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Suburban Legend: E-Book Available!

If you haven’t purchased your copy of Suburban Legend by Christopher Veltri because you aren’t a fan of a physical book, then you are in luck! Suburban Legend is now available on Amazon Kindle and ready for download.

CoverA deadly book, a vicious videogame, and a quiet suburban town.

When bookish Ralph Marker moves back to Wilhelmina to live with his father, a dark videogame finds its way into his hands. As Ralph’s obsession grows, deadly creatures begin stirring in the quiet town.

But Cuazque isn’t the only evil force brewing – Wilhelmina High’s beauties have a dark secret of their own. Amanda Klein, Colleen Simpson, and Shannon Kennedy release an ancient force from hell that threatens to consume them wholly.

Forcing her friends to participate in an ancient rite for power, Amanda makes a demon deal in exchange for abilities for her and her friends. While Colleen is seduced by the newfound power, Shannon isn’t ready to accept her dark gift. Shannon and Ralph must join forces to put a stop to Amanda’s deadly, power-hungry plot, before it’s too late for them, and the town of Wilhelmina.

Don’t forget to leave a review once you finish reading this suspense-filled horror novel!

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A writing prompt from A.L. Glennon

A.L. Glennon has never used a writing prompt to start a story. She is more of a visual writer. She’s provided us with this fun challenge to help stimulate some of those creative juices for aspiring writers! 

THE CHALLENGE: 

Open the first magazine you see to a random page and use the photo there to inspire a few lines!

Share with us what you came up with in the comments! Or tag us on social media with the image and your first few lines. We’d love to hear from you!

Welcome to A.L. Glennon!

AUTHOR PORTRAIT BY BOBBY CARTER/BLINKONTWO.COM.

Ink Smith Publishing is happy to announce our new author, A.L. Glennon! A.L. Glennon  has her Master of Arts degree from the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and three sons. Her Ink Smith Publishing debut novel, Wait For It! is due out this summer!

Wait for It! is a contemporary Y.A. novel with fantasy elements. When a freak bathroom accident cuts his Earthly life short, academic bowl team captain Martin Van Assen is surprised to find himself languishing in the waiting room of the Soul Reassignment Office with only the overly dramatic Zelda Kozikowski and her maybe-ex-boyfriend, the oft-reincarnated Zeke Zabar, for company. The unlikely trio gets tired of sitting around with nothing to do but bicker while they wait to start new lives, and sneaks through a portal that takes them back to Earth in ghostly form. The search for meaning in their previous lives takes these three lost souls on the journey of an afterlifetime, all the way to the infernally warm intake office of Hell itself. Martin, Zelda, and Zeke might figure a few things out along the way, but none of it will matter much if they have to spend eternity in a pit of fire. Or worse.

Pre-Order for Wait For It! begins May 15th! Keep an eye out for updates on the pre-order status and author updates on our site. Want to join A.L. Glennon on her writing journey? Make sure to follow her on Twitter @ALGlennonAuthor.

National Poetry Month: Shel Silverstein

When I was in the third grade, my teacher, Mrs. Froriep, was insistent upon our class reading and writing in tandem. It was not enough to read the words and enjoy them in the way authors organized them, but also to use our imaginations and create our own writings, and to respond to the books we were reading. I attribute a lot of my joy in writing to this woman. But I also attribute that joy to the authors and books that she connected me to as well.

As I get older and engage with different books and writing styles I always look back on those times in her class when she would pull books out for us to read together. It was always followed by those quiet moments of reflection and digestion of the content we were currently ingesting. One of the first poetry books she introduced me to was Shel Silverstein, Falling Up. In honor of Poetry Month Ink Smith has decided to dedicate today to this childhood author. His work has, and continues to, grace the bookshelves of countless classrooms across the nation inspiring children to both read, and perhaps, to write.

 

“There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.”
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

 

What was your favorite Shel Silverstein piece? Share in the comments!

 

About Corinne

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Corinne has her MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University and her MPS in Publishing from George Washington University. She has been an editor at Ink Smith Publishing and Native Ink Press since 2013, taking over the company in 2019. Since her first trip to the library when she was a toddler, Corinne has been collecting books, recommending her favorites, and providing commentary on the less-than-stellar. Her belief is that if you have a problem, it’s nothing that a good book can’t solve.

Welcome, J. Edward Hackett!

Ink Smith Publishing welcomes, author J. Edward Hackett to the Ink Smith family, with his debut novel The Flight of the Ravenhawk which will be available Spring 2019. Pre-orders will go live on the Ink Smith website in April.

J. Edward Hackett, Ph.D. is an academic philosopher at Savannah State University who rather than engage in metaphysical speculation in process metaphysics is off building magick systems in his world of Apeiron. Fantasy fiction is itself an exploration of concepts in extreme for him. In fantasy this exploration is limited only by the imagination in much the same way that philosopher employs the intellectual imagination to solve problems that science, common sense, religion, or art cannot solve on their own.

In his debut novel, Flight of the Ravenhawk, Apeiron is a world as boundless as its origin coming from Anaximander’s fragments. Wizard nobles vie for power in the Allurian Empire. Airships shoot lightning cannons. Elven archers fly atop griffins, and a dwarven kingdom is buried deep in the mountains far from elven or human spires. At the same time, Ed’s fiction cannot help but be inspired and instantiated by concepts that come from ancient, modern, and 19th and 20th philosophical systems of thought. It’s in his blood.

Ed grew up scattered across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. Born in Lakewood, NJ and spending most of his life north of Pittsburgh, PA, Ed has been traveling to other worlds since he bought the Star Wars D6 RPG book by West End Games and Mage: the Ascension from White Wolf as a teenager. He grew up on Magic the Gathering, 80s fantasy movies, and many comics of the 90s amidst the rust belt of Western Pennsylvania.

Although a professor, Ed still goes to imaginary worlds with his friends at the age of 39. He’s in a classic AD&D game. His philosophizing meshes with the sensitivity to imaginary worlds. Just recently, he contributed an article about environmental ethics and the animated movie Wall-E in the upcoming Disney and Philosophy. He’s edited another pop culture and philosophy volume called House of Cards and Philosophy, co-edited an academic volume on phenomenology entitled Phenomenology for the 21st Century. He also published his first solo academic book called Persons and Values in Pragmatic Phenomenology (2018).  When asked if she was a philosopher once, the great Simone De Beauvoir said, “No, I’m a writer.” Upon hearing that many years ago, Ed has tried to write for many audiences and emulate her example.

Ed has been married to his wife, Ashley, since July 30th 2016. They live in Savannah, a magickal place in its own right and before that they lived in Cleveland. They have two cats: Olive and Lulu. Ed absorbs the sunlight of the beach, practices zazen, and while writing and teaching philosophy and other courses in the humanities, he shoots landscape photography. Despite all of this, his greatest joy is teaching and writing. “Writing fiction is simply being philosophical with narratives rather than directly talking about concepts.”

Grey Stone Hit Bookbub, Today!

Have you not read our werewolf legend, Grey Stone, yet? Do you love e-books? Well, you’re in luck! Grey Stone hit Bookbub today and is on sale for $0.99 in e-book format. Get your discounted copy soon, and don’t forget Grey Lore, its companion, is also on sale for $2.99.

After you download and read our YA werewolf origin story, make sure to leave us a note on our website, Amazon, and/or Goodreads!

Enjoy!

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!

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!

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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