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Jay Chalk Joins Ink Smith Publishing!

Jay Chalk has joined the Ink Smith Publishing family with his new novel, Sentinel Peak! His previous novel, Revolution 2050was published with Dancing Lemur Press, a dystopian novel that challenges its characters to decide between staying loyal to what they know, and fighting for freedom.

A long-haul trucker at one time, Jay now lives in East Texas and is a twenty-two year veteran high school teacher of U.S. Government and History.  When he’s not teaching, writing, or playing the guitar, he’s flying.

Sentinel Peak is a fast-paced mystery with a legendary origin spanning decades, and space. When an alien reconnaissance spacecraft crash landed in Arizona Territory in 1853, the crash site was only briefly investigated by local tribes. It left the ship, and its survivors to fade into legend.

Fast-forward 100 years later, and Daniel McKntyre finds himself haunted by strange dreams of his great-grandfather and a mysterious place known as Sentinel Peak. While rekindling an old flame with Anna, the mother of his child, the dreams become more vivid. The more time he spends around Anna the more he realizes she may have some connection to his dreams.

As he digs deeper, he finds that Anna’s history is much more expansive than he thought.

Lightyears away, 143 year-old Ason mMyer, commander of the starship freighter Mnaerias, has received a distress signal from the downed starship on earth.  Ason recognizes the signal as that of the Halaena, a vessel that had mysteriously disappeared with his father.  Ignoring protocol, he decides to take it upon himself to investigate.

As these two move closer together, Dan finds himself caught up in a government investigation and intergalactic mystery that spans decades.  He realizes there’s only one thing left for him to do: go with Anna to Sentinel Peak to uncover what’s behind it all.

 

Pre-Orders and our Cover Reveal for Sentinel Peak begin soon! Make sure to keep updated by following our blog and our social media channels.

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The Flight of the Ravenhawk Cover Reveal!

J. Edward Hackett’s debut novel with Ink Smith Publishing is almost here! We begin a week of takeovers by revealing the cover for the high-fantasy novel. Filled with elves, dragons, magic, and the struggle between good and evil, The Flight of the Ravenhawk is a perfect summer read!

A second-born prince. A banished elven princess. And a power-hungry Necormancer.

Kalero Tremayne is second-born Prince of the Allurian Empire and a talented wizard and scholar. Sheltered by the throne he writes boldly about the Lightdweller religion, the Wizardium, his brother, the King, and the treatment of non-magickal subjects in the kingdom. 

After distributing his writings on forbidden magick through Alluria, Kal is brought before the tribunal to face his crimes of treason against the crown. He is ordered to recant his beliefs, but Kal refuses. The punishment: Death. 

In dragon-form, King Darnashi embraces the power of the Underdark in an attempt to carry out Kal’s sentence. Forced to flee, Kal finds himself in the Ancestral Wood with, Sylvara, an elven princess outcast. While Kal learns the balance of his power, the world of Apeiron is crashing into war. 

To end the chaos and save the world from necromancy, Kal needs the allegiance of the elves and dwarves. He must become more than the scholar he wanted to be. He must become king. 

Pre-orders begin tomorrow, June 16, 2019! Keep an eye out for our blog posts sharing the pre-order link!

Accepting Crumbs by Melissa Myers

Summer dusk
Shades of pink and amethyst
Beach grass
Edge of sand
Fire bed
Tinder catches
a thousand sparks
Floating from the flames
You write villanelles by the glow

 

About Melissa Myers

My name is Melissa Myers. I’m from Tennessee, and I live in New England. I love exploring the rich history of this region, and I jump at every opportunity to do so. Poetry holds a special place in my heart because of its ability to connect people on an emotional level. I often find inspiration in life, love, and nature. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

The Pains by Jennifer Carr

Oh no! It’s happening again –
My chest tightening
the tissue dying
The coronary artery
suddenly becomes blocked
stopping the flow of blood
to my heart muscle
damaging it
The pressure like an elephant
sitting on my chest
Heart beating faster and faster
as the window of opportunity
to breathe
narrows
as I become
more nervous
Medical professionals call this a Myocardial Infarction
Lay people say a good ol’ fashion Heart Attack
I just want this pain to go away

 

Oh no! It’s happening again –
My chest tightening
from the tears, the triggers
the angst, the anxiety
The innocent mind
suddenly becomes blocked
stopping the flow of happiness
The damage, the deficits
fragmented memories of trauma
setting off a chain of events
like a ton of bricks on my chest
Heart beating faster and faster
as the window of opportunity
to breathe
narrows
as I become
more nervous
Medical professionals call this a Panic Disorder
Lay people call this crazy – some say anxiety attack
I just want this pain to go away

 

 

About Jennifer Carr

Poetry written by Jennifer Carr. Jennifer lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and enjoys spending time with her partner and two children. She is an EMT and firefighter. When she is not working at the local hospital, she spends way too much time writing poetry. Her poetry has been published by Triumph House Poetry with a Purpose. Her poetry has also been recognized by ZenUnleashed, Fanstory, as well as several newspapers. She loves flying by her own wings and looks for any opportunity to soar to new heights. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter, @PoetryHaiku13.

National Poetry Month

npm-poster-border.pngNational Poetry Month is held in April every year. According to Poetry.org it is “the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.”

The celebration was founded in 1996 with the following being top priority for the event:

While there are many ways to participate in the event, Ink Smith Publishing has decided to hold a Poetry Takeover for the month of April in honor of National Poetry Month. Submission requirements can be found on our blog –—submission deadline has been extended to March 25, 2019. We encourage writers and readers to stop by our blog throughout the month to read pieces from both published and unpublished authors. Poets.org has also offered a list of ways for writers, readers, and educators to participate in the event! You can find that list below, or visit their website for more information.

  • Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.
  • Use the National Poetry Month logo to promote your events. It can be downloaded here.
  • Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it proudly.
  • Invite K-12 students to participate in our Dear Poet project by writing letters in response to poems shared by the award-winning poets serving on our Board of Chancellors.
  • Attend Poetry & the Creative Mind, a celebration of poetry from the reader’s perspective featuring leading and luminary actors, artists, and public figures, which takes place each April in New York City.
  • Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day.
  • Sign up for Poem-a-Day.
  • Join the Academy of American Poets and show your support year-round for poets and poetry.
  • Share your photos and feedback about your National Poetry Month celebrations with the Academy of American Poets by emailing npm@poets.org.

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!

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!

Debris makes its debut!

Normally, Friday the 13th makes the superstitious jumpy. But we’re jumping for joy at Ink Smith today. It is finally here! The release of Debris! Make sure to stop by Ink-Smith.com and order your copy today. Amazon and Barnes & Noble (if you use offer code STACKS on B&N, you’ll get 15% off your order too!) also offer Debris on their website. It’s available in paperback and e-book!

Front_Debris Book.pngDebris started off as a completely different novel. The original novel was a story made of three parts and Andre was the main character in one of those stories. Most of the characters were the same, but their relationships were different and once Andre met Erin in the estate (instead of the minor character she was originally), everything changed. Lorna says “all the characters had already taken their place and had been waiting for Erin to come along and change the game.

The author, L.M. Brown has been writing for at least 13 years whenever she gets the chance. She earned an MFA in cLM Bown Headshotreative writing from Emerson College, and her stories have been published in numerous magazines. She lives in Massachusetts and goes back to her hometown in Ireland when she’s working on a story. She loves getting up at 5:30am-6:00am when the house is quiet to get work done (although she can’t stand it if there are no bananas!), or after her daughters go to sleep. And even when she’s not physically writing, she’s always thinking about her stories.