Pimp A Friend Friday: Glenn Rolfe. BLOOD AND RAIN

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Blood and Rain

The light of a full moon reveals many secrets.

Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man’s terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen. Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can’t even comprehend? One night can-and will-change everything.

Find Glenn Rolfe at: http://glennrolfe.com/ as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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“Music and the Wolf in Me”

I’ve always been one of those writers who creates to music. I tend to listen to songs and albums that I’ve listened to tons of times. Eighties hard rock got the most play during the first draft of the Blood and Rain manuscript. I subscribed to Sirius XM for three months and worked three hours a night on the story while listening to Hair Nation.

If you were to dig through the original draft you would come across Twisted Sister (which survived the final draft), Lita Ford, Aerosmith, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Europe, and Def Leppard. One of my characters, Ted McKinney, is a radio disc jockey. Ted hosts the morning show, “Wild Ted’s Mornin’ Meds” for the local radio station.  I allowed Ted to host his show on Sunday mornings where he is there to serve the Saturday Night Aftermathers.

Ted also plays in a local band of forty-somethings called the Broken Ex’s.  Obviously, being a musician and music lover myself, I feel a strong kinship with the character. Ted was a lot of fun to create. In keeping the story streamlined, lean and mean, and fast paced, I ended up cutting about half of Ted’s story from the final manuscript. It was hard to do, but I felt dipping too far into his past and bringing in a love interest took away from the main story that I set out to In the end, I feel like the story turned out just right. The main focus is on Sheriff Joe Fischer and former-sheriff-turned-recluse, Stan Springs. But no spotlight superstars are complete without their backing band. So, let Joe and Stan can be your Axl and Slash, but I hope Ted grabs a spot as your Duff or Izzy.

In honor of “Wild” Ted McKinney, I give you the unofficial soundtrack for Blood and

1. Summertime Girls- Y&T

2. Turn up the Radio – Autograph

3. Toys in the Attic- Aerosmith

4. Sweet Child o’ Mine- Guns N’ Roses

5. Photograph- Def Leppard

6. Free Fallin’ Tom Petty

7. Kiss Me Deadly- Lita Ford

8. Of Wolf and Man- Metallica

9. S.M.F. – Twisted Sister

10. Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Revival

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Giveaway!!!

For a chance to win a print copy of Glenn Rolfe’s short story collection, Slush, or a chance to win your choice of any of his titles in e-book format, go to the link below for the Rafflecopter sign-up. Good luck! The print copy is only good for those in the United States.

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Guest Post by Lee Thompson, and a Giveaway!

You guys know that I adore Lee. Great man, great writer, great friend. He’s celebrating the release of his new crime novel A Beautiful Madness, and you can enter the giveaway!
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A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY
 
A Texas Senator and his wife go missing… On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood’s residence. Sammy, Wood’s drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. But there’s something more to these events…something deeper and festering just beneath the surface…
 
In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step. And in doing so, brings them all into the sights of an elusive and horrifying killer who may not be what he seems.
 
A brutal killer on a rampage of carnage…a hardened detective on the brink…an antihero from the shadows…a terrifying mystery that could destroy them all…
Welcome to Lee Thompson’s A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS blog tour! This blog, and the others participating, will receive a paperback copy to give to a random reader who leaves a comment and shares this post.
Throughout the book tour, I’ll be sharing fun facts about my first Mystery/Thriller, and also offering dubious advice to novice writers because I’ve had writers and editors farther along the path than myself give me tips that have helped me tremendously. If you want to up your game, pay attention and pass what you find useful on to those in your critique groups.
If you’re here as a reader, thanks so much. You’re every author’s life source. You’re the yin to our yang. The stories we set down on paper don’t seem to exist until someone else has read them, and the more the merrier.
Why You Should Read Widely
By reading great writers, across all genres, we develop more complex emotions and can learn to use those emotions to create more well-rounded characters.
By reading great writers, across all genres, we meet all kinds of people.
Chances are if you’ve spent most of your life stuck in a three or four different jobs, a couple different serious relationships, and still live in the place where you graduated high school, your worldview and the kinds of people you interact with in your neighborhood is very limited.
But the casts in dozens of terrific novels will help you see the scope of the world we live in and broaden your knowledge of people, which you can then use in your work.
A big hang-up for many novice writers is writing the same characters over and over and over because they have not lived enough or have not read enough to grasp the potential kinds of people available to populate their stories.
You’ll learn different ways to tell different stories, and different ways with which to start and end the scenes in your book. There’s an art to it, and we can learn it if we’ve got a smorgasbord to sample and lock away for future use.
You’ll learn and be influenced by different prose styles, have to look up and discover the meaning behind words, you’ll find those ‘ah ha’ moments hidden inside the structure of great plots, and when you read hundreds of novels that give an emotional payoff, you’ll dissect the dozens of ways it can be done.
It’ll make you a better writer, that’s all.
So don’t shortchange yourself or your audience by being a snob and saying you can only read this type of fiction because everything else is garbage.
For some variety, check out these novels (some of my favorites): THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green; GRENDEL by John Gardner; THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by John Connolly; A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN by Tom Piccirilli; NAMELESS by Mercedes Yardley; THE DAMNED by John D. MacDonald; GALILEE by Clive Barker; THE RAPIST by Les Edgerton; THE THROAT by Peter Straub; WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen; THE END OF EVERYTHING by Megan Abbott; SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn; MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane; AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner; FEAST DAY OF FOOLS by James Lee Burke.
In A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, my protagonist Sammy grew up as a governor’s son and was used to those types of people and that lifestyle; as an adult he’s a drug dealer, selling to that same upper crust, and also has a lot of experience swimming along the underbelly of society thanks to the way his sister Delilah lives her life.
If he’d had a different history and personality the story would have been a completely different one since he would be a different person. And as he reads the people around him like we read books, he begins to change himself, and he’ll need that change to survive all the death-threatening obstacles he faces.
 Lee T.
Author bio: Lee Thompson is the author of the Suspense novels A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS (August 2014), IT’S ONLY DEATH (January 2015), and WITH FURY IN HAND (May 2015). The dominating threads weaved throughout his work are love, loss, and learning how to live again. A firm believer in the enduring power of the human spirit, Lee believes that stories, no matter their format, set us on the path of transformation. He is represented by the extraordinary Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary. Visit Lee’s website to discover more: www.leethompsonfiction.com
A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS main page (http://www.leethompsonfiction.com/?page_id=2423)
Enter to win a paperback copy! There will also be a grand prize at the end of the tour where one winner will receive my novel, and four other DarkFuse novels in Kindle format!
 
