Tick Tock: Time for Another Anthology from Top Writing Site
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Produces Third Winner
May 1, 2018 Named a Writer’s Digest Top 101 Site for Writers, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group hosts an annual anthology contest open to its ten thousand plus followers. The 2017 contest’s theme focused on time in the genre of mystery/crime/thriller. Site administrators poured over the entries and a panel of agents and authors selected the finalists. The top story by author Gwen Gardner received the honor of the book’s subtitle and the result is Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.
The variety of stories gives readers plenty to choose from, and they are introduced to eleven new and established authors from around the globe. And despite the miles between them, the authors coordinated marketing efforts, set up a website/blog (https://ticktockmysteries.blogspot.co.nz/) and Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/TickTockMystery/). They also set up a massive blog tour and have many real world events and book signings set up.
“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.” - Readers Favorite, 5 stars
The clock is ticking...
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is available May 1, 2018 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Freedom Fox Press/Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Mystery & Detective / Crime / Thriller, Trade paperback $14.95 ISBN 9781939844545, eBook $4.99 ISBN 9781939844552 www.DancingLemurPress.com
Dystopian Thriller Explores Possibility of Second US Civil War
April 3, 2018 What if political strife and unrest thrust the United States into another Civil War? This prospect is explored in Jay Chalk’s book, Revolution 2050. The division between freedom fighters and a totalitarian regime sets the stage for a thrilling battle for power and truth. Would we fight for liberty and free will? Could one man on the wrong side tip the balance of power?
“In this day and age, we once again need reminders that each generation must fight for its own freedoms or it will lose them.” - Gordon A. Long, author
"Thoughtful and provoking, Jay Chalks's debut is a chilling adult vision of a modern post-civil war America. Dystopia fans looking for something close to home will love this." David Powers King - Author of The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer
“Revolution 2050 has a valuable message behind it. Chalk does an excellent job of making me care about what happens to these characters...” Sierra Decker, Andromeda Spaceways
Samuel Moore is living a dystopian lie…
After a civil war, the North American Commonwealth now dominates the eastern half of the former United States. Controlled by a totalitarian regime called the Directorate, the NAC demands compliance, awareness, and unity. A Directorate member and teacher, Sam enjoys the benefits while skirting the forbidden.
Then Sam encounters Katie Spencer. She sneaks him a short wave radio and he hears the Western Alliance broadcasts. Katie also reveals a video she captured of NAC death camps. Sam realizes he’s involved in a nightmare that could shake every foundation.
With the video broadcast date approaching and several students desperate to escape to the Western Alliance, Sam is forced to decide. Remain loyal to the Directorate? Or abandon all he’s ever known to fight for freedom?
Jay Chalk is a twenty-year veteran high school teacher of government, U.S. history and English. He's the author of several novels, two of which are speculative fiction, and he's currently working on a third, hoping to tie them into a possible trilogy. He lives in East Texas and when not teaching or writing, he's flying or playing the guitar.
Revolution 2050 is available April 3, 2018 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Science Fiction/Dystopian, Trade paperback $19.95 ISBN 9781939844439, eBook $4.99 ISBN 9781939844446
Author Revisits 1969 With Corners
March 5, 2017 Canadian author Corrina Austin explores friendship and the challenges of youth in this heartwarming story. Issues unique to children such as the stigma of a single parent and loneliness are explored in a meaningful tale that spans generations. The story seamlessly transitions back and forth between ten-year-old Davy and an adult David sharing the summer of 1969 with his own son. Suited for middle graders and adults alike, this relatable coming-of-age tale will capture reader’s hearts and send them on a quest to create their own special corner.
“Austin’s message of true friendship and selflessness will resonate...strong addition to the realistic fiction genre.” - Library Journal
“This book was so engaging! Five out five stars.” - TDC Book Reviews
“This is a story about love and loss, wrapped in a blanket of friendship... reminds me of the storytelling method used in The Princess Bride.” - Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Everyone needs their own special corner...
It’s 1969 and ten-year-old Davy is in a predicament. With two weeks remaining of the summer holidays, he’s expelled from the public pool for sneaking into the deep end and almost drowning. How will he break the news to his hard-working single mother? She’s at the diner all day, Davy has no friends, and he’s too young to stay by himself.
