September 2019 Newsletter

Dragonfly Books Newsletter

September 2019


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  • Two author contestants will be chosen as winners.
    The PRIZE? 
    A full year, 12 MONTHS, of complete publishing services: editing, formatting, cover art and promotion for winning entry.
    We will promote on all social media.  Hashtags on all posts.
    Our mission is to give new indie writers exposure in the market.
    We are writers ourselves and want to promote the world of indie writers.

    Book can be any genre
    Book does not have to be professionally edited
    Book cannot be under contract to another publisher
    One entry per author
    All entries must be submitted by Sept. 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern time
    Formats: MOBI, EPUB, Word, PDF either digital or hard copy
    Books can be submitted via email ( Remember to put contest entry in the subject line.
    Or Mail to:
    Dragonfly Books, P.O. Box 26283, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37912

Winners to be announced Jan. 1, 2020
The manuscript submissions will be read by three judges who will choose the winners.

For more information check out our website

Or email:

Remember! YOU retain ALL rights to your book!


McKay’s Books in Knoxville Tennessee welcomes

The Crazy Writer Couple,

Elizabeth Horton-Newton and Neil Douglas Newton.

September 3 2019



Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM EDT

The Colonnade

264 Catoosa Cir, Ringgold, Georgia 30736



Pumpkin Palooza Family Festival
September 28, 2019
​10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Greenway Park & Pavilion, Cleveland, TN 37932

Pumpkin Paloozq


Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 1 PM – 5 PM EDT

Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College
3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard
Cumming, GA 30041





OCT. 19  FROM 10 AM – 2 PM








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Available on Amazon

This book follows the path of Mitchell’s semi-autobiographical alter ego, Harry Block.
Through the highs and lows of a job he hates, impending parenthood, the trials, and misadventures of redemption, and a rather long and successful in alcoholism.
All the while dealing with the struggles of the written word and writer’s block (no pun intended)


“Beer, Women, and the Written Word is a slice of life with all its grit and grime, hope for a better future, and the determination to overcome the unexpected obstacles fate loves to throw in our way, and a denouement so twisted I wanted to scream.”

“Put aside your inhibitions and sensitivity and dive into a book whose writing has been compared to James Joyce and Henry Fielding.” Between the Beats


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Available on Amazon

       Cover Design: Rachel Bostwick

On Sept. 11, 2001, Mike Dobbs’ life was forever changed. Reeling from his nightmare experience in New York’s subway as the twin towers collapsed, he retreats from his high-power Wall Street life to his run-down country house. Coping with PTSD he resorts to single malt Scotch to dull the memories of death and destruction. Soon he is embroiled in the life of Eileen Benoit and her 7-year old daughter Megan as they flee Eileen’s abusive ex-husband. Suddenly Mike is thrown into a world he knows nothing about, and he is forced to answer the question, how far would you go for someone you love?

Re-released with a new cover, signed copies available now at:













July News

July News and Updates

This is an exciting month at Dragonfly Books!

We have two books for your reading pleasure with another long-awaited book coming at the end of August.

Already in pre-order on Amazon Kindle and available in paperback, the latest romance from Starla Hartless is the first in a series of cougar love stories. Book one, “Dear Libby…”, will be released on Kindle on July 4th. Order before then and you can get it for the introductory price of $.99! This is a HOT Summer Read!

“Sparks fly when older advice columnist, Sadie Broward, meets the grandson of a publishing magnate from New York City. Jake Stark is sent by his grandfather Richard to the small town of Sweetwater, Tennessee to interview one of the candidates for a position in the family’s national publications. Sadie feels Jake is looking down his nose at her and her town. Jake inserts himself uninvited into her life. When she travels to New York City to meet the Board of Directors of Stark Publications she is unprepared for the adventures that follow. She meets Pepper Vandenberg, Jake’s purported fiancee to be. Is Jake using Sadie to make Pepper jealous or is there more to their passion than what happens in the bedroom? This is a story about chance encounters leading to unexpected liaisons. When Fate steps in, common sense flies out the window. A steamy romance from one of the author’s of “Carved Wooden Heart”.

“This book gives hope to all cougars, there is a special someone out there. 5-stars!” Michelle Martin

“A 5-star book that kept me reading all night even when my glasses steamed up!” Elizabeth Horton-Newton, Co-Author “Carved Wooden Heart”

“Song of Simon” by author C.A. Sanders is being re-released with a new cover by designer Rachel Bostwick through Dragonfly Books! A fantasy to be enjoyed by adults young and old, it will be available to pre-order for $.99 July 8th through July 14th. The price will go up July 21st so grab it now! Treat yourself to an exciting adventure this summer!

“Life was never sweet for Simon. He lived in suburban New York, dodging high school bullies and strumming his guitar. Things were about to get much worse. Simon is drawn into the land of Algavar, where High Priestess Teretha has imprisoned their god in amber. He falls into a holy war led by Ilyana, a renegade priestess who claims to be the Messiah. Simon agrees to accompany Ilyana on a quest to kill Teretha, and he sinks hip-deep into the violence and despair that permeate Algavar. Will Simon become the hero Ilyana believes he is, or will he lose his soul in a bloody world so different from his own?”

