Mercedes M. Yardley’s NAMELESS re-release is available now!

What the hell is a Bone Angel, anyway?

In case you’ve been living beneath a rock these last few months, my good friend Mercedes M. Yardley’s first novel, NAMELESS: THE DARKNESS COMES, was picked up by Crystal Lake Publishing earlier this year. It’s slated for re-release . . . today!

I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I wrote a review for it—which isn’t something I normally do. Here’s what I had to say:

won’t recap the plot because you owe it to yourself to discover it on your own. All you need to know going into this is that the story walks a fine line between light and shadow, heartache and triumph. Are there demons? Oh yes. Some of them are amusing; others are terrifying–and caught in the middle is Luna Masterson, the smartass, hard-edged, and entirely likeable protagonist.

What I enjoyed most about novel is its pacing and the author’s style. The book is plotted well enough that you’ll find difficulty in putting it down. Seriously. I finished the latter 50% of this book in a single sitting.

Although Yardley’s style has been described as “whimsical,” I personally think “disarming” is a better way to describe it. The prose is light, quick, snappy–and catches you off guard when the darkness seeps up from the cracks, bringing with it all sorts of nasty, vile things filled with hate and malice. Yardley utilizes this to great effect, structuring the plot around a series of escalating events that put Luna through the motions until you’re left wondering if she can hold it together.

Can she?

I’m not telling–but what I will tell you is that Mercedes Yardley’s debut novel does not disappoint. Why not step into the shadows and find out for yourself?

For a limited time you can snag the Kindle edition for just 99 cents, so stop wasting your time here. You could be reading this wonderful book.

TK

Unplugging for the holiday, but before I turn off the lights…

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Hey, folks.

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to unplug for the remainder of the year. Okay, that’s a lie—there wasn’t much deliberation at all. I’m feeling a little burned out and frustrated with my writing, and I think I need to step away for a few weeks and start fresh next month.

There are some things coming up that you need to be aware of, though:

Starting today, all Kindle editions of my stories—Monochrome & ULT alike—will be heavily discounted for the rest of the year. OBEY. CONSUME.

The last Geeky Writers broadcast of the year is on December 16th at 8 PM. Guest authors Jay Wilburn and Nikki Nelson-Hicks will be joining us for the shenanigans. RSVP at the Facebook event here.

Finally, here are some books you should buy as gifts for other people (or for yourself):

Jonathan Winn – Martuk…The Holy
Kevin Lucia – Through a Mirror, Darkly
Jay Wilburn – Time Eaters
Armand Rosamilia – Chelsea Avenue
J. L. Murray – Eat the Ones You Love
Glenn Rolfe – Blood and Rain
Stephen Graham Jones – After the People Lights Have Gone Off
Eryk Pruit – Hashtag
Thomas Ligotti – Songs of a Dead Dreamer/Grimscribe
Laird Barron – X’s For Eyes
Paul Tremblay – A Head Full of Ghosts
Nikki Nelson-Hicks – Jake Istenhegyi: The Accidental Detective Vol. 1
Ray Cluley – Probably Monsters
Terry M. West – What Price Gory?
Stuart Keane – Grin
Mercedes M. Yardley – Beautiful Sorrows
Anthony J. Rapino – Soundtrack to the End of the World
Chris Larsen – Losing Touch
Kealan Patrick Burke – Sour Candy

I think that’s about it. I’ll have a couple of posts scheduled to go live over the next several weeks, but otherwise, this site will be dark until January. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

Cheers,

TK

Crossroads

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I’ve been mostly quiet on the writing front these last couple of weeks. The cause is a familiar one: I find myself at a crossroads, faced with a number of different ways to approach a much larger plot problem with Book 3. So in the face of indecision, I decided to sit down in the middle of the road and think about things for a while. And like all the other times I’ve been stumped with a riddle related to a work in progress, I’ve turned to other projects to stretch my creative legs.

In a nutshell:

  • I sent out a query for the first time in . . . shit, I don’t know. Years? Almost a decade? The odds are against me with this, but it seemed like the right thing to do. I won’t say anything else about this unless I get good news–and if that happens, it won’t be until sometime next year.
  • NaNoWriMo began this month, and I got to thinking about a novel I started for NaNo 2012 that got shelved. I opened up the Word document and dusted it off to discover I’d written almost 13k words, and the plot actually made sense; furthermore, I figured out how to get around the problem I ran into, and . . . well, I’m seriously considering putting Monochrome 3 aside to work on it. Right now I feel too constrained with Monochrome 3, like I’ve boxed myself in and can’t see the forest through the trees, if that makes sense? Probably not. In any case, I think a palate-cleanser is exactly what I need.
  • Speaking of submissions, I intend to pull out one of the unfinished ULT stories from last year and complete it for the upcoming submission window for Crystal Lake’s third volume of the Tales From the Lake anthology series. I’m not sure which one yet, but when I figure that out, you’ll be the first to know.
  • I’m also in the process of wrapping up a project I’ve had in the works with Tony Rapino for over a year now. There’s just a tiny bit left to go, and then . . . well, I can’t tell you. Not yet, but soon. Next year’s going to be an exciting one.

That’s about it. The TL;DR version boils down to me needing to stretch my legs and work on something else for a little while until I can think my way out of a plot jam.

Also, Fallout 4.

More soon,

TK

A worthy cause.

Extra Life

My friend Dave is raising money this weekend for Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY through Extra-Life. He’ll be live-streaming with some of his friends for 24-hours on Saturday via the VideoDestruct account on Twitch. They did this last year and it was a success. I’m not sure which games they’ll be playing, but if you’re into that sort of thing, consider tuning in.

And hey, even if you’re not, you can still support a worthy cause by pitching in a few bucks on their Extra-Life page. DO IT!

TK

Jasper Bark’s BEYOND LOVECRAFT Campaign

I’ve seen this pop up a few times on social media and finally had a chance to check it out. Jasper Bark has partnered with artist Rob Moran to create “Beyond Lovecraft,” a graphic novel of entwined stories set during the aftermath of the dark god Cthulhu’s return. I’ll let Mr. Bark tell you about the details:

The Indiegogo campaign is 29% funded with a month and a half left to go, so there’s plenty of time to pledge a few bucks. If you dig Lovecraft and graphic novels, you should check this out.

TK

[EVENT] Awkward Conversations with Geeky Writers: Costume Party 2.0!

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

Yes, that’s right, folks. The Geeky Writer Gang is getting together once more to celebrate the most wonderful day of the year: HALLOWEEN!

Join us as we go live on YouTube to talk about all things Halloween, from books to movies to games. Anything goes, really. Also up for discussion are our latest releases, works-in-progress, the various goings-on here at Geeky Writer Central, and any other inappropriate topics that always come up in conversation. These things are called “awkward conversations” for a reason, folks.

Keeping with the tradition of the season, we’re going to be in COSTUME. Yes, just like last year, we’re going to be dressed up in some form or fashion. Maybe we’ll even play a game of “Who’s not wearing pants?” (Spoiler: Probably Tony.)

As with past iterations, we’re going to broadcast live via Google Hangouts and stream to YouTube. You can tune into YouTube to catch our antics, and you’ll be able to participate in the chat right on the broadcast page (yes, I finally figured out how to do that). Questions on the Facebook event page are welcome as always. Audience participation is not only encouraged—it’s mandatory!

We hope you will consider joining us!

TK

P.S. In case you missed last year’s Halloween broadcast . . .

The Marathon

 

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My relative silence these last couple of weeks is corollary to my productivity. The writers out there know how important it is to establish a regular writing routine, and that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to accomplish.

It hasn’t been easy. Imagine you’re running a marathon, and you haven’t trained for weeks. Worse, you haven’t stretched your legs or done anything to warm up. That’s what it’s been like for me. These last couple of weeks have taught me an important lesson: all the planning in the world cannot substitute for actual writing.

Book 3 is in progress, but like with every other project I’ve ever started, it’s taking me a while to find my footing. Scenes that I thought were in order have revealed themselves not to be. I typically write chronologically, or try to, so these sudden revelations have thrown me out of my groove. If you recall, I had similar issues with TLM’s first draft, and that required substantial restructuring. I hope to avoid such delays this time around, but at the end of the day, I must go where the story takes me.

I’ve sought advice from several fellow authors in the last several weeks regarding Book 3’s plot. They know who they are, and know I am grateful. I won’t go into details for obvious, spoilery reasons, but let’s just say that I think I’ve found the right direction to take. I’m not 100% sold on it, but for now it’s the one that feels right, so I’m going to see where it leads. I suspect that once this is finished, there will be a lot of excess content cut out of the final draft. So it goes.

That’s about all for now. I am working on the book, albeit slowly–but then again, it always does. Thanks, as always, for your patience. I hope you’re all still here when it’s finally finished.

TK