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Sample Saturday: James Keeling

Glad y’all could make it to Sample Saturday!

This week we have James Keeling joining us and sharing a sample from his novel, Compensating Controls.

James is a working writer living in the frozen tundra of Minnesota.  He has four lovely daughters and spends the remainder of what little time he has being a computer professional as well as a writer. Find James at: Website: Twitter Handle: @SynapticJam Facebook: Google+:

Compensating Controls– James Keeling

“Everything is going great for Nicholas Edgwood. He has a job he excels at, he has a new girlfriend, and he has hope for the future. Karma can be a cruel mistress.  When he gets framed for a cyber-crime he did not commit, he must run for his life while his entire world crumbles around him.

He may not be the biggest and baddest guy out there, but he has skills, the kind garnered from a career steeped in computers and code. Now he must leverage these skills to their fullest to stay above ground and breathing. It will take all of his talent, and courage he may not have, just to survive.”

And don’t forget that if you are a writer and want to get involved with Sample Saturday just check out the original post HERE.

Sample Saturday: Rachel Howzell

Welcome to the first Sample Saturday of 2012! (No Mayan jokes, please).

This week we have a sample from the talented  writer, Rachel Howzell. She is featuring the first chapter from her mystery, No One Knows You’re Here.

Rachel Howzell was born and raised in South Los Angeles. An avid reader and lover of books, she received her B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2002, Rachel’s first novel, A Quiet Storm, was published by Scriber to great notice, including reviews from O Magazine and Publishers Weekly, with a starred review from Library Journal. A Quiet Storm was also a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. She published her second novel, The View from Here, in November 2010.

No One Knows You’re Here -Rachel Howzell

“Three weeks out of cancer surgery, crime reporter Syeeda McKay is in the pursuit of Los Angeles’s most active serial killer. Over the last twenty years, the Phantom Slayer has hunted African-American prostitutes working in one of the worst parts of South Los Angeles, killing eight victims in the alleys off Western Avenue, and then disappearing into the shadows. But Syeeda doesn’t know that the killer has turned his sights on her.
Detective Adam Sherwood, a hotshot investigator with the Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD, has been handed the Phantom Slayer cases, and together, he and Syeeda must figure out who is doing the killing . . . before Syeeda becomes his next victim.”

And don’t forget that if you are a writer and want to get involved with Sample Saturday just check out the original post HERE.

Sample Saturday: Arlene Radasky

Welcome to another Sample Saturday!

This week we have the very talented Arlene Radasky.

Some words from Arlene:

“I am Arlene Radasky, an author of a novel (working on the second) poetry and short stories. My website is

After I finished my novel, The Fox, I had all the ideas and goals that authors had, to get my novel published. I went to a writer’s conference in 2008, shopped my book, and found out the publishing business was in an upheaval (ebooks just starting to get very popular) found out I probably would not be able to get an agent or publisher to even read my book, so I decided to put it out to the world on my own. I wanted it to be read.

I am not depending on writing for an income, I am retired therefore, I also made the decision to give it away. At the same conference, I attended a workshop on recording and gathered information on I posted my book on several websites that download to all readers, the first being and eventually  Through Smashwords it is also available in many other catalogs and FreeE-books took it around the world many times. I am ever grateful to both websites.

I recorded it and it is available at Podiobooks as a serialized podcast. And through Podiobooks, it is available for sale in

I also have the paperback of The Fox for sale on Amazon.

Some of my poetry and short stories have been picked up for anthologies.

To date, I have had (in all the countable sites) over 35,000 downloads and many positive emails and reviews.

My novels are about ancient history. To tell the stories of those who lived so long ago, is a challenge that I love.”

Enjoy the sample!

In the morning (Excerpt form The Fox) – Arlene Radasky

“In an archaeological site on a hill in the Highlands of Scotland, two lovers will rediscover one another, and how it is one man will have sacrificed his life to save all he ever believed in—and all he ever loved.

A Caledonian tribe soon to be annihilated by the Romans strikes a deal with the gods in order to survive. Two thousand years later, archaeologists Aine MacRae and Marc Hunt are on their trail. Guided by the spirit of a young Caledonian woman favored by the Goddess Morrigna to merge minds, Aine uncovers more than ancient buried artifacts; she will rediscover a timeless love that has withstood the fen of time.”

And don’t forget that if you are a writer and want to get involved with Sample Saturday just check out the original post HERE.

Sample Saturday: Gloria Oliver

We got more red hot fiction for your sampling pleasure!

This week is author Gloria Oliver!


Gloria Oliver lives in Texas making sure to stay away from rolling tumbleweeds and bowing to the wishes of her feline and canine masters.
She is the author of “In the Service of Samurai”, “Vassal of El”, “Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles”, “Willing Sacrifice”, and “The Price of Mercy”, all fantasy and ya fantasy novels.
She’s a member in good standing of EPIC and BroadUniverse though she has yet to make the list for Cat Slave R Us.
For free reads, sample chapters, and more info, please drop by She’s on Twitter as @GloriaOliver
“The choice: Serve the undead or become one of them.

Toshi never expected the strange visitor who one evening stepped foot inside his master’s shop. A samurai smelling of the sea, dripping on the ground, algae strung from his armor. For the first time in his life, he discovers that monsters do roam the earth. And this one has been specifically looking for him.
Can he do what even the undead cannot? Or will he fail and be forced to wander the world as one of them?”

And don’t forget that if you are a writer and want to get involved with Sample Saturday just check out the original post HERE.

Sample Saturday: Mike Luoma

Yet more Sample Saturday for your weekend (or weekday, if you’re a slacker) reading!

This week I have Mike Luoma swinging by the website to share a bit o’ fiction.


Mike Luoma writes science fiction and comic books. His science fiction adventure The Vatican Assassin Trilogy began appearing in late 2005. His most recent novel Alibi Jones starts a new series chronicling the adventures of BC’s son. Both BC and Alibi appear in Mike’s newest release The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 – a new 40 page book from Earthbound Comics. Find out more about Mike and his books, and get free previews and downloads at or

“Meet BC – Bernard Campion. An assassin for the Pope, BC struggles with his work’s contradictions while he takes care of “business” during an out of control interplanetary war in 2109. War between the west and Islam has been raging. We meet BC on his latest assignment: Assassinating Meredith McEntyre the Governor of Lunar Prime – the non-aligned city-state on the Moon!”

And don’t forget that if you are a writer and want to get involved with Sample Saturday just check out the original post HERE.

Oh, and double don’t forget to click that cover of Stark you see to your right. Do it. Do it now! …after you read Mike’s sample.

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