IBD Flash Writing Contest June 2013 – Results

From the Team

Dear Writers & Readers,

Before we begin, we would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who participated in the IBD Flash Fiction & Non Fiction Writing Contest. The idea of hosting a Flash Writing Contest was an impulsive decision and we never anticipated the overwhelming response that we received. In a matter of only 72 hours, we had a total of 372 entries across 5 categories. The most popular category was the ‘Mystery/Thriller’ category which received over 110 entries alone. (At one point we even thought that we should call the directors of the TV show ‘1000 ways to Die‘ and share the inspiring treasure that our authors have bestowed onto us!)

With that said, the IBD Team would also like to apologize on the slight delay in the announcement of the results. We had some intense debates and a very hard time picking a few entries from among the 100’s that were equally deserving. Rest assured, the decision was a democratic one and the team decided to vote on a shortlist.

On a brighter side, because of the shear efforts and imagination put into these bite sized doses of pure entertainment, we decided to increase the number of winning entries from 2 to 3 per category – with a total of 15 winners (5 more than previously announced).

All the winning entries are posted below in their respective categories for you to enjoy. In addition to the winners, we have also listed the entries that are worthy of praise in the ‘Honorable Mentions‘  and the ‘Team Picks‘ sections. We will be publishing and distributing all the entries we received as 5 separate collections in the coming weeks. These collections will be accessible to all readers free of cost, if you would like to be notified of the publication you can join our Book Club here.

Finally, we hope you had great fun writing, as we had reading your submissions. We now leave you to explore the works of your fellow writers and journey with them into the world of Fantasia, or go on an adventure with Max Little. There is something for everyone and we are humbled to have had the pleasure of reading your craft. Feel free to share.

Warm Regards,

The IBD Team

P.S. Winners will receive an email from our team with the instructions to claim the prize.

Note: Contest details, prompts, word limits and further information can be found in this document.

69 Words of Romance - Winning Entries & More

Winning Entries:

In no particular order.

quincyjones

 Unrequited by Author Quincy Jones

She loves deep, I thought. Too deep.

 I could see it in her eyes. The way they danced and glittered.

 I moved my hand down to hers, closing hard around that porcelain skin, though not as hard as she held the knife in my guts.

 Floating now, growing lighter, lighter, hearing myself drip onto the floor.

 She loves too deep, I thought, and wished it was for me.

 

ValarieLovelight

Devastated  by Author Valarie Lovelight

“After, 8 years of trying, we finally have a child,” Sara smiled, standing by the crib.

Her husband David was gently stroking their 3 month olds hand as he slept and began to weep.

“Honey, why are you crying?”

“Remember when I went to the doctor and had some tests done a couple of weeks ago.”

 “Yes.”

Sadness and pain filled his eyes, “He said I was sterile.”

 

CyndiFaria

Masquerade by Author Cyndi Faria

Catherine strolled to Count Zacharie and batted lashes through her feathered mask. Tonight, she would be a Lady.

“I’m enchanted, Mademoiselle.” He kissed her gloved hand. “A dance?”

“Only with you.…” She twirled in her borrowed gown until she had to bid a tearful goodbye.

After weeks reliving the waltz in her mind, she answered a knock on her hut’s wooden door.

Zacharie knelt. “Dance with me forever?”

 

 Honorable Mentions:

nominee

His Eyes by Author Lesa Kinney Anders

 

He looks nervous, which worries her. When he admits that he brought her to the park so that they could talk about their relationship, her heart sinks. He’s been distant lately, and she is certain that his next words are going to destroy her. Instead, she feels him slip a ring on her finger, a question in his eyes. She answers with a nod, then a kiss.

 

nominee

CAUGHT by Author Ruby Foxx

 

“I’m not having an affair,” argued David to Kate and he squeezed her hand.

Arriving at a secluded beauty spot, they settled down.

“So this is where you disappear to all the time.”

“Only to clear my head,” protested David, hooking daisies around her ear.

“How novel,” Kate grinned just as a young girl ambled by.

Kate noticed the girl’s ear was decorated.

With a pretty daisy chain.

nominee

By Author Kirk Allmond

 

He missed his wife.  The previous seven months of solitude hadn’t been good to them.  Her eyes were hollow, her cheeks sunken.  In a few months she had changed so much but he couldn’t bear to be apart any longer. 

Ryan threw the front door open and ran to the love of his life, tears streaming.  As she tore into his flesh, he thought, “Finally.  Together again, zombies forever.”

 

nominee

Mountaineering for Singles by Author Terry Faust

    

Sarah was sure she’d found her ideal match–Donald. Being shy, she’d watched aggressive women steal men away from her before. Donald was shy himself. However, Liz had brazenly feigned ignorance of carabiners and forced Donald to help. The bitch!

“Sarah’s on belay,” Shouted the instructor. “Liz, let’s see you rappel to the bottom.”

Sarah’s tiny Swiss Army knife nestled perfectly in her palm.

 

nominee

Beyond the Veil by Author Lily Harlem

 

Searching, I lace my way through a maze of rainbow clouds, my dream gown flowing and veil billowing.

He steps from sugary mist, my groom, cocoons me in his arms. I inhale the scent of his neck as his lips brush my temple.

