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

So what I’m after is your name (listed above 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 books and free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page. Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. 🙂 Kindle Fiction recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast – short stories episode no.12

Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode number twelve went live today, Monday 18th June.

I’ve been starting off the first few weeks with the flash fiction that have appeared on my blog as ‘Flash Fiction Fridays’, reading out three per fortnight. Do email me (morgen@morgenbailey.com) should you like to submit your own. The podcast is available via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).

This episode’s were Bowed out (742 words) by novelist and short story author Marc Nash, Hachette (582 words) by comic fantasy (“and a little horror”) author Will Macmillan-Jones and Over by me, Morgen Bailey.

See the links above to read the stories… or hear my dulcet tones on the podcast.

Marc Nash is London born, bred and resident. He says he’s always resorted to the written word, thinking himself an observer by temperament. After a brief adolescent delusion that he could write lyrics, he passed over into writing stage plays for 10 years from University onwards and then when his twin boys arrived in the world meaning he couldn’t really hang around theatre bars at night, he tried his hand at prose fiction. His blog is www.sulcicollective.blogspot.com, he’s @21stCscribe on Twitter and is very active there. He has a couple of websites on the novels, http://marcnash.weebly.com and http://marcnashNIMN.weebly.com as well as a YouTube channel with 17 literature related videos (just type in sulci collective into the search function).

Will is a fifty-something lover of blues, rock and jazz. He presently lives in South Wales, and has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by extending his bookcases to fill one entire wall of his home office. Working as a professional tax consultant, he writes to escape the stultifying boredom of his job. He has an irregular blog, www.willmacmillanjones.wordpress.com where he “rambles incoherently about writing” and he can also be found at www.thebannedunderground.weebly.com.

I’m Morgen With An E, a writer of over 7 years (although I do remember writing a story about an ampersand when young and dabbling with limericks in my 20s, although I’ve always had my head in a book; formerly Stephen King but my tastes have softened somewhat… to crime and humour). I’m passionate about the craft, and wanted to share with you my knowledge and experience gleaned to-date, having studied under the tutorledge of Sally Spedding, Judith AllnattSue Moorcroft, Joanna Barnden, Jane Adams, and Myra Schneider, amongst many others (I love going to workshops and conferences) and most recently Helen M Hunt. I write fiction, mainly short stories and novels with some poetry, and have been published in the UK, and rejected in the UK and overseas. I’ve written four and a bit novels (three for NaNoWriMo) and the ‘bit’ is a conversion of my Script Frenzy 2010 script which I’ll continue at some stage. I post three to four items a day here (including interviews, guest blogs, author spotlights, flash fiction and poetry), have eBooks on Amazon and Smashwords including free eShort stories, the $0.99 Story a Day May 2011 collection I mentioned earlier and a 1,000 sentence start writer’s block workbook (which also includes over 50 weekly tips), again on Smashwords for $0.99.

 

Thank you for downloading / listening to this short story episode – I hope you enjoyed it. The next episode will be a hints & tips episode in a fortnight (when I’ll be talking about eBooks) then the short stories return a fortnight thereafter.

All the details of these episodes are listed on the podcast page of this blog and my email address to submit a short story for critique (or reviews for the Short Story Saturdays, mentioned below) is morgen@morgenbailey.com.

The podcast itself is available via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

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.

Flash Fiction Friday 032: ‘Bowing Out’ by Marc Nash

Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the thirty-second piece of flash fiction in this series. This week’s is a 742-worder entitled ‘Bowing Out’ by novelist and short story author Marc Nash.

Bowing Out

She sat where she had sat countless times before. In the harsh glare of the lights fringing her mirror. Fourteen naked bulbs to show her up in all her rawness. Stark like a Noh mask.

Fourteen interrogatory lamps burning into her face. Garlanding the looking glass, festooned like wedding arch colonnades. Though she’d only ever experienced those as scenery on the theatre stage. The lights so tightly focused, they barely penetrated the darkness beyond her.

Every evening and prior to matinees and premiers, her ghostly, disembodied head floated in the mirror as she caked it in thickly layered cosmetics. The bulbs’ other function, foreshadowing the dazzle out on the stage itself. If they couldn’t efface her features here at close range, then it augured well for her characterful expressions to prevail under the spotlights, tractor beamed in the footlights.

This particular mirror seemed as venerable as she. The glass had flowed, rucked and bubbled, like her own skin corrugated with wrinkles. Tarnished where the silvered paint had chipped or turned green with verdigris. Aping her liver spots and burst blood vessels. She loved the bulbs for blasting such imperfections away under their unforgiving blare. The mirror on her dresser at home was not nearly so forgiving.

It occurred to her that in all the years sat in place, she couldn’t ever remember a single bulb having popped. The divine power of the theatre, palace of illusion.

There was a time when other bulbs popped. Those of the Press cameras. Preview nights, gala performance evenings and end-of-run parties. Fluid, promiscuous alignments of leading men and first ladies, arm in arm with supporting cast members all beaming in the lens. Dissolved at the moment of the striking of the set, as each heads on to their next role. Another theatre, different dressing rooms. The same fourteen bulb guard of honour.

Sadly she had witnessed her own mind’s bulbs pop one by one. It was getting progressively harder to recall her lines. There were no unseen stagehands inside her head to replace the burned out filaments.

Now there was a dearth of good luck telegrams wedged into the mirror frame. While the best wishes cards accompanying bouquets of flowers had also dried up.

Neither wigs, nor curlers sat on her dresser. Simply not required any more. She could not get away with counterfeiting ages other than her true one, unlike in the past. Her skin so dried and cracked. Even the greasepaint could no longer suggest any glossy suppleness. It just seemed to disappear down the fissures in her brow and cheeks as it required ever greater volumes to recongeal her face whole. Far greater preparation time was demanded, when all she wanted to do was lie down on the ottoman and rest her weary eyes.

The cubicle was smaller than she was used to. No other background hubbub of fellow actors full of life and lusts. Exercising their voices along the full range. Practising the entire gamut of human emotion and intrigue beyond the world of the play, centred instead within these tiny rooms.

For she was of such an age now, whereby she only appeared in monologues. Wistful treatises of old women looking back on unfulfilled lives. Playwrights didn’t seem to credit the venerable woman with any ability to pursue relationships still. Seemingly audiences could only feel pity, not desire, at this juncture of her life.

Her hair pulled back by the band, face blanched or greyed out in hue, these were the only effects directors were after for her nowadays. Like a ghost. The bereft Trojan women. Her appearance was as if she had ceased the make-up process at the foundation stage. Her dressing robe and protective serviette towel barely having to be removed for the performance, as she played women confined to dressing gowns, asylum smocks or wrapped in a bed sheet.

She knew it wouldn’t be too much longer that she would be able to stare into that mirror and recognise the face staring back at her. Be it disguised or unadorned by emulsion. Her ministrations complete, she flicked the light switch off. The bulbs did not die immediately. She watched the reflected light in her satellite eyes fade gradually in the mirror. Until only the spectral outline of her death mask remained square in the flat plane of glass.

She was sat where she had sat countless times before, with only the green “Exit” light to illuminate her way.

I asked Marc what prompted this piece and he said…

I have always been fascinated by the multi-bulbed mirrors in theatre dressing rooms. Something about the bulbs being naked and so many, as well as how they frame the mirror like ivy. The many bulbs contrast with the single spotlight out on stage. And then there’s the transformation of the actor in the mirror under makeup and wigs.

Thank you, Marc.

Marc Nash is London born, bred and resident. He says he’s always resorted to the written word, thinking himself an observer by temperament. After a brief adolescent delusion that he could write lyrics, he passed over into writing stage plays for 10 years from University onwards and then when his twin boys arrived in the world meaning he couldn’t really hang around theatre bars at night, he tried my hand at prose fiction. His blog is www.sulcicollective.blogspot.com, he’s @21stCscribe on Twitter and is very active there. He has a couple of websites on the novels, http://marcnash.weebly.com and http://marcnashNIMN.weebly.com as well as a YouTube channel with 17 literature related videos (just type in sulci collective into the search function).

If you’d like to submit your 1,000-word max. stories for consideration for Flash Fiction Friday take a look here.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with writer and publisher Will Sutton – the two hundred and fifty-third of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers 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.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.

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 weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.