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Release day: good luck, baby!

Ridgetop.banner.425x157Because Ridgetop is my fifth book, I’ve a lot less stage fright with this launch. I already know some people will love it and want more and others won’t like it (and may throw rotten tomatoes.) What matters is that I love creating characters and stories, and it turns out that putting my work on stage like this is not a total waste of time. Ridgetop is now available at as ebook ($2.99) and paperback ($14.99).


Book reviews, indie authors, indie publishing

Indie Authors: Where Are They Now? (Part 5)

If not for my decision to read all the books in John L Monk’s awesome indies project, I would never have read page one of Dan’s Lame Novel . Especially not with its plain lame cover. I mean, we’ve all read enough lame stuff. We should subject ourselves to something deliberately lame?

Yes. If laughing improves your day. lame-novel-ecover

I have so many things to say about this work that I don’t know where to begin. Does the writer break all the rules or uphold them? Both, if you look sideways. For example, almost every chapter starts with the weather and the location of the character, an aid to readers in case it’s been a while since we set the book aside. Now I kind of like that technique in a novel–it keeps me on track. But since his intentions are lame, Rinnert goes over the edge, describing his own weather and what he has been doing between chapters, and how his character hasn’t moved or accomplished anything. He also talks confidentially to the readers and berates his characters (who may hear him and talk back).

Yes, the author is a heavily felt presence in this story, I think the kind of entertaining guy you’d like to have at a party. The novel is more about his writing process than about the character. To avoid all possibility of making his main guy a hero, Rinnert gives him a ludicrous name: Dryer Vent. And because a main character’s path must be full of obstacles, he puts Dryer Vent in a bunch of impossible situations then ridicules his difficulties.

I had to keep reading because the writing is so good. Rinnert manages to repeat without seeming repetitious. Here are a few bits. (I hope you get the joke without the context.)

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t be a real street name anywhere, but I don’t feel like searching online to find out, so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and remind you it’s a fictitious address, so don’t try going there…Let’s carry on.” (Author commenting on setting).

And later:

“Oh, I never mentioned the bushes before? Shame on me. Anyway, they were there, and he found an opening, so he’s ducked in there, hoping to evade the car.” (More authorial comment).

The whole thing is a parody of the writing process and lame fiction, perhaps genre fiction in particular. Savvy writers (you and I, of course) and anyone who needs a break should love it–just carry it around in your phone or e-reader, dip into it when you’re exhausted, when you need a chuckle, when you’re waiting somewhere. Or when you think your WIP is a POS.

And it’s only, what, 99 cents? Treat yourself to flawless writing with absolutely no pretenses. Then we’ll all have this joke in common and can just repeat the title and laugh together.

Dan’s Lame Novel!

(Don’t skip the Forward.)

(Buy it here.)

So what is Dan C Rinnert doing now? He says “I have about sixty-eight works-in-progress.” Here’s a bit about his current top three:

1. In the semi-sequel to “In Search of the Legendary Phineas Ray,” three friends brave the outlands of their world to find a way to defeat an up-and-coming tyrant, unaware of a larger threat looming over them all.
2. Investigating several murders in a small town, an experienced detective finds his world is not as normal as he’d thought and stranger than he ever imagined.
3. After a man loses everyone and everything important to him, will he ever be able to win back the first love of his life and find happiness again?

Dan, message me when you publish the next one. @carolervin6 Meanwhile I’m going to go “like” your Amazon author page.

indie authors

Indie Authors: Where Are They Now? (Part 4)

Oh, horrors!  I’m saying this up front to give you the option to ignore/delete this post right now—or devour it, depending on your taste.

Reading on? Okay, here we go.

Harvey Click is the only one of John L. Monk’s awesome indies that I have not been able to read. Well, I did read the opening chapters of Demon Frenzy, which Click says is mild in comparison to The Bad Box. But I’m squeamish, the kind of person who hides in the lobby in a theatre or leaves the TV room when a movie gets too intense.bad_box

So to do justice to this fine indie author, I’m telling you what other people have said about his work.

“Extraordinarily talented writer,” said blogger and book reviewer Carol Kean, who confessed she had to skim some of the most horrific descriptions in Demon Frenzy. And remember, this one is supposedly not as intense as The Bad Box, which Click believes is his best work to date.

In his video review, P.T. Hylton said, “Demon Frenzy will make you afraid to leave your home.” (Are you still with me?)

“..indelible horror imagery” said Rachel Litt, who interviewed Click for Dirty Little Bookers. In this interview, Click gave his analysis of good horror fiction: Horror needs to be entertaining, thrilling, and scary or else it’s not worth reading. But I think a good horror novel should also have a resonance that lasts after the last page is turned. What interests me most in the horror genre is the element of the fantastic, and I think the resonance I’m talking about requires this element.”

Here’s what an Amazon customer said about The Bad Box: “I used to read horror, years ago, and then stopped when I found it wasn’t scary anymore. The latest rash of movies has been hit or miss, and mostly miss for me. Then along comes the “Bad Box” and catches me by surprise. It’s a dark story with great characters and a unique premise (which is somewhat of a mystery, so I won’t spoil it here). It gets a little gory, but not overly so compared to some of the stuff that’s out there. If you’re squeamish but liked the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, I think you can handle “The Bad Box”. The writing is great, it’s creepy, the story had me constantly recharging my Kindle Fire (I read sort of slow). I really hope he writes a sequel. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted someone to write a sequel to a horror book before!” demonfrenzy

Though I have never met Harvey Click, I feel like I know him because he’s from Ohio. That does not sound reasonable, but it gives us something in common. Plus he’s an academic, and I feel comfortable with that type. Here’s his Amazon bio: “Harvey Click earned an M.A. in English from Ohio State University, using his first novel as a master’s thesis. He has written five novels, four of them in the horror genre, and numerous short stories. He has taught English and creative writing for Ohio University, Ohio State University, the James Thurber House, and OSU’s Creative Arts Program.”

What is Harvey Click doing now? He may be catching up on his sleep, having published three books in two years: The House of Worms and The Bad Box in 2013, and Demon Frenzy in September of this year.

I wish Harvey Click a lot of success. In the great sea of books, visibility is hard to achieve, but with this kind of enthusiasm in early readers, I think Click’s books eventually will find a great audience of horror-lovers!

To sample or buy, click the cover image!