Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Odds and Ends

Hello lovely Indies!
Just dropping in to remind you of a few things:

Stephanie's having a book birthday!!! Charm and Consequence is available today!!!!

Nazarea is running a Goodreads giveaway for This Love!!

Irene's debut Hot Chocolate and Charcoal is A WEEK AWAY!!! *flails*

Adrianne's Overexposed is available NOW! :)

And last but not least, we put together a list of vendors (editors/formatters/designers/publicity peeps) we trust. Check them out on our new Vendor page! :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Overexposed: Adrianne James' new YA mystery

Our very own Adrianne James has a new YA mystery coming out! Check out the cover:


Here's the blurb:

In the tiny town of Willowspring, just about nothing ever happens except for layoffs, hockey games, and your average melodramatic teenage angst.

But that was before.

Vi, Ashley, and Macy are just trying to make it through the school year without one more humiliation when they team up for a simple photography assignment: create a story through a series of photographs. Can't be too much trouble, right?


The shutterbugs happen upon Willowspring High School's darkest secret. When everything around them starts to crumble after trying to do the right thing, their only hope is to stick together.

Congratulations, Adrianne! Overexposed, available this May!

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Write for Boston (sending writerly love--please bid for Boston!)

Hey guys, Indie Ignites has a few items up for bid to benefit Boston, including two query critiques by ST Bende (author of Nor & Elsker), the opportunity to be a character in Stephanie Wardrop's third novella (of the Snark and Circumstance series) and two enovellas, and a bundle of books (paperback and ebooks) and swag by five of us Indie Igniters. (If you haven't heard about Write for Boston, click here.)

Please help us send writerly love to Boston by bidding and/or spreading the word!

Here's the links and info to all three items up for bid:

1) Stephanie Wardrop's package (link): 

Snark and Circumstance -- Stephanie Wardrop #YA #novella #JaneAustin   Charm and Consequence (2nd novella in Snark and Circumstance series) by Stephanie Wardrop #YA

 E-novellas of SNARK AND CIRCUMSTANCE and CHARM AND CONSEQUENCE and name a character in the third installment PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL from Author Stephanie Wardrop

2) ST Bende's package (link):

·         1 query letter critique (2 available-one each to the two highest bidders)

3) Indie Ignites group package featuring books by Nazarea Andrews, Adrianne James, Jessica L. Brooks, Lisa M. Basso and JC Emery (link):

Indie Ignites #book package  ·         Life on Loan by @Adrianne James*  ·         Overexposed by @Adrianne James*  ·         Edge of the Falls by Nazarea Andrews*  ·         ARC of This Love by Nazarea Andrews  ·         Autographed paper back of A Shimmer of Angels by @Lisa Basso  ·         Autographed paperback of Pity Isn't an Option by @Jessica Brooks  ·         The Switch by @JC Emery*  ·         Marital Bitch by @JC Emery*  ·         Anomaly by @JC Emery*  ·         Assorted swag

·         Life on Loan by Adrianne James*
·         Overexposed by Adrianne James*
·         Edge of the Falls by Nazarea Andrews*
·         ARC of This Love by Nazarea Andrews
·         Autographed paper back of A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
·         Autographed paperback of Pity Isn't an Option by Jessica L. Brooks
·         The Switch by JC Emery*
·         Marital Bitch by JC Emery*
·         Anomaly by JC Emery*
·         Assorted swag
* = ebooks

You can also repin the bid info to help spread the word (or click each pin to bid on a package) on Pinterest, HERE 

or simply tweet this: 

 is sending writerly love to Boston! Bid on books, query critiques & more! Info here:   

Thank you for helping us share the writerly love with Boston! (Bids end Tuesday, May 7th!) 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Nicole Chase

I'm very excited to be part of the Suddenly Royal blog tour. First, a bit about the book and fabulous author:


Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
Author Bio:

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule.
For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs.

Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and Suddenly Royal (including several short stories).

Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

And our interview with her!!! :)

What inspired Suddenly Royal?

I’ve always enjoyed stories about royalty, especially things to do with Queen Elizabeth I. I find that whole time period to be intriguing. This flamed the waves for my interest in modern day royals. I remember the day Princess Diana died and the fact that media played such a large role in the whole tragedy, the way Prince William and Harry were sheltered the best that they could be, and more recently the wedding of Prince William to Kate. I write about things that I find interesting, so I guess it’s a natural transition that I would one day want to write a royal story.


What makes it different than other Cinderella type stories?

I think compared to other Cinderella type stories, Samantha has no desire to be royal. There aren't any bits that she think would be cool or fun. She doesn't want to be rescued and she absolutely hates the spotlight. In fact, Samantha is the exact opposite of everything you think of when you think of royalty.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam. Hands down, Samantha was my favorite to write. She's sharp, witty, and full of snark. She says whats on her mind and doesn't sit around feeling bad for herself. I also loved writing Alex because he can be complicated, but he isn't damaged. He has his issues, but he's not a broken man that needs fixing. Their whole dynamic was my favorite part of the story.


What does Samantha have to struggle with throughout the story?

Sam doesn't want to be royal. She doesn't want the clothes, the money (though it's a nice perk), the fame, and she definitely doesn't want to make appearances. She struggles with accepting this new twist in her life and giving up a dream she worked so hard toward for so long. The whole thing scares her, but she tries to do what she feels must be done.


How does Alex feel about her being suddenly royal and not raised in the royal world?

Alex could care less if Sam was born to a royal family or not. In fact, the fact that she doesn’t want anything to do with the fame is part of her appeal. I’d explain why, but that would give away part of the book. ;)


Can you tell us a little about your writing process?

Every single book that I’ve written has had its own challenges. I often start out with an idea, or a character, that won’t leave me alone. I’ll let the idea percolate for a while in the back of my mind. I usually end up having ideas for scenes that I write down in a notebook. From there, I come up with an outline. Sometimes the outline is very thorough and other times, it’s just a rough guideline that I flesh out along the way.

I listen to a lot of music while I’m writing, but sometimes when I’m writing a very intense scene, I want quiet. I’m one of those drivers that turns the radio off if it’s raining and I do the same thing when I hit a serious part in one of my books.


What is the best part of self-publishing?

Freedom. I get to pick and choose what I work on. I set my own dates and goals. There’s no one breathing over my shoulder, waiting for the next bit.

What advice do you have for our readers?

Write. Write some more. Read. Read even more. Trust in your story and surround yourself with an honest but supportive group. Writing is not easy, but worth it, so never give up.


Thank you for inviting me to your blog!

Come back next week for my review of this amazing, LOL funny story. And grab your copy today at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles! :)