IndieWritersReview’s Spotlight on Buy One Get One Free Sale! (Black Friday Book Event)

Welcome to the Buy One Get One Free Holiday Sale! (Black Friday Book Event). Gearing up for the ‘Season of Giving’ 15 Authors have teamed up to bring you a Hot deal! Buy your favorite read and get one FREE for yourself or your favorite book nerd because a books is a present you can open again and again!

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Buy a copy of  Chrysalis for $2.99  Click to purchase from Amazon and receive a free copy of my Southern Gothic Romance Tourmentin! Click to view on Amazon   Leave proof of purchase such as confirmation number or screen shot of Kindle in the comments and I will gift you your FREE copy!


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Ayda Blackhawk is the beautiful, mysterious new girl at Kindale High School, in the Earthen Elemental Division of Bid’ABan. She is not there to make friends but to bring destruction. Her assignment? To kill the Thunderkin heir Adrian Dusong.

But when Ayda meets the handsome Adrian, a twist of fate changes the rules. Ayda and Adrian find themselves, along with their world ,at the cross roads to either destruction or redemption.


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Emile and Serafine loved at first sight, believing in their fairytale ending. But fate and darkness from Emile’s past separate the lovers, with Emile being trapped in an alternate time, imprisoned in the 1800’s by his former lover the sultry Isadora. Isadora is convinced that she and Emile belong together and also as the old saying goes… believes if she cannot have Emile, then no one can.

Time moves forward and Emile’s beloved Serafine dies, but she promises to find her true love again. Love’s promise is realized, when Serafine is reborn into the modern age and has returned to the French Quarter and to the very hotel where her Emile still remains frozen in time. The lovers reunite, only to face an evil which vows to destroy them once and for all.



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IndieWritersReview Welcomes UnCommon Bodies Anthology! Release Day REVIEW Feature

Happy Tuesday All! Today I am very excited that IndieWritersReview is participating as a host for NEW RELEASE: UnCommon Bodies Anthology! Also check out my review of  UNCommon Bodies!

NEW RELEASE: UnCommon Bodies is a collection of stories curated by Pavarti K. Tyler that span across genres to explore the lives of the odd, the unbelievable, and the impossible

UCB CoverSUMMARY: Step right up to the modern freakshow — We have mermaids, monsters, and more. You won’t be disappointed, but you may not get out alive.

UnCommon Bodies presents a collection of 20 beautifully irreverent stories which blend the surreal and the mundane. Imagine a world where magic exists, where the physical form has the power to heal or repulse, where a deal with the devil means losing so much more than your soul.

PRE-ORDER NOW for Release on 11/24. FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

INCLUDES STORIES BY: Philip Harris, Sessha Batto, Robb Grindstaff, Brent Meske, Sally Basmajian, Robert Pope, Keira Michelle Telford, Jordanne FullerMichael Harris Cohen, Deanne Charlton, P.K. Tyler ,Bey Deckard , Vasil Tuchkov, Laxmi Hariharan, Samantha Warren, Rebecca Poole, Daniel Arthur Smith, S.M. Johnson, Kim Wells, Christopher Godsoe, and Bob Williams

You can see the full summaries of all the stories on GoodReads:

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Uncommon Bodies is a wonderful anthology filled with works by a collective of very talented authors! I loved the idea of the anthology and I was very excited to see how this unique premise would be carried out.

One of the stories that I loved was UnTamed which was the first work of Author Laxmi Hariharan I’ve read and needless to say I will be reading all her works! I really do not know where to start. But I enjoyed the magical tale that had a touch of dystopia, but was more. I believe the mix of the Bombay culture simply added fantastic layers to the story! I could see the colors— blues and greens of the statues in the temple courtyard and I could see Ganesh—the elephant headed god. I could taste the cupcakes described as small mounds of sweetened cheese shot through with saffron threads, sprinkled with cardamom powder, and slivered with almond and pistachio—wow!

