Monday, September 25, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Since we're going through a hot and humid Indian summer here in New England, right now this is my fantasy apocalypse. I just don't want to shovel it.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Month of Hell

No, I'm not talking about those first few weeks back to school. I plan on celebrating the 21 October release of Wasteland in Red Square: Book Two of the Hell Gate Saga with a month-long event, which will include two give away contests. Hell has never been so much fun.

I'll be posting more details as the time gets closer, but right now this is what is scheduled throughout October:

1-5 October: Burning Willow Press will be giving away the Kindle version of Hell Gate free on Amazon.

7 October: Cover reveal for Wasteland in Red Square.

10 October: I'll be posting the first chapter.

12-17 October: Contest to give away five autographed copies of Hell Gate. (details to be announced)

18 October: Announce contest winners.

21 October: Day-long book launch party with several guest writers. The schedule of hosting writers will be posted later.

25-30 October: Contest to give away two boxes of Hell Gate swag. (details to be announced)

31 October: Announce contest winners.

Please keep checking back for more details. This is one time you really do want to go to Hell.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Winners of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

Again, let me thank everyone who voted for Hell Gate for the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards. Unfortunately, I did not make the top three in Fantasy. But we gave it a good shot.

A lot of  excellent writers and works did win, including many Burning Willow Press authors. Below is a list of the all the winners. Congratulations, guys! Well earned.

  1. The Collective by Riley Edwards and Jonathan Edward Ondrashek
  2. Ghostly Writes by Plaisted Publishing House
  3. Man Behind the Mask by David Owain Hughes, Alizabeth Lynn, Ashlei Hawley, Ashley Rose Gustavson, Cassie Ann L Millier, Chasity Nicole, Chris Genovese
  1. Breaking the Glass Slipper by Sherry Rentschler
  2. The Puppet Master by Stephen E. Crockett
  3. From Cropduster to Airline Captain by LeRoy Brown
  1. Dragon Lightning by Jenny Burke
  2. Giorgio and the Olive by J.L. Gonzalez
  3. A Home for Emy by Chris Turnbull
  1. An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco
  2. Ice – Knights of Silence by Amy Cecil
  3. Enigma of Life by Shandi Boyes
  1. Take You Home by T.J. Spade
  2. Right to Silence by Lily Luchesi
  3. Welcome to Central City by Adam C. Mitchell (Tied with Blood Lust by Markie Madden and Siren Song by Markie Madden)
  1. Catch Me if I Fall by Kay Blake
  2. Freak by Erin Lee
  3. Her Name was Sam by Erin Lee
  1. Untamed by Madeline Dyer
  2. Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick
  3. Operation Child by Jaci Wheeler
  1. Disgraceful by Dee Palmer
  2. Blurred Edges (Volume 2) by Kane Caldwell
  3. Waiting by R.M. Gauthier
Fantasy (Tied for 2nd)
  1. Hat Trick by Jeremy Croston
  2. Color of Evil by S K Wee
  3. The Council by Kayla Krantz
  4. Playing with Fire by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers
  1. Letters Away by Elias Raven and Sharon Johnson
  2. A Nest of Hornets by Robert Krenzel
  3. The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Jane Jordan
  1. Shadow Puppets by Carver Pike
  2. Odium IV by Claire C. Riley
  3. Dead Normal by D M Singh
  1. Christmas Miracle in July by R.M. Gauthier
  2. Horny Santa by Ethan Radcliff
  1. Welcome to E. Mayberry by Chris Genovese
  2. Actually, Don’t Write a Book About Me by Leia Star
  3. FaeTal by Becca Moree
  1. Severed Heart by Kristy Ferguson
  2. Agents of Shadow by Richard Crofton
  3. Patriots Passing by Summer Prescott
New Adult
  1. Tomoiya’s Story: Escape to Darkness by C.A. King
  2. Concealed by the Night by Michael James
  3. In Her Woods by Jaxson Kidman and London Casey
  1. Tomoiya’s Story: Collecting Tears by C.A. King
  2. The Ghost in the Mirror by Faith Gibson
  3. Kiss of Vengeance by E.A. Copen
  1. Deceit Can be Deadly by Nicky Charles
  2. Night Orchid by L. Lombard
  3. My Champion by Alanea Alder
  1. Love Letters Destroyed by Winter M. Balefire
  2. Inhale Love Exhale Poetry by Lo-arna Green
  3. Nova by Joanne Van Leerdam
Romance (Tie for second place)
  1. My Light by Echo Hart
  2. Refusing to Expire by Tricia Daniels
  3. Fit for a King by Susan Fisher-Davis
  4. Hart of Country by Kris Nacole
Science Fiction
  1. Riddle of the Gods by Lyra Shanti
  2. Starstruck by S.E. Anderson
  3. Zeeka Chronicles by Brenda Mohammed
  1. Victor or Victim by YM Zachery
  2. One Good Reason by Erin Lee
  3. The Lion and the Peacock: How I Conquered Anxiety by Jennifer Peacock-Smith
Short Story
  1. New Horizons by Joanne Van Leerdam
  2. Freeing his Dark Edges by Kane Caldwell
  3. When Leaves Fall by C.A. King
  1. Finding Forever by Amanda J. Evans
  2. Cain – Rage of Angels by Elias Raven
  3. A Tale of a Rough Diamond by P. J. Mann
Time Travel
  1. Booth by Jason Pellegrini
  2. Do You Realize? By Kevin A. Kuhn
  3. A Love Beyond Time by Bella Emy

