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The Indie Book Blog Tour In Full

We’ve had a great tour this year with some fascinating interviews… Thank you to my co-host the fantastic Kate M Colby & to those authors who took part, giving their time to answer our questions & promote the tour.

Read all about it here: http://katemcolby.com/2016/02/26/the-2016-2k-indie-book-tour-archives/

 

 

Two Indie Authors for the Price of One

The last couple of days of our indie book tour and an interview with fantasy writer Lori MacLaughlin

http://katemcolby.com/2016/02/24/the-2016-2k-indie-book-tour-lori-l-maclaughlin/

Oh and erm me!

http://katemcolby.com/2016/02/25/the-2016-2k-indie-book-tour-kate-evans/

Indie Author: Wendy Ogilvie

Write like nobody is going to read it then edit as though someone else wrote it, good advice from our indie author of the day:

http://katemcolby.com/2016/02/23/the-2016-2k-indie-book-tour-wendy-ogilvie/

Indi Author: Ben Y Faroe

I’m a bit late with this one… but a good read nevertheless, interview on our indie book tour with Ben Y Faroe:

http://katemcolby.com/2016/02/19/the-2016-2k-indie-book-tour-ben-y-faroe/

Indie Author: Kate M Colby

Kate C photo Oct15Today, it is my great pleasure to welcome Kate M Colby who is co-hosting this indie blog tour with me. Since I first ‘met’ Kate on Facebook (was it? Or Twitter) last year, I have enjoyed her company, her good sense, her encouragement, and good advice on my own indie publishing journey. She is an author of science-fiction/fantasy novels and informative nonfiction. Her first series, Desertera, consists of steampunk dystopian novels with themes of socio-economic disparity, self-empowerment, romance, and revenge. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) In a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland, one king rules with absolute power and unquenchable lust, until the cogsmith’s daughter risks everything for vengeance.
Two-hundred years ago, the steam-powered world experienced an apocalyptic flood. When the waters dried up, the survivors settled around their steamship in a wasteland they named Desertera. Believing the flood and drought were caused by a scorned goddess, the monarchs demanded execution for anyone who commits the unforgivable sin — adultery.
Today, King Archon entraps his wives in the crime of adultery, executing each boring bride to pursue his next infatuation. Most nobles overlook King Archon’s behavior, but when Lord Varick’s daughter falls victim to the king’s schemes, he vows revenge.
When Aya Cogsmith was a young girl, King Archon had her father executed for treason. Orphaned and forced to turn to prostitution for survival, Aya dreams of avenging her father’s death. When Lord Varick approaches Aya with plans for vengeance, she agrees to play the king’s seductress — even though it puts her at risk for execution. Packed with high-society intrigue, dappled with seduction, and driven by revengeThe Cogsmith’s Daughter is a new adult steampunk dystopian novel with the perfect mixture of conspiracy and romance.

Currently Untitled (Desertera #2) coming out later this year!

What was the inspiration behind your book?
My initial inspiration was The Arabian Nights, a tale in which the king believes women cannot be faithful. Therefore, he weds young virgins, then has them executed after the marriage is consummated. After proofreading a few reviews of the story for one of my professors, a thought struck me: What if adultery were illegal in this kingdom altogether? And that is how Desertera and Aya’s quest for revenge was born.

Who is your favorite character?
Hands down, Queen Zedara. At first, I didn’t intend for her to feature in the story except for in the few social settings in which Aya has to greet the royal couple. However, her sass and spunk won me over, and in the end, I couldn’t resist giving her a little more “page” time. She reminds me a lot of my best friend.

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?
It doesn’t fit neatly into one box. I know all authors feel like their books are special, genre-crossing snowflakes, but I promise mine is. You’re not going to get the classic Victorian-era, London steampunk here. Likewise, you’re not getting an entirely bleak, post-apocalyptic wasteland. You’re getting something in the middle, and if you let go and allow me to take you on the journey, you may just be pleasantly surprised! Also – because of the title, some readers assume it’s a young adult novel. Just so we’re clear: words like “adultery,” “prostitution,” and “seductress” means 18 and up.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?
My ideal reader is someone who likes to read books for entertainment, but who doesn’t mind the occasional social message wiggled in. Originally, my intended audience was females, ages 20 through 40, but I’ve quickly learned that men also enjoy my work! If you like strong female protagonists, socially-conscious themes, twists that make you feel smart as well as ones that catch you off-guard, chapter endings that force you to keep reading, cogs and gears, and a dash of steamy (but tasteful) romance, I bet you’ll adore my writing.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?

  1. Write for love first and money second. You should want to read your own book (trust me, you’ll do it dozens of times), but make sure it’s still marketable if you want to turn a profit. If not, go crazy!
  2. Realize that no one cares about you (yet!). Right now, you are a krill in an ocean. Once you make peace with that, you can focus on growing yourself into a whale, one day at a time.
  3. Straddle the line between “plotting” and “pantsing.” It doesn’t have to be one or the other. My advice is to have a beginning, middle, and ending, then let your characters run loose in The Cogsmith's Daughter - Ebook Smallthe gaps.

