Not-so-subtle reminder

Hello!  If you came here expecting one of my rambling dissertations about some aspect of the writing Craft, all I can say is, sorry to disappoint.  Last Thursday I posted a promotional page with a lot of material covered.  It had a good many views, and almost as many likes as readers found new blogs and books to explore.  Now I’m making a stop that is fully uncluttered to make sure I get one point across.

I’m not going to be trying to give writing lessons here any longer; there are many far more qualified people doing that already.  Whatever blogging I do now is purely for my own enjoyment, and can be found at my long-established blog, Jack’s Hideout along with a list of the blogs I follow that updates in real time, so I won’t be putting a laundry list of blogs in the Thursday post anymore.  Stop by the Hideout and peruse the list, and dive into anything that strikes your fancy!

I have made many good friends on the web, and would hate to lose any of you because I’m not writing anymore, so this is my invitation, my request, really, that you click the link and come by to see what I’m up to.  If you find it interesting, follow, read, comment, enjoy.  I’d love to hear from you.  I’m just not interested in writing another book.  I’d love to see you there, but if not, I understand.  Wishing you all the best, whatever you decide to do.

~ Jack

P.S.  For Alicia and anyone else who may have tried without success to follow the Hideout, I have found two new “Follow” widgets that seem to work, one by email, the other by RSS feed.  One is near the top of each sidebar.  If they don’t work, let me know, and I’ll look for something else to try!

Other Voices #14

Good day, loyal readers.  Today is Thanksgiving, a holiday begun in America and now shared by a number of mostly English-speaking countries, and there seems to be a tradition, a nice tradition, of columnists, reporters, on-air personalities, and yes, bloggers, waxing poetic about what they’re thankful for.  This year I shall join that tradition, because a stranger has given me a gift beyond price.

Back in September, two months ago almost to the day, I saw an announcement on Facebook, and completely on a whim, I offered my Novella, Possession of Blood, to B.K. Bass of Kyanite Publishing, specifically the Kyanite Crypt, their horror imprint.  Mr. Bass told me that Possession looked to be just the sort of thing they were looking for, but the whole staff would have to read and evaluate it, and given this was the busy time of year, he’d try to get back to me in a loose three-month time frame.  The one thing they wanted was exclusive rights, so I took Possession down from this website; you’ll note that it is back.

And here’s the reason for that:  Given the possibility of a multi-book deal (Possession was the first novella of a proposed series), I stopped working on anything else so as not to be mid-project were I to suddenly become a “real” author.  So, aside from jotting down a few story notes about future works for the Possession series, I have done nothing writing-related for two months.  No staggering out of bed in the morning, putting on the coffee, and spreading out storyboards, diagrams, character sheets, and note cards.  No sitting by the window trying to dream up quirks to set my latest character apart.  No doing anything remotely unenjoyable.  My retirement now consists mainly of hanging with the fam, Xbox games, binge-watching TV shows and movie franchises, and reading, interspersed with the occasional bout of housework or garden maintenance.

Long-time readers will have seen me flirting with the idea of ceasing to write for a couple of years, but spreading out the material and trying to make it go had become a habit I couldn’t break.  Plus I enjoyed the prestige, whatever that is, of saying, “I’m an author,” and hanging out in writing groups talking with other mostly pretend authors like myself.  It was only the possibility of “real” authorship that made me stop for two months and see what I was doing to myself out of habit.  So I thank you, B.K., and though I have done you a great disservice presenting myself as a horror writer, you have given me my life back by showing me that I really don’t want to spend the rest of my retirement with my nose to that particular grindstone.  I owe you more than you can know.

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So now, as a busy blogger with a decent following, I must speak of the future.  My audience and my focus has been mostly writers, mostly early in the process I should think, and much of my content has gone to helping them avoid reinventing the wheel. As has been pointed out to me by a number of my readers, all that information is already out here, freely available, and no one needs me to provide it to them in this little blog, like I’m the only Great Prophet who can impart it.  Ergo that, in the form of my Sunday “here’s how you do it” posts will be discontinued, effective immediately.  It will be replaced in spirit, though not in content, by activity at my original blog, Jack’s Hideout, and I invite everyone who has enjoyed my ramblings here to click over, see what I’m doing there, and maybe bookmark, follow, or comment should it strike your fancy.  I already have a major project in the works that has nothing to do with writing to inaugurate the Grand Reboot.

