Monday, February 27, 2017

GREAT REVIEW FOR JAMES REBORN


https://www.amazon.com/James-Reborn-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B01IW69888/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471803516&sr=1-1&keywords=james+reborn#nav-subnav

James Reborn, Terri DelCampo's latest horror novel , received a 5 Star Review on Amazon! All authors love reviews, especially when they're as great as this one. Thank you, Amazon Customer, for taking the time to tell readers how much you loved this novel. You certainly put a smile on Terri's face. Mine too.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


Writer travels to mountain cabin,
Looking for a peaceful retreat.
On a quiet hike for thinking
A frightening sight her eyes did meet.

Young man imprisoned in a dog pen
Helpless to Pa's sadistic whim.
Writer can't believe the horror
And the injustice done to him.

She becomes involved in drama
More frightening than she's ever known.
For James and Pa bring out her instincts
And sides of herself she'd never known.


Format: Kindle Edition
I liked all the twists and turns. Especially after she came back. What she chose to do to survive was astonishing.
Thanks Miss Terri!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

DON'T FRET OVER SUBMISSIONS


This is a post I had up on my website a few years back. It still has relevance today. I hope you get something good out of it.


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A short post today for folks who worry about their submissions being accepted. I had a dream last night that one of my MS's was not accepted for an anthology. The reason was: the premise and story both were good, but it didn't fit in with what the publisher was looking for. This was not an upsetting dream. You should be inside my head when the horrific ones come, as they do most nights.

I merely accepted the fact and saved it in my files for another project, another time. In my dream, I had the option of changing my story to get it in. What! No way! I wrote a good story and had no desire to change it. Since there was no time to submit another one, I didn't even try.

What I'm saying is that dreamworld or real world, if you write a great story and it doesn't get accepted where you thought it had a home, just find another home for it. It's still a great story. It could even become part of a single author collection of  short stories you offer up to a publisher or put out on your own.

A Blazing Great Book will always be just that. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.


Blaze McRob

Saturday, February 18, 2017

ARE THERE REALLY REASONS FOR THE BAD STUFF? - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


http://disabilitychallengeswithterridelcampo.blogspot.com/2016/01/are-there-really-reasons-for-bad-stuff.html

Terri DelCampo has added another great post to her Disability Challenges with Terri DelCampo website http://disabilitychallengeswithterridelcampo.blogspot.com/. This time she discusses ARE THERE REALLY REASONS FOR THE BAD STUFF? One thing I admire about Terri is the fact she refuses to let handicaps get in her way. When there is something she wants to do, she does it. And, it's not always easy.

Read her post above and others she has written there. She provides links to her other websites as well. Terri writes in many genres. She is best known for her horror tales, but she has much more to grab your attention.

Happy reading.

Blaze McRob

Friday, February 17, 2017

GOTHIC REVIVAL - BY CARSON BUCKINGHAM


https://www.amazon.com/Gothic-Revival-Carson-Buckingham-ebook/dp/B00MU1F8MM/ref=cm_rdp_product_img#nav-subnav

Here's my book review for Gothic Revival, by Carson Buckingham. This is a great novel!

Blaze McRob


Book description:

Alex and Leo Renfield are a husband and wife contractor team who’ve recently moved to the village of Woodhaven, Connecticut to escape the chaos of life in New York. Pretty close to broke, they meet Theodora Hamilton, a somewhat unsavory and odd individual, who offers them an astronomical amount of money to repaint the first floor of her family home.

But along with the huge paycheck comes a set of unsettling rules that must be followed explicitly if they are to accept the offer; one of which is they must reside on the property having no direct contact with the outside world until the job is complete.

Is Theodora Hamilton just an eccentric woman with a peculiar way of doing things, or is there a more sinister agenda that Alex and Leo are unaware of? What exactly does she have in store for this down-on-their-luck couple who have no choice but to accept the offer and the strange requirements that come along with it?

5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Revival Is Carson Buckingham's Masterpiece!, November 9, 2014
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This review is from: Gothic Revival (Kindle Edition)
Gothic Revival, by Carson Buckingham, is the author's best work to date. One would think a 536 page novel would have some slow, drawn out sections, but not for Carson. She is a master at Gothic story-telling and knows how to keep the story moving.

I am particularly impressed by the fact there is no elaborate over-description involved. To me, that is boring. Give me some action; some psychological horror. Carson gives the reader all the description she/he needs without describing every useless tid-bit a reader doesn't want to know.

How does she do this? Through her skillful use of dialogue. Too many authors are totally without dialogue skills. Carson could write a non-fiction book on the subject. But then again, anyone who reads Gothic Revival will see what I'm talking about. Her dialogue is written the way people actually talk. Fancy the concept! She has hit upon a secret so simple that it eludes far too many authors.

Now I come to a part of Carson's writing that I really enjoy. Her sense of humor. What, you ask, humor in Gothic horror? You betcha. Once more, Master Carson Buckingham comes riding along on her trusty steed and delivers the right amount of humor at the perfect time. Superb!

Take dialogue unmatched by any author past or present, add in humor, suspense, romance, and a foreboding creepy feeling polishing it all off, and you have Carson Buckingham.

You will notice my review does not tell you the details of the story. Yikes! Why do that? Read the description and the free sample for that. I'm here to tell you about the author's skills. Of that, Carson has many. Besides, I wanted to blurt out some goodies, but that would have been a spoiler. Not my style.

