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This Land of Monsters is ready to ship!

We are officially launching This Land of Monsters, today, October 1, 2018! Our author Tim Gabrielle will be celebrating the launch of his new novel at Walker Stalker Con at the end of October, so be sure to stop by if you are in the Atlanta area. Tim will be signing books, selling books, and talking books all weekend.

This Land of Monsters is a post-apocalyptic novel filled with zombies, danger, tyrants, and too many unsavory characters to count. But through it all our hero must learn that even in humanity’s darkest hours, there is still hope for something better.

You can purchase This Land of Monsters through Ink Smith’s website, and soon on Amazon Kindle, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Pre-order books are being printed and shipped this week, so if you already took advantage of the pre-order sale make sure to let us know when you receive your book! Post a picture of you with your copy of This Land of Monsters and tag Ink Smith Publishing and author, Tim Gabrielle!

Remember, the best gift you can give an author is a review, so make sure to review, review, review on Goodreads, and Amazon when available!

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Meet Shelli Frew!

 

Shelli Frew, author of Ink Smith’s newest novel Time Sailors, may have never learned how to ride a bike but thankfully she learned how to write. Hidden away in her bedroom or seated at her kitchen table, Shelli is always prepared with a hot cup of tea and music playing. Her eclectic background is what sparked the story behind Time Sailors.

She lived in a backpacker’s hostel for a year and a half, and currently lives with 12 roommates from all over the world. The interesting and unique people she has met over the years sparked the initial idea for the story. Se spent approximately a year and a half working on Time Sailors before she finished it.

Her novel is full of quirky characters, spanning multiple cultures and decades. The people she has met through her experience as a contortionist and performer in the circus provided a lot of inspiration for those characters. “Most everyone I know in these communities is from a vastly different background, but they somehow mesh together to create these wonderful little families,” Shelli said.

Some of Shelli’s favorite books include To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. “These are all excellent science fiction books, and each interprets the mechanics of time travel in unique ways,” Shelli said.

She also loves Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson, which is a series science fiction graphic novels. Even though it is set in the distant future, Shelli finds many of the themes and stories to be relevant to today’s political climate. She is also an avid Harry Potter fan.

“The only time I’ve stayed up all night and seen the next day’s sunrise was when I got the last Harry Potter book. I read it in seven hours!”

The Last Odinian is on a roll!

The Last Odinian by Alec Arbogast is scooping up book awards! Not only did this occult mystery novel snag a spot as a finalist in the International Book Awards (Horror Fiction category), sponsored by American Book Fest, but it was also announced as a Finalist in the 2018 American Fiction Awards (Horror: Supernatural/Paranormal category), also sponsored by Ameican Book Fest!

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Arbogast shared the category with, Antitheus by G.A. Minton and Purgatorium by J.H. Carnathan, and winner Blackwell: Prequel to the Magnus Blackwell Series by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor.

The Last Odinian has the pleasure of the Reader’s Favorite seal, noting 5 Stars! But that’s not all! The Last Odinian, has just been given its third distinction as a finalist in the fantasy genre in the 2018 Red City Review Awards. They choose their winner in September, and Ink Smith is keeping its fingers crossed for another positive result!

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“I’m speechless for the recognition my book has received thus far,” Arbogast said. “Follow your dreams, friends!”

Arbogast shares the finalist list with The Speaker by Andi O’Connor and What Goes on in the Walls at Night by Andrew Schrader.

We are immensely proud of Alec and his novel, and hope to see his name and title next to the name WINNER! We will make another announcement when the contest finishes. In the meantime, add The Last Odinian to your “To Read” list on Goodreads, and order it from Ink Smith Publishing today!

The Last Odinian is a suspenseful, fantasy-driven novel with a touch of a dangerous cult is the perfect late night read. Arbogast’s creates an eerie, edge-of-your-seat adventure with twists of Scandinavian lore that tests the devotion of a man to his family. The story focuses in on Edward Koenig, not your average “hero” but instead, a man who has come to a crossroads in his familial life. Beginning his journey to find answers to his past, Pinemist Bay holds the scary truth of his future. The pacing is solid, the world building is near-perfect, and the creativity is astounding!

This Land of Monsters at Walker Stalker Con, Atlanta!

