Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yakimali's Gift - Print Book Release and Giveaway

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Jo here. A couple of weeks ago, I was honored with the task of creating a beautiful print book for you all. I didn't design the cover or do the editing, but I did design the full wrap and interior layout. So, as we always do here at IBGW, I bring you a giveaway! Grab some lunch and let's get going!

Information about the book:

Title: Yakimali's Gift
Author: Linda Covella
Genre: Young Adult Historical Romance
Length (print): 226 pages
Buy Links: Amazon paperback $13.35

It's 1775 in Mexico, New Spain, and 15-year-old Fernanda Marquina, of Spanish and Pima Indian ancestry, can't seem to live up to her mother's expectations or fit into the limited female roles of her culture. To escape, Fernanda grabs any opportunity to ride the horses she loves. At a greater cost than she could ever have imagined, her dream of adventure in faraway lands is realized. With her family, Fernanda joins Juan Bautista de Anza's historic colonization expedition to California. On the arduous four-month journey, Fernanda makes friends with Feliciana, the young widow Fernanda can entrust with her deepest thoughts; Gloria, who becomes the sister Fernanda always wished for; and Gloria's handsome brother Miguel, gentle one moment, angry the next and, like Fernanda, a mestizo--half Indian and half Spanish. As Fernanda penetrates Miguel's layers of hidden feelings, she's torn between him and Nicolas, the Spanish soldier hoping to win her heart. But propelling Fernanda along the journey is her search for Mama's Pima Indian past, a past Mama refused to talk about, a past with secrets that Fernanda is determined to learn. The truths she discovers will change the way she sees her ancestry, her family, and herself.

Now for the full wrap cover and some beautiful screenshots of the inside:


Bet you'd like to get your hands on a copy of that, right? Well, you can! Rafflecopter entry form below! Good luck, everyone.

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Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Friday, November 7, 2014

New Release and Giveaway - Renaria

Happy Friday, everyone! Jo here. I'm excited to announce the release of the Young Adult Fantasy novel Renaria - Into the Adyton by J. L. Wilson. I was the editor for this novel, and Karen Robinson provided the proofread. Without further ado, I give you the information on the book, followed by an IBGW giveaway, then an author event where she'll be giving things away to celebrate the release. Let's go!

Title: Renaria - Into the Adyton
Author: J. L. Wilson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: Around 250 pages
Buy Link: Amazon Kindle $2.99

A small memento, a universal power...

It’s the year 2126, post-World War V. Leda, age seventeen, bounds through the lush forested region of the Desintor Foothills as a regal, bow-wielding, High-Elf Scout. That is, when she’s logged into her favorite MMO game: Renaria.

One crisp fall afternoon, an unseasonal storm fractures the sky of Trinton, New Texas with splinters of emerald lightning and otherworldly songs. Oddly, no one sees the storm except her brother and their guild mate Travis.

She brushes off the event as a fluke, but she can’t seem to get the song out of her mind. Suddenly, a new quest appears in her game directing her to the blue sand dunes of the Sinare Desert to meet Caleb, a legendary Elf Diviner.

Now she has a choice: Ignore the quest and turn off the game, or dive in and risk everything for a shot at an adventure.

Now that you've seen it, enter to win one of two e-copies!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you'd like another chance at winning, the author is having a Facebook party to celebrate. Get on over there and join!


What do you think? Pretty, huh?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Friday, October 17, 2014

New Release Giveaway - A Call to Arms

Howdy! Karen here with another IBGW book giveaway. I'm thrilled to announce the release of A Call to Arms: Book One of the Chronicles of Arden by Shiriluna Nott and SaJa H. I did the line editing on this book, and Jennifer did the proofreading.

While I was working on this book, I had to stop myself multiple times and remember that I was supposed to be editing the book--I got so caught up in the story that I forgot I had a job to do! This fantasy novel has a strong cast of characters who immediately come to life on the page with their individual personalities. The main character, Gib, is someone the audience can relate to--the fish out of water who is thrust into a new life he never expected, and we see the ways in which he deals with his new role, including a budding romance. But enough gushing from me. Here's more specific information about the book as well as info about the giveaway.

Title: A Call to Arms: Book One of the Chronicles of Arden
Authors: Shiriluna Nott and SaJa H.
Genre: Epic fantasy; LGBT fiction
Length: 313 pages
Buy Link: Amazon

From Amazon: War is brewing on the eastern border of Arden. The shaky truce between Arden and the neighboring realm of Shiraz has all but dissolved, and both sides are building their forces for battle. But in the quiet farming community of Willowdale, the rumors of war are the least of young Gibben Nemesio’s concerns. With both parents dead and two younger brothers to care for, Gib doesn't have time to focus on anything besides keeping food on the table. Everything changes the day he receives a conscription notice and must report to Arden’s capital.

