HERETICS Wins Silver in the 2022 Global Book Awards!

Congratulations to our client V.S. Holmes for winning silver in the Hard Science Fiction category of the 2022 Global Book Awards!

Heretics also has a 5-star review from Publishers Weekly. If you haven’t read this book yet, grab it!

Without Earth, Nel has nowhere left to run

Hot-tempered Dr. Nel Bently is not cut out to save the world. After her last project ended in fire and death, Nel must put aside distrust of just about everyone and embark on a lo-fi search for a deadly radio transmission. Except Earth’s survivors are torn between the austere superpower of IDH and the high-tech, grassroots Los Pobledores.

More allies go missing at every turn, and Nel questions where her true loyalties lie–and on which side Lin will fall when a line is finally drawn. They need experts. They need firepower. But it looks like the only thing standing between Earth and devastation is Nel: archaeologist, asshole, and functioning alcoholic with anger issues.

ALIEN meets LARA CROFT in this queer, snarky science fiction adventure about where we came from, and where we’re going from International Bestselling author V. S. Holmes.

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Book Launch: Can a Small Town Lake House Save a Writer and an Artist?

Two artists. Two careers on the brink of disaster.

Crippled by writer’s block, New York Times best-selling author Kristen Winters fears her The Lake House at Hope's Ridge by Silver McKenziecareer is slipping away. Her publisher’s on her back, her motivation is at an all-time low, and to bring her down even further, her beloved San Francisco apartment has been declared unsafe for habitation.

When an opportunity to relocate brings Kristen to Hope’s Ridge, she hopes the gorgeous views and welcoming townsfolk will inspire her writing. What she hasn’t anticipated is making an enemy in the form of Hope’s Ridge’s resident artist, Ryan Williamson.

For the past four months, Ryan has been floating on cloud nine. His artwork is being featured as part of an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and he’s been offered an opportunity of a lifetime on the international stage. However, his charmed existence comes crashing down when a medical emergency sees all he has worked for come under threat.

Will Kristen and Ryan recognise how alike their circumstances are and unite to support each other, or will their rivalry become so intense that one of them will need to leave town?

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Book Launch: Can Hunting Child Killers Lead Danielle to Becoming A Target?

There’s a thin line between devotion and obsession, and crossing it is deadly.

Danielle Madison has spent the eight years since her ninth birthday channeling the devastation of her best friend’s murder into catching pedophiles online. Being the one to have found Kira’s body, she can’t forget the brutality of the crime. Worse, she’s sure Kira wasn’t the murderer’s first victim. Since he was never caught, she’s also sure Kira wasn’t his last, and she’s dead set on figuring out his identity.

Months away from her eighteenth birthday, the course of Danielle’s life is altered onceDawn of Devotion by Lee Dawna again when her father forces her to move across the country to live with her estranged mother—a wealth-obsessed narcissist with nothing but complaints when it comes to her daughter. Complaints that send Danielle’s self-esteem spiraling, and put her at odds with Michael Beller, the one person she’s finally found a connection with. But Michael has no idea how far Danielle has taken her obsession with catching child killers, or that she’s caught the attention of the very one she’s been looking for all along.

As the ninth anniversary of Kira’s death approaches, Danielle is unraveling. Michael wants every drop of her attention, but so does Kira’s murderer—and he gets it every time he baits her.

While she keeps secrets to protect those she cares about, one thing is certain: she’s putting everyone at risk, most of all herself.

Read the whole Beller Ties series!

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Book Launch: Special Secret Treasure or a New Lovecraftian Horror?

Megan’s mother has no patience for her. Megan’s privileged pseudo-friend, Sophie, bullies The Wish Maker by Jessa Foresther at every opportunity. And Megan’s teachers are sure she’ll only be good enough for the worst jobs available.

Midnight-blue eyes grant wishes.

But her special secret treasure is the one thing they can’t take from her. And it holds an incredibly powerful and frightening thing inside, something Megan can never mention to anyone. The thing with midnight-blue eyes and uncountable jagged teeth wants Megan to wish for something, anything, and it wants her to wish more and more. But at what cost?

Every wish has a price.

The Wish Maker is a cosmic horror short story exposing the disturbing similarities between real-life evils and a larger-than-life Lovecraftian monster.

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Draft2Digital to Acquire Smashwords, Creating Self-Publishing Juggernaut

Combined Company will Publish and Distribute 800,000+ Titles from 250,000 Authors and Publishers

February 8, 2022 — OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. and PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — Draft2Digital, LLC and Smashwords, Inc., two pioneers in ebook self-publishing, today announced that Draft2Digital will acquire Smashwords. The acquisition unites the industry’s two most innovative and author-friendly publishing platforms into one, enabling the new Draft2Digital to drive even greater success for authors, publishers, and sales partners.

–To see authors’ concerns about this acquisition and Draft2Digital’s responses to author concerns, scroll down on Draft2Digital’s announcement here.–

Smashwords Draft2Digital Merger Concerns

Authors are concerned that books that Draft2Digital rejected but Smashwords accepted will now be continually rejected with no alternative aggregator route.

Draft2Digital and Smashwords are key catalysts behind the dramatic rise of self-publishing over the last fourteen years. Their publishing platforms enable 250,000 authors and publishers around the world to publish, distribute, market, and manage over 800,000 ebooks and 11,000 print on demand paperback books.

The combined company will operate under the Draft2Digital name and will be headquartered in Oklahoma City. All Smashwords and Draft2Digital employees are expected to join the combination.

Kris Austin, co-founder and CEO of Draft2Digital, will lead the combined company as CEO. Mark Coker, founder and former CEO of Smashwords, will join the Draft2Digital management team as Chief Strategy Officer and board member.

Both companies are entering the acquisition profitable and debt-free.

“I’m pleased to welcome Smashwords authors, publishers, employees and partners to the D2D family,” said Kris Austin. “Early in our discussions with Smashwords, we each immediately realized we can accomplish so much more for the indie author community by working together than working as competitors. The resources we once expended creating duplicative systems can now be redeployed to ramp up our R&D investments in next generation tools to empower authors and publishers.”

“I’m thrilled to join forces with Draft2Digital,” said Mark Coker. “Over the last decade, I’ve come to deeply admire Draft2Digital’s team, technology, and commitment to authors. Our shared business model is a key to our two companies’ success. We put authors first. By design, we only make money when our authors make money. This aligns our interests with the interests of our authors. Together we will lead the next chapter of the indie author revolution.”

The combination is expected to yield significant benefits for authors, publishers, retail and library partners, and readers.

  • Draft2Digital authors will gain access to the Smashwords Store and its myriad exclusive book marketing tools, including Smashwords Coupons, self-serve merchandising, Author Interviews, and the patent pending Smashwords Presales tool for book launches. Sales at the Smashwords Store have grown consecutively each of the last five years, with December 2021 sales up 20% over December 2020. Draft2Digital’s erotica authors can look forward to expanded distribution enabled by Smashwords’ proprietary erotica certification system, which allows retailers to carry erotic romance and mainstream erotica with greater confidence.
  • Smashwords authors will gain access to new tools that simplify print and digital publishing and drive greater success. Among these tools are D2D Print, the company’s Print on Demand service for paperbacks (currently in beta, which authors can join at https://draft2digital.com/printbeta/); improved metadata management tools for better book discoverability at retailers; automated end-matter for series books; payment splitting for co-authors and collaborations; and more payment options, including direct bank deposits.
  • Retailers and libraries served by the companies can expect greater title selection and unmatched merchandising recommendations. The new, merged company will offer retailers, subscription services, and libraries unprecedented data-driven insights into the world’s largest dedicated catalog of independently published books. This represents a unique and first-of-its-kind offering that Draft2Digital believes will improve the publishing industry.
  • Customers of the Smashwords Store can look forward to an improved store experience and an increased selection of books from the many great authors and publishers distributed by Draft2Digital.

“This acquisition is great news for indie authors,” said Joanna Penn, host of the Creative Penn podcast and bestselling author who has followed each company since its founding. “Two of the industry’s strongest advocates for indie authors are combining their unique toolsets, technologies, and energy to do more for the indie community. There are exciting years ahead!”

What’s Coming Next

The acquisition is expected to close on March 1, 2022.

To minimize workflow disruption for authors, publishers, and sales partners, the two platforms will combine their systems in gradual and incremental steps.

Authors and publishers of both companies can continue utilizing their current platform of choice with the understanding that over time the authors and publishers of both companies will gain access to a common dashboard, common distribution outlets (including distribution to the Smashwords Store for current D2D authors), and an expanded suite of new and improved tools for book publishing, distribution, and marketing.

Draft2Digital will broadcast a live Q&A session for authors and publishers on Wednesday, February 9th, at Noon Central, with Kris Austin and Mark Coker, moderated by Kevin Tumlinson, Draft2Digital’s VP of Marketing & PR. Kris and Mark will share additional insight about their plans to support the indie publishing community and welcome questions from the audience.

Visit https://D2DLive.com for links and launch time, and to attend live on either Facebook or YouTube. Live questions about the acquisition are encouraged. The live broadcast will be recorded for future inclusion in the Draft2Digital podcast, Self Publishing Insiders, and will be available as a blog post at https://draft2digital.com/blog.

Additional FAQs about the acquisition can be found at:

About Draft2Digital

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Draft2Digital is the world’s leading publishing platform for self-published authors and independent presses. The company offers a broad suite of free and powerful automated and self-serve tools that authors and publishers can use to build and grow their publishing businesses. This includes tools to simplify ebook and print publishing, distribution, metadata management, and marketing. Following its acquisition of Smashwords, Draft2Digital will serve more than 250,000 authors and publishers that collectively publish over 800,000 books worldwide. Visit Draft2Digital at https://draft2digital.com or follow on Twitter @Draft2Digital.

About Smashwords, Inc.

