Take a stab at a paranormal thriller with a psychic detective.
Michael Allan Scott writes stories that will leave you guessing.
Supernatural Murder Mystery – Realtor Carla Simon has her first showing in nearly eighteen months. Recovering from a nervous breakdown, she arrives at the bank-owned foreclosure well ahead of her prospect. When her buyer pins her against the wall, it turns out to be the last house she’ll ever show.
Looking for a new breed of supernatural thrillers? Paranormal mysteries of murder and suspense? Perhaps a psychic detective series which can be read and enjoyed in any order? Or maybe one of those scary books you can’t put down? Regardless, the dark, disturbing novels by Indie Author, Michael Allan Scott, won’t disappoint.
My #1 goal in life is to teach independent authors they are no longer writers: they are publishers. Long before your book is published on Amazon, or before it goes wide, the focus should be on marketing. Your job is to figure out a way to push your book into the hands of as many readers as possible.
My theory is that if you’re going to spend money on improving your skill, you should spend it on digital marketing. So, the next logical question is: how am I suppose to develop and improve my writing skill?
The answer: free university classes that you can complete in the comfort of your home.
Coursera and MIT Open Courseware come to mind. A quick search of these sites leads to over 100 eLearning opportunities. Taught at some of the world’s leading institutions all for free. On your time, in front of your PC or tablet.
The benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Often you can skip around and just watch the videos you need. Then, on that rare occasion, you need ‘hands-on’ training, then, by all means, spend the money on a writing development class. But, for the most part, ditch the seminars and spend that money on digital marketing.
Hint: you can also find free online university classes on digital marketing as well.
I want to introduce you to indie author and publisher Jim Nesbitt. He writes crime drama and has two books out. Both are exceptional reads, underpriced and are on Kindle Unlimited.
I’m going to cut to the chase: go to Amazon and buy the damn books. If you’re like me and have a Kindle Unlimited account, by all means, read them through that app.
Jim’s a cross between Jim Marrs and Rooster Cogburn. His writing is rustic and raw—which makes him a pleasure to read. I think you’ll agree.
Nesbitt’s first book, “The Last Second Chance,” introduced me to hardboiled noir even though it’s been around since the 1920s. Gino Cox wrote a review that is 100% spot on:
The Last Second Chance is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of two men on a collision course, each blaming the other and seeking violent retribution and revenge. The author is a gifted storyteller with a flair for allusions and an eye for detail that combine to make relatively commonplace settings seem fascinating and unique. The characters are three-dimensional with intricate histories and believable motivations. Some characters are familiar, but with unique backgrounds. Others are unique characters one would not ordinarily encounter in a thousand lifetimes. But they all seem authentic. The story is character driven. Half a dozen characters are pursuing conflicting goals, each of which is fairly simple and straightforward in its own right. Taken together, the story is filled with unexpected twists and turns as the characters and plots intertwine and conflict.
It is not a difficult read; however, it is not a quick read. The prose is crafted with such skill that it needs to be savored. The allegories and allusions give the descriptions a unique texture.
Another reviewer said this about The Last Second Chance:
I checked the author’s bio twice while reading the novel finding it hard to believe he hasn’t published a dozen other award winners. The character development was rich and deep. The pace of the story kept me interested. And the plot made the book impossible to set aside.
I bought the paperback of The Last Second Chance. It’s definitely a 5-star read.
For more than 30 years, Jim Nesbitt roved the American Outback as a correspondent for newspapers and wire services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He chased hurricanes, earthquakes, plane wrecks, presidential candidates, wildfires, rodeo cowboys, ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers, migrant field hands, doctors, neo-Nazis and nuns with an eye for the telling detail and an ear for the voice of the people who give life to a story. He is a lapsed horseman, pilot, hunter and saloon sport with a keen appreciation for old guns, vintage trucks and tractors, good cigars, aged whiskey and a well-told story. He now lives in Athens, Alabama.
He’s also a registered nurse, a nationally recognized medical educator, and host of The Nursing Show.
How Jamie Became a Fiction Writer
Jamie got started as a novelist on a dare. He’s been a nurse and a medical educator for quite some time and has several nonfiction books available. In 2014, a friend of his dared him to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. He finished his novel during November and then it sat on the file for eight months.
Writing that first fiction novel stoked a creative fire in Jamie. He’s always considered himself a very creative person, and writing fiction gave him a different creative outlet than his nonfiction books or his podcast business.
He decided to release what would become the first book in his Extreme Medical Services series. It was very well received by listeners in Jamie’s podcast community, as well as fans of the urban fantasy genre.
The Extreme Medical Services series started as an idea for an educational web series that Jamie turned into a novel. Jamie is involved with seven podcasts and he writes for several blogs. He’s always writing. And ever since NaNoWriMo 2014, Jamie has always had a fiction project in process.
It never occurred to Jamie to go the traditional publishing route. He’s always been an entrepreneur. He was aware of self-publishing and the opportunities available to him to market to the audience of his choosing, rather than relying on an editor or publisher to decide where his book fit in the marketplace.
#SciFi, #Crime and #GameLit author Matt Doyle lives in South East, England. Rumor has it he has an extensive tea collection. From his Amazon author page:
Matt Doyle lives in the South East of England and shares his home with a wide variety of people and animals, as well as a fine selection of teas. He has spent his life chasing dreams, a habit which has seen him gain success in a great number of fields. To date, this has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler, completing a range of cosplay projects, and publishing multiple works of fiction.
These days, Matt can be found working on far too many novels at once, blogging about anime, comics, and games, and plotting and planning what other things he’ll be doing to take up what little free time he has.
A Sci-Fi murder mystery that has been described by reviewers as Sam Spade meets Blade Runner.
New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …
For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.
When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.
Matt’s other books include::
A sci-fi/GameLit series, ‘The Spark Form Chronicles’. The universal links for these are as follows (in order):
This series follows five professional card players as they take part in a future-based tournament where the battles are enacted for live audiences by holograms.
An ‘over the top’ performer guarding his companion’s right to life.
A genius programmer striving to retrieve her property.
An ex-mercenary sick of the abuse that she and her girlfriend receive.
A teenage girl desperately seeking to understand her past.
An old man intent on living on his own terms.
Five professional card players. Five reasons to fight. One thing in common: Their lives will be touched by the existence of the AI known as Carnival.
The Spark Form Chronicles combines card gaming with the excitement of professional wrestling, and tells a complex story that asks a simple question: Can an AI every truly be alive? Dive into Matt Doyle’s epic science fiction series to find out the answer.
By Joel Gordonson, Author of The Atwelle Confession
Anyone who has contemplated the time and effort needed to become a serious writer of fiction undoubtedly has wondered whether he or she has the right stuff to be good. After all, competition is stiff. A brief wander through bookstores or online leaves an aspiring author with an overwhelming sense of the daunting challenges ahead.
First, there’s the challenge of being good enough to obtain an agent, publisher and publicist—or justify the process of self-publishing. Then once you’re published, you are competing with the likes of Mark Twain, Dostoevsky, and Nobel laureates for literature. There are some 30 million books already in print. What are the odds of someone buying your book?
Can you become a successful writer of good fiction? It’s a prudent question to ask.
Here is a three-step acid test for a preliminary idea of whether you might have the right stuff. It’s not a complete or a sure-fire indicator of success. This acid test for some (Mark Twain, for instance) will show clearly the ability to tell fictional stories. And some writers might fail, yet still become world-class fiction writers. (Dostoevsky maybe? I’m guessing he would fail Step 1.) Nevertheless, these three steps might help you test and assess your potential.
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