Monday, January 26, 2015

There Will Be No Interesting Posts From Other Websites This Week, But I Have a Good Reason for Not Posting

And that reason is I spent most of last week and the weekend working on three other projects.

Of course, most of my time was spent with my current WIPs. I've been struggling through the final revision of Rotter Apocalypse before sending the manuscript off to my editor. That has required some extensive editing of the military scenes to make sure they pass the guffaw factor with readers. I've also been working on that special project I mentioned earlier. For now, this will remain covert, but I'm really excited about it; it's been a long time since I've been this motivated. Plus I have the sequel to Hell Gate that is still calling to me.

The other project is a revamping of this blog site. Nothing extensive: a few cosmetic changes, updating links and deleting those are dead or no longer relevant, and adding pages that include excerpts of my novels and novella so new visitors to the site can get a better feel for my work before (hopefully) buying my books. I should have the blog updated in the next day or so, so please come back and check it out.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kindle, Print Versions of Yeitso Are Reduced in Price

Blood Bound Books has reduced the price for Yeitso on Amazon to $10.46 for the trade paperback version and $2.99 for the Kindle version. If you haven't already picked up your copy, now is the perfect time to do so and add Yeitso to your summer reading list.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pictures From Our Trip to Germany and Austria: Munich

Munich was the last stop on our trip. Since Alison and I were both sick while in Munich last year and never left the hotel, this year we went back to see the sites and did a walking tour of the city's World War II-related history. We were surprised at how many buildings associated with the Nazis were still left standing after the war.

This is the Rathaus (Town Hall) in Marienplatz in downtown Munich. Not only is the Rathaus home to the Glockenspiel, the animated clock display that relates the city's history (visible in the center of the tower), but this also where German city officials surrendered to an American reconnaissance unit comprised of a few Jeeps and soldiers on 30 April 1945.

The building on the far right used to be the location of the Sterneckerbrau Beer Hall. On 12 September 1919, Adolf Hitler was sent to this beer hall by the German army to spy on a right-wing extremist group known as the German Workers' Party (Deutsche Arbeiter Partei, or DAP). He was fascinated by the racist and political philosophies this group espoused, and soon quit the military to become one of its leading members and primary public speaker, beginning a career in politics that eventually would see him become German Chancellor in January 1933.

The Hofbrauhaus is one of the oldest beer halls in Munich, tracing its origins back to 1589. It was also one of the locations used by the DAP to hold functions. On 24 February 1920, in front of two thousand supporters Hitler proclaimed the 25-Point Program, the political, economic, and racist policies that the party would follow until 1945. At this time, the DAP was renamed the National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei (NSDAP), otherwise known as the Nazis.

 The meeting room inside the Hofbrauhaus where Hitler proclaimed the 25-Point Program.

Odeonsplatz, where Hitler's infamous Beer Hall Putsch of 8-9 November 1923 ended when a hundred soldiers blocking the square fired on Hitler and his followers attempting to march to the Bavarian Ministry of Defense. Four soldiers and sixteen Nazis were killed in the gunfire.

The arched building to the right is the Feldhernhalle (Hall of Heroes), the loggia dating back to 1844 to honor Bavarian military leaders. After the Nazis came to power in January 1933, a plaque to the sixteen fallen "blood martyrs" who died during the putsch was erected on the south side (the left side of the loggia in the photo). Police or SS officers stood guard by the plaque, and anyone who passed by was required to give the Nazi salute. 

The Fuhrerbau, the representative building for Adolf Hitler, on 12 Arcis Strasse at Konisplatz. This is where Hitler and Britsih Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Agreement in September 1938 that dismembered Czechoslovakia (they did so in the room above the first balcony). Today the Fuhrerbau is the State High School for Music.

The wall in the foreground is the foundation of one of two Ehrentempeln (Honor Temples) erected on this and the opposite street corner. The Ehrentempeln were built to honor the "blood martyrs" of the Beer Hall Putsch. Each temple held eight cast iron sarcophagi bearing their remains. In 1945, following the occupation, the remains were removed and either cremated or buried in unmarked graves; the temples were razed in 1947.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Interesting Posts From Other Websites

If you loved Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, then you have to check out the book trailer for the sequel: The Last American Vampire. Even if you are not a fan of the books, it's still a good example of how to make a kick-ass book trailer.

Since I am self-publishing the last two books in the Rotter World series, I've done a lot of research to make this venture a success. 5 Self-Publishing Truths Few Authors Talk About is one of the most concise (and depressingly sobering) pieces of advice I've read.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tentative Convention Schedule for 2015

I'm looking to attend several conventions this year, but as of today I have three definitely planned.

-- 6-8 March, the Tioga Winter Art Fair in Gainesville, Florida. I won't be there for all three days, though; the Writer's Alliance of Gainesville will have a table at the event, and myself and several other Gainesville writers will be manning the booth at various times throughout the weekend. I'll post a schedule once it becomes available.

-- 15-17 May, Spooky Mayhem at the Doubletree Universal in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunately I'll be attending solo since my lovely wife/fellow writer Alison Beightol has a previous engagement.

-- 27-28 June, the Walker Stalker Convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Rotting Zombie's Review of Rotter World

This past Monday, The Rotting Zombie published a review of Rotter World. It was very candid and detailed, with the reviewer pointing out what he liked about the novel and where he thought it was flawed. He found the action side "exciting and easy to picture what is happening in your mind with plenty of gore and violence" and gave the book a ranking of 7 out of 10. You can read the entire review here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nazi Ghouls From Space Is Now $.99 for Kindle

My novella, Nazi Ghouls From Space, is now selling for $.99 for the Kindle version. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, now is the perfect opportunity to do so.