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February 2013 Entries. Deadline is Feb 5

Deadline has been moved up due to the really awesome response from #authors and #writers. Once I catch up with candidates already listed, I’ll resume accepting submissions.

Note: I’m not selling these books, the links are copied directly from the authors. this list is purely to give some exposure to independent authors.

The Sky Behind Me, a Memoir of Flying and Life by
In The Sky Behind Me, a Memoir of Flying and Life the author overcomes a childhood setback to find a career in aviation, a position that allows him to soar. The author’s childhood aim is to be a Catholic priest. Abused by a member of the clergy, he is dismissed from the seminary. Drafted out of college in 1969, he enters Army helicopter flight school and serves in Vietnam. After the war he finds work in commercial aviation where his compassion, humor and skill converge for a marvelous career. With a helicopter, he herds bears in Alaska, flies VIPs in Ohio, counts power poles, hovers across O’Hare airport at rush hour, reports news and traffic in several midwestern cities, rescues more than 3,000 medical patients in Iowa and winds up his career flying tourists around the island of Kauai. The Sky Behind Me is rich with human stories, tales of loss, fear, insight and surprise, tragedy and triumph from the unique perspective of more than 12,000 hours in a helicopter cockpit.

Dreaming of a Father’s Love by Sharom A Lavy
Sara Brubaker was two years old when a German Baptist couple adopted her. She has become a beautiful woman, and works as a secretary for Alexander’s. Now she’s torn between wanting to live in the normal world of fun and fashion, or joining the Dunkards to truly belong with her adoptive family. Birdie Alexander thinks if she works at the family business hard enough and long enough she will gain her father’s love. Can she learn a thing or two from the German Baptist secretary? Irene West is Birdie’s lifelong Sunday school friend. Irene misses having a father figure around, and is very boy crazy, which causes Birdie to struggle with the friendship and Irene to struggle with life. Will Birdie overcome her self-righteous nature before it’s too late—for Irene?

Fire in the Blood (Last Moon Rising #1) by Dale Ibitz
Global warming is playing havoc on Earth, and when 17 year-old Haley tumbles to a parallel world, she discovers that Earth’s issues stem from a war between the Eyids, the gods of nature. Because her necklace is a stone that holds the power of the Air Eyid, Haley is called upon to stop the war. But Haley has a problem. Actually, two problems. One named Tuggin, and one named Ian.Both lie to her. Both have secrets. And neither are who they say they are. With her stone of power, Haley’s forced to make a choice that will decide the fate of all the worlds. But who should she trust, who should she fight, and who is the one with fire in his blood, bent on betraying them all?

Bill of Human Wrongs by C. Michaels
Claire Winslow has nightmares nearly every night, reliving the event when her sister killed a man, and then shot herself. The man had been a prominent CEO of an electronics company, a powerhouse citizen in their small town, her sister’s rapist. Twenty years later, Claire Winslow, now a US Republican Senator from the state of Washington is an advocate for women’s rights. Her national platform gives her the power to be heard and make a difference in protecting women against unfair practices. Claire is about to be tested. Senate Bill 1257 is set to be released with only a week to read before the vote. This bill attempts to modify the constitution in a way that could change the future lives of not only women, but all non-white citizens in the country. The Senate is dominated by the Republican Party. The authors of the bill have every Republican on board to sign the bill. Except for Claire Winslow. And they need her vote. This thriller leads us through the life of Claire Winslow during a time when the people around her will stop at nothing to win her vote. The bill is full of changes that Claire cannot vote for. But her re-election is coming up. Is she more help to women as a Senator? Does she keep her position by voting for this horrendous bill? Then Claire meets Eve Hart. Eve lives in a different world from Claire’s, a place that might be the creation of SB 1257. Eve could be a product, of a futuristic outcome from this SB 1257. Claire is having her nocturnal nightmares depicting the last moments of her sister’s life, her Party’s pressures, nasty tricks are taking a toll on her. There are only a few days left before the vote, when Claire learns something so dreadful, so unthinkable. What will Claire do with this knowledge?

The Baedeker Murders (The Rounder Brothers) by Julian Cole
This is a time-slip crime story set in York during the Second World War and in more or less modern times. An old man who once bombed York returns to the city to make amends for what he was party to, and during his pilgrimage is murdered in Guildhall in York. Has he been killed by one of his party or by someone with an ancient grudge? Chief Inspector Sam Rounder investigates, while his private detective brother Rick Rounder falls for a woman he has been hired to shadow and finds himself accused of murder. Can Rick extricate himself and will the brothers ever speak again? And what does a love story from nearly 70 years ago have to do with the present. The secrets kept for a lifetime by old men haunt them to their end.

