Thursday, June 21, 2018

My Mom is A 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winner!

My Mom is A 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winner!

A big Congratulations to my fellow authors and friends, Judy Martialay (Let's Learn series) and Erica Graham (Talking Tales series) on their wins!

Book Series
1st Place: If You Were Me and Lived in... A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World series by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga

2nd Place: If You Were Me and Lived in... An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time series by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Mateya Arkova

Chapter Books
1st Place: Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Mateya Arkova

School Issues
Honorable Mention:
Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Mateya Arkova

* E‐Book Award Winners *
Children’s Nonfiction
1st Place: If You Were Me and Lived In... Cuba: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the
World by Carole P. Roman

Cultural Diversity
2nd Place: If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Mateya Arkova

Growing Pains
1st Place: Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life by Carole P. Roman

Picture Books 5 & Younger
1st Place: Rocket‐Bye by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Mateya Arkova
Honorable Mention:
A Flag for the Flying Dragon: A Captain No Beard Story by Carole P. Roman

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday Author Takeover with M.J. Woods!





Balance (The Amped Series Book 1)

by M.J. Woods 


Aidan Pierce has nothing to prove, and everything to lose.

He’s a success in everything he does. A prodigy disguised in a stunning male form. Intense. Passionate. Wealthy, almost beyond measure. He’s back in his birthplace to right long ago wrongs, to bring a plan years in the making to fruition... Until he meets Alexis Greene.

Tipping her world off its axis, he unexpectedly upends his own.

Alexis Greene has everything to prove, and nothing left to lose.

She graduated at the top of her law school class. She’s beautiful. Ethical. Conservative, but not shy with four letter words. She’s set to make her mark in a prominent firm in Lake County when her husband unexpectedly dies. She’s left conflicted and wanting more from life, without knowing what more there could ever be... Until she meets Aidan Pierce.

His past would never allow him to be something more - not for anyone.

That doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

If she fell into his world it would take everything she had to maintain her Balance.



Sway (The Amped Series Book 2) by M.J. Woods

Aidan Pierce remains committed to one thing – making his childhood home a better place no matter the cost.

Yet nothing can prepare him for the complications he faces now that he wants Alexis Greene in his life.

To move forward with his charitable ambitions, he must fend off enemies while navigating the uncharted waters of falling hard and fast for the kind of woman he once believed did not exist.

As Alexis learns more about Aidan’s past and comes face to face with his demons, she must decide if she can jump headfirst into the most intense risk she’s ever taken – loving a man that ignites an insatiable craving, even as he throws her world completely off balance.

Book Two of The Amped Series takes you on one hell of a ride and will leave you amped indeed – and begging to learn the conclusion of Alexis and Aidan’s story.



Fall (The Amped Series Book 3) Kindle Edition

by M.J. Woods

As Independence Day approaches in Lake County, so does the social event of the summer - The Pierce Philanthropy Group’s Fundraising Gala.

With pressure hurled at him from all directions, Aidan Pierce is frantic to protect his charitable endeavor and the woman he’s fallen for, beautiful and strong-minded lawyer Alexis Greene.

As efforts for the gala ramp up, Alexis and Aidan face their fears that the past may rise to the surface… and destroy everything they’ve worked for.

With enemies motivated by greed and malice closing in, will Alexis and Aidan’s intense love be strong enough to guarantee a future together?

Book Three of The Amped Series takes you on a journey to the conclusion of Alexis and Aidan’s story at break-neck speed, with everything readers crave from The Amped Series: a dare to jump, and the exhilaration of the Fall.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Michael Okon featured on KIRKUS!


Michael Okon

    

