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Spook House cover reveal

Why yes it is fantastic isn’t it. I saw that and totally gasped at the awesome. It’s so freaking awesome and I would even say the best one by Seventh Star Press and the very talented Matthew Perry to date. I cannot wait for this book to be in my hands. I sooo want to read it and I have to have the art cards. If you’ve never owned a Seventh Star Press book you don’t know what you are missing. They include fantastic art cards with extra illustrations. There are usually four and one bonus for the hardcover which I also want grrrrr book shelves I need more of them.

The extra art cards feature art work like these

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are we freaked yet? Are we freaked in excitement? I am. Holy crap these pics rock!

I am so excited to work with Seventh Star Press not only are they the most awesome people but they do everything high quality, the perfect combination and that my dears can’t be beat.

Except maybe with a blog tour. Yup a Spook House blog tour. I’ll be the closing date which will be great as I should have internet up and running in my new home in Australia by the time my date comes around I can’t wait. I’ve already notified Michael of my request which I think will be fantastic. Look for that near the end of November. Now stop drooling people and go preorder Spook House.

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art and illustrations created by Matthew Perry for Spook House by Michael West, as well as announce sites and dates for the book’s upcoming blog tour. A pre-order window for a limited edition hardcover is also open in advance of the book’s official release.

The latest Harmony, Indiana novel following 2011’s Cinema of Shadows arrives just in time for Halloween, exploring the places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.” These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself. The Fuller Farm is one such place.

It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power. And then, he was killed–horribly murdered on his own lands, leaving the house to stand as a vacant monument to his wickedness. But once a door is opened, it can never really be closed.

Now, the stars are right. The gateway is ready to once more unleash unspeakable horror upon the town of Harmony, Indiana. And this will be one Halloween that they will never forget!

The softcover and eBook versions will be released following the launch event for the novel at That Book Place in Madison, Indiana on October 27th.

Spook House is now available for pre-order in a beautiful hardcover edition that is strictly limited to 75 copies. The limited hardcover edition will be signed and numbered by Michael West and includes a bonus illustration from Matthew Perry not included in other editions. It will be accompanied by an assortment of collectibles, including a set of glossy art cards and bookmarks. Those interested in securing one of the 75 copies can place a pre-order now at: http://www.seventhstarpress.com/pre-orders/

The Spook House Blog Tour will feature 33 events, beginning October 25th and running through November 27th. The tour will feature a number of activities, including reviews, interviews, podcasts, guest blog posts, and contests/giveaways.

The dates and sites for the Spook House Blog Tour are as follows:

10/25 Great Minds Think Aloud
10/26 Bookishly Me
10/27 Red Headed Bookworm
10/28 Book and Movie Dimension
10/29 Azure Dwarf Horde of Science Fiction & Fantasy
10/30 Reading Aways the Days
10/31 Ginger Nuts of Horror
11/1 WTF Are You Reading?
11/2 Darlenes Book Nook
11/3 JeanzBookReadNReview
11/4 The Independent Review
11/5 Fictional Candy
11/6 Book Den
11/7 Vilutheril Reviews
11/8 Beauty in Ruins
11/9 Beagle Book Space
11/10 Bunny’s Review
11/11 Splash of Our Worlds
11/12 A Book Vacation
11/13 A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
11/14 Crossroads Reviews
11/15 Bee’s Knees Reviews
11/16 From the Bootheel Cotton Patch
11/17 Sheila Deeth
11/18 Kayla’s Reads and Reviews
11/19 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
11/20 I Smell Sheep
11/21 Ali’s Bookshelf
11/22 Full Moon Bites
11/23 The Cabin Goddess
11/24 Stuck in Books
11/26 The Rabid Fox
11/27 Jess Resides Here

For further information on Michael West, Seventh Star Press, and its titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com, or the author’s site at www.bymichaelwest.com

Weekly Shorts

Weekly Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

I was wondering what book I would share in this weeks shorts and then it hit me, well there was no hitting only drooling over a cool cover that is.

Knowing authors online pays off because the one thing you can count on is they get excited about other authors books too. When you see them mention a book it pays to pay attention. Exhibit A.

