Guest Author Raz T Slasher with Campyre Tales

Hi all,

So, we all survived Friday 13th and to celebrate, let’s scare ourselves silly with fab horror author Raz T Slasher 😉 He’s here to chat about his new short story collection Campyre Tales.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

001Raz T. Slasher is an upcoming independent horror actor and writer. When he’s not killing people he co-hosts the Twisted Geekdom Podcast with his best friends. Raz enjoys spending time with his family and friends, worshiping The Great Cthulhu, hanging out with his cat Stoker, and talking about himself in the third person. His favorite quote about his writing is “It’s like Lovecraft and Clive Barker had a love child and gave it up for adoption to be raised by Charles Manson.” Raz was born in Dayton,OH ,where he still lives today. He is currently banned from jumping out at loved ones from dark places.

Lol, that is an amazing writing description! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I had just seen gremlins as a kid and the next day in elementary school we were learning how to write short creative stories and bind them like a small book. I wrote a very detailed story about gremlins killing people I know lol. It was the first of many times my mother was called to the school about something I’d written.

Hehe, some schools just don’t appreciate imagination 😉 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I’m an insanely unhealthy writer. I have to have my mountain dew, cigarettes, and bacon jerky! I tend to write more often in the dead of night while listening to various horror based instrumentals to put me into the right head space. I do a lot of research as I write too, so the internet is ALWAYS required.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Horror has always been my first love. My mother had always been intrigued by the genre and started raising me into it by the time I was 5. By the time I was 11 she was teaching me how to fabricate severed heads. For me horror is a lifestyle, as it should be.

Hehe, your mum sounds awesome! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I remember reading Dark Half by Stephen King in Fifth Grade. It really hit me back then, and was probably the book that made me taking writing much more seriously.

What five things could you never do without?

Cigarettes

Mountain Dew

Bacon Jerky

My Cat

My Laptop

Lol, am with you on and cats and laptop frequently ends up as cat on laptop for me 🙂 Tell us a bit about your new release.

Campyre Tales is a collection of short horror stories, mostly in the first person narrative. It features a wraparound story that not only connects all the stories, but tales a tale about an English Professor and his very unique family.

Ooh, sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic horror episodic scene. Tales From the Crypt, Night Gallery, Twilight Zone, etc. I’ve always wanted to do something of that nature. The other inspiration was a podcast called No Sleep. Some of these stories have even been in the running for awards on the No Sleep subreddit.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Getting the chance to tell multiple stories was an awesome change of pace. I actually wrote the entire thing during Nanowrimo 2015!

Yay, another Nano success. What was the hardest part about writing it?

The wraparounds were the hardest parts to get right for me. It was always important to connect this book to the others in the same world I’ve created. If you’re a fan of The Mime though, you’ll definitely notice things that connect them, along with the next book coming out in a few months. Creating an entire world has always been the most difficult thing about all of this.

Interesting. I’m into a series now and am definitely finding continuity a pain! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

There are so many characters in this book, it’s hard to choose! If I had to pick someone I’d say Rob. There’s a ton of me in that character so I suppose I’m partial to him.

Hehe, it’s always fun when they turn out like you – mine usually get all my bad traits lol! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

If you’re into the horror culture, it should be a no brainer! I feel like I’ve crafted some amazing stories to grab your attention and make you reconsider everyday things in an entirely new way! We also decided to turn this into a television show, which we’re working hard on producing the pilot episode for! You definitely want to read the book before the show hits the internet!

Ooh, you heard it here first peeps, get in on the ground floor lol! You can check out the book details here:

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Blurb

Every year Professor Price invites twelve of his Community College English students to a secret party out deep in the woods. He and his students take turns in sharing thirteen spine tingling tales of terror! There may be more than just stories involved in this short story horror collection. Uncover the secrets of the Price family, while coming to terms with your darkest fears! No matter where you lurk, you too will hear the Voices from the Dark!

 

And you can your hands on a copy here:

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Don’t forget to follow Raz on facebook to stay to up date with all his news and releases!

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Take care x

Guest Author C Clark Jefferson with Love Theories: A Short Story Collection

Hi all,

Sunday rolls round again, where has the weekend gone? Still, it’s not quite over yet and I have the fab C Clark Jefferson dropping by to chat about their new release. It’s a collection of short stories, entitled Love Theories – so something for everything and quick ‘pick up and reads’ for the weekend 🙂

 

Author Pic C Clark JeffersonSo, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself (bio).

