Monthly Archives: January 2015

IndieReader Author Spotlight: Samantha Towle

jan-1Sex, drugs, rock & roll and… literature? Yes! New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle has combined them all in her romance series The Storm. In the books, Tru Bennet reconnects with old flame who just happens to be the lead singer in the world’s biggest rock band. Tru joins the tour as old feelings are rekindled.

Samantha will be mapping The Storm series (The Mighty Storm, Wethering the Storm and Taming the Storm) throughout the month as our IndieReader Author Spotlight for January. The books take place while The Mighty Storm is on world tour, bringing the characters around Europe and North America.

Rock music has also inspired Samantha’s other novels, most notably her Alexandra Jones paranormal romance series that she says were “all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favorite musicians.”

Check out Samantha’s map throughout January on

In the meantime, party on Samantha. Party on.

RJ Julia Author Spotlight: Steven Simmons

JanSteven Simmons is our RJ Julia Author Spotlight for January. I’m excited because Steven is a novelist turned academic turned novelist again, and he will be approaching Placing Literature from both perspectives.

Steven’s first novel, Body Blows, was published in 1986 amid the Aids crisis in San Francisco, and the book’s main character is credited with being one of the first bi-sexual protagonists in modern literature. The book follows Cal as he goes on the lam after committing a heinous crime—although in self defense—taking him and the reader from San Francisco, to the Berkeley Hills, Oklahoma and Los Angeles. Interestingly, these are places that have had a big impact on Steven’s life, and these observations, lessons and impressions are reflected on the character.

Steven then taught writing throughout the Bay Area, including at Standford and the University of San Francisco. Place was always an element of writing he found fascinating, but it wasn’t until recently when he started mapping Body Blows that he realized how important place is to his own work. He talks about this realization on the Placing Literature podcast with Tim Knox.

Check out Steven’s map on Placing Literature and follow his progress throughout the month.