We sigh, content.

Church bells fade and the morning alarm steals him from me.

Reality dawns—until the night returns, I am alone.

IBD Team Picks:

nominee

Love in Traffic by Author Andy Halmay

A chance meeting at a crosswalk; the light was red. We had to wait. Our eyes met. My heart stopped. She was shy. She looked down. I felt compelled to say something, to tell her how beautiful she was. She glanced at me sideways. I recalled I had some cookies in a bag.  I fished one out and she wiggled her tail. It was requited love.

 

 

 

nominee

Self Deception by Author David Lee Stone

 

Daphne knew that she loved him, felt it with every fiber of her being. She froze whenever she was near him, whenever she felt his icy breath on her clammy skin. She longed to be near him, pined for him when she was away…but how could it ever come to anything in the long term? He was a fridge: nothing more.

 

 

nominee

Tainted Lust by Author Matthew Kinney

 

He caressed her gently, basking in the afterglow of sweet lovemaking.

“Danielle,” he said, guilt laying heavily in his voice, “I must confess, your beauty has coerced me into breaking the vows I have made to another woman.”

Danielle’s face fell with sadness, and she spoke.

“I, too, have a confession to make,” she said, guilt also deep in her voice. “My name is Dan.”

 

nominee

By Author Jaleta Clegg

 

April Fool’s, honey.” Bill laughed as Carol spit out the salty cake.

“Forty years of marriage, you’d think I’d learn.” Carol rinsed her mouth with water. Except the glass had been laced with vinegar and pepper.

Bill giggled at his deception.

Carol leaned over the sink, gagging at the taste. She waited until she heard him walk over to the coffee pot before smiling. It took two to play.

 

nominee

A Different Kind of Puppy Love by Author Rain E. Drew

 

Everyone in Mrs. Robinson’s first grade class knew of Louisa’s and Mark’s inseparability, and knew to never sit between them. Everyone in first grade recess knew they were boyfriend and girlfriend after five days of hand holding, and that they would surely get married someday.

Everyone in the second grade knew that Kevin had a girlfriend in Mrs. Robinson’s first grade class…

 

Word Soup for the Creative Soul - Winning Entries & More

Winning Entries:

In no particular order.

PeggyHolloway

Boundaries by Author Peggy Holloway

 

How, when does the creative process get stifled? Watch a small child when he colors. He doesn’t care about the boundaries. He colors all over the page. He has to be trained to stay within the boundaries. Compare this creative wizard to an adult. So, what is your conclusion?

 

 

 

MrMeus

FUN by Author Mr. Meus

Want to have fun, but don’t know how?  Think of a word, like “cattle,” or “cow.”  Then think of a rhyme… I know: “meow.”  Isn’t that fun: a meowing cow?  So get something to write on and cover in ink.  Can you make it fun?  What do you think?

 

 

 

 

StevenHobbs

 

Sublimation by Author Steven Hobbs

 

Empower your receptive mind; feed it through open eyes and ears. Enable the sublimation from spirit to substance. Capture the essence in your chosen form. Spin it, invert it; never reject it. What if? How? Why? And when it. Rest it, mature it, subliminally consider it. Ready? Write it.

 

 

 

 Honorable Mentions:

nominee

Questions and Answers by Author Lesa Kinney Anders

 

You wonder, “What if?”

The answer comes to you, but with it comes another question. “What then? What will happen next?”

You type out the answer, and the cycle repeats, over and over, until you hear only silence. Then you know that your current creation is complete.

 

nominee

‘Your Lips Don’t Lie, Shakira’ by Author Melanie Jo Moore

 

Silence can be my enemy.  I’ll tune Pandora to Shakira and she rocks my artistic world every single time.  Memories come back to me and flow from fingers to keyboard in rhythm of salsa.  Her music conveys anger, joy and pride as does my writing.

 

 

 

nominee

Creativity By Author Ann Frailey

 

Juxtaposing odd ideas generally opens doors, for if there is ever a moment when the mind revives, it is when it is startled awake. Ancient youth, blooming autumn, grossly beautiful; there is an infinite variety of peculiarities which proclaim the abundance of interesting life, transforming thought into wonder-filled words.    

 

 

nominee

Making Ideas by Author Ken Wickenden

 

Start with a hint of what you like.

Hold it in your head at night.

Sweet dreams will make your ideas fizz,

As you think what it would be like not what it is.

A pen and paper by the bed Jot down the notes, your subconscious lead.

 

nominee

Inspiration by Author Aimee Roseland

 

The bones! The bones! They are simpler than you think.

First! Describe how the story will feel – Dark.

Words, not sentences. Go slowly.

Then you can ask questions about the words. What is dark? The night, and a pit in the ground; recovery after suffering.

Now ask more…

IBD Team Picks:

nominee

Creativity by Author S. E. Smith

 

Stories are everywhere. The clouds, the wind, the birds, the waves, each shares a different tale. I see those who exist only in my mind. I gaze at the stars and see different worlds. I find myself listening. I am the storyteller retelling a life that belongs to another.

 

 

 

nominee

Words by Author James F. Lawrence

 

Think not about starting – just start! Wield the pen, or tap the keys, and write.

