SHADOWED IN SILK Book 1 of the Twilight of the British Raj by Christine Lindsay

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She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I was an amateur painter before I began to write, so the visual arts has always been of interest to me. I’m drawn to pictures, so I have a good eye for color and balance. Putting the trailer together for Shadowed in Silk was a learning experience, and I got better when it came time to do the next trailer for my second book Captured by Moonlight, but I’m sure a professional could spot the mistakes.

I think the important thing to book trailers is good music. Music has a direct response from our ear to our emotions, and you want readers to get a feel for your book through the music.

In my opinion, most book trailers are boring. So I went for vivid photos, and the most exciting music I could find, but that also had that hint of danger I wanted. I purchased these items on various site such as iStock, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, as well as the music from iStock.

My son who was a music major, was able to edit the music soundbits to the exact length I needed. The first trailer is a bit too long. Shorter is much better. As an author with a small traditional press I would never pay for someone to make my trailers for me. I think they help sell books in a small way, as long as you are hitting every other nail in the marketing game. But don’t put all your eggs into one basket.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am of Irish-British descent, so I grew up on the bestseller blockbuster novels of MM Kaye such as Far Pavilions. These were thick, adventure-filled, romantic epics set in British Colonial India. That was as exciting an era in British history as the Wild West is to Americans. When it came time for me to write my novels, I wanted to write the same sort of exciting, epic-style book, but from a Christian viewpoint.

My books are Christian Historical novels with multi-layered plots, and with big love stories. No sacchrine-sweet romances at all.

I have been fascinated with India since I was a child, and the last few decades of the British Raj were loaded with great history and vivid true-life characters such as Gandhi and Lord Mountbattent, the last British Viceroy to India.

The eventual end of the British rule of India came in 1947, and it came with the Partitiion of India, thereby creating the Muslim country of Pakistan. This was an extremely volitile time in Indian history–full of human pathos, and great gallantry, a rich tapestry for fictional novels.

Shadowed in Silk is Book 1 of my series Twilight of the British Raj. Captured by Moonlight is Book 2, and Veiled at Midnight is the third and final book, and will be released Feb. 2014.

Author Bio:
Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning inspirational historical novels. Her great-grandfather and grandfather both worked as riveters on the Titanic. Several more of her ancestors served in the British Cavalry in India, seeding Christine’s long-time fascination with Colonial India, and became the stimulus for her series Twilight of the British Raj. In her novels, SHADOWED IN SILK and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT, Christine delights in showing the love of God in times of great injustice on a national and domestic scale. She weaves the endless theme of redemption throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance.

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. Like a lot of authors, her chief editor is her cat.

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Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends by Val Silver @valsilver

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Rescue Me is a little book with a big mission – to raise sensitivity to the plight of neglected and homeless dogs, and to recognize the unexpected miracles these dogs inspire in the hearts of those who love them. This book is an inspiring collection of 12 true tales of extraordinary commitment, faith in the midst of challenges, twists of fate, second chances, and the magical joy that canine companionship brings.

Donations from the proceeds of Rescue Me benefit non-profit shelters and rescue organizations.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I was somewhat afraid of creating a video trailer because it seemed complicated. I knew it would be good for us to have one as video is a very popular. When I saw an on-line video maker with templates I thought, let’s go for it. I wanted to have photos of all the contributors and dogs of Rescue Me in the trailer, so I uploaded them, matched them to a licensed song and did a little tweaking to get it right. Surprisingly, it only took an hour or so, and it turned out nice – pulls my heartstrings every time I watch it.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When my dog Louis died, I was very lonely for another dog (even though I kept telling myself I didn’t want another one right then). I kept looking on petfinder at the dogs and clicked links to read about the shelters and rescues. I was overwhelmed by how many homeless dogs there are and how much of a struggle it is for rescuers to raise adequate funds. Some of the conditions at the facilities was less than adequate, even though they were doing their best. I wanted to do something to help raise funds and awareness, something that would inspire people to adopt and be responsible pet guardians. What came to me was this book. My contributors inspired me to keep going until the book was done. Their commitment to saving dogs and their beautiful stories won my heart.

