For all of those who follow me or have come by so far during Dragoncon. To welcome you folks, I’m offering a free Kindle ebook.
You can pick up Richard Rex & the Succubus of Whitechapel for free. Click on the cover below to go pick up your copy or read on below for the synopsis.
Synopsis: A murder in Whitechapel is not uncommon, but the state of the body requires someone more adept at unusual crime than Scotland Yard. Richard Rex, agent of the Queen, must track down this supernatural killer. Can he find it before it claims more victims?
Steampunk Expo was this past weekend, and we had a great time. A big thank you to everyone that came by and picked up a book, some art, or just stopped to talk for a little bit.
Even though it was a small show, it was incredibly well run and a lot of fun. A lot of great artists and vendors were there. Below are just a few of the highlights .
We got to hang out with the tea maven of Dryad Tea. If you are a tea lover you should check out her stuff at http://dryadtea.com/. She has a massive variety of teas. My wife is a big fan of her chai teas.
For the heavier drinkers out there make your own special brews of absinthe with the flavors at http://www.leloupgaroualchemy.com/. They have a wide variety and import their wormwood for a true, authentic absinthe.
We got to meet the members of the Dark Princess Theatre. They had some really good tales of supernatural events in the Chattanooga area, and I can’t wait to get started listening to their podcast. You can find them at http://www.darkprincesstheatre.com/.
One of our neighbors was artist Eddie Price (www.eddieprice.net). Go check out his site and pick up some really cool comic art, or one of his handmade 3-d pieces, which are incredible to see in person.
Steampunk author Geoffrey Mandragora was there with his Thunderbolt Chronicles series. Check out his books on his Amazon page here.
We also got to see some of our friends that we haven’t seen for a little while.
If Steampunk Expo will have us, Caralyn and I will be back next year for another fun, steam-driven convention at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Recently, I spent a Saturday afternoon in Oakland Cemetery, located in Atlanta. Not just because I’m weird and morbid, shut up! I’m basing a decent section of an upcoming novel in Oakland. So this counts as research. Also you should try visiting the necropolis in the heart of the metropolis.
This is your greeter.
Oakland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Atlanta and is the home of Margaret Mitchell, former mayors, governors, and senators. The six acres that were set aside in 1850 for the Atlanta Cemetery have indeed blossomed. Not only is it a large plot of land, some of the monuments and tombstones are absolutely beautiful. A lot of amazing architecture can be found within the brick walls. While strolling through the grounds, one will also find landscaping that is not traditional for a cemetery. For Doctor Who fans believe you will find plenty of reason to not Blink.
Another reason that I visited Oakland is that I like cemeteries. The Ancient Egyptians believed that in order to have an afterlife your name had to be remembered. So they built great monuments to themselves. In some cases, they scratched out names and put their names over their predecessors. The first great female Pharaoh Hatsheput’s proceeding pharaohs tried to remove her name from all the great monuments that she erected, thus ensuring she would not receive an afterlife. So by visiting and reading these names, we remember those who we would have never known otherwise.
Our monuments are not quite as grand as the Egyptians.
Finally, as a closing statement let me add that burying the dead and providing a marker for a body is the last dignity that we show to a person. It is a sign that someone cared and respected a person enough to want them remembered. By reading these monuments, I am continuing that show of respect. So yes, I’m weird and morbid, but don’t the dead deserve a little respect for they have solved the mystery that we have yet to face.
Me totally not looking for vampires or zombies
Thanks for reading and keep checking back to find out what I’m currently working on.
Hello all, I know that I’ve been providing you with updates on Winston & Baum and the 7 Mummies of Sekhmet, but I thought I’d share some other items that might interest you. For those of you anxiously waiting for the next Winston & Baum adventure, you should not have much longer to wait.
However, not only am I putting out a new novel this year, I also have two short stories that I anticipate releasing in the fall and winter tentatively. One of them is a vampire story that I had a lot of fun writing and I hope you’ll have a lot of fun reading. The other story and one that I anticipate debuting in winter heralds the return of my Sherlock of the supernatural: Richard Rex.
That’s right, because I’ve had several people request it and because I enjoy my Victorian occult adventurer, Richard Rex will return in Richard Rex and the Graveyard of Ghouls (title may change). For those of you who have not read the first Richard Rex short, just click the picture below to go to the Amazon page.
So there you have it, not only another Winston & Baum novel, but Richard Rex shall return as well. Keep checking back as I continue to give you updates regarding the release of these upcoming titles and thanks for reading.