Right now, I’m running a sale on stock/premade covers! Covers are only $40 and are customizable with your book title and author name (duh, LOL). If you need more customization, we can work out a rate. If you need a full wrap, it’s only $65.
I DO NOT reuse covers or even photos.
Check out this link to see the covers, and if you’re interested in any, email me at asharceneaux.art @ gmail . com. Keep checking back because I’ll be adding a few more every night this week. Sale ends on Sunday!
Check out my latest short story, for free, at Wattpad! It’s a sci-fi story that got some great reviews.
In addition to ignoring this blog, I’m also a writer! My latest novel, Dark Consort, is available now. It’s a dark fantasy. It’s got plenty of blood and guts (can’t forget my horror roots!), as well as the usual fantasy stuff. A lot of people want to call it a romance, but all the hard-core romance people have been screaming at me because it doesn’t meet the ‘HEA’ requirements for romance.
Anyway, here’s the blurb!
Ruler of a withering kingdom, Ceron has come to terms with the fact that the only way to save his country is to carry on with one of his ancestors’ worst traditions–the kidnapping and ritual sacrifice of a mage to revive the dying magic of Aichinn. Through his short reign, he’s fought hard to bury his hateful legacy and create a new, peaceful rule. The demons that have plagued his bloodline, however, have other plans. Vile plans. They want blood and war, death and destruction. Even as he fights them, tooth and nail, he realizes he can’t fight them forever.
Kaeda just can’t get it right. A healer mage in the lush, bountiful Northlands, no matter of training seems to awaken more than a trickle of her magic. When the mysterious visitor from a southern state offers her an escape from the looming banishment, she takes him up without a second thought. Unfortunately, the stranger isn’t who he says he is.
He’s the dreaded King of Nightmare and Shadow, the Lord of the Goblins, the Dark King Ceron. And he wants her. Despite being kidnapped, imprisoned, and deceived, Kaeda discovers she’s meant for so much more than what Ceron intends. The very land of Aichinn embraces her, and her natural abilities flood forth. The dying kingdom has a chance to live again. With the awakening of the land’s magic, Ceron’s demons rise in full force, determined to wield the burgeoning power as their own.
Kaeda is Ceron’s only chance to save Aichinn–if he doesn’t destroy her first.
I’d love a few reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Smashwords!
Just released! I have a short story in this! I also did the cover!
STILL DYING 2
Nine authors… Ten stories… nothing but zombie horror!
Dying Days creator Armand Rosamilia invited eight incredible authors to set foot in his world, and the results are creepy and the anthology a page-turner. Enter this zombie apocalypse… if you dare.
How Me And Bozy Became Dads by Patrick C. Greene
A road side inmate clean-up crew find themselves caught in the middle just as a plague takes hold of the city. Small time hoods Randall and Bozy find freedom—which just became worse than imprisonment.
Gator Aid by Frank Edler
Can a popular Floridian tourist trap survive and thrive as an attraction during the end of civilization?
The Trap Line by Sean Slagle
Spencer, his sister, and her boyfriend have been hiding safely in a hunting cabin since the beginning of the apocalypse. But all of that changes when another family of survivors shows up.
Dying Days: Television by Armand Rosamilia
What’s more important than television, even during the end of the world?
Flight 509 by Jaime Johnesee
A man is stuck on a plane during the ZA and has no clue how to get out alive.
The Old Man And The Apocalypse by A.D. Roland
He just wanted to live out the rest of his days in peace. With the walking dead stumbling around his retirement community, it wasn’t too easy to do that, but he’d managed. An unexpected visitor reminds him, though, that sometimes life isn’t just about waiting to die.
The Happiest Kingdom On Earth by Brent Abell
Two men trying to stay alive in a zombie ravaged world find a group of survivors who have taken refuge in Florida’s premiere tourist attraction and find out how high the price of admission can be to stay in the “Happiest Kingdom on Earth”.
Dying Days: Stew by Armand Rosamilia
Stew and his dog Orion are just trying to scavenge in a restaurant when things get tricky. Can they survive a zombie attack and find hot dogs for Orion?
Lucifer’s Revenge by Mark Tufo
A monsignor reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
Dying Days: Angel by Tim Baker
Angel Godwin must escape her own home or be taken by zombies.
Print ($12.99): https://www.createspace.com/4557463
Fun, bittersweet, gory, and just plain cool. I loved it. Well-written, well-crafted, and downright fun to read. I loved the dark take on a whimsical element.
WEEKEND SPECIAL! (June 1-2)
Running a weekend-only cover art deal! $30 gets you an ebook cover! $45 gets you a full wrap!!
BOOK TRAILER SPECIAL! $45! This weekend only!
Or, why Netflix should NOT DO SHIT LIKE THAT AGAIN.
Apparently, this is the writing process for Hemlock Grove.
“Here’s a book that would make an awesome TV show.”
“Okay, cool. But we’re going to make some rewrites and screw shit up exponentially, since the source material would never, ever be good enough.”
“Great. So, our show is going to be about genetic modification, mad scientists, Frankenstein, werewolves, slut-shaming she-werewolves, horny teenagers, vampires, teen angst, teen pregnancy, angels, supernatural visitations, crazy people, witches, gypsies, psychic abilities, horrific fake accents, spirit-walks, and boobs.”
“Yeah, can’t forget boobs!”
“All righty, then. I think that’s all the writing we need to do. Let’s start filming now.”
It had potential. Really. And then…no. Famke Jenson started talking. What the heck?? That accent was ATROCIOUS. It sounded horrible! It sounded like she was TRYING to sound like a wicked witch in a Disney movie.
Then other people started talking, and it sounded like the writers were channeling the original Dark Shadows. The only character I liked was Peter and his mom. Everyone else was pretentious, over-acted, so, incredibly, painfully stereotyped it HURT. The cold-eyed prince with the dark, dark secret. The psychiatrist in need of a psychiatrist. The giggling mad scientist. The evil queen surveying her crumbling empire. The angelic, too-good-for-this-world female. The shifty-eyed, angsty, hide-behind-her-hair nutjob channeling Nadine from Stephen King’s The Stand (heavens, somebody else tell me they noticed that too?). The spooky psychic with the ominous, enigmatic warnings.
Would it hurt to inject a little originality into a series, which had a WORLD of opportunities and potential at its fingertips?
Or how about answer all the questions? Why does Shelley glow? Why exactly is Ouroboros? What happened to Shelley? What was the stuff Olivia dripped in her eye? WHY DOES THE LITTLE GIRL HAVE AN EFFING TAIL? Why did cutting off the tail kill her? WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THAT LIL’ VIGNETTE? Why was there supposedly all this animosity between the Godfreys and Romanceks, but moms and sons were buddy-buddy after a couple of heart to hearts? If Olivia was a vampire, why was she in the steel mill, puking up half-chewed meat, but later claimed the body left there wasn’t her work? And–OMG–what sort of hospital ANNOUNCES A PATIENT HAS DIED OVER THE INTERCOM? How did Roman not know he banged his half-sister/cousin? Why wasn’t the “He’s your real father” investigated or expounded upon further? And there were half a dozen more that just sort of fell by the wayside as the series got caught up in itself.
Also, wha about the dragon stuff? We have the religious werewolf slayer Order, then we have Shelley and the bum spouting poetry about seeing dragons, and then at the end, Olivia says they are not warriors, they are dragons, yet none of them tie in together, nor do they relate to one another!
Check this out! The book trailer for my novel, Swamp Baby!
When you publish a book, you’re sending your baby out into the world. It’s up to you to make sure that progeny can stand up on its own. If it can’t…
Also, when you send your book to a review site, you’re asking for a person’s opinion of a book. When you outright ask a reviewer “What did you think of my book?” you should expect an honest answer. Either way, an ethical reviewer is going to be honest.
And you can’t take it personally. The reviewer isn’t saying “So-and-so is a horrible person and deserved to be quartered and hung.” A good reviewer is going to tell you why your book didn’t get that five-star rating. Whether you agree with it or not, you can’t deny them their opinion of your book. The only time a reviewer should be called to point regarding a review they’ve written, is if they get stuff completely wrong (as in setting, character names, etc).
