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Monday, November 4, 2013

The Dweller

It's been a long time since my last post. Time is slipping by so fast it's hard to keep up. I promised a poker buddy, Giorgi, that I would post my story The Dweller here on my blog. It was originally published by Angelic Knight Press (under my real name-Yvonne I. Bishop), and is included in the anthology "Satan's Toy Box: Demonic Dolls. If you haven't read it yet there's an impressive line-up of author's sharing their scary tales of a little girl’s best friend, her precious little doll. But these dolls are nothing like the ones you might remember from your childhood, be it your doll or a siblings doll. Alongside all of the other excellent books published by Angelic Knight Press, Satan's Toy Box: Demonic Dolls is available on Smashwords and Amazon. Check it out, you won't be sorry-I promise you. 
Following this post will be a post highlighting the brilliant author John Gilmore. Look for that some time tomorrow.
So for now-without further ado, I present to you The Dweller. I hope you enjoy my little tale about Rose, a beautiful porcelain doll.





The Dweller
Dan and his best friend Buck, a German Sheppard, were frequent visitors at the local landfill, an awesome scavenger hunt territory. They were treading through heaps of rotting waste, narrowly avoiding stepping on the motionless crows and seagulls strewn about. Under normal circumstances, those obnoxious foragers pillaged the dump for something to eat. Tonight was different. An unnatural stillness had settled in the area as dusk cloaked the small Kentucky town of Flatgap, where Dan lived with his parents, John and Sarah, and younger sister Lexy. Although a hard worker, due to the current recession Dan’s dad had found himself without employment. He was trying to provide for his family through odd jobs offering meager wages while Sarah, a homemaker, was now working at the local hospital scrubbing floors and cleaning restrooms. They were poor, but considered themselves fortunate to have, scanty as it was, any means of income. And if the love they shared as a family had a monetary value, they would be the wealthiest family in the area.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Meet Tim Marquitz, author of the Demon Squad Series, Dawn of War (Blood War Trilogy), Inheritance (Heir to the Blood Throne), Prey, just to mention a few of his amazing tales.

                               

Thank you, Tim Marquitz for allowing me to probe into your personal and professional life. I totally enjoyed our time together. This interview took place back in March of this year. I apologize for the lengthy delay in getting our interview posted. You have been a gentleman Tim, thank you for your patience. J




Quinn – Hi Tim, please tell us a little about yourself. Are you married? Do you have any children? Not only an author, you are an editor as well. Would you tell us about the different professions (skills) that you have? Whatever you’d like to share would be awesome.
Tim – Hey, Quinn. Thanks for having me. Well, I’m pretty boring. I write horror and dark fantasy and am working my way toward doing it full time. I’ve a wonderful wife and daughter, both of whom ensure I get as little sleep and alone time as possible, which I’m sure was in the contract the wife keeps telling me about though I haven’t actually seen it.
I do editing on occasion, but I definitely prefer writing. The editing is part of the modern publishing role, an effort to get better at my own writing and further my goal of being visible enough to make a living at writing. As for skills, I’m kind of a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I’ve done a ton of jobs over the course of my life, from retail to fast food, to bouncing to grave digging. At the end of the day, I like making stuff up best.
Quinn - You are very good at making stuff up Tim, I do believe you have found your nitch :) And editing, that is an excellent skill for a writer to process. Unfortunately it’s not my forte but I’m striving to get better which will be a necessity once I launch my new venture into publishing. Belfry Press should be up and running by the end of this year. Grave digger, now there’s an atmosphere that could send a writer’s imagination into overdrive. LOL At what age did you realize you wanted to be an author and why?
Tim - I think I’ve always wanted to be one, but I wasn’t blessed with anything resembling determination early in my life. I used to write stories when I was younger, song lyrics, poetry, and whatever else, all the time, but I was never focused. I don’t think it was until around ’95 that I really took a step back and put some serious thought into the idea that I really wanted to write.
As for why, there’s something primal, something exciting about creating a world, a handful of lives you control in absolute terms. Further still, there’s something fulfilling about having other people enjoy the crap you’re making up. It drives me to keep doing it.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Author Lori R. Lopez is one talented lady!

 I am a huge fan of Lori R. Lopez. Her writing is imaginative, clever and horrifying to say the least. Don’t hesitate! Check out her work, you will not be disappointed.


                                                                                                   



A group of young zombie sympathizers are the only thing standing between the diseased and their hunters, who collect a fee for each undead bagged. It's a new world where humans have learned to lead semi-normal lives despite the zombie plague. But when a zombie protector's mother is endangered by a bitten hunter, a boy must question his beliefs and make a choice: protect the zombies or his mom. This is a different zombie tale, one told with humor as well as horror, from the perspective of a young man wrestling to do the right thing in a world gone wrong. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

An interview with Sharon Rogers!


