Monday, May 21, 2018

Zombies... They're Coming!!!

Hey there, wonderful people!

And yes, I just called you wonderful.This writing adventure wouldn’t be nearly as fun without you… and the zombies of course.

Yes, I said it... the zombies.

I have never written a zombie novel myself... at least not yet. However, as a member of the Horror Writers Association, it makes sense that I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead, Steve Kuhn’s Dext of the Dead series, and the more traditional classics.

There’s something new coming out though... something tempting, vivid, and scary I thought I would share. Today, May 21st, a great fellow author, hat lover and friend by the name of M.A. Robbins just released book one in his Zombie Uprising trilogy. (Yes, hat lover. He has great tastes. Just sayin'!)

What’s more, books two and three are already finished and will be released every two weeks for the next month and a half.

Yeah… that’s what I'm talking about. Awesome! No year-long wait for the next book in the series.

And Mike gave me a great opportunity to pass along to my fans… a free look at an exciting excerpt so you can see if it’s for you. Like test driving a car before anyone else, you get an early peek. 

Just follow this link to The Awakening and see for yourself. Best of all, you don't have to wait if you want to read more. 

It was released today.

Talk soon,
Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

PS: So how about you? What are your favorite zombie movies and books? Let me know below.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Busy But Meaningful April

As the school year slowly winds down, I am gearing up for the Sell More Books Show Summit in Chicago this weekend. It looks to be a great time for authors of varying paths and genres to come together and learn from one another. The podcast is a popular one that has run for years, but this year many highly successful authors have come together to share what they know and record the latest show. I'm looking forward to it. Should be fun.

In addition, A Life of Death has garnered more attention with the release of the audiobook. (Listen to an excerpt through Amazon and Audible here.) Readers are continuing to post their thoughts. It is always nice to hear how Alex and Paige have endeared themselves to readers, especially when it's touched someone like some of these recent reviews.

Speaking of... recently esteemed author and respected Amazon Vine Voice reviewer Sheila Deeth read and reviewed the entire A Life of Death trilogy, calling it, "Dark but tinged with surprising light." While she enjoyed the first, it seems like the series grew on her more and more with every book, going from review headlines like "A smoothly enticing read" in the Golden Bulls to "Thought-provoking, exciting mystery" in Sacrifices. Read all of her reviews on her Amazon page. Or find out more about Sheila on her website.

On the writing front, I have a number of projects underway and even a special project I will announce in coming months. Here's a hint: it's in cooperation with a great writer, Marcus Calvert. Till then, I'll leave you to research who this writing talent is if you don't already know.

Happy reading!

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Friday, March 30, 2018

An Exciting March!

Hello everyone,
This month was certainly exciting. So much happened. Woohoo for March!

Build Your Authors Alley on Amazon
I had the pleasure of attending Cleveland ConCoction 2018 over my birthday for the release of my newest book, Build Your Authors Alley. Although the print copies weren’t ready yet, the convention was great. I participated in panels about flash fiction, self-publishing vs. traditional, best methods for your elevator pitch, and marketing for authors. I even got to read a short excerpt from the recently released Sacrifices, Book Three in the A Life of Death trilogy. It was great fun.

Weston Kincade and J.L. Gribble
(Photo courtesy of Sara Dobie Bauer)
Over the weekend I made many new friends like Tony Isabella (writer of Black Lightning comic book and television series), while conversing with old friends like S. Andrew Swann, J. Thorn, and Addie King. During the author soiree Saturday night, we had drinks and discovered the secrets of writing great books. It was fantastic and there were so many wonderful people, I know I didn’t get the chance to mention them all! ConCoction has become a family of authors and friends, and it is always fantastic when we get together with new and old members. Even the new hotel worked out great (with the exception of one vindictive light fixture that tried to take out a guest author). Overall it was wonderful.

With the change in location, all of the volunteers expected a small drop in attendance, but boy were we wrong. ConCoction 2018 had the highest attendance of any year thus far. The con seems to be growing every year, even with venu changes. To top off the weekend, Camille and Kinnerly (the Harp Twins) gave five wonderful performances that we could hear right across the hall in Authors Alley. I hadn’t seen them since DuckCon back in 2015, and they are just as good as I remember. Give them a listen, but see them in concert if you get a chance.

Listen on Amazon
Lastly, as of yesterday the audiobook for A Life of Death was released on Amazon and Audible. Ian Gordon from HorrorBabble did an incredible job. Just listen to the free retail excerpt and tell me what you think. The audiobook for book 2, The Golden Bulls, is currently underway.

Thanks again for visiting. Check back later for more updates.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death trillogy, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Friday, March 23, 2018

Introducing One on One with Weston

As readers, fans, inspiring authors, or all of the above I'm sure you have questions.
Well, I want to hear them.

Introducing One on One with Weston.
The idea is quite straight forward. You ask, I'll answer.
To start us off, here's a question from an exchange I had not long ago.

Reader: I often wonder what draws an author to a genre, or maybe more accurately, a genre to an author. What was it that connected you to horror? What was it that made you try another genre?

WK: Honestly, I don’t know. This is a question I’ve considered time and again because my favorite genre to read casually is epic fantasy (think George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, etc.), but the stories that come to me tend to be darker. As I’ve said from time to time, they dip a claw or three in horror but span other genres like fantasy and science fiction too. I write what grabs hold and won’t let go. An idea has to speak to me to get me to dedicate enough time to write the entire story… or maybe it’s better to say, speak through me. I certainly don’t have too much choice about what’s happening once the ideas start flowing. The letters just hit the page with legs running.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cleveland Concoction

Although I am sure that all my readers and followers know of and have probably already signed up, I will be participating in Authors Alley this weekend at Cleveland Concoction.
Not only will I be participating, at this year's event I will be releasing my newest book!
Build Your Authors Alley is a hybrid work. This “Tales from” crossed with a “How to” not only gives a look into how some improvising led to an annual literary event, but how you can create your own.

Here's a snip-it from the "Tales from" aspect:
   "After a few minutes, security arrived, opened the door, and asked the crowd, “Could the authors please raise their hands?”

In that moment you could hear crickets chirp. I glanced around, much like the other attendees, but no hands stood over the crowd. Thinking quickly, I hesitantly raised mine.

“Great,” he barked, motioning me forward. “Just you?”

After a quick explanation that I wasn’t supposed to be running the panel, he shrugged, said, “It’s all yours,” and walked away.

I was astonished, but now the crowd was staring at me. Leading them into the large banquet room, I introduced myself and took the stage to talk about my books and experiences. The panel went well, considering it was completely improvised, and I followed up with a Q and A session. None of it was planned or orchestrated, for I hadn’t even met the convention volunteers, aside from security, but my experience speaking in front of classes allowed me to slip into the role."

And now from the "How to" aspect:
   "Networking is a task many people find arduous or simply don’t understand, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. When you network, you are simply getting to know new people in the industry. Authors, publishers, and editors—no matter who they are—are people. Just treat them respectfully like you would anyone else and build friendships. If you are running an Authors Alley, networking needs to become second nature. You will deal with people of varying levels of celebrity, and connecting with them on social media can prove beneficial down the road. You never know who is friends with someone else, whose recommendation could change your convention overnight, or what the future holds. However, if you are outgoing and friendly and maintain an online connection with your panelists, it can open unexpected doors."
As you will read in BYAA, things do not always go as planned. Such is the case with this release.
That being said, for the time being BYAA with only be available in E-book format.
You can get your E-book on Amazon today.

For those who prefer to have a physical copy, preorders can be requested with me at Authors Alley.
As a thank you for those who do, I will autograph your copy when it becomes available.

As always, I look forward to seeing and interacting with you all.

Just in case you haven’t signed up yet, tickets are still available.
You can check prices and details here.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances