Christmas Lites III Cover Reveal

Christmas Lites III CoverThe Christmas season is upon us yet again. Yes, my friends, it is a time of giving, loving, and sharing. Within these pages is a way you can help many people desperately in need of love, support, and goodness: the victims of domestic crime. By purchasing this anthology, you are sending every last dime made off this book to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The NCADV is an amazing charity that saves these people and lets them know there is still hope, still goodness, and still a reason to carry on.

Twenty-one authors have joined in this year, giving their time and their stories to these people – and to you. We all hope you enjoy our holiday tales captured in bite-size pieces. Whether you read this on the bus, before bed, or snuggled by the fire, please, do read – and share.

Authors in this anthology:

Addison Moore

A.F. Stewart

Amy Eye

Angela Yuriko Smith

Ben Warden

Cassie McCown

Elizabeth Evans

J.A. Clement

JG Faherty

Jonathan Tidball

M.L. Sherwood

Monica La Porta

Ottilie Weber

Patrick Freivald

Phil Cantrill

Robert Gray

Ron C. Neito

S. Patrick Pothier

Tricia Kristufek

Vered Ehsani

*Brandon Eye bonus story

Editor/compiler: Amy Eye of The Eyes for Editing

Cover Design Kyra Smith

Christmas Lites III Cover Reveal

A Call for Bloggers!

Silent Night






Hi, everybody, just a quick shout to all the wonderful bloggers out here. My editor, Amy Hohnsbehn-Eye, has just compiled a great anthology, Christmas Lites III, for which I wrote my very first vampire story. As with the first two editions, 100% of the proceeds will go to NCADV, National Coalition against Domestic Violence. Amy is looking for bloggers who are willing to host the cover reveal on the 26th of November. She will send you all the material needed to spread the word about this project. Pretty please, help us out, it’s for a great cause.

A Call for Bloggers!

Something to Read on the Ride: James Griffiths

Today, I am pleased to host a debuting author, James Griffiths. Let’s welcome James into the publishing arena by buying Something to Read on the Ride, and don’t forget to let him know how much you liked his short, Through Glass.

James Griffiths author picIn his own words:

I’m 18 studying journalism at Cardiff University. My “Something to Read on the Ride” contribution was my first properly published piece of fiction, however I am a contributor to the student newspaper too.

Currently juggling the prospect of being a journalist or an author or both! I also dabble in theatre from time to time and constantly seem to find myself with a guitar in my hands. You can follow me on Twitter @JGriff95, if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m sure you won’t regret the decision!

Now, let’s hear his answers to my 8 questions: 

1. When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

It’s something that has changed a few times but I’ve always wanted to simply be creative. During my childhood I wanted to be an author and still do, but I’ve also felt inspired to become an actor or a journalist more recently. I tend to stick with “writer” to answer that question these days!

2. The first book you read was…?

I can’t remember the exact first book I read but I remember as a child absolutely loving “The Edge Chronicles” by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. My friend gave me a copy of “Beyond the Deepwoods” and I never looked back, Riddell’s illustrations are so rich and brilliantly complemented the imaginative world that I read about.

3. You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

Realizing in primary school that English was by far my best subject, and constantly looking forward to the creative writing tasks. I’m not sure I thought then that I was “good” and I still don’t, but I know writing is one of my favourite things.

4. As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

Either fantasy, sci-fi or thriller. Something with a good adventure, memorable characters and has an edge to it.

5. No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

A Clash of Kings by big George, the second one of the Game of Thrones books.

6. You write…?

A sort of mish-mash of fantasy and sci-fi, I like to go in for good realism and dark undertones.

7. The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

I haven’t really written enough to gather much praise but a couple of people have praised the creative imagination in my writing.

8. What’s next…?

Working on some sci-fi about gangs, sewers and a metropolis. It’s sort of inspired by the Copertina Sandro Beneficenzavideo game Fallout 3 among other things!


And once again, don’t forget to buy Something to Read on the Ride to read James’s short. You will also support a great cause, the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hospital Charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: James Griffiths

Something to Read on the Ride: Paul B. Kohler

Wednesday on this side of the hemisphere, frigid cold but sunny outside, warm and cozy inside. Today, our guest is author Paul B. Kohler, who, in his own words, when not practicing architecture, works on his writing. He lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife and daughter. Linear Shift, Part One, his serialized novel, sounds rather intriguing.

