Thursday, 28 February 2013

First Elite: Dangerous Fiction Diary

The first Elite: Dangerous fiction diary has been released and yes that is me in the video :-)


Elite: Dangerous - New Concept Art

Here is the new concept for the underside of the Federation cruiser as seen in the background of the new Elite: Dangerous Fiction Dairy. More on that soon :-)


Last Chance To Download The Cult of Me For Free!


TODAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO DOWNLOAD THE CULT OF ME FOR FREE!



UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW
US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW


For too long he dwelt apart, watched those who passed him by.With his unique abilities he entered their minds and inflicted terrible suffering upon them. They didn't even know who he was. The game has lasted for years, but now the game has become stale. On an impulse he decides to make a final and very public last stand. After surrendering himself to the police he enacts his plan to seize the prison for his final bloody act. 

There he discovers that he's not as unique as he once thought.

Reviews:

4.0 out of 5 stars Definitively unusual, 15 Feb 2013
By Sara Boyd - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
I got this book from the author as part of a blog tour. I found this book unusual and original. The main character is not exactly a likeable one but I was intrigued by his mental powers and his back story about how he develops them. At times this character is a bit of a monster and yet has weaknesses we can relate to. I've never come across such a character and I found him very interesting.
I liked the Christian references and Lazarus' story, and the ending is coherent with the character's personality. I enjoyed and recommend this book to anyone looking for an unusual read.

4.0 out of 5 stars Totally unusual, 3 Feb 2013
By Ignite (East Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
This book is so hard to define. It's a dark, psychological thriller but also philosophical, metaphysical and totally unusual. Our protagonist displays mental powers from his youth and he teaches himself to use and enhance them. He believes he's alone in these abilities and abuses them to punish or damage people he dislikes. He decides to make a `last stand' in prison and deliberately kills 5 people to get there. Eventually, he finds he isn't unique.

The story includes some early Christian mythology and treats the story of Lazarus in an intriguing way. Was Lazarus blessed by his return from the dead or was he cursed by his loss of the bliss heaven? I found the beginning of the story a little slow but the second half of the book really enthused me. Michael Brookes has some amazing ideas and I shall follow this series with interest. This is definitely for you if you like to be made to think. A very good four star read.

4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky and different, 10 Nov 2012
By P A Lanstone (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
The thing I like about reading indie authors is that no one has messed with their story. This one is great. The author has real talent. I don't often read this sort of fantasy so can't say how unique this story is, but it is certainly different to anything else I have read recently.

The main character is not a particularly likeable person but you want to know what happens next and how he will fair.

Well done, Michael.

5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner, 21 Oct 2012
By Wayne Robers - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Having been recommended this book by a few friends I picked it up not knowing a thing about the plot or the author. After reading the first chapter I couldn't put it down and managed to finish it off in a couple of afternoons.

The writing is accessible and leaves you wanting more. I really can't recommend this book enough and look forward to future releases from the author.

An absolute bargain.

5.0 out of 5 stars Cant wait for the sequel, 7 Sep 2012
By Paul Titcombe (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Excelent read a real page turner. I can't wait for the next one.

Note to the author: I live in the village if you need a proof reader :-)

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, 25 Aug 2012
By Meat_potatoe - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Didn't know what to expect, as I didn't read anything about it before I bought it. But from the first page, it got me hooked, What a fantastic book, couldn't put it down.

Well worth buying.

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read, 9 Aug 2012
By madwlf "madwlf" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Brought this book not really knowing much about it but it's turned out to be one of the best books I've read this year.
Lots of twists in the plot and always kept me thinking about what would happen next. It's one of those books that kept me hooked and wanting to read 'just one more page'.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW
US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW

Conversations in the Abyss Blog Tour Starts Tomorrow


The blog tour for the launch of 'Conversations in the Abyss starts tomorrow and lasts throughout March. I hope to see you all on everyone's blogs.



Thanks to everyone who has agreed to host me and my book on their sites and blogs, but don't wait for the tour to begin to visit them, they're all great sites so check them out today.

1 Rosen Trevithick - http://www.rosentrevithick.co.uk/
2 M R Gott - http://wherethedeadfeartotread.blogspot.co.uk/
3 T James - http://thewordonthe.net
4 Allan Krummenacker - http://allankrummenacker.blogspot.co.uk/
5 David Wailing - http://www.davidwailing.com/
6 Jaq Hawkins - http://indiewritenet.com/jaqdhawkins/guest-author-blogs/
7 Scott Marlowe - http://www.scottmarlowe.com/
8 Devorah Fox - http://devorahfox.com/
9 Kate Russell - http://www.katerussell.co.uk
10 Armand Rosamilia - http://armandrosamilia.com
11 Doug Draa - http://uncledougsbunkerofhorror.blogspot.de/
12 A F Stewart - http://afstewartblog.blogspot.ca/
13 Mary Sutton - http://marysuttonauthor.com
14 Melissa Bowersock - http://newmoonrising.net
15 Kristen Stone - http://www.kristen-stone-the-writer.com/
16 Jonathan Hill - http://jhillwriter.blogspot.co.uk/
17 Don Martinez - http://hiddeninplainsightranch.tumblr.com
18 Ken Magee - http://kenmagee.blogspot.co.uk/
19 Joe Hempel - http://joehempel.wordpress.com/
20 Joo - http://joobook.blogspot.co.uk/
21 Christine Rice - http://www.christinerice-author.com/blog
22 Will MacMillan Jones - http://willmacmillanjones.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/194/
23 ML Chesley - http://www.mlchesley.webs.com/
24 Sherrie Cronin - http://zsquaredblog.org/
25 Ignite - http://www.ignitebooks.blogspot.co.uk/
26 Geoff Wakeling - http://geoffreywakeling.com
27 M T McGuire - http://hamgee.co.uk/blog/
28 Sara Boyd - http://saraboydauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
29 Matthew Weaver - http://www.lunarisen.com
30 Damien J. Nash - http://djnashfiction.com/
31 Amber Koneval - http://www.amberkoneval.wordpress.com