The answer lies in his rescuer, mysterious thirteen-year-old Ellis Wynn. Visiting her Grammy for the summer, Ellis offers to babysit Davy. She teaches him about “corners”–forgotten or neglected areas fixed up special. Together, the kids tackle several “corners” and Davy learns what it means to bring joy to others.
Davy begins to wonder, though. Why does Ellis want to be his friend? Why doesn’t she ever smile? And is Davy just one of Ellis’ “corners?”
Corrina Austin grew up in the 1960’s. She became a mother of four and an elementary school teacher, but always found time between work and family for writing. From childhood to the present, if she wasn’t reading a book, she was writing one. While honing her craft as a writer, Corrina strives to infuse the ordinary with beauty, whimsy, and connection. She lives in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
Corners is available March 6, 2018 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Juvenile Fiction/Adult-Coming of Age, Trade paperback $10.95 ISBN 9781939844392, eBook $3.99 ISBN 9781939844408
The Second IWSG Anthology Focuses on Lost Heroes
May 2, 2017 Can a fallen hero find redemption? The twelve stories in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology all center on the difficulties of a hero who has lost his way. After the success of the first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here, the organization put out the call for fantasy short stories fitting the theme of hero lost. After selecting the top entries, they were sent to a panel of agents and authors for final selection. Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life showcases the most powerful and moving examples of a lost hero, spanning every fantasy genre.
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Can a lost hero find redemption?
What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?
Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!
In this marvelous collection of speculative fiction, we journey through twelve wonderfully written tales to find out if the tortured hero can be redeemed. - Christine Rains, author
The authors have done us a favour by all being darned good at their craft. Recommended for fantasy fans. - Gordon Long, author
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook group, and a monthly newsletter.
Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life is available May 2, 2017 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Freedom Fox Press, a division of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., P.O. Box 383, Pikeville, NC 27863-0383. Trade paperback $14.95 ISBN 978-1-939844-36-1, eBook $4.99 ISBN 978-1-939844-37-8, Fantasy (FIC009000) http://dancinglemurpress.com
IPPY Silver Medalist Finally Sees eBook Launch
April 18, 2017 - Author Joylene Nowell Butler won the IPPY Silver Medal with Broken But Not Dead. Once only available in print, the book receives a fresh new cover and title for readers to enjoy. Maski: Broken But Not Dead is the prequel to Butler’s 2016 release, Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries. Set in Canada, the story deals with Native American prejudice and a woman pushed to the edge by an abductor and stalker.
To the Breaking Point...
When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.
However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?
Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.
“A psychological thriller filled with suspense, action and drama...” - John Bell, 93.1CFIS-FM: Prince George, BC
“Riveting and beautifully written. You won't be able to set it down.” Judith S. Avila, author
Joylene, Métis, is the author of Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and Break Time. She and her husband and their two cats reside in Canada for the summers and Nayarit for the winters. They believe life should be an adventure. https://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/cluculzwriter
Maski: Broken But Not Dead is available April 18, 2017 in all eBook formats. Published Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., Thriller/Psychological, eBook $4.99 ISBN 9781939844385, http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/
Book Reveals Cats as God’s Healers
March 14, 2018 - Maria Santomasso-Hyde’s debut book, He Gave Me Barn Cats, tackles some tough topics, including grief and anger toward God. Based on true events, the author recounts struggles with multiple losses and the animals God sent to help her find peace. Animal lovers will be touched by the barn cats’ life lessons while those spiraling down in grief will find comfort and resolution. This captivating tale reveals how God reaches for us in our darkest moments, even when we reject Him, and brings us peace.
Inspired by true events...
Losses send a woman’s soul into its darkest winter...
Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness. When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.
Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard: God: 9, Maria: 0. Her questions turn into anger at God. She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.
How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?
“...accessible, compelling and deeply infused with the heartbreaking and heart-lifting realities of life.” - Kurt Rheinheimer, Editor in Chief, Blue Ridge County magazine.
“Maria Santomasso-Hyde spins a yarn exquisitely told — a raw and truthful journey that travels from the depth of despair to the edge of salvation.” - Tom Mayer, executive editor, Mountain Times Publications
Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery. She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat)…and other Black Cats who decide to move in.
He Gave Me Barn Cats is available March 14, 2017 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., P.O. Box 383, Pikeville, NC 27863-0383. Trade paperback $10.95 ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7, eBook $3.99 ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4, Christian Fiction (FIC042000) / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement (REL012010) http://dancinglemurpress.com
The Remnant Asks - Are you a Theological Threat?
February 7, 2017 - William Michael Davidson’s book poses the question - what if religious beliefs were eradicated? Set in the not too distant future, The Remnant proposes that a single gene is responsible for spiritual beliefs and its destruction eliminates the threat of religious wars and terrorism. What would a world be like without faith? And what would happen if those beliefs began to reemerge? Tapping into the fears of today’s religious and political unrest and acts of violence, Davidson’s story of a world without God is timely and thought-provoking.
One nation, without God...
Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety. Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.
But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?
An intriguing take on faith, religion, and conflict in a world attempting to abolish all three. The far-fetched becomes imaginable in this near-future cautionary tale. Left Behind meets Philip K. Dick. -- Milo James Fowler, author of Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Space-Time Displacement Conundrum
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.
The Remnant is available February 7, 2017 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., P.O. Box 383, Pikeville, NC 27863-0383. Trade paperback $15.95 ISBN 978-1-939844-29-3, eBook $4.99 ISBN 978-1-939844-30-9, Science Fiction (FIC028000) / Christian Futuristic Fiction (FIC0402020) http://dancinglemurpress.com
Under a Purple Moon Now on Audio
Under a Purple Moon by Beverly Stowe McClure is now available as an audio book.
It joins our other audio titles: Dragon of the Stars, CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and CassaSeries.
Our next audio release will be Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain in January 2017.
Buy one get one free Christmas special!
Buy one print book at regular price, get a second book (same price or lower) free.
Buy two print books, get two books (same price or lower) free, plus a surprise bonus book!
When ordering online, note free book(s) desired in “Instructions to Seller” section.
Bookmarks, postcards, and other swag included with every order.
Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries Follow-up to Ippy Award Winning Book
November 2016 - Author Joylene Nowell Butler dives back into the world set up in her IPPY Award Silver Medal title, Broken But Not Dead. Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries returns to the Warner family in a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. Set in Canada, it follows Corporal Killian, and aboriginal man, as he attempts to unravel a murder mystery. With her finger on the pulse of the nation, Butler reveals the rift between the natives and immigrants of Canada. The author also gives homage to the Highway of Tears, murders that occurred on a stretch of Hwy 16 in British Columbia from 1969 to 2011.
A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...
When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder.
The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him...
“From its gripping beginning to its thrilling end, Matowak: Woman Who Cries delivers a fast-paced ride in this skillfully-written mystery from Joylene Nowell Butler.” - Mystery writer Elizabeth S. Craig
Joylene, Métis, is the author of Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and Break Time. She and her husband and their two cats reside in Canada for the summers and Nayarit for the winters. They believe life should be an adventure. https://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/cluculzwriter
Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries is available November 1, 2016 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Thriller/Psychological and Mystery. Trade paperback $18.95 ISBN 9781939844231, eBook $4.99 ISBN 9781939844248 http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/
Lightning Strikes Again in L.X. Cain’s Bloodwalker
October 2016 - Author L.X. Cain is back with a European paranormal story dripping with atmosphere and suspense. The author of Soul Cutter and other books, Cain delves into the folklore of Hungary and Romania with a modern-day setting. Bloodwalker depicts the fictional cultures of the Skomori and Zorka, painting a vivid picture of both clans. A mystery tinged with horror unfolds in this fresh and original tale.
Lightning flashes. Another child disappears...
Zorka Circus’s big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, children vanish.
Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. He must find the culprit before anyone else disappears and his home is destroyed by the murders.
Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as grave digging ghouls. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict code, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.
When more bodies turn up, the killer's trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable…
“...captivating shocker... Cain immerses the reader in the working life of a struggling circus and in the daily chores of a fascinating, albeit fictional, Slavic folkway.” - Publishers Weekly
L.X. Cain lives a stone’s throw (if you throw it really hard) from the beautiful beaches and turquoise waters of the Red Sea. Despite the scenic delights, she’s an indoor gal *cough* couch potato *cough* and spends most of her time happily tapping away on her laptop, coming up with thrilling story ideas to entertain you! http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
Bloodwalker is available October 4, 2016 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Freedom Fox Press, an imprint of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Fantasy/Paranormal and Horror. Trade paperback $18.95 ISBN 9781939844255, eBook $4.99 ISBN 9781939844262
Dancing Lemur Press Titles Soon to be in Audio Format
Starting with author Alex J. Cavanaugh's Cassa trilogy, we are venturing into the world of audio books.
