IndieWritersReview Welcomes Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood by Kelli Sue Landon (Video Features) Maverick Promotion

Hello Everyone! Today I am very excited that IndieWritersReview is hosting Author Kelli Sue Landon as part of her #Maverick #Promotion virtual tour! Please check out below the deets on Ms. Landon’s release Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood! Plus take a peek at the very cool book trailer and video feature of Ms. Landon discussing the plot of her Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood!:O)

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On Tour July  21st-25th

Author Kelli Sue Landon 


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Kelli Sue Landon is a mystery novelist and short story author. Her novels include Sudden Moves, Nightmare At Camp Forrestwood, Summer Shack: A Killer Vacation, and Stranded in Time. She is from Peoria, IL and works for the United States Postal Service. More information is on her website at

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Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood Blurb -
Holly Jenson is a senior at Madison High School. She’s also a new student and nervous about fitting in. The senior class camping trip is coming up and with her new friend, Mindy, and her crush, Matt going, she hopes to have a good time. The school holds this camping trip every year to teach students about surviving without modern technology. Cell phones, computers, Ipods, and any other electronic devices are not allowed.

At first, Holly fears that the trip will be a disaster with the popular kids being forced to share their cabins and interact with ones who they’ve bullied. But, then things get worse when the phones stop working and people start to disappear one by one. Holly, along with Mindy and Matt, start to realize that a killer is among the group.

They have spooky campfire stories over roasted marshmallows and hiking trips when students start to disappear. Everyone is ordered to stay in their cabins by the teachers who look after them, but then they go missing too.

Holly, along with Matt and Mindy, hatch a plan to go along with the Saturday Night dance which was planned from the beginning, for the students to attend on their last night there. If they are all in the same place, they feel that the killer would be easy to catch. But, things don’t go as planned and Holly figures out who the killer is before it’s revealed. The other students doubt her, but could she be right? As they try to hang on to their last breath, they do their best to take the killer down. That is, if they live long enough.




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Promotion July  21st-25th

Mon. July 21st  (8:00 pmcst/9:00 pmest) Radio Interview 30 minute Book Chat w/ Michelle Cornwell-Jordan– IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet Radio

Tues. July 22nd  Spotlight promo at  IndieWritersReview

Wed. July 23rd  Spotlight Feature at Write Indie: Musings of a WriterGeek

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IndieWritersReview Spotlights: NEW RELEASE Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Ascendant Series #2) by Raine Thomas! Book Review


Title: Rout of the Dem-Shyr

Series: Ascendant Series #2

Author: Raine Thomas

Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi Romance

Audience: Ages 17+


Rout of the Dem-Shyr by Raine Thomas

Cover Design by MaeiDesign

Book Blurb:

Touted as the future ruler and savior of worlds, Ascendant KyrVawn is ready to put her growing power to good use. She intends to begin with her home planet of Alametria, where hints of corruption have infiltrated the highest levels of the palace. It’s a monumental task, but one she won’t undertake alone.

By her side is her personal bodyguard and secret lover, Dem-Shyr TaeDane. Together, they’re determined to uncover the truth behind the changes that occurred while they were off-planet…changes that violate long-standing Alametrian laws.

But it’s hard for them to champion the rules when they don’t live by them. Their love is forbidden by official decree, and with every illicit touch, they edge closer and closer to discovery and disaster. Despite their good intentions, they’ll find out that sometimes love doesn’t conquer all.

In fact, it might just be the very thing that destroys them.

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About the Author:

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Oh my goodness! Where do I begin?! I believe this is one of the best Raine Thomas books I’ve read so far and that’s saying something because I am a huge fan of Ms. Thomas’s books and loved them all!

There is simply SO much… it was action packed from beginning to end! But I will attempt to place my thoughts in order! Lol.

Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Ascendant#2) follows the story of Ascendant KyrVawn and her personal bodyguard and secret lover, Dem-Shyr TaeDane.  Kyr is attempting to find her place in her home again and also adjust to her new role. But at the same time she cannot deny that she has changed while obtaining her life lessons on earth. Also she cannot deny her feelings for TaeDane.  She hates having to hide her feelings, but the atmosphere is soaked with danger as an old enemy, Vycor, is still attempting to set traps for the couple. Plus her parents the Guardians, are proving less loving than she remembered, in fact Kyr soon discovers her mother Shaya’s jealousy towards her and that the woman would stop at nothing to get what she wants, removing anything in her path including her daughter if necessary! Plus with her father’s apathy, she realizes that TaeDane is her only family. But the laws of their society will not accept it, but as the story unfolds Kyr, TaeDane as well as those helping the pair, discover that their enemy’s plans goes far deeper than just thwarting the lovers! Soon all is unveiled and the treachery that is unearthed with mother against daughter and a lover destroying the one he loves…it had my mind spinning! I was on the edge of my seat and the thought The Game Of Thrones had nothing on this!! Freaking awesome guys!