Three years ago, during a movie marathon with his son, bestselling self-published author Michael Okon asked himself why there wasn’t a theme park with zombies. His brother, in turn, asked why the theme park couldn't have werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Okon started writing Monsterland that very night. He initially released the thriller about two young boys lost in just such a park on his own, but the idea generated enough buzz to help Okon sign with indie press WordFire and with a Hollywood agent hoping to turn Monsterland into one of the classic popcorn movies that inspired it. He might still be waiting on Hollywood’s final answer, but Okon has kept busy turning Monsterland into a long-running book series. 
What do you think sets Monsterland apart from other typical horror stories?
Monsterland has many layers. I tried to avoid the typical clich├ęd horror story and dive deep into very raw issues such as bullying, broken family relationships, being comfortable in your own skin, political upheaval, corruption. Monsterland covers a wide gamut of topics. And yes, there are monsters, but it’s so much more than a typical slasher gorefest. The deeper meaning of Monsterland is simple: How do you capture the world? You build a theme park. 
Have you always wanted to write something in the supernatural/horror genre for YA readers? 
I’ve learned there literally are a million ways of telling a “monster in the house” story. The genre never gets old, and as long as you come up with a fresh take on the horror/paranormal theme, you will always have a great story to tell. I would never box myself into just being a horror writer or paranormal writer, for that matter. My stories can appeal to the young (my 9-year-old son is one of my beta readers) to teens, to new adult and beyond after that. Nine to 90 is my target audience. 
How has it been to go from self-publishing Monsterland to having a film agent? 
Everything that is happening in my life now, I planned out. I know that may sound far-fetched, but I believe in asking the universe for the life you want. I actually wrote the book on creating a life blueprint, Just Ask the Universe, which is still a bestseller on Amazon. Going from self-publishing to being a commercially published author has been incredible. It truly is the dream. But…getting a literary agent, a powerful entertainment attorney, and a film agent at a major agency has been the best part. 
On that note, any news on a film adaptation? 
Yes. My film agent got Monsterland into the hands of a mega-producer, who I’ve spoken to on a few occasions. He is convinced this is his next movie. And now…like right now…they are pitching the movie to every studio in Hollywood. Is this a dream? Heck, yeah! Is it a slow process? Absolutely. Believe me, when it happens I will be the first to shout it to the world.Okon Cover  
How have you found the experience of working with a small press? 
Wonderful. The team at WordFire have been mentors to me. They have guided me to create this incredibly tight story called Monsterland. Kevin J. Anderson has been a Jedi Master to me. 
Any exciting new monsters readers can look forward to in the upcoming sequel? 
Monsterland Reanimated was released to the world on Friday, April 13. In Book 2, the readers will meet The Glob (think a modern-day version of The Blob), Mummies (this was fun to write), and a reanimated monster (think Frankenstein’s monster), and every reader will figure out who it is in the first chapter. I’m almost done with Monsterland Beneath. Books 4, 5, and 6 have all been named and the stories have been beaten out. I already know the finale.
Rhett Morgan is a writer and translator based in Paris. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Follow @IndieAuthorsMonthly on FaceBook on Thursday, May 10th from 12PM-8:30PM for #AuthorTakeover Day!


Join your favorite authors for a day full of fun and prizes

Follow @IndieAuthorsMonthly on FaceBook on Thursday, May 10th from 12PM-8:30PM for #AuthorTakeover Day!

Indie Author's Monthly would like to invite you to our #AuthorTakeover happening Thursday, May 10th from 12PM - 8:30PM only on FaceBook @IndieAuthorsMonthly featuring the following authors! Come for the prizes, stay for the fun!

MICHAEL OKON

Thursday, May 10th
12 PM
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Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

CAROLE P. ROMAN

Thursday, May 10th
12:30 PM
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Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author's Monthly. She's been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and MarketingOh Susannah is her first Early Reader Chapter book series. She lives on Long Island near her children and grandchildren.

DALE E. LEHMAN

Thursday, May 10th
1 PM
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Dale E. Lehman writes mystery, science fiction, and occasional nonfiction. His Howard County Mystery series, set in Howard County, Maryland, includes The Fibonacci MurdersTrue Death, and the forthcoming Ice on the Bay. His fourth Howard County Mystery is in the works, along with a science fiction humor novel about a hapless opera company trying to make it in the outer reaches of the solar system.

A veteran software developer, amateur astronomer, bonsai artist in training, and member of the Baha'i Faith, his writing has appeared in Sky & Telescope magazine, a couple of technical journals, and on his own website Planet Baha'i (which went into retirement, lost its memory, and has now been resurrected as a not very active blog). With his Catholic wife, he owns and operates One Voice Press, a small religious press, and its fiction imprint Serpent Cliff. In his "spare time" (ha ha) he facilitates a small creative writing workshop for local authors.

MICHAEL SAMUELS

Thursday, May 10th
1:30 PM
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With a degree in English, a second degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration, Michael Samuels has attracted everything into his life because he followed successful people and their thought processes. He has read and thoroughly tested hundreds of books on spirituality, self-improvement, and the metaphysical. The Universe has helped Michael run a highly successful family-owned business with offices all over the country. He currently lives in New York with his wife, son, and daughter.

ERICA GRAHAM

Thursday, May 10th
2 PM
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Erica Graham is an award winning children's author. Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother, Graham understands the difficulty parents have finding time to work on speech with their children. In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language. Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Graham enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

CECILY WOLFE

Thursday, May 10th
2:30 PM
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Ceci Wolfe writes whatever her characters tell her to write, including YA, contemporary family drama and romance, and Christian historical romance.

Upcoming releases (2018): Starlight, The Competition, and Treasure of Hope.

AARON GALLAGHER

Thursday, May 10th
3:30 PM
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Aaron S Gallagher was born in Syracuse, New York and currently resides in Leander, Texas with his long-suffering wife, three rowdy teenagers, and a thoroughly indifferent cat.

His writing career began at a young age after he annexed an old mechanical typewriter from his mother. His work has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Ares Magazine, and Escape Pod . He has received both a semi-finalist and honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. In between haranguing magazine editor he also wrote 17 books and refuses to stop.

His genres include crime fiction, science fiction, and drama. He prefers to read deep stories populated with characters that develop and breathe on their own, and endeavors to write the same. His goal is to create new worlds, compelling characters, and to bring something unique into the world experienced.

All of his work is available on Amazon.

M.J. WOODS

Thursday, May 10th
4 PM
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M.J. Woods lives in Central New York with her husband, two daughters and her beautiful but not-so-bright Bernese Mountain Dog. For over twenty years, her 9 to 5 days have been spent working in the legal field of a small town. She often draws from these experiences and re-imagines them to get her characters into trouble while they find love.
M.J. writes motivated by coffee and music, also drawing inspiration from the Central New York landscape or random stimulus, like her husband’s latest copy of “Motor Trend”.
She is a member of the Central New York Romance Writers and the Romance Writers of America.

LISA ORBAN

Thursday, May 10th
4:30 PM
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I’m the mother of five (yes, you read that correctly, FIVE), all of which are grown and gone except my youngest who has a few more years yet before she is let loose into society. I’ve recently become a grandmother, and I expect that will happen more often as the years go by. One of these days I’m going to write a book about my children, much to their impending regret, but that's what memoir writers do, they share their lives and their stories. And let’s face it, children are ripe fodder for the funny and the tragic, often all at the same time.

R.L. Jackson

Thursday, May 10th
6:30 PM
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R.L Jackson is an avid reader and writer, hailing from the Sunny state of Florida. She is also the Editor In Chief of Indie Authors Monthly a new magazine created for readers and authors. She enjoys binge-watching Netflix, uses her treadmill as an oversized coat hanger, and hopes to entertain you with awesome emotionally charged books for years to come!

ELEYNE-MARI SHARP

Thursday, May 10th
7 PM
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She has written several books, including Inn Lak'ech: A Journey to the Realm of Oneness and Mad About Hue: A Memoir in Living Color, as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. Eleyne-Mari's writing was featured in two anthologies: How I Found the Write Path and Simply Color for Everyday Living.   She is currently completing  Seaglass Christmas: A Little Blessing Mystery. 
She is a proud member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance and was the founder of a national writers organization. She has conducted numerous writers conferences and workshops for adults and children. She is the founder of Ascension Cabin at Camp NaNoWriMo.

BEN JACKSON & SAM LAWRENCE

Thursday, May 10th
7:30 PM
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Ben lives in Tasmania, Australia while working the Long Distance Relationship with his wife Sam who lives in Canada. He is a tradesman by day and a writer by night. He has numerous books in progress so stay tuned for information on those by following this page.

DEL HENDERSON III

Thursday, May 10th
8 PM
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Del Henderson, born and raised in Illinois, enjoys writing, fueling his passion and love for the noble art of putting pen to paper, or more appropriate, keyboard to computer. Diving into pure imagination he has produced works that grip his reader's minds with mystery and suspense as they are brought into the fascinating world of fiction.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Monsterland by Michael Okon, PLUS 6 Travel Story Books by Mary Jane Walker



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Six books of travel stories, by Mary Jane Walker

Descriptions of six heavily illustrated titles follow the author’s biography, overleaf.


All are available on Amazon.

In addition, A Maverick Traveller is available on Apple iTunes, Scribd, 24Symbols, Tolino, Barnes and Noble, IngramSpark, Kobo, Playster, and Overdrive.

A Maverick Traveller (Mary Jane’s first book) is available for $1.99 as a Kindle or Epub.

A Maverick Himalayan Way (book six) is available as a Kindle for $1.99. The other four books in between are selling for $5.99 as Kindles.

The whole series of six books—with more than 2,000 images between them— would normally cost $27.94.

There will be one-week Amazon Kindle Countdown promotion starting on Friday the 4th of May that will enable purchasers to buy the whole series from as little as $6.

Print-on-demand copies are also available for $12.99 and $13.99.

The images in these lavishly-illustrated books can be viewed in color on devices other than regular Kindles, and online via Book2Look widgets posted by Mary Jane on her website, http://a-maverick.com.

The color photo pages of the books are also linked to in this flier, which, in addition, contains links to conventional previews of the books as they would appear in a black and white print edition.

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SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTHOR

Mary Jane Walker hails from New Zealand. She has been traveling the rest of the world, and her native country, since early youth. She first experienced serious world travel as part of the crew on a small Chinese junk which was being sailed from China to France. Her memoirs are unconventional, historically well- informed and lavishly illustrated. Six titles have been published in 2017 and 2018, and three more are forthcoming.

Mary Jane Walker
A Maverick Traveller Ltd P O Box 44-146 Auckland 1246
New Zealand
26 April 2018Email: admin@a-maverick.com


A MAVERICK TRAVELLER

An account of Mary Jane Walker's world travels and an introduction to her series of books of travel stories. With 90 images.
A Maverick Traveller (preview)
Extract with color images
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ISBN (print): 9780473408053
ISBN (epub): 9780473408060
6” by 9” / 152 mm by 228 mm Publication date 2017
Paperback, perfect bound
Black and white on white paper (444 ppi) 90 illustrations

331 pages

A MAVERICK NEW ZEALAND WAY
An informal account of Mary Jane's outdoor treks, conservation work and civic rambles in New Zealand and its offshore islands. With 598 images.
A Maverick New Zealand Way (preview)
Extract with color images
ISBN (print): 9780473408077
ISBN (epub): 9780473408084
6” by 9” / 152 mm by 228 mm Publication date 2017
Paperback, perfect bound
Black and white on white paper (444 ppi) 598 illustrations

465 pages


A MAVERICK CUBAN WAY
Mary Jane's account of a journey around the island after the death of Fidel Castro, by local bus and other transport, to try and discover the real Cuba. With 247 images.
A Maverick Cuban Way (preview)
Extract with colour images
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ISBN (print): 9780473408336
ISBN (epub): 9780473408343
6” by 9” / 152 mm by 228 mm Publication date 2017
Paperback, perfect bound
Black and white on white paper (444 ppi) 247 illustrations

259 pages



A MAVERICK PILGRIM WAY
Mary Jane's account of pilgrim paths, old churches, public walkways and other heritage in Europe and Turkey - not just for the religious! With 547 images.
A Maverick Pilgrim Way (preview)
Extract with color images

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ISBN (print): 9780473408299
ISBN (epub): 9780473408305
6” by 9” / 152 mm by 228 mm Publication date 2017
Paperback, perfect bound
Black and white on white paper (444 ppi) 547 illustrations

361 pages


A MAVERICK USA WAY
As the 2016 elections approached, came and went, Mary Jane rode the Amtrak rails around America, talking to people and taking in the landscape. With 409 images.
A Maverick USA Way (preview)
Extract with color images

ISBN (print): 9780473408312
ISBN (epub): 9780473408329
6” by 9” / 152 mm by 228 mm Publication date 2017
Paperback, perfect bound
Black and white on white paper (444 ppi) 409 illustrations

392 pages


A MAVERICK HIMALAYAN WAY
Mary Jane visits and treks in Nepal, Sikkim, Dharamshala, Kashmir, Chitral and the Hindu Kush, China, Japan and more southerly parts of India. With 294 images.
A Maverick Himalayan Way (preview)
Extract with Color Images

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ISBN (print): 9780473408275
ISBN (epub): 9780473408282
6” by 9” / 152 mm by 228 mm Publication date 2018
Paperback, perfect bound
Black and white on white paper (444 ppi) 294 illustrations

342 pages