Young Adult
  1. The Adventures of Nick and Billy by Michael Hoard
  2. 16 Myths by Aim Rivivar
  3. Fragmented by Madeline Dyer

Monday, September 11, 2017

Voting for the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards Has Closed

Voting for the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards closed last night at 1AM EST. The results are not in yet; once they are available, I'll post them. Until then, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for Hell Gate. You all rock. 

Apocalypse Monday

Well, it could end this way. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Day 10 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

Day 10 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards:

"If you are going through Hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchil

"If you're voting for Hell Gate in the Summer Indie Book Awards, keep voting." -- Josh Matthews

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 9 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

Day 9 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards: Nine days into the voting. Nine circles of Hell. Coincidence or an omen? Why risk it? Get on Hell's good side by voting for Hell Gate.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 8 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

Day 8 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards:

     “Doc theorizes that the Nachzehrer are humans condemned to Hell for their sins, so he thinks that’s probably what happened to Lucifer and Lilith.”
     “What type of sin can a dog commit?”
     “I don’t know. Maybe chasing Jesus’ cat or shitting on God’s front lawn.”

How can you not vote for dialogue like that?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 6 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

Day 6 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards: We're at the half-way point, folks. Let's make Satan and this writer happy by putting Hell Gate on top. You can vote here.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 4 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

Day 4 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards: I appreciate everyone's support. We still have a week to go, though, so please keep on voting for Hell Gate. Thanks.

Apocalypse Monday

"Project Bluestreak: The Shattering"

That morning when you look out your window and say, "Oh, man. I'm screwed."

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 3 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

Day 3 of the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards: Let's raise some Hell and show everyone they can't keep a good Hell Spawn down. Vote here for Hell Gate for the best Fantasy novel of 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Please Vote for Hell Gate in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards

The voting has begun for the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards, and will continue until midnight CST on 11 September. Hell Gate has been nominated in the Fantasy category. Please click on this link and vote. 

Also, please check out the links for the other categories. Several BWP writers have also been nominated, and we all would appreciate your support.

Thank you. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wasteland in Red Square: Book Two of the Hell Gate Saga Is Scheduled For Release on 21 October

That's right. Wasteland in Red Square: Book Two of the Hell Gate Saga is nearing completion and will be published on 21 October. I'm really excited about this for two reasons.

First, the sequel is more action-packed than Hell Gate. In this novel, the Hell Gaters begin their travel around the world to close the other portals, starting with Russia where they encounter Hell Spawn more ferocious than anything they have encountered before. 

