Friday, December 15, 2017

Indie Bookmas Day 6: The Curse by Nikki S Jenkins

Happy Star Wars Day!  Though many people have probably already watched the movie and spoiled it on the Internet.  Anyway, I'm not here to talk about Star Wars.  I'm here to talk about another indie published book:  The Curse by Nikki S Jenkins.

After a horrible prank, a distraught girl takes her own life, leaving a devastated best friend in her wake. Vanessa reacts by enlisting the help of her aunt, who casts a curse on those she deems responsible - her high school's resident power couple, Josh and Anna.

The curse manifests itself when Anna begins to show infantile traits while Josh's masculinity slowly abandons him. How far will the curse go? And can Vanessa see the error of her ways before it's too late? 

This is both a gender swap story and an age regression story.  Though the age regression isn't physical so much as mental as the girl begins acting more and more like a baby.  For the most part this was good, though I didn't really like the ending and the parts with characters besides the victims of the curse were kind of lame.  Still better than a lot of the crap put out there.

Buy it for $2.99 on Amazon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Indie Bookmas Day 5: Terrestrial Affairs by Tony Laplume

The newish novel by my favorite frenemy, Tony Laplume!  It's Terrestrial Affairs.

Eloise meets Hollym, who sort of crash-landed to Earth as the vanguard of an alien invasion. They fall in love, but obviously it's complicated. What follows is a mad dash across worlds as they struggle to secure a most forbidden love.

What can I say?  It's definitely a Tony Laplume novel.  (Honestly if I say anything bad he'll never let me forget it.  Shhhh.)

Buy it for $2.99 on Amazon!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Indie Bookmas Day 4: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

This one is more small published than indie published.  Anyway, if you've worked in an IKEA or just visited it, you probably know what an annoying, confusing experience it can be.  Now imagine being locked in there at night with things going bump.  That's the concept of Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix.

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.

This is another I can't really recommend.  It started out as a fun light read, like Scooby-Doo in an IKEA.  I wish it had stayed there because about halfway through it turns into this dark gore-fest.  It wasn't really what I was hoping for from it.  but I've had people pissed about that with some of my books, though maybe not to this extent.

You can get it for $2.99 from Amazon and other retailers!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Indie Bookmas Day 3: Swap or Die by Nikki Crescent

Every time I send an Eric Filler newsletter I try to find a gender swap type book that's on sale to also advertise.  So on Fridays I'm going to highlight one of those for Indie Bookmas.  Today it's Swap or Die by Nikki Crescent.

"Style’s hands dug into my long soft hair as my head started to move up and down the length of his manhood. He pulled me in tight, forcing his quickly lengthening shaft further down my throat."

Roxy is just trying to go through the motions of her mundane life, but something seems off. Things happening around Roxy just aren't adding up. As the days go by, strange images start to manifest in Roxy's brain. Images that don't seem to belong to her... Not only do they not belong to her, they don't belong to a woman at all.

Soon enough, Roxy begins making sense of the memories, and begins to discover that she used to be a man who was given a deadly ultimatum.

Swap or Die is a 5500 word erotic thriller, bound to get your panties wet and your blood flowing. 

It was kind of interesting that this starts after the gender swap has already been accomplished.  The downside of doing this is a lot of readers like the transformation thing.  In fact, some like you to go into it in great detail, which is something I usually don't want to do. Trying to describe it in minute detail takes you out of the person's point-of-view.  Anyway, this was fairly interesting as the girl doesn't remember she used to be a guy but is sort of having flashes of it.  This could have been expanded a lot more than 5500 words.  Just saying.  Like I said in my review, it's one of the better gender swap stories I've read--that I didn't also write. 😏

Get it for $2.99 on Amazon!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Indie Bookmas Day 2: Rollie Gold by Joe Basara

Joe Basara is one of my favorite indie authors who I don't know on social media.  His loss, I suppose.  I heard of him through Ethan Cooper a while ago and really enjoyed most of his books.  The fifth book in his Cypress Lake series is called Rollie Gold.

Rollie Gold's father had been a Marine drill instructor during World War II, and treated him like just another raw recruit who needed to be run through boot camp. At least this was Rollie's opinion, though as a kid he loved to hear his father's war stories of when he'd fought in the Pacific. When his mother later told him these stories were untrue, it felt like a betrayal. His mother made him promise he'd never tell his father, and he never did, but whatever chance they had of ever enjoying a healthy father-son relationship seemed lost. In his twenties, he moved to Oregon with three companions to live on a commune. There, he came to see a parallel between the four of them and four characters he'd read about in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance. He came to see this romance as his personal myth, but later came wonder if it might be only an illusion. Growing older, he came to equate this illusion with his father's illusion about fighting in the war. This novel focuses on five years in Rollie Gold's life. In his own words, Rollie describes his thirty-year search to find a reconciliation with his father. 

I can't really give this book a recommendation.  I thought it was as boring as the cover.  Some people complained about Where You Belong that the main character is too passive, but Frost Devereaux is a dynamo compared to this guy.  The commune part is especially dull and it just seems to go on and on.

But just because I didn't like the book doesn't mean other people will.

Get it for only 99 cents on Amazon!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Indie Bookmas Day 1: Hyde by Nigel G Mitchell

Since the first Jekyll & Hyde novel by Robert Louis Stevenson in the 19th Century there have been plenty of updates in books or movies.  Has anyone written it from the monster Hyde's point of view?  Well someone has now!

