About

BOB & ME

Sahara Foley
Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer.  In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me.  Don’t get me wrong,  I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing.  The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me.  See, Bob was the writer.  He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one.  Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines.  Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.
About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me.  Why not publish Bob’s stories?  To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories.  But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines.  Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.
So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing.  Boy, did I have a lot to learn.  I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement.   While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication.  Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher.  One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me.  I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.
One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors.  If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other.  I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog.  For readers to meet Indie Authors.
Anyway, enough about me.  Here’s all my contact information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

31 Responses to About

  1. ccarpinello says:

    Hi Sahara. Just checking out your site after discovering you on Twitter–well, after you retreated one of mine. I would like to trade reviews with you if that is something you do. I would love to read The Secret of Excalibur in exchange for you reading my newest Sons of the Sphinx. My email is crapulent@mac.com

    Also, on my blog I interview childrens/MG/YA authors. We Journey No More sounds like it would fit. Please take a look and let me know. I’m currently scheduling 2016. http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com

    • saharafoley says:

      Hello. Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner. Life gets so hectic sometimes. I don’t normally write YA. We Journey No More was an exception, so I don’t think I would really fit in with your an base. But thank you for asking. 🙂

  2. Awesome bio, I never knew any of this, and I’m profoundly sorry for your loss. What did Creativia publishing do for you? And what are your requirements when considering a book for review? Again, I’m really taken aback by your incredible biography. Your own story is more compelling than anything I could ever come close to imagining. Thank you for posting this, Sahara!

  3. saharafoley says:

    Actually, It Lives in the Basement is my own book. Creativia published The Secret of Excalibur & then We Journey No More. That book cover they bought from the same book designer that does the Jack Reacher series. 🙂 I just pre-ordered your book and I see it’s not very long, so I’ll squeeze it in. Do you have a release campaign set up? If you do, I’d be happy to post it on my blog on 11-20-15.

  4. M. T. Miller says:

    Hello,

    I would like to offer you a free copy of my book in exchange for an honest review. It is a post-apocalyptic action/adventure with some supernatural elements and a bit of black humor. I’ve been told that it’s “grim but funny,” if something like that is even possible. It also has quite a bit of harsh language, and I don’t know how you’d feel about that so I’m giving you a warning.

    The book itself is about a man who rises from a grave in the middle of nowhere, only to find that society had collapsed while he was in the ground. Having no memory of anything before he rose, he sets off to learn about himself and this insane world.

    I can tell you more, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words and mine is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ALZDY6A

    I hope that your interest is piqued and thank you for your time. If you have any questions, by all means feel free to ask them.

    All the best,

    M. T. Miller

    • saharafoley says:

      Hi MT. I went on Amazon and started reading your sample. Got me hooked. Sinve its a short story Ill read and review. It may be several weeks as I have some prior comminents.

  5. M. T. Miller says:

    I am glad that you’ve enjoyed the sample! Care to give me an email address where I can send a free copy to?
    I have no trouble waiting for you to finish, and I hope that you will enjoy the rest.

  6. saharafoley says:

    I prefer buying my books. It adds more weight to the reviews.

  7. Lincoln Cole says:

    Hello,

    I was wondering if you would be interested in receiving a free copy of my newest novel, Raven’s Peak, to read and review. The book is a paranormal thriller/horror novel and is being published by Kindle Press.

    It is coming out in early July.

    Blurb:

    A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to find out what is happening. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive. 

    She rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, and also trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is considerably more difficult for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger. 

    Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

    Thanks very much for your time and consideration!

    Lincoln Cole

    http://www.LincolnCole.net
    LincolnJCole@gmail.com

  8. Lars Teeney says:

    Greetings Sahara-
    I enjoyed browsing your reviews on your site. I am nearly ready to release a new fantasy novel with science fiction elements and I wondering if you would be interested in reviewing it?

    Author: Lars Teeney
    Number of published books: 4

    Title: The Shackled Scribes
    Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
    Self-published
    Release date: 9/20/16
    Target audience: New Adult/Adult

    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lars-Teeney/e/B012MSAI5Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14185745.Lars_Teeney
    https://www.facebook.com/larsteeney/
    https://twitter.com/lars_teeney

    Synopsis:
    Futharkia is a city built upon the layout of an ancient rune shape, and a foundation of slavery. The Broxanians have been enslaved by the Olgoikhorkian Masters to exploit the Broxanian talent for rune-scribing. In exchange, the rune-scribes are compensated with the sweet, golden liquid, Ichor, that the giant worm-like Olgoikhorkians secrete from their glands. The Ichor also happens to be highly addictive and psychoactive. The system has worked for millennia. However, the Great Fern Jungle that surrounds Futharkia is dying, being bleached white by some unseen force. Coupled with the fact that the simian-like Fern Lice have been hunted to near extinction to provide for Futharkia’s ever-increasing demand for food, the ecosystem is near collapse. It is amid this setting that Cyesko Limariar, an aging rune-scribe makes one last attempt at greatness to lift himself out of poverty, even if by fraudulent means.

    Cover Image:
    http://larsteeney.tumblr.com/image/148721265504

    Word count: 48,300
    I understand there will not be a deadline for review.
    I can furnish a .mobi or Epub, doc file, print

    Thank you,
    Lars Teeney

    • Sahara Foley says:

      Hi Lars. Looking at some of your previous reviews, it appears you have an editing problem. I won’t willingly read a book if I know the author doesn’t use an editor. Has your new book been edited by a professional?

  9. Jeff Faria says:

    Hi Sahara.

    Pretty amazing story re publishing your late husband’s books. You must have loved him deeply.

    I’m writing you today to request a review of my book, ‘The Patriots of Mars’.

    Synopsis:

    A phantom group called ‘The Patriots of Mars’ has committed an act of rebellion that stands the world on its ear.

    Josh Reynolds, a Martian-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots’ insurrection.

    As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone had imagined.

    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

    ‘Patriots’ turns conventional sci-fi tropes upside-down:

    • The problem we’ll have with A.I. won’t come about because it will become the Terminator – but because it can’t.

    • The real challenge of Mars won’t be technological, but psychological and political.

    • Neither bigger & better rockets nor handwavium pseudo-tech (like warp drives) will enable the space-based industrial revolution the world has long awaited. The breakthrough that will (finally) launch a true space age will seem… pedestrian.

    • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

    ‘The Patriots of Mars’ is on Amazon. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can download it there at no charge. I understand you do not accept free review copies, so I will not offer (unless your policy has changed, in which case I would be happy to send one). https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KOV059A#nav-subnav

    The Amazon link has a couple of ‘Look Inside the Book’ chapters available for immediate reading. Please note that the ‘LITB’ chapters’ formatting, which is sloppy, does NOT reflect the book itself. This is an Amazon problem with their LITB feature that many authors have complained about.

    One last thing:

    Considering the critical importance of early reviews to Indie authors, I want to give something back in appreciation and support for what you do. So –

    • I have a good-sized, responsive Twitter following. If you review ‘Patriots’, I’ll certainly help send some traffic to your review, or wherever you think it will do you some good.

    • I’ll insert an acknowledgement page in the front-matter of ‘Patriots’ ebook, linking back to your site. Whatever success I have, you’ll share in.

    Thank you for your time.

    Jeff

  10. Hi Sahara,
    I know a lot of people have asked, but I was hoping you might review my novel. If so, I’d be honored.

    In Egalion’s Imperial court, there is splendor and luxury, but it’s also a realm of treachery and cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering that threatens to destroy the peace of two-thousand years. They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but at court you can’t tell one from the other…and they change at the flip of a coin.

    Twenty-five-year-old Battlemage Jex Xander has a mouth which frequently gets him in trouble, while in contrast, Enari Namelum speaks not at all. When Jex becomes the target of a faceless curse-slinger, Enari, the girl he protects, must now protect him. The discovery of ritual human sacrifices and Jex’s growing inability to keep his feelings (and hands) to himself only serve to complicate matters. Passion and romance should be the last thing on their minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas.

    Errant Spark is the hush before the storm, the last deep breath before the plunge. The flint has been struck and it’s possible the world might go up in flames…because love in the Imperial court is as dangerous a thing as backroom politics and jealousy can be as much a driving force as silver and gold.

