Thursday, 13 October 2011


The morning sun inched from the sea into a cloudless sky. Boo Waters walked through the
sand with his surfboard tucked under his tan, muscular arm. He had two hours to practice before
the Sandbridge Surf Contest.
Boo trotted into the water, jumped on his board, and paddled toward the orange horizon.
While he power-stroked over the breakers, he spotted a chest-high swell forming outside. In
a smooth move, he straddled the board and swirled his feet clockwise until he faced the shore.
After dropping to his stomach, he shoveled cupped hands into the water and paddled hard until
the wave lifted him. Immediately, he was on his feet and slicing hard to his right. Shooting down
the open-faced wave, Boo noticed a kid on the beach frantically waving his arms and jumping up
and down.
As Boo rode the wave into the shallows, he wondered if there was a problem. The closer he
got, a teenage boy with a huge, white-toothed smile, waved frantically.
“Hey, buddy! Something wrong?” Boo yelled, hopping from his board in knee-deep water.
The grinning boy wobbled toward him on thin, shaky legs, skinny arms flailing. “Wike dat,
mister. Wike see you do dat. It neat.”
Before Boo had a chance to analyze the scene and reply, a loud voice bellowed from the
nearby oceanfront cottage. “Jimmy Lee, git yo butt back here! Told ya not ta git neer dat water!”
Suddenly, a flash of Boo’s past filled his head. He recalled his college years working with
kids in Special Olympics, and realized this young teen suffered from Palsy. Shaking the past
from his head, he smiled and asked, “You like surfin’?”
The wide-eyed boy bounced up and down. “Uh-huh! Look fun.”
The heavy-set woman stumbled down the cottage steps and plowed through the sand,
her head wobbling back and forth as if on a spring. Approaching, she hollered between
gasps, “Leave da man be, Jimmy Lee! He ain’t got time fo’ you.”
Boo placed his board on the beach, noticing the boy’s tears dripping onto dry sand. Offering
his hand for a sandy high-five, he calmly said, “My name’s Boo. You’re Jimmy Lee?”
After a deep sniffle, the teenager kept his head down and nodded, but his big brown eyes
peeked up and made contact with Boo’s. His thin hand slapped Boo’s. “Yo name, Boo? Dat’s
funny. I stay in Atlanta, Georgia.”
The winded woman stomped up and stopped, sucking in big gulps of air. “Mister, don’t pay
my boy no mind. He ain’t right.”
Stings of anger and hurt raced through Boo’s nerves, singeing his heart. Without looking at
the woman, he replied, “Nice to meet you, Jimmy Lee. Yeah, buddy, Boo’s my nickname.”
The woman growled, “Jimmy Lee, tell da man bye. We gotta go.”
As if deaf, Jimmy Lee knelt in the sand and ran his brown trembling fingers over the white
surfboard. His head bobbed up and down as he whispered, “Smooth.”
A smile filled Boo’s face. “Yep, it’s made from foam and fiberglass.”
Jimmy Lee looked up with big brown eyes and nodded. “Can I hold it?”
The woman’s screeching voice sliced into their conversation. “Jimmy Lee! Git yo hands
off’n dat thing. Da man don’t want ya breakin’ his stuff. We can’t ‘ford to pay fer it.”
Boo slowly knelt down beside Jimmy Lee and looked up at the woman. “Ma’am, he can’t
hurt it. I understand what you’re sayin’. I’ve worked with special kids, and –”
She leaned close to her boy and said, “Ya don’t know nuthin’. It’s hard puttin’ up wid him.
Jimmy Lee, come on, we goin’.”
The excited, but dejected young man struggled to his feet, white sand salting his boney
knees. “Mama, all’s I wanna do is lay on it…in da water.”
Before the upset woman spoke, Boo said, “Ma’am, I’ve got another surfboard and a life vest
at my house across the street. I’ll be happy to get ‘em…if you’ll let Jimmy Lee go out and paddle
around with me. He’ll love it. And I’ll watch over him.”
Jimmy Lee jumped up and down, lost his balance, and toppled backward into the
sand. “Lemme, Mama, please,” he said with pleading eyes, lying flat on his back.
The woman looked at her son, paused, and then focused her stare on Boo. “You ain’t gonna
let my boy get hurt, is ya? He’s crippled…he can’t swim.”
Boo walked over to the lady and whispered, “Ma’am, there’s not many things for God’s
special children to do…to be like other kids they see everyday. I believe the ocean lets everyone
become a part of something so much bigger. Ma’am, that’s a good thing. If you’d like to see
your little boy real happy...let him go out and float around. I promise, I’ll be right beside him the
whole time.”
Her hard brown eyes softened and glassed over with tears. “Okay, sir. I’m gonna go gits my
man to come an watch.”
Boo turned, biting his lower lip, and feeling his throat tighten. “That’s fine,” he whispered.
Looking at Jimmy Lee, he said, “I’ll be right back, buddy.”
A broad smile preceded, “Otay, Boo!”
Several minutes later, Boo raced across the warming sand with another board and a bright
orange vest. He smiled upon seeing the lady and a large man standing beside Jimmy Lee, holding
the surfboard.
Boo said, “Here’s your life vest, Jimmy Lee. All first-time surfers wear these.”
“Otay,” replied the grinning young man.
After the vest was on, Boo walked beside Jimmy Lee into the water, helping him onto the
board and showing him how to paddle. They laughed and talked like regular surfers as Jimmy
Lee paddled into the beautiful blue-green ocean. Life was good for both of them.
Boo took notice of how natural Jimmy Lee looked lying on the board, stroking through the
white water. Through a smile, he said, “Okay, dude, sit up and straddle the board. Relax.”
Jimmy smiled. “Dis easier dan walkin’. I like floatin’. Tanks, Boo.”
Boo scanned the ocean and silently prayed for one small wave. “Hey, buddy, wait til you tell
your buddies you surfed.”
Splashing his hands in the cool water, Jimmy Lee mumbled, “Won’t believe me. Da always
pokin’ fun at me. Ain’t gonna tell ‘em.”
Boo blinked his eyes, remembering how cruel kids can be to others. He took a breath of salt
air. “Buddy, none of your friends are doing what you are today. Don’t you ever let their silly
words bother you. You’re now a surfer, dude.”
With a slight nod, Jimmy Lee splashed the water and whispered, “Otay.”
Boo looked up and spotted his answered prayer approaching. “Jimmy Lee, lay on the
board. Get ready to paddle. When I say, ‘stand up’, try to get on your feet. Ride straight in to the
“Otay,” Jimmy Lee replied, looking with excitement-filled eyes into the horizon.
Boo reached over and placed his hands on the back of Jimmy Lee’s board. “When you feel
the wave pushing you, stand up. If you don’t, that’s okay. We’ll keep trying, dude.” Boo timed
the push with the small swelling wave. “Get it, little buddy.”
Jimmy Lee struggled and pushed up from his belly to his knees, wobbled for a few seconds,
and plopped back onto his stomach. It didn’t matter because the boy rode the swell right onto the
beach. His laughter exploded across quiet shoreline. His parents clapped and cheered as their son
hopped from the board and awkwardly stomped toward them.
Boo wiped salty tears from his eyes and shot Jimmy Lee a thumb up. Boo knew he’d
missed the Sandbridge Surf Contest. It doesn’t matter; Jimmy Lee and I win today.

