Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On the Soul of a Vampire FREE on Kindle August 21 & 22

Read a vampire novel that's much less about darkness and death than it is about light and life.

On the Soul of a Vampire, Book I in the On the Soul series is FREE on Amazon Kindle Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21 & 22.  Just click on the book cover link below:

The solution to the mystery has always been in the human soul.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Red Bridge Murder Now on Amazon Kindle

For those who enjoy 19th century fiction, French literature, police procedural suspense or are fans of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, you might be interested in The Red Bridge Murder, my English translation of Charles Barbara's L'Assassinat du Pont-Rouge.  This novella, thought by some to have possibly influenced Dostoyevsky to write Crime and Punishment, is darkly fascinating in its own right.  Considered to be one of the very first police procedurals, it's the story of musician Max Destroy's growing obsession with the strange mystery surrounding his friend, Clement, a man devoid of faith who, despite having gone from utter destitution to wealth, seems persecuted by inner demons.

The Red Bridge Murder/L'Assassinat du Pont-Rouge is available on Amazon Kindle as a dual language book that includes both the original French story and the English translation, as well as notes on the text.  To purchase or to read a sample, just click on the book cover link above.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

On the Soul of a Vampire FREE on Kindle Tuesday, August 7

On the Soul of a Vampire, Book I in the On the Soul series, will be FREE on Amazon Kindle this Tuesday, August 7, 2012.  Discover how the truth behind the legend has always resided in the human soul.  Just click on the link below to start the journey towards a secret as old as mankind:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Idle Daily Reflections of a "Deeply" Weary Spec Fiction Author

Warning:  Readers who don’t find anything remotely humorous in the accompanying cartoon or who are, God forbid, offended by it, will most likely not appreciate the daily reflection below.

Today’s Reflection:  Being that hot outshines good, loving, kind, attentive, patient, respectful and a host of other quality descriptors as the gold standard for appealing “romantic” heroes or heroines in a lot of popular fiction these days, and that the hotness of a story seemingly takes precedence over silly, unimportant things like substance, inspiration and artistry, is it unreasonable to find some dark humor in speculating that much of the modern world’s obsession with the heat factor both in entertainment and in life and its elevation of such to the highest good might be a case of be careful what you wish for?  I mean, it could be that what a person seeks most on earth is exactly what he or she will be rewarded with as an eternal state of being.  Perhaps not literally, but if God appreciates irony… and some might suggest He’s the author of it.

Thought inspired by daily exposure to the words “hot” and “hotness” in 19 out of 20 book blurbs and/or reviews of popular fiction novels, romance or otherwise.

Disclaimer:  Although said post is entitled Idle Daily Reflections, it’s doubtful that, despite having many of them – some idle, some not – I’ll make such thoughts a regular blog feature since, right after writing that isn’t hot enough, contemplation-worthy utterances tend to be viewed as simply sour grapes whining these days.  Still, ignore the serious question behind this (somewhat) facetious soapbox moment at your own risk.  And have a hot (I mean, good) day.