5 Besties with Lissa Cowan – Milk Fever Tour & Giveaway


Title: Milk Fever

Author Name: Lissa M. Cowan

  1. Best writing wardrobe.



Something comfortable yet mildly luxurious. Even if I don’t leave the house, I like to look good. I put on my earrings, necklace and rings, do my hair and wear makeup (most of the time). I’ve tried to write in sweats and sometimes do that after the gym or a run but it doesn’t work as well for me.


2. Best Inspiration for writing.


A good night’s sleep. I know it sounds really boring, but sleep is so inspiring because it means I’m well rested and ready to work, have had a few dreams, and my creativity is flowing.


  1. Best writing place.


The best writing place for me is a cottage in Tuscany overlooking an olive grove. I took over two months off to finish rewrites to my novel in a place like that. You better believe I was inspired. Barring that, writing at my solid teak Indian desk surrounded by my books and a good cup of coffee at my side.


  1. Best Pick-Me-Up book.


I’m a sucker for children’s books such as Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Where the Wild Things Are. I also like more current ones with artful pictures. Hard not to be happy reading a good children’s book.


  1. Best secret talent.


I’m kind of killer in the kitchen. I make a mean hummus, lasagne, curry and crepes. My family and closest friends know this about me. I love to cook, mix my own spices and basically turn the kitchen upside down. The good part for those who have to clean up after me is that I usually clean as I go.


  1. Best experience or writing idea.


Well, I would have to say the idea I had to write my current novel. I think the story about a wet nurse with magical milk is pretty original.

Lissa M. Cowan is the author of Milk Fever and founder of Writing the Body. She speaks and writes about storytelling, creativity, work-life balance and creative spirituality. She is a Huffington Post blogger and writes regularly for Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers.

She is co-translator of Words that Walk in the Night by Pierre Morency, one of Québec’s most honoured poets. She has been writing and telling stories in one form or another since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria’s Writing Department and from The Banff Centre. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing. She has had some wonderfully talented teachers along the way such as Nino Ricci, Jane Rule and Daphne Marlatt who have helped her hone her writing craft.

Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves, and the world around us. She coaches her students to develop the skills to tune in—rather than wait for the muse—and to trust their intuition. She believes that true creative work begins with a loving relationship to self and spreads outwards to encompass all living beings.

When she’s not writing or teaching, you can most likely find her in a cafe working on one of her stories or book ideas. She just started work on a creative non-fiction book, though it’s too early right now to spill the beans on that one!

She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal and lives in Toronto, Canada.


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Website: lissacowan.com 

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lissamcowan 


Book Genre: Historical fiction, literary suspense

Publisher: Demeter Press

Release Date: October 18, 2013



Book Description:

What if the only person you ever loved suddenly disappeared without a trace?

In 1789, Armande, a wet nurse who is known for the mystical qualities of her breast milk, goes missing from her mountain village.

Céleste, a cunning servant girl who Armande once saved from shame and starvation, sets out to find her. A snuffbox found in the snow, the unexpected arrival of a gentleman and the discovery of the wet nurse’s diary, deepen the mystery. Using Armande’s diary as a map to her secret past, Céleste fights to save her from those plotting to steal the wisdom of her milk.

Milk Fever is a rich and inspired tale set on the eve of the French Revolution–a delicious peek into this age’s history. The story explores the fight for women’s rights and the rise in clandestine literature laying bare sexuality, the nature of love and the magic of books to transform lives.


My fever worsened. I don’t recall all who came to assist me on my

sickbed during those few days of torment, but I know the village

doctor was there for a time, along with a travelling barber-surgeon,

an apothecary and a healer of the stone evil. One advised bleeding

and another clysters. Still another insisted on purgatives in the way

of small spoonfuls of cinnamon water. Margot applied compresses

and told me to continue suckling even though the doctors warned

against it.


Eventually your body will rid itself of milk fever,” she said.

Heat consumed every part of me, setting my skin on fire. One

night I didn’t sleep and hallucinated instead. In my half-mad vision,

all the saints were there before me—Augustine, Teresa, Sebastian,

Thomas, Francis, Cecilia—and many mortal beings who were now

absent to me. Although I lay in bed amidst damp sheets, I saw my

dear mother who died bringing me into the world, childhood playmates

of mine who fell during the scourge and were buried together

in one solitary grave. A neighbour who didn’t survive the birth of

her second child, and yet another woman crying out as her son lay

on his deathbed—all of them scaling the exterior walls of my house

like red-eyed lepers seeking a crypt to hide their half-deadness. At

first, I didn’t want to let these lost souls into my life. They were, after

all, echoes of the past, wreckage from a sea-bound ship that never

made it home. Although I am afraid of what they showed me, I was

compelled to let them in.