All reviews and comments are appreciated.
Lee Carey

Friday, 2 September 2011

Imran Siddiq

Inevitable – One word that could describe the eventuality that I would create a blog, not withstanding the encouragement to do so. What you will find here is a collection of thoughts, descriptions, artwork, stories and software language tips that I hope will inspire all of you.

Based in Leicester, I spend every plausible free moment to write, write, write and draw what comes in my head… and my head does contain a lot. Currently employed in the NHS with a LLB law Degree and a sound understanding of all thinks techy!

I distinctly recall a point when my Primary School teacher pointed out my talent at creating detailed stories. Of course that had nothing to do with me reading [clears throat] Lord of the Rings at the tender age of 9, although it does explain my unhidden excitement at seeing the movies – well done PJ. Star Wars was a big hitter on my psyche when I was a tiny lad, add onto that Transformers (oh the joy of getting up to watch the Generation One cartoon series)… ah bliss… Recent times have seen LOST become my clinical remedy for all things that are bad.

The Last Strider, my first novel is a merging of things I adored as a child and things I know not. The last 4 years and the future will always be a learning curve for me in terms of writing and whether I am published or not… I intend to continue writing. Damn, I am passionate about it.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Mike Wells

Check out Mike Wells. A fantastic writer and a great guy all round.

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I'm an American bestselling thriller & suspense author and teach in the Creative Writing program at Oxford. Known for my fast-paced, 'unputdownable' novels.

Don't forget to check out his advice for writers!

Anna C Jones

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My blog is based around the inspiration to write, producing ideas from the world around me. It will take 'bites' of content which I find of interest in regards to writing, from news to anything inbetween and transform them into commentary/opinion - or just a simple way to have a debate. My blog is open for discussion, so feel free to drop me a message or if you just wish to chat - I'm very friendly :)

David Beem

David Beem is the author of Abyss of Chaos, a supernatural thriller chronicling the adventures of cellist, Maxwell Sinclair, and his aging archeologist godfather, Dr. Phineas Monroe.
David was a founding member of the Corigliano (1996-98) and Eykamp (2002-07) Quartets, Principal Cellist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (2002-07) and member of the Euclid Quartet (2007-09). His performances spanned three continents and his relationship with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, John Corigliano, culminated in the South Korean premiere of the composer’s String Quartet No. 1.
David has recorded the string quartets of Bela Bartok, (2, 4 & 6) Frederick Fox’s Dawnen Gray, and Bernard Heiden’s Clarinet Quintet with James Campbell.
Currently, David is hard at work promoting his first novel, Abyss of Chaos, and producing its sequel, The Philosopher’s Game.

The Book Hookup

We’re five avid and passionate readers spread out all over North America who share an obsession for reading. We’re “those people” who bring our books and e-readers with us everywhere we go. We stay up late reading for… just a few more minutes, and pay for it the next day. We not only love to read books, we love to talk about them as well.  What really compelled us to start the Book Hookup is the recent rush of amazing indie books that seem like undiscovered gems just waiting to be shared. Our mission is to bring focus to writers that might otherwise be overlooked. We hope our reviews will expose you to books that don’t bear a power-house publishers name but whole heartily deserve the same admiration.

The Book Hookup Have reviewd two great books by Raine Thomas. Check out the review at:

Benjamin Scott Meyers

Hello world! My name is B.S. Meyers and before you ask, those are my initials, however derogatory they may seem. My real name is Benjamin Scott Meyers and I am sixteen years old. I’m a writer who spent two and a half years writing, editing and revising my first novel, The Greatest Story Never Told. The final edits of my first novel are finished and now it’s time for me to find a literary agent and get published! Follow me on a journey through my mind as I reach ever closer to my goal of being published!
I started my first book on January 14, 2009 and it’s come a long way! My purpose for writing is to have fun and to show you what I believe. I believe that love is the most powerful thing in the Universe and I want to prove it to you. It is also my belief that any ordinary human being (or any other sentient life-form) can do great things.

Pete Grimm

Sharing an apple with two friends at Enkosini in 2010

Pete was born into an army family. Both grandfathers were army officers, and his uncle and father graduated from West Point. After years travelling from post to post as an "army brat," Pete also attended West Point, and graduated in 1969.

He saw combat duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and served as an 8" SP battery commander in XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC. At Bragg he also spent a year with the JFK Center for Military Assistance.

