What's the future looking like?

Well... uncertain and open. I think that's the same answer you would get from anyone else on the planet for any number of subjects. Recently I've had people inquire about what's next from me, and I felt you all deserved some answers... even if the answers only create more questions.

Are you writing more books for the Endlessly series?

Maybe.

Is Danse Macabre going to have a sequel?

Possibly.

When is your next book coming out?

I don't know.

I've been writing but I've also been lazy. Right now I'm compiling short stories and working on a novella off and on. What's the novella about? (sly grin) I'm not telling. I will give you some extremely vague picture clues to tickle your curiosity bone, and I will tell what it's not. It's NOT a continuation of the Endlessly series or a sequel to Danse Macabre





What? You say these don't make any sense? Good. Cryptic is good. It keeps the imagination running, and the imagination is a terrible thing to waste or lose.

Now on to extra curricular activities - conventions.

I plan on attending a few conventions this year, but I won't be a participant as an author. My plan is to strictly be a spectator. I'm currently planning on attending http://www.horrorfindweekend.com/ and http://bizarrocon.wordpress.com/ There may be others and these are subject to change due them taking place in August and November. You know, the future is uncertain and open. So if your planning on stalk me you might want to keep up on my posts to make sure I'm still attending. (just kidding)
  
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Book Review: American Fever by Peter Christian Hall

A young libertarian flu fighter huddles at home in New York’s East Village, blogging about a devastating avian flu pandemic as he sells masks, gloves, and goggles over the Internet. An intriguing, vexing woman stalks him while he delves into the mysteries of influenza and serves up colorful commentary on the chaos swirling around—and within—his world. When 'Count Blogula' gets involved with some lively community flu activists, he collides with a government bent on controlling Americans as if they were viral intruders. With the U.S. staggering through a kind of national Katrina—Chinatown a smoky ruin, Atlanta evacuated, Houston blown up—he must fight both the system and the contagion to save his life and love.



REVIEW:

When the world is struck with a raging virus, one man takes his opinions, research, and eye-witness accounts to the internet. A personality known only as ‘Count Blogula’ ships personal protective equipment to people looking for salvation from a deadly flu virus. He begins his blog by offering advice, brief history lessons, and a variety of links that take you to the information that he talks about. But eventually, the world falls apart before his eyes as the virus breaks down his friends, the city that he lives in, the government, and eventually him.

FROM THE BOOK:
We need to infect society with rational fear. We need to go viral – no less than H5N1 has done. People far from New York must prepare.  It’s not too late! Yet.

American Fever doesn’t read like a book, but exactly like the story intends: a blog. It’s filled with the random musings of a man as a deadly virus begins to wiggle its way in to his life, and the narration grows more personal every day. It’s a dairy of the madness that the world would become if we were consumed with an epidemic.

I enjoyed this book, but I’m not sure how I would perceive it in paperback. Normally I can rate how much I like a story by how quickly I read it - this was an exception. I read American Fever on my Kindle Fire, and found myself constantly sidetracked by the hyperlinks that were posted within. The narrator offered informational links to videos and websites that made the story extremely interactive.

Toward the end of the story, I found myself reading it on the actual blog. That’s right, the author actually has a blog that contains all of the posts, and you can read the whole story as originally intended online. I enjoyed see the photos that were posted in the blog that didn’t transition over to the download. I’m curious if they made it to the printed version.

You could easily get lost in this, or the hyperlinks, whichever fascinates you more. Overall, I was impressed with the amount of research that Peter Christian Hall invested into creating this… book?

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Author Interview: Kody Boye

You can find out more about Kody, his writing, and links to purchase his books by visiting his site: http://kodyboye.com/


Tell us a little about yourself.

            To start, my name is Kody Boye. I was inspired to start writing when a teacher assigned an object-specific writing assignment when I was seven years old. Fast-forward seven years and my first story, [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge, was published, and three years after that my first novel Sunrise (which has now just been rereleased) was published. I moved to Austin in the month of May 2010 due to a variety of reasons and have been here since.

Can you give a brief summary of what Blood is about?


            The quick and dirty response would be that Blood is about a young man who wants to join the military. To expand upon that, the novel is about how, due to being magically-gifted, our main character, Odin Karussa, is conscripted into the royal pagehood to train as a knight after a high mage of the Ornalan court decrees him beneficial to the king’s army.


