Announcing a new BestSeller: Autumn Birt

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BestSelling Reads is proud to announce a new member: Autumn Birt, author of epic fantasies as well as dystopian science-fiction. But we’ll let her introduce herself.

I see stories in my mind.

Even if I didn’t write, I’d be daydreaming snippets of imaginary places and people. I have done so since I was child stuck in the backseat of my parent’s car on epic drives. Actually, we lived in the country (my neighbors were Amish), so anywhere was an epic drive: grocery store, mall, school…

I would look out the window and dream of somewhere else.

At first I tried to draw what I imagined. There was a fifty fifty chanced I’d end up a graphic artist rather than a novelist. But when I discovered that by writing I could explore words so much deeper than a simple passing daydream, that was the point of no return for me. Characters could by my friend for years as I wrote. Worlds I created were real enough I could smell the smoke of campfires and hear the music from celebrations. My artwork is now secondary, but so useful as an author.

And honestly, as a fantasy author and daydreamer, this world is a tragic disappointment. Where are the dragons? Magic spells? Portals to new universes? I have to create my own, so I craft them through books, which have the benefit of allowing readers to leap in as well. In my mind, I was lonely. Through my books, I can share the worlds and characters with so many people!

My first published novel was Born of Water, which was released in 2012 and began my first epic fantasy series The Rise of the Fifth Order. This year marks my sixth as a published author and I just released my thirteenth book which completes my second epic fantasy trilogy and third fully released series. What is crazy is I’m just getting started!

I write fantasy because I was drawn to it from a young age. I remember finding a short story on dragon impression on Pern when I was in Junior High School. Anne McCaffrey’s world changed me from an occasional reader to a book devourer. Mercedes Lackey, Ursula K. Leguin, Margaret Weis, Tracey Hickman, and so many other amazing novelists opened new worlds to me and taught truths that might not have blossomed if handed out in a text book.

I think that is the secret power of fantasy; it can teach very personal lessons while entertaining: friendship, honesty, perseverance, and the drive to change the world. But I don’t like preachy stories written expressly to persuade. No, I want to fall in love with characters, with a world, and be swept up in events that make you rise to your best … or teach you the humbling result if you don’t. Those are the stories I seek out and then ones I write.

All that mental adventure and daydreaming bleeds through to my real life too. I love to travel and experience new cultures and places. If you don’t find me glued to my laptop, you’ll probably find me on my motorcycle on a back road or with my husband and dog in our Landcruiser outfitted for the great unknown. Someday I will convince him to cave raft with me.

Because, secretly, I’m still looking for a portal to another universe. 😉

Learn more about Autumn on her:

And follow her on Twitter @weifarer.

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Caleb Pirtle joins BestSelling Reads

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Prolific, bestselling author Caleb Pirtle III has re-joined BestSelling Reads, the association of professional, independent authors. One of the first members of the group, Pirtle is returning in 2017.

The author of more than 70 books, Pirtle has been a newspaper reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was the travel editor of Southern Living Magazine for ten years. He was editorial director for a Dallas custom publisher for more than 25 years.

A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Pirtle was the first student at the university to win the National William Randolph Hearst Award for feature writing. Since then, several of his books and his magazine articles have received national and regional awards.

His fiction includes the Ambrose Lincoln series: Secrets of the Dead, Conspiracy of Lies, and Night Side of Dark. The fourth book in the series, Place of Skulls, will be released in the spring of 2017. His latest novel is Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever.

He has also written three teleplays that were produced on major networks.

Pirtle is also the author of a number of non-fiction titles. Gamble in the Devil’s Chalk recounts the fights and feuds during the founding of the controversial Giddings oilfield, and From the Dark Side of the Rainbow is the story of a woman’s escape from the Nazis in Poland during World War II.

His coffee-table book, XIT: The American Cowboy, was the third-bestselling art book in publishing history.

With his wife, Linda, Caleb Pirtle founded Venture Galleries, an author’s promotional platform.

You can find more about Caleb on his BestSelling Reads author page or his Amazon Author page.

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Announcing: Elise Stokes returns to BestSelling Reads

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A founding member of BestSelling Reads, Elise Stokes has come back to the author’s group.

Elise Stokes’ first book, Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, burst into prominence when it was selected by a middle school class in the U.S. in 2011. Written for a teenage audience, it’s an adventure tale about a teenage girl who’s turned into a superhero. It quickly rose to bestseller status.

Since then, she has published three more titles in the series: Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift, Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant, and Cassidy Jones and the Luminous. All have achieved bestseller status, as well as praise from critics and readers of all ages.

The fifth book in the series, Cassidy Jones and the Eternal Flame, is due to be published in early 2017.

Her aim was to write adventure books that are “fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds.” With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise lives with her husband and four children.

Find out  more about Elise on her

And follow her on Twitter @CassidyJonesAdv.

 

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Announcing: Dawn Torrens returns to BestSelling Reads

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Dawn Torrens, one of the original members of BestSelling Reads, has rejoined the author’s group.

Starting with an autobiography she wrote to explain her life to her daughter, Amelia’s Story: A Childhood Lost, Dawn has written 14 books over the past six years, including a sequel to Amelia’s Story, Amelia’s Destiny, the Poppy Fields trilogy, contemporary romance and poetry.

Born in England where she now lives with her husband and daughter, Dawn is also a Headline Reviewer for BBC Radio WM.

Get more information about Dawn Torrens on her:

And follow her on Twitter @torrenstp

 

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