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The Truth About Elves, by Ekta R. Garg

2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner

As a bartender in Las Vegas, Curtis seems to have the dream life. He’s single, lives close to the Strip, and only has to worry about when to pick up the next extra shift. No one knows the truth about what happened ten years ago, and no one knows how he spends three months every year: as a part-time elf for Santa Claus.

When Curtis went to the Arctic Circle the first time, he thought he could escape the unthinkable. Now, the anniversary of the worst day of his life is coming up, and he’s been asked to do the unbelievable. If Curtis wasn’t a man of his word, he would turn his back on the whole thing. But Mr. C. took Curtis in when he had nowhere else to go, and now the boss is calling in a favor—the kind that will make Curtis face the memory of the unimaginable.

If you’ve ever wondered whether holiday magic is real, come find out. Embrace the season and the power of forgiveness along with Curtis as he discovers The Truth About Elves.

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The Naked Truth, by Harry Trotter

This butt-naked memoir tells the story of a young man who ‘trottered’ across the globe – from Belgium to Australia, Vanuatu to Canada, Thailand to Nepal – to escape his toxic upper-class family and discover the freedom he needed to find his true sexual, spiritual, and emotional identity.

It is the story of how one man learned to create the fertile soil of his growth from the paralysing fear that can turn generation after generation of families into emotional wastelands. Written with humour and a healthy dose of self-awareness, the book is filled with astonishing anecdotes and encounters ranging from horrific to hilarious and from devastating to uplifting and enriching.

It is a must-read for anyone who feels lonely miscomprehended and trapped by the expectations of family, friends and society, as well as for those seeking their own path through life or struggling with their sexuality. It is a manifest against the stigmatisation of gay people which is still taking place today. Sexuality does not define everyone.

A practical book, it also provides tools and tips on how to hear the voice of your true self and break free of the prisons we find ourselves in. This book is also a must read for people who believe being ‘on the road’ is their one and only home.

Harry Trotter’s The Naked Truth is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a reminder that it’s never too late to begin the healing that allows us to discover and live our truth. It reminds us to just be ourselves – without putting a label on it.

Harry Trotter is a mentor and an award-winning professional speaker who is better known as the Sexuality Cycle Breaker. His mission is to support as many people to break their cycles in terms of identity, sexuality, pressure and confidence so that they can live their truth.

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The Heart of the Story: An Interview with Ekta Garg, author of In the Heart of the Linden Wood

Working in niche publishing in 2005, Ekta has written and edited about everything from healthcare to home improvement to Hindi films. A writing contest judge for the Florida Writers Association and the Saturday Writers chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, Ekta conducts writing workshops and also hosts Biblio Breakdown, where she examines books and offers writing exercises. She blogs original fiction, book reviews, and all things writing and editing at The Write Edge (http://thewriteedge.wordpress.com). Her holiday novella, The Truth About Elves, and her fairy tale for grownups, In the Heart of the Linden Wood, are both available now from Atmosphere Press.

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“Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for What You Want”

Writers spend so much time waiting on others—for outlets to accept or reject our work; for editors to send notes; for readers to post reviews—that sometimes we’re reluctant to ask for what we want. Independent authors need to be proactive. Always keep in mind how you can turn a potential interaction into an opportunity for outreach about your work.

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The Healing Power of Words: An Interview with Cate McNider, author of Escape Velocity

Cate McNider is a multi-disciplinary artist, and a psychophysical practitioner and movement educator registered as The Listening Body®. Since arriving in NYC in 1985, she has expressed her healing journey through poetry, multi-media movement performances and painting. She has performed her multi-media works in downtown venues and Brooklyn, and exhibited her paintings in solo shows in the East Village and NOHO. Poems from her first collection, Separation and Return, have been in several journals, in print and online. Escape Velocity is the follow-up on the success of her healing practices. Cate still lives in New York.

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Author Branding Services: Crafting Your Literary Identity

As a writer, the journey from the inception of an idea to the tangible reality of a published book is nothing short of magical. Yet, in the crowded landscape of the literary world, how do you ensure your book stands out, not just as a story, but as a brand? This is where author branding services come into play, acting as the unsung heroes that elevate your work from the shelves to the hearts of readers.

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And Always One More Time, by Margaret Mandell

“A moving, insightful, and beautifully crafted story of losing one great love and finding another.”
— Kirkus Reviews

Every year, more than a million women find themselves grappling with the devastating loss of a life partner—a loss that shatters their present and leaves their future in doubt. At 65, Margaret Mandell faces this heart-wrenching reality when she loses her husband of 45 years to a fast-moving disease. The bed is now half-empty, her body betrays her, and laughter seems elusive.

In the depths of longing and haunted by memories, Mandell embarks on a journey of healing through the written word. She begins to write letters to the man she loved in a poignant process of retracing their shared history. But when a tender-hearted college professor steps quietly into her life and listens attentively as Mandell reads her accumulating stack of letters out loud, her world is transformed in profound and unexpected ways.

And Always One More Time is a story that delves deep into the human experience, reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed in its wisdom and Joyce Carol Oates’s A Widow’s Story in its suspense. It offers universal truths about love, loss, and resilience, much like Steve Leder’s The Beauty of What Remains. With potent and swift-moving words, this book can be devoured in a single sitting. It is a beacon of hope for those navigating the aftermath of the greatest loss.

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An Interview with Scott McGowan, author of County Lines

Scott lives and writes in a small village an hour north of Inverness, where he is encouraged daily by his wife Rachel. He has self-published six novels, two collections (both containing both poems and short stories), a malt whisky companion, and a book on cocktails. He is currently writing three more novels (all in separate genres), alongside a book on literary criticism and an Ancient Greek Theogony in the creative form. He is also completing the final semester of his honour’s degree in Creative Writing; works full-time; and sleeps less than the average giraffe. He plans to work on his Masters in Comparative Literature come the fall.

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An Interview with Katie Carroll, author of Only Dark Edges

Award-winning author Katie L. Carroll began writing after her sixteen-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places—both real and imagined. She wrote her YA fantasy Elixir Bound, winner of the 2019 Connecticut Author Project for Best YA, and its sequel Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book.

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Just Some Good Thoughts, by Tony Washington

All people at one time or another in their lives find themselves suffering in some capacity. Their mental suffering and pain are usually the result of errors in thinking or wrong beliefs inculcated into their minds by deceptive error taught and practiced as truth.

Just Some Good Thoughts by Tony Washington invites us to reconsider our perceptions of life and to get in touch with a new and a fresh way to think. We learn to challenge long held dogmas and religion, and to replace them with the true realities of life as God intended for His creation to enjoy.

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I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You, by Ariana Moulton

“If you could ride higher into yourself, you’d see we’re just a string of pearls along this saltless sea.”

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You is an engaging and thought-provoking collection of poems by Ariana Moulton. With a keen focus on vivid landscapes and intertwining themes of nature, gun violence, teaching, and motherhood, the author masterfully creates a strong sense of place for readers to immerse themselves in. Through her heartfelt verses, Moulton delves into profound questions that resonate with both the emotions and intellect of her audience, while skillfully painting vivid images that evoke a sense of truth.

The central aim of this collection is to offer readers a glimpse into the author’s personal experiences and surroundings, all while raising a vital question that holds significance for everyone: “What’s at stake?”

The title serves as an invitation, drawing readers closer to explorations of post-Covid life, loss, inspiration, and the rich history emanating from the streets and lakefront of Chicago. I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You fearlessly embraces a range of compelling themes, including gun violence, homelessness, the struggles of dawn, and the timeless battles faced with aging. Through dreamlike imagery and narrative glimpses into Chicago’s history, Moulton allows space for the unimaginable and grants readers the freedom to embark on their own interpretive journeys.

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The Fall, by Albert Jaskula

Regrets are like birthdays—they keep coming, each one a new scar slowing you down and dragging you closer to your grave.

Ariel Fall, a seasoned private investigator, knew this well. After the devastating loss of his wife and young daughter, Ariel attempts to forge ahead, leaving behind the painful memories that threatened to ensnare him. But his quest for redemption proved more elusive than anticipated, and his entanglement in a series of harrowing investigations were proving rather useless, only serving to expose the darkest corners of humanity’s nature and the enigmatic depths of the human mind.

Haunted by the relentless pursuit of truth, Ariel embarks on a treacherous journey, encountering a seductive femme fatale and an enigmatic “guardian angel” along the way. As he delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Lavender Killer, the League of Damned, and the notorious Dirty Joe, he discovers the pervasive corruption lurking within the very heart of the London police force.

In a world where rules and morality blur, Ariel is forced to confront his own limitations and question the validity of conventional approaches. Struggling with the weight of his decisions, each one seeming to lead to his downfall, he realizes that true impact requires bending and even breaking the rules. With the specter of failure looming, Ariel must navigate treacherous waters where every choice feels like a waking nightmare.

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An Interview with Sarah Westbrook, Author of Trauma Bonded

Sarah Westbrook is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the founder of Westbrook Counseling Services and Daisy Girl Communications. As a trauma survivor, she shares her story of growing up with personality-disordered parents and working through c-PTSD with the hope of helping others develop the courage to speak their truth and have their voices heard. In her spare time, she loves creating content with her husband and co-host Mason, entertaining her children, and hiding in her closet so she doesn’t have to share her chocolate or caramel popcorn with anyone else.

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An Interview with Author Steven Kladstrup

In addition to having been a teacher’s husband, Steven Earl Kladstrup is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Syracuse University, with Honors degrees in both Geography and Anthropology. He also holds a Master’s degree with Honors in International Management from Thunderbird (the former American Graduate School of International Management). After making a career out of writing and editing myriad proposals, contracts, marcom, and software documentation for other people, he has happily returned to his first love, the writing of fiction, with Jane Raggedfir Was a Dike, his debut novel.

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