The market for audio books is growing again, given the popularity of mp3 downloads. Our goal is to transfer approximately half of our titles into audio book format over the next year. Titles will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and Audible.
This is an exciting time for us as we press forward into new territory!
Message of Hope in Under a Purple Moon by Beverly Stowe McClure
On March 15, 2016, Under a Purple Moon makes its stunning debut. This Young Adult novel features a message of hope and love, wrapped in a realistic but sweet story. Writing a top-notch book is not new to author Beverly Stowe McClure. The author of several children’s and young adult books, she’s won numerous awards, including the Children’s Literary Classics.
No Love in the Garden of Eden... Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother’s criticism but not the arguments between her parents. She hopes her mother will love her one day, even though Eden’s not sure what the word love means. She finds refuge in an old abandoned house, along with three other teens with problems–Murphy, Toby, and Josh. Thanks to the boys, she begins to understand the meaning of love. But will it be enough to save her broken home life?
From the author: "Under a Purple Moon is the story of four teens from broken families. Many teens today face the same, or similar, situations my characters face. I hope the story gives them hope for the future."
“Be forewarned, you will not be able to put this book down! Beverly Stowe McClure gets into the mental psyche of teenagers with deep clarity and conviction the reader will feel the emotions of each character to their core.” - Donna McDine, multi-award winning author of stories for children
Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories little voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers and clouds. She’s sometimes known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why.
Find her at http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/
Under a Purple Moon is available March 15, 2016 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Freedom Fox Press, a division of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Fiction/Young Adult - General/Girls & Women. Trade paperback $17.95 Print ISBN 9781939844132, eBook $4.99 eBook ISBN 9781939844149 http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/
New and Upcoming Releases
October 2015 - Several titles are scheduled for release from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. and imprint Freedom Fox Press. Snapping Turtle Tales Vol. 2 edited by Michelle Rutledge is scheduled for an early December 2015 release from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Under a Purple Moon by Beverly Stowe McClure is scheduled for a March 15, 2016 release, and an unnamed speculative fiction anthology is slated for release next spring, both from Freedom Fox Press.
This past summer saw the release of two boxed sets from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. The three volume series from author Alex J. Cavanaugh (best-sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, & CassaStorm) was packaged into an eBook collection titled CassaSeries. (ISBN 9781939844118, $5.99) The five volume series from author L. Diane Wolfe (The Circle of Friends - Book I...Lori, Book II...Sarah, Book III...James, Book IV...Mike, and Book V...Heather) was packaged into an eBook collection titled The Circle of Friends Series. (ISBN 9781939844125, $8.99)
Freedom Fox Press Now Open for Submissions
June 2015 - An imprint of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., Freedom Fox Press’s goal is to provide authors with more freedom and control within the safety of a traditional publishing company. It provides resources and an established system to writers who want to avoid the costs and pitfalls of self-publishing and subsidy presses.
There are benefits to signing on with a traditional publisher. These include credibility for the author, established distribution, publisher reputation, professionally designed books (cover art, formatting, ISBN, LCCN, etc.), early pre-publication reviews, royalties, etc. Add the benefits of self-publishing (higher profits, more control, etc.) and it becomes a win-win situation.
The Freedom Fox Press benefits include:
• Accepts multiple genres.
• Professional cover art and formatting. They will work with the author on the cover, including using photos or artwork provided by author.
• Review copies sent out to major reviewers three months before release date.
• Marketing support.
• Royalties are based on net profit and the author receives 80% on print books and 90% on ebooks. (Does not apply to anthologies and special situations - contract negotiations on a book-by-book basis.)
Freedom Fox Press expects the same high level quality of work from new and established writers. Interested writers should check their submission guidelines for details.
Unleashing Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh
On April 7, 2015, Dragon of the Stars will be unleashed into the world. The fourth science fiction-space opera book from author Alex J. Cavanaugh is set to follow the best-selling path of his Cassa trilogy. The book also solves the mystery–What Are the Kargrandes?
For the past thirteen weeks, a new clue has appeared every Monday at the website www.whatarethekargrandes.com These clues have been shared across Twitter through #whatarethegrandes, Facebook, and the blogging community. Their connection to the story will finally be revealed with the release of the book.
Cavanaugh’s first three books, CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, were all Amazon best-sellers in the US and UK. Dragon of the Stars is a stand-alone novel, and the Kargrandes are a key part of the story.
The ship of legends... The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. But when the Alliance declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray and told he won’t make captain. One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?
Dragon of the Stars has scored the highest reviews of Cavanaugh’s books from both reviewers and readers:
“...the storytelling is solid, with plenty of space-based military action...” - Publishers Weekly
"The elements I enjoy in a classic space opera are tightly packed into this standalone intergalactic adventure novel. ...has all the action, mystery, and star-commanding thrills of a fast-paced Star Trek movie. A most satisfying read." - David Powers King, co-author of Woven
“Fueled by testosterone and laced with adrenaline, Dragon of the Stars is infused with character development that makes good space opera.” - Milo James Fowler, author of Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Space-Time Displacement Conundrum
Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design, graphics, andtechnical editing. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group–www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com. His website is www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com and the Kargrandes site is www.whatarethekargrandes.com.
Dragon of the Stars is available April 7, 2015 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Science fiction–space opera/military/adventure. Trade paperback $16.95 ISBN 9781939844064, eBook $5.99 ISBN 9781939844057
Snapping Turtle Tales - A Book For Children by Children
December 2, 2014 - The first Middle Grade title from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C., is now available. Edited by Michelle Rutledge, it features stories by twenty-three middle grade students. There were many submissions for this anthology, and the tales within are the best of the best.
From the imagination of youth...
Super heroes, fantastic creatures, first loves, pigs, ghosts - they’re all here!
The Snapping Turtle kids have created an array of stories for your reading pleasure. Raw, untamed imagination springs forth from every page. Prepare for adventure, mystery, paranormal, and more.
Prepare for some snapping good tales!
Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. hope to offer more middle grade anthologies in the future as an opportunity to spur the creativity of young writers.
Snapping Turtle Tales
Edited by Michelle Rutledge
$7.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 96 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Juvenile Fiction/General (JUV000000)
Print ISBN 9781939844095 eBook ISBN 9781939844101
$2.99 EBook available in all formats
Local women share their stories about surviving the Joplin tornado
May 5, 2014 - It’s has been over a year and a half since Tamara Hart Heiner went the 45 miles from her home and took a drive in the country with her husband right after an EF 5 tornado blew through Joplin, Missouri on Sunday May 22, 2011. More than 150 people were killed. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. The school district closed for the year because of the devastation and destruction.
She was so awed by what she saw that she decided to write a nonfiction book about the Joplin tornado. She steeped herself in piles of reports and sifted through thousands of pages of technical scientific information on meteorology and tornado safety. She conducted dozens of detailed interviews and was surprised at how readily experts, professors, forecasters and government officials were to share their insights, experience, and knowledge.
But what really struck her the most was the survivors and their stories. “The Joplin tornado shocked the nation with the strength of its devastating force. People on the outside of such devastation don’t know about what it is really like,” she said. “They forget about how long it takes to return to normal, if ever.”
She hopes to change that with the release of her new book, Tornado Warning, a well-researched, factual narrative that recounts the true experiences of seven women and their families as they go through the harrowing events and try to hold their families and community together.
“Writing this book opened my mind to the fragility of life,” she said. “I was truly amazed by the inner strength people demonstrated and the extraordinary things they did to protect themselves and their loved ones. My perception of life has been altered by the lives of the women I interviewed for the book. Many of them had idyllic, peaceful lives, and in a moment their houses, jobs, and families were swept away. What they discovered was the material items they’d held dear were not nearly as important as their loved ones.”
Most of her research was done through interviews. She also worked with the National Weather Service, particularly those on shift during the Joplin tornado. They were very obliging in sending over detailed schematics of the minute-by-minute detail leading up to the tornado.
