There is an amazing way you can actually help write my books. You're even able to name a character. How cool is that? There's a really interesting site I came across called Patreon. It allows people to support their favorite creators and get cool rewards in the process. Let me explain a little about it.
Rewards are given to patrons in exchange for a small, monthly pledge. For example, you can see book covers early and have a character named after you in an upcoming novel. There's even a tier that gives you free ebooks for as long as you're a patron.
If you head over to Patreon.com/EvanBond, you can check out my patron page and see what kind of rewards you can get. At the same time, you'll be helping to support my love of writing and making it a full time career. I'm so thankful for the people who have already jumped on board and became patrons. You guys rock!
Of course, I don't want you to feel obligated to become a patron. The fact that you're on my website and reading my blog shows your support for me as well. I appreciate every single one of my readers. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this!
Episode one of [The] Writers' Block is live. You can head over to Podbean to check it out. Click here to listen on Podbean or here to listen on our Patreon page. It will be available on itunes soon, but it takes a little while for the RSS feed to update to their site. By next episode, they should be up at the same time.
Please, listen to our first episode and give us some feedback. What do you like, what don't you like? Help us expand and grow! We will always appreciate it.
Our first episode touches on overcoming writer's block, how self publishing works, and we do a few segments that involve around magic characters. It's a lot of fun. Check it out today!
Want an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Sins of the Mother? Read on!
His camera swept over a thick bush and something caught his eye. He stared through the viewfinder for nearly a minute trying to figure out what he was looking at. At first, he thought it was a trick of some nearby light, or even the bush itself. Then he realized exactly what he was looking at. There was a pale, white face staring up at the house. Its emotionless stare was utterly terrifying, sending chills down Ethan’s spine.
“What the hell?” Ethan whispered, slinking down in his chair. It did not seem to move, making Ethan question if it was a person or some grotesque lawn ornament. As if on queue, the head shifted slightly as if trying to locate a nearby sound. Ethan kept as low as possible, making sure to keep his eyes on the mysterious figure. He did not want to draw attention to himself but he could not lose sight of it either.
The white faced watcher seemed to be staring up at Martin’s home in curiosity, as if trying to figure a way in. Ethan had no clue what was happening before his eyes but it could not be good. It was then he wished he had brought the gun after all. It would have made him feel a little bit more secure.
Music still blasted from the house and the woman cried in ecstasy. Ethan knew he had to stop the man from entering. He was not sure what he was going to do, but he had to think of something. There was no telling the figure’s intentions, though it was not a stretch to imagine they were malicious.
As he prepared to exit the car and make a move towards the masked figure, something in his rearview mirror caught his eye. In the mirror he spotted another masked figure, tall and broad shouldered. His torso was covered with a dark black hoodie, the hood pulled up over his head. Black sweat pants bagged off his legs and his hands were covered with gloves, black of course. It was a truly foreboding sight which made Ethan leap out of his skin.
He reached forward for the key hanging from his ignition, but the figure slunk down out of sight. It caused Ethan to stop and crane his neck, desperate to find the masked man. There seemed to be no sign of him, like he vanished into thin air. He knew it was impossible, but his mind wandered to the spotless crime scene. Had these masked people been the ones responsible? Their clothing would explain why no evidence was found. They were extremely careful, not exposing any part of themselves.
Ethan turned back around, failing to see the masked man, and was greeted with the familiar empty stare of the white mask. It stared at him from outside the windshield, not moving, only staring. “Jesus Christ,” Ethan yelled, turning the key in the ignition.
The man did not move out of the way, in fact he moved closer placing a gloved hand on the hood. He slowly drew one finger across the hood as he began to approach the driver side window. In his right hand stood a very sharp, crooked knife. It was oddly shaped, like a lightning bolt. Ethan had no intentions of finding out what the blade would be used for. He shifted in reverse and slammed on the gas. Tires screeched as he tore off backwards.
The masked figure stood motionless in the street. Ethan dared a glance back at the house and was surprised to see the other masked figure still standing in the bushes, unfazed by the events in the street, almost as if in some sort of trance.
Slamming on the brakes, Ethan switched to drive and revved the engine. The masked man in the road cocked his head as if to encourage Ethan to run him down. He decided to obey and slammed on the gas. Like a homing missile, Ethan aimed towards the masked man, but he leapt to safety at the last second. Ethan kept the pedal firmly pressed and drove as quickly as he could out of the neighborhood.
As he tore down the streets to safety, he pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. The operator answered instantly in a relaxed, almost monotone voice. “Send officers to the home of Martin Jones immediately, something is about to happen. The address is-“
“Sir, please calm down. Tell me exactly what has happened.”
“There are masked men about to break into a man’s home. I don't think they're there for his TV.”
“You believe they are there to hurt this person? Whyl?”
“Because who the hell wears a mask outside in the middle of the night? Lady, just send every available officer to this address!” He rattled the address off in short breaths.
“I’ll have an officer check it out.”
“You better send them quickly, otherwise you’ll be chasing a ghost.”
“I’m sorry sir, what do you mean?”
“Jesus, contact Detective Winchester, tell him his suspect is about to go missing.”
Before the woman could respond Ethan disconnected the call, tired of arguing with her. With one hand on the wheel, he dialed Winchester’s number. “Please pick up,” he whispered, hoping Winchester was not still bitter with him.