Second, Wasteland in Red Square will be launched in a month-long event I'm calling A Month of Hell. I'm still pulling together the details, but the event will include a cover reveal, a special deal on the Kindle version of Hell Gate, a giveaway of autographed copies of Hell Gate, and much more. Keep checking back; I'll be posting more details soon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Of all the ways to die during an apocalypse, being caught on a bridge during a tidal swell terrifies me most.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Since I just finished reviewing the final proofs of Wasteland in Moscow, the sequel to Hell Gate, I had to post this particular piece of apocalyptic artwork.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

I watched the original Planet of the Apes the other day and afterwards pulled this artwork out of my archives.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Artwork from the 1950s depicting the during and after of a nuclear attack on New York City.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Last Day To Vote in the Author Shout Cover War

Today is the last day to vote for Hell Gate in the Author Shout cover war contest. Let's go out with a big win and raise Hell with the final tally. Please click here and vote. Many thanks.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Cover War Continues

Hell Gate is doing well in the Author Shout cover wars contest, but we're still not in first place. If you've been voting daily, thank you. If you haven't had a chance, please click here and do so now. We have to keep the gate open because I have legions of bad-ass demons waiting to be to unleashed.

Hell Gate Has Been Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award

I am pleased and honored to announce that Hell Gate is a nominee in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards in the Fantasy category. The voting begins in September. You can check out the other categories and nominees on their Facebook page.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Since I'm working on book four of the Hell Gate saga, which takes place in Japan, I thought I'd get in the mood by destroying Tokyo today.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hell Gate Has Gone To War

Hell Gate has gone to war. A cover war. Hell Gate's cover is one of the featured contestants in this week's Author Shout cover war contest. Please click here and vote. You are allowed to vote once a day, so help me make Hell Gate the Book of the Week. Many thanks.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

In honor of the passing of zombie icon George Romero this weekend, I'll destroy the world the way it should be destroyed -- via a zombie outbreak. RIP George.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Since this past Saturday was the 70th anniversary of the Roswell incident, I thought it appropriate to be a bit whimsical with Apocalypse Monday.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Since it's Father's Day weekend, take it easy, sit back, have a cold beer, and enjoy the apocalypse.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Next to a pandemic, the most likely apocalyptic event is a natural disaster. If one of these super volcanoes ever erupts, it'll be a world-changing event.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

What To Get Dad for Fathers Day

Fathers Day is just over a week away. Are you having trouble figuring out what to get him? Is a tie out of the question because his tie rack collapsed under the weight of previous years' gifts? Did you use the Dunkin Donuts gift certificates you bought him on yourself? 

Well, not to worry. Nothing says "Dad, I love you" like the gift of horror (and I'm not talking about the condition you left the back seat of the family car in after that last ill-advised road trip to see the biggest ball of yarn west of the Mississippi). I'm talking about a horror novel from Burning Willow Press. There are scores of books from dozens of great writers to choose from, including my own post-apocalyptic saga Hell Gate

And the best part, he doesn't have to put it together and spend the day swearing. It's the perfect gift.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Positive Step Forward

My family is spending our first night in our new home in New Hampshire. It's the first time in over eight months that we've lived in our own place by ourselves, and it's wonderful. It is so quiet out here; I can't hear anything outside. I know I'll get a lot of writing done once we get settled in.

Oh, and did I mention that a spirit lives in the basement where my study will be? My wife and brother-in-law have both felt it, but say it's not malevolent. Hopefully it'll be my muse to write better horror.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

This would be my least favorite apocalyptic event. The idea of a massive tsunami scares the hell out of me.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I'm Back Again

I'm back in New Hampshire, but this time I have my family with me. We move into our new place 1 June, and the pets will be joining us shortly thereafter. 

I've spent a lot of time on the road the past six weeks, and have some excellent ideas for the fourth Hell Gate book as well as several other products. And now I should be on social media more regularly. 

