Sunday, December 14, 2014

Introducing The Priors

I am happy to announce a new series that will be released serialized and later in two complete books.

The Priors is a tale of parallel worlds, child abduction, a black-ops agency fronting as priests, and the struggle to make amends for horrific past decisions. This fantasy tale includes vampires, sagging creatures known as the Pazzege’tuk who are linked to humans along a different evolutionary track, and human shifters who evolve in early childhood. With The Priors, nothing is as it seems. 

Simon Critchell with S & S Creative did a wonderful job with the covers. And here they are for the first time. Part 1 is To Kill a Priest. Part 2 is titled To Kill an Assassin. Episode 1 of this thrilling chase begins Friday, December 19 and will be available for free on Barnes and Noble and similar sites.

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Adventures within Adventures at Book Reader's Heaven

A very thorough reader and book reviewer recently read A Life of Death and did something that impressed me. I'd never seen something like this done before, but it was really cool.

Glenda Bixler at Book Reader's Heaven chose not only to review the book, but to also incorporate sections of the initial chapters, summarizing other parts and taking her fans on a journey into A Life of Death. She incorporated pictures representing key pieces from the novel and really did a wonderful job.

If you want a great experience and to learn about new books, this is one site you should bookmark and keep coming back to for your next read. Glenda is a wealth of information and full of surprises. Stop by Book Reader's Heaven to start your next adventure.

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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Haunted Thanksgiving Dreams

Ever dreamed of something unsettling—sometimes horrifying, other times so vivid you feel like you’ve woken up from a memory, and still others that cause you to panic like a cornered rabbit?

I’m not that anxious of a person—pretty laid back if you know me—but last night was filled with one of those disturbing dreams that made me check to see if rabbit droppings were strewn from the window to my bedside. This isn’t the Matrix, but last night’s dream could easily have fit into the trilogy of movies. For me, sometimes dreams like that can lead to story ideas, but thus far I’ve got nothing. So, I thought I’d share what woke me up panicked repeatedly this Thanksgiving eve.

It started off on a good note, with a new high school English teaching job. I don’t know why, but my current job was at a BB-Q and burger joint that doubled as an indoor water park. (Don’t ask how or why. I don’t know. Just go with it.)

The school year started the very next day. Before the school day started, I was struggling to get my teaching supplies out of the back office of the BBQ joint—yes, beyond the water slides and spinning oversized waterpark castles. I half expected Kirby to come spurting out of one. While freaking out about being late to my first-period class, I arrived to discover I had forgotten an essential box. I’m not sure what it contained that I couldn’t do without, but I skipped out during class and went back to that soggy burger establishment.

When I arrived, somehow the waterpark had grown, the wading pool overtaking the entire center area with the cedar-sided restaurant lining the sides like a Wild West town in some uncanny carnival. Trekking through the knee-high waves, dozens of kids spun around on Rubbermaid castles, spraying me down like I was on fire. I somehow made it to the storage room for the box then ventured back out. It was insane! In seconds more castles sprouted up, drenching me and crowding in as I tried to make my way back to the entrance.

I never did find out how the first day of the job went or whether I got laid off, because the waves and water weighed me down more and more. I was slogging forward at just an inch a step. A deluge assaulted me from every angle, and I could barely catch a breath.

I finally awoke for the third and final time in two hours, my heart pounding in my chest like a metronome on fast forward. I honestly think there must have been something in the turkey this Thanksgiving, because that was one rollercoaster ride I never saw coming.

Some people say dreams are how your subconscious speaks to you, telling you what you’re going through or what’s stressing you. Although the study of dreams has intrigued me, I really don’t know what in the world this one might be saying. Any ideas?

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Another Wonderful Book Site Reviews A Life of Death

I am happy to report another A Life of Death review from a great book site, Number the Stars. Tet begins by saying, A Life Of Death is a good combination of family drama, paranormal, action, and suspense." To find out more, visit the site and see what all they had to say about this new paranormal mystery series. 