Founded in 2008 by Mark Coker, Smashwords was an early pioneer in ebook self-publishing. The company’s platform made it possible for writers to professionally produce, publish, and distribute ebooks at no cost. As a distributor, Smashwords was the first to open multiple major retailers and library ebook services to self-published authors, and worked in partnership with sales partners and payment processors to establish systems, standards, and professional best practices to foster a thriving ecosystem of indie-friendly booksellers and libraries. As of December 31, 2021, Smashwords was publishing 590,000 ebooks supplied by 150,000 authors, publishers and literary agents. The company was originally headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif, and most recently based in Pacific Grove, Calif. Visit Smashwords at https://smashwords.com, or follow the store at @Smashwords.

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Book Launch: Snatched from the Foster System, Alone in a Magical Kingdom

Coraline Fray’s escape from foster care is about to turn into a fight for her life.

After Cora’s utter clumsiness lands her in a strange world, she’s immediately hauled off to Faerie Magic by Anna Applegatejail by a Fae guard. Now the freedom that had been so close is a distant memory…because humans who learn of Faerie can never go back.

Imprisoned as an energy source for the Unseelie Kingdom, Cora now serves the heir to the throne: Noah Driscoll. And although Prince Noah disagrees with the practice of imprisoning humans for energy-feeding purposes, that’s a secret the future Unseelie King needs kept quiet.

Which means even if he’s against it, he needs Cora to pretend he’s feeding, and she needs to keep up the ruse, too. Because if Noah isn’t feeding on her, she’ll be assigned to another Fae who will.

And yet, somehow she’s found herself loyal to these monsters the minute they’re threatened, and starting to fall for the Prince of the Unseelie himself…two mistakes that are about to cost her what little she has left.

Fans of Bella Forrest and Stephenie Meyer won’t be able to put down this new-adult, paranormal romance!

One-click now to escape to Faerie on this new, magical adventure!

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Book Launch: Active Shooter Training

Bad things happen, but you can be prepared when they do.

In the event of an active shooter, the first 10 minutes can decide whether you will live or 10 Minutes to Live by Michael Juliandie.

Security expert and professional speaker, Michael Julian, CPI, PPS, CPS shows how to stay A.L.I.V.E. in the event of an active shooter at your workplace, public event, house of worship, school, or other location.

Read about how the A.L.I.V.E. protocol can potentially save your life:

  • Assess
  • Leave
  • Impede
  • Violence
  • Expose

In 10 Minutes to Live, you will learn how you can use A.L.I.V.E. to help calm your mind and make a plan.

It involves learning how to access a situation as soon as the active shooter appears, as well as understanding the best ways to respond given your surroundings to increase your probability of survival, and what to do once the situation has ended.

Following this book and the A.L.I.V.E protocol can help you act more efficiently in a chaotic situation.

This book could literally save your life.

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Book Launch: Cozy Mystery

Olivia Greer is counting the days until her date with Michael Bellemare, when her sister, Deadly Admission by Bonnie HardySage, calls in a panic. As the principal of Lily Rock Music Academy, she meticulously planned the parent orientation weekend.

Then, an academic tutor is found dead.

While Officer Janis Jets investigates the case, Olivia is called in to coach the weekend headliners, the Tone Rangers and go undercover for the constabulary. With Michael, and her lovable labradoodle by her side, Olivia discovers clues that leave her questioning everyone from the faculty to the local law enforcement.

As accusations fly and rumors circle, can the trio expose the truth before the curtain rises? Or will someone see to it that the Tone Rangers final bow will be their last?

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Book Launch: Political Nonfiction

What makes a good book?

For many people it’s a story of self-discovery where the protagonist overcomes obstacles inInspired by What's Right by Kelli Ward the face of great odds and turns misfortune into assets. And if it is true, it’s all the more captivating.

It is one thing to be inspired, it’s a whole other level to be inspired and then act.

This is your opportunity to learn the back story of a little girl who left the hills of West Virginia to become Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona.

In Inspired by What’s Right, you will get the first-hand account of how Dr. Kelli Ward was inspired and then acted to take on the challenges that she felt stood in her way. You will have a front row seat to see how Kelli:

  • Navigated the challenges of medical school
  • Balanced marriage, motherhood, and a career in medicine
  • With no prior experience, ran for the Arizona State Senate and won
  • Took on the Republican establishment and instilled fear into John McCain
  • Caused a sitting U.S. Senator not to seek re-election
  • Became the second woman to chair the Republican Party of Arizona

Read Kelli’s debut nonfiction book

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Book Launch: Christian Urban Fantasy

What could be worse than death?

If you had until the next full moon to correct the mistakes of your life, could you do it?

Arnold Gantt is an affluent, well-dressed IT manager who has lived a self-centered lifeBetween Paradise and the Pit by E.W. Norwood valuing all the wrong things. On the dreaded day of May 20, Arnold dies and plummets into the Pit, the horrific realm of torment and flames.

When Danny, his angelic caseworker, saves Arnold from the Pit, he unknowingly travels back in time thirty days before his death. With only one month before his looming death date, he must spend every day attempting the nearly impossible task of redemption or else suffer for eternity in constant torture and agony.

Infuriated by Arnold’s escape, the diabolical caretaker of the Pit dispatches a team of adversaries to destroy Arnold’s chances of success. Will they succeed?

Make things right before time runs out.

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