In Silver City, Gib is forced to leave his life as a farmer behind when he enters the legendary Academy of Arden as a sentinel trainee. If called to war, he will have no choice but to go, for the Sentinels of Arden are the realm's first line of defense against the evils beyond the border.

A newcomer to this breathtaking city of stone, Gibben finds himself thrown into a world of cutthroat politics and scandals that run deeper than he ever imagined. Caught between the responsibilities to his family and to his country, Gib struggles to find balance. When he unwittingly overhears a sinister plot--that if seen to fruition will bear dire consequences for all of Arden--the young sentinel trainee must find a way to warn those in power before it is too late.

Two Kindle eBook copies of the book are up for grabs (two separate winners). Here's the giveaway entry form! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Release and Giveaway – The Human Forged

Hello and happy Friday! Eliza here, and I'm thrilled to share another IBGW-edited book with you! I did the line editing, and Tia did the proofreading on this book. Anthony Melchiorri's The Human Forged is a near-future medical thriller that will keep you guessing until the end, and IBGW is excited to give away a free copy to one lucky reader!

About The Human Forged

From Amazon: In an escape from the tethers of modern technology, former Army Specialist Nick Corrigan ventures into an underground rave in an abandoned Estonian prison. There, he is abducted and cut off from the rest of the world, including his fiancĂ©e. He unwittingly becomes embroiled in a biotechnological nightmare and embarks on a dangerous adventure to return home. The only person that might be able to help him is a man Nick never knew existed—his clone. Back in Washington, CIA analyst Sara Monahan makes a startling discovery while tracking the use of biological weapons in an ongoing war in Africa. She races to uncover a global conspiracy that may shake the very essence of what it means to be human.

Add it on Goodreads

Buy it on Amazon


Enter to win a copy of the ebook (US only) below.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Giveaway Winner - Believing Magic series

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for the five ebooks in the Believing Magic series. The giveaway ended this morning and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations to Tina T.!

But if you're not Tina, don't despair. Author Shane Shelton is making the first ebook in the series free from August 22-25, available on Amazon. So mark it on your calendar so you don't forget and pick up the first book then so you can try out this series for yourself!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Release Giveaway - Believing Magic series

Howdy! Karen here. I'm so excited to announce the release of the first five books in the Believing Magic series by Shane Shelton, with a giveaway for ebook copies below! I worked with Shane on these books as the first round editor.

What impressed me the most about Shane's writing is that he has a good sense of the flow of the book. He's handling a pretty big cast of characters with many different locations and events going on at the same time. And not only does he handle it, but he knows just when to stop a chapter for one event and move to another event/set of characters. He also does a great job intertwining the various characters and story arcs.

Some information about the books:

Titles: Believing Magic, Kingdom Come, Sacrifice, Garden of Wrath, All Around the Throne
Author: Shane Shelton
Genre: Dark fantasy
Lengths: 644 pages, 420 pages, 446 pages, 430 pages, and 115 pages, respectively
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle $2.99-$3.99 (Book 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Synopsis (for the first book):
From Amazon: Having never been a recreational reader, Jane Miller is not sure what to think as strange events from the book she’s reading begin to mirror into her everyday life in odd ways. She’s been told to report any unusual "side effects" she experiences while in the drug study, but is "book deja-vu" a side effect, or is it something that’s totally normal when you're really into a good book?

Added by Karen: Jane is just the first of the characters involved in this drug study that you'll meet in the first book of the series. These teenagers think that they have been selected to be part of a study for a new drug that will clear up their acne. And the drug does do that, but not in the way that they think. What they don't know is that the drug is intended to do so much more.

The other teens in the drug study include Rain and her twin brother Ryan. Rain has had a really horrible year due to something that happened prior to the start of the book. She has taken to wearing black and withdrawing from her family and friends except for a close circle of three other females. Ryan is her good-natured brother who doesn't know what is going on with Rain but does know that the girl he sees in the waiting room (Jane) is cute. But Jane's attention is drawn to Dan, who is unable to speak and communicates through writing notes. Dan is mysterious, which leads Jane to compare him to the male lead in the book she is reading. Rounding out the main cast is Sky, whose overbearing mother forces her to be untrue to herself, but once she takes the new drug, she is able to stand up to her mother and do what she's always wanted to do--fly.

Believing Magic is modern dark fantasy.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Contains violence, language, various adult themes and situations throughout. This book is not erotica. It's ideal reading for those who enjoy modern YA fantasy--but without the training wheels.

You can visit Shane's website for more information including updates about upcoming books, such as Devil's Tithe, the final book in this series.

Here's the entry form. Good luck!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Something Needing to be Shared

Happy Monday, everyone! Jo here. I ran across a great article this weekend over on the Small Blue Dog Publishing blog I'd like to share with you all. It's something we all need to read and take into consideration when looking for an editor. Grab your coffee, laptop, and comfy chair and let's get going.

Why are Book Editors so Expensive?
by Belinda Pollard

I’m going to let you in on a secret.

Book editors are expensive.

Ooh, are you shocked? “But aren’t you One Of Them??” I hear you say.

Yes I am. But I’m also a writer. And very soon I’m going to have to hire an editor for one of my own projects, out of my own personal piggybank. And I’m dreading it.

So, why? Why are editors so darn expensive???

Well, sit right down and I’ll tell you a story…

Read the rest of the article here.


Be sure you share, too! A book editor is never a waste.

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Release Giveaway - Finding Autumn

Happy Wednesday, good people of the blogosphere! Jo here. Today, I bring you information about a hot new release and a Rafflecopter giveaway! I did the proofread on this title. I also read Falling for Autumn and enjoyed the heck out of it. There's a giveaway going on my blog for that one (and a number of others). Anyway, get your clicking fingers ready and let's get going.

A little information about the book up for grabs:

Title: Finding Autumn - A Falling for Autumn Novella
Author: Heather Topham Wood
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: About 153 pages
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle $0.99

***Not a standalone. Falling for Autumn from Blake's point of view. Includes bonus chapters set after the events of Falling for Autumn.***

Two years earlier, Blake Preston received a phone call that would change everything. His stepfather—a man he trusted and admired—had been accused of sexually assaulting one of his students. His stepfather declared his innocence and Blake chose to stay loyal to the man who had raised him as his own.

Cook University is the one place Blake can keep his anonymity. No one knows about the scandals surrounding his stepfather’s arrest and subsequent conviction. To his friends, he is merely the star running back for the college team and an NFL hopeful. But the life he has built at Cook is threatened when Autumn Dorey locks eyes with him at a campus party.

Getting entangled with Autumn is a mistake. Yet Autumn is the only person who can answer the one question that haunts him: is his stepfather a monster?

Blake conceals his identity and starts a friendship with Autumn under false pretenses. What begins as a way to uncover the truth about his stepfather changes as he grows close to Autumn. His relationship with her calls into question everything he thought he knew about his family. Against all odds, he falls in love with the one girl he’s forbidden to have feelings for. But can their love last once Autumn finds out who Blake Preston really is?

60,000 Words

Ages 17+ Due to Strong Language and Sexual Situations

Now for the entry form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, everyone!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Welcome Krystal

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Jo here. I'm really excited to be announcing the final addition to the team. This lovely lady will be working with the wondersauce that's Tia Silverthorne Bach and the other two amazing editors you met last week, Eliza and Mollie. We're so excited to welcome Krystal to the IBGW family. We have some exciting stuff happening around here, and I can't wait to share it with you in the upcoming weeks. *claps hands* Let's get to it!

Meet Ms. Krystal Wade

When I first began writing, I never imagined becoming an editor. I mostly imagined posh residences, flash photography everywhere I went, zero money issues, and a departure from my 9-5 in the nation's capital. Boy, what an idiot I was. My first book was accepted for publication, and my editor threw ALL THE RULES at me. She taught me everything I know, and then some, using her little red notes and references back to the publisher's style guide. Since then, I've worked in several different arenas of the publishing world: from acquisitions, to marketing, to production, to full-scale edits. I love helping authors hone their craft, teaching them how to write clean manuscripts the first time, pointing out their usual flaws, and making stories sparkle like hot vampires--if you're into that sort of thing. My first love is young adult fiction, with strong interests in dark plots and twisted characters . . . and a little romance helps. And if you must know, I live in Virginia with my husband, three children, two dogs, two cats, three bunnies, and way too many chickens.

Here's what her clients are saying:

"Krystal provided tremendous insight into the publishing industry, particularly where young and new adult novels were concerned. She consistently made herself available to answer any questions, provide coaching, and offer moral support to ensure I stayed on track.

She routinely demonstrated that she had a keen eye for detail, performed well on a deadline, and was always willing to go the extra mile when needed. Her work was always completed before the deadline in a very satisfactory manner." ~ A.K. Morgan, FADE (2012)

"I’ve already learned so much from Krystal. She’s given great feedback not only on the technical aspects of sentence construction but also on content. Her advice and suggestions have made my book tremendously stronger already, and we aren’t even finished yet. Her comments are honest but kind. She not only shows what needs to change, but will explain why so I can understand what I need to do differently in the future.  She’s always very clear with her comments, which I very much appreciate. I am thankful to get to work with her and would definitely recommend her editing services to anyone." ~ Amy Bearce, FAIRY KEEPER (2015)

"Krystal always edited with enthusiasm and an innate understanding of the story and the book-selling market. She helped me produce the best version of my manuscript possible. She always worked on deadline and was very willing to provide additional information and clarify certain points as needed. I highly recommend Krystal as an editor. As an author and public figure herself, she takes great pride in her reputation, conducts herself professionally, and is easy to work with." ~ Jamie Ayres, My So-Called Afterlife (2012)

We'll be having the giveaway soon. Book titles will be randomly chosen from the editor's body of work. I didn't want to put it up this week because that would be bad service for the authors we already have giveaways running for.

Keep your eyes open for that. I know I told you it would happen with Krystal's announcement post, but I reconsidered. You'll have a chance to snag some great reads very soon.

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Release & Giveaway -- Not Born Here: Stories from Marsden NC

Happy Wednesday! Glad you stopped by. 

Hi, Tia here, and I'm so proud to highlight another wonderful book worked on by IBGW. I did the proofread for this amazing collection of short stories. 

Before we get to the paperback giveaway, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the book. 

Without further ado...

About Not Born Here: Stories from Marsden NC

From Goodreads: A collection of short stories about a fictional Southern town, Marsden N.C. Humor, foibles and heartwarming stories make the town real and the inhabitants memorable characters. The characters move through their days in a small town a daughter learns a secret about her dead mother, women goes through the stages of love, hopeful, love found and just as quickly lost. Roger learns something new about his wife's Jimmylegs and offers fine points on judging a chili competition.

From the Back cover: Marsden is a fictitious town in coastal Carolina. The characters are familiar to anyone who has lived in a small town, alive with personalities and foibles. The stories come from everyday experiences told in a uniquely Southern style. The topics are diverse--a supernatural experience between a daughter and her dead mother to the challenges of judging the annual chili cookoff. 

Add it on Goodreads

Buy it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

It really is a charming read, so check it out!


As we do for our clients, we are offering a paperback copy (US only). Please enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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If you are ever in the market for a quality book, always feel free to check out IBGW. We'll hook you up!

Have a wonderful week.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Welcome to Karen and Jennifer

Hello good people of the blogosphere! Jo here. Today, I'd like to introduce you to two more new members of the IBGW family: Karen Robinson and Jennifer Oberth. These two lovely ladies will be working with me, and I have to admit, I'm thrilled to have them on my team. Without further chawing on my part, meet them!

First up, we have Karen Robinson. Karen is joining us from Karen Robinson Edits.

Howdy! I’m Karen Robinson, and I’m excited to be joining the editing team at Indie Books Gone Wild. I’ve been an avid reader since I was in elementary school, reading anything I could get my hands on although my favorite genres are fantasy and dystopian fiction. In college, I majored in English and spent a couple of years as a copy editor for a financial firm and then a medical publisher. An opportunity led me to graduate school where I received a PhD in medieval literature (and graded many many freshman composition papers).

I decided to leave academia after having a child and to go back to my editing roots. Since then, I’ve been doing a wide variety of editing work from websites for plastic surgeons to eBooks about social media as well as fiction, which is where my editing (and reading) heart lies. I’ve had the pleasure of working with indie author Shane W. Shelton on his Believing Magic series and look forward to developing editing relationships with other authors. When I’m not reading (and even sometimes when I am), I can be found with two sticks and some yarn in my hands—knitting is my other passion.

Using The Chicago Manual of Style - 16th Edition, my goal is not to rewrite your book or create a book that I would have written. Instead, I aim to keep your voice—but make it a cleaner version of your voice. Ultimately, you are the author and ownership of the book is yours, but working with an editor is a valuable way of strengthening your book and making it the best that it can be so that readers can get great enjoyment out of it.

See what Karen's clients are saying:
“Karen took on my 'MASSIVE' project and did a fantastic job taking my raw manuscript and turning it into a 'book.' She didn't alter the story line, or over edit, which was one of my key concerns. And at the same time she wasn't afraid to do what was just plain 'needed.' One of my problem areas (especially with my earlier writing) was with paragraphing correctly. She addressed that issue wonderfully, which means she not only read it and proofed it but had to 'digest' the material and make decisions as to flow and pace. All changes were made in a way that was 'tracked' and easy to review her edits and tweaks.” ~ Shane W. Shelton, author of the Believing Magic series

Next, we have Jennifer Oberth.

Hello, my name is Jennifer Oberth. My mother started to read to me in when I was in the womb, and I was hooked on stories from that moment forward. I’ve kept a journal since I was seven, completed my first novel when I was ten, and published my first short story in 2011.

I’m a lifetime member of the Sisters In Crime, a mystery writer’s organization, and served on the board of the Sisters In Crime Chicagoland chapter as the treasurer for two years. I also sat on the programming committee. Back in 2009, I was on the Why Join? panel at Love Is Murder, a popular writer’s convention. I regularly attend the Writer’s Police Academy, easily the best writer’s convention I’ve ever been to. I love National Novel Writing Month and have written 50,000+ words in the month of November for several years.

As a part of improving my own writing, I’ve joined writing groups and helped other authors by critiquing their work in the process. I’ve been critiquing other authors’ stories for years. I discovered that I have a knack for editing due to my attention to detail, my care for the works, and the fact that errors jump out at me. As a kid, I used to love finding a mistake in a traditionally published book, and now I can’t pass a billboard without spotting common blunders.

I believe it’s a necessity for independent authors to have their books as professional as possible. They should be indistinguishable from a traditionally published book (or whatever high level of quality you hold books to) and the good news is, you don’t have to do it yourself. You likely can’t, as you’re too close to your own work to see those pesky, sometimes persistent, problems. That’s where I come in.

My goal is to make your book the best it can be, without changing your voice, vision, or story. It’s my job to make your book stronger, smoother, and of the highest quality.

I love mysteries, and will read any genre except horror or erotica. I prefer to avoid novels with extreme violence, gore, or harm or abuse to animals or children. The style guide I go by is The Chicago Manual of Style – 16th Edition. I can’t wait to read your book!

Squeep! Tomorrow, I'll have the introduction for Krystal Wade, our last addition to the team, and a great giveaway for you all.

Stay tuned.

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome to Eliza and Mollie

Happy Friday, good people of the blogosphere! Jo here. Well, I promised you some exciting changes coming to IBGW, didn't I? This is the first of three posts we'll be doing to welcome five new editors to our little family. Today, I'm proud to introduce you all to Eliza and Mollie. They'll be working under the fabulous Tia Silverthorne Bach. Which basically means she'll be guiding them through our standards and will be available to help them fulfill all the INDIE Books Gone Wild promises we make (you know we promise a lot and live up to those pledges). Every one of the ladies you'll be meeting over the next three posts have been fully vetted. They joined the team because their ideals and love for the author are in line with ours, and we're thrilled to have them on board.

We know you'll adore them, too!

First up, we have Eliza Dee. Eliza has joined us from Clio Editing.

Hi, I’m Eliza Dee. I’m a lifelong word nerd and foreign language freak. I was that child who read the dictionary for fun, and the only thing that’s changed is that I have more dictionaries now! I hold both bachelor’s (University of Michigan) and master’s degrees in English, in addition to stints as a law student and a student of library science. I’ve always known I wanted to work with words for a living, but while I love writing, bringing out the best in others’ work is my true passion.

Fiction editing is somewhere in between an art, a craft, and a science, and I am as passionate about the technical aspects of language as I am about the art of storytelling. Before switching to fiction editing, I spent over ten years editing academic writing. I’ve also been a college composition instructor, a writing center administrator, and a writing tutor, experiences which are reflected in the educational approach I take to my editing work. I love seeing my authors improve over the course of our relationship, so I won’t just tell you that a comma is unnecessary—I’ll explain why!

