5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Novels & Novellas

Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here.

What I’m after is your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

  • Click here for Fiction – children’s / Y.A.
  • Click here for Fiction – poetry
  • Click here for Fiction – script
  • Click here for Fiction – short stories / flash fiction
  • Click here for Non-fiction
Fiction – prose (novels & novellas)
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Aggie VillanuevaRightfully Mine: God’s Equal Rights Amendment (religion & spirituality) – why should my father’s name be wiped from Israel because he bore only daughters?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Alan PlaceChronicles of Mark Johnson (fantasy/horror) – the story of a photographer-turned-demon hunter trying to fight his demons. This book can be read as individual short stories or novel chapters.
  • Did we see him? (horror) – mystery of the Victorian era turned into a time travel story.
  • Holding Richmond (horror) – this is an alternate history story about the Battle for Richmond during the American Civil war. Not for fans of Twilight (Alan says).
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Alana Woods: Automaton (thriller, legal) – won the Fast Books Prize for best Australian self-published fiction.
  • Imbroglio (thriller, suspense) – fancy swimming with sharks? No? Neither does Noel, but some things are unavoidable.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Andrew BarrettA Long Time Dead (crime/mystery/thriller) – Conniston pits his forensic skills against the evidence that arrested him.
  • Stealing Elgar (crime/mystery/thriller) – Conniston battles merciless enimies and criminals as England’s most shocking robbery explodes.
  • No More Tears (crime/mystery/thriller) – Conniston hunts a gang of savage killers. Is determination enough this time?
  • The Third Rule, link t.b.a. (crime/mystery/thriller) – Collins discovers the truth, and fights a one-way trip to the slaughterhouse.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Anna PatricioAsenath (historical) – a fictional memoir of the Egyptian priestess who married Joseph the dreamer.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Anne R. Allen: The Best Revenge (romantic comedy/mystery) – Perennially down-and-out socialite Camilla Randall is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong. Available from Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble.
  • Food of Love (romantic comedy/thriller) – someone’s trying to kill the Princess – because she got fat? There’s a small nuclear bomb… Available from Amazon.com (eBook), Amazon.co.uk (eBook), Amazon.com (paperback), Amazon.co.uk (paperback) and Barnes & Noble.
  • The Gatsby Game (romantic comedy/mystery) – based on a real unsolved Hollywood mystery. Chick Lit noir. The nanny didn’t do it! Available from Amazon.com (eBook), Amazon.co.uk (eBook), Amazon.com (paperback), Amazon.co.uk (paperback), Kobo and Barnes & Noble.
  • Ghostwriters in the Sky (romantic comedy/mystery) – murder at a Writers Conference. Is it ghosts, gangsters, gay cowboys, or the bogus agent? Available from Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
  • Sherwood, Ltd (romantic comedy/mystery) – penniless socialite becomes a 21st century Maid Marian, but is “Robin” planning to kill her? Available from Amazon.com (paperback), Amazon.co.uk (paperback), Barnes & Noble (FREE), and Smashwords (FREE).
  • Camilla Randall Mysteries Box Set – all three Camilla adventures in one low-priced set. Available from Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Arabella SheratonMarried at Midnight – an inheritance depends upon a marriage at midnight… but the bride is already married!
  • The Dangerous Duke – a Dowager Duchess, her beautiful Companion, and the duke who appears to dislike her intensely.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Barbara Ann Derksen: Fear Not – Brian and Andrea journey to clear a friend of murder but discover much more.
  • Presumed Dead – Andrea and Brian search for a missing DEA agent undercover in a biker gang for two years.
  • Vanished – death, fire, and kidnapping send Andrea and Brian to uncover a diabolical plot against blacks.
  • Barbara’s books are available via Amazon.co.uk as e-books with paperbacks from Amazon.com.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Bob FreyThe DVD Murders (mystery) – someone is killing the A-list actors of Hollywood & leaving a DVD at the crime scene.
  • The Bashful Vampire Murder & The Comic Book Murders (mystery) – Detective Frank Callahan is back in two hybrid, contemporary crime fiction stories.
  • Supermale’s Gone and Left Us (satire) – if there really was such a thing as a superhero, what problems might he face?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Chaz WoodTrinity Chronicles: Maranatha (thriller/mystery) – ‘The Lord Cometh’ but is it the Second Coming, or the Fourth Reich?
  • Trinity Chronicles: Venus in Saturn (thriller/horror) – Horror, both personal and professional, haunts the life and mind of forensic investigator Vanessa Descartes.
  • The Wish and the Will: Sundancer’s Regret Episode 1 (fantasy/steampunk) – welcome to Middengarth, where fairytales are history, and magic still lingers in the air (episodes 2 and 3 also available).