Linear Shift, Part One

No one said time travel would be easy.
Peter Cooper, a widowed father of two whose life is crumbling around him—until a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general launches him on a risky mission: to go back to 1942 and change a moment in time. The repercussions will almost certainly alter the conclusion of World War II. But will the ripple effects stop there? And what kind of life will Peter return to?
Unknown Consequences:
A successful mission may not have the success he had intended.
Linear Shift is a serialized novel, with four total parts planned. This is part one.

NB: Part Two is coming soon!

Paul B KohlerPaul has gracefully agreed to answer my 8 questions:

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

Growing up, I wanted to be everything.  My earliest memory was to be a fighter pilot. I loved the Blue Angels and knew that would be me up here one day. The next week, I am certain it was something else.  From the time I was 10 or so, I wanted to be an architect.  That one stuck all through high school, and that is my day job today.

The first book you read was…?

I cannot remember the name of the first book I read.  I know the main character was a bi-plane pilot, and I think his last name was Buchanan.  It was an old book when I read it, and I LOVED that book.  Somewhere along the way, I lost it, as well as the name.  I have occasionally tried to google search on something new I will occasionally remember from it.  It’s hard trying to remember something that happened 30+ years ago.

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

Actually, my first story I ever wrote was Amy.  I wrote it about a year and a half after my daughter was born.  I occasionally, I would write about my day or other lame stuff when I was 29, but after writing that first story and having my wife cry when she read it, told me I was on to something.  Not for making my wife cry, but by being able to dray out emotions with the written word.

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

I LOVE Sci-Fi.  I cannot get enough of it.  Space flight = good. Aliens = good. Time Travel = good.  You get the point.  My love for Sci-Fi has been very intimidating though, as that is the genre I most want to write in, but I feel so inferior after reading so many good stories from so many great authors.

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

Hmm.  I think there might be a story or two on there that is in the erotic fiction category.  I got them free a few months back, and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I figured why not try and bang out a story in that genre. You’re all safe though, as I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

You write…?

Linear Shift coverI write what moves me.  Right now, I am in starting the 3rd part to a Time Travel serial.  Part 1 is published, and part 2 will be in early December. I have a huge imagination, and I have a ton of story ideas to get to.  From adult-contemporary to horror, and even romance.  My mind is all over the place sometimes.

The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

I like the surprise aspect. Take my short story Amy for instance: I don’t particularly like to make people tear up from reading my stories, but I’ve gotten so many to get emotional after reading it, I feel like I can actually move people.  I win, and here’s some tissue. The praise doesn’t necessarily mean words.

What’s next…?

After my Linear Shift project, which I am hoping to wrap up in April (if not sooner) I have a few things I’ve been thinking about.  One in particular would be a stand alone literary story, about a father and son finding a common bond after half of their family is killed in a house fire.  I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and I feel it’s about time to make more people cry.

Don’t forget to buy Something to Read on the Ride to read Paul’s short andCopertina Sandro Beneficenza support a great cause: The Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hospital Charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: Paul B. Kohler

Something to Read on the Ride: Louis Hessey-Antell

Louis Hessey AntellAnother week, another author who donated a short to Something to Read on the Ride. Today, gracing my cyber corner is British author, Louis Hessey-Antell. As often happens with creative people, Louis has much to share with the ever-growing, worldwide artistic community. Stay tuned for the imminent release of two of his works. Meanwhile, enjoy his interview.

Let’s meet Louis:

I’m 25 and currently working in ‘The Office’ come to life. On the side, I’m writing novels, making films, composing songs and creating a comic book. It sounds more impressive than it is, believe me!

While I will always be trying to contribute to the cultural conversation, it would be a pleasant turn of events to be able to financially rest on my creative wits. 

I also have a blog, The Rational Rock ‘n’ Roll, which hasn’t seen much action recently, but I stand by every word!

My first novel (working title: News, Booze and Heat-Death) is being dragged through its final draft, and my comic book, Numachi, is moving along nicely. I look forward to sharing them. 

Now, let’s ask Louis a few questions:

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

John Entwistle’s replacement in The Who. 

The first book you read was…?

I believe it was the old Catcher in the Rye. I can’t remember earlier than that to be honest! 

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

I wouldn’t dream of calling myself good. However, once a friend paid me a tenner to do his English coursework for him. The teacher marked it and told him he should be a writer. I never received such praise. 

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

Amis style comedy. Dark and funny. 

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

A lot of Batman comics! I’m fairly open about that though. 

You write…?