‘Conversations in the Abyss’ is the sequel to the 5 star rated supernatural thriller ‘The Cult of Me’

Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth.

But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind.

There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse.

Conversations in the Abyss is available now from Amazon:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Conversations-Abyss-Third-Path-ebook/dp/B00BCP08JU/
US: http://www.amazon.com/Conversations-Abyss-Third-Path-ebook/dp/B00BCP08JU/

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Indie Scene OUT NOW - Glossy Magazine for Readers and Writers of Indie Books

The lovely and talented Rosen had just released the pilot issue of Indie Scene magazine. Check it out at the Indie Bargains website.



Go to: http://www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk/indie-scene-magazine/ and download your free copy.

Guest Author Interview - Antonello Fiore


In today's guest author interview we welcome Antonello Fiore, you can read what he has to say below:



What first inspired you to start writing?
My inspiration behind my novel belongs to my favorite author, James Patterson. For over ten years, I have been reading all his novels. What I admire most about James Patterson’s novels is that he always keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat from the first to the very last page. In addition, his short chapters makes his novels a fast and easy read to follow and enjoy. I find that shorter-length chapters are easier to read compared to longer chapters. The reason to this is that you would want to read more and possibly to the end since you are already on the drive of reading.

What attracted you to the thriller genre?
My favorite genres to read and write are mystery and crime. A murder taking place and the police on the pursuit of tracking the perpetrator is truly what I love to read. That is why James Patterson is my favorite author since he masters this genre with passion and excitement. Another genre I love to read is inspirational books. A story which includes overcoming any obstacle is worth reading and reminding us that nothing is impossible. My favorite author in this  genre is Mitch Albom. He teaches us that life is the most beautiful and precious gift one can have. After reading one of his novels, I can guarantee that you will look at life at a new perspective.

Do you find you have to do a lot of research before writing?
Thanks to the latest technology of the Internet and search engine tools, finding research based on my novel does not take too much time. If there is something that I need to help support my plot, I simply do a Google search and get what I need.
In addition, I am always prepared with all the resources I need before writing a story. For example, since Killer Rumors takes place in Philadelphia, I purchased a city-guide booklet of Philadelphia. In the booklet includes a street map and major attractions of the city. That is exactly what I need so that I can make my story much more realistic.

What's the worst feedback you have received?
The toughest criticism that I have received since releasing my novel was that my chapters are on the short side. Everyone has their own opinions of what should be the length of a chapter. As previously mentioned, since I am a huge fan and admire the writing skills of James Patterson, I decided to write the same length of chapters as he. Since it works for James Patterson, the concept of short chapters cannot be broken.

And the best?
The biggest compliments that I have received was that I have a gripping storyline with rich and authentic characters. In addition, cinematic descriptions and character dialogues are constantly present in my novel, Killer Rumors. I tend to put lots of emphasis on the settings and interactions between characters during my story so it could become clear and easy to picture for readers as if watching the story from a movie.

How do you go about writing a novel?
I used my laptop when working on my novel. I always carry it with me when on the road. Whenever, I had free time such as my lunch breaks, I would write a number of chapters. As well, most of my writings would take place at night. That way, the entire day is behind me, having a clear mind when working on my novel.
My laptop is not the only tool I use when working on my novel. I always have my notebook and pen right beside me. Just like my laptop, my notebook and pen are always with me. Therefore, when I think of an idea for my book, I jot it down immediately so it won’t be forgotten.
Prior of writing my novel, I took twenty small pieces of paper and wrote important scenes that flow into my story. I then filled in the pieces which help support each important scene. Once that was completed, I suddenly realized just how easy my story was flowing from the first to the very last page.

What do you enjoy most about being an author?
My favorite part of being an author is the free will of writing what my imagination desires. I was having so much fun beginning to write my novel during the first few chapters that I was portraying myself as a reader and choosing how the direction of the story should go. When writing my story, I would always ask myself if others would enjoy reading my story. As a result, I always challenged myself of becoming more effective and devoted to my work.

And the least?
The least favorite part of being an author is the time-consuming of editing. I tend to identify myself as a perfectionist. As a result, I always made it as a routine of checking my work constantly, making sure there were no errors. Simply, I wanted my book to be professional as a best-times seller. Even though the editing and modification of my story took a good amount of time, I realized all that effort will be worth the satisfaction when seeing my book completed with all the passion that I put my heart into.


What are you working on next?
Another genre that I will explore during my writing career is inspiration. Since having a Bachelor’s Degree in Theological Studies and Religion and being actively involved at church, I constantly hear and witness inspirational stories. These stories could move any human being’s heart. I want people to know that miracles can and actually do occur. Prayer is a powerful tool which can do magnificent things when your heart is completely filled with love. I look forward writing books in this category as it would not only challenge myself, but to spread joy among others. My first inspiration book, The Right Reason, will be released in 2013. More information will always be updated on my website and blogs.

