Tuesday, January 31, 2017

PRICING YOUR BOOKS: WATCH WHAT THE BIG BOYS AND GIRLS DO - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://www.writenowwithterridelcampo.blogspot.com/2016/01/pricing-your-book-watch-what-big-boys.html

Terri DelCampo has a short post on her Write Now with Terri DelCampo blog about pricing your books. Pricing Your Book - Watch What The Big Boys & Girls Do. Obviously, from the art above, you can see how Terri feels about free and $.99 books. I totally agree. Other than the books I have stories in published by different Presses than Blazing Owl Press, for which I have no control, none of our books other than Terri's Owl's Eye View Magazine, which is a labor of love for Terri because it was her first foray into professional writing, are free or $.99. And once the magazine comes out the following year with all the previous year's issues in one giant tome, the old ones are taken down from Amazon. Bear in mind that there is always at least one issue for $.99. Also, everything we publish is up on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read them for free.

I have a number of short stories up on Amazon for $.99, but the rights will be mine soon, and I will take them down and put them into collections. 70% royalty payout is certainly better than half that. So, for a while, I will have fewer books published, but since I have hundreds of short stories, that will change.

So, my friends, don't give your books away. I know that writing is a labor of love, but you should be paid for it. You deserve to. Click the link above and read Terri's post.

Write on, me lads and lassies!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, January 29, 2017

COBWEBS - BY C. L. HERNANDEZ



http://www.amazon.com/Cobwebs-C-L-Hernandez-ebook/dp/B00IK6BC1W/ref=sr_1_18_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459440376&sr=8-18&keywords=cl+hernandez

C. L. Hernandez is a favorite author of Terri DelCampo and myself. This is the collection of wonderful horror shorts that introduced me to this skilled author. Read our reviews below. Believe me: you will find a new favorite author. She is that good.

Book description:

 A mummified hand seeks
revenge. A harmless witch gets pushed a little too far. The Grim Reaper falls
victim to a prank. This is the kind of ghoulish fun you'll find in Cobwebs, volume
one of C. L. Hernandez's Horror Story Six-Packs! Six ghoulishly crafted stories
to keep you awake long into the night! Try one a day, or be a glutton for
punishment, and devour them all at once!

on April 10, 2014
Six different recipes for keeping awake at night. Hernandez weaves creepiness and dread into a horror merengue that oozes down your spine and chills your marrow.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cobwebs, by C.L. Hernandez, is a brilliant collection! I am new to this author, having stumbled across her when she asked to be my friend on Facebook. This collection would be outstanding for an established author, let alone a new talent on the scene. She is a classic example of why I love to read horror written by women authors. There is that special something and she "has" it!

All of these stories are awesome. And they are all so different. There is not only humor sprinkled into this collection, there is sarcastic wit bandied about - my favorite kind! Give The Man A Hand proves that.

The Leaf Lady is a wonderful revenge story. I am screaming to say more, but I would ruin it for you.

Stage Dive is the shortest one and it floored me because of the ending. Superb!

Death In A Bottle shows me the intelligence dwelling within this story. This is my favorite in the collection! The Grim Reaper versus . . . versus a most cunning adversary.

Brie Noir has horror, revenge, love, and witchcraft all wrapped up into a superb tale. Oh. It also has cheese.

Tub toys is the most chilling one in the collection. You know something is going to happen, but when and how?

There you have it! Six fantastic stories from an author I want to read more tales from. You will love every story! My personal guaranty!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - BENT METAL - BY NINA D'ARCANGELA


https://www.amazon.com/Bent-Metal-Nina-DArcangela-ebook/dp/B00NN5ZQ6C/ref=cm_rdp_product_img#nav-subnav

This is my book review for Bent Metal, by Nina D'Arcangela, that I did a couple years ago. Nina writes a short story with punch. I know you'll enjoy it.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


Where does reality end and dreamscape begin?

Woken each night by the sounds of screams and twisting metal, Lauren must relive the panic and fear of discovering her brother’s broken body on the asphalt. But each morning, she finds it’s only a dream… One she doesn’t want to keep having.

At what point does a dream become a nightmare, and what if the nightmare was more than a figment of her subconscious?

5.0 out of 5 stars Bent Metal Will Bend Your Mind!, September 19, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Bent Metal (Kindle Edition)
Bent Metal, by Nina D'Arcangela, is one of those mind-blowing tales that takes twists and turns from start to finish. You know the ending, but you really don't. You are pulled into alternate realities that pull at you from all directions, whispering into your ears that what you are reading only hints at the truth, and no matter how it plays out, there will be deep sadness.

Many people say never to write about dreams. No one cares to hear about them. I beg to differ. Dreams are on a plane of existence unlike our waking psyches. Nina's dream world is interlaced with realities, and bonds itself to the physical reality we try to ground ourselves in.

I have had the same dream every night for 47 years. I keep hoping for a different ending so that happiness will finally wash over me. This gives me more insight into the tale Nina shares with us. I understand. I believe. And I can still hope.

Read Bent Metal. Nina D'Arcangela is a master of psychological horror.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CHANGE




I've touched on this before, but I've decided to take a few things a step farther. For a number of years, I have been posting many of my short stories on various websites for free. I have many hundreds of them scattered about. Except for one website, that will stop shortly. I am in the process of putting them on hard drives and saving them. They have been up for people to read for a long time. I help many other authors with their marketing efforts and more. Now is the time for me to do something with a lot of my work.

I have millions of hits on the search engines, much of that for my Women In Horror posts. I will, of course, continue with that, however, I can no longer just hand my stories out for free. There are plenty of them in circulation for people to see if they like my writing or not. Nothing will be removed until I am ready to make collections of my short stories.

My new stories will go directly to ebook and paperback later. You don't see Stephen King putting his stuff up for free, do you? I have many novels coming up as well, so there will be a lot of tales from Blaze McRob. I am getting on in years and health issues take a toll on my time. If anything happens where I am unable to dig up my stories, they could be lost forever. I don't want that.

In the meanwhile, continue to read away. I hope folks enjoy my stories enough to read them now and buy my new ones as they come along. Artists should be paid for their work.

Blaze McRob

Monday, January 23, 2017

THE CREEPS - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N4YUHT8?keywords=terri%20delcampo&qid=1454640630&ref_=sr_1_23_twi_kin_1&s=books&sr=1-23

The Creeps, by Terri DelCampo, is a collection of eight tales of horror filled with plenty of ooky. Just what you need before you go to bed. Pick a tale or two, read, and have pleasant nightmares. You don't want to sleep, do you? I thought not.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Crazy car ride to give you a chill; An onboard snack, a belly won't fill. Broken hearts calmed in one fable; Brats beware of turning tables. Food for thought on priority bills. What's on the couscous will give you chills. Little girl wonders if angels will cry. Why would a child fear a shower? Why? If you dare to read on to the end, Shudders to you I promise to send.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RANDOM PAUSES FOR THOUGHT - OR - FOLDER CLEANOUT FOR THE NEW YEAR


http://terridelcampo.blogspot.com/2017/01/random-pauses-for-thought-or-folder.html 

Terri DelCampo tells it like it is in her post Random Pauses For Thought - Or Folder Cleanout For The New Year. She holds back on nothing. I think that anyone reading this post will find out a lot about Terri. There is no politically correct shit in this piece. She even attacks folks by name. A lot of them. Yay, Terri!

I suggest folks take a look at what Terri writes. It's a mind opener for sure. Go to http://terridelcampo.blogspot.com/2017/01/random-pauses-for-thought-or-folder.html  and read away.

Blaze McRob





Monday, January 16, 2017

TOP TEN FINISHER IN PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS POLL 2016


Blazing Owl Press is a little over a year old, so Terri DelCampo and I are over the top happy to have cracked the Top 10 Finisher rankings in the Best All other Short Story category. The story, Alien Pizza Tales, by Blaze McRob, is one of 37 stories in Planet Pizza, which is a sci-fi/horror/fantasy mix. Alien Pizza Tales adds a lot of humor to the mix as well.

 6. Alien Pizza Tales, Blaze McRob, Blazing Owl Press

Terri DelCampo is the editor of this story and did the cover art and formatting as well. Great job, Terri! Here is the cover art and link for the collection.


https://www.amazon.com/Planet-Pizza-Blaze-McRob-ebook/dp/B01M8L44VJ/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484619741&sr=1-2&keywords=planet+pizza

Terri also came in 12th in the short story horror category.

12. The Skelly Effect, Terri DelCampo, Lycan Valley Press

And, Terri placed 13th in the Book Cover Art category.

13. Destiny Changed, Terri DelCampo

Here is Terri's cover.



Terri DelCampo and I want to thank everyone who voted for us. It is very much appreciated.

Blaze McRob

Sunday, January 15, 2017

HOW INDIES UNLIMITED WORKS







From Indies Unlimited:


Over the short time since its inception, Indies Unlimited has become one of the most heavily trafficked websites for people interested in indie writing, publishing, marketing, and reading. We’re honored that so many people are saying...

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/ 


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I haven't said enough about Indies Unlimited. This great website is a mother lode of information about anything concerning authors. I co-own a small Press, but I still consider almost every Press other than Big Five to be Indie. Some of my Publisher friends probably disagree, but that's their prerogative. We're all in this together and we need to keep high-nose attitudes away from what we all want to do: write and be published.

Kathy Rowe pointed out Indies Unlimited to me a while back, and I cannot thank her enough. She writes regular posts for the website and is certainly your go to person when it comes to Military information. Amongst other things.

Go to this great website and discover how much information is there. You will be totally shocked. I was.


