A short post for you today. I wanted to let you know that I've dropped a small teaser segment of a story from my upcoming blog series Chiller Chronicles over on Patreon. The only way to read it first is to become a patron. If you want to read things like this before anyone else, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Not only do you get first looks such as this teaser but you also get free ebooks, signed copies, handwritten letters, and so much more! Be the first to read my Chiller Chronicles, coming this October. Click here to become a patron!
There's been a major update to my Patreon page and the rewards are better than ever. Not only have I changed the name of the tiers, to clever titles I might add, but I've added some rewards you're really not going to want to miss out on.
Why support me on Patreon, you might ask? Well, besides the cool rewards and exclusive content you get access to, you'll also be helping me pay for marketing, cover designs, formatting, editing, and other services. That way, I have more time to focus on writing! But what are these rewards I keep speaking of?
There's a lot going on over on Patreon and you can be a part of it! Don't miss out on these cool perks and support me in the process. Your support means the world to me and I can't do it without you. Thanks for reading and, if you do decide to become a patron, a special thank you to you!
See the gallery below for the reward tier names. I'm proud of them and the design!
As you may be aware of by now, I have a new blog series coming out this year titled Chiller Chronicles. If not, here's a quick recap. Unsolved murders, unexplained mysteries, and true encounters. Told in a fiction style, these stories are anything but. Basically, fictionalized short stories based on true life events and encounters. It's going to be a lot of fun.
But let's get to the update bit. I don't have an exact release date for you just yet. However, I do know about when it will be coming out. And it couldn't be more appropriate. Any guesses? If you guessed October, you're correct.
That's right, the month dedicated to all things spooky will be the time my horror series is released. Seems fitting, if I do say so myself. As I get more details, I will let you know a more specific time. Until then, I hope you're looking forward to the new series!
Horror is a fun genre to write and read. It's captivating and terrifying, tapping in to our inner most fears. That surge of adrenaline you feel with watching a horror movie and going to a horror themed amusement park makes you feel more alive. There's something primal about fear that makes some people enjoy it. But what happens when the illusions are taken away? What happens when the stories being told aren't stories at all?
I'm developing a blog series I'm calling Chiller Chronicles. It's a series about true unsolved, unexplained, and terrifying mysteries and encounters. Told in a fiction style, these stories are anything but. Be prepared to read some chilling tales which you might have wished you hadn't.
Above you can see the banner that I created for the series. I'd love to get your thoughts. I designed it myself in Photoshop and I'm pretty proud of that fact. There isn't an exact date for when I'll be premiering this new blog series but I'll be sure to give you more info in the future. For now, you'll have to be satisfied by this teaser:
It had gone viral only a few days before and the images were creepy, to say the least. He remembered seeing Elisa in this very elevator. She seemed agitated and in some sort of altered state. Mania was the closest word he could describe. Her erratic hand gestures and sudden movements were unsettling. Like a woman possessed by a demonic being, she would throw around her hands wildly or step in and out of the elevator.
I hope you're excited for this new blog series. I know I am. And that's not all. I plan to make this into a YouTube series in the future. But all of that is to come. I'll let you know more as it happens. I do know each installment will premiere on my Patreon page first. If you want to be the first to read each story, head over to Patreon.com/EvanBondAuthor to become a patron. Until then, thanks for being a supporter and I look forward to scaring you later.
Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. It's been a while since I updated it. I'd love to tell you I have more coming and stay tuned but to be honest, I don't really know what to do with my blog. I've been overhauling my social media lately. For example, my Instagram page used to consist of book images and other book related content. Yes, I love to read. But that's not my only passion. Quite frankly, I got tired of trying to post cool photos with books. It was a lot of work and took away from my writing. So, I changed it. Now, my Instagram is being used to share fun photos and info about my writing AND I'm showcasing my other passion. The outdoors and Florida.
Florida has a pretty bad rep in the media and most of it is probably warranted. However, I love my state and there's some pretty cool treasures to find as well as beautiful landscapes. I figured, why not share that with the world? Maybe show Florida the way I see it. And on top of that, I've been posting pictures from my personal life and writing and it's been fun and liberating.
But with my blog, I still feel stuck. Like I've said, I love books and I love reading but that's not all there is to life. I'd like to share more from my blog each week but I don't know what. If you have any thoughts or ideas, let me know in the comments below.
Let's get to the point of this post which is, I was interviewed by a local news station while at a book signing. It was really cool but also nerve inducing. The interview aired on Bay News 9 at 10 PM on Sunday. I didn't see it, not knowing what time it aired. But it was neat being the subject of an interview for the event. If anyone saw the interview, let me know. I'm really curious how it all came together.
Happy President's Day, everyone.
While everyone is out taking advantage of those sweet, sweet mattress sales today, I thought it would be a good time to outline some of the projects I currently have my hands in. So, as you plop down on another mattress and wait for the pushy salesman to leave you alone, have something to read!
First off, let me give you some news on my upcoming novel. If I haven't already broken the news, allow me to do it now. It has a title! It will be called Deserted. I've outlined the plot a few times but here it is again. A YouTube channel known as Living Legends showcase abandoned places and urban exploration. After getting a tip on an entire abandoned town, they decide to go for it. Once there, they realize it's not exactly what they thought it would be. Something terrible lives in the town and they can't seem to escape.
Next project I'm working on is my YouTube channel. I've got one video up there now where I open a mystery bag of books from my local library. It was a lot of fun. I've been getting over a cold so I haven't been able to upload anymore. Now that my cold is gone, expect many more videos. Next, I'll be doing a book review for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. You can look for book reviews and other fun videos to come. Might even start taking you along with me on trips and vacations. There's a lot to look forward to on my YouTube channel so head over there and subscribe! Click here.
Let's see, I also have a collaborative book in the works with a writer friend of mine. He's currently unpublished but we're changing that. The progress has been a little slow going as I've been writing other books in the process but we should be getting back on track with that soon. And, I should tell you, the book will feature my character Ethan McCormick once again! If you haven't read an Ethan McCormick book, you can check it them out over on Amazon or wherever you like to pick up your books.
I'm still over on Patreon and dropping exclusive short stories and flash fictions pieces. If you want to read stories you can't find anywhere else, head over there and consider becoming a patron. There's a lot of cool rewards for doing so and I'm going to be writing more short stories and more flash fiction pieces which actually segues perfectly into my next project.
I'm currently in the planning stages of a short story/flash fiction compilation. I got the idea from a friend of mine. Her name is Roxie Prince. She's the author of Ealanta and her upcoming sequel Ealanta: The Golden City. Let me just say real quick, her writing is fantastic. If you haven't read her books, you need to go check them out right now! Roxie is awesome and has been a great friend. Back to the topic, I plan to make a collection of several short stories and flash fiction pieces and turn it into a book for everyone to enjoy. This project is a ways off because I don't have nearly enough content to fill it but that can be changed! Oh, and if you want to check out Roxie's work, click here. You better be clicking! I can monitor them you know!
Well, I think that about covers it. I'll be doing a cover reveal in the next few months for my upcoming book. In the meantime, feel free to read my newest release Echoes of the Past. It's a horror book about a woman escaping an abusive past with her daughter only to be caught in the middle of a literal witch hunt in the small town she moved to. It's a great book full of suspense and horror. I think you'll love it! Thanks for reading and as always remember to keep wandering, just not alone...
First and foremost, welcome to the new and improved Bond's Blog! What's different, you ask? Well, the banner for starters. I hope you like it. I do. That's me as a Funko Pop on the right hand side. I'm also changing up what this blog will be about. It's going to cover book reviews, info about my writing and my books, and, occasionally, my outdoor adventures. There might be some other things here and there but this should be the format going forward. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Moving on, let's get into the review. I finished reading the first Supernatural book in the series at the beginning of February. I'm definitely a Supernatural fan. Which means, when I found out there were books as well, I had to start reading them. I'll keep this review spoiler free for those who haven't read it.
The book takes the Winchester brothers to New York. While there, they handle two cases. A haunting in the house they're staying in and murders modeled after the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The haunting was a lot of fun to read because the author puts the reader in the mind of the ghost. It's an interesting perspective and good for a couple of laughs. The Poe murders are a bit odd, even for Supernatural. It might not be the best case the boys have ever come across but it was still a fun read.
