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Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories [Kindle Edition]

Mel Comley , Donna Fasano , Lizzy Ford , Melissa Foster , Sibel Hodge , Carol Davis Luce , Cheryl Shireman , Suzanne Tyrpak , Linda Welch , Sarah Woodbury
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This exciting anthology contains stories from twenty-five women from different parts of the world. Their ages differ, as do their backgrounds and locations, but one thing they all have in common is a spirit of independence and a determination to not only succeed, but prevail. Whether their struggles are to maintain balance between motherhood and career, escape from an abusive relationship, or to step out in faith and pursue a dream, all of these women have forged their own path.

As women, one of our most powerful "gifts" is the ability to encourage one another. This book is an effort to encourage women across the world. These twenty-five women share stories that will make you laugh, inspire you, and maybe even make you cry. Their hope is that these stories will inspire YOUR independent spirit and allow you to live the life you were meant to live.

In addition, each woman has included a “sneak peek” into one of her own novels.

All proceeds from this book will go a charitable organizaton that fights breast cancer - a disease all too close to home for many of us. Our prayers and best wishes are with those who are struggling with this terrible and devastating disease. Buy a book for yourself and “gift” one to the important women in your life. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you for your support.

Foreword by Karen McQuestion
Afterword by Beth Elisa Harris

Compiled by Cheryl Shireman
Formatting by Heather Marie Adkins

Stories included:
Foreword by Karen McQuestion
Knight in Shining Armor by Shea MacLeod
Latchkey Kid by Heather Marie Adkins
Write or Die by Danielle Blanchard
The Phoenix and The Darkness by Lizzy Ford
Never Too Late by Linda Welch
Stepping Into the Light by Donna Fasano
One Fictionista’s Literary Bliss by Katherine Owen
I Burned My Bra For This? by Cheryl Shireman
Mrs. So Got It Wrong Agent by Prue Battten
Holes by Suzanne Tyrpak
Turning Medieval by Sarah Woodbury
A Kinky Adventure in Anglophilia by Anne R. Allen
Writing From a Flour Sack by Dani Amore
Just Me and James Dean by Cheryl Bradshaw
How a Big Yellow Truck Changed My Life by Christine DeMaio-Rice
From 200 Rejections to Amazon Top 200! by Sibel Hodge
Have You Ever Lost a Hat? by Barbara Silkstone
French Fancies! by Mel Comley
Life’s Little Gifts by Melissa Foster
Never Give Up On Your Dream by Christine Kersey
Self-taught Late Bloomer by Carol Davis Luce
Moving to The Middle East by Julia Crane
Paper, Pen, and Chocolate by Talia Jager
The Magic Within and The Little Book That Could by Michelle Muto
Write Out of Grief by Melissa Smith
Afterword by Beth Elisa Harris

About the Author

Gathered by Cheryl Shireman, the Indie Chicks are a group of women writers who enjoy supporting and encouraging other women writers. We have all published in various ways - independently, with traditional publishers, or by combining both methods. No matter how published, we have one thing in common - a love of writing and an independent spirit. In our ranks, you will find much-acclaimed bestsellers and also a few writers who are just starting out. We live in various parts of the world and come from a variety of backgrounds. Originally, we gathered together to create one anthology. The experience was so enjoyable that many of us decided to continue together to create more anthologies. We believe that together we can make a difference not only in each other’s lives, but in the world. We hope you will stop by the Indie Chicks Café - our website where you will not only find all of our books, but where you can also find all of us hanging out and blogging about various topics close to our hearts. www.indiechickscafe.com Twitter - www.twitter.com/indiechickscafe Facebook - www.facebook.com/indiechicksanthology

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3864 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Still Waters Publishing (28 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060ZTM62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews 8 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
If you have been following this blog for any amount of time (if not then you should), you know that I review books and interview indie authors. I support indie authors as much as any one person can. I know that I state in the about page that I do this because of my wife (RJ Palmer) but this is not the case anymore. I started out just wanting a way to benefit her and I can admit that this was purely for greed and love of a wife, but in the time since I started this blog I have grown. I have met some incredibly talented, honest, helpful, cheerful and the adjectives could go on forever people. These authors not only pour their heart into their own baby but they work together as a community to help others in their craft get better, thus making a better experience for us readers. Show me other arenas where the stars work together to better the experience for the consumer. These authors do their all fire best to take new indie authors under their wings and cultivate the storyteller to a level that really fine tunes their craft. I have to say that at this point I am happy that I fell into this world feet first and have not looked back since and I am sure my wife feels the same.

Now how does any of the above go with a review of a book? How does this help you decide on whether or not to purchase it? Why should you care how I feel? How did you get here when you used a different search term?

I can not answer any of these questions, only you, the reader of this, can. Now on to the review. I had thought that I would review the book overall instead of per story as there are 25 stories. I feel that reviewing each story would detract from the overall meaning of the book. Also at the end of this review I will include a small note from each of the authors of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and inspiring 7 Dec 2011
By F Dyas
Format:Kindle Edition
I have taken so long to come round to finishing reading and reviewing this anthology, as I keep dipping in, reading the inspiring stories that these women authors tell, and getting so drawn into the books that I have to go and buy them as I go along! They aren't all my cup of tea, but there are plenty of books I would never have downloaded and now I feel I have discovered loads of new authors. There is something for everyone. And the stories the authors tell really touched me.
This is a great anthology, well worth the money (for charity).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and inspirational 17 Nov 2011
By Joanne
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fantastic and inspirational idea! This is a brilliant way to try different authors work and a way to find new books to read while at the same time supporting a great and worthy cause. It is also a great book for dipping in and out of in the short free spaces of a busy life. This will also help to inspire and encourage women to change their lives for the better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indie Chicks 15 Nov 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Although the potential appeal of these stories seems to cater to a wannabe author or someone who is already a fan of one or more of the authors chosen, "Indie Chicks" has much more to offer. While some of the stories are better than others and they cover a broad range of tone, from humorous to heart wrenching and confessional, the overall tone is inspirational, and not just for future novelists. The value of setting goals, hard work, and perseverance comes through loud and clear. That it is possible to come back from bad decisions and bad things happening to a person is another common theme. No matter what your situation and dreams, these Indie Chicks can help show you the way to get there.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stories from women writers 31 Oct 2011
By FictionFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Aspiring writers are always searching for that elusive element -- the secret that sets the stars in the sky, the one thing (be it luck or talent or grit or friends in high places) that makes some writers shine and others fade to obscurity. In truth, there is no "one thing." The superstars, the blockbusters and the bestsellers have probably risen up the ranks thanks to a combination of talent, luck and very hard work. But if you're looking for that secret to success, well you could do a lot worse than look here.

These ladies are unflinchingly honest, laying bare their personal lives and their own hopes and aspirations to encourage others. Every cent made off this book is going to charity, but with their personal stories these ladies have demonstrated they not only have big hearts, they have guts. It takes real courage to leave an abusive relationship. It takes real courage to stare down depression and come out the victor. It takes real courage to be a single Mom. And it takes courage to write -- and especially to go it alone and put your writing before the world as an indie author. These brave ladies have done all that and more. Above all, it takes a heck of a lot of courage to overcome a battle with breast cancer. This book is an inspiring, illuminating read, but every book sold also helps make the life of breast cancer sufferers -- those courageous women who could be our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, ourselves -- just a little easier. Buy it today. If not for yourself, for a woman you love.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews 8 Nov 2011
By Albert Robbins III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you have been following this blog for any amount of time (if not then you should), you know that I review books and interview indie authors. I support indie authors as much as any one person can. I know that I state in the about page that I do this because of my wife (RJ Palmer) but this is not the case anymore. I started out just wanting a way to benefit her and I can admit that this was purely for greed and love of a wife, but in the time since I started this blog I have grown. I have met some incredibly talented, honest, helpful, cheerful and the adjectives could go on forever people. These authors not only pour their heart into their own baby but they work together as a community to help others in their craft get better, thus making a better experience for us readers. Show me other arenas where the stars work together to better the experience for the consumer. These authors do their all fire best to take new indie authors under their wings and cultivate the storyteller to a level that really fine tunes their craft. I have to say that at this point I am happy that I fell into this world feet first and have not looked back since and I am sure my wife feels the same.

Now how does any of the above go with a review of a book? How does this help you decide on whether or not to purchase it? Why should you care how I feel? How did you get here when you used a different search term?

I can not answer any of these questions, only you, the reader of this, can. Now on to the review. I had thought that I would review the book overall instead of per story as there are 25 stories. I feel that reviewing each story would detract from the overall meaning of the book. Also at the end of this review I will include a small note from each of the authors of this book. Pleas share this work with everyone you know.

There comes a time when, as a reviewer (professional or indie), that you come across a book that reaches deep within your soul and grabs your heart then refuses to relinquish either. This book is filled with pages of undiluted emotion and the baring of souls that you were not expecting. You are so touched by the story or stories that you can not or I should say will not put it down. This book makes you laugh with joy, cry with pain, shake with anger, sneer with contempt and smile with triumph. Indie Chicks is that book for me. I approached this book with some trepidation as it is an anthology and I am not particularly fond of those but it is filled with 25 of the who's who of Indie Chick authors, so I figured I would give it a go.

