Month: August 2015

Fan Art for those that have none – Part 3

It has been awhile, but I found another in need of Fan art, hopefully I can get a few on this post to make it even more of a ‘big deal’.


The Dark Side

Here is Trent and Skyla from The Dark Side of Chemistry by SJ Higgins. According to what I can read in the book blurb, there is a 70%-80% chance this happens in the book. (+5% chance if Trent’s middle name is Bruce)


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The Iron

This time for our Flash Fiction we took one of the ideas I had (scary I know) and went with it. The concept: Take the absolute worst thing you can think of for a weapon, and have a character use it expertly in a combat situation. It was a bit more complicated than a normal writing prompt of just one word, but no matter, we thought it was a good idea.

I am happy to report that mine was not the grossest in the group, which is a real accomplishment considering mine uses the phrase ‘throbbing flesh petals.

Hope you enjoy!


The Iron

Pfffft. The steam gave out another pathetic sigh as it escaped the confines of the iron and Muriel mimicked the noise. She hadn’t even started to iron the actual pile yet thanks to the newly purchased ‘time-saving’ shirts.

“No wrinkle shirts,” she scoffed, “more like… uh… always wrinkle… over wrinkle… perma-wrinkle… oh whatever.”

Pfffft. She wasn’t going to have time to make breakfast this morning at this rate, and knowing Daniel he would get all – CRASH!

Through the patio glass door came a horrible creature. Once a man but now twisted, foul, evil. He was one of those ‘Infected’ Muriel had heard about on the news, there was no mistaking the half-man, half-plant for anything else.

How was this possible? All of the incidents had taken place over two thousand miles away. Possible or not, it stumbled towards the frozen housewife as it mumbled “Lungs…”

Muriel didn’t know what to do. What could she possibly do against an infected? Her lungs were as good as eaten.

Pfffft. The steam from the forgotten iron burned Muriel’s hand, and the annoying perma-wrinkle shirt. It snapped Muriel out of her trance.

“No!” Muriel shouted.

With a determination not seen since her badminton days in eleventh grade Muriel spring into action. She ripped the iron’s cord from the wall and gripped it tightly. Remembering her Wonder Woman fan club membership Muriel swung the iron over her head with a swift motion and brought the hot iron down hard on her assailant.

The Infected fell to the floor, iron mark still visibly burning its throbbing flesh petals. Muriel came down hard again with the iron and cracked the creature’s headnut, and with a final grim resolve  she used the cord to slowly strangle the plant-man until its leafy feat stopped twitching on the pollen dusted carpet.

“That’s right you bastard,” Muriel screamed with elation, “Not today. These are my lungs!”

Wiping the sweat from her brow with her apron Muriel was taken away from her victory by the sound of broken glass crunching underfoot, then a scream. Outside was Esther, Muriel’s long time cribbage partner, mercilessly beating an Infected to a pulp with her trusty rolling pin. There were a dozen more Infected that Muriel could see in Shady Acres, and more at the gate.

“Oh yeah. It’s time to get pressing.” Muriel quipped as she grabbed her battle iron and jumped into the fray.


What is the worst item you can think of to use as a weapon? If you only had 15 minutes to write about it, what would have happened?

(Yes, that iron in the picture is what my actual iron looks like, and yes, it is purple.)

The Dog Days – Over 40 Books on Sale or for Free!

Hi folks! It’s time for another Support Indie Authors sponsored book promotion!


There is an amazing sale happening! Over 40 books are being offered on sale or for FREE! Breakers of the Code is one of the lovely titles, and the sale starts tomorrow! (So sucks to waiting!)

There is so much being offered, so I am going to let you know more about everyone involved!


Charles Edward Hash

Hello, Charles! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’ve always liked to explore the darker, grittier side of life, travelling vicariously to places that hide from the daylight. I’m generally a cheerful, happy person that opens an internal portal to the dark side of humanity when I write. I don’t believe ‘the good old days’ ever existed.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Nascent Decay, Blood in the Water, Promises of Eden, Transcendence, The Nightmare Virus: Slow Burn and Desperation.