Author Bio:
Val Silver is a lifelong animal lover with a heart for animals and humans in need of healing love. She wrote Rescue Me, her first book, to raise financial support for homeless dogs, to raise awareness of their plight and needs, and to show what wonderful companions these dogs are when given a chance. Val is a teacher, healer, and holistic wellness educator and coach. She believes that it takes education, positive action and compassion to create healing and better lives for all creatures-animal and human.

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Fatty in the Back Seat by Deborah Prum

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Fifteen-year-old Cuss Brewster is not a criminal. Well, maybe a slight criminal in the state of New York where he accidentally burns down his neighbor’s barn. It’s not his first fire-related mishap, so a judge tells Cuss, “Behave for the next six months, or you’ll go to jail.” But for Cuss, behaving is a lot harder than it seems. Trouble hounds him. He rescues children from a church fire, only to have the authorities accuse him of starting the fire. While working at a landscaping job, he forgets to follow instructions and winds ups smashing a client’s bay window. The grumpy client threatens to sue. Then, a mere two weeks before his probation hearing, Cuss confuses the brake and gas pedals on someone’s vintage Porsche and crashes the car through garage doors. Cuss can almost taste prison food….

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I checked out many book trailers on the Internet and became intrigued. I created a storyboard, isolating just three plot elements. Then I joined Flickr and checked out photos (Creative Commons) and found photos I could use with attribution. I matched the storyboard with the photos. At first, I used Animoto to create a trailer, but there were too many restrictions both in tools to create the trailer and then with distribution. Then, I used the same photos and storyboard to create a trailer on iMovie with my Mac laptop. That offered me a lot more flexibility. After I tested it on a few people, I posted it to YouTube. I’ve included it in my emailed press releases, posted it on Facebook and have included it on sites like this one.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book is about a teen with undiagnosed learning disabilities. He has a rough go of it, until a neighbor family takes the time to get to know him and set him in a better direction. In my extended family, several members struggle with learning disabilities. I wrote this book for them. My intention is that it offers hope to those who struggle and provides a funny, engaging book for the reluctant reader.

Author Bio:
Deborah M. Prum began her writing career at age seven. Perched atop a chrome kitchen chair, she pecked out children’s stories on her mother’s Royal typewriter. Every plot contained a similar theme. At the outset, some disaster (plane crash, rampant disease, ravaging insects) took the lives of parents and all other authority figures. The kids ate wild berries and skinned rabbits to make clothing. Without exception, by the end of each tale, the sturdy little survivors had created a utopia and lived blissfully ever after. Unfortunately, it did not occur to Deb’s parents to call a child psychologist.

Author of young adult novel, FATTY IN THE BACK SEAT, Deborah M. Prum has won five awards for her fiction. Her short stories have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in many other journals and literary anthologies. FIRST KISS AND OTHER CAUTIONARY TALES is an eBook and audiobook collection of essays, most of which first aired on NPR-member stations. She’s written about the craft of writing for both The Writer magazine and The Writer’s Handbook. She’s given writing workshops and has taught at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith

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Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033–her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.

Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.

What Sydney doesn’t know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her–can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…

How will she choose?

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I love filming and editing videos, so creating a book trailer was a must. I worked with members of my family to compile the shots, and later with Clean Teen Publishing to spruce it up! I think book trailer are a great way to spark the interest of readers. As an author, it is also very rewarding to create images that match your vision.

Author Bio:
Gabrielle Arrowsmith was born to her loving mother, father, and older brother on August 16th, 1988. She grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying soccer, school, and adventuresome play with her brother and cousins (who were much like siblings).

As she grew older, her desire to write led her to fill many diaries and notebooks with her thoughts, poems, stories, and scripts, some of which were even turned into rudimentary short films. Some of her other adolescent hobbies included reading, playing soccer, acting, and playing piano.

Gabrielle recalls her junior year in high school as the time when she first believed in the worth of her writing. Her AP course that year both challenged and celebrated her craft. Aiming for perfection caused her to toil in her work, but only so much as to allow time for her other college-level courses, soccer, track, National Honor Society, and school plays.