The cover is cool but then look at the series it’s a part of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These books have me quite fascinated I must admit.  These three are available now all nice short under 100 page novellas. Each a hard boiled detective novel set in the 60’s but with horror/supernatural elements thrown in and all written by a different author.

See that one way up top that is going to be the newest. It’s coming out this month and is the forth in the Sam Truman mystery series. Hard boiled pulp with horror cases for the down on his luck inspector to deal with. All short little nibbles of awesome and each one that is available right now is on amazon for 1.99 or less.

Can you say fantastic? I can. Fantastic. See, I don’t lie. lol :p

Adam Cesare is the author of the latest book and I must say I am most intrigued, such an interesting concept not just the subject but the fact that it’s different authors writing each one. I look forward to checking out this series myself and Adams take on Sam Truman.

Catch my Killer by Ed Kurtz

The Last Invasion by Brandon Zuern

Soft Kiss, Hard Death by Tobin Elliott

Bound by Jade by Adam Cesare 

Jay Swanson interview. Author of The Vitalis Chronicles & giveaway!

One thing that get’s me and anyone who reads my blog regularly knows this is that I am a cover whore. One hot cover and I can be won over. When I saw White Shores mentioned as free somewhere I think facebook I grabbed it in a hurry. The cover is what really got me though so off I went in search of an author to stalk. Jay has a lovely web site and after contacting him and sweet talking him into an interview he also is going to be giving away 2 set’s of The Vitalis Chronicles. The first White Shores and the second in the series The Tomb of the Relequim and yes you read that right there will be two winners of these two books. Behold the pretties and thank you to Jay I appreciate you sharing your work and agreeing to let me pick your brain not to mention the giveaway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell me something about you no one knows? –
I’m kind of an open book, which a lot of people obviously know so that’s not a good answer, but it makes this question the hardest question of all time. When I was living in South Africa we climbed to the top of this hill overlooking the compound we were staying in for the explicit purpose of shooting fireworks out over the valley. It was a good hike to the top, and when we got there we found the forest had actually been burned out some time before, making for one of the most eerie landscapes you could stumble upon. We explored for a while, and eventually set ourselves up to launch the fireworks. My buddy Jesse decided to try and engineer his own bottle rockets out of the ones we had, tying them together in such a fashion that they would somehow ignite each other in succession as they soared through the sky. Instead they shot straight at my head. I survived, but it was the closest call I’ve ever had with fireworks. I have it on video somewhere, I’ll see if I can pull it up for you.

What are you reading now? –

I just finished Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy, and it was amazing. The man lived an unbelievable life, from getting captured by pirates to winning a civil war, it’s hard to believe someone so epic could have actually lived. I just finished the Tipping Point as well, and started A Tale of Two Cities the other day. There are a lot of random books open on my kindle right now.

Some favorite books and authors –
Growing up I loved Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series, Terry Brooks’ Magic Kingdom for Sale, and obviously Tolkien. I remember my dad starting the Hobbit with me as a father-son endeavor, and I jumped out ahead because I couldn’t stand how slow we were going. I devoured it, a fantastic strategy to get me to read on my own. Of late I really loved Ender’s Game, Name of the Wind, and Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (a book on breaking out of the mold of modern business). Rework is actually one of the few books I’ve ever re-read.

Where are you right now? I’m guessing Africa from your web bio or France from twitter –
Sorry about the jumbled information on that, I forget to update everything every time I move. I’m in Paris right now, teaching English and working with Mercy Ships’ international marketing endeavors as a copywriter/editor. To be fair, after the last few years I’m not always sure where I am either.

Do you have your sights set on a new country, somewhere you’ve never been? –
Norway for sure, I have some great friends there I miss a lot and I’ve never been. I do want to get to Berlin to master my German if I can, and I’ve never been there either. Japan would be cool too… don’t get me started on this or I may just have to send you a map of the world with the title “HERE.”

How have your travels and seeing the world affected your writing if at all? –
I’ll do my best not to sound like a presumptuous a-hole here. For one it broke me into a lot of different ways of actually seeing the world. It’s threatening at first, possibly every time you encounter a new cultural viewpoint, but over time you realize that you might not have all of the answers. For someone like me that took some getting used to, because while I’m an open person it takes some work to really try and see things from a different angle. There have been a lot of people, places, and circumstances that either challenged or inspired me, and those challenges and inspirations find their way naturally into what I’m writing. In a way, Ardin has to go through a similar process as he leaves his little mountain village and embarks on a voyage out to the rest of the world. There are also more specific things, like secret societies/voodoo in West Africa that are so destructive, and when you see them in action you can’t help but adopt a little of their flavor.

The cover for White Shores is amazing who did it? –
The cover was done by Marjolein Caljouw, who’s a fantastic illustrator from Holland that I actually got to meet last year in Amsterdam. It was a really cool process of realizing the cover, because it was very much like seeing a part of myself come to life on the page.

How important do you feel an eye catching cover is for sales and to convey the story to the reader? –
Honestly I’m not sure any more. I think it has to be clean and professional, and it has to speak quality to the reader, but I look at some of the stuff out there that sells and I don’t really get it. I’m increasingly of the opinion that sales and marketing are some form of witchcraft and I remain uninitiated. For my books, in the end, the covers are more important in the realm of giving something to my fans. I don’t want to short-change them, in fact I want to exceed their expectations as best I can, so when I’m looking into something like cover art I’m thinking “What’s the most epic cover we could do for this?” Without going totally crazy if I can help it (in other words don’t expect me to try to join the 3D fad any time soon). There’s a special edition in the works just for this reason, to make something of superior quality for my fans.

The Vitalis Chronicles is a trilogy when can we expect the third to be released? –
Soon-ish? Tomb of the Relequim was released a few months late because of some technical problems along the way, and now I’m a little leery of putting dates out there. However, I will say that I’m hoping to release it before my neighbors across the street can safely put their flower boxes back in their windows.

What do you have planned after the series ends? –
This trilogy is a launching point. There’s an overarching theme that will get its foothold here and carry us into the history of the world I’m creating. I don’t like really long series, I feel like I’m getting married if I ever start anything longer than a trilogy, and it becomes really difficult when you catch up to the author and have to wait for the next book. My goal is to tell the history of this world through a series of trilogies and standalone novels/novellas that fill in the gaps as you go. They won’t be released in chronological order, I want to build myths and religions and conflicting worldviews and versions of history until it all finally comes crashing together in a blistering crescendo at the climax of history. I’ve already finished the first book to this end. I have a lot of plans.

Please tell me about The Vitalis Chronicles? –
The trilogy takes place at the end of what you could call the second major epoch of this world. White Shores is a coming of age story for Ardin, while Tomb of the Relequim takes us through Ardin figuring out who exactly he is and mastering his own demons. In Steps of Krakador he’s pretty much figured that out, but now he has to rise to a challenge that’s beyond his capacity (as impressive as that capacity may have become).

The Vitalis Chronicles, and probably everything I ever write for this world, isn’t particularly fluffy-go-lucky. I think the greatest stories told have to get through some serious crap to make the ending worth while. It’s for that reason that none of my characters is ever truly safe, no problem they’re facing can’t somehow be compounded, and no danger is ever innocuous. I love Japanese stories for this reason, there’s rarely an ending that isn’t somehow bittersweet if not downright depressing. It’s not my intention to depress you, in fact I want to uplift as much as possible, but no great uplifting story was ever easy or clean. That said, in the future I will tell some particularly tragic stories that won’t seem uplifting on their own, but as a part of the bigger picture will only serve to do just that.

What’s been fun in the writing process is how often my characters surprise me. Cid, the Fisherman, was originally going to be the micro-villain in the scene in White Shores in which we meet him. Somehow it wasn’t right, and he wound up leaping onto the stage as an unlikely hero that developed into one of my favorite characters.Merodach was supposed to die when confronted by the Shadow King. That was the way it always played out in my head ever since high school, and then when I sat down to write it I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t right, and he survived. I literally stormed around my house at the time in a strangely excited frustration over the fact that I couldn’t kill Merodach.

But that sort of thing happened a lot. There are characters who were supposed to live who died, others that were supposed to die who lived, and some who were supposed to do one thing or another but couldn’t manage to even get there in time, and whole lines of the plot shifted as a result. What I’m trying to say is my characters are sometimes jerks to me, they make my job more difficult by not behaving.

