In Too Deep was just released at the beginning of this week. It is the second half of “In Deep Water.” These two stories start with two women just trying to cool off on a hot summer day in Texas. They have no idea how hot things are going to get for them.
Blurb for In Too Deep
On the banks of the Trinity River, Sadie Pepperman is looking for a chance to escape the demands of her in-laws. With her husband’s dead, they want her to marry her brother-in-law so they can take control of her farm.
Suddenly, the peace of the day is shattered when her best friend steps too far into the river. Rushing to save her, Sadie meets a handsome stranger that ignites her dormant lust. She sees her friend rescued by a steamship and backs away from Logan Jansen, only to turn her ankle.
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After seven months, hundreds of hours and even more revisions, I’ve released Deep in the Bin of Bob. There was a moment when I felt a surge of achievement; but the feeling immediately morphed into a pool of clear water which dribbled out of my brain, down my face, chest and feet, where it formed a puddle on the floor by my feet.
Now I’m not sure what to do with myself. I spent hours working on Deep in the Bin Bob. For a short time, I had a purpose. I was king of a small thing, a conqueror of the imagination of my own brain, a landlord of my own time and space.
Now I’m back: once again the wingman to myself.
I’ve sent my new book to a literary agent. So now, I wait. This process again. This moment of grey hope that looms over everything like…
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Everyone’s heard of Athena, right? Even many people who don’t obsess over the details of mythology like yours truly have heard of the virgin goddess of wisdom. She was very popular with the Greeks and remains popular today, but there are still several lesser known legends about her that don’t get mentioned very often.
She had a twin brother
Zeus once had an affair with Metis, daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. Metis was noted for her brains as well as her great beauty (Metis translates to “cunning intelligence”), but when she became pregnant with twins, Zeus received a prophecy that her son would overthrow him. Since a similar prophecy had been made about Zeus and his father (and it came true), the king of the gods took this sort of thing seriously. He swallowed Metis before she could give birth, but Hephaestus split Zeus’s head with an ax…
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Generally, your monster should be something that isn’t already terrifying. If you are scared or disgusted by your monster before you even start, you will never be able to create a proper monster of it, and your 3rd grade teacher would remind you that a healthy challenge is important in life.
2. Teach your monster something that should in theory be useful to you.
This could be anything. You could teach it talk or give you affection when it’s close to you, or even teach it to ring a bell when it needs to go outside to pee. You know, normal everyday useful things.
3. Allow time for your monster to become confident.
This could take as much as a few hours to a few weeks, but it’s important to give your monster enough time to not only gain confidence, but also a sense…
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Two weeks ago, I wrote some ideas on how to brainstorm story ideas. There are so many plots that have already been done that it sometimes is hard to come up with something new and unique. While yes, your story may be original with its characters, but many times the story itself has been told before.
Some people say that there are no new stories. That everything that comes out is just a rehashed version of other stories, and if you look at the movie industry with all of its “remakes” of older movies it would be easy to conclude this is true.
In many stories, the originality doesn’t come for the actual story but from the tone of the story or the characters involved. If you can create unique characters, an “old” storyline can be brought to new life.
I read an interesting blog by author Melissa…
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“A treat for Buffy fans–but 100% Ace Antonio Hall‘s own twisted vision. Breathes new life into the living dead; run, don’t shamble to get a copy.” —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues
A spring break trip on a cruise presents a new problem for Sylva. Passengers on the ship turn into flesh-eating zombies, unlike the harmless ones she’s used to raising from the dead. She and her friends are trapped on the Pacific Ocean, and their only escape comes from a guy Sylva had a crush on she thought was dead, named Brandon. Sylva doesn’t normally hold grudges, but when someone plays with her heart they have to pay. However, with the fate of the human race on the line, Brandon convinces Sylva to join him in a secret mission, yet she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something. It didn’t take long for her suspicions to hold true when it’s revealed that Brandon has been romantically involved with the very enemy he now wants her to destroy. This villainous female would rather kill Brandon than let Sylva have a chance to patch things up between them. Sylva is not the kind of girl to walk away from love without a fight, but with a strange virus threatening extinction of human life, she shoves her own feelings in her back pocket to face her greatest nightmare, and that nightmare starts with something that is eerily growing right inside of her own mind and body.
Excerpt from Sylva Slasher:
**The deadheads slithered, scraped, and shuffled closer and closer. There must have been more than twenty of them ready to tear me apart like hungry wolves. The stench of old rot surrounded me like poison vapors. A chorus of low moans, high whines, and wispy breaths oozed hymnals of my persecution into my ears.
Judgment day. I laid at the altar of the dead waiting to be sacrificed to whoever won ownership of my soul, fear or fearlessness.
I’m not afraid.
Their mangled, distorted faces came into view. How could eyes be so distant, yet so full of hunger? It seemed like they were looking past me—through me into another dimension. Or maybe they could already see which organs they wanted to devour. Their moans found a common craving for death, but their minds were lost somewhere in those useless bodies that kept creeping closer and closer to me, bending and turning in awkward movements. From the ground looking up, they lurched over me like oversized lumps of tumorous blobs, drooling with their mouths agape on their sagging grotesque faces.
I lied. I am afraid.
Pure terror crawled into my ears, listening to their sliding and scraping—more and more deadheads appeared, crowding around me, stretching their necks, and spilling those long vacant looks all over me. They filled my blurry vision with various shapes of disheveled hair and blended shades of disfigured bodies.
The horror of my eyes being torn from my face and viscera clenched between their teeth as they gnawed on my bones and licked the fluids from the insides of my body from their lips became too much to bare.
Something ticked on the ground like an animal approached, its claws pecking as it crept cautiously.
Kla-tick. Kla-tick. Kla-tick. Kla-tick.
It came toward me from a distance. Each step grew louder, bigger. I inhaled, realizing that for some time, I had been holding my breath, frozen with fear. Could it be? No, not now—not now. With my head too stiff to turn and my back broken, I locked my tearful blurry vision on a hazy full moon that seemed to shine a spotlight of death upon me. I spat out a tiny whisper. It’s time to die, again.**
Ace is also hosting two Rafflecopter giveaways for Sylva Slasher; one for a Kindle/mobi copy of the book (international entries accepted), the other for a Kindle Fire HD 7″ (purchase required).
As for the man himself, Ace was first published in 1998 in an Adelphi University publication called Luna, with a short story titled “1936.” After earning his BFA degree from Long Island University, he taught middle-school English for over ten years. He now lives in southern California, and was the Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (2009-2011), and still holds an executive position in the organization which gives him a huge platform to market, sell, and promote his work through the many conferences, meetings and book fairs that GLAWS holds each month. He is also a member of LASFS and the International Thriller Writers.
His first novel, a coming-of-age YA zombie story, The Confessions of Sylva Slasher, was released April 2013 by Montag Press. It is part of a series with the next book Skateboard Xombies, expected for release early next year. About the writing life, he says: “I harmlessly dream in technicolor nightmares, watch a ton of horror flicks, eat more donuts than I should, and refuse to stop reading Spider-Man. All of those combined give me a sweet tooth to write about the suite life of zombies.” Ace’s true labor of love is writing fast-paced fiction with character-driven plots featuring female protagonists. He continues to write short stories and build on the world of teen necromancer Sylva Slasher as she reigns as Princess of the Undead.
Ace has his own perspective on the writing life, which he’s happy to share: “First things first-stating the obvious … Not only must a writer be an avid reader, but one who reads a ton in their areas of writing. Some say, read different types of genres to be exposed to different styles. I say do that, but if you haven’t published a book in a particular genre yet, read everything you can in the genre you want to be published in, including a mixture of the classics, and what’s popular today. Why? It allows you to get a true sense of what’s current, what’s paying homage, what’s overdone and now considered a spoof, what agents consider marketable, and what’s good, and most importantly, what’s bad. Anyone who says, they don’t like to read novels in their genre because they want their ideas to be fresh, is either self-published, not selling, or irrelevant.
Exposure + Experience = Appreciation.
Even after I became traditionally published, the tools I learned are everyday essentials. Even Michael Jordan had a coach. The greatest scientists in the world keep up with science journals and conferences. Why? The world is ever-evolving, always-changing, and so are you! Lastly, I set goals and verbally self-affirm them often. When I do my writing workshops, I have all of my attendees say the following out loud, sign, and promise to keep their copy somewhere they can be reminded daily of their own writing promissory.”
by Ace Antonio Hall
I am an author. I may have many talents, many creative gifts, but first and foremost, I am a writer. Every experience I encounter will tap into the imaginings of my story. Every place I go has the potential to be the catalyst in building a world for my fictional settings. I will eat, sleep and speak author-ese. I commit to develop my craft by any means necessary—that may mean workshops, studying my reading with a highlighter ready to take notes, reading blogs, going to more writing events, and even investing in writing classes.
Writing is a lifetime learning experience.
Investing in my writing means pouring my passion into my growth, love and inner-harmony which will in return, enhance my fulfillment.
No more excuses.
I am focused. I am dedicated. I am writing.
I am an author.
Congratulations, you’ve just made an unbreakable promise to yourself. Writing is a lifestyle. It is time to Live It!
–Ace Antonio Hall
You can find out more about Ace, including his music and screen acting credits, and his involvement with the Hollywood Actors Academy as part-owner, Acting Coach and Creative Director, at the IMDb Biography web site.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
I’ve been sampling a lot of The New 52 lately, and my taste tour has finally gotten to the Batgirl cuisine, as prepared by Gail Simone (Story) and Fernando Pasarín and Daniel Sampere (Illustrations). While I was a longtime reader of the Birds of Prey comic, I can’t say I have ever been a Batgirl aficionado, and so as I began this comic collection, I had no preconceived notions of what Batgirl had to be like in this New 52 manifestation. However, after finishing Wanted, I must say that now all future Batgirl comics will be judged against this Simone/Pasarín/Sampere version, because this is “THE” perfect Batgirl in my opinion.
The collection itself contains issues #19-25 of Batgirl along with Ventriloquist #1. Here our caped heroine is struggling emotionally with the death of her brother, James, Jr., and her future career…
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