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

In Search of Wonder With the Greats

Today was an exciting day. I don’t talk much about one side of my life on this blog, that of being a high school English teacher, but today was one where both the author and teaching sides came together. I spent the day immersed in the NCBLA In Search of Wonder conference in Perry, Ohio, with authors of varying experience levels, librarians and teachers from around the state. It was a diverse collection of literature lovers, new and old. Part of me felt like a kid again, finally making it to the equivalent of Disney World, while the author side got to pick the brains of elite members in the YA and children’s writing industry.

There were new authors like Jody Cassella, first-time published YA novelist of Thin Space, science fiction and fantasy author Mindee Arnett, and veteran authors and winners of various major awards like Katherine Paterson, Steven Kellogg, Nikki Grimes, and Chris Crutcher. There’s no way anyone could have grown up in the last 30 years without reading some of their books. It was great meeting authors who have found so much success and touched so many lives for the better.

Nikki Grimes
 During the conference, I had the opportunity to see Nikki Grimes, winner of the Coretta Scott King award for Jazmin’s Notebook, speak from the heart about striving to bridge the racial gap between readers and chosen books. Her passion for writing stories and poetry was clear in her voice and face and certainly spoke to me. When another presenter followed and began reading poem excerpts from Grimes’ published works while the poet and author sat on stage behind her, her eyes closed—nostalgia and emotion floating behind her eyelids as the words echoed through the school theater. A small smile even played across her lips and cheeks. When love and passion are so easily visible, it’s difficult not to be astounded.

Steven Kellogg Speaking at
In Search of Wonder

Steven Kellogg, who wrote and illustrated children’s books like Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, and many more, was a man so filled with enthusiasm that every other word brought an eruption of laughter from the audience. He’s great as a presenter, and I can only hope you get a chance to see him work. As a fan of his books as a child, it wasn’t to be missed.

Many people may know Chris Crutcher best for his YA novels Deadline, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, and The Crazy horse Electric Game.  Originally a therapist in Spokane, Washington, he began writing later and truly comes up with some of the best novels, and quotes. After talking about Deadline, he said something I could not forget, “If you want to make life important, shorten it.” The main character discovers he has Leukemia in the first 7 pages, hence the statement’s relevance.  He also said something that reminded me of a friend and Special Education/English teacher I know named Ed. After reading an excerpt where he compared a secondary character to an “evangelical senator,” he said, “Every once in a while you have to throw your politics in there.” I couldn’t help but chuckle, because it was certainly something Ed would say. The two even look alike, don’t they?

Chris Crutcher and Weston Kincade

Katherine Paterson
Ending the conference was Katherine Paterson, best known for her Newberry Medal award winning novels Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved. Also a great speaker, I couldn’t help but enjoy her story about being a weird kid in North Carolina in fourth grade with another “weird, round kid” named Eugene who wanted to ultimately become a ballet dancer. In the 1940s, this was unheard of, but she later discovered that he succeeded, even performing in New York a great deal. A very spiritual woman, she spoke of how essential parents, teachers and librarians are to the future of our children, saying, “It is up to each one of us to be children’s word of hope made flesh.” Another of her novels, The Great Gilly Hopkins, is being made into what looks to be a wonderful movie and should be released soon.

Katherine Paterson Speaking at
In Search of Wonder

The NCBLA is doing great things for our children and adults alike. We were all children once and grew up with these wonderful books. I encourage you to see these authors present if you can and grab their books. They are certainly worth the time investment, no matter your age.

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bloodcurdling Blowout 2014!

I am happy to announce that today is the first of a week-long giveaway at Literary Litter. It's called the Bloodcurdling Blowout. A Kindle Fire HD and more than 50 books will be given away in the supernatural and horror genre from new, rising, and award-winning authors like Scott Nicholson and Bram Stoker winner John Everson. I am one of those lucky authors participating. I'm offering 3 signed copies of both my 5-star rated novel A Life of Death, book 1, and my co-written short story anthology Strange Circumstances. In addition, there are three copies of each in ebook being given away throughout the bloghop. I highly recommend you stop by and participate. You never know what wonderful books you might win or even the Kindle Fire HD.

