First, I want to say a big thanks to everyone that came out this past Saturday to Hiram Books. I saw some familiar faces and a lot of new ones. Thanks to each and every one of you who came out.
Now, on to what you really wanted to know. I will be at my wife/cover artist’s table in the Dragoncon Art Show in the Hyatt if you want to swing by and pick up a book or art, or if you just want to drop by and say hi. Below is a map of the Art Show showing where you can find me.
Hope to see you there, but if you can’t find time to swing by (which I totally understand, Dragoncon is huge), I hope you have a great con and a safe Labor Day.
It was an awesome time in Ringgold this weekend for the 2nd ever C1 Comicon. Great news, it did so well that they are planning on doing a 3rd. It was an honor to be able to be part of last year’s show and get to see it grow this year, and I’m willing to bet that next year is even better.
Last year, I got to hang out with some awesome people, and this year was no different. I was able to meet fellow author Kenyon T. Henry.
Kenyon and his debut novel “Choice of the Mighty”
Kenyon’s book can be found on Amazon by clicking the cover image below.
Back again this year was J.A. Toney.
J.A.’s booth, absent J.A.
You can get his novel Gabriel: Sinner by clicking on the cover below.
Of course, Eddie Price, #that3dguy, was back with his awesome artwork. Eddie’s always working on new 2d and 3d pieces, so definitely check him out.
This year at C1, they had a costume contest. There were really good costumes by some top-notch cosplayers.
There were a lot of great things to see and people to meet at C1. I can’t wait for next year.
Stay tuned to my blog for the latest in what I’m up to and where I’ll be. Until next time!
Hello faithful readers, I wanted to give you all a heads up that the fourth Winston & Baum book, Winston & Baum and the Trials of the Baba Yaga is now available for pre-order on the Kindle. The Kindle version will be available on May 23rd, just in time for summer!
You can pre-order now, and it will be automatically delivered to your Kindle on Tuesday May 23rd. I know a lot of you are going to be busy getting ready for your Memorial Day plans next week, so go ahead and order this book to read on the beach. Just click on the cover below to pre-order your new copy. We are working on having print editions available within the next two weeks.
Curious about what this book is about? Read the synopsis below.
“As the war between Britain and Prussia continues to rage on, Baba Yaga, the legendary witch of Prussia, takes a firm stand against the foreign army with all of her supernatural allies. Dan and Lee are pulled apart as Lee is drafted into a special unit of hunters being sent to deal with the monstrous menace. With his ship lost behind enemy lines and most of his unit captured, Lee and the Scottish hunter, Brogan, must attempt to make their way back towards friendly territory, but it won’t be an easy task as the Baba Yaga’s forces hound their every step.
When word that Lee is missing reaches home, Dan and Brackish set out on a dangerous mission to save their friend. Following Lee’s path, the two hunters soon learn that the dangers their friend faces are even greater than they imagined. As they race through the Prussian countryside, Dan and Brackish try to reach Lee before the Baba Yaga can get him in her clutches.
As they fight to survive, can the exterminators of the strange and weird endure the trials of the Baba Yaga?”
Keep checking back for updates on our print edition and all the latest on where I’ll be appearing this summer.
We started this panel last year, and everyone had such a good time that they brought it back for another go-round. A fun panel discussing different elements of horror in scifi or scifi in horror, it’s tough to tell which is which honestly. Just listen and enjoy. I was joined on this panel by Alan Gilbreath, editor in chief of Dark Oak Press, Tim Green, operator of Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, and Chad Sides, the Master of Horror for Connooga. Sit back and enjoy!
Hello everyone. If you are looking for something to do tomorrow, come out to the New Georgia Library. I will be there at 1pm. You can come by while I discuss my writing process, my books, and go into a little bit about what steampunk is. I will also have copies of the Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventures for sale.
So, if you can please drop by and say hello. If not, don’t worry, you can find me at C1 Comicon on November 12th. Hope to see you at one of these events.
Winston & Baum and the Secret of the Stone Circle received a 4-star review from Amazon reviewer ZapJ who wrote: “This Victorian steampunk adventure tale starring a tough as nails American fighter (with a heart of gold) and an Englishman inventor (equally adventurous and endearing). They make their living traveling the countryside ridding human habitations of elves, goblins and other various boggles. Queen Victoria calls on them to assist in a great undertaking and the story flies from there (not on wings, but by dirrigible airship). Great characters; great story; and for those new to the steampunk millieu – an easy introduction to this inventive little corner of sci-fi. This is the first of a series and I will defiantly be reading the others.”
Thanks ZapJ! If any of you have read my books or short stories, leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.com. You can click on the cover below to pick up your copy of Winston & Baum and the Secret of the Stone Circle and keep checking back to see what else I’m up to.
It’s summer, and a lot of people will be flocking to the sandy beaches. I am no exception. Recently, my wife and I took just such a trip. This was the week before Memorial Day, and the beaches were not too crowded. At sunset staring out at the surf, watching the foam tops of the waves break, I can’t help but think about the untold fathoms that cover so much of the planet.
Given the mysteries that cover three quarters of the planet, is there any wonder that so many works of fiction are driven by the oceans? Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick is set entirely on the ocean and tells the story of the whaling ship the Pequod and her doomed crew led by Captain Ahab. While this book used the isolation from the middle of the ocean as a plot point, it did not deal as well with what’s going on under the waves. Of course, Peter Benchley’s Jaws forced a lot of people to think twice before wading into the water. After the success of the film, a myriad of knock-offs followed: Orca (Jaws with a killer whale), Piranha (seeing the Amazonian predators released in a Texas river) being two of the better known, and we still have shark movies being made today.
It is no small wonder that science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers have used the deepness in their creative processes. H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most famous to have done so. His sleeping deity C’thulhu was housed on an island that had sunken deep beneath the waves. Lovecraft also populated the waters of imagination with Dagon, an old Philistine god and Deep Ones, fish-human hybrids that live in fabulous underwater cities. Jules Verne took us Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea where we met Captain Nemo and saw some of the fantastic wildlife found within.
C’thulhu up from the depths
Fiction writers were not the first to theorize what might have lived in the oceans. Myths and legends have often told tales of fearsome creatures. We had mermaids, sirens, sea serpents, krakens.
From the early days of mankind, humanity has stood looking at the watery abyss and created creatures to explain the tragedies that occurred. Our modern writers have maintained this tradition of dreaming what lie beneath. So, while you are basking in the sun and enjoying the surf, take a moment to appreciate the vast unknowns before you.