Saturday, July 24, 2021

#CoverReveal #DontForgetToBreathe #PsychologicalThriller #Mystery #Novel #ReLaunch

 FIND THE KILLER ~~~~  BECOME A VICTIM


Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom's body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother's side, only to be grabbed from behind. And everything fades to black.

Leo has been battling personal demons after a year of retrograde amnesia. She's been having vivid dreams of that day. And her dreams are getting worse-- she's starting to remember. Two more bodies are discovered and they are oddly linked to her mom's homicide.

Leo befriends her new neighbor. He's eager to visit Star Hallow's notorious haunted mansion. It's located on a deserted cul-de-sac where she once lived and where her mom was murdered. But it's the Lucien Estate, the mansion next door to her old home, where they happen upon misty ghosts, ghosts that just might help to unravel the homicides.

Will Leo's memories send her reeling into a relapse, or will she be able to overcome her demons to find her mother's killer -- only to become the next victim?

Re-Release Date: September 1, 2021










Monday, July 12, 2021

#NewRelease #BloodRedSand #Scifi #Military @Damo_Dangerman




Mars will run red with Nazi blood…

After World War Two, Sergeant McCabe knew the British army could send him anywhere. He never imagined facing down another Nazi threat on Mars.

In New Berlin colony, rivalry between Generalfeldmarschall Seidel’s Wehrmacht and Reichsf├╝hrer Wagner’s SS threatens bloodshed. The Reichsf├╝hrer will sacrifice everything to initiate the secretive Hollow Programme and realise his nightmarish future for humanity.

McCabe, Private Jenkins, and the Mars Expeditionary Force must overcome bullet, bomb, and bayonet to destroy the Third Reich. While Jenkins fights to stay alive, McCabe forms an uneasy alliance with MAJESTIC-12 operatives known as the Black Visors. Will this be the final battle of World War Two or the first confrontation in an interstellar war?

Release date – July 6, 2021
$17.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 252 pages
Science Fiction - Military FIC028050/Alternative History FIC040000/War & Military FIC32000
Print ISBN 9781939844781 / EBook ISBN 9781939844798
$4.99 EBook available in all formats


Now, let's learn about this new and rising author...

  1. 1. Tell us about yourself. (like what you do for a living, etc.)


I work as a Planning Analyst for a major broadband and tv provider. When I’m not working, I’m either writing or hanging out with my favourite people on this planet - my family!

 

 

  1. What is your writing process? (A special place or how you outline, or do you just jump into it. Or, what you need before you sit down to write: coffee, tea, cookies)


Normally, I’ll spend a few weeks/months working out the details of a story in my mind (often while writing another project). Once all the threads come together, I let the words pour out without even reading them. From there, I’ll do at least ten drafts, edits and rewrites until I have the story as polished as possible. All of the above involves large quantities of coffee!

 

 

  1. Do you have a favorite book that you’ve written, or a favorite character that sticks with you?


Big Red will always be my first love. It’s a story I’d worked on for months before I even put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard keys). I was a relative newbie to the writing scene, so when I got my contract from the Rockstars over at Dancing Lemur Press, I couldn’t believe it. It opened so many doors for me and helped me to promote Irish science fiction both at home and abroad.

 

My favourite character would have to be Big Red’s MC, the unreliable narrator, Darren ‘Dub’ Loughlin. I drew on a lot of my experiences  to craft his personality and he seems to resonate with my readers. He’s an ordinary person trapped in an extraordinary situation, muddling his way through to do the best he can for his family and friends.

 

 

  1. How do you create your stories? 


Most of my stories are based on my nightmares. I’ve always had a vivid imagination as a child and because of that, I tend to have very surreal dreams/nightmares. The first two chapters of Big Red are based loosely on a particularly terrifying nightmare I had. Likewise, some of the scenes in Blood Red Sand come from recurring dreams that I think come from my Irish Reserve Defense Forces training.

 

 

  1. From start to finish, how long does it take for you to complete a novel? 


Roughly four and a half months in total, longer if it’s a busy period in work. When the stars align, I can have a first draft done in about three months and then I’ll spend around six to eight weeks on edits and rewrites. I tend to follow what I call the ‘10k’ rule. If I’m struggling with a project and can’t get it past the ten thousand word marker, then I know I still need to flesh out the idea, so I’ll start on something new. I have a folder filled with projects all under ten thousand words that I’ll hopefully get back to one day!

 

 

  1. What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment, I’m working on ‘Born Red’ a direct sequel to Big Red. My eagle-eyed ARC readers for Blood Red Sand spotted the appearance of certain characters and bombarded me with questions. I figured it was time to answer the many queries people had over some of the events in Big Red.

 

This one is told in a similar format to Big Red and follows Dub Loughlin five years after the end of the first book. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn of the devastating consequences of Operation Salient and the Mars Occupation Force’s escalation of the war against the Hollow insurgency.

 

 

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes, write! Just write! It doesn’t matter if you write four thousand words a day, four hundred or forty. If you write, you’re a writer. It can sometimes be tricky to find time to sit down and write and it’s fine if you can’t some days, as life does find a way of disrupting your plans. Just try not to get into the habit of making excuses. If you have time to watch TV, scroll on your phone or go to the pub, then you have time to write. Do treat yourself to some off-time, but if being a writer is something you want to do, be prepared to sacrifice!

 

 

  1. Besides aspiring other writers, what inspires you?

People reading my books and telling me they love them! As writers, we tend to suffer with imposter syndrome. We can get into the habit of questioning our work or putting ourselves down. It’s something I struggled with at the start, always thinking people were being polite. Nowadays, I take the compliment and thank them for checking out my work!

