Archive for July, 2011

Blogs: In the Indie Spotlight

My novel 3/17 was featured July 27 in The Indie Spotlight.

This blog updates daily featuring profiles of indie writers, their latest work, a few Q&As and an excerpt of the featured book.

In the market for an Indie read?

Get your fresh fiction here, at our Hot Off the Press page. This will be updated monthly with the newest works by members of Indie Writers Unite!—a worldwide group of self published and small press authors.

The current list includes my latest work, The Terminal Diner, a suspenseful tale of a family whose lives were changed indirectly by the events of Sept. 11. Markets: Amazon paperback, Kindle, my eStore, Amazon UK Kindle / Paperback & Amazon DE Kindle / Paperback.

Book Tour: Daniel Arenson

NAME:  Daniel Arenson

BIO: Born in 1980, Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. He began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story,
“Worms Believe in God”, in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card’s Strong Verse.

Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published Arenson’s fantasy novel Firefly Island in 2007. Since then, he’s written the fantasy novels The Gods of Dream, Flaming Dove, Eye of the Wizard, and Blood
of Requiem.


BOOK:  Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons, Book 1)

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GENRE:  Fantasy

LOCALE:  The ruins of Requiem, an ancient land where dragons once flew

PROTAGONIST:  Benedictus

SOUNDTRACK:  Mozart’s “Requiem”

EMOTIONS:  Bleakness, despair, and fear…but also hope, friendship, and love.


5 Star Indie Summer Reads: Cloud Nine

Throughout the summer I’ll post a random book from the Indie Summer Reads shelf and a five-star review of it from Amazon.

Melissa Smith: Cloud Nine: A Paranormal Romance of the Guardians of Man 

When I picked up this book by an unknown author I was a little afraid that the quality of the story wouldnt be very good. I was happily surprised to find that it’s really a great read! I loved the interactions between Claire and Sterling. I will definitely be checking out the next novel in this series!

This book is good for all ages. So go ahead and pick this one up.

On August 1, I will announce details of a writing contest in which you can win a free Kindle copy of my new novel, The Terminal Diner.

Bargain Alert!

Amazon dropped the paperback price of The Terminal Diner to $13.45! That’s 10% off the cover price. Buy now before the price rises back.

Today Indie writer Katrina Parker Williams interviews me about my new novel The Terminal Diner on her blog Trouble Down South and Other Stories, which also happens to be the title of her book of Southern short stories. I’ve always been a big fan of Southern writing, and Williams’s stories such as Rock, featured here at the diner in April, prove she is a great addition to the genre.

IWU!: Heather Marie Adkins

Each week a member of Indie Writers Unite! will stop by to answer twenty questions.

1. Name: Heather Marie Adkins

2. How long have you been an indie writer? My first ebook was published less than a month ago so I am still brand spanking new (with the mistakes to prove it).

3. What formats do you publish in? All ebook formats for now; one day, I’ll be in paperback at CreateSpace when I can get my stuff together to make it happen.

4. What genres do you write in? Every possible genre and mixes in between. One of my favorite parts of indie publishing is the freedom to do as you please.

5. Are you on Twitter or facebook?

6. How do you want your readers to feel after they’re read your book? Depends on the book. Either fulfilled from my standalones or dying for the sequel for those of my novels that will have one 🙂

7. What’s your current book? The Temple, a paranormal mystery about a girl who takes a job in England where women are going missing. The town is blaming a supernatural entity, but Vale is determined to prove a person is behind it. 

8. What’s your next book about? Abigail is a fantasy/romance about a half-faery/half-human girl whose father sells her into slavery. She’s bought by a wealthy landowner and taken to his estate where the fae are preparing to go to war against the family for stealing their land.

9. What types of jobs have you had other than writing? Right now, I’m a police dispatcher. I have been a pet store clerk, a Starbucks barista, an Outback Steakhouse server, an animal hospital receptionist, and an intern at an aquarium.

10. What did it feel like when you were first published? Freeing. My dreams are coming true.

11. What’s your go-to song when your writing muse needs to be recharged? I can’t listen to music while I’m writing, I’m one of the weirdos who prefers silence, but when I’m procrastinating because I have no inspiration, I love to dance around the house to Gaelic Storm, singing at the top of my lungs. (Irish music)

12. What do you do when writer’s block strikes? Moan about how awful it is to be an ar-teest 🙂 I walk away. Sometimes fresh eyes can turn things around.

13. What’s the best compliment your writing ever earned? I’ve been told several times that if there were any errors in my ebook, the reader didn’t notice because the story sucked them in. That is a huge compliment.

14. If you’re stranded on a desert island with a solar battery recharger, what would you be reading on your Kindle? I have a Nook 🙂 Everything within range of download! If it was right this minute, I’d be reading Jack Wallen’s A Blade Away.

15. If you could have dinner with three other writers, who would they be? Jennifer Crusie, Laurell K Hamilton, and Marian Keyes.

16. What’s your blog and/or website address?

17. Cats or dogs? Both! I have five cats and four dogs.  It’s an interesting household.

18. Cake or death? (To soothe the boisterous Eddie Izzard lobbyists…) Cake. Quite possibly enough to cause me death because I have a terrible sweet tooth and am quite unable to tell myself “no.”

19. What fictional character do you identify with most? Morgan Rowlands from Cate Tiernan’s Sweep series

20. What’s the closing line of your latest book? I felt Her smile down upon me.

Bonus Links:

Underneath, a free ebook short story

The Temple

The House, a free ebook short story 

Indie Summer Reads: Fantasy sampler

Throughout the summer I’ll post a random book from the Indie Summer Reads shelf and a five-star review of it from Amazon.

Julia Crane: Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles, $2.99,​ist-Keegans-Chronicles-ebo​ok/dp/B0055HFZ3A

Five star review: “There’s romance, war, and supernatural all thrown in to make this incredible story. I was hooked from the first chapter, I’m hoping and waiting for a sequel.”

P.h. C. Marchesi: Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes E-book 4.99. Paperback 12.99. To access all links, please go to

Five star review: “It is so unusual to find a ‘different’ book these days. No wizards or Quidditch games, but this book as its shares of heros and super characters in a TOTALLY different way. A must read for teenagers and even adults. This author is destined for greatness!”

PJ Port: Assorted Shorts, 99 cents,​rted-Shorts-ebook/dp/B004W9N4EY

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Hot Off the Press: Death of a Kingdom

From times to time I will feature a freshly pressed book from my list on the main menu above.

Today’s suggestion: M. Edward McNally: Death of a Kingdom, $2.99,​0057GII6U

Reviewer Richard Frazier writes on Amazon: “Bottom line, a GREAT read. Mr. McNally does an outstanding job with this sequel to “The Sable City.” Most of the same characters are present with the addition of some interesting new ones. As with his previous novel, very rich descriptions and a great flow to the whole story. I read it mostly on my ipad, but when out and about I would grab any spare moment and continue on my phone. Anxiously awaiting his next installment. Keep it coming!”

This Epic, Musket & Magic Fantasy is the second book in his Norothian Cycle, following The Sable City, which one reviewer called “literary art” and another said the “dialogue is snappy and fun – fully of witty banter.”