Monday, January 28, 2013

Mea Culpa

I've been a bad blogger, and I have not fulfilled my obligations to my friends. I am sorry to Ellie Garratt and Michael Offutt. Things have been so crazy: moving, and then going out of town, and then returning with a horrible case of bronchitis.

As you're reading this, I'm in a car heading out of town to visit with clients. Busy busy!

So I need to play catch up, even if I'm late to the party:

This is so incredible!
Passing Time Cover Reveal...I LOVE this cover. So much that I had to ask Ellie who did the art. I was supposed to post this three weeks ago, but when I thought of doing it, I had no internet access due to the move. So sorry Ellie!

Nine Short Tales of the Strange and the Macabre

Book Blurb

Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.

A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?

Publication date: 11th February 2013

About The Author

A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.

Author Links

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Michael Offutt, author of Occulus

I'm looking forward to reading Oculus, Book 2 of A Crisis of Two Worlds. I absolutely loved Slipstream, and it was easily one of my favorite books of 2012.

I was supposed to post this in support of Michael's blog tour that ended last week. Ugh. But I got really sick and wasn't able to get this up on here. I'm sorry, Michael! 

For his visit to my blog, I wanted to a fun 13 Fun Facts Questionnaire. So here's 13 interesting things about Mr. Offutt:
  1. Some spider-love!
    My mom used to raise show cats. At one time she had 18 of them, and the whole house smelt like cat pee. She named them all after Greek gods.
  2. I storyboard an entire novel out on paper before I begin to write. It helps to keep me on track.
  3. The first book I published is actually the fifth story I wrote.
  4. I was born on Friday the 13th.
  5. I played World of Warcraft for many years and named many of the folks from my novel after characters in my guild. I still keep in touch with a few of them, including my former raid leader who now plays with uber guild “Elitist Jerks” on Mal’ganis (US) (our guild was number one on the server for six years).
  6. I think upper level math is extremely important. I used it in World of Warcraft to make sure people were pulling their weight on applications as far as damage per second or heals per second went. This respect for math carries over to my writing, and it’s why Jordan does math so well. I based all of Jordan’s utility with the slipstream that he uses on his mastery of math.
  7. I check my page views on my blog multiple times a day to see how many people are looking at my “books” page at any given moment. It excites me to find a high number of people doing that, or to see people checking out the excerpts I have posted.
  8. With regard to “A Crisis of Two Worlds” as a series, I’m still up in the air as to whether I’ll destroy Earth. But I’m really leaning toward that. I think it would be cool.
  9. It takes me a long time to write a book.
  10. I post free fiction on an erotic website. Some of the email I receive from readers who find me there are the best fan mails I’ve ever gotten.
  11. I have a thing for blonds.
  12. My favorite overall color is blue.
  13. I like to draw/paint my characters in all kinds of situations.
Thanks, Jay, for having me on your blog. Check out my writing HERE

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I hope to get back on track with everything. So far, 2013 had been rough on me. But some good things are just over the horizon. My project with Miranda Hardy is coming along nicely, and hopefully we'll soon be able to tell you more about it. And I got to see the art for my cover of my debut novel, Dragonfly Warrior. I wanted a cover that will kick ass....and show the reader exactly what they're getting: Asian Steampunk. 

But my blogging is very important to me, and I promise to catch up with all of you.

Oh, and here's a Lego steampunk airship my son made:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's a New Year...Now Where's My Underwear?

Ironic how I can't even get ONE car in my 3 car garage
Happy New Year!

Fifteen days through this first month of 2013, and the newness has worn off, hasn't it? The pressures of the real world have a way of doing that to you.

My little hiatus went longer than expected. Moving has taken it's toll. I am now surrounded by boxes of various sizes, staring at me everywhere I turn. For six days, I couldn't find my electric shaver, and I started to look a little scary. Nothing's scarier than a big Asian man with a hairy face. And for an Asian, I'm pretty damn harry. TMI, I know.

Moving and then having to somehow find some stuff to pack into a suitcase to fly off to Colorado Springs two days after moving isn't very much fun. My business meeting was fun, and I got to hang out at the US Olympic training facility and meet a bunch of Olympians. Not the kind that shoot lightning bolts, but amazing athletes representing the US. I got to see a men's gymnastics, fencing, and trampoline demo. It was cool! The whole time I was out of town, however, I kept thinking about all the boxes that awaited me at my new home.

But seriously, I was a little under the weather with a bout of bronchitis right around Christmas. Still not 100%, but this special narcotic, um, I mean, cough syrup is helping. The move went well. Stressful, but it took a little over 10 HOURS to do the whole move. All they did was move our stuff. No packing or anything. That's four dudes built like MMA fighters moving your stuff for ten hours.  It's funny how when you start packing, you wrap all your stuff and label the boxes ever so diligently. But by the end, I was literally throwing stuff in boxes and not doing a good job of labeling them. I had one box labeled: Legos and Underwear.

No, not my Legos. And not my underwear. My youngest son's.

Speaking of underwear, mine are somewhere in a box. I thought I put them in with my shaver...