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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Archives February 26, 2016

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In case you missed any along the way, here’s the full tour.

Kate M. Colby

First and foremost, I’d like to give a big thank you to all of the talented authors who signed up to be a part of the blog tour and gave thoughtful, inspiring interviews. This whole show was for you, and I hope you found a few new readers and author friends along the way.

Second, on behalf of all the authors, I’d like to express our gratitude to the readers who followed this tour. I hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about your favorite books.

And last, I’d like to say a special thanks to my co-host, the ever-inspiring Kate Evans. Thank you for yet another successful blog tour. It’s always a joy to collaborate with you!

The following list contains the original blog tour interviews for all our authors and books. For ease of access, you can always view it on my Events page, under the Past Events…

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Kate Evans February 25, 2016

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“vulnerable and at the same time strong” Is that me or your character you’re describing?

Kate M. Colby

Our last (but certainly not least!) author on the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour is my co-host, Kate Evans. Check out Kate’s interview below, but be sure to come back tomorrow for a handy archive post with links to all our author interviews.

Kate EvansKate Evans is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her book, Pathways Through Writing Blocks in the Academic Environment, was published by Sense Publishers in 2013. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and teaches on degree level courses. She is trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor, and is interested in the connection between creative writing and good mental health. Living in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, she loves walking by the sea and afternoon tea, and has an inexplicable drive to bring a new generation to the poetry of Edith Sitwell.

Here, Kate tells us about her crime/LGBT novel, The Art of Survival (Hannal Poole…

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Lori L. MacLaughlin

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“I’ve always been drawn to strong female characters who are more than capable of looking out for themselves and who are accepted as they are.” Me too!

Kate M. Colby

Today’s interview on the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour (co-hosted by Kate Evans and myself) is with fantasy adventure author, Lori L. MacLaughlin.

LoriLMacLaughlinLori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up. When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

Here’s a bit about her novel, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble:

Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them…

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Wendy Ogilvie February 24, 2016

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Wanda sounds like a great character. Determination in the face of misfortune is an intriguing combination.

Kate M. Colby

Up next on my and Kate Evans’s 206 2K Indie Book Tour is women’s fiction author Wendy Ogilvie.

wendyogilvie_1441640180_4Wendy Ogilvie lives in Essex with her boyfriend Carl and their two dogs; Chinook and Storm. She has been a Personal Trainer for twenty years and has been writing training books and short stories in her spare time. The office in her new house is her favourite place to write as she can see the fish swimming in the pond and her two huskies digging up the garden! She is currently working on the next novel in the Wanda series called Wandering Among the Stars.

Here’s the synopsis of her novel, Wandering on the Treadmill:

WANDA MIKOS lives in Briford, England but has a dream to live in Los Angeles and become a Personal Trainer to the stars. She finds a way to make her ambition a reality by entering The Main Event…

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Bill Hoard February 23, 2016

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“the classic traditional fairy tale plot and themes through a more nuanced lens.” I’m a huge fan of reworkings of fairy tales. This one sounds right up my alley.

Kate M. Colby

We’re into the last week of the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour (co-hosted by Kate Evans and myself). Kicking off week three is fantasy/fairy tale author Bill Hoard.

715UTRPTgxL._UX250_Bill Hoard is possessed of two superpowers: he can sleep almost anywhere at almost any time, and he reflexively forms an opinion on any topic within seconds of hearing a single fact. He writes, teaches, ponders, wonders, teaches a little more, and generally makes a nuisance of himself on social media. He suffers from a debilitating appreciation of pipe smoke, old books, and tweed.

Here, Bill shares a bit about his fairy tale, The Dagger and the Rose:

An adopted princess, a dark stranger, and a kingdom of masked souls. The king brought Iris into his castle when she was only days old, but on her sixteenth birthday she will be swept into an adventure which threatens to uncover or destroy…

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Ben Y. Faroe February 20, 2016

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“This book was a sandbox where I played out some risky dreams and ideas.” What an intriguing idea!

Kate M. Colby

Wrapping up week two of The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour (co-hosted by Kate Evans and myself) is Ben Y. Faroe. Over to Ben:

Ben Y. Faroe Author Pic 2I live in Baltimore with my wife and two lovely daughters (aged 2 years and 2 months, respectively).

While I’m technically from New Jersey, I grew up overseas in Turkey, then met my Californian wife in Minnesota before whisking her off to South Carolina for a couple years.

I studied Greek and Latin in college and Bible teaching in seminary, so naturally I’m a data analyst for a health insurance company. I’ve founded a prayer room in the past and a publishing company in the present, and I expect to be writing and adventuring full-time within a few years.

Here’s a bit about his contemporary fiction/humor novel, The Dream World Collective:

The Dream World Collective is the story of five friends who decide to quit…

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Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth

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I haven’t read this one yet . . .but I got a copy during the recent sale. Looks like I should bump it up my list!


Cogling by Jordan ElizabethCombining an epic quest, intriguing technology, and odd magics, with nuanced characters and complex societies, Jordan creates a steampunk fairytale that doesn’t rely on flash and veneer to carry the reader’s interest.

As a member of the lower class, fifteen-year-old Edna Mather considers herself lucky to have secured a job for her and her seven-year-old brother that doesn’t risk losing limbs to machinery. But when her brother collapses into a pile of gears, leaving only an ornate pocket watch behind, she discovers that the apparently merciful Hags are stealing children and replacing them with mechanical duplicates. With the nobles and the police only interested in keeping the poor in their proper place, she is forced to rely on a thief with his own reasons to hate the Hags.

This novel is a fusion of dark fairytale and steampunk. As such, there is a tension between the powerful and illogical magical…

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Spring Book Sale Weekend

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Come support the library if you’re local . . .and stop by and hear me wax poetic about book bargains with James Maxey and Katy Munger, too!

Friends of the Orange County Public Library


*Special Friends Discount*

Wed, Feb. 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Friends members receive 15% off
Antonia’s Restaurant, 101 N. Churton St., Hillsborough NC 27278

Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Kick-Off Reception                
Early bird shopping for Friends members! Light appetizers and music.

Friday, Feb. 26, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm | Open to the Public Book Sale
Hardbacks – $2 | Paperbacks, DVDs, Media – $1 | Children’s books – 50¢                            

Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm | Open to the Public Book Sale
Hardbacks – $2 | Paperbacks, DVDs, Media – $1 | Children’s books – 50¢

Local Author Panel | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Thrifty Lit: Homage to Library Book Sales
Hosted by James Maxey, author of Bitterwood and several other novels; Samantha Bryant, author of the Menopausal Superhero series; and Katy Munger…

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Z.N. Willett February 18, 2016

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“f you love your romance with spice and humor, you will enjoy this series.” Who doesn’t?

Kate M. Colby

Up next on the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour (co-hosted by author Kate Evans and me) is contemporary romance author, Z.N. Willett.

IMG_7242Z.N. Willett is the girl who has seen more than she has ever wanted; yet decided to add to that world by writing Hollywood romances. A northern girl, but a southerner at heart, loving anything and everything about love and romance. So much that once upon a time she had a career as a wedding and events coordinator. When Z.N. decided to do something she was passionate about, she added her love for travel to the mix. An avid shoeaholic, deep down she’s a sappy romantic who happens to believe that love can truly conquer all.

Here, she introduces her novel, The Trouble with being a Movie Star’s Wife:

How do you share the love of your life with the world?

Alexandria Moore’s fantasy became her reality when…

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The 2016 2K Indie Book Tour: Samantha Bryant February 17, 2016

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Hey, that’s me! #almostfamous

Kate M. Colby

Hello, everyone! Thanks for following the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour so far. For the second half, I’ll be your host. If you missed the first set of interviews, make sure to check them out on Kate Evans’s website, www.writingourselveswell.co.uk.

authorshot-BRYANTFirst up on my half of the blog tour is Samantha Bryant. Samantha is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding the things her family members have misplaced—and the ability to operate on very little sleep. When she’s not writing or working, Samantha watches old movies, reads, listens to audiobooks, bakes, walks in the woods, and wishes she was writing.

Here, she introduces her superhero/women’s fiction novel Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel:

In this lighthearted, nontraditional superhero novel, four menopausal women in the same town start to…

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