Bestselling author wraps up Drone Wars series

TherDroneWarslargecoverFrederick Lee Brooke has just launched the third and final installment in his dystopian science-fiction Drone Wars series. Envisioning America in the near future, the year 2021, was highly entertaining, according to Brooke. In The Drone Wars, the two main political parties have splintered into nine, assassinations and random explosions are daily events, and brutal militias have taken over the supply chain for food, alcohol and other necessities of daily life.

The extent to which personal drones encroach on daily life in The Drone Wars reflects more and more our reality in 2015, as drones are starting to be used to deliver packages but also to spy on sunbathing neighbors, spawning shootings and lawsuits. “I didn’t know they would take a scene right out of Saving Raine,” Brooke said, naming the first book in the Drone Wars series, “but I do expect that drones will become part of our daily life more and more in the coming years, with all the advantages and risks that implies.”IMG_3760

In the third book in the series, Matt Carney and his twin brother Luke face the almost impossible challenge of outfoxing their father, who is bent on mass murder on unprecedented scale in order to found a new order.

Brooke is the author of the three-book Annie Ogden Mystery series, including his popular first book, Doing Max Vinyl, as well as the Drone Wars Trilogy. The author can be found on Facebook as well as on Instagram, or else on his blog.

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Author Gae-Lynn Woods joins Independent Authors International

Gae-Lynn WoodsAward-winning mystery-thriller author Gae-Lynn Woods has joined Independent Authors International, adding her skills as a writer and publisher to the group of prolific authors from around the world.

“I’m excited to join the Independent Authors International team because of their professionalism in all aspects of our trade and craft,” she says. “The work produced by iAi members is top notch across the board. It raises the game in the indie community and lifts the expectations of our readers.

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Woods has written three mystery novels set in east Texas, where she now makes her home. She has traveled to over 35 countries and worked in North and Central America, Asia, India, Europe, and Africa.

Her books are the Cass Elliot Crime Series, which so far comprise The Devil of Light and Avengers of Blood. A companion novel, A Case of Sour Grapes, featuring Maxine Leverman, a character introduced in Avengers of Blood. A Case of Sour Grapes was a finalist in the 2015 East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Contest.

Avengers of Blood-final file“The perceived gap between the standard of independent and traditionally published authors is narrowing, and with the continued creation and marketing of quality work by indie authors, the gap will soon disappear. Given their commitment to excellence, iAi is an important platform for connecting readers with powerful new voices.”

Sour Grapes-finalThe iAi’s goal is to help its members produce quality, professional works recognized by literary agents, publishers, booksellers, and readers. The group is a democratic, cooperative organization controlled by its members, who come from eight countries around the world.

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iAi author publishes two books in one week

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iAi founding member Scott Bury will publish two Kindle World novellas within a few days. JET – Stealth, a JET Kindle World novella, launched on July 28, and Torn Roots, a Lei Crime Kindle World story, comes out on July 31.

The Kindle Worlds are an Amazon initiative where authors can publish stories about the characters and worlds of other popular authors. The Lei Crime series is the creation of bestseller Toby Neal, and are set in Hawaii.

The JET series was created by bestseller Russell Blake, telling the story of former Mossad secret agent Maya, code-named Jet.

Bury’s Lei Crime novella Torn Roots features Toby Neal’s character, Maui police detective Pono Kaihale, and a new FBI Special Agent, Vanessa Storm. In the story, a fiery environmental activist named Rowan Fields finds herself framed for arson and murder in a case involving a luxury yacht club development.

JET - Stealth - 500 x 800In JET – Stealth, Maya, or Jet, is on her way to a quiet life after having left Mossad, but when her plane is hijacked, she’s caught in a fight over a new, mysterious stealth gun.

ScottBury2These are Scott Bury‘s fourth and fifth book-length publications. He is also the historical fantasy The Bones of the Earth, the erotic-romatic spoof One Shade of Red, and the Second World War memoir, Army of Worn Soles. He has also published a children’s story, Sam, the Strawb Part, and paranormal-horror stories Dark Clouds and What Made Me Love You?

