POLTERGEEKS .. Cheapy Cheapy for Your Kindle! Like $1.99/£0.99!!!

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Hey planet Earth …. with STUDENT BODIES, my second in the series is hitting bookstores in like … DAYS FROM NOW … the good folks at Amazon want you to read the first book in the series so that your brain can handle all the CRAZY SOUL WORM EVIL BAD STUFF that happens in book two!! Amazon cares! It’s true!!

And what a sweet deal it is. Got a Kindle? Load up some geeky witchy goodness on that bad boy for only

£0.99 if you’re in the UK.

$1.99 if you’re in the US or Canada!

  • We gots a teen love triangle of doomyness!
  • We gots first kisses!
  • We gots slamming of evil!
  • We gots zombies!
  • We gots mother-daughter angst!
  • We even gots a TALKIN’ FRIKIN’ DOG! How cool is that???

This deal won’t last long … heck, it MIGHT BE GONE ALREADY! STOP READING THIS AND CLICK ONE OF THE LINKS ABOVE!

 

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Have You Got The GUTS For This Writing Challenge?

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There are less than three weeks left until the 3 Day Novel Contest.

That’s right, you heard me … the 3 DAY NOVEL CONTEST. Anyone can do NaNoWriMo, but have you got the kahones to write an entire book in 3 … FREAKING … DAYS?

 

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What is it? Just an annual writing event held over the Labour Day weekend each year, that’s all. From their website:

Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in three short days? 

The 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. For more than 30 years, hundreds of writers step up to the challenge each Labour Day weekend, fuelled by nothing but adrenaline and the desire for spontaneous literary nirvana. It’s a thrill, a grind, a 72-hour kick in the pants and an awesome creative experience. How many crazed plot lines, coffee-stained pages, pangs of doubt and moments of genius will next year’s contest bring forth? And what will you think up under pressure?

Prizes

1st Prize: Publication*
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $100

*The first prize winner will be offered a publishing contract by Anvil Press after the winner announcement in the January following the contest. Once the contract is signed, the winning novel will be edited, published and released by the next year’s contest.

So yeah, it’s pretty intense. I took part in the event, now in its 3rd decade back in 2007. Why? Because I’m a little bit nuts, but mostly to see if I could do it. And guess what … I did it! I survived. And the 3 Day Novel Contest yielded me a godawful messy manuscript called SHADE FRIGHT which went on to become my 1st published work ever, ever ever ever! That led to a second bookthen a thirdthen a fourth and now a fifth book which hits bookstores in the UK on September 5th and in the US/Canada on September 17th.

If I hadn’t done the 3 Day Novel Contest it wouldn’t have given me the confidence to take some risks with my writing. I’d have never come as far as I have in the six years since that caffeine-fueled weekend.

So … what are you waiting for, punk? Just DOOOOOO IT!!

 

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STUDENT BODIES BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

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August 19:

From the Writer’s Nest – Review

Novels they Wrote or Movies they Made – Review

August 20:

A Dream Within A Dream – Review

Mom With A Kindle – Guest Post

Tales of an Admin Worker – Review

August 21:

Books for Birds – http://booksforbirdsblog.wordpress.com – Review

http://tezmilleroz.wordpress.com/ – Guest Post

August 22:

Moosubi Reviews! – http://www.moosubi.blogspot.com – Review

Project Read and Review – http://projectreadandreview.blogspot.com – Review

sisterspooky.co.uk – Author Interview

August 23:

https://leocristea.wordpress.com – Review
Thoughts From the Hearthfire – bethkempuk.blogspot.com – Guest Post

 

August 26:

Mousehead and Tales – http://www.mouseheadandtales@weebly.com – Review

August 27:

Justified Lunacy – http://www.justifiedlunacy.blogspot.com – Review

August 28:

Danasquare – www.danasquare.blogspot.com – Review

August 29:

Books For YA! – http://bookforya.blogspot.com/ – Review

August 30:

Book Bird Fiction – www.teenagefiction.blogspot.co.uk – Review

August 31:

Books Beside My Bed – www.booksbesidemybed.com – Review

Happy Book Lovers – http://www.happybookloversblog.com – Review

September 2:
Death Books and Tea – http://deathbooksandtea.blogspot.ca/ – Review

September 3:

ismellsheep.com – Review

V’s Reads – http://vsreads.com – Review

 

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Hey Author – Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?

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Every author gets hit with this question and one thing we authors don’t often admit is that a lot of our ideas are actually pretty dumb.

No, seriously. Here’s an example of a dumb idea of mine:

My sleepless side for seven nights has kept me thinking about the person I used to be. Something snapped, like a dried out twig or an arc of electricity. And it isn’t a desperate change that overtakes me; it’s more of a gradual thing, like a passing shadow when the moon is full and round fat and silence is your only companion.

For others, it’s their mortal enemy.

I welcome my darker nature like an old friend. It caresses my face and whispers a promise that I know full well is another lie, but lies are far easier to believe when the truth of your life grinds you into bite sized pieces and consumes every last ounce of your spirit. I believe in those lies now, with all my heart. I have to because of what I am and what I become.

Um … barf.

While it reads well, the sad fact is this dumb idea has been done already by people better than me. Here’s a pair of examples of where this idea is done brilliantly:

So yeah, darker nature manifests in book format. In this case, my big brilliant idea was to be a YA project and after writing a few chapters it occurred to me that I was writing The Incredible Hulk in teen form. That’s how it goes, by the way. We authors might think something is a fabulous idea but once we sit down and start slamming away at the keyboard, a lot of us can tell very quickly whether our “next big thing” is going to be the next thing on of flash drive called “crap ideas”.

At the same time, most authors report finding inspiration for stories in everyday life. The office, the marriage, the kids, something we saw while driving down the highway. Sometimes it’s a news story and other times we’re so inspired by a brilliant book by another author that we’re tempted to try our hand at a theme another author has hit on in their bestselling novel. Everyone wants to do their take on vampires, werewolves, zombies, superheroes. dystopia, utopia, time travel, pre-history, etc.Welcome to the world of genre fiction where the subject matter is the same but the characters are different. Where the superheroes live in a different world from what we see in traditional comic books and where a mystery is still a mystery – only there’s our own different approach in solving it as we plot out the story.

Inspiration and influence – I think that’s what it’s called. We are inspired by other fabulous authors and their stories. We are influenced to try to establish our own mark on the familiar. It’s important to remember that a lot of what we write might not even be marketable. This is because we are creating art in a world that is governed by the fundamental truth of capitalism: return on investment.

Publishers need to see a return on investment if they plan to take on a project that you’ve completed. And that’s the big crap shoot, isn’t it? It’s why the VAST majority of books don’t earn out their advances. It’s why publishers are looking to publish stuff they think is going to sell rather than to take a chance on a brilliantly written story by an author nobody has heard of. And it’s probably one of the reasons there are so many authors deciding to take a chance on self-publishing. It’s also one of those things that makes many authors decide to simply walk away from writing books entirely – because so much work goes into writing a book. It might flop. It might wind up being pilloried on Goodreads amid a haze of animated gifs posted by reviewers who think with pictures are excellent methods by which to critique a published work that someone put years into.

It’s a weird time in publishing right now and still a lot of us cling to the hope that one of our books will hit paydirt. And that book will lead to a series. And that series will lead to who-knows-what?

And I think that’s why I try like crazy to blot out the doom and gloom surrounding the book business these days. My ideas for stories come from to words: “What If”. That’s sort of how I think out an idea for a story and then I’ll write a few thousand words to see if it actually works. It’s sort of like the authorly equivalent of taking a car for a test drive. Does it make sense? Does it flow? Does it create a hero’s journey? Do I actually give a crap about the characters? If I get a “yes” for all these questions, then I will continue writing. I’m lucky as hell in that I have an agent to bounce ideas off. I also have a spouse who is very practical about what’s good and what sucks monkeybutt because she’s from the farm. And on the farm in the winter time when you don’t have cable TV growing up, guess how you spend your time? Yup. Reading.

Reading everything and anything that can get you as far the hell away from the farm as you can possibly get. My wife Cheryl is a reading machine and my ultimate sounding board for a book idea. She has, thankfully, stomped on most of my terrible ideas and she’s cheered me on for the good ones.

So, there you have it. That’s where ideas come from for this story hack. No magic pill. No miraculous inspiration. Just a lot of trial and error and experimentation.

Happy Friday!

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I’m Organizing a Blog Tour for STUDENT BODIES!

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Want in on it? I’m looking at doing something from 19 August right on up to 3 September 2013. We can do interviews, YouTube stuff, there will be giveaways and some swaggage. Sound like you, dear Blogger? Well then click “CONTACT US”, fill out the form and I will be in touch!
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