HEre’s a delightful little exchange between me and an author over on amazon…
His reply to my initial review, which is posted on this site as well: “This is a nice review, considering it’s more aimed at you as an editor…..If that’s what you really are??
I like the way you’ve used my words during our emails to try to make people look at you as an editor and less of me as an author. What’s your gain?? To get people to go to you for a cheap edit/proofread…..Seriously…….
You may not like the way I write, that’s your call, but many, many other readers do. Are you telling me they are all wrong about my book?? – I don’t think you can answer that because deep down you know that we are not all the same, and we don’t read the same. I’m just not like you. It’s that simple, but thanks for pointing out your thoughts about my work…..”
“First lesson any author MUST learn post-publication is: reviews are opinions. When you send that book out there, it’s like sending your adult child out into the world. They have be able to stand by themselves. Sometimes, they can’t.
I don’t think this book can. This is my opinion. It’s mine, and it doesn’t really matter if you like it or not, because I’m entitled to it. You sent your unedited/badly edited (without mention of it being an ARC, which, terrifyingly, it wasn’t), horribly formatted, overly-written, mis-plotted book to MY book review website, and then asked my opinion.
You don’t read books. It shows. Fact. You prefer not to have your book professionally edited for whatever reason (which, by the way, is not a offer of services, and never was). Fact. Side note: I did, however, offer advice on how to find an editor. I’ve been there. I’ve been broke. Been too prideful. But in the end, product matters. But if you’re okay with spending your money on a shoddy product, okeydokey. You’re the one who will ultimately have to face that.
As a result, professionally speaking, your book deserves no stars, but Amazon requires me to select one. Opinion. But also, fact, in a way. I shared snippets of your book with a few very successful writers with whom I am friends. Responses ranged from silent head-shakes and horrified glances to “OMG whut?” The GOOD parts of your book are stripped away because of the lack of editing and mangled formatting. Interestingly, you wanted to throw the ‘all the other readers must be wrong’ thing in my face. If you read carefully, most of your 9 reviews mention the problems with editing. I don’t know…might mean something. Quite honestly, we DO read the same. We use the English alphabet to form sounds, which then form words, which then form sentences, paragraphs, which all mush around in the comprehension centers in our brains to form a meaningful experience…etc. If you mean, we don’t all know the difference between a well-edited, good book and a “It’s done! PUBLISH ALL THE THINGS NOW!” book, you’re right. And that’s a shame, when there are amazing books by fantastic authors (Brian Keene, Carolyn McCray, Joe McKinnley, Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Elizabeth Massie, Ellen Datlow…wait, you don’t read, so you probably don’t know any of their books) who have put their heart and souls into books and DESERVE to sell millions of copies…and then there’s Clifton Falls, of which the author doesn’t like to read, doesn’t want to use an editor, and sees no problem with offering a badly formatted, unedited book for sale. Again, my opinion, to which I’m entitled.
Again, mostly opinion, but when you compare it to the industry standard, fact. You can’t rise to the next level if you don’t conquer the one you’re on, with every project you undertake.
Lesson two every published writer has to learn: You don’t like a review? Move on. You do realize a bad review can generate as many sales as a good one, right? No? It happens. People want to know what the hullabaloo is about. Granted, they’ll probably agree once they understand the specific points I’m talking about, but it takes a good minute and some effort to get Amazon to refund a purchase.
Lesson three: A reviewer offers legitimate constructive criticism? You have two options: Take the advice and roll with it, or shrug your shoulders and walk away. Win some, lose some.
If you really want to be a writer, you have to grow a thick skin. You have to take reviews with a grain of salt, or a spoonful of sugar. Maybe that’s lesson four?
This isn’t coming from somebody who sits and reads books all day. This is coming from a peer, and some one who has far more experience than you in the same field. I’ve been in the industry in various capacities for over a decade. I make my living in this industry. The average reader may not see the things that will keep you from taking it up a notch, but I do, as do any published, serious, non-hack authors. Believe it or not, I’m actually trying to help you, dude.”