Behind the Words with Multi-published Author, Grant Leishman

Today, on author spotlight, we go behind the words with a good colleague and Indie Author supporter, Grant Leishman. Grant is an expatriate New Zealander, living in Manila, Philippines, with his wife and two daughters. We have yet to meet at Starbucks, can you believe that? Maybe one of these days.

Subverting Audience Expectations - A Guest Post by Thriller Author, Jim Heskett

Today on my desk, I have multi-published, award winning author, Jim Heskett. I love his books and my favorite is Wounded Animals, Book 1 of The Whistleblower Trilogy.

If you like edge-of-your-seat thrillers, make sure to visit Jim's website and get 2 FREE BOOKS! After you read this, ok? Don't get too excited! 

I'm going to give Jim this page now.

Subverting Audience Expectations

You might not think of the creator of Beavis and Butthead as being a master storyteller. That's fair. But, if you haven't seen Mike Judge's new show Silicon Valley, I would strongly recommend you check it out. It's chock full of excellent examples of Try/Fail cycles and subverting tropes. 

Eeva Interviews S.J. Hermann, Author and Scriptwriter of the Supernatural Thriller, The Morium Trilogy

3 years ago, I met S.J. Hermann and along with a handful of authors, we formed the  now defunct Alliance of Self Published Authors. Back then, we knew so little about self publishing.

Steve has just published Morium then, and like all new author's works, only a handful knew about it. Now, Morium is preparing for its film adaptation, with Steve writing the script. Good job, Morium!

If you want to read my first interview with S.J. Hermann when he was still a wee unknown author, you may visit this link.

Eeva Lancaster and BEING INDIE

Almost 3 years
10 to 15 hours a day
Often 7 days a week
Editing, formatting, marketing, designing, campaigning, reviewing, blogging, writing, networking and all the little odds and ends in between.

I look back at the start of my journey as an Indie author, and as The Book Khaleesi, and I can't help but shake my head. I'm a crazy woman. Crazy and kick-ass. And I'm proud of it.

I've always been a very competitive person. Reason why I succeeded as an Executive Assistant. Reason why I was able to build a high earning online business from scratch. I could tell you everything I did to make it, in detail. But the only secret worth sharing is this... I was hungry to succeed. 

How hungry are you to get what you want? Do you feel it too? That mixture of excitement and pain in your gut, and a sort of need that pushes you to twist yourself into a pretzel if need be, to be the kind of person who can succeed at what you've set out to do?

Failure, to me, was not an option. I knew I had to reinvent myself. But before I could do that, I had to say goodbye to my old life. We cannot be in two places at once. Only with total focus and determination can you create something new and make it work.

A Review of She Marches Through Fire written by A.M. Manay



If you've read She Dies at the End and She Lights Up the Dark, then I'm sure you've been waiting for this. I had great hopes for the finale, and now that I've read the ARC, I have to say that it was well worth the wait.

The November Snow Series is a supernatural story, complete with vampires, fairies and werewolves. Immortals and humans. Good and Bad. Supernatural fantasy fans will find enough to delightfully chew on here.

In the final book, She Marches Through Fire, November's maker is dead and she's back with her supernatural family. The refuge, Eden, is threatened, as well as the rest of the world, as William continues to gather human and supernatural creatures to his side in his great plan to control humanity.

A Crucial Step to Becoming a Bestselling Author on Amazon

Do you know of an author who doesn't want to have a bestseller?
Well, they're rare and this article is not for them.

More than the money, most authors need the validation of knowing that readers are actually reading something they've poured their heart and soul into. But if they could also earn from it, then it's a dream come true. I'm not talking about the so-called writers who hire ghostwriters and flood Amazon with low quality books. I'm talking about real writers who spend hundreds of hours in front of a keyboard, researching and writing. Arguing with their characters, almost throwing their laptops and PCs in frustration when they have writer's block. Injecting coffee in their veins to keep the momentum going. Those writers --- they dream of and deserve to have bestsellers. A book enjoyed by so many readers it reaches the #1 spot overall on Amazon or #1 in a category in their genre.


COVER REVEAL of Innocent Ride by Alethea Robertson

Alethea is new to the indie world and I'm proud to be revealing the cover of her novel, Innocent Ride, a romantic fantasy. To be released on January 23 on Amazon.

Designed by The Book Khaleesi

She may be new in the publishing world, but this is definitely not her one and only book. I know cause I designed not only this cover... but 4 others.

Editor's Review of The Lazarus Succession by Ken Fry

To date, this is my favorite book by Ken Fry, and I edited them all except for Dying Days. An ancient mystery, suspense, romance --- all here. Editing it has been a joy, and reinforces my belief in Indie authors. Fry is a formidable writer. The Lazarus Succession has more meat in it than Dan Brown's Inferno, at par and I have to say even better than Angels and Demons.

In this book, a dying countess hires a disgraced judge to find a missing painting that's supposed to be miraculous. It's her last hope. The judge hires Brodie and Ulla, the main characters, to find it for him. But he has another agenda.. he sees the painting as a chance to redeem himself to society. 

Unraveling the mystery of the Lazarus painting is the book's main theme. But the side plots are equally engaging. The struggle of the painters who had to choose between the women they love and their destiny, the desperation of the judge to take back what he has lost, the Condesa's hope that the painting can be found and for the legend to be real, and Brodie and Ulla's quest to get to the bottom of the mystery, while keeping their relationship intact.

It is mysterious, suspenseful, and a page turner.

The Lazarus Succession is a powerful and enjoyable read. It would be a blockbuster if it ever became a movie. More than the thrill, it's a book about how powerful hope and a quest for redemption can be. 

An easy 5 stars for Ken Fry. He pulled this book from the publisher because it wasn't getting the attention and care it deserved. He's right about that. 

Free to Read on Kindle Unlimited
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Eeva Interviews Lacy Andersen, Author of the Aya Harris Series

Lacy Andersen is a client of mine and I've had the pleasure of proofing and formatting her books. She's here on Authors to Watch for the simple fact that Lacy is a superb urban fantasy and paranormal romance writer. I loved the Aya Harris series and Heart of a Demon. You will too. Working on them was like taking a vacation. (Shhh... don't tell her I said that.)

I highly recommend her books to fantasy readers. Get to know Lacy and her books.

Eeva Interviews the Writer Raised by Wolves, Jim Heskett: Author of Suspense Thrillers

On Authors to Watch, I'm interviewing one of my favorite Indie suspense thriller writer, Jim Heskett.

In case you didn't know, Jim was born in the wilds of Oklahoma, raised by a pack of wolves....