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Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Tara Meyers – with a New Release

author photoToday I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Tara Meyers. Welcome Tara, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

At nineteen, I was recruited into a secret government program, where my memory was erased .. wait — that’s the outline for a potential book. Sorry, my real biography isn’t quite as interesting, but I’ll give it a shot! I live in the Pacific Northwest, and when I’m not writing, I’m out beach combing with my dogs for sea glass, or hiking in the rugged Cascade Mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to fuel my creative genius. *rubs hands together evilly* You’ll find all my adult romantic suspense and cozy mysteries here, and on my OTHER profile (secret identity ;)) Tara Ellis, I keep my middle grade and young adult books. Check them out, You might like those, too!

I also write middle grade mystery and young adult scifi under the pen name of Tara Ellis

Wow, you had me going there for a moment! So, before we learn any more about your books, I’ll get you to answer three questions for me.

What inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

This is perhaps the easiest question for me! At an extremely young age, I used reading as a form of escapism. (A healthy form!) No matter what was going on in my life, I could retreat to a feel-good world with Trixie Beldon and her friends, or into a slightly more mature escapade with Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. At an older age (5th grade) I got into Lois Duncan and then even Stephen King, but it was the Trixie Beldon series that held the greatest influence over me. I think I was about six when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. I was reading the little golden reader books before pre-school, and I could never get enough. For me, the ability to create that safe haven for someone, to escape to a place that feels good and they want to keep going back to share the exciting and fun stories is amazing.

If you could tell your younger self something you know now, with respect to your writing career, what would it be?

To not give up so easily! I got very discouraged after an unsuccessful try at getting traditionally published, and I really wish that I had stuck with it.

Yeah, wouldn’t we all!  If we could have only known then what we know now …  Anyway, last question. As a science fiction writer, how hard was it to come up with your alternate world?

I had a blast creating my world. Actually, why I loved it so much is because in The Forgotten Origins Trilogy, it takes place in our “real” world, except that it isn’t what we were lead to believe. I used several different historical references and writings to create an alternate reality. When you start digging into these ancient texts, it’s really quite intriguing. So, it wasn’t hard for me to come up with my “reality”. 😉

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Now, you have a brand new release!  Why don’t you tell us about it.

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There’s a killer in Sanctuary, and the prime suspect is a horse!

When spirited Ember Burns is led back home to open her own veterinary practice, her first client lands her in the middle of a mystery. It starts as a desire for Ember to clear her name, and turns into a personal entanglement in a rapidly unfolding story of lies and deceit.

The small mountain town of Sanctuary has always had its secrets. Who can be trusted? It’s been ten years since Ember lived there but roots run deep. Discerning friend from foe isn’t an easy task. Relying on her intelligence and instinct, Ember tries to piece the clues together as the town gears up for its centennial celebration.

From the quaint historic shops, to the rugged mountains surrounding them, Ember works to unveil the true culprit before they get away with murder.

This is a fun cozy mystery with a traditional whodunit story. There are two minor cuss words, no graphic violence and no sex. I would rate a light PG.

You can grab the book on Amazon by clicking here

Or see all Tara’s books here.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Katharine E Hamilton – with a New Release

Author PhotoToday I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Katharine E Hamilton.

Katharine began writing in 2008, publishing both children’s and fantasy books, then in 2017, Katharine decided to venture towards romance and released the first novel in a collection of sweet, clean romances: The Lighthearted Collection. Chicago’s Best reached Best Seller status in its first week of publication and rested comfortably in the Top 100 for Amazon for three steady weeks, claimed a Reader’s Choice Award, and ended as a finalist in the American Book Festival’s Best Book Awards for 2017. Montgomery House, the second in the collection, released in August 2017 and rested comfortably alongside its predecessor. Both were released in audiobook format in late 2017 and early 2018. Beautiful Fury is the third novel to release in The Lighthearted Collection, and Katharine hopes her readers enjoy it as much as the previous novels in the collection.

Katharine has contributed to charitable Indie anthologies and helped other aspiring writers journey their way through the publication process. She loves everything to do with writing and loves that she is able to continue sharing heartwarming stories to a wide array of readers.

Katharine graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She lives on a ranch in south Texas with her husband, Brad, and two year old son, Everett. She can frequently be found sitting on her front porch swing with her lap top creating a new story, staying up too late reading a good book, or quite possibly watching Finding Dory for the billionth time with her son.  

Now that we know a bit about Katharine, we’ll get her to answer a few questions, then she can tell us about her new release.

What three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they begin their writing journey?

  1. Finish your story. Don’t bog yourself down thinking about editing, formatting, marketing, etc. FINISH it first. Then you can send it to an editor and start the process. But finish the manuscript.
  2. Follow your gut. Trust your own imagination and creativity. It’s okay to bounce ideas off people, but hold true to your original vision. It’s YOUR story. Tell it like you want. When you receive feedback from beta readers, then think about changes. Otherwise, go with the flow of your own imagination.
  3. Do not be afraid or intimidated to reach out to other authors for guidance or help. We are a community. We are the ones who understand a 1* review, writer’s block, and the importance of the Oxford comma… we celebrate successes together and we are there for when you need encouragement.

Do you read the reviews that others leave for your books?

Sometimes. I would like to say I read every review, but I’m pretty terrible at checking in on Goodreads. I try to keep track of new ones on Amazon, but I think if we (authors) focus too much on reviews we can get sidetracked. Some people are going to love your work and some are going to hate it, and I think if we stalk the reviews we receive, self-doubt can begin to creep into our writing. It’s best to write because you love it, and if someone enjoys it, wonderful. EVERY review is appreciated though. Though we may not check them all the time, they are appreciated because they help us in other ways besides feedback. So keep reviewing! We love them. And just the fact we receive a review makes our day because it means people are reading our books.

What makes you happiest as an author?

Finishing a story. There’s no better feeling as an author than holding the first copy of your book in your hands. It’s a mixture of wonder, fear, excitement, and joy all rolled into one crazy experience. I love hearing from readers as well. I love hearing their thoughts on my work, especially which stories they relate with most, or the characters they love. Our characters become our friends… in a weird way… so we love hearing what people think or enjoy about them.

It’s been great having you here today, Katharine, and that’s great advice we can all benefit from–just get on with our writing and not let self-doubt bog us down!

So, you’ve got a new release, the third book in your Lighthearted collection. Where can readers find it?

Beautiful Fury

All my books can be found on Amazon by clicking here.  Or you can find me on my website.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Rich Bullock – with a New Release

!cid_D1525E35-18D6-4998-8BD1-C77D10AD00CEToday I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Rich Bullock.  Rich writes stories of ordinary people put in perilous situations, where lives are changed forever.

He is the author of the Perilous Safety Series, including Perilous Cove, Storm Song, and Desperation Falls, and the Glass and Stone Novels: Shattered Glass and Glass Revenge.

His first writing experience was at ten years old on a well-used Remington typewriter, where clearing the tangled print arms was a continual chore. The old machine lasted through high school all-nighters. 

Fortunate to grow up in small-town San Luis Obispo, California, he developed an eye for settings that remind people of home, and characters you’d like to have next door (except for the killers). He now lives and writes in Redding, California where, on most days, he sees Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta. But his favorite places in the world are Perilous Cove and Storm Lake.

I, too, consider myself fortunate to have grown up in California, and it sounds like Rich lives in a very inspirational place now with views to Mount Shasta!  So, Rich, you’ve got a brand new release, Glass Revenge, that just hit the shelves at Amazon a few days ago. We’ll provide links to all your books below, but how about answering three questions for me first.

Where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there? 

My stories start in a variety of places around the world, but mostly take place in the fictitious town of Perilous Cove and the communities around Storm Lake, both on or near the central coast of California. The first time I put a map of Storm Lake in one of the books, several readers told me: That’s exactly how I pictured it!

Shattered Glass was an exception in that it tok place in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Malibu. The main character, seventeen-year-old Lilly Glass, just wasn’t cooperating with me on that. But her parents are in the film industry, so the settings lent a lot of local flavor to the story, and I had a blast putting in references to locations, movies, and industry terms.

Thanks for that. Now, tells us, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey? 

A. Keep writing. You get better and better.

B. Learn the craft. Attend conferences and workshops. Commit yourself to excellence. It’s not as easy as it looks (if done well).

C. Make your main character the main thing. I tell aspiring writers: “It’s the character’s story. I’m just writing it down.”  That means being in their head; knowing what they want, what they fear, what they love, and what will hurt them if lost. My characters are my best friends, and I know them far better than real people in my life. Sad, I know. But true.

Great advice! And lastly, do you write from your own experiences, or do you simply sit down and make stuff up?

I draw from every experience I’ve ever had, from the time I was a boy growing up to earlier today. And it’s critical to bring in the senses. For example, my younger brother and I regularly rode in the backs of pickups long before there were laws against that. I remember the hot metal of the floor, the cold air swirling around as we covered ourselves in heavy blankets, the gaseous exhaust fumes seeping up through cracks and holes, the rumble and howl of the tires on the pavement, bracing as my dad turned corners or bounced over rough road. All the senses come into play when describing a scene, and they allow the reader to relate and connect with the characters.

And I’m always bringing in current things, too. Several times a week I hear something on TV and tell my wife: that’s in my new book. It might be a place, a song title, a famous person, a business, a well-known quote. Fiction is so incredibly flexible and fun to play with.

And I have a lot to say about indie vs traditional (I’m strongly indie), but I’ll leave that for another time. 🙂

You can find all Rich Bullock’s  books on Amazon, but here is a link to his New Release, Glass Revenge–just follow this link to Amazon.

Glass Revenge (Glass and Stone Book 2) by [Bullock, Rich]

Or you can visit his website, Perilous Fiction, here.

 

 

Couple of Freebies for you :)

Here are a couple of free books by my fellow Clean Indie Reads authors. Make sure you check the prices before purchasing in case they aren’t free in your area or the promotion either hasn’t started or has already ended. Remember, I’m in Australia and sometimes the dates don’t quite line up the way I hope they will 🙂

Happy reading 🙂

 

Cecily Wolfe

 

Margaret Sharp

 

Kayla Tirrell

indieBRAG – Book Readers Appreciation Group

There’s another group I’m proud to be part of, and it too is all about indies. indieBRAG is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group – where readers get to experience all kinds of books written by indie authors – some that don’t fit into your normal genre categories.

But one thing you can be sure of is that all books in the catalogue have been read to ensure they meet the indieBRAG standards of quality and content before being awarded the coveted indieBRAG medallion.

So if you’re looking for something new & different, and would like to give an indie author a go, here’s a great place to start. Just keep in mind that these aren’t necessarily “Clean Reads” so you’ll need to keep that in mind as you peruse the catalogue.

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Have a look at all the wonderful books in the catalogue, including mine! You can join the newsletter, or simply browse the books and make a selection – just click the blue link. indieBRAG

 

Happy reading.

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Dianne Marie Andre

Hi Dianne!  Welcome to my blog, and thank you for joining me here today.

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Hi, Sandy. Thank you for the invite. I’m Dianne Marie Andre, and I live in the country with my husband and our adorable rescue dog on twenty acres with hens, cattle, and a bazillion trees. Before I started writing, I experimented with various occupations: private piano instructor, receptionist, administrative assistant, and barista…even though I don’t drink coffee. But my favorite jobs are the ones I’m now doing―writing and photography.

Sounds like you’ve lived an interesting life so far, and now with writing, it will no doubt get even more interesting!  I’ll get you to tell us about your books, but first, I’ve got three questions for you.

What inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I began writing essays, articles, and blogs in my early forties. A few years later, destiny and a friend, who had written over six-hundred published articles, stepped in. My friend wanted to write a novel and encouraged me to attend a fiction workshop with her, which I did…reluctantly because I didn’t think I had the imagination or skills to pull it off. Weeks before the workshop began, writing withdraws had set in. I had given up blogging due to deficient dial-up…the only internet connection available in my area at that time. So I looked at the first fiction assignment, and said, “I can do this.” A year later, it became my first published novella. Now, fiction is mostly all I write…happily.

Awesome! So, how much time per week would you spend writing? Or are you a full-time author?

As a full-time author, writing hours are unmeasurable. My work includes research, reading when time allows―usually beneath the covers after bedtime―taking online writing courses, working with critique partners, marketing, designing ads and posts, and always thinking of the next line, the next plot, or how a character will react to adversity, and of course, making sure my readers love the characters.

It really is a way of life, isn’t it? And now lastly, what makes you happiest as an author?

I love-love-love working from home, sharing a little grace and hope through my work―at least that is my goal―and connecting with readers.

I’m currently working on a sweet romance that I hope to release this year. I love the story, written by an aging man who recalls his life at twenty-three when he returns home in 1954 to wrap up the past, completely unaware it would revitalize an old fantasy to life.

Oh the new book sounds wonderful! Thanks for telling us about it. Now, tell us about your currently available books, and where we can find them.

My two-book Witter Springs novellas are clean reads packed with drama, a dash of suspense, mystery, friendship, family, and romance. Together, book one and two weigh narcissism and noble acts of love of everyday people.

In Book One, Ashley’s Gift, A Story of Loss and Self-Forgiveness, Robert and Jenna Hamilton are passionate about each other and their only child, Ashley. When Ashley is abducted, Jenna believes her ordinary decision caused her daughter’s disappearance. She decides Robert deserves better and withdraws from his affections. But when Ashley’s missing gift is found, Jenna discovers a healing more powerful than she ever thought possible.

The story continues in Book Two, Lily’s Gift.

You can find my books on my Amazon author page, or to receive updates and a free gift, please visit my website.

 

 

Live, one minute book reviews on YouTube? Yeah, baby!!

Wow! My favourite book group is on YouTube and I forgot to mention it earlier!! They do live one minute reviews of some of their favourite Clean Indie Reads books.

You’ve gotta watch at least one, if only to see the hilariously clever Lia in action. They’re great reviews and I guarantee you’ll get a bit of a laugh. Lia’s humour and antics are sure to brighten your day. Go on … check it out … you know you want to.

Clean Indie Reads Reviews. On YouTube.