You may be surprised, as five minutes becomes two hours.

Were those characters hiding in last nights dream?

Inside, you want to fly – your ideas seek freedom.

Release them; unleash their power.

 

nominee

Bounce by Author David Lee Stone

 

Study your favorite writers, and find their ‘bounce': the rhythm of the voice. If you have two or three favorites, you can emulate their collective bounce and add your own to the mix. Eventually, you’ll end up with a blended quilt of styles that makes you completely unique.

 

 

 

nominee

She is Creativity by Author Matthew Kinney

 

Creativity is an alluring, yet jealous woman.

Dwell on her, pamper her, give her your soul.

Take her beauty inside you and it will flow like a majestic river into everything you touch.

But check your Facebook every five minutes and she’ll dump you.

 

nominee

Lessons from Gaints by Author Martin McCorkle

 

A mature giant sequoia is enormous, but it starts as a tiny seed. A seed only released from a stubborn cone by fire. Then, fed by freed sunlight and warm earth, a giant grows.

 Do not despise small ideas.

Let fire cleanse.

Live in the light.

Grow.

And Then They Were Dead - Winning Entries & More

Winning Entries:

In no particular order.

JohnDolan

 

HEAD by Author John Dolan

 

The psychiatrists are gathering. They huddle, talking to me. But words won’t get inside my head. Only one thing really gets inside a head; something heavy and sharp. Well, I know all about that.

 

 

 

SWVaughn

 

Blue Oyster Cult by Author S.W. Vaughn

 

They’re playing my song. Ironic—especially for this Halloween party.

Here she comes. Skimpy costume, sloppy smile. Buy me a drink, she says. I laugh.

That’s right, baby. Don’t fear the reaper…

 

RainEDrew

Dubiousness of a Hostess by Author Rain E. Drew

            Shirley told the detective that she had no idea how rat poison got into the punch bowl. She also couldn’t explain why all the party guests happened to be her ex-boyfriends.

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

nominee

 

The Maid by Author J Bennett

 

“The murderer is the maid,” I proclaimed as I strolled past the horrified guests into the kitchen.  “Or I’m the worst amateur detective in…”

Blood pooled around the knife in the maid’s chest.

 

nominee

 

DEATH CAME FROM HEAVEN by Author Alvaro Parro Pinto

 

It was the biggest party Manhattan had seen. Millions of people danced in the streets as the light in the sky flickered with a thundering sound… and then they were dead.

 

 

 

nominee

 

“Good Luck” by Author DCBourone

 

Max had arranged for a hot air balloon. “Helluva party,” he screamed, and off they went. Max was doing my wife. Too bad he didn’t check the Weather Channel.  I did.

   

 

 

nominee

 

And then by Author Mark Roman

 

Phone lines cut, power off, castle dark. Boat’s not due ‘til Wednesday. Four murdered in two days; just six left. No one knows who the killer is; no one even suspects me.

 

 

 

nominee

Dying to Party by Author Tom Winton

It was the night of my sixty-fifth birthday. I was standing on my Island, watching the thirty-five guests approaching on the ferry.  Lightning flashed—there were desperate screams—fog obscured the ferry.

 

 

 

 

IBD Team Picks:

nominee

 

Party Animals by Author Jason Brannon

 

Death strolled into the abattoir and smiled at so much meat wriggling on hooks like gruesome piñatas.  This party had its entertainment.  All it needed now were some zombie guests with hearty appetites.  

 

 

nominee

 

Recollection by Author David Lee Stone

 

One by one, Giles reduced them all to their component parts. It was a shame, but the guests were automated: he had to check seven different memory chips to find out who murdered who.

 

 

 

nominee

 

By Author Rebecca Davis

 

Sam watched headlights bounce off bottles littering his front yard. 

Izzer any more jello shotz lef’? He slurred to no one.

A different kind of shot hit him, and he joined the bottles.

Killer party.  

nominee

 

Dinner Time by Author Matthew Kinney

 

I poked my new friend playfully to set him at ease. 

“Justin!” My mom glared at me with her milky white eyes. “Stop playing with your food!”

I hate being a zombie.

 

nominee

Departure Lounge by Author James F. Lawrence

 

Seven guests sat around the table.

”A toast” James announced.

 The lights died, then lit.

A couple lay staring upwards.

“Poisoned!” someone shouted.

“With my wine?  Their necks look twisted,” Giles replied calmly.

The Chronicles of Fantasia - Winning Entries & More

Winning Entries:

In no particular order.

JenniferHanning

Fitting In by Author Jennifer Hanning

 

Clarmy Bluddlesock ventured out every night, poking out an eye from the sleeping citizens of Zubberblunk.  By the time his one-eyed son was old enough for school and had to be seen in public, it would be the two-eyed people who were odd.

 

 

 

DCBourone

“Looking Good” by Author DCBourne

 

Vanity is the death of dragons.  After thoroughly smoking Fantasia, just flat out torching it, Flame realized he’d just killed his manicurist, his scale polishers, and his dentist.  He picked through the rubble, looking for ribbons, or rouge.  He sulked.  Arrows and spears no longer his enemy.  Now he feared mirrors.

 

 

MarkRoman

 

Garethlor by Author Mark Roman

 

As the horde of slavering demons surrounded him, only one thing could save Naylor the Negligent now: his magic sword, Garethlor – forged by elvish blacksmiths, engraved by master craftsmen, and enchanted by Merlin himself. Shame he’d left it on the kitchen table that morning…

 

 

 Honorable Mentions:

nominee

Roscoe of Fantasia by Peggy Holloway

Mommy said, “He’s just a mythic creature, all in your mind, honey.” Mommy is wrong. Roscoe is my friend. He is pink with a big soft belly. He lets me sleep on top of him. He purrs and I sleep, totally unafraid.

 

 

 

 

nominee

 

XOSH THE MINOTAUR by Author Alvaro Parra Pinto

 

Fantasia trembled when Xosh, the Minotaur, fainted during the Planetary Games.

Queen Klynga asked her Chamberlain:

“Did doctor Zallycush examine Xosh as ordered?”

“Aye, it was only a rotten tooth… Zallycush pulled it out!”

“Then Xosh´s fine?”

“Aye, but he ate Zallycush!” 

nominee

 

Origins by Author Ian Cant

 

“Whence come myths?” Dragon asked Wyvern.  “Mother Earth?” replied Wyvern, sarcastic.  “If you believe in Humans” sneered Fairy.  Dragon, in his fireless and wingless youth, did not entirely disbelieve.  To Wizard he went, was wanded to Earth and there named Komodo.

 

 

nominee

Humans by Author R.C. Fettig

He’d thought they were a Fantasian myth, meant to scare the younger ones. The creatures would use his stomach to carry water, skin for covering and bones for weapons. He wanted to learn more, but instead incinerated them and burrowed underground to warn others.

 

 

 

 

nominee

 

Dragon Attack! by Author VE Shearman

 

The dragon swooped again, the village was burning.

Milos, the young peasant, turned to Sir Ignatius, the bold knight, and said, ‘someone needs to do something!’

‘You’re right!’ Sir Ignatius agreed. He unsheathed his mighty sword and handed it to Milos, ‘Good Luck!’

IBD Team Picks:

nominee

 

Wooden Sword by Author Harrison Pierce

 

            Out of all of Fantasia, the sword chose me.

            The blade that felled the fabled wyrm Yagpa the Deceiver ages ago, chose me.

            “Hey!” a small mouse squeaked, “You gonna buy that kid?”

            I glanced at the price and happily paid the shopkeeper.

nominee

 

The Onibaba by Author Stephen Randel

 

The wretched demon hag squatted on the riverbank chewing a severed arm.  Its former owner, a samurai, had failed to answer her riddle.  What can run, but never walks?  What has a mouth, but never talks?  She threw the mangled arm into…the river.

 

 

nominee

 

Mythinterpreted by Author B. Morris Allen

 

Fantasia had never needed an interpreter. With only one language, who would need one? But Grawk insisted on training, and at last, a well-armed human foreigner arrived. Things might have gone better if gryphon beaks and tongues could differentiate “Bill” from “Kill”.

 

 

nominee

 

Big Boned by Author David Lee Stone

 

It was a fat unicorn; you really couldn’t say much more about it. Apprentice Pollen

had looked all over Fantasia for the perfect specimen, but the Wizard Lord wasn’t

going to be happy with his birthday present: even the horn was crooked.

 

nominee

Fantasian Fast Food by Author J. Naomi Ay

 

Although Lily had eaten two hours ago, she was hungry again.  Conveniently, fat Leroy was hovering outside her nest, searching for magic coins to pay off his gambling debt to Danny Troll.

“Too bad,” Lily announced and barbequed Leroy with her breath.

 

 

The Adventures of Max Little - Winning Entries & More

Winning Entries:

In no particular order.

MGKing

Hailstorm by Author M.G. King

Max Little pecked the ground

That afternoon the sky fell down.

Steely clouds roared like trains

Dropping ice and dagger rains.

Max flapped and whooped

Others safely to the coop.

Max himself was stricken,

But oh, what a chicken!

MarciaGoldlist

Max’s Courage to Speak Up by Author Marcia Goldlist

When other kids were teased

Max Little was not pleased.

He said, “To tease is wrong

And it does not make you strong.

Please take my advice

And to others be nice.”

PaigeWPendleton

Monster by Author Paige W. Pendleton

 

What was that?

Under the bed!

Max pulled the covers

Over his head

 

He listened hard

Beneath the sheet

All he heard was

His own heartbeat

 

He laughed aloud

And told himself

You are such a

Silly Little elf!

 Honorable Mentions:

nominee

Brave Max! by Author Anne Thomas

Courageous Max!

He will not look, he will not check

Brave Max, mother becks

No, no! thinks Max in his bed,

Whether it be monster, man or nightmare maker,

he will not remove the covers from his head!

 

nominee

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT by Author Daniel Berenson

 

Max Little wanted dinner,

Something like himself.

So he scuba dived

To an ocean shelf.

 

He battled squid and octopi.

He survived, but with a limp.