Plus as an added surprise (I don’t wish to give away spoilers) but one of our characters has a visit to the Dark Lands…and I know this is strange, but I thought the Dark Lands was so cool! Lol. Now in the story, the Dark Lands were the place where the worst of the worst was sent…murderers that were considered Outcasts…it is a land that reflects a failed society, desolate air poisoned. But the way it’s described by the author… there seems to be a terrible beauty in it, its rose colored sky and the pastel colorings of pink, blue etc. Plus with the environment which is toxic the inhabitants are required to wear air tanks, goggles and they have the coolest clothes yes…there is definitely a Steam Punk mark on the Dark Lands! The groups of the Marauders, Peace Keepers, Harvesters and Tinkers interest me and I wish to learn more of this place…I know crazy, the worse place mentioned in the book fascinates me! Lol.


Rout of the Dem-Shyr (Ascendant#2) was well written, fast paced FULL of action, adventure and LOT’S of passion (such as when TaeDane makes loves to Kry in his thoughts which affects her physically because of their mental link…he does this in the presence of others so yes very very HOT!) #theirownlittlesecret

I love Kry and TaeDane they are perfect for one another, I enjoy that equal protectiveness they have going between them. I enjoyed Gren, love Sem (really want to see a story focused on him) and of course the characters mentioned in the Dark Lands… (I really want to know what happened to Hope???)


This was an incredible read and I highly recommend especially if you love Paranormal, Fantasy with a Steam Punk element!:)


IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! ABNEY PARK BAND (SteamPunk Music)

Hello Everyone! It’s Monday so that means Music!:O) Today I want to throw the spotlight on a Self-Produced band called Abney Park! I am so excited about discovering this group…I am developing a love for the SteamPunk genre, and this band is one of the mainstays for this genre in music:) They have their hands in not just  music, but video games, books and more! Please check them out!


Info taken from Abney Park’s website and Wikipedia!


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Abney Park Band Website


Abney Park is a steampunk band based in Seattle that mixes elements of industrial danceworld music, and steampunk-influenced lyrics in their work. Their name comes from Abney Park Cemetery in London (UK). Formerly a goth band, Abney Park has transformed their look and sound and has been called the “quintessential” representatives of steampunk culture.


Early days

Abney Park was formed by Robert Brown in 1997. They released their first full-length album Abney Park in 1998, and in 1999 they released Return to the Fire. Their third album “Cemetery Number 1” drew from their first two albums as well as introducing several new songs. In the early years of Abney Park, the band featured a gothic musical and visual style, which culminated with their 2002 release From Dreams Or Angels. Their songs “The Change Cage”, “Black Day” and “No Life” reached number one on the Industrial, Darkwave and Black Metal music charts, respectively.[2]

In 2005, the band released Taxidermy,[3] which is a collection of new versions of songs from past albums, three live tracks and two covers. In 2006, the release of the album The Death of Tragedy marked the beginning of a major change for the band, as their music departed from a goth/pagan sound to a more world music/fusion one. After this release, their line-up changed as well, with the departure of Traci Nemeth, Krysztof Nemeth and Robert Hazelton, replaced by Magdalene Veen (Eliza Gauger using a pseudonym), Jean-Paul Mayden and Nathaniel Johnstone. Shortly thereafter, Jean-Paul departed the band to be replaced by Daniel C.

Becoming steampunk

In early 2005, Abney Park transformed themselves from a largely goth industrial band into a steampunk band. As part of that transformation, Abney Park invented fictional identities of themselves.[3] Since steampunk is largely derived from science fiction and fantasy literature, the band also created a fictional backstory to explain the shake-up in membership and who they were now, and to set a stage for their new music. According to that story, the band’s plane collided with a time-travelling dirigible called the Ophelia—said to have been created by a Dr. Leguminous Calgori (presumably a reference to the 1920 silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)—in a freak storm. The band commandeered the vessel, deciding to become airship pirates, and formed a new band from the surviving members of the crash. Much of their music since that time has been based around this fictional backstory.

