Authors to Watch: Amy J. Markstahler, Award-Winning Romance Author

On Authors to Watch, I'd like you to meet a very promising new author, Amy J. Markstahler. 
Before it was even published, her debut novel, Life Happens on the Stairs won the 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards. 

Amy J. Markstahler's Life Happens on the Stairs: A Cover Reveal

Please welcome an exciting new voice in the new adult romance genre.

Amy J. Markstahler's journey to publishing her debut novel, Life Happens on the Stairs, is a classic example of what many Indie authors have to go through. With one plot twist...

Lady Luck smiled on this beautiful and talented writer, and she won the 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards! Although, I don't believe in luck. She pursued her dreams and entered book awards, and this is the result of her perseverance.

And now, here we are. Many years after the birth of this story, Amy's dream is finally coming true. 
That's what we're celebrating here today!

Authors to Watch: Howard Kaplan and a Sneak Peek at the Movie Trailer of Damascus Cover

It's been a while since I've featured an author on this site, and it seems fitting that I resurrect this series with an author whose book was made into a movie --- real-life, not just a dream, honest-to-goodness, it's showing on July 20, 2018 kind of movie deal. 

Let's get to know HOWARD KAPLAN.

Kindle Scout No Longer Accepting Submissions

Before, if a writer wanted to get published by a really good publisher, like Amazon, and they're not having any luck querying agents, they could submit their title to Kindle Scout. To have the Great Zon marketing their book and a cash advance was a really good thing for the self published author. And, all an author has to do is get the highest nominations to win.

A friend of mine, Jim Heskett, submitted his title, Shadow Soldiers: A Layne Parrish Spy Thriller and got selected for publication.

What is Kindle Scout?

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It's a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.

Twitter's New Rules on Automation and What It Means For Users

Twitter has released new rules which will definitely affect the time marketers spend on social media. To sum it up, Twitter users cannot:

1) Post duplicate tweets with multiple accounts.
2) Post duplicate or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account, or create duplicate or substantially similar accounts.

Which basically means you cannot leave automated posts to run for long periods of time without changing content, and you cannot use the same post and tweet it from different accounts you own.

The Breakthrough Novel Awards: 2nd Chance at Glory?

The book competition that will support winners 110%! How many can claim that? The prizes are unmatched in the industry.

What makes this competition different? Experts will handle book development and marketing, so the winning novel will receive everything it needs from people who know what they're doing. From editing to book advertising. The works!

Cover Reveal: The Chronicles of Aveline and An Interview with Ken Fry

Diverting from his usual male-dominated thrillers, bestselling and multi-award winning author Ken Fry has written a historical suspense novel with a female protagonist.

Books by Ken Fry and The Book Khaleesi proudly present...
The Cover of The Chronicles of Aveline

Authors to Watch: The Bastille Mysteries Authors, Peter Stevens & Ian Honeysett

I come across gems in the Indie Industry so often I should be an agent for a publishing house, or create my own one day. Today on Authors to Watch, I'd like you all to meet two British writers whose works will be enjoyed by crime thriller, murder mystery readers - PETER STEVENS & IAN HONEYSETT - the authors of The Bastille Mysteries.

Review of Bishop's War: A Thriller by Rafael Amadeus Hines

With hundreds of reviews, this book by author Rafael Amadeus Hines has long intrigued me, and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.


This fast-paced and action-packed suspense thriller introduces us to Special Forces Sergeant John Bishop, decorated war hero, and nephew of crime boss, Gonzalo Valdez. After returning home from Afghanistan John’s hopes for a peaceful future are quickly shattered when he is catapulted back into the global war on terror through a succession of life-threatening events and corrupt intrigue. He battles against terrorist operatives in New York, a powerful Afghan warlord, and a psychopathic billionaire with powerful White House connections. When John’s uncle gets involved, he proceeds to treat John’s enemies to a bitter taste of mob vengeance. From that point on the ride speeds up and the reader will have to hold on for dear life. This is a thriller not to be matched for intensity and breathless excitement—not for the faint-hearted.

Authors to Watch: Eeva Lancaster Interviews Adam Croft, One of the Best Selling Crime and Thriller Authors in the World

While writing my book Being Indie, I came across this author in my research, featured by The Guardian in 2016 as one of the biggest selling authors of the year. What's so awesome about that? He's one of ours. A self published author.