Hello there readers!
Recently, I read the book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I thought it would be fun to give a brief run down of the book versus the movie. Now, if you didn't know, the book was written by Ian Fleming. If that name sounds familiar, that's because he also created another classic character. None of than James Bond. Yeah, I know. Weird. The man responsible for one of the most violent, action packed, spy thriller series of all time also created a children's book about a sentient car.
Let's dive into the book vs the movie. There may be spoilers ahead. Although, we're talking about a book published in 1964 and a movie made in 1968. If you haven't checked out either by now, you probably weren't going to. Am I right? Either way, let's jump in.
So, for those of you who have seen the movie, you know it's a musical. Well, guess what? So is the book! Nah, just kidding. That makes no sense. Of course, the book wasn't a musical. But other than the name of the car being Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the family name is Potts, there's really not much the same about these two pieces of media.
In the book, Professor Potts has just invented a new type of candy that whistles while you suck on it. They make a good portion of money and decide to buy a family car. He decides to buy a wrecked junker and fix it up to save money. When they get it home, professor Potts works to restore the car. Only, he doesn't recognize a lot of the gears in gadgets under the hood. Wait, Fleming was British. Maybe I should say bonnet? Whatever. He fixes up the car and she's as good as new. The family decides to take a picnic in the new car but get bogged down by traffic. No worries! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the rescue! She flashes an indicator that calls the professor stupid and tells him to pull a lever, which he does. The car then starts to fly. They land on an island out in the ocean away from everyone else and enjoy their picnic. But when everyone falls asleep and the tide comes in, they fear they will drown. But again, Chitty to the rescue! Another lever and she becomes a boat. So, Professor Potts, being the responsible father and husband that he is, decides they should drive to France!
Once there, they drive up into a cave and realize it might belong to some smugglers as there are booby traps of sorts. But they drive through them and get to the exit, only to realize this cave belongs to a dangerous mob boss. Once again, Potts shows us what a good father he is and asks his children to gather up dynamite from the mob boss' stash and the proceed to blow the whole place up. As you can imagine, the mob boss gets kind of angry over this and ambushes the family. Of course, Chitty helps them escape and they decide to spent the night in a hotel. Note, still hasn't called the police. But hey, who's judging?
In the middle of the night, the children are kidnapped but Chitty once again saves the day. She tracks the children on a sort of radar and wakes up Potts and his wife. They fly over the city until the find the children, who are being forced to help rob a candy store, and confront the bad guys. Eventually, Potts and his wife rescue the children and the bad guys are arrested and everyone is happy. The End.
If you've seen the movie and never read the book, you're probably a little confused. Where's the island where children go missing? Where's the evil child catcher? What about how in the movie, it's all just a story and not even real? Yeah, book isn't like that at all. If you haven't seen the movie, which you should, it's almost nothing like the book. Potts is a widower and meets a woman named Truly Scrumptious, which is a nod to the ridiculous names Fleming would give to female characters in Bond books, and he takes them out for a picnic in his car. When the tide comes in and strands them all on the beach, Potts tells everyone a story about a car that can turn into a boat, fly through the sky, etc. They fly to a kingdom where happiness is illegal and children are imprisoned.
It's an incredibly different story from the book. If you haven't read the book or watched the movie, I recommend you do both. They are both great stories on their own. It was fun reading the book and seeing just how different everything was. I really can't tell which one I liked more. The movie will always hold sentimental value to me. It's one of the first movies I watched with my grandmother and was my favorite movie as a kid. The book is a cute tale and I'm glad I read it.
But what do you think? Have you seen the movie but never read the book? Let me know in the comments below!
It was dark and creepy in the gas station bathroom when I walked in. We had been driving for almost five hours and I really had to pee. The only gas station we found was a rundown looking place off the side of the highway. It looked like it saw one customer a week, tops. But it was good enough for me. I told my husband to park right outside the bathroom door to make sure no creepy guy followed me in. I don’t think I had been ready for the dirty surfaces and flickering lights, though I probably should have expected it.
I decided to use the larger stall. You know, the one meant to be wheelchair accessible? I wanted to spend as little time in this bathroom so the stall with everything in one would be perfect. I could pee, wash my hands, and run out of this bathroom. There was such a creepy vibe in there and I didn’t like it.
The stall in the farthest corner was pitch black. The light above it had gone out and draped it in darkness. There was no way anyone would want to use that stall. I didn’t understand why the attendant didn’t replace the bulb. But they probably didn’t have many women using the bathrooms out here so maybe it was far down on his to do list.
I stepped into the stall and placed one of those seat covers down. Normally, I’m not a germophobe, but the condition of this bathroom looked like a staph infection waiting to happen. Just looking at the metal surfaces made me feel like I would get tetanus. This vacation would not start with me getting sick because I couldn’t hold it another ten miles.
As I sat on the toilet and started to relieve myself, I heard a noise coming from the opposite side of the bathroom. I was certain it was the pitch-black stall. At first, I wondered if someone had been in there the whole time, but I remembered seeing the door slightly open. Would someone really use this bathroom without latching the door? Unless the stall door was broken. That was entirely possible in this filthy place.
But the sounds didn’t sound human. More like a strange clicking noise. I would have thought some sort of bug or animal had nested in the dark stall, but it sounded way too large. The clicking echoed through the entire bathroom and started to grow louder. The noise started to freak me out and I wanted to rush from the bathroom. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite finished with my business. I tried to push harder, hoping it would help me pee faster. I just wanted to get out of this place.
The clicking stopped at the same time I finally finished peeing. I wiped and stood up as fast as I could. While I pulled my pants back up to my waist, I tried to press the flush lever down with my foot. Nothing happened. I pressed harder but it still wouldn’t flush. I no longer cared if I left a mess in the bowl or not. The clicking sound had returned followed by a strange tapping. It sounded like a sharp fingernail on one of the stall walls.
Without bothering to wash my hands, I darted from the stall and headed towards the front door. Behind me, I could hear a stall door creak open and I froze in horror. Ever so slowly, I turned my head to glance behind me. From the darkened stall in the corner, I could see movement. Something tall, gangly, and pale crept out of the darkness. It wasn’t a person or even an animal. At least, not like one I had ever seen. My hands shook at my sides as I stood there looking over my shoulder. The creature moved slowly on all fours. It’s arms and legs sprawled out like some sort of four-legged spider. It had the features of a person, more or less. Arms, legs, torso, head. But all were exaggerated and elongated. Its face was nothing more than a gaping maw of teeth and a long tongue.
It had no eyes which meant it couldn’t see me. The tongue flicked through the air like a snake’s and I realized it was tasting a scent on the air. It crept closer and closer to stall I had come out of. Then the disgusting reality hit me. The urine still in the toilet had attracted it.
Even from this distance, I could make out the pinholes in the side of its head. No doubt they were ears. I didn’t know how good its hearing was, but I was afraid to make a single sound. The beast was large enough to take two strides and be on top of me in no time. There wouldn’t be time to open the creaking door before it pounced. I had to stand there and wait for this disgusting creature to enter the stall I had come from.
Drool dripped from the razor filled mouth as it clicked its nails on the tile floor. My heart beat so fast in my chest I thought the beast would hear it and lunge. It stopped for a moment outside the stall and moved its face closer to the inside latch. I watched in disgust as its tongue licked the latch, leaving behind a sticky residue. Then, it proceeded inside the stall. Withing seconds, I heard something splash into the toilet followed by a terrible slurping sound. I nearly vomited as I thought about that creature enjoying my urine as a treat.
I hoped the sound of the sloshing toilet bowl would cover my escape as I reached out for the door handle. When my hand touched the metal, the slurping stopped. I swear my heart stopped with it. The clicking noise returned and I realized something horrible. It had caught another scent. As fast as I could, I ripped the door open and flung myself over the threshold. I heard nails clacking on tile as the creature ran towards the door. It let out a strange screech as the bathroom door shut behind me. A second later, and I would have been dead. I was sure of it.
My husband was still sitting in the driver seat of our car when I climbed in. He smiled at me as I buckled. “All better?” He asked. I looked in the side mirror at the bathroom door. The tip of the beast's tongue poked out from under the door and then retreated. I looked at my husband and nodded nervously. There was no chance he would ever believe me. And I didn’t want him going in that bathroom to prove anything to me. I wanted to get as far away from this place as possible.
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This past week, I took a trip with my family to the Great Smoky Mountains. It was a family trip and not any sort of research for an upcoming book. Although, there is much inspiration to be had in Tennessee. Such a beautiful place. But I thought it would be fun to talk about a few of the highlights of the trips. If you know me or have been following me for a while, then you know I love camping and hiking. We did a bit of hiking so I definitely want to talk about some trails. Oh, and if you want to hear a brief story about a paranormal experience I may have had, sign up for my monthly newsletter or Patreon page. Only places you will find that story!
First thing I'll talk about is our brief stay in Senoia, Georgia. We stopped and stayed over night to help break up the drive. And to visit one of our favorite small towns. It doesn't hurt that it was the backdrop for Woodbury in AMC's The Walking Dead. We've visited a few times but there's always something new and exciting to see. And since it's an active filming location still, there's new stuff popping up all the time. Fans of the show would recognize Alexandria which is right across the street. I'll share a few photos at the bottom of the post that you can sift through.
Of course, the real trip started when we got to Tennessee. You could see the Smoky Mountains from our cabin and the view was incredible. In fact, the whole cabin was incredible. I call it a cabin for lack of a better word, really. The first night, we looked up at the stars and I broke out the telescope to view Saturn and Jupiter. The night sky is so much darker up there than Florida so it was amazing.
Let's move on to some trails. The first trail we hiked led to a place called Cataract Falls. Not sure the story behind this naming but I bet it's a funny one. The waterfall was a cool sight to see and we were able to climb a few rocks to get a close look. We also hiked a place in North Carolina called Clingman's Dome which is the highest point in the Smokies. A trail called Gatlinburg Trail. And one of my favorites, Metcalf Bottoms Trail.
Metcalf Bottoms Trail wasn't a long hike. About 1.5 miles round trip. However, it was up a mountain and back down. So it was uphill both ways. That will be funny in a second. At the end of the trail is an old wooden school house and cemetery. The school house was built in 1881. We explored a bit and realized you were allowed inside. Which was great because it started to rain so we took shelter until it stopped. While waiting, we learned that kids used to hike the very trail we had used to get to and from school. Which means, there really are people who can say they used to walk to school uphill, both ways.
If you've ever been to Gatlinburg, you know it's a tourist city with lots of giftshops and touristy things to do. We didn't spend the majority of our time here but we spent a good amount there. It helps that my wife and I have been to Gatlinburg a couple of times already. One thing that was really fun was taking a ski lift up the mountain to a little mountaintop park. We had some drinks and enjoyed the amazing views before heading back down.
There was so much we did on this trip that I couldn't possibly sit here and talk about it all without boring you to tears. Everything from enjoying a camp fire to laying out on the ground to watch a meteor shower. It was a fun trip and a great way to get away from everything that's going on right now. I highly recommend taking a trip up there if you haven't already! And who knows, maybe there will be a book based in the Smokies coming soon!
Hello there readers,
I wanted to share some news with you that you may have been unaware of. Did you know you can read an exclusive short story featuring the upcoming protagonist in my paranormal thriller? Here's a quick story behind the...uh... story.
There was a short story contest I entered last year. The challenge was, write a ghost story with a twist. Throw a spin on an old legend. That sort of thing. So, I started thinking about the stories about ghosts like the woman in white. You know the legends. A ghostly woman stalks a stretch of quiet road. She's dressed all in white and hitchhikes rides with her unsuspecting guests. I took that legend and gave it a fun twist. What if the hunter became the hunted?
Jeffrey Raines is Death's bounty hunter. He reaps souls that wander the Earth and prey on the living. And my short story, Death Loves Her Balance, started it all. The story, unfortunately, didn't win the contest. But I think, in the end, I came out the bigger winner because it gave me my next series idea. And I've been having a lot of fun crafting this world and writing the story.
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The story goes, a secret dungeon was found in 1883 behind a secret wall in the back of the fort. Two skeletons were found shackled to the wall and were identified as one man and one woman. Rumors of a secret love affair between a Colonel's wife and a captain blossomed. When the colonel found out, he had them chained to a wall in the bowels of the Castillo and walled them up alive. Were the long lost lovers found that day?
Maybe not. But it makes for a good creepy story, right? I've visited the Castillo many times over the years and I've been in the very room which is dubbed "the lover's dungeon" and have never seen this story or heard it from tour guides. There's a lot of haunted history pages online which speak to its truth but it seems like there isn't any true evidence of this secret dungeon.
The Castillo de San Marcos, however, was used as a prison for a long portion of its history. Many Native Americans were imprisoned there in 1875. Many people died at the Castillo, regardless of the lover's rumor being true or not.
This haunted history makes it the perfect place for my upcomong paranormal thriller. Jeffrey Raines, Death's bounty hunter. visits this very fort during the first several chapters of my book. I couldn't think of a better backdrop than this. The Castillo is an amazing structure which is well worth a visit if you are ever in St. Augustine, Florida. And if you've heard the story of the lover's dungeon, I'd love to get your take in the comments below. Do you think the story is true?
What is a blog style story, you're wondering? Well, it's a story told in the form of a blog. Uploaded one week at a time. Interested? Let me tell you what it's about.
Donna Mitchell finds a journal hidden in her home. It references something called The Devil's Journal. Donna decides to document the events as they unfold on her weekly blog. As she gets further into the journal, strange things start to happen to Donna. Before too long, Donna's world is flipped upside down. She may have stumbled on some dark secret that should have stayed locked away from the world.
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Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine, Florida. Named after the river it stands guard over. Fun fact, the Matanzas river gets its name from the Spanish word meaning killings or slaughters because several Protestants were shipwrecked in the 18th century and executed on the spot by Spanish Admiral Pedro Mendez. Seems like a fitting place for spirits to hang out, doesn't it?
Fort Matanzas was built by the Spanish in order to control the Matanzas inlet. The inlet was a rear entrance into the city of St. Augustine. The fort was only used once. It fired warning shots to scare away British scouting boats. The twelve ship armada turned around and never attacked the fort. Shots were never fired from Fort Matanzas again. Despite not having seen a lot of action, the small fort is a pretty interesting sight to see in St. Augustine.
First of all, the admission if FREE so you can't beat that. The only way to get to the fort is by boat which the park rangers graciously provide transport back and forth to. So, best to tip them if you go. Once on the little island which houses the fort, you get the real sense of what it must have been like to be stationed there. Out in the middle of seemingly no where on a river with no communication to the world around you. It's almost impossible to imagine.
Jeffrey Raines spends some time at this very structure in the opening chapters of my upcoming paranormal thriller. He's there to fight off a wandering spirit as Death's bounty hunter. A certain type of spirit which likes to hide in lonely places such as this has started to prey on the park rangers there. Jeffrey is ordered to put a stop to it. Of course, I won't tell you how the scene plays out or how it ends. You'll have to read the book when it comes out!
If you decide to visit St. Augustine and you love history, check this place out. It's a cool piece of history. Not to mention, you'll literally be stepping into the pages of my book! Stay tuned for more information about this book coming soon! And if you want to read the opening chapter of the book, please consider signing up for my monthly newsletter. This month, readers will get an exclusive look at the first chapter! Not available anywhere else. Click below to sign up. And enjoy these photos I took of Fort Matanzas on my last adventure there!
Hello there readers,
By now, you've probably heard that Tampa Bay Comic Con has been cancelled due to the rise in COIVD-19 cases. This was to be my first year attending so I'm pretty bummed. But honestly, a little happy too. First off, I was worried the turn out would have been very low due to the social distancing rules and the virus still affecting people. It's pretty pricey to attend TBCC. But also, there would have been a good chance to catch it at the convention. So, it's probably best that it gets cancelled. But it's still sad.
Of course, next year I will be attending TBCC so come next year and say hi. My goal is to have my new paranormal thriller released before the next convention. That should be easy but we'll see what happens. Maybe I'll even have some cool merch to sell there? Who knows.
