I Believe We Have Some Winners!

You’re not going to read anything we say first, so let’s just congratulate our winners!

 

  1. Shifted Perspective + Special Offers – Laura
  2. Keir – Ash
  3. No Safe Place – Katie
  4. Night of the Purple Moon – Ruby
  5. Thy Fearful Symmetry – Krista 
  6. Searching for Julia Stone – Eliza  
  7. Dark Dates – Georgia
  8. The Hour of Predators – Stephanie

We just wanted to give a big thank you to all of you who participated. Since we only had eight entrants, Laura gets a bonus book for being the biggest Tweeter of them all. So to speak.

Thank you, everyone, for entering, and you’ll receive your free eBooks soon. Keep an eye on your emails!

All the Best,

Cate, Landra, and Mari

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Today’s the last day to enter our massive 9-book giveaway! Have you entered?

Indie Books R Us

balloonsThat magical day has arrived! Our massive giveaway is starting TODAY. Are you guys excited? We’re excited.

We’re giving away NINE different books (one book per winner), and giving our wonderful readers plenty of opportunities to throw your names in the proverbial hat (well, Rafflecopter).

Deets are below.

And just wanted to share a couple of reminders with you:

1) We’ve set up a Twitter account. For the Twitter-savvy out there, it’ll be an easy way to keep up with all things Indies. As always, we’re open to suggestions on what you’d like to see in an IBRU Twitter account because we’re professionals (which means we have NO IDEA what we’re doing).

#2) Thanks to the lovely and talented Landra, we got our own NEWSLETTER, and we couldn’t be happier.

Well, we could be—if you subscribed to it (unless you have, and then we love you).

There are a…

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It’s Here! Giveaway Time!

balloonsThat magical day has arrived! Our massive giveaway is starting TODAY. Are you guys excited? We’re excited.

We’re giving away NINE different books (one book per winner), and giving our wonderful readers plenty of opportunities to throw your names in the proverbial hat (well, Rafflecopter).

Deets are below.

And just wanted to share a couple of reminders with you:

1) We’ve set up a Twitter account. For the Twitter-savvy out there, it’ll be an easy way to keep up with all things Indies. As always, we’re open to suggestions on what you’d like to see in an IBRU Twitter account because we’re professionals (which means we have NO IDEA what we’re doing).

#2) Thanks to the lovely and talented Landra, we got our own NEWSLETTER, and we couldn’t be happier.

Well, we could be—if you subscribed to it (unless you have, and then we love you).

There are a lot of reasons to subscribe to our newsletter. In fact, I will list some of them in convenient bullet form:

  • We are hilarious.
  • We offer brilliant insight into books.
  • We’ll give you exclusive content from our brainboxes.
  • We’ll love you forever.

Do you really need more reasons than those?

No? Good. To subscribe, you’ll just need to scroll down to the “NEWSLETTER” heading on the right-hand side of your screen.

And then our eternal love will be delivered electronically.

And now, the moment I’m sure you’ve been lightly skimming this post for.

THE GIVEAWAY!!!!

A copy of each of the following is up for grabs (1 per winner):

Unfortunately, WordPress and Rafflecopter don’t get along, so you’ll have to click the link to get to the giveaway. It’s terribly inconvenient, and I’m very sorry. I promise next month, I’ll find a better method.

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Author Interview – Taylor Wilmering

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Today, Taylor Wilmering joins me for an interview! Thanks for joining us, Taylor!
This book is fantastically researched! Would you care to give readers some insight into your background?
Thank you!
I am the daughter of a former police officer, so I have grown up with an interest in law enforcement and criminology.
Since June 2007, I have been a civilian role player for local emergency responders, playing a variety of characters for law enforcement and medical training exercises. I’ve grown up around police officers, and have spent a lot of time dealing with various medical issues, so those experiences have really been useful in these scenarios!
My major in college is International & Cultural Studies, with a focus on the Middle East. Since the events of 9/11, I have been fascinated by the history and culture of the Middle East, as well as Islamic terrorism. I have studied groups like Al Qaeda in depth, learning about the history of Islamic extremism and the ideology and methodology of various terrorist groups.
What made you decide to put Ansar Inshallah into the United States? Did you always have an interest in sleeper cells?
The events of 9/11 changed how we look at acts of terrorism and terrorist groups. Their methodology is changing.
Muhammad Atta and the 9/11 hijackers managed to blend into society in the United States and Europe, going (mostly) undetected until the day that they stepped forward to carry out their mission.
TV shows like “24” and “Homeland” (both of which I enjoy) have dramatized it for entertainment, but the fact is that sleeper cells and terrorism are a very real and present threat in the world today.
Of course, the reason I wrote this book was not to frighten people and cause panic! I enjoy reading; I like exciting page-turner stories. I hope you will enjoy “No Safe Place” for what it is – a fictional story, a thriller with a dose of “ripped-from-the-headlines” realism!
You mentioned that some of the events of your book are based on actual terrorist attacks. What made you decide to use them in your book?
The events in “No Safe Place” are fictional (thankfully!), but they are based on real-world people and events. At the end of the book, I included an “Author’s Note” with details about some of the information that I used to shape the story.
I included these things in the plot to show that terrorism is a real-world problem. It’s not all fiction created by Hollywood. “Truth is stranger than fiction” in many cases.
Did any of your research surprise you?
For the most part, the wide variety of things that I had to research was more surprising than the information itself. I drew on a lot of my own knowledge, went to some of my law enforcement friends for some information, and did online research for the rest. This story required a lot of research on a variety of topics; everything from various weapons, to travel time and distance between locations, to children’s toys!
Can you tell us anything about future projects?
My work as a role player has given me all sorts of information on a variety of topics. I am working on another book that I’ve tentatively titled “Broken Things.” This is a fictional story about drunk driving. Every forty-five minutes, someone in the United States is killed in a car crash caused by drunk driving. “Broken Things” tells the story of four families whose lives are forever changed by one man’s decision to drink and drive. The storyline shows how a single decision can have serious long-term consequences, and not just for the person who made the choice. It also makes powerful points about grief, pain, forgiveness, healing, and redemption.
This project is moving incredibly slowly, though, so I can’t give you any idea of when it might be finished!
Thanks for joining us, Taylor!
No Safe Place is available:
 
-Print version available in paperback.

-Electronic version available in .mobi, .prc, .pdf, .rtf, and plain text.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/118412 (Nook, iPad, other devices)

Review: No Safe Place by Taylor Wilmering – Cate’s Take

Genre: Political Thriller

Rating: Maybe

 

This is probably one of the best-researched books I’ve ever read, and that thought stayed with me until the end. What Wilmering’s done is take the terror of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and transplant it to California.

No Safe Place follows FBI Agent Erin Walker and Homeland Security agent John Anderson as they trace the steps of Ansar Inshallah, a Muslim terrorist group, through destruction after destruction. Multiple viewpoints inform the book, but John and Erin remain our central players.

Wilmering fills her thriller with a fantastic amount of tension. The stakes start high and only get higher as the story progresses. It’s a lot of response for our heroes. They receive the call, they go in, disarm, leave. We get small glimpses into John and Erin’s relationship, but not much. As a result, I didn’t connect with John and Erin as much as I would’ve liked. We remain a safe distance from them for a majority of the book.

The multiple viewpoints irked me a little bit. It’s a personal thing, but I’m not an enormous fan of using a viewpoint for the express purpose of setup, and that happens a couple times. For instance, we follow one of the sleeper agents as she prepares to blow up a bus. Personally, I’d rather have not seen that coming so I could’ve been surprised with John and Erin when they received the news. Again, that’s just me.

There are also a few info-dumps, where Wilmering just feeds us information instead of weaving it into the plot. They didn’t jerk me out of the story, but they tended to be a bit distracting.

There’s a LOT that the book gets right. There’s the intense plot, the fantastic insertion of Ansar Ashallah’s sleeper agents, and a great plot twist that sets up the end (and literally made me gasp). The story is good, and it’s an entertaining read. So if it sounds like something you’re interested in, pick it up. You’ll enjoy it despite its flaws.

No Safe Place is available:

-Print version available in paperback.

-Electronic version available in .mobi, .prc, .pdf, .rtf, and plain text.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006PIAFIS/ (Kindle)
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/118412 (Nook, iPad, other devices)

 

This Week’s Read: No Safe Place by Taylor Wilmering

NoSafePlace CoverShortly before September 11, 2001, Joe Biden warned, “The question is not if we will be attacked by terrorists again, but rather when and where.” In the pages of No Safe Place, terrorism has come to America once again. Sleeper agents for a radical Islamic terrorist group that calls itself Ansar Inshallah are carrying out specific targeted attacks designed to create general chaos and bring the United States to its knees. They have managed to blend into American society and go undetected – until now. As Ansar Inshallah’s sleeper cells awaken, Americans discover that appearances can be deceiving and the people around them may not be who they seem. Homeland Security Counter-Terrorism Division agent John Anderson and his field partner, Agent Erin Walker of the FBI, are racing against the clock to uncover and bring down Ansar Inshallah. But how do you fight a war when your enemy is hidden among you?

 

No Safe Place is available:

-Print version available in paperback.

-Electronic version available in .mobi, .prc, .pdf, .rtf, and plain text.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006PIAFIS/ (Kindle)
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/118412 (Nook, iPad, other devices)


About the author:
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I am a college student and will graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in International & Cultural Studies with a focus on the Middle East, and a double minor in Writing and Sociology. Over the past several years, I have studied the Middle East in depth, learning about the history and culture of the region, as well as learning about radical Islam and terrorism. The people and events portrayed in “No Safe Place” are fictional, but they are based in fact, modeled after profiles of many real-world people and events. (At the end of the book, I included a “Background Information” section with details about some of the things that my story is based on.)


I have been writing since I was 6 or 7 years old. My writing at that age was about typical girly things like adventures with my best friend, horses, princesses, and other “young-girl-related” things. Since I spent a significant amount of my childhood in and out of hospitals, a lot of my stories also involved people going to the hospital and having surgery for various illnesses and injuries! I have been writing ever since, everything from 500-word short stories to novel-length projects. These days, my writing has matured and broadened a bit. 🙂 The majority of what I write now is medical drama, political thrillers, and Christian fiction. 

Excitement!

Now that you’re reading this in Professor Farnsworth’s voice…

We’ve got some news, peeps!

As you may have noticed IBRU is expanding. We’ve added a fantastic 3rd reviewer (Hi, Mari!), gotten some great 4th week content, and we’re gearing up for our first-ever giveaway, which is going to be MASSIVE.

So, in order to help you keep up with all the shiny newness of our humble little site, we’re working on two new things:

#1) We’ve set up a Twitter account. For the Twitter-savvy out there, it’ll be an easy way to keep up with all things Indies. As always, we’re open to suggestions on what you’d like to see in an IBRU Twitter account because we’re professionals (which means we have NO IDEA what we’re doing).

#2) Thanks to the lovely and talented Landra, we got our own NEWSLETTER, and we couldn’t be happier.

Well, we could be—if you subscribed to it (unless you have, and then we love you).

There are a lot of reasons to subscribe to our newsletter. In fact, I will list some of them in convenient bullet form:

  • We are hilarious.
  • We offer brilliant insight into books.
  • We’ll give you exclusive content from our brainboxes.
  • We’ll love you forever.

Do you really need more reasons than those?

No? Good. To subscribe, you’ll just need to scroll down to the “NEWSLETTER” heading on the right-hand side of your screen.

And then our eternal love will be delivered electronically.

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