ON THE WINGS OF AUTUMN by Stephanie Marie Roberts
Stephanie enjoys her life as a successful entrepreneur in Australia. When she returns to visit her native India, to seek a cure for her beloved dog, it is during the Festival of Holi–the celebration of colours. Young and old flirt and misbehave in the streets, enjoying an uninhibited sexual atmosphere. And it is there that she sees him again… Surely, it couldn’t be Tics–not the great love of her youth! Familiar shivers run up her spine. It’s been ten long years. But despite the rekindled feelings of attraction, there is also the harsh memory of his betrayal. And Stephanie is married now … ON THE WINGS OF AUTUMN transports you from the lush, idyllic countryside of The Hunter Valley and Canberra in Australia, to the exotic ambiance of Bangalore, India. It’s more than the chronicle of one young woman’s personal journey through life. It’s the tale of her search for purpose. Of her quest for unconditional, unlimited love. Of a uniquely unforgettable romantic triangle.

Portrait of Our Marriage by Barbie Herrera
Fun • Sexy • Intense • Hot • Compelling • Thought Provoking, and So Real you may find it Shocking, even Disturbing. Inspired by an episode on Oprah from years ago that dealt with men addicted to porn, a dream, and information from 8 women’s lives, Portrait of Our Marriage, is a story you don’t want to miss. Nicky, embarks on a journey to find herself and become her own person despite the legacy of a domineering father and an emotionally—and often physically—distant husband.
Reminiscing events from her life, she looks at pictures and remembers romance, falling in love, marriage, and family. This is the story of one woman’s life as her husbands interest in pornography becomes an obsession that ultimately changes both of them. Although this is a fictional memoir and only one woman’s journey, many women today deal with this issue in silence, feeling ashamed and embarrassed. What would you endure for love?
Nicky led a sheltered life until she met Brett: An adventurous, handsome, smart, and exciting lover. She had never known this kind of love before, either emotionally or physically. She pictured her life with Brett as a partner, a friend, and a father to her future children. And when they married, Nicky knew she had found everything her heart and body desired. But when Brett’s fantasy world of racy magazines, explicit videos, and disturbing internet porn becomes an obsession and affects their marriage, Nicky has to ask herself: What happened to the man I married? Portrait of Our Marriage is the story of one woman’s journey.

Searching for Sara
Sara Little has ached to live in America. But being born of a single mother in London’s working class, she could only dream. Drawn to the possibility of a new beginning, she follows God’s whisper into the unknown. But more awaits than the realization of her dreams. Caught in the whirlwind of debuts and dinner parties, she has fallen in love with the one man she believes she does not deserve.

Peter Cooper and the Pirate King by James Deacutis
What do magic amulets, giant scorpions, a maniacal sorcerer and an adventurous boy have in common? Well, normally not much but in Peter Cooper and the Pirate King you’ll find that sometimes they do. From the time Peter Cooper is a baby he’s lived up with his aunt and uncle after losing his war hero dad and loving mom under mysterious circumstances. Despite the loss he grows up happy in their happy home without a clue that a centuries-old madman has him in his sights and is planning to use the young lad to rejuvenate his eternal soul. Early on, all seems normal for our young hero (save for the occasional strange dreams of malevolent ovens and melting clowns; a portent to come?) until the night of his thirteenth birthday when a terrible storm hits his hometown of Harmon and brings not only overwhelming rain but also a visitor of unimaginable evil. The Pirate King, Bill Kyuper, has been getting “creaky” over the years and has Peter lined up for his latest “age-defying” treatment. When Bill arrives in Harmon he works his “magic” to get Peter from point A to point… and manipulate him to his lair on Scorpion Cove for the ultimate battle. But, before he does, we meet an eclectic group of friends and sailors both at Peter’s home and on Harmon’s docks as well as Peter’s first crush. The story is touching and horrifying and excruciatingly funny. There are moments when you will laugh and cry and other’s where you will not want to turn the lights off as you follow Peter and his friends on the ultimate journey of good versus evil.

Rockapocalypse: A Disharmony of Justice by Byron Suggs
1974. It started out as a typical summer in a small southern town for 15-yr old Pete Travers and his friends, until the real rock stars showed up. Real dead that is. When bizarre occurrences, unexplained disappearances, and outpourings of prejudice become frequent in Harper’s Mill, the four friends discover they’ve been destined for a gig far more challenging than anything they ever imagined.The rockers join forces with the four teens to rid the town of a hatred so intense, it has bred its own evil in the most unlikely of places. But will they succeed?
2011. Thirty-seven years later, record industry mogul Peter Travers lies in a coma as the result of a horrific auto accident. As he teeters between life and death, he relives the life-changing events from the past in his mind. When his friends reunite to stand watch and offer their support, they realize Peter’s auto crash was no accident. They also discover that the powers that saved them all those years ago have returned. But the question that burns in their hearts is: Why? The power of music’s timeless message, the bonds of friendship, and a gift from God culminate in a cataclysmic battle that reaches to the gates of heaven. Is their faith strong enough to protect Peter and his family from the evil force that struggles to claim what he deems rightfully his – Peter’s very soul?”

The Okapi Promise by Paula Boer
A cure for rabies is discovered in the heart of Africa. Two unknown adversaries join a small tour group to gain the serum. One wants to use the cure for the good of all mankind; the other for personal glory and profit. The travellers are threatened by wild animals, tribal unrest, personal hardship and vehicle breakdowns. Set at the start of the Rwandan Civil War, the race to patent the new drug is against more than time. The physical and emotional challenges of the journey across the whole continent leaves no-one unchanged—and one of them won’t come out alive.

A Beautiful Glittering Lie by J D R Hawkins
In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. Half of America fights for the Confederate cause; the other, for unification. Rebel forces have already seized Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, a new Confederate president has been elected, and the Constitution has been revised. In north Alabama, a farmer and father of three decides to enlist. For Hiram Summers, it is the end of everything he has ever known. After Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment, he is quickly thrust into combat. His son, David, who must stay behind, searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. Meanwhile, Caroline – Hiram’s wife and David’s mother – struggles to keep up with the farm as her world revolves around the letters she receives from her husband, whom she misses dearly. As Hiram and his son discover the true meaning of war, they soon realize that their choices have torn their family apart. In this historical tale, the naïveté of a young country is tested, a father sacrifices everything to defend his home, and a young man longs for adventure – regardless of the perilous cost. This novel is loosely based on relatives and the journal of a soldier. It is the first in a series. Thank you for your consideration.

A Presence in Russell County by S J Sprague
Dirty cops … a strangled community … a secret justice system. Welcome to RUSSELL COUNTY. When Samantha Biggers is continually harassed by a police officer in rural Russell County, Georgia, she turns to a man she’s known only online. John Hollingsworth, a retired Army officer, and his former sergeant, Stuart Crogan, uncover more than just police harassment of the locals. There’s drug running, loan sharking, robbery–and murder. When it’s learned that the cop who’s been bothering Sam was also responsible for her husband’s death, Hollingsworth and Crogan seek justice via a secret group of private citizens. When average citizens are at the mercy of corrupt law enforcement, they often suffer in silence, having no one to turn to, no one left to trust. With its exacting standards for judicial conduct and procedure, and its vast network of resources, The Organization offers a level playing field that allows true justice to emerge. RUSSELL COUNTY is the first volume in a series about The Organization. The second, MULBERRY, is nearly complete. The third volume is in progress.

Going Home by Carole McKee
Fifteen years ago Cassie fled her hometown, taking with her an undeserved bad reputation and a broken heart. She reluctantly returns for her father’s funeral and comes face to face with the one who broke her heart. This encounter sends her packing again, only this time it’s not so easy to just leave and forget. Her visit opens old wounds, stokes old flames, and uncovers lies and deceit. It’s showdown time!

When Kingmakers Speak by Nathan Veerasamy
When Kingmakers Speak is a well written thriller that builds up gripping suspense, yet reveals enough to keep us deeply engaged and anxious to know what is going to happen next. Set in the early sixties, the novel reflects some of the fundamental but hidden issues besetting Singapore. Not yet fully independent, not yet a nation, it was a period when the island was caught between a British colonial world not quite withdrawn, and a national one not quite born, when the Communists remained a serious urban threat and gangsters had considerable influence. The main plot turns around a planned assasination and is linked to a sub-plot involving Sato, a Japanese soldier-samurai who had remained in hiding after Japan surrendered, and whose values and actions are guided by a combination of Bushido and Christianty.

Betrayal by Michele Kallio
$ 4.05
Betrayal is the story of two women, separated by thousands of miles and almost five hundred years: modern day Lydia Hamilton and Elisabeth Beeton, a lady’s maid to Henry the Eighth’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Lydia is a modern woman, happily in love with her physician boyfriend and living in Canada, until she begins to have nightmares that seem all too realistic. She dreams of a girl, a prison cell and a beheading. In her dreams Lydia finds herself in Elisabeth’s body experiencing the girl’s sixteenth century life. Lydia tries to ignore these vivid dreams as long as she can, that is, until a mysterious book arrives in a Christmas parcel from England. Lydia flies back to her mother’s ancestral home in Devon, England, where the lies of her family’s past begin to reveal themselves. Suddenly, Lydia is caught up in the quest to uncover the truth behind Elisabeth’s betrayal.

