Pimp a Friend Friday: Timothy C. Ward

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My friend Tim Ward has a cool new book titled Godsknife: Revolt, and it looks AWESOME. I’ve known him for a few years, and he is seriously the coolest guy. We just hit it off beautifully, and I admire the goodness and talent that I see in him. I’m happy to host an interview with him.

Tim! It’s been such a long time since we’ve had a chance to chat. I’m so glad you made time to stop by my blog. Will you tell us what you’ve been up to?

It has! As everyone who follows you online…and in person…that got weird—anyway, Mercedes is one of my favorites, as a writer, a friend, and what I see of her as a wife and mother.

I  know you have a new book that just released. Can you tell us about it? Where can we find it?

Yes, Godsknife: Revolt is releasing this month from Evolved Publishing, a small publisher that I’ve followed since our mutual friend Axel How published his debut novel, Hot Sinatra with them. I’ve been drawn to their quality editing and how easy their stories are to get into. It is amazing to think that these four or five years later I’ll have my own coming out.

I’ve been following you, too, miss overachieving pants. You’re one of the best “urban fantasy” writers out there, and as I think about it, I can see how Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu and Nameless inspired what became Godsknife: Revolt.

First, in Apocalyptic Montessa—and I bet you remember—there was a point where I stopped reading because the character was so unlikable. I am certainly glad I picked it back up because that ending was incredible, and I was truly wrong about that character. I have to be careful how much I saw about Revolt, but in the process of writing one of their arcs, I hit a bottom that may cause some to get angry.

Godsknife: Revolt is more like Nameless in that it is my creative journey into how people in a world like ours would fight a supernatural trinity of warring powers and members. In mine, the three are differentiated by their pursuit of Chaos, Order or the Maker. It is kind of like the adventure of The Gunslinger if written by C.S. Lewis, but with none of our religions so I can explore the various belief systems that people exhibit and pursue even if they wouldn’t call them systems or belief. It’s less about pointing at one belief system as better than another and more about how characters use what they believe, what they’re afraid of believing and how they’ll turn out if they change what they believe—for good and bad.

And it’s about me getting to play with seven foot tall praying mantises and swarms of infectious cicadas turning central Iowa into a breeding ground for a new god’s army. Whereas your characters in Nameless got to play in the spiritual realm, mine get to travel through the Void to find the Godsknife and kill or be killed by the god of the Abyss.

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Beautiful hunting knife on a white background

That is the coolest thing to say. Thank you. How about a short excerpt?

He leapt before the stone lost stability, orden-stabbed his finger into her noose-loop, and yanked her into the air. He flicked her around and palm-punched her chest. Orden extended his attack into her ribs without his need for touch. The blow was weakened by his guilt, but not enough to fail.

She hit the ground and bounced.

He landed with his knee beside her. She rose from the waist, and he pressed orden into her chest. Heated vibrations shook his hand as the ground melted under her, parting the molecules enough to swallow her three inches deep.

She threw a punch at his jaw.

He dodged it and let go.

She cried out as the ground pinched all around her, holding her in place.

He carved his mark—a cursive C—on the stone and stood.

The idea for his mark came from his brother, Carl, forming his first initial like an orden-worm scar—Order for Carl—because it was about more than one atom refusing to accept charity. He did this to find his brother, and make the world right for them both.

She wiggled until she knew he’d won, then relaxed, staring up at Anthon with her best plea. “Please, I can show you the third.”

“I’m not interested in a god who left us to clean up after its mistakes.”

“He hasn’t left.”

“Ev, listen, we aren’t having this discussion. I’m telling you what your two options are: Josai’s, or death by Mercer’s hand. I know which one Jeremy—”

A soft footstep echoed down an unseen, but terribly close, hallway.

I knew it.

“If Jeremy wants out,” he whispered, “I’ll send him to Josai.” He eased the ground under her, orden-grabbed her loop, and lifted her to her feet. “Now go before you banish us both.”

He physically pushed her out of the mountain’s edge, and solidified the crevice into black shale, as she turned to watch the wall form between their worlds.

As it closed him off into darkness, he couldn’t help thinking she may have found the better side. Even if he’d go kicking into the grave for Order, that didn’t mean he wasn’t afraid, or lost.

Anthon turned and walked toward his sculpture gallery. His orden needed training. If Shila decided to reward his newest recruitment with more responsibility, he wanted to be strong and ready.

He felt anything but.

 

You’ve had a kiddo since we last talked, and I know you were exceptionally busy before! How are things for you now? How do you manage to work, be a father, and write a new book?

In case you didn’t see my WorldCon unboxing (I’ll have a table in the dealer’s room if anyone is going), my kiddo has another kiddo to look forward to this January…so, yeah, my busyness has no idea what’s in store. I’ve had to adapt since my first born, Kai became old enough to want to play. Since then it has been an ever battle between giving him time, asking for my wife to take him out for periods on the weekends, and just forcing myself to work when the time’s there. I’m good though. My wife is amazing and we’re having so much fun laughing with our 2 ½ year old playing at the park, with cars and singing silly songs. Somehow I still write books every nine months. It just happens.

I’m interested in your writing schedule. Are you an outliner or a free spirit? What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I write after work, from 3:45 to 4:30 or later, then if I don’t get enough done, I have to write when Kai goes to bed around 7:30. I despise writing at night because I wake up so early, but I have to keep in shape too, so mornings are my workout time.

I am a free spirit. I am glad to have experienced writing the end of my two book Sand Divers series—which finished this summer with the release of Scavenger: A.I. I really had no idea how I was going to wrap everything up in just a two book series, but I got to a point where it fit perfectly. I have no idea how to explain it, so I just write about characters with problems, watch them try and work them out—which no doubt includes lots of failures—and then get them to a point where they have to make life changing decisions and see what they do. As long as I stick to that formula, I don’t care to know what the plot will be. It will happen as I go.

You had to shift a few things around in order to accomplish your goals. What are some things you let go? What are some things you added to your life?

As you know, I gave up my role as executive producer of Adventures in Scifi Publishing’s website and podcast about two years ago. Listen to Mercedes on this episode of Grimdark Characters. Podcasting is kind of like blogging, it’s fun and then it’s work and since it doesn’t pay, it probably isn’t going to last long. Ultimately, I saw my full day or more a week podcasting as time either away from writing or away from family. I want to be known as a husband, a father, and a writer, and podcasting didn’t fit into those obligations. Writing is so hard. We’re in this weird market where the people that make it are either crazy productive, were releasing quality books during the beginning of the Kindle era, or have found a way to treat writing books like a marathon. I’m in the third category, and I’m in a daily struggle to accept that. I have added the peace of putting the work down as soon as my wife and son get home, and being there for two or more hours a day. It’s awesome.

Tell us how we can find you online and where we can purchase your work. Thank you so much! Best of luck to you, my dear friend.

This was kind of a long blog, wasn’t it? Did anyone make it this far? If so, you can find me at www.timothycward.com and my list of books at www.spikepub.com –fun fact, I didn’t have a name when I was born so my grandpa called me Spike for like two weeks until I became Timothy Charles.

Thanks, Mercedes!

 

Little Dead Red and Other Stories! Win a Limited Edition Copy!

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So the most amazing thing happened.Vault Books is a new publishing company that  creates limited editions of new and existing works by some of the most noted writers of speculative fiction, and they took me under their wing.  Pre-orders for my new limited edition short story collection Little Dead Red and Other Stories are now live. And this thing is going to be wonderful! The details make me swoon. I mean, literally swoon.