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
A wide variety of genres and styles propped up with a spine of horror.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
I strive for realistic characters with flaws and failings that generate moral conflicts, and then place them into an unreal environment. Misdirection and theatrics, along with drama and tension; some broken rules as well. I try to write with a flashlight in the fog, illuminating sporadic fragments until the whole is revealed.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a stray mutt. Probably old and mangy too.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/The.Goddess.of.Decay
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DecayingGoddess


Ann Livi Andrews

Hello, Ann! Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a mother first, Supreme Overlord second, and a writer third. It’s my dream to see Indie Authors looked upon fondly and respectfully instead of as “watering down the system.” Above all, I want to get my stories written down so that my children can enjoy them in the future.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Jack (Book 2 of Rehab for Superheroes)
Em (Book 3 of Rehab for Superheroes)
Dakota (Book 4 of Rehab for Superheroes)

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Superhero Fiction, Graphic Novels

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
My Rehab for Superheroes series is about the not so glamorous lives of people endowed with special abilities. All they want is to live out their lives peacefully, but one man is doing everything he can to stop that from happening.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A Saint Bernard. Right. Probably a Pomeranian or a Shih Tzu. I look small, but I will ferociously defend what’s precious to me.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.annliviandrews.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnLiviAndrews
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnLiviAndrews


Cory Abernathy

Hello, Cory! Tell us a little about yourself!
Cory Abernathy recently published his first novel, ‘Ogden’, set in his home town in Illinois. His varied writing interests include thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is currently working on his second novel to be published in 2016.Cory’s writing style is fast-paced and he enjoys providing multiple perspectives throughout his novels.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Ogden

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Horror/Dystopian

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Cory’s writing style is fast-paced and he enjoys providing multiple perspectives throughout his novels. Most stories affect multiple people and he really tries to provide viewpoints from several characters as the story progresses. Cory’s book, ‘Ogden’, is a quick read with an intense climax.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Definitely a Siberian Husky & German Shepard mix; just like my own dog, Indy, who appears in this novel.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: twitter.com/Cory_Abernathy


CB Archer

Hello, CB! Tell us a little about yourself!
Creator of the Annals of Gentalia video game world, and purveyor of fine Elfrotica.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Breakers of the Code (Book 1 of the Anders’ Quest Series)

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Elfrotica. (Funny & lighthearted Fantasy themed Erotica)

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A spunky pantsless elf, a deeply penetrating plot full of hard choices, recklessly geeky video game humour, Male/Male situations, and vigorous monster banging!

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would like to be Fenrir, the wolf that has an epic battle with Odin at Ragnarök. I mean, have you seen Odin? He has a badass eyepatch, a legendary spear, and abs that go on for eons. Who wouldn’t want to bite off a piece of that?

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cb_archer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annalsofgentalia
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13984980.C_B_Archer


Ellison Blackburn

Hello, Ellison! Tell us a little about yourself!
A writer of fiction, sideline poet, and collector of vintage thingamabobs, Ellison Blackburn is also the internationally published author of Regeneration X and scribbler of current work-in-progress, Progeny, book two of the Regeneration Chronicles.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Regeneration X (Regeneration Chronicles #1)

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Science Fiction / Medical Fiction / Visionary Fiction

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Regeneration X is a story about having choices and dealing with the consequences; creating new memories and letting others fade; and making sacrifices in pursuit of happiness. At one time or another, you’ve probably said or thought, “In hindsight, …” So, what happens when ‘To have been’ becomes something that can be changed? Journey with Charlotte her on a quest, and you’ll be asking, “If I could change the past, would I?”

