Excerpt from Skinny

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

This week I am reading Skinny: She was starving to fit in… by Laura L. Smith. Eating disorders are another of those issues that tugs on my heartstrings.

Melissa looked around to make sure no one was listening.

“Promise you won’t tell?” she asked, tilting her head toward Lindsey’s.

Laura L. Smith, Skinny: She was starving to fit in…

skinnytwitter

You can never be too thin…can you?
Melissa seems to have it all–grades, friends, dance team and the eye of the new guy in school. The one thing Melissa doesn’t have is a perfect body. But there are ways to fix that. Strict dieting and throwing up can’t be all bad, can they? Melissa soon finds the consequences are devastating, but turning back isn’t so easy. Will she hear God’s voice before it’s too late?

Nomination and promotions

Busy busy this week!

mockup-1I am happy to be able to report to you that June & Justin has been nominated for the 2016 In the Margins Best Books for Teens award. (Previously I let you know that Tattooed Teardrops has been nominated. This is the same one that Ruby won a place in the Top Ten Best Books for Teens in 2015).

If you are looking for some fresh reading material, I have two books being promoted in the Dog Days Doldrums Buster sale:

Tattooed Teardrops is on for $0.99 

Lion Within is free in the Kindle store

And if you are a fan of DTBs, I will be running a Goodreads Giveaway for a signed copy of Lion Within. Stay tuned!

 

 

Huge multi-author promo – $0.99 and freebies

Hi folks! It’s time for another Support Indie Authors sponsored book promotion!


Because of the success of the Fourth of July promotion, we’ll be offering several opportunities to discover your new favorite read throughout the year. This time around, we have over thirty authors offering cheap and free eBooks on a variety of platforms and we’ve extended the sales period to three whole days! All of the books being offered will either be free or just $0.99. Each day of the sale will have something new, so make sure to check back Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Not only that, but we’ve made it easier for everyone by linking all of the books on one easy to remember website:

So, since there’s so much being offered, I’ve decided to use this space to let you get to know a little about the authors who are participating, what they write, and where you can find out more about them. So, without further ado, here are the Dashing Devils who write the Drabbles to Decimate the Doldrums:


P.D. Workman

Hello, P.D.! Tell us a little about yourself!

For as long as P. D. Workman can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure. After a number of false starts, she finally wrote her first complete novel at the age of twelve. It was full of fantastic ideas. It was the spring board for many stories over the next few years. Then, forty-some novels later, P.D. Workman finally decided to start publishing.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Tattooed Teardrops

Lion Within

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Tattooed Teardrops – Young Adult Contemporary

Lion Within – Literary Fiction/Psychological

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

I write riveting young adult and suspense fiction about mental illness, addiction, and abuse.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

When I was little, I had an imaginary basset hound, so let’s go with that!

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Website: http://pdworkman.com

Twitter: twitter.com/pdworkmanauthor

Facebook: facebook.com/pdworkmanauthor


Charles Edward Hash

Hello, Charles! Tell us a little about yourself!

I’ve always liked to explore the darker, grittier side of life, travelling vicariously to places that hide from the daylight. I’m generally a cheerful, happy person that opens an internal portal to the dark side of humanity when I write. I don’t believe ‘the good old days’ ever existed.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?

Nascent Decay, Blood in the Water, Promises of Eden, Transcendence, The Nightmare Virus: Slow Burn and Desperation.

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

A wide variety of genres and styles propped up with a spine of horror.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

I strive for realistic characters with flaws and failings that generate moral conflicts, and then place them into an unreal environment. Misdirection and theatrics, along with drama and tension; some broken rules as well. I try to write with a flashlight in the fog, illuminating sporadic fragments until the whole is revealed.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

I would be a stray mutt. Probably old and mangy too.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/The.Goddess.of.Decay

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DecayingGoddess


Ann Livi Andrews

Hello, Ann! Tell us a little about yourself!

I am a mother first, Supreme Overlord second, and a writer third. It’s my dream to see Indie Authors looked upon fondly and respectfully instead of as “watering down the system.” Above all, I want to get my stories written down so that my children can enjoy them in the future.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?

Jack (Book 2 of Rehab for Superheroes)

Em (Book 3 of Rehab for Superheroes)

Dakota (Book 4 of Rehab for Superheroes)

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Superhero Fiction, Graphic Novels

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

My Rehab for Superheroes series is about the not so glamorous lives of people endowed with special abilities. All they want is to live out their lives peacefully, but one man is doing everything he can to stop that from happening.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

A Saint Bernard. Right. Probably a Pomeranian or a Shih Tzu. I look small, but I will ferociously defend what’s precious to me.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Website: http://www.annliviandrews.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnLiviAndrews

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnLiviAndrews


Cory Abernathy

Hello, Cory! Tell us a little about yourself!

Cory Abernathy recently published his first novel, ‘Ogden’, set in his home town in Illinois. His varied writing interests include thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is currently working on his second novel to be published in 2016.Cory’s writing style is fast-paced and he enjoys providing multiple perspectives throughout his novels.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Ogden

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Horror/Dystopian

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Cory’s writing style is fast-paced and he enjoys providing multiple perspectives throughout his novels. Most stories affect multiple people and he really tries to provide viewpoints from several characters as the story progresses. Cory’s book, ‘Ogden’, is a quick read with an intense climax.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Definitely a Siberian Husky & German Shepard mix; just like my own dog, Indy, who appears in this novel.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Twitter: twitter.com/Cory_Abernathy


CB Archer

Hello, CB! Tell us a little about yourself!

Creator of the Annals of Gentalia video game world, and purveyor of fine Elfrotica.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Breakers of the Code (Book 1 of the Anders’ Quest Series)

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Elfrotica. (Funny & lighthearted Fantasy themed Erotica)

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

A spunky pantsless elf, a deeply penetrating plot full of hard choices, recklessly geeky video game humour, Male/Male situations, and vigorous monster banging!

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

I would like to be Fenrir, the wolf that has an epic battle with Odin at Ragnarˆk. I mean, have you seen Odin? He has a badass eyepatch, a legendary spear, and abs that go on for eons. Who wouldn’t want to bite off a piece of that?

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cb_archer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annalsofgentalia

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13984980.C_B_Archer


Ellison Blackburn

Hello, Ellison! Tell us a little about yourself!

A writer of fiction, sideline poet, and collector of vintage thingamabobs, Ellison Blackburn is also the internationally published author of Regeneration X and scribbler of current work-in-progress, Progeny, book two of the Regeneration Chronicles.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Regeneration X (Regeneration Chronicles #1)

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Science Fiction / Medical Fiction / Visionary Fiction

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Regeneration X is a story about having choices and dealing with the consequences; creating new memories and letting others fade; and making sacrifices in pursuit of happiness. At one time or another, you’ve probably said or thought, “In hindsight, …” So, what happens when ‘To have been’ becomes something that can be changed? Journey with Charlotte her on a quest, and you’ll be asking, “If I could change the past, would I?”

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Dog children are often very similar to their human parents, therefore I would be a Schnauzer.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ellisonblackburn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellisonblackburn

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ellis_blackburn


S. L. Bynum

Hello, S.L.! Tell us a little about yourself!

S. L. Bynum is 26, and her dream has been to become a novelist since she was sixteen. Besides books, she loves dancing, warm weather, and desserts. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her family.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Grim Crush

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

YA paranormal romance

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

A sweet romance that shows how love can transcend the boundary between life and death. The female lead is a feisty grim reaper, and the male lead is a sexy Native American. There is also an unexpected twist at the end that will be explored further in the sequel!

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

A Shih Tzu, they’re so cute and cuddly!

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerSLBynum

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorSLBynum?_rdr=p

Website- http://slbynum.wix.com/author


Janice Croom

Hello, Janice! Tell us a little about yourself!

Janice Croom is the author of the Kadence MacBride Mysteries. Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book you want to read and it hasn’t been written, you must write it.” Janice has written the books she’s always wanted to read and hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she’s enjoyed writing them.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Death of an Idiot Boss

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Amateur sleuth murder mystery

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Kadence MacBride is smashing the glass ceiling with her size ten pumps until she’s waylaid by murder. Death of an Idiot Boss is a humorous character driven mystery. If you like an amateur sleuth with attitude, you’ll love Kadence MacBride.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

If I were a dog, I’d an Old English Sheepdog not because I’m from the UK. I’m not despite being a huge fan of the BBC, Dr. Who and Death in Paradise being two of my absolute favorites. I’d be an Old English Sheepdog because they’re noted for their alertness and agility. As an indie author I have to be constantly alert to changes in the marketplace and agile enough to change as the market does.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Website: http://www.janicecroom.com