He resigned his army commission in 1974 to go sailing with his wife Camilla and oldest child Kelcey. Kelcey was only 11 days old when she spent her first night onboard their boat.
From 1975 through 1979, he worked for Ford Motor Company in a variety of positions based in Jacksonville, FL and Oakland, CA.

He purchased his first automobile dealership in 1980 in Seattle, WA. From 1980 to 2007, he operated automobile businesses, primarily based in the Pacific Northwest. He sold his last dealership in January of 2006.

He and his wife Camilla have three children, Kelcey, Lisa and Peter of whom they are very proud.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Debra Brown

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I have been an avid reader of period literature and watched every movie possible about the seemingly lovely time periods past. I have found the combination of reading novels and watching the screenwriter’s take intriguing. Many of the classics are written in beautiful prose and dialogue which causes a delightful mental ballet, as if dancing through words and adjusting the mind to new word order and use.

Lorhainne Eckhart

Lorhainne Eckhart began her writing career in 2008, when she published her first novel, The
Captain’s Lady, a Contemporary Military Romance.

Lorhainne Eckhart is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Victoria RWA. She makes
her home on beautiful Vancouver Island, and lives in the country with her three children. The
mother of a special needs child. And one of her greatest gifts was having to learn, organization,
structure, and how to stay focused on what’s really important in life. She lives by simple rules,
the same she teaches her children. Stay honest, be impeccable with your word, never take
advantage of anyone, and treat everyone with respect. She’s an advocate for children with
special needs. Passionate about preserving our environment, wildlife, and protecting what natural
resources we have left, so there will be a future for our children.

Lorhainne loves her garden, nature and all animals. When she isn’t being a busy Mom, working
on, and promoting her next novel, you’ll find her horseback riding on the trails, working in the
garden, or outside enjoying nature.

Lorhainne is an avid reader and writer. She writes romantic suspense, but enjoys reading novels
from all genres. Some of her favorite authors include Suzanne Brockmann, Tess Gerritsen,
Nelson DeMille, James Patterson, Karen Robards, and Karin Slaughter.

Her latest novel, The Choice, Book One of Walk the Right Road Series, is a romantic, mystical
suspense. And explores an issue most women have fallen victim to at one time in their life. The
masterful predator who preys on vulnerable women, and clouds the invisible barrier between
right and wrong. What would you do for someone you love?!/LEckhart

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Rich Nilsen

Sleep Great for Life the ebook by Rich Nilsen
“Sleep Great for Life” the book was published in June, 2011 in all e-book formats including the Kindle. You can put an end to your insomnia starting today. Learn to establish the proper foundation for going to bed, and then in a very short time you can successfully apply the sleep solution presented in this book. Within only a few weeks poor sleep will be a thing of the past. Published in all formats by All Star Press – Books that Change Lives.

Rich Nilsen, President of All Star Press, released a new book in June
entitled "Sleep Great for Life." Available in all e-book formats,
Sleep Great for Life was written to help anyone who suffers from
sleepless nights on a regular basis. Learn the steps to overcoming
your insomnia once and for all.

Blotto Publishing

Blotto Publishing was set up in August 2011 as an alternative avenue for up and coming writers to publish their work. We do not strictly operate as a traditional publisher, however we do guide our Authors through every step of the publishing process. We also have great royalty rates for our authors; making Blotto Publishing a very cost effective way of publishing your work. We will get your book published in no time, charging simply for an ISBN number and a small fee for the editing of the manuscript. Although we have a fixed price list for our services you are more than welcome to negotiate as we aim to give our authors the best deal possible in their quest to become an international bestseller.

Promotion on our blog and Facebook page

We are constantly on the lookout for new and creative writers.
If you would like to be promoted send us details on one of the following items, or all of them.

Facebook pages.
Links to books on sale.

If you are interested in this service email us at

Raine Evans
Writers United

Robin Bayley

Robin Bayley

Robin Bayley was born in a shooting lodge in the middle of a North Yorkshire moor. He grew up in Sheffield and after college, moved to London where he worked in advertising and children’s TV. He has also worked as a teacher in Colombia and was once cast as a drug smuggler in a Bollywood feature film. The Mango Orchard is his first book.

Clare Wilson

Winter by the canal
The Long Staff, by Clare Wilson, is the first book in the Staff Wielder Series. It follows the adventures of a young Tom MacKay, in the wrong place at the wrong time, as he finds himself dragged back in time to fight great evil using a magical staff he knows little about. Forced to learn the lore which is his heritage in a matter of weeks, he struggles against dark forces to help keep himself and his family alive. A baptism of fire, the little boy who is obsessed with magical adventures finds himself in the middle of a story he can't put down.

From Hamilton in Lanarkshire, Clare has a History degree from Strathclyde University and now lives in London with her husband. Having spent some time trying to find some magic in various fields, she is now concentrating on her career as a writer.

Tim Ellis

For the future – well, I’m a writer now – and in a way it’s what I’ve always been. I’m currently finishing the third book in the Parish & Richards series called The Flesh is Weak, which should be available for downloading by mid-August 2011. I then plan to finish another YA Science Fiction novel called The Timekeeper’s Apprentice, which is already half written, and I've been asked to 'please finish Quigg 3: The Skulls Beneath Eternity Wharf'. I’m playing about with a biopunk novel called Triple Helix set in an alternative Victorian London, and another dozen ideas such as one called Footprints of the Dead about an American ex-policeman who lives in a haunted town and... Well, you'll just have to read them all. I have so many ideas, which I turn into the first chapters of novels so that I don't forget them, and then put them on here. One day, I might get round to finishing them, but in the meantime you can read them.

Traci Hilton

I write novels, as I hope you can see. Otherwise I am not achieving the full marketing potential of the blog.  I have about seven on the back burner right now, my personal favorite of which is an homage to Dicken’s Pickwick Papers, set in modern days and starring women. Pinkwick’s Society for Women in Under  Appreciated Academics may not be the making of me but someday, just someday, it may find it’s niche .

