Monday, January 21, 2013

Author Spotlight: K.R. Jordan

Today, we start the week with a special treat, as K.R. Jordan, one of my favoritest peoples in the state of Texas, has just released a new novella entitled Riftglade. You can find it on Amazon. She's also on Goodreads, as well as Facebook. Remember to click LIKE on it so you can let your peeps on Facebook know, you know, that you like it.

Without further ado, here's Miss Jordan!

Thank you very much for having me on your blog, Sean!  Hello everyone!  I’m River Jordan and I write under the nom de plume, K.R. Jordan.  I’m from the Gulf Coast of Texas where I enjoy swimming, writing and fishing as hobbies.  I only write part time, but I have been writing since forever!

If you haven’t read any of my short stories, my writing leans toward YA or YA paranormal (Leela: and Alba: ). My collaboration with author Scott Prussing, Blue Fire Heat is a love story about his two main characters: I wrote the story and he added the “heat” to it.  It is for adults only. I also write poetry, though none is published as of yet.

I’d recently read an extremely sensual poem by poet/author Gary L. Robinson named Clover’s Bliss:

I laid her down in a field of clover
her wanting body I hovered over
dress gathered, seductive at her waist
ahh I saw her thighs, longed to taste

she raised her hips, dress pulled over
and left it lying stoic in the clover
yes, nothing to hinder my view of her
with a whisper she said "come higher..."

she opened herself to me, nothing left to hide
yes no need to play, just to explore inside
freed and pulsing my masculinity her reward
with the heels of her feet she led me inward

I lay my hardness on her place just to tease
she gasps in a breathless tone "take me, please"
without a second thought and boyish grin
I concede to her request, our passion begins

Making love in a field of clover!
These are my dreams, over and over

Clover's Bliss by Gary L. Robinson, 2012

Like most authors, I never know what will inspire a story. It could be anything, you know?  Well, this poem started a story in my head that just took off!  It really wrote itself!

Riftglade is published by Hot Ink Press ( ) and does have an erotic love scene but is chock full of excitement and adventure as well! 

Princess Yaliza must reluctantly venture out into the world on her own to find her destiny. Right as her journey begins, she is flung straight into an unexpected adventure!

Thanks for dropping by, River!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Breaking It Down: REDEEMED by the numbers, Part 1

As you know, I'm in the second half of writing REDEEMED, a dystopian novel set in Boston. It's currently the year 2023 as I'm writing it, and some pretty epic scenes are upcoming this week. Things are shaping up that it will be my longest novel ever; it may not reach Kevin J. Anderson/doorstop levels, but it'll be my personal doorstop when I'm all done with it. I figured that if I can get it to 150,000 words, I'll be happy with that and that everything after 150K is gravy for the book. In addition, I believe that I relayed what my goals for 2013 are: 200,000 words written (I stopped 2012 at 83,550 in REDEEMED), three books published.

That said, a few numbers for you before I go grocery shopping and settle in for the NFC and AFC title games.

After a brief writing spell of 1,179 words this morning, REDEEMED checks in at 113,769 words for the project. It also means 30,219 words so far in January. I've really only taken four days off this month (technically five, but I did get some writing done two Sundays ago before heading home from the Cape).

That's an average of 1,889 words a day.

Boo ya.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Author Interviews: Christopher L. Beck

For those of you who likey the scary stuff, you’re in for a treat today as I welcome good pal Christopher L. Beck to the hot seat. Christopher’s been writing for a few years now, and he has a slew of stories available on Amazon. Check them out.

SS: Tell my readers how you got your start as a writer.