    Errant Spark can be found on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HVYED7I. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,
    Ronelle Antoinette
    ronelleantoinette@gmail.com
    http://www.ronelleantoinette.com

  11. Robert Skuce says:

    Hello

    My name is Robert Skuce. My latest Thriller/Crime story “Kiss of Death” will be released soon. I am currently looking for reviewers to provide an honest review in exchange for the book for free. It will be available in all e-book formats and I can send you the format you prefer. My book will be available at online retailers.
    Here is a brief overview of my book:
    Bruno Norcross is a detective who never got over letting a serial killer get away. Now that Kiss of Death has re-surfaced; he is determined to close the case. The death of another young college girl has sparked outrage in Charlie Lassitor, the police Sargent, whose daughter was killed by this very killer. Bruno feels compelled to close this case, but the details get blurred when a new name enters the list of suspects. Can Bruno catch the killer before his killing spree ends and he vanishes again? Or will Kiss of Death once again elude him?
    You can read more about it on my website http://www.robertskuce.com The book is currently on pre-order set to be released March 1st, 2017. I have no preferred date to have a review up by. I am hoping to have the majority of reviews done in and around the early summer.
    If you are interested in reviewing my book, doing an author interview or just reading my book for discussion, I would love to hear from you.
    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me: reviews@robertskuce.com
    Sincerely,
    Robert Skuce

  12. Daniel Eagleton says:

    Hey Sahara,

    I’ve recently published a novel on Amazon Kindle and was wondering if you’d be interested in reviewing it?

    Called ‘The Sweet Oil of Vitriol’, it’s a thriller about an ex-Mossad operative who goes undercover as a room-service waiter in an attempt to perpetrate the perfect hit.

    Please find enclosed the blurb for your consideration.

    Thanks for your time,

    Best wishes,

    Daniel Eagleton

    Ever get the feeling the staff want to kill you?

    After a government sanctioned hit goes spectacularly wrong, Mossad agent Thomas is blamed for the mission’s failure by his superiors, ousted before completing his very first job. Desperate to prove himself, Thomas accepts an offer from his former handler, Yakov, to assassinate Jacob Okonjo, the head of the African Union. It seems Jacob is allowing certain parties to control Africa’s lucrative diamond trade, and in doing so has made some powerful enemies. But like that Mossad hit-team caught on camera in Dubi a few years back, how is Thomas supposed to terminate such a prominent figure without being caught on CCTV? The answer: to work undercover as a room-service waiter at a top London hotel, where, in a few months’ time, Jacob Okonjo will be staying. It’s the perfect plan. Jacob is to be administered an untraceable poison, and afterwards, even if there is an investigation, a trusted member of staff like Thomas will be above suspicion. That’s the idea, anyway. In the meantime, he’s to suffer month after month of boring, menial employment, serving rich, famous people dinner, when he should be making a name for himself amongst the intelligence community. Because you can bet this never happened to Bond or Bourne. Never had to work for tips, subjugating themselves like some average, everyday citizen…

  13. Harry Crawford says:

    I am sorry to bother you as I am sure you are busy. I have received Silent Night. I catalog my collection using a program called Book Collector made by Collectorz.com. Some of the things it allows me to do is enter publisher information, enter release date, and credit the cover artist and/or designer. Silent Night does not list a publisher, probably because it was only released and not really published. Are you the one that released it? The copyright date says 2016. About when, in 2016 or otherwise, was it first released? Who did the cover art for Silent Night? Or, if you designed it, where did you get the image(s)?

    Thank you for your time,
    Harry Crawford

    • Sahara Foley says:

      HI Harry,

      It was part of a Christmas anthology back in Dec 2016, but it was published in Nov 2016. I didn’t design the book cover and I don’t remember who I went through. Sorry. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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  15. James Cudney says:

    great site!

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  17. Jackie Hadley says:

    Hi there
    My name is Jackie and I’m helping Paula over at Book Hub. We’re putting together our BIG Christmas Promotion. We’re excited that our Christmas Readers Gift Guide and Christmas Hamper Book Bundle will now reach … 5 MILLION! We are going to end the year with a hum-dinger of a promo!

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