To buy the books:

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Melissa Ohnoutka


Texas girl here. Accent and all. I'm a proud mom of three great kids, enjoying all that life has to offer, even though at times it gets pretty bumpy along the way. Not sure how this is going to work, but I'm game for anything. I've been writing or dreaming of writing all my life. Five years ago, I decided to take my dream seriously. Now, with the e-publishing taking off, my first book "Faithful Deceptions" was released Spring, 2011 along with the short story prequel "Shattered Souls of Innocence" following it in June! I'm working on edits for the next book and hoping to have a release date in the next few months. So exciting! God is so Good!


Marsha Cornelius

A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death. With the death toll rising, there is no workforce. Crops lay unpicked and rotting in the fields; power plants are unmanned so there is no communication; police and fire departments have collapsed, so no one is safe. When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical...

Marie Crist

Marie Crist currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and her children. She is a stay-at-home mom who is currently developing the next in the series of books that will fall under The Citizen Chronicles brand. When not writing, she loves to take part in adrenaline-boosting activities such as rock climbing, cliff diving, and skiing.

Citizen Out (The Citizen Chronicles)

A man patiently watches a group of young girls walk home from school, waiting for the perfect moment to take the one child he has designated as his next victim. Once in his clutches, she will endure acts of violence and horror that such a young girl should never have to experience. However, what this predator does not know is that he, too, is being stalked. There is someone in the shadows a trained Citizen who is ready to make sure that the child under his assigned protection is never harmed. One pedophile, one abuser, one killer at a time this Citizen and others like him will take a stand against those who prey on the weak and the innocent.


Jesi Lea Ryan

Now, that the writing part of my dream is well on it's way, it is time to fulfill the reading portion. Of course, I have always read, but I am now going to do something with my reading. I plan to use this diary to record the books I read and my thoughts about them. So what if no one is paying me for my witty and insightful opinions, I can still share them. Be warned though, I can and will read anything (except westerns for some reason) so readers of this diary will have to suffer through the craptastic trash novels and the literary classics with me.

Fran Meadows

My book explores not only a science behind infertility, but our fight to have a child when the odds were seemingly against us.  What we thought would be an easy process of going to a reproductive endocrinologist and having a child, turned into a nightmare that we never saw coming

S.L. Pierce

S.L. Pierce
Writer of mystery/thriller books and gritty short stories with endings that will blow your mind!

S.L. Pierce is the author of mystery/thrillers with kick ass female leads and gritty short stories with endings that will blow your mind.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Wodke Hawkinson

This site is offered by author, Wodke Hawkinson, as a venue not only to promote our works, but also for other authors to list their books. Self-published writers especially start out with the odds against them, since the field is dominated by big publishing conglomerates. Hats off to those hardworking devoted writers who take their ideas from conception all the way to a finished book!

For readers, this is a site where you can find books you might otherwise overlook or never stumble across. Take a moment to peruse the book lists. You're sure to find something there that will appeal to your tastes!

Raine Evans

The first ever story from the owner of Writers United

Darkness unknown

I head down a set of stairs from a room unknown to me. Where am I? I ask myself. Its dark and I am without a torch. Oh Lord, I’m scared. I stop on what appears to be the last step of the staircase. Again I ask myself. Where am I? I slowly step off the last step. Scared and tensed up. My limbs ache from being so tensed. I hear a noise. “Who’s there?” I call out surrounded only by darkness. I can’t see. It’s too dark. I use my hands to feel my way along a wall. Tears start to seep from my eyes. The panic has begun to set in. it’s so cold. If it were light I’d be able to see my breath. I come to what appears to be a door. I try to find the handle. Got it! I take a deep breath and push on the handle. It’s locked. I panic more. Wanting to give up, wanting to scream out for help. I can hear a clock. I head towards the ticking using my hands across the wall to guide me. I feel a breeze where I stand. I stop and feel where the breeze is coming from. It’s a window. I could climb out if I open it. It’s locked as well. “Help me!” I cry out. “Please this isn’t funny” tears filling my voice. My foot catches an object as I move away from the window. I pick the object up. It’s a brick. I go back to the window. Holding the brick tight I smash it against the window hoping it will break. No luck.
Again I hit the window.
Still nothing.
One last time I get the brick and thrust it at the window. It cracks. I’m getting somewhere.
Once more against the window. It breaks. Finally I can get out. I smash the rest of the glass out the window so I do not cut myself. There’s light outside I can see just a little. I turn around the room looks burnt out, mouldy and unclean. I turn back to the window and peer out. Not good. It’s an apartment block I’m about 20 stories high. A door in the apartment opens and ten men in white suits enter. “Thank god you’re here I’ve been trapped” they didn’t speak or look at me. “Excuse me” no answer “Am I invisible?” rage filling my voice from the ignorance of the men “will someone help me please?” I shout at them. No answer again. They talk amongst there selves. One calls out from upstairs “there’s a body up here” three men head towards the very staircase I walked down still oblivious to the fact that I am there. I follow them up the staircase. It occurred to me this must be a dream I’m going to wake up soon. I got to the top of the stairs. Blood rushes from my face. I feel helpless. I look at the body in horror. My eyes begin to fill up with tears.

 It’s me. I’m dead. It’s over.

Anita Grace Howard

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I write YA and adult literary fantasies with a romantic slant and am represented by Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency. My debut YA fantasy, SPLINTERED, an eerie and whimsical Alice in Wonderland spinoff, will be published by Amulet in Spring 2013. I share poetry on Mondays. Wednesdays and every first Friday are my interactive blogging days when I post on reading, writing, author interviews, or whatever strikes my fancy for the week.

Ken Hoss

Author, avid reader and computer nut. I currently live in Irving, Texas and work as an Information Systems Security Technician. My debut novel, Storm Rising - A Kelli Storm Novel, is available on Smashwords, Amazon, B&N Nook, and Apple iBook. I am currently working on book two in the series, Storm Warning, which I plan to release in the Spring of 2012.

