Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's That Time Again


I am doing it again this year. Good luck to the rest of you participating as well.




Thursday, September 6, 2012

Alex Hughes

The Tech Wars

A blog post by Alex Hughes

I was a history major in college, and one of the things that struck me most about history was that nothing was ever truly the beginning of the story. When you study a historical event, you always have to start just before, in the lead-up to it, so that you understood how and why the people involved acted like they did. When I sat down to write Clean, I took this same idea to build in layers of backstory to affect the present-day.

The big, overarching world even that affects Clean happened a few decades ago, just long enough that the elders remember it firsthand, but long enough ago that the younger generations are starting to forget. Back in the day, the world was shaken by a near-apocalyptic event called the Tech Wars. A madman – and his many followers – turned the technology of the day against the people.

The peoples’ smart houses turned against them, locking them in without food, water or air until they literally rotted in their own homes. Smart cars went rogue, went off-course, stopped suddenly, or worse, ran into each other deliberately. And smart phones dumped all the financial information of everyone into the accounts of a few – many of whom didn’t even know what was going on. Riots began in the streets. And that was just the first few months of a war that lasted years.

Into the war and chaos at the end stepped the organized group of telepaths, teleporters, and kinetics that would later become the Guild. They – in concert with the remaining military – stopped the wars cold. They defeated and killed the madman and his followers and made the factions stop fighting. But to do it, they had to get scary. Real scary. And regular people died in large numbers along the way.

In the wake of the wars, the leaders of the normals and the leader of the telepaths sat down and made the Koshna Accords. The Guild was entitled to stand alone, to govern itself and punish its own people, and in exchange, it would leave the normals to their own lives. But the normals would never forget.

A few decades later, one particular telepath begins to work with the normal police to solve crimes in the world these events have left. Computer chips are still widely feared. Telepaths are still treated with suspicion. And the rest of the world goes on.

But, though the police don’t know it yet, the new killer in town is a telepath. And he’s killing normals.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dang!

We have a guest blogger tomorrow, Alex Hughes, on the blog tour for Clean.

I got my copy, but have not yet finished reading it.

Not as quick a reader as I used to be, I guess.

Monday, August 13, 2012

James R. Tuck

Originally scheduled to appear here on February 5 on his blog tour for Blood and Bullets.

Better late than never......



DON'T BE SHY
James R. Tuck

One of my favorite things about being a writer is the chance to meet people who have read my books. I love it. Instantly there is a connection. I put part of myself into the book and they absorbed that. They know me to a certain extent. If you have read my book then you now know how I think.

You see the reader and writer relationship is one of intimacy. The writer puts themselves into the book. They spend hours and hours pouring themselves into the story, pulling parts of their soul out to use as the clay from which characters and storylines are sculpted. We open doors inside ourselves than most people leave closed. We strip naked and lay on the page, covered only in words that are strung together.

And you join us.

You, Dear Reader, sign on to wallow around in our misery, to exult in our triumphs, and to cheer us on as we chase the story dragon. (He's a slippery bastard! And tricky. And mean. And wonderful.) You spend hours of your life exploring the twists and turns of our mind like a labyrinth with a treasure on one end and murderous zombie Minotaur on the other.

When you immerse yourself in our story and really enjoy a book that is an intimate experience. For that window of time you and I are one.

So when I meet you for the first time we actually already know each other. We have spent hours together killing bloodsuckers or driving a boss 1966 Mercury Comet, ripping up the roads looking for monsters to slay. We have fought together. We have suffered together. We have sacrificed together. And we have come out the other side. We have seen the dawn together and survived another bloody night.

So keep this in mind when you meet me, or any other writer, in public. Come up. Talk to us. We love you. So don't be shy. Introduce yourself. We won't turn you away.

I promise.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Blood and Bullets

First in the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series by James R. Tuck


Summary

Since hunting down the monster who took the lives of his wife and children five years ago, occult bounty-hunter Deacon Chalk has lived by only one rule. He does not work for the monsters. He kills them. So why would a vampire try to hire him as protection against another monster hunter? 

After enforcing his only rule Deacon goes to meet the target, a vampire slayer named Nyteblade. Professional courtesy demands he tell this Nyteblade the vampires are hiring people to kill him. Deacon finds the vampire slayer waiting in an alley – waiting to stake him. He discovers that Nyteblade is a bumbling, fumbling, wanna-be instead of a badass vampire hunter. Someone who needs saving from monsters instead of the other way around. This is proven when a horde of vampires descend and he has to escape while trying to keep Nyteblade alive. 

Someone has set Deacon up. Someone wants him dead. Someone should have sent more vampires.

Bound and determined, Deacon will find out who tried to kill him no matter how many bloodsuckers, were-spiders, cursed immortals, undead strippers, or insanely powerful hell-bitches he has to wade through. It's going to be a long night.

After the teasing little novella That Thing at the Zoo, we are given Deacon's first full-length novel in Blood and Bullets. James does a wonderful job of pulling you into the story, and again, I just didn't want to stop reading.

Deacon hunts vampires, and pretty much anything else that goes bump in the night. This is a man who has absolutely nothing else to lose. He's already lost it all; his family, and even his humanity.

Deacon has friends who have bonded with him through unspeakable events. His two main allies are Kat and Father Mulcahy, two people who couldn’t be more different. Deacon runs his business from the back of Polecats. I love that he uses the profits from a strip club to hunt monsters. And that all of his dancers act as his assistants, as all of their lives have been affected by evil.

I am quite taken with Father Mulcahy, a Catholic priest, who not only provides him with all the Holy Water he needs for putting down vampires, but is also pretty handy with a rifle.

In Blood and Bullets, a vampire tries to hire Deacon for protection, but he doesn't work for monsters. He gives in to his curiosity, only to be ambushed. Now he has to follow the line of vampires back to whomever or whatever is controlling them, and encounters a surprising and unforeseen danger.

But then again, Deacon is no stranger to that...

And a vampire never sparkles unless they just ate a stripper.

Indeed.

I can't wait to read the next installment of the series; Blood and Silver.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Author

Alex Hughes will be stopping by here on September 6 during the blog tour for Clean.



From the back cover;

A RUTHLESS KILLER-OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

I used to work for the Telepath's Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that was not entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped in to save it. But they had to get scary to do it-real scary.

Now the cops don;t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn't trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city-and I'm aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I've just had a vision of the future: I'm the next to die. 

Ooooh. Sounds like my cup of tea. I am currently awaiting my review copy and I have to say I am excited!

Alex's book is due to be released September 4, 2012.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

That Thing at the Zoo

A novella, by James R. Tuck.




Shredding monsters is his stock and trade. He sniffs them out, tracks them down, and corners them. End of story. But when the tables are turned, expect the unexpected...

Knowing his enemy is a rule Deacon Chalk swears by. But he’s never seen anything like whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo’s most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in treetops. And he’s only got till sunrise to keep it from turning the entire city into a slaughterhouse. Now Deacon is in zoo lockdown with a handful of staffers to save. His zookeeper backup has more guts than monster-hunting experience. And the only chance Deacon has to run this thing to unholy ground is to risk unleashing his darkest, most uncontrollable instincts...

It's official. I absolutely adore Deacon Chalk.

James, you hooked me from the very beginning.

“What’s he a specialist in? Tattoos and guns?”

I smiled at Jimmy the zookeeper. “I’m the weird-shit
specialist.”

If this were a paper book, I wouldn't have been able to put it down. As it was an e-book, I read it until I got cross-eyed, gave my eyes a break and then kept going.

If this is any clue as to what the series will be like, you got me.

Hook, line and sinker.

And I am not generally an urban fantasy kind of gal.

That Thing at the Zoo is a great intro to James’s new series.Through this novella you really get to know the hero of the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series in this prequel to book one, Blood and Bullets.

Deacon is a supernatural bounty hunter who's been called to the Atlanta zoo to hunt down a rather nasty creature that’s been preying on both zoo employees and animals. With the help of Jimmy the zookeeper (owner of an epic mullet), Deacon takes on a vicious evil that just loves the taste of humans.


Available as an e-book at Amazon.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I Swear

I did not fall off the earth.

But I did have a life-changing event, as you can read about here.