From 2006-2009 she attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education with minors in mathematics and Spanish language. She played collegiate soccer for the Saints, volunteered often, worked two on-campus jobs, and acted in three theater productions.

Gabrielle has enjoyed building relationships with the 3rd-7th graders whom she has taught in various school setting since ’09. She is currently a part-time middle school math teacher, allowing time for the creative outlet of storytelling (through both writing and acting). She will follow these passions wherever they take her. Gabrielle also continues to enjoy both playing and coaching soccer.

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The Express Diaries by Nick Marsh

theexpdia-cover-final-1EUROPE, 1925. The continent still licks its wounds from the devastating war that raged across it a few years before. Meanwhile, in London, an aging professor has uncovered the clues to the whereabouts of pieces of an ancient statue, all but forgotten by history.

When his investigations lead him to fear for his life, he enlists the aid of an unlikely group of allies; a retired colonel, a secretive academic, a magician’s wife, and a Yorkshire matriarch with her reluctant assistant.

Together they will journey across Europe to recover the long-lost statue. They will travel in style, on the most luxurious train the world has ever seen. Unbeknownst to them, however, their activities have already attracted the attention of a sinister cult, desperate to acquire the artifact for their own dark purposes, and now a terrible creature, trapped for centuries, senses that the opportunity for revenge has come at last…

THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world’s most famous train.

“I would recommend this book to anyone, if only to show how writing should be done… It’s a really good story, too, full of complexities and twists and a great big dollop of horror.” – The Horror Zine

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
The Express Diaries was funded by the IndieGoGo crowdfunding website, so we decided to create a trailer to generate some interest. Using images from the book and some simple, easy-to-use video software, I think we managed to create an exciting trailer that, to me, really helps to sell the style of the book.

This trailer definitely helped us get the book funded in the first place, and I’d strongly recommend trying. We used simple Mac software and the trailer didn’t take more than a day to create, but it says different things in a different way, and grabs you in a way that ‘blurb’ just can’t.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Express Diaries is inspired by a number of different things – the novels Dracula and Murder on the Orient Express, and the Horror on the Orient Express supplement for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. The book is actually a novelization of a play-through of the game by the players at www.yog-sothoth.com – so quite an unusual genesis!

I couldn’t be happier with the way the book turned out, and it’s proved to have a very broad appeal – people who have never heard of Call of Cthulhu are sending me messages telling me how much they enjoyed reading.

Author Bio:
Nicholas Marsh has never forgiven his parents for giving him a happy childhood, thus depriving him of the necessary angst and bottled-up rage to become a full-time writer. Not only that, his genetic inheritance has so far thwarted every attempt to grow a beard to make him appear dark and brooding. Four weeks of strenuous effort only result in a near-invisible fluffy covering that even a student would quickly shave off in embarrassment.
Since his late teenage years he is proud that he had managed to maintain his height at a constant five feet ten inches. If only everything in life were that simple. He currently works as a veterinary surgeon in Plymouth, UK, and doesn’t think the job is all that bad really. On his days off he spends his time being cruel to pot plants, drinking cups of tea and, occasionally, writing.

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Kea, The Third Way by Alki Nea

Kea-the-third-way_midHow can I describe the book? It all started when Kea and Leo came to visit at the end of last summer. They were in their early teens, but talked as adults who’ve been through a lot. And they had! They wanted me to write their story. Kea said it had deep implications for the future. I only understood what she meant when she opened her … I’m carried away; I should start from the beginning, after Kea’s house burnt mysteriously and they had to flee from a dark organization that hunted them farther than New York, and … No, hold on, that’s not the most important. What is, is how solemn Kea was that day when she explained me that some things are difficult to understand when you are standing in the middle of it. You have to step aside and see it from a different perspective to comprehend its nature and significance. For Kea, she had to go into a mystifying world to understand how alarming the Sixth extinction is. And we are all responsible. This is her story.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I loved the book cover, and thought it would be even better with some animation. Of course, it was not easy, so I just added flowing water to the waterfall and helped a bird to fly across. I ended up using many tools as I couldn’t do everything in the same software. Composing the music was also a lot of fun: I had to choose something that would fit the fantasy theme.
Softwares used:
Wax from debugmode, for making the bird fly and adding the particules for the flowing waterfall.
iMovie, for combining the different clips and adding titles.
energyXt for composing the music (sylfid for the strings)

