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PUG: The Making of a NaNoWriMo Horror Novel

Posted in Contests, News, PUG/NaNoWriMo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2013 by brandonlayng

PUG: The Making of a NaNoWriMo Horror Novel

November is almost upon us, which means crazy meatheads like me are stretching our fingers in preparation to cram 50K of words into a month from out of thin air. Since I haven’t been interviewed in a while and my two zodiac signs (Leo & Rooster) are growling and strutting for attention, I figure I’d introduce you to my November project, PUG, by asking myself a few questions. In the process maybe you’ll understand what inspires me, why people get the crazy idea to let their mind & fingers spazz out for a month, and possibly – hopefully – I will make you want to either follow my progress or even better, join me on this fun-freakin-tastic journey.

Who/What/When/Where/Why?

– I first heard about NaNoWriMo, a challenge for writers (amateurs and professionals alike) to write 50,000 words in one month, from my friend, Jodi Lee, back in 2007. You can find out more info about the challenge and the non-profit organization at http://www.nanowrimo.org . My first two novels took me forever to write and I thought I could use the extra motivation and a deadline for a real word count would put the pressure on me I needed to write my third book. I won that first year and the one after that. Those two books are the still as yet unpublished Sin in Skin and A Walk Amongst the Dead. I’ve worked on a few other novels between then and now, and a whole slew of short stories (some of those have been published, lol). Mostly, I’ve been editing those two NaNo books, because they are awesome. I mentioned in a previous post how I got a little help from one of the writers I most admire, Ray Garton (read his books and you’ll understand why I think he’s totally fucking cool). After his read-through, I was humbled and encouraged by his advice. I then turned into a hermit with his head buried in draft after draft of his novel.

*BTW I’m finally getting up the guts to send AWAtD out to one of two publishers I most want to find a home for my book with. The problem is, they are both holding open submissions and I can’t decide which to send it to. A little advice on that front would be a great help everyone. So share your two cents in the comments section, please.

What is PUG about? Give the people a synopsis, why don’t you?

Okay, here’s the official NaNo synopsis:

Bob Ballard and his wife, Linda both grew up with a family dog and they want their newborn daughter to enjoy the same experience. They bundle up baby Alexandra and make a trip to the local animal shelter. There Linda falls in love with a pug. They adopt her and decide to name her, Sugar (“because she’s so sweet”), but baby Alex doesn’t seem to trust the new family pet. Her parents think their little girl will grow to love her new puppy.

But they don’t know Sugar. And they didn’t bother to ask where the shelter found the dog.

Soon neighborhood cats will go missing and the crazy cat lady next door will accuse Sugar of being behind the disappearances. Bob begins to suspect he should have trusted his daughter.
Will he convince Linda their dog is evil before it’s too late? Or will she have to see the danger herself before she will listen?

What inspired the idea to make the monster an evil Pug dog?

A couple of years ago my wife adopted a pug from a local shelter. She named her, Cupcake. Cupcake was a rescue from a puppy mill, was only a year old and had already given birth to a litter of pups, and had spent most of her so far short life kept in a kennel. If you’ve ever met a puppy mill dog you know they are either aggressive or nervous. Both of our dogs (we also have a Boston Terrier – my puppy – named, Mickey) are puppy mill rescue dogs. But whereas Mickey is obsessively clean and rarely makes a mess outside of the area of his dog pad, Cupcake is not. She eats her poo. I tell everyone she does. It annoys the hell out of me. She’ll poop and pee on her pad or in the vicinity of her pad and then will eat her poo to spread the mess around. She mushes it into the floor, smearing it all over. We’ve researched the behavior. We’ve tried dozens of solutions. None work. I understand why she does it. But it still drives me nuts. Sometimes, I think she does it to be a little evil. That’s ridiculous though. She’s too cute to be evil. Or is she?

You’re taking a whole month, putting everything else aside, and writing a short novel/novella. What challenges might stand in your way? How will you keep yourself motivated?