Gothic Revival is a masterpiece!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

OWL'S EYE VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8 - ISSUE 2 - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


https://www.amazon.com/Owls-Eye-View-Magazine-Issue-ebook/dp/B06W9HYDSD/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1487210150&sr=1-1&keywords=terri+delcampo

Owl's Eye View Magazine Volume 8 - Issue 2, by Terri DelCampo, is the latest version of Terri's magazine chronicling the ever ooky and spooky goings on in Owl's Nest, Delaware. For the price of only 99 cents, you can read the latest happenings in Swooping Trough The Years, Visceral Verse, Macabre Mirth, and Terri's latest short story. Don't miss out. Click the Amazon link and get yours now!

I have mine!

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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

AUTHORS: BE WARY OF KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING


https://writenowwithterridelcampo.blogspot.com/2017/02/authors-be-wary-of-kindle-direct.html

On her post in WRITE NOW WITH TERRI DELCAMPO, Terri explains some things for authors to be wary of. I know another publisher friend who has been going through the same kind of problems. I don't like how the rules of the game change from time to time. It appears it's never for your benefit, either.

Click on the link and see what Terri says. Just because Amazon is big doesn't mean you have to bow before them.

Tomorrow I will put up another post that Terri wrote that's related to this one.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, February 9, 2017

COVER REVEAL FOR - BLAZIN' HEARTS






Terri DelCampo has the cover art ready for my short story collection Blazin' Hearts, which is coming out on Valentine's Day, February 14th. This is not a tender romance collection. It's brutal, intense, and rather nasty. Hey, have you ever heard of tough love? Plenty of that in this collection.

Burning love all around.

Thank you for the great cover art, Terri!

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

JUST WRITE



I posted this on my website a while back. It's still good advice, I believe. On this post, I added in what Terri DelCampo has to say about the subject. I hope you pick up a few pointers.


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Do you want to be an author? Just write. Easy peasy. You don't have the time? Horseshit. We all have time. I worked at many jobs at the same time, not having a day off for nine years. I still wrote. I wanted to, so I did it. In twenty something years, I wrote and had some seventy five ghostwritten novels published.

There are many moments you can use as writing time. Get up early and write. Do you work at a desk job? Write at lunch while you're eating. Carry a little notebook or tape recorder and take notes. Put the notes together and you'll have a story. Write at the end of the day when the kids are asleep. I think you can see a pattern here.

Why am I writing this now? Simple. Some folks have been bombarding me about how they want to be a writer but can't find the time. Writing takes no time. If you want to get published and sell some books, that's a different matter. This quickie post is not about that. More to come about that later, as with other articles I have written about it in the past.

Prioritize. If you don't want to be a writer, then don't write. If you do: write.

If you're still reading my discourse, and you want to be a writer, you're in luck. I'm finished. Time for you to write. I want to see your books bandied about so I can tell the world about them.

Happy writing.

Blaze McRob


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 I love this scene from Finding Forrester. Excellent movie for aspiring writers, or even writers who need a motivation nudge.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLBEFvMkQCo This scene epitomizes how I feel about writing. If you're a writer, you write. Simple as that. I never go anywhere without paper and pen. Period. Don't even need a computer or typewriter. Pen and paper. Simple. In the house, in the car, on the beach, anywhere. From the time I was eleven. No matter what was going on in my life, I wrote. Because I am and always have been a writer.

Reasons that people give you for not writing are bullshit. I got up at 4:30 in the morning when my kids were very little and wrote 6 screenplays that way. Later when I worked for my husband's plumbing business and still had kids to raise, I stayed up until midnight and one in the morning. Wrote my first two novels that way. Then I worked full time after my separation and divorce and wrote my third novel by not flopping on the sofa and watching TV when I got home from work.

After my car accident and being rendered disabled I began self-publishing my magazine Owl's Eye View online, and last year I self-published my seven novels, three novellas, multiple short story collections, and Best Of collections from the magazine columns on Kindle (some 30 books). There's time. Carpe Diem, people. Or Carpe Noctem. Just don't carpe bullshit excuses. Just write!

Terri DelCampo

Sunday, February 5, 2017

WRITE HER STORY


https://ninadarc.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/wihm2017-write-her-story-horror-author-emerian-rich-emzbox-sotet_angyal-wihm8-wihmonth/

From Nina D'Arcangela:

"Hi Facebook world! For Women in Horror Month, I'm featuring 28 different female authors (one per day) who wrote for a picture prompt on my blog 'Spreading the Writer's Word' (https://ninadarc.wordpress.com). Each was given one of four pictures and asked to write a piece of flash fiction - up to 300 words - that was inspired by the image. Emerian Rich is the first of the authors to be featured with her piece, 'Replaced'. Head over and give it a read! This was the image she was given..."

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Don't miss any of the great Women In Horror Nina has waiting for you this month! They are all great!

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

28 DAYS OF BLACK WOMEN IN HORROR HISTORY


https://darkgeisha.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/day-1-helen-oyeyemi/

The above link will take you to Eden Royce - The Dark Geisha, who is telling the world about some fantastic Black Women Authors for  Women In Horror Month. She starts off the month with the great Helen Oyeyemi! Don't miss her posts this month!

Blaze McRob