You can enter the giveaway through rafflecopter here. And you can also join the bloghop blowout for other great book prizes and gift cards starting today at Literary Litter. Check it out, and enter for your chance to win tons of prizes!

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Getting Book Reviews Without Being a Used Car Salesman

Earlier today Steve Kuhn, an editing client who recently became a fellow author under the Books of the Dead Press umbrella with his Dext of the Dead series, asked me to divulge the secrets of getting good, honest reviews on my books. Kuhn's books are great, a zombie series along the lines of The Walking Dead. So it's been wonderful seeing the response of readers thus far.

Reviews are something all writers want. They act like word of mouth, friends telling friends and strangers about books they'd recommend. My answer was both simple and complex: book bloggers. This isn't the only way, nor are book bloggers the only people who do reviews, but they are a key method to getting the word out about your book and provide honest reviews for readers to rely on.

But it occurred to me that others have asked this question before. In fact, I've answered it for many editing clients at WAKE Editing. New authors are always trying to get the lay of the land so to speak. To provide information for past and future clients and any new author searching for answers, I've organized the answer I gave Steve below on how best (in my opinion) to contact book bloggers and reviewers. However, these steps aren't really secrets. They are pieces of the puzzle I've picked up throughout my writing and editing career. 

Step 1: Research
The first step is researching bloggers that read and review your genre of book. I've provided a list here of sites that list various blogs to research: (This one gives a list of avid readers who aren't necessarily book bloggers but do read and review books)

Steve recommended one more location he's had good luck with, Paranormal and Horror Lovers on Goodreads.

Step 2: Query Letters

Once you've found a good blog to contact, then it's time to write up a quick query that will hook readers and tell them what the book's about.

10 things to remember and include in a query...

1. Personalization
Address the query to the book blogger or reviewer personally and say something about their blog. (A compliment goes a long way.) Don't just address it as "Dear Book Blogger."

2. Make it Easy
You want to make the process as easy for the reviewer and prospective readers as possible. Provide links to find the book/s so they can put them on their website when the review comes out.

3. Review Distribution
Ask the book blogger to leave reviews in the places you want like Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. (They won't always be able to, but most will try.)

4. Sales Pitch
Yes, as an author you have to do a little selling. You have to sell yourself and the book. Include one positive quote or summary from your publisher or a famous author etc... that was said about your book--and no more than that. Don't overdo the sales pitch. Let the book and cover speak for themselves.

For Steve, I personally knew of something James Roy Daley, CEO of Books of the Dead Press, said about the Dext of the Dead series upon its release. It was a great line that could easily be summarized for this purpose, which should provide a good example for others: "The story takes place in an apocalyptic nightmare, and is filled with an amazing cast of original characters that will stay with you long after you've stopped reading." This is a bit long, but summarizing it shouldn't be a problem.

I include a different quote from Daley about A Life of Death in my own queries. He told me upon reading book 1 that it reminded him of when he first read Harry Potter, that it felt like an incredibly comfortable shirt he never wanted to take off. This was something personal, a feeling he had experienced, and one I knew readers could connect with.

Both of these quotes work great for promoting books, so find yours. If you've worked at getting your book out there, you'll have some to choose from. However, only use one. The last thing you want is for book bloggers to think they're being sold on the newest Ford Fiesta to hit the lot.

5. Research Your Audience
Make sure you're book blogger is accepting submissions, takes your genre, and accepts ebook submissions if you don't have print copies to send or can't afford to. This can become a big factor when it comes to sending books to reviewers and bloggers overseas. Bloggers normally address this on the submission page of their site.

6. Review Requests
Don't ask for a positive review. Book bloggers are avid readers and will leave honest reviews. That's what you want to ask for. Honestly, if your book has all 5-star reviews with no mention of things they didn't like, something's going to smell a little fishy to readers anyway. (However, rarely will book bloggers leave anything below 3 stars. Instead they either won't review it or may contact you about the potential review.)

7. Don't Mass Email!
Let me say that again... Don't Mass Email! Always send queries out individually. Yes it takes a lot more time, but mass emails often get caught in spam filters and when they get through are seen as less personal. You want to develop a relationship with bloggers. They are there to help you. They do this for free and get nothing but free ebooks out of the deal. They are invaluable.

8. Don't Assume
You know what they say about assuming--it makes an ass of u and me. So don't assume a reviewer or book blogger will want the book right away. Yes, I'm sure your book is good if you've gone through everything you should be doing (hiring a professional editor, acquiring beta readers, revising), but don't attach your ebook to the email. Often this assumption will push reviewers away. A little back and forth between book reviewers and authors is a good thing. It builds your relationship. Mention that you'd be happy to supply a digital/print copy if they are interested and ask what format the reviewer would like.

9. Relationship Building
Lastly, make your query friendly. Book bloggers are people, just like you and me.

10. A Final Note... 
Don't send follow-up emails to see if they received your initial email. This will do nothing but tick people off, assuming they get it. If they didn't get your first email, they aren't likely to get the follow-up.

In Summation:
There are probably a few questions you have, so here are answers to some I've heard before.

What kind of responses should I expect?

Most book bloggers don't respond to submissions if they aren't interested, but a few will. Some authors get about a 5% positive response rate. Then maybe two-thirds of those will actually leave reviews. If you have a good pitch that isn't too long and will grab the reader in the query, you could see positive response rates of up to 20%. Really, it varies. I'd count on about a 10% positive response. So, if you want to get 30 reviews, you'll need to query around 350 book bloggers.

How long will it take for the reviews to come in?

Days to weeks to months. Sometimes they'll be booked until the end of the year. They'll normally ask if it's okay to add it that far out. My advice, say yes! An honest review, no matter how far away from the present, is one more than you had.

Can I do interviews or other book spotlights?

Yes! Many times book bloggers say on their website if this is something they're interested in. Mention that you'd be open to an interview or something similar in the query if you want. That leaves the door open.

Thanks for visiting. I hope these tidbits help. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or respond below. Additionally, if you know of other great links to lists of book bloggers, feel free to respond with them. Any that will help authors are welcome.

To get in touch with Steve Kuhn, you'll find him on Facebook here or at Diary of a Runner. Or you can read his newly released series Dext of the Dead, available through most ebook retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Sitdown with Fangtastic Books

A Life of Death has been doing well of late. People seem to be enjoying it, and I was recently speaking with Roxanne at Fangtastic Books, a book fan site for everything speculative and paranormal, especially ghosts and vampires. She's even hosting an interview with me that will be available at 6:00 a.m. EST tomorrow morning, Sunday, about the A Life of Death collection and writing in general.

For a fun look at great supernatural books and what goes on behind the scenes, stop by the Fangtastic Books interview.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Now Taking Questions on Goodreads' Ask the Author

Recently Goodreads created a new opportunity that I thought was great. It's called Ask the Author. I just encountered it, and as an avid reader and writer, I thought this would be a great opportunity to speak with those who inspired me... at least those still living. I haven't checked yet, but will certainly be looking to see if Stephen King has enabled this function on his Goodreads author account. I kind of doubt it considering how famous he is, but you never know.

For fans of my books or writers interested in editing or publishing advice, I've enabled this function on my author account on Goodreads. Feel free to voice any questions you might have. I've answered a few so far and will try to do so each week, time willing. 

If you have an author you'd love to contact, I encourage you to check and see if they're taking questions using this program. You can get their personal insights on everything from favorite influences to writing techniques and what they have planned for characters in upcoming novels.

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Horror Novel Reviews Gives A Life of Death 5 Stars!

I am very happy to report a new review for A Life of Death. Horror Novel Reviews accepted and read A Life of Death in less than 4 days... and the result: 5 stars! The review includes an in-depth summary and then evaluation on their site.

There are also many more great books and movies being reviewed if you are looking for something new to watch or read.

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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Release for Mark Matthews

“One of the most anticipated reads of the summer.” -The Horror Bookshelf
MILK-BLOOD, by Mark Matthews, is now available on amazon. It is a tale of urban horror set in Detroit that may be unlike anything you’ll read all year. MILK-BLOOD is the follow up to On the Lips of Children, the author’s debut piece of horror. The cover design is from Kealan Patrick Burke of Elderlemon Design, and the story was edited by Richard Thomas, Editor in Chief at Dark House Press.
What’s it about?
     Lilly is ten years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.
      For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly's true father, and both want their daughter back.

The term upon which the title is based, “Milk-Blood” was made famous in the Neil Young Song “The Needle and the Damage Done.” A companion piece featuring a character from Milk-Blood, The Damage Done, is available for free on amazon and has been receiving tremendous reviews.
Praise for MILK-BLOOD

“An incredibly powerful story and one of the most original horror novels I have read in years. Guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat!”—The Horror Bookshelf

"I had to keep on reading no matter what, not able to break its spell." -Goodreads Librarian

“The originality and tension of the urban horror story, Milk-Blood is evident on every page. Matthews takes you to some very dark places, twists and turns, with the rabbit hole going deeper and deeper, until there is no way out. Not for the faint of heart, this story of love, loss, family and acceptance is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish.” — Richard Thomas, author of Staring Into the Abyss

What a dark, twisted and bizarre book this was. One of the most striking urban horror stories I have read in a long time.” Author Adam Light

"This is a helluva story. A discomforting tale of true inner city horrors, told by characters so real they pop off the page. Add the supernatural mix to the story and it really grabs you by the throat. Very much recommended!" — John F.D. Taff, author of Little Deaths

I will be reading a copy as soon as I get a chance. I highly recommend you do so, too.

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

Saturday, June 14, 2014

An Eventful DucKon 23

Author Brian Pinkerton
I had a great time last weekend at Duckon. Meeting authors Brian Pinkerton, John Everson (Bram Stoker Award Winner), W.D. Gagliani (Bram Stoker Award Finalist), David Benton and others was wonderful. The book signing was great, writing panels were awesome, and I even helped out around the Registration Booth. It couldn't have gone better if it had been... well, planned.  Also, I got the chance to meet David Gerrold, the script writer of Stark Trek's "Trouble with Tribbles" and more than 50 books.  

Author Gene Wolfe
Gene Wolfe was also there, yet another celebrated, award-winning author. One of the most memorable things I heard this weekend was from him... a life's lesson we should all take to heart. While showing him to his reading panel, I asked how his day was going. His response: "Well, I woke up this morning. At my age, that makes it a great day!" Cheers to waking up each morning! 

Supposed Reincarnation of Tom Baker
Another fantastic celebrity I got to meet, at least in his altered form, was Tom Baker, the fourth Dr. Who. As you can see, he was trekking around the Westin North Shore Hotel, investigating everything, even the Registration Booth. Evidently he'd forgotten to take care of that earlier on. One morning, a 16-foot python got out and began speeding through the halls, we think in search of Mr. Baker's reincarnation, who would have been a tasty meal for a snake that large. Thankfully, they caught the python before any such snackage had taken place.

Masters of Lightning
I also had a great time meeting up with an old friend, Tavis Potter, and making many new ones. I tell you, the weekend was jam packed, especially after watching Masters of Lightning. It was a great light and music show where tesla coils made the music, performing things like the Ghostbusters theme song and so much more. 