I then started this journey without realizing that I would be so moved. These women bared their souls in one book, for the world to see and did so without looking back. The psychologist in me says that this was part of the healing process but the man in me says they need to be held and loved and told that everything will be alright. However the overall meaning is not lost and I realize that in truth this was meant as a journey of overcoming the seemingly impossible with determination, grit and self worth. Indie Chicks teaches women to pick themselves up and overcome what is thrown at them because they are worth it and can not be held down when they chose not to be. Each story runs smoothly with the others to reach this overall expression with or t=without the Indie Chicks realization. The writing in each story is flawless, raw and the emotional highs will drive you from one to the next. I recommend this to every woman on the planet, especially those in situations of despair or depression. I recommend this for every man on the planet because to love a woman, respect a woman and honor a woman does not make you gay. Besides we may all learn something.

I realize that the proceeds of this book go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation but I would prefer you bought it based on the overall expression of the book. Let us ring two bells at once, buy this book because all proceeds go to the boobs and also because women are more than boobs.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KUDOS TO THE INDIE CHICKS 14 Dec 2011
By Donna Hole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not entirely sure what I expected when I opened this e-book. Tear-jerker type personal stories of the author's journey towards publication, and excerpts from memoir's and girl-power oriented novels. Neither are exactly my style.

I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of uplifting testimonials (barely a tear shed, though I assure you all tears were appropriate) and stories of strength and commitment to the fine art of writing. These women amazed me, not only with their writing journeys, but also with their choice of excerpts.

The genre's encompass romance (including paranormal), contemporary fiction, fantasy, historical, mystery, suspense, and YA. I'm not going to tell you I read every excerpt - and I'm not talking a few paragraphs or a chapter for an excerpt; these excerpts are anywhere from three to six chapters). Some of the genre's did not appeal to me as a reader. Not due to the quality of writing; these are all awesome writers who know how to craft a well developed, well written story concept. If you are a consistent reader/writer, then you know that not all stories appeal to all readers, regardless of the Author's writing skills.

Several of the excerpts left me "high and dry"; gasping for breath as I turned the page and - there was no more. After a few of those cliffhanger experiences, I had to STOP myself from reading through several of the longer offerings so that I didn't feel I'd already read the novel - regardless of where it ended. (I had to close my eyes sometimes to NOT read on as I thumbed to the next Chick.)

I skimmed through many of the actual excerpts to get to the author introductions - getting sidetracked frequently by the engaging published works. I can honestly say I've found myself at least ten new authors to indulge in at my leisure. And, I don't have to put them on a TBR list. They are all right there, in my Kindle, in this handy compilation, waiting for me browse not only the stories and author bio's, but complete with links to the actual novels. Need I say I'm in reader heaven . .

This was a marvelous concept. These Indie Chicks are all successful not only in their personal lives, but also with their writing careers. They all put the lie to the myth that inde-pubbed authors are disgruntled writers who have lost faith in the publishing industry. I think they exemplify what the writing dream is all about.

And not just for women. I think the personal stories would mimic and appeal to many male authors out there who are struggling with the same issues of day job, family, and publication aspirations.

I highly recommend this e-book to anyone who appreciates meeting interesting authors, and getting trial samples of reading material. I will be surprised if you do not find several somethings in this collection to pique you interest.

........dhole
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and inspirational 17 Nov 2011
By Jo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fantastic and inspirational idea! This is a brilliant way to try different authors work and a way to find new books to read while at the same time supporting a great and worthy cause. It is also a great book for dipping in and out of in the short free spaces of a busy life. This will also help to inspire and encourage women to change their lives for the better.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 Amazing Women 17 Nov 2011
By esldonna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
These twenty-five spectacular women kick some serious butt. Each story is wonderful and brave. These ladies bared their soul, giving us some funny, thrilling, and many times heartbreaking stories. Those I thought I wouldn't be interested in, wowed me. Each time I read a story I wanted it to continue. My only problem with this book was, how can I afford to buy every one of their books?
These gifted ladies are donating all sales to fight breast cancer. We all have someone going through, or have lost someone to this horrid disease. Please, buy this book, not only to fight breast cancer, but to support and get to know some fantastic new authors. I know you will be inspired by these tough, generous ladies and their creativity.
What a wonderful Christmas present for your Mother, aunt, sister, neighbor, or all your women friends.
This book, and these ladies deserves those five sparkling stars.
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