Some exciting things are coming down the road.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Since I'm now officially living back in New England, let's apocalypse the Hell out of Boston this week.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Interview With The Quadrant

If you want to know what I'm really like, and what dark secrets lurk beneath my young adult writer personae, then check out The Quadrant where I give the most in-depth interview yet.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Since I left Florida to become a resident of New Hampshire, today let's make the Happiest Place on Earth the Most Apocalyptic Place on Earth.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I'm (Finally) Back

I made it to New England and am now an official resident of New Hampshire. Unfortunately, I was off line longer than expected because shortly after arriving I developed a severe cold that sent me to the ER two nights in a row with bronchial spasms and knocked me off my feet for a week. Like a zombie, you can't keep me down for long, and slowly but surely I'll be getting back into the swing of things.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I Am Still Alive and Well (Though My Sanity Is Still In Doubt)

I have not gone full prepper and disappeared into the swamps of Florida to prepare for the end of days. There is a good reason why I have not been on line this past week, and why, after today, I will probably be off of it again for another week. My family is preparing to move to New Hampshire. I'm leaving Sunday to establish residency and find a place for us to stay, and the rest of the family (human and pets) will be joining me a few weeks later. Once I get settled in, then I will be able to get back to writing.

There is a lot to look forward to on the Hell Gate front. The sequel is still set for release for this October, and work is underway to develop an audio version of the novel. Once I unpack my computer and actually have spare time, I hope to finish off the first draft of the third Hell Gate novel (there are only 10,000 words to go). I'm already plotting out the fourth book in the series.

Thank you all for your patience. I'll be back on line soon and regaling everyone with stories of the apocalypse and bad humor.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

The world's largest nuclear test was the detonation of a 56 megaton device conducted by the Soviet Union at Novaya Zemlya on 30 October 1961. Called the Tsar Bomba, the device generated a ninety-five-kilometer high mushroom cloud and destroyed every building in a test village thirty-four miles distant from the blast.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nightmares Rise Release Party

Tonight at 8PM EST I have the privilege of being part of the release party for the new novel by Mirren Hogan and Erin Yoshikawa titled Nightmares Rise. The event is filled with giveaways and fun, so be sure to drop by.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

New York City burns after a nuclear attack in this 1950 Chesley Bonestell illustration for Collier’s magazine.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Interview With Steamdragon's Lair

This past week I was interviewed by Steamdragon's Lair about Hell Gate and the inspirations behind the series. You can read the entire interview here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Apologies For Being Away

I apologize for not being on line much this past week. My family has been going through some major life changes for the past six months, and will continue to do so for the next six. Unfortunately, not all of them are positive. Lately these changes have overwhelmed me. Thankfully, there is an end in sight, though the road ahead will still be rough. However, now that things are slowly coming under control, I plan to spend more time on social media and hope to get back to writing soon. 

The good news is, the sequel to Hell Gate is still scheduled for release this October and the first draft for the third book in the series is almost complete.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

"From Space It Came" Has Been Published

I'm really pleased to announce that my short story "From Space It Came" has been published in Spiffycats on-line men's magazine. If you enjoy a 1950s-style, big bug monster story, then you have to read this one

And please, check out the rest of Spiffycats on-line content while you're there.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

My Review of Level 7

I enjoy reading older apocalypse/post-apocalypse fiction (such as The Postman, On the Beach, etc.). Mordecai Roshwald's Level 7 (1959) is a little gem I'm glad I stumbled upon.

The novel is in the form of a diary by Officer X-127, a nuclear launch officer who is responsible for initiating a global thermonuclear war, and traces his mental transformation from being proud to have been selected for this important assignment to coping with his responsibility for the end of the world. It is a realistic, grim, and dark view of the politics and consequences of nuclear war that is a worthy contemporary to On the Beach.

One cautionary note about the novel. Level 7 is not set in a traditional nuclear launch missile silo, but in a dystopian-style, self-contained underground fallout shelter that also serves as the missile launch center. While at first it seems to detract from the authenticity of the novel, and the descriptions of this complex may be extensive, the location is an integral part of the plot.