I awakened in a pool of water, nightshirt clinging to my hot, wet

body. My child was no longer beside me. Did the lost souls take her,

I wondered. Perhaps the flames licked her all away. Just when I had

given up hope of ever seeing my darling baby again, Margot walked

into the room. She passed a cool cloth over my forehead and cheeks.

Its freshness soothed me.


Where is Rose-Marie? What happened to her?” I asked deliriously.

She is asleep in a basket by your bed. There, you see?”


I raised my head and glimpsed her round face peeking out from the

covers. She batted the air with her fists, emitting rapid cries. Margot

sat on the bed and looked upon me as a mother does a daughter.


You were burning up.”


Yes. I have spent the night watching saints and others battle the

fires of Hades.”


Take the child. She needs your milk.” Margot handed her to me

and I brought her to the spot of all my woes.


Amazed to find that feeding her soothed the pain in my bosom, I

felt my fever much less than before. A sensation that I cannot put

my finger on took hold of me when my milk fever subsided and I

became bright-eyed and shiny as a new coin.


I am no more able to understand my transformation than I am

able to blame Rose-Marie for taking me from intellectual pursuits.

My melancholia vanished with the morning mist.


My baby’s little mouth curled and eyelids like pea pods opened

and closed. When she looked up at me with knowing eyes, I couldn’t

help but think it was my milk that produced such a state. My heart

was suddenly joyful and I reasoned that there was no better place to

be. Her gurgles and chirps told me she was happy in my arms and I

now sensed the same emotion holding her. Ten little fingers and ten

little toes, she was built of the stuff that made a body unstoppable.

I held her always, all day, bestowing kisses upon her downy head. I

couldn’t believe that this little nut, this sleeping angel, was mine. I

cried and laughed as I rocked her. My words were caresses for her,

flowing and erupting. She drank in my sweet hums and coos, her

mouth lingering at my every syllable.


After feeding, I wrapped Rose-Marie and myself in a blanket and

madly raced down the stairs toward the door. As I combed the garden

for a bit of wind to quell what was left of my fever, I sensed my present

life slipping away. My head and heart informed me that mothering

wasn’t contrary to learning, yet instead part of it. I can write and reflect

and talk philosophy just as I can suckle a child. No one can tell me—not

even my own father—that it is not a woman’s privilege to do both.

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Unleashed by Emily Kimelman – Choose The Voice of Sydney Rye Contest & Giveaway


Choose the Voice of Sydney Rye

Sydney Rye is coming to Audio and we need your help picking the narrator!

Emily Kimelman’s Sydney Rye series of mysteries feature a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

Haven’t read Sydney Rye yet? Download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Kobo and see how she sounds in your head then vote for the best narrator.

Voting enters you to win all sorts of great prizes including Amazon gift cards, signed books, and the finished Audio book! Add to your chances of winning by joining Emily’s email list, liking her Facebook page, or telling your friends about the contest.

Here are your choices:



Emily Strong is an actor, voiceover talent, and first time filmmaker.  As a native of Michigan, she is a nature-lover at heart but has the mind of a city girl and moved to Chicago nearly three years ago because she wasn’t smart enough to go somewhere warmer.  She takes full advantage of what the city has to offer by training at legendary places like The Second City and eating lots and lots of ethnic food (will travel all the way across the city to Pilsen for the best tacos!).  Her love of reading was the catalyst for her adventurous spirit and the reason why she is always stoked to tell stories in their many different forms.

You can visit her at www.emilystrong.net




Erin has narrated over 500 audio books including “The Hunger Games” trilogy for The National Library Services/Library Of Congress,  “A State Of Wonder,” The Garden Of The Beasts,” “Anna Karenina,” “Ferdinand The Bull, and “Madeline.” 




Sonja has two loves: acting and reading. Narrating audiobooks is her absolute passion. She has logged over 600 hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, and is currently in the process of recording a kids’ action-fantasy-adventure novel, a steamy and mysterious paranormal romance, and a non-fiction about writing. She loves nothing more than bringing vivid worlds and unique characters to life. When she’s not recording, Sonja can be found onstage, traipsing around Brooklyn, or entertaining children with a variety of dubious accents.



Erica Newhouse is a film, televesion and theater actor living in New York City. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.


Prize Details

Every vote, like, share, or sign up is an entry for the “grand prizes” 

One person will win Signed copies of all 5 books

One person will win a $30 Amazon or B&N gift card

Four other winners will win paperback copies of UNLEASHED


Anyone who votes +  signs up for Emily’s email list + likes Emily’s FaceBook page gets a copy of the audio book when it’s completed!

More about UNLEASHED:


UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman’s best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries.


When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller’s dog-walking business on Manhattan’s exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.




But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim–and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.




When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit–cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan’s elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.


