Introducing, my third book… A Mountain Man’s Redemption

A Mountain Man’s Redemption is my third book. It releases on its own October 27, 2015, but is available for pre-order now. It’s also part of anthology, titled Christmas Hearts of the West, scheduled to release on October 12, 2015.

A Mountain Man's Redemption FINAL VERSION

Eighteen years ago, Philip Grant—overcome with regret for what he couldn’t foresee and memories of what he couldn’t prevent—abandoned all to live the solitary life of a fur trapper. Years spent roaming ridgelines and riverbanks in Montana Territory left his body weary and his confidence weak, so he decides to turn in his last bundle of furs and await the inevitable in a cabin. Alone. 

Then a body-shaped lump wrapped in a quilt changes everything. 

Philip discovers a battered woman and her infant son, on the run from a ruthless abuser with a penchant for whiskey. Seventy miles of snow-covered mountain peaks and windswept flatlands stand between them and safety—the woman’s aunt’s house.

Can Philip trust in his newfound faith to lead the way?

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Here is the cover of the anthology it will be a part of, scheduled to release on October 12, 2015.

Cover art for collection

Another Book For Brooke Williams!!

In August of 2014 Brooke Williams came on here to share her Path to Publication story (CLICK HERE to read her story) and now she’s back with news of her latest book! Congratulations, Brooke!


MAMARAZZI COVERDanica Bennett isn’t sure what she hates more…her job or the fact that she’s good at it.  As one of the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star.  When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one being photographed.  Add that to the fact that she’s falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.

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Mamarazzi Excerpt

She wasn’t sure what bothered her more…what she did for a living or the fact that she was good at it.

As she bent over her last creation, she wondered how it would affect their lives. That was just it…her occupation affected people. And not always in the way she hoped.

It certainly wasn’t what she’d planned to do with her life. But at that point, it was as close as she could get. She had to eat. The cost of living rose every year. With any luck, she would get her foot in the right door eventually. Until then, she had to do what was necessary.

She placed the photograph into a cardboard envelope to keep it safe. It was a good thing she remained anonymous. No one would even think about allowing her near them if they knew who she really was. Her set up worked well for the time being. She mailed her work to her agent and her agent distributed it to the interested parties. The checks made their way back to her with her agent’s name on the header.

One day she hoped to be a real artist. All it took was one picture. A print she could put her name on with pride. Then, everyone would notice her work. She would be the photographer she wanted to be. She’d stand tall when she cashed her checks. No more cloaks and daggers or hiding out. No more anonymity.

Until that day arrived, she would have to go by the nickname the tabloids gave her. They called her the Mamarazzi. They knew she was a woman, but that was it. Mystery surrounded her work, and as long as she delivered the goods, her pictures remained the center focus. She was one of the best paparazzi on the streets. She got the picture the magazines all wanted every time.

She hoped the demand for her work continued. She liked having what everyone wanted. She’d keep her fingers crossed that she could change the overall job title someday. She held onto optimism.

As she wrote her agent’s name in block letters on the outside of the envelope, she shuddered. Thank goodness she wasn’t in the photo within. But she had to eat. She’d make up for it. Someday. Somehow. She would go back and do good things for each celebrity she hurt. It was her solemn promise. And the only way she could sleep at night.

About the Author

IMG_8272PCPVBrooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Accept this Dandelion.”  Brooke is also the author of “Accept this Dandelion,” “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,”  “Beyond the Bars.” She plans to continue the Dandelion story into a series and looks forward to her first children’s book release “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in June 2016. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (5) and Sadie (nearly 2).


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Note from the Author on the book’s inspiration:

I’ve always been fascinated by the Hollywood life and the idea that “they” are different from “us.” The idea for Mamarazzi has been with me for a long time. I’m not even exactly sure when I came up with it, but in college, I had a screenwriting class and I had to write a portion of a screenplay. I wrote “Paparazzi,” which was the same general idea only with a male lead character. When I began writing romantic comedy, the idea came back to me and I decided to chance the main character to a female and call it “Mamarazzi.” I even had a naming contest so that facebook fans and blog readers could name the characters in the book. Every character in the novel is reader named and approved! Overall, I wanted to examine what happens when you take someone from one side of the fence and plop them on the other side. In the end, famous or not, we’re all just people. And in this book, they all have secrets…


And next from Brooke Williams….

