Twas the Nights of the New Year and the Great Holiday Indie Author Meet and Greet Post!

Robert Stanek: Hi, readers and authors. Welcome to ‘Twas the Nights of the New Year’ and the Great Holiday Indie Author Meet and Greet Post!

The holidays are a wonderful time of year. A time to reconnect with family and friends. A time to rekindle hope and love. A time to cherish what matters most. But the holidays also can be a busy time. A time when it’s hard to slow down and catch a breath.

This holiday, I decided to do something different. To breathe. To catch a breath. On Facebook, I invited authors to introduce themselves and/or share by posting about their works as part of a holiday get-together. The result follows. Read on to learn about many authors and many books, from new voices awaiting discovery to the well-established, all giving a holiday shout out as part of the meet and greet.

Robert Stanek: I’ll get things going by introducing myself. I'm Robert Stanek. I founded Go Indie (http://goindie.reagentpress.com/) in 2007 and that effort grew into the Go Indie and Free Today groups on Facebook as well as the Read Indies blog (http://readindies.blogspot.com/). When I began writing stories in the 4th grade, I had no idea that 35 years later I'd be celebrating the upcoming publication of my 150th book or that millions would have read those books.

My official #150 is the upcoming book from Microsoft Press that I just finished. That little book, weighing in at 1580 pages and 654,000 words, is called Windows Server 2012 Inside Out.

It's been an interesting, if not always fun, ride through these last many years, and you can read my thoughts on writing @ http://www.imaginedlands.com/writing.htm. Thank you for your contributions and participation in Go Indie (http://www.facebook.com/groups/goindie/).
Warren Martin: Hello Everyone, I’m a little older buy new to the writing scene. I had served 21 years in the Army and then ten plus in business and business ownership. I jokingly tell people I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up since it always seems like I’m doing something. A few years ago I started writing, learning as I go while at the same time working on school going after a PhD – so staying busy.

I self-published my first book earlier this year, “Forgotten Soldiers” and yesterday was surprised with a package notifying me that my book was a finalist for Historical Fiction in the Star And Flags Book awards, so an early Christmas present. I plan to keep writing as a hobby I love to do and also transition into teaching – unless of course Hollywood calls, but even if that happened, I’d probably still want to write and teach.

My Blog and Websites:

Kim Mutch Emerson: Kim Mutch Emerson of www.MasterKoda.com and www.MasterkodaSelectPublishing.com Love to assist others in creating success. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday. My book Digitus 233 just released and I'm overwhelmed right now. LOL

Wendy Jones: I'm Wendy Jones and I come from an academic background so have published in academic textbooks and journals. I have just finished my first novel and I am currently editing it. It is a murder mystery set in Dundee, Scotland where I live. It will be the first in a series about the CID in Dundee headed up by DI Shona McLeod so the series will be called The DI Shona McLeod Mysteries.

Marilyn Holdsworth: I'm an author of two books. My third, Making Wishes will be published in January. Womens literature.

Debbie Brown: Debbie Brown! I run the English Historical Fiction Authors (multiauthor's blog) and the FB group by the same name. I write sweet Victorian suspense/romance books, one of which is published and free today on Kindle and Audible.

Marquita Herald: Marquita (Marty) Herald - I'm an award winning blogger, and I have published 4 books on the art of living life by design. I live in Maui, Hawaii. I jumped from a successful career in sales and marketing into coaching new entrepeneurs, and eventually realized I could help many more people through my blog and my books. Nice to meet you all!

Scott Nicholson: Scott, organic gardener and libertarian taoist. ;-)

M.j. Kane: Hi! I'm M.J., stay-at-home-mom turned Amazon Bestseller of Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction, and Interracial Romance. My debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of The Butterfly Memoirs was published in September 2012. Book two, Jaded, will be published March 2013. See what happens when your home all day with an over-active imagination! You find a way to make it work! Happy Holidays!!

