2 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Prizes Include:

  • $25 Dollar Gift Card to Barnes and Noble
  • $15 Dollar iTunes Gift Card
  • An Autograph copy of The Coat
  • An Autograph copy of Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
  • An Autograph copy of Celestina Silvenfare: The Legend Begins
  • An Autograph copy of Daemon Theory
  • An Autograph copy of Incredible Edible Meg
  • An Autograph copy of Polar Night
  • 3 Original Cover Artworks by Hargrove Perth
  • 1 Original Art Work from Mary Ann Powell and Horse Tales

There are plenty of ways to enter and over a hundred dollars worth in prizes!

Be sure to enter today.
The giveaway will run between July 1st and July 31st. We are very excited to enter into our 3rd year!

 

Enter today:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6860335/

 

 

7 Days left For Submissions!

This is a very quick shout out to all the writers out there.

There are 7 days left to get your book submission in to Ink Smith Publishing for consideration. Any books submitted after July 1st will be read starting January 1st 2015. Please share the word! We want to give everyone a fair chance and enough notice.

Please follow all submission guidelines, or use our form.

ink-smith.com/submissions

Lauren Scharhag- Guest Author Interview

Lauren Scharhag

Website: http://www.laurenscharhag.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurenscharhag?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenscharhag
Book Page: http://www.laurenscharhag.blogspot.com/p/order-of-four-sons_4.html
Publisher: Indie author

What are your current projects?

“I am the co-author of The Order of the Four Sons (O4S) series with Coyote Kishpaugh. Currently, we are working on Book IV, which is the final book of the series. O4S is about a group of paranormal investigators who get sucked through a series of interdimensional gates and have to find their way back home again. It’s very character-driven, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I am also working on a solo project called Black Antler Farm, about a family in a small town whose teenage daughter goes missing. “

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Just carving time out of each and every day to do it. But I have to do it. It’s a compulsion. If I don’t get some regular writing time in, I feel a little unspooled.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I actually wrote my first book when I was 13. I had been writing short stories, poetry and little one-act plays from the time I was eight or so. I’ve always loved to read, and I remember one day I thought, “Hey, I could do this.” I remember thinking that there could be nothing better– and I was right about that part. There is nothing better than writing. But the first book was absolutely awful. The second one was also pretty bad. I think my third one was my first real, mature work. You just have to keep at it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to think I have some stylistic trademarks– I like word play. I like clean, disciplined sentences. But I also like to make the voice suit the character, so I also like to think of myself as a chameleon, a mimic. In my novel, Under Julia, several different characters who are on parole tell their stories and I worked very hard to make them all different from each other.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Since we’re on Book IV of the O4S series, I’d like to say thanks to those who’ve stuck with us this far. I hope you’ve come to love the characters as much as we do. I hope you’re excited about the end. We do foresee writing some other books related to the O4S verse. We hope there are a lot of good things to come.

Luke Christodoulou- Guest Author Interview

Luke Christodoulou

 

Website: http://greekislandmysteries.webs.com/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greek-Island-Mysteries/712190782134816?ref=hl
Twitter: @OlympusKiller
Book Page: http://greekislandmysteries.webs.com/the-olympus-killer
Publisher: GreekIslandMysteries

 

What are your current projects?

At the moment, I am promoting my thriller THE OLYMPUS KILLER. It was released April 2014 and has since appeared in various Kindle charts and is Book Of The Month in two Goodread’s groups. Until the 9th of June it is on offer through Amazon Countdown deals. Also, I have started writing book number 2 from my Greek Island Mysteries book series.

 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Of course! Chapter 1 from THE OLYMPUS KILLER.
Chapter 1
The bright Greek sun had just sunk into the ocean.
It had been a beautiful sunset. The way the light jumped upon the waves, enflaming the waters of Vathy Bay, was spectacular.
‘‘Eye candy,’’ Stacy thought as she ambled past the colourful, little fishing boats, all lined up, waiting for their masters to arrive before setting off for the night’s late catch.
Stacy realised that this was the first time she had truly been alone since her divorce was finalized last week, back home in L.A. Her socialite friends had persuaded her to get away from it all and the very next day they were on their way to the Greek island of Rhodes.
It was so quiet and peaceful by the rock where she had sat and stared at the full moon. She gazed upon the shadowy, still ships sleeping on the dark horizon, before taking off her red Manolo Blahnik heels and carefully climbing down to lie on the golden sandy beach, isolated by the rocks from the rest of the world. All the aloneness felt a tad weird after being surrounded by crowds of every age and colour imaginable, just a few days ago at Faliraki, Rhode’s main club scene. After Rhodes, the gang headed to the island of Ko where they continued to party hard. She smiled as she remembered them all lined up on the bar counter at Jackson’s Beach Bar dancing the night away. Now, she was enjoying the serenity offered by the island of Samos. Jennifer, Ginger and the rest of the girls had done a terrific job taking her around the Greek islands -island hopping as Ginger liked to call it- to help her forget him. Him. She wondered what The God was up to at the moment. That’s what everyone called him at the company.
‘‘Hmm… to everyone but me,’’ she thought. Deep down, certain feelings lingered in her, but she could no longer bear the pain of staying with him.
‘‘Cheating bastard,’’ she said to herself and closed her eyes.
‘‘Beautiful night.’’ A voice from behind her interrupted her reverie.
Startled, she let out a brief scream as she leaped to her feet and turned towards the direction of the voice.
‘‘I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you,’’ the handsome, black haired man rushed to say, the moonlight revealing his sparkling green eyes as it danced across his face.
‘‘I don’t scare that easily,’’ she replied, trying to catch her breath. ‘‘You surprised me, that’s all. How long have you been there?’’
‘‘Oh, I’m not a stalker,’’ he joked, mocking her with his smooth, relaxing voice. ‘‘I come here to write.’’ His whole face lit up as he produced a silver Parker pen and a thin red notebook out of his backpack as evidence.
‘‘So you live here?’’
‘‘No, only been here a couple weeks. I’m on holiday too. Alone,’’ he pointed out. ‘‘Tom Smith,’’ he said, stretching out his right hand.
‘‘Stacy Anderson,’’ she replied. Her hand fitted perfectly into his. It felt strange using her maiden name again. Even stranger was the fact that she felt comfortable with this man she had just met. Ginger would have been so proud to see them sitting side by side in the sand, making small talk as the Aegean Sea caressed their feet.
‘‘So what are you writing about?’’ Stacy inquired.
‘‘It’s a thriller!’’ he announced, deepening his voice and taking on a scary tone. They both laughed. It had been a while since she had laughed and meant it.
‘‘I love thrillers,’’ she said with flirtatious excitement. It was the last thing Stacy Anderson ever said. As the knife hit her chest and penetrated her heart, Stacy tried to catch a breath and scream out, but her mouth was quickly covered by Tom’s left hand. His right hand lifted the knife again and the blade flashed silver in the moonlight. Blood was dripping from its sharp end as he stabbed her again with more passion this time and with obvious exhilaration in his devilish green eyes. All seven hits were to her heart. Tom leaned in close and slowly unbuttoned her bloody shirt, taking his time before turning his attention to the button of her jeans.
He gazed upon her beautiful naked body, gently touching her fake breasts. They were perfect, probably the best money could buy.
Then, with savage fury, he plunged the knife between Stacy’s legs, burying it deep inside her, before slicing viciously upward. He stopped when he was pleased that the pomegranate in his bag would fit. He stood up admiring his work. He then walked into the water and with a smile of satisfaction upon his face, Tom swam away.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

The thoughts in my head. All those words swirling around in my mind, begging to be put to paper (well, screen). I have always been in love with books and admire authors for what they did. One day, I woke up and told myself off. I had to stop being insecure and take action. Now was the time. A year later, The Olympus Killer was completed and ideas for books 2 and 3 were structured into plots.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Cliche but true. Keep writing daily. Never stop. And while you write, do not make the common mistake and stop reading. On a more practical note, I would advise aspiring authors to build their platform on various social media before releasing their book and if they are going for a more traditional route, to search for the correct agent and press. Not everything suits everybody.

 

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Agatha Christie. She was a genius at setting up a plot with twists and turns that kept you guessing all the way to the shocking finale. Poirot is one of my all time favourite book characters and the settings in which she placed her protagonist were always thrilling and new. She was ahead of her time and a major influence of mine.

Ink Smith Publishing is seeking a PR/Marketing Intern

Description

Ink Smith Publishing and its imprint Native Ink Press are budding publishing companies. Together they publish both fiction and nonfiction.