She captured the tailed experiences of seven women who opened up and reveal what it was really like to go through the tornado and the aftermath. Here is a sampling of some of the personal insights contained in the collection:
“There are some things that you never forget. You never forget the feeling. It will always be there and it's so hard to describe.” —Kayla McMinn
"I could hear the tornado coming. It sounded like very low roaring thunder that just kept getting louder and louder. I could hear glass breaking and then I could feel when it was on top of us." -- Meg Scaggs
"Running through neighborhoods, armed with only a flashlight, cell phone and first aid kit, jumping power lines, downed trees and debris, it felt as if reality was suspended, a horror film was taking place; I was an extra on the set." -- Nellie Mitchell
"I just wish I could wave a wand over Joplin and turn it back to before the tornado." -- Cara Edens
"I could not believe this had really happened. The more we sorted through the rubble, the more I just had to stop and Thank God to be alive!"-- Penny Jason
" We walked past a house that was completely untouched in all of the destruction, and what seemed strange to me was that instead of helping people, or giving out water or something, the people of the house were sitting on the porch in rocking chairs drinking." -- Melinda Borup
"It took probably thirty to forty minutes to get down a six-block area right in middle of everything that happened. People were wandering around like they didn’t know what to say or think or do." -- Piper Divine
Tamara said, “One thing I heard over and over again during the interviews was, ‘We always heard the sirens and ignored them. We never thought it could happen to us.”
“What most inspired me was how people came together to help each other. I was amazed to see the goodness and generosity that emerged in the face of the disaster. I was moved to see how strangers jumped in to help those wounded by the tornado.“
The book tells the dramatic and true stories of a people in a modern American city ravaged by the forces of nature. It also conveys hope and love.
“It is amazing to me that the spark of life can’t be expelled even when faced with major obstacles.”
All the profits of this book are being donated to the relief funds and those who contributed their stories.
About the Author: Tamara Hart Heiner lives and teaches English in Bella Vista, Arkansas. She received her degree in English from Brigham Young University. This is her first non-fiction book. She has written three mystery books titled Perilous, Altercation and Inevitable. For more information visit http://www.tamarahartheiner.com/ or http://tamarahartheiner.blogspot.com/
The Extraordinary Women of Joplin
Tamara Hart Heiner
List $15.95 USA
6x9 Trade paperback, 252 pages
Print ISBN 978-1-939844-03-3 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-04-0
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Book is a Beacon of Hope for Those Suffering from Domestic Abuse
November 5, 2013 - Domestic violence and rape are issues most people don't want to discuss. Breaking the Silence: Victims No More not only reveals the hearts of people who've experienced the horrors, but it provides a plan of escape for those who continue to suffer. Produced by Sarah's Refuge, Inc., it will not only help those experiencing the effects of domestic violence, but profits from the book will go back into the shelter to further aid the community.
Each year, thousands of men, women, and children suffer domestic violence. For many, it’s far too long to live in this kind of silence. How much devastation must we see in individuals, families, and communities before we realize that someone… anyone… everyone must take a stand? Featuring stories & accounts from domestic violence survivors & family members. Also included is information regarding types of abuse, why victims stay, awareness months, & a personalized safety plan. Domestic violence has the potential to destroy everything it touches, but there is a solution. Stand up, speak up, and break the silence!
“This book packs a punch and provides hope and inspiration for the weary traveler on the road to survival. A must read.” - Mr. Junie M. Christian, Onslow Women's Center, Executive Director
“These are true stories and these women are doing the most important thing a victim of abuse needs to do. They are breaking their silence and speaking out…” - Karen Walker, author of Following the Whispers
A release party is planned on November 5, 2013 at the RAS building on 206 N. Front Street in Warsaw, NC, starting at 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided and contributing authors will speak. All are invited to attend to learn more about Sarah’s Refuge, Inc. and pick up a copy of Breaking the Silence, Victims No More.
Sarah’s Refuge, Inc. operates the only residential and non-residential domestic violence and rape crisis center in Duplin County, NC. For victims with no other resources or options, domestic violence shelters are often the only option for safety during the initial weeks of transition. 910-293-3206, http://www.sarahsrefuge.org/
Breaking the Silence: Victims No More is available November 5, 2013 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Non-fiction - Self-help/Abuse. Trade paperback $9.95 ISBN 978-1-939844-10-9, eBook $3.99 ISBN 978-1-939844-02-6 www.DancingLemurPress.com
Amazon Best Selling Series Concludes with CassaStorm
September 17, 2013 - The final installment in author Alex J. Cavanaugh’s best-selling series is set to take the book world by storm. The first two books, CassaStar and CassaFire, were Amazon Science Fiction Best Sellers in both the US and UK, and CassaStorm is poised to repeat that achievement. The Cassa series boasts ties to classic space opera and has been compared to Ender's Game and Heinlein's early work.
