I've decided to lower the Ebook price for my novella, The Journal of Peter Rubin.
That's right, it's FREE now! I'm still charging for paperbacks (schools and educators will always receive discounts on bulk orders), but in an effort to reach a wider audience and spread the message of anti-bullying, I decided to give away the electronic copy for free.
The Journal of Peter Rubin can now be downloaded on the Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, and all Android-based Ereaders! Read the novella, tell your friends about it, and spread the message of anti-bullying. BEcuase
Really grinding away here. There are two new novels up for sale (Left For Dead and Revenge), and two more coming within the next month! One of them being an original screenplay that I wrote back in 2005, the screenplay that basically started my professional writing career!
Enjoy! And kept checking back for updates!!!
I've been working hard on a new novel. I promise this one will be like no other you have ever read before. That's a pretty big promise to make, but I'm so sure of myself that I will make it just the same. To give you a hint, it's a collection of short stories with a pretty intriguing twist. What is that twist, you ask? Well, I'm going to leave that up to your imagination. Turn those gears in your brain! Try to figure it out!
The main genre is horror, but there are some stories that flirt with fantasy, science fiction, and suspense as well. The first draft is done, so only a few more to go before it can see the light of day. Expect this one to be out either during the fall or winter.
Oh yeah . . . the title is Left For Dead.
Second Coming was listed today as #85 in the Occult Kindle Store!!!!
Thank you everyone for giving Second Coming a chance! I hope you enjoy it!
It's a sad day for those staying behind when a great traveler decides to embark on a new journey. Ray Bradbury, author, thinker, entertainer, has embarked on a journey that we all will take in due time.
While he was with us he blessed us with books like Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Martian Chronicles, among many others. His writing has influenced many other great writers and will only continue to do so.
He was a great man who will be missed. Thank you, Ray Bradbury, for everything . . .
Writing Mechanics: Redundancy
Okay, I haven’t updated this section in a while, so I should probably stop being lazy and do so now! Let’s talk about redundancy. What is redundancy? Redundancy is the unnecessary use of certain words in a sentence, words that usually explain the same action more than once. Redundancy can get quite annoying sometimes. Have you spotted any examples or redundancy in the above paragraph? :P
Let’s look at a few examples below:
My heart thrummed in my chest.
Oh really? I thought it thrummed in my eye. Unless your heart is located in your eye because you are some otherworldly creature, it’s always going to be located in your chest, so there’s no point to state it twice. So, as Strunk and White said in their brilliant book on grammar, The Elements of Style: “Omit needless words!”
Here’s another example.
He nodded his head.
I can understanding saying he shook his head, because he might be shaking something else, but how many times have you heard of a character nodding his arm or nodding his toes? When we read he nodded we already associate that action with the head, so do as Strunk and White would do and omit needless words!
The important thing to remember is that WE ALL DO THIS in our first drafts (we are too busy regurgitating the story onto the page). Don’t worry about it then. Worry about it in your second draft. Scan the manuscript. Delete, delete, delete! Our keen eyes might not even pick up these redundancies until our third drafts! The important thing is to catch these redundancies before you send your novel to your editor or, if you’re self-publishing, before it goes into print.
I know we can’t avoid redundancies all the time, and sometimes you won’t want to (know the rules and know when to break them), but when you can you will be left with a manuscript that reads much smoother.
Here are some more examples:
bouquet (of flowers)
equal (to one another)
fall (down) (exception: unless your story is sci-fi and you’re falling UP!)
full (to capacity)
There are a bunch more! If you’re interested in finding out what they are, visit this site:
My new novel, The Journal of Peter Rubin, is officially up for sale today as an e-book!
What's so unique about it? Why am I so excited?
I'm excited because not only is this book visually appealing (it's the first visual-e-book I've seen so far) but because Peter Rubin is a semi-fictional character and his story holds a powerful message:
They say writing is therapeutic. How therapeutic can it be when you are picked on, beat up, and ostracized day in and day out for as far back as you can remember?
Peter Rubin, an overweight tenth-grader, starts a journal to write down his thoughts. Through his very personal and lifelike entries the reader gathers an understanding of his life. But something is wrong. Many of the entries are written on (“PETER RUBIN IS A LOSER!” “FATASS!” “JELLY ROLLS!”), some of them are ripped, there are even horrible pictures scrawled over his most private thoughts.
Will the beautiful new girl at school who sits in front of him think he’s a loser, too? Will Tommy Boots and John, his only two friends, stand by his side? And will the horrible teens who he calls “The Clan,” a group who has dedicated their time to making Peter’s life a living hell, get what they deserve?
The Journal of Peter Rubin can be viewed as an exciting and emotional work of fiction, or it can be viewed as an in-depth psychological study on how teens who are bullied react, consider suicide, and try to survive the horrible abuse they endure everyday at school.
Get your copy today on the Kindle here.
Or . . . for a limited time only (May 22, 2012) I will be giving copies away for FREE!!! So tell all your friends!
Step right up! Today you can download a copy of Luke's Situation for FREE on your Kindle!
--LAWRENCE KELTER, bestselling author of The Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series said that, "Luke's Situation is a compelling drama that will keep you captivated from the very beginning to the very last page."
Deception. Romance. Betrayal.
Who could have thought it would turn out like this?
All he had to do was get the numbers of one license plate.
How could he have known that he would get caught?
And how could he have known that the man the car belonged to would turn out to be his worst nightmare?
Now, 17-year-old Joe Panza must face his worst fears as he
struggles to protect the love of his life, his family, and himself from his
deranged new neighbor.
Download your FREE copy today! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073MVHOQ/
I finally got around to seeing The Cabin in the Woods.
My advice . . . go see it! This movie rocks!!! It's not the typical horror movie, yet Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard aren't typical horror writers.
The Cabin in the Woods has the horror element, yes, but it's brilliantly juxtaposed with comedy to produce a beautiful piece of satire about society and the human condition.
If there's one movie you should see this year, make sure it's The Cabin in the Woods!
Muggles. Witches. Wizards. Magic wands. Hocruxes.
J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series, has a new book coming out!
The Harry Potter series has enchanted me from the very first page to the very last. J.K. Rowling is a spellbinding author few could compare to, turning an enrapturing tale about witches and wizards into what can be interpreted to be an allegorical piece about the Holocaust.
The question many fans might have is if the main character of her new book will be Harry Potter? The answer is, he will not. In fact, J.K. Rowling has geared her book exclusively for adults. It's about a little town called Pagford, which is at war with itself in every possible way: students vs. teachers, wealthy vs. the poor, parents vs. sons and daughters, etc.
The fighting explodes when Barry Fairweather, a member of the town council, unexpectedly dies. His death sparks the biggest war yet, burdened with obsession, love, deceit, and unexpected surprises. The novel has been called "Blackly comic," "Thought-provoking," and "Constantly surprising."
Cover art has yet to be released. However, a release date has been promised. It has been set for September 27, 2012. The one question on my mind is, will J.K. Rowling's magnum opus be a clandestine coup de grâce? Will the Harry Potter series cast a shadow over The Casual Vacancy and any other work that will follow? Will all of J.K. Rowling's future novels be compared to Harry Potter? The answers rest with the reader, although I do hope that each book will be viewed as a separate entity and will be judged on its own merit. There is no doubt in my mind that J.K Rowling is a fantastic author, and there is no doubt in my mind that she will not disappoint, even if her book doesn't contain magical elements, witches, wizards, and is geared for adults.
My only disappointment is that this title won't be released sooner!!!!!
Wait a minute . . . Accio The Casual Vacancy!!