Serialized Novels- Yay or Nay?

Amaranthine is now on NovelCat and FoxNovel *- two apps available for both android and apple users. If you already have the app, even if you’ve already read the Amaranthine books, please give it a like or a love, or whatever the sites have (I admit, I haven’t installed them yet!)

The sites I have looked at are AnyStories, where the Amaranthine box set (for lack of a better description, as it is all nine books together) has not gotten much love, and WebNovel where – HOLY CATS! – it has gotten a lot of love! Seriously, check this out! (it’s the only one accessible without an app, too.)

Brothers of Darkness, Vampire Morsels, and Tales of the Executioners may eventually join them, it’s up to E Global what goes where, when. (I signed a distribution contract with them last November to handle this.) It will also probably be on Dreame eventually, as well.

*So what are these apps? They’re subscription services, sometimes, and sometimes they’re free to read a chapter a day, where books are serialized and chapters are added every week or every day. In this case, the Amaranthine books have been put altogether and then broken up into 1,000-2,000 word “episodes”, so depending on the site you might be able to buy all the episodes at once for a fee, or wait and read one episode a day, for instance, for free.

Do you read stories on the subscription style apps? What do you like about them? Which one is your favorite?

Interview with Raymond Parish

Hello! And welcome to another author interview! Today we have Raymond Parish, the author of Overnight Delivery: A Hank Anderson Thriller. Let’s get to it!

Jo: Welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book?

Raymond: After writing four successful nonfiction books I made the leap into fiction with the first in my psychological mystery series, Overnight Delivery: A Hank Anderson Thriller in my pen name, Raymond Parish. Hank is a gifted psychotherapist and flawed man who carries an insatiable curiosity for the troubles of others, along with a penchant for personal risk-taking. The intersection of Hank’s talent and shadow draws him into a world of meth and violence that hides beneath the surface of the calm and conservatism that is a myth of Midwestern life.

J: That sounds interesting. I always like stories with flawed/realistic protagonists. What inspired you to write this story?

R: Three key aspects of my life came together as the idea for a novel brewed in my thoughts. The Midwest is a perfect setting for the collision of rural and urban experience. I have a love of noir mystery series, set in motion in my youth through the books of Raymond Chandler (yes, that’s a connection to my pen name), Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dashiell Hammett. Finally, my own career as a mental health professional provided me with an opportunity to envision a larger-than-life story of crime and chaos inserted into a world of compassion and security.

I also wanted to create a work that highlighted contrasts: rural and urban living, the stability and dysfunction of family, characters and relationships that asked for much more than a quick glance by the reader. The physical, professional, and emotional diversity  of this world is most evident in the connection between Hank and Detective Phil Evans.

J: As a Midwesterner myself, I can totally see that. What was your favorite part of writing this?

R: I had the most fun, and was most rewarded, by the development of the characters and relationships over several drafts of OD. Hank changed and learned. The motives of key characters became evident. The multi-cultural aspects of folks who moved through the story deepened. I am most grateful to my editor, Mary, who was instrumental in helping me strengthen the female characters so essential to the book.

J: Character development is always my favorite too. What was your least favorite part?

R: The outcome of Hank’s narrative. The convergence of tragedy and redemption are often a powerful and painful truth of humanity. A friend of mine used to say, “fact is stranger than fiction.” In OD I found that the facts in the arc of Hank’s fiction brought me both hope and sorrow.

J: I have to admit, that makes me even more interested! It sounds like you have some really great characters there. Can you pick a favorite?

R: As a relationship guy, the connections between characters were as fundamental as the characters themselves. Belinda is a mashup of people I have loved alongside people I have met for a moment alongside people I am not even conscious of who have impacted me. She is a true gift to the story. Preacher intrigued me as I let his backstory rise to the surface. I also found great joy in creating characters who commanded fewer pages: J.R., James, Goodman, Ted. And, of course, Phil and Hank…I love those guys.

J: I love that answer! Can you tell us an interesting fact about you or your book?

R: Overnight Delivery is written from an insider’s point of view. I am a psychotherapist. Like other writers, though, I am creating fiction for others to experience from their own perspectives. Those who know me, and my work, assure me that I am not Hank Anderson in disguise. And I’m not tall enough to be Phil.

J: Ha ha! What do you have planned next?

R: I’m focused on balancing work on the second book in Hank’s series with promotion for Overnight Delivery. This is my first experience with drafting a new novel while in-the-midst of promoting an existing book release. It’s exciting, fun, and more than a bit challenging.

Flash Fun Time!

Last vacation?

My wife and I completed ultra-safe pandemic precaution protocols in the fall and did a drive straight through 14-hour road trip to Virginia to visit one of our children, the longest road trip we had taken in years. My first drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Amazing! The signs of racial justice demonstrations in various cities. Stunning! The graciousness of people in this trying time. Incredible! The visit with our son and his partner. The best!

Favorite cookie?

I’ve never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn’t love. I love some more than others…chewy, mint chips.

Your spirit animal?

Red-tailed hawk. They often show up when I’m struggling with an issue in my life. The message is to persevere, possibilities for resolution and coping will appear if I pay attention.

And with that our time is up. Thanks so much for stopping in today, Raymond! And thanks so much for reading this! You can find Overnight Delivery on Amazon, and you can also find Raymond on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.


Last Week for the Nightly Bites Bundle!

This is the last week to grab the Nightly Bites Bundle before it is gone forever! Included works are:

“The Vampire’s Throne” by AJ Tipton

2. “The Magic of Fabulous” by Michele Lang

3. “Teeth” by Chele Cooke

4. “Pure” by Catherine Mesick

5. “Mortals Apocalypse” by Barbara G.Tarn

6. “And Then He Bit Me” by Kate Russell

7. “Cyprus: Future’s Promise” by Joleene Naylor

8. “The Night Killers” by Rebecca M. Senese

Grab your copy today before it’s gone!

Nightly Bites Bundle!

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are enjoying your turkey and pie, or at least just taking a moment for yourself. A moment I am interrupting to tell you about vampire goodness, ha ha!

Not to be confused with the Nightly Bites 3 Anthology that I mentioned the other day. While it has a bunch of short stories in a single book, this bundle is just that; a bundle of longer works. Not quite novels, but long for short stories, you get more bite for your buck!

A collection of mid-length works, longer than a short story, shorter than a novel, dealing with vampires. A limited-time run companion to the Nightly Bites anthology series to discover more authors and their longer works.

includes:

“The Vampire’s Throne” by AJ Tipton

2. “The Magic of Fabulous” by Michele Lang

3. “Teeth” by Chele Cooke

4. “Pure” by Catherine Mesick

5. “Mortals Apocalypse” by Barbara G.Tarn

6. “And Then He Bit Me” by Kate Russell

7. “Cyprus: Future’s Promise” by Joleene Naylor

8. “The Night Killers” by Rebecca M. Senese

Get your bundle today from your favorite retailers!

I’m on a Podcast!

Mark at the Masquerade crew was awesome enough to invite me to join his podcast. I’d planned to do a piece on how authors can use holidays to offer free stories, do facebook parties, or even have special sales, but my segment got interrupted by Verchiel. Yeah. Who knew he could that??

Check it out!

At least I got a few words in…

Interview!

The awesome Barbara G. Tarn has been kind enough to interview me on her blog! Check it out; she asked some great questions, like:

What is it about vampires that draws you to them? 

The variety. The stories can be gothic, contemporary, historic, futuristic. It can be scary, funny, romantic. Anything you feel like doing. As to why the vampires themselves are appealing, it’s the immortality, isn’t it? If I could live forever, I’m pretty sure I’d jump at the chance. So much time to get to do all the things you want to do.

Stop in, leave a comment, and be sure to check out Barb’s work while you’re there!

Nightly Bites Vol 3

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit the rest of the year. Here to help with that is the third volume of the Nightly Bites anthologies!

A varied collection of vampire stories from flash to novella-length, from the past to the future. Sometimes they mingle with other supernatural creatures, sometimes they’re the only non-human of the story.

THE STORIES

“Blood on the Ice” by David H. Hendrickson

“Nun Survived” by Rebecca M. Senese

“Job Interview”, “Dracula Makes House Calls” and “Don’t Move” by Trent Walters

“Jamie: Blood of Betrayal” by Joleene Naylor

“The Vampire vs. The High Court” by Laura Ware

“Blood” by Kate Pavelle

“A More Ancient Killer” by Bonnie Elizabeth

“One Who Cannot Be Destroyed” by Barbara G.Tarn

“Young Monster Hunters in Love” by Stefon Mears

“Rebels of Seduction” by Meyari McFarland

Looks like a pretty good collection, and the awesome part is that it’s available in ebook AND paperback. So why not add some vampire fiction to your horror library today? Check it out here where you can choose your retailer!

Cover Wars! Round 2!

It’s time for round 2 of Cover Wars! This time I’ve entered Legacy of Ghosts. If you have a minute, please stop by and give it – or another favorite – a vote. No need to sign in, or verify anything, just scroll through the covers and below them is a poll where you vote by checking the box next to the title of your favorite. It’s so fast and easy that a monkey can do it! 🙂

Stop in today and check it out!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 6

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts tomorrow (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating! If you missed my last five posts, be sure to check them out.

And now for the last round up!

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Check out her website at: https://t.co/5TJXmvZg9A?amp=1

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Find her on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Beth-Hudson/e/B01BQWF1L8

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I know you recognize this mug 😉

Come meet these great authors and more starting tomorrow, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds . Hope to see you there!

#IOWAWrites20 Meet the Authors Part 5

The IOWA Writer’s Room Virtual Event starts soon (November 7-8). Leading up to it, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fellow authors who will also be participating! If you missed my last four posts, be sure to check them out.

And now on with the show!

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Check out her website at: https://akibbie.wordpress.com/

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Check out his website at: http://randyroeder.com/

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Check out her website at: https://ckoepp.com/

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Find her on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Griffith-Chalupsky/e/B018AUAT3E

Come meet these great authors and more, November 7-8 online at http://Facebook.com/iaotherworlds . Hope to see you there!

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