#SupportIndieAuthors, New Jersey edition!

Today I’m going to introduce M. Lewis-Lerman. Another one of the wonderful authors from the Support Indie Authors board on GoodReads. Please, welcome my new friend, M. Lewis-Lerman!

Beware The Sheep

When illness strikes her best friend and a maniacal underground ruler wants to destroy all that is ‘different’, 16 year old Livi Dixon must lead — not because of her bravery or abilities — but out of necessity and fear.

With the hope of a cure, Livi makes a reckless gamble that just may save her friend — but at what cost?

With her new allies (a strange and sundry group of outsiders including a handsome escaped prisoner and a kind but secretive old man), Livi sets off on a race against time, looking deep within herself in order to defeat a faceless enemy and (just maybe) manage to save her best friend in the process.

Livi’s strength is tested, her character revealed, as an attempt to save one life turns into a quest to protect thousands. But is she enough to stop the shapeless evil sinking its teeth into the ones she loves? And in the end, will it even matter?

M. Lewis-Lerman combines modern story-telling elements with centuries-old philosophical concepts to create fantasy and coming of age works relative to ay age group.

She is an avid writer, reader, and lover of animals. She lives and works in upstate New York with her dogs Lola, Clara, Eloise.

Social Media:
Twitter: @mlewislerman
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mlewislerman
Website: www.mlewislerman.com

1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?

Unfortunately, getting bad reviews is part of the business of being a writer. For me, the most important thing I’ve learned is that you’ve got to keep negative (and positive) reviews in perspective. It is just one person’s opinion and getting an honest review of any type means the person cared enough about what he or she read to spend their time writing a review.

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?

My inspiration for Beware the Sheep came from absolutely everywhere. Two especially strong ideas that inspired the story were the sociological theory of the herd mentality and the philosophical concept of Cartesian Dualism (the mind existing outside the body).

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

My sister and mother have been great forms of support. I also had a really fantastic editor who worked with me over a year and a half, Steve Petruso.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?

Self-publishing is like a lot of things in life: easy to learn but a real challenge to master. I can’t tell you how many hours I put into the research and execution of the publication of my book. But unlike a lot of challenges you may come across, there is something tangible in the end: your book! Stick with it, and don’t accept a subpar product (in self-publishing or beyond). That extra effort will pay off!

and last, What’s your favorite color?

My favorite color? I’m going to say blue 🙂

Remember, if you’d like to be featured in the #SupportIndieAuthor series, please drop me a line at RileyAmosReviews (@) Gmail (Dot) com. Until next week, keep writing!

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#RileyAmosReviews, monsters of the morning edition, part 4!

The Doppelganger , by I. Seymour Youngblood

I have not read anything by this author before but I did very much like this book. I did not know when I started this book that it was number 4 in the series.  But it did not bother me.  I was captivated by this story and think you should give it a try.  It is a good book for young adults too. * I received this book from the author for an honest review*  5/5

And remember, if you’d like to be featured in the #SupportIndieAuthors or the #RileyAmosReviews series, please shoot me an e-mail at RileyAmosReviews(at)gmail(.)com. Until next time!

#RileyAmosReviews, monsters of the morning edition, part 3!

Gates of She’ol , by Justin Fulkerson

I think this book is very interesting.  I agree it was a bit predictable but for the most part I enjoyed it.  I love horror so that is why I could go with this book being a little predictable but it was still very much worth a read. There were a few scenes that are a bit out there for me but that is the way with some horror.  * I received this book from Rooster & Pig Publishing in exchange for an honest review*   4/5

#RileyAmosReviews, monsters of the morning edition, part 2!

Dear Beneficiary , by Janet Kelly

This book is a very interesting look at a life after 60.  A women that finds another love but is taken advantage of in a scam.  She thinks it is all for her lover but in reality it is far worse.  The book was so times funny and other times I was frustrated with the character in this book.  I enjoyed though it was a different type than I normally read. You should check it out! * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*   4/5

#RileyAmosReviews, monsters of the morning edition, another Arc edition!

 Don’t Lose Her , by Jonathon King

I enjoyed this book very much.  I really enjoy mysteries and this book was very entertaining.  I felt very sorry for the pregnant judge being held hostage.  The ending was very good and I was trying to guess what was going to happen through the whole book.  I have not read this author before but I would love to read more work by Jonathon King.  This ARC book was mailed to me and not many authors send me paperback copies of there work, usually e-books.  I do still very much enjoy reading the books that are not e-books as well.  Thank you for sharing such a great book!  I was surprised to learn this was book 7 in a series as well.  I was not lost in this book and I like a series where you can jump in, in the middle and still understand the series.  I would strongly encourage you to check out this book or series.  * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*  5/5

And so you guys know, this book won’t be released until June 2, 2015

#RileyAmosReviews, monsters of the morning edition, part 1!

I know, the title has nothing to do with most of the books….but Sara can be a monster first thing in the morning, and I just felt it fit! (Okay, a slight exaggeration. But she can be a grumpy, anti-social, pain in the ass!)

The power of Six by Nicholas C. Rossis

This book was an interesting 6 short stories.  I was intrigued by all of them. They were all very different but I liked them.  There are science fiction for sure.  You should check them out and see what you think.  * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*  4/5