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Monday, July 28, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

My Writing Process
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I was nominated for the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’ by the wonderfully wicked Nina D’Arcangela. I want to thank her for always being a gracious host and helping so many authors to spread the word about their writing. Nina is one of the owners of Sirens Call Publications, a founding member of Pen of the Damned and she carries about 15 other job titles at any given time. If you don’t already (which in all honesty really doesn’t make sense), you should stalk her on Twitter @Sotet_Angyal, on Facebook, one of her three blogs, The Road to Nowhere, Spreading the Writer’s Word, or her own writing blog, Sotet Angyal – The Dark Angel, and of course, on Pen of the Damned. Okay, now let’s get on with the meat of the post: My Writing Process. I was given the same four questions to answer and I’ll do my best to make the following answers somewhat readable, because in all honesty, I don’t really have a process, unless not having a process is my process then I do have a process. Dammit, see what I mean! Here goes nothing.

1. What am I currently working on? I’m currently working on completing a novel length thriller as well as several short stories for submission to multiple anthologies for the remainder of 2014. I have also been sitting on a deal that I haven’t said much about because we are still early in the stages, but I signed with Sirens Call Publications to work with them on a novel I wrote a couple of years ago, The Somnibus. I am extremely excited to work with the wonderful professionals at Sirens Call Publications to polish up the book and send it back into the world brighter and better than ever. I’m very confident in my choice to work with them on the project, and though I am remaining patient, I’m chomping at the bit to re-introduce the Somnibus, in all their malevolent glory, to the masses.

Very recently, just last week in fact, I signed with Visionary Press Collaborative to publish a short story about one man’s carnal obsession and the wicked road it leads him down. Look for that to be released this year as well.

  image I’m also a proud member of Pen of the Damned, a disturbingly talented group of writers who express their pain, intrigue, violence, and unique perspective on horror every Tuesday through a FREE short story offering. Do yourself a favor and stop by Pen of the Damned and read some of the refreshingly twisted offerings you’ll find there. There are ten active members who write on a rotating schedule in order to provide fresh stories each and every Tuesday for your reading pleasure…or displeasure, as it may be.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? This is an odd question to answer, and I’m not sure I can really provide a straight-forward explanation. I hope my writing provides the reader with enough description to help them form their own vision of the story within their head, while trying not to over-do the details and robbing them of that privilege. While I can appreciate and enjoy the precise, flowing prose of many writers, that isn’t my style. I’m more of a punch-you-in-the-face type of guy. But no matter how harsh or disturbing the content of my stories may be, I always like to sprinkle a little humor in there to help soothe the sting a bit. I find it helps readers recover a little and gets them to let down their guard so I can smack them again with a particularly intense scene. I enjoy reading that style myself, so I can only imagine others do as well.

3. Why do I write what I do? Just because. Really, that’s the only way for me to answer the question. Horror comes naturally to me and I truly enjoy it, which my wife finds a bit disturbing, but it’s who I am. I enjoy writing anything; it just so happens that my stories usually take a detour and end up in a dark, nasty place. I have quite a few stories in different genres that are in various stages. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll finish them and they’ll enjoy the sunlight, but for now, they’ll stay in the drawer and I’ll keep writing what the voices in my head tell me to write; the horror/thriller stuff I love so much.

4. How does my writing Process Work? Planner or pantser? I find I’m more of a pantser style writer. I do actually plan out portions of my pieces, but then they usually run off course and I end up letting them flow organically. Is it the most efficient way of going about things? Probably not, but I have a limited amount of writing time and I don’t want to waste it planning to write. I work a full-time job, I know most authors do, and have a beautiful family that I love to spend time with. I also train for endurance events which take up a large amount of my ‘free’ time, so when I have writing time, I just want to write. Sure, I’ll switch things up sometimes and put together a loose outline, but that’s just to get the ball rolling. Once the characters have a little air in their lungs, and they start to become constrained by the outline, I set them loose and they take control. It’s my job to guide them, not force them, to the end of the story.