  • The Black Flag (graphic novel/sci-fi/thriller) – love, death, and anarchy in the U.K… led by Georgina Macdubhgaill, eco-activist and possible goddess.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Cyra McFaddenThe Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County (humour) – The Serial mercilessly satirises the inhabitants of Marin County, California in counter-culture-gripped 1976.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • C.S. LakinInnocent Little Crimes (psychological mystery/suspense) – six unsuspecting guests, a dish of revenge—a recipe for disaster and death.
  • Intended for Harm (family drama/mystery) – a family saga of pain and loss that leads to faith and comfort.
  • Conundrum (mystery/women’s fiction) – a young woman’s search to uncover the mystery behind her father’s death 25 years ago.
  • The Map across Time (fantasy) – a sweeping epic of unfailing love and trust, in which the “insignificant” have merit and purpose.
  • Someone to Blame (contemporary fiction/mystery/suspense) – a family reeling in pain moves to a small town to heal, only to get in the midst of trouble.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Dale T Phillips: A Fall From Grace (mystery) – Zack Taylor must clear a woman accused of murder, against a whole town of suspects. Available from Amazon and Smashwords.
  • A Memory of Grief (mystery) – Troubled ex-con Zack Taylor faces danger while seeking the truth about his friend’s death. Available from AmazonBarnes & Noble and Smashwords.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • David Knop: Mining Sacred Ground (mystery/thriller) – former Marine cop, battles self-doubt, hostile law enforcement, and a killer through Arizona backcountry.
  • Poisoned by God’s Flesh (mystery/thriller) – cop confronts gun-slinging hijackers of a nuclear weapons transporter in New Mexico’s unnamed, red-robed canyons. Both mystery/thrillers are published by BookBaby.com and are available in ebook format at Amazon.comBarnes and NobleThe CopiaKobo, and iTunes.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Debra Forch BensonPerfect Wedding (general fiction novella) – will Leah’s father walk her down the aisle to marry the man of her heart?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Dennis KitainikHigher Than an Eagle: A Wings of Mercy Novel (disaster/rescue adventure) – a rescue team must fly through an Arctic cyclone to save a badly wounded scientist.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • E.R. YatscoffOld Flames (adult mystery) – to some a hero, to others, a murderer.  Fire Captain Ormond hides a deadly past.
  • Gerry’s War (adult suspense) – fire chief battles extortion, bribery, and embezzlement, along with the Red Mafiya.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Erica MinerMurder In The Pit (murder mystery) – a young violinist investigates the high profile murder of a world-famous opera conductor. Available in paper, Kindle, iBooks and all electronic formats.
  • Travels With My Lovers (romance) – a young mom goes on a journey of self-discovery in the romantic capitals of Europe. Available in paperback..
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Ethan JonesArctic Wargame (spy thriller) – Three Canadian secret agents must save their country from an Arctic threat.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Fiona Veitch SmithThe Peace Garden (romantic thriller) – a romantic thriller doused in political intrigue, racial tension, international terrorism and… gardening!
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Frank F. FioreBlack Sun (action/adventure) – who’s plotting to create a second holocaust in Europe?
  • Cyberkill (action/adventure) – how far will an Artificial Intelligence go for revenge?
  • Seed (action/adventure) – what are people being murdered for what they found in the Hopi End Times Prediction?
  • A Taste of the Apocalypse (action/adventure) – is Jesus’ body buried here on Earth?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Gary Showalter (blog): The Big Bend (mystery) – series of murders prompts Terry Rankin to go after the killers. Available as paperback and Kindle formats.
  • Hog Valley (mystery) – the involvement of drug money in the Florida banking industry and the theft of millions from a US Army cash warehouse in Kuwait leads to murder in Florida. Available as paperback and Kindle formats.
  • Twisted Key (mystery) – a kidnapping that never happened, and a treasure ship that shouldn’t exist, rip the masks off and let evil out to play in the Florida sun. Available as paperback and Kindle formats.
  • Lonesome Cove (mystery) – Terry Rankin’s new client turns out to be somewhat less and somewhat more than he seems to be. And there’s three tons of gold missing, too. Available as Kindle format only.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Gregory AllenWell With My Soul (literary/gay themed) – family drama of two brothers and how choices they make follow them for years.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Ian KiddBloodlust (erotic horror) – a seductive but murderous lesbian vampire comes a cropper with her latest target.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Jean HarringtonDesigned for Death (cozy mystery) – Deva Dunne knows the devil’s in the details, but not that the devil’s stalking her.
  • Monet Murders (cozy mystery) – A stolen masterpiece, a dead woman, a killer on the loose.  This devil means murder.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • JD MaderJoe Café (crime / thriller) – murder, mobsters, strippers, and fly fishing (oh my). Postmodern noir.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Jennifer WordThe Poe Toaster (historical fiction / horror novella) – the last week of Edgar Allan Poe’s life is completely unaccounted for… until now.
