Where to advertise your physical book!


Hey everyone! trying to get your written book seen? Try this one on for size. Showcase your physical book with other indie authors in a display window at our local mall! this weekend we are having a home and garden show. Lot’s of vendors and visitors will see your book! Only $5.00 a month whether you have one book or ten! A landing page directs the curious buyer to where they can get an ebook copy of your book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or wherever you have your ebooks sold through.  So check it out and let others know!  Iowa Book SourceIowa Book Source display window

Like what you see? Every two weeks or so I will change out the decorations to keep it fresh and appealing to the eye.  Have a great day all!

Mother Son Writing Team Hits the Big Time!


When Wendy Siefken and her son, Charles first sat down to pen the story of “Kai’s Journey” they had no idea it would lead to an opportunity to be entered into the hottest new contest for author’s titled “Writer’s Got Talent” Sponsored by Bruce Goldwell.

To see more about this contest and if you think you have what it takes to participate in the next season of “Writer’s Got Talent” starting in March please go to this site; http://www.writersgottalent.com.  The contest site will explain how to vote for your favorite author on Pinterest as well.

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This week there is a special treat for all the readers! The first chapters of the remaining contestant’s books are up for your judgment! Here is the readers chance to judge for yourselves whether or not you would like to read more of the story each contestant has submitted. The remaining authors are listed as follows;

Wendy Siefken   – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259105265/

Aoife Sheridan – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259105551/

Vanessa Castillo Kimball – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259105255/

Shannon L. Dearing – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259105751/

Dawn Gray – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259105219/

Dominique Goodall – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259105197/

Jim Henry – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259105238/

Clarence Bonner – http://pinterest.com/pin/549439223259109758/

You can check out the first chapter posts on Pinterest at this site where you can like, re-pin, share, tweet and like for Facebook to show your support for the authors!

http://pinterest.com/brucegoldwell/first-chapters-www-writersgottalent-com/

As Bruce Goldwell says, “Vote for your favorite author, watch book trailers and order a good book by an Independent Author!”

Our Interview with Lovely Whitmore!


Image of Lovely Whitmore              It's All Coming Back To Me Now

                                              Bio

Hi I’m Lovely Whitmore I’m a Georgia native, born in Macon Ga raised in Atlanta Ga from age 4 to 17. I went to Booker T Washington Magnet High School. I also went to Turner Job Corps, Central Texas College, and Western Governors University. I currently reside in Louisiana.

I am a mother of three who loves sports, reading, chatting, and meeting new people. I like writing fiction and realistic fiction for different ages. My first book was published Jan 2, 2012 it is titled Journals of a Wannabe Basketball Player inspired by my twin daughters who are on the cover of the book. Get your copy today.

Personal Interests
I love basketball! My favorite point guard is Rajon Rondo. I have his poster on my bedroom wall! I love singing even though my singing ability lacks talent LOL but I love it nevertheless. My favorite song is All I ask of You by Rafael Sadiq. Favorite author is VC Andrews I love those books!
I love listening to music from the 80’s and 90’s.

I like writing books about different things. I write for the enjoyment and have many stories to tell some are fiction for children, non fiction and some are for adults.

                                                      Bio provided author’s site

1. What makes for a good hook in your stories? Where does your inspiration come from?
I try to come up with something that will have the reader begging for more.
2. Are you an organized writer? Do you do things like take notes and make lists of characters? Or do you free write and work it out as you go?Sometimes I am organized, but for the most part I am not. I do character sketch for my antagonist and protagonist. I do a smaller sketch for some of the other characters as well. Sometimes I find free writing to be more easy however, I am currently working on a chapter book that I have outlined the chapters and things that will happen during them which is different than my norm.
3. What is your normal writing day like? Do you write when you are inspired or do you have a schedule?Usually I am working on 2 to 3 stories at a time. Right now I have been going back and forth on 3 stories, 2 of them are middle grade children novels, and the other is a romance drama.
4. Who is your favorite author and how did they inspire you to write?
 I can’t really say I have a favorite however I love V.C. Andrews series

5. It’s easy to see that you have a passion for writing but is there any part of it you don’t like?I get anxious sometimes and just wanna get done already. Heehee
6. Do you make time to read and if you do what are you reading right now? Well lately I have been meeting a lot of self published and new authors so I try to read a new book a week
7. How did you get started in writing in the fictional dramatic love story genre? Is there personal life experience in the writing?I started writing “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” 13 years ago. LOL It was in my closet collecting dust until a few months ago when I decided to finish it.

8. Your books have been published with Amazon.com, Does this mean you see the publishing industry headed this way?I sure hope so however I like the freedom of self publishing
9. Do you have any online sites where others can read more of your writings?I do have a website that I use to promote my books as well as others it is http://www.bestindieauthors.com
10. Do you have any more stories in the works? What kinds of stories do you plan to write next?Yes I am currently working on 2 children novels and 1 drama/love story
11. Who would be your first choice to play Randy Jackson from your book “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” ?Morris Chestnut for sure!
12. If you could meet anyone from any time who would it be and what would be your first question?Jesus, I’m not sure what I would ask him though

Our own shameless plug!


Kai’s Journey – Charles & Wendy Siefken

by Page Bookshelf Central on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:20am ·
“Kai’s Journey” is a story about a young man, set ten years in the future. Kai has spent those years fighting for survival and trying to find a way rid the world of the disease his father created.. His father was a military scientist charged with the task of perfecting a formula that would create a superior breed of soldiers. Kai’s father accidentally created a race of zombies. Like a virus, it soon spreads to the entire world, unleashing a period of unsurpassed chaos and conflict. In the midst of this turmoil, Kai comes across a young woman named Clover, who is part of a clan traveling across the United States to try to find what is left of humanity. Clover is a part of a clan of werewolves who can turn at will but aren’t blood thirsty savages as depicted in general history. . Along the way Kai and Clover come across stragglers who join with the group as they journey across the upper part of what used to be known as North America.One night while Kai and Clover were watching a meteor shower they meet a group totally out of this world. Kai and Clover begin a heroic journey, fueled by the increasingly dim hope that somehow, the human race will have a chance to start over.

From the title I expected a story along the same lines as The kite runner, but oh no this is definately nothing like that. This is a story of a quest; a quest to cure a disease and rid the world of zombies and Kai, for reasons that will be made clear in the book, is the one who feels he must carry out this quest. A thrilling book and that is praise indeed as I don’t normally read or watch anything to do with zombies.

We have an article in the Marshall Times, its an insert in the Marshalltown Times Republican. Its a local news paper. I really do like how Mike Donahey did the article too. Very well done! I was so excited I was all giggly at the gas station! not a normal mood for me to be in,, (Giggly) that is.. but was just excited to see my son in the paper and our book being out there! awesome!

Our Interview with Bruce Obee!


Image of Bruce Obee            Scuttlejack (A Damon Quinn Mystery)

                                           Bio

The Pacific coastal environment has been the setting for most of Bruce Obee’s work during the past four decades. A writer of books, magazine articles, and television scripts, his work is published by National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Travel & Leisure, British Columbia Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and others. Obee has won several international magazine awards as well as Canada’s prestigious Leo Award for screenwriting. He is a recipient of the Governor-General’s Commemorative Medal for “significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.” Bruce Obee lives on Vancouver Island with his wife, Janet Barwell-Clarke. They have two grown daughters, Nicole and Lauren Obee.

                                       Bio provided by author’s site

It was our pleasure to get an opportunity to interview Bruce and learn more about him and his lustrous and long career in writing! So please give a warm welcome to Bruce!

1.  What makes for a good hook in your stories? Where does your inspiration come from?

Three things: characters, setting, and plot. Damon Quinn, my investigative crime writer, is a departure from typical cops or private eyes. Someone different. The West Coast setting has always been the focus of my work. I’m completely comfortable writing about home, and readers find Pacific Canada extraordinarily attractive. The plot relies on the rural and wilderness features of the setting, and Quinn’s familiarity with the West Coast. Urban segments may come into the story, but much of the intrigue is found in the backwater ambience of coastal villages, islands, and oceans.

2.   Are you an organized writer? Do you do things like take notes and make lists of characters?  Or do you free write and work it out as you go?