“Dandelions on the Road”

releases November 5, 2015… pre-order today by clicking below

Dandelions on the Road (Dandelion Series Book 2)




Writers on Deadlines

I’ve finished another book! It’s with my six Beta Readers right now, goes to my editor next week, and after I turn it in I’ll be able to take a few deep breaths and relax for a bit.

I’ll be posting more about the upcoming book, titled “A Mountain Man’s Redemption” in the coming weeks, as well as releasing the cover.


Path to Publication: Sue Searles

Today fellow Clean Reads author Sue Searles is sharing her Path to Publication Story. Without further ado, here’s Sue…


Sue Searles pic 1Firstly, thanks to Christi for this opportunity to promote my book.

For me, writing is a deeply fulfilling creative outlet; it’s what I was born to do. Anybody who’s written a book knows what a challenging but rewarding journey it can be. Writing involves elements that a casual reader can’t begin to imagine (to name a few: building interesting characters, creating a believable plot with twists and turns, sub-plots that blend seamlessly, remembering the nitty gritties of publishing rules—point of view, show vs. tell, dashes and ellipses, the grueling editing stage…), but there’s little more fulfilling than reaching that last page, and the contentment of seeing the end result.

Let me go back a few years. From as early as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for writing. As a kid I was always tinkering with one story or another, and lengthy poems about the stories I’d written. I had notebooks filled with the stuff. Then high school happened, and writing was pushed to the back burner of my life. Tertiary studies and marriage followed, and then my son was born.

When I look back, it’s probably my son whom I can thank for giving me the courage to take that first step as a serious writer. As a six-year-old, his wonderful imagination led me to write my very first book about the delightful characters in his head…a children’s book which I called An Adventure With Little John and the Coaspies (the title’s long, I know). Writing that book gave me a taste of what it would feel like to actually take my writing seriously. I wrote its sequel, and then in about 2005, tried my hand at my first adult novel, a human trafficking story called Finding Freedom. Since the subject matter was still very hush-hush back then, it took a huge amount of research on my part and, all in all, took me three years to complete. It was a crude attempt, but the results are something I’m still proud of today. My sister loaded it onto Amazon for me, and within a short space of time it had received about two thousand downloads and unbelievable reviews. That gave me the confidence boost I needed—maybe I could do this after all—and so I plunged into another manuscript. This time it was a trilogy about three generations of women whose lives are turned upside down by the family patriarch.

But I had one problem. I was content to sit on my passion and keep it all to myself. Every time I finished writing a book, I left it to gather cyberdust on my computer and literally did nothing with it (except for Finding Freedom).

But, then came Lucia’s Web. I can’t pinpoint any particular event that sparked the plot concept…it literally just popped into my head one day—three girls share a house and there’s something sinister about one of them…. I played around with character sketches and plot outlines, and immediately knew I could make it work. The book started off in the third person, but something was nagging at me…it could be better. And then I realized what it was: This book was screaming to be written in the first person. I went back to the beginning and rewrote it as such, and the story exploded right off the page. To top if off, there were the stabs of humor I hadn’t even planned. Somehow it all worked wonderfully! 

I finished writing Lucia’s Web early this year, and plucked up the courage to submit it to Clean Reads. Within a couple of weeks, it was accepted for publication, and I received my first contract!

Lucia’s Web is, by far, the book I’ve had the most fun writing. The characters are so real to me that I feel I know them personally. (I’m on a serious hunt for a “Sam bag” as I call it—an embroidered “hippie-type” bag that my character Sam carries around with her; my husband thinks I’ve lost my marbles, but I just gotta have one!) Seriously, my characters are that real to me.

While the writing of my other books required a great deal of effort, Lucia’s Web flowed onto the page like a fresh water stream. Even the title gelled with me after just one day (previously, titles took months to form). I’m beyond excited about this latest release and can’t wait to start getting reviews. I didn’t think it was possible to have so much fun writing a book. Hopefully that carries through to my readers.