The book lists of the Thursday feature will continue, as I know from a lifetime of experience how difficult it is for an indie to gain any traction.  I have had a great deal of fun and met a lot of wonderful people, and this is my way of paying it forward.  I’m not going to recommend a big list of blogs after this week, though.  When you arrive at the Hideout, you will find my bloglist in the right sidebar, and they are linked by their RSS feeds so that any time a blogger adds a new post, it moves to the top of the list in real time; check it as often as you like, as it can change minute-to-minute.

As to writing, I don’t see much of that in my future.  I have republished Possession of Blood here, and anyone who likes a not-your-grandmother’s vampire story is encouraged to take a look.  I have placed a story with an anthology that is looking at a release date in early 2019, so when that hits the shelves, I’ll be promoting here in loud and obnoxious fashion.  I acknowledge the possibility that the itch may need to be scratched from time to time, and I may scratch it by dashing off a short story for an anthology here and there, but no more all-consuming projects that take over my life for months or years at a time.  I will also begin in the near future to leave nearly all of the writing groups I have joined over my life as a writer, so if you enjoy my work and you’ve been getting your links from a third-party site, I recommend you bookmark what you want to return to, as all of those links will be fading away.

Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays; that’s really all that matters, how much enjoyment you can take from the journey.  My heart goes out to all you real authors who humored me and let me play in the sandbox for a while.  Thanks for everything; I had a blast!

Now let’s put this issue to bed.

~ Books ~

ObakeNeko

Obake Neko (Ghost Cat). 349-page novel by David Michael Gillespie.  In the waning days of World War II, the Obake Neko is the last surviving Sen-Toku – a huge secret aircraft-carrier submarine created by the Imperial Japanese Navy.  As the war comes to an end, the Obake Neko sets sail back to Japan with a cargo of unimaginable value.  In the chaos of Japanese surrender, the clandestine vessel and its crew vanish in the seas of the South Pacific.  Fifty-five years after the war’s end, former U.S. Navy pilot, Bud Brennan breaks into Pearl Harbor’s submarine museum in Hawaii.  Bud’s son, Mike, is still raw from the death of his wife and grappling with a new career but still jumps in to help his dad.  But when Bud’s antics garner the attention of the Navy’s JAG, Mike realizes his father may possess knowledge about the near-mythical Obake Neko and its fabled cargo – knowledge that is also of great value to the Japanese Yakuza.  Now, Mike must scramble to learn the whole truth of his father’s decades-old connection with the legendary Japanese submarine and fight to defend his father from relentless military authorities and deadly Yakuza operatives.  Even decades later, the Obake Neko and its legendary cargo are still worth killing over.  Can Mike discover the truth and protect his dad before deadly assailants succeed in silencing Bud forever?  $3.99 on Kindle.

RailBooks

The Rail Legacy. Steampunk trilogy by William J. Jackson.  Though Mr. Jackson might take exception, I have long viewed this work (which I have read, by the way) as a sort of steampunked X-Men.  There are people with powers who are persecuted by a frightened citizenry, corrupt officials who use some of these people to hunt others, strange occurrences at every turn, and riveting, well-written narratives that will keep you glued to the page.  My problem is that William announces frequent, short-duration sales that always seem to begin and end between my promotional posts, so here’s what I’m going to do.  Get on over to The Rail Baron’s Blogfollow it, or sign up for his newsletter, and when he announces his next sale, you’ll be first in line!  Or you could just buy them; they aren’t that pricey.  $3.98 for the whole series on Kindle.