But I took advantage of the situation and was reading a lot of books. So there will be a lot of new offerings here!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Own Little Library

I have a small house, so I am always looking for ways to utilize what limited space I have.

For a book-loving gal like me, having a library seems like an obvious choice. However, with my space issues, having a library seems more like a dream.

Until now.

Certainly not a large library, but it didn't cost me any space.


This was my inspiration. The original poster made a little library in a non-working fireplace. I have one of those.

So I cleaned mine out, put in a bookshelf (sadly my only option as we rent this house), and ta-da.

I have a library.

Mine is not quite finished, I still have some beautification to do. I do not want it to look like I just crammed  a bookshelf into my fireplace.

So, a work in progress.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dan Henk: The Black Seas of Infinity

I heard about the debut of Dan's book on Facebook, as he is one of my friends there. I volunteered to be a reviewer. Dan was kind enough to send me a copy months ago, but I am ashamed to say that I am quite often distracted and have just NOW finished it. However, once I finally started reading, I was immediately sucked in and I read it non-stop for two days. 


“Visions of pulp era heroes fill his thoughts. Taking advanced physics, he dreams big, but harsh reality bites as he grows up, and he resigns himself to building surveillance drones for the military. After a brief probative period, he’s unexpectedly moved into the clandestine world of investigating crashed alien craft. Fascinated beyond anything he thought possible, it’s a dream come true but his lack of social skills get him fired. However, he’s seen too much – and a year later returns to pull off a bloody heist… Fleeing into the woods with the military in hot pursuit, he makes a mad scramble up the coast. It’s only then he discovers the world has grown strange. Businesses are closed. Highways deserted. The US has become fractured… Trigger happy locals and violent militias are only the beginning. Death, madness, and the unwelcome return of creatures from beyond this world await…”


This little blurb alone was enough to draw me in. "Ooooh." I believe that would be a accurate description after reading this little clip. 


The Black Seas of Infinity is written in the first-person point of view. We follow the protagonist, who has always dreamed of advanced physics, into a military job building drones and then being drafted into a covert military project. This turns out to be a dream come true for our fellow, although it is cut short as he soon finds himself at odds with the powers that be. Naturally, having worked for a secret military group means he knows too much and the story evolves into an apocalyptic journey through a crumbling of society and into the jungles of Mexico. 


I detest reviews with spoilers, so I will not write one. But I will say that this story has sort of a cliffhanger ending and leaves you clamoring for more. Rumor has it there is to be a sequel...*squee.


For fans of science fiction, this is a must-read. In addition to a captivating story, this book includes full page interior drawings that really help bring the story to life. Dan also illustrated the cover. 






ABOUT THE AUTHOR
At 18, I was kicked out of the house. I spent the next 8 months
homeless, sometimes sleeping in the woods. Finally getting a steady job and a
place to live, my friend flipped my beat up old car and I went through the
windshield. After a two week recovery, out of necessity I moved from Northern
Virginia to downtown Washington DC. A year and a half later, a crack head broke
into the house. A knife fight with him severed the tendon on my left hand.
After surgery and yet another move, I finally attended art school. My work made
it into galleries, political cartoons for Madcap Magazine, covers for Maximum
Rock and Roll, and numerous t-shirts and ads. I left art school early, at the
advice of my teacher, for a career in NYC. Two interviews with DC Comics made
me realize they paid very little, and only wanted me to draw superheroes.
Three years later, at the urging of a tattoo artist, I went into
the field. I have now been tattooing 11 years. I’ve been featured in a slew of
books, magazines, newspapers, and on TV in the US and Europe, both for my
tattoo work, and my traditional art. Tattooing has been very good to me. Life,
not so much. I’ve had brain cancer, and was actually in Bellevue Hospital in
ICU when the twin towers went down. Seven years later, my wife died in a hit and
run.
But life is what you make of it. I’ve always written, writing
full novels (that I’m sure were horrible) by the 5th grade, and taking numerous
creative writing classes. I’ve put out quite a few articles over the years, and
THE BLACK SEAS OF INFINITY is my first novel, published by Anarchy Books in
2011. I’m already hard at work on a second book of short stories, hopefully to
come out sometime next year.