Blog Name Change

From the beginning my blog has been titled The Artistic Persuasion.  There is even a page defining the meaning of The Artistic Persuasion.

The Artistic Persuasion – conforming to the standards of art by influence of the mind
it is something you must do, something that captivates you with a passion. You must do as you are told and follow the rules of the trade in the creative world around you. This means there are no limits. Unless your mind can not fathom past the horizon. But then you can always walk closer, look over theedge, turn and ponder through a different perspective. Expression in some way must be obtained. Even if you feel you have denied it, it some way it has seeped from your mind and made a difference. Don’t hold back, let it flow. You may be surprised by the exquisite life in the artistic persuasion.
Welcome to my blog. Here i will post randomness and methodical ideas that bounce around in my head. I may create new words, realms, images, or unimaginable existences. I may write things that come to mind while editing, painting, reading, baking, or other daily life instances. The expanse of thoughts can fill the universe and make it overflow into infinite dimensions. We shall see what i make of it. Enjoy!

However, recently, I’ve been copy and pasting my author bio a lot and designed my business cards with the term “dream-catch writer.”

Dream-catch writing is what I consider my type of writing to be.  Most of my stories come from my dreams or nightmares.  When I wake up I write down everything I can remember.  Usually I come up with a new story idea right away or think of something to add to a story already in progress.  If I don’t come up with an idea then I save it for later.  So essentially, I catch my dreams in my writing.  I’m sure many writer come up with ideas from dreams they’ve had, but I’ve never heard the term dream-catch writer before.  Maybe I am the first official Dreamcatch Writer 😉  Or, at least the first to consider myself as one.

Both titles have some meaning, and both I created on my own.  So, I’d like to get your input.  What should my blog name be?  Should I keep it the same, or should I change it?

Should my blog name be:

The Artistic Persuasion



The Dreamcatch Writer

the dreamcatch writer


Please leave your favorite in the comments 🙂
Thank you!


QR Codes

ToF promo previewWorking with the Indies and Action (IIA) group I learned about QR Codes and how to add them to your promotional materials.  QR codes were square bar codes to me.  I thought if you scanned them with your phone it was an instant purchase and didn’t really see the value in them.  For the Twist of Fate anthology I created the designs for the bookmarks, post cards, and business cards.  By request I added QR codes to both the Paperback and the Kindle edition of the book.  Maria Edwards, a fellow IIA member, helped me by creating the QR codes and I simply added them to the designs.  Working with them caught my curiosity. Naturally I decided to research them.

QR codes were originally used in the automotive industry to quickly access tracking information during the manufacturing process.  Now they have become popular in the advertising world. Typically, a consumer downloads a QR-code scanner app onto their smartphone.  Using the camera on the back of the phone, the code is converted into a useful form such as a URL for a website, a coupon to get a free download, or even contact information.  This conversion dismisses the need for a user to type a URL manually into a web browser, cutting out a coupon from the paper, or copying contact information into their address book.  Information from Wikipedia *

After researching the QR codes I decided to download a QR scanning app on my phone and try it out on the QR codes I put onto the Twist of Fate promo designs.  It took only two seconds to scan and take me straight to the page where I can buy a copy.  That had me sold.  I knew I wanted to figure out how to make QR codes for my brand.  So, I got back to researching and found a generator that makes the QR codes for you for free.  I used KAYWA QR Code to make a code for my author website, my amazon author profile, and to download my free book The Blind Lily.  It was simple, quick, and painless.  Now to decide where to use them…

For a while now I’ve been wanting to make some business cards.  This seemed like the perfect place for me to use my QR codes.  I decided to use my amazon author profile and my Free download QR codes since the front of my business card has my website on it and there just isn’t enough room for three codes on my business card.  Here is what I came up with:

AshleyNicole's business card preview

I can’t wait to get them in the mail from Overnight Prints 🙂  Recently I took my sister’s dog to the vet and while she was back with the doctor I talked to the lady at the front desk.  Topics ranged from being a mom, to children’s names we liked and why, to eventually character’s names, and of course that lead to the topic of my writing.  She seemed very intrigued and asked me about my books and where she could find them.  Right then, I really wish I’d had a business card to give her.  She was so sweet and I really enjoyed our chat.  I ended up writing my website down on a piece of paper for her.

