Cosplayer Chryssi Rose graciously modeled with my occult horror novel Contract With The Lycanthrope at the FrankfortCon Pop Culture Event in January.Read More
The 2018 Holiday season transformed into one Hairy Howlidaze for me, once my occult horror novel Contract With The Lycanthrope started to stand on its own four legs!
The Hairy Howlidaze kicked off with a guest appearance on The Star Chamber Show produced by author/publisher/filmmaker extraordinaire Stephen Zimmer. What a blast! It was a great forum for me to discuss all things related to my 2018 paranormal suspense novel Cosmic Egg Rapture, as well as the release of Contract With The Lycanthrope. Have a listen!
Then I kicked off December with more Hairy Howlidaze ahead….The Louisville SuperCon was three days of big buzz that included the legendary Linda Blair posing with a copy of Cosmic Egg Rapture:
And then there was the Salvador Dali cosplay:
And some more Dali cosplay with the talented Chryssi Rose:
Now that the New Year is closing fast, there’s one last thing to wrap! Multi-talented creative Glen Porzig decided to feature me on the debut episode of his The Blurb TV podcast. Here’s a picture before Glen and I dug into the bones of Contract With The Lycanthrope and Cosmic Egg Rapture:
So it was…this Hairy Howlidaze heading into a New Year full of promise…and fangs!
The plan is for publisher Hydra Publications to release the trade paperback edition of Contract With The Lycanthrope in January. Until then, this dive into the deranged occult is available on Kindle:
And if less gore is your thing, but you still enjoy paranormal suspense of a Surrealist bent, then check out Cosmic Egg Rapture:
Have a Howling New Year!
Cosmic Egg Rapture coming to SuperCon in Louisville!
Look for cosplay Sirena at the Louisville SuperCon Nov. 30-Dec. 2! She’ll have “Sirena’s Special” business cards for show goers to take advantage of discounted copies of Cosmic Egg Rapture. I’ll be at Booth N9 in ARTIST ALLEY all three days of the event with not only copies of Cosmic Egg Rapture but also a limited number of my 1990’s folk horror classic, Crackers For A Lycanthrope. This “Wolfman” painting below marks the way to my booth!
On a final note, I have to say I was quite honored to be invited to the 37th Annual Kentucky Book Fair in Lexington, Ky. on Nov. 16-17. The Friday night festivities and author signing event on Saturday were a blast! The Cosmic Egg Rapture book cover was featured with my bio and book synopsis in the book fair catalog.
Cosmic Egg Rapture Kindle Book for $0.99 August 1-3 on Amazon.com
I'm pleased to be among the Hydra Publications authors who are participating in a three-day $0.99 Kindle book sale from August 1-3 on Amazon. The sale features the first books of series by Hydra authors, including my Surrealistic Cosmic Egg Rapture, the fantastic fantasy novel Virtue and Vengeance by M.A. Liguori, and the assassin thriller Defined by Mary Ellen Quire.
Vengeance: A Samantha Tyler Thriller marks the start of an intriguing literary pursuit for Hydra Publications authors Tony Acree and Rachael Rawlings, who collaborated to spin-off the heroine of Acree's supernatural action-packed, Victor McCain Thriller series – the beautiful and battle-tested Samantha Tyler.
"The way this happened is that for years people said that Samantha needs her own books," Acree said of the genesis for the series, adding that Rawlings was more than up for the challenge to bring Samantha Tyler to new life.
The pair held a plot meeting to get their collaboration underway then developed the novel through the exchange of ideas and feedback for Rawlings to craft the work. Acree supplied input for the action scenes and the political backdrop to ensure that their heroine remained hellbent on one thing – vengeance.
"The book is called Vengeance for a reason," Acree said. "She's looking for payback."
For Rawlings, the undertaking was a first in a couple ways but most definitely not her first novel-writing rodeo by a long shot. She is the published author of a dozen romance and mystery novels, including three series.
"This is the first action one I've ever done," she said of Vengeance, which is also her first collaboration. "It was fun."
While the pair now share their Vengeance title, more collaborations are on the horizon for Acree, who is also principal publisher of Hydra. He has paired with Hydra imprint publisher Sarah Gardiner to bring another new dimension to the Victor McCain Thriller series – film.
"Somebody asked me to write a screenplay," related Acree. "I never have, but Sarah has, so I asked her and she said, 'Let's collaborate.'"