In a nutshell, I feel strongly about writing stories that are different to the norm. If I’m going to enter into the exhilarating (but exhausting) challenge of writing a book, it must be memorable and life-changing to my readers. There’ll always be a touch of romance in the sub-plot (what girl doesn’t like a bit of romance?), but that is not the focus of my stories. I tend to think outside the conventional box or, as I like to put it, write “sweet stories that defy convention.”

While I loved working on the earlier books, I came alive as a writer when I started Lucia’s Web. Having a book accepted for publication, and the subsequent journey, has been one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced.

LuciasWeb_500x750Creepy characters and shadowy scenes are woven through this suspense-filled story, steeped in strangeness with splashes of humor. When Ali Duncan advertises for two tenants to share an upmarket apartment with her, she has no way of knowing the series of cryptic events that is about to unravel.  When one housemate turns out to be a quirky nonconformist, the other a Gothic misfit, she has to rely on her own defective judgment to find her way.

With circumstances stacked against her, whom can she trust when she finds herself alone in her quest for normality, but nothing in the house is as it seems?

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About Sue:

Sue Searles has written several books, ranging from women’s fiction and short stories to poetry and children’s books. Having worked on various forms of storytelling since childhood, writing has been a lifelong passion.

Now somewhat older and wiser, she is passionate about thinking outside the conventional box, and conveys messages that are thought-provoking and life-changing.

Her inspiration comes mainly from studying people, reading, and daily life.

Sue is happily married and lives in sunny South Africa with her husband and son.

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Path to Publication: Annie Douglass Lima

My Path to Publication
by Annie Douglass Lima

I’ve loved books since even before my mom taught me to read at age three. When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing story and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world’s youngest author. I ran to my room in great excitement, found an old notebook and a pencil, and started in. Well, that first science fiction novel was never actually finished, let alone published, but it got me started. After that, I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t working on at least one book, with lots of poetry and short stories on the side.

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Wood, was a big encouragement to me, both personally and in my writing. She taught an after-school creative writing club, and for various reasons all the other students dropped out one by one. When I was the only one left, I was afraid she would cancel the club, which was the highlight of my week. But she was willing to continue, so I met with her every Tuesday afternoon. I would bring in whatever poems and stories I had written that week, and she would critique them and help me see ways to make them better. My writing improved a lot during the two years she was there, and I will be forever grateful that she was willing to invest so much time in me. I really don’t think I would be where I am today if not for Mrs. Wood.

Prince of Alasia, which I started in college, was the first book I finished that I thought was worth trying to get published. I spent years looking into traditional publishing and trying to get an agent, but to no avail. Finally I learned about Kindle Direct Publishing and did it myself the indie way, eleven and a half years after I first started writing the book. A few months later I added the paperback edition. It was quite a thrill to finally fulfill my childhood dream!

Next came In the Enemy’s Service and Prince of Malorn. I purposely designed the series so that the three books could be read in any order and each one could stand on its own. Each book deals with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life. In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion. In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap.

A year and a half ago, I accepted the challenge to write a book in the month of November for National Novel Writing Month. The Collar and the Cavvarach is very different from my Annals of Alasia fantasy series. It’s darker and grittier, and it takes place in a world almost exactly like our own, except that slavery is legal there. I’ve spent the last year and a half editing and polishing it up, and I really think it’s my best work yet. It’s very exciting to me to finally have it available on Amazon!

I’m no longer seeking an agent or traditional publication, because I don’t think it would help me much. I already have a good editor and cover artist. When it comes to the writing/publishing/marketing process, marketing is my biggest weakness, but the way it works these days, authors are still responsible for most of their own marketing either way. A traditional publisher wouldn’t be likely to do much for me that I’m not already doing anyway. So, I’m content to self publish, and I anticipate continuing to do so for the foreseeable future.

About the Story:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little
sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious
tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous
people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.
 With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a
life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for,
and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major
differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear
metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious
to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and
where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement
for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.
 It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), an
unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from
partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with
their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways:
disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their
hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

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Little More?

Click here to read a description of the setting and what life is like for
slaves and others in that world.
Click here to read chapter 1 for free!
About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated
from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd
currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy.
She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and
to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four
fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry).
Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science
fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

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