Author Spotlight on Jerrid Edgington!

Recently, I won a #freedownload of a second book in a series while participating in a book release event. The author was kind enough to also give me the first book when he discovered I had not read it. And that was how I fell head-over-heels in love with The Reaper Series by Jerrid Edgington.

Now, I know many of you are thinking that, from the title of this series and the fact that I love all things spooky, Edgington must write in the #horror or #paranormal genres. Nope! His books are actually nail-biting #dramas with #medicalsuspense and tons of thrills, twists, and unexpected turns to throw you off balance. Not my usual cup of tea, but the fact that the author used his personal experience and knowledge as a paramedic made for a very gripping read.

 

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After a life altering accident that nearly leaves Jacob Myers paralyzed, he feels his life is meant for something greater than the boring grind of an office job. Through his recovery process he comes to a decision to become an EMT. 

In the fast paced world of emergency services, Jacob makes one mistake after another. Is the stress of holding other lives in his hands just too much for him? 
Things go terribly wrong when a former patient stalks him and accuses him of sexual assault. 

Will Jacob clear his name and rid his life of this mentally unbalanced woman or will he be trapped and imprisoned for something he didn’t do? 

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Here is my review for the first book, Racing the Reaper:

I received a free copy of this book from the author after winning a copy of the second book in this series at a book release event. Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy it – not because the author is one I’ve read before or from word-of-mouth, but because I normally don’t read dramas or medical thrillers. After finishing the book, I still can’t say I’ll buy more books in those genres, but I WILL read more of Edgington’s books. Yes, I am hooked.

What I liked:

1. The Characters: They are authentic. None of that working-class hero crap. The author paints his characters with a plain brush. They are honest, genuine, and flawed, but they care.

2. The Medical Calls: You can tell Edgington knows his stuff just by the vocabulary used but the action and heart-pounding descriptions are what drew me in. Like the main character, my pulse raced and I felt like I was right there in the middle of each call, waiting to don a pair of gloves and check some vital signs. Talk about a thrill ride!

3.  The Plot: This is the ultimate story of not giving up on one’s dreams. Jacob, the main character, is thrown for every single loop there is and yet, each time, he gets back up and dusts himself off, ready to climb up on the horse again. There were times when I wanted to shake him for being so careless or jumping to conclusions but I couldn’t help but cheer him on.

What I Didn’t Like:

I did find a few editing issues in the book but do not hold them against the author. He is not an editor and is signed with a publishing company that provides the editing he receives. I’ve noticed editing mistakes seemed to be common-place with this particular company from the books I’ve read signed with them. I did mention some of the mistakes I found to the author and he thanked me for pointing them out.

I read this book in one day. I had a hard time putting it down and I can’t wait to read the second, which I plan to start right after I post this review! So happy to read a book that held my attention until the very end. Well done, Mr. Edgington!

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After being stalked by Becca in Racing the Reaper book one, paramedic, Jacob Myers moves to Idaho to find Bridgett and start a new life. Things go drastically wrong for Jacob from the moment he steps off the plane. Bridgett’s in a relationship with a handsome young doctor, someone wants to ruin Jacob’s career, and then the threats to his life begin. Can Jacob survive long enough to unravel the tangled web of deceit? 

Resuscitation, book two in the Racing the Reaper thriller series lives up to the fast paced style the author set in book one. Hold on tight for the ride of your life. 

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Here is my review for Resuscitation, book two in The Reaper series:

Holy crap! Will Jacob ever get out from up under the dark cloud that has apparently followed him from one state to another?  The hits just keep coming (literally), and the second book in Edgington’s The Reaper series will leave you breathless.

What I Liked:

1. The Characters: From the good guys to the ones you want to run over with a car, these characters are well-written and different. I really love James in this book. He is caring and a good friend. He brings balance to a cast that is a mixed bag of likes and dislikes. I must say that I wasn’t too crazy with the protagonist in this book, especially where his father was concerned. I hope he pulls his head out of a certain orifice before it’s too late.