Alan Tucker: Greetings and Happy Holidays! I began publishing YA Fantasy/Adventure books in 2010 and just released my fourth book in November, a new SciFi/Adventure, called Knot in Time. My writing and marketing skills are still very much a work in progress and I hope to meet many more wonderful Indies here! http://www.facebook.com/TuckerAuthor

Kelly Preston: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone. I am Kelly Preston, co-author of Real Dogs Don't Whisper (www.realdogsdontwhisper.com); my partner in crime is Mr MaGoo. He would stop to introduce himself, I took away his iPaw as he has been "naughty" LOL Our book is about giving those with special needs, a chance, a second chance.
About miracles that occur when your heart opens up and allows these angels from God to enter into your life. This book has been based on my life, the life lessons I have discovered along the way with four special need dogs and my late brother with Downs Syndrome.

S.w. Frank: Greetings, i am the author of the multicultural romance, drama series Alfonzo. An infusion of urban literature is often found in my stories to give spice and earthiness to the read. http://1swfrank.wix.com/authorswfrank

Jill James: Hello, I've been indie for just over a year. I have 3 novellas, bundled, and made them trade paper too. I have 1 full-length novel, paranormal romantic suspense, in eBook and print. Happy Holidays everyone!!

Lisa Bilbrey: Hello, I'm Lisa, an author, editor, Public relations manager, and co-owner of a small publishing house with big dreams! I have 5 books out so far.

Author Qwantu Amaru: I'm Author Qwantu Amaru, author of One Blood, a bestselling award-winning novel about a supernatural curse tormenting a group of people unaware of their hidden connections.

Brian Bigelow: Hello, I'm Brian Bigelow. An author living in Colorado and I presently write horror. I hope everyone has a great holiday, warm wishes to you all.

Zoe Brooks: Hello, I'm Zoe Brooks. I've been an indie author since March last year. I've got three novels out on amazon - Girl in the Glass, Love of Shadows and Mother of Wolves. I have a blogsite about magic realism (http://magic-realism-books.blogspot.com) and produce an online newspaper featuring the best on the web (http://www.womens-fiction.net)

Andrew McAllister: I am the Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. I'm a father of three, and I write both fiction and non-fiction. My current project is a non-fiction title - relationship self-help, based partly on my relationship advice blog To Love, Honor, and Dismay.

Karen Docter: I've been in the writing biz for over twenty years, mostly aiming my sights on traditional publishing. A series of health issues sidelined me for several years but when I came out the other side, I found a whole new world of Indie publishing and the surety that life was too short to keep beating my head against a wall. I went Indie with my first romantic comedy in February of this year, followed by a novella. In addition to writing romantic comedy, I'm launching a romantic suspense series beginning next year. blog 5 days a week, three of those days highlighting other authors' books. To find out more about me, www.karendocter.com.

Diana J Febry: Hi, I'm a very new writer. My first two novels were published in 2012 and third is due to be published in January. All with Wingsepress. I'm learning as I go along. The first novel was a detective crime, the second - I honestly haven't a clue (one neighbour tries to blackmail another and it goes very wrong) and the third is probably women's lit. Looking forward to making new friends here.

Adrienne Thompson: I am a divorced mother of three, grandmother of one, former RN, current full-time writer. In the last 2 years I've self-published 5 books, all of which have appeared on Amazon best-sellers lists. I love music and pop culture and Marilyn Monroe http://adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com

Janice Horton: I'm an indie being interviewed on Dizzy C's Book Blog Festive Fun Feature. Take a look. All Shares and Tweets appreciated! xx http://dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/festive-fun-day-21-janice-horton.html


A Heart Not Easily Broken (The Butterfly Memoirs) by M. J. Kane


Zoe Brooks: Set in an unspecified time and land this Cinderella story for adults there is no fairy godmother and no handsome prince, just a girl of spirit and her strange companion. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IROBEE

Girl in the Glass (The Healer's Shadow)

Deborah Hutto Bateman: Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle
By: Deborah H. Bateman

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/9plzayh

If you don't have a Kindle you can download Kindle for PC free on Amazon then read your Kindle ebooks right on your computer. Go to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

Merry Christmas to you and yours,


Kelly Preston: "Anyone who has ever loved a pet will want to read this one, but more than that it's a story that reminds us of second chances and unconditional love. On a scale of one to five this book deserves at least a ten because it's just that good! I would love to read more from this author! Highly recommended." 50% off with promo code: JW67FYL5 http://goo.gl/xuW8H

Real Dogs Don't Whisper: Life lessons from a larger than life dog - and his owner!