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Dog children are often very similar to their human parents, therefore I would be a Schnauzer.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ellisonblackburn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellisonblackburn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ellis_blackburn


S. L. Bynum

Hello, S.L.! Tell us a little about yourself!
S. L. Bynum is 26, and her dream has been to become a novelist since she was sixteen. Besides books, she loves dancing, warm weather, and desserts. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her family.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Grim Crush

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
YA paranormal romance

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A sweet romance that shows how love can transcend the boundary between life and death. The female lead is a feisty grim reaper, and the male lead is a sexy Native American. There is also an unexpected twist at the end that will be explored further in the sequel!

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A Shih Tzu, they’re so cute and cuddly!

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerSLBynum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorSLBynum?_rdr=p
Website- http://slbynum.wix.com/author


Janice Croom

Hello, Janice! Tell us a little about yourself!
Janice Croom is the author of the Kadence MacBride Mysteries. Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book you want to read and it hasn’t been written, you must write it.” Janice has written the books she’s always wanted to read and hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she’s enjoyed writing them.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Death of an Idiot Boss

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Amateur sleuth murder mystery

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Kadence MacBride is smashing the glass ceiling with her size ten pumps until she’s waylaid by murder. Death of an Idiot Boss is a humorous character driven mystery. If you like an amateur sleuth with attitude, you’ll love Kadence MacBride.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
If I were a dog, I’d an Old English Sheepdog not because I’m from the UK. I’m not despite being a huge fan of the BBC, Dr. Who and Death in Paradise being two of my absolute favorites. I’d be an Old English Sheepdog because they’re noted for their alertness and agility. As an indie author I have to be constantly alert to changes in the marketplace and agile enough to change as the market does.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.janicecroom.com
Facebook: http://bit.ly/Janice_Croom_books_facebook


Dwayne Fry

Hello, Dwayne! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a forty-eight year old Iowa native. I wrote my first book at the age of eleven, but did not truly get interested in writing until I was in my early twenties. I am Independently published as I do not believe any publishing house would be overly interested in my quirky stories.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Happy Clown Burger, Volume One

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Humor / satire / flash fiction

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Seventeen tales about Happy Clown Burger, each story being exactly one thousand words long. The tales look at the humorous side of fast food, sometimes from the customer’s point of view, sometimes from the workers’. A few of the stories are just downright weird.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A bulldog

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8471544.Dwayne_Fry
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dwayne.fry.author?ref=hl


Anna Eleonora Haglund Hellström (A.E. Hellstorm)

Hello, A.E.! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and a Norwegian father. Parts of my childhood were spent in Portugal and Greece, before my husband and I moved to Canada in 2005. Ever since I learnt how to write, I’ve been writing the stories that visit me whenever they see a chance, but it’s not until now that I actually manage to finish them.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
In the Hands of the Unknown, the first book in the series of The Field Researchers of the Golden Fleece Society.

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
A mix between horror, urban fantasy, and relationship drama.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
We get to follow Miriam; FBI-agent and Field Researcher of the secretive Golden Fleece Society, on a murder investigation that takes her and her colleagues into a world of supernatural weirdness and danger.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a rescue dog; a mutt, with lots of Golden Retriever in the mix.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
FB page about the Field Researchers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448159125340507/?fref=ts
Website: http://www.hellhagproductions.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/Noarenne


Bill Jacks

Hello, Bill! Tell us a little about yourself!
Bill Jacks is a writer of humor-fiction that might be deemed “satire,” were it a bit classier or in some way appropriate. Prior to a career in words, Bill earned money as an artist and nearly starved to death. He is a basset hound enthusiast and aficionado of flannel.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Confederate Chipmunks & Carny Cooter

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
humor/fiction

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A reader can expect something a bit shorter than usual; short, but filled to capacity, jam-packed and vacuum sealed with the same amount of consideration a sane person might lend to a girthy novel. A reader can expect to be overwhelmed, caught unawares by the gooey absurdity which pumps without cease directly into and all over their face—a wacky swamp bukkake. But most importantly—assuming a sense of humor is present—a reader can expect to laugh, violently, to the effect of bowel movement or hernia, god willing.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a basset hound, obviously—the resemblance is uncanny.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: twitter.com/AuthorJacks
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010134121190


Andreas Laurencius

Hello, Andreas! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a medical doctor. I have a dream. That dream is your dream too.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Genesis

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Literary Fiction, Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
The meaning of life.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A golden retriever.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: www.andreaslaurencius.com (coming soon)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreas.laurencius
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/andreaslaurencius


Virginia McClain

Hello, Virginia! Tell us a little about yourself!
Virginia loves to travel, practice martial arts, and spend as much of her time playing in the wilderness as she can. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Rain on a Summer’s Afternoon: A Collection of Short Stories

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Mixed! Fantasy, action/adventure, humor, suspense…

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Dark, sometimes humorous fantasy in which women kick a lot of ass. These short stories are a bite sized introduction to my work. If you like them you might enjoy my full length works, the first of which is available now: Blade’s Edge.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
A mutt with traces of husky, german shepherd, and likely a dash of wolf.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
website: http://virginiamcclain.com
twitter: http://twitter.com/gwendamned
facebook: http://facebook.com/virginiamcclainauthor


Christina McMullen

Hello, Christina! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a science fiction and urban fantasy author who may or may not be a robot. When I’m not writing, I’m reading and supporting other fabulous indie authors, experimenting with vegan cooking, and enjoying art and travel. I currently live in Texas with my husband and three mutts.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Going Green, Kind of Like Life, The Eyes of The Sun, Dissonant, Past Life Strife, Splitsville, & You Wish (the last three being part of the series Rise of the Discordant)

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Humor & Satire, Young Adult, and often all of those at once.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Nearly all of my books, regardless of genre, involve me putting my own unique spin on a known theme. Everything I write has a hint of humor, including my heavier works, so expect an unexpected chuckle or two. But most of all, remember that I don’t like to be fenced in by expectations.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
One that sheds quite a bit. I’ve been compared to an Afghan Hound on more than one occasion, but I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Blog: mcmullenwrites.blogspot.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mcmullenwrites
Twitter:https://twitter.com/mcmullenwrites


Maurice G. Miller

Hello, Maurice! Tell us a little about yourself!
Maurice has been involved in the creative arts since his teenage years, mostly as a musician. The artistic role models that he has come to admire were those authors, musicians, and philosophers that wrote the books, poetry, lyrics, and music that touched and moved the souls of generations. Counted among his favorites authors are J.D. Salinger, Earnest Hemingway, Dante Alighieri, and Kahlil Gibran.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
The Budapest Experiment

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
International Thriller

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
The Budapest Experiment is set in 1991, during the dawn of the Post-Communist era in Hungary. The plot follows an adventurous American entrepreneur, as he is seduced by the Russian Mob into the “darker side” of Budapest’s business landscape during a period of tumultuous change. This captivating thriller weaves business, politics, seduction, power, and religion into a compelling tale of international intrigue.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Doberman

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mauricegmiller
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Jbkxel
Google +: http://bit.ly/1N1Jmdv


D.E. Morris

Hello, D.E.! Tell us a little about yourself!
D.E. Morris has been a sci-fi junkie and geek his whole life, and has an admitted obsession for Doctor Who. He published “Aliens in the Gift Shop” in 2013, and it has received excellent reviews on Amazon. Current influences include Douglas Adams and Steven Moffat.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Aliens and the Race to Earth

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Sci-Fi / Adventure

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Ancient aliens, a terrifying weapon, and Earth caught in the crosshairs. Adventure and humor mix to create an exciting story with hostile aliens, strange planets, and the surprising origin of a famous Earth landmark.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Jack Russell terrier, no hesitation.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: www.authordemorris.com
Twitter: twitter.com/author_demorris
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/demorris


Andrew Neff

Hello, Andrew! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m generally playful and amiable. I love most forms of creativity including 2D and 3D art, music composition, and creative writing. I’m also interested in advances in science and technology, the potential of how it affects us, both the positive and negative implications.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
The Mind Game Company – The Players

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Contemporary fiction, soft & hard sci-fi, mystery, romance

