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As most of you already know, I am a resident author at a wonderful forum for readers and writers dedicated to bringing you the best in indie fiction.

We are very proud to announce that the first BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology is now published!

It's free to download from Smashwords in any format you choose.

Here's the link you need: BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology on Smashwords

It includes an exclusive new short story by me, 'Flames', which you won't find in any of my currently published collections.

The themes in the Anthology include: romance, mystery, fantasy, wizards, witches, music, torture

It's a very diverse collection sure to contain a story or two that you'll fall in love with whatever your taste. So, click the link and download your free copy, and don't forget to tell all your friends about it.

Here's a list of the story titles and authors:

Wish Upon A Star by Lainey Bancroft

Tears For Hesh by J. Michael Radcliffe

You Can Call Me Ari by Darcia Helle

Flames by Maria Savva

Minor Details by Jaleta Clegg

Ice Cream Man by Neil Schiller

No Eyes But Mine Shall See by Sharon E. Cathcart

The First Texas Twister by Magnolia Belle

Shadow Lantern by Gareth Lewis

Stained by Amy Saunders

We hope you'll enjoy the stories, please do let us know what you think!

Happy reading :)

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Bestseller Bound Anthology (Volume 1)Bestseller Bound Anthology by Darcia Helle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my short stories is featured in this collection, 'Flames'. My review does not include that story.

This is a diverse collection of stories, there's something for everyone in this anthology.

Wish Upon A Star by Lainey Bancroft

An insightful tale about a gifted singer who falls prey to the ravages of fame. Lainey is an author who understands the human psyche well.

Tears For Hesh by J. Michael Radcliffe

An entertaining fantasy tale, containing wizards, magic, curses, and spells. Hesh is a likeable character and I felt compassion for him. Well written with a tragic twist.

You Can Call Me Ari by Darcia Helle

A chilling, suspense story to keep you on the edge of your seat. By far the most vivid story in the collection. The descriptive quality of the writing pulls the reader in. Fans of Darcia's writing can be assured that even though this is just a short story it is just as scary as her novels!

Minor Details by Jaleta Clegg

A humourous tale about two teenage girls, one of whom can't spell. This leads to an unfortunate turn of events (or, fortunate, depending on how you look at it!) A fun read.

Ice Cream Man by Neil Schiller

Having read and enjoyed Neil's collection of short stories Oblivious, I was not disappointed by this story. It contains the same moody feel as much of his writing. It is in essence a poignant story of disappointment.

No Eyes But Mine Shall See by Sharon E. Cathcart

Sharon Cathcart sets the scene well in this heartbreaking story of a love denied. I liked the descriptive quality of the writing. Much of the story is written in the form of a letter that will never be read, making it all the more heartrending.

The First Texas Twister by Magnolia Belle

A fun and entertaining tale about how the Wild West collided with Native American culture to create the first tornado.

Shadow Lantern by Gareth Lewis

An interesting concept. A short story told entirely through dialogue with no narrative. At first, I didn't think it would work, and must admit to being a bit confused as to which character was speaking at times. By the end, however, I found myself entertained by this fantasy tale.

Stained by Amy Saunders

I hadn't read any of Amy's work before this short story, but now I will be seeking out more of her writing. I was very impressed by the way the author deals with the main character's emotions after a traumatic event. The tale is enthralling and the ending is moving. All believable characters.

All in all, this is a great collection and a wonderful way to introduce readers to some very talented independent authors.

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At BestsellerBound we are all about finding talented indie writers and promoting their work. So far we have produced three short story anthologies and there is another on the way. We're currently collecting stories for Volume 4, so if you're an indie writer who hasn't signed up as a member yet, where have you been? I know, too busy writing, okay, but that's still no excuse ;)
If you'd like to be part of BestsellerBound, our friendly and fun community of writers (and readers -- we mustn't forget them as we would be nothing without them), please join us. The sign up process is easy, we do have to verify your email address as we get so many spammers trying to sign up every day. A word of warning -- if you have an unusual email address, you may need to contact me or the site creator, Darcia Helle, to let us know you're going to apply for membership, or we may reject your application. We get lots of weird and wonderfully named spam email addresses trying to get onto our site each day. We'll probably reject you if your email address looks strange.

