Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Christmas Surprise!

There is quite a lot going on currently. I even have a special holiday surprise for everyone toward the end of this post.

Firstly, the newly recorded audiobook of A Life of Death is approaching completion. Ed Miller, the narrator and audio guru, has been doing a bang-up job with it, and I'm very impressed. I will keep you posted on the actual release date of it in the near future.

In addition, as many of you already know, on December 15th, the sequel to A Life of Death was released in e-book, titled The Golden Bulls. As with all new e-books, readers often base whether they are going to buy or read a book based on the reviews of fellow readers . . . so please do me a favor. If you read it, jump on Amazon.com and/or Goodreads.com and leave an honest review. Really, most authors would love to hear what you think, as would other readers, so let them know after you finish a book when you have a couple minutes. It only takes a sentence or two.

Along with the new release, I'm doing a giveaway of e-books and signed copies of The Golden Bulls, so if you'd like a chance to win, stop by Katy Sozaeva's blog. It's only going on until this Sunday, so hurry and enter for your chance to win.

Now, the surprise I mentioned is an interview with an up-and-coming author. I recently got a chance to read The New Death by James Hutchings. It's a collection of short stories written in the style of H.P. Lovecraft. Some are witty, while others are quite thought provoking and say a lot about society like the play "Everyman". My personal favorites were the witty spoofs like "Everlasting Fire". One particular term he used in the story that still makes me chuckle was "flaming hobo sexuals". To understand the context, you've gotta read it for yourself, so grab a copy. The e-book's free to download right now, but I'm not sure how long the giveaway will last.

James contacted me a while back, quite a while unfortunately, but life got in the way until recently. I finally got the chance to read the copy James sent me and he consented to do a little interview. So, enjoy meeting our guest, James Hutchings:

WK: Now, James, I know you've been busy writing, but try and put yourself in the mindset of a reader. We all love a good book, as I'm sure you do too. What would you say is the first book you remember reading?

JH: The first writer I was a fan of was Enid Blyton. When I was young in Australia her books were pretty much everywhere, over ten years after they came out. She wrote books about idealised upper-class British children who either solve mysteries (the Famous Five and Secret Seven series) or have fantastical adventures (The Faraway Tree series). Actually she also wrote the Noddy books, about a little gnome of the same name, but I don't remember reading them.

WK: I've heard of the Noddy books (not to be confused with naughty), but never read them. I'll have to see where I can pick them up some time . . . probably amazon, lol. So how about now? Who is your favorite author?

JH: At the moment it's probably Jack Vance. I'm reading through his 'Planet of Adventure' series.

WK: Very cool. I hear that's a great series too. Now, I've always wondered, and maybe some day I'll have Jack Vance on to ask this question too, but I've wondered what makes other writers tick and how they began on such a solitary road as writing. How did you get your start?

JH: I did a Bachelor of Arts majoring in creative writing and media, but I didn't do anything with it after graduating. Years later I created a fantasy city called Teleleli or Telelee as a background for role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Once I finished I realised there wasn't any demand for it. My ex suggested I use it as a setting for stories instead, and that's how I got started. Along the way I realised that my poems were better received, so I'm concentrating on them now.

WK: I remember some mentions of Teleleli or Telelee in The New Death. It was quite creative and even morbid in the stories I read. Pretty cool, if I do say so myself. I've always been an Edgar Allen Poe fan, and some of your stories reminded me settings like he creates. Now, something I get asked fairly often, as I'm sure you do, is what is your inspiration for writing? So how about it; care to give us the lowdown?

JH: Some ideas just pop into my head, without me knowing where the idea comes from. An example of that is a recent poem I wrote, called 'Angel Square', about a square where angels take the place of pigeons. Other ideas come from experiences in my life. For example a while ago I found three injured birds in the space of a few weeks. I took all of them to the local vet. As I was carrying one of them, I thought that the woman at reception might wonder where I was finding all these injured birds, and that was the inspiration for my story 'Lost, Feral or Stray'.
I've written a lot about cats, based on having been a cat owner. But I'm a lot more cynical about them than some cat-lovers. One reviewer said he couldn't work out whether I loved cats or hated them.

Of course other fiction is a big inspiration. In some cases it's obvious. I've done poems directly based on stories by HP Lovecraft and other writers for example. In other cases it's more subtle: for example the city of Teleleli or Telelee is partly based on Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar, partly on Terry Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork, and partly on Port Blacksand in the Fighting Fantasy series. The dialogue in Lord of the Rings had a big influence on how my characters talk.

WK: It's hard to resist having at least one character shout out in a book, "You cannot pass!" So, I certainly can understand the draw to Tolkien. Sometimes it's hard not to pull from favorite characters in other authors' books or movies. I sometimes draw from characteristics of people I know or meet, especially the quirky ones you can never seem to forget, even if it was so bad you wished you hadn't met them in the first place. Ironically, sometimes those are the best characters to watch and draw ideas from. Does your inspiration ever come from people you know?

JH: Not really. I usually start with an idea for a plot, rather than for a character.

WK: You mentioned movies earlier. Which movie or drama series do you love the most?

JH: 'Titanic', followed by 'Land and Freedom'.

WK: Titanic, now that's one I'm sure a lot of people could agree with you on. I can't remember how many girls swooned over Leo when that came out. Heck, I even remember hearing my girlfriend at the time and her mother both chattering and swooning over him in that movie at one point. While not writing or watching Titanic, what do you enjoy doing?

JH: My other main hobby is coding online games. I spent several years writing an online game called Age of Fable (www.ageoffable.net). I don't have any plans to do more on it, but it's still online, and you can play it for free. I've also done a few smaller projects. For example I did an online version of the computer game Oregon Trail.

WK: Oh wonderful. I love video games, but could never quite grasp coding myself. I remember a bit of C++, but if someone hired me to do any coding I'd basically give them a ton of FOR loops interconnecting all over the place, but never really accomplishing anything. Just a little over my head. Writing and editing are more my speed. Do you have a favorite game, cologne, or anything that you just can’t live without?

JH: I could live without it, but there are a couple of computer games that I play at least once a day: 'Chessrogue' and 'Sorcerer's Cave'. Both of them are free to download, and quite 'retro' in their graphics (Chessrogue actually uses only text). But they're very addictive.