Harp Twins
Then something I never would have expected knocked my socks off - the Harp Twins. If you haven't seen them, check them out. It was like watching Valkyrie Angels thrust to earth, and the music had to be reminiscent of what sailors must of heard when passing the Greek Sirens. I never realized a harp duo playing Guns and Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine" and so many more great Rock ballads could have been that good. They've done music for the Game of Thrones show, games like Morrowind, and so much more. 

Check out Duckon 2015 next year. It's certainly worth it.

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

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hanging at Cleveland Concoction

This was a very exciting weekend at the Cleveland Concoction convention, the first convention in Cleveland in over 20 years from what I understand. Friday was good, as was Sunday with the Star Trek fans taking photos with "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr, the son of late Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek). However, Saturday was certainly my favorite day.

While  at Cleveland's newest convention, I wound up spending a little time with Santiago Cirilo (the mechanic Julio from season 4 of The Walking Dead). Talk about a down-to-earth guy on one of the most famous shows around. If you ever get a chance to meet Santiago, you most certainly will enjoy the easy-going actor.

I also saw well-choreographed dark horror cabaret dancing by the Monster Dolls. Having never seen them before, or anything like it, I can honestly say I would recommend it for anyone with a tendency toward the darker side who enjoys great dancing and very attractive women.

Another group I listened to was called 2D6. They were remanescent of Weird Al with gaming-Mountain Dew IVs permanently attached. The audience laughed throughout, including me. Although, I do need to warn people that the language and content are probably something to keep in mind before your 8-year-old starts listening.

And to top off Saturday night, I got to lead the Author Panel's Q & A.The audience was quite inquisitive, and I was glad to have experience as both an author and editor. I sold and signed some copies of A Life of Death, hosted an author table, and met a lot of new great people. I was impressed with the steampunk attire and vendors at the con. It was a great experience, and I hope others can enjoy a bit too if you find time or are in the area.

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

Friday, May 30, 2014

New 5-Star Book Releases and Covers!

Just the other day, a few exciting things happened that I’ve been waiting on. The A Life of Death series, both book one and its sequel The Golden Bulls, were released as independent novels through my publisher. Right now the ebooks can be found on Amazon, but soon they will be available on all other major ebook retailers.

Not only that, the books have really been dressed up and given even more haunting covers that really do the books justice. I have provided the links below with the new covers so you can see them and grab a copy. Let me know what you think of the new covers. I’m very excited to hear readers’ responses. You can email me or just post below.

A Life of Death, Book One 


The Golden Bulls, Book Two 

Thanks so much for your time. I hope Alex’s paranormal tale and haunting memories of murder become a bright part of your day… if you can call it that. :)

As a side note, I have a different series slotted for release through my publisher, Books of the Dead Press, later this year. The first two books are already completed, and the last in the series will follow. I’ll keep you posted on them. 

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

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Golden Bulls Paperback Release

In addition to getting more 5-star reviews on the A Life of Death series recently, something else is coming to fruition that I thought fans might like to see...

The sequel to A Life of Death, which is currently available as episodes 7-12 in ebook, is about to be released in paperback. Books of the Dead Press just sent me the new cover for my opinion, and I must say that I was excited to see it. The book is titled The Golden Bulls, and here's a sneak peek.

I love that it's in line with the horror and murder mystery aspects of the story. For those of you who know me, you're probably familiar with my proclivity for dead quiet places, especially when they have so much history hidden underfoot. I'm a bit of an oddball with interests in old cemeteries... not to mention their relevance to this story, so this cover hit the spot like a warm cup of Joe first thing on a lazy morning.

In addition, there are a few more things coming down the pipeline, so I'll let you know more when there is confirmation. Until then, I think I'll head over to the Cleveland Concoction Sci-fi and RPG convention next weekend. It should be a lot of fun for anyone in the area with similar interests.

