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Announcing – So Fell the Sparrow Release Day

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A skeptic, a ghost hunter, a tech genius, and a medium. Will the spirits win?

Today is release day for the highly anticipated haunted romance from bestselling author Katie Jennings, SO FELL THE SPARROW!

Available in both paperback and eBook on Amazon, HERE!
Kindle, HERE

So Fell the Sparrow Cover PRINT copyAfter the tragic death of her parents, Dr. Grace Sullivan inherits more than she bargained for. An empty house she’s never heard of, a nosy neighbor, and the restless spirits of a violent, century old murder.

A hard-nosed skeptic, Grace refuses to believe in ghosts despite hearing sounds and seeing things that can’t be explained.

When she unearths antique furniture from the basement, the spirits become agitated and dangerous. Ian Black and Alex Gallagher, a team of ghost hunters, come in to investigate.

Still denying the paranormal events in her home, Grace can’t bring herself to take the ghost hunters or the psychic medium who teams up with them seriously. As Grace struggles with her grief and the feelings she’s developing for headstrong Ian, the disturbing mystery of the house deepens. Now she’ll have to face the unbelievable before the spirits claim her for their own.

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Meet Katie Jennings…

300profilepic1International bestselling Author Katie Jennings is the author of seven full length novels, including the popular fantasy series The Dryad Quartet as well as the bestselling family drama series The Vasser Legacy.

She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and cat, who both think she’s the biggest nerd ever. She’s a firm believer in happy endings and loves nothing more than a great romance novel.

You can find out more about Katie on her official website, www.katieajennings.com.

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Book Review— Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

by Dean Koontz

The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz features a twenty something fry cook who is gifted with special powers and abilities. He’s one of my favorite Dean Koontz characters and Koontz is one of my favorite suspense/thriller authors.

This is one of the shorter books in the Odd Thomas series so I decided to read it before picking up my hardbound copy of Deeply Odd on my nightstand.

I’d read some of the negative reviews about the book so had my guard up while reading. I couldn’t disagree more with the negative reviews. Having read nearly every Dean Koontz book and all prior Odd Thomas books I found several features that I enjoyed. For new readers to the series, it offers a short recap of the original Odd Thomas book then moves on to place Odd in a small dysfunctional community. We learn of a family who is terrorized by a powerful villain who will give Odd one of his biggest challenges yet.

Readers will find a good blend of the mad scientist theme frequently used by Koontz, events related to a black ops government research facility and a terrifying antagonist.

This is a great read and I highly recommend it!
For more information about Dean Koontz click the image below.

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Clean Indie Reads – It’s-Finally-Fall Sale

Announcing the FALL INTO SAVINGS WITH CLEAN INDIE READS SALE

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From September 18 through 25, Rich Weatherly has joined the Clean Indie Reads Group in a FALL SALE of books.  During this period, Closed Doors, A Trilogy will be free or available for $.99. No need to worry about blood, guts, and scenes that might make grandma blush – Find links to buy 25 books for 99 cents or FREE at http://rebekahlynbooks.com/book-sale

FREE BOOKS:
A Measure of Disorder by Alan Tucker 
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula by Elise Stokes

BOOKS FOR 99 CENTS:
Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury by L. R. W. Lee
Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Autumn Magic by Triana Willard
Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkum
Bible Stories for Grown-Ups by Wilson Harp
The Candle Star Michelle Isenhoff
The Forever Stone by Gloria Repp
Dragon Defense by Diane Rapp
The Havenshire Resistance by Diane Rapp
Her Grace in Disgrace by Claudia Harbaugh
Julianne by Rebekah Lyn
The Lobby by Jase Rosenburg
Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels
Makai Queen by Tara Fairfield
Magian High by Lia London
The Movement of Crowns by Nadine C. Keels
The Movement of Rings by Nadine C. Keels
Murder Caribbean-Style by Diane Rapp
Murder on a Ghost Ship by Diane Rapp
Sacred Spring by DiVoran Lites
Trapped by Gloria Repp
Your Gift to Me by Bonnie Latino & Bob Vale

More about Closed Doors, A Trilogy
“Toxic Situations, A Novella”, is a fast-paced thriller that leads the reader
from Atlanta to Australia on the hunt for stolen capsules containing a deadly
avian flu virus. We follow the adventures of CDC agent Craig Wells Jr. as he
and his partner travel the globe battling warring organized crime figures that
are determined to sell them to the highest bidder or unleash the deadly virus.In “Family Secrets”, the reader is invited to a family gathering where the
stage is set for an unfolding tragedy and the discovery of the horrid truth about
the secrets hidden by seemingly happy families.In the final story of the trilogy, “Thrills at the Esplanade Cinema”, a unique
tale unfolds. What begins as an innocent daily occurrence has the potential to
become a life-ending event that stays with the protagonist.