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Autumn Birt, author of Rise of the Fifth Order, joins iAi

Autumnbio croppedIndependent author Autumn Birt has joined Independent Authors International, bringing professional skills and experience in both writing and design to the network of writers, photographers, designers and publishers.

“2015 has been called the year for the indie writers and iAi proves the point,” says Birt. “I love iAi’s goal of boosting the professional standards of independent authors. I’ve read some amazing indie stories. I know the quality is out there. And by joining with other authors in a group like iAi, indie writers can achieve a level of professionalism that meets and even surpasses that offered by traditional and small press publishers. Most important, we can create a platform for readers to find great stories with strong quality and presentation.”

BofW-Niri-5-2-15Birt’s first published series is the epic fantasy trilogy of elemental magic, The Rise of the Fifth Order. It features four unlikely friends facing a strong adversary, the Curse, a beast controlled by the Church of Four Orders—fire, earth, air and water—in an effort to save a girl whose mysterious gifts condemn her to death. Birt published the final book of the trilogy, Spirit of Life, in 2014. “Though that trilogy has ended, the characters harassed me enough that I’m writing a new trilogy set in the same world, one that takes a few threads left dangling in the first trilogy and begins a whole new adventure,” she says.

FofmeE-Stories-from-the-War-series-final-250This year, Birt is releasing a four-volume near-future dystopian series entitled Friends of my Enemy. Two books are already available. “This was a major switch from the Rise of Fifth Order,” Birt says. “For one thing, there is no magic, but a lot of guns. It stemmed from an idea I had before writing The Rise of the Fifth Order. and it took until recently for me to develop my writing abilities to tackle the places and situations it covers. I love it because I love the characters, because of how much I had to learn and grow as a writer to be able to create it, and because it just came out so well. There are days I’m still amazed I wrote it and I’m really hoping readers will love it as much as I do.”

With a degree in studio art and English, Birt illustrates the point that authors are multi-talented people who can do more than write fascinating stories. She designed the covers for her books and drew the maps to the world of her epic fantasy series. “I love this aspect of creativity and hope to offer those services to other authors in the future. This is why joining iAi is such a great fit. I can start testing my abilities to create a product that fits the needs and desires of other authors. And in exchange, I gain access to individuals with other talents such as editing or marketing. Together, we can make a stronger team, share information, and help each other reach goals with fewer stumbles along the way.”

The iAi’s goal is to help its members produce quality, professional works recognized by literary agents, publishers, booksellers, and readers. The group is a democratic, cooperative organization controlled by its members, who come from eight countries around the world.

 

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New release: The Migrant Report

By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

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Released July 8, 2015

Against the glittering high-rises of the capital, Manu, a recent arrival from Nepal, drips his days away on a construction site, cut off from the world outside the labor camp. His sister despairs of finding him among the thousands of migrant workers flooding into the Arabian Gulf to build the country’s infrastructure. Manu and Sanjana must keep their younger siblings out of poverty, even if at their own expense.

Find it on Amazon.

About the author

MohanaMohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to .the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had two sons, .and became a writer. She has since published eight e-books, including a momoir for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me; a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies; a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories; and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace.

Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011.

Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a .Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian .American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award .for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London. The Dohmestics is an inside .look into compound life, the day-to-day dynamics between housemaids and their employers.

After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines.

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And follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.

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Cover reveal: Torn Roots by Scott Bury

TornRootsHiResiAi founding member Scott Bury’s new book will be published by Amazon on July 31, as part of the Lei Crime Kindle World second-wave launch.

About the book

Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui’s national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island’s rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers’ spats and enjoying the natural beauty of the southeast coast. But by his second week on the job, Pono finds trouble here comes in unexpected forms.

Environmentalists, property developers, protesters, arsonists, kidnappers, and a rogue Homeland Security agent converge on his new post, Pono feels like the eye of a brewing storm. And when a new FBI agent gets involved, Pono realizes the stakes are much higher than a quiet period in his career.

Lives will be lost if he doesn’t solve this mystery quickly.

The Lei Crime Kindle World

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Lei Crime series is the best-selling creation of Maui-based Toby Neal. To date, the series consists of nine novels about the Hawaiian police detective Leilani Texeira.

Watch for Torn Roots and other new additions to the Lei Crime Kindle World to appear July 31.

About the author

Pic-ScottBuryScott Bury is an Ottawa-based journalist, editor and writer whose articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the US, UK and Australia.

His published fiction includes the novels The Bones of the Earth, One Shade of Red and Army of Worn Soles, as well as short stories Sam, the Strawb Part and Dark Clouds.

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and follow him on Twitter @ScottTheWriter.

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It’s time for vengeance — Gray Vengeance!

Gray Vengeance, the fifth book in Alan McDermott’s best-selling Tom Gray series, launches May 26th, 2015 to great anticipation and acclaim.

What’s it about?

An African militia has a new leader—and Tom Gray has a deadly new problem.
 
Da Sunan Annabi has a ruthless new leader whose aim is to train British nationals to bring England to its knees.
As their plans unfold with deadly precision and Britain is crippled by a series of attacks, the government is forced to deploy its new secret weapon: a surveillance network that can spy on nearly every human being on earth. It is nearly foolproof—but is it ethical? And does that even matter now?
Soon, Tom Gray and his daughter are in the militia’s sights, and their lives depend on Gray finding the man behind the recent atrocities. His desperate search leads him to Africa and Cuba, for a final showdown with an enemy he could never have imagined.

About the Tom Gray series

The series began with Gray Justice, the story of how ex-soldier Tom Gray sets off to change the British justice system when the career criminal responsible for the death of Gray’s family gets off time served on remand. Engaging the help of his ex-SAS buddies, he kidnaps five repeat offenders and asks the public to vote on their fate: Should they be allowed to continue their criminal ways with inadequate punishment, or has Britain had enough? His website attracts a worldwide audience and, although the authorities know where he is, they are powerless to stop him. But someone else sees an opportunity to attack the UK when the authorities are focused on Gray.
The series continues around the world as trouble keeps finding Gray.
  • Gray Resurrection—Gray is recruited in a dubious, dangerous assignment in the Philippines
  • Gray Redemption—takes Gray around the world to Africa, where he begins to clear his name and meets an old nemesis
  • Gray Retribution—Gray has to rescue his new wife and daughter in the UK and his oldest friends in an African war zone—at the same time.
Find more on Alan’s Author page. And get the book through Alan’s blog and website.
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New release: Gary Henry’s Rogue Goddesses

rogueGoddessesCoveriAi founding member Gary Henry has finally published the sequel to his breakthrough novel, American Goddesses.

Publication date: March 5, 2015

About the book: Evil superwoman Melnikova seeks revenge and world-domination. Earth’s mightiest champions fall before her. Set in 2030 A.D. and 600 years beyond, Rogue Goddesses details a world in the grip of cruel women possessing omnipotent powers. Humankind’s only hope of averting this catastrophic future — one teen-aged girl desperately afraid of her own emerging powers.

Reviews

“I loved this novel, it’s a lot of fun and it makes a refreshing change to read about women who are kicking ass and saving the world.” ~ E.L. Lindley, author

“Rogue Goddesses is a 15-star out of five-star read.” ~ Tammy Dewhirst, Rabid Readers Reviews

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About the author

Gary Henry’s publications include a volume of short stories, What Happened to Jory and Other Dark Departures, and a collection of poetry, The Moon Poem and Other Strange Jingle Jangles. He also publishes a book review blog, Honest Indie Book Reviews.

Visit his iAi Author page.