Facebook: http://bit.ly/Janice_Croom_books_facebook


Dwayne Fry

Hello, Dwayne! Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a forty-eight year old Iowa native. I wrote my first book at the age of eleven, but did not truly get interested in writing until I was in my early twenties. I am Independently published as I do not believe any publishing house would be overly interested in my quirky stories.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Happy Clown Burger, Volume One

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Humor / satire / flash fiction

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Seventeen tales about Happy Clown Burger, each story being exactly one thousand words long. The tales look at the humorous side of fast food, sometimes from the customer’s point of view, sometimes from the workers’. A few of the stories are just downright weird.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

A bulldog

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8471544.Dwayne_Fry

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dwayne.fry.author?ref=hl


Anna Eleonora Haglund Hellstrˆm (A.E. Hellstorm)

Hello, A.E.! Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and a Norwegian father. Parts of my childhood were spent in Portugal and Greece, before my husband and I moved to Canada in 2005. Ever since I learnt how to write, I’ve been writing the stories that visit me whenever they see a chance, but it’s not until now that I actually manage to finish them.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

In the Hands of the Unknown, the first book in the series of The Field Researchers of the Golden Fleece Society.

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

A mix between horror, urban fantasy, and relationship drama.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

We get to follow Miriam; FBI-agent and Field Researcher of the secretive Golden Fleece Society, on a murder investigation that takes her and her colleagues into a world of supernatural weirdness and danger.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

I would be a rescue dog; a mutt, with lots of Golden Retriever in the mix.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

FB page about the Field Researchers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448159125340507/?fref=ts

Website: http://www.hellhagproductions.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/Noarenne


Bill Jacks

Hello, Bill! Tell us a little about yourself!

Bill Jacks is a writer of humor-fiction that might be deemed “satire,” were it a bit classier or in some way appropriate. Prior to a career in words, Bill earned money as an artist and nearly starved to death. He is a basset hound enthusiast and aficionado of flannel.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Confederate Chipmunks & Carny Cooter

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

humor/fiction

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

A reader can expect something a bit shorter than usual; short, but filled to capacity, jam-packed and vacuum sealed with the same amount of consideration a sane person might lend to a girthy novel. A reader can expect to be overwhelmed, caught unawares by the gooey absurdity which pumps without cease directly into and all over their faceóa wacky swamp bukkake. But most importantlyóassuming a sense of humor is presentóa reader can expect to laugh, violently, to the effect of bowel movement or hernia, god willing.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

I would be a basset hound, obviouslyóthe resemblance is uncanny.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Twitter: twitter.com/AuthorJacks

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010134121190


Andreas Laurencius

Hello, Andreas! Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a medical doctor. I have a dream. That dream is your dream too.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Genesis

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Literary Fiction, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

The meaning of life.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

A golden retriever.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Website: www.andreaslaurencius.com (coming soon)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreas.laurencius

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/andreaslaurencius


Virginia McClain

Hello, Virginia! Tell us a little about yourself!

Virginia loves to travel, practice martial arts, and spend as much of her time playing in the wilderness as she can. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Rain on a Summer’s Afternoon: A Collection of Short Stories

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Mixed! Fantasy, action/adventure, humor, suspense…

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Dark, sometimes humorous fantasy in which women kick a lot of ass. These short stories are a bite sized introduction to my work. If you like them you might enjoy my full length works, the first of which is available now: Blade’s Edge.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

A mutt with traces of husky, german shepherd, and likely a dash of wolf.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

website: http://virginiamcclain.com

twitter: http://twitter.com/gwendamned

facebook: http://facebook.com/virginiamcclainauthor


Christina McMullen

Hello, Christina! Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a science fiction and urban fantasy author who may or may not be a robot. When I’m not writing, I’m reading and supporting other fabulous indie authors, experimenting with vegan cooking, and enjoying art and travel. I currently live in Texas with my husband and three mutts.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?

Going Green, Kind of Like Life, The Eyes of The Sun, Dissonant, Past Life Strife, Splitsville, & You Wish (the last three being part of the series Rise of the Discordant)

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Humor & Satire, Young Adult, and often all of those at once.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Nearly all of my books, regardless of genre, involve me putting my own unique spin on a known theme. Everything I write has a hint of humor, including my heavier works, so expect an unexpected chuckle or two. But most of all, remember that I don’t like to be fenced in by expectations.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

One that sheds quite a bit. I’ve been compared to an Afghan Hound on more than one occasion, but I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Blog: mcmullenwrites.blogspot.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mcmullenwrites

Twitter:https://twitter.com/mcmullenwrites


Maurice G. Miller

Hello, Maurice! Tell us a little about yourself!

Maurice has been involved in the creative arts since his teenage years, mostly as a musician. The artistic role models that he has come to admire were those authors, musicians, and philosophers that wrote the books, poetry, lyrics, and music that touched and moved the souls of generations. Counted among his favorites authors are J.D. Salinger, Earnest Hemingway, Dante Alighieri, and Kahlil Gibran.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

The Budapest Experiment

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

International Thriller

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

The Budapest Experiment is set in 1991, during the dawn of the Post-Communist era in Hungary. The plot follows an adventurous American entrepreneur, as he is seduced by the Russian Mob into the “darker side” of Budapest’s business landscape during a period of tumultuous change. This captivating thriller weaves business, politics, seduction, power, and religion into a compelling tale of international intrigue.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Doberman

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mauricegmiller

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Jbkxel

Google +: http://bit.ly/1N1Jmdv


D.E. Morris

Hello, D.E.! Tell us a little about yourself!

D.E. Morris has been a sci-fi junkie and geek his whole life, and has an admitted obsession for Doctor Who. He published “Aliens in the Gift Shop” in 2013, and it has received excellent reviews on Amazon. Current influences include Douglas Adams and Steven Moffat.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Aliens and the Race to Earth

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Sci-Fi / Adventure

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Ancient aliens, a terrifying weapon, and Earth caught in the crosshairs. Adventure and humor mix to create an exciting story with hostile aliens, strange planets, and the surprising origin of a famous Earth landmark.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Jack Russell terrier, no hesitation.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Website: www.authordemorris.com

Twitter: twitter.com/author_demorris

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/demorris


Andrew Neff

Hello, Andrew! Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m generally playful and amiable. I love most forms of creativity including 2D and 3D art, music composition, and creative writing. I’m also interested in advances in science and technology, the potential of how it affects us, both the positive and negative implications.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

The Mind Game Company – The Players

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Contemporary fiction, soft & hard sci-fi, mystery, romance

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

You will experience a multifaceted world of telepathy. Prattling mind stalkers and a reluctantly exposed and challenged captive, looking for answers. Engaging dialog, revealing programs and mind games, ranging from insidious to playful bantering. Aberrant romance and more.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Comfy Chair Dog ñ a Siberian Husky if you need to know with a smudge of whipped cream on my snout and an empty pie pan I nudged under my recliner.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13160940.Andrew_Neff

Amazon author profile: http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Neff/e/B00SDF66Q6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


Douglas Schwartz

Hello, Douglas! Tell us a little about yourself!

Doug works in the software industry, but would love to one day solely focus on his two favorite pastimes: writing absurd fiction and designing tabletop games. His wife and two kids support his dreams. Won’t you?

What books will you be offering for the promotion?

Checkered Scissors

Pickled Bananas and Other Schwartz Stories

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Absurd fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

A light read overflowing with creative imagery and an intelligent sense of humor.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Doug would be a talking dog that wears pants.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Website: http://www.checkeredscissors.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckerScissors

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CheckeredScissors


Susan Stafford

Hello, Susan! Tell us a little about yourself!

Had a great childhood growing up in Key West, Fl & going barefoot must of the time. I currently live in Central Florida & have to wear shoes every day as I work in the court system.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Trouble in the Keys

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Mystery

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

My books take place in the Florida Keys & involve two female leads who own The Dream Shop & Daydream Spa. Entertaining beach reads??

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

If I were a dog I’d be a mutt that loves to swim

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/521888.Susan_Stafford

Amazon Author Profile:http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Stafford/e/B00IU1NMGU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1439238808&sr=8-2-spell


Mike Vavrinak

Hello, Mike! Tell us a little about yourself!

Born in Youngstown Ohio in 1966, currently living in Lancaster with my beautiful wife Glaiza. Currently writing my second novel and, sadly, seem to be losing my battle against pizza, damn that cheesy goodness!

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Rebecca

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Paranormal horror novel about vampires.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

My book is a vampire/horror novel, but the focus is more on the inter-personal relationships that developed between the characters over time. There is, of course, horror and blood and some erotica – it IS a vampire novel after all, but the overall story is one of emotional growth, or lack of it. The premise of the book to me was – when our dreams come true, why can’t that be enough?

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

I would be spoiled rotten, that’s what dogs do.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Website: http://www.rebeccathenovel.com/


D. R. Oestreicher

Hello, D.R.! Tell us a little about yourself!

I started as a Computer Science researcher when things like compilers, graphics, user interfaces, and even email, were mysterious and unsolved. Next, I moved to Silicon Valley to work on the bleeding edge of technology – software, hardware, and biotech. Finally in retirement I am a K-12 teacher, world traveler, and writer.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

Plague of Equals

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Plague of Equals is a Science Thriller

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Plague of Equals is a multi-threaded story of a global plague that appears to target pregnant women causing miscarriages. This is a mystery of epidemiology and biology. Many of the people trying to solve the mystery are scientists, doing what scientists do: ignoring the politics and searching for the truth.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

I would be a mongrel agility dog, full of energy and joy, and always looking for a new challenge. After a tough trial, I’d always answer the question: “Never again, or faster next time?” with faster, much faster.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/D-R-Oestreicher/362821597224813

Twiter:https://twitter.com/d_r_oestreicher

Website: http://justcallitresearch.wordpress.com/


May Sage

Hello, May! Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi, I’m May, twenty-something living in the middle of nowhere blablabla, what matters isn’t me, it’s what I write. And the answer to that is: Absolutely everything, from dystopia to romance and revisited fairytales. I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl but it’s only recently that I’ve decided to publish; I just grew tired of your general weak heroine and the usual plot girl-meets-boy-the-end so, I give you: And then.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

And then, I died.

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Romance and suspense.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

A kick ass heroine, an intelligent, three dimensional (and hot. Do I need to say hot?) businessman who needs a knight in shining armour a realistic. And then will surprise you, entertain you and if I did my job right, make you want to throw your kindle at a wall.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Ladies, please. I sooo am the black poodle from 101 Dalmatians.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/maysage.author


Riley Amos Westbrook and Sara Lynn Westbrook

Hello, Riley and Sara! Tell us a little about yourselves!

Riley is an ex-Certified Nurses Assistant that was hurt on the job, and now writes to keep himself occupied.

Sara is the lovely woman who keeps him in line, while also translating Riley’s ramblings into English.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?

The False Titanbringer, a part of my Breath of the Titans series. I’m offering the entire collection in one work, so you’re getting all three!

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

High Fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

An imagination filled journey following a half-dragon. You will conquer the Orc tribes, bringing them under your command. And you’ll bring down the False Titanbringer!

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Easily a Bull Mastiff. Big and scary looking, but all fluffy on the inside.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Twitter:https://twitter.com/donttouchmyshi1

Blog:RileyAmosWestbrook.wordpress.com

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/sonshinegreene


BB Wynter

Hello, BB! Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m an author and illustrator currently residing under the grey, morose skies of England. At the moment, I’m immersing myself within paintings and sketches that give life to the realm of The Lament of Sky. I like to drink all kinds of tea and have a constant craving for honey.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?

The Lament of Sky

What genre or genres would best describe your work?

Dark Fantasy/Gothic/Epic Fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

Gods, Monsters, Cabbage Fairies, Jester-Pirates, Glass Airships, Horror and Magic

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Ginger King Charles

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11296543.B_B_Wynter

Website: https://bbwynter.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bb_wynter


Erin Zarro

Hello, Erin! Tell us a little about yourself!

Erin Zarro is an Indie novelist, fine art photographer, and lover of scary things. She decided she wanted to be a writer at a young age, and ended up studying journalism and photography in college. She works as an office manager, is married to her own Prince Charming, and is owned by a cat who she’s convinced is actually a vampire.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?

Fey Touched, book 1 of the Fey Touched series

Grave Touched, book 2 of the Fey Touched series

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?

Science fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?

A blend of sci-fi and fantasy. Romance, because love rocks, action, and twists. Also genetically engineered fey and ghosts that possess the living so they can have bodies.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?

Definitely a German Shepherd. There is a German Shepherd in the Fey Touched books named Pixie (who’s psychic and telepathic) and she is based on my favorite dog ever who is a German Shepherd. His name is Kipper and he’s my boy. If I were a dog, I’d want to be just like him so we could play together. (Also? I have a hard time remembering how to spell “shepherd” and have to look it up like, a zillion times.)

