Saturday, July 30, 2011

Free ebook until July 31st

The "A Life of Death" ebook giveaway is quickly coming to a close. Tomorrow, July 31st is the last day to get your free copy before the ebook returns to its $2.99 price. It's gotten wonderful reviews. All I ask is that after you've read it, you take a minute to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Use coupon NH89W at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61283 to get your copy of "A Life of Death" today.

One-liner Day 16

One-liner Day 16: "A calculated risk isn't a risk unless you lose," whispered the bank teller as she pocketed the money.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Playing Catch-up with One-liners

I've been traveling so haven't been able to update the one-liners until now. Here are the last couple days' prompts and today's.
One-liner Day 13: Living witha conscience is like living with a nagging wife. I couldn't stand either one, so I got rid of them.
 One-liner Day 14: The glorious thoughts of a serial killer are often taught in psychological theory, but I prefer practice.
One-liner Day 15: "Sketchy li'l things like morals cause more problems than an armored chuck-wagon," muttered the gunslinger.
 
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Washington County News

Imagine my surprise when I looked at the Washington County News today and saw the article on me and my name on the front page. It's a great article. Thank you for writing it Becky.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One-liner Day 12:

One-liner Day 12: Satisfaction is never enough for those who truly know what they want.

Missed One-liner:

I missed one day of my one-liner twitter posts. Here it is. I often tell friends to savor the moments life grants, but live what could be. I wish I had an imagination.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Washington County News Article

There is a new announcement. The Washington County News decided to write an article on me and my books. Becky Price did a wonderful job at the interview and I look forward to seeing the article this Wednesday. I recommend you pick up a copy and see what is going on within the region. I don't know if it will be on their website at swvatoday.com, but it might be.

One-liner Day 11:

This was yesterday's. One-liner Day 11: I often tell friends to savor the moments life grants, but live what could be. I wish I had an imagination.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

One-liner Day 10:

Hope this helps jump-start your mind. One-liner Day 10: Emotional highs are wonderful so long as they don't lead off a cliff.

One-liner Day 9:

This went out on twitter last night, but I was away from my computer. So here it is. Think of a story here. One-liner Day 9: Why do people get so upset when they're diagnosed with something as temporary as a terminal illness?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

One-liner Day 8:

Writers and vivid dreamers, try this one on for size. One-liner Day 8: Desert dreams often lead to the oasis, but patience is a virtue I do not possess.

After Cristina and others reviewed A Life of Death with such enthusiasm, I couldn't resist giving away free ebook copies.

The first book reviewer/literary critic to read A Life of Death gave it more than five stars. The review can be found at http://alaskanbookcafe.blogspot.com/2011/07/reviews-how-to-talk-to-autistic-kid-and.html. I'm celebrating the great reviews I'm getting on the novel by doing an A Life of Death ebook giveaway. Let people know. Tell your friends. And use coupon code NH89W at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61283 for a free copy until July 31.

If you wouldn't mind leaving a review after you've read the book, it would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One-liner Day 7:

Here's one for the sci-fi or fantasy writers who have a knack for writing about love. One-liner Day 7: Chicken-noodle soup is supposedly the remedy to all problems, but can it solve a rift between worlds and a love divided?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

One-liner Day 6:

Consider the story behind this, or make one up. One-liner Day 6: As the fog horn sounded across the bay, John's shattered soul resonated with it, and a shudder ran down his spine.

Delayed One-liner Day 5:

Yesterday was very exciting and busy with the first review for A Life of Death from Alaskan Book Cafe and other interesting things that always seem to creep into our lives. So, the one-liner for Day 5 was delayed. I will try to come up with another later today to stay on course. However, here is Day 5. See what stories you can come up with in reference to this: People don't have to reenact what I call a 'Serial Christmas,' but my family just can't help themselves.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Conversation with Cristina at Alaskan Book Cafe

Cristina, from Alaskan Book Cafe, and I just had a short but interesting conversation. A Life of Death is intended to be a Young Adult novel than can appeal to a much wider audience of adults too. However, my mother actually brought up a point a few weeks back that many readers, parents especially, are concerned with: What is appropriate for teenagers to read? A Life of Death is vivid and deals with abuse, the problems within our system, alcoholism, and more simple themes such as responsibility and dedication to family. So, as one of the first book reviewers to read it, I asked Cristine what she thought about this. Here's the conversation. I think you'll find it interesting.
  • Weston Kincade
    • Wow! Thank you for the glowing review. I'm glad you liked it. I am curious though. Some of my students that read it recommended that I get the schools to authorize teaching it like they do Speak and other novels. Would you say that A Life of Death's morals and themes are done well enough to benefit high school students?
  • Cristina Hampton Gutierrez
    • Yes I do. Some things continue to go on because no one speaks of them. Children in the situation do not speak up because they feel alone, embarrassed or they just don't know what to say. Children who know them do not know how to offer help or understanding because they too may be embarrassed or just not know what to say. Just because you are aware that something happens doesn't mean you know how to respond to it. Bringing this story to high schools would be a wonderful way for them to learn how to respond while also letting them examine their feelings. I think they would readily identify with the characters.
  • Weston Kincade
    • Great. I don't think it would be good for me, the author, to mention it, but if others do then at least I know that I'm not alone in my opinion on it. It was intended as a young adult novel, but some people, my mother in particular, mentioned that it might be too graphic and controversial for that audience. I disagreed, but it is always good to have other people support your stance. Thank you.
  • Cristina Hampton Gutierrez
    • The world is a different place now. High school kids have been exposed to a lot of graphic and controversial topics before they made to high school. Most of the video games they play have an overload of graphic and controversial issues. Your book provides a way to have a meaningful discussion and an opportunity to learn appropriate responses. Feel free to use anything I have said. I think it is an important novel and it is not so long or boring that the kids will groan.