Joseph Rinaldo: Did Mormons, directed by Brigham Young, slaughter 150 Arkansans in Utah Territory in 1857? Arkansans who were doing nothing more than trying to reach California to start a new life. A slaughter of men, women, and children, the theft of all their wagons, clothing, gold, supplies, animals - a slaughter that made Brigham Young even richer? Or was it really Paiute Indians, as the Mormons claimed, even though historians have declared that Paiutes were a peaceful people AND they owned no guns - all the dead were murdered by gunshots! Read A MORMON MASSACRE and decide for yourself who is covering up one of the worst mass murders in American history! A MORMON MASSACRE on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/A-MORMON-MASSACRE-ebook/dp/B008R26S18.


Author Missy Lyons: 365 Days of America (Annotated) (365 Days of Happiness)

365 Days of Romance: Inspirational Quotes for Every Day of the Year (Annotated)

Jill James: He is Mr. By-The-Book. She has an attitude problem. Together, they just might catch a killer virus before it becomes an Extinction Level Event. Dangerous Shift http://tinyurl.com/dangerousshift-amz in eBook and print.

Dangerous Shift

Tammie Clarke Gibbs: His Uncle was an eccentric.

And determined to prove she existed.
He was determined to prove to the world that his family wasn’t crazy…
That HE wasn’t crazy.
It was working…
Until he made one mistake…
That would change his life forever…
And force him to question his own sanity.
Something was missing from her life…
Doing a friend a favor…
And pretending to be someone else for a day seemed like a good idea at the time.
Then she finds a warning note…
From hundreds of years BEFORE she was born.
And then if that wasn’t bad enough…

She met HIM…

For centuries a force has kept them apart…
But, will Love be enough to finally keep them together…
Or will history repeat?

Island of Secrets: A Time Travel, Gothic Romance

Patrice Fitzgerald: Merry Holidays! RUNNING is free Christmas Eve and Christmas Day... you can grab it via Amazon Kindle in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Japan... have I forgotten anywhere? Oh, and India! An election season full of suspense, action, romance, laughs, and a little sex. Two women running for President of the United States. Enjoy, and pass it on! http://amzn.to/RUNNINGnovel


Karl Jones: This is possibly going to be my last major promotion effort for the year so here it is.
Give the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas, literature.

Buying a copy of Shattered will not only entertain your friends and family, it will give me a merry Christmas, so please, be kind and give everyone a wonderful present.

Murdered teens, incompetent police, vigilante parents. Stuck in the middle is Donna Harp, the young constable determined to bring an end to the murders tearing her village apart, even if it costs her her job.

Amazon US - http://ow.ly/g4mP7
Amazon UK - http://ow.ly/g4mSO

Shattered (Donna Harp Series)

K.t. Dixon: Load up that Kindle you bought for a friend or loved one with the best deal on Amazon. Today all of my Kindle books are on sale for just 99 cents. http://www.amazon.com/K.T.-Dixon/e/B00818GN9K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1356355423&sr=1-2-ent

Amazon.com: K.T. Dixon: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Susette Williams: #BestSeller MAID FOR MURDER: Deadly Business
Genre: humorous inspirational mystery

Bailey inherits her grandfather’s business, Maid For You, but cleaning up dead body parts wasn’t part of the job description. Bailey hopes to wipe out crime with the help of Nate, her computer hacker assistant, despite protests of their involvement in the case from Detective Max Wellington.
 When Bailey catches the culprits arranging to dispose of another body, she's out to help the two of them dig their own grave and if she’s lucky, Detective Max Wellington will keep them from arranging her funeral.
 Maid for Murder is a trilogy that begins with Deadly Business. The story continues throughout the trilogy as Bailey uncovers deception, corruption and a few secrets that may forever change her life. As the threads of deceit unravel, the murders begin to break out like a case of Bubonic Plague.
 Bailey is a Christian, struggling to keep on the path she knows is right, fighting the temptation of the hunky Detective Max Wellington who would like nothing more than to take her into protective custody, for more than just interfering in police business.