The Rest of The Sydney Rye Series:

DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2) 

INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)

STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)

THE DEVIL’S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5) Coming April 2014


Emily Kimelman Biography

Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling “Sydney Rye” series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming THE DEVIL’S BREATH. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone “Pup Detective”, on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.


If you’ve read Emily’s work and liked it please contact her. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach Emily via email ejkimelman@gmail.com or on twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit www.emilykimelman.com to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.


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6 Besties with Abby Rodman – Should You Marry Him?


Abby Rodman’s 6 Writing Besties

1. Best Writing Wardrobe

This winter? Anything that kept me from freezing my tootsies off!

2. Best Inspiration for Writing

Paying attention to anything that evokes an emotional response in me – whether it’s a TV show or a conversation I overhear. If it resonates with me, I’m going to get the best creative mileage out of it.

3. Best Writing Place

At home. Early morning. Kitchen table. In complete silence!

4. Best Pick-Me-Up Book

This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t by Augusten Burroughs. Genius.

5. Best Secret Talent

Colors. I can coordinate paint hues and match fabrics like nobody’s business. I’m also great at picking just the right shirt and tie combo!

6. Best Experience or Writing Idea

My best writing experience came at a cost. A few years ago, an article I wrote was published in a major newspaper. The gist of the article was misconstrued by some readers who posted scathing criticisms online. It was awful! But it was a necessary reminder that you simply cannot write for others – and that if you put yourself out there, you’ve got to be able to take your lumps. 


Abby Rodman, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Boston area. She has counseled hundreds of individuals and couples with relationship issues. Abby has graduate degrees from both Harvard and Boston College and her work has been featured in the Boston Globe Magazine. She is a contributing relationship expert for yourtango.com. Abby is absurdly proud of her three amazing, college-aged sons who grew up at warp speed. Her next book in the Little Books for Life’s Big Decisions series is about divorce and will be available in 2014. 
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I’ve learned- from years of personal and professional experience – that problems in a marriage don’t start when the rings are exchanged – they’ve likely been there, in one form or another, from the start of the relationship. With a nearly fifty percent divorce rate in the US, it’s time for a proactive approach to happy marriage instead of a reactive approach – trying to fix what’s broken in a marriage – when it may already be too late. I’m on a mission to get folks to really consider what they’re getting into before they make the most important decision of their lives!

Book Genre: Non-Fiction/Relationships

Publisher: Book Tango

Release Date: August 19, 2013

Buy Link(s): Amazon | Book Tango | Barnes and Noble

Book Description:
Ever wonder why nearly fifty percent of women marry the wrong guy and then divorce him? Or if your Mr. Right may be, well, your Mr. Maybe? A quick, feisty read,Should You Marry Him? A No-Nonsense, Therapist-Tested* Guide to Not Screwing Up the Biggest Decision of Your Life, gives you the skinny on the ten most common red flags women overlook before tying the knot. Informed by my work with hundreds of married and divorcing couples, Should You Marry Him? packs the perfectly blended punch of professional advice and straightforward girl-talk.
Unlike other self-help books of this genre, Should You Marry Him? A No-Nonsense, Therapist-Tested* Guide to Not Screwing Up the Biggest Decision of Your Life cuts through the characteristic psychobabble and gives you what you really need: practical advice you can act on. Few women have the time or inclination to slog through 300 pages or 1001 reasons. Should You Marry Him?is written for every busy woman who needs answers now.
Using real-life examples from my psychotherapy practice and personal insights from my own experience, Should You Marry Him?will resonate with every woman who has ever wondered just what makes successful marriages successful. Why do some women just seem to pick the perfect guy? It’s not complicated, yet so many get it wrong!
Whether you’re on the verge of marrying or if it’s just ultimately in your life’s grand plan, Should You Marry Him? will change the way you look at choosing your forever mate. Love is grand – and great sex is great – but they’re just not enough for the long haul. Don’t screw up the biggest decision of your life. Read Should You Marry Him? now or…forever hold your peace!

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Part of the deliciousness of falling in love is having another recognize how pretty terrific you really are. You always suspected your greatness was in there somewhere and now it’s been confirmed. Or maybe your fiancé has had to work hard to convince you of your amazingness. Either way, this man has chosen to be with you because of all the things that make you so uniquely attractive. You have finally found the one other who gets you in all your complexity and loves you because of it and, sometimes, in spite of it.

Sharing the same values, religion, or culture can make falling in love that much easier. Birds of a feather and all that. We flock to people similar to us. It just makes communication that much simpler. We understand each other. That also feels good. But what happens if you and your betrothed encounter fundamental differences that can make or break your relationship?

