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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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Dr. 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.

An Interview with Rob Burton

Ink Smith: Let’s get some basics out of the way! What is your favorite food?
Rob: I live in China at the moment so the opportunity for favorite food is limited. But I’m British so a curry would be top of the list, and surprisingly there are good curry houses here in China with authentic Indian cooks. Cheese is hard to get here in China, when I do manage to buy it from the local French supermarket (Auchan) I tend to eat it all in one go. Fish and Chips from a takeaway from my home city of Plymouth, UK is also something I miss big time.

Ink Smith: What is your favorite color?
Rob: Blue – and in particular the blue/turquoise of the sea. Any sea. I have always lived by the sea apart for the last six years living inland in Nanjing, China. I miss the sea, miss surfing in the sea, I miss just looking at the sea as the sun sinks into the horizon.

Ink Smith: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Rob: My writing goes in fits and starts – so I can spend a lot of time writing and then have a bunch of time off writing. I don’t get het up about it. I know that my unconscious brain is working it all out. I’m not a plotter and a planner. I don’t have an office with a big white-board covered in timelines and plots. Nor walls covered in post-it notes. I’m a pantser – my characters drag me through the story. I have the small corner of a two seater sofa of which the dog and the girlfriend have the majority of the space. I also get to write in my office at the school here in China where I teach English in the two office hours I have to do every day as part of my contract.

Ink Smith: What inspired you to write your first book?
Rob Burton: Discounting my PhD and the Chinese book, my first book started, as opposed to published, was Meditations on Murder. I worked in a British University that was trying to make me redundant and the relationship I had with my daughter’s mum was down the tubes so I wasn’t in the best of moods. So a lot of the dark stuff in the book is semi-autobiographical – I was getting my angst out there.

These are the first lines I wrote
Chapter 1.
I wanted to kill someone.
It could be anyone.
I wasn’t holding a grudge.
I just felt like it.
Why not?

Ink Smith: What is your favorite book?
Rob: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (who has recently passed away). I first bought this book in Holland where I was living and working. It was probably around the mid 70’s so the book had just come out. I cannot count how many times I have passed this book on never to get it back. Fortunately, it can often be found in Charity Shops, car boot sales and secondhand bookstores which are all my favorite shopping places.

Ink Smith: Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?
Rob Burton: Writing about 12th century Scotland for The Castle of the Red-Haired Maidens was interesting. I wanted to get the period details right. For instance in common parlance, we would call the Norsemen that colonized northern Scotland and its islands ‘Viking’s when in fact they were called Lochlannach – which effectively means ‘Scandinavian’. Viking is a verb – ‘They went Viking.’

I also learned about weapons and stuff like that – for instance, chopping off a head with a single sword swipe would be very difficult despite the movies. As I am in China my main research sources are Google and Wikipedia, but also posting questions on the FB writer pages I am on.

Ink Smith: Do you have a specific writing style?
Rob Burton: I have no idea – I do write with my tongue firmly in my cheek and hope that people find the humor in my work, which does also have its darker side. I am not trying to be out and out funny but sometimes even the darkest things can give us a little chuckle.

Ink Smith: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Rob Burton: No messages. I have tried to add subliminal BUY MY NEXT NOVEL messages into the text but that doesn’t work. Nor does writing sentences backward so they read like a satanic chant – that didn’t work for The Beatles either.

Ink Smith: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Rob Burton: Reading, reading and more reading. I was one of those kids that dodged school and hid in the City Library reading all day. I failed at school and didn’t get to University until my mid 30’s getting my PhD in my 40’s. I do recall being asked once to join an A Level English Course at a college once on the basis of one of my stories but my parents said no as I was doing an engineering apprenticeship at the time.