Sued by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota for custody of the child she adopted years earlier, Kate Sommers will do anything to keep the little girl. When the Tribal Council pressures her to bring the child to the Standing Rock so that she can be with her people, Kate uproots her life in order to appease them. But when the Council decrees that the child should have a mother and a father, Kate is forced to comply with ancient tribal tradition by marrying her late husband’s brother. Russell Night Horse reluctantly agrees to let Kate and her daughter stay with him until the matter is resolved. His heart scarred by betrayal, he lives a solitary existence training draft horses on his ranch. Although he admires Kate for her courage and determination and secretly desires her, he doesn’t want or need a wife. But his growing feelings for the outspoken white woman and the little girl born with a hole in her heart threaten his resolve to remain alone and uninvolved, and he begins to long for the love and the family he has always dreamed of having. Kate tried once before to fit into the Lakota world and is fearful of trying again, no matter how much she yearns for the handsome Lakota rancher. Before Russ can convince her that her place is there with him, the child is kidnapped. As they race against time to find her, the trail leads to love and a sinister plot fueled by a long-kept family secret.

Tiger Claws by Gregory Sampson
What is it that drives the 14-year old Antwan Duvallier to fight?. One Saturday night, a fight takes him into a world he could not imagine, but he will have to survive. Can a young urban teen find life and friends in the wild? What about the challenge that overtakes him–a murderous tiger that he must face and defeat if he is to claim his place?

Ben’s Challenge by L.M.Visman
Thirteen-year-old Ben is angry. It is 1958 in Dysonville, a small country town in eastern New South Wales, Australia. Ben’s father was killed by a hit-and-run driver at Easter and, six months later, nobody seems to care who killed him. With no leads to go on, even the police have stopped their investigations. Ben’s mother tells him to stop looking for someone to blame. But he knows something is going on, and he is determined to get to the bottom of it. The only adult Ben really trusts is Mr Fraser, who gives Ben a part-time job in his grocery shop. Teaming up with his best friend Joe, Ben sets out to find out who killed his father. As the boys investigate, accidents begin to happen. Are Ben and Joe stirring up the wrong people? They begin to find answers, but each one seems to throw up new questions. Will Ben ever find the truth behind his father’s death?

Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell
Dragon Fate, the first novel in J.D. Hallowell’s War of the Blades, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear.

My Summer Vacation by Terrance Wade by Rachel Desilets $1.99
When Terrance’s mother comes in through the window, she says, “Terrance, your dad doesn’t want me to show you the world. But we’re going – tonight, now.” With that, she scoops him up and rushes from the house. Terrance, a naive yet astute 7-year-old, is kidnapped by his mother. Told from his perspective, Terrance believes he’s on an adventure to save the world in this short, witty novelette.

The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson
In an age of science, even the most unlikely engineer can change the world.
Chroniker City, 1881
Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible career for an impoverished shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up, willing to do anything to work in the Guild`s exclusive workshops. When she meets Emmerich Goss, she finally finds the opportunity she`s been searching for. Newly recruited into the Guild, Emmerich needs help designing a new power system for a top-secret, Guild-sanctioned automaton, and he is convinced that only Petra can help him. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and Petra will only be so lucky. Working in secret, together they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council…Their automaton is only the beginning.

What Beauty by Mark Beyer
This is a story of obsession, identity, and ego.
Minus Orth walks dogs for a living and sculpts for his life. He’s ready to create a unique sculpture cycle — Mythical Gods in Their Twilight. Meanwhile, he has a girlfriend, Belinda, who’s itching to get married. His friend, Peter N, has reaped artistic success that’s both inspirational and a thorn. He plays poker with a quartet of exiled aristocrats. And at Minus’s art co-op, the residents live on the fringe of society. One day Minus crosses paths with Karen Kosek, best remembered as a culture critic of the 1960s. Karen dropped out of sight years ago. Now she dresses as a bag lady — ragged clothes, a garbage smell, and bulging plastic bags she carries as if they hold the secrets to the good life. Minus orchestrates a tenuous relationship with Karen, and discovers in her a woman who has not been trampled underfoot, but is burrowed deeper in society’s crust than anyone could imagine. Thus begins an odyssey in which Minus becomes obsessed with Karen’s past and present, obsessed with creating his sculpture cycle, and with the role artists play in society’s split personality. “Do you have what it takes to create something beautiful?” is a question that comes to the minds of many characters in this story. Their answers are hilarious, confused, self-delusional, virtuous, or simply truthful, because the people who create beauty are different from those who value beauty, and far afield from the powers able to help it flourish … or destroy it.