Two weeks prior to the vet’s office I ran across a post by The Musings of a New Englander about Author: Business Cards.   I told Sharon “I was planning on ordering some author business cards today. This [blog post] has made me realize how valuable they will be. Thank you. Now I just have to make a design. No idea what I want them to look like. *laughs* I better get started.”  Needless to say I did not order them that day.  The design took me longer than it should have.  I just couldn’t decide how I wanted it to look and I wasn’t sure if I really should have my picture on it.  After seeing how many authors have their photos on their business cards I decided, why not, and went for it.

People always seem to be asking me for information on my website or books when I tell them I’m a writer.  Then we dig around looking for a piece of paper and a pen so I can give them some info.  Now, I’ll finally just be able to hand them a business card.  It will be so much easier.  For some great examples of QR codes on business cards I recommend stopping by 708 Media‘s blog post 22 Great Examples of QR Code Business Cards.


What is your experience with QR codes?  Have any cool designs to share or ideas on how to utilize your QR codes?  Please share in the comments 🙂



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Betas and Street Team!


It’s Wednesday August 7th and Women’s Island is now headed to my beta readers!  I’m going to be sending them Women’s Island in sections until we get through the full manuscript.  This makes comparing notes and making changes go more smoothly (in my opinion anyway).  Then when I am finished with the revisions it will go to my editor!!!!!  I’m so excited!  How about you?

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AshleyNicole’s Crew of Book Rebels
Book Rebels WANTED!

AshleyNicole is starting up a Street Team with members also known as Book Rebels.  If you join the crew you’ll get the chance to read her books for free in exchange for an honest review, win book swag, and get exclusive offers/insight only available to contributors and street team members.

A Street Team is a group of people that market a brand or product simply for their passion on the subject.  An author street team is a group of fans who love an author’s books and is willing to spread links on social networking sites, by word of mouth, and passing out coupons/bookmarks/etc…

What are some things a street team member might do?

  • Create and monitor a book’s Wikipedia page
  • Create and monitor a book’s Facebook fan page
  • Create and monitor a book’s Twitter fan account
  • Host giveaways, contests, or events featuring the author’s book(s)
  • Place bookmarks, postcards, or flyers in coffee shops, small book stores, libraries, and on bulletin boards anywhere for people to see.
  • Have author spotlight days on one’s book blog
  • Recommend the author’s book(s) to friends and other readers.

What do Street Team members get for their loyalty and determination to promote the author’s books?

  • Hear the earliest scoop on book related events and news
  • Receive exclusive offers and products related to AshleyNicole Shelton’s books
  • Signed Paperback Copies
  • Limited Edition Bookmarks
  • eCopies/books
  • T-shirts
  • Other awesome products

How do I become a Street Team member?

Email AshleyNicole directly at  Be sure to put “Street Team Application” in the subject box so she won’t miss it.  Include the following in your email:

  • Name, Facebook profile link, and email contact information
  • Why you will make a good addition to the Street Team
  • What street team position(s) you’re interested in

What Positions are Currently Available?

  • Content Creator – Women’s Island Facebook FanPage
  • Host – Women’s Island giveaways, contests, or events
  • Blogger – Post author spotlights and/or participate in blog tours
  • Digital Artist – Digital art for promoting Women’s Island
  • Editor – Women’s Island Wikipedia Page
  • Fact Checker – Women’s Island Wikipedia Page
  • Tweep Promoter – Women’s Island Twitter fan account
  • Newsie – Deliverer of news for all things Women’s Island
  • Poster – Place Women’s Island paper promo for people to see.
  • Stocker – Visit local libraries; request them to shelve Women’s Island
  • Loyal Fan – Recommend Women’s Island (infinite availability *wink*)

Note:  If your application is approved AshleyNicole’s will send you a request to join the Facebook group. You may be required to accept the request if you are not added to the group automatically.