                                      Sharon Rogers, Hugh Hefner, and John Gilmore

This interveiw is one of the best I've read! I enjoyed it very much. I now feel like I “know” Sharon Rogers more intimately. The questions are well thought out and Sharon answers them with confidence, style and dignity, allowing her wonderful persona to be revealed. Sharon Rogers is as beautiful on the inside as she is outwardly. Excellent interview, if you haven’t yet read this post, do yourself a favor and mosey on over and check it out! You will be glad you did, I know I am. Just click on the link below :)

http://theoriginalvangoghsearanthology.com/2013/03/10/an-interview-with-sharon-rogers/

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tina Hall: The young woman running the show - TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology



A while back I had the pleasure of meeting, a cyberspace coupling if you will, a young lady named Tina Hall. Let me begin by telling you how utterly impressed I was with Tina, right from the get go she had my attention. Tina struck me as a very serious, dedicated, passionate and professional young woman. So, the task before me is to introduce you to Tina and her passion - TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology.


 Tina Hall runs The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology (http://theoriginalvangoghsearanthology.com/and she does occasional interviews for MaximumInk.com, Guitar Digest(guitardigest.com) and for Haunted Digital Magazine(http://www.haunteddigitalmagazine.com/).






The “TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology” is an impressive, professional and extremely creative endeavor. 

Click on the links below to visit TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology.






This is fascinating to me and I hope to have more to tell you about TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology in the future.
Sincerely, Quinn 

On The Run with Bonnie & Clyde by John Gilmore (Author)



The link below will take you to the amazon page where you can pre-order John Gilmore's On The Run with Bonnie and Clyde







Editorial Reviews

Review

"The most exciting, peeling-away of the human layers of two of the most infamous crime figures in American history . . . For the first time, we are truly taken inside these notorious characters.” - Lawrence Grobel, Biographer

"John Gilmore is one of America's natural-born gifts to literature.” -- Gary Indiana

About the Author

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as the "quintessential L.A.noir writer,” John Gilmore has been acclaimed internationally for his hard-boiled true crime books, his literary fiction and Hollywood memoirs. As one of today's most controversial American writers, Gilmore's following spans the globe from Hong Kong to his native Hollywood. He has traveled the road to fame in many guises: kid actor, stage and motion picture player, knew James Dean and Marilyn Monroe; was a painter, poet, screenwriter, low-budget director and novelist.




Private Parts: The Early Works of Ian Ayres



Private Parts: The Early Works of Ian Ayres [Special Extended Version] [Paperback]

Ian Ayres 

Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Bringing together the best poems from Ayres's early verse (much of it written in houses of ill fame) to his erotic and darkly imaginative later pieces, this stunning collection also features his previously unpublished experiences with luminary legends such as Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, Edmund White and Quentin Crisp. More than a book, PRIVATE PARTS is an experience of teen angst, hangovers for breakfast and raw enlightenment tripping over that cliff's edge in the rye. It would not exist if Ayres were not a survivor. Ayres's crusty accounts of a boy's life on the wild side explores the extreme boundaries of human behavior and amorality, offering a journey through his life from his early years in houses of ill repute to his life in Paris today.


Ian Ayres / Photo taken by RoySchatt

Five Star Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Private Parts: The Early Works of Ian Ayres July 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
When I first started reading this book I was immediately immersed in it in a way I did not expect at all. From the early days in brothels, to the struggle to gain the approval of family, find love, and hopeful discover the path to stardom Ian Ayres writes a book with soul. Brutally honest, and very well written with the retelling of his rough early years mixed with poems that speak volumes this book leaves you wanting to read more about the man behind the words. It is without a doubt one of the most interesting books in print today.



Sunday, March 10, 2013

I am a school bus driver!


