Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway~Indie Authors Naked

 
Indie authors Ebook :171 Pages
Published on :3rd Jan, 2014
Publisher :Indie Reader publishing

Blurb

Indie Authors Naked explores and defines the world of independent publishing.

Comprised of a series of essays and interviews by indie authors, booksellers and publishers, readers will get a look at the many aspects of the indie community, where publishing professionals of all types come together with the simple goal of creating something unique; something that speaks directly to the reader, no middleman necessary.

Contributors include: James Franco, Hugh Howey, McNally Jackson Books, Sarah Gerard, OHWOW Books, Raine Miller, David Vinjamuri, Toby Neal, Rachel Thompson, Eden Baylee, Christoph Paul, Jessica Redmerski, Dan Holloway, Orna Ross and more.



About the Authors

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Loren Kleinman is a writer and poet with roots in New Jersey. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. Kleinman is a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie authors. Some of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Writer’s Bloc, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist. In 2003, Spire Press published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz.
Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, is due to release with Winter Goose Publishing in March 2014. She is currently working on a New Adult romance, This Way to Forever.


Amy Holman Edelman launched IndieReader, the essential consumer guide toself-published books and the people who write them, way back in 2007. Since then, indie authors have stormed the bestseller lists, been courted by trad publishers and (after all that) ,finally gained amodicum of respect.
 
Amy self-published her first book, The Fashion Resource Directory, back in the 80s, long before POD and Amazon and e-readers roamed the land. Her second and third books (The Little Black Dress and Manless in Montclair), were traditionally published (by Simon & Schuster and Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Crown).

As an author and a publicist with over 20 years’ experience, Amy’s goal for IndieReader is no less than to make indie a respected and desirable category within the publishing world. This book is just one step in that direction.


Excerpt

From the Introduction of Indie Authors Naked by Amy Edelman:
IndieReader was launched in ‘07, otherwise known as the dark days of self-publishing. Back then, every book was considered a vanity publication, every author a failed writer. Denial ran so high that when the self-pubbed book, Her Last Letter by Nancy C. Johnson hit The New York Times bestseller list, the good folks at the NYT were still saying that they’d never include one! And then there was The Shack, another indie that snuck through the gauntlet to appear on the NYTimes list for an astounding 172 weeks between June 2008 to early 2010 (52 of those weeks at #1).

Flash forward to 2012-2013. With the advent of ebooks, the publishing landscape has completely and irrevocably changed. Bowker, the ISBN people, recently reported that the number of self-published books in 2012 rose 59% over 2011, growing to over 391,000 titles in 2012. That’s a lot of indie.

But it’s not just availability that has changed the notion of what a self-pubbed book can be. Either the whole “vanity” thing was propaganda on the part of trad publishing—after all, Virginia Woolf famously did it with Hogarth Press—or publishing ebooks makes it easier for talented writers to get their work seen. Either way, over the last couple of years—beginning with the high-profile snagging of Amanda Hocking—at least 50 indie authors (many of them interviewed in this very book) have been courted and won by traditional publishers.

Did these authors’ books change from when they were self-pubbed to when they became trads? Or did their appearance on the bonafide bestseller lists (The New York Times, USA Today) just make it easier for the Big 5 to spot them? Not that getting picked up by a traditional publisher is always an indie author’s end-game. In fact, a recent survey conducted by The Bookseller noted that only about one-third of the self-published authors surveyed stated that they would consider a traditional book deal. That’s a lot of authors who aren’t willing to trade the freedom of creation for the chance to have their works packaged by committee.

So whether an author decides to sell their work to a trad publisher or not—it is clear that indies are here to stay. Their books resonate with readers who really couldn’t give a damn if they came through the hallowed halls of a traditional publisher or just via their ereaders. The indie writing community is strong and getting stronger, as are the options for placing their books (been to your local bookstore lately? You may be surprised at the titles you find on the shelves).

Yes, dear readers, this time—thanks to technology and changing perceptions—self-publishing is clearly here to stay. And via interviews and essays, Indie Authors Naked aims to highlight the best of the best.


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Finding Charley(Full Circle #2) by Casey Peeler



Book Blurb
One bottle of Jack and the words “I’m sorry” are all it takes for Charley’s world to turn upside down… again. Charley has a decision to make. Does she sink or swim?

After Dylan reminds Charley that he always has the upper hand, she decides it’s time break free. But how? She uses her past, present, and what she hopes to be her future to find her freedom.

With the help of Cash Money and the Kluft Girls, she devises a plan to take down Dylan. Will she succeed, or will she find that she will never escape his hold? Once this plan is put in place, who will be by her side when it comes to an end? And will this plan include Jackalope Joe? 

Excerpt  from the book 

I decide not to waste much time on my wardrobe.  I grab my new jeans, a long-sleeved white tee, boots, and veto drying my hair by putting on my favorite camo ball cap.  Once I’m ready, the girls and I grab a bite to eat and all go our separate ways.  I crank up the radio and the heat in the Honda.  It feels like minutes instead of an hour when I realize I’ve been lost in thought the majority of the way.  Can we say dangerous?  Note to self: focus while driving.

I pop in our drunk mix cd that Caroline always plays in her room while we drink PJ.  It’s a lot more comical to listen to while sober.  Seriously, the country version of “Gin and Juice” and “The Monster” by Eminem?  I can’t help but laugh.  It doesn’t get any better when “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera begins playing.  What was she thinking?  Oh, wait. She wasn’t thinking because she was drunk.

I approach Grassy Pond, and nothing has changed since Thanksgiving.  It’s still stoplight after stoplight.  I can’t wait to hit that gravel road.   I see the farm approaching and feel the butterflies within my stomach.  For once, I’m excited and relieved to be home.

Turning off the ignition, I see Blue running toward me.  As soon as I’m out of the car, he attacks me.  “Yeah, boy, I’ve missed you, too.”  I rub behind his ears and then make my way to the house.

There’s no need to hurry, because as I glance up, Tessa and Mama are in full out sprints.  I giggle inside.  Tessa wraps me in a tight embrace.

“Miss me much?”  I smirk.

“Char, I swear.  Mama and Daddy have been workin’ me to death on this farm.  If you didn’t get home soon, I might actually have had to take care of those stupid goats, not to mention sloppin’ the hogs.  Yuck!”

I should have known Tessa was more excited because that meant less work for her, but that’s my sis, always missin’ when a little hard work needs to be done.

“Hey, hun, I’m glad you’re home.  Your dad’s gone into town to get a few posts for the fence.  I don’t know what has gotten into that bull out there.  It’s like he just doesn’t know which side he belongs,” Mama says.

I pop the trunk and grab my bags.  Mama grabs my laundry basket, and we make our way into the house.

As I walk through the screen door, the sound of an F250 that I’d know anywhere rings in my ears.  I smile and throw my bag at the bottom of the stairs.  I do a one-eighty, press the screen door open, jump off the stairs, and run as fast as my legs will go to that perfect sound.  Cash opens the door and steps out in one swift motion.  He has on a pair of jeans, a white plaid pearl snap, camo hat, and boots.  Damn. I jump straight into his arms and hold him as close as possible.

“Miss me much?”  He winks.

I begin to laugh uncontrollably.  “You know, I just used that line on Tessa.” I pull him closer.  He looks into my eyes, smiles with that damn dimple, and I feel complete.  Cash Money makes me whole.

He finally puts me down when he hears the screen door open.  I see Tessa standing there with her hands on her hips.  “Um, did y’all plan that?”

“Plan what, Tess?” I question as I straighten my long-sleeved white shirt.  Then, it dawns on me.  Jeans, white shirt, camo hat, and boots.  Cash and I look like we planned our freakin’ wardrobe.
 


“What can I say? Great minds think alike,” Cash says as he slaps my ass while we walk toward the house.  We go inside and Mama has lunch waiting.
About the Author
Casey PeelerCasey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.

Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author.  No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel released September 30th.  

Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.

When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.

Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book! 
Add No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) to your TRB on Goodreads      www.goodreads.com/user/show/16117017-casey-peeler
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Friday, January 03, 2014

The Virgins by Siddharth Tripathi




The VirginsPaperback: 320 pages
Publication date: April 15th, 2013
Published by: Fingerprint publishing
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author Links: Goodreads Facebook Twitter

Book Description(via Goodreads)

How does one become a man?

Three young friends are about to find out.

With six unmarried sisters and a perennially drunk father, Pinku, a 19-year-old school dropout, has only one dream left: to marry the plump girl who’d caught him stealing flowerpots. His friend and confidant, 17-year-old Bhandu, is not faring any better — his parents are divorcing, his father has abandoned him, and the American tourist he is infatuated with doesn’t even know he exists. Bhandu and Pinku seek solace in the distracting shenanigans of their friend Guggi — a pampered rich brat who can do anything for a thrill. Guggi’s reckless hedonism lands the threesome in a series of 'sexpot' escapades — each adventure weirder than the one before.
But their seemingly innocuous joyride is about to end.


With their Class 12 exams around the corner, Guggi, restless to leave a mark, takes over the school’s notorious protection racket in a violent coup. The fallout drags the trio into a murky world of heartbreak, betrayal, and bloody vengeance . . .


Fast, funny, and earthy, The Virgins is a coming-of-age novel that marks the debut of a promising writer.


My review


The virgins by Siddharth Tripathi  is an interesting story revolving around three youngsters in the holy city of Banaras.The title of the novel is catchy, attractive and so is the colorful cover image which gives strong assurance this will be an exciting and definitely different read than the other novels I have read.


In the book, we find Pinku, a poor guy who has a daunting liability to look after his mother and his six sisters. He daydreams about opening up a cassette shop and live happily ever after. Then there is obnoxious Guggi from a rich family who is considered to be evil and bad influence by his own circle of friends and is always unto some mischievous act not to mention he lives by this principle. Later in the novel, he reveals his goal in life is to become rich to richer. Bhandu is the only relief in the story, although his parents separated like Pinku’s parents, he has an otherwise happy go lucky attitude who boosts self-esteem in others.


Towards the beginning of the novel, I was very unsure of what I was reading. This could not be due to my undying inquisitiveness to figure out what the story was about. If I have to pin point particularly where I struggled, what I didn’t like during the reading process, it would be the writing style . The pace of the novel was slow(which gradually improved), the more I read, the even more I faced problems while reading it. The language was simple but the characters were not that conspicuous enough, it was as if, they were basically meant to confuse one. I convinced myself eventually after crossing few more pages, I would definitely able to follow the story and I was right.


What is the main issue one will face,   when reading the novel in my opinion is that the innumerable flashbacks. In the meantime, this too will fade away. The book has three main protagonists but according to me, the supporting characters outtake them in terms of vagaries of emotions. Let it be Sir Joy who feels guilty and seeks redemption for wrong doing,  Sushma, Pinku’s love interest who marries off a stranger to not hurt her father’s feelings, and Mannu Garg who becomes deaf in one ear after the huge thrashing by Dubey’s people, Ghansi, Sarju , Chaccha and so on.


The positive of the novel is the non-seriousness and the author’s optimistic approach. Sushma,  whom we thought married a stranger under her father’s wish, turns out she agreed because she didn’t like Pinku’s fat nose. Likewise, every time we are introduced to a serious character, somehow they  all turn out to be funny, gregarious, light-hearted, thrilling to the core. The mind voice of each of the character is also worth mentioning. Finally, these are the major things that keep “The virgins” never boring, likeable tale. Negative of the novel is the lack of clarity and suspense.


When I finished reading the novel, it was a pleasant surprise to know the author has lived in Trichy which is currently where I live. However, this does not affect my review of his book . For a debut novel, the author has done amazingly well. It is beyond doubt, "The virgins" is a well executed story.


Rating 4/5

About the author
Siddharth Tripathi was born in Allahabad and schooled in Banaras. He is a B.E from NIT Trichy and an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon. Siddharth currently lives in Gurgaon and works as a consultant for a business advisory firm. He also writes a blog on music and films. The Virgins is his first novel.
Disclaimer The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.