Sunday, December 31, 2017

PUZZLES FROM BOOK COVERS - GOTTA LOVE IT!



http://jigidi.com/

http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=1WRRVP43
Terri DelCampo and I have some rather interesting discussions around the house. Terri was doing a puzzle on Jigidi, which is a fantastic online Jigsaw Puzzle website. I mentioned to her in my suave, sophisticated manner that she should put up book covers there. I thought I'd get the daggers look, but a light went off in her head and she posted one for Mists Of Papoose Pond. http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=1WRRVP43 While she was there, she posted more for her children's stories and one of her novels. Since many kids visit this website, I would suggest that not every cover would be suitable, but many are.

What a great, fun way to spread the word about your books with a neat audience.

For your information, Mists Of Papoose Pond is only 108 pieces, but it is a challenge because of  the intermixing of mists and shading. Hey, what were you expecting? Can't make things too easy on you. For a real challenge, it could have been 500 pieces. Hmm.

Those of you with childrens' books should really have fun here. YA too. Lots of great times to be had. Get in on the excitement.

Blaze McRob

Friday, December 29, 2017

FINDING SUSAN -BY KATIE METTNER - HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR BEST ROMANCE NOVEL AT PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS' POLL



Finding Susan, by Katie Mettner, is nominated for best Romance Novel in the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll. This is quite an honor for this remarkable author, but one that does not surprise me at all. She writes some powerful romance! 

If you would like to vote for her, it is quite simple. Merely check the circle next to Finding Susan at http://critters.org/predpoll/novelr.shtml, fill in your name and email address, type in the name of the author for the book that they show - to show you're human - and submit your vote. When you receive a notification from Preditors & Editors, merely hit the validating link they sent you. Bear in mind there is nothing you have to purchase, and your votes are kept secret.

Katie's novel is certainly a great one. She has my vote!

Blaze McRob


THE CHOSEN ONE - BY NICOLE STOREY




The Chosen One, by Nicole Storey, is the first novel in the Grimsley Hollow series. This big book has sixty-five 5 Star reviews. Way to go, Nicole! It is a coming of age/fantasy/scary/paranormal/sci-fi book. However, this novel can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Read the free sample on Amazon and you'll see what I mean. I bought this book back in 2014 and love it.

Get yours now!

Blaze McRob


    Book description:

    Eleven-year-old Gage Gilbert is autistic, loves Halloween, and has no friends. He longs to share real adventures – not just those conjured in his head.

    A mysterious key leads him to Eve, a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s a place where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their realm is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can save them from a nefarious witch who has taken control.
    And the human world is next on her list.

    With Eve’s help (along with a potty-mouthed pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, a half-vampire, and a couple of dragons) Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow and together, they embark on a journey that will change them all.

    It’s a deadly race against evil, where extraordinary creatures stalk the land under a harvest moon and nightmarish monsters take form.

    Gage wanted friends and adventure, but had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price.

    Editorial Reviews

    Review

    "I loved the Harry Potter books and i can heartfully say that Nicole Storey has captured the magic and mystery of Grimsley Hollow just as good as JK Rowling did in her books but with the additional insight of what an autistic person has to deal with on a day to day basis." -Mr. Magic
    "Nicole Storey deals with middle school issues in such intriguing way that leaves kids mesmerized by the story instead of realizing that they are learning tolerance and acceptance in the process. I read the Kindle version and was so impressed that I bought the paperback for the sixth grade class at my school. From what I heard, the kids loved it as much as I did!" -Jane Carroll, Author
    "The Grimsley Hollow series is clearly not just for young adults! However, it does inspire young people to read. It's a reason to get off of their devices and video games and actually read a book. What a concept! Something that is decreasing as time goes by which is a real shame since young people can get the best education by reading. Let's hope that changes because books like these gets you thinking as there are many positive messages and virtues shared throughout these pages. It's actually much more than it seems. It's golden!" -Brend Perlin, Author