When I met my first husband over 25 years ago, he was a practicing Jew. Practicing, actually, doesn’t cover it. He had practiced and perfected the art of living as an observant Jew. He kept a kosher kitchen, didn’t shop or do laundry on Saturdays and celebrated several of the minor Jewish holidays many Jews haven’t even heard of. He never visited his observant grandparents without donning a yarmulke. Friday nights were devoted to Shabbat dinner complete with lighting candles and saying the blessings over the bread and wine.

To this day, there’s a lot of beauty and ritual to these practices that attract me. Then, I felt as if I’d been asked to relocate to the moon and open a 7-Eleven there. That’s how foreign it all felt to me despite the fact that I have a Jewish father and grew up celebrating Passover and Hannukah with my Jewish grandparents.

Almost immediately, I realized that if I was going to be with this man, I would have to adopt his lifestyle. His way of life was ingrained in him. There was no compromising. As our relationship progressed and talk of spending our lives together began, the stakes got higher. Because my mother is not Jewish, strict Jewish law decreed that I would have to undergo an Orthodox conversion to Judaism to comply with the standards my boyfriend adhered to.

There are at least a dozen reasons I thought this seemed like a fine idea at the time. Chiefly, I had always been envious of folks who had religion in their lives. (My parents rejected it.) I also admired his intact extended family (my own family was deeply fractured) and saw their religious practice as something that had facilitated that.

I didn’t realize it, but I was committing the serious relationship faux pas of looking to someone else to fill in my blanks, a topic more fully addressed later in this book. To clarify: There is nothing inherently wrong with changing your life. Sometimes it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. However, changing your lifestyle and/or your belief system to comply with someone else’s standards is another can of worms. Especially if you have little say in what that change is going to look like. No matter how big the red bow on top of the box, when you commit to a permanent lifestyle change in a relationship, you need to get clear about what the contents of the package will mean for you.

Some of you will wander into changes in your lifestyles you had no way of anticipating. Every day women who marry celebrities can’t possibility understand what that life will look like until they’re in it. Marrying and living with someone with a physical handicap or chronic illness will also present unforeseen challenges. Becoming a military spouse requires sacrifice for country at a whole new level. The list goes on. What’s important, as always, is how those challenges and changes are managed so that both partners have a voice and a vote.

I went ahead with the conversion. It was a lengthy and difficult process and, in many ways, both humiliating and inspiring. Regardless, I knew if I didn’t go through with it, my boyfriend wouldn’t marry me. Simple as that.

No one held a gun to my head. I made the decision to convert freely and willingly. I thought it would bring a depth to my life that was lacking. In many ways it did but the cost was high. Among other sacrifices, I agreed to eschew my family’s (non-religious) Christmas celebration which had always meant a great deal to me. My soon-to-be husband was just not comfortable with it. It also meant that my children would never have Christmas with my family. This deeply hurt my mother, especially, and for that I am forever ashamed.

What does it mean if your man is requesting that you change your life in a profound way or he will not marry you? Non-negotiable demands, as a rule, aren’t healthy in any relationship. Part of the problem is that many of us are willing to twist ourselves into pretzels to fit the ideal our man wants. This is especially true at the beginning of a relationship when we’re so in love we can’t see straight. You want to please him so you’re vulnerable to making choices that may not seem so dreamy and romantic a few years down the road.




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10 Tips For Becoming A Better Writer with Loren Kleinman – Indie Authors Naked Tour



10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

Even though I’m writer, writing is a mystery to me. I could try to explain or reassure you that there’s some magic potion, some pill I could recommend that would ease you into the writing process, but then I’d just be leading you toward inventible sorrow. Truth is writing comes from someplace that is unknown. Federico Garcia Lorca called this place the duende. And if I peak my head into the cave of the duende, it says, I can only give you an aerial view of what might lead you on the path to writing more, writing smarter. Here’s what I think might help you through that long, undefined world called writing.

  1. Write every day.
  2. Read every day.
  3. Be vulnerable.
  4. Take risks. There are various beats, various drums.
  5. Practice awareness. Look around you. See the world as the new flower growing in your garden.
  6. Write about the lions. In Sonia Sanchez’s book Does Your House of Lions? she explores the pain we keep inside our homes, our bodies. Don’t be afraid to write about the lions. Let them out.
  7. Love rejection just as much as acceptance. Both are part of the writing process. Both live as equals.
  8. Give yourself permission to write a shitty first draft. That’s why there’s revision.
  9. Write first. Publish later.
  10. Accept that blood, sweat and tears are part of the writing process. Anything worth something hurts a little.

Loren Kleinman is a writer and poet with roots in New Jersey.  She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. Kleinman is a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie authors. Some of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Writer’s Bloc, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist. In 2003, Spire Press published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz.

Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, is due to release with Winter Goose Publishing in March 2014. She is currently working on a New Adult romance, This Way to Forever.


