Fun Fact:   If Susan K. Hamilton had entered The Devil You Don’t in the 2017 Inkshares Horror Contest instead of the 2017 Launchpad Contest, she would’ve won.

Less fun fact:   The Devil You Don’t is still roughly 40 pre-orders away from hitting the Quill publishing milestone.  

We have until 12/31/17 to make this happen!  If you supported The Vampire and the Dragon, please consider supporting Susan’s book - she’s been incredibly supportive of me.


Michael James Welch

12/1/17 has come and (in 2 hours) gone without me finishing the manuscript to submit to Inkshares. I figured this would be a bit of a stretch anyhow, but had to set a goal for myself. Between struggling with unemployment and all the joy it entails and the demands of this holiday season, I’ve been a busy camper.  Still, progress has been made.  I’m at a solid 21k+ words and plan to more than double that before I submit to Oakland.

The good news is - I’ve fully fleshed out the plots and quite a few details for books 2 and 3 of the PrOOF trilogy.  Their pages are below, and they feature the story synopses:
I would love for anyone who’s following The Vampire and the Dragon, PrOOF vol. 1 to also follow these two sequels. Stephen’s tale is only beginning with this first volume. Thank you!

Susan K. Hamilton is a really nice human being. And while that doesn’t automatically make her a good writer, she’s a great one of those as well.  Please consider lending your support to her 2nd novel, which is currently funding and in need of about 30-40 sales. I’ve bought two and my wife has bought one. Time for all the rest of you to discover the splendor of The Devil You Don’t:   https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t

Remember - any Inkshares titles that don’t meet minimum funding (in Susan’s case, 250 books) result in a full refund of your money.  This is a low risk, high reward proposition.

Speaking of propositions - Dean Fearce has his button nose to the grindstone out in sunny CA, working on bringing Murder Happens ( https://www.inkshares.com/books/murder-happens ) to full, bloody life. Buy one if you haven’t already.  It’s cheaper now that he won the contest.  Bastard.

Thanks for your time and support, all.  Now I’m going to Shut Up and Write, just like my Twitter ( https://twitter.com/mikexwelch ) cover photo exhorts me to do.


Hi folks - 

Just wanted to let folks know that I’ve updated/slightly revised Chapter one of the book, and it’s up in the ’read’ section now - https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-vampire-and-the-dragon/book_segments/part-1-chapter-1-proof

I’ve taken down the other parts (the prologue and the entire 1969 flashback) since there are going to be revisions and changes in terms of where these parts end up in the book....although I’m pretty sure the prologue will stay at the beginning...

Anyways...I hope you enjoy!

Userphoto9 original Ruth Liz Savage · Reader · added 3 months ago
Congratulations, Mike! 😄

Congratulations to Dean Fearce (Murder Happens) and P.J. Marshman (Tainted) for their respective 1st and 3rd place finishes in the 2017 Inkshares Horror Contest!  

The Vampire and the Dragon (PrOOF Vol.1) has finished 2nd, just one book behind 1st place!

Thank you all so much for your support, and congrats again to the 2 of you guys.  Well done!

~Michael Welch

Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
I’ve never stopped playing Godzilla. 

This is it folks, the final 5.5 hours of the 2017 Inkshares Horror Contest. 

You all know what I’m going to ask for. Most of you have already made up your minds about what you’re going to do.  I’m here to put a personal spin on things.

When I was younger - 10, 11 - I used to play outside alone a lot. My brother was 3 years older and interested exclusively in sports. I mean, we played together plenty, but if I didn’t want a tennis ball launched at me by his 75mph slap shot, I was outta luck. So I used to stomp around in the weeds and pretend i was a teenaged Godzilla.

I know, it seems pretty silly to me now as well.

Eventually, I aged out of the part, but still wanted to somehow have a fantasy life. Around 12, I developed an alternative character - myself. This Michael Welch was a year or two older than me - vastly more self-confident, better looking, smoother with the ladies, etc. I started chronicling his adventures. I gave him a sentient BMX bike, because who wouldn’t want one? I gave him a girlfriend when I had none. I imagined older kids that’d menaced me as super villains. He went on grand adventures and the stakes went from local to world-saving within a few stories.

I’ve never stopped writing since then.  I’ve never been published - not even during my poetry phase. Unless you count my Community College Literary magazine, of which I was the co-editor. I don’t.

So this is the dream.  I’m less than 6 hours away from the dream coming true. So many of you receiving this update have helped me to achieve my dream. But nothing is in stone until 8:01pm Eastern time tonight.  It’s my hope that if you haven’t already supported The Vampire and the Dragon that you’ll consider doing so before the end of the contest tonight. 
Every version of me - from 12 years old to 47 years old - is counting on you. 
And is grateful. 
And is still in love with the adventure.

Thank you all,

Michael James Welch

The Vampire and the Dragon (PrOOF Vol. 1) has reclaimed the top spot in the 2017 Inkshares Horror Contest.  There’s 5 days (or less, depending on your math) left in the contest, which ends 5pm 10.31 Pacific time. 

I’d be lying if I said I felt confident that I’ll remain #1, or even in the top 3, until then. There are a lot of books by a bunch of very talented authors in the top 10 of this contest - especially my buddy Dean Fearce and his Murder Happens.  I am not assuming ANYthing in terms of success until 5:01pm Pacific time on Halloween...which is 8pm my time.

It’s my hope that if you’re on this email list as a backer/supporter of The Vampire and the Dragon, that you’ll consider buying a copy if you haven’t already done so. Those of us hawking our books via Inkshares have a unique and singular dream; to become published authors. That’s why we’re here. Hopefully it’ll be my turn to join the ranks soon, with your support.

Thank you!

Michael James Welch

Congratulations to the sensational and sensual Dean Fearce on Murder Happens being the Staff Syndicate’s pick for Oct. 17!  That catapults him into first place of the 2017 Inkshares Horror contest, and he deserves it! Murder Happens will satisfy your noir mystery cravings and sate your horrific need for blood to boot. Snappy dialogue, biting, black-as-night humor, and excellent story-craft meet. If anyone backing me hasn’t looked into Dean’s tour-de-force, please do!  https://www.inkshares.com/books/murder-happens

Thank you to Kate Merenda Hohl for her nomination of The Vampire and the Dragon for the Staff Syndicate.  Next time, I suppose.  Also, congrats to Kate on placing 2nd in the Launchpad contest for 2017, guaranteeing that Flight of Angels ( https://www.inkshares.com/books/flight-of-angels ) will be published!  2nd place is good company!

It’s an open secret among people that Dean and I live with (meaning, our significant others) that he and I might end up writing together in the future. We like the cut of each other’s gib, and only the 2700 miles between us will prevent this bromance from turning into regular date nights. So long as both Murder Happens and The Vampire and the Dragon place in the top 3 and we both get published, then the future is wide open...to quote the late Tom Petty.

Shit,now I’m sad.

Thanks Kate. Godspeed, Dean. Buy my book if you haven’t, folks. Please.


Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
Thanks, Mike. I’m happy to be your wing man in the Horror Contest! And with that crazy Launchpad Contest, the top 10 all sound like excellent books. I wish the best of luck for each of them.

The Devil You Don’t and Flight of Angels, in the interest of total transparency,  are two books that will be at the top of my reading list when they’re published. So the sooner the better. Kate’s book cover blows me away every time I see it.

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