Table of Contents
Fiction:

  • Little Dead Red
  • Taking the Storm as a Lover
  • Charms for the Dark Season
  • Milk and Moonshine
  • Deadened (Previously Unpublished)
  • The Quiet Places Where Your Body Grows
  • A Cypher of Spring
  • Big Man Ben
  • Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon (Previously Unpublished)
  • Black Eyes Broken

Essays:

  • Hide the Sickness
  • A House Without Corners
  • Monarchs (Previously only available in audio)

Little Dead Red & Other Stories will be available in two different editions. Here is what they will have in common:

  • A new, original cover, as well as three additional full-color interior illustrations by Marcela Bolívar
  • A rich and horrifying collection of Miss Murder’s short fiction, containing two brand-new, unpublished stories (“Deadened” and “Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon”), as well as the exclusive print version of her essay, Monarchs.
  • A new Foreword introducing the Bram Stoker Award winning novelette and the other stories
  • An in-depth interview with author, Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Brief explanations from the author discussing each story in the collection, giving readers a window into the author’s mind (safety not guaranteed)
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Smyth sewn for durability
  • Foil stamping on the front boards and spine

Numbered Limited Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 500 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-numbered

Lettered Edition:

  • Limited to up to only 52 copies
  • Bound in leather
  • Personally signed by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
  • Hand-lettered
  • Housed in a custom slipcase
  • Will contain one additional art piece not in the numbered edition

 

The beauty of this stops my heart. I can’t fathom my work being housed so wonderfully, and I can’t wait. If you’re interested in picking up a copy, you can do so here. The cover and illustrations will be done by  Marcela Bolívar, whose work is jaw-dropping. The cover shown on the Vault Books page will NOT be the final cover. It’s simply a placeholder until we get the art. But you should check out Marcela’s gallery, because I think my words and her art were meant to go together.

May I just say that being released alongside Dan Wells, Peter Orullian, and Brandon Sanderson is insanely cool and humbling? It blows my mind that people believe in me this much.

Now here’s the part you’ve been waiting for! Here’s your chance to win a free copy of my limited edition book! (Or a copy of Brandon Sanderson’s new book. Or books from Dan Wells, Peter Orullian, and Steve Diamond. Seriously, this is amazing.) Help spread the word about Vault Books and enter for your chance to win. Thank you so much! Have an amazing day.

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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Purchase Links

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Samhain

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.

Questions can be referred to Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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The Lost Citadel. And a Giveaway!

The city is called “Redoubt”… and so far as anyone knows, it is the last. 

Seven decades ago, there were cities upon cities; kingdoms and nations, the remains of ancient empire. Cultures at war, cultures at trade. Races with varying degrees of alliance and distrust. Humans, elves, dwarves, and others; magic and monsters, rare but real. Regions of desolation, certainly, but also regions of plenty; forests, farmlands, and fields. And so it was for millennia, through two dynamic ages the lorekeepers and scribes called Ascensions.

Until the world ended. Most call it the Fall, but whatever term a given people choose to use, it marked the point where everything—everything—changed. Nations crumbled. Races died. Magic sputtered. Nature sickened. 

The Dead woke.

 

This is a very cool project that I’m involved in. There’s a stellar lineup of authors, artists, and musicians all coming together to make this thing happen. My story is called “The Bone-Shaker’s Daughter,” and it’s a dark love story between a human, an elf, and how madness, obsession, and hierarchy play a role in this one remaining city. I sincerely hope it’s something you will enjoy.

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To help garner support, I’m offering a giveaway! For anybody who backs the Lost Citadel Project, contributing even as little as a dollar, I’ll enter you in a raffle for a free audiobook of my latest (and favorite!) novel, Pretty Little Dead Girls. Pretty Little Dead Girls is narrated by Khristine Hvam, and she does a beautiful job. All you have to do is contact Lost Citadel Editor C.A. Suleiman (his contact information is on the right hand side of the Kickstarter page), let him know you backed the project, and tell him what name you used so he can confirm it.  At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, I’ll pick a winner and get you your copy of the PLDG audiobook. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Check out this campaign. It has a lot to offer. I’m hoping it funds all of the stretch goals so we can have a soundtrack. How amazing would that be?

Have a great day, friends!

 

Last Day to get Nameless for 99 Cents!

