Monday, March 28, 2016

Support Indie Authors Free & Bargain Books presents: Meet Our April Event Participants

Hi Everyone! 
It is once again time for a Support Indie Authors Free & Bargain Book event! 
(previously known as the Book Blast) 

The can take our name, but the bad jokes are ours to keep.
(original art by C.B. Archer)

After a fantastic 2015, we’re looking forward to an even better 2016. Our first event of the year will be this Friday, April 1st and no, we are not fooling. We are offering more than 65 free and 99 cent books by forty plus talented authors. This year, you can find the books at events.supportindieauthors.com so mark your calendars and save the pranks for later!

As is our tradition, we have asked each of the authors to participate in a short interview so you can better get to know them. Below are just some of the featured authors as well as links to read the rest of the interviews. As always, thank you for continuing to #SupportIndieAuthors!

We can do classy too!
(Design by Moderator Missy Sheldrake)

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?
Ha-ha! You said butt!
Tell us a little about the book you are offering in three sentences or less.
I played way too much D&D growing up. Breath of the Titans is based off a campaign I built, that I always wanted to run but never had the chance to. Creating a half dragon half elf is an interesting challenge.
Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.
This one time at band camp....seriously though, growing up my older sister used to always pick on me. I got her back with the old salt in the sugar bowl routine. Priceless.
Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?
I choose Jaxon, the halfling in Breath of the Titans, he's the least likely to hurt me after. I'll put shaving cream in his hand, and tickle his face, so he slaps himself with it. As for how he reacts, he'll probably try and tackle me, but I'll hold him at arms reach easily. Sara said we should pick Earl from Everyone Dies At The End, and hide his drugs, but I'm afraid he would pull a gun on us.
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?


Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?
Class clown
Tell us a little about the books you are offering in three sentences or less.
Two are humorous looks at the every day life of a fast food restaurant done in tiny stories of exactly one thousand words each. The third book is a mockery of advice columns.
Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.
While on a hike during a camping trip I looked across the lake and saw my wife leaving the cabin in which we were staying. As I watched, she took the car up the hill to the bathhouse and went in. I waited a moment, then called her and disguised my voice, saying I was one of the park rangers and wanted to ask her about the quality of the restrooms, since I knew she was using one right now. She didn't recognize my voice and it freaked her out.
Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?
Aren't we authors already cruel enough to our creations? You want to encourage us to do more? You're sick. I like you.
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?


Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?
Ha-ha! You said butt!
Tell us a little about the book you are offering in three sentences or less.
An inspiring story about a charming young Nigerian girl Adaugo, who experiences a devastating tragedy at a young age. As she blossoms into a young woman, she struggles to balance and overcome cultural and social expectations in her strive to live life as her authentic self. Her story is one that any person, young or old will learn from as it illustrates the beauty of dreaming big and never giving up.
Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.
Sounds boring, but I am usually too wired and too alert on April Fools day to get pranked on. I disbelieve everything I am told and even if someone told me my name was Chika or had two butt cheeks (hahaha I said butt), I would think twice and confirm, just to make sure I wasn't being pranked.
Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?
Adaugo sets the alarm and house clock three hours early, causing her younger sister, Obioma to wake up too early. Obioma gets showered and dressed up for work, only for her to step outside the house to find everywhere still dead quiet because it is only 4:30AM instead of 7:30AM. Obioma turns around, gets back into the house with a puzzled and confused look only to find Adaugo sitting on the brown leather chair, still dressed in her lilac pajamas, with her night headscarf fully intact on her head. Obioma is still confused until it finally hits her and Adaugo screams the following words, "April Fool! Go to school, Tell your teacher you are a fool! Booyaa!!! and runs back into the bedroom (Ps: that's what people in Nigeria sing when you have been successfully pranked on April Fools Day)
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?


Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?
Butt of jokes
Tell us a little about the book you are offering in three sentences or less.
Ed Delaney has just invented the world's first time machine. He is trapped in a bad marriage and finds himself wondering what life would have been like if he had married the girl who got away. Suddenly, a freak accident sends him back thirty years, giving him a chance to change some of the decisions he has made.
Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.
I worked the night shift at a print shop, running two laser copiers and would sometimes leave an email for my manager detailing how the evening went. On the night of March 31st, I left a message telling about how the machine malfunctioned and ended up catching fire, causing the rubber rollers to melt down on the imaging array. I described a nightmarish sequence of events that just about gave the guy a heart attack. I ended the letter by saying that he needed to look at his calendar to see what day it was, because none of it was true. Everyone passed that email around for weeks and got a good laugh out of it.
Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?
I would play a prank on Ed Delaney by hiding five of his six kids and having his wife Susan pretend that they never did have more than one child. That would freak him out, because he would think that two of the three time lines that he had experienced were getting confused. Then, Susan would have the kids come out of hiding and yell, "April Fool's!"
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?


Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?
Ha-ha! You said butt!
Tell us a little about the books you are offering in three sentences or less.
In The Known Lands, the sources of all magic (human and otherwise) are mysterious pools called Wellsprings, which are owned and guarded by fairy folk. In Call of Kythshire, the Wellspring of Kythshire is threatened by Sorcerers, and a squire named Azaeli finds herself trapped in a plot to stop them. In Call of Sunteri, a slave boy named Tib escapes captivity only to be led into a dangerous quest to aid in the restoration of the nearly depleted Wellspring of Sunteri.
Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.
At the risk of sounding like a boring old cod, I'm going to be honest with this answer. I was always the prankee, and they weren't nice pranks, like tacks on my chair at school. So, I tend to stay away from pranks. Even the funniest ones seem a bit cruel to me. I think the most fun I ever had surprising someone, though, was when I filled a friend's office with balloons for her birthday. We had fun popping them afterwards!
Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?
Oh, I think it would be so much fun to prank Flitt or Rian. Flitt would get so mad and probably tell me I was "typical." On the other hand, Rian would most likely find a way to get back at me with a prank that was a hundred times worse. And for a Mage, that's kind of scary. Come to think of it, pranking a fairy is a little terrifying, too. I think I'll stick vehemently to my no-pranking policy.
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?

Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?
Class clown
Tell us a little about the books you are offering in three sentences or less.
This is an urban / dark fantasy series for lovers of vampires, angels and demons. Of course I had to include a strong female protagonist, as well ... why wouldn't I? Oh, and did I mention that I've also created my own monster?
Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.
Picture my sister and myself always threatening to buy ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ on DVD as a present for our nephews, when they waited until the last minute to let us know what they wanted for their birthday. Picture one nephew opening up his present when he turned 21, to find ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ on DVD! We gave him his proper present after that, but the look on his face was priceless!
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?


Are you typically the class clown or the butt of jokes?
Ha-ha! You said butt!
Tell us a little about the book(s) you are offering in three sentences or less.
Predestined to become the great messiah of his people, Ayn must save his galaxy from disease and war. But can he do it, and should he? Ayn must decide before it's too late!
Since we're holding the Free & Bargain Book event on April Fools day, tell us about the best prank you ever played or the best prank played on you.
I don't do pranks. I'm too honest for my own good.
Pick one of your characters to play a prank on. Who are they? What is the prank? And how do they react?
I don't really pull pranks, but if I had no choice, I'd do it to Zin. He has a good heart, but he's a spoiled prince who deserves some pranking. I'd hide his favorite musical instrument and watch him have a heart attack before I admitted it's actually in the trunk of my car.
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?
Website: www.lyrashanti.com 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the interviews!
Even Arthur the AuthorBot is excited for this book haul!
(Art by Moderator Melissa Jensen)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My Grammar and You're* Grammar, Sittin' by the...

I've noticed something. I tend to start blog posts with the phrase: "If you read this blog, you probably know..." And then go on to say something about myself that you would likely know. Not this time. This time, I'm going to impart some wisdom about me and then I'm going to impart some general knowledge that you should already know, which will contradict what I just told you about me. Confused? Good! Let's begin!

You probably don't know this about me, but I'm not a big fan of grammar snobbery. I'm even less of a fan of people who point out that others are using words wrong. Especially on the internet. I know there might still be some folks out there using computers, but personally, my social media usage is via mobile device only and let's face it, autocorrect is not the artificial intelligence that will one day take over the world. Ducking help, it's not!

Correcting someone else's grammar is going to at best make you look like a jerk and at worst make you look like a racist jerk. Vernacular and regional accents are a thing. Hell, internet speak is a thing, hence calling things a thing. Seriously though, look up any list of misused phrases and you're bound to find a lot of cultural insensitivity disguised as academic prowess.

But as I was looking through these commonly misused phrases, something hit me. These snooty academics were no more righter then the person's they was calling wrongest. If that sentence made you want to gouge out your eyeballs, stop reading. Going any further or farther would be a moo point. For the rest of you, sit back, relax, and get ready for the grammatical education you didn't know you needed.

The wrong: For all intensive purposes
The supposedly right: For all intents and purposes

This is clearly the most popular, the your/you're if you will, of wrong headedness. I mean really, if your purposes are intense, you should at this point find a new way to phrase your meaning.

The correct phrase: For all attentive porpoises

Think about it. Your point may be so compelling that the coast line becomes thick with the stubby snouts of Flipper's brethren all bending an ear your way. You may be inclined to jump up on your highly opinionated horse, but in the end, all you did was capture the attention of a bunch of silly marine mammals.

The wrong: Statue of limitations
The supposedly right: Statute of limitations

I'm not going to lie, this one smacks at an issue of dialect and I almost didn't include it. But even those of us from the Midwest or North who tend to suppress the letter T sound should not show our ignorance any longer.

The correct phrase: Stat-use elimination

This is the process of using collected data and a specific algorithmic set of standards to decide at what point it becomes cost prohibitive and/or a drain on resources to pursue a criminal conviction.


The wrong: Case and point
The supposedly right: Case in point

Another example of dialect. The proper spelling for this really ought to be case 'n point since the N sound is all anyone of any geographical location or ethnicity ever actually pronounces. I mean, if N'sync and Guns 'N Rose got it right, can't we all?

