Sneak Peek: The Answer to Your Question

Today we have a sneak peek from The Answer to Your Question, the literary suspense novel by author Paulette Alden.

How well can you really know the people you love, even your own son? Four young women are murdered, and he’s the suspect . . .

After raising her son, Ben, by herself, librarian Inga Daudelin is blindsided when he is accused of murder. At the same time, Jean, a young, pregnant waif who seems both simple and wise, “imprints” on Inga at work, drawing her into an unusual friendship. When Ben kidnaps Jean, Inga and lead detective Ron O’Loughlin, with whom she is falling in love, search for the two, who, along with Jean’s baby, have formed a strange but human family.

This book is available from Amazon and Amazon UK.

Here is an excerpt from The Answer to Your Question

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Video Trailer: Just Add Spice

Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason.

Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight–a woman who doesn’t believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price.

Just Add Spice, the romantic comedy by Carol Wyer, is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Smashwords.

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Book Brief: Hearts in Cups

The Pentacle War: Book One – Hearts in Cups
by Candace Gylgayton
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Word count: 136, 411

Where will the lust for power lead the unscrupulous – or the unwary? Years ago, Brian, heir to the High Throne of the Pentarchy, left home and headed into the Tarrant Mountains on a private, undisclosed mission. He never returned, yet was never declared dead. Power abhors a vacuum and, with no legitimate heir to take the throne, plots are being hatched and civil war is brewing. To prevent the kingdom being torn apart, Hollin, the Duchess of Langstraad, declares that she will go in search of the errant prince. Betrothed by her family to Brian when she was a child, Hollin possesses a ring attuned to the prince which she proposes to use as an arcane compass in order to find him. The regent and council are willing to consent to her plan, but only if Hollin agrees to marry a candidate of their choosing, who will be made king, if her quest should fail. Now, far from home, family or friends, Hollin must rely on her own gifts and abilities as she struggles to track down the one man she believes capable of restoring order to the kingdom. As deeds of valor tangle with those of deceit, it is the many shifting facets of magic, in all its guises, which may soon determine the ultimate fate of the realm. Can one woman prevent the fall of night?

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The Most Dangerous Profession

Recently the good folks who run the Indies Unlimited website asked me to start contributing a monthly column on the writing profession. They suggested I talk about my experiences and feelings on being a writer. I mentioned that might cause severe depression leading to mass suicide among the site’s followers. But the webmasters don’t care whether you live or die, so here we are.

Like many people who make their living as writers, I have a love/hate relationship with the craft. While you sometimes love the feeling of turning out a piece of finely phrased prose, unless you are one of the tiny handful of writers who are vastly successful, you pretty much hate everything else about the business. You don’t make much money, frequently have to write on topics that don’t interest you to make any money at all, often have to deal with editors who either don’t have the time or the interest to give your story the attention you feel it deserves, suffer bouts of writer’s block, feelings of insecurity, inadequacy, jealousy, and have to deal with massive amounts of rejection. And that’s all on a good day. Continue reading “The Most Dangerous Profession”