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“Read An Ebook” March 3-9 At Smashwords: Check-Out Our Titles 50% Off!

“Read an Ebook Week, the world’s largest global celebration of ebooks, kicks off this Sunday at Smashwords. The celebration runs March 3-9.” Smashwords Blog.

Thousands of authors are offering their titles, with a special catalog compiled so readers and others interested can find all categorized listings whether books are 25%, 50%, 75% or FREE. http://www.ebookweek.com/.

Flying With Red Haircrow Titles In “Read An Ebook Week”

aofjfont2 500750“Finding the courage to face the pain of the past in order to have a future.”

  • Title: The Agony of Joy
  • By: Red Haircrow
  • Published: February 17, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781301334520
  • Length: 350 pages
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction, GLBTIIQ Interest
  • Coupon Code REW50

“For many survivors of child sex abuse, there is a lifelong battle for understanding and acceptance, not only from others, but also from themselves. From London to Berlin, to the frozen seas of far east Russia, this is an unforgettable journey of rebirth, revelation and redemption as two men struggle to overcome their separate past agonies and allow themselves to experience friendship and love.”

Book Trailer on YouTube.

A Rainbow Award 2012 Winner In Category BEST LGBT Biography/Memoir

Description: An imaginative collection of memories and observations written from the perspective of a young man who was orphaned early, who was gay, deaf and Russian. He was simple and complex, light-hearted and serious, whimsical and infinitely strong, and when he loved, he loved with all his heart and soul.

A former sex worker and later a husband, he was an amateur activist and philosopher, a startlingly intelligent, passionate individual able to intensely appreciate even the small wonders of the world and the people for whom he cared.

Part diary, part dialogue, and part rhetoric, “Silence Is Multi-colored in My World” is based on actual experiences. It is a literary portrait of a man with nothing to hide and everything to reveal. It is a slice into the willing veins of a mental and emotional free bleeder. Winner in Rainbow Awards 2012 category: best biography/memoir.

“When all you ever wished for is the last thing you ever wanted….”

Description: “Cierrai is running away from a past that’s still breathing down his neck. Jack has no past, his memory wiped in the accident that killed his parents. They meet and their lives move forward like stones skimming the surface of the water, dipping into memories that want to surface and those that want to lie buried forever.

Together, they struggle to come to terms with what happened in the past and where they want to go in the future, but can Jack cope with a man who likes to dress in leather mini-skirts and silk kimonos? Can Cierrai trust Jack with the secrets of his past; secrets he can’t escape, secrets that are snapping at his heels?

When those secrets catch up, forcing Cierrai back to the life he’d left, a life that was slowly draining his life away, he and Jack’s love is both threatened and tested by forces from without and within.”

Description: “Troubled residents come and go at the Care House where River Caulfield is a caregiver, working towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a nurse. When Silver arrives, a patient found on a roadside near death after suffering terrible abuse, River finds his previous personal detachment is compromised. Seeking to help the mysterious and enigmatic young man locked inside his own mind and memories, River finds his professionalism slipping as Silver begins to open up and live again.

But as their relationship begins to blossom, the roots of Silver’s past abuse and the abuser who forced him into such a mental state sends forth new shoots of darkness enveloping them in dangers threatening not only Silver’s sanity, but their very lives. With River’s devotion and help, will Silver finally be able to break away from his past? The answer lies in the words of a priest, a painting and a long walk through a churchyard harbouring the secrets of the enigma that is Silver.”

Description: “River had always known that living with a freed sex slave, even one as sweet as Silver, was never going to be easy. It gets a lot harder when his parents are killed leaving him to care for his young brother. When Social Services get involved he has a choice to make. Unfortunately, he makes a choice that leaves the relationship in jeopardy as much as the master who returns to claim his former pet.”

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Clown by Paul Montgomery

CLOWN-WEB-smallReview: An intriguing premise can always catch my eye, and having a character whose face changes pattern daily whether they wish it to or not, was definitely one. And even as basically simple as the cover image for Clown is, I felt it strongly and strikingly conveyed most of the mood of the story: a kind of aimless wandering of Clown, both physically and emotionally.