Now for the latest news. I'm very excited to announce that the third BestsellerBound Anthology has just been published! At the moment it's FREE to download from Smashwords

Here's a list of the stories and authors who appear in this volume:

Winter Blues by Maria Savva
Skins by Jess C. Scott
Whisperer by Jaleta Clegg
The Wars Within by Jaime McDougall
The Old Bookshop by Julie Elizabeth Powell
Scale of a Dragon by J. Michael Radcliffe
Counting Blessings Along the Horseshoe Canyon by Sharon E. Cathcart
Eve & Ian’s New Love Life by Cynthia Meyers-Hanson
Laundry Day by Stacy Juba
The Day the Lights Went Out by Cliff Ball

We're also trying to make it free on Amazon. The way Amazon works is that it won't let authors who upload books onto the site sell them free; the lowest price we can choose is $0.99. So, our third Anthology is currently $0.99 on Amazon US and 86p on Amazon UK

In the coming weeks it will also be available free at B&N. We will keep trying to get the book to be available free on Amazon, and I'll announce that when it happens. In the meantime, if you have a Kindle ereader, you can download your free copy from Smashwords!

I'm currently reading Volume 3 and I'm really enjoying the variety of stories. I hope you will all enjoy the collection, and if you haven't tried the other two volumes, they are also free to download on Smashwords, B&N and Amazon. We want to get as much exposure for our members' stories as possible and help readers to find new authors, so we will always be offering these anthologies free.

Happy Reading!

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A few BestsellerBound members currently have free books available on Amazon.

I thought I would let you know about them.

Here's a list of some of the delights you can get for free for your Kindle :)

Enemies and Playmates by Darcia Helle

I've read this novel, and it's amazing. Grab it while it's free, and I am sure you'll want to try some other books by Darcia Helle. Darcia writes suspense novels and also short stories. There is always a dark side to her writing, but there is also a healthy dose of humour and a touch of romance in most of her tales. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, she's one of my all time favourite authors.

Here's the link to the FREE Amazon ebook: Enemies and Playmates

Tears for Hesh by J. Michael Radcliffe

Tears for Hesh is a fantasy short story. I read it as part of the BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 1, and really enjoyed it. I have just finished reading The Guardian's Apprentice by the same author, and can't recommend it highly enough. I'm definitely becoming a fan of J. Michael Radcliffe. He is one of our favourite Bestsellerbound members.

Here's the link you'll need to download a free copy of Tears for Hesh on Kindle: Tears For Hesh

Ripples by
Thomma Lyn Grindstaff

Thomma has only recently joined BestsellerBound, but she has definitely won our hearts. She fits in well in our friendly and fun community.

I haven't read this short story, Ripples, but intend to do so, and I also want to try some of her other books.

Here's the link to the free book on Amazon: Ripples

T'on Ma by Magnolia Belle

Magnolia Belle is one of our most active members on BestsellerBound. She's had a story featured in the BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 1, which I really enjoyed. She created a great book trailer for the Anthology. I haven't read T'on Ma yet, but it's on my to-read list.

Here's the link you'll need to download the free novel: T'on Ma

The BestsellerBound Anthologies are free on Amazon, of course. Well, Volumes 1 & 2 are free, and we're hoping that Volume 3 will be free shortly.

Here are the links to Volumes 1 & 2 on Amazon:

Volume 1

Volume 2

Happy reading!
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Published on December 13, 2011 13:28 • 2,879 views • Tags: amazon, bestsellerbound, darcia-helle, free, j-michael-radcliffe, kindle, magnolia-belle, novels, short-stories, thomma-lyn-grindstaff

Today, I'm very happy to be introducing you to one of the nicest authors I have had the pleasure to meet on the Internet. J. Michael Radcliffe a.k.a. "Alderdrache" (which means, Elder Dragon) is a fantasy author who joined BestsellerBound in October 2010, and he is one of our most active members on the forum. He also loves cats, which means that naturally he is one of my favourite people.