Ink Smith Publishing was founded in 2012. It is now growing steady with over 15+ fiction titles.
Native Ink Press was founded in 2013 and has 5 nonfiction and children’s books.
www.ink-smith.com
www.nativeinkpress.com

Both publishing companies are traditional companies looking to make a difference in the industry.

We are building a PR/Marketing department. We are looking for someone who can come new ideas.
Our goal is to get our authors more coverage nation wide.
This is a non-paying internship that can turn into a paying position if sales increase.
We are looking for someone to do marketing with our PR intern. Candidates must be able to manage their time and preform duties on their own. There are no set hours, just deadline dates.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and sample marketing package that you would do per book or author.

Responsibilities

Email and work with our authors regularly.
Work with book reviewers.
Schedule book interviews
Get authors in newspapers and magazines
Schedule radio and TV interviews
Grow our contact list
Post blogs about marketing
Work with the authors
Tailor a campaign per author and book

General Overview: Get our authors more media coverage and increase sales.

Weekly duties can take 12-15 hours a week depending on your time management.

Requirements

Requirements:
Bachelors Degree or working on one in any related field.
Must type at least 50 WPM
Must be familiar with social media websites: Goodreads, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, WordPress
Must be able to work at home and manage their time.
Must complete tasks by the deadline.
Must be a go getter and creative.
Takes initiative.

To Apply please send in your cover letter, resume and sample book marketing package to contact@ink-smith.com.

Misty Watts- Author Interview

Misty Watts

Website: http://www.mistywatts.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mistywattsauthor
Twitter: @wattsbooks
Book Page: http://ink-smith.com/product/earthborn/
Publisher: Ink Smith Publishing

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

“I would be happy to! I have self published four books and my latest book, EARTHBORN, will be released June 12.
In Earthborn, Declan, Max and Olivia take center stage as old college buddies that endlessly debated the existence of giants, or Nephilim, in biblical times. When they are reunited for a mass murder investigation, they find that these slayings were not committed by men. A young student, Clementine, gets caught in the crossfire between her favorite professor, Olivia, and her best friend, Mae, when she is “”chosen.”” It has secret societies, government involvement and lots of twists and turns. I hope everyone has as much fun reading it as I did writing it.
The first three books are a series, Walking Among Them, a YA paranormal story, set in the small town of Hickman, Ky. I also have a novella, Willow’s Grace, a horror story set in my fictional town of Banesville, Ky. “

What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always wanted to write and found myself in a situation where a story was threatening bursting out of my head. At first, I planned for it to stand alone, but after I finished it, I wanted more for the other characters. This went on for three books. I fell in love with all of them and their circumstances and the world they lived in. I couldn’t get enough.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I can remember making little children’s books as a child. I would get my grandmother to staple sheets of papers together. It had to be all the way up and down the side, too. I had no tolerance for one staple at the top left. I would go through the pages and write in the story, then go back and draw pictures to go with it. Creating those stories is one of my first memories.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I can honestly say no. My latest book was my baby. It was the story I had always wanted to write and I was proud of myself. It took me two weeks to write it. It poured out of me. I wrote for 10-12 hours a day almost constantly. It was the best writing experience of my life.

Any Final Thoughts?

Thank you for your time and be sure to check out Earthborn, releasing June 12. Also, keep up with book signings and other news on my website at http://www.mistywatts.com.

Tim Desmond- Guest Author Interview

Tim Desmond

Website: http://timdesmondblog.wordpress.com
Facebook: Timothy Desmond
Twitter: tjdesmond
Book Page: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Publisher: Black Opal Books

Question: What are your current projects?

“The Doc conspiracy thriller to be released June 14.”

Question: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Civil War reenactor Hank Houston, MD, tries to find answers for death if two friends. It leads him to trouble with DHS and a domestic black ops unit.

Question: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Self editing. It’s difficult seeing as others see. Which brings up POV … basic but tough sometimes.

Question: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

“The story evolved from a screenplay done in 1999. Novelizing it in 2005 was fun but full of problems as I had not included post 9/11 Patriot Act and DHS complications … hence more research needed.”

Question: What inspired you to write your first book?

Unanswered questions about WW II veteran friends if my father. That was a novel too… but it had historical background and hometown front problems in my fictional rural California setting.

Submissions are closing for the year!

If you haven’t heard yet, Ink Smith Publishing will be closing on July 1st 2014. Submissions will remain close till January 2015 (tentatively). 

