Friday, June 15, 2012

Double Tap: #Authors and #Giveaways

I've backed myself into a corner where I have two posts due today. Instead of writing two posts I'm going to  write one long post and you're going to forgive me because you love me and because I've tacked on the Novel Publicity giveaway to the end of this post. 

Also, the person who can tell me what chapter I've gotten to in Zombie Candy will win the blogger spotlight for the month of June. So now you have incentive to keep reading... or I should say more incentive to keep reading. 

First order of business: Today is C.P. Bialois' turn for an author interview. 

A little bit about C.P.: 
Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want.

My real name is Ed and I grew up in your typical small, rural town in Pennsylvania. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out.

As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Schwarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick.

As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books.

I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me.

 Here are some questions for the author interview:

1. What first interested you in writing? 
I think, for me, it was the telling of stories. I always liked hearing or telling a good story so in many ways writing became second nature. I couldn't tell you how many times I've watched a show or movie, or read a book and thought they were great and I wanted to have my own ideas out there in the same way.

2. What is your favorite book and why? 
That's a tricky question. I could list a dozen or so but if I have to pick one I'd say Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. (Fair warning. This pick may change depending on my train of thought and day. lol) It may be a guy thing, but there's something about pirates for a child that one doesn't get over very easily. Every time I've heard the book read or read it myself, I find myself lost in the world of pirates and buried treasure. I think it's safe to say, Long John Silver is probably the first bad guy I ever really enjoyed and cared about, beginning a lifelong enjoyment of the villain or anti-hero for me.

3. What one piece of advice would you give all aspiring authors?
The best piece of advice I can give, and I know it sounds cliche, is to never give up. Write for your own enjoyment and if others enjoy your stories, so much the better. There's no better feeling than to hold something you crafted and hear praise whether it's from friends, family, or a stranger.

In true pimping fashion, here's a little about C.P.'s book:

The Sword and the Flame: The Forging:

In a world where magic and the sword rule and dragons are forgotten, a band of unlikely friends find each other. While agreeing to quest together, each of them are forced to overcome their pasts and personal demons before they can take the next step with their destiny. Through confrontations with Ogres, Gargoyles, and magic, the five friends form a bond that will serve them well until their dying days. Before a weapon can be used, it must be forged in the fires of life.

To learn more visit:
Twitter: @CPBialois

Secondly: My Review of Zombie Candy Thus Far

I somehow was a major dunce and misplaced my e-copy the first time it was sent to me, so I ended up late on the reading train. This seems to happen a lot when I'm reviewing books. I need to spend less time in front of the TV.

Anyhow, so far I've gotten to chapter six and I'm loving it.

About the book: 

You know early on, from the color of the inappropriate bra in the opening scenes, that Zombie Candy is going to be a black comedy. Most people could sympathize with an obsession for sex and zombie movies, but who would put up with a husband who doused every dish with cilantro? 

Frederick Lee Brooke serves up another literary treat with this bizarre and comical tale of love and betrayal. Candace Roach enlists her best friend Annie Ogden (our favorite sleuth from Doing Max Vinyl) to find out what her husband is up to – but their home-cooked aversion therapy gets out of hand and hurtles along an astonishing highway of the undead. 

In the words of Emma Calin, author of Knockout, A Passionate Police Romance: “This book has all the ingredients of a perfect noir comedy – well formed characters, international locations, a fast moving plot with no brakes, and of course zombies. Revenge is a dish best served cold – and as a betrayed wife, master chef and cookery instructor, Candace cooks up the perfect recipe for the ultimate gazpacho.”

My opinion (which is never humble): 

I love Candace. She's relatable, she blunders, she manages to wriggle into some sticky situations. I sort of want to punch her husband though.

First of all Candace's husband, Larry, is cheating on her with significantly smaller boobs. Everyone out there should know this is a major no-no. If you got a nice rack, you stick with them. 

I can sympathize with Candace as she tries to just wrap her head around what's going on with Larry. I've had my own experience in such departments, but thankfully I wasn't married to any of them.

I do give Candace major props for throwing an appropriately heavy object at her husband's head though. Atta girl! 

She needs to just take on a bit of this picture -->

Then she needs to grab her best girlfriend Annie, get chocolate by the barrel and watch Under the Tuscan Sun. 

This'll give her some good ideas. In fact, she should really see if Larry has a life insurance plan. She'll need a way to pay for her tryst to Italy. 

Anyway it goes, Candace certainly doesn't seem the type to take this issue lying down. With her best friend being a P.I. ex-military, you've got some tough women about to whoop butt. I'm excited to see how it all ends up!

OK, tour stuff:

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Zombie Candy eBook edition is just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book. All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment--easy to enter; easy to win! To win the prizes:
  1. Purchase your copy of Zombie Candy for just 99 cents
  2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest on Novel Publicity
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About the author: Frederick Lee Brooke has worked as an English teacher, language school manager and small business owner and has travelled extensively in Tuscany, the setting of part of Zombie Candy. Visit Fred on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

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