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Book Launch: September 12, 2012 “The Runaway” by Nephylim, From Flying With Red Haircrow

 

“When all you ever wished for is the last thing you ever wanted….”

  • Title: The Runaway
  • Author: Nephylim
  • Publisher: Flying With Red Haircrow
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance, Gay Interest
  • Length: 290 pages
  • Cover art and design: Maria Korte and Mika Star
  • Trailer: The Runaway

Description: “Cierrai is running away from a past that’s still breathing down his neck. Jack has no past, his memory wiped in the accident that killed his parents. They meet and their lives move forward like stones skimming the surface of the water, dipping into memories that want to surface and those that want to lie buried forever.

Together, they struggle to come to terms with what happened in the past and where they want to go in the future, but can Jack cope with a man who likes to dress in leather mini-skirts and silk kimonos? Can Cierrai trust Jack with the secrets of his past; secrets he can’t escape, secrets that are snapping at his heels?

When those secrets catch up, forcing Cierrai back to the life he’d left, a life that was slowly draining his life away, he and Jack’s love is both threatened and tested by forces from without and within.”

About The Author:

 

Born into a poor but loving mining family in the United Kingdom, Nephylim grew up in the beautiful and history rich South Wales Valleys, becoming the first in her family to attend university. As a lawyer practicing Family Law for several years, the profession allowed Nephylim to learn more about human nature at its worst and best moments, and develop empathy and a view of life not limited by social standing or background.

Tapping into the heritage of her people that throughout Earth’s ages welcomed the wandering bard into the hearts of their villages as keepers of lore, Nephylim trained as a Druid and brings the richness of her Celtic past and spiritual training to enrich and elevate her writing. Since a child Nephylim has been fascinated with other worlds, which exist within and alongside her own and has reveled in creating worlds and characters for others to enjoy.

Despite lack of family support, Nephylim continued writing privately and eventually found the Gay Authors website. With the positive response and a warm welcome received, she found the confidence to pursue her passion to a greater degree. Feeling gay fiction was a woefully neglected corner of the market where readers were all too often presented with what amounted to erotica, Nephylim strives to write quality gay fiction where sex and sexuality is not the central premise. Instead, concentration is given to character and narrative development through storytelling that goes beyond the physical.

Nephylim still resides in Wales, UK, and enjoys writing, reading, art, and taking part in medieval reenactments.

Author Links:

http://nephylim-author.blogspot.com/

http://shadowofthefallen.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/Nephylim.author

Interviews with the author:

By Brandon Shire

At Rising Up From the Ashes by Phoenix

By Michael Offut

Dawn’s Reading Nook

Other works by the author at Flying With Red Haircrow:

Enigma, Book 1

Fighting the Man, Enigma Book 2

About the Press:

Opening its doors on October 31, 2010, Flying With Red Haircrow, is an independent publisher and writer cooperative with a large range of interests and possibilities who entreats everyone to, “Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” http://theredhairedcrow.wordpress.com/.

Contact:

If you are interested in a review copy for your website, wish to schedule an interview with the author or wish general information about this release or press, please write Nephylim at chakira@hotmail.co.uk or Red Haircrow theredhairedcrow@gmail.com.

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The Aberration by Bard Constantine

Review: From the opening scenes, it was clear the author of „The Aberration“ had a powerful vision and direction in which he wished the story to move, and he kept on pace throughout. The tension quickly builds as Guy Mann and a group of co-workers are trapped in the mill factory with the creatures described as “the Others” eagerly awaiting any opportunity to breach the locked security doors.  One moment’s weakness, and those creatures flow inside and the battle for survival begins.

For Guy, however, it is just another outbreak of the phenomenon called The Aberration, which he has been fighting throughout the ages of mankind. We are provided flashbacks into those past times when denizens from the “other side” have broken through to our world, and the type of bizarre, supernatural and/or bestial transformations they can take. Additionally, we are offered brief sketches of some of the people who fought alongside Guy, who were also mysteriously recruited to combat the shifting deadly creatures.