  • All Because of the Cat (horror novella) – when a man is stalked by a monster, only his cat can save the day.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Jenny Worstall: Make a Joyful Noise (romantic comedy) – a sparkling mixture of romance, music and humour with characters mercilessly sent up by author. Available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • J Griffith Mitchell: Death in Edenville (crime) – child commits a heinous crime. Townspeople question justice and commit an equally unspeakable crime.
  • The House of Indiscretions (Family Saga/Women’s Fiction) – she retains her mansion through blackmail, prostitution, running a speakeasy, then discovers its real purpose.
  • Jeremiah Bascomb – a Heart Divided (Family Saga) – a runaway orphan, through fate and his own efforts, becomes a business mogul by forty.
  • Pola – a Biographical Novel (Biographical Fiction) – from poverty to ballerina to stage actress to movie superstar and princess.
  • The Royle Blue Bloods (Family Saga/Women’s Fiction) – a dysfunctional four-generation family eventually destroys itself through greed, blackmail, deceit, suicide, and murder.
  • J Griffith Mitchell’s books are available from Amazon.comBarnes and NobleKobo BooksGoogle Books, and iBooks.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Joan H YoungNews from Dead Mule Swamp (cozy mystery) – Anastasia Raven #1 a hundred-year-old newspaper is stolen  But what old news could be dangerous?
  • The Hollow Tree at Dead Mule Swamp (cozy mystery) – Anastasia Raven #2 Ana catches Jimmie Mosher hiding money. What else is the boy hiding?
  • Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp (cozy mystery) – Anastasia Raven #3 Star and Sunny’s mother disappeared years ago. Enter: an exuberant Irish Setter.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • John C BirdAristocrat at Large (comedy thriller) – a naive young Englishman finds fun, romance and danger in the American West.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Joy V SmithHidebound (science-fiction ebook) – after Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.
  • Sugar Time (science-fiction audiobook) – three time-travel stories: “Sugar Time”, “Flight Test”, and “Return to Neander”.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Kathryn Elizabeth JonesConquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones (Christian Fiction) – Virginia Bean meets God. How will the five stones help her to overcome?
  • Scrambled (cozy mystery) – a middle-aged woman who has left her husband meets up with death in an old hotel.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Kimberley Payne (Fit for Faith and Return Home and Tell blogs): Tooth for Tooth – life finally looks safe for Heather Williams until her daughter reveals a terrifying secret. Available via Smashwords and Amazon.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • K. S. BrooksLust for Danger (action-adventure) – Special Agent Kathrin Night tries to prevent terrorists from commiting mass-murder.
  • Kiss of Night and Night Undone (suspense / romance) – Special Agent Kathrin Night deals with life after an injury-induced early “retirement”.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Kurt KammCode Blood (thriller) – lives of a paramedic, stemcell researcher and vampire wannabe collide in this L.A. noir novel.
  • One Foot in the Black (firefighting adventure) – a turbulent, thoughtful story of putting out fires, both personal and professional (Kirkus Discoveries).
  • Red Flag Warning (serial arson mystery) – who is trying to burn down Malibu?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Lauren Grimley: Unforeseen (urban fantasy/paranormal romance) – hunted for her gift and haunted by her dreams, Alex is driven to fight. Available from Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & Noble and Smashwords.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Linda M JamesThe Invisible Piper – 1940. An endearing cockney boy changes the life of a  war-torn family for ever.
  • Tempting the Stars – 1944. One man’s inspirational struggle to survive in a world which judges us by how we look.
  • The Day of the Swans (to be published July 2012) – if memories give you your identity, what happens if someone gives you false ones and makes you believe them?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Maggie Bishop (blog): Appalachian Paradise (romance) –  good ole boy meets high powered career woman for five-day backpacking trek. Available as Kindle and paperback formats.
  • Emeralds in the Snow (romance, mystery) – treasure hunt, emerald mines, downhill skiing and cold case entangle rich woman and poor man. Available as Kindle and paperback formats.
  • Murder at Blue Falls (cozy mystery) – the horse finds a body during trail ride at dude ranch; woman sleuth investigates. Available as Kindle and paperback formats.
  • One Shot too Many (book 3) (cozy mystery) – photography group meets at dude ranch, shot kills, Detective Tucker takes lead. Available as Kindle and paperback formats.
  • Perfect for Framing, (book 2) (cozy mystery) – trouble brewing in the Property Owners’ Association; CSI wannabe Jemma Chase investigates. Available as Kindle and paperback formats.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Marc NashA,B&E (contemporary fiction) – a gangster’s moll with a contract on her head hides out in island Greece.
  • Not In My Name (political fiction) – internet terrorist grooming, no one is who they say they are
