Reblog: One is delusional, the other is trembling on the edge

John L. Monk:

One of the authors in the troll anthology has a sale going for two of her books. Her short story was incredibly strange and funny and a little horrifying, and I can’t imagine what her longer fiction is like…but if I had to guess: strange, funny, and a little horrifying :)

Originally posted on Carol Ervin's Author Site:

Bob Summer’s new book, The Edge, is a psychological suspense novel that will keep you reading, and it’s currently 99 cents for Kindle.TheEdge

The Edge is a sequel to Alone But Not Lost, which features a young woman struggling for sanity. This woman appears again in The Edge, sought by a policewoman with problems of her own.Alone

For the next five days, Alone But Not Lost is also 99 cents. These books are well worth the money–grab your copies now before the price goes up.

Alone But Not Lost (Amazon US)

Alone But Not Lost (Amazon UK)

The Edge  (Amazon US)

The Edge (Amazon UK)

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Picked up a nice blog review of “Kick,” by author C.W. Thomas

What a surprise when I found out about this today (spoiler alert, he liked it):

Over on the right side of his blog I noticed he also recommends Harvey Click’s book “The Bad Box.” In the back of all my books, I mention the Awesome Indies. Assuming that’s how Mr. Thomas discovered the book, I’m glad to see my attempt at cross-marketing being successful.  Way to go Harvey.


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Reblog: Panel Etiquette At A Con – My Opinion

John L. Monk:

I haven’t seen a panel of writers in over 20 yrs, and that one had Stephen Baxter and some other folks up there. I guess I got lucky :)

Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

I just got back from another great MidSouth Convention held in Memphis, and as usual I took away a lot of good and some bad from it. Today I’ll talk about the bad, because I still haven’t had enough coffee as I sit down and write this post, and the 13 hour ride home Sunday into Monday is still kicking my ass…

There are a few bad things I saw on panels, and not just this weekend. It seems like every convention I go to, or anytime I talk with another writer who’s done quite a few conventions like I have, these things come up, so I’m here to be a jerk and point out what you really shouldn’t be doing if you’re lucky enough to be invited to speak on a panel with your peers. Luckily, only a couple of these came up this past weekend, and for the…

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For Whom The Bell Trolls: a very special anthology

In 2013, Lindy Moone approached me with an opportunity of a lifetime: assist her in editing the world’s very first troll anthology (which she calls an “antrollogy” because she’s weird like that).

The stories run the gamut of genres: Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Literary, Horror. Superbly formatted, the collection is of the highest quality. And, in what may be a first in indie publishing (certainly a rarity), the book is ILLUSTRATED.

Lindy Moone is an amazing artist. Her work blends gestalt hyper-realism with Byzantine transversalism, or so they say in Continental circles (minus breakaway segments from the cubist school of gnostic henism — bunch of barbarians, if you ask me).

Anyway … the collection is up for pre-order over on Amazon. If you buy it now, you will be the first in hopefully a long list of contributors to a worthy charity: Equality Now, a group that seeks to advance the rights of girls and women around the world.

Here’s the book!


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Review Reblog: “Thief’s Odyssey” by John L. Monk

John L. Monk:

Carol Kean has knocked me out with this amazing, hilarious, COOL review. Wow.

I think I’m going to re-read it now…

Originally posted on carolkean:

Cover Art by Keith Draws

John L Monk blogs:

Two years ago, I wrote Thief’s Odyssey from a sense of frustration with Hollywood movies that depict thieves … I wanted to write the kind of story that really fleshed out the myth of the “Master Thief.”  Someone who looks at what he does as almost an art, does it for the challenge alone, and isn’t constantly promising his girlfriend, “This is the last job, baby, I swear…then we’ll get that white picket fence.”  I also wanted to show realistic depictions of safecracking, lock picking, the bypassing of alarms, hacking, identity theft, and even smuggling.

One of my big inspirations when writing Thief’s Odyssey was Bill Mason’s non-fiction memoir, Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief — highly recommended.

DISCLAIMER #1: I did not want to like this book. Americans are notorious for their love affair with outlaws, and in…

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Reblog: A new book for indie publishers and wannabes

John L. Monk:

That’s what she said!

Originally posted on Carol Ervin's Author Site:

Podcaster, audiobook narrator and author Simon Whistler has become a well-known name among indie authors. His new book, Bootstrapping for Indies: Self-Publishing on a Budget, presents a different and radical approach to self-publishing–the “bootstrapping mindset.” It’s an easy introduction to independent publishing.bootstrapping.jpb

The ebook is currently 99 cents on Amazon, and free to download from

Everybody won’t like or be able to follow Whistler’s suggestions, but they’ll be great solutions for others. After all, Whistler closely follows the indie publishing world and has interviewed and interacted with hundreds of successful indie authors. I’m not a publishing newbie, but I made notes to myself of good things to do to save money and increase visibility.

Whistler’s book should give a lot of encouragement to those who are thinking of “going indie.” Be sure to read to the end—you can do it in a few hours.

See reviews on Amazon.


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Author E.J. Robinson Reviews “Thief’s Odyssey”

Right on the heels of Kattie Hamstead Teller’s wonderful review of Fool’s Ride comes another nice blog review of my latest book “Thief’s Odyssey.”

Here’s a lovely quote I snagged:

“John’s work here is reminiscent of Donald Westlake, one of the masters of the genre. And that’s one of the highest compliments I can give because Westlake’s work is all about immersing you into the world of real criminals doing real crimes.”

I totally have to pick up something from this “Donald Westlake” fellow — sounds right up my alley.


One thing about E.J. Robinson: I read his book and told him how much I loved it. He turned around and read all of mine (hehe). About two months ago, long before he’d written his blog review, I’d asked him to join the ranks of the Awesome Indies. He plans to, but wants to do a final sweep through his book to make it absolutely perfect for an upcoming promo he’s doing. I admire his professionalism. In respect of his wishes, I’m holding off the “official” announcement until later. But stay tuned!


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