Long, long time ago (well, 2004) there was a fantastic game called City of Heroes. This video game was my introduction to massively multiplayer online role-playing games (I know, a mouthful) and I became obsessed with it.
City of Heroes was straight forward. You had to create a superhero, fight villains and win experience so you could earn new powers. The game was not only fun, but it was also a place to meet people and make new friends. Even though I don’t know their real names and I never saw their human faces, I forged real friendships with caped crusaders, flying cyborgs, and ruthless amazons.
I devoted many hours to saving Paragon City from evil forces. Later on, when City of Villains was released, I spent many hours fighting the annoying goody-two-shoes heroes. Some guys anxiously wait for Sundays to watch football. For me, Sundays were the day for long missions and task forces.
Unfortunately, on November 30, 2012, the Gods of Paragon Studios decided to shut down the game. It was devastating. We wrote letters, started petitions and even protested on the virtual streets of Paragon. In the end, darkness fell, and City of Heroes was gone.
Inspired by my love for this game I wrote the short story Paragon Falling. Paragon Falling tells the story of Trauco, and JaneTheWarrior, two villains from Aion City, who must run a race against the clock to save their dying world. In the process, they discover that the deities ruling the video games universe can be wicked and capricious.
The short story is now available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited, and I would love for you to read it and review it. You don’t need to know anything about this game or any other video game to connect with this story. The main theme is something we can all relate to: survival.
Please, follow the link and enter the world of City of heroes.
Welcome to Paragon, my friends. I hope you enjoy it.
It has been a couple of weeks since you heard from me. The thing is, I’m fully immersed in the world of Bad Medicine, working hard to finish the manuscript and deliver it to Inkshares. It feels great to be back in the groove, writing every day and loving every minute of it.
The world of The Catcher’s Trap is quiet these days. I’m happy to report that the book continues to sell steadily. The novel is not close to becoming a New York Times best-seller anytime soon, but I’m happy. For a completely unknown author like me, the fact that there are people out there interested in my work and willing to pay for it is winning in life.
Remember, if you want to give me a hand, please either rate or leave a review on Amazon. Reviews help make the book more visible, and visibility is the best gift you can send my way. Also, if you read it and enjoyed it, please recommend it to your friends. Click here to leave a review.
As I said before, I am working on several side projects that I will be launching in March. A couple of days ago I received the cover art for my short story Paragon Falling. I will be giving this story away for free on Amazon as a way to promote my writing. The idea is to publish a free short story every month, with the hopes to compile them into a book of short stories to be released next year.
That’s it. Short and sweet. Before I go just a quick reminder that the campaign for The Catcher’s Trap sequel is active. You can support here.
Have a great week!
How’s 2017 treating you so far? For me, the last couple of months have been an interesting time of struggle and opportunity. I won’t bore you with details of my up and downs, but I do want to share the lesson I learned.
Pouring your entire soul into what you love is essential to achieve your dreams, but also essential is to be kind to yourself. At some point in the last two years, in between attempting to write three novels, holding a full-time job and trying to launch a writing career, I stopped listening to my body. As a result, my physical and mental health declined to a point in which I was not able to do any of the things I love. I couldn’t run the New York City Marathon, and I didn’t finish writing Bad Medicine: Slay it Queen!
Fear not, this is not a sad update. This update is about discovery and opportunity. I’m not the kind of guy who makes New Year resolutions, but this year I made one: I will be kind and patient with myself and with others. I will tune out the negative noise that surrounds us and walk the road that leads to my dreams with no rush.
I have many projects and ideas that I’m excited about. Worlds Walker is done, and Bad Medicine will be a scary and hysterical ride. My hope is to deliver the manuscript to the patience folks at Inkshares sometime in the spring. I also have a stack of short stories that I will be releasing for free on Amazon Kindle starting in March.
I’ve been reminded through this struggle that my goal was never to become a famous writer. That my goal was not for The Catcher’s Trap to be turned into a movie or sell a million copies. My goal is to share the stories swirling in my brain. My dream is for those stories to find people who connect with them and enjoy them. Many of you have reached out to me to tell me how much you enjoyed The Catcher’s Trap, for me, that’s winning.
So here’s to a great year ahead of us. A year of creativity, magical thinking and kindness.
As always, let’s end this update with wisdom from my favorite hero
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and those you love. No matter which holiday you celebrate, I think we can all agree that the theme this time of the year is love. Love those around you, love the people who love you and support you through the tough times, and love what life has given you. Every day we live is a gift, so let’s enjoy them all.
I am excited about 2017. I have three writing projects to work on during the coming year. Too Many Controllers, the short stories anthology which won the Nerdist video games contest. Bad Medicine, my latest horror novel which won the Crypt TV horror contest and, of course, Worlds Walker, the sequel to The Catcher’s Trap.
Next year will be busy and exciting, and I hope you are still on board to continue this journey by my side. After all, it is because of you that I can call myself a published author.
If the Holidays put you in a giving mood, please check out my other projects, especially Worlds Walker. Many people have asked me for the sequel to The Catcher’s Trap. The manuscript is ready, but I don’t have a publishing deal yet. You can change that. Click here to follow the project or pre-order.
We’ll talk again next year!