WomanInScarlet

Woman in Scarlet. 248-page novel by Karen L. Adams.  An inspirational memoir of one woman’s 28-year journey from aspirations of becoming one of the first female officers within the fabled Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to overcoming the harsh realities of discrimination, injustice and personal violation.  Karen Adams’ dream became possible the day the RCMP finally included women in what was then, an unashamed boy’s club.  When Karen joined the very first group of female RCMP recruits at age 22, she never anticipated the indelible mark this would leave on the landscape of Canada’s iconic police force and the women who came after her.  Fueled by equal measures of naiveté and a relentless pursuit of excellence to win the respect of her fellow officers, Karen found her passion in life despite a hostile work environment, both inside and outside the RCMP.  Her story pulses with excitement as she recounts her initial forays into drug busts, surveillance and undercover missions–all the while suffering silently with PTSD after a physical assault perpetrated by a trusted member of the vaunted force she strived so hard to become part of.  Told with exuberance, humor and astonishing honesty, Woman In Scarlet, is a thrilling police car ride-along, as well as a deeply personal and courageous view of one woman’s evolution from a fledgling cadet to a respected trailblazer for social and political change.  Read Woman In Scarlet today for a remarkable journey filled with brutal obstacles, the heartbreaks of loss and the triumphs of achievement.  99¢ on Kindle.

ApollosRaven

Apollo’s Raven. 392-page novel by Linnea Tanner.  A Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia.  In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power.  King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him.  The king’s daughter, Catrin, learns to her dismay that she is the Raven and her banished half-brother is Blood Wolf.  Trained as a warrior, Catrin must find a way to break the curse, but she is torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy, Marcellus, and loyalty to her people.  She must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that threatens the fates of everyone in her kingdom.  $3.99 on Kindle.

SugarLane

Sugar Lane, Volume 1. 66-page novella by Harlow Hayes.  The night of Christmas Eve changes everything for Rhema Clark, a 36-year-old housewife living on quiet Sugar Lane.  One day she is hosting a birthday party for her 9-year-old son, Julian, the next she is watching her neighborhood become the backdrop for the perfect murder.  To gain power, Rhema inserts herself into the lives of the residents of Sugar Lane.  She knows they have secrets, but none of them run deeper than her own.  On the outside she is a kind and caring neighbor, but on the inside, something sinister lurks beneath.  The media storm surrounding this murder could destroy her secret life and expose her for what she is.  But will her lust for power override her desire to keep her secrets?  99¢ on Kindle.

Daguerreotype

Daguerreotype. 63-page novella by Ray Zacek.  Sifting through the squalor of his late brother’s estate, Garth Colby finds one thing of real value: an early nineteenth century Daguerreotype, remarkably preserved, depicting a street in Paris.  This find represents an unexpected fortune which promises to make Garth and his wife Farah wealthy, however, neither Garth nor Farah are aware of this Daguerreotype’s sordid, and violent, history or of the uncanny power it asserts over its owners.  99¢ on Kindle.

MindCandy

Mind Candy. 177-page anthology edited by Patrick S. Baker.  Mind Candy is a collection of speculative fiction around the theme of:  What if the mind, memories, thoughts didn’t work they way we think they do?  What if we had to share our thoughts?  What if the land itself manipulated your thoughts?  What do robots think?  Twenty stories with settings from the world of insects to the vast reaches of space, by authors that are willing to take on these questions and many more.  $5.99 on Kindle.

~ Blogs ~

My old Steampunk Empire and fellow refugee is long overdue for a major mention here, and I shall now rectify that oversight.  Karen J. Carlisle is a multi-talented Australian author, costumer, songwriter, artist, video producer, speaker, and I’m sure I haven’t listed half of her talents.  Among other accomplishments, she writes The Adventures of Viola Stewart, The Aunt Enid Mysteries, and the upcoming Department of Curiosities. A song she has written, The Gadgeteer, can be enjoyed on the album Left Foot Forward by the Littmus Steampunk Band.  Her videos can be viewed on YouTube, and much of her art, photography, and costume work can be viewed on her blog, simply titled Karen J. Carlisle.  The door is always open. . .