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New Website by Novelist, Western Historian and Friend Julia Robb

Several months ago I interviewed my friend Julia about her book Scalp Mountain. I’m pleased to announce Julia 1012439_10200980573130615_20148056_nunveiled a new website and blog today. Many of you know Julia. This is a well designed site and it reflects well on her work. I’m honored to share it with my blog followers and visitors. Please check it out and feel free to comment. I know Julia will appreciate it!

Julia Robb — Novelist & Western Historian

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Book Review—Warrior’s Psalm

a Novella by Thomas Rowe Drinkard

review by Rich Weatherly 

A well crafted fantasy thriller

Thomas Rowe Drinkard served as a US Army Special Forces officer in Vietnam. In my opinion, his experience in warriorspsalm 560 x 740combat and as a seasoned writer helped make Warrior’s Psalm one of his most compelling stories yet. The novella opens on a young couple as they complete their final test that will qualify them as members of an elite clan, the Recondos. Freya and Kalev, the young couple and protagonists communicate between one another using telepathy. That gift more than any other will be critical to the success of their mission.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where both sides use high-tech gadgets to sense, track and engage the opposition. You’ll learn of drones that resemble insects, cloaking devices, and instruments that provide secure access to camouflaged safe houses.

Freya and Kalev have grown up together in a close-knit community. While working as partners in combat, we see a warm affectionate bond developing between them. The skills they demonstrate at the end of training exceed the expectations of their mentor and handler. As a result of this success, their first real-world assignment will have the pair extracting an embedded spy from The Hive, an enclave operated by the enemy, The Deciders and Protectors.

Thomas Drinkard blends elements of YA fiction, Science Fiction, and Fantasy to create a thrilling page turner. Character development is well executed and the plot line riveting. If you enjoy good writing, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Book Description

Freya and Kalev are the newest members of an elite warrior clan, the Recondos. They are a unique reconnaissance team. They are true telepaths who can link their minds and
communicate silently, over extended distances.

On their initiation recon, they see the enemies of their civilization for their first time: The Deciders and Protectors. They also witness a brutal execution ordered by the Deciders. 

From that day, their courage and faith will be put to severe tests. They must rely on their gifts to face a cruel enemy and the challenges that young women and men encounter as they begin to mature.

Purchase Link on Amazon.com 

About Thomas Rowe Drinkard

Thomas Rowe Drinkard was born and reared in Alabama.  He graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in English.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Army second lieutenant. Within two years he completed parachute school and was selected for the U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets). He spent more than ten years with the fabled unit.

After his active duty years, he found his way into teaching and writing in the securities exam preparation business. Many of his articles and texts are currently in use.

Tom is now a full-time writer/ part-time editor. He is the author of the novels; Piety and Murder, Where There Were No Innocents, Overload and Devil’s Blade as well as the novellas, V Trooper -First Mission and V Trooper-Second Mission, The Demon. His newest book is the YA novella, Warrior’s Psalm.He is also the author of a chapbook of Vietnam poetry, Finding the Way Home.

A workin progress is scheduled for publication in 2013; A SciFi novel, tentatively titled Swift & Co.

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Q&A with Kourtney Heintz, Author of The Six Train to Wisconsin

post by Rich Weatherly

Friends and fellow bloggers, I’m honored to introduce you to Kourtney Heintz, debut author of The Six Train to Wisconsin. Kourtney has agreed to an interview about her past and about her writing life. Before I start the Q&A, I think this is a good time to introduce your book Kourtney.

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When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her to the quiet Wisconsin hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.

Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything. There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.

When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.

To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned—Butternut, Wisconsin—where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?

An emotionally powerful debut, The Six Train to Wisconsin pushes the bounds of love as it explores devotion, forgiveness and acceptance.

 The Q&A

Welcome to my blog Kourtney! Before I get into specific questions, are there any general comments you’d like to share as we kick off this interview?

Rich, I’d like to thank you for sharing your blog space with me and for taking the time to interview me. Really appreciate the support you’ve given me and my novel!

RW– When I purchased your book, I couldn’t help but notice the following: The Six Train to Wisconsin, was a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist. Do you have any thoughts on the reason for your book’s early success?

Aw, thank you. I fretted over the book being ready. I sent out my first manuscript too soon and I didn’t want that to happen again. So I took my time with this one. I won several charity auctions to have my first 50-100 pages critiqued by agents, editors, and published authors. I had a few beta readers. I work shopped it. I brought it to writing critique groups. And I listened to the feedback and incorporated it over time. I tried to put my ego aside and make the best book I could make.

