Calling all Authors!

In my first post about my Reading & Reviewing challenge I mentioned that I would be initiating an open call for writers to submit books.  Well folks, here it is!

If you’re an author I would like you to provide the gift of 1 free ebook for my reading and reviewing challenge.  It doesn’t matter if you’re traditionally published or self-published, a writer who stays in one genre or  someone who writes in multiple genres.  I want all types of books submitted because the people participating in my reviewing challenge are all unique in their reading tastes.

I know what you’re asking now: what do you stand to gain from providing a free book?  There are two main things:

1.  Publicity

I will be publicly listing and thanking all of the authors who provide free books for my challenge participants.  The Mad Reviewer is not a big blog by any means, but I will promote the heck out of my thank you post.  It’s a great chance for exposure because if your book sounds interesting to me, I might just request a copy for myself.

2.  Reviews!

Reviews are a huge thing for authors.  Although I can’t guarantee that if you submit a book you’ll get a review, you stand a much greater chance of getting a review than if you have a ‘free’ day on Amazon.  Why?  Because your book will be going into the hands of someone who has already proven they are an avid reviewer.  Every single person in my reading challenge has to write a review for the books they’ve read to prove they have read them.  Some people aimed for the top level of 104 books read and reviewed, others achieved the 12 books read and reviewed.  Either way, your chances of getting a review are much higher because depending on how many submissions I get, the winners of my challenge will be picking the books they would like.  If you’re interested in a book to start with, you’re probably going to enjoy it and in turn, review it.  It’s a win-win for authors and reviewers.

If you would like to submit a book as a prize, please comment on this post with your name (or pen name), the title of the book you’d like to submit, a blurb and a link to Amazon and/or Goodreads.  I’m keeping a spreadsheet of all of the authors who submit their books and I’ll be sending it to the winner and the three runners up.  They can choose which books they like and I’ll let you know if your book has been chosen as well as what format the winner would prefer.

Thank you so much and I hope to be in contact soon.


  1. Wayne Wise

    Thanks for this opportunity. Reviews can be hard to come by. Here’s the info;

    Wayne Wise
    This Creature Fair

    Everyone has had a long-distance crush on a celebrity. We fall in love with the image of a movie star, a rock star, a sports figure; little crushes that are cute when you’re young and embarrassing when you’re older.

    Forty-year-old Nick Chambers is a fan of an obscure British musician named Morrigan Blue. She’s beautiful, with a sexy voice and a sensuous stage presence. He knows it is just a crush, one of many in his years as a music fan.

    What happens when you get a chance to meet your hero? What happens when the attraction is returned? What happens when the object of your affection begins stalking you?

    What if she isn’t exactly human?

  2. E-Lit Books

    Author: Tina Moss and Yelena Casale
    Title: “A Touch of Darkness”
    Blurb: It’s just another day for New York City diner hostess, Cassie Durrett, until the painfully gorgeous man from her nightmares walks in for breakfast and changes everything she thought she knew about her world in the sexy new thriller, A Touch of Darkness (e-Lit Books; October 2013; 6.99).

  3. E-Lit Books

    Author: Karoline Barrett
    Title: The Art of Being Rebekkah
    Blurb: The Art of Being Rebekkah by Karoline Barrett (e-Lit Books; December 2013; 6.99) tells an emotional and heartbreaking story of loss, love and faith as Rebekkah tries to rebuild her trust in men and establish independence for the first time in her life.

  4. E-Lit Books

    Author: W.A. Tyson
    Title: The Seduction of Miriam Cross
    Blurb: THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS (e-Lit Books; November 2013; 6.99) a provocative murder mystery set in and around Philadelphia, catapults readers through the double life of literary author Miriam Cross, her final days, and a fatal secret that led to her brutal murder.