Amy Holman Edelman launched IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, way back in 2007.  Since then, indie authors have stormed the bestseller lists, been courted by trad publishers and (after all that), finally gained a modicum of respect.

Amy self-published her first book, The Fashion Resource Directory, back in the 80s, long before POD and Amazon and e-readers roamed the land.  Her second and third books (The Little Black Dress and Manless in Montclair), were traditionally published (by Simon & Schuster and Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Crown).

As an author and a publicist with over 20 years’ experience, Amy’s goal for IndieReader is no less than to make indie a respected and desirable category within the publishing world. This book is just one step in that direction.


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Loren Kleinman


Web: http://www.lorenkleinman.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LorenKleinman

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Book Genre: Non-fiction

Publisher: IndieReader Publishing

Release Date: January 15, 2014

Buy Link(s): TBA

Book Description:Indie Authors Naked Book Cover


Indie Authors Naked explores and defines the world of independent publishing.


Comprised of a series of essays and interviews by indie authors, booksellers and publishers, readers will get a look at the many aspects of the indie community, where publishing professionals of all types come together with the simple goal of creating something unique; something that speaks directly to the reader, no middleman necessary.


Contributors include: James Franco, Hugh Howey, McNally Jackson Books, Sarah Gerard, OHWOW Books, Raine Miller, David Vinjamuri, Toby Neal, Rachel Thompson, Eden Baylee, Christoph Paul, Jessica Redmerski, and more.


Excerpt Two:


From the foreword written by Orna Ross, founder, ALLi


When I was a teenager, and beginning to dimly perceive how women get written out of history, I asked my great-aunt about her part in the Irish revolution of 1916 to 1923, that had seen her brother shot by his best friend. What had it been like for her in this nationalist armed uprising?  “Yerra, you just got on with it,” was her reply.  And then, after a moment’s reflection, she nodded her head in self-satisfaction and said, “I did my bit.”

Something about this answer stayed with me, so that a similar scene found its way into my first novel, After The Rising.  And the words came again to mind when I was asked to write a foreword to this eclectic collection of interviews with indie authors, which so clearly illustrates that we writers and publishers are in the middle of our own revolution.  

Publishing, the elite “gentle[wo]man’s profession,” the business that has harnessed the energy and talents of writers to turn a profit of more than $80 billion dollars in the English language alone, is being democratized. Young writers are already taking it for granted: that a writer can directly reach a reader; that one human imagination can now whisper directly into the mind of another through that box of magic we call the book, no middle-person needed. 

For me, having worked in media and publishing for more than twenty years—as writer, editor, author, creative writing lecturer, owner of a writing school and literary agency—it’s a miracle that has saved my writing life. 

I am a refugee from trade publishing. The novel that took my great-aunt’s quiet pride and put it into the mouth of a fictional Irish grandmother was first published under a different title back in 2006. Seeing it launched had been a dream come true for me, a dream long-held through a slew of rejection slips. When Penguin, as part of a generous two-book deal, finally purchased it, I thought I’d won the literary lottery. 

Alas, where I saw page-turning fiction that educated and inspired and cared about language, the publisher saw chick-lit. Where I wanted to focus on what made my books different—the historical background, the real-life people, the twists and turns of a family murder mystery ricocheting through four generations—they wanted to emphasize the love angle. 

In short, where I thought reader, they thought retailer. They were chasing a market and squeezing the book to fit: so I got neon pink on the cover (though anyone who knows me knows I am the Anti-Pink) and a title with “lover” in it. A book that, by the time they were finished with it, I hardly recognized as mine.


Those who are proud of their indie status, and carry a sense of their own worth into their ventures and collaborations, are at the vanguard, leading the way and opening new ground, not just for those who avail of the opportunities, but for all writers.  And for all publishers, too.

I know I am blessed to be here, at the heart of this revolution: to be stretching my creative boundaries; to be helping other writers recognize and relish our newly won freedoms and responsibilities. To be, like all the author-publishers interviewed in this book, getting on with it. Doing our bit. 



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6 Besties with Author Ana Koza (Children’s Book Tour & Giveaway)

 Ana Koza’s 6 Besties

1. Best writing wardrobe.



The only free time I have to write is when my kids go to sleep!


2. Best Inspiration for writing.


My kids, family and friends are my inspiration. I know that sounds cliché, but raising 2 boys has been a wonderful and challenging experience thus far and I’ve discovered a fun and creative way to pass on to them the importance of being polite and respectful to others.



3. Best writing place.


At my house…the dining area is the best!


4. Best Pick-Me-Up book.

Cien años de soledad (One hundred years of solitude). The original book was written in Spanish, but has been translated in many languages


5. Best secret talent.

Cooking! It takes some of the stress away when I cook


6. Best experience or writing idea.

Writing my first book and see it on the website for sale! So far it has been a pleasant experience; lots of hard work and patience!