S.K. Anthony and Raymond Esposito have long shared a blog called Writers after Dark on which they wax profound about various aspects and issues of the writer’s art with insight, wit, and humor.  They are a favorite stop of mine, despite the fact that Raymond believes that grammar is the work of Satan.  Much like myself, they have worn out one blog provider and moved to another, and now they are adding a third partner to their empire, one Brandon Ax.  I don’t know much about Brandon, other than the fact that he is an author as they are.  The link provided leads to their introductory interview, and if you stop by to meet him, be sure to look through some of their other offerings; there’s a wealth of fine material for the writing craftsman on display.  My only problem with their new site is that you have to have a Disqus account to comment, and I choose not to add yet another social media account to reply to one blog.  Sorry, guys, I miss you.  And, Raymond, that semicolon is my little gift to you!

New follower (last Friday) The A.D. Diary is another site with multiple contributors.  This one delivers powerful free-form verse dealing with various aspects of relationships, pro and con.  If that is your cup of tea, you need to nip over there for a read.  Very much worth your while!

Christian Mahai performs an incredible amount of creative activity on line, the Irevuo blog being one of the high points.  In the selected example, he looks at the relationship between consuming art and producing it.  A real brain-tickler, and typical of his offerings.

November is Native American Heritage Month, and Abbie Lu has devoted a post on her Cafe Book Bean blog to books chronicling and celebrating the grand story of the Native American culture.  There’s a lot of fine material there, posted for a fine purpose.

Eva Newermann seems to in the process of posting her novel, Fear is in the Air, on her blog.  Chapter Five is up and ready, so if you’re looking for a bit of hidden terror, this is your read.

Steampunk and sci-fi author David Lee Summers takes to his web journal to look at Shogun and its influence on television and his writing.  Always interesting takes from the pen (keyboard?) of this working astronomer.

Natalie Swift posts powerful prose, or is it free-form poetry, on The Midnight Ember.  Whatever it is, she had certainly outdone herself with The Heart of a Crowd.  Come and be challenged by a writer who gets to the heart of things, if you will.

One of the many things that San Diego boasts is being home to the Star of India, the oldest active sailing ship in existence.  The key word is “active,” and to maintain that status, she has to get out to sea and, you know, sail at specific intervals.  Whenever she puts out it’s a huge event, and last Saturday’s foray was no exception.  Richard Schulte was on hand to capture the pageantry on his Cool San Diego Sights blog.  Four other tall ships joined her, and it was a day to remember.

Regular readers have seen Alicia Butcher-Ehrhardt’s comments on almost every post.  She also blogs herself about a wide range of topics.  The latest is about her cross-country move, and the challenges involved in breaking the mold to make things better.  Stop by and get acquainted; she’s quite a writer.

Once again I depart from my usual format to include a second entry for Richard Schulte, the photographer featured just above.  Richard write these wonderful little slice-of-life ultra-short stories, and I always try to get him some exposure.  This one is a bit of humorous fare called The Station SparrowWhy not take a minute and put some joy in your morning?

I am long overdue to mention the work of Stephanie Kato, a young steampunk author who has just completed her first trilogy.  Her page has many pages, usually dealing with her art, although today she is talking about Thanksgiving.  Very much worth a read, though, for authors and steampunk fans alike.

Tara Sparling is one of my favorite bloggers, an Irish lass with a satirical stripe as wide as an American interstate highway.  She is constantly “on” about various literary subjects, as in this week’s offering recounting why we need to stop justifying women’s literature.  This is one of those classic discussions that you read and laugh at, then suddenly realize that it isn’t all that funny. . .

The Nerd Lunch crew returns in fine form as they undertake a drill-down of Star Trek V.  They are, of course, exceedingly knowledgeable where any form of pop-culture is concerned, but the irreverent wit with which they approach their subjects is simply not to be missed by any trekkie or trekker worth his IDIC.

And that’s 30 for this week.  Don’t forget to visit Jack’s Hideout, and I’ll be back next Thursday with another list of interesting reads.  Don’t miss it if you can!