CLB: Writing is something I've always enjoyed. As a teen I wrote a few stories and many, many poems. Somewhere decent, many were not, and mostly all of them were dark pieces as I was dealing with some hard stuff at the time. As I aged, life got in the way more and more and I wrote less and less, though I didn't let it go completely. A number of years ago I even started what was to be my first novel. I was more than 20,000 words in to it when my then wife told me I was spending too much time writing. So, I backed away from the WIP. I tried to work on it here and there when I could but my computer ended up with a worm that kept rebooting the system. Discouraged by these things, I put writing on the back burner once again. And then, after my wife said she no longer wanted to be with me and I had to leave my home and family behind, I once more found myself in a dark place and turned to writing to help deal with it all. At first it was just me filling notebooks with letters that no one will ever see. I filled a few, then started using what I was felling to writing short stories. Soon after is when I started to publish.

SS: What do you feel is currently your best story on the market? Tell us a little about it.

CLB: Hmmm...I am partial to LONESOME NIGHT for personal reasons, but if I had to go by what readers say it would be REX. It's a novelette set in a post apocalyptic world that, of course, is overrun with zombies. Two brothers trying to stay alive end up finding and Rottweiler pup while out scavenging and take it in as their own. A number of years later their dog and best friend becomes infected and the brothers struggle with their love for the animal and what must be done.

SS: You were able to contribute to the Phobophobia anthology in 2011, an anthology where writers relayed stories of phobias, but not necessarily theirs. Do you have one? And if yes, how come, you big fraidy cat?!

CLB: My biggest fear is my (step)daughter seeing any of the horrid things I had to see at her age. I watched both of my parents become sick--mom mentally, dad psychically--watched the go in and out of hospitals, watched them have seizures and heart attacks, watched them both both become childlike again, and I watched them both die. Actually, I was the one to find my mom, she passed before my eyes. All of this, and a number of other things, before the age of sixteen. Shit like that leaves scars the never fully fade. So, again: I fear my (step)daughter experiencing anything along these lines.

SS: What inspires you?

CLB: Life, both the positive and negative sides of it. Success stories. And there are times when inspiration comes from out of nowhere.

SS: What are you working on now?

CLB: I'm fleshing out my first ever spook (ghost) tale. I hope to finish it up after this interview and get it back to the editor.

SS: OK, Let’s get funny. If I gave you a thousand bucks and you can’t use it on important stuff like food or keeping the power on, what would you spend it on?

CLB: Books. Books are my addiction, they are my crack. I'd spend some on my (step)daughter, too. Whatever remained would be spent on beer, maybe a new video game, and, perhaps, tossed at ladies on poles in darkened clubs.

SS: Yankees or Mets? It’s almost time for pitchers and catchers to report, you know.

CLB: I'm going to have to let you down on this one, Sean. I don't watch baseball, or sports for that matter. Maybe here and there I'll catch a game but that's it. That doesn't mean, however, I don't enjoy reading novels about sports. I've read a number of them and have a couple of yours in my TBR pile--that has to count for something.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Looking back on 10 glorious years of fiction writing

I won't be anywhere near my computer tonight, but I wanted to let you lot in on a little secret: It was 10 years ago tonight that I sat down at my old Gateway desktop computer, its massive monitor, and began to write the manuscript that became Obloeron: The Quest For The Chalice, the first book in The Obloeron Trilogy, the series that was just recently extended by the release of The Shadow Looms. At that time, the book had no title; the file I had titled "YanosKingsfoil" after what had been the titular character. It wasn't even a trilogy then. I had just sat down and began writing a story that had been percolating in my mind for the past year, after conversing with New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore at our local WaldenBooks (Bob is from Leominster, and I am originally from Fitchburg; those are neighboring towns) about writing fiction.

I was a fantasy fan growing up, and my first thought about writing books was that I wanted to be a fantasy author. I didn't read the books of Lord of the Rings until 2001, just before I had started writing, but I had read The Hobbit when I was 11. My father had put it in my hands, and I simply loved it (I smiled when Gandalf talked about "the game of golf" being invented in the movie last week. That's one of the things that stuck out at me in Tolkien's then-style), but I didn't really like reading when I was younger. I did, however, want to be a writer, since I had always been a storyteller--I just hadn't found the book that turned on the switch on my love of reading until my later teen years.

