Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dragon Moon - Young Adult Fantasy by Author Julie Nicholls

As an indie author, I can tell you it’s hard work trying to get noticed. Between spending hours on social media and paying for advertisements, it can be time consuming and costly. So you can image how excited I am that my latest Young Adult Fantasy, Dragon Moon, has been admitted into Amazon’s fabulous program, Kindle Scout. I can hear you asking…what’s that?

How It Works
Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.
Browse new, never-before-published books.
Every book has 30 days to earn your nomination. Authors are submitting new books all the time so check back often.
Nominate your favorites.
When you discover a book that you think is great, nominate it and the book will be added to Your Nominations panel. Keep up to three books nominated at a time, and update your nominations whenever you want
When a book’s 30-day campaign ends while in Your Nominations panel, your nomination is tallied and removed from your panel - freeing up that nomination for another book. You will receive an email to let you know whether your book has been selected for publication.
Enjoy free books.
As a thank you from us and the authors you support, you will receive an early, free copy of all the Kindle Scout books you nominated that are published. Continue to champion the books and authors you helped bring to life by leaving reviews and sharing with friends.
So this is where you can really make a difference to an indie author…by nominating their book.
Click the link to Dragon Moon on kindle scout…read the first 5k… and if you think this is a boo you’d like to read in full… click nominate. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!
In case you need a little encouragement to click the link…here are some details about Dragon Moon
DRAGON MOON – Young Adult Fantasy
I’m nineteen and wish I had a clue about my future. Instead of my own bed, this morning I woke in the strange land of Lur Neval. My name is Scarlett, but the Nevalese call me Dragon Mage. Seems it’s my job to preserve the all-important dragons and oh, while I’m here, bring peace to the warring clans. Piece of cake if I can outwit Madoc, the manipulative, evil seer who wants every dragon destroyed. Whatever it takes, I’m here to fulfill my destiny under the light of the Dragon Moon.
Thank you so much for your time

Monday, August 8, 2016

Author Juliette Douglas is in the Spotlight!

Author Juliette Douglas invites you into her world of western adventure, humor and down right hilarious antics of her characters. 
She is also an Laramie Award winner.

Juliette lives in Kentucky, works with boats and loves animals. She recently took in some orphaned possums. 
What a card this lady is, she laughs, comes up with the funniest puns for western life you ever heard, it comes out in her writing. She attends all kinds of events, signing her books and shakin hands. If you would like to check out her calendar and meet her please visit her website at

The Freckled Venom Series featuring: 


Bounty hunting is a lonely trail especially for a girl...well, really a woman. 
What secrets and demons keep this freckled, striking copperhead on the move riding a big grey mare as her only friend and companion?

Never in his born days had Rawley Lovett run into such a persnickety cuss as that Lacy Watson. She was a fast with her fists as she was with her pistol. But Rawley knew she hid dark secrets. What happens when bullets, dust and words begin to fly?

Copperhead Strikes: 

Lacy faces her demons head on...
The vivid cast of characters return along with some
new faces in this spell-binding sequel.

What demons will rise from her past life and bounty hunting days, 
forcing Lacy to strike back often? 
Will her past force her to leave the little community 
of White River, forever riding the range 
with a big grey mare as her only friend and companion once again? 
Or will Lacy find the love and home she thought she could never have?


More excitement then a passel of skunks nesting under your bed...Juliette Douglas and the folks of White River, Wyoming are back to entertain you once again with her third installment in the Freckled Venom series: Freckled Venom Skeletons.

Big Joe Kannon had a bone stuck in his craw and he was bound and determined to get even with that redheaded bounty hunter and her lawman husband. In cahoots with Del Rio, a human slave trafficker in Mexico, Kannon was on the hunt to deliver fresh new trinkets to Del Rio. Fourteen kids vanish from White River’s schoolhouse, including Hanah and Cotton Lovett. 

And the chase is on...

Will a determined bunch of kids become more trouble then a pound of pennies for Kannon? 

Will Rawley and Lacy find the kids in time? Or will they be lost forever? 

Receiving high acclaim for her western novels, author Juliette Douglas invites you to pick up the others in the Freckled Venom Series: Freckled Venom Copperhead, and Freckled Venom Copperhead Strikes. 

Saddle Up...Let’s Ride!