Jay can be found on his web site / Vitalis Chronicles / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

The Vitalis Chronicles can be found web site / Facebook / Amazon / B&N

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Soundtrack to the End of the World blog tour

Anthony J. Rapino wrote Soundtrack to the End of the World which has one of the coolest titles ever and is part of the reason I said yes to taking part in the tour. Also it has a great cover and is about zombies talk about the win Jessica over trifecta. My thanks to Anthony for the invite.

As you can see on the banner Anthony has some giveaways going throughout the tour so be sure to check out his tour page and hop around visiting all the participating blogs. Right now I have an interview to share with you all so you can get a wee bit of insight into the mind behind the fun, festivities and promised insanity.

A suicidal nudist strolls into traffic. An eccentric Buddhist claims he can occupy other people’s bodies. All the while, whispers of a new form of entertainment blow through town. Prompted by these strange occurrences, Marty Raft, a not-so-gentle giant, investigates and discovers underground clubs peddling music that induces an out-of-body experience. Marty and a wannabe comedian, Corey, set out to prove these special frequencies are nothing more than a hoax, or at worst, a mass-drugging.

Instead, they uncover a secret with world-ending possibilities.

If you can hear the music, it’s already too late.

 

JF:  Can you tell me a little about yourself please –
AJR: I’m a Capricorn, enjoy long walks on the– wait, what is this for again?
JF: An interview for your blog tour…
AJR: Right, right. Sorry. I’m a horror writer from Pennsylvania. I have a beard, and I sometimes hum to myself while eating something particularly tasty. If the food I’m eating is incredibly delicious, I may even dance a little. I’ve been told I snore while exercising, so I don’t exercise anymore. My favorite color is pie.
JF: What is your work space and routine like? –
AJR: My workspace is the inside of a large hollowed out pumpkin. Most of my day is taken up with growing pumpkins and then scooping them out, so I have someplace to work. When pumpkins aren’t in season, I work in the basket of a hot air balloon floating over the eastern seaboard.
Before writing, I need to first have some coffee. Or beer if it’s later in the day. I also have to say, “Here we go,” three times before starting to type, otherwise I get writer’s block and a bad case of heartburn.
JF: How do you spend your time when not writing? –
AJR: My lawyer is telling me I can’t speak about ongoing investigations. But I can tell you that I homebrew my own beer, hike, teach college level English, cook and bake delicious foods, and oftentimes scream “catnip” at passersby.
JF: Some favorite authors and books –
AJR: Most recently I’ve been getting into a fairly new genre called Sentient Radicalism. It’s mostly underground at the moment, with writers like Professor Granite, Adam “Apple” Rosko, Fangora Reynolds, and myself leading the charge. As the name implies, the work within this genre is all about “extreme consciousness” through enhanced perception of life and death–especially the former–for through this understanding deeper realizations of existence bleed through, highlighting the parts of life that are distractions. It’s like firebombing your mind.
JF: What are you reading now? –
AJR: Earth Revisited: Life Beyond Life, a mass collaboration between the previous mentioned authors. This is currently only available as a free hand-bound manuscript, with less than a dozen copies currently in circulation.
JF: You’ve written many short stories, I happen to love short stories what are some of your favorites? –
AJR: Richard Matheson rocks my socks off. As does Poe, King, and a whole host of other authors. It’s especially hard to choose favorites with short stories, but I loved “The Little Sisters of Eluria,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Funeral.” Oh, I also really like Roald Dahl short stories.
JF: What was the inspiration behind Soundtrack to the end of the World? –
AJR: During October of 2008, I was on one of my night-walks, enjoying the crisp air and smell of leaves, when something scurried in the underbrush just to the right of the road. I’m used to hearing sounds in the forest at night. It’s usually a squirrel or chipmunk, maybe a deer. But this time, it sounded different. It sounded like a person’s footsteps.
I stopped to listen closer. I never bring a flashlight on these walks, because the point–for me at least–is to melt into the deep inky black of night. Of course this also means I can’t see what I hear, and what I hear can be anything.
As I leaned into the darkness, I thought I heard someone whisper, “It sounds like the end.”
I ran, whether from myself or from someone hiding in the woods, I don’t know. But I ran all the same, with those words echoing in my head. It sounds like the end.
At home, I started writing.
JF: What do we have to look forward to next from you? –
AJR: More lies, more truth, more horror.

 

Author Bio

Anthony J. Rapino resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, somewhere between the concrete of the city and the trees of the forest.  On occasion, you’ll find him moderating the feverish battles between the creatures of these two arenas.  Whose side he’s on is anyone’s guess.
His newest fiction can be found in Black Ink Horror, On Spec, Arcane Anthology, Electric Spec, A cappella Zoo, Space Squid, TQR Stories, and carved inside a variety of autumn gourds.  His short story collection, Welcome to Moon Hill, is currently available, as is his first novel Soundtrack to the End of the World.  Proof of his psychosis can be found on his website: http://www.anthonyjrapino.com

Soundtrack to the End of the World can be found in print and ebook

Print – Amazon / Bad Moon Books / Signed Limited Edition Hardcover

Ebook – Amazon / Smashwords / B&N / Crossroad Press

Banned Book Week & Bullying Prevention Month

Donna at Bites is running the always fantastic Banned Book Week blogger campaign because it’s a must read of course if some douche bag says you shouldn’t read it.

 

Ban This!
Sex Wax Amy at Lady Reader’s Bookstuff is the big cheese for the National Bullying Prevention month blogger campaign because it’s a must to join if you’ve ever had to deal with a douche bag.

 

These two tie in together perfectly and this quotes sums it up nicely

“Banning books is just another form of bullying. It’s about fear and the assumption of power. The key is to address the fear and deny the power.” James Howe, author of ADDIE ON THE INSIDE and THE MISFITS

 

How perfectly said. I promised both that I would do a post and as someone who loves to read and abhors the idea of being denied a book not to mention someone who was bullied as a child it was a no brainer.

I’m not nearly as eloquent as James Howe but I am very opinionated on my views on these two subject. They are plain wrong no ifs ands or buts about it.

The two tie in so well together that I made it a must to read a book that does the same and covers both subjects. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is one that I’ve been wanting to read for some time. I for reasons that are beyond me never got around to it till now okay the giant TBR mountain may have had something to do with it.

I adored this book. Adored. It if you haven’t read it, it should be one that you go and buy/borrow right now. Yes now. Okay finish the review and then but right after get it!

The book based on Sherman Alexie’s own life is about Junior a kid born with water on the brain expected to be a vegetable after the operation to fix that he somehow not only doesn’t have those expected issues but is quite the brainy kid. This brainy kid however is stuck on a reservation, the skinny kid with glasses and a poor family with limited opportunities. Junior however toughs it out with obstacles in his way that would make many an adult give up he keeps pushing for more and better. He changes schools an all white school no less. His being a skinny kid with glasses makes him a target for so many on the res and off. Once he goes to the new school he’s seen as a traitor and so more abuse is hurled his way.

Sherman Alexie at the Texas Book Festival, Aus...

Sherman Alexie . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved Junior his determination, his humor, his desire to strive and accomplish and just plain have more in his life than being poor and drunk all the time. It’s hard in the face of a future mostly filled with nothing to stand up and keep going. To walk miles and miles to school because you know it’s most likely the only way you’ll get out, to keep doing it even when you lose those close to you. Junior is a tough, smart kid and the book offers more of an insight into Native American life than probably any other. My heart broke for Junior and at the same time I beamed with pride. Yes pride at this kid who doesn’t exist except on paper. His stay strong attitude is one that I wish all kids had. Most now a days think everything should be handed to them, bitch that they got an iphone 4 not 5 everyone’s a winner. Ugh and people wonder why I don’t want kids. Junior doesn’t get it handed to him he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his butt and yet he strives to be something and keeps going even when told he’s bad or wrong for doing it, even when he get’s pushed down and treated so callously.

This book is one that is a must read. It should be mandatory reading for every kid and for that matter adults. Shockingly it’s been banned. That’s right some douche canoe and more than one I might add thinks it shouldn’t be read wtf! ass hat. Did you even read the book and what is it that bothers you about this amazing story? Probably the same people who suggested that Harry Potter the book about being a good friend, staying strong in the face of adversity and never giving up is a book that shouldn’t be read because kids will then practice witch craft! I don’t know about anyone else but did those Harry Potter kids run around stealing eye of newt and throw patronus charms around. I think not. No those kids love reading why the hell is YA so popular now hello connection book banner morons?!