But Max got his dinner:

Tasty jumbo shrimp.

nominee

Max Little, Superhero by Jemima Pett

I once knew a hero,

His name it was Max.

He liked jumping puddles

And stepping on cracks.

He rescued a kitten

He found up a tree,

And brought it safe home

To Mummy and me.

nominee

By Author Rebecca Davis

The hostage paced the tiled floor.

The white-coat beast opened the door.

Max Little’s heart was beating fast.

He faced his doom, next breath his last.

The needle neared, had the beast won?

Shots aren’t so bad. Quick pinch and done.  

nominee

Courage by Joshua Chapman

Max Little, though two pints tall

felt no fear, no fear at all.

Into bed he’d jump just fine

when his dad called out ‘bed time’.

No monster ever would come out

to see what courage was all about.

IBD Team Picks:

nominee

Spirit by Author Ruby Foxx

 

“Why can’t I be brave Mummy?” asked Max Little, putting on his superman cape.

“But you are.

Starting school is brave,

Hurting your knee is brave,

Visiting the dentist, that’s brave.”

Max smiled and took off his cape.

nominee

GOOD FRIDAY, 1865 by Author Alvaro Parra Pinto

 

To Ford Theatre Max Little went

The night Booth shot Lincoln dead.

 

Filled with bravery and courage

Little followed Booth´s swift steps.

 

The small boy soon warned the soldiers

And thanks to him Booth was shot dead!

nominee

“FIRST DAY” by Author Susan Rohrer

The school loomed large

That scary day,

Max Little gulped with fear

But then he spied

Sweet Sarah Small,

As skittish as a deer

“Don’t be afraid,”

He smiled her way,

“I’ll be your friend this year.”

nominee

The Adventures of Max Little by Author Matthew W. McFarland

Compared to a person, Max Little was small,

But at three-foot-four, for a mouse, he was tall.

He chased away cats, and birds, and dogs,

Keeping other mice safe, he was the bravest of all.

 

 

nominee

Courageous Max by Author R.C. Fettig

I’m brave like my daddy.

At least that’s what mommy says.

We’re like super heroes

But in different ways.

 

Daddy protects our country

I take care of mommy.

That way while he’s gone

He won’t have to worry.

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The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands

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The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands

The Indie Book of the Day for 23rd of February, 2015!

Genre: Contemporary, Travel

Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.

Fate has other plans.

June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?

After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.

Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?

As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, discovers the intoxicating pleasures of Paris and savors the sun-kissed Côte d’Azur, she begins redefining the possibilities in her life.

An enduring story of hope and change in life’s later years is woven through the author’s love-letter to France. Like a well-travelled friend, Patricia Sands invites readers into a world she loves and entices them to linger.

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  • File Size: 796 KB
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  • Publisher: Patricia Sands (February 2, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France.

Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and her second novel, The Promise of Provence was an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist and a 2013 Finalist in Literary Fiction, National Indie Excellence Awards. A new release is scheduled for Summer 2014.

Celebrating the rewarding friendships and bonds women share, her stories examine the challenges life often throws in our paths. Location features prominently in all of her novels.

The Love In Provence series ~ The Promise of Provence (2013); Promises To Keep (Summer 2014) ~ allows readers to lose themselves in the beauty of the south of France without leaving home.

Frequently invited to speak with women’s groups on the subjects of writing and self-publishing, topics also cover the importance of valuing our personal stories and seeing ageing as opportunity. At other events along with her Sommers & Sands speaking partner, author Susan Sommers, through keynotes, workshops and conferences, audiences are encouraged to embrace change and see challenges as opportunities.

Her philosophy is that it’s never too late to begin something new, to seize each day and be a possibilitarian! As the saying goes, just do it! Hearing from readers (both men and women, from ages 20 to 84) is her greatest reward.

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Heiress, P.I. by Amanda Mahan

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Heiress, P.I. by Amanda Mahan

The Indie Book of the Day for 28th of November, 2014!

Genre: Literary, Mystery

For fans of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars and Gossip Girl…

Meet Lucy Hansen. She’s the richest teenager in the world – and possibly the shyest. She doesn’t flash her business to the paparazzi as she’s getting out of limos or send selfies while smoking salvia. No, Lucy hides behind her frizzy bangs, environmental causes and organic hemp-blend sweats. Her one true friend (and secret crush) Holden is the poorest kid in Beverly Hills – and probably the scrappiest. He interns for a famous private investigator, and when he asks Lucy to help him crack a case, her life turns from tame to tabloid, from glum to glam, from private to private eye. And when the trail leads directly to her hotel magnate father, it’s up to Lucy to solve the case by infiltrating Hollywood’s most elite and unwelcoming club: Celebutantes. Teens who are famous for, well… being famous.

Along the way, “LuHan” endures wardrobe malfunctions, fake romances, compromising videos-turned-YouTube hits, unflattering mug shots and – worst of all – a makeover. Now Lucy has to save her father, dodge the paparazzi, and keep her IRL ID on the DL – all while maybe, almost, possibly having her first real kiss.

If you’ve ever read the tabloids and wondered, “What was she thinking?” then HEIRESS, P.I. offers one possible answer.