His novel (book one in the Beyond The Veil series) The Guardian's Apprentice is a wonderful, fantasy tale, for lovers of magic, dragons, wizards, curses, etc., etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Michael has also written many short stories based around the characters in the novel (and the forthcoming books in the series):Beyond the Veil Anthology - the world of The Guardian's Apprentice, Tears for Hesh, Forsaken, and Scale of a Dragon

Michael has very kindly agreed to give away one signed copy of The Guardian's Apprentice and a pdf copy to two lucky readers of my blog. All you have to do to enter is simply 'like' this blog post or leave a comment below. Winners will be picked on the 30th of December 2011.

Here's my recent interview with Michael:

Your novels and short stories are steeped in magic, curses, witchcraft and the like.  Do you believe in magic?  If so, do you have any interesting stories you could tell us to back up this belief?

Do I believe in magic – now that is an interesting question. There are so many things in this wondrous world of ours that are unexplained – so many mysteries for which science has no answers. I certainly believe there are many things beyond our comprehension – whether or not this qualifies as magic, I’m not certain. I’m inclined to believe there are such things as spirits – or some elevated state of being beyond the physical and I’ll offer this story as an illustration.
In 2002, my father suffered a pulmonary embolism and was placed on life support. After the neurologist had informed us my father was brain dead, my sister and I had to sign the orders to disconnect life support. Late in the evening of the 2nd day, his heart finally stopped and he passed from this world. I and my sister and a couple of others were gathered around the hospital bed as he took his last breath. The moment the heart monitor flat lined and he stopped breathing, the window behind me – previously latched – blew open and a cold night wind rushed through the room, disturbing everything. Was this a coincidence? Maybe; or was it a tortured soul escaping to its final resting place? I may never really know, but I can tell you just the memory of that event gives me chills to this day.
So I suppose that is a long way of saying that yes, I would like to believe there is more to this world than just the physical, everyday things around us. ϑ

In your novel, The Guardian’s Apprentice, the character, Nisha  says: “Names can be powerful things...  To know someone’s name, especially their true name, is to have power over them.”  That made me wonder, is that why you don’t reveal your first name, and go by J. Michael Radcliffe?  Is there an element of superstition involved?

I will let you (and your readers) in on a little known secret. My first name is one I’ve never been entirely fond of; although it was the one I went by as a child in grade school. In school I was overweight and wore glasses – I also read every book I could get my hands on and did not have very many friends. As you can imagine, my self-esteem was not very high.

As an adult, I lost weight, got contact lenses and became more confident in myself, and as I transformed I also started going by my middle name “Michael”. My first name, associated with the persona of an unpopular, introverted teenager, was relegated to the past – thus the initial instead.  My wonderful wife, who actually knew me in school, tells me that I am not the same person that I was when I went by that name. So in a way, I guess there is a bit of superstition involved – I avoid using my first name, because I don’t want to be that person any longer!

Nisha is one of the characters in your book who is cursed to remain in animal form for 23 hours a day.  Her animal form is a raven. The other character, the wizard, Acamar, is a cat for most of the day.  If you could choose to be an animal for some time, what animal would you choose and why?

I would have to say either a cat or (since we ARE talking magic here) a dragon. Ironically I picture both animals – the real and the mythical – as having some of the same traits. Both are fiercely independent, strong-willed and sometimes aloof. Not that I picture myself as having those traits, mind you. Ironically my astrological sign is Leo – a big cat! ϑ

You have four cats.  What do you think each of them would be like if they had a human form?

I regret to say we now have FIVE cats – so the humans are outnumbered at our house… Each of our cats has a very distinct personality. I will give you a brief comment about each, in order from oldest to youngest.


Our oldest cat, Cocoa is devious – no, she is evil. She would be the person who hides under the bed just so she could grab your ankle and scare the living daylights out of you. She definitely does NOT play well with others.


Cookie would make a good princess or perhaps a queen. She is regal, aloof and will only tolerate you for a short period of time, and even then only on her own terms. She certainly does not view me as her owner – I’m more of a butler or valet whose sole purpose is to keep the food bowl full.


Jasmine would be the crazy cousin escaped from the asylum; the recluse who avoids going out in public. She is very clingy, and if you don’t pay attention to her you are promptly bitten.


