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Monday, August 5, 2013

Scare Me

Hello, Fire Enthusiasts. Are you enjoying your summer? The part I like about it is its demise. *laughs* I like the part about my wife and kids being mostly home; however, it’s the heat I can do without. It seems like I just spend the time trying to avoid it, you know? As a horror writer it will not surprise you to hear that I can’t wait for Halloween. Actually, it’s the cooler temperatures that I can’t wait for. It really has little to do with things that go bump in the night.

There isn’t much going on over here. Work is still long and busy. For those of you who may recall me talking about exercise, I have finally managed to climb back upon my treadmill. I quit because I was struggling to find the time. I was spending an hour or so on the laptop in the morning, working 11 hours, getting home for dinner, spending another hour or so on the laptop and then going to bed. That was my day. Now that the July book blog tour is over, I’m quickly jumping on the treadmill as soon as I get home. I end up having to warm up my dinner, but at least I’m getting in the work.

On the writing front, I’m starting to feel the itch to write again. I’ve got some ideas in my head for the next project, but I am as of yet undecided. I’ve got a couple of novels that are jockeying for position in my head to be next. I also have a short story that seems to want to be resurrected from the dead. It was one of the first things I wrote. It seems to be begging me to be gutted and redone. I may pair it up with two other stories and offer it as a free read. If it’s going to be free forever, then I won’t want to spend much on the editing/packaging. Stay tuned.

Before I go, I’d like to share a book with you.

Scare Me by Richard Jay Parker
A year or so ago I read Parker’s Stop Me and loved it. I came away from the experience very impressed with his work. Little did I know what the man could do!
Here’s the synopsis:

“When did you last Google yourself?”
Wealthy businessman, Will Frost, gets woken in the middle of the night by an anonymous caller, asking him exactly this.
When Will goes online, he finds a website has been set up in his name, showing photographs of the inside of his home, along with photographs of six houses he’s never seen before.
In the first of these strange houses, a gruesome murder has already taken place.
Will is then told that his own family is in mortal danger.
The only way he can keep them safe is to visit each of the houses on the website in person – before the police discover what has happened there.
Seven houses.
Seven gruesome homicides.
Seven chances to save his daughter’s life…

Intrigued? You should be. I was truly blown away by this novel. It is his best work – by far! It was so gripping the way this man had to go from house to house, country to country in a mad dash to rescue his daughter. He even met the killer on occasion, and once when he knew exactly who is was that he was staring at – yet could do nothing about it. However, in a really good piece of suspenseful fiction, things are not as they seem. This story was full of twists and turns that you really will not see coming.
            Highest honors for Scare Me. I found the book to be in a class by itself. I really did.

            We'll talk soon.


  1. Hi Jimmy
    Glad all is well and you've found that treadmill and started getting the writing itch again. You're too good to stop scratching...

    Teresa xx

  2. This sounds great! I enjoyed reading this post.

  3. Ewww! Now that is scary! Don't think I could read that one.

    I'm in agreement with you on the heat, my friend. But I have to say (and this isn't bragging or anything), we've had a really pleasant summer. Maybe we're in for an ice age. We've had a very cool day today--it is August 5th, isn't it? I'm not complaining.

    Have a fine day and hope you get a longer time to work on those projects, Jimmy!

  4. Good for you for getting your itch on. :)

    I hear you on the heat too. It's been brutal here in Texas. Fortunately, it should be mild when you get here in October.

  5. congratulations for getting back on the treadmill! Maybe you could watch Dexter while you're doing that, lol. Scare me, definitely sounds scary. I'll have to keep it in mind for when I'm in the mood!

  6. My treadmill is 1 foot behind me, lurking, waiting for me to once more return to it. You inspired me and perhaps a 10 min stroll on it wil get me back into the mode. Plus, like you, I have several stories jockeying for position with many times it being a photo-finish as to which one will win. Good luck.

  7. That is an intriguing premise!!

    I'm sad to see summer end, but in the Midwest it seems we haven't had enough of warm temps this year! :)

  8. Love that premise myself. Just put Scare Me on my tbr list. Stay cool. (I love the heat, by the way. LOL)

  9. Thanks for the prod that I need to jump on my treadmill more often. I'd like the heat of summer to go away, too.

  10. I think you should work on the short story that wants to be resurrected from the dead--that's right up your alley.

  11. Free books are a great marketing tool and introduce new readers to you. Think about offering the book to peeps who sign up for email updates.

  12. We could all do better by listening to out instincts. Go for the short! :) Glad to hear you're enjoying some freed up time, even if that is spent exercising (ew!).:D

    Sorry you couldn't comment on my blog. I did a test and I could, so it might be the vile incompatibility between WP and Blogger profile, or something equally irritating. DOn't let it put you off in future :)

    Shah X


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