October Is Guest Post Month!


Starting tomorrow and running through the end of the month, expect Guest Posts on this blog from some great authors and more!

Steven Shrewsbury kicks us off tomorrow in style, and then look for posts from Michael West, Dan O’Brien, Debbie Fletcher, Robert Chazz Chute, Christine Verstraete, G.L. Helm, Claire Riley, Tovah Janovsky, Robert Essig, Patrick C. Greene, Allison Dickson and many more!

If you want to get involved, get in touch with me at  armandrosamilia (at) gmail.com asap and we’ll get you into a spot! Still a few days left to fill and verify posts, so let’s make October a great month to read about and find new authors and more!

Armand Rosamilia and more! 

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Guest Post: Alex Laybourne


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Going to Hell is No Easy Task

The Highway to Hell series was my first real attempt at writing a novel. I had no idea what was going to happen as I wrote it, and as I have discussed before, I went through many versions before the story finally found its form.

In total I have been working on the series for about five years, and that is only for two novels. Why? Because I was not ready to write it, I had to change and mature a lot as a writer thanks to that series, and had I forced myself to write it any quicker, I would have fallen on my face.

Even sitting here now, I have 15,000 words written on the final installment, but I am almost certain that I am going to scrap the majority of them. Why? Because it needs to be. This series is my heart and my soul.

While it will not be the only thing I write, not is it the only thing I want to be known for, I cannot deny that there it is something special to me.

At times, even now when I sit and look at the series, the scope of it terrifies me. I will be honest. I could probably write several short stories that tie the three novels together and still not scratch the surface of everything that could be done.

I have ideas for the third novel. I know what I want to happen in the majority of the major plot points, but how I am going to get my characters there and which of them will survive to see it, I don’t know. I have three of four potential endings and storylines I could use, and knowing myself, the final version will resemble none of them.

I knew writing this series would be tough. I knew it would be a long haul, and that is why I am not afraid to take my time. To write other projects in between, be they novels or short stories, because I need to nail the ending to this series.

I could not be prouder of Highway to Hell, and love its sequel Trials and Tribulations. Now that I need to stand up, round off everything that I have started, I see myself staring down a great many gun sights, because this is it. The last hoorah on Hell’s highway, and I want to make sure it leaves its mark.

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Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes’ drive away and so spent most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create; where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue

I am married and have four wonderful children; James, Logan, Ashleigh and Damon. My biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

For people who buy my work, I hope that they enjoy what they read and that I can create something that takes them away from reality for a short time. For me, the greatest compliment I can receive is not based on rankings but by knowing that people enjoy what I produce, that they buy my work with pleasure and never once feel as though their money would have been better spent elsewhere.

Links:

Blog; http://www.alexlaybourne.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Laybourne/212049612180183

Amazon:

–          Highway to Hell http://www.amazon.com/Highway-to-Hell-ebook/dp/B00AUD0U20/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1375879820

–          Trials and Tribulations: http://www.amazon.com/Trials-Tribulations-Highway-Hell-ebook/dp/B00EKJI8TM/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

–          Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Laybourne/e/B00580RB18/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vanplank

Guest Post: John F. Allen


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Interview with Antoine Valentine from John F. Allen’s The God Killers

Hello everyone! Today is day five of the John F. Allen book tour. I’d like to thank my publisher, Seventh Star Press for this fantastic opportunity and also Armand Rosamilla for hosting today’s stop on the tour. This entry is an interview with a vampire named, Antoine Valentine of The God Killers.

 

John: Exactly how old are you?

Antoine: I am just over 1,000 years old.

John: Wow, that’s a long time! Has roaming the earth for that long become boring to you?

Antoine: It has its moments. I have experienced love and loss similar to humans over the course of my lifetime. There are times when I have wished for an ending, but self preservation is hard wired into my psyche.  

John: Wait, you said lifetime…you’re a vampire, aren’t you dead?

Antoine: No, I was born a vampire and thus I am a living being. Only turned vampires are the undead.

John: Err…yeah, okay. I hear that you are a special breed of vampire, a succubus correct?

Antoine: Yes, unlike others of my race I feed off of sexual energy and desire. I can sustain myself with blood if necessary, but I much prefer carnal pleasures.  

John: That’s kind of creepy and freaky dude! Are there many vampires like you?

Antoine: No, only three are born every generation. For vampires, our generations are measured by 1,000 years as opposed to 10 years like humans.

John: What is your relationship with Ivory Blaque?

Antoine: She is a fascinating young woman and a honored acquaintance. Not that it is any business of yours.

John: Uh, sure…moving right along. You are the Lord of the City of Chicago, what exactly does that mean?

