Cover Reveal: The Mind is a Razorblade by Max Booth III

razorblade“We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it’s our job to invent something better.” –Chuck Palahniuk

THE MIND IS A RAZORBLADE is a supernatural neo-noir horror novel of a man born into death. Drowning, he wakes beside two corpses. His memory has been wiped clean. He doesn’t know his name, what he’s doing here, who these people are, or even why one of them is a cop. Questions plague his mind like hellfire, questions that begin a journey leading into the rot of downtown America, a journey that will not end until every one of his questions have been answered, despite who has to die in the process. Even if those who have all the answers aren’t even human.

A story of identity and redemption, satanist cults and funny bunny slippers, THE MIND IS A RAZORBLADE is the deformed lovechild of PHANTASM and THE BOURNE IDENTITY.

Coming September 2014.

Max Booth III is the author of two novels: Toxicity (April 2014) and The Mind is a Razorblade (September 2014). He has also written two story collections: They Might Be Demons and True Stories Told By a Liar (now out of print). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Since 2011 he has been the Assistant Editor of Dark Moon Digest and has edited numerous anthologies. He writes online for LitReactor, Zombie POP, and Revolt Daily. He has studied under Craig Clevenger and award winning editor, Jennifer Brozek.

Max was born in Northern Indiana. He has worked as a cashier, stockboy, copy editor, and hotel night auditor. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with his life partner and dachshund. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth for random drunken ramblings.

He is currently working on his third novel, Giving Up the Ghost.

Find out more at his website http://www.talesfromthebooth.com/

Perfect Flaw available as part of Spring Fling

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Readers everywhere are invited to experience adventures of a dystopian nature in the anthology Perfect Flaw, from Seventh Star Press,featuring seventeen speculative fiction tales, spanning many genres, Perfect Flaw explores the subject of societies gone wrong.

From “utopian” societies masking an underlying controlled state, to stories of people fighting back against repression, in hopes of a better world, the flaws that create a dystopian atmosphere are brought to light. Thought-provoking and entertaining, Perfect Flaw will be a welcome addition to any reader’s collection of dystopian literature.

Today, tomorrow, and Saturday Perfect Flaw is part of the SSP Spring Fling so it will be only 99 cents on Kindle, Kobo, and Nook.

Pick it up – you won’t regret it!

Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Flaw-Robin-Blankenship-ebook/dp/B00BWTKXZK

Nook:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perfect-flaw-robin-blankenship/1114845596?ean=2940016186061

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Now available: Lifesong

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It is only the first week of a brand new year and I am really pleased to be able to start it off by  announcing that my short story, ‘Lifesong’, is now available to purchase as part of the anthology ‘Tales of the Fox and Fae’ from publisher Fox Spirit Books, as part of their Bushy Tales imprint.

The ‘Bushy Tales’ are a series of three anthologies which started of with ‘Tales of the Nun & Dragon’; my short story, ‘Benedic Mihi Pater’ was included in this.

The books  all feature cover art by Vincent Holland-Keen and have internal illustrations by Kieran Walsh. With stories from a mix of new and established authors writing stories in a blend of genres these are unusual books of fairy tales and fables for adults.

The cover blurb for ‘Tales of the Fox and Fae’ is:

Deep in the woods where wild things lurk you’ll find foxes and rarer creatures, the fae. Join us for tales of faeries at the bottom of the garden, foxes falling foul of their own nature, battles fought in the night where human lives hang in the balance. Not all faeries are good, not all foxes are hunted. Welcome to our Tales of the Fox & Fae.

Full table of contents is:

The Band of Straw and Silver by Andrew Reid
The Home of the Foxes by Margret Helgadottir
Blind Country by James Bennett
A Cackling Fart by Chloe Yates
The Sly and the Spriggan by Alec McQuay
The Woman and the Jar of Words by Haralambi Markov
Fox Hunt by Peter Ray Allison
The Fox and the Fae by Geraldine Clark Hellery
Lifesong by Jay Faulkner
They are the Dead by T.F.Grant, Coming Home by Cat Connor
Outfoxed by Jasper Bark (writer) & Soussherpa (artist) & Bolt-01 (letterer) is a comic which will released as a separate free download.

