For today’s Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour interview, I have another author from the upcoming Monsters! anthology. Dana sharpened her chops writing fanfic from popular shows like Stargate SG-1 and Firefly, and her novel Winter Awakening is a product six years in the making, with five short stories in various anthologies supplementing the same post apocalyptic world. You can find more about Dana on her website, or scope out her novel’s page. Continue reading
I’d like to give Saladin Ahmed a strong pat on the back for his heroic heart this week. It’s not easy to ask for help, but the humble will be exalted. Every share or comment will be an entry to win his debut novel THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON (ebook or hardcover, winner’s choice). I’ll cut off the giveaway at 8pm EST 6/17.
Even though the giveaway is now over, you can still check out Saladin’s book, or check out his free short story on his website at the bottom of his post about the recent struggles he’s been dealing with. It’s a great story, so don’t forget to check that out too.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
AudioTim 36: Mike Shevdon interview
One perk to being part of the Angry Robot Army is I get access to eARC’s of their newest releases. After reading the first two books in Mike’s Courts of the Feyre series (Sixty-One Nails and The Road to Bedlam), I was jonsin’ for this book to come out. Strangeness and Charm is set to release May 29th. I have an ARC signed by Mike to give away as part of my podcast with him, but today (May 28th) is the last day to enter.
Mike had me up late last night finishing Strangeness and Charm–a sign of a great book, for sure. I love a book with a strong ending, one that shows the author stepped up his game to create a spectacular finish. Mike pulled out all the stops on this one, creating one of the most memorable climaxes I’ve read across any genre. Continue reading
***Congratulations to Hugh on his Simon and Schuster deal to bring WOOL to US bookstores. Pre-Order for the March 12 release in hardback.***
I’ve had moments as a book reviewer where I was unsure how to rate a book, but this was not one of them. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey is my easiest 5 star rating since A Game of Thrones. This book was five star, without a doubt. There is so much to like about it, but I think my favorite aspect is the philosophical gems that Hugh interjects through each character’s voice. This unique aspect of Hugh’s style allowed me to see them as more than just real people, but a representation of humanity. This aspect of his style fits perfectly with Wool’s theme of survival. Some characters believed segregation, hidden truths, and murder were the key to survival, while others believed the exact opposite. Part of what makes this story feel so real is the diversity of perspectives on what is absolutely necessary to survive in such a life or death scenario. Seeing what humanity would be like on the brink of extinction helped make me question what I’m doing to help those around me survive, or if I’m only interested in my own. Continue reading
[Editor's note: My podcast interview with Justin Macumber is now up. AudioTim Episode 29: Justin Macumber and his publisher, David Wood, discuss Justin’s debut SF novel, HAYWIRE]
Today has been bittersweet for more than one reason, but I’m trying to focus on the sweet, so here’s the good news: I finished the 3rd Draft of Kaimerus Deception! If you head over to my Works In Progress page, you can read more about it. The history behind this accomplishment is this is the second novel I’ve ever finished. The first was a 115k Fantasy novel that I trunked after an editing course pretty much told me it needed rewritten. Between finishing that book’s first draft and concluding to trunk it, I wrote the first draft of Kaimerus Deception. Eight months after that I began the editing/changing process of fixing the beginning only to keep less than a thousand words of that first draft’s 115k. I finished the 2nd draft rewrite just before Christmas in a much cleaner 73k words. Continue reading
Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Terri Blackstock for the Holy Worlds Podcast regarding her recent release of Downfall, the third and final book in her Intervention Series. I was touched by her humility and a little convicted. She encouraged me not to care how many people I write for, saying that she’d be satisfied if only twelve people read her books. For a NY Times best selling author to say that, is very impressive. I write because I love it, and feel like I have to, but sometimes the lure of fame and a full-time writing career sneak in and tell me that if I don’t achieve those goals then I’ll be a failure.
I was also touched by her story of her daughter’s massive drug addiction, and how that trial led to a series of books (Intervention Series) that has transformed many lives burdened by drug addiction. I wanted to share the link to the show because it’s a very encouraging story, but also because Terri is running a giveaway to help support charity. She is giving away a $500 Visa card to the winner, and another $500 for an addiction-based Christian ministry or church outreach of your choice! Click on the blue text above to enter the giveaway, but hurry, it ends at 5pm today, March 7th.
This book is gruesome and emotional right out of the gate. The main character, Tony, goes through some monumental losses throughout the story. These aren’t the kind of losses that you can just blow off as insignificant because Lane’s writing makes you really care about these people and what’s going on. Lane excels in this area of sympathetic characters. Continue reading
So, the question today is, “What are you researching?” I’d like to know what my friends are researching to see what we have in common and maybe join heads someday to maximize our research. Continue reading
Looking for a book to savor, characters to love, and an adventure that keeps getting better? I am, always, and found that in Michael’s book, Theft of Swords. With my to be read list as long as it is, fitting an epic fantasy into the schedule requires a story and writing that will entertain me, draw me in to the characters and world, but most of all, not make me work to read. I’ve invested time into fantasy books that I had to reread pages two or three times to get the political relationships between characters, because if I didn’t, I was afraid I would miss an important plot point down the line. Michael’s simple, and yet professional style allows you to just enjoy the story – and what an enjoyable story it is.
I probably wouldn’t have picked up on Theft of Swords if it weren’t for the free short story, Viscount and the Witch, which serves as an introduction to Royce and Hadrian – the thief-do-gooder-duo called Riyria. Michael’s writing talent was immediately impressed upon me through how quickly I enjoyed his characters and with clear writing I knew would push the story quickly along. I laughed within the first few pages, and became confident through the twists in this short story that a longer work would be full of fun surprises.
I interviewed Michael and his wife Robin on my AudioTim podcast, episode 16, and had a blast talking about the story and his writing process.
I asked Michael if he had any music he listened to while writing, and he gave me this song, which fits the end of the second book, for a character named Thrace, who hires Royce and Hadrian to slay a monster that has ravaged her town.
How to win a paperback copy of Theft of Swords: