Sneak Peek: A Father’s Tears

Today we have a sneak peek from author David McColl’s inspirational/self-help book, A Father’s Tears.

A Father’s Tears tells the true story of David McColl and his journey through the depths of grief after the loss of his 19-year-old son, Tony. Tony was the designated driver at a rural house party, tasked with ensuring his younger sister got home safely. On the way home, Tony was killed in a head-on collision with a young man being pursued by police as a suspected drunk driver. McColl’s book is an inspiration, showing how he and his family have coped with the loss of their beloved Anthony with honesty, love and even humor.

A Father’s Tears is available through and Amazon UK.

And now, an excerpt from A Father’s TearsContinue reading “Sneak Peek: A Father’s Tears”

My KDP Debacle

After reading several IU posts on KDP Select, I decided to give it a try. The novel I used was going to be a re-release of my first book, Project: Dragonslayers.

I figured this was a good idea, since there are currently 2 more books in the series, and I also have a back catalog of other novels and a bunch of short stories. My thinking was if I gave this book away it should help drive sales of everything else. Yeah, right.

I enrolled my book 23 November. About a week later, Amazon sent me an email stating they had found the book on Sony. I explained that it was a first edition and that I had taken down all other versions (that I could find!). Their letter read: Continue reading “My KDP Debacle”

Our Weekly Flash Fiction Vote

It is time once again for IU readers to select this week’s winner in the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. Only two entries this week. It’s almost like people had something else to do over the holidays.

You can check out this week’s entries here. The entrants did a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise.  Vote for your fave and then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word that the vote is on.

Which author wrote the best flash fiction prompt for Vanishing Act?

  • Carol Wyer (64%, 7 Votes)
  • Larry Alton Garrett (36%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Bang, Bang – You’re Not Dead

Apparently, even someone who claims he isn’t a writer can get writer’s block and I was stymied for a post topic. Nothing on my short list of post ideas was sparking inspiration, so I threw it out to a group of friends for suggestions. One proposed I write about “violence in books.”

Recent events in the US brought out the normal contingent of “experts,” blaming real violence on pretend violence in movies and video games. Although seldom mentioned, should books get a free ride? Was this idea a trap? An attempt to get me to go political at Indies Unlimited, which seemed like the second quickest way to get The Evil Mastermind to return the post with the message, “Nah, I don’t think so.” (The quickest way is saying BigAl’s favorite word deleted by EM.) Continue reading “Bang, Bang – You’re Not Dead”