I found the writing quite stylish and distinct, though often I wished for less descriptive details for general things so such phrasing would be more outstanding for the dramatic, horrific parts of the story, of which there were plenty. The problems I had with the work overall were some editing issues, clarity in POV and conflicting or inaccurate descriptions. Sword-fighting and usage is a long-time interest of mine, for example, so naturally that caught my eye.

It’s often important for me to have empathy with or form some kind of connection to the main character, and admittedly I never developed that for Guy Mann, but that took nothing away from the story itself which is fast moving, packed with action and inspires you to imagine the terrible Others as well as what you might do if trapped in such a situation. I felt “The Aberration” could have used some revision in certain areas, but for the most part, I enjoyed this work of quite imaginative horror and feel the author will only continue to gain in ability and skill.

Update: The author has completed revisions to this work since my review was complete. I think its an excellent example of how writers, of which I am one (and have to make such revisions myself believe me), continue to add to the professionalism and growth of independently produced writing that as Mark Coker, the creator of Smashwords, states “can be as good or better than traditionally published book.”

Description: “When a freak storm engulfs a flourmill, the workers learn quickly that there is much more to fear than just heavy rain.

Something else arrives with the storm –macabre creatures that alter their shapes and features with every attack. In order to survive the night, the employees will have to rely on a man whose sanity is questionable. For he claims to have faced the same attacks before, over ages of time. He calls it an Aberration. A doorway that opens to a realm of nameless evils. What lies beyond wants to smother our world in darkness and perverse terror. It grows stronger with every passing moment, and all that stands between it and our world are the workers trapped in the building. Each person will be pushed to the very precipice of madness as reality distorts and the bizarre beings mount their attack. In the end, survival may not be enough to survive the Aberration…

The Aberration is a tale of mounting horror that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Author Bard Constantine blends creature feature horror with psychological terror, creating a story that both haunts and satisfies fans of both.

Prey that you survive the experience…”

  • Paperback, 157 pages, and in e-book
  • Published March 6th 2012 by Knightvision, Ltd (first published March 2nd 2012)
  • ISBN: 1470173913
  • Genre: Horror, Supernatural Fantasy, Dark Fiction
  • Availability: Smashwords, Amazon and other online distributors
  • Source: Author at The LL Book Reviews

Author Profile:

Bard Constantine writes far-flung fantasy, dystopian futures, and gritty YA among other things.

With his widening audience and steadily growing body of work, he is certainly a writer to look out for. Catch up with all his upcoming projects at his personal website: http://bardconstantine.com.

Bard Constantine
Non omnis moriar…

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Interview: Sharon A. Mitchell, Author of “School Daze”

Sharon A. Mitchell’s first novel, School Daze, was published in April 2012. Prior to concentrating on writing, she spent decades as a consultant counselor and special education teacher. Her Doctorate and Master’s degrees looked at long-term outlooks in autism and educating teachers and parents about this disorder. Her passion is helping people with autism spectrum disorders become as independent as possible.

School Daze is the first book in a series set in Madson School. The next book will be out in late summer, 2012. Sharon also co-author of the Amazon bestseller The Official Autism 101 Manual, and wrote hundreds of articles and responses to questions appearing on All Experts.com (http://www.allexperts.com/ep/1010-78033/Autism/Dr-Sharon-Mitchell.htm) , as well as having delivered workshops and seminars to thousands participants including national conferences. Website: http://www.autismsite.ca.

School Daze
Published: April 29, 2012
Available at Smashwords, Amazon and other online distributors.

Description: “After suddenly receiving custody of his five year old son, Ben must learn how to be a dad. That fact that he’d even fathered a child was news to him. Not only does this mean restructuring his sixty-hour work week and becoming responsible for another human being, but also Kyle has autism.

