Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hey Fuckers, Remember Me?

I'm still here... and today I have two really great pieces of news to throw out into the world. First of all...

SHINING IN CRIMSON: EMPIRE OF BLOOD BOOK ONE is now a Featured Story on Wattpad.com!!! 

I've been following Wattpad for a long time now and am extremely proud of how huge the site and its community have grown. And I'm honored and excited that they chose my debut novel to be among their list of Featured Stories! For those who don't know, Wattpad is a website and community with a free app available for just about any mobile device these days where you can read and share original fiction.





And for those who like to read shorter tales, my newest short short story THE KNOWING INSIDE JOHN will go online over at Darkfuse's Horror d'Oeuvres website on Friday, May 30th! The site is for subscribers only (free for Darkfuse book club members) and has a lot of great fiction from authors like Tim Waggoner, William Meikle, Brad C. Hodson, Nicole Cushing, Ray Wallace, and many more. This is my second story to be published by Horror d'Oeuvres and my third pro fiction sale.


That said, I have dozens of pots on the fire right now and several of them are beginning to burn, so until next time, kids, good day and goodbye!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Standing and Breathing... On my Own, Above the Ashes

Be prepared... this is going to be a LONG one...

So, at this point, I'm not really sure where to begin, so this might end up just a bit chaotic. I know every time
I write one of these things, a LOT has transpired since I last posted. And this time is certainly no exception to that. If anything it's an exception on the opposite end of the spectrum. Late last year, Nightscape Press hit a pretty big bump in the road and that put a lot of my life in flux for lack of a better way to put it. For those of you who keep up with me on Facebook, you know that we moved to a place out in the country rather suddenly. This was a blessing quite much in surprise. But that's not all that important, really. Suffice it to say life is a little less hectic out here and we have a lot more room to breathe and the cost of living is roughly about the same, sometimes cheaper.

And I'm happy to say I've only ever seen so many stars in the night sky in Owen County, Indiana...

Moving on... Early in January, for those of you who are fans of my cyberpunk novella Exit Reality, I released a brand new Ray Garret/Lifeline story titled Self-Aware which may very well end up also being the first chapter to an upcoming Lifeline novel. If you are curious to check it out you can find it on Amazon, on Smashwords, iBooks for the iPad, and it should eventually be available at BN, Kobo, Sony, and all that before too long. So far it's not exactly flown off the shelves, but 99 cent short stories rarely do...

Anyway...

R.I.P. Michele, you will be missed.
We had fully moved in and spent our first night here as a family on New Year's Eve. Some things have taken some adjustment while others have been a huge relief. Balance and all that I suppose. However, late in January we lost two very dear friends.

First, about a week before the end of the month a sweet soul Jen and I only had the pleasure of knowing online who had been a huge supporter of my fiction and Nightscape Press and just generally a wonderful friend, Michele Dotson, went into a coma and passed away. Her efforts to spread the word of my work and her lively moderation of the Kindle Horror Books Facebook group will be sorely missed.

A beautiful voice... silenced forever. R.I.P brother.
Then... on the very last day of January just a month after we moved in to the new place, while still in the process of getting acclimated and settling in, we learned that a very good friend from Indiana, Daniel Jaffke, was murdered. Daniel was a singer/songwriter who I had been friends with for around fifteen years. Way back when I was actively playing in bands, we wrote and sang a song together for one of his old bands. Several years after that we started a small recording project that didn't quite take off. And for years after that we often talked about wanting to make time to work together again. That never happened and now he's gone. I was however lucky enough, the last time I saw him, we stayed up all night talking. I'll be forever grateful for that time. We did a lot of much needed catching up that night. That was back in June or July... Life has a way of really slapping you in the face sometimes.

Daniel and I singing the song we wrote together on stage with his band Steel Trap.

Daniel was the singer for several Indianapolis bands over the years including his most recent band linked from his pic above, Two O'clock Twilight. He was an amazing singer and songwriter and thanks to some lowlife piece of shit, his voice has been forever silenced and that's more of a tragedy than I can truly express. Though I did try, but I'll get to that later in this post.

(Here is a beautiful example of just how amazing a singer Daniel was.)