In the spring of 2008, Magdalene Veen left the band and was replaced by Finn Von Claret. That year, they released Lost Horizons, their first steampunk-themed album. Finn retired in the summer of 2009 to form Imaginary Daughter. Jody Ellen joined the band later that year and played her first show at Dragon*Con 2009. Also in 2009, the band released Æther Shanties, their tenth album. Nathaniel Johnstone hinted in March 2010 that they were working on songs for their next album, though no names were forthcoming. A recording of a live performance of one of them (later confirmed to be the title track, “The End Of Days”) can be found hereThe End Of Days, their seventh studio album, was released on October 15, 2010. In late 2011, Nathaniel Johnstone left the band,[4] to be replaced by Titus Munteanu. On April 11, 2014, Jody Ellen said on her Facebook page that she left the band to carry on her solo career.[5] On June 20, 2014, Daniel Cederman made a statement on his Facebook page that he was leaving the band for a position as Dean of Military Science at Hofstra in New York City, in order to pursue a PHD and spend more time with his daughter.[6]


Now sometimes called the “quintessential” steampunk band, Abney Park has been featured in major news media[7][8] and interviewed by several genre magazines and websites,[1][9][10][11][12] and has been highlighted on MTV[13][14][15] and G4TV[16] as primary examples of the steampunk musical scene.

Abney Park has performed at numerous festivals, including World Steam Expo, Dragon*Con, WGW, Utah Dark Arts,[17] Bats Day,[18] ConvergenceRavenwood Festival,[19]Masque and VeilQueen Mary Pyrate Daze,[20] the Bay Area Maker Faire,[21] Steamcon[22] and Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention[23] Their music has also been featured in many compilation CDs, including Gilded Age Records’ An Age Remembered: A Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Mix,[24] Cleopatra Records’ The Unquiet Grave vol. III, Sepiachord’sA Sepiachord Companion, BLC Productions’ Annihilation and Seduction,[25] Squish Me Down Records’ Eighteen (Eighteen NW Bands Benefit CD)

Their music has also appeared in several movie soundtracks, including Insomnis AmourGoth, and Lord of the Vampires. The Abney Park song “Sleep Isabella” was used in a scene in the HBO series True Blood, Season 5 Episode 4.[26]


Airship Pirates RPG

In August 2011, Cubicle 7 Entertainment released a role playing game based on the world of Abney Park’s backstory. Set in the post-apocalyptic world after their album, “The End Of Days” – a future world with a severely disrupted timeline – Airship Pirates features steampunk themes and Victorian-era style. Airship Pirates places players in command of their own steam-powered airships. There they will seek not only to pillage the skies, but to plunder history, possibly causing even greater disruption to the past. Meanwhile, the world below struggles in Victorian-style squalor under an oppressive government that maintains control through clockwork policemen.[31] In December 2011, the RPG game won Diehard GameFAN’s “Best Core Rulebook of 2011″ award.[32]


In 2012, a novel was released entitled “The Wrath of Fate: Book 1 of The Airship Pirate Chronicles”, by Robert Brown. Set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk future, the book is a companion to Abney Park’s music and RPG game, exploring Abney Park’s backstory and fictional setting in greater detail. A second novel in the series, “Retrograde”, is due to come out in 2013.




IndieWritersReview Welcomes The Donor by Nikki Rae! (Spotlight and Book Review)

Hello Everyone! I am so very excited that today I am participating as a host for Amazon Bestseller Author Nikki Rae’s newest release The Donor! This is the first novella in a new serial and I am very excited to share my thoughts today! So check out the deets on this read and my review below!:)


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Author Bio:
Nikki Rae is a writer who lives in New Jersey. As an independent author, she has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists and she concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. Nikki writes mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.




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[Disclaimer: This is a serial novella that will be told in parts about the length of a short story (20-30 pages)]
Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking.
They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.
Fortunately for Casey, there’s an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.
All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.
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Okay I have one word….MORE! The Donor was a tasty treat from Author Nikkie Rae, that I did not want to end. In fact, at the end I was startled (there wasn’t more!) my first thought was…”oh no she didn’t!” LOL I groaned in anxiety that the author cruelly left me as a reader hanging! But also thrilled because it really gets me excited for the second novella!

