New Release: Quantum Wanderlust – 13 Time Travel Tales #TuesdayBookBlog #NewRelease #FreeBooks #SciFi

 

I don’t have many short stories under my belt, unless you count what I was required to write in school.  When offered the opportunity to contribute to a time travel anthology, the ideas ran rampant in my mind, screaming and begging to be let out.  To Getting What We Deserve was such fun to write, and is included with twelve other short stories by some very talented authors.

Get your copy now FREE  and if you download a copy, please consider leaving a review.

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What if you had all the time in the world?

Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward to see the future. No jump is too large, no method unfeasible, no lesson beyond learning.

• Visit the past to learn a family secret.
• See the formation of a future dictatorship.
• Assume responsibility for weaving the fabric of time.
• Travel back in time to WWII.
• Use a family heirloom to solve problems.
• Wear an inheritance to visit ancestors.
• Leave a dystopian future for the hope of something better.
• Make history come true in an unexpected way.
• Fight evil fairies to protect a chosen angel.
• Live with the childhood memory of visitors until the day they arrive.
• Seek medical help for a memory issue and get way more than bargained for.
• Discover that with great power comes great responsibility.
• Uncover the secrets of a pharaoh’s tomb and curse.
Do the characters observe or interact? Is the outcome better or worse than the original timeline? Read these stories to learn how far they go, how they get there, and what happens when they return.
The scope is virtually limitless, definitely timeless.

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Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #horror #thriller

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!   If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info.  This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!  Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview.  If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.

This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at tpolen6@gmail.com.

ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT!

Cover Reveal: Quantum Wanderlust – A Short Story Anthology #CoverReveal #anthology #scifi

I’m so excited to reveal this cover – isn’t it beautiful?  I was asked to contribute a short story to this anthology, and when I learned it was about time travel, I jumped  on board.  Ever since I watched my first Planet of the Apes movie (thanks, Dad!), time travel has always been a favorite topic of mine.  Quantum Wanderlust will be available for FREE sometime around the end of this month – will keep you posted.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

That reminds you of changing the clocks, right? When we talk about the passage of time, it’s usually in short bursts—seconds, minutes, hours—. Or slightly longer chunks—weeks, months, years.

What if it was limitless? What if you could go forward or back, in any size segment you wanted? Decades, centuries, eons? Would you go back and change your life? Go forward and see your future?

We are excited to share thirteen short stories crafted by very talented authors that will take you forward and back through time.

If you could travel through time, what would you do?

Welcome Indie Author Katie Polen! #newrelease #fantasy #indieauthor @KPolen_Author

Today is a special edition of Indie Author Friday – not because it’s on Thursday, but because it features my niece (can I say that if she married my nephew?), Katie Polen.  Katie works full time and is the mother to an adorable little girl who is immune to my hubby’s charms (which totally wrecked him – babies, especially girls, always love him), yet found the time to pen her debut novel, Elliana and the Keepers.  So, without further ado, meet Katie!

“Elliana, they are coming for you!”

Elliana wakes from a weird dream to discover her entire world is about to be turned upside down. When her parents tell her that she was adopted and that she is a descendant of Zeus she gets thrown into a battle she didn’t even know existed. The Demigods of the world are in a civil war and her mother has hidden Elliana to protect her. But, that may not be all she was trying to protect. Elliana is quickly attacked by Druids, Demigods of Hades, who are seeking out any Demies that could be a threat. She is saved by a Keeper, demigod warrior who protects earth, who vows to protect her. Along her journey, she discovers that her mother has stolen an important artifact that can change the fate of the world as they know it. Her mother is arrested by the Council of Keepers and it is up to Elliana to discover the truth and help protect the people of earth.

What are your favorite books in your genre?

I think anyone who writes YA fiction would have to say the Harry Potter Series. Aside from that, the most memorable series I have read in this genre is The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce.  Now I was much younger when I read it, but it left an impression.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I would have told my younger self to let go of the fear. My writing career would have started much sooner if I could have gotten over the fear of judgement and failure.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love telling a story and letting go of my neurotic self. If you know me personally, you know I like to be in control a lot, or at least know what is going on if I am not in control.  When I write I just let it flow from inside me without any real plan.  I have a beginning in my head and an ultimate ending, but the road to get there is a complete mystery to me even as I sit down at my computer to write it.

Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

This is a difficult one. On one hand Batman is very strong and can fly plus he has multiple types of vehicles in order to run over Spiderman with, on the other hand, Spiderman can swing in from above Batman un-detected and trap him using his spider webs giving him an opportunity to kill him before he can get free.  If the fight is planned than I give the upper-hand to Batman, but if it is completely spontaneous then Spiderman would win.

A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“Cerbeza por favor!” He’s here to start the party!

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Elizabeth Bennet. Pride and Prejudice.