    From the Inside Flap

    What are people saying about Grimsley Hollow: The Chosen One?
    Exciting, scary, a breathless chase to save Grimsley Hollow from the clutches of an evil witch.  This is Halloween at your doorstep, dark shapes in the woods at night.  Shivery wonderful!
    -Malla Duncan - Smashwords purchase
    ...so many people (children and adults alike) look at autism as a disability in the world today, but Gage proves that this is not true
    -Arual - Just a reader - Amazon purchase
    This is truly a magical book that I hope will inspire empathy for kids that might be a little bit different
    -James Crawford - Amazon purchase
    ...this is a book I yearn to see on the movie screen.  This is also a book I would love to see used as part of the curriculum in middle school
    -ChristiAK - Amazon purchase
    ...Nicole Storey as captured the magic and mystery of Grimsley Hollow just as as JK Rowling did in her books but with the additional insight of what an autistic person has to deal with on a day to day basis
    Mr. Magic - Amazon purchase

    CLUB BLAZE - BY ZACK KULLIS & BLAZE MCROB - IS NOMINATED FOR BEST ANTHOLOGY ON PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS' POLL



    Club Blaze, by Zack Kullis and Blaze McRob, is nominated for best anthology in the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll. We are both thrilled for this honor. 

    If you would like to vote for us, it is quite simple. Merely check the circle next to Club Blaze at  http://critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml, fill in your name and email address, type in the name of the author for the book that they show - to show you're human - and submit your vote. When you receive a notification from Preditors & Editors, merely hit the validating link they sent you. Bear in mind there is nothing you have to purchase, and your votes are kept secret.

    Thank you very much for considering Zack and I for this award

    Blaze McRob









    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    TOUCHING SPIRITS: CONTACT - BY JD PHILLIPS





    I have a book review I did a while back for Touching Spirits: Contact, by JD Phillips. I love this book! Take a peek.

    Blaze McRob
     

    Book description:

    Fake ghost hunter (Dusty Yeager, star of Spectral Analysis) discovers he's suddenly able to hear a real live spook - and he's not happy about it.

    Real live spook (Killian A. Black) decides to make Dusty's life hell until he agrees to do the right thing and help solve a murder.

    Hijinxs ensue.

    "Who says dead can't be fun?"

    5 starsGreat Jumping Ghost!
    on February 16, 2016
    Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    JD Phillips has a fantastic tale in Touching Spirits: Contact! She tells the story from the perspective of a ghost. This poor spirit is lost in an afterlife, unsure of how he got there. He deals with things as best he can, taking the good with the bad. He discovers there are perks to being a ghost, but there are also things that are beyond his control.

    One of my favorite lines in this novel is, "Still, the afterlife ain't all fireflies and rainbows, you know, or else damn near everyone would jump ship early to join the party."

    Obviously, there is humor in this story: a lot of it. I won't add in some of the fantastically witty phrases JD fills this book with, but there are some that had me laughing out loud! Don't let that make you believe there is no horror in this tome. There is. Plenty of it.

    Picture a ghost making a believer of a non-believing paranormal TV star and getting him to help solve a murder case. Add in hi-jinks of the highest order. Supply some touchy-feely moments and glimpses into the soul which show good as well as bad traits of humanity. Combine and stir well. Voila! You have Touching Spirits: Contact!

    I recommend this book highly.

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    FIND SOME GREAT PEOPLE ON MY TWITTER PAGE




    I follow some great people on Twitter. Check out my page there and find some fantastic authors, film artists, and many more interesting people. I love to retweet and like others' posts. There are many super books that I've found there, as well.  I'm always surprised and happy when I run into someone I haven't heard from in a long time, and that happens a lot when I'm on Twitter. Check out my page and discover many fascinating people from all walks of life. I hope to see you there soon.

    Blaze McRob

    Sunday, December 17, 2017

    WITCHES II: APOCALYPSE - BY KATHRYN MEYER GRIFFITH



    Kathryn Meyer Griffith, one of my favorite authors, has a new novel out: Witches II: Apocalypse. Kathryn knows how to spin a great tale. Don't miss this one. It's fantastic!

    Go to her Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Meyer-Griffith/e/B000AP9HXQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 and find some more of her many wonderful books. She could certainly become one of your favorite authors, too.

    Blaze McRob


    Book description:

    The long-awaited sequel to my 1993 best-selling paperback novel Witches is finally HERE! Yes, witches exist…the good and the bad ones…and one day the two ancient adversaries of good and evil will join the fight for control of the world. Amanda has been told her ten year old witch-child, Lizzy, is fated to someday become one of the planet’s most powerful witches. If she lives. If the world survives. Because the world is being threatened by an anti-Christ called Reuben who is prophesied to bring the end of the world by destroying everyone and everything good–including the white witches and warlocks of the world–unless he can be stopped. The Guardians, a secret society of those white wiccans who protect others of their kind and the world from great evil, along with the powerful good witch, Amanda Givens, and her gifted daughter, Lizzy, must battle Reuben and his demonic followers. They must somehow change the outcome of the prophesied end times, aid a possible child of God, help the earth’s people to resist the black witches, demons and the soulless, which the times have brought forth and who are trying to bring hell to earth. Good and evil will be brought together for the final battles. Will Amanda, Lizzy, and the Guardians defeat evil or will it defeat them as they fight with all their strength and powers to save the people, the lives and the world they love. Who will win?

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    MARKETING 101 - SELF - EDITING YOUR BOOKS BEFORE THEY ARE EDITED



    Many of you wonder why I would suggest self-editing your stories to your utmost ability before they go to a paid editor. Pretty simple. If your stories are in need of major editing, many editors won't go anywhere near them. Also, most small Presses, as well as the bigger boys, won't touch them if they need a major overhaul.

    I know one editing service that provides you with a free sample of his work. Then, he bases his rates upon your sample. He charges three times as much for an MS needing more work than for one requiring minor work. So, you could save yourself a lot of bucks if you hustle your butt into the self-editing chair and get better acquainted with the craft.

    I'm not talking beta readers either. I've mentioned before that I don't care for them. Read your stuff out loud and catch where punctuation might be needed. Purchase an online editing system such as AutoCrit https://www.autocrit.com/ or ProWritingAid https://prowritingaid.com. These systems will find many errors. such as:
    • Check for hidden and passive verbs
    • Identify overuse of adverbs and glue words
    • Locate repetitive sentence structure
    • Replace commonly overused words
    • Reveal repeated words and phrases
    • Eliminate vague, abstract and complex words
    • Remove cliches and redundancies

    Get books and learn some things about the craft. There are a ton of them available. Don't rush to get your book out if it's not ready.

    Then, and only then, should you submit your book to a professional editor. Online systems and books can teach you a lot, but you need a skilled human to go over your last draft. Anything less is not acceptable.

    Blaze McRob

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    THE SEQUEL: VOLUME 2 - BY DINA RAE



    Dina Rae rolls out another great novel. The Sequel: Volume 2. Dina blends sci-fi and conspiracy theory to craft a marvelous book. I have always been amazed at the way Dina always stays ahead of the curve with her multifaceted tomes. This novel is a brilliant companion to the first in her series: The Best Seller. I would suggest you buy both of these great novels. 

    Don't miss out on what Dina Rae has to offer you!

    Blaze McRob


    Book description:

    Maya Smock gets inside of a time capsule and travels back to 1944 Germany. A Nazi doctor forces her to meet his superiors, proving to them all that his invention works. Hitler studies Maya like a laboratory rat at his Eagle’s Nest and then introduces her to the Reptilians. She plummets deep into the hollow earth. Will she ever get home? Only Maya’s next novel can show her friends how to get her back.

    As Operation Chrome expands, General Andreas steals more babies. He believes that he is saving them from an extraterrestrial agenda connected with World War II. The hybrid babies have grown.

    They are here. They will take what is theirs.

    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    BRIAN KEENE'S HISTORY OF HORROR FICTION


    http://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/history-horror-fiction-one-not-man-job/

    http://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/brian-keenes-history-horror-fiction-chapter-two-thurg-life/

    Go to the links above for chapters one and two of Brian Keene's History Of Horror Fiction. I'm very impressed with the treatment he has given to so many excellent horror authors. Both these chapters are free to read. Don't miss out!