Genre: Children’s BookPublisher: Book Baby

Release Date: August 19, 2013

Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Book Description:

Around the world teaches kids about different culture and what make us unique and special. The book will give shot of each characters’ lives and they will give us a glance of their country.


Genre: Children’s Book

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Release Date: December 13, 2013

Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Book Description:

A wonderful book for ages 1-7 year of year. A boy named Tommy often forgets to say the magic words, but then he realizes how important those words are. Let Tommy remind us about those words in a fun and magic way!



Author Ana Koza lives with her husband and sons Ari and Eli in San Diego, California. She was raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. Interested in writing since she was in school, Ana is now writing two future books for children which she expects to publish later this year. More information about Ana and her books can be found at her author web site www.kidintheclouds.com. Her books are available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com and at book stores.

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Giveaway & Book Blast: Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – a Lance Underphal Mystery by Michael Allan Scott

Book Blast: Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – a Lance Underphal Mystery

by Michael Allan Scott

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Born and raised at the edge of the high
desert in Kingman, Arizona, Michael Allan Scott resides in Scottsdale
with his wife, Cynthia and their hundred-pound Doberman, Otto. In
addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests
include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing. For
the latest, please visit http://michaelallanscott.com

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Book Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Publisher: Telemachus Press

Release Date: 11/19/12

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A contemporary mystery/thriller—a paranormal mystery, to be more precise. For mystery fans, it twists and turns like a dragon kite in a high wind. Mystery connoisseurs, beware. The Lance Underphal Mystery series will keep you guessing . . .


Lance Underphal was devastated by his wife’s death, and now, the down-and-out crime-scene photographer can’t let her go. He wakes up plagued by premonitions. The double shooting of an Arizona real estate developer and his mistress/bookkeeper immerse Underphal in a world of incomprehensible phenomena.


Frank Salmon, the homicide detective on the case, does his best to blow off Underphal’s “visions.” But the murders keep piling up and the visions are all too real.


Salmon pursues Underphal’s clues from a popular strip club to a failing community bank, adding a blackmailing stripper to the body count.


Underphal struggles mightily with his psychic curse, teetering on the brink of insanity. His only hope for redemption is the voice in his head, the voice of his dead wife. Stumbling through dark vortexes of murderous intrigue, he comes to realize his visions will either kill him or lead to the capture of a killer—maybe more than one.


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Science At It’s Best – Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed in Everyday Language by Ira Mark Egdall

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Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed in Everyday Language

Ira Mark Egdall

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Ira Mark Egdall is also the author of the eBook Unsung Heroes of the Universe and a popular science writer for DecodedScience.com. He is a retired aerospace program manager with an undergraduate degree in physics from Northeastern University. Mark now teaches lay courses in modern physics at Lifelong Learning Institutes at Florida International University, the University of Miami, and Nova Southeastern University. He also gives entertaining talks on Einstein and time travel. When not thinking about physics, Mark spends his time playing with his grandchildren and driving his wife of 45 years crazy.


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Book Genre: Popular Science

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing

Release Date: February 24, 2014

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Einstein Relatively Simple brings together for the first time an exceptionally clear explanation of both special and general relativity. It is for people who always wanted to understand Einstein’s ideas but never thought it possible.


Told with humor, enthusiasm, and rare clarity, this entertaining book reveals how a former high school drop-out revolutionized our concepts of space and time. From E=mc2 and everyday time travel to black holes and the big bang, the book takes us all, regardless of any scientific background, on a mindboggling journey through the depths of Einstein’s universe.


Along the way, we track Einstein through the perils and triumphs of his life — follow his thinking, his logic, and his insights — and chronicle the audacity, imagination, and sheer genius of the man recognized as the greatest scientist of the modern era.


Excerpt from Chapter 14, Einstein’s Masterpiece.

The Lost Years . . .


In July 1913, Max Planck and Walther Nernst approached Einstein with

a tantalizing offer — a professorship in Berlin, the “world-capital” of phys-

ics, and membership in the prestigious Prussian Academy of Sciences.13,14

At age 34, he would be appointed to Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm

Physical Institute and Professor in the University of Berlin, and become

the youngest member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences — the

“premier scientific society of all Europe.”15 In addition, he would have no

teaching responsibilities nor any real administrative duties.

