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Well, it took nearly a week, and the pages still aren’t linked yet (jeez Amazon, get your act together!). But it’s here. The paperback version of Rose is finally available. And not a moment too soon, if you ask me.

For those of you who don’t know (though at this point, I’m not sure there’s anybody reading this blog who doesn’t know), Rose is my fantasy-horror novel that was recently released by Castrum Press. I started it as a college thesis project and spent five years editing and rewriting it. The result is this novel, which is summarized down below:

Rose Taggert awakens in a greenhouse with no clear memory of the past two years and, to her horror, finds her body transformed into an unrecognizable form.

Paris Kuyper has convinced Rose that they are lovers and as Paris could not bear for her to die, he has used an ancient and dark magic to save her from certain death.

But the dark magic Paris has used comes at a price. A price which a terrible demon is determined to extract from Rose.

As Rose struggles to understand what is happening to her, she must navigate Paris’s lies and secrets; secrets that Paris will do anything to protect.

Pretty cool, right? And while it’s only been out less than a week, there’s already been a couple of reviews (I’ll post about those when there are a couple more to showcase). So far, people have been enjoying the book. And now that the paperback is out, hopefully more people will be able to.

So if you wanted to read Rose but were waiting for the paperback, the link is down below, as is the one for the e-book. And if you do decide to read the book, I hope you’ll let me know what you thought after you finish. Positive or negative, I love the feedback I get from reviews, and they help me out in the long run in so many ways.

As to which page to leave your thoughts on, I’d do whichever one you bought a copy of until the pages are linked (hopefully in a few more days).

Rose-Paperback

Rose-Ebook

And while I still have your attention, if you missed What’s Write For Me with Dellani Oakes yesterday, here’s the link so you can listen. On this podcast, authors get together and talk about their new books, as well as writing and their genres. It’s a great show with excellent writers and I would love for you to listen and maybe discover your new favorite book or author.

Plus we somehow managed to work the Avengers movies into the show, so it’s worth a listen just for that.

What’s Write For Me

That’s all for now, my Followers of Fear. I hope you have a good time if you decide to pick up Rose. So until next time (most likely Saturday, when I’ll post a new review), good night, happy reading, and pleasant nightmares!

As promised, I’m posting the link for What’s Write For Me with Dellani Oakes, a podcast where authors talk about their new books and writing in general, as well as read excerpts over the air. The show starts at 4 PM, so at the time this comes out, there will be a half hour till the show begins. Plenty of time to get some popcorn and something to drink while you listen. Hope to see you there!

And if you miss the show, don’t worry. As soon as the recorded version is available, I’ll post the link here so that anyone who wants to listen can.

Enjoy the show!

What’s Write For Me Link

As I said in my last post, I’m participating in a couple of podcasts to talk about and promote Rose. The first podcast, Arm Cast Podcast with author Armand Rosamalia, has just gone live. And I absolutely loved listening to it. Well, I loved talking to Armand and recording the podcast. He was a friendly guy and I think we hit it off.

Sadly, my voice still sounds kinda awkward and is full of pauses and hesitations and the repetition of “um” when recorded. That’s just how it is. It never sounds like that to my ears when I’m speaking, but maybe that’s just because I’m hearing it and you’re not me.

Anyway, I’ve hopefully embedded the podcast below. If it’s not embedded there, I’ll include a link so you can go to the website and listen there. But if it is there, please press the “Play” button and listen away.

Once again, that was me talking with author Armand Rosamalia on the Arm Cast Podcast, brought to you by the Project Entertainment Network. If the embedded link didn’t work, here’s the link to the website. And thanks again to Armand and the Project Entertainment Network for having me. It was a lot of fun and I’d like to do it again someday, if possible.

Arm Cast Podcast Link

Did that work? Good.

Also, tomorrow at 4 PM I’ll be on the What’s Write For Me podcast with my good friend and colleague, Dellani Oakes. We’ll be joined by Maya Tyler, a paranormal romance author, and Julia Byrd, a Gorthic romance writer. Here’s the link for that show below. Obviously, I will post the link again tomorrow about a half hour before the show gets underway, and I’ll post a link afterwards, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t post several reminders about it (I’m obsessive that way).

What’s Write For Me Link

I hope you enjoy listening to both podcasts and they interest you in Rose and anything else we’ve written. Goodness knows I have fun on these things.