Blaze McRob

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

OWL'S EYE VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8 - ISSUE 1- BY TERRI DELCAMPO


https://www.amazon.com/Owls-Eye-View-Magazine-Issue-ebook/dp/B01N20UBFI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

A new year is upon us and Terri DelCampo has a grand beginning. Owl's Eye View Magazine Volume 8 - Issue 1 is waiting on the Amazon Kindle shelves for your reading enjoyment. Swooping Through The Years, Visceral Verse, Macabre Mirth, and Gator Park ( a short story ) will all be there. Today is Terri's birthday. I bought my copy to spread some birthday joy. It's only 99 cents, my friends. More than worth the price.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Owl's Eye View Magazine is a dark fiction monthly featuring columns, poetry, and short stories written by Terri DelCampo and "Columnists" who are in fact her ongoing fictitious characters.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

OWL'S EYE VIEW MAGAZINE - 2016 BUNDLE


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MS5X1GA/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484071467&sr=1-3&keywords=owl%27s+eye+view+magazine

Terri DelCampo has published her compilation of every monthly Owl's Eye View Magazine for 2016. All twelve issues are in this bundle, and Terri has set the price at half of what twelve individual issues would have cost you. To see if you like Terri's writing style, you have merely go to the generous free sample - the look inside option - on Amazon. I'm sure you will love it. Also, the first issue for 2017 will be up tomorrow and is only 99 cents. Two great ways to check it out.

Owl's Eye View Magazine Volume 7 - 2016 is waiting for your reading pleasure!

Blaze McRob
 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

IT'S NICE TO BE BACK - BLAZE MCROB


Like Terri DelCampo said, it took us a while to straighten out our website problems. But she has done it, and you can expect us to get back in the groove with our posts once again, mixing a little bit of everything in here. We have a very busy 2017 planned. Many novels, short story collections, and , of course, Terri's magazine, Owl's Eye View. There will be some totally different books for you to read this year. Terri is pushing the envelope with her novels, and I will be exploring new genres and genre blends. But, of course, horror is our first love. We will never abandon it.

Come along for a grand ride into a future we hope you will enjoy as much as us.

Blaze McRob 

What's been going on -




Good Afternoon, Ooky Readers! 

I know you're used to Blaze McRob publishing on Blazing Owl Press, but we've had some annoying problems with the site and domain.  Apparently our domain was bought out from under us. 

So I decided to build a Blazing Owl Press blog rather than site, and this is the first post.  I have been working all day on transferring previous posts from the old site to this blog, so that Blaze can pick up where he left off when our domain failed in October.  I hope he has fun catching you up on all the exciting Blazing Owl Press news! 

I'm sure Blaze will post this evening. 

In the meantime, allow me to wish all of you a very Happy 2017! 

And thank you for reading our books.  We appreciate each and every one of our readers more than you'll ever know. 

Chills! 
Terri DelCampo

TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS - PIXIE AVALONG & THE GOBLINS - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/team-rojo-friends-blog-23-pixie-avalon.html

PIXIE AVALON & THE GOBLINS is a continuation of last week's story PIXIE AVALON. Terri DelCampo came up with a most interesting story about Pixies. Maybe it's true. Who am I to say? This story is part of Terri's ongoing novel TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS. All of these stories are free to read and are suitable for children of all ages.

Mosey over to the link above and read this story and check out the other children's tales she has waiting for you.

Blaze McRob  


GREY MATTER MONSTERS - TAKERS OF SOULS - LYCAN VALLEY PRESS ANTHOLOGY


https://www.amazon.com/Grey-Matter-Monsters-Takers-Souls-ebook/dp/B01MG2N7D4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477175456&sr=8-1-spell

Terri DelCampo has a fantastic story, Chilopodophobia, in the newly released anthology Grey Matter Monsters: Takers Of Souls, published by Lycan Valley Press. This is the second top 100 ranked anthology in a row on Amazon for Lycan Valley. see what the buzz is about. Get your copy now!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Grey Matter Monsters is an anthology of horror with proceeds to benefit Kids Help Phone. This anthology shows you the real monsters of mental illness, and hopes to erase some of the stigma that plagues those whom suffer from it.


TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS - BLOG 22 - PIXIE AVALON - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/team-rojo-friends-blog-22-pixie-avalon.html

Terri DelCampo has another chapter in her children's novel TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS! PIXIE AVALON is a cute story about the newest member to join the fun at TEAM ROJO. This is a two part story, but can be read as a single tale. Avalon is quite a charmer. Don't forget that all of Terri's children's stories on her children's website are free and suitable for children of all ages.

Don't miss out on the fun. Get over there now.

Blaze McRob


HAUNTED HALLOWEEN PARTY


https://www.facebook.com/events/626702470840662/

Blazing Owl Press will be hosting Haunted Halloween Party on Friday, October 21. Woo, hoo! Terri DelCampo and I will have free goodies for you lovers of Halloween. Do you love poems, short stories, and youtubes? We'll have those and more. This week I'll have a brand new collection of short stories to talk about. Do you love sci-fi, fantasty, horror, and other goodies? You're in luck. Planet Pizza is chock full of these tales. There are 37 stories in all. Yes, this is no sissy collection. And, this novel length collection will be won by a lucky person in addition to everything else we have in store for you. Mosey over for some great Halloween fun!

Blaze McRob
  

TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS - BLOG 21 - GHOST TOWN ADVENTURE - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/team-rojo-friends-blog-21-ghost-town.html

Ghost Town Adventure is the latest children's story by Terri DelCampo. This is another chapter in Terri's TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS novel and is geared for children of all ages. As with all of the stories posted on this blog, it is free.

Not only did I enjoy the story as I was reading it, but I love the cover as well. Tres cool!