Please stop by my Amazon author page, and check out my work. I’ve got some wicked short stories that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

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Now, I’d like to introduce three extremely talented authors. Do yourself a favor, stop by their blogs and check out their work as well. You won’t be disappointed!!

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1. Dylan J. Morgan Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions. Described as an "addictive science fiction/horror hybrid", and one of their "favorite reads of 2014" by The Horror Bookshelf, his newest novel, a post apocalyptic story called The Dead Lands, will release in eBook format on August 1st. Website: www.dylanjmorgan.com Blog: DYLAN J. MORGAN Twitter: @dylanjmorgan


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2. Magenta Nero Magenta Nero is a fiction writer, poet and artist. She loves to spin tales of dark fiction, her favourite genres are Gothic horror and erotica. Her work has been published in Sirens Call ezine #13 and #15, in the upcoming anthology Axes of Evil II, and on various blogs. She is a contributing writer to Pen Of The Damned. Magenta was born in Italy and currently lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her partner and two young daughters. Blog: Magenta Nero Twitter: @Magenta_Nero E-mail: magentanero@gmail.com



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 3. Abbie Foxton By day I am a head chef by night I am a renegade reviewer. My passion is indie and I love discovering new writers and highlighting their work on my blog. My tastes are eclectic: horror, philosophy, erotica, sci fi, biography. My background is in music journalism where I was a sub editor, writer and freelanced for over ten years. Eventually print media changed so I had to get a real job and that's when commercial cookery called. I dabble in my own creative writing through my blogs The Art Of Being Eaten, The Vanishing Room and The Mistress & Evangeline. They continue to evolve and you should see longer adventures from their magical life and many other stories and collaborations in the not too distant future. I am also dabbling in book narration, a new adventure which I love. E-mail: abbiefoxton@gmail.com Twitter: @thehungryfox Blog: AbbieFoxton.com

Friday, June 27, 2014

VAMPIRE DOWN by Steven Montano is NOW AVAILABLE!



The wait is over! 
VAMPIRE DOWN, the final volume of the BLOOD SKIES series, is now available!
And through July 4th, volumes 2-6 are all on sale for just $2.99 each on Amazon.com, so if you don’t own them already go get ‘em now!

Who ever knew the end would come so soon?
In this final volume of the BLOOD SKIES series, Eric Cross and Danica Black find themselves facing impossible odds in the desolate ruins of the world they once knew.  Hunted by the mercenary forces of the newly formed East Claw Coalition and desperate to find the elusive White Mother, the two refugees will be pushed to the limits of their abilities and sanity as they struggle to survive.
Meanwhile, in the near future, the undead hunter called Reaver searches for the lost city of Bloodhollow, the place where humankind will make its final stand, while the undead of New Koth and the rebellious White Children make their push to end the reign of the Ebon Kingdoms once and for all.

As timelines collide and the spider weaves her web, the battle for the fate of the riven world will come to its violent conclusion in the depths of a forgotten city, where unlikely heroes will emerge and hidden evils shall finally be revealed...

About the Author
Steven Montano was something terrifying in his previous life.  Now he’s an accountant, so not much has changed.

An avid hiker, reader, San Antonio Spurs fan, goofball husband and father of two, Steven writes novels (the seven volume Blood Skies series, the Skullborn Trilogy, something black…, and the upcoming thrillers Blood Angel Rising and Colder) and drinks a lot of wine when he isn’t busy pulling his hair out over payroll or trying to balance the company books. 

Visit the author’s website.

Grab your copy of VAMPIRE DOWN at these retailers:

B&N:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vampire-down-steven-montano/1119846794?ean=2940149725328&itm=1&usri=2940149725328

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review for Widow Town by Joe Hart



I had the pleasure of reading an early review copy of Widow Town, the latest release from Joe Hart. I've gotta say, I'm not surprised that the big publishers have put him on their radar.