I’m excruciatingly organized, I tie loose ends and tidy my desk at the end of each day. I research and interview extensively, and write from a detailed outline that keeps the story on track. I polish as I write so the first draft is reasonably clean. Then I rewrite, sleep, rewrite, sleep, and rewrite.

3.  What is your normal writing day like? Do you write when you are inspired or do you have a schedule?

I work non-stop in my home office from about 7:30 each morning until around 6:30 p.m., a routine I’ve maintained through 40 years of full-time writing. I write on assignment for established publishers—no government or corporate flacking—and always write to contractual deadlines. A thousand words is an extremely good day.

4.  Who is your favorite author and how did they inspire you to write?

The late Roald Dahl. I’ve been fortunate to have been published with him in an anthology. I envy his incomparable wit and economic style, moving his stories at a pace where every word is vital to the plot and tone. His Tales of the Unexpected are proof that no one can deliver so many surprises in so few words. 

5.  It’s easy to see that you have a passion for writing but is there any part of it you don’t like?

As I mention on my website, writing is a life sentence. Writers are plagued by a mind that travels with the body, so the work never stops. Sometimes I wish my vocation would just go away. But I love writing, and while I take days off like every other worker, the writing gears are always churning. Storytelling is an addiction.

6.  Do you make time to read and if you do what are you reading right now?

I read an hour or two every night, mainly mysteries, almost always Canadian, English, or Scottish authors, sometimes Kiwis and Australians. Mark Zuehlke, Peter Robinson, Giles Blunt, Jack Hodgins, Ian Rankin, P.D. James, Elizabeth George are some contemporary favourites. Lately I’ve been reading mysteries written by other Amazon Kindle authors, including several Americans.

7.   How did you get started in the mystery fiction genre? Is there personal life experience in the writing?

I’ve spent a lifetime writing illustrated non-fiction, longing for a time when I could create picture-free stories, and have the freedom to say things I’d never get away with in truthful journalism. Mysteries are my obvious choice. They lead off with a clearly-defined purpose, move methodically through a series of twists and surprises, then conclude with a tidy finale. My short story, The Partnership, sold on the first try to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, which encouraged me to believe I could write salable fiction.

8.  Your books have been published with Amazon.com, Does this mean you see the publishing industry headed this way?

Yes, traditional publishers are struggling. Some of our most respected, i.e. Canada’s McClelland and Stewart, are being absorbed into larger companies. Many are going belly-up. Their promotion budgets are dwindling and authors are compelled to set up websites and market their own books. Not long ago self-publishing carried a ‘can’t-sell-it’ stigma, but now some authors are discovering higher sales, certainly higher royalties, in self-published ebooks. Readers, too, are finding talented authors whose talents were bypassed by established print publishers. Print is far from obsolete, but ebooks invariably offer a broader choice of books and authors.

9.  Do you have any online sites where others can read more of your writings?

My website, www.bruceobee.com, has frequently-updated blogs about writing, sometimes asking for fiction ideas from readers. There’s a biography, bibliography, FAQs on writing, books I’ve written, videos I’ve produced, and published magazine stories that have been requested by readers. There’s also a link to my photography website, with categorized photos and contacts for my photo agent.

10.  Do you have any more stories in the works? What kinds of stories do you plan to write next?

I’m dreaming up the next Damon Quinn Mystery, aiming to nail down the outline and begin writing within the next three weeks. I’ve offered these mysteries as a series and intend to keep up a scheduled pace for new books, hopefully every eight or nine months.

11.  Who would be your first choice to play Damon Quinn from your book “Scuttlejack”?

Colin Cunningham, a California-born actor now based in Vancouver, Canada. Colin and I met when we shared a table at Vancouver’s Leo Awards, where we both won Leos, his for acting, mine for screenwriting. He played a shady undercover cop in the long-running series Da Vinci’s Inquest, so he’s already primed for the role of Damon Quinn.

12.  If you could meet anyone from any time who would it be and what would be your first question?

Terry Fox. I’d ask where he found the strength to achieve a dream held by every political leader—to unite an entire country, to make all Canadians so profoundly proud of their own nationality.