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more?
Father D’Angelo and Bakeman, two devoted priests were brutally murdered while going on one of their nightly walks. Detective Frank Rinelli is called to the case- not only due to his close friendship with the priests, but with his expertise of tracking psychotic killers. Rinelli suddenly discovers these murders were based on a scandal that occurred several years ago at the same Church where the two murdered priests preached. And it doesn’t stop there. The list of people being murdered in connection with the scandal continues to grow until the killer has his ultimate vengeance- and the truth released.

Join Detective Rinelli on the fearful streets of Philadelphia as he chases a madman who has nothing to lose and everything to gain- destroying the face of the Catholic Church. Rinelli discovers a hidden secret while confronting the killer that is way beyond betrayal and begins to question his faith. Could this betrayal be the killer’s momentum of not only killing Rinelli, but to complete his master plan which will affect the lives of every citizen?

Website:  antonellofiore.webs.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Rumors-Antonello-Fiore/dp/1300183330/
Follow Antonello Fiore on Twitter (@FioreAntonello)
Read sample chapters, comment, and rate Killer Rumors: http://authonomy.com/books/47240/killer-rumors/
Review and recommend Killer Rumors on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16043793-killer-rumors

Thanks to Antonello for sharing his thoughts with us, on Friday Blair McDowell joins us in the hot seat.



The Cult of Me Featured On Between My Lines Blog

'The Cult of Me' has been featured on the Between My Lines blog:

http://between-my-lines.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/feature-cult-of-me.html

There's still time to grab a copy free if you haven't already!

Book Impressions - The Showing

I've just finished 'The Showing' by Will Macmillan Jones, a rather excellent take on the haunted house. It builds the creepiness of the house well. The story is well written and paced nicely. The actual writing is clean, making it an easy read and portrays a good sense of dread.

Highly recommended for horror fans.



Based on more of a true story than you might wish to believe.

It was a house Mister Jones knew from his childhood, his grandparents’ house, a house that everyone in his family feared, a house with a tangible sense of evil seeping through its walls.

However, when he saw that it was up for sale yet again, Mister Jones couldn’t resist visiting it one more time, so he contacted the agent and arranged a showing.

Throughout the visit he sensed the evil re-emerging and, sure enough, after he left, the agent was nowhere to be found.

When the police interrogated Mister Jones, it was obvious that he knew more than he was telling.

What kind of evil was inhabiting the house and what part was Mister Jones playing in its plan? 


I started 'Mask of the Macabre' by David Haynes last night, and so far it is another horror treat. Look for my impressions being posted soon.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Stairs (New 100 Word Story)

A new 100 story (well more an observation than a story!) has been used in the Indie Bargains newsletter - visit http://www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk/ to sign up for the daily newsletter of  free and bargain Kindle books.


The Stairs

There's a light at the top of the stairs. Its harsh glow promises sanctuary. The stairs creak as I step on them, in terror I freeze. In desperation I listen for any sounds of movement. Relieved I hear nothing.

Carefully I take another step. I freeze again as the steps creak, not daring to look at anything other than the beckoning radiance.
A third step, the noise louder this time. I don't stop, I run up the stairs. I race towards the light. My feet thunderous against in the dark.
The sudden hand is cold against my ankle. I fall.

Featured Book - Edgewater




Edgewater (Hell's Fire is Heaven's Shores #1) by Todd Misura 

After a lonely childhood and a devastating choice, Ryse has come to Edgewater to hide, but the horrors of his past won't let him go. Soon he'll embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth which will go far beyond anything he could have expected.

About the author

Misura is an author who's not easily classified. A writer of genre bending books that are an interesting blend of science fiction, horror, action, and drama, his novels carry you through places we see every day only to discover new wonders hidden in the ordinary.These books are also about self discovery, understanding the dark heart of humanity and the inherent good we have in all of us.

http://www.amazon.com/Edgewater-Hells-Heavens-Shores-ebook/dp/B00B58TKRK/

Monday, 25 February 2013

Interviewed On LM Steel's Blog

An interview with me has been posted on LM Steel's blog. You can read it at the link below:

http://lmsteel1.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/interview-with-michael-brookes/

Thanks Lee!

Number 5 In The Amazon UK Horror Chart

Great news - The Cult of Me has just reached number 5 in the Amazon UK horror charts and is climbing it's way up the US charts.


A big thanks to everyone who has downloaded the book so far, I hope you all enjoy reading it!

If you haven't downloaded it yet then you can still grab it for free:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cult-Me-Third-Path-ebook/dp/B008O7ZVXW/
US: http://www.amazon.com/Cult-Me-Third-Path-ebook/dp/B008O7ZVXW/

Guest Author Interview - Eric Dulin

Welcome to a new working week and what better way to spend a lunchtime than to read the latest guest author interview. Today we meet Eric Dulin.




Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
I'm Eric Dulin, a senior at Liberty High School. I'm a South Korean/German/Irish mix and I love to write! I'm young but ambitious, and I've spent many years honing my skills. (Plan many more as well.) And I'm an author of 2 novels now.

What first inspired you to start writing?
I was just born with this innate desire to write. I don't think many people who write choose to: it just flows from them.

And what was your first story?
My very first story was about some people trapped on an island, and that's when I knew I just loved to write. Crafting worlds, characters, stories: it's something I wish I could do for a living.

If you could write anyone's biography, whose would it be?
I would write it over Lincoln, because I'd want to chronicle the true struggle he faced when trying to keep the Union together. It's still such a mystery what his true intentions were, if he even did what he did for his own beliefs.

Who is your favourite author and why?
Huxley in Brave New World, it's astonishing how someone back then could write such a complex piece of science that actually makes sense.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
When people love my work. It makes me feel that my work has a purpose.

And the least?
Editing. It gets very tedious, but nonetheless it is worthwhile and important.

What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Don't ever stop reading or writing. Doing it often helps you learn and develop your skills.

What are you working on at the moment?
A sequel to Condemned and a stand alone novel. I'm trying to revamp my first novel as well, so that it is "readable".

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
Condemned is my latest work, and it's essentially an action movie in a science fiction universe. It's available on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ACW37L0

Or my websites:
www.ericdulin.com
www.facebook.com/EricDulinAuthor

Thanks to Eric for sharing his thoughts with us, on Wednesday we invite Antonello Fiore to the hotseat.

Singularity (New 100 Word Story)

A new 100 story (well more an observation than a story!) has been used in the Indie Bargains newsletter - visit http://www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk/ to sign up for the daily newsletter of  free and bargain Kindle books.

Singularity


Take a look around you. It'll only take a moment. If you're really lucky you'll be able to see a night sky full of stars and infinity. Ok, maybe not infinity, but as close as you'll ever see. Now take all the memories of your life and multiply that by every person that has, or will ever live.

Stretches the mind doesn't it?

Everything you see; everything that is, everything that was and everything that will be all came from a single point. All of the information the universe would ever contain was held in that singularity.

Amazing isn't it?

Sunday, 24 February 2013

My Favourite Song Lyrics - Mythistory

Back in the eighties I started getting into a band called Sabbat. They're a British thrash metal band (although the label doesn't really do them justice) noted for their lyrical talent. The first song of there's I heard was a song called 'Blood for the Blood God' which came as a free flexi disk in White Dwarf magazine. This wasn't the only foray Games Workshop into music, they were also heavily involved in Bolt Thrower's 'Realm of Chaos' - a must for fans of grindcore and the 40k universe.

Sabbat's first album 'History of a Time to Come' was a real eye-opener for the scene. The lyrics for the songs were almost poetic, but they were nothing compared to their second album. 'Dreamweaver' was based on a book called 'The Way of the Wyrd' by Brian Bates. The book is about a young monk sent to Saxon England to learn more about the Saxon gods and their followers to make the conversion to Christianity easier.



The story follows Wat Brand as he discovers Saxon beliefs and their views on the world. The book is great and the album is a fantastic adaptation. The whole album is full of excellent songs, but the one that really stands out is near the end.

The song 'Mythistory' tells the conclusion of the story where the monk is searching and finds his soul upon the way of the wyrd. His soul is represented as a woman and as he meets her we have the lyric:

Sister, mother
Virgin, whore
She is all these,
and yet still more
That I could hope
to understand
She take's my heart
I take her hand

So he's found his soul and found it everything that could and should be, he accepts her, but why?

And can you blame me?
Is it such a crime?
To crave for one small piece of Heaven
That I can call mine.

The truth is that the most wonderful thing about him is the soul within him. Later we discover the soul is a bounty from the nature around us, summarised in one the best written verse for the seasons:

Corn is the gold that will shine in the summertime
Leaves are the emeralds you find in the spring
In autumn they turn
and as copper they burn,
then they fall like the diamonds that bleak winter brings.

A great song!

The Cult of Me Now Free

You can now download The Cult of Me for free, so now you have no excuse to give it a try :-)

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW
US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW

It's only free for a few days - so download it now!

/Hard sell over!

Book Impressions - A Letter For Maureen

My latest read was 'A Letter For Maureen' by Jonathan Hill. It's always nice when you come across something that you wouldn't normally read and it turns out to be amazing. And this is a great read. It features a woman called Maureen who is a bit of a foolish woman.

From that simple start is develops into a  moving and funny story. It's well written making it an easy read and  my usual editing eye didn't intrude at all. Highly recommended.


When it's Maureen's turn to chair the local book group meeting, choosing a new outfit turns out to be the least of her worries. A secret confided in Maureen by a fellow reader impacts on her life greatly over the following year. Then comes a revelation which could change the way Maureen lives her life altogether.

The disaster-prone Maureen, recently recovered from her comic mishaps in Venice, stars in a story that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. 

A novella of ~18,500 words. This is the second to be published in the Maureen series, but the book can be read as a standalone story.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Letter-for-Maureen-ebook/dp/B00AON8G54/
US: http://www.amazon.com/A-Letter-for-Maureen-ebook/dp/B00AON8G54/

I've just started reading The Showing by Will Macmillan Jones so expect my thoughts on this book soon.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

The Cult of Me Free Promo (Feb 24th - 28th)

To celebrate the recent release of 'Conversations in the Abyss' I am offering the first book in the trilogy 'The Cult of Me' free from Feb 24th until the 28th.