Enter the school system. Under the guidance (and bullying) of a gifted teacher, Ben and Kyle take tentative steps to becoming father and son. Teacher Melanie Nicols sees Ben as a dead beat dad, but grudgingly comes to admire how he hangs in, determined to learn for his son’s sake. Her admiration grows to more as father and some come to rely on Melanie being a part of their lives.”

About the Author:

What genre(s) do you write?

This current book is fiction – contemporary woman’s fiction/romance. Prior to that I’ve only written articles.

Why do you write the stories that you write?

I work in the field of autism. When parents first learn of their child’s diagnosis, they study everything they can. There’s lots written on the internet and in books, much of it text-book style. After a long day of work and family life, do you want to read a heavy textbook? I thought there was a better way to impart information, so I wrote a light novel that depicts a single dad’s efforts to parent his son who has autism.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In my late 20’s.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

Stephen King’s On Writing is the best book on writing I know of. I enjoy the easy reading styles of authors like Robert Parker and Lawrence Block and Robyn Carr.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have a full-time job, work on our farm, have a family, raise pure-bred German Shepherds, kayak….

What books are currently on your nightstand?

A couple from Suzanne Brockman’s Troubleshooter’s series

What would you like readers to know about you the individual?

Academically, I have four degrees and have taught at university. While I read/write academic works, I dislike writing that uses a big word when a simpler one will do. I don’t believe you should have to struggle to understand what you’re reading.

Where are you from originally? Family?

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and married with two grown sons.

Your Writing Process:

Why do you write?

It’s fun! I feel a compulsion to put words to paper (or screen). I even write long letters. I express myself better on paper than with spoken words.

What excites you about writing?

Conveying an idea, helping it take shape until it takes on a life of it’s own.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Sporadic, fast and intense. I wrote my last novel in a month during NaNoWriMo. Then came the editing, though. I focus best in intense bursts.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Try it. Just jump in and do it. Some of what you write will stink. Some of it might be brilliant. You can better the more you write. And read the book, On Writing.

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?

The beginning where there are so many possibilities. Or the middle, when you know your characters well, throw things at them and watch them fight their way out.

Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing?

Light jazz or classical.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?

Plant potatoes. But the sun was shining, the soil fresh and fragrant and I had a good time.

How long does it take you to finish a book from start to submission?

I can write about 65,000 words in a month (evenings, weekends) but it takes me that long again to edit. Then I make changes based on the suggestions of a couple readers and go over the manuscript several more times to catch an typos, etc.

Do you prefer writing series books over non series or does it matter?

Never done a series before but next week I plan to begin the 2nd book in this series.

Do you have a system for writing?

I need the external pressure of something like NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org) – National Novel Writing Month to make me force my butt into a chair to pound out about 1700 words a day. I need to silence my inner editor while I do the first draft.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

Yep. Not hours, but I aim for 1700 words a day. Some days I manage 3000, others none at all. I aim for a minimum of 50,000 in a month.

Have you ever had one of those profound “AH-HA!” moments while you were writing? Would you be willing to share it?

During this last book I had several such moments. They’re hard to explain though and had more to do with the plot and how my characters were reacting. By just plunging in and writing, the characters took over and my worries about what I might write about next just disappeared when I got out of the way and let the characters have their way.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

Some of the comments readers make about my articles, answers to questions, etc. on autism. You can see some of the comments here: http://www.allexperts.com/expert.cgi?m=12&catID=1010&expID=78033.

Your Characters

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

They come totally from my imagination, or so I’d like to believe. But does anything ever spring totally unique from your mind? Isn’t everything a composite of all that you’ve seen and heard and felt before?

Have any of your characters ever haunted your dreams or woken you up during the night demanding attention?

Most definitely that happened during the writing of School Daze. Many times I had to get up in the middle of the night to write. Also plot dilemmas sort of worked themselves out while I slept.

Your Books:

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel? Pleased. May I say more than one word?

I believe I’ve written a quality book – one that’s entertaining, easy to read and will give lots of information on helping a child with autism. Most of all, I hope people enjoy it as a good read.

When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?

Somewhat. Actually I’m more nervous when friends/family read it than when strangers pick it up. By the time it’s out in the public, enough other eyes have gone over it that the kinks are gone and it’s in good shape.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

By late summer I hope to have the 2nd book in the series available on Amazon and on Smashwords.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I’ve spent the past twenty years learning about autism. Autism was also the focus of my Master’s and Doctoral degrees. I read daily in this field plus my day job is as a consultant, dealing with families and kids who have autism. Yes, I do enjoy the research process. There is always more to learn. I must say though, that not all I learn comes from books – I learn a lot from parents, teachers and the kids themselves.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse? Help.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Semi-outline. I need something to get me going and overcome that fear of not knowing what to write. But once I get into the book, the story takes over and I forget to even refer to my original outline.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My first book was as a co-author of the Amazon bestseller The Official Autism 101 Book. It was published four years ago. This current book, School Daze is my first novel and first solo book. It is available at Smashwords, but also at Amazon.

Thanks for your time and answering some questions, readers and potential readers might be interested in.

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Enigma by Nephylim, now Available on Smashwords!

Blurb: When nurse-in-training River Caulfield improbably finds love with Silver, a mysterious patient at the Care House where he works, he’s faced with a dilemma that his career may be threatened because of their attraction. Yet when dangerous elements from Silver’s past catch up to them both, he realizes there is much more at stake than his professional dreams. Their very lives may be forfeit!

Description: Troubled residents come and go at the Care House where River Caulfield is a caregiver, working towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a nurse. When Silver arrives, a patient found on a roadside near death after suffering terrible abuse, River finds his previous personal detachment is compromised. Seeking to help the mysterious and enigmatic young man locked inside his own mind and memories, River finds his professionalism slipping as Silver begins to open up and live again.

But as their relationship begins to blossom, the roots of Silver’s past abuse and the abuser who forced him into such a mental state sends forth new shoots of darkness enveloping them in dangers threatening not only Silver’s sanity, but their very lives. With River’s devotion and help, will Silver finally be able to break away from his past? The answer lies in the words of a priest, a painting and a long walk through a churchyard harbouring the secrets of the enigma that is Silver.

 

Title: Engima, Book 1 in the Enigma Series

By: Nephylim

Published by: Flying With Red Haircrow

Publication Date: 3 December 2011

ISBN: # 9781465837509

Genre: M/M Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Drama

Available at Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, and soon at other online distributors.

 

About the Author:

 

Born into a poor but loving mining family in the United Kingdom, Nephylim grew up in the beautiful and history rich South Wales Valleys, becoming the first in her family to attend university. As a lawyer practicing Family Law for several years, the profession allowed Nephylim to learn more about human nature at its worst and best moments, and develop empathy and a view of life not limited by social standing or background.

Tapping into the heritage of her people that throughout Earth’s ages welcomed the wandering bard into the hearts of their villages as keepers of lore, Nephylim trained as a Druid and brings the richness of her Celtic past and spiritual training to enrich and elevate her writing.  Since a child Nephylim has been fascinated with other worlds, which exist within and alongside her own and has reveled in creating worlds and characters for others to enjoy.

Despite lack of family support, Nephylim continued writing privately and eventually found the Gay Authors website. With the positive response and a warm welcome received, she found the confidence to pursue her passion to a greater degree. Feeling gay fiction was a woefully neglected corner of the market where readers were all too often presented with what amounted to erotica, Nephylim strives to write quality gay fiction where sex and sexuality is not the central premise. Instead, concentration is given to character and narrative development through storytelling that goes beyond the physical.

Nephylim still resides in Wales, UK, and enjoys writing, reading, art, and taking part in medieval reenactments.

 

Links:

http://shadowofthefallen.co.uk

http://www.gayauthors.org/nephylim/index.html

 

If you would like a copy for review purposes, please contact us at theredhairedcrow at gmail dot com. along with information about where they review would be posted.

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Brandon Ford’s “Decayed Etchings”-A Collection of Dark Fiction Now Available!

A Press Release:

SYNOPSIS

In his first collection, Brandon Ford delivers 18 brand
new, never before published tales of the dark, twisted,
and macabre. Buried within these gnarled pages, you’ll
discover jilted lovers, cheating spouses, bizarre fetishes,
acid trips, and roaming sleepwalkers. You’ll meet noisy
neighbors, struggling writers, vengeful females, and
even a monster or two.

With Decayed Etchings, you’ll dive headfirst into a
world of ghoulish delights that will surely satisfy even
the most jaded gorehound. In this world, there is
always something lurid hiding beneath. You need only
scratch the surface.

Trade Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Black Bed Sheet Books (July 4, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0-9833773-9-9
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95 US
Category: Fiction/Collection
Genre: Horror/Dark Suspense
Primary readers: Adults

PRAISE

Crystal Bay:

“A very enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see what [he] does next.” –Garry
Charles, Hammerhead

“Brandon Ford is the new Prince of Horror, soon to be King.” –Ryan
Nicholson, Star Vehicle

“Ford shows a knack for setting suspense. He’s a promising new talent.”
–Kevin Lucia, Higher Education

Splattered Beauty:

“Absolutely delicious. Drags the reader along on one hell of a bumpy
ride.” –Robert Dunbar, The Pines

“Brandon Ford is a burgeoning master of crimson escapism!” –Tim Ritter,
Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness

“I expect to see Brandon Ford win awards and go far.” –Nicholas
Grabowsky, Red Wet Dirt

Pay Phone:

“Disturbing, bloody, and vicious. Pay Phone is not for the weakhearted…”
–Scott A. Johnson, Dread Central

“Truly terrifying and chilling right down to the bone. This one comes
highly recommended.” –Ed Demko, Bloodtype Online

“Ford has an obvious gift…” –Richard Perez, Permanent Obscurity

BRANDON FORD BIOGRAPHY

Brandon Ford (b. August 28, 1981) grew up in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started writing at the approximate age of 8 and spent a lot of time testing the waters with various genres. He wrote dramas, comedies, essays, plays, and, of course, thrillers. There were few things he took pleasure in crafting more than a good old-fashioned scary story. Throughout grade school, as well as high school, he continued to build his portfolio with various works (mostly short stories and novellas, but a few plays here and there). He’d pass around these manuscripts to friends and teachers for feedback. Knowing others enjoyed his work and craved more inspired him to keep going.

A few months shy of 23, he sat down to pen his first novel, which became Crystal Bay. Arctic Wolf Publishing, a small press based in Georgia, picked the book up a few years later. Shortly thereafter, he completed Splattered Beauty, an ode to his favorite Scream Queens. In 2009, he teamed up with Alan Draven and Jessica Lynne Gardner for Creeping Shadows (Pixie Dust Press), a collection of three short novels. Ford’s contribution, Merciless, was heavily inspired by a real-life kidnapping that took place in California in 2002. In March 2010, Arctic Wolf released his third novel, Pay Phone. Ford has also contributed works of short fiction to several anthologies, including Abaculus 2007 and Abaculus III (Leucrota Press), Sinister Landscapes (Pixie Dust Press), Raw: Brutality As Art (Snuff Books), and The Death Panel (Comet Press). Some of his biggest influences have been writers like Jack Ketchum and the late Richard Laymon. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching bad TV, and all things horror. He still resides in South Philadelphia.

For merchandise of all kinds as well as a sample of the collection of stories and his thoughts, visit Brandon Ford’s website “Sleepless Nights”:

http://www.writerbrandonford.blogspot.com

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