For Gardiner, delving into the Victor McCain Thriller series made the prospect of translating the novels to screen an intriguing pursuit:
"It has to be the perfect mix of the quality, the time, and the need in the market."
Gardiner envisions the adaptability of the project for feature film and/or a television series. Acree had already begun the process of condensing his series into a format suited for screenplay adaptation prior to his collaboration with Gardiner, which is in the developmental stage for production.
As if that weren't enough irons in the fire for Acree, he has one more collaboration in the works. This one is with The Mind Bending series author, Lynn Tincher, whose Afterhoughts novel was optioned for film and is in pre-production right now.
Acree and Tincher are working on a novel that will merge Acree's Victor McCain Thriller series with Tincher's stunningly parapsychological Mind Bending series. This combo and the other collaborations have the makings for one wild ride for Acree and Hydra Publications for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.
Robb Hoff is author of Cosmic Egg Rapture: An Eggsquisite Corpse Thriller series, published by Hydra Publications.
The Lucky Ones By Tiffany Reisz
The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is an absorbingly suspenseful mystery perfect for beach reading – just as long as you don't mind a sand angel twisting into a corpse that claws itself free to expose some rather grisly truths!
Several key scenes in this Gothically-suggestive novel actually do take place on a beach along a section of secluded Oregon coast. This Oregon setting and "The Dragon" house of retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Capello, furnish an eerily enchanting locale that is enhanced by Gothic motifs of unconventional medical procedures, a haunted – or at least haunting – house, isolation, confusion about reality, and eroticism.
Reisz expertly shapes a very real and human mystery about past and potential murders that resonate with looming urgency as her marvelously textured story progresses. The characters Reisz develops all endear themselves to each other and the reader, which is quite an accomplishment considering the disturbing underpinnings of their natures and acts. Some of the character relationships involve sexual scenes that are as intriguing as they are deliciously depicted.
I absolutely tore through this thoroughly readable novel! I enjoyed the literary allusion throughout it, too, to the extent that the ending actually inspired me to write my own epilogue (or epitaph) to The Lucky Ones since Ms. Reisz left that part to our own imaginations:
It was a dark and stormy morning in Xanadu
When Kubla Khan melted The Dragon Brain
And spun the wings of a lucky ash angel
From sands of time sunk in an infinite watery grave,
Like human tears once lost now rising
From an ocean of endless rain.
How do you accidentally start a war with a blood thirsty demon army? You kill their leader and steal a sacred relic.
Demons prowl the night searching for human blood. Only one thing can save humans from extinction, a lab-bred task force known as the Bator Patrol Guard. Part human, demon, and descendant of the Egyptian deity, Osiris, these elite warriors, although shunned by humans, willingly protect the human race.
Kalani only wanted to rescue her friend from a torturous death when she entered the forbidden realm of a demon army. She didn’t mean to start a war by slaying their leader and stealing the sacred pendant hanging around his neck. But it was just so shiny and why did they have it anyway? The pendant had the same symbol on it as the Bator Patrol Guard used as their emblem. How was this possible, and what did it mean? Can the Patrol Guard unlock the mystery of the pendant before a war destroys them all?
Find out the truth in this epic saga about love, ancient secrets, and betrayal.
*** Please note: This is a collection of three novellas (Night Gods, Stealing Night, and Forever Night) ***
A.J. NORRIS BIO
A.J. Norris is a romantic suspense and dark paranormal romance author. She enjoys being able to get inside someone else's head, even a fictional one, and see what they see. Watching how her characters deal with difficult situations or squirm with the uncomfortable ones makes the hard work of writing all worth it. However, writing and reading weren’t always in her foremost thoughts. In fact, her love affair with writing came as a shock to everyone she knows, including herself. At a young age, she rarely opened a book, unless forced to read something for school. But that’s all behind her now. She wrote her first book several years ago, which turned out to be a surprisingly cathartic process, and she hasn’t been able to stop writing since.
A.J. loves going to the movies, watching her son play baseball, and communing with other writers. She’s a member of two writer’s groups and RWA. She lives in southeastern Michigan with her family, who are extremely tolerant (at least most of the time) of all her late nights behind the computer.