Ha, ha, ha, ha, and ha! It’s going to be a challenge for sure. My wife just broke her foot. She’s the one who keeps our home running. She’s amazing at it. If I’m the home security, she would be considered the home manager. I have Crohn’s disease and as a result of all the bleeding, I’m severely anemic and fatigued, which means I can’t keep up with the day-to-day around here at the speed she does. One of my other duties around the house is taxi driver for everyone (including extended family) and that means when someone needs to go somewhere I’ll need to put down the writing to get in the driver’s seat. I’ll also be spending half of my day doing the final polish on that other manuscript I was taking about and preparing a submission package. I have a five-year old and a twelve-year old (who’s Asperger’s Autistic).

To deal with all this and get those words desperately down on electronic/real paper I plan on stealing any second I can to sit and write. I’ll be seeking the help of my pain medication, smokes, and a crap ton of movies. I’ll also make sure my inspirational books like, On Writing by Stephen King, The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman, and The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass are close by. I will be dragging my laptop into the bathroom with me – not in the shower, of course.

And I will be learning to say, “Leave me alone. I’m writing.” To everybody.

I also plan on writing an update on my progress once a week and posting it to my blog to keep me honest. I’ll be looking for your help with this, my readers. Your encouragement is much appreciated. In my next posting I’ll be asking you to send me pics of your evil looking dogs so I can post them on the blog for all to see. Get your cameras ready. The winners of most evil dogs will be in for some canine-related prizes.

Any advice to others who are considering taking the November NaNo plunge?

Yeah, don’t stress about it. This is suppose to be challenging, but it’s also meant to be fun. I had more fun then stress by the time I was done – both years I won. I remember the astonished sense of pride I felt when I managed in the final push to write 9K of words in a 3 ½ hour coffee shop bonanza. I bragged to all of my friends I’d done it. None of them had ever attempted such a feat. They thought it was pretty amazing.

Now, what if I didn’t finish in those two years, how would I feel? I’d have been proud of myself for trying and I would have kept on trying. Those books I started working on wouldn’t sit on a shelf gathering dust because (like what actually happened both times) I would have taken a month off and went right back to writing them. Even at 50K the book is rarely done. Your first draft will most often be only half-finished and then there are the drafts that come after as you edit. Think of it like a trip into outer space. You have your rockets strapped on and you thrust out of the atmosphere, that’s NaNoWriMo work, the thrust for adjustment and the coasting that comes after isn’t so hard, but it will take longer. Finishing the book just becomes your way of maintaining orbit. Either way, you’re out of this world until you are completely done and the book is off to publishers. Then you’ll be so excited because it’s time to blast off again.

Good luck to all of you getting your NaNo groove on this year. And to the others… I hope to hear the clicking of your keyboard during NaNoWriMo 2014.

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A WRITER’S JOURNEY: Part 16.1

Posted in A Writer's Journey with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by brandonlayng

A WRITER’S JOURNEY: Part 16.1

The Books that Started it ALL

I won’t say it’s true for all writers (exception to every rule and all that jazz) but most writers can pinpoint a single book as the one that inspired them to write. I’ve heard all kinds of inspiration stories from my friends and peers. Children’s book writers wanting to capture the joy of hearing Dr. Suess read to them as a youngling. Horror writers hiding under the covers terrifying themselves with their first scary book. Or the writer so unimpressed with a horribly written book they are inspired to write something better.

We all have a story about the first book that made us want to write. More often than not, those same books have an influence on what we write. And it seems that for authors who write in certain genres, they can often share the same book or writer as their initial influence.

I credit a few books and writers on changing the course of my journey to becoming a full-time writer. But the one that made me say, “I want to be a writer”, is No Change, Please by Gordon Korman. Korman will probably be familiar to Canadians more than Americans or UK readers. Korman began his writing career at a very young age, barely into his teens he began with his Bruno & Boots books. The first in the series was This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! begun during a semester in the 7th grade. His English teacher encouraged him to finish the book, which was published by Scholastic along with many of his 55 books that followed.

My grade 5 teacher was reading No Change, Please to the class and explained to us how Korman started his journey to the book we were hearing. That was the moment. Right there. Being told that a kid roughly the same age as me had written a book and had it published, inspired me to try and do the same. Well, I didn’t. I wasn’t published until I was in grade 8 and it was a short story in the photocopied school newspaper. I followed that up with a few poems in different issues of that paper and a couple more short stories and poems in highschool Writers’ Guild anthologies.

But I’d been bitten by the bug.

For this part of A Writer’s Journey, I decided to ask some of my peers to share their stories about the book that inspired them to write. They were all asked the same question and I was amazed by their responses. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Maybe you’ll find a book in their answers that will inspire you to write your own book. Or possibly you’ll take the time and read something by the authors themselves and find that spark you’re looking for.

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Zoe E. Whitten

Website http://www.zoewhitten.com/

The first book to make me want to be a writer was Stephen King’s It. His characters were so real, and I wanted to create people just as flawed and believable.

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David Dunwoody

Website http://daviddunwoody.com/

I think I’ve wanted to write since I was 10 or so. Around that time I wrote a story called “The Lost Souls” (recently updated as the novella “Lost Souls” for THE UNDEAD: HEADSHOT QUARTET). At that time I was reading Louis Sachar and Roald Dahl, but I don’t believe they were as much of a direct inspiration as what I wasn’t allowed to read – the King books in my parents’ bookshelf, books my older sister had told me about and at which I sneaked peeks whenever I was home alone. It was more than likely IT that did it for me, as that’s the only one I can recall with clarity. I didn’t read the entire novel until I was in my twenties, and it is one of my favorite books today, if not my #1. As a kid, I think the mystique and taboo of the book was as affecting as what I actually glimpsed in its pages (and what I did glimpse was wonderful and scary and definitely left an impression). Between its title – emblazoned in giant blood-red letters on the hardcover – and the fact I wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near it, the book took on a mythic quality which only drew me more to it and to that genre. I really do have my parents to thank for getting me into writing horror. I don’t think they’d take that too hard.

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Mark Leslie (Lefebvre)

Website http://markleslie.blogspot.com/

Wow. That’s a tough one. When I first heard the question I thought, oh, cool question – now what book was it for me? And then I realized that I couldn’t be 100% sure. Why? Because I’m pretty sure I wanted to become a writer long before I actually started typing out stories on my typewriter which was in my early teens. Of course, it was many years after when I started sending my stories out to publishers (which is often what I think about when I think about becoming a writer). But to be true to wanting to become a writer, it goes back even earlier than my teen years, it goes back to even before I wrote long prose tales. When I was a boy, I loved to draw cartoons; to tell stories via a combination of words and images. Before that, I remember creating epic adventures with either my Lego figures or my Fisher Price figures, compiling long complex plot adventures that would last weeks in short episodic segments.
And throughout all that time, there were a lot of books I read, many of which likely provided me inspiration to want to tell my own tales, produce my own stories.

So, nailing down a specific single book that inspired me to become a writer is a challenge indeed. I mean, if I go back far enough, it was likely a comic book (likely a poignany story told by Stan Lee about a young outcast teenager with the proportional strength, speed and agility of a spider) that inspired me to want to write my own tales. Later on in my childhood, it might have been one of Lester del Rey’s novels such as Marooned on Mars or Tunnel Through Time. In my early teens, there were books such as George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides that I remember enjoying so much and wanting to write my own post-apocalyptic tale.

And when I first pulled out my Mom’s Underwood typewriter and started seriously hammering out tales, Piers Anthony was a writer whose science fiction and fantasy novels I was avidly consuming. The use of my pseudonym of “Mark Leslie” was derived from reading about how this particular author’s full name was Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob and he simply sliced off the extra names to get a “writer’s handle” that was easier to say and spell.