  5. anneallen21

    Anne Allen, ‘Finding Mother, Prepare to be swept away by a heart-warming tale of family relationships and love
    Three women. Three generations. Sacrifices for love…
    Who is she really? Nicole is about to find out as she searches for her real mother; the woman who gave her away at birth. With her marriage in tatters, she sets out from England: travelling to Spain, Jersey and Guernsey before the extraordinary story of her real family is finally revealed.
    Nicole becomes an unwitting catalyst for change in the family. Two women are forced to reveal long-buried secrets. One going back as far as the Second World War. Lives are transformed as choices have to be made and the past laid to rest… Amazon link

  6. Mark Jones

    Hi Carrie –
    I’d really appreciate a review of Opal Summerfield and The Battle of Fallmoon Gap. You can find out about it here: If you are interested in reading it, please contact me via twitter at @opaloftheozarks or my email markcjones7 at gmail dot com. Since, you love reading about history, I think you might be interested in the unique mythology of the Ozark Mountains. It could be a fun diversion from Ancient Rome. Thanks so much,
    Mark Jones
    Opal Summerfield and The Battle of Fallmoon Gap

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  8. J. F

    Yes Carrie I want to participate and ThankYOU for doing this. This is awesome. But can I do two books?

    J. F. Ridgley
    Vows of Revenge Ancient Roman Historical set on the Amalfi Coast
    ‘Amid pirates, godfathers, and forbidden love, vows of revenge are made in the unforgiving world of ancient Rome. Aelia Sabina, a patrician’s daughter, and Martino Lucianus Drusus- a simple plebe rise like phoenixes from the ashes of their lives. Aelia’s abusive husband vows to finally destroy this plebe in Rome’s court where patricians rule and plebeians grovel. But will Lucianus grovel? Don’t count on it.’

    Threatened Loyalties. Ancient Roman Historical set in Herculaneum
    Marcus Galerius Alexius quickly discovers that Roman politics in ancient Herculaneum could cost him his reputation, his dreams and even his life…as well as his betrothed Messalina’s..Then Vulcan’s wrath erupts.over their beloved city. Who will survive?
    Author page at Amazon

    You chose if you want only one book from me. How do you want me to send it/them to you…ebook or hardover? I’ll do it either way

  9. dreamweaver526

    Carrie, thanks for the opportunity.
    My name is Su Williams, my novel Dream Weaver is a YA paranormal fantasy. Reviews thus far have be 4s and 5s but authors can always use more reviews. Here’s the info:
    Vampires sparkled through the spotlight. Then, the zombies shambled through. Now, it’s time for new immortals. DREAM WEAVER. A beautiful, atmospheric love story that is dark science fiction meets teen fantasy.

    Nickolas Benedetti is a Dream Weaver, an ancient, arcane and almost immortal race with the power to cull and control memories and dreams. Nick plunges heart-first into tragedy-torn Emari Sweet’s dark and nebulous life to save her from herself…And finds his heart irretrievably entangled with hers. Nick leads Emari out of her darkness, but can he save her from the real, living, breathing nightmares have followed him to her doorstep?

  10. S.H. Roddey

    Hi, Carrie! I would love to submit a book for review! eBook copies (in most formats) are available worldwide and I will ship a paperback anywhere in the US/Canada. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    Title: Lost in the Shadows
    Authors: S.H. Roddey & Selah Janel
    Genre: Speculative (short stories of multiple genres)
    Blurb: Welcome to the Shadows:

    Journey with authors Selah Janel and S.H. Roddey to a world where every idea is a possibility and every genre an invitation. In this collection of forty-seven short stories, lines blur and worlds collide in strange and wonderful new ways. Get lost with the authors as they wander among fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other speculative musings.

    Shadows can’t hurt you, and sometimes it’s all right to venture off the path.


  11. Jemima Pett

    Yes I’d like to add a book!
    THE PRINCELINGS OF THE EAST is the first of a trilogy telling of the adventures of Fred and George.

    When the King’s Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They encounter the enigmatic businessman Hugo, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, the wise Lady Nimrod, the irrepressible barkeep Victor, but find themselves threatened by those with vested interests. The scene shifts from a rural, feudal setting to the towers and heights of the curious Isle of Hattan, but where, or when, are they? Time is of the essence in solving this puzzle, and our heroes must keep their wits sharp and their heads clear if they are to survive.

    Suitable for good readers aged 10 and over, The Princelings of the East is a fantasy adventure with the charm of the Wind in the Willows in a world reminiscent of Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern.
    available as an ebook (internationally), or as a paperback with all three books of the trilogy (US and UK only)

    Hope that makes sense
    Jemima Pett


    Terah Edun
    Sworn To Raise

    Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder–intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

    Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

    But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

    This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder

  13. A. W. Exley

    I’d love to help you out with your reading challenge 🙂

    NEFERTITI’S HEART (The Artifact Hunters book 1) by A. W. Exley

    Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
    London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father – sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.

    Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti’s Heart, a
    fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.

    Self-preservation fuels Cara’s search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.

  14. The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company

    Hello! My name is Ian Hutson and the book is ‘NGLND XPX’

    NGLND XPX was written to grab you by the ankle and drag you screaming into a world of funny and not so funny scifi-ish fiction, a soupcon of some dashed fine adventure and a spot of Ealing-esque farce.

    Rub shoulders with robots carrying teddy bears issuing tablets of Commandments to chaps wandering out of the desert. Squirm in a grandstand seat during an Industrial Revolution completely re-written just to see the new-fangled steam trains running over well-intentioned children (no real harm done). Recognise your neighbours – polite English zombies coping with the dystopian hell of a socialist victory in the General Election. Man up, madam, and do your OAP National Service during the pensioner wars with an insect species. Watch in awe and not some little discomfort as Queen Elizabeth does the dishes for Europe and the Ministry of Defence quietly saves the world from a rogue comet.

    No caricature is left unused. The science in the fiction is quite splendidly silly. This is a book to be read with tongue in cheek, preferably your own tongue and one of your own face cheeks unless you are very limber. The characters are as deep as summer puddles and the plots are as complicated as two planks of similarly-sized wood. Reality leaves the room on page one and farce enters just one chapter later. As literary feasts go this book is a paper bag of mint humbugs. It is the most fun that you can have with a librarian in the room without getting your ticket suspended. …

    Thank you!

  15. Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

    Author: Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
    Title: Twinned Universes (science fiction)
    Paul Harrison always wanted to play Hamlet, but he never expected he’d live the role first.

    In the aftermath of a family tragedy on 21st century Earth, Paul discovers he’s the clone of Sean Lyon, his great-great-grandfather and a famous TwenCen musician. Suspecting his mother’s death was no accident, Paul comes up with a plan to trick the answers out of the great-uncle who had him cloned. But in order to make his plan work, Paul needs help from Sean himself–and Sean’s time is running out in the TwenCen universe next door. Although Paul’s family lives on the spaceship that travels between the universes, he’s never been allowed on TwenCen Earth. Now, with the help of his friends, his disguise-creating holoprojectors, and a quantum quirk, Paul must make his way to Sean while evading other time travelers who fear he’ll change the history of the TwenCen universe. If Paul is to achieve justice, he must not only risk his own life, but the wormhole connecting the universes. “To be or not to be” was a simple question in comparison….

  16. Tara Lain

    Tara Lain
    Genetic Attraction
    MMF menage erotic romance

    Genre: Contemporary Menage

    At a conservative Long Island University, renowned researcher, Dr. Emmaline Silvay, has two great loves — her life-saving work, and her younger research partner, Jake Martin. The romantic love is impossible. She’s his boss and he lives with his girlfriend. But his “girlfriend” is actually a boyfriend; the beautiful and infamous supermodel, Roan Black.

    Resigned to a platonic relationship, Em accepts a weekend invitation to their home, but the men have a ménage on their minds. She can’t resist, doesn’t even want to. But their intentions go far beyond passion. They want her to “be a part of them.” Their three-way love defies propriety and the standards of the University that funds their work. The supermodel’s fame makes secrecy impossible. Their ménage threatens to crumble all she’s worked for. What will give way to make room for genetic attraction?

  17. Diantha Jones (@DianthaJones)

    You know I’m in.

    Prize: Entire Oracle of Delphi series (including the Mythos books–Hero, Cursed upon release)(eBook ONLY) (leads to first book in series)–I think I’ll not post 5 blurbs in a comment 😉

    Prize: Invasion (An Alien Romance)(Print-US Only)
    She invaded his world. He invaded her heart.

    I did not want to come here. Earth is but a lifeless ball of matter. Yet, it is worth more than all the galaxies combined. These creatures, these hu-mans, are not worth the labor we exert keeping them alive. But we need them. And I need him. The hu-man who has turned me from my duties, has made me forget my purpose. Everything has changed now. And we are all going to die.

    Prize: Here Kitty, Kitty (A Paranormal Romance Anthology)(eBook Only–will be gifted)–Blurb is quite long due to it being an anthology.

  18. mblaylock4

    Author: Madhuri Blaylock
    Title: BOOK ONE: THE GIRL (The Sanctum trilogy)

    The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

    A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

    Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.

    All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.