Head to the link above and read this great story and many more. You and your children will have a great time.

Blaze McRob 


HAUNTED HALLOWEEN PARTY - 2016

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/626702470840662/

Blazing Owl Press will be hosting Haunted Halloween Party on Friday, October 14. Woo, hoo! Terri DelCampo and I will have free goodies for you lovers of Halloween. Do you love poems, short stories, and youtubes? We'll have those and more. Bring your plastic pumpkins to carry your stash back home. Our porch light will be on for you.

Blaze McRob  

TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS - BLOG 20 - CRUNCHY LEAVES


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/team-rojo-friends-blog-20-crunchy-leaves.html

Terri DelCampo has a great children's story for you today. CRUNCHY LEAVES, a chapter from her children's novel TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS, is geared for children of all ages. And, it is free to read on the link above. While you're there, take a look at the other children's stories she has. Once more, all of them are free.

I'll join you where the cool kids meet.

Blaze McRob 

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT - FREEDOM OF (EVEN REVOLTING) SPEECH - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://terridelcampo.blogspot.com/2016/10/freedom-of-even-revolting-speech.html

Terri DelCampo gives her opinions about free speech. Even with issues and people she feels strongly about, she does not think people should have to limit what they have to say. These rights are guaranteed in the Constitution.

As much as I might disagree with people and some of the stupid, revolting things they have to say, they have the right to say them. Of course, it's a double edged sword. I don't respect the people who are truly disgusting, and I have every right to attack them in print. Sometimes, it's not worth the effort. Things like this can be a huge time suck with opinionated people who don't care to approach things from a humanistic point of view.

A case of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Read Terri's post and see if you agree.

Blaze McRob


TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS - BLOG 19 - CASSIE SWIMS! - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/team-rojo-friends-blog-19-cassie-swims.html

Terri DelCampo reached down deep for the latest story in her TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS novel. CASSIE SWIMS brings a new animal friend and a super adventure to her latest chapter. Don't forget that this chapter and all the others are free. They are geared for children of all ages. Get in on the fun and hit the link above! You and your children will have a grand time.

Blaze McRob 

THE GOOD OL' DAYS


As I was working some thoughts through my brain the other day, I got to thinking about the good old days. They're relative to a sci-fi novel I'll be writing at some point. The more I thought, the less answers I got. The truth? I can't think of any good old days. Guess I'll have to work a little harder than normal with this book. I'm pushing seventy. That's a whole bunch of life experience. But good old days? Not so much.

Don't get me wrong. I had some good moments back in the day, but not extended stays. How many of you fall into the same boat as me? The moments occurred because I made them happen.

I was born in 1947. The days of radio. Pre TV. The shows were great. I loved The Shadow and Inner Sanctum. The negative was that I was only three when they were on. If my mother caught me sneaking down the hall to listen to them, she would beat the living shit out of me. You guessed it: mom was evil. At least to me and my sister. The other three brothers, not so much. This made childhood less than good.

The fifties are portrayed as fun and games. For who? The U.S. was building bomb shelters for Christ sake. If you were a minority, you were treated like shit. Not good for them.

The sixties? Upheavals for civil rights, which only came about because of black people themselves. Don't buy into the stories that the Kennedy's and LBJ fought for it. The war in Nam was an interesting mix of those who went and fought - I volunteered - and hippies hiding behind college deferments because of a lack of balls. Guess you know where I stand on that. What pisses me off the most was how the returning Vets were treated. I can never forgive those who did this. What's even worse is that this election year we have a candidate for President who dodged the draft five times. And we want him to be Commander In Chief? I don't think so.

I think you're seeing a pattern here. I'm not going to bore you with any more of  my vitriol. I write horror and can conveniently dispatch of folks I don't like in many delightful ways. Oh the joy!

So, my friends, my words of advice to you are to take whatever moments you can out of life and enjoy them. If you are blessed with many, that's a great thing. If not, maybe your luck will change, or you will create some luck of your own. I did just that. Last year I got married to a wonderful lady. She shockingly said yes when I asked her to marry me. Things are great now. And the bad things from the past? Perfect fodder for some horror stories.

Have happy lives, my friends!

Blaze McRob  


  

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!






Busy, busy, busy! Terri DelCampo and I are both hustling right now, and there is no end in sight. So, what needs to be done to accomplish everything on our plates? We need to prioritize. That's what. Both of us have been getting caught up in political crap, which is nothing but a time suck. Simple statements of what we feel turn into long argumentative back and forth discourse. No one's decisions are influenced one way or the other. Folks try to tell us what to think, but they themselves don't want to hear our opinions. One way street and definitely not worth the effort.

Besides the political garbage, it appears that whenever we post anything about anything, people jump in and find fault. We leave our Facebook pages open for discussion, but people are taking advantage of us. No more. I'm tired of it and so is Terri.  Stubborn folks are eating away at our productivity.

We will still be using social media, but we will limit our time. There are stories we need to edit and write. They are more important than politics, religion, or other useless babbling to us.

We'll still be around. The only thing changing is our modus operandi.

