Sunday, April 30, 2017

THOUGHTS ON FEMINISM


http://lisagallowaypoetry.blogspot.com/2016/08/thoughts-on-feminism.html

Terri DelCampo posts about THOUGHTS ON FEMINISM on her LISA GALLOWAY POETRY website, and includes a poem. This is one of Terri's numerous websites. Check it out and see a different view about life, one that is fair and balanced.

Blaze McRob 

Friday, April 28, 2017

SCARES THAT CARE CHARITY WEEKEND



The SCARES THAT CARE CHARITY WEEKEND is a fantastic way that the horror community helps those in need. The people behind the event, and everyone participating, help fight the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns, and breast cancer by helping families that are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with their financial burdens. This is a grand event consisting of authors, movie folks, and more. Hit the link above and find out more. You could very well find some of your favorite people in the genre will be there, and you will be doing some good, as well.

Keep checking back to find out more!

Blaze McRob



Thursday, April 27, 2017

PARLIAMENT - BY TERRI DELCAMPO - HAS A GREAT BOOK TRAILER!





Beverly Cialone produced a superb book trailer for the highly talented and prolific author Terri DelCampo.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUIaLgtwdbM&feature=youtu.be    for ParliamentIt is available on Amazon at
https://www.amazon.com/Parliament-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B00OF86A7A?ie=UTF8&keywords=Parliament%20by%20Terri%20DelCampo&qid=1461508350&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

The music selection is superb! Black Magic Woman by Carlos Santana is one of my favorite tunes. Take a listen and a look-see. You'll love it!

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CROSS LINKING WITHOUT BEING SPAMMY



All authors look for ways to spread the word about themselves and their books, but not even your most ardent fan wants to be assaulted by constant posts and in-your-face requests to buy your book. What are some ways to put your name out there without being a pain in the butt? My plan is to tell people more about other authors. On my websites, I give folks interesting tid-bits about Women In Horror, new books other authors have out or on the radar, and more. In addition to that, I give out some of my little tips, such as this one, and spread them around.

I write these posts on my websites, Tweet them, and share them to my Facebook personal and Author pages. A lot of times, I will post links to Twitter from my website and pin them to my Twitter page so they stay on top for at least a day. This way folks will see these posts first when they look at my Twitter page. This increases retweet opportunities. I've been keeping track of what happens when I do this and the results speak for themselves. My website explodes from people viewing the posts. For example: if I post a Woman In Horror article for one author and do the other things I mentioned, not only does that author get hundreds of views, but a lot of people will scroll down and read the posts about other Women In Horror they might have missed. The numbers for everyone go up on a constant basis.

How does this help me? Well, I enjoy telling the world about other authors. That's my main goal. However, if anyone wants to see what I have written they have merely to view my side-bars. I'm a bit laid back when it comes to thumping my own chest. I have posts out when a new book comes out and all, but I believe that if my books are well written, edited, and formatted ( with Terri DelCampo, my lovely wife, handling the latter two jobs ) then I have done my job. I do spread the word about my books, however, it's never a constant barrage of buy-my-book stuff.

Also, it doesn't hurt to post a book cover, Amazon link, and a short description on Twitter, featuring any of your books. Visuals look really cool on Twitter. This way people will see your book cover. You can do the same thing for book trailers, which I love, by the way. Spread them around, however, so you don't go overboard once again.

So, if you inter-face with others and spread their message to the masses, you will help out the entire family of authors. Even yourself.

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MISTS OF PAPOOSE POND - A NOVEL BY BLAZE MCROB



http://www.amazon.com/Mists-Papoose-Pond-Blaze-McRob-ebook/dp/B017DMCFHI/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446299733&sr=1-1&keywords=mists+of+papoose+pond

Mists Of Papoose Pond, a novel by Blaze McRob, is out for your reading pleasure!

I had a lot of fun writing this novel. The toughest part of telling you what it is about is that I want no spoilers. This is a complex tale, not from the angle of reading it, but from the fact that there is no one dominant fear, no single monster, no single antagonist or protagonist. Everything comes together to create the whole. Nothing about any of my story people and creatures has ever been portrayed by any other author in the manner I wrote this tale. Nothing.

What I will say is that this is a horror/adventure/end days/and more novel. It is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. There are no slow, boring stretches contained within. Every chapter ends in a cliff-hanger and the next begins on a roll.

