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Barbara Speak’s Indy Author Talk – Barbara Interviews Sadie

This installment of Nerd Girl Official’s Indy Author Talk is with Barbara Speak author of the Flawlessly Broken series.  It’s rather interesting that Barbara decided to interview Sadie the main character of Finding Solace.  We get to see a little more of what makes Sadie ticks from the perspective of the very person who created her.  Sit back and enjoy!  For those who haven’t read the first book, below you can find the synopsis of the first book.  

Barbara Speak is an awesome lady!  She is easy to talk to and is quite a writer!  Stay tuned as her review from me will be up shortly. 

Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl #NerdGirlOfficial #NerdGirlArmy


Finding Solace (Flawlessly Broken Book 1) by Barbara Speak

Sadie Warren is a walking contradiction. The confidence she wears on the outside is only to cover the scars that are imbedded on her soul. Coming out of an abusive relationship where she was stripped of her security and confidence, she chooses to bury it under every man she gives her body to. After one intoxicated night that she will never remember in its entirety, everything begins to… Continue reading

INDY AUTHOR TALK WITH – Fairy Tales by Liz DeJesus

Liz was one of the first supporters of Nerd Girl Official and has remained a fan ever since!  She is #AwesomeSauce!  I reviewed her novel, First Frost and loved it (  I DO PLAN ON READING First Frost again before I read/review Glass Frost in a few weeks; it’s just that kind of book.  PLUS I need a refresher.  One of our retired #NerdGirl reviewers use to read every book in a series before she would read the new release and I will be doing just that.

Fairy Tales have been re-told over the centuries to boys and girls, so they would be good.  So there life would have meaning.  Girls could dream.  Boys could reach for the stars.  They needed something to base their lives off of and grow!  The Brothers Grim collected much of the fairy tales in the late 18th Century.   It was their obsession and now it’s ours.   Their stories are still being retold and reworked but I never tire of them.  Liz is a hopeless romantic like most of us girls.  We just want our prince, our king,… Continue reading

C.S. Bailey’s Indy Author Talk – The Pros and Cons of Self-publishing (Sort of)

Writing is a struggle for some authors.  The process in itself is daunting.  THEN getting  published is even harder.  Rejection letters can kill a person’s self esteem and keep them in a rabbit hole for years (believe me I know.)  BUT the self-publishing phenomenon has exploded.  I use to know all the authors and new genre’s coming our, but I can’t keep up.  I spend at least 2 hours of my morning before the Big 3 morning “Meetings” reading newsletters upon newsletters.  MORE AND MORE mainstream authors are going INDY as well!  Exciting!!  Anyway…

C.S. Bailey is here today to express his Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing.  His windy path and his success!!  His book Maybe Misery was released on July 25th and it’s only $1.01 on Amazon!    He has an interesting blog as well so be sure to check out his links at the bottom after the Q&A!



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The Pros and Cons of Self-publishing (Sort of)

I’d been asked to write a piece for the Indy-author talk segment and settled on sharing the experience of taking three years of self-publishing a book.

It’s always… Continue reading


Don Walker…  Where shall I begin…  Nerd Girl Official fan page promoted his Agent Wild KickStarter Campaign late summer 2013 and we have been friends ever since.  His #AwesomeSauce Comic, Alien Princess Huntress, Agent Wild (In my head it’s Asian Wild – LOL) looks sooooooooo cool so far!  I am totally excited that the comic was funded!  <Insert #FanGirlSqueal>

I was lucky enough to win a signed (on the back) promo cover printout and a silver edition metal trading card from one of his giveaways and I have been trying to get him to sign a piece of card stock paper ever since.  BUT the man is busy!!!  Maybe when his #IndyFilm gets funded I can coax him into it.  You know because WHEN I frame it, you can’t see his autograph.  AND I CAN’T PROVE WE WERE FRIENDS WHEN HE IS FAMOUS!!!


Alien Princess Huntress, Agent WILD, is an alien policing the alien presence on Earth who uncovers a plot to destroy an entire galactic alliance. Starting with EARTH.

