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  • Indigo Sea Press 8:36 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    One Too Many Blows to the HeadFeatured Authors of the day: JB Kohl and Eric Beetner

    In a world of fixed fights and mob influence, Ray Ward and his brother, Rex, are two of the only clean fighters in town. With Ray in the corner and Rex in the ring they are headed for the big time . . . until that fateful night.

    Now Ray has a score to settle using a lifetime of lessons in how to fight back.

    Dean Fokoli is a detective with a new partner, an alcoholic wife, and a guilty conscience. At least the boxer on the radio who just got beat to a pulp won’t end up in his homicide file. But when the dregs of the crooked fight world start turning up dead, Fokoli is on the hunt for the killer. The chase will take him to the underbelly of the Kansas City night and hopefully keep him one step ahead of his past.

    One Too Many Blows To The Head is a razor-edged story of revenge, redemption, and what happens when you confront the ghosts of the past.

    Click here to read the first chapter of ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/one-too-many-blows-to-the-head-by-j-b-kohl-and-eric-beetner/

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  • Indigo Sea Press 8:31 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With JB Kohl and Eric Beetner, Authors of ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD

    Second Wind: Does writing come easy for you?

    Eric Beetner: Yes. I never quite understood the people who wring their hands and struggle with writing. It’s fun to me. If it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t do it. I was a screenwriter for years and have written sixteen feature length screenplays and a number of shorts and a few episodes of TV. Knock on wood, I’m never short of ideas. Sometimes too many.

    JB Kohl: Yes and No. I don’t struggle with the writing, I struggle with finding/making the time to write. I love writing. If it was something unpleasant, I wouldn’t do it.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 9:07 pm on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    off the chartFeatured author of the day: Smith Hagaman

    Is it possible to escape from hostile soldiers in an airplane that has no wings? Is it possible for a modern airliner to crash so that no one knows where it is? What would you do if you found a substitute for petroleum?

    Smith Hagaman’s first novel is an epic tale of hardy souls who survive a horrifying tragedy only to discover the most dangerous part of their story has just begun. There are murderers in their midst and intrigue in their journey back to civilization.

    Click here to read the first chapter of OFF THE CHART: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/off-the-chart-by-smith-hagaman/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 9:01 pm on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With Smith Hagaman, Author of OFF THE CHART

    Second Wind: Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

    Smith Hagaman: I think the writer, E.L. Doctorow, had it right for me.“It’s like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” I follow where my mind takes me and \ then I research where I’ve gotten to.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:05 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    deadlyadagioFeatured Author of the Day: Carole Howard

    Emily Radly chafes at being a tag-along spouse while her husband tries out a Foreign Service career in Dakar, Senegal.

    When Margaret, her closest friend and fellow violinist in an amateur expat-orchestra, is garroted with a violin string, Emily is devastated. She also fears the official investigative team is leaping to “random anti-American violence” as its conclusion.

    Emily delves into her friend’s private life for clues. She discovers Margaret was involved in a campaign against the traditional practice of female genital mutilation. Could that be behind her murder?

    She risks a visit to the village where Margaret’s anti-cutting activities were centered. A crude and threatening drawing appears in her purse soon afterwards. When the Peace Corps volunteer in that village is also murdered, Emily is certain her own life is in danger.

    Click here to read the first chapter of DEADLY ADAGIO: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/deadly-adagio-by-carole-howard/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:01 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Carole Howard, Author of DEADLY ADAGIO

    Second Wind: What inspired you to write this particular story?

    Carole Howard: I knew I wanted to write a mystery. (That’s because no one told me how really hard it is!) And I knew I wanted it to be set in Africa. And I knew I wanted it to involve an amateur orchestra. After that, I had to figure it out. First I decided who the victim would be, then who the murderer would be, and then I had to keep finding and re-finding inspiration. But I did!

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:48 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    fracturedFeatured Author of the Day: Rich Adams

    Geophysicist Mark Cabot and his lover/fiancé Maura race against an impending, but unknowable, geological deadline to prevent a nuclear meltdown that threatens future generations with a nuclear winter, spelling the end of human-kind, and perhaps all life on earth. The action ranges between Washington DC; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Chincha Base, Peru; Cranston Labs, Snedens Landing, New York. It covers twelve days from discovery to the final climax. Mark faces death from a foreign covert group seeking nuclear power in their search for dominance over other nations. The resounding climax is a breathtaking, armed confrontation and geologic collapse in Peru, deep beneath the Andes Mountains.

    Click here to read the first chapter of FRACTURED: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/fractured-by-rich-adams/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:40 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With Rich Adams, Author of FRACTURED

    Second Wind: How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

    Rich Adams: At least a year. Always a science buff, I became intrigued by a book, The Floor of the Sea by William Wertenbaker, the story of Plate Tectonics and the work of Maurice Ewing. Then, problems with nuclear waste, which was in the news at the time, caught my attention.. This was in the mid-seventies. At the time I was ‘between positions, ‘a euphemism for out of work, and decided to give writing a try.. It had been mostly written and then placed in a drawer when life got in the way. Beginning in 2010 I worked on rewriting and bringing it up to date for about a year and then spent two years trying to get it published.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:58 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    It all Started with a DogFeatured Author of the day: Leigh Somerville

    Despite the good intentions of matchmaking friends, family and neighbors, Rachel Springer, a tough Washington, D.C. lawyer, has spent a lifetime protecting her heart from the dangerous possibilities of love. When she finds a ragged stray dog on the streets of Georgetown and brings him home with her, she starts a sequence of startling events that lead her down a path she’s never explored. Along the way, she rents her downstairs apartment to a bachelor whose 5-year-old grandson has the same effect on her as the homeless dog. Rachel’s expanded life in Washington takes several unexpected turns as she juggles the dramas of divorces and molestation charges; a midnight drunk on her front porch; a health crisis that threatens to disrupt her law firm; and a weekend tragedy that turns her world upside down. All it takes to fully open the door to Rachel’s heart is the disappearance of the dog that started it all.

    Click here to read the first chapter of IT ALL STARTED WITH A DOG: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/it-all-started-with-a-dog-by-leigh-somerville/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:52 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Leigh Somerville, Author of IT ALL STARTED WITH A DOG

    Second Wind: What inspired you to write this particular story?

    Leigh Somerville: I was inspired by Jan Karon’s characters and the way they made me feel. As I read, I began to develop friendships with them and enjoyed spending time with them. In response, I started to work with my own character, Rachel Springer, growing her into someone I liked and then watching her friends and community develop around her, each with their own stories.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:09 pm on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Lola and CODY’S ALMOST TRIP TO THE ZOO.

    “This is my favorite book and my dad wrote it.”

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:59 pm on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    codyFeatured Author of the Day: John Stack

    Excerpt:

    Cody was really confused. He thought they were going to the zoo and some how they were at a lake and Cody didn’t know that Treble City even had a lake.

    But, things kept getting stranger and more confusing. All of a sudden some of the kids began to scream and that was when Mr. Fletcher drove the bus straight into the water. Ms. Morgan didn’t seem upset – even though the class was frantic.

    All of a sudden Cody was no longer on a bus, but on a ship. Everyone was on the ship. Ms. Morgan was wearing strange clothes and so was Mr. Fletcher, and Mr. Fletcher was wearing a funny hat. As Cody and the others in his class walked around on deck, he could see that this was not just any boat, but a Pirate ship.

    Ms Morgan wore clothes like a pirate and carried a long spy glass. “Children,” said Ms. Morgan, “please settle down. We are going on a special trip today.” Mr. Fletcher, who was steering the ship, just looked at us and said, “Arrgh!” Cody tried not to freak out, but this was really weird.