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Amanda Mahan’s secret mission began in high school when she won a writing competition with an essay about a skydiving trip. The fact that she never actually went skydiving suggested a career in fiction. After graduation, she spent several years writing comedic online games and worked on two NBC sitcoms. She was also the writer and creator of the People’s Choice award-winning “Green Mommy” blog.

Amanda is an expert in applying lip balm, a complete failure at doing her own hair, and specializes in baking addictive red velvet cupcakes. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two munchkins, and entirely too much glitter.

Heiress, P.I. — think Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl — is her first novel.

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River Oaks Plantation by B. J. Robinson

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River Oaks Plantation by B. J. Robinson

The Indie Book of the Day for 18th of May, 2014!

Genre: Historical, Romance

From award-winning author B. J. Robinson comes a family saga amidst the backdrop of the Civil War and a deadly hurricane, rising floodwaters in the Big Easy, or Crescent City, as a plantation on River Road in Vacherie, Louisiana, is threatened. Will Hurricane Katrina destroy what the Civil War spared? Showcased in Southern Writers Magazine as a Must Read. Finalist in the Grace Awards. Amazon best-seller. 

Margaret Jane Turnrow first laid eyes on River Oaks Plantation amid lush foliage and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss when she returned from her honeymoon as a petite hazel-eyed fifteen-year-old bride to the antebellum mansion. She immediately fell in love with the house and grounds and beautifying the garden with plants. Her first task involved lining the oak drive with azaleas. Determined to have the best plantation gardens, she soon recreated formal ones designed from precious memories of France, Italy, and England she’d toured on her honeymoon. Before the Civil War, she imported plants, and gardening became her passion. During the war, it was her only one. The fertile Louisiana soil loved and nursed her plants as much as she did, and they grew like the cotton and sugarcane.  Pale as a magnolia blossom, she sparkled like the sun reflecting off Lake Pontchartrain when she flashed pearly white teeth with her camellia red smile. The war would change the shy woman-child as it ravaged through her life and took its toll on the home and family life she came to know and love with all of her heart. 

Before the Civil War, dashing Danny Paul Turnrow stood six-foot-two-inches, as tall and elegant as the white-columned plantation home he’d purchased on the banks of the Mississippi River. He led a charmed life as a charismatic cotton baron known as one of the richest men on River Road. River Oaks boasted over thirty-five-hundred acres of fertile Louisiana soil, mostly planted in cotton with the exception of some sugarcane along the Mississippi River banks and his wife’s gardens.  He returned from the war a different man, as broken as the pillared splendor of the South. Surrounded by cypress swamps and sugarcane fields on the river’s end and white blankets of cotton edging the dirt roads, River Oaks Plantation still stood, but the grand life he’d led turned to one of backbreaking toil. He no longer stood so tall and proud with an aching back hunched over Louisiana cotton fields. 

With the future uncertain, fear lurks in his heart and soul and clouds his mind. What will sustain his marriage through the loss? Can they defend what’s most precious to them and maintain River Oaks as a working plantation? The manor home is the only legacy he has left and the only life he has ever known. Will he lose it? 

Years later, Amaryllis Camilla O’Brien is stranded alone with two dogs on the top floor of an antebellum plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, as a deadly hurricane rips and roars through the city and raging floodwaters threaten to devour the old home. She discovers a yellowed diary. Will family secrets drown in the flood with her? Will the diary matter? She’s determined to save it and the dogs, or die trying. Has her grandmother left her a sinking ship? 

Noah Gautreaux, the plantation manager, took vehicles to higher ground and is supposed to return, but will he make it in time to save Amaryllis and his pet girls? The old house withstood the floods of 1973, 1983, and 1993. He doesn’t think he has to worry about it floating off down the Mississippi River, but as excessive rain and wind continue to batter the area and the water continues to rise when the levee breaches, he realizes there’s a first time for everything and this could be it for the white-columned beauty of ages past. Will the plantation, the only woman he’s ever loved, and his pets drown or be blown away? Can he save what’s most precious to him? Will River Oaks ever be the same, or will Katrina destroy what the Civil War spared?

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Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Author, B. J. Robinson, is an award-winning, multi-published author with four traditionally published novels as well as independently published short stories, novellas, and novels. River Oaks Plantation, her first full-length indie, has been on Amazon’s bestselling Christian historical novel list as well as the Civil War list. It is a finalist in the Grace Awards for 2013 in the historical romance category. The novel was showcased in Southern Writers Magazine as a Must Read. She won an award through the Florida Writers Association, first prize in fiction-writing competition at Southeastern Louisiana University for a short story that was published in their literary magazine, Gambit, and a novella won an indie award. She has also won numerous editors’ choice awards for poetry, had poems published, articles published, and her short story ran on the front page of a local newspaper three weeks as a serial.

She shares her heart and soul through writing, as well as her passion and love for Jesus. When she’s not writing, she’s reading and completing book reviews.

Magnolia: A Wilting Flower is an autobiographical novel which won first-runner up in Florida Writers Association (FWA) 2002 Royal Palm Award and took home a trophy. Southern Superstitions was developed from her first-prize-winning short story published in Southeastern Louisiana University’s literary magazine, Gambit. She later developed it into a full-length romantic suspense novel set in Louisiana, Southern Superstitions. Calm Before the Storm was her first indie book published on the Amazon Kindle, and it won an indie award. She is an avid reader and passionate writer of women’s fiction, romantic suspense, or historical fiction set in the Civil War and antebellum period. Her latest novel River Oaks Plantation is a Civil War plantation novel with dual storylines set during the antebellum period in Louisiana. She is hard at work on a second Civil War novel set in Louisiana, Romance under the Oaks.

B. J. Robinson writes inspirational fiction from Florida, where she lives with her husband, a shelter cat named Frankie, a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, and a golden retriever named Honi. Her children are grown and have made her a grandmother twelve times. She promises to take her readers on a continuous journey to another world. B. J. has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She believes belonging to a good critique group and reading books by other writers is the best way to hone your skill and craft.

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Let Me Get This Off My Chest by Margaret Lesh

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Let Me Get This Off My Chest by Margaret Lesh

The Indie Book of the Day for 24th of September, 2013!

Genre: Memoir, Cancer

Tamoxifen hot flashes, mastectomy, reconstruction, breast cancer etiquette, Frankenboobs, bras with special attachments—Margaret Lesh shares all in her funny, heartfelt collection of essays, anecdotes, and life lessons from the perspective of a two-time breast cancer survivor. She’ll tell you when it’s okay to play the cancer card, what you should take to the hospital, and gives suggestions on how to cope in those dark moments of the soul. With practical tips sprinkled throughout, LET ME GET THIS OFF MY CHEST explores how breast cancer changed her outlook on life, offering honest insights, humor, and sensitivity as she looks for the silver lining in a not-so-great situation.

Whether you are a woman diagnosed with breast cancer or whether you know someone with breast cancer, this book was written for you.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615812511
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  • Publisher: StoryRhyme.com Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
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California girl Margaret Lesh lives with her husband and son in a quiet suburb near Los Angeles. She writes middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about baked goods, especially donuts, far too often. She believes tacos are magic.

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A Measure of Courage by Cristina Leigh

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A Measure of Courage by Cristina Leigh

The Indie Book of the Day for 19th of September, 2013!

Genre: Romance, Suspense

It’s said ones past has the potential to define ones future. Not for Lizzy Anderson. A MEASURE OF COURAGE is a romantic thriller told from multiple perspectives, with shifts between scenes reminiscent of James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels. It is told mainly from the perspective of the victim, using flashbacks interspersed with vividly drawn scenes in the present. Based on true events, Lizzy Anderson must find the courage to break through the walls she built and accept her past in order to save her future.

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Cristina Leigh, an advocate for domestic violence victims and survivors, served 13 years in the United States Air Force.  She holds a BS in Business Management and is currently one class away from obtaining her MBA.  A survivor of domestic violence and abuse herself, she decided to channel her passion for writing and tell her story …  in her own words. 

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Soul Avenged by Keri Lake

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Soul Avenged by Keri Lake

The Indie Book of the Day for 16th of June, 2013!

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Passion is blind in vengeance and love …

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.

The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.

Now, one motive burns in her soul:

KILL THEM ALL.

The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

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Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. She writes fiction in the genres of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. A graduate of Michigan State University (go green!), Keri holds 2 degrees in science but would gladly trade them both to pursue her true passion for writing. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.

When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel. If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world. And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.

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Hyde, an Urban Fantasy by Lauren Stewart

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Hyde, an Urban Fantasy by Lauren Stewart

The Indie Book of the Day for 23rd of January, 2013!

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

To survive, they must embrace what they most despise . . . in themselves and in each other.

Mitch Turner is everything women want most in a man–charismatic, successful, drop-dead gorgeous. Except he’s not a man–he’s a monster.

The only way Mitch can protect others from his monstrous side is to stop them from getting too close…that and a 7×7 foot cage. Isolated by his genetic curse, he spends his life hurting people emotionally, driving them away before Hyde can harm them physically. But, after a night of the best sex Mitch has ever had, he realizes that might be impossible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn’t remember any of it.

Eden Colfax is everything men want most, men other than Mitch, that is. She’s kind, honest to a fault and sickeningly sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn’t lie, doesn’t curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers’ beds…until the day she does. Then the flashbacks start–places she’s never been, people she’s never met, blood she’s never spilled. She discovers she’s split into two parts–the woman she thought she knew and another who is capable of anything. And the only person with any answers is the one man she never wants to see again.

What neither of them know is that someone is watching them both, manipulating them, determined to see just how evil the two of them really are. And when the truth begins to seep through the cracks, leaving them nowhere to turn but each other, they will be forced into a partnership neither had expected.

Because in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can’t even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on Earth you should be falling for.

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  • Publisher: Off The Hook Publishing (July 8, 2012)
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After earning degrees in Fine Arts and English, Lauren Stewart wanted to see the world. A lack of funds meant that she didn’t get far. She spent two years traveling around Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada–first as a choreographer and then as an English teacher–meeting folks from all the places she couldn’t afford to go to. But that time was highly useful–she learned about herself, other people, and how insane life actually is.

Lauren reads in almost every genre. So naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us, should make us laugh.