  19. Elizabeth D'Onofrio

    THE CRYSTALS OF YUKITAKE by Elizabeth D’Onofrio

    Young and beautiful, Monique de Champlain desires nothing more from life than always to be happy. Her father is a wealthy broker of Oriental spices. Her brother is a poet. And her fiancé is the dashing buccaneer Captain Rodrigo Oliveiro de Sousa. When Captain de Sousa returns to France from Asia he tells Monique and her family a startling tale he heard in Nagasaki: hidden in a secret cave on Yukitake, a remote mountain in Japan, are fabulous blood-red crystals with the power to bestow or restore perfect health. A woman known only as the Jewel Maiden is rumored to possess one of these crystals. Captain de Sousa vows to voyage across the globe again and find her, for he craves the agelessness to be gained from the crystals’ power, as well as the fortune to be reaped from their sale. His success in his resolve takes on a dire urgency when a plague visits the town of Pontoise. Monique suffers from illness and a loss of fortune, a reverse Cinderella falling from riches to rags, and her grasp at happiness hangs in doubt without the aid of the healing crystals. But Japan in the 1620s is a dangerous place for Europeans who are scorned as “southern barbarians.”

    Experience this spiritual adventure with Monique, Rodrigo, and a ronin samurai as they journey through musketeer France and medieval Japan, where two worlds face each other along the same path of discovery.

    The Crystals of Yukitake is historical fiction, spiced with fantasy and romance, a spiritual quest that touches the soul.


    Thank you for this opportunity!

  20. Zachary Bonelli

    I would like to submit two books for review, both from my independent press:

    Title: The Winter (Isaac the Fortunate #1)
    Author: A. Ka
    Publisher: Fuzzy Hedgehog Press
    Blurb: Beltran, a farmer in the Spanish kingdom of Aragon, had humble ambitions, but the winter of 1553 had different plans. After a crippling famine, unbearable storms, and a devastating plague known as the Delirium, the winter had taken everything dear to him.

    Then, through the backhanded kindness of a mysterious traveler and her time-obliterating potion, he gets everything back. His salvation will be the beginning of his problems, as he discovers just how stubborn history can be.

    Title: Voyage Embarkation
    Author: Zachary Bonelli
    Publisher: Fuzzy Hedgehog Press
    Blurb: At the age of eighteen, Kal Anders leaves his solitary home on an alternate Earth where he has been sequestered for the last four years. He takes off, not for his home reality, but into the metaxia, that vast and ponderous alternothing that separates each parallel world from all the others. Extraordinary wonders await him, but so do terrible dangers. Including one from the very home that sent him away so many years ago…

    All major ebook formats are available for puchase now from the Fuzzy Hedgehog Press website (hit the “buy ebook” button).

    Fuzzy Hedgehog Press is also happy to provide a complimentary paperback copy to reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

  21. Peter Arpesella (@peterarp)

    This sounds great – thank you.
    Would love to submit GOOD LIKE THIS, A Novel, for review and as a prize. Question: is this the right way to submit the book for review?

    GOOD LIKE THIS (fiction/medical)
    A Novel by Peter Arpesella
    Kindle and paperback

    Life is spectacular for this successful and ambitious family, but what happens when the wall of their secrets comes crashing down? Paul and Candice have been venturing into the gray areas of monogamy, and during a passionate escapade, Paul discovers that Candice has been a closet drug addict for the better part of their relationship. As Paul receives the business offer of a lifetime he refuses to look at his own denial for his health condition. He tries to control Candice, who fiercely confronts him with his lies. Having to deal with his suddenly weakening health, facing death and grasping at the threads of his failing relationship with his daughter, Paul needs a revelation. When he joins a cutting edge research project on the effects of stress, Paul discovers that there isn’t much of a difference between an addict, like his wife, and himself, who chooses to badly manage his type one diabetes. The New York City Marathon becomes the riveting and unexpected backdrop for the new bright life about to begin.
    Never before in fiction a lead character with diabetes, from victim to hero, because of it. GOOD LIKE THIS is a passionate story about family, commitment, self-discovery, the connection between body and mind, and the difference between “high and happy.”
    – “A mesmerizing story with universal appeal. A must read.” –

  22. Anthea Sharp

    Hi Carrie! I’d love to offer a copy of Feyland: The Dark Realm to your fabulous readers.

