Without even knowing her last name, Tano is convinced that he must take a chance to find her, and he sets off on an August morning for Sage. When they reunite, their romantic past is renewed, and a secret is revealed. But the chance reunion is threatened by a hostile brother, a boyfriend in Kansas, a jilted ex, and a wildly obsessed woman stalker with guns and a hunger for Tano’s love. Dirt Road Main Street is a story of the strength and survival of love lost and found, entangled with the apprehension produced by the unpredictable desperate acts of an edgy mad woman.
L.I. ter Meulen is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.
Meet Alejandro—aka Alex the lover, aka “A” the gigolo—the rough-edged scoundrel who sanded and polished himself into the smooth, hard object of everyone’s fascination. For Emily he has been a subject of serious inquiry from birth. When her mother Jante returned to New York from France nurturing the secret seed in her tummy, she didn’t know that two decades later, Em and A would discover each other—boastful, sad, and wayward mirrors of each other’s capricious charms and their own intimate, intentional rebellions. Daughter and father. Found and lost. As Alejandro lies dying of the gay plague in a Paris hospital, Emily tries on and inherits his cape of seduction and trade. Smooth Hard follows their separate, converging paths of curiosity and deception across a generation, through the light of self-discovery, and into the dark shadows of the Life.
About the Author
A native New Yorker, L.I. ter Meulen has been taking her cues from its streets, its people, and its soul since childhood. A graduate of City University of New York, and an entrepreneur, she was the visionary behind “Heatwave,” CUNY’s first compendium of student feminist poetry and fiction. Author of Kismet; Home. Heart. Twigs.; Red Coal, and numerous other poetry collections, she is a winner of the NFSPS prize for her singular poem “Splendid Child.” Smooth Hard is her debut novel.
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Richard Ellis Shaw’s “Full Circle.” Magic happens when talented Maggie and dedicated Pike meet at Bolton College. Through all their ups and downs, they know they love each other…until an unforgivable betrayal rips them apart right before graduation. Follow Pike and Maggie’s tender, heartbreaking, deeply real romance and watch as they learn about wisdom, healing, and how to come to terms with the past, until their different paths bring them back where they started: Full Circle.
Winston B. Philpott’s “RowBoat Robbers 2nd Edition.” As two teenage boys came out of high school, wondering what to do to make money and live, they came up with a plan. They would act as fishermen and row around the Bay and rob stores. They had a good living for a short while, until the Law began to close in on them. They served their time, came out of jail, fell in love, got married and began to raise a family. It became the best love story of its time.
Author Katherine Zartman is taking her latest book Cost of Freedom on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Katherine Zartman and Cost of Freedom as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!
Luckily for us, Katherine was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Cost of Freedom.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Cost of Freedom. What is it about?
Katherine: Cost of Freedom is a love story between a maimed veteran and the experienced, sensitive nurse he falls for.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Katherine: I wrote this book out of a passion for veterans. I am a veteran myself, as was my older brother and our father, who was a World War II colonel. I’ve seen firsthand the suffering war demands of its combatants and perhaps my words will help readers understand the pain.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Katherine: Seniors, veterans, caregivers and all that feel the passion to help others.
OP: What is special about your book?
Katherine: The ability to reveal intimate details that only youth, not seniors, expect from a novel of this kind.
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Katherine: The intuitive reach this unusual couple experience navigating the challenges presented to each.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
Katherine: My first book, Lavender Moon, was published in March 2020. I currently have three other books in progress, including the sequel to Cost of Freedom (Cost of Freedom: Book Two), along with two psychological thrillers, The Alpha and The Hybrid, both due in summer of 2020.
OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?
Katherine: My book can be found on Amazon.com, as well as other retailers like Barnes and Noble; there is also a Kindle version, as well.
OP: Thanks for your time, Katherine! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Daughter of a WWII colonel, a Vietnam era veteran, mother of three, grandmother of six and great grandmother of one. As an author I always want my words to convey to the reader the same raw emotions, frailties, love and tears my characters possess.
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Cynthia L. Clark’s “Boulder Girl, Remember Me When the Moon Hangs Low.” Recently divorced Lana Ross wants to change the locks at her home and randomly chooses a local locksmith, Leon. Unbeknownst to Lana, Leon was a former classmate who had been infatuated with her in high school and has stirred up his old feelings for her into lust and obsession. However, his plans are derailed when Lana meets Vincent “Roadking” Romano, a handsome Louisville Harley-Davidson dealer. An instant attraction leads them to an intense and deeply moving love affair. But, Leon’s jealousy kindles an evil monster inside him and leads him down a path of vandalism and murder. Interwoven with an unforgettable, compelling account of tender love in the beautiful Boulder, Colorado area, this book is a tale of spellbinding suspense.
Sameer Zahr’s “Rima’s Dreams: Love Is All There Is” reads like a fantasy but it’s a true story. A young and very beautiful woman reinvents herself, from concert pianist into a supermodel. She is successful and radiates her inner beauty while maintaining her high moral values. Rima’s generosity helps other people improve their lives. Romance comes her way through a person who wants to share her dreams.
Throughout the holiday season, we feature our authors who have taken advantage of the 2018 Holiday Marketing Bundle and the benefits of the New York Times Holiday Book Review co-op ad! Co-op ads provide authors effective exposure through a well-known, established publication with millions of dedicated book lovers!
The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-published author Lori Bassett.
About the Author
What happens behind closed doors truly is only known by the ones behind those doors. My story, I’m sure, is the same as many others, yet known by very few. My quiet, mid-western life in small town, USA, now consists solely of peace, happiness and true love, thanks to my wonderful family and the few friends I have left.
Growing up we learn that there is no such thing as the boogie man. We learn that shadows will not hurt us. We learn not to be afraid of the dark. We learn not to talk to strangers. We spend years looking under the bed and in the closet, just to see there really are no monsters there. We also learn that love is a good thing. Love brings us together. Love protects us. Love is where we want to be. Sadly, we also learn, not everyone is taught the same way. Sometimes all those demons do exist and sometimes hearing “I love you” should make you turn around and run away.
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Dee Lovaro’s “A Night With Perseids.” Have you ever thought that you may have at one point in your life met your soul mate? Could you be in love with someone and not even realize it until years later? For Giovanna, the answer is yes. Constant flashbacks remind her of their past romantic encounters. But, with the pain and regrets, can she face this alone?
Lee Storm’s “Caribbean Treasure.” Escape everyday life and sail into the sunset! Mack and Carly meet by chance as they both seek adventure in the blue waters of the Caribbean. Their romance and adventure turn to terror when Mack and Carly are pursued by hired guns trying to recover a treasure of gold, diamonds, cash and cocaine.