5-Star Reviews

Thought-Provoking And Entertaining, A must read coming of age tale, Vividly extraordinary!, Vivid Fantasy, Excellent Plot

Coming at the End of August!

“Beer, Women, and the Written Word” by Adam Mitchell

A raunchy semi-autobiographical tale that is sometimes funny, sometimes painful, and a great read beginning to end. Harry Block is a writer who struggles to write a number one best seller while drinking, working in a grocery market, having sex with women, and getting into crazy situations at every turn. A rollicking tale of mishaps and mayhem in Britain.Think James Joyce meets Tom Jones in the 21st century.

Author Elizabeth Horton-Newton has released three of her most popular Electric Eclectic Novelettes in paperback format through Dragonfly Books! “Old Habits”, “April Showers”, and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” can be found on Amazon, sized perfectly to fit in your purse, backpack, or carry-on.

Don’t forget August 1-4 author Elizabeth Horton-Newton will be at The Indie Bookfest in Orlando, Florida. Get your tickets here!

Elizabeth will be on two panels.

Look for her in Room 2

10-10:45: What Makes Romance Sweet? What’s the difference between romance that smolders and romance that flames?

11-11:45: Is Hot Romance Still on Fire? Have we cooled our love affair with super sexy love stories?


Elizabeth Horton-Newton and Neil Douglas Newton better known as the Crazy Writer Couple will be at McKay’s Bookstore 230 Papermill Place Way, Knoxville, TN 37919 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from noon to 3 PM.  Come by and see them!  You can also find them on YouTube!

If you do miss her at this event you can catch her at the

Georgia Indie Author Event – Sweet As a Georgis Peach on October 5th, 2019.

Event Address:
Forsyth Conference Center – Lanier Technical College
3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041, USA

Have you entered the Dragonfly Books Big Publishing Contest yet?

Eye Of The Fire (Coffee Cup Pulps Book 1) By Adam C. Mitchell


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Dragonfly Books is happy to announce this exciting noir adventure by Adam C. Mitchell will be FREE on Amazon Kindle and various online booksellers through March 29th. Adam is best known for his crime noir thrillers and reviewers have praised him saying, “One of the things I enjoy most about Mr. Mitchell’s novels is he is consistently authentic to the time period, whether it’s in dialog, character’s behaviors or society’s rules for the 30s and 40s time period.” This carries through in his new book Eye of the Fire”.

“They expected adventure. The island didn’t disappoint.
When seasoned treasure hunter, Mike Gordon, and his party of unconventional adventurers travel to a breathtaking island hoping to discover a primitive tribe, their journey couldn’t have gone any smoother.
But the day after landing their seaplane, they are overrun by violent savages whose god is in need of a fresh sacrifice.
Can Mike’s team escape the treacherous island unharmed, or will this trip be their last adventure together?
If you’re a fan of Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler, and rip-roaring adventure novels, then one-click this riveting book today!”


About the Author 

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Author Page on Amazon

Adam is the writer of The Lost Angel, Central City Tales & Chloe’s Justice. He is also a contributor to several Independent Anthologies, all of which are available on Amazon. Adam has been a fan of golden age Pulp and crime from the 1930’s and 1940’s era. It’s because of his love of this genre, his novels follow the exploits of Jack Malone Private Investigator In 2015 Adam overcame a crippling case of Dyslexia as he was writing his first novel. He now uses it as a platform to bring awareness about this learning disability. His aim is to deliver the message that it can be overcome, and it doesn’t have to become an obstacle. He has proven that if you set yourself a goal, and you want it bad enough, you can overcome and succeed.

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Interview with Author Adam C. Mitchell

As publishers, we like to learn about our authors. What makes these creative folk tick? Where do their ideas come from? What secrets lie within those imaginative brains?

Meet Adam C. Mitchell whose ability to step into the past and write some of the most intriguing crime noir tales on Amazon. After reading his interview you undoubtedly want to read his books.

Interview with Adam Mitchell

Q1/When did you first start writing and when did you first write professionally?

I wrote a lot during my time at secondary school but as I’m heavily dyslexic I never did anything with it until a story was picked up for a local anthology.  Which after I left school in 2003 gave me the seed of an idea to try doing something with it. I have been writing professionally as an Indie author since 2010, which is when I first wrote a short story which later became PART 1 of THE LOST ANGEL, which was published a year later.

Q2/ Your books are crime noir. That’s unusual in today’s book market. What attracts you to that genre?

What spurred me originally to write noir, especially noir based around the 1940’s and not the more modern noir stylings, was as I struggled at school I was often in the school library taking refuge from English lessons, this was where a librarian helped me get to grips with reading properly and also encouraged me to read things I wouldn’t normally have read. This was where my love for authors like Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammet, James Elroy, and other such authors came from.

The other thing I love about the 1940’s noir style and especially the crime markets set in it, as there were no forensics (which I find a right pain to write about). It was also a more human style of writing focusing more on characters, their lives, their motivations, and failings. Rather than just the simple story.