The description was lush and full and I loved the fiery, restlessness of the main character Leana Iyeroy who’s part wolf and human, but desires to be a full human girl! I loved hearing the tales of Brahma and the founding of the new world and what happened during the apocalypse and what brought it on.
I enjoyed the meeting between Leana and the Hugging Saint (she calls the Hugging Boy). I enjoyed the ending and how Leana finally is set on the right path to find her true self!

I am very interested in reading the previous books which events lead to this story and the main character and I’d be very interested in learning what happens NEXT to Leana!
Well written, wonderfully descriptive and plenty of action!—Ms. Hariharan is a master storyteller and I am truly a fan!

Awesome story! A must read for those who enjoy a wonderful magical realistic or dystopian story with a multicultural setting!


I also enjoyed Author P.K. Tyler’s Daedalus’ Daughter which was a delicate dance for my senses. The story teased me into its web at the start when presenting the first white feather. I was intrigued by what could be happening to the grieving young woman Isha? I knew going into this short read of the  Greek mythology which included Daedalus, the skillful craftsman and artist, whose son did not heed the warning to not fly too close to the sun with wings created by his father. But what of Daedalus’ DaughteR? What if more was happening with the family which was far greater than works created by a craftsman?

These questions twirled in my mind as I was drawn into the beauty of Ms. Tyler’s storytelling. Soft, gentle and lyrical the web was weaved catching the reader in its grasp and then all of a sudden the surprise ending!  Although was it a surprise? In my head, I had toyed with the thought that there could be no other outcome, but yet I was surprised having being lulled into the budding relationship between Isha and the handsome Minh, the caretaker for her inherited cabin.

Their relationship also posed the question who and what was Minh? How and why did he react not with fear and disgust at seeing what was becoming of Isha, but with fascination and adoration?

But before I could find my full… the story was done! I imagined myself knocking on the author’s door begging for more! More of these characters and more of their lives and what happened next?!

I could see this as a full length work and with the haunting, lyrical quality of the telling would sure to thrill the reader! Well written and a surprise ending will entertain and thrill the reader!

Author PK Tyler has a new fan!

I look forward to reading more of the fabulous stories and visiting the intriguing worlds in UnCommon Bodies which I will recommend as a must read!



IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight! “Victorian Chamber metal” Valentine Wolfe

Happy Monday All! Today I am very excited that IndieWritersReview Music Monday spotlight is on Steampunk Music Artists Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew, who have dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo is known as Valentine Wolfe!


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Bio: Something Wicked(ly Awesome) This Way Comes…

Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.

The ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black–which call to mind not only the aforementioned Brightman, but also Dianne van Giersbergen of Xandria and Tarja Turunen–are buttressed by the thunderous growl of Braxton’s electric upright bass, and the two coalesce over pounding rock and electronic grooves punctuated by a maelstrom of synthesizers, keyboards, samples and sound design.

In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their post-graduate backgrounds in music (Sarah has an MM in Composition, and Braxton a DMA in Double Bass) has afforded them multiple opportunities to broaden their musical horizons in recent years, having been contracted to lend their unique sound to theatre productions; composing and performing the scores for Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest (Warehouse Theater), The Winter’s Tale (Furman University), and Twelfth Night (The Distracted Globe), the voice of The Angel in the Warehouse Theater’s production of Angels in America, silent films and short horror films (most notably, Your Cold Black Heart).

Drawing inspiration from all things Victorian, including literature, poetry, and history, and blending them with their musical proclivities and sensibilities and new media (such as Game of Thrones– which they recorded several songs based on the source material–and Penny Dreadful), their music has found particular favor amongst the Steampunk set.

But in a genre dominated by airships and gearwork, tophats and goggles, they follow the back alleys of streets lit with yellowed gaslamps, casting shadows long against the walls; where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims, where Dracula walked with Mina.  Together they’ve provided the drama and the grandeur of the gothic at conventions all up and down the East Coast; rocking con raves with Industrial metal for a pre-industrial age, where the glowsticks are filled with absinthe.

