Update – March 2015 – Podcast Appearance and Call For Beta Readers

Not much new to report, but a couple of things worth talking about.

First, you may have noticed that I’ve titled this one as the update for March. I don’t know if that’s going to be “a thing” or not, but I do want to update the blog more regularly, if only to keep you all in the loop on what I’m up to. So, maybe I’ll make this a monthly thing?

The first bit of news to report is my recent appearance on Armand Rosamilia’s Arm Cast Dead Sexy Horror Podcast. As usual, those of you who follow my Facebook page have probably already heard about this, but it was a fun little interview. One reason it was so enjoyable is because Armand doesn’t do interviews in the traditional sense. Instead, it’s just two authors sitting and talking about whatever for an hour or so. We talked about writing (of course), as well as music, Dungeons & Dragons, his upcoming wedding, and all sorts of stuff. Go check it out!

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This is a fun show!

Another thing worth mentioning: As you know, A Man With A Gun is finished. While I do have some beta readers currently going through the first draft, I would like to have more folks giving it a look and giving me their thoughts. If YOU would like to be a beta reader, hop over to my Contact page and drop me a line. Let me know what format you would need it in (PDF, Doc, Docx, etc.). I can’t promise that I’ll accept everyone as a beta reader, but let me know why you’d like to beta read A Man With A Gun and maybe you’ll be in the list!

In case you’re wondering, A Man With A Gun is a near future sci-fi story with some dystopian elements, along with some paranormal/horror and western bits. Yeah, it’s a genre-bender. The manuscript is currently around 87,000 words (a little longer than Frostwalker was) and it’s a raw first draft – not even really proofread.

My first drafts do tend to be pretty clean, but I’m sure there are plenty of typos. However, beta readers are free to provide as much or as little feedback as they’d like. If you want to hunt down typos, that’s fine. If you want to ignore them and focus on story issues, that’s cool, too. If you want to just give me a few sentences telling me what you liked and didn’t like, that’ll do pig. It’s entirely up to you how much feedback, and what type, you’d like to give.

Lastly, if you do beta read the manuscript and don’t finish it, I’d like to know where you lost interest. That’s important info!

That’s got most of the high points covered. In other news, as I mentioned in my last post, I planned to take two or four weeks off after finishing A Man With A Gun. Unfortunately, coming down with the flu pretty much meant that my whole “break” was spent lying in bed wishing I could die.

In addition to that, a computer I built a year ago suffered a motherboard failure, rendering it inoperable. This wouldn’t matter too much, but that computer contains the hard drive where most of my writing files are stored. No data has been lost, of course, but I can’t access the things I need to work on certain projects. This has limited my options for when I do go back to writing, but I don’t think it will be a major issue. A story idea is brewing already, and it’s just about ready to break forth, spewing onto the keyboard!

Other issues not related to writing have been popping up. Some of it due to the illness and some due to all the time I put into writing in the first part of the year. Things I set aside in January and February are having to be dealt with now.

It will be good to get back to writing, but I have to admit to a strange uneasiness as well. Sort of an indistinct anxiety hovering around the idea of diving back into the writing. It’ll work itself out eventually.

For now, that’s about got it. I look forward to hearing from you, so feel free to drop me a line – not just if you’re interested in beta reading, but if you’d just like to chat. The best part of this writing thing is hearing from readers!

Blogger Book Fair – Interview With Will Millar

WillMillarBookcoverWill Millar is the author of Infernal Machines, a new horror novel being published by Immortal Ink. He was kind enough to answer my Blogger Book Fair Mini-Interview questions. Take a look and get to know this new author! Continue reading

Blogger Book Fair – Interview With Jacob Donley

Jacob Donley is the author of the Chronicles Of A Rock Troll fantasy series. He took the time to answer my Blogger Book Fair Mini-Interview questions. Take a look and find out more about this new fantasy author! Continue reading

Blogger Book Fair – Interview With Jami Gray

ShadowsEdgeCoverJami Gray is the author of the urban fantasy series The Kyn Kronicles. The first two books are Shadow’s Edge (pictured left) and Shadow’s Soul. She was kind enough to take the time to answer my Blogger Book Fair Mini-Interview questions – take a look!

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Blogger Book Fair – Interview With Jason Andrew Bond

I was very pleased to have bestselling author Jason Andrew Bond take a moment to answer the questions in my Blogger Book Fair Mini-Interview. This is a really good look at an interesting fellow – Enjoy! Continue reading

Blogger Book Fair – Interview With Kyra Dune

Want to find out a bit about fantasy author Kyra Dune? Here are her answers to my Blogger Book Fair Mini-Interview questions – Enjoy! Continue reading

Blogger Book Fair – Interview And Raffle From Beck Sherman

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Revamp by Beck Sherman

Beck Sherman is the author of Revamp and the upcoming Goodbye Nothing. Beck took a break from writing long enough to answer my Blogger Book Fair Mini-Interview questions. Beck is also a wise-ass, as you will see if you read on! 😉 Continue reading

Blogger Book Fair – Interview With Becca J. Campbell

Not-the-Norm-lowresBecca J. Campbell has a knack for creative characters and whole new worlds for us to explore! She was kind enough to answer my Blogger Book Fair Mini-Interview questions. Take a look and get the scoop on what she has coming for us in the future. Also, snag a free story and get a chance to win another!

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Interview With Grimoire Trilogy Author S. M. Boyce

One of the perks of being involved in the indie writing scene is that I get to meet such fantastic people. A great example is S. M. Boyce, who does a great deal to help out indies in addition to writing her own books. In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, S. M. Boyce is the author of the fantasy epic Grimoire Trilogy.

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Lichgates

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Right now, the first book in her Grimoire Trilogy of fantasy books, Lichgates, is free for Kindle from December 21st through the 23rd.

This may be the last time you see this free offer, so you should snatch it up! If you haven’t read this fantastic book yet, you’re missing out! While you’re at it, you can pick up Treason, book 2 in the series, as well!

In honor of this last chance to get Lichgates for free, Boyce was kind enough to answer a few questions and talk a bit about her experience as an indie author and other things. Here’s what she had to say:

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Interviewed By The Reading Cafe

This is just a quick little update. I was lucky enough to have Sandy, at The Reading Cafe, conduct an in interview with me. The interview is now live on their site and you can check it out here. It was fun and I appreciate them giving me a chance to talk about Frostwalker, how I became a writer and lots more. Check it out and please leave them a comment!