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I woke up one day with the vivid memory of a meeting. It was one of these dreams that feel so real, you can’t believe they aren’t. I had met in my dream (was it one?) an old fantasy historian and two teenagers. They told me their story. I immediately believed it, and decided to put it on paper with e-ink. It’s not just a story; it’s a bottle adrift on the oceans: from outside it looks like an adventure book, but inside is a message.

Author Bio:
Alki Nea is an earthling. He was born on one continent, raised on another and lives now in the middle of nowhere.
As a denizen of Earth, he believes in fairies and cats. This drove him to undertake with great joy the endeavor of cultivating contemporary fairy tales.
“Kea, The Third Way” is his first novel. Expect more unbelievable accounts of our ecosystem and all its inhabitants.

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Curse Breaker: Guild Assassin by Berley Kerr

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“I was born into a world of wealth and privilege only to end up in a world of violence and secrets.”

Welcome to the 500 Realms, a place where men and women dress their finest, airships buzz overhead like giant bees, the smell of oil fills the air, and everyone can hear the clattering of cogs or the clicking of clockwork. A place where shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, any country with enough power and wealth could colonize any Earth-like planet , thanks to humanity’s greatest technological innovation: The Realm Gates.

Wendy Braca, a teen with a troubled past finds herself falsely accused of murder, and sent to live at Greenleaf Asylum for Troubled Girls—a place that would forever change her life.

Enter the world of The Guild Assassins. A violent and secretive world comprised of super humans known as Mage, who possess powers that enable them to control speed, as well as the power to control beasts with their thoughts. The Curse Breaker, the most powerful of all Mages alone has the ability to become immune to any disease or poison, and absorb another Mage’s magic. She dies only to return in another form just as powerful as the last. Enchanted by the world of The Assassin Guilds, Wendy accepts their training, and discovers that her life has a purpose—if not mindful of her actions, she could end up a cold-blooded killer. Although her journey is not quite clear, her main purpose is certain: To find and settle a score with a dangerous killer.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I decided to make a trailer because both my publisher and my agent recommeneded I do. So I looked online and read a couple of ‘how to create a book trailer’ blogs and followed the best/easiest advice they had. It was quite an experience. The video itself lasts 1 minute but getting the freeuse images and finding the freeuse music to go with it along with putting the trailer together in Windows Media Player took a little over 5 hours. So far I’ve gotten pretty good reactions from it, so it was worth the time.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Short answer: Steampunk. Long answer, I’ve always wanted to write a (for lack of a better word) “Steam Opera” which would be a grand homage anything and everything I love about Steampunk. The music, the books, the fans, the sub culture, the movies and the aesthetic in gerneral. Medium answer: I want to do, or try to do for Steampunk what George Lucas did for Star Wars.

Author Bio:
Berley Elston Gordon Kerr III first answered the call to write while he was in his high school creative writing class. What he had originally hoped would turn into a career developing stories for role playing games evolved into a love of writing science fiction and fantasy novels as well as short stories. After spending over ten years writing novels and collecting rejection letters.

Berley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from California State University, Northridge and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not reading or writing, he’s either at the movies,at the beach, at some local comic book store or somewhere in Southern California hanging out with his friends.

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Trapped Under Ice by M.J. Schiller @mjschiller

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Trapped Under Ice is a novel about a three time platinum record-producing band whose lead singer, Chad Evans, is haunted by his past. Growing up in an abusive home, then being left alone at the age of thirteen to raise his kid brother, Chad still fights the pain he felt as a child, and the anger it causes, despite being a wildly successful rock star. “Chad [tries] to play his heart out on the stage; but he [can] never quite seem to leave it there.”