                                                             
I was thinking about my job, trying to decide whether or not to go back to running a home daycare/preschool and I think I have made my decision. No, I have made my decision. I thought this might be interesting to those of you that don't already know exactly what being a school bus driver involves. So here it is in a nut shell. I'm sure I've left out something but hopefully covered the basics. This is what a school bus driver’s job entails. I know I had no idea until I became one. First thing is to obtain Class B CDL with passenger, school bus and air brake endorsements.
Train (Hands on technical and driving).
Pass the driver’s test. (Driver’s must be able to parallel park to the left and right, drive the offset alley without mishap and dock the bus, all the while maneuvering between strategically placed cones. Driver must perform a complete circle check, in exact order as required by the state and perform proper air brake test. Driver must learn proper procedures of the road, including but not limited to railroad crossings. Pass an on the road driver’s test.) By the way, I drive a forty foot school bus.
The following is how my day unfolds:
4:00 am I wake up (when I wake up on time).
5:00 – 5:15 am I leave my house.
5:45 am (ball-park time) I arrive at the bus yard.
Start my bus (If not running).
In snowy weather – I clean the snow off my bus.
Then a Circle Check/Pre-trip inspection is done. (This is something every driver has to do every time we drive. We are responsible for finding anything that might be wrong with our bus, from under the hood, under the bus itself, all warning devices, tires, inside gauges, emergency exits, seats, floors, doors, windows, simply put – everything on/in the bus) And this must be done no matter the weather conditions.
I fill out the circle check paperwork.
I start my route at the appropriate time.
During the route I am responsible for 70+ children; keeping them safe by enforcing bus rules, which they frequently break, while driving I’m trying to keep my eyes on road more than on the kids.
This is repeated several times per day. So, for roughly 6 hours per day I am responsible for a large group of children, the bus and safety of all.
I also must tolerate any/all school officials/parents concerns/complaints. If there are any I am required to bring them to the attention of my boss, not to discuss them with parents/school officials.
I must complete each year, the states required in-service training hours.
I am responsible for keeping the bus clean (inside and out) and boy did I learn firsthand what slobs some kids can be. (Picture tooth paste spat on the floor for starters, yuk!)
A breeze, right? But you know what? I love my job. I look forward to going to work every day.  So I plan on driving the kids to school until I’m forced to retire. And I have my writing, which I also love.



Friday, March 1, 2013

Jeff Hollar - Keldane The Cursed Blog Tour!

                                                                           

I am very excited, and admittedly nervous about being a part of the Keldane The Cursed Blog Tour. This is the first time I’ve participated in anything like this (My maiden voyage you might say). Let me say that I most definitely will purchase Keldane The Cursed and keep it safely stored away until my grandson’s and my granddaughter are old enough to read it.
Despite the fact that our interview might very well tell us a lot the same, I’ve included his author biography. So without further ado, I present to you Jeff Hollar, the master mind behind Keldane The Cursed.


  
     

Author Bio: Jeffrey Hollar was born in Lima Ohio. Developing a love for reading in his early life, Jeff read anything and everything he could get his hands on.  Graduating from Lima Sr. High in 1980, he joined the army where he found a career in communications. Jeffrey remained in the army for 14 years, traveling the world to places like Germany, Turkey and England.
Jeffrey moved around the United States as well, living in Arizona, Iowa and Missouri before moving back to Lima where he met his wife.   Jeffrey works in the security field during the day and writes by night. He also has a love for cooking and practices his culinary skills on his family.

uuu Stop by the Keldane The Cursed Blog Tour page on Facebook or my blog at jeffreyhollar.com    uuu



Quinn – Please tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Do you have any children? Whatever you’d like to share would be awesome.

Jeff- I was born and raised in Lima, Ohio (nothing like Glee) and left at the age of 18 for the US Army. As a Russian linguist, I travelled all over the world and had a lot of really cool, if classified, experiences. When I left the Army, I kicked around St Louis for a dozen years or so doing anything you can imagine to keep the wolf at bay. In 2007 a series of unfortunate circumstances led me to return to my birthplace where I met my wife, Lisa. I was doing security at the store she worked at and one thing just led to another. I have a 20-year-old son, Aleksandr, from a previous marriage and Lisa came with three daughters, 20, 19 & 10. Caleb was the latest addition to our herd and will, almost assuredly, be the last.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Meet Armand Rosamilia - Horror Author Extraordinaire!

I am very excited about this interview with Armand Rosamilia. The incredibly talented horror author welcomed this intrusion, allowing me to probe into his personal and professional life. So it is with much delight that I share with you the interrogation I put Armand through.




Ladies andGentleman - meet Armand Rosamilia!


Quinn - Could I ask you tell me a little about yourself? Are you married? Do you have any children?

Armand - I am happily divorced, twice. But I have three great kids from the second marriage, so there is that.

Quinn – I like that-happily divorced. I would imagine that’s the best kind of divorce. I have four kids and I think that kids are one of the best byproducts of a marriage/relationship. It’s our ‘spin off’, if you will. Not that being a parent gives you much time to unwind but what do you do for relaxation Armand?

Armand - I'm not familiar with the term. I write all the time, unless I'm reading or hanging out with my friends or kids.

