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If you only ever do one thing for writers, do this. It can help.

I’ve been a professional writer for many years now. I have seen sales go up and down, some sales being from fully read books being returned, but this has become a big problem in the indie writing community. Finally, something is getting done, a petition that can be signed to address the policy asking for its change has been started.

As writers, we understand that our work may not be liked, it’s part of the business. We also understand if an ebook is read some then the reader wants to return, but this is for readers fully reading a work, asking for their money back. The policy needs to be changed so 100% read books cannot be returned.

This is already a policy for other companies, games, movies, etc., but not for digital books. Books are plagiarized and even stolen so often that many writers have given up writing entirely, leaving series unfinished, books never released, and leaving fans confused about where their favorite authors have gone.

I AM NOT saying that every book read to 100% and then is returned is stolen by the reader, but it is suspicious activity, especially on books that are new releases. I stopped doing raffles and giveaways of my work after seeing my work stolen after releases. I love what I do, write, and from the comments on the petition, I can see other writers love writing as well.

Authors pay out of pocket for a lot of services. From formatting to covers, marketing and ads, and so much just to get a book released and the word spread often dealing with long periods without ever seeing any actual take home after paying for everything that has cost them just to release the work. This is also a problem for small/indie publishers who back a book.

This is similar to something Audible, owned by Amazon, did by allowing listened to works be returned at the writer’s cost. It’s hard-earned money stolen from our pockets.

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I DID NOT start this petition, but it already has my support!

Rest in Peace, Anne

Sunday morning, while finally logging onto my PC after a few days away from my office, I saw Christopher Rice’s post on Twitter and then Facebook became flooded by fellow writers talking about the passing of Anne Rice. I was devastated and thought about her, her work, and how much credit I’ve given to her and her work. It’s true, the credit I’ve given her.

The first book I ever read from her was Interview with the Vampire in my youth. I even took special care of that edition and still own it. I had read nothing like it before and it was a masterpiece to me. The way she laced her words together in a beautiful symphonic story blending modern time with historical reliving. I read it over and over until I could get the second book, The Vampire Lestat, and eventually Queen of the Damned. Over the years, my collection grew, and I favored certain ones over others, but that first book always held a special meaning to me as it was while reading it. I thought to myself maybe I could write too.

I never wanted to copy her work, but she inspired me to develop my style. It sparked the creative fire in me I didn’t know was there. She gave me a voice I felt I didn’t have at a time in my life. I knew I didn’t have. She gave me the ability to cope in a world I couldn’t control. Some have told me I always gave a perfect stranger too much credit without giving myself any, since it was me that started writing and developing characters, like Dante Angeloft from my series.

Perhaps they are right, but if I had never read that book, I don’t know if another writer’s work would’ve inspired me. As the internet came and eventually Youtube I found her interviews and her writing advice that further inspired me and guided me along the way. For example, I especially love her advice on writing what you love and an audience will come. It is true.

My heart goes out to her family. She touched so many lives, mine included.

Dark Poetry Submissions Open – Exit Device

I am not organizing this collection of poetry, just helping spread the word of this project for another. Some of you may be familiar with my work with Oliver Sheppard. Exit Device is his mastermind project.


Cover(c)Oliver Sheppard

Project Details:

  • Deadline: September 10th
  • Submit to:exitdevicezine@gmail.com

Words From Oliver:

I hope to get Issue No. 1 out by Halloween. The deadline to submit is September 10th. EXIT DEVICE will be an old school, photocopied, saddle-stapled, black and white DIY zine. It will have no web or social media presence save for the email address above. Right now I cannot afford to pay contributors anything save for contributor’s copies. Looking for dark, weird, bizarre, etc poetry. Avant-garde and experimental stuff is welcome, as is traditional verse. EXIT DEVICE will probably come out once per year.

The name “Exit Device” is from jargon used in the euthanasia/assisted suicide community; the term refers to any mechanism or apparatus that ends its user’s life. The cover image of issue 1 is “Daguerreotype of Nothing” from 1850, an image held by the Getty Museum. I’ve gotten permission from the Getty Museum to use the image for the cover of the zine.

So far, about 20 poems have been accepted. I’ll probably include no more than 50. If you submit and I’ve hit that limit, it may be considered for Issue No. 2.

THIS IS CLOSED NOW

STALKING GIDEON CAIN Release Event!

CONTESTS with PRIZES & lots more wacky fun — and maybe some sexy stuff, too. Yeah, definitely some sexy stuff.
Come join multiple award-winning author Kerry Alan Denney and Janet Fix, publisher at thewordverve, inc. Sunday May 23 right here online on Facebook to celebrate the 5/21/21 release of the new psychological thriller STALKING GIDEON CAIN.
We could have multiple PRIZE WINNERS today, so be sure to join us for the madness.


Online Event
Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2 PM CDT – 4:30 PM CDT
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr 30 min
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook

Kerry Alan Denney Interview & New Release Information

Bachman: Your latest book is different than what readers know you for writing. How come the change?

Denney: I was chomping at the bit to challenge myself to write a straight-up psychological thriller. It’s one of my favorite genres to read, in addition to the horror, scifi, and fantasy genres I read and have written in previous novels. I wanted to push the boundaries of my imagination yet stay confined to the rules of “the real world.”

There could be no magical salvation or redemption, no deus ex machina, no rescuing my protagonists through the use of paranormal or supernatural aspects, characters, or events this time… although I couldn’t resist adding a manifestation of what was a genuine ghost or a figment of a delusional man’s imagination. No spoilers; you’ll have to read the novel to find out which it is.

Because of that aspect, I believe Stalking Gideon Cain works well in both the thriller and speculative fiction categories.

Bachman: What inspired you to write this book?

Denney: I’m glad you asked that, because there’s a unique story behind it. A good friend of mine came up to me a few years ago smiling and said she’d had a dream about me that she wanted to share. Who could say no to hearing about that?

In her dream, the characters from my novels came to life and hunted me down, intent on doing me harm. That was my “eureka!” moment, and that’s when the concept was born. It gave me the perfect idea for a psychological thriller: an emotionally distraught author who believes his characters have become real and are trying to kill him. I could go so many fun and creepy directions with that. The story sprang to life in my head instantly, and I started writing Stalking Gideon Cain the next day.

Bachman: Is there anything you can share with us, a little sneak peek perhaps?

Denney: Gladly! A free sneak preview of the first three chapters is available on my author website here.

You can also read the first few chapters using the “Look Inside!” feature of the Stalking Gideon Cain Amazon page here. Just click on “Look Inside!” above the cover graphic. My publisher and I are confident you’ll quickly become hooked and have to keep reading.

Bachman: Who is Gideon Cain?

Denney: Gideon Cain is the pseudonym for my main protagonist, Brendan Callahan-McCallum, a bestselling author who writes psychological thrillers about femme fatales with deadly vendettas. Each of those killer women suffer from an unforgivable betrayal, and spend all of their energy and efforts in a reckless pursuit of vigilante justice. With blockbuster movies made of each thriller, the sexy villainesses from his novels become wildly popular with legions of hardcore fans, and vault Brendan into unexpected success, fame, and riches. And Brendan doesn’t know how to handle that because he’s living a lie—and hiding a shameful secret from the world and everyone he knows and loves.

Nine years after the tragic death of his pregnant wife, Brendan still hasn’t fully recovered from his loss. With too much money and not enough maturity at forty, he pretends to live a carefree playboy lifestyle in an effort to prove to the world that he’s unbreakable. But that effort is futile. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and confounded by the mystery surrounding his wife’s unexplained disappearance and subsequent death, Brendan starts losing touch with reality. Is he really being visited by the spirit of his dead wife, or is he experiencing delusional psychotic episodes?

Then the villainesses from his thrillers seem to come to life and begin accosting him. Real or fantasy, they’re trying to kill him. When a forgotten nemesis from his past begins stalking him with a weapon so deadly it can kill with the touch of a button, Brendan realizes he must solve the mystery before he ends up dead.

During his desperate race to discover the truth about his past, Brendan meets three indomitable women—including two badass sisters with an underground network that fights for the underdogs of the world—who team up with him to help find those answers before his enemy kills him. Then he meets an enigmatic woman from his past who reveals a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his life.

Come join him on his adventure and discover the dark secrets for yourself.

Bachman: What can you share about the character development of Gideon/Brendan and the other characters?

Denney: Once the story idea jumped from a spark to a brightly burning flame, the characters came to life in my mind all by themselves. I didn’t spend much forethought on creating them; rather, they were suddenly just “there” and ready to play their parts in the story.

This is the case with most of my novels and stories. The characters become so real to me that it’s as if they are entirely separate entities outside of my creative imagination. Instead of me directing them, they “tell” me how they speak and how they think, act, and react. I’m not their puppet master; I’m their biographer, sharing their stories with the world through the medium of words. In a fantastical way, and in the convoluted corridors of my mind, they are as alive as you and I.

Or maybe I’m the one who’s suffering from delusional psychotic episodes.

Bachman: With this book being a psychological thriller, did you have to do any research to delve into this genre?

Denney: Yes, but not any more than I usually do. Primarily, I wanted my science and police procedurals to be credible, accurate, and realistic. I also focused on learning about certain drugs and their effects and potential side effects because one of Brendan’s supposedly fictional femme fatales slips him a nasty concoction of various drugs. I needed to make his reaction to them as well as his recovery, believable.

To my “typical male” chagrin, I had to interview a friend—a mother of two children—to learn some specific and more personal details about the tribulations and joys of pregnancy, along with the child’s development and the mother’s physical changes through each trimester.

The toughest details to juggle were in the extended timeline. All the concurrent and subsequent cause-and-effect events over a nine-year period had to dovetail as neatly and seamlessly as possible, and that was a challenging feat. Nailing it required the use of a timeline chart, which I haven’t used before in the creation of my former works. But all of my previous novels take place over a much shorter span of time than Stalking Gideon Cain does.

