Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Coffin Hop 2012

I will admit, I don't get into the Coffin Hop, or any hops, as much as I would like to.  A forty hour work week, two crazy kids, a wife with her own hectic schedule, a dog that seems intent on creating as much chaos as possible, multiple ongoing writing projects... they all conspire to keep me from getting as involved with blog hops as I should be.  And with the Wii U being released in a short three weeks, my on-line presence will even more diminished. 

Anyway, excuses aside, a brief note about me for anyone who is visiting here for the first time.  My name is Brad Convissar and I am a dentist by trade.  And if anyone knows horror, it's a dentist.  The look of terror on a patient's face as I, clad in mask and special glasses, lean in with needle that looks like it is ten feet long, aiming for their mouth, is simply unique.  And there is nothing more enjoyable in my profession than yanking out a nice, infected tooth.  Other writers may talk about blood, may try to describe it, but my hands are covered with it every day.  I know blood.  I live blood.  And I know what true horror looks like.

I would love to be able to write full time, but I can't complain about my job.  I enjoy what I do.

By the way, don't forget to visit the main Coffin Hop website at http://coffinhop.wordpress.com where you can discover over 100+ other awesome horror authors

Anyway, on to the Coffin Hop...

Last year I simply gave away some eBooks.  All I asked was the people told me their most embarrassing Halloween costume.  This year I am going to give away some physical books.  I, like many people, still love the feeling of holding a real book in my hands.  Do I read eBooks?  Sure I do.  I read a lot of Indie authors   I'm always reading at least one Indie/small press book at a time on my Droid X.  Would I prefer a physical book?  Yeah, but and let's be honest: a $2.99 eBook is much more appealing than a $14.95 soft cover.  Anyway, this year I am going to be giving away 2 signed copies of Reflecting on Midnight, my novella collection (collects the novellas Dogs of War, King of the Merge, FotoShop of the Gods, I Never, and two short stories The Butcher and Drop House).  I am also going to give out 2 signed copies of my first full length novel, a supernatural thriller called Blood, Smoke and Ashes.  Unfortunately, this will not be available until February, but I will keep e-mail addresses so I can contact winners when they are done.  (Note: the eBook version will be finished beginning of January, and I will gift the winner copies of this in addition to the signed books).

This year, I'm going to ask something slightly different but not difficult: in the comments section, simply tell me the best Indie or small press horror book you have read this year and why.  On November 1st, I will randomly select four winners and announce them on a follow-up post.  If you want a chance to receive a book, you must leave an e-mail address for me... this will allow me to gift you an e-copy of the book as well as contact you about an address where the signed copy can be mailed.

If you you want to know more about me,  click on the "About Me" and "Welcome To My Chair" tabs above.

If you want to know more about my books, which include 2 large short story collections, a two-story short story collection, and  four novellas, hop on over to my official page www.darkestdayspublishing.com.

You can also find my on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BradleyConvissarAuthor.  Don't be shy about following me.  My Twitter handle is @bconvisdmd.  Find me if you dare.

So that's it... I look forward to hearing from you guys.  And next year, next year I hope I will have the time to put together a nice swag bag full of Halloween and horror goodies... maybe I'll start saving the teeth I rip out...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's Been a While

Well, as the title says, it's been a while.  So many other things going on.  And as they say, every minute spent on writing blog posts is a minute not working on actual writing.  But with my first full-length novel at the editor's, being beaten up by a professional, I find myself with a little free time.  Yes, I could be working hardcore on the novella I am finishing up, "The Fountain", or start working on the next book, The Hum, but I am enjoying a couple of days without any writing responsibilities.

Once Blood, Smoke and Ashes returns from the editor for a final go through, I am going to be spending a lot of late nights polishing that up, so there will be little time available for these mundane but necessary tasks, like: setting up advertising dates for February and March (done), putting together a new Darkest Days Publishing site (done, at www.darkestdayspublishing.com), writing up an intro page, an acknowledgment page, an end note (working on it), putting together a new biography (done), putting together the basic eBook document (need to start), putting together the basic print version document (need to start, not looking forward to that) and updating this blog site (still doing).  And those are just the tasks I can think of off the top of my head.

At least I can now cross 'writing my first blog post in over half a year' off the list.  It isn't exciting, but it is done.

Anyway, I'm going to put something up for the Coffinhop in the next day or two.  As soon as I figure out what I am doing.

Keep your eyes peeled for that.  And  I will be posting information, including firm release date and cover image, for Blood, Smoke and Ashes as it becomes available.  But for now, you can click here to be brought to the book's official page over at Darkest Days Publishing.

Thanks for your time.