Joe Hart has penned yet another winner with Widow Town. In a world that has not known serial killers for decades, Mac Gray finds himself face-to-face with his worst nightmare. He discovers that a series of murders can be linked, though no one wants to believe it. A serial killer is at work and Gray must face his grim past in order to stop the killer from continuing their brutal ways.

A feverish pace, well developed and flawed characters, and vivid descriptions bring the book to life and the pages turn quickly as Mac works his way through twists and turns before finally discovering the mastermind behind the slayings.

Great job, Joe Hart, and you're sure to have yet another winner on your hands with Widow Town.

Go to Amazon and grab your copy. You won't be disappointed!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Vampire Down: Blood Skies, Book 7 by Steven Montano

I'm happy to help out an amazing author and friend, Steven Montano, in announcing yet another release in the Blood Skies Series. Grab the latest in the series on June 27th, and if you haven't read the previous books, then get over to his       -->AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE <-- and grab those before this is released, you won't be disappointed! 

VAMPIRE DOWN
Blood Skies, Book 7

Coming June 27th!

Who ever knew the end would come so soon?

In this final volume of the BLOOD SKIES series, Eric Cross and Danica Black find themselves facing impossible odds in the desolate ruins of the world they once knew.  Hunted by the mercenary forces of the newly formed East Claw Coalition and desperate to find the elusive White Mother, the two refugees will be pushed to the limits of their abilities and sanity as they struggle to survive.

Meanwhile, in the near future, the undead hunter called Reaver searches for the lost city of Bloodhollow, the place where humankind will make its final stand, while the undead of New Koth and the rebellious White Children make their push to end the reign of the Ebon Kingdoms once and for all.

As timelines collide and the spider weaves her web, the battle for the fate of the riven world will come to its violent conclusion in the depths of a forgotten city, where unlikely heroes will emerge and hidden evils will finally be revealed...

Available Friday June 27th in Ebook and Print format.

About the Author
Steven Montano was something terrifying in his previous life. Now he’s an accountant, so not much has changed.

An avid hiker, reader, San Antonio Spurs fan, goofball husband and father of two, Steven writes novels (the seven volume Blood Skies series, the Skullborn Trilogy, something black…, and the upcoming thrillers Blood Angel Rising and Colder) and drinks a lot of wine when he isn’t busy pulling his hair out over payroll or trying to balance the company books. 

Visit the author’s website and check out the Vampire Down page on Goodreads!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Wonderfully Spun Tale From the Damned Master. Sin Eater by Joseph Pinto on Pen of the Damned.




Check out SIN EATER by Joseph Pinto over on the Pen of the Damned blog. One hell of a story you won't want to miss. We all carry burdens with us, Joseph Pinto can help cleanse you of yours.


Friday, April 18, 2014

A Short Review of Dusk and Summer by the Masterful Joseph A. Pinto

In Dusk and Summer, Joseph Pinto has written the story of a son's life-altering journey. With mastered prose, the raw emotion inspired by the loss of his father bleeds through into every line of the story. Dusk and Summer is a story of love and honor that stirs deep emotions for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Well done, Mr. Pinto, and I applaud your efforts to raise money for The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research in hopes of one day defeating this horrible disease.

Get your copy HERE!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

My new release, TREED, is LIVE on Amazon!!

Woohoo! Finally finished a tasty treat for the horror fans out there. This story was a blast to write, and I want to say thanks to some kick ass authors who have been there when I needed a little creative inspiration, or a slap in the face ;-)

Joe Hart
Griffin Hayes
Dylan J. Morgan
Nick Stephenson

It's been great getting to know these guys over the last year or two, and if you're looking for a good horror or thriller read, you'd be wise to look them up.


Back to Treed. Here's a blurb for the story:


A trip into the woods leads to the discovery of a macabre family tradition and the horrors that have been hidden there for generations.



**Treed is a fast-paced, short horror story of approximately 11,000 words. As a HORROR story, it contains violence, gore, and some pretty foul language.**

I've added the first few paragraphs below. Of course, if you could find the time, I'd love a review when you are finished. Those always make my day!