The Library of American Fiction's edition of Level 7 is a comprehensive work that includes insightful commentaries about the book; the original prologue to the novel that was not included in the printed edition (personally, I think the original prologue detracts from the overall work); as well as extensive notes and a Further Reading section.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Apocalypse Monday

Welcome to my newest blog series. Every Monday morning I'll post a piece of apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic artwork. After all, what better way to start off the work week then with the end of the world. Enjoy.

This is the most frightening piece of artwork I have come across, at least to me. I hate high bridges and am terrified by the idea of drowning, so this particular print always generates a visceral feeling for me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

REMINDER: I Will Be Signing Books at Illumicon 25 February

This Saturday, 25 February, from 10AM to 3PM, I'll be signing copies of Hell Gate at Illumicon: Heroes vs. Villains Comic Convention at the Live Oak Public Library in Live Oak, Florida. There will be cosplay and fan art contests, tabletop gaming, a make-up display, live-action gaming, and more.

Be sure to check out Illumicon's Facebook page for the latest details.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Congratulations to the Amazon Giveaway Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners of the Amazon Giveaway of the Kindle version of Hell Gate. I truly hope you enjoy the book. If you do, remember that the sequel is due out in October. And please, leave a review of Hell Gate on Amazon. Thanks.

Chris R.
kimberly m.
Terry S.
J. M.
trishia D.
kari a.
Helen K.
Karen S.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Only Five Days Left in the Amazon Giveaway of Hell Gate

If Hell is on Facebook, it means they have Internet connection (probably dial up). Which means even those condemned to damnation can enter the Amazon Giveaway to win a free Kindle version of Hell Gate. So what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I'll Be Attending Illumicon on 25 February

On Saturday, 25 February, from 10AM to 3PM, I will be signing copies of Hell Gate at the IllumiCon Comic Convention at the Suwanee River Regional Library at 1848 Ohio Avenue South in Live Oaks, Florida. This is the first time this convention is being held, and the target audience is young adults.

I will post more details as they become available. For now, visit the library's website for directions and additional information.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Announcing an Amazon Giveaway of Hell Gate

Are you looking for that special gift for your significant other for Valentine's Day? Then look no further. Nothing tells the one you love that you care more than sending them to Hell.

From now until 17 February, I'll be running a giveaway of ten Kindle copies of Hell Gate. To enter, click here and follow the directions. The ten winners will be chosen at random at 11:59 PM PST on 17 February.

As a Valentine's Day gift to me, please share this post with any of your friends who would appreciate a blood-curdling tale of post-apocalyptic horror that would make their heart skip a beat. Thank you.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My Interview with Amazeballs Book Addicts

Tabitha and Gia ran a spotlight interview with me on their blog Amazeballs Book Addicts. Swing on by, check out the interview, and discover what makes this twisted brain tick. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Congratulations to the Dab of Darkness Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to John S., Daniel M., and Toad O. for winning the Dab of Darkness giveaway of copies of Hell Gate. Your books will be in the mail in the next few days.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Work Resumes on the Third Book in the Hell Gate Saga

Last summer I began writing the third in the Hell Gate saga novels, but put the manuscript aside because I was leaving on a trip to Germany and Poland and, afterwards, had two major projects to finish up. Those projects have been completed (including preparing and submitting the final draft of the second Hell Gate book, which I will soon be discussing in a separate blog post). Yesterday I restarted work on the third Hell Gate novel and have passed the 40,000-word mark.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Please Vote for Hell Gate as the Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel of 2016

Critters Writers Workshop is holding its annual Preditors and Editors poll until 14 January to judge readers' favorite books for 2016. Hell Gate is among the contenders for Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel Published in 2016. Please click on this link and vote for my book. 

In addition, Preditors and Editors has listed numerous other categories among the poll, including best genre novels, short stories, anthologies, artwork, and much more. You can vote once a day in each category. Please check out all the categories and vote for those that are your favorites. This is an easy and free way to support many excellent artists. 

Thank you.