    Click here to buy: CODY’S ALMOST TRIP TO THE ZOO: http://www.secondwindpublishing.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=69&products_id=154

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:50 pm on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with John Stack, author of CODY’S ALMOST TRIP TO THE ZOO

    Second Wind: What do you like to read? What is your favorite genre?

    John Stack: I really like adolescent science fiction/fantasy. Usually, the authors steer away from profanity, extreme violence, and sexual situations. I like magic, elves and quests, but going from realm to realm is fun too.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:36 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Clara's WishFeatured Author of the Day: S. M. Senden

    Christian Lindgren has lost that which he holds most dear, his daughter. In a haunting dream she comes to him and shows him where she is. He can not rest until he can get help to find her. When a search is mounted on a foggy day she is found in a shallow grave just as his dream predicted. But what exactly occurred? Bergin Halverson takes up the task of searching for the truth of what happened the night Miss Lindgren disappeared putting himself and his family in peril until at last, nearly thirty-five years later he is able to reveal that truth and put to rest the many ghosts that have haunted him over the years.

    Click here to read the first chapter of CLARA’S WISH: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/claras-wish-by-s-m-senden/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 1:31 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview With S. M. Senden, author of CLARA’S WISH

    Second Wind: What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?

    S. M. Senden: My goal for this book is to have people look at how they treat one another. The problems we face in our lives are the same our parents, grandparents and generations of people faced. That is the question of love. Of being loved, of loving and what it can bring with it, the greatest joy and deepest heartache.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:49 pm on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SOUTHPAW — A Charming New Children’s Book!

    In a wacky town of only left-handed people, something is not right . . .

    Noah Baird, author of Donations to Clarity, wrote Southpaw at the request of his two children, who wanted him to write a book they could read. Kimberley McMaugh illustrated this charming new children’s book, the newest release from Second Wind Publishing.

    Excerpt from Southpaw:

    Southpaw

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:46 pm on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Featured Author of the Day: Paul J. Stam

    A local television station is the link between a murderer and his victims. But why is he killing seemingly random people? An insurance salesman, a police officer and a hitchhiker; the police cannot connect the victims to each other much less to the killer.

    The questions haunt Vince Williams as he takes charge of the task force set up to stop the serial killer. When the team comes too close to answers, the killer makes a bold and very personal move against Vince. As Vince races to find the killer and rescue his fiancé, he is haunted by the killer’s calm promise to destroy the woman Vince loves. Vince will do anything to save her. Anything.

    Click here to read the first chapter of THE TELEPHONE KILLER: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/the-telephone-killer-by-paul-j-stam/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:42 pm on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Paul J. Stam, Author of THE TELEPHONE KILLER

    Second Wind: What was your childhood like?

    Paul J. Stam: It was fantastic. Of course I didn’t know at the time how absolutely fantastic it was. Growing up in Central Africa I was aware that it was not the usual American childhood, but it was mine. I didn’t know how special it was until I came to the United States when I was fifteen and discovered that you didn’t have to raise the vegetables, or slaughter your own livestock to eat. You could just go to a store and buy it.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:08 pm on July 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    donations_final-148x223Featured Author of the Day: Noah Baird

    The plan was simple: hoax Bigfoot, then sell tours to Bigfoot enthusiasts. The plan wasn’t brilliant, and neither were Harry, Earl, and Patch. The three chemical-abusing friends only wanted to avoid the 9 to 5 rat race, but their antics attract the attention of a real Bigfoot. When the misogynistic Earl is mistaken for a female Bigfoot by the nearsighted creature and captured; it is just the beginning of their problems.

    Between bong hits and water balloon fights, Harry and Patch come up with a plan to save Earl and the lovestruck Bigfoot. Where do you hide a giant, mythical creature? In an insane asylum, because who is going to listen to them?

    Click here to read the first chapter of DONATIONS TO CLARITY: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/donations-to-clarity-by-noah-baird/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 2:01 pm on July 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Noah Baird, Author of DONATIONS TO CLARITY

    Second Wind: How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?