We noticed a few submissions do not follow our guidelines. To make this easier, we have created a submission form. Fill it out and press submit. Now fewer books and authors will be rejected for failing to follow guidelines! 

We accept all genres except for Romance novels and strong politic novels. We look forward to reading your submission! 

Being Incredible In Someone Else’s Life… Continued

Last week we introduced you to Native Ink Press’ author, Vincent Vinas and his new book Incredible Edible Meg.

Today I wanted to give everyone links on where you can purchase the ebook and print version of the book.

For every print book purchased Vincent will donate $1 from his royalties to Anti-bullying. For every eBook sold, he will donate $0.50. Native Ink Press will match his donation at the end of the campaign on August 20th 2014. Please help support this great cause!

 

To Buy The Print Version: $13.99

Amazon

Native Ink Press

BnN (coming soon)

 

Ebook version $4.99
Smashwords

Amazon

Nook

Jamallah Bergman- Guest Author Interview

Jamallah Bergman

Website: http://jamallahbergmansstoriesoflove.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamallahbergmanauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/silentbutloud1
Book Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jamallah-Bergman/e/B006HT16WY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Publisher Name: Secret Cravings Publishing

Question: What inspired you to write your first book?

“Well my first book “”If…Only You Knew”” was a story that came about by way of me dealing with some issues in my life that really made me want to write this story. I was dealing with alot of issues as far as my health and it got me to thinking about how I had wished things could have been better in my life and stuff. It was a pretty grey period that I am glad I don’t have to go down that road anymore.
I had been thinking about someone from my past that meant a great deal to me when I was in high school. I didn’t really enjoy going to high school much less school period because from the time I was in 3rd grade up until I graduated from high school, I was bullied by my classmates on a daily basis. But there was always a ray of sunshine when I ran into my friend, who I have named him “”J”” because as of to this day, he doesn’t know that my 1st book was written with him in mind.
He was a jokester, a funny man, he was also very handsome and popular with everyone and I called him my good friend. I had a tendency to make friends with alot of guys (most of which played sports or where very popular) and he was one of the many. He never treated me badly, never called me names or anything like the others. He treated me like an equal which I really cherished alot. As I got to know “”J””, I developed feeling for him, which was not common for me because I had the knack for having crushes on guys that I knew I could never get with and eventually I would get heartbroken over the outcome, which was me getting hurt.
Well this is what happened with “”J”” for I had fallen hard for the guy but I didn’t want to lose my friendship with him because, as I said, our friendship meant the world to me and I decided to never tell him how I felt. He went onto graduated from high school and I never got the chance to tell him exactly how much of an important part of my life he was.
I decided to write about this because there are people who have felt like I have, where they are too shy and too timid for they’ve been through so much in their lives that they are afraid to say anything to the one person that they want to tell their feelings for. I based it on my own experience with “”J”” because I know there are plenty of people out there who wished they would have had a second chance in telling their feelings for the one they love.”

Question: Do you have a specific writing style?

“I usually get my ideas from one of the following things:
1. Talking with people
2. A picture I’ve seen
3. A idea that pops up if I hear a song

I really don’t have a style, I start off with the characters and if I feel like I know what they will look like, I write it down and then build up everything else about the people from there. I also think up their names, along with the secondary names of characters too.
Really and truly it’s no big thing for me because the ideas pop up automatically.”

Question: What are your current projects?

“Right now I am in the midst of several things, most importantly I am finishing up on the 4th and final book in my The Ciprianos of Kellington series “”Federico””.

I am also in the midst of two other stories right now, one I’m very passionate about as well as another that I know will be very emotional.”

Question: Do you have any advice for other writers?

“Never give up on what you believe in.
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t write and that writing is nothing because I’ve had people tell me that and made me weary about even becoming a writer. People will want to drag you down and make you feel that you can’t do what you’ve always set your mind and heart to do.

Also don’t get discouraged over a bad review…….I know easier said than done for I’ve had bad reviews myself from people who have read my work and its very hurtful to see your work being down played and basically torn down by someone. It’s hard reading them because you’ve put so many hours of work into your story, only to have a some leave remarks about how bad it is. I’ve been discouraged plenty of times by comments about how people hated what I’ve written but I’ve also had some who have contacted me about how they love my work and how much the stories and characters meant to them. For those people, I write for.”