IndieWritersReview: Return Of The Ascendant by Raine Thomas!

Guys seriously one of my favorite Author Raine Thomas’s series! Have you grabbed your copy yet?

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Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

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IndieWritersReview Welcomes Stranded In Time by Kelli Sue Landon! (VideoChat) (Maverick Promotions)

Hello Everyone! I’m very excited that IndiewritersReview is hosting Stranded In Time by Author Kelli Sue Landon as part of her Maverick Promotions Virtual Tour! Please check out the very cool Video-chat below by Ms. Landon, where she discusses the  research for the new book as well as an awesome excerpt!:O)

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On Tour August 25th-29th

Author Kelli Sue Landon 


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Kelli Sue Landon is a mystery novelist and short story author. She has been writing stories since she was a teenager. Her novels include: Sudden Moves, Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood, Summer Shack (A Killer Vacation) and Stranded in Time. She is from Peoria, Illinois and works for the U.S. Postal Service.




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Stranded in Time
College student and art major Samantha Harper has been tracing her family tree for quite some time. Her mother, Rebecca, died when Sam was sixteen and she never talked much about her past. Samantha is thrilled to hear that she will be allowed to research her mother’s past for a school assignment. Upon arriving in Rebecca’s old neighborhood, Sam arranges to have a tour of her mother’s grade school. She finds an area inside the school that had been damaged and at first, thinking a ghost has been inhabiting the gymnasium, she accidentally crosses over into the year 1975; the year when her mother is in kindergarten. Fascinated and scared at the same time, Sam gets to witness her mother’s childhood up front as she inadvertently gets involved in an old case of a young girl’s accidental death. Little Josie Baker, a classmate of Sam’s mother, died that year inside the school gymnasium. But, was it an accident? After uncovering the dark secret surrounding Josie’s death, Samantha wonders if she’ll ever find her way back home where her father and best friend, Josh, have been waiting for her return. Will she return to the present or will she have to live the rest of her life in the past?



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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight! (Band) GhostFire

Hello All it’s Monday and that means Music! I have another awesome group which I will spotlight today…they have been compared to the likes of TOM WAITS, NICK CAVE AND THE CRAMPS…(SteamPunk Band) GhostFire!





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The music of Ghostfire resonates to the debauched decadence and absinthe-fuelled anarchy of life in the eighties…

The 1880’s 

Stalking the cobbled streets; lurking in the shadows of the darkest alleyways… Dare you glance beyond the safety of the guttering gaslights? To where the gin-soaked moxie plies her trade, the dipper watches his mark and the drunken sailor staggers blindly…

It’s this shadowy world of villains, rogues and rascals that Ghostfire calls home.

In the darkest corners of the flash taverns, we raise glasses with vagabonds, footpads, pirates and thieves. All seeking sanctuary in the anonymity only notorious London Town can afford…

Come in and see the whole nightmare…


IndieWritersReview Welcomes How to Promote Your Book On A Shoe-string Budget by Lynda D. Brown (Video Guest Post) (Maverick Promotions)

Hello Everyone! Today IndieWritersReview is hosting  for How to Promote Your Book On A Shoe-string Budget…by Author Lynda D. Brown as part of her virtual tour with Maverick Promotions! Check out the details on this great book… and see the Guest Video Post by Lynda D. Brown as she discusses about herself and her books!


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 On Tour August 18th-22nd

AUTHOR  Lynda D Brown


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Lynda Brown, a native of St. Louis Missouri published her first book in 2006. This author, motivational speaker and publisher,has now released over five self published books:Invisible Enemies, Seed of Satan: Leah’s Story, Damien’s New Bike-(Children’s book), Powerful Prayer to Protect & Bless Your Family, The Author Chat Guide: How to Convert Your Published Book into an Audiobook. She’s currently working on book 3 of the Invisible Enemies Series.

Lynda is also the producer and host of The Author Chat Show podcast that airs 3 times a week on The show was created to assist self published authors promote their books Live on the air!


Links: Face Book

Purchase Links: SmashWords



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Writing Your Book is the Easy Part, Promoting and Marketing Your Book is the Hard Part!
In this book you will find:
Best Sites to Promote Your Free Kindle Book Days!
Best Sites to Promote Your New Book Releases!
Best Sites to Promote Your Book to New groups of Readers!
Best Sites to Promote Your Book Using a Virtual Book Blog Tour!
Best Sites to Promote Your Book as a Guest Blogger!