Real life after a couple of beers. 

The praise about your writing you like the most is… ?

I enjoy praise in regard to my style. My favourite author is Wodehouse, so  I yearn for compliments on my style. 

What’s next…?

A novel about a stand up comedian, and a graphic novel about WWII.

Copertina Sandro BeneficenzaTo read Louis’s short and contribute to a great cause, The Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, a Children’s Charity Hospital, buy Something to Read on the Ride!

Something to Read on the Ride: Louis Hessey-Antell

New Marketing Strategies for The Priest

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New month, new promotion strategy. As some of you know, the biggest obstacle an indie author meets in his/her journey regards visibility. Unless your book has received a certain amount of reviews collectively over four stars, the chances you can promote said book anywhere are slim. Among my three full length novels, The Priest is the only one I can push throughout the various sites that offer promotional services. It takes so much effort to raise your numbers that sometimes it feels like climbing uphill both ways. But, rest assured, I shall climb those suckers.

This coming holidays, The Priest is one of the books promoted in the science fiction section on Book Gift Guide. It is matched with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I liked the idea behind this promotion, and the page stays on for the entire length of the holidays. Also, the price for a science fiction spot was the cheapest. Sometimes, it pays to be the lepers of the literature genres.

Tomorrow, The Priest will be featured on two different sites: The Fussy Librarian, and Read Cheaply. They are both mailing list based services Badge Read CheaplyI contacted a few months ago. By coincidence, they have given me the same date. I haven’t used them yet, but so far the communication has been great with both. Big bonus, both sites accepted my book for free.

On Tuesday, The Priest will be featured on Kindle Books and Tips in the spotlight section. This would be the third time I use this blog/mailing list’s services. In the past, I sold almost two hundred copies at 99 cents in two different promotions with them and repaid the cost of the add. For the spotlight add, I have discounted The Priest from $4.99 to $2.99.

After much consideration, and having sold three copies of Linda of the Night thanks to the Kindle Countdown Deals, I have removed Pax in the Land of Women from the program, but kept I Fantastici Viaggi del Principe, the Italian version of The Prince’s Day Out, enrolled. Since it is free add, I want to give the Amazon program one last chance.

New Marketing Strategies for The Priest

Something to Read on the Ride: Dan Fiorella

Another great guest today on my blog: multi-talented author Dan Fiorella, who has been published pretty much everywhere, is clearly a fun character, and also a PC game writer. Dan gets two pics because he has the most adorable puppy on display on his Amazon page and that gives him twice the right to be seen.

Let’s meet Dan:

Dan FiorellaDan Fiorella lives in New York City. Downtown New York. Very downtown. Okay, he lives in Staten Island. He has written for stage, screen and radio speaker. From Cracked magazine to Prairie Home Companion, his comedy insights and insults have given belly laughs to the masses.

In addition to Cracked, he’s been published in MAD, Reader’s Digest, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Staten Island Advance, Weekly World News and, in France, his Sherlock Holmes parody was included in the anthology “Sherlock Holmes Dans Tous Ses États.”

He’s worked on “The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers” and “The Start of Something Big” for TV and written comedy material for the American Comedy Network and All Star Radio. And was the writer for the PC game “The Lost Cases of Sherlock Homes 2.”

Let’s ask Dan 8 questions:

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

A palaeontologist.  I was in love with dinosaurs and read every book about them.  Then I found out there was an actual name for a “dinosaur guy.”  And an eight-year old who can pronounce “palaeontologist” really impresses adults.

The first book you read was…?

The Dick & Jane series.  Required reading at school.  After that, the Hardy Boys books.

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

I’m not sure I have.  I knew I liked it.  I knew some of it got good reactions.  It probably wasn’t until college when a teacher asked me to write sketches for a weekly lunch program that I started to think of it as a talent I had.

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?Dan Fiorella and puppy

I’m really not sure I have a genre.  I’ve liked different books, but they rarely send me off into other books in a genre.  But I find a lot of books do tend to be in the detective/mystery style format.  But if it’s got a goofy twist on it, I’m in.

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

I keep reading YA books…but luckily things like Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and Artemis Fowl kind of transcend them.

You write…?

Humor, comedy, funny stuff.  Whether  skits, screenplays or this new fangled book stuff, it’s always about setting up a funny situation and the humor that can build out of it.

The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

That someone laughed out loud while reading my book.  Can you imagine that?  Someone on the subway or bus reads something I wrote and busts out laughing?  And all those people just stare at him like, “What’s his problem?”  I did that!

What’s next…?

I’ve actually fallen in love with one of my characters, Nick Flebber, PI.  I published two novella (Lost Claus & Space Case) and a short story (Cupid is as Cupid Does) featuring him and his off-beat cases, and I’m now laying the ground work for another.  But before that there’s a childhood tale I want to finish about a kid and his adventures leading up to Halloween.

Copertina-Sandro-Beneficenza6To read Dan Fiorella’s short and donate to a great cause, the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hopital Charity, buy Something to Read on the Ride. It’s only $2.99 and all the proceeds go to the charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: Dan Fiorella

Something to Read on the Ride: Stella Wilkinson

Stella Wilkinson avatarIt’s the middle of the week, and today’s guest in my cozy corner of the web is Something to Read on the Ride’s very own intrepid captain, British author, Stella Wilkinson.

Let’s meet Stella who has the cutest avatar ever (she also gets bonus points for being the one who thought of putting together the collective):

Stella Wilkinson lives in Somerset, England, UK.
Even though Stella is now old and married and really dull, she wishes she could have been forever a Young Adult/New Adult.

She says: In The Flirting Games series my little world revolves around a group of teenagers at Boarding School in England. Mainly their romances, after all what is more fun than that? Book 2, More Flirting Games, and Book 3, Further Flirting Games are also available. There may be more in The Flirting Games series, if you all like them enough; but I’ve got a few others up my sleeve too, some Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

I love feedback and comments! Follow me on Twitter: @fantastyscribble
Also you can follow my blogs at:

More than anything I love to read, so chuck some recommendations at me too. Books are more precious then diamonds to me. My desk is in a room filled with shelf after shelf of antique books that I’ve never read but I keep collecting because the view of the spines alone is inspirational. To be fair most of the antique books look pretty dull inside, they have titles like ‘Bridleways of Somerset’. These days, when I read, I use my kindle. My kindle is the item I would save from a fire, after family, and photos of course, oh and my laptop, and perhaps just a few of my first editions, and the chocolate hobnobs…

Now, let’s ask her a few questions… 8 to be precise.

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

Lois Lane. I carried around a notebook looking for good stories to write, and started our school newspaper just so I could print them. I never did get to date Superman though…

The first book you read was…?

Uh, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, I think. If you mean grown up book then I spent my teens devouring Mills and Boon romance novels.

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

I wrote some stories for Harry Potter Fan Fic (HPFF) and got a huge response of positive reviews, that’s when I started on The Flirting Games Series.

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

Riders, by Jilly Cooper. I’ve read it at least ten times. I love all her anti-heros. Bad boys that come good, or sometimes get their comeuppance.

You write…?

Mainly stories for teenage girls. The Flirting Games has three books in the series so far and more to come.

The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

Emails direct from fans. That someone took the time to personally mail me to say how much they liked the books is a massive incentive. I’m always stunned that with modern technology people are picking up my books from all over the world, it’s so flattering.

What’s next…?

I did a short story on Amazon for Halloween, called Halloween Magic & Mayhem. I got such good feedback from it that I’m writing a sequel, Werewolf Magic & Mayhem, which should be out just before Christmas.

Stella’s Very Important Public Announcement:

We’re also putting together another charity anthology of short stories based on the success of Something to Read on the Ride. It will be called Something for the Journey. People are welcome to email me direct if they are interested in submitting a story.

And finally, don’t’ forget:

To read Stella Wilkinson’s short and donate to a great cause, the Wallace and Gromit’s Copertina-Sandro-Beneficenza6Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hopital Charity, buy Something to Read on the Ride. It’s only $2.99 and all the proceeds go to the charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: Stella Wilkinson

Kindle Countdown Deals: Linda of the Night

Copertina Finale AmazonThe Prince’s Day Out’s  promotion was a complete fiasco, but despite that I let Linda of the Night, my sweet short story (22 pages) to run its Kindle Countdown promo as scheduled. The short is currently priced 99 cents. I like the countdown window that tells you when the price is going to change, and I like the idea of the exposure on the countdown page. This time, I found my title right away. Linda is on page 4. But after selling only one copy, I don’t think there is enough traffic on those pages yet, and I cancelled Pax in the Land of Women’s countdown campaign. Did I miss another train or did I hop on this one too soon? It doesn’t matter. The journey is what is all about.

Kindle Countdown Deals: Linda of the Night