Using Amazon to Market Your Books For You – Six Figure Author by Chris Fox

That’s my alternative title to Chris Fox’s Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books: Write Faster, Write Smarter: Premise:  this book is largely about using Amazon’s algorithms because iBooks isn’t doing anything like this (yet).  What I really like about this book is the exercises.  (The featured robot image is from the word cloud […]

A Tribute To The Old School Classics of Alien Invasion Space Marine Sci-Fi

I try to feature indie pub authors here because I feel like I personally had so little exposure to them until recently and now that I have been enjoying indie works, I want to help amplify their reach to readers. However, my “research” into the Alien Invasion/Space Marine subgenre means that I run across the […]

[First Contact: Alien Encounters] Earth Alone by Daniel Arenson

I’ve fallen in love with reading First Contact, Alien Invasion themed science fiction. Originally it started out as “research” since my co-writer and I had been brainstorming a prequel to our Cold War series.  This led to a deep dive into all things alien and I haven’t climbed out since. Even movie nights at my […]

[Alien Invasion: Earth Resistance] Mercury’s Bane by Nick Webb

I’ve wrapped up three sci-fi book reviews on First Contact stories by indie authors.  Now it’s on to a related and equally fun subgenre, the alien invasion/colonization of Earth theme. Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock because this is the first novel I have read of Nick Webb’s and he has really dominated the space […]

DIY Package Templates from Creative Indie Saved My Sanity

It’s not going to be a surprise when I say, I like to write.  But these days, being a writer also means that you need to tackle a host of other areas, such as marketing your books.  I’m learning the ropes of book marketing, but mostly just concentrating on writing. The first challenge I observed […]

Renegade Profiles: Author Amy DuBoff

JV: Amy, tell me who would play you in a movie? Hmmm… I’ll go with Tatiana Maslany. I think she has incredible range and could capture everything from my quiet introversion to my passionate nerdom. JV: Nice! I heard she was in negotiations for a role for Star Wars VII! Dayjobs before you went renegade? […]

[First Contact: Alien Encounters] The Ember War by Richard Fox

This one is one that has been sitting on my Kindle for ages and I finally just gave up and bought the Audible.  So glad I did! The Ember War: Publisher’s Pack, Books 1-2 Setting:Present Day into Near Future Aliens: Starts with an alien drone. Alien Castes/Species: One who intervenes to aid humanity in the coming war […]

Renegade Profiles: Author Eric Michael Craig

JV: Eric, tell me who would play you in a movie? Play me in a movie? Wow that is a tough question. He’d have to be an ugly cuss that’s for sure. 😉 If you mean who would be able to act the story of my life in a movie I might actually lean in […]

[First Contact: Alien Encounters] Freefall by Felix R. Savage

Today’s book review is actually of two books because the alien encounter does not really occur until the second book in the series.  (This is not a spoiler, it’s alluded to in the book’s blurb.) Freefall: A First Contact Technothriller (Earth’s Last Gambit Book 1) and Lifeboat: A First Contact Technothriller (Earth’s Last Gambit Book 2) by […]

[First Contact: Alien Encounters] Columbus Day by Craig Alanson

I have been obsessed with First Contact stories lately.  I just purchased the Alien quadrilogy (yes, there were apparently 4) on Blu-Ray** just so I could watch it over ski week.   Sadly, it’s now also a fitting way to remember Bill Paxton from Aliens (and more recently from his work on Season 1 of Agents […]