Thursday, January 31, 2013
Now the book's author and publisher are giving away a free e-copy in a contest that runs February 1 - 28. I'll post the synopsis, then directions on how to win, then a few more reviews of Where the Dead Fear to Tread. Good luck!
A police officer and a serial killer search separately for a missing child while running a malevolent labyrinth populated by creatures they never knew existed.
Former prosecutor William Chandler, disgusted with his past inaction, spills the blood of those who victimize children to correct the ills he sees in the world. A self-admitted serial killer and uncomfortable with his actions, Chandler attends the funerals of those whose lives he has taken in an effort to retain a true understanding of the nature of violence.
The carnage left in his wake is investigated by Detective Kate Broadband, who becomes progressively more comfortable with the corpses left by Chandler. Envying the power she sees in him, she pursues Chandler as each search for Maria Verde, a missing eight-year-old girl.
As Chandler and Broadband draw closer to discovering what happened to Maria they are forced to confront The Devourer, an unnatural being trafficking in stolen children.
To enter you can like on Facebook and send a Facebook message to M.R. with your email address and preferred version (EPUB, HTML, MOBI, PDB and PDF).
Or you can mark as To Read on your Goodreads account and send M.R. a Goodreads message with your email address and preferred version (EPUB, HTML, MOBI, PDB and PDF).
You can enter once through Facebook, and once through Goodreads to increase your odds of winning. The contest will run from February 1 - 28. Your email will not be used for any purpose beyond notification of winning.
“Where the Dead Fear to Tread is an immensely enjoyable read; jam-packed with great action sequences and wonderfully horrific monsters that will chill you to the bone.”
~Dark Rivers Press
"It could be a future movie or video game franchise hit that you can brag about having picked up when it was just a humble indie e-book. Give it a chance and you may be surprised to find out Where the Dead Fear to Tread."
~Robert Hibbs of Ravenous Monster
"...well-thought out. The main character, like the writing, is a complex man who you’re not sure if you can classify as “good” or “bad”. The story takes him through a supernatural mystery that will
leave you wanting more."
~Nerds in Babeland
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
- Publish The Bad Death
- Launch The Bad Death, following a marketing plan that includes guest blogging, giveaways, and social media contests
- Submit House of the Apparently Dead to beta readers
The "why, how, and what's-it-like" of taking a creative sabbatical?
Why. I became frustrated with time constraints preventing me from writing more often and writing more volume. In addition to working full time I was writing an hour or two several nights a week and a marathon session on Saturdays, marketing my writing, learning how to market better, working out, keeping house, and doing the occasional community or social event. You know, life. I find it hard always changing focus. I began to feel that the quality of what I wrote suffered from a lack of continuity. I wanted one focus. I wanted to wake up every morning and work on the story. Doing that for a year will help prevent regrets when I'm old and gray(er).
How. I cashed a portion of a retirement plan. This is where Suze Orman takes a moment to bitch slap me into next week. I know, I know. But in addition to having a bigger retirement plan that I left untouched, I had factors in my favor to begin with:
- No dependents
- Low mortgage
- Good health
- Researched and consulted an accountant
- Saved up an emergency fund
- Saved a separate fund for taxes/penalties on early withdrawal
- Created a budget at the reduced monthly "salary" and tested its feasibility
- Added a Critical Illness policy to my insurance, to the fullest payout in case disaster strikes
- Took a year's leave of absence from work; I didn't quit!
Am I crazy? I 'll letcha know later how things turn out. For now, reference above statement about regrets in old age. One regret is dying broke under a bridge. I believe with self-discipline and sacrifice I can rebound and prevent it. Dying creatively unfulfilled? I could go to Hell for that.
Have you ever thought of doing something like this? I'd love to hear from you in a comment!