“Malevolence” – Night Dreams 5 ~ Cover Reveal and Release Date

Posted in ebook, Horror, Nightmares with tags , , on May 29, 2015 by Junior

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Night Dreams #5 Malevolence Cover Reveal and release date: June 1st at all eBook retailers and soon in print.

“Something evil lurks in those woods.”

Malevolence introduces new characters into the series, namely a ten-year-old boy named, Michael. His bike rides into the woods opens a door to a beautiful and fascinating worldat first. But it becomes a world he wishes he’d never unveiled. The only good thing about the woods is, Sarah – a girl he meets, around his age, who tries to help him understand the true meaning of the dark side of the woods. Michael begins to have strange visions and violent nightmares, leading his parents to seek help.

The line of help eventually leads to Father Lombardi, who in turn, reaches out to his good friend, Dr. Joseph Rickettes. Joseph finds himself dealing with his own recurring nightmare about Andrea, which seems to never end. After hearing Michael’s account of his dreams, things move fast and Joseph unknowingly opens another portal into the dark and evil world that took his wife’s life. A dark and violent world, he is not sure he is ready to face again.

Short Story Spotlight: Mind Games by A. Lopez Jr.

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2015 by Junior

Junior:

Da’ Kharta Rising was kind enough to have me on her blog and take a behind-the-scenes look into my short story “Mind Games” from my collection of the macabre, “Purgatory”.

Originally posted on Thoughts of a Slightly Anti-Social Socialite:

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A. Lopez, Jr.
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“Mind Games”, part of Purgatory
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Blurb

In the spirit of King, Laymon, Little, and Keene comes a collection of 13 tales of horror and the macabre. In the name of research, a world-famous horror author spends the night alone in one of the most haunted houses in the land, “Ritter House”, only to discover that reality is much more horrific than fiction. In “Road Trip”, a man must travel across state lines to identify his brother’s dead body and drive him home in the back of his station wagon to a mortuary run by a dead man. A man has 2 hours to try and prevent a catastrophe in the building that his wife works in. Only, he can’t recall how or why, his only clue is the recurring nightmare he had 2 hours earlier. The…

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FREE, for a limited time only: Continuous Drips, by The Collective

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13, 2015 by Junior

Originally posted on Y. Correa:

Hello RWPPs,

Have you read Continuous Drips by The Collective (Queen of Spades, Da’Kharta Rising and Synful Desire) yet?

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Different colors of ink collide in this short story anthology Continuous Drips:
Take a trip into darkness with Da’Kharta Rising with “Unrest”, “Omitted” and “The Kutters”.
Love, loss, and erotic heat hypnotically swirl in the mind of Synful Desire when reading “Derailed Endurance”, “Final Prep to Happiness” and “FAN-tasy Island”.
Episodes of human interaction displacement are given in doses when Queen of Spades presents “Misfortune”, “Afro Shock”, and “Útil.”
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What reviewers are saying …

Harmony Kent, Author:

“Each collection of three is different. The reader will find darker tales that make them think…

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Earth 8-8-2 (Y. Correa) Boundless Limits (Da’kharta Rising) Blog Hop and Book Release

Posted in amazon, Book Cover, Book Trailer, Paranormal with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2015 by Junior

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Dear Reader, Writers and Precious Patrons,

All Authors Publishing House would like to bring you a Double Book Release of earth shattering proportions.

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Are there any limits out there which are boundless? Two characters, two different stories of paranormal drama, put that to the ultimate test!

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“Earth 8-8-2: The Genesis Project”

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Blurb:

Could Science Serve as Salvation?
One-fourth Human.
One-fourth God.
One-fourth Superhuman.
One-fourth Vampire.
For Dr. Scott, the combined strengths of each life form represent the answer to the onslaught of malice and tyranny plaguing his Earth. When his creation—Genesis—begins developing, the lines between scientist and father become blurred. Soon the time approaches where Genesis is expected to fulfill her purpose. Does she go along willingly, or will her rapid evolution obliterate everyone’s best laid plans?

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“Boundless Limits: Transcendent Choice (Book One)”

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Blurb:

There’s Love and then there’s Love Beyond Limits.
Felipe and Therice had a love that knew of no boundaries. When Therice and “Mama” lose their lives in a tragic car accident, Felipe has a gaping hole that just refuses to heal and Therice has a determination to see him again that just refuses to die.
Heaven feels anything but, when Therice discovers that spirits are prohibited from visiting loved ones after they have died. Sensing that her angelic guide Amare possesses empathetic traits, Therice develops a plan of appeal in the hopes she will see Felipe near the anniversary of her death.

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State of Horror: Illinois Audio Book Edition with A. Lopez, Jr.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2015 by Junior

Junior:

The publisher of State of Horror Anthology Series has produced an audio version of SOH Illinois and today graciously featured me…

Originally posted on Charon Coin Press:

Audio book feature author A. Lopez, Jr. AUDIO BOOK: State of Horror: Illinois
RELEASE: February 2015
TODAY’S AUTHOR FEATURE: A. Lopez, Jr. 
STORY: Ritter House

State of Horror: Illinois has its share of ghost stories and our feature author today brings one of these home. “Ritter House“, written by author A. Lopez, Jr., tells the tale of one of these notorious haunted houses. Today, we visit with Lopez and get his thoughts on his story and a views on the translation into audio format. Charon Coin Press is proud to introduce you to author, A. Lopez, Jr.