Q3/ Have you ever written in any other genre?

I have dabbled in other genres. Currently, I have a science fiction short story collection called NETHERSPACE, and a pulp-styled adventure novel called EYE OF THE FIRE, both out on  Kindle and paperback. I am also close to publishing a semi-autobiographical satirical novel through Dragonfly Books called, BEER, WOMEN AND THE WRITTEN WORD, which will be on both Kindle and Paperback. There are also plans for a classic styled Space Opera book on the horizon with a touch of classic noir thrown in for good measure. Keep your eyes open on my author page and Dragonfly’s pages for more details. (Adam’s Website Adam C. Mitchell

Q4/ What kind of books do you read? Who are some of your favorite authors?

I devour almost any hardboiled Noir writer who writes old school noir, but I have a small soft spot for one or two modern noir writers most notably James Elroy. Currently, I am reading a lot of Charles Bukowski’s books; the style and feel of his books lends itself to how I like to write.

Q5/Can you remember the first book you read?

WOW, that’s a tricky question as due to my dyslexic barrier I avoided books until I was in my late teen. The first one I read cover to cover after the joy of books and the written words had me in its grasp was Audlous Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD, followed shortly by THE RINGWOLD saga by Larry Niven.

Q6/Your characters are very realistic. Do you base them on real people or are they straight from your imagination?

That’s a loaded question really, who wants to be based on a baddie, or someone that gets killed off gruesomely, lol. But yes the characters mainly from THE LOST ANGEL were loosely based on actors who’d inspired me, most notably their mannerisms rather than their appearance, with the main PI character and Main Character Eddy being based on Nathan Fillion (PI) and Ray Lolita. Other than THE LOST ANGEL the characters are purely out of my imagination.

Q7/Who is your favorite character that you created and why?

Out of all the Noir books the two characters that stood out for me were  JACK MALONE the PI from THE LOST ANGEL, (a recurring character in most of my books). I loved this character because I built and wrote him around all the great PI detectives on the silver screen as well as all the clichés to for that matter.  The second character I fell in love with was the dame that would later become his wife, PEGGY ELLEN, in the new book, THE QUEEN AND THE VIPER. A female character that I created to break all the stereotypical molds of the female leads in this 1940’s genre being weak or just eye candy and constantly in need of saving. This character can kick ass and take names better than most men in the books I write.  Also, I hope to use her to springboard a series of 1940’s superhero books. (Still a pipedream but, THE QUEEN AND THE VIPER has set the groundwork.)

Q8/When you write, do you have a specific method you use? Do you write straight through from beginning to end or do you write pieces at a time?

Generally, as I write in parts, rather than chapters, I start with a character and then put him or her in a situation which would form for example the end of Part 1 and then work backward, thinking how would A, B, C, and D happen to get to that situation. The books kind of spurs from that, I then do the same method for each part of the book and I usually write four. Making sure each one links up smoothly.

Q9/If you compare your writing to another author, who would it be?

I don’t like to compare my work to other writers as everyone is different, however, I think no matter who we are, even if we don’t know it, subconsciously we borrow and emulate authors or books we love. So if I had to say who do I emulate if only a little I’d say Chandler.

 10/If one of your books could be made into a film, which one would you choose? Who would you want to play the different roles?

Now that’s the dream and again I think I ’d choose THE QUEEN AND THE VIPER, and have Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play the PI Jack Malone and his future wife Peggy Ellen. With Josh Brolin to play the aging hero THE VIPER. Of course, if I had the chance to see this on the silver screen I’d have to do it like they did in the 2006 film THE GOOD GERMAN and have it all in black and white with a retro feel about it.

Q11Are you working on anything right now? Would you like to share the plot?

I’m working on a few things like I said before. A space opera book with a hint of noir, but that’s still a pipe dream at the moment. But the one that should be out soon once the editing gods have cast their eye over it, is the Semi-autobiographical book BEER, WOMEN AND THE WRITTEN WORD, I won’t give too much away other than to say yes it’s based heavily on my life during the birth of my daughter, the main character is again heavily based on little old me, and it’s got a hint of the Bukowski and John Fante style to it, is un-politically correct and very adult and naughty in places. Here’s the blurb below.

“The book you have in your hands follows the path of Mitchell’s

alter ego Harry Block.

Through the High’s and Low’s of a job he hates,

Impending parenthood, the trials and misadventures of

redemption and a rather successful career in alcoholism.

All the while dealing with the stuggles of the written word

And writers block (No pun intended)”

 12/ In addition to writing books, I see you design your book covers. Have you done covers for any other authors?

I do dabble and have done a few covers for indie authors Samantha L. Latham, D.M Pennington, and my dad’s, Charles Mithell’s debut novel Valon. As a rule, I don’t charge the rather high rates a lot of designers do, as all us indie’s have tight budgets and every penny counts. Instead, all I ask is they buy a paperback of mine and then review it.

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Adam C. Mitchell on Amazon

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Adam C. Mitchell’s Website