Antoine: Chicago is my territory. I am responsible for all of the vampires who reside and/or visit there. I am a voting member of the vampire ruling body with a voice in effecting vampire law. Any vampire who does not adhere to the laws of our race and the tenets of the Night Shift Treaty will answer directly to me.

John: The Night Shift Treaty, what is that exactly?

Antoine: The Night Shift Treaty is an agreement between the human world governments and the ruling body of the preternatural triumvirate, Vampire, Lycans and the Fae. We are bound to obey the human laws and in return, we are allowed to live peacefully amongst humans and to self govern. Humans are bound by the treaty and are forbidden to persecute and hunt us down without justifiable cause, which can be proven before a tribunal of our elders or the respective elders of the other races. Any breach of the treaty is serious offense and punishable by death.

John: I hear that you own a Jazz/Blues lounge in Bronzeville, how is that going and how long have you owned it?

Antoine: It is going very well. It is one of the hippest and trendiest night spots in Chicago. I purchased Club Fasination twenty years ago when I moved to the city and was assigned its Lord. It was a bar called the Blue Rose back in the 1930’s through the 1950’s until a fire practically gutted the building. I personally saw to the rebuilding and renovation of the property.

John: What is your greatest fear?

Antoine: That this interview doesn’t end soon enough and I am forced to snap your neck.

John: Well, look at the time; it appears our time is up. Thank you for the interview Antoine.

Antoine: That’s Mr. Valentine to you, and I’m sure the pleasure was yours.

John: Okay…anyway, please join me tomorrow for another entry of The God Killers blog tour. I’d again like to thank Armand Rosamilla for hosting this entry.

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Guest Post: J.L. Mulvihill


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Young Adult Readers and the Steampunk Genre

Thank you, Armand for having me here today.  I would like to talk a little about the steampunk genre and my book The Boxcar Baby and teenage readers.

A teenager reader was something of a myth until J K Rolling brought them back to us with her epic Harry Potter series.  What I hope to do with the Steel Roots series is to keep them reading.  However, as we all know teenagers are fickle and it’s very hard to keep up with their likes; one day it’s wizards and witches the next it’s vampires and shape shifters, so I decided I would go with an old/new trend. 

Of course steampunk is an old genre; it’s been around since Jules Vern, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, and the like.  The phrase steampunk coined by K. W. Jeter, has been around since 1987 when Mr. Jeter sent a letter to Locus magazine describing the type of genre he was writing along with his friends James P. Blaylock and Tim Powers.  Over the years the cog has slowly turned spinning the wheels and setting the steampunk genre in motion.  Now steampunk is not only a genre but a movement.

Everywhere you look now you can see steampunk sneaking into our style of clothing, or media, our music, and of course our literature, but then that was always there.  There are some people who will still argue that steampunk is merely a subgenre of either science fiction or fantasy.  I suppose I could agree that there is a rough distinction.  I would like to describe the steampunk genre as a type of spice one would add to their recipe of writing because that is what I feel it adds to literature, spice. Steampunk is the feel of adventure and invention. 

The fun part about steampunk is not only the literature, the movies, and even the music, but the cosplay.  So many people get into the cosplay of steampunk and there does not seem to be an age distinction on this genre.  What is so fun about steampunk cosplay is that people get so creative and inventive with their clothing and their weapons, I think because there is no restriction.  They can create their own character in steampunk and go from there.  I find it so refreshing to see the whole recycle thing going on because people take old junk that would end up in the dump and use it to make a weapon or jewelry or part of their costume.  This to me is one of the positives of steampunk.

So does this mean the genre intrigues the young readers?  Only time can tell.  I can only hope that this is the flavor of the day.  I have no vampires or shape shifters, not even a witch, but that doesn’t mean I have not planted something else interesting in my storyline.  There are other monsters that are a bit different than the norm.  Since my story takes place in America I thought to stay within my own countries legends and folklore.  Keep in mind though, that steampunk is not real history but an alternative history which gives me carte blanche in my own little world.

The Boxcar Baby takes place in an America ruled by a government called the System and they make the rules, not the people.  One day a simple little girl happy with her simple little life finds out the hard way what her world is really about.  In per passion to put her family back together and her life in order this fifteen-year-old-girl, sets out on the biggest adventure of her life and finds not only a corrupt world around her, and that nothing is as it seems but instead shrouded in secrets and mysteries, but that monsters come in all shapes and forms.   

I thank you for allowing me this time to share with you my thoughts on steampunk and information about my book The Boxcar Baby and the Steel Roots series.  I hope that you will check my book out through seventhstarpress.com and then let me know what you think by friending me on Facebook on Steel Roots page.  If you are interested in obtaining a signed copy of the book my next event will be taking place in Louisville, MS at the Backwoods Comic Festival.  After that event I am scheduled for CONtraflow in New Orleans October 18-20 and then November 15-17 I will be attending the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention.

Until next time remember, remember to ‘Dream in Steam.’

J L Mulvihill

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The Original, One Last Time…And it’s on Sale!


Brent Abell wrote an awesome book. I published it. Get a copy before it goes bye-bye!

Our Darkest Fears

inmemoriam copyThere shall be no more crying, no more mourning, and no more death.  The tears shall be wiped from their eyes and vengeance heaped upon those who have done them wrong.  Look not to the life you want to lead, but to the one you should have lived.  Look not upon the past for comfort, because the former things have passed away.

And thus I took some liberties with my favorite bible passage to bring an announcement.  On October 1st, my debut novella, In Memoriam,will be going out of print for the time being.  You can pick up the Kindle version now for the blow-out-the-door-low-price of .99.  That’s right folks, for under a buck, you can have the first print.  The print version will also be coming down too.  If you would rather have a real tree/paper book, you only have a few days left to grab one before…

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Guest Post: Lane Kareska


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Location Scouting

 

A lot of writers talk about Apprentice Novels: those books, embarrassing or not, they had to write to learn how to write books. Long before I held a copy of North Dark in my hands, I was hard at work toiling away on books that no one—Thank God—will ever get to read.

Those books all had a ton of problems, some minor (for most of my life I apparently have not understood how to spell the word “traveling”) others spectacular (an entire novel written in the single most horrendous sixteen year old voice ever committed to paper). But the common problem, the thing I’ve never really figured out, was how to be comfortable writing about a real place.

Here’s what I mean: I spend a lot of time on Google Earth inspecting the minute details of some street corner I’m writing about in Istanbul or wherever. I think I believe—incorrectly I’m sure—that it’s important to be perfectly accurate to the real place. As if someone in Istanbul is going to get to page 200 of my novel and think, “Bullshit, there’s no cracked sidewalk there,” and stop reading. This is a psychological deficiency of mine and I know it. But even so, it’ hass worked its way into all of my writing. I struggle when writing about somewhere as foreign as Antarctica or as familiar as Chicago, it doesn’t end.

There are authors who have made entire careers out of writing about places they’ve never been to, Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of Tarzan, is an example and people still read him. So WTF, I figure at a certain point you just have to let go! And so I did with North Dark.

I decided, quite deliberately, to write about a place that I’ve never been to, one that doesn’t even exist, and to just try really, really hard to be cool with it.

Does North Dark take place in an alternate timeline? The future? I don’t know. I think of it as just taking place “somewhere else.” Happily, readers from Alaska have said to me, “Clearly, this is Alaska.” And readers from Canada have said, “Clearly, this is Canada.” I love that— any answer or interpretation is totally valid.

The beautiful thing about writing about a fictitious place is that it’s as liberating as it gets. And what I mean by liberating is a minimum of research. When I embraced the mystery of this locale, this unknown world in which North Dark occurs, suddenly my work became an exercise in exploring rather than researching actual history or geography.

The onus is on the author to ask questions, to roam, to generate all of the material that would otherwise be his or her responsibility to seek out and document accurately, with all of the “required” cultural/historical/BS sensitivities in mind. But these are all invented stressors, the important part is this: reading fiction is collaborative. North Dark occurs in whichever world the reader envisions—and the reader’s vision is far more important than mine anyway.

So is it Canada? Alaska? Some different, more broken world? I don’t know, but I’d love to hear what you think.

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SLASH OF CRIMSON FIRE SALE! Buck a book!


Carl R. Moore’s “Slash Of Crimson” novella is on sale for a few more days before it goes bye-bye! Only 99 cents!

The Crimes of Heaven and Hell

Hey folks… I’m adding an impromptu blog post on my novella SLASH OF CRIMSON due to its going on a temporary hiatus as of next week. How long that will be and whether it will change publishers is to be determined. I’ll go into more details in another blog post later in the week. For now, all of you who were putting off the purchase for whatever reason, well, now it’s merely a buck so there is every reason to check it out.

It has been a great pleasure working with Armand Rosamilia on this project. I’ve published in several anthologies he’s edited, and he always does a fantastic job offering a great deal on good fiction. I invite anyone to read and evaluate the quality of the stories in RYMFIRE EROTICA, for example, and see whether they are not a rocking, sexy, horrific, fun time!

There’s a lot…

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