Sasscer Hill

 It has only been a few months since Dick Francis left our midst, but perhaps it’s not too early to suggest a worthy successor….

Here’s the set-up for Sasscer Hill’s   Full Mortality, 5 Straight Rave Reviews and just $5.38 on Kindle:
Jockey Nikki Latrelle gets the chance of a lifetime — to ride the favorite in a stakes race — only to have her dream destroyed when a mysterious intruder kills her mount the night before the race. Evil people are working at Maryland’s Laurel Park race track, and when Nikki stumbles over the body of a gunshot victim, she quickly becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Framed and facing a possible murder rap, Nikki is ruled-off the track.

In addition to the new mystery novel, FULL MORTALITY, Sasscer Hill has several published mystery/suspense short stories and a number of articles in publications like the "Mid-Atantic Thoroughbred."


Wayne Zurl

Wayne Zurl was born in New York and grew up on Long Island.

During the Vietnam War he served on active duty with the Army and later in the reserves.

He worked for twenty years for the Suffolk County,New York Police Department and is currently living with his wife, Barbara, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee -- not far from Prospect PD.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century.
His most recent novels are



Several of his books have been filmed.
He’s well known for his books for writers, including the classic

In addition to prose works, he has written episodic television (TILT!) and the Wong Kar-wai film, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS.
He is a modest and humble fellow, although you would never guess as much from this biographical note.

Larry Enright


Larry Enright (1949- ) was born to Irish Catholic second-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After college, he moved to the Philadelphia area where for the past 40 years he has filled his life with many careers including teacher, musician, computer programmer, researcher, and writer. He has written three novels. Four Years from Home (2010) is his first published work. He lives with his wife and two sons on a farm in disrepair.
His current project is A King in a Court of Fools by H. Ryan, originally published as a serial novel and soon to be available in paperback and e-book form.

Douglas Dorow

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I'm a writer because somebody taught me to read, somebody shared mystery/thriller stories with me and others gave me encouragement on the little writing that I tried. Now, I love the process of reaching into my imagination and yanking out the story and writing it down for others to read.
Thriller writer with "The Ninth District" available on kindle, nook, smashwords and ibook.

Marty Beaudet

Marty Beaudet
Professionally, Marty has been a reviews editor for Publish magazine, as well as an associate features editor for the now defunct PC/Computing magazine, a Ziff Davis publication.

Prior to that he worked at ZD Labs for three years.
Since 1998 he has been a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant.
He also works part time for the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to authoring By A Thread, he has also published a novella, a psychological thriller called Losing Addison.

Damyanti G

Damyanti Ghosh

I'm an established freelance writer contributing to various websites and magazines on a wide range of subjects. I try to provide my editors and clients with exactly the sort of content they want: well-researched, error-free articles within deadlines.
I'm also a non-fiction editor and proofreader. I've worked with educational organizations, as well as with book publishing and magazine houses on editing and proofreading projects.
I've now stepped into fiction and am currently working on various short stories.

Tori Scott

Tori Scott believes in love. She met her husband, Tony, on her first day of college at the age of 17 and knew the moment she met him that he was the one she was supposed to marry. She did, and they now live on 5 acres in the country with their dog Blue. They have 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren spread from Massachusetts to southern California. They all pretend she doesn't write "those" kinds of books. After all, sex just isn't something mothers do. Someday she'll remind them they weren't picked out of the cabbage patch, but for now she'll leave them with their illusions

TK Toppin

I’ve been working as a graphic artist for more years than I can remember.  Based in Barbados, where I was born, writing has always appealed to me – whether reading someone else’s literary masterpieces, or doing my own disjointed ramblings. 

Early in 2008, I finally received the right motivation to just jump right in and start writing seriously. You could say I received a very strategic kick in a very specific part of my anatomy! Not literally, of course…

The Lancaster Rule is the first in a series of three, science fiction/future-fiction and SFR (science fiction romance) novels, and my first published work.  While I have many other stories brewing about my head, most are SFR in nature.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Julia Hughes: Ripple in Time

Four star review for A Ripple in Time:
Starting out as a 'quest' story - Wren has to get Rhyllann to bring a mythical sword to Stonehenge - this develops into the sweetest most unusual love story ever.  ... If you enjoy romantic adventure with a touch of mystic, you'll enjoy this. (review by Londoner on Amazon)

Ian Mathie

A list of titles from Ian Mathie

The Man of Passage
Bride Price
Man In A Mud Hut

Coming in October:
Supper with the President

Followed soon afterwards by:
The Dust of the Danakil
Ian and Mungo
Ian Mathie is the author of the African Memoir series of books, published by Mosaique Press. Recorded in notebooks kept during his years working as a rural development officer, his stories offer a unique view of Africa from the inside. Illustrating the intimate lives of the communities he lived and worked amongst and revealing facets of their cultures seldom seen by outsiders and the uninitiated, his writing will transport you deep into the hinterland and keep you reading right to the end.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Dianne Venetta

1Dianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab—Cody boy! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you'll find her in the family's organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all the while crafting wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.
A girl's gotta have fun, right?
When she's not knee-deep in dirt or romance, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites and volunteers in her kids' school garden (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!—kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.

Kyle A. Lohmeier

Kyle A. Lohmeier is a four-time award-winning journalist, novice hard-surface floorcovering installer and skilled pizza-maker. A native Michigander, Lohmeier moved to Ohio in 2010, two years after being laid-off from a bankrupt newspaper conglomerate that sold off the five newspapers he paginated every week. A prolific writer, Lohmeier has written for now-defunct webzines and has freelanced for American Handgunner Magazine. He writes two not-updated-frequently-enough blogs; one covering his relocation to Ohio, called “Quittin’ the Mitten,” and another encapsulating his life philosophy, called “Mind Your Own ****.” Both can be found at
A self-described “Recovering Lutheran,” Lohmeier was raised a Christian and as a young adult was confirmed as a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. After several crises of faith, much introspective reflection and tons of independent study, Lohmeier came to take a broader, more academic view of religion and soon discovered that he found all of the world's various faiths equally implausible, and thus now subscribes to none of them.
Today, Lohmeier is happily married to his wife, Alicia, and they live in central Ohio with two cats and a “snow” corn snake. He’s presently working toward his goals of owning and operating his own pizzeria; catching more and bigger fish; getting down to 100 strokes over 18 holes of golf; marketing and selling his first novel, Dirge and developing ideas for his next manuscript.