    Blaze McRob

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    GUEST BLOG POST FOR - THE GHOST CLUB: NEWLY FOUND TALES OF VICTORIAN TERROR - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE


    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077SWFLZM

    http://www.williammeikle.com/

    The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales Of Victorian Terror, by William Meikle is coming out on December 9th. This is a great book by my Scottish friend. One I'm sure you'll love.

    Blaze McRob


    Straight from the master himself:

    BLOG POST: SCOTTISH SUPERNATURAL

    FICTION AND ME BY WILLIE MEIKLE


    I'm Willie, I'm a Scotsman, and I like horror fiction.

    A lot of my work, long and short form, has been set in Scotland, and a lot of it uses the history
    and folklore. There's just something about the misty landscapes and old buildings that speaks straight to my soul. (Bloody Celts... we get all sentimental at the least wee thing).

    Scottish history goes deep. You can't swing a cat without hitting a castle or a historic monument or, from further back, a burial mound or standing stone. Five thousand years of living in mist and dampness, wind and snow, lashing rain and high seas leads to the telling of many tales of eldritch beings abroad in the dark nights. Add in the constant risk of invasion and war from Romans, Danes,
    Irishmen, Vikings and English and you can see that there's plenty of fertile ground for both fact and fiction to merge into a rich and varied mythology.

    I grew up in the West Coast of Scotland in an environment where the supernatural was almost commonplace. My grannie certainly had a touch of “thesight”, always knowing when someone in the family was in trouble. There are numerous stories told of family members meeting other, long dead, family in their dreams, and I myself have had more than a few encounters, with dead family, plus meetings with what I can only class as residents of faerie. I have had several precognitive dreams,
    one of which saved me from a potentially fatal car crash.

    What with all of that, it was only natural that my taste in reading would take a turn towards the spooky.

    I think my first close encounter of the Scottish kind must have been with Rabbie Burns. I'm from Ayrshire like Rabbie, and we share a birthday, so he was ever present in my early schooling. I remember learning a recital of the galloping frenzy of Tam o' Shanter as drunken Tam escapes the witches Sabbath by the skin of his teeth.

    Walter Scott too wasn't above slipping wraiths and fairies and fey folk into his romances, and he too was an early sight for me of some old Scots preoccupations with the darker side.

    When I started reading seriously for myself, Treasure Island was one of my early favorites, and it led me directly to the man who would be a lifelong companion. Robert Louis Stevenson didn't just anchor a whole sub-culture of horror with Doctor Jeckyll and his alter-ego-- he also wrote some of the greatest adventure novels of all time, and some of the most beautifuly constructed short stories you ever did read. He also introduced me to Scottish history in a way that school books had never managed, and through him I was led to Victorian Edinburgh and London, and directly into the arms of another great Scotsman.

    Yes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Scottish. No, he wasn't an English gentleman. Now
    that's out of the way... I fell in love with Doyle through Challenger more than Holmes at first, from a love of The Lost World that persists to this day. Holmes came along later, and when I started writing Holmes stories of my own, the supernatural kept creeping into them, which gets me castigated by
    Sherlockian purists, but I don't care; as a Scotsman, like Doyle, steeped in the stories told in the mists and dark rooms in old buildings, it feels as natural to me as breathing. Doyle also wrote some top notch horror shorts that were a big favorite of mine in those early years.

    Also writing at the same time was Margaret Oliphant, a prolific Scotswoman better known for  romantic dramas than supernatural works, but in later years I discovered a ghost stories collection of hers and was delighted to discover that she too shared our kinfolk's love for the things that live in the dark and foggy nights in the auld country.

    My later reading in my early teens before I found Moorcock then Lovecraft then King was almost
    all sci-fi or thriller based, but there too I found Scots with a taste for the darkside, in John Buchan and
    especially Alistair MacLean, a man who would have made a great pulp horror writer in different circumstances.

    Later still William McIllvaney and IanRankin, while ostensibly working in the crime field also showed me more than a few glimpses of their familiarity with the dark and the ways of things that creep in the shadows.

    And then, in the Eighties, horror cameback to Scotland in full measure, in Ian Banks' The Wasp
    Factory, in Jonathan Aycliffe's Edinburgh ghost story, The Matrix, and in the many works of Joe Donnelly, a much missed genre writer who gave us a whole range of Scottish spooks, spectres, bogey-men and monsters in his short horror career during the boom years.

    Which brings us round to when I started writing for myself, in the early '90s. I've tried over the
    years since then to explain in a variety of works what the rich history of Scottish supernatural writing has given me.

    In my new book, THE GHOST CLUB, I've gone right back to basics, and provided as part of it three tales as if told by Stevenson, Oliphant and Doyle, and a wee cameo by Rabbie Burns in another story for good measure. I hope I've done them justice.

    I'm Willie, I'm a Scotsman, and I write horror fiction.


    THE GHOST CLUB BY WILLIAM MEIKLE



    THE GHOST CLUB, a new collection of supernatural stories, is coming from William Meikle and
    Crystal Lake Publishing on 8th December 2017. 

    It's a simple premise.

    In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry
    James held an informal dining club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.

    These are their stories, containing tales of revenant loved ones, lost cities, weird science, spectral appearances and mysteries in the fog of the old city, all told by some of the foremost writers of the
    day. In here you'll find Verne and Wells, Tolstoy and Checkov, Stevenson and Oliphant, Kipling, Twain, Haggard, Wilde and Blavatsky alongside their hosts.

    Come, join us for dinner and a story.

    Here's the TOC, which may have a different running order in the final book.

    THE GHOST CLUB MEMBERS AND THEIR

    STORIES

    Robert Louis Stevenson
            Wee Davie Makes aFriend

    Rudyard Kipling
        The High Bungalow

    Leo Tolstoy
            The Immortal Memory

    Bram Stoker
            The House of the Dead

    Mark Twain  
            Once a Jackass

    Herbert George Wells  
           Farside

    Margaret Oliphant
          To the Manor Born

    Oscar Wilde  
          The Angry Ghost

    Henry Rider Haggard  
         The Black Ziggurat

    Helena P Blavatsky  
         Born of Ether

    Henry James  
         The Scrimshaw Set

    Anton Checkov  
          At the Molenzki Junction

    Jules Verne  
           To the Moon and Beyond

    Arthur Conan Doyle  
           The Curious Affair on the Embankment



    BLURBS

    'The Ghost Club is a massively ambitious anthology of stories 'by' classic authors as imagined by the extremely talented William Meikle. Massively entertaining, too.'

    - Simon Clark, author of the award winning THE NIGHT OF THE TRIFFIDS

    'In the past, we’ve had the Diogenes Club, the ‘Club of the Damned’, and even Peter Straub’s ‘Chowder Society.’ Now we have THE GHOST CLUB by William Meikle. And it is, quite simply, a delight. Not only has the author displayed his knowledge of and love for the writers of yesteryear, but in creating ‘The Ghost Club’ our host has produced his own collection of unknown and previously unpublished short stories ‘by’ Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Leo Tolstoy, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, H. G.Wells, Margaret Oliphant, Oscar Wilde, H. Rider Haggard, Helena P Blavatsky, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. I say  ‘unknown’, when I mean – of course – that all the stories are written by Mr Meikle in the style of the aforementioned authors; and the entire experience of reading this collection is like sitting with him in an old fashioned study, with a roaring fire, guttering shadows and a snifter or two of brandy as he unfolds his ‘Ghost Club’ tales. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.'

    - Stephen Laws, author of GHOST TRAIN


    'William Meikle is an audacious writer! In The Ghost Club he takes on the personalities of literary
    icons Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and the like and creates stories they might have told, mimicking their voices and writing styles.  And he makes that work! I have too many favorites to name but as I read from start to finish, the stories just got better and better and I found myself as absorbed as if I were reading spooky tales told by these master storytellers. Kudos to Meikle!  Lovers of traditional and quirky ghost stories need The Ghost Club in their library!'

    - Nancy Kilpatrick.  author of REVENGE OF THE VAMPYR KING


    "Masters of literature spin classic spooky tales in this chilling collection."

    – Scott Nicholson, author of THE RED CHURCH