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Friday, January 13, 2017

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 55
Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan



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In this 55th episode, I review the book "Hollow World" by Michael J. Sullivan. Listen to hear why I think it's an instant science fiction classic. This is a book that really made me think and made me laugh. The future the protagonist visits in this time travel novel was pretty amazing and not what I was expecting. 

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Hollow World

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http://riyria.blogspot.com/

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Written by Michael J. Sullivan
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Help Me Name My Book

   

I'm writing a novel. Will you help me with the title? Here's what it's about:

When a realtor, who desperately wants to become a house flipper, stumbles on some magical items that can get rid of ghosts, he uses them to try to and finally become a successful house flipper. The items include an invisible sword and the ghosts turn out to be demons with swords because they're fallen angels and angels have swords. He finds haunted houses for sale, buys them for almost nothing, duels with the demons until they are forced to leave, renovates the property, and then sells it for a hefty profit.

So, which title do you prefer?
  • HAUNTED HOUSE FLIPPER
  • GHOST SLAYING REALTOR

Or do you have another suggestion? Please leave your votes, new title ideas, etc. in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands by Stephen King
Book Review


This was a pretty incredible book. If you liked the second one in the series you'll enjoy this one. That said I had my reasons for rating it as I did (3/5 stars). If the ending hadn't been... what it was I would have given this book a 4/5 stars. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, but this book is just nuts. I think it's him letting his imagination run full tilt and just seeing what happens. Lucky for us King is a bit of a genius so a lot of great story happens. I really liked this book, but I did find the middle pretty slow and drawn out. Also, there is a part of one scene I really didn't care for in this book. I found it disgusting unnecessary. 

I'm trying not to spoil anything but my favorite characters in this book were Jake and Oy. While I like Roland a lot now, Eddie and Susannah were getting a little old. I like them more with Jake around and the way they interact with Jake. Oy the billy-bumbler is awesome. That said it's also been cool to see the character growth in Eddie and Susannah in this book. Thanks to the ending I have no choice but to immediately start the fourth book in this series. Sheesh!

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The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Check out the author's website:
http://stephenking.com/

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Library

You may have noticed a new tab on the website called The Library. This is where I am going to post links to all of my stories. Most of them are available for free. There will be over a dozen stories to choose from. It's a work in progress but I'll be posting the links until they're all there in order of publication date. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016, A Year In Review

It's been a crazy year—for all of us. That said I did get some really exciting things done in my writing career! Here is a little table showing my accomplishments in 2016 and plans for 2017.

2016 2017
Destruction Road revised and published as a paperback. The Case of the Missing Snowman publication
Sword and Urn revised and published in paperback and eBook Ghost Slaying Realtor publication
The Case of the Missing Snowman written Zombie Super Powers publication
Slug Teeth short story published in audio by The Melting Potcast, and published as an eBook Sword and Urn audiobook published
Ghost Slaying Realtor novel started during NaNoWriMo Destruction Road audiobook published
 

Destruction Road Revised and Published in Paperback

I wrote a novelette a long time ago and published it as an eBook by the name of "A Second Chance." It's about an abused teen who decides to run away, but he ends up destroying another family by taking all of his anger towards his dad out on a stranger. My friend, and fellow author, Timothy C. Ward was kind enough to go through the entire thing and edit it for me. He had a ton of great ideas and edits and this year I finally picked that old story up and went through all of his suggestions and made a ton of updates and revisions to my story. It is a much better story now and I'm really proud of it. I gave it a new title, a much better cover, and even published it as a paperback.

Here's a link to get Destruction Road free as an eBook, or for $5.99 as a handsome little paperback.

Sword and Urn Revised and Published

This year I revised and published my novella "Sword and Urn." It's available as an eBook and a Paperback making it the second paperback I've published. I'm really proud of it and think the paperback version looks great and feels wonderful in your hands. I'm very proud of the interior design and layout on that one.

Here's a link to buy Sword and Urn for $2.99 in eBook and $5.99 in paperback.

The Case of the Missing Snowman Written

I spent most of the year writing and illustrating my upcoming Chapter Book "The Case of the Missing Snowman." I finished writing it and have received a lot of feedback on it from beta readers, but I still have yet to give it one last polishing draft and complete all of the illustrations for it. It's at the top of my list for 2017 publication.

Ghost Slaying Realtor

I also started writing a book called "Ghost Slaying Realtor" for NaNoWriMo this year. I'm really excited about it and I plan to finish it and get it published in 2017.

Zombie Super Powers

I also am over halfway done writing a novel called "Zombie Super Powers." It's the book I served up to the chopping block when I went on The Roundtable Podcast to have it workshopped. The guys and the guest host, one of my favorite authors Dan Wells, came up with some really amazing ideas that helped me reshape the story into something way more exciting and fun than my original idea. I have no excuse for not having finished this novel. I'm really excited about it and I think it's the best novel I've written so far. I think it's a book I'm doing a good job of leaving all the boring stuff out of. It will be my most page-turn inducing novel I've written and I can't wait to get it out there. I'm hoping to finish and publish this novel in 2017 as well. It's already over halfway done, I need to get that thing out there.

So here's to: the first year I had books available in paperback, books longer than short stories put up for sale, and a very productive year of writing and publishing in 2017! As always, thanks for stopping by!