Kathryn El-Assal Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Kathryn El-Assal is the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:

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Getting Inspired by… Ray Bradbury

i sing the body electric by ray bradburyFinding something that inspires you to write can be easy or difficult. It can come screaming out of left field like a foul ball, or worse, hit you at the most awkward of times like driving the car. My inspiration tends to pick awful times to invade my brain. It’s usually in the middle of the night. Yes, I’m sure you’re nodding in agreement. We’ve all lost a lot of sleep in this profession.

I admit, I don’t read enough. And I know I should. Shame on me! I’ve always been afraid that if I read, that somehow I’d subconsciously copy the author. Maybe not exactly, but paraphrase someone out there. This is probably a silly fear. Writers are supposed to be inspired by the works of others. But my fear has persisted, and I knew I needed to conquer it. Continue reading

September Releases

Just in time for some cozy Fall reading, here are some hot new books to read while snuggled up under your favorite blankie.


The Transition of Johnny Swift - 120x177The Transition of Johnny Swift by Kerry J. Donovan

When Frank Brazier wakes in hospital a voice tells him to save his sister, but he’s blind, injured, and nobody believes him. What can he do?

The Transition of Johnny Swift is available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK.


Kidnapping in Kauai 120x177Kidnapping in Kaua’i by Ava Easter

Ancient Hawaiian gods are wrecking high schooler Lani’s life. But when her aunt is snatched, Lani needs their help before the worst happens.

Kidnapping in Kaua’i is available on Amazon.com and Amazon UK.


the art of secrets 120x177The Art of Secrets by Vicky Adin

Journalist Emma meets aging author Charlotte. Both are loners. They’ve suffered and trust no one. Will sharing their past heal or hurt them?

The Art of Secrets is available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK.


Sunstrike The Journey HomeSunstrike: The Journey Home by Bev Robitai

A young man, stranded overseas when a solar storm knocks out earth’s technology, has a challenging journey to get home.

Sunstrike: The Journey Home is available at Amazon.com, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.
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lost and found 120x177Lost and Found by Mike Power

A series of wrenching experiences throw a man down the rabbit hole of life where he finds the only thing that can save him is true love.

Lost and Found is available through Amazon.com, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.


Featured Book: Profile of Evil

Profile of Evil by Alexa GraceProfile of Evil
by Alexa Grace
4.6 average star rating from 244 reviews
Available from Amazon

The online world can be a dangerous place for kids whose parents are unaware of their activities, especially when a vicious serial killer is on the rampage. As the body count escalates, the pressure is on for Sheriff Brody Chase and former FBI profiler Carly Smith to stop the terror.

Excerpt

“You need to get here fast, Brody. There are two bodies inside the car.”

Brody slammed the cell phone back in his pocket and raced to the front door. Nausea and fear filled him as he prayed the two bodies were not preadolescent females, like the two unsolved murder files on his desk. The last two years like clockwork, the body of a young girl had been found in his county. Both murders remained unsolved because of a lack of identification, but Brody knew that each girl had family members somewhere. Why in the hell hadn’t anyone reported them missing?

There was either a monster living in his county, or using it as a body dump site. Both options were unsettling, and people were getting nervous. He was sick of being asked why the murders hadn’t been solved, and how close he was to finding the killer. The avid crime television viewers watched every week as crimes were solved and tied up with a ribbon at the end of the hour. That it was taking two years to solve the girls’ murders was unacceptable to them, and they weren’t afraid to voice their opinions — to him, and to the County Commission President, Bradley Lucas, to whom Brody reported.

What others are saying:

“It will keep you on the edge of your seat up all night reading!” – Brandy Blackerby and 42 additional reviewers made a similar statement.