Important Updates!

Hello Everyone!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve used this website, or really done any marketing whatsoever. That’s my fault. I’ve been so consumed with publishing The Blood of Before and finishing The Cults of the Worm that, unfortunately, I’ve neglected my marketing duties.

But no longer!

Firstly, on the books:

THE BLOOD OF BEFORE, book .1 in The Bones of the Earth series, is now available to purchase from your favorite online retailer.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31363809-the-blood-of-before

THE CULTS OF THE WORM, book 3 in The Bones of the Earth series, is now finished and in its first draft. I will be sending it off to beta readers soon, and then to the editor. I aim to have Book 3 released this fall.

As for the marketing:

I am going to take the next month off from writing to focus solely on marketing. I finally feel that I have a large enough body of work to instill confidence in newer readers. Here are my goals for the month:

  • Update website with new designs, content, and blog entries.
  • Finish and post my Kickstarter page.
  • Look into the possibility of setting up a Patreon.
  • Look into more paid advertising.
  • Make connections with bloggers for guest spots, reviews, etc.
  • More giveaways.
  • Visit local bookstores and see about having them stock my book.
  • Work with Hannah in creating an online store for Bones of the Earth memorabilia.
  • Do more live, as well as pre-recorded readings, to post on Facebook and Youtube.

Those are the goals. I think they’ll keep me busy well into the next month. As for the book release schedule, it is the following:

Book 3: The Cults of the Worm.

Book .2: The Agony of After (second anthology).

Book 4: Untitled final book in this Bones of the Earth series.

Standalone Horror Novels #1 and #2.

Sci-fi/horror series.

Hope to have some new content for everyone in the next few days!

Thanks, everyone, for your continued support.

Scott

 

“The Three Heretics” is Now Available for Purchase

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I quietly published The Three Heretics last week, but I held off from making an announcement because I wanted to wait for the book to populate to all the major online retailers. Everything looks good now, so…

I am happy to announce that The Three Heretics is now available for purchase in paperback or eBook from most major online retailers!! And what better a time than on the best holiday of the year?

It took a little longer than I anticipated to get it out, but hey, that’s just how this game goes sometimes.

If you get a chance to read the book, I’d love to hear what you think! Your feedback is crucial in making sure the next book in the series is even better than the last. You can contact me at my website, Goodreads, or Facebook. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Also, The Bones of the Earth should be available as an eBook in most online retailers now. It was locked to Amazon for awhile because of their KDP program, but I’ve decided to take it out of that.

(Not sure why the books aren’t available in iTunes yet, but maybe that’s because iTunes blows big ones.)

Stay tuned for another really big announcement in the next few days. What we’re working on is almost finished; just need to put the finishing touches on it.

As for a status update, The Cult of the Worm, Book Three in the series, is 41k words in. The Blood of Before, the horror anthology takes place before Bones, is finished and currently being torn apart by my lovely beta readers. I expect to have it sent off to the editor in the next month.

That’s it for now! I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks about this next entry into the Bones series.

Here is the full cover by Hannah Graff. Amazing, as always.

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“The Three Heretics” is Done!

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I have some really great news to share!

The Three Heretics has been completely edited and formatted. The cover is also finished. I submitted it last night to Createspace for review, and I expect to hear back from them today. As soon as I do, I’ll order a proof copy with the fastest shipping so that I can read it one more time in person.

If all goes well, The Three Heretics should be available to purchase on paperback and eBook by 10/7/1. For now, check it out here on Goodreads.

Until then, here is the final full cover and synopsis. It does contain some spoilers for those who haven’t reading The Bones of the Earth. Within the book itself, you’ll find a letter of appreciation from me, a map of the world, and the often-requested glossary.

(In the mean time, I’d like to update this site so that it matches the new book)

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THE THREE HERETICS

Through hell,

we find heaven.

Vrana, now a grotesque shadow of her former self, has been enslaved by the Witch and forced into the Void. Meanwhile, the Corrupted involved in the genocide of Geharra and the birth of the Red Worm have begun to impose their worldviews on others.