So, we traveled up to Indiana even though we really couldn't afford to because there was no way I was going to miss his funeral. The trip was hard, the funeral even harder, but a lot of great things happened too. For one, many of Daniel and my mutual friends worked hard before and right up to the funeral putting the word out about what happened to him and that his family was in financial need for the funeral. Via GoFundMe we raised more than enough to pay for the funeral. The amount of support and truly loyal friendship that came out of that was emotionally and mentally overwhelming (in a very bittersweet kind of way). The heartfelt thanks that Daniel's father gave to all of us at the funeral after everyone paid their respects nearly brought me to my knees. It was definitely a tribute to just how loved Daniel was.

But... as they say, and it stings so hard for me to repeat... "life goes on..." So, of course when we returned from the funeral in nearly mid February, a lot of things had piled up. Nightscape Press is in the process of recovering from that bump I talked about earlier. We have a new business partner and editor now and we're excited about that. And for those who don't know already, Mark left the company in October on good terms.

Shortly before we left for the funeral, I finished the final mix on the last track for my second (beyond) full length Escape From Saturn release titled Implosion. Implosion consists of 32 songs; b-sides, outtakes, and demos from 1996 through 2013. With a stiff drink and a dedication to Daniel, I clicked the link to publish the album on Bandcamp. You can listen and/or purchase the album here. The tracks for Implosion as well as 10 Million Ways to Say Goodbye are also available now via the EFS Reverbnation store and very soon 10MWTSG will be releasing in expanded distribution to various distributors. I'll talk more about that as it becomes available in places.


And my writing... has certainly taken a toll. I'm afraid to say that Rising from Ashes: Empire of Blood Book Three still has a little ways to go and will likely not be out until April or May. In the midst of working on RFA, late last year I wrote a 10,000 word novelette titled Through the Mindhole. I recently released it as an Amazon Kindle exclusive that is free to read for Amazon Prime account members. It's a sort of disturbing supernatural, psychological serial killer fairy tale.

I feel very strongly that it's one of the most interesting things I've ever written. And for those of you who use other e-readers than Kindle, as all of my titles are, it is completely DRM free and can easily be converted to other formats. And after this initial exclusive period here in a couple of months I'll be releasing it via Smashwords and all the various other distributors like BN, Kobo, etc.

Meanwhile, I am working on Rising from Ashes and will do my best to still get it out as soon as possible. But I won't apologize for what I could not control. I never wanted to have life get in the way and I certainly didn't want to lose my friends who were very close and dear to me. And the grieving process, for a time there, didn't allow me to do much of anything.

Which brings me back to music... Music has always been the first thing I turn to when life becomes hard to bear. Don't get me wrong, writing has been a huge source of release and helped me to deal with many things in my life, but I recently realized the huge difference between the two. For me... for writing to help me through rough times it requires a lot of work on my part. A lot of digging and tearing and scratching away the surface of something before it truly happens. With music, it's like immediately diving into the source of the pain and anguish.

So while I'll be writing Michele her own personal character in RFA, I did not get the chance to know her in real life nearly as much as Daniel. Daniel's death left a hole in me that left me no choice but to hide away and write music. I wrote the following song for him, called Project the Last (Project as a verb, like to project something outward). Project the Last was the name he had envisioned for the project we had started working on so many years ago and never finished. This was my attempt to express just how truly great of a person was taken from this world so horribly and before his time.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge Book Trailer



Pick up your Kindle copy of BLOOD TYPE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VAMPIRE SF ON THE CUTTING EDGE from Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, or in the ebook format of your choice directly from Nightscape Press! All proceeds from this anthology go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. You can learn more about The CFT and the wonderful things they do at: https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/ This lovely video was made by the super talented John Palisano, who also has a fantastic story in the book as well!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Anthologies and ORIGIN OF BLOOD, a new Empire of Blood collection!

Holy shit, this blog is covered in dust... I walk away for one little—okay, more like several months, and you'd think I was dead. But I'm not. I'm still here... I've just been so busy with everything else that posting on my blog seemed like something that could wait. But alas the need to update those few of you who arguably enjoy (or at least tolerate) reading my occasional blog-like blabbering has brought me here yet again. So... What all's going on? Ha! What isn't, I ask you? What isn't!

Anthologies! Anthologies are going on... Three of them to be exact--no, wait, FOUR! Technically even FIVE! Three of which I've managed to slither a story of mine into, and two of which I've taken part in editing. One I've edited all by myself and the other I edited alongside my lovely wife Jennifer Wilson and the infamous Mark C. Scioneaux... So, without further ado, here they are:

Fear the Reaper edited by Joe Mynhardt includes an introduction by Gary McMahon, stories by Rick Hautala, Gary Fry, Joe McKinney, Gary A. Braunbeck, Jeff Strand, Sam Stone, Jeremy C Shipp, Taylor Grant, Stephen Bacon, Rena Mason, Richard Thomas, and many more. It also includes my story, The Death Catcher. Here's a little bit about The Death Catcher:

One day I was sitting around thinking about that old saying about walking out in the rain, “You’ll catch your death.” And I’m a big fan of taking phrases literally or twisting their meaning in some other way, so I visualized someone actually “catching” a death.

What I saw in my mind’s eye was a big ball of light—a spirit—falling down into a deep canyon ending in a black abyss. And I thought, what if there were people out there who were gifted with the ability to dive down there and catch your spirit and therefore “catch your death” and bring you back to life? And as soon as I wrote that first line, “I caught my first death when I was only sixteen,” the rest of the story just came to me. And of course I had no choice but to eventually take one of my characters beyond that deep black abyss itself.
What is fiction if we can’t have a little fun—if we can’t explore a little with it from time to time?

I'm particularly proud of this story. If I had to describe or label it, I would say it's in the vein of cosmic horror. If you get a chance to read it, please do let me know what you thought.

The Best of the Horror Society 2013 edited by Carson Buckingham includes stories by William F. Nolan, Joe McKinney, Mort Castle, L.L. Soares, Jason V Brock, Mercedes M. Yardley, Charles Colyott, Christian A Larsen, Richard Thomas, and many more. It also includes my story The Boy in the Elevator.

The Boy in the Elevator started as a waking dream I had. In it, there was a far-too-quickly descending elevator and inside something very dark and horrible was happening. When I woke up, I immediately started writing this story. It's a story about the secrets people keep, the sins they commit, and a horrific case of supernatural justice. I do hope you'll check it out some time.






Bleed edited by Lori Michelle is a charity anthology contributing all profits to The National Children's Cancer Society and includes stories by Bentley Little, Rick Hautala, William F. Nolan, Joe McKinney, Mort Castle, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Tim Waggoner, Gene O'Neill, Peter N. Dudar, Jason V Brock, Peter Giglio and SS Michaels, Tracie McBride, Dane Hatchell, Christian A. Larsen, Richard Thomas, Adam Millard, John Palisano, Jay Wilburn, and many more! It also includes my story Dreams of Shadows. Dreams of Shadows is almost a YA-like story about a boy haunted by strange shadows in his dreams. When these shadows touch him, he's stricken with tumors in the real world... and when one of these terrible creatures fully enters the young boy's body, the true horror comes into play.




From the depths of the soul to the depths of hell. From the shadows of your most frightening dreams to the shadows lurking in the corner unseen and waiting. Darkness is painted across the palette of every nightscape.

And it’s waiting for you…

In this new anthology from Nightscape Press, we bring you 24 tales of bitter loss, jaded love, obsession, murder, cannibalism, hauntings, voodoo, black market horrors, demons, leprechauns, zombies, deadly mysteries, and much more! Edited by myself, Jennifer Wilson, and Mark C. Scioneaux, Nightscapes: Volume 1 includes stories from Ray Garton, Lisa Mannetti, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Lisa Morton, Shane McKenzie, Trent Zelazny, Peter N. Dudar, Jonathan Templar, Peter Giglio, Brad C. Hodson, John Forth, Taylor Grant, Richard Salter, Charles Colyott, Chris Marrs, and many more.



And finally, just released on Devil's Night, October 30th is the Kindle edition of Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge edited by myself. Blood Type will contribute all net proceeds to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and will include stories by Peter Watts, Mike Resnick, Laird Barron, Stephen Graham Jones, William F. Nolan, Tim Waggoner, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Michael R. Collings, Jason V Brock, John Palisano, Jonathan Templar, Taylor Grant, and many more including some rather interesting newcomers like Jason Duke and Essel Pratt. The paperback edition will be out soon.

Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge is predominately a collection of stories that represent the most cutting edge science fiction-based vampire fiction. Think SF-based vampire fiction like I Am Legend and Necroscope and how they affected the vampire genre when they were first released. Dark Vampire SF that goes where the genre hasn't before.

It is not just an anthology of hard science fiction, however. This book also contains examples of science fantasy as well as some classic vampire stories including an updated reprint from William F. Nolan.

I'm very excited for this book to finally come out! Weighing in at just over 130,000 words, I believe it includes some of the best fiction I've had the good fortune of editing and I'm so excited to finally share its dark and truly unique contents with you all.

So, there's the anthologies that are out. What else could I possibly have going on, you ask? Well... you may recall the recent Indiegogo fundraiser I held for RISING FROM ASHES: EMPIRE OF BLOOD BOOK THREE. Well, even though I did not manage to fully fund it, I'm still working my ass off toward putting out the third part of my Empire of Blood trilogy early in 2014.

Along with that, one of the perks I offered late in the fundraiser was for a collection of novellas I have planned out called ORIGIN OF BLOOD. Each of these three novellas will touch on a different character in the Empire of Blood world, giving you an origin story of how they came to be who they are. They include THE RISE OF CAESAR, ISHAN THE ANCIENT, and QUEEN OF THE DEAD. I had initially chosen to release each novella individually and collected together and release them  in four separate signed limited hardcover editions ONLY. And for the most part I still intend to do this. But to start with I'll only be releasing the collection. If there is a demand for the individual novellas I will do them too. But let me repeat something here. THESE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ANY OTHER FORMAT EVER!

This collection will include all three novellas, a short story or two, some handwritten notes, illustrations, other notes and background information, and each will be signed and numbered. As of right now, two of these have been purchased via the Indiegogo campaign. Due to the fact that I may not do the individual editions at all except for special proof editions for Indiegogo contributors, I'm going to do this run on a sliding scale between 100 and 200 copies depending on how many are pre-ordered. Release will be mid to late 2014. But for those who pre-order, I will be including an early e-copy of RISING FROM ASHES: EMPIRE OF BLOOD BOOK THREE before it is available elsewhere, a secret gift, and samples and updates from time to time about ORIGIN OF BLOOD and RISING FROM ASHES during the writing process for both.

That said, ORIGIN OF BLOOD: AN EMPIRE OF BLOOD COLLECTION is available for pre-order NOW! CLICK THE COVER OR CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY AT 40% OFF!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Origins of Blood: Introducing Three New Empire of Blood Novellas!

Have you always wanted to learn more about the characters in the Empire of Blood series? Well, now's your chance. And it's not a chance that everyone will get!

Introducing ORIGINS OF BLOOD. Three brand new "origin" type novellas in the EMPIRE OF BLOOD series including THE RISE OF CAESAR, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and ISHAN THE ANCIENT. These will be available ONLY in 100-copy limited hardcover runs individually and as a collection. They will not be released via ebook or paperback EVER! You can pre-order them now via donation to the RISING FROM ASHES Indiegogo fundraiser.




Monday, August 19, 2013

The Subtle Balance Blog Series: Part 2, Point of View... Well Some of it, At Least

Part two of the SubtleBalance Blog Series was initially meant to be a continuation of Part One and was supposed to include things that myself and others felt also belong on the list of basic elements for crafting fiction. However, when I started to write about the first element that came to mind, I quickly realized it wasn’t quite working out the way I’d planned. In fact, it has become far too long for just one post. So, the following element, Point of View, will be broken up and each POV option will have its own post.

This element is just as important as those listed in Part One in helping to create and maintain the subtle balance—you see what I did there?—required to craft a good piece of fiction. In the name of brevity (which happens to be one aspect I’ll be touching on with one of the forthcoming elements of this series), let’s cut the foreplay and get on with it, shall we?

Point of View: Point of view is basically how you choose to convey a story from the many possible sources you have at your disposal. I think of it sort of like a mode of transportation. When you decide to go to the store from your home, you have many different options as to how you can get yourself from point A (the place where you live) to point B (the store you wish to go to); you could lace up your tennis shoes and walk, you could drive your car (assuming you have one), you could ride a bike (see previous parenthetic aside), put on some rocket skates (really, who doesn’t have a pair of those!), or you could take some form of public transportation (in which I would strongly salute your bravery). When you choose the style of point of view, you’re basically picking the vehicle or mode of transportation for your story to get from point A (your crazy, awesome, creative brain) to point B (your hungry adoring reader’s brain), hopefully without over or under-shooting your destination. Or for that matter crashing right into it and killing a dozen innocent bystanders in the process. Like with modes of transportation, every type of point of view has its pros and cons.

Each of these posts will cover the basic point of view options you can choose to transport your story to the reader along with some commentary about their different good and bad points. Let’s start with…

First Person: First person point of view is essentially telling the story directly from the point of view of one of your characters as if this character is telling the reader the story. For example: “My name is Joey First-Person and this is my story.” Obviously that’s a very dumbed-down example, but I’m sure most of you get the point. Some great classic literature that uses first person point of view would be Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Some recent examples from popular fiction would include Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire novels, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, or Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas books. Many of James Patterson’s novels are also written in first person point of view.

Now, for anyone who still isn’t following, maybe you’ve never come across a book written in first person and therefore I’m going to guess you couldn’t possibly do much reading and should probably stop reading this post and wait for me to talk about the importance—to writers—particularly writers who want to continue to grow in their craft—of reading as much fiction as you can manage to get your greedy hands on.

One of the best things about first person point of view is the degree of intimacy it can create between the reader and the character you’re using to narrate your story. It gives you the chance to go deeper inside the mind and emotions of this character and show their more human side in both positive and negative ways that don’t quite come through as blatantly in third person or omniscient point of view. But it also constrains the writer in a way that is difficult to employ, yet can heighten the sense of tension in your fiction and become hugely rewarding to the writer who executes it well. Because the reader in a sense sees, hears, and to some degree even feels what the viewpoint character does and therefore is also subject to this character’s human sensory limitations as well. With first person point of view, unless your viewpoint character can read people’s minds or know things impossible for humans to know, the reader can only perceive, deduce, and learn from the minimal human sensory information conveyed to them by the character telling the story.

Now, does that mean the reader can only figure out what the viewpoint character can? Absolutely not. I think it’s fair to say that some, maybe even many readers often pick up on clues the viewpoint character doesn’t notice at all. But that’s true of all viewpoints to some degree. One of the most important things imperative for the writer to maintain tension is managing to keep as many secrets as possible. At least until the time comes to reveal them. In a big way, maintaining tension is a lot like playing poker against your reader and knowing when to bluff and when to play your cards.

In other words, building tension requires you to gradually reveal your secrets little by little every now and then in order to keep pulling the reader along. That, in essence, is tension. I like to think of it like the reader is the rabbit and the secrets of the story are collectively one BIG ASS CARROT™ that the writer pulls along. Every once in a while, the writer lets the rabbit catch up and get a tasty little nibble from the BIG ASS CARROT™, further compelling the rabbit (the reader) to keep pursuing the BIG ASS CARROT™ (aka keep reading the story—Oh my God, what happens next???) until the entire thing is gone right down to the very last satisfying bite.

How does using first person point of view constrain the writer in such a way that actually helps to add tension to the story, you ask? Well, how about some examples. The first thing that comes to mind for me is character motivations. This can be any character including the very character who’s telling the story. Let’s say there’s a character in the story who is always mean to everyone but at the same time is often quick to be nice to your main character—and your character doesn’t quite understand why. Because the reader only sees this other character from the viewpoint character’s point of view, the only clues they are able to pick up on come from the information provided by that character’s five senses through the filter of their own biases, motivations, and/or withheld information.

Which brings me to another aspect of first person POV to further complicate things. Nowhere in the laws of viewpoint is there a rule that says you can trust that the viewpoint character is telling you the truth! The viewpoint character in first person point of view can actually be made to lie to the reader. This is called an unreliable narrator. Any narrator can be unreliable, be they first person, second person (rare and complex as that can be), third person, or omniscient, but I personally think this technique is most effective with first person POV. Because, instead of trying to produce tension, the writer is usually using an unreliable narrator as another way to hide information or as a means to trick the reader into believing one thing in order to reveal something contrary or hidden later on. This is often used to add some kind of twist in the story usually toward the end. And, of course, the more intimate a relationship that forms between the reader and the first person viewpoint character, the less likely the reader will see it coming, the more devastating the betrayal will be, and therefore the more effective the twist will end up. I would give you an example but that would risk spoiling a good book or story and if there’s one thing I truly hate in this world, it’s spoilers!

But getting back to those other characters. The ones you can only see through your viewpoint character’s eyes. Those sneaky, tricky, hard-to-decipher, keep-to-themselves other characters—the secret keepers—the ones who know something your viewpoint character—and possibly your reader—doesn’t. The bastards! Why do they do the things they do? What do they know that Joey First-Person doesn’t? What are they hiding, damn them! [DEEP BREATH] Alluding to ambiguous motivations, loyalties, and/or acquired information from your non-viewpoint characters is a great way to not only heighten the tension in any story, but to also add realism that readers will appreciate.

A great example of this is the character of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series (which might I add is written in mostly third person limited point of view which we’ll come to in a later post). Throughout the story, tension is built based on the fact that Harry never quite knows whether he should trust Snape. And this actually grows—rather brilliantly—into a major plot point of the series in the last two books.

But character ambiguity doesn’t always have to be a major plot point. It can be used to varying degrees in all kinds of different ways to add tension or even more simply and sometimes far more importantly make the writer have to get off his big fat butt and show the reader what that character is thinking and feeling via simple cues of human body language or telling slips in dialogue, or all kinds of subtle ways in which we all—as human beings—can recognize… if we’re paying attention. And if our reader isn’t bored, they’re likely doing just that.

At the same time a lot of this character ambiguity can also be accomplished by using a third person limited point of view, the most popular viewpoint in modern fiction. But we’ll go more into that when we get to that post. One of the downsides to first person is that not everyone likes it. I’ve seen review after review where readers have complained about books being written in first person. I suppose the reason for this is that some people prefer a more formal detached narrator. Personally, as a reader, I myself don’t care what viewpoint you use, so long as you use it well and it fits the story. But who cares what I think? Readers have their own opinion and they don’t likely give a damn what anyone else’s is when they’re flipping through the pages of a novel or short story, etc.

One last thing about first person viewpoint that makes it a tricky point of view to work with. You always have to write your prose in character—at all times (unless of course you make use of multiple points of view—and now I’ve just gone and made this confusing, haven’t I? Oh, well, sorry! We’ll talk about that one soon enough). Take the classic example I used earlier Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Keyes not only stays in character quite brilliantly via prose, spelling, and grammatical nuances completely believable to his viewpoint character, but he even goes as far as to use this technique to show the incredible changes that Charlie Gordon (Daniel’s protagonist and viewpoint character in the book) goes through from the beginning of this brilliant little emotional science fiction book to its resonant, tear-jerking, hugely impactful ending (see The Subtle Balance Part 1 for more on endings).

Speaking of endings…

That pretty much wraps it up for this first post on point of view. Stay tuned for my continuing posts on point of view in the Subtle Balance series: The Subtle Balance Part 3: Point of View Continued in which I’ll be writing about second person point of view, Part 4: More Point of View in which we’ll cover both third person and omniscient points of view and Part 5: Yes, We’re Still Talking about Point of View in which I’ll discuss how tense comes into play in all the various points of view and some other final thoughts on the subject. Coming soon…

Friday, August 2, 2013

Introducing the RISING FROM ASHES Indiegogo Fundraiser!!!


 Look what we have here. Not only did I make a complete ass of myself making the video for this fundraiser, but I had a lot of fun doing it as well. There's a ton of great perks here for both long time Empire of Blood fans and new readers too! Everything from ebook versions of the first two books for a fraction of the cost on Amazon to signed personalized paperback and limited hardcovers to omnibus editions of the entire trilogy to interactive perks like naming a vampire or Foederati soldier in RISING FROM ASHES to the grand daddy perks of them all: signed and personalized original printed manuscripts including EXIT REALITY, an early draft of my unpublished novella THE NESTING PLACE, and SHINING IN CRIMSON itself. That one comes complete with red ink from my editor!

And I'm possibly going to be adding more if I think of anything. I'd like to make this one big extravaganza of a party! And I think for some of you the biggest perk of all would be that if I get funded for this, I'll be able to focus enough time and energy into writing RISING FROM ASHES that I'll be able to publish it as soon as early January! So, check it out, share it with your friends and all the other various animals and inanimate objects I mention on the video! Consider donating. And remember it's just started. It'll be up there until the end of September... BUT, only one of each of the manuscript perks is available!