2. The Plot: In the first book, Racing the Reaper, we have a psychotic leech who is bound and determined to lay claim on the protagonist, and goes to outlandish lengths to try and make this happen. In Resuscitation, there is a controlling doctor and a disgruntled husband of a patient and both seem to want nothing more than to place a toe-tag on Jacob. The only question is which one will get to him first? Very intense!

3. The Medical Calls: Once again, Edgington easily drew me in with the action of the medical calls. They were gritty, fast-paced, and made me want to scream at times. The book actually starts off on one such call and I just knew I would have a heart attack before it was over with. I honestly never knew what paramedics, EMT’s, and fire fighters go through on a daily basis. I will never take them for granted and have a new-found respect for them and what they do to save lives.

What I Didn’t Like:

As with the first book in this series, I found some editing issues that, in my opinion, should have been caught by the editor of the publishing company the author is signed with. However, I don’t hold these against the author. I think he did a wonderful job writing the story.

The only problem I have now is waiting until book three is released! Is it fall yet???

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I gave both of these books 5-stars. You really should read them so I am including the Amazon links for both.

Racing the Reaper (Book One in The Reaper series)

Resuscitation (Book Two in The Reaper series)

I’ve done my part, now it is up to you to click on the links above and grab these excellent books for yourself. Get to clicking!

 

Indigo Instinct: The Indigo Trilogy (Book Two)

Today, I am honored to be a part of the Indigo Instinct blog tour for author Jacinda Buchmann. This trilogy has kept me on the edge of my seat and I have to say that I cannot wait for the last installment!

Indigo Instinct for Kindle

 

They thought they were safe.

Identical twins, Tyler and Toby, escaped the clutches of a covert government agency determined to exploit their extrasensory powers. Before they regained their freedom, they acquired proof of the agency’s existence, proof that was guaranteed to secure immunity not only for themselves but for their friends as well.

They took more than they bargained for.

When the brothers learn that they have unfinished business with the agency, they find themselves reunited with Indigo Children, Liliana, Grace, Eddie, and Rebecka and once again on the run.

They must rely on their instincts.

While Grace and Eddie discover that love isn’t always easy, Sarah’s life is thrown into turmoil, and her guilty conscience leads to fear and distrust of her own heart.

Intuition doesn’t lie.

There are new players in the game and it isn’t easy to know who to trust.

Sometimes the right path isn’t always the easiest.

Is there a way to give the agency what they want and still retain their freedom? Find out in Indigo Instinct, Book Two of The Indigo Trilogy.

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“Mrs. Hughes, are you still there?”

“I’m here,” Sarah replied.

“Oh good. I thought I’d lost you for a second. As I was saying, we believe he’s still alive. They found the helicopter wreckage, but your husband was missing. It’s believed he’s been taken hostage.”

“Wait. What? He’s alive?”

“We don’t have confirmation, ma’am, but at the moment, that’s what we believe. Usually in circumstances like this, someone will come forward with claims to the hostages. As soon as we get additional information, we’ll contact you. In the meantime, can I get your current address so I can send someone out to you?”

“Um…my address?”

“Yes, ma’am. I can locate the closest military office to send someone out to visit with you. If you could just give me your address so I can add it to your records, I’ll see that you’re taken care of.”

“Taken care of?” Of course he referred to her mental well-being, but the first thought that crossed her mind was sending someone out to “take care of her.” She’d been in hiding for five months. She wasn’t about to give up her location now. “Um, no, I’m sorry. I’m actually traveling right now…on vacation. You’ll give me a call if you hear anything else?”

“Of course, ma’am. You’ll be the first to hear of any updates. But if I could just get your address—”

“I have to go. I’m sorry.”

She pushed “end” to discontinue the conversation and let the phone drop to the floor.

She hadn’t been aware of Ian’s presence, but sometime during the conversation, he had sat in the chair behind her. He placed both hands on her shoulders, and she leaned her back against his legs.

“Sarah, I’m sorry.”

He had known. That was why he had been on the phone all morning with Will.

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Here is my review of Indigo Instinct:

Book two in Jacinda Buchmann’s Indigo Trilogy is even better than the first!

And that’s how it should be. In a series, each book should be marginally better than the last and keep you wanting more…and I do! Indigo Instinct was funny, emotional, action-packed, and full of our beloved characters from the first book, Indigo Incite. I really cannot get enough of these teens (and adults).

Every character is different and yet, they all pull together so beautifully – each one a thread in a grand tapestry that wraps you up and demands you take a closer look. In all honesty, I can’t pick a favorite, but I do love Ian and Grace for their strength.

 If you love honest YA books, a bit of paranormal, and some alien DNA mixed in, you can’t miss this series. Buchmann makes sure that her series is one that middle-grade and young adults can read and parents don’t have to worry about the content. It contains innocent romance, thrills, laughs, friendship, and love.

 

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Jacinda is holding a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Indigo Incite – the first book in this amazing trilogy. To enter, click here!

You know you want to get this series, so here are the Amazon links for Indigo Incite (only 0.99!) and Indigo Instinct!

After you get your books, why not contact the author and get to know Jacinda Buchmann? She is a lovely person who loves to hear from her readers. :)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJacindaBuchmann

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JacindaBuchmann

Tumblr:  http://author-jacinda-buchmann.tumblr.com/

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Remember, after you read these books, make sure to leave a review for Jacinda. You guys and gals have no idea how much they mean to us #IndieAuthors. We really appreciate them and read every one!

Now, you know about the books, you know about the author…what are you still hanging around here for? Refreshments? Go buy them and get to reading!!!

P.S. Love you all bunches! <3

Discover Indies Unlimited!

I have decided to republish some helpful blog posts from my old site. This one was written about my favorite blog for all things “Indie!” I hope it will direct some authors to it who, like me when I first started writing, had no idea where to turn for answers. :)

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Every author has to market their books. It doesn’t matter if you are signed with a traditional publisher, small press publisher, or if you are your own boss – marketing is unavoidable and necessary.

Personally, I loathe it. I would rather sit through insurance seminars than to push my books into readers’ faces. After all, I don’t like salespeople. I am one of those shoppers who prefer to be left alone in stores while I browse. The clerks can stay behind their counters and pretend to be busy. If I want their advice or suggestions, I’ll rattle the bars of their cages myself.

Unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want.

When I realized that I would have to promote my books, I couldn’t help but picture those slack-faced ‘zombies’ at the mall with bottles of perfume in their hands who spray me every time I walked by. Or the overly-enthusiastic clerk who behaves as if he’s had way too much caffeine and feels the need to touch my arm when my attention wanes during his Golly-Gee-This-Is-The-Best-Product-Ever speech. By the time I escape to the car, I feel the need for a shower and a stiff drink.

The problem most authors have when marketing is that they don’t know how. They use the same techniques over and over, clearing a room faster than that one uncle we all have who gets drunk at every family gathering, insists on telling old war stories, and demanding that you ‘pull his finger.’ Okay, so maybe my family is the only one with the drunk uncle. You get the idea.

After making many mistakes, I began to research. I joined writers’ groups only to find that many of the members were as clueless as me when it came to marketing ideas. I trolled the internet for blog posts, articles, and tips. It was then that I stumbled upon Indies Unlimited.

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Indies Unlimited (or as I call it, ‘IU’) was founded two years ago by authors Stephen Hise and K.S. Brooks. Rather than tell you the hows and whys, I will copy what Stephen Hise had to say on the necessity of this amazing blog:

About IU

We are at the beginning of a technological revolution in how books are written, published, marketed, purchased, and read. This site is dedicated to the independent authors, publishers, reviewers and readers who are on the cutting edge of that technological revolution.

A major challenge for any indie author is the lack of established infrastructure in place to market indie books. It can be challenging and time-consuming to get the word out about your book, to find reviewers, and to drive traffic to your website or Facebook page. As a new author, I was delighted to discover a very high level of mutual support and camaraderie in the indie author community. This platform is born from that spirit of mutual aid and support.