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
You will experience a multifaceted world of telepathy. Prattling mind stalkers and a reluctantly exposed and challenged captive, looking for answers. Engaging dialog, revealing programs and mind games, ranging from insidious to playful bantering. Aberrant romance and more.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Comfy Chair Dog – a Siberian Husky if you need to know with a smudge of whipped cream on my snout and an empty pie pan I nudged under my recliner.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13160940.Andrew_Neff
Amazon author profile: http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Neff/e/B00SDF66Q6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


Douglas Schwartz

Hello, Douglas! Tell us a little about yourself!
Doug works in the software industry, but would love to one day solely focus on his two favorite pastimes: writing absurd fiction and designing tabletop games. His wife and two kids support his dreams. Won’t you?

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Checkered Scissors
Pickled Bananas and Other Schwartz Stories

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Absurd fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A light read overflowing with creative imagery and an intelligent sense of humor.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Doug would be a talking dog that wears pants.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.checkeredscissors.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CheckerScissors
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CheckeredScissors


Susan Stafford

Hello, Susan! Tell us a little about yourself!
Had a great childhood growing up in Key West, Fl & going barefoot must of the time. I currently live in Central Florida & have to wear shoes every day as I work in the court system.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Trouble in the Keys

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Mystery

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
My books take place in the Florida Keys & involve two female leads who own The Dream Shop & Daydream Spa. Entertaining beach reads??

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
If I were a dog I’d be a mutt that loves to swim

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/521888.Susan_Stafford
Amazon Author Profile:http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Stafford/e/B00IU1NMGU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1439238808&sr=8-2-spell


Mike Vavrinak

Hello, Mike! Tell us a little about yourself!
Born in Youngstown Ohio in 1966, currently living in Lancaster with my beautiful wife Glaiza. Currently writing my second novel and, sadly, seem to be losing my battle against pizza, damn that cheesy goodness!

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Rebecca

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Paranormal horror novel about vampires.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
My book is a vampire/horror novel, but the focus is more on the inter-personal relationships that developed between the characters over time. There is, of course, horror and blood and some erotica – it IS a vampire novel after all, but the overall story is one of emotional growth, or lack of it. The premise of the book to me was – when our dreams come true, why can’t that be enough?

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be spoiled rotten, that’s what dogs do.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://www.rebeccathenovel.com/


D. R. Oestreicher

Hello, D.R.! Tell us a little about yourself!
I started as a Computer Science researcher when things like compilers, graphics, user interfaces, and even email, were mysterious and unsolved. Next, I moved to Silicon Valley to work on the bleeding edge of technology – software, hardware, and biotech. Finally in retirement I am a K-12 teacher, world traveler, and writer.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
Plague of Equals

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Plague of Equals is a Science Thriller

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Plague of Equals is a multi-threaded story of a global plague that appears to target pregnant women causing miscarriages. This is a mystery of epidemiology and biology. Many of the people trying to solve the mystery are scientists, doing what scientists do: ignoring the politics and searching for the truth.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
I would be a mongrel agility dog, full of energy and joy, and always looking for a new challenge. After a tough trial, I’d always answer the question: “Never again, or faster next time?” with faster, much faster.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/D-R-Oestreicher/362821597224813
Twiter:https://twitter.com/d_r_oestreicher
Website: http://justcallitresearch.wordpress.com/


May Sage

Hello, May! Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi, I’m May, twenty-something living in the middle of nowhere blablabla, what matters isn’t me, it’s what I write. And the answer to that is: Absolutely everything, from dystopia to romance and revisited fairytales. I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl but it’s only recently that I’ve decided to publish; I just grew tired of your general weak heroine and the usual plot girl-meets-boy-the-end so, I give you: And then.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
And then, I died.

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Romance and suspense.

