Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories - Blog Tour Day 3

Onto Day 3 of my tour for my spec fiction collection and I'm at Heather M Gardner's blog where maverick neurosurgeon Dr Harold Mistuna is getting a grilling he didn't expect. Head over to find out what he's got to say for himself!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories - Blog Tour Day 2

Hello! Welcome to Day 2 of my blog tour for my speculative fiction collection A Change of Mind and Other Stories. Today I'm over at Clare Dugmore's place talking a little about the long-winded journeys that some of our ideas can take, as with A Change of Mind. Hope you can join me!

Monday, 25 May 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories Release Day



The day has arrived! It is time for the release of my very first collection of stories. I'm really pleased to see it toddle off into the world and seek its fortune. I'm grateful that so many people have agreed to help out with giving it a push; there is a Thunderclap happening today at 12pm EDT, and I also begin a two-week blog tour which I hope you'll consider following along. You'll get to know a bit about some of the characters from A Change of Mind and a little bit about me as well. Here are today's stops:

- I'm at Tammy Theriault's where I undergo a fun mini-interview

- And the MC of my novella, Reuben, is in the spotlight at Christine Rains' place!

Other great peeps are giving my book a blast today and over the next few days - thank you.

If you would care to help me spread the word, here are some prewritten tweets to grab:

What would you change about your personality? @NickPWilford's spec fic collection, A Change of Mind, launches today. http://www.amazon.com/Change-Mind-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B00UY7HLYM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432210255&sr=8-1&keywords=nick+wilford

Like your spec fic with a twisted edge? Check out @NickPWilford's new collection, A Change of Mind and Other Stories. http://www.amazon.com/Change-Mind-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B00UY7HLYM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432210255&sr=8-1&keywords=nick+wilford

@NickPWilford's haunting spec fic collection A Change of Mind and Other Stories launches today. Only $0.99 on Day 1! http://www.amazon.com/Change-Mind-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B00UY7HLYM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432210255&sr=8-1&keywords=nick+wilford

And I'm also running a giveaway which you can enter below and at each tour stop to win an e-copy of A Change of Mind or a £10 Amazon giftcard (or local currency equivalent).

For release day only, I'm offering my collection at half price at all venues - that's just $0.99. You can pick it up here if you feel so moved:

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Smashwords / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Add it on Goodreads

OK, that's all from me. Hope you get a chance to check out today's tour stops!

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Ghost of Death blog tour

Today I welcome a special guest, the talented Chrys Fey, who has a game for us based on her new release, Ghost of Death. Over to you, Chrys!

Avrianna Heavenborn is the detective in Ghost of Death and Jolie Montgomery is
the ghost. Together, they make an interesting duo. Jolie was a
twenty-one-year-old college student when she was murdered, and Avrianna is a
young detective who devotes her life to her job. Jolie is spunky and Avrianna
tends to be sarcastic, so their dialogue is also interesting. While reading the
galley, I realized if I took some of their funnier pieces of dialogue and
removed their names, that it would be difficult to tell who said what.

To test my theory, I have 7 examples below. See if you can guess them correctly. :)

1. “There’s a killer out there and you’re not doing
anything about it.”
2. “You’ve been as clingy as freaking plastic wrap…the
good brand.”
3. “You look like you need some alcohol.”
4. “Intense?
Try bizarre. Try
deranged!”
5. “Then you could beat a confession out of him.”
6. “Because
I

want my pizza.”
7. “For all we know, I could be an alien.”

In your comment put an A for Avrianna and a J for Jolie.
Good luck!


Title: Ghost of Death
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Supernatural/Suspense
Format: eBook Only

Page Count: 41 (short story)
Release Date: April 22nd, 2015
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Blurb:

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up
in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night
she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life.
Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can...by stalking
the lead detective on the case.

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person
responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity
with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an
earth-bound spirit forever.






Book Links:

Excerpt:

            With the sound of her mom’s grief
wafting up to her, Jolie came to terms with her present state. I’m dead and now my mom knows it. She eyed
the door in front of her. She hadn’t yet walked through a door, but if her hand
could pass through metal then she knew she could move
through wood.
If I have to be a ghost then I’ll be a
damn good one. All across the afterlife I’ll be known as the Ghost of Death!
And I’m going to start by walking through this damn door!
            She would’ve taken a
deep breath to brace herself if she could have, so she mentally pumped herself
up instead. You can do it! Easy-peasy.
Nothing to it.
And she took a step forward. Solid matter slipped around and
through her form. On the other side, a familiar site confronted her: a black
and white bed, the bright green shag carpet in the middle of the room, and a
white desk.
            Stepping up to her desk, Jolie eyed
her ancient desktop computer, the one she used before her dad gifted her with a
laptop when she announced she was accepted to the local university. Wanting to
send out the first ever tweet from the afterlife, she pushed the button to
bring the device to life, but her finger poker straight through it. Resigning
to her Twitter-less fate, she moved toward the full-length mirror hanging on
the wall. She saw nothing. Not even a shimmer in the air hinted at her
presence.
            Being
a ghost sucks!


