Friday, March 30, 2012

Karlene Petitt Author Appearance Contest

The fabulous new thriller author of Flight For Control, Karlene Petitt, is hosting a unique giveaway that you don't want to miss. If you didn't know, Karlene is also a commercial airline pilot, which when combined with her writing talent, makes her the perfect person to write the most heart-pounding aviation thriller you'll ever read. After reading it you will not look at your typical flight, or the aviation industry, the same ever again.

Here are the details: For every book ordered due to this blog post, each person who comes back and shows they purchased a book~just a little cut and paste, in the comments, will be entered into a master worldwide drawing for Karlene Petitt to come to their location~anywhere in the world~and be a guest speaker at their book club. Where in the World will she go? Who knows. But she will schedule a day and fly there to meet them and their friends for a personal book signing and discussion.

For more on Karlene and the contest be sure to catch her on March 31, at 0600 EST March 31st, when she is speaking on The “Brave New Radio” on a N.Y. radio station WP88.7 FM discussing Flight For Control. The show can be heard live at and she'll be interviewed on FlightPodcast one day that week too. Date to go live will be determined but during that week. She will be been interviewed on the Stuck Mic Podcast and will shout about this during that week. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Indie Elite Welcomes Karen Amanda Hooper

The Indie Elite is thrilled to welcome author Karen Amanda Hooper (with Rhemalda Press) to our ranks. Karen’s debut YA fantasy novel, Tangled Tides, was released by Rhemalda Publishing, and her newest book, Grasping at Eternity will be released in May of 2012.

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairytales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

Here is a bit about her debut novel, Tangled Tides:

Tangled Tides is the story of a human girl turned mermaid who discovers she is the only soul who can save a world of sea creatures.

“Adventure, family secrets, and sizzling romance. I couldn’t put it down!”

“This novel does for mermaids what Twilight did for vampires.” ~Addison Moore, the CELESTRA series

You can buy Tangled Tides at:
AmazonRhemalda Bookstore, Barnes & Noble.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Biggest Fan Nook Giveaway

Two of the Indie Elite, Christine Fonseca and Heather McCorkle, are doing a fantastic giveaway geared specifically toward their fans that you won't want to miss. You can win great books or even a Nook Simple Touch. Here are the details:

Be a fan and read and review any of the following books:
DIES IRAE                                                                                                LACRIMOSA

(Compass Press version)                                                                               BORN OF FIRE

CHANNELER'S CHOICE                                                                      BORN OF FIRE & DIES IRAE                                                              (Special Compass Press Print Edition)

Get Points for any of the following:+1 for a review of each title on your blog (past or present)
+1 for a review of each title on Goodreads
+3 for a review of each title on Amazon
+3 for a review of each title on B&N
+2 for a review of each title on any other retail site

The ladies only ask two things, that you please review after you read, and that your are honest. They're not looking for gushing reviews here (though those are wonderful and will of course count) and they're thrilled at three and four stars as well as five. Anything below three stars is a pretty universal sign that you didn't like the novel and those reviews will not count toward your points. The winner doesn't have to be a follower of their blogs but of course we'd love it if you were because we like to connect with our fans.

There will be second and third place winners as well, both of which include signed copies of our books and bookish swag. Keep track of the fun on twitter with the hashtag #YAFAN To enter the contest click HERE.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Welcome New Member Ebony McKenna

Published with Egmont Press, Ebony McKenna joins us all the way from Australia where she lives with her husband and son. She has worked as a journalist, market researcher, website editor, and company director. She also waitressed, cleaned and prepared food in her family's restaurant when she was a teenager.

In the 1990s she worked as a journalist on many leading Melbourne newspapers. She won many awards - including scooping first and second place in the one night for best news report. By day she wrote other people's stories, but by night she plotted epic adventures.

Now she writes fun and fantastic young adult novels for a living. A bit about her novels:

"The Ondine books are a sparkling combination of romance and magic – perfect for teen girls. Written with genuine humour and unique eccentricity, the series is an obvious choice for fans of The Princess Bride and Ella Enchanted.

Ebony McKenna is a fantastically imaginative author whose scope and story-telling encompasses the bizarre, the mysterious and the romantic." 

Her novels:

Friday, March 23, 2012

Please Welcome New Member A.M. Hudson

We're pleased to welcome author A.M. Hudson all the way from Australia as the newest member of the Indie Elite. Her Dark Secrets series has taken Australia by storm and is now gaining footing here in the U.S. Read the first chapter of Tears of the Broken and you'll know why.

Currently it is FREE on B&N for the Nook, so if you have a Nook hurry over and get it now! But no worries, if you have a Kindle it's still only .99 cents and trust us when we say, it's worth so much more! And of course it's available in paperback at both locations (and many more) as well.

So what is Tears of the Broken about? Here you go:

When you love someone, there’s nothing you wouldn’t forgive.But what about murder?

Ara-Rose will learn that life is fashioned from one tragedy after the next, and that sometimes, the truth people hide from you is nothing you could have imagined.

