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Help Build Something

Indie publishing has opened up more opportunities than I can even keep track of, but the really intriguing possibilities involve those concepts that you rarely (or never) find in traditional publishing—shared universes, cross-overs and collaborative marketing.

I’m working on a new project that’s hip deep into all of that. I’ve signed on to write a novel set in the Apocalypse Weird series by Wonderment Media, due out later this year. Apocalypse Weird is a big, sprawling multiverse saga involving every apocalyptic scenario you can imagine. Some great writers are producing hugely entertaining works in this series.

The Apocalypse is off to a great start. They’ve published nine books since the February launch and plan two more per month for the next several years. And now, Wonderment is  conducting a crowd-funding push through Indie GoGo to take it all to the next level. There are some excellent perks offered at ten different contribution levels.  If you’ve been looking for a fresh way to support the new wave of publishing, this is your chance to help build something that will spur the creation of great books for years to come. Follow the link and check it out. If you want a taste for free, The Red King by Nick Cole is the volume that kicks it all off. And check out my novel Follow the Chupacabra for confirmation of why I might be suitable for spinning yarns of end-times weirdness.

Need more? Here’s the very cool book trailer by AW author Eric Tozzi for his entry in the series, Phoenix Lights:

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Chupacabra for Cheap

Follow the Chupacabra
Follow the Chupacabra

If you’ve been thinking about buying a copy of my contemporary fantasy novel Follow The Chupacabra, now is the time! I’ve put the e-book on sale for 99 cents through the end of the year. It’s on sale across all platforms—Amazon, B&N and Smashwords, although the price drop may be slow to arrive at Apple, Kobo and Sony. Even better, that means that if you purchase the print edition through Amazon, you get the e-book for free.

Feel like following the chupacabra on a mind-bending journey? Here’s the teaser:

When do you allow yourself to believe the unbelievable? What will it take for a man to accept that mythological creatures are, in fact, part of the real world?

Ray Lenstrom faces that dilemma when a dark visitor, the chupacabra of legend, comes calling. The beast and its mate are unlike anything he has encountered before, and the implications of their arrival will cause him to question everything he has ever believed.

Ray has only one place to turn—a mysterious woman cut off from the rest of humanity who may hold the answers. She may also be the key to rebuilding his shattered life.

As Ray embraces the adventure of a lifetime, he’ll discover that reality is larger than he ever dreamed, and forgotten planes of existence lurk at the end of every path. Hidden elemental powers command the shadowlands of Earth, and bizarre creatures of legend travel endless pathways in a multiverse of alternate worlds more terrifying—and more beautiful—than any he has ever known.

Follow the Chupacabra is a 57,000-word contemporary fantasy novel where the vivid legends of the American Southwest come to unforgettable life.

August New Release!

Follow the Chupacabra
Follow the Chupacabra

O happy day. Typing “new release” never gets old for a writer. This time I write it with special satisfaction. My new novel is Follow the Chupacabra, and I think (hope) that the legions of readers of fantasy fiction out there will find this to be a unique addition to the genre. It’s a wild ride, I promise.

Some background: I wanted to write a contemporary fantasy story, but was determined to create something fresh. I challenged myself to dive into the fantasy genre without relying on vampires, elves, werewolves, fairies or zombie fairy elves. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just didn’t know what I could add that hasn’t already been done. (Memo to self: investigate zombie fairy elf idea further).

I enjoy fantasy stories that incorporate mythical creatures and wanted to include that aspect of fantasy into the book. I just didn’t want to populate the story with the usual creatures of legend. So I’ve recruited the shadowy myths of my home base, the American Southwest. We’ve got a well-stocked pantry of rich folklore in these sunny climes, from the terrifying to the ridiculous—chupacabras, jackalopes, malevolent twisters, giant insects that sting so hard you’ll feel it in your next three lives… you get the picture.

I also love the concept of alternate worlds, those hidden places discovered down pathways that cut through the fabric of reality. Combine these elements, and you’ve got Follow the Chupacabra.

Here’s the pitch:

If you follow the chupacabra, where will it lead you?

Ray Lenstrom is a broken man. His family, the life he knew, and his will to live were all swept away in a series of catastrophic storms. After the swarm of devastating twisters finally receded, no element of his life remained untouched.

He is a man adrift—until the night of the dark visitor, the chupacabra of legend.

When do you allow yourself to believe the unbelievable? When do mythological creature become part of the real world? Ray has to figure out if the chupacabra that has tracked him down and attempted to enlist him in an impossible undertaking is spinning wild lies or simply revealing frightening truths.

Ray has only one place to turn—a mysterious woman cut off from the rest of humanity who may hold the answers. She may also be the key to rebuilding his shattered life.

As Ray embraces the adventure of a lifetime, he’ll discover that the world is larger than he ever dreamed, and forgotten planes of existence lurk at the end of every path. Hidden elemental powers command the shadowlands of Earth, and bizarre creatures of legend travel endless pathways in a multiverse of alternate worlds more terrifying—and more beautiful—than any he has ever known.

Follow the Chupacabra is a contemporary fantasy novel where the vivid legends of the American Southwest come to unforgettable life.

(E-book on Amazon to start—other formats to follow quickly).