Selling my books at these conventions has been a lot of fun. Even the slow days are really fun. You get to meet a lot of cool people. Creators and people attending. I've actually created a few friendships with other creators while working on these cons. People like Todd Kelly who is an awesome comic book creator and you should definitely check him out! Click here. I very much look forward to working more in the future.
So, I will see you all at Tampa Bay Comic Con next year and hopefully many others! Don't forget to follow me on social media. This weekend was supposed to be TBCC so I may do a sale or a giveaway or something. Haven't decided what yet. Have a great week everyone!
SONG WAS NOT IN THE BOOK 1/5 STARS
Just kidding. I recently read the first book- or more like the .5 book?- in The Witcher Series. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. After watching the Netflix series and loving it, I wanted to dive in to the world of Geralt and see how things panned out in the books. I must say, I wasn't dissapointed.
If you've seen the show, then you would recognize most of the tales in this book. It's made up of short story collections featuring Geralt and his quests. Much like the show, it shows Geralt going from town to town as he earns coin for killing monsters. Basically, this first book is the first season of the show. Minus the ending which really gets the plot rolling for the next season.
But enough about the show. Lets talk about the book. It's a very fun read. Geralt is a bad ass. He talks a lot more in the books than he does in the show, which is one of the major differences. It's very fun to read these tales after watching the show. I have a conundrum now. Do I read the next books before the second season? Or do I read them after? Tough call. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Have you been to the above location? I have. It's called Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Do you know who else has been there? A particular spirit named Jeffrey Raines. If you don't know about Jeffrey, let me give you a little info.
Jeffrey Raines is the main protagonist of my upcoming paranormal thriller book. He works for Death as her bounty hunter. He reaps souls that wander the Earth and prey on the living. His travels will take him to many locations. This is just but one place he will visit in the book.
Flagler College is gorgeous. It started as a Hotel in 1888, built by Henry Flagler. It was a luxury hotel for the wealthy. Back then, it was known as the Ponce de Leon Hotel. Words really cannot do this place justice. It's beautiful. If you find yourself visiting St. Augustine, do yourself a favor and take a tour through the building. You won't regret it. Just imagine, staying here in the late 19th century. It must have been jaw dropping back then. Now, it's a beautiful piece of history in the middle of St Augustine.
And the college serves as a backdrop for my introduction to Jeffrey Raines and the unseen spirit world. I couldn't think of a better place to kick off this series than the oldest established city in America. Check out some more images of Flagler College below. I took them on my last trip out to St. Augustine. And if you want more inside information about my upcoming book, please consider signing up for my monthly newsletter. I will be sharing information, first looks, and more behind the scenes stuff on my newsletter. PLUS get exclusive access to the short story that inspired the book! Click here to join.
Hello there readers and happy Friday.
I've posted a flash fiction story over on my Patreon page. If you don't know what flash fiction is, it's generally a story under 1,500 words. Great stories told in a short format. They're some of my favorite things to read and write. And I post them occasionally on my Patreon page. You can read this one and several others over on Patreon.
Over there, you can also receive exclusive flash fiction stories or short stories written just for you. Access to my upcoming blog novel. Listed in the acknowledgment section of my books. And so much more. Patreon is such an awesome way to support your favorite creators and make sure they can continue to create. Hopefully, I'm one of your favorite creators and hopefully I'll see you on Patreon.
Hello there readers and happy Monday.
Today, I wanted to give you a brief story about my latest Terror Tube video. You see, it was inspired by real events. If you haven't watched the video, please go check it out. It's nice and creepy and the rest of this post won't make a lot of sense if you don't. Scroll down to the bottom to watch the video then come back here.
Done? Alright. So, here's what really happened. A few months ago, some people came to our door to preach the word to us. I was polite and listened to what they had to say and then nicely ended the conversation. Nothing more than that. A week or so later, they came back while I was in the shower and my wife answered. She told them we were busy and couldn't talk. I mean, she was juggling a 2 year old and an infant at the time. So, technically not a lie.
A few days later, we check the mail only to find a letter written to us from these people. I've never had that happen before. Of course, this was when all of the safer at home orders were starting due to COVID-19, so maybe that's why? Either way, it was strange.