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Cover reveal: The Dark by David C. Cassidy

IT KNOWS WHAT YOU WANT. IT KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED.

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In denial over his father’s death in a horrific accident, Kelan Lisk has grown fearful and withdrawn. For this meek and bullied child, a burning desire to tame a deadly sledding hill consumes him, drawing him inside a wondrous place where anything is possible … including his father. But as this strange new realm spills into this one, twisting an innocent little boy into an agent of evil, the world is forever changed, devoured by an even greater evil: the Dark.

The Dark is David C. Cassidy’s third book and second full-length novel. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

David Cassidy is the author of Velvet Rain and Fosgate’s Game. Read more about him on his iAi Author page.

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iAi Author releases first cookbook: I’m Veggin’ It

A Beginner’s Guide

By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

VegginItIndependent Authors International’s first cookbook comes from the bestselling author of The Dohmestics and Saving Peace. Here’s a sample recipe:

Clean Out Your Cupboard Soup

I’m going to tell you a secret about soup: you can’t really mess one up. As long as you have a tasty broth as a base, which you can cheat on with bullion cubes, pretty much anything can go into a soup and come out tasting great. When I panic about how much is going unused in our fridge and cupboards, I resort to this soup.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes, depending on how many ingredients you’re using

Cook time: 1-2 hours, depending on the mode of cooking. Shorter for a stovetop, more for a slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 3 cups vegetable broth (more if you like your soups with broth, less if you like them more like stew)
  • Possible items to include: note that all canned vegetables should be rinsed and drained before tossing them into the pot.
  • Black beans or beans of any kind
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Celery or anything that gives a bit of crunch, like chickpeas
  • Cabbage
  • Edamame
  • Mushrooms
  • Leftover rice (either in the soup or on the side)
  • Potatoes
  • Onions

Seasonings:

  • Garlic is a staple for nearly every dish and soup is no exception
  • Ginger, if you fancy an Asian flavor
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, if you like a little kick

Directions

Using the broth as a base, rinse, chop, and combine any or all of the ingredients above, including the seasonings. Be sure to monitor how much broth you might want to add, if you like a higher liquid to veggie content in your soup.

Cook on low for 3 hours in a slow cooker.

Cook on high for 1-2 hours in a slow cooker.

Simmer on the stove for 4 hours.

Bring to a boil on the stove and then simmer for 2 hours.

About the book

You juggle many roles for a wide range of people. Being a good employee, friend, and sibling are probably high on the priority list. Taking care of yourself, however, often drops off entirely. In my first year as a vegetarian, I realized how interesting food could be both socially and nutritionally.

This is a simple cookbook, designed to help you prepare nourishing food as frequently as you check your email. There are 8 recipes, assembled as a starter kit, allowing you to practice until you perfect. In each recipe you’ll find suggestions to tailor to your own palate by adapting spices, flavors, and ingredients. Every recipe can be made gluten-free or vegan friendly by following the substitution suggestions.

Whether soups, or salads, substance and sweets, you can mix and match across the four categories to put together a meal to delight your taste buds.

From my kitchen to yours, let’s get cooking. A night in never sounded so good.

Find it on Amazon.

About the author

Mohana.Family.July2014-LR-72Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005.  Her work has been published in Variety Arabia, Brownbook Middle East, Isola Magazine, AudioFile Magazine, and Society Magazine, as well asExplore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, and Qatar Explorer. She has been a guest on Expat Radio, and was the host for two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio. She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine.

In addition to print titles, Mohana has published five e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace, which was a semi-finalist in the Literary category of the 2012 Kindle Review of Books.

Qatar has been a source of inspiration for Mohana’s latest work, including From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later, her second novel, is a modern day multicultural romance set in Doha and London and was short listed for the New Talent award at the Festival of Romance. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010).

Her research has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Since she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines. Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. She was a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition. Currently she is working on a historical novel set in the East Asian country of Laos in the 1970s. She writes because words can help us understand ourselves and others.

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