WK: Addiction . . . that's a hard one to overcome. I played World of Warcraft for a few years when it first came out. Talk about an addiction. It took venturing into novel writing and finding my love and passion for sci-fi and dark fantasy to kick the WOW habit. The result was my first book, Invisible Dawn. Fortunately, I'm happy to have discovered my passion. I always loved writing, but never thought I could write a novel until I just got it in my head to do so at one point. Thankfully, I enjoy it and hope my readers do too. If you had to choose one of your books, which would you say is your favorite?

JH: 'The New Death and others' is the only full-length book I've put out, so it's my favorite by default.

WK: Earlier I was talking about reviews and what people say about our books on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com. People probably don't realize it, but we authors read them. We thrive off them a lot of times. They give us insight into things we never realized about ourselves and our writing - at least they do for me. What was the best review or comment on any of your books?

JH: This isn't the best, but it's the one I remember most clearly. "There were several amusing parts in this poem, but it’s not consistently funny throughout, which is what I’d be looking for in a humour poem. I think the problem (as I see it) is that you’re often vague or allusive; specific details tend to be funniest." It would have been a lot more encouraging if the poem was meant to be funny.

WK: Wow! That's exactly what I'm talking about. That review probably helped you to become a better writer and told you something about yourself. I want to thank you for joining us this holiday, James. I appreciate it and hope the viewers and readers find themselves enjoying The New Death or your most recent publication, Two-fisted Tweets, both of which are free in e-book right now.

As I mentioned before, please give these books a read and feel free to pick up my newest paranormal mystery, The Golden Bulls. And remember, the best gift you can give for another reader and the author is to leave a comment. During this holiday, give a two-minute gift by saying what you thought. It would be appreciated by all. To read my review of The New Death, visit Goodreads.com.

Thanks for joining James Hutchings and myself this Christmas. Have a great New Years!

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, the A Life of Death series, and Strange Circumstances

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sneak Peek at the New and Improved Audiobook of A Life of Death

While I'm finishing writing the sequel to A Life of Death, I have been working on a couple projects. The sequel to A Life of Death, The Golden Bulls, should be out by mid to late December, hopefully in time for the Christmas holidays.

However, until then I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek into what's been brewing in the Alex Drummond story. A great audio artist, Ed Miller, is re-recording the narration of the A Life of Death podiobook and a larger audio file of the book for purchase. The initial intro is about done, and I thought you might enjoy hearing the great new sound for this audiobook. I dropboxed the short intro with accompanying music from the song Midnight Daydream by Triscale to give you a better idea of what the finished product will sound like. Give it a listen using the following link: Master Intro!

Please let me know what you think and stay tuned for more in the Alex Drummond saga.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Monday, October 29, 2012

Vivid Dreams that Make You Say, "What?"

I had a doozy of a dream last night and have heard that others had some really vivid dreams too. Not sure if the phases of the moon had something to do with it or what, but thought I'd share it and see how everyone else's night went. If you had a real weird dream last night, tag it on and tell me about it.

In mine somehow I got off work for a break, evidently I was still attending teacherly workshops in my dream, and gave a stranger a ride home. I had to be back at 12:30, but somehow wound up going to a horror show with the guy and his family, all strangers. It got worse, or better depending on how you look at it, because the horror show was a cross between a play and a drive-in movie with everyone dressed up in makeup and masks like it was a Rocky Horror Picture Show spinoff.

I spotted an old middle school friend named Erik I haven't seen in ages in the crowd who has always been tall, but had evidently hit the seven foot mark over the last dozen years. Then I wound up driving home in a Fiat the size of those Rubbermaid kiddy cars with my head sticking out the plastic sunroof. To top it off, in the dream I kept panicking about being late like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, always checking my watch. Never did make it back to work. I woke up just shaking my head going "What the Hell" and refused to go back to sleep.

How about your dreams? Anyone had any doozies that freaked them out?

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bryce Campbell read and reviewed Invisible Dawn, the first book in my Altered Realities series. He was quite critical and highlighted both the good and bad points throughout, which is very helpful. The review is certainly worth reading because he can give you great insights into books to read on his blog. I recommend stopping by his blog and seeing for yourself.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Thursday, October 18, 2012

To Outline or Not to Outline? A New Writer's Dilemma

I recently came across a blog post at Pen In Hand entitled "Outlines: Mapquest for novelists, or soul-killing, oxygen-sucking waste of time?" by Donna Gillespie and it was a great take on her process. To read it and see what motivated me to address the same topic, you can find her post here.

This is a topic that many writers find difficult to grasp because there are so many perspectives. This is not because using outlines is so incredibly difficult that creating one is a process that has to be mastered, at least not in my opinion. It's controversial and difficult for new writers because they simply don't know what will work best for them. It's different from one writer to the next. So here's my take and my process.

I understand and agree with Donna to an extent. However, I do like outlines. My outlines probably don't meet the full definition of what her instructor, Leonard Bishop, taught her, but they help to keep me focused and allow me to reread what I've written in the outlined summary of each chapter rather than having to go back and reread everything I wrote in the book.

I begin with brainstorming about the characters, setting, and various notes I want to integrate throughout the novel. Once I collect them into a sequence of events that generally outlines where I'm going with the novel and how I'd like things to end up etc..., I begin chapter one. I always go back to the outline, adding more detailed events and planning about a quarter of the book or more ahead of where I am in the writing. Then I go back to writing, fleshing out the chapter summaries, and filling in the blanks. Once I catch up to the end of that quarter of the book, I go back to the outline, bold what I've written to easily show where I've progressed, and write out a more detailed account of my general comments for the next quarter of the book. Then, as it says on shampoo bottles, rinse and repeat, key word being "repeat." By the time I've officially written the first half of the book, the entire book is normally outlined in detail. As Donna mentioned, writing is an organic process and sometime I find myself adding things to the outline after the fact, even entire chapters. The outline isn't a permanent, fixed entity to me. It's just a way to focus and align my thoughts, jot down notes, and ensure I'm still working on the same fundamental concepts, themes, and plot line, (the tree trunk) and haven't "branched" off into another imaginary realm that is somehow intertwined.

In the end, the outline proves to be more of a visual guide for my thoughts and plans, helping the book to become reality. It inevitably changes at times when new ideas come to me or better ideas override the old. Like the tree Donna mentioned and a writer's imagination, to me an outline must flex and grow from you, staying a few chapters ahead and offering a light at the end of the tunnel to work toward.

Some writing professors from my past have been fans of outlines and some have not. One instructor of mine promoted being in tune with your surroundings and using it to support or stimulate your mind and your writing. He often took the class out next to a pond, under a copse of trees, or to various places where the events around us might bring about new ideas. He wasn't confined by the structures of an outline, but that was his style. I agree with finding a place, things, surroundings, and visuals that can give you ideas. I got an entire concept for one of my short stories from just seeing a large black and white butterfly while I was out hiking. It's wings were torn to shreds, but somehow it still managed to fly perfectly. Out of that one sight came "House Al'Amin" a supernatural zombie short story published by TPP Publishing in the Creature Feature anthology. In the end, the butterfly became a moth in the story, but the entirety of it all stemmed from that one sight.

All of these things can affect your writing, but you are the one that finds what works best for you. More than likely it will be a combination of things. In my opinion, whether you use an outline or not is up to you. I use a hybrid version that works for me. I've never seen anyone use the same method I do, but I certainly can't be the first. If you're a new writer, try different methods. Don't be afraid to give it a shot. Find what works for you. If something you try is difficult at first, try your best to understand why it's done a certain way and do it. If it doesn't work for you, change it. You can alter any idea to make it work for you so long as you understand why you're doing it. Is it faster, more efficient, does it allow you to easily find things or come back to character details? Whatever the reason, if you think it will help you to get the words on the page, modify the idea and make it your own. Find your style, but above all, put the pen to paper or open the laptop and write. The end goal is still the same, to put together your ideas and create the book, your legacy. There are many avenues to travel which will get you there. Find the one that works for you.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Columbus Day Giveaway of A Life of Death Sunday and Monday, October 7th and 8th. Tell your friends and get them a copy off Amazon.com before the sequel comes out.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Invisible Dawn Giveaway

Just a quick update: I'm working diligently on the sequel to A Life of Death and then will finish Salvation, the upcoming sequel to Invisible Dawn. You have to write the stories as they strike you, so that's why things are a bit out of sequence now.

However, to help those that haven't gotten their copy of Invisible Dawn yet, I will be doing a free giveaway over the next three days, September 13th-15th. So please let your friends and followers know about this entertaining scifi/dark fantasy where evolution varies from one realm to the next and in a world not dissimilar from our own, government black-op agencies are kidnapping special children. Get your copy starting tomorrow, for free!

Find it here.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Contagion of the Gods Giveaway

A recent book I edited by Scott Rhine is being given away in ebook today only. This fantasy explores the relationship between Greek gods, mortals, and the future. Magic is in the air, and in the blood. Grab your free copy on amazon.com today.

Here's my review:
I was given this book to edit and enjoyed it immensely, like I have all of Scott Rhine's books. I loved Pythias' story: his painful childhood, the political corruptions and truths still present in today's society, and the manipulative way he plays both sides for the betterment of humanity. This is an entertaining tale that I highly recommend. In addition, when I first saw the cover, I was blown away. Contagion of the Gods isn't just a pretty face, but great inside and out. Pick up your copy today if you enjoy tales of Gods, fantasy, and adventure reminiscent of Homer's story of Odysseus.

After you give it a read, help others find and enjoy such an entertaining book by leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.com.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Monday, July 23, 2012

Contest Winner Update

Yesterday I received an email from Kim Pyrros, one of our contest winners. It included a great picture that I wanted to share:

"Enjoying a day at the pool! Reading my new book..."


Thanks for the update, Kim. I'm glad you're enjoying the new book and shirt. Looks great.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Monday, July 16, 2012

Strange Circumstances Weekend Giveaway!

This upcoming weekend, July 21st and 22nd, is a great time to get free books, especially short stories that can be read while waiting in the doctor's office, auto shop, on your break at work, and many other places. So, here's a little information about Strange Circumstances, a co-written book by Marshall J. Stephens, David Chrisley, and myself.

The future's a gamble. Few people know what they really want, and those that reach it often find that it isn't what they expected. Strange Circumstances is an anthology of stories exploring the predictability of fate and destiny . . . or rather their unpredictability.

In the twelve twisted tales and fifteen flash-fiction pieces, Strange Circumstances explores the boundaries of our universe to see what lurks in the unknown, hidden within the mysteries of science, magic, extraterrestrials, religion and the paranormal. Amid celebrities who hit their peak and vanish, a tree that grows up from the floor of a moving train car, unspeakable conspiracy, monstrous espionage, and wicked sorcery, there is something within these pages for anyone who enjoys dark tales and twists of every sort.

The ebook will be up for free this weekend on Amazon.com.



Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Thursday, July 5, 2012

ol'." ol.'" or ol'". Which is it?

• Does the period go before the apostrophe when a dialect-inflected word of your dialog ends the sentence?
• What if the apostrophe is actually a single quote emphasizing a word within a sentence or setting off a movie title like 'Black Hawk Down,' would the comma or period go before or after the single quote?
• How about if you have a list of them?


As an editor, I just wanted to clarify on these questions. Some of them have rarely been addressed on the web, yet they are common mistakes made by many, many writers. I ran into this problem early on in my writing and editing careers and have consistently encountered them time and again while editing other authors' works. I've researched the answers in the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) and throughout the web. After a good bit of searching, I discovered that some of the answers depend on the situation and your location.

First, lets look at the first related group of questions regarding dialog.

Questions: "The dan' dog was ol'" Would you place the period before the single quotation mark being used in place of the letter or not? What if your example isn't dialect, but a plural possessive that ends the sentence? "Mom, we went to Martins' house, but they had to go. So we wound up at the Nelsons'" Where would the period or comma go?

Answer: It sounds a bit like something Mark Twain would have written, and while many authors attempt to avoid the inflection of missing letters as dialect would dictate, many writers prefer to stay true to a character's voice. However, they still wish to follow proper grammar rules as dictated by CMOS and other authorities. CMOS says always place commas and periods before quotation marks. The key here is when you have a missing letter, you are replacing it with an apostrophe, not a single quotation mark. So, according to CMOS, no period or comma should go between a word and its apostrophe. That means both examples should be punctuated like this:

"The dan' dog was ol'."
"Mom, we went to Martins' house, but they had to go. So we wound up at the Nelsons'."

If you have a tagline following it, always remember that the period needs to be replaced with a comma, but the placement won't change.


Now to answer the second group of punctuation questions mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Questions: What if the apostrophe is actually a single quote emphasizing a word within a sentence or setting off a movie title like 'Black Hawk Down' would the comma or period go before or after the single quote? How about if you have a list of them?

Answer: These are very good questions and for this, it truly depends on your location. As I said before, CMOS is basically the Bible for writers. They say that all periods and commas go inside quotation marks, both single and double.

This means that the correct way to punctuate a sentence using this example would be:
I just watched the movie 'Black Hawk Down.' The period is inside the closing single quotation mark.

The same goes for if you have a list:
We sat through an entire movie marathon and watched "A Life of Crime," "Tango and Cash," and 'Black Hawk Down.'

An additional error I have often seen people make with punctuation regarding single quotes happens when they use them to emphasize a word. For example:
I wouldn't say it was enjoyed by 'all'

Here the period again goes inside the closing single quotation mark, so it would be:
I wouldn't say it was enjoyed by 'all.'

This creates problems for some writers, especially programmers when one letter or punctuation mark can entirely change something. For instance, imagine if you are writing instructions and telling a programmer to change a section of code to "header." Because of this rule, you've just told your programmer to add a period to the end of the header command, even though that may not be what you intended. While I'm not much of a programmer, I know enough that this can entirely change the program and how it works. I don't necessarily agree with this logic, and neither do a lot of other people. Unfortunately, this is the accepted rule throughout the US.

However, as I said, your location and where you're shopping your writing matters in this case. In Britain there is an accepted system that is somewhat more logical. The accepted form in Britain requires the author or editor to determine if the quoted material is part of the sentence being punctuated or separate. So, for the cases above, most British authorities would place the commas and/or periods outside the quoted material.

Hope these tidbits of punctuation knowledge help.


Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July Fourth Two for the Price of None eBook Giveaway

Get ready readers! For those of you with a little spare time this July Fourth Holiday, you can get two books free. If you liked Invisible Dawn and/or A Life of Death and wish to share it with friends, now's their opportunity. July 4th and 5th I'll be giving away free copies of both books on Amazon.
If you haven't read one or both of them, take advantage of this free opportunity. Tell your friends so they can get a copy too. Just follow the Amazon link above.

Happy reading!

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Vote for the Cover Art to Salvation

Okay, the 2012 Summer Contest is over and the winners have been announced on the contest page. The tab for it is in the upper right hand corner. They will be contacted via email with prizes and for address information. In addition, the three best cover images for the Altered Realities sequel to Invisible Dawn, titled Salvation, have been selected. Surprisingly, they were all by the same artist, Eleanor Bennett. Here is a little about her:

Bio:Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles,Florida, Washington, Scotland,Wales, Ireland,Canada,Spain,Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.

You can contact her at eleanor (dot) ellieonline (at) gmail (dot) com and find more of her work at www.eleanorleonnebennett.zenfolio.com.

Now, readers and fans will get the chance to select their favorite choice of the three by responding to this post. Just say which number you like best, and feel free to tell why. However, no anonymous posts will be counted.

Your selections are:

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At the end of one week, that's 11:59pm next Sunday, the votes will be tallied to see which image will be used in Salvation's upcoming cover. Thanks for participating, and remember to enjoy a good book this week.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A New Review for A Life of Death

Bryce Campbell left a review today of A Life of Death on his book review blog. Overall it was quite good and I am happy to hear someone else take so many themes from within the book to heart. Stop by and see for yourself. Feel free to comment with your own thoughts. He welcomes the discussion.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Friday, June 22, 2012

Edgar Allen Poe

I don't normally post about personal experiences, but as a fan of classic literature, Edgar Allen Poe in particular, I thought you might be interested in visiting Baltimore, Maryland to see his home at 203 Amity Street, originally No. 3 Amity Street, and his resting place at Westminster Burying Grounds and Catacombs.

The house itself was incredibly small, but insightful as to the times and living conditions. As a writer and educator, understanding the world Poe lived and wrote in is quite intriguing. The artifacts present included clippings about the controversy between Poe and Rufus Griswold that continued even after Poe's death. There were items from Poe's childhood and his family as he struggled to make ends meet in the small condo.

The cemetery where E.A. Poe was buried is incredible. Initially there wasn't a church present, but from what I understand, Maryland or just Baltimore passed a law stating that all cemeteries had to be adjoined by a church. In order to save the graveyard, the people of Baltimore built one.
Although it isn't a Presbyterian Church any longer, it has been restored and can be booked for weddings and other events. I've always found the Gothic style of architecture unique, and the way they constructed the church over the graveyard is unbelievable. They didn't disturb the graves and simply made them into catacombs. Unfortunately the spires that were originally atop the cathedral were destroyed in a storm and had to be removed. However, it's still a sight to see.

In addition, the carved face of Poe on the monument has been stolen not once, but twice. The original was found by accident later and can be seen at his house. In addition to Poe and his family, there are many patriots buried there from the Revolutionary War and other founders of early Baltimore in shipping and politics.

Afterward we went to a great little eatery that is quite eclectic, The Paper Moon. I don't normally review restaurants, but this one was quite good. Some of the baby doll heads were a bit morbid in the artistic license they took, but the colorful decorations and colors made for an exciting and interesting experience. It was kind of like visiting an Applebees or Crackerbarrel with no limitations and a sense of humor, where Rainbow Brite was the painter and Edward Scissorhands the acting gardener. I tried a Jerky Chicken Wrap. It was quite good. I'd certainly recommend it. After you're finished, try a piece of their cake. The Red Velvet is wonderful, but the rest all looked great too.

Overall, the day trip was wonderful. You certainly need to stop by if your in the neighborhood and interested in history, good food, and the dark poet and writer Edgar Allen Poe.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

2012 Summer Author Giveaway - Enter to Win!


I have combined efforts with Muzna Shafi of Imagination Station and Scott at Indie Book Blogger for a great giveaway this upcoming month. But this time it isn't just for books. This June’s giveaway will include an assortment of contests that appeal to a variety of readers. For entry into many, simply liking an author’s website, book fan page, or following their blog will count as an entry. For others, you can enter the contests by purchasing ebooks. The prizes will include: two sets of shirts, the grand prize of a signed copy of all three of my books, and three individual prizes of one signed book each. I will include bookmarks and stickers in with the winners’ prize packages. In addition, some winners will receive ebooks of Invisible Dawn and A Life of Death. And, there will also be a grand prize of Madelin’s journal from Invisible Dawn, Book One of Altered Realities; a leatherbound, handmade journal with handmade paper containing a collection of her journal entries throughout the series and others that are completely separate. This is a one of a kind prize.




To enter, follow the Rafflecopter widget on the Summer Giveaway page in the top right and enter through as many of the options as you'd like to get the most entry points. Here's a breakdown of how you can enter and how many points they are worth:

1 point - "Like" this Blog Post
1 point - Follow Weston Kincade's Blog
1 point - Follow Imagination Station's Blog
1 point - Follow Indie Book Blogger's Blog
1 point - Tweet About the Giveaway (No more than once per day)
2 points - "Like" Invisible Dawn on Facebook
2 points - "Like" A Life of Death on Facebook
2 points - Follow @westonkincade on Twitter
3 points - Purchase one of Weston Kincade's Books in ebook or print - A Life of Death, Invisible Dawn, or Strange Circumstances

And what many artists at heart will enjoy, are the contests for character art and cover art.

I am accepting submissions of character art including 3D graphics images and other varieties for A Life of Death and Invisible Dawn. The winners will be selected as part of my Artistic Team and their work will be used in future covers, advertisements, and/or memorabilia. The artist's name, site, and/or email will also be listed, but by submitting the artist agrees that the image is solely their creation and property and gives the author every right to use the image. The runner up in these contests may also be contacted for future creations. Their second place image will also be used for future advertisements and products. All character artwork should be at least 800x800 pixels and 300 dpi, but can be larger and do not need to be square.

Finally, the cover art contest will be separate. Artists will be competing to create the cover for Book Two of Altered Realities, entitled Salvation. For artistic fans of Invisible Dawn, this will be your chance to actually have a hand in the creation of the sequel and truly be responsible for the first impression readers get when they look at the book. 3D graphics images and all other artwork will be accepted for this front cover submission. The image will need to be 1800 pixels (wide) x 2700 pixels(vertical) and at least 300 dpi.

All art submission should be emailed to wakincade (at) gmail (dot) com.

All contests will end June 30. However, readers and visitors alike will get the chance to vote on their favorites of the submissions from July 1-7. Within the following week, the winners will be announced.

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Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Today was supposed to be a great Saturday, one where you could get A Life of Death free. Unfortunately, Amazon seems to be having some issues and even though it says the sale is happening, the ebook is still listed as $2.99. I have inquired with them and will keep you posted as to what's going on.

Although most of the day has vanished, Amazon has fixed the problem and A Life of Death is now free for the remainder of the evening. Please enjoy your copies and Alex's story.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Okay, a good writing friend of mine, Scott Rhine, is having wonderful success with his newest series, Temple of the Traveler. I read and edited the books for him and loved them, but evidently so does everyone else. The book is ranked #4 in Epic Fantasy right now, quite an accomplishment with all those other books out there. If you like Fantasy, magic, witty interjections of comedy, all in a story like George R.R. Martin's wonderful A Song of Ice and Fire Series, you need to grab a copy.
The sequel, Dreams of the Fallen, is free today only, and the first book in the series, Doors to Eternity, is only $ .99 cents. Two books for less than a dollar. You can't beat it.


Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thadd Presley Presents and his personnel, the publisher I edit for through WAKE Editing, was just interviewed about an upcoming anthology and invited me along for the ride. The upcoming anthology is a collection of stories based on Dante's Inferno and his nine levels of hell. Simon Critchell did a bang-up job on the cover and Thadd is quite enthusiastic about its release. I will soon begin truly editing the manuscript, but from what I've read and heard, this should be a hellacious anthology that you don't want to miss. It should be available around May 19th, but for now, check out the wonderful interview with Dan O'Brien, a fellow author and editor. His blog is great place to visit and find recommendations for new and upcoming books.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

To Traditionally Publish or Self-Publish? That is the question.

An editing client recently asked my opinion on whether to traditionally publish or self-publish. I thought it was a good question to answer on here. I hope it answers questions many others incoming writers may have. It's a bit long, but quite interesting, so here goes:

So far as publishing, I've been offered a book publishing deal through a small publisher before (as I mentioned in a previous post about My Publishing Experience), but that was after months of submitting, many rejection letters, and lucking out by attending a writer's conference. Even the best sellers are rejected a dozen times before they finally get a nibble. However, I turned down the offer. I had already edited my book, paid for additional editors, and had other authors edit my material. I had also researched and formatted my books, paid for cover-art, and self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace.com. So, my books were getting out to people, being reviewed, and were meeting with great approval overall. Being a small publisher, she had less money to risk on a new author and less clout when it came to marketing. She also wanted me to pay for the first print run while she would cover editing, type setting, cover-art, etc. So, the offer wasn't attractive enough.

Large publishers rarely pick up unknowns for the same reason in today's down market. There are some, but the number of new authors published by traditional publishers each year can normally be counted on your fingers. Plus large publishers still have more money and experience, but are going to put it into a book/author that is less risky. For example, now many large publishers peruse the Amazon best seller lists looking for top independent writers before they ever even look at the slush pile of manuscripts submitted to them directly. This is because if they can find an independent with a fan base that's already been built, there's little to no risk in publishing their books and less marketing for the publishing house to do. However, for the same reason, they will have to sweeten the deal to get that author to sign on with them and confince the author to lose a large chunk of his/her sales and income. But those are almost sure bets, and that is much more attractive. The publishing house will make the money back that they gave to that author and more.

There are some attractions to traditional publishing. One is that to some people, there is still a stigma about self publishing. Although it is no longer vanity publishing and no longer costs the same with Print on Demand, some people still equate self publishing with vanity publishing, but that is quickly changing. The second reason is that many unpublished authors would like to see their books in bookstores, although bookstores now account for less than half of the total book sales in the U.S. I believe it was in 2010 that ebook sales surpassed them and the percentage is still growing. In addition, traditional publishers have deep pockets, so every author hopes that the big publisher will use that money to market his/her book. If you can guarantee a good fan base and sales, then the traditional publisher will probably do so. But if you're a currently unpublished author trying to make a name for yourself, you're likely not going to get the upfront payment from them for the rights to publish your book, nor will they put much into marketing it. Traditionally published authors have said that basically, you can count on the amount of marketing you're going to get from a traditional publisher based on how much they are willing to invest in you at the start. This is called the advance on royalties. If they are willing to cut you a large check for the publishing rights to your book, then they are willing to risk money on it in marketing etc. If you are an expert in your field or have a name and reputation, you might very well be able to get someone to do this. There is no harm in trying. It just takes time to print off the manuscript, create summaries and query letters, and research the requirements for formatting your submission and who to send it to. They all have slightly different ones. Then, you will be in what they call the "slush pile," which an intern will normally go through and you might hear back from in three months to two years.

However, many traditional publishers now require that you have an agent before they'll even look at your book and only accept submissions from agents. In down economic times where print sales are dwindling in favor of ebooks and large and small book stores are closing, this adds a middleman to help weed out works where the author is unpublished or the books don't meet their standard after just looking at the first ten pages or so. Also, it requires them to spend no money. In fact, many have let editors and other people go because requiring an agent makes it less necessary to have editors on staff, paying them benefits etc. They can just hire freelance editors for each project they take on. Financially, it is a smart decision for publishers with firm foundations and a good reputation. However, this basically creates a catch-22 where the authors that are accepted for publication are the authors they or another big publisher have published before. Those looking for their first publication are left in the cold to try and build up their publishing portfolio through writing short stories and submitting to small magazines or small publishers like I mentioned above, even if their book is a wonderful book. But now, even small publishing houses are hard to get accepted into because with dwindling sales, small publishers are having to tighten their belts too. Because of this same reason, they have little ability to market your books well due to a lack of money.

From what I've seen, both small and large publishers are suffering from this because of a decision to maintain high sales prices of ebooks, only reducing them by a dollar or so, while independently published books, when done right, will be the same quality and priced at around $4.99 or less. In this situation, the savings are passed on to the customer, and independent authors actually make a much larger percentage. With the evolution of Amazon.com and ereaders, this competition has become the bane of traditional publishers and is part of the reason for the increase in digital sales over print sales. However, even though production costs are almost nil for these same books, traditional publishers have not been willing to reduce the costs of their ebooks. In fact, I walked into a book store the other day and bought the print edition of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, a great book by the way, for $5.00. However, both the ebook and print edition on Amazon.com were listed at $8.99 equally. The reason for this is that the book store reduced their profit margin to sell the book for a lower amount. If book stores are able to do this and independent authors have the control to sell theirs for less, choosing to make their money in quantity of sales instead of more per sale, why doesn't traditional publishing in order to compete? This is an interesting question that I have not found a publisher willing to answer. However, the trend is changing. I've seen some interest by small publishers in lowering ebook prices and attempting to compete using this method.

So where does that leave new authors? I wouldn't say give up on traditional publishing or getting an agent, but you have to do the legwork for them and show them that your book has potential by self-publishing, all the while continuing to send submissions to agents and publishing houses. You can do this through online marketing, promotions, etc . . . by getting your book out to readers, getting reader reviews and feedback, and building up demand for your book. Then, if you're able to do this, one of the traditional publishing houses or agents may pick up your novel, or at least make you an offer based on one of your submissions. If your book goes viral, meaning people latch on, can't get enough, and your sales go through the roof like Amanda Hocking's did, then you won't have to submit manuscripts to the big publishers. They will come looking for you, and you will decide how much you are willing to lose in income and control (decision making regarding pricing of your book, choice of cover-art, and more) in order to turn over the marketing reins to a publisher and just write. This is a far-fetched notion, the idea of becoming the next J. K. Rowling overnight. The funny thing is that more authors have been able to successfully give up their day jobs and write full time as indie authors in the last few years than ever before with traditional publishing. This is because the overhead and costs in traditional publishing leave the author with such a small cut of the profits that they have no choice but to work whatever day jobs they can find.

The publishing world now is very different than even a dozen years ago and is changing daily. However, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can work your way up in sales, get more money, and make a name for yourself on your own. If writing full time isn't your goal, what I would advise is to hire a professional editor, a good cover artist, and then format or pay someone to format your books for ebook through Kindle Direct Publishing and print through CreateSpace.com, Lulu.com, or another POD service. Afterwards, your book will be up for sale digitally on Amazon and in print on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. People will even be able to walk into a Barnes and Noble and order your book. You might want to think about enrolling your book in Amazon's Kindle Select program because it allows you to do promotions by putting your ebook up for free or cheaper for five days out of every ninety. This will get your book out to 80-90% of the ebook market, because around 80-90% of ereader owners have Kindles. In addition, it makes your book free to borrow and puts you in the running for a percentage of a $500,000+ fund that Amazon pays to authors each month based on how many people borrow your book.

If you still want to be traditionally published, then after six months to a year, depending on how well your book is selling, I'd start submitting your manuscript and/or query letters to agents; around ten submissions a week. If you get a bite and an agent takes you on, they'll do a lot of the legwork from there for a cut of the pie. In the end though, publishers generally only give royalties of 6-12% of the profits (meaning whatever they make after their costs for manufacturing, sales, distribution, etc... are deducted). Then the agent would get around 15% off the top of that 6-12%.

A good estimate for an advance on sales for a first time author, if you get one at all, is $4,000.00 - $6,000.00 (which is deducted from your 6-12% of initial sales until they are paid back). Celebrities and people with a fan base can demand much higher advances. It has now become common practice for many publishers to forgo the advance or give a much smaller one to new authors in lieu of a larger percentage of the royalties, increasing the 6-12% to upwards of 25%, and with big name celebrities 50%. This way, they are not out as much money if the book doesn't sell. However, the adage I mentioned before about how much they are willing to spend in marketing being equivalent to how much they are willing to give as an advance still applies.

It has taken me years of research to discover most of these things and by tomorrow, some may have changed with the ever-changing publishing world we now have on our hands.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 14-15 Weekend Giveaway & Interview

This weekend I've teamed up with two wonderful bloggers who reviewed my most popular book thus far, A Life of Death, in order to do an ebook giveaway this weekend, April 14-15.

Katy Sozaeva reads and reviews tons of books, editing many of them. I had the benefit of having her edit A Life of Death and my other novels early on and value her opinion. She's always quite blunt with me when something doesn't work and many people respect her reviews, taking them to heart when they are interested in finding the next book to read. To see her review of A Life of Death, visit her blog.

David King is another wonderful blogger and book reviewer with a stellar track record when it comes to hunting down great novels and weeding out the rest. I am very happy to have teamed up with him this week and honored by his review of A Life of Death. Give it a read and check out the wonderful interview he and I did. His questions were quite personal and genuine. In addition to promoting my free giveaway of A Life of Death, I highly recommend that you take a look at some of his other recommended reads. I've added some of the recommendations from both reviewers to my to-be-read list and look forward to finding the time.

And finally, to get your free ebook copy of A Life of Death this weekend, April 14-15, visit Amazon.com.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Publishing Experience and a Word of Advice to New Authors

I was recently asked a question by a past student who is now in college and considering stepping into the publishing world. It's a question I've been asked before and one I thought best answered here: What has your publishing experience been like, and do you have advice?

As to my publishing experience, it is different from a lot of traditional authors. Originally, I wrote poetry and then short stories for a time. I like my poetry (I haven’t written enough to compile a book of it yet, so as of now I may be the only one), but never really did much with it, and before I ever started submitting my short stories for publication, I outlined and wrote a novel. The novel, Invisible Dawn, only covered the beginning of the story I’d outlined, so I’ve been working on the rest a bit at a time. I revised and edited it eleven times after getting people’s feedback and realizing what rough shape it was in. During that time, another idea hooked me. So, I wrote a second and separate book, A Life of Death. While writing this novel, I shopped Invisible Dawn to publishers and agents. I also researched, researched, researched.

What I came to discover was that in this digital age, when more ebooks are being sold than physical books and at a much reduced cost, publishers are tightening their belts like everyone else in this down economy. I discovered in my research that many traditional publishers were eliminating overhead costs by reducing full-time employees; often this meant editors because they could hire freelance editors per project and not have to pay benefits or a salary to them between jobs. I also spoke with some well-known authors that I look up to and was told that even they were fearful that their publishers would drop them if just one of their books didn’t do well in its first few months out. I found prominent author like Konrath and Scott Nicholson, bloggers, and some agents that talked about how scarce it had become for traditional publishers to take on new, unproven authors due to the risk of paying to create, market, and manufacture a book that had no guaranteed readers or following. Would they get their money back? According to those agents and authors, that was a risk traditional publishers were much less inclined to take. Visit Konrath or Nicholson's blogs to see some examples of what I'm talking about, and these are authors published in New York traditionally who turned to self-publishing and found great success. Basically as a result, what had been incredibly difficult for many years, getting your book into a publishers hands and getting them to bet on you, had now become almost impossible. Look at Borders and other book stores that have closed as a result of shrinking sales. (Writers Readers) Small publishers have been pushed out too and they are often the ones seeking out new talent. However, some still exist and are open to taking a few risks, but not much.

Around a year ago I went to a writer’s conference and met a very nice publisher who ran her own small publishing company, Little Creek Books. I pitched A Life of Death to her, offered her a summary, and emailed the information about the book after I got home, as she requested. A few weeks went by before she got back to me, but when she did, she wanted to schedule a meeting. I went and we had a very long discussion about books, marketing, and specifically, A Life of Death. She said she was interested and offered to publish the book, even saying she had another novel she wanted to market with it locally. However, the catch was that she was a very small publishing house and couldn’t afford to pay for the initial run of books because there was no guarantee they would sell; meaning, I’d have to come up with over $2,000 for her to publish the book. She said that she was very interested in A Life of Death and would cover the costs for another edit, cover design, type setter, etc . . . and even the print runs for all books beyond the first if it sold. I believed her and still do today.

I understand the difficulties of having a small publisher. She seemed very sincere and like a very good publisher to work with. She was open to new ideas and was very family oriented. Unfortunately, being the lowly teacher and suffering as many people are through this economy, $2,000 was an insurmountable amount. However, there was also something many people told me: Your book is only valued by a publisher based on how much they are willing to put into it; meaning, if a publisher doesn’t want to front the money for a book, including the print run, marketing, editing, cover, etc . . . and pay you a royalty, or at least a much larger percentage of the profits than the 6 - 12% most traditional publishers give authors, then your book won’t do well. It’s simple. The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” still applies in this world. Publishers make money from books. They do. If they believe and are interested in your book, then they should be willing to take a risk on you. This small publisher was interested in giving me a much larger percentage than 6%, which I would have liked, but most of the marketing would have to be done by me due to the financial limitations of such a small publishing company, and the first $2,000 would have come out of my pocket.

At the time, I’d already had multiple editors go through the book, I am a trained English teacher, writer, and editor, and I already had a working cover. I’d formatted the book for print and had print copies available through CreateSpace.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble. The book was also selling in ebook on various online retailers like the aforementioned net stores, Sony, Kobo, and others. In the few weeks the book had been available, I’d received five or six reviews by readers, bloggers, and literary critics, and all of them were very good; most were even glowing five-star reviews. I couldn’t see paying money for something that I would get a lower percentage of in the end and still have to market myself online and to bookstores. So, we discussed other options, and she stated that her offer would still stand if I later changed my mind. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great meeting and from the little experience I had with her, I’d recommend Little Creek Books to authors, assuming they have the money to pay for the first run of books.

As I walked out, I couldn’t for the life of me believe that I had actually turned down an offer for publication. It would have meant that I’d have been traditionally published, if with a small publisher. After searching for a publisher for over a year, I’d turned down the answer to my prayers. I felt like I might have just turned down my one chance, but in the modern digital world of publishing, I’d already done everything she’d mentioned. Paying more just to get the first printing of books just wasn’t in the cards, or my bank account.

So, since then I’ve continued with my independent publishing through CreateSpace.com and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. For a time I used Smashwords.com too, but with the recent development of Kindle Select, I couldn’t help but give it a try. So far sales and fans are picking up, as are the giveaways I sometimes do. I’m glad to see my books making it into the hands of thousands of readers. I also began submitting short stories for publication, which Thadd Presley Presents expressed an interest in and has now published in a couple of their anthologies, including Creature Feature, Murder, and a couple upcoming anthologies that have yet to be released. Right now I’m not actively looking for a publisher, but can’t say I wouldn’t consider representation by an agent and/or publisher. However, I have complete control as an independent author. It is a trade off compared to the marketing potential and connections many big publishers have, but it’s a choice you have to make. Up to now, the offer hasn’t been right, but you never know what the future holds. The modern publishing world is ever-changing.

I realize that was quite a diatribe, so as to your second question, I wouldn’t be too concerned if you continue to get rejection letters when attempting to publish a book through a traditional publisher. It is often an intern looking through the slush pile to find the gems, and whether you get through to an actual editor or publisher is just based on their opinion. However, if they give you personal advice in the rejection letter, consider it. A personal response means they took time and put thought into getting back to you. That is saying something in today’s world of copy-and-paste rejections. Your first book, more often than not, will require revision and work. I’d recommend an editor if you haven’t already had a professional go through it. As an editor and an author, I still have a trained editor go through my books. The reason for this is that your mind sees what it thinks is there, and you need fresh, knowledgeable eyes to find what your mind is missing. It is almost impossible for an author to truly step back and take a look at books they’ve written because there is so much there. Your mind reads it as it is supposed to be read, not as it actually reads. After it has been professionally edited with a fresh set of eyes that know what they’re doing, you most likely still won’t be ready to enter the publishing ring. But the remaining lessons you have to learn are what some call OJT, on the job training. So, at that point, give it a go. It will probably be the worst book you’ve ever written. It won’t be perfect. Don’t kid yourself. I only have a few books under my belt at this point, and there are things I would go back and change, but at some point you have to stand back and ask yourself, “Is it good enough?” You will never reach perfection, but you will improve throughout your career. I look forward to eventually becoming a good writer myself, someday. Strive to get better and ask yourself if your story’s good enough.

You can do this by writing smaller things for publication: poetry, short stories, and novellas. There are many exciting places to publish your short stories and some will even give you feedback on how your stories can be improved. Dark Fiction Spotlight, Thadd Presley Presents, and many others accept fiction stories from lesser-known and unknown authors. They are looking for a good story, not necessarily a renowned writer. However, don’t expect to get into the most prestigious publications like the New Yorker with your first story. Try places like Duotrope.com and the Poets & Writers list of magazine publishers. They are quite handy and allow you to sidestep the time-consuming task of searching for each publication individually. And for my final word of advice, do your research and follow the submission directions. If you foul up even one particular thing, such as submitting your manuscript stapled instead of with a paperclip, your loving manuscript will only reach the trash can in many publishing houses. They are particular and put the instructions up on their site for a reason.


Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Strange Circumstances Easter Giveaway!

Strange Circumstances, my most recent release, will be free this upcoming weekend on Amazon.com. This collection of co-written tales deal with choices, fate, and often the horrible consequences. Join me, Marshall J. Stephens, and David Chrisley for our Easter Giveaway and grab a copy this Saturday or Sunday, April 7th & 8th.

Strange Circumstances:
The future's a gamble. Few people know what they really want, and those that reach it often find that it isn't what they expected. Strange Circumstances is an anthology of stories exploring the predictability of fate and destiny . . . or rather their unpredictability.

In the twelve twisted tales and fifteen flash-fiction pieces, Strange Circumstances explores the boundaries of our universe to see what lurks in the unknown, hidden within the mysteries of science, magic, extraterrestrials, religion and the paranormal. Amid celebrities who hit their peak and vanish, a tree that grows up from the floor of a moving train car, unspeakable conspiracy, monstrous espionage, and wicked sorcery, there is something within these pages for anyone who enjoys dark tales and twists of every sort.

And a great way to give thanks is to leave a review stating what you thought of the book for others to see. This can be done on Amazon.com or Goodreads.com.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Thursday, March 29, 2012

One-liners 86-90

I know it's been a while since my last collection of recent one-liners, but that's due to life's curve balls. Dealing with deaths in the family, car wrecks, insurance negotiations, doctors appointments, and teaching, editing, and writing can take their toll some times. However, here is the next set of one-liners. I hope you enjoy them. I will try to get back to writing and releasing them at my normal pace.

One-liners 86-90:

One-liner 86: "Who needs a lawyer to deal with loan officers when I've got my friend, the Colt 45?" Edward said, patting his side arm #write

One-liner 87: Charlotte stepped out onto the ledge, placing heels to toes, then again. "Char, what are you thinking?" shouted someone below.

One-liner 88: Pillows littered the luxurious tent. Jaleel's blood seeped through his shirt and onto a pillow. "What do I do now?" #write

One-liner 89: "Robots, humph. They have to be told. I'll take a secretary that'll pick up coffee and dry cleaning," said the banker. #write

One-liner 90: "Oh, God!" Maggie cringed as a truck hurtled forward in her mirror. It won't fit in my trunk, she thought, but it's gonna try.

Thanks for following and all the retweets and posts about my books. I hope all is well. If not, just remember that tomorrow is another day and the hazards of life cannot exist without the world's beauty. It will find it's way to you soon. Good luck and good reading!


Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thadd Presley Presents: Murder, A Gruesome Giveaway!

I am happy to announce, as the editor and a featured author, that TPP: Murder will be free this April Fools weekend. And this isn't a joke.

Having edited a couple novels from this new upstart of a publisher and trying to work through their backlog, there were a few growing pains with their first novel, TPP: Creature Feature, but it is still a great book with wonderful stories. With their latest release, I predict that TPP: Murder is going to truly impress readers and leave them wishing for more. As I combed through the pages, editing and formatting the book, I was very impressed with the level of writing that went into the stories. There were the variety of editing changes that had to be made, as there are with any novel or anthology, but each of these stories topped each other, getting better and better one after another. And I am proud that my story, "Prison Torment" previously featured by alaskanbookcafe.com, was selected to be included with them. I must admit, many of the stories were certainly twisted and some even had me squirming, but if you're into those gruesome murder tales, this book is for you.

The free promotion is only a few days away, so be sure to stop by Amazon.com and get your free copy.

And remember, the best way to say thank you to a publisher and its authors is to leave a review letting everyone know what you thought.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Invisible Dawn Free this Weekend!

As a welcome to Kindle Select, I've decided to give away free ebook copies of Invisible Dawn this weekend, March 24 and 25. I'd love to see tons of readers and fans get their copies for free. I hope it brings you many hours of enjoyment.

Find out what lies between our worlds and how far one godfather will go to save his goddaughter from black-ops government agents in this sci-fi/dark fantasy. John Breeden II, a journalist with Game Industry News, gave Invisible Dawn 5 stars and called it "A Thinking Man's Blade Runner."

Get your copy on Amazon.com this weekend.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances

Monday, March 19, 2012

Final Hours of $ .99 sale for Invisible Dawn

Invisible Dawn will soon be transferred to Kindle Select and the price will be going back up to $2.99. Hurry and get your copy at this sale price now.

In a world where rare individuals have evolved, the government kidnaps specific children to study and utilize their abilities. Madelin has been imprisoned in such a facility for thirteen years and suffers from medically induced amnesia. Facing a hopeless future, haunted dreams, and an invisible past, each morning is an Invisible Dawn and life holds no meaning, until she meets Jedd. Her newly discovered godfather becomes her beacon in tumultuous seas as they strive to find answers and allies.

On the run from PASTOR Agency's first trained shifter, an egotistical man with power hungry desires, Madelin and her godfather find their lives intertwined with a broke Cajun gambler, an ex-mercenary in search of redemption, and a rebellious Vampire.

Can they survive nature's mysteries and humanity's greed? Will they find salvation? Only a Darwinian victory will do, but even that may prove futile.

eBook available at Amazon.com.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of Invisible Dawn, A Life of Death, and Strange Circumstances