Simply leave a comment on this blog and share the link.
 
Thanks to those who participate.
Happy reading~ Lee

Read A NAMELESS Sample Chapter! And Win A Copy of the Book!

Nameless is slated to come out next week. I’m all giddy. I’m heading out on a Nameless: The Darkness Comes blog tour, and I can’t wait for it! Meanwhile, life goes on. My Angry Ginger and I glittered my bedroom wall on Monday. (Pics to come.) We’re still reading every night with our six year old. Last night I made white chocolate chip Crack Cookies. It’s been a real joy.

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Anyway! The first stop on the blog tour is at Todd Keisling’s “Life in Monochrome” blog. Thanks for hosting me, Todd! Sorry I threw you under the bus so many times two interviews ago. 😛

We’re starting the tour out with a bang. Not only can you read a sample chapter of Nameless, but you can enter to win your very own copy of the book. All you need to do is leave a comment on Todd’s blog. That’s it!  You can check all of that out here.

Best of luck to you, my friends! Let’s begin this wild ride. I’m so grateful you’re doing it with me.

Love,

-M

 

Lucky 13! STILETTOS!

I can’t wait to tell you about my 13th stop! Keelia is, get this, a shoe designer, and she interviewed little old’ me! It didn’t take her long to ask about shoes and fashion. What’s even more exciting is that she’s debuting her Khenri Luxe Collection next week. I can’t wait to see them!

Join us as we talk about totem animals, grocery store must-haves, and what shoe she would design for me. It’s a lot of fun!

Stop 9: Simon C Larter, The Man I Love To Hurt

You may remember my darling Simon C. Larter from a little noir serial titled Stilettos and Shirley Temples.  If you look for it on our blogs, well, you won’t find it.  Because.  And that’s all I’m allowed to say at this point.  😀

 
Anyway, S did a lovely little interview on his blog, and we were frightfully polite. The only thing missing was our usual knives and the fact that he didn’t run this picture.  Everybody needs to run this picture.  Go ahead. Swipe it. It really should be the next Internet meme.  😉

Thank you, S, for being the 9th stop on the Beautiful Sorrows blog tour! As always, you’re a delight.  And pretty.

Stop 8: Booklife Now. And A Halloween Signing!

Booklife Now is one of my favorite resources for authors.  And the sweet suckers, er, folk there were kind enough to join in the Beautiful Sorrows blog tour.  I wrote an article on writing when you don’t have the time.  Does that sound familiar to anybody else? Thank you so much, Booklife Now! I appreciate it. 🙂

Also, if you’re in Las Vegas and you’re looking for something to do on this fine All Hallow’s Eve, why don’t you stop by the Underworld Grill and Bar tonight? We’re celebrating Halloween with their Wicked Wednesday lineup! I’ll be signing books, and there will be DJs spinning. It starts at 10:00, and will be lots of fun! There’s also a costume contest at midnight.  Hope to see you there!

 

Stop 7 on the BEAUTIFUL SORROWS Blog Tour: Mikey Brooks

 

Mikey Brooks is a writer and children’s book illustrator.  He’s also a very friendly, personable guy. I’m so happy that he agreed to be my seventh stop on the Beautiful Sorrows blog tour!  Not only did I enjoy our discussion, but I enjoyed checking out the very cool art on his blog. I wish I could draw like that.

Stop by to read about theater, cons, and my personal Sophie’s Choice. I’d be a lousy Sophie.