King Edgar is abandoned in the Nameless Forest and forced into a murderous mission that not only reveals the origins of the vermillion veins, but the unholy events that have led to his rule of Eldrus.

Atticus, the undying gravedigger, seeks revenge against the king for the death of those he loves, while finding a way through the Black Hour itself to resurrect the dead.

Felix, the Holy Child, plagued by visions of Vrana in his sleep, tries to find a way to liberate her from her torment. Unsure who he can trust, he is pulled further into the darkness and treason all around him.

Taking place before, during, and after Vrana’s journey, The Three Heretics explores those three Corrupted who have, through subterfuge and slaughter, righteousness and reluctance, manipulated the world to their liking, while inadvertently bringing it closer to another Trauma.

 

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Bloodless & Final POV for “The Cult of the Worm”

Hello,

Just wanted to share with you a new illustration by Jacquelyn Graff. This is her take on the Bloodless, a mythological plant that you will hear more about in the upcoming release, “The Three Heretics.”

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Also,

A sneak preview of our final POV for “The Cult of the Worm.” This is Book Three in “The Bones of the Earth” series. Spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book.

(Weird to be releasing teasers for Book Three when Book Two isn’t even out yet, but hey, at least you all know I’m working!)

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Updates!

Hello everyone!

First off. I have some awesome images to share with you. All three of these come from Jacquelyn Graff, who is Hannah’s sister (Hannah is the illustrator for the novels, also, as of a few weeks ago, my fiance. Snap!)

 

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Also, my brother and I have been practicing our movie making skills. Check out this masterpiece HERE (very rough. just trying to figure out the basics. goal is to one day film the first chapter of “The Bones of the Earth.”)

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done any sort of update on the status of “The Three Heretics.” Everything is going very well so far, but there were a few things I wanted to wait on being finished before making this post.

“The Three Heretics” is being edited. It has been with the editor for a few weeks now. I can’t give an exact release date, because these processes can take a lot of time, but from the feedback I’ve received from my beta readers, it looks like people are really enjoying the novel. You can check out their reviews HERE

With the help of some friends, I’ve reconsidered what exactly I want to do with the horror anthology. Instead of being advertised as a standalone release that just so happens to have a connection to the “Bones” series, I’m going to make it part of the “Bones” series completely. So “The Bones of the Earth #.01”

The name of the horror anthology of pre-Trauma stories is called “The Blood of Before.” It contains five short stories and one novella, which I literally just finished a few minutes ago. I wrote about 5.5k words today, so I’m a little tuckered. The stories that will be in this anthology are: House of a Thousand Hearts, That Which Walks Behind the Graves, The Easiest Job in the World, Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7, Nights in White Satin, and The Black Hours.

Now that I’ve finished the novella (the Black Hours), I can get cracking on Book 3 in the “Bones” series, which is entitled, “The Cult of the Worm.” Probably need a day or two off to recover from writing, though. Need to refuel!

As for the awesome images from Jacquelyn, she’s expressed an interest in illustrating a lot of the plant life from the universe. She has an awesome talent for that kind of artwork. We’ve been kicking around the idea of creating a botanical guide written by Vrana’s mother, Adelyn, that we could sell as something cheap and fun for the fans.

I’ve been thinking about starting a Kickstarter for the universe. Not necessarily to fund Book 3, but to fund promoting the novel, going to conventions, buying supplies, and getting the word out there. I think the fact that there is already a product available to judge will make people a little more interested in backing the project.

That’s it for now! I’ll begin working on Book 3 soon. I have a couple of ideas for the next horror anthology, but that’s a release that will probably happen between Book 3 and 4. If anyone ever wants to ask me questions, interview me, whatever the hell ever, please, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m pretty much an open book, and I’d love to have any opportunity to be able to communicate with the community.

“The Three Heretics” First Draft is Done! So What’s Next?

I’m glad you asked!

Well, as any writer will tell you, the first draft is not the last drive. As pretty as you make it, as much as you love it at that moment in time, when you go back to it months later, it ends up losing some of its luster. So while “The Three Heretics” is done, it still needs some loving before we move onto the editing stage. So for those who are interested, here is the plan for the months to come.

  1. Rewrite “The Three Heretics” completely. There’s not much to this. I open up the file, go to the beginning, pick an empty line, and start typing everything all over again, making changes as I go. This may seem like a long process, but honestly, it’s not too bad. This way, rather than reading it and correcting when an issue pops up, I’m reintroducing myself to the story, memorizing all the little details I may have forgotten, and fixing things on a more focused level. I anticipate the beginning chapters to take longer than the final chapters, as though were just finished and more representative of where I am at as a writer at this moment. All in all, I expect this process, as long as I don’t dick around too much, to only take like 2-3 weeks. It could be more. I don’t know. It is a really long book.
  2. Beta readers! Want to hear something crazy? People are actually coming to me, rather than me going to them, and offering to beta read my novel! That’s awesome. The fact that people are that excited and invested in the series already (and these are people that I met after I published “Bones,” not pre-existing friends) makes me very happy. So once the rewrites are complete, those who have expressed an interest in being beta readers will be contacted and given the second draft to tear apart, worship, read with a mild indifference, whatever.
  3. Hire an editor! Wait, no, no exclamation point. Hiring an editor is expensive, and like I said, this is a really long book. But, damn it, it has to be done. Unfortunately, Eve Marie, the editor for “Bones” will not be returning to edit this novel. While I wish that she could, editing was a side job that, at the moment, has to be put on the back burner as she works her full time job. No big deal! So while the beta readers are doing their beta reading business, I’ll be scouring the internet for an editor that I feel will serve “The Three Heretics” well … and make me look real good.
  4. While our currently unknown editor is editing, Hannah and I will be putting the finishing touches on the cover. We will also be getting the world map together, and I will be completing the introductory letter and the glossary. Also, we will be coming up with marketing strategies and community things we can take advantage to promote it. It is time to get serious!
  5. Editing takes awhile, so I anticipate I’ll have some time to do other things, too. I hope to have my horror anthology “Black Occult Macabre” out by October. While “The Three Heretics” is getting a makeover, I’ll be trying to write the last two stories for that anthology, which are “The Black Hour” and “Where the Dead Go to Die.” I’ll also be working on my brother and I’s Friday the 13th script. Who knows if anything will happen with that, but it will be fun and … you know … I heard the studio is struggling to move forward with the franchise. If you want some pointers or, like, a screenplay, don’t hesitate to e-mail me, bruhs.
  6. Once “The Three Heretics” is edited and my bank account is lessened because of editing, I’ll review all the corrections and integrate them correctly (unlike I did last time). Then, I’ll ughhhhh then I’ll format the Createspace and Kindle files so they don’t look like mutant freaks of novels.
  7. Then release! So what is the release date? I have no clue. I wanted it to be out this summer, preferably around when “The Bones of the Earth” was released, but who knows if that will happen. But I think we can get this done in the next few months. I want it out there real bad.
  8. June 10th is the one year anniversary of “The Bones of the Earth.” Obviously, going to have to do something special for that. But what? Hmm.
  9. Well, after all that is done, I guess I’ll just have to start on the next novel, which is entitled “The

See ya later!

“The Three Heretics” Cover is Coming Along Nicely

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A work in progress. A not-so-great picture of a screen, just to make the full reveal that much more fun.

To give each book in the series an identity that tells the readers “this is a Bones’ book,” commonalities will be shared between them. The front cover and back cover will generally mirror one another, with the protagonist being on the front and the antagonist on the back. However, in this case, an awfully familiar skeleton dude is chilling on the front. I don’t remember him being too nice. So who could possibly be on the back?

Dun-dun-dun!

Come and Meet Your Three Heretics!

Hannah and I have been working on the cover for “Three Heretics,” Book Two in “The Bones of the Earth” series. Here are some sketches for our three heretics, the main characters of the novel. Just like “Bones,” there will be characters mirroring them on the back cover, but you’ll have to wait a little longer before I reveal them.

(If you’re reading this on Goodreads, apologies for the wacky-ass formatting.)

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