Dant Dant Dahhhhhhhh…. (Is that how that goes??)  LOOKIE AT THE COVER!!  WELL THIS IS WHAT… Continue reading

INDY AUTHOR TALK WITH KATHERINE WOOD – Full Time Teacher, Full Time Writer

Blood in the Air

Reading is magic, but for the AUTHOR writing the books, we read, is more like juggling.  Katherine Wood is the author of Blood in the Air: The Kari True Chronicles and her Indy Author Talk is centered about juggling a full time job and writing full time! 

I hope you enjoy this week’s installment Nerd Girl Official’s Indy Author Talk, BUT first let’s take a look at her book trailer!  SQUEEEAAAALLLLLL!!!  I can’t wait to read her book!  (Especially since she describes it to be a cross between the Lord of the Rings and Law & Order!)

Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl #NerdGirlOfficial


Full Time Teacher, Full Time Writer

            It has taken me three years from starting writing my book to having it out in the shops and alongside this I have been peddling uphill to try and get a permanent job in teaching. Everyone needs a day job

 In January of 2011 I was teaching in a job that I hated, it was my first year of teaching and I was really struggling, having very little support from my mentor and head teacher.… Continue reading

***Awesome Blog Post*** …. NerdGirlVamp Reviews an ARC of The Spiritglass Charade (Stoker & Holmes #2) by Colleen Gleason


Title: The Spiritglass Charade (Stoker & Holmes #2)

Author: Colleen Gleason

Published Date: Expected October 2014

Genre: YA Steampunk


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 After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa “appear lunatic,” using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, “there are no coincidences.” It will take all of Mina’s wit and Evaline’s muscle to keep London’s sinister underground at bay.


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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this from the publisher and all I can say is all my steampunk loving friends better get reading the first one (if they haven’t already) so that they are ready for when this gets released in October.

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Indy Author Talk with Janell Rhiannon – The Power of Grandmas


When I first asked Janell to write an Indy Author Talk, I thought to myself, I wonder what she is going to write about.  She knew her topic and went off running (or writing).  Not that I gave her much time to think.  (Insert Giggles Here)  I read the her guest post and her Q&A and she felt like my best friend.   She took me back to my days in college when I would go over MY best friend’s Lina’s house and her Nonna was there.  Her Nonna recently became an Angel too and I was so sad for her and Jennie, my other bff/her cousin.  Anyway, off topic and if I say too much then I will spoil the beauty of what Janell wrote for the Nerd Herd today!  Sooooooooo…  Here you go… <3 Gladys XOXOtheNerdGirl

The Power of Grandmas

As a little girl the favorite woman in my life was my Nonna (that’s Italian for grandmother). She lived next door to us for a while, and I learned so much from her like how real butter with sugar on a saltine cracker and warm tapioca… Continue reading

INDY AUTHOR TALK WITH Rachel Rawlings – Planning the Perfect Con


This Indy Author talk will be our first of four HallowReads installments for this years event in October!  I am so excited!  One, because I LOVE HALLOWEEN!  TWO, because my illness last year caused me to NOT be able to attend and THREE, because this will be the beginning of a beautiful annual partnership with myself/Nerd Girl Official and author Rachel Rawlings/Hallowread Events Coordinator!  Soooooo exciting!!!  So enough of my rambling and on to Rachel’s IAT about “Planning the Perfect Con”


Planning the Perfect Con

Don’t worry this guest blog isn’t a grifter’s manifesto. Although that sentence did just spark a story idea- but I digress.

The lovely ladies over at Nerd Girl have so graciously given me a chance to tell you all about the HallowRead Convention for fans of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Steampunk and Horror. This is our second year holding the mini con in haunted and historic Ellicott City, MD. It’s shaping up to be bigger and better than last year, which I didn’t think was possible since I  managed to book Darynda Jones for my first ever convention. Don’t even ask how, because I’m still… Continue reading

Queen Of Hearts Release Day Blitz – With Review By Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp


The Day Is Finally Here!!!!! Queen Of Hearts (A Sin City Novella) Is Available To Buy!!!!!!

Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath,… Continue reading

Aces Wild: Sin City Collectors Novella by Amanda Carlson Release Blitz With Review

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Title: Aces Wild: Sin City Collectors Novella

Author: Amanda Carlson

Published Date: June 2nd 2014

Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy


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Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions. 

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the… Continue reading

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