I’m thrilled to be a part of the self-publishing revolution and to work directly with indie authors to make their books the best they can be! My style manual is The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

Here's what Eliza's clients are saying:
"Eliza is AWESOME. She just did content editing on my release for next month and her work is meticulous, thorough and very thoughtful. She knows her stuff. I’ll definitely be coming back to her again in the future for the next books."  ~  Brenna Aubrey, bestselling author of At Any Turn (edited by Eliza) and At Any Price

"The book she edited was the first book I’d published. It had already gone through edits with another editor. However, I kept finding mistakes in the manuscript and had planned to get it re-edited when Eliza stepped in. Talk about great timing! I have to say that Eliza caught a lot of mistakes. It gave me a headache just looking at all of them! Eliza is the real deal. Copy edits and line edits were awesome. She even did some proofreading and found lots of extra spaces in the manuscript, backwards quotation marks (grr), among other typos. For developmental editing, she caught lots of plot holes (which I fixed up) and gave me a 5-page report that detailed motivation problems, detours, plot holes, loose ends, and characterization problems with the story. [...] If you’re working on your first book, I highly recommend Eliza’s comprehensive editing."  ~  L.G. Castillo, author of The Broken Angels series

Next, Mollie Turbeville! Mollie is joining us from Mohr Editing.

Hi, I’m Mollie. I’m an editor who strives to preserve every writer’s unique voice. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. I developed a love for reading and writing over the years, as well as a keen interest in helping authors put their best story forward.

After college, I worked as a writer and editor at a literary consultancy, helping business professionals establish their brand, create and edit content, and manage social media accounts. I launched my business  a year later as an independent editor, and I have immensely enjoyed helping authors enhance their stories. My style guide is The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. I currently live in Winter Park, Florida, with my husband, lazy hound dog, and two fat cats. I like to ride my bike around the city and drink my weight in coffee.

Testimonials to come!

These ladies will still provide other kinds of editing via their own businesses (independent of the IBGW name or association), but they'll now have the unique INDIE Books Gone Wild line editing package available to their clients. Once we get everyone announced, we'll be doing a special giveaway of a bundle of books these ladies have worked on so you can get to know their authors!

Monday, we'll be welcoming two more lovely editors to the team: Karen and Jennifer. Tuesday, we have one more awesome lady: Krystal. Then, on Wednesday, there will be another great giveaway held by Tia for a book she worked on a while back that just went live a few days ago. Be sure you come on back for all the fun!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Re-release and Giveaway - The Crossroads of Time

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Jo here. It's time for another awesome INDIE Books Gone Wild giveaway! If you haven't already, join our mailing list to be notified when we do one of these promotions. We won't spam you, you'll just get the Rafflecopter entry forms right in your e-mail and one message a year that does a recap.

Today, I have for you a book that's been re-released after proofreading was done by yours truly. I'll give you some information about the title and we'll get to the free stuff. There will also be a review of this book on the Jo Michaels blog either tomorrow or Friday, so be sure to check that out as well (after all, you wanna know what you're winning, right?). So, enough yammering. Let's get on to the book information, shall we?

Title: The Crossroads of Time
Author: Rhonda Denise Johnson
Genre: African American Urban and Historical Fiction
Length (print): 292 pages
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle $9.95   ~   Paperback $8.96

Chloe loves to listen to music, but when the music starts listening to her, she begins to wonder. Try as she might, she can’t dismiss the strange things happening in her life as mere coincidence. Could some spirit be trying to send her a message? She tries to live a normal life as a student at California State University, but the more she tries, the more bizarre her life become. From the moment Chloe consults a CandomblĂ© priestess to find out what’s what, the events in her life spin from uncanny to numinous.

As her visions become more corporeal, Chloe gets literally swept out of her twenty-first century Los Angeles world in the stormy vortex of Oya, the African Orisha of the wind. Oya takes Chloe on a journey through time that throws her into the world of Ayodele, her ninteenth century ancestor on a Virginia tobacco plantation.

Both women share dreams of achieving more in life than is expected of them as women and as African Americans. At the Crossroads they must decide which costs more, struggling to fulfill their dreams or letting them die—and which price are they willing to pay?

I recently finished the proofread for book two (this is a series), and I'll have that one up for grabs as soon as it's published.

Time for the Rafflecopter entry form! Good luck, all!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don't forget! We'll be doing some welcome posts in the near future for some new editors. Come back for that.

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Release and Giveaways - Chasing Shadows

Hello, everyone; and happy Hump-Day! Jo here. I'm super excited to share a new release with you all and give you yet another chance to snag a wonderful book worked on by IBGW. I did the edit and the print formatting for this book, and author Tia Silverthorne Bach (another of the EICs here) wrote it. Before we get to the giveaways (IBGW's and the author's rafflecopter AND Goodreads), I'm gonna tell you a little about the book, where you can grab a copy, and show you some of the goodies you won't find anywhere else. Ready? Let's get going!

It’s here! And it’s only 99 cents through Sunday, 5/11/14.

About Chasing Shadows (Tala Prophecy, Book 2)

Reagan thought one night changed her life forever, but her fate was written long ago.

Merging creature and white blood,
One of flame, one of night,
At eighteen years it will commence,
Spiritual warrior and power,
Will bring an end to the lawless ones.

A war looms: One that pits brother against brother for werewolf supremacy. Angels and demons will each have a say before a victor is chosen.

With her eighteenth birthday only six months away, time is running out. Reagan must find a way to harness the two powerful, ancient bloodlines coursing through her: Werewolf and Wiccan. Then, she has to figure out her role in the century-old prophecy foretold by her great-grandmother.

However, if Reagan can’t save her family from her most vicious rival, Rafe, the forces of Hell will be unleashed and the war will be over before it starts.

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Cover Design by Jo Michaels

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And don’t forget Chasing Memories (Tala Prophecy, Book 1)
Until Sunday, 5/11/14, it’s FREE!


There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken. Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

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Three great giveaway opportunities...


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Chasing Shadows by Tia Silverthorne Bach

Chasing Shadows

by Tia Silverthorne Bach

Giveaway ends May 28, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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About the Author

Tia Silverthorne Bach is an avid reader, sometimes runner, involved wife and mother, and rabid grammar hound in addition to being a multi-genre writer. Her three daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She's the award-winning co-author of Depression Cookies, a coming of age story written with her mother. Tia's office is wherever her laptop takes her and any place that's conducive to allowing a wild imagination like hers to flourish.

Connect with Tia

Now, a little peek at the inside, then we'll move on to the IBGW giveaway.

Yeah, we wanted it to match Chasing Memories! *grin*

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Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Release and Giveaway - Tbinkerknese 101

Howdy, y'all! Jo here. Today is the official release day for E. L. Thomas Sr.'s book Tbinkerknese 101 Book One - Poetic Enrichment for Teens. It'll be featured on the sidebar of the blog along with the other books in our IBGW family. As always, we're running a promotion with giveaways for our author! Read on to find out more, where to buy the book, and enter to win one of four great prizes: One Paperback, One Coil Bound, One Kindle copy, or a $25 Amazon gift card!

I did the edit, cover design, and interior design, and the lovely Tia Silverthorne Bach did the proofread. We hope you love this book as much as we do. On to the info, buy links, and Rafflecopter entry form!

Title: Tbinkerknese 101 (Book One) Poetic Enrichment for Teens
Author: E. L. Thomas Sr.
Genre: Young Adult Poetry
Length (print): 106 pages
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle $7.25  ~  Createspace Paperback $14.95  ~  B&N $7.25  ~  Smashwords $7.25  ~  Lulu Coil Bound $14.95

“Okay, teens, let’s go speak some TBINKERKNESE.”

E.L. Thomas Sr. has created the Tbinkerknese language specifically to break down communication barriers with teens. Quips, like the one above, in this inspiring book of poetry will keep you engaged throughout. Inside, there are 101 tidbits of useful, practical advice for teens, parents, and teachers, all communicated in a fun way while retaining a note of seriousness.

If you’re the parent of a teen, or a young person yourself, you’ll love getting lost in the pages of this book. Hopefully, it’ll open up lines of communication thought to be lost and get you thinking about life. With lines to record your thoughts as you read each poem, it beckons to be used as more than just a casual reading device.

Sounds good, eh? It is. Some of them are funny, some make you stop and think, and others leave you shaking your head at the truths Earl dared to put on the page. There are lines after each poem inside for the teens to record their reactions in the printed versions, and note spots on the digital versions. We made it as interactive as we could in order to get young people to engage with the words and really think about them while reading.

You can check out this post for an example of the interior and a bit about the author.

Now, connect with E. L. Thomas Sr. while earning an entry into the Rafflecopter giveaway. Good luck, everyone!

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Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway - Tbinkerknese 101

What's up, everyone? Jo here! Well, we have a new client on the block and he's coming in with guns blazing. Not only is IBGW responsible for this book cover, we also did the editing, proofreading, and print design. Add to that, we gave the author a gorgeous logo, identity package, and website. Though this is out of the realm of what we usually do here, E. L. Thomas Sr. was patient and worked with us to get it all done.

We'll start off by giving you a little bit of information about the author and the book, then move into some pretty pictures and, of course, give you the Rafflecopter entry form. You'll have a chance to win one of these great prizes: A paperback, a coil-bound book, or an e-book!

Let's get going!

E. L. Thomas Sr. is a semi-retired construction worker, father, and grandfather born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia. And a United States NAVY veteran (U.S.S. Yosemite A D 19) who served during the Vietnam era. Earl has for a long time had this passion to write poetry, but only recently found what he considered to be a suitable outlet for some of his poems. His hope is, at the least, some of what he’s written will inspire teenagers to confront and conquer some of the immense challenges they’ll face during and after their teen years.

You can find E. L. Thomas Sr. at the following social media sites: Facebook: Tbinkerknoxx Inc.
Twitter: @Tbinkerknese101

You'll find an odd quote on the front of Tbinkerknese 101. Here's a little about that, and Earl's vision for the book:

“A teen without the Means is like an orange without the juice.”

If you’ve ever seen an orange that’s shriveled and dried up with only the skin and dried pulp remaining, then you’ll be able to equate that piece of nearly useless fruit—which was deprived of the necessary resources to help it reach its full potential—to a teenager who’s been deprived or denied the opportunity to reach their full potential because of lackadaisical parents, disinterested teachers, or both.

The Tbinkerknoxx slogan implies that the teen who gets their juice (the motivating, inspiring, enabling force or factor) from the Means, will be able to substantially enhance both their physical and mental capabilities. These Means will employ high moral standards and encourage academic excellence, while exhausting all available resources in instructing the teens in proper discipline.

We believe the teens who’ve been provided the necessary resources (the Means and the juice), can become productive citizens in an increasingly competitive society.

Once again we want to reiterate and encourage all the adults who have the opportunity to help and can, within the proper channels, to please help our youth. It has been said by many and believed to be true that: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Sounds compelling, eh? *grin* Here's a little about the book:

Title: Tbinkerknese 101 (Book One)
Author: E. L. Thomas Sr.
Genre: Young Adult Poetry
Length (Print): 106 pages
“Okay, teens, let’s go speak some TBINKERKNESE.”

E.L. Thomas has created this language specifically to break down communication barriers with teens. Quips, like the one above, in this inspiring book of poetry will keep you engaged throughout. Inside, there are 101 tidbits of useful, practical advice for teens, parents, and teachers, all communicated in a fun way while retaining a note of seriousness.

If you’re the parent of a teen, or a young person yourself, you’ll love getting lost in the pages of this book. Hopefully, it’ll open up lines of communication thought to be lost and get you thinking about life. With lines to record your thoughts as you read each poem, it beckons to be used as more than just a casual reading device.

Now for the pretty!

Full Wrap:
Aaaaand, here's a peek at the inside (you won't get this anywhere else):
This book will be available on Createspace, Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, and you'll be able to snag a coil-bound version on Lulu (or win one) May 1, 2014!

Now, it's time for the Rafflecopter entry form. Good luck, everyone!

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This giveaway will run through May 12, 2014.

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Keepers of Arden The Brothers Vol. 1 by L. K. Evans Re-release and Giveaway

Hello, happy followers of the blog! Jo here. Today we have for you yet another IBGW family member giveaway! This one is for two e-copies of Keepers of Arden (The Brothers Volume 1) by L. K. Evans. I read this book a while back and wrote a review for it. If you'd like to check out what I had to say, you can find the review on my blog here. Since then, the book has been proofread (by me) and many of the niggling little issues have been rectified. Ms. Evans is also preparing to release Volume 2 of the series later this year; so, you'll all have that to look forward to! Without further ado, I give you the information about the book, followed by the Rafflecopter entry form.

Title: Keepers of Arden (The Brothers Vol. 1)
Author: L. K. Evans
Genre: Fantasy & Sorcery
Length (print): Approx 459 Pages
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle $2.99

"Slowly, year by year, day by day, hour by hour, the evil grew stronger while he grew weaker. It found ways around his shield, and, even as he sat in the sun on a beautiful spring day, he could feel the tiny nibbles the evil bit off from his soul."

This is just the beginning of the Laybryth brothers' journey, to not only rid the lands of Arden of a vile evil, but for one brother to save the other from the darkness that lives within him.

Believe me, it's awesome. I read it and loved it, then the author let me do the proofread on it and I loved it again!

Enter away, readers! Here's your Rafflecopter widget:

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Good luck!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!