Morgan Marshall

Hi! Yup, that’s me up there, Morgan Marshall. Nice to meetcha!

Professionally speaking I’ve been writing my whole life, starting with a series of stapler-bound books called “Lucille and Benji” when I was about five years old. Since then I’ve been published in my hometown newspaper, various anthologies and magazines, and slowly worked my way up to being a full-fledged novelist in my own right. Now my first professional-level series,  “Guts and Glory, Freedom Fighters of Nil”, is ready to introduce to you and your children, and I am so excited!

I graduated in 2006 with honors from UI&U with a BA in Film and am now a graduate student at UI&U, earning my MA in Writing and Literature with a focus on Childrens’ Literature. I am also a proud member of the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators.


William Simon

William is, in fact, a Native Born Texan...and is fiercely proud of that.
William has an extensive DVD collection of old movies and TV shows.
William reads like other people eat popcorn.
William's book and movie library have almost taken over the house.
William still believes in Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

According to family legend, I was born with a book in my hand. My mother was a former English teacher/Librarian, and a love for books was instilled at a very young age. I still have many of the .50 cent paperbacks I bought as a kid/teen. There's a report card from my third grade teacher that reads "William is happiest when left on his own with a book." After way too many years to count, nothing has really changed!

In my professional life, I've worked for three Major Oil Companies, was a Y2K consultant, and have been in the computer forensics investigation field since 2001. I have worked with State and Federal Law Enforcement, corporations, and attorneys.






Ruth Barrett

Ruth Barrett was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec and grew up in Barrie, Ontario. After earning her B.A. in English Literature at Trent University, Ruth spent time in England and studied Classical Drama at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). In her years pursuing an acting career in Toronto, Ruth performed onstage, in television and radio, and specialized in voice-over work-- most notably as the voice of ‘Creakie’ (a domineering little blue monster!) in the Treehouse TV show, WEE 3.   Always a storyteller, Ruth honed her skills as a writer through further training at George Brown College, and the Humber School for Writers correspondence program under the enthusiastic mentorship of Booker Prize-winning author, Peter Carey. Ruth went on to publish several short stories in anthologies and literary journals, earning a few awards and a Toronto Arts Council grant along the way.
The decision to 'go indie' has been an exciting ride. Having formed her own publishing company-- Spirited Words Book Co-- Ruth will release her first novel Base Spirits in late summer of 2011.

Darren Bowker-Powis and R.W. Finlan


The written word has been a calling for me since I was very young.  It’s what I do.  After all, it’s in the blood. I come from a land of myth and legend. Us Welsh are story tellers and communicators.  It’s what we do.
My current work, developed and co-written with Richard Finlan, blends science fiction with Ufology and Welsh/Celtic folklore and history.  Richard comes from the same area and background as myself.  Our books are very much inpsired by the communities we grew up in, the magnificent surrounding landscape and the rich vein of history and mythology associated with them.

R.W. Finlan

I was born in 1950, near Newport in South Wales. I’m married to Josanne and have two daughters, Sinead and Kelly, and two grandsons, Iestyn and Ieuan.
Having had a varied career ranging from apprentice butcher, to chemical process technician, my most enjoyable working time was at the Pontypool Free Press, where I worked as Sports/Features editor for two years.
As well as The Kin Saga, I’ve co-written Weird Tales From Weird Wales and Waliens with friend, Darren Bowker-Powis and edited Time Is… Time Was… by the mysterious Bill Williams.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Mrs Green

Hello!  I am Mrs Green, supernatural writer extraordinaire, psychic sensitive ghost hunter, developing Medium, and a keen hobby crafter!  Naturally I will post short stories, extracts of my work, and maybe even my Ghost Hunter Diaries…!
A slightly tipsy Mrs Green!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Hannah Downing

Hannah was born in the United States before moving to Australia when she was a child. Her love of reading developed when she was very young and her mother would sit and read with her at night, also passing down some of her own childhood books for Hannah to enjoy. 

Hannah has always loved writing, but began to take it up seriously two years ago when she became involved with an online writing community that inspired and delighted her. 

Hannah currently spends her days working as a Social Worker in a Mental Health Service in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, and loves to travel, both domestically and internationally, as often as she can. Her dream is to see everything the world has to offer.

Susie Lindau

I am a Colorado transplant, home to the most active people in the country. I love writing about all kinds of adventures both real and imagined with a little twist. Come with me. It’s always a wild ride!

Wayne Zurl

Wayne Zurl was born in New York and grew up on Long Island.

During the Vietnam War he served on active duty with the Army and later in the reserves.

He worked for twenty years for the Suffolk County,New York Police Department and is currently living with his wife, Barbara, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee -- not far from Prospect PD.

Ruth Barrett

Base Spirits underwent a thorough nip-and-tuck by my hand, and then my editor Heather Sangster ( took her virtual red pen to it. She called me mid-week, raving about what a great book it is, and that she'd barely had to touch it. Gotta say that felt good!

I was assigned my ISBNs just in time to send everything to my formatters this weekend. ( I should have all of my files for both e-book and print format ready to go on the last week of August. I think I found a local printer to do my paperbacks... I'll let you know how that goes

Carol Oates

Carol Oates has never been one to remain still for long. After her parents’ mad dash to the hospital through the empty city streets of Dublin, Ireland, Carol made her debut into the world in the early hours of Christmas morning. Since then her pace has not slowed down in the least.

