June 26, 2018
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LitRPG/GameLit authors united!

As many of you have heard, Amazon’s Content Review team has been a bit over the top this year. The running theory is that there is an illicit service being used by some unscrupulous and greedy authors to drum up page reads and boost their page ranks, and that these services borrow and read other authors books to appear legitimate. A great number of LitRPG authors are impacted by this. The response by the KDP Content Review team has been swift and unforgiving. Authors targeted by these services are having their page reads slashed by about 50% every month. They […]
June 25, 2018

Where have all the gay guys gone? #ownvoices Pride Month reflections

It’s Pride Month, and that means it’s time for me to reflect on how far we’ve come… nay… how far I’ve come in my life as an LGBT American, particularly of the gay, Caucasian variety. In my life, I’ve been more privileged than most. I have a family who loves and accepts both me and my husband. I have a good job, a nice home, and enjoy folks not treating me harshly in public because of my gender, my age, my ethnicity, or my sexual orientation. On the street, you would think me just your average straight guy. As the […]
July 13, 2017

Kari Holloway – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today’s author spot is with Kari Holloway, author of “Gunpowder & Wool”, a short story available in Scout Media’s “A Haunting of Words”. Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story: Corporal Hulett greets the morning on the eve of battle, readying his men to march forth, but what comes through the ghostly fog of gunpowder and scattershot leaves him defending the merits of battle and the rights of brothers-in-arms. What inspired you to write this story? Where I am from, Andersonville Georgia is a staple from school field trips, national holiday activities, and the yearly reenactments honoring the men who […]
July 10, 2017

J.M. Ames – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today’s “A Haunting of Words” interview is with author J.M.Ames Title and synopsis/blurb of your story: Wendy flees from her abusive boyfriend, daughter in tow, to her families’ cabin in the woods, only to discover what is already residing there is far worse. Based on the Transpose song of the same name. What inspired you to write this story? The desire to write a disturbing tale about a haunting, coupled with the imagery captured by the lyrics of the song. How long have you been writing? Professionally, since January 2016. As a hobby, as far back as I can remember. […]
July 6, 2017

Travis West – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Travis West takes over my page with a discussion about his short story, “It’s Not Okay, If It’s Not the End,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words (which also includes my brand new short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”): Synopsis: With the help of a late music icon, a newly deceased rock band embarks on a cross-country trip to help their drummer deliver a message to his ex-girlfriend. What inspired you to write this story? The punk band Rancid has a great song called “Ghost Band.” I heard it one day and knew that I […]
July 3, 2017

Lacrimosa: Upcoming standalone LitRPG novel

Because I am enjoying writing LitRPG so much, I’d like to take this moment to introduce my current work in progress (WIP): Lacrimosa. This novel will be around 75k-100k words and will be a standalone LitRPG story given that I need a short break between books two and three of the Fjorgyn series.  The LitRPG engine behind the game will be fundamentally different than Fjorgyn’s engine.  Here are some details about the model differences: Also, here is a quick preview of the fixed number of pre-selected classes players can choose during character creation:
June 29, 2017

Monica Sagel – A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Over the next ten weeks, I will be featuring all thirty participating authors for “A Haunting of Words”, starting with Monica Sagel, the writer of “Storm House”: Storm House is about a house that, with every storm, sees the ghostly re-enactment of a murder. A wife killed by her husband. In recent years, the wife has managed to change things and now they take turns killing each other. This time, she thinks she may have found a way to sleep through those annoying storms altogether. How long have you been a writer? I have always written little stories for myself. […]