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September 2011 Blog Posts (138)

Clone Zone Cody Toye The Author's Lab/Collaboration series

Cody Toye has a way with fantasy/paranormal/ sci-fi/horror. He has done it with his series “Intangibles” and he brings those skills to bear here in “Clone Zone”. The digital short story is quick, furious, and rampaging. This is the 24th installment in The Author’s Lab/Collaborations series and it is a barnburner. Surprisingly the cast of characters is small yet many, basically because they all look like the same person. This story is under consideration to become its own…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 30, 2011 at 9:05pm — No Comments

E- Book Promotion Days

Those of us in the independent sector of publishing will no doubt know that marketing a new book is akin to burning pound or dollar notes. You do all the promotion, you blog like mad, network like a social prostitute and throw money on great ideas, and all you get as a reward is one measly sale on Amazon.

But the other great thing you notice is that one measly sale makes a significant difference on your chart rating, promoting your book thousands of places up the scale. Many of us…

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Added by Steve Norris on September 30, 2011 at 4:07pm — 269 Comments

Regarding Gelati

No, it's not a delicious frozen treat for when you settle in with a good book.



I'm talking about Giovanni Gelati. Maybe you've heard of him? Trestle Press front man, anchor of the Author's Lab collaboration series, social media and internet marketing whiz. I wrote "A Prince in Trenton, Seriously?" with the guy. Yeah, that's him.



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Added by Mark Miller on September 30, 2011 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Andrew Smith Guest Post

I grew up among bombed buildings and hearing stories from my parents about the difficultes of air raids, so it was little wonder I’d always wanted to write a novel with World War II as its theme. When I found out about the shameful and extraordinarily cruel internment of Italian men in 1940, I knew I had an amazing event around which to build a story. Internment of Italians happened in Britain, where I set the novel, but it also happened in the United States — California recently apologized…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Book Signing Event at Waterstones, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

I am preparing to attend my second book signing event. Tomorrow (Saturday 1st October) I will be at Waterstones Bookseller's in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I will be there from 11:00am until around 3:00pm depending on how busy we get. I do have to be home fairly early however, because my husband has a gig, he needs the car, and I'm having the baby for the night. So, if you are interested in attending and are not sure of the location, here are the details: Waterstones, Hanley,… Continue

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Added by Catherine Green on September 30, 2011 at 1:44pm — 2 Comments

Layton Green "The Egytian"

I am noticing a trend here, each of Layton Green’s titles have two words in them. First there was “The Summoner” and now “The Egyptian”. Personally I don’t really care; I just enjoy the main character in both, the Dominic Grey, wait that was three words. Okay enough joking around. Layton Green’s novels are infused with common things, science, extremes, and action. A nice formula. There seems to be no middle ground.. What his formula does equate to is a read that flows all downhill and very…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 30, 2011 at 2:14am — No Comments

My book "Words from my Mouth-Person Addiction" started getting printed today.

I am very grateful and thankful that today my book headed to the printing department. As I say, today brings Words from my Mouth-Person Addiction to life.

 

The entire reason behind Words...was for a justified self-cleansing. It was a huge therapy for myself and has been, already, to so many people. I can't kid myself, I hope the book is very successful. What author doesn't like their book to be the most successful? But, like I have said in the past, it doesn't matter if 1,…

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Added by Brian Splater on September 30, 2011 at 2:07am — No Comments

Greater Than the Sum

I have really been enjoying myself working on the "One" series. Thanks to Giovanni, I have had the opportunity to explore my own thoughts, but also work with my father as a writer.



With October only a… Continue

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Added by Mark Miller on September 29, 2011 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Looking for a writer

I am in need of a writer who may help me out .I and several others wish to have my husband Ronny c. Kirkland story written. He has helped so many people to reach their goals in life that we feel that a book could help so many more. He has become sick and I think this is why so many people are on me to get it down before it's to late.there will be interviews from people who wish to but in the book what he has mention to them and the interviews from Ronny himself. If you could help me out in the… Continue

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Added by Karen on September 29, 2011 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

An Inside look at S.L. Schmitz,author of the new Cliffhanger Series with Trestle Press; "MIna's Daughter..The Harker Chronicles"

I love S.L. Schmitz's work! She has a new digital short story series with Trestle Press called "Mina's Daughter..The Harker Chronicles". Volume one just released and she will have a new installment in the series on the 15th of each month. If you enjoy a well told tale or are into Vampires, Werewolves and Steampunk, this is it for you.Grab it and go for the ride.Here is a Q&A for you to get a better feel for the author: 

1) Let it Bleed, I feel, can be read on two levels. Am I…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 29, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Web Link To My Google Containing My Short Sci-fi stories... And To The They! Web Site...

 

LINK TO THE THEY! WEB SITE

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Added by Chuck Keyes (The Chuck!) on September 29, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

3 Strategies for Writing about Complex Subjects

The basic principal for writing about complex subjects is to do the work necessary so that the reader can understand you easily. Of course, your first task is to make sure you understand your own ideas. As Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well…

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Added by David Bowman on September 29, 2011 at 2:35am — No Comments

Davis Bunn “Lion of Babylon”

Bethany House is the publisher of this novel and they do an excellent job of producing a rich, multi-layered story. I have not had the pleasure of reading a Davis Bunn novel before, but very quickly I have become a fan of his writing. “Lion of Babylon” is a look at Iraq and Iran through the eyes and hearts of a variety of characters painting a picture that is surreal, consuming and confusing. The viewpoints hop around from character to character and give all sides of the dilemmas that plague…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 28, 2011 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Karen Anna Vogel “Wedding Season-Volume 2 Amish Knitting Circle”

Just because I read plenty of digital short stories , novellas and full length novels that have plenty of horror, thriller , suspense, death and mayhem undertones does not mean that I can’t take a back seat from that and enjoy a nice wholesome read on the Amish folks I so do enjoy. Okay, I like their cooking, but so many other people.

Karen Anna Vogel’s writing for me is unique and has a viewpoint and narrative that I have come to quickly enjoy. Her take on the “Plain” people is…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 28, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Jochem Vandersteen "Find Her" Volume 1 of the "Mike Dalmas" digital short story series

“Find Her” marks the birth of a new digital short story new series and a new action character I really enjoy. Mike Dalmas is the character that Jochem Vandersteen has created and the universe in which he places him is interesting and dynamic. The setting is something like middle class suburbia, yet not, but the action and the hero seemed all too real and cut from today’s headlines.

Mike Dalmas is an ex-Special forces type but with a twist; the guy actually has a wife and kids and has…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 28, 2011 at 1:25am — No Comments

Stories in my Head

I am struggling at the moment, to find time to sit down and write all of the stories in my head. I have a young baby, a family, and all the associated housework to deal with before I can focus on my writing. Unfortunately the writing has to be a sideline to my role as Mother. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Anyway, just because I can’t physically write up the stories, does not mean they don’t exist. For example, I am currently attempting to write the sequel to my recently… Continue

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Added by Catherine Green on September 27, 2011 at 11:33pm — 2 Comments

Review: Tales from the Longcroft Estate

I took some time to read the first two installments of

Darren Sant's
"Tales from the Longcroft Estate" available from Trestle

Press
. Individually, they are called… Continue

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Added by Sam Lang on September 27, 2011 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Barry Eisler "The Detachment"

I am a huge of Barry Eisler’s work, I make no bones about it, and so I am going to keep it short. In this novel he tackles many things, melding the thoughts and feelings of four different killers, four different Alpha males, four totally different viewpoints and even more agendas in this novel and he does it seamlessly. The read is taunt, moving and intense. It was hard to separate myself from the read until I finished it.

I was fortunate enough to interview Barry Eisler on my…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on September 27, 2011 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Zaggit ...A short sci-fi story by Chuck Keyes

 

Zaggit

A short sci-fi story by Chuck Keyes

 

 

            There must be something wrong, thought Zaggit. The science team must have chosen the wrong type of lower life animal to bio-copy. Besides watching me forage for tree seeds, the humans pay no attention to me. Four…

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Added by Chuck Keyes (The Chuck!) on September 27, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Beginners Guide for I.S.S.R. Shiloh Shepherd Owners

Are You Ready for a Shiloh Shepherd?

 

Dog ownership can be fun and rewarding – but it can also be confusing and frustrating, especially when you get a new puppy home and you’re not sure exactly how to raise and train it. Different breeds have specific needs, and in The Beginner’s Guide for I.S.S.R. Shiloh Shepherd Owners, Steve Mekkelsen Madden generously shares the wealth of knowledge he has acquired from owning and showing these…

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Added by Steve Mekkelsen Madden on September 27, 2011 at 8:32pm — 3 Comments

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