Amazon.com: B00A1U6WI8

Staci Stallings: Best Selling Christian Romance.... COWBOY "Stallings has a way of making you fall in love with the characters." http://ow.ly/gnKT1 Get your copy! Tell a friend!

Cowboy (The Harmony Series)

Lee Mellott: Double Chin - How To Get Rid Of A Double Chin

Lisa Bilbrey: Did you get at the new Kindle Fire for Christmas? Maybe a new Nook or iPad? Even a Kobo e-reader? Looking for some great reads to add on to them? Well, look no further! Renaissance Romance Publishing is having an after Christmas Sale on all of our books on Smashwords. Use the coupon code listed on our blog that goes with each book and enjoy! http://renaissanceromancepublishing.blogspot.com/2012/12/after-christmas-sale.html

Morgann Roddy: I don't do well at my own promotion, so I teamed up with twenty-some odd other authors, instead. Help me get the word out about ALL of these wonderful stories, priced (some starting today) at only $0.99! You see, I helped to run a Forty Books For A Buck Each promotion about a week ago, and it was wildly successful. There are new authors on the list this time, along with previous participants, and EVERY BOOK will be (or already is, in the case of mine and a few others') priced at only $0.99. http://mo8832.wix.com/undiscloseddesires#!home/mainPage PLEASE check it out and spread the word for me, as you know I will do the same for you. THANK YOU, and I hope your holiday is warm, bright, and full of love.

Undisclosed Desire - A Novel Website by M. Peters | Wix.com

The home of my first novel and of exciting news, excerpts and other tidbits about my next writing adventures!

James C. Wallace II: Check out Magician of Oz (which was reviewed by The Baum Bugle and declared to be "in the true Baum tradition"), Shadow Demon of Oz, Family of Oz and The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless & Blu; each only $0.99 each! http://www.amazon.com/James-C.-Wallace-II/e/B009ONML4M/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1#/ref=la_B009ONML4M_rf_p_n_feature_browse-b_1?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_82%3AB009ONML4M%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A618073011&bbn=283155&ie=UTF8&qid=1356390960&rnid=618072011

Amazon.com: James C. Wallace II: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Birgit Kluger: “Black Sacrament” first part of the fantasy Serial “Creatures of Fire”: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QKTX4A

Black Sacrament (Part 1, Creatures of Fire Serial)

Shelley Hitz: My book is "Healing for the Broken Hearted" http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANSSW6S

Thanks for your support! I really appreciate it! ~Shelley~

Healing For The Broken Hearted: Discover Lasting Freedom in Christ

K.t. Dixon: I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all of my friends out there in the FB world. If you have a Kindle or a Kindle app on your phone, you can go to my Author's page on Amazon and download any of my books today (12-25) free of charge. http://www.amazon.com/K.T.-Dixon/e/B00818GN9K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1356437427&sr=1-2-ent

Andrew McAllister: In honor of the season, I'd like to give away a free e-book copy of Unauthorized Access. Here's the deal - If you have an e-reader or tablet (maybe even a new one you received for Christmas - yay!), leave a comment saying what kind of device you have. Tomorrow I'll put all the respondent's names into a hat, pick one out, and send off the appropriate file format to the winner. Happy Boxing Day everyone!


Judgement of Souls

JUDGEMENT OF SOULS is a Gothic horror novel.

DeEtte Beckstead Anderton: No more rights, no traditions, new rules. Will the Overseer win the showdown on the mountain? Find out in Victory. Now just 99 cents through Dec. 28th. http://tinyurl.com/c3tel2c


Victory, a town where the people love their country and their neighbors, but what comes may change everything.

Janelle Taylor: My book is NECESSARY EVIL. Very interested in hearing what especially horror/thriller/mystery authors think about it. http://amzn.com/B009MQP6UM


‎1990 - Atlanta, Georgia Is there a serial killer on the prowl?

Janelle Taylor Author: Thanks, Robert, for your help to Indie authors.

Robert Stanek: Thank you, Janelle.  Glad you went indie! And thank you everyone for your participation. Happy Holidays!