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 He's currently unpublished but we're changing that.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...
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.
Just in time for the holidays, I now have autographed copies available for purchase straight from my website. How cool is that? If you're looking for a great gift for the reader in your life, or maybe for yourself, click here and pick yourself up a copy. And guess what? You can even personalize it! Cool, right? I know!
The paperbacks are priced at $18 (except for Getaway which is only $12) which includes the autograph and shipping. Not a bad deal! Get your Christmas shipping done early this year and check out my store!
Seeing as how this book is coming out later this year, I figure it's time to share the book cover with you. Before I do, let me give you a quick synopsis on the story:
Sasha and her daughter Tara move to the small town of Carlisle, Maine. It's a small and quaint little place where everyone knows everybody. Being from the city, Sasha feels out of place but knows the change is good. Escaping an abusive relationship, she thinks the small town life will be good for her and her daughter. The change is short lived, however, when people in town start dying and all fingers point to Sasha. Fear consumes the town of Carlisle and Sasha finds herself being accused of murder and, of all things, witchcraft. Have the echoes of the past come back to consume Sasha or is there something more sinister happening within its borders?
Now that you know the plot, I think you might be ready for the cover. What do you think? Yes? I thought you might say that. Alright. Let's not delay this any further. I give you, the book cover for my upcoming horror novella Echoes of the Past.
There you have it. What do you think? Love it or hate it, let me know in the comments below and I hope you will pick up your copy when it's released. The pre-order will be available soon and I'll be sure to let everyone know when it is. Until then, keep wandering. Just not alone.
So I did a little re-branding of my Patreon page. Now, my patrons are no longer just called "patrons". Instead, they are Bond's Book Club members. What does this mean? Basically, it's a place for readers of my books to hang out and talk about books, writing, reading, or whatever. I'm going to be sharing more exclusive short stories, chapters, book covers, and things with the club members and host posts about books I'm reading and my thoughts on them. There's a lot of exclusive things coming in the future for Bond's Book Club members. I may be making bookmarks, postcards, etc. Who knows, maybe there will be T shirts and hats down the line. But only if people are interested in that sort of thing. I'm really hoping to make my new Patreon page a lot of fun and give more back to the people who support me. Please, head over to Patreon.com/evanbond and chose the tier you'd like and become a Bond's Book Club member. If you don't want to, that's fine too. Just you following this blog and my pages is great support and I appreciate every single one of you! Hope to see you in the club!
If you follow me over on Instagram, you might be aware of the micro stories I share on Wednesdays. But now, I'm trying to expand that endeavor. Basically, I've started a hashtag on Instagram called #WriteDownWednesday. I'm encouraging all authors and writers to use this hashtag every Wednesday. Write a short micro story about 3-6 sentences long. It's a lot of fun and us authors can use it to connect with each other. It's going to be great. Help me get this thing rolling! Head over to Instagram now and start writing!
Australia. A beautiful country of nature and culture unlike most other places on the planet. There's an endless list of snakes (that can kill you), aquatic life (that can kill you), spiders (that can kill you), and countless other things (that can probably kill you). It's no secret the outback can be a dangerous place. No, I'm not talking about the steakhouse. Although, that can be dangerous too. Don't take your Australian friends there to impress them. They will not be.
With the myriad of animals that can murder a human being which reside in the land down under, it should come as no surprise that a mountain is gunning for the job as well. I'm talking about a place called Black Mountain, a.k.a. Death Mountain, a.k.a. Kalkajaka. No, that last word isn't a planet in Star Wars. It's an aboriginal word which means "place of Spear". See, I told you, the mountain is hungry for violence.
All joking aside, Black Mountain is a fascinating, yet dangerous place. It's part of a protected national park, south west of Cooktown. The mountain is made up of granite boulders. Some of these boulders are the size of houses. If you haven't guessed already, they are black. Hence the name, Black Mountain. There's a lack of soil between the rocks which means there's a labyrinth of gaps and tunnels. I wouldn't recommend venturing into them, however. You probably won't make it out alive.
The rocks get extremely hot in the Australian sun. Over time, the cold rains can make the rocks crack or dissolve. Sometimes, they even explode violently, causing the rocks to shift and slide. If you're inside a chasm when that happens, you probably won't be coming back out.
Many people have gone missing around the mountain, which is why it earned the nickname Mountain of Death. Most likely, people have tried venturing inside some of the gaps and never made it back out. Others claim it's because it's a portal to another dimension, an alien artifact, or government conspiracy. Whatever the case, people have died and some have gone missing.
Something else I learned about Black Mountain, recently, really fascinated me. The volcanic rocks resonate in a particular pitch when struck together. The tone seems to be B flat. There's a cosmic entity that also emits a tone of B flat in our universe. The Black Hole. No, I'm not saying there's a black hole at the center of Black Mountain. But it's interesting to think of the connections of nature.
I'd suggest looking up Black Mountain. It's a very interesting place with a lot of history. I've merely scratched the surface for you today. However, there is one more thing I'd like to share concerning the mountain. It is going to be featured in an upcoming novel of mine. Not just any novel, either but my sci-fi debut novel. There's not a lot of details I can share right now but I think you're going to love this one.
If you like what you learned today, share it with a friend. If you haven't liked me on Facebook, followed me Instagram, or followed on Twitter then check me out there as well. You'll find the link to all my social media accounts at the bottom of the page. Also, I'm slowly uploading interesting videos to Youtube regarding my writing and even personal life, so check me out there. If you've read any of my novels, please consider leaving them a review. It's the best way to show recognition to your favorite authors. As always, thanks for reading. Remember, keep wandering. Just not alone.
Recently, I asked a question on social media regarding a possible branch out in genre. It seemed many people were on board with this idea and I like it as well. There is no good reason writers should only stick to one type of genre. Some of my favorite writers pushed the boundaries. Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Sean Costello. Even Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, dabbled in children's books.
As you may or may not know, I started out writing horror. When I was a kid, I wrote short horror stories. It wasn't until mid way through high school I discovered the thriller/suspense genre and stayed in it ever since. Of course, with the release of my first horror novella, you can see I'm getting back into the horror genre and I'm loving it. Horror is a lot of fun to try and craft, albeit dark and disturbing at times. But it really got me thinking, What else should I do to push the boundaries?
Recently, I started reading Stephen King's Dark Tower series and enjoying it very much. But it also got me thinking. Could I do this? Could I write a fantasy novel? Could I write a fantasy series? I liked the thought and the challenge a lot. After all, I had written a horror piece which people seemed to enjoy. Science Fiction and Fantasy have been genres I've loved to read so why shouldn't I dip my pen in the same ink?
It's a long winded way of saying this, I know and I'm sorry. Now, I'm announcing that I will be pushing forward into the scifi/horror genre more so than I already have. I will still continue my horror novellas every year but look for stand alone novels in the horror and scifi genres soon! (And maybe a fantasy novel one day) I hope you enjoy what I'll be crafting in the near future! Let me know what you think in the comments below and remember, keep wandering, just not alone.
Here's the thing, self-publishing a book is hard work. If you're looking to make a quick and easy dollar, don't do it. It takes time to write a book, more time to edit, and even more time formatting. I can't tell you how many countless hours I've spent doing all three. But the book is never finished. Once the book is published, us indie authors have more work ahead of us with advertising and trying to get reviews and so on. Then, we write another book and the process starts all over again.
So, what's my point? Well, recently, I was informed of a local publishing company and decided to take a look. I thought, if they accepted one of my manuscripts it could help cut down on some of the time editing, formatting, and advertising and allow me to spend more time writing. When I looked up the company, however, I learned they were one of my least favorite types of publishing companies. So, here's my PSA below about why I dislike self-publishing companies.....
Personally, I use Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords.com. These are great because it allows me to maximize the platforms in which my books are published. KDP gets me on the Kindle, obviously, and Smashwords pretty much takes care of everything else. Yes, both companies take a percentage of my sales for their profit, which is understandable. What's not understandable is these self-publishing companies charging upwards of $800 for the same damn thing.
Look, if you prefer to go through these companies, that's fine, I'm not judging you. If it works for you, then great. But personally, I believe many of these companies are taking advantage of a market that a lot of indie authors aren't fully familiar with. Here's how many of them work:
In this way, these companies at least provide a service for which to keep everything in one organized place. One platform for all of your platforms. I'm sure this can be helpful but the price tag is too high for the service. They're majorly profiting off of your hard work and I think it's wrong. Yes, self-publishing can be a lot of work but it's also fun, challenging, and you learn a lot along the way.
If you're looking into the option of self-publishing, try and stay away from these companies. Trust me, they promise a lot and make it sound wonderful and simple but the truth is, doing it yourself can be too. And, you have the added bonus of not putting yourself deeply in debt before your book is even put on the digital shelves. Save that $800 for advertising!
Also, if you are looking for the option of self-publishing and don't know where to start, leave me a comment, send me and email, or DM me on social media and I can give you some tips. I might not be the expert but I've been doing it for a while now and I'm always learning. I'd be happy to teach you a few tricks. Maybe I'll do a blog post in the future outlining how to self-publish. Thanks for reading, everyone!
My horror novella, Getaway, comes out this Friday. Don't miss out! You can pre-order your copy today! Find it on your favorite e-reader device. If you're a fan of horror, you're going to love this book.
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.