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.

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.

Reviews, Reviews, Reviews!

Authors work tirelessly to bring readers into spectacular worlds. They stay awake for hours, they skip meals because they are ferociously typing away the most exciting murder scene you’ve ever read, or forgetting simple things like showers and their family.

Screen Shot 2018-04-06 at 12.50.57 PM.pngThey work hard on marketing, readings, sending swag to readers, and anything else they can think of to get books into the hands of their fans. And fans, we read these books. These products of soul-wrenching work.

But, after we read these books, what then? They get shelved on our tablets and bookshelves and marked as READ on our Goodreads accounts. And then that’s it. We might mention the book in passing to a friend. We might reflect on our reading experience, maybe even take it down and read it again until it’s dog-eared and worn.

And the author goes back to work writing another one. And you wait for it. As the reader, we demand more of the worlds we enjoy escaping to. We stand in line, we pre-order, we devour.

Knowing this, knowing that as a voracious reader myself, I owe a little bit more to the author. Nothing too big, of course. I’ve bought their book, but that isn’t enough. If I love something, or hate it, or find it enlightening or enraging, then I should talk about it. I should leave a review so that other readers can engage in the conversation.

Reviews are one of the greatest gifts you could give to an author. Regardless of how you feel about the book, reviews encourage other readers to buy the book. Some of you are shaking your heads, saying, “Well if it is a bad review, won’t that hurt sales.” And my response to you is this: “Not always.”

Have you ever read an inflammatory comment on a Facebook post? What does it make you do? Well, for me, it makes me read. I read further. I love the discussions, the point of views. Personally, I’ve actually purchased a book based on the negative reviews it got. (It was The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett, in case you were wondering!) It had good reviews too, but I was really intrigued to purchase by the negative ones.

Check out the great reviews our newest addition to the Native Ink Press & Ink Smith Publishing, The Gorilla Picked Me! got on Goodreads. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ink Smith Publishing, and Native Ink Press websites! Available in Hardcover, Softcover, and e-book (e-book available on B&N and Amazon).

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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. 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. Currently, she is editing for Ink Smith Publishing & Junto Magazine and hoping that her blog posts here will help writers improve and publish their work.

Debris is available for Pre-Order!

Have you heard the news? Debris by L.M. Brown is available for Pre-Order on Ink-Smith.com & AmazonDebris releases on April 13, so make sure to pre-order your copy as soon as you can.

Debris is L.M. Brown’s debut coming-of-age novel with Ink Smith Publishing.

Front_Debris BookAndre blames himself for his mother’s death–and believes his father does too. After months of difficulty, Andre flees his family home to live with his aunt where he meets troubled-teen, Erin McEvoy. Erin’s mother disappeared a year ago, and she is certain that her abusive father is to blame. But when Andre starts to investigate, nothing is as it seems. Erin’s story doesn’t match up to the facts he’s uncovered, and Andre begins to understand that she is not the only one on the estate with secrets.

In this coming of age novel, love and loyalty are tested and we find that there are monsters and heroes hiding in the unlikeliest of places.

 

 

 

Check out our editor’s short review on Goodreads, and make sure to add your own! DebrisDebris by L.M. Brown

Delving into the psyche of teens who have experienced loss, Debris is a great coming of age story. The characters are real, flawed, and relatable. L.M. Brown brings raw emotion to the surface as each character deals with his/her own demons, and reality itself.

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Michele McAvoy & The Gorilla Picked Me!

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

Michele McAvoy: 
Anywhere where I can hide from my family. Seriously, I have two small children and a husband who all want attention, so I sneak away to write. I will write early in the morning (for an hour or less) before I sign onto my law job and the same at night when all are asleep (and I should probably be sleeping, too). During those times not only do I write, but I also market my published books and keep myself in the loop of the industry (ie: get caught up on Twitter, a virtual playground for children’s book authors).

 

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

Michele McAvoy: The Gorilla Picked Me! is based on a true story from when I was a little girl. As a Girl Scout Brownie, I attended a daddy-daughter dance. When I was little, I was chubby and felt like I didn’t stand out in a positive way like my friends who were tall and skinny. During the dance, my daddy stepped away and a dancing gorilla appeared. The gorilla picked me up and danced with me. It wasn’t until my 30’s, years after my father had passed away, did I think that it was possibly him in that gorilla suit. Simple moments can define a person and I love that my father’s love gave me this special moment. He is no longer here for me to ask if it was, in fact, him in that gorilla suit. It’s his forever secret, and I love that too.

