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New Imminent Danger Fan Art!

Today’s fan art comes to us from my wonderful friend Denise Gow-Morse, who painted me this gorgeous painting of Eris floating dramatically in space for my birthday. Check it out!

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Thanks so much, Denise! Tragically my super-slanted bedroom walls don’t offer any space to hang art, but as soon as I get my hands on some flat walls, this painting is going in a place of honor!

 

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I’m going to be a bit cryptic here and tell you that this is the song I was listening to while writing a certain scene from Cerulean Bound. Make of this what you will!

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Cerulean Bound Draft #1 Breaks 100k Words Mark!

I’m psyched to announce that I have officially passed the 100k word mark on Cerulean Bound! Now, don’t start celebrating in the streets yet — I still have at least ten more chapters to write, and a whole ton of other stuff in the first half of the book to fix up and make, well, not awful. But 100k is still a big deal! Woo!

Since my usual first drafts end up being around 120k words, I can expect to tap out at least another 20k before the story reaches its natural conclusion. Then we go into several rounds of editing and dramatic cuts, with the eventual goal of getting the manuscript down to somewhere in the 90k-95k words range. Cutting 25k words sounds a bit drastic, and honestly the idea is freaking me out a little bit, but I’ve managed it twice now so I have faith I can make it happen a third time.

No news on the “finding an agent” front. I’m compiling a list of possible agents to look into, mostly gleaned through this awesome lady on Facebook who posts about new agents looking for clients. My current plan is to focus my efforts on finishing the first draft of Cerulean Bound, then turn my attention to sending out my query letter. If anyone has tips on acquiring an agent, by all means send them my way!

That’s all from me. Have an excellent weekend!

 

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New SSF Short Story Collection from Nicholas C. Rossis! 

Check out this new sci-fi/fantasy short story collection from Nicholas C. Rossis! I haven’t read it yet, but I did proofread the previous one and very much enjoyed it, so odds are this one’s pretty good too 🙂

Exciting times, indeed. You’re in for a Ride, my 4th collection of short science/speculative fiction stories is now live on Amazon! Those of you who have read one of my previous works will be…

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Covers Revealed!

Self-pubbed author Audrey Driscoll is releasing three new short stories — and check out the cover art! It was created by her using Canva, which looks like a really great tool that I will definitely be checking out.

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Here are cover images for three short fiction pieces related to the Herbert West Series. I designed these images myself, using Canva, which has been dubbed “The easiest to use design program in the world.” Not having used any other such programs (unless you count Microsoft Paint), I can’t verify that, but I was able to produce what I consider usable images with Canva, after a short and not too steep learning curve.

Each image is followed by its book description, and then my comments on how I put it together, for what they’re worth. Keep in mind that these are simple images to accompany brief, simple stories, and I’m a total amateur when it comes to design.

Herbert West Series supplement 1

Supplement 1. The Nexus

Nearing the end of his long life, Miskatonic University professor Augustus Quarrington retraces the path to his entanglement with one of his…

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Emotional Beats Launch

Nicholas C. Rossis has published a book on writing, and it looks awesome! I have a copy loaded up on my tablet and will be cracking it open ASAP.

Exciting news! My latest book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, is finally available on Amazon. You may remember the book from my poll back when I was cho…

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Chasing Nonconformity by Michelle Proulx

Great new (and beautifully written!) review for Chasing Nonconformity

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Chasing Nonconformity by Michelle ProulxBalancing an eye for the absurd with actual danger, Proulx creates a science-fiction tale that is light and fast without being shallow or cloying.

This novel is the second in the Imminent Danger series. Thus, ‘spoilers, darling’.

Still annoyed after the revelation that Varrin’s thoughtful gift was actually a marriage contract, Eris Miller wants a vacation more than ever. However, Varrin’s ship, the Nonconformity, is in the clutches of the annoyingly benevolent galactic government, and Varrin seems even more determined than his usual arrogant, entitled self to get it back. Meanwhile, on Rakor, Varrin’s father – the Emperor – dispatches two lethal killers and a bad poet to bring his son home, whether he wants to return or not.

This volume continues in the same vein as the first one: real peril mixed with farcical situations. Punk tribble-analogues face genetically superior warriors. Alien music turns out to be a…

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New Short Story Collection by A. Renfro

Fellow self-pubbed author Anthony Renfro has published a new horror short story collection, and I’m helping to spread the word! If this looks like something you’d enjoy, check it out! If not, thanks for tuning in, and have an awesome weekend 🙂

 

6 tales of terror filled with gore and suspense.

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Need to Feed

Another year. Another massacre looming. When the sun rises on the Old West town of Saltwater Junction this town will face head on two fierce predators. Vampires who stalk you in the sunlight, and werewolves that transform with the sunrise. This short story rewrites the legends and all you’ve ever known about these creatures of the night. Where do you go when there’s no place left to hide?

Fear of the Scarecrow

This short story is about a desperate man hungry for revenge. Sometimes revenge comes with a price.

The Man from the Road

A man suddenly appears on a road. He’s lost, confused, no clue as to how he got there. He starts to walk and stops suddenly. There’s a bonfire in a field nearby. He sees people dancing around this fire. They are performing some kind of ritual. He turns to flee, but he’s captured. No chance of escape. He hopes he is only dreaming, because all of this seems a bit too real.

Gluten Free

Suicide by Gluten? In this short story one man opts out in a most unusual way.

The Dead of Winter

A short story about an apocalyptic nightmare in a crisp frozen landscape filled with winter and living corpses.Two men try to find safety in this dead world. Hoping to ride out the night. Hoping to find warmth and shelter. Hoping not to become food for the zombies.

The Lot

This short story is about a Christmas Tree lot that has evil intentions.

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Tommy pulled himself out of his nightmare thoughts and looked up at the scarecrow again. He took another bitter shot of cheap liquor, grimaced, and then put the bottle away. He pulled out the scrap of paper with the old witches incantations scribbled on it, and then he took out his wife’s wedding ring. He placed the gold band on the ring finger of the scarecrow, slipping it over the burlap flesh that seemed too life like for something so inanimate. It fit perfectly. He looked down at the paper, and then up to the moon. He read these words out loud.

“BY THE LIGHT OF THE FULL MOON!”

“AVENGE ME!”

Tommy looked from the moon to the scarecrow who was now alive. Its eyes burned an eerie green color, and its cut out mouth was now filled with razor sharp teeth and plump red lips. The scarecrow broke the bonds that held its wrists and ankles in place, and floated out towards Tommy, who, of course, took a few steps back, stopping when his butt reached the green corn stalks.

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10 Things I wish I’d known before writing a trilogy

Great tips for writing a series. Will be borrowing some of these for my own writing 😀

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With the publication of Genesis Redux only a handful of days away, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve learned over the past four years of writing the Transcendence Trilogy. Here are my top ten:

1 It’s better if each book works as a stand alone story

There is nothing wrong in writing a trilogy which has to be read in order. Some of my favourite books were written that way. If you tried reading The Two Towers before The Fellowship of the Ring, you’d be totally lost. But as an indie author, you need to maximise the opportunity of each book launch.

The one thing I’d change if I started my trilogy over again is to make each book work as a stand alone novel. As the first book, Second Chance works on its own. I’ve been told Absent Souls works as a stand alone novel, although it…

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Chasing Nonconformity is one of the 50 Self-Published Books to Read 2016!

Huge news, my friends! Chasing Nonconformity has been voted one of the 50 Self-Published Books to Read of 2016!

Granted, it’s #50 on the list. But it made the list! Wooooo!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted. I have no idea if this is an award that will get me more visibility or sales (none so far, lol, but I remain hopeful). But it’s still just really cool to know that someone liked my book enough to nominate it.

Check out the entire list here.

Since I’m in such a good mood, it’s time for a Cerulean Bound update! Writing proceeds at a glacial pace, as I have literally zero free time, and will continue to do so for the entire summer and well into the fall. That being said, I am able to eke out a few hours here and there, in which I get as much done on the book as I can. I’m just under halfway through the first draft, and will hopefully get that finished up in the next few months. So right now we’re looking at an early 2017 release date … although knowing me, that could easily push into mid-2017. Still, 2017! Mark your calendars!

Thanks for reading, and have an excellent week!

 

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20 Questions with Nicholas Rossis

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Today, I have the honor of welcoming Nicholas Rossis to this segment of 20 Questions. Nick is an award winning author and very active blogger. With 10 published books and more on the way, Nick shares his work, inspiration and a bit about himself in this edition of 20 Questions. Please enjoy.


book photo NR_1000 Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I had just finished Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series, and I picked up Jim Lacey’s The First Clash and Herodotus’ Cyrus the Great and Rise of Persia, which describe the fatal battle on Marathon between Greece and Persia in the 5th century BC.

Marathon Bay is a 20’ drive from my home, and I’d often visited the tomb where the ancient Athenians buried their dead, so I thought at the time, “wouldn’t it be great if someone did what Martin did for medieval…

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