In the spirit of collaboration – teamwork between fellow writers looking to reach a bigger more diverse audience – 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.
- We’ve seen new writers birthed from our readers.
- We’ve provided a platform for new and seasoned writers.
- We’ve expanded the reach of all writers.
- 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 Store Submission” on our submission guidelines page and then submit your books for review to Twodropsofink@gmail.com
Best wishes and much success!
‘The Institute’ by
Fiction. Translated from the Dutch by Susan Ridder. THE INSTITUTE is a beautifully written boarding school novel about a boy who is searching for his identity and a sense of security. It is both hilarious and moving, and paints a frank picture of the 1970s, when ‘everything had to be tried out.’
Otto Iking is an outsider, at home as well as at the boarding school for the blind, but he is also an observer. Otto looks at the world around him with an unpitying sense of humour.
He observes the other children as well as the carers and teachers, who aim to prepare their pupils for the able-bodied world which ‘can be very tough.’
He discovers his feelings for Sonia, a fellow student, and he makes plans for a rescue mission to liberate hostages in the notorious Moluccan hijacking case in Bovensmilde.
But most of all, he wants to escape from the institution for the blind to a school for sighted children. Otto doesn’t want sympathy. He can see a future: working for the radio.
In short, a novel about a boy with remarkable powers of observation.
This is a newly released novel with no reviews as of yet.
‘The Icing on the Cake’ by
This is the story of how one 24 year old had everything- promising career, boyfriend, graduate school and a brain injury stripped her of everything and reminded her what is important in life. This is the story of more than sixty surgeries and how there’s always room for yet another medical diagnosis.
Top customer reviews on Amazon
What I’m most impressed by is the preciseness of this work. Although Jennifer has encountered such heaviness in her remarkable life, her writing never once reads as gratuitously sentimental or self-indulgent. Each sentence is purposeful, and if a story is told, it is told for good reason that ties in with the greater theme of the piece.
I was also struck by how Mrs. Gonzalez describes issues of identity throughout the piece, but especially as she is participating in a group session at the rehab facility. She almost sees herself from above and for the first time confronts a reality that questioned what she knew about herself, and how our self-perception is both more rigid and more fragile than we think – a realization that can bring you to your knees. It’s a great lesson, especially for those of us in the helping/service professions.
I laughed with her, cried with her, and learned with her. Great work!
‘All My Jobs: How to Survive at Survival Jobs’ by JoAnn Williams
I made a career out of survival jobs. Over the course of my adult working life, I’ve had an eclectic melange of a career. I’ve had more bad jobs than a hooker. I’ve met more weird people in the workplace than a hooker.
My career began in the sixties with the taint of divorce and two small children to support. Following my passion was not an option. Besides, passion was the cause of my predicament. Nothing in my life experience prepared me for the workplace. Armed with my high school typing course and the additional burden of no current work experience my career in survival jobs began.
Over the course of my career, I had forty-two jobs. I’ve worked for druggies, crooked lawyers, and lecherous bankers. My career took an upwardly mobile turn in an upscale retail setting, but only in the sense that I attracted a better quality of lunatics. My capacity to attract obsessive compulsives was boundless. With every career move, I ended up working for a different category of nut.
My checkered employment history provided the equivalent of a degree in sociology
‘Watching the Daisies- Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow’ by Brigid Gallagher
- The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
- Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
- Entering a new life of SLOW
‘Smart Branding For Busy Bloggers’ by Jennifer Brown Banks
SMART BRANDING FOR BUSY BLOGGERS is a must read for writers and bloggers of all levels and genres, seeking to “work smarter, not harder” and stand out from the vast online competition. Readers will find an array of strategic tips and tools to increase their visibility and their bottom line.
The book is based on the author’s experience as a “Top Writing Blog” award recipient for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Known for her “work smarter, not harder” philosophy, Jennifer Brown Banks offers savvy tips, advice, and insight that bloggers at any stage of the game can use. This book will help you save time and money on the road to blogging success. Highly recommended! ~Karen Lange, author, blogger, freelance writer & editor~
BIO: JENNIFER BROWN BANKS is a veteran freelance writer, award-winning blogger, poet, and ghost writer residing in Illinois.
She is a contributing author to “The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide”– Adams Media, 2016.
Author’s website: Pen and Prosper
MAURICE ‘BIG MO’ DOLAN is prone to headaches and there is one main cause: his family. He believes eldest son Chuck, 7, needs toughening up, his wife Beryl is too lenient, his career-criminal father has no respect for him and he is about to lose his younger brother Clive to the army.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. With Margaret Thatcher’s government backing initiative and suggesting people get ‘on their bikes’ to find work, Mo believes it is the perfect time for him to expand his business… into armed robbery.
As he plans the ultimate raid to drag him out of the poverty trap, he believes his fortunes are bound to get better… but with the Falklands War just around the corner, they are about to become a whole lot worse.
‘Crossing The Whitewash’ by Nick Rippington
‘Evocative and original’ – Writers’ Digest judges: 2016 self-published eBook awards
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.
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.garygautier.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/BooksByGaryGautier/ Amazon: www.amazon.com/Hippies-Gary-Gautier/dp/1535579862/ RESELLERS: For reseller discount, log in at https://www.createspace.com/pub/l/createspacedirect.do Gary’s other books: https://shakemyheadhollow.wordpress.com/garys-books/
‘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.
Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, and Founder of rickamitin.com. 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
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