Their latest release, The Nightingale: A Gothic Fairytale, behind which they are currently touring, is an dramatic adaptation and reinterpretation of both The Emperor and the Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen and Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, set in a sinister Poison Garden, based on the Alnwick Botanical Gardens in England, where every single plant can kill.


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Behind The Scenes with Valentine Wolfe

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  1. The real names for Valentine Wolfe are Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. We are a musical duo and we describe our style as Victorian Chamber metal.

  2. Valentine Wolfe is our band name, but it is not a character for us. The name does originate from a Simon R. Green novel in which Valentine Wolfe is a depraved and devious and darkly delicious character. Very appropriate for us!

  3. We are both classically trained musicians who also enjoy the darker side of art.

  4. Our previous project was a graphic novel plus CD all about Edgar Allan Poe. The idea originated when I saw a sketch by the artist Jacob Wenzka of Edgar Allan Poe. I loved it so much I wanted to explore a whole project of Poe. So we set several of his poems and short stories to music and even included a short story exploring what might have happened after Poe’s death if all of his stories were true.

  5. Our newest CD is called The Nightingale: A Gothic Fairytale and it is also a concept album. This story is similar to the Hans Christian Andersen story of the Emperor and the Nightingale.

  6. Several amazing people including Dave Lee and Stephen Chapman of Hatton Cross Steampunk helped pique our interest in steampunk!

  7. Our next project will be a collection of Christmas carols. We love the Victorian tradition they had of gathering together to tell each other ghost stories! We want to tell a few ghost stories of our own and put a darker twist on some familiar tunes.

IndieWritersReview Welcomes Alternate (Chronicles of the Interred series) by Marilyn Almodovar COVER REVEAL!

Happy Friday Guys! Today I am very excited that IndieWritersReview is participating as one of the hosts for the Alternate (Book three in Chronicles of the Interred series) by Author Marilyn Almodovar COVER REVEAL! Woot! Love it! Take a look below!



Blurb:When a portal leaves Baxter trapped and powerless in an alternate world, she finds herself on the run and fighting for her life. The world’s Council wants to hand her over to Declan, and her only source of support is a broken Alternate Jack who blames her for all he’s lost. Baxter soon realizes that if she’s going to defeat Declan and get back to her world, she’ll have to reclaim her abilities and be stronger than she ever imagined.

Declan and the Absorbers’ Initiative wage war on everyone who opposes them in their hunt for Baxter. Their actions reveal what her future will be like if she doesn’t make some drastic decisions. She knows that one misstep on her part will lead to the destruction of not just this world, but her own.

In a race against Time and bitter enemies, Baxter will discover how much is at stake and just what she’ll have to sacrifice to save those she loves. Can she learn from the fate of an alternate world how to become the Time Bender she’s meant to be?


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IndieWritersReview’s COVER REVEAL and Spotlight on Shakespeare Goes Punk Anthology! (Writers Punk Press)

Hey Guys! I’m so excited to host a cover reveal for an upcoming anthology from Writers Punk Press! Their newest anthology Once More Unto The Breach: Shakespeare Goes Punk 2 releases Dec. o1st! All proceeds from the Anthology will go towards the care of Rescued Animals! (PAWS). Check out the Writerpunks last visit to PAWS!

Also enter the rafflecopter giveaway below! The contest runs until Dec. 01st! So enter to win E-books, Amazon Gift-card, Swag! Check it out below! 12 winners will be chosen!


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SOUND&FURY: Shakespeare Goes Punk Book1

Grab Your copy on Amazon!

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We are a small, somewhat anarchic writers’ collective. Sound and Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk is our first anthology of stories based on the Bard’s work. We have taken the plays that audiences have enjoyed for hundreds of years and reinvented them as cyberpunk, dieselpunk, Teslapunk and steampunk tales. Featuring comedies and tragedies as well as a wide variety of punk genres, this collection has something for everyone. A spirit of subversive fun is strongly encouraged.

