Indie Advent Calendar
Indie Advent Calendar
Welcome to Indie Advent Calendar.
There’s always that one person we struggle to buy a gift for, sometimes we aren’t even sure what we want ourselves!
From the 1st – 24th of December I’m going to be introducing two independently published books to you, as well as sharing a bit about the authors. With a range of different genres being featured there’s bound to be something for everyone, even the most awkward to buy for family member. There are so many hidden gems out there, just waiting to be discovered- you may even find your new favourite author…
There is also a draw on Facebook to win one of the featured books and you can vote for which you’d like to see as part of a video review in the new year.
You can have a chat about the books over on the Facebook page or in the comments section here by clicking the post title to go to the comments page.
– Come back each day to open a door into a new world –
Cecily Wolfe – Throne of Grace
I am a librarian and lifetime devourer of books – all books. I read picture books, non-fiction, teen, middle grade, adult, romance, science fiction, fantasy. You name it, I’ll read it. I write whatever comes to me, usually in the form of a character rather than a story or situation. Throne of Grace, my Christian historical romance that was released on October 25 of this year, was written during a summer a few years ago when I was pretty angry about everything. I had never written inspirational fiction before, and somehow, Arthur, the main male character, came to me and whispered a sweet love story that I sat down and wrote over about six weeks. I still am very fond of Arthur, and was happy to give him and his Josie a happily ever after in Throne as I worked through my own issues that very hot summer. A few days after Throne of Grace was published, a reader contacted me and asked when book two would be published. Book Two? What book two? That is how Cliff Walk Courtships came to be. Within two weeks, I had titles and outlines created for Crown of Beauty (book two) and Treasure of Hope (book three), which will be released in October 2017 and 2018. For the month of December, Throne of Grace is 99 cents on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords as an e-book. I hope that historical romance and inspirational readers (and anyone interested in expanding their reading interests if they don’t currently read inspirational romance) will enjoy Arthur and Josie’s love story.
Earlier this year, I released my novella, A Harvest of Stars, which is a contemporary drama about two teens in love and dealing with abuse in a small Kentucky town. Harvest is FREE as an e-book for the month of December. If you check out my blog on Goodreads you will find a recipe for the rum balls that Locklyn, the protagonist, makes with her friend Claudia Rose, as well as the playlist for the story. Playlists for my books are on Spotify under ceciwolfe. I am currently working on my April release, Reckless Treasure, which is about a high school senior who is in love with her older neighbor, but her mother is having a relationship with him. Her grandmother, who has died long ago, had a high school boyfriend who is back in town for his high school reunion, and when he and Francesca meet, he is stunned by her resemblance to the grandmother she never knew. His money and connections can give her a future far away from her small town and self-serving mother, but at what price?
You can stop by my Goodreads page to add Throne of Grace, A Harvest of Stars, and Reckless Treasure (as well as books two and three of Cliff Walk Courtships) to your to-read list, and be sure to get your FREE copy of A Harvest of Stars from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Thank you so much for reading, and I look forward to your reviews and comments on Amazon and Goodreads. Visit me on Twitter too!
The Start of Something New, my Goodreads blog
My Amazon page, with links to Throne of Grace and A Harvest of Stars
Throne of Grace and A Harvest of Stars at Barnes and Noble
My Smashwords page, with links to Throne of Grace and A Harvest of Stars
Heather Murray – Among Friends: Travels in Cuba
I was born in Canada, but have spent most of my adult life working in Switzerland. I first travelled to Cuba to attend a conference, where I met a number of ordinary Cubans and started to discover an extraordinary country. Since then I’ve returned several times to explore more of the country and make more friends.
AMONG FRIENDS: TRAVELS IN CUBA-
With an eye for the telling details of daily life, Murray first explores Havana and then the provinces to the west and east in visits spread over eight years. We meet Julian, a Cuban colleague and friend, Magdalena, landlady and untiring critic of the Castro regime, Ernesto, taxi driver and mountain guide, and an entertaining cast of naïve tourists, enterprising peasants and perspiring bicitaxi drivers. Besides probing the Cuban psyche, Murray’s explorations highlight the unique scenery of Cuba from the elegant center of old Havana to the dramatic landscapes of the Vinales valley, and from the pristine beaches of the northern keys to historic Trinidad and the Escambray mountains with their lakes, waterfalls and jungles.