You will shake your head and wonder where I dug this up. My story people tell me what to write and I listen to them. This is what they told me to pen.

I hope you enjoy this Dark tale as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Blaze McRob

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The free sample, for the moment at least, can be read by hitting the free sample button on the right side of the Amazon book page for the novel. Clicking on the cover will work shortly.

Amazon book description:

 
What does the future hold?
Where will it begin?
On a mountaintop?
At the bottom of the sea?
In a spaceship?

Or perhaps in a cabin by a pond enveloped by mysterious mists.
Mysterious mists that secrete forces of nature…
And good and evil.
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Ed Hageman wants nothing more than to relax at Papoose Pond, but that's not to be. As the ultimate battle between good and evil shapes up around him, creatures are not what they seem. Many twists of fate, and much shock await not only Ed and his companions, but those of you who read his story.
Prophets of yore were not all-seeing after all. Gods and devils are not how holy books described them.
Blaze McRob spins the tale.
Blaze McRob untangles the legend.
Blaze McRob finds the meaning in the Mists of Papoose Pond.

Monday, April 24, 2017

INTO THE MIST - BY TERRI DELCAMPO



http://www.amazon.com/Into-Mist-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B00MWFCKOA/ref=la_B00NDX02AY_1_6_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447787564&sr=1-6

Most of you who visit our Press postings know of all the recent stuff that Terri DelCampo is writing and the joint projects that she and I are collaborating on. And, of course, there is Owl's Eye View Magazine, which is how I discovered Terri. But how many of you know about the novels that Terri has written? If you visit her Amazon Author Page  http://www.amazon.com/Terri-DelCampo/e/B00NDX02AY/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 you will see she has written a number of them.

Into The Mist is one of these great novels. It is 608 pages of ooky and spooky. Go to Amazon and click the free sample button. I'm sure you'll be pulled into Terri's writing. I certainly am.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:


 Dan Wynthrop, vampire with a conscience, finds a way to survive without killing, but will his solution leave him in even worse torment?

By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't normally read books I consider "frightening" .. but this one pulled me in. If you like vampire stories mixed I. with love, death and suspense, read this one.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

EMBRACE THE SUCK


I was reading the latest copy of UltraRunning magazine and came across an article which stated that to make yourself stronger you must embrace the suck, meaning that a runner should accept the pain and push through it. In one form or another this saying has been around for a long time. I figured that this applies to writing horror as well.

I got caught up too much in the election for president last year. There's not much that I, one person, can do about it. Or is there? I can still write my tales of horror and attack the inherent evil in power and politics. This goes for both sides of the fence. Sad but true: the system is flawed. It sucks at pretty much every level. Deep pockets, hands out, and stupidity abound everywhere.

How about Big Business? They really are the power behind everything. Writers can attack them too. Remember George Orwell? He certainly made some statements about the status quo and what can take place. Turns out he was pretty accurate. Things are moving along that way more every day.

Okay. You have physical pain and other limitations and find it hard to fight back when things roll in on you and attack every inch of your body and wrestle with your mind. What now? Is it time to roll up in a little ball and give up? No. This is the time to fight the hardest. You're an author, damn it! The pain and agony of tough decisions surround you now. That hammer is smashing at your skull, telling you that there is no way for you to go on. Knock the hammer away! Your mind is strong enough to weather the storm. Embrace the suck! Put it to work for you. While others can't handle the stress, the apprehension, and all the other things making life tougher for you, you can do it. Mind over matter. Pen in hand. Fingers on the keyboard. That's all it takes. Use the negativity to channel a path of strength from your brain to your finished works.

Focus on what's important. Getting your hands on the latest techno gadget means crap. Pen and paper still work. You're upset because great reviews aren't flying around and landing on your books while some authors and publishers cheat and scam the system? Don't worry about it. They'll be found out. In the meantime, you will have played it by the rules. Your pride is still intact. People will discover you. It's merely a matter of working harder to get your name out there.

Take all your real and perceived pain and write that book. This is your Holy Grail. Come back with the cup. Terri DelCampo, my wife, was almost killed in an automobile accident a number of years ago. She fought back against the pain and hardships. She not only used the rehab time to get her body back to functioning again, but she started writing with a fervor she never had before. She was not going to allow herself to sink into the depths of despair. No pity me for her. While she still has many physical limitations, she has no mental ones. She achieves because she wants to.