Ink Smith: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Rob Burton: My favorite author is James Lee Burke. And in particular his detective series featuring Dave Robicheaux. I find Burke to be a very atmospheric writer. His stories do not seem to be hurried; they are well paced and draw the reader in. Also he answers his fan emails *blush*

Ink Smith: What is your favorite mythical creature?
Rob Burton: 
Although not mythical but revered by millions, Ganesha is my choice. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Ganesha writing.

Ink Smith: What are your current projects?
Rob Burton: 

  1. At the moment my novella The Castle of the Red-Haired Maidens is out with the editor. This is the back-story to Nye the 12th Century Scottish ghost who is a main character in my novel Meditations on Murder. In that book, she tells us she was horribly murdered – the novella covers that incident.
  2. I am also writing the second novel of the series with Charlie Simpson. (I wanted him to be a pretty ordinary man facing extraordinary circumstances – hence the boring name) I am about 50% through it at the moment. The Twelfth Rune is set in Cornwall and uses Cornish myths and legends to drive the story as Charlie has to pit his wits against Modred the arch Arthurian villain to rescue some lost religious artifacts and, of course, save the world again. (Is that too much of a spoiler?)
  3. I also earn some spare cash doing some writing and proofreading for Nanjing University and an English Training school. The translation department sends me English translations of works and I have to check the English. Recently, I proofed a book about Karl Marx (still popular here of course) and am working on a book about the various translations of the Chinese classic Dao De Jing by Laozi . (I am hopeless at proofreading my own stuff of course.)

Ink Smith: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Rob Burton: Write Like A Bastard Everyday – if I am not working on the novel, I am either blogging, writing on Facebook, or doing paid writing for other people. It’s not my main source of income but provides some extra cash.

Ink Smith: If you had to do it all over again, what would you change in your latest book?
Rob Burton: I would probably pay for a developmental editor to have a look at it. I made the mistake, being a proofreader myself, I doing my own editing and then publishing on KDP. A few mistakes were mentioned to me. Then I looked at it again after a few months and it was blindingly obvious it needed to be looked at professionally. Also, I was personally uncomfortable with having a substandard work out with my name across it – so it was also a matter of pride. So it’s now been edited and I have re-published it and I am happy now. But maybe a developmental edit could have made it even stronger than it is (currently it does have 5-star reviews on Amazon)

Ink Smith: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers
Rob Burton: Readers if you enjoy indie writers who offer their work at good prices and you enjoy what you read, please remember to go back and give the author a review – good or bad – reviews are the indie authors lifeblood and they help new readers find the new writers.

If this article has peaked your interest like it has ours, stop by Rob’s social media pages (https://www.rob-burton.co.ukFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ), or better yet, stop by his Amazon (Amazon UK) pages and pick up a copy or two of his books!

In addition, if anyone happens to be passing through Nanjing, China they can have a free audience with Rob over a beer and if they have a paper copy of his book he’ll even sign it.


A note to readers from Rob Burton:

Many young writers ask on the Facebook writer’s page that they want to start writing but they don’t know how or what to write. My advice is travel. See the world, have some adventures. Live life.

“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.”
― Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

 

 

The Last Odinian has Arrived!

Spread the cheer and order Alec Arbogast’s debut novel, The Last Odinian, today! Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble! But don’t forget, leaving an author a review is the best gift you can give them. Stop by either site or Goodreads and provide your very valuable thoughts about Arbogast’s fantasy novel!

 

About the Novel

When Edward Koenig arrives at the lonely coastal town of Pinemist Bay, the only thing on his mind is finding his family. With just a telepathic message from his daughter to guide him, only one thing is clear. His wife and daughter are in mortal danger.

In order to find them, Koenig must place his trust in a few locals and delve headlong into the mysterious past of Pinemist Bay – a past centered around an ancient Scandinavian pagan rite that has all but vanished from the rest of the world.

Beneath its insouciant guise, Pinemist Bay conceals both the hidden truth of Koenig’s family’s past and the key to an intrinsic bond with his daughter that he never could have imagined. But in order to save her, he must first play cat and mouse with a zealous pagan cult whose only goal is to lure him into the arms of an arcane presence that waits in the shadows of the pine forest.