Carol was introduced to the world of supernatural books when, as a child, her family moved to a coastal suburb on the northern border of Dublin known as Clontarf, famous as the birthplace of Bram Stoker, the prolific author responsible for breathing life into the legendary story Dracula. This stirred in Carol an early passion for reading about all things supernatural. Combine that passion with a deep interest in the history and folklore of Ireland, as well as an active and vivid imagination, and Carol Oates the author was born. Carol’s love of writing about anything not entirely “human” emerged, and the premise for her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis, was born.

Raine Thomas

The author of the exciting and original series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane. She became truly passionate about writing when one of her stories took an Honorable Mention in a fourth-grade writing competition (who would have thought a story about a dancing spider would garner so much attention?). Carrying that passion with her, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Georgia State University, then her master’s degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University.

Residing in Orlando, Florida, Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning…two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create young protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Kate Dempsey

Kate Dempsey
Author of the new eBook, The Story of Plan B,
"A real find. Funny and poignant at the same time and a page turner" available on Smashwords or Amazon for your eReader or PC. Only $2.99 or less.

Suzanne Teddi Schultz Pick

Me at the Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland
Hello, everyone!  I'm Suzanne, or Missus P., as you might have guessed.  I've been writing for as long as I can remember: journals, stories, blogs, essays, poetry, research papers, more stories... I created this blog just before my marriage to the wonderful Mister P. in Sept 2010.  I've recently moved from Titusville, Florida to Newcastle-Gateshead, England in 2011.  I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures.

Terry Simpson fan page

Talking to the characters I imagine has become an intriguing experience especially when they disagree with me. - Terry Simpson.

Terry grew up on the tiny Caribbean island of Barbados. He always had a love of writing for as long as he can remember.
Somehow, he grew to love fantasy more than any other although his early days were spent reading his father's books from Louis L'amour's westerns to Don Pendleton's Executioner series.
When Terry moved to New York in 1986 to live with his mother, his love for books  developed into him reading and loving fantasy authors such as  Robert Jordan, Jim Butcher, Terry Goodkind , Brandon Sanderson, George RR Martin,  Brian Lumley, Laura K Hamilton and quite a few others.
Terry began building the world for what is now called the Aegis of the Gods series in 2001. At first, it was just a hobby because of his love for fantasy and the written word. Slowly, it became a part of his life. Finally, in 2010, Terry decided to sit down and pen the first book based in his world.
When he isn't writing, Terry enjoys movies, working out, watching sports, playing with his beautiful daughter Kai, and spending time with his wife, Marie.

Terry Simpson

I dream, my characters plot, I write. Indie fantasy author and supporter. Addicted to writing.

Kelly Stone Gamble

Kelly Stone Gamble’s work has appeared in a variety of publications including:
  • Alive Magazine
  • Family Fun
  • Family Digest
  • Family Digest Baby
  • Gay Today
  • Ladybug
  • Message Magazine
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul 

Her fiction has won awards from Writers Weekly, Writers Courtyard, Women on Writing and the Ground Zero Literary Project. 
She has a Bachelor of Arts in the Integrated Studies of History and Business Administration from Nevada State College, a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.  She resides in the Las Vegas area.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

K. Rowe

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The end of September, I'll be heading to Pittsburgh for the MWSA convention (Military Writers Society of America) and hopefully will be picking up an award for Project: Dragonslayers. I hope to meet lots of people and do my best to get my name out there. I got lots of great stories wanting to get out of my brain, it's just finding the time in between running the farm to get them down. But I'm sure this change in life will settle down and I'll find time.

Yvonne Hertzberger

Yvonne Hertzberger, Author
I have been a Jill of all Trades; actor, singer, gardener, hairstylist, decorator and long-time student of human nature. Now an empty nester, retiree and late bloomer, I finally found my calling writing epic fantasy. I live with my spouse, Mark, and our two cats in Listowel, Ontario. This is my first novel. The sequel is already well under way and a third is planned to complete the trilogy.

John Taylor

Hello! I started this page on the advice and at the request of family and friends. Before I go any further I must thank you all for your encouragement and for getting me to take this step - you know who you are! I hope that anyone else who stops by finds something they like. This will become a repository for my creative stuff - writing, artwork etc. 'Lifewaves and Thoughtlines' is the title of a collection I've been working on for some time now. Hopefully it may one day see the light.

Erica Lucke Dean

"Life is too short for cheap sheets." These are words to live by.

I don't get nearly enough sleep as it is, so if I'm spending my time between the sheets, you can bet they are going to be really nice sheets!
My sleeping habits aside...I have always considered myself a writer, even during those dark days when I was only writing for myself.
These days, I find myself writing into the wee hours of the morning on a daily basis, and not just for my own enjoyment...although I must admit, I make myself laugh fairly regularly.
I have several novels ready and waiting for the right publisher to come along and snatch them up...I know they will, it's just a matter of time...and I have included the first chapters of two of those so you can get just a taste (check out the Books tab at the top of the page).  I'm fairly certain that you will be begging me for more pages, and I can't wait to make them available at your local bookstore!

'Erica Lucke Dean'

Michele Drier

SNAP: The World Unfolds
A multinational celeb TV show and magazine, is the holy grail for Maxie Gwenoch. When she snags the job as managing editor, she's looking for fame, fortune and Jimmy Choos. What she finds is a media empire owned by Baron Kandesky and his family. A family of vampires. They're European, urbane, wealthy and mesmerizing. And when she meets Jean-Louis, vampire and co-worker, she's a goner.