Writing your book is the easy part, promoting your book is the hard part! New authors are usually clueless about how to promote their books. In this easy to read guide, I will introduce you to bloggers, pod-casters and author service providers eager to help you promote your books.
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Best Sites to Promote Your Free Kindle Book Days!

Best Sites to Promote Your New Book Releases!

Best Sites to Promote Your Book to New groups of Readers!

Best Sites to Promote Your Book Using a Virtual Book Blog Tour!

Best Sites to Promote Your Book as a Guest Blogger!




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IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday Spotlight! The Original Soundtrack of Independent Film Aurora

Hello Everyone and happy Music Monday! I am featuring Independent music but with a twist. Today’s feature will spotlight the Independent Film Aurora (A SteamPunk Short) a film written and directed by Robert Kouba. It reflects the society we currently live in as a species and the technology that is advancing exponentially.

I will also feature the soundtrack of Aurora, music that  also made this film great!

Today’s post is also serving to kick off a new spotlight feature that I will run for a limited time here at IndieWritersReview the Friday Feature Film…which I will spotlight various films by Independent Filmmakers!


So take a peek and enjoy!:O)


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Robert Kouba

Robert Kouba began his career in his home country Switzerland. He started being involved in the visual arts early on. At a very young age he started pursuing painting, but quickly switched his focus to moving pictures. His science-fiction short “Xenopia” won major awards when he was just 12 years old.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics he started following his passion for film by graduating from the cinematic arts program at the eminently respectable SAE Institute in Zurich.

He received his first recognition in 2010 when he directed the award wining science-fiction short film “Translucent Unicorn” (2010) for Philips as part of their international campaign to promote their new television.

Later he worked on the highly anticipated science-fiction thriller “The Rift” (2012) which was shown in several film festivals and on television.

He’s currently working on his first feature film entitled “Aurora” (2014)


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WINNER – BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE FILM – Comic Con International Independent Film Festival 2013.

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi film is set in 2080 – 60 years after machines have taken over our planet. Our story follows Andrew (Julian Schaffner) who encounters a car accident on the day of the uprising, in 2020. He wakes up 60 years later, in a world where the human race is almost extinct.

On his path he comes across a girl named Callie (Jeannine Wacker) who ventures north to reach a long-rumored stronghold called Aurora. The last human reserve. While on constant watch for the machines, they develop feelings for each other until a horrendous discovery tears their relationship apart. Andrew is not human.


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IndieWritersReview Spotlight of The Orchard of Hope by Amy Neftger! (VBT Cafe Tour)

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Title: The Orchard of Hope

Author Name: Amy Neftger

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Author Bio:

Long Bio:Amy Neftzger (born June 23) is an American researcher and author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.


Amy was born in Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her bachelors degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and her Masters in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She graduated from both Universities with honors.


She has written numerous business and journal articles, but her fiction works have been the most commercially successful. In 2003 she published Conversations with the Moon, which was also translated into Korean and published in South Korea. In 2005 she collaborated with her husband, guitarist Tyra Neftzger on a children’s book called “All that the Dog Ever Wanted.” The book was designed to introduce children to jazz music at an early age and included a CD sampler of jazz tunes. In 2007 she worked as an editor on a business fable called “The Damned Company.” She’s also written “Confessions From a Moving Van” and “Leftover Shorts.”


In 2013, Amy released her first Young Adult book called “The Orphanage of Miracles.” The sequel to this book, “The Orchard of Hope” is scheduled for release in June of 2014, and The Ferryman (adult fiction) is scheduled for release in October, 2014.


Author Links – The link for any or all of the following…


Tags/Labels: middle grade, fantasy, gargoyles, children’s literature, magic, sorcerer, miracles, hope, inspirational


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Book Genre: Middle grade fiction/ fantasy

Publisher: Fields of Gold Publishing, Inc (Imprint Fog Ink)

Release Date: June 23, 2014

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Book Description:


“Hope is never gone, but it can be eaten alive. “



A quest to save hope.


A kingdom under a spell.


A wizard in training.


A gargoyle with a sweet tooth.



The sequel to The Orphanage of Miracles is filled

with engaging characters, magic, adventure, and

unusual circumstance.  It’s a story that will

both entertain and inspire the reader.