The Edge of the Map – No. 9

Epiphany . . .

The time has come, I feel at last, to present the truth in all its ugly glory.  The truth is that for the past eight months I have been blogging like a writer in his prime, making plans for future projects, sharing them here, and sometimes discussing them with innocent readers who honestly believed they were seeing something being created.  In point of fact, with the exception of a single short story for an old friend’s anthology,  it has been well over a year since I have written a single word of original material, and I still don’t feel any indication that it’s about to come back.  All I have really “accomplished” over the last several months has been to transcribe the last of my years-old material to the website.  The final chapter of my crime drama, Broken English, went up on Tuesday, and with the exception of Possession of Blood, everything I have written that is worth reading is now available here.  Possession is the horror novella being considered by a publisher, and so must be kept under wraps; more on that in a moment.

Monday morning I had the aforementioned epiphany:  I have allowed writing to consume huge portions of my free time to no particular purpose, and I frankly don’t enjoy it much anymore.  What really brought it home for me was the fact that I was scheduling writing days on the calendar; remember my last post, where I said every three days?  So I was penciling in days to write when it occurred to me:  What else do I schedule on this calendar?  Odious chores that must be accomplished, trimming the hedge, scrubbing the kitchen floor, things of that nature that interfere with the enjoyment of my retirement . . .  Things like writing.

I kid you not, there is very little enjoyment left in it.  I get up dreading it every morning, prove to myself once again that I can’t do it, and wind up transcribing my old stuff and dreaming up blog posts to “hold my place” while I reconnect with my mojo.  While I was stressing over this, my wonderful daughter gave voice to my feelings in her own inimitable style.  She asked, “If you knew you would die tonight and this was your last day on earth, would you spend it writing?”  Apparently, sixty years is how long it took to get it out of my system.  On a possibly related note, NPR yesterday carried an article titled When ICU Delirium Leads to Symptoms of Dementia After Discharge.  In 2014, I was in intensive care for 35 days, including three weeks in a coma, and I had a terrible case of ICU Delirium.  One of the symptoms cited in the article is a lack of focus, and I have certainly suffered from that; maybe that’s an underlying reason.

In any case, this realization marks a sea change in my on-line presence.  I have completed transcribing everything I intend to share to the tabs above.  Finding and developing subjects for the Sunday blog posts is a drain on whatever creativity I have left, and as was pointed out to me in a comment, they are all things we all know anyway.  Accordingly, the Sunday blog will be discontinued immediately; I’ve never had that big, successful book, and really all you can learn from me is how to fail.  The Thursday post, this one, will continue every week, combining Sunday’s links to the work of my friends with Thursday’s book recommendations.  You may see me commenting on your blogs from time to time, and as I say, this one will continue until interest wanes.

Now, I’ve talked about hanging up my pen a number of times in the past, but I’m not going to make that announcement again.  Writing remains an itch for me that needs to be periodically scratched.  What I expect will change is the method of scratching it.  I have spoken of a prospective deal for a series of horror novellas.  I have had no word on that yet, but would love to undertake it, and if it comes through that will become my sole project, at least until I prove to everyone concerned that I can’t do it.  If I can’t, then perhaps an occasional submission to an anthology will fill that niche.  Developments in that area will be passed along as I hear of them, but in any case, this will be the primary gateway to my books and stories.  Read them if you like.  You can use the contact form here to get in touch, my Facebook page, Jack’s Hideout, or my email if I’ve shared it with you.  I wish all my writing friends the greatest of success, and will continue to support you in any way I can.  Now with all that out in the open, let’s get this pony dancing!

