Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NATALIE G. OWENS SHOWCASES CAROLE GILL!

http://nataliegowens.blogspot.com/2012/01/kick-start-mondays-contests-more-with_23.html


Carole Gill is running a contest on Natalie G. Owens' blog. Run over for your chance to win a free ebook, THE HOUSE ON BLACKSTONE MOOR. I love this novel! Carole Gill is my favorite Vampire Author. I have this wonderful tale in ebook and paper version. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

I can hardly wait for the sequel!

Blaze

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TWO AWARDS FROM MY FRIEND DRC!

http://nhwcwritingexercises.blogspot.com/



I am very honored that DRC at Writing Thrilling Fiction thought I deserved these two awards; The Kreative Blogger award, and the Versatile Blogger Award. This comes at a time when I thought my blog needed an update with more goodies for my readers. Yes, I am a prolific writer and am currently writing a novel on my blog, some flash fiction posts, shout outs to my fellow authors and all, but I still feel the need to do more. And I will. That will come very soon.

So these awards and recognition make me feel really good, to say the least.

I am supposed to tell seven things about myself and pass the awards on to seven deserving bloggers. That will be the difficult part as there are so many.

First, the seven things:

1. I was nominated for three prestigious awards last year. Two for poetry and one for short stories. I haven't told anyone about this yet, but this seems like a good place to do it. I have respectfully sent these organizations notification that I wish to be taken out of the running. Why? There are a number of reasons, but the main one is I don't feel art can be judged. It's very subjective. Some people like Brian Keene and others prefer Dean Koontz. I like them both. The better writer? Neither. They are both great with their distinctive styling.

2. Even though I co-own a small Publishing house, most of my horror offerings will be published by Vamplit Publishing, another small House. Why? I believe we all need to work together in the Indie movement. We have published some of Vamplits authors in our anthologies; we promote them; and they promote us. I like working with the fine people there. There are other publishers I publish with as well. We need to stick together and work with one another for the common goal of great books for our readers.

3. I love ebooks because I am super green. Yes, there will always be a place for paper books, and POD is a green method of producing them, but ebooks are green all the way. My house, Angelic Knight Press, produces both, but we do it the green way.

4. ALL my fiction stories have certain elements of truth in them. That's probably true for many fiction writers but more so with me. I shove the bad out of me and keep the good inside. Tres cool!

5. Children are number one with me. I have eight children: 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 17, and 37, but I love all children. EACH AND EVERY ONE. They are a blessing and need to be loved.

6. Too many of my writer friends have been or are in an abusive relationship. My heart goes out to them. There is no reason for abuse. For a man to abuse or demean a woman makes him that much less a man. I wish all my friends in this position the very best with this and hope they find a way to just get up and leave. Yes, I know it's not always easy, but in most instances, it needs to be done.

7. I am the rah-rah king of the publishing industry. My friends mean a lot to me, and I will never put them down. My thinking on reviews: I never give a bad review. If the book is bad in my opinion, I simply tell that to the author privately. I will not be mean spirited about it. So if you see a five star review from me, you know you earned it!


Okay, my picks to receive these two awards:


http://www.lisamccourthollar.com/
Lisa McCourt Hollar

http://bloodygoodvampires.blogspot.com/
Carole Gill

http://theunbeatenheart.blogspot.com/
Sue Midlock

http://knightchills.blogspot.com/
Nomar Knight

http://www.markedwardhall.com/
Mark Edward Hall

http://pauldail.com/
Paul Dail

http://otherworldartist.blogspot.com/2012/01/remodelling-again.html
Rebecca Treadway

http://sturgeoncreek.blogspot.com/
Kathy Rowe

http://staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com/
Stacey Turner

http://josephpinto.wordpress.com/
Joseph Pinto

http://theangelic.blogspot.com/
Serenity Wickford

http://saucylucywisdom.blogspot.com/
Cindy Keen Reynders

http://www.tmarquitz.com/home.html
Tim Marquitz

http://tkmillin.blogspot.com/
T.K. Millin



Okay, so I can't count. I said this would be tough! My choices are in no particular order. I stopped when my fingers got sore. Visit and enjoy their blogs. I do.

Blaze

Monday, January 23, 2012

FIVE STAR REVIEW FOR BLOOD RELATED BY WILLIAM COOK!

Cindy Keen Reynders says BLOOD RELATED by the great William Cook is"a hard-to-put-down, gripping saga that delivers what it promises." She is sooo right! This review on Amazon says it all. Read it and be SCARED!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey into the Twisted Minds of Serial Killers, January 16, 2012
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Blood Related (Kindle Edition)
This novel is a brilliantly written chronicle depicting a psychopathic family that shares an inherited tendency for blood and murder. A hard-to-put down, gripping saga that delivers what it promises.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Interview With Fiona Mcvie!

I am honored to be included among the great interviews done by inspiration forum. Thank you, Fiona Mcvie!

www.inspirationforum.co.uk


Fiona Mcvie did a rather lengthy interview with me on inspirationforum.co.uk. I hope you pick up a few tidbits of useful information and perhaps a few glimpses in to the mind of Blaze. At the very least, it might explain why I'm the way I am.  

If you haven't already read it, Patricia Matthews has an interview there as well. Well worth reading!


Scroll through the interviews and visit with  some great authors, and see what they have to say about themselves and the craft. There is an amazing number of interviews and talent represented on this blog.


Fiona is doing a wonderful job!


Thank you, Fiona!


Blaze

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Zombie Writing



Shoot me! I'm early with promoting this. Well, not really, the book is out now on Amazon Kindle, but Thursday, Friday, and Saturday you can download a copy for free! You heard me: free! This is a non-fiction Zombie book. How cool is that? I would put it along the lines of Stephen King's "On Writing." Forty four great authors discuss the craft of writing about Zombies. The nasty buggers are all the rage right now, and I know you'll want to pick the  . . .excuse me . . .brains of these talented authors for all kinds of helpful hints in creating your own masterpiece. Why should we have all the fun? Below, I have listed all the wonderful authors involved with this endeavor of love. Hey! Zombies need love too!

Don't forget to get this great book for the ridiculous price of FREE for three days only!

P.S. The twisted mind of Blaze McRob is represented here. Just saying.

Product Description

"Zombie Writing!"

So, You Want To Write About Zombies?

Learn secrets, opinions, styles, and get advice on creating your own zombie story, from 44 Masters of the Zombie Genre, whether they're talking about books, short stories, movies, television and influences for your work, and talk about their own Undead Tales.

Neil Kloster * Mark Clodi * Richard Lee Byers * Joe McKinney * Jason S. Hornsby * Rie Sheridan Rose * Christian Jensen * Mainak Dhar * JD Gillam * Mark Justice * Michael D. Griffiths * Dane Hatchell * T.S. Charles * David Moody * Todd Brown * Craig DiLouie * Lee Pletzers * Andy Taylor * Kevin Coryell * Brent Abell * Sharon M. White * Kelly M. Hudson * Chantal Boudreau * Carole Gill * Marissa Farrar * Tim Waggoner * W.D. Gagliani * David Lee Summers * Lou Antonelli * Shawn M. Riddle * Keith Gouveia * Ian DG Sandusky * Tony Monchinski * David Dunwoody * DA Chaney * Adam Millard * Thomas Scopel * Jeremiah Coe * Jasper Bark * Ray Wallace * Eric S. Brown * Blaze McRob * Kate Madison * Armand Rosamilia




Monday, January 9, 2012

Check Out Stacey Turner's Blog Post

http://staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com/


I posted this on Angelic Knight Press, but it belongs here as well. Stacey wrote a great post on her blog!

Yesterday, Stacey Turner had a post on her blog titled: Are You Really As Good As You Think You Are. It is a very interesting piece and points out some of the good things about Indie publishing and a few that aren't.


Let's cut to the chase: some writers write garbage and expect great reviews from all their friends and peers. As Stacey says, they are sucking up, and people praising crap are sucking up as well in the hopes of getting a mutual admirational society where if I say something good about you, you will say something good about me. This hurts all of us. Honest feedback is what we all need.


Case in point: Blaze. A lot of times people ask me to review or plug their book for them. I always do this gratis, even though they ask if there's anything they can do for me. I don't want anything in return. I will stand on the quality or lack of such with what I write. When I chose the name Blaze McRob, I picked a name that people will remember. If my stories are bad, that name is implanted in their minds. Same thing if it's good. I can't do it alone. I need great editing as we all do, and if someone doesn't care for a story, I'd like to hear about it. Then it's ready to go out.


Stacey talks about no such thing as good enough. She's absolutely right. Honesty, polish, and more polish will lead to sales. Sharing marketing ideas with others and asking for honest feedback from your peers is great. As long as it's honest.


We chose Stacey as our Editor, CEO, and Managing Owner for a number of reasons. Talent, of course, is huge. Another is the fact that even though she respects my work, she will point out what's wrong. I love her editing style, going with story flow and substance first.


The first review we got for "Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls" was not stellar. But there were positives: the reviewer loved three of the stories. I take that as a plus. The rest is a huge learning curve for the team here. I posted a positive statement about a seemingly negative statement. This person was honest. How can I not be happy for that?


As the responses to Stacey's post say, all Five Star reviews are a bit suspicious. So writers: accept reviews in the manner they are intended.


Read Stacey's post. You'll be glad you did.


Blaze

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Barnes & Noble



I don't wish to be an alarmist type of guy, except with my tales of horror, of course, but I was reading an article the other day that mentioned the five prime candidates for businesses that won't be around in five years. Number one on the list was Barnes & Noble. I have many friends working in my local Barnes & Noble, and I certainly don't want to see them out of work. However, when I walk into the store and see the Nook display at the store entrance instead of the latest releases, it says something to me. Also, there are a lot less books on the shelves, including those from some of my old favorite authors.

The same as with Borders, B&N failed to see what happened in the industry. They'll pay the price.

I see a rebound in local Indie book stores which will fill the needs of the community around them. They, for the most part, will be smaller than those of the past, but will include more works from local authors to spark the interest of their patrons. Obviously, this is good for small press and Indie authors. 

One other thing I see is the demise of the Big Six. Without the big stores ordering their books, the air will be let out of their balloons. They can't expect to charge what they charge for paper and ebooks and hope to stay around for long.

So what then? Amazon? Sure, Amazon will be huge, but they are not the only game in town. Smashwords, DriveThru fiction, and others are out there. I realize it's tempting to always think Kindle and Amazon, especially in light of their new offerings, but if we allow them to be the only outlets for our books, they might  start working more for their own interests and less for ours. Profits are a huge motivator.

My thinking says to be creative and don't put all your eggs in one basket. It's a lot more difficult to take back what belongs to us than to see it doesn't get to that stage.

Happy writing!

Blaze

Monday, January 2, 2012

Paul D. Dail

http://pauldail.com/2011/12/30/interview-seven-questions-with-horror-writer-blaze-mcrob/




I should have mentioned this the other day when Paul Dail posted his Seven Questions With Horror Writer Blaze McRob. Bad Blaze. However, the post is still up, and you can join in on the fun. We've been having a ball with this post. As anyone who follows my blog knows, I am not normal, nor do I wish to ever be so. But, others are getting in on the non-conformity, mediocrity smashing band-wagon as well. YAY! 
Because I'm late, or in spite of it(what the heck), I have a little plug for Paul's book here. It's the least I can do. BUY THE IMAGININGS! ALL THE GOOD INFORMATION WILL BE ON HIS BLOG. Read other great interviews, flash fiction pieces, and much more as well. 

You will have a Blazing good time!
 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Kathy Rowe

http://sturgeoncreek.blogspot.com/
I asked Kathy Rowe if I could print this blog post of hers over here. She said yes, and I am grateful to her. The main reason I asked her is not because of the nice things she said about me but because I feel this is a great inspirational piece. This is a lady who refuses to quit. She writes many genres, and does a great job with all of them. I really love her sci-fi! I love this genre and enjoy reading new tales of the universe. She is very witty and spins a delightful tale. Visit her on her blog, FB, Smashwords, and a number of other places.
Without further delay, I give you Kathy Rowe! Sturgeon Creek Publishing Saturday, December 31, 2011


The Insanity of Being a Multi-genre Writer So many people ask me--when they hear I'm an author-- "What do you write?" My response: "A little bit of everything." Then I proceed to rattle off the list: Military Thriller, Romance, Sci-fi, Supernatural Thriller, Fantasy, Drama, and Erotica. Then they give me the "deer in the headlights" look. Yeah, it's weird, I admit. Most writers who are famous (I'm still patiently waiting) will write only one genre. Those of us intrepid individuals in the literary world who write more than one tend to get looked down upon. Most figure: "How can you write more than one thing with any kind of experience?" Simple- YOU CAN! It's not easy; I'll be the first to admit. You have to be willing to do your homework in the chosen genre. There's no just sitting down and banging out a 44,000 word sci-fi story without first having a clue about some science. For the series I'm working on (the "Space" trilogy), I had to do some research on warp drives, galaxies, space, and create an entire fictional galaxy for my characters to live. I poured tens of hours into the project, and even have a big piece of cardboard with "The Ontarrin Galaxy" laid out on it- drawings included!
The same thing applies for my military thrillers (The Dragonslayers Saga)- loads and loads of homework. Depending on the story line, I'm researching drug cartels, terror organizations, human trafficking rings, explosives, weapons, aircraft, and a host of other things that are needed to make my stories believable and relevant. The reader needs to think this is (or could) really happen. And they need to believe in your characters as well. Having spent 20+ years in the military, I know how officers and enlisted interact, and how officers interact with each other. You must understand the chain of command, and the rules and codes of the military. Otherwise, the books won't have the right feel to them, and anyone who is military will immediately discredit them. Funny enough, many of my fans are former vets- they love the books and that makes me feel good.
I have been accused of bending genres. I can throw romance into a military thriller, and make it work quite well. Add a helping of comedy into sci-fi; and contemporary issues into a romance. It's really all in how you see your characters interacting with the world around them. In my romance "Cowboys and Olympians" the main character, Leo Richards, is struggling to keep his family's ranch in the beautiful Red River Valley of Texas. At one point, he's so desperate that he's selling off his prized rodeo trophies just to get enough money to pay his bills. I think we all can feel his pain in these hard economic times.
There isn't one genre that I'd call all my own. Over time I've grown in my writing and branched out. I started out writing the military thriller series, and then I had a thought pop into my head. Before I joined the military, I'd lived in Memphis, TN. There was an old castle-like building that I passed on my way to work. I'd long thought it would be a great place to set a horror novel. Twenty years later, I had a working draft of "The Hall." In speaking with other writers, I was told it wasn't exactly a horror, but a supernatural thriller- yeah, OK, whatever; but it was a step away from what I'd known. I found a horror writer on Facebook and asked if he'd read it. He did, and couldn't believe how good it was. The book still isn't published; I'm needing to make a trip to Memphis to do some final research before I send it to press.
It was that same horror writer, who goes by the name of Blaze McRob, who DARED me to write sci-fi. I told him I thought he was out of his mind- what do I know about sci-fi?! He persisted, saying that I had it in me, and it was only a matter of getting a start on a story line and I'd be off and running. I swore he was nuts. But I took him up on his dare, and "Space Junk" was born. Blaze read it and said that it needed to be a trilogy. Again, I thought he was nuts. Then a thought hit me- maybe start from the beginning. I sat down at the laptop and played around with ideas. It wasn't a matter of a few days and "Space Crazy" was taking shape. I decided to do that as a prequel to Space Junk, and then came up with a great title for the sequel: "Space Available."
Like all writers, I have a very busy mind. Ideas pop in like popcorn; and I've learned if I don't write them down, POOF! They will disappear. So I have folders on my laptop for all my ideas. In the beginning, I wasn't too great about writing synopsis--I figured them a real pain. But after using them to write erotic short stories, and taking bits of them to do back copy on books, I realized I needed them. Now, one of the first things I do when forming a story is to write a brief (and sometimes it's really brief!) synopsis of what I plan to do. Does the story always follow this? Heck no! But it gives me a place to start if I need to do research, and helps me with choosing character names. Once I have a name and a general idea of the character, I'm off and running.
Finding my target audience has been the hardest. Since I write such a variety of genres, folks aren't sure they want to take a chance on me. I have a good number of what I call "die hard" fans that have read my books and really like my style. Getting new readers is difficult. I've talked to successful Indie authors and asked what they have done to get successful. I've been told to write a "freebie" book that they can download, read, and hopefully get hooked. Check, have done that. "Space Crazy" is a free ebook on Smashwords. For the erotica side, I published, well, the aptly named "The Freebie." I've had hundreds of downloads of each, but I have yet to see any appreciable sales. Maybe that will change--I hope so. I've been doing my best to politely promote on Facebook, Twitter, and any other sites I can. But truth of the matter is, it may still take 6-9 years to get a good following.
In the meantime, I continue to write and publish. It's not something I can just quit doing, it's part of me and I don't feel really whole unless I'm up to my knees with a character in one of their adventures, either helping or hindering them in the quest toward their goals. They are just as much of a part of my life as I am theirs.
Until next time, my creatively obsessed friends,
Kathy