Synopsis: Kelsey, a strong-willed and high spirited young girl, embarks upon another adventurous quest – this time to save hope, which is being stolen from the orchard.  While the kingdom is still under the spell of the evil sorcerer who distorts reality in order to gain control, the king begins training someone who he believes can ultimately defeat the sorcerer: a young boy named Nicholas. Revisit some of your favorite characters or meet them for the first time in this volume.


Excerpt One (300-500 or so Words):

Hope is never gone. But it can be eaten alive, and that’s exactly what was happening in the orchard. The king had told them about the problem before, but the problem wasn’t going away. In fact, the problem was getting bigger and becoming critical, and the king was certain that Kelsey could help. She was excited about the trip and looking forward to the journey to the orchard, wherever that might be and however long it would take.

It wasn’t as if Kelsey hadn’t enjoyed the past 18 months of training with the king’s army. The battle conditioning had been a wonderful experience for her, but now she was ready for action. Too much time spent in one place had made her restless. When the king first mentioned the quest, Kelsey had jumped up out of her seat with excitement.

“How do we save hope?” Kelsey asked with undisguised eagerness. After an awkward pause she sat down again and waited for an answer. Her fingers gripped the top of the thick walnut table where she was seated in the king’s study. Every wall in this room was covered with bookshelves from floor to ceiling, except for the places where there were windows, which also stretched the height of the room.

“That’s a question to which we do not yet have an answer. It’s a bit of a tricky situation,” the king said as he smiled. He was a tall figure with broad shoulders and flowing red hair. Although he ruled this land and was respected by his opponents in battle, Kelsey often thought about him as something of a father figure. His stature conveyed his strength, but his eyes and his smile hinted at the tenderness that Kelsey always saw in him. Of course, she had known him under different circumstances before she knew he was the king. In fact, he had been traveling in disguise and appeared to be a small mute orphan that Kelsey had attempted to help. Only later did she learn his true identity.

“Why don’t you simply fence the orchard?” asked Nicholas, who was a young boy about the same age as Kelsey. He sat upright in his chair, as if paying attention to a lesson.

“I wish the solution were that easy,” the king replied solemnly, “but we don’t fully understand the extent of the situation. Implanting obstacles, such as a fence, will solve the problem only if it’s a simple one. However, this issue is complicated.”

IndieWritersReview Celebrates the New Release of Angels Club by Authors – Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell!

Hello Everyone! I am SO excited because IndieWritersReview is hosting today…

A Book Blast: New Release and Giveaway  for Angels Club by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell!! Please check out all the great details, and also my review below!:O)

NEW RELEASE –  Angels Club
Authors – Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell
Genre – Middle Grade General Fiction
Word Count – 55,000 words
Synopsis: Nearly twelve, Jacinda Gonzalez collects  insults rather than friends in her new school, but she finds
escape from her bullies at the therapeutic riding farm where she
volunteers. When a malnourished horse shows up as a rescue, she takes it
on as a project horse, and the horse’s sweet nature inspires her to
spread kindness around to make a positive difference in the world.
Appropriate for horse lovers of all ages.
Excerpt:  The tacked-on chores made it a long day of work for Kat and me. Emily helped out with some too. She especially loved opening the gate to let some of the horses out to play and graze.
After brushing Ginger and giving her the shiny apple I promised her, which she thanked me for with a sweet nuzzle, I dashed back to the barn holding the disheveled mare that was now my very own big project. Under all that dirt, I was pretty sure she was all white, but she could have some special markings too, which would be cool.
Kat and Em were still with her, talking about her current state of yuck. Man, I really wished they’d give her a break. She couldn’t help it, and this condition was only temporary.“Awww,” I whined, rubbing her between the ears on her matted head. “Poor thing. Besides neglect, I wonder what other nightmares she’s been through. It’ll be dark soon. We don’t have time to beautify her today. We’ll have to tackle that huge task tomorrow.”“Beautify her? Humph. Doubt that’s even possible,” Kat said, punctuated by a sneer.“Sure it is. Have some faith, in her and in us. With a good wash, or a couple, and some grooming, she’ll at least look halfway decent, and definitely smell way better.”Kat said, “I don’t know. She’s a walking disaster.”The horse drooped her head low again and slowly munched up a blade of hay.My heart ached for her. I really think she knows exactly what we’re saying. Or most of it. “She may be a walking disaster right now, but she has the most beautiful eyes ever. Did ya see ’em? They’re so gorgeous, they pull me right in. Not only do they hold so much emotion, look at those curly lashes. They’re like dainty butterflies.”“What, do they speeeeak to you?” Kat mocked with a wiggly dance.

