Big Pimpin’ in the NC – Release Week!

With the requisite shout-out to Jay-Z, perhaps the first time that’s ever happened here at MW (but if you don’t love his 2001 collaboration with The Roots on MTV Unplugged, I don’t know what’s wrong with you), there are a LOT of awesome books dropping just in time for you to slam them onto your kindle and go sit out somewhere in the heat tomorrow night and watch professionals blow up shit in celebration of freedom.

Please be safe. Leave the blowing up of shit to professional pyrotechnicians and rednecks. We know how to do that stuff, y’all.

But there’s not one, not two, but THREE awesome North Carolina writers with new books out this week. Technically, it’s five NC writers, because two of these books are by husband-and-wife teams, but who’s counting? And I suck at math anyway.

First, because I’m the one writing the post, is everybody’s favorite […]

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New Release & Literate Liquors Episode 18 – Writing Tips for Beginners

So I’m a little (a lot) like Simon Cowell on old episodes of American Idol. I’m snarky, sometimes biting, and I don’t suffer fools lightly. I might or might not unleash a little of that in this week’s episode of Literate Liquors, when I give some tips to beginning writers on how to write better. Or as I tend to put it – suck less. I have a lot of people that ask me to read things, and a lot of the time my response is simply – this isn’t written well. So this week I go over a few things that writers need to avoid doing in order to craft tighter stories, create better tension, and generally suck less. Because the less you suck, the more you sell!

Literate Liquors Episode 18 is available here.

By the by, the second in my Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter novella series is […]

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Literate Liquors with Misty Massey – Episode 10 – Charlie, KickStarter, Cons and more!

So the lovely Misty Massey and I got together last week to chat about what’s going on in the world or writing, the world in general, and this little Kickstarter project she was marginally involved in. As always with me, the language is NSFW.

Also, if you’re anywhere in the Charlotte, Rock Hill or Gastonia areas next week don’t miss David & Faith signing books! They’ll be somewhere in Gastonia on Tuesday the 20th and at The Book Knack in Rock Hill on Wednesday the 21st! Come on out and say hi! There is a greater than zero possibility that I’ll be there hanging out at one of these events for at least a little while!

I also have a new release coming out next week on Tuesday the 20th, it’s the first in a new novella series for me, and here’s a little more about it –

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Wherein No One is Safe

I won’t lie to you, today’s post is inspired by three really amazing books that are hitting the stands today:

GATED by Amy Christine Parker, about a girl who grows up in a cult and finds herself dangerously at odds with the leader as the “end times” approach. A debut YA thriller from Random House Children’s.

TERMINATED by Rachel Caine, about a woman kept “alive” by a crazy dangerous drug that various groups want to control and engineer for deadly fun and profit. The really amazing conclusion to the Revivalist series from Roc Books.

BITING BAD by Chloe Neill, about a woman who was turned into a vampire against her will and now stands Sentinel for her people, which means putting herself between the Master of her House and any danger that comes his way. In this installment of the Chicagoland Vampires series from NAL, this means anti-vampire riots erupting […]

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Excerpt from “Fair Play” – my entry into The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil

If you made it to ConCarolinas, you were there for The Book Launch That Wasn’t, also known as John Learns a Valuable Lesson About Scheduling Book Release Events Before Having Books In Hand. But that’s a story for another time. For today, here’s an excerpt from my story in The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil published last week by Dark Oak Press and co-edited by myself and the lovely and talented Emily Lavin Leverett. You might know her better as Pea_Fairie. The anthology features several MW’ers, including Emily, myself, James Tuck, Sarah Adams, Sara Taylor Woods, and a bunch of other awesome folk. The e-book is available for Nook and Kindle for only $2.99, and I have paperbacks and hardbacks in hand for this weekend’s HeroesCon in downtown Charlotte.

Warning – here there be language. This is a horror anthology, and there are some things in there that […]

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