Monthly Archives: August 2012
Discrimation and intolerance rank very highly on my list of pet peeves. Anyone familiar with my writing will know I address these issues quite often. When asked to do a guest post at My Escape I decided it was time to dig a little deeper into labels people use and how they affect our perceptions.
Do we really need labels?
Not so long ago I sat down with author and friend D.C. Sargent to do an interview about Desires Revealed and my writing. This one is short and sweet, but nonetheless gives you an opportunity to peek inside my mind.
Judgement of Souls by Margarita Felices
If you have to find a sacred book in order to redeem your parents, find and kill Max, the person responsible for their punishment. The same man that broke your heart and turned your perfect world upside down and try to keep the mortal man you now love safe from this vindictive Vampire’s sword, then you should read Rachel’s story.
JUDGMENT OF SOULS is a Gothic horror in which a naïve pureblood Vampire is tossed into the mortal world. Rachel meets Daniel, a nightclub owner and his group of friends and after Daniel’s best friend is murdered by Max, becomes embroiled in the search for an ancient Vampire artefact. Rachel tries to fight off her feelings for Daniel, even siding with her Vampire friend Arun to think again about Daniel’s involvement, but he’s her love and she’s going to protect him, no matter what.
Angel Of The Abyss – Book Three Eternal Hunger by Francene Carroll
After walking away from her mortal life, Lucia discovers that the glamorous and sophisticated vampires she has chosen to join are, in reality, sadistic killers. She is determined to hold onto her humanity and not become like them, but she faces great difficulties when she is confined to the castle and watched over by vampires night and day. She maintains her humanity by thinking about the loving husband she left behind, and looking forward to the day they are reunited.
When she is finally given her freedom, Lucia returns to her former life to discover that things have changed a great deal. Instead of going home to her husband as she had dreamed, she is forced to back into the world of vampires, where she must again make a decision about whether to join them or expose them for their crimes. To her great surprise, it is Drake L’amour who steps forward to help her when she is at her weakest and most vulnerable. He gives her hope to go on, and reveals more depths to his character than she believed possible.
Could he really be a vampire with a conscience, or is Lucia falling into a dangerous trap by believing that L’amour could ever change?
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Ash: Return Of The Beast by Gary Val Tenuta
ASH: Return of the Beast is a supernatural crime thriller, a tale of revenge steeped in the occult. The story is a work of fiction based on a little known factoid about the death of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the notorious occultist the British press once called “The Wickedest Man In The World”. Crowley’s body was cremated but the disappearance of the urn containing his ashes has remained a mystery… until now.
This diabolical tale propels the reader through a series of curiously interconnected events spanning the years from 1947 (and the death of Aleister Crowley) to the 1990s and the coming-of-age (and eventual stardom) of a “death-metal” rocker with the unlikely name of Rodney Duckworth.
The time-line shifts to the present day where Brian Kane, a gruff and gritty street-worn Seattle Police Detective, reluctantly teams up with the mysterious Rowena Ravenwood, an attractive and rather unconventional female FBI agent assigned to a most unusual investigative unit. Their task is to figure out why good, healthy, God-fearing preachers in their fair city are suddenly dropping dead… one at a time… nine days apart.
What is the meaning of the strange symbols branded onto the bodies of these hapless victims? Are they all part of some bizarre cult? No eyewitnesses. No fingerprints. Is it really murder? Where’s the evidence? And what is the disturbing secret that Detective Kane is holding so close to his chest?
The investigation catapults Kane and Ravenwood headlong into life-threatening situations as they wind their way through the strange, dark labyrinth of the world of the occult and find themselves battling for their lives against the powerful forces of ritual magick.
A bloody carnage of unimaginable horror is about to be unleashed upon the world. The survival of the entire human race hangs in the balance and the clues to help solve the case are in desperately short supply. Worse yet,
so is the amount of time left to stop the mysterious killer’s reign of terror before all Hell breaks loose. And – according to Special Agent Ravenwood – that’s not just a figure of speech.
Max & The Gatekeeper by James Todd Cochrane
For me, writing is an adventure. I am one of those authors who knows pieces of a story but not how the whole thing fits together. It must be the way my muse likes to toy with me. Give me a little information so that I have to start writing to see what happens. So, when I write the rough draft, it’s as if I’m reading the story for the first time.
As a young adult author, I have had a chance to visit with over seventy schools in eight states. Meeting with people who like your books has to be the second best thing about being an author. The students are who have motivated me to keep writing. I’ve actually had a couple of classes help me develop characters that have been incorporated into my stories.
Currently, I am working on The Dark Society (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV). I am hoping to have it ready for spring or early summer of 2013. This has been the hardest of the four books to write as I am tying in current events happening around the world into the story. This added with the fact that I have a lot more subplots in this story are making it a complex book to write.
I have ideas for five books in the Max and the Gatekeeper series. I have several other stories which are unrelated to Max and the Gatekeeper rattling around in my brain. I hope to start on one of those in the next couple of months. One is a science fiction that wasn’t intended to be a young adult novel, but I have thought of a way to make it for young adults.
I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin and am taking sailing lessons. I am know wondering if I can think of a pirate adventure or maybe some kind of horror at sea. Water can be dark and mysterious but also life giving and full of promise. There are lots of stories waiting to be written.
James Todd Cochrane was born in Fremont, California. He received his BA from Utah State University, where he majored in Business Information Systems with a minor in German.
A writer since elementary school, he published his first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, in 2007. The sequels, The Hourglass of Souls and The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork, followed
He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he writes part-time while working as a computer programmer.
His first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, is on the Accelerated Readers List and was a 2010-2011 Alaska Battle Book.
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Max & The Gatekeeper
A war has been waging for centuries; a magical and technological battle between good and evil. This conflict will affect life everywhere, but not everyone is aware it exists. When twelve-year old Max Rigdon is sent to stay with his grandfather for the summer, he unwillingly enters the fight.
The day Max steps off the bus he is marked with an evil curse and immediately becomes the target of evil men and creatures with designs on ruling the universe. Not only does this curse cause Max physical pain but it allows his enemies to track and find him. He soon learns that the reason for this unwanted attention is because his grandfather is the keeper of a gateway; a powerful machine that makes travel to hundreds of strange unknown worlds possible. The enemy will do anything to gain possession of this power in their quest to control all worlds.
With the help of his friend Cindy and others, Max must quickly learn the necessary skills to survive if he is to avoid the deadly trap that has been planned for him and his grandfather. A trap that has been decades in the making with Max as the missing piece. If successful it will change life as we know it.
Ishtar Bound (Book 1 of Sinnis) by Natalie Gibson
Surrounded by magical enemies with an intimate knowledge of her abilities, a matchmaking witch of the highest rank must fulfill both her duty to her coven and her desire for a love of her own, even if the two goals collide.
Maeve Lovejoy has always been good at her job even though her service comes at such a high cost. Though her matchmaking abilities are stronger than ever, the most potent in any coven’s recorded history, her introduction to Aaron has confused matters. Believing she’s found a partner who can love her and allow her to continue practicing her arts, she shares her secrets with him. Is it a coincidence that soon after, that same information is used to locate and murder Maeve’s matches? When Aaron goes missing, is it because he is a member of a rival black magic sect or because he has fallen victim?
Yes I’m a little slow in putting this up. I’ve been neck deep in research for the next book. Anyhoo… In this guest post I discuss some of the pros and cons in using Bektamun as a character. Hope you enjoy.
Pryde’s Choice by Kevis Hendrickson
Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry in a new, horrific, unimaginable way. Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas hoping to escape her creator.