Maddie is fiercely independent, going wherever she wants, whenever she wants – even though she is missing a leg. She would be the strong willed adventurer that lets nothing stand in her way. She would also be the first one eaten by a dragon.


The youngest of our feline army, Mickey would be the big goofy brother that loves to play ‘tag’ or ‘chase’. He loves to run, jump and pounce on the others, and gets a fair amount of abuse from them for it. The other cats definitely do not appreciate Mickey, but he doesn’t let that stop him and he remains as playful as ever, like a loveable little brother.

As well as writing a novel, you have written a few short stories, indeed one of them: Tears for Hesh, is featured in the BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 1, and another:Scale of a Dragon is featured in the BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 3.  As a short story writer, myself, I know that it’s harder to sell short stories; some people seem to think that because there are fewer words in short stories they are somehow inferior to novels.  I have been trying to convince people for years that they are missing out on some great stories by only reading novels.  What would you say to encourage people to read more short stories?

I firmly believe it can be more difficult to write a short story than a novel. With a short story, you have very limited space to fully develop characters and plot. A novel may offer you the luxury of 100,000 words while a short story might just be 5,000! A well written short story is like an hors d’oeuvre – it is a little gem than can be savored quickly, while a novel is like a seven course meal that would take hours. Especially in today’s fast paced world where we all have so many demands on our time, a short story can offer the reader a little escape from reality that only lasts 30 minutes, but leaves them feeling satisfied and refreshed.

You’ve been a member at Bestsellerbound for some time and you are quite active on the board. Has having a forum like BestsellerBound helped you as an independent writer? If so, in what way?

Absolutely!! I cannot praise BestsellerBound enough. The site has allowed me to connect with such a wonderful group of people such as Darcia Helle, Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick,and of course, you! It is a great place to share ideas, concerns and seek advice. Jumping into the world of writing with no prior experience was a scary thing – this forum helped me find other authors that had the same questions I had when I first went Indie. One certainly will not get any advice or guidance from editors, agents or publishers unless you land a contract.

I know that you are working on the draft of the second book in your Beyond The Veil series.  It always interests me to hear how writers go about planning and writing a book series.  When you set out to write the story of Beyond The Veil, was it always going to be a series or is that something that you decided later in the process? If so, did you write the whole series before publishing the first one, or do you not yet know what will happen in book three?
I’m ashamed to admit that The Guardian’s Apprentice took me eight years to write. When I first sketched out my idea, I envisioned the story covering an arc of three books. The story has transformed over time however, and now I’m inclined to think it may conclude with two. I won’t say I’m ruling out a third book in the series or even a fourth, but I think all of the plot lines have been nicely resolved at this point. Although I had a definite idea of how the stories would progress, they are much different now than when I first started writing them.

When writing a series of books, does it put more pressure on you as a writer knowing that your audience are waiting for the next book in the series?

Yes, I believe it does. Speaking for myself, knowing there were people interested in Bloodstone definitely increased the pressure to write the story. My website has a nice analytical package that shows me how people find the site and what phrases they query to find it. Over the past year I have noticed more and more queries about book two, and I feel obligated to fulfill the promise I made to my readers. I certainly didn’t want to make them wait eight years, which is how long book one took to finish!

Who are your favourite authors and what is it about their writing that you like?

Oddly enough, I think most of my favorite authors are British. Among my top favorites:

Jonathan Stroud – author of the Bartimaeus Series, he imbues his main character – a demon – with a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor. His characters come alive in my imagination when I’m reading.
J.K. Rowling– I envy Ms. Rowling’s level of detail – she creates an entire world within her books that just draws the reader in.
Arthur Conan Doyle– I have always loved a good mystery. I love the fact that the Sherlock Holmes stories often hinge on the tiniest of clues for the solution.
James Clavell – author of two of my favorite novels: Noble House and Tai-Pan. Clavell fills his works with strong, believable characters that have depth. The dialogue is great as well.

What was the last book you read?

I am currently reading Darke the seventh book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. My reading seems to cover a wide range of genres ranging from science fiction to fantasy, naval history and YA fantasy. Perhaps ironically, since becoming a writer I have had much less time to read!

What do you think of ebooks as opposed to print?

I think ebooks have opened up a world of opportunities for independent authors to connect with readers. Before the advent of ebooks and the direct publishing route, my works would never have seen the light of day. I also think they have opened up a world of reading to the electronic generation. Although I still love the feel of turning the pages on a book, I must admit the convenience of purchasing and downloading a new book in a matter of seconds is wonderful.

Do you have any tips for someone who is considering self-publishing their own book?

Based on my experience, I would offer the following advice:

Join a writing group such as Bestsellerbound and connect with other authors

Join a critiquing group such as where you critique the works of others and in turn have your works critiqued. It will help make your writing tighter.

Be open to criticism. I know it hurts, BELIEVE me I know. A two star review stings! But, if the reviewer is being honest (ignoring the occasional two star rant that just seems hateful) you can sometimes glean useful tips for improvement. If the reviewer says your book needs more editing – re-read your work and see if they are right. If someone says your dialogue is weak, read over it again and see if they might be right.

Keep writing. If you love to write, then DO it! Don’t let naysayers stop you from finishing a story.

How do you go about choosing a cover for your books?

Selecting and designing artwork for a cover is one of the hardest things for me. I consider it far more difficult than actually writing the story. It took me about four weeks of combing through images before I found one that was “just right” for my second book, Bloodstone – The Guardian’s Curse.

I usually start out with an idea of how I want the cover to look and the feelings I want it to evoke when someone sees it. The tough part is finding the image that fits with what is in my imagination!

Apart from the next book in the Beyond The Veil series, are you working on any other projects?

I do not have anything in the works at the moment, although I do have a rough outline for another book. This would be a departure from my current series and even from my current genre. This book would be more in the realm of science fiction, though I’m not sure yet if it will ever become a reality. I’ve also had an idea or two for another short story that touches upon characters from my current series.

Where can people buy your books?

My books are available at the following:



Barnes and Noble


Do you have your own website or blog where people can read more about your work?

My website is and contains a large section devoted to the various creatures and characters from the books and gives some background on them you won’t find in the novels.

I also have a blog at

Thank you Michael!


Remember, if you'd like to be in with a chance to win a signed print copy, or a pdf copy of The Guardian's Apprentice all you have to do to enter is 'like' this blog post or leave a comment for Michael below!
Good luck! :)
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Christmas was in December, right? Well, come the end of this month, one lucky book addict will be thinking it's Christmas again when he or she wins 17 books in the BestsellerBound Book Bonanza!

10 authors, all members of BestsellerBound (including me), have donated books to the giveaway. Here's what's on offer:

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All books will be signed print copies.

Yes, all these books could be yours! To enter, all you have to do is click on the link below which will take you to Darcia Helle's website, and fill in the form. It's an international competition open to anyone aged 16 and over.

The contest closes on 29th February 2012.

There can only be one lucky winner! Good luck everyone!
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Today, I am pleased to welcome back to my blog, author J. Michael Radcliffe, one of my favourite people. Michael is one of those people that brightens my day when I'm navigating my way around the Internet jungle. He is a truly genuine and supportive friend and he also happens to be an awesomely talented author.

Those of you who follow my blog may remember I interviewed Michael last year after reading his wonderful book The Guardian's Apprentice, the first book in his Beyond the Veil series.

Here's a link to that interview:

Since then Michael has published the second book in the series, Bloodstone - The Guardian's Curse, and after reading it I was keen to invite Michael back here for another chat.

As well as answering my questions, Michael has also generously offered to give away one signed print copy and one e-book of Bloodstone to followers of my blog. If you'd like to be in with the chance to win a copy, please leave a comment below, or simply 'like' the blog post. Winners will be picked on 30th May 2012.

Here's the interview:

Having just read Bloodstone - The Guardian's Curse, I have to say I am in awe of your storytelling abilities and am now a fantasy genre fan. I shall be reading more books about dragons, wizards and witches etc. What is it about the genre that made you decide to become a fantasy author?