But we threw the letter away and ignored it. I mean, we probably wouldn't hear from them again, right? And if they showed up to the door we could just say we were interested. But then as we sat on the couch watching TV, my wife's phone went off. When she read the text message, things were a bit weird. It was a text from the lady who had knocked on our door. We never gave her our phone numbers. I have no idea how they got her phone number. I tried doing a quick search on the yellow pages and we're not listed. And we rent the house we're living in so we're not listed as owners. It was really creepy. If they had texted me, I wouldn't have been so nice with a response. However, my wife blocked the number and ignored it. We haven't heard from them since.
But the creepy thought of them searching for our phone number after knocking on our door was weird. So weird, that I decided to make a story about it on YouTube. I think my story might end a little bit creepier than the real thing. But you decide. Let me know in the comments below what you would have done if this happened to you. And don't forget to check out the video and subscribe to my channel!
Hello there readers and happy Thursday!
A while back, I wrote what I called a blog novel here on my blog page. It was a story told once a week right here on my blog. It ran it's course and people seemed to enjoy it. So, I wanted to bring the idea back.
However, this new story is going to be a lot bigger and better than the last and I'm going to keep it going much longer. In order to do something like that, I'm going to need YOUR help. Please consider joining some other awesome people over on my Patreon page and you'll be able to read this upcoming blog novel.
What? This blog novel is only available to patrons? Yup! This will be a patron only exclusive story. If you want to read the whole thing in its entirety, I suggest heading over to my Patreon page and signing up for any tier. Trust me, you won't want to miss this story! Here's a brief description.
The Devil's Journal is told in a blog style format. Donna Mitchell runs a semi-popular blog about books, beaches, and her dog Sammie. One day, she discovers a journal hidden in her house and decides to chronicles her journey going through it. As she reads deeper into the journal, bizarre things begin to happen until Donna can't tell truth from fiction anymore.
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Hello there and happy Tuesday.
Today, I thought I would share 3 of my favorite horror related YouTube channels. If you like scary videos, abandoned places, ghost hunting, and horror movies then you'll love these 3 channels. So, let's get started, shall we?
3. Slapped Ham
Alright, so Slapped Ham doesn't exactly sound like it's a YouTube channel for anything spooky. However, this is a channel filled with creepy and unexplained videos from around the internet. It has everything from creepy Cryptid sightings to creepy security cam footage to keep you up at night. If you're a bit skeptical like me, you'll still enjoy the channel as a lot of the videos are creepy even if they are fake. The real chilling videos are always the ones involving real murders that have gone unsolved or the last known footage of people before they were kidnapped. Those are spooky for sure.
2. Crypt TV
If countdown and list videos aren't your thing and you would prefer to watch horror shorts then Crypt TV is the channel for you. They have a lot of shorts that are all horror related. And the budget/production value of these shorts are amazing. With 3.2 million subscribers, it's not hard to see why. I wouldn't be surprised if they become a full fledged movie studio production one day.
1. Amy's Crypt
Normally in these blog posts, I put these things in no particular order. Just because one channel makes it to number 1, doesn't make it my favorite. However, in this case that's not true. Amy's Crypt is absolutely my favorite horror related YouTube channel. Amy's Crypt follows adventurer Amy as she explores haunted and sometimes abandoned places. She shares the history of the location and even performs paranormal investigations. I think the reason she comes in as my favorite channel is her skepticism. I've seen plenty of paranormal investigation channels who hear one little click from a room and scream ghost and run for their lives. While this might entertain some, I find it ridiculous. Amy's Crypt, however, does not do that. Even when she seemingly has solid evidence of something paranormal, she's quick to express it was probably something else. I share the same mentality and attitude when thinking about the paranormal so I love watching. Plus, the history and abandoned places she adventures to at night are creepy in their own right! If you're a history buff, lover of urban exploration, or the paranormal then this channel is right for you!
Those are my top 3 favorite horror related YouTube channels. Do you have one not on this list? Please, let me know in the comments below. I always love discovering new YouTube channels. And if you are looking for more horror YouTube in your life, give the 3 channels above a subscribe and don't forget to check out my YouTube channel Books by Bond which is the home of my new narrated horror story show Terror Tube. You can check out my latest video below.
Introducing, a new way to connect. Discord! If you don't know what Discord is, then think of it like those old school chat rooms. If you're too young to remember what that is, you probably already know what Discord is. So, we're good!
I've created my own Discord server where we can interact, share stories, swap GIFS, chit chat, and more! It's mainly a way for me to connect with people and for people to connect with each other. And how do you get access to this perk, you ask? Well, here are the details below.
My Discord server is an exclusive reward for ALL tiers over on Patreon. Once you select a tier and sign up, I'll send you an invite to the Discord server. Then we can chat live whenever! Cool, right? Head over there and sign up today so we can start chatting.
If you ever been curious about ways you can support yours truly, well have I got a blog post for you! I'm going to separate by things you can do which don't cost money and ways to support by spending money. Both are excellent ways to support and neither is more or less important than the other. Let's start with the free ways.
Leave a review- Leaving a review for my books is the best way to help support authors. After a certain number of reviews, our books will start to show up on recommended lists. Of course, this does require you to own the book which means you had to spend money at some point. Unless I did a giveaway which I've been known to do occasionally.
Like Comment and Subscribe-On YouTube, there's a threshold you have to meet before you can monetize your channel. By subscribing, you're helping me get closer to that threshold and helping me make money for each video watched on my channel. Liking and commenting helps boost the chance of my videos being seen or recommended as well.
Follow me on social media- Algorithms on social media exist to boost content people want to see. Unfortunately, that can also work against people. The more post interactions received, the more visible posts become. Dropping a simple like or comment helps boost those posts. I'll count reading this blog as part of following social media because it works the same way.
Patreon-Patreon is great because it allows you to support me directly and get exclusive access to things like short stories, signed books, and exclusive content.
Buy my books- This one is a bit obvious, I suppose. But buying my books literally pays me for what I'm doing. And the more it sells, the higher on the best seller list it will climb!
Pick up YouTube merch- This one is pretty new but I created a merch store where I'm selling shirts and items with my channel logo and the Terror Tube story logo. You can check that out here.
So, there you have a it. There's a few different ways in each category to support me, in case you were wondering. Like I said before, no way is better than the other. Do only what you can or feel comfortable doing. And hey, just by reading this blog post you've helped me out a lot! So, leave a comment below and drop a like and have a great rest of your day.
No, it's not a haunted house on a subway train, although that would be awesome! Actually, it's the name of my YouTube short story series. I've been trying to come up with a name for these short stories for a while and finally I found one that I think works. Of course, I always invite your opinions below. So, introducing the new name of my YouTube series, Terror Tube. You can watch the latest installment below!
Hey there and happy hump day!
Today, I wanted to give you all a little glimpse into my latest narrated short story and what went in to making it. This one in particular was interesting because of the footage I used. We'll get to that, but first I want to issue a challenge.
My YouTube Channel is currently at 24 subscribers. My goal over the next 30 days is to skyrocket that number to 100! And we can do that together. If you haven't already, please head over to my YouTube channel (either search booksbybond or click the video below) and click subscribe. And don't forget to share the channel as well! With your help, I know I can get the sub count up to 100. At 100 subscribers, I'll do some sort of giveaway!
Alright, on to the behind the scenes info. So, as I'm sure you are all aware, we've all been stuck at home the majority of the time these past few weeks. This has made coming up with footage ideas for my stories a challenge. I've got ideas for stories and imagery that would require public places or travel. With that, I had to get creative.
I was looking through some old photos on my hard drive and found some old video from a trip I took with my buddy Josh. We explored an abandoned neighborhood for his YouTube channel Live it Above 100. I had completely forgot about this footage. I had recorded the drive to the neighborhood and even a few laps around the place itself. It was supposed to be b-roll for his channel but he ended up not needing it. And it sparked the story for The Drive! So, not only was I able to write a story because of this extra footage but I had a ready made visual to pair it to.
You can watch The Drive below. And if you like what you hear, please consider subscribing to the channel. Let's get it to 100 subs! Thank you so much for your support.
I've decided to do a bit of re-branding for my blog. As you can see, I've gone with a simple design that should hopefully match the tone of my website. With this, I also want to focus on my blog much more than I have been. Of course, I'll use it to talk about writing, books, and other things. But what would you like to see me post? Let me know in the comments below!
Today marks the last day of my Patreon promotion Dedicate or Die. If you're interested in signing up, head over there today. Otherwise, you'll miss out. If somehow you haven't heard about what I'm doing, let me fill you in.
DEDICATE OR DIE
Patreon promotion where I either list you in the beginning dedication section of my upcoming paranormal thriller OR you get your very own death scene. Every tier on Patreon is eligible for this perk. For as little as $1, you can be included in a book. How cool is that? Today is the last day of the promotion so head over there and sign up today!
Special last day promotion. Anyone who signs up for my Patreon page today will also receive a free, autographed copy of the book when it's finished. Don't miss out!
Hey there everyone,
Wanted to give a quick update today for those who haven't heard. I've got a YouTube channel called Books by Bond. Over on my channel, I will be posting narrated short stories written and narrated by myself. There are future plans for outside contributions as well but I have details to share on that as of yet.
The first story is up on my channel and I'll have a second later this week. My goal will be about 2 stories a month. I can't promise that amount at the moment but it's what I'm aiming for. Hopefully you give this story a listen and hopefully you like it. Please consider dropping it a like or, more importantly, subscribe to my channel! Click here.
Thanks for reading (and hopefully listening) and I'll catch ya next time.
I will be extending my Patreon special offer of Dedicate or Die until 4/30. If you're not aware of this promo, let me explain. Dedicate or Die is a new special promo over on Patreon. From now until 4/31, if you sign up to become a patron of mine, you have the option of either being mentioned in the beginning dedication in my next book OR getting your very own death scene. All you have to do is head here and sign up for any tier. Then, I'll ask which you prefer and boom, you're in a book for life! How cool?
This promo was scheduled to end on March 31st but with everything going on in the world right now, I thought it would be best to push out the dates. Many people are having to stretch their wallets right now due to school closures or not being able to work. So there may be some of you who would love to jump on this offer but can't at the moment. And I want to make sure everyone has the chance because this kind of exclusive deal doesn't come often! I mean, how many people do you know who get their very own death scene in a book? Or how many people do you know are in the dedication of one? Head over to Patreon.com/EvanBond today and sign up!
A lot of places are shutting down and postponing events lately due to the COVID-19. The WHO has declared this outbreak a pandemic which means governments and event coordinators need to take precautions to help stop the spread of the COIV-19 virus. And I wanted to do my part to help!
From now until the end of March, my e-books will be on sale for .99 cents. Cheap, at home entertainment! All 5 of my books can be purchased for under $5. If you're going to be staying in over the next couple weeks and want some good books to read, please consider checking them out! You can check them out on Amazon here.
Avoiding large crowds and areas of high traffic, especially places prone to international travel, can help reduce the spread of the virus. Remember, COVID-19 is especially deadly for elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Being precautions and being smart can help save lives, even if you don't fall into one of these categories. Wash you hands. Carry a little hand sanitizer with you. Don't go out if you're feeling sick. All easy steps to ensure this virus doesn't spread more than it already has.
Hopefully my book sale helps a handful of people want to stay home over the next few weeks and read. Stay healthy and safe everyone!
March 1st through March 31st, prepare for a special offer you won't want to miss! Have you ever wanted to be mentioned in the dedication section of a book? Or maybe you would prefer to have a grisly death scene in one of the chapters? Well, here's your chance!
Introducing, Dedicate or Die! This is an exclusive Patreon special offer. For the month of March, if you sign up for any tier on my Patreon, you will have the option to either become a character in my upcoming book and killed off OR get mentioned in the dedication section in the beginning of the book. Either way, your name will be forever immortalized in a book!
Don't wait, March will go by quick and you won't want to miss out on this! Trust me! You can show all of your friends your death scene or dedication. How cool is that? Head over to Patreon by clicking here and sign up today!
To cover up his search history, Evan Bond is a thriller/suspense author. As an outdoor enthusiast and horror lover, Evan Bond enjoys writing stories where the two come together. He lives in Florida with his wife and two sons.