NaNoWriMo 2017 and More

NaNoWriMo has been over for about a week now. How’d you do? Did you cross the 50K threshold? If not, did you at least make progress on a new project or work on an existing one?

I nailed my target on the last Sunday of November. This makes my fifth NaNo win since I started many years ago!

soul windowsThe book I wrote, titled Soul Windows, is probably my darkest one yet. I wanted to write something closer to a pure horror novel than anything I’ve done before. I think I did it, but time will tell. I haven’t gone back to revising it yet. Immediately after I finished it I went back to an older manuscript set in the same small town of Soul Windows. I have a third book also set in the town and my plan is to release all three of them in rapid succession for a horror “series” in the sense that they’re all in the same world. There might be a few minor tie-ins between them, but other than the setting they are stand-alone books. Once I’m done with the older manuscript, I’ll get back to Soul Windows.

While writing during NaNo, I was also busy revising and working with my editor for the new sequel to my scifi novel The Selection. I’ve rebranded it as The Selection: The Forgotten Chronicles Book 1. My plan is a trilogy with the possibility of a series of 4-5 novellas set in the same world but not part of the main storyline. Think of it like the Star Wars movies where there are the main movies with other movies set in the same galaxy. The new book, Rise of the Forgotten: The Forgotten Chronicles Book 2 is due out January 19th. It’s actually up for pre-order now though the cover is a placeholder until I get the actual one. Feel free to grab it for .99 today! (Oh, btw…if you’ve read The Selection and would like to be part of my ARC team to help me launch with at least 10 honest reviews, let me know. I’m assembling my team now!)

GodsEyeCover2And as if that wasn’t enough, you may have missed my release of The God’s Eye: A Collection of Horror Short Stories. This might be the last short story collection I release. I have so many longer projects in the works that I haven’t written short stories in a long time. I only have a couple reviews on it, but wow–I struck a chord with my readers! I’m humbled by the kind words. You can get it here: The God’s Eye.

I’ve also got a short story in the new collection from Hellbound Books called Shopping list 2. It’s one of my darker pieces and something that made me squirm as I wrote it! Check it out here: Shopping List 2.

OnTheHorizonNoWoodFinally, my book The Selection is part of a 22 author, 22 novel international collection called On the Horizon. We’re offering it now for a preorder price of only .99! That’s 22 novels for less than .05 each! The theme of the collection is scifi and fantasy with little to no technology. My book was a perfect fit and I might be adding something to it that’s exclusive to the collection. Please consider preordering it on the Nook or Amazon. You’re support would be most appreciated by me and the entire collective of international authors.

So, yeah. That’s what I’ve got going on. What about you? Share with us your new releases, projects, or other awesome news in the comments below!

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New Release Alert: Shopping List 2

Hey everyone, I have a new release alert to share with you!

The good folks at Hellbound Books have a new short story collection called Shopping List 2 that’s available in paperback (and ebook soon) with one of my stories in it!

I’m so excited to be part of their growing stable of authors. They’ve published a couple short stories by my friend Thomas Gunther (an amazing writer you need to check out) and a novel by my friend and supremely talented author Pamela Morris.

Shopping List 2 carries on the premise of “These authors are so good, I’d read their shopping list!” Each story also has a shopping list submitted by the author and it could be a real list or made up one. You’ll have to buy the book to see which one I did! My short story A Tiny Piece of Soul will entertain and scare you. It’s probably the darkest piece I’ve published to date.

Anyway, if you’re a fan of horror, you gotta check out this new collection. I’d appreciate the support. Thanks! You can get it on Amazon here: Shopping List 2.

New Release: “The God’s Eye”

So…I have a new collection of horror stories releasing November 1st. It’s called The God’s Eye: A Collection of Horror Short Stories and features 4 stories for your reading pleasure.

While waiting for the release of the sequel novel to The Selection I decided to package 4 stories for my readers (all 4-5 of you!) to give you something new from me. Unlike my previous collections of stories, these are not flash fiction.

GodsEyeCover2The God’s Eye includes the previously published story “The God’s Eye” which is a nod to the Frankenstein mythos with a different touch. The second story titled “The House Across The Street” is about murder in a small town and is a story I’ve wanted to write for quite a while. Following that is “Roosevelt Is For Lovers,” a disturbing tale about a married couple looking to rekindle their love. Finally, “Duardo” is a companion story to “Roosevelt Is For Lovers” and delves deeper into the happenings at the Roosevelt Hotel.

I’ve had these stories around for a while and thought they’d be better out in the wild instead of on my computer. They’re longer stories, clocking in at about 5,000 words per story, and a little bit darker too. Whereas my previous collections could be considered PG13 material, I feel like these are closer to R rated, especially the last two stories.

You can pre-order it now for only .99 on all major ebook stores. Just go to books2read.com/godseye and choose your store. I hope you grab the stories (and they grab you back!)

Please share the good news to anyone who might be interested in the book. I certainly appreciate all your support and hope to continue providing new stories for your enjoyment.

Thanks!

 

NaNoWriMo Novel 2017: “Soul Windows”

As NaNoWriMo quickly approaches, I want to share a bit more about the novel I plan to write.

