Kings of Chaos Behind the Scenes: Rough River Falls

 

Previously, I talked a little bit about how I selected the topic and story for Crossroads.  This time, I’d like to talk a little bit about the setting for the series.

When I started writing the first book, I just wanted to start writing.  I was too eager (and ignorant of the writing process) to do any world-building.  However, if you want your story to feel real, then you have to make the setting real.  I don’t mean that in a sense that the setting has to exist on the planet Earth, (obviously, hence science-fiction) but it needs to be believable.  The setting has to exist in the writer’s eye, so it can come to life in the reader’s mind.  Some writers build actual maps of the locations for their stories (if the places don’t already exist).  Others rely on a city grid taken straight from real life.  When I started Crossroads, I didn’t really plan on doing either.  All I knew was that I wanted it set in a real geographic location, so it would be tied with a tangible, physical place, but I also wanted to make it up as I went along to make it fit to the story.

I started with what I thought was a cool town name; Rough River Falls.  That originally started as White River Falls, but there is an actual White River in central Indiana, and that’s not where I wanted this story set.  I thought Rough River Falls sounded cool.  A quick Google search showed me that there is a Falls of Rough near the Rough River Dam in central Kentucky.  That was perfect!  A real geographic location that people could attach the story to, but there is no town of Rough River Falls, which means I still had the liberty to make it up as I pleased.  Or so I thought. Continue reading

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Book Review: Blind to Blood 2: The End Game

I’ve been on a roll lately with my reading, and my latest conquest is the sequel to George Kramer‘s medical horror/thriller, Blind to Blood.  The first book in this series was my introduction to Kramer.  Book-wise, that is. We had met more than a handful of times before I got a chance to dig into one of his books.  I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and unique story behind the characters.  It had its flaws though, and I was hoping to see those fixed with the sequel, Blind to Blood 2: The End Game.

Ben Berstgel is truly a unique character.  From his mustard-colored birthmark covering half of his body, to an interesting and well-thought-out backstory involving his mother, Kramer makes it easy to understand where things went wrong for Ben growing up.  Throw in the idea that this serial killer doesn’t enjoy physically abusing his victims, and you have one interesting psychopath.  This story also introduces some intrigue surrounding Ben’s twin brother.  Did he have one?  Did he not?  I’m very curious to see where this brother story line goes and would’ve really liked to see it explored further in this book.

With as much as I enjoyed the story for both novels, unfortunately, the sequel still wasn’t able to break free of some of the mistakes that I noticed in the first one.

I was really hoping to see a little more attention to detail in the editing and proofreading process.  There were several spelling and grammatical mistakes that could be caught with a more attentive editor and more time spent prior to going to press.  These things are generally small errors and easy to overlook, but as a reader, they take me out of the story while my brain processes and deciphers the information, and it tends to break up the pacing of the plot.  I also struggled with a contradiction from the main character himself, Ben.  He mentions several times throughout the book how he likes to punch his victims in the belly in order to get them to bend to his will.  As mentioned above though, there’s the idea about how he doesn’t like to abuse his victims, beyond the slaughtering, that is.  Those two thoughts tend to work against each other and distracted me from being able to fall completely into the story.

The first person point-of-view is not a common story-telling method, and I have learned myself about what makes it so difficult.  It’s not a bad method when properly executed, and Kramer pulls it off pretty well.  The biggest draw back would be when the main character, Ben, breaks the 4th wall to talk to the readers, again, taking the reader out of the action of the story.

All of that being said, overall, Blind to Blood 2: The End Game is extremely original and entertaining.  At the same time, the gruesome nature is quite cringe-worthy – in a complimentary way.  It’s a short, fast read that’s easy to get sucked into, hard to put down, and before you know it, you’re at the end.  I’ll give it 3 scalpels out of 5.

I know I already said this once, but this time I mean it.  Next up: Patrick J. O’Brian‘s latest release, Uncertain Terms.

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Zombie Pirate Publishing – Science Fiction Double Feature Press Release

In the interest of sharing bookish things from all corners of the world and supporting the craft as much as I can, I’d like to share a press release that I received from the other side of the globe.  From the prolific pair of Adam Bennett and Sam M. Phillips, I present to you:

SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE: Phosphorus & Into The Eye

A pair of Sci Fi novellas from authors Adam Bennett and Sam M. Phillips, the founders of Zombie Pirate Publishing.

