Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coming Soon - Already Home by Heather Gardner

Title: Already Home
Second Edition: formerly Maguire’s Corner
Author: Heather M. Gardner
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Re-release Date: May 20, 2015

Coffee shop owner Maggie Maguire doesn’t trust the new police chief her father hired to protect Maguire’s Corner. He’s a stranger, cold, bossy and annoyingly handsome. But, Maggie’s witnessed a serious crime and now someone’s trying to kill her. The man that aggravates her most might be the only one that can help her.

Police Chief Jack Munro likes his new job and his new town, and unfortunately he also likes the stubborn but beautiful town sweetheart. His self-imposed hands-off Maggie policy is about to be put to the ultimate test when he must keep her close to protect her while he tracks down a ruthless killer.

Determined to ignore Jack’s charms, Maggie attempts to help him unravel the mystery but when their lives hang in the balance she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to save the man she suddenly can’t resist.


Heather M. Gardner's love of books began on the hand-woven rugs of her small town library where her mother worked. There she had a never-ending supply of stories to read at her fingertips. As a teen, her favorite genres to curl up with were romance and mysteries. When she started to create her own stories, they were the perfect fit.

Heather resides in New York with her best friend who is also her husband, plus her talented and handsome son. She is currently owned by four stray cats. Heather's a full-time mom, works part-time from home, a chocolate enthusiast, coffee junkie, cat addict, book hoarder and fluent in sarcasm.

Blog: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Twitter: @hmgardner
Goodreads: HMGardner 
Facebook: HeatherWritesRomance Bottom of Form

Those of you stopping by for the A to Z Challenge, I am one of Susan Gourley’s Dragon Soldiers and my introductory post for April can be found HERE.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Dragon of the Stars - Mini-Alex Scavenger Hunt

April 7 2015 SCAVENGER HUNT! Comment to win an autographed copy of Dragon of the Stars, tons of bookmarks & postcards, and a $20.00 iTunes gift card–where is Mini-Alex? Visit Alex for a list of the participants. (Open through April 11 – winner announced April 13 at Alex’s blog.)

Available today!
Dragon of the Stars
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.

Those of you stopping by for the A to Z Challenge, I am one of Susan Gourley’s Dragon Soldiers and my introductory post for April can be found HERE.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Insecure Writer's Support Group - Dragon Soldier Diane

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

April is the A to Z Challenge. I’m not participating here, but I am posting April 2, 9, 17, & 24 over at The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. In addition, I am one of co-host Susan Gourley’s Dragon Soldiers and will be assisting her this month.

Since everyone will be busy with the A to Z, I will not be posting on my regular schedule again until May. (Outside of one or two special promotions.) Some of you may be stopping by to meet me though, so I’ve decided to tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m the author of seven books, including How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now. Right now I'm working on some paranormal romances stories.

I’m a professional speaker and a member of the National Speakers Association. My website is Spunk On A Stick, and that’s also my speaker name. I do seminars and talks on publishing, promoting, websites & blogs, goal-setting, and leadership.

I offer services for writers, including book formatting (print, EPub, Mobi), private consultation, and stock photos.

On a personal note, I’m a vegan, roller coaster junkie, and collector of Minions. I’m married and we have one crazy kitty named Rocko. I’m a type-A, spunky redhead who can’t hold still for long.

In a nutshell, I’m Hammy the Squirrel - nice to meet you!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mobile Reading in China, Book Sales Trends for 2015, and Upcoming Release by Nick Wilford

The Literary Platform had an interesting article about mobile reading in China. As of last December, there were 557 million mobile Internet users, and there’s been a surge in mobile reading. In 2012, total revenue was 6.89 billion. The predominant form is serialized fiction, and some of the leading companies include Shanda, Cloudary, and TenCent.

"In the past ten years, these Online Literature sites have grown substantially: a parallel publishing system operating seemingly outside of the traditional Chinese publishing industry.

"Chinese online literature platforms have also managed, to the envy of Western online platforms, to monetise the selling of this reading content, in seamlessly integrated, payment mechanisms."

Wouldn’t you like to tap into that market?

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Publishers Weekly posted its weekly update of book sales last Friday. It’s always interesting to see the trends. This year, Trade Paperbacks are up 6%, Mass Market Paperbacks are down 12%, and Audio Books are down 18%. The latter two have been in rapid decline over the past three years.

Unfortunately, they don’t have data for Ebooks. Wish they did!

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Coming May 25th 2015:

A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford
Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Preorder: Amazon US / Amazon UK
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A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.