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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For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words (and post stories of up to 3,000 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 posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

Guest post: Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can Stay In Your Story by Nina Munteanu

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of characters, is brought to you by science fiction / fantasy author, writing coach guest blogger, interviewee and spotlightee Nina Munteanu.

Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can Stay In Your Story

Your story lives and breathes through your characters. Through them your premise, idea and your plot come alive. Characters give your story meaning; they draw in the reader who lives the journey through them. Without them you wouldn’t have a story—you’d have a treatise.

Here are some questions you need to ask each of your characters:

  1. Will the story fall apart or be significantly diminished if you disappear? If not, you don’t need to be there; you aren’t fulfilling a role in the book. Hugo award winning author Robert J. Sawyer reminds us that “story-people are made-to-order to do a specific job”: they tell a story. In real life, people may act through no apparent motivation, be confusing, incoherent and make pointless statements or actions. Story characters show more clear motivations, coherence, and consistency. They don’t clutter your story with muddle and confusion like real people do. They fit into your story like a major puzzle piece.
  2. What is your role? (e.g., protagonist, antagonist, mentor, catalyst, etc.). Each character fulfills a dramatic function in your story. You can’t just be there because you’re cute. Well, ok, maybe. But even being cute can and should provide a dramatic function in the story by exploring how that quality is viewed and treated by others. As with setting, which serves a similar purpose as character in story, every aspect of both minor and major characters interact with and illuminate story theme, premise and plot.
  3. What archetype do you fulfill? In the “hero’s journey” plot approach, each character fulfills one to several archetypes, which help define how they service the plot and theme of the story. The mentor archetype, for instance, generally believes in and enables the hero on his journey. The threshold guardian, on the other hand does not have faith in the hero and obstructs him on his journey. The hero archetype, usually on a quest (for truth, forgiveness, home, victory, faith, etc.), must negotiate her world of archetypes to reach her destination.
  4. How do you contribute to the major or minor theme of the book? This is particularly relevant for all major characters and their associated sub-plots. Sawyer stresses that “your main character should illuminate the fundamental conflict suggested by your premise.” All other characters, in turn, either help reflect the main character’s journey or the overall story premise and theme. If your book is about forgiveness, each character helps illuminate your exploration of this theme.
  5. Are you unique? If the reader can’t distinguish you from other characters, chances are you need to be eliminated because of point number 1 anyway. In order to contribute to story, characters must provide a sufficiently distinguishable feature, complete with sub-plot, on the story landscape. The more varied and rich the landscape is, the more interesting it will be. Fictional characters achieve distinction through individual traits that readers recognize and empathize with. Authors use vernacular and body language to achieve colorful fictional characters.
  6. Are you interesting? If you aren’t interesting to the reader, you won’t do your job. Readers need to notice you, distinguish you and find something about you that will keep their interest—even if it’s something annoying. Just remember to be consistent—unless inconsistency is part of your character.
  7. What is your story arc? Do you develop, change, and learn something by the end? If not, you will be two-dimensional and less interesting. This is just as true for minor characters as for main characters. The more characters the author imbues with the depth to develop, the more multi-layered the story will become. This is because each character and her associated arc provides her own perspective to the theme. This is what is truly meant by “richness” — not the richness of infinite detail, like a baroque painting, but of infinite meaning like an impressionist work. Choose your minor characters as you choose your major characters.
  8. What major obstacle(s) must you overcome? You need these to struggle and “grow” and change; otherwise there is no tension in the story, no development and movement and no story arc. Your character will be like a still-life with no movement, no direction and no interest. The more your character changes over a story, the more she will be noticed and remembered.
  9. What’s at stake for you (theme), and for the world (plot), and how do these tie together? If a writer is unable to tie these together in story, the story will fail to evoke emotional involvement and empathy. It will lack cohesiveness and will not give the reader a fulfilling conclusion with ultimate satisfaction through the character’s journey related to theme (the hero’s journey, essentially).
  10. Do you change from beginning to end? If you don’t develop throughout the story, then you aren’t growing as a result of the thematic elements and plot issues presented in the story. In other words, you haven’t learned your lesson. While it’s ok for some characters not to develop (e.g., to be one note or flat or plain old stubbornly the same) this is disastrous for any of your main characters. Just ensure that the changes you make your character go through are warranted and relevant to the theme.

Characters help the writer achieve empathy and commitment from the reader. Characters are really why readers keep reading. If the reader doesn’t invest in the characters, she won’t really care what happens next. It is important to be mindful of the emotional and narrative weight of a character and achieve balance between characters. For instance, the foil of the protagonist should carry equal weight; otherwise the reader won’t believe the match-up. Equally, a large cast—often used in epic fantasies or historical pieces—can be used successfully, but only if each character is given a clearly distinguishable personality and role.

That was great. Thank you, Nina!

nina-fireplace-crop01-close2-webNina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. In addition to five published novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world.

Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award and the Aurora Award, Canada’s top prize in science fiction.

Nina lectures at university and teaches writing workshops and courses based on her award-nominated textbook The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!

Last Summoner

Her award-winning blog The Alien Next Door hosts lively discussion on science, travel, pop culture, writing and movies. Visit www.ninamunteanu.com for more information and to book a coaching / workshop session or class with Nina.

Her latest book, just released this autumn by Starfire, is The Last Summoner, a historical fantasy about a young baroness who discovers she can alter history.

The book is currently enjoying Canadian Bestseller status at Amazon.ca in Historical Fantasy.

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If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please”.

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with fantasy and YA author Elaine Ouston – the five hundred and seventy-seventh 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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For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and 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 posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Non-fiction

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.

Non-Fiction (including auto/biographies)

Click here for Fiction – children’s / Y.A.

Click here for Fiction – novels & novellas

Click here for Fiction – poetry

Click here for Fiction – script

Click here for Fiction – short stories (includes flash fiction)

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.

** NEW!! You can now subscribe to this blog on your Kindle / Kindle app!

See http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008E88JN0

or http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008E88JN0 for outside the UK **

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel!) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.

For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and 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 posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

Guest post: Should You Judge a Book by its Cover? by Nina Munteanu

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of book covers is brought to you by science fiction and fantasy author, short story and article writer, blogger and teacher Nina Munteanu.

Should You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Most readers—me included—will pick a book off the bookstore shelf because its cover interests us: the title intrigues; the cover illustration attracts; the author’s name is one we trust.

If you don’t know the author of the book, the nature—and implied promise—of the cover becomes even more important.

If the book does not deliver on the promise of the cover, it will fail with many readers despite its intrinsic value. A broken promise is still a broken promise. I say cover, not necessarily the back jacket blurb, because the front cover is our first and most potent introduction to the quality of the story inside. How many of us have picked up a book, intrigued by its alluring front cover, read the blurb that seemed to resonate with the title and image, then upon reading our cherished purchase been disillusioned with the story and decided we disliked it and its author?

This is because, as readers, from the moment we pick up a book, we engage in a covenant with the story’s author (but in actual fact with the entire publishing company) for a story whose promise we have interpreted from its cover image, title and blurb. It begins with the cover. A book’s cover is its sales pitch: “This is what I’m about!” the cover proclaims in shades of color and texture. The cover sets the tone and attitude with which a reader will interpret the book’s title and back jacket blurb and its interior.

It had better be true.

Let me tell you a story…

Some time ago, a writer colleague of mine secured a New York agent—based on her excellent query and synopsis—for her imaginative dragon fantasy. The agent pitched the book to a large publishing company, who made my friend an offer, and the agent secured a three book deal on her behalf. My writing friend’s career as a published author was launched.

Because the publishing company was one of the large firms, my friend’s ability to participate—never mind influence—the cover design and blurb was restricted. Decisions lay in the hands of the people in the marketing department, who may or may not have read the book (most likely not). This is why it is so important to write a blurb / query / pitch that both scintillates AND accurately portrays the story. All too often, the marketing department misrepresents the story (to sell more books) and you end up with an unsatisfied reader. This is what happened to my friend. Through no fault of hers, the marketing people developed a cover that did not reflect the true nature of her story. The trilogy my friend had developed was a dark tale of deceit, betrayal and suffering. The cover portrayed a lively and sultry seductress, draped with flowing robes and bared thighs against her dragon; hardly the ponderous story shrouded within. The blurb at the back was sufficiently vague to aid and abet the deception.

What followed the book’s launch and accompanying ad campaign was a barrage of bad reviews and censure, unfortunately aimed mostly at the author.  It was unfortunate that my friend suffered the brunt of the accusations for breaking her promise to the readers, when she had done no such thing; her publisher and marketers had created false expectations. And now she was paying for it.

I, too, experienced the effects of mis-marketing. I’d written a dark science fiction romance that ended with resolution but was far from the traditional happy ending typical of a romance. The publisher marketed it as a romance with science fiction elements instead of a science fiction with romance elements. Reviewers applauded it but it bombed with romance readers, who expected a different kind of resolution. Science fiction readers, however, enjoyed it; they didn’t have the same expectations.

The take home lesson for writers is this: write a scintillating but accurate synopsis, blurb, pitch and query that clearly establishes your genre and audience. Chances are your publishers will use it in their marketing department. If you don’t get in with the “Big Boys”, and decide to go with the small presses, chances are very good that you will have more control over marketing and cover design; that is a big bonus. If you are like me, creative control of your intellectual property is more important than the big bucks you get at the expense of your art. Don’t give in to the temptations of wolf-marketing.

I’m still learning that lesson.

The take home lesson for readers is this: don’t judge a book by its cover; certainly pick up the book if it looks interesting, then read with an open mind and let the story take you to where it needs to, despite what you may have expected from the false advertising. Chances are, the unexpected journey visited upon you may be a welcome surprise. And don’t blame the writer for something he didn’t have control over.

I’m still learning that lesson too.

That was great, thank you, Nina!

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist.

In addition to five published novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world.

Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award and the Aurora Award, Canada’s top prize in science fiction.

Nina lectures at university and teaches writing workshops and courses based on her award-nominated textbook The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!  Her award-winning blog The Alien Next Door hosts lively discussion on science, travel, pop culture, writing and movies. Visit www.ninamunteanu.com for more information and to book a coaching/workshop session or class with Nina.

Nina’s latest book is Outer Diverse, Book One of her “Splintered Universe Trilogy”, a paranormal space thriller, starring the indomitable and magnetic hero Rhea Hawke.

Thirty years have passed since the mysterious Vos invaded the galaxy to destroy Earth. If not for the intervention of the arrogant Eosians, who drove away the Vos for the right to inhabit Earth, humanity would have perished. But not all of humanity is thankful…

Rhea Hawke, Galactic Guardian, must solve the massacre of an entire spiritual sect, dubiously connected with the crime syndicate Eclipse and the toxic drug Glitter Dust, the resurgence of a dark prophesy and the return of the cruel extra-galactic Vos.

Her quest for justice catapults her into the heart of a universal struggle across alien landscapes of cruel beauty toward an unbearable truth she’s hidden from herself since she first murdered an innocent man with her eyes.

“… a master of metaphor, Munteanu turns an adventure story into a wonderland of alien rabbit holes. When the action starts it goes into hyper-drive … A fascinating and enthralling read.” Craig H. Bowlsby, author and creator of Commander’s Log.

Outer Diverse is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. The cover art by Costi Gurgu was recently nominated for an Aurora Prix for best artistic achievement.

If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please”.