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Marietta Miemietz: Off-site (financial / thriller) – banker attends secluded team-building off-site meeting. Strange things happen, leaving her in mortal danger. Available on Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukAmazon.de (as ‘Das Seminar’), Amazon.frAmazon.esAmazon.it.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Marja McGrawThe Bogey Man – A Sandi Webster Mystery (mystery) – Sandi Webster deals with a wannabe private eye who’s a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart.
  • Old Murders Never Die – A Sandi Webster Mystery (mystery) – Sandi Webster becomes stranded in a ghost town haunted by unsolved Old West murders.
  • Bogey Nights – A Bogey Man Mystery (mystery) – see what happens when you find a body that’s been buried in your basement since 1942.
  • Bogey’s Ace in the Hole – A Bogey Man Mystery (mystery) – ride along in Chris’s 1950 Chevy while he tries to find a killer and a potential victim.
  • Click here for Marja’s Amazon author page.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Marla MadisonShe’s Not There (suspense) – abused women are going missing. Is a predator targeting them?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Michael BrookesThe Cult of Me (supernatural) – By entering people’s minds he tormented them. Then things got interesting..
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Michael NicholsonPilgrims Rest (historical fiction) – The story of Mary, a Welsh widow, who resolves to forge a new life with her children in 1870s South Africa.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Michele DrierEdited for Death (traditional mystery) – an art theft in WWII leads to three murders 60 years later in California.
  • SNAP: The World Unfolds (vampire romance) – Maxie finds more than she expected when she begins working for international celeb media SNAP.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Morgen Bailey: The Serial Dater’s Shopping List (chick-lit) – Northampton technology journalist Isobel McFarlane is set the task to date 31 men in 31 days, what could possibly go wrong? Available from Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com and Smashwords.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Neal JamesA Ticket to Tewkesbury (spy thriller) – who will find the secret documents vital for the national security of modern-day Britain?
  • Two Little Dicky Birds (crime) – a killer stalks the streets of England. Can the Met catch him before more people suffer?
  • Threads of Deceit (crime) – James Poynter’s thirst for revenge brings the futures of all connected to a tipping point.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Neil L. Yuzuk & David A. YuzukBeachside PD: The Reluctant Knight (thriller / mystery / police procedural; details on their website) – a compelling novel of corruption, murder, unforgettable characters, intriguing romance and redemption.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Nick CookAggressor (action) – three men find and rescue hostages taken in the Middle East, following the Gulf War.
  • Angel, Archangel (action) – two British spy pilots defuse a Russian scheme in World War Two.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Nick OrsiniFingerless Gloves (young adult fiction/urban fiction) – Tonight will be the most difficult night in 25-year-old Anton Duchamp’s life.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Nicole Dunlap: Miss Nobody (drama/family saga) – Charlene runs away from home and a fear that shakes her very core…seeing her daughter. Available from Amazon and Smashwords.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Nigel Hey: Wonderment (biography/memoir – Matador Oct 1 2012): Globetrotter writer’s adventurous life story interleaves career, domestic life, and departures from the expected. Available from Amazon (including Kindle), B&N, etc.
  • The Star Wars Enigma (Cold War History – Potomac Books, ̣̣̣2006): Reagan’s hoax? The little-known political and scientific inside story of the 1980s Strategic Defence Initiative. Available from Amazon (including Kindle), B&N, etc.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Nina MunteanuDarwin’s Paradox – released in 2007 by Dragon Moon Press. An environmental thriller that explores the merger of machine intelligence with an intelligent virus.
  • Angel of Chaos – released in 2010 by Dragon Moon Press. In this prequel to Darwin’s Paradox  an environmental disease changes the evolution of humanity.
  • Outer Diverse (Book One of the Splintered Universe Trilogy) – released in 2011 by Starfire World Syndicate. A paranormal space thriller about a hard-boiled female detective who must solve a religious massacre. Nina also blogs at The Alien Next Door.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Phyllis J BurtonA Passing Storm (romance/suspense) – Jennifer Redmond is in hospital suffering from amnesia. When her memory returns she remembers why she was running away.
  • Paper Dreams (romance/suspense) – Katie Nicholson discovers evidence of a past scandal and her life is put in mortal danger! Published by Matador (Troubador) December 2011.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • P W FoxSea Change (fantasy) – overcoming betrayal and death, Selena uses magic and races the moon for escape and vengeance.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Robert FordThe King of Spain (literary fiction) – a debut novel set in the not-too-distant future, with unworldly Sam as its hero.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Rosanne DingliDeath in Malta (mystery – BeWrite Books) – a lonely novelist flees to Malta, where a missing boy and a woman prove confounding. You had me at ‘Novelist’.