A humorous and sympathetic portrait of Cuba as it emerges from over half a century of privation and isolation.
Travels in Cuba is popular with armchair travelers but also with people who have already been to Cuba or who want to visit it as independent tourists. It’s not a town-by-town travel guide, but rather a taste of Cuban life. There is a website of photos to accompany the book here.
The book is available in paperback from Amazon and as an e-book from Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple and other distributors.
Martin Hadfield – Everyday Ways to Win in Office Life
This is the book your boss won’t want you to read.
Many of us have worked in offices, trying to deal with the unwritten rules and the strange personalities that surround us.
“Everyday Ways to Win in Office Life” provides a fresh look at how any employee can survive spending eight or more hours a day in this unnatural environment. This jam-packed read contains hints and tips on everything from the latest trendy management techniques to starting a new job and managing your manager.
Practical advice is mixed in with a bit of fun and humour in a unique, entertaining way, creating the perfect read for the daily commute.
After having spent many years working in various office environments, Martin Hadfield had an epiphany and realised that people spend most of their time working in offices without even understanding their environment or trying to make it better.
So, while others thought he was taking detailed minutes in team meetings and presentations, Martin was jotting down tidbits of advice and tips for surviving life in the office. After countless revisions and rewrites, these scrawled notes became “Everyday Ways to Win in Office Life”.
Martin continues to work in an office cubicle, reassured in the knowledge that his quirky observations and advice provides entertainment and a helping hand for office workers everywhere.
Buy Everyday Ways to Win in Office Life on Amazon
R.M. Gauthier – Control
R.M. Gauthier lives in Ontario, Canada and has a diploma in Film & TV Production.
She began her writing career late in life, which she has been quoted saying, “better late than never.” She has two novella’s published, Longing & Waiting, and is excitingly awaiting her debut novel released on November 10 2016.
She is part of many writing FB groups and helps run a group called The Indie Writers’ Cooperative, which provides her plenty of joy helping other authors anyway she can.
Can one night change everything?
After a night out with her best friend, Alexandria’s world is turned upside down making her re-evaluate her entire life. Meeting Landon Miller, a powerful businessman and owner of an exclusive club opens the door to a world she never knew existed. But, what lies beneath his business suit is a dark domain of mystery and control that unlocks a world of crime and punishment.
Buy Control on Amazon
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Carole P. Roman – If You Were Me and Lived in…
Sometimes Writing Is A Great Gift To Yourself:
The idea came to me just before waking, when you are in that delicious state between dreaming and waking. I was sure it was my mom telling me to do something I loved, just for me.
I started writing on a dare from my children. I published a bunch of books about a beardless pirate captain who loves to play with his imaginary pirate ship. The books are loosely based on playtime with my grandchildren and are rather personal. I am surprised sometimes by their universal appeal. I guess everybody loves a pirate.
However, that is not the series I am writing about. I am a former social studies teacher that hasn’t taught in close to forty years. I left the classroom because jobs were scarce and my husband needed help with our fledgling business. I missed teaching, not the grading papers, or dealing with parents or administrations. I missed the exchange of ideas. Watching a child’s face light up when they got a concept, understood where the lesson was going.
Sure, I helped every kid in the family. I was the “go to” mom or aunt who helped with the project or homework. I never minded, but it wasn’t what I wanted to discuss, it was what they had to do for school.
So, on that special morning when the idea came to me, by the time I arrived at the table for breakfast, I knew the name and exactly what and where I was going. I expected resistance from the family. I sat and told them the name of my series waiting for the disdainful, “Who is going to want to read that?” remark.
It never came. Everybody supported the concept. If You Were Me and Lived in… was born.
I wanted a series exploring customs and culture for the grade school set, to explore things that textbooks ignore. I wished to speak to a child on their level and discuss what they would want to know about this great and glorious world.