But in a nutshell, it might seem like a cop-out to the question, but it seems as if books have always inspired me to be a writer – and the books I read today continue to inspire me to write. When I was young and I read a tale that I marvelled at, that tickled my imagination, I would set forth and want to write my own story that would do the same thing for other readers. And when I write today, it’s not without that part of my mind that conjures up the feeling I get when I read a great story or book.

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Amy Grech

Website http://www.crimsonscreams.com

When I was twelve, an aunt gave me a copy of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Being at a very impressionable age, I devoured the entire novel in one sitting! King’s haunting portrait of an All-American family facing evil sparked my imagination—that’s when I knew I wanted to become a writer!

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I’d like to thank all of the writers for taking the time to answer.

I’ll be coming back to this question again. Hopefully you’ll join me for the second half of this part of A Writer’s Journey.

Until next time, keep writing!

One of the BEST days

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by brandonlayng

What do you say when a writer you have the utmost respect for, that the genre has the utmost respect for, tells you he thinks the first half of your unpublished book is good? Yeah, sure you say “thank you”. Or you can smile like an idiot and jump around like I did. Because I haven’t yet revealed who’s reading the book and since I didn’t ask his permission I can’t give out names or go into too many details (Updated below post). I’m just too damned happy to keep my mouth shut about my excitement. I have spill some of it.

Before I talk about what was said, I want to talk about the author in question. He’s written some of the most innovative horror I’ve ever read. He continually amazes me with each book I read. His fiction has made me laugh, turned my stomach and want to jump in the pages to kick some ass. He’s one of my top favorite horror authors. So any praise from him, means a great deal to me. It’s that validation we’re all looking for. You want to hear from someone who’s been there and still doing it, that you have what it takes too.

He’s not done reading the manuscript yet, and I’ve got fingers crossed his opinion doesn’t turn sour on it before the end, but… seriously, he’s already made my year. The only thing that could top it would be being able to send him a copy of the published book with one of my wishlist of publishers’ names on the spine.

To top off all the great things he said about the book, he made me feel like a writer. There’s always talk about the lonely writer sitting in a dark basement plugging out words nobody is going to read. Well, a lot of days in front of the laptop, I feel like that. Today, I didn’t feel like that. And I probably never will again. Thanks to him. So if you’re one day reading a copy of “A Walk Amongst the Dead”, be sure to drop him a line and tell him thank you again (for me, and you, if you like the book) right after you read his introduction to the book. He’s offered to write one and I want to take him up on that offer, hopefully future publishers will see it my way and put it in.

I rank this one of the best days of my life. So far.

I’m not done writing you know.

*After asking if it was okay to post his name, he said it was okay. I’m very honored to say the author of roughly 60 published books, Grand Master Stoker Award-winning author, who is reading “A Walk Amongst the Dead”, is none other than… Ray Garton! If you don’t know who he is and you’re a fan of Horror, you should be ashamed of yourself. March out or log onto Amazon and buy one of his books today. He writes some of the craziest, scariest, most twisted stuff out there. His book “Lot Lizards” recently went into reprints through e-Reads.com buy a copy HERE It’s a good place to start. Then move onto Live Girls, Bestial, Ravenous, Nightlife, The Loveliest Dead, Dark Channel and many more you’re sure to enjoy them all.

WE DID IT! Don’t forget the LittleGuy!

Posted in News, What Pissed Me Off Today with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by brandonlayng

Our efforts bore fruit. The Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure has been pulled from Amazon.com. I’d like to thank Amazon.com for doing what’s right, for listening to their customers as they stood united against this book. I’d still prefer to know that all profits from the book have gone to make reparations to victim support groups. But I’ll leave that up to Amazon.com and the author to make that wise decision.

Now it’s our turn.

We need to remember that a continued boycott of Amazon.com means we’re hurting the people who deserve our support. #SupportTheLittleGuy and return to your regular shopping. Many small press/indie publishers and authors depend on Amazon.com as a way of continuing to provide us with hours of entertainment with their written words. If anything we need to show them now more than ever that we support them. In your anger don’t forget the LittleGuy.

Please buy a book from a small press publisher or author today.

I’ll be removing my previous post later today, because I don’t want people to misled into believing this issue continues in regards to this individual book.

Note: I would like to add, that if you purchased this book, out of curiosity or any other reason, I strongly suggest you consider making a donation to victims of sexual abuse support groups. You should also feel shame. You’ve lined this man’s pockets and shown others that a book like this can make money because of people being morbid. You’ve helped to encourage his cause.

Hold Amazon Accountable for Pedophile Guide!

Posted in What Pissed Me Off Today with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by brandonlayng

NOTE: This post was deleted later today. Amazon.com has removed the book and we can all get back to supporting the small press by buying a book today. Please visit http://www.supportthelittleguy.wordpress.com to find out how you can join the Twitter based campaign to help bring more attention to the small press.

Thank you to everyone who took a stand. I’m proud of you.

Brandon Layng

What’s a Happening

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by brandonlayng

 

What’s a happening with Brandon Layng’s writing?

A few good things to report about myself. The launch of #SupportTheLittleGuy E-zine was a success, with positive feedback on the stories and the reviews. The campaign itself is taking off and writers/publishers have gotten back to me with plenty of good news. I’m happy to see it’s helping out so many people. But it is pretty strange being back in the publishing end of things. Read more about the campaign to bring more exposure to the small press publishers and writers, at: http://www.supportthelittleguy.wordpress.com or read the first issue of the e-zine at: http://www.stlgzine.wordpress.com

If you’ve been keeping up with my infrequent postings you know that “The Last Concert” my zombie Apocalypse concert tale has a home at www.talesofworldwarz.com and readers are enjoying it so far. Many comments have labelled the concert in the story, “Deadstock”. Which has brought a smile to my face.

One of my newest written short stories, “Wigging Out” has been accepted for “Made You Flinch: 2 for Flinching” edited by Bill Tucker from Library of Horror Press. It’s a must-read when it comes out, too many great writers in both volumes of the antho to name, but also my story includes some real-life creepy things that happened to me as a kid. Believe me, it freaked me out then and it will freak you out now. I’ll post more once I find out the release information on the anthology.

Speaking of creepy stories in anthologies. Gef Fox who runs a review site called, Wag the Fox ( http://waggingthefox.blogspot.com ) recently reviewed Belfire Press’ Courting Morpheus anthology, which if you recall contains my short story “Can of Worms”. I was very pleased when I saw a mention of my story in the review. Gef calls my little terror tale “stomach-turning horror”. It gives me great pleasure when a reader comes away from my work feeling that way 8)

You can read the rest of the review here: http://waggingthefox.blogspot.com/2010/11/rabid-reads-courting-morpheus-by-jodi.html

What I’m working on now.

“Don’t Know Your Own Strength” is a novella I’m tentatively labelling as Young Adult Horror. I’m never sure how far the horror elements of a story will go and it’s possible that it may become something too mature for highschool aged readers by the time I’m finished. As it stands the story (approx. 13K at the moment) will appeal to both young adults as well as adults. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Quincy Banner considers himself a geek, a comic book nerd, and it doesn’t help that almost everyone else agrees with him. He’s an outcast from the comic book crowd for his love of old horror comics instead of spandex wearing busty super-woman and men. The school jocks consider him easy prey any time they have a bad day and to add to the 1980’s film plot that is his life, he’s in love with the quarterback’s girl. Quincy’s had enough of being saddled with every affliction plaguing a teenager’s chances at popularity when he decides to answer an ad in one of his comic books. Dr. D. Satanica’s wonder pill promises to fix it all. But will they cause more problems than they’re worth when he wakes up in the woods covered in blood?

“Unravelled” another novella, I’ve been writing that pits an amalgamation of all the television mystery men from the ‘70s and ‘80s (from Columbo to Mike Hammer) against an ancient Egyptian mystery revived in our modern day. I’m having a helluva fun time writing the character, Det. Harry Brakes, a divorced, too smart for his own good, alcoholic, cop with a knack for solving the tough stuff. The only thing that’s been holding back this story has been a lack of communication from a local museum I was hoping could help me with research. I may have to resort to contacting a few other museums instead.

“Orphan Mary” I’ve been working at this one piece by piece since the story appeared on www.talesofworldwarz.com More often than not, Tales of the Zombie War gets sent my undead tales – with the exception of “Princess” which appeared in the Undead Special Edition of Morpheus Tales Magazine – and this one received a lot of response from readers wanting to know more about my Typhoid Mary-like character who was responsible for spreading the zombie plague. She’s just a little girl wishing for a family and she has a story to be told, so I’m trying to tell it.

“Life Sentence” which is another Tales of the Zombie War e-zine story has received the most responses by readers for one of my stories on the site. I asked readers when it originally was published to give it a read and let me know if they wanted more. And they did. The account of an inmate trapped in a super jail written between the lines in an Ernest Hemingway novel caught people’s interest and they asked to be told what happened after his cellmate re-animated into one of the “Rhinos” (a thick-skinned zombie controlled by a mutated strain of the cold-causing virus). “Life Sentence” is not a novella like the others I’ve mention but is a shorter novel at this point. I’ve continued to work hard on it as the story builds but it has been slow going. I’m hoping to have the first draft finished by early 2011.

“Angel’s Crossing” my debut novel, which has been sponsored as a newsletter exclusive e-serial from Graveside Tales Publishing is now in its 7th instalment. We’re into Part Two now. Readers have met “The Writer” in his lonely library office, writing the world into being. They’ve been introduced to the bloody lust of the Bedroom Slasher, a serial killer stalking the bedrooms of Forest Hills’ female population. Raphael and Eddie Raleigh had a vivid, savage meeting at the Gas King gas station out on the highway before the angel left the gas station attendant a shocking surprise at home while he went off to watch a concert starring the paraplegic trumpet player, Gabriel Cruise. The sky opened up all of its fury and Michael Howe burned in its fiery column, while Uriel tended to an old widow’s horses with his dog, Judas. In the most recent instalment the reader discovers the true nature of the Bedroom Slasher and what his presence may mean for the little logging town of Forest Hills. Don’t miss out on any more instalments, sign up for The GRAVESIDER newsletter today at http://www.gravesidetales.com If you’re already reading the book and you’re enjoying it, why not tell a friend to subscribe so they can get their free read too? I’d greatly appreciate it. Coming soon to my website will be an audio commentary on the book. I’ll be talking about the process of writing along with what inspired certain scenes. Keep an eye out for it.

“Movie Night” & “5 Perspectives on an Artificial Baby Toy” PDFs are still available to my followers on Twitter. If you’re not already following me on Twitter, why not start today? DM me your e-mail address and I’ll send you the first PDF as a free gift to say, thank you for following me. If you tell a friend about me and they DM me your Twitter screen name, I’ll send you a copy of the second PDF. “Movie Night” originally appeared in Darkened Horizons: Halloween Special Edition and is an homage to 80s slasher flicks like A Nightmare on Elm St.. “5 Perspectives on an Artificial Baby Toy” is a never-before, never-will be published novelette reserved as a special thank you gift for promotions. The only way you can ever read it is by taking advantage of times like this. The story takes place in a future where the world’s trees have been wiped out by biological warfare and the surviving population lives in super-cities with oxygen machines. The way of the world hasn’t been altered by the struggle to survive; elitism and commercialism have reached new depths in depravity. Follow me on Twitter today for your chance to receive these terrific reads, http://www.twitter.com/BrandonLayng

CHAT — I’ll be hosting another chat again soon. An announcement will be made on here, my site and over at Twitter. Watch for it and come join me. We’ll talk about Angel’s Crossing, #SupportTheLittleGuy and Horror movies/books in general. It’ll be a good time had by all.

IMPORTANT LINKS

Brandon on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/BrandonLayng

“The Last Concert” http://www.talesofworldwarz.com/stories/2010/10/01/the-last-concert-by-brandon-layng/ 

“Orphan Mary” http://www.talesofworldwarz.com/stories/2008/11/08/orphan-mary-by-brandon-layng/ 

“Life Sentence” http://www.talesofworldwarz.com/stories/2008/05/02/life-sentence-by-brandon-layng/ 

Angel’s Crossing/The GRAVESIDER http://gravesidetales.com/gravesider/?p=subscribe&id=1 

#SupportTheLittleGuy HQ http://www.supportthelittleguy.wordpress.com

#SupportTheLittleGuy E-zine http://www.stlgzine.wordpress.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS 06/11/2010

Posted in Announcements with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by brandonlayng

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these. It’s not my fault, honestly, I’ve been very, very, very, busy. Guilt is a powerful emotion. I haven’t had the time lately to contact the regular people, I contact for a thing such as this, so guilt has driven me to search out the info myself by invading their websites and blogs, scavenging for info on what the future holds.

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GRAVESIDE TALES: Okay this one isn’t so hard. I’m on their site all the time, since I run the newsletter and my own novel Angel’s Crossing is sponsored by GST (psst! You can sign up to receive my e-serial at http://www.gravesidetales.com by joining The Gravesider mailing list). October marked the release of two great books from GST: Huffer by Michael J Hultquist and Carnival of Fear by JG Faherty.

Huffer sneak peek click here http://gravesidetales.com/free-reads/a-sneak-peek-at-huffer/
Carnival of Fear sneak peek click here http://gravesidetales.com/free-reads/a-sneak-peek-at-carnival-of-fear/
BUY THE BOOKS click here http://www.gravesidebooks.com

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BELFIRE/NEEDFIRE PRESS: Jodi Lee and her wonderful staff over at Belfire/Needfire Press have a whole lot of goodness going on.

The White Faced Bear by R. Scott McCoy, has just been released and is bound to be a hit. To find out more, click here http://belfirepress.com/main/happy-release-day-r-scott-mccoy/

Orpheus & The Pearl – Nevermore, the first of Belfire’s Duel Novellas series with two stories, one by Kim Paffenroth and the other by David Dunwoody. This is one I personally can’t wait to get my hands on. To find out more, click here http://belfirepress.com/main/our-titles/orpheus-nevermore/

A Mouth for Picket Fences by Barry Napier, a poetry collection full of wicked snippets you’re sure to enjoy. To find out more, click here http://belfirepress.com/poetry/?p=149

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SCOTT NICHOLSON’S Disintegration is now available! Scott Nicholson explores the bonds of family and the history that is sometimes best left in the past in his newest psychological thriller. Find out more, click here http://www.hauntedcomputer.com/disintegration.htm

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TOM PICCIRILLI has a new book to keep an eye out for in early 2011, The Last Kind Words will be released by Bantam Books. In the meantime slake your thirst for his fiction by picking up a copy of Shadow Season. To find out more, click here http://www.tompiccirilli.com/index.htm

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DOUGLAS CLEGG The Saddest Little Zombie: A Christmas Tale is available to subscribers of Clegg’s newsletter. Make sure to sign up at http://www.douglasclegg.com to get a chance to read this creepy tale by the author of Neverland and Isis. You also don’t want to miss the illustrations done by Glenn Chadbourne. Find out more, click here http://douglasclegg.com/blog/

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That’s it for this edition of Announcements. Until next time, whenever that may be.

Take care,

Brandon