Did I know 10 years ago that I would be where I am today? Inching closer to 7,000 book sales, sitting on 16 novels published? Another one waiting in the wings, plus one being written, and another stewing in the mind? Three children's books (Why am I writing children's books?!), plus a few novellas and short stories? Did my mind really have these stories inside of it, waiting to come out? Just why did I wait until then to start typing them out?

Just thinking about it all makes me tingly, and a little bit sad at the same time.  But this isn't a time for sadness. This is a time for celebration. It's been 10 years -- 10 whole years -- that I've been writing fiction. Cake for everyone, I say.

Here's to the next 10 years. May they be just as productive.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Author Interviews: R.P. Steeves

Today, we’re opening up our 2013 edition of author interviews with my buddy, Rich “R.P.” Steeves, an author you really need to read this year. Rich hails from Connecticut, the Insurance Capital of the World, where he yearns for the return of the Hartford Whalers. Rich, great to have you here today.

SS: Tell my readership a little about Misty Johnson: Just how did you dig up that old fossil?

RPS: I’ll say what I can without violating my non-disclosure agreement. The last thing I want to do is make her angry. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry. She can be tough to like even when she’s not! As for Misty, I was getting sick of seeing characters who were hundreds of years old and seemed surprisingly well adjusted to life and society (I am looking at you, Eric from True Blood). I have grown increasingly grouchy over the years, and I am not nearly as old as Misty! Anyway, her sidekick, Dru Chance, has quite the presence on social media, Tweeting up a storm and managing the Misty Johnson, Supernatural Dick Facebook page. He’s just a schlub from Connecticut, like me, so we instantly connected. He asked me to be the official chronicler of Misty’s adventures, and I jumped at the opportunity. She has seen an awful lot in the last 900 years, and, once you get past her prickly exterior, she is fascinating.

SS: Washington D.C. is Misty’s longtime hang-out. Where do you think she’ll she up next?

RPS: Well, right now she has a lot of supernatural mischief to clean up there: Corrupt magic-wielding Senators, a gang war for control of the Underworld Underworld, a powerful artifact that could tip the balance of power, and her oldest nemesis. But after that, she will definitely turn her attention to supernatural mysteries in other parts of the US: Baltimore, New York City, Chicago, San Diego and Las Vegas are all on her travel agenda. Plus, in her 900 years, she has been all over the world, and I’ll be recounting some of her adventures in the Caribbean, San Francisco and London.

SS: Let’s talk about your writing mindset: Every author has a different one. How is your writing day unique?

RPS: I decided a long time ago that I would make it a point to write every single day (though I try not to be too hard on myself if I miss a day). During the workweek, I try to squeeze in a half-hour or so of writing at my desk during lunch. Often this is some light editing or sometimes a dialogue scene. Then at night I usually sit down on my couch and write for another hour or so in front of the TV. I don’t listen to music, so the noise of the television keeps me company. Usually I try to have a game on so I don’t have to pay full attention. On days off from work, I try to write in bigger gulps, but I break it up with other activities: reading, cleaning, laundry or Facebooking.

SS: Where did you get your start as a writer?

RPS: When I was in college, I wanted to be a writer. I wrote plays and short stories and a weekly radio drama for the campus station. But once I started teaching, the writing kind of fell by the wayside. A few years ago, after a divorce and a career change, I was a little bit lost. Someone asked me what I wanted to do more than anything, and I said I wanted to be a writer. He asked what I was writing, and I just made excuses about not having time, etc. He said, “I don’t know a lot about writing, but I figure a writer should, you know, write.” It was a simple statement, but it hit me in the right spot. I started writing short stories that were published in several literary magazines, and then, after I’d developed some writing muscles, I started to write the Misty screenplay. I realized I didn’t know how to sell a screenplay, so it turned into a book. I found a publisher for it, and I have been writing ever since!