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When I read Orphan: Surfacing, I was thunderstruck by the scope of cosmic reality that author Nathan Day presented. Here was a dynamic novel with such a strikingly powerful premise that I couldn’t help but try to do it justice with a review, which I blogged earlier this year:
"On an epic stage every bit as mesmerizing as its cover, Orphan: Surfacing chronicles spiritual warfare at its most personal and universal levels.The Death of God reverberates through the lives of characters mortal and divine with chilling consequences as angelic and demonic forces wage an End Times-styled Holy War that is launched by a group of human agitators determined to rid mankind of the influence of supernatural forces.
Author Nathan Day has crafted an odyssey of Christian horror across a dystopian landscape where divinity is more emphatically human than good or evil. I highly recommend this engaging read and foresee even more marvel in the future from Day with the fulfillment of the Orphan Saga."
I didn’t realize at the time I wrote the review that the plan to fulfill the Orphan Saga was right there from the beginning. I asked the author about his plans for a sequel or series to his debut novel, and here’s what he had to say:
To be honest, Orphan was planned to be a series from day one. I never intended Surfacing to be a standalone. Maybe not the best idea for a debut novel I know, but I’ve always known the full story here was going to be massive! In fact, I’m not sure how far it will go before it all ends.
Yes, I have a particular end game in mind; I know several events and character arcs, but the more I write and plot out, the more opportunity I’m seeing and the more ambitious I’m feeling. Once again, I have to give thanks to my publishing house for allowing me to see the saga out to what I feel will be its conclusion without having a mandated volume count to force me to shoehorn the story into 3 or 4 parts.
If I had to venture a guess, I’d say we’re looking at 6 or 7 books by the time it comes to its (hopefully) epic conclusion.
Furthermore, I was fascinated by the process that transformed Surfacing from an originally much lengthier undertaking to the novel eventually published by Seventh Star Press. Nathan explained how that change happened:
In fact, the original manuscript for Orphan: Surfacing (Book 1) was deemed too long for a debut novel by my publisher, Seventh Star Press, and the suggestion was put forth that we split it into two books.
Thus, Culling was born! The first hurdle was to find a stopping point within the story that felt like a natural ending. While I feel that things might have wrapped slightly differently had I planned this from the beginning, the serendipitous side effect was that the second half of the manuscript (now known as Orphan: Culling) actually had a darker tone and introduced new characters in a way that felt truer than it originally did as the second half of a novel. I’m glad that Seventh Star had my best interest at heart and splitting the two gave each half more of a defined personality.
This also allowed me to add a few new chapters and characters to help round out some minor
plot holes and strengthen my female cast. Win-win!
As an author, creative process and practical issues are often at the forefront of my mind, especially since I’m also midstream in the writing of a series with quite an ambitious scope. I appreciated Nathan’s response about the process of separating manuscript content into plans for future books in a series, as well as strengthening a current work in progress:
Looking back over book 1, Surfacing, and being able to take a fresh view of the second half of the original manuscript I saw I had a chance to strengthen the story by explaining a few minor “how did that happen?”-s while simultaneously creating new characters that felt different than the current roster.
I also created a few new twists that will help lay the ground work for characters and events that will truly begin to take shape in the next book, Orphan: Advent, as well as things foreshadowed in Surfacing.
So, having more time to toil with Culling allowed me to better prepare for the chaos that comes next.
I found Orphan: Surfacing so captivating that I’ll be back for more as soon as Culling is available. I can’t wait to see what kind of chaos is next!
Amazon.com Links for Orphan: Surfacing:
When the going gets weird, Tessa Reddick gets going…that is, once she is conscripted into the Supernormal Investigations unit of the FBI upon release from her wrongful psychiatric confinement for killing her entire family of witches.
From the outset of Muddy Waters (Otherwhere), author Sara O. Thompson conjures supernatural thrills that range from grisly and trippy to deranged and dazzling. Her witchy heroine hurtles herself through a first-person narration that is steeped in the otherworldliness of the Otherwhere realm where all manner of ‘supernormal’ entities dwell.
Scenes shift back through “The Rift” between worlds to the landscape of a contemporary Louisville, Kentucky that teeters at the cusp of hellish dystopia infused with black magic.
The novel stages a backdrop of political and religious intrigue that complicates the quest of Special Agent Reddick both to learn the truth about how her family was murdered and solve increasingly bizarre murders before it’s too late for all of humanity.
Despite the often violent and graphic story, Thompson also weaves humor and hilarity throughout this grimoire memoir in which the pages almost seem to turn themselves!
Online ordering of Muddy Water (Otherwhere) is available through Amazon.com. Click here.Read More