The Book Shelf

It is with this spirit of collaboration – teamwork between fellow writers looking to reach a bigger more diverse audience – that we have decided to expand our site’s mission and promote books by both traditionally published and indie authors.

Here at Two Drops of Ink, we have blazed a trail in the blogosphere regarding collaboration between writers, bloggers, and audiences. We’ve found that creating a place for a cyber, social gathering is beneficial to everyone involved.

  1. We’ve seen new writers birthed from our readers.
  2. We’ve provided a platform for new and seasoned writers.
  3. We’ve expanded the reach of all writers.
  4. We’ve created a supportive literary community

In all, we have seen our followers and readers benefit from a diverse and extremely creative collaboration of writers.

This page will be dedicated to helping expose good books that may be well-read, or, that may be the fern at the bottom of the redwood forest of the book market, looking to find its way to the sunlight of readership. 

Please read the guidelines for “Book Shelf Submission” on our submission guidelines page and then submit your books for review to

Best wishes and much success! 

~The Books~

‘Crossing The Whitewash’ by Nick Rippington

‘Evocative and original’ – Writers’ Digest judges: 2016 self-published eBook awards


Talented footballer Gary Marshall and his best mate Arnie Dolan are members of the Boxer Boys, a gang of boys from a rundown London council estate who fight adversity both on the streets and closer to home. Then a series of shattering events tears them apart.
Eight years later Arnie is desperate to catch up with his former partner-in-crime, but Gary has disappeared. Where is he? And why is he so keen to let the past stay in the past? Arnie eventually tracks him down to Wales where, in a shocking finale, all the secrets are about to come tumbling out…

 ‘Hippies’ by Gary Gautier

A long-overdue epic novel of the Age of Aquarius


By 1970, the hippie scene was faltering, a victim of both inner contradictions and external forces. The Vietnam war resistance, psychedelic drugs, sexual openness, the freedom of the commune – it seemed that everything about the 1960s could be incredibly liberating or wildly destructive. Against this backdrop, Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman and a coterie of hippies discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. This is the epic tale of hippiedom we’ve been waiting for, intimate in the lives of its characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights, sounds, and ideals of the Age of Aquarius. Hippies is well-suited to readers of historical fiction, literary fiction, and anyone interested in the 1960s or the history of countercultural movements. It is also available in Kindle format.

 “What Kerouac did for the Beats with On the Road, Gautier has done for the sixties generation with Hippies … poetic and insightful on the contradictions and conflict which made the decade so exciting and ultimately so tragic.”  Michael T. Tusa, Jr. author of Advancing on Chaos

“Engaging atmosphere … and the quality of the prose is often immediate and compelling … Gautier is at his best in the confrontation scenes between the idealistic protagonists and the authorities.”  Steve Morris, author of The Yoga Sutras and Strange Thoughts, Random Mutterings

“An intriguing story with well-developed (and unique) characters … not too sweet, not too sad.”  Lorilin Meyer, bug bug book reviews

“Great job of incorporating fiction and nonfiction into an easily readable book that hooked you from the beginning … made you feel like you were really living in the ‘60s.”  Liz Gardner, Ski Lift Operator, Big Sky Montana

Gary Gautier, with an MA from UT-Austin and a Ph.D. from CU-Boulder, has taught writing and literature at the University of Colorado and Louisiana State University. He has published children’s and scholarly books, novels and poetry, literary criticism and book reviews. Gary has hitchhiked through 40 states and 8 countries, run two marathons, and once, due to a series of misadventures, spent six months as the chef at a French restaurant.   Website:   Facebook:   Amazon:  RESELLERS: For reseller discount, log in at  Gary’s other books:

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‘If Only I Had A Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessness’ by Rick Amitin


Abandoned by his father as a small child, Rick Amitin survived a heartbreaking relationship with his mom and three stepfathers before he was nine years old. At fifteen, he set out on his own, traveling the world, searching for his dad, and finding it impossible to live happily without one. One misguided decision and painful consequence after another, Rick made his way through the military and answered the calling to preach. He lifted people across the country and around the world while the wound of fatherlessness wreaked havoc on his relationships and pursuits, making him grapple with his lack of identity and sense of worth at every turn…that is, until his grand boy dropped out of heaven and into his arms and catalyzed his journey of healing.

In If Only I Had a Dad, Rick’s raw-polish approach to sharing his story and hard-earned wisdom will help other fatherless men and women to:

  • Identify the True Cause of All the Messy Dysfunction
  • Discover the Power on the Other Side of the Pain
  • Become the Parent They Never Knew They Could Be

If you have been searching for your father, wanting the pain to stop, this book is for you.

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Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, and Founder of He traveled extensively as an Evangelist, pastored for many years, and built a multi-million dollar insurance business in Los Angeles before embarking on the journey of personal transformation. Rick is an Ordained Minister, a Certified Behavioral Analyst from The Institute for Motivational Living, Licensed Insurance Agent, and a Transformational Life Coach. He is a lifelong student with several certifications, has attended numerous seminars in personal development, and an avid reader and researcher. Rick is a former member of The Dallas Fort Worth Writers Workshop and the Writers Guild of Texas. He has been mentored by some of the leading voices of our time, Ford Taylor, Jack Canfield, Sanford G. Kulkin, and Kevin Knebl.

‘Untangled: A story of resilience, courage, and triumph’ by Alexis Rose

51vwwrqpj-lRecalling her life, the author takes us deep into the inter-generational ritualistic abuse and mind control programming that led to her being sent overseas on an impossible mission.

She repressed the memories of her past until a family tragedy forced her to face what her life had been. A history of abuse, torture, and threats to maintain her silence or be killed, could no longer be denied.

This is the story of facing the truth and risking the consequences of breaking the silence. The author learns to accept the effects of the trauma that echo through her daily life as PTSD.

Through years of self-exploration, she learns to live her life fearlessly, with eyes wide open. Ultimately this book is about resilience; hope for victims who have suffered trauma and for the people who support them.



Alexis Rose began her remarkable healing journey in 2009. Sparked by a family tragedy, she began to piece together, for the first time, a personal history of abuse and trauma. Supported by her spirituality and writing, as well as family and friends, she has profoundly grown and changed over the years. While learning to live with the effects of her trauma, and working with the deficits caused by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), she has co-authored three inspirational books. Her newest book, Untangled, speaks to the courage, resilience, and triumph over her unimaginable hardship. Alexis is an experienced speaker on the topics of living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.  She is also an active blogger who writes about PTSD, Mental Health, and Trauma, with a bit of poetry sprinkled in along the way.

‘Finding Destiny’ by Barbara Sinor 


Luana, a retired psychotherapist in southern California, discovers a novel about a girl living in England in the 1970s who has been raped. As Luana devours the book, she and the young woman each share their search for the innermost harbor of women’s life choices. Even though they live in separate countries and bridge many decades in time, their individual exploration of metaphysics, spirituality, and women’s rights culminates in a mysterious friendship.

Barbara’s Bio can be found on our ‘Published Contributors‘ page

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