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Setup on Front Street by Mike Dennis

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Setup on Front Street by Mike Dennis

The Indie Book of the Day for 3rd of October, 2012!

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Key West, 1991. Don Roy Doyle is back in town. Tough and quick-witted, he’s fresh out of prison, where he served three years for a diamond swindle. Now he’s back to collect his share of the proceeds, about $200,000, but the money has vanished.

A local family dynasty which has controlled the island’s politics for generations, a cop with a grudge, the FBI, and the Russian mob all have a stake in the action. They’re convinced Cuba is on the verge of “opening up”, and they all want Doyle gone.

In this tightly-knit town, who can be trusted? And how long can Doyle stay alive?

SETUP ON FRONT STREET is the first novel in Mike Dennis’ Key West Nocturnes series. It takes you deep inside the world of Key West noir, a world tucked way back in the shadows, where the tourists never go.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615478727
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  • Publisher: Mike Dennis (May 9, 2011)
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After thirty years as a professional musician (piano), Mike Dennis left Key West and moved to Las Vegas in 2006 to become a professional poker player, but turned to writing when his first novel was published.

SETUP ON FRONT STREET is his second published novel, now available in ebook and paperback. It’s the first in the Key West Nocturnes series of noir novels which lift the veil on Key West, revealing it as a true noir city, on a par with Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Miami. The next book in the series, THE GHOSTS OF HAVANA, is currently available in ebook and paperback. The third book, MAN-SLAUGHTER, is now available in ebook and paperback. The fourth book, THE GUNS OF MIAMI, will be coming in 2013.

Mike has also begun the Jack Barnett / Las Vegas series, about a reluctant ex-private investigator in Sin City USA. The first entry in that series, a novelette called TEMPTATION TOWN, is now available in ebook and paperback. The second installment, another novelette called HARD CASH, is coming soon

In addition, Mike has had short stories published in Powder Burn Flash, A Twist Of Noir, Mysterical e, Slow Trains, and the 2009 Wizards Of Words Anthology.

In December 2010, Mike moved back to Key West, where he enjoys year-round island living.

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The Master of Whitehall by Rick Veal

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The Master of Whitehall by Rick Veal

The Indie Book of the Day for 17th of September 2012!

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

After the brutal murder of her parents in a robbery, Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern 21 year old college senior, finds herself attempting to re-start her life in Charleston, SC, where she finds love, healing and a brand new life in a most unexpected avenue.

This story follows Katelyn from her hometown just outside Atlanta to her new school in Charleston. There she meets James and is deeply intrigued by him from their first meeting; feeling as if he has touched her very soul. The more she considers him, the more intense her interest becomes. He is a wealthy patron of the arts, especially at her school. He is tall and handsome with a strong persona; a young widower, living alone in a huge, but beautifully restored old plantation house called ‘Whitehall’. Their friendship soon becomes serious, becoming a full on relationship as Katelyn falls madly in love with him. James soon makes his love for her just as obvious. Their lives begin to blend, twisting and turning, as they continue to grow closer.

After several strange incidents, Katelyn begins to develop a series of unsettling questions about her new love. However, she knows that after facing the catastrophe of her parent’s deaths, she can face anything life throws at her. She begins looking at the questions, searching her own soul. Finally deciding that she must know the answers, she confronts him. She soon discovers James’ true nature; confirming her fears that he was indeed not the man she thought, but the man she feared him to be. The confirmation of her suspicions are shocking to her, turning her world view on its side. She is forced to acknowledge things about herself and her world that she never thought possible. With her new found knowledge, Katelyn realizes she must make a choice to live with or without James. She quickly decides to adapt her life and adjust her beliefs in order to continue to be with James.

Their love for each other develops and continues to grow as he assists her to close the gaping wounds left by the tragedy of her parent’s murders. Katelyn continues to uncover other secrets, discovering another existence, as she begins her new life with James. The story reaches a highly emotional and completely unexpected ending that fully illustrates Katelyn’s personality of love and care for those around her.

The Master of Whitehall, a paranormal romance novel is complete at 104,000 words. The story unfolds over the course of nearly a year, and features flashbacks that more fully develop each of the characters, offering insights into their personal histories. The story is narrated in first person perspective by Katelyn as she offers a window into the world of possibilities of love between mortal and immortal.

The Master of Whitehall will be very appealing to readers of Rachel Caine’s ‘Morganville Vampires’, Charlaine Harris’ ‘True Blood’ series, and Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’.

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I was born in and have spent the majority of my life in the Upstate of South Carolina. I joined the Navy immediately out of high school where I had the pleasure of visiting some eighteen different countries during a six year span. After returning home I attended The University of South Carolina graduating with a double Associates Degree with Honors. I completed my education at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History. I have worked in the education field as a teacher and in various management positions in industry. I currently live alone with my one daughter, a three year old Tuxedo cat, who graciously allows me to think I actually own the house.

My favorite authors are Anne Rice, Rachal Caine, L.J. Smith, Charlene Harris and Clive Cussler. I enjoy reading and writing paranormal romance. I have heard that if you want to write, you should write the book you want to read, then others will want to read it too. That is exactly what I have tried to do with The Master of Whitehall, my debut novel.

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