Other than those crucial factual details, the book practically wrote itself. I was just the conduit to my muse, obeying the voices.

Bachman: Do you plan on continuing to write in this genre or do you think your next one will be strictly horror?

Denney: That’s somewhat of a three-pronged question, because I have two stand-alone novels nearly completed that are strictly horror (one is my tribute to classic Creature Features). On the other hand—sharing a tantalizing secret here—I’m also currently writing a spinoff sequel to Stalking Gideon Cain that features some of the same characters and stars as the two badass sisters Callie and Shirley Wayne and their underground network. This will be the first sequel I’ve written, although it and Gideon each function as stand-alone novels. No cliffhangers from this author.

Basically, I will probably do as I’ve always done and write whatever fires my imagination and launches me into the “creative zone”: that coveted place where time and the world disappear and the words take on a life of their own.

Bachman: With Covid affecting all of us, keeping us from doing the norm for reaching readers like conventions, what have you had to do to adapt?

Denney: I am an experienced and unrepentant professional recluse with legit credentials. Kids, don’t try this at home, lol. Severe and possibly fatal injury may occur.

For real: Since I’ve been writing full time from home for about a decade now, I’ve become adept at being a homebody. Plus, I’m a damn good cook, and enjoy eating the delicious meals I prepare. I did all of my “going out” wild oats-sowing back when I was a performing guitarist for twenty-seven years, so I got most of that “reckless youth” behavior shit out of my system.

Most of my marketing is done via social networking. However, there are a few annual conventions and festivals that I’ve always enjoyed taking part in—whether as a guest speaker, vendor, or attendee—that Covid has either co-opted, postponed, or transformed into an online event. Several are public events arranged and sponsored by The Atlanta Writers Club, of which I’m a long-time proud member. I sorely miss their annual summer picnic, and networking and brainstorming with friends and colleagues at their monthly meetings (also now all online).

The biggest—and my favorite because it’s an outdoor festival and I can bring my dog with me—is the world-famous annual Decatur Book Festival each Fall in Decatur, Georgia. The downtown area is closed down and vendor booths of all kinds and genres are strewn up and down several streets. It’s always been such a thrill to walk around at a festival in which I’m literally surrounded by books, books, and more books. I missed being able to go last year—it was partly done online, pfft, a piss-poor substitute—and I’ll miss not being able to attend in person again this year. Damn that confounded virus!

I guess I’ll have to settle for taking my dog to the dog park—which this virus has thankfully not closed down—and handing out my business cards there. Yes, I have really done that at the dog park before, and with positive results. Gypsy Dancer, my Labrador retriever, thinks it’s the best kind of marketing there is.

If you haven’t checked out my works already, I hope you will. I’m confident you’ll find something you like.

Thank you, Lynn, for this fun interview, and happy reading to everyone.

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Stalking Gideon Cain links:

Amazon : Goodreads : Bookbub: Books2read : The Word Verve : Sneak Peak

Restoration of Faith

On Facebook, I posted about a restoration of my faith.

When I was a teenager I found my spiritual calling. I practiced, I was harmonious, and was eager to learn all that my path led me. Somewhere over the years, I lost my path unaware the fallen leaves were simply covering it. Time to time the toe of my boot would kick a leaf up and joy would come back in this area of my life, my curiosity and eagerness to learn would appear. Years of happily dancing about my life turned into an empty feeling where my faith once filled.

With all this year has done to myself and my family I struggled to find something to cling to help guide me along my way. I have told family and close friends I have felt lost for a long time. In the past few weeks, a new feeling came over me. It was as if the blindfold fell and everything made sense again. My faith had always been there I just simply had been blind to it for far too long. I am home again. It’s a calm that medication has never given me.

I don’t talk about my faith in depth publicly and prefer my privacy about it, but felt it important to post my experience. I have been a subscriber for a very long time that things reveal themselves when it’s time to know of them. It always blew my mind when something would not just appear but knock me right over the head like an elder with a cane to wake me up. Sometimes it seems rough, but holding on, having hope, and eventually, something will give and relief will come.Sometimes all it takes is remembering your roots, whatever you feel they are, and ‘going home’ in a metaphorical sense.

I wanted to share this all here as some of you don’t click through to my Facebook or you’re unable to see certain posts as this was posted on my wall and not my writing page which most will only be routed toward for work/business reasons with my profile usually kept for networking, friends, family and business of a behind the scenes nature. I wouldn’t normally post this here like this, but I wanted to share what I had done.

A Charitable Book Offer: Echoes by J. Lavelle

All proceeds from this book sale will go to the charity group Feed the Movement, a Charlotte, NC based “small group of individuals based in Charlotte who provide hot meals, snacks, and drinks to all our people fighting for justice.” You can find them on Facebook at Feed the Movement CLT if you want to learn more about them.

Echoes drift not just backwards, but forwards as well.

Following the funeral of her husband, Yvonne takes a walk as she reflects on her life, her decisions, her joys and sorrows, and her legacy. Like echoes across the water, each step causes a ripple, moving forward and back but always changing, and diminishing.

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