As for the characters, Sam and Dean Winchester, they were great. I really felt like the author captured their personalities well. I could hear their voices clear as day while I read and could even picture them. The author did a good job bringing the two characters to life on the page, which can't be an easy task considering the Winchesters are complex characters.
If you're a Supernatural fan and can't get enough of the Winchesters, you won't be disappointed by this book. Pick it up and give it a read. If you're watching the show live, it's a great way to hold yourself over between season breaks. And it's pre-Castiel and Crowley days. So, it's interesting to go back and see how different the boys were back then.
I'll continue to read the Supernatural books this year and I'll be sure to post my review for each as I go. Hopefully you enjoyed this review and maybe you'll pick up the book for yourself. Have you read any of the Supernatural books? Or maybe you plan to. Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and remember to keep wandering, just not alone.
Recently, I finished reading the novelization of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. The book is based on the original screenplay so it's relatively close to the movie. I should start out by saying I friggin loved this book. But, Indiana Jones has always been my all time favorite on screen hero, so I could be biased. However, I read through this book in only a week. I didn't want to put it down. Here's my review of the book. Note, there will be spoilers. But you should have seen this movie by now!
Let me start with the differences. There are a few and whenever they happened it always made my heart sink for just a moment. For example, after Marion and Indy decide to join forces, after her bar burns down, she tells Indy she's going with him. In the movie, it's one of my favorite lines. "I'm your god damned partner!" She yells, holding up the medallion. This line doesn't exist in the book. I know, trivial but I still miss it. Of course, Indy's famous line "It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage." Also doesn't exist in the book. Again, not that big of a deal. Just very iconic lines. The scene in which Indy takes the RPG and threatens to blow up the Ark is slightly different as well. In the movie, he's up on a cliff pointing down, threatening to blow it back to God. In the book, however, he gets right up in Belloc's face with the thing and threatens to kill them all. As you should already know, in the movie Belloc calls his bluff. It's a pivotal scene where we learn a lot about our favorite whip wielding hero. In the movie, he's jumped by German soldiers and forced to give up.
There's also some answers given in the book that aren't in the movie. For example, Indy knows not to open his eyes after they open the Ark. In the movie, he just shouts at Marion. Telling her to not look. But we're left wondering why and how he knows that. Before you say anything, I'm aware there's a deleted scene which explains this but since it's not actually in the movie, hush! The book includes the scene in which Indy has the medallion translated which warns to not look upon the contents of the Ark or die. Later on, Indy remembers this and tells Marion to shut her eyes. However, this next scene does not have a deleted scene and it's always been a question of mine. How did Indy get to the island in the first place? I'm aware he hitched a ride on the German submarine but how, exactly? Did he sneak around inside? Did he stand on top while they drove it above water to the destination? Well, it turns out, he ties himself to the periscope with his whip. The sub descends but leaves the periscope just out of the water, allowing Indy to ride to the island in peace. He even takes a nap!
Getting inside Indy's head is great. It brings a lot of the character to life in a different way from the movie. We learn a little bit more about him and he feels even more real. If you're a huge fan of Indiana Jones, like me, you will not be disappointed by this book. Definitely give it a read! Later this year I will be reading Temple of Doom and Last Crusade as well. So look out for my reviews for them as well.
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Let me start by saying, I didn't read as many books as I would have liked this year. My Goodreads goal was 24 and I came in at 20. Pretty close, though. But of those 20, I do have a few favorites that stood out to me so I thought I would share them with you today. So, let's get into it, in no particular order and spoiler free, of course.
5. Origins by Dan Brown
I guess we'll start with the mainstream title. Ever since The DaVinci Code, the Robert Langdon books have been hit or miss with me. I didn't care too much for The Lost Symbol. Inferno was pretty entertaining but I felt as if these books were missing something the first two had. Angels & Demons and The DaVinci code made bold statements about religion and science. I felt that statement was lost on the others. Then enters Origin. I won't spoil anything about the ending but I will say Dan Brown explains religion and science in such a beautiful way which happens to mirror my own thoughts. Nothing might ever be as good as the first two but Origin sure as hell came close!
4. Brimstone Hustle by Robert McKinney
I discovered this book while browsing a self-publishing Sub-Reddit page. I'm glad I did. This book was a lot of fun to read. I won't sit here and tell you it was my favorite book of the year but it was a lot of fun. The plot centers around a woman who is able to "teleport" anywhere in the world she wants by taking shortcuts through Hell. The idea was original enough to catch my attention. Of course, she uses this power to get payback on an individual and I won't say much more than that. It's the first part in a series and I really should get down to reading the rest. My only complaint, which could be squashed with the sequels, is the power could be used for so much more than your regular thriller story. But still a fun read.
3. Glass Girl by Jessyca Thibault
Poetry is not something I normally read, however, I discovered Jessyca on Instagram a while back while she was doing a free promotion for her first book Doll Eyes. I found myself unable to stop reading and finished it in one sitting. Same with her follow up book Glass Girl. If you like poetry, you must give her series a try. I enjoyed them so much because it wasn't just a collection of poems but a window into the soul of another human being. It allowed me to take stock of things in my own life and try a new perspective. And with so many horrible things in this world and all the hate, opening your eyes to another person's experiences is something we need more of. And Jessyca does this well. She's a talented author with a bright future ahead of her!
2. The Ruins by Scott Smith
Although I didn't find this book as scary as many others have, I still enjoyed every second of it. A group of backpackers on a vacation in Mexico find themselves trapped on top of an ancient ruins site where the vines literally come to life and the locals won't let them leave. The book is dirty and visceral at times but for all the right reasons. I never looked at any character as heroic nor villainous. You could feel the desperation in every choice they made and you could almost feel the utter exhaustion they felt as well. A well crafted tale of horror.
1. The Resort by Bryce Gibson
It was a tough choice between this and Gibson's other thriller, The Reading Buddy. Both were excellent reads full of suspense and death. In the end, I had to give it to The Resort. There's not much I can say about this book without giving anything away. But I can tell you the main character Mackenzie Walker works on an island with his parents running a resort. When college students come for spring break and one of them winds up dead, Mackenzie gets pulled into a whirlwind of happenings and learns there's something terrible inhabiting the island. You'll have to read it for yourself to find out what it is. I promise, it's worth it.
Well, there you have it. My top 5 picks of the year. I definitely will be attempting to read more books next year than I did this time around. What were some of your favorite books? Have you read any on my list? Or do you plan to read any of these? Let me know in the comments below.
I'm giving you a reason to Fear the End of Year. My upcoming horror novel is now available for pre-order and its release date is 12-31-2018. That's right, New Year's Eve. You can bring in the new year right, with a good book. And there's a special promotion going on as well. The pre-order price is only .99. If pre-ordering isn't your thing, then pick it up the first week of January, the 1st thru the 7th, and you'll only pay $1.99! After that, the regular price will be $2.99. How can you pass up those deals? Pre-order now while you still can!
If you need help remembering what this book is about, check out the description below:
For Sasha, leaving her abusive husband was almost as hard as living with him. He drinks, beats, and apologizes every day. She was stuck in an endless loop of abuse and regret. Some days she thought about giving up and ending her own life. Though, she couldn’t leave her daughter with that monster.
One day, she left and took her daughter Tara to a small town in Maine called Carlisle. The locals seemed cherry, friendly, and helpful. A typical New England small town. The fresh air and change of environment would be exactly what she and her daughter would need to start a new life. That is until a murderer begins claiming lives and the town becomes suspicious of Sasha. Consumed with fear, the town takes matters into their own hands and Sasha finds herself in a struggle for her life and the life of her daughter. Welcome to Carlisle, Maine. Our Lands Whisper with the Echoes of the Past.
I am a self-published horror/thriller author. I love reading, writing, and taking long walks through scary parts of the forest. I'm learning new tricks everyday to become a better author and occasionally will share those tips with you. Otherwise, you can read book reviews, info about my writing, and personal stories about my adventures in nature.