The series’ success is due to its appeal beyond the science fiction fan base due to the author's reliance on a strong, character-drive story. The series continues with protagonist Byron and introduces his ten-year-old son, drawing in those who enjoy MG and YA fiction. Built around a space opera story arc, the latest installment carries themes of family, sacrifice, and the battle against racial discrimination.
Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans. After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind. Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…
"CassaStorMis a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery." - Edi's Book Lighthouse
“The final installment of this series will break your heart and put it back together.” - Charity Bradford, science fantasy author of The Magic Wakes
“CassaStorm pushes the limits…” - Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Reviews
Cavanaugh is well recognized in the online community with a large following and active participation. Two years ago, he established the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, dedicated to supporting writers and authors alike. He is also a continuing co-host in the A to Z Challenge, the largest blogging event of its kind. An extensive blog tour is planned for his third book, featuring interviews, articles, reviews, and numerous giveaways.
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. Online he is the Ninja Captain and heads up the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife. Visit Cavanaugh at www.AlexJCavanaugh.blogspot.com
CassaStorm is available September 17, 2013 online, retail, and in all eBook formats. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Science fiction space opera/adventure. Trade paperback $16.95 ISBN 978-1-9398440-0-2, eBook $4.99 ISBN 978-1-9398440-1-9 www.DancingLemurPress.com
Book Makes Publishing and Promoting Simple
February 5, 2013 - Writers today are faced with a tremendous amount of information, complicated by constant changes in the publishing industry. “How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now” simplifies the available options. Based on her seminars author L. Diane Wolfe presents the publishing paths and promoting resources clearly.
Packed with hundreds of resources and websites, this book is the ideal place for new writers to begin. The book walks readers through the steps of identifying markets, budgeting, building an online presence, and generating publicity. It covers traditional publishing; self-publishing; print and e-book setup, formatting, and distribution; finding the target audience; generating reviews and media interest, networking and developing an online presence; and promotional materials and appearances. This book encourages writers to find their ideal publishing path and marketing options before beginning their journey.
“She gives an unbiased take on the advantages and disadvantages of traditional publishing and self-publishing and publishing paths that combine the two… It's the perfect book for those who want an overview to begin the decision-making process.”- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning series of how-to books for writers http://howtodoitfrugally.com/
Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association and a motivational speaker. She’s conducted seminars on book publishing and promoting for five years and assisted writers through several author services. Her other titles include “Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK!” which ties her goal-setting and leadership seminar’s information together, and a YA series, “The Circle of Friends.” Wolfe travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains a dozen websites & blogs, and contributes to several other sites and newsletters. The author’s main sites are www.spunkonastick.net and http://www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
“How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now” is available for $14.95 in trade paperback ISBN 978-0-9827139-5-2 and for $4.99 in E-book ISBN 978-0-9827139-9-0. Books are available retail, online, and in all E-book formats, or can be ordered through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, Brodart Co., Quality Books, or directly from Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. For review copies, contact the publisher - www.dancinglemurpress.com email@example.com
CassaStar and CassaFire Continue to Enjoy Bestseller Status
August 7, 2012 - Two of our titles have now achieved Amazon Science Fiction Best Seller Status. Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaStar and CassaFire have hit the bestseller chart on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Occupying the UK chart for over three months now, CassaStar peaked at #3 and CassaFire at #9. Both titles continue to enjoy high rankings at Amazon UK, with sales stretching into Germany and France. The author is currently working on the third book in the trilogy, CassaStorm.
CassaFire - Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, eBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9
CassaStar - Print ISBN 978-0-9816210-6-7, eBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-3-8
“This sequel to Cavanaugh's first novel, CassaStar, delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction…” - Library Journal
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and heads up the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife. Visit Cavanaugh at www.AlexJCavanaugh.blogspot.com