There are a number of people I know who feel we're headed for nuclear war. They worry to the point of obsessing about it constantly. Shit! Back in the fifties, the United States was building bomb shelters right and left. We barely escaped atomic war when the Cuban crisis hit its zenith. Yet, we're still here. Does that mean it won't happen now? Of course not. Nothing is out of the question, but don't waste your time fretting when you could park your ass in a chair and get a story out about it. I'm a pessimist and think humans will botch up everything, but I don't say, "Boo, hoo, woe is me." If it happens, it happens. Prepare yourself as best you can and hope for the best.

Don't listen to people who say that things are worse now than they've ever been for humankind. That's horse shit! The great flood was pretty extreme. WWII, WWI, Genghis Khan, Hitler, our Civil War, and much more were far worse. Let's face it: over the years, there have been many evil people on the planet. We're still here. Some of us don't deserve to be here, but we are.

So, take the bad and use it. Write about it. Purge your mind and soul of it. Tell people about it. Warn them. Be a prophet for good.

You can do it. You merely have to embrace the suck!

Blaze McRob

   

Thursday, April 20, 2017

REFLECTION - BY TERRI DELCAMPO



http://www.amazon.com/Reflection-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B00MNLLK1M/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Reflection is a super horror novel from Terri DelCampo. Terri has a knack of writing a story in such a manner that you feel you are in a room with her as she is telling you her tale. Authors and story-tellers are  not one and the same. However, in Terri's case, she pulls it off in a most admirable way.

I have often said that the best way to discover if you enjoy an author's style is to read the free sample they provide on Amazon. Terri has provided a lengthy one for Reflection. This is your chance to discover a new favorite author.

Happy reading.

Blaze McRob



                                                                  
Book description:


 Is it a cozy reading niche, an eternal prison, or a booby-trapped inheritance? A hexed mirror can be all three in Owl's Nest! Join Vicky Bennett Snyder and Lucy Bernelli on their twisted paths in this ooky-filled novel by Terri DelCampo.

                                                       
         

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

MARKETING 101 - SELF - EDITING YOUR BOOKS BEFORE THEY ARE EDITED



Many of you wonder why I would suggest self-editing your stories to your utmost ability before they go to a paid editor. Pretty simple. If your stories are in need of major editing, many editors won't go anywhere near them. Also, most small Presses as well as the bigger boys won't touch them if they need a major overhaul.

I know one editing service that provides you with a free sample of his work. Then, he bases his rates upon your sample. He charges three times as much for an MS needing more work than for one requiring minor work. So, you could save yourself a lot of bucks if you hustle your butt into the self-editing chair and get better acquainted with the craft.

I'm not talking beta readers either. I've mentioned before that I don't care for them. Read your stuff out loud and catch where punctuation might be needed. Purchase an online editing system such as AutoCrit https://www.autocrit.com/ or ProWritingAid https://prowritingaid.com. These systems will find many errors. such as:
  • Check for hidden and passive verbs
  • Identify overuse of adverbs and glue words
  • Locate repetitive sentence structure
  • Replace commonly overused words
  • Reveal repeated words and phrases
  • Eliminate vague, abstract and complex words
  • Remove cliches and redundancies

Get books and learn some things about the craft. There are a ton of them available. Don't rush to get your book out if it's not ready.

Then, and only then, should you submit your book to a professional editor. Online systems and books can teach you a lot, but you need a skilled human to go over your last draft. Anything less is not acceptable.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, April 13, 2017

OWL'S EYE VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8 - ISSUE 4


https://www.amazon.com/Owls-Eye-View-Magazine-Issue-ebook/dp/B06Y6DHMQT/ref=asap_bc?

The latest issue of Owl's Eye View Magazine, written by Terri DelCampo, is published. Volume 8 - Issue 4 will tell you all about a horrifying shrink, kissing techniques, how not to dust a coffin, and includes a short story about Potty Visitors. All this for just 99 cents. Wow! Don't miss out. Get your copy now!

