Book Review – Born Of Shadow by Richard Murray

It’s really hard to set yourself apart in the monster-hunting genre these days. The market is saturated and it takes a clever hand to pull something new out of a genre that some people say has been done to death.

Enter Richard Murray, who would like to kindly explain there are new things under the sun.

The thing about the monster-hunting genre is it was pretty clever back in the day. “Hey, instead of running from this vampire, let’s whoop his ass and take his castle.” John Steakley did it with Vampire$. Laurell Hamilton did it with a whole whack of books. Hell, I’ve done it. What sets Richard Murray apart from all of us is how he treats his subject matter. There’s a certain moral flexibility at play and an idea that not everything is as obvious as it first looks. Those a great things to play with in a story.

Take a hefty dose of action, a cast of interesting characters, introduce an unexpected element, shake well, and you’ve got Born of Shadows. One of the things I look at to determine if a book is “good” or not is whether or not I go back over it in my head at a later date. I’ve relived some of the key elements more than a few times and wondered how I would handle those things were I inserted into the story.

All in all, Born of Shadow (Shadow Walkers Book One) was an entertaining story that leaves enough questions to make you look forward to the next book in the series.

The world is full of monsters. At least Lena believed that was true. After all, she’d once witnessed a monster tear apart her family, leaving her broken and bleeding. All alone in the world except for the one person who was always there for her. Her best friend, Evelyn.

Her search for the truth reveals not only was she right, but that she is one of those supernatural creatures that fills the world. Taught how to use her powers, she joins with a team of hunters in their war against the supernatural monsters.

She soon finds that not only is she fighting the monsters, but also her growing feelings for the one person she’s terrified of losing. As truths are finally revealed, Lena will come face to face with the creature that’s haunted her nightmares and be forced to choose what side she’s truly on.

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Book Covers – Transmute

Transmute is almost ready to fly. I’ve got a couple beta readers still flipping through things, but the main text is done. In the interim, I’ve been tweaking the eBook cover and working on the print cover. The print cover is, of course, far more time-consuming. After some back and forth with the good people at Indie Author Support & Discussion, I think they’re pretty much done.

What do you think?

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Here’s the eBook version, which has slightly different dimensions than the print version.

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And the print version, complete with blurb.

SIBA 2016

SIBA, for those of you not in the know, stands for Summer Indie Book Awards, an annual award for indie authors promoted by Metamorph Publishing. It’s a great (and free, free is important) chance for indie authors to get our works out a little further and explore some of what other people are doing. All in all, it should be fun time, especially since the rules are pretty lax. Essentially, during the nomination phase, you’re allowed to vote for as many books in each category as you feel like each day for ten days. Then some magic happens and something else will happen. I’m honestly not sure what will happen next; I was nominated and was pleasantly surprised to find Henchmen came in 2nd in fantasy. If it goes further, great. If not, that’s cool, too.

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This was my shocked and awed face.

Honestly, I just thought it was cool someone nominated me. And contrary to what you might have heard, 2nd place is not the first loser.

Now, all in all this should be an easy thing. Vote. Count votes. Announce winner(s). Easy peasy, right?

Apparently, during the nomination voting phase a couple authors had to be removed from the competition for sending threatening emails, at least one winner that I know of got a 1 star review on his book from a friend of the 2nd place guy, and there were apparently vast accusations of cheating and other chicanery. I know a guy who’s getting off Facebook because he won his category and has gotten nothing but grief and nasty messages.

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Now, let’s be clear here: As far as I know the winner gets bragging rights and a featured spot on Metamorph’s web page; nothing more. It’s not like we’re all competing for a million-dollar contract or anything (those don’t really exist anyway), you get a featured spot and the ability to say you’ve won.

Don’t get me wrong, that’s cool stuff right there – and I applaud whoever wins in the end – but it’s hardly something worth threats, nasty messages, and accusations of cheating. And how, exactly, do you cheat in a contest where you can vote every day for as many books as you want and rope your friends into doing the same?

So, for a group that always pats itself on the back about how supportive it is, there are at least a few indie authors being real dicks. To those people, I say, “You’re acting like children, grow the heck up.”

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In case you’re wondering who won the fantasy genre nominations, it’s this book and it looks like it might be interesting.

And thanks to Metamorph Publishing for doing this award and putting up with all the nonsense that came along with it. You people have the patience of saints.

Sniffing girls, wildlings and finding my butterfly…

Wonderful stories from the one and only Max Power.

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I remember the pressure of the knife against my throat as clearly as if it was yesterday and the sense that in that moment, things might go terribly wrong. Having skedaddled out of a very hairy situation only minutes before, more as a precaution than anything else, being trapped and surrounded by a marauding gang of knife wielding men in a remote part of town late at night, left the three of us feeling less than confident that we might escape unscathed.

That we did, was more down to experience than luck, an element of comradery, balls that were needed and applied at the right moment and a hint of cowardice in one of the gang members that surrounded us, threatening to cut us up and throw us in the river. God it seems like such a long time ago now. I’m not sure if I’d handle it with such…

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The World’s Most Evil Books – in movies and real life

Had to reblog this one. Who doesn’t like books? Especially the ones brimming over with power and madness.

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The World’s Most Evil Books – in movies and real life

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For conjuring, spells, invocations and summoning the dark powers and Demonic entities

Books for summoning dark powers, entities, and magicks are often called Grimoires. These Grimoires were often collections of incantations and spells that practitioners accumulated in their travels, rewritten in an orderly fashion. Some were more intensive studies by monks, Satanists and sorcerers interested in the dark arts and attempting to unlock the secrets of death and the great beyond. Here’s a brief look at some of the most powerful dark arts books in the world.



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The Black Pullet – 1700s

This book from 18th century Rome gives instructions and guides on creating and using Talismans. The magic of the rings is known to bring forth a multitude of extraordinary powers of protection, healing, and spellbinding. One such ceremony concerns producing the Black Pullet, known as the…

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Dear Writer … it’s not all about you, ya know! – Reminder #5

This is one of the reasons I vowed to review every book I read.

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In marketing, it’s said that a message must be repeated 7 times before people take action. Writers, here’s your #5 reminder …

I was going to write a blog post about social media and how I’ve been paring down my use of it, because I’m finding it to be not all that social or the best media for me at the moment. After discussing with a fellow author how disappointing Twitter is (and she cleverly described T. as “like a 4-lane highway at rush hour with cars bumper-to-bumper. It makes me nervous”), I realized what bothers me isn’t not being able to navigate and use Twitter properly, but more the barrage of Tweeps who constantly tweet: Look at me! Aren’t I clever! Buy my book!

Now I’m not saying that I don’t do some self-promotion on there, but I do try to balance that with tweets of value to others…

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Salby Evolution – A Cover Story…

And some phenomenal work from Ian Moore’s writing and Nico Laeser’s art

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I want to introduce you to someone I consider to be a true gentleman.

No only that, this man has talent you couldn’t measure. He is a reputable author, brilliant designer and commissioned artist, as well as a songwriter and musician. More than that, I consider him a true friend among friends.

This man is called Nico Laeser.

I’d like to tell you a story if I may. Go grab yourself a coffee, or a tea if you prefer, and join me in the making of a book cover.

My story begins with a problem. How to get a decent cover for a sequel book, given the impact of the first extremely expensive cover for Salby Damned. My wallet began to tremble and beads of sweat formed upon my brow at the thought of several weeks of overtime to raise the funds needed. It was about this time that I’d…

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Dialogue and Punctuation

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