PatinewahBorder

Patinewah and the Border Guard by J.L. Solomon.  Many strange things happen in the deserts along the Mexican border.  Without the building of a wall the drug cartels are free to move in and out of the United States with their poison.  That was until the Bear Clan appeared.  The clan, lead by Patinewah, a Cherokee Princess who died and was turned Vampire along with many others in her tribe during the “Trail of Tears’ in 1829.  Together with her brothers, Yarnell, Little Quail, a couple of unsuspecting border patrol agents named Hank and Hime’, and a 400 pound shapeshifter known as Lalo, they battle against the Yote, thousands of werewolf hybrid soldiers that are the enforcers for the drug cartels of South America and Mexico since the Spanish Invasion during the 16th century.  Their success and survival depends on one thing.  $2.99 on Kindle.

NanoMorphosis

NanoMorphosis by Marla L. Anderson.  Reluctant celebrity Daniel Walker remains haunted by his past.  Making first contact with a merciless alien race left him orphaned and mentally scarred.  But with his planet in its death throes, he can finally use his tragedy and renown to fulfill his parents’ dream of finding a new Earth . . . at a very steep price.  Cadmon Dhyre still bears the disfiguring marks of a deadly plague.  An orphan himself, the nanotechnologist spends every waking hour developing the cure that could reinvent him.  Cadmon knows that wiping clean his horrifying appearance could win him the same prestige as Daniel, but only if he can obtain the resources he so desperately needs.  Only one man will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure funding, and the loser’s desperation will lead him to become Earth’s biggest threat.  NanoMorphosis is a suspenseful work of science fiction.  If you like intricate world-building, near-future technology, and multi-layered characters, then you’ll love Marla L. Anderson’s compelling novel.  $2.99 on Kindle.

Arx

The Arx by Jay Allan Storey.  Ex-Homicide Detective Frank Langer is a broken man – but he’s all that stands in the way of a deadly conspiracy.  Since a mental breakdown put him on medical leave from the squad he was once hand-picked to lead, Langer spends his days drinking and chain-smoking, and his nights waking up screaming from a horrific recurring nightmare.  Until one day, by chance, he stumbles on a plot to kidnap children.  When he shows up at the squad with his story, his former colleagues pat him on the back and tell him to go home.  Undaunted, he’s driven by a single purpose – to expose the perpetrators and prove he’s not crazy.  Aided by Rebecca, the aunt of one of the missing children, he races to fit together the pieces of an intricate puzzle: a mute quadriplegic confined to a psychiatric hospital, a reclusive scientist hiding out on a remote island, a dead reporter’s ravings about a bloodthirsty cult in one of the wealthiest enclaves of Vancouver.  Stumbling through back alleys one heart-pounding step ahead of a mysterious force he doesn’t understand, Frank finally unravels a labyrinthine conspiracy more deadly than he ever imagined.  But can he stay alive long enough to find someone to buy his story?  Pick up this chilling mystery/thriller, because it’s got a plot twist that will knock your socks off.  $4.99 on Kindle.

PrintersChoice

A Printer’s Choice by W.L. Patenaude.  In January 2088, life in outer space is rocked with news of its first homicide.  The dead man—a young Dominican Priest—had secretly made his way “upside” and lived as a common laborer. H is intentions are a mystery and the killer’s identity and motive are questions that the best investigators of the new world cannot answer.  With public order threatened, the reputation of the ruling engineers at stake, and criminal elements seizing the opportunity to gain control, authorities seek help from Earth—itself recovering from decades of war and environmental crises.  With assistance from the Vatican, they recruit Father John Francis McClellan, a parish priest from Boston and a retired US Marine Corps expert in “high-defs”—the artificially intelligent three-dimensional printers that built the new world.  A Printer’s Choice tells a story of faith, the future, and the power of free will.  It explores questions about sentience, choice, and the necessity of choosing well.  Set in locations on Earth and in the orbits, the story takes place in a future extrapolated from today’s geopolitical and ecological turmoil.  In this epic debut novel, author W. L. Patenaude illuminates not just the struggles of our world, but also the promises and implications of building a better one, one choice at a time.  $7.99 on Kindle.