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with science-fiction / general fiction author Karen A Wyle – the four hundred and fifteenth 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.

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 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 flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

Author Spotlight no.78 – Nina Munteanu

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the seventy-eighth, is of Nina Munteanu.

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. In addition to eight published novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, Delta Optimist Reader’s Choice, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, Speculative Literature Foundation Fountain Award, and the Aurora Award, Canada’s top prize in science fiction.

Nina has published over a hundred articles and short stories since 1995. She is contributing author of Suite 101 and served as assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of DL Publishing in Palm Coast, Florida. Nina regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons, and serves as staff writer for several online and print magazines.

Nina lectured at colleges and universities for over twenty years. Nina has been providing personal coaching and group workshops for writers on all aspects of writing and publishing in fiction and non-fiction venues for over fifteen years.  Nina’s guidebook on writing, “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” was nominated for an Aurora Award. It is being used in several schools and universities. It was translated and published in Romania by Editura Paralela 45.

Nina’s award-winning blog The Alien Next Door hosts lively discussion on science, travel, pop culture, writing and movies.

And now from the author herself:

I’m a successfully published author with acclaimed novels, short stories and essays published all over the world.  But what if I told you that I never read as a kid, I was the worst speller in my school and I used bad grammar? I didn’t excel in typing class and practically failed English 101. Based on my Career Aptitude Test score, the school counselor recommended that I go into some trade like car mechanic.

Let me tell you a story… When I was ten years old, it was 1964 and I’d taken my favorite rock group’s song to heart, the Beatles’ “I Want to be a Paperback Writer”. It was an incredible moment of clarity for me and despite being challenged by my stern and unimaginative primary school teacher, who kept trying to corral me into being “normal”, I wasn’t going to let anyone stem my creativity and eccentric—if not wayward—approach to literature, language and writing.

As a teenager, I wrote, directed and recorded “radio plays” with my sister. When we weren’t bursting into riotous laughter, it was actually pretty good. She and I shared a bedroom in the back of the house and at bedtime we opened our doors of imagination to a cast of thousands. We fed each other wild stories of space travel, adventure and intrigue, murmuring and giggling well into the dark night and long after our parents were snoring in their beds. Those days scintillated with liberating originality, excitement and joy. I also enjoyed animation and drew several cartoon strips, peopled with crazy characters as I dreamt of writing graphic novels like Green Lantern and Magnus, Robot Fighter. My hero was Ray Bradbury; I vowed to write profoundly stirring tales like his. Stories that lingered with you long after you finished them. Stories that made you think and dream and changed you imperceptibly.

Then life got in the way. I grew up.

Well, that, and the environment intervened. I quietly held my dream of being a paperback novelist close to my heart, even if it was closeted in my subconscious. I discovered a cause worth investing a fervent energy: the well-being of our planet. With the cause came my relentless pursuit of a science degree, which proved worthwhile in my “calling” and self-expression: to make science accessible to the lay-public and to write hard-science fiction stories and novels of substance. The latter didn’t happen for several years after I acquired my Masters of Science degree. Once I began publishing fiction stories, I never looked back. And as far as I’m concerned, the sky’s the limit now.

A few years ago, I quit my day job as scientist at an environmental consulting firm and moved across the country to an artistic community on the east coast. I am currently travelling the world and pursuing my dream as a full-time author and writing coach. Come, walk with me, and pursue your dream. It’s for the taking.

I think most of us reading this will know how ‘life getting in the way’ goes. 🙂 Thank you, Nina.

You can find more about Nina and her writing via her website www.ninamunteanu where you can find her teaching DVDs, webinars through Writer’s Digest University, and other teaching materials.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with artist and writer Lesley Fletcher – the three hundred and forty-seventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, 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 read / download my eBooks from Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. My eBooks are now on Amazon, with more to follow, and I also have a quirky second-person viewpoint story in charity anthology Telling Tales. 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.