Book Blast: A Pirate’s Tale

Book Blast Announcement!
A Pirate’s Tale
by Stacey Rourke

pirate banner Who needs a little more Rowan?
Stacey Rourke presents a Gryphon series novella
The call of the sea.
The promise of adventure.
For Rowan Wade, the need to return to his swashbuckling ways is enough to betray the only woman he’s cared for in over three hundred years.
With vengeance in his heart, he’s determined to exact his revenge on those that mutinied against his father.
The arrival of an unlikely ally challenges Rowan’s plans. Her goal isn’t to stop him, but to lead him on a journey of self-discovery to unravel the mysteries of the twisted path that led him to the Dark Army.
Will it be enough to make the pirate shift course? Or will he be lost forever in a rum-induced haze? Hoist ye colors and prepare to set sail with the Gryphon Series’ favorite pirate!
Get your copy of A Pirate’s Tale at Amazon 
Chat with Stacey Rourke
Friday, July 19 at 2 pm

Twitter #PiratesTale

a Rafflecopter giveaway —  A GWR Publicity event paid for by Anchor Group Publishing. Giveaway is sponsored by the author who is responsible for the delivery of prize.

The Artistic Persuasion & AshleyNicole Books received no compensation for this post.


About the Author, Stacey Rourke



Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband and two beautiful daughters that she knows are nothing short of a blessing from Heaven. She took a break from working on her young adult fantasy Gryphon Series to share her story of infertility with the world. To learn more about her or her other available titles please visit:

Social Media Links
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Twitter @Rourkewrites


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Giveaway dates: July 19 – August 4

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The Artistic Persuasion & AshleyNicole Books received no compensation for this post.


Other Books by Stacey Rourke

Book Three of the Gryphon Series
by Stacey Rourke

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Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there is any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling itís that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything sheís ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear.
As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there is no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jello shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception?
Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding Conduit-style!

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes and Nobel | Smashwords


The Conduit
Book One in the Gryphon Series
By Stacey Rourke

The Conduit

All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for.  And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met.  Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.
While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon.  She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop.  Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone.  With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves.  Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.


“Okay, little side note here. If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no. That’s the smart thing to do. I, on the other hand, responded, ‘Bring it’.”

Book Two in the Gryphon Series
By Stacey Rourke

EmbraceWhether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms  with being  the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky,  between intense training  sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know  at what cost it would come. That is,  until a dear friend is harmed by the  malicious forces hunting her.
Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.

Excerpt: (I chose this excerpt because I can just imagine hearing Celeste say it to herself and it so incredibly awesome.  Makes humiliating yourself in front of a guy not seem so bad in comparison.)

With narrowed eyes, he peered past me to the counter.  ”Ya sure it’s broken?  Sounds like it’s on now.”
I turned my head in the direction of the counter.  He was right, something was whirring.  I could hear it, too.  But it wasn’t coming from the counter, or the DOA cappuccino machine.   It was closer than that.  Close enough that I could feel the vibration in my chest. 
Oh, sweet-mother-of-all-that’s-good-and-pure, IT’S ME!! I’m purring!

The Sidekick Chronicles
A Gryphon Series Novella
by Stacey Rourke

Gryphon seriesCeleste isn’t the only member of the Garrett family whose life changed when destiny called. Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a…sidekick.

Sidekicks…ya can’t live with ‘em and you’d probably die horribly without ‘em.

Purchase Links

       Amazon                                       Barnes and Noble

The Conduit                                         The Conduit

Embrace                                               Embrace

Sidekick Chronicles                           Sidekick Chronicles

Steady, Sharp, and Quick

Word count for today: 1,203

I worked on another lab scene today. The detail was fun and unexpectedly broadened the plot a little. I’m looking forward to adding to the following scenes from it. Tomorrow I’ll be adding a lab scene and a cavern dweller scene to the manuscript. These two scenes I think will really add to the plot and let you get to know the characters more.  I’ll be trying to post my word count daily until I send it off to my beta readers. Try being the operative word.  For 1k Likes on my Facebook Author Page I promised you all a teaser.  So here is a mini-teaser before I get back to writing or get some sleep. Which ever comes first 😉 Enjoy!