SS: Let’s get funny: I give you a thousand bucks. The only caveat is that it doesn’t go to meaningful stuff, like food or keeping the power on. What do you do with it?

RPS: A good one! In my youth, I probably would have bought some rare comic books – some early Avengers or FF issues. But now, I think I’d use the money to travel. I have a lot of friends spread across the country, so I’d book some plane flights to see them. I’d head to WI, OH and CO, and then swing through North and South Carolina, probably ending up relaxing on Myrtle Beach or something.

SS: Which authors do you consider to be your mentors?

RPS: Besides Sean Sweeney? I find “mentor” an interesting term. I have many influences, certainly, from Ray Bradbury to George R. R. Martin to Jim Butcher and more. But since I have found a writing community online, I have connected with authors of various levels of experience. I count some of the authors from the Wild Cards Consortium: John Jos. Miller, Victor Milan, Melinda M. Snodgrass and more as mentors. I loved their books as a kid and I interact with them online a lot. I have also connected with a lot of great small press and independent authors as well, including Kent Holloway, Candace Bowen, Rick Nicholls, Sean Ellis, David Wood, Sean Sweeney and more. I also enjoy collaborating with up and coming writers, and I am working on an anthology with some exciting new writers like Jim Bellmore, Frank Hart and Laura Critchley. I hope they can mentor me as much as I can help them!

SS: And finally, what’s on tap for you in 2013?

RPS: I have lots of short stories in upcoming anthologies. My feminist sci-fi story “Sky” will be coming out in Daughters of Icarus from Pink Narcissus Press. I also have three stories in the Pulp Obscura line from Pro Se press, starring classic pulp characters Major Lacy and Amusement, Inc.; The Griffon; and Lynn Lash, Scientific Detective. I’m also working on stories for Pro Se anthologies called The Adventures of Moose and Skwirl, Troubletakers; The Ninth Circle; and High Adventure History. I also have two stories slated for publication in a Pro Se anthology highlighting the work of Charles Boeckman. Finally from Pro Se, if all goes well, I have a story in the charity superhero anthology Strong City, which may be out soon. In the horror genre, I have a story in the upcoming Rat War anthology from STFU Publishing, and a fairytale zombie story in an anthology coming out from Undead Press. I have also contributed two Misty Johnson short stories for a noir anthology from Ravenwood Press. The third Misty Johnson novel, The Reflecting Pool of Fire is due out in September, and I am currently shopping around a dystopian sci-fi novel, working on a Young Adult novel. I am collaborating with R. O. Boras to release a novella and collection of sci-fi/horror short stories, and I am editing an anthology for up and coming writers. That’s all I have on tap right now!

Thanks for stopping by, Rich! And folks, make sure you hit Rich’s website, You’ll be glad you did.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


And there it is, the cover to the second Obloeron prequel, THE SHADOW LOOMS. For those keeping score at home, this is novel No. 16 of my career, and fifth in the Obloeron fantasy world. I had released the fourth book, THE RISE OF THE DARK FALCON, in February 2010. So to say that I'm happy the wait is over is an understatement. For those of you that have waited patiently for it, I hope it meets your expectations.

In July 2012, I had written about the characters of this book. There's another blog post coming about the secondary antagonists of this book, quite possibly tomorrow or Friday. Let me tell you now a little about the plot without spoiling the book entirely.

A year has passed since Krampel Paddymeyer, Lutricia Juniper and Radamuck Rosar met, and the trio has grown into a routine. After spending time in a seaside town, the call for help goes up: Corsairs have attacked Oak Flats, the home of the peaceful squirrellen.

Astride their newly-acquired steeds, the trio rush to the squirrellen’s aid. It is there that they discover that the squirrellen are needed for a project—a project that could change the face of the southlands should it grow to fruition. Krampel and the others must seek answers from the Valley of the Wizards before the path winds further toward the man behind it all.

How will it all end? You'll have to wait for the third and final book, KRAMPEL'S REVENGE.

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