After five months of consideration, Einstein accepted the offer. He

left Zurich Poly the following spring, and moved back with his family to

the country of his birth. On arrival in Berlin, he remarked:

The Germans are gambling on me as they would on a prize-winning hen,

but I don’t know if I can still lay eggs.16

On June 28, 1914, four days before Einstein gave his inaugural

address to the Prussian Academy, a Serbian nationalist assassinated

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Austria-Hungary’s throne, and his

wife, Sophie, while they were visiting Sarajevo.17 With the pretext he had

been looking for, Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph declared war

on Serbia a month later. World War I, the “War to End All Wars,” had


On July 31, Serbian ally Russia mobilized its armed forces. The next

day, Austria-Hungary’s ally Germany declared war on Russia. Two days

later, she declared war on France, and then on neutral Belgium to flank

France. In response, Britain declared war on Germany. On August 6,

Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia. The continent was soon ablaze

with the bloodiest and most inexplicable war in its history.

In September of 1914, ninety-three prominent German scientists,

scholars, and artists, including Max Planck, signed a manifesto which

declared support for the Kaiser and the war effort.18 Albert Einstein re-

fused to sign. Two months later, he put his signature on a counter-manifesto

calling for peace. Only four others dared sign.

Europe in her insanity has started something unbelievable. At such times

as this one realizes what a sorry species of animal one belongs to.

Albert Einstein

To make matters worse, Einstein’s marriage to Mileva Marić was on

the rocks. As his fame grew, her resentment over the time he spent outside

the home and on his physics grew accordingly.

In the spring of 1912, while a professor in Prague, Einstein had recon-

nected with his cousin Elsa Löwenthal, a divorcée with two grown daughters

who lived in Berlin.20Unhappy at home, he began a romantic correspondence.

After several failed attempts at reconciliation, Mileva left Berlin in July

of 1914 and returned to Zurich with the two boys. (See Fig. 14.3.) Seeing

his sons off at the station, Albert “bawled like a little boy.”21He wrote to

Elsa; “They used to shout with joy when I came … Now they will be gone


Einstein’s mother Pauline was delighted with the news. She had always

disliked Marić intensely. “Oh, if your poor Papa had only lived to see it!”

she told her son.

In the bitter summer of 1915, Albert Einstein found himself at the lowest

point of his adult life. Not since his parents had left him in the hated Munich

gymnasium and moved to Italy had he felt such despair. With the continent

and much of the world raging with war, his health deteriorating due to lack

of food, his children virtually unreachable in Zurich, and his new theory of

gravity at a dead end, his only solace was the growing attentions of Elsa.

But for Einstein it was literally the dark before the dawn . . . 

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#SundaySoulReads – Immortalis Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas

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1854693 Follow Me on Pinterest Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition…that’s the hard part.

Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she’s barely cut her teeth before she becomes a target.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where the clan can be found.

With no time to mourn her old life, Alyssa’s survival depends on her new family. She will have to stand alongside Lysander and fight against two enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy them.

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Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Book 1)
Hunters & Prey (Book 2)
Pandora’s Box (Book 3)
Soulstone (Book 4)

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Immortalis: Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas was a fantastic read!  If you have ever wondered what going through the change to become an immortal was like,  you will be enthralled with this title.

Alyssa was awaiting the arrival of her best friend Fallon,  where they meet every night at the Cafe’ Copioh.  When Fallon calls to say she won’t be able to make it to the Cafe’,  Alyssa leaves for home.

Not comfortable with the fact that she must walk home alone,  she places her pepper spray in her hand.  After being approached by what she thought to be a fellow college student,  she is brutally attacked.

Sure she is going to die,  Lysander comes to her rescue,  only a little too late.  With no other option than to let her die,  he bites her to save her life.

Alyssa must now accept the immortality that has been handed to her,  while she also struggles through feelings she has for Lysander.  She must learn how to hunt to survive,  and keep from being hunted from those that wish to destroy her.

Salidas did a great job portraying what one might feel,  and experience while going through the change.  Follow Alyssa’s journey,  as she learns how to live with the condition of being a vampire.  From first bite to survival,  and finally love.


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Book Review: Lakeside University Cover Up by Charles A. Taylor



Title: Lakeside University Cover Up

Author Name: Charles A. Taylor

Author Bio: Dr. Charles “Chuck” Taylor, author, speaker and diversity expert is currently a professor in the school of education at a Midwestern college. Although he has written and edited over 10 books, this is his first novel. Chuck has also written a full-length children’s musical, a highly acclaimed documentary on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin civil rights movement and continues to serve as a national consultant to college campuses in the areas of racial diversity and inclusion. Please visit his website for additional information: http://drcharlestaylor.com/about/ Author Links – The link for any or all of the following…http://drcharlestaylor.com; www.linkedin.com/in/drcharlestaylor/; Lakeside University Cover Up,
Book Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Roar
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Release Date: January,


Book Description:A cross is burned in the yard of two black Lakeside University 400000000000001056079_s4students. When campus officials call the incident a harmless prank, both black and white student organizations, launch a series of protests to force the administration into conducting a full investigation.

