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Author @TobyWNeal releases NIGHTBIRD for the JET series on @kindleworlds

I’m thrilled to highlight the latest release from Toby Neal. She’s the bestselling author who has her own Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds. I’ve written for it, so I know it’s an amazing series!

In between Toby’s travels and her own books, she helped launch the JET Kindle Worlds for Russell Blake, a brilliant author I interviewed early on in his career.

If you love Russell’s JET series, you’ll love NIGHTBIRD by Toby.

Read a recent interview Toby did with Russell about NIGHTBIRD, and pick up your copy. It’s available right now! 

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What if Jet had a sister?

Lila Weiss, full time neurobiologist and part time ballerina, has been searching for the little sister she lost through divorce and death. She finds Maya in prison—and a whole lot more, in the brooding presence of a psychological profiler codenamed “Benjamin.” Benjamin sees Lila’s potential value to Israel’s interests and recruits her as an asset for Mossad, giving her a crash course in spycraft, destruction and love that has international repercussions.

“This story has legs.” —Russell Blake

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Connect to Toby

Toby Neal

WebsiteFacebook | Twitter @tobywneal

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I am exposed in Indie Authors Naked by @lorenkleinman

For about seven years, I was a member of a nudist resort. I was never a purist nudist, the type who would only go on nude holidays, walk around nude in the house, hang out with other nudists, etc.

My goal was to get out of the city on summer weekends and take in the rays in a beautiful environment. It just happened to be a resort for nudists. The private hideaway, replete with a lake, sauna, whirlpool, tennis courts, and billiard tables (you can laugh, I hear you) welcomed children and adults, encouraged family memberships. Single men could only join with a female partner. The property was owned by an elderly couple – their place, their rules.

That was many years ago. As a writer, I never thought I’d be caught naked, but here I am. Metaphorically naked, that is.

Indie Authors Naked, edited by poet, Loren Kleinman, exposes some terrific indie writers. The book is brilliantly laid out. Each author is introduced by someone who knows their work or has some relationship to them as a writer. My wonderful editor, Annetta Ribken did me the honour of writing my introduction. The actual interviews shed light on questions of craft, motivation, and the publishing industry. There is a terrific cross-section of writers, which makes for a compelling and informative read.

Authors both traditionally and self-published are represented in this book, so for anyone interested in publishing, you will learn about the process from an author’s perspective, and the reasons for their choices.

Indie Authors Naked officially releases January 15th in ebook and print, but the digital version is available NOW on Amazon.

I feel privileged to be included in this book with the likes of indie media darlings, James Franco and Hugh Howey, as well as accomplished writer friends, Rachel Thompson, J. Alexander Greenwood, Christoph Paul and many others.

I hope you will pick up the book and learn more about all the wonderful indie authors exposed in it.

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Follow the book tour beginning January 23rd.

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Indie Authors Naked explores and defines the world of independent publishing.

Comprised of a series of essays and interviews by indie authors, booksellers and publishers, readers will get a look at the many aspects of the indie community, where publishing professionals of all types come together with the simple goal of creating something unique; something that speaks directly to the reader, no middleman necessary.

Contributors include: James Franco, Hugh Howey, McNally Jackson Books, Sarah Gerard, OHWOW Books, Raine Miller, David Vinjamuri, Toby Neal, Rachel Thompson, Eden Baylee, Christoph Paul, Jessica Redmerski, and more.

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About Loren Kleinman

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Loren Kleinman is a writer and poet with roots in New Jersey. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. Kleinman is a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie authors. Some of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Writer’s Bloc, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist. In 2003, Spire Press published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz.

Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, is due to release with Winter Goose Publishing in March 2014. She is currently working on a New Adult romance, This Way to Forever.

Links for Loren

Website | Twitter @lorenkleinman | Facebook | Amazon | LinkedIn | Tumblr

Learn more about Loren in an interview she recently gave to Toby Neal, another fabulous author featured in Indie Authors Naked.

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About Amy Holman Edelman

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Amy Holman Edelman launched IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, way back in 2007. Since then, indie authors have stormed the bestseller lists, been courted by trad publishers and (after all that), finally gained a modicum of respect. 

Amy self-published her first book, The Fashion Resource Directory, back in the 80s, long before POD and Amazon and e-readers roamed the land. Her second and third books (The Little Black Dress and Manless in Montclair), were traditionally published (by Simon & Schuster and Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Crown).

As an author and a publicist with over 20 years’ experience, Amy’s goal for IndieReader is no less than to make indie a respected and desirable category within the publishing world. This book is just one step in that direction.

