Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends - PREVIEW ART - #1: Unnamed Witch

Hello all.

In the lead up to the digital release of my book, The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends, (paperback already available for those of you who are impatient) I want to share with you some of the artwork to be featured in the book.

I plan to show at least one or two unfinished drawings a week until August 14, and perhaps a bit after that date as well. I lost many hours of sleep adding color to these, so dagnab it, I'm going to show you the fruit of my labor.... soon. But for now, here some sketches that have yet to be slathered with digital paint.

Let's start off with...

An Unnamed Witch.

She occupies the mind of our protagonist, Martin. But she's no danger to him, nor is she to you, as she is just a figment of Martin's vivid imagination. But does he wish so badly that she were real.

Color and texture is being added to her, hence the red outline. You'll get to see the finished version soon enough.

Thanks for peeking into my brain. Be careful of what peeks back.

Amazon Link: The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends Presale
Amazon UK link: The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends UK

Also still on sale in digital, paperback and audio book forms
The Death of Death (Perma-Free)
Autonomously Yours

True Inspirations - Part 2: Tim Burton

Darkness is a little too bright, apparently. 

Hello. No special intro. Sometimes a simple "hello" is all it takes, don't you think?

In my last post speaking of people who influenced me creatively I spoke about Walt Disney. This time I will speak about Tim Burton, another creative inspiration of mine.

I had of course seen Burton's three first efforts, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, BeetleJuice and Batman, but I wouldn't say I became a huge fan of his until I received a copy of Batman Begins on VHS. From then on something about his aesthetic spoke to me. I wasn't a particularly gothic kid or anything. I didn't wear black (not gothically anyway, it was more of a punk rock-style black), I didn't listen to The Cure or any kind of industrial music, but there was something about the kiddie-gothic style of Burton that spoke to me. I really can't describe it except to say perhaps it's because of my dark, yet humorous personality––two qualities his films tend to have.

Despite what people say of his latest offerings (I quite enjoyed Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and Big Eyes, Alice in Wonderland, not so much), I still immensely enjoy the art direction of his films. That, unlike his storytelling, hasn't changed a bit and has become even more focused and beautiful over the years.

My two books, The Death of Death and The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends, are heavily influenced by his art and story style. If you're a fan of his you just might enjoy these two books of mine.

Indeed, Mr. Burton and I may have a connection in the near future due to a project based on "Death" that will come to fruition soon. I can't talk about it much because there's really nothing to say yet. But it's a really exciting endeavor that I can't wait to share with you all once details become more available.

Looking at the picture above and considering his body of work up until now, it's kind of hard to believe he'll be helming the live action version of "Dumbo" soon. But such is life.

Thanks for peeking into my brain. Be careful of what peeks back.

Links to books below.

Amazon Link: The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends Presale
Amazon UK link: The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends UK

Also still on sale in digital, paperback and audio book forms
The Death of Death (Perma-Free)
Autonomously Yours

Sunday, July 23, 2017

UPDATE! NEW BOOK! It's been a while. Here's what I've been up to....

Hello all.

I trust you've all been good for the 7 or so months I've been away. I know, I know, you've all wondering where I've been, what I've been up to, waiting and spilling precious blood while you sit on all those pins and needles.

Well, besides listening to "Evermore" from Beauty and the Beast on repeat (I REALLY like that song), I've been making some changes here and there, biggest among them probably is the move I've made to the Japan. It's something I've wanted to do for years and I finally made it. I've been doing a lot of eating, a lot of drinking, a lot of studying, and a lot of catching up with old friends.

But most importantly, as far as you the readers are concerned, I've been readying a new book. It's a Halloween children's book of sorts with illustration done by yours truly. I started writing it at the end of last year, and finished the writing sometime in the beginning of this one. But with the impending move to Japan I didn't really have the time to finish it all until I got here. But now, the illustrations have been illustrated, the color has been added, the formatting has been formatted, and it's ready to release out into the world.

I'd like to introduce you all to "The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends." The characters have been in my head for nearly 20 years. The story for less than that, but still quite a while. The characters have gone through a couple of design changes over the years, but I like what they ended up becoming. I hope you all do as well.

This story was intended for ages 8+, perhaps those with a slightly higher reading level,  but I also think it's great for adults. And a couple of early readers have agreed with me, thankfully.

It's available for pre-order (link at bottom) and it will be released on August 14th, just in time for Halloween. But if you can't wait for that, the paperback is already available for purchase (accessible through the same link at the bottom). The audio version will be following soon after.

I certainly hope you all enjoy it. I worked really hard on it and am pretty proud of it. It's for the truly young and macabre at heart.

Amazon Link: The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends Presale
Amazon UK link: The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends UK

Also still on sale in digital, paperback and audio book forms
The Death of Death (Perma-Free)
Autonomously Yours

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year! And with the new year comes a new cover!

Hello everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2017!
It's been a while. How've you been? Good? I'm glad to hear that.
I've been away for little other reason other than perhaps laziness. But I want to write more blogs in the new year. I'm not a 'resolution' person, per se, but that's the closest thing to a resolution I have for myself for this year. That, and read much more.

Anyway, I haven't been entirely happy with the cover for my book, AUTONOMOUSLY YOURS. I like the concept a lot, but there was something about the placement of the original text, the font and other aspects of it that wasn't quite right to me. Here are the previous two versions of the cover below.

But, I think I've finally settled on a final cover for it, finally. At least until someone comes along and does a spectacularly professional cover for it. But for now, I don't think this is half bad. Complete with an INDIE READER APPROVED sticker right on the front. 

Sure, it's not too different from the original two, but it's a nice mesh of the them in my opinion. 

Grab yourself a copy with the new shiny cover today!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Autonomously Yours in now an Audio Book. A wild, sexy, and FUCKED up story if there ever was one.

Hello. I'm a bit late on announcing this, but life has a way of creating obstacles for us to clear every once in a while that prevents us from doing what we want to do. Some goddamn impossible, like my testicles being blown off in a horrible murder-suicide gone wrong, and some merely ass-numbingly boring, like explosive diarrhea.

None of the obstacles I'm talking about were as harrowing, but I'm out of the way of a few obstacles for a second, so I'd like to tell you guys about the recently released audio book version of my story, Autonomously Yours. The title is a tad hyperbolic, but one thing that is entirely truthful is that it's a fucked up story, in the best of ways. Here, let a reader tell you:

"I loved this book. A very interesting story about a mild mannered robotics engineer who develops an ultra-realistic "sex doll" robot for a sleazy businessman. As part of the testing before the robot is put on sale in the black market, he must monitor her "activities" with clients through her eyes on his monitor. Well written and disturbing at times, but in a good way."

Let's take a look at the last line in that beautiful review. "...Disturbing at times, but in a good way," is the blurb I want written on my headstone when I die. 

Creating an audio book has definitely been an interesting experience. There's nothing like a late 40s/early 50s (Sorry to the kind Steve Rausch, the man who brought my book to life, but that's the age his voice sounds to me) try to imitate a girl in her 20s as she talks cute and dirty to a chubby man in his 40s. I created that scenario. I did. And now you can listen to it and feel uncomfortable with the rest of the world.

Please head on over to Amazon.com, iTunes, or Audible.com and give the sample a listen, and, if you'd like, download yourself a full copy. It's a story I'm very proud of. Especially the disturbing parts. 

Autonomously Yours: Audible.com Version

Autonomously Yours: iTunes Version

Autonomously Yours: Amazon.com Version

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Death of Death is Now an Audiobook

I'm happy to announce that my novelette, The Death of Death is now an audiobook available on Audible.com, iTunes, and Amazon. Through the great service of the Amazon-run ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange), I was able to put a voice to my words, and it's been a surreal experience listening to it in the accent I intended it to be in. I thank Cardiff Television Sound Studios of Wales and their voice over artist, Deborah Young for helping me realize this.

If you're the type that can't stand to read words, and there are more of those types than I thought there were, and prefer to consume them orally, then give this a gande--uh, a listen and tell me what you think. 

The audiobook version of Autonomously Yours will be following in about a month's time. 

Special coupons for discounts will also be coming soon. Enjoy!

Amazon Link (traditional WORDS version and audio version): The Death of Death

Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Cover Variations For My Novels

Here are two different cover variations for my novels, The Death of Death and Autonomously Yours.

For Death I just changed the font to a font I found to better fit my original desire for it. It's a little more gothic than what I originally used, which, I think, was Hoefler Text. A good, gothic font, but just not gothic enough for my tastes. Trattatello is what I'm using now, and I love it. It's just the right amount of goth I was looking for.

For Autonomously, I've also changed the font, but the most noticeable change I've made was to the Compandroid's pupil. It now looks like the original vision I had in my head for the cover. I asked a couple of people their opinions on which I should do, the broken electronic heart pupil, or the normal one and the normal one won out, but I've always preferred this version which I think is more visually striking. I've also added a small border, just because I like the look of it.

I've posted all four versions for comparison's sake. Which do you prefer?