I never knew if I had it in me to kill a man, but then again, I’d never tried.
As I sat pondering this, he stood on tiptoes trying to stop the pressure of his own weight from cinching the noose tighter around his neck. His eyes bulged, the left dilated to the point that no white remained around the iris, a result of the blow he'd taken on that side. The bat had come around in a wide and powerful arc, landing flush on his temple and sending him ass first to the floor. He'd regret having met me, and wish he’d never agreed to kill my family.
The big bad killer wasn't so brave after all, not as confident as he was while he tortured and murdered those women. I could have pulled the rope tighter until he stopped thrashing, denying his body the oxygen it starved for, but that would’ve been too easy. I rather enjoyed bringing him to the edge of death before allowing his feet to touch the floor, giving him brief hope that he may live. Gulping the air, he begged but his voice sounded as though he’d swallowed glass. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because I would still kill him. I pulled down on the rope again, lifting his feet just off the floor while he whirled his arms and legs like a spoiled child.
The crotch of his jeans darkened. “There you go, I wondered how long that would take. How humiliating. I bet when you left your house this morning, you never thought you’d spend the rest of your day swinging from a rope covered in piss and snot.”
I let the rope go slack for a moment, before continuing. “What kind of man would I be, Jack? What would people think if they knew I saw what you'd done and just let you get away with it? No judge in his right mind would convict me. I mean, look at what you’ve done to them. Well, at least what I’ll tell them you’ve done.”
I stood up, heaved his feet off the ground once again, and moved to where my once vivacious wife now lay in a mangled mess on the basement floor.
“She was beautiful, Jack.” I crouched down and cupped her face where her jaw had once hung. Only strands of mutilated tissue remained, hanging like gory tentacles, her eyes swollen and empty. “And my poor son. Innocent Jacob didn’t deserve what you did to him.”
I made sure to keep tension on the rope and made my way next to my son’s glistening remains in the opposite corner.
“Jacob, you were like the daughter I never had.”
I slid my finger along the jagged slit in his throat before bringing the crimson fluid to the tip of my tongue. “I always had my doubts about you. The way you spoke, the ridiculous Goth clothes you wore, your weird friends, not to mention you couldn’t catch a ball for shit. How could you be my son?”

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Well, there's an introduction to TREED. Click on any of the links or you can get it HERE on Amazon. Now, go get TREED!! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Short Review for The River is Dark by Joe Hart

The River is Dark...Indeed it is.

Joe Hart pens yet another winner in my eyes. With his usual well developed characters and fast pacing, Joe Hart delivers a thriller of the truest sense. With plenty of plot to go along with the gorey details, the pages turned themselves in large chunks, and I moved through the novel in just a few sittings.

 In Liam Dempsey, Hart has created a character that I could feel as well as see. If you're a fan of a little gore with your thrillers, The River is Dark won't let you down.

Get it HERE on Amazon

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review of Flesh, the Latest Novel From Dylan J. Morgan

My Short Review of Flesh by Dylan J. Morgan

Having become a fan of Morgan from his previous work, I was excited for his latest release, Flesh. Morgan starts with a scene that sets the tone for the much hoped for descriptive prose I've come to expect from him. 

With well fleshed out characters, no pun intended, the novel speeds along at a well managed pace and I consumed the entire thing in a few large chunks. A well tied up ending completed another horror novel of the truest form.

If you're looking for a horror novel with plenty of gore as well as plot, give Flesh a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Get it HERE on Amazon


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review of Jack and Jill by Kealan Patrick Burke

Jack and Jill by Kealan Patrick Burke: 5-Stars


Kealan Patrick Burke has penned a fantastically descriptive novella with Jack and Jill. Though the circumstances behind the dreams are horrific, the way in which Burke drags us through the nightmares of Gillian are superb. As a fan of horror, especially nightmare scenes, I found myself reading several passages over and over.


Burke ties things up at the end like a master and I realized the significance of one particular line in the story.


Don't miss this novella from Kealan Patrick Burke.


Get it HERE on Amazon.