Blaze McRob



TERRI DELCAMPO TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!


http://terridelcampo.blogspot.com/2016/09/thomas-gibson-fired-for-kicking-producer.html

Terri DelCampo loves the TV show Criminal Minds. She has all but the latest season or two on DVD. Thomas Gibson rocks, in her eyes, as a super actor and an integral part of the show. However, Gibson pulled some crap that even a fan such as Terri cannot overlook. Read her post at the above link to see what she has to say.

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT! Terri DelCampo style.

Blaze McRob  


TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS - BLOG 18 - SHEEP NECK DEEP! - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/team-rojo-friends-blog-18-sheep-neck.html

Terri DelCampo has a great children's story waiting for you! SHEEP NECK DEEP is her latest chapter in her novel TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS. All the chapters are free to read on THE ROJO ADVENTURE BLOG. You can't beat free, and these stories are great for children of all ages.

Hustle thyselves over and see what kind of shenanigans these sheep are getting themselves into.

Blaze McRob 


RIP VEGA - C.L. HERNANDEZ'S AUTHOR OF THE WEEK


https://clhernandezblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/author-of-the-week-9/

“Debut author Rip Vega is a business owner who turns to pen and paper in the dim hours of the night. Having grown up in a neighborhood riddled with real life horror, he is known for fusing candid realism with devilish creativity in creepy horror stories that thrill readers long after the last page."

Thus begins C. L. Hernandez's post for Rip Vega, her Author Of The Week. Time for me to check out a new author!

Blaze McRob

TRICKS FOR TWITTER

 


http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2016/09/11/the-secret-key-to-using-twitter-that-most-authors-overlook/

Indies Unlimited has some great advice for those folks using Twitter. This post, written by Lauren Sapala, takes a common sense look at what a lot of authors are doing wrong. Twitter is quick and easy to use, and Lauren shows you how to get much more productivity from this great internet social media tool. Take a peek into what she says. I use Twitter a lot and found some valuable information here. I'll bet you will too.

Blaze McRob

ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW FOR MORBID METAMORPHOSIS!

 

Christine Morgan was very kind to post a fantastic review for Morbid Metamorphosis not only on her website Christine Morgan's World of Words,  https://christinemariemorgan.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/review-summer-week-11/ , but on Amazon as well, https://www.amazon.com/Morbid-Metamorphosis-Nickolas-Furr-ebook/dp/B01H4P2VIM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473353147&sr=1-1&keywords=morbid+metamorphosis#nav-subnav. Check both of these links for the review for Morbid Metamorphosis, as well as taking a peek on Christine's website to read her other reviews, and to see what else lies on Christine's radar. Christine is a fantastic author in her own right, and is a Woman In Horror. She is a classy lady all the way around.

Terri DelCampo's story, The Skelly Effect, was her top pick of the bunch of the tales contained within the tome? Way to go Terri!

All the stories in Morbid Metamorphosis are great! I hope you'll give it a look. There are authors from all over this world in it. Great authors.

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob

GETTING BETTER BY TYR KIERAN





https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Better-Tyr-Kieran-ebook/dp/B008A6OYEO/ref=cm_rdp_product_img#nav-subnav

Below, I have my book review for the short story Getting Better, by Tyr Kieran. This is a great tale of horror that is the perfect pre-bedtime read for horror lovers. Oh yeah, baby!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Shaun is institutionalized. Traumatic events have led to his stay at Agronaville Mental Health Center, where he battles his inner demons. Witness his first group therapy session. Experience his struggle against the violent visions that threaten to consume him.

In this layered short story of horror fiction, you’ll be drawn into a psychological journey that you won’t soon forget. This tale is a gritty, emotional ride and for $0.99, I promise it’s well worth the price of admission!

What others are saying about "Getting Better":

“I didn’t expect to like this so much! The writing is flawless and the story, disturbing and intelligent”
– Rebecca Hamilton, Author of Bestselling Occult Novel THE FOREVER GIRL.

“‘Getting Better’ is a dark, gritty read that takes an interesting look at mental illness from the patient's perspective. The descriptions are smooth and detailed, and Kieran pulled me into the world of his narrative with a subtle yet powerful voice.”
– S.M. Boyce, Author of the successful dark fantasy book The Grimoire: Lichgates.

“Tyr Kieran’s Getting Better is as well-written as it is diabolical.”
— Tessa Dawn, Author of the Dark Fantasy Vampire Series: Blood Curse.

“Tyr Kieran possesses a writer’s most important gifts: the ability to seduce words into bringing his unique visions to life; the imagination to conjure those visions in the first place; and the ability to bring his readers kicking and screaming along for the ride.”
– B.E. Scully, author of the critically-acclaimed gothic horror novel Verland: The Transformation

“Wow! Holy mind f**k. Intellectually & psychologically stimulating.”
— Gina Kincade, Author & Owner at Naughty Nights Press

“A very disturbing look into psychosis. Kieran walks a very fine line between reality and fantasy in his short story "Getting Better." Beware of what you think you know as you tread the halls of insanity!”
— Alex Scully- Firbog Publishing

“★★★★★ This is a short story with a wallop! There's nothing better than a tale that sneaks up on you, toys with what you think you know, then smacks you down and reminds you that the writer is in control---"Getting Better" is just that kind of story and author Tyr Kieran is that kind of writer. This story grabs you, teases you, then when you least expect it, bares its teeth! Love a great horror short, love this story!”
— R.S. Guthrie, Author of Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel

"Tyr constructs characters with such astute degrees of insanity, perversion, and malevolence that one has to genuinely question whether he is penning his stories from a padded room somewhere."
— Dark Willy, curator of Dark Willy’s Phantasmic Circus



5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better -Shock Therapy For your Horror Fixation Needs, June 11, 2012
This review is from: Getting Better (Kindle Edition)
Tyr Kieran has come up with one brilliantly bold shocker! Taking place in a mental institution, Getting Better can't get any better than it is. Even though the resolution of the tale is rather gory, it is shockingly symbolic of the unstable balance between patient and doctor in the inexact science that is Mental Therapy. I don't want to spoil the plot, so I will close by saying we have a new master of the craft among us. His name is Tyr Kieran.

Read this book!

TEAM ROJO & FRIENDS - GOOD DEEDS - BY TERRI DELCAMPO



http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/team-rojo-friends-blog-12-good-deeds.html

Terri DelCampo has her new children's story posted. Good Deeds is a nice tale about being kind and doing things for those unable to do them for themselves. This is another chapter in Terri's novel and is suitable for children of all ages. And it's free!

Happy reading.

Blaze McRob

SELF-EDITING









http://www.publetariat.com/2015/12/16/self-editing-4-fiction-1-intro/

http://www.writeintoprint.com/2012/09/self-editing-4-fiction-1-intro.html

I found this on the front page of Publetariat  http://www.publetariat.com/ . I am there often to get timely advice about what is happening in the publishing industry, in particular, the self-publishing industry. This is a nine part series with great self-editing information. I have included the links above so you can read the series in its entirety.

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Today’s post by Stef Mcdaid, off of her blog WriteIntoPrint . It is the first part of a nine part series on content editing, but the whole series is available now and well worth reading.  I have bookmarked it myself to go back and reread. ~ * ~ A lot has happened in the publishing […]

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Peruse the other great posts at Publetariat and find a wealth of information to assist you in becoming a better author as well as to keep you current with all the changes in publishing. Knowledge is power.

Blaze McRob                                                        



BOOK TRAILER FOR SILVER HELLS


http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Hells-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B0195H8QPY/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450026270&sr=1-1&keywords=silver+hells

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4MwJ6tRCTI&feature=youtu.be

Beverly Cialone has done another great job with her production of our book trailer for Silver Hells, a twisted collection of Holiday Horror short stories from Terri DelCampo and me. Beverly has done all of our book trailers for us, and will be doing many more.

If you want fantastic book trailers, Beverly Cialone is the person to see. If you want to find out why we use her talents, go to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4MwJ6tRCTI&feature=youtu.be  and watch.

A picture is worth a thousand words. A book trailer is worth many more. Happy Holidays, my friends!

Blaze McRob



MARKETING 101 - REVIEWS



Reviews are important. They can get the word out about an author's books to people who might not otherwise find that the book exists. The more buzz about a book, the greater the likelihood of someone finding it in increased search engine links.

There are many ways to get reviews. Sometimes an author or Press will provide a free copy to readers in exchange for a review. This generates pretty quick response in many instances. However, we have a recent change in the way Amazon allows or disallows reviews. Shay West asks some interesting questions about this issue in a post here  http://shay-west.com/2015/12/14/authors-need-readers-more-than-ever/ . She is absolutely right. I have had a number of my reviews taken down because I knew authors. Since I know untold hundreds of authors, it is impossible for me to put reviews up on Amazon any longer. That, in my opinion is really stupid.

I won't name names, but I know a Publisher that has their editors, owners, and authors post reviews of books coming from them. This is what Amazon wanted to stop with the crackdown on reviews, but these folks have been at it for a while now.

So, now the rest of us suffer the consequences.

As Shay points out in her post, readers who enjoy books from a favorite author are almost certainly forced to use other ways of reviewing their favorite books. I am in the process of finding some of these non-Amazon review places. I found some today and will start spreading them around.

The easiest way might be to simply post your own review on your website if you have one, or to drop by a Facebook group and tell them about the books you like. There are many of them. Once more, I will start adding links to some of these great groups.

Once again, reviews are important. Authors appreciate them.

Thank you for your time.

Blaze McRob

 

MARKETING 101 - TWITTER TIPS


http://www.indieauthornews.com/2012/07/twitter-tips-for-authors.html

Rather than have me drone on and on about what I think about Twitter, click the link above and get some great advice. Twitter is a super place to go for many reasons. Marketing is only one of them, and as with any other form of marketing, spamming is frowned upon. Find timely tips galore from Alan Kealey!

Also, make certain to read the other great posts at The Indie Authors Daily. I subscribe to http://paper.li/OrnaRoss/1326922517?edition_id=5dccd460-a118-11e5-9544-0cc47a0d1605&utm_campaign=paper_sub&utm_medium=email&utm_source=subscription  Orna Ross does a great job!

