Fleur Gaskin Announces New Release

Author Fleur Gaskin is pleased to announce the release of her young adult novel, Arabelle’s Shadows.

Arabelle’s life is coming together. She’s confident, she has great friends, and she’s dating Naak! But Bangkok has too many models. Arabelle’s broke and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember. If she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her.

Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.

Arabelle’s Shadows was released late in 2012 and is available through Amazon.com, Amazon UK, SmashwordsKobo, and other online retailers.

Weekly Flash Fiction Poll

The time has come once again for IU readers to choose the winner of the week in our  Flash Fiction Challenge.

When last we left our flash fiction challenge, only part of the story was told. A handful of brave indies have stepped forward to finish the job.

You can check out this week’s entries here. 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 best portrayed the adventurous opossum in this week's challenge?

  • Maggie Rascal (29%, 27 Votes)
  • Carol Wyer (28%, 26 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Brianna Lee McKenzie (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Gary Munson (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Aron Joice (7%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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Formula for a Bestselling Romantic Thriller

UPGRADE by Stephen Hise
Every thriller should have a main character with flaws and a deep, dark secret.

In this series, so far I’ve shared with you the formula for writing a blockbuster action/adventure bestseller, and a knock-em dead romance bestseller. In this installment, we’re going to cover writing an earth-shattering, edge-of-the-seat romantic thriller!

Yeah, I knew you were going to ask what qualifies me to give this advice. Aside from the fact that I’ve extensively researched stalking (for my books, of course), and I’ve won awards for my action-adventure thriller Lust for Danger, I got help this time. Our very own Evil Mastermind, Stephen Hise – author of the psychological thriller Upgrade, has contributed to this special recipe. So grab your pen and take notes. This is going to blow you away.

Now let’s get to it. Follow my advice below, and you’ll be Hollywood-bound, my friend!

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How’s Your Fashion Sense?

When I was kid I didn’t give two hoots about fashion. To be honest, as an adult, I don’t really care. Give me a pair of jeans, my Doc Martin boots and a t-shirt, and I’m a happy lady. As long as I’m comfy and the mirror doesn’t crack when I look into it, I can walk out the door feeling confident.

I don’t read magazines, I don’t follow any particular fashion trends and it’s always stood me in good stead. But is not caring about fashion really a good thing?

Let’s talk writing fashion for a moment…

I’ve noticed recently on a few comment threads, within one of my Facebook groups, that the authors who have just released books in the New Adult Contemporary Romance genre seem to be taking off. It hasn’t taken long to work out that New Adult Contemporary is one hot genre in my circles at the moment. Continue reading “How’s Your Fashion Sense?”