Bloodleggers #3 on Blood Reads

I owe everyone an apology for causing the delay of the next part of Bloodleggers.  A couple hours after I woke up on my birthday back on the 17th of the month I realized I’ve been dealing with writer’s block for quite some time.  I wrote about it in my blog in Okay, I’m Blocked…Now What? back on the 19th if you’d like to know more. Anyways, R.J. had a part ready for editing while … Read more

A Book That Makes Us Laugh

This week R. J. and I are sharing a book that makes us laugh.  Over the past year I’ve found that writing comedy is not an easy task, so I respect any author who can do it well. Again, for me (W. J.), there are a few, but this week I’m highlighting only one.   A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore is the most recent book I’ve read that made me laugh my ass off.  In … Read more

Bloodleggers #2 on Blood Reads

“The humans are ignorant and undisciplined. Transformation to our kind without the proper trials and necessary years of indentured servitude is an error in judgment.” –Elder Ysabell of Clan de Bohun, Scotland, The Congress of Glenluce, 1183 A.D. November 5th, 2008, Mile High Mortuary, 6th Avenue, Denver Colorado Regina Todd paced the shiny concrete floor of the crematorium holding a cell phone against her ear with one hand and nervously flicking the black polish off her … Read more

Hell Week

It’s hell week again, or should I say hell half week.  Wednesday is the next release of Bloodleggers and I’m pulling my hair out, still.  So I’ve opened up a bottle of wine and toasted to the hair I have left.  A new wine I haven’t tasted, Raia 2007 Shiraz.  Not bad. My greatest challenge has been changing from a terse 1st person present tense, as The Courier is written, to 3rd person.  If you … Read more

A Book We Have To Read More Than Once

This week R.J. and I are sharing a book we have to read more than once. I can’t decide on one though.  Most of the books I’ve read more than once are about writing. When it comes to fiction, the Dune series qualifies. I’ve read Dune twice and am making my way through the series. The more I read, the more I love it and could read it over and over again. Besides that, I’d … Read more

A Book That Changed Our Lives

On Fridays, for the next few weeks, R.J and I will answer a short question about books.  This week’s question is about a book that changed our lives. R.J. chose Lord of the Rings, primarily because it influenced his decision to write fantasy.  It’s a hard decision because neither of us can say that any one book changed our lives.  Reading horror taught me I wanted to write in that genre, especially after reading Pet … Read more

Featuring Blood Reads for Writer Wednesday

This week for the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop we’re featuring Blood Read, our home for Bloodleggers starting June 30th.  This is a really great place to read free horror by up and coming writers.  Most of the writers also mingle on Vamplit Writers, a group social community where the writers can learn to perfect their craft.  Anyone can join, even readers, so drop by and check out the sites. Follow us on Twitter @bloodlegger.W.J. Howard … Read more

What are your reading habits?

If I don’t get a question from one of my readers, I look for questions on other people’s blogs. This week I found a list of questions on Candace’s Book Blog, a new blog I added to my read list a couple weeks ago. Click here for Candace’s answers. Here are my answers to the questions.  Leave a comment if you decide to share in the fun so I can read your answers. Do you … Read more

Writer Wednesday Blog Tour #17

Every week I weed through over 100 blogs, looking for writing advice, publishing news and books to read. Considering how time consuming this is, I share the posts I find the most interesting here every week. If you’d like me to add your blog to my feeder or a link from my weekly tour, leave a comment on the most current tour or send me a link via Twitter @by_wjhoward. All About Writers On Demon … Read more

Writer Wednesday Blog Tour #14…Still In Progress

Every week I weed through over 100 blogs, looking for writing advice and new and interesting books to read. Considering how time consuming this is, I share the posts I find the most interesting here every week. If you’d like me to add your blog to my feeder or a link from my weekly tour, leave a comment on the most current tour or send me a link via Twitter @by_wjhoward. NOTE: I was sick … Read more

Writer Wednesday Blog Tour #10

Every week I weed through over 80 blogs, looking for new reading material and writing advice. Considering how time consuming this is, I share the posts I find the most interesting here every week. If you’d like me to add your blog to my feeder or a link to my weekly tour, leave a comment on the most current tour or send me a link via Twitter @by_wjhoward. All About Writers & Books Love a … Read more

Yelp

Button the Maltese began the morning ritual of yapping and waking neighbors when he saw Digger the Beagle poke his nose through a small rounded hole in the fence. Digger followed suit, baying back at his neighbor, but unlike most morning, the commotion abruptly stopped a few seconds later. The dogs’ owners didn’t care why the barking stopped. They were instead content with the silence until an hour later when Chang, Button’s owner, decided to … Read more

Something to Hide

This story was submitted to a writing contest a couple months ago and made it to the top 100 judging, but didn’t place. Everyone has something to hide, but they can’t hide it from me. I see their secrets in a cloud, literally hanging over their heads. I suppose that’s why I became a private detective. I started seeing people’s secrets after serving in the Army during the height of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. … Read more

Down the Dark Staircase

In one of my networking groups, we were challenged to write a fifty word story. Down the Dark Staircase below is my contribution. The second half came out a little to poetic though. She flipped the switch, but no light illuminated. A tight grip on the banister would guide her down the staircase, and unknowingly into a breakneck slash. It pulled her into the darkness and bit, not knowing its death strike missed. She trashed … Read more

Successful for the Porn Industry, Why Not for Horror Books

I just finished reading Quirk Has Unlikely Hit with Jane Austen-Zombie Mash-up. The porn industry has been retitling Hollywood films for years, so I’m surprised re-writing classics with a horrific twist hasn’t been caught on sooner. Sure, for major publishers it’s all about making money, and we the public have settled for what they produce. However, I get irritated when authors don’t even have to try to be unique anymore to get a huge book … Read more

Book Review: The Savage Detectives, by Robert Bolano

I finished Robert Bolano’s, The Savage Detectives this week. It’s the first of his books I’ve read, and I’ll definitely read more of his books. The review on Shelfari that leads with, “A study in perceptual bias and how the same story is different depending on who tells it.” pretty much says it all about the book. I can see where some people might have a hard time reading the book though. It’s uniquely written. … Read more