‘Tales of the Fox and Fae’ is available now at Amazon as a paperback with the ebook coming soon.

Tales of the Fox and Fae
Paperback:
202 pages
Publisher: Fox Spirit Books; 1 edition (30 Dec 2013)
ISBN-10: 1909348341
ISBN-13: 978-1909348349


Start as you mean to continue.

So, first day of 2014 and I feel a short story coming on.

I realise that art and writing should never be undervalued but I also think that, sometimes, it also shouldn’t cost.

So today, when it is finished, I’m going to give my first story of this new year away for free.

Call it a gift.

However no returns, refunds, or exchanges ;)

The year that was 2013

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So, 2013 ey?

I’m not really sure what I can say about this year.  I could do a simple hot and not type deal, I suppose:

Hot: Not dying

Not: Nearly dying

Yeah, that isn’t really going to cut it as a year-end blog post now is it? Obviously a large chunk of 2013 has been taken up by, and focussed around, the nearly/not dying thing. From end of July right through to November I was either seriously ill or recovering; even now, near the end of December, I am not fully recovered.  My energy levels and concentration are considerably affected.  I also missed out on a large chunk of summer and the holiday (vacation for you Colonials reading this) plans, which really sucked as it not only affected me but my family too.

Another impact was that my writing really suffered.  I had planned to have a novel (Redemption) finished, edited, and with an agent by now … in fact, in my head, I had planned to have said novel published to critical (and financial) acclaim by now … but that didn’t happen at all.  Even now my ability to sit and write is curtailed by the energy I have left (or don’t, as is normally the case) after ‘real life’ and work have had their wicked way with me.

My martial arts suffered as did that of some of my senior students as I wasn’t teaching (or even attending class) for a good portion of the year.  The class itself, and the junior students, weren’t affected as I have a brilliant team of instructors and assistant instructors who more than carried things in my absence.

Still, on the plus side: not dying!

That is a pretty big plus, right? :)

Other than that elephant in the year, things were really good I think.

My kids continued to grow and impress me with their growth, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  To see Mackenzie, at 6, sit and devour books by CS Lewis and Roald Dahl was amazing and to see Nathaniel, at 4, start to make writing marks and draw whole stories and unique characters made me never really need to request a DNA test; the love of comics, superheroes, and fantasy makes it obvious they are my children.

I had a BLAST with Following The Nerd for the first part of the year, as part of the team.  I even managed to interview some amazing people, like Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo, and Paul Cornell.  The latter part of the year I’ve had a blast listening to Following The Nerd, as a fan, as I wasn’t able to be there; I will be back though, I promise (or threaten, depending on perspective).

I watched the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who, in 3D, in a cinema.  That was a lot of fun!

While I may not have written as much as I would have liked to, this year, I definitely had a confidence boost in terms of my long term plan to make a career out of this writing lark; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland liked my pitch, sample, and references enough to give me a grant to help fund the writing of my novel.  That sort of belief in ones work is definitely a thrill.

So, yeah, 2013 has been a bit of a mixed bag but, ultimately, any year that you can walk away from is a good one, right?

…or is that planes?

Anyhoo, 2014 is going to be a great one.  These are not resolutions, as I find them a bit pointless, so instead I am going to make statements for this coming year:

My novel, Redemption, will be finished.

I will have written one further novel, at least, as well as a minimum of twelve short stories.

My martial arts will have become a core of my life again and, hopefully, I will be able to attend another competition (forms, not sparring). In order to do this my core fitness will be improved with the help of DDPYoga.

I will celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary with the woman I love; our beautiful kids will be with us.

See, like I said, 2014 will be a great one!

…I’ll even try to not die some more ;)

Lobo’s Howliday Book Blast

About the Book ~ *New Release*

Lobo's Howliday by C.L. MurphyTitle: Lobo’s Howliday (The Adventures of Lovable Lobo)

Author: C.L. Murphy

Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2013

Publisher: Independent – Peanut Butter Prose

Number of pages: 32

Recommended age: 3+

 

 

 

Summary

It’s almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole’ one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?

 

Book Trailer

 

The Early Buzz

“This book has been by far the best written book that I have ever read. The way this author uses language to describe exactly what is going on is amazing. I find myself at a loss for words, the writing is so eloquent. I was instantly drawn into this book. I was disappointed that this story wasn’t longer, but that didn’t at all take away from the story.” ~ 5 Star Review, Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite

 

Purchase

Available for 99 cents!

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About the Author: C.L. Murphy

C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo

C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo

While new to the children’s book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She’s had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children. For years, she filed picture book ideas away, until the reality of the empty nest syndrome sunk in and she decided to bring her favorite one to fruition.

She based the character, Lovable Lobo, on something very dear to her heart, a real wolf that she’s raised for the last 13 years. She’s felt the need to protect him his entire life, primarily due to the preconceived notions that wolves are to be feared.

She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. She was that little girl who brought home the strays asking “Can we please keep it?” At an early age she realized her connection with animals by training a wild bluejay to appear on command to take food from her hand.

Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.

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Contest runs: December 16, 2013 to January 14, 2014, 11:59 pm, 2013

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Icarus Fall: Book 2 of the Project Horizon series

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Print Length: 230 pages
Publisher: Battle King Press (12 Nov 2013)
Language: English
ASIN: B00GMMU84S

Nine months since the events of Phoenix Splinter and Keith is still reeling from the loss of his family and the world as he knew it. Although in hiding, Keith must come to terms with events and choose a side. He is a weapon in high demand and some will stop at nothing to obtain him. A new group comes forward, promising Keith the answers he has been looking for. But, can he trust them?

Icarus Fall, from Battle King Press, is the sequel to the successful Phoenix Splinter, book one of the Project Horizon series, in which we were introduced to nineteen-year-old Keith Groenewald, an escaped experiment from Area Fifty-One with telekinetic abilities.

battlekingBRANLI CAIDRYN is a science fiction author originally from southern California and living in Washington. His debut novel Phoenix Splinter is the first book in the Project Horizon series.

He is a self described “social nomad extraordinaire” and likes to think of himself as riding through life on the back of an elephant in a colorful howdah—yes, laptop included.

Branli enjoys science fiction for its ability to present the scientifically feasible as a beautiful work of art. Whether a story takes place hundreds or even thousands of years into the future, the human condition remains a central item.

http://branlicaidryn.com

Musings of a hideous mind

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“Entering a Hideous Mind is free… leaving can be murder.”

US: http://amzn.com/B00H9P98Z2
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H9P98Z2

Entering a Hideous Mind is free… leaving can be murder…

In this collection of dark and disturbingly imaginative tales we are introduced to the further hideous musings of Alex Laybourne’s mind.
From a twisted family secret that leads to dark sexual obsession and murder, to the crowning of a new ‘Hunter’ and an out of body experience with an explosive difference, these tales are design to get under the skin as well as into the mind.

Haunting and terrifying, the musings of this hideous mind will remain leave you sleeping with the light on and looking over your shoulder at every step.

alexlBorn and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes’ drive away and so spent most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create; where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue.

I am married and have four wonderful children; James, Logan, Ashleigh and Damon. My biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

For people who buy my work, I hope that they enjoy what they read and that I can create something that takes them away from reality for a short time. For me, the greatest compliment I can receive is not based on rankings but by knowing that people enjoy what I produce, that they buy my work with pleasure and never once feel as though their money would have been better spent elsewhere.

Links

Blog: http://www.alexlaybourne.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Laybourne/212049612180183

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vanplank

The Colourblind Chameleon

About the Book

The Colourful Chameleon by Laura Kantor and Sarah Ray

Title: The Colourblind Chameleon

Author: Laura Kantor

Illustrator: Sarah Ray

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Independent – Squidgy Face Books

Number of pages: 32

Recommended age: 2 to 7

 

 

Summary

Once there was a very special chameleon…

The Colourblind Chameleon is the debut title from up and coming author/illustrator duo Laura Kantor and Sarah Ray.

This is a colourful and imaginative tale of a chameleon who doesn’t fit in with the rest. He realises that it’s not just good to be different… it’s a lot more fun!

Delight in the rhyming verses, vibrant colours and hilarious drawings as you are taken on a wonderful journey with a special little chameleon (wearing fabulous pants).

 

The Early Buzz

“This is a lovely book for children ….. Fun and bright, educational and with an underlying message……. It great that it teaches children about a chameleon changing colour and it also teaches children that it’s OK to be different ! I love it ! The illustrations are fabulous too…… Funny and colourful.” ~ 5 Star Review, diamondlil, Amazon

“An excellent debut. Engaging story with captivating illustrations. Good to see a childrens story with a real positive message.” ~ 5 Star Review, Lucy, Goodreads

 

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About the Author: Laura Kantor

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Laura Kantor

Laura Kantor up in Coventry, England, but has spent the last few years living overseas in Canada, Australia and now Singapore. In her free time she loves to travel, bake and write (of course). With a job in marketing, project management and a love for writing lists, Laura decided to self publish her own stories, and set up Squidgy Face Books in 2013 (www.squidgyfacebooks.com), teaming up with Sarah Ray who was the perfect illustrator to bring her stories to life. A year of very late nights and extremely long weekends later and their first release, The Colourblind Chameleon is ready to bring some colour and fun to squidgy faces around the world.

 

About the Illustrator: Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray, the illustrator of The Colourblind Chameleon grew up in the Herefordshire countryside where she gathered lots of inspiration for her drawings. Animals feature frequently in her work and she enjoys giving them human attributes.

This is Sarah’s first children’s book, after working with a variety of clients on commissioned illustration. She also has her own range of award winning greeting’s cards which she sells across the UK, http:// www.sarahray.co.uk

 

 

Squidgy Face Books

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Contest runs: December 12, 2013 to January 10, 11:59 pm, 2014

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Tumbleweed Christmas Book Blast

About the Book

Tumbleweed Christmas by Beverly Stowe McClureTitle: Tumbleweed Christmas

Author: Beverly Stowe McClure

Publication Date: July 20, 2013 (original pub. date – August 28, 2011)

Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC

Number of pages: 24

Recommended age: 3+

Summary (Back Cover): Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes a child must make her own miracle and one for her siblings.

 

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The Buzz

“Through the storytelling of Beverly Stowe McClure and the book illustrations of Bridget McKenna, the reader is drawn to feel the pain of poverty and choices that must be made due to economic circumstance. We are drawn into Jackie’s world by her giving spirit and root for her every word of the way. And when all is said and done … We, too, believe in the miracle of a Tumbleweed Christmas. Timely for the season and its reason, but also gives us reason to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive year ’round.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ruth C., Amazon

“I can’t think of a sweeter tale of the season than Tumbleweed Christmas.” ~ 5 Star Review, Cheryl M., Amazon

“This is a delightful 24 page book which shows the reader about selflessness. Many parent’s give up much to make things work when they don’t have a lot of money, and being creative is certainly a key in such situations. Jackie gave up what was dear to her the most to be able to give gifts to her family so they had something to open on Christmas day. In many ways, gift giving has gone out of control. The most expensive items are not necessarily the best. Sometimes it’s the handmade items or drawings that come from the heart that are truly memorable. A gift from the heart is what truly matters most, and it doesn’t have to be much. Children and parent’s alike will enjoy this story because it touches upon one of the best gifts in the world that we can give–LOVE!” ~ 5 Star Review, Children’s Book Reviewer, Amazon

 

About the Author: Beverly Stowe McClure

Beverly Stowe McClure

Beverly Stowe McClure

Beverly Stowe McClure is a former teacher turned writer. When she was a kid, writing was the last thing on her mind. She loved music and played clarinet in the junior high and high school bands. She also was a majorette. She still plays the piano to relax. Her cats don’t appreciate good music, however, and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.

She lives in the country with Patches and Tiger (the cats), along with a variety of wild critters that stop by for a handout. Next to her sons, grandchildren, and great-grands, writing is her passion and joy. She also enjoys researching her family roots and snapping pictures of clouds, flowers, deer and birds, especially the roadrunner that visits on occasion and the hummingbirds that she feeds.

 

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Contest runs: December 11, 2013 to January 9, 11:59 pm, 2014

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