  • According to Luke (romantic thriller – BeWrite Books) – murder, extortion and forbidden love overwhelm Jana when an ancient icon reveals a dangerous secret.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Rudy A. Mazzocchi (blog / trailer): Equity of Evil (medical thriller) – based on true events, this novel involves some of the world’s oldest, most emotional and controversial issues. Available from AmazonBarnes & Noble and OmniLit.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Sarah Baethge: The Speed of Darkness (sci-fi / fantasy – available from Amazon & Smashwords) –what happens when closely guarded secrets are thrown away to prevent what seems wrong?
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Sarah EnglandExpected (comedy) – Sam Sweet doesn’t want a husband or kids, just a job and a cowboy!
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Sheron Wood McCarthaA Dangerous Talent For Time (science fiction time travel adventure) – a renegade Talent is loose in the past and destroying the future. Can solving a hidden riddle save it?
  • Caught In Time (science fiction time travel adventure) – time traveler Rowyna Grae journeys 1,000 years into the medieval past to save the future. Will love trip her up? Also available as a paperback.
  • Cosmic Entanglement (science-fiction) – An alien probe crashes on Alysia. Adversaries Ching T’Karre and the Democratic Union work together on space program to protect their world. Politics, mayhem, murder and romance ensue. Sheron also blogs at http//www.scifibookreview.com.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • SL Dwyer (and blog): Dirt (YA & adults, available on Amazon and Smashwords) – It’s 1933 and newly-orphaned Sammy begins to live a lie and all its consequences.
  • For Benny (mainstream drama) – a mother’s plans for revenge takes an unexpected turn forcing her to make a decision.
  • If Truth Be Known (action/adventure, available on Amazon and Createspace) – Casey must find the meaning of the mysterious Mayan symbol while trying to stay alive.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Stacy JubaSink or Swim (mystery / romantic suspense) – a personal trainer attracts a stalker after appearing on a reality TV show.
  • Twenty-Five Years Ago Today (mystery / romantic suspense) – a newspaper editorial assistant investigates an unsolved murder and falls for the victim’s nephew.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Sue MargolisApocalipstick (chicklit) – will Rebecca win the recognition she yearns for and get the man of her dreams?
  • Neutorica (chicklit) – Anna commits adultery for the pure joy of it: fast, funny, shocking and unputdownable.
  • Sisteria (chicklit) – the hilarious novel about Finchley-dwelling Jewish housewife’s family life.
  • Spin Cycle (chicklit) – Rachel, a cleaner and professional stand-up comedian, meets a sexy washing machine repair man.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Suzan TisdaleLaiden’s Daughter (eBook, paperback due in March 2012, historical romance) – she believes men are not honorable nor are they kind – he proves her wrong.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Terry W Ervin IIFlank Hawk (the first in the First Civilization’s Legacy series) – an action-adventure post-apocalyptic fantasy where magic exists and ogres are more than a child’s nightmare.
  • Blood Sword (the second in the First Civilization’s Legacy series) – Flank Hawk, Grand Wizard Seelain’s mercenary guard, faces peril seeking the malevolent Blood Sword’s return.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • TL SpencerBlood Prophecy: The Fated Three (vampire) – with vampires and werewolves around every corner, Selene must make a choice between love, death and the fate of the world.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Toni Weymouth: Deadly Vibrations (Amazon / Smashwords / soft cover; erotic suspense) – the Wilde Sisters band together to ferret out sex toy mischief, mayhem and murder.
  • Easy Entry (Amazon / soft cover; romantic suspense) – a therapist and her dog find danger while travelling in a caravan across the county.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Tristram La RocheOn My Knees (M:M/gay/contemporary romance) – when Mark meets a handsome stranger at the gym, he realises he’s gay not weird.
  • Lorenzo il Magnifico (M:M/gay/contemporary romance) – can a holiday fling with sexy Florentine waiter Lorenzo change Luke’s humdrum life?
  • Fixed (M:M/gay/contemporary romance) – he’s broken, but an unexpected meeting with an old friend breathes new life into Mike.
  • The Hun and The General (M:M/gay/historical romance) – when two powerful men share an intimate secret, the course of history may be changed.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Vincent MiskellGodspeed Inc.: A Naomi Kinder Adventure (science fiction free ebook) – set in 2097, Naomi must race to Umbriel to save the solar system.
  • Rescuing the Future:  A Naomi Kinder Novel (science fiction novel) – Naomi travels to the 24th century to stop a nanobot takeover of Earth.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Will le FlemingCentral Reservation (general fiction) – a gripping tale of haunting and the search for identity in a world on fire.
  • you could have your novel listed here
  • Yvonne Hertzberger: Back From Chaos: Earth’s Pendulum, Book One (epic fantasy – available from Amazon as an eBook and pBook) – sometimes destiny chooses the unlikeliest of heroes – assassin and spy. But the goddess needs him.
  • Through Kestrel’s Eyes: Earth’s Pendulum, Book Two (epic fantasy – available from Amazon as eBook and pBook) – Liannis, seer, must face tests and self-doubt to help restore the Balance. Time is short.
  • you could have your novel listed here

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Guest post: How to Eat (or write) a Book: Probing the Pros and Problems of Prologues by Lauren Grimley

Tonight’s second guest blog post, on the topic of prologues, is brought to you by urban fantasy author Lauren Grimley.

How to Eat (or write) a Book: Probing the Pros and Problems of Prologues

Like most writers, I’ve spent hours researching my craft. I’ve read agents’ websites, blogs of established authors, and books on writing and publishing. I also attended conferences and workshops run by writers and agents. I learned early on that tastes vary. There are few hard and fast rules for anything related to writing. In the same conference an agent will espouse the importance of doing something one way, and a writer will enter the room and tell you to ignore everything you just heard. However, study enough and some general consensuses begin to emerge. One area most agree on is the use of prologues, or rather the misuse of prologues.

Their biggest problem with prologues is that they come before the rest of the book. Yes, this is inherent to prologues, but the problem is that in today’s market, when consumers are flooded with choices, most writers and agents agree that a writer has about two pages to sell a book. Those crucial first pages need to establish setting and tone, introduce an interesting main character, and have enough action or intrigue to hook a potential reader. If the first two pages are prologue, that doesn’t always happen.

So as readers should we kiss the days of prologues goodbye? As writers should we avoid them like dream sequences or dialogue tags? Is this too a matter of taste or a hard and fast rule? Well, in my opinion, while most meals are best eaten course by course, there are times when it’s not just okay, but downright decadent to break the rules and devour a meal or a book out of order.

Deciding when a prologue will work starts with determining what type of prologue you’re writing. By definition, the events of the prologue should take place prior to the events of the main story. I call this an appetizer prologue. Depending on your server, appetizers can be served long before the meal or just seconds before the main course arrives. Appetizer prologues usually provide backstory about the main character from years earlier or from seconds before the story begins. As a reader, I love characters’ backstory, but, most of the time, I agree with the agents and other writer’s on this one. Backstory is usually best when worked into the plot later on. If it’s important enough to the main character’s life, they’ll think about it at some point in the story. That’s the place to put it in. If it’s not important enough for the main character to think back on it, then the reader doesn’t need to know it, especially in the opening pages. In this case, Mom was right, you need to let the readers’ save room for the main course.