“Yes, they do, as a matter of fact. And they say, ‘I’m better than this. Don’t judge me.’”

“Hey, can I help you clean her up tomorrow? Please?” Emily cried with one clap and pleading eyes.

I looked at Kat for her opinion and she shrugged that she didn’t care. “Yeah, sure,” I said, “if your mom doesn’t mind you being here all day. Giving her a bath’ll be a lofty job. We’ll want to see if she’s been handled too. We can definitely use more helping hands.”

“No, my mom’ll be thrilled I found something to do on my own. She’s always wanting me to make more friends.”

I cringed with a lop-sided sneer because my mom was always nagging me about the same thing, but Emily’s frown and head droop said she’d read my expression all wrong.

“You don’t want to be friends?” she creaked. “I thought … I thought…” Two giant tears rapidly formed and rolled down her cheeks in uneven streams. I didn’t think tears could form and melt that fast. “You two are the only kids who’ve looked me in the eye all week. Whether I’m on my crutches or in a wheelchair, people ignore me and act like they don’t see me at all.” Her voice started breaking like glass. “So, I was hoping, I mean, I just assumed …”

“No! We’re friends, we’re friends!” I cried, cutting her off and waving my hands. “Oh my gosh. Please don’t cry. Of course we can be friends. I don’t have a single friend in school, not one. So when I did that whole face scrunch thing, I was thinking about how my mom’s always badgering me too, not that I didn’t want to be your friend. Sorry.” I looked at Kat with insistent eyes and a finger wave to back me up.

Kat nodded and rubbed Emily’s shoulder. “Yeah, of course we can be friends. We’re always looking for more friends, Em. So don’t flip.”

“Never. Trust me. You wouldn’t wanna see my cartwheels,” Emily said, smiling big at her own joke and wiping her eyelids.

We all fell into a fit of laughter at that. I was glad she had a sense of humor about her condition.

“Why would people not wanna look at you though?” Kat asked. “I don’t get it. You’re so crazy-adorable. Wish my curls were glossy like yours. All I have is a pompom.”

Emily bit her lip and her eyes got shinier. “Well, my mom says people feel sad or awkward when they see me in a wheelchair, or my funny walk, and they don’t want to offend me by staring or saying the wrong thing. But I’d much rather get a stare or a blunt question than the pretending-I-don’t-see-you thing I usually get.”

“That’s so awful,” I said, rubbing her upper arm. “Not to mention rude.”

“It so is!” Kat cried. “See? That’s why I like to be loud and sarcastic. Being short puts me below the eye level of most, but my big mouth makes me impossible to miss or ignore. You should try talking to people first, to break the ice and show off your inner sparkle. Jacinda and I can help you with that.”

“I’d love that. Thanks. Uh, I’m so relieved.” Emily patted her chest with both hands. “I thought I was getting ditched again.”

“Nah. We squabble sometimes, but we never ditch. Right, Kat?”


Emily wiped the lingering wet ribbons off her face, and the white mare, with her head turned, saw that and circled around and moseyed up to her. She rubbed against Emily’s face and licked her.

“Oh my goodness! What a lovey-dovey girl we have here,” I cried, patting our new equine friend. “She’s so sweet like Ginger and Sassy. Even after all the neglect and whatever else she’s been through, she’s trying to cheer you up and comfort you, Em. See? I told you there are some special horses who are just naturally angels.”

Emily curled her fingers under her nose. “Uck, although she stinks like she’s lived with a gang of wild hogs, that’s what you should call her.” She giggled at the horse’s eyelash tickle. She stroked the horse’s head. But, not ready for a slimy face-to-face smooch, she tried to shoo it back with her fingers.

Kat nudged the horse away from Em’s face.

“Call her what?” I said.


“Nah, I was thinking, Dirt Digger myself,” Kat said with a sneer, brushing the mare’s filth off her fingers. “It’s so much more fitting.”

“We are not calling her Dirt Digger,” I spat.

Kat cracked up. “How about Toad then?”

“No,” I growled. “I really like Angel. It’s a good name for her. Thanks for suggesting it, Em. I bet if we can get her looking up to her natural glory, she really will look like an angel, or the swift-footed carrier of one. Maybe she’ll even look like a unicorn.” I scratched the mare under the chin and neck, and she lifted her head, telling me, more, more, more.

“Doubt that, but you can call her whatever you want,” Kat said. “She’s your horse.”

“She’s not mine … just my sweet-as-candy project horse.”

“I really like ‘Angel’ as her name. It’s perfect.” Emily beamed.

“Perfect? Ha,” Kat shrilled. “She’s so far from heavenly, even demons are pinching their noses and are racing away to find some sulfur to sniff. I’m not even lying when I say that’s the ugliest, most wretched horse I’ve ever seen in my twelve years of existence.”

“She’s not ugly,” I said, rubbing her back. “She just … needs some sprucing and primping.”

“Or a lit match.”

“Hey, cut it out!” I whacked Kat’s arm. “That’s not even funny.”

“You know I’m kidding! I hate to see any creatures in distress.”

“You’re twelve?” Emily cried. “Never would’a guessed that. You look younger than me.”

“Yeah, tell me about it,” Kat groaned, crossing her arms. “I was asked to play Baby Jesus in the church play last Christmas, but they changed their minds when they saw my tinsel teeth.” She grinned wide and goofy to show them off.

Emily bowled over, laughing and clutching her stomach.“Apparently, Jesus doesn’t really sparkle.”Emily kept on laughing.“Shut up,” I bellowed. “She’s exaggerating. She does that. Like, constantly.”Emily looked at Kat and then at me with a crinkled nose of confusion. “Last week, Jacinda, you said you were almost twelve and live right down the road. You don’t go to the same school?”I shook my head with my lips curled in. “Nope. Annoyingly, I was held back in third, so I’m only in fifth now, which puts me embarrassingly in the same new school as my six-year-old sister, Tia. Being in a sea of mostly ten-year-olds, and younger, only makes me stand out like a freakish, lumbering giant.”“You’re not that tall.”“I’m 5’4″, and most of the kids stand beneath my shoulders.”

“We’re all pretty much freaks then,” Emily said. “We’ve got a gimp, a tree, a shortcake and a smelly disaster of a horse.”

“Hey! Don’t call yourself a gimp!” I yelled.

“Oh joy,” Kat muttered. “We’re like the Island of Misfit Toys. We should form our own club.”

I could tell by her sarcastic tone she was joking, but I nodded, loving the idea. “Yeah. We should.”

“I was joking!” she screeched with laughter.

“I know. But it’s a fab idea. I’m just not sure what our club should be about, but we’re all unique and talented in some way. So, I’m sure, combined, we can all put our hashtagable awesomeness to good use. Once we get Angel looking parade-worthy, we should, at the very least, try to find Angel’s previous owner. It’s not his fault he was hospitalized or whatever. We can send him pictures and some ‘Hope You Are Feeling Better’ cards. I really do hope he’s doing much better.”

“Me too. You have a really big heart, Jacinda,” Emily said with a smile. “I like that. It’s a great idea, one I should have thought of because I’ve certainly seen my share of hospitals. I know, just know, that man will love it. You were very patient with me, waiting for me to get up on the horse. You pushed me in exactly the way I needed without making me feel like a baby chicken. Hey! Maybe we should just do nice things for people and try to help whoever we can, especially other freaks like us.”

“Exactly.” I nodded with my smile sliding into an even bigger crescent moon. “The world is full of meanies. Each one of us here has been beaten down or ignored, so let’s be the opposite and try to make the world a little brighter. Instead of being more monsters in the mix, we can be angels instead.”

Emily’s bright smile said she adored the concept we came up with, and I took Kat’s nod of approval and shoulder shrug as good enough to be in too.

“Awesome!” I crossed my arms with a bounce of pride and elation. It was as ragtag and pitiful as this horse, and very tiny, but I had myself a club! An Angels Club.

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Very cool premise! Love the characters, Jacinda and her friends are fun and lovable! The fact that the Angel Club members are facing many of the same obstacles as today’s pre-teens, but overcoming these challenges and learning to love their differences by drawing strength from their friendship and interests is wonderful!

I believe young teens will gain not only enjoyment but valuable lessons when dealing with negative attitudes and situations! Engaging and lively dialogue, a great book for middle school readers:)