And speaking of Rose, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please head over to the Amazon page and consider getting a copy. Yeah, we’re still trying to figure out why Amazon hasn’t loaded the paperback version yet, but the ebook’s there, so definitely check it out if you’re able to. And if you feel like doing so afterwards, please let me know what you think. Positive or negative, I love reviews and feedback, and I’d love to hear yours.

Rose Link

That’s all for now, my Followers of Fear. Until tomorrow, pleasant nightmares!

I’ve been meaning to post this since Wednesday, but as you know, this week’s been kind of busy.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be on a couple of podcasts in the coming week to talk about and even do a little reading from Rose. One of them will be live, so I wanted to let you know about it before it happened. Once more, I’ll be on What’s Write For Me with Dellani Oakes, presented by Red River Radio. I’ll be joined by paranormal romance author Maya Tyler and Gothic romance author Julia Byrd to talk about our latest works and read excerpts from them, as well as our host, and my friend and colleague Dellani Oakes. I hope you’ll join us (click the link above to go to the podcast’s page), and if you can’t, I’ll make sure to post a link for the recorded session as soon as I have it.

In addition, I will be on the Arm Cast Podcast, hosted by author Armand Rosamalia (no, he is not a character in a Gothic horror novel. His name makes you think that, but believe me, I checked) this Tuesday. As the podcast was recorded earlier this week, I’ll post the link for that when I get it. I hope you’ll check it out.

And tonight, I’ll be recording with Daniel Spitzer for the Black Clock Audio podcast. We’ll be talking all about Rose and anything else that comes up. I’ll post the link for that as soon as I have it as well. I hope you check it out. And if you do, I hope you’ll decide to leave a review.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know. Remember, Rose is available from Amazon now, so if you’d like to read it prior to all these podcasts come out or go live, go right ahead. As of yet, the paperback hasn’t gone live yet, but as soon as it does, I’ll let you all know.

That’s all for now. Until next time, my Followers of Fear, pleasant nightmares!

Today at 4PM EST, I’ll be joining fellow authors Dellani Oakes and Jake Combs (author of the fantasy novel Haunted by Shadows) on What’s Write For Me, a podcast on Blog Talk Radio, where for two fun hours we’ll be discussing the writing life, life in general, and reading excerpts from our books. So if you want an adventure-filled excerpt from Video Rage, this will be the place to listen.

If you plan to tune in, click HERE! HERE! HERE! Yes, I am working extra hard to make sure you can see that link (sometimes I worry that the links are hard to make out on my blog). And if you can’t make it to the show, it’ll be available to listen to later on, so there’s no reason to fret or feel bad. Remember, the show’s at 4PM, so make sure to be at a computer or something at that time.

Also, if you would like to take part in an upcoming Q&A or participate in a giveaway in honor of this blog’s five-year anniversary, you can get details here. Look forward to hearing from you.

See you at 4PM!

So if you haven’t heard, I will be a featured guest on my friend and fellow novelist’s online radio show What’s Write For Me this Wednesday at 4PM Eastern Standard Time. I and one or two more guests will be talking with Dellani on everything writerly, as well as reading excerpts from some of latest works (in my case, Video Rage). It’s going to be a fun time, and I’m looking forward to being back on the show with Dellani.

If you would like to tune in, click on this link. I’ll be posting about it again on Wednesday, so if you forget it’ll be a helpful little reminder.

I look forward to you joining us for a fun hour or two of writer talk and what not. Until next time!

As you know, two nights ago I was a guest on the online radio show “What’s Write For Me” with Dellani Oakes, which was a lot of fun. We had a good group of guests that night, and some very interesting discussions because of it. Plus the excerpts were very interesting.

As promised, I’m posting the podcast here for your enjoyment. You can listen to it, hear my voice if you’ve never heard it (apparently it comes with an echo, though that may just be my apartment), and just hear what happens when a bunch of authors get together over the Internet and talk about the craft. Plus I try my hand at a Russian accent and apparently it comes off pretty well.

If everything has gone right, the podcast has been embedded below.

http://player.cinchcast.com/?platformId=1&assetType=single&assetId=7891085

Check Out Books Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Red River Radio on BlogTalkRadio

If it hasn’t, and above this paragraph there isn’t a podcast to listen to, you can click here and listen to the podcast on the original website. Enjoy, and let me know what you think. Do you want to read any of these authors now? Does my Russian accent sound convincing at all? Let me know in the comments below and have a great weekend, my Followers of Fear!