I’m C Clark Jefferson born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, my current book is titled: Love Theories Short Stories Collection. I’m also a blogger, magazine contributor, playwright, speaker, and writing coach.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

My love for writing was discovered at the age of 9. Back in the day we had diaries (now called journals) and I religiously wrote in mine. Also as a fourth grader, we had a writing composition course where we could “freestlye” basically write about whatever topic we wanted to and the best part was there wasn’t a page limit. In my writings I felt safe and powerful because I could say things that I couldn’t say verbally.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

My routine mainly consist of blocking off a set number of weekdays and hours of those days to devote to writing. To ensure that I make the most use of my time, I make sure my space is arranged with all necessities and I turn my phone off to avoid distractions

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Love Theories falls into three genres: Short Stories, Fiction, and Love & Relationships. All eight stories are fictional and address the topic of love in some way, shape, or form.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?<

Yes, on the author side I enjoy reading materials by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Paulo Coehlo, and Isabel Allende. Some of my favorite books are: Shakespeares Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Eat, Pray, Love, and Boundaries.

What five things could you never do without?>

Prayer, Bible, Water, Books, and Notepad.

Cover - Love Theories by C Clark JeffersonTell us a bit about your new release.

In our lifetime, we all experience it. It’s that intimate tugging at our heart that controls our thoughts and our actions. Love Theories is a fly-on-the-wall moment into how others interpret and ultimately function given varying heart-to-heart interactions involving the universal feeling of LOVE.

Xiomora is a bi-racial teen struggling to find her place in life. Antonia, a recent college grad, meets a disc jockey and ends up in a world of trouble. A blue-collar working Wyatt, battles an unfair system to clear his name after his wife’s sudden disappearance. Majesty and Ainslie, best friends, face life challenges but with different responses. Jordan—the fearless, punctual, and sometimes ruthless venture capitalist—stands her ground in a male dominated industry. A Barbadian girl with big dreams leaves her home country in pursuit of higher education in the United States. A career-driven Angelina, once blinded by love, tries to give Cupid’s arrow another chance despite her mother’s interference. And the list goes on along this journey into the lives of an interracial couple, a culturally-biased doctor, a fraud examiner who has to withdraw from a case that involves her ex-lover, a rich man seeker, and a single mom who left her former church on bad terms. They are each normal, everyday people, but they all are dealing with the most common and universal emotion known to man. Love Theories asks the question: How do YOU equate LOVE?

Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The word love itself inspired me to write about it because I believe in love and I also believe that it’s sacred. Love is an action word but unfortunately most people use it as lip service. At one point I was tired of hearing the word being tossed around like a Frisbee with no emotions attached whatsoever. Then I started observing and listening to people’s rationale of equating the word love. Most people were associating the word with conditional things such as power, sex, beauty, money, revenge, and success.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Learning and growing as a person while writing. Instead of me being upset with perceptions different from mine, I had to walk in their shoes and see things differently. A couple of the stories in the book required research on cultural backgrounds in order to effectively tell the story. I also enjoyed the character’s intentions, shortcomings and how they handled life.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

The hardest part was reducing the book from 21 stories down to 8 stories. It’s like a parent having to choose which child to send away and which ones should stay with them. Another hard part of the process was talking about cultures without coming across as being offensive to readers. The other hard thing was finding a balance with Antonia’s character in Drama in C-Minor because even though she’s naïve about life, she has good intentions and she isn’t a stupid person. In the end she learned the hard way. I didn’t want her character to be judged too harshly. Also there’s a character name Darla in Broken Silence who was a mistress to someone she ended up having to investigate and the whole M-Word still has a stigma to it no matter if the person was tricked into being a mistress or not. The subject matter if controversial but her character overcame the situation but struggled with forgiving herself in the process.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I don’t have a favourite character per se but one character I loved creating was Wyatt of Right Person Wrong Place. His character is interesting because his wife has disappeared without a trace and the residents of the city makes it known that they think he had a role in it. While he’s fighting to keep his name clean, he also refuses to accept that his wife is dead even though no one has seen her in 7 years. His character is a prime example of how fast and how serious life can get. One day he’s an average, blue collar guy and the next day he’s being harassed by authorities.

Love Theories Blog TourWhy should we run out and buy it right now?

Readers are encouraged to purchase Love Theories because the book is a gumbo- meaning that there’s something in it for everyone. The book addresses a variety of issues – weight, divorce, racism, single parenting, marriage, human trafficking, forgiveness, and bi-racial relationships. The short stories are entertaining, enlightening, empowering, educating, and easy to read! There’s plenty of life lessons readers can learn from the book including moments where readers can relate to either the character or the circumstance. Readers of the Love Theories have written positive reviews of the book and blogs about it. Last but not least, Love Theories is a conversation starter in any setting; tea parties, college campus, book clubs, family outings, friend gatherings, etc.

If you want to know more, you can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Theories-Short-Stories-Collection/dp/1518859593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466722557&sr=8-1&keywords=love+theories

And don’t forget to follow on social media:

Facebook: C Clark Jefferson

Instagram: cclarkjefferson

Twitter: @cclarkjefferson

Hope you have a great rest of the weekend, take care x

Guest Author – Sheri Velarde with Blood, Lust and Love: A Collection of Vampire Shorts

Hi all,

Apologies for the lack of posts, has been a bit of a stressful week but hey, it’s weekend now, and it’s off to a good start since I have the fab Sheri Velarde dropping by. Sheri has a shiny new collection of vampire short stories out called Blood, Lust and Love,and she’s going to chat to us now about vampires (we all love them, right?). Take it away, Sheri 🙂

 

Vampires. The kings of the paranormal world it seems, at least in terms of popularity. Why is that? These creatures of the undead have certainly had a sexy renaissance. Not too long ago vampires were ugly, rotting creatures that were feared and thought disgusting. Now? Well long gone are the vampires of Nosferatu. Think more along the lines of Damon Salvatore in the Vampire Diaries. Vampires are hot and sexy! Though of course they still drink your blood, but would you really mind?

So what is it exactly that makes vampires so darn alluring? Well if we assume they were gorgeous and young when they were turned (and that certainly is the case most of the time) well they will remain that way forever. They can also offer the same to you. A never ending life. A never ending love. A life away from illness and death, at least for the vampires themselves. Power. Riches, as you are bound to accumulate some living forever and all. I know those all play an important part in my fascination of the undead bloodsuckers.

And of course as an author I love the amount of backstory that being immortal gives my characters. For instance, two of the stories in Blood, Lust and Love involve Melvil, a noble Frenchman who is turned into a vampire hundreds of years ago in Curse of the Blood. Then we get to see him in modern times still coping in Alone No More, which was actually written first. I probably could still write more prequels, like one about Honnor, who turned Melvil in the first place. It is fun to trace my characters back, to see their beginnings, to see their “makers”. That is part of why vampires are so fun for me.

What do you love about vampires? Are they your favorite creature of the night? Why or why not? Leave your answers in the comments!

Ooh, well I’m definitely intrigued now. Here’s the book details!

Blood, Lust and Love smallerBlurb:

Three vampire stories in one collection for the first time! In Under a Ring of Fire, everything changes for Jackie thanks to an eclipse of the sun. She is a dying woman, living what’s left of her life in misery. One night, one mysterious guest and she will be forever altered. Is this her chance to live at last? In Curse of the Blood, not even service to his king in time of war could prepare Melvil for the pleasurable evil he would suffer at the hands of Honnor. One act of kindness dooms him to a life that he never wanted. In Alone No More, the tortured Melvil is back, living a life of penance. One night he saves a young woman from ghouls and sees hope for the first time in years. Ella is a woman alone in life, until a mysterious Frenchman saves her from more than ghouls.

And you can get your grubby mitts on a copy here:

Buy Link: http://amzn.com/B01ATU0ZBO

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01ATU0ZBO

Plus, don’t forget to follow Sheri on social media if you want to stay up to date on her news and releases.

Website URL: www.sherivelarde.weebly.com

Blog address: http://sherivelarde.weebly.com/books-and-more-blog

Facebook: Personal: https://www.facebook.com/sheri.velarde.1

Author: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheri-VelardeKelly-Ryan/632892500084202

Twitter handle: Sher_V

Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/shervelarde/

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8102988.Sheri_Velarde

Have a great weekend x