 

 

We are counting down the days until This Land of Monsters by our new author, Tim Gabrielle, releases this Fall! In addition to this anticipated release, Tim will be attending Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Georgia this year! Walker Stalker Con takes place October 26-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center (Hall A). Tim will have a table at the event and will be signing brand new copies of This Land of Monsters, an apocalyptic zombie novel with all the fixings of a suspenseful Halloween read!

Congratulations, Angela!

Our Children’s Editor Intern has just been promoted! Angela Johnson is now Native Ink Press’ Children’s Acquisitions Editor. Her amazing work ethic and incredible background has astounded us, and we are so honored that she has chosen to work with us in the effort to bring more wonderful children’s books to the Native Ink Press catalog!

Angela Johnson, Children’s Acquisitions Editor – Native Ink Press

Angela is an educator, editor, writer, and poet. She received her Masters of Fine Arts and Masters of Science in Education in New York City where she worked as an elementary school teacher. Her classroom was always filled with literature and she learned earlier on in her tenure that she wanted to edit/write children’s books. Angela has been an editor for two years and currently works as a freelance writer and poet. 

STAKED is Available for Pre-Order!

Get your copy of STAKED  by Chelsea Lynn Charters! Pre-Orders opened up June 5, 2018, with a June 22, 2018 release date. If you love vampire books or even urban fantasy with a strong female protagonist, then this is the book for you!

Lina Holiday has been hunting vampires all her life. Eager to rid the world of the blood-sucking monsters that hide in the shadows, she and her team of elite vampire hunters keep Chicago’s streets safe, but there is one vampire that she has yet to exterminate. For years Lina has tracked the ruthless vampire known as Stoney, who was responsible for killing her parents, and she will stop at nothing until she drives a stake through his heart.

However, Stoney has other plans for Lina, and when he abducts her comrades and takes them to his secluded vampire coven, she is forced to make a deal with him. Lina must sacrifice herself, and her revenge, in order to save their lives. Can Lina rescue her teammates from a fate worse than death, or will she fall prey to Stoney’s evil plan and lose the ones she loves once again?

You can order your paperback copy through Ink Smith Publishing’s website starting June 5. Books will ship after June 22. Just in time for a creepy summer read!

Upcoming Events with Lauren A.R. Masterson & Love of the Sea

You can check out the full list of events on Lauren A.R. Masterson‘s Goodreads page, and RSVP to the events via Facebook! Plenty of opportunities to grab your copy of Love of the Sea in person, and meet the creator of this underwater world!

Bad Grammar Theatre Reading
Author appearanceJune 01, 2018 07:00PM 
Book Cafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee AveChicagoILUS 

https://www.volumesbooks.com/

I will be reading at the open mic at Bad Grammar to spread more mermaid magick with Love of the Sea!
Printers Row Lit Fest
Author appearanceJune 09, 2018 10:00AM 
Outdoor Market, Printers RowChicagoILUS 

https://printersrowlitfest.org/

I will be a vendor at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest – selling copies of Love of the Sea published by Ink Smith Publishing, and art books published by Cloud Orchid Publishing!
Do312 Rock n Roll Market
Author appearanceJune 09, 2018 11:00AM 
Outdoor Market, pin 2354 N Milwaukee AveChicagoILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/events/211604396100690/

I will a vendor at the Do312 Rock n Roll Market selling my novel Love of the Sea by Ink Smith Publishing Company and art book copies from Cloud Orchid Publishing!
Printers Row Lit Fest
Author appearanceJune 10, 2018 10:00AM 
Outdoor Market, Printers RowChiagoILUS 

https://printersrowlitfest.org/

I will be a vendor at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest – selling copies of Love of the Sea published by Ink Smith Publishing, and art books published by Cloud Orchid Publishing!
Gumbo Fiction Salon Reading
Author appearanceJune 14, 2018 07:00PM 
Irish Pub, The Galway Arms 2442 N Clark StChicagoILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/GumboFictionSalon/

I will be reading at the open mic portion of Gumbo Fiction Salon and have copies of Love of the Sea available for sale and signing!
Goddess Galaxy Special Performance
June 15, 2018 10:00PM 
Nightclub, 954 W Belmont AveChicagoILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/BerlinNightclub/