FireFuryFreedom

Fire Fury Freedom by Amanda Rose.  A dying planet on the verge of collapse.  Tormented pasts that haunt the present.  An ancient hidden magick.  The C.D.F.P. mega-corporation rules all, with unchecked power, and dark secrets.  The planet is dying, and they are the last hope to save it.  Mack, an ex-soldier of the C.D.F.P. military division, and his mercenaries, stand alone against the C.D.F.P. (AKA the Company), in the fight for humanity’s survival.  Left unchallenged, the company has ruled over the East Green Continent with an iron fist for decades.  The pollution they’ve caused has devastated the planet, destroying the ozone, and killing off plant and animal life.  Outside of domed cities the air is thin, and the sun scorches all; it’s a veritable wasteland.  In the past two decades the planet has reached entirely new levels of decay.  Extreme weather patterns, and massive quakes, ravage the land.  Time is running out.  Mack and his mercenary troupe set out on a quest to stop the C.D.F.P. once and for all, and the planet will test them to their limits.  But are they ready for the horrors they’ll uncover?  Can they alone stand up against the all-powerful C.D.F.P.?  $2.99 on Kindle.

TonyPrice

Tony Price: Confidential by Richard Schwindt.  From one of the most innovative indie writers publishing today comes Tony Price: Confidential.  Included in this collection are:
Scarborough: Confidential – It’s November 1986 in Scarborough, Ontario, at the Silver Birch Housing Project.  Someone – or something – is eating social worker Tony Price’s clients.  Burnt out and vodka soaked, Tony has to acknowledge his innate ability to fight evil.  When sexy colleague Brenda Martin is kidnapped, Tony is forced to act.
Sioux Lookout: Confidential – Brenda suggests Tony take a vacation in Sioux Lookout in September, 1994 – just as an ancient evil arises in the boreal forest north of town.  Tony takes on the monster with help from a local hunter, a Shaman, and a comely cryptozoologist from Leipzig.  Check in on Tony Price for more horror, hilarity and serious drinking.
Kingston: Confidential – When Tony’s career ends abruptly at the hands of an armed dope fiend Brenda suggests they move to historic Kingston where their twins attend Queens University.  During the sweltering summer of 2016 Tony is at loose ends, but a killer appears in town; a sociopathic enigma who effortlessly evades capture.  Tony will have to take this on but this time he’s not alone – his daughter Ashley has inherited his ability to fight evil.  But is she ready?  Three books in one; $1.99 on Kindle.

UndeadWorlds

Undead Worlds Anthology by Ryan Colley, Justin Robinson, Valerie Lioudis, Jessica Gomez, Joshua C. Chadd, R.L. Blalock, R.J. Spears, Grivante, L.C. Champlin, Arthur Mongelli, Dia Cole, Alathia Paris Morgan, Richard Restucci, Javan Bonds, and E.E. Isherwood.  The fall of civilization! Zombies! Apocalypse!  The Reanimated Writers are back with their flagship anthology, Undead Worlds!  This time, we have 15 brand new stories from today’s best in zombie fiction for you to dig your teeth into!  Check out these gruesome and action-packed stories inside Undead Worlds 2!  Grab your copy today!  99¢ on Kindle.

CarnivalOfNightmares

Carnival of Nightmares Anthology.  You lie awake at night fearing them.  Wondering when they will come for you.  Some nights they leave you in peace.  Other nights they dig their claws into your mind, taking you to places of sheer terror and unfathomable horror.  Whether it’s walking through the haunted house while its secrets threaten to keep you prisoner, or staring at the room of mirrors while the deformed faces of circus freaks smile at you with malicious intent—sooner or later you will realize that what you fear most is the evil which waits beneath the surface of your dreams.  So, tonight when you lay your head down to sleep, remember to say your prayers . . .  Because you might be mere seconds away from entering The Carnival of Nightmares. 99¢ on Kindle.  Blimprider’s note: I have the first volume of this set, Carnival of Fear.  If this lives up to half of what that book was, it’s going to be a ride and then some!  You can read my review of one of the stories here.

And that’s 30 for this week.  Remember, no more Sunday rambling.  Be here next Thursday to see where I (hopefully) will have decided to take this by then.  Until then, read well and write better!