The first book didn’t do well with the critics. It seemed that other writers had done it better, more thorough, with better information.
My husband said “don’t let them crush your dream.” This is an important idea. Keep going!
And I did. The books kept coming. I just completed number 21. The series was embraced by educators, parents, and most importantly, children. They love it. It speaks to them instead of at them. It’s fun to learn what you might eat in Poland, what hat you might wear in Russia, what type of money they use in Greece. It’s interesting to see that the words mommy and daddy sound the same in many parts of the world. The critics came around too; the series is not only best-selling but award-winning as well.
In a world that is growing smaller each day, rife with intolerance, perhaps these books can build bridges to understanding the people around our globe, so children everywhere can learn we are not so different after all.
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015.
Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.
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C. JoyBell C. – The Conversation of Merachefet
Indulca mei radices.
The Conversation of Merachefet: A Book of Secrets is best interpreted as “an intrinsic esoteric conversation” in which the essence of all purpose and of all universal form are discussed.
A free-flowing dialogue designed as a single lengthy conversation, this writing is described by the author to be her “most revealing work ever.” The pages within will take you on an inward odyssey of seraphic discoveries, which can be likened only unto pure magic, raw wisdom, and deific insight.
The word “Merachefet” itself is given to mystical terminology. It has been discussed, highly valued by, the wisest of ancient rabbis and sages.
The name C. JoyBell C. has become synonymous with the virtues of wisdom and beauty, while her globally scattered words are readily gathered by people from all walks of life; from the most respected of doctors, professors, astronomers, movers and shakers of the world today; to the most current celebrities and the humblest of individuals in society! Such an equanimity and symphony are produced by her words, however, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what the root of all this is, where it all comes from? Within the covers of this book, you will find those roots uncovered, exposing a pure and eternal form of knowledge that will render you to an utterly Elysian experience.
C. JoyBell C. is the most frequently quoted Author on Goodreads, is a leading female Thinker and Writer in our world today, and is a Mentor to many modern-day Leaders, as well as an Inspirational Figure to people from all walks of life. She has transformed the face of what it means to be wise and knowledgable, giving life to a new image of the modern-day Renaissance Woman. She is at the same time both timeless and youthful. The Author of various books on Soul Alchemy, Esoterica, Poetry, Philosophy of Mind, Parenting and Fiction; she remains accessible to her readers and in touch with her fans.
Ember Raine Winters – Born to Resist
Ember Raine Winters is a new author who just self-published her second book. She went to community college to study political science and philosophy. She is an avid reader of mostly fantasy and science fiction. A little romance is thrown in as well. She loves writing Science Fiction, mainly dystopian, but is trying her hand in Fantasy as well. She is currently working on her second series. A contemporary romance about living with PTSD. It should be out early 2017.
The Born Series was one of those aha moments. It was the first time I truly wanted the story to get out to the world. The message I felt it told, was one of resilience. The moral? Never give up and fight for what is important to you because you never know when it could be gone.
BORN TO RESIST-
“I never thought one moment could change my life forever. In an instant life as I knew it was over. My new life was the stuff of legends. I just hoped I was strong enough to survive it.”
A series of what were called The Immigration Wars, changed the way of life for the former United States. It was thrown into chaos and a dictator came into power.
On the eve of Alexa’s sixteenth birthday, her world changes forever. Her father is arrested for treason and she finds out her mother is really alive. She and her best friend Jacob must travel across country to meet her, so they can free her father from the tyrannical leader of the government. Everything is not as it seems in the resistance and secrets and lies will be revealed along the way.
They must rely on each other, and their new friends to be successful. But, trust isn’t easily given in the resistance. Alexa must find a way to save her father, and keep her friends safe, while on the run from both the government and the resistance.
Check out Ember’s page on Goodreads
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Smith Livingston – Moringa Leaf Powder Preparation and Health Benefits
I’m Smith Livingston a Blogger, Graphic designer, web developer, and Personal development expert who believe that Health is Wealth.
