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Our goal is to introduce story lovers to independently published authors and to give support and general tips / strategies to those authors during our 'Reviewing Reviews' segments.

Our goal is to introduce story lovers to independently published authors and to give support and general tips / strategies to those authors during our 'Reviewing Reviews' segments.
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Our goal is to introduce story lovers to independently published authors and to give support and general tips / strategies to those authors during our 'Reviewing Reviews' segments.






Small Publishing Starter Houses and When to Move it on Up: A Disscussion With Author John Abraham-Watne

Last week we introduced you to Last Man On Campus by indie author John Abraham-Watne about a young man named Michael Sinclair who heads off to college only to discover a mystery that may change his entire life. We left off just after Michael has listened to an introduction speech by the headmaster and have already been teased a little about the college’s past in a conversation with Michael’s father. Head back to episode 27 to hear the introduction. Author Questions: 1.-What made you...


Last Man on Campus by John Abraham-Watne as Read by Marie Kammerer Franke

Welcome back to the Indie Beginning Podcast where we bring story lovers and authors together through reviews, dialog, and unique topic segments. In honor of all of those who recently graduated high school, and may I say here congratulations to my niece Hannah, we thought that we would bring you a thrilling mysterious tale about a young man just beginning his college career in John Abraham-Watne’s Last Man on Campus as narrated by Marie Kammerer-Franke. Michael Sinclair did not want to...


Primarily Writing in a Secondary Language – A Discussion With Sierra Leone Indie Author Alieu Bundu

This week (Episode 26) we feature an interview with Alieu Bundu, a Sierra Leone indie author that writes primarily in English even though his primary language is Kathemneh. Alieu Bundu is a Sierra Leonean short story writer and novelist. His short stories have been published widely in Sierra Leone and other parts of the world. His novel, Silver Lining which was featured on Episode 25, follows a twelve-year-old boy named Alimu as he struggles through abuse and adversity just to receive an...


Silver Lining by Alieu Bundu an Audiobook Introduction Read by Ben Franke

Welcome to episode 25 with our featured indie author Alieu Bundu and his heart-wrenching read Silver Lining. This audiobook introduction follows a smart twelve-year-old boy named Alimu as he struggles to get an education in a land ravaged by a rebel war. Through abuse and injustice Alimu must fight, survive, and pray to Allah for the strength and fortitude to carry on. Will Alimu achieve his educational dream? This story is a refreshing look at how youth view education and an eye-opening...


The Long and Short of Writing Short Form Fiction: A Conversation with Indie Author Stella Coulson.

Ben and Marie discuss reviews left for Whitby After Dark by Stella Coulson as well as the topic of Short Form Fiction with the author. Novellas and novelettes are gaining in popularity with the rise of kindle and other e-readers (especially since Hugh Howey’s breakthrough tale WOOL) and people are so busy that they just do not have the time for a novel. We also live in a “quick fix” society and may be witnessing the shorter attention spans, at least that is Ben’s belief. What influenced...


Whitby After Dark by Stella Coulson an Audiobook Format Introduction

For our 23rd episode we are bringing you the beginning of Stella Coulson’s Young Adult indie read Whitby After Dark about a young woman who moves to the Gothic small town of Whitby, Yorkshire and discovers a hidden world of vampires, shifters and demons. Her precognitive visions of death lead her to become the target of a serial killing demon. This Indie Beginning is brought to you by shirts by sarah, your one stop shop for all your specialized shirt needs. After the episode please take a...


Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, a Conversation on Alternative History

If you could go back in time and re-write a historical moment, what moment would you choose? LS Bassen wanted to revisit WWII and more specifically the death of Adolf Hitler in her tale Summer of the Long Knives. (Learn more about LS Bassen here.) In this episode Marie and Benjamin discuss reviews left for the story as well as their thoughts on the topic of Alternative History. Below are a list of topic Questions posed to the author. I posed this question to the Writers Group on facebook...


Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen as read by Benjamin Franke

This week we are featuring the indie novel Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen as read by Benjamin Franke. After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist's model in Berlin, suffers an injury that gives her the ability to catch glimpses of the future. It is already too late for many, but Lisel now can see that an even greater evil lies ahead. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest involved in a plot to...


Angels, Demons, Faith and Fiction

Angels, Demons, Faith and Fiction. Last week we introduced you Brandy Ange’s young adult fantasy novel Transgression about a daughter who must decide whether to side with angels who want little to do with her or demons who want too much in order to save her father. This episode is brought to you by the wonderful people at the Rapha House Organization. Proceeds from the purchase of Transgression are donated to this important cause. More information can be found at the end of the episode....


Transgression by Brandy Ange an Audiobook Format Introduction

After learning that Angels and Demons are real and among us Achaia is forced to pledge her allegiance. When it's not just her life on the line, but her father's as well, Achaia's options are less than ideal. Forced to choose between angels who want nothing to do with her, and demons who want too much, it's tempting to just let fate decide. This week we bring you Brandy Ange’s Young Adult Novel Transgression, book One in the Kingdom Come Series. Leave a comment or review below and we will...


Author Interview Recap - Subgenres, Outlining, World-building, Editing, and Trigger / Content Warnings

Every so often the lord of calendars brings us a bonus Monday which allows us to bring you a bonus episode. We thought it would be nice to do a recap our Author interviews. Music found in this episode comes from our friend Alto Key. Alto Key is a British indie folk artist, created by singer-songwriter Keian Barton. Barton composes each song at home in Bath, and works with musicians around the world to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Each song found in this episode comes from the...


Goldilocks and The Three World-Builders - An Author Interview with Paul Grover

Many people believe that authors place too much focus on world building while others think that they leave too much to the imagination. Is there a ‘Just Right’ amount of world-building? What types of stories need more intricate design. How long can an author keep an average reader’s attention and what happens if they lose it? This week Ben and Marie discuss these writing topics as well as learn what featured author of Ark of Souls Paul Grover thinks about articles like ‘Against...


Ark of Souls by Paul Grover - Enhanced Science Fiction Audiobook Introduction

This week Indie Beginning introduces readers to the science fiction novel Ark of Souls, book 1 of the Vale series by indie author Paul Grover. On the Outer Frontier the FSS Berlin, an ageing Federal Navy Cruiser disrupts a pirate attack on a corporate freighter. Mira Thorn, an emotionally damaged veteran of the Martian War of Independence is dispatched to investigate the heavily damaged vessel. The broken ship becomes Mira and her companions' only hope of survival as events spiral out of...


Subgenres, You Can Never Write Too Many… Or Can You?

Marie and Ben discuss reviews left for last week’s Regency Romance featured beginning Brynnde by M. Pepper Langlinais as well as the author advice topic: Subgenres, You can never write too Many… Or Can You? The hosts discuss their views on the topic, theorize about J.K. Rowling switching genres and speak to the author of Brynnde about her own adventures in genre hopping. M. Pepper Langlinais gives her advice for other self-published and independently published authors concerning this topic...


Brynnde: A Regency Romance by M. Pepper Langlinais an Audiobook Format Introduction

This week we bring you the Regency Romance Brynnde written by Indie Author M. Pepper Langlinais. This light, bubbly historical romance follows Brynnde Archambault, a young woman adept at finding suiters for her friends and family yet is in desperate need for a match herself before being forced to marry Mr. Dallweather or as she may secretly think of him Dull-weather. About the Author. M Pepper Langlinais is an award-winning screenwriter whose short script St. Peter in Chains won the Table...


To Outline or Not To Outline, That is the Question! Reviews and Author Topic Discussion.

Marie and Ben discuss reviews left for last week’s thrilling featured beginning On Ice by Scott Stevens as well as the author advice topic on outlining; is it necessary? Through some research the two find that there may not be a universal agreement on this topic and, as marriage goes, even they may not agree. Scott Stevens has his own opinion on outlines and shares those as well as his advice for other self-published and independently published authors. If you are dreaming of sitting back...


On Ice by Scott Stevens: An Audiobook Format Introduction

John Kinkaid is plagued with alcoholism and the fear of what retirement will bring. Alone and without friends John is used to taking the solo approach at life, even while on a mission with his fellow S.W.A.T. members. How far can John push his team? Will one of them put him On Ice? This week we bring you the thrilling tale On Ice by independently published author Scott Stevens. NOTE: This episode contains adult language. Our friends at Burial Grounds Coffee Company have made this episode...


Saturday Morning Sneak Peek - On Ice by Scott Stevens

Listen to a preview of the upcoming Indie Beginning featured story On Ice by Scott Stevens. John Kinkaid is nearing that troubling part of life where he doesn't know what will come - retirement. His life is in shambles and he may have just made it worse.


It's Never Too Late: Beginning Your Writing Career Later in Life

Do you ever wonder if it is too late to start your writing career? Fear not! Many famous authors have accomplished this feat including Toni Morrison. In this episode we discuss reviews left for My Remarkable Little Monkey, by Mark Lages who was in his sixties before pursuing his passion and he is receiving much praise for his works. We will also briefly discuss other famous authors who have found their muse as they aged. Today’s conversation is being fueled by our friends over at Burial...


My Remarkable Little Monkey

A monkey for happiness? Shakespeare is not just your average monkey, he is remarkable. This week we bring you the indie tale My Remarkable Little Monkey by Mark Langes. This story follows Marty who is in search of the perfect animal companion, but discovers something much more. This episode is brought to you by the wonderful people over at burialgrounds coffee company. Purchase a bag of DEATHSTAR or one of their unique coffee blends at Remember to subscribe to the...