So I did a little re-branding of my Patreon page. Now, my patrons are no longer just called "patrons". Instead, they are Bond's Book Club members. What does this mean? Basically, it's a place for readers of my books to hang out and talk about books, writing, reading, or whatever. I'm going to be sharing more exclusive short stories, chapters, book covers, and things with the club members and host posts about books I'm reading and my thoughts on them. There's a lot of exclusive things coming in the future for Bond's Book Club members. I may be making bookmarks, postcards, etc. Who knows, maybe there will be T shirts and hats down the line. But only if people are interested in that sort of thing. I'm really hoping to make my new Patreon page a lot of fun and give more back to the people who support me. Please, head over to Patreon.com/evanbond and chose the tier you'd like and become a Bond's Book Club member. If you don't want to, that's fine too. Just you following this blog and my pages is great support and I appreciate every single one of you! Hope to see you in the club!
Summer is almost upon us. If you live in Florida, then you know summer started weeks ago! At least, it feels like it. It's the time of year to sit out by the water, whether it be ocean, river, lake, or pool, and read a good book. So, I thought I would propose a summertime offer. If you sign up for my quarterly newsletter before June 21st, you will receive a FREE, autographed copy of my horror novella, Getaway. Cool, right? If you want to sign up, just click here. After the newsletter goes out, I will contact you for your shipping address and get the book to you right away! Happy (almost) summer!
If you follow me over on Instagram, you might be aware of the micro stories I share on Wednesdays. But now, I'm trying to expand that endeavor. Basically, I've started a hashtag on Instagram called #WriteDownWednesday. I'm encouraging all authors and writers to use this hashtag every Wednesday. Write a short micro story about 3-6 sentences long. It's a lot of fun and us authors can use it to connect with each other. It's going to be great. Help me get this thing rolling! Head over to Instagram now and start writing!
Australia. A beautiful country of nature and culture unlike most other places on the planet. There's an endless list of snakes (that can kill you), aquatic life (that can kill you), spiders (that can kill you), and countless other things (that can probably kill you). It's no secret the outback can be a dangerous place. No, I'm not talking about the steakhouse. Although, that can be dangerous too. Don't take your Australian friends there to impress them. They will not be.
With the myriad of animals that can murder a human being which reside in the land down under, it should come as no surprise that a mountain is gunning for the job as well. I'm talking about a place called Black Mountain, a.k.a. Death Mountain, a.k.a. Kalkajaka. No, that last word isn't a planet in Star Wars. It's an aboriginal word which means "place of Spear". See, I told you, the mountain is hungry for violence.
All joking aside, Black Mountain is a fascinating, yet dangerous place. It's part of a protected national park, south west of Cooktown. The mountain is made up of granite boulders. Some of these boulders are the size of houses. If you haven't guessed already, they are black. Hence the name, Black Mountain. There's a lack of soil between the rocks which means there's a labyrinth of gaps and tunnels. I wouldn't recommend venturing into them, however. You probably won't make it out alive.
The rocks get extremely hot in the Australian sun. Over time, the cold rains can make the rocks crack or dissolve. Sometimes, they even explode violently, causing the rocks to shift and slide. If you're inside a chasm when that happens, you probably won't be coming back out.
Many people have gone missing around the mountain, which is why it earned the nickname Mountain of Death. Most likely, people have tried venturing inside some of the gaps and never made it back out. Others claim it's because it's a portal to another dimension, an alien artifact, or government conspiracy. Whatever the case, people have died and some have gone missing.
Something else I learned about Black Mountain, recently, really fascinated me. The volcanic rocks resonate in a particular pitch when struck together. The tone seems to be B flat. There's a cosmic entity that also emits a tone of B flat in our universe. The Black Hole. No, I'm not saying there's a black hole at the center of Black Mountain. But it's interesting to think of the connections of nature.
I'd suggest looking up Black Mountain. It's a very interesting place with a lot of history. I've merely scratched the surface for you today. However, there is one more thing I'd like to share concerning the mountain. It is going to be featured in an upcoming novel of mine. Not just any novel, either but my sci-fi debut novel. There's not a lot of details I can share right now but I think you're going to love this one.
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For those of you who already support me on Patreon and those considering it, allow me to share with you an update. I have changed the reward tiers and I'm pretty excited about the changes. Book of Nature, my project which consisted of nature photography taken by me and Posted to Tumblr. Then, I would write a micro story of about 4-6 sentences long inspired by the image.
Good news! That project is being moved to Patreon as a special reward for those who become patrons. It will be an exclusive reward, meaning only my patrons will be able to view the images and read the stories. If you want to get involved, please consider supporting me on Patreon. I'm also including the images as a desktop background with a quote from it's respective story. Neat, right? At a higher tier, I will mail out postcards with the image and story included. There's a lot of great stuff on my Patreon page and more to come. Please consider supporting me there and making it possible for me to focus on my writing in full. Thank you for everything you do.