MORINGA LEAF POWDER PREPARATION AND HEALTH BENEFITS: THE PATH TO NATURAL AND HEALTHIER LIVING-
This is about the preparation and Health benefits of Moringa (Moringa Oleifera) which is well known as a miracle tree due to its health enriching characteristics in the areas of Well being, Happiness, Weight loss, and as food supplement.
Buy Moringa Leaf Powder Preparation and Health Benefits on-
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Eva Pasco – An Enlightening Quiche
“On the road, as in life—I accelerate!”
By the age of twelve, I pounded the keys on my girly-pink Tom Thumb typewriter to compose several mysteries and serial spy thrillers under the auspices of a fictitious organization—I.N.T.R.I.G.U.E. The rigors of college and the demands placed on a rewarding teaching career, shelved further creative writing ambitions until I retired from the profession. With time on my hands, midlife restlessness revived my dormant flair for writing novels in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction distinguished for their character-driven plots which feature protagonists who plunge the depths of despair and suffer the consequences in their darkest hours prior to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. While I’m rarely at a loss for words, bursts of brilliance for how to best articulate an idea or parlay snatches of dialog, overtake me when I’m away from the keyboard doing housework. I immediately turn off the vacuum or abandon my dust cloth to heed my inner voice by scribbling the message on a notebook kept on my desk for this purpose.
AN ENLIGHTENING QUICHE-
Two headstrong women in their forties coming from different moral directions clash within the confines of a French-Canadian mill town in northern Rhode Island. Their narratives relate how an heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry redress misconceptions, misdeeds, and maliciousness which wreak havoc in altering the lives of those affected from the fallout of a tragedy precipitated by reckless behavior.
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Jo Tilley – Worldkeeper
Jo Tilley lives in Newark, UK with her husband. She has two grown children and divides her time between working as a secondary school chaplain, reading and finding solace in as much sunshine as she can find. She has recently discovered that her learning style is ‘theorist’, which explains a lot.
When Wes and Leesha discover a boy lying, barely conscious, on the street, they take him in. However in a world where young people live under strict controls, an apparent fugitive becomes a dangerous friend. Before long, the boy is leading them towards choices that challenge the regime they live in, changing themselves and the world around them forever.
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Anna Faversham – One Dark Night
“Hello, I’m Anna Faversham and I wish you all an entertaining countdown to Christmas.
England is my home but I’ve also lived in New Zealand, a beautiful country and the people are great, and central Africa which was an interesting and useful experience that I’ll never forget.
On returning to England, I’ve written and read for the BBC and published short stories as well as three novels. Two are set in my county of Kent and the latest is set in the beautiful Isle of Wight.
The book I’d like to introduce to you is a historical thriller with a lovely romance threading through it. It is called ‘One Dark Night’. When I was a teenager and had that horrible thing called homework to do, on sunny evenings I would take my books to a cliff that jutted out over the sea and if I climbed over the wall and into the long grass, I could see but couldn’t be seen. I have incorporated this memory into my book about smuggling and those who sought to stop them. I have set Watch House, the headquarters of the Revenue Men, on my secret sanctuary.
ONE DARK NIGHT-
It is 1821 and smuggling is rife on the English coast. Lucy Yorton, dragged away from her privileged early life, finds it impossible to know who to trust, while those around her suspect she is a spy and treat her accordingly. Her problems increase when two men enter her life.
Lieutenant Karl Thorsen, sworn to avenge the death of his father, is a King’s man. He is determined to stop the violent smugglers, hang them, and hang and gibbet one in particular.
Daniel Tynton has smuggling in his blood. Undaunted by Thorsen’s threats, he is respected and feared. When he witnesses a murder, he makes a bold decision, and many lives will never be the same.
Merry Christmas everyone and a happy and healthy new year.
Buy One Dark Night on Amazon
Leo Buijs – Children Around the World
Come face to face with some of the cutest children around the world with this collection of photographs by award winning retired entrepreneur and writer, Leo Buijs. He has dug through thousands of photographs from his extensive travels to put a handsome book together that show how children live around the world and seem to be quite happy. For the not so lucky children,10% of the sales from this book go to UNICEF to support children around the world.
Buy Children Around the World on Amazon