For too long he dwelt apart, watched those who passed him by.With his unique abilities he entered their minds and inflicted terrible suffering upon them. They didn't even know who he was. The game has lasted for years, but now the game has become stale. On an impulse he decides to make a final and very public last stand. After surrendering himself to the police he enacts his plan to seize the prison for his final bloody act. 

There he discovers that he's not as unique as he once thought.

Reviews:

4.0 out of 5 stars Definitively unusual, 15 Feb 2013
By Sara Boyd - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
I got this book from the author as part of a blog tour. I found this book unusual and original. The main character is not exactly a likeable one but I was intrigued by his mental powers and his back story about how he develops them. At times this character is a bit of a monster and yet has weaknesses we can relate to. I've never come across such a character and I found him very interesting.
I liked the Christian references and Lazarus' story, and the ending is coherent with the character's personality. I enjoyed and recommend this book to anyone looking for an unusual read.

4.0 out of 5 stars Totally unusual, 3 Feb 2013
By Ignite (East Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
This book is so hard to define. It's a dark, psychological thriller but also philosophical, metaphysical and totally unusual. Our protagonist displays mental powers from his youth and he teaches himself to use and enhance them. He believes he's alone in these abilities and abuses them to punish or damage people he dislikes. He decides to make a `last stand' in prison and deliberately kills 5 people to get there. Eventually, he finds he isn't unique.

The story includes some early Christian mythology and treats the story of Lazarus in an intriguing way. Was Lazarus blessed by his return from the dead or was he cursed by his loss of the bliss heaven? I found the beginning of the story a little slow but the second half of the book really enthused me. Michael Brookes has some amazing ideas and I shall follow this series with interest. This is definitely for you if you like to be made to think. A very good four star read.

4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky and different, 10 Nov 2012
By P A Lanstone (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
The thing I like about reading indie authors is that no one has messed with their story. This one is great. The author has real talent. I don't often read this sort of fantasy so can't say how unique this story is, but it is certainly different to anything else I have read recently.

The main character is not a particularly likeable person but you want to know what happens next and how he will fair.

Well done, Michael.

5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner, 21 Oct 2012
By Wayne Robers - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Having been recommended this book by a few friends I picked it up not knowing a thing about the plot or the author. After reading the first chapter I couldn't put it down and managed to finish it off in a couple of afternoons.

The writing is accessible and leaves you wanting more. I really can't recommend this book enough and look forward to future releases from the author.

An absolute bargain.

5.0 out of 5 stars Cant wait for the sequel, 7 Sep 2012
By Paul Titcombe (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Excelent read a real page turner. I can't wait for the next one.

Note to the author: I live in the village if you need a proof reader :-)

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, 25 Aug 2012
By Meat_potatoe - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Didn't know what to expect, as I didn't read anything about it before I bought it. But from the first page, it got me hooked, What a fantastic book, couldn't put it down.

Well worth buying.

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read, 9 Aug 2012
By madwlf "madwlf" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cult of Me (The Third Path) (Kindle Edition)
Brought this book not really knowing much about it but it's turned out to be one of the best books I've read this year.
Lots of twists in the plot and always kept me thinking about what would happen next. It's one of those books that kept me hooked and wanting to read 'just one more page'.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW
US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008O7ZVXW

Friday, 22 February 2013

Guest Author Interview - Matt Weaver

On this fine Friday we are joined by Matt Weaver for the guest author interview, read what he has to say below:



Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Matt Weaver. I live in the Pacific Northwest (USA) with my wife and son where I work as a formulations chemist.  I received my B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Davis.

What first inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember; while all the other kids were out playing sports I was wrapped up in a book.  The magic powers of an author to transport you to another time or place must have been the inspiration.

And what was your first story?
Until I began working on what became my first novel, my writing was limited to poetry.

Are you a planner? Or do you prefer to dive straight into writing?
A little of both, and an adept at neither! My first draft of The Lightness of Dust was the result of “diving in” and strayed so far from my original vision that I had to start over. I soon learned to do a basic outline, then add specific scenes to the outline, and finally flesh the story out.

If you could work with any author, who would it be?
Ray Bradbury. The imagery trapped in his writing blows me away. Something Wicked This Way Comes…wow.  I would have loved to see what he could have done with my story!

What do you enjoy most about writing?
My favorite part must be the challenge of finding the compromise between my original vision and the path the story itself insists on.

And the least?
Not having taken typing in high school. Of course, back then we didn’t know that the PC would transform the world as it has. But I’m pretty good for using only four fingers!

What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Trust your vision, but trust the whispers in your ears more. That’s the sound of the story guiding you.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am starting two blogs on my website and working on the second volume of The Meronymy (of which The Lightness of Dust is the first).

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
My latest (and first!) work is The Lightness of Dust, a novel that explores the impact of a young woman’s search for belonging through the lives of Telamon, an ancient Anatolian fisherman who risks everything to take her from her cruel father; Samuel Freeman, caretaker of the Persephone Music Hall in 1940 Seattle, who finds his religion in the music of a beautiful violinist; and Jacob Morgan, a university professor in modern-day Northern California, whose life is thrown into chaos by an eager graduate student.

Perhaps the best way to describe it is by sharing the back-cover text:
“We mortals take solace in knowing that our cares will someday scatter with the dust of our bones.  For the gods who walk among us no such hope exists…especially for the goddess who must witness our deaths.”