 

Celebrate Ink Smith Publishing’s 3 Year Anniversary!

July is Ink Smith Publishing’s Anniversary month. We started in July 2012. Our initial goal was to publish the best in Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction and Horror. However that quickly changed. After several great submission in genres ranging from Comedy, Paranormal and Thrillers, we changed what we were looking for to one simple thing, a well written and developed book that readers couldn’t put down. That’s why in our catalog you will see a wide range of genres.

Celebration Events:

Starting today, we are offering select ebooks on Amazon.com for free! This offer will go from July 23rd to 27th. Don’t miss out!

http://astore.amazon.com/3914-20

Submission Contest:

Starting August 1st 2015, we will begin our first annual submission contest. This year, we are looking for books in the genres of Fantasy, Sci-fi and Horror. We will be selecting one winner for each genre.

Click the Link Below for more information.

http://ink-smith.com/book-publishing-contest/

Rick DeStefanis – Guest Author Interview

Rick DeStefanis
Website:http://rickdestefanis.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rickdestefanisphoto
Book Page:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5009527.Rick_DeStefanis
Publisher: Amazon/Create Space

 

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

 

I believe I would not have used the sub-title, “A Vietnam Sniper’s Story.” Although it is a large part of The Gomorrah Principle, it is not THE story, nor is it the only story. I’ve actually been fortunate to receive a great many positive reviews from female readers who have discovered the deeper aspects of mystery and romance this novel contains. The flip-side of course is the number of strong reviews I am receiving from veterans. And their comments pertain more to the realistic portrayals of characters and events than they do to the inevitable battle scenes. If The Gomorrah Principle were accurately described, I suppose it might read something like,”A historical fiction, espionage thriller with elements of romance and mystery.”

Question: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to write what I like to read–if that makes sense. In other words, I can spend four pages describing a summertime hillside in Vietnam, and lose my reader after a couple or three paragraphs, or I can blend that description with a ratcheting tension, my character’s inner thoughts and a variety of other literary techniques. I can put my reader in a scene and describe it such that the reader’s own imagination does the rest of the work. Pages 76 to 79 of The Gomorrah Principle are a good example of this. There are several very successful authors who drag their readers through the minutiae of multi-page descriptions of simple objects, and I truly believe they are exercises that demonstrate more of the writer’s ego than his or her skill with engaging readers. 

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

Naming single favorites of anything from food to authors is just something that doesn’t fit my way of thinking. I might want fresh buttered popcorn today, charcoal broiled porterhouse tomorrow and a pecan loaded chocolate brownie the next. Authors are the same, and my writing tends to reflect certain aspects of many different ones. I like the simplicity of prose used by certain twentieth century writers like Steinbeck and Hemingway. I like tension woven effectively like so many of our thriller authors do today. I especially like to set a scene with vivid, but simple descriptions, and I do have a particular author I believe does that well. James Lee Burke writes what I call “detective novels” that take place in southern Louisiana. I don’t particularly care for the subject matter, but I read and re-read his novels to study his style. He’s a master of the craft.    

Question: What are your current projects?

I have never been a fan of sequels or prequels, but I am presently working on a prequel to The Gomorrah Principle. Some reader friends have all but demanded it. This will be mostly Duff’s story. I am up to Chapter 16 right now, but finding it difficult to keep the tension and mystery with what be the inevitable ending. And the answer is “no, there will be no sequel.” I have another project I want to start, but that’s a discussion for another time. Right now, I’ve got to finish this one, and I need a title. Any suggestions?

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

Yes. If you’ve read The Gomorrah Principle share your thoughts with me on Facebook, and right a review of the book on Amazon or Goodreads. There is no better advertisement than word of mouth, and these are the best ways to get the word out to other readers.