The Winter Creek Beast is LIVE!

Good morning everyone! I have some fantastic news. As you can probably tell from the title, The Winter Creek Beast is alive and well on Amazon.com.

One of the things i love about writing is the inspiration behind our stories. For me, I’ve long had a thought of what would happen when a bigfoot and werewolf crossed paths. It was something that I kicked around for a couple of years but I never had a solid idea on how to pull it off.

Enter my inspiration.

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All it took was an episode of Gunsmoke. Seeing Matt Dillon protecting Dodge City gave me the inspiration for the backbone of the story and I was off and running. The only question was I didn’t know which would be the good or bad guy or even a pair of rogues until near the end. Curious to know which I decided on? So was I. Guess you’ll have to read it to find out. Just click on the cover image to the right and it’ll take you right to Amazon.com.

Hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. And please, try not to get yourself eaten by the Winter Creek Beast. :)

 

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In the Books featuring Organ Reapers by Shay West

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Organ Reapers by Shay West.

On a world with medieval steam technology, a machine is discovered by the head priest of the ministry that allows them to send teams to Earth to harvest the organs their own people need to survive. The catch? Their Gods preach against defiling a corpse, so they kill the people for their organs.

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Despite the honor and opulent lifestyle being a Harvest gives them and their families, a few of their people don’t agree with the idea of killing others to save their own. This thought process comes to a head for Tani and Keena when they’re assigned to travel to Earth to kill a child. Wishing to find a way to stop future killings, they travel to Earth through their gateway to find help.

Murders are a fact of daily life for Detective Eli (He hates Elliot) Robins, but when people are found struck over the head and their organs expertly removed he finds even his excellent skills aren’t able to find the killer. Enter his new partner, Ava, who is his equal in every way and help to balance and bring him from the edge of despair.

Okay, I’m a sucker for anything with a fantasy angle and when you add in police procedural thriller there’s little hope I won’t read it. With that being said, is it any wonder I loved this book? The characters and story were well done and flowed smoothly.

The author captured the frustration of the police detectives perfectly, especially Eli Robins. There were times I honestly thought he would have an aneurism. Following a divorce from his unfaithful wife, he crawled into a bottle and only came out when he needed to work.

Ava has a dark side that only comes out in glimpses and made me wonder if there’s more to her story that needs to be told in another novel. While she’s Eli’s equal in many ways, she’s superior to him in her self-control and serves to ground him when he flails about in frustration. It’s fun to see their relationship grow from one of mistrust and anger to complete faith in one another.

As is often the case in life, Tani and Keena often seemed more than the teenagers they were, but the author did a phenomenal job of reminding us of their age by having their fears and weakness become evident when confronted with the unknown or people of authority.

The story itself was woven together seamlessly between the two worlds. The differences between the worlds were drastic and subtle at the same time. It’s like disappearing from one book and into another.

I’m not one to push, but I hope there’s a sequel in the works somewhere. No pressure, Shay. :)

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Write a Terrific Novel (NaNo), Minimize Revisions, & Improve Odds of Finishing AND Publishing

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Some awesome advice with NaNo just around the corner.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Image via Flikr Creative Commons. Bansky's "Peaceful hearts Doctor" courtesy of Eva Blue.

Image via Flikr Creative Commons. Bansky’s “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” courtesy of Eva Blue.

We’ve already discussed the importance of  fueling the muse BEFORE NaNo. But, fueling the muse, creativity, talent and all that jazz IS NOT enough. Finishing, while fantastic, is ALSO not enough. If we finish, yet have written something that can never exist off life-support? We’re back at Square One.

Though I am a fan of NaNo (National Novel Writing Month which is NOVEMBER) and Fast Draft, these tactics will work for writing ANY novel and minimize revisions.

AND…you don’t even have to be a plotter (Hint: I’m not. More of a Plotser–> Plotter + Pantser)

One of the major reasons many writers fail to complete the story is there isn’t a single CORE story problem in need of resolution. The story dies because it lacks a beating heart and a skeleton.

Stories with no hearts…

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Pre-order REFLECTIONS before it publishes Nov. 1st

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I’m proud to announce a new release that drops this weekend. Reflections is a collection of short stories, poetry, and essays from some terrific authors, a few of whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and interviewed on my blog—Darcia Helle, Maria Savva, and Jason McIntryre.

It’s on sale November 1st, but you can pre-order it now from:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

ONLY 99 cents! I love short stories, so I’ve ordered my copy already. Get yours now!

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Do you trust what you see?

Right becomes left.
Up becomes down.
Distorted, unreal.

Your world looks new when you see its…
REFLECTIONS

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My Insanity Has A Name: NaNoWriMo

Good morning everyone! As you can tell from the title, NaNoWriMo is one my mind (I gave up on my sanity years ago:) ). For those of you that don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, its official name is National Novel Writing Month and is a yearly event where writers of all ages and skill levels come together to write a 50k book during the 30 days of November. For me, it’s the perfect kick in the pants I need sometimes to stop making excuses for certain projects.  That leads me to my plans for this year.

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For better or worse, I’m planning to work on three novels this year. That’s right. I’m hoping to write 150k for NaNoWriMo 2014. I’ve even figured out my writing schedule (Given how I can’t stick to an outline, this should prove very interesting). Since I handwrite, it usually takes me two to four hours to write a chapter of ten to fourteen pages ranging from 2500 to 3800 words. If I’m really moving, I can write five pages an hour, so, going by those estimates, I will be attempting to write twelve hours a day with an hour break between each run to rest my eyes, brain, and get some food.

I know, you’re sitting there saying I’m (colorful adjective) crazy and/or stupid. As much as I’d like to, I can’t argue with you on that. You see, my muse never stops with ideas and three in particular refuse to go anywhere even when I write them down so I figure why not and work on them all? I’ve mentioned my machine mode before, so it is very possible I can pull this off. The biggest problem will be losing my mind, but since it ran off years ago, I have nothing to worry about.

In all seriousness, I know this is going to be an extreme test for me and that’s why I want to attempt it. I love to push myself and this gives me the perfect opportunity to do that. Now, do I honestly think I’ll succeed? Nope. I’m prepared to finish with as little as 60k written, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to go into it with every intention of pulling it off. I can be extremely stubborn and hate to fall short of my goals so I’m crossing my fingers, stocking up on sleep and coffee, and getting the fingers loosened up for all the writing coming my way.

This is my insane endeavor, how about you? Do you have any particular idea you go into NaNo with to push your limitations?

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Guest Post Featuring Eric Swett

Good morning everyone! I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Eric Swett, and his newest book, Apocalypse In The Balance. Without any further ado, take it away, Eric.

Finding the Fantastic in Fallen Places

If you turn on a television and watch an American made program you will see beautiful suburban landscapes, gritty cities so large that they boggle the senses, or pastoral countrysides filled with farms or forests. Each of these scenes appeal to us on some level and for different reasons, but they lack originality. Even Batman’s Gotham fills our consciousness as a darker New York, with its shadows so much deeper and they architecture just slightly more menacing. It is easy to write about these places and to stay in these archetypes because they are easy to understand and comprehend. They take little description because the mere mention of skyscrapers or farms or little ranch style homes surrounded by white picket fences all conjure images that have been blasted into our subconscious.

In my latest book, Apocalypse in the Balance, I use just such archetypes to describe the city where all of the action takes place. Soaring skyscrapers filled with the titans of industry, the poor part of town with its dark allies and violence, and the suburbs with their banality. Conjuring up a setting from my mind is personal and watching it take shape on the paper can be immensely satisfying, but this template leaves a little something to be desired.

One thing I like to do to break up the every day is to use special locations to make a scene more memorable. For inspiration I look toward places that have been abandoned in the real world. You would be surprised to know how many locations right outside the polished parts of any town and city are left to rot with disuse. Infusing these abandoned locales with a unique ambiance will make them stand out in the reader’s mind and memory.

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How hauntingly beautiful is this abandoned outpost in Cambodia? Could you reimagine it as whole again? What about relocating it from the top of a hill to the center of a city? Who lives there? Rebels hiding from a vicious dictator? A clan of vampires feeding on the poor abandoned individuals of a city drowning in crime? Perhaps it is the secret temple of a cult bent on bringing about the end of the world.

Broken down locations are great for building back up and they can make a great addition that will stand out in your collection of locals.

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About Apocalypse in the Balance:

Apocalypse in the BalanceFive years have passed since the Angel of Death made a very public appearance in the middle of New Arcadia. Since then the city has become a hub of activity for the supernatural. Most people are blissfully unaware of the powerful forces at work in their city, and the darkness bubbling under the surface could not be happier.

Businessman and criminal kingpin Kohaku Hitaratsu finds his world turned upside down, and he is forced to seek refuge in the slums he left behind. He no longer rules the neighborhood that was the foundation of his empire and he must find a way to survive on the streets with little more than a pickup truck to his name.

When Kohaku finds his neighborhood and his new found home under siege by monsters better found in nightmares, he chooses to stand and fight rather than simply survive.

Standing up to the darkness draws the attention of forces better left alone, and Kohaku is caught in a tug of war between the all too familiar evils of his life and the light within that is struggling to get out.

Friends and relatives choose sides in his struggle, but ultimately it is the love of a woman that will determine his course and could decide the fate of the world.

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Author Eric SwettAbout the Author: Eric Swett is an author and IT professional living in Mooresville, NC. He is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary, Connor, and Kaitlyn. Eric is a rabid Arizona Cardinals fan and a lover of most things geek, and hes been before either of them were cool. When he is not writing or spending time with his family, he is reading and playing the occasional video game. His favorite authors include Ben Bova, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Jordan, J. R. R. Tolkien, and L. Ron Hubbard. His favorite Bands/Musicians include The Beatles, KISS, AC/DC, Yoko Kanno, John Williams, and Imagine Dragons.

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In the Books featuring Dreamtime Sensuality by David Russell

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Dreamtime Sensuality by David Russell.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Okay, I only feel it’s right to say I’m not a fan of romance. It’s not really my thing, but I do enjoy a good story or stories. That’s the part that caught my attention with Dreamtime Sensuality. It’s a collection of four stories, each following the same basic formula of highly intelligent women that look to fulfill their needs and desires through voyeurism and self-control. Each woman firmly controls their desires until the perfect moment of their seduction scenarios that relate to their profession.

While the stories were similar to one another, each had a different take on various professions of the women and kept it fresh throughout. The one thing I do have to say is there are some moments where I wanted to see the scene fleshed out more, but that was balanced with the poetic style each story was told. I actually caught myself reading it like a verse and that’s something I rarely, if ever, do, so props to the author on eliciting that from me.

This was a pleasant surprise and I truly enjoyed it. It felt like something better to read outside relaxing than anywhere else, and I found that to be an interesting development.

If you’re looking for a quick, relaxing romantic read, this could be just the thing.

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