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“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle

What happens when stay-at-home moms, business people, students, freelance dilettantes and all in between gather to discuss writing?

Let me ask you another way.

What do you get when writers – some published, some haven’t written in years, some completely new to the craft – discuss cyberpunk and steampunk works?

Well, if the right mix of people find each other, you get a group like Writerpunk.

We are a group of writers who are not only passionate about storytelling, but love to imagine new worlds. We’re the kind of people who sit back and think “What if?” before spending hours over our keyboards tapping out dieselpunk, clockpunk, and splatterpunk stories. We like to delve into the past, change one event, and watch how the ripples will change the future — and we scribble down the results. We look toward the future, envision what cybernetics will do to mankind, and bring that vision to the present. We’re the kind of people who see a picture of Abraham Lincoln with a machine gun grafted to his forearm and think, “Yeah, I could work with that.”

But before any of us put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, or quill to parchment, we were all readers. We read books like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Neuromancer, or Mirrorshades, and came away with a love of cyberpunk. We saw movies like The Rocketeer or Steamboy and walked out of the theater with the wheels of our minds turning, eager to create our own worlds.

Above all, we are a community. We started as individual writers interested in cyberpunk and steampunk and associated genres, and together we became more. While some of us had written in those genres for years and others were sticking a toe in to test the waters, we all benefited from being Writerpunks.

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NOVEMBER RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY! Click here on text to enter!


12 winners will be chosen! Enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win!
Prizes: 10 Ebook selections!
1 $10 Amazon Gift card, Swag!

See Prizes below!

Prizes: e-book of Sound & Fury, 2 e-book copies of Dawn of Steam: First Light, and one complete e-book Dawn of Steam trilogy set donated by AuthorJeffrey Cook

eBook of Cold Run (urban fantasy werewolf) donated by Author Rachel Brune

eBook of Sound & Fury Anthology donated by Author Carol Gyzander

set of William Shakespeare cookie cutters donated by Author JL Sarchet

eBook copy of Steampunk OZ series, 1 ebook copy of Tale of Two Cities with Dragons, and 1 e-book copy of A is for Apprentice donated by Author Steve DeWinter

Shakespeare themed beaded jewlery piece donate by Author Andrea Stafford Hintz

$10 Amazon Gift Card by Michelle Cornwell Jordan

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IndieWritersReview Music Monday Spotlight! Alternative Rock Artist City and Colour

Happy Music Monday everyone! Today I wanted to throw the spotlight on Alternative Rock Artist City and Colour (a.k.a. Dallas Green).


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There’s a line that I’m trying to find, between the water and the open sky,” sings Dallas Green on “Friends,” the penultimate track off of his fifth release as City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You. For someone like Green, it’s hard to imagine that there’s much left to search for – he’s traversed the globe on tour, released numerous albums (one most recently as You+Me with Alecia Moore, aka P!nk) and collected scores of accolades. Though Green is a musician, he doesn’t make a show of things: that’s the songs’ job. Thus he’s done this all quietly, intentionally, still looking for the next answer or dog-eared chapter each record holds. And this time, on If I Should Go Before You, he once again uncovered something new: a certain kind of family in his bandmates.

“It’s been a very special two years for me,” says Green, about the period since the release of 2013’s The Hurry and the Harm, which has seen him touring with the consistent ensemble of Dante Schwebel (guitar: Dan Auerbach, Rumba Shaker), Doug MacGregor (drums: Constantines), Jack Lawrence (bass: The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Kelly. “They inspired me to want to create new music, just to create it with them – I don’t think I wrote these songs for the band, per se, but I certainly wrote them because of the band.”

Green had always been an introspective, solitary writer, demoing songs in his basement, working up every instrumental part by himself. But he considers If I Should Go Before You to be a band record, where the input of these trusted comrades was of the upmost importance. Even more pivotal was trying to capture the essence of their live show symbiosis in the studio; which comes through with an undeniable force. For a project that was very much about the inner world of Green, these relationships have morphed City and Colour into something with more emotive power than ever before: the layers go beyond just music and lyrics, into the people creating the songs themselves.

“Anybody who has seen us play will understand that this is the best representation of what we do live that we have ever recorded,” says Green. “I was so excited about being able to make and record an album with these guys that it just flowed. I felt so confident about their abilities to make all of my ideas come true.”

But there was one thing that Green did want to do himself this time: produce the record. He returned to Blackbird Studios in Nashville, where The Hurry and the Harm was made, but decided to take the production reigns himself, with the help of friend Karl Bareham as his partner and engineer, along with the masterful mixing skills of Jaquire King (Dawes, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits). Everyone who had a hand in the making of the record was or became part of the City and Colour family. Green’s songs have always had a striking, visceral feel that pumps through the veins like oxygen, and, this time, it became a sort of translatable DNA.

Along the way, Nashville has come to be a special refuge for Green – it’s a city he’s gotten to know for several years now while not in his native Toronto, Canada, and he even recently purchased a home in the town. “In Toronto, I think of what I have to do,” he says. “In Nashville, I think of everything I have done.”

Indeed, it’s a perfect time to think of everything he has done – and If I Should Go Before You is a celebration of that. With instrumentation recorded live off the floor, it comprises every part of the person Green has become over the years: chugging ballads that tug at the gut, aching confessionals set to slicing guitars, little licks of pedal steel for his new southern-swept soul, moody distortion from punk rock roots. Though he’s recorded in many incarnations, If I Should Go Before You acts like a roadmap through all of them, showing that none of these were simply “projects,” but they were part of the same whole.

The album opens with the sweeping, “Woman,” a track that very well could be a surprise to those who might expect a simpler, acoustic-based entrance gate. At over nine minutes long, it’s a sultry and dynamic ode to everlasting love expressed through a powerful, layered build of sounds and emotions like a complex sweep of watercolors – a percussive heartbeat, echoing riffs, Green’s grounded yet ethereal falsetto. You can almost picture the stage lights spiral across a crowded auditorium; it moves with a life outside just the studio walls. Rare does a record strike a perfect balance between the live sound and studio magic; but this is one of them, that captures the synchronicity of Green and the band at its best both at the controls and on stage, through songs like the deconstructed waltz of the title track, a devastating request to a cherished lover.

“It’s about the idea of loving someone so much you want them to move on if you were to go, but loving them so much you wouldn’t want to if they did,” Green says. “But, in my head, it also says, ‘if I were to go, I give you this record to listen to.'” It’s a sentiment that expresses just how strongly he feels this album is a key to past, present and future. That’s further evidenced in “Friends,” written as a heartfelt ode to his new musical family, set to a pedal steel that sounds like it’s weathered too many winters, but finally feeling the melt; or the razor cuts of “Wasted Love,” where the confessions of a failed romance are echoed by licks of visceral guitar that plays in wordless response.

Green began recording as City and Colour in 2005, with Sometimes, followed by 2008’s Bring Me Your Love and 2011’s Little Hell, and has experienced huge success both on the charts and the road. All four previous studio albums have achieved platinum status in Canada, while Little Hell is also now Gold in Australia. The Hurry and the Harm debuted at #16 in the USA on the Billboard chart, # 1 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart and #4 in Australia, as City and Colour’s highest debut. He also released four records as part of Alexisonfire, which have all received Gold and Platinum certification in Canada, as well as 2014’s rose ave. as You+Me with P!nk, which made its entrance at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, # 4 in the USA, #2 in Australia and #6 in Germany .

On If I Should Go Before You, Green may have found one answer to what lies between the water and that open sky: it’s the people we hold close, and the art born out of friendship. But he will always be searching; and thus, there will always be more songs. Though this time, when he’s ready to share them again, he’ll know exactly who to turn to.

As he sings on “Northern Blues,” “I’ve got too much in front of me. I didn’t leave enough behind.”