    Noah Baird: Very little – I start with an idea and go. I read somewhere Tom Robbins purposely writes himself into a plot corner just to see if he can get himself out of it. I found the idea – that writing didn’t have to have a regimented approach, but could be a game for the writer – really attractive. So, I sat down with the idea ‘What would Bigfoot think if he saw a Bigfoot hoaxer?’, and I went from there.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 7:54 pm on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dancing at all the WeddingsFeatured Author of the Day: Susan Surman

    Vivacious and talented Elaine Richman is faced with choices: A risky life in the New York theatre; an exciting life with college sweetheart, actor/director Jake Applebaum in Hollywood; a secure life in Boston with predictable lawyer David Alter, the match anointed by her domineering mother because ‘he’s the kind you marry.’ On the way to a dream, it is possible to collide with another dream’s seduction, only to learn there is no fulfillment on the path to safety. Elaine goes through the wringer to meet herself, proving there is no expiration date on talent or true love.

    Click here to read the first chapter of DANCING AT ALL THE WEDDINGS: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/dancing-at-all-the-weddings-by-susan-surman/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 7:51 pm on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Susan Surman, Author of DANCING AT ALL THE WEDDINGS

    Second Wind: What did you do for research?

    Susan Surman: I use a lot of the places I’ve been, but to be sure I had updated information, I had to research – online; magazines; talking to people. For example, I don’t know anything about small private aircraft, so I found the person online who owns and sells what I was writing about. We communicated and I had my answers. Mostly, I was really writing what I knew about and one of the main male characters is based solely on a real person. Perhaps the novel depicts the way I would have liked it to turn out with him. That’s why it’s called ‘romance.’ It can be anything you like. Romance, I mean.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 3:39 pm on July 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    She Had to KnowFeatured Author of the Day: Coco Ihle

    After the deaths of her adopted parents, Arran discovers her long lost sister’s name and, despite a terrifying premonitory dream, embarks on a quest to find Sheena. After reuniting in Scotland, the sisters search for the reason their birth father and his housekeeper mysteriously died and why Sheena’s life is being threatened. Led to a cryptic rhyme rumored to map the way to an ancient hidden treasure buried deep in the bowels of Wraithmoor Castle, the sisters follow the clues. A murderer follows the sisters. Will the secret passages lead them to discovery and triumph, or death and eternal entombment?

    Click here to read the first chapter of SHE HAD TO KNOW: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/she-had-to-know-by-coco-ihle/

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 3:29 pm on July 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with Coco Ihle, Author of SHE HAD TO KNOW

    Second Wind: Do you prefer to write at a particular time of day?

    Coco Ihle: Mornings are my favorite time, because my mind is fresh, but sometimes late at night when there are no distractions. Often, I’ll wake in the middle of the night with an idea or a phrase and have to write it down on a tablet I keep on my nightstand. And occasionally, I just have to get up and write that thought or idea in more detail.

     
  • Indigo Sea Press 8:55 pm on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    A Love Out of TimeFeatured Author of the day: Mairead Walpole

    Olivia Vernon has thought a lot about the concept of soul-mates. All her life, she has been waiting for someone to appear, dreaming of him, and convinced if he exists at all he’s probably living in a different time zone. She wasn’t that far from the truth.

    Alden Scott was one of the lucky ones, or so he thought. He found his soul-mate and was glad to trade in his bachelor days for a life of matrimonial bliss but fate, the Fae, and an irritated goddess had other plans. Little does he know that a simple stroll along a garden path one summer night will complicate his life more than he could ever imagine.

    Alden Scott and Olivia Vernon are about to find out just how powerful the bond of two souls united can be when they find A Love Out of Time.

    Click here to read the first chapter of A LOVE OUT OF TIME: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/a-love-out-of-time-by-mairead-walpole/

     
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