But let me start from the beginning. The Donor is the first novella in a serial that follows the tale of Casey Williams and Jonah Black. We meet Casey who is basically in dire straits. She is an eighteen year old girl working a dead-end office job that she dislikes. In order to pay for a few semesters of college and  to help financially her mother and father, who are at a loss to cover their normal bills, as well as her father’s hospital bills, she sticks with it. But she is  not only dealing with her family’s troubles, Casey is ill as well, suffering from extreme headaches and nosebleeds. Her condition worsens by the day, but she does not seek care for herself  knowing that her family cannot afford it. So when she hears two of  her office mates, Emily, who hates her and Gina, who does not hate her as much… chatting about a website called  MyTrueMatch, it appears to be a lifeline for her. After befriending the lesser of the two evils… Gina, she discovers it is a website accessible by invite only, that services provided are for  a certain clientele with specific requests and desires. The clientele major base’s, main common element is that those  who subscribed are very wealthy and will recompense well.

Seeing this as a last ditch effort to help her family, Casey allows Gina to submit her picture and information, after days she receives an invite to the site. There she meets Jonah, who she realizes seems different to many of those on the website. He appears very honest about himself and she likes that he desires to get to know her first…but her only concern is that he does not send any images of himself, as if he is hiding something. But as things worsens at home, after a month of corresponding, Casey agrees to meet with Jonah and from that meeting everything changes!


I believe Author Nikkie Rae did an excellent job with The Donor. She met the challenge of providing an interesting story-line that keeps readers on the edge of their seat with characters that the reader will care about. The fact that Ms. Rae was able to doso in such a short work is incredible! I enjoyed the story and was thoroughly upset when I realized  that I would have to wait to find out what happens with Casey and Jonah! But  each part appears to be released quickly, so my wait will not be too long with the second novella scheduled as an August release! Woot!


The novella was well-written, the paced flowed…there was enough mystery to keep me invested in the story and wanting to know what’s next! I liked Casey,her strength and courage and I liked Jonah his gentleness and caring personality. But there is still that slight edge, not knowing what he actually has planned for Casey!


I fully recommend The Donor by Author Nikki Rae!

IndieWritersReview WIP: ‘Racing For The Moon’ (SteamPunk Novella) Teasers (Tagged:O)

I was tagged by Author friend the  fantabulous Denise Zaky to join in the fun… The rules are simple. Post the first sentence for the first 3 chapters!


Racing For The Moon (SteamPunk Novella) teasers!

Chapter 1: “They’re coming. Run, Ivee!” A lone voice broke through the silence of the evening shadows.

Chapter 2: “Where. Have. You. Been. Ivee?” Bangs stood wide stanced with his arms crossed. Tall, with lean muscles that lined his body. He was one of the oldest of the Landers, at twenty one.

Chapter 3: “Bangs on your case again?” Celia scrambled onto the makeshift counter that Ivee had created out of large sturdy rocks and a plank of wood.



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IndieWritersReview Welcomes UNLEASHED(A Sydney Rye Novel) by Emily Kimelman! (VBTCafe Virtual Tour)

Hello Everyone! Today I am very excited to participate as a host for UNLEASHED(A Sydney Rye Novel) by Emily Kimelman as part of her Virtual Book Cafe book tour! Check out the deets and great giveaway below!:O)


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

Emily Kimelman’s “Sydney Rye” series features 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.

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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 or on twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.
















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IndieWritersReview “What The Heck Is SteamPunk?” (A Closer Look)

Hello guys, I am now working on a new novella that will have SteamPunk elements…Racing For The Moon :) But with my being new to the genre, I am researching what I can regarding this fun and fascinating fiction, to make sure I am actually creating my Steam Punk world correctly. If you are like me, then your first question might be….what the heck is SteamPunk? Well, because of love of research…(sometimes a little too much…when I should be writing, I’m poking around for facts and tidbits:) I said I would share here and there what I learned:)


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So What The Heck Is SteamPunk?

Steampunk is a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville.
Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s Analytical Engine.
Steampunk also refers to art, fashion, steampunk jewelry, and design that are informed by the aesthetics of Steampunk literature.[1] Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk. from Wikipedia Steampunk




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So what does all of that mean? From what I have read and researched…SteamPunk is whatever you wish it to be! A hodgepodge of fantasy, science fiction…can be be set in an alternate Victorian world or your characters could frollick around the Wild West! What I like about this genre is the only limit is the author’s imagination! Now with any genre, there are certain elements that define it…so will look at that in a future post…but if you’re like me who enjoyed Gothic Romantic Victorian tales…or a good paranormal…or a ghost story…even my newly acquired taste for fantasy and dystopian fiction…then this might just be the type of tale for you!


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