I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Colin F. Barnes, editor and one of seven international authors for the City of Hell Chronicles (CoH), to be released on December 1st. Before I plunge into the interview questions, here’s a quick look at CoH:
So I’m sitting here at my computer earlier this afternoon when I hear a knock at the door. Who the hell? I get up to check and see nothing through the front door window. So I open the door. There, on my front porch is a medium-sized box. Now, I just went crazy over the weekend with Black Friday purchases…but this is a bit too early to be expecting any of THOSE goodies.
My heart begins to pick up the pace. I check the return address to confirm my suspicions. Yep.
This week’s six comes from my debut novel, Halos: Somnium that will release on December 16, 2011.
In this scene, Allie’s nightmare returns.
The sunlight twists and morphs into the reflection of dark mirrored sunglasses belonging to a man with brown hair and a thick brown mustache to match. In the mirrors, the face of the blond girl stares back in sheer horror. My heart hammers frantically against my chest and suddenly I’m choking on each short breath. His voice, dauntingly smooth, taunts me from the nothingness that I’m desperate to escape to. “That’s it, darlin’, just relax.” Dread seeps into my bones.
Thanks for checking it out! Be sure to stop by next week for another Six Sentence Sunday !
I think it’s pretty safe to say that a book trailer is one of the thrilling moments of publishing a book. You condense everything you’ve written into one enticing little preview. It’s a moment, aside from actually holding a copy in your hands, when the book becomes more than just an idea that you’ve written on paper. It becomes a vision of so many other things. A visual representation of something you’ve created. Like a movie that’s been playing out in your head the last few months (years) on display for everyone else to see.
Okay, for those who have not seen this before, I’ve decided to give you some snippets each week. ONLY six sentences at a time! I’ll have you know…this isn’t easy. When I decided to sign up, my mind instantly boggled. Which six sentences do I choose? Ugh. Like my little sister in a shoe store. We could be here a while…but, I’ve picked my six for the week. So here we go!
In this scene, Allie arrives in Kittery and decides to pull off for gas at one of those strange, outdated stations. While paying inside (because the pumps don’t have one of those fancy convenience pay thingamajigs), she is greeted by two creepy locals. A missing persons poster plastered to the wall grabs her attention:
She looks to be about my age with sandy brown hair and brown eyes, radiantly smiling back at me. Her expression, so vibrant and happy, is haunting. How long has she been missing? My stare must be obvious when the clerk hands me my change with his grease-stained fingers, then glances back at the flyer himself. He turns back toward me; his turbulent eyes meet mine. “Watch yaself.”
Oh man, that’s it! Be sure to stop back next week for another Six Sentence Sunday.
Okay…so every time I think I’m going to post one of my flash stories, there’s a new development with my book! And this one has been very difficult to sit on because I’ve been dying to show you the cover.
Somnium is going to be available in paperback and e-book. The wraparound cover for the paperback is pretty darn awesome too! I had two designers on this that did one kick ass job: my brother, Ryan, and Nick from Everything Indie. If you haven’t yet checked out Nick’s site, you must:
And here is my lovely (which is a little bit difficult to see against the background of the website):
December 16, 2011.
What’s so special about this date??
Is it my birthday?
My wedding anniversary?
A due date?
Yep. Wait. WHAT?!?!!!!!!!!!
Well, after having participated in two ‘What If’ games found on the lovely J.A. Belfield’s blog, I decided to follow suit and host one of my own. So here’s what I’m going to do:
I’m going to give you a brief scenario and RESIST the urge to finish it myself.
You imagine that you are the character in the scene and write what you would do as the MC of the story.
You do NOT have to be a writer to participate!
So come on and give it a shot It’s simple and fun…and I’m dying to see what y’all come up with as an ending.
Here’s your scenario: