Saturday, October 27, 2012

Break My Heart 1,000 Times Blog Tour

Wow, have I been busy!

I tell a true ghost story at Monster Librarian HERE.

I answer some questions at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer HERE.  Plus, there's a giveaway!

I write about writing at Sara's Urban Fantasy Blog HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I answer more questions at Oodles of Books HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I write about true ghost stories at Sophistikatied Reviews HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I answer even more questions at Tynga's Reviews HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I write about some ghost stories I admire at Mundie Moms HERE.

I answer still more questions at The Daily Fig HERE.

And now, I sleep. But stay tuned--there a few stops left on the tour!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Contest and Writing Process

Last chance to win a copy of Break My Heart 1,000 Times on Sara's Urban Fantasy Blog. Click the link and enter! And while you are there you might as well read my post about my writing process.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Soccer Zombies and BMH1kx

I sponsored my son's soccer team, and so was given a section of the promotional shirt to, well, promote. I struggled with what to have my corner of the shirt read; a big ad for Break My Heart 1,000 Times didn't seem conducive to the tough and gritty competitive spirit required for the soccer field, and the tagline I invented for the Gen Dead series, "Some of My Best Friends are Dead" seemed equally inappropriate for a U-14 soccer team.

As you can see (top right) I went with my trusty brand name, with website and titles in a small font.

I was secretly hoping that they would name the team the Griswold Zombies, but no such luck. Maybe next year.

Don't forget: Release day for Break My Heart 1,000 Times is...tomorrow! Buy three or four copies and give to all of your spooky friends to read for Halloween! Or buy the special Bite-Sized edition to drop in unsuspecting trick or treaters' bags!*

* (Disclaimer: the special Bite-Sized editions of BMH1kx exist only in my mind; any edition of BMH1kx may prove harmful if swallowed)

Also, check out this wonderful review from Lost In A Great Book if you are still on the fence: Lost In A Great Book

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Break My Heart Art

I received this beautiful gift yesterday; a print from Stephanie Piro illustrating one of my favorite scenes from Break My Heart 1,000 Times! To see more of Stephanie's work, please go to her website Stephanie also writes book reviews at her site The Militant Recommender and wrote a very kind review of Break My Heart 1,000 Times, which is here: HERE Then she asked me some of the most insightful interview questions I've ever been asked here:HERE. Clearly, we're forming some sort of mutual admiration society. But is that so wrong? There's a lot of hate in the world.

The BMH1kx blog tour begins in a few days. I made some T-shits for the tour, but they are virtual shirts, ghost shirts if you will, and disappear the moment you think about putting them on. Break My Heart 1,000 Times, my scary book, comes out on Tuesday. Buy one before they disappear!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Spooky, Spooky Reading

I've always been an obsessive reader, one who observed certain self-imposed rituals that are either a guard against insanity or proof of its existence.  As long as I've been reading, I've made the month of October Spooky Reading Month, and I plan for Spooky Reading Month with an administrative discipline not found in other aspects of my life (like, say, career and family).  The most important aspect of Spooky Reading Month is the Amassing of Spooky Reads, where, months in advance, I'll begin acquiring scary books to read.  Doesn't matter if I buy the book in January, and it looks like the greatest scary book ever written, I'll hold off on reading it until October.  This helps heighten both the anticipation and the tension, and so by the time I finally open the book to read there's already a nervous thrill in my chest that I'm certain augments the feelings of suspense I have while reading.  I can remember October's past where I would overdose on certain authors; Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson (although there was also the major disappointment--on Mischief Night, no less-- of discovering that the latter's Raising Demons isn't actually about diabolical conjuration, but is a heartwarming memoir on parenting).

The personal crown jewel, for me, of any Spooky Reading Month was a ghost story.  I love l-u-v ghost stories.  If I had a dozen horror novels to read for SRM, I would save the ghost story for last, the special treat to be unwrapped late on Halloween Night (with a Zagnut, if I was lucky enough to get one in my door to door plundering).

Break My Heart 1,000 Times is exactly the sort of story I'd have saved for the end of Spooky Reading Month; it is the ghost story I have been wanting to write since I wanted to write. It is the scariest story I've yet written and I hope you will add it to your own Spooky Reading Month TBR stack when it comes out this October 16th.  I hope it haunts you the way it haunts me.

I'm doing a blog tour this month at a variety of high quality literary reader, reviewer and blog sites.  I'll be sharing stories about one of the actual ghosts I've encountered, I'll write about some of my favorite ghost stories, I'll be answering some questions about BMH1kx and writing in general,and I'll discuss some of the wacky Halloween costumes I've worn over the years.  It will be fun--we'll get all sugared up and visit some haunted houses!  Choose your masks!

Stay tuned, and I will post links to the blog tour stops as they arrive...

Monday, October 1, 2012

My Corporeal Book Tour

In addition to my oh so spectral blog tour, I will be appearing in a non-astral form at the following exciting events:

October 28th Boston Teen Author Festival, Boston, info here: BOSTON TEEN AUTHOR FESTIVAL

November 3rd, Vegas Valley Book Festival, Las Vegas, info here: VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL

Maybe I'll do some more stuff in New England if I'm invited. Especially if you have some type of event that has swanky hors d'oeuvres, or maybe a functional commemorative pen. I'd probably settle for you just having my books in stock. But I won't beg you.

 In other news, October is anti-bullying month (no, that doesn't mean you get to beat up a bully). One of the Kindle special sale books is the Dear Bully anthology, in which I reveal the Secret Origin of the Generation Dead series. Is the series from a Krypton-like planet? Was it bitten by a radioactive zombie? Was it splashed by a cabinet full of chemicals while simultaneously being struck by lightning? (Hint: it has something to do with bullying). Find out the truth (and read 69 other short and wonderful essays) for a very low price all October.

 Stay tuned for Blog Tour news!