 

 

  1. Are there really leprechauns in Ireland? Do you believe??

Ha ha ha! I can’t say I’ve ever met a leprechaun, but if I ever do, I’ll ask him to pose for a selfie and send it on to you!


LOL!!! Thanks, Damien! I'm looking forward to that selfie!!! Hahaaa...

 


Damien Larkin is an Irish science fiction author and co-founder of the British and Irish Writing Community. His debut novel Big Red was longlisted for the BSFA award for Best Novel. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.
http://www.damienlarkinbooks.com/

Links:
Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NJ1LMC1
Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08NJ1LMC1
ITunes - https://books.apple.com/ca/book/blood-red-sand/id1540765181
Barnes & Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-red-sand-damien-larkin/1138272663?ean=9781939844781
Kobo - 
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/blood-red-sand
Goodreads - 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55945491-blood-red-sand?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=nKXbdJKenu&rank=4

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

@TheIWSG #IWSG #WritingCommunity #Writerslife #WriterSupport







Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG 

Alex's awesome co-hosts are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue! 

July 7 question: What would make you quit writing?

I thought of quitting many times because of the long hours that sometimes don't accomplish much of anything. I am a turtle writer, which means it takes me forever to piecemeal that first draft.
 
My books are with an indie press and recently I decided to self-publish, which has great advantages, I have complete control over my books. Then comes the tiresome marketing. I learned writing is a business and it costs money. What is irritating, is putting my books on sale for 99cents, practically giving them away to get them noticed by readers. An author doesn't have to put their books on sale, but it sure helps to sell them, and hopefully rank on Amazon...thus getting them into the faces of readers... 

If you are an inspiring author, write what you love, and not for the money! 

With that said ~ I don't know if I will ever, actually quit. Writing is like a disease that gets into the blood. It might lay dormant for a while, but then one day it kicks into overdrive...




Wednesday, June 2, 2021

@TheIWSG #IWSG #WritingCommunity #WritersSupportGroup




Join Alex J. Cavanaugh and a multitude of writer's in this monthly hop to help support one another!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG 

June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
 
It is a good idea to put your first draft on the back burner and let it simmer. The purpose is to allow your head clear, and/or begin on something new. 

I've heard some authors say that they wait a month or more, but I have a hard time writing a new project with the old one rambling around in my head. I rarely wait a long time. It could be days to a week before I begin the second draft.
 
I don't know if this happens with all authors, but I can be laying in bed, walking, gardening, or whatever, and a certain word or paragraph pops into my head concerning my WIP. Like ~ Fix-it! 

When I began writing, I can't even count how many drafts it took to make it presentable. But lately, I rewrite 3 drafts. However, I find myself editing whenever my characters refuse to speak with me...LOL....Then I'm done. I let it stew, waiting for those words or paragraphs to pop into my head to be revised before I send it to an editor. 

   



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

@DancingLemurPre #Anthology #NewRelease #DarkMatterArtificial @TheIWSG #IWSG

A New Anthology Release by Dancing Lemur Press





Dark Matter: Artificial
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of 
Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Goldim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales 
will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies  / Space Exploration  / Genetic Engineering

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter. A Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writers and The Write Life’s Best 100 Website for Writers
https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/

Links:
Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08S7LP369
Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dark-matter-artificial
Barnes & Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-matter-insecure-writers-support-group/1138581452?ean=2940164777661
Goodreads - 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56632113-dark-matter


Each of the authors have pitched one or two sentences of their stories. 
Enjoy These Awesome Writer's Stories!

 

Bryan's role as an artificially intelligent android is to help Lina, not befriend her. But as his memories spark questions about the past, he finds himself growing closer to Lina in the present.

Stephanie Espinoza Villamor

 

My short story, “Vera’s Last Voyage,” imagines the final moments in the life of the late Vera Rubin, the brilliant astronomer who discovered dark matter in the 1970s but never got the full credit and respect she deserved (partly because of sexism).

Mark Alpert

 

Whoever stole Dark Matter from Alexa and her cousin Georgy are despicable thieves, aren’t they? When Alexa catches up with them, she would make them suffer for their felony … probably.

Olga Godim

 

What would you do if a storm destroyed the world and you had to rebuild from scratch? Would you be a leader—or oppose those who try to forge ahead? The survivors might beginby making rules — or find it's better to start by telling stories.

Deniz Bevan

 

Damaryn stumbles upon a disturbing secret when his curiosity takes him beyond the wall. Will his life ever be the same?

Elizabeth Mueller

 

The descendants of the first interstellar travelers struggle for freedom and equality on a planet far from their ancestral home of Earth.

Charles Kowalski

 

Dark Matter is mysterious, obscure, and SENTIENT? It's been observing human behavior for millennia. And now that humans are venturing into space, it’s time for the earth to be judged. Human recklessness could be a threat to the balance of the universe unless the Dark Matter reps find a reason to let them live.

Tara Tyler

 

Hansel and Gretel but with spaceships instead of breadcrumbs, and the witch is an advanced alien race bent on the destruction of humankind.

C. D. Gallant-King

 

A genetically altered descendent of interstellar explorers defends his right to return to the homeworld of his grandparents, but his sensitive abilities make him privy to more than the prejudice he faces—he has a warning for them.

Steph Wolmarans

 

One quiet morning, a grieving woman encounters a mystery that makes her question the path her life has taken, as well as everything she thought she knew about reality. How thin is the fabric between her world and the next?  

Kim Mannix