Sunday, January 15, 2017

IN MEMORY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING


I wrote and posted this last year, and I'm putting it up here again. The link still carries the entire article. The post pretty much says it all.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/29/1011562/-Most-of-you-have-no-idea-what-Martin-Luther-King-actually-did?detail=email

The above post is a rather interesting one, I think. Hamden Rice is quite eloquent in talking about a discussion between his dad and him. Obviously, his father's message got across to him, and Hamden came to some concrete truths.

I read a lot of literature from both sides of the fence and keep an open mind on what happens around us. This article points out what Martin Luther King actually accomplished. The sixties were hell-on-wheels for many people. We had the war in 'Nam, and we had the Civil Rights movement. While many people equate John and Robert Kennedy with being major players in the Civil Rights Movement, the truth of the matter is they were not. They were actually ashamed of what others around the world were seeing in regards to what happened in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and other states. They told the Civil Rights leaders to chill.

Martin Luther King, the Freedom Riders, and others, refused to chill. How they were able to use a non-violent approach is beyond me. With so many politicians and idiot bigots running amok, it was an impossible task. And yet, they did.

I would prefer you read this article without me detailing what it contains, but remember one thing: white people are not responsible for Civil Rights having advanced as they did back then. Black people are.

Martin Luther King, you were a great man. You took upon you the mantle of responsibility and did your best, and you suffered for it. We suffered for it as well, for you are no longer with us. I will never forget that day in Alabama that I got to shake your hand. One day down the road, I hope to do it again.

Blaze McRob
   

Saturday, January 14, 2017

MY RESPONSIBILITY AS AN AUTHOR

 

This is a post I put up a while back. It appears a lot of what happened in France is still going on around the world. Hmm. I guess it's not outdated. Let me know what you think. My language is a bit coarse, but it has to be. Some things are wrong. The gloves need to be taken off.

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The recent events in France have certainly filled me with hatred and disgust. Those who perpetrated these crimes have been killed. But there are more waiting in the wings. And these are soldiers of God? Give me a fucking break.

Now, before anyone says this is an anti-Muslim post, it's not. I have many Muslim friends. These terrorists are sick bastards hiding behind religion, using it as a reason to do what they do.

And lest any of you sitting in the pews of Christian churches raise your voices against Muslims, let me ask you why it took so long for the Black people in this country to get out from under the yoke of second-class citizenship. Your high-noses did not want it to happen. Not all of you, of course, but certainly plenty. And, as your voices were raised in praise of God centuries ago, the slave ships were bringing untold thousands of people over here.

Show me a passage in the Bible that states this was a proper thing to do.

What the events in France have shown me is that it is time for me to write about sacred cows. Some things are wrong, damn it, and they need to be exposed. Have you ever heard that an author should never post about politics or religion. Why? Makes no sense to me. Post away, authors. If I don't like it, I don't have to read it.

I won't post about either of those two things. There is no religion that is the right one in my eyes. And I feel if you want to be a good Christian all you need to do is open up your Bible and read. The same goes for other religions. Who needs an interpreter? I don't.

As for politics, it has become a big joke: from the politicians to us. Both parties hold out their hands to the big interest boys and slap cash in their pockets. Fuck the voters. We don't count. For example, one U.S. Senator wants to hand over Apache ancestral grounds to foreign companies so they can mine copper. Yes, he comes up with the,"This will be great for the economy in this area." Bullshit! Big business will get all the money, and they are not even from this country. This disgusts me. This land belongs to the Apaches.

Another case is the Keystone fiasco. Foreign interests and the Koch's will make the money. And . . . and they want to ship out the worst oil on the planet. Think of the environmental impact. You better, because big business and the politicians don't. And if you own a ranch or farm in the path of all this, eminent domain will allow these destructive bastards to simply take the land they need. Cool, huh?

Big oil doesn't stop there. Fracking is spreading everywhere. It sucks. It destroys the infrastructure, pollutes the water, causes earthquakes and more. If you don't want you and your children to get ill because of this lesson in stupidity, get the facts. Pennsylvania knows all about the downside.

And those of you who like to eat, Monsanto is preparing yummy food that I wouldn't touch with a ten foot stick. Big Business working hand in hand with Big Government again. Both parties. It doesn't matter. Another delightful thought is the use of insecticides killing bees and more. We need bees, people. They die; you starve. Some of these insecticides have the same chemical base as what was in Agent Orange. That's right, the same stuff that gave Vietnam Veterans cancer galore.

I'll stop here. I could go on and on about all of this, but I will take pen to hand or fingers to keyboard and let my tales of horror display real life horror intermixed within my fiction. No one will be a sacred cow as far as I'm concerned. My readers are smart. They will figure it out.

I Am Charlie is the slogan going around. I support that.

I Am Blaze, and I am pissed off. It is time to take off the gloves. Right is right and wrong is wrong. My stories are about to get darker. Much darker.


Blaze McRob

Friday, January 13, 2017

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH


http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com/

As is my custom, I will be jumping into the festivities at Women In Horror Month. I have been doing this for a number of years now. While this grand event showcases the talents of  many women - who give their all for the world of horror - in the month of February, I always extend it out. I believe that one year I went into August. Twenty-eight days is never enough for all the women masters at the craft. For too many years, this genre has been dominated by men. Wrongfully so. Women are every bit as good, and often better than men, when it comes to writing horror, acting in the genre, coming out with great music, and more. There's no sense in trying to deny this. It is the truth.

Follow my posts as I present to you fantastic Women In Horror. I will have interviews, shout-outs, book reviews, and more. I like to change things around. Also, I will let you know where you can find other folks who will be spreading the word.

Women In Horror. Find some new favorite authors. Read what your favorite horror women have coming up. Be here. I'll spread the word.

Thank you.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CALL FOR OBSTRUCTION - BY W.J. HOWARD - IS FREE THIS FRIDAY ON AMAZON


http://wjhoward.com/dodge-demons-with-magical-cigarettes-for-free-this-friday/

https://www.amazon.com/Call-Obstruction-Courier-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01LK5CCHM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Call For Obstruction, by W. J. Howard, is free this Friday on Amazon. What a great way to spend Friday the 13th! You will love the demon in this great book. Margery rocks!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


In a supernatural world where Hell's been over capacity since World War II, Satan has no choice but to open the Gates of Hell. When Barry's tricked into signing a contract to serve Satan, he's faced with a choice to help release the damned souls onto Earth or turn against Satan's evil plan. Either choice comes with a price, and with a screw up like Barry at the center of it all, there's no telling if God, Satan, or rogue demons will prevail.

Call for Obstruction is a past winner of the Textnovel Writing Contest.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book moves fast. Once you start it, it's hard to put down. The story features memorable, unique characters engaged in a battle between heaven and hell. The characters act like you'd expect them to act, speaking with natural dialogue and using language that is typical of their ages and professions. It feels like a very real story even though supernatural elements are present. It's a great book for somebody looking for a story that is different from the norm. It was set up well for a series and look forward to reading future installments.

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This story is a lot of fun. It looks at hell in a light-hearted way, and all the characters are well-developed. This story reminds me of Terry Pratchets work. This book is a quick read that is hard to put down.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: ARMAND ROSAMILIA


https://timmeyerwrites.com/2017/01/02/author-interview-armand-rosamilia/?utm_content=buffer67e4f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Hit the link above for an engaging interview between Armand Rosamilia and Tim Meyer. You will learn everything there is to know about Armand. Well, not everything. That would not be cool. A man has to have a few secrets. Also, I asked Armand about his smile, since he never has one. He says it was photoshopped. Couldn't fool me. I knew it all along.

This is a great interview. Armand is a very talented author and podcast guru. There is much you can learn here.

Tell him Blaze sent you. That will give him pause to ponder.

Blaze McRob

Monday, January 9, 2017

BRAINS BACON BEER & ZOMBIES - BY DAVID REUBEN ASLIN


https://www.amazon.com/Brains-Bacon-Beer-Zombies-Book-ebook/dp/B01I5QYIPI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468188528&sr=8-1&keywords=Brains+Bacon+Beer+%26+Zombies

I've been waiting for this book to come out. Why? Look at the cover art. How could you not want to put Brains Bacon Beer & Zombies on your Kindle? David Reuben Aslin did a great job with this humor/satire book. Okay, zombies are nasty, horrific critters, but why not add some humor to the mix? Frivolity can be a good thing.

Blaze McRob


Book description:



 BRAINS BACON BEER & ZOMBIES …
Life has become little more than a day to day fight for survival in this, TONGUE and CHEEK (and other body parts) APOCALYPTIC THRILLER.

The year is 2036. The place … a rapidly decaying totally (Baked) “Big Apple” New York City. Brains along with a few of his family, his best friend, Gil … and three very orthodox, Rabbi’s - have so far managed to survive the plague to end all plagues; by holding up inside the protected walls of what once not long ago was his families former Jewish Delicatessen.

On this day of days … Brains is determined to brave the dangers of zombies, street gangs, and other predators of the four legged variety. He and several of his rag-tag Kosher-eatery holdouts have decided to venture out into the city to try and have some good old fashion Fourth of July fun.
 