    ~ AMAZON BESTSELLER, AWARD-WINNING YA Urban Fantasy ~ BOOK 1 in the Feyland Trilogy ~

    Faeries. Computer games. When realms collide, a hero from the wrong side of the tracks and the rich girl he’s afraid to love must risk everything to defeat the treacherous fey.

    What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie…


    Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.


    Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.


    Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

  23. theapocalisa

    “The Opree Legacy: The Promise (Vol. 1), by L. Anna Lenz

    The Opree Legacy: The Promise is the first book in a series that follows several characters as they try to remake the world that is crumbling around them. It made a successful debuted at New York Comic Con this year. It’s a dark world that peppers elements of fantasy as the lives and universe of its characters are shaped through violence and destiny.

    This complex wide-ranging story with multiple plot lines may remind readers of Game of Thrones or Dune but this is a sharply contemporary story, darkly etched and layered with meaning. This contemporary story deals with current issues like racism, distant wars, and corrupt governments. It is darkly etched in blood and steel. Though it describes the Opree Empire, readers will recognize our earth, and our own times



  24. RJ Crayton

    I’d love to provide a free copy of my dystopian thriller, Life First.

    Strong-willed Kelsey Reed must escape tonight or tomorrow her government will take her kidney and give it to someone else.

    In this future forged by survivors of pandemics that wiped out 80 percent of the world’s population, life is valued above all else. The mentally ill are sterilized, abortions are illegal and those who refuse to donate an organ when told are sentenced to death.

    Determined not to give up her kidney or die, Kelsey enlists the help of her boyfriend Luke and a dodgy doctor to escape. The trio must disable the tracking chip in her arm for her to flee undetected. If they fail, Kelsey will be stripped of everything.

  25. Saffron Bryant (@SaffronBryant)

    A great idea, I’d like to submit my fantasy novel:

    The Fallen Star
    By Saffron Bryant

    Diatoria, home of the Draconum, is a secluded village hidden by the eternal shadow of a volcano. The Draconum are charged with protecting the powerful remnants of a star that descended from the Heavens centuries before. Their peaceful life is shattered when a member of their own faith attempts to steal the sacred Shard at the direction of an unseen power. As the only free members of their race Laila, her dragon companion Eros, Sarin and his dragon Fervidious frantically hunt for the lost star. The race is on to save their homeland and the souls of everyone in it.

  26. Paul R. Lloyd

    Set in 1960 in a working class neighborhood of a small Pennsylvania town, Steel Pennies is racially-charged murder, mayhem and mischief wrapped around a teen romance gone wild. When teenagers Tommy McConnell and Bob Durkin discover the body of a long missing neighborhood girl, a series of killings ensues. As the body count mounts, will Tommy and his friends learn the identity of the killer before his girlfriend becomes the next victim?

    Steel Pennies explores racial tension and forbidden love during the early days of the civil rights movement. It examines the mystery of coming of age in a love story that turns Romeo and Juliet on its head. Laugh, cry and remember the struggles that brought America together as one people.

    Steel Pennies is a thriller written in a noir style laced with biting humor and oddball characters. Here’s the link:

    Contact me on Twitter with an email address to send a free ebook copy:

  27. Angie Washburn

    Angie Washburn
    TRIED (The Boy Hater’s Club) Book # 1
    Ever think about giving up on boys? Feel alone in those moments, days and weeks after a break-up? Not sure why your relationships don’t work out? Join Emma and possibly heal from your own past!



  28. jmdavisauthor

    I would love to offer my book for your reading and reviewing challenge.

    J. M. Davis
    Title: Portrait of Conspiracy

    Philip Lewellan discovers a mysterious painting. He’s sure it’s proof his missing wife is alive … and may be living somewhere with a child, his daughter. The thought of being a father is more than enough to get Philip to turn to the one person who might believe him.

    Sandra Copeland, the original detective assigned to the missing-persons case, chased far too many bogus leads, after Philip—against her advice—offered a million dollar reward. Legitimate private investigators quit taking Philip’s money. Nothing could be found, or any evidence to indicate Renée might be alive. Copeland is not about to reopen an inactive seven-year-old missing-persons case based on what could only be another bogus lead. That is, until she sees a photo of the oil painting Philip has found in a New York art gallery. Their investigation unearths a staggering conspiracy impossible to believe, or to ignore.