Blaze McRob

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Twitter Tips for Authors


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Twitter is an amazing tool to brand yourself as author and connect with your readers and fellow authors. Twitter can play a big role in your Author-Marketing Strategy if used correctly.
It is not an exclusive "free advertising tool" for self-promoters as some people are using it and driving their followers 'nuts.'

We collected some great Tips for Twitter Starters and Twitter Veterans as well.

GREAT REVIEW FOR "SILVER HELLS"


http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Hells-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B0195H8QPY/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450026270&sr=1-1&keywords=silver+hells

Silver Hells, by Terri DelCampo and Blaze McRob, a collection of Twelve Twisted Holiday Tales from around the world, has gotten a great review! All authors love receiving great reviews. Terri and I are no exception.

Thank you to a kind reviewer!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

Children in huts put a gift in his sack; Chuckie brings gifts that his family lacks;
Coins carry wishes to Santa so real; A Christmas fate for a giver is sealed;
All through the land silver bells serenade; A gift from Santa one cannot evade;
Souls fade out as snow globes shimmer; Frau Perchta has nothing but evil within her;
Santa's sack holds ornaments for his tree; At midnight mists carry a mystery;
Santa gives Amy a breakfast surprise; Who might bring about Thorolf's demise?
All these sweet stories you'll find in our book! Open it up! Have no fear! Take a look!


Format: Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a fast, fun, frightening Christmas read, then be sure to pick up Silver Hells! The second story in this book is absolutely wrenching! Won't give any spoilers, but this is a great read! Will be sure to read more of this author's work!


KID JOEY AND SIR WHIP TAKE OUT THE TRASH - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/kid-joey-sir-whip-take-out-trash-by.html

Terri DelCampo has been a busy lassie. She has her latest THE ROJO ADVENTURE BLOG post up: KID JOEY AND SIR WHIP TAKE OUT THE TRASH. This is a cute story you can read to your children. Older children will be able to enjoy reading it on their own. Terri does a great job with any genre she chooses to tackle.

Terri wrote a novel this year for NaNoWriMo that was a children's book, so you'll be seeing plenty of  variety coming from her.

Go to the link above and read this tale and many others she has for you. All of them are free. Gotta love that!

Blaze McRob


SILVER HELLS - HOLIDAY HORROR WITH CHILLS GALORE!


http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Hells-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B0195H8QPY/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449764329&sr=1-1&keywords=silver+hells

 Blazing Owl Press has a new book out in time for the holidays. Silver Hells is a collection of twelve tales of horror, written by Terri DelCampo and me, stories that twist the legends around. We have tales from around the world. Think you know everything about Santa? I highly doubt it. What about Krampus? You are in for a shock. Third World countries have their say about the joyous festivities. Iceland has legends needing to be told: and they are in this tome.

All this and more. Much more. We'll leave the lights on for you. Happy Silver Hells!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

Children in huts put a gift in his sack; Chuckie brings gifts that his family lacks;
Coins carry wishes to Santa so real; A Christmas fate for a giver is sealed;
All through the land silver bells serenade; A gift from Santa one cannot evade;
Souls fade out as snow globes shimmer; Frau Perchta has nothing but evil within her;
Santa's sack holds ornaments for his tree; At midnight mists carry a mystery;
Santa gives Amy a breakfast surprise; Who might bring about Thorolf's demise?
All these sweet stories you'll find in our book! Open it up! Have no fear! Take a look!


DOGS, SKUNKS, AND OTHER RUNNERS







Coming sometime this next year: Dogs, Skunks, And Other Runners, by Blaze McRob. Before I started writing my tales of horror, and during the times of my pounding away on the keyboards or putting pen to paper, I had quite a career in ultra-running. What is ultra-running, you ask? Simply put, it is running more than the standard 26.2 mile marathon distance. The picture above shows me lurking behind Brent Weigner in a 50 mile race. Brent is wearing the #1. Do I look young there or what? I went on to win the race and Brent came in second. The race was held on June, 17, 1978.

I ran many races after that, running with some of the best runners in the world. I was humbled on many occasions, but I did well in many others. On any given day, any runner can become the winner.

I enjoyed my running days; I only wish I could still participate, but health issues are eating away at my once animalistic approach to the sport. Those of you who run and push your limits know what I'm talking about. Maybe one day I will be able to return to the sport.

My hope is that the collection of short stories within this tome will give hope to those who need a little inspiration, not only in running, but in other facets of life. With limited genetics, I still succeeded because of my work ethic. As with anything else in life, if you want something bad enough, you will achieve.

Happy running. Happy writing.

Blaze McRob  

"CHILLS" - GREAT HOLIDAY HORROR FROM TERRI DELCAMPO


http://www.amazon.com/Chills-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B00OYUM7SA/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Terri DelCampo has some great holiday horror for your ooky palate. Chills has eight stories that will show you a different side of the holiday season. Terri has a charming way about her that will draw you in with mellow prose but will slap you alongside the head too. The one-two punch. Loverly.

So, my friends, once the kids have gone to sleep, slide Chills onto your Kindle, put a spiffy nightcap on, and read away. You'll be glad you did.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:


 Santa F-bombs heard only by some. From where in the forest should Christmas trees come? Will Christians to Morningstar be lost? Who'll win the bet, Vulcan or Frost? Christmas Eve miracle for a small child. South Pole festivities horribly wild. Good kids onto naughty list drift. Naughty boy tempts hungry gifts. Classic holiday ditties these stories are not. But if you want ooky, a sleighful I've got!

Ooky holidays, one and all! Chills!


STATE OF HORROR - NEW JERSEY


http://www.amazon.com/State-Horror-New-Jersey-ebook/dp/B00N15TPEI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

I thought I would start mentioning some of the anthologies I'm in over here. Many authors start out with getting their stories into anthologies and jump off from there. This is sort of the case with me. I was a ghostwriter for many years with 75 novels under my belt. However, none of them are in my new name of Blaze McRob. Thus: no one knew me from Adam when I popped back up on the radar. Back in 2011 I started getting my name out.

Now, I didn't submit my short stories to every Press on the planet. I submitted to Presses I liked and trusted. Money was secondary. Good thing: It's tough to become wealthy from writing stories for anthologies. However, I have some thirty that I am in now. I am happy to say that I have met some great authors along the way, so every story was a joy.

In State Of Horror: New Jersey, I have a short story titled Rudetown Road. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. And, the other stories by my fellow authors are all great. There is a lot of history in New Jersey, and a lot of that includes tales of dark entities. Plenty of dark in this tome.

Also, all my royalties from my story go to St. Jude. And, Jerry E. Benns, the owner/publisher of Charon Coin Press, matches it. What a guy! Thank you, Jerry. 

Blaze McRob

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Book description:


 WHAT IS YOUR STATE OF HORROR?

The birth of a devil in the 18th century resonates in today’s world. A storm hits a small mountain town and the resident must evacuate, where will they go? Visit a zoo unlike any you have experienced. The sins of the past haunt the present in a once thriving industrial town. Discover what lies beneath the boardwalk. Take a walk down memory lane as a woman is haunted by that thing she most loved. Escaping from a zombie hoard may not be the worst danger you face. What does it really mean to “Keep it Jersey”?

Join us as we explore the modern interpretation of folklore, culture, and the uniqueness that is New Jersey through 13 tales of horror.

Stories by:
Scott M. Goriscak, Frank J. Edler, Armand Rosamilia, Julianne Snow, C.I. Kemp, T. Fox Dunham, Christian Jensen, Eli Constant, Blaze McRob, Diane Arrelle, Margaret Colton, Nathanael Gass, and Tim Baker


By S.H. Roddey on January 5, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book directly from the publisher at a convention in September 2014. It took me a bit to get to it (my TBR pile is more of a bookcase), but I'm glad I did. I read the entire collection in about two days. In the interest of full disclosure, no, it isn't perfect. But then again, no book is.

As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The stories are interesting and unique, and for someone who has never spent any discernible amount of time in New Jersey, it gave me an interesting glimpse into the popular folklore and urban legends. The stories are a great mix of creepy and gory, and one or two even frighteningly poignant. My favorite story by far is the last in the book, "Memories of Her Are Dead" by Eli Constant. It's placement at the end is a perfect way to end the set.

As an author, I saw issues. My biggest complaint is not in the formatting or grammar, but in content itself. There were one or two points where my eye twitched a bit due to a typo or glaring grammatical error, but in the end any errors were minimal and didn't take away from the story. Several of the stories disappointed me for the simple fact that they were too short. For example, Julianne Snow's "Under the Boardwalk" is brilliant and one of my favorites in the collection, but I wish it was longer. It could have easily been its own stand-alone novel. The first story in the book is a great, creepy idea, but it's probably my least favorite in the collection (for technical reasons, not story-based) and as a matter of preference I wouldn't have placed it first on the list.

Ultimately I can't say there's a bad story in the bunch, and there wasn't a single one I can say I didn't enjoy. Overall this is a great collection to begin what promises to be a long-standing series, and definitely worth the price of admission.



KID JOEY AND THE GREAT SMUDGE RESCUE - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/kid-joey-and-great-smudge-rescue-by.html

KID JOEY AND THE GREAT SMUDGE RESCUE By Terri DelCampo 

This is the latest Kid Joey story from Terri DelCampo. Take a little break from things today and read a story that shares some good into a world that could use a lot more of it. This story is for children of all ages. Your children can read it if they wish, or adults can read it to them. Either way, this is a fun story. Simply hit the link above.

Blaze McRob





KID JOEY AND THE RESTAURANT ADVENTURE - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://rojoadventureblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/kid-joey-and-restaurant-adventure.html

Terri DelCampo writes in more than one genre. She writes some great childrens' stories as well as her horror tales. Kid Joey And The Restaurant Adventure is one of those. The link above has the story in its entirety. And it's free, as are the rest of the stories on the website.

I believe that a good author can write in any genre she/he wishes. Terri feels the same way. Some genres don't appeal to her, so she leaves them alone. But others grab a hold of her and off they go: Terri and her tales, frolicking about in a most delightful way.

All of Terri's childrens' stories are geared for young readers, so you can read them to your children and not fear anything will alarm them.

Read and enjoy. That's what Terri wants you to do.

By the way. Terri also did the artwork. Lady of many talents.

Blaze McRob