Beth Donovan, lunch lady/writer, is thrilled to be enjoying a Trapped Under Ice concert with her daughter, Cassie. Even though it has been three years since her husband, Paul’s, death, sorrow still shadows her life, so the distraction of seeing her favorite group is a welcome one. However, when the concert is over, Beth and her daughter are followed and attacked by two men in one of the stadium’s bathrooms. When Chad and his bodyguard, Pete, come to their aid, an attraction sparks immediately between Beth and the tall singer.
Though the pair is drawn to each other, the relationship goes through numerous trials centered on Chad’s unresolved anger, and Beth’s fear of opening herself up again. Just as the two seem to be able to work through their problems, they face being separated forever by someone who is sending Chad death threats. Trapped Under Ice is the story of a love-affair fraught with difficulties from without, (ex-girlfriends who resurface, crazed fans who don’t want to take “no” for an answer…), as well as difficulties from within, (jealousy, anger, fear…). Will Chad and Beth be able to rise above these trials and tribulations? Or will they remain trapped under ice?

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I have three book trailers. Three of my four children have made one for me! I had no idea that they even knew how to do a trailer! Each of the trailers they made did a good job of capturing the book.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
TRAPPED UNDER ICE was inspired, in part, by Nickelback music. The heroine is a lunch lady/romance writer like myself, so I guess you could say I was just putting my fantasy to words.

Author Bio:
MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh, can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has an nineteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and seventeen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

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Jack Who? by Lisa Gillis @ligillis

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Is the answer to a breakup a hookup? Reluctantly, pressured by a friend, Marissa heeds this advice. But Jack (What was his name?) is not the average girl’s fling. Jack is a celebrity in his niche of the music world, and Marissa has no idea of his public identity. Jack Who? will bring smiles and wring tears—it is one night with a rock star gone awry, a secret, and a couple that must work together years later to bridge their very different worlds.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
A friend of mine is in marketing and is always impressing on me that visual speaks more than words. So to get the word out about the Silver Strings Series I try to keep that in mind and make fun visual teasers–and of course the video. The hardest part about the video was planning it out and finding fitting pictures. After that, it was fun to put the pieces together! Kind of like gathering all the ingredients before baking the cake.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My friends and I have always been interested in the behind the scenes stories of life as a musician. One night after watching Almost Famous, I was inspired to write the first in the Silver Strings Series.

Author Bio:
Lisa Gillis resides in Texas, with her husband of many years who is the inspiration to the fictional men loved in her books, her son who is her world, and a spoiled brown lab, Bailey.

Writing is a recent passion and she strives in her books to blend a perfect mixture of fantasy and reality.

Her love for music, bands, and concerts inspired her Silver Strings Series.

When she is not writing those little voices out of her head while listening to music, she is making her own noise on drums or guitar.

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The Ballerina & The Figher (Book 1) by Ursula Sinclair @lavernethompson

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I travel through life dancing.

All I ever wanted to do was dance, as did my best friend. We’d made so many plans together, but one night an explosion changed it all. Only one of us survived, and I promised myself I’d succeed for us both. And I did, until an accident almost ruined my career, but Maze came back into my life when I needed him most. He pulled me out of the depths of my despair. But could I save him now?

I travel through life fighting.

It had always been Ivy; from the first moment I saw her leaping through the air like she had wings to lift her from the ground. But she was my dream, something I wanted more than anything else in my life. I promised myself I would stay away from her. Violence followed me everywhere and I tried to keep her far away from it. She was my point of illumination in the dark tumultuous world I lived in. But I could not stay away from her. Not when I knew she needed me. As much as I needed her. But could she accept me as I am?

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I’ve created my own video trailers for years. I enjoy doing them. At one time I co-owned a book video production company.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve been immersed in the world of dance for fifteen years. My youngest is a classically trained ballerina and I’ve always wanted to write a story about these talented young men and women. To show they are no less an athletic than the sports that tend to take the spot light. It takes a lot of strength to be able to stand on a a tiny block of wood on your toes and make your movements look flawless. So my ballerina series is for them and everyone who’s dedicated to their sport and/or craft.