The Gorilla Picked Me! has gone through many (many!) revisions. The first draft came pretty easily and closely resembles the final story. But there were many revisions in between as I tried to navigate the opinions of publishers who don’t prefer rhyme, and as I perfected the rhyme and meter to stand out on a professional level.

 

Native Ink Press: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Michele McAvoy: I love Andrea Beatty and her children’s picture book, Rosie Revere Engineer. Ms. Beatty is an inspiration for writing in rhyme and I love the message of Rosie Revere, that little girls can do anything they put their minds to and to never let others steer you away from your passion. Be yourself!

I also love picture books illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. A personal favorite of mine (and my 5-year-old daughter’s) is I’m Bored written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. This funny picture book pegs how little kids think and get frustrated and Ms. Ohi’s illustrations are fun and full of positivity.

Finally, I love Dav Pilkey, the genius behind The Adventures of Captain Underpants. Mr. Pilkey came to my rescue in my struggle to encourage my son (now 8 years old) to read. His fabulously flawed mischievous characters, George and Harold, kept my son’s interest and got me through First and Second Grade reading logs. Mr. Pilkey’s unhindered imagination and attention to what kids like (not grown-ups) is an inspiration for all those writing for children.

On a more mature level, I love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (at this point it’s become so mainstream I’m afraid it’s a cliché.) But, I’m a romantic and complicated like Elizabeth Bennet, so Mr. Darcy gets me every time!

 

  

About the Author

Michele McAvoy is a children’s book author, an attorney and a mother of two young children.  Michele’s love of books began as a young girl excited to order Troll books at school (that Troll traveling bookstore was the best!)  As a child, she loved taking trips to the Barnes & Noble in the Village of NYC to buy Judy Blume when visiting with her grandmother.  Michele always enjoyed the quiet creativity that came along with reading and writing.  She now finds peace in her often-hectic days when she’s writing.  Michele’s debut picture book “My Superhero Grandpa” is the recipient of a 2016 Children’s Moonbeam Book Award.  She is excited about the release of her newest picture book “The Gorilla Picked Me!” coming in 2018.  Michele graduated cum laude from both New York University and Brooklyn Law School and considers herself a “cool nerd.”  She currently lives in the suburbs of New Jersey and embraces her “joisey” accent (it’s a losing battle otherwise).

Michele’s book The Gorilla Picked Me! is available for pre-order on our website, Native Ink Press and Ink Smith Publishing. The pre-order sale includes a hardcover, author signed edition! You can pre-order your copy here.

Connect with  Michele on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

Meet Michele McAvoy!

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Michele McAvoy is a children’s book author from New Jersey. As a child, she read Judy Blume and drew Garfield comics. For her 10th birthday, she asked for a pink typewriter. Michele always loved the smell of new books. Now all grown-up (typewriters near obsolete) she loves bringing joy to children through her own books. The Gorilla Picked Me! is based on a true story from her childhood. Michele’s debut children’s book My Superhero Grandpa is the recipient of a Children’s Moonbeam Book Award.

The Gorilla Picked Me! is currently on sale for pre-orders on the Native Ink Press website. Pre-order copies will be autographed by the author and mailed on release! Get your copy today!

Connect with Michele on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

 

BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

The Gorilla Picked Me!

The Gorilla Picked Me!

In honor of National Gorilla Suit Day, we are happy to announce Michele McAvoy‘s newest children’s book, The Gorilla Picked Me! coming March 2018! Beautifully illustrated by the talented Valentina Carboni The Gorilla Picked Me! is a fun and sentimental story about little Olive’s single defining moment when she realizes, no little girl is plain! Pre-orders open today exclusively on Native Ink Press! What’s better than a pre-order sale? A pre-order sale that gets you an autographed hardcover edition!

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An Excerpt from Rob Burton

I wanted to get back to Annie, back to my cottage in Mount’s Bay, back to my books and leisurely coffees at Myghal’s place, although now his cover had been blown, maybe that was a thing of the past too.

My phone buzzed under the table. I pulled it out of my pocket and swiped it on. I noticed there was no signal. I checked my watch. Time had stopped too. So why did the phone buzz? There was no obvious announcement on the screen. I scrolled through looking at the apps seeing if they had an indication of a message. My Nye app was glowing green.

Nye, the ghost from 12th century Scotland who had haunted me in London when all I wanted to do was kill my girlfriend who had run off with my best mate. Nye, who had given me the hypersphere so we could do away with the ghastly red caps and lead me into a murderer’s den so we could save Annie from a gruesome death at his hands.

Was she here? Arriving like the 7th Cavalry to save the day? I took in a big sniff hoping to smell the familiar tarry smell of a good malt whisky that usually indicated she was around.

Nothing.

I pressed the app. This usually meant that she would appear in person, as it were, or at least show up on the screen for some face time.

Nothing.

Modred was watching me carefully.

“Hey, Chas.”

“Charlie.” I countered.

“How’s the food daddy o, bust a gut yet?”

“Fine, fine.” I pushed the plates away from me. “Lets get down to business. But first,” I pointed at the speakers “can you turn that shite off.”

Modred scowled a little but clapped his hands. Immediately the music stopped, and the flailing watusi zombie dancers skipped out of sight.

Sitting back, he clasped his arms behind his head in another macho manspreading cliché bullshit position. He smirked and nodded his head.

“The situation Charlie, my boy, is you have something that I want. And in return, I can give you something that you want.”

“What’s that?” I countered.

“Your life dude.” He clicked his fingers.

“But you don’t have it yet so how can you return it?

“Are you so sure? You are currently in the company of the dead. Death is all around you.”

“Death is a fact of life” I shot back nonchalantly, but not feeling at all nonchalant. We seemed to have entered into some sort of Socratic argument.

“Do you not fear death?”

“Why should I fear death? I do not know enough about death to fear it.”

“And yet you are here in the presence of death.” He gestured with his hands at himself and then to Tregeagle who gave his gravedigger smile.

“Maybe,” I argued, “that it is you who knows little enough about death because here you are still wandering the mortal plane.”

“’Tis the vindictiveness of thy miserable priests for causing I such pain and toil.” Tregeagle spat across the table.

“Ye mortals fear death as the raindrop fears the sun. ‘Tis but a moments work for both to be gone. Damn your priests and damn this game.” He rose from his seat like a pocketknife unfolding, all sharp angles and blades. His shirtfront flounced in an act of mutiny against the jagged movements of his body.

“Hold, Jan. Hold,” Modred stared down the table at me. His eyes returned to the golden glow of the beast that was surely within. “Let us play longer.”

There, I was being toyed with.

My hand was in my pocket holding my phone. I was willing it to buzz so the green light would envelop me for all to be well. I wanted to rest my brow once again against the pillow of Nye’s breasts as she hummed a simple tune.

“Tell me mortal.” Modred’s voice had hardened. “Why you are so sure about not fearing death?”

I turned so I could look Modred straight into his golden eyes.

“I know I shall die, maybe today at your hand, perhaps not. Maybe I will live until the Crown is forced to acknowledge my singular existence through the medium of a congratulatory telegram upon reaching my centenary, who knows? But you, and you.” I pointed my finger at Tregeagle. “You, the dead, know nothing. What have you got in your death? What rewards have you accrued? Nothing. You are barely remembered, and for the most part, you are forgotten.”

Modred stood, eyes blazing, fists clenched, and knuckles down on the table.

“Human, you are finished; you will give me what I seek. You will kneel at my feet and give up the stone.”

It was my turn to grin.

“Such is death, and you live in this hell or some other hell like place where your immortality is an unhappy, endless, striving for what? You know what?” I stood, and ripped my shirt open. I bared my sagging chest at him.

“Do your worst you evil cunt, because no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.”

In my pocket, my phone burped.

In the hall, the stereo switched on.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Meet the new boss

Same as the old boss

On a loop, around, and around, and around…

 

About Rob Burton

Dr. Rob Burton was a professional sociologist for over 25 years at the University of Exeter, the Open University and the University of Plymouth. Now semi-retired Rob works in Nanjing, China teaching English and writing novels.  He has authored many academic articles and recently published, with a Chinese co-author, a crammer for Chinese students who wish to succeed with their IELTS speaking test. His first novel Meditations on Murder is available now on Amazon as an ebook or paperback.

His novels are firmly set in the Urban Fantasy genre where he brings his experiences of traveling the world and his academic interest in Cornwall, the Cornish, and the Celtic world to the fore.

Rob has an 18-year-old daughter back in the UK. Snook Doggy Dog, a female Jack Russell that he took with him to China and features in his books.

BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR: 

Meditation on Murder
Dr. Burton Unlocks the Secrets of the IELTS Speaking Test
The Castle of the Red-Haired Maidens
The Twelfth Rune
A Taste of English

The Twelfth Rune is his WIP (Work in Progress). He has also written a memoir under a pen name.

Connect with Rob Burton on his website, https://www.rob-burton.co.uk, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.