Also Available for Download:


Blurb:

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the
supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of
nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical
murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil
witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she
becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more
people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.

Book
Links:



BIO:

Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes and 30
Seconds. She is currently working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes that’ll
serve as book two in the Disaster Crimes series.

When Fey was six years old, she realized her dream of
being a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve,
she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later
rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida where she is waiting for the next
hurricane to come her way.

You can connect with her on Facebook and her blog, Write
with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers! 





Author Links: 

Thank you for having me on your blog, Nick. You rock!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Book Launch Update

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you're all fully recovered from the A-Z Challenge. Feels like it's receding in the rear view mirror but the sense of accomplishment is still giving off a warm glow.

This is just a wee update about launch plans for my spec fic collection which is set for May 25th. Those who agreed to host me on my tour can expect a post by the middle of next week if all goes well. I've been busy with them this week and having a lot of fun!

If anyone else would be kind enough to give my book a blast on launch day, let me know and I'll send over some details. I also created a Thunderclap campaign, you can join that here. It's just a couple of clicks which will automatically schedule a Tweet, Facebook update or Tumblr post on the day. I'll also post some prewritten tweets to grab on release day.

Okay, that's my marketing hat off. Have an excellent weekend!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A-Z Reflections Post 2015



So, it's over and now it's time for reflections on the wonderful madness that was the A-Z Challenge 2015. I'm going to keep this brief because just like the Challenge itself, there are many posts to get to.

First of all, from a creative writing point of view, this Challenge was really good for me. I really enjoyed my theme because it gave me the opportunity to create stories from a prompt without agonising and dwelling over them - really, I was just throwing them out there, and I was slightly worried about the response to them, but shouldn't have been. The response was really encouraging, so thank you. (Although I think I grossed some people out on a couple of occasions - sorry!) I now have a pick 'n' mix smorgasbord of ideas to come back to and take forward, and I am grateful to the visitors for guiding me in this - for one post in particular, a majority of commenters said it felt like part of a larger story. So that aspect was really positive.

There was also a really great mix of topics on offer this year, and although certain factors stopped me from getting to quite as many new blogs as I would have liked to - an unreliable connection, and putting our house on the market - I still made a good number of new friends and I'm looking forward to seeing what they all get up to when not A-Zing. I posted for the IWSG at the beginning of the month that I wouldn't get stressed about the Challenge, and I stuck to that. Some days I got to five new blogs on the list, some days just one, and a couple of times not at all. But it's cool, although on several occasions I did not get a response back from those I commented on - and also I did not see many new followers in my GFC, but I don't think many newer bloggers even know what GFC is as it was missing from many new blogs. Then I just paste their URL into my blog feed (which I have to do anyway as my reader doesn't have anything to do with Google. I just like GFC and then they know I'm following them). But those are minor quibbles. Here I want to do a shout out to some new friends I met who commented on many if not all of my posts. Some I met via the Theme Reveal before April started, another great feature.

And some of my regular blogging buddies whose themes I particularly enjoyed...
Sorry if I missed anyone out!

Did you do the Challenge and did it go well? Would you consider it next year?

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Z is for Zooid


We made it! Time to catch some Z's.

For this year's A-Z Challenge I have selected a word from the dictionary for each day and written a story around it with a 100 word limit. For extra interest I have chosen words that are unknown or unfamiliar to me. All definitions are from the Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus 2007 Edition. Today's word is: Zooid.

Zooid: An individual member of a colony of invertebrate animals.

Zachariah watched helplessly as every day members of his colony were eaten. As sea worms, they spent their time bedded into the sand, their upper bodies swaying in the currents. But it made them prime targets.

One day, he felt different. Stronger. One of his best buddies, Hubert, was being viciously attacked by a crab. He swung around in a wide arc and clobbered the critter between the eyestalks. It actually had an impact, and the crab scuttled away, stunned.

“Wow!” said Hubert. “Thanks. How did you do that?”

Zachariah flexed his muscular body. “I think I grew a spine!”