Thank you, Maria, I am very flattered! I have always been drawn to the fantasy and science fiction genres, starting with Tolkein's The Hobbit and Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series when I was kid. As an introvert, I had few friends in school, so I would lose myself in those worlds of magic for hours on end. It seems I always had a book in my hands, and eventually I decided to craft a story of my own. I think what I love most about the genre is that you can create entire worlds out of your imagination where anything is possible. I think this ability to create and structure worlds of my own is what appealed to me most.

One of your characters' names in the Bloodstone novel was inspired by my surname. Sava is a very evil character, but in a strange way I felt honoured to have her named after me lol. When writing a fantasy book, it must be quite a task picking the characters' names. How do you come up with such original names? Do they just pop into your head, or is there a method to how you name characters?

Names are perhaps one of the most difficult things for me ('Keegan' is actually the third name I came up with for the main character). Believe it or not, when I see a name that I find interesting I will sometimes jot it down for future use in my notes. I have a list of astronomical names that I found years ago - in fact that is where 'Acamar' received his name. When trying to develop the right name, I try to picture the character in my mind and imagine what they are like, and then try to pick a name that fits that picture. Sometimes a name will strike a chord with me and I can immediately imagine a character for it - such was the case with your surname. I thought 'Sava, Stealer of Souls' had a ring to it, and I am so glad you consented to its use in 'Forsaken' and 'Bloodstone'! And I should point out to readers that you are most certainly NOT evil - as one of the nicest online authors I have ever had the pleasure to meet, you are quite the opposite, in fact! :)

Shimmerscale, the dragon from an ornament you own, made an appearance in your novel, Bloodstone. I had to smile when I read that part because I already knew of your purchase of that ornament. I know that you state on your website that he speaks to you ;) Did he approve of the role you cast for him in the novel?

Idris (a.k.a. Shimmerscale) is a demanding taskmaster and can be incredibly snarky, even for a dragon. He is a devious little fellow and as you can see, he managed to work his way into the story. I will say he was quite pleased to have a permanent place on the Guardian's desk. ;)

Bloodstone - The Guardian's Curse, is the second book in the Beyond the Veil series. I was very excited to read on your website that you are planning a third book. What progress have you made and can you tell us a bit about it?

I am pleased to say that I am indeed working on Book 3 - tentatively named 'Rise of the Shadow'. I am currently up to chapter 5, I think, and have also written the last paragraph of the last chapter. I know that may seem strange, but with both of my books I knew exactly how they would end before I wrote the beginning! I will give you a preview for Book 3 as follows:

On the thirteenth hour, of the thirteenth day, of the thirteenth month after he was killed, the spirit of Ducat returns in the form of a wraith with the help of the Shadow. With the power of the Shadow, Ducat's wraith travels 5,000 years in the past in order to rewrite history and destroy the Guardian before he ever exists. A large part of the story will take place in Sakkara, Egypt - the birthplace of magic in our world. You will also learn a great deal more about Ms. Hoskins, who has always been more than she seems. Not only will Keegan have to stop a murder 5,000 years in the past, but he will also face a terrible choice that will determine his future and that of the magical world.

If you were given the choice to live in the World of Magic created by your series, would you? If so why? If no, why not?

I would love to have the chance to experience the magic, but only if I could share it with my family. If it meant being separated from them, then I am destined to remain a muggle. :)

If you could live for a day as one of your characters, which one would you choose to be, and why?

Now that is a difficult question!! I think I would choose to be Acamar - he is quite an accomplished wizard, plus he can turn into a cat - I think that would be an interesting perspective.

I saw on Facebook that you recently took part in a local library event for authors. Can you tell us a bit more about how that came about and what was involved. Any interesting stories to relate from the events of the day?

I received a call from one of the librarian's organizing the event - a friend of mine whose sister works at the library had submitted my name. I was surprised to find out that there were so many people here locally who were authors. The vast majority (probably 80%) were self published like me, although there were several traditionally published authors as well. There were about twenty of us total. One of the published authors spoke for about fifteen minutes about her process of finding an agent and publisher. All of the authors were seated around the perimeter of the room with the audience in the middle and there was a short Q&A session and then people were given a chance to chat with us, buy books, get them signed, etc. I must admit the most wonderful thing happened when a young lady came up who had already read the ebook version of both my novels - she purchased signed copies of both and couldn't wait to tell her friends she had met me. Getting to meet my first "fan" was really a neat experience.

Your sister, Maeve Greyson, is also an author. I think it's really cool that you both write. Do you read each other's books? Is there or has there ever been any sibling rivalry or competitiveness involved, or do you support each other?

I am very blessed to have such a supportive sister. We both occasionally will email paragraphs/pages/chapters to each other for opinions/critique, or sometimes we will just bounce ideas off of each other. It is really nice to have that resource, and I truly appreciate and respect her advice and opinions. There really hasn't been a rivalry, as we write in different genres - me in fantasy and her in paranormal romance, though her novels often have an element of magic in them. Plus, she loves dragons, so that makes us kindred spirits!

Do you have any other news for your readers?

I hope to have 'Rise of the Shadow' out by the Spring of 2013. I know that seems like a long way off, but it is a huge challenge trying to find time to write. I decided however that posting a definite date will give me a goal and keep me accountable (hopefully). :)

Thank you for being a wonderful guest as usual, Michael!


Remember, if you'd like a chance to win a copy of Bloodstone, please leave a comment below, or 'like' the post :)
Good luck!
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Those of you who follow my blog will know that I am also a resident author at the indie writer's forum,

Darcia Helle, J. Michael Radcliffe, and I, have set up a spin-off blog, called "BestsellerBound Recommends", which is a blog dedicated to finding and promoting/recommending the best in indie literature.

If you're a reader, I hope you will stop by the blog often as we will be reviewing our favourite indie books and letting you know which ones we think everyone should read. There will also be guest posts by indie authors that will also be of interest to readers.

If you're an indie author, we hope you'll send us submissions. We don't accept purely promotional posts about your books, that's not what the site is about, but we will accept well-written, entertaining posts from you. Check out our submissions guidelines on the blog for information. There are lots of ways we can help you promote your books, for example, if you have a books trailer, we can feature it on the blog, or you can ask us to host a giveaway of one of your books.

There are already a couple of reviews up on the site, Darcia has reviewed Charles Colyott's novel, Changes -- A Randall Lee Mystery, and I've reviewed, Quentin R. Bufogle's book, Horse Latitudes.

To celebrate the launch, we are running a giveaway where you can win your choice of an e-book from myself, Darcia, or Michael. You have until 31st August 2012 to enter!

Here's a link to the blog:

I hope to see you there!
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Published on August 19, 2012 02:25 • 620 views • Tags: bestsellerbound, bestsellerbound-recommends, blog, darcia-helle, e-book, giveaway, j-michael-radcliffe, maria-savva, rafflecopter, win
Oops... it looks as though I forgot to do a September blog in my favourite books series. Sorry about that, there has been lots going on what with the launch of the BestsellerBound Recommends blog, my KDP Select promotion of Coincidences, and editing my upcoming novel Haunted, so somehow this series slipped through the net. This month I will be choosing 2 favourite books to make up for forgetting last months post!!

If you click on the book covers below you can check out my choices for January through to August.

The Day the Flowers Died by Ami Blackwelder Caviar Dreams by Judy Nichols Horse Latitudes by Quentin R. Bufogle Into The Light by Darcia Helle Metallic Dreams by Mark Rice 33 Days Touring In A Van. Sleeping On Floors. Chasing A Dream. by Bill See Pixels of Young Mueller by Jerry Schwartz Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers by Michael Scott Miller B-Sides and Broken Hearts by Caryn Rose Beyond My Control One Man's Struggle with Epilepsy, Seizure Surgery and Beyond by Stuart Ross McCallum Breathing into Stone by Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick Crooked Moon by Lisette Brodey

My choices for this month are:

Gone by Julie Elizabeth Powell


The Guardian's Apprentice by J. Michael Radcliffe

These two books have something in common. Not only that they are both fantasy books, but they introduced me to a new genre of book.


When I met Julie Elizabeth Powell on Goodreads back in 2008, we swapped books; she read A Time to Tell, and I read Gone. I was new to self-promotion at the time, but was aware that reviews are necessary to help promote books. By swapping books with other indie authors I came across many different types of books that I would not necessarily choose to read. I am so glad I read Gone. I'd never read this type of fantasy novel before and it made me realise that I was missing out. After reading Gone I became a fan of Julie Elizabeth Powell and have gone on to read her other books. The only one I haven't read is the third in her Avalon trilogy, but I am looking forward to that. I would highly recommend all her books.

The reason I've chosen Gone as my favourite Julie Elizabeth Powell book is because I know it is the one that started her on her writing journey and also means the most to her. It is a fantasy novel but is inspired by a tragic event in her life. Julie's daughter's heart stopped when she was just 2 years old, and she suffered brain damaged because of it. She lived for a further 17 years, but Julie says she always wondered where her daughter had 'gone', as she didn't seem to still be inside her body. Julie used her imagination to create the world of Avalon. She later went on to create the Avalon trilogy of books, which is a great fantasy series.

Here's the review I wrote of Gone when I read it:

I enjoyed this book. It is a wonderful story which kept me interested from the beginning right through to the last page. It is based on a true event in the authors life which inspired the tale. 'Gone' is a fantasy story which takes the reader to a strange land called 'Avalon' where there are goblins, talking flowers, eerie ghouls, dangers, wonders and more. By the end you are left wondering whether Avalon is a real place, and kind of hoping that it is! The author has done a great job telling her tale. Charley, the main character, has a brain-damaged daughter, and she has lived with the guilt of giving her daughter away to be looked after by someone else. She no longer recognises her daughter whenever she visits, and has in fact stopped visiting her very often. One day Charley has a heart attack and ends up in a place called Avalon, there she meets her daughter and the story begins. 'Gone' uses a fantasy tale to tell a very important story about how our actions and choices in life affect other people. I would highly recommend 'Gone' to anyone who loves a good book.


My next pick, The Guardian's Apprentice is one that introduced me to a different type of fantasy tale, one full of dragons and wizards. Again, not something I would usually choose to read, but having met the author online, I wanted to try one of his books.

Here's the review I wrote when I read it:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't usually read this type of fantasy novel, but it really kept me interested and entertained.
Keegan is about 30 years old in a mundane job, feeling bored with his life. Then one day he meets a black cat and his life changes for ever. He is whisked into a world of magic and danger, where wizards rule and magic prevails. Keegan learns something about his ancestry that he didn't know and finds out that he may soon be responsible for saving the entire world. The Guardian's Apprentice is a satisfying fantasy adventure. There are many weird and wonderful characters. I would recommend this to readers of fantasy novels, young adult and adult. I like the way the author has created another world with its own history and rules. There are lots of twists and turns in this story with some gripping action scenes. It's well written with a cast of characters who come alive on the page. This is the first book in the series and I will definitely be reading book two!

And, yes, I did go on to read book 2 Bloodstone - The Guardian's Curse and am now eagerly awaiting book 3!

I hope you'll try the books, and if you're not already a fantasy fan, that you will converted as I was!
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Published on October 24, 2012 05:12 • 755 views • Tags: fantasy, favourite-books, gone, j-michael-radcliffe, julie-elizabeth-powelll, recommended, the-guardian-s-apprentice

Happy Halloween everyone!

I will be publishing my new novel, "Haunted" in the next few days, thanks for bearing with me while I sort out the final glitches. I expect the Kindle version will be available in the next few days and the paperback will follow in shortly afterwards. Watch this space for all the details.

My good friend and fellow author, J. Michael Radcliffe, was one of my beta readers, and he very kindly offered to interview me and host a giveaway on his blog. Follow the link below to the interview where you can learn some more about "Haunted", and if you leave a comment on Michael's blog post you can enter a draw to win a copy of "Haunted". I will let the winner decide whether they would like a Kindle version or a signed paperback.

Click here to read the interview & for your chance to win!

Good luck!

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Published on October 31, 2012 12:05 • 271 views • Tags: author-interview, contest, giveaway, halloween, haunted, interview, j-michael-radcliffe, maria-savva, new-release, win