I’m writing this out quickly before the show starts. I’ll be doing an interview with Dellani Oakes at 4PM EST (or 10PM for me, hence why the title says “tonight”) on her online radio show “What’s Write For Me.” I’ll be reading an excerpt from Snake, answering questions, and just having a good time despite how late it is for me.

I hope you’re able to tune in for the show. If not, I’ll try and post the interview at some later point for you to listen to. Either way, here’s the link for the show.

See you in about half an hour, I guess. Wish me luck, my Followers of Fear!

You’re probably wondering what the title of this post means. Well, it’s the title of my latest short story, so you can stop wondering “Did this guy start doing some sort of study or documentary or something and not share it with us? That’s very unlike him.”

Anyway, “A Project in Western Ideals” is a short story I just finished at 9,123 words and follows a girl who is being slowly turned into a human Barbie doll by a woman who is more than she seems. The story’s title comes from a phrase that appears a lot in the story, and I felt that it fit the story so well, that I should use it for the title, especially since I didn’t like any of the titles I’d used before, like “Perfection” or “My Perfect Body”.

The story was inspired by a woman in Russia named Angelica Kenova, who is a human Barbie. I first heard about her prior to leaving the States for Germany, when I read an article about her. According to the article, her parents control almost every aspect of her life: they buy her clothes (most of which are kind of sexy and form-fitting); they control her diet and how much she exercises; they even accompany her on dates! And while the article didn’t give any hints about how Ms. Kenova felt personally about this lifestyle (for all I know she likes being her parents’ toy), I did get the impression her parents were the driving force behind how she became this:

 

Yeah, that’s an actual person, not a doll. I even have trouble telling the difference sometimes. And hearing about her story, I started wondering what sort of parents would help and encourage or possibly even force their daughter to go down this route despite the numerous health issues that doing so can cause. This led to “A Project in Western Ideals”, which explores a young woman going through this sort of transformation, and not through her own choice.

As far as my fiction goes, it’s not as dark anything I normally write (I let my protagonist share her deepest thoughts with the audience and she is pretty funny without intending to be), but it does deal with the health problems of trying to look like Barbie and how it’s ultimately creating a fake version of yourself (read this article to get an idea of how bad it is for you if you’re curious). I also think the main character is a lot of fun and I enjoyed writing her.

However, I do think that the climax and ending could use some work. As they stand now, they feel clunky to me and don’t match up to the beginning of the story. The beginning could have some stuff cut out from it too, and I’d like to explore the antagonist a bit more as well, get a bit more of the crazy that makes her do this to my protagonist.

Well, we’ll see what happens when I get to the second draft. And by the time I do, I’ll probably have had some ideas on how to better this story. And I definitely want to make this one better, because with a bit of work, I think it could be one of the highlights of Teenage Wasteland (speaking of which, I’ve got seven stories so far set for that collection at various stages of readiness for publication, including this one. With time, I think I could get a few more in and truly make it an extraordinary read).

In the meantime though, I said this was going to be the last short story I’d write before starting work on Laura Horn again. However since I’m about ten days from leaving Germany and heading back to Columbus, I think I’ll hold off on starting any big projects until I’m back in the States, writing or editing. Instead, I’ll edit a few short stories (none that need to be rewritten, that’s basically starting from the beginning again) and get to work on LH once I’m home and settled back in.

Well, Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement is in a few hours. I’m going to have the biggest meal I can in anticipation of the fast nd see you again before What’s Write For Me tomorrow afternoon (or tomorrow night if you’re me). You all have a wonderful day, my Followers of Fear. I know I am.

Well, as if life wasn’t already busy enough for me. This coming Wednesday, right after Yom Kuppur ends for me, I’ll be participating in “What’s Write For Me”, a monthly online radio show where show hosts Dellani Oakes and Christina Giguere talk to three awesome novelists, who also read an excerpt of their books. And guess what? I get to be one of the authors this month!

I’m very honored that Dellani asked me to participate in this month’s show. From what I understand it gets quite an audience during the live recording and in archived listenings, and I’m very excited to be able to reach a huge new audience. Thanks Dellani!

If you wish to listen to the show, it’s taking place next week on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 4:OO PM Eastern Standard Time (10:00 PM for me. I’m going to be a very tired writer the next day, but for this it’s worth it! Plus I have caffeine in the office, so it works out). You can tune in to listen by following this link. If you are unfortunately unable to listen to it live (like my family), you can listen to it archived by following the same link above.

Well, till the morning. Have a good night, my Followers of Fear, and pleasant nightmares!