    Not just another missing wife story, this gripping tale mixes elements of mystery, romance, and danger, bringing a thrilling new twist to an old tale of greed and vice.

  29. Caleb Peiffer

    I appreciate this opportunity, and I would be more than glad to donate one of my eBooks as a prize. In fact, I’ll offer two; one is my own, and the other I co-authored and helped to publish with a group of writing friends.

    Red and Lowring
    by Caleb Peiffer

    Leo Westmacott, aging wheelchair-bound sleuth, has returned to the detective game in a time of political turmoil. As the fires of the Red Scare are smoldering at their most threatening, the district-attorney of Philadelphia comes to him with the case of a spurious lynching. Leo accepts, plunging him with his assistants into an inferno of deception, love, and anarchist plots. And all the while there’s a ruthless killer on the loose who may be much nearer, and far more dangerous, than they realize.

    compiled by Andrew Page

    Constellations is the second anthology of short fiction published by the Ambage, the first being X:15, a collection of flash fiction pieces organized around fifteen different themes. Constellations presents thirty-odd short stories written specifically within the genre of science fiction, featuring stories from returning authors such as Nate Deisinger, Will Krueger, John Matz, Andrew Page, and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death), as well as several new authors.

    From the farthest reaches of space and time to the familiar realms of everyday life; from the cold impersonality of the outside world to the intensely personal worlds of imagination, belief, and the mind—the stories represented here explore a broad network of styles, themes, and experience, honed for the enjoyment of all readers.

  30. James Wymore

    James Wymore

    News headlines in the future repeat endlessly. Aliens bent on conquering the world close in on a weakened America. Epidemic alien-flu leaves people afraid to go outside their homes. America, led by the Undying Emperor, is drafting people of all ages despite the plummeting world population. Nobody really cares. They live in a fantasy facilitated by computer glasses, which project images right over the parts of the world they don’t like.

    With a sports scholarship and an amazing girlfriend, Jason had it all. As captain, he led his college team from one victory to another. His new love, Di, created digital artist in a world where life didn’t exist outside of the virtual. As long as they ignored the constant barrage of terrible news, their lives would turn out to be perfect. Perfect, except for Jason’s secret.

    Jason liked to imagine his family was just dysfunctional in the usual ways. He easily concealed his father’s rampant paranoia because the man lived alone in the wilderness like a hermit. In a world where everybody saw whatever they wanted, nobody noticed Jason’s father. But when Jason goes to visit, his father drops a bomb on him. Jason’s very existence is a heresy against the Undying Emperor. People would burn him at the stake if anybody found out. Also, his father secretly dedicated his life to finding and assassinating the theocrat.

    Why did his father wait so long to tell him this? Because he didn’t want to worry Jason until the government found out. Why was he telling the secret now? The government just found out. They are coming to get them both.

  31. Rachel Eliason (@racheleliason)

    I would be happy to submit a book as well.
    Title: Bear Naked
    Blurb: Amanda Burnson is a typical teen with all the typical problems: excess weight, struggles with body odor, random people trying to kill her . . . oh, and her boyfriend just might be a werewolf.
    If you are interested let me know on Twitter and I will trade emails with you.
    Thanks for doing this.

  32. rileygrahamwrites

    Hi Carrie. Thanks for the opportunity; I’d love to participate! I can send a paperback to US & Canadian winners, and an ebook to international winners. I’ll also send a signed bookmark to anyone who’s interested (including international winners) if that’s okay. Here’s the information.
    Author: Riley Graham
    Title: Accidents & Incidents
    Description: Sometimes finding love means taking the scenic route …

    Living with her faultfinding mother has taught Leslie not to ask for much. Just watch your step, stay on the sidelines, and take what you can get. But she wants a mom who thanks her for cleaning the kitchen instead of yelling at her for missing a spot, and a boyfriend who does more than score her a seat at the popular table—someone who actually notices her sitting there.

    So when Cain, the school heartbreaker, turns his Carolina blue eyes her way, Leslie can’t help but be tempted, even if he’s her boyfriend’s best friend. Things get even more complicated when Leslie strikes up unlikely friendships with Meredith, Cain’s girlfriend, and Dennis, a boy addicted to cigarettes and solitude. Despite his tough exterior, Dennis seems to understand Leslie in a way that no one ever has, and to need her as much as she needs him.

    For the first time in her life, Leslie feels like she could belong. She’s just not sure where.

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