It’s my party!


To celebrate the release of HUNTRESS in paperback. I’m having a party on the showcase.  This invitation is open to EVERYONE!
May 15th on FaceBook

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What is the showcase?

Here you will find special offers, free books, giveaways, book and author news and much more. We will also have events and author takeovers here and everyone is welcome.
This is a multi genre book group. Posts will need to be approved by admin.
Authors, if you or someone’s book is on offer, please share it with the group.
Readers have fun. scroll though this library of diverse fiction and please get involved with any discussions.

Join now and DON’T miss the fun!    SHOWCASE

There’s going to be games, prizes, silly fun and a few more surprises.

Hey! What are you doing here? The party has already started!

Huntress is a urban romance/MC thriller. Book two of the hit series…

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So proud my book made it onto this list!

Sunshine Somerville

Top 10 Favorite Indie or Small-Pub Books:

1:   Immanent Death.  It’s sad that this author is apparently not writing anymore.  The book is out of print, as far as I can tell.  My dad lost/ruined (I think) my copy.  But this book is absolutely the best I’ve read in terms of use of language and philosophy.  Read my review. 
2:   The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree.  If you’re a fan of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series, this book series is a wonderful way to fill that void.  It’s smart and funny and clever and truly inventive.  I picked the first book for this list cuz, well, it’s the first.  I’m reading the third currently.  Read my review.
3:   The Distant Sound of Violence.   This is a book that hits you in the feels.  It wasn’t at all what I was expecting and…

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Why I’m doing a #BookGiveaway (Psst. There are actually 2)

Sunshine Somerville

free-booksHere’s something the average reader may not know:  Most authors at some point think making our ebooks free seems like a good idea.  Once it’s free, we see a spike of downloads — “Look at my ranking! This is amazing!” …And then we don’t see much after that.  But we keep trying, because it’s a good way to get our books “out there” and maybe build up our audience.  And, quite frankly, everyone else is doing it so we feel like we have to or else we’ll get lost in the shuffle.

Unfortunately, ebook consumers are “trained” to look for freebies — “why pay $0.99 for a book that might be a dud when I can get this other one for free?”  But a lot of free ebooks get lost to the sad end of a rotating Kindle carousel, never to be looked at again.  Admit it, we all have them (I’m including…

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Book Release Day!!

Sunshine Somerville

“The Woman of the Void” is out now!  See here for details.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has read it and left reviews already!

I could not ask for a better start to my day than to wake up and read this blog review by Jason Greensides, a fellow #awethor I really, truly respect as a writer. Read his thoughts on “The Woman of the Void” and “The Kota” here.

Hope you enjoy!

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Re-Blog This! Indie Author Interview Collection

The Dichotomous Author

Today I am rolling out my new series, Re-Blog This! where I will concentrate on re-blogging interviews or promotions in an effort to further promote hard working authors. Today, I am going to concentrate on reblogging some interviews of some very awesome indie authors. I will post the links here, so feel free to read the interviews and get to know some amazing authors!

Lu Whitley

The first interview is with the lovely Lu Whitley who is extremely active in promoting indie authors and has recently become a friend. She has her book BloodMarked out on Amazon right now and it will be on sale for 99 cents August 7th – 11th. Mistral Dawn sat down with her recently.

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Lu also did an interview with Scribbling Owlet. Check out what she reads, what she doesn’t, and who her character…

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Presenting a Special Guest-CE Vance

Jessica Wren Fiction

Good evening, and please join me in welcoming a special guest. Meet CE Vance, author of How Maxwell Grover Stole My House.

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C.E. Vance is an avid reader and proud Indie author. Aside from dreaming up fantastical tales for her books, she also enjoys writing poetry and short stories. She loves all types of literature, but has a soft spot for children’s fantasy. “How Maxwell Grover Stole My House” is her debut novel and is the initial book in a trilogy for middle-grade readers. She happily resides with her husband and four children in Utah.

Additionally, Vance is also a fantastic supporter of indie authors via organizations such as IndieBooksBeSeen, Author Promo Co-op, and Get Down with the Awethors.

How Maxwell Grover Stole My House.

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Currently on sale at Amazon, How Maxwell Grover Stole My House tells the story of a ten-year-old boy who enlists his best friend’s help to…

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A True Masterwork: Paul Xylinides’s ‘An American Pope’ ★★★★★ by Jason Greensides

In recent years the lines between self-publisher and traditional publisher, author and reader, have become blurred.  Consequently, the word ‘masterpiece’ has been thrown around with abandon and thrust upon novels that don’t deserve it, a trend which has all but stripped the term of its gravitas and meaning.  Paul Xylinides’s indie debut novel, through the magic and skill of his stunning prose, attempts to show how sexual dysfunction and the weight of history have affected the methodology of the Catholic Church’s teachings, as well as the corruption of man’s soul and his separation from nature, and in doing so, not only fulfils the criteria of a great work, but is wholly deserving of the term ‘masterpiece’.

Early in An American Pope a notebook is unearthed.  It once belonged to a seventeenth century priest, Jocelyn LeBoeuf, who, after scandalous sexual relationships with two boys and a fellow priest, is exiled to America to engage the natives.  Father Mallory and Sister Marie-Ange Beaujolais have been brought together to research his life in order to see if LeBoeuf qualifies as a true martyr and therefore worthy of beautification and sainthood.  This is an attempt by a forward-thinking American pope to endorse the intermingling of the sacred and the profane in a modern world where sexual proclivities are diverse: ‘inclusiveness and controversy’ through the canonisation of LeBoeuf may help the church to increase Her stature and keep up with the times.

Well, the church isn’t quite there yet, a shortcoming felt by Mallory and Beaujolais who, throughout their investigation of LeBoeuf, grow close in a relationship poignantly described.  Indeed all the characters in the book who are connected to the church or its hieratic code find themselves on a creaking bridge between their duty and the demands of human sensuality and other everyday needs.  There is the obvious weighty turmoil that comes from this, although, surprisingly, humour also.  The comic and the absurd are present here, particularly in Father Florentino’s love of ‘chocolate’ and cigars, the significance of the finger-clad rings of the cardinals, and Cardinal Doggio’s courtship with Sofi.  But, of course, it is tragedy that remains predominant, particularly between a modern day priest and his love of a young boy – undeniably shocking – the gateway to Xylinides’s most courageous, original and staggering illumination of what might compel a priest to feel this way.  Xylinides, fully aware of how such events are portrayed by the media, takes great care to show how sexual abuse within the church might take place, all with the delicacy and expertise of a writer truly in command of their craft.

As already alluded to, sexual aberration, as seen through the church’s eyes, also affected the seventeenth century priest LeBoeuf, the true heart and most compelling character of this extraordinary novel.  He is featured in his own chapters, in which Xylinides gives us the most engaging, beautiful, weird, horrifying, hope-filled, and mysterious passages.  And as much as a meditation of faith and man’s place in nature, these parts of the book are simply a great adventure story in their own right – a Heart of Darkness written by a Cormac McCarthy on a very good day, a Blood Meridian at its most spectacularly beautiful.  Enigmatic and poetic, the following is LeBoeuf’s first contact with the natives:

“LeBoeuf… applied himself to deciphering the shadowy movements of the gathered forest when an overlay of cloud released the sun and its light reflected copper red in the undergrowth. Human skin made its appearance known as soon as he identified it, loin-clothed and daubed with earth colours. The raven hair put an eye in the deepest shadows. Poisonous hues across the brow gave warning and complemented the feathered heads of arrows clustered within easy reach above the shoulder.” — An American Pope

The natives themselves are also struggling to come to terms with this clash of cultures, these strange white people who killed their god only to then worship him.  As Sun Without Clouds says of them, “They are as much raccoon and wolverine as they are men – sly, lumbering and thievish.”  Later, however, the natives do find a degree of respect for these invaders, even if this does come from LeBoeuf’s use of a magnifying glass, after which they call him Fire From The Sky.

The journey of recognition and a mutual respect between Indian and white man is all played out through the wonderful scenes of camp life, clan wars, game-chasing, and surviving the harsh winter.  LeBoeuf has to survive the cold, the vast plains and the mysterious forest, as well as the tumultuous racking of his soul and a compulsion to align the spiritualism of his own European faith and the naturalistic essence of the natives.

Without doubt a masterpiece, An American Pope is a brilliantly written, thought-provoking and daring journey into the dark side of faith and an exploration of man’s place in the cosmos, and as such deserves not only your time, but recognition by the publishing industry as a great addition to literature itself.

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An American Pope is available from Amazon and Smashwords

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