INTO THE EYE
In the 22nd century, a polluted Earth sits at the heart of an intergalactic trade empire. Alberic Americ, an out of work miner, is desperate to get off world. He’ll do anything to get a job on a ship heading into The Eye, an ominous region of space where mysterious pearls are harvested as fuel. Determined to prove his worth, Alberic battles his inner demons on a journey to discover the source of his own choices.

PHOSPHORUS
As a Warrior Monk of the Order, Dietrich Adrigan walks a path separate from the billions living in the New York Elevator. Escaping the high-tension life of the gigacity, Dietrich visits the Earth Sanctuary to contemplate a great trial to impress the Council of Elders. A chance meeting leads him off planet, where he’ll confront interplanetary mafiosos, and risk almost certain death in search of a hidden space station.

Get your copy today in paperback and eBook.

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Blogumentary: My Story as a Writer

Lately, I’ve read a few bios for some author friends as well as some stories about the importance writing has had in some of their lives.  That got me thinking, what kind of role has writing played throughout my life?  I have a tendency to downplay and minimize my artistic endeavors, never really feeling like my efforts are adequate, so I really wanted to give it some serious introspection and see if I could connect any dots.  Turns out, I think I can…so I did. Continue reading

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Kings of Chaos Behind the Scenes: the Story

I’ve shared this story quite a few times, but it’s always been in casual conversation, and I don’t think I’ve ever officially been on record with it.  So, I thought it might be worth sharing with all of you to offer some insight about why I chose to write about bikers and how we ended up here.

When I first decided that I wanted to try writing a book, bikers certainly weren’t my first choice.  I’m a huge zombie nerd and my plan was to write a zombie apocalypse story.  Unfortunately, that idea rapidly grew way out of control and developed into a trilogy before I ever even wrote the first sentence.  As a first time author, the thought of jumping straight into a series for my first project and all the complexities that comes along with that was simply too daunting and intimidating. Continue reading

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Author Spotlight: George Kramer

Today’s author in the spotlight is somebody that I’ve got to know while working numerous signing events together.  He writes fast and furious with over 15 published titles to his name, and he hustles just as hard, scheduling signing events all over the central region of Indiana and even in his home state of New York.  He is a multi-genre author, with pretty much something to share for everyone.  I won’t waste anymore time here, so let’s jump right in and learn a little bit more about him.  Enjoy!

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George Kramer started writing early in his life. In fifth grade, he started dabbling with his pen and paper. It was instrumental since his writing would serve as a crucial outlet later in life. The venting allowed him to get a handle on his trials and tribulations in growing up with eight other siblings.

George spread his wings and embraced writing in all genres. As it stands, he has over one hundred and fifty articles published online for various websites. He has written two books of unconventional poetry, countless short stories, and eight books of the popular Arcadis series. Additionally, George has written a medical horror book called Blind to Blood and its sequel, Blind to Blood 2: The End Game. He has written a screenplay on both Blind to Blood and Arcadis: Prophecy. Moreover, he wrote a murder/mystery/love obsession book called, ‘To Some it’s Just a Rose’, which is now a screenplay. He is currently writing the sequel.

George was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised on Long Island, is one of nine children, and is a natural born triplet. Currently he resides in McCordsville, Indiana with his wife and precocious daughter. Continue reading

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New Content Poll

As I gear up for the second half of the year with new posts, I’d really like to get your input to maximize our time together!  I’v dedicated myself to updating my site regularly this year, and I want to make sure that I bring you all along with me!  I’ve introduced a few new series this year and have another one or two on the way.  But don’t worry, I’ll still be featuring more posts from the already existing series.  I have a lot of ideas for articles that will hopefully be fun and enjoyable.  Possibly even thought-provoking.  We’ll see what happens.

Having said all of that, I want to make sure the content is available when it’s most convenient for you!  I started a preliminary poll on my Facebook page, but that hasn’t been as thorough as I’d like, so I’m going to try it again on here.  WordPress gives some pretty incredible analytics regarding site stats and usage data, but the most common days and times for visits has kind of been all over the place, so I figure I’ll just go straight to the source!  Please weigh in below, and leave any additional info in the comments at the bottom!  I’d love to hear from you and make my posts/site/content as user-friendly as possible!

Thanks for your input and support!

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