Author Bio

I am Katie Polen, hopeful author of a new series called The Elliana Series.

I have always had this secret dream of writing a book.  I have even tried to write one a few times before.  Life, however, always seemed to get in the way.  A family member recently published their own book and it gave me the encouragement to follow my dream to fruition.

I grew up in a small town just outside of Columbus, Ohio.  I didn’t stray too far from home and went to Otterbein College (now Otterbein University) for my Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration.

By day I am a Corporate Accountant but at night I am an Author/Mom.

My favorite types of fantasy novels are the ones that put you into other worlds.  Harry Potter, Song of the Lioness Quartet, and The Mortal Instruments are just a few of my favorites.

I am excited to create a world of my very own and hope you all enjoy it too.

Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katiepolenauthor/
Twitter: @KPolen_Author
Instagram: Katie_Polen_Author
Website: katiepolen.com

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Murder at the Bijou – Three Ingredients #1 by Teagan Riordain Geneviene #BookLaunch @TeaganGeneviene

Announcing the Launch of
Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

Introducing the second “three things” serial, in novel form Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I.

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Yes, that’s the cover. (I love making covers!) I kept it similar to the one for the first serial, The Three Things Serial Story, but with different 1920s photos.

For those of you who are not familiar with my blog serials…

Ages ago I developed a writing exercise. I asked friends to give me three completely random things. Then I would write until I had mentioned all the things. I brought that exercise to my blog (Teagan’s Books), but I had the readers send me their things. I let the random things drive every detail of a serial story, setting, plot, and characters. That resulted in The Three Things Serial Story, which gave birth to this culinary mystery. However, this time the “things” are food related — or ingredients.

About the Book

As with the first serial, Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is a spontaneously written, pantser story. I wrote by the seat of my pants and let the “ingredients” readers sent each week drive a new serial story. This is the “bookized” version of that serial.

This time the Jazz Age setting is Savannah, Georgia where our flapper, Pip, is “sentenced” to live with her grandmother and learn to cook. Pip gets caught up in a layered mystery that includes bootleggers, G-men, and the varied challenges of being a young woman in changing times. She meets new friends, including some animal characters.

If you have not read The Three Things Serial Story, be warned. This adventure contains a bit of a spoiler, but does not go into detail about it.

Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is available through and Amazon and Create Space. If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon also offers a free app that will let you read Kindle books on your computer or other device. The purchase links are below. But first, here’s a snippet.

Blue Lucille Ball Stage Door Trailer
In my imagination, a young Lucille Ball would play Pip.

Excerpt

Rutabaga Limbo

Either I woke up feeling horribly nauseated, or the queasiness woke me. I’m not sure which. I opened my eyes to complete darkness. There was no light, no sound. The way my stomach tossed reminded me of a small boat on the ocean. It was as if I sailed in a lightless limbo.

Oh… that was a bad train of thought to have with an unsettled belly.

Think of something else! Anything else, I told myself.

I stood unsteadily. The sound of a cricket came to me. Good. The utter silence had been very disturbing. I became aware of the cool moist earth beneath my palms.

Where the Sam Hill was I?

I sat back on my heels, focusing all my senses. My eyes might as well have been closed — it was that dark. Bare ground was beneath me. The air had a musty odor. A sickly sweet scent clung to my bobbed hair.

The cricket’s chirping was the only sound. Still sitting, I turned. My eyes widened and strained, trying to see in that heavy darkness. When I looked up I was rewarded with the sight of a thin line of pink light.

The faint glow allowed me to see vague outlines a few feet away. I stumbled over something and stooped down to let my hands figure out what it was. I felt a burlap bag and round lumps. Rutabagas? I felt around and found another bag. That one felt like potatoes. I moved closer to the wall and a tall shape. Yes, a ladder, my questing hands confirmed for my still foggy brain.

Gazing up at the line of pinkish light I realized I was in a root cellar.

But how did I get there?

***

Purchase Links

Amazon USA

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/dp/1974544273/ref=la_B00HHDXHVM_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502806322&sr=1-4

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B074S5ZK7L/ref=la_B00HHDXHVM_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502806322&sr=1-3

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B074S5ZK7L/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502806519&sr=1-1&keywords=murder+at+the+bijou

And https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/dp/1974544273/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502806519&sr=1-2&keywords=murder+at+the+bijou

Amazon Japan: https://www.amazon.co.jp/Murder-Bijou-Three-Ingredients-English-ebook/dp/B074S5ZK7L/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502806623&sr=8-1&keywords=teagan+geneviene

Author Bio

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Image by Chris Graham

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there. Now a resident of a major east coast city, she longs to return to those enchanting lands.

Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes 1920s stories and Steampunk. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

You can also visit me at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene

Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #horror #thriller

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!   If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info.  This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!  Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview.  If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.

This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at tpolen6@gmail.com.