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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Keep the 5 Star Reviews Comin'

The last few weeks have been quite busy for me, what with teaching, running WAKE Editing, and  the limited time I have to continue writing. However, I'm excited to say that a couple more book bloggers have just finished reading and reviewing A Life of Death and its sequel The Golden Bulls. A Life of Death is told through episodes 1 through 6 while The Golden Bulls starts with episode 7 and goes through 12.

Charlie Kravetz, book blogger at Keeping Dreams Book Reviews, read the entire series together. He wrote a review for the different bundles and even a couple for the first episodes, which I am extremely grateful for. Feel free to read along with him and see his take on the books:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review

Bundle 5-8 Review
Bundle 9-12 Review

And just today, Star at The Bibliophilic Book Blog released a review of The Golden Bulls after finishing A Life of Death some months back. Star's original review of A Life of Death can be found here. The subsequent book review of The Golden Bulls can be found here.

Since the series' serialized release through Books of the Dead Press, it has hit the top 100 more than a few times and in 4 different categories simultaneously. If you haven't read it yet, grab a copy of the 4-pack bundles while they are on sale for less than a buck a piece: 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

Happy reading!

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the Altered Realities series, A Life of Death collection, and Strange Circumstances

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Great Start to Spring Break!

Well, I must say that this has been a good start to spring break. I just finished editing Steve Khun's upcoming zombie series, have no classes to teach, and I got up this morning, ready to prepare for my Megabus trip to Chicago later this evening. For the heck of it, I figured I'd see how the episodes of A Life of Death were doing on Amazon. Low and behold, it seems quite a few readers discovered the books overnight. The initial free episodes have taken top rankings: 12th and 24th place in Family Life, 23rd in Literary Fiction, and 88th in Occult.

Also, with the episode bundles on sale at .99 a piece for 4 episodes, that's both entire books for under three bucks, 6 episodes each! No wonder they're rolling up the rankings, too. If you haven't read the first two books in the A Life of Death series, now's a great time to get your copies.

Bundle 1-4
Bundle 5-8
Bundle 9-12

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the Altered Realities series, A Life of Death collection, and Strange Circumstances

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Author Interview on Wanted Readers Blog

I just had a great interview with Ashna at Wanted Readers. I was happy to hear that the blog was interested in getting to know me a little better and find out about my trending YA novels in the A Life of Death series. Find out more and check out the other wonderful books Ashna recommends.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the Altered Realities series, A Life of Death collection, and Strange Circumstances

Monday, February 24, 2014

When Characters Leave the Page!

It really is astounding what characters from books have time for these days. I was lying in bed amidst flitting dreams that came and went as I drifted in and out of consciousness. Then, suddenly I awoke to a green, flashing light beckoning me. It was my cell phone on the bedside table, signaling that I had a message or alert of some kind - an email, voice mail, or even a tweet.

Low and behold, it was the latter of the three. Marissa Aldana (@MarissaAldana) added me to a tweet, informing me that Alex from my A Life of Death collection had not only escaped, but taken over a particular person's blog. Seeing this, I immediately flew wide awake, hence my late announcement. It's about 2:40 a.m. Eastern time right now. I couldn't believe it. Alex Drummond isn't one of those mass murdering types, a rapist, or any other psychotic, deranged lunatic you can think of. For those of you who don't know, Alex is a homicide detective, even so far as his love of fedoras.

So, what's so important that he's jumped ship from his own series and taken a stranglehold on Kayla's Place?

I really don't know. I hear there's crime scene tape involved, so I'd better head over and find out. Feel free to join me at Kayla's - Wait, scratch that. I hear tell that he's styled it as Alex's Place now. God help me!

On a side note, it looks like Kayla's somehow regained access to the blog and is raffling off a free $10 Amazon gift card. I'm not sure if she's sitting in the attic with her laptop, stealing someone's wireless or what, but that's like 10 $.99 books, or 5 $1.99 books, or... well you get the picture. Stop in and enter to win quickly.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the Altered Realities series, A Life of Death collection, and Strange Circumstances