Verified Purchase
This was really a fun zombie book! You have to check this one out. It has zombies, adventure, laughs and so much more. Came wait for the next one. 
 
5 starsGreat intro to a new serial by David Aslin By Billjr13 on July 22, 2016
Great intro to a new serial by David Aslin! A group of survivors from a Jewish neighborhood in New York scratch and claw for supplies and food. Oh and they live above their old family run delicatessen. A fun mix of humor and horror. As my friend Joe Bob says "Check it Out."

FREE SHORT STORY BY CAROLE GILL


https://carolegillauthor.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/the-ravenous-undead-free-flash-fiction.html?zx=987fc86db6ac9731

Are you aware there are Viking legends of the Undead? No? Hit the link above and read this free short story by Carole Gill on her website. Now you will be enlightened. While you're there, check out her other great stories, links, and more. Not only does she write great horror, she shares the word about other authors. She believes in giving back.

Right on, Carole Gill!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, January 8, 2017

HER ONLY SON - BY SHAWNA PLATT


http://www.amazon.com/Her-Only-Son-Shawna-Platt-ebook/dp/B015OS46OI/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443028635&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=her+ownly+son+by+shawna+platt

Her Only Son, by Shawna Platt, is a great thriller/suspense/mystery that you'll want to read. Shawna has quite a way with words and tells a wonderful tale. Check out her other great books on her Amazon page,  http://www.amazon.com/Shawna-Platt/e/B00HL5Z2FA/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0, as well. Shawna is no one hit wonder, and she does justice to many genres.

Read and enjoy!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 A government program gone wrong. Artificial insemination used to create a new breed of solider. The year is 2020 and war still plagues our world. After suffering extreme loss of life, the United States government creates a voluntary program called Operation Vala, which involves the artificial insemination of women between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-five to produce a child the military will claim and raise to be a new breed of soldier. When Kinsey Garrick finds herself an unwilling participant in the program, she chooses to fight back. When she escapes the compound with her newborn son, she becomes the target of a nationwide man hunt lead by the head of Operation Vala. Known only as Hakon, this man will stop at nothing to capture and destroy Kinsey, and take from her the one thing she's willing to risk it all for...her only son.


on September 22, 2015
Shawn Platt knows how to write a nail bitter. Her Only Son will keep you up at night because you can't put it down. Suspense from the first sentence. A must read.
 
Shawna Platt is an author and editor. She has published Her Only Son, Reflections-A Book of Poetry & Prose, and Lessons From the Shadows-Healing the Mind and Body.

She publishes the Shadows & Light Anthology.

She wrote Clover Hill and Shattered Sanctuary under the pen name Angel Shadow. Please visit her other Amazon author page under that name for information on these titles.

Editing credits include: Shadows & Light Quarterly Anthology, Night Shall Overtake by Michael Collins, and The Hollow by AnnMarie Martin.

She is a featured author on Peter Shepherd's Cultivate Life! eMagazine.

Some of her self-help articles are available via Podcast at iTunes (free of charge) through Cultivate Life! eMagazine by Trans4Mind.

Podcast #'s: 11, 13, 17, 22, 33, 76, 77, 127, 155, 156, 157, 158, and 239.

Her article Human Relations and Dynamics was featured on the International Beat (InBeat) 'Writer of Note' Program.

On March 18, 2010, she was the guest on the 60th episode of The Funky Writer Radio Show.

For more information, visit her website at: www.angelshadowauthor.webs.com

TERRI DELCAMPO IS ON WOLFPAWradio.com - THIS IS A SUPER INTERVIEW!






This interview is a little dated, but is still fantastic! Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPv5dw_QRqY&feature=share

Terri DelCampo has an amazing interview on Wolf Paw Radio with Tony Wolf Paw. The link to the youtube podcast is above. This is a great job by Terri and Tony both. They share a lot of common beliefs. Tony is quite an interesting guy and puts his guests at ease, becoming instant friends with them. I love his folksy stories of his own upbringing and experiences.

I want to thank LR Shaw for introducing Terri and me to Tony. 

Enough from me. Hit the link above and get transported to a great podcast!

Blaze McRob

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Some links for Tony Wolf Paw and an intro into the podcast with Terri:


Published on Oct 4, 2015
Terri DelCampo writer and Editor for Blazing Owl Press
Specializes in Horror you can find her books in Amazon.com
Together with Husband who also is an Editor and Writer of Horror Books are the founders of their own publishing company.
In this interview we met the most dedicated workaholic author in the U.S