Thanks for reading and remember to keep wandering, just not alone.
Recently, I asked a question on social media regarding a possible branch out in genre. It seemed many people were on board with this idea and I like it as well. There is no good reason writers should only stick to one type of genre. Some of my favorite writers pushed the boundaries. Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Sean Costello. Even Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, dabbled in children's books.
As you may or may not know, I started out writing horror. When I was a kid, I wrote short horror stories. It wasn't until mid way through high school I discovered the thriller/suspense genre and stayed in it ever since. Of course, with the release of my first horror novella, you can see I'm getting back into the horror genre and I'm loving it. Horror is a lot of fun to try and craft, albeit dark and disturbing at times. But it really got me thinking, What else should I do to push the boundaries?
Recently, I started reading Stephen King's Dark Tower series and enjoying it very much. But it also got me thinking. Could I do this? Could I write a fantasy novel? Could I write a fantasy series? I liked the thought and the challenge a lot. After all, I had written a horror piece which people seemed to enjoy. Science Fiction and Fantasy have been genres I've loved to read so why shouldn't I dip my pen in the same ink?
It's a long winded way of saying this, I know and I'm sorry. Now, I'm announcing that I will be pushing forward into the scifi/horror genre more so than I already have. I will still continue my horror novellas every year but look for stand alone novels in the horror and scifi genres soon! (And maybe a fantasy novel one day) I hope you enjoy what I'll be crafting in the near future! Let me know what you think in the comments below and remember, keep wandering, just not alone.
Let's keep this short and simple. I've made a few changes to my website and I thought I would share. If you head over to my site and click on the extras tab, or click here, you will find new content. What is this content? Simple. It's the images and micro stories I've been posting to my Tumblr. For those who don't have Tumblr, you can head here to read my micro stories, about 4-6 sentences long, which are paired up with nature photography taken by me.
Below that, you will find a new section titled short stories. This is where I will post some short stories I've written and never published. Remember, you can get more of those over on Patreon, if you're so inclined. But this will be a decent collection of unpublished works.
There's also a few minor changes I've made to banners and other features. 1,000 points to anyone that notices! But that's basically it. I'm happy with these changes and hope you decide to stop in from time to time and read my Book of Nature micro stories and maybe even scroll through a short story or two. Let me know what you think of these changes in the comments below! And remember, keep wandering...just not alone!
You can probably tell what this post is about by looking at the banner but I'm gonna tell you anyway. I have joined Tumblr! Not sure what that means? Me neither. I'm still learning how Tumblr works but it actually seems like a lot of fun. Plus, I'm doing something a little unique with mine.
For the most part, Tumblr seems to be a place for people to share images, GIFs, and videos in a blog format. I think you'll like the format Tumblr has but I hope you like what I'm doing as well. You see, I'm big into the outdoors. I spend a lot of my time hiking, camping, and just plain being outside. Another of my hobbies is photography. On my hard drive, I have a myriad of photos of wildlife, campgrounds, nature, animals, and just anything you can think of in regards to outdoors.
What's my point? Well, I'm going to combine my interests over on Tumblr. Periodically, I will be posting the photos I've taken in the wild and write a "micro story" inspired by the image. These stories will be about 2 or 3 sentences long but hopefully they have a big impact. I've titled my page Book of Nature.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, head over to Tumblr by clicking this link and give me a follow. I'd really appreciate it. I'm always looking for new ways to entertain everyone and this could be a lot of fun. Hope to see you on Tumblr. As always, thanks for reading now and in the future!
Hello there, readers. Things have been pretty busy for me lately and I haven't been updating my blog as often as I would like. But, I think I have some exciting news that should make up for it. For a limited time only, there are a couple of ways to receive one of my eBooks for FREE!
The first way is to join my monthly newsletter. After signing up, I will send you an email asking which book you would prefer and in what format. It's that simple! Sign up now to get your book!
The second way is to become a patron over on Patreon. For as little as $1, you could support me and my growing writing career. With your patronage, I will be able to submit my books to higher marketing platforms, hire editors, and keep the quality book covers coming! If you're interested in becoming a patron, head over to Patreon.com/EvanBond. There are some great rewards as well.
Yes, if you do both, you will be eligible for TWO free books! I know, it's crazy! Which ever option you choose, thank you for your support in just reading my books and keeping up with my blogs. It means a lot to me! Thank you!
My horror novella, Getaway, comes out this Friday. Don't miss out! You can pre-order your copy today! Find it on your favorite e-reader device. If you're a fan of horror, you're going to love this book.
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.