Links for IndieReader

Website | Twitter @indiereader | Facebook

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Inside the Author’s Mind – Russell Blake

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King of Swords by Russell Blake

Russell Blake was introduced to me by fellow author, David Lender. As you know, I like good writers and people who have adventurous spirits—Russell certainly qualifies as both. You’ll discover more about him in the coming months when he’s interviewed here, but in the meantime, enjoy finding out about his latest release, King of Swords.

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Thanks so much for the opportunity to share with your audience, Eden. My name’s Russell Blake, and I write suspense/intrigue thrillers with a strong conspiracy undercurrent. I live full time in Mexico, where I’ve resided happily for approaching a decade.

My latest novel, King of Swords, draws on my familiarity with Mexico, specifically with the culture of modern Mexico, which is completely different than the country portrayed in Hollywood and the news. It draws on that different perspective, and my exposure to the ongoing de facto civil war between the drug cartels and the government, to frame a novel that was demanding to get out. It’s an assassination thriller set in present-day Mexico, where a cop gets wind of an assassination plot by a super assassin known only as “El Rey” – the King of Swords – after the tarot card he uses as his calling card on hits. The cop, captain Romero Cruz of the Mexican Federal Police, must race to find and stop El Rey from killing the U.S. and Mexican presidents at the upcoming G-20 financial summit in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. King of Swords is a gritty, disturbing, lurid, breakneck-paced novel that unflinchingly describes the reality of the cartel violence that kills between eight to ten thousand people in Mexico every year, as well as examines the financial and political drivers behind the drug trade. Day of the Jackal is one of my favorite novels, and I always wanted to write a book like it. I’ve been told that King of Swords is like Jackal on steroids in a Ferrari on an ice-covered autobahn. It’s unlike anything else I’ve written, or read – and I read voraciously. I would advise readers who are unfamiliar with my work to give King of Swords twenty minutes, and if they can put it down, I failed. Likewise, if they aren’t disturbed or cringing or wincing in places, I failed. And if they can sleep at night, or don’t have recurring dreams of scenes from the book, I failed. It’s a novel that is designed to affect and move, that will cause readers to want to recommend it and discuss it, and it’s written in a manner that presumes the reader is intelligent and informed. I think of my readers as bright, jaded, pragmatic, and demanding much from their books. If you’re looking for formulaic or monosyllabic, I’m not going to be your cuppa. I deliberately push the envelope on everything, at all times, in the book – it’s unconventional, in the same way a season of “24” was unconventional when that TV show first broadcast. If you want predictable books where ex-CIA killers make the ladies swoon, you won’t like me. If you demand thrillers that leave you gasping, going, “WTF was that?” you should give me a try.

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Blurb
King of Swords is an epic assassination thriller framed against a gritty backdrop of brutal drug cartel violence in modern Mexico.

The G-20 Financial Summit is planned for San Jose Del Cabo. The world’s pre-eminent finance ministers will attend, along with the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico.

Captain Romero Cruz of the Mexican Federal Police uncovers an assassination plot against the attendees. In a roller-coaster race against the clock, Cruz must track and stop El Rey, the “King of Swords” – a faceless super-assassin responsible for a string of the world’s most spectacular killings, before he turns the G-20 into a slaughterhouse.

King of Swords is an intelligent, rule-breaking rush that shatters convention to create a richly-drawn story that’s sure to shock and delight even the most jaded intrigue/adventure thriller fans.

Bio
Russell Blake is the international bestselling author of Fatal Exchange, a groundbreaking genre-blending thriller set against the counter-culture backdrop of New York’s gritty underground, The Geronimo Breach, an action/intrigue/thriller set in Panama, the bestselling Zero Sum trilogy of Wall Street thrillers – Kotov Syndrome, Focal Point and Checkmate (which hit #15 on Amazon’s top 100 free books), The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, the epic assassination thriller, King of Swords, and its prequel, Night of the Assassin.

His first satirical non-fiction work, How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated) was released to critical raves. An Angel With Fur, his second non-fiction book chronicling the saga of Lobo the miracle dog, has been the #1-#5 Book in Animal Essays at Amazon UK for months.

“Captain” Russell, 52, lives on the Pacific coast of Mexico, where he spends his time writing, fishing, collecting & drinking tequila, and playing with his dogs. He is currently hard at work on a magnum opus of indeterminate plot, topic or genre, tentatively titled The Voynich Cipher, and a panoramic, epic screenplay about…cartoon ninja beavers for whom this time it’s personal, tentatively titled Beaver Team Bravo.

Often referred to as “The Writer’s Writer’s Writer’s Writer,” Russell is also a self-declared guru on everything related to writing, self-publishing and self-promotion. And he hates clowns.

Connect to Russell:  Website   Twitter   Facebook

 

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