Hey everyone, for those of you who have picked up your copy of Terror Beneath Cactus Flats, thank you. We are currently at #3 in Horror Westerns and #87 in Fiction & Literature short stories. So I’m asking those of you who haven’t picked up your free copy yet, to please do so. And please spread the word, we’ve got about another 12 hours on this free promotion, let’s get Cactus Flats to #1. Just click on the cover below to go to Amazon. And thanks for reading.
Hey, I’d like to give a big welcome to everyone that we got to meet at Dragoncon this year. It was a great year for my cover artist and myself. She sold a lot of great pieces to people and I only brought home 1 book, so that’s great. To all of you who picked up a book from me, thank you and it was very nice to get to meet you all. If you did not get a book, but are interested in electronic copies for your Kindle, you can find them on my site under the Winston & Baum page or Current Fiction tab.
Because we had such a stellar weekend and I got to talk to so many of the awesome people that attended the convention, I will be making a special announcement tomorrow. So check back for more information and thanks for looking us up.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to drop a message to everyone about two fun things going on during Labor Day weekend.
First, there is Dragoncon, the Southeast’s largest Pop Culture convention. Taking up the five hotels near the Peachtree Center Downtown, Dragoncon offers a great deal of different things to different people. There is a vendors building for those that want to shop, or you can check out one of the numerous panels. If you are looking for books and authors, there will be plenty of both available at the con. Even some of your favorite people from the world of comics and movies. Don’t believe me, then just check out their guest’s page.
I will be at Dragoncon helping my talented wife in the Dragoncon Art Show. You can also pick up autographed copies of my Winston & Baum books at her table. So if you’re in town stop by and say hey, or pick some art and books.
If you aren’t into the whole pop culture convention scene, but want something fun to do, then go check out the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. You can meet a lot of great authors or purchase books from any number of booksellers. If you do decide to go, please stop by and see my friends J.K. Barber. This husband and wife duo have written a great fantasy series called the Chronicles of Aronshoe, and have just released the first volume of their next series, set in a mermaid society. They’ll also have copies of their individual titles. So please stop by and say hey to them, or if you can’t but are interested in their books, just click the cover below.
I hope that you can at least make it out to one of these great events. For more information about Dragoncon visit: www.dragoncon.org. For the AJC Decatur Book Festival visit: https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/2014/index.php.
A little over 10 years ago, I picked up a zombie book called The Rising. By a first time novelist, Brian Keene. The book was quite possibly one of the best novels I had ever read. I immediately became of fan Keene and his style. In the decade since, I have read most of his works and enjoyed them all. Some more than others, but they have all been enjoyable.
This past weekend at Monsteramacon here in Atlanta, I had the pleasure to meet this man who has given me so many hours of enjoyment with his novels. Meeting people you respect is always daunting, because there is a little trepidation that they will not be fan friendly. I can say that this was not the case. As soon as the con opened on Saturday we were at his table and he spent a good 20 minutes talking with us. Not only did he take the time to actually converse with us, he is a very genuine person. While being an icon of horror fiction, he also is a fan, as one would expect. He would hear us mention a book we liked and recommend a book by another author that we would most likely enjoy. It was only a few minutes before we stopped looking at him as this monolith of monsters and we were just four fans talking about the genre.
Keene writes believable characters that connect with his audience. In Dark Hollow and the sequel Ghost Walk, he uses actual folklore beliefs from his native upstate Pennsylvania. So if you’ve never read any of Keene’s stuff then click on the covers below. As for my recommendations: if you love zombies then you should definitely read his Rising series, it’s one of the most original zombie concepts I’ve ever seen. Not to mention a fantastic book. My favorite books of his are Dark Hollow, Ghost Walk, and Ghoul. Truthfully, I haven’t read a book of his that I didn’t like though. If you’re a Keene fan and get the chance to meet him, you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity.
The Rising Series by Keene
Dark Hollow and the Sequel Ghost Walk (also available in one volume as LeHorn’s Hollow)
To view all his works go to Brian Keene amazon page.
I even had the pleasure of getting a photo with Keene.
Did I just grab your attention with that title? Good. Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International (MHI) series is definitely Expendables meeting the world of Lovecraft with lots of other monsters thrown in for good measure.
The MHI series takes place in a world where the governments of the world cover up the existence of monsters and other dimensional beings. While the government has the Monster Control Bureau, there is a private sector of organizations that hunt and destroy these monsters for bounties, also offered by the governments of the world. Monster Hunters International is one of the largest of these private contractors. There are a few things that you should know before picking up any of these books. 1 – A direct quote from the book is: “A vampire only sparkles when they’re on fire.” And 2 – The MHI slogan is: “Evil Looms. Cowboy Up. Kill It. Get Paid.” So if this is off putting to you, then this book series is definitely not for you.
Larry fills his books with fantastic characters and makes the danger real. I can tell you that there has been several times over the course of these five books that I had to stop for a minute, mainly because I could not believe that certain characters had died. So all bets are off on survival rates. These books are also filled with a very tongue in cheek approach to some of these creatures. Larry’s elves, gnomes, and even interpretation of dragons made me laugh. Despite all this though, I can honestly say that the MHI series is the best book series going right now. It is an urban fantasy/pulp/action adventure/horror book. And no I’m not making this up. Most of the MHI books focus on Owen Pitt and his initiation into this unknown world. In the opening of the very first book, his boss turns into a werewolf and attacks him. Surviving the attack, Pitt is approached to try out for one of these contractors. Book 3, Monster Hunter Alpha, focuses on Earl Harbinger, the current leader of MHI. Earl’s solo adventure is against an Alpha werewolf and his army of werewolf zombies.
Book 5 focuses on Monster Control Bureau Agent Franks. All I can say without giving away any spoilers is that Franks is the most dangerous person alive and he will punch anything and everything. Creating a secret world history as well as secret societies buried within out own government, Larry has created a full world to immerse yourself in. If your interested in reading some of the best written action that I’ve ever seen with a whole lot of blood, guts, and monsters, this is the series for you.
Just click on the covers below to go to their amazon pages.
Books 1-3 are available in one combined volume:
Or if you’d rather just get a taste here’s Book 1
And most recently released Book 5
So please check out these great books and enjoy.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that this weekend, my wife and I will be attending Scifi Summer Con in Atlanta. Caralyn is attending as an artist and will be located in the dealer room, I will also be there with her with copies of both Winston & Baum books. Also one of the prizes for the costume contest will be a copy of Winston & Baum and the Secret of the Stone Circle.
If you can’t attend this convention but would still like to purchase copies of the Winston & Baum series, please click on the covers below.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you this weekend. If you can’t make it, keep checking back as I post more information about upcoming appearances.
Hey everyone, just wanted to give a quick update and let you all know that Winston & Baum and the Seven Mummies of Sekhmet is now available in paperback. It should be available at any major online book retailer. But for those of you who want it on Amazon, just click the cover below.
For Barnes and Noble just click this link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winston-baum-and-the-7-mummies-of-sekhmet-seth-tucker/1119635050?ean=9781499547436.
So there you have it, the boys are back in a brand new adventure, just in time for summer. So if you need a good book for the beach, look no further. Thanks for stopping by and keep checking back for updates regarding other books and stories.