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A kick ass heroine, an intelligent, three dimensional (and hot. Do I need to say hot?) businessman who needs a knight in shining armour a realistic. And then will surprise you, entertain you and if I did my job right, make you want to throw your kindle at a wall.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Ladies, please. I sooo am the black poodle from 101 Dalmatians.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/maysage.author


Riley Amos Westbrook and Sara Lynn Westbrook

Hello, Riley and Sara! Tell us a little about yourselves!
Riley is an ex-Certified Nurses Assistant that was hurt on the job, and now writes to keep himself occupied.
Sara is the lovely woman who keeps him in line, while also translating Riley’s ramblings into English.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
The False Titanbringer, a part of my Breath of the Titans series. I’m offering the entire collection in one work, so you’re getting all three!

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
High Fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
An imagination filled journey following a half-dragon. You will conquer the Orc tribes, bringing them under your command. And you’ll bring down the False Titanbringer!

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Easily a Bull Mastiff. Big and scary looking, but all fluffy on the inside.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter:https://twitter.com/donttouchmyshi1
Blog:RileyAmosWestbrook.wordpress.com
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/sonshinegreene


P.D. Workman

Hello, P.D.! Tell us a little about yourself!
For as long as P. D. Workman can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure. After a number of false starts, she finally wrote her first complete novel at the age of twelve. It was full of fantastic ideas. It was the spring board for many stories over the next few years. Then, forty-some novels later, P.D. Workman finally decided to start publishing.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Tattooed Teardrops
Lion Within

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Tattooed Teardrops – Young Adult Contemporary
Lion Within – Literary Fiction/Psychological

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
I write riveting young adult and suspense fiction about mental illness, addiction, and abuse.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
When I was little, I had an imaginary basset hound, so let’s go with that!

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Website: http://pdworkman.com
twitter: twitter.com/pdworkmanauthor
facebook: facebook.com/pdworkmanauthor


BB Wynter

Hello, BB! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m an author and illustrator currently residing under the grey, morose skies of England. At the moment, I’m immersing myself within paintings and sketches that give life to the realm of The Lament of Sky. I like to drink all kinds of tea and have a constant craving for honey.

What book will you be offering for the promotion?
The Lament of Sky

What genre or genres would best describe your work?
Dark Fantasy/Gothic/Epic Fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
Gods, Monsters, Cabbage Fairies, Jester-Pirates, Glass Airships, Horror and Magic

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Ginger King Charles

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11296543.B_B_Wynter
Website: https://bbwynter.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bb_wynter


Erin Zarro

Hello, Erin! Tell us a little about yourself!
Erin Zarro is an Indie novelist, fine art photographer, and lover of scary things. She decided she wanted to be a writer at a young age, and ended up studying journalism and photography in college. She works as an office manager, is married to her own Prince Charming, and is owned by a cat who she’s convinced is actually a vampire.

What books will you be offering for the promotion?
Fey Touched, book 1 of the Fey Touched series
Grave Touched, book 2 of the Fey Touched series

What genre or genres would best describe what you are offering?
Science fantasy

Can you tell us a little about what we might expect from reading your work?
A blend of sci-fi and fantasy. Romance, because love rocks, action, and twists. Also genetically engineered fey and ghosts that possess the living so they can have bodies.

Since this is the Dog Days Doldrums Buster, please tell us; if you were a dog, what kind of a dog would you be?
Definitely a German Shepherd. There is a German Shepherd in the Fey Touched books named Pixie (who’s psychic and telepathic) and she is based on my favorite dog ever who is a German Shepherd. His name is Kipper and he’s my boy. If I were a dog, I’d want to be just like him so we could play together. (Also? I have a hard time remembering how to spell “shepherd” and have to look it up like, a zillion times.)

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Twitter: twitter.com/ekendall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinZarro
Website: http://www.erinzarro.com


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The e-Book Cover Design Awards over at http://www.thebookdesigner.com have been something I had followed for some time. They provided much insight when I was designing my cover, and are just a great resource for anyone thinking of making their own covers.

This month, someone may have ended up in the submissions. I was happy to get a positive comment even. Check them out!

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2015/08/e-book-cover-design-awards-july-2015/#more-38183