That being said, it’s that same quality which made it rather difficult for me to progress through the book. Especially, at over 450 pages of roughly the same feel, I didn’t experience a sense of purpose, a build-up, climax or true resolution even if there are some scenes and characters who brightened or added complexity to the narrative. Overall, I just felt a number of revisions could have added focus and drive, which certainly can always be challenging to any author. Maybe I’ve missed the point of the work, but it’s listing as Book One suggests there will be more and many of the questions might finally be answered.

Description: “Fantasy, adventure, heroes, legends, dragons, and a man named Clown.

Clown never felt like he belonged. Even in the circus, where he was abandoned as a child, he never felt fully at home. Every day he woke to find his face wearing a different pattern, denying him the chance to ever see his true self. On a mountain, which no one else could see, he made a deal to save the life of a phoenix, and sparked an adventure which led him from our world to the world that once was. A world filled with old heroes and legends, gods and demons, ghosts and monsters.

From the depths of the earth, to the haven which once hosted gods, and on to the very moon, Clown’s path will lead him through triumph and sacrifice, discovering what it is to be a hero, and how the world can be shaped. And in doing so, he will learn why some deals are more dangerous than others, some souls are worth saving, who the mysterious Gabriel is, and maybe, just maybe, bring him face to face with a dragon.”

  • Kindle Edition, 455 pages
  • Published April 14th 2012
  • ASIN: B007UFS45Q
  • Available on Amazon.com, .uk.
  • Source: Author

Author Profile

I moved from Liverpool to London in 2000, and on to Kent in 2012.

I enjoy a variety of genres, but enjoy horror, fantasy, comedy and the occasional thriller the most. Accepting reviews is opening my eyes again, and I’m quite enjoying a few different tastes out there.

I cheerfully admit to being a bit of a geek (it’s our time now!), enjoying various comics, games, movies, etc. So you may find some random and relatively obscure references.

I’m happy to chat, offer ideas, feedback, reviews, promotions, interviews and help in any way I can.

Website: http://truejdk.com/

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Book Launch: September 12, 2012 “The Runaway” by Nephylim, From Flying With Red Haircrow

 

“When all you ever wished for is the last thing you ever wanted….”

  • Title: The Runaway
  • Author: Nephylim
  • Publisher: Flying With Red Haircrow
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance, Gay Interest
  • Length: 290 pages
  • Cover art and design: Maria Korte and Mika Star
  • Trailer: The Runaway

Description: “Cierrai is running away from a past that’s still breathing down his neck. Jack has no past, his memory wiped in the accident that killed his parents. They meet and their lives move forward like stones skimming the surface of the water, dipping into memories that want to surface and those that want to lie buried forever.

Together, they struggle to come to terms with what happened in the past and where they want to go in the future, but can Jack cope with a man who likes to dress in leather mini-skirts and silk kimonos? Can Cierrai trust Jack with the secrets of his past; secrets he can’t escape, secrets that are snapping at his heels?

When those secrets catch up, forcing Cierrai back to the life he’d left, a life that was slowly draining his life away, he and Jack’s love is both threatened and tested by forces from without and within.”

About The Author:

 

Born into a poor but loving mining family in the United Kingdom, Nephylim grew up in the beautiful and history rich South Wales Valleys, becoming the first in her family to attend university. As a lawyer practicing Family Law for several years, the profession allowed Nephylim to learn more about human nature at its worst and best moments, and develop empathy and a view of life not limited by social standing or background.

Tapping into the heritage of her people that throughout Earth’s ages welcomed the wandering bard into the hearts of their villages as keepers of lore, Nephylim trained as a Druid and brings the richness of her Celtic past and spiritual training to enrich and elevate her writing. Since a child Nephylim has been fascinated with other worlds, which exist within and alongside her own and has reveled in creating worlds and characters for others to enjoy.

Despite lack of family support, Nephylim continued writing privately and eventually found the Gay Authors website. With the positive response and a warm welcome received, she found the confidence to pursue her passion to a greater degree. Feeling gay fiction was a woefully neglected corner of the market where readers were all too often presented with what amounted to erotica, Nephylim strives to write quality gay fiction where sex and sexuality is not the central premise. Instead, concentration is given to character and narrative development through storytelling that goes beyond the physical.

Nephylim still resides in Wales, UK, and enjoys writing, reading, art, and taking part in medieval reenactments.

