Author gives readers something new to sink their teeth into/ Michael J Elliot, Indie Author Extraordinaire

2016-11-06-13-57-58***Michael J Elliot has worked his literary magic again with Choice Cuts-A Bite From The Dark Realm. Join me in this post while we learn a bit more about him and his works.

***On Halloween 2015, Aussie horror writer launched his first collection of shorts, Portraits Of Dread. His first work was very well received and gained him some very favourable reviews. Now, exactly a year later, Michael is set to chill his readers again with his new collection, Choice Cuts-A Bite From The Dark Realm.
As Michael explained, “This is another eclectic mix of stories, from dystopia, to good old fashioned horror. I hope I’ve created a nice mix for my readers. I’ve tried to add that unexpected twist and the wry humour which readers have told me they enjoyed in my first collection.”
STORIES INCLUDE:
PENANCE
Deep within the bowels of an ancient mountside convent, Sister Elizabeta is locked away praying for forgiveness while the Council of Elders decide on a horrific punishment for her sins. What was Sister Elizabeta’s transgression and what is the punishment she is about to undergo?
A BITE FROM THE DARK REALM.
Something is eating the food at a suburban London supermarket. When his overbearing boss tells Allan to rid the store of whatever is infesting the store, he discovers something far more terrifying than rats and mice.
BLACK SILK PANTIES.
Jacob O’Halloran is a sexually repressed bachelor. He gains his fufillment by stealing women’s panties from suburban clothes lines. When he tries to steal from Audrey he is going to be plunged into a nightmare because Audrey has some issues of her own.
CHOICE CUTS ALSO INCLUDES:
Upon A Dark Horseman
Choice Cuts
Farewell Dear Friend
Brood Mother
And more.

 

You can  buy the paperback version on the Amazon page for $10.99 link below to his author page on Amazon

CONTACT THE AUTHOR.
Michael loves connecting with book lovers and readers from around the world. Feel free to ask him about his work or just say G’day at any of the following.

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The Secret by Karen J. Mossman FREE for Next Three Days!!!

Greetings and blessings my fellow readers and writers. I am posting today about a very talented author by the name of Karen J. Mossman. Having read some of her previous work I am thrilled to say that this book, The Secret , is definitely in my TBR.

 Mossman writes with a unique flair that let’s you truly get to know her characters.  Fluid in her delivery and creative in the way she sets up a story I highly recommend her previous books and have no problem recommending The Secret. 🙂 

So, with no further delay I give to you a bit about the book, where to find it, what readers think of it,  and the lovely writer of it , Karen J. Mossman. Her websites, buy sites and other info are included throughout the post. 

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Check out that cover!!! It  Screams “Read me, read me!” 🙂

 

~~~First I think it prudent to say that…The Secret is…*Free* on  25th-26th-27th May*  Grab/download a copy today. I have! ~~~

***Buy it here…

 https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Karen-J-Mossman-ebook/dp/B017EYGBPM ***

 

BLURB:
Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a stepfather like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.
Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs are harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.
‘As I walked over I knew he would take off his helmet and his hair would fall over his face. He would flick it back with his hand and I was excited with anticipation. I loved the way he looked.
I smiled and came towards him. He took off his helmet and it fell to his wrist like a basket handle, as his other hand flicked away his hair. Something inside pinged and that feeling I’d had for days came back with intensity.’

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What readers are saying:

“The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two hour read, and I whole heartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.”
S Anderson

“I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world, from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen and it’s so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.”
Jenna Hodge

“The characters were so real and the story definitely so believable. These sort of secrets unfortunately still go on. Let’s hope others can find the strength, just like Kerry to come out the other side.”
Lindy-Lou

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Get your copy here today : 

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Karen-J-Mossman-ebook/dp/B017EYGBPM

About the author 

Karen J Mossman lives in Anglesey in Wales with her husband. She had written 4 books, three themed short story collections, The Missing, Behind The Music, Heroes and Joanna’s Journey, a novel set in the 1980s.

Follow Karen on her author page at

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Karen-J-Mossman-author-writer/1518090468464294

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Newest Published Work and other News.

 

untitled (11)My short story , Jingle Jars, ( My Story title is featured on the cover and I am ever so flattered that it is!!!)  was recently published in a collection along with many other great short stories. All awesome ‘AWE’thors in this collection are members of a great Indie writers group on Facebook. The book was published by Plaisted Publishing House, and I thank them for the great opportunity to be involved in a project that involved so many talented, proof readers, editors, writers and administration people. The group put together two anthologies of Dark and Light Holiday themed stories. My story ended up in the Dark Volume , as you can see by the photos above.

I have not yet read every story in its entirety , however I have read some and though I m not reviewing the book I will say this; It is chock full of some very good Dark Holiday shorts. The Light Volume also, is full of many great stories by authors from around  the globe.

Both books, The December Awethology: Dark Volume and the December Awethology: Light Volume  are available at most online bookstore platforms. The eBook copy is a free download and the print version is $6.00. I myself am the proud owner of every version of each book that I can find! They are just that good. Having read many of the authors books/stories before I feel completely confident in saying that this is a collection you do not want to miss out on.  I will include a couple book links below. Support our indie authors and download or buy a copy today.

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Here’s a bit of a blurb from my story Jingle Jars:

Sneak Peek of Jingle Jars by Jennifer Deese (short story from The December Awethology: Dark Volume by The #Awethors.)

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Sid could sense the arrival of something. Then suddenly he began to make out a shape approaching in the distance through the open door.  As he strained to decipher what it was that was approaching he caught the scent of sulphur and rot. The odor grew stronger as the shape in the swirling snow drew closer. Sid felt his heart quicken as his senses told him something about this was all wrong. As he watched, frozen in place, he saw that the quickly approaching figure was adorned in what looked to be a very tattered and dirty Santa Claus outfit. “What the hell!”, Sid thought as the figure stepped onto the porch and stood face to face with him. The stink was even more intense and the man’s eyes were obsidian black. Sid stepped back as the man came through the door shutting it behind him. As the door shut the noise from the jingling jars abruptly stopped.

Sid knew he was in the presence of something sinister, dark and evil, and in a rare moment of honest introspection he almost wished things had been different in his life, normal even. He watched, frozen in place as the Santa clad demon walked to the wall of jars. With his heart pounding Sid asked, “”Who are you.” Smiling demonically, the visitor ran his dirty clawed fingers along the jars, causing them to jingle eerily in the dead silence. Sid could feel the noise deep in his brain, it caused a blinding pain that brought him to his knees next to the dead fire. He felt  his body wanting to give in, wanting to shroud him in the promise of death, but he wanted to live! As the thought of asking for redemption ran across his mind the demon turned toward him and whispered, “Tssk Tssk, my loyal human, I’m here to show to you your jars, your jingling jars.” ***

 

Read  more of this story and a slew of others now ; Get your copy today. Free eBook download and $6.00 print versions.

Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_0_14?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jennifer+deese&sprefix=jennifer+deese%2Cdigital-text%2C169

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/5907992

So grab your copy today and cozy up for some not so merry Holiday tales from The Dark side. And don’t forget to check out the Light Volume as well…for those who don’t wish to indulge in a few nightmare inducing short stories by yours truly, and all of The Team DArk #Awethors

For those on your Holiday gift list …Why not grab a Amazon gift card and allow them to browse the all the genres and great books and gifts. Great stocking stuffer too!!!! //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=towrisri-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=BT00DC6QU4&asins=BT00DC6QU4&linkId=FLNNW6YZ2GPJVTZS&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true

Grab a copy of my first book here. also available n EBook format here:

 

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Grab a copy of The December Awethology: Dark Volume here:

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Thank you all and have a great Day!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way I Write…Hey it Works for Me.

I imagine that as writers we all have our own little habits and routines..I Certainly do!! I suppose its just one of those instances where if it works for you then do it and keep doing it.

My way of writing is not completely routine however, there are some things that I do with every story I put to paper.

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Today I thought I would share my way of writing with my followers and readers in hopes that some of you will share yours with us as well. Great way to get to know a little bit more of the person behind that book, blog, article, poem your reading…don’t you agree?

Now of course, I am in no way what-so-ever promoting the kind of reader devotion Stephen King gave us in Misery. Annie Wilkes truly sunk herself into the books she read & I am sure Sheldon wasn’t to keen on how well she got to know him or his writing habits.

I mean, I know we love meeting and visualizing the characters existing wthin the pages; and of course that is simply one of my deepest loves for reading. But…what do we know outside the brief bios on the covers of the person who brought them to us?

For instance, I more often than not like to write  with music in the background at a pretty high volume. A variety of edibles at hand along with a beverage ( type varies) are always present. Something about munching on a stick of celery slathered with cream cheese while working out a plot snag really helps me work it through. 🙂

Another of my habits is to write …read what I wrote…
…write…read what I wrote…write…

So what are some of your habits or writing routines?
Please share some of them in the comments section below…either your writing habits, someone else’s or if your not a writer feel free to share some if your reading idiosyncrasies.

Another The Fading Light Blurb…

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“It’s a wondrous sight to behold.” Cora startled and turned to find Eldon standing behind her with a quirky smile upon his face. “The beauty of this place never ceases to impress me”‘ he said. Clearing her throat to cover the fact that he had startled her Cora smiled.

“It is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen”‘ she replied. She couldn’t help but notice the way the sun glinted in his eyes and just how attractive he really was. With that realization, the thought occurred to her again that he was from Earth. On her last visit to Osipia, when she had been given the chance to save her soul, she had met no other Earthlings or even inhabitants of Osipia: just Sol. Now here before her stood another person from her own world, another traveler. What did this mean, she wondered.

<STAY TUNED FOR MORE BLURBS AND UPDATES AS I GET CLOSER TO COMPLETING THE FADING LIGHT>

What lies ahead in Cora’s second journey to Osipia? With the light fading and the flora and fauna in danger of destruction will Osipia survive? Will Earth fall into chaos? What is Eldon’s part in all this? Will the Devallian army win? And exactly how is Cora to help in this battle? She possesses no military prowess, she has no battle experience in this kind of situation…What is her part and how does it tie into Eldon’s presence here?

Book two is sure to take you deeper into Osipia, its magic and those that call it home.

I thank all of you for your patience while I write and re-write these pages so that I can get them as prefect as I can. this story turned in a direction I did not expect but I am going with it and I am sure those of you that liked book one , The Orchid Keeper, will enjoy the longer length and the deeper story I deliver in The Fading Light.

Blessing to you all and happy reading/writing to All as well.

Sincerely, Jennifer Deese- author8bdce55a19cc1d872a8042d7ea1fd513

The Fading Light Blurb. (book 2 in The Osipian Stories)

Hi Folks,

Just a quick update on book 2’s progress. After recently being released from the writer’s block demons I have been working away at getting book 2, The Fading Light done so that we can get it on the market before Spring’s end.

This book, the second in a series of five, (book 1 is The Orchid Keeper) can be read alone or you can read the first book before this one. Each book contains a storyline of its own …but they all do have common ties and references back to previous books.  I myself prefer to read a series of books in order but I know many to whom it doesn’t matter if the story is good alone.

Below you will find a little blurb about The fading Light, book 2 in The Osipian Stories. Below that blurb there will be links to my book pages that will take you to places that the Orchid Keeper can be purchased

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THE FADING LIGHT >>Coming Soon

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What Happens when the light on magical Osipia fades out completely?

When the light begins fade in the magical world of Osipia Cora sees Sols fingerprint again. Once there she meets another Earthling and reunites with Sol.

Things in Osipia are beginning to darken and it ripple effects our Earth.

Creatures of the dark have broken a long standing treaty and are destroying the orchids connected to human souls. Throwing Sols world into increasing darkness and killing the special orchids they feed off of the Soulinium…what remains when these orchids die.

On Earth the population begins to crumble into bitterness, despair, depression and crime. Cora’s daughter contemplates taking her own life as her new husband turns dark.

Can Cora, Eldon, Sol, Osipian foot soldiers and the other Keepers bring back the light and save both planets or will this be the end?

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If you like magical realism and urban fantasy you will love The Osipian Stories. why not start today with already published book 1, The Orchid Keeper? Get to know Cora and Sol from the very beginning of their journey’s together. Its my debut novel and has gotten great reviews thus far. Feed your appetite with The Orchid Keeper while waiting for the Fading Light by Jennifer Deese.

links for The Orchid Keeper pages and places of purchase. (price recently reduced on all platforms)

AMAZON

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FThe-Orchid-Keeper-Jennifer-Deese-ebook%2Fdp%2FB00MYNGIBG&ei=Oo4dVfPSNcymgwSi2ICABA&usg=AFQjCNGKpRROiwHx20Q8Gx6sfY8otumWhg&sig2=hmOzuLKzVfBwRdD_9r9n8g&bvm=bv.89744112,d.eXY

BARNES

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-orchid-keeper-jennifer-deese/1120162760?ean=9781632639189

BOOKLOCKER

http://booklocker.com/books/7591.html

JENNIFER DEESE ON GOOD READS

http://booklocker.com/books/7591.html

also available on the majority of your favorite online bookstores. actual physical walk in book stores will order the book for you if your looking for the print version.

Marketing and Promotion Newbie.

My first book, The Orchid Keeper, was published July 1st 2014. My publisher is ABuzz Press and part of my contract is that I do my own marketing and promotion.

Well believe me when I say that as a new author my head did spend a few times in the beginning, and still does sometimes this many months later when it comes to promotion and marketing.

Being a complete novice when it comes to marketing I say that hands down two things were my saving grace. Without these two things I don’t think I would feel as good about where I’m at in the literary world as a new author as I do right now.

1.) All Abuzz Press authors are given a free copy of Angela and Richard Hoy’s ’90 Days of Promotion’. I advise that any new author read this. It is a wonderful way to get your ducks in a row in the beginning. As a guideline through the first 90 days of promoting your book I would rate it at ten!!

The advice, format, timeline, resources, etc given put forth in this wonderful marketing and promotion tool/guide truly helped me through a lot of what would have otherwise grayed my hair and had me running in the other direction. No joke!!! I seriously had no idea where to begin or what to do!!!

90 days of promotion is also offered for purchase even if you do not publish through ABuzz Press just visit

http://www.writers weekly.com/

Many of you may remember a previous post of mine about ‘Writers Weekly’ e-zine. Also a great author resource.

2.) Last week I joined the ‘Ask David’ community at, .

Book promotion is, in my opinion, this sites forte. The tools, links, exposure, and contact with readers and authors that are now available to me are phenomenal!

In the few days that I have had my book on thus particular site I have seen definitive improvement in my exposure. I am being exposed to 1,000’s of people. Both my personal blog and my authors blog have picked up followers via links on my books askdavid.com page. My debut book has made some sales as a direct result of Ask David.com. Via my books page on this site people can link straight into all if my websites and pages.

I am extremely satisfied with my choice to become a author member on this site. I would suggest it to any author asking my opinion!

Check it out you won’t regret it…

http://askdavid.com

In closing, I give thanks for having the opportunity to utilize both if the above mentioned marketing and promotion resources. I also wish to vehemently recommend them to all authors who are responsible for thier own marketing. They have certainly helped me in so many different ways.

One great E-News magazine for Authors!!!

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WITERS WEEKLY E-MAGAZINE (My personal review)

When it comes to writing news and opportunities one of the sources I rely heavily on is Writers Weekly. The resources they lead me to, the contests, the writing news and updates are rock solid and reliable. I came across this source when I began looking for writers resources and before I signed on with Abuzz Press.

This is a weekly published e-zine and I have greatly benefitted from all it has to offer each week. I have even won one of their weekly trivia contests. There is regular 24 hour writing contest that is prompted with a small five dollar entry fee…well worth it!!!

News on POD publishing, self publishing, publishing with both BookLocker, http://publishing.booklocker.com/, and Abuzz Press, http://www.abuzzpress.com/about-abuzz/.  (Abuzz is my own publisher, and I have had a great experience with them) As well as price comparisons for self publishing packages. They give great advice, offer a 90 days of promoting ebook, which in my opinion is a must have for all authors, agents seeking clients, and a plethora of wonderful tools, books, and insights for all writers…new and seasoned. Below you will find a link that will allow you see exactly why I suggest this particular e-zine for writers to you all.

http://www.writersweekly.com/

or just simply go to writers Weekly.com and sign up for your free online weekly subscription….IT IS A MUST HAVE!!!

This New World of Mine

Hello one and all

So I am now published. my debut novelette, The Orchid Keeper, is available in both print and ebook formats.

I am very excited and looking forward to continuing to strive towards my goal of becoming a successful author.

It hasn’t been an easy road but it has certainly been an interesting ride!!! Rejections are never easy to take but it comes with the territory. For me the rejections I received before getting published were motivators not buzz killers. With each rejection I told myself that I had to keep trying…and so I did!

Another new thing to deal with is reviews. They are what lets an author know how the public is receiving their work…and how they perceive it as well! If I was asked how I feel about bad versus good reviews my reply would be pretty simple…

Good reviews make me want to put more writing out there and the bad reviews make me want to put even better writing out there. Each kind of review offers a chance for growth and be it a good review or a bad one I just simply wish to read them all and take into my heart and head the feedback that my readers are offering.

I am doing the majority of my own marketing as well…and boy oh boy can that eat up some of each day. However, I am perfectly fine devoting a couple hours a day to exposing my book to new people, places and venues. I have never done any marketing before and the whole thing is new to me. Thankfully my publishers, Abuzz Press, have been very helpful with tips and such to get me going. I thank the staff, my cover designer, Angela Hoy and everyone else at Abuzz for being so very helpful.

I also thank all my friends and family who have given me feedback, pushed me forward, and cheered me on during this entire process…you guys are awesome and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you…especially Jim and Jenelle ( my editor)!!!!

With the recent release of The Orchid Keeper done I am now diligently working on book two in that series, The Osipian stories, and am putting together an anthology of some of my other short horror and fantasy stories. So please feel free to read The Orchid Keeper and stay tuned for more releases in the future.

You will be seeing more from me because I have started on a writing journey that I intend to be on for quite awhile!

Below are links to where the orchid keeper can be purchased. EBook and print formats.

Book Locker

Barnes And Nobles

Amazon

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Or feel free to inquire about it at any if your favorite online bookstores.

Happy creating to you all and may your days and nights be full of blessings and good reads!!!!

Jennifer Deese

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