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Saturday, August 19, 2017

My NEW YA/coming-of-age drama, Suriviving High School

I normally write horror novels. Short stories, screenplays, everything horror. It's my forte. It's what I enjoy most. But now I've ventured out of my comfort zone and wrote Surviving High School (The aNT'S Club Way). This YA novel is for every confused, bullied, victimized, and lonely outcast in the world, whether they be in school, at work, or wherever. The profanity is mild; I never use the eff word, and only use curse words at all because all high school kids do so. I did not want to water it down too much and make it unbelievable, and I believe this novel hits every delicate nerve of the high school experience. It's available for pre-order now (ebook version is on Amazon online; paperback to come soon, weeks before the ebook is released).

We are not alone in this world, even though it may seem so. We are one, and we are not losers, weirdos, or any one of the numerous derogatory names all the minorities like to call us. We are beautiful. We are strong in a different way. And we have a place in this tough world. I wrote this tale for you, for all of us. A blurb, link, and cover reveal, is below :)

Sixteen-year-old Matt Ingis is just trying to survive high school. But every proceeding day is always worse than the last. The constant bullying, combined with the crippling anxiety and depression, makes Matt's life a living hell. Duke Rogers, the biggest, baddest kid in Blake High, beats him up whenever he sees him. Everyone else either blatantly ignores him or belittles him. His parents are too wrapped up in their divorce to listen to his problems. And the only thing his therapist's been able to do is fuel his anger.

Stumped for a solution, Matt has an impromptu idea one day while watching an ant crawl across the lunch room table. He consequently decides to create his own therapy group in order to overcome his growing list of problems. With the help of his only friend, Ray Miller, they seek out two other troubled high-school rejects into The aNT'S Club. But will it work? Only one thing is for certain. If Matt doesn't get the help he needs soon, his repeated truancy will inevitably lead him to Briarwell, a juvenile detention center. And he would rather commit suicide before ending up there.

Monday, July 24, 2017

FREE for July 25th,2017: The Music of 1997

If you liked the film, The Butterfly Effect, you should read the novella, The Music of 1997, by Troy McCombs. It is the literary equivalent of The Butterfly Effect. Below is a blurb.

Stephen Stanson had it rough: no job, no friends, no girl, no life. He hasn't even listened to any modern music that he's liked for quite some time: 1997, to be exact.

The first song he hears from that era, he learns one night while flipping through TV channels and finding a music video station, can take him back to 1997... where suddenly he has a chance to fix everything that went wrong.

But there are two complications: he only has the time of the duration of the song(s) to work the problems out, and the songs themselves only work until Stephen gets used to them. After that, they can't transport him back to 97 anymore.

So here he is, stuck between 2001, his present, and 97, the best year of his life before everything fell apart.

Can he repair his broken past? Only time will tell, and of that, he's got little left.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wanna know why people really kill themselves in the Suicide Forest? This is why:
Enter above (on picture) for a chance to win a free e-copy of the short story. Four will be given away. Below is a blurb. Click on picture to go to site for entry in contest!

Some drugs are dangerous... but this one might damn your soul...

Determined stoners Chaz Markis and Hayden Couter set out to find Devil's Root, a little-known and perhaps mythical hallucinogen that may or may not exist. Supposedly, it only grows in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, the infamous Suicide Forest, and is somehow responsible for the rash of suicides and odd occurrences that have happened there. As they venture deeper into the woods and farther from civilization, they soon discover that maybe all the other drugs they have a past with are much safer and far less powerful.