Find out more at http://www.lunarisen.com/the-meronymy/

Thanks to Matt for sharing his time with us, on Monday Eric Dulan takes his place in the hot seat.



Ajoobacats Review For Conversations in the Abyss



Conversations in the Abyss has been reviewed on the Ajoobacats blog and has some very nice things said:

This metaphysical thriller (should I coin it that?) is the sequel to The Cult of Me and is an unusual and absorbing read. The theme is the battle between good and evil, namely archangel Michael and fallen angel Lucifer. The arena stretches from heaven to hell and an imprisoned deathless man is a key player. The book explains the concept the plot is based on at the beginning and it is quite mind blowing stuff. I like the way Michael Brookes’ mind works and he doesn’t disappoint as things progress in this novel.

Read the full review via the link below:

http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/book-review-conversations-in-the-abyss-by-michael-brookes/

Book Impressions - The Shivered Sky

Welcome to the first book impressions post. This is a fancy title for mini-reviews. I'm not a book reviewer, but I do read (as well as write), so these posts are for me to share my impressions of the book I have just finished reading.

The Shivered Sky by Matt Dinniman


'The Shivered Sky' is an interesting take on the war in Heaven (a subject close to my own heart). The book starts with four people waking up on a vast beach with mountains of sand. Each only has the barest recollections of how they died. From there we discover that Heaven and Hell are not what they seem and the great angel city of Cibola has fallen to the demons.

The pacing is a little slow to start with, but once is builds it continues at a good pace. The writing is accessible, but could have done with another edit pass. It's a little heavy on the metaphors as well. But they are minor complaints. Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it for those who like the subject matter.

Description
The War is over.

The demons have won.

Cibola, the citadel of Heaven, has fallen.

On Earth, life goes on. No one knows of the war, of the death, of the fire. No one knows that when you die all paths lead to the same eternity: one of torment, slavery, and eternal pain.

For Indigo, Dave, Gramm, Rico, and Hitomi, death is more dangerous than life. Afraid and naked, they awaken on a forgotten beacon. They set forth seeking answers, revealing a shattered landscape, one crawling with bloodthirsty demons, defeated angels, a Heaven that continues to burn, and a prophecy that offers only the barest sliver of hope.

Buy now from Amazon:

I've now started Jonnanthan Hill's 'A Letter for Maureen' so look out for my impressions on that soon.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Featured Book - Dark Tidings


Ancient magic collides with the Internet



What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.

A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon. In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell... and eventually their century.

Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell. 

Dark Tidings has had plenty of great reviews. One began with…

“Imagine the worlds of Terry Pratchett and Dan Brown coming together.”

And here’s an extract from a piece written by one of Amazon’s top 500 reviewers...

“What an unusual cross-genre book this is, and how heartily I have laughed and enjoyed it! There are two parallel story lines for the first part of the book, one being set a millennium ago and its two major characters being an elderly magician and a young thief. The other story line follows a young securities expert in a big bank, who discovered that money is being siphoned into the vaults of the already rich, to the detriment of the poorer savers. Incredibly, the first two characters time-shift and the three meet. So far, so fantasy.

The later chapters become the most wonderful, story-twisting thriller. Ken Magee has a delightful sense of humour and the whole book was a joy. I really recommend this to anyone who loves a good tale, well told.

Dark Tidings is available from Amazon...


It’s also available for the Nook and Kobo.

Sun Dragon (New 100 Word Story)

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Sun Dragon

No one believed the boy as he screamed in his sleep about a monster that would swallow the sun. A behemoth that infected his dreams. They soothed him with gentle words, but did not listen.

For a full moon cycle he suffered the nightmares. His vision the same every fear filled night. He begged his parents to make it stop. His mother wept and his father scowled. They spoke with the doctor. He prescribed some pills, but they didn't help.

Still they didn't listen to the boy. Until the day the dragon swallowed the sun.

It's cold now. And dark.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Guest Author Interview - Daniel Grotta

Welcome to the latest guest author interview. Today we meet Daniel Grotta, read what he has to say below:



Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Daniel Grotta, and I have been a successful full-time freelance writer for over 44 years. During that time I have written literally thousands of articles, essays, columns and reviews for scores of American and British magazines and newspapers. I have also written or co-authored about a dozen books. My other editorial credits include works as a consulting book editor, literary critic, classical music reviewer, and general magazine editor. Although I have worked as a war correspondent, investigative reporter, features writer and travel editor, I am best known for my technology and digital photography books, articles, columns, essays and reviews, for most of the major technology, computer and photography magazines. I’m also known for having written the first biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, which was in continuous publication for over three decades.

You've written for most of your life, what inspired you to start writing fiction?
As a photojournalist, I was frustrated by not being able to put words to the pictures I was taking. Then, as a journalist, I became frustrated not being able to write my own opinions and perspectives to what I was reporting. Fiction was simply the inevitable evolution of  this process of discovering the world and wanting to make some sense of it. Creating my own stories is my attempt to understand human nature and my own place in the universe.

Did your experience in writing non-fiction help when you started your stories?
Of course. I not only use the editorial skills I developed and perfected over the years, I simply extended the reality of what I saw and observed by asking the question “what if” and letting it take me where it would. One of the more important lessons I learned from journalism is that it’s the small details that make a story come alive; that’s true for both non-fiction and fiction.