Charon Coin Press:  What do you think about your story being translated into an audio format?
A. Lopez, Jr.: First off, to hear someone read a story you have written, takes a bit to get used to. I compare it to hearing your own voice played back after it’s been recorded. Hearing “Ritter House” in audio format…

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Does Social Media Play A Role In Publishing?

Posted in Creativity, Promoting, self-publish, Writing with tags , , , on March 15, 2015 by Junior

Recently, I wrote an article in my ASK AJ column in the All Authors Magazine. You can find out more about the magazine here: All Authors Magazine

Kevin from South Carolina asks:

‘Not too long ago, I decided to submit my manuscript to a publisher.  The potential publisher sent me an email asking how comfortable I was with social media.  I’m familiar with Facebook but I don’t have a Twitter account nor do I particularly want one.  After I answered, I got a response from the potential publisher, citing they are heavily dependent on Twitter for their marketing arsenal.  Should I be willing to compromise in the hopes that I get in or should I withdraw my manuscript for further consideration and try another avenue?’

A great question, especially for anyone new to social media.



Congratulations

First of all, as I often say, congratulations on finishing your work! That is something that cannot be stated enough. It is, and always will be, an accomplishment. Everything after that is where we learn and muddle through the pitfalls and mine fields of promoting and publishing. And let’s face it, there is plenty to be learned, and unfortunately, trial and error are part of that process. 

Submitting your work to a publisher, no matter how big or small, is a big step. You are putting your work out for others to read, critique, and say, yes or no. Being prepared for their words and response is hard to do. And when it’s your first work, it’s new territory and everything, good or bad, seems to fly at us from all directions. But the bottom line is you are ready to get it published, and you have received a positive response from the publisher. 

Benefits of Social Media

In the question for this issue, Kevin was asked by the publisher if he was comfortable with social media. Social media is mainstream on the personal side of life. Each person is different, and what may work for one or many, may not work for others. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest are just a few of the many ways to get the word out, so-to-speak. 

In the business world, social media is important as a marketing tool, and just about every publishing house has a Twitter account. They’ve done the research and made marketing plans based on the product they are selling…books. As the author, I feel it is a good idea to get familiar with twitter, the social media in question. Having an account and using as a business platform for your writing can help generate not only interest in your books, but more importantly, you!

The dilemma here is, should the author compromise and give into something he is unfamiliar and a bit uncomfortable with? – or something he might not want at all. Of course that decision, ultimately, will come down to what the author is willing to do. Jumping into something you aren’t familiar with – when all you hoped for was for a publisher to accept your work and publish it so you can get back to writing your next manuscript – can be a shock, or at the least, a strange turn of events. 

Choices

At the point the author is now, he is faced with making a decision – compromise and work with the publisher on their marketing schemes or withdraw and present the manuscript to other publishers in hopes that there are not any expectations of doing social media marketing in the agreement/contract. There is a third option, to indie-publish your book, but that’s a topic for another day and one I have blogged about in the past. 

From what I gather in the original question, the publisher is asking about the author using social media to market the potential work – potential, being the key word. I get the feeling that the publisher is indeed interested in the manuscript, and they are trying to gauge what the author is willing to do to promote the work. I almost get the sense that they are looking to see if the trio (the publisher, author, and manuscript) will make for a good working relationship. 

Patience

Being that this may be the very early stages of building a partnership between the author and publisher, and well before any negotiations take place, I would say to go along with any suggestions for now, as there is always time to pull away before you sign any agreement. 

I will also assume that you have an interest in the publisher or you may not have sent your manuscript there in the first place. At this stage, I would be patient and see where it leads, rather than withdrawing your work and possibly missing out on a potential opportunity. And in the meantime, you can always pitch your ‘script to other publishers or small presses. 

In this business of writing, it seems that just when you think you are done and ready to move forward, there is always a new, unexpected twist that keeps us from getting to  our next big novel. These twists are part of traditional and indie-publishing, with one of the differences being the freedom of choice you get going the indie route. Both roads have their own pros and cons, but on the traditional side, you have to play by their rules for the most part.

Moving Forward

In closing, instead of making the ‘social media’ subject a deal breaker, it could be worth trying to work out a compromise, or find some middle ground, to make both sides happy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and keep the lines of communication open. Remember, if they are interested in publishing your manuscript, then you may have a position to negotiate key points in the agreement. But we also have to remember, that a publisher has a business model set for running their business. As we enter their world, as authors, we may have to find our comfort zone within and make it an great experience for our premier novel.

So I say, give it a go, while keeping all of your options open. Once you get comfortable with Twitter, I think you will find it an asset to your writing and marketing plan. Good Luck!

~ALJ~

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A Bloody Valentine: A. Lopez, Jr.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2015 by Junior

Junior:

My quick interview by S.H. Roddey’s Haunted Head / Bloody Valentine Interviews

Originally posted on S.H. Roddey's Haunted Head:

Another State of Horror Victim! I’m feeling lucky today! Meet A. Lopez, Jr, please.

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH A. LOPEZ, JR.

It’s Valentine’s Day. What’s your take on the “Most Romantic Day of the Year?”

I’m all for celebrating romance, and Valentine’s Day puts the focus and some might say, the pressure on, to show your affection to your loved one. Either way, I feel it is a great way to consolidate and show your appreciation for the one you love. As writers, we tend to get into our own worlds and disappear, with our loved one, no matter how much they may support us, feeling shoved aside at times. My take is that I don’t necessarily need Valentine’s Day to show appreciation and thanks for being there, I do like how the date allows us to refocus and reset our priorities to not only your wife or girlfriend, but to…

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