Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Steel Victory in the 2015 RDSP Reader’s Choice Award poll!
As you can see, this super snazzy belt and bragging rights for the next year are on the line! Congratulations to my fellow finalists: Continue reading
This Saturday in Xenia, Ohio, Bluejacket Books is hosting three Dog Star Books authors for readings, signings, and a bit of Q&A!
By now, you should all be pretty familiar with me and my work, so today I’d like to shine the spotlight on fellow author Matt Betts. (This is where he starts claiming that the light burns, but he’s being silly. He can totally handle daylight-spectrum UV rays. Just ignore the sizzling sound.)
Betts and I met a few years ago when I started doing volunteer work for our publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press (of which Dog Star Books is the science-fiction/adventure imprint). In fact, one of my first volunteer stints for them was proofing the final layout version of Odd Men Out under a massive time crunch. I fell in love with Betts’ crazy steampunk/Wild West world before I actually met him in person. But since we have a shared passion for taking traditional genre fiction and twisting it to the extreme, of course we hit it off like wildfire the first time we did get together!
Though I’m not one for poetry, I have previously reviewed Indelible Ink.
I’m not quite sure what project Betts is working on next (though I’ve been poking at him about an Odd Men Out sequel for ages now), but whatever it is, it’s sure to be good!
I was excited to be part of the Dog Star Books invasion of Cleveland ConCoction this year, and I’m happy to report that this was one of the best conventions I’ve ever attended. I hadn’t been to a full media (versus strictly literary) convention in a few years and this was a fun way to jump back in the fray. It was also fun to see the great cosplay and mixture of people attending the rest of the convention.
I promise I am not actually a tiny adorable puppy.
As I told as many of the staff as I could, it was hard for me to believe that ConCoction was only in it’s third year. Everything was very well run and I had zero problems as a guest and panelist. I highly recommend ConCoction to everyone in the Ohio area, and even from farther away. Continue reading
As the Dog Star Books authors prepare to invade Cleveland ConCoction (March 11-13), our fearless leader* Matt Betts is conducting interviews so that other con attendees can get to know us ahead of time.**
Go here to see my answers to some science-fiction questions*** and be sure to follow Matt’s blog to learn more about the rest of the Dog Star authors as well!
*This a a rotating position in based on location, planetary alignment, and the opinions of our pet cats. Also, it’s hilarious to me that the majority pet in Dog Star author households is of the feline persuasion.
**Forewarned is forearmed.
***I am terrible at following instructions. Please don’t hold that against me.
My fellow Dog Star Books author, Matt Betts, is betraying his speculative fiction roots by writing for the parent company of our imprint: Raw Dog Screaming Press. The audacity! The outrage!
He’s publishing a book of…pirate poetry. Like, actual pirates. With parrots and peg legs.
“Poet. Pirate. It’s all the same really. They both pillage, plunder, drink rum, look for treasure, and sometimes, after too many drinks, they’re known to throw a right hook or two. But that’s the beauty of poetry and piracy-it’s unhinged, a stream of emotions that make you laugh, cry, bleed, bruise, and eat oranges to prevent scurvy. It’s an adventure. It’s feeling the wind on your face from the sea or the page. It’s tasting the salt in the ocean or in your tears. But most importantly, it’s the experience of getting from one port to another, one page to the next, killing one more siren and murdering just one more darling.”
It’s called Underwater Fistfight. It’s going to be AWESOME.
Check out the fantastic cover, featuring artwork by Steven Archer!
There are severe lack of pirates on this cover, Betts.
Archer’s work has previously been featured on poetry collections by RDSP author Stephanie Wytovich (Hysteria and Mourning Jewelry). You can find other pieces at his Etsy store.
For more information about Underwater Fistfight, including the ability to pre-order it, visit Raw Dog Screaming Press or Amazon.
This past weekend (October 23-25, 2015), I attended the fourth annual DogCon, the annual convention hosted by my publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press. Its a wandering convention, and this year we took over Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
I was tagged by Breeanna Pierce, my amazing critique partner, to complete a 20-question survey designed to get to know authors in the blog-o-sphere. For the original post on the tag and the participation guidelines, go here.
Indelible Ink, by Matt Betts
Disclaimer: Betts is a fellow Dog Star Books author and I consider him a friend. However, I purchased a copy of this novel for full price.
Comparing INDELIBLE INK to Matt Betts’ first novel, the steampunk/zombie/giant monster/Weird West extravaganza ODD MEN OUT, does both books a disservice. Instead, INDELIBLE INK is a creature all its own. Specifically, a paranormal/superhuman/crazy assassin/creepy government agents extravaganza.
Deena is the aforementioned paranormal/superhuman/crazy assassin, but the cool thing about this book is that she is not the only one. The other is just as crazy and possibly paranormal and maybe superhuman, but not in the same way. In fact, we don’t even really know all about what makes Deena unique. The fact that Betts never tells us more than the characters themselves know is what makes this book interesting and exciting. Many authors will give enough hints in the narrative to clue the readers in while keeping the characters guessing, but Betts’ characters are smarter than that. Instead, we are along for the full ride of never quite knowing what’s coming next.
Betts is very good at creating ensemble pieces with characters that follow all the expectations of the genre while adding his own flavors to make them stand out. They might not always be likable, but they are always interesting. This is another perk that definitely kept me reading.
Though ODD MEN OUT worked as a stand-alone novel with the exciting possibility of a sequel, I always had the feeling while reading INDELIBLE INK that there was too much going on to be neatly wrapped up in one package. Never fear, the primary plot is resolved, but the novel itself sets up further adventures that left me wanting much, much more.
Rating: 5 stars
(Cross-posted to GoodReads and Amazon.)