How This Author Became a Big Deal in Moulton, Alabama | book reviews, print books, indie authors, martin crosbie, my name is hardly, my temporary life, the dead list, moulton alabama, fifteen minutes of fame

rock star author picWhen my Andy Warhol appointed fifteen minutes happened back in 2012 and my book was topping the charts, I didn’t have to look for promotion opportunities. They found me. I was asked to give interviews, guest blog, even teach courses on how to self-publish. Some of those efforts helped me connect with readers and some did not. Among the requests I received was an email from a woman in Moulton, Alabama asking me to send her a print copy of my book. Sending out print books can be expensive and you often wonder whether it’s worthwhile. When my moment in the sun was shining so brightly that I could hardly see, I didn’t have time to research every opportunity that came my way. I just kept saying “yes”.

The woman in Moulton claimed to be a reviewer for a number of small newspapers in the area. She’d read the blurb of my book, saw that it was doing well and wanted to read it. But, she wasn’t interested in any of those eBook thingies. She wanted a print book. I suppose I could have got on the Google (as I heard it said recently) to verify her identity, but I didn’t have time for that. I was busy watching my dashboard change every copy of My Temporary Life I sold. So, I sent out the print version. And, I waited for something to happen. Continue reading

LynneQuisition: A Vine Voice Reviewer | Amazon, Vine Voice, reviews, etiquette, LynneQuisition, book reviews

Interviews by Lynne CantwellYou may have seen the “Vine Voice” tag on reviews around Amazon’s website, and wondered what it meant. Here to help us figure it out is Mystery Reviewer, who participates in the Vine Voice program. He has agreed to take a seat in the comfy chair while I ask him a few questions. (He thinks he’s safe because he doesn’t review many books, but just in case, he wishes to remain anonymous…)

Mystery Reviewer (MR), how does the Vine program work, and how did you get into it? Continue reading

Indie Reads – January 2016 | indie book reviews, indie books of the month, Big Al’s Books and Pals, Cath ‘n Kindle Reviews

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


mountains of mischief gordon a long 120x177Mountains of Mischief by Gordon A. Long

“…Long does an excellent job rounding out his secondary characters, and painting the pictures of the landscapes…”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Mountains of Mischief is available through Amazon.com.


I came to find a girl by jaq hazell 120x177I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell

“The prose flowed. The dialogue was clipped and realistic. And the pages kept turning. The author owes me some sleep.”

Read the rest of the review by Pete Barber.

I Came to Find a Girl is available through Amazon.com.


The Reveal by Mike Markel 120x177The Reveal by Mike Markel

“I was kept guessing until the end… This one kept me up late, eager to find out whodunit.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

The Reveal is available through Amazon.com.


Dies Irae BV Lawson 120x177Dies Irae by BV Lawson

“…there are some faint clues toward the climax…anyone clever enough to guess the killer is still in for a satisfying surprise.”

Read the rest of the review by Sam Waite.

Dies Irae is available on Amazon.com..


Mondo Bohemian by Quentin ParkerMondo Bohemiano by Quentin J. Parker

“It’s funny, witty, light-hearted, colourful and very memorable. … An enjoyable debut novel.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Mondo Bohemiano is available through Amazon.com.


Indie Reads – December 2015 | indie book reviews, indie books of the month, Big Al’s Books and Pals, Cath ‘n Kindle Reviews

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


The Lost TornadoThe Lost Tornado by James Dean Divine

“Overall, a wonderfully emotional, warm and funny coming of age novel.”

Read the rest of the review by Keith Nixon.

The Lost Tornado is available through Amazon.com.


Annalises Up and Down Day 120x177Annalise’s Up and Down Day by Denise L. Jenne

“…simple enough for a child to grasp at first glance, yet with enough details to hold a person’s interest.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

Annalise’s Up and Down Day is available through Amazon.com.


The Green Room by Faith MortimerThe Green Room by Faith Mortimer

“The ending I thought…without giving too much away…was rather sophisticated.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

The Green Room is available through Amazon.com.


The Deathtakers DaughterThe Deathtaker’s Daughter by SL Baum

“I loved The Deathtaker and its premise. The Deathtaker’s Daughter surpasses it.”

Read the rest of the review by BigAl.

The Deathtaker’s Daughter is available on Amazon.com..


Duty with Honor by Susan StuckeyDuty with Honor by Susan Stuckey

“…an excellent job weaving all the story arcs together and bringing the story to a satisfying end.”

Read the rest of the review by ?wazithinkin.

Duty with Honor is available through Amazon.com.