I will be doing a special performance inspired by the joy of reading at the Goddess Galaxy show at Berlin Nightclub. My books will also be available for sale and signings!
Tamale Hut Cafe Featured Reader
Author appearanceJune 23, 2018 07:00PM 
Restaurant, Tamale Hut Café 8300 W Cermak RdRiversideILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/events/207270159823370/

I will be the featured reader at the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading, and celebrating the release of my novel Love of the Sea by Ink Smith Publishing Company with a little mermaid magick! Open mic at Tamale Hut Cafe for 10 minute reading slots to all other readers. Copies of Love of the Sea will be available for sale and I will be available for signings.
Bad Grammar Theatre Reading
Author appearanceJuly 06, 2018 07:00PM 
Book Cafe, Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 NChicagoILUS 

https://www.volumesbooks.com/

I will be reading at the open mic at Bad Grammar to spread more mermaid magick with Love of the Sea!
No Shush Salon Featured Reader
Author appearanceSeptember 27, 2018 06:30PM 
Library, 845 Gunderson AveOak ParkILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1031528163652976/

I will be the featured reader at No Shush Salon, and celebrating the release of my novel Love of the Sea by Ink Smith Publishing Company with a little mermaid magick! Open mic at No Shush Salon for 10 minute reading slots to all other readers. Copies of Love of the Sea will be available for sale and I will be available for signings. Official Sign Up Page: http://oppl.evanced.info/msignup/deta…

The Last Odinian Finalist in International Book Awards!

33618733_10216745662903259_1066578269521838080_nInk Smith Publishing is honored to announce our congratulations to our author Alec Arbogast! His novel, The Last Odinian, has been selected as a finalist in the International Book Awards, sponsored by American Book Fest.

“I’m truly honored, humbled, excited, and frankly, somewhat baffled to announce that my book was just announced as a finalist in the 2018 International Book Awards! I was chosen alongside 4 other finalists and a winner in the Horror Fiction category. Life’s been a whirlwind for the last few months and I don’t think this has really hit me yet, but it’s more than I could ever ask for from my debut novel! Congratulations to the other finalists, this is a very exciting time!” Arbogast posted on his Facebook page.

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The Last Odinian placed as a finalist in the Fiction: Horror genre. He was selected alongside winner, Knuckle Balled by Drew Stepek (Blood Bound Books), Antitheus by G.A. Minton (World Castle Publishing), Eve of Redemption by Tom Mohan (BHC Press), Stage 3 by Ken Stark (Severed Press), and The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W. Harrill (Creativia).

The Last Odinian now has the pleasure of the Reader’s Favorite seal, noting 5 Stars! We are so proud of Alec and all of his hard work to bring The Last Odinian to life. This suspenseful, fantasy-driven novel with a touch of a dangerous cult is the perfect late night read. Arbogast’s creates an eerie, edge-of-your-seat adventure with twists of Scandinavian lore that tests the devotion of a man to his family. The story focuses in on Edward Koenig, not your average “hero” but instead, a man who has come to a crossroads in his familial life. Beginning his journey to find answers to his past, Pinemist Bay holds the scary truth of his future. The pacing is solid, the world building is near-perfect, and the creativity is astounding! Add it to your “To Read” list on Goodreads, and order it from Ink Smith Publishing today!

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Meet Lauren A.R. Masterson

Ink Smith: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

Lauren: I do most of my writing at home, either on the computer or hand-written in my journal. I have many documents with different stories that I like to rotate working on. My journal is usually used for new ideas or new stories that I have, giving me utter freedom with creative thought.

31403074_10155353551125933_1063321335691739136_nMy process is that I write whenever I can; whenever I have the time. Even when I’m not feeling particularly inspired, I do my best to at least read a chapter or two of something that I have previously written to get me in the mood so to speak to work on something. Other times, I have to set a timer for myself to ensure that I don’t forgo eating or sleeping while working under the sway of inspiration.

During the editing process, I sit with a piece and read it out loud to find obvious mistakes and ensure flow. When working on larger plot arcs, I like to use sticky notes so that I can rearrange plot points and ensure that I have closed all the loose ends in the story.

Ink Smith: How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?

