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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Guest Post by Mike Hartner


The Facebook Author’s Circle by Mike Hartner

I am, in all honesty, one of THE luckiest authors on Facebook. I have my own page: Mike Hartner, Author. And attached to it, are several authors whom I absolutely enjoy.

Rachel ThompsonIf you don’t enjoy her work, you don’t know her. From Mancode: Exposed, to A Walk in The Snark, her sense of humor is legendary, and both of those novels are bestsellers. And then, we get to the really gutsy, and heartfelt side of Rachel: Broken Pieces. This award winning bestseller, in several categories, is there to bring attention to childhood sexual abuse. And with her free form prose it does just that.

Charity Langley. Charity started a series called The Abattoir. Her first book, Wicked Intentions, is a wickedly funny, and dark look into vampires and all things paranormal. Her choice of writing the first story around a quick-witted, strong, sassy, female lead is just perfect for the world that she builds. 

Jesikah Sundin. In my view her work is scifi-steampunk-medieval. It’s definitely intriguing, and The Biodome Chronicles crosses many boundaries. The first book, Legacy came out last year, and it is an awesome read.

Selah Tay-Song. She is another indie author. Her book is Middle Earth sci-fi, world building, and romance all in one. The series, The Dreams of QaiMaj, promises to be fantastic. The first book, Dreams of a Vast Blue Cavern, is delicate and intricate, and yet grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s not a book to be read casually. And I’ve seen the second book, and I can honestly say, “Wow!”

Sandra Love. Sandra Love writes the Broken series. Her third book in the series is to be released in December. And if the first two books are any indication, it will be fantastic.

Tom & Nancy Wise. Their book The Borealis Genome won awards in September at the Chanticleer Awards Conference in Bellingham. From what they’ve said, this book was a family project. Now, THAT is special. And award winning. And one of the greatest husband-wife teams I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.

Janet Shawgo. Janet is a Texas ER nurse, who writes historical fiction by day. Her tales are Civil War-era romance and espionage, and are award winning.  Her latest novel is Find Me Again.

Shannon Dearing. A series entitled The Lia Fail Chronicles is Shannon’s latest contribution to the literary world. Book one is The Gathering. In a post-apocalyptic world, somewhat resembling that in your local MMORG universe, Shannon takes pains to make every little thing real and suspenseful. Her latest is a book of short stories surrounding The Gathering, entitled From the Gathering to the Bridging: A Lia Fall Short Story Collection.

With authors like this, and more like Roni O’Connell, T.M. Franklin, Nina Foxx, Blakely Bennett, and others, I have to say that I am very much blessed. A variety of genres, an endless stream of good humor and friendship, and the chance to experience the regular ups and downs of the literary world? How could anyone give that up?

About Mike Hartner:
Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

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About I, Walter:
In a country and a time where favor and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself? Especially given his family background?

Walter Crofter was born in Elizabethan England, the youngest son of a poor family. After watching his father's fall and the suffering it caused Walter learns from a young age that favor is fleeting. Young Walter leaves home to find his own way and is swept away on one of the ships in service to the crown.

The seas are full of dangers, from unforeseen storms to brutal pirates. During one of Walter's many sea voyages he encounters a girl who will change his fortune. But in order to survive in a world where favor can bring a man a lifetime of good fortune or destroy him in the blink of an eye, Walter must stay true to himself and his values.

Walter faces the question we all face, are we what we are born into or can we become more? I, Walter is a tale of love, courage, and adventure.

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About I, James (Book #2):
I, James is the second in a series of books in a saga which will span continents and time to arrive in present day North America. Each in the series will be connected, though that connection may not be obvious for several more books. It’s almost like looking at a menorah (sic). Many lines, seemingly individual, connect to center at different points.

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?

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