Free EBooks For Pride 2017


For Pride 21017, I’ve decided to mark both my gay-themed ebooks free to celebrate how far Gay Pride has influenced politics, society, self-expression and love. The discounts are available on Smashwords only (available in every format), so click the ebooks’ links and go read! Please share to everyone!

For Never Trust The Moon use free code RW46C

For my new ebook, Country Tried Chicken use code YT42P

MM Wolf Paranormal Rough Draft is Done!


 

WOOT! The Male Male book’s 1st draft is done! 35K words, 125 pages written in under two weeks!

This book has been such a surprise for me! I’d never been interested in writing paranormal stories before but I’d been binge reading wolf, vampire books and short stories for a few months over last spring and summer. Suddenly, I began dreaming about this story, intertwining Wolf and Vampire characters, a romance and a hidden mystery. As I stated before, if it hung around my conscience for so long, I had better just write it down.

The characters popped up in my mind, the storyline flowed like a raging wadi in typhoon season. I was writing 5 or 7 thousand words a day, pages and pages of character dialogues, action sequences and so forth. There’s a few heroes, a few bad guys, a few plots that somehow all work together. I’m quite happy with how it has turned out.  Now, the hard part of going back through, adding details, filling out plots, places and so forth.

I’m still working on the kids book, it is just over half written now. I can go back and finish now that I have this out of my system. I’ve discovered what has kept me from finishing the Mystery Novel book 3 and have been thinking of ways to write it now.

If anyone is interested in being a Critter (beta reader), let me know which books you’re interested in. I”ll have to see if I need to get some sort of contract that states you won’t share, steal or publish my work, standard boilerplate, as I understand it.

So, just wanted to share this milestone with you.

Brick

Writing Update


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The words have been flowing!

Stuck on Rose Petal Wine Murder Mystery book 3 for months now, so been writing on the children’s book and the new Wolf Mate book.

The children’s book, I’d had in my mind for about six or nine months now, after a dream last year, finally got it on virtual paper, at about 7,000 words so far. This book will be short, more like a novella for preteens, I think. Sometimes we have no control over our books, how the characters turn out, what the plot points are and we just have to roll with it.  Same in this book, touching on many social issues at once: aggression in others, first love, jealousy, anger but not ‘in your face’ that my adult novels are, if anyone has read them.  I’m quite pleased with how this skeleton storyline is working out. After I finish, i’ll go back and add details and fill it out.

Speaking of skeleton storylines, I wrote the Wolf Mate’s in two days, 15,000 words worth!  Just a touch left then I”ll do the same–go back and fill in minor characters, details, subplots and so forth. I had been binge reading other wolf MM stories for weeks after re-reading Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental stories when her last book came out.  I had no idea that was even a genre! So there are the Wolves, a Vampire Clan ally, an Alpha Wolf enemy, love. Could not get over, writing 15K words in 2 days with this new book.  The whole book came to me over four days of dreaming about it.  One of those-if it’s hanging around this long, I may as well get it down on ‘paper’.

Told the husband about an awful, nightmarish dream I have every spring, for the past 4 or 5 years. It’s very steven king-ish and not sure I ever want to write it but he said it might do well.  I don’t know, the dream deals with very dark themes that i’m not into or comfortable with.

I’ve been doing a bit of blogging when the muse strikes the past month or two and they seem to be popular with people.  Not that anyone likes the posts, but I can see the stats on my wordpress blog. Another thing I’ve noticed, is a post won’t get hits on the day I post it, but over time, hits will start rolling. A few posts I’ve done over the past years are still getting hits. Still doing a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ stuff for the blog, changing/moving pages, adding/deleting retailer links, posting  updates on the main page and so forth.

 

 

Brick ONeil Book Review: Wolf Scent


Monday Book Review: The Paranormal 13


Book Description

October 12, 2014

THE PARANORMAL THIRTEEN

13 14 full length paranormal and urban fantasy novels featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, mermaids, psychics, Loki, time travel and more!

1.3 MILLION words! 3,500 PAGES!

My Take:
Downloaded as a freebie on the kindle store November 2014.
Was excited seeing 13 (at the time) full-length Mystery/Paranormal Novels, as a reader and lover of Mystery and Paranormal. The reviews were mostly positive and being free, I downloaded. Halloween had just passed and the timing was right for good, old fashioned paranormal novel. I delved in, devouring one book after another. Until the fourth or fifth book.
I didn’t realize so many of today’s authors considered Vampires and Werewolves the only genres in paranormal books. The first four or five books were good, the authors paced their novels, developed characters well enough for a first book. But, there are only so many ways one can write a young female lead character and the dark/broody/pale/lithe/muscular/angry/happy vampire/werewolf/basic-creature-of-the-night without sounding like every single other author of vampire/werewolf stories out there.
I just stopped reading the compendium altogether, having no way to skip books. At the time of reading, there wasn’t an index of books, so I couldn’t skip number four or five.  My apologies to the other books in this Anthology, I just could not stomach reading any more. I give the collection as a whole, 2 stars.

Monday Book Review: Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1)


Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1)  Book One of the scifi vampire saga Pact Arcanum.  by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Downloaded as a free Kindle ebook. What caught my attention was the title, sword and blue flame. Arshad does a great job, even catching my attention when sci-fi, vampires, shapeshifters, interdimensional realities are really not my areas of interest. The book doesn’t start until chapter 11–the first ten reads as if it was written by someone else, separate from the rest of the book. The first 10 chapters are awkward, challenging to read and understand, easily could have been left off.

The book’s vampires and other creatures aren’t so hokey or emotional like you read in other sci-fi books. There is a level of maturity one expects in an adult fiction book. Even there are elements of gay sex, there aren’t any explicit sex scenes as in some romances, maybe allusions, but readable. What I did find unbelievable is that one of the main characters ‘turns sexuality’ just because the protagonist is so ‘awesome’.

The plot, being sci-fi, is hard to say if it is reality, but is a good read, nonetheless.  I’m not up on dimensional realities, but I suppose they could be real, just as vampires choosing dark/light sides and getting souls back by a ‘Redeemer’.  The writing was just so good, that I had to finish the novel. And by novel, I mean nearly 500 pages. Arshad knows how to weave a tale, ensnare the reader and make us care about what happens.

Good Job, I would give 4 stars.

Monday Book Review: Ghosts of Varnar creek


 

The Ghosts of Varner Creek [Kindle Edition]

Michael L. Weems

 

Book Description

 August 10, 2011
A well-crafted balance of history and supernatural mystery. -Kirkus Reviews
•A Barnes and Noble Nook Sci Fi/Fantasy Bestseller 
•A Kindle #1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction and Horror/Ghosts 
•An Amazon Top 100 Rated in Fiction, Top 10 in Mysteries

Kirkus Reviews
At 87, Solomon “Sol” Mayfield is taken on an otherworldly journey to discover what really happened to his family. Sol has been able to see ghosts ever since his mother and sister mysteriously disappeared when he was a child. When he dies in a nursing home in the second chapter of the novel, it’s only the beginning of his story. He’s reunited with his sister, Sarah, who reveals family secrets he was never able to learn while he was alive. The novel flashes back to 1909, when Sol was 12 and Sarah was 13. The day after Sarah’s birthday, Sol wakes up to find that his mother and sister are gone. Many in their small town of Varner Creek, Texas, assume that Sol’s mother, Annie, had finally had enough of his abusive father, Abram; others suspect foul play. Abram blamed Annie for Sarah’s Down syndrome and for trapping him in a small town by becoming pregnant at 14. Sent to live with his Aunt Emma and Uncle Colby, Sol is visited one night by what appears to be Sarah’s ghost. Is his sister dead? If so, who killed her? And what about their mother? Sol sets out to find the answers, some of which are not revealed until decades later. Weems’ story unfurls slowly, at a pace that feels consistent with life in a small Texas town. He has an impressive knack for dialect, and regional accents and idioms help bring the characters into vivid relief. Also, Sol’s self-deprecation and world-weary charm make him an instantly likable narrator. While it’s easy to get pulled into his story, the narrative sags a bit in the middle when the reader is given a thorough history of how Sol’s parents met, which doesn’t feel entirely necessary to the main story. When the final mystery is unveiled, however, the solution is sufficiently unexpected if not completely shocking.

Author note: Not a horror story or thriller. This is a paranormal mystery in the old South. Recommended 18+ for adult themes and content.

My Take:
The book wasn’t quite what I expected, being that most paranormal/ghost stories are mysteries with a protagonist seeing a ghost who wants them to solve their murder or to help them solve murders.  This is a unique twist, a man dying and visited by a memory of someone that died.  Not sure I would classify this as paranormal, rather than more spiritual or new age at best.  The book does lag and drag in the middle with a bloated back story that really does nothing for the rhyme and meter of the book. It’s nice to have, but wholly unnecessary.
The story from the dead’s point of view is unique as well.  There have been books I’ve read from the dead’s point of view, but usually that is to point out how they were murdered and to interact with a live being to help solve or point out the murderer.  The old man, Sol, is well-written, the author having done his homework on living in the South, the pacing is somewhat stale but palatable. Tried as I might, I could not get through the book, slogging through the descriptions, backstory, history of so many people, side swiping the main thrust of the book. I will probably go back and try to end the story to see what happened.  I would give Ghosts of Varnar Creek 4 stars.