In the spirit of "Maleficent" and "Wicked," get ready to see one of fiction's greatest villains in a whole new way with HYDE.

You may think you know the story of Jekyll and Hyde, but what if Hyde wasn't the monster? That's the question faced by Henry Jekyll's lawyer Utterson when a mysterious woman gives him a manuscript in the dead of night. In the pages, Utterson finds a new account of the story from the perspective of Edward Hyde, trapped in the body of Henry Jekyll, and hated by all men. As Hyde struggles to build his own life independent of his creator, Hyde finds himself drawn into sin and corruption, abused and driven to violence and murder. At the same time, he discovers the cruelty and hypocrisy of society at large. Prepare for a compelling story, not about good and evil, but the shades of gray that lie in between them. 

What I liked is this is essentially a story about nature vs nurture.  Is Hyde born evil or does he become evil because the world treats him that way?  The answer seems more the latter.  As someone who is not physically attractive I can feel sympathy with Hyde's plight.  Most people will treat you with varying degrees of disdain if you're not good looking and/or rich and/or powerful.  I had more than a few job interviews where I walked into the room and interviewers checked out mentally pretty much right away.  It's even worse if you're ugly and deformed like Hyde.

Get it for a mere 99 cents on Amazon!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Indie Bookmas Returns December 4th!

Last year I used the time up until XMas to spotlight various indie published books.  Which probably resulted in 0 sales.  But let's do it again!  Starting on Monday I'll spotlight an indie or small published book each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday up until XMas.  So there.

Here's one last Storypalooza idea I had inspired by playing fantasy football this fall in my brother's league.  This would be a lot better for a screenplay than a novel.  Let's call it Fantasy League.

Like Major League you have a scumbag owner who wants to move his team to LA or Vegas from a smaller, grittier city.  Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell is a loser who doesn't have a real job and spends most of his time studying stats and managing his fantasy football team. One day the owner of the local team is on sports talk radio and Sandler/Ferrell calls in and gets into it with the owner.  As a publicity stunt (and to help the team tank and move) the owner decides to hire Sandler/Ferrell as the new team general manager. 

And from there Sandler/Ferrell finds managing a real team is a lot more difficult than a fantasy team.  There are early struggles and Sandler/Ferrell is ready to quit.  But with the support of some girl who works in the office, he starts to turn things around.  And of course in the end the team manages to get to the playoffs and stay in the city and Sandler/Ferrell has a new career and a new girl.

A lot of sports comedy cliches in there!  Which is why it could totally happen.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Storypalooza: Love After Death

This last idea I probably came up with in the mid-2000s.  I don't really remember it all that well, but it was supposed to mix a literary marriage story with a vampire story.  Because why not?  It probably had a title, but I can't find the old notes so I'm just calling it Love After Death.

Like I said, I don't remember this all that well, but the idea was there was a couple who met and fell in love and all that good stuff.  But over time they started to fall out of love for one reason or another.  They were probably even discussing a divorce.

Then one night the guy is jumped in the dark and bitten by a vampire!  He finds he can't tolerate sunlight without burning really bad so he has to stay indoors during the day and out of the light.  And of course he has a craving for blood.  A lot of the other stuff about garlic, crucifixes, turning into a bat, sparkling, and so on turn out to be BS.

For a while the guy and his wife are brought together by this crisis.  He does an OK job of keeping the bloodlust under control.  He starts out sucking blood from animals and then maybe some homeless guys and whatnot.  But the need for blood eventually overwhelms him until he starts to kill normal people.  One night he even goes after the wife, but stops from biting her.

She runs off into the night while the guy goes up on the roof to wait for the sunrise.  He's actually been narrating this whole story while waiting to die.

Kind of depressing, but the end is one thing I remember about it.  What do you think?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Storypalooza: The Agoraphobic's Wife

Over 10 years ago I had an idea for a literary fiction story or maybe a kind of romantic story called The Agoraphobic's Wife.  I mean there have been plenty of other "So-And-So's Wife" books, right?  I actually wrote a chapter or two of this when I was on vacation in Tawas, Michigan.  But it just wasn't clicking for me and I dropped it--and all writing for about six months.

The idea is pretty obvious on the surface:  a woman marries an agoraphobic guy and has to deal with his phobia. 

The couple would meet when they were young and form a friendship.  The guy would show some quirks, but the problem wouldn't get too bad until around the time of the wedding.  He's able to white-knuckle it through that and things seem like they're going to be all right.

But eventually the guy refuses to go outside.  The woman puts up with this for a while.  Over time, though, the guy's world becomes smaller and smaller.  It goes from not leaving the house to not going downstairs to not leaving the bedroom and maybe in the end not leaving bed.

It's another one of those where I'm not really sure how it was going to end.  Maybe she leaves the guy.  Or maybe she stays.  Or maybe she kills him.  Or maybe he kills himself.  How do you think it should end?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Storypalooza: Western Swing

Happy Black Friday!  Here's the last of my nonfiction ideas.  It would be like a coffee table book of the pictures I took when I was out west 3 years ago.  I call it Western Swing.

It would be a lot of work to screen the pictures to find ones that don't look terrible.  Even then I suppose they wouldn't be of professional quality.  The amount of work it would take is probably why I haven't tried it yet. 

You can always review my trip west by clicking on this link.

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