Author Links:

http://nephylim-author.blogspot.com/

http://shadowofthefallen.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/Nephylim.author

Interviews with the author:

By Brandon Shire

At Rising Up From the Ashes by Phoenix

By Michael Offut

Dawn’s Reading Nook

Other works by the author at Flying With Red Haircrow:

Enigma, Book 1

Fighting the Man, Enigma Book 2

About the Press:

Opening its doors on October 31, 2010, Flying With Red Haircrow, is an independent publisher and writer cooperative with a large range of interests and possibilities who entreats everyone to, “Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” http://theredhairedcrow.wordpress.com/.

Contact:

If you are interested in a review copy for your website, wish to schedule an interview with the author or wish general information about this release or press, please write Nephylim at chakira@hotmail.co.uk or Red Haircrow theredhairedcrow@gmail.com.

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New Release: Percevale-I. The Ghosts of Time by Anne de Gandt- Currently Free!

Another intriguing tale by French author Anne de Gandt, whom I was privileged to interview, and whose other works V.I.T.R.I.O.L and Decades I’ve previously reviewed here on Flying With Red Haircrow.

Now, her work The Ghosts of Time is free at Smashwords for a limited time. Translated from French to English, the description for this short work of literary fiction written for older children or young adults can also be enjoyable to discerning adults.

Description: “Kings, Queens and Witches in sleeping castles can be full of surprises! An old name, some mysterious dreams… The heroine, helped by her friends Roiteleau & Croquignol, tries to find a hidden piece of her past. But sometimes the borderline between dream and reality is thin ….”

Take the opportunity to discover of an author you may not have read or even heard of, but who creates stories full of rich imagery made even more vivid by the exotic European flair and use of English in ways that continue to surprise and delight.

  • Published: June 10, 2012
  • Words: 13595 (approximate)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781476017853

About the Author:

Writer-photographer, Anne de Gandt creates worlds which mingle past and present, dream and reality. She invites you to journey across time, space, memory, identity and hope.

Écrivain-photographe, Anne de Gandt crée des univers où se mêlent passé et présent, rêve et réalité. Son travail est une invitation aux voyages, à travers le temps, l’espace, la mémoire, l’identité et l’espoir.

Anne’s website: http://www.annedegandt.com/

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Interview: Sharon A. Mitchell, Author of “School Daze”

Sharon A. Mitchell’s first novel, School Daze, was published in April 2012. Prior to concentrating on writing, she spent decades as a consultant counselor and special education teacher. Her Doctorate and Master’s degrees looked at long-term outlooks in autism and educating teachers and parents about this disorder. Her passion is helping people with autism spectrum disorders become as independent as possible.

School Daze is the first book in a series set in Madson School. The next book will be out in late summer, 2012. Sharon also co-author of the Amazon bestseller The Official Autism 101 Manual, and wrote hundreds of articles and responses to questions appearing on All Experts.com (http://www.allexperts.com/ep/1010-78033/Autism/Dr-Sharon-Mitchell.htm) , as well as having delivered workshops and seminars to thousands participants including national conferences. Website: http://www.autismsite.ca.

School Daze
Published: April 29, 2012
Available at Smashwords, Amazon and other online distributors.

Description: “After suddenly receiving custody of his five year old son, Ben must learn how to be a dad. That fact that he’d even fathered a child was news to him. Not only does this mean restructuring his sixty-hour work week and becoming responsible for another human being, but also Kyle has autism.

Enter the school system. Under the guidance (and bullying) of a gifted teacher, Ben and Kyle take tentative steps to becoming father and son. Teacher Melanie Nicols sees Ben as a dead beat dad, but grudgingly comes to admire how he hangs in, determined to learn for his son’s sake. Her admiration grows to more as father and some come to rely on Melanie being a part of their lives.”

About the Author:

What genre(s) do you write?

This current book is fiction – contemporary woman’s fiction/romance. Prior to that I’ve only written articles.

Why do you write the stories that you write?

I work in the field of autism. When parents first learn of their child’s diagnosis, they study everything they can. There’s lots written on the internet and in books, much of it text-book style. After a long day of work and family life, do you want to read a heavy textbook? I thought there was a better way to impart information, so I wrote a light novel that depicts a single dad’s efforts to parent his son who has autism.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In my late 20’s.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

Stephen King’s On Writing is the best book on writing I know of. I enjoy the easy reading styles of authors like Robert Parker and Lawrence Block and Robyn Carr.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have a full-time job, work on our farm, have a family, raise pure-bred German Shepherds, kayak….