What inspired you to write this book?


            I initially wrote Blood (and the three original books that encompass the overall story arc) between the ages of twelve to fourteen. I tried to pick it up a second time after 2007 but failed miserably. However, come time for 2009, I had a brain tumour scare that could have possibly affected my writing, so I wrote an anxiety and panic-ridden draft of the first chapter the night before I was to go meet with a neurosurgeon. Turns out the scare was nothing more than a bruise on the brain and I’m still writing to this day.

What was the biggest challenge you faced writing Blood?


            I think the challenge of writing any fantasy story is sculpting your characters and your world. Going into The Brotherhood universe again, I had a variety of things to think about, mainly geography and just where all they would be traveling. I spent a week drawing a map that displayed the northwestern world and from there expanded upon the idea. While I did rewrite Blood in 2009, I rewrote it an additional time in 2011 because I wasn’t satisfied with the writing. This major revision point was also where I noticed some of the bigger flaws in the beginning, which I fixed thanks to my amazing editor.

Why do you think people should read your book?


            I think people would enjoy Blood based on the fact that it’s a very character-driven novel. One of the major things I wanted to do when I started writing the saga was make it easy to read, easy to understand and easy for the reader to imagine. The world the series is set in is broad in scope (as are the cultures and histories,) but it never overburdens the reader (so far as the feedback’s told me, anyhow.) One of my major points was to not jar the reader out of the story by introducing a random term that meant nothing to the context of the story (i.e, making a complex system of names for a high mage when they could just be called a ‘high mage,’ etc.) For the most part, I think I succeeded.

What are the future plans in writing?

            My future plans for writing is to (hopefully) make enough money off it to substantiate my income. I have just finished the first draft of the fourth Brotherhood novel, Rebel. Afterward, I will resume writing my YA M/M urban fantasy novel with my friend Rhiannon Frater. As of now I’m not sure if I will be writing the fifth and final Brotherhood novel after I finish me and Miss Frater’s novel, though I’m sure it will come sometime in the months following that (most likely this year as well.)

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Another author painting.

I had another author offer up their mug for one of my crazy paintings. This one is of Brent Michael Kelly, the author of Chuggie And The Desecration Of Stagwater. You can find out more about him at his website http://www.catbat.com/bmk/ 

Brent offered me 5 photos to choose from, and I favored this one for the haunting eyes. Again, if you are an author and interested in this strange side project, feel free to contact me. 




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Book Review: Hellhound On My Trail by D.J. Butler

Heaven doesn't want them. Do they stand a chance in Hell?


Bass player Mike Archuleta is down on his luck in a major way. The shattered survivor of a misspent youth, he is haunted by the ghost of his dead brother, and is now driven to planning his suicide. Halfway through the show that's supposed to be his last, a hellhound bursts into the club and attacks the band. The band members pull out karate moves, guns, and even a sword... and then things start to get strange.



Can Mike survive the show? What can he do about his brother's ghost? And what kind of band is this, anyway?



Hellhound on My Trail is the first installment of Rock Band Fights Evil, a pulp fiction serial by D.J. Butler.


REVIEW:

D.J. Butler takes his turn with heaven, hell, and everything in between with Hellhound On My Trail. Much like other authors that tackle biblical stories, his rendition is unique. He starts with a very diverse and strange band of characters that somewhat confuse you, but learning about who they are, and what they are capable of, keeps you flipping the pages to find out more.

The story is action packed! You barely have time to breathe from one chapter to the next as the misfit band fights against unstoppable demons.

Mike decided to play on more gig with an obscure band, and after the show he planned on killing himself. He’s been faced with the ghost of his angry brother for years, and uses alcohol to keep the delusions away. His scheme of one final night seems to be going as planned, until an angry demon busts into the bar and threatens to swallow him whole. Now under the sobering pressure, he realizes that where he is going after he dies isn’t an ideal place. Mike forces himself to step up and follow the group as they jump from the pan and into fire.

The story is fast-paced and slightly chaotic to keep up with, but you are following Mike as he learns about the same world that you are being introduced to: God, Satan, demons, angles, shape shifting fairies, immortals, narcoleptic wizards…. Butler built a crazy world with infinite possibilities.

This read gives you a great pulp fiction feel that would easily transfer into a comic book, and in a sense, that is what I felt like I was reading – minus the illustrations.

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