New reviews, and upcoming interviews

The Buy a Book, Help a Kid campaign is beginning to gain some momentum. Sales are good and with exactly half of the month left, I’m hopeful that I can still reach my goal of 200 total copies sold. Thanks to all who have helped me get the word out, and continue to do so.

Some more reviews have popped up here and there on the Internet for both books. Rodney Carlstrom gave Muscle Memory 9 out of 10 stars on his site, The Sci-Fi Guys Book Reviews.

Esteban Silvani also reviewed Muscle Memory for Esteban’s House of Bizarro.

And Michael C. Pennington, editor of Aurora Wolf Literary Journal Of Science Fiction and Fantasy, said this about Wolves: “Wolves Dressed as Men is an exceptional Thriller, and not your average howl at the moon. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story they cannot put down until finished.”

Michael will be my guest on this site very soon. He is also a foster parent and was a foster child himself once, and he agreed to share his unique perspective on fostering.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out I Read Odd Books tomorrow for yet another review of Muscle Memory, as well as a chance to win a copy of the book. In fact, you should hit that site every day this week because it’s Bizarro Week! with five new reviews of New Bizarro Author Series titles, and five chances to win a free book.

New Fiction, New Fiction!

I’ve got two new pieces of fiction that went live this week. They’re both short, fast reads. Let me know what you think:

Read “Short Gary Takes a Cow to California” on Esteban’s House of Bizarro

Read “Playcations for Free!” on Bloody Bridge Review

UPDATE (5/27/10): And a third piece for this month just went live at Short-Story.Me. Click here to read “What Philip Did in Tulsa”.

And I recommend checking out the rest of the current issue of House of Bizarro, if that sort of thing floats your boat. Lots of great stuff in there – more fiction, reviews, interviews, and some pretty cool artwork.

Steam Punk Sphinx by Simon Rudd

Artwork for Muscle Memory

Feast your eyes on the image that Kaolin Fire made for the MUSCLE MEMORY cover. It rocks and or rolls, and I may have to put it on a t-shirt.

Also got my first blurb back from S.D. Hintz, who loved the story and said this: 

‘Hilariously disturbing! Lowe bends gender roles into a noose and unravels it on an emotional roller coaster where nuclear families explode.’

S.D. Hintz, author of Blood Orchard and Charnel Harbor

… And now, some random minutiae …

NEWS FLASH! – I will have a story in the next issue of Esteban Silvani’s House of Bizarro, the weird wing of Dark Recesses magazine. After badgering poor Esteban with submissions, he finally threw me a bone to shut me up and accepted “Short Gary Takes a Cow to California”. Lucky for him, because I was going to resort to whining next.

Also, a not-so-bizarro story called “What Philip Did in Tulsa” will be up on Short-Story.Me sometime soon. It’s less weird and more mean, a story of vengance that doesn’t go as planned.

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I still haven’t taken my Official Author Jacket Photo yet. I’m conflicted because I was originally going to wear an Ascot and clutch a pipe and hold my morbidly obese beagle and look all stupid for the photo, but now I’m changing my mind. I’m thinking something more professional, like a tuxedo t-shirt, may be in order.

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Spring sports have begun in full swing this week, meaning long evenings of drudgery for me typing up high school track & field results. I hate track. You cannot begin to understand my loathing for track. But once May ends and school lets out, I will be free. It will be a summer of writing for me. With a novella to finish and two other projects needing attention, I am determined to get shit done before next fall so I can concentrate on my two book releases and my first convention (BizarroCon) not related to building products.

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Some friendly advice – Before you eat your next salad, get some bibb lettuce. You can use a leaf as an actual bib, then eat it last and not waste a napkin.

You’re welcome.