The correct phrase: Casein point

In reality, if you are trying to cite an example that best illustrates what you are talking about, you should use the analogous vegan argument that sometimes something may look free from animal products, but a trace amount of animal byproduct exists. Of which, casein is a prime example. See also, wheys and means.

The wrong: Another thing coming
The supposedly right: Another think coming

Seriously? You're going to argue with Judas Priest? Whether you think thing or think is correct, you have to admit, this is kind of a pretentious way of saying "You're wrong, dumbass!"

The correct phrase: You've got another drink buzz on.

As in: If you think anything I just said makes sense, go home, you're drunk.


There. Now you know and as a bunch of trigger happy, patriotic cartoons once told us, knowing is half the battle.





*Your. 



Yeah, let's see how many people don't make it down this far before telling me I've got a typo in my title.




Thursday, March 10, 2016

Blog Takeover: A Message from Ann Livi Andrews, Supreme Overlord of the SIA

Hi Everyone! Today I'm handing the blog off to Ann, the Supreme Overlord of Support Indie Authors. As this post is aimed at authors, I expect many of you might ignore it, which is fine, but perhaps if you do read it, you'll see why this group means so much to me. I'm really not the only person out there who likes to keep things positive.



And now, a brief message from your Supreme Overlord




For those of you wondering who on earth I am and are raising your eyebrows at the Supreme Overlord reference, my name is Ann Livi Andrews and I run Support for Indie Authors, SIA for short (no relation to the Australian singer). What started as a small idea in January 2015 has quickly turned into a vast wealth of support, encouragement, resources, etc for Indie Authors.

We have now grown to 5,000+ members and having outgrown Goodreads, we began our own website (www.supportindieauthors.com) dedicated to helping Indie Authors be the best they can be. We are now 13 Moderators strong and have put in countless hours to ensure an organized and well managed group.

“Sure sure, Ann,” you might say. “But what’s with the blog post?”

Right – to the point.

We are about to undergo a major transformation on the Goodreads side of the equation. We just celebrated our First Birthday, or First Anniversary, whichever way you’d like to look at it, and with over 5,000 members, I’m sure you can imagine just how many folders, topics, and comments we have to sort through on a daily basis.

In addition, with this many topics to sort through,  it becomes difficult for our members to find the answers they’re looking for to questions that have already been posted. We receive a lot of “Do you know where that one post that the one guy posted a few days ago is?” queries from our members.

So here’s the deal: tons and tons of posts are going to be deleted.

BUT DON’T PANIC.

We’re compiling all of them into an easy to read and easy to search PDF that you’ll be able to download from our website. (For free, of course) This will be updated on a semi regular basis (as often as I or my other moderators can – I don’t pay them, you know – at least not yet.)

In addition, we’re going to be posting a new set of rules in response to some of the criticisms and . . .um. . .how shall I put this. . .harassment that we’ve received. The majority of you are super amazing members and we're grateful for your participation and the respect that you show one another. Unfortunately, a handful of people haven't been quite as understanding.



With this in mind, we are going to be a little stricter in the future, to keep things safe for everyone. These rules will be straight to the point with no room for imaginative interpretation. With so many members, we’re going to have to toughen our defenses in order to maintain an organized and peaceful environment. We want to keep this forum and our group just as awesome as it’s been for the past year.

So there you have it. Changes are a-coming. But we’re still the same fun-loving Mods that we always have been. The Fun Folder won’t be disappearing. We’ll still be joking around etc. Just remember to keep it respectful and you won’t wake up to a cut-in-half bookmark lying on the pillow next to you.

As always, if you have any questions, or you feel that you have an issue with me or one of my Mods, please send me a message about it. Despite my tyrannical title, I am actually all about resolving conflicts. A happy and content army is one who can conquer many.



*End Transmission - Resume your regular routine*

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Go Bananas for the Year of the Monkey Contest #3


Wow! It's already March! Which means it's time for a new Go Bananas event! Congrats to all of February's winners!

This month, we're kicking everything off with a bang in celebration of the final book in the Rise of the Discordant series being launched.

As such, let's get right into it! Today, March the first, Past Life Strife, the first book in the  series, is free on Amazon. Books 2&3, Splitsville and You Wish, are each 99¢ in the US and UK Amazon markets. These discounts will run all week. Once again, there will be a free book every week. This time, check my author page every Tuesday to see what's up for grabs.

I've also got a chance to win a paperback copy of Past Life Strife on Goodreads!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Past Life Strife (Rise of the Discordant) by Christina McMullen

Past Life Strife (Rise of the Discordant)

by Christina McMullen

Giveaway ends April 01, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
This begins on the 15th and runs through April first, which, coincidentally, is the date of our first #SIAFBB event of 2016. Be sure to check back here for more info on that event and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter!

Also... Just because I'm not done with the discounts, The Eyes of The Sun, the complete trilogy, will be on a countdown sale beginning March 30th for only $2.99!

And finally, all month long, you will have multiple chances to enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card! Tweet our message every day for 30 chances to win!

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Good luck and spread the word!