I wanted to let you know that the pilot episode for [The] Writers' Block Podcast will be recorded tomorrow night. Which means, the release date for the first episode will be April 28th! Go ahead and follow the page now by heading over to Podbean or finding us on social media. Remember, if you follow the show before the first episode you will be entered to win an Amazon gift card during the second show, May 5th. You can follow the show on Podbean here.
Also, our show has a Patreon account. If you're not familiar with Patreon, check them out. It's a wonderful site where you can support people with the works of creativity. If you'd like to fund the site, you can check us out here. There's some great rewards for becoming a patron!
I, too, have a Patreon account for my writing. If you'd like to become a Patron for my writing go here. As always, thank you for your continued support and I hope you tune in for our first episode next Friday, April 28th!
It's been a little while since I updated you all about what's going on. First, let me tell you about my upcoming podcast, [The] Writers' Block. We will be recording our first episode this weekend. Of course, I will let you know when the first episode airs.
Second, I am still in the process of editing my two new books. First is Sins of the Mother, Ethan McCormick #2. The other is my horror novella. It's been a slower process than normal but I promise they will both be out this year. In fact, why don't I make it official. Sins of the Mother will be released on July 7th!
Lastly, my personal life. We are coming to the final countdown of my first child being born. His original due date was May 8th. But, based on his current size, they are telling us it could be as soon as April 25th now. Really, it could be any day now. I'm pretty excited about this, obviously. I can't wait to welcome this new addition to my family into the world. And yes, I will read to him every night. He's gonna love books just like his father.
Well, that's the only updates I have for you right now. I will give you more information as I get it. I hope you're as excited as I am about the release date for my latest novel. It will be available for preorder soon. As always, thanks for reading!
I'm excited to announce a new feature on my website. You can now purchase autographed copies of my books straight from the site. You can even request a personalized message by emailing me the order number and the text you would like added. Go ahead and check out the store. Let me know what you think!
Also, I need to clarify something. Recently I told everyone about the podcast a friend of mine and I are starting. Well, the link I shared is no longer valid. We actually chose a different platform that fits our needs better. You can now find our show on Podbean. Go to www.thewritersblocktalk.podbean.com and follow the show. Like before, anyone who follows before the first episode airs will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. The winner will be drawn during our second episode.
I realize I promised this cover on Saturday, April 1st. I could say it was an April fools joke, but in reality I forgot. So.......I will be revealing the book cover today.
My new novel, Sins of the Mother, is the second book in the Ethan McCormick series. First, how about a little more info on the book? Here is the synopsis:
The life of a private investigator is not a glamorous one, nor is it exciting. Ex-Miami police officer Ethan McCormick learned that the hard way. His cases are low profile and rather boring. All of that changes when a desperate mother and father reach out to him. Their eight year old son, Desmond, is missing.
When the mother, Laura, becomes a prime suspect in the case, Ethan decides to do what he can to find the missing child and find those responsible. He follows the trail of murder and deception to find the truth. The truth, however, is darker than he could have ever possibly imagined.
What do you think? Sound good? Are you going to read it? Let me know in the comments below. As always, I love hearing from you guys!
Alright, without further delay. Here is the reveal of the book cover.
Many advancements have been made on the special project since I last updated you all. We have a title for our podcast and a host as well. We are calling it [The] Writers' Block.
What do you think of it? Let me know! For me and my co-host, Shawn, it's got multiple meanings. It's our block of time as writers to talk about favorite books and writing habits. It's also a show that can help writers get passed their writer's block with the original content and creativity we will bring to the show. It's a podcast for readers and writers alike.
Check out the page and go ahead and follow us. We don't have any content up just yet but I promise we will in the coming weeks. Go here to check it out. Anyone who follows the show before the first episode airs will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Please give us a follow and good luck!
In the comments below, let me know your thoughts on our podcast and if you have any suggestions. We'd love to hear from you! And give my co-host a follow on Instagram @shawnsalzmann. We will have social media pages for the site shortly!
Those of you on my newsletter may have already read this news. I made a vague post on social media the other day explaining I was working on a special project and would update in a couple days. Now, I would like to share that information with you!
A writer buddy of mine and I have developed plans for a............wait for it...........podcast! That's right. Soon, you'll be able to tune in weekly and hear me and my friend talk. About what you ask? Well, it's still in the planning stages so I can't reveal just yet. However, I can tell you it will be about books, reading, and writing and will be entertaining. If you're into books you'll love this podcast. I'll update everyone as the details come. Until then, let me know in the comments below what you think about this. Are you excited? Will you listen to our podcast? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you.
For those subscribed to my newsletter, you've already seen the cover for my upcoming Ethan McCormick novel, Sins of the Mother. I've received some pretty good feedback and I'm confident the rest of you will love the cover as well.
That being said, the original plan was release the cover on April 1st. However, I'm getting excited and want to share it with you now! So, if you would like me to post it early leave a comment below and let me know if I should. If I get enough responses, I'll post it on my blog in the next few days! Thanks for reading!
Evan Bond, author of To the Wolves and Death Can Wait, is a thriller/suspense author. When not writing, he can be found hiking or camping in the beautiful state of Florida.