The title is “Soul Windows.” It’s a reference to the term “Eyes are the windows to the soul.” This should be a true horror novel, if it all goes to plan. Of course, the beauty of NaNo is that it often doesn’t go according to plan!

The story follows a twenty something man as he and his girlfriend encounter a horrific series of murders in the small town of Brownsville. If you’ve read any of my writing, you may recognize the town. It’s one I set many stories in, kinda like Stephen King. The town is based loosely on where I live. Back in the 1840’s, the county seat of Jackson County, IL (where I live) was in Brownsville. It was about 3 1/2 miles west of Murphysboro. It burned to the ground and the town was relocated to Murphysboro which is now the current county seat. I like that the ghost town doesn’t exist, yet can be a pseudonym for Murphysboro. It’s the perfect place to create all kinds of creepy and scary stuff.

soul windowsThe couple, and the town, must deal with a series of murders that occur on the full moon of every month. The victims are discovered with one eye removed and the eye is never found. The story takes place from August through November of the year of the story. I’m not sure if I want to actually use a year, like 2017, or leave that up to the reader to decide. I’m leaning toward not using an actual year.

Other than that, my loose outline is just that: loose. I’m going with more discovery writing versus planning the entire story out. I’ve already created character sketches for three main characters. I have the town and setting ready to go. I’ve mulled over motives and reasons why the crazed murderer does what they do.

I intend to shoot for 60,000 – 70,000 words. I’ve done it before. Several years back I wrote a horror/thriller novel that clocked in at 75,000 words, so I know it’s possible for me. That means if I break it down by the numbers, I need to average at least 2,000 words per day. Doable, but I’ll need to focus and make sure to dedicate my writing time solely to this while at the same time revising my latest novel set to release in January!

I’ve created a private Facebook group for fellow writers doing NaNo this year. It’s a small group and fairly quiet now, however I hope it’s a place to encourage one another and share experiences as we go through November. If you’d like to join, click here and I’ll add you to the group.

Good luck to all you other Wrimos! If you’re doing it this year, feel free to add a comment below. What kind of story are you writing? Are you a pantser or plotter? Just remember, you got this!

 

NaNoWriMo 2017

Hey friends, I wanted to formally announce that I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2017. If you’ve followed me long, you know I’m a huge proponent of this event. If you haven’t and don’t know what I’m talking about, let me give a brief intro.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s every November and the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel between Nov. 1st – Nov. 30th. As far as novel length goes, 50k isn’t really all that much. But for writers who’ve been struggling or needed a boost to get out there and write, NaNo is the perfect way to get at it.

Back when I wanted to pick up writing again, I used NaNo to kick start my work. I failed the first year or two and finally “won” with my book Master of the Drunken Fist. I went on for three more consecutive wins. For me, being able to finish a novel made being a writer a reality.

soul windowsThis year I’m doing a horror novel. For now, I’m titling it “Soul Windows” and have even created a pretty sweet looking cover to give myself an added incentive to finish. I plan on discussing this new novel throughout October as I lead up to Nov. 1st when I actually get to start writing it!

Anyone else interested in jumping on board? Go to the NaNoWriMo site and register. It’s free and they’ve got a ton of useful posts in the forums. If you do, add me as a writing buddy. My name there is Lailoken74. I’ve created a private Facebook group for my writer friends who want to participate in NaNo as a place to share info and encouragement. If you want in, click here.

I can’t wait to get started! I encourage you to try it if you’ve ever had the urge to write. For seasoned writers, it’s the perfect way to jumpstart a current or future project.

Gallows Hill Magazine

Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know about the latest place to catch one of my stories.

In October, there’s a new horror magazine starting up called Gallows Hill Magazine. It’s run by author/editor/publisher Joshua Demarest.

The inaugural issue contains an interview with Father Gary Thomas, America’s leading exorcist and inspiration behind the movie The Rite.

It also features an in-depth interview with Richard Chizmar, author and founder of the long running and highly successful magazine Cemetery Dance. If you’ve read horror for a long time, you should be familiar with Cemetery Dance.

gh-alternate-cover-100-1-1The issue contains writing tips and a calendar of horror genre events.

It seems like a solid offering for a start-up magazine and amongst all this goodness are two (only two!) short stories. One of them is by author T.J. Tranchell and the other is mine! I remember seeing the call for submissions and figured “why not?” I’m so fortunate I did. I can’t express how humbled and excited I am to be part of something so amazing!

Please consider pre-ordering this new magazine. If not to support my story, do so because of all the awesomeness involved. If you’re a horror fan, you’ve gotta check it out. I can tell you from experience that Joshua is excellent to work with and has high standards. I imagine the magazine will certainly carry on those traits.

Pre-order it here: Gallows Hill Magazine

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FREE Weekend!

I want to give back to all those who’ve supported me in the recent Reality Bites Book Awards and pushing me to the win for best “SciFi Author!” What better thing to do than offer something free?

From today Sept. 1st through Monday Sept. 4th, you can grab all three of my books for FREE on Amazon! Grab one or all, but for a short amount of time, they’re all free.

Please get your copies and share so others can enjoy the freebie goodness. Thanks!

The Selection

Moments of Darkness

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