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, April 9, 2017

WHAT REALLY MATTERS


Sometimes we need to take a look at the hard things in life. I'm not talking about perceptual inconveniences that rattle some folks' cages. If you have a roof over your head, food on the table, and your health and that of your loved ones is good, you have it all. You're blessed.

This short post is about those who don't have these three magic things. A friend of mine has health issues, once thought resolved, but they have returned. Major issues. Much pain. He is a fighter. Against unbelievable odds, he took the sickness down the last time and kicked its ass. It's round two. He'll come out strong and swing hard. I'm sure of that. I have faith in him.

I'm not going to mention his name here. I'll be posting on my personal website about his latest book which will be out soon. A great book from a wonderful author. My Press website is about our books and other offerings. I don't want to talk about specifics here which might benefit me. My Blaze McRob's Tales Of Horror website is for everyone. I talk about my friends and what matters to them. That's where this will belong. Keep your eyes peeled.

Be thankful for what you have, my friends. Life on this spinning orb is not always sweet.

Blaze McRob

Saturday, April 8, 2017

GHOST NO MORE - BY BLAZE MCROB



http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-No-More-Blaze-McRob-ebook/dp/B01BOFI7UE/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455294892&sr=1-1&keywords=ghost+no+more+blaze+mcrob

I am happy to say that Ghost No More, one of my grittier novels, is now published. It's been hanging around on the back-burner for some time now, while I've been getting other things done. It feels great to finally have it see the light of day. Maybe, the dark of night is a better phrase to use.

Terri DelCampo, my partner in crime, not only did the editing and formatting, but she did the great cover art as well. It sets the tone of the story perfectly. Thank you, Terri.

I hope everyone enjoys this wild ride of horror. My tale is not a clone of any other book. That's for sure. Read the free sample on Amazon to see what this story is about and if it is for you . Every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger, and the next begins with action.

Horror, adventure, the End Days, and more are waiting for you. Who are the real heroes? My tale will show you.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:  

 Blaze McRob thrills us with horror, adventure, survival against insurmountable odds, and yes, even a thread of tender romance to temper all the action. Ghost No More has all that and more to keep your eyes wide and reading into the spooky, wee hours of the morning. Revel in this chilling novel, and prepare yourself for the second in the series coming in 2017.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

THE ROGUES GALLERY: THE ILLUSTRATED POLICE NEWS



http://www.amazon.com/Rogues-Gallery-Illustrated-Police-News-ebook/dp/B00HVT8L2C/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 The Rogues Gallery: The Illustrated Police News, from Firbolg Publishing, is 171 pages of pure Gothic delight. My story, Ominous Atonement, is included. There is some great art in this tome courtesy of The Illustrated Police News. In fact, all the great authors in this tome wrote their tales to these pictures. Might I say that even though my story is a tad gruesome, as are many of the other tales, I had a lot of fun writing mine. Tells you a lot about me, doesn't it?

Check this out! Hit the free sample on Amazon and read what's there. You'll want to read the rest. Guaranteed.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:


 A newspaper vendor in the nineteenth century could always ensure sales with the gruesome cry “Murder! ‘Orrible Murder!” Published around 1870, the Victorian tabloid The Illustrated Police News took this sales tactic to heart. It had the largest circulation of any periodical of its time. The public devoured a weekly diet of real-life horrors deliberately calculated to churn the strongest stomach and boost the next issue’s sales. The Rogues Gallery has resurrected these disturbing, morbid images to bring you a collection of flash fiction as equally frightening. Using Victorian England's murder and mayhem as their inspiration, dozens of authors will haunt your nightmares long after the lights go out. Three Gothic tales of terror from the masters Poe, Lovecraft, and Thackeray round out this macabre Rogues Gallery of terror. With an introduction from DarkMedia's Eva Layne, remember this... you have been warned.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

OWL'S EYE VIEW MAGAZINE - BOOK TRAILER


http://www.amazon.com/Owls-Eye-View-Magazine-Issues-ebook/dp/B01AF5ERVW/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453085375&sr=1-2&keywords=owl%27s+eye+view+magazine+volume+6

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


The youtube book trailer for Owl's Eye View Magazine 2015 Special Bundle, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtwydeqjCNg&feature=youtu.be by Terri DelCampo, is up and ready! This is another great trailer produced by Beverly Cialone.

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.

I love this trailer! Beverly did a super job!

Blaze McRob