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Eighteen years after two caring strangers decide to take her in, Anne must face the harsh reality that everything in her life has been a complete and utter fabrication. With the help of her friend and Protector, she sets out on a journey back home, to planet she never even knew existed. Will she be able to defeat the terrifying evil that awaits her and uncover the truth about what’s really happening there before it’s too late?     JULIE RAINEY


dragon fate cover JD Hallowell

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Smithcraft Press (December 20, 2012)
Word Count: 130K (approx.)

Book Description / Blurbs:

Dragon Fate, the debut novel by J.D. Hallowell, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear.

Praise For Dragon Fate:

“Excellent…really well-written and compelling.”
~ Geoffrey Kabaservice, author of “Rule and Ruin”

“If you are a fan of Fantasy and dragon-lore, it would be hard to go wrong with Dragon Fate….Action, adventure, and, of course, dragons. You will not be sorry for downloading this.”
~ Adam Byrn Tritt, author of “Ezekiel’s Wheel”

Author Bio:

J.D. Hallowell is a 50-ish father and husband who is fortunate enough to have lived an interesting and active life. He’s had one fantasy novel, Dragon Fate, published, with the sequel, Dragon Blade, due out in 2012. He doesn’t get around much now (he’s been shot, stabbed, blown up, bludgeoned, poisoned, and even had  harsh language directed toward him), but he writes whenever he can. His work experiences include such diverse occupations as automotive mechanic, cowboy, photographer, psychiatric tech, paralegal assistant, massage therapist, bouncer, and medical billing clerk. He studied martial arts for over 30 years. He’s been a soldier and an emergency medical technician, and he served as the chief of a volunteer ambulance squad. He was a diamond courier for a while, and later owned a working kennel where he trained dogs for law enforcement as well as personal protection, and most recently, he’s trained one service dog, for himself. He has wide-ranging interests and hobbies, including, but not limited to, history, archery, paleontology, cooking, RPGs (the games, not the weapons) and making jewelry. He lives on the Space Coast of Florida with his wife, his son, and his Great Dane service dog.

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Book Reviews

Calling Fantasy Authors

I’d like to invite Indie Fantasy authors to post their cover and review on my blog.  All images should be jpeg, sent as an attachment to In the Subject line please put book review for Aron Joice’s blog. If you do not have a review yet, and would like to show your book with a blurb, state that in the body of the email.

At the end of the month you will go to archives. In exchange for this visibility, I ask that you mention my site on your blog or page. This is a condition for posting.

This is to help the Indie movement. If you would like to do a guest post, please submit a copy to the above email as an attachment. Leave a valid email address to reach you.

If you are a reviewer and would like to review my current listing  THE RISING-THE LOST CHILDREN  of MANAGRAIL  that would be appreciated.

Please note that I am not reviewing only offering a post to share your work.

Hopefully we all can help one another. If this is successful I will extend to other genres in the Indie market.

PW Daily Self-Published Titles (good news)

BEA 2012: Self-Published Titles Topped 211,000 in 2011

A nearly week-long period filled with BookExpo America events kicked off Sunday at the Javits Center as the uPublishU self-publishing seminar drew nearly 300 people attracted by panels and exhibitors offering the latest developments in the self-publishing field. Those who attended the “The How, What, Where, and When of Print and EBooks” session heard Bowker v-p for publishing services Kelly Gallagher proclaim 2012 to be part of the “golden age of self-publishing,” and provided statistics to back it up; according to Bowker’s newest figures of books produced, last year there were 211,269 self-published titles (based on ISBNs) released, up from 133,036 in 2010.
Among the other insights Gallagher shared on the self-publishing market: the most popular genre in terms of units is fiction (45%), but that nonfiction leads in sales (38%). The average price for a self-published fiction book is $6.94, while nonfiction titles command $19.32. And while e-books accounted for 41% of self-published units, they only accounted for 11% of sales; the reason? The average self-published e-book sold for $3.18, while trade paperbacks had an average price of $12.68 and hardcovers averaged $14.40.
According to Bowker, Amazon’s CreateSpace was the largest player in the self-publishing space last year, publishing 57,602 titles; AuthorSolutions’ various imprints did 41,605 books, and Lulu 30,019

Gallagher also said that Bowker is developing a self-publishing White Paper, and is creating a self-publishing bestsellers list