Quinn – Sounds like you have your priorities straight. Myself, I have an awful time trying to balance all of my responsibilities. You mention reading as a precedence, are there any recent works (books) that you admire?

Armand - I just finished "Containment Room 7" by Bryan Hall today. It was amazing, but everything I've read by him is so far.

Quinn – Seems like you admire Bryan Hall a great deal but that said…I know it’s a difficult question…but who is your favorite author?

Armand - As a kid I read everything Dean Koontz put out. Robert E Howard was a big influence as well as HP Lovecraft. They are the go-to authors. I'm a big Brian Keene fan.

Quinn – I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan as well and I love Stephen King, but I have never read anything by Robert E Howard or Brian Keene, I’ll have to check them out. Are there similarities between you and your favorite author(s)?

Armand - Yes. They are brilliant and I try to emulate them. They set the bar for me as an author in style and finding my own voice.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

“Miami Spy Games: Deeper” New short story by horror author Armand Rosamilia




I’d like to introduce you to Armand Rosamilia. Armand is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not watching zombie movies, the Boston Red Sox and listening to Heavy Metal music. In addition to the "Miami Spy Games" zombie spy thriller series he has penned the "Keyport Cthulhu" horror series, the "Dying Days" series, consisting of - Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, Dying Days, Dying Days 2, Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village. His impressive lineup of books includes, but is not limited to – Highway To Hell, Highway To Hell-Extreme Zombie Novella, Zombie Tea Party, Skulls and Bones, Death Metal and several more horror novellas and shorts, with many more coming in 2013.


Armand is also an editor for Rymfire Books, helping with several horror anthologies, including "Vermin" and the "State of Horror" series, as well as the creator and energy behind Carnifex Metal Books, putting out the "Metal Queens Monthly" series of non-fiction books about females into Metal. You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: armandrosamilia@gmail.com






Soon to be released on Castle’s In The Air - My interview with author extraordinaire, Armand Rosamilia.






It is with extreme pleasure that I share with you all, Armand’s unpublished short story   “Miami Spy Games: Deeper”. I have no doubt you will enjoy it. 






Miami Spy Games: Deeper

Armand Rosamilia




            Jennifer Sanchez made sure her stationery and pens were all in place on the meeting room table, all lined up perfectly. All within easy reach. She sat down in her swivel chair and flipped through the file before her.
            There was a knock at the door.
            "Enter," she said without looking up. She knew by the tap it was Kostas, her tech guy and one of the key members of this Miami ACES team.
            "What's going on, senorita?"
            "Just working." Jennifer looked up as he sat down in a chair near her. "Can I help you?"
            "I'm bored." Kostas picked up a couple of the pens and tapped them on the table. Jennifer had a sudden urge to snatch them from his hands but resisted.
            "Go find something else to do. I'm busy. Where's Martin?"
            Kostas shrugged. "He's working on that thing."
            "What thing?"
            "You know. That thing." Kostas leaned forward. "What are you working on?"
            Jennifer smiled and placed the open folder on the table. "What am I working on? Nothing." She slid it across to him. "Kostas, I'd like you to meet Diana Marston."
            Kostas picked up the file and leafed through it, stopping at her file photo. "Wow, she's damn hot. Is she seeing anyone?"
            Qué idiota, she thought. "She's an undercover right now, part of the ACES team based out of Jacksonville."
            Kostas smiled. "Close enough for us to meet and have a fun weekend, but far enough away I don't have to worry about her getting all clingy with me."
            "I seriously doubt she would fly down to Miami for you." Jennifer grinned. "I doubt she'd walk across the street to see you."
            "Ouch."

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Midnight Son!

I came across the link for this on Alex Scully's face book page. I thought it looked very interesting. I have an addiction to vampires and just had to share.


                                      http://www.firbolgpublishing.com/dark-cinema-midnight-son/



Like literature,horror films are divided into two camps. There are the gore and bloodshed splatter films. Everything from the Saw series to the classics such as Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. The other side of the fence are the dark, Gothic films. These films take their cues from Hitchcock and other masters of suspense and atmosphere. Midnight Son is a highly recommended dark film for those looking for something different in your vampires.



Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sneak Peek!



Unable to contain my excitement I just had to share with you all the preliminary sketch of the book cover for the new edition of my werewolf story. Not only has it been rewritten, I have lengthened it and given it a new title. Originally titled Bipedal, it is now titled “The Magic of Moon Light”. Artist Michael Calandra is the genius responsible for this magnificent work of art. This is a work in progress; I am so looking forward to seeing the finished picture.