The Black Fang Betrayal – REVEALED!

Happy Halloween. I’m proud to reveal the author of each chapter of The Black Fang Betrayal. Thanks to all who entered the Rafflecopter and the winners will be chosen and notified soon.

 

The Empress – J.R. Rain

The Emperor – J.C. Eggleton

The High Priestess – Michaelbrent Collings

The Lovers – Glynn James

Wheel of Fortune – T.W. Brown

The Devil – David Moody

The Tower – T.W. Piperbrook

Death – Stephen Knight

Strength – Mainak Dhar

Introducing The Black Fang Betrayal

I’m proud to introduce The Black Fang Betrayal. It’s like The Sopranos but with warlocks instead of the mafia. As you’re about to discover, the storytelling is as unique as the tale. I fought through my introversion and asked nine incredible authors to join me in this project. The result is a collaborative novel like nothing you’ve ever read.

I plan on writing a more extensive blog post about the process that will be published later this month. Working on The Black Fang Betrayal this past year has been an amazing and revealing experience. We took an idea and turned it into a novel without ever meeting or speaking with each other.

Today is the official launch day and that means you can buy the novel for just $0.99 on all major platforms. Grab it today as it will be going to full price next week. In addition, we’re running a HUGE Rafflecopter contest. Try to guess who wrote each chapter by clicking on the link below. Winners will be randomly drawn from all of the correct responses and we’re giving away over 20 prizes including signed tarot cards, signed paperbacks, free audio books and even a holster for your 9mm.

Click here to read more about The Black Fang Betrayal, purchase a copy available on all major platforms and enter the Rafflecopter.

About the Project:

The Black Fang Betrayal features today’s best horror, dark fantasy and thriller writers collaborating on a unique and fascinating novel. Armed with nothing but a prompt and a character name, each author became a warlock of The Black Fang and wrote a first-person account as a member of the coven. Using themes and sequences woven throughout the complete narrative, a cohesive page-turner emerges.

About the Story:

Levi Phillips is a warlock living in the woods of rural Ohio. With his apprentice, Matthew, Levi operates one of the most ferocious covens in the world, known as The Black Fang. Managing the coven like an international corporation, Levi controls its enormous wealth while running a moonshine operation as a front. But when a plot to assassinate Levi is exposed, the warlock decides it’s time to destroy The Black Fang and the destruction could create a new beginning.

Written by TW Brown, Michaelbrent Collings, Mainak Dhar, J.C. Eggleton, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, David J. Moody, T.W. Piperbrook, J.R. Rain, J. Thorn.


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And the winner is…

Congratulations to Jeanette J., the winner of the Rafflecopter contest! You’ll be receiving a signed paperback from each author in the From Darkness Comes box set. We appreciate all of those who entered and thanks to everyone who left a review on Amazon.

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In related multi-author box set news, This Is The End 2 published on Friday and it includes some of the best authors out there today. For less than a dollar you get 9 titles from 10 incredible authors including, Elizabeth Basque, T.W. Brown, Jacqueline Druga, Rachel Higginson, Glynn James, J.A. Konrath, Scott Nicholson, J.R. Rain, Edward W. Robertson and J. Thorn.

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Stay tuned to the blog as I have some engaging posts in the works. Next week we’re talking parties. No, not political parties, the fun kind with loud music, angry neighbors and the police. Until next time…

Pandora’s Box Sets

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I’ve opened Pandora’s boxes. Well, not exactly. I’ve organized them. The past two months have been an incredible ride for me as an author but I want to tell you about the deal for readers.

We weren’t the first group of authors to bundle our titles into a single “box set” collection on Amazon and I guarantee you we won’t be the last. The multi-author box set is a collection of individual titles bundled and sold as one “book” on Amazon, usually for a ridiculously low price. For example, the sets I manage sell for $0.99 each which breaks down to about $0.15-$0.20 per title. We take this financial hit in order to reach more readers. I won’t get into the arguments about devaluing one’s work because this post is for readers and readers don’t care about stuff like that. Besides, the boxes are temporary and so we view it more like a sale.

Here’s what some of my fellow authors have to say about being part of the collection:

“It’s great to be able to offer readers a wide selection of authors at a low price.” – Scott Nicholson
“It’s been a pleasure to get ‘boxed in’ with such talent.” – Michael Brentcollings

The reader gets hundreds of pages and hours of entertainment for less than a dollar. In addition, the boxes are genre-specific so you’re not getting a random assortment of stories. You get exactly what you like to read by authors new to you.

The first box, This Is The End published in February and the second, From Darkness Comes in March. This Is The End 2 is coming soon with titles by J.A. Konrath, J.R. Rain, Scott Nicholson, Ed Robertson, Glynn James, T.W. Brown, Jacqueline Druga, Rachel Higginson and yours truly. These collections won’t be around for long. So far, we’ve sold over 34,000 copies combined which tells us readers love them. In fact, many say they enjoy discovering new authors and have subsequently gone on to purchase more of our individual titles.

From Darkness Comes has a Rafflecopter that ends in a few days. The winner gets a signed paperback from each author. Cool, right? You still have time to enter.

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If you’ve purchased one of these boxes please leave us an honest review on Amazon. You don’t have to read every book in the collection and the review can be as few as 20 words. This is in accordance with Amazon’s Terms of Service, so we’re not asking you to do anything underhanded.

Stock up and enjoy. Summer is right around the corner.


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Time to let the myth of the rugged individualist die.

Americans take pride in being rugged individualists, leveraging personal gain in order to survive. In nature it’s the “survival of the fittest” and business must “crush the competition.” Those are old ideas and they’re dying a horrific, violent, slow death.

While it may seem as though events occurring at a distance have no direct impact on us (Fukushima), we’ve also seen that the entire globe is connected and those events happening to “other people” do in fact affect us (Fukushima). This connection is more profound and mysterious than the overused “Butterfly Effect,” where a bug’s wings in South America supposedly triggers a hurricane on the East Coast. However, we live in a closed environment and everything we do effects everybody else. Entire books have been written about the cooperative versus competitive nature of the universe and I’m oversimplifying the concept to introduce one example of it: Selling books.

Several authors made the headlines a few months back for using sock puppets (fake accounts) to write terrible reviews of other author’s books. They believed that discouraging sales of titles (using poor reviews) in the same genre would result in more sales of their title. Readers spend about 2.3 seconds deciding whether or not to purchase a book and most of that has to do with (1) cover and (2) title. To be clear, reviews matter. Not in relation to other titles, but mostly in relation to the reader’s own internal belief system about what constitutes quality.

A wise Greek once said, “In union there is strength.” I don’t think Aesop meant strength in a multi-author box set, but he would have if he had access to Amazon when he was trying to peddle those stupid fables.

I’ve declared 2014 my Year of Collaboration. I’m reaching out, up, and down to find authors that also believe a sale of one novel is a sale for all novelists. I’m not interested in competing against my fellow authors because working with them is much more effective. Whether it’s with collections (warning: soft sales pitch below) or co-writing, I’m open to what others can bring and what I can share with them.

My most recent collection contains Preta’s Realm: The Haunting (Book 1 of The Hidden Evil Trilogy) along with seven other phenomenal books. We’re selling the ENTIRE collection for only $0.99. Some of the best horror writers in the world are part of this anthology including Scott Nicholson, Kealan Patrick Burke, Glynn James, Mainak Dhar, Michaelbrent Collings, TW Brown and Brian James Freeman. The collection will be available only for a limited time.

Offer your services, knowledge or muscle and the universe will return it to you. Our collective spirit will always outshine the individual one.

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I love weird, twisted, horror stories. Do you?

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As I continue on this crazy journey called life I imagine I’m driving a huge party bus with all of you on it. Every so often we stop and pick up a few more people, a bag of ice and a lighter. Don’t ask me where we’re going because I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter anyways because anyone that’s taken a road trip with a bunch of friends knows that getting there is more than half the fun. It’s at least 76.7% of the fun depending on who gets arrested along the way.

Using that poor metaphor, I feel as though I need to pause every now and then and introduce myself to those getting on the bus. People reading my blog and my books (i.e., those getting on the bus, but you already figured that out) don’t know me that well yet but they’re intrigued by the party.

Those of you in the back–quitting throwing stuff out the windows. Nobody is allowed to use the john unless it’s an extreme emergency. And flush, would ya?

Now that you’ve all settled in, please allow me to reintroduce myself and tell you what you’re in for on this road trip:

I love horror–the kind where the fear comes from inside your own head. I’ve enjoyed my share of gory slasher stories but I don’t write too many of those. Yes, my creatures do some heinous things but not for the sake of the violence. I’m enamored with the evil that’s inside all of us and why some people can keep it contained while others can’t. My books are an escape from reality. They’re odd, esoteric and thoughtful with an economy of language. I front a heavy band in Cleveland, Ohio (Threefold Law) and so my style is very lyrical as well. Being a writer and a musician, I feel as though I have a perspective on storytelling that others might not. My new partnership with Rebecca T. Dickson (interviewed her last week, fyi) means that the updated versions of my books along with the new ones I’m writing will withhold NOTHING from you. I’ve been criticized for not explaining enough and I can promise you that won’t be the case anymore.

If you want to get a sense of the kind of stories I tell, grab this collection. My book, Reversion: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series – Book I) is included along with 6 other phenomenal books and the ENTIRE collection is only $0.99. Some of the best writers in the genre are part of this anthology including Bobby Adair, Craig DiLouie, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney, T.W. Piperbrook and L.T. Ryan. This is a helluva bargain. The collection will be available only for a limited time.

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Now get on the bus and stop holding up the line.