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Lessons from the Shadows

Lessons from the Shadows

Recently, I was asked by fellow author H.M. Jones if I’d write a guest post for her blog. She and I both enjoy writing darker fantasy, and I wanted to stay centered around that theme. The result was Lessons from the Shadows. Here’s how the post starts:

“It wasn’t until college that I discovered H.P. Lovecraft, but I had been reading authors influenced by his work for years, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. The dark, weird, and mysterious always enchanted me. I was drawn to the shadows; something there tapped into my core emotions and excited me. Lovecraft and I are very different. He speaks of the “fear of the unknown,” which inspired him; for me, it was not fear but a fascination. I’m not scared of “things beyond.” When I started writing, I found myself attracted to those concepts…”

Be sure to read the rest of the post over at H.M. Jones’ blog. I talk anticipation, character, worldbuilding, and more. It was satisfying to take a moment to ponder on what I had learned since starting this process. I hope you enjoy the post (and find it useful.) We also did a little interview which is at the end of the article, if you want to know more about my literary heroes and inspirations don’t miss it.

Also, make sure to check out H.M.’s work including her latest novel: Monochrome. (Which is currently sitting on my Kindle.) While you’re at it be sure to look into her other work as well: short stories, poetry, and graphic novels.

Red Litten World Cover Reveal

Red Litten World Cover Reveal Is Coming June 4th

The date has been set, the stars have aligned, and it is time. The cover reveal for Red Litten World, book three of The Bell Forging Cycle, is coming June 4th, 2015. One again the incredibly talented Jon Contino is back with some beautiful hand lettering. After seeing his incredible work for the covers of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road, you’ve probably detected a theme beginning to form for the series. I’d wager you can sorta guess what this cover will look like… or can you. [Cue dramatic music.]

“…legend said that it had come from a mysterious inner realm beneath the red-litten world—a black realm of peculiar-sensed beings which had no light at all, but which had great civilisations and mighty gods…”

H. P. Lovecraft & Zealia Bishop, The Mound

As with all big announcements and cover reveals, folks who subscribe to my newsletter will be the first people who get a glimpse at the new cover. Why not join those brave and noble few and… sign up today →.

The Stars Were Right by K. M. Alexander

THE STARS WERE RIGHT On Sale AGAIN For Only 99¢

If you’re a BookBub subscriber you have already hear this news. However, if you’re not I am very happy to announce that The Stars Were Right, Book One of The Bell Forging Cycle is on Sale again for only 99¢—yay!

Join Waldo Bell as he fights to clear his name while fleeing a mysterious evil through the multi-leveled megalopolis of Lovat. Grab your copy for any of these platforms:

Kindle • Kobo • Nook • iBooks • GooglePlay • DRM Free ePub

Sale ends February 14, then The Stars Were Right will return to it’s regular price of $2.99—which is still cheaper than that cup of coffee you bought at Starbucks.

Old Broken Road Cover Reveal Coming April 29th

Cover Reveal Coming Soon

Here’s the official date: the cover reveal for Old Broken Road is coming April 29th, 2014. Mark your calendars! Synchronize your watches! Shout it in the streets!

As with the cover of The Stars Were Right, I have been working on this for a while. I think it’s perfect. As before we’ll see the return of alphastructaesthetitologist Jon Contino’s skills, yet again he nailed the lettering. (Check his work out, you won’t be disappointed.) I’m really excited for this one.

If you’re a subscriber to The Telegraph (my elusive newsletter) then you’ll get to check out the cover early! So why not subscribe today? Click here to subscribe. I don’t spam people because spam sucks.

See you on the 29th!

Friday Link Pack 11/08/2013

Typhoon Haiyan
It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! I’m always looking for new links if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Philippines:

As of today, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in history is slamming into the Philippines causing catastrophic damage with wind gusts up to 235mph. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or another relief charity of your choice. A little help goes a long way.

Writing:

Urban Fantasy Covers – Time to Move On?
Sarah over at Bookworm Blues asks some serious questions about the tropey and misleading style of Urban Fantasy book covers. I completely agree with her conclusion, it’s time for a change.

The Standard Memorandum
Jon Contino brings you journal keeping types the perfect little book to track the small and important events that happened in your life.

Four Types of Character Flaws
The good folks over at Writers Helping Writers have assembled this great post covering the four types of flaws to use when writing your characters.

Art:

Wowly Heck
Illustrator Heath Lewis (@heathisbest) melds scientific illustration and creepy monsters. The work is awesome.

Nicholas Delort
Dark, moody, amazing lighting. Delort captures a lot of the same tone as old masters like Albrecht Durer and Gustave Dore. Love his work.

Random:

If All the Ice Melted
I have seen interactive maps like this before covering this same topic, but none have been of this quality or had the authority of National Geographic behind them. It’s a fascinating and scary look at the future of our planet.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Modern Trailer
Serious. Brooding. Scary. Everything “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” isn’t, but you wouldn’t know that from this recut trailer.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Old Bugs
In which Lovecraft (a teetotaler) makes his case against alcohol.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

BUNNY!

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