What books are currently on your nightstand?

A couple from Suzanne Brockman’s Troubleshooter’s series

What would you like readers to know about you the individual?

Academically, I have four degrees and have taught at university. While I read/write academic works, I dislike writing that uses a big word when a simpler one will do. I don’t believe you should have to struggle to understand what you’re reading.

Where are you from originally? Family?

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and married with two grown sons.

Your Writing Process:

Why do you write?

It’s fun! I feel a compulsion to put words to paper (or screen). I even write long letters. I express myself better on paper than with spoken words.

What excites you about writing?

Conveying an idea, helping it take shape until it takes on a life of it’s own.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Sporadic, fast and intense. I wrote my last novel in a month during NaNoWriMo. Then came the editing, though. I focus best in intense bursts.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Try it. Just jump in and do it. Some of what you write will stink. Some of it might be brilliant. You can better the more you write. And read the book, On Writing.

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?

The beginning where there are so many possibilities. Or the middle, when you know your characters well, throw things at them and watch them fight their way out.

Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing?

Light jazz or classical.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?

Plant potatoes. But the sun was shining, the soil fresh and fragrant and I had a good time.

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

I can write about 65,000 words in a month (evenings, weekends) but it takes me that long again to edit. Then I make changes based on the suggestions of a couple readers and go over the manuscript several more times to catch an typos, etc.

Do you prefer writing series books over non series or does it matter?

Never done a series before but next week I plan to begin the 2nd book in this series.

Do you have a system for writing?

I need the external pressure of something like NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org) – National Novel Writing Month to make me force my butt into a chair to pound out about 1700 words a day. I need to silence my inner editor while I do the first draft.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

Yep. Not hours, but I aim for 1700 words a day. Some days I manage 3000, others none at all. I aim for a minimum of 50,000 in a month.

Have you ever had one of those profound “AH-HA!” moments while you were writing? Would you be willing to share it?

During this last book I had several such moments. They’re hard to explain though and had more to do with the plot and how my characters were reacting. By just plunging in and writing, the characters took over and my worries about what I might write about next just disappeared when I got out of the way and let the characters have their way.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

Some of the comments readers make about my articles, answers to questions, etc. on autism. You can see some of the comments here: http://www.allexperts.com/expert.cgi?m=12&catID=1010&expID=78033.

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

They come totally from my imagination, or so I’d like to believe. But does anything ever spring totally unique from your mind? Isn’t everything a composite of all that you’ve seen and heard and felt before?

Have any of your characters ever haunted your dreams or woken you up during the night demanding attention?

Most definitely that happened during the writing of School Daze. Many times I had to get up in the middle of the night to write. Also plot dilemmas sort of worked themselves out while I slept.

Your Books:

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel? Pleased. May I say more than one word?

I believe I’ve written a quality book – one that’s entertaining, easy to read and will give lots of information on helping a child with autism. Most of all, I hope people enjoy it as a good read.

When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?

Somewhat. Actually I’m more nervous when friends/family read it than when strangers pick it up. By the time it’s out in the public, enough other eyes have gone over it that the kinks are gone and it’s in good shape.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

By late summer I hope to have the 2nd book in the series available on Amazon and on Smashwords.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I’ve spent the past twenty years learning about autism. Autism was also the focus of my Master’s and Doctoral degrees. I read daily in this field plus my day job is as a consultant, dealing with families and kids who have autism. Yes, I do enjoy the research process. There is always more to learn. I must say though, that not all I learn comes from books – I learn a lot from parents, teachers and the kids themselves.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse? Help.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Semi-outline. I need something to get me going and overcome that fear of not knowing what to write. But once I get into the book, the story takes over and I forget to even refer to my original outline.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My first book was as a co-author of the Amazon bestseller The Official Autism 101 Book. It was published four years ago. This current book, School Daze is my first novel and first solo book. It is available at Smashwords, but also at Amazon.

Thanks for your time and answering some questions, readers and potential readers might be interested in.

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