Where can readers buy your book?

Amazon (all countries) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0996782508?keywords=the%20cogsmith%27s%20daughter&qid=1454458705&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cogsmiths-daughter-kate-m-colby/1122713259?ean=2940152250190

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-cogsmith-s-daughter-desertera-1

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cogsmiths-daughter-desertera/id1043808485?mt=11

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/580266

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26499463-the-cogsmith-s-daughter

Where can readers learn more about you?

Website – http://katemcolby.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKateMColby

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KateMColby

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/KateMColby

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/KateMColby/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/katemcolby

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/katemcolby

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+KateMColby

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/katemcolby

Indie Author: Ashley Capes

ashleypicBack for another week of our tour which I am co-hosting with the talented Kate M Colby, http://katemcolby.com, and today I am welcoming Ashley Capes, fantasy/magic realism writer, with his book, The Fairy Wren. Ashley is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Australia. He’s the author of six poetry collections and five novels and was poetry editor for Page Seventeen from issues 8-10. He also moderates online renku group Issa’s Snail. Ashley teaches English, Media and Music Production, has played in a metal band, worked in an art gallery and slaved away at music retail. Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli – and Magnum PI, easily one of the greatest television shows ever made.

The Fairy Wren: From the moment a fairy wren drops his lost wedding ring at his feet, Paul realises there’s more magic to the world than he thought…
When Paul Fischer receives a strange phone call asking for help, from a woman who might be his estranged wife Rachel, he’s drawn into a mysterious search that threatens not only his struggling bookstore, but long-buried dreams too. Unfortunately, the only help comes from a shady best friend, an Italian runaway and a strange blue fairy wren that seems to be trying to tell him something – yet the further he follows the clues it leaves the less sense the world seems to make. Is he on the verge of a magical, beautiful discovery or at the point of total disaster?

What was the inspiration behind your book?
The first draft of The Fairy Wren seemed to burst out of me during a bit of a crazy time – I was teaching full time and studying part time and writing too; it was exhausting. Of course, I look back on it with some fondness now, which is not how the ‘me’ of back then would see things.

I’d been drawn to the idea of sneaking some magic into a small town setting for a long time and I wanted to combine that with both the fading away of bookstores and one man’s personal struggle with his dreams as they seem to slip out of reach. I wanted to write a character, who when faced with that situation, really dug their heels in. Paul still makes mistakes but he never gives up and I liked that.

Who is your favorite character?
Alessandra – I’m still drawn to the mystery surrounding her, even now. I’ve toyed with a follow-up story for her but I don’t know if it’s possible. But for me, she’s the second hero of the story and even though she doesn’t appear in every scene, she still makes a big impact. She’s strong and kind and I’m often drawn to those two qualities as well, both as a reader and a writer.

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?
Maybe that life will always try and crush you but if you’re stubborn enough, sometimes you can keep your head above water. I’ve love if readers enjoyed the magic that’s woven throughout the story too; I had a great time balancing the fantastical with the everyday during The Fairy Wren.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?
Readers who like a little bit of mystery and poetry, readers who enjoy stories mix the magical with reality and who aren’t put off by a bit of violence and language. I mean, The Fairy Wren is hardly an R-rated text, but I don’t censor myself either. And I think there’s a chance readers who’re also looking for something a little uplifting will enjoy the story too.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?
Read widely I reckon – any style, any genre, any form, any writer. You’ll be exposed to more ideas, more characters, more writing, more everything basically. And you’ll find stuff you think works and also things you’re sure don’t work at all – which is the point of reading widely, I think. It all helps.

Be disciplined. And I don’t mean something like if you don’t write every day you’re somehow ‘undisciplined’ because that’s rubbish. I think discipline can be much more varied – for me, it’s keeping the promises I make to myself.

Search long and wide for advice that suits your writing style. It’s no use trying to work like a The Fairy Wrenwriter who says ‘plotting is the only way to write’ – if, in fact, you’re more comfortable ‘pantsing.’ Instead, try a bit of everything and take note of what works for you.

Where can readers buy your book?
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Wren-Ashley-Capes-ebook/dp/B00TU6W4LI/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fairy-wren-ashley-capes/1120802461

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/the-fairy-wren

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23381707-the-fairy-wren

Where can readers learn more about you?
Fiction Website: http://www.cityofmasks.com/

Poetry Website: http://ashleycapes.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ash_Capes

Indie author of the day: Jackie Phillips

Jackie 2009We’ve gone through the first week of our indie book blog tour, which I am co-hosting with the talented Kate M Colby, http://katemcolby.com, and haven’t we had fun! Today is a writer who likes a mystery as much as I do, Jackie Phillips. JL Phillips is a dreamer. Now she is a writer of stories. Being a dreamer is nice but it’s not perfect until you put those dreams in writing and let other people see them. Here she introduces her book, A Case of Deceit:

