Sunday, April 20, 2014

Visit me at Bitten By Books this Tuesday!!

I am terribly excited to announce that the amazing Bitten By Books site is featuring an Emerald Seer Giveaway & Interview this Tuesday - April 22nd.  If you RSVP you get some extra entries so make sure you swing by and get started!  What's on the line?  A $25 Amazon Gift Card and a load of Emerald Seer swag!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Those know those days...

The ones where nothing goes quite right but you can't classify it as a bad day because things could be much worse?  The days when you sit at the office and think "why am I doing this?"  I have zero passion for my job.  I know that there are loads of other people who feel the same but why?  What is the point?  I am a passionate person so it seems silly to spend 40+ hours a week working at a job that does nothing for me, right? I get it now. I've been rolling with the punches for a while now and every time I pull myself onto a plateau of optimism, life seems to do its darndest to shove me back down into the valley of pessimism.  I don't want to live in the valley.  I want to live in the mountains.  So the question becomes, how do I achieve this?  I've tried many things now but I've only ended up right back in this place.  I'm looking back at posts that say much the same thing as what I'm saying now.

So, I ask myself, what does this say about me?

What does this say about what I'm doing?

I was down for a bit, thinking that I am just doing something wrong.  I even thought for a fleeting moment that maybe this is all I will ever have.  But, I shut that thought down real quick and realized that these failures were not a result of me being a failure but a result of me refusing to give up.  That's the point, isn't it?  If I threw in the towel now then I would be a failure but continuing to try new avenues, even if they turn out to be the wrong ones, means that I still have a chance.

I have been in a rut and that is okay.  Sometimes I need the rut to remind me to get off my a$$ and fight again.  Write again. Move forward again.

And that's the name of the game, isn't it?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fantastic interview with Steven Shrewsbury!

Steven Shrewsbury was kind enough to sit down and answer some of our questions and I think you will find his answers beyond enjoyable!  

V:  What is your inspiration? What helps you get through writer's block?
S:  I have a few friends that really make my life easier, be it a silly nudge or just to listen to me rant. They help a great deal.

V. Do you listen to music when you write? Have a completely silent space?
S: It all depends, sometimes, I have crazy music filtering out of the computer or others, I want silence. However, with kids in the house, silence is rare.

V. If you had to choose another genre to write, what would it be? Why?
S: I already do horror and weird westerns…what is left, romance? I actually have an indea for a barbarian romance novel, s’true.  I AM writing a thriller, no monsters, other than the people.

V: List all of your titles with a one sentence synopsis of each.
S:    PHILISTINE-Ultimate champion Goliath wars with political factions, the priesthood, monsters and an unseen force trying to destroy him as revolution grips Philistia.

OVERKILL-Gorias La Gaul is contracted to return the heir to a Queen, and ends up battling pirates, bad folks and those dealing in dragon fire.

BLOOD & STEEL: Various tales about 700 year old merc, Gorias La Gaul.

HELL BILLY-In reconstruction ear Memphis (1868) Nathan Bedford Forrest is called in after members of the occupying military are slain in a fashion unique to one of his old troopers…a dead soldier who keeps returning each night, even after he is killed again.

THRALL-When visiting his grandson, Gorias La Gaul is thrown in the middle of amassing armies, and a cult trying to bring back their master in the form of an undead dragon.

BAD MAGICK-While taking Rasputin to see the prayer shawl of Mary outside El Paso in 1901, one armed ex-Confederate Joel Stuart encounters Aliester Crowley, crazed Jesuit commandos, the birth of the Great White Buffalo and cannibal Anasazis.

HAWG-A seven foot tall man-pig-monster sporting steel tusks terrorizes a rural Illinois town.

STRONGER THAN DEATH-Souls trapped in a civil war relic want revenge on their jailer, and the ghost of a one armed Missouri Guerilla inspires his drunken descendant to action against a brigade of the undead.

TORMENTOR-A national guard/marine (& former boxer) John Kern recovers from the effects of a car bomb in Germany, and clashes with evil followers of a returning demon. 

GODFORSAKEN-Historically based fantasy about the origins of Odin.

NOCTURNAL VACATIONS-Short stories about albino government killer, Dack Shannon

BULLETPROOF SOUL-more tales about Dack Shannon

DEPTHS OF SAVAGERY-eBook of early fantasy tales.

V: Who is your favorite character? Why?
S: Joel Stuart, the one armed confederate in many of my works (many unpubbed so far) probably because he is based on a family member and he just flows out of me.

V: Who is your least favorite character? Why?
S: Mosnar in TORMENTOR. He was a slimeball.

V: Which character was most difficult to write?
S: Goliath’s mother in PHILISTINE. She was frightening.

V: Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
S: A few, the main guy is usually very tall, like me.  I hope I’d be as brave as my leading men in moments of dire trouble.

V: If you could take the place of one of your characters, which one would you choose and why?
S: Gorias La Gaul, he gets the girls a lot.

V: If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?
S: Prolly Australia. I hear the outback is like the old West here in America and the accents are awesome.

V: What is your favorite TV show/movie from your childhood?  What is it now?

V: Best Sci-fi show or film of all time and why it is superior to all others.
S: DOCTOR WHO because it can be a clean slate every show, any time, any where. 

About the Author: STEVEN L. SHREWSBURY lives, works, and writes in rural Illinois. Over 360 of his short stories have appeared in print or electronic media along with over 100 poems. 9 of his novels have been released, with more on the way. His books run from sword & sorcery (PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, THRALL, BEDLAM UNLEASHED) to historical fantasy (GODFORSAKEN) extreme horror (HAWG, TORMENTOR, STRONGER THAN DEATH) to horror-westerns (HELL BILLY, BAD MAGICK, and the forthcoming LAST MAN SCREAMING).

He loves books, British TV, guns, movies, politics, sports and hanging out with his sons. He’s frequently outdoors, looking for brightness wherever it may hide.

Be sure to check out Steven's new release:

Book Synopsis: The Philistines, a mysterious warrior people known now for mainly one man: Goliath. The giant.

Goliath. A name grander than even the man himself. You've heard of his infamous end at the hands of a shepherd as written in a famous book, but what of the life of the man himself? What book tells his tale?

A warrior among warriors, a son of a god, a living legend. Goliath, the warrior champion of the Philistines. On the battlefield, he runs like a horse, wields killing instruments no normal man may heft, and revels in the fear his presence evokes. Off the field, his will is immutable, his trust invaluable, and his appetites unbearable. Goliath. This man knows no challenge.

But such a reputation will not discourage all men. Scheming rulers and generals, prophetic priests and powerful cults, dauntless warriors looking to make their own legend. Monsters. Gods. For one seemingly unkillable, at the very least, these things can ruin an otherwise pleasant day.

Along with his shield bearer, Abimelech, and soldiers more in awe than they are useful, Goliath will set out on missions for kings, face foul magic users, and walk in the shadows of mysterious halls. History tells us Goliath died at the hands of an Israelite.

Goliath may have something to say about that.

Philistine is the first Tale of Goliath, set in the same world as Steven Shrewsbury's novels such as Overkill and Thrall, and his Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul short stories.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Please say hello to the illustrious Jackie Gamber

Book Synopsis Reclamation: The exciting conclusion of the Leland Dragon Series!

Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.

All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.

Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.

Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.

War is here.

The stakes?

Perhaps the whole world.

About the Author: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

Twitter: @jackiegamber

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