Alaskan Book Review just reviewed A Life of Death

Cristina with the Alaskan Book Review just finished reading A Life of Death and gave it a wonderful review. Check it out at http://alaskanbookcafe.blogspot.com/

One-Liner Day 4:

One-liner Day 4: Most men tread silent as a mouse, hiding in life's shadows, but a rodent that roars will capture an audience. (This line was obviously prompted by tonight's humorous events captured on video.)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mouse Fights Back!

Okay, so before I get to the one-liner of the day, I'd like to share something I stumbled upon after my wife and I got home today. Fortunately, I had my cell phone on me and am able to share it. I encountered a similar situation once before. Let me preface this by saying, we live out in very rural VA and field mice find their way into our old depression-era house. I once before stumbled upon a field mouse fighting back against Harper, our orange cat. Harper didn't know what to do when the mouse hid under her. I wished I had my camera at the time, but unfortunately didn't. This time, I stumbled on Harper and a field mouse, ready to do battle and had my handy cell phone handy (sorry about the quality, but you know how it is). I don't know what the mice around here have been eating, but it's great watching a cat and mouse fight where the mice are so aggressive, the cat doesn't know what to do. Toward the end, you'll notice a streak of gray climbing up my leg and leaping in front of the camera. It's the mouse finding the highest altitude and taking a flying leap off my knee. I had to slow it down to realize that I had gotten it on film.

So, here is what I discovered when I made it home.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

One-Liner Day 3:

For day 3, I couldn't help but use a female protagonist. Have to put yourself in others' shoes every now and again. So, here it is. Imagine the variety of stories that could have led up to this.

One-liner Day 3: "I, for one, will not be caught with my panties around my ankles!" screamed the office clerk as the taxi sped away.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Twitter Kickoff

Yesterday, I discovered the value of tweets and began my early introduction to twitter with a daily one-liner. For writers who find beginning a story difficult, and readers who love to glean meaning from metaphors and vivid imagery, I hope these one-liners suit your tastes. Feel free to use them to start a story, or just consider what the story might be around the sentence. So, to catch up with the posts, here is yesterday's tweet for those who haven't added me.

People often say that one line can hold the truth to reality. I agree, so will post starter sentences once a day. If you're a writer or reader, I hope these random one liners make you think.

Day 1: Drive the knife into the heart of winter's bitter music.

Day 2: Habitual love is a reality of its own making full of endless surprises, nuances, and a kind of tender naivety that drowns.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post, or if you'd like it sent directly to your computer or phone, follow Weston Kincade on twitter.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Weston Kincade on Twitter

Well, it seems that I am slowly catching up with modern social networking. I now have a twitter account. I kept it simple, so if you'd like to find me, just do a search for Weston Kincade and I'll be there. (Wow! Don't you hate it when you say or write something and it turns out to be the name or lyrics from a song that stopped being popular long ago. Then, you just can't get it out of your head.) Check it out on youtube if the title wasn't enough to trigger the memories.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Fellow Author's New Release!

For all those Harry Potter and Dresden Files fans, there is a new book on the block with a similar take on alternate wizarding worlds. However, it is much more involved, integrating manipulative king-making politics like you find in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books. Up and coming author Scott Rhine spins politics, religion, demons, and witty comedy in a new and unique way in his new release Foundation for the Lost. I got the chance to read and edit this book and loved it even more than Scarab, his debut novel. I'd highly recommend you pick it up. Foundation for the Lost is available on Smashwords or Amazon's Kindle by following the links. Soon it should be available through most other retailers. At $2.99, this is a great deal.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guess who's on the Alaskan Book Cafe's Featured Author Spotlight for today,July 5th?

I was lucky enough to catch Cristina's attention the other day with the Shout Out and she's excitedly granted my request for book reads and reviews. To my surprise, she said she had already added A Life of Death and Invisible Dawn to her "to be read" list, but my request and the giveaway that's currently going on got them moved up in line. I look forward to hearing what Cristina thinks sometime next week. Until then, she's spotlighted me as today's Featured Author. It's very exciting and I'd highly recommend that you check out her new site .

Shout out to a new and upcoming book reviewer, Cristina!

I recently found out about a new book reviewer all the way up in Alaska. Scott Nicholson, a great Appalachian horror writer, recently posted about her on his Goodreads site. Cristina at the Alaskan Book Cafe recently began her site and is doing a great job. She's reviewed some great books that you should get your hands on, so I'd highly recommend checking out her site if you're interested in reading about authors or just want to find the next great read.

And just a reminder, the giveaway for A Life of Death will only last a few more days. It ends on the 10th, so grab your ebook copy before time runs out.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July Fourth eBook Giveaway is Heating Up!

Don't forget to grab your copy of A Life of Death now. The holiday giveaway is heating up. The promotion was recently published on New Book Journal. Check it out and pick up your copy of A Life of Death in whichever electronic format you prefer. While you're there, check out the site. It's a great source for author events and upcoming new releases. I highly recommend it.

Kicking off July 4th with a Free eBook Giveaway!

Since A Life of Death was recently released, and it's officially the start of a great holiday week, I think I will do a free giveaway. Use this coupon code, SP97H, at Smashwords.com to get your free eBook copy of A Life of Death, normally $2.99 on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Sony, and Apple. The coupon code will only be good through the 10th of July, so get your copy today. Please leave an honest review of it on Amazon, Shelfari, Goodreads, and other places that promote or distribute the book so other like-minded individuals can take advantage of your insights.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I am now on Author Central at Amazon.com

Amazon recently began a small biography section for each of their authors. This is so their readers can find out more and connect with author websites, blogs, and other events through one source. And now, I have my own site there too. Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0058LNVUW

Book Revisions & Another Outstanding Review

A hearty thanks goes out to Katy Sozaeva for getting enthusiastically involved after reading Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death in my recent ebook giveaway. She loved the books and wanted them to become as perfect as I would like. She is a copy-editor and helped put the finishing touches on both books. They are now being reviewed by the various distributers and will then be available in print and ebook form in their perfected state. I don't claim that there will be no errors, but that we worked to eliminate any that came to our attention. Even after so many revisions and edits, grammar errors slip through.

Here is what she had to say about the books in her reviews. The reviews can be found on Safari, Smashwords, B&N, Amazon, and even Authonomy.

Invisible Dawn:
Weston Kincaid's debut novel blurs genre lines - trying to describe it is going to be a challenge! It starts off as science fiction, adds some fantasy elements and then makes a sharp turn into horror.

Jedd has spent 12 years searching for his goddaughter Madelin, who was taken by agents of PASTOR (Phantom Assassin Shifting Technology & Organized Reconnaissance) when she was just a child, because she had the ability to shift - that is, open rifts into one of the other infinite planes of reality. Daniel, who lives in a different plane, lives tormented by his past and running from members of Black Force, a mercenary company with whom he used to work. Roger, in the same plane, is a gambler who is down on his luck when Daniel finds him beaten half to death in an alley. Juno, from yet another plane, is a member of the Traditor family, who are extremely long-lived, strong and agile, but have trouble dealing with the sun and some ... unusual dietary needs. These are the main protagonists in the book. Chasing after Madelin is "Father" Leodenin, a very strong shifter with PASTOR, and a company of soldiers led by Marlin. Once on Juno's plane, Leodenin teams up with Juno's brother, Lord Alain.

The book focuses on keeping Madelin safe, getting her away from PASTOR and coming up with a plan to try to save the rest of the unwilling "volunteers" taken by PASTOR. Along the way there are many battles, from bullets to hand-to-hand, and twists and turns galore to keep the reader on her or his toes.

I found the story exciting and engaging - I enjoyed it from start to finish. For a debut novel, this one is remarkably well-done, carefully plotted and the characters well-developed. There were some issues with abrupt transitions and changes in POV, but once you fell into the rhythm it was fairly easy to keep up with them. Fans of cross-genre thrillers, suspense, science fiction, fantasy and horror should all find something to love in this book.

A Life of Death:
Alex Drummond has enough to deal with, really. His father was killed by a drunk driver a few years ago; his mother got remarried and moved them in with her new husband, who is a vicious alcoholic and beats Alex frequently to within an inch of his life; Alex's step-brother, Frank, is a layabout who also beats on him, and his two step-sisters are an annoyance to him; and he's an outsider at school, small and picked on by the larger kids. Now he's developed an alarming tendency - when he touches things that were somehow touching a person when they were murdered, he falls into a vision and relives their death. And the people whose deaths he is reliving expect him to do something about it.

Partly a paranormal suspense book, partly a coming-of-age story, and even including a little bit of romance, "A Life of Death" is a completely amazing story! I won't lie to you, it is often very intense - the tension evinced by this book is amazingly well-done and I often felt my heart racing from the extremity of emotions that it raised. It is tightly plotted and suspenseful; the characters are well-developed and realistic - the whole thing just came to life in my mind while I was reading it, and the sudden silence whenever I would look up showed me just how much it filled my mind while I was reading it.

The story is bracketed interestingly - the very beginning and very end are Alex as an older man, a police detective, helping his son with a project for school. The story itself is the tale he tells the boy. I thought this was a neat way to open and close the story and it left me with hopes that we might expect a series of Alex Drummond mystery novels in the future. I would certainly buy them!

Fans of paranormal mystery and suspense stories should enjoy this book. Definitely give it a read as soon as you can!