Private investigator DeeDee Watson receives a desperate phone call from an old college roommate. Dee can’t turn down a plea for help from a friend, so, along with Tee, her trusty sidekick, she agrees to help. It doesn’t take long for Dee to find herself in the middle of something sinister. The more clues she finds the more she realizes all is not what it seems. With a cast of quirky characters and lots of twists and turns, Dee must find a killer before turning into their next victim in this case of deceit.
Prequels/Sequels:  The Canine Caper (A short story)

What was the inspiration behind your book?
I’ve always wanted to write books. I have also had this character DeeDee Watson in the back of my head for a long time. I finally decided to put her down on paper (or computer). I wanted her to be a strong woman who loves animals. Her sidekick Tee came about by surprise but I love him and think he’s a great addition.

Who is your favorite character?
I would have to say besides Dee, of course, is Tee. He is a small dog with a huge personality.

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?
To just have a good time reading. That’s what it’s all about. A good time.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?
My ideal reader is someone who loves books as much as I do. Who loves a mystery with lots of action. Who loves a strong, yet vulnerable main character.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?

  1. Just write! It really is that simple, yet that hard. If you have a story in you, sit your butt downDeceit Kindle Cover and write it.
  2. Have someone else read your book before you publish it. Get a trusted friend who you know will be honest with you to point out mistakes.
  3. Have confidence in yourself and your story.

Where can readers buy your book?
For the US – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014JXPB34

For the UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014JXPB34

For CA – http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B014JXPB34

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14833994

Where can readers learn more about you?

My blogs – https://jlphillipsauthor.com/       https://tobreatheistowrite.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JLPhillipsAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JackieP97

Author interview: Helen Jones

Helen JonesHalf way through my leg of the indie blog tour, before I hand over to my colleague, Kate M Colby, http://katemcolby.com. Today I welcome fantasy writer, Helen Jones. She grew up in Coventry, England, then moved to Canada and Australia before coming back to the UK. She now lives in Hertfordshire and loves to write, dance, study and paint, seeking pathways beyond the everyday. She’s worked many jobs, from martial arts instructor to photography producer, but writing has turned out to be her absolute favourite one of all. She’s written for several publications and blogs in Australia and the UK. Oak and Mist is her debut novel:

‘The end of everything? Great, no pressure then.’
A young girl witnesses a strange event in the woods at her local park. Five years later, in the same place, she is attacked and pushed between two trees… then disappears. She reappears in Ambeth, a land of great beauty, where a gleaming palace sits between mountains and sea. Inhabited by ancient lords of Light and Dark, it’s a place where appearance has no bearing on one’s true nature. And they are expecting her.

According to a prophecy carved into the wall of their Great Hall, Alma is destined to find a lost Sword, Cup and Crown, restoring the Balance of good and evil in the world. But all she wants to do is go home, despite her new friend Caleb offering his help. Still, she promises to return, intrigued by the handsome High King Thorion, as well as the time-twisting possibilities.

But as she moves between the worlds it becomes harder and harder to keep up her double life – her parents are suspicious, her best friend annoyed, and keeping up with homework is a drag. Plus there’s the mystery of her bracelet, gift from her dead father, which turns out to be more than she ever imagined. When a Dark Prince takes an interest in her, things become even more complicated.

The weight of destiny and the possibility of choice come together as Alma finds her way through a world at once unfamiliar and like home.

 Prequels/Sequels: No Quarter (available now), Hills And Valleys (March 2016)

What was the inspiration behind your book?
I’ve always felt the woods are full of stories. The park in my books is a real place, near to where I grew up. And, when I was a child, I did hear a scream in a mysterious valley – I never found out what it was, but the moment stayed with me and became the basis for this story.

Who is your favorite character?
Hmm. That changes, depending on which part of the story I’m writing. At the moment I’m editing book three and working on book four, so I would say that it’s Deryck. His story arc is quite sad, and it’s been interesting exploring his reaction to something that changed his world quite dramatically (no spoilers!).

What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?
Even though each book is written as a stand-alone, they are all part of a larger story. One reviewer wrote about the first book that ‘few things mentioned in Oak and Mist could be dismissed as trivial.’ This is absolutely true – there are links in each story connecting it to the next.

Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?
I wrote the books targeting a YA audience, and I’ve certainly had good feedback from that age group. However, I’m finding readers of all ages are enjoying the story, which is great.

What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?
1. Read   2. Write   3. Edit
Seriously, that’s what you need to do. Over and over. And, if you’re actually writing stories, you’re no longer ‘aspiring.’

oak-and-mist-final-coverWhere can readers buy your book?
My books are available through Amazon as a paperback or e-book version. Here’s the universal link: myBook.to/oakandmist

Where can readers learn more about you

I blog at www.journeytoambeth.com

I’m on Facebook at Author Helen Jones https://www.facebook.com/authorhelenjones

I’m on Twitter as @AuthorHelenJ   And you can find me on Goodreads as well.