Author Bio:
LaVerne Thompson is an award winning, best-selling, multi-published author, an avid reader and a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and sci/fi sensual romances. She also writes romantic suspense and new adult romance under the pen name Ursula Sinclair.

She is currently working on several projects. Both of her daughters are now away at college. However, she and her husband don’t like the term empty nester. She’s added a cat to the household to keep the dog of the house company. Hopefully writing will keep her sane. Visit her website at http://lavernethompson.com to read excerpts of her books or Facebook to contact her, http://facebook.com/groups/lavernesnews or http://facebook.com/ursulasinclair98 and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lavernethompson

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Empty Places by Martin Roy Hill @MartinRoyHill

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The year is 1987. Battle-scarred news service correspondent Peter Brandt returns from covering the wars in Central America to bury his ex-wife, Palm Springs TV reporter Robin Anderson, after her brutal murder. When Peter discovers the local police refuse to investigate Robin’s murder, he sets out with an old friend, retired cop Matt Banyon, to find her killer. They unearth secrets old and new – a shadow world of sex and drugs, political corruption, and a wealthy Cuban freedom fighter with a suspicious past. In a final, cliff-hanging struggle, Peter faces his own demons – and death in a dark and empty place.

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I had created video trailers myself for my first two books, “DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond,” and “The Killing Depths.” I’ve had good experiences using those trailers to promote my books. However, this time I decided to use the services of Tanya Watt

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
“Empty Places” was inspired in part by my own experiences as a journalist in Palm Springs and later. I was an investigative journalist in the mid-1980s, when the book takes place, and covered many of the scandals of that era that make up a good part of the book.

Author Bio:
Martin Roy Hill is the author of the military mystery thriller, “The Killing Depths,” the award-winning short story collection, “DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond.” His latest novel, “Empty Places,” was published in October 2013.

Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.

Much of Martin’s freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association. He was also a contributor to the 2013 Civil War anthology, “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States.”

Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Alt Hist: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History,
Plan B Mystery Anthology, San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Writer’s Monthly. His first book, “DUTY,” was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection during the 2013 San Diego Book Awards (SDBA). “The Killing Depths” was also named a finalist for the SDBA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award.

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Valerie’s Retreat by Joseph M Rinaldo @jmrinaldo

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Valerie, a 40-ish Head Teller at a bank, has met Franco, 16 years younger and studying for a doctorate in archaeology. He is stunned yet eager to begin a relationship with this attractive “cougar”, and they become lovers. Their lives begin to unravel when Valerie’s female bisexual boss makes advances (and threats) toward Valerie and Franco is accused of the theft of an Incan artifact from a museum where he has been working part-time. Frustrated, under surveillance by the FBI, and seeing no way out of their dilemma, they decide to steal money from Valerie’s bank and flee the country. They go to Peru to start a new life, but they find there the same type of corruption and threats. How can they escape their nightmares and make their dreams come true?

How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
We created a trailer because we wanted to stay on the cutting edge of indie book advertising. I truly enjoy the process from writing the script to editing the video. The making of the three videos for three different books taught us a great deal about shooting videos every time we made one. I enjoyed it, but ultimately, they haven’t proven beneficial. We’ve received so few views and seem to have generated no sales through the video. Honestly, I would counsel authors not to spend the time and money to shoot a video.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My background has a teeny influence on Valerie’s Retreat. Valerie meets a man sixteen years her junior at a local church dance. My wife and I have the same age difference and met at the same kind of place. That got me thinking about Valerie’s Retreat, but I had to write it after REALITY TV made the older women in these relationships look so petty and sex-starved. I had to set the record straight and show an older woman to whom who other women her age could relate.
The jokes Valerie must endure, such as, “Do you have to cut his meat for him?” are actual barbs my wife received during our dating process. Like Valerie, I also worked in a bank. Unlike Valerie, I never considered robbing the bank where I worked.

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I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my wife and daughter. We like to go boating as a family, and I jog to stay fit. My daughter has Down syndrome and competes in Special Olympics powerlifting, bowling, and basketball. I’m an assistant basketball coach and helper “coach” for powerlifting. My arms are so tiny they make Barney Fife look strong.

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