Women’s Island Mini-Teaser

"Cryogenic Sleep" by Siamon89  source:

“Cryogenic Sleep” by Siamon89

Glass doors slide open admitting an old man with smoky gray eyes dressed in a lab coat.  Despite his advanced age his hands are steady, his eyes are sharp, and his mind is quick.  A content smile slides onto his face as he walks to the center of the room.  On the examination table his subject slumbers in a medically induced coma.  The young female, a breeder, is the ideal vessel for birthing more intelligent, stronger, and longer living men. She has been his project since she was just an embryo in her mother’s womb.  “Won’t be long now my pet.  Soon you can begin the fertilization stage.”  The doctor brushes a strand of hair away from her face, knowing he shouldn’t be attached to his projects in such a manner.  But pride in his work is an emotion he can’t push aside.  An apprentice rushes into the room, making the doctor step back, his silent adoration now disrupted.  The young man hands him glass card before dismissing himself just as quickly as he arrived.  Accepting the message a holographic missive appears in the air from congress approving his proposal for a study to cure diseases and breed the next generation of men.   It states they are so impressed with his presentation they are not only granting permission but funding as well for his female species studies.  The doctor turns back to his female subject and begins his routine vitals check with a smile on his face.  “I hold the future in my hands,” he whispers.

Not Yet Edited
Mini-teaser from Women’s Island
ⓒCopyright 2012, 2013 AshleyNicole Shelton

Writer’s Retreat

When my AshleyNicole Books Facebook page reached 1k likes I was going to share a teaser from Women’s Island.  Then we had all those storms so I was delayed in posting it.  While I was without internet for those extended periods of time and then on vacation with my family I continued to work on my manuscript.  Getting lost in the world of Women’s Island I began imagining finishing it for my beta readers by the beginning of August, working every free moment to accomplish that goal.  Then yesterday one of my team asked me when I was going to share that teaser I promised…  I’ve been so wrapped up in finishing the book I forgot about the teaser.  But have no fear, I’ve got something better than a teaser now that you’ve had to wait so long.  I’ll be sending the book to my beta readers!  And then my editor!  And another round for good measure.  That means I could have Women’s Island published before October even gets here!  Fingers crossed this can be accomplished.

To keep you occupied while I’m working, I thought you might enjoy this post about Famous Writers’ Retreats.  My favorite retreat is probably “London” by George Bernard Shaw simply because that’s an ingenious way to keep people from interrupting your writing.  However my favorite location would be that of Beatrix Potter!  I love the beauty and quiet of the country side and it’s in the lake district.  Maybe one day I’ll have my own unique retreat…  Until then I’ll stick with writing where ever and when ever I can.  Now I need to stop waisting my time on blog posts and get back to writing my book 😉

Thank you everyone for your continued support!  You’re awesome!
Have a great day!
~ AshleyNicole


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Twist of Fate hits number one in just one week!

Twist of Fate is now available in both ebook and paperback versions.  The feedback from readers has been great and it has hit the top release spot on Amazon in the Poetry Anthologies division!  If you haven’t gotten your copy yet you can find the buy links below.

Amazon Paperback

Amazon eBook

Barnes and Noble eBook

Smashwords eBook

Createspace Paperback


Also stop by the Twist of Fate blog for the latest updates:

Twist of Fate Anthology: Twist of Fate hits number one in just one week!.

Independence Day

Hello Everyone,
How are you on this beautiful morning/evening?
It’s Independence Day here in the United States. Our Congress established the federal holiday in 1776 for US citizens to celebrate our country’s independence.
Because I am a writer I thought I’d share some info on a couple famous writers remembered on this day.


Francis Scott Key wrote a poem called “Defense of Fort McHenry” written in 1814. It is these words that became the lyrics to our national anthem the “Star Spangled Banner”

O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there –
O! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream –
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havock of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul foot-steps’ pollution,
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home, and the war’s desolation,
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – ‘In God is our trust! ‘
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Paul Revere was the American patriot who rode through the town acting as an alarm warning of the British’s arrival by shouting “The British are coming! The British are coming!” This act was immortalized in a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow known as “Paul Revere’s Ride”

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good-night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,–
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,–
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,—
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

What writers do you know of who’s writings should be recognized today?
Happy Independence Day!

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Twist of Fate- Now Available in eBook Formats

In May of 2013 storms and tornadoes ripped through the midwestern United States leaving destruction and desolation in many areas. One of the hardest hit states was Oklahoma. “Twist of Fate” is an anthology of writing, poetry, prose, and artwork from contributors around the world, better known as the group: Indies In Action. 100 % of the proceeds from the sale of the book “Twist of Fate” will go to benefit tornado victims in Oklahoma through the May Tornadoes Fund, administered by the United Way.
The Indies In Action (IIA) group has been hard at work to create a beautiful collection of prose and poetry dedicated to the victims of the tornadoes which devastated Oklahoma in recent weeks. This touching collection is punctuated by well-known authors and poets from all over the globe, stirring photography, and a brilliant cover donated by Maria Edwards of Navigator Books.


The Twist of Fate (ToF) anthology has been a group effort mixed with a little bit of madness as all book publications are. From editing, to formatting, and book cover decisions, books are a lot of work even after all the writing and artwork has been done. I’ve truly enjoyed collaborating with my fellow Indies In Action (IIA) members.
And now, after all that hard work Twist of Fate is now available in eBook formats!

Buy Links:

Smashwords | Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Kiriti Sengupta (India) has been very hard at work interviewing some of the contributors of ToF and I thought I would share these with you so you can get to know the contributors who are helping raise money for the May Tornadoes Fund.
I had the pleasure of talking with Kiriti when he had me at the interview desk last week. It was such a surprise to be invited for the interview as I did not contribute any written work to the anthology, rather I submitted my photography. The support and appreciation the members of IIA give to one another is tremendous. Each day I am more and more thankful I was able to join them for such a great cause.

Interview Snippet:

Kiriti: What is the role of the photographs in this anthology ?

Ashley: Photography captures a single moment. I like to think that it brings everyone together, to that one point in time. Next to the literature, we can all experience and feel the compassion that is going into this anthology.

Kiriti: Which comes first, Love or Sympathy ? What is of more importance in a charity work ?

Ashley: The two can often be mixed up or coincide with one another. To me, love is intense and personal. Those who know the victims personally have all the love they require. But sympathy is that emotional tug even a stranger feels for someone in need. It is what drives us to volunteer and give to charity.

You can read the full interview here, Author AshleyNicole fascinates with her insights about charity and Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology.


Other Interviews by Kiriti:

Stephen L Wilson (U.S.A) | Allison Bruning (U.S.A) | hülya yılmaz (Turkey)

W.F. “Bill” Lantry (U.S.A) | Linda Bonney Olin (U.S.A) | Ency Bearis (USA)

Ranadeb Dasgupta and Prabir Roy (India) | Jon Tribble (U.S.A) | Maria Edwards (U.S.A.)

Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo (Philippines) | Simone Beaudelaire (U.S.A)

Crystal Schall (U.S.A) | Don Martin (U.S.A) | M.P.Witwer (U.S.A.)

Colin Dardis (Northern Ireland) | Marshall G. Kent Sr. (U.S.A) | Madhu Kalyan (India)

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Interview with the Cover Artist of ToF

ID Maria Edwards

The upcoming Twist of Fate (ToF) anthology has been a group effort mixed with a little bit of madness as all book publications are. From editing, to formatting, and book cover decisions, books are a lot of work even after all the writing and artwork has been done. I’ve truly enjoyed collaborating with my fellow Indies In Action (IIA) members. While the project is still coming together, the rest of the group has been participating in other ways. One of these ways is through interviews.

Kiriti Sengupta (India) has been very hard at work interviewing some of the contributors of ToF and I thought I would share these with you so you can get to know the contributors who are helping raise money for the May Tornadoes Fund. Thank you Kiriti for all the interviews and thank you Maria for all your hard work on the book cover of this project and the IIA group.

Interview Teaser:

“TWIST OF FATE is a global effort. As such, I believe Stephen wanted all aspects of the project to be contributions, including the publishing and marketing efforts. Remember, together we are stronger and can have a greater effect than just one individual. I am honored to be just one part of the greater group that IS Indies in Action!”

~ Maria Edwards

To read the full interview where Ms.Maria Edwards, President, American Authors’ Association (AAA) shares her insight about Twist of Fate… click here.