Hey, you guys! Today (Friday, January 31) is the last day to pick up Nameless: The Darkness Comes on your Kindle for 99 cents! I can’t tell you what a beautiful debut it’s had. Two weeks into it and we’re still on three separate top three lists on Amazon. Woo hoo! Thank you so much for your help and support! It means a lot. So if you’d like to pick up Nameless before it goes to regular price, you can do that here.

Also, I had a great interview with Mogsy of BiblioSanctum. She’s cooler than I could ever hope to be. Stop by and read it, if you have a chance!

Don’t forget to enter the Goodreads giveaway and win your own paperback copy of Nameless.

Have a wonderful evening, everybody! My love to you.

Toasted Cheese and a Giveaway!

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Thanks to J.M. Martin for the picture.

 

You guys! Do you want to see me with red hair and handmade purple dragon horns? Or see me revert to poor grammar?  “Three kids is so much more than two.” (I apologize for that in advance. I haven’t slept in like, oh, four months.) 

Stephanie Lentz of Toasted Cheese did a wonderful, happy write-up of me that made me smile. And then proceeded to ask some really fun questions. This may be the most enjoyable interview I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some great ones. Please stop by and give it a read!

Also! Enter here to win your own paperback copy of Nameless: The Darkness Comes. The physical copies are beautiful! Absolutely lickable. As demonstrated by the fantastic Melanie Meadors.

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Sluuuuuuurp!

Who can resist that? I know I can’t!

Charms for the Dark Season

I’m super excited to announce that Lakeside Circus bought my short story “Charms for the Dark Season” for its debut issue. “Charms” is a creepy little tale of horrifying love and power, and I love the language in it.

Here’s a look at my contributor’s page, including my favorite line from the story. Hooray!

Also! There are a few more days left to enter the Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love giveaway. It’s easy, and worth it! Best of luck to you, my friends. 🙂

Announcing the Apocalyptic Montessa Giveaway!

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You guys! It’s time to announce the Super Special Awesome Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love giveaway. And this giveaway is atomic, I promise you.

This giveaway has it all. A signed copy of the book. Candy. Deliciousness. Handmade presents ALL FOR YOU! And other surprises. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long, long time.

Entering is easy. There are three ways to enter.

1) Leave a comment on this blog post. Easy peasy. That will get you one entry.

2) Did you purchase a copy of Apocalyptic Montessa or Beautiful Sorrows? Either take a picture of yourself holding said book (ebook counts, of course!) or send me the receipt of purchase. That will get you two entries.

3) If you’ve read either book and leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, that counts as three entries. (If you review both books, you get six entries.)  If you have already left a review, that absolutely counts! Just email me at mercedesyardley (at) gmail (dot) com and point me to your review. And please be honest. Leaving a positive review will delight me, but it won’t increase your chances.

If you do all of these things, you can earn up to nine entries. Nine! I’ll write everybody’s name down, stick them in a hat, and video when I draw the winner. The contest ends at 6 PM EST on December 6, 2013. I’ll send the package out the following day.

I will ship out of the US. So please enter! Don’t be shy.

It’s that time of year to be grateful, and I want you to know that I’m grateful for you. Thank you for your friendship and support. Good luck!

Do me a favor and please share. The more the merrier! 🙂

Announcing My Debut Novel!

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Luna has been dealing with the demonic all of her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, Luna the Lunatic rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon “of some import.”

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the very end.

Ragnarok Publications, the fine gents who put out Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love have taken a chance on me again. Why don’t you give them a like on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter at @RagnarokPub?

Also, the very talented George Cotronis did the beautiful cover. I’m simply wild about it. You can also find him on Facebook

I am so incredibly excited! NAMELESS will be out in January of 2014. Celebrate with me, won’t you? Let’s dance! I CANNOT HOLD MY EXCITEMENT INSIDE ANY LONGER!

 

Also, keep an eye out for my Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love giveaway announcement. It will be a very nice giveaway with special prizes! Check this space on Saturday for the good news.

Have a wonderful day! I’m certainly going to!