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Twitter: twitter.com/ekendall

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinZarro

Website: http://www.erinzarro.com


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Excerpt from The Undaunted

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Not much time to write this week, but I can’t leave you without a teaser! I am nearly finished The Undaunted by Gerald Lund, historical fiction about a group of LDS pioneers.

“What?” He stretched, then feigned a huge yawn.

But she knew him too well. “You cahn’t fool me, young man.” It was her finest London accent. Her hand shot out and found that spot beneath his armpit that she had discovered years before. In an instant he was writhing on the bed, screeching with laughter.

Gerald Lund, The Undaunted

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The journey was impossible.
But they had no other choice.

At the call of their prophet, they left well-established farms and businesses to strike out yet again into the untamed wilderness. A small band of men, women, and children formed the 1879 pioneer company.

Their mission: stand as a buffer between lawlessness and civilization.
Their road: only what they created themselves, blasting out a perilous trail over slick rock and through desolate cliffs.
Their hearts: UNDAUNTED

Excerpt from Spark

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Flipping through this week’s reads, trying to decide what to give you a teaser from… I just finished Spark by Brigid Kemmerer. It is book two of a series, and I read it without reading book one. She very quickly fills you in on what you missed in book one, so there is no problem understanding what is going on, even though it is paranormal. My only caveat against a wholehearted recommendation it is the language. It had me wincing too many times.

A girl on the cheer squad had once asked Gabriel if having a twin was like looking in a mirror all the time. He’d asked her if being a cheerleader was like being an idiot all the time—but really, it was a good question.

Brigid Kemmerer, Spark

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Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. 

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit. . .

The eternal question — plot or not?

It seems like every writer’s forum eventually ends up with an animated discussion of whether it is better to plot your novels or write by the seat of your pants. (Are you a plotter or a pantser?)

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So I decided that rather than addressing the question superficially when I encounter it, I would address it in detail here, and then just link to it when necessary! Sort of like the question of “Where do you find the time to write?

For me, it has been a journey of three decades of writing (so far).

When I started, there was no outlining whatsoever. I would start a book with no idea where it was going. It was an exploration of a character or a situation, and it unfolded (or didn’t) over time. I had difficulty ending a story; most of my early books ended by killing off the protagonist once I was done with the character or situation. Some stories wandered for a long time, or a shorter time, and I got bored/frustrated with them and didn’t finish them. Other books were great! And sometimes I would go back to an unfinished story and finish it years later.

At that point in my writing development, if I knew how a story was going to end, I either wouldn’t finish it, or I would go somewhere else with it. I felt like if I knew how it was going to end, it took the fun/creativity out of writing, and I was no longer interested in the story. Writing a mystery was impossible, because if I knew the solution, I was no longer interested in the story, and if I didn’t know the solution, I would paint myself into a corner, making it so that there was no possible solution.

I had one character that I loved and wanted to write more about. Of course, I had killed her off in the first book. So I wrote what happened to her during a period of missing time in the first book. I still wanted to write more about her, so I wrote an alternate “she’s not really dead” sequel. I still wanted to write more about her, so I went back to her childhood and wrote a prequel. And more missing scenes. All of this was over a period of years, between other books or while writing other books. It occurred to me that even though I knew the ultimate ending, I was still able to write more about her. Knowing the ending did not take the joy out of writing more about my favourite character.

 

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Flickr Creative Commons Dwayne Bent

 

I managed to write one book that had a plot twist that I knew ahead of time that the reader would not be able to anticipate. Even knowing the plot twist ahead of time, I was still able to complete the book. (Okay, I did still kill off one character at the end… but not until after the big reveal… still have to rewrite that one…)

Around that time, I started writing for Nanowrimo. I experimented a little bit with writing for Nano knowing how the story was going to end before I started, reminding myself that I could still enjoy the creative process even if I knew how it was going to end. And it was only 50,000 words. Practically a short story. I also tried writing out of order, jumping forward or back through the timeline, including flashbacks or backstory, etc. As long as I was writing something to do with the story.

Then I wrote my first book outline. I think for a Camp Nano novel. I was finding that I was floundering mid-Nano, knowing that I had to meet a quota but not knowing where the story was going was causing me a lot of grief. It was a pretty general outline. First, second, and third act. It was a mystery and I knew the protagonist was going to find the solution in the third act, and generally knew who the perp was, but not why or how he would find the solution. Some of the scenes in the first act were outlined, but not all. I finished the book (100,000 words or so) in lots of time, without getting too bogged down. And it was a great plot!

In between Nanos, I started using the Snowflake method to help identify problems and replot/rewrite some older stories. Soon after that, I used it to plot a story for the first time.

Plotting in Scrivener

I have been (mostly) plotting since then. Some of the plots are more detailed (100 scenes/plot points identified before beginning), and some of them are less detailed (A, B, and C happen, and it will end with protagonist either turning his life around or not and ending in tragedy.)

I still do some free writing, discovery writing, or pantsing, whatever you want to call it. When I get stuck, I’ll mindmap, do a Snowflake outline, or whatever. Most of my new novels are being plotted before I begin writing. I am still experimenting with what level of plotting works best for me, but I think it may vary from book to book. There are some where I have 20-30 scenes identified per act before beginning, and others where I have 5-10 plot points per act. But I am finally comfortable with both plotting and with knowing how a story is going to (or probably going to…) end when I begin writing and still feeling happy and creative. There is always reworking and reordering to be done along the way; I am pretty flexible with changing my outlines as I go. I’m okay with skipping a scene or going back and inserting one afterward. I’m okay with writing back story at any point, and working it into the story later, or not.

For me, outlining helps to keep the momentum going, so that a first draft is wrapped up in a month, instead of wandering around or being abandoned over a period of years. But I’m still okay with writing other stuff that isn’t on my production schedule without an outline or plan.

Excerpt from I Become Shadow

Did you miss my new release?

Lion Within is available now!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

This week I read I Become Shadow, the debut novel of Joe Shine. Be warned that it is book one of a series, and book two is not out yet! But it was a very satisfying read with a full plot arc, not just a teaser. I Become Shadow is a bit of a thriller and a bit of sci-fi. Young adult. Young girl trained to be a lethal weapon. Good relationships and character development. Cheeky, fun voice.

I zoned out. Zoning out is something I could do really well. Easily a top five skill. You know what? Scratch that, it’s number one by a mile. I’m really good at zoning out.

Joe Shine, I Become Shadow

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When Ren Sharpe was fourteen, she was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called FATE and trained to be a human weapon.

Now, four years later, she receives her assignment: protect Gareth Young at all costs. Currently a student at Texas A&M, Gareth will someday change the world. FATE calls people like Gareth “FIPs”—future important people—and they’re everywhere, each with a FATE-trained shadow.

 

New Release: Lion Within

Lion Within is now available in Kindle and paperback! You may have noticed that it snuck into my Reading List of Fiction About Personality Disorders a few days ago, even though it wasn’t officially out yet.

It is the first non-Young Adult book that I have published since Looking Over Your Shoulder, though there are a few more in the pipeline right now.

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Leo is a troubled young man, constantly on the brink of disaster. In the midst of his own emotional turmoil, Leo meets Elizabeth, single mom of a newborn, with a lot on her plate and a past that she won’t acknowledge.

Leo has always been driven to rescue others, and Elizabeth becomes the newest project to help him forget his own troubles.

Can Leo reach Elizabeth, and at the same time, come to terms with his own past? Or is he messing around with something beyond his ability to manage?

[Warning – contains disturbing scenes of abuse]

—A riveting page-turner that deals with mental health, physical abuse, and the lasting effects the two can leave upon a person, touching many lives in the process. It’s hard to think we all have a little bit of the lion inside us, and PD Workman deals with that in a captivating manner.

—I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was a page turner that I didn’t want to put down.

—A very intense story line… Lion Within, hooked me in the first few pages… it opened my eyes to the awareness needed to see beyond the outer shell of a person’s situation.

—This is a book that I will be thinking about for some time.

 

Excerpt from Gambit, a Nero Wolfe Mystery

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

This week was a re-read of a classic hard-boiled detective mystery. Gambit, by Rex Stout, features Nero Wolfe, the gourmand detective and Archie his faithful assistant. I read all of my dad’s Nero Wolfe books growing up, along with his Louis L’Amour and Max Brand westerns and Farley Mowat.

She was staring up at me. “He’s burning up a dictionary?”

“Right. That’s nothing. Once he burned up a cookbook because it said to remove the hide from the ham end before putting it in the pot with lima beans. Which he loves most, food or words, is a toss-up.”

Rex Stout, Gambit

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A private club is the setting for murder when Paul Jerim, playing chess with twelve opponents, is poisoned. When her father is accused of the murder, beautiful Sally Blount calls on gourmet detective Nero Wolfe to find the real killer.

Reading List: Fiction about Personality Disorders

This is the third book in my series on reading lists about mental illness. Previously published:

Young Adult books about Psychosis

Young Adult books about Depression (including Bipolar)

This one is the toughest so far! I have not limited it to young adult fiction, or the list would be even shorter. There are plenty of memoirs and biographies about personality disorders, and of course lots of non-fiction self-help or diagnostic type books, but very very little that is pure fiction.

As usual, I also tried to stay away from books that sounded so incredibly depression or gory that I wouldn’t read them. These books generally involve one of three personality disorders:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder/Traumatic Amnesia

I will again start with my own books featuring main characters (or their caregivers) with Personality Disorders:

My books that include main characters who may have personality disorders are:

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Justin had made a mistake. A big, life-changing mistake.

He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again.

But it seems they are always falling behind, barely keeping one step ahead of the nightmares.

There is always one more hazard, just around the corner.

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It’s better when she’s happy.

Bobby is a geeky teen who is convinced that his new foster home is everything he has ever hoped for.

His foster mom Katya is so different than any he has ever had; but as her behavior becomes more and more unpredictable and disturbing, he comes to realize that both he and Katya’s daughter Zane are in trouble.

The crazy thing is, Bobby doesn’t want to leave her, and new revelations from Bobby’s own forgotten past throw his quest for a real family into further turmoil.

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He never told what went on behind closed doors. But this time, he can’t remember.

Things never have been easy for Steven. He accepts that, and just makes the best of things. He might not have parents or a happy home. Or enough to eat most days. But at least he has a couple of loyal friends who stand by him and help out when they can. At least he has school, someplace he can go to escape the abuse.

But just when he thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did.

Steven is accused of murder. But that isn’t the worst part. The really bad part is not even knowing if he did it.

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Leo is a troubled young man, constantly on the brink of disaster. In the midst of his own emotional turmoil, Leo meets Elizabeth, single mom of a newborn, with a lot on her plate and a past that she won’t acknowledge.

Leo has always been driven to rescue others, and Elizabeth becomes the newest project to help him forget his own troubles.

Can Leo reach Elizabeth, and at the same time, come to terms with his own past? Or is he messing around with something beyond his ability to manage?

The other books that I have picked out are:

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Other People

Painfully shy and socially awkward, Ginny avoids engaging in a world filled with “other people” as best as she can. After a failed suicide attempt, Ginny is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and begins a journey towards improving her distraught life. In her quest to fit in among other people, Ginny studies the behaviors of her picture-perfect new neighbors, Jim and Nina, and tries her best to mimic their life skills. But, will Ginny’s attempts to be one of the other people help her fit into their world, or send her crashing back deeper into the dark, isolated world she is desperately trying to escape?

jekyllThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

An intriguing combination of fantast thriller and moral allegory, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities — one essentially good, the other evil — for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man’s dual nature reveals Stevenson as a writer of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.

 

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Both of Me

It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.

When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

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Her

In many ways, Kristen Elliott is a normal, seventeen-year-old girl. Kristen loves her family. She works hard academically, and tries to please her mother. She takes on the additional responsibility of caring for her twin siblings, Nick and Alison. She idealizes her best friend, Lexus, who not only seems to lead the perfect life, but also catches the attention of John, the boy Kristen secretly loves. However, as is the case with many teenagers, Kristen feels frustrated, isolated, and confused.

In other ways, Kristen is not like other kids her age. She knows something is wrong with her. Kristen feels like an utter failure. She is unable to please her abrasive mother, and scared to confront Jack, her abusive stepfather. She is also unable to protect Nick from Jack, making her fell all the more helpless. Adding to her problems, she knows she will never be as beautiful as her best friend Lexus. Kristen finds solace in self-injury, and the company of Mr. Sharp, her imaginary friend who encourages her feelings of self-loathing.

After a failed suicide attempt, Kristen is placed in the Bent Creek mental hospital, where she is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While in the hospital, she meets a group of peers suffering with their own mental illnesses, and a compassionate staff of doctors and counselors. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She discovers the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point, struggles to understand her mental illness, and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame.

Kristen’s tale of endurance illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. Readers – including those suffering from BPD and their friends and family – can glean insight into the illness from Kristen’s humanity. Her story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.

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Beautiful Disaster

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.