Lauren: Love of the Sea started in my fantasy fiction writing class in college (2010). My professor, and now friend and mentor, Tina Jens, gave us an excellent writing exercise to inspire new ideas. The “What if?” “And then” and “Oh Shit!” method is what originally sparked this story. I have always loved mermaids, but the original Little Mermaid story bothered me that she would sacrifice so much for unrequited love. I wanted to rewrite the story so to speak with the ending she truly deserved.

Lauren AR MastersonI worked on the story diligently until I graduated (2011). After that, my time was completely devoted to my modeling career. It wasn’t until I retired from modeling and became more active with my art and writing again that I picked this novel back up (2016). Since then, I made it my mission to complete this story and see it published. I spent a grueling four months working exclusively to complete the novel.

Ink Smith: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Lauren: Of course, one of my all-time favorite authors is J.K. Rowling. That’s a given. However, the author that particularly inspired the style in which I write, and the way that I perceive magick in fantasy fiction would be Juliet Marillier. I have read the Sevenwaters Trilogy many times over and dissected everything I love about the plot, characters, and style of storytelling. I emulate Juliet as much as possible in my own writing to try and achieve that mystical “old world” style that she has mastered.

The other most influential author to my writing is Lewis Carroll. From The Hunting of the Snark to Alice’s Adventures Underground I adore the British style and the poetic storytelling. I often find myself rhyming when writing my rough drafts for any story. The simple way these stories convey so much meaning in so few words is something I strive for in my own writing.

 

5 Fun Facts About the Author:

  • I am the co-editor of Cloud Orchid Publishing and create experimental art books with my best friend co-editor Bryan Thompson.
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  • I love illustrating my stories, as well as creating art in general through a variety of mediums; although digital drawing is used most often.
  • I’m a huge history nerd and have particular interests in French, British, and Japanese history.
  • I volunteered at the West Suburban Humane Society for over five years before going away to college. My current pets are all rescues.
  • I learned French at a young age, and still speak it quite well today (though I am a bit rusty). I also learned basic Japanese and strive to improve my language skills.

Grey Stone & Grey Lore are on SALE!

Jean Knight Pace & Jacob Kennedy’s novels, Grey Stone and Grey Lore, are on sale on Amazon for the next 5 DAYS! The Kindle version of Grey Stone will be FREE, and Grey Lore‘s Kindle version is on sale for just $0.99!

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Grey Stone is a young adult fantasy novel that brings us back to dark times. Where myths and legends wander the earth and equality is a utopia that humans cannot even fathom. Join the characters of Grey Stone on the journey of a lifetime to restore balance, and bring an end to the land of the great red sun.

 

In the land of the great red sun, dogs sing, wolves kill, humans serve, and wolf-shifters rule with magic and menace. Pietre is a human boy who has spent the last thirteen years afraid of the sunset, the Blødguard, and the wolf-shifting masters who rule his world. Wittendon is a werewolf prince who has spent the last nineteen years afraid of his father, his inability to do magic, and the upcoming tournament he’s sure to lose. But when Pietr

 

e finds an orphaned pup in the woods and Wittendon is forced to arrest the boy’s father soon after, both of them begin to realize that keeping the rules might be just as terrifying as breaking them. Now serf and master must learn to cut through their own prejudices and work together in order to turn their world before it turns on them. Grey Stone is a story of dogs who talk, wolves who kill, and a stone that-for better or worse-can change all that.

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Grey Lore is a young adult paranormal retelling of the werewolf legends. It’s a fresh new look at the origins of the human-werewolf-dog relationship that has readers on the edge of their seats! The positive reviews just keep on coming in.

Despite the perks of living with her rich aunt, Ella’s new life in Napper, Indiana, is pretty much tragically boring. Until Ella starts hearing strange voices.
As rogue wolves begin to stalk the edges of town and a serial killer with a penchant for silver bullets draws closer, the city of Napper seems to wake up.
Ella, with her new friends, Sam and Sarah, might be able to find out what the strange occurrences mean. Except that they’re all being pulled in different directions by people who love them; and some who don’t.
Before they lose their way to the whispers they hear from the past or the call to a future they’re not sure they want to create, the friends will need to confront who they really are and figure out what’s hiding in the silence of their sleepy little town.

Make sure you get your copy today! You can share, gift, and buy.

P.S. Don’t forget to leave a review after you finish reading! These books are definitely hard to put down.