Plenty of books, though, have prologues that don’t actually fit the traditional definition of describing events prior to the start of the story. Many writers use a prologue to introduce the conflict, often through the eyes of the antagonist. As a writer, the pull to do this is strong. Everywhere you read says to start with action, hook the reader, set up the tone. What better way to do this than to drop the reader into a scene with the bad guy being bad? It’s like giving the reader a taste of a spicy side dish. I did this myself in one of my drafts of my first book. Writing it was a great way to really get to know my antagonist, so naturally I thought reading it would have the same effect. The problem is that it draws the reader away from the main story and the main character. It’s also hard to write without giving away too much, too soon. You might pull the reader in with that zing, but then when they start chapter one that first bite might fall short. Better to build expectation and intrigue with a taste of the main dish. Make their mouths water with your main character. Save the heat for after they’ve whetted their palates. Unless…

Hey, there are exceptions to every rule. Books later in series and even sequels can successfully start with a side dish prologue. Readers of a series or sequel already know and, if they’ve continued to book two or beyond, presumably like the main dish. They know what to expect. Tone, setting, and characterization have been established in previous books, and although those things need to be further developed in a new book, readers can be side-tracked for a few pages without being overly jolted when the story returns to its main course. In these cases introducing a character who is new to the series piques readers’ interest by assuring them something different is in store for the main character.

Finally, we have dessert: it is by far my favorite course. As a reader, the climax is the triple-layer chocolate cake of a good book. Let’s face it, dessert is the real reason most of us go out to eat. So why not give readers a little dessert before the meal? Some writers do just that in their prologues, which aren’t actually prologues at all, but rather an excerpt from a crucial point later in the book. These dessert prologues are really teasers. They’re included to make the reader’s mouths or minds water for more. Stephanie Meyer did this in her obscenely successful Twilight series. As a reader of these books, I enjoyed this type of teaser, especially in the later books in the series, since I knew from reading book one, that the prologue would appear later. I remember reading the teaser/prologue of the final books and trying desperately to predict how the story would enfold. I think that’s the key if a writer wants to use the dessert prologue. The passage picked must only hint at what’s to come. You can’t actually hand the reader dessert first, or they’ll never eat their meal. But pass an artful dessert tray under their noses a few times and you’ll have them zipping through those other courses in unbridled anticipation.

So, to prologue or not to prologue? Readers’ tastes in books and beginnings vary as much as their tastes in food. You’re never going to please every reader with every decision. Some, like me, are happy to see the dessert tray first. Others like a little appetizer. Still others, which apparently include most agents, are purists who like to start with a well-presented main course. Frankly, I think that if what you put on the plate is appetizing enough, it won’t matter to readers or agents what course you started with. Any great beginning to a book, be it prologue or main story, is a writer’s way of telling their reader “bon appétit.”

I’m off to have some Banoffee Pie. Thank you, Lauren. 🙂

Lauren Grimley lives in central Massachusetts where she grew up, but her heart is on the beaches of Cape Cod where she spends as much of her time as possible.  After graduating from Boston University she became a middle school English teacher.  She has her seventh graders to thank for starting her on this path; it was they who convinced a rather skeptical new teacher vampire stories were worth reading.  She now spends her time writing them when she should be correcting papers. If she finds free time beyond these activities, she’s likely to spend it on a beach with a book and bottle of wine close by.

Teaser for Unforeseen, the first book of an adult urban fantasy series:

Alex was quite sure gifted was a term delusional parents applied to their strictly average children, vampires were gorgeous dead guys in her eighth-grade girls’ novels, and Seers was a middle schooler’s misspelling of a department store known for power tools. Teachers, however, don’t know everything–it’s Alex’s turn to be educated.

Running alone the night before school ends, Alex is violently attacked. Regaining consciousness, she finds herself in the home of the Rectinatti Regan, the leader of one of two covens of vampires battling nightly on the streets of her city. If that discovery wasn’t enough to make her think she’d gone nuts, she realizes she’s sensing the emotions of another of the vampires as strongly as she feels her own. Discovering these creatures have the answers to what she is and why she was attacked, she decides she wants to stay, despite knowing it is a dangerous, possibly deadly desire.

You can find more about Lauren and her writing via…

Links to Unforeseen and “Unknown” (a short from later in the series):


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The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with poet Jeanne Buesser – the five hundred and thirty-fifth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.