I also didn’t try to write to trend. I wrote the story that was inside me. The story I was most passionate about. My characters had lots of quirks and flaws. They were people I could spend years with.

I tried to focus on universal emotions– jealousy, regret, guilt, uncertainty… to tap into things that everyone could relate to. Even the arguments between the husband and wife. I tried to capture what I’d experienced in arguments–where you are having two separate conversations simultaneously and don’t even realize it at the time.

 RW- You mentioned to me that you used genre blending and alternating point of view. Please elaborate.

I don’t write straight genre fiction because I don’t seem to be able to stay within the lines. I know what the expectations of the genre are, but my stories inevitably pass through several genres.

 This one started out with the telepathy being the central story point for the couple, which is why it’s speculative fiction. Later, we learn the husband has a secret about his father whom he’s run from since high school. This introduces a mystery element. The relationship between the husband and the wife skirts along women’s fiction and literary fiction with the in-depth emotions and the beautiful turns of phrase. As the book progresses, a thriller element weaves through the last 100 pages. I didn’t plan any of this. The story just went where it went, and I realize this would be a humdinger to categorize.

 The alternating point of view (POV) was something an agent suggested to me during a revise and resubmit. Originally, I told half the novel from the husband’s POV, a quarter from the wife’s POV, and then alternated chapter by chapter to the end. The agent strongly advised me to alternate POV from the get go, allowing the characters to live and breathe side by side. She thought it would enrich the story. After several months of painful revisions, I completely agree with her.

 Alternating POV is more common in love stories. And at its heart that is what this novel is to me. It’s not all hearts and rainbows. There are misunderstandings and hurt feelings; there are betrayals and heartbreak. Even so, I think all of that is part of the journey of love.

RW- I think it’s fair now for me to refer to you as a successful debut author. What are your writing plans for the future?

Thank, Rich. I’ll take that. 🙂

Right now, I’m in promotional mode. I have book tours, blog tours, and lots of social media work to do. But this summer, I plan to start revisions on my YA novel, Reckonings. I have another YA novel that a beta reader is going over for me. That’s on my to do list too. And this fall/winter, I really want to start on the follow up to Six Train.

 RW- Who are your favorite authors?

Charlaine Harris and Laurell K Hamilton are two authors I really love because they do cross genre so well.  

I’m a huge fan of Sue Monk Kidd and Alice Sebold–they have such beautiful writing.  

I also love YA fiction–Jay Asher and John Green move me to tears with their books.

RW- Do you have any recommendations or thoughts to share with aspiring writers?

You may have to hear hundreds of rejections before you get that one yes. That’s okay. It’s all part of the process to make you a better writer. Listen, absorb, and learn. It truly is a craft not a calling. So practice is essential. Keep writing and keep putting your work out there. It’s the only way you’ll ever get that elusive yes.

 And if you are getting lots of personalized rejections on full manuscript requests where they compliment your writing, but telling you they don’t know how to sell it, then it may be the time to consider indie publishing. Because maybe your story is ready, but it’s just not a big enough moneymaker for traditional publishing.

Bio

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Kourtney Heintz – Author

 Kourtney resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.

 RW– Please include any links you have to share.

Website: http://kourtneyheintz.com includes purchase links.

Blog: http://kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KourHei

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomkourtney_heintz

Taylor Swift Ticket Giveaway: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter/app_228910107186452

 

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Book Review— Fancy by David N. Walker

A Review by Rich Weatherly

A well crafted Civil War era YA novella

Fancy, a Novella by David N. Walker

Fancy places the fourteen year old Fancy Greene on her family farm near Florence, Alabama. This resourceful, smart young lady works the farm and cares for her younger sister, Danni. To make matters worse, not long after the story begins, she is notified that her dad has been killed in battle at Manassas Junction. None the less, Fancy determines to finish planting for the crop that should provide for their needs.

Her life becomes complicated by a lecherous preacher who will stop at noting to make Fancy his wife. When he is rebuffed by Fancy, the preacher turns to a neighboring property owner who wants the Greene property for himself. The two conspire to take the Greene property. The preacher tells the neighbor he can create a false deed, sign the document as a witness and get the deed certified by the local judge.

Fancy isn’t the push-over the preacher hopes for and no one counted on Fancy finding a friend of her dads who seeks justice on Fancy’s behalf.

I found Fancy to be an endearing, well crafted story that has much in common with classic literature. I highly recommend it and I’m eager to read the complete series. I’ve become a fan of David N. Walker.

To purchase Fancy on Kindle, click here

For the Fancy Paperback, click here

About the Author

Author David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot, a would-be Nashville star, and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers’ groups. Two of his books, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. Fancy: The Search is the second novella in the Fancy series.

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