If you could work with any author, who would it be and why?
A difficult question to answer, since I admire many different writers. However, the fact is I am not a particularly good collaborator, except, in non-fiction with my wife Sally. When it comes down to it, writing is a solitary enterprise that is best done alone, without reference to anyone else’s work, style or approach.

You work with Sally (your wife) on non-fiction, but you work separately for fiction - why is this?
With non-fiction, typically, one of us takes the lead and the other supports and edits. Sally is the software maven, while I generally handle hardware-related articles and reviews. We also have a macro/micro perspective, where I tend to look at the overview and perspective, Sally focuses on the small nuances. It is a division of editorial labor that has served us well for nearly three decades of collaboration. Fiction, however, is an entirely different matter, since it emerges from our individual imaginations and not from external stimuli. We each pursue our own visions and stories,  though recently, we have created and share common characters and locales in our Black Bear, Pennsylvania stories.  

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Reading my completed article or manuscript.

And the least?
Actually writing that article or manuscript, word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page by page. I do not do rough drafts and rewrites. Rather, I write and write and write until I am finally satisfied with what I have completed. Then I move onto the next sentence or paragraph or page. It’s an exhausting, sometimes excruciating process that can involve re-doing a page 40-50 times until I am satisfied and then move on. But once I am finished, the piece is generally finished and needs only a light edit, not a rewrite. It’s hard work, but satisfying once completed.

What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Don’t give up your day job. There are far fewer opportunities for freelancers than when I began writing, plus more competition. So, either you must be very good, able to excel in a niche market, or diversify your income until you can develop reliable paying editorial gigs. Sorry to sound negative, but the Internet has changed everything, and at least in the short term, not for the better as far as freelance writing is concerned. But if you’re determined and you persevere, talent, hard work and a  little luck may finally help make you that breakthrough that will allow you to write and make a living at it.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am completing my first full-length Black Bear, Pennsylvania novel, titled Adam V. It should be  completed sometime in February, and published in Autumn, 2013.

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
My most recent published work is a collection of short stories, called Seven From Haven. My publisher, Pixel Hall Press, describes them as “gentle ghost stories with an O’Henry-like sensibility, charm and humor.” The collection is available as a paperback from any bookstore, and as an eBook from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Seven-From-Haven-Daniel-Grotta/dp/0988387107/

Thanks to Daniel for sharing his thoughts with us, on Friday we welcome Matt Weaver to the hot seat.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Featured Book - Pacifier 6, The Shadows Within




Pacifier 6, The Shadows Within

The apocalypse has come and gone. A disease, an infection, that blackened the Earth with horror. Then came Pacifier 6; a drug to calm the evil, to dampen the cravings for flesh and bone. Now you go to the store and pick out a zombie as if you were buying a new pet.

But what happens when you realise that familiar faces still have feelings?

Carl’s pulling himself back together, attempting to cope with the losses that life has dealt him. Amidst the horror of the past few months, he begins to realise that death isn’t necessarily the end; it can be the start of something new, something that has never been seen before. With everyone around him battling to keep society intact, Carl manages to see beyond the ravaged faces of those he once knew. There’s a new creature in the darkness, a consciousness that most have overlooked, and it’s waiting to reveal itself.

Buy now from Amazon:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B8SJM2U
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B8SJM2U

You can read an interview I conducted with Geoff back in December here:

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/guest-author-interview-geoff-wakeling.html

Monday, 18 February 2013

Guest Author Interview - Alexes Razevich

Welcome to the start of another week, and we begin the week with a guest author interview with Alexes Razevich. You can read what he has to say below:




Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
I’m Alexes Razevich, the author of “Khe,” the first book in a planned series of three “Khe’s World” stories. I write, play hockey, and crochet some on the side. I have a wonderful husband, who is my partner-in-crime on the rink and often my alpha beta reader, and two really great adult children.

What first inspired you to start writing?
I wasn’t inspired so much as compelled.  I’m a congenital writer, I think—born with stories rumbling around inside of me. It seems to be a family trait. My mother wrote. My kids are both talented. My cousin writes. My niece is turning out to be one to watch.

What was the first story you wrote?
The first complete tale I remember telling was something about a squirrel that I made up on the spot when my younger sister wanted a story at bedtime.  I was maybe seven or eight years old. In the fourth grade I wrote a play that the class voted to produce. In the sixth grade I wrote and performed a piece about coming across the Oregon Trail that involved a crow and a black cardboard stovetop hat.  I think it was the only A+ I got for anything that year.

If you could work with any author, who would it be?
That’s a hard question.  Writing is such a solitary exercise.  Maybe Barbara Kingsolver.  She seems interesting and fun.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love those magic moments when the words are effortless, your fingers are flying across the keyboard, and you know the scene is “just right.” I like finishing the last draft.  There’s a sense of accomplishment (along with trepidation) in knowing that you’ve taken an idea and turned it into something worthy (one hopes!) of sharing with others.

And the least?
Hands down, the first draft.  Finding out what the story is (often it’s not at all what I thought originally) and getting all the details sorted drives me crazy.  I’m a slow writer—the type that overly worries about word choice.  I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, and found it liberating to focus mainly on quantity.  Sadly, I came down with serious pneumonia and didn’t make it to 50,000 words, but I did get quite a bit of the story structure for my next book.

What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Write. Write. And write some more.  Join a critique group or find trusted beta readers and listen to what they have to say, especially about the things they don’t like or don’t understand in your story.  Be fearless: Send your stories out into the world.  Be patient—writing is a long game. Treasure sites like this one that help us authors get out the word about our books.  Hire a knowledgeable and heartless copy editor.

What are you working on at the moment?
I’m mostly working on the follow-up book to Khe. When I get stuck, I tinker with a fantasy story set in the Amazon or a historical novel set in early1900s Oklahoma.

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
Khe is a dystopian epic science/fantasy adventure set on another world, with an all alien and mostly female cast.  It was a semi-finalist in last year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest, and is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Khe-ebook/dp/B00987OLVU or in the US at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00987OLVU.

Thanks to Alexes for sharing his thoughts with us, on Wednesday we welcome Daniel Grotta to the hot seat.

Little White Pill (New 100 Word Story)

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Little White Pill

I wake up every morning disappointed to be alive. Another day to endure. I force myself to look on the positive side, at least there is one day less to suffer.

My mood remains dark as it maps the coming misery and despair. My mind's eye keen to reveal the stark horror of my life. A life no different from those around me.

The little white pill takes the pain away, but everything else as well. No joy, no love, no happiness. Yet no depression or black fugue either.

My life homogenises into blandness thanks to the little white pill.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Guest Author Interview - Luke Goldstein

Today we welcome Luke Goldstein to the guest author interview, read what he has to say below:




Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
Hi there, my name is Luke Goldstein and first and foremost I am a writer. I've held various day jobs throughout my time living in Southern California, but writing is most definitely my passion and the goal I am striving for. In between bouts of sitting at the keyboard, I am also a blogger, painter, avid reader and a soon-to-be-father.

What first inspired you to start writing?
Ever since I can remember I have always loved storytelling and if i'm lucky being the one who is actually telling the story. There is something in those moments when you have a captive audience and they are being transported to somewhere you create, a place that before only existed in your mind, but now it lives on in them as well. That is a wild feeling and once I got a taste of it I never wanted anything more.

Writing is also a practice t hat allows me to talk about how I see the world, how I understand (or fail to understand) the multitude of human interactions. Creating these fictional worlds can help me understand the real one in ways I might not have thought of before.

And what was your first story?
My first attempt at writing a novel was my freshman year of college. I was in a Creative Writing course (which coincidentally took place in the first floor lounge in my dorm, so I could show up in socks and PJ's if I liked) and instead of focusing on our daily journal, I spent a lot of time writing a Stephen King-inspired horror novel. I turned in what I had written so far as a peace offering, showing that I was at least working on creative writing. The response I got from the teacher was a touch surprising, "I think you need psychological help." I guess she wasn't a King fan.

If you could work with any author, who would it be?
Stephen King would be my first choice for a couple reasons. He is insanely prolific, so I would love to pick his brain about his writing habits and how he keeps them going in the daily attack of distractions and outside life. He also writes in a style that I admire due to its ease and upfront nature. His stories have a "punch to the gut" attitude that cuts through unnecessary flourishes and flowery prose.

Mark Danielewski would be my second. He writes in a completely different style, wildly poetic and the greatest attention paid to every detail of every letter (even down to the font choice). His ability to think in verse, complicated alliteration and the actual sound of the words, it is utterly fascinating to me.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
The feeling of finishing a story. The actual writing of it can be torture and putting myself in that chair day-in and day-out is sometimes a feat of gargantuan proportions, but when I write that final word and step back f rom the project, that's a high of personal pride that cannot be matched. During the writing though, coming across that one sentence or one expression that came out of nowhere but fit so perfectly, those are incredibly nice as well.

And the least?
The anxiety of never knowing if you are taking the story in the right direction or if it is any good at all. That voice in the back of my head (referred to by another writer as radio station KFKD) is always telling me to just walk away, start a new story (which it will also tell me to walk away from), or just pick a new passion. Avoiding that voice or at least decreasing its volume is one of the hardest parts of the craft for me.

What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Just write. Get time in your schedule to just sit down and write. The more you do it, the more you will find your voice and you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish just be getting your butt in the chair on a routine basis. King once said that if you write only 300 words a day (a rather tiny goal to meet), you would have a novel by the end of a year. Sure, it might not be the best novel yet, but it is a solid first draft which you can edit and craft into something amazing. So, for the sake of getting the point across one more time, just write!

What are you working on at the moment?
I am still writing for both of my blogs (http://www.theendofthepage.com and http://www.realitydig.com) and I have also begun working on my next novel. It is a definite change of tone and pace from my first one. This is a much more gritty, horror-based story about an adopted young man who finds out his bloodline might not be something to be proud of. It's a battle of nature versus nurture to see if he is destined to car ry on the family tradition or break the chain of violence.

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
My latest work, and debut novel, is "What Came First?". It follows four complete strangers as their lives become intertwined in the biggest traffic jam in Seattle's history. At the center of it all is an object that at first looks small and ordinary, but turns out to be so much more. You can fit here at the official website (http://what-came-first.com) and it at most major online retailers, but here is the Amazon link to get you started: http://www.amazon.com/What-Came-First-ebook/dp/B0098PUF6W/

To find out more about me, you can also come to my homepage at http://www.lukegoldstein.com/

Thanks for reading and looking forward to hearing from all of you!

Thanks to Luke for sharing his thoughts with us, on Monday we welcome Alexes Razevich to the hot seat.



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