Release Day Sign-up – Genesis

Release Day Sign-up – Genesis

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in News, Publishing | 0 comments

With a huge thanks to Val at Stuck in Books for organizing it, there is a release day blitz being put together for The Rise of Genesis to help spread the word of my new release. Getting the word out and helping a book get noticed is definitely one of the biggest struggles we have as independent authors. We don’t have huge marketing budgets, and in a lot of cases we have limited platform and a limited reach. That’s why today I’m reaching out in hopes that you can help! We all know it’s been a few years since I published a book. I wanted to make sure I wrote the best story I possibly could for everyone who has supported me, and for all the people that have yet to discover me. This is a new book and the start of a new series, so I want to reach as many people as possible. I’ve been blessed as an author to find a very strong audience. One who supports me and my work, and tells the world about it. Today I’m hoping to enlist your help to do a little more of that. Whether you have a website, blog, or a social media account, every little bit helps. So at the bottom of the page you can find a link for sign-ups. If you want to partake, I would be extremely grateful for your help, and in return there will chances to win a gift card or two! If you can’t help but you plan on reading, thank you in advance for your time. And remember, every review helps! We’re less than a month away before this baby goes live. Lets scream it from the rooftops!   Sign up for The Rise of Genesis Release Day...

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Cover Reveal: The Rise of Genesis

Cover Reveal: The Rise of Genesis

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in News, Publishing | 0 comments

Some of you have been asking about this for a long time, and I know I’ve been dying to show you. The next book you’ll see from me is full of magic and heart and a story I hope to steal your imagination away with. Today I introduce to you the face of that story, created by the incredible Parajunkee. And thanks to the contributions and hard work of Val at Stuck in Books, it’s all over the interwebs! So without any further word babble, I give you The Rise of Gensis.   In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken. Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at the Academy, a facility tasked with converting underage Supernaturals into cooperative ATOM soldiers. She’s endured her time mostly unscathed, but when Ash arrives and their lives are tethered to one another, she’s placed in immediate danger. With escape at the forefront of his mind, Ash struggles with the idea of life under ATOM’s thumb. He’ll die before he converts, but his life isn’t the only one he’s responsible for, and he already has more blood on his hands than he can bear. When a chance for freedom arises, Ash needs to decide how much—and who—he’s willing to risk for a second...

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Genesis Release Details

Genesis Release Details

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Matty Says, Publishing, Release Date, Writing | 0 comments

Three days. THREE DAYS! That’s how long we have to wait until the cover reveal for The Rise of Genesis. It feels like I’ve been sitting on this one forever, but I didn’t want to reveal it until shortly before the release of the book. Now that the time is almost upon us, I don’t feel nearly as prepared as I should. Everything is ready. Everything is in order, The cover is gorgeous, the book is fantastic (I think). Yet I’m nervous. Not for the cover reveal, but for what comes after. March 16th will mark the release date for this story, and I feel like I have no clue what I’m doing. For those of you that don’t know, writing is like a roller coaster. It takes forever for you claw your way to the top, and once you`re there, it seems like a blink for you to reach the bottom. From the birth of an idea, to the execution of your first draft, to the publication after rounds and rounds of rewrites and edits, this never stop. What I mean is, you work very hard to do one thing, and when you start to feel good about it, doubt creeps in. That`s the drop. It drags you down hard and fast and before you know what hit you, you`re uncertain about everything. But like a roller coaster, it`s a loop. You don`t stop at the top or the bottom, you just keep going round and round. Getting off the roller coaster means the ride is over, and as hard as it can be, nobody wants it to be over. Not when you`re having so much fun and loving the ride. The good news is, it isn`t a roller coaster for one. Although often times you feel like you`re alone, the reality is I`m on it with you. You just don`t know it yet! But on March 16th. You...

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Genesis Cover Reveal Sign-up

Genesis Cover Reveal Sign-up

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in News, Publishing | 3 comments

The time has come ladies and gentlemen. The opportunity to join the pack and sign-up for The Rise of Genesis cover reveal is upon us. If you have a blog or website and want to take part, we’d love to have you. It’s been almost two years since I published something and the landscape has changed a lot. I’m hoping anybody who can lend a hand to announce the new book will be willing. I’m definitely going to need all the help I can get. The cover reveal is coming on February 8th, 2016, and a little more than a month later, the book be out! Right now I have a soft date of March 15th, 2016. Unless some unforeseeable circumstances arrive, the book should be ready to go. I can’t tell you in proper words how excited I am for this. 2016 is off to a great start and it’s only going to get better. If you don’t have a blog or a website and still want to help out, sharing the posts on Twitter, Facebook, or whatever your choice of social media outlet is, would be huge! Thank you in advance to everybody who participates in spreading the word of Genesis. It’s coming at you in two months and together, we’re going to take one hell of an adventure!   Want to sign up? Click the image below for the sign-up sheet!         A cursed forest, a dark past, a friend not forgotten, and a chance at redemption. Three new-found friends have to decide between lives in captivity, or risking their lives for...

