be helping to make wishes come true for children battling against their illnesses.

You can help by spreading the word as well. Please, share this on your blogs. Post it on your Facebook. Tweet about it. Tell your friends and neighbors.

And if you choose to make a purchase or read with Kindle Unlimited, please come back here afterwards and post a comment on this particular blog entry and let us all know – because while I will be making the donation in the end, you are the ones who should get the recognition.

 

For your convenience, here are the links which will take you directly to the book’s Amazon and CreateSpace pages:

Amazon:  http://hyperurl.co/c6ltbq

CreateSpace:  http://hyperurl.co/h4gqdg

And for you Kindle Unlimited members, here is the link to my Author Page on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/author/scottborgman

Thank you everyone. May you all have a joyous holiday season. Now, let’s get to work! We have smiles to put on the faces of children, and wishes to help grant!

All My Best,
Scott A. Borgman

Book Reviews ARE Important!

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It has been about 10 months since I became involved in the Indie Author Community. My first involvement was to simply share posts for my daughter’s first published novel. She became more involved in the social media connections with other authors. There were several Facebook events that she participated in, her ‘parties’ as she called them. She invited me and the first couple I really was not interested in ‘attending.’ However, about the third I hung around looking over her shoulder and the fourth I actually participated. book memeThat was a really fun event, the dialog in the posts was fun, entertaining and enlightening in regard to Indie Authors in general. I found them to be a mutually supporting and congenial community. There wasn’t competition between authors. Instead I discovered they are a lot like the groups of quilters I’ve been a part of for some time. Encouraging, helpful, sharing and developing…

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