Frederick Lee Brooke

Max Vinyl is a computer recycling king in Waukegan, near Chicago. When his environmentalist girlfriend, Tris Berrymore, catches him dumping old computer junk ten miles out in Lake Michigan, Max gets a taste of her violent side. Even his ex-wife, Ginger, isn't going to save him this time.
Meanwhile two of Max Vinyl's brawny enforcers manage to provoke Annie Ogden, just back from four years fighting in Iraq -- bad idea! Going after these thugs draws Annie into the world of Max Vinyl's phony recycling operation as well.
With each passing day, the pounding Max Vinyl takes from Tris Berrymore, Annie Ogden, Ginger and others becomes more intense and relentless. This wild and hilarious ride with a trio of strong, intelligent women bent on satisfaction and revenge is guaranteed to make you laugh till you cry.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


We are sorry to announce that posts and promotions are at a stop for a few days while this turmoil in the UK is sorted out.

We at Writers United wish to give the areas affected by the riots the best of wishes. For three days now idiots have ransacked shops, cars, homes. We are fully against this madness and wish to thank the police for their efforts so far. Now some speculation has arrived of yet more attacks. We know we can't stop the riots here at Writers United but what we can do is urge all of you to stay safe stay out of the areas that have been affected. If more problems arrive please do not stop to collect belongings as your lives are far more valuable.

Help the police any way you can and lets stop this idiocy.
Keep safe.

Raine Evans.
Writers United.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

S.L. Pierce

S.L. Pierce spent ten years earning a PhD in engineering before deciding she really wanted to be a writer.

Writer of mystery/thriller books and gritty short stories with endings that will blow your mind! Check out my website for samples

Lisa Taylor

My first full-length fiction novel, The Hour of Tiamat, is now available in my online store, as well as on Amazon and most online avenues. My second novel, Crystallized, is in production.
Currently my first anthology of poetry, Book of Dreams and Nightmares, is also available for sale to the public.

Tiffany King

Hi, my name is Tiffany King the author of the Paranormal/Romance YA novel “Meant to Be” and I’m practically a native Floridian. My family and I have been here for the last fourteen years and have gotten quite used to the mild winters and scorching summers. I went back to school when I turned 31 and will finish up this spring. I wrote my book “Meant to Be” two years into my degree program and put it on hold while I finished school. Of course my degree has nothing to do with writing *drat* but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to keep writing. During this process with “Meant to Be” I discovered just how much I love to write and I have many story ideas tucked away. I’m glad you made it to my blog and hope you will follow me and “Meant to Be” as we navigate through self-publishing. Welcome Aboard.!/AuthorTiffany

Derek Haines

Derek Haines aka The Vandal
Who or what is Derek Haines the Vandal? Novelist, songwriter, singer, musician, author, poet, lazy soul, vandal, grandfather? Who knows? From his own description below, it seems he doesn’t really know either.
‘For some reason, I was created some years ago at the age of 42, and then just started writing books, novels, poetry, songs and anything else one can do with a pencil and piece of paper. Everything is a bit of a blur before that. A strange blueish blur in fact

Tim Dedopulos

Ghostwoods is the home of Tim Dedopulos, a British writer, editor, publisher and game designer with nearly 100 works to his name in areas ranging from vampire horror, through music and art, to games, puzzles and jokes.

Tim Dedopulos.
I’m privileged to have had a stack of books published — all sorts of stuff, both fiction and non-fiction — so I have a lively interest in how people tick, the world, the way society works, all sorts of random subjects and just about everything else, actually. It’s a professional hazard, along with independence, and an inclination for dreams, wonders and happy endings.

Shéa MacLeod

Her first novel, KISSED BY DARKNESS, a fast paced urban fantasy novel with a kick-ass heroine, is available on Smashwords and Amazon.  It’s also the first book in the SUNWALKER SAGA.  Now she’s hard at work on book two of the series while simultaneously writing two further novels (not part of the saga).  Yeah, she can multitask like that!!/Shea_MacLeod

Saturday, 6 August 2011

More from Icy Sedgwick


Icy is an aspiring author, writing in her cold garret in old London town. She has two published e-books to her name, and big plans for a Cavalier ghost named Fowlis Westerby.

A collection of web serials, set in the fictional Vertigo City. Updated weekly, to coincide with the #TuesdaySerial hashtag on Twitter. Current story is Quantum Steam Theory!

Derek Flynn

Irish writer and musician. Fiction is mostly thriller/mysteries; music is mostly dark and heavy. Blog - 'Rant, with Occasional Music':!/derekf03

Kirsty Naylor

Someone to check out.

My name is Kirsty I have been writing poetry since I was fifteen my ambition is to get my poetry published. I have just started blogging and I am just going to go with the flow and see where my writing takes me.

My blog link is
My Twitter link is
My Facebook link is!/pages/Write-It-Feel-It/198640983527525

Friday, 5 August 2011

Between The Lines

Between the Lines is not your ordinary book club.  If you came here to read the latest James Patterson book, you are in the wrong place.  However, if you have the unparalleled desire to read and experience authors you may not have had the opportunity to read before, and then interact closely with them, you have come to the right place.

Icy Sedgwick

Icy has two e-books to her name, The First Tale and Checkmate & Other Stories, as well as stories in other anthologies. She can't actually pinpoint when she started writing, as she's been scribbling stories for as long as she can remember. From the first tales scrawled with wax crayons to longer work bashed out on her mother's old typewriter, Icy has since made the leap to weekly flash fictions, web-based serials and even a novel.

Take a look guys.

Mel Taylor

 Mel Taylor
Mel Taylor is an upcoming author with her debut novel 'Above The Clouds' currently being sent to the UK's leading publishers with the help of one of Europe's most renowned literary agencies.
Mel graduated University in 2009 with a degree in Professional & Creative Writing and Media Arts.
Since leaving University, she has completed her debut novel 'Above The Clouds' - a 90,000 word fantasy book for readers aged 11+
Represented by renowned literary agency Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, 'Above The Clouds' is currently being read by the UK's leading publishers. With the focus on vampires the last decade, angels are quickly becoming the next 'big' theme in literature, film and television.
As well as completing her debut novel at just 22 years of age, Mel has also written a variety of other children's books and has high hopes of becoming a best selling author.

Mel is looking for 1'000 fans on facebook. Lets help our fellow writer out.