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Writing Update

Writing Update

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in News, Publishing, Writing | 2 comments

I am officially terrible. I have not posted here in months. That doesn’t mean that I’m not around though! I’ve been busting my butt to get the final draft of The Rise of Genesis complete, and my editor is ready for it in January. We’re looking at an early March release folks, which means a cover reveal will be coming at you soon! That’s right, there really is a new book. I wasn’t making it all up! I’ve spent the past few months focusing on getting back into routine with writing almost every day, and I’ve been successful for the most part! I’m starting to get back in the groove that I was in with The Protector series, and I’m hoping to have two to three new books out next year. The first will be The Rise of Genesis, the second and third will be the sequel to this series and the first in a new series, Sacred Cities. That was the one that gave me all the grief and it’s the reason we haven’t seen a book in so long. I wrote and rewrote and edited that book for a year and it just never came together. As sorry as I am to have been absent, I’m not completely sorry. You all have been amazing, and the last thing I want to do is release something sub-par. Now I think I’m finally equipped to take on the full force of Sacred Cities and trust me, it’ll be worth the wait. It’s an amazing world which rich characters and awesome magic. It was just missing a few screws to keep it all together, and now that I have all the pieces, it’s ready to rock! As most of my posts state over the last year, I am sorry for the irregularities. I promise I’m getting back on track, and I’ll have some new flash fiction up in my coming posts. Rather than fill this blog with news, I want to put some fun back into it. That’s why I started writing in the first place–it was fun. And it will be again. That’s a big part of what’s been missing the last two years. As things have come back around though, they’ll be plenty of fun to be had. Over the next year, we’re going to jump into new worlds and experience Fantasy on a new level. As I’ve gotten back into routine with my writing, I’ve noticed I have a ton of ideas flying past me. It’s true what they say; creativity breeds creativity. It’s time to grab some of that mojo by the balls and make something happen. Perhaps you’ll get a little entertainment out of it.   Until then, stay warm, because it’s damn cold up...

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The Draft is Done!

The Draft is Done!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in News, Publishing, Writing | 4 comments

Back to the grind today at the day job after two weeks off. It was an amazing two weeks, the first of which I spent on a family getaway. The weather was hot, beaches were beautiful, and the family vacation was a blast. The kids had a great time and so did I. It wasn’t easy coming back to reality, but such is life. After holidays, I spent the second week dedicated to my current work-in-progress. So dedicated, in fact, that it’s done. That’s right, I worked my fingers to the bone collecting over 30k words in two days and bringing the first draft of what we’ve known thus far as Blackwood to an end. After that, I took a few days break. My wife read the rough draft, to which the response was very encouraging, and I spent time making minor plot points for future books, cover ideas, title ideas, and outlining my approach to editing. With those tools in hand, I went back to work and am almost 20% through the first round of edits. This is exciting guys and girls! It’s been a little over two years since Endure  came out, and it’s been a rough patch for me. Life hit hard and knocked me down, I wrote Sacred Cities, rewrote Sacred Cities, ripped it apart and fixed it, and finally I gave up on it. I’d had enough and it was time to work on something else. SC just wasn’t working for me. Thus began Blackwood earlier this year. During my time writing Blackwood several things happened. First, I realized the issues plaguing SC. I now have the information needed to approach this story in the right way, fixing the mistakes with yet another rewrite. The silver lining of having to rewrite this again is that so much of the development is already done, it’s just a matter of realigning characters and plot points, and actually writing the words. I expect the re-write to be a fairly speedy one. The second thing that happened while writing Blackwood was that I hit my stride again. By that I mean I rediscovered my passion for story telling, something I’d lost in my unexpected two-year frustration. All this is to say it’s come together and we’ll definitely have a new book ready for you this year! I’ll be reaching out to my cover artist, Parajunkee Design, later this week on the cover for the new book. The title will be revealed soon! I’ll be busting out edits over the next two to three weeks, and then it’s off to a close friend for reading and if all goes well with her read-through, this book is off to beta readers. Exciting times have arrived here. We have a new book to actually look forward to, and Sacred Cities will not be far behind. Once I’ve finished this book and it’s ready for publication,...

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