Instead, the administration devises a divide and conquer scheme to create a rift between black and white students. Feel the tension mounting as the students react to the Administration’s response to the incident. As black students turn up the pressure, the campus stands on the verge of a racial explosion. Campus leaders must find a way out of the crisis so they seek the help of Dr. Wendell Oliver, the country’s leading expert in diffusing racial tension.

Watch Dr. Oliver as he masterfully guides the feuding students into looking beyond themselves on a weekend retreat that is filled with action, danger, sexual attraction, and racial conflict. Discover the hidden lessons that students learn about friendship, betrayal and forgiveness. Follow the love story as the plot unfolds. Experience this roller coaster ride of emotions for yourself! Learn the secret behind the cross burning as the leading character Gloria finds her voice.


Students come to realize that the cross burning is more than just about racism. Its wicked flames shed light on corrupt cops, complicit college administrators and misguided attitudes that point to a major cover up. When students finally piece the puzzle together, justice is served but it comes with a steep price. Lakeside University will never be the same again. 


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I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading this book, and as a parent with a child in college, this was a very big eye opener. We learn about this type of thing, racism, KKK, in history, but when you think of it still happening, well, let me just say…

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Okay, to the book. Lakeside University Cover Up was excellent. Very well written and so real-to-life that you have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. I experienced so many emotions while reading this that at times I had to take a break to take it all in. It’s something that I think every parent, teacher and school/university should be discussing to ensure that kids are prepared for what the future may hold for them – especially if they will be dorming on campus.

Dr. Taylor did a fantastic job of drawing you in and keeping  you glued to the story. You were wanting to smash people, protect others and in the end…just go give your kids a hug, hoping you raised them right and they will never have to experience something like this in real life, ever.

I recommend this to any parent or teacher, and maybe, just maybe, with Dr. Taylor’s help, we can prepare our children for diversity and bring them up to share that knowledge with those that fear the unknown.

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The nightmare started almost immediately. In the dream, Gloria looked out a window into a deep fog, as a bright light drew closer. In the mist she saw a silhouette of a woman nailed to a cross. She saw figures dressed in white robes. Their taunting was shrill and harsh. She got close enough to see the woman’s face. It was Ashante. Gloria looked again, and her own face looked back. She felt like she was burning inside and looked down to see flames surrounding her.

The ringing of the telephone startled Gloria awake.

She grabbed for it with one hand, wiping sweat from her forehead with the other. “Hello?” she said, her heart pounding in her throat.

A male voice answered. “Is this the house where the cross was burned tonight?”

In her sleepy confusion, Gloria thought the caller might be the campus police, finally following up on the crime. “Yes!” she said, relieved. “Who is this?”

“I—I’m not sure why I’m calling. But what they did was terrible,” the caller said. “You have to understand that’s just how they are. It was nothing personal.”

Gloria sat up, instantly alert. But she kept her voice calm; afraid the caller would hang up if she sounded too excited. “You know who did it?” she said.

“I know what I know,” the caller replied. “But, that’s not why I’m calling. I just wanted you to know it’s not like everyone on campus is racist or against black people. Some of us just get caught up in shit and before we know it, it’s too late.”

“Can you tell me who did it?” Gloria asked.

“It won’t do you any good.”

“Why not? They committed a crime. They should be expelled. They should be arrested.” Gloria heard the urgency in her voice and struggled to control it.

“The university won’t do anything,” the caller told her. “As far as the police are concerned, this is just a big waste of time.”

“Could you at least tell me your name?”

“No way. I’ve told you more than I should have already. Mea culpa, mea culpa.

I gotta go.”

And the phone went silent.

Gloria ran to wake up Ashante. She called her name and even shook her, but received no response other than light snoring. Then she noticed the bottle of sleeping pills on the bedside table. She went into the kitchen for some water and drank it slowly as she worked up the courage to look out the front window. A car cruised by, its headlights dimmed, and she recognized the campus patrol car. She felt reassured for a moment, but then her eyes were drawn to the circle of scorched grass where the cross had blazed just hours before. The glow from the streetlights revealed just enough to bring her anger rushing back.

“Why?” she asked aloud. “Why would they do this? Why us?” Her questions reminded her of Sgt. Thomas and his callous attitude.

“I guess we did do something to provoke them,” she whispered to the night. “We were in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong skin color.”

Gloria shivered, even though it was warm inside the house. She couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was watching her. Despite her brave words to her parents, she really wished she could go home. She couldn’t remember a time when she had been so frightened. She wrapped her robe tighter and retreated to Ashante’s room. She climbed into bed next to Ashante, shivered again, and huddled close to her friend, trying to push her fear away long enough to fall asleep. As the impact of the night’s event hit home, she was once again reminded what racism was really like and how much it deeply hurt.



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