But Ara has secrets of her own, and she’s willing to take them to her grave—a place David Knight will fight to keep her from.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Release By Eisley Jacobs: Runaway Choices

Today we welcome Eisley Jacobs to talk about her latest novel, Runaway Choices (don't you just love that cover?!). Take it away Eisley.

Eisley: So why am I here? Well, mostly to talk about my new novel RUNAWAY CHOICES. Some of you may know I’m the author of a middle grade children’s series called DRAGONS FOREVER (Born to be a Dragon and Blink of a Dragon), but some people are shocked to find out I write for adults as well. Sometimes, topics just hit me, and I run with them, which is really how RUNAWAY CHOICES was born. RUNAWAY CHOICES is considered Christian Speculative Fiction and… what? What was that? You aren’t sure what that term means? Well, welcome to the club. Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, superhero, utopian/dystopian, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and alternate history in literature as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts. How is THAT for an all encompassing genre? Fortunately, the face of Christian publishing is changing, and hopefully, all these genres will be split into their own sections, because I’m not sure fantasy and post-apocalyptic belong in the same genre. But I digress. RUNAWAY CHOICES is undoubtedly in the fantastical fiction genre. We have suspense, a bit of romance, some supernatural, as well as some strange apocalyptic sprinkles, all of which is why it is labeled Speculative Fiction. It starts off with the main character having conned her way onto a flight to London, and when she hits the ground, the adventure explodes. At times, almost literally. Soon after her reality spirals out of control, she meets up with the swoon-worthy Colin. The adventures they encounter from there may have you going through a sea of emotions of your own as Beck learns that running away isn’t her only choice. Knowing that I write Christian Fiction in addition to a non-Christian children’s series is bound to get some questions.

The most popular is “Are there Christian ideals in DRAGONS FOREVER?” The answer to that is easy. Yes. But these Christian ideals also hold true for people of good morals, not just Christians. Friendship, believing in yourself, love, trust, family, positive attitudes, forgiveness. Things I strive to ingrain into my kids through everyday circumstances. Things I know parents want their kids to learn regardless of their religious views. The same holds true for all of the novels I have written and continue to write. I will never ever write anything that doesn’t line up with my convictions. If I can’t stand behind it 100%, then I won’t write it. Thank you so much Heather for allowing me to come and share on your blog today!

RUNAWAY CHOICES Blurb: Everyone runs from their past; Beck has it mastered. She’s been running for so long, stopping is a foreign concept. With her conning skills and wits at the ready, she's on a plane to London, free of charge. Beck believes everything is going as planned, but when reality twists on its axis, she soon wonders whose plan? Teaming up with the gorgeous bellhop, Colin, is a no-brainer, especially when they discover their connections are anything but accidental. In their quest for answers, both are confronted with the demons of their pasts. Beck panics and does what comes naturally -- runs. However, she's not only running from herself, but from the superhuman who has made it his life's goal to track her down and either remove her from the equation or convince her to join him.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Please Welcome Christine Fonseca

The Indie Elite is proud to welcome author Christine Fonseca to our ranks. Christine is an acclaimed non-fiction author of educational titles focusing on the social and emotional needs of gifted children and their families.  Christine also writes fabulous fiction for young adults and the first novel in her Requiem series, Lacrimosa, is now available through Compass press.

Here are her books on Amazon and B&N.
Here is a bit about Lacrimosa:

It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

How much will she sacrifice for love?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Member Judith Graves

I hope you'll join me in welcoming our newest member, Judith Graves. Judith is published with Leap Books and currently has two novels out and is in a fantastic anthology called Spirited.

Here is a bit about her first novel, Under My Skin:

All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life... Redgrave had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets, missing children. The Delacroix family is taking the blame, but Eryn knows the truth. Something stalks the night. Wade, the police chief's son and Redgrave High's resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn--in fact, she's lethal. But she can't help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding--human Alec. And then her world falls apart. A normal life? Now that's the real fairytale.
For more check out Judith's tab above and to find her books click here

Next Installment in the Channeler Series

For those who haven't seen it out and about yet, the next installment of the channeler series by Heather McCorkle, is out! It's available in both hardback and eBook from Compass Press at all major retailers. Here is a bit about it:

With her parents’ murderers dead, Eren can finally concentrate on fitting in at Spruce Knoll High, not to mention figuring out what it means to be a channeler. If only it were that easy. It turns out she isn’t normal even among channelers - she may be a legendary warrior meant to protect the earth in a last great battle.

But Mayan prophecies are the least of her worries as she involuntarily starts to gather her own Society, another girl moves in on Aiden, her powers rage out of control, and worst of all, someone is stalking her. To top it all off, Eren discovers she doesn’t have to be a channeler after all - she has a choice.

As an old threat closes in and she risks ending up like her parents, she is forced to decide. Be a normal teenager and leave the legendary warrior stuff to someone else, or embrace a dark destiny?

Heather hinted that she'll be announcing a huge contest next week that involves this novel.

A few places you can find it: