Holiday Giveaway 2013 – Free Amazon Gift Cards & more!

I love you all! […in my best Ozzy voice]

I want to show my appreciation to you for helping me live my dream. This also happens to be the 100th post on the blog and that alone feels like a celebration. I’ve discovered some of the numbers that make me feel as though I’m on the right track–that I’m doing what I’ve been put here to do. Recently, the blog passed 35,000 unique page views and earlier this year my Amazon book sales broke the 5-digit mark (To put that into context, in late 2011 my sales figures broke the 2-digit mark and I was thrilled about that, too.) Also in 2013, I crashed Amazon’s Most Popular Authors list for Horror (#26) and Fantasy (#96); this rank is determined by sales, and sales only. Threefold Law (my band) seems to have new momentum and we’re getting recognition from people and places that matter to us.

So without getting too sappy and ruining my reputation as a bad-ass cynic, I want to thank you all for supporting my craft. Don’t get me wrong–I would still write and scream into a microphone no matter what, but it’s really nice to have people validating my creative energy with their wallet. Awards and contests are fun, but the only true feedback mechanism for me is hard-working people who value my work enough to buy it. I will always be humbled by that and will never take it for granted.

In celebration, I’m giving away lots of stuff for nothing. No hoops to jump through. Everyone and anyone can enter and winners will be picked at random through Rafflecopter. Whether you’ve read all of my books or none of them, you can still win. The details and entry form are below, and the contest also has its own page: Holiday Giveaway 2013, on the top right of my blog’s navigation bar. It’s open through Christmas Day.

Now lemme see your hands, people! [Sorry. It’s hard to quit that Ozzy thing once you start.]

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Plan on living forever? Threefold Law Lifetimes Membership: For This Life and Beyond.

Threefold Law has been around long enough to see the music industry evolve. We’ve always been a band that honors our “old school” fans (CD’s) while embracing new methods of distribution (mp3, iTunes, streaming services). Three years ago, almost to the day, we launched MMX which was a multimedia release loaded on a  custom USB drive that you can still grab from our online store. But times keep changing. With tablets and smartphones that are constantly connected to the internet and people depending more and more on these devices, we’re proud to announce our next innovation.

Introducing, “Lifetimes Membership” from Threefold Law.  Without the need to download or install, fans of heavy music get instant access to the entire Threefold Law catalog, for life. The songs stream directly to any device connected to the internet including computers, laptops, tablets, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and more. In addition, new songs by Threefold Law will automatically appear in the player as soon as the band publishes them with no action required by the listener along with mp3 downloads of every album. Priced at just $19.95, the revolutionary delivery channel is competitive with most digital music purchases with nothing else to buy, ever. Plus, the membership is good for your past lives and your future lives; for eternity.

This channel creates a new way for us to deliver music to our fans instantly and as soon as it’s available. We’ll still release our material on traditional CD’s, but we’ve also got our eye on the future of the music industry.

Not sure what I’m talking about? Try it out. The link below will take you to a fully-functional demo version with 30 second song snippets instead of the full tracks. Use any device you have that’s connected to the internet. That’s it. No downloads. No updates. No hassle.

Why do women make such better murderers than men?

Lizzie Borden; not creative.

Men commit murder ten times more often than women do, but ladies are better at it. When it comes time to tango down, females are more creative.

Rainer Leurs of Spiegel Online recently interviewed Sigrun Rossmanith about her new book, which if it wasn’t in German, would be totally awesome (unless you can read German in which case it is awesome). Titled, Are Women the Better Murderers?, the book posed as a question takes a look at the ways in which the fairer sex do the 187, and I think Rossmanith knows the answer. It turns out that women are more vengeful and creative. One woman in Asia “passionately kisses her partner– and in doing so slips a cyanide capsule into his mouth, which he is forced to swallow. She combines an act of love with the murder.” In addition, women rarely kill strangers. Most murders committed by women are intimate and are usually a result of failed relationships. Ladies prefer knives over guns, and skillful, vindictive, cunning over rage.

Rossamanith says, “In my life, I have often witnessed how incredibly hard women can be. How scheming they can be with each other. I am personally more afraid of the vengeance of women than that of men.” Women scheming? Passively aggressive? Really? [insert sarcastic smile here]

It’s a great premise but without a clear-cut definition of ‘creativity’ it’s hard to conclude that women are more creative killers than men. And, is being a creative murderer really that important? Doesn’t anyone value efficiency anymore? Maybe women simply don’t have enough practice at killing and that’s why they spend so much time planning and plotting it. If you want equal rights, ladies, step up to the plate and do your fair share of impulsive, rage-filled, whacking.

*Just in case you didn’t figure it out, I’m not advocating murder. I’m simply taking a very dark subject and making fun of it in a socially awkward way which is why I’m such a hit at cocktail parties.

About Sigrun Rossmanith from Spiegel Online:
“Sigrun Rossmanith, 61, is a doctor of psychiatry, psychotherapeutic medicine and neurology. She has been writing medical reports for criminal trials in Austria since 1997 and has investigated more than 3,000 cases. Her book ‘Are Women the Better Murderers?’ has just been published in German.”

The full interview can be found here.

The Book of Paul trailer for the bestselling horrror novel by Richard Long

The Book of Paul is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve said that unequivocally since I finished reading it a few months ago. Since that time, I’ve interviewed author Richard Long and we’ve discovered a shared passion in the dark, visceral, craft of storytelling. As a musician and a writer, I know the effect sound can have on it (scary movies, anyone?). Richard has been working on a trailer for The Book of Paul and he asked if I’d be interested in helping him do the sound design for it. I immediately began creating and arranging the audio textures, many of which you can hear in the final cut of the trailer.

I believe in Richard and I love The Book of Paul. If you haven’t read it, you need to do so and then you need to review it on Amazon. In the meantime, let’s get Long’s trailer noticed by Hollywood and cross our fingers that someday soon we’ll see the likes of Paul on the big screen. All it takes is a click.