Please make Indies Unlimited your home for engagement with others who are interested in the Indie Author Movement. Be sure to “play nice” with others. Write informative, educational, or opinion minded comments, guest posts and other contributions. You can promote your books or yourself by participating in discussions and providing valuable content. Please do not spam us or use this system to send unrequested self-promotion, marketing, or sales materials. Instead, please use this platform to engage, inform, discuss, and build quality relationships.

I hope you will find this site both entertaining and informative and you will make a visit to Indies Unlimited part of your daily routine. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel and scope us out on Pinterest.

Sincerely,

Stephen Hise
Founder

I will admit that it wasn’t until last year that I subscribed to IU after reading a blog post shared by a friend on Facebook. I was under the impression that this blog was no different than any other I’d perused while searching for answers to my marketing woes. I was mistaken.

Indies Unlimited is so much more than showcasing books and authors. They have seasoned writers, cover artists, marketing experts – and anyone else a desperate author could need – who post informative articles and tutorials. Not only have I learned numerous marketing ideas, I have also gathered information on book launches, writing press releases, social media tips and how-to’s, websites and publishers to stay away from (scammers), book promotion sites that work, KDP and CreateSpace tutorials, what to look for when hiring an editor, cover artist, book illustrator, agent… and SO much more. I can’t possibly list all the information this blog contains. I even have a notebook that I use specifically for IU posts when I read something I want to try for myself or need to remember, which is almost every day. I also own several books that are published through IU. They are packed full of great information, tips, and tutorials to help anyone succeed, no matter what product they need to get in the public eye.

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Whether you are an author wanting to expand your book’s market or an entrepreneur selling candy-coated knitting baskets, you will benefit from an enhanced social media presence.

In Tutorials and Tools for Prospering in a Digital World Volume I you’ll find 62 step-by-step tutorials and tips/tools for everything from establishing a presence on multiple social media platforms to tools for optimizing your web presence to bonus tips tailored specifically for authors.

The award-winning and best-selling multi-national staff of Indies Unlimited brings you the ultimate guide for slapping social media into submission.

Knowledge is power. Fish is brain food. If you don’t have fish, you should at least have the Indies Unlimited Tutorials and Tools for Prospering in a Digital World Volume I. It smells way better than fish, and doesn’t require refrigeration. How can you go wrong?

This book is available on all venues, including Amazon.

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Today, everyone is online: from your grandmother to your five-year-old nephew. The most effective way to keep in touch, and to market a business on a small budget, is via the Internet. 
But the Internet can be intimidating to many, especially folks who didn’t grow up with a computer attached to them. 
In the Tutorials and Tools for Prospering in a Digital World Series, Indies Unlimited aims to take the scariness out of being online for newbies, and hopes to help those with more experience expand their Web footprint, whether it’s for personal use or product marketing. 
Written in easy to understand language, Volume II of this series offers over ninety (90) tutorials, tips, and introductions to basics, such as capturing a URL, to how to make an animated GIF. For those who are more comfortable with their online presence, materials range from how to use Pinterest for marketing, to how to build a static website in WordPress, and many others. And, there is an entire section dedicated to authors which includes articles on book formatting, book promotion, and more. 
Don’t be left behind in the dust of technology. The experts at Indies Unlimited are here to help. 

This book is available on all venues including Amazon.

Now that I’ve told you about the marketing benefits of subscribing to Indies Unlimited, I want to talk about their advertising and promotional services. As you will soon learn, this blog has an enormous following. IU offers several packages for authors, artists, web designers, etc. at dirt-cheap prices to promote their work. What better way to endorse a book or stimulate more traffic for your business than by utilizing a website that is in the TOP 1% of ALL active websites that exist today – 187 million worldwide! Where else can you find that kind of exposure?!

I encourage everyone to take a look at the Indies Unlimited website and blog, scroll through and see for yourself all the benefits of subscribing, and have a look at their advertising page. If you’re going to market your product, you have to be smart about it. IU can help with that and so much more. It is the ONLY website and blog I use for accurate, unlimited, instruction and advice.

Go. Go NOW! What are you waiting for? ;)