Perfume, Powder & Lead: Holy Sisters:

Something caught the corner of Daisy’s eye. She glanced toward it. Speaking softly she warned, “We got riders a’comin’.” Kip and Mitch looked over their shoulder at her and Hop Sing, then toward their left spotting the two on horseback riding closer. Recognizing the men, the two on the seat muttered expletives. “Crap…I knowed we shoulda kilt them back yonder…” Mitch grumbled. “We can’t out run ‘em…might as will sit and wait,” Kip said tugging gently on the reins bringing the chestnut to a stop and watching the men draw closer. “Got their rifles out.” “Those the ones…beat me…” Hop Sing added. “Daisy…pass us our guns.” “Are they loaded?” “Sheesh…hain’t ya ever heerd…never holster an empty gun? Yes…they’re loaded.” Daisy shrugged off the snippy comment from Kip and pulled two pistols out of the gun belts and passed them through the open slats of the seat back. Kip and Mitch tucked them up against their thighs and waited. Picking up a pistol, Daisy held it in her hands while she and Hop Sing also waited. Six people sat there eyeballing each other. A low breeze fluttered tendrils of loose hair around the girls’ faces. Daisy blew away a stray wisp from her mouth. The horses stamped impatiently, swishing agitated tails at flies settling on their backs from standing still. Kip broke the silence first. “Well…boys…” she intoned sarcastically. “I see ya found your horses.” Sliding her hand around the grip, Mitch’s finger slid into the trigger guard and rested against the half moon of cool metal. She noticed Kip did the same. Hop Sing whispered just loud enough for the three girls to hear. “Reward offered on them.” The girls jerked slightly hearing this bit of news. “How the hell you know that?” Mitch hissed out the corner of her mouth. “Saw posters…Rawlins.” “You can read English?” Daisy whispered. Shrugging, “Enough…” he replied. Sitting straighter in the saddle, his hand tightening around the stock of his rifle, Cleaver gazed spitefully at the foursome. “Peers ya found the Chink we left for dead…” “Peers too…you ain’t having such good luck here lately,” Kip taunted. “That’s about ta change,” Price threw out. “Really? You boys must be dumber ‘n stumps to try a’gin,” Kip retorted. “Thought you learnt your lesson back yonder.” Cleaver and Price shot a look at each other. “Naw…you wimen don’t scare us none…”

Stopping and reaching for the wall to her left, Daisy whispered, “There’s a lamp on the wall if we can find it…Mitch shut the door so they can’t see it from the outside.” Daisy’s hand continued to run lightly along the wall above her head searching for the lamp. “Don’t ya think we need to find some matches first?” Mitch retorted. “Ouch…” Daisy muttered. “What?” “Got a splinter,” replied Daisy trying to suck the piece of wood out of her finger. “The lamp’s right here,” Kip informed them. “Matches?” “Nope…Mitch go into the other room and see if you can find any…” Kip said. Rolling her eyes, Mitch muttered, “Next time we remember to bring matches,” turning and fumbling through the dark toward the lobby, her hands stretched before her. Palms pressed against the door framework, she peered through the blackness and tried to vision what was where when they had entered the bank in the daylight. “I should’a paid closer attention…” she mumbled. “Find the matches yet?” Came a loud whisper from Kip. “Hell…no…” “Well…hurry up…we ain’t got all night!” “Sheesh…I’m walking blind here and you want me to hurry up?” Daisy snickered. “I heard that…ya little pipsqueak,” Mitch griped. Shaking her head in aggravation, she moved forward gingerly. Something clattered followed by soft expletives. Another crash sounded and the air filled with the smell of coal oil. Kip whirled around and bumped into Daisy who fell on her butt with a thud and an oww… Not knowing where Daisy was, Kip stumbled over her lying on the floor tumbling head first in the darkness landing on top of Daisy. “Dammit…Kip! Watch what you’re doing! You kicked me in my ribs!” “Sheesh…can’t see a blasted thing!” Rising, she fumbled to find Daisy’s hand to help her to stand calling out to Mitch in the other room, “What the hell happened out there?” “I found them,” Mitch answered excitedly. She began making her way back to the tomb like hallway closing the door behind her. She struck the match against the wall and the phosphorous flared, illuminating three faces with grins plastered. She quickly moved to the lamp on the wall, lit the wick and the room brightened. Turning to her friends, “Now…let’s get this bank robbed!”

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Hang 'Em High, Check your six shooters at the door.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Author Karen Vaughan is in the Spotlight!


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
Right after I finished writing Dead on arrival 10 years ago but before that I just wrote to amuse myself.

How long does it take you to write a book? Anywhere between 6 months to a year from first draft to editing. Although I did manage to write a first draft in 6 weeks FOR LEFT FOR DEAD and I completed a book for NaNoWri in 30 days. Does that count?

What is your work schedule like when you're writing? 
I am not sure I really have a schedule per se but I try to write every evening when I am in the groove.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I am a pantser—I never plot beyond figuring out who the characters are and the general plots and sub plots. I just write and the characters butt their heads in and tell me what to do.  I also write long hand in a notebook and then dictate.

How do your books get published? I self-publish. My last 3 books are on KDP and the first 4 were with 2 different Print on demand publishers.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? Ideas come to me in the middle of the night or people feed me ideas. Characters will infiltrate my head. Like yo over here write this. I’m like that’s a great story!

When did you write your first book and how old were you? Ha I started writing DEAD ON ARRIVAL 11 years ago. I was 41 at the time.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? Colour, sketch, play computer games and sleep.

What does your family think of your writing? My brother and one of my sisters supports it. Hubby’s family thinks it’s great. Hubs brags about it all the time. My daughter thinks it’s a neat hobby but was embarrassed by the love scenes on one of them. At 18, she felt weird reading that coming out of me.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?  I am a very sarcastic person and it comes out I my lead character Laura. I love writing dialogue. I have a quirky warped sense of humor.  I also write stand up comedy routines for myself.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Seven so far. My standalone DEAD COMIC STANDING is my favorite as it combines my love for writing books and comedy.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
If you get an idea go with it. Trust your gut! Never give up! Do not edit as you write just go with the flow. Listen to your characters. They know what they want!

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
They suggest stories for the series mostly. Ramp up the sex! They love the humor and “Laura's propensity to land in trouble like a porterhouse steak in a pack of Dobermans.”

Do you like to create books for adults? Yes but I would love to challenge myself by writing a YA novel.

What do you think makes a good story? A story-line people can relate to, like love or a tragedy. A balance of humor, romance and suspense, family drama.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be language teacher at first and then a travel agent.

Any books in the works?
I have 2 done and need to be formatted. They are standalones for now but one of them would work in a series. I am also working on book #7 in the series for Laura and Gerry.

What are your plans for the future?  I will keep writing until I can’t see to type or dictate or completely lose my marbles.




Gerry arrived at Peters place, albeit later that he had said. He was accustomed to just walking in, as Pete never locked up. Gerry, Laura and his ex-girlfriend Elaine had ragged on him for his lack of security in regards to personal safety.
"Pete your place is a home invasion waiting for a place to happen." He ignored them, stating he had nothing worth stealing. Eventually, the group gave up, telling him to be more careful.

He had been off work from his job and the lumber yard. Funds were drying up and he was on the verge of having to work at Home Depot or similar places. After their ball hockey game, he and Gerry were going there with resumes in hand.

"Hey Pete, it's me. Let's go man. We have asses to kick." Getting no answer, he shoved the side door open on the way into Pete's place. Something was off, Gerry had a knot in his stomach. He got every time he knew something was very wrong. His worst fears were confirmed when he saw the devastation in the room. His cousin lay prone on the floor with his face beaten to a pulp. The knot in his gut went straight to his throat. Gerry wanted to wail, but he had to check his cousin out first. There was a pulse but it was thready. "My God, who did this to you, and why?” What crap had his cousin gotten himself into, to get him beaten up this badly?
Gerry got himself together enough to call 911. While he sat around and waited. He called Laura and told her what happened.
"Cookie! Something happened to Pete. You've got to come home and bring Elaine."
Laura asked what was wrong.
"I came in and found him beaten up. I hear the ambulance now, gotta go. I'll call you back when I know more.”

Author Karen Vaughan's Bio: 

Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ. She is the mom of a 26-year-old daughter and four grown step children, a new granddaughter and a 6-year-old grandson named Ike. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family and online gamers.  She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her third book and sequel to DEAD ON ARRIVAL is called OVER HER DEAD BODY. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series and was released in May 2013. Other than writing Karen loves to read, do crafts, colour and play online games. Besides being an author review and blogger, Karen has hosted a radio show WRITERS ROUND TABLE since January of 2014.  She has a quirky sense of humor and shows this in her mysteries
Left for dead is the 6th book available in THE LAURA & GERRY SERIES.

Author Karen Vaughan is presented in this blog by: 
The Owl Branch Book Promotions