Love you all, have a wonderful Holiday!
Today should be a holiday. A day dedicated to searching online for the best bargains while wearing your pajamas and sipping on a strong cup of coffee. Unfortunately, it is not a holiday, so we all have to shop in between answering e-mails and reviewing spreadsheets.
In the spirit of Cyber-Monday Inkshares is running a massive sale. Most books published during 2016 are half off and ship for free in the U.S.
That means The Catcher’s Trap is only $6.99
Click the link below and get your copies. If you live in the tri-state area I’ll be happy to meet you and sign your copies.
Have a fantastic week my friends and take advantage of this great offer.
The Catcher’s Trap is out in the world and, hopefully, already in your hands. As you can imagine, releasing the book on Election Day, and on a week like we just had in America has been quite interesting.
Still, two days after the election, over one hundred of you came out and supported the release of my book. This past Thursday, the North Haven Barnes and Nobles was flooded with people attending my first ever book signing. It was beautiful and humbling. Fun fact, the mayor of Hamden gave me a proclamation on behalf of the town. I had no idea that was happening and it was a wonderful surprised.
If you missed me on Thursday, you can come and see me at the Hamden Public Library on Sunday, November 20th, at 2 pm. I will be speaking there as part of their guest authors series.
The next step in this thrilling journey is to get reviews. I need to get as many reviews for the Catcher’s Trap as possible in the next coming weeks. So please, once you are ready, go into the links below and leave an honest review. It doesn’t have to be long, just your thoughts about the book. Trust me your review will make a huge difference.
Barnes and Noble
Have a fantastic rest of your weekend.
The Catcher is knocking at your doors!
The official publication day is tomorrow, but many of you received today your copy of The Catcher’s Trap! Those of you who have not receive your book yet will get it this week.
I truly hope that you enjoy the book. The Catcher’s Trap is a dark tale of struggle and inner strength. I believe that beyond the supernatural aspects we can all relate to the journey these characters experience.
Some critics are loving it, some critics not so much, but they all agree on one thing, The Catcher’s Trap is entertaining and a fast pace quick read. Please add your voice to those critics. Once you are finished reading the book, leave an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble.
Reviews are key to the success of the book. (my husband Tom, checking out a great book)
I want to leave you with a fun story. I spent this past weekend in New York and, of course, I had to stop by at Union Square’s Barnes and Noble. Guess what I found on the third floor, in a display called “New Sci-Fi,” of course The Catcher’s Trap.
It was so surreal and so empowering. Just seeing my book on the shelves of one of the biggest bookstores in New York made every single sacrifice and struggle to publish this book worth it.
And for that, I thank you.
Have a fantastic week!
What better day to release The Catcher’s Trap e-book than the first day of Halloween weekend!
This afternoon you will receive an e-mail from inkshares with a link and instructions to download your digital copy of The Catcher’s Trap. Fear not, if you purchased a physical copy you will receive yours very soon. The e-book is just a nice perk Inkshares offers to their readers so you can have access to your books on the go.
You all have done so much for me already, but I have to be shameless and ask you for more. Getting reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads is key for a book to succeed. There is, actually, a magic number: 100
Books with over 100 reviews are featured more prominently on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Visibility is key when you are a new author trying to make a splash in an industry that releases over 3,000 books a day.
Please follow the links and leave an honest review. Seriously, be honest. If you love The Catcher’s Trap as much as you love your mama, then leave a five stars review, but if not 4 or 3 are perfectly fine. A book with all five stars reviews looks fishy to readers.
Finally, don’t forget to join me on Thursday, November 10th, at 6 PM at North Haven Barnes and Noble, to celebrate the release of The Catcher’s Trap.
You can RSVP here.
Have a thrilling weekend!
In a couple of weeks, you will be holding in your hands a copy of The Catcher’s Trap. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity you all gave me to share my work and my creativity with you, and I truly hope you enjoy it.
Once you read The Catcher’s Trap, I encourage you to share your thought. Leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Post about it on social media. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool.
If you are in Connecticut or close by, join me for the release and Book Signing party on November 10th at 6 pm, at the North Haven Barnes and Noble. Details here.
As The Catcher’s Trap make its way into bookstores across the country I will be concentrating my energy on my other projects, so communications through this channel will dwindle.
I hope you choose to continue following my journey as an author and follow the two projects to which I will be dedicating more of my attention.
The first is The Catcher’s Trap’s sequel Worlds Walker. You can’t pre-order Worlds Walker yet, but if you follow the book, you can get chapters in advance and news about the writing and production process as its move along. Follow Words Walker here.
The second project you may have heard about. My funny and scary drag queen zombie saga Bad Medicine: Slay it, Queen!
Yesterday Bad Medicine was selected as the book of the month by the Snarky Darksy Syndicate. This was an amazing surprise. I had no idea your humble drag queen had been nominated, and the news made my day.
Bad Medicine: Slay it Queen! is competing in the CryptTV contest, and it currently